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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The art of leadership – by MS Dhoni

Growing up is not the same as growing old. A man’s age is counted in numbers but his growth is measured in experience. There is a phase in one’s life where he grows as a person and understands the world more than he did in all the previous decades he lived. That’s when his mind breaks the shackles of his physical age and evolves into a deep, beautiful ocean of wisdom and knowledge.

For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, that phase began from September 2007 – when he was handed the reins of the Indian Cricket Team – and seven years on, it goes on.

Mahi was born intelligent. As a boy, he grasped things quickly. He was aware of his surroundings, receptive of the information he was exposed to and sharp enough to filter out the bad and imbibe the good. In the last seven years, he has put these natural gifts to optimum use to achieve the level of serenity, sagacity and sanguineness that belies his age.

On his 33rd birthday, MS Dhoni relived his journey so far as Team India’s captain and gave us an invaluable insight into what makes him the leader extraordinaire that he is.

Here is the Indian captain’s exclusive interview with 

It’s been seven years since you took over India’s leadership and you’ve seen everything there is to be seen. How has the ride been?

It is difficult to summarise the journey in five minutes but it surely has been a very eventful one. Once you’re made the captain you don’t know how long you’re going to remain there and it’s been seven long years for me. From being fortunate to get a very good side as a young captain to now leading this exciting team in transitional phase – it has been a fantastic ride. I have learnt so many things during this period, not only about cricket but about life. When it comes to cricket, we went to different places as a team, had very good performances and some really bad ones. Cricket teaches you a lot in life, especially during the difficult times. It enriches your character in terms of how you behave when you’re down and not only try to improve yourself but help your team mates as well. You make sure that your team doesn’t feel that extra pressure by avoiding whatever can be avoided. As the leader you have to protect your team from any negativity that creeps in during these times. These have been very educational seven years of my life.

You have played under some astute leaders in your career. What have you picked from each of them as far as leading the team is concerned?
The way I play my cricket, my subconscious mind works more than the conscious mind. And for me, it was never about consciously grasping things from the captain but subconsciously taking in certain personality traits or qualities from every individual that was part of the team. When I started to play for India, I was extremely lucky to have a very good bunch of senior players around me to inculcate things from. What they taught me cannot be restricted to the captaincy box because it was much more than that. What I learnt from them was how to be humble, how to conduct yourself when you’re successful and how to figure your way out of tough times. Captaincy is a very small aspect of my life as a cricketer and their impact on me as a person has been much bigger.

It must have been a unique experience to first play under them and then captain them! Was it seamless from the start or did you have to adapt to the new hierarchy?

I took captaincy as a job responsibility. I was given a certain role in the team and whatever I had to do to fulfill that role, I did. If anything, their presence made things easy for me initially because you don’t need to tell Sachin, Dravid, Laxman or Dada what needs to be done. Even during the fag end of their careers, they helped me as a captain by setting an example for the younger guys coming in. The young boys learnt from them what it takes to succeed at international cricket and they were groomed under them. At the same time they understood how important it is to maintain their own individuality because of which they were in the team. It’s the individual characters that shape the character of the team.

When the seniors were around, you had so many hands to guide you through your decisions as captain. But now you lead a very young team and you are pretty much on your own. How has that changed things for you?

The best thing about the senior players was that, yes. with their experience they had a lot of ideas and suggestions to give me. But more importantly, if I didn’t agree with some things they said, I could tell them so. They were absolutely fine with it and after 10-15 minutes would again come up with a different idea or options and then leave it to me, give me a few deliveries to think about it and decide. That really gave me the comfort of knowing that I can be honest and straightforward with them without the fear of offending them. As a young captain with such stalwarts around, you can feel that pressure. But I was very fortunate to have the kind of senior players around me that I did. Because of them I was able to be myself and develop my own style of captaincy.

Right now the situation is very different. Although I am leading a young team, I don’t like to give a plan that the bowler is not comfortable implementing. I might want a bowler to bowl a particular length but it could be difficult for him to bowl that length 80 per cent of the time. So I let the bowlers start off with their own plan and own fields and encourage them to think for themselves. 

