Former India coach Greg Chappell mocked the Indian team saying they are not fit for Test cricket . The former Australian captain went a step ahead and blamed the Indian culture for the team’s debacle in the tour of Australia.”Test cricket is pretty tough for them (India). It was obvious from the start of the tour that the Indians weren’t really interested in Test cricket,” said Chappell, on the sidelines of a promotional event for his book, Fierce Focus, at Adelaide Writers Week.Chappell said Indians are not cut out for Test cricket and are only fit for Twenty20.”After the Australians showed that they were going to be a formidable foe, I was very disappointed with the Indians. And having worked with many of them and having been in the dressing room with them, Test cricket was too hard for most of them. They can only make a lot of money playing 20-over cricket. Fifty-over cricket they can sort of put up with.”Test cricket for a lot of, not only India, a lot of subcontinent teams, I think it’s pretty tough. And the challenge for Test cricket is, without the sort of grounding that we (Australians) had as kids, Test cricket is too hard. It’s very demanding mentally, physically and emotionally,” he said.Chappell blamed culture for the team’s debacle.”The culture is very different, it’s not a team culture. They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their school teachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions.”The culture of India is such that if you put your head above the parapet someone will shoot it. Knock your head off. So they learn to keep their head down and not take responsibility. The Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down. For if someone was deemed to be responsible, they’d get punished. So the Indians have learned to avoid responsibility. So before taking responsibility for any decisions, they prefer not to,” he said.Chappell also said that Virender Sehwag’s ambition to become the Indian captain has hurt the team.”Sehwag thought he should be captain after (Anil) Kumble, so there is a bit of a collision there. I think Dhoni is getting to a point where Test cricket is getting too hard for him, and the undercurrent around the dressing room cannot help,” he said.advertisement
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Lok Sabha phase one elections kicked off on April 11, a month after they were announced on March 11. While the world’s largest democracy became the topic for debate across the country, Twitter played a huge role in making voices of common citizens heard through tweets.Twitter on Thursday revealed interesting statistics that showed how millions of people participated in the Lok Sabha election discussions on the micro-blogging platform. As polling for 91 seats in 18 states and 2 union territories took place on Thursday, the conversation around the polling witnessed a spike.In an interesting revelation, Twitter found the biggest topic in election conversations was national security, followed by religion and then jobs. A country that is tortured by communal clashes, people still consume themselves with discussions around religion over bigger concerns like jobs. Agriculture and taxes and trade were the fourth and fifth leading topics in election conversations. Twitter statistics: Lok Sabha elections 2019TwitterTwitter also revealed other statistics that showed the country’s interest and engagement in the elections. According to Twitter, a whopping 45.6 million tweets were related to Lok Sabha elections in a span on just one month, from March 11 to April 11. The hashtag #LokSabhaElections2019 has been trending consistently, but the biggest spike was witnessed on the day when elections were announced and campaigns began.The second-biggest spike was noticed on April 11, the first day of polling in some states. Out of 45.6 million Lok Sabha elections-related tweets in a month, 1.2 million were tweeted during the phase one of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Twitter statistics: Lok Sabha elections 2019TwitterTwitter made it easy for citizens all over the country to communicate with their political leaders and parties and vice versa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most mentioned figure in conversations around the LS elections. While Rahul Gandhi ranked number four in the list, Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath followed PM Modi’s lead in second and third positions, respectively. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who recently joined Twitter, was the fifth most popular figure in Lok Sabha election discussions on Twitter. Twitter statistics: Lok Sabha elections 2019TwitterDuring the prestigious elections, Twitter gave voice to millions of users around the world. According to the company, users from India and across the world engaged in dynamic discussions around the elections by utilising its features like hashtags, RTs and replies.”With several phases to go, Twitter is encouraging healthy democratic participation by giving citizens a voice and a platform to be heard in the national conversation online. To that effect, Twitter India also launched their latest video in the #PowerOf18 series to encourage young Indians to participate in civic discourse, understand the significance of their right to vote and contribute to public debate on Twitter,” Twitter said.The #LokSabhaElections2019 start today. Cast your vote, and Tweet the change you want to see with #PowerOf18. pic.twitter.com/mSzTeFIqa0— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) April 11, 2019In this digital age, it seems fitting as people get their information from online platforms like Twitter, which also present with the opportunities to connect with political leaders, an otherwise a hectic task. Close Phase 1: India Votes for the 17th General Elections to choose the next Prime Minister