World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_img Next India Today Web Desk July 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 09:44 IST Virat Kohli got out against the run of play at a crucial time in India’s run chase against England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia fell short of a 338-run chase vs England by 31 runs after Dhoni, Jadhav failed to accelerateShoaib Akhtar was among several experts who felt India could have played much better on SundayIndia’s defeat to England has also created complexities for Pakistan in their race for CWC semisFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar joined several other former cricketers in questioning India’s bizarre batting performance against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. Chasing 338, India fell short by 31 runs for their first defeat of World Cup 2019.India lost KL Rahul for a duck and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were so cautious thereafter that they managed to reach only 28 for 1 off 10 overs.However, both Kohli and Rohit upped the ante before Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya played entertaining cameos to give India some hope. But MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav baffled experts and fans alike with their go-slow approach as India slumped to defeat.India’s defeat has now also complicated matters for Pakistan who would not be cerain of a semi-finals berth even if they beat Bangladesh in their final group match.Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders but conceded they were not batting for Pakistan and it was their match.”India could have played better. An aggressive approach in first 10 overs and then with 5 wickets in hand, they could have done wonders. But it was their match, they were not batting for Pakistan,” Shoaib Akhtar tweeted.On air during their commentary stint, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and former England skipper Nasser Hussain slammed MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav who dealt mostly in singles when sixes and boundaries were the need of the hour.”I am completely baffled. What’s going on! This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air. It’s a World Cup game, top 2 sides, give it a go! Indian fans would want their side to do a little bit more. They want their side to go down with a fight. Risk it to win it,” Hussain said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to England Also Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervousFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs EnglandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Shoaib Akhtar World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarIndia vs England World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders against England with wickets in hand at Edgbaston on Sunday. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were inexplicably slow towards the end of India’s 338-run chase and fell short by 31 runs.advertisementlast_img read more

Madhyamik rerun Becoming doctors top choice among HS toppers as well

first_imgKolkata: Shovan Mandal from Birbhum Zilla School, who has jointly ranked first along with Rajarshi Barman of Jenkins School in Cooch Behar, has expressed his desire to become a cardiologist to serve poor people in the villages. Rajarshi on the other hand wants to study Physics. Both of them have scored 498 marks out of 500.Shovan, who had stood eighth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017, was a little surprised when his name was announced. “It was surprising for me as I didn’t expect that I could rank first. It is, however, a great feeling for me. Human physiology is my favourite subject and I want to become a doctor. I have appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. I have seen that a large number of patients in the villages suffer from heart related ailments. All the patients cannot bear the cost of treatment. I want to treat the patients in the villages at a lesser cost.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShovan also spoke on one of the keys to his success, saying: “I always used to read the text books thoroughly. I also used to practice question-answer series that has paid dividends in the examination. I like to watch cricket and read story books in my leisure time.” Rajarshi, who appeared for the exam from Jenkins School, wants to pursue studies in Physics. He also stressed on the reading of text books minutely to succeed in the exam. His father Bishnupada Barman is a teacher by profession. “I thought that I would get around 475 marks. The number has jumped to 498 in the final examination. I used to read whenever I had time on hands. I always followed text books. I was taken aback when I saw my name flashing on the TV screen,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSanjukta Bose of Bidhannagar Govt High School, who is among the six students securing second position, used to study 17-18 hours per day before the exam. She aspires to be a teacher. One of her relatives said that she wants to study Economics. A resident of Baguiati, Sanjukta has succeeded in the examination despite financial constraints affecting her family. She has received 98 in Economics, 100 in English and 93 in Bengali. All the second rankers have obtained 496 marks. The other students who have jointly ranked second are Tanmay Maikap of Bajkul Balai Chandra Vidyapith of East Midnapore, Swarnadip Saha of Dinhata High School in Cooch Behar, Hritam Nath of Krishnagar Collegiate School, Md Mausam Akhtar of Sundarban Adarsha Vidyamandir and Anatap Mitra of Jenkins School. Tanmay Maikap said that he wants to be a doctor. Mathematics has been his favourite subject. He has scored 100 marks in Mathematics and Chemistry, whereas in English and Physics he has got 99 and 98 respectively. Shreyashi Sarkar of Taki House (Govt Sponsored) Multipurpose Girls High School has jointly ranked fourth and she aspires to be an engineer. She has obtained 492 marks, while Rakesh Dey from Sainthia Town High School, another co-ranker said he wants to study History and become a professor. Satyam Kar from Jadavpur Vidyapith, who has ranked fifth along with 13 others securing 491 marks, said that an extensive reading of text books was his key to success. He wants to be a doctor as well. He had ranked sixth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017. “I used to study whenever I felt like it. Bio-science is one of my favourite subjects. HS examinees should read the text books thoroughly to get good marks. I want to serve people in the villages after becoming a doctor,” Satyam said.last_img read more

