Nicholas Pooran scored a brilliant hundred against Sri LankaTwitterNicholas PooranWest Indies is a cricketing nation that always has players with great potential but very little outcome. Nicholas Pooran is another very exciting prospect and thought of highly by people who follow Windies cricket. How good he is became clear when he scored a magnificent hundred against Sri Lanka in a tough chase. If luck had gone in the favour of West Indies, he may well have pulled off a remarkable victory. Having all the elegance of a left hander and the flair of a batsman from the Caribbean, Pooran is another one of the talented players in the West Indian batting line-up. Along with Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, they could well become the spine of the Windies batting in future. Avishka Fernando could be the next big thing in Sri Lankan battingTwitterAvishka FernandoNo country is in greater need of future superstar batsmen than Sri Lanka. They have been struggling ever since Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara hung up their boots from international cricket. While Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera have shown glimpses of their undeniable talent, they haven’t been able to do justice to it. Fernando could well be the man who changes that. There seems to be a bit of Marvan Atapattu about him, especially the way he plays the ball on to the leg-side. His hundred against West Indies could be the turning point in his career. However, he has to prove that, unlike the two Kusals, he can perform consistently. Alex Carey seems to be a very good batsmanTwitterAlex CareyAdam Gilchrist revolutionised the role of wicketkeeper in the team. They are no longer considered as glovemen behind the stumps but also important batsmen. Alex Carey seems to be the one who will finally provide a decent replacement to Australia for Gilchrist. In this World Cup, Carey displayed his brilliant stroke-play, both against spinners and fast bowlers, as well as his ability to find boundaries in difficult situation. Especially against spinners, he uses his long reach to great effect. He is certainly going to be a great servant of Australian cricket if everything goes well. Archer justified England’s faith in himTwitterJofra ArcherHe was a superstar in T20 franchise cricket already. But judgement was reserved as to whether he can replicate his success at the international level. It’s clear now that Jofra Archer is one of the finest limited-overs bowler in the world and is mastering that most valued art in cricket today – death overs bowling – as well as anyone. With genuine pace that inflicted injuries on both Alex Carey and Hashim Amla and a bag full of tricks like slower ball, slower bouncer, etc., he has every quality to become a leading bowler in world cricket. But what left people most confidence in his abilities was his temperament. His performance in the final, first at the end of the New Zealand innings and then in the super over, showed his class. He truly is a superstar in making. Archer delivered on the expectationsTwitter/Cricket World CupA World Cup in any sport gives young players an opportunity to turn themselves into global superstars. This is the case in cricket also. Performing well in a bi-lateral series wins a cricketer the applause of his and the opponent’s country. But a good performance on the biggest stage of the game spreads his renown all over the cricket world.In the 2019 World Cup also, there were many young or new cricketers trying to make a name for themselves. Some of them succeeded while some faltered. Now that the big event is over, we have a good opportunity to look at those young and upcoming cricketers who rose to the occasion and showed the world the talent they possess.Here is a list of 5 such men who displayed their talent and made the world realise that they could well be the next big things from their countries. Ikram showed great technique and temperamentTwitterIkram Ali KhilThe entry of this player into the Afghanistan team happened after the controversial exit of their veteran keeper-batsman Mohammad Shehzad midway through the tournament. The 18-year old didn’t just keep wickets but was even promoted to bat at no. 3. He responded by scoring a wonderful 86 in the game against West Indies. What is most impressive about this youngster is that, unlike other batsmen in his team, he seems to have a very decent technique. With many years ahead of him, he could well turn out to be that precocious talent that Afghanistan would need to make a mark in the future. Rassie van der Dussen has made a great start to his careerTwitterRassie van der DussenHe is not a young man but 30 years old. Still, Rassie van der Dussen is a newcomer in the world of international cricket. Right from his debut innings, where he scored 93, van der Dussen has looked the part in international cricket. His stroke-play is very fluent and equally good against fast and slow bowlers. There also seems to be a maturity in his game which is probably the result of experience in domestic cricket. He already has 7 half-centuries in 18 games and though yet to get a hundred, the right-hander has twice been out in the nineties. In the World Cup also, he played some brilliant innings including the last one where Rassie got his personal best of 95. He could become a very important player in the future.Afridi seemed to raise his game to a new level in the World CupTwitterShaheen AfridiThe talent of Shaheen Afridi had been recognised well before the tournament began. He had bowled good spells in his career already. But with the whole world watching, Afridi reached new heights of success. His 6-wicket haul against Bangladesh was an example of highest quality of bowling. With his great height, ability to bowl yorkers and also to swing the ball, he could turn out to be a legend. Still only a teenager, Afridi is only going to get better and, perhaps, faster. Watching him over the next few years promises to be exciting.
