India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chases

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chasesMS Dhoni helped India successfully complete a 237-run chase against Australia in the first ODI in Hyderabad. Dhoni hit an unbeaten 59 and stitched a 141-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to help India cross the finish line on a sluggish wicketadvertisement India Today Web Desk NagpurMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 10:15 IST MS Dhoni hit an unbeaten half-century to help India beat Australia in the first ODI in Hyderabad (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUsman Khawaja credited MS Dhoni’s experience for his success in run chasesDhoni’s unbeaten 141-run stand with Kedar Jadhav helped India win the 1st ODI vs Australia in HyderabadIndia take on Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur on March 5Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has heaped praise on MS Dhoni for the way the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman goes about his job in tense run chases. Lauding his ability to stay calm under pressure, Khawaja said Dhoni is able to successfully execute run chases “majority of times”.Khawaja’s comments come after MS Dhoni along with his middle-order counterpart, Kedar Jadhav pulled India out of trouble and helped them win the first ODI against Australia by six wickets in Hyderabad on Saturday.Dhoni and Jadhav joined hands when India were in a spot of bother, reeling at 99 for 4 in a tricky chase of 237 runs on a sluggish wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. India had lost Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in quick succession and it seemed the momentum had swung back in Australia’s favour.However, Dhoni was at it again as he remained calm under pressure and played the anchor’s role to perfection in his unbeaten 141-run stand with Jadhav. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 59 — his fourth straight half-century against Australia in ODIs while Jadhav smashed an 87-ball 81 as India crossed the finish line with 10 balls to spare.”He [Dhoni] just executes well. He has the last three games, just stayed calm and backed himself to take it deep. Then when he needs to he hits a boundary. You can tell he sort of changes gears, he’ll hit single, single, two then try to hit a boundary,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It doesn’t always come off but the majority of times it does. He does that really well, that’s experience.”advertisementDhoni, who averages more than 100 in successful run chases for India in ODIs, has begun the World Cup year on a high. The veteran batsman had hit three back-to-back ODI half-centuries, including an unbeaten 87 in Melbourne, in India’s historic 2-1 win over the Australians in Australia.Speaking after India’s win in Hyderabad, Kedar Jadhav had said batting with MS Dhoni gives him a lot of confidence.”I would have tried to play more shots early had Dhoni bhai not been there. That’s what he does, he tells you exactly. He reads your mind,” Jadhav said.”Plenty of times when you feel this ball can be hit for boundaries, he’ll tell you ‘I can see that but the team needs more solidity and you have to bat till the end’. Every time you think of the team, most of the times, you’ll cross the line and end up on the winning side,” he added.Earlier this year in Australia, Jadhav and Dhoni had won India the third ODI in Melbourne by stitching a 121-run stand. Jadhav said that run chase was on his mind and he knew he just had to listen to Dhoni in order to take the match.”Recently in Australia, we pulled off a similar kind of a chase. I had that in the back of my mind. When you have Mahi bhai at the other end, you just have to listen to him. I just did that again today. I tried to learn a lot from him (MS).”Also Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar JadhavAlso Read | MS Dhoni 4th Indian batsman to score 13000 runs in List A cricketAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow MS DhoniFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Kedar JadhavFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

London mosque shooting Gunman with blankfiring handgun fuels Christchurch copycat attack fears

Armed police were scrambled to an east London mosque on Thursday night after a “masked” gunman entered the building during Ramadan prayers before discharging a firearm outside.The incident at the Seven Kings Mosque in Ilford comes two months after the Christchurch massacre and raised fears of a copycat attack in the capital.Worshippers were part-way through evening prayers late on Thursday when the sound of a gunshot rang out.A man, said to have had his face covered, was reported to have entered the mosque on High Road, but was made to leave before firing the gun.Scotland Yard said early investigations suggested that a “blank firing handgun” had been discharged.No injuries or damage to the building were reported and detectives were not treating the incident as terrorism-related, the force said. I am aware of the reports of a man with a firearm at Seven Kings Mosque during prayers tonight and am relieved that no one appears to have been hurt or injured. Thank you to @MPSRedbridge for a swift response. I will in touch with Police in the morning re: mosque security.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) May 9, 2019 Worshipper Ibraheem Hussain, 19, an apprentice data analyst at one of the Big Four city firms, said the incident left him concerned over the safety of worshippers during Ramadan.”The main thing that was in my mind was that (due to the layout of the mosque) it could have gone very wrong,” he said.”(Christchurch) comes to mind, it’s crazy to think this would happen in London, especially after everything that has happened.” Abdul Ahad wrote on Facebook: “During taraweeh prayers this evening there was an incident involving a firearm at Seven Kings masjid (mosque). A “blank firing handgun” is believed to have been shot during an incident outside Seven Kings MosqueCredit:London News Pictures Scotland Yard said the investigation was being led by detectives from the East Area Command Unit, although the Trident gang squad had been notified.”Police were called at 10.45pm on Thursday, 9 May to reports that a man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, had entered a mosque on High Road in Seven Kings,” the force said.”The man was ushered outside of the building by those inside. A gunshot was then heard.”Officers, including firearms officers, attended. There were no reported injuries or damage to the building.”At this early stage, ballistic evidence recovered from the scene suggests that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. A "blank firing handgun" is believed to have been shot during an incident outside Seven Kings Mosque Mr Hussain described hearing the gunshot around half an hour after prayers began.He told the Press Association: “There’s three sections of the mosque and at taraweeh (evening prayers) during this time of Ramadan the mosque is packed out.”We were upstairs in the classrooms and about 30 minutes into the night prayer a large noise went off. I just continued my prayer, it sounded like a firework or maybe something heavy had been dropped, so no-one really thought anything of it.”After we finished … someone said it was a gunshot, someone had come into the mosque and he had a firearm on him. The managers had seen him, he was masked and acting suspicious and the firearm was let off.”Several social media users also said the alleged armed man had his face covered.   Police remain on High Road in Seven Kings following a firearm discharge. At this early stage, it is thought that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. There were no injuries or damage caused. The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2019 The incident comes amid heightened concerns over security at places of worship around the world. A mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand in March left 50 people dead, while a woman was killed when a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California in April.Last month nearly 260 people died in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, which included a suicide bombing on a church. “Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Borough officers via 101 quoting reference 8585/9May. Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting ref: 8585/09May— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2019 “A man with fully covered face entered the masjid during taraweeh prayers. Alhamdulillah no one injured or hurt, but one shot was fired and unfortunately he ran away.”Following the incident the mosque’s imam urged people not to speculate over the gunman’s motives.”There was a firearm incident outside Seven Kings Mosque tonight during Ramadan night prayers,” Mufti Suhail said.”The suspect ran from the scene when stopped by brothers standing guard at the mosque.”A shot was fired which fortunately did not hit anyone.”Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said he would be contacting the police about the incident. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more