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  1. It's safe to assume and believe that Rajkummar Rao spells perfection in his own unique way. The man has a record of giving power packed performances in all his movies and owns every role like they were written for him. A big thank you to all you wonderful people for the love & appreciation for #BKB & for appreciating my work as #PritamVidrohi. It inspires me to work harder. ðð»â¤ï¸ðð#BareillyKiBarfi A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Aug 19, 2017 at 6:56am PDT If I even begin to analyse the array of roles he has played, and how well he managed to essay them, I can basically go on for an entire day. You think you liked him in 'Queen' or 'Bareily Ki Barfi', then you wonder how did he slip into the character of Bose. The man has proved his mettle time and again. He's won the award in the 'best actor'category for 'Newton' at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Won the best actor award at the most prestigious #APSA2017 (Asia Pacific Screen Awards). Thank you Maa. Thank u team #Newton. Don't stop chasing your dreams because they really do come true. A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Nov 23, 2017 at 5:12am PST The actor dedicated the win to his mother, who passed away while he was shooting for this movie in Chhatisgarh. He believes her blessings ensured the success that his movie has been savouring. the movie has also won the award for best screenplay. Rajkummar is currently enjoying the success of his web series where he has played the titular role of Bose. We totally recommend it if you still haven't watched it.
  2. President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry. "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Understudy for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!" Trump tweeted. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the pair came to the decision after they "talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical." Just hours before, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders had defended the US Fish and Wildlife Service's move to end the 2014 ban initiated under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. The service said Thursday that it would begin issuing permits to import "sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21, 2016 and December 31, 2018. Zambia would also have been covered under the revised rule. The move was met with a barrage of criticism from animal rights groups and activists. It also came on the same day that the US State Department presented to Congress its first annual report on wildlife trafficking which, it said, "remains a serious transnational crime." 'Unfit for office' French screen legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot added her voice to the growing chorus of criticism, slamming Trump as "unfit for office" after his administration's "shameful actions." "No despot in the world can take responsibility for killing off an age-old species that is part of the world heritage of humanity," Bardot said in a letter to Trump, released through Foundation Brigitte Bardot. The move is "a cruel decision backed by Zimbabwe's crazy dictator and it confirms the sick and deadly power you assert over the entire plant and animal kingdom," the 83-year-old actress added. "Your shameful actions confirm the rumours that you are unfit for office." According to the Great Elephant Census project, African Savanna elephant populations fell by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, while Zimbabwe saw a drop of six percent. Despite an overall fall in poaching, Africa's elephant population has declined in part because of continued illegal killing, said a report this year by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. African ivory, in particular, is highly sought in China where it is a status symbol. A provision in the Endangered Species Act says the import of such trophies can be legal if accompanied by proof that the hunting benefits broader conservation of the species. Trump's sons are known to have a passion for hunting. In one widely shared photograph, Donald Trump Jr poses with a knife in one hand and an elephant tail in the other, the animal's corpse beside him. The US decision follows tumultuous days in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign after the military seized control of the country.
  3. The smog enveloping Delhi and its surrounding areas is showing no signs of retreating anytime soon. The PM levels of Delhi's air have already shot far beyond the permissible limit. While a reading of 50 PM 2.5 is the measure of good quality air, the air in Delhi already crossed the figure of 495, which is officially hazardous to life. While primary schools were shut and parking prices increased, the rest of Delhi still found itself scampering to get by. © BCCL And now, the rising smog has reached the areas surrounding Delhi. Haryana Ranji team captain Amit Mishra recently shared a picture of a cricket field in Lahli, Haryana, that has been completely enveloped by the smog. The situation is so bad there's almost zero visibility. The smog has made it impossible for the Haryana and Rajasthan teams to continue with the match on its fourth day. This is the condition today @ lahli. Hope we will get some play today. — Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) November 12, 2017 The Haryana Ranji team was all set to win the game against Rajasthan, leading with a score of 252 runs on the third day, but the smog has decided to play spoilsport and has disrupted the game for good. Indian Medical Association (IMA) has declared this a public health emergency given the harmful effects of breathing in this poisonous air. Prolonged exposure to the polluted air in Delhi can increase risk of heart stroke, lung cancer and respiratory diseases. People have been advised to stay indoors and use N95 masks when stepping outside. When the situation is so dangerous, we wonder how our Ranji cricketers would fare playing in the open field for hours at end. The future looks rather foggy.
