India’s shoddy performance in the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion once again highlighted their lack of preparation in South African conditions after they opted out of a practice match ahead of the first Test at Cape Town earlier this month.Virat Kohli & Co. had instead decided to prepare for the three-match series just by batting in the nets where they had green pitches prepared for themselves. Kohli had justified India’s decision to not play any warm-up matches by saying the team wanted to control the training process where they could prepare wickets according to their requirements.”There is no point wasting two days in which guys go out and score quick fifties and come out. We would rather have them do two sessions like today and get into the Test match zone and test ourselves. We can try and prepare the wicket the way we want to but if you are playing a two-day game then there is no room for changing the wicket at different times of the day,” Kohli had said after reaching South Africa.However, the move to opt out of practice matches backfired both in Cape Town and in Centurion. Former cricketers have raised questions over India’s preparations.Bishan Singh Bedi had slammed India for wasting time playing Sri Lanka at home while others have wondered why India did not use their time in South Africa to prepare better.Former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan on Thursday blasted Kohli and the Indian team management for their lack of preparation after they lost the second Test by 135 runs to concede the three-match series 0-2.advertisement”Virat said when he arrived that preparation is not a problem. You’re fooling yourself if you think you can play without preparation. If you think you’ve got a chance this way, no ways,” Cullinan told ESPNCricinfo.”I expected it to be a given that after the Test match in Cape Town India would be back the next day at Newlands having a net session. I believe they took the day off. I don’t know what they were up to. If I was Ravi Shastri or Virat Kohli I’d say “come guys” (for a net session).”It’s not as if we’ve played too much cricket lately over here. You know what you’re coming to. They got a pitch which was quite friendly but it could have been a lot different had it been a proper Centurion pitch because this is where you really sort the visiting batsmen out,” Cullinan added.The 50-year-old also made it very clear that the world No. 1 team is now staring at a series whitewash and also questioned the ICC’s ranking system.”Kohli made the comment that we prepared well enough. I’d say that again I’m sorry Mr. Kohli “but you did not prepare well enough”. You last won abroad in 2008 against New Zealand so what is this ranking system tell us.”You arrive as the world No. 1 Test team and you are probably going to go back as the only Indian side never to have won or draw a match in South Africa, you are staring at a 3-0 scoreling in the face,” Cullinan said.India had lost the first Test inside three days at Cape Town by 72 runs while chasing a below-par score of 208.The Indian batsmen were equally poor in the second Test and it was only Kohli’s 153 in the first innings which had kept his side in the game for a while.India’s top five batsmen have failed repeatedly at crucial moments in this series which is why they are in this stage at the moment. Even a herculean effort in the final Test won’t be enough to overlook the fact that India’s best batsmen were just not good enough in these conditions.The third and final Test will be played at Johannesburg from January 24.
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Kolkata: For better comfort of passengers, Eastern Railway has installed 11 giant size state-of-the-art High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans at Howrah Station at a cost of Rs 47 lakh.Among these, seven are installed at the old complex of Howrah Station and four HVLS fans are installed at the new complex. These HVLS fans are strategically engineered to cover a large area effectively that cannot be achieved by multiple small high-speed fans or other conventional fans. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe HVLS fans can also be used in winter by reversing the operating sequence, pulling hot air down from the ceiling to the floor. These fans at the station also reduced the noise generated by multiple high-speed fans and are cost effective as they reduce energy consumption. Each of the giant size HVLS fan at the station has a sweep of 7.3 m and can effectively cover an area of 1579 sq m (17,000 sqft). The HVLS fans also helped in reducing electricity consumption by replacing 99 conventional air circulating fans and 12 ceiling fans at Howrah Station area, resulting in a saving of 67145 KWh electric energy per year — a step forward towards energy conservation.