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” Comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar crop up every now and then but Kohli made it clear that it will be very difficult to achieve the heady numbers of the ‘Little Master’. Trouble times for india. — salim merchant (@salim_merchant) January 4 2016 //platformtwittercom/widgetsjs Sonakshi Sinha: Manipur and all the earthquake affected areas in our thoughts and prayers today Help in every way you can — Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) January 4 2016 //platformtwittercom/widgetsjsAmit Sadh: My thoughts are with everyone in the affected areas of the #Earthquake May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy — Amit Sadh (@TheAmitSadh) January 4 2016 //platformtwittercom/widgetsjs For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sandip G | Dharamsala | Updated: October 16 2016 11:00 am MS Dhoni admits it is a difficult job to be the finisher in limited overs with longevity of the role making it doubly tougher (Source: AP) Top News It wasn’t an admission of his waning prowess as a finisher or confirmation of an imminent adieu But Indian skipper MS Dhoni in his press conference ahead of the series opener here did announce the search for India’s next nerveless finisher It’s not a frantic or desperate pursuit but a patient and tolerant wait It is about providing the right batsman with the right opportunities But first perhaps the most difficult part is identifying whether the batsman has the requisites to shoulder the strenuous responsibilities “It’s a difficult one” warns Dhoni And the skipper gives reason for calling this a tough job “It’s not about six months or one year You have to be used to that role and responsibility and have to have that self-confidence to keep on doing what is required of you usually over a period Once you find a good finisher they are the ones that’ll keep batting at that slot for 8-10 years” he points out Dhoni was perceptibly referring to the longevity factor The best example is Dhoni himself or Michael Bevan whom his skipper Steve Waugh described as a Pyjama Picasso Or Mike Hussey and Arjuna Ranatunga Those who were blessed with a “calculator for brain and a tweezer for a bat” Ben Stokes surely has morphed into a condition-proof finisher for England So has his colleague Jos Buttler There were others who were supposedly gifted finishers but went down the drain after a brief sparkle England’s Graeme Thorpe was one (though he excelled in finishing Test matches) Sri Lankan Russell Arnold to a lesser degree was another Of course Mohammad Kaif sneaks into that list At one stage before his belated resurrection Eoin Morgan looked heading into the dark alleyway So seemed the career of Suresh Raina who though isn’t entirely out of the Indian selectors’ scheme for the future if recalling him for the New Zealand series is any indication There certainly was a time when Raina was labelled the next-best finisher after Dhoni in the team Some of his knocks merited such labelling too None with as much instant recall value as his unbeaten 34 which dethroned world champions Australia from the 2011 World Cup in Ahmedabad Another knock was the 89 not out he reeled off against England in Mohali (2013) Dhoni has on more than one instance confided of the conscious effort to groom Raina into a finisher In Bangladesh last year he was made to bat at number six with Dhoni preceding him at No 5 “For the longer term it’s very important for us to see who can bat well at No6 and 7 even maybe No 5 That was the reason why I pushed Raina down” Dhoni had said then But all that promise fizzled out after a string of middling numbers Dhoni didn’t reproduce the aforementioned quotes verbatim here but suggested as much when he said he will bat up the order in the series “I may bat slightly up the order now This team will give me an opportunity to bat at the number I’m looking for But still it’ll be quite low It’s not like a No4 where I could bat still it’ll be relatively higher than what I’m used to in the last few years” In his last 12 innings Dhoni has batted mostly at number four and five and just twice at No 6 where he has come out for most part of his career A judicious speculation is that he might come at No 5 in this series Finishing though is less about spots and more about the role Had Raina been fit for the first ODI he certainly would have been assigned this role for the sheer wealth of experience in batting at No 5 and 6 and the familiarity with such high-pressure scenarios If he optimises his comeback it could be a win-win scenario for both Raina as well as the side given his buoyancy on the field and utility as a part-time spinner But he’s sure to have competitors Dhoni says they have “identified a few names” which he obviously didn’t divulge for the fear of “putting too much pressure on them” The discreetness with which Dhoni spoke about it was like diplomats discussing nuclear plants and atom bombs Among the group of identified players Manish Pandey will figure pre-eminently and his progress will be closely tracked Since his unbeaten hundred in Adelaide early this year he has superseded Ambati Rayudu as the favourite fringe batsman in emergency He is primarily a top-order batman a stroke-player rather than an accumulator His approach to the chase wasn’t dissimilar to Dhoni’s though As many as 38 off the 104 runs came through boundaries But he also ran 32 singles and 15 twos which displayed his ability to thread the gaps More than the mode of run-gathering it was calmness under pressure that must have prompted him to be shortlisted for the finisher role Since the