  4. When it comes to the game of cricket, the glorious history of the sport has been witness to interruptions of all kinds. Whether it's incessant rain, butt-naked streakers or stray animals, the proceedings during cricket matches have often been disrupted due to one of those reasons. But, during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Palam Air Force Ground, the play came to an abrupt halt for a more bizarre reason. Twitter The third day's play between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh was disrupted after a mystery man drove his WagonR onto the playing field and subsequently, on the pitch. The perpetrator, identified as Girish Sharma, is alleged to have been suffering from depression and is currently under treatment. Sharma entered the complex and instead moving towards the designated parking lot, which is behind the main pavilion, he took a detour entering from the Palam B complex into the field of play and took couple of rounds of the pitch before trying to leave the ground. Twitter A senior Indian Air Force official revealed that at around 4.30 pm, a security guard of the IAF was checking a BCCI vehicle when he spotted the Wagon R enter the ground. “The entry gate is adjacent to the Air Force station and can be accessed from main road. When the driver entered the ground, our staff closed the gate to prevent him from escaping. He was caught and handed over to police,” the official told the HT. The major security breach did leave the officials dumbfounded, but the cricketers, especially Ishant Sharma saw the lighter side of it before taking to Twitter to share the photos of the bizarre incident. Drive in theater just progressed to #DriveIn match. Shocking scene in between #RanjiTrophy match today witnessed with @GautamGambhir I:NDTV — Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) November 3, 2017 Very disturbing to see our Ranji Trophy game being interrupted in this fashion today! Thankfully all players are safe ð¤ð» — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 3, 2017 So a mentally unstable man driving WagonR stopped a Ranji Trophy match in Delhi. Perfect epitomization of Delhi's situation overall. — Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) November 3, 2017
  5. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Post is issuing a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 10 denomination and souvenir sheet of Rs 50 denomination in honour of the country?s remarkable Champions Trophy victory in England earlier this year. The commemorative postage stamp will be available for sale at all important Post Offices in Pakistan from Thursday. Pakistan team poses with the Champions Trophy, June 18, 2017 Meanwhile, a postage stamp of Rs 8 denomination is being issued on Wednesday on 125th anniversary of Government Islamia College Lahore. Pakistan outclassed India by 180 runs in the hotly anticipated final match of the ICC Champions Trophy held at The Oval, London in June this year.
  6. In a tournament featuring the world's top-eight ODI sides, Pakistan were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. They had also slipped to the ninth spot in the ICC ODI rankings after a shocking loss to Zimbabwe, just four days after the cut-off date to qualify for the ICC mega event. For all the fans, cricket pundits and even the so-called astrologers, there was no way Pakistan was going to pose a threat to anyone, let alone win the coveted title. And, after their first game against a team they cannot lose to, Pakistan were dead and buried. The only being which airline they would use to book their flight back home. There was no way Sarfraz Ahmed-led side was going to march ahead in the tournament. But, then came the resurrection from the dead, the kind even the Gods would be proud of, to not just reach the final, but to annihilate an opponent they had developed a habit of losing to in the ICC events. A comeback, a bolt from the blue that carried on for four matches and propelled Pakistan all the way to their maiden Champions Trophy title. © Reuters Riding on the back of three commendable wins, Pakistan was expected to run out of steam against a much-superior and more-proven Indian side in the summit clash. They were up against a team that had impressed everyone with their formidable batting line-up and the one that looked the most complete side in the tournament. But, high on self-belief and with much-needed momentum on their side, a spirited Pakistani brigade did what no one could have possibly imagined - wreak havoc on Virat Kohli's men. Following a brilliant hundred by Fakhar Zaman and a magical spell by Mohammad Amir, Pakistan notched up the Champions Trophy title on the back of a sweet 180-run win over arch-rivals India. So, how did they do it? How does a lowly-ranked team get past the cricket bigwigs one after another and then shock the best team in the tournament to claim top honours? While a collective team effort and some brilliant individual performances surely aided Pakistan, it appears that cricketer-turned-commentator Sunil Gavaskar and India's current coach Ravi Shastri had a pivotal role in their successful Champions Trophy campaign. © Reuters Several former cricketers, including legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri had tagged India favorites to ease past Pakistan in the final. According to Talat Ali, the manager of the Pakistan team during the Champions Trophy, remarks of Shastri and Gavaskar fired up the team. "India wrote us off in the final. I was listening to the analysis of Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri and they gave us no chance. That fired up the boys. It was called a no-contest and we were written off. We said let the bat and ball do the talking," Ali revealed. For a team that can't play international cricket at home due to security issues, the Champions Trophy victory undeniably has a far-reaching implication. If Zaman announced his arrival in international cricket with a match-defining knock, Pakistan cricket's 'enfant terrible' Amir finally managed to sing a redemption song that he has been longing for.
  7. LAHORE: The trophy for the upcoming Independence Cup, to be played between Pakistan and World XI, was unveiled on Monday. While speaking to the media after the trophy unveiling ceremony, Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, said they were well-prepared for the upcoming matches. "Our responsibility has increased after winning the Champions Trophy." Expressing excitement over the tournament, the Pakistan team captain said World XI is a very good team and he expects exciting cricket to be played. When asked who his favourite player was, Sarfraz said just like many others, he too liked South African player Hashim Amla. Earlier, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) World XI players arrived at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport amid tight security, a day before the much-anticipated three-match T20 series against Pakistan kicks off at Gaddafi Stadium. The star-studded team, led by South Africa's Faf du Plessis, was welcomed by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi at the airport, before being transported to its hotel at Mall Road. World XI tour bigger than just cricket: Faf du Plessis World XI skipper says tour is a historic opportunity for players to be part of something bigger than just the game Later during a news conference, Faf du Plessis said the historic tour to Pakistan presents a rare opportunity for the players to be a part of something bigger than just cricket. ?When I sit down with my family some day and we talk about this... it?s something I would be glad to have been a part of,? said du Plessis, as he expressed his excitement for participating in the historic series. Andy Flower had said he was happy and proud to be coach of the World XI team. ?We are celebrating the return of international cricket to Pakistan. This brave nation had to suffer the absence of international cricket for a very long time,? Flower said. The former Zimbabwean cricketer pointed out that Pakistan team had achieved a lot of significant milestones in the eight years that it had suffered isolation in the cricket world. ?Pakistan helped Zimbabwean cricket a lot in the 1990s,? he said. The coach expressed hope the world will get to see some great cricket action this week.
