India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma made it clear Rishabh Pant will be their 1st-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the upcoming 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh.Rohit Sharma said it’s too early to pass any judgement on Rishabh Pant and that the young wicketkeeper-batsman needs more backing than anything else at this point in his career.Pant heads into the T20I series on the back of an array of ordinary performances for the senior national team. He also lost his spot to a fit-again Wriddhiman Saha in the Test side in the recently-concluded South Africa series.Pant has been struggling for consistency across all formats. His average in T20Is reads 20.31 and his performances in the shortest format of the game in 2019 have been far from impressive. In 10 matches in the year, Pant has scored a fifty-plus score only once and has gotten out on single-digit scores 6 times.With chief selector MSK Prasad hinting that India have moved on from MS Dhoni, Pant was expected to get a longer rope. However, with Sanju Samson earning a call-up after some consistent performances in the domestic circuit, there is pressure on Pant.”Both wicket-keepers (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson) that we have in our squad are pretty talented. We have stuck with Pant, this is the format that gave him lot of attention, this is the format that he excelled to start with,” Rohit Sharma said on the eve of the 1st T20I in Delhi.”We have to stick with him [Pant] for a while and see what he does. We have seen how well he can take the game forward if he has his day. We just need to back him a little more.advertisement”He’s hardly played 15-20 T20Is. So it’s still very early to judge whether he is good or not. I still feel there’s a lot of time left before we pass any judgement on Rishabh.”Rohit also indicated that Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube could be handed his international debut when the hosts clash with Bangladesh in the opening Twenty20.”We will assess now and probably a bit before the game as well. But both (Sanju and Dube) are definitely in the fray. One of them might definitely play. You might see in playing XI. All doors are open for everyone. Anyone might come into the playing XI any moment,” said Rohit at the pre-match press conference.20 seconds of Shivam Dube #TeamIndia #INDvBAN @Paytm pic.twitter.com/yWiVUpDQ8f BCCI (@BCCI) November 2, 2019Meanwhile, Rohit also said his job as India’s stand-in captain is to continue from where Virat Kohli has left the team. Having got limited opportunities to lead Team India, especially in the shorter formats, it is safe to say Rohit has done well.”My job as a captain is very simple. I am not a regular captain. I just want to take the team forward from where Virat Kohli has led the team. There are certain thought process that is going on with the team right now. I just want to carry that forward.”Every individual is different but what I have done with the limited opportunities that I have got is, I have tried to maintain what Virat had done.”In the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the T20I assignment against Bangladesh, Rohit will be leading India in what is expected to be a hard-fought T20I series.Also Read | India want to be No. 1 in all 3 formats: Rohit Sharma ahead of Bangladesh T20I seriesAlso see:
One of the longest-running opencast mining contracts in recent Concor Opencast Mining history has now been completed. The Impala open-pit project, located on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex near Rustenburg, South Africa, was awarded in 2002 by Impala Platinum and mining commenced in the vicinity of Impala # 6 shaft, with the Concor team tackling the Merenksy orebody first. In 2005 the team began mining the UG2 orebody.The two Merensky faces were relatively small scale, while the UG2 was present on a much larger scale, with seven faces mined. These reefs ranged over a 9 km area and were mined to a depth of 35 m. Below, the Impala Platinum underground operation mined ore from its shaft systems. The open-pit contract included crushing the material to <300 mm and its delivery to the mine’s stockpile, as well as rehabilitation of mined areas.Since 2002 the contact was renewed on an annual basis until all surface resources were depleted. Between November 2009 and December 2013 Concor mined 49,340,574 bank m3 of blasted overburden, 6,576,454 bank m3 of topsoil and 8,871,767 t of reef.“This project was tightly controlled throughout its duration to mitigate the associated challenges,” Roger Hearne, Acting General Manager of Concor Opencast Mining, says. “For example, mining took place in close proximity to both mine infrastructure and housing occupied by members of the local community. Great care had to be taken not to impact these structures and we achieved this by keeping the vibration from blasting to a minimum. In addition, blasting was only carried out twice a week out of consideration for the local communities.“At all times we also had to be careful not to hole through to the mine’s underground workings. For this, we depended on existing surveys and worked closely with the mine surveyor to ensure that highwall positions were correct.”At the end of the project, the team had achieved more than 5 million fatality free hours — 1,196 LTI-free days, earning several Impala Platinum and Concor safety awards along the way. Weekly safety audits were carried out by Concor, while Impala Platinum undertook 40 day safety audits. Visible felt leadership (VFL) was also part of the safety environment, aimed at influencing and transforming behaviour.A total of 240 people worked on the project. Equipment comprised five bulk excavators for overburden removal; six smaller excavators for cleaning the orebody and extraction; five dozers for moving overburden and top soil; 25 trucks on site; three water carts and various ancillary support plant. A static jaw crusher serviced the southern pits during the project, while a mobile jaw crusher serviced the northern pits.Concor applied the strip mining method, with average advances of 30 m wide. The team was also responsible for drilling and blasting operations in all pits. The orebody was exposed, extracted and transported to a rail siding 5 km away, where it was crushed and then transported by rail to the plant for further processing. Haul road maintenance was critical to minimise wear and tear on vehicles and ensure safety.The company employed a local emerging sub-contracting company, which it mentored to successfully undertake the required top soil rehabilitation. Personnel were trained in production methodology, on how to achieve targets, on costing and on safety issues.