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If you have been an ardent fan of the Indian cricket team in late 1990s and early 2000s, you would despise it whenever Matthew Hayden took to the crease against our bowlers. Hell, even the Men in Blue needed to rattle their brains in order to get this legend of a cricketer to return to the locker room. Such a terror was the former Aussie skipper. However, ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) began in 2008, Hayden, who batted for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings for the first three years (2008-10) before retiring, was welcomed by the people of Chennai with open arms because of the level of success he brought to the “whistle podu” franchise. Finally, when Hayden took to the commentary box to stay connected to the game he loves so much and show off his speaking skills, he truly became one of our favourites. Also, there is something about tall, international players in 'lungis' that no Indian fan can get over, period. We have to make them one of our own once they have worn lungi in public, it's an unspoken code. Well, that's exactly what the 6'1'' athlete from Down Under did a couple of days ago when he was spotted at Chennai's heavily populated area of T Nagar, shopping. Disguised in fake beard and mustache, Haydos covered his head with a fisherman's hat, looking all dapper in a brand new lungi. View this post on Instagram Bit of undercover shopping at T Nagar Street Mall in Chennai @starsportsindia @iplt20 @chennaiipl A post shared by Matthew Hayden (@haydos359) on Apr 1, 2019 at 8:10am PDT “Bit of undercover shopping at T Nagar Street Mall in Chennai,” wrote the Australian on his Instagram post. But, why go through the trouble to stick fake hairs to your face, only to head out in the public? According to an interview with the Times of India, Hayden was challenged to do so by his buddy and former Australian teammate Shane Warne. “It was a challenge by Warne to buy items for under Rs 1000. That's why I went around the market to buy some lungis, shirts, Rajini sunnies and a watch,” he said. Hayden was also assisted by a local boy, whom he remembered to thank for winning the bet: “I paid the boy Rs 100. And I can proudly tell you that I won the challenge (with Warne).”
1st Woman Cricketer To Play 200 ODIs, Mithali Raj's Unique Career Is A Lesson For Young Athletes
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAs Mithali Raj walked today into the Seddon Park for the toss as the captain of the Indian cricket team ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton, she created history once again, becoming the first woman to play 200 ODIs. Adding another feat to an already decorated career, Raj's spot in the ICC Hall of Fame is a no-brainer. What's your favourite memory of @M_Raj03'S ODI career? pic.twitter.com/h7HGFJfWYv — ICC (@ICC) February 1, 2019 At the age of 36, if she was asked what career-path would she want to pursue, she would certainly choose that of a cricketer, but a 9-year-old Raj would have said that she wanted to pursue a career in dance. Unlike a lot of aspiring cricketers, Mithali Raj was never one to have sleepless nights fantasizing about donning that blue kit and representing India on an international level. In fact, as a child, Raj had no plans to join the sport which is so famously known as a 'gentleman's game'. The skipper has made it absolutely clear that the only reason she took to cricket was because her father, Dorai Raj forced her to play cricket just because she was extremely lazy and her dad wanted her to be more active, which had no impact on her lifestyle whatsoever as she continues to be equally lazy (her words, not ours). “My dad made a decision to turn me into a professional cricketer. The hours of training sessions and the performance in the game… these are the things that started too early for me as an 11-year-old,” Raj shares in an interview with the ICC. “At that phase when I started putting so many hours in the game, I really realised that… I have stopped enjoying the game and at some point, I hated my dad for putting me into the sport.” Ever since she made her ODI debut on 25th June 1995, she's had multiple spells as the captain of the Indian women's cricket team, the first one coming just before the 2005 World Cup. The young batswoman was nervous to shoulder the responsibility one because it was during the biggest tournament of all and two, because a lot of senior players and even an ex-captain was in the team, which now belonged to her. But that was probably the only instance Mithali truly shook in her boots. With a résumé with 20 years-worth of experience, the Indian skipper has no more jitters to confront. While most players indulge in boosting their morale before going out to bat, the veteran can be calmly reading a book with her kit on. “I am the senior-most player in the team. I am a more mature leader and I have no apprehensions any more,” she said in an interview with the Times of India. © ICC Mithali Raj is probably one of the wisest sportspersons of our generation who, despite facing so much of criticism as a player, a teammate, and even for just being herself, continues to do her thing without caring about what the world has to say. She has turned something that she used to completely despise, into something which helped her make a mark for herself and become one of best, and that is something every young athlete must try and imbibe.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIn our nation today, eating beef is the biggest crime for which the consequences can be severe. Cows are sacred and are supposed to be worshipped, don't you know that? How dare anyone do anything to our 'gau mata'? Any 'crime' against cows is punishable by death, apparently, or at least that's what a lot of people have decided. So, since cows are the most important animal in the country, our beloved PM Narendra Modi decided to gift 200 cows to the nation of Rwanda, probably as a gesture of goodwill. But, someone at the PM's office might just lose their job for not doing their research properly. © Twitter This gift was a part of the 'Girinka scheme', an age-old cultural practice in Rwanda, where people gift cows to each other as a sign of respect and gratitude. Turns out, beef is a very popular food in Rwanda and it's safe to assume they won't use all of our desi 'gau matas' just for milk. Moreover, it's a gift and no one can object to what they do with them. So, where does that leave us? Everyone is confused now because of how bad the repercussions are to eating beef in India, so how exactly will our esteemed 'gau rakshaks' protect the Indian cows in Rwanda? Yes, we hope he's alright. A man got lynched because he was taking 2 cows from one village to another. I just heard that another man is taking 200 cows from India to Rwanda. I hope nothing happens to him. I pray for him! — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) July 24, 2018 Where's the concern for cows now, huh? The 100 cows gifted to Rwanda by PM Modi, instead of providing milk might just become food! FYI - Rwandan's love to eat beef Modi ji... pic.twitter.com/oaUYdpvEwI — PrashantPratap Singh (@iPrashantSingh) July 24, 2018 Yes go, right now. Mass alert to all gau-rakshaks: Go protect these cows in Rwanda pls. Go. Go now. https://t.co/ZhTop5B2so — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) July 23, 2018 Master stroke, indeed. Modi's master stroke Gifted 200 cows #Modi_Sangh_Bharat pic.twitter.com/I2VplSWWef — Aap ka Devender (@KaDevender) July 24, 2018 Whoops, there it is. Cow Smuggler spotted taking 200 cows to Rwanda https://t.co/YBH1P2VZRc — My Fellow Indians (@MyFellowIndians) July 23, 2018 This guy did not hold back. UNESCO gives "Biggest Cow-Smuggler" award to Modi for smuggling 200 cows to Rwanda !#WahModiJiWah Dear bhakts plz dont lynch our PM Bcoz wo #ChowkidarNahiBhagidar hai.. pic.twitter.com/JzU0nkQjJO — Vinay Kumar Dokania (@VinayDokania) July 23, 2018 Fun fact! PM Modi, who is currently visiting Rwanda has promised to 'gift' 200 locally-sourced cows to a village. Fun fact: Rwanda consumes beef regularly, while in India, certain states have banned its consumption. — Er Firoz Alam (@Firoz4you) July 24, 2018 So great of him! Mr Modi has gifted 200 cows to Rwanda. They are overjoyed. They are beef eaters and this will feed many mouths in this poverty stricken country — ashok kumar (@akbundi) July 24, 2018
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPeople enter and leave the general court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 20, 2008. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed/Files MEDINA: A Saudi court on Thursday sentenced two people to 1,200 lashes, five-year prison term, and a fine for assaulting security...