Virat Kohli is now a member of an elite list of captains thanks to India’s tremendous run in Test cricket in recent times. India crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test at Nagpur on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Kohli is now the third most successful captain after 31 Test matches with 20 wins. He is only behind legendary Australian captains Ricky Ponting (23) and Steve Waugh (21). Former England skipper Michael Vaughan is fourth on the list with 19 wins. Kohli needs one more victory to equal Sourav Ganguly’s record and become the second-most successful India captain.Beginning the day 384 behind with nine wickets in hand and needing to bat about five sessions to save the Test, Sri Lanka failed to step up to the pressure and folded for 166 in the second session on the fourth day at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match for his knock of 213 off 267 balls. It was his fifth double hundred in the format which also helped him equal Brian Lara’s record of most double tons by a captain.The 29-year-old is averaging over 63 in Tests this year after having scored 766 runs in 9 matches with one more game to go in 2017. This also includes four hundreds and two double centuries. Last year Kohli had an even better run as he amassed 1215 runs in 12 Tests at 75.93 with three double tons, four hundreds and a couple of fifties.Four of his five double centuries came in successive series against West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh in the 2016-17 season, which is a world record in Test cricket. This year he has scored 10 international hundreds in Tests and ODIs so far which is the most by any captain in a calendar year. He is also the only batsman in world cricket to average more than 50 in all three formats of the game.advertisementThe win at Nagpur was India’s 16th out of 22 Tests since 2016, which is the most for any team in world cricket in this period. England and South Africa have registered 11 wins each while Sri Lanka and Australia have nine each.The match also saw India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reach the 300-wicket milestone in his 54th match, which is the fastest by any bowler in the history of the game. The record was previously held by Australian pace bowling great Dennis Lillee who had reached the milestone in 56 Tests. Lahiru Gamage was his record 300th scalp and the final Sri Lankan wicket to fall on Day 4.The third and final Test match between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Kohli’s home ground – the Feroz Shah Kotla – in New Delhi from December 2.
zoomImage Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish liner giant Maersk Line has confirmed its investment in scrubbers in its latest announcement on fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.The report on the investment was published by Reuters last week, crushing the company’s previous statements that did not favor the technology.Namely, to become compliant with the 0.5 percent sulphur content rule as of January 2020, shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology.Maersk Line’s representatives said earlier that the company was not “on the scrubber team” due to operational concerns, as the technology has not yet proven itself on large two-stroke diesel engines used across Maersk’s fleet.This in particular relates to open-loop scrubbers, which have been deemed by many industry players as a short-term solution due to the wash water-related issues and the looming ban on its release in certain geographical zones. Closed loop scrubbers, on the other hand, pose another type of challenge related to space constraints on board needed for the installation of the systems.It its latest announcement, Maersk said it will invest in “a limited number of scrubbers”, but information on the type of scrubber systems or ships to be fitted with the systems was rather sketchy.Scrubbers are gaining in popularity as numerous owners from various shipping sectors reveal investments in the technology, including most recently Hapag-Lloyd, DHT Holdings, Maran Tankers, Safe Bulkers, and Star Bulk.The cost of installing a scrubber system on a vessel currently stands at around USD 2 million, and many owners are looking to entice the charterers to pay for the installation costs. Ships eligible for installation are those larger in size, such as Capesizes, VLCCs or ULCVs, due space availability, economy and cost efficiency.When approached by World Maritime News for a comment, Maersk Line provided us with a statement from Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, saying that scrubbers would be “a small part of – and just one of several elements in – our overall 2020 fuel sourcing strategy to ensure compliance in time.”As part of the plans, Maersk is also looking into LNG and compliant fuels, the latter being the more prominent option for the company’s fleet come January 2020.“As part of the preparations we have decided to invest in new scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in our fleet of around 750 container vessels. While we will continue to explore how to best comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, we still believe the best solution remains with compliant fuels from refineries on land. It is important to underline that the vast majority of ships in the global fleet, as well as the Maersk Line fleet, will have to comply with the global sulphur cap through the use of compliant low-sulphur fuels in 2020 given the short time frame,” Lindergaard’s statement reads.The new compliant fuels are expected to push the container shipping industry’s fuel bill by USD 15 million, with Maersk Line alone having to pay USD 2 billion more for fuel on annual basis. Hence, diversification and pursuing of cost-efficient investments, including scrubbers, is a sound strategy given the fast-approaching deadline for the enforcement of the new rules.World Maritime News Staff