OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This was Linares’ third successful title defense as he improved to 44-3.Gesta, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2 in a title fight after also suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Miguel Vazquez in December 2012 for the IBF lightweight belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe dropped to a 31-2-2, 17 KOs. Romero Duno KOs Mexican foe in first round INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Jorge Linares (L) of Venezuela connects with a left hand to the head of Mercito Gesta during their bout at The Forum on January 27, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPMercito Gesta gave it his all but just couldn’t dethrone Jorge Linares, failing to claim the WBA lightweight championship Sunday (Manila time) at The Forum in Los Angeles.The Cebuano challenger lost to the Venezuelan champion via unanimous decision, 118-110, 118-110, and 117-111.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Chinese media said that Lippi, Cannavaro’s mentor and Italy’s coach when they lifted the World Cup, will have an advisory role in the new set-up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stands on the sideline during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London. Mourinho has described himself as “one of the greatest managers in the world” and used a phrase from a German philosopher to remind critics of his past successes, it was reported on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Jose Mourinho will not be China’s new coach, its football association said on Friday, amid widespread reports that Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is instead poised to take the job.Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December and the 56-year-old has been linked with a number of coaching jobs, the latest being his former club Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying One role he will not be taking is with China’s national team, who have been without a coach since Marcello Lippi left at the end of January.Moving to quash any rumours, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter: “News that the CFA invited the famous coach Mourinho to serve as head coach of the national side is not true. For media and fans, please don’t believe this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe CFA made no mention of the 45-year-old Cannavaro, who has been strongly linked in Chinese media with the post.The Italian, who captained his country to World Cup glory in 2006, will stay in charge of Chinese Super League (CSL) giants Guangzhou Evergrande and take charge of both teams at the same time, reports said. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton pace Bucks past Pacers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
…after Education Ministry withdrew commitment to pay outside auditorsThe special audit into the finances at the University of Guyana (UG) has been stalled until authorities can figure out who will stand the expense involved in conducting the probe.University of Guyana, Turkeyen CampusAuditor General,Deodat SharmaInitially, the Audit Office of Guyana had contracted an independent company to conduct the much-needed and highly anticipated audit into UG – in light of allegations of mismanagement of funds.The audit was first ordered by the Education Ministry after a request was made by the two workers’ unions at UG to have such an investigation launched. The Ministry was going to stand the expense associated with the investigation. However, this newspaper was told that shortly after the independent company commenced its work into the matter, the Education Ministry withdrew its request for the audit with no explanation given.Nonetheless, the Audit Office had committed to going ahead with the probe. But according to Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, due to issues regarding lack of finances, the audit is currently at a standstill.“So I think that because he is contracted out it might be an issue of who has to pay. When I do an audit, they do not have to pay me right, except for certain agencies but if a contracted auditor then there is a fee involved. So I think I will have to just follow that up,” he told this publication on Monday.Less than three weeks ago, AG Sharma had noted that the backlog of years UG did not complete its audited financial statements was a cause for worry.“The issue [is] UG’s audited [financials] were up to 2017. They’ve now submitted financial statements for 2015. So we still have 16, 17, and 18 due. So until you get those statements and audits up to date, you really can’t do a proper audit, unless you do a special investigation in particular areas.”Sharma, whose agency audits Government’s public accounts on an annual basis, went on to note the importance of having those accounts up to date up to 2018. He was not convinced about the UG administration’s sincerity in clearing this backlog.“They’ve just submitted the 2015 [report]. But we’re still awaiting 16, 17 and 18. So I don’t think they are taking very serious steps,” the Auditor General had remarked.UG’s administration has previously been accused of wanton spending— including hosting several events, standing the expenses of meals and accommodation for guest speakers, as well as hiring select individuals, paying them super salaries, and sending large delegations overseas, all on the University’s bill. Former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith had always denied those claims.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) have levelled these accusations, in particular. The Unions had joined forces to question why monies were allocated in previous budgets to entities which do not exist and what became of those funds.They had also demanded answers from the administration on how much money was spent on nonessential events within the last two and half years — which included, but were not limited to, the Law and Society series, the Turkeyen-Tain talks, and the Vice-Chancellor’s installation ceremony.They had argued that while these monies were being spent, the core units of the University, which include faculties and schools, had been informed that no money is available for essential repairs and payment for stationery, among others.In his 2016 Audit Report, Sharma had found that $209 million had been unaccounted for from the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support Project, funded by the Government of Guyana (GoG) and the International Development Association (IDA) under Credit Agreement No 4969-GY.However, the University had insisted that the monies were used for infrastructure projects on the campus, including a fibre optic cable to provide students with Wi-Fi.It had also noted that some of the monies were used to renovate the faculty buildings.
