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David Warner backs Virat Kohli to break 1000-run barrier in IPL 9 -
5/24/2016 8:46:17 AM

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli is just 81 runs away from completing 1000 runs in a single season of the IPL.

Virat Kohli is now 81 runs away from completing 1000 runs in a single season. (BCCI Photo)

Riyal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has been the flavour of the Indian Premier League this season and everyone including current and former players have been in complete awe of his batsmanship.

Kohli is head and shoulders above anyone else in the tournament this season scoring 919 runs in 14 matches at a Bradmanesque average of 91.90 with four centuries to his credit. He has almost single-handedly guided RCB into the playoffs. (Kohli breaches 900-run mark in an IPL season )


It has been hard to ignore his superhero performances with the bat even for opposing team captains. One such person is Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner, who like all of us, wants to see Kohli breach the 1000-run barrier this season.

"For his sake I hope he gets past the 1000-run barrier. It will be a massive achievement for Kohli and it would be great to witness someone of his class going past a 1000 runs in a single IPL season," Warner told Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview to India Today Television.

"As a human being he is very passionate, he likes visualising everything. He trains hard and I always see him in the gym. I'm not saying that everybody should train the way he does but that's just how he gets the best out of himself.

"That's why we are all witnessing a young kid who's going to make a legend status out of himself," the Aussie added.

Warner himself has been in terrific form crossing the half-century mark seven times this season. He is second on the list of highest run-getters with 658 runs in 14 matches at 54.83. (Virat Kohli says boring and traditional routine paying off ) 

But as far as Kohli is concerned, he feels the RCB skipper is batting on a different level altogether.

"I want to know what he's taking for hand-and-eye coordination because none of us can do what he's doing at the moment. He's a world class player and is in impeccable form.

"He's been leading by example with the bat in all formats for India and he's been doing the same for RCB in the past couple of seasons. But this year he has taken his batting to a whole new level," Warner summed up.


"We know each other's game very well and i think if you can read your partner's game then you will have a successful partnership.

"I don't think Sunrisers' batting is over reliant on the openers. The batsmen around us are as important for the team's cause whether we are chasing or setting a target. Virat Kohli for example is playing exceptional cricket with over 900 runs this season, but the other batters like AB de Villiers and Lokesh Rahul have given him great support."


SRH have qualified for the play-offs as the third best team in the tournament with 16 points from 14 matches. They lost their final league game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday and will have to face them again in the Eliminator at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday.

KKR have the momentum on their side but Warner says each game is different and the team which prepares well on the day will win.

"We have to take each game as it comes, the end result is a reward for the hard work that we put in on a day to day basis. All we have to do is prepare well for the next game.

"KKR have the experience of winning the tournament twice and they will be tough to beat if on a turning track. But we all know which condition suits us best and what we have to do to win."

Congress hits back at Rishi Kapoor, names public toilet in Allahabad after him -
5/24/2016 8:43:20 AM

Dozens of Congress workers gathered at Shivaji Park area in Allahabad and hung a board bearing Rishi Kapoor's name outside a Sulabh toilet.

emarks questioning the naming of country's assets after the Gandhi family, Congress workers named a public toilet in Allahabad after the Bollywood personality.

Dozens of Congress workers gathered at Shivaji Park area in Allahabad today and hung a board bearing Rishi Kapoor's name outside a Sulabh toilet. Congress party workers justified naming of buildings, roads after the Gandhi family arguing that they played a huge rule in country's freedom.

What's the issue 

Last week, Rishi Kapoor, took to twitter to question why "har cheez" (everything) in the country is named after the Gandhis.

"Baap ka maal samjh rakha tha? (Do they consider it their father's property?)" tweeted the 63-year-old actor, once known as one of India's best romantic stars. "If roads in Delhi can be changed why not Congress assets/property ke naam?" he asked.

"We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don't agree. Sochna log!" said another tweet by Kapoor, whose scathing and often self-deprecating tweets have earned him over a million Twitter followers.

"Why Indira Gandhi airport International? Why not Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh Ambedkar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As superficial! What say?" Kapoor said as he posted a series of questions.

Kapoor's comments had invited a massive protest by Congress workers outside his house in Mumbai last week.

Decoding #Verdict16: Rout for Congress or big BJP triumph? -
5/24/2016 8:41:21 AM

The Sonia Gandhi-led party was removed from power is Assam and Kerala. In West Bengal, where it contested the polls in alliance with the Left failed to make any dent in Mamata Banerjee's vote bank.

Results for Assembly elections in five states were announced last week. While the BJP registered an emphatic win in Assam and opened its account in Kerala, the Congress suffered a huge set back.

The Sonia Gandhi-led party was removed from power is Assam and Kerala. In West Bengal, where it contested the polls in alliance with the Left failed to make any dent in Mamata Banerjee's vote bank.

Certain section of the media and the BJP leadership described the grand old party's poor show as a step towards 'Congress-mukt Bharat'.

But is the picture really so gloomy for the Congress? Was the media right in projecting BJP win as a spectacular country-wide triumph for the party?

Was it wrong to conclude that the Assembly elections in five states was rout of the Congress?

Speaking to Karan Thapar on his show To The Point, BJP's MJ Akbar described his party's Assam win as unprecedented.


Here's what MJ Akbar said:

  1. Can't compare apple and oranges. Assembly elections have their own dynamics. You can't compare national general elections with Assembly polls.
  2. Win in Assam is historic, unprecedented in electoral history.
  3. Who would have ever thought that the BJP will get a Muslim MLA from Cachar?
  4. In Kerala, we had a substantial presence in 7 or 8 Assembly segments. It's a movement forward.
  5. In West Bengal, we were written off by many but our performance was stupendous. We won 6 seats.
  6. The day Narendra Modi goes back to Bengal and asks for vote for himself, the state will give him 25 per cent votes.
  7. Congress has collapsed completely in Bengal.

Manish Tewari counters BJP's claims:


  1. The fact remains that we lost Assam. But we lost the state after having serving for 15 years.
  2. If you juxtapose BJP's performance in Parliament to Assembly polls, their number of seats has actually come down.
  3. We may have lost Assam, we may have lost Kerala in a cyclical trend but has the BJP won?
  4. Outside Assam, the BJP has won almost nothing in the other states.
  5. The BJP has been trying to get its act together in Kerala since ages but nothing has happened so far.
  6. The BJP learnt from its defeat in Bihar and I agree that the Congress failed to capitalise on its good show in Bihar.
  7. The fact is that the BJP has just three seats