India can retain Champions Trophy, pace attack has real firepower, says Kumar Sangakara

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara today said defending champions India were capable of retaining the Champions Trophy title as they were a better balanced unit with “real firepower in their fast bowling”.”This year we have four Asian teams in the tournament and clearly India is current the pack-leaders in the region. It won in 2013 and it has a team capable of winning this year too,” Sangakkara wrote in his column in ICC website.”In fact, the team is arguably stronger, better balanced with real firepower in its fast bowling. Its spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are exceptional in ODI cricket and I am sure Virat Kohli is going to be desperate to bounce back after a disappointing IPL,” he added.The wicketkeeper-batsman, however, felt that Indias selection was a “little conservative”.”The only slight concern I have for India is that its selection was perhaps a little conservative, but it is still very strong,” he said.The 39-year-old picked India as one of his favourite teams to make the semifinals of the upcoming tournament, starting on June 1.”I think picking finalists is too tough, but my favourites for the semi-finals would be Australia, England, India and South Africa,” Sangakkara, who won the Champions Trophy 2002 and World Twenty20 2014 with Sri Lanka, said.Sangakkara, who quit international cricket two years ago having scored a total of 28,016 international runs across all formats, said the competition was going to be very tough with 4-5 teams having the potential of making it to the final.advertisement”There was a time, not so long ago, when one or two countries dominated the format, but in the past few years we have seen several teams develop tremendously and now we have four to five teams who are very evenly matched, all with realistic ambitions of winning major tournaments.”Heaping praise on the hosts, Sangakkara said that English team has been a real revelation. “England ODI teams progress in the past two years has been a revelation. It used to trail behind other teams in terms of its strategy and approach, but now it is one of the most progressive teams.”England is playing an aggressive and exciting brand of cricket and it has some world-class players driving that,” Sangakkara said.last_img read more

ERNST SAYS MENTAL ILLNESS, NOT GUN LAWS ARE THE PROBLEM IN…

first_imgIowa Senator Joni Ernst says the school shooting in Florida is a tragedy, and especially since the F-B-I had received reports of alleged threats by the shooter that were not shared with local officials.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ERNST.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..acted upon” :08The shooting has again prompted some to call for stricter gun control, but Ernst says the gun laws are not the issue because we have meaningful gun control laws in place already:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ERNST2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..cause of the issue” :26Ernst says when she meets with law enforcement officers she doesn’t hear them calling for more gun laws.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ERNST3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………telling me” :13Ernst says the federal government needs community partners at the local, state and the federal level to be sure that communities have what they need to combat substance abuse and mental illness.last_img read more