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  1. Having won two successive World Cups in 1975 and 1979, West Indies almost came close to securing their third, only to lose the final to India in 1983. Since that fateful day, the Windies have managed to enter the playoff stage only on three occasions - a semifinal entry in 1996 and a last-eight place in 2011 and 2015. Needless to mention, their ODI record, over the last five years, has been abysmal by any standards. But, despite their troubles in recent past, their 15-man squad is not the one to be underestimated. The power-packed entertainers like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are more than capable of winning the matches for their side single-handedly. The two super stars will also have adequate backing from swashbuckling Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo. © Reuters The Windies also have the luxurious services of Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite at their disposal. These men will not only provide depth to their batting, but are more than capable of giving the ball a fair tonk. The pace attack, that has been their weapon of mass destruction in the early years, looks intimidating and dangerous with the availability of Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell. On paper at least, the Windies do look like a side that can not only cause problems to the tournament favourites, but can also potentially reach the final. But, for that to happen, the following individuals must step up to the task: Chris Gayle © Reuters One of the most feared and a destructive opening batsman, Chris Gayle has undoubtedly lived up to his reputation as the 'Universe Boss'. The Jamaican marauder has been a force to reckon with in the limited-overs format, clearing the fence and tormenting the opposition bowlers at will. He might have struggled with his running between the wickets, but who cares about taking singles when you can send almost every ball in the stratosphere. A vital cog in the batting line-up for the Windies, the 39-year-old powerhouse has been in ominous form since his return to the ODI set-up after seven months in February this year. In his last five ODI innings, the left-hander has scored 424 runs including two hundreds and as many fifties. And, the fact that the Jamaican marauder is set to retire from ODIs after the World Cup further makes him a threat for the opposition. Andre Russell © Reuters While Gayle has reigned supreme at the top, Andre Russell has carved his own niche to become a key member in West Indies' middle-order. A sweet timer of the ball with enough experience to mould his innings, the 31-year-old's versatility to literally bat anywhere in the middle-order gives his team that extra cushion they'll need in crunch situations. But, that's not the only thing Russell is good at. Sprinting in to deliver his medium-paced deliveries, the right-arm bowler can also be more than handy with the ball. His cunning variations and testing lengths can give the Windies vital breakthroughs in dire situations. For the Windies to launch a stern title charge this year, Russell must carry on his fine form from the IPL to England & Wales. Shimron Hetmyer © Reuters One of the youngest members in the squad, Shimron Hetmyer might lack experience going into the World Cup, but make no mistake, this young gun is more than capable of running away with the game single-handedly. His brutal hitting abilities saw him rapidly gain a reputation as one of most destructive batsmen in recent times. Though the Windies batting line-up has numerous hard-hitting batsmen aiding their cause, but the presence of Hetmyer further bolsters what appears to be a solid middle-order. The youngster has already proven how devastating he can be against the quicks, but negating spin has proved to be a challenge for him in the recent past. With the Windies gunning for the title this year, Hetmyer will surely be expected to come to the party. Jason Holder © Reuters Tasked with the responsibility of leading the side at the age of just 23, Jason Holder might have taken his time, but he has surely emerged as the potent leader of the Windies brigade. A reliable lower middle-order batsman and a steady medium-pace bowler, Holder is also level-headed and mature - something that makes him a befitting captain. In this year's World Cup, Holder will not only be expected to deliver with ball (and bat, if required), but his decision-making abilities on the field and finding the right team balance will have on mark if the Windies intend to give their opponents a run for their money. Carlos Brathwaite © Reuters For someone who wrote himself in the history books by smashing Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to seal the World T20 title in 2016, Carlos Brathwaite has been relatively quiet in the recent years. But, the big Windies all-rounder remains key to his team's success in this year's World Cup. Owing to his explosive batting skills, Brathwaite is more than capable of providing the final flourish to West Indies in the death overs. His hitting abilities can help his team get that extra leeway over their opponents, while his innings can make all the difference in a crunch match. When it comes to bowling, Brathwaite might not be the West Indies' go-to wicket-taking option, but his medium-paced deliveries surely provide them an extra bowling option.
  2. Ever since making their ICC World Cup debut in 1992, South Africa have struggled to justify their talent. The perennial underachievers of cricket, the Proteas have reached the semifinals on four occasions but just couldn't hold their nerve to go all the way. But, as their hunt for an elusive maiden title goes on, the current crop of players and the new-look South African squad offer great promise going into this year's World Cup. Led by Faf du Plessis, South Africa's 15-man squad is a healthy composition of youth and experience. From batting to bowling, the Proteas have a lot of options to choose from but the key will be to find the right team balance to launch a strong title charge in England & Wales. © Reuters The availability of Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Du Plessis, David Miller, JP Duminy and Rassie van der Dussen in their squad allows the Proteas to forge a strong batting line-up. On the other hand, the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi should make up for a competitive bowling attack. When it comes to all-rounders, the expertise of Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris will also come in handy for South Africa. On paper, the Proteas look solid but a lot will depend on their key players if the Du Plessis brigade aims to break the duck this year. Quinton de Kock © Reuters Arguably one of the most destructive openers in the world, Quinton de Kock needs no introduction to hitting the ball hard and long. The left-handed batsman has made the opening slot his own on the back of consistent performances for South Africa over the years. Going into the World Cup, he will surely be South Africa's first-choice for the opening slot, while Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram will be seen fighting to be his partner. Going by his form, De Kock is coming off a successful IPL campaign with Mumbai Indians (MI) who romped to their fourth title earlier this year. De Kock was key to their success while batting at the top and the Proteas will hope he carries his fine form into the World Cup. Given his batting might, De Kock will be bestowed with the responsibility of getting his team to a flying start and then build on his innings to propel South Africa to a big total (or chase down a target). Faf du Plessis © Reuters One of the most experienced candidates in the squad, Faf du Plessis will be seen leading the charge for South Africa in the World Cup. The 34-year-old has proved his credentials as a potent leader with favourable results for his side over the years. And, in England & Wales, the Pretoria-born cricketer will once again be expected to lead from the front to aid his team's cause. Apart from rallying his troops and making decisive calls on the field, Du Plessis has another key role in the South African side which is chasing the elusive title this year. Du Plessis' experience and craftsmanship with the bat will see him stabilising the middle-order. And, in case of a batting collapse, Du Plessis can surely come in handy to hold fort at one end. Chris Morris © Reuters Chris Morris might have been included in the South African squad as a last-minute replacement for injured Anrich Nortje, but that shouldn't overshadow his capabilities as a proven all-rounder. The 32-year-old possesses the pace and death-bowling skills that adds teeth to the Proteas' bowling attack, while his explosive batting provides the much-needed depth to their batting. Going into the World Cup, Morris will be seen providing adequate support to the likes of Rabada, Steyn and Ngidi in the middle overs. And, his role as a deadly finisher should also help the Proteas to accelerate the innings in the death overs. Kagiso Rabada © Reuters In recent years, no other fast bowler has managed to capture the imagination of fans the way Kagiso Rabada has. At the age of 23, Rabada has already established himself as one of the most consistent fast bowlers in the world. Tipped to be a South African great, Rabada has topped the ICC's bowler rankings in both Tests and ODIs, making him South Africa's key figures at this year's World Cup. Clocking speeds of 150kmph with a languid action, Rabada's ability to swing the ball both ways and delivering yorkers with pinpoint accuracy makes him Du Plessis' go-to man to get a breakthrough in dire situations. If that's not enough, Rabada's scintillating form (25 wickets in 12 IPL matches this year) further makes him a deadly weapon for the Proteas. Imran Tahir © Reuters Aged 40, Pakistan-born South African spinner Imran Tahir might seem old, but the age-factor takes a backseat every time you throw a ball at him. Known for his biggest weapon - the googly, Tahir has earned a reputation for being able to dictate the middle-periods of games while providing vital breakthroughs to his side. And, over the years, Tahir has proved to be a valuable weapon for the Proteas. A spinner whose celebratory run lasts longer than most fast-bowler's run-ups, Tahir has undeniably established himself as one of the best limited-overs leg-spinners of his time. Playing his last ODI tournament, Tahir carries his brilliant form from the IPL to the World Cup. Taking 26 wickets (most in IPL this season) and almost propelling Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to the title, Tahir could very well turn out to be the deciding factor for South Africa in the World Cup.