  8. FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour kick-off ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday launched the World Cup trophy on a tour across Russia ahead of the 2018 championship, with the head of world soccer?s governing body lauding Russia?s readiness for the event. ?To the people of Russia, I tell them: enjoy and celebrate the trophy tour and then the World Cup. And to the people of the world, I tell them: come to Russia, enjoy Russia and celebrate the World Cup,? Infantino said, standing next to Putin on a stage in Moscow?s Luzhniki stadium. Surrounded by hundreds of young soccer players, Infantino and Putin took turns to hold the FIFA World Cup in their hands before it started its 123-day, 26,000 km (16,250 mile) journey. ?We are starting now the prepare the whole world for next year?s event when in this stadium three billion people around the world will watch this trophy being handed over to the next world champion,? Infantino said. Moscow has eased visa regulations for foreign soccer fans and pumped billions of dollars into stadiums, hotels and other infrastructure as the Kremlin is keen to improve Russia?s image in its worst crisis with the West since the Cold War. Russia has come under several rounds of Western sanctions over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow?s role in Ukraine?s conflict with pro-Russian separatists. ?Everything is proceeding according to plan, everything is financed properly,? Putin told Infantino at a separate meeting later in remarks shown by state television. The Luzhniki stadium, which has undergone a five-year reconstruction, will host the opening and final games of the World Cup 2018.
  9. The B-town hairstylist Aalim Hakim had recently shown his magic on the Indian cricket team captain's hair. In fact, the Indian team went on a haircut spree while practising for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. The 23-year-old ‘international level' newbie Hardik Pandya is sporting that prepossessing look by none other than Aalim Hakim and girls are drooling over this budding cricketer. The aggressive Captain's new look just adds a whole new sass to his classy vigorous self. Check it out. Flight delays call for a selfie, #Srilanka it is!✌️@rahulkl #Enroute #BackToBasics A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jul 19, 2017 at 5:53am PDT You have to agree that Hakim has done a fabulous job here and that this is Virat Kohli's best look till date. He got his latest haircut on the 25th of May and is still rocking the fantastic look. A razor sharp suave n sexy hairstyle for the super hawt Indian cricket Captain Virat Kohli .The Man who is pride of India 🇮🇳 has an amazing sense of fashion and his own style statement. 🤘 As always pleasure styling the amazingly talented Indian skipper Virat Kohli before he leaves for the Champions Trophy London. #ViratKohli #IndianSkipper #Captain #ChampionsTrophy2017 #Hairstyle #TeamHakimsAalim #HakimsAalimStudio #HArocks #England #PrideOfIndia #CricketIcon 🤘 A post shared by Salon Hakim's Aalim (@aalimhakim) on May 25, 2017 at 5:41am PDT The haircut is simply perfect. It goes with his face cut and enhances his sharp features but that jaw line though! Someone, please give him a Champions trophy for his cool AF hairstyle. Now, lets hope he brings the Champions' Trophy from this Sri Lanka tour 2017 home as well. Way to go champs!
  10. ISLAMABAD: In a bid to acknowledge and pay homage to Pakistan Cricket Team on the historic win of Champions Trophy, Pakistan Navy hosted a reception dinner on Thursday, informed a press statement of Director General Public Relations of Pak Navy. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the host of the ceremony. During his address, the naval chief highly appreciated the display of the teamwork and esprit de corps by the players during the tournament, especially in the final match for bringing laurels for Pakistan. Admiral Zakaullah added that Pakistan Navy like the entire nation is proud of entire Pakistan cricket team. The naval chief said Pakistan Navy is especially proud of ex PN serviceman Fakhar Zaman, who remained part of Pakistan Navy cricket team for seven years and has become symbol of Pakistan as well as of Pakistan Navy, for his impressive performance throughout the tournament. The Naval chief also applauded Captain of the team Sarfaraz Ahmed who played an instrumental role by uniting as well as leading entire team and playing as one unit thereby achieving this glorious feat. He remarked that winning the ICC Champions Trophy is a matter of great pride for all of us in Pakistan Navy and that it is a great pleasure to celebrate the success with our cricket team heroes. The Naval Chief also praised PCB Officials/ management, Selection Committee, PSL management and entire team for their untiring contributions towards winning this Champions Trophy for the first time by defeating arch-rivals in the final. The naval chief who himself is a recipient of President Pride of Performance for outstanding performance in Yachting and twice Gold medalist in Asian Sailing Championship besides representing Pakistan in Olympics Yachting regattas acknowledged that Pakistan has tremendous talent and Pakistani sportsmen are well capable to win championships in other sports disciplines as well. Chief of the Naval Staff also awarded medals among the winning heroes and champions.
