Rahul bans use of 'Hindu extremists'

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has asked party leaders not to use words like "Hindu extremists" and "terrorists" for the BJP and RSS in poll-bound Karnataka.

Rahul Gandhi's advice came days after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah calling the BJP and RSS "terrorists".

In a meeting with the top brass of the party’s Karnataka unit yesterday, Rahul Gandhi prohibited use of these words in the run up to the assembly election.

Rahul said that we should refrain from making statements or using terms like 'terrorists' or 'Hindu extremists' on all levels, right from speech of leaders to our social media platforms," said Madhu Goud Yashki, the Congress secretary incharge-Karnataka.

While charting out the strategy for the Karnataka Assembly election, Rahul Gandhi stated that the leaders should not walk into the BJP's trap to polarise the state for election.

Earlier, Siddaramaiah and BJP leaders engaged in a heated war of words.

While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, campaigning in Karnataka, dared Siddaramaiah to ban beef in the state if "he is a Hindu", latter compared the BJP and RSS with terror outfits.

Siddaramaiah later even refused to apologise for his controversial attack.

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India seek 'intent' to combat SA speed kings

India seek 'intent' to combat SA speed kings

You can't just stand there and take whatever is coming your way and not have intent," Kohli said after his team were beaten by 72 runs in the first Test in Cape Town.

You might get out but it's important to keep coming at the bowler and making them feel, 'if you make an error I am going to score.

With conditions at Centurion again likely to favour fast bowling, the problem for India is not just how they should execute Kohli's strategy -- but who should do it.

No Indian top-order batsman made more than 28 in either innings in Cape Town. The only two scores above 30 were 93 by Hardik Pandya in the first innings and 37 by Ravichandran Ashwin in the second.

Pandya and Ashwin were batting at number seven and eight respectively, which suggests India have enough depth in their batting order -- if their top-order players can get themselves through the new ball.

At least two batting positions will be debated as the tourists seek a way to play themselves back into the three-Test series.

Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan fell to short-pitched deliveries in both innings and there is an argument for Lokesh Rahul to take his place, while Ajinkya Rahane must be a contender to replace Rohit Sharma at number five.

Kohli said the selection for Cape Town was based on form. Rahane had a dismal recent series against Sri Lanka but has shown the ability to score runs away from home.

On India's 2013/14 tour of South Africa Rahane scored 47, 15, 51 not out and 96 in the two Test matches and looked one of the best-equipped Indian batsmen against pace.

South Africa, meanwhile, look set to once again pick a four-pronged pace attack, although they have to replace the injured Dale Steyn.

There are three candidates -- two out-and-out pace specialists in Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi or Chris Morris who has batting skills as well as the ability to bowl at more than 140 kmh.

Both teams showed batting fragility in Cape Town, with India's pace bowlers showing they too could take advantage of helpful conditions.

AB de Villiers' aggression in innings of 65 and 35 was a key factor for South Africa. It is that sort of intent that both teams will be seeking in what promises to be another action-paced Test.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Chris Morris or Duanne Olivier or Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan or Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

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