Unai Emery warned not to pick Granit Xhaka against Liverpool by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas

first_imgGranit Xhaka wore the captain’s armband against Newcastle on the opening weekend of the season (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to pick an attacking line-up against Liverpool at Anfield and resist the temptation to restore Granit Xhaka to the starting XI.The Switzerland international is likely to be confirmed as Arsenal’s new captain and succeed Laurent Koscielny, but the emergence of Matteo Guendouzi, return to full fitness of Lucas Torreira and the signing of Dani Ceballos means the 26-year-old is not a guaranteed starter.Xhaka wore the armband during the 1-0 win over Newcastle on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign but was ruled out of last weekend’s victory over Burnley through injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is the only Arsenal player to have started the club’s last three matches at Anfield, during which they have conceded a combined total of 12 goals, and Nicholas believes he does not warrant inclusion against the Champions League holders.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Liverpool v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:47FullscreenLiverpool v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-1990872/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.He told Sky Sports: ‘I think Arsenal should play a back four with two protectors in front. I don’t want Granit Xhaka in the team, I would prefer Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.‘They would give Arsenal energy and defensive qualities. Then I would want Alexandre Lacazette through the middle and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe to provide pace on the counter and make things happen, with Dani Ceballos just behind them.‘I’d have that line-up to give Arsenal a back six and then a front four that could cause Liverpool problems on the counter-attack.‘I think Unai Emery will go a bit more cautious and play Aubameyang with Lacazette on the bench, maybe along with Ceballos. If he does that then Liverpool will win.‘Arsenal have to look at a way to get the first goal and try to hurt Liverpool and put them on the back foot. However, I have a feeling Emery might be a bit more negative.‘Ceballos is very neat and tidy. Against Burnley, he looked a yard sharper than he did on the opening weekend and that’s a promising sign. He looks like a good player for Arsenal and I would start him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery warned not to pick Granit Xhaka against Liverpool by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link441Sharescenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Reliance to shut down MA field. Fate of FPSO still unknown

first_imgIndian oil and gas company Reliance Industries is shutting down production from its MA field located off the East Coast of India, leaving the fate of the FPSO operating on the field unknown. FPSO Dhirubhai-1; Source: Ocean YieldThe contract for the FPSO Dhirubhai-1, which operates on a ten-year contract on the MA-field with Reliance Industries, expires on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 06:00 CEST, Ocean Yield, the owner of the FPSO, informed on Monday.Ocean Yield’s subsidiary, Aker Floating Production, has today received an instruction from Reliance Industries to shut down production on the MA field, Ocean Yield said.India’s Economic Times reported back in February 2018 that the MA field in the KGD6 block would stop producing this year, following continuous decline in output for years.According to Ocean Yield, Reliance Industries has a purchase option for the FPSO at a fixed price of $255 million, which is valid until expiry of the contract.It is still unclear if this purchase option will be exercised and, following contract expiry on Wednesday, Ocean Yield said it will revert with more information.Earlier this year, Ocean Yield said in its financial report for 2Q 2018 that it was also evaluating an employment opportunity for the FPSO outside India.It is also worth noting that, in its investor presentation for the first quarter FY 2018-19, Reliance Industries said in July that MA field cessation was expected by September 2018.FPSO Dhirubhai-1 was converted from Suezmax tanker to FPSO in 2008. It is operating at 1200m water depth at the MA field. It has an oil production capacity of 60.000 barrels and is currently exporting close to 9 million standard cubic meters of gas to onshore consumers.The MA oil was discovered in February 2006 with the drilling of MA1 exploratory well in the northwest corner of the block. The MA field started liquids production in September 2008 and gas sales in November 2009, with development wells tied into the FPSO, which stores the crude oil until it is sold on the spot market at a price based on the Bonny Light reference price and adjusted for quality.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Tourism Awareness month aims to sensitize public.

