India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 10:31 IST Rohit Sharma has hit 5 hundreds so far in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOne of the greatest one-day players: Ravi Shastri on Rohit SharmaRavi Shastri said Hardik Pandya’s ability to contribute with the ball big plus for IndiaShastri on England defeat: Thought god was in their dressing room that dayIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma, saying the opening batsman is among the greatest players in white-ball cricket. Shastri said Rohit’s form in World Cup 2019 was no surprise.Rohit Sharma is leading the batting charts in World Cup 2019 with 647 runs from 8 matches so far. The India opener has shouldered the burden of scoring the bulk of runs at the top wonderfully well after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with an injury early in the tournament.Rohit has become the first batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. The vice-captain of Team India is just 27 runs away from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old record for the most runs scored in a World Cup.”[Rohit] One of the greatest one-day players. Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years… 3 double hundreds in ODIs. No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it,” Ravi Shastri told the Cricket World Cup.India finished the group stages on top of the 10-team points table with 15 points from 9 matches. They will take on 4th-placed New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday.Rohit’s form and consistency has been one of the main reasons for India’s dominant displays so far in England. The India opener is heading into the semi-finals on the back of 3 back-to-back hundreds.advertisementIt all started in the opening game vs South Africa in Southampton as Rohit Sharma helped India gun down a 228-run target on a two-paced wicket. Rohit remained unbeaten on 122 from 144 balls as India sealed 2 points in their opening fixture.Stressing Rohit’s hundred vs South Africa was one of his best batting performances, Ravi Shastri said: “It was a tough wicket. It was two-paced [against South Africa]. So I thought it was a special innings from Rohit because among all the ODI hundreds he has got, I thought that was one of his best.”Hardik Pandya’s reading of the game is good: Ravi ShastriThe India head coach also lauded Hardik Pandya for the way the all-rounder has been able to chip in with his bowling. Known for his explosive batting, Hardik’s evolution as a 10-over bowler has been one of the major highlights of India’s campaign at World Cup 2019.”He [Hardik] has come along as a bowler. You’re getting full 10 overs out of him. He reads the conditions well. He knows where to use the slow bouncers and off-cutters. His reading of the game is good. It’s a massive help for the side when you have a batsman as flamboyant as him who can also bowl you the overs,” Shastri said.God was in England’s dressing room during Edgbaston defeat: ShastriTalking about the only defeat that India have suffered so far in World Cup 2019, Ravi Shastri added: “I just thought god was in their dressing room that day. If we play England next, hope he sits in our dressing room. Nothing else to worry about.”India lost to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston on June 30 but the Asian giants have managed to avoid the in-form hosts in the semi-finals. England take on Australia in the 2nd semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds: Virat KohliAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow India cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow India vs England Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi ShastriICC Cricket Word Cup 2019: Recapping India’s performances in the group stages, head coach Ravi Shastri lauded Rohit Sharma for his consistency with the bat. Shastri also spoke about the impact of Hardik Pandya with the ball to Team India’s showings in England so far.advertisement Next
Police are selling old items of uniforms on eBay to plug a funding gap, as campaigners accused the force of helping criminals to impersonate officers.Sussex Police, which has a £26.5million funding shortage, is listing items including used police high-visibility jackets on the auction website, it has emerged.A group representing victims of crime has raised fears the equipment could be used by fraudsters targeting the elderly.It has emerged just weeks after an elderly couple in Brighton, East Sussex, which is covered by the force, were scammed out of £9,000 by two bogus police officers.Stephen McCarthy, the director for England of the Action on Elder Abuse charity, said: “It’s not going to be bringing in an awful lot of money and it seems a bit strange – why take that risk for such small amounts of money?”Sussex Police said the items have “police branding and insignia removed”, with profits going back to the force. Other listings on the police eBay page include items found or confiscated by the force during police raidsA Sussex Police spokesman defended the force’s decision to sell the surplus equipment. Items for sale on the Sussex Police Auctions eBay pageCredit:eBay When it comes to things seen to be identified with police officers, it seems to be sending the wrong messageStephen McCarthy, director for England of Action on Elder Abuse He said: “As these items are assets all the money goes back to Sussex Police towards the running of the eBay shop and back into areas such as the uniform stores.”By selling these items we have been able generate significant income for the force which would not previously have been available as well as being able to save a significant amount on our waste costs.”The spokesman added: “Items sold are no longer suitable to be re-used by Sussex Police and all items have any police branding and insignia removed.”Without this branding they are just generic items which can easily be purchased – standard hi-vis jackets and combat trousers etc.”We remove the blue and white hatching from uniform even though these items can be purchased elsewhere on eBay.”He said “contentious items” such as armour and handcuffs are never sold online and the eBay site is approved by senior officers and the force’s own professional standards department.