Shikhar Dhawan congratulates Rohit Sharma on becoming a father: I am very happy for himIndia vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan addressed the media ahead of the third and final ODI against Australia where he congratulated Rohit Sharma.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:00 IST Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are one of the most successful ODI opening pairs in the game right now (Dhawan Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh welcomed their first baby on December 30Rohit is the second highest scorer in the current ODI series with 176 runsDhawan and Rohit recently became the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runsShikhar Dhawan, who is a father of three, is very happy for his opening partner Rohit Sharma after the Indian ODI vice-captain welcomed his first baby with wife Ritika Sajdeh on late last year.Rohit and Ritika became proud parents of a baby girl on December 30 and they named their child, Samaira.Dhawan, who was addressing the media ahead of the third ODI against Australia, was asked about Rohit’s daughter and he took this opportunity to congratulate the Hitman.”I’m very happy for Rohit and his wife. Ofcourse he is very happy after becoming a father and I’m sure he’ll be a great father,” Dhawan said.Congrats on becoming a Daddy @ImRo45 – @SDhawan25 has a message for you #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JTlNoRR7OhBCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2019The left-handed opener was also quizzed about him practicing with tennis balls during India’s nets session on Thursday. Dhawan replied by saying that he does that to fine-tune his reflexes against the short ball.”That drill is to keep my muscle memory and reflexes quick for bouncers, as Australia has fast bowlers, quick fast bowlers.”As an opener I make sure that my reflexes are quick, and even my decision making gets stronger, it’s a repetitive drill so I like doing it,” Dhawan explained.Dhawan also said that it was great to see MS Dhoni performing well in both the ODIs of their ongoing three-match series and added that he is happy that the wicket-keeper batsman is getting back in touch.He also praised right-hand batsman Dinesh Kartik who played a knock of 25 runs off 24 balls in the last ODI against Australia.advertisement”It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. The way Dhoni played in both the games is really great. I am very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. A player of his stature, who plays the game with so much calmness, gives so much confidence to other batsmen. It is very important for us.”Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit. We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” he said.India will be aiming to clinch the ODI series while taking on Australia in their final match of the series. Dhawan admitted that if they won, it would be a good achievement for the team adding that they are looking forward to the match.”It will be a big final tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting game for both the teams. We are looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow. It (the victory) will mean a lot to us. It is always good to come here and win. If we win tomorrow, it will be a big achievement for us. Of course, we are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said.Meanwhile, Cricket Australia announced the final playing XI for the series-decider against India, making two changes to the team with Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake replacing Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff.Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy StanlakeAlso Read | India’s only concern in ODI series vs Australia is 3rd seamer: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil ChopraFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Melbourne ODI
Nova Scotians who have made a significant contribution toliteracy and learning were honoured at Nova Scotia’s 13th annualInternational Literacy Day celebrations in Dartmouth today, Sept.8. Thirteen adult learners and literacy advocates and one literacyassociation were recognized at the ceremony. “These award winners are all demonstrating the ideals of SkillsNova Scotia, our provincial skills agenda,” said EducationMinister Jamie Muir. “Reading and writing skills enrich ourpersonal lives and contribute to a stronger economy and society.” Michael Stephen, an adult learner with the Bedford SackvilleLiteracy Network, helped begin the day’s events with aninspirational account of his experience as an adult learner. “Of the accomplishments I’ve been able to achieve in the lastfive years, none of them would have been possible without myinitial contact with the Bedford Sackville Literacy Network,” hesaid. “So many opportunities to learn have come my way, and everyaspect of my life has changed.” Mr. Muir presented the Department of Education’s Nova ScotiaSchool for Adult Learning Community Literacy Volunteer Awards.Created in 2001, the awards honour volunteers involved incommunity-based adult literacy programs. This year’s fourrecipients are: Mr. Muir also presented Workplace Ambassador Awards to four NovaScotians who have participated in literacy and upgrading programsfor the workforce. Each recipient also received a $200 giftcertificate to attend programs offered by Nova Scotia CommunityCollege (NSCC). The recipients are: Luca Idzanovic, Prince George Hotel, Halifax Regional Municipality; Ronnie Jacquard, Western Regional Health Centre, Yarmouth; Jolynn Muise, Alex MacDonald Award, Southwest District Health Authority – Yarmouth Regional Hospital; Mel Lively, Elmsdale Lumber, Elmsdale. Shirley McNamara, Richmond County Literacy Network; Mary Thompson, Yarmouth County Learning Network; Heather Croke, Dartmouth Literacy Network; Jane MacDonald, Cape Breton Literacy Network Association. David Beaton of Dartmouth was awarded the GED National Award forOutstanding Achievement, granted to the individual who achievesthe highest score on GED tests written in Nova Scotia. James Annis of Annapolis County was awarded (in absentia) theAtomic Energy of Canada Limited GED Scholarship Award. The $1,000scholarship award is granted to a GED recipient who is enrolledin a full-time science or math studies program at a Nova Scotiapost-secondary institution. Mr. Annis is enrolled in the HeavyDuty Equipment Repair diploma program at NSCC. Pamela Ring of Digby was awarded the Canada Post IndividualLiteracy Achievement Award. The award is presented to individualswho have succeeded in overcoming social or economic barriers. Ms.Ring upgraded her literacy skills and is now writing children’sstories and poetry. The Cape Breton Literacy Network Association in Sydney wasawarded the Canada Post Community Leadership Award recognizingorganizational excellence in furthering the cause of literacy.The association offers free upgrading classes for adults who wishto improve their reading, writing, math and technology skills. Dr. Richard Goldbloom of Halifax, an advocate of Read to Me!, afamily literacy program which provides resources to parents ofnewborns to encourage an early love of reading, was awarded oneof two Canada Post Educator awards. The Educator Award honourseducators, tutors, and advocates who have demonstrated acommitment to the cause of literacy. Gil Dares of Yarmouth, was awarded the second Educator Award. Mr.Dares is a police officer who became a tutor and advocate forlearners in his community, and is the author of a children’sbook. During the celebrations, Mel Lively, author and winner of aWorkplace Education Ambassador Award, also launched his firstbook, Mel’s Story. Mr. Lively left school at a young age to workin the woods to support his family. He recently completed aworkplace education program to improve his reading and writingskills. With his tutor, he wrote about his lifelong learningstory, the woods and lumber industry.