Kuldeep can be effective if picked for Champions Trophy: Hogg

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 30 (PTI) A Chinaman bowler himself, Australian Brad Hogg has an edge over other experts while analysing Kuldeep Yadavs abilities, which he feels will help India if he is picked for the Champions Trophy in England. Hogg has been Yadavs teammate in the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise of the Indian Premier League. “Yes, Kuldeep can be effective in England. The best cricketers are the ones who can adapt to foreign conditions,” Hogg told PTI during an interaction. “Great thing about the sport is no two countries are same. There is always something different that adds to variety of the different individuals. One of his (Kuldeep) next job will be to bowl on different wickets.” The 46-year-old Hogg, who has played 123 ODIs for Australia apart from 7 Tests and 15 T20 Internationals, is in the country as ESPNcricinfo Match Days expert panelist. Hogg, one of the sought after chinaman bowlers in limited overs cricket, had a word of advice for Kuldeep — gain more control over the stock ball before expanding his variety. “He is a different bowler for sure. There arent too many chinaman bowlers in world cricket at the moment. Kuldeep has great variety and strength of any spinner is his variations. You may know all the tricks in the trade but no point using the tricks if you havent yet mastered a stock delivery,” said Hogg. Asked how a spinner can decide on the kind of stock delivery (his go-to ball), he wants to bowl, Hogg explained it would depend on the format one plays. “If you are playing 50-over cricket, a leg-spinner can be a bit more slower and use his leg-break. In Test cricket, its entirely different where you have to be very patient. Coming to T20, one needs to be a bit more quicker through the air,” he said. He then gave the example of Samuel Badree, one of the successful spinners in the shortest format. “Someone like Badree skids deliveries into pads a little bit more so that batsmen dont free their arms. In T20 cricket, one needs to be a little bit quicker so that the batsmen dont come out of their crease. “You cant bowl good length in T20s as batsman would hit you out of the park,” he reasoned. Hogg said consistency is the key for a spinner. “T20 is more about regularly building pressure and not allowing batsmen to score. Try and build on the dots. Limit the ones and engage one batsman whos going after you.” Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan have been very successful leg-spinners in this edition of the IPL and Hogg is impressed with how captains have used their attacking options wisely. “Leg-spinners can be operational in Powerplays and some have been used in the middle period when the ball gets scuffed. Its about utilising at right times. All captains have used leg-spinners wisely. Thats the biggest factor. When exactly are you using them,” Hogg said. Quizzed on the possible teams for the Play-offs, Hogg said RCB, Gujarat Lions, Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are likely to miss the bus. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan revels in massive Indian turnout at SCG: Guess they love me a lot

first_imgThe Sydney Cricket Ground stands were filled with thousands of blue shirts, which outnumbered the yellow on Sunday. With a Wankhede-like atmosphere, it was seemingly a home away from home for the Men in Blue, who were fighting to save the three-match T20I series against hosts Australia.Virat Kohli’s men put smiles on the faces of their fans by romping to a six-wicket win and thereby leveling the tightly-fought series.Not many had left the stands as most blue shirts from the strong crowd stayed back for the presentation ceremony and cheered on for their superstar cricketers.Things become pretty easy when Rohit, Dhawan do the job for us: Virat KohliAs pointed out by the presenter, opener Shikhar Dhawan received one of the loudest cheers as made his way to collect the Man of the Series Award. The Delhi batsman, as usual, played to the gallery as he brought out his trademark “thigh-slap” celebration and made sure the decibel levels hit the roof.Acknowledging the support he was receiving, Dhawan said: “I guess, they love me a lot. Now I will make them cheer more [thigh slaps].”India extend unbeaten streak in T20 Internationals to 10 series after SCG win”I enjoy entertaining people and I enjoy playing entertaining cricket. People enjoyed watching good cricket out there,” he added.”Yeah, absolutely [feels like being in India]. It’s tremendous to see this kind of support. It’s good that stadium was full. It’s lovely. I am sure that all the Indian supporters out there are going to support us during the Test series. We’re going to do well there as well.”advertisementIndia vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Report | Highlights | As it happenedShikhar Dhawan lit up the early stages of the run chase with some awesome strokeplay!#AUSvIND @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/COK9uOLP33cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 25, 2018Dhawan’s love for Australia was visible with the way he went about his business in the two innings he played during the three-match series.The left-handed opener hit a 42-ball 76, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes, in the rain-marred first T20I, which went in Australia’s favour.Also read – Aaron Finch says Australia are feeling good for Tests after drawn T20I seriesHe helped India get off to a flyer on Sunday in Sydney with a 22-ball 41 that had six fours and two huge ones.Dhawan is not going to be part of the Test squad that will face Australia in the upcoming four-match series, starting December 6 in Adelaide.READ – Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in AustraliaMeanwhile, captain Kohli pointed out that the crowd support in Sydney gave the team the extra motivation during the tricky chase of 165.Kohli led from the front once again as the right-hander slammed an unbeaten 61 and stiched a crucial 60-run stand with Dinesh Karthik as India gunned down the total of 165 with two balls to spare.”It’s always been like this. I mean, MCG and SCG are two stadiums where our fans come out in huge numbers. They’re really loud and they motivated the guys to get this victory for us,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Astomos Kuwait Petroleum to Study LPG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Japan’s Astomos Energy Corporation and oil company Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) have agreed to further study the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as ship bunker fuel.The parties reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim to enhance cooperation, share and research information in the fields of consideration of LPG fueled vessels, organizing global supply sites for LPG bunkering and other fields relating to LPG bunkering.For the past years, KPC and Astomos have been forming respectable business partnership in the fields of LPG supply and import. This MOU made the partnership stronger for the two companies and will contribute to expansion of new business fields, Astomos said.The latest MOU comes on the back of an agreement reached with Australian LPG distributor Elgas in late October, aimed at further studying the use of LPG as bunker fuel. Earlier in 2017, Astomos signed a separate MOU with Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil for the same purposes.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.last_img read more