  11. India and Pakistan might not see eye-to-eye on the political front, but when it comes to cricket, the athletes from both sides have ensured that their rivalry is restricted to the playing field. Cricketers from both the teams share mutual respect and are often seen hanging out with each other. This picture captures the soul of Ind-Pak matches. Enemies on the field. BFFs off the field. Dhoni with Sarfaraz's son, Abdullah. — Humayoun Khan (@HumayounAK) June 17, 2017 Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan, MS Dhoni was seen holding the son of Sarfraz Ahmed in a widely-shared photograph on social media. Despite losing the match, Virat Kohli's praise for the rival Pakistani team surely won hearts across the border. Thanks to these legends for sparing their time for my kids they were so happy.... @msdhoni @imVkohli @YUVSTRONG12 — Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) June 20, 2017 And, then, there were photographs of Dhoni, Kohli and Yuvraj Singh striking a pose with Azhar Ali's kids that went on to showcase the spirit of cricket which binds two rival teams representing the nations who are at loggerheads elsewhere. Now, another incident has once again proved that cricket sure is the best possible medium to bridge any gap between the two countries, and at least, momentarily, ease the tension. © Reuters A classic ‘beyond the borders' story was shared by Pakistan women's cricketer Kainat Imtiaz on Monday, who is currently busy representing her country in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup in England. Sharing one of the best moments of the tournament, the Pakistani seamer posted a photograph alongside Indian bowler Jhulan Goswami on Instagram. The 25-year-old wrote a brief message in the caption of the post that has so far garnered over 9,800 likes. Let me share a story with you all. In 2005 i saw the Indian team for the 1st time as the Asia cup was held in Pakistan. I was the ball picker during the tornament... I saw @jhulangoswami. The fastest bowler of that time. I was so impressed that i chose cricket as a career. Specificly fast bowling. 😍 Its a proud moment for me as after 12 years today in 2017 i am playing this ODI World Cup with one of my inspirations and getting more inspired....... 😍❤ A post shared by kainat Imtiaz (@kainatimtiaz23) on Jul 3, 2017 at 6:09am PDT "Let me share a story with you all. In 2005 i saw the Indian team for the 1st time as the Asia cup was held in Pakistan. I was the ball picker during the tornament. I saw @jhulangoswami. The fastest bowler of that time. I was so impressed that i chose cricket as a career. Specificly fast bowling. It's a proud moment for me as after 12 years today in 2017 i am playing this ODI World Cup with one of my inspirations and getting more inspired," Kainat wrote. Just like a lot of budding Indian cricketers idolised the great Wasim Akram in the 90s, Jhulan is certainly a legend in the women's circuit and it comes as no surprise that the Indian seamer could make such a telling impact on Imtiaz. Earlier, Kainat had also shared a photograph of former Indian captain Anjum Chopra with the caption: "It was an honour meeting this legend". Its was an honour meeting this legend. 😊 @anjum_chopra #formerindiancaptain #respect A post shared by kainat Imtiaz (@kainatimtiaz23) on Jul 2, 2017 at 11:21am PDT While Kainat ended up on the losing side following their loss to India in a high-octane clash in Derby, she has surely won many hearts on both sides of the border.
  12. After losing the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan, the Indian cricket team and their fans were dealt with another blow following Anil Kumble's decision to step down as their coach. While his decision sent shockwaves across the cricket fraternity, it also sounded the death knell of his productive partnership with captain Virat Kohli that helped India scale new heights. But, amid his sad ouster from the Indian team, another shocking revelation has surfaced regarding Kumble's resignation. It is believed that Kohli, who has been vocal about his differences with the Indian coach, abused Kumble during the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy. According to a report by the Zee News, Kohli had a major fall-out with Kumble during a team meeting ahead of India's final against Pakistan in the ICC tournament. In what began as a normal argument, soon turned ugly as an aggressive Kohli abused Kumble in front of his teammates. © BCCL The report, based on undisclosed sources, also suggests that Kohli also went on to tell Kumble that the members of the Indian team were not in favour of him continuing as coach. Reacting to Kohli's comments, an infuriated Kumble said: "Enough is enough". Thank you! — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 In a heart-felt letter he posted on Twitter, Kumble had highlighted his "untenable" differences with the Indian captain as the major reason behind his decision to step down as their coach. He also clarified that it was only a day before that he got to know through the BCCI that Kohli had reservations with his "style" and his continual as the head coach. "I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as head coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff. Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my 'style' and about my continuing as the head coach," Kumble said. © BCCL "I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on," he added further. Ever since taking over as India's coach in June 2016, Kumble brought to the table professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views. "Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective," he said. © BCCL "I see the coach's role akin to 'holding a mirror' to drive self-improvement in the team's interest. In light of these 'reservations I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit," he added. Under Kumble, India went on to become the No. 1 team in Tests and also reached the final of the Champions Trophy. His one-year tenure also saw India winnings the Test series against Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand and Australia. After their loss to Pakistan, while the Indian cricket team left for West Indies to play five ODIs and a T20 series, Kumble stayed back in England to attend the ICC meeting. However, on 20 June, the 46-year-old decided to renounce his duties as Indian coach which was later confirmed by the BCCI.