If I give them a plan, they will take it and keep bowling in the same way without thinking. And tomorrow when they’re on their own, they won’t know what to do. So, I let them execute their plan and when it doesn’t work, I step in with alternate suggestions. That way they understand why their plan didn’t work, they discover what works for them, and their overall knowledge about their game improves.

The phase that you are going through right now as captain is very similar to what Ricky Ponting experienced – he led a team full of legends and then was at the helm of a team in transition. Do you see the similarities?
Our culture is very different to theirs and that makes our challenges as captains different as well. I feel being part of Indian cricket or managing cricket in India is not a 100 per cent professional and pragmatic job. We Indians are much more emotional as compared to people from some of the other countries. We run on emotions. There are better ways for me to get the best out of an individual than going up to him and telling him this is what needs to be done in a stern tone.

How much of a difference does the coach make in how you captain the team?

I don’t think that a captain and a coach have any real influence on each other’s style or thinking. But I do feel that the coach and the captain should always be on the same page. And by that I don’t mean there is no difference in opinion – they will have different views on strategies or individual players. But they must sort it out in private, sit and discuss. At times the captain might not be convinced about something and he will have to trust the coach’s experience. In the same way, the coach has to trust the captain’s gut feel about certain things he is not sure about. At the end of the day, the team shouldn’t know there are differences between the coach and the captain. There is only one plan that must come out of that room.

Captaincy can be divided into two broad aspects – tactical and man-management. Which aspect have you found more challenging?
Man management is slightly more difficult because you are dealing with human emotions which are complicated. Most times an individual starts to doubt his talent before the others doubt him. He doesn’t trust his own ability and the self belief goes missing. When that happens and you go to talk to that player, you have to wait for the right time and most importantly be very careful in choosing your words. When you’re in a bad mental space, you can take even the right thing in a negative way. So the communication becomes very critical. To get it right, you have to know the individual really well – what gets him ticking, what his interests are and how he perceives things. You get most these things from the way he behaves in the dressing room and with the other players. That doesn’t mean you sit in the change room studying every individual. It all comes through subconscious observations – the information keeps getting collected in the database and you can pull out a piece when you need it.

You speak about talking to different individuals differently in order to get the best out of them. How challenging was the process of getting there where you could have a unique approach with every player?

Here it’s important to know your team mates, not because you want to get the best out of them but because you actually want to know them as human beings. We spend more time with each other than we do with our families. So, it is important that we know and understand each other inside out as people. Once that happens, you automatically know what mood a guy is in and what he is thinking if he hasn’t scored runs in a couple of innings or hasn’t taken wickets.

Is combining a type of personality with a way of communication a trial and error method?
It is, very much so. For instance, you’ve successfully communicated with one person in a certain way. You try that same method with another guy with a similar personality and it might not work at all. And you’ll realize you have to figure out a whole new way of getting the best out of this guy. To begin with, I may know three different ways of communicating a thing. But as I interact with more people and learn more about them, I might develop 15 new ways of saying the same thing. That can make a lot of difference. As humans, we can be very open and expressive but we are also very secretive about certain things. So, it has to be a trial and error thing.

It’s well documented that you lead by instincts. Have you had to work towards finding the right balance between planning and being instinctive?

I don’t plan a lot and believe in my gut feel. But what many people don’t understand is that to have that gut feel, you have to have experienced that thing before. For instance, you don’t know anything about bikes. I open one of my bike engines and keep it in front of you and ask you ‘which model does your gut feeling say this engine belongs to’, you will be clueless. You won’t have a gut feeling because you don’t know anything about the object there. My gut feeling comes from my past experiences of all the cricket I’ve played in my life and the situations I have faced. It’s not something you just feel for a moment without any logic. It is an educated chance you take based on your past knowledge, and I really believe in that feeling.

Does that shift the approach from being active to being reactive?

In our sport, there are a lot of factors that determine how a batsman is going to bat on a given day – the weather, the wicket, the condition of the ball, the bowlers he is facing and his own form. There are few plans you chalk out based on the stats and the video footage of that batsman, but I think a bowlers’ meeting is enough to sort those things out. I distance myself from it so when I go on the field I don’t have any fixed notions in my mind. I see how the batsman is batting that day, how the bowler is bowling and what the reasons are behind it. Based on that information I form my plans using my instincts.

