Watch MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh’s fun banter ahead of India-Pakistan clash

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 18:23 IST MS Dhoni made a guest appearance during Harbhajan Singh’s interview with India Today (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni shared a fun banter with Harbhajan Singh at the Old Trafford groundTeam India are getting ready to face arch-rivals Pakistan in their fourth game in World Cup 2019India have a 6-0 head-to-head advantage over Pakistan in the World CupHarbhajan Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared a fun moment on the sidelines of the ground in Manchester on Saturday Indian players practiced hard for the upcoming mega-clash against Pakistan in the World Cup 2019 on Sunday (June 16).Harbhajan Singh, who is in England as part of the TV commentators’ panel, was giving an interview to India Today’s Vikrant Gupta about the match between India and Pakistan when he saw Dhoni walking by.Dhoni to Harbhajan as he walked by and the two had a brief banter with Harbhajan telling Dhoni that next year he could be a father once again.India and Pakistan are going to face off in the World Cup for the 7th time on Sunday with the Men in Blue holding a 6-0 advantage over their arch rivals. But rain looms large over the big-ticket match as weather forecast doesn’t look too good for Sunday.”I have been at the stadium for quite some time. There are a few wet patches but not a lot of them. I expect a full 50-over match tomorrow. However, if it rains then it depends on how much because the drainage at Old Trafford is not that great. This is a sand-based ground. If it rains, then it doesn’t soak in.”If a 50-over match happens, India can’t be beaten. Team is in good shape. They are feeling great, the mod in the camp is high and I just spoke to the players. They are looking very relaxed,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.advertisementLooking at the conditions in Old Trafford and the weather forecast for Sunday, Harbhajan also feels that India might look to play an extra seamer in Mohammed Shami in place of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.”We have been talking a lot about the match, building it up. The excitement is high because heroes can be made during India-Pakistan matches but these guys seem to be very relaxed. That’s a good thing. They are taking it like any other game. We know they are a confident, solid team. Let’s pray we get a 50-over game. I think the World Cup starts for India from tomorrow.”Kuldeep Yadav might not play and Shami might play. We are hearing such things. Vijay Shankar should play at No.4. Keeping in mind the wicket and the conditions, Mohammed Shami will get an opportunity to play. Playing 2 spinners might not work because Pakistan are good players of spin as well.”Vijay Shankar should play at No.4. Keeping in mind the wicket and the conditions, Mohammed Shami will get an opportunity to play. Playing 2 spinners might not work because Pakistan are good players of spin as well,” Harbhajan Sing said.Also Read | Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha ChicagoAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t be overconfident because of 6-0 record vs Pakistan, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rishabh Pant trains with MS Dhoni ahead of blockbuster World Cup clashFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019 Watch MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh’s fun banter ahead of India-Pakistan clashHarbhajan Singh, who is in England as part of the TV commentators’ panel, was giving an interview to India Today about the match between India and Pakistan when he saw MS Dhoni walking by.advertisementlast_img read more

Top UN envoy calls for sustaining momentum of recent Afghan peace forum

The Consultative Peace Jirga, held from 2 to 4 June in a large tent located outside Kabul, brought together some 1,600 participants, including 300 women, to chart the way forward in the country’s peace process.“The peace jirga was a step forward in the right direction. It was also a sign of unity among those who were inside the tent, and a message to those who are outside the tent to come inside,” noted Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“The bottom line ? is that the momentum on the peace jirga, which was a success, needs to be maintained. And the way to maintain it is to have constant incremental signals that move in the direction of dialogue until we reach the conference of Kabul,” he told reporters in the capital, referring to the meeting next month between Afghanistan and its international partners.Mr. de Mistura said one of these signals is the response by the UN to the Government’s request for the de-listing of individuals from the so-called “Consolidate List” of those subject to UN sanctions in connection with Al-Qaida and the Taliban.Individuals on the list, which include 137 Afghan nationals, are subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed under Security Council resolution 1267 of 1999, and related resolutions, by which all UN Member States are required to impose sanctions on Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and those associated with them.In January of this year, the Security Council’s 1267 committee approved the de-listing of five men who held senior positions within the Taliban regime following a review of the list. Mr. de Mistura said a UN team is currently in Kabul to examine this issue of “updating” the list, and it will provide recommendations towards this end later will be in Kabul in the coming days“We are not going to prejudge the conclusions of this group and neither of the Security Council? but the fact that it is taking place so soon after the peace jirga and so soon after the appeal to look seriously at this list is a sign of pro-activity which we welcome,” he stated.The Special Representative also highlighted the UN’s readiness to support the committee set up following the jirga to examine the issue of detainees held by both the Government and international forces.“There was a common feeling even among my human rights colleagues that there were many people who are detained without legal basis, and that could be a possible criterion along which one judges both the deliberation of those who were detained both on the political ground or other ground from both prisons – the national and international ones,” he stated. 12 June 2010It is essential that the momentum of the recent peace jirga held in Afghanistan is maintained and utilized to advance dialogue towards development and stability in the country, the top United Nations official there said today. read more