  3. Google announced a bunch of new hardware and new software updates for products last night at its annual I/OI event in San Francisco. The search engine giant announced the Pixel 3a, The Nest Hub and upcoming Android Q features. Having said that, hardware products are refreshed each year and Google announced something more important than any average person would expect. Google researched are working to train its already competent speech recognition system to understand people with speech impairments. It's a very basic thing nobody would have thought to explore via technology but Google is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve this feat. It's called Project Euphoria and we got to see a preview of what it can possibly do to help people with speech impairments. © Google Having a family member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, Project Euphoria evoked an emotion that not many people can comprehend. Google is currently working with people who have neurological conditions including ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis so that AI can better understand speech patterns. Even though it's in very early stages, we got to see how Project Euphoria can transcribe speech better to help people with speak impairment communicate. © Google There are various ways for people to communicate, for example, transcribing is just one of the ways for someone to communicate. People can even use a keyboard to type out a response or even send commands via Google Assistant without ever speaking. This can be fired up with just a button that connects to Google Assistant. © Google In order to improve speech recognition and prediction, Google is asking everyone from around the world to submit voice samples. This data will be used to improve algorithms that are used by the speech recognition software. “Fundamental AI research which enables new products for people with disabilities is an important way we drive our mission forward,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai onstage. “This will ultimately result in products that work better for all of us. It's the perfect example of what we mean by building a more helpful Google for everyone.” Why Is Project Euphoria Important? © Google Well for the simple reason that it will make the world a more inclusive place. The ability for people suffering from speech impairment to communicate with family members, friends and other people with similar diseases has far more social implications than you can imagine. Disabled people will be able to communicate emotions like laughter, despair, happiness, and even anger that was not possible earlier. It will also benefit people with hearing impairments as they can simply read the transcribed text for communication. This in turn not only makes the lives of disabled people easier, making it more inclusive. It makes people with speech and hearing impairments get more familiar with emotions, feel less conscious about communicating in public and above all else, express feelings that disabled people couldn't do effectively before. To know more about Google's efforts and Project Euphoria, you can watch a short video below that will give you a better idea.
  4. The month of Ramzan is when a lot of delicious food and delicacies are in an endless supply around you. There are no holds barred when it comes to different food choices that are available to you during this month, and it can get a little hard to stick to your diet. © Getty Images People who regularly go to the gym are caught in a dilemma. They keep asking themselves, 'Should I be sticking to my diet or should I go all out and get back on track after Eid?' How about finding a middle ground? You can almost always find a middle ground. Here are a few practical ways you can eat during Ramzan and not gain fat: 1. Set Your Goal As Maintenance And Not Fat Loss Or Muscle Gain Usually, one of the following two things happen during Ramzan: a. You gain weight hogging all the festive delicacies. b. You lose weight as the long fasting hours and the heat kill the hunger. Your goal should be trying to maintain your weight, and you can go a step ahead and track your calorie intake with the help of an app. You roughly maintain your body weight consuming 14 to 16 calories per lb. of your body weight. Multiply your weight (in lbs.) by 15 and that's your maintenance calories. For example, a 150 lb. man would maintain weight at roughly 2250 kcals. 2. Pick Foods On How Your Appetite Acts If you get hungry easily, pick low-calorie foods like egg whites, lean cuts of meat, whey protein, fibrous veggies, fruits, potatoes, etc. If you struggle to consume the calories, pick calorie-dense foods like whole eggs, fatty cuts of chicken, whey protein, biryani, kheer, desserts, etc. 3. Eat Adequate Protein To maintain your weight and muscle, it is a good idea to consume 0.7 to 0.8g protein per lb. of body weight. For example, the 150 lb. dude would need to consume 105 to 120 grams of protein per day. © Getty Images These foods can help with your daily protein intake - eggs, chicken, mutton, yoghurt, whey protein shakes, etc. 4. Try Not To Drop Your Calories Yeah, I know if you eat less and lose some weight, what would be the harm in that right? But the following things could happen if you eat fewer calories: a. You may be hungry through the day b. You may feel lethargic c. Your recovery may be compromised 5. Hydrate Yourself Even though the feeding window is extremely small, aim to get in at least 2.5 to 3 litres of water in your system, as it is essential for your system's functioning and you may be risking dehydration, as there is a good chance you may be dehydrated during the day. So. do this and ensure that you are in a good position to start putting in the work in the gym once the fasting days are over. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  5. With the release of 'Logan' in 2017, we probably saw the end of one of the most iconic characters in the last decade and a half. Played by none other than Hugh Jackman, the character Wolverine was brought to life in a way no other man could have. So much so, that it is now very hard to imagine someone else playing the character. © Marvel One thing, in particular, that was very commendable about it was the way Hugh developed his physique over the years. From the first 'X-Men' movie to the last one, you could see a noticeable improvement in his physique as he got more and more ripped as time went by. He recently mentioned in an interview that he has been following Intermittent Fasting (IF) protocol to get in shape. This generated bucket loads of interest in IF and it made IF one of the trending topics on both Twitter and Google. As it is with everything else, people have started talking and wondering if IF is the ultimate secret to getting fit and ripped? Is Intermittent Fasting The Secret We've Been Looking For Since Ages? Before I answer this question, let's first look at what Intermittent Fasting is and how it works? Intermittent Fasting is simply the time between eating and non-eating. It is a dietary-pattern rather than a diet which most people mistake it for and start thinking that IF is what makes them lose fat/get ripped. It is just a conscious decision to fast and then eat. This means you consume your calories within an eating window which in turn makes it harder to overeat for some people. © Getty Images The most popular way of doing IF is setting fasting and an eating window, for example fasting for 16 hours and then eating within the remaining 8 hours of the day. Although there are other protocols that people follow such as the alternate day fasting method where you eat normally for 24 hours and then fast for the next 24 hours. Another method is eating normally for 5 days a week and fast for 2 days. You might have noticed by now, all that these patterns do is that they stop you from eating for a certain period of time. Now, if you think about how you lose weight, the simple answer would be to eat less than what your body needs to maintain its weight. Any rational person here would understand that any dietary pattern that helps you eat less would help you lose weight, it's not magic, just good old science. In the case of Hugh Jackman, you have to remember that he is a genetically lean guy and he finds it hard to put on weight rather than losing it. © Twitter/realhughjackman Any person who finds it hard to put on weight will always get lean putting in a lot less effort than some who is on the heavier side genetically. So much so, he was put on a diet of around 4,500 calories when he was bulking up and around 3000 calories when he was cutting down (yes, a dream for most of us). Will It Work For You? If you are someone who likes to consume larger, less frequent meals, then IF can help you stick to your diet better which can, in turn, help you lose weight faster. But if you are thinking that just following the Intermittent Fasting protocol will help you get ripped, you have a very big misconception. As mentioned above, you'll only lose weight if you eat less food than what your body needs to achieve its weight i.e in a caloric deficit, not eating at certain times and not eating at others. Is It Safe? Studies have shown that almost all the patterns of Intermittent Fasting are harmless and can help people who like to eat that way stick to their diet better, resulting in better weight loss. However, there has been no evidence whatsoever which shows that Intermittent Fasting will help you lose weight faster or improve your health markers when compared to a linear caloric deficit. Author Bio: Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  6. We live in a world of mass-produced products that are loaded with chemicals. Right from the food we eat to the cosmetics we apply, every product seems like a chemical disaster, packaged in fancy bottles. So how do we stop this? How do we start a lifestyle that is sustainable and toxin-free? Well, it's pretty simple. Organic and natural choices should be a way of living for you, and not just an experiment you want to give a try. Toxin-free and eco-friendly lifestyle starts at home, with every single choice that you make. We, at MensXP, have been trying to make some conscious lifestyle changes too. We are not going to say that we have totally aced it, but we are definitely on the right path. And, the brand that has helped us immensely on our journey towards a toxin-free lifestyle is Qtrove.com, a marketplace for all things natural and organic. So here are 6 products from Qtrove.com that we recommend if you, too, are in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. 