Live Covid-19
United States 73,791,108
Cases: 73,791,108
Deaths: 897,235
Recovered: 45,252,517
Active: 27,641,356
India 40,085,116
Cases: 40,085,116
Deaths: 491,154
Recovered: 37,370,971
Active: 2,222,991
Brazil 24,334,072
Cases: 24,334,072
Deaths: 623,901
Recovered: 21,926,277
Active: 1,783,894
France 17,730,556
Cases: 17,730,556
Deaths: 129,747
Recovered: 11,053,749
Active: 6,547,060
United Kingdom 16,149,319
Cases: 16,149,319
Deaths: 154,702
Recovered: 12,781,312
Active: 3,213,305
Russia 11,315,801
Cases: 11,315,801
Deaths: 328,105
Recovered: 10,099,937
Active: 887,759
Turkey 11,167,927
Cases: 11,167,927
Deaths: 86,487
Recovered: 10,484,202
Active: 597,238
Italy 10,383,561
Cases: 10,383,561
Deaths: 144,770
Recovered: 7,522,210
Active: 2,716,581
Spain 9,529,320
Cases: 9,529,320
Deaths: 92,591
Recovered: 5,732,941
Active: 3,703,788
Germany 9,145,274
Cases: 9,145,274
Deaths: 117,883
Recovered: 7,387,800
Active: 1,639,591
Argentina 8,041,520
Cases: 8,041,520
Deaths: 119,703
Recovered: 7,084,885
Active: 836,932
Iran 6,279,410
Cases: 6,279,410
Deaths: 132,303
Recovered: 6,088,367
Active: 58,740
Colombia 5,780,910
Cases: 5,780,910
Deaths: 132,737
Recovered: 5,511,881
Active: 136,292
Mexico 4,730,669
Cases: 4,730,669
Deaths: 303,776
Recovered: 3,808,028
Active: 618,865
Poland 4,637,776
Cases: 4,637,776
Deaths: 104,373
Recovered: 3,868,655
Active: 664,748
Indonesia 4,301,193
Cases: 4,301,193
Deaths: 144,254
Recovered: 4,127,662
Active: 29,277
Netherlands 4,067,075
Cases: 4,067,075
Deaths: 21,239
Recovered: 3,055,215
Active: 990,621
Ukraine 3,913,809
Cases: 3,913,809
Deaths: 99,584
Recovered: 3,596,715
Active: 217,510
South Africa 3,590,399
Cases: 3,590,399
Deaths: 94,491
Recovered: 3,429,498
Active: 66,410
Philippines 3,475,293
Cases: 3,475,293
Deaths: 53,664
Recovered: 3,191,219
Active: 230,410
Peru 3,020,756
Cases: 3,020,756
Deaths: 204,587
Recovered:
Active: 2,816,169
Canada 2,971,462
Cases: 2,971,462
Deaths: 33,134
Recovered: 2,681,555
Active: 256,773
Belgium 2,878,212
Cases: 2,878,212
Deaths: 28,863
Recovered: 2,019,042
Active: 830,307
Malaysia 2,844,969
Cases: 2,844,969
Deaths: 31,930
Recovered: 2,766,254
Active: 46,785
Czechia 2,833,961
Cases: 2,833,961
Deaths: 37,092
Recovered: 2,545,409
Active: 251,460
Israel 2,599,456
Cases: 2,599,456
Deaths: 8,513
Recovered: 1,865,189
Active: 725,754
Thailand 2,398,944
Cases: 2,398,944
Deaths: 22,079
Recovered: 2,295,569
Active: 81,296
Portugal 2,377,818
Cases: 2,377,818
Deaths: 19,703
Recovered: 1,842,153
Active: 515,962
Australia 2,342,447
Cases: 2,342,447
Deaths: 3,312
Recovered: 1,265,419
Active: 1,073,716
Japan 2,277,762
Cases: 2,277,762
Deaths: 18,559
Recovered: 1,864,355
Active: 394,848