A huge boon Alberta town hopes to pull new kind of energy

EDMONTON — An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.Hinton, west of Edmonton on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, is teaming up with academic researchers and the private sector to install what may be Canada’s first geothermal heating system in its downtown core.And some say it could change the ground rules for industry all over Alberta.“It would be a huge boon for the economy of this province,” said Jonathan Banks, a University of Alberta geologist who’s working on the project.The town and Calgary-based Epoch Energy propose to re-open an abandoned gas well near the community and use heat from the bottom of the hole to warm municipal buildings.Water five kilometres down simmers at 120 C. It would be pumped topside and used to warm another fluid, which would be piped downtown to the networked buildings. The water would then be re-injected.One study has run the numbers for 12 public buildings, including schools, government offices, the hospital and the RCMP detachment. The $10.2 million cost would be paid back in 16 years at current natural gas prices. The town would cut its CO2 emissions — and associated carbon tax costs — by 3,795 tonnes a year.“It makes sense,” said Hinton Mayor Rob Mackin. “We were built on resources and this is just an extension of that.”Banks draws a distinction between ground source heat pumps in common use and true geothermal energy. The first, he says, draws on solar energy stored in the top layers of the Earth while the second uses heat actually generated in the depths.The geothermal concept is widely used around the world, but Hinton’s version has a few wrinkles.Rocks beneath the town contain tiny pores which hold oil, gas and water. Pump those pores dry and rocks behave differently. Those differences are well-understood for hydrocarbons, but not water.“When it’s related to oil and gas, we know everything,” said Banks. “When it’s related to geothermal, we actually don’t know any of this stuff.”Water from that far down is full of salts and other materials such as heavy metals. Will those materials crystallize out at the surface? It’s not known.Questions on pump rates, pipe sizes, flow rates and well spacing all need to be answered.The town has asked the provincial government for $1.2 million. Hinton and the university have borne the cost so far.There are also legal and regulatory issues.Alberta has no legal structures for owning heat. A system to encourage oil and gas producers to transfer end-of-life wells to geothermal producers needs to be developed. Transferring environmental liability from oil and gas producers to geothermal producers must be figured out.“There has to be a really fulsome conversation between oil and gas, green energy producers and the regulator to say there’s a good outcome here if we can figure out how to do this together,” said Lisa Mueller of Epoch Energy.The Alberta Energy Regulator says it is already discussing how to adapt to geothermal, as is the province.If the questions are answered, the possibilities are large. Alberta has thousands of oil and gas wells that offer possibilities.“We would typically look for water above 60 degrees,” said Banks. “There’s a practically unlimited supply of that in Alberta. There’s an ocean of it.”Geothermal heat could sponsor a whole new industry — greenhouse agriculture.“If you could go to a greenhouse developer and offer a 20-year fixed-price heat contract, there’s a lot of upside there,” said Mackin.Communities such as Boise, Idaho, use geothermal to melt snow off streets. Any industry that needs to heat water — such as the oilsands — could let heat from the Earth do the heavy lifting, carbon-free.If everything goes well, Mackin said his town hopes to have the pilot project up and running as early as 2019. If it is, Canada will join the rest of the world.“This isn’t new elsewhere in the world,” he said. “This is new for Canada.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more