1. Aloe Vera Juice With Pulp The advantages of aloe vera juice are not unknown to us. From treating sunburns to curing constipation, and balancing the pH levels in your body, aloe vera juice is the elixir for your skin, hair, and overall health. However, not every aloe vera juice that you see in the supermarket is 100% pure and natural. Our recommendation would be Kapiva's Aloe Vera Juice that is absolutely natural, and has no artificial colorant, or other harmful chemicals. We have been using the product everyday, and the results have been impressive. This aloe vera juice provides a healthy glow to your skin and hair, helps boost immunity and digestive systems, improves muscle tone, reduces fat content in the body, and aids the liver to process and remove impurities in the bloodstream. Buy here. 2. Recharge Energizing Shampoo And Bodywash For Men The easiest way to live a toxin-free life is to pick the right products and a quick scan through the ingredients of MamaEath's Recharge Shampoo and Bodywash will tell you that it is free of paraben, sulphates, SLS, SLES and other artificial fragrances. It naturally recharges your senses and energizes you. It's enriched with antimicrobial Tea Tree Oil that helps remove dry and dead skin cells leaving you feeling fresh and clean. It also helps unclog your hair follicles and nourish the roots. For those of you who are still not convinced, it is also dermatologist approved and cruelty-free. Buy here. 3. Multigrain Variety Energy Bars Another thing that you need to keep in mind as you pursue a non-toxic lifestyle, is the food that you consume. The easiest way to kickstart the habit is through multigrain healthy bars. We vouch for the Multigrain Variety Energy Bars by Yoga Bar. This particular package comprises ten Yoga Bars in various flavours including chocolate, vanilla almonds, cashew, oranges and nuts and seeds. These natural energy bars are free of preservatives, and can be eaten as a snack bar pre or post workout. The bars pack in whole grains, vitamins, minerals, and complex carbs that keep you energetic through the day, and help keeping unnecessary hunger pangs at bay. Buy here. 4. Satvyk Desi Cow Ghee In your quest to lead a natural lifestyle, make sure you get rid of those mass-produced cooking oils that have zero health benefits. We always preferred Satvyk Desi Cow Ghee that incorporated an age-old Vedic method known as Bilona to produce wholesome ghee that is organic and natural. Additionally, we hear this is made of grass-fed cows' milk that is a great source of energy and good fat for the body. Buy here. 5. Bergamot Essential Oil This product by Herbal Strategi is an one-stop solution for bad odours. Bergamot Essential Oil is natural and extremely therapeutic. The oil is extracted from partially dried leaves by a process of steam distillation, and is eco-friendly and safe. In fact, we hear it prevents and fights infections, relieves stress and anxiety, and alleviates pain. Additionally, it's fragrance keeps your house and office fresh. Buy here. 6. Ayurvedic Activated Charcoal Face Wash and Soap This summer, you can give your face the much-needed relief by adding Ayurveda and Activated Charcoal to your daily routine. And the easiest way to do so is to use the Natural Vibes Ayurveda Activated Face Wash and Soap. It helps you cleanse your skin, unclog your pores, fight acne and leaves you with hydrated and problem-free skin. Along with activated charcoal, it also includes Tea Tree, Lodhar, Manjitha, Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Neem, Rosemary, Citrus peel, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Oatmeal. Neem helps exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells while Aloe Vera helps prevent premature signs of ageing. Buy here. Leading a toxin-free, natural and organic lifestyle is essential and honestly, the need of the hour. But getting there can be quite arduous, especially if you don't know where and how to find the right products. Thanks to Qtrove.com, the process has become simpler for us. It ropes in local manufacturers of organic and natural products from across India, and delivers an assortment of handpicked products, ranging from beauty to home decor, food and beverages, fitness and more. So if you're planning to explore a lifestyle that is natural and organic, start with Qtrove.com. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.
  7. The erector spinae are the group of muscles that form the Christmas tree shape on your back. That Christmas tree isn't just meant to show off on the competitive bodybuilding stage, but it also means that you have strong lower back muscles as well. Having a strong lower back will not only help you to prevent injuries but also help you with other compound lifts like the deadlift. Here are the exercises that you should include in your workout routine to make your lower back strong and to build that Christmas tree: 1. Stiff Leg Deadlift To perform this exercise, you need to take an Olympic bar and use an overhand grip (palms facing down). While going heavy in this exercise you can also use wrist wraps. Your torso will remain straight and your knees will be slightly bent. This will be the starting position. Now, keeping the knees stationary, you will lower the barbell over the top of your feet by bending at the waist while keeping your back straight. You should feel a stretch on your lower back and hamstrings. Remember that this is not an exercise that is recommended for people with any form of lower back issues. Also, it needs to be treated with the utmost respect paying special attention not to round the back forward as you move the torso down; the back should always be straight. Finally, jerking motions or doing too much weight can injure your back. 2. Back Extensions/Hyperextensions This exercise can be performed on a hyperextension bench. Lie face down on a hyperextension bench, tucking your ankles securely under the footpads of the bench. Adjust the upper pad if possible so your upper thighs lie flat across the wide pad, leaving enough room for you to bend at the waist without any restriction. Now while keeping your body straight, cross your arms in front of you. This will be your starting position. You can also choose to hold a weight plate for extra resistance in front of you under your crossed arms. Start bending forward slowly at the waist as far as you can while keeping your back flat. Keep moving forward until you feel a nice stretch on your lower back and you can no longer keep going without a rounding of the back. Slowly raise your torso back to the initial position as you inhale. 3. Seated Rowing To perform this exercise you need access to a low pulley row machine with a V-bar. To begin this exercise, first sit down on the machine and place your feet on the front platform or crossbar provided making sure that your knees are slightly bent and not completely locked out. Lean over as you keep the natural alignment of your back and grab the V-bar handles. With your arms extended pull back until your torso is at a 90-degree angle from your legs. Your back should be slightly arched and your chest should be sticking out. You should be feeling a nice stretch on your lats as you hold the bar in front of you. Now while keeping the torso stationary, pull the handles back towards your torso. Keep the arms close to it until you touch the abdominals. Breathe out as you perform that movement. At that point, you should be squeezing your back muscles hard. Hold that contraction for a second and slowly go back to the original position while breathing in. Start doing these exercises and grow strong in them to build a mean X-Mas tree on your back. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  8. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of a kind cricketer of this generation. With the kind of strength, quickness and creativity he possesses, the Ranchi-born athlete has won the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world, yes, even his opponents. Let's take the example of this young cricketer, Riyan Parag, a Rajasthan Royals member who played a brilliant innings against Kolkata Knight Riders in a win to ruin Dinesh Karthik's explosive and unbeaten 97-run performance a couple of days ago. In what he considers to be the game of life, Parag had the honour of sharing the field with 'Captain Cool' himself when his RR locked horns against Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings on 11th April 2019. What's more is that after the 17-year-old was able to collate no more than 16 runs, he was dismissed with a caught behind with Mahi as the keeper. Cute!#RRvCSK ##IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/IrXAtEZsrs — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 13, 2019 Now, two weeks since the matchup, Indian commentary legend, Harsha Bhogle uploaded a tweet something extremely interesting about Dhoni and the Parag family: Someone on twitter (sorry there were lots of msgs and I can't trace the name) pointed out this interesting bit of trivia. #RR played #CSK on April 11 in Jaipur and Riyan Parag was caught by MS Dhoni for 16. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 26, 2019 Many years ago, in the 99-00 season of the Ranji Trophy (see the 2nd innings of Assam in this scorecard) https://t.co/R2CzlZvnwG An Assam opener, called Parag Das was stumped by a young keeper called MS Dhoni. Parag Das is Riyan Parag's father! And MSD is the constant! — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 26, 2019 That's right, when former captain of the Indian cricket team, made his Ranji debut in the year 2000, he dismissed the opener of the Assam team. The name of the opener, Parag Das, the father of Riyan. Essentially, with multiple generations of a cricketing family have come and gone, the only thing constant is the brilliance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is how the fans reacted: Dhoni's longevity and consistency. It's like starting off as a Management Trainee in an office and helping an officer with his PPT and then years later being a mentor to his son and teaching him how to make the perfect PPT. — Rohit (@rohit1709) April 27, 2019 That's we call Thala — naresh p (@nareshloss) April 26, 2019 Dhoni: Hunting through generations ð — S DEEPAK (@dpuktambi) April 26, 2019 The life cycle of cricket pic.twitter.com/5Aqu2LLYLw — Shanmuga sundaram (@shannsundar) April 26, 2019 Circle of cricketing life :) — ðEbrahim Rupawalað¿ (@eburupa52) April 26, 2019 DHONI is new CONSTANT in the cricket equation — sanjeev (@sanjeevagri) April 26, 2019 Evergreen dhoni...kahinor of indian cricket⤠— Mostak ahmed (@Mostaka23179006) April 26, 2019
  9. Amongst the brutal chaos that has engulfed Sri Lanka due to the serial bomb blasts that went off in Colombo over the last few days, there are some people who've taken upon themselves to act as messiahs during difficult times in the country. Over 300 people, including foreigners, were killed last week in the terror attack and local heroes are ascertaining that help is provided in every way possible © Twitter For instance, Irfan, an Uber cab driver helped an Indian businessman in distress and one has to be very noble to give the kind of assistance the cab driver gave his Indian customer, during extremely turbulent times. 25-year-old Ashwin Rangarajan, a finance consultant from Bengaluru was scheduled to leave for India on Sunday whose flight was delayed for over 12 hours, due to the aftermath of the blasts in the city. It was a difficult journey to make, from where he was to the airport, but he made it on time and flew back to India safely, and the person responsible for this was Irfan, his Uber driver. © Times Of India The journey Ashwin had to make till the airport was about 45kms long and he had to do it by going through the chaotic streets as the impact of the blasts were still fresh, everywhere. When Irfan got the call for duty, his first instinct was to cancel the ride to avoid any danger along the way, but he trusted his instinct and accepted Ashwin's booking for the airport, making sure he reached safe and sound. Even though Irfan's family was dead against him accepting the long ride to the airport as there were rumours floating about that Muslims were being attacked in the city post the blasts, Irfan thought it was his duty to help a fellow survivor out and instead, acted responsibly. © Pintrest This is a pure indication of the fact that in times of grave crisis, there are still people who act through the sheer presence of mind and do the right thing and can be eventually counted on with regard to their responsibility! Kudos Irfan, we're proud of you!
