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  1. Jofra Archer was one of the mainstays in the Rajasthan Royals team that took the field in IPL 2019. Economical and dangerous, he was one of the best young bowlers in the competition and vital to the bowling lineup of the Royals and he has now rapidly become one of the most sought-after all-rounders in white-ball cricket. Born in Barbados to an English father, he knew very early that England was the nation he wanted to represent in international cricket. Taking advantage of his British passport, he had a successful spell at Sussex as well as T20 leagues all over the world, before getting the call-up to the Royals team in 2018. Archer has made giant strides and has become one of the most sought-after all-rounders in English county cricket, where he represents Sussex. He has made 1003 runs in 28 first-class matches at an average of 31.34 and strike rate of 71.33. He is a dangerous lower-order batsman capable of hitting the long ball as his LIST-A and T20 strike rates of 121.51 and 140.74 suggest. His wicket-taking prowess is further highlighted by his strike rate in LIST-A cricket (35.9) and T20 cricket (17.3). © Reuters His effectiveness was on display in his first ODI series against Pakistan as well as Ireland, in the run-up to the World Cup, as he showed he had what it takes to perform at the international stage. His callup to the England squad for the World Cup became a huge talking point among English cricket fans in the runup to the tournament, and it happened at the very last minute, in circumstances that seemed tailored just for him. Not long after he had been a British citizen for just three years, the English Cricket Board announced a dramatic change in the qualification criteria for selection to the national squad in March 2019. The previous requirement asked for seven-year citizenship to be available for selection but Archer's three years are now adequate for qualification. @cricketworldcup TWO IN TWO! Archer is on a hat-trick, as Cottrell walks back. pic.twitter.com/Gyvjq4mhP1 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 14, 2019 In England's match against the West Indies, his native land, Archer was part of the opening spell and was instrumental in bowling the Windies out for a measly total of 212 through a spell of 3 wickets for 30 runs in 9 overs. England are ranked no1 in ODIs as per ICC Rankings and as hosts they, along with Team India, are the hot favourites to lift the ICC World Cup 2019 Trophy. As they prepare their bid to lift the trophy, Archer has established himself as a mainstay in the team, and his journey has been no less than a fairytale.
  2. The ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan took place on 18th June 2017, nearly 728 days before the two famous rivals face each other again in the initial stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Pakistan reigned supreme in a massive 180-run victory, but here we see how both the teams have progressed in ODIs since their last meeting in an ICC Tournament: India India have established themselves as a cricketing powerhouse since their defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final in 2017. With the top two batsmen in the world (as per ICC ODI Rankings) among the ranks of the top order batting lineup and three of the world's top 10 ODI bowlers in their team, Team India, along with hosts England, are the out and out favourites to lift the World Cup this year. Since the 2017 final, India boasts of a winning record of 38-13 in ODIs with big series wins in their tours of South Africa and the West Indies, as well as a dominant display at the Asia Cup last year, where India defeated Pakistan convincingly on two occasions. 2 in 2 for #TeamIndia as they clinch the ODI against Australia by 36 runs #CWC19 #INDvAUS ð®ð³ð®ð³ðð Full scorecard here https://t.co/T0QT6nNmtc pic.twitter.com/Ux2c5NkgXA — BCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019 India's batting lineup is feared by all teams. Skipper Virat Kohli, ranked 1st in the ODI Rankings and has the highest batting average in the world at 59 and since the 2015 World Cup, has maintained a whopping average of 78. Swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma is ranked second in the world and he boasts of a career batting average of 48, and he has averaged 69 since the last World Cup. India's strengths are not limited to their batting as they boast of a bowling lineup featuring three of the top 10 bowlers in the world. Jasprit Bumrah, ranked no.1, is one of the best inswinging fast bowlers Indian cricket has seen recently. With middle-over wicket-takers in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, ranked 7 and 8 respectively, the Men in Blue have a well-rounded bowling attack to support their mighty batting lineup. Key Players: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. © Reuters Pakistan Pakistan have a reputation. Whether they like it or not, they are known as the most unpredictable team in this World Cup. On their day, everything clicks and they are capable of superlative performances but on other days their top-order collapses and their bowling provides no support. With a losing record of 15-21 in ODIs since the 2017 final, they might not be consistent enough to be a favourite in this tournament, but in no way can they be