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India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Hundred drought continues for Ajinkya Rahane

first_img Akshay Ramesh North SoundAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 08:26 IST Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed on 81 on Day 1 of the 1st Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane was dismissed on 81 on Day 1 of the 1st TestRahane last scored an international hundred in August 2017Rahane’s 81 crucial to India’s 1st innings total in AntiguaIndia vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s hundred-less run in international cricket continues as he was dismissed for 81 in the 1st innings of India’s 1st Test against West Indies in Antigua on Thursday.Rahane now has not hit a hundred in international cricket in more than 2 years and the drought extends to 29 innings in Test cricket — his longest hundred-less run in the longest format of the sport. Rahane last went past the 3-figure mark in international cricket in August 2017 when he hit 132 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Rahane’s place in the Indian Test side has come under the scanner even as the elegant batsman from Mumbai is keen on playing all 3 formats for the senior national team.Rahane’s consistency is on the wane and it was evident that he is no longer an indispensable member of the team when he was dropped from the playing XI for the first 2 Tests in South Africa in 2018 that also marked the start of an important overseas run for Team India. Incidentally, his slide started after a horror run in a 3-match home series against Sri Lanka in 2017 wherein he scored 17 runs in 3 Tests.Rahane’s confidence, it is safe to say, took a big hit after the axing from the team. Rahane’s consistent push to be in the limited-overs set-up for Team India has had an impact on his game, especially the mental aspects of it. The Rajasthan Royals star last played white-ball cricket for India in February 2018. He was not part of India’s 15-man World Cup squad even as the likes of Sourav Ganguly recommended him as an option at No.4 which had given Virat Kohli’s team a lot of headaches in the lead up to the quadrennial tournament.advertisement* Rahane’s decline in overseas formRahane flopped in India’s tour of England in 2018, managing just 257 runs in 10 innings as he failed to step up when the team needed him to in trying conditions.In Australia wherein India went on to clinch a historic 2-1 win, Rahane made 217 runs in 7 innings at an average of 31.00. Despite the lack of a 3-figure score, Rahane came up with a crucial 70 in the second innings in Adelaide that set up India’s win.India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportDespite coming up with eye-catching performances, lack of consistency has been a cause of concern for Ajinkya Rahane. Before the South Africa tour in 2018, Rahane’s overseas average was a staggering 55. However, it has come down by close to 10 over the last 18 months.Can Rahane build on Antigua special?Nonetheless, a spirited 81 in Antigua on Thursday would have given Rahane the much-needed boost in confidence. India were in a spot of bother after Kemar Roach and Shanon Gabriel got the big wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara inside the 1st 8 overs of the Indian innings on Day 1 of the 1st Test.However, Rahane made sure India’s World Test Championship opener wasn’t a horror show as he stitched a 68-run stand with KL Rahul for the 4th wicket.Rahane began tentatively and played second fiddle to Rahul even as the ball was seaming around in the 1st session. However, he began to open up post Lunch on Day 1.Rahane hit 10 boundaries in his knock of 81 that might prove crucial to India’s chances of avoiding defeat in their first match of the World Test Championship.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Ajinkya Rahane India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Hundred drought continues for Ajinkya RahaneIndia vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane’s run in international cricket without a hundred has now extended to more than 2 years. Nonetheless, the India vice-captain made a crucial contribution to India’s total on the rain-affected first day’s play in Antigua.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Early menopause raises risk of heart disease and stroke study suggests

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Women who go through early menopause are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke, research suggests.A study led by the University of Oxford also found a strong link women’s reproductive health and her risk of cardiovascular problems.Women who began their periods early, or who had pregnancy complications such as stillbirth, or who needed a hysterectomy were also more likely to develop heart issues.The researchers said doctors needed to be more aware of the risk when dealing with women suffering from reproductive problems and increase screening.Dr Sanne Peters, who led the study, said: “Our research suggests policymakers should consider implementing more frequent screening for cardiovascular disease among women with one or more of the risk factors highlighted here, in order to put in place measures that can help delay or prevent the development of heart disease and stroke.”Cardiovascular disease, a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, remains the leading cause of death and in Britain, killing around 27,000 women every year.For the study, the team drew on data from the UK Biobank, a large population-based study of more than half a million men and women up to the age of 69, who were recruited between 2006 and 2010.Participants filled in questionnaires on their lifestyle, environment, and medical history, which included their reproductive history. They were monitored up to March 2016 or until they suffered a first heart attack.Women who went through the menopause before the age of 47 had a 33 per cent heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, rising to 42 per cent for their risk of stroke, they found. Those who began having periods before the age of 12 were at 10 per cent greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who had been 13 or older when they started, the study said.Previous miscarriages were associated with a higher risk of heart disease, with each miscarriage increasing the risk by 6 per cent.And having a stillbirth was associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in general (22 per cent) and of stroke in particular (44 per cent).The study, which is published in the journal Heart, found having a hysterectomy was linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (12 per cent) and of heart disease (20 per cent).And those who had had their ovaries removed before a hysterectomy were twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those who had not had these procedures.Currently the researchers are unable to explain the link. Previous research has suggested that the early onset of periods is linked to obesity, a known risk factor for heart disease in later life.However the findings showed that the risk of developing cardiovascular disease increased for women even if they were a healthy weight. The researchers also ruled out smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure as possible causes.“There is no straightforward link,” added Dr Peters.  “We need more research to understand the association between an early first menstrual cycle and a greater risk of heart disease and stroke in later life.”last_img read more