  13. Police in India have arrested 15 Muslims for allegedly celebrating Pakistan?s stunning victory against India in the Champions Trophy finale. The 15 people were arrested in the Madhya Pradesh state on Monday over charges of sedition. They were shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan and bursting crackers, police claimed. The accused would be presented before the court on Tuesday. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title, in a historic victory featuring a quickfire hundred by batting sensation Fakhar Zaman and a magical spell by Mohammad Amir which removed both the Indian openers and skipper Virat Kohli.
  14. NEW DELHI: Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan´s adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy. Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all international matches abroad. Only Zimbabwe have visited Pakistan since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore which prompted all other major teams to call off tours. Pakistan entered the eight-team Champions Trophy in England and Wales ranked dead last, but upset arch-rivals India with a 180-run thrashing in Sunday´s final. "Deep in your heart, as a cricket lover, you can´t be disappointed to see a nation like that (win). We all know their struggles of not getting any international cricket back home," Gilchrist told reporters in New Delhi. "They are basically a nomadic team which plays abroad. Perhaps because of that, they were able to adjust well in those conditions." It was Pakistan´s first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup. Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies´ victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home. "The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable," said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a "positive story" for cricket. "Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket. India, after a very impressive tournament, just got caught out on the big final day. That can happen."
  15. LONDON: The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year´s edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching the stunning final. But some officials believe the eight-team event is now too similar to the World Cup which the ICC, controversially, has decided should be contested by just 10 teams from the 2019 event in England. India are due to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2021 but Richardson warned Monday it was by no means certain the event would go ahead, with the former South Africa wicketkeeper saying future World Twenty20s could feature up to 20 teams. "What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens," Richardson told reporters via telephone on the eve of the ICC´s annual conference in London. "At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20." ICC Chief Executive David Richardson He added: "The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams. "A 16-team World T20 -- even a 20-team World T20 -- down the line is something that we would like to look at. "With a 10-team World Cup we´re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole. "It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward." This week´s ICC gathering at The Oval is also set to decide whether to grant Test status to Ireland and Afghanistan, with an announcement expected on Thursday. "It´s never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded," said Richardson. "They both, on the face of it, meet the majority, if not all, of the full member criteria that has been set. "I´m optimistic that they´ll be given serious consideration to have every chance of succeeding."
  16. India needs no introduction to cricket. No other sport has ever received such top-level patronage in this country. Whether it's a pre-match preview or an elaborate analysis after the game, cricket has always been the common topic of discussion for Indians. It dictates office breaks, family dinners and even kitty parties of elderly women - something that clearly defines the popularity of Indian cricketers. And, when it's India against arch-rivals Pakistan, the entire country comes to an absolute standstill. While their cricket clashes might seem like a high-intensity game for the rest of the world, it's literally war barring the guns for both India and Pakistan. A fight till the death, a contest bigger than any prize and an opportunity to prove their superiority. © Reuters Both the nations revel in their victories against each other and are often seen reeling after suffering a loss - something India is still finding hard to come to terms with after a failed title defence in the ICC Champions Trophy. A crushing 180-run loss in the final against an opponent they were not expected to lose to, understandably evoked strong responses from all the corners of the country. Scathing attacks were launched against the star-studded Indian team. Virat Kohli's captaincy was heavily criticised. Ravichandran Ashwin's defensive mindset in the final was scrutinised to the limit. And, Ravindra Jadeja's lack of match awareness following Hardik Pandya's run-out became the talk of the town. Since India's loss, there have been a lot of videos of heart-broken Indian fans currently doing the rounds on social media. But, amongst all of those, there is one that arguably manages to capture the mood of 1.34 billion individuals. A Facebook video shows a kid glued to his TV set watching the horror unfold before his favourite team succumbed to a shambolic loss against Pakistan. And when his mother (who can be heard in the background), asked him why he was crying, the poor boy innocently expresses his anger against Ravindra Jadeja who he thinks got in-form Hardik Pandya run-out. While his mother (who also couldn't stop laughing) tried to console her son by highlighting the fact that India still had two wickets in hand, the emotional youngster quickly dismissed her suggestions by pointing out that neither Jasprit Bumrah, nor Bhuvneshwar Kumar had what it takes change the game. © Reuters If his emotions didn't make your heart cringe, wait till you hear the comments of his much-younger brother who tries to console him by saying, "Don't cry, Pandya will go back into the pavilion and complain to captain Kohli who in turn will surely throw Jadeja out of the team." This sad, yet funny, video has been spreading like wildfire on social media with many urging Indian cricketers to watch it and realise what their exploits really mean to their fellow countrymen. Remember that kid whose teary-eyed reaction from the stands encapsulated the humiliation Brazil suffered at the hands of Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup? This Indian kid was not present at The Oval, but his sheer emotions after witnessing India's forgetful outing perfectly defines what cricket means to our country.