taken lightly. Their biggest strength is their top-order batting lineup. Opener Fakhar Zaman is the 10th best batsman in the world according to ICC Rankings with a career batting average of nearly 49, he is one of just six players in the history of the game to have scored a double century in ODI Cricket. Touted as Pakistan's answer to Virat Kohli, Babar Azam has been the most consistent batsman in the Pakistani batting lineup. Ranked 8th in the world he has a career batting average of 51. © Reuters However, opener Imam ul-Haq is the danger man in this Pakistani side. Having debuted in 2018, he has scored runs in 31 innings leading to a career batting average almost 58. He is an unknown entity for the Indian team, capable of causing substantial damage. With veteran Mohammad Hafeez and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed supplementing their top-order, Pakistan have an experienced and potent batting lineup. Uncharacteristically, however, Pakistan's bowling is somewhat of a weakness for the Men in Green. With no bowlers ranked in the top 25 of the ICC Rankings, their selection is often uncertain and performances are inconsistent. Mohammad Amir, however, did produce a career-best 5 for 30 spell against Australia in their last match and leg spinner Shadab Khan has the potential to cause all sorts of problems for Team India as he did against Virat Kohli's boys during the Champions Trophy final 2017 when he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the skipper himself. Key Players: Imam ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan. Pakistan must bring their A game against India and take early wickets: @waqyounis99 MORE â¶ï¸ https://t.co/SK3TCX3etd#WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/NNtIoc1unR — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 13, 2019 With Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan missing out due to a thumb injury, KL Rahul is likely to step up to open the innings, leaving a hole to be filled in the widely debated no. 4 spot, India have their work cut-out. However, their commendable form and Pakistan's consecutively poor fielding performances as well as uncertain bowling lineup, Team India are the firm favourites in their clash on Sunday. But complacency could prove to be fatal for the Men in Blue as they go head-to-head against an unpredictably explosive Pakistani side. World Cup Head-to-Head: India: 6 Pakistan: 0
  3. ICC World Cup 2019 started out on a great note, with fans from all corners of the cricketing world tuning in to witness some of the best teams take each other head-on at the greatest platform there is in the sport. Sadly, the infamous English weather took over and literally washed out all the excitement and entertainment right out of the quadrennial tournament. Exactly how bad are the weather conditions in England? Well, in the last four days, we have only seen one match and less than eight overs of another match in total with eight teams getting one point each without putting in zero to negligible effort all due to the rains disrupting some of the greatest matches of the Cricket World Cup, one of which included the clash between the two teams that remain undefeated during the ongoing contest ie, India and Pakistan. Things have become so frustrating that it is almost comical now. Indian bowling all-rounder Kedar Jadhav even pushed out a video on the internet requesting the heavy, non-stop rains to move to Maharashtra and let them play cricket. Haha Kedar Jadhav asking rains from England to shift to Maharashtra ðâ¤ï¸ #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZcdoKcypkT — Saurabh (@Boomrah_) June 13, 2019 In the same comical tone, the fans of the Men in Blue have begun a fun banter with the supporters of Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan cricket team, letting them know that their chances of winning against Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are extremely slim. They went on to say that the only way for Team Pakistan to save themselves from a horrible and humiliating loss at the hands of the Bleed Blue army, is to pray that the downpour happens once again at Old Trafford, Manchester on Father's Day, this Sunday. This Sunday, the best way for Pakistan to avoid defeat in the match against India is to pray for rain, which is likely to spoil the game. Otherwise, Pakistan's defeat is sure. — Dr. Ashok Dhamija (@ashokdhamija) June 14, 2019 There is possibility that Pakistan will have a happy memory in this world cup. And may gain points against India There is plenty of chance for rain and match being washed out. — Chowkidar Vikram Joshi (@vikyjoshi3) June 14, 2019 Pakistan praying for rain and India showing them way to a na pakistan Train — MUKESH SURANA (@mukeshsurana) June 14, 2019 Pakistan team praying for Rain on Sunday against India because Baap rocks on Father's Day #ShameOnICC #ShameOnICC pic.twitter.com/B6Dkg62RJD — manish Agrawal (@MkAgrawal003) June 14, 2019 Only rain can save pakistan team from team india..#CWC — Puneet Suri (@Puneetsuri1) June 13, 2019 All jokes aside, India versus Pakistan is arguably the biggest match of World Cup 2019, maybe even bigger than the tournament final and if unfortunately, the rain does washout the Father's Day main event, the World Cup might lose out on whatever viewership it is enjoying right now.
