Dear Editor,I refer to Kingsley Williams’s letter, “A question for Ravi Dev”, in the media referring to my column in which I asked, “Can the Indian Guyanese speak for justice?”Mr Williams cited Preambles #4 and 8 of Ordinance 21 of 1850, which confirmed Indian indentured servants ” shall be entitled to a free passage back to India” after 5 years’ “service” ,and further, if “desirous to commute his right to a free passage for the value in land to the amount of the cost of such passage, and the Governor shall see fit to grant to such immigrant out of the Crown lands of the colony a piece or parcel of land equal in value, at the upset price of Crown lands, to the amount of the cost of such return passage, such immigrant shall have the same in lieu of his right to a free passage.”Mr Williams’s question was why, as I had written “Of the 163,964 Indian immigrants that remained in Guyana, a mere 2,653 (1.6%) exchanged their return passage for land”? I want to compliment Mr Williams for his query, because I really believe if we become more conversant with our history, we can create a Guyanese reality and narrative that gives each group an “equal place” in our land.Firstly, Mr Williams’s citations debunk the claim by some that Indian immigrants were “pampered” by the planters and “given” free land. The minuscule acreage acquired by them via this route was in EXCHANGE for the cost of a passage back to India, which they were owed through the terms of their indentureship. As I demonstrated, the value of the land for the exchange was on the average half of what the passage would have cost.It is important to note that the “exchange” clause was inserted after indentureship from India was suspended in 1848 after a mere three years. In 1847, however, the ex-slaves’ strike for higher wages after a 25% reduction was broken by the 15,747 Portuguese, 12,898 West Indian (mainly Barbadians), 8,692 Indian and 6,957 African indentureds brought in to work for the lower wages. The Planter-dominated legislature wanted to impress the Indian Government to re-open immigration, and also to sweeten the recruiters’ inducement because the other sources were dwindling and uncertain.Matters had become desperate for sugar interests because, by 1848, more than half of the 83,545 freed slaves had departed to the villages they formed after purchasing abandoned estates. While these experienced workers could outperform the indentureds, they worked on their own schedule, and sugar production had fallen by 40%. The planters, on the other hand, wanted a cheap labour force they could control totally, because of the demands of sugar production. Indian indentureship resumed in 1851.But the reality was always quite different from the promises on the indentured contract.On Mr Williams’s specific question, Mr Mohammed Shabudeen, in his book, “From Plantocracy to Nationalisation”, has this to say on exchanging return passages for land: “here the idea had been around since 1850, but its implementation started only in the 1860s, and then with the almost absurd suggestion that a portion of the somewhat “gelatinous territory” at Plantation Best, West Coast Demerara be allocated in one-acre grants.”In his footnote, Shahabudeen noted, “…the provisions were not acted upon and were omitted from subsequent ordinances.” Carl Greenidge, in his book, “Empowering a Peasantry in a Caribbean Context: the case of land settlement Schemes in Guyana (1865-1985)”, agreed with Shahabudeen, and suggested, “Presumably this was the case because it was not seen as being of any special benefit to sugar.”In fact, Ordinance 22 of 1856 tried another tack and allowed the planters to reindenture the immigrant for a bounty payment. In 1863, Immigrant Agent-General James Crosby proposed villages be established for non-returning Indian immigrants, but it was not until 1871, when the De Vouex Commission was inquiring into the conditions of India immigrants, that Plantation Nooten Zuil, ECD was identified. But, as with Plantation Best, the condition of the land was deemed unsuitable, and there were no takers.Between 1880 and 1903, the above-mentioned land was exchanged, but by the following year, all the settlements were dubbed as “failures”.Sincerely,Ravi Dev
0Shares0000Monday 15 July 2013 – A triumphant National rugby 15’s team the Kenya Lions arrived on Monday a day after their stunning win of the Confederation of African Rugby’s Division 1A championships title at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananaravivo, Madagascar.Kenya who beat defending champions Zimbabwe 29-17 in the final, were hosted to a grand breakfast in their honor at the Sarova Panafric by Migaa. Migaa rewarded the victorious Kenyan team with a Ksh 500,000 cash award that they had promised the team prior to their departure to Madagascar. Migaa Director Mike Karanja said, “We at Migaa believe in living up to our promise and that is why we hand over this cash reward to the victorious side. Our association with this team is certainly bearing fruits. They were crowned Elgon Cup champions last month, and have now been crowned champions of Africa. This certainly proves that there is so much that this team can attain and we would like to assure all and sundry that we will help Kenya attain its 2015 Rugby World Cup dream.”The new Africa champions are now slated to play Namibia in the Africa Zone of the International Rugby Board World Cup qualifiers after their title win.In the RWC qualifiers, the winner of the CAR trophy plays the fourth team. Namibia has been promoted to the top tier while the second-placed team, Zimbabwe will battle it out with Madagascar who finished third.Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee paid tribute to the side.“The team goes into a two week break before resuming training ahead of upcoming assignments. We have big plans for this team, including lobbying to ensure that the team plays in the Vodacom Cup very soon. Argentina and Namibia have previously played in this competition and look at what it has done for them in terms of performance. It is a stepping stone for greatness.”Muthee added, ” We want to build a world beating Kenya fifteens squad. This is an accomplished side and we at the KRU will stop at nothing in ensuring that this squad qualifies for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.” At the same function Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch assured the Kenya Rugby Union of continued government support. “Our fifteens team is finally emerging from the shadows of the sevens team and I want to assure you that the government will offer financial and material support in ensuring that the side remains at the top. We will offer you the necessary assistance as you pursue your 2015 Rugby World Cup dream.” Kenya’s Results in MadagascarSemi FinalKenya 52 Uganda 11FinalKenya 29 Zimbabwe 170Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE – Agoura High’s girls’ soccer team learned first-hand Wednesday night just how unforgiving the Marmonte League can be. Although the Chargers remained unbeaten in league play following their 1-1 tie with host Westlake, Agoura (7-1-5, 5-0-3) fell out of first place after learning that host Moorpark (8-5-3, 6-0-2) defeated Royal of Simi Valley 2-0. “This tie only adds interest to Friday’s game with Moorpark,” said Agoura coach Michael Skene, whose team played the Musketeers – the Daily News’ ninth-ranked team – to a 1-1 tie Jan. 9. “We’re in an eight-team dogfight. The teeth are bared, the fur is flying and everyone’s snarling. And I can’t feel comfortable until seven hounds are dead and we’re still yapping.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Agoura, ranked No. 5, took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Alicia Herczeg headed a cross from Michelle Manning inside the left post. The sixth-ranked Warriors (6-2-3, 2-1-2) tied the score seven minutes later when Rebekah Olin received a pass from Kylie McDonald and buried a right-footed shot in the lower-left corner of the net. Both teams had chances to take the lead before halftime, but Agoura goalkeeper Desiree Beltran denied Kate Edwards on a breakaway and Westlake netminder Caitlin Hart stopped Kendall Dreyer on a shot from 10 yards. “When you look at it, it’s probably a just result for how we played,” Westlake coach Frank Marino said. “The result doesn’t kill us, but it doesn’t help us much either. There’s still plenty of time, so I’m not stressed out yet. But we’ve got to start winning.” The Chargers continued to apply pressure throughout the second half, with Herczeg’s 15-yard shot caroming off the crossbar in the 43rd minute and Kelley Ross’ header sailing just high at the midway point. Westlake’s best opportunity came when Edwards’ header in the 48th minute was saved by Beltran. “I was hoping for an additional point, but I’ll take this tie,” Skene said. “If we continue to play with the intensity we played with (Wednesday), I think we’ll be OK.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system But much of the forest resembles a moonscape and deer have scattered, forest officials said. Stowers said, though, that they’ll return in abundance when new tender growth replaces the dense and woody brush destroyed by the fire. “Fire is quite good for deer habitat, it comes through and sweeps everything,” Stowers said. “On older vegetation, the food tends to get out of reach for deer and old forests are dense and hard for deer to get in and forage.” He predicts exceptional hunting conditions in three or four years when the new growth establishes – good news for hunters, not so good for the deer. “It’s a Catch-22,” he said. Spot fires still burn in the charred wilderness of northeastern Ventura County, but more forest land has re-opened since the massive Day Fire, including prime deer hunting territory. In the Los Padres National Forest, three zones are open for deer hunting, but outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t expect too much, Craig Stowers of the state Department of Fish and Game said Friday. “As they open up the land more and more, deer are going to be spooked,” Stowers said. “They’re probably not in their normal places because of the fire.” The 163,000-acre Day Fire that started Labor Day and burned out of control for a month in the Los Padres and Angeles national forests skipped over some areas, leaving pockets of vegetation for deer to munch. Stowers speculated that hunters delayed buying permits because of the fire and its likely aftermath. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