Mohamed Abukar scored 16 points and San Diego State beat No. 15 Air Force for its first win against a ranked team in more than five years. The defending Mountain West Conference champion Aztecs (16-7, 5-4) have won three straight. Air Force (20-4, 7-3) lost for the third time in six games. SDSU had lost 10 straight games to ranked teams since beating then-No. 21 Fresno State 93-78 on Dec. 8, 2001. Since moving to Division I in 1970-71, the Aztecs are 11-73 against ranked opponents. The Falcons got off to a horrible start and never recovered. They never led and tied the game only once, at 10-all. SDSU scored the first eight points while Air Force missed its first six shots. The 41 points were a season low for the Falcons, who came in averaging 72.3. SDSU broke it open with a 17-6 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 41-22 lead. Abukar scored eight points during the run, Brandon Heath made a 3-pointer and Lorrenzo Wade finished it with a slam dunk. Heath finished with 14 points and Jerome Habel had 11. WOMEN No. 5 Connecticut 60, No. 22 Rutgers 50 Charde Houston scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the host Huskies (21-2, 11-0 Big East) over the Scarlet Knights (14-7, 7-3). No. 25 James Madison 80, Longwood 42 Meredith Alexis scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the visiting Dukes (20-2). – From News Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Mike can take over a game when he wants to,” said Oden, his teammate at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. “I just sat back and watched and did my part. He can do a lot. He’s a great player.” Conley was a constant for the Buckeyes (21-3, 9-1 Big Ten) as Oden battled foul trouble and sat out 8 minutes of the second half. Just like their high school days, when Greg Oden wasn’t on the floor, Mike Conley Jr. took over. Conley Jr. scored a career-high 23 points, and when Oden was around he created havoc at the defensive end to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Michigan 76-63 on Tuesday night. The freshman point guard hit 9 of 12 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and made all three of his foul shots. He also had six assists, one steal and just one turnover in 38 minutes. “Conley’s outstanding,” Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. “He scores when it’s there, he takes care of the basketball and he keeps everybody happy. He’s tremendous. I thought he was certainly the difference.” Oden added 15 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots – in addition to altering the trajectory of numerous other shots inside. The Buckeyes totaled 14 blocked shots, one shy of a 27-year-old school record.”We played aggressive and didn’t get a lot of fouls called, and the guards did a good job funneling to the big guys,” said Oden, who tied his career high with his six blocks. “We just put our hands up.” San Diego St. 62, No. 15 Air Force 41
SouthamptonFraser Forster Crystal PalaceAlex McCarthy Liverpool are enjoying themselves at the moment.The fun factor is back at Anfield after a run of six wins in seven games, culminating in that 6-1 annihilation of Southampton as they cruised into the League Cup semi-final.Jurgen Klopp has instilled a palpable confidence within his squad since he succeeded Brendan Rodgers as manager back in October, with the likes of Lucas Leiva and Alberto Moreno playing like men possessed.Unfortunately there is one glaring weakness that may prove the Reds’ Achilles heel in their bid to maximise their lofty season ambitions under Klopp’s stewardship.Simon Mignolet initially endeared himself dramatically to Liverpool fans on his club debut back in 2013, saving a last-minute penalty in a 1-0 home win against Stoke.But since then his Reds career has been littered with costly errors, often undermining good work in front of him or being part of a collective defensive incompetence.Klopp offered his backing to the Belgian keeper this week after he gifted Bordeaux a goal via an indirect free-kick when he inexplicably held onto the ball illegally for 22 seconds in a Europa League tie at Anfield. Leicester CityKasper Schmeichel 2 LiverpoolSimon Mignolet Manchester CityJoe Hart TeamGoalkeeper 2 ArsenalPetr Cech TottenhamHugo Lloris “Simon Mignolet is one of the smartest keepers I’ve had. He’s still young enough to develop. He is very open,” expressed the German.Whether those comments were tongue-in-cheek, considering Klopp’s hilarious outburst at Mignolet’s expense to a journalist in his post-match press conference, remains to be seen as there was certainly nothing ‘smart’ about it.Mignolet had the audacity to protest his innocence but, in truth, his inexcusable mistake nearly cost a slightly off-colour Liverpool side the game and subsequently progress in the competition.His shot stopping is his saving grace but when the hallmarks of