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first_imgGuyana’s 50th Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced final plans for its one week “Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC” from June 4-12, in the Tri-State area.This will be the largest celebration outside of Guyana.The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 4, at 13:00h with an interfaith service at the York College Performing Arts Theatre, at 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, Queens. This will be preceded by an inter-county cricket match at 09:30h, at the Idiewild Park Springfield Blvd & 149th Ave, Rosedale, Queens.A symposium on Guyana’s independence journey is planned for Sunday, June 5, at 09:00h at the York College Large Lecture Theatre, at 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd, Queens, while on Monday, June 6, there will be an exhibition of Guyanese art from 10:00h at Aljira Centre for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad St, Newark, NJ.The following day, June 7, will see a live radio broadcast from the famous Sybil’s Restaurant at 13217 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, Queens, at 19:00h.On Wednesday, June 8 – which is Guyanese Volunteer Day – Guyanese medical doctors, nurses and lawyers will provide free medical and legal services at various locations in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.Locations are listed on the Committee’s website, www.celebrateguyana50thinnyc.com.On Thursday, June 9, there will be the official flag raising ceremony at Newark City Hall Square, at 920 Broad St, Newark, NJ. This will be done by the Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka.Friday, June 10 is “Invest Guyana” Business and Investment conference at 09:00h, at the Harvard Club of New York, located at 35 W 44th St, New York, NY.Speakers include Guyana’s Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally and Agriculture Minister Noel Holder.On Saturday, June 10, there will be the President Cup Soccer Tournament at the South Shore High School Park, located at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenues) at 10:00h.The Black Tie, Red Carpet official Jubilee state dinner will take place on Saturday, June 11, at 20:00h, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and Towers, located at 811 7th Avenue & W 53rd St, New York, NY. Keynote Speaker is Guyana’s Head of State David Granger.The grand finale of Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC, the Independence Parade, is on Sunday, June 12, in Brooklyn. The parade will start at 11:30h, at the intersection of Church and Utica Avenues and will proceed West to Ralph Ave, turn South into Ralph Ave and ends at Ralph and Flatlands Avenues – a 3.3 miles route.A grand after parade, unity concert will take place at 16:00h on Sunday, June 12, at South Shore High School Park, at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenue).The New York Jubilee Committee is asking all Guyanese to showcase the Golden Arrowhead (Guyana’s flag) during Guyana Jubilee NYC from June 4 – 12. For more information of the New York celebration, visit their website or call 929-263-2556 or 212-947-5115.last_img read more

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first_img– accuses some senior staffers of being ‘at sea’ and ‘sailing’Many of the economic woes facing Guyana are mainly owed to the incompetence and ignorance of some senior staff at the Finance Ministry, including subject Minister Winston Jordan.This blunt observation was made by former President Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference held on Tuesday.Jagdeo, a Moscow-trained economist, contends that many of the explanations given by Jordan and his staff about the economy are irrelevant and do not address the concerns facing the people.“They are at sea at that ministry…at the Ministry of Finance, (they are) sailing all over the place,” he declared.The former President said the argument about the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) sabotaging the economy was senseless and did not hold any ground, but rather reeked of political prejudice.Jagdeo, who is the current Opposition Leader, reminded that international financial agencies like the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had pointed out that the economy would collapse.“There has been a decrease of supply in foreign currency to the market from every sector, except gold. We earned less in foreign currency. FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) has dropped (and) remittances have dropped,” he explained.Jagdeo also criticised the central bank’s explanation for the slowdown in the economy, describing it as “lame”.“We don’t have a freely determined exchange rate any longer,” Jagdeo stated, while contending that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has destroyed it. According to him, the Government has kept the rate at G$215 because of “bullyisim and executive fiat”.”In highlighting recent comments made by Jordan in sections of the media about Government’s intention to maintain prudent fiscal policies against external shocks, Jagdeo said his comments were baseless.“They hide behind this. Things that sound good but mean nothing,” he opined.Jordan said recently that Government planned to continue improving its operations to ensure that the measures outlined in the 2017 budget were executed on schedule.“Is he saying that they are going to cut expenditure to adjust to the changing global environment or is he saying that they are going to increase expenditure? Is he saying that we are going to cut taxes or increase taxes to get more revenue?That’s when it makes sense,” Jagdeo stated.Jordan had said that the overall economic and fiscal performance in 2016 was similar to, or slightly better than, the projections developed at the time the 2017 Budget was prepared.Since the budget was prepared, he said, the risk of external shocks has increased. The Minister maintains that Guyana remains highly vulnerable to shocks owing to the absence of a diversified economy.last_img read more

