Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 12:02:21











INDIA’S last Test series victory on the English soil came in 2007. The subsequent tours were dark spots in Indian cricket’s history, confirming their status of being poor travellers. With the current series lost, captain Virat Kohli is now stressing the need of learning the art of crossing the line. It looks a philosophical statement but the assertion also lays bare the mental blocks Indians carry on overseas tours. On the personal front, Kohli redeemed himself by burying the horrors of previous England tours. But the manner in which his team lost the series, that was their for taking, talks loudly about his part failure in moulding the mental make-up of the men around him. Of course, Kohli cannot be held responsible for other’s failure, for, despite his sterling show they just refused to learn from him. Here comes the importance of mastering the art of crossing the line. In fact, this art should be ingrained in a player’s personality entering the haloed arena of Test cricket. Unfortunately, Indian batsmen have been badly found wanting in this area where important moments are seized to erase the line itself.


IT IS very satisfying that India has made significant progress in terms of sanitation in schools. A recent United Nations (UN) Report has recognised this by stating, in effect, that the country has made a rapid progress in this area and a large number of schools in India now boast of appropriate sanitation. The improved facilities also include bins with lids for disposal of sanitary materials related to menstrual cycles. On several other counts, the Report had lauded India’s achievement as regard sanitation. Of course, it has also noted that the progress is yet to be even, but nevertheless worth appreciation. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had stressed a couple of years ago that the number of girls opting out of schools was mainly due to absence of sanitation facilities. Obviously, this issue has been addressed effectively, so much so that the UN, too, found a laudable progress in the area. Yet, it must be admitted that much progress is yet waiting to take place in schools and a lot of national resources will have to be allocated for this area.