Jonty Sidhu, Delhi’s find of the season

first_img Aditya K Halder New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 13:10 IST Jonty Sidhu made his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi against Andhra in early December last year. (@jontysidhu_official Photo)Placed in the bottom three of their group, Delhi’s performance this season doesn’t exude much confidence but a closer look at the team shows the Ranji side has built a team of young Turks while key players were away representing national colours.Team’s pivot Rishabh Pant and Nitish Rana were away on national duties and Gautam Gambhir said goodbye to cricket midway through the season, the void left was filled by young but confident names in Anuj Rawat, Jonty Sidhu, Hiten Dalal, Shivank Vashisht among others.Left-arm spinner Sivank shined with a six-for on his debut while wicket-keeper Anuj scored a century against Madhya Pradesh, filling the big shoes of Pant. However, former Indian under-19 skipper Jonty was arguably the best among the lot as he showed consistency with his bat.The 21-year-old lanky left-hander, who prefers a high bat lift, very similar to that of his idol Yuvraj Singh, said he rues the fact that he made his debut in the match right after Delhi played Punjab.”I was delighted to make my debut against Andhra but it would have been great to make my debut a match earlier (against Punjab) as I would have got to play against my favourite player Yuvraj Singh. I have been his fan since I learnt to lift the bat,” Jonty told Mail Today.Jonty managed a decent 30 in his first innings against Andhra in early December last year which was also coincidentally the last game for Gambhir.His debut was followed by a fighting 41 against Kerala (highest by any Delhi batsman in the game) on a turning track when the side’s batting collapsed in both the innings and faced an embarrassing innings defeat in Trivandrum.advertisementThe southpaw kept getting better as he missed on a century with a gritty 85 at the Eden Gardens against Bengal (again team’s top-scorer in the match). Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Delhi crashed to a defeat after Bengal chased down 323 on the final day.The former India under-19 skipper didn’t have to wait long for his maiden ton as he played an unbeaten 140 against Tamil Nadu to end the season on a high. The knock came at a time when Delhi were reeling at 49 for 4.”Scoring the century was such a relief. It gave me the sense of security as far as my spot in the playing XI is concerned. When I walked in to bat, I told myself that if I don’t score today then I don’t deserve to be in the team. Putting a prize on my wicket did the trick I guess,” said Jonty.His team will need the same mentality and consistency yet again as Delhi will be defending their title at the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy later this month.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 Tags :Follow Jonty SidhuFollow DelhiFollow Ranji Trophy Jonty Sidhu, Delhi’s find of the seasonFormer Indian U-19 skipper Jonty Sidhu has found a solid place in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team.advertisementlast_img read more

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Climate change missing as US defends Arctic policy

ROVANIEMI, Finland — The Arctic is melting, but don’t ask U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to mention climate change.For the Trump administration, disappearing sea ice in the world’s “high north” is first and foremost an opportunity to exploit rather than a crisis to mitigate.That position was made clear by Pompeo over two days as the foreign ministers of the eight members of the Arctic Council met in Finland.Official U.S. statements and documents prepared for the meeting do not refer to “climate change” and their scientific focus is limited to reductions in U.S. carbon emissions that predate the administration and research.In a roughly 20-minute speech outlining the Trump administration’s Arctic policy on Monday, Pompeo acknowledged melting ice but didn’t use the phrase “climate change.” In fact, his address was largely an admonition against increasing Russian and Chinese activity in the Arctic. Nor did he indicate that the administration places any priority on easing the melting that scientists say is already causing oceans to rise.“Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new naval passageways and new opportunities for trade, potentially slashing the time it takes for ships to travel between Asia and the West by 20 days,” he said in the speech, which was met with polite but muted applause.“Arctic sea lanes could become the 21st century’s Suez and Panama Canals.”Asked directly about climate change and the Arctic in an interview with a Finnish newspaper, Pompeo declined the opportunity to mention the phrase and downplayed the importance of the Paris climate accord from which President Donald Trump.“My view on this and President Trump’s view on this is what we should put all our emphasis on I outcomes,” he said. “We can call it whatever we like, but I shared some of the data in the speech. The United States is kicking it when it comes to getting its CO2 down. I mean, compare it to China, compare it to Russia, compare it, frankly, to many European nations, each of whom signed the Paris agreement.”According to the statistics he presented, U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 14% between 2005 and 2017, while global energy-related CO2 emissions increased more than 20%. In terms of black carbon, which is a particular threat to the Arctic, U.S. emissions were 16% below 2013 levels in 2016 and are projected to nearly halve by 2025, he said.“I’m sure it was a good party,” Pompeo said of the negotiations in Paris. “I’m sure it felt good to sign the agreement. But at the end of the day, what matters to human health, what matters to the citizens of the world, is that we actually have an impact on improving health. And our technology, our innovation, the R&D we put in in the United States, that’s what will drive better climatic outcomes, that’s what will create cleaner air and safer drinking water, and that’s what I hope the whole world will focus on.”Pompeo again declined the opportunity to mention “climate change” on Tuesday when he met with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland who pointedly referred to the phenomenon as she played down a dispute with the United States over the sovereignty of the Northwest Passage.“We have a very close, very fruitful collaboration,” she said. “And actually, as we see the conditions of the Northwest Passage changing with our changing climate, I think that’s actually grounds for closer collaboration with the United States.”Pompeo replied by saying the U.S. is more concerned about Russia and China in the Arctic than ownership of the Northwest Passage.“The challenges in the Arctic aren’t between the United States and Canada, let me assure you,” he said. “There are others that threaten to use it in ways that are not consistent with the rule of law.”Matthew Lee, The Associated Press read more

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