Live Covid-19
United States 73,791,108
Cases: 73,791,108
Deaths: 897,235
Recovered: 45,252,517
Active: 27,641,356
India 40,085,116
Cases: 40,085,116
Deaths: 491,154
Recovered: 37,370,971
Active: 2,222,991
Brazil 24,334,072
Cases: 24,334,072
Deaths: 623,901
Recovered: 21,926,277
Active: 1,783,894
France 17,730,556
Cases: 17,730,556
Deaths: 129,747
Recovered: 11,053,749
Active: 6,547,060
United Kingdom 16,149,319
Cases: 16,149,319
Deaths: 154,702
Recovered: 12,781,312
Active: 3,213,305
Russia 11,315,801
Cases: 11,315,801
Deaths: 328,105
Recovered: 10,099,937
Active: 887,759
Turkey 11,167,927
Cases: 11,167,927
Deaths: 86,487
Recovered: 10,484,202
Active: 597,238
Italy 10,383,561
Cases: 10,383,561
Deaths: 144,770
Recovered: 7,522,210
Active: 2,716,581
Spain 9,529,320
Cases: 9,529,320
Deaths: 92,591
Recovered: 5,732,941
Active: 3,703,788
Germany 9,145,274
Cases: 9,145,274
Deaths: 117,883
Recovered: 7,387,800
Active: 1,639,591
Argentina 8,041,520
Cases: 8,041,520
Deaths: 119,703
Recovered: 7,084,885
Active: 836,932
Iran 6,279,410
Cases: 6,279,410
Deaths: 132,303
Recovered: 6,088,367
Active: 58,740
Colombia 5,780,910
Cases: 5,780,910
Deaths: 132,737
Recovered: 5,511,881
Active: 136,292
Mexico 4,730,669
Cases: 4,730,669
Deaths: 303,776
Recovered: 3,808,028
Active: 618,865
Poland 4,637,776
Cases: 4,637,776
Deaths: 104,373
Recovered: 3,868,655
Active: 664,748
Indonesia 4,301,193
Cases: 4,301,193
Deaths: 144,254
Recovered: 4,127,662
Active: 29,277
Netherlands 4,067,075
Cases: 4,067,075
Deaths: 21,239
Recovered: 3,055,215
Active: 990,621
Ukraine 3,913,809
Cases: 3,913,809
Deaths: 99,584
Recovered: 3,596,715
Active: 217,510
South Africa 3,590,399
Cases: 3,590,399
Deaths: 94,491
Recovered: 3,429,498
Active: 66,410
Philippines 3,475,293
Cases: 3,475,293
Deaths: 53,664
Recovered: 3,191,219
Active: 230,410
Peru 3,020,756
Cases: 3,020,756
Deaths: 204,587
Recovered:
Active: 2,816,169
Canada 2,971,462
Cases: 2,971,462
Deaths: 33,134
Recovered: 2,681,555
Active: 256,773
Belgium 2,878,212
Cases: 2,878,212
Deaths: 28,863
Recovered: 2,019,042
Active: 830,307
Malaysia 2,844,969
Cases: 2,844,969
Deaths: 31,930
Recovered: 2,766,254
Active: 46,785
Czechia 2,833,961
Cases: 2,833,961
Deaths: 37,092
Recovered: 2,545,409
Active: 251,460
Israel 2,599,456
Cases: 2,599,456
Deaths: 8,513
Recovered: 1,865,189
Active: 725,754
Thailand 2,398,944
Cases: 2,398,944
Deaths: 22,079
Recovered: 2,295,569
Active: 81,296
Portugal 2,377,818
Cases: 2,377,818
Deaths: 19,703
Recovered: 1,842,153
Active: 515,962
Australia 2,342,447
Cases: 2,342,447
Deaths: 3,312
Recovered: 1,265,419
Active: 1,073,716
Japan 2,277,762
Cases: 2,277,762
Deaths: 18,559
Recovered: 1,864,355
Active: 394,848

