Spin twins R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja reunite as India look to dominate South Africa in TestsThe last time South Africa toured India in 2015, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja decimated the Proteas as the two picked 54 of the 70 wickets to fall, with Ashwin accounting for 31 of those while Jadeja took the rest of them.advertisement Next Anita Jat VizagOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 23:34 IST The return of R Ashwin against South Africa will be a big boost to the Indian side (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli confirmed the comeback of R Ashwin for the 1st Test vs South AfricaAshwin last played a Test for India against Australia in Adelaide in December last yearAshwin and Jadeja have played 28 Tests together at home and share 315 wickets between themselvesTeam India, without Jasprit Bumrah, will face South Africa in the first home Test of the 3-match series in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Though the No.1 Test side will miss the services of the world’s best bowler (arguably), India will be confident when they take the field as they return to spinning conditions at home with a menacing bowling unit.Speaking at the press conference ahead of the home Test, captain Virat Kohli confirmed the comeback of spin bowler R Ashwin, who has not played since suffering an injury during the Adelaide Test win last December.The return of R Ashwin will be a big boost to the Indian side. Why? Well, the numbers speak for themselves: 38 Tests, 234 wickets, 20 five-wicket hauls, and six 10-wicket hauls. The off-spinner was made to warm the bench during the West Indies tour and will have a point to prove in the series with Kuldeep Yadav desperately waiting to grab a chance.Virat Kohli also confirmed Ashwin will be accompanied by Ravindra Jadeja at Vizag. With their performances in the past, Jadeja and Ashwin have proved they are among the best spin-bowling duo in the world. The two are fun to watch together, moreover, South Africa is one such opposition the duo like playing against.The last time South Africa toured India in 2015, Jadeja and Ashwin decimated the Proteas as the two picked 54 of the 70 South African wickets to fall, with Ashwin accounting for 31 of those while Jadeja took the rest of them. On wickets conducive to spin bowling, the two could be lethal with the new ball.advertisementJadeja and Ashwin have played 28 Test matches together at home and they share 315 wickets among them in those. The duo will once again be in the spotlight on Wednesday, not only because of their past records but also for the major landmarks they are nearing in their careers.R Ashwin needs to pick up 8 wickets in Vizag to become the fastest man to reach 350 Test wickets alongside Muttiah Muralitharan’s feat of becom350 Test wickets while Ravindra Jadeja needs 2 more wickets to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets. Both men are great wicket-taking options and will be lethal in Indian conditions, like they have been for years.India’s pace unit Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma will spearhead India’s pace attack in the 1st Test vs South Africa (Courtesy by BCCI)Jasprit Bumrah’s injury is a big loss to India but with him being ruled out of the series, India would not have to go through the conundrum of choosing between pace duo of Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami. Both men will take the field for the opening Test of the 3-match series.Ishant Sharma was phenomenal in West Indies, picking 11 wickets in 4 innings, including a five-wicket haul. He also smashed a fifty on the tour and so, in him, India could see a reliable batsman who could stand strong with the top-order or middle-order batsman. Shami, on the other hand, could make himself count on the back of his ability to get the ball reverse than most bowlers.Rohit Sharma in a new roleWhile everything, more or less, looks sorted in the bowling department for India, the trouble mainly lies in the top-order batting with Rohit Sharma looking to establish himself as an opener in the red-ball cricket as well. He was out for a duck in his trial test before the Test but he has got nothing to worry about as he has the backing of the team management. Will this series turn Rohit Sharma’s Test career around? It will be quite interesting to see. Rohit Sharma will open for India in the 1st Test along with Mayank Agarwal in Vizag (Courtesy by BCCI)With Rohit set to open in the home series, Shubman Gill, who received his maiden India Test call-up will have to wait for his turn, as there’s no opening in the rest of the order as well.Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant missed out in Playing XI as Kohli opted to go with ‘world’s best wicket-keeper’ Wriddhiman Saha over Pant.South Africa’s spin bowling woesSouth Africa batsmen have a poor record against spinners on turning tracks, particularly in Asia. Captain Faf du Plessis averages just around 21 in 12 Tests in Asia. He had fallen prey to Jadeja 4 times during the 2015 series and averaged around 4 against the Indian all-rounder.Aiden Markram got dismissed 4 times at the hands of spin bowler Rangana Herath during his maiden Asia tour while the in-form Quinton de Kock was dismissed 6 times by off-spin during his Sri Lanka tour.advertisementIndia’s dominant Test recordIndia have a dominant Test record on home soil. Since losing to England in 2012-13, India have won all the ten series at home. If Virat Kohli could lead India to win over South Africa, they will surpass Australia’s win record at home with their 11th consecutive Test series triumph.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India are the team to beat as World Test Championship resumesAlso Read | If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s cheeky dig at media: No one turns up for T20IsAlso Read | Wriddhiman Saha to replace Rishabh Pant in Vizag Test vs South AfricaFor 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. 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MONTREAL — The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says area home sales hit another record high for May, even though the pace of growth cooled from a year ago.The board says there were 5,303 home sales in May, up one per cent from 5,243 a year ago, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database.Last year’s numbers were revised following the addition of the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area in the monthly surveys. Sales rose 16 per cent in May 2017 when including the region southeast of Montreal.Condominium sales climbed 14 per cent compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, sales of single-family homes were down six per cent while plexes, which include two to five units, rose four per cent.The average price of all properties in Greater Montreal increased five per cent to $373,899. They were up six per cent to $481,544 on the island of Montreal.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $325,000 last month, up three per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $520,000, a nine per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price was up six per cent compared with a year ago, with half of all units selling for more than $257,000.The increase in sales came as the number of active listings fell 16 per cent to 24,501, from 29,289 a year ago. New listings fell one per cent to 6,387, compared with 6,431 in May 2017.
Video of the press conference The thriller, which stars Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, is not intended to be a propaganda device for the UN, director Sydney Pollack and UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor said today at a joint press conference.Mr. Tharoor said the UN granted approval to The Interpreter only after senior officials studied the script and held “extensive discussions” with Mr. Pollack.He said they also signed off partly because of “our own great regard for Mr. Pollack as an artist and given his track record and experience as a film maker.”Mr. Pollack, who has also worked as a producer and actor, has directed many films, including The Way We Were (1973), Absence of Malice (1981), Tootsie (1982), Out of Africa (1985) and The Firm (1993). He won two Oscars for Out of Africa: best director and best picture.Mr. Tharoor said UN officials believe The Interpreter is “going to bring a lot of people into the movie theatres…who would not otherwise have paid much attention to this Organization.”The Director said he was attracted to the visual setting offered by the world body. “People haven’t seen what’s inside,” Mr. Pollack said. “You have tons and tons of visitors but most of the people in the United States don’t know what the UN looks like and don’t understand how the UN works and don’t know what its day-to-day business is.”The first scenes at UN Headquarters were shot last weekend. Mr. Tharoor said filming would only take place on weekends, public holidays or nights so as not to disturb the regular work of the UN. The set is closed to tourists and UN staff.Mr. Pollack predicted that shooting on the film, estimated to cost $80 million, would take 14 weeks. He also voiced hope that it would be released late November.