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COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Ericsson later earned a verdict from the Supreme Court that signalled immediate crisis for cash-strapped Anil Ambani. The court ordered Anil and two RCom directors to clear Ericsson’s dues worth Rs 4.5 billion within four weeks or face a three-month jail term for contempt of court. The last date of making the payment was March 19.With the wireless sale deal stalled, Anil frantically sought other ways to pay off the debt and escape impending jail term. But he suffered another blow when National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) refused to free up to Rs 260 crore tax refunds withheld by lenders saying it did not have jurisdiction to do so. Banks had opposed the release of the tax refunds. Anil was now looking down the barrel.Dramatic turnHowever, a day before the expiry of the apex court’s deadline, RCom said it paid a whopping Rs 458.77 crore to Ericsson, clearing outstanding dues. The money came from Mukesh. A long-standing rivalry apparently ended with the victor bailing out the one who fell.Anil then profusely thanked Mukesh, his brother and Asia’s richest man, and his wife Nita, for extending timely support. “My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my respected elder brother, Mukesh, and Nita, for standing by me during these trying times, and demonstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support,” Anil said in a statement issued by Reliance Communications. “I and my family are grateful we have moved beyond the past, and are deeply grateful and touched with this gesture.” Mukesh Ambani (left) with brother Anil Ambani.ReutersOne of the biggest sibling rivalries in the corporate world has apparently come to end with Anil Ambani publicly thanking elder brother Mukesh and his wife Nita for throwing a lifeline at the last minute that saved him from going to jail in the Ericsson case. The nearly two-decades-long struggle for one-upmanship between the billionaire brothers started when their rags-to-riches father Dhirubhai Ambani died without leaving a will in 2002.When India’s biggest ever corporate satrap died, he left his gigantic company in the hands of his sons Mukesh and Anil, whose personalities were a study in contrast. A long saga of internal conflicts wracked the company for years, with bad blood between the brothers occasionally spilling out in the open. After years of pushing and shoving, which was worsened by the coteries of professional managers loyal to each of the Reliance scions, the matriarch, Kokilaben Ambani, stepped in and brokered a truce between them in 2005.The formal division of the empire left both Mukesh and Anil evenly rich but their onward journey was destined to witness different tones of success and fortune. Mukesh got control of the flagship oil-refining and petrochemicals business, while Anil got the newer businesses such as power generation, financial services and telecom.Quirks of destinyIn one of the quirks of destiny, while the wealth of Mukesh grew exponentially, Anil saw his riches dwindling over the years. His ranking in the international rich list suffered first and what we saw next was that he slipped horrendously in the India rich list as well.Anil was still leading a charge in the new businesses of the Reliance empire but Mukesh saw future threats in his core business, with crude oil prices climbing, threatening to erode refiners’ margins. He waited for the end of a non-compete clause with the brother, which had kept him out of the telecom arena. When the agreement was scrapped in 2010, Mukesh quickly returned, pumping in more than $34 billion over the next seven years to build a speedier 4G wireless network for his Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.And thus, finally, the killer blow to Anil’s business empire came from Mukesh himself. The elder Ambani’s re-entry into the telecommunications business with Reliance Jio Infocomm served a grim notice not just to Anil’s Reliance Communications, but a lot of other competitors as well. His nationwide 4G network, which debuted with free services in 2016, disrupted the business, forcing rivals including RCom to bleed, merge or exit the industry.”It was a very, very big bet,” said James Crabtree, a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. Jio also gave Mukesh the chance to forge his own legacy beyond the shadow of the businesses he had inherited. “Jio in that sense was an all-in bet,” he added.Like his elder brother, Anil had also invested billions to expand his portfolio, but the younger brother didn’t have a cash cow like the oil refinery to finance growth. Instead, like other businesses in India and elsewhere, many of his firms increased debt. The Jio onslaught was the proverbial last straw on the camel’s back. The already indebted Anil had to seek ways to shed assets in order to service debts and pay them off eventually. Under pressure from lenders, Anil broached selling RCom assets to quell investor concerns and deal with a sinking stock. The shares of Reliance Naval & Engineering Ltd saw the worst decline last year, losing 75 percent. Bought in 2015 as part of his bet on defence as the next engine of growth, the warship and submarine maker has proven hard to turn around.First signs of a thaw in sibling rivalryAnother of Anil’s defence firms also came under scrutiny over the 2016 negotiations between France and India for the $8.7 billion deal for Rafale warplanes from France. In a statement on August 20, Anil and his firm denied allegations from opposition lawmakers that the Rafale deal unfairly benefited his firm, saying the lawmakers had been “misinformed, misdirected and misled by malicious vested interests and corporate rivals.”Amid all this crisis, the first signs of a thaw in the sibling rivalry emerged when Mukesh agreed to buy the wireless assets of RCom for a whopping Rs 18000 crore, a deal that would help Anil lighten his debt load and stay in the business. However, it was not meant to be a fairytale ending for Anil Ambani. The wireless asset deal went into a tailspin after the DoT insisted it that its liabilities would be passed off onto the buyer, who would have to pay off the creditors and associates.Meanwhile, Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson was tightening the noose around the neck of the fallen business magnate. Back in 2017, Ericsson moved a bankruptcy court alleging it had not been paid dues of around Rs 1,600 crore after signing a deal in 2013 to operate, maintain and manage the telco’s nationwide network. It extracted a personal guarantee from Ambani to pay the dues. Mukesh Ambani helped his younger brother Anil Ambani to pay off debt owed to Sweden’s Ericsson
Rain brings fears of landslides againThe inhabitants of Rangamati are in fear of fresh landslides as it rained again on Thursday evening. Drizzling started from the night and has continued till Friday morning, when this report was being written.The people in the hill areas were taking refuge in the shelters. The local administration used megaphones to caution the people and helped them reach the shelters. A total of 12 shelters were opened with a capacity of housing around 2000 people.Shabana Khatun, one of the inhabitants of the hilly area who took shelter at the shelter house said she feared landslides would resume any moment.Rabi Mohan Chakma, the councilor of Bhedbhedi ward no 6, said people are in fear after rain resumed.Meanwhile, members of the fire service have resumed rescue operations in the BhedBhedi area where three people are reportedly still missing.