You have always been a captain that backs the players he believes in. Does it get tough at times to defend that backing when the player doesn’t respond with performances?

What happens is for instance, someone is batting at No. 6 in the ODIs. When he is batting really well, he hardly gets six-seven overs because the top five have also batted well, and scores 30 odd runs. Then, one day he walks in to bat with 40 overs remaining, gets out cheaply and people say, ‘he got an opportunity but he fluffed it’. They fail to consider that he walked in when the team was 20 for 5 and so the pitch might be difficult or the bowling attack lethal. Don’t forget the pressure of those five wickets and the fact that he has to bat in a completely different way than he is used to, which is slogging away in the death overs. So, you have to be fair to him before just discarding him saying he hasn’t taken his opportunities. As a captain, when these things happen to a player you have backed, you sometimes, also have to accept that things don’t always go as planned, especially in an uncertain sport like ours. When you are going though a rough patch, all the good balls are bowled to you and all the outstanding catches are taken off you. Having said that, I also feel that sometimes it’s best to give him a break from the pressures of international cricket and let him come back fresh after regaining his touch in domestic cricket. If he’s really good, he will eventually make it at the top level.

Do you feel any special joy of vindication when he finally comes good? Is there a feeling of relief or satisfaction?

More than that, you feel happy for the player. It’s not about justifying your decision. Even though you backed him throughout, it was he who worked hard to overcome the failures and eventually delivered on the promise that he showed.

You were groomed under the guidance of the big five. They spotted a potential leader in you. It was Tendulkar who suggested your name for captaincy. Did you ever get an idea that they are seeing you as India’s next captain?

No, that was never the case. I think it was more about the interactions that I had with them. For instance, whenever Sachin came on to bowl – and because he could bowl so many different deliveries – he would ask me what the best ball would be – seam-up, leg-spin, off-spin – depending on the wicket and the batsman. Perhaps the honest opinions I gave him at these points made him believe that I read the game well. Also, being the keeper, I was always close to the seniors in the slip cordon and had many interactions with them regarding where the game stood or what could be done to gain an advantage over the opponent. I think those were the conversations that led them into believing that I could be a good leader.

So, did it come as a total surprise to you when you were named the captain?
It did, because I was never really aiming for captaincy. For me, being a part of the team is much more important than being the captain. Captaincy is just an added responsibility you get because others think you will be good at that job.

The ICC Test Mace, ICC Champions Trophy, ICC World Cup 2011, ICC World Twenty20 – rate them in order of importance to you as a captain and cricketer and why?

It’s like asking a mother to choose her favourite child. All of them are important in their own way and I will tell you why.

The Test mace:
 It was special because it was the result of consistent hard work of three years. It wasn’t like you play well for one tournament and you win. There was a lot that went into getting there and everyone, including the players, selectors and the support staff contributed to the rise. It wasn’t only about playing well on the field but also being fit on and off it. We needed our senior players to be there during tough times and for that they had to work hard on their fitness along with skills.

The 2011 World Cup: This had a different challenge. Those 15 players who formed the squad not only had to play their best cricket for that period but also be in a really good mental state. They needed to stay calm amid all the pressures and constantly concentrate on the areas they needed to improve on, despite all that was going on around them. Fitness again was very important and difficult to maintain given the amount of cricket we play.

The Champions Trophy, 2013:
 We were going through a very tough phase as a team and not many gave us a chance to win in the English conditions. It was a side in transition and the performance there showed the character of these young men.

The 2007 World Twenty20: Well, what can I say about that? It was the beginning of everything that followed, for my young team and for me as a captain.

I don’t think I will ever be able to pick one and say, ‘this is the closest to my heart’. They all are.

Given your habit of taking a stump after every win, you must have quite a collection already. Do you have a dedicated room for them in your house?

That’s my retirement plan. The good thing is that I do collect a lot of stumps but the bad one is I don’t put a mark as to which match they were from. So, after I retire I’ll watch the videos of all my matches, look closely at the sponsors logos on the stumps and figure out which match a stump belongs to. It will be my post-cricket pass time!