  17. Along with the Pakistan team trending and emerging as the surprise winners, Shoaib Akhtar is also taking social media by the storm. Before you jump to conclusions and wonder if he is back to balling , then the answer is ‘no’. A new video of Shoaib explaining how he is so energetic is going viral on the internet. © Twitter He is not sharing any health tips in there but is looking different from what he usually does. The reason why the clip is going viral is because he is loaded with makeup. Yes, celebrities do wear makeup to look fine on camera and while there is a thin line in being hideous and scary, Shoaib turned to the other side as he flaunts a dark shade of lipstick and even eyeshadow. © YouTube Needless to say, the world is confused. Seems like his own Rawalpindi express of life has walked past his sanity.
  18. KARACHI: Players of Pakistan cricket team returned home, in the wee hours of Tuesday, to a grand welcome, after winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. A young Pakistan team stunned the world and created history on Sunday, thrashing an in-form and star-studded Indian side by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval. Players begin to return separately to their hometowns after unavailability of tickets barred them from boarding a flight together. Four Cricketers have arrived in Lahore, Two will land in Karachi, while two others in Islamabad. Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam Ahmad Shahzad along with player of the tournament Hasan Ali land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. Captain Sarfraz Ali and Rumman Raees to arrive back home in Karachi. While Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim will be arriving at the Benazir International Airport in Islamabad around 7:30 AM.
  19. Pakistan`s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is named as captain of 'Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017' on Monday. The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which included former captains Michael Atherton of England, India?s Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager ? Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman. The jury was tasked with picking a balanced side on the basis of performances in the tournament. Statistics were used, but were not the sole basis for selection. The side includes four Pakistanis, three Indians, three Englishmen and one Bangladeshi, with Kane Williamson of New Zealand as 12th man. The Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 (in batting order) is: i) Shikhar Dhawan (India) (338 runs) ii) Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) 252 runs) iii) Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) (293 runs) iv) Virat Kohli (India) (258 runs) v) Joe Root (England) (258 runs) vi) Ben Stokes (England) (184 runs and three wickets) vii) Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan) (captain) (wicketkeeper) (76 runs and nine dismissals) viii) Adil Rashid (England) (seven wickets) ix) Junaid Khan (Pakistan) (eight wickets) x) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India) (seven wickets) xi) Hassan Ali (Pakistan) (13 wickets) xii) Kane Williamson (New Zealand (12th) (244 runs) Dhawan and Hassan had already won the Golden Bat and Gold Ball trophies for finishing as the most successful batsman and bowler, respectively, while Tamim was selected after driving Bangladesh to its maiden semi-final in a major ICC event. Pakistan?s Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan?s opening partner after he aggregated 252 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 113, following scores of 31 against South Africa, 50 against Sri Lanka, 57 against England in the semi-final and 114 against India in the final. Joe Root was rewarded for his 258 runs in the tournament, while Ben Stokes was selected as an all-rounder following his aggregate of 184 runs and three wickets. Fast bowlers Junaid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hassan shared 28 wickets between them in the tournament, while wrist-spinner Rashid finished with seven wickets with an economy rate of 4.73. Sarfraz was chosen as the captain following his inspirational leadership during the 18-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team?s 180-run victory over India in front of a full house. Pakistan had started disastrously when it suffered a 124-run thrashing at the hands of India, before it bounced back to defeat South Africa by 19 runs, Sri Lanka by three wickets and England in the semi-final by eight wickets. Fast bowlers Junaid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hassan shared 28 wickets between them in the tournament. Sarfraz also won the Player of the Match award in the match against Sri Lanka when Pakistan, chasing 237 runs for victory, had slipped from 74 for one to 162 for seven. Sarfraz, who came out to bat at number six with the scoreboard reading 110 for four, returned unbeaten on 61 from 79 balls with five fours. Pakistan had entered the tournament ranked eighth on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, but courtesy its victories against higher-ranked sides, finished in sixth place, which means it now looks well set to qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. ?To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the perfect icing on the cake,? remarked Sarfraz. ?But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side. These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here. ?The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been a fairytale journey for the Pakistan cricket team. The event showed the team?s grit and ability to bounce back solidly when the chips are down. I am confident that the faith and trust of the Pakistan cricket team will be strengthened with this performance of the side.?