  10. Fitness enthusiasts have always been crazy to discover a new supplement in the market that will help them with those 'magical' results that they are looking for. The same old supplement launches with a new name and a new tagline, these enthusiasts can then be seen rushing to the supplement stores and try these latest products in the market. However, this is where they are wrong. The real results will not come from supplements; they will come with some real nutrition and some real hardcore training in the gym. Thus, I am not going to propagate yet another new supplement launched in the market, but I am just going to tell you about the 3 supplements that can help you in your journey of fitness: 1. Creatine Monohydrate (c) Getty A well-researched supplement out there in the market for decades; creatine monohydrate works wonders for natural lifters. It wouldn't be wrong to say that it is the best alternative for steroids for natural lifters. Time and again studies have suggested that creatine monohydrate helps with strength as well as hypertrophy in trained athletes. You can either load it with a higher dose or just take a maintenance dose of 3 to 5 grams daily. I would recommend a maintenance dose as it is a little easy on your stomach. Loading creatine with high doses may give cramps and diarrhoea to a few people. The best thing about creatine is that it is one of the cheapest supplements available in the market and available in almost all the big brands. Another factor that makes it important to supplement creatine from an outside source is that it is very difficult to consume the desired level of creatine from natural food sources like chicken and fish. You will have to consume kilos of non-vegetarian food daily to fulfil the desired quantity of creatine from natural foods. Apart from the muscle building benefits, creatine monohydrate has shown well-documented research on brain function and memory. 2. Vitamin D (c) Getty Almost 80 per cent, if not less of the total population of India has a deficiency of vitamin D. In my own experience, I have never seen a blood report of my client whose vitamin D levels were sufficient or even at the margin. Almost all of them have extremely low levels of vitamin D when they come to me initially. Ideally, in India, we should be getting enough sun exposure as the whole country gets enough sunlight throughout the year. However, we deliberately avoid sun exposure worrying too much about the skin tanning issue. Low levels of vitamin D is associated with decreased athletic performance, lethargy, decrease testosterone production and various other issue that have an impact on your health and performance. Thus, it is smart to include a vitamin D supplement in your daily routine. If you think that the multi-vitamin that you are already consuming would do the needful, you are wrong. That multi-vitamin would not even have half the daily recommended dosage of vitamin d in total. Therefore, supplement a vitamin D pill separately from your multi-vitamin pills is a smart move. 3. Fatty Acids (c) Getty Majority of the cooking oils used to prepare food for human consumption is loaded with Omega 6's. The human body does need omega 6 as well but only in a limited quantity. High intake of omega 6's in the diet is the root cause of inflammation and consequently heart disease as well. Sufficient amount of omega 3's in the body will help in decreasing the omega 6 levels as well. Omega 3 helps your body with stronger joint as well as immunity. This will eventually lead to better performance as well. Though fatty fish is a good source of omega 3, it is good to include an omega-3 supplement to meet the desired quantity of daily intake of omega 3.
  11. An Indian student named Sainath Manikandan in Abu Dhabi has developed robots to help protect marine life and minimise human labour on farms. That's so cool, right? Sainath is a student at GEMS United Indian School and he has built not one, but two robots, which is quite impressive. He hopes his innovation would be implemented on a bigger scale in the UAE. @DianaAward #DianasLegacy We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Goumbook's Drop It Youth Ambassador, Sainath Manikandan, has been awarded The @DianaAward for his work as an environmentalist and is driving change in his community by campaigning. Congratulations Sainath!!! pic.twitter.com/P6BPvfozP7 — lalitha manikandan (@lallimanikandan) July 3, 2018 His first robot is called MBot Cleaner. It's essentially a Marine Robot Cleaner that helps preserve the marine environment. The other robot called AgriBot, as the name suggests, is an agriculture robot that will help reduce the labour of farmers who work in countries with high temperatures, like the UAE. According to him, the MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating waste from surface water. “MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from surface water. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with two motors that help the boat move in the water," Manikandan said. © Twitter The robot's wheel and the third motor are fitted with popsicle sticks to help push waste from the water bodies into the storage basket. He also noted the robot can be powered by solar panels instead of batteries. The AgriBot, on the other hand, will help the farmers in hot countries like the UAE by performing elementary functions involved in farming, such as ploughing the field, sowing seeds, and covering the seeds with soil. “The robot is autonomous and provides the facility for the optional switching of the ploughing system when required,” he said. Manikandan said, “Recycling just one tonne of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy.” Last year alone, Manikandan collected nearly 2,500 kgs of paper and 250 kgs of plastic.