  4. Ever since winning the competition in 1992, the Pakistani cricket team has found themselves chasing the elusive ICC World Cup trophy. Despite boasting some of the best bowlers and capable batsmen in their side, Pakistan has struggled to live up to the billing. But, the last few years surely gave their fans some hope which in turn allowed them to dream on in big tournaments. Their astounding triumph over arch-rivals India in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy surely promised of big and better things in the future. Thus, when they geared up to compete in the 2019 edition of the World Cup, despite not being tipped as one of the title contenders, Pakistan's unpredictable nature would've had the rival sides on their toes. A shambolic seven-wicket loss against equally unpredictable West Indies did get their fans worried for a moment. But, their superlative effort that allowed them to stun hosts England in their second game would have lifted the mood in their camp. Following a spectacular comeback, Pakistan were left frustrated after their third match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain. © Reuters It was surely quite unfortunate for Pakistan who would have fancied two crucial points against a weak opposition like Sri Lanka, especially after gaining some much-needed momentum in the tournament. “As a team we really wanted to play this match, especially after gaining momentum with the win against England. It is unfortunate that we were not able to play," skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said after sharing points with the Lankans. But, the Pakistan captain didn't stop there. Delivering a stern, yet needless, warning to other teams in the tournament, Sarfaraz said: “Our next match is against Australia. Every team is scared about Pakistan. Like other teams in the tournament they are also a tough opponent and they also have momentum as they have won their first two matches". His comments, at that time, made him butt of all jokes on the social media as cricket fans from across the globe slammed him for his baseless threat. Unfortunately for Sarfaraz, his boisterous claim came back to haunt him following his team's 41-run defeat against Australia in their fourth match at Taunton. © Reuters For a team that was labelled as 'scary for other sides' by its captain, Pakistan looked far from the champion brigade that hammered England earlier in the tournament. In what turned out to be a comedy of errors, Pakistan squandered their lead, having won the toss, as their pace attack produced one of their loosest performances in recent times. Barring Mohammad Amir, the likes of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz looked ordinary in conditions that were conducive to quicks. While Amir exerted pressure with his impeccable line and length at one end, the trio of Pakistani pacers allowed the Aussie batsmen to score freely, owing to their poor lengths, at the other. This Guy is the Mood of whole Awaam watching the teams fielding.... pic.twitter.com/RK9OTGQlXb — Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) June 12, 2019 If that wasn't enough, their poor fielding further cut a sorry figure. Asif Ali's butterfingers got him in the spotlight after he dropped two crucial catches in the field. The first chance came in the 13th over when he gave Aaron Finch a second life after dropping him in the slip cordon. The second one, an absolute sitter at the fence, gave a life to centurion David Warner whose upper-cut went straight into the hands of Ali, only to be put down. And then, there were misfields too, even from usually steady and safe Shoaib Malik. © Reuters Despite their frailties, Pakistani bowlers did fairly well to recover in the death overs to restrict Australia to 307 runs. Now the onus was on their batting unit to script a successful run-chase in a bid to make up for their shoddy effort in the first-half of the game. Following the soft dismissal of opener Fakhar Zaman early on, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam stabilised their chase with a 54-run partnership. But, just when Pakistan began to get going, Azam's poor shot selection, derived in a response from Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer, gave the Aussies a vital breakthrough. It was the Aussies who had the last laugh though with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson doing the bulk of the damage. Watch the wickets fall ð⤵#CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/SEAUsMzwUb — ICC (@ICC) June 12, 2019 After losing their best batsman, Pakistan began rebuilding again, this time, through a 80-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez. But, again, Pakistan found themselves on the backfoot as yet another set batsman lost his wicket in a soft dismissal. Out of all the bowlers, Hafeez handed his wicket part-timer Finch after hitting a full-toss straight down the throat of deep square leg. Pakistan have slipped from 136/2 to 160/6! Australia's game to lose? #AUSvPAK LIVE ð https://t.co/RyjNER1Rlx pic.twitter.com/qiuf7IDhBC — ICC (@ICC) June 12, 2019 At a time when they needed key partnership, Pakistan kept on losing wickets in a fashion unfathomable to their fans. Skipper Sarfaraz did find an unlikely