a modern day ‘keeper transcend far beyond the ability to make saves it is his shortcomings in other departments that expose his frailty.With the ball in the air or at his feet he injects a sense of uneasiness into both his players and the fans. We have seen a couple of times this season already, such as in home games against Norwich and Crystal Palace, his inability to deal with crosses effectively which has ultimately cost Liverpool four points. They are four points that would put them level with Arsenal in fourth.The Premier League boasts some of the best goalkeepers in the world. Here is how the top half of the table currently looks – plus champions Chelsea – along with their respective number ones. Manchester UnitedDavid De Gea West HamAdrian EvertonTim Howard Simon Mignolet ChelseaThibaut Courtois Reds fans would probably offload Mignolet for any of the names on that list, aside from perhaps an ageing Tim Howard at Everton. Chelsea also have the capable Asmir Begovic in reserve if, as has been the case this season, Courtois is injured. Add Stoke’s Jack Butland and that’s arguably 11 better alternatives than Mignolet in the Premier League alone.No ‘keeper has kept more league clean sheets than the Belgian in 2015 (14) but that is a highly deceiving statistic. The Reds have allowed their opponents the fewest shots on target (42) from any top tier side so far this season, so Mignolet’s accolade is mainly testament to an emerging defensive surety following the shambles that ensued at times under Rodgers.If fresh reports this week are true. then the club are set to offer Mignolet a bumper new contract. On one hand, the deal could have a galvanising effect on the 27-year-old similar to the one Klopp has precipitated upon so many of his new charges since his arrival. On the other, rewarding him after a string of unconvincing displays could harbour a sense of accomplishment when Mignolet has a lot of work to do.There’s no denying there are better alternatives out there. Several Bundesliga goalkeepers are viable options for Klopp to mull over in January, namely Timo Horn at Cologne. The German’s reticence to do so may be his downfall.If Liverpool truly want to compete both domestically and in Europe they must look to upgrade. Joe Hart, Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, David De Gea and Hugo Lloris – the first choices of the club’s closest rivals – are in a completely different league to the Belgian.The harsh truth is Mignolet is a liability and Liverpool are persisting with him at their peril. It would be a shame if they fell short this season because of his ineptitude.DIETMAR HAMANN HAILS SIMON MIGNOLET AS ONE OF PREMIER LEAGUE’S TOP THREE GOALKEEPERSDANNY MURPHY RUBBISHES CLAIM LIVERPOOL’S SIMON MIGNOLET IS ONE OF PREMIER LEAGUE’S BEST GOALKEEPERSTHE BEST GOALKEEPER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE – REVEALED
Glor Tire finalist Grainne Gavigan will host a celebration and homecoming dance in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel Ardara this Friday, April 26th.Special guests on the night will be Paul Kelly, The Ramblin Fever Band, Gráinne’s “Glór Tíre” mentor Lisa McHugh and many more with doors openings at 9.30pm.Gráinne has thanked all those who helped her along her journey. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout my time on “Glór Tire”. It has been an absolute dream come true to have represented both my town and county in this year’s final. Without the people who picked up their phones and voted for me every week I would not have made it as far in the competition.“I would like to thank my family, all my friends and everyone who came to Galway to support me each week. I would like to say a special thanks to my good friend and mentor Lisa McHugh for all the advice she has given me and who has worked so hard to help promote me, I will be forever great-full to Lisa for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity and I am honoured that she choose me to be her contestant. I am so great full and I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support. Go raibh maith agat,” she said. SINGER GRAINNE GAVIGAN SAYS THANKS AFTER GLOR TIRE EXPERIENCE was last modified: April 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GRAINNE GAVIGAN