  12. As soon as Navratri sets in, fitness enthusiasts start worrying about how they are going to meet their protein intake. The biggest challenge for every fitness guy during Navratri is to meet his daily protein intake as non-vegetarian food becomes a big NO. Here is a list of food items that you can include in your diet that will help you meet your daily protein intake as far as possible. 1. Tofu © Getty Images Also known as 'soybean paneer', tofu is vegetarian's paradise when it comes to food items that are high in protein. An average brand of tofu available in the market would fetch you around 30 grams of protein in a serving of around 200 grams. I wouldn't say that the amino acid profile is comparable to lean chicken breast but it is still a complete source of vegetarian protein. Taste could be an issue for some people as tofu doesn't have a great taste in itself. Thus, I would recommend adding some form of vegetable or salt and pepper along with tofu to enhance its flavour. 2. Cottage Cheese Cottage Cheese or more commonly known as 'Paneer' has been a part of our Indian diet since decades. Cottage cheese is made from milk and is a vegetarian source of protein that can be used during Navratri. A 100-gram serving of paneer will give you around 20 grams of protein. Another advantage of paneer is that it has a good taste, unlike tofu. You can add cottage cheese to gravies or just sprinkle chopped pieces on cooked lentils to enhance its protein content per serving. 3. Greek Yoghurt Greek yoghurt is another food item that you can consider adding to your daily food intake during this season. Just like regular yoghurt, Greek yoghurt is also a good source of gut-friendly bacteria. Along with the goodness of gut health bacteria, greek yoghurt gives you double the protein intake as compared to regular yoghurt for the same serving size. Also, Greek yoghurt is available in delicious flavours and thus can be used in various forms like pudding and desserts. However, make sure that added sugar isn't too much in the product that you are buying. 4. Nuts & Nut Milk © Getty Images Another food item that you can consider adding to your diet during Navratri is Nuts and Nuts milk. Nuts like Almonds and its milk, commercially sold as Almond milk can serve a great option to be consumed as snacks and mid-meal food items. You can easily replace your evening tea and biscuits with Almonds and almond milk which will also help you to add to the total protein intake for the day. 5. Milk & Whey Protein Cow milk is also one of the best protein sources available in the vegetarian diet. A 100ml serving of milk will give you around 3 grams of protein. Make sure that you are consuming either a double toned or skimmed variety of cow milk so that your intake from milk is not too high. Similarly, supplements like whey protein and casein which are made up from milk can also be added to the diet to meet the daily protein intake to a large extent. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  13. Sleep is very important for human function. Not just from the bodybuilding perspective but also from the perspective of good health and performance. © Getty Images Poor sleeping habits can not only sabotage your fitness goals but it will also be harmful to your overall health in the long run. Now, there are various sleep boosting supplements available out there in the marking claiming to be effective sleep enhancers but I am going to discuss only the ones that actually work. Disclaimer: None of these supplements is a pure recommendation. They are just suggestions. Consult your doctor before taking any of these. 1. Magnesium Magnesium performs various essential biological functions including neurotransmitter synthesis. However, due to poor eating patterns people these days fail to take the recommended daily dosage of magnesium through diet. This eventually leads to various behavioural changes like stress and anxiety. Research conducted at the University of Geneva established a possible correlation between magnesium levels and sleep quality. In this research, subjects who supplemented with magnesium and whose magnesium levels were higher in the blood were able to have a more restful sleep as compared to people who were deficient. Thus, magnesium supplements can actually help you to enhance your quality of sleep. Start with a small dosage of 200mg to see the tolerance of your body and then increase the dosage according to your needs. 2. Ashwagandha According to research published in U.S national library of Medicine, Ashwagandha leaves contain 'triethylene glycol' which is a compound that has been found very useful in inducing sleep in humans. Another important finding of this study was that supplementing ashwagandha also increases the quality of sleep as subjects who took Ashwagandha supplements were able to go in the 'deep sleep' mode. Another advantage of Ashwagandha as a sleep supplement is that the body does not become addicted to it. You can stop taking Ashwagandha once you don't feel the need to take it anymore. © Getty Images 3. Valerian Valerian is a sleep-boosting herb that is more commonly used in the United States and Europe. However, these days you can find valerian herb supplements in the Indian online market too. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, valerian has proven benefits to enhance the quality of sleep. These benefits come with no side effects like morning hangovers. Valerian is a potent herb thus you want to make sure that you start consuming it only in small amounts. 4. Melatonin Melatonin is a common over the counter drug that is generally prescribed to get rid of jet lag and to manage any kind of sleep disturbances. It is helpful in managing unbalanced circadian rhythms from jet lag. According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, evidence exists to prove that melatonin may reduce the time it takes for people to fall asleep. However, melatonin is not a supplement that you can play around with. If you are taking concentrated melatonin alone, make sure to start with a low dosage. Compound supplements that contain melatonin as one of the components contain melatonin in small doses only which you may not worry about. Though the above supplements can help you to increase the quality of your sleep, it is always better to let your body do its routine activities without any supplements. Use any of these supplements to manage your sleep and discontinue when you feel that your sleeping cycles have become better. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  14. Every day, people are still searching on the internet the best fat burners on the planet and are ready to shell any amount of money on falsely marketed pills as they promise magic. Fat burners, which were earlier used only by professional athletes, have become common even with beginners in the gym. Not only is this trend stupid and pointless but you are not going to achieve any results out of it except an empty pocket. So, before you think of taking any shortcut in your fitness journey let me give you a single tool that will help you more than any fat burner or a magic pill out there. Start Tracking Your Nutrition This may sound trivial, but trust me it makes a huge difference when it comes to results. I am not saying this based on just my own experience but I have noticed this working on my clients as well. While you may think that you are on low carb and high protein diet, but if you are not tracking your calorie and macro intake, there are chances that you might be consuming more than your target calories. Tracking your food intake gives you a precise calculation of how your body is responding to varying levels of carb and overall calorie intake. This, in turn, will help you in making a smart decision as to how much can you play around with your calories and macros. Fun Fact 1: It Is Backed By Science This phenomenon of tracking calories has been subjected to studies as well and studies do show a positive impact on the results as well. A study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute established that people who regularly tracked their macro intake were able to lose twice more weight than people who did not. Fun Fact 2: It Helps In Portion Control When you update your food diary daily, you can measure the number of calories you have consumed in every single meal of the day. While some meals might be absolutely healthy but there are chances that you may be consuming a larger portion of it. Even if the meal is healthy, you can't just binge on it and expect that it will not have an impact on the overall calculations. Once you start tracking your meals, it will help you to identify if the portion size of the meal that you were consuming is within your target area or not. For example, a meal comprising of Kidney beans and brown rice would be an ideal choice for lunch but that doesn't mean that you can have 'n' number of portions of the same every day. It Will Help You Connect The Dots There are small food items that you consume throughout the day but they often get unnoticed while you make your diet program. These include multiple cups of tea and coffee, biscuits, namkeen, sugary drinks, flavoured energy drinks, artificially flavoured juices etc. While you may think that they may not make any difference but once you start tracking them you may notice that that's not the case. Sometimes these small snacking items contribute a significant addition to your total calorie intake which may slow down your health and fitness progress. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  15. As a coach, I face a few questions a lot. "What are the golden rules for fat loss?" "How can we accelerate the fat loss process?" Though there aren't any 'rules' as such that you need to follow, you can follow a few simple guidelines which can help you to burn more fat and speed up your fat loss journey. via GIPHY Let's look at three such 'rules' that will help you in your fat loss: 1. Prioritize Resistance Training This is a mistake made by a majority of the people training for fat loss. They believe that cardio will help them more for fat loss and resistance training is only for people who are preparing for some kind of bodybuilding competition. This is not true. Resistance training will help you build muscle mass which in turn will help you to burn more calories even while you are outside the gym. Muscles are metabolically more active and thus your body burns more calories to build and maintain more muscle mass. So while you may burn more calories in a cardio session in the gym, it is resistance training that will help you speed up that sluggish metabolism and accelerate your fat loss journey. 2. Up Your Protein Intake via GIPHY Once you implement rule number one, you will have to compliment it with rule number two. When you do intense resistance training for at least 4-5 days in a week, your body will need an appropriate amount of protein to repair the broken muscle tissue. 1 gram per kg of body weight is a good place to start with and thereby you can increase it as per your individual requirements. Consuming enough protein in your daily diet also helps you to regulate your hunger which is a major issue while doing fat loss. You should always prefer foods in its natural form like chicken, milk, fish, tofu, eggs etc rather than taking it through supplements. This will increase your satiety factor too. 3. Moderate (Or Stop) Your Alcohol Consumption via GIPHY I won't say that a pint of beer will derail your fat loss journey altogether, but yes, frequent alcohol consumption will actually delay the results that you are looking for. Firstly, excessive alcohol consumption has a direct impact in slowing down your metabolism and secondly, there are possible chances that you won't stick to your diet once you start consuming alcohol. I've never seen anybody having just the drinks and not eating along anything else along with it. That anything else generally takes the form of food items that are high in calories. Since alcohol in itself is a high-calorie drink(cocktails and mixers) when it is combined with other high-calorie foods, it becomes a problem. Fat loss means that you need to follow a calorie deficit diet for a certain period of time. It becomes difficult to maintain that deficit when you have such high-calorie meals every now and then. Thus it is better to cut down or rather stay away from alcohol for some time. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  16. This is a universal fact - you can count on the Sikh community anywhere and everywhere to help you when needed. We've seen it every single time any tragedy occurs in part of the world. After the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch where a gunman opened fire in two mosques, taking the lives of 49 people and injuring 40 other, the entire world mourned the loss and prayed for the speedy recovery of the victims. Everyone is condemning the horrific attack and the Sikh community, like always, is out there helping out those in need. Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen, an NGO, asked people to come forward and help the Muslim community and everyone in need. Obviously, no one disappointed. What a great message and it's honestly so great to see every community so willing to help out one another when in need. I say this every time, but it sucks that a tragedy unites everyone, but at least, everyone forgets differences and comes together in dark times. They shared another update about how they got so much responses and volunteers. Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen was started in 2007 when a group of like-minded people came together to give back and help the community in any way needed.
