MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like these

first_img scorecard commentary MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like theseChennai Super Kings have won all four of their home games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Indian Premier League 2019 but captain MS Dhoni isn’t impressed with the sluggish nature of wicket on offer.  advertisement No data available!center_img view more view less Akshay Ramesh ChennaiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 10:45 IST Chennai Super Kings are on top of the IPL 2019 points with five wins from six matches ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets on TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders batsmen struggled on a sluggish Chennai pitch and were bowled out for 108Chennai moved to the top of IPL 2019 points table after their fourth straight win at homeChennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday expressed his disappointment at the pitch conditions in MA Chidambaram Stadium despite the defending champions winning all their four matches at home in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Chennai Super Kings clinched a comfortable seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders to seal the top spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 table. KKR struggled to get going on a sluggish pitch wherein batsmen were finding it difficult to put bat to ball. Andre Russell though managed to work his way to a half-century helping KKR go past the 100-run mark in the 20th over of the innings.In reply, Chennai Super Kings never even got to the fourth gear while batting but still managed to get home in 17.2 overs.Shedding light on how difficult it has been for batsmen in Chepauk this year, Dhoni said: “I don’t think we want to be playing on these tracks. It becomes too low scoring. It becomes slightly difficult for our batsmen as well. After losing (Dwayne) Bravo, it is slightly difficult for us to get the combination right.”We have been cribbing about the track but we have ended up winning the game.”Notably, Dhoni had slammed the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after the IPL 2019 opener wherein Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for just 70 runs. Even Kohli had expressed his disappointment at the rank turner that was on offer during the first match of the season.Chennai Super Kings spinners, including veterans Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir, have relished bowling on this wicket. The seasoned campaigners were at it again on Tuesday as they picked up four wickets between them, conceding just 36 runs in 8 overs.advertisementMeanwhile, young fast bowler Deepak Chahar won the Man of the Match award for his match-winning spell of 4 for 20. While Chahar had been completing his four-over quota inside the powerplay, unavailability of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo due to an injury forced Chennai Super Kings to give the right-arm pacer overs at the death.Chahar responded well on Tuesday and even went on keep the big-hitting Andre Russell quiet in the 19th over of KKR’s innings.”I think I knew we are going to play a lot of games at Chennai. So, I worked on my slower ball and yorkers. I spend a lot of time in the dressing room with MS while playing Table Tennis and I have got to learn a lot from him. With Bravo injured, I have got opportunity to bowl at the death,” Chahar said.Also Read | Tahir, Harbhajan maturing like fine wine: Dhoni after CSK outclass KKR in ChennaiAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2019Follow MA Chidambaram StadiumFollow MS DhoniFollow ChepaukFollow Deepak ChaharFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Andre Russell graphslast_img read more

Kosovo operation now different but still vital to ensuring stability – UN

“UNMIK’s role today is different, but no less relevant or vital,” Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Security Council as he presented Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. While the world body has remained neutral on the question of the status of Kosovo, UNMIK has been undergoing a process of restructuring to adapt to the prevailing situation.The reconfiguration plan includes an enhanced operational role for the European Union in the area of rule of law under a UN “umbrella” headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and in line with the 1999 Security Council resolution (1244) that established the mission.“The newly reconfigured UNMIK will continue to perform its functions under Security Council resolution 1244 with the overall aim of ensuring peace and stability in Kosovo,” said Mr. Zannier, who heads the mission, which took over in 1999 after NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid deadly fighting with the majority ethnic Albanian population.The Special Representative said that with the reconfiguration now complete, UNMIK has progressively shifted its focus towards an increasingly diplomatic and political role targeted on facilitating dialogue and external relations, and fostering minority rights. “UNMIK’s reconfiguration is both timely and necessary,” he said. “Moreover, it has served to enhance UNMIK’s effectiveness in view of the prevailing circumstances on the ground, which have increasingly limited the scope for performing administrative functions.”The reconfiguration is also providing an opportunity to enhance cooperation between the various UN actors operating in Kosovo, improving the overall coherence and effectiveness of the world body’s actions and promoting greater interaction, he added.In his recent report, Mr. Ban welcomed the assumption of full operational capability by the EU mission (EULEX) and said that he is encouraged by the level of cooperation between it and UNMIK on the ground.“Our goal, with the support of EULEX, OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and the international military presence, remains to ensure stability, foster reconciliation and allow for the return of IDPs [internally displaced persons],” said Mr. Zannier. He added that the UN remains “uniquely situated” to play a useful role, including by acting as an intermediary between parties that are not ready to deal with each other directly. “Our status neutrality allows us to use our efforts to nurture the reconciliation of Kosovo’s communities and foster regional cooperation.” 17 June 2009While the United Nations mission has reconfigured itself in response to the prevailing situation on the ground after Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia last year, it still has an important role to play in ensuring stability in the area, its chief said today. read more