Indian Women’s Team Unable To Handle Pressure Of Big Finals: Outgoing Chief Selector Hemlata Kala


Outgoing national women’s team chief selector Hemlata Kala says the inability to handle pressure in big finals has kept the side away from a major ICC trophy although she believes that Harmanpreet Kaur is still the best person to lead India. Kala, who represented in 78 ODIs and seven Tests, was appointed as a selector in 2015 before she became the panel chief in 2016. “Players have to be ready to play the big games but they were not despite having a good mix of youth and experience. The batting failure also cost us. Maybe, they were under pressure,” Kala told PTI in an exclusive interview recalling the 2020 T20 World Cup campaign.

Kala’s term as head of selection committee has been a golden phase in women’s cricket.

India reached the 2017 World Cup final, a landmark moment for women’s cricket in the country and undoubtedly “the biggest high” of her tenure. The low point was the loss to Bangladesh in the 2018 Asia Cup final.

What went wrong in 2017 ODI World Cup final and 2018 World T20 semifinals?

“In 2017, it was a massive batting collapse too. We were 191 for three, chasing 229 but we were not able to. There was no reason to panic but we did.

“We beat Australia in the semifinals with Harmanpreet playing a blinder and we also beat in the league of World T20 next year,” said Kala.

While pressure remains a factor, Kala believes in this current lot which she feels can beat England and Australia, consistently across two formats.

“And the issue of handling pressure remains till date though the team is fully capable of going all the way and has shown that by beating top teams (Australia and England) regularly. We tend to falter in the final, pressure has a played a role in that,” said the 44-year-old.

Another loss in a major final earlier this year raised questions against Harmanpreet’s leadership with former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy saying she was more valuable as a player than skipper.

Kala, however, believes there is no better leader in the T20 team than Harmanpreet.

“I don’t think there is any better leader than Harman in the current squad. Performance is different, it can go up and down, but it is equally important to have a leader in the group.

“She thinks like one and should continue in T20s and take over from Mithali once she retires from ODIs. That was the thinking of our panel.”

However, Kala doesn’t agree with Harmanpreet’s view that India are 5-6 years behind mighty Australia.

“I won’t agree with that but if it is about handling pressure in big games, Australia is used to handling pressure, we are not. We beat them in 2017 (semis), 2018 (league stage) and now also we beat them in the league stage in the last edition.

“Like I said, we need to figure out how to handle pressure in finals. I am hopeful the team breaks the jinx in the 2021 ODI World Cup,” she said.

However, the biggest controversy under Kala’s term came during the 2018 World T20 in the West Indies, where Mithali was dropped from the semifinal line-up.

“I can’t say much about what happened there. We have no role in selecting the 11, our job is to pick the best 15,” she sidestepped the issue.

Giving the opportunity to talents like Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma has been the highlight of her tenure, said Kala.

Talking about Shafali, who made her India debut as a 15-year-old last year, Kala said the teenager is destined for greatness.

“She will be the queen of women’s cricket globally provided she continues to work hard on her game. She needs to work on her fitness and she knows that.

“When I saw her for the first time in an Under-23 game in Rajkot last year, I was sure she would go on to win the World Cup for India. She almost did that for us in Australia,” said Kala referring to the only batting positive in an otherwise disappointing campaign.

The team is often criticised for its over-reliance on spinners, especially in the shortest format with Shikha Pandey doing the bulk of the work in the pace department.

She has Jhulan Goswami’s support in ODIs but the team needs more world-class pacers.

“Pacers are there but not of the calibre of Jhulan and Shikha. You need time to groom them. India A tours have started now, so that will also help. If they had started in 2017, maybe we would have got more medium pacers by now.

“Every year there is a Word Cup (T20 or ODI), then we also end up going mostly with the experienced than a complete fresher, unless she is an outstanding player like Shafali.”

Looking forward, Kala backed the team end the world title drought in New Zealand next year and said a four-team IPL would be ideal for the moment.

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“BCCI has done a good job with the Women’s T20 Challenge but I don’t think we are ready for more than four teams. It will take another two-three years before we can have a six-team IPL.

“It is not just about playing, standard of cricket should be high and entertaining so it attracts the fans. So many people started watching the women”s game after Harman scored 171 in the 2017 World Cup semifinal,” Kala concluded.

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