  17. While you may assume 'Game of Thrones' is only about death and war, you're definitely forgetting the most basic nuance that binds the show together- love. Subtle and fierce underlines of transparent and opaque love have been ruling the premise of the series since season 1 and many of us, if not connected or related to it have definitely been drawn towards the enigmatic relationships the characters have shared amongst them. (HBO) For instance GoT has gone crucially transparent in displaying Ygritte's love for Jon with her popular dialogue "I am yours and you are mine. If we die, we die but first let's live", telling us that love still strives within uncertainties and the harshest of situations. In the same breath, the subtle dynamic between Grey Worm and Missandei has an involuntary opposed view, as none of them really come forward with what they feel for the other, even though they do indulge in intimacy. (c)HBO 'Game of Thrones', besides war and triumph, has given us immense lessons in love, which some of us may have overlooked in time. But if you really think about it, these lessons are lifelong and altering enough to pay some amount of heed towards them. Here are 5 crucial yet controversial things about love Game of Thrones taught us. (1) You Can't Help Who You Fall In Love With That's the beastly truth about life and it's all over the GoT narrative too. For instance, Cersei and Jaime's intense love affair is an indignant proposition for others who know of it, because the two are siblings. But Jaime's heart bleeds for Cersie, even though he knows her actions aren't just. In the same lieu, Tyrion's love for the brothel worker Shae, who betrayed him even though he wanted to protect her. (c)HBO We really can't help who we fall in love with because love is the most definite and uncontrollable emotion we have amidst us. We can reap from the consequences or we can regret everything we've felt but controlling it is not in our hands and that is something GoT stresses on time and again, with multiple equations indulging in daring love. (c)HBO (2) Unrequited Love Is Painful Yes, we all know one-sided or unrequited love is very painful. It's worse when it doesn't just go away and becomes a lifelong baggage to deal with. Most of us have been there but maybe because we're so blinded with the theory of love, we seldom forget what it does to us. GoT has officially made us realise the repercussions of unrequited love and they aren't very pleasant. (c)HBO Don't get me wrong, most of it is beautiful. To be in love with just one person and feel so strongly for someone is beautiful at its own cost. Like how Jorah Mormont was in love with his Khaleesi for eternity. But sometimes obsessive and tainted love breeds toxicity, just like how Littlefinger's love did for Catelyn Stark. He may have loved her all his life but because he couldn't have her he ruined families and destroyed lives, as subtly as he could. But unrequited love is a powerful thing and GoT certainly teaches us that. (c)HBO (3) True Love Does Exist If you've turned cynical about love from one bad relationship, then you weren't really in love. Because true love, even if it doesn't work out, remains as the most special endeavour you've been through because it's a journey no one else can experience for you. So, if you're heartbroken and have turned against love, maybe true love is yet to hit you. That's the relationship that Ned Stark shared with his wife Catelyn Stark tells us, to a great extent. They loved each other immensely, respected each other's wishes and desires and honoured each other tremendously. If that isn't true love, we're not sure what is. (c)HBO (4) You Don't Fall In Love Just Once While love is a unique feeling, it doesn't occur just once. If you've been in love with one person and are spending your life with them, then that's a different thing altogether. But if you've been in love before and have drastically come out of it, there are chances of falling back in to it, with someone else and there isn't a hard and fast rule about it. (c)HBO (c)HBO It's true when we think of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Both were in love with different people and both lost them in some form of battle, and yet, they came together and fell in love with each other, years later. So, if you're going through a heartbreak and think you'll never fall in love again, think again! (c)HBO (5) *** Doesn't Govern Love While *** is important in a relationship or in true sanctimonious love, 'Game of Thrones' teaches us that it's not the most important factor ruling how you feel for someone. It shouldn't be positioned that way, to say the least. *** might be enjoyable and something to look forward to but when an unsullied man and a woman of importance fall in love, *** has nothing to do with it. (c)HBO When Missandei decided to give Grey Worm English speaking lessons, she had no idea what was in store for them. Her assumption of the fact that he's an unsullied soldier without a ***** will never let him see her in the way she probably wants to be seen. But even so, Grey Worm stares at her naked body when she's taking a bath and eventually they get intimately attached, even though they can't have ***. This tells us that all relationships start with a purity that can't be defined or be adulterated by assumptions and expectations and even with the lack of ***, it's still mighty beautiful and meaningful. 'Game of Thrones', even though set a million years ago, has definitely thought us a lot about modern day love. A will to stay and make a relationship work, the will to deal with one-sided love and the will to stay strong with the wrong kind of love and every time we delve deeper in to the projection of each relation, we realise it truly reflects what society has become today. So, take a minute and think about these 5 essential things, that will help you when you do decide to understand what love really is.
  18. Every year, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) revises the salary structure of the Men in Blue and every year the rest of the Indian population shows their jealousy and gets awestruck by the massive cheques that get delivered to Virat Kohli and the rest of the Indian cricket team. This year is no different, as the BCCI just disclosed how much King Kohli and his men will be earning in the next financial year and the numbers are truly enormous. According to the on-going system, the Indian cricket board has divided their pay scale into four major categories and have placed the various members of the roster under them according to their form and performance during the previous year. A+ Category: There exist three positions in the topmost level or the A+ Category and the selected candidates for them are all no-brainers. Skipper Virat Kohli (World ODI and Test Rank 1 in batting) is accompanied by Jasprit Bumrah (World ODI Rank 1 in bowling) and Indian opener Rohit Sharma. The three megastars will earn a cheque of Rs. 7 cr. during the next year. A Category: Belonging to the second highest level, the players in the A Category go on to earn an annual package worth Rs. 5 cr. This category consists of the major lot of the national cricket team and includes Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav. After a year flooded with bad performances, Shikhar Dhawan was downgraded from the A+ to A Category. On the other hand, after a successful Test series in Australia, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was inducted to this pay grade. B Category: KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya make this level, each of whom will go on to earn Rs. 3 cr. in the coming financial year. C Category: The bottom level of the pay scale, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, H Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed and Wriddhiman Saha will go on to earn Rs. 1 cr each. While the categoric division of the majority of the players feels to be justified, one case in particular of the second wall of India, Cheteshwar Pujara not being upgraded to the A+ Category after his astonishing innings in Australia in January and during the Ranji season seems to be a bit questionable. We have to mention the fact that these are the annual salaries that these cricketers stand to earn just from BCCI. Players like Virat Kohli also earn a crazy amount of money from the deals they sign with their numerous sponsors, some of which go beyond their annual salaries with the board. Case in point: Virat Kohli's 8-year Rs. 100 Cr. deal with the sportswear giant Puma that pays the athlete an outrageous Rs. 12.5 Cr. every year.
  19. For every man there comes a time in his life when he makes lifestyle choices based on the quality of the products. Be it gadgets, footwear or clothing, choosing quality over quantity is their mantra for life. Now that labels and brands matter while every man buys clothing, it also matters what the brands actually make your clothing out of. © Getty Images Wouldn't you be disappointed if a sweater that promises it's cashmere is actually 90% polyester and 10% cashmere wool? And you're kidding if you say you wouldn't genuinely appreciate a piece of clothing more if you spot 'made in Italy' text on the tag and look down upon something that says 'made in China'. The question remains, how would you tell if the quality of your clothes is genuinely investment worthy? Well, all you need to do is follow these guidelines and you would be able to assess the quality of your garments properly: 1. Where Is It Made? © Getty Images Some countries have the advantage of being known to produce good quality garments. You'd rejoice if you spot a garment that says 'made in Italy' or 'made in France'. These countries act as brands on their own. But, does it matter? The answer is no. Most countries like China, India and Turkey have the technology to create quality garments as any other would. The only difference would be that the work-force in these countries comes much cheaper, resulting in heavier quantities of garments made at cheaper rates. Which is why only fast fashion brands like Zara and H&M consider them and the 'designer' labels stick to others. 2. Quality Lies In The Details © Getty Images Now that shopping for quality seems to be a policy that everyone adapts, the only difference is the details. An average user would opt for neat stitch, properly finished hem and quality that doesn't shrink or fade. We suggest you pay attention to details and finish of the overall garment and make your choice accordingly. 3. 'Branded' Doesn't Always Mean Quality © Getty Images If certain brands have allured you into the vortex of their shiny advertising but the product doesn't live up to it, it's time you learnt a lesson from it. While some brands have a reputation to make genuinely good quality garments, others are just famous for their advertising. Learning the difference between actual quality and endorsed quality is the key to getting a good product. Just because a certain brand is 'trending' and makes you feel updated with the upcoming fashion pieces, it doesn't promise quality. Only commit to brands after testing their product out. 4. Fabric Matters The Most © Getty Images Natural fabrics like cotton and wool tend to be more investment-worthy especially because of their qualities. Being superior to synthetics, these fabrics tend to be associated with being quality driven. The reasons why affordable brands have cheaper rates is because they compromise on fabric quality and use cotton blends that consist part rayon or polyester. Also, man-made fibres are harder to recycle. A quality cloth should ideally feel good, wash and wear well. But also, certain clothing like hoodies or sweatshirts are made from fabrics that remain of the same quality whether you spend Rs. 1500 at a reasonable brand or Rs. 30,000 at a high-end brand. Now that you've been educated well on how to figure out the quality of the clothes you invest in, make correct choices.
