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MS Dhoni returns home after successful tours of Australia and New Zealand

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 14:05 IST MS Dhoni was spotted at the Mumbai airport after returning from the tour of New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were spotted at the Mumbai airport as Team India returned home from New ZealandDhoni was named man-of-the-series in the ODIs against AustraliaIndia will next take on Australia in a 2-match T20I series and 5-match ODI series from February 24MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were spotted at the Mumbai airport after returning home from successful tours of Australia and New Zealand. India were away for three months – in that time, they drew a T20I series in Australia before winning historic bialteral Test and ODI series in that country.In New Zealand, India won the ODI series 4-1 but lost the T20I series 1-2. Virat Kohli had been rested for the final two ODIs and the entire T20I series against New Zealand. India will next take on Australia in 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs from February 24.Overall, India won three series, lost one and drew one on their tour Down Under. No Indian team has ever had such success in Australia and New Zealand in the past. While the Test series triumph was highlighted by Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and the rest of the pace battery, MS Dhoni found form after a horror 2018 to script a 2-1 series win for India in the ODI series against Australia.Last year, Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without scoring a fifty. In Australia, Dhoni hit three fifties from three ODIs and won the man-of-the-match series. Dhoni was criticised for his slow 51 in the first ODI in Sydney but he bounced back with an aggressive 55 not in Adelaide before scoring 87 not out in the series decider in Melbourne.In New Zealand, MS Dhoni sat out of two ODIs due to an injury but made his mark with a quick 48 not out in Mount Maunganui.advertisementBesides, MS Dhoni was once again instrumental in guiding the Indian spinners. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav bowled well at different stages of the tours of Australia and New Zealand.Jadhav, in fact, said he followed Dhoni’s instructions blindly. In the ODI series, Kedar Jadhav made a major impact with his part-time off-spin. However, he did not play any of the three T20Is against the Black Caps as India wanted to try out Vijay Shankar in the top-order.Also Read | God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s schoolAlso Read | This is the MS Dhoni we know: MSK Prasad after Australia, New Zealand toursAlso Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineFor 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 Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Dhoni return IndiaFollow Team IndiaFollow Dhoni backFollow India returnFollow Dhoni in MumbaiFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs New Zealand MS Dhoni returns home after successful tours of Australia and New ZealandMS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and the rest of the Indian team returned home after winning ODI series in Australia and New Zealand. India had drawn the T20I series in Australia and lost a 3-match T20I series to the Black Caps 1-2.advertisementlast_img read more

Bell Medias CraveTV expands service to all Internetconnected Canadians

TORONTO — Bell Media’s CraveTV streaming service is now available to all Internet-connected Canadians.CraveTV’s catalogue includes older off-air HBO TV series like “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” and Showtime shows including “The Affair,” “Penny Dreadful” and the new drama “Billions.”It costs $7.99 a month to subscribe, with a one-month free trial available to new users. TV customers with providers including Bell, Eastlink, Sasktel and Telus can bundle in CraveTV access for a lower rate.CraveTV competes with Netflix and Shomi, a streaming service launched by Rogers and Shaw.In Canada, Netflix offers three plans ranging from $7.99 to $11.99 a month. Shomi charges $8.99 a month.Netflix to block proxy access to content not available in subscribers’ home countryNetflix, Shomi or CraveTV? How to choose the streaming service that’s best for you read more

Annan appeals for urgent action to alleviate plight of civilians in Gaza

Concerned at the situation facing civilians in strife-torn Gaza, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today issued a strong appeal for urgent action to alleviate their plight, calling on Israel to lift restrictions hampering the work of UN agencies there.“As I have repeatedly stated, I am extremely concerned about the dangerous situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released in Berlin, Germany. “I am appealing for urgent action to alleviate the desperate humanitarian situation of the civilian population.”He called attention to factors contributing to the problems plaguing Gaza. “The Israeli air strikes on Gaza’s only power plant have had a far-reaching impact on Gaza’s hospitals, flour mills, water and sanitation systems,” he said. “The strict controls imposed during the past weeks on the passage of basic products into Gaza, including fuel, have aggravated the difficulties of the population.”To address shortages of basic foodstuffs, and to maintain essential health and sanitation services, Mr. Annan called on the Government of Israel to restore and maintain the continuous and uninterrupted supply of fuel to Gaza and to act expeditiously to replace the destroyed equipment at the Gaza power plant.“The passage of foodstuffs and other essential supplies through the Karni commercial crossing should be ensured and restrictions on movement and access for UN agencies should be lifted forthwith,” he stated. The Secretary-General also reiterated his longstanding appeal that all concerned “exercise maximum restraint and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.” read more