10:00 a.m. St. Paul will be without tight end Ernest Leon for Friday’s nonleague football game against El Rancho. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior is experiencing back spasms and has a pulled muscle and is expected to be out two weeks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“All the appealing and all the moaning in the world isn’t going to change that. I’m not hoping to achieve anything except a win on Saturday.”Motherwell’s statement also addressed claims from Celtic captain Scott Brown that they had objects thrown at them from the home support.The club said they would take action if individuals were identified and Robinson said there was no place for that behaviour.“We totally condemn it,” he said. “We don’t want that at the football club and that has no place in football whatsoever.”The manager dismissed the idea of there being any “needle” between the teams as they prepared to play Celtic again. Instead, he felt the controversy had overshadowed his team’s achievements.“It’s a tough week,” he said. “Three games in six days against the champions, unbeaten in 66 games, is tough for a wee club like Motherwell.“The fact there’s been so much publicity around it means that they must have been decent games and must have been competitive.“Nobody’s really spoken about that. Nobody’s spoken about the fact that we took a point off the champions and were very unlucky not to get three points. The final was very close up until a decision changed the game.“Nobody’s spoken about the football, just the controversial aspects and decisions.” In a statement from Motherwell that covered several issues from the two matches, the club said they had contacted the Scottish FA to make their feelings known and request feedback.Robinson, who believes the referees made the wrong call in both games, said the complaints would not give his team better results.“That’s for the people above me,” he said. “I’m expecting nothing. Let’s be honest, Celtic won the cup and we’re not going to change that.“They came back and took a point the other night, we took a point off the champions. That’s facts and we’re not going to change it. Motherwell boss Steve Robinson says the club’s hierarchy want clarification of recent refereeing decisions but he does not expect anything to come out of it.There has been controversy over the side’s two matches with Celtic and match official’s decisions have been highlighted.Robinson was unhappy at the penalty awarded to Celtic in the League Cup final when Cedric Kipre was sent off for a foul on Scott Sinclair and Celtic doubled their lead from the spot.When the sides met in the league on Wednesday night, a late penalty decision when Callum McGregor was fouled by Andy Rose enabled Celtic to equalise and keep their lengthy unbeaten record.
After a relatively lacklustre 2011, the Indian men’s archery team is left with just one shot at a coveted Olympic berth , and they are in no mood to let the chance slip by.With a crowded international schedule in the months to come, the team is leaving no stone unturned in its preparation at the Sports Authority of India’s Eastern Centre in Kolkata.They will be expected to emulate the achievements of the women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, L Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro, who have already booked their tickets to London.Among the men, only Jayanta Talukdar has secured his spot at the archery events of the Olympics, which will be held at the hallowed Lord’s cricket ground.”Last year did not go too well for us, but we still have an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics,” Banerjee told Mail Today on Saturday.”We have been working at least eight hours a day and will continue to do so for the next few days.”The first of the year’s three World Cups will take place in Shanghai from April 10-15, followed by the one at Antalya in Turkey (May 1-6) and Ogden in the United States (June 18-24). The third event will be the final qualifying event for the Olympics.The team will have to be among the medallists at Ogden to make it to London.Banerjee and Talukdar will be joined by Tarundeep Rai, who came on top in the trials. The three will go to the World Cups and if they qualify, to the Olympics.”Right now we are concentrating on scoring. Jayanta is now in Korea for training and is expected to be back on Tuesday. After that, we will start working as a team,” Banerjee said.Mangal Singh Champia, Atanu Das and Thupovoyi Swuro are the stand-byes and are providing the first-choice archers some tough competition.Things would have been a lot easier if India had secured a London berth at last year’s World Championships in Turin, but it was not to be. However, Banerjee denied there was any pressure.”The World Championship did not go well for us, as we were eliminated in a shoot-off.”There is no pressure as such right now. We are concentrating on doing well at the first two World Cups. If we are on the podium at Shanghai and Antalya, it will boost our confidence for the qualifier,” he said.The three World Cups take place within a short space of time and Banerjee could not help thinking about the all-important tournament at Ogden.”We will have to practise keeping in mind the conditions there. Ogden will be very hot at that time of the year, but the biggest issue will be the time difference. It would be better if we can reach two or three days early to acclimatise.”What may work in India’s favour is that