Modi govet reforms: India Inc plans to ring in the New Year with enthusiasm;Mumbai the most happening place

MUMBAI: 2014 saw the advent of a new political dispensation at the Centre, bringing with it the promise of economic revival after two years of below-5% growth. While those green shoots may yet prove elusive, corporate India feels a sense of optimism, so the business community plans to ring in the New Year with more enthusiasm than in the past few years. But not everyone's travelling to the usual exotic locales to party. Many are staying put in what seems to be the most happening place this New Year's eve for India Inc —Mumbai — as they gather around the hearth with close friends and family. 
RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani will be celebrating the dawn of 2015 at his south Mumbai residence. With son Akash and daughter Isha joining the business this year after university stints abroad, Antilla seems to have emerged as the natural venue. 
Investment banker Ashok Wadhwa and his family will attend a party hosted by Vedanta Group director Navin Agarwal at Palladium mall in Mumbai. 

Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia

(Reuters) - Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.
Indonesia AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

The navy said 40 bodies had been recovered. The plane has yet to be found.
"My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ8501," airline boss Tony Fernandes tweeted. "On behalf of AirAsia, my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am."
The airline said in a statement that it was inviting family members to Surabaya, "where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met".
Pictures of floating bodies were broadcast on television and relatives of the missing already gathered at a crisis center in Surabaya wept with heads in their hands. Several people collapsed in grief and were helped away.
"You have to be strong," the mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, said as she comforted relatives. "They are not ours, they belong to God."
A navy spokesman said a plane door, oxygen tanks and one body had been recovered and taken away by helicopter for tests.
"The challenge is waves up to three meters high," Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters, adding that the search operation would go on all night. He declined to answer questions on whether any survivors had been found.
About 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Koreaand the United States have been involved in the search.
The plane, which did not issue a distress signal, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather because of heavy air traffic, officials said.
It was traveling at 32,000 feet (9,753 meters) and had asked to fly at 38,000 feet, officials said earlier.
Pilots and aviation experts said thunderstorms, and requests to gain altitude to avoid them, were not unusual in that area.
The Indonesian pilot was experienced and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, the airline said.
The aircraft had accumulated about 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights, according to Airbus.
Online discussion among pilots has centered on unconfirmed secondary radar data from Malaysia that suggested the aircraft was climbing at a speed of 353 knots, about 100 knots too slow, and that it might have stalled.
The plane, whose engines were made by CFM International, co-owned by General Electric and Safran of France, lacked real-time engine diagnostics or monitoring, a GE spokesman said.
Such systems are mainly used on long-haul flights and can provide clues to airlines and investigators when things go wrong.
Three airline disasters involving Malaysian-affiliated carriers in less than a year have dented confidence in the country's aviation industry and spooked travelers across the region.
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board and has not been found. On July 17, the same airline's Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Bizarrely, an AirAsia plane from Manila skidded off and overshot the runway on landing at Kalibo in the central Philippines on Tuesday. No one was hurt.
On board Flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain. The co-pilot was French.

U.S. law enforcement and security officials said passenger and crew lists were being examined but nothing significant had turned up and the incident was regarded as an unexplained accident.
Indonesia AirAsia is 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia.
The AirAsia group, including affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India, had not suffered a crash since its Malaysian budget operations began in 2002.

pre-maeital sex not shocking every breach of promise is not rape.: BOMBAY HIGH COURT

Pre-marital sex is sexual activity practiced by persons who are unmarried. Historically considered taboo in many cultures and considered a sin in numerous religions, it has become more commonly accepted in developed countries in the last few decades. A 2014 Pew study on global morality found that premarital sex was considered unacceptable in "predominantly Muslim nations" such as IndonesiaJordanPakistan and Egypt, each having over 90% disapproval, while many Western European nations were the most accepting, with SpainGermany and France having less than 10% disapproval.