27 July 2012 South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has appealed for support as she prepares to take over as chairperson of the African Union Commission, saying her new role presented “a great responsibility” not only for her but for all women on the continent. Dlamini-Zuma was delivering a lecture in Pretoria on Sunday organised by the African National Congress Women’s League. “It’s a huge responsibility not only for me but for all of us,” she said. “It is for the first time that a woman gets to be in this position.” She told a packed Pretoria City Hall that the African Union’s (AU’s) primary task had always been to tackle poverty, underdevelopment and illiteracy and to ensure that the continent became prosperous.‘African Union must be citizen-driven’ Citizens had to be able to drive the AU, she said, because if it was left to governments, it would not go anywhere. “The vision of the African Union is an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens in the global arena … So the question we must ask as South Africans is, how are we going to drive the African Union, and if we were not doing that, it’s time that we started doing so.” Earlier this month, Dlamini-Zuma won a tightly contested vote to become the new head of the African Union Commission (AUC). Her election made her the first female to head the AUC, ending a bruising leadership battle between her and Gabon’s Jean Ping, who was seeking re-election after serving in the top AU post since 2008. On Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma emphasised the importance of unity within the continental body, saying only a united AU would be able to deliver a prosperous Africa. She said that when African leaders formed the Organisation of African Unity, forerunner of the AU, their goal had always been to unite the continent. “These leaders decided that Africa must unite and that those countries that were not liberated should be liberated. It was clear from these leaders that we need to find African solution to African problems,” Dlamini-Zuma said. “This organisation is looking at an integrated Africa, not Africa of individual states who are only concerned with their own business. So when I go and work there, I will be working as a servant of Africa and not South Africa, and off course South Africa will be part of those that I will be serving.”Bigger role for Pan African Parliament Dlamini-Zuma suggested that the Pan African Parliament, headquartered in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, be given legislative powers, something she said would help in speeding up development on the continent. “Because if we are going to be integrating, we need to harmonise our laws, and if we are to increase trade we need to harmonise the way we work and the way we do things, and the Pan African Parliament could play a huge role in this regard.” She noted that, in the face of a global economic crisis crippling world markets, Africa was the only continent that was still enjoying substantial growth. “We have the biggest deposition of many minerals throughout the continent, and the question is how do we use them for the benefit of the people of the continent. We still have big potential to grow in agriculture so that we can export more; it’s important to see that these opportunities are not missed opportunities.” The biggest challenge was that Africa lacked good infrastructure. “That’s one of our biggest challenges. We must make sure we are properly connected, we must make sure we build this infrastructure so that the integration we speaking of becomes meaningful.” Dlamini-Zuma is one of South Africa’s longest-serving Cabinet ministers. Appointed minister of health in 1994, she moved from there to foreign affairs before becoming minister of home affairs in 2009. As minister of home affairs, she is credited with having cut down on corruption, professionalised the services offered by the department and modernised its internal processes. Peace and security remain priorities for the AU, and the 63-year-old Dlamini-Zuma will be expected to provide leadership to enhance the AU Peace and Security Council’s ability to resolve conflicts on the continent. She will also have to oversee the implementation of the mooted intra-Africa trade and free trade areas, and ensure the success of economic partnership agreements within the continent. Source: SANews.gov.za
A student of the Aligarh Muslim University was on Friday booked for allegedly posting an objectionable tweet on the soldiers who died in the Pulwama suicide attack. Basim Hilal, a mathematics student at the university, allegedly posted on Twitter, “How’s the Jaish? Great Sir,” in apparent reference to a dialogue from the film Uri, which is based on the surgical strikes conducted by the army in 2016.A case was registered against the student, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, at Civil Lines police station in Aligarh.SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary said the student has been booked under Section 153A of the IPC, which deals with promoting enimity between different groups, and relevant clauses of the IT Act.The student has also been suspended from the varsity, said its spokesperson Omar Saleem Peerzad.“We’ve come to know of the highly objectionable tweet. Taking immediate cognizance he has been suspended by AMU administration. We won’t let the University be discredited. We’ve zero tolerance,” he told reporters.