most of the top teams have already qualified for the Games and their performance at Ogden will not be a factor in deciding the Olympic spots.”We have to do better than the likes of Japan, Chinese Taipei, Spain and Russia. But we need not fear any team as we have beaten all teams in the last two years,” Banerjee said.”Our scores in training are very good. However, it all boils down to the performance on the day. There is also an element of luck in archery.”National coach Limba Ram is quite confident that his charges will pass the test.”Performances can always go up and down in the sport, but making it to the Olympics is very important for India.”The team’s form has been good in training and they are training hard. Our primary focus now is on Shanghai, but I am fairly confident that the team will qualify,” he told Mail Today.advertisement
Good Morning. Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.Welcome to the 14th edition of India’s finest festival of ideas and arguments.What a year it has been. Full of great upheavals. Astonishing victories. And astounding comebacks. In the long-running soap opera that is Indian democracy, this has been a year of chills, spills, and assorted thrills.We have witnessed a one man demolition squad. He first demolished the old guard of his party and bent it to his will. He then went on to diminish the Grand Old Party to a point where it could not even be recognised as the official Opposition. I think you know who I am talking about. Mr Narendra Modi.In my 40 years of journalism, I have not seen such a relentless high voltage election campaign as that of Modi’s 2014 general election. It was a lethal combination of digital warriors with RSS foot soldiers. The maximum campaign got maximum results. After 30 years, a clear mandate to one party.I believe this mandate was for Development, not for Divide. For Empowerment, not for Appeasement. For Performance, not for Preaching.It was a welcome change for a country which for the last 5 years had been tormented by a flood of scams, scandals and declining rates of growth while the leadership remained in a comatose state. India breathed a sigh of relief.The politics of despair, had been replaced with the audacity of hope.Prime Minister Modi has hit the ground running with his vision and the direction he wants to take the country. I believe it’s the right vision.With 270 million still below the poverty line, raising their standard of living has to be the topmost priority for any government. Modi’s approach is poverty elimination through economic growth and not poverty alleviation like that of the UPA. This can be done only by the creation of new jobs. With one million coming into the job market every month, this is a huge challenge. The only way to tackle this is to fix our fundamentally lopsided economy.India employs 49% of the labour force in agriculture while it contributes only 14% to our GDP. These ratios have to change if we are to become a developed country and eliminate poverty. We have to make agriculture more productive and provide jobs for the resultant surplus labour in industry. The contribution to GDP of industry has to improve dramatically from the present 26%.Quite obvious actually. But not previous government has given it the thrust and focus like the Modi government.This is where the Prime Minister’s ambitious “Make In India” programme fits in. But many programs have to precede it. It means the creation of physical infrastructure and skilled human capital. Smart cities naturally become part of this scheme.How do you build a 21st century India with 19th century roads and railways?How do you actually realise the demographic dividend if young men and women do not have the right skills for the right jobs? These are some of the issues we will discuss at the Conclave with all the stakeholders.The budget was path breaking, in that it reflected some change in mind-set. The change being that the government is not the be all and end all of everything. Limiting the unproductive doles which were the hallmark of the previous regime and setting the ambitious target of 69,500 crore Rupees for disinvestment was a reflection of this change. It was a recognition that government management of business enterprises is often the kiss of death.The test will obviously lie in implementation which is where most governments flounder.As for me, I am like Oliver Twist. I want more.I believe government should not be involved in banking, insurance, hotels, transport, mining and energy. You get the drift. The day the government puts Ashoka Hotel and Air India for sale as signature acts, is when I will truly believe that the bureaucrats and the politicians are serious about letting go.The other big change that has happened somewhat as a happy coincidence is the acceptance by the government of the 42nd finance commission where 42% of the taxes receipts will go to the states. This is a very fundamental change in our federal structure. It will not only change the economic policies of the country but the political landscape too. The abolition of the Planning Commission has put an end to the Centre’s dominant role in allocation of resources to the states.I welcome this as the states have a much better idea of their needs. But at the same time, the financial management of most states needs to be strengthened. Sadly, I