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Police branding has been removed from the clothes, but Mr McCarthy feared it makes fraud “that little bit more easy” for crooks.He said: “We regularly see stories about people impersonating police officers as a way to commit scams against older people.”There’s an argument I think the police would make that these items can possibly be found elsewhere if you want to buy them, and we would not want to disagree.”When it comes to things seen to be identified with police officers, it seems to be sending the wrong message. I think they should probably be restricted from selling these sorts of items.”If Sussex Police stop selling these garments today it’s not going to stop people committing these crimes, but why make it that little bit more easy?”It’s fine to say the insignia is removed, but often when we see these cases the uniforms that have been worn aren’t exactly precise replicas.”In December two criminals dressed as police officer convinced two pensioners, a 72-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man, to hand over £6,000 and £3,000 respectively. One item is listed online as a “Gore Windstopper Tornado Fleece Jacket Large Short Black Security Yaffy”. The new and unworn black jacket is described as Sussex Police equipment, which is “surplus to requirement”.There is also equipment such as UV flashlights and hi-visibility jackets listed for as little £9.99. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Prime Minister said that his party is to form a broad alliance to protect democracy and it is only through a democratic environment in which the voice of the people is considered and the rights of the people are protected. “And also, we will have discussions with the Tamil National Alliance and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna to bring about a political solution in which all citizens can live in harmony in a unitary state,” he said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says abolishing the executive Presidency and bringing about a political solution will be part of the main issues the new Government will focus on.In a special statement after being appointed as Prime Minister, Wickremesinghe said that discussions are ongoing with a number of political parties in respect to abolishing the executive Presidency. He also urged all sides to forget all differences and join hands with him in the broad alliance, for the sake of the motherland, democracy, rights of the people and to bring about a free country for the unborn generation. (Colombo Gazette)Click here for full statement
Summer Budget 2015: Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the government is to consult on a reformation of pensions tax relief.It will publish a green paper shortly setting out the various options, which range from fundamental reforms, for example moving to a system which is tax exempt like individual savings accounts (Isas), to less radical changes, such as retaining the current system and altering the lifetime and annual allowances.Osborne (pictured) said: “Britain isn’t saving enough. I am open to further radical change. Pensions could be treated like Isas: you pay in from taxed income, and it is tax free when taken out, and inbetween it receives a top up by the government.”Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), said: “Today’s announcement of a wider review of pensions tax is welcome news.”We are pleased the government has wisely chosen not to rush into any new wider reforms or jump to conclusions about what will work best as a reform, such as taxing pensions in the same way as Isas. This will be an important step and we will work with the government to secure a clear understanding of the long-term implications of any decisions.“Experience shows us that long-term success in pension policy is built on a shared understanding of a problem, a shared building of the policy solution and a shared responsibility for delivering that solution. For this review to succeed, it must look at taxation of pensions in the bigger picture of what genuinely incentivises people to save consistently over the long-term for their retirement.”Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, added: “Bringing pensions and Isas together under the same tax regime would be a major change and all the ramifications need to be carefully thought through.”As always with pensions, which are a long-term savings vehicle, the change over from one system to another would require some fairly complex transitional arrangements to be put in force to smooth the operation going forward. It is good that the government is consulting on all of this and not making the mistake it made with the pension freedoms which were brought in hastily and without full consideration of all the issues that could arise. “Overall this has been yet another eventful Budget from the Chancellor, albeit with major and radical decisions still to be taken over the coming year. It looks very much like pensions will continue to be big news over the next few years.”