Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESCignal HD derailed Marinerong Pilipino’s dream voyage with an 86-67 rout Thursday to gain a 1-0 lead in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Possibly playing his final game before leaving for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Raymar Jose imposed his presence and uncorked 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead his side to the win.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really thankful for Raymar. I had to play him for the whole of the third quarter and he did his job for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.Jason Perkins provided the stability for the Hawkeyes as he scattered 13 markers, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block, Byron Villarias had 13 points, four rebounds, and three dimes, and Oping Sumalinog got 12 markers and four boards as the Hawkeyes starters jumped to an early 34-14 first quarter lead and never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m really happy that the starters stepped up on defense. We’re pressured enough to play at our best today given the fact that we haven’t played for a long while. But credit to my boys again. They really played their hearts out today,” said Fernandez.Showing no rust from their three-week layoff, Cignal controlled the tempo of the game and even led by high as 24, 62-38, at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses But as always, the Skippers woke up from their slumber late and made a huge push in the fourth period, cutting the deficit to as low as 12, 75-63, after a Julian Sargent bucket.Unfortunately, the Skippers’ late-game magic was no match for Cignal’s end game poise, with Jose, Sumalinog, and Villarias icing the game down the stretch.The Hawkeyes can close the deal out on Tuesday for Game 2, still at Ynares Sports Arena.Pao Javelona paced Marinerong Pilipino with 11 points, while Sargent and Renzo Subido both got eight markers apiece as they saw the end of the Skippers’ seven-game winning run.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CIGNAL HD 86 – Jose 17, Perkins 13, Villarias 13, Sumalinog 12, Arboleda 6, Bringas 6, Cahilig 6, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Sara 4, Apinan 0, Uyloan 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 67 – Javelona 11, Sargent 8, Subido 8, Moralde 7, Herndon 6, Lopez 6, Iñigo 5, Marata 5, Alabanza 3, Isip 3, Javillonar 3, Gabriel 2.Quarters: 34-14, 48-29, 65-45, 86-67. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight win
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “I was just very happy that I helped the Philippines win,” said Cubon of his first international goal.He also played for the AFC 23-under in Cambodia where the Philippines narrowly lost, 1-0. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I felt my left foot sink on the pitch,” said Cubon in Filipino while munching a banana inside the team bus right after the Philippines routed Cambodia, 2-0, late Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games football competitions.The 22-year-old Hotel and Restaurant graduate from Far Eastern University said they were too used to synthetic turf back home that he felt the competition turf was way too soft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were celebrating after my goal. And then my feet sank. Then Cambodia made a counter,” said Cubon. “That’s when I felt pain.”The Davao Agilas defender said he would be ready when the team takes on Indonesia on Thursday. View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Football match between Cambodia and Philippines at Selayang Stadium during 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 on 15 August 2017. Photo by Dzulfadlil Azim / MASOCKUALA LUMPUR—After a silent, uneventful first half, the small Filipino crowd at Selayang Stadium suddenly erupted in jubilation after Reymart Cubon scored the first goal in the 52nd minute.That would include Cubon himself. He was jumping up and down with his teammates on the field that he literally hurt himself.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
The 31-year-old’s best effort came with a final defeat by David Nalbandian in 2007.Race to London hots upThe hard courts at Bercy will also see the final two places for the World Tour Finals decided, with seven players still hunting a ticket to London.Belgian David Goffin and US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta currently hold the seventh and eighth spots.But Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille all remain in contention.Former US Open champion del Potro has made a stunning late charge after sitting 47th in the points standings only two months ago.The 29-year-old reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, beating Federer on the way, before also making the Shanghai Masters last four and winning in Stockholm ahead of his runner-up effort in Basel.That makes the Argentinian the form man going into Paris, where he will play either Italian Paolo Lorenzi or qualifier Joao Sousa in round two.Frenchman Pouille is also making a last-gasp bid for a place at the eight-man season-ending finals, after beating his compatriot Tsonga to win his third title of the year in Vienna on Sunday.The 23-year-old will have to at least make the final in front of his home crowd, but was given a boost when handed Federer’s place in the draw.Pouille, the only man to win tournaments on clay, grass and hard courts this year, is not seeded to face a top-10 player until the quarter-finals, where he is due to face Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem. /cbb John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Rafael Nadal. AP FILEPARIS, France — Rafael Nadal will be crowned as the year-end world number one if he wins his first match at this week’s Paris Masters, after Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament.The two old rivals have both had stunning seasons, returning to form and fitness with two Grand Slam titles each.