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Sunil Gavaskar: Stuart Binny will lend balance to Indian team

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar today said all-rounder Stuart Binny would lend much needed balance to the Indian team which is keen to bounce back after an embarrassing defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka.Binny was drafted into the Indian squad as the 16th member after India lost the Galle Test by 63 runs.”I think it will be a very good pitch. It may help the seamers on the first day and half an hour everyday. If you want somebody who can have proper seam bowling to fill in some overs and then bat also, Binny is the man. He will lend balance to the team,” Gavaskar said ahead of the second Test which starts in Colombo tomorrow.”Binny can be the bowler who can give rest to your main bowlers and also get a wicket,” he added.But Gavaskar said if India goes with three specialist fast bowlers, he would pick Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be the third seamer in the team. Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron were the two specialist pacers in the first Test.Also read:  5 things Team India needs to do to level series”If you are going with three specialist seamers, then I feel Bhuvneshwar should be included as he can swing the ball.Nobody can swing the ball in the Indian team better than Bhuvi and he can also be very stubborn down the order as he did in England,” said the former captain.Gavaskar said that veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who performed poorly in the first Test may have to sit out.advertisement”I don’t think that Harbhajan will play in the second Test. Flying in Binny clearly indicates that one spinner from the Galle Test will be out,” he told NDTV.Gavaskar reiterated his earlier view that captain Virat Kohli should bat at number three and lead from the front.”By far he is the best batsman in the Indian team. A captain should lead by example and Kohli should bat at number three,” said Gavasakr.”He (Kohli) talks about the number four spot but why did he come at number five at Galle. He should have come at number four at Galle,” he said.Asked whether Cheteshwar Pujara should be included in the team for the second Test, Gavaskar said, “Pujara is a solid player. If the ball swings around early in the innings and in the mornings, he is the right man.last_img read more

Vivid Sydney app launches in China

first_imgVivid Sydney has launched a new mobile phone application in China that has the potential to reach up to 18 million Chinese consumers and encourage them to visit New South Wales (NSW) to experience the festival.The app allows images of Sydney landmarks to be shared on the popular Weibo and WeChat accounts in China and enables users to click on images to bring them to life in 3D renders, projections and videos.Destination NSW chief executive officer Sandra Chipchase said the app is one of many initiatives to promote Vivid Sydney and NSW in China.“[It] comes on the back of recent announcements including a partnership campaign with Chinese agency CTrip to promote travel packages for Vivid Sydney, and our partnership with leading travel wholesaler China Travel International (Guangdong) Ltd,” Ms Chipchase said.“This is a fantastic initiative to further engage with the 121,000 plus Weibo followers and 17,000 plus WeChat followers Destination NSW has in China.“The app will also be promoted and shared though partnering social channels, with a potential reach of up to 18 million Chinese consumers.“We’re also inviting followers to enter a competition to win a trip to Sydney and Regional NSW by sharing their favourite Vivid Sydney images using the hashtag #vividsydney.”Vivid Sydney is one of the world’s largest festivals; a record 1.43 million people attended last year’s event.Last year, almost 10,000 Chinese visitors travelled to Sydney for the event on Vivid Sydney travel packages.The app aims to boost these figures and is now available for Apple and Android users to download in Hong Kong and Mainland China.Vivid Sydney will transform the city into a festival of light, music and ideas from 22 May to 8 June.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more