Virat Kohli impressed with Niroshan Dickwella despite time-wasting tactics in Kolkata

first_imgVirat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange of words involving Niroshan Dickwella, who admitted to time-wasting tactics in the dying moments of the Kolkata Test but the India skipper was impressed with the Sri Lankan batsman’s character.India, after being outplayed on the first two days, were pressing hard for victory when things took a bitter turn as Dickwella sought to waste time when India’s pacers wanted to get through as many overs as possible. As Shami ran in to bowl the 19th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Dickwella had not yet taken his stance. That upset Shami, who made his displeasure felt. He had a word with Kohli as well as the batsmen.Dickwella, in an unsporting gesture, then indicated to Shami after his next delivery that the pitch and not his own skills, were helping him extract the extra bounce. The war of words was not getting difficult to contain. Both  umpires assembled in the middle and involved India skipper Kohli and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. At the end, Dickwella apologised to Kohli, who walked back to his position on the field.Dickwella later conceded he did try to waste some time as Sri Lanka desperately battled for a draw to avoid their sixth successive Test defeat to India.”How it all started was, I hit a six over square leg. There were three fielders behind square on the leg side and I brought that to the notice of the umpire Nigel Llong. A no-ball was called and then Virat Kohli came towards me and told me that that’s the umpires’ job and you don’t worry. That’s how it all started,” Dickwella said. “I thought, hang on, this is a good opportunity to get into an argument and kill some time. Kohli quickly realized what my intentions were and started walking back. Then the Mohammed Shami thing happened. It was funny I thought, I would like to think that I won that battle.advertisementKohli, who was furious on the final day and rushed up to the umpires so they could intervene, however, was impressed with the spunk shown by Dickwella.”I like to see that character. I liked that competitiveness on the field. He is someone who takes lot of pride in his cricket. I am impressed with what I have seen so far of him from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket,” the India captain said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test in Nagpur which starts from Friday.Kohli said he had spoken to Dickwella on the flight from Kolkata to Nagpur and added he was happy to move on from the incident.”Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game.”last_img read more

Xavier Dolan excited by Oscar attention disappointed by films theatrical hopes

first_imgThe 27-year-old director was stung by some poor reviews when the movie opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but was redeemed when it won the Grand Prix prize, the second most prestigious award at the festival behind the Palme d’Or. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it had narrowed the pack of foreign-language film contenders from the 85 that were being considered for a nomination. It’s the first time the Quebec director has made it this far in the selection process and he said he’s “very happy and quite moved” by the recognition. Advertisement Facebook While Dolan said he hasn’t really considered what an Oscar nomination would do for his career, he already feels fortunate that “it’s never been hard so far to get an artist or an actor I’d admired to work on one of the films that I’ve made.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, the French-language “It’s Only the End of the World” stars Gaspard Ulliel as a terminally ill writer who returns home to share the news of his fate with his family. Co-stars include Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Lea Seydoux. While the film did screen in Canada and France in the fall, Dolan conceded he’s disappointed by the scope of the movie’s release overall and hopes an Oscar nomination would give it another push. The academy will announce the best foreign-language film nominees on Jan. 24, 2017.center_img Dolan’s next film will be his first English-language feature. “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” has a star-studded cast including Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. “I’m not thinking of this in terms of what this could bring to my career, I’m thinking of this in terms of what could it bring to this film in terms of exposure,” Dolan said. “This film was not bought — probably won’t be, I think — and that’s been a disappointment, because when you make a film you don’t make it for a club, you make it for everyone. “This is a dream and it’s a thing that’s connected directly to your childhood and all those years watching these people, seated in that mythic space, in that mythic ceremony,” Dolan told Canadian reporters during a conference call on Friday. “So if this is a way for people to know this film exists — outside of the usual ways we can have with a distributor or let’s say a more traditional way of releasing this film — if this can help that and give us some visibility that’s amazing because the goal is to get people to see the film and get their reaction.” “I don’t think actors work with people for the awards they’ve won or the films they’ve made, they work with people for the film they’re going to be making together.”CANADIAN PRESS Xavier Dolan is thrilled his movie “It’s Only the End of the World” is one of nine films in the running for a best foreign-language Oscar nomination. He just wishes more people could see it. “To me, the greatest acknowledgment is not something you can hold in your hand — although it means that people recognize your work and appreciate you and that’s everything — but to me the greatest reward is to work with actors or people I’m dreaming of working with and it’s so far already been a possibility, I’m already grateful for that,” he said. “Actors, no matter what their careers are and no matter what the trajectory they’ve been following — whether they are famous, or whether they’re working in TV or film or both, or if they’re in England — I’ve been impressed and very flattered by the fact that they would have seen my films and my work…. I think also, they wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t like the character in the script.last_img read more