predict that the next bunch of major scandals will come from the stateThat apart, Modi has shown as Chief Minister of Gujarat that development undertaken by the states can be very effective. They are the building blocks for the future growth story of India. We have for you tomorrow night the Chief Ministers roundtable of 6 chief ministers from major states across the country. Their power comes with a heavy responsibility for all of us.As I said, though, the vision is grand and the direction is right but getting the job done is another matter. The Government for all its right ideas is facing heavy weather in Parliament in getting its agenda through. The Opposition is doing to the BJP government exactly what the BJP did to the UPA. Unfortunately, the chickens have come home to roost. I often wonder when this cussedness will go out of our politics.In fact, in some way Modi is the victim of his own success.Modi’s reduction of a national party like the Congress to a Bonsai party has meant that the BJP has to deal with many smaller regional parties who are far more parochial in their outlook. We have in fact a session tomorrow of eminent opposition leaders titled: Size does not matter.Alongside, these major changes at the Centre, the beginning of 2014 saw the birth of a new kind of politics in the capital.The story of Arvind Kejriwal, whether you like him or not, is a tribute to Indian democracy. To create a party from nowhere in virtually a year and to cock a snook at the mighty BJP. Incredible. The fact that the party is splitting right now is another matter. Happens to most Indian parties. We would have loved to hear from them at the Conclave but I think they are somewhat preoccupied.Just to complete the year of surprises, only last month the never-before alliance in J & K between the nationalistic BJP and the self-rule advocates, the PDP, would have been an unthinkable political coupling. As we are discovering, they make for strange bedfellows. But if it works, it could be a unique opportunity for peace in the Valley. You will be hearing from one of the major architects of this unusual alliance.It is for all these reasons that the Conclave this year is mainly focussed on our domestic scene.Whose politics could be more fascinating than what happened here last year.Our land of a million mutinies has become a land of a million possibilities.However, as we all know, no nation can survive in isolation. The prime minister has made sure of that. He has visited 10 countries since he took over and has shown extraordinary pragmatism — whether it is signing a long-stalled nuclear agreement with America or unblocking the WTO talks. India has shown a remarkable skill at negotiating its place among the high table of nations, leaving behind the baggage of the past.To reflect on our place in the world, we have for the first time a panel of 7 ambassadors of leading nations of the world.No one can live in peace if one is not friendly with your neighbours. So it is with countries. India – Pakistan relationship is an unending rollercoaster saga which has tested many leaders on both the sides for decades.Hopefully the post-independence generation of leaders will resolve our long standing disputes so that we can prosper together. We have with us at the Conclave one of Pakistan’s most articulate diplomats and one of India’s most experienced strategic advisors to discuss our prickly relationship. We also have our defence minister and former army chief who will tell us exactly how secure our borders are. And what is needed to upgrade our Armed Forces.A little further away from us is Afghanistan – a country in a permanent state of war for over 3 decades where a remarkable democratic experiment is underway. With American troops withdrawing, there is an air of uncertainty hanging over Afghanistan. What happens in this country affects the whole region. We are, therefore, fortunate to have the CEO of this war torn country to tell us whether they can hope for a lasting peace.And just a little further away from Afghanistan, a new kind of terror threat looms large. It is world’s new nightmare. Heavily armed, liberally funded and well organised to the point where it even publishes an annual report of its terrorist activities. Instead of financial numbers, it has body counts. At the Conclave, you will hear about it from one of the world’s leading experts on ISIS from Princeton University, two former hostages and Afghanistan’s former head of the directorate of security.No conversation at the Conclave can be complete without what completes India — its soft power.A young woman who first came to India as a naive model more than a decade ago will tell us how she became a superstar who has many blockbusters to her credit.One of the world’s foremost gurus will share secrets of ageless living and timeless thinking.A grandmaster of chess will show us the moves that made him invincible.And one of the world’s brightest young mathematicians will tell us why he is powering an initiative to bring back the world’s finest to teach in India.And a group of brilliant young comics who have become poster boys for freedom of speech and the art of laughter.With the World Cup in progress, we begin with a sport that obsesses us and unites us. One of the greatest cricketers ever will tell us what drives him as he steps off the pitch but never out of the limelight. His career has been as remarkable as his conduct has been exemplary. Recently awarded the Bharat Ratna, the world is impatient to regard him as an elder statesman but he remains as humble as he was when he made his debut as a curly haired 16-year-old in Karachi 25 years ago.He has come a long way since then — and so has India.I am not sure when the acche din will come. But I can promise you at least two of them right here.Enjoy the Conclave.It has been a year of chills, spills and assorted thrills @aroonpurie #Conclave15 http://t.co/cDrjVTykf1advertisementadvertisementadvertisement&; India Today (@IndiaToday) March 13, 2015
