Cricket News Better to get hit early and hard: Virat Kohli has his say on bouncers

first_imgVirat Kohli has smashed 43 ODI centuries.Steve Smith was hit on the side of the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer.Sir Vivian Richards was one of the best players to emerge from the West Indies. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The issue of bouncers and batsmen safety is once again the talking point in cricket after Steve Smith was hit by a 93 mph bouncer from Jofra Archer on the side of the neck during the Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s. The issue of neck guards has been taken up with many former cricketers and medical experts believing that the neck guard must be made mandatory. However, Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper has made his point on being hit by a bouncer and it makes for interesting reading. “I always feel it’s better to get hit early on and know the feeling rather than always feeling you might get hit. I prefer getting early on and hard, it motivates me to not allow that to happen again. Just that pain to go through your body and be like ‘Ok enough it’s not happening again’,” Kohli told the official BCCI website.Kohli was interviewing Sir Vivian Richards, considered one of the greatest batsman and he asked Sir Viv about his view of getting hit by a bouncer. However, the West Indies dasher had a different take on the issue altogether. “It’s all part of the game. It depends on how well you come back from these knocks. Before we had little guards around your ribs, you would take a hit and that’s where you would feel and take a count but that’s all part and parcel of the sport,” Sir Viv said.Sir Viv played in the era which had some magnificent fast bowlers from Australia, England, Pakistan and New Zealand but he never wore a helmet. When Kohli asked as to why Sir Viv never wore a helmet, the West Indies legend responded, “The helmet I tried felt a little uncomfortable. I felt the maroon cap given to me, I was so proud to have that. My mindset was that I’m good enough to be here, if I get hurt it’s  god’s will, I will survive. I believed that I’m the man. It may sound arrogant but I always felt that I was involved in the game that I knew. I backed myself every time. You even back yourself to get hurt, to take the knocks,” Kohli said. last_img read more

Carriage by Air amendment bill gets Rajya Sabha nod

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) A bill that would enhance compensation for air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights was passed by the Rajya Sabha today.The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was passed by the Upper House with changes. It was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December last year.Since Rajya Sabha has made changes, the revised bill would again go to the Lower House.Once the legislation is implemented, Indian airlines would be required to pay compensation amount that is equivalent to the rates paid by their global counterparts.Piloting the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said it would bring legislative character to international character with respect to compensation for air passengers.The legislation would allow the government to revise the liability limits of airlines in line with the Montreal Convention, which was acceded to by India in May 2009.Earlier, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi sought Deputy Chairman P J Kuriens permission to move the Bill.Kurien said it was decided that the bill will be passed without discussion.Jairam Ramesh (Cong) demanded that there should be a discussion. CPI (M) members Sitaram Yechury and T K Rangarajan too said there should be discussion on certain clauses.Then the government agreed to the demand. During the discussion, Yechury said the bill should be brought back in amended form so that there is no need to come back to amend it after five years, when the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) are revised again. He also said there is a need to further discuss the definition and intensity of bodily injury and the compensation before inking the convention.advertisementE M Sudarsana Natchiappan (Cong) said bills where the powers of the legislature are transfered to the executive should be first brought to the notice of the House. (MORE) PTI NAM RNK RAM ZMNlast_img read more