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first_imgHAVANA – There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Havana’s Revolution Plaza to celebrate May Day, casting new doubts on his recovery and whether he will return to power. Tuesday marked only the third time in nearly five decades that Castro has missed the sweeping International Workers’ Day festivities – a major celebration here and around the world. While recent images of Castro meeting with Chinese leaders indicated he had improved considerably since undergoing emergency surgery nine months ago, his absence at the parade through the Revolution Plaza raised questions about whether he is strong enough to run the country. The 80-year-old leader has missed two other major events since announcing his illness on July 31 and temporarily ceding power to his 75-year-old brother Raul Castro, the defense minister. Raul presided at the Nonaligned Summit in September and a major military parade in December. “It now seems more unlikely than before that he will fully resume the presidency,” said Wayne Smith, the former head of the American mission in Havana. “And the more time that passes, the more unlikely it seems.” Smith said that with Castro failing to show Tuesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s assertions this week that Castro was back “in charge” appeared to be “a lot of hot air.” Others said he could still resume some responsibility. “To me, the key question is to what degree is he coming back?” said Phil Peters, Cuba specialist for the Lexington Institute, a Washington-area think tank. “Would his comeback be partial, ceremonial? Will he spend two hours in the office checking off on strategic decisions?” Raul Castro, wearing his typical olive-green uniform and cap, stood stiffly and smiled under the shadow of a towering statue of Cuban independence leader Jose Marti. He occasionally waved as marchers clad in red T-shirts and dark slacks streamed past, clutching plastic Cuban flags, portraits of his more famous brother and banners denouncing U.S. “imperialism.” Although Cuban life is little changed under Raul’s leadership, loyalists missed the energy Fidel brought to events such as May Day. “Everyone wanted to see him, but it’s good that he recovers completely. Now the revolution is continuing with Raul,” said 68-year-old hotel worker Victor Reyes, who was among the marchers. Special guests included a Cuba solidarity group from New York. The foreigners were impressed by the large turnout, which Havana’s Radio Reloj estimated at 500,000. Smaller marches were held simultaneously in cities around the island.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgThose deals mean Liverpool are open to off-loading players likely to be squeezed out of the match-day squad on a regular basis.Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan is expected to join Cagliari, while Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo, Marko Grujic and Dominic Solanke might all attract interest.Although English teams can’t buy players until January, they can still sell to European clubs for the rest of August and Klopp says business could be done at Anfield — but only at the right price.“I said before, in general, that it’s possible players could leave the club and that will happen if it’s good for everyone,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.“The transfer window closed in England and the whole of the world — the whole of Europe at least — was waiting for that moment and they start now trying, dumping (lower) prices to get good football players.“That will not happen. We are not in a financial need. No player would leave the club if I would not allow it. First the situation is, ‘How is the offer, how is the need for us?’.“I really think we could give a few players the opportunity but we have to see how many. I have no number in my mind at the moment.”Liverpool are regarded as the team most likely to challenge champions Manchester City.They kicked off their campaign with a 4-0 win against West Ham, but Klopp is not getting carried away.“People are still not used to enough good football from us, because if we are good we are ‘unbelievably good’. But we didn’t get anything for it so far,” he said.“We need to stay positive, very good, but stay angry as well. Don’t celebrate the whole week until Monday and then fall hard.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is ready to do transfer business before the end of August © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Jurgen Klopp admits he is willing to allow some of Liverpool’s fringe players to leave before the end of the August.Reds boss Klopp splashed out £160 million ($203.8 million) on Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri before the Premier League transfer window closed last week.last_img read more

