India Today Web Desk HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 15:03 IST Virat Kohli is currently on a break (Photo tweeted by @imVkohli)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli is currently on a break from international cricketIn Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma is leading the team in New Zealand”I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a banner during 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand”I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a sign board at Seddon Park in Hamilton during the third and final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on Sunday.Virat Kohli is currently on a break from international cricket and will most likely be back to lead the team when India host Australia in a limited-overs series later this month.India Australia will play 2 T20Is and a five one day internationals from March 24.Steady on fella #indvnz #kohli pic.twitter.com/ICvGQgXX93Honey Badger Cricket (@hbadgercricket) February 10, 2019Kohli was rested for the fourth and fifth ODIs in New Zealand and also the three-match T20I series. In his absence, vice captain Rohit Sharma was handed the responsibility of leading the team.Kohli, who played non-stop cricket over the past several months, was rested keeping in mind his workload. Kohli scored 2735 international runs including 11 hundreds in 2018.In Australia, Kohli led India to their first ever Test and ODI series victories. The India captain scored 282 runs, including a valiant hundred in Perth, from four Tests. Kohli also scored a century in the three-match ODI series, which India won 2-1.Kohli also became the first man to sweep all three ICC awards when he won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.During the second T20 in Auckland, a woman used a banner to troll all-rounder Hardik Pandya over the Koffee with Karan controversy.advertisementHardik faced a massive backlash on social media for his “sexist and misogynistic” remarks on the show and he and KL Rahul were suspended and called back to India from Australia in January. Their suspensions were lifted later pending appointment of an ombudsman and Hardik Pandya was back in the squad to play in New Zealand.However, it seems people are not yet ready to forgive Hardik completely for his offensive statements. During the second T20I, a woman spectator was seen holding a banner that said “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya? [Pandya, did you do it today?]”. This placard was in reference to Hardik’s statement on the chat show regarding his virginity, where he said he told his parents, “mai karke aaya [I did it today].”Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka Sharma I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IIndia vs New Zealand: “I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a sign board at Seddon Park in Hamilton during the third and final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand.advertisement
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it plans to launch a $17-million emergency appeal for 100,000 hurricane victims in Nicaragua, as rescue crews reported that they were stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought along the impoverished country’s northern coast. “The victims of this catastrophe are among the poorest and most vulnerable people, not just in Nicaragua but in the whole Latin American region,” WFP Country Director William Hart said of the last week’s landfall of Hurricane Felix. “As our staff arrive with supplies, it is clear they have been left with literally nothing. Everything is destroyed and their lives are in pieces. What we are discovering as we visit these remote areas is a desperate swathe of humanity that has been invisible to the outside world, and which now more than ever needs the help of outsiders,” he said. Initial reports indicate that of the almost 10,000 homes affected by the violent Category 5 hurricane, 80 per cent were completely destroyed. Almost 5,200 wells were contaminated and 6,000 latrines destroyed. Diarrhoea among children is increasing and heavy rainfall is creating unsanitary conditions that have raised fears of worsening health conditions. “The numbers of people seriously affected continues to grow while at the same time, as more information comes in from this remote region, we realize just how violent and destructive Hurricane Felix really was,” Mr. Hart said. “Not only have entire villages up and down the coast been pummelled and flattened into the ground, but extensive damage has also been reported among those living as much as 100 kilometres back from the coastline.” Hurricane Felix also ripped out large quantities of coconut, banana and mango trees, depriving inhabitants of basic foods. The upcoming harvest of rice and other vital crops has been lost, and due to salt water damage to fields it is expected that December’s harvest may be lost or severely reduced. Under the six-month WFP emergency operation, which is part of a consolidated appeal of UN agencies being announced today, WFP will provide a general distribution of emergency rations for the first three months, followed by food support for rehabilitation activities. These activities are likely to be extended for an additional period once a more detailed assessment of the region’s needs is completed. Meanwhile, WFP emergency feeding operations continue. Over the weekend, two ships carrying a combined total of 151 metric tons of food (enough for 15,000 people for 20 days) arrived in the battered coastal port of Bilwi (formerly Puerto Cabezas) after a two-day journey along the Escondido River. Bilwi has been cut off from overland transport after a key bridge was destroyed by Felix. About 14 tons of the food (enough to feed 1,550 for 18 days) was then transported by two United States Air Force helicopters to the town of Raiti, one of more than 100 Miskito Indian communities along the coast. Without the helicopters, which have established an air bridge in the area, the journey would have taken over a week. Yesterday the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was seeking over $2 million in relief aid over the next six months for the hurricane victims. 13 September 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it plans to launch a $17-million emergency appeal for 100,000 hurricane victims in Nicaragua, as rescue crews reported that they were stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought along the impoverished country’s northern coast.