10 May 2006A look at the latest International Cricket Council test bowling ratings shows South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini in second place, behind only Sri Lanka’s prolific Muttiah Muralitharan. His elevation comes on the back of a sensational summer.Ntini has been the hottest bowler in world cricket, despite facing Australia in two test series, and New Zealand in another. He has truly shown his class against the best in the world.Roaring startAt the beginning of the summer, the Proteas faced the Aussies Down Under. In the first test, played at the WACA in Perth, Ntini got away to a roaring start, snapping up 5 for 64 in the first innings and 1 for 113 in the second innings as South Africa held the world champions to a draw.The second test proved to be a cakewalk for the Aussies as they cantered to a 184-run victory. Ntini, though, bowled tidily, picking up 3 for 70 and 0 for 17 in eight overs.Supremely fit, he was unfortunately injured for the final test. Without the Border paceman in the South African ranks, the Australians surged to an eight-wicket win to wrap up a two-nil series victory.Ntini also missed out on the VB Series due to his injury but, as Proteas’ coach Mickey Arthur would later say, the break did him the world of good, and the results are hard to argue with.In prime formNot long after the series Down Under, Australia headed for South Africa’s shores for another showdown against Graeme Smith and company. This time, Ntini was in prime form, ready for the challenge of the world’s top ranked team.On a below-par pitch in Cape Town, he claimed 2 for 76 and 3 for 28 as the Aussies won the first test within three days. Essentially, one good partnership for the Australians in their first innings, between Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting, secured the victory as all others failed around them.In the second test in Durban, Ntini was a little off his best form, picking up 3 for 81 and 1 for 62 as Australia secured a series-deciding 112-run win. He, however, hit back with a vengeance in the third test.Sterling effortAt The Wanderers, Australia secured a nail-biting two-wicket victory which, had it not been for some doubtful and curious umpiring decisions, could have gone the other way. Their win came about despite a sterling effort from Ntini.In the first innings, he felled opener Justin Langer in the first over of the game, sending the 100-test veteran to hospital and out of the contest. He also went on to remove six Australian batsmen, capturing 6 for 100.When Australia batted again, Ntini knocked over 4 for 78 to finish with a 10-wicket haul in the match, but the series whitewash went the way of the visitors despite his sterling effort.Making the most of the conditionsNext up, New Zealand tackled the Proteas at Supersport Park in Centurion. On a spiteful pitch, South Africa won the match by 128 runs in four days, but credit to Ntini for making the most of the conditions.The Black Caps managed to muster 327 in their first innings to lead SA by 51 runs. Ntini’s contribution was a haul of 5 for 94.The Proteas hit back with a fighting 299 in their second knock to give themselves a chance of victory and Ntini and Dale Steyn did the rest, working the Kiwis over with some vicious deliveries. Ntini snapped up for 5 for 51 and Steyn 5 for 47 as the visitors were bundled out for 120.His match figures of 10 for 145 meant he had become the first South African cricketer ever to capture 10 wickets in successive tests.Batsmen-friendly pitchNext up, in Cape Town, a batsmen-friendly pitch saw both South Africa and New Zealand post scores of over 500. The Kiwis declared their first innings on a massive 593 for 8, thanks to a double-century from Stephen Fleming and a maiden test ton from James Franklin.Despite the huge score, SA’s bowling cornerstone returned the fair figures of 4 for 162 in 43 overs.South Africa posted 512 all out in reply to New Zealand’s first innings and the Black Caps reached 121 for 3 in their second innings as the game ended in a very tame draw. Ntini picked up 1 for 25 the second time around.So, on to Johannesburg for the conclusion of the summer’s tests and again Ntini was to the fore as South Africa claimed a four-wicket victory.Blasted through their battingBatting first, the New Zealanders limped to 119 all out as Ntini blasted through their batting to return figures of 5 for 35 in 16 overs.South Africa, in reply, managed only 186, so their lead looked somewhat shaky. The feisty Kiwis managed 283 in their second innings to make a game of it, with Ntini surprisingly going wicketless, conceding 44 runs in 17 overs. Nonetheless, South Africa went on to haul in the New Zealand total, reaching 220 for 6 to secure a series victory.Ntini was named player of the series.Summer haulIn total, during the summer, he dismissed 47 batsmen at a cost of 24.43 per wicket. Remember, his efforts came against the world’s number one team – twice – and the New Zealanders who, it has been statistically proven, have test cricket’s most efficient lower order – there are no easy wickets to be taken.During the course of the summer, Ntini moved past the 250-test wicket mark and by the end of it, his total had reached 269 victims. At his current strike rate, and also considering his excellent fitness, and his age of 28, he should be a lock to reach the magical 300-test victims mark, and then to soar way beyond that.It appears Makhaya Ntini is all set to become the highest wicket taker in South African test history. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Farmers were unable to plant just under 19.3 million acres in crops this year, dominated by 11.2 million prevented planting acres for corn and 4.35 million acres for soybeans, according to a USDA Farm Service Agency acreage report released Monday.The FSA report added further confusion to numbers released by the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) acreage estimates.Running down the numbers on prevented planting, the 19.3 million acres is the most unplanted since USDA began reporting those figures in 2007. Last year, FSA reported just 1.8 million prevented planting acres. The top six states for prevented planting acres, all topping 1 million unplanted acres, accounted for 10.74 million unplanted acres, or about 56% of the total.Those included:— South Dakota with 3.86 million unplanted acres, including 2.84 million for corn and 850,864 for soybeans.— Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas and Minnesota, in that order, also came in with more than 1 million acres total of prevented planting.— Illinois reported 1.14 million acres of unplanted corn acres while Minnesota came in at 999,513 and Ohio reported 880,992 prevented planting corn acres.— Farmers reported planting 2.71 million acres of cover crops so far this year, up about 570,000 acres from last year.When it comes to planted acres, the WASDE stated 90 million acres were planted to corn nationally while FSA stated farmers reported 85.87 million acres of corn planted, a 4.6% difference in acres for the two reports.Some of the differences between FSA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service numbers used for the WASDE for planted acreage include difference in cover crops and whether the farmer is required to certify with FSA. USDA stated to DTN that NASS will include corn planted for grain, silage, cover crops or other uses, while FSA only includes corn for grain or silage.As corn fell 25 cents shortly after the WASDE came out, farmers and analysts on social media had a lot of questions about just how farmers had 11.2 million acres of unplanted corn, yet also planted 85.87 million to 90 million acres. The March Prospective Plantings report initially pegged corn acreage at 92.8 million.For soybeans, the WASDE pegged planted acres at 76.7 million while FSA stated farmers reported 74 million acres planted, a 3.6% difference between the two reports. With 4.35 million acres unplanted, that puts the potential soybean acreage at 78.35 million to 81.05 million acres. The March Prospective Plantings report estimated soybean planted acres at 84.6 million.FSA’s acreage data comes from reports filed by producers by Aug. 1 to the agency to maintain program eligibility. FSA stated it will update its acreage reports monthly until the final acreage report is released in January.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
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A 30-year old Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who had reportedly consumed some poisonous substance, died Sunday at a nursing home in Kanpur after battling for life for four days.Surendra Kumar Das, an officer of the 2014 batch, was posted as Superintendent of Police (East) in the city.A ‘suicide note’ was recovered from the scene of the incident; it mentioned “family issues” as the reason behind the extreme step.Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, a senior doctor at the nursing home where Mr. Das was undergoing treatment, had on Saturday said that many organs of the officer’s body had stopped functioning.Life supportHe was on life support in the intensive care unit. “He died during treatment on Sunday,” said an official spokesperson, adding that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed deep condolences to the family.A police official said: “The [suicide] letter stated that he was doing so [taking his life] because of family issues. The letter was addressed to his wife and further stated that he loved her a lot. The end of the letter stated that no one else was responsible for it.” At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, his wife, a doctor, noticed that his health had deteriorated suddenly.ADGP Kanpur zone Avinash Chandra said in Kanpur that Mr. Das consumed a rat poison that he had asked his domestic help to fetch for him from the market.