support in Wahab Riaz in the later stages, but it just wasn't enough to get them over the line. Coming off a long rest, Pakistan were expected to put up a good show (if skipper Sarfaraz's boisterous claims are to be taken seriously). But, sadly, it wasn't the case. Reasons behind Pakistan's loss 1) 4 specialist bowlers only 2) Three dropped catches 3) Bowled too short in first half 4) Over reliance on senior batsmen Shadab as 5th bowler would have saved 20 runs or Haris as extra batsman would have scored 30-40 runs. #AusvPak — Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 12, 2019 To put things into perspective, Pakistan have now dropped eight catches in four matches so far in the tournament. Asif Ali's first dropped chance cost Pakistan 25 runs (as per ESPNcricinfo's Luck Index). On the other hand, their misfields cost them seven runs in the field. And, the fact that Pakistan ultimately lost by 41 runs, pretty much sums up their ordeal. In the end, we reckon, it's Pakistan who should be scared of the lacklustre brigade that turned up in their jersey against Australia than other teams as boasted by captain Sarfaraz earlier in the tournament. For what it's worth, Pakistan and their captain must walk the talk if they literally intend to scare the other teams in the tournament.
  5. Exactly a week from now will mark the one month anniversary since the last episode of 'Game of Thrones' was aired across the globe. While fans have not yet been able to get over the shocker that was the final season of 'GOT', it seems that the makers are not in the mood to let the fans get over the pain and disappointment any time soon. © HBO After HBO submitted the dissatisfactory final episodes from its highly criticised final season of 'Game of Thrones' for Emmy consideration, fans have been left furious. They simply cannot wrap their heads around why the worst episodes from the worst 'GOT' season were sent for the nominations. © HBO According to a TV Guide report, 'GOT' Season 8's only appealing episodes, 'Winterfell' and 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms' have been overlooked in favour of the worst-rated episodes under the writing and directing categories. © HBO HBO submitted Miguel Sapochnik's name for 'Game of Thrones' season 8's 'The Long Night', David Nutter for 'The Last of the Starks', and DB Weiss and David Benioff for 'The Iron Throne', in the Best Directing category. Benioff and Weiss' script for the finale - 'The Iron Throne' - was the only submission in the Best Writing category. Fans are fuming at all the possibilities that this presents. so who thought it was a good idea for hbo to submit 8x06 of game of thrones for an emmy nomination in best writing category when this episode is of the most boring season finales to ever exist pic.twitter.com/UkI5dGFPdG — ellie (@odairannies) June 11, 2019 TFW you realize the best episode of #GameOfThrones' last season—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," obviously—is submitted for neither Directing nor Writing at the #Emmys. pic.twitter.com/PpSDtxjI4q — Myles McNutt (@Memles) June 10, 2019 you: surely it's been a month and you've run out of new Game of Thrones things to complain about me: THEY DIDN'T SUBMIT A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS FOR OUTSTANDING WRITING OR DIRECTING AT THE EMMYS — Victoria Edel (@victoriaedel) June 10, 2019 The #GameofThrones team submitted their episodes for writing and directing Emmy categories and none of the ones submitted are the best one of the season. Hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/O6pWXPO64H — Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) June 10, 2019
  6. The Indian borders are impenetrable and solid because of the mighty soldiers who hold down the fort at times, never sparing a thought about themselves. These warriors in their camo-print armours put on such a display of bravado and selflessness that is matched only by a few others. These superheroes set up their homes in the most remote areas of the country, or places with adverse climatic conditions, as they mark their territories and stand guard over it, should its borders be threatened. (c) BCCL Yet, not once do they complain about their working conditions or the constant onslaught of heat, rain and cold that they have to live through over a lifetime of their service for the nation and its people. For instance, ANI reported a few hours ago that BSF jawans at the International Border are reeling under the heat wave that has struck the area. As the mercury rises with every passing day, the resolve these jawans hold in their heart only grows stronger. (c) ANI Talking about the heat, and how they survive through hours under the relentless sun, a jawan told the news agency, "People in the country are sleeping with an assurance that we are at the border. So, whatever may be the weather condition we are always on the alert." (c) ANI (c) ANI Such are these men of might, who go beyond their call of duty every single day to ensure all of us can enjoy the peace and security that they bring into our lives, at the cost of theirs. No amount of danger, painful weather conditions or threat can deter these heroes, and we are grateful every day for their selflessness and bravery.