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first_imgJim McGuinness has revealed that he had his mind made up to step down as Donegal manager before the All-Ireland final with Kerry. McGuinness gave his first interview since taking the decision to leave the Donegal job on RTE’s The Saturday Night Show.McGuinness spoke candidly to Brendan O’Connor about his decision to quit the Donegal job, and said the last five years was an incredible journey. McGuinness remarkably revealed that he knew he would leave his role as Donegal manager before the All-Ireland final with Kerry, regardless of the outcome of the match.However he did say that not winning the All-Ireland did make it slightly more difficult for him to walk away.McGuinness told O’Connor, “I had my mind made up before the All-Ireland final, regardless of the result, we didn’t get the ending we wanted, but it’s been an incredible journey.“I asked for a four-year term, because I thought that’s how long it would take us to win the All-Ireland, but we won it in year two, and got to the final in year four. “It’s been one of the best experiences of my life, and it’s been the most incredible journey.McGuinness revealed the decision to leave was all the more difficult because of the bond he had developed with the players over the years, and spoke affectionately about the changes that occurred to the group during their journey.“When I started out, I had one child, now I have five, where did I get the time to manage that, he joked.“We’ve become so close, I’ve seen some players start college and come out at the end of that cycle, some players have got married, some have had children, it’s been an amazing journey, and we’ve all become very close.“All the training camps, all the overnight stays in hotels, the training, it’s been intense, but we all gave it everything, absolutely everything for our county. When asked about his decision to inform the group of his decision to step down via text, McGuinness said that’s the way they operated.“Donegal’s a huge county, I wasn’t going to drag players to a hotel, to tell them something so short, but it was emotional thing to do, when I sat down to send that group text to the players.“I got texts back from the players, and there was some lovely words sent back, and that meant a lot.“We were part of an amazing journey, all of us, together, and as I said we gave it everything. McGuinness was the most successful manager in the history of Donegal GAA, landing three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland, and nearly winning a second All-Ireland crown last month.The search for his successor continues, with his former assistant Rory Gallagher the hot favourite to land the job.MCGUINNESS – “I HAD MY MIND MADE UP BEFORE THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL THAT I WAS LEAVING” was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAinterviewJim McGuinnessnewsRTESportThe Saturday Night Showlast_img read more

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dave copeland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Making my students switch from MS Word to Google Drive not only eliminated the headache of incompatible versions and big email attachments. It’s made them better writers.When I started teaching college writing and journalism classes five years ago, the choice was to have students submit assignments the way I had 15 years earlier — as hard copy — or as a Word document. Neither situation was ideal. Paper, is, well, paper. Word seemed more efficient, but I soon realized different students had different versions of Word and were working on different operating systems.Far too often I’d give up and have a student submit work by copying from a problematic file and pasting  it into an email. That eliminated Word’s biggest advantage over paper: the ability to insert legible comments in the margins and track changes.All that changed a year ago when I started requiring students to submit assignments using Google Drive, which was still called Google Docs then.They were reluctant at first but we quickly ended the problem of lost documents, unreadable attachments and massive files clogging our email. The students didn’t have to buy additional software and, at most, I spent half of class showing them the basics of using the app.But along the way, we also found an additional, unexpected benefit: It made learning to write easier for many of my students.Google Drive Makes It Easier To Think With Your FingersLike every decent writer, editor or writing instructor I have ever met, I like to “think with my fingers.” That is, show the person what they’re trying to explain by simply banging out a phrase, sentence or paragraph into the documented being reviewed or edited.The problem in the instructional sense is that that usually means the student looks over the professor’s shoulder as he rips apart the paper.With Google Drive, we can be sitting on opposite ends of the same table or opposite ends of the continent. They will see my changes in live time and start to see why I’m making the changes. If they don’t like the changes I suggest, they can simply use the “Restore Previous Version” feature. And if they have a question about what I’m doing, they can open a chat box and we can discuss in real time.Good For GroupsIn most of my writing classes, students workshop first drafts. In some classes, they work collaboratively on a writing project (last year, for example, my first-year writing class researched updates to the school’s Wikipedia page). With Word and paper documents, that meant sacrificing valuable class time or having students try to find out of class times when they could all meet.That is no longer a factor. Google Drive lets students make and respond to comments and editing changes when it works for them, which gives us more in-class time to work on direct instruction.Making The School Newspaper More EfficientI also serve as the adviser to the Comment, the student-run newspaper at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Up until last year stories were submitted to a central email address as Word, with all the problems I previously mentioned, plus an added layer potential mishaps.With Word documents being saved on different hard drives, student editors and page designers often ended up working on older versions of a story. In the best case scenarios, editors would have to re-edit a story once they found the most up-to-date version. In the worst case scenario, the wrong version of the story would be published, or different versions of the same story would end up on the site and in the print edition.After experimenting with Google Drive last year, the paper started using is exclusively for copy this semester. Editors always know they are always working on the most recent version of the story and they can discuss edits with reporters remotely, which has made the paper’s tiny office much less crowded this year.We got an added boost when Trello, which we also adopted to manage story ideas, announced just before the start of our semester that they students could now attach Google Drive documents directly to the Trello cards they create for each story they’re working on. