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MS Dhoni has to evaluate where he stands: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgMS Dhoni has to evaluate where he stands: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayFormer captain Sourav Ganguly wants MS Dhoni to ask himself if he can continue to be the match winner that was in his prime for Team India.advertisement Next Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:25 IST MS Dhoni was slammed by critics for his performances in the recent Cricket World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly firmly believes that MS Dhoni must decide himself on when he wants to retireDhoni is currently on a two-month break from cricketLt. Col Dhoni recently completed a 15-day stint serving for the Territorial Indian ArmySourav Ganguly was MS Dhoni’s first captain when he made his debut for India in 2004. Four years later when Ganguly was playing his last Test match in 2008, Dhoni was in charge and allowed his captain to lead India to victory in the closing moments of the Test match against Australia in Nagpur.But in between those moments of romanticism, a pragmatic Dhoni had led the charge in easing out Ganguly from limited-overs cricket to build a young side.Now with the 38-year-old MS Dhoni’s future uncertain, there is little room for sentiment left on the discussion table.Ganguly too takes the businesslike approach of talking about the famed ex-captain’s future.”Every big player has to hang up his shoes. That’s sport. Look at football, Maradona had to quit. There hasn’t been a bigger player than him. Tendulkar, Lara, Bradman.. everyone had to quit. This is the way system has been and will be. So this scenario will come for MS as well,” Ganguly told India Today.The selectors and the team management were unequivocally behind Dhoni’s utility for India’s World Cup campaign in England. Things did not finish as per plan for India or Dhoni. It was expected that Dhoni would call it quits with the next 50 over World Cup in 2023 and Rishabh Pant well placed to replace Dhoni in the T20 format.But word from the Dhoni camp is that he isn’t going away just yet which prompted chief selector MSK Prasad to say, “Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like Dhoni knows when to retire. But what is the future course of action, what is the road map is in the hands of the selection committee.”advertisementOn more than one occasion, the ultimate finisher failed to close out games and up the ante in closing stages while setting up targets in the World Cup.Ganguly wants the great man to ask himself if he can continue to be the match winner that was in his prime.”He is at that stage of his career where he has to evaluate where he stands. He has to decide if he can win matches for India. If he can continue to contribute like MS Dhoni, not someone else.”Because with players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, until they play, there will be expectations that they will play like in this way and win matches in this fashion. I think Dhoni has to make this decision. Only a player knows how much fuel is left in the tank and how much of his match-winning ability is intact,” he says.But with Rishabh Pant learning the tricks of the trade in shorter formats and Dhoni not getting any younger, Ganguly says Indian cricket should get accustomed to life minus the legendary cricketer from Ranchi.”Indian cricket will have to get used to the fact that MS Dhoni won’t be playing forever and he won’t be around for too long. But I believe this decision has to be taken by Dhoni himself,” Ganguly concluded.Also Read | Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni as India’s most successful Test captainAlso Read | Captaincy just a responsibility I am fulfilling: Virat Kohli on equalling MS Dhoni’s record in Antigua TestAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni spotted at Jaipur Airport in a brand new lookAlso Read | MS Dhoni-Stephen Fleming best captain-coach combo in the world: Shane WatsonFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow MS DhoniFollow Indian cricket teamlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img -30- YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Jan. 7. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568center_img Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Tuesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice.last_img read more

Guatemala UN rights chief welcomes historic genocide conviction of former military leader

“Guatemala has made history by becoming the first country in the world to convict a former head of State for genocide in its own national court,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who added that the trial was of “monumental” national and global importance in the fight against impunity. “I salute the victims, relatives and survivors whose courage and perseverance made this possible against all odds, as well as the lawyers, prosecutors and judges who carried out their duties under exceptionally difficult circumstances in the face of serious threats and intimidation.”Mr. Ríos Montt was sentenced on Friday to 80 years for his leading role in the killing of 1,771 people during his time in office between 1982 and 1983, as well as for the forced displacement, starvation, torture, and systematic rape and sexual assault that were deliberately inflicted on Guatemala’s Mayan Ixil communities.The Guatemalan court found that the crimes were committed in accordance with military plans intended to exterminate those who were considered “enemies,” which included not only guerrillas but also the civilian Ixil community that the authorities perceived to be supporting them. The three-judge panel concluded that Mr. Ríos Montt had ordered the plans that led to the genocide, had full knowledge of the atrocities committed, and did nothing to stop them despite having the power to do so. In all, some 200,000 people – over 80 per cent of them of indigenous Mayan origin – were killed during the 36-year-long war, but the period of Ríos Montt’s rule is considered one of the bloodiest in the conflict. “Despite all the obstacles, interruptions and numerous legal challenges which slowed down the trial, Guatemala has shown the world, and even more importantly its own people, that it is possible to address past crimes and bring justice,” Ms. Pillay said. “This historic verdict shows that no one is above the law, and that Guatemala’s institutions have the strength and solidity to carry this through – provided there is the will to do so.”Ms. Pillay urged the Guatemalan authorities to continue to provide effective security for all those involved in the trial, including lawyers, prosecutors, victims, witnesses and human rights defenders. She also urged respect for the verdict and sentence and continued adherence to due process of law.“Guatemala can now truly begin to heal the wounds of the past, as the suffering of so many people has been formally recognised,” she said. “Now the country has shown that justice for serious international crimes can – and should – take place anywhere and everywhere that they occur.“This trial will bring encouragement to people all over the world struggling for justice for crimes committed thirty years ago, and for crimes being committed today. For this reason, the trial and conviction of Ríos Montt has been of monumental importance at the international as well as the national level.” read more