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  21. PUBG Mobile has collaborated with 'Resident Evil 2' and brought a new mode for players to experience what the game brings to PC and console users. The Zombie: Survive till Dawn mode brings several new improvements including weapons, skins and vehicles. The new weapons include a Minigun, a six-barrel machine gun and the new flame thrower. The gameplay changes from day to dusk and zombies continue getting more aggressive. The new environment also means peer-to-peer communication is minimal because of low-visibility. The update is already available for users on both Android and iOS and if you're looking to ace the new gameplay, here's a list of tips and tricks to help you out. 1. Pick A Proper Landing Spot: © YouTube Just like the usual mode, be careful and choose an appropriate location for landing. You need to analyze your game performance and understand your strong points. If you can swiftly move around and find loot, landing in populated areas shouldn't be an issue. But if you prefer starting the game in solidarity, stay away from crowded areas and learn to be stealthy. A majority of players are eliminated in the first few minutes of the game since they are busy finding preferred weapons and don't actually prioritize survival. 2. Don't Just Go After Weapons: © Unreal Engine Are you a killer or a healer? Don't be stuck to one extreme and start balancing your load. While weapons are obviously the most important aspect of the game, having sufficient meds is also important. The replenishment will help out in the end when you're bogged down due to multiple fights and need a breather. Collect as many med kits, painkillers, and energy drinks you can. Keep an eye on the health level and consume them whenever you find some hiding time. 3. Stay Together: © PUBG Corporation A team wins only when it acts like a team. Stick together, this way you can distribute lookouts in all directions and virtually create a fortress for yourself. Even when looting, be alert and keep at least one player on watch duty. When you play collectively, it not only becomes difficult for the opponents to hit you, but also gain yourself a lifeline of revival. 4. Start Utilizing The Zombie Bombs: © PUBG Corporation Houses with zombie bombs are like treasure mines. They don't affect you but will make the zombies disappear for good. If you are camping in a house with a zombie bomb, use it as your own safe fortress and lure as many zombies as you can. This way, you'll be able to take out multiple targets in just one go. 5. Healing Can Get Faster: © India Today While med kits will help you replenish your health, applying a zombie vaccine will ensure that the healing process is faster. Stock up on the zombie vaccine to heal quicker. This would help you restore health quickly and get back to shooting up some zombies. 6. Go After The Boss: © YouTube Always remember, the king is always more precious than the army he controls. Don't get carried away in constantly killing random zombies, going after the boss will give you more points. In some cases, this can rise up till 8x. You can identify the boss by keeping an eye out for the huge zombies and don't forget to loot them as well. 7. Be Particular: © YouTube Players usually start shooting or killing zombies during the day time, and this will simply exhaust your ammo. Have patience, and engage only when it's absolutely required. This will also help you save ammo, and once night falls, zombies pop-up randomly. In such a situation, would you want to shoot them down or look around for ammo? Aim for headshots to eliminate them as quickly as you can and save the ammo for the onslaught until dawn. 8. Choose Your Style: © YouTube Are you a camper or a mover? First decide, and then stick to the plan. If you're good at hiding near staircases or bushes, follow the same line of action for the complete game. If you're good at moving around, keep moving so that you aren't easily traceable at one location. Going around in a vehicle is always a better mode of locomoting though.
  22. It may come as a surprise to a lot of the Indian cricket fans that ever since the Twenty20 format of the game was introduced in 2005, none of the Indian wicket-keeping-captains were able to score a century in any of the List A leagues or tournaments. That was until the 20-year-old captain of the Jharkhand team decided to make history in a match against Jammu & Kashmir in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. While J&K put up a below-average score of 168 runs, Kishan went on to score an impressive 100 in just 55 balls to successfully chase it down and win the match with ease. During his bombastic innings, the batsman sent the ball for eight boundaries and seven sixes. Well Played Ishan Kishan #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy pic.twitter.com/2flOJOdZxO — CricFit (@CricFit) February 22, 2019 In achieving this wonderful feat, Kishan registered his name amongst the greatest of athletes of the game in former Aussie skipper Adam Gilchrist and Pak keeper Kamran Akmal as he became only the fifth player in the world to score a ton as both the wicket-keeper and the captain of a squad. Kishan's impressive batting performance during the Syed Mushtaq Ali follows a rather unexpected century at the hands of India's second 'Wall' in Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara who is known for his slow but steady way of playing the game, especially in the Test format of the game. Pujara's ton came in a surprisingly few number of balls (61) after his father had advised him move forwards or backwards across the crease to utilise the line better, a day before. Another youngster in Shreyas Iyer played a brilliant innings for Mumbai in a match against Sikkim, during which he broke India's sledging mascot Rishabh Pant's record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsmen in the T20, as he scored an extraordinary 147 in just 55 balls. Iyer scored 118 runs only in boundaries. Highest T20 scores by Indians 147 - Shreyas Iyer for Mumbai today 128* - Rishabh Pant for Delhi Daredevils 2018 127 - M Vijay for Chennai Super Kings 2010 126* - Suresh Raina for Uttar Pradesh 2018 125 - Unmukt Chand for Delhi 2013#SyedMushtaqAliTrophy — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 21, 2019 Taking into consideration how talented the younger lot of Indian cricketers is, it is safe to say that the Men in Blue are going to rule on an international level for a long time. Kishan's fans hopped on Twitter to express their amazement towards the batsman's innings: Ishan Kishan will be the main factor to Mumbai Indians' campaign this IPL season. Can be so destructive for us batting at 3. — Numan (@blacksuit_786) February 22, 2019 Like i said in the past, i predict Ishan Kishan to serve india in all formats for a long time. — Jai Jawan - Bharat Mata Ki Jai ® (@Bhavanisms) February 22, 2019 Like i said in the past, i predict Ishan Kishan to serve india in all formats for a long time. — Jai Jawan - Bharat Mata Ki Jai ® (@Bhavanisms) February 22, 2019 Ishan Kishan is the first wicket-keeper captain of ð®ð³ to score a ð¯ in T20 Cricket. #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy @ishankishan51 — Akhil Gupta ð (@Guptastats92) February 22, 2019 Fantastic ð¯ by ISHAN KISHAN VS JAMMU&KASHMIR AT (MUSTAK ALI T20 TOURNAMENT). His excellent knock help JARKHAND To win a match by 9 wicket. SUMMARY:JAMMU&KASHMIR:168/9 (JATIN WADHWAN 47(37) RAHUL SHUKLA 5/36** JARKHAND:170/1@ishankishan23@ishankishan51 ððð pic.twitter.com/XKvW0t97V6 — Debojit Nath(Dev) ââðð (@Debojit11698693) February 22, 2019
  23. As last year marked the completion of a decade since the deadly attacks of 26/11, there still exists individuals who survived through this hell and are now living a normal life. One such individual is my client, RSK (name undisclosed), but is brave enough to narrate her story. A story that she now feels is just part of the past and has blown away like wind. Shot And Lying In A Pool Of Blood © RSK A then resident of California, RSK had come over to Mumbai to attend a wedding and decided to meet with her friends at a restaurant at the Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point. Before even placing an order, RSK and her friends heard something that sounded like “firecrackers” and upon inquiring they were told by the hotel staff that it was the sound of the locals celebrating India's win during a cricket match. The next thing they heard was “duck! duck! This was followed by a shower of bullets and a hand grenade explosion. Two of her friends passed away on the spot, while one of her other friends managed to leave safely. RSK however wasn't able to leave, because she was shot with several bullets and also by shrapnel from the explosion. RSK shouted for help (in Hindi and English) for the next 18 hours lying immobile in her own blood; until a policeman heard her and carried her on a stretcher. It was this time when she realized that one of her arms was hanging loose, almost detached and that she was injured all over her body. Learning To Live Again With A Bullet Still In Her Body After being admitted to a nearby hospital on 27/11, RSK underwent multiple surgeries including bone grafting, a nerve implant and removal of about 7 bullets and shrapnel from her body. She was discharged officially from all medical treatment in February 2009. In fact, she still has a bullet in her body behind her pelvis which was too risky to be removed. After receiving rigorous physiotherapy for the first two years post her surgeries, she finally gained back most of her mobility and movement. 20 Kilos Overweight And The Trap Of Stupid Diets RSK lost a lot of lean body mass staying immobile in the hospital for 3 months and once she returned home, she put on around 20 kilos during the course of a few years. There arrived a time when her doctor suggested her to undergo a knee-surgery due to increased stress on her joints due to high bodyweight. She would lose weight, and gain it back due to an unsustainable approach towards her diet and exercise. She tried a variety of diets: the “liquid” diet suggested by a famous nutritionist, the GM diet and etc. And the result was weight loss and even more weight gain post the dieting phase due to eating out of proportion. © RSK Counting Calories And Weight Training = 22 Kilos Lost It was not until 2017 that she realized the importance of following something more sustainable and consistent. Since then, her nutritionist asked her to focus on her overall caloric intake and macro nutrients; she was also allowed to enjoy some unhealthy options. “I love junk food and I eat some everyday. But I keep the portion-size in mind”, said RSK. She, now, also makes sure to accumulate at least 150 minutes of exercise per week which includes kickboxing, weight training and suspension training. From the time she took this decision, she successfully lost 22 kilos (from 99 kilos to 77 kilos) and has kept it off. Today, she not only feels lighter but also finds it easy to perform activities of daily living due to regular exercise. © RSK As RSK's fitness specialist, I push her just enough without going overboard. Due to limited range of motion in both her arms, I make sure that she trains through the available range. Her workouts include squats, pushups, deadlifts, lunges, burpees, jumping jacks and almost all movements one can think of. The suspension trainer is assistive during movements that require her to deload some weight for pain-free movement. She calls exercising “the necessary evil” but she makes sure to take out the time to engage in it 5 times a week. RSK is one of my special clients because she is one of the very few individuals I know who has seen death so closely. “I'm not scared to die anymore. But I value life more than ever”, said RSK when I asked her about her almost-fatal encounter. Apart from her will power, RSK gives credit to her supportive family and friends for getting her back to normalcy.
