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

Ethiopia UN agency calls for urgent funding for farmers ahead of cropping

If seeds are not delivered in time, help will be too late to secure a decent harvest from the imminent meher season, which produces 85 per cent of the nation’s food supply, the UN agency said in a press release. “The meher season will be critical to improving families’ food security and self-sufficiency in 2016. Seed distributions allowing farmers to plant crops and produce food must be a humanitarian priority,” said FAO’s country representative, Amadou Allahoury Diallo. He noted that while the food security situation is worsening, the overall funding response to the crisis has so far been “disappointing,” with just 15 per cent of FAO’s 2016 appeal for Ethiopia covered. Some $10 million is needed by FAO within the next two weeks to distribute seeds to Ethiopian families at risk of hunger and losing their livelihoods, the representative said. About 10.2 million people in Ethiopia are food insecure following successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths caused by the El Niño-induced drought since early 2015. With this year’s delayed and erratic spring rains, the situation may become worse in the most affected areas, particularly in the north, the representative said. FAO said it is working closely with Ethiopia’s Government, which has already dedicated considerable resources to the El Niño response. Underserved districtsThe agency underscored that nearly one third of the districts in the country – some 224 – are now severely food insecure, 20 per cent more than than just three months ago. The agency noted that recent estimates by Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture indicate that some 1.7 million farming families are seed insecure, meaning they do not have the inputs required to plant in the meher season. The season starts as early as mid-June for some crops, with planting ongoing until August for others. More than 90 districts are currently not receiving any kind of emergency seed support or are insufficiently covered, according to FAO Surge Response Team Leader Pierre Vauthier. “It’s these forgotten districts that FAO is targeting – but without immediate funding support, some 150,000 households will miss their best chance of growing food to bring them through the year,” he said. Depleted seed reserves For many households, seed reserves are extremely depleted following unsuccessful planting and re-planting in 2015, while families in the most affected areas have been forced to consume their seeds as food. As a result of the poor 2015 harvest, farmers’ incomes have been reduced and purchasing power constrained, further limiting their ability to buy the seeds and inputs they need to produce staple crops like maize, sorghum, teff, wheat, and root crops. FAO said that because the spring rains were initially erratic and delayed, even those farmers who had seeds may not have planted enough to meet their household’s needs, especially in the north. A good meher season will improve food availability nationwide and enhance access to food and reduce reliance on external humanitarian assistance in the medium term, FAO said. read more