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Mrs. Claudia Bellot, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs. Photo credit: GIS NewsPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs Claudia Bellot says the concept and value of tourism awareness month is based on the premise of achieving greater public and private sector sensitization.She says it is also aimed at sensitizing the Dominican population about the product and obtaining widespread exposure and dialogue on issues that impact sector.Tourism Awareness Month was officially launched here on Thursday.“The nature island image of Dominica which is promoted to the world must be seen and experienced by over visitors, not only in our rich and lush vegetation…but also and more importantly in our environmentally friendly products, well kept clean public spaces and roadsides, in our home gardens and surroundings, and in the manner in which everyone managesresponsible garbage disposals,” she said.Bellot said a recent initiative led by PM Skerrit to stimulate Dominicans to beautify their surroundings.She said many more need to come on board if the island is to be showcased as a clean destination.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Tourism Awareness month aims to sensitize public. by: – April 29, 2011 26 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

New Caricom head takes over bloc in disarray

first_img Share LocalNewsRegional New Caricom head takes over bloc in disarray by: – July 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 12 Views   no discussions Tweet As he basks in the congratulatory messages coming from countries near and far, Irwin LaRocque knows the next three years will not be easy for him and the Caribbean regional integration movement.Last week, more than six months after LaRocque’s predecessor, Sir Edwin Carrington, tendered his resignation, regional leaders named the 56-year-old Dominican national as the seventh secretary general of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom).“You have been an active participant in some of the more recent discussions for the strengthening of the regional integration movement, one of the oldest in the world, and that I am therefore confident that you will bring a new and refreshing perspective on advancing the Caricom integration process in the 21st century,” said the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, in a congratulatory message.The Jamaica Observer newspaper noted that despite the inevitable flurry of perfunctory letters of congratulations, LaRocque must be “fully aware that his honeymoon, if it can be called that, will be short lived.“His first task will be to gain the confidence of the political leadership and senior officials of the region. What nobody has said openly is that in the leadership of the region there is widespread concern ranging from disappointment to resignation,” the paper said in an editorial.Since 2005, LaRocque has served as the assistant secretary-general for trade and economic integration at the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat.“I am humbled and privileged for this opportunity to continue my service to the governments and people of the Caribbean Community,” he said in a brief statement.Announcing the selection of LaRocque from a field of five candidates, Caricom Chair and St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas said his colleagues believed that the new man “possesses the requisite skills of visionary leadership, courage and commitment required to guide the Community at this time of change and uncertainty”.He stressed that the pace at which the region moves forward will be largely determined by the results of a number of studies recently commissioned by the 38-year-old grouping.“That is why to a large extent we have insisted to the consultants who are doing the review of the Secretariat ‘get your work done as quickly as possible because we are at the point where maybe a crisis is unfolding and we need to be able to stop it in its tracks and move forward with some new vigour, some new action especially on the part of the people of the region,” he told IPS.LaRocque, a graduate of the New School for Social Research in New York and New York University, majoring in political philosophy, political economics and economics, will have his work cut out for him, particularly a doubting Caribbean population that is starting to refer to Caricom as “Cari-gone”.“As assistant secretary-general, he has provided strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as the sectoral programmes of the Community including agriculture, services, industry and energy,” the Caricom Secretariat said when announcing his new appointment.But the former secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Professor Norman Girvan, while welcoming LaRocque’s selection, stressed that LaRocque would need the “full support” of regional leaders as he attempts to steer Caricom over the next three years.“I know him to be a person of professionalism, integrity and proven commitment to regionalism,” Girvan told IPS, adding “Mr. LaRocque should not be given a basket to carry water.“If Caricom is to be re-energised and if the implementation deficit is to be addressed, Mr LaRocque will need to have the full support of the heads of government for reform of governance to provide legal teeth to the decisions of Caricom organs and to establish an executive authority to oversee implementation,” he added.Noted Caribbean political scientist, Professor Neville Duncan, who believes that LaRocque is capable of “doing great things”, has also been critical of regional governments for taking a “very long time” in appointing a new secretary general and failing to outline the terms of reference for the job.“They can’t expect the new man to come in and define his new role and function. It has to be the Caricom heads who do that kind of thing,” Duncan said, adding “again, true to form, they are slipping up on the job”.He said the leaders had been trying to get the region excited by the prospects of a rejuvenated Caricom and a reformed Secretariat, but asked “what exactly are they planning to do with that Secretariat and to what use will they put it to ensure quality regional integration?”“None of that was spoken about and I am very disappointed,” he said.Duncan said that while many studies on Caricom undertaken by the University of the West Indies were gathering dust somewhere, he expects there will be new initiatives, including how decisions are arrived at during the annual leaders’ summit.The Caribbean Movement for Civil Empowerment (CMCE), which sent a petition to the regional leaders during their summit in St. Kitts earlier this year, said that while the people of the Caribbean view integration as crucial for the region’s survival and development, there is a strong sense that the process of integration is in decline and is in need of renewed leadership.It wants the new secretary general “to lead a complete overhaul of both the governance structures and the orientation of the Caricom Secretariat, giving it the legal space to become an implementation institution”.LaRocque has promised that his tenure would be used to deepen the integration process, since “the future of the region lies with integration”.“In this world it is very difficult to go it alone, and the more the region can do together to serve the development and to face the onslaught from the larger world, I think the imperative must be addressed,” LaRocque told the state-owned Dominica Broadcasting Service (DBS) radio. 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Duque on quarantine, takes COVID-19 test

