Virat Kohli won’t be taking his foot off the accelerator in Mumbai: Ian Botham to India Today

first_imgEngland have their backs against the wall as they get ready to face an in-form India in the fourth Test at the Wankhede stadium from Thursday. The hosts currently lead the five-match series 2-0 and a win in Mumbai would see them clinch the series and register its fifth Test series win in succession. (Test cricket returns to Wankhede after emotional Sachin Tendulkar farewell)Only once in 84 years has an Indian team achieved that before. Between 2008 and 2010, under skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India defeated Australia at home, England at home, New Zealand in their own den, Sri Lanka at home and Bangladesh in Bangladesh. (India aim to extend winning run in fourth Test vs England)India though, have a dismal record at the Wankhede stadium and they will be vary of that fact. The last time India defeated England at this venue was way back in February 1993. In the two matches since (2006 and 2012), England has been the emphatic winner, by 212 runs and 10 wickets respectively. (Rahane ruled out of remaining two Tests vs England)India cannot afford to get complacent and take England for granted with the series win almost in their sight. And according to former England captain Ian Botham, Virat Kohli won’t be taking his foot off the accelerator and will be going all out to win the fourth Test and seal the deal in Mumbai with a match to spare. (Lokesh Rahul to open the innings: Kohli)”From what I’ve seen of him, Virat Kohli plays every single game to win. He has no thought pattern regarding draws, he’s thinking win 3-0, then 4-0. India have got a 2-0 start and Kohli is not going to take his foot off the accelerator,” Botham told India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview. (Keaton Jennings to be Cook’s latest opening partner for England)advertisementFormer captain Nasser Hussain spoke on the same lines and went on to add that he’s never seen such an intense cricketer as Kohli on the field. (Also read: England recall Morgan, Hales for India limited-overs series)”I’ve never seen such an intense cricketer as Kohli on the field. He’s so intense, full on all the time. I think even if India were 0-2 or 0-3 down he never gives up on a game of cricket. So that does not surprise me at all, especially the history of how well England have played against India recently. Virat (Kohli) not getting many runs in that last series in England in 2014.”It is the payback series for India. While they’ve got England down, keep them down. They have got to remember what happened here (Wankhede) the last time in 2012. Dhoni came here thinking England can’t play on turning pitches and we will completely walk over this England side, and they brought England back into the series. But Kohli’s not the sort of bloke who would give Cook’s side a sniff of chance that is for certain,” Nasser said.The last time these two sides met at the Wankhede in 2012, England had staged a stunning comeback in the match thanks to Kevin Pietersen’s magnificent 186, and then Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann bamboozled the Indian batsmen with their spin and guile.Nasser feels England can repeat what they did here four years back but they will have to do something exceptional to make a comeback in this series.”They can make a comeback, they have made a comeback here in the past with the likes of Cook, Pietersen, Swann and Panesar. But they were all exceptional performances. A lot of the English players have had a decent series so far. Cook’s been decent, Hameed has been better than decent… Root, Bairstow and Stokes have all clicked but not together as a team. No one has done anything exceptional.”I think to comeback in the series they need to do something exceptional, specially here in Mumbai. Obviously the toss is important but you can’t argue that England have won two out of the three tosses, the pitches haven’t spun big. So it’s not been your typical win the toss and win on a dust-bowl this time. India have done it the hard way and that’s where England will need to improve,” he added.While Botham’s advice for England is if they win the toss they will need to bat first and score big in the first innings, that’s the only way they can win a match here in India.”There’s one golden rule in India – if you win the toss you bat and you bat big and you score runs. 283 on that belter of a wicket in the last Test in the first innings after winning the toss was simply not good enough.advertisement”England let themselves down in Mohali, but they are much better than that. You cannot give away a lead of 200 runs in the first innings against India in India and expect to get anything out of the game,” Botham opined.last_img read more

Will Smith tries to hijack Lewis Hamilton’s final race of season in hilarious video

first_imgWill Smith was in attendance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday and off the track, there was drama galore.Lewis Hamilton and Will Smith showed off their acting skills off the track just ahead of the Abu Dhabi race, so much so that the world champions was tied to a chair.Not that the race was any less dramatic with a horrific crash on the opening lap. Hamilton, however, finished the season on a high.In the video shared by Hamilton on Instagram, the Formula One champion could be seen tied to a chair while Will Smith, dressed in the Mercedes suit like Hamilton’s, is ready to race.The video starts with Hamilton already tied to a chair as Smith says, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry Lewis” and Hamilton gives him a look saying, “it’s not cool.”Smith then explains Hamilton the deal:”Okay, here’s the deal. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, man. You’ve already won, save something for other people. You’re black, I’m black, nobody is going to know the difference. I got this.”Hamilton shouts, “I gotta race, man” and hops around tied to the chair.Smith just says sorry and Hamilton screams, “You better win, man”.It all started with Hamilton putting up an Instagram story introducing Will Smith, “My brother Will Smith is here. I hadn’t seen him for long and it’s so good to see him at the race. He has taken over social media today and he is even dressed to race.”advertisementSmith just says, “I can race if I have to.” And Hamilton replies with, “Hey, we can race together man.”Also read – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg unhurt after dramatic accidentIn another story by Will Smith, Hamilton asks if he is racing in Abu Dhabi or Smith is, to which Smith says, “I’m here just in case you want somebody to step in. You wanted me to step in and I’m here for you.”Cut to the next Instagram story, Hamilton is tied to the chair and Smith is ready to race in place of him.Then, Will Smith enters the racing arena with the helmet on but is caught by the Mercedes staff and is taken back.From there on, Lewis Hamilton takes over!Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the final race of the season and world champion Hamilton had the perfect end to a remarkable season.After starting at the pole position, Hamilton zoomed off to his 11th win of the season and a 73rd of his career. It was a symbolic finish to the season where for the second straight year he proved his superiority under pressure to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to the title.Hamilton, who has won 51 of the 100 races in the V6 turbo hybrid era, became the first driver to score more than 400 points in a season with a final tally of 408. His victory also left him 18 wins away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.Also watch –last_img read more

Three from Rice elected AAAS Fellows

first_imgShare CONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: [email protected] from Rice elected AAAS Fellows Levy, Keller-McNulty and Halas receive national honor Rice University faculty members Eugene Levy, Sallie Keller-McNulty and Naomi Halas have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow by the members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. AAAS announced 376 new fellows in this week’s issue of the journal Science. Members are honored as AAAS Fellows because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and pin at the AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis on Feb. 18. Eugene Levy, the Howard Hughes Provost and professor of physics and astronomy, was elected by his peers in the Astronomy section for “three decades of leadership in our understanding of the electrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics of astrophysical systems, both in the solar system and the distant universe.” Keller-McNulty, dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering and professor of statistics, was elected by her peers in the Statistics section for “distinguished research in the area of confidentiality, for imaginative leadership of the statistics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and for her energetic service to the statistical community.” Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, was elected by her peers in the Chemistry section for “the design and fabrication of optically responsive nanostructures called nanoshells and for groundbreaking applications of nanoshells in biomedicine and optical physics.” AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. AddThislast_img read more