hundred though Pandey has faced just one ball in international cricket against Zimbabwe in Harare a series where the top three ensured the middle order hardly got an opportunity to bat That’s another difficult part of batting down the order Dhoni agrees: “A lot of time you don’t get the opportunity If your top order is batting really well and doing the bulk of the scoring your role completely changes A lot of times in India the lower order doesn’t get a chance to bat Then in 15-20 games you get an opportunity like that and you expect the youngster to do well in that particular innings that is to score a 100-150 And if he doesn’t say that was a perfect opportunity in front of you” He might as well be alluding to Rayudu who was jettisoned a tad harshly Sometime in this series or against England later this year they will be afforded the opportunities And whoever shows he can bat with a “calculator as brain and tweezer as bat” can be that precious successor to Dhoni For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsParis: Tipped to emulate France’s 1984 European champions and 1998 World Cup winners the ‘Griezmann Generation’s bitter Euro 2016 final defeat by Portugal will take some getting over After sweeping past world champions Germany in the semi-finals the stage was set for Antoine Griezmann and his team-mates to lead France to a third major tournament triumph on home soil France’s forward Antoine Griezmann reacts after missing a chance AFP But despite losing Cristiano Ronaldo to a first-half knee injury Portugal prevailed 1-0 courtesy of Eder’s extra-time strike at Stade de France on Sunday bringing Didier Deschamps’s side to their knees "This squad has a big future but we should have won this Euro and we didn’t" said Griezmann who finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals "We are very sad a bit annoyed but that’s football Sometimes it gives sometimes it takes away We have to come back stronger and be ready for the World Cup qualifiers" While France’s defeat crushed the dreams of a nation it at least had the merit not to be accompanied by the player controversies that have plagued the team in tournaments past France notoriously went on strike at the 2010 World Cup in protest at the expulsion of striker Nicolas Anelka for insulting coach Raymond Domenech while several players were punished for bad behaviour at Euro 2012 But Deschamps who succeeded Laurent Blanc in 2012 has succeeded in repairing the team’s image and since overturning a 2-0 deficit to beat Ukraine in a qualifying play-off ahead of the 2014 World Cup they have enjoyed a high level of popularity in France "You obviously have regrets when you lose a final but there’s pride as well" said midfielder Blaise Matuidi "It was good to have brought together the French people to see the excitement around the team the joy and the happiness from people who love football and people who fell in love with it thanks to our work" Deschamps and the French Football Federation made a bold pre-tournament decision to drop Karim Benzema after he was charged over a plot to blackmail international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sextape ‘Hard to be optimistic’ It was a move that was vindicated as France spearheaded by Griezmann romped to the final only to fall short at the last Griezmann 25 has now lost two major finals in two months having been on the losing side as Atletico Madrid fell to Real Madrid in May’s Champions League decider but he was the tournament’s unquestionable poster boy Other young players to catch the eye included 22-year-old Samuel Umtiti the Barcelona new recruit who took Adil Rami’s place at centre-back and 20-year-old Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman who made a lively cameo in the final Moussa Sissoko the Newcastle United midfielder and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet also staked strong claims for permanent roles in the starting XI the former producing a stirring display in the final But Juventus star Paul Pogba squandered an opportunity to confirm his status as the game’s pre-eminent midfield player conspicuously failing to stamp his name on the tournament Manchester United forward Anthony Martial meanwhile played for only the last 10 minutes of the final after being hauled off at half-time of France’s second game against Albania With Patrice Evra now 35 and Bacary Sagna 33 there is likely to be turnover in the full-back areas sooner rather than later But Deschamps will welcome back several strong characters during World Cup qualifying including three centre-backs — Raphael Varane Mamadou Sakho and Jeremy Mathieu — who all missed the tournament "Two years ago we got to a (World Cup) quarter-final today we are finalists The young players have progressed" said Deschamps whose contract expires in 2018 "We got to the final but we didn’t get our reward We’ve had 50 days together since the beginning (mid-May) with an extraordinary group "It’s hard to be optimistic tonight but it augurs well for the future and hopefully it will be exciting" By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: April 26 2016 11:22 am Rumer Willis is giving Anne Hathaway’s “The Devil Wears Prada” character a makeover in a parody of the film (Source: Reuters) Related News Rumer Willis is giving Anne Hathaway’s “The Devil Wears Prada” character a makeover in a new musical parody of the film The 27-year-old actress made a surprise appearance as Andy Sachs in “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada” at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles reported Just Jared 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