MUMBAI: In one of the most significant verdicts delivered in 2014, the Bombay high court has ruled that every breach of promise to marry is not rape and premarital sex between couples is no longer shocking in India's big cities. This comes as a ray of hope as our judicial system seems to be acknowledging and adapting with the changing dynamics of relationships in our society.
The observations came earlier this year during the hearing of an anticipatory bail application filed by a Nashik resident, Rahul Patil, who was booked on charges of cheating and rape following a complaint filed by his former girlfriend Seema Deshmukh.
"Nowadays keeping (a) sexual relationship while having an affair or before marriage is not shocking as it was earlier. A couple may decide to experience sex. Today especially in metros like Mumbai and Pune, society is becoming more and more permissive," said Justice Mridula Bhatkar, adding, "Though unlike western countries, we have social taboo... the court cannot be oblivious to a fact of changing behavioural norms and patterns between man and woman relationship in society."
"Today the law acknowledges live-in relationship(s). The law also acknowledges a woman's right to have sex, a woman's right to be a mother or a woman's right to say no to motherhood. Thus, having sexual relationship with a man whether is her conscious decision or not is to be tested independently depending on the facts and circumstances... and no straightjacket formula or any kind of labelling can be adopted," the judge said.
"A couple in love may be having sexual relationship and realize they are not compatible, and sometimes love between the parties is lost and their relationship dries gradually, then earlier physical contacts cannot be said as rape. A marriage cannot be imposed," said the judge.

एक गोत्र में शादी क्यु नहीं.... वैज्ञानिक कारण हैं..

एक गोत्र में शादी क्यु नहीं....
वैज्ञानिक कारण हैं.. एक दिन डिस्कवरी पर जेनेटिक
बीमारीयों से सम्बन्धित
एक ज्ञानवर्धक कार्यक्रम
देख रहा था ... उस प्रोग्राम में एक
अमेरिकी वैज्ञानिक ने कहा की जेनेटिक बीमारी न
हो इसका एक ही इलाज है और वो है "सेपरेशन ऑफ़
जींस".. मतलब अपने नजदीकी रिश्तेदारो में विवाह
नही करना चाहिए ..क्योकि नजदीकी रिश्तेदारों में
जींस सेपरेट नही हो पाता और जींस लिंकेज्ड
बीमारियाँ जैसे हिमोफिलिया, कलर ब्लाईंडनेस, और
एल्बोनिज्म होने की १००% चांस होती है .. फिर मुझे
बहुत ख़ुशी हुई. आखिर जैनधर्म में
करोड़ो सालो पहले जींस और डीएनए के बारे में कैसे
लिखा गया है जैन में कुल सात गोत्र होते है
और एक गोत्र के लोग आपस में शादी नही कर सकते
ताकि जींस सेपरेट रहे..

dhoni restires from test cricket

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday retired from Test cricket with immediate effect, citing strain of playing all formats, after his team lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia.

“One of India’s greatest Test Captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the Test Rankings M.S. Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket,” the BCCI said in a statement.

“M.S. Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats. BCCI while respecting the decision of M S Dhoni to retire from Test Cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India,” it added.

India, trailing 0-2 in the four-match series after today’s draw, would be led by Virat Kohli in the fourth and final match in Sydney.

“Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015,” the BCCI stated.

The 33-year-old, who led India to an unprecedented two World Cup titles (2007 Twenty20 World Championships and the 2011 ODI World Cup), had been drawing flak for India’s poor run in overseas Tests.

The team had been whitewashed 0—4 in England (2011) and Australia (2011—12) under his leadership. Besides the team also suffered defeats in South Africa and New Zealand and had been beaten by England yet again this summer.

The wicketkeeper-batsman remains one of the most successful captains ever for India, having led the side to the top of ICC rankings in Tests and ODIs.

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Indonesia expands search for missing AirAsia jet, US sends warship

Jakarta: Countries around Asia on Tuesday stepped up the search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that is presumed to have crashed in shallow waters off the Indonesian coast, with Washington also sending a warship to help find the missing jet.
Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told local television the search area between the islands of Sumatra and Borneo would be expanded. The air force said authorities would investigate an oil spill sighted on Monday.
Authorities would also begin scouring islands in the area as well as land on Indonesia's side of Borneo. So far the focus of the search has been the Java Sea.