first_imgMANILA – Health SecretaryFrancisco Duque has gone into self-quarantine after a seniorofficial at his agency tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019. Department of Health (DOH) UndersecretaryMaria Rosario Vergeire said Duque underwent COVID-19 testing on Thursday,adding the DOH chief has underlying conditions like asthma and hypertension. “The results of Duque’s test would comeout in two to three days. Until then, the DoH chief said he was setting up workfrom home arrangements,” she added. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III center_img “Yes, Secretary Duque is on homequarantine, but currently asymptomatic,” said Vergeire. “He has already beentested for [the] COVID-19 test as he is asthmatic and hypertensive.” Based on an advisory by DOH, there werenow a total of 217 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, while another onewas added to the list of recovered patients from the virus.Among the new COVID-19 patient was a 65-year-old man who was admitted at ChongHua Hospital in Mandaue City, Cebu. He was the second confirmed case in Visayasregion./PNlast_img read more

‘Social amelioration cash not for illegal gambling’

first_imgHe ordered police units across Western Visayasto intensify the campaign against illegal gambling. “Use the money for food.  Alamnatin na ang iban dyan ginagamit ang pera sa illegal activities, especiallysabong sa mga barangay,” said PoliceBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director. Dampal also warned stores selling liquor andthose drinking liquor in public. Executive Order No. 055 issued byMayor Jerry Treñas imposes a liquor ban during this time of communityquarantine. “We are also warning barangay officialsfacilitating illegal na sabong. Wewill carry out arrests and submit reports to the Department of Interior andLocal Government,” said Pamuspusan. “I am also warning policemen. They are notexempted from the campaign against illegal gambling and other illegalactivities, and the liquor ban,” said Dampal. ILOILO City – The Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6) vowed to run after persons using the financial assistance from thenational government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in illegal gambling.center_img In this city, Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO)director Police Colonel Eric Dampal said, “We will stop all illegal activitiessuch as card games, mahjong and others. Those caught will be put behind bars.Criminal charges would be filed,” said Dampal. Residents of Barangay Punong, Lapuz, Iloilo City receive their cash grants of P6,000 under the government’s Social Amelioration Program for economically displaced individuals due to the coronavirus disease pandemic. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Each SAP beneficiary family gets P6,000. The ICPO director said he was “so particular aboutinternal cleansing in the Philippine National Police. As public servants we arerole models to the public, especially during this challenging time.”/PNlast_img read more

Arsenal predicted to suffer bleak £120m losses

first_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Loading… Arsenal have been warned to expect losses of over £120million if football remains behind closed doors. Few clubs make as much money as the Gunners do on a matchday – with that income completely lost since the coronavirus pandemic began. In 2018-19, Arsenal made £96million in matchday revenue alone, a huge proportion of their total £394m turnover. Such reliance on fans coming to Emirates Stadium left the club particularly vulnerable to the circumstances they now find themselves in. Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have delved into the figures to estimate potential losses of £120m if the situation does not improve. Matchday revenue for the protracted 2019-20 campaign is down to around £77m after the final weeks of the season went behind closed doors. And the Trust reckons Arsenal will only be able to make £20m in matchday revenue in 2020-21, on the basis stadium capacity is restricted to 25 percent. This would set the North London club on course for a £44m loss in 2019-20 and £83m in the current campaign – totalling losses around £120m. Premier League clubs are pushing for fans to return to stadiums but a second coronavirus wave threatens to slam the door on test events. Furthermore, the reality could be even worse with these estimates predicated on TV money remaining steady throughout the new season, as well as commercial and retail income.center_img The predictions are just the latest stark warning of football’s financial outlook from the very top of the game, right down to the grassroots level. Arsenal have already made 55 staff members redundant amid the pandemic, with the bulk of the squad agreeing a wage cut. However, Mikel Arteta has been able to revamp his squad with Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari arriving for a combined £35m. Willian signed a three-year deal worth £220,000-a-week last month before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended his contract to reach £350,000-a-week. The club have recouped over £20m from the sales of Emiliano Martinez and Sam Greenwood, with owner Stan Kroenke refinancing the debt accrued when building Emirates Stadium. The Trust summarised: “Estimated losses of £44m this year and £80m next year. “And if fans don’t return soon and more broadcast contracts see reductions it could be much worse. read also:Huesca midfielder Nwakali still in touch with Arsenal “Arsenal still run a bloated wage bill (well over £200m a year) and carry significant debts – both player installments still owed to other clubs and to KSE (stadium loan legacy). We do not know yet what interest, if any, is being charged to the club. “Potential losses of at least £120m (possibly £150m) over 2020 & 2021 demonstrate why Arsenal have to be so careful in transfer market.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