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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first_imgLearn how to paint with images and how to get the most out of the Paint Node inside Autodesk Smoke.I am not an artist…I freely and honestly admit that. But the Paint Node in Smoke, gives me the power to paint with pictures and create some artistic images. The Paint Node is often misunderstood and is also unfairly compared to the old desktop Paint Tool, which you can find in the Tools Tab.Although the two tools share the same name, each has its own unique features and each serves its own purpose. The Desktop Paint can create Vector Based Graphics and shapes as well as Autopaint.Autopaint allows you to record and playback paint strokes, as well as track them, which makes it excellent for clean up of moving images. The Paint Node in ConnectFX can also do clean up, but it’s more setup for quick frame clean ups in a moving clip. It’s also good for creating complex blending using moving clips.Smoke’s Paint Node:The Paint Node in Smoke ConnectFX is unique because it has a scalable painting, retouching or restoration workflow.  The Paint Node automatically scales strokes when changing the resolution, ratio or bit depth of input clips, or when switching from Full Resolution to Proxy mode.  So the strokes are more vector based, where the Paint Tool is raster based and does not scale and strokes are not repeatable based on new inputs. This scalability makes it ideal for working in the ConnectFX environment because you can change input clips, and the paint strokes are reapplied over the new images.The Paint Node accepts a front and matte clip as input, and creates a result and output matte clip. You can paint on on either the Front/Result and Matte Inputs with a variety of brushes and painting modes.The Smoke Paint Node’s most powerful feature is that you can add multiple Source and Matte inputs and use those inputs to create and isolate brush strokes on the result image. The mattes can also animate, which will reveal the paint strokes on the final result.  By using moving mattes, your paint result will animate on.The UI of the Smoke Paint Node sort of breaks the normal left to right workflow of the other nodes.  I would start at the Paint Mode Menu and first choose the Mode you want to Paint in.  You can paint in Color, Clone, Reveal to other sources, Blur, Smear, and use an Impressionistic paint style.  You can also choose the Blend Mode for your painting, reveal or clone.And the most important selection is the Paint On options. You need to change this to Sequence or From Frame if you want your paint strokes to be duplicated on more than just the current frame.  The default is Current Frame, and there have been many times I have painted and cloned on frame 1 and forgot to change this setting, only having to paint it all again because I forgot to change the Paint On setting first.The Smoke Color Menu allows you to pick or dial in a color, or you can hit CTL+Click and sample a color from the image.  You have a preset selection of brushes to work with.Under the Brush Attributes Menu there are many properties that you can set to give personality to the brush. You can set the Size, Rate, Pressure, Jitter, Direction and Roll of the brush by adjusting the percentage and how that stroke is applied based on Pressure, Direction, Constant, or Fade. You can also use the Luminance of the Front or Matte Clip to define how the brush is applied.Painting with Image Layers/Mattes and Reveal:Follow these steps for painting with layers in Smoke.  Great for compositing work:Add a new layer by selecting the Paint Node and using the shortcut CTL+N.  Connect a Front image and Matte image to the Media Node.Inside Paint, select Reveal under the Paint Mode Menu.  You can adjust the opacity and Blend Mode of the stroke as desired.Select Sequence to paint on every frame of the clip.Select the media layer you want to reveal. You can chose the main layer or any layers you added.Set the Brush Attributes as desired.Paint on the screen. Your final result should be a reveal of the layer chosen in the media list over the main image. You can then toggle the media selection back to the main image and reveal back to itself to “erase” and strokes you want to undo. Or your can use another media layer and reveal it into the result.The Smoke Paint Node allows you to blend images much faster and with more detail and precision than you could just by keying and masking.You can use the Smoke GMask node to create a matte for your image to just paint or reveal within the matte area.Just by painting in simple Black, White & Gray, you can create animated masks that you can use to make unique and organic transitions.  By saving the Smoke Paint Node setup you can recall this special transition anytime.By combining the Smoke Paint Node, and by using different brushes and paint modes like Smear and Impress with the Text Node as an input, you can can uniquely stylize your text as well as any plugin. By gradually painting the Text frame by frame, you can create a one-of-a-kind effect.Again, by saving the Paint Node you can reuse this effect on other clips.I wish I was more of an artist. But using the Paint node in Smoke ConnectFX, helps takes my compositing to a more artistic level.last_img read more