  20. If the burden of dealing with Monday wasn’t enough to screw our minds, yesterday’s India-Pakistan match added more fuel to the already burning flames of frustration in every Indian’s heart. Honestly, we can’t figure out what is more hurtful – India losing the match or us losing to Pakistan. For a team that was ranked lowest of all the sides playing in the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan has surely come a long way to script an unfathomable victory against an opponent that was labelled as the tournament favourite. India, on the other hand, despite being a consistent performer, lost in the final battle by 180 runs. © Reuters After watching this match, we are sure many of you would have faced troubles sleeping comfortably, with Fakhar Zaman haunting you in your dreams. Clearly, the boys played well, but their exceptional performance has left us in utter shock and despair. Having said that, Pakistan may have the title to them, but we have something that’s way brutal, savage and badass than the trophy – Indian Twitter accounts. When Twitter is here, you can cope with everything under the sun and that’s exactly what happened when India lost the match. We not only found solace in these hilarious tweets, but these also helped us sail through Monday which is, otherwise, excruciating to get through. These tweets are spot on and have collectively spoken for every Indian who is currently struggling to deal with this loss. We are sure she will rescue them. 11 Indians stranded in Oval, London. Madam Sushma Swaraj please rescue them. #IndvPak — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) 18 June 2017 You can’t own it but you can still hold it! Here's Sarfraz letting Virat touch his trophy #ct17 — Dil Dil Dennistan (@DennisCricket_) 18 June 2017 #INDvPAK — Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) 18 June 2017 This hit us right in the feels. Pak is feeling like the vernacular boy who cracks IIT while the posh English speaking neighborhood boy doesn't even get through ITI #INDvPAK — The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) 18 June 2017 This could not have been more accurate Current situation of an Indian fan. #IndvsPak — Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) 18 June 2017 Just like us. Kohli: how did you keep your calm with bowlers like these? Dhoni: I'm dead inside. — Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) 18 June 2017 #INDvPAK Indian supporters after Kohli and Rohit wickets !! — Nabeel Khan 🇵🇰 (@hyp3rfr3ak) 18 June 2017 This hit us harder than Pandya’s run out We lost the match bulleya They played so well bulleya We need a slap bulleya Cup unka, cup unka #INDvPAK — Tamanna Wahi (@tamannaW) 18 June 2017 Some Indians allegedly tried to pull off a stint that is, actually, Pakistan’s forte – breaking TV sets. #Lucknow : Upset fans break their TV set after the defeat of Indian Cricket Team in #CT2017Final. #IndiavsPakistan. Reports @ankushnbt — NBT Lucknow (@NBTLucknow) 18 June 2017 Although we don’t know how many of us use such TVs these days, but it’s good that they broke an old one. I would rather suppress my anger than break my latest LED TV. Some were quick to notice the joy on their faces. Khusi to dekho chehre pe.. — ATJ (@ATusharJ) 18 June 2017 Some even echoed similar sentiments about this old TV han ye saste wale to tod hi dena chahiye. — kiran moghe (@kiranmoghe) 18 June 2017 Check out this video where the alleged upset fans are seen breaking TVs in Agra and Kanpur.
  21. In a tournament that was featuring the world's top-eight ODI sides, Pakistan were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy. They had also slipped to the ninth spot in the ICC ODI rankings after a shocking loss to Zimbabwe, just four days after the cut-off date to qualify for the ICC mega event. For all the fans, cricket pundits and even the so-called astrologers, there was no way Pakistan was going to pose a threat to anyone, let alone win the coveted title. And, after their first game against a team they cannot lose to, Pakistan were dead and buried. The only being which airline they would use to book their flight back home. There was no way Sarfraz Ahmed-led side was going to march ahead in the tournament. But, then came the resurrection from the dead, the kind even the Gods would be proud of, to not just reach the final, but to annihilate an opponent they had developed a habit of losing to in the ICC events. A comeback, a bolt from the blue that carried on for four matches and propelled Pakistan all the way to their maiden Champions Trophy title. © Reuters A bolt that was so ridiculously strong that it blew three of the tournament favourites away with relative ease. A bolt so impressive that it even reminded everyone of their glory days, when the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar ran the show. Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today. Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket. — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 18, 2017 Riding on the back of three commendable wins, Pakistan were expected to run out of steam against a much-superior and more-proven Indian side in the summit clash. They were up against a team that had impressed everyone with their formidable batting line-up and the one that looked the most complete side in the tournament. But, high on self-belief and with much-needed momentum on their side, a spirited Pakistani brigade did what no one could have possibly imagined - wreak havoc on Virat Kohli's men. © Reuters Asked to bat first, Pakistan were off to a nervy start with both Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali looking vulnerable against the disciplined line and lengths of India's opening bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. And then, just one mistake from India - a no-ball from Bumrah - and Pakistan literally ran away with the game. Pakistan's batting line-up that was probably their achilles heel in the tournament was not expected to stand a chance against the innovative Indian seamers. And even somehow if they ended up surviving early on, they were surely no match for India's world-class spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, right? Wrong. #Scenes. I'll have a headache tonight. #CT17 #INDvPAK — Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) June 18, 2017 The fragility, nervousness and pressure were nowhere to be seen in Pakistan's innings. The only thing that was on display turned out to be some attacking and fearless batting of the highest order, the one that left the Indian bowlers clueless and captain Kohli wondering just how it had all gone wrong so quickly. © Reuters Just one no-ball, one extra chance for opener Fakhar Zaman was all Pakistan needed to put on arguably the best batting show by any team in this year's ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan had already won the psychological battle with their batting. The target of 339 runs was never going to be easy for any team, let alone India whose middle-order was yet to get tested in the tournament. I was hoping a team in green and gold would win. Seems there was a mix up in countries though 😉 Well done Pakistan, congrats Mickey — Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) June 18, 2017 And when the pressure was on India, the more experienced side, the Men in Blue crumbled, making a cookie look like the sturdiest object in the universe. First with the ball, when things started to go wrong, and then with the bat, letting the big target weigh them down so much that the contest seemed all but over in the ninth over of the second innings - courtesy some exceptional seam bowling from Mohammad Amir. © Reuters Hardik Pandya's fireworks did raise a few hopes for India but it was tad too late for the Kohli brigade who had, by then, half of their side hiding their faces in the pavilion. In the end, it was a 180-run victory for Pakistan, an unlikely winner that had pulled off the biggest win in the history of an ICC tournament final. Champions having celebrations in dressing room! 💚💚💚💚 #Champions #INDvPAK — ش ے خ 💦 (@Meri_Jaan_) June 18, 2017 From being looked upon as a side that could crash out of the tournament at any moment, Pakistan played with more passion and intensity than India who had a hard time keeping up with their arch-rivals.