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I love to play at Bercy, it’s a few times now that I’ve not played there. It’s a tough one but they have to understand that it’s for the cause of staying injury-free and healthy.“I’d like to be fully fit for London and for 2018.”Top seed Nadal, who has a bye for the first round in Paris, just needs to win his opening second-round clash to secure the top ranking heading into next year.The Spaniard, who claimed his 10th French Open title and the US Open crown to take his Grand Slam tally to 16 major titles this season, will start his campaign against either German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev or promising South Korean Hyeon Chung.Despite his love affair with the clay of Roland Garros, Nadal has never won the Paris Masters in five previous attempts at the indoor tournament.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Austria ‘willing to wait’ for SMB top pick Standhardinger Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ But Federer, who could have still usurped Nadal at the top of the rankings with titles in the French capital and at the World Tour Finals in London, pulled out of the final event of the regular season to protect a back problem.The 36-year-old said winning his eighth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday against Juan Martin del Potro left him unfit to play at the Bercy Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am very sorry to have to pull out of the Paris Masters but my body needs a rest after Basel,” said the Swiss legend.“I’ve played a lot of tennis this year and need to make sure I look after my physical wellbeing if I want to continue to compete at the highest level for years to come. View comments
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Pumaren gets the win over former player Pasaol in PBA D-League Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck PLAY LIST 01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Playing fantastic form, Alex Eala has made a name in the international tennis scene.The unseeded Filipina ruled the Les Petits As-Le Mondial Lacoste in Tarbes, France by capturing the girls singles title at the expense of Czech tennis wonder Linda Noskova in a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) cliffhanger.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Noskova, the seventh seed who took out top seeded Russian Diana Schnaider in the quarterfinals, seized the tight first set before Eala, the top singles player in the under-14 age bracket based on the Asian Tennis Federation rankings, struck back and evened up matters.With match going down the wire, the 12-year-old Eala cashed in on a Noskova error to close out her rival and write history as the 36th girls champion of the celebrated tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEala, a wildcard recipient and part of 2017 Tennis Europe Junior Tour Doubles Team of the year, defeated Belgian qualifier Sofia Costoulas in the preliminaries before beating unseeded Japanese Kyoka Kubo and Hungarian 13th seed Katerina Dimitrova to set up the finale against Noskova.Eala said she would be ready in time for the grand slam juniors in May.“I need to build my ITF ranking to qualify for the grand slams,” said Eala. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Hard work and patience pay off for IBF junior bantam holder Jerwin Ancajas (left) and chief trainer Joven Jimenez. —ROY LUARCADallas, Texas—An obedient student, Jerwin Ancajas was satisfied with the grade given to him by his mentor, Joven Jimenez.Though he knocked out Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night to retain the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown, Ancajas only got a seven on a scale of 1 to 10 from Jimenez, who cited that his ward was a bit slower than usual.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting According to Ancajas he was in top shape and could have stepped on the pedal from the opening bell of the duel held at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.He didn’t rush up because Gonzalez’s style was different from that of Jamie Conlan, whom he knocked out in six rounds, last November in Belfast, Northern Ireland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t want to be overly aggressive because it might put me in jeopardy,” Ancajas, who scored a flash knockdown in the opening round, said in Filipino. “He has a counter and he might have one lethal punch.”Once he had studied Gonzalez’s patterns and movements, however, Ancajas started probing in, going deeper or darting out interchangeably, while keeping his impregnable defensive stance. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unable to penetrate without getting hit, Gonzalez eventually stopped attacking and by the eighth round, switched on survival mode.Ancajas would have settled for a shutout decision, but Gonzales made a mistake and paid the price with two more knockdowns and stoppage at the 1:50 mark of the 10th round.After the fight, Team Ancajas was feted with a victory party by the Filipino-American community. They will leave for Manila on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PH cuppers advance MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments Pao Javelona topped the Skippers’ all-out assault, pouring 16 points, three assists, and two rebounds as seven others scored in double-digits in the dominant victory.Joseph Marata fired all of his 15 markers in the first half, where Marinerong Pilipino raced to a comfortable 57-41 halftime edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRalph Salcedo and Renzo Subido both logged 12 points and five assists in the win.The Skippers can book a seat to the playoffs with a victory against AMA Online Education next Thursday, and coach Koy Banal has his eyes set on that goal. Star taps Malcolm Hill to replace import Cinmeon Bowers National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 69 – Avenido 24, Acibar 14, David 6, Montuano 6, Parala 6, Acuña 3, Padilla 3, Jumao-as 2, Riva 2, Sarangay 2, Arellano 1, Vidal 0.Quarters: 24-16, 57-41, 92-54, 138-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “Miracles still happen. Who knows, maybe we can pull off another miracle,” he said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to be smart in our preparation so that we’ll be ready for the next level.”Marinerong Pilipino has now won its fourth consecutive game to hike its standing to 5-4.Playing-coach Leo Avenido captained the skidding Gamboa Coffee Mix (1-8) with 24 points, while Ken Acibar poured 14 markers and nine rebounds in the team’s eighth straight defeat.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 138 – Javelona 16, Marata 15, Salcedo 12, Subido 12, Isip 11, Javillonar 11, Moralde 11, Publico 10, Gumaru 8, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Lopez 7, Alabanza 6, Gavieres 3.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Joseph Marata. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino continued its dream sail to the playoff round, moving a win away from clinching a spot in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, crushing Gamboa Coffee Mix, 138-69 Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 69-point spread set the second-most winning margin in league history, seven points shy of the 76-point record set by Tanduay against Zark’s Burgers last July 10.ADVERTISEMENT
The village of Chuchuyimlang lies in the territory of the Ao Nagas, 28 km from the district capital town of Mokokchung, and it has several reasons to be proud. Founded in 1620 C.E., it is one of the oldest and also among the largest in the district. Once feared warriors and head-hunters–a heritage that is symbolised today more in the design and colour of their ceremonial costumes than in attitude–its industrious and enterprising residents have been among the most prosperous in the state, including one who, it is said, even gave a large loan to the British treasury!For the villagers though, the greatest satisfaction must be its age-old practice of inviting neighbouring villages and clans to join in the festivities of Moatsu, one of the major festivals of the tribe. In recognition of this generosity–and perhaps because the village had the best parties in the district–the Tourism Department of Nagaland has held its official celebrations at Chuchuyimlang since 2000. In return, the canny villagers used their village development fund to construct a Tourist Village, a museum to house their artefacts and cottages for tourists, a facility you will be quite thankful for because it will mean that you will not have to drag yourselves back to Mokokchung in the middle of the night. You can drive the 105 km from Jorhat, the closest airport, in good time, as the road through the hills is good for the greater part. If you reach right on the day of the celebration, it’s best to stop outside the village gate so that you can walk into the celebrations. If the drums have already started beating, you should know that the dancing is about to begin. Hurry and take your place. The first evening of Moatsu is about to begin.Moatsu is an important social event and cultural thanksgiving by the Ao Nagas that takes place in May each year after the sowing is over. In advance of the holidays, homes are decorated, chickens, pigs and cows are fattened and beer is brewed. Village Councils have to complete civic work, including repairs and construction of houses; wells are to be cleaned before the rainy season. Gifts are exchanged: young men get new belts for their daos, knives, from their lovers, married men from their wives and girls receive bamboo pipes. Everyone dresses up in their finest; every night there is a lot of singing, feasting and dancing around bonfires. Many romances blossom at this time.It was different in the old days. Then, the festivities lasted for six days. The boys of the morung, the male dormitory, were responsible for