India vs West Indies: Every game in World Test Championship is important, says Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgIndia vs West Indies: Every game in World Test Championship is important, says Ajinkya RahaneIndia tour of West Indies 2019: Ahead of the 2nd Test, starting Friday in Jamaica, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said India will be looking to repeat their performance from Antigua as they are well placed to complete a 2-0 whitewash of the Test series.advertisement India Today Web Desk JamaicaAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 08:52 IST India vs West Indies, 2nd Test in Jamaica: Ajinkya Rahane said India will not take West Indies lightly (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are looking to complete a clean sweep of the Test seriesIndia take on West Indies in the 2nd Test in JamaicaVice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said India will not take West Indies lightlyIndia vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said there’s no place for complacency in the Indian dressing room as they prepare for the 2nd and final Test of the ongoing series against West Indies in Jamaica.India crushed West Indies by 318 runs in the first Test and maintained the clean slate on the ongoing tour but Ajinkya Rahane believes India will be focussed as ever when they step on the field at Sabina Park from Friday in the 2nd Test.Following the win in Antigua, India clinched 60 points and topped the World Test Championship table and Ajinkya Rahane said the new format makes every session, let alone every Test match important.West Indies, who beat England at home in a 2-Test series earlier this year, came up with an insipid show, especially with the bat as they were bowled out for 100 in the 2nd innings in Antigua. Rahane though stresses India are not going take West Indies lightly, considering the depth and quality in their squad.”We are really confident about what we did in the last game but we have to be in the present. Cricket s a funny game. We can’t take it lightly, especially when the points system is involved. So we have to give more than 100 percent in each and every Test and each and every session. Hopefully, we can repeat our performance from Antigua,” Ajinkya Rahane said on the eve of the 2nd Test in Jamaica.”West Indies is a positive team. They bat deep and they are a good bowling unit. As I said, we are not going to take them lightly. It’s important to respect them and important to play to our strength. We are focussed on starting off sessions well,” he added.advertisementAjinkya Rahane’s return to form is being seen as one of the biggest positives to have emerged from the Test series so far. The India vice-captain ended his 2-year-long drought for an international hundred when he went past the 3-figure mark in the 2nd innings of the Antigua Test.Rahane got close to scoring a hundred in the first innings but he missed out after getting out for 81. Rahane made it count in the second innings and collected the Man of the Match award for his contribution with the bat.Shedding light on the “special” hundred, Rahane said: “If felt really special for me. I actually got to know how it… what it takes to get a century after 2 years. I was working really hard on my batting. I always think about what I can learn from every game, every practice session so it was really special. I though, wasn’t thinking about any milestones. Because of the team thinking, pressure was completely off.”Hard to see Rohit miss a Test: RahaneMeanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane heaped rich praise on Hanuma Vihari for converting his domestic form into runs at the international level while empathising with Rohit Sharma who was left out of the playing XI in the first Test.Despite being in imperious form in white-ball cricket, Rohit may have to wait a bit longer for another opportunity in Tests as he is unlikely to make the playing XI for the 2nd Test in Jamaica.”Vihari did really well in India A tours and domestic circuit. It’s good to see that a player who has consistently done well at the domestic level is also doing well at the international level. At the same time, Rohit Sharma is a quality player, special player. It’s hard to see him miss a Test match but at the end of the day, it’s all in the team’s perspective,” Rahane added.Also Read | India vs South Africa: MS Dhoni was unavailable for selection, confirms MSK PrasadAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Shivam Dube help India A beat South Africa AAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Jamaica TestFollow Virat KohliFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Hanuma VihariFollow Rohit Sharma Nextlast_img read more

Amid rising insecurity in Cameroon senior UN relief official calls for beefed

“Efforts to ensure security and provide protection to civilians must be beefed up, and aid organizations must be able to secure greater access to populations in need of assistance,” Ms. Kyung-wha Kang reiterated yesterday as the first Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States convened on regional security in Cameroon’s capital of Yaoundé. In a statement released on the heels of her travels throughout the country visiting refugee camps and meeting with displaced people, Ms. Kang warned that Cameroon is facing an increasingly complex and multifaceted humanitarian situation: a refugee influx in the east from the conflict in Central African Republic (CAR), a surge of displacements in the northern region due to Boko Haram attacks, repeated cycles of droughts and floods, malnutrition and recurrent epidemics. Ms. Kang, who is also UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed deep concern about the growing impact of attacks by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and Cameroon which has prompted some 40,000 Nigerians to seek refuge in Cameroon and displacing tens of thousands of Cameroonians. “I am particularly concerned by reports of attacks on villages, kidnapping of civilians, recruitment of young men and indoctrination of children,” she said.Given these developments, the humanitarian appeal for Cameroon has more than doubled in a year: the 2015 Strategic Response Plan seeks $264 million compared to $126 million in 2014. Insecurity has also halted economic activity and harvesting in many areas in the far northern region and is impeding humanitarians from accessing the affected people.During her visit in the country last week, Ms. Kang, travelled to eastern Cameroon, on the border with CAR, where more than 150,000 Central Africans have sought refuge from the violence. She visited the Gado refugee camp, where the majority of refugees are women and children and heard testimonies about the horrors of their months-long journey in the bush to escape violence. Many died of exhaustion, disease or at the hands of armed groups, she recalled. Earlier in her trip, Ms. Kang also visited several pockets inside CAR with internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were in dire need and unwilling to go back home unless security was assured. She stressed that for Central African IDPs and refugees to feel safe returning to their areas of origin, violence must stop and discrimination against minorities and accountability for violations need to be addressed.Ms. Kang also called for grass-roots mechanisms to foster reconciliation and mend the sectarian divide that has deepened by the armed conflict that broke out in CAR in December 2013. She reiterated that “enabling women to play a leadership role in their communities is essential to foster reconciliation, recovery and peace.”Cameroon is also affected by the ongoing food security crisis in the Sahel region which has left more than a million people in need of life-saving food and nutritional assistance. The UN and partners recently launched the Sahel humanitarian appeal for 2015. The appeal is part of a regional multi-year strategy to respond to the chronic challenges in the region. In Yaoundé, Ms. Kang met with representatives of UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners as well as donor representatives, emphasizing that investing in areas such as education and youth employment could contribute to reducing the impact of Boko Haram. read more