The Airbus A320-200 operated by Indonesia AirAsia lost radar contact in poor weather on Sunday morning during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The plane could be at the bottom of the sea, Soelistyo said on Monday.
What happened to Flight QZ8501, which had sought permission from Indonesian air traffic control to ascend to avoid clouds, is still a mystery.
Online discussions among pilots have centred on unconfirmed secondary radar data from Malaysia that suggested the aircraft was climbing at a speed of 353 knots, about 100 knots too slow in poor weather, and that it might have stalled.
Around 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea would search around 10,000 square nautical miles on Tuesday, officials said. They said the sea there was only 50 to 100 (150 to 300 feet) metres deep, which would be a help in finding the plane, which was carrying mainly Indonesians.
The US military said the USS Sampson, a guided missile destroyer, would be on the scene later on Tuesday. The US Defense Department said assistance to Indonesia "could include some air, surface and sub-surface detection capabilities".
"We stand ready to assist in any way possible," Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said.
China's Defence Ministry said it had sent a warship to the South China Sea and planes "have begun preparatory work" for search operations.
There have been no confirmed signs of wreckage so far. Officials said one of the possible oil slicks seen on Monday turned out to be a reef and that while searchers had picked up an emergency locator signal off the south of Borneo no subsequent signal was found.
The plane, whose engines were made by CFM International, co-owned by General Electric and Safran of France, lacked real-time engine diagnostics or monitoring, a GE spokesman said. Such systems are mainly used on long-haul flights and can provide clues to airlines and investigators when things go wrong.
The plane's disappearance comes at a sensitive time for Jakarta's aviation authorities, as they strive to improve the country's safety reputation to match its status as one of the airline industry's fastest growing markets.
It also appears to be a third air disaster involving a Malaysian-affiliated carrier in less than a year, further denting confidence in that country's aviation industry and spooking air travellers across the region.
Indonesia AirAsia is 49 per cent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew and has not been found. On July 17, the same airline's Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
On board Flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain. The co-pilot was French.
US law enforcement and security officials said passenger and crew lists were being closely examined but so far nothing significant had turned up and that the incident was still regarded as an unexplained accident.
The plane, which did not issue a distress signal, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher because of heavy air traffic, officials said.
Pilots and aviation experts said thunderstorms, and requests to gain altitude to avoid them, were not unusual in that area.
"The airplane's performance is directly related to the temperature outside and increasing altitude can lead to freezing of the static radar, giving pilots an erroneous radar reading," said a Qantas Airways pilot with 25 years' experience flying in the region.
The resulting danger is that pilots take incorrect action to control the aircraft, said the pilot, who requested anonymity.
The Indonesian pilot was experienced and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, the airline said.
The AirAsia group, including affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India, had not suffered a crash since its Malaysian budget operations began in 2002.
At a crisis centre at the airport in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, anger grew among about 100 relatives.
"We only need clear information every hour on where they are going," said Franky Chandra, who has a sibling and three friends on the flight, referring to the search teams. "We've been here for two days but the information is unclear. That's all we need."

Monday, December 29, 2014



Group A

After opting to bat, hosts Tamil Nadu were propped up by a half-century from opener Abhinav Mukund. He fell in the last over on a day where only 49 overs were possible. Baba Indrajith remained unbeaten on 39. The second day was washed out due to rain.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 144/4 (Abhinav Mukund 57, Ashish Yadav 2/49) v Railways

Madhya Pradesh v Baroda

Deepak Hooda fell early on the second day. Baroda's tail helped them past the 350-run mark and Madhya Pradesh were rattled early by Sagar Mangalorkar. However, Naman Ojha and the skipper Devendra Bundela steadied the ship and ensured that MP did not slip away too much.
Brief scores: Baroda 358 (S Wakaskar 94, D Hooda 85, Puneet Datey 5/101) v Madhya Pradesh 103/3 (SS Mangalorkar 3/46)

Bengal v Mumbai
Mumbai continued to dominate for the second day on the trot. Siddhesh Lad's 64 helped Mumbai past the 400-run mark early on day 2. Pacer Shardul Thakur ripped through the heart of Bengal's batting to leave them tottering. Only Manoj Tiwary offered some fight with 63 but Thakur won that battle as well to put Mumbai firmly on top. 
Brief Scores: Mumbai 414 (Shreyas Iyer 153, Abhishek Nayar 65) v Bengal 130/6 (Manoj Tiwary 63, Shardul Thakur 5/37)