all the arrangements–from the collection of firewood to the renovation of the ceremonial dancing drums. Like roadies at a rock show, they would spend days getting everything shipshape for the festival, dedicatedly repairing and cleaning, clearing the village and even taking charge of the animals to be slaughtered for the feasts. And it was at the morung that the mankodong, or Skull Tree, would display the human skulls and other trophies of war mounted on a bamboo pole.The first three days were a curtain raiser to the main celebration; young people danced at one spot, the elders at another. Local games and sports were organised including a lively tug-of-war with the men pulling against the women. On the fourth day, there would be a parade of men of achievement, dressed in their distinctive shawls of merit that no one else is permitted to wear. And on the last day there was unbridled celebration from morn to the next dawn, at which time an animal would be sacrificed, signalling the end of the festival.Since the advent of Christianity to Nagaland, many of the old customs have been abandoned and the celebrations are now confined to three days, May 1 to 3, each year. The curtailment does not seem to dampen the essence of Moatsu; on the contrary, it seems to intensify its substance. Dancers from the khels (village localities) in their vibrant traditional clothing, distinctive feathered headgear and long-established steps, continue to recount the ancient tales and fables. Young men still court young girls, though not always in the traditional manner. Elders, who all year round maintain a reserved bearing, still get caught up in the informality of the occasion. And the tug-of-war continues to draw partisan support and loud cheers. The village sparkles as it has done for centuries, with lights and laughter and the prevailing optimism of a prosperous year to come. Fact fileDomestic tourists visiting Nagaland require Inner Line Permits, issued by the Deputy Resident Commissioner at Nagaland House, Delhi and Kolkata; Assistant Resident Commissioner, Shillong; Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur; Deputy Commissioner, Kohima. Detailed information can be had from the Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland; tel: (0370) 224 3124StayWhile there are some private hotels in Mokokchung, the Tourist Lodge (0369-222 9343/5011) is more likely to have better facilities and services. Chuchuyimlang Tourist Cottages: They are newly built and have all mod cons. Reservations through the tourism department at Kohima; tel: (0370) 224 3124/227 0072EatNaga cuisine includes a lot of meat, often smoked and frequently doused with chillies, more so at festival times. Pork dishes are the Ao specialities. Fermented bamboo shoot is also used extensively to flavour dishes. Everything may look delicious but it is prudent to ask what you are being served. Check out the local rice beers as well.ShopNaga handwoven shawls and fabrics are well-known throughout the country, each tribe having its own colours and designs. Ao shawls are black and red and are available at the Nagaland Emporium in Mokokchung. You should also find them at Chuchuyimlang for the Moatsu festivities. Handicrafts of wood and stone, the specialities of the region, can also be found at these places.SeeUngma, 3 km from Mokokchung town, is the oldest and largest of the Ao villages and is the second largest village in Nagaland. Considered the mother village of the tribe, it is said that the village was founded by the entire Ao tribe when it moved from its ancestral home, Chungliyimti.About 18 km from Mokokchung, Longkhum is another of the oldest Ao villages. In head-hunting days, its strategic location made it the first line of defence against marauding tribes. Mopungchuket, 19 km from Mokokchung town, prides itself on being the best kept village in Nagaland. The people are friendly and welcome a chat.advertisementadvertisement
Gary Kirsten on Tuesday officially stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team and said that working with M.S. Dhoni and his boys had been one of the most cherished moments of his life.”Coaching the Indian team has been one of my most cherished moments. This Indian team is in a very healthy position. It has been a massive privilege to be a part of Team India,” Kirsten said at a press conference.”My goal while coaching India had been to make it the No. 1 team in the world,” he said.Kirsten lavished praise on Indian cricketers, especially captain Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. “Dhoni is the best captain in the world. He always gives his 100 per cent,” he said.Asked if he saw Sachin playing in the 2015 World Cup, Kirsten said: “It would be great to have him around. I hope Sachin keeps going as long as he enjoys it. One never knows how long that could be.”Kirsten said the Indian team’s fielding had shown immense progress. “I was surprised to see how the players fielded during the knockout games at the World Cup,” he said, making a special mention of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.He said Kohli was now ready for Test cricket and Ishant Sharma was a star of the future.Kirsten said he had been overwhelmed by the love the players and fans had shown for him. “It has been one of the hardest goodbyes I have had to make,” he said.advertisement