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:
Written By: Bob Hornal, Founder and President – Best Quote Travel InsuranceDiscover how to attract Millennial travelers to your destination.Who do you think travels more: millennials or baby boomers?The answer goes against logic. Baby boomers are entering retirement and have more time and money. Millennials have long cried out about poor job markets and struggling to make ends meet. Yet research shows that millennials travel more than any other generational group, with an average of 35 days per year. Let’s explore the new millennial travel age and what tourism-reliant businesses can do to attract this wanderlusting segment. Millennial Travel: By the NumbersMillennials aren’t just traveling more – they’re also spending more. Over 80% of millennials say they prefer worry-free travel like all-inclusive resorts and done-for-you planning. The majority are staying in hotels rather than cost-saving alternatives like Airbnbs. They’re not as “deal-conscious” as you may believe, and they prefer simplicity and comfort to saving money – though money is still an object to a degree. While 60 million households are planning to spend what amounts to 1% less on travel compared to 2016, the 9.5 million houses that millennials represent are planning to spend nearly 20% more. Part of what’s fueling these figures is the prevalent millennial desire to get the most from every trip. They’re craving customized travel that caters to specific interests, such as kayaking, music festivals, or backpacking – and the more unique the trip, the more rewarding. How to Sell to MillennialsSimply put, millennials aren’t the norm. They’re traveling more frequently and spending more in the process. They appreciate deals but won’t prioritize them over convenience or comfort. If you want to attract their business, you’ll need to emphasize more than just a good price. Here are a few ideas to help you navigate this shift: Experiences; Not ThingsMillennial travelers are placing more emphasis on experiences. They’d rather spend their money on an epic trip abroad than hitting the mall. This is good news for traditional travel partners like hotels, restaurants, and tour guides. It has also increased the need for travel protection, such as IEC insurance. When marketing to millennial travelers, businesses should focus on what millennials can expect from their experience of the destination. It’s not just about what they’ll get – it’s more about how it will make them feel and the value it will add to their lives. Emphasize the Local AspectMillennials are more likely to go on daring trips, especially abroad where they can engage in culture and cuisine (which they’ll then post pictures to their social media profiles). This connects with their values for uniqueness and experience over things, giving them an opportunity to visit places their peers haven’t yet seen. Businesses should include the local aspect of their services to stand out to millennials. This is the generation that prefers mom and pop shops over chain restaurants and corporations when traveling. They don’t want a cookie-cutter experience that they can get anywhere – they prefer to savor the fine details of what makes a destination special. Get Social ProofMillennials are the social generation. They conduct day-to-day business, plan events, build relationships, and document their lives on Facebook and Instagram. To them, it’s just a way of life, and if businesses want to be part of it, they’ll need to work on building social proof that shows they’re worthy. Social media is one of your most powerful marketing tools. When millennials see that others are visiting your business or sharing your content, they know there’s a good reason for it. Some of your greatest reviews will be on Instagram and the importance of understanding influencers will be your best asset. Reputation Is Travel GoldWhether you’re actively engaged in social media is irrelevant. If you cater to travelers, people are sharing their experiences with your business online. Ideally, you’re an active part of that conversation and are monitoring your star ratings, reviews, and any negative comments that come your way. Millennials are most likely to check out a restaurant or hotel online before giving it their business. It’s become something of a habit rather than an afterthought and can impact your success in attracting them. Start shaping your online reputation by asking customers to rate their experiences online, leave good reviews, and share your content on social media. Becoming a Top Millennial Travel DestinationMillennials are the first generation that grew up with online technology all around them. They’re no stranger to the web and have been the generation behind social media’s success. They’re more likely to travel to destinations or events they discover online, and even more likely to share their experiences on social media as proof they’ve been part of something interesting. If you want to know how to sell travel to millennials, you must first accept that the way “it’s always been done” won’t cut it with this group. The more unique you can appear, the more desirable you can become – and that’s an experience worth paying for.
The long-term future of British bus maker, Optare plc, has been secured thanks to a refinancing agreement announced today that will see Indian commercial vehicle manufacturing company, Ashok Leyland, increase its holding in Optare to 75.1%, allowing the company to build upon its position as top five bus manufacturers in the world. Ashok Leyland is the flagship company in India of the Hinduja Group and the refinancing and guarantee of support will provide a substantially improved working capital facility for the business – safeguarding the existing contractual and statutory employment and pension rights of all Optare employees.CEO, Jim Sumner, said “This is great news for Optare’s customers, employees and suppliers by securing stability and the long-term future of the business. The re-banking of Optare represents a critical milestone in the turnaround of the business and allows us to now complete the final phase of the three year plan which commenced in June 2009.”He added, “In addition, our recent move to a new factory in Sherburn gives us the capacity and modern assembly facilities necessary to capitalise on the additional sales our deeper partnership with Ashok Leyland will undoubtedly deliver.”John Fickling, Chairman of Optare said, “Given the global economic challenges we all face, this is a game changing deal for Optare. It ensures that we can grow and prosper in an ever changing and demanding market place”.Vinod Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland observed, “We see this as an important element in realizing our vision of being among the top five bus manufacturers globally. Through leveraging the synergies of the two companies, we are confident that going forward we will be able to accelerate technology sharing, develop future-ready products and increase our global footprint to fast-track our growth in volumes.”Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Ashok Leyland said, “We are confident that, together with Optare, we can surge ahead leveraging historic British manufacturing excellence and taking advantage of the large opportunities for growth and development we see based on synergy and integration with the Ashok Leyland bus business.”Optare is Britain’s leading maker of advanced low-floor integral buses and employs around 500 people across the group, principally at its new assembly facility in Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire. The company produces a wide range of fuel efficient buses of its own integral design. In addition Optare has pioneered its ‘EcoDrive’ programme across all of its products which deliver a wide range of low carbon power options, including hybrid, full electric and dual fuel models.To see where Optare and other commercial vehicle manufacturers operate in the UK, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)