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the scores tied at 114-114, Castro missed a long triple against the defense of J’Nathan Bullock but Rice was there to salvage the two points underneath giving TNT a 116-114 lead with 10 seconds left.“It was a hard-fought victory, and we knew all along that going into the series facing Rain or Shine we will have a hard time,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It just so happened we came out the better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRain or Shine had a chance to either win or tie the game but Bullock’s pass to Beau Belga went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.“The breaks of the game favored us in the end.” Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City There were 16 lead changes and 16 ties overall in the game but the final six minutes saw the lead change hands five times and the scores knotted up four times.One of those lead changes happened when Bullock put Rain or Shine up 114-112 at the 46-second mark after sinking two free throws.Castro then tied it at 114-114 from the stripe as well after Bullock fouled him with 41 seconds left in the game.Rice led all scorers with 34 points for TNT to go along 16 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro put up 20 points and 12 assists, with four happening in the fourth period.Bullock led the Elasto Painters with 30 points while Belga added 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second seeded KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and needed a strong finish in the do-or-die match to set up with a semis date with Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments
Shikhar Dhawan backed Rishabh Pant to grab his opportunities in the T20I series against New Zealand which begins in Wellington on Wednesday. Pant had returned home to play for India A after scoring 350 runs in four Tests against Australia.Rishabh Pant did not feature in the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand as the team management wanted him to hone his finishing skills. Playing for India A, Pant scored a polished 73 not out against England Lions to show he belonged in all formats of the game. Pant, an aggressive batsman and a wicketkeeper who is considered a work in progress, is now back in New Zealand for three T20Is. These matches will give him the chance to stay in the reckoning for India’s World Cup plans.Chief selector MSK Prasad had said Rishabh Pant was in the radar for the 2019 World Cup which starts in England in a few months. MS Dhoni’s return to form and the emergence of Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav as middle order options along with Hardik Pandya’s return is likely to pile up the pressure for Pant.For a short while, it looked like Rishabh Pant was prone to throwing his wicket away by playing rash shots. However, he improved his game as the Test series in Australia progressed and he signed off with his Test best score of 159 not out – with both bat and gloves, Rishabh Pant made significant contributions as India won a historic Test series Down Under.Shikhar Dhawan, one of India’s famed top-three in limited overs cricket and the second highest run-scorer in the ODI series against New Zealand, said Pant continued to be a great asset for the Indian team.advertisement”Pant is an aggressive batsman and he can take the game away from the opposition in a very short time. He is great asset for our team and I am sure he will avail this opportunity with both hands,” Dhawan said in a press conference on the eve of the first T20I.Having won the ODI series in New Zealand, Dhawan said India’s focus was on winning the T20I series.”We will look to win the T20I series. We did well in the ODIs and we will look to finish the tour on a high and it’s always good to get wins under your belt and you feel you want to take that momentum back home. We will next play Australia and we’d like to go with the winning momentum,” he said.Also Read | How about ironing your uniform: Rohit Sharma trolls Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Hardik Pandya reunites with brother Krunal in New Zealand for T20I series