Kagiso Rabada is a wonderkid: Dale Steyn hails Delhi Capitals pacer

first_imgKagiso Rabada is a wonder-kid and has shown the mettle to shine on the international stage, feels South Africa and Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Dale Steyn.Rabada, 23, is regarded as one of the finest pacers of his generation and along with India’s Jasprit Bumrah, is one of the two most sought after fast bowlers in the current crop. Playing for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Indian Premier League, the tearaway Proteas quick is the leading wicket-taker with 17 scalps to his name.”You look at KG (Rabada), he’s been bowling exceptionally well. Kagiso is a wonderkid. Just hope he continues that kind of form. He’s come on to the scene in international cricket and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”We’ve seen players come in, show signs of extreme excellence and then fade away, but KG is someone we can get used to,” Steyn told reporters on the sidelines of RCB’s practice session at the Eden Gardens.Ignored at the IPL auction, Steyn has been roped in as replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile by RCB who are in a must-win situation after seven losses from eight games.”He (coach Gary Kirsten) asked me have I been playing, have I been bowling, and I said yes. I was actually prepping to play our local T20 tournament. It can sometimes be difficult coming halfway through the IPL and the World Cup coming up, but we got through it, and here I am,” said Steyn who will turn 36 in June.”I wasn’t originally picked up for the IPL, but that’s totally okay. Coaches have plans and structures, and if you’re not in those plans you shouldn’t take it personally. It’s nothing personal, it’s business. But to be honest with you, I just love playing cricket.”advertisementAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

4 councillors return to Trinamool at Bongaon

first_imgKolkata: Four councillors of Trinamool Congress from Bongaon Municipality returned back to the party on Thursday. The councillors alleged that they had been forced to join BJP following pressure from Arjun Singh, BJP MP from Barrackpore.The councillors rejoined Trinamool Congress in presence of Firhad Hakim, state Urban Development and Land Reforms minister at Nagarayan Bhavan. Jyotipriyo Mallick, state Food minister and president of Trinamool Congress’ North 24-Parganas unit, was present as well. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter the results of the general election got announced, 14 councillors of Trinamool Congress had joined the BJP. The BJP wanted to take over the municipality which Trinamool resisted and the former then went and filed a petition before the High Court, a matter which has been lying pending. Now, after rejoining of four Trinamool councillors, the party has 14 councillors while BJP has seven. Thus, Trinamool has re-established its control over the municipality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe councillors alleged that they had been made to join BJP at gunpoint by the followers of Arjun Singh. It may be mentioned that five councillors of Gangarampur municipality, who had joined the saffron party, have also rejoined Trinamool and the party has taken over control of the municipality. Commenting on the rejoining of the party councillors, Hakim said: “They had been forced to join BJP. But they soon realised that they will not survive in such a claustrophobic environment and they have come back to the Trinamool fold. After the results of Lok Sabha elections were out, BJP had misled these councillors. I welcome them back to the party fold.” Meanwhile, 26 top ranking leaders of Uluberia in Howrah, along with leaders of other parties, have joined Trinamool Congress. Nirmal Maji, minister of state for Labour department, handed over the Trinamool Congress flag to the members of 1,200 families at a function at Karatberia recently. On Saturday, 26 BJP workers under the leadership of Abhijit Adhikari, joined Trinamool Congress. The BJP workers hail from Baniban, Joargari, Tehatta Kantaberia, Tulsiberia and Basudebpur areas. In addition to the joining of BJP workers, 18 CPI(M) and 14 Forward Bloc workers have also joined Trinamool Congress. Maji handed over the party flag to the newcomers. He said: “BJP is trying to divide people of the area on the basis of religion and is trying to incite one group against the other. But the people of Uluberia will foil this heinous conspiracy of BJP.”last_img read more