Jammu & Kashmir v Uttar Pradesh

There was slow progress on day 2 as well but Uttar Pradesh continued to bat well. However, Tanmay Srivastava was unlucky to fall just one short of his ton. Jammu & Kashmir put in an improved show with the ball. 
Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 267/5 (Tanmay Srivastava 99, Akash Verma 57, Waseem Raza 2/43) v J&K

Group B: 

Continuing their good work from the previous day, Delhi's batsmen made hay on the second day. Virender Sehwag slammed a superb century to lift the homeside's score to 425/6 decl. The right-hander was in a typical punishing mood as he smashed 14 hits to the fence during his 148-ball knock. 

In reply, Gujurat made a dogged start to their innings, getting to 34/1 after 13 overs with Samit Gohel the wicket to fall.
Brief scores: Delhi 425/6 (Unmukt Chand 105, Virender Sehwag 105) lead Gujurat 34/1 by 391 runs.
Yuvraj Singh scored his third ton on the trot as Punjab posted a massive first innings total. Yuvraj leads the run-charts in this year's Ranji Trophy so far. He was helped by Gurkeerat Singh who helped himself to a ton as well in Rajkot. Mandeep Singh, who was on 154 overnight, also bagged a double ton in what was a thoroughly dominant batting show from Punjab.
Brief Scores: Punjab 659/7 decl (Mandeep Singh 235, Yuvraj Singh 182, Gurkeerat Singh 101) v Saurashtra 27/0
Rajasthan v Vidarbha
Vidarbha bagged the day's honours thanks to their pacers - Shrikant Wagh and Ravikumar Thakur. The duo shared 8 wickets between them and managed to skittle out a strong Rajasthan for just 188. With a handy lead of 108, Vidarbha might just pull off an upset and bag an outright win.
Brief Scores: Vidarbha 296 (S Shrivastava 130, Pankaj Singh 5/109) v Rajasthan 188 all out (Vineet Saxena 61, R Thakur 5/50, S Wagh 3/42)

Haryana v Odisha:
Led by Jayant Yadav's brilliant six-wicket haul, Haryana, who were on Day 1 bowled out for 127, ensured they did not let Odisha bat them out of the game. Yadav picked up six off the nine wickets to fall, while Mohit Sharma picked up the other three. 
Brief Scores: Haryana 127 (Deepak Behera 3/33, Suryakant Pradhan 3/35) trail Odisha 232/9 (Natraj Behera 39, Jayant Yadav 6/91) by 105 runs.

Group C: 

Paras Dogra continued the the batsmen's fine work on the opening day as he smashed a scintillating double hundred to push Himachal Pradesh's score to 549/4 decl. Ankush Bains, who had scored 156, was out early in the day without adding to his overnight score, but Dogra, along with Rashmi Parida (64), ensured HP did not let the advantage slip. 
Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh (549 for 4 decl, Paras Dogra 230*, Ankush Bains 156, Parida 64) lead Assam (18 for 0) by 531 runs
Rohan Prem was the best bowler on view for Kerala as he picked up 3 for 45 to bowl out Jharkhand for 337. Kaushal Singh helped Jharkhan's cause with a fighting fifty. However, it was Rituraj Singh who turned out to be the star on Day 2 as his all-round efforts helped Jharkhand put up a solid total on the board before reducing Kerala to a precarious position at stumps on Day 2. Sanju Samson was the only batsman to offer some resistance against the Jharkhand attack.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 337 (Virat 100, Kaushal 53, Prem 3-45) lead Kerala 179 for 5 (Samson 89, Rituraj 3-38) trail by 158 runs
In reply to Goa's 251, Tripura found themselves in a spot of bother as Amit Yadav ran amok, taking three quick wickets to leave them reeling at 139/5. 
Brief Scores: Goa 251 (Pinto 82, Desai 60, Dutta 6-64) lead Tripura 139 for 5 (Amit Yadav 3-27) by 112 runs

After scoring 59, 130, 136 and 13 previously, Yuvraj Singh slammed yet another ton in the Ranji game against Saurashtra to become the leading run-scorer this season, amassing a total of 520 runs in 5 innings.