Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough rest

first_imgKohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli decided not to enforce the follow-on even after India clinched a lead of 292 runs in the first innings of their 137-run win over Australia in the Boxing Day Test. advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:52 IST Virat Kohli will be bidding to become the first India captain to win a Test series in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s decision to not enforce the follow-on baffled quite a few experts and former playersIndia their first-ever Boxing Day Test in Australia by 137 runs at the MCGIndia will head into the Sydney Test with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match seriesIndia captain Virat Kohli has said that the visitors’ decision not enforce a follow-on during the Boxing Day Test was not intended to wear out the Australian bowlers but give their Indian counterparts enough rest ahead of the second innings.India had taken a 292 run lead in the first innings, thanks to Jasprit Bumrah’s six-for that broke the back of the fragile Australian batting, which folded for 151 in response to India’s 443 for 7 declared.Contrary to popular opinion, India decided to bat again on the third day. The visitors were able to add only 108 runs to the total after Pat Cummins’ spirited second innings spells but the lead of 398 was enough for Kohli’s men to win their first-ever Boxing Day Test in Australia.”We didn’t think about any of that [make Australia bowlers tired]. First innings, our, our aim was to go past 400 and psychological have that number on the board no matter how much ever time it took,” Kohli said on Sunday.He added: “We never thought we want to keep them in the field for longer. We didn’t enforce the follow-on because when our bowlers bowled in those two sessions, it was really warm out there. We just thought we would give them an overnight break, good sleep…come out fresh and let them have a go at the batsmen.”That was our intent. We never really wanted to keep them out there. We just think of what the team wants at every stage.”Several experts, including former Australian cricketer-turned commentator Allan Border, had questioned India’s decision to not enforce the follow-on. Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh told India Today that he was also against Kohli’s decision but insisted that he is happy after things worked out in favour of the Asian giants.advertisementBumrah confident about his skills: Kohli Jasprit Bumrah won the Man of the Match award after picking up nine wickets in the MCG Test (Reuters Photo)Meanwhile, Virat Kohli heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, calling the 25-year-old pacer the best in the world. Bumrah, who has emerged as the skipper’s wrecker-in-chief across all formats of the game, picked up nine wickets at the MCG and walked away with the Man of the Match award.With 20 wickets in three matches, Bumrah is topping the wicket-takers list, clear of Nathan Lyon’s tally of 17 wickets. The Mumbai Indians pacer, who made his debut in the longest format of the game as recently as in January 2018, also finished the year as India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests with 48 wickets.”Jasprit obviously is the best bowler in the world, as per me. He is a match winner, without doubt, even if he has only been playing for 12 months,” Kohli added.”I mean if there was a pitch like Perth, I wouldn’t want to face Jasprit Bumrah to be honest because if he gets on a roll, he can really crank it up. The way he bowls is so much more different to anyone and I think he realizes that more than the batsmen. That’s why he is so confident about his skills.”With the cushion of having a relatively fresh bowling attack, India are favourites to win their first-ever Test series in Australia. Kohli’s men will play the final Test of the four-match series in Sydney from January 3.Also Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso 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 MCG TestFollow Virat KohliFollow Allan BorderFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India follow-onFollow Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

Chinas economic growth dips to 6year low but consumer spending helps avert

BEIJING, China – China’s economy decelerated in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn.The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.9 per cent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, data showed Monday. That was down from the previous quarter’s 7 per cent.China’s economic prospects are being scrutinized around the world. Its slowdown has unnerved global financial markets and held down growth in countries such as Brazil and Australia that export raw materials to China.Last month, the Federal Reserve mentioned China’s slowdown and deteriorating global economic conditions when it delayed a long-anticipated increase in short-term American interest rates. The central bank’s main concern, however, was low U.S. inflation which suggests underlying weakness in the world’s No. 1 economy.Weakening trade and manufacturing have fueled concern in China about possible job losses and unrest. The communist government has cut interest rates five times since last November in an effort to shore up growth.The latest data highlight the two-speed nature of China’s economy in the midst of a marathon effort by the Communist Party to nurture self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment. Manufacturers are shrinking and shedding millions of jobs while consumer-oriented businesses expand.In September, growth in factory output slowed to 5.7 per cent from August’s 6.1 per cent. At the same time, retail sales growth rose to 10.9 per cent from July’s 10.5 per cent. E-commerce spending leaped ahead, rising 36 per cent in the third quarter over a year earlier.“Continued downward pressures from real estate and exports caused GDP growth to drop,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics in a report. “But robust consumption and infrastructure prevented a sharper slowdown.”The decline in Chinese heavy industry and construction has depressed demand for oil, iron ore and other commodities, dragging on growth in Australia, Brazil and other supplier countries.At the same time, rising Chinese incomes are propelling demand for European wines, wheat and fresh fruit from Australia and the United States, medical technology and other imports.Private sector forecasters have cut their outlook for China’s growth this year to between 6.5 and 7 per cent. That still would be the second-strongest of any major country, surpassed only by India, where the International Monetary Fund expects 7.5 per cent. It would be more than double the 3.1 per cent growth forecast by the IMF for the United States.Much of China’s 5-year-old slowdown has been self-imposed but an unexpectedly sharp decline over the past year, due in part to weak demand for Chinese exports, prompted concern the downturn might be deepening too sharply. Forecasters expect Beijing to cut interest rates further and take other steps to shore up growth.The IMF expects growth to slow to 6.3 per cent next year and 6 per cent in 2017.“We think there is further slowing to go,” said Wei Li of Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a report. “Although we do not foresee China falling into a crisis, the economic growth rate is set to stay lower for longer.”Communist leaders set an official growth target of “about 7 per cent” for this year but have tried to discourage investors and the public from focusing on that figure. The top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, said in September he would accept growth below that level so long as the economy keeps creating enough new jobs.“In order to restructure, the economy will face some downward pressure,” said Sheng Laiyun, a spokesman for the Chinese statistics agency.“China does not lack growth momentum,” said Sheng at a news conference. “Despite a slowdown in the industrial sector, China’s services sector is growing rapidly.”Already, e-commerce, restaurants and other services for China’s own consumers account for 41.7 per cent of the country’s employment, well ahead of manufacturing’s 34.7 per cent share, according to government data.The economy’s latest performance was slightly better than forecast, defying expectations the collapse of a stock market boom the previous quarter would drag down consumer spending.September imports plunged in dollar value but analysts said that was due to lower prices for oil and other commodities. They noted the volume of imports of iron ore, oil and some other raw materials increased slightly, suggesting construction and manufacturing might be accelerating.Exports in the first nine months of the year were down 1.9 per cent from a year earlier, threatening the health of manufacturers that employ millions of workers. Weak global demand makes it unlikely Beijing can meet its trade growth target of 6 per cent for this year.Some forecasters suggest Beijing overstates growth and the true rate might be as low as 5 per cent.“Today’s data suggest that while the official GDP figures continue to overstate the actual pace of growth in China by a significant margin, underlying conditions are subdued but stable,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.___National Bureau of Statistics of China (in Chinese): www.stats.gov.cn FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, a worker tosses boards onto the back of a truck at a construction site in Beijing. China’s economic growth decelerated in the latest quarter but relatively robust spending by Chinese consumers helped to avert a deeper downturn. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.9 percent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global crisis, data showed Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. That was down from the previous quarter’s 7 percent. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) China’s economic growth dips to 6-year low but consumer spending helps avert deeper downturn by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2015 8:12 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more