Virat Kohli is training with two Pakistani bowlers in Australia to gear up for the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting January 3. Kohli finished 2018 as the highest scorer in ODIs and Tests but he has left no stone unturned to do well in Australia.Kohli has so far scored 259 runs including a fluent 123 on a difficult pitch in Perth in the second Test. Last year, he scored 11 international hundreds and he will be eager to repeat his form this year.Virat Kohli has the chance to become the only India captain to win a Test series in Australia. Indian teams have toured Australia since 1947 but have never won a Test series in the country.In recent years, India had failed to win a single Test in Australia. Back in 2011-12, India were whitewashed 0-4 while in 2014, India put up a far better show aided by Virat Kohli’s four hundreds.Kohli is known for his methodical preparation on every tour. Even as the team has been criticised for lack of practice in South Africa and England, Kohli’s teammates have picked up a leaf from the captain’s book. And also Cheteshwar Pujara’s – the Saurashtra batsman is the highest scorer in the series so far with 328 runs and two hundreds. Kohli was pictured with two Pakistani bowlers – Salman Irshad and Haris Rauf. The two ply their trade in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and have been training in Australia for the past few months.Having impressed for Lahore Qalandars, the pair of got a chance to play in Australian club cricket for Hawkesbury. They were seen bowling to Kohli at the nets and even clicked pictures with the Indian captain.advertisementTwo fast bowlers of Lahore Qalandars, Salman Irshad and Haris Rauf done with a net practice session with Indiam Team. Salman Irshad has given some deliveries to Indian Captain Virat [email protected] @thePSLt20 @lahoreqalandars #Australia pic.twitter.com/awLug6bc2tchowdri Ali Hamza (@iamalihamxa) January 2, 2019Kohli, who has 459 runs from 12 ODIs against Pakistan, has never played a Test against India’s arch-rivals.However, Kohli is well resected in the Pakistani cricket team and the respect is mutual. Back in the 2016 Asia Cup, after a sterling knock against Pakistan’s fearsome pace attack, Virat Kohli had praised Mohammad Amir for his sensational spell.When asked about the bowler who Kohli thinks is the best in the world, the Indian captian had previously named Mohammad Amir of Pakistan.”He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world and one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be on your A game when you’re facing him or he will strike. Outstanding! Very good bowler!,” Kohli had said.Later during the World T20, Kohli had also gifted Amir his bat during the ICC World Twenty20 2016.Also Read | See Photos: Virat Kohli charms fans with selfies, autographs at training in SydneyAlso Read | Focus on performance not preserving record, says Tim PaineAlso Read | Virat Kohli says his men not motivated by history ahead of SCG Test
zoom Athens-based shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has taken delivery of the aframax tanker Oslo TS, the seventh in a series of nine tankers built for long-term employment to a European company. Featuring a 1B ice-class notation, the new ship commenced its long-term employment with possible gross revenues in excess of USD 110 million.The two remaining aframaxes under the company’s fifteen-vessel growth program, the Bergen TS and the Stavanger TS are scheduled to be delivered and commence their long term employment in the third and fourth quarter of 2017.With the deliveries of these two vessels, TEN’s current expansion program will reach its conclusion and result in 77% of the fleet in secured contracts with gross revenues of over USD 1.5 billion and average charter duration of 2.5 years.
zoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The largest change in petroleum flows through the expanded Panama Canal has been the increase of hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), especially propane, from the U.S. Gulf Coast to destinations in Asia.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), most of the petroleum transiting the Panama Canal travels southbound from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Flows of HGL are the largest single petroleum commodity transiting the canal, EIA cited data from the Panama Canal Authority.In 2018, about 387,000 barrels per day (b/d) of HGLs moved southbound through the Panama Canal, compared with 266,000 b/d of distillate and 230,000 b/d of motor gasoline.The Panama Canal Authority, the operator of the Panama Canal, opened a third set of locks that facilitated transit of larger ships in June 2016. Before 2016, the main constraint for increasing U.S. HGL exports was export infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast.By 2016, the addition of Gulf Coast export infrastructure alleviated this constraint, and the size limitations of the original Panama Canal locks, and the costs associated with alternative shipping routes became the main constraints for increased exports.The growth in HGLs transiting the Panama Canal coincided with an increase in exports of HGLs from the U.S. Gulf Coast to destinations mostly in Asia. In 2018, four of the five largest destinations for U.S. Gulf Coast exports of HGLs were in Asia, with Japan being the largest at 280,000 b/d.“Future petroleum flows through the Panama Canal are likely linked to expanding petrochemical demand for HGL in Asia; economic growth in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile; and continued growth in U.S. petroleum product exports,” EIA concluded.