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Murali Vijay dropped, Prithvi Shaw in India squad for final 2 Tests vs England

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first_imgMurali Vijay has been dropped from the Indian team for the remaining two Tests of the five-match series against England.Vijay was dropped after a disappointing outing with the bat in the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s. He was dropped from the playing XI for the Trent Bridge Test which India won by 203 runs to narrow England’s lead to 2-1 after three Tests.Vijay, who was India’s leading run-getter in England in 2014, aggregated 26 runs from four innings. Vijay was also in a woeful form when India toured South Africa earlier this year and has 6 single-digit scores in his last 11 innings.Prithvi Shaw earned his maiden Test call-up while batsman Hanuma Vihari has also been added to the 18-member Indian squad.READ – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesKuldeep Yadav, who played the second Test at Lord’s in place of Umesh Yadav, was also dropped from the squad. He will now be part of India A’s squad for two four-day matches against Australia A to be played at Vizag.Also Vijay’s form outside the sub-continent has been wretched for sometime now even though he has a decent average of 39.33 across 59 Test matches. He has scored 3933 runs with 12 hundreds.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainThe 18-year-old Shaw, who had captained India U-19 to World Cup triumph earlier this year, is set to be rewarded for his consistent show in the first-class cricket.Shaw has scored 1418 runs in 14 first-class matches with an average of 56.72 and seven centuries. He was one of the star performers along with Vihari and Mayank Agarwal during India A’s recent tour of the UK.advertisementVirat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsHe scored 188 in a first-class game against West Indies A in Beckenham and recently scored 136 against South Africa A in Bengaluru.Vihari, a member of the 2012 U-19 World Cup team, has been a consistent scorer in Ranji Trophy and has also done well for India A in recent times.Vihari enjoys a phenomenal average of nearly 60 in 63 first-class games with 5142 runs and 15 hundreds to his credit. During the tour of UK, he scored 147 in a List A game against West Indies A. He also had a half-century in a four-day ‘Test’ against the same opponents.Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat KohliRecently, he also scored 54 and 148 in the two ‘Tests’ against South Africa A side at home.The fourth Test between India and England will be played at Southampton from August 30.India’s squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma VihariIndia A squad for the two four-day games against Australia A: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, R Samarth, A Easwaran, Ankit Bawne, Shubman Gill, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Nadeem, Kuldeep Yadav, K Gowtham, Rajneesh Gurbani, Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohd. Sirajlast_img read more

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Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: India skipper the world’s best at 30

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first_imgHappy birthday, Virat Kohli!Virat Kohli is celebrating his 30th birthday today. The poster boy of Indian cricket continues to entertain, break records at will and set examples for others.In the last one year — from November 5, 2017 to November 5, 2018 — Kohli scaled new heights on the cricket field. He is the top ranked batsman in both Tests and ODIs currently that clearly justifies his status of being the best batsman in the world.In the last one year, Kohli has amassed 3034 runs in international cricket with the help of 13 centuries.Kohli broke a plethora of records in international cricket in 2018 as he became the quickest to score 10,000 ODI runs and 2000 T20I runs this year.Kohli scores runs for fun these days. He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundreds in one day internationals when he hit 107 against West Indies in the recently concluded series.Read – Virat Kohli turns 30: Another record-breaking year for India skipperKohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.As the captain of the team, he leads by example and his obsession with fitness is no secret. He spends hours at the gym, watches what he eats and expects his men to do the same.On the occasion of his 30th birthday let’s take a look at all the records he achieved and broke since November 5, 2017:advertisement- Virat Kohli has scored 1673 runs in 23 Test innings in the past one year with 2 double hundreds.- During this time India recorded registered two series wins under Kohli against Sri Lanka and West Indies while suffered defeats to South Africa and England.- Kohli is now second on the list of most Test wins as captain of India with 24 victories in 42 matches. MS Dhoni leads the list with 27 wins in 60 Tests.- In England, Kohli bettered Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 21 wins as India’s Test captain. He added two more victories to his list with whitewash of West Indies in the two-match series last month. Virat Kohli is currently the top ranked batsman in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)- Kohli also became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs. He achieved the feat in 205 innings — 54 less than Sachin Tendulkar, who had held the record so far.- Kohli was also the quickest to 1000 runs in ODIs in a calendar year achieving the feat in only 11 innings. He surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.- In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times now — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.- Earlier this year, Kohli became the second Indian cricketer after Mithali Raj to reach 2000 T20 International runs. He is also only the fourth male cricketer to reach the milestone after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.- He took only 60 matches and 56 innings to enter the coveted club. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.- Kohli now has 2102 runs from 62 matches with 18 half-centuries. This remains the only format where he hasn’t scored a hundred yet. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum leads the pack with 2140 runs in 71 matches at 35.66 with two centuries and 13 fifties. Virat Kohli averages 48.88 in Twenty20 internationals (Reuters Photo)- Kohli has the second-highest batting average of 48.88 in Twenty20 internationals. Pakistan’s Babar Azam is currently the only cricketer to average above 50 in the T20Is.- Kohli is currently averaging 54.57 in Tests while 59.83 in ODIs. Both his averages are best among the active cricketers. Australia’s Steve Smith averages 61.37 but is currently serving a one-year ban for his involvement in ball-tampering scandal earlier this year in South Africa.last_img read more