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first_imgDavid Beckham, Zinedine Zidane’s former Real Madrid teammate, congratulated the Frenchman after the Los Blancos beat Atletico Madrid to win their 11th Champions League title on Saturday. (Real Madrid beat Atletico on penalties to win Champions League)Zidane is the current manager of the Real Madrid.Cristiano Ronaldo’s decisive spot kick in the shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties over city rival Atletico Madrid, following a 1-1 draw after extra time in final. (Diego Simeone says future uncertain at Atletico after painful final loss)”Congratulations my friend this couldn’t have happened to a nicer and more passionate person… Hala Madrid,” Beckham wrote, alongside a photo of him with Zidane, on his official Instagram account.Former Real Madrid star Raul Gonzalez also congratulated the club, describing the match as “exciting”.last_img read more

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first_imgYoung pugilist Gaurav Bidhuri stormed into the semi-finals of the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg on Tuesday and assured at least a bronze medal for India.The 24-year-old bantamweight boxer from Delhi, who has been struggling with severe back pain, won by a unanimous decision against Bilel Mhamdi of Tunisia late in the evening.He will become only the fourth boxer from India to win a medal at the World Championships, emulating Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan and Shiva Thapa.”It is unbelievable. I have been struggling with a severe back pain for the last 7-8 months,” an ecstatic Gaurav said after the match.”I kept my mind controlled and focused on the match. I  won first two rounds and then focused on maintaining the lead,” he added.Dedicating the victory to his father, Gaurav said, “My coaches and teammates have been really helpful, they have seen the pain I am going through and have helped me at every step. I want to dedicate this victory to my father,” he added.Bidhuri will now take on the winner of the match between Duke Ragan of USA and Jiawei Zhang of USA.”This is great news for Indian boxing,” BFI president Ajay Singh said.”I congratulate Bidhuri and wish the other boxers as well for the next couple of days,” he added.However, Amit Panghal failed in the quarter-finals going down to Hasanboy Dusmatov.last_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli faces further dilemma this week as he gears up to lead India to a history. Even a draw would help him equal Ricky Ponting’s record for most successive series victories as captain.A victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla will also take Kohli level with Sourav Ganguly’s 22 Test wins as captain. Besides, the 29-year-old needs only 25 to get to 5000 Test runs and he would be hoping to finish the year with another hundred – his 20th in the longest format.However, even before Kohli walks out to the toss, he would have plenty on his plate. The first problem he has to deal with is the opening slot. It is a problem of plenty and a rather pleasant one but it still needs some tactical insight.Shikhar Dhawan was in top form in Sri Lanka, hammering two hundreds in three Tests. He made 94 at the Eden Gardens in the first Test of the ongoing series before asking for a break from the Nagpur Test.In Dhawan’s absence, Murali Vijay returned to the side and made a hundred. KL Rahul, the other opener has also been in outstanding form with eight fifties in his last 10 innings.Photo Credit: BCCI Dhawan and Vijay have plenty of experience and they are used to scoring daddy hundreds. Rahul, since his 199 against England in the Chennai Test last December, has not scored a hundred in international cricket.Whichever combination Kohli chooses in Delhi is likely to dictate terms for India’s overseas policy. The Indian team management had asked for green pitches for the current series to prepare for the South Africa tour.advertisementConditions in Delhi will aid fast bowlers – that’s for sure. The winter is settling in and the pacers will come into play early.Vijay has cemented his place with his comeback hundred and the battle for the second opener’s spot will now be fought between Rahul and Dhawan.Will the skipper be driven by numbers? Five of Dhawan’s six hundreds have come outside India but four of those five away hundreds have come in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Dhawan played both Tests in South Africa back in 2013 but he managed only 76 runs across four innings. He also played three Tests during India’s last tour of a major Test nation – Australia but failed to impress there too, scoring only 167 runs across six innings.Rahul played two Tests on that Australia tour and made a fine hundred in only his second match.However, some experts feel Dhawan is a much better player now and he deserves to partner Vijay at the top. The Delhi southpaw, who made a return to the Test this year after missing out on home series against England, Bangladesh and Australia, has been undoubtedly timing the ball nicely and his shot-selection has been impeccable.Rahul’s failure to convert his good starts might just work against him as India look to bank on two openers who can bat long and pave the platform for the middle-order. India have played with five specialist batsmen for the better part of their dream Test run, and if they choose to do that in South Africa, then they would need their openers to fire every time.Photo Credit: BCCI Of course, there is a chance India might even go in with six specialist batsmen, Wriddhiman Saha and four bowlers. And Rohit Sharma’s hundred at Jamtha would have been a pleasing sight for the management. He will most likely keep his place for the final Test in Delhi and another big score could convince Kohli the need to stick with an extra batsman in South Africa, where five bowlers might not be needed after all.last_img read more

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