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If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach Woodhill

first_img Next If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach WoodhillSteve Smith dominated Ashes 2019 as he accumulated 774 runs at an average of more than 110. However, his unique approach to batting has become a raging issue.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 07:59 IST Steve Smith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs in 7 innings. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrent Woodhill said Steve Smith’s uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebratedSmith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 Woodhill isn’t too happy with those who are struggling to accept Steve Smith’s uniquenessLamenting Australian cricket’s “aversion” to embrace unconventional styles, Steve Smith’s formative coach Trent Woodhill observed that his famous ward’s uniqueness would be accepted in the Indian system, where it is “all about the output”.Days after Smith redefined the art of run-scoring in an Ashes series that belonged to him, Woodhill said uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebrated.”If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted,” Woodhill was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.”We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (Rohit) Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag – all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system is all about output, about scoring runs, ‘We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it’, whereas in Australia we wanted you to score well and we wanted you to look good.”Smith dominated the series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 that included three centuries and as many fifties.However, his unique approach to batting, especially while leaving deliveries, was discussed by those who view his technique through the classical lens.Woodhill isn’t too happy with those struggling to accept uniqueness, saying this attitude can have a negative impact on a young player’s career.”Young players need protection from both themselves and others who don’t like the difference. A cricket dressing room can be a brutal place for a young player, who might be forced to conform – more so in Australia than any other country I’ve been in.”In Australia, we struggle with things that are different. We like a sexy Shaun Marsh thirty, made with a conventional, attractive technique, rather than an unconventional Steven Smith hundred.”advertisementWhile talking about unconventional approach, he also cited Indian spin legend Anil Kumble and Afghanistan’s star wrist spinner Rashid Khan.”Other nations just find a way to accommodate such players. Like a Rashid Khan, who holds the ball like an offspinner but bowls leg-spin, an Anil Kumble – seam-up, wrist-spin, predominantly wrong’un.”Australian cricket likes to pass the baton on: this is how you do it, this is how it’s always been done. Steven’s come along, and to some extent, David Warner’s come along and said, ‘No, we’re gonna do it this way now’, and they’ve had a lot of success,” Woodhill observed.He called Smith the best since the great Donald Bradman.”The old guard, the older Test greats, still can’t understand how it works. So they still think, especially bowlers, ‘Well, if I was bowling, I’d sort this guy out’.”And that’s the thing with cricket, especially in England and Australia: ‘If I can’t understand how it looks, it can’t work’.”Steven has proven them wrong. He’s the best since Bradman; this is not even an argument anymore.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to resume battle for T20I dominationAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve Smithlast_img read more

At General Assembly Eritrea criticizes dominant powers for impeding vital overhaul of

“The United Nations, the organization that ostensibly represents the entire community of nations and the peoples of the world, remains stuck in the past,” Foreign Minister Osman Saleh said on the final day of the Assembly’s annual high-level meeting. “It remains thoroughly dominated by the few and has marginalized the overwhelming majority. Its institutions and structures are an anachronism in the modern world.“More crucially, the United Nations has fallen far short of playing the primary role in the pursuit of the fundamental objectives for which it was established,” he added, citing the maintenance of global peace and security, ending poverty, ensuring sustainable development, advancing human rights, avoiding epidemics, respecting sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of others, ensuring justice and equality and protecting the environment.To restore the UN’s relevance and credibility as a truly representative institution of all nations and peoples, it is imperative to fundamentally restructure, democratize and rebuild the world Organization, but although UN reform has formally been on the agenda for nearly two decades, “we are no nearer to change because of the stubborn and cynical opposition of the dominant powers,” he said.“Given the determination of these Powers to maintain their control of the UN and its unrepresentative and undemocratic character, the chances of genuine change in the coming few years are indeed slender,” he added.“Undoubtedly, the world is facing a very grave and dangerous situation. To paraphrase the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, this is a ‘terrible time for the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter.’”Echoing many of those same sentiments, the Permanent Representative of Benin, Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou, stressed the urgent need to strengthen the effectiveness of the United Nations in conflict prevention. He said the facts demonstrate that peace, security, good governance at national and international levels…are the best guarantees of stability,” he said. The Permanent Representative of Benin Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard On regional matters, Mr. Zinsou considered it necessary, regarding the Sahel region in particular, “to improve the support mechanism by the United Nations to prevent further conflict and promote stability necessary for the development of States in the region.”He also stressed the need to address the root causes of conflict “used on a global scale, as a pretext for extremism and terrorist organizations” and welcomed the mobilization of the international community and the firmness of the United Nations “regarding the activities of these armed groups.”“The challenges currently facing the world require a united front, as well as the values of mutual respect, solidarity and inter-religious dialogue, and especially ongoing dialogue between Christian and Muslim leaders to create harmony and tolerance, essential to the development of peoples,” said Mr. Zinsou.In this regard, he said that his Government had decided to support the initiative of the Pan-African Centre for Social Foresight, with headquarters in Benin, to hold in Cotonou, in March 2015, a symposium on Islamic-Christian dialogue. “This multi-faceted project promotes educating people for peace and development, as part of a harmonious coexistence of religions,” he said. read more