  7. While the Indian cricket team is set to finally make their ICC World Cup 2019 debut against Faf du Plessis' Team South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire the news of an alternate jersey for Virat Kohli's boys is making rounds in the cricketing world. "For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match," the ICC had said in a release. In essence, during the Cricket World Cup 2019, the hosts ie; Eoin Morgan's Team England have the luxury to play in their traditional 1992 World Cup throwback jersey which is light blue in colour. The Men in Blue, ironically enough, will be wearing their alternate jersey which is being speculated to be orange with dark blue designs all over. Abiding by this new rule made by the ICC, countries such as Bangladesh and South Africa have already released their second kit: Who else is excited about the World Cup ? :) pic.twitter.com/PyiBKPHRud — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) May 25, 2019 Team India however have managed to maintain a sense of suspense about their new look. "The BCCI marketing team is still working on the design and the jersey will be unveiled very soon," a BCCI source told PTI. Having said that, IANS has released a tentative design for the new look that India might wear against their match against the World Cup hosts on 30th June 2019. Credit: IANS And while people are presuming this orange jersey to be Team India's 'away kit', IANS quoted a source saying: "There has been a lot of talks and speculation and people have been calling it an away jersey. But it isn't. It is an alternate jersey that the team will wear when they play England on June 30. As per the new rules, the hosts get to retain their jersey colour when they play an ICC event. Since India also have a blue jersey like England, there is a slight change in colour.” Ever since 1992, Team India has been known to don blue jerseys in the shorter formats of the game with slight modifications being made to the uniform every year ever since. Sure, blue is one of the more popular colours in the sporting fraternity but the Bleed Blue squad has established a sense of ownership to the colour with their brilliance on a cricketing field. Watching them play in a different shade will surely be an uncanny experience but hey, change is always good, right?
  8. The Pakistan cricket team is probably the most unpredictable thing about the ICC World Cup 2019, which begins in a couple of days in England & Wales. While their loss to a team like Afghanistan in their warm-up games shows just how bad the team can be, they consist of a few extremely talented players who can take Pakistan cricket to a new high, maybe even get their first ever World Cup victory against the Indian cricket team. Here are the five key players of the team who can win it all for the cricket-crazy nation: 1. Babar Azam © Reuters Referred to as the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Babar Azam plays like the Indian skipper too. At the age of 24, Azam easily dominated some of the deadliest of bowlers on the current time in Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier at the Proteas' home ground in South Africa a couple of months ago and seems to never lose his form with the bat. In his career in adolescence, Azam has scored 2544 runs in just 62 ODIs which includes 8 tons and 11 half-centuries. In 2019, Azam has batted in 10 innings for his team and scored 472 runs with an average of 52.4 runs per innings. 