  22. Photo from Indian media shows disgruntled fans breaking their TV sets in anger. It appears that some Indian citizens have taken their national cricket team's defeat against Pakistan a little too hard. Shocked silence reverberated across New Delhi on Sunday night following the historic upset by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London. Delhi's streets were all but deserted after the game ended with fans storming out of public screenings after Hardik Pandya?s 76-run blitz ended with India staring down the barrel at 152-7. "I am shocked... we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way," Amit Sharma told news agency AFP at Delhi's Connaught Place. Rishi Kapoor ?concedes?, congratulates Pakistan on victory ?Yes Pakistan, you have defeated us. Well played, outplayed us in all departments! "We had planned big celebrations for what seemed like a sure shot victory for us with the way we were playing and also how Pakistan had just scraped into the final," Sharma added. Disgruntled Indian fans quietly walked away from open air screenings in disbelief. While some fireworks were ignited at the National Stadium near India Gate, Sanjay, a disappointed fan, said they were "fireworks of anger". "A loss against Pakistan is always a bitter pill to swallow. But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India," Raju Verma, an auto driver, said. Disappointed fans break TV sets in anger Some heart-broken Indian fans responded with anger. India media showed one emotional fan crying as he spoke to journalists after India's defeat at the hand of the Green Shirts. Photos showed others breaking their television sets in anger on the streets of Delhi. The rather extreme reaction, ironically, came after Indian sports journalist Vikrant Gupta claimed that if India loses the match against Pakistan, "at least nobody in India would react by breaking TV sets in anger". Gupta's claim was a jab at emotional Pakistani cricket fans, some of whom have in the past reacted to Pakistan's defeat against India in a similar manner. Photo from Indian media shows disgruntled fans breaking their TV sets in anger. Meanwhile, residents of Indian Occupied Kashmir celebrated Pakistan's victory over their arch-rivals with defiant pro-Pakistan chants and fireworks. Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat Kohli's team by 180 runs at the Oval. This is how Indian Occupied Kashmir reacted to Pakistan's victory in Champions Trophy 2017 Pakistan's win against arch-rivals brings fireworks, 'early Eid' to Indian occupied Valley Muslims in Indian Occupied Kashmir took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting "Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)" as fireworks exploded over Srinagar's skies. "This is the moment we were waiting for... It is a dream come true," a Kashmiri youth shouted in support of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team. "Winning this trophy apart, I am celebrating my political sentiment as well," Amir, who gave only his first name, told AFP outside the grand mosque in Srinagar's old town of Nowhatta. "This was long overdue." Photo shows Srinagar residents celebrating Pakistan's victory.?AFP photo Underdogs Pakistan, who lost their opener to India by 124 runs, turned around their fortunes in the 50-over tournament to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy crown. Pakistan, the bottom-ranked side in the eight-team event, rode on opener Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day international century to post 338-4 and then bundled out India for a paltry 158 in 30.3 overs. It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup.
  23. It seems that Pakistan`s inspirational win over India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval have also impressed Bollywood stars ? the B-town celebrities congratulated the Sarfraz-11 on twitter for their outstanding victory. Starting with Rishi Kapoor - the veteran actor 'conceded' his earlier provocative words. Actor Farhan Akhtar also congratulated Team Pakistan - adding that the green shirts were the better side. Varun Dhawan believed that the Pakistan team were the better side on the field. Surprisingly, Actor Anil Kapoor on the occasion chose to tweet on India`s win in Hockey than its defeat at The Oval Sidharth Malhotra believed that it was not India`s day. Arjun Rampal believed that Pakistan played superbly and deserved to win. Ranveer Singh also didn't mince his words to appreciate the game of Team Pakistan. We agree with Junior Bachchan here - not the #BleedBlue bit though Respect. Enough said. The Hindi-medium actor has a say on the match and it is...
  24. LONDON: Following are five key moments that helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy for the first time with a crushing 180-run victory over holders India at The Oval on Sunday. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed loses toss India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first. It proved to be a good toss to lose as Sarfraz said he would also have elected to field if he had won it. "We wanted to bowl first. But the toss is out of our control. Hopefully, we can post more than 300," Sarfraz said. Fakhar Zaman caught by Dhoni for three - off a no ball With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board. The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease. It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first international century before falling for 114. Kohli fails to capitalise on a dropped catch on five The Indian captain had come into the match with an astonishing batting average of 253 runs in this year?s tournament, having been dismissed only once in four matches. So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena. Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him next ball. His departure proved to be a bad omen for the Indians as the only other time he had been dismissed in this year?s Champions Trophy - against Sri Lanka in the group stage - the holders also lost the match. Amir back in team after missing semi-final with back injury Amir was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell. He removed India?s top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir?s figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets. His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets. Hardik Pandya run out for 76 Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession. He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first international century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh. India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs.