Pushed and rotated down the order in first four games by the Gujarat Lions, Ishan Kishan is much relieved to finally open the innings, a slot he bats on while playing for Jharkhand in domestic cricket. From No 4 to 7, the Gujarat Lions team management experimented with the 18-year-old on all four batting positions in the first four games of the season. The talented youngster could only muster a total of 54 runs from three outings, which included a 16-ball 39 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.Now, back in his usual opening role, the left-hander has responded with two 30-plus knocks in the last two matches.”I have to make most of this big opportunity. The team combination was such that I was batting lower down the order. But, I never thought that it is not my slot. I wanted to perform in whatever role was assigned to me. Now, opening the innings with someone like Brendon McCullum, is a big thing for a youngster like me,” Kishan told INDIA TODAY.Much before he rubbed shoulders with international stars in this year’s IPL, the Ranchi lad, just like the rest of his state team players, was lucky to have the company of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the dressing room this domestic season.It turned out to be a perfect preparation for the T20 extravaganza.”When you have someone like MSD in your dressing room, there is no need to ask for anything else. I got to learn so much from him while playing for Jharkhand this season. Batting alongside in the nets, he used to tell us about all aspects of the game. It helped me a lot while batting in a pressure situation during the IPL with more than 40,000 people present in the stadium,” says Kishan.advertisementNearing 36, Dhoni can still give many youngsters a run for their money when it comes to testing fitness levels. Kishan is hugely inspired with the way former India skipper manages his body.”What he (Dhoni) stresses most on is about maintaining a good fitness level. He told me that if you are not working on your fitness then it will eventually affect your game a lot. I used to always concentrate only on bating and bowling earlier. If you look at our team’s showing this season, Jharkhand did well in every format. It was all due to the superb fitness level maintained by the players. We were putting the same kind of effort in our eighth Ranji game as we had put in the very first one.”Another India great who has had a huge impact on the wicketkeeper-batsman is Rahul Dravid, also the national Under-19 team coach.”During the World Cup, Dravid Sir was our coach. He told me about the mistakes I was making and all the technicalities. He also told us about the player-owner relationship in the IPL, about how much confidence a player gets if his owner supports him. It has really helped me a lot.”With his U-19 mates Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson having already made their India debuts, Kishan knows that the opportunity will come knocking his door as well.”It is really a good competition (amongst youngsters), they are doing really well too. But, I don’t want to think about them. I keep telling myself to get better with each game. That is what I want to focus on right now.”
Boyzone star and professional motorsport driver, Shane Lynch, has today announced an innovative partnership between his company, Prestige Wrap & Customs, and the national charity, Caudwell Children to help customize children’s wheelchairs.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project is a collaboration between Prestige Wrap & Customs and the charity, which promises to add some personality to children’s wheelchairs by providing individual paintwork and customized seating.The new project is set to be officially launched at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC on January 11th – 13th where Shane will driving in the live action show and meeting supporters of the charity at the Prestige Wrap & Customs exhibition stand.Shane said: “I’ve wanted to do something like this for ages. A kid’s wheelchair is so important to them it is essential that it looks and feels cool. The guys at Prestige Wrap spend all day working on luxury cars; it will be great to add some of that flair to something as important as a wheelchair.”Caudwell Children is a national charity providing practical and emotional support for disabled children living in the UK. Each year they provide hundreds of state-of-the-art powered wheelchairs for children up to 18 years old.Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “For a young disabled person their wheelchair is an extension of their personality, it goes everywhere with them. This wonderful project gives kids the chance to add some real street cred to their wheelchair and helps them express their own personality to everyone they meet. We are really grateful to Shane and the team at Prestige Wrap for supporting Caudwell Children and coming up with this great idea.”The charity is now looking for sponsors for the Dream Wheelz project to help fund donations of new wheelchairs and cover the costs associated with the customization.The first customization is already underway, with Ferrari fanatic 15-year-old Jordan Williams from Hatfield, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, discussing stylish designs with the Prestige Wrap team.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project will be launched at Autosport International 2013, taking place on January 11th – 13th at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information about the charity visit www.caudwellchildren.com, or to find out more about Prestige Wrap & Customs visit www.prestigewrap.co.uk.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook A gender-fluid 11-year-old Vancouver actor is eligible for consideration in both male and female performance categories at British Columbia’s Leo Awards, the annual prize celebrating the province’s film and TV industry.Vancouver actor Ameko Eks Mass Carroll’s performance in the short film Limina has been accepted for consideration in male and female acting categories.“We are proud to join our colleagues at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognizing the importance of inclusivity when honouring artistic excellence” Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin, who is also chair of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, said in a statement Friday. Gender-fluid actor, comedian and musician Kelly Mantle, who appeared in the film Confessions of a Womanizer, recently became the first performer accepted for consideration in both male and female performance categories for the Oscars. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has charged a 48-year-old Cottondale man with possession and dissemination of child pornography more than a year after he was charged with abusing his 6-year-old grandson.James Robert Pendley was arrested today after police found child porn in his possession. He’s charged with one count of dissemination of child exploitation material, but more charges may be coming, police said.At the time of his arrest, Pendley was out on bond for domestic violence sodomy charges.Court documents show Pendley received that charge after his wife told police she’d found him abusing their 6-year-old grandson in their home bathroom in May 2017. The offense report also reveals Pendley and his wife got into a physical fight upon discovery of the abuse, and he pushed her to the floor and held her down by her neck.Pendley is now in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on no bond.