2. Imam-ul-Haq © Reuters Being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam faced a lot of pressure during his introduction to international cricket during the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012. A fighter that he is, Imam has brought his flamboyant stroke-play to every match that he has played ever since. His debut for the national team of Pakistan occurred in 2017 against Sri Lanka, in which he not only chased the total and won the match but also struck his first ODI hundred. Imam's ODI journey has seen him play in 27 games while scoring a total of 1381 runs including his career's best single-inning performance, a 151 against the World Cup 2019 hosts a couple of weeks ago. 3. Fakhar Zaman © Reuters Probably as unpredictable as the Pakistan team, Fakhar Zaman is the opening batsman who will either bring you runs in big bundles or will not bring them at all. The series against England was the perfect example of his uncertainty as a batsman. Having said that, when he does stick to the crease, there is no force in the cricketing world that could stop him from getting a half-ton for his side. In his career, Zaman has featured in 34 ODIs, putting up 1585 runs on the board with a decent strike rate of 97.83 through his career. He has batted in 10 ODI innings this year and scored 367 runs. 4. Hasan Ali © Reuters While the team, which was once feared for their bowling attack, is now in search for some good bowlers themselves, 24-year-old Hasan Ali is probably the best they have heading into the World Cup, who's reverse swing with a slightly-used ball has got him some important wickets throughout his career. Ever since his 2016 debut in the ODI format of the game, Ali has scalped 78 wickets in just 47 matches with an economy rate of 5.56. 2019 has been a little expensive for the bowler as he has given an average of six runs per over in the past five months while collecting only five wickets. 5. Asif Ali © Reuters Pakistan's bravest athlete, Asif Ali faced a tragic loss in his personal life when cancer took away his two-year-old daughter from him a week ago. Aware of his duties towards the team and his fans, Asif returned to England to join the squad yet again before they take on West Indies on 31st May 2019. Stepping onto the crease at the number seven spot, Ali is known for hitting it strong and long on command. Ali has mustered 342 runs in the 16 games that he has played in the ODI format with a fierce strike rate of 131.03. In 2019, two of the four ODIs that he was a part of saw him raising his bat in the air for half-tons scoring 142 in total this year.
  9. If you haven't seen the series finale of 'Game of Thrones', you probably shouldn't read ahead. If GOT has been consistent with one thing even if that's a tautological roundup is the fact that Jon Snow belongs in the North. He began his journey by taking the oath and by the end of the eighth season, heis sent back to it. And that's because he's the Queenslayer now, and people want him executed (mostly the Unsullied, because the Dothraki seem to be chilling at this point.) This seems like a good compromise. But, anyway, that's what we're made to believe that there's no way out for Jon besides taking up the Watch again. However, with the Night King gone, is there a purpose to the Watch at all? Thankfully, Jon gets that too. The last shot of 'Game Of Thrones' follows Jon and the Wildlings beyond the wall as they set out on an adventure to discover what's the great perhaps, or if there is one, to begin with? Again with no White Walkers, you also see fresh growth of plants and blooming trees. This is a good sign. But wait? He's not staying at the wall like he's supposed to. Earlier in a conversation with Ygritte, he once expressed his desire to roam around freely with no responsibilities and I think that's what he's after this time. There's no one to stop or question im beyond the wall and that works for him. He can freely discover new lands now. So, just like Arya is off to discover what's West of Westeros, Jon here is going to thoroughly (this time around) discover what lies beyond the Wall and he seems happy. And here's the thing, these are two storylines we would love to watch.