West Ham and Stoke settle for a point from goalless draw

first_img A draw was probably a fair result, though, as Stoke were also denied by the woodwork when Marko Arnautovic hit the crossbar midway through the second half. It was Stoke who created the best two chances of an even first half and Marco van Ginkel, in for the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, should have given them the lead, only to miss a sitter. Ibrahim Afellay’s cut-back found the Dutch midfielder in front of goal, eight yards out, but he snatched at the shot and scuffed it wide. After half an hour former Hammers full-back Glen Johnson raided down the right and put in a dangerous low cross which Arnautovic prodded the wrong side of the post. For West Ham, Cheikhou Kouyate forced Jack Butland into a fine early save with a fierce 20-yard drive, while the England keeper also kept out efforts from Michail Antonio and James Collins. The hosts felt they should have had a penalty just before half-time when Ryan Shawcross gave the ball away to Mark Noble and then pulled the West Ham skipper back in the area, but referee Andre Marriner was not interested. Butland was back in action shortly after the break when he dived at full stretch to tip Andy Carroll’s header around the post. He then had to be quick off his line to block an effort from Antonio, making his first start for the Hammers, after he had raced onto a long ball over the top. Stoke pressed for a winner too, and Hammers keeper Adrian did well to block Arnautovic’s shot before the Austrian striker saw his free-kick take a massive deflection and bounce off the crossbar. Adrian kept Stoke at bay again when he saved substitute Mame Biram Diouf’s effort with his legs. Ten minutes from the end Zarate waltzed across the Stoke penalty area before pinging an angled shot which finally beat Butland, only to crash off the outside of the post. And in stoppage time a frantic goalmouth scramble saw Kouyate’s header cleared from underneath the bar by Johnson to ensure it finished goalless. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Congrats to my bro in law @Michailantonio winning man of the match on his full debut for @whufc_official #pace #power #thefuture” – In a game with not much to talk about, actor Ricky Whittle (@MrRickyWhittle) congratulated brother-in-law Michail Antonio on his man-of-the-match performance. WEST HAM Adrian: 7 Aaron Cresswell: 5 James Collins: 7 Angelo Ogbonna: 6 James Tomkins: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 6 Mark Noble: 6 Alex Song: 7 Mauro Zarate: 7 Michail Antonio: 6 Andy Carroll: 6 Subs Enner Valencia: 6 Nikica Jelavic: 6 STOKE Jack Butland: 7 Erik Pieters: 6 Ryan Shawcross: 6 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Glen Johnson: 6 Ibrahim Afellay: 7 Glenn Whelan: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Bojan Krkic: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 5 Subs Mame Biram Diouf: 6 Jonathan Walters: 6 Charlie Adam: 6 STAR PLAYER Ibrahim Afellay looked the one player likely to break the deadlock with a moment of magic. The Stoke winger laid a first-half chance on a plate for Marco van Ginkel, who scuffed it wide. MOMENT OF THE MATCH James Collins made a hash of an attempted clearance on the edge of his own area, but somehow turned it into a Cruyff turn as he brought the ball away from a slightly bemused Bojan Krkic. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Both sides were missing attacking players through injury but stuck to their principles. Stoke looked dangerous on the counter-attack as usual while West Ham resisted the temptation to aim high balls towards Andy Carroll. MOAN OF THE MATCH Ryan Shawcross escaping with not so much as a booking for swinging out an arm and catching Carroll in the face as the striker attempted to break through on goal. WHO’S UP NEXT? Swansea v West Ham (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Stoke v Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Injury-hit West Ham could not find a way past stubborn Stoke in a goalless draw at Upton Park. The Hammers dominated for long periods but sorely missed the attacking talents of Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses in front of goal. Boss Slaven Bilic, who has ordered the club to move training grounds in a bid to halt their injury jinx, almost saw his patched-up side pick up a first win in six matches, but Mauro Zarate’s shot cannoned back off the post. Press Associationlast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini pleased to see Man City changes pay off against Crystal Palace

first_img “It was very important to win, having made five changes,” Pellegrini said. “We have to play so many games in January and it is very important to have the whole squad involved in what we are doing if we are to remain a competitive team in all of the competitions. “I think it was important to score the first goal. When we are able to score the first goal, we know we are going to have more space. “We are used to playing eight or nine players behind the ball. We don’t always score but with space we are more dangerous. “To have made so many changes but win the way we did is very useful for the future.” Aguero was not only clinical in front of goal but passed up a hat-trick opportunity to set up City’s fourth goal for Silva. The Argentinian now looks to be getting back into his stride after the heel injury that sidelined him in December. “I saw Kun in the last game,” Pellegrini said. “Maybe he didn’t score because (Tim) Howard made two beautiful saves, but he is making all the movements he does when he is 100 per cent fit. In every game, he will continue improving.” The Chilean left regular starters Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas on the bench as he sought to freshen up his side following Wednesday’s stalemate against Everton. The result was a convincing display, with Sergio Aguero scoring twice and Fabian Delph and David Silva also on target, as City pulled level with title rivals Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League. Pellegrini particularly felt his decision to name Toure among the substitutes would have a good long-term benefit. The Ivorian came on for just the last 33 minutes and was involved in Aguero’s second goal. “He played a good game against Everton and he had less than 72 hours to recover,” Pellegrini said. “I didn’t think he could complete the full game with high pace. “He is a professional, he works very well and he understands what I think. He agreed with me.” Pellegrini added that defender Aleksandar Kolarov, who was carried off with a calf injury early in the second half, would be assessed on Monday. Palace’s defeat continued their slide after a positive first half of the season, with the Eagles having now not won – or scored – in five league games. Manager Alan Pardew seemed particularly disappointed with the performance of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who, after a bad error against Aston Villa in midweek, might have done better with Delph’s 22nd-minute long-range opener. “Wayne is going to have to show me this week in training,” Pardew told BBC Sport. “A mistake at Villa, he needed to respond today and made another mistake. “The ball is in his court to keep out the other two goalkeepers but I need to see it in training, I need to see a reaction from him. I will give him that chance because he deserves it.” On the whole, however, Pardew felt his side performed reasonably well. “That was not a bad performance from us,” he said in his post-match press conference. “We got in some great positions, but perhaps our final pass could have been better. We certainly threatened the goal. “The goals changed the complexion of the game and the result doesn’t reflect what went on the pitch.” Press Association Manuel Pellegrini was pleased his changes paid off after seeing Manchester City overpower Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.last_img read more

Cricket News You cannot calculate Dhoni’s value, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: “Please leave the gentleman alone,” former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insisting that the veteran’s value to the team cannot be calculated despite the lack of consistency. Dhoni turned back the clock with a match-winning half century against Australia in the second one-dayer in Adelaide, even hitting one of those trademark last-over sixes. The well-timed knock eased the pressure he has been under under due to inconsistent form.“My prayer is to please leave the gentleman alone and he will continue to do well. He is also not getting younger. So the consistency you might have at a younger age will obviously not be there and you have to bear with that,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.The 37-year-old two-time World Cup winning former captain’s future is one of the most debated topics in Indian cricket right now but Gavaskar feels he deserves better.Also Read | Virat Kohli aces the chase, MS Dhoni silences doubters with 69th fifty in Adelaide win vs Australia“Bear with that little inconsistency. But he’s still tremendous value to the team…That value you cannot calculate at all,” the batting great said. Elaborating on what he thought makes Dhoni a crucial cog, Gavaskar said the veteran stumper’s reading of the game and match situations is impeccable from behind the stumps.“He keeps telling the bowlers to bowl a particular delivery, what a batsman is planning to do. He has a sense of what a batsman is thinking…What the batsman is looking to do now…is he looking to get out of jail kind of shot?” he said.“These are the kind of things where Dhoni helps the bowlers and of course with the field placing because Virat is so important in the deep (as he fields outside 30-yard circle) in the final overs when he saves those two runs diving around, takes magnificent catches in the deep,” he added.Also Read | Virat Kohli slams 39th century and gives India a win in Adelaide ODI vs AustraliaGavaskar also spoke about the trust that current skipper Virat Kohli has Dhoni’s assessment of situations.“…it’s not possible for Virat to maybe have a conversation with the bowlers or to make adjustments to the square fielders. That is where Virat has complete faith and trust in Dhoni to make those little bit of adjustments for him,” Gavaskar said. last_img read more