Benjamin Mendy was chased by two stewards as he ran onto the pitch to celebrate Manchester City’s win over Liverpool on Thursday night.The injured left-back, wearing a bright orange jacket and white jeans, was presumably mistaken for a supporter as he darted from the tunnel area to congratulate his team-mates at the full-time whistle.A video posted on Twitter shows Mendy racing towards Sergio Aguero, who scored the opening goal of the game in the huge title race clash at the Etihad Stadium, to celebrate with the Argentine, with the stewards following behind. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And he had reason to be delighted with the result, with City claiming a 2-1 win that brings them to within four points of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.Mendy found the video of him running on the pitch, pursued by stewards (nicked from his Insta) pic.twitter.com/FyUa6AEdi7— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) January 4, 2019Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had started the game well and looked certain to take the lead when John Stones’s attempted clearance smashed directly off Ederson and looped towards goal.He somehow managed to chase back and clear the ball to safety, however, with goal-line technology ruling that the ball was a matter of millimetres from crossing the line.City would eventually lead through Aguero and then, despite Roberto Firmino pulling one back, grab what proved to be the winner in the second half courtesy of Leroy Sane’s impressive low finish.Pep Guardiola’s side are now second place in the table, four behind Liverpool, with the Spaniard admitting after the match that the title could well have been over had his side not picked up the win.And Mendy clearly couldn’t contain his excitement as Anthony Taylor blew for full-time, running towards Aguero and giving him a kiss on the cheek.The Frenchman, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, reacted to the video on social media, writing: “bro was about to tackle me!”Next up for City is Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Rotheram before they face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup semi-final on January 9.
Young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said big grounds like the one at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha provides him with a chance to use flighted deliveries more in order to create a deception in the minds of the batsmen.”Big ground makes a difference. You can flight the ball. Also there’s a doubt in batsmen’s mind as to which ball to hit and he will have to make a choice. In a small ground, batsman can try hitting every ball, but here he has to pick and choose,” said the 26-year-old Chahal, who was India’s most impressive bowler during their seven-wicket defeat against England in the first T20I. (2nd T20I: India eye improved performance to avoid series defeat against England)Chahal said he stayed confident even when the big-hitting England batsmen went after the bowlers at Kanpur.”We have not discussed (bowling strategy), but the way they batted in the previous game gives a plus point to the bowlers as they were trying to hit each and every ball. I got hit for a six on the first ball and then I got a wicket (of Jason Roy).”You have got six balls while the batsman has just one ball. You have to plan accordingly because T20 is such a quick format where you have to be on your toes always as you don’t what will happen next,” he said.Chahal took two wickets in close succession to pack off Jason Roy and Sam Billings, both getting bowled, to apply the skid after England made a flying start chasing India’s modest score of 147 and later steadied the innings and won by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.advertisementThe Haryana cricketer admitted that he was tensed before bowling his first over in Kanpur as it was his first match in national colours since being a part of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led second string team in Zimbabwe. (I did not open the batting to look special: Virat Kohli)”This was my first series after the tour of Zimbabwe, and that too at home. I was a bit nervous at the start. After bowling the first over I gained confidence. Playing in India, the ground is always full and there is pressure of the home crowd, but things became better although I was a bit nervous in the beginning,” said Chahal, who grabbed 2 for 27 in four overs.Chahal maintained that his strategy will depend on match situation.”My aim is to bowl stump-to-stump. It will be based on situation and the wicket when I come to bowl, which side of the ground is bigger,” he explained.