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Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL record

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 13:22 IST IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant has become the first wicketkeeper to claim 20 dismissals in an IPL season ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant has claimed 20 dismissals in IPL 2019No wicketkeeper has effected more dismissals in a single IPL seasonKumar Sangakkara had claimed 19 dismissals in IPL 2011Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant became the first-ever wicketkeeper in a T20 tournament to effect 20 dismissals on Sunday when he picked up two catches in their table-topping win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.With 15 catches and five stumpings in 12 matches, Rishabh Pant also set the record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in an IPL season. The record was previously held by Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara who came up with 19 dismissals for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2011.Recently, Bangladesh wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan also claimed 19 dismissals in Bangladesh Premier League 2019.Rishabh Pant failed to trouble the scorers with the bat after walking in to bat at No. 4 at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday but the young wicketkeeper was impressive behind the wickets even as the entire Delhi team were tidy on the field.Pant took a couple of stunning catches of Heinrich Klaasen and Gurkeerat Singh as DC bowlers restricted RCB to 171 while defending a 188-run target. Rishabh Pant took a blinder to dismiss Heinrich Klaasen in DC’s win over RCB on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)Pant, the wicketkeeper, may have been tagged as a work-in-progress by a few former cricketers but that hasn’t stopped the Delhi star from breaking wicketkeeping records.In India’s tour of Australia earlier this year, Pant became the first wicketkeeper from India to effect 20 dismissals in a Test series.Pant has buried the disappointment of the World Cup selection snub and is completely focussed on his role with the Delhi Capitals.”I was disappointed. Obviously, because every player dreams of representing India and playing a World Cup for the country is even more special. I was disappointed but as a cricketer and as a professional, I know that there’s no point in being disappointed. I try to move on. I am focused on performing in the opportunities that I get. That’s about it,” Pant had told Sports Tak earlier this month.advertisement”World Cup selection, as I said, was disappointing. But if I keep thinking about it and don’t try to improve and move on, it makes things more difficult for me. I am seeing the positive side.”I am looking at what can be done now. I have a few IPL matches remaining. I am looking to perform in those matches. Only if you perform well, as a person, you can be confident”.The Ricky Ponting-coached team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012 after their win over RCB on Sunday. DC are currently are sitting on top of the table with 16 points from 12 matches and a better Net Run Rate than Chennai Super Kings.Also Read | Have moved on from World Cup disappointment, focused on IPL: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Kumar SangakkaraFollow Wicketkeeping records IPL Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL recordDelhi Capitals’ star wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been in fine form not just with the bat but also behind the wickets with his glovework in Indian Premier League 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

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Trump ally reassures Canadians He really truly believes in having free trade

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CHARLOTTETOWN — A key ally of Donald Trump says Canadians should understand the U.S. president believes in free trade, and they shouldn’t read too much into what they hear.Maine Governor Paul LePage, in Charlottetown for a meeting of Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors on Monday, said he’s spoken to Trump on the subject and he is confident any issues with NAFTA “can be fixed.”“Don’t read in too much in what you sometimes hear. He really truly believes in having free trade and good, honest trade between the two countries. He really does believe that.”Trump again suggested Sunday that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be terminated, tweeting that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult.” It was the first time that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Trump repeated his NAFTA criticisms Monday during a news conference with Finland’s president, calling it one of the worst trade deals in history.Trump said the U.S. will likely have to begin the termination process before it gets a fair deal.“It’s been a one-sided deal — and this includes Canada by the way. Great respect for Canada, great love for Canada, but it’s been a one-sided deal for Canada and for Mexico … it’s been unfair for too long,” he said.LePage, who campaigned several times with Trump, said earlier in the day Canada likely has little to worry about.“I don’t really believe he’s concerned as much over Canada as much as maybe Mexico.”The Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors ended their meeting Monday with a resolution to tout the importance of cross-border trade and commerce to their respective economies.Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said it’s his hope that any rhetoric coming from Washington won’t affect an opportunity to refresh and modernize NAFTA.The best result, he said, would see as little harm done as possible during the negotiations.“In 1864 when the Fathers of Confederation came to P.E.I., most of them were not greeted upon their arrival because most of the population was at the circus. Right now the circus is in Washington,” the Democratic governor said in Charlottetown.“I’m hopeful that the rhetoric that has been applied most frequently to our southern neighbours, but at times to our northern neighbours is just that, rhetoric, and that this will be looked at as an opportunity to refresh these agreements and to modernize them.”Vermont Governor Philip Scott said the governors realize the importance of the trade relationship with Canada and he believes common sense will result in a mutually beneficial deal.Frank McKenna — a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and former premier of New Brunswick — said people should not get caught up in Trump’s tweets.“He’s a negotiator. It’s in his blood,” McKenna said in Charlottetown. “I think he’s always going to use soaring rhetoric as part of negotiations, but at the end of the day there are a lot of sober-minded people involved at the negotiating table guiding the negotiations and supporting the negotiations.”McKenna, now deputy chair of TD Bank Group, was the luncheon speaker at the conference of premiers and governors. He said he remains confident that the Canada-U.S. relationship will be strong during and after negotiations on both NAFTA and softwood lumber.“The relationship is massive, it’s integrated, and it is highly supported on both sides of the border. At the end of the day the government of Canada is handling the file beautifully in my view and I think we’re going to come out eventually with a softwood lumber agreement and, as well, a new NAFTA.”LePage had proposed that the leaders gathered in Charlottetown join together on softwood lumber. He wants them to write a letter supporting exemptions on duties for softwood lumber from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.LePage said the pressure for the duties is coming from the U.S. lumber coalition.He said the U.S. industry is being irresponsible and if new, hefty duties remain in place there will be collateral damage to economies on both sides of the border.In June, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.LePage said the issue needs to be resolved quickly — noting that Texas is going to need a lot of softwood lumber to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.“When you get eight feet of water in Texas, there’s going to be a lot of lumber needed in the next couple of months to rebuild that state. And it’s going to be coming from Canada and the U.S.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said many of the states and provinces at the meeting are each others’ largest trading partners and they will continue work to grow ties that run historically deep. read more

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