A friend called the day after Chandu Borde was anointed India cricket manager and said, “See, given that it’s Raj Singh and Sharad Pawar, do you think they meant Chandu Pandit?” It was good for a laugh, but creeping into the back of the mind came the immediate afterthought. Suppose?As,A friend called the day after Chandu Borde was anointed India cricket manager and said, “See, given that it’s Raj Singh and Sharad Pawar, do you think they meant Chandu Pandit?” It was good for a laugh, but creeping into the back of the mind came the immediate afterthought. Suppose?As farce after farce has continued to unravel, taking the fans’ minds with it, mistaking Pandit for Borde could have been a very real possibility with this BCCI. To be absolutely fair to the BCCI, Graham Ford’s conduct after he left India was unbecoming. Even if he was given a roasting at the interview, offered monkey-nuts for a salary and forced to accept a straitjacket in the name of working conditions. Whatever his reasons for changing his mind, a courtesy call to anyone in Indian cricket who had sought him out in the first place was the least he could have done before posting a thanks-but-no-thanks message on a website. It’s called manners.The BCCI’s mistake-one more in an impressively long list this year-was to jump into an announcement that could have waited 24 hours. They left the door open, and ended up looking stupid. Not that that takes any effort, with the current dispensation. Surprising because most of its key office-bearers have the reputation of being pitbulls in their own fields. Somehow, with the bogey of Jagmohan Dalmiya banished (and no doubt chuckling in Kolkata), all they look like now is a bunch of squabbling school boys each trying to impress the headmaster who himself has lost control of the entire institution.advertisementDespite Ford’s unbecoming conduct, the BCCI’s mistake was to make an announcement that could have waited 24 hours.Inside the first six months of the year, the BCCI has demonised its best players, tried to cut salaries, changed terms previously agreed upon, given one TV partner a discount on a deal (not its fault), allowing bank guarantee to lapse which caused the collapse of a $216-million TV deal (most definitely its fault).The BCCI’s many marketing partners are struggling to find takers for numerous mickey mouse tours before the Indian team’s tour of England this summer, but no one in the Board has been able to schedule an extra practice game for the team when they travel to Australia in their winter.When Pawar, who now has ambitions of heading the ICC, took charge at the BCCI, he promised transparency, accountability and professionalism. Today, those words sound like the Borde or Pandit gag. In any case, Pawar seems distracted between choosing a President and finding a coach. Naturally, anarchy has broken around him. The BCCI’s current hierarchy has produced a platoon of mini-Pawars, wannabes who strut around the country eager to be seen and heard, preferably on TV.A weary BCCI official says, “Board officials must be responsible. You don’t have to be on TV everyday, you don’t have to make statements everyday. Only one person should speak for the Board.” These days it’s a rotating roster. It began with Lalit Modi, the marketing guru, followed by Shashank Manohar, the hardliner. Now it’s N. Srinivasan, the financial whiz, and no, we won’t go on about the bank guarantee. Ambient noise continues to be provided by Rajiv Shukla and Niranjan Shah, still head to head in the contest for soundbite production.When self-righteous Australians and outraged Englishmen rant on about the BCCI’s sinister plans to hijack cricket, Indians have to stop themselves. Not so much from shrieking ‘racism!’ but from breaking into giggling fits. The western world must have spotted a military efficiency that escaped us.All we see is the embarrassing anticlimax of the World Cup, imploding TV deals, the coach hunt that turned to custard and the appointment of a manager who will celebrate his 73rd birthday in England, aviator sunglasses and beaming smile in place. Cake, anyone