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Gov’t Looking to Double Tertiary Enrolment by 2030

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first_img The Government is looking to double enrollment of students in tertiary institutions over the next 13 years. At least three indigenous degree-granting institutions have been established since Independence – the University of Technology (UTech), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and Mico University College – as well as several other multi-disciplinary colleges. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, tells JIS NEWS that increasing the number of students benefiting from tertiary training is critical for the country to achieve development goals over the next 55 years and beyond. The Government is looking to double the enrolment of students in tertiary institutions over the next 13 years.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, tells JIS News that increasing the number of students benefiting from tertiary training is critical for the country to achieve development goals over the next 55 years and beyond.He informs that the gross enrolment rate of the tertiary age cohort (18-24 years) is approximately 28.5 per cent, while only about 15 per cent of the workforce has tertiary training and certification.He says the Government recognises that sustainable development goes hand in hand with higher education and, as such, will be providing increased opportunities for students to access tertiary studies at institutions across the island. This includes providing greater access to funding.“We are doing all that we can to find a pathway solution to ensure that all our students, who are aspiring for the highest achievement in education, that they are so supported,” Minister Reid says.Increased tertiary access is in keeping with the Education Sector Plan, which is part of the Vision 2030: National Development Plan.It envisions an education and training system for Jamaica that produces well-rounded and qualified people, who are able to function as creative and productive individuals in all spheres of the society, and be competitive in a global context.Under the plan, the average beneficiary of the education and training system is expected to: complete secondary level education; acquire a vocational skill; be proficient in  English language, a foreign language, mathematics, a science subject, and information and communications technology (ICT); participate in sports and the arts; be aware and proud of the local culture; and possess excellent interpersonal skills and workplace attitudes.A major focus of the sector is to build capacities at crucial levels to ensure that training and certification meet industry needs locally and for the international market.Minister Reid says the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) is a bold initiative to ensure that all students leaving secondary education have certification equivalent to an associate degree that they can build on at tertiary institutions.The merger of the HEART Trust/NTA, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the National Youth Service (NYS) will ensure that more students can access training and certification through a centralised system.“It is a human resource training institution and will be able to continue to improve and upgrade the skills of our workforce to ensure that they are cutting-edge to serve the Jamaican market as well as internationally,” Minister Reid says.Looking at achievements in the sector over the last 55 years, Minister Reid says Jamaica has built a quality system that is providing full access from early childhood to secondary schools, and options for tertiary training.At the dawn of Independence in 1962, education, which was largely regarded a privilege for a select few, become the right of every Jamaican.Over the years, there have been major policy initiatives and significant investments to improve infrastructure, access and outcomes, and provide the highest quality training for all citizens.center_img Notable achievements include the development of standards to guide the delivery of early childhood education through the establishment of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) and standardised textbooks and workbooks; universal primary education; tuition-free policy and implementation of a highly subsidised and accessible book rental scheme at the secondary level; and a subsidised lunch programme.In addition, there has been significant building and expansion of schools; development of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) to replace the Common Entrance Examination (CEE); development and the implementation of various educational policies.Minister Reid notes that prior to Independence, the majority of persons living in Jamaica did not have access to elementary education.He says that since then significant strides have been made by introducing early childhood education “which is now accessible to most children and the Government intends to…ensure that all children have universal access and participation at approved institutions.”Senator Reid notes that while at the point of Independence there was “low” access at secondary institutions, additional schools have been built enabling universal access to a full five years of secondary schooling.At least three indigenous degree-granting institutions have been established since Independence – the University of Technology (UTech), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and The Mico University College – as well as several other multidisciplinary colleges.With all the advances made in education, Minister Reid says he is “inspired by where we are as a people.”“Looking back at the last 55 years, we have been through our successes, we have been through our challenges. Our vision is to give them (children) free access up to age 18 and ensure they can gain degrees by age 30, and move seamlessly into the world of work,” he notes.The Minister sees education as “very critical” in fighting crime, improving discipline in the society, and ensuring better governance. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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