World Cup 2019: I give myself 6 out of 10 – KL Rahul rates his 57 against PakistanKL Rahul rated his performance against arch-rivals Pakistan and said he will get better after he was promoted to the opening slot. Rahul opened the innings with Rohit Sharma in his 1st international match against Pakistan, as Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of three World Cup 2019 gamesadvertisement Next Press Trust of India ManchesterJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 09:34 IST KL Rahul rated his performance against Pakistan. ( Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul made 57 off 78 balls as part of an 136-run opening stand with Rohit SharmaIndia’s best 1st-wicket stand in a WC match against Pakistan was the 136-run partnershipNext, India will be against Afghanistan on June 22 in SouthamptonPromoted to the opening slot, KL Rahul rated his performance against Pakistan at six out of ten, saying he will only get better after his composed fifty helped India set up a challenging total against the arch-rivals.With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of three World Cup games following a hairline fracture on his thumb, Rahul opened the innings with Rohit Sharma in his first international match against Pakistan here Sunday.Rahul, who made 57 off 78 balls as part of the record 136-run opening partnership with Rohit, said he is grateful to get the opportunity to realise his dream of representing his country against Pakistan.”Shikhar and Rohit, in the last three or four years, have been such a dangerous combo. Their partnerships, if you see anywhere in the world, they’ve played so well for the country and they’ve been No.1 and 2 they’ve owned those positions,” said Rahul.”I’ve had to wait for my chance and I’m just happy that I got to bat in the top three. It’s my first international game against Pakistan and it has come in a World Cup so I couldn’t ask for anything bigger or better.”As a kid or as a young cricketer growing up this is what you dream to do I’m really happy that I got the opportunity and I give myself six out of ten! Hopefully I carry on the confidence and get better.”The 136-run partnership was India’s best first-wicket stand in an World Cup match against Pakistan as the two-time champions set an intimidating total of 336/5 against their arch-rivals.advertisementRahul stressed on the need to fight in the initial few overs to build up a partnership.”With the new ball, against any bowler, it’s important to see off the first few overs. That was especially true here because we didn’t know what to expect from the wicket as it had been under covers for the past few days,” he said.”Once we got through those, we felt a lot more comfortable. For an opening batsman it’s important to hit a few balls in the middle of the bat and get a few boundaries going.”Then you start to focus on the game and all the pressure, the hype of India-Pakistan and the World Cup stage just goes away from your head. The initial few overs are the fight, so we were happy to get through that and happy to get the win.Also Read | They are allowed to have burgers: Harbhajan Singh defends Sarfaraz Ahmed after social media trollsAlso Read | Heads I win, tails you lose: Tendulkar on ICC video comparing his Centurion six with Rohit’sAlso SeeFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow KL RahulFollow India vs Pakistan
Show more A survey of herds in 18 African countries last year estimated 27,000 elephants are being slaughtered annually – around eight per cent of the total population. Rhino numbers are also falling sharply. Maj Viney, who spent a year in the jungles of Sierra Leone in 2005, said he hoped the Army’s tracking skills could be revived.He said during the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns human tracking skills had focussed on trying to spot signs of activity and ‘patterns of life’ rather than finding and following people over long distances. A ranger inspects a rhino killed by poachers in the Kruger National Park, South AfricaCredit:James Oatway/Getty Images British soldiers have provided support to African park rangers in the past, with a recent deployment tackling elephant poachers in Gabon.Those deployments saw troops pass on basic infantry and intelligence skills.The new unit, taken from 1st (UK) Division, will eventually take over all anti-poaching missions.The Malawi deployment will see troops from the new team, part of 102 Logistic Brigade, embed with park rangers for three months in Liwonde National Park. The teams will conduct long-range patrols through the 225 square mile park. A Lance corporal from 2 Rifles with National Parks Agency guards on a jungle patrol in Gabon, in Central Africa.Credit:Graeme Main/British Army The counter poaching operators (CPOs), who have been chosen from all branches of the Army, have trained to track poachers through bush and forest over long distances for days at a time.Maj Tony Viney, a qualified jungle warfare instructor leading the unit, said: “If you look back over the years, having trackers right down to section level was a key point.“Your front men were always ones that could track and find where the enemy are. That got lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, because it was a skill set that wasn’t needed.”Conservationists warn that Africa is facing a poaching crisis, with the killing of animals for the ivory trade at its worst level for 30 or 40 years. Maj Viney, of The Yorkshire Regiment, said the CPOs would be working with park staff to stop poachers breaching the fence, killing animals and taking the ivory.But he said the soldiers were hoping to learn a lot from their partners.Soldiers were selected for the unit during a course at Catterick and then spent weeks training in Kenya. As well as learning tracking, they learnt survival skills such as how to catch, kill and butcher food in the wild, how to find water and make fire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He said: “Tracking is all about the brain and patience, it’s not necessarily about infantry skills.” The British Army is building a new team of counter poaching specialists to help allies tackle wildlife crime and try to revive tracking skills lost during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.Soldiers from the 20-strong group will fly to Malawi later this month for a pilot deployment working with local wildlife rangers hunting poachers through the bush.Commanders believe the project also offers an opportunity for the Army to rebuild tracking expertise that had been neglected in recent campaigns.