  10. To quote one of the most questioned players to make it to the final Indian roster for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in Dinesh Karthik, “There will always be someone who will miss out. That's the nature of the game…”, and surely enough, with the total number of slots at 15 and over 25 supremely talented players competing for them, it is bound to happen that some players would miss out on the opportunity to represent their country in the biggest cricketing tournament there is. One of the best (or worst?) examples of such a case is that of the 21-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant, who missed out on the opportunity to a veteran like Karthik, who's considered to bring greater stability and consistency to the already talent-laden squad. On the other hand is the curious case of the 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu who initially was brought up to the team as a batting all-rounder who'd fit perfectly in the two-down spot for the Men in Blue. However, with his questionable bowling action being rejected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and he batting form spiralling, the Guntur born had to be removed from the final team ahead of the World Cup. Unable to take the news like a good sportsman that he is, Rayudu took a sly shot at the selectors and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by tweeting this: Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ðð.. — Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019 Losing his spot to Vijay Shankar, who made his ODI debut just a couple of months ago in January, Rayudu said that he's just ordered a pair of 3-D glasses to watch the World Cup. This was in reference to team selector MSK Prasad, who'd called Shankar a three-dimensional player. Responding to the tweet in support was yet another Indian cricketer who was put on the spot by the ICC for an objectionable bowling action and had to revamp the very essential part of his game, Pragyan Ojha. Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the winkâð¼ https://t.co/zLtAQIMvYn — Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 16, 2019 “Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the wink”, tweeted the former Indian cricketer. Taking his own example after having missed out on the opportunity to play for his country in the 2015 World Cup, Ojha pointed out that being dropped from the team ahead of crucial games is evident for “some Hyderabadi cricketers”. However, his dig at the selectors did not sit well with the fans of Indian cricket: Isn't that why u were supporting him the day before selections? I hAvE gRoWn Up WiTh HiM. Pot calling Kettle black. Instead of whining over selections & talking nonsense filth to divide fans, support the ones who are selected, doesn't matter from which part of India they are from — Saurabh (@imsgshinde2) April 16, 2019 Aur ye Pragyan behati Ganga me haath dhote huye. — Ghenchebaaz (@MVBisht) April 16, 2019 Don't bring state into play.... He was given enough opportunity to perform. Though feel bad for him, but the call was justified on the back of past performance. — Gareeb Joker (@badoombaa) April 16, 2019 You wer dropd frm d team whn ther wer better spinners in d country. If it's a case of Hyderabadi cricketer, thn Laxman and Azruddin wouldnt hav played around 100 tests. Skill matters bhai which many others hav more than u guys. Raydu doesn't deserve a place in India A team also. — dryogeshpatel (@dryogiap) April 17, 2019 Hey Mr. Ojha, don't pull cricket into regional colors! — à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤° Aciditic Indian ð®ð³ ð®ð³ (@Aciditic_Indian) April 16, 2019
  11. Arguably one of the best footballers on the planet, Mohamed Salah continues to be a vital cog in Liverpool's title dreams in the ongoing season of the Premier League. For someone who started his career at the left-back position, Salah has thrived as a versatile forward, primarily playing as a winger on the right flank - a position he has made his own ever since arriving at the Anfield. His pace and flair on the ball, decorated with good technique and an eye for goal, was in full display during Liverpool's 2-0 triumph over Chelsea at the Anfield on 14th April. After a goalless first half, the Reds were pushed in front by Sadio Mane whose brilliant header allowed the home side to take the lead in the 51st minute. Liverpool's first goal against Chelsea scored by Sadio Mane. #LIVCHE Cc: @KifsonWhoo, @mkah90 pic.twitter.com/nGgJ26O810 — LineKicker (@LineKicker) 14 April 2019 Two minutes later, Salah worked his magic to double the lead for Liverpool. The 26-year-old picked the ball up on the right of the Chelsea box in the 53rd minute and arrowed a rasping, unstoppable drive from his stronger left foot beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga from 25 yards out to seal the game for the hosts. Mo Salah. The Egyptian King. #LFC pic.twitter.com/R2PSvvutgt — TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) 14 April 2019 While talking to Sky Sports after the match, Salah revealed that he was so far out that he felt he had to go with just "power" in a bid to beat the Chelsea shot-stopper. It was the first goal he had scored from outside the penalty box in the Premier League for more than a year. His brilliant strike powered Liverpool back to the top of the points table with arch-rivals Manchester City currently placed second with a game in hand. The social media was abuzz with Salah's brilliant goal as football fans across the globe lauded the Egyptian for his effort. X @LFC pic.twitter.com/TQ8Ow2tyxJ — Linzi (@LinziLeighton) 14 April 2019 @2JZSteve what a screamer — Chris (@topheurgh) 14 April 2019 Oh wowie!! — Frankieeeeeeee (@frankiemcgill) 14 April 2019 @Alom_M_ im not supposed to like this but its too great a goal — shumel (@shumel10) 14 April 2019 Absolute beauty wow wow — Y'esus Orwin Boanerges (@orwin_y) 14 April 2019 The most beautiful goal you will ever see. Our Egyptian King. Good on you mate. Silence the at RACIST #ChelseