Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squad

first_imgGautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadGautam Gambhir said a finger-spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions during the World Cup. Ashwin last played for India in an ODI in July 2017.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 21:26 IST Ravichandran Ashwin has not played for India since June 2017 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s World Cup squadGambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions”I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner,” Gambhir saidFormer opener Gautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s one day international team ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Gambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions.Ashwin last played for India in coloured clothing in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since become frontline spinners for India in limited-overs format. While Ravindra Jadeja has managed to make a comeback in the shorter formats, Ashwin has not.”Both wrist-spinners [Kuldeep and Chahal] have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event.Gambhir cited the example of premier Australia tweaker Nathan Lyon, who recently made an ODI comeback following his stellar performances in the longest format.”He [Lyon[ is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner.”I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well,” said Gambhir.Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not amongst the runs in the ODI series against Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket since he was not part of the Test series Down Under.advertisement”I am a little disappointed because some of the guys should have played first-class cricket. Being away from Test cricket should have actually pushed them to play first-class cricket.”Whoever was selected to play [only] white-ball cricket, because it is a World Cup year, I think it should have pushed all these guys like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu all those who went to Australia – to play first-class cricket,” he said.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 byPTI Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Ravichandran Ashwinlast_img read more

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US factory production posts biggest fall in 19 months as auto output

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 7:33 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Automakers cut back sharply on production in August, lowering overall factory output and highlighting one of the economy’s weak spots a day before a key Federal Reserve meeting.Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 per cent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.Fed policymakers will begin a two-day meeting Wednesday to consider whether to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in nine years. Slowing overseas growth and the strong dollar, which are holding back factory output, could cause them to delay a rate hike.“Looking through the swings in auto assemblies, the ongoing weakness in manufacturing is evident,” Michelle Girard, an economist at RBS Securities, said in a note to clients. “Manufacturing is now the weakest sector of the US economy, faced with headwinds of a stronger dollar and weaker global growth.”Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, dropped 0.4 per cent in August, after a 0.9 per cent rise in July.Auto production plunged 6.4 per cent, its steepest fall in more than three years, after an outsized gain of 10.6 per cent in July.Those swings partly reflect difficulties in seasonally adjusting the data and are likely temporary. U.S. carmakers in the past have temporarily closed their plants in July to retool them for new models. Those shutdowns were much shorter this year, boosting production in July and leading to a corresponding drop in August.Auto sales are strong and on track to top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001.Utility output rose 0.6 per cent last month, likely because Americans used more air conditioning. Mining production, which includes oil and gas drilling, fell 0.6 per cent.Factory output has been flat this year, largely because of global headwinds that have cut into exports. The dollar has risen about 14 per cent in value against other currencies in the past year. That makes U.S. products more expensive and therefore less attractive to overseas buyers.China’s economy is also faltering after decades of breakneck growth. It has been a critical source of demand for American-made industrial machinery, such as mining trucks, construction equipment and agricultural machines. Its slowdown has hit sales and profits for companies like Caterpillar and United Technologies.Falling oil prices have also dragged down factory output. Crude oil prices, which were around $60 per barrel in the spring, have fallen to about $44. The decline has forced energy firms to curtail drilling, eliminating much of the need for new pipelines and equipment that had boosted factory orders in previous years.There are signs that some companies are stepping up their investment in machinery and equipment, which is boosting demand for factory goods. Orders received by U.S. factories rose 0.4 per cent in July, after a 2.2 per cent gain in June.A key category that tracks business investment plans climbed 2.1 per cent in July, the strongest gain in 13 months. US factory production posts biggest fall in 19 months as auto output drops sharply read more

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