29 Dec


first_imgDDTV is proud to bring you a video tribute to Bridie Gallagher, put together by John O’Donnell. It is very special, featuring pictures of Bridie and of course her wonderful music.But it is a special scenery tribute, taking in many areas and views around her native Creeslough and surrounding area.Requiem Mass will be celebrated in Belfast this morning before Bridie completes her final journey home to Donegal for burial.With thanks to John O’Donnell.  DDTV: A VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THE LATE GREAT BRIDIE GALLAGHER was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: A VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THE LATE GREAT BRIDIE GALLAGHERlast_img read more

17 Nov

Australia Test series provides India with challenge and opportunity

first_imgIndia had just lost a five-Test series in England 4-1 and skipper Virat Kohli was bracing for some tough questions from scribes in London earlier this year. Coach Ravi Shastri, who hardly holds back, had insisted that his men are the best Indian travelling team in the “last 15-20 years” right after the visiting team had conceded an unassailable lead after the defeat in the fourth Test in Southampton.A journalist sprung up from the packed press conference hall at the Oval and asked Kohli if he believed in Shastri’s words. A miffed Indian skipper, hit back and asked the scribe what he thought about the comment.”Not sure,” was the scribe’s reply.Kohli and Shastri have been relying a lot on “intent” to gauge their progress, especially in overseas conditions. No doubt, the Asian giants have competed better on the road under Kohli, but the results aren’t painting a favourable picture.Buoyed by a wonderful 2016-17 home season wherein they had beaten the likes of England, Australia, and New Zealand, Kohli’s men headed to South Africa with a lot of hopes of winning a Test series in the Rainbow Nation earlier this year.However, the high-flying visitors were brought down to earth by the South African pace attack and hostile conditions as Kohli’s men lost the first two Tests of a three-match series before managing a consolation win in the third Test.In England, the story wasn’t any different. The narrative was around Kohli as the India captain put behind the memories of a disastrous 2014 tour and dominated the batting charts. However, India returned home empty-handed.advertisementSelection errors were made and barring Kohli, the other Indian batsmen made meagre contributions to the batting charts in both the tours this year. The bowling attack, especially the pacers, impressed, at times, outshone their counterparts from the opposition but it wasn’t enough for the visiting team to cross the final hurdle.Cut to December 2018, Kohli’s men have one final opportunity before a busy limited-over season kicks in to prove they’re better travellers than the Indian teams that were blanked in SENA countries from the start of the ongoing decade.Kohli will be leading his men in whites into the Adelaide Oval on Thursday morning with renewed hopes. The upcoming four-Test series presents India with an opportunity to correct the wrongs from the previous tours but poses a challenge of its own.The two captains with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Adelaide Oval #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/k0av3MzcnJBCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2018The lead up to the first Test in Adelaide has all been about India smelling blood in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, two of the most prolific run-scorers for Australia in the recent past. The ball-tampering scandal that brought shame to Australian cricket has considerably affected the senior national team.To put things into perspective, Smith and Warner scored nearly 40% of the total runs Australia scored during their 2-0 win against India at home in 2014-15.As it turns out, for the first time, in probably the history of Indian cricket, a visiting team from the country is being touted as favourites Down Under.However, India can’t afford to take the Australian team lightly. Under Justin Langer, the Aussies will be fired up to prove a point to the world in what is going to be their first Test series at home after the ball-tampering saga.Australian cricket is in damage control mode as playing fair is going to be their primary motive. But that doesn’t mean Tim Paine’s men won’t play hard.Australia showed a lot of grit and determination to avoid a series whitewash against Pakistan in the UAE, which offers the sternest of challenges to visiting teams, as recently as in October. Usman Khawaja, Tavis Head and captain Paine all stepped up and the trio will be keen on proving their worth at home against India.Also, the biggest threat to the world number one Test team will be Australia’s bowling attack, which still remains one of the best going around. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are proven tormentors of opposition batsmen and if their training sessions are anything to go by, Kohli and his men are in for some chin music.1st Test match – Australia vs India5.30 AM ISTDecember 6, 2018https://t.co/04rSo3BwNaAdelaide Oval#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/pM5gp3VHPaBCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2018Let’s not forget Nathan Lyon. The off-spinner topped the bowling charts, picking up 23 wickets during the 2014-15 series and spun a web around the new-age spin-allergic Indian batsmen in their own backyard last year.advertisementA green top awaits India in Adelaide as Australia are keen on making use of every opportunity to make life difficult for Kohli’s men. If India fail in the first Test, coming back into the series is going to be a herculean task. The Australian media, known for their hostility towards touring teams, are waiting, licking their lips in anticipation.Also Read | Why India’s 2018 tour of Australia promises to be so different from the othersAlso Read | India openers are going to be more decisive vs Australia than Virat Kohli: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli wants Team India to show character ahead of Adelaide Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Adelaide memories: 3 hundreds and 2 heartbreaking defeatsAlso Read | Earning respect as important as winning vs India: Tim Painelast_img read more