  24. Any sane person knows that sending unsolicited 'dick pics' is straight up sexual harassment, there's no doubt about that. Actually, every single person should know this now, especially after the MeToo movement, but I guess some people still haven't gotten the memo. Today, renowned journalist Barkha Dutt shared the screenshot of an unsolicited dick pic she received on Whatsapp. Yes, it was great for her to call out such creeps and it was the right thing to file a complaint and take official action. However, the problem that a lot of people are having with her tweet is that she seems to have politicised the rather sensitive subject of sexual harassment. Also, everyone's asking the same question right now- how do you tell someone's a nationalist by just looking at their dick? This is terrible @BDUTT. This man shd be caught and punished. Not sure how you could identify political ideology based on genitalia though? ð¤https://t.co/rfo7lw2pLr — Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) February 18, 2019 We're all with her when it comes to calling out these horrible trolls. .@BDUTT is being viciously trolled. Someone has leaked her number and she's being barraged with horrendous obscenities and images. This is the absolute pits. What a low. Kudos to her strength and spirit — Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) February 18, 2019 It's been a weird day. My TL right now. #Barkha pic.twitter.com/jQN7McqRbz — नà¥à¤¤à¤¾à¤à¥ सà¥à¤ªà¤ वारॠ(@KalluKallan) February 18, 2019 Questionable choice of words but okay. Ye sab bhejna galat hai lekin auzaar dekh kar vyakti ki nationalism kaise pata lagati ho aap 𤠗 Delhi se hoon BC (@delhichatter) February 18, 2019 Trolling-ception? There was a face recognition software but Barkha's phone have body parts recognition software which tell you weather the part from nationalist or anti-national. Brawo for inventing new software. @BDUTT — Angry Bird (@flyingvoyage) February 18, 2019 Everyone is confused. It's disgusting and action shud be taken on the person but where is nationalism here ? 𤠗 Amit A (@Amit_smiling) February 18, 2019 Umm. Where is the nationalilsm mentioned ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ — Aman Ranjan Bhumihar (@im_ak_ranjan) February 18, 2019 Yes, he definitely should. Throughout history, male genital has been used by sexual terrorists to show misplaced power and vile valour...esply to threaten & humiliate women. Sadly, some are doing so in our times, in India, on Twitter. Send the beast, who has done this to Barkha, to jail. @BDUTT 17/n — Sudheendra Kulkarni (@SudheenKulkarni) February 18, 2019 So @BDUTT can look at the private parts of a man & say what IDEOLOGY he follows? I think we should send all the "Terror-suspects" to her. She'll "check" & let us know if the person is guilty or not. ððð — Poornima Nayak (@FullmoonNayak) February 18, 2019 "Terrorism has no Religion but 'genitals" have political ideology" Barkha Dutt school of journalism!!! pic.twitter.com/jfhqrct4E5 — Seema Choudhary (@Seems3r) February 18, 2019 I stand for @BDUTT - without any hangups on our differences in politics. But also want to shame her for her cheap and deeply dangerous antics! https://t.co/en5AjqBSji pic.twitter.com/Z1N6FGR3ou — Shubhrastha (@Shubhrastha) February 18, 2019
  25. Even on days when our brave jawans are not risking their lives to protect us, they are still saving lives with their selfless and heartwarming gestures. This incident about a CRPF jawan is from one of those days. Constable Rajkamal, from the 133 Battalion of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), is the nation's hero just like every other soldier who puts his life on the line to ensure our safety. But, now he's become the internet's hero as well, after a photo of him donating blood for an injured naxal was posted online. Reuters Reportedly, the Naxal was injured in Jharkhand recently, during an exchange of fire with troops of 209 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). Post the shootout, the man was immediately rushed to Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, where the doctors said that the patient needed blood. So, Constable Rajkamal readily agreed to donate his blood. Why? Because he "considered his duty to help a fellow Indian in need." Rajkamal told The Pioneer, "I did what I had to on humanitarian grounds. We have had many clashes in the past, but that doesn't mean that I will have a personal grudge against them. They are our fellow Indians after all." EPITOME OF BENEVOLENCE: CT Rajkamal of CRPF donated blood to save the life of a Naxal who suffered grievous injuries during the encounter which took place when the Naxals attacked a team of 209 CoBRA. Rajkamal said that he considered his duty to help a fellow Indian in need. pic.twitter.com/VNnIi8Qpub — ð®ð³CRPFð®ð³ (@crpfindia) February 5, 2019 We salute Constable Rajkamal and his spirit. If people start thinking the way he does, the world can become a better place to live in. Like the tweet reads, it is indeed an 'Epitome of Benevolence." People on Twitter can't stop showering praises for CT Rajkamal. Unparallel example of high human values https://t.co/x0eR4i2osI — Salil dudi (@DudiSalil) February 6, 2019 This is unheard ever and unprecedented. Kudos to the fellow brave heart for this noble gesture. This is what @crpfindia 's motto is service and loyalty in true sense. Bravery with humanity. https://t.co/6LuAvxaRad — Avinash Aggarwal (@avinash_the_cop) February 6, 2019 Donating blood for an injured Naxal by CT RajKamal is an outstanding example shown by this gallant Force. Hope DG CRPF issue his commendation certificate to this CT — Pravash (@pravash13) February 5, 2019 Best example of patriotism and humanity. — Amit Sarathe (@AmitSarathe7) February 5, 2019 Hats off to these jawans who walk an extra mile beyond their line of duty! Such acts of kindness fill us with pride for our forces.@dasraghubar @Lathkar_IPS @crpfindia @JharkhandCrpf https://t.co/WSMABHZQoR — Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) February 5, 2019 Constable Rajkamal seems like an absolute gentleman. Internal security threats are tricky. Events and gestures like these definitely help spread positivity. Win their minds and hearts a thousand times over. https://t.co/PDuWBHWgqc — Athul Pai (@paiathul_) February 5, 2019
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