India opener KL Rahul was back in the nets on Tuesday after missing out the first Test due to viral fever but chief coach Ravi Shastri kept cards close to his chest about the stylish right-hander’s participation in the second Test.”Rahul is (doing) good. We are watching him closely. He went through some tough times and he was in the hospital for 2-3 days. Obviously, it has taken a lot out of him.”So we have to be very careful how we treat him, we are watching him very closely and he is getting better by the day,” Shastri said during media interaction ahead of the second Test beginning Thursday.Like skipper Virat Kohli, Shastri also spoke in same vein about having a good bench strength, now that Rahul is getting fit and Abhinav Mukund keeping himself in the hunt with an 81 in the second innings of the first Test.”When I have good bench strength, it is very good. When there is competition for places even better because that’s healthy competition and a good headache to have. Where you know if someone is injured someone else is ready and that is across all formats.”It is very good but ideally you want your core team to be fit and on the park as often as possible,” said Shastri.
Honda Cars India is all set to launch the tenth generation of Civic on March 7. The production of the sedan has begun and it is being manufactured at the company’s Greater Noida plant. The pre-launch bookings for the 2019 Civic commenced on February 15 and the firm is claiming that in just seven days, it has exceeded the expected three-week pre-launch booking numbers.The tenth-generation Honda Civic can be booked for an amount of Rs 31,000 at all the authorized company dealerships across the country. Upon its launch in India, the sedan will take on the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.”We are delighted to begin the production of all new Civic which will be launched on March 7. Since this has been a highly anticipated launch in India, we are receiving an outstanding response during pre-launch phase. In just 7 days, we have exceeded our expected 3-week pre-booking numbers which is a testament to the excitement the iconic Honda Civic has generated amongst customers,” Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director, Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India, said in a statement on February 22.The 2019 Honda Civic will be available in India in both petrol and diesel engines. The sedan will get a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol motor producing 141 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. It will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). There will also be a 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel mill, from Honda Earth Dreams Technology series, churning out 120 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. This powertrain will get a six-speed manual transmission.advertisementWith regard to the fuel efficiency of the new Civic, the company is claiming that the petrol variant will return a mileage figure of 16.5 kmpl, while the diesel one will be good for 26.8 kmpl.The tenth-generation Honda Civic will have a length and width of 4,656 mm and 1,799 mm, respectively. It will be 1,433 high and have a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. It gets a 47-litre fuel tank and a 430-litre boot. The kerb weight of the petrol variant is 1,300 kg, while the diesel one will weigh 1,353 kg. The sedan will have 17-inch alloy wheels with discs, both at the front and rear.Civic is Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate with cumulative sales of 25 million units worldwide. It is sold in 170 countries around the globe.It is being speculated that the tenth-generation Honda Civic will be priced in India between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). While Octavia is priced between Rs 15.99 lakh and Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Corolla Altis ranges from Rs 16.45 lakh to Rs 20.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Elantra is priced between Rs 13.81 lakh and Rs 20.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).Honda Cars India was established in December 1995 and has two manufacturing facilities, one each at Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Alwar (Rajasthan). It has been a busy 2019 for the company. While the firm has discontinued the production of hatchback Brio, it has recently introduced exclusive editions of compact sedan Amaze, premium hatchback Jazz and compact sports utility vehicle WR-V. Now, it is all set to drive-in the tenth-generation Civic.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga demand rises, customers will have to wait for 22-24 weeks for deliveriesALSO READ | Tata 45X Concept officially named Altroz, to be commercially launched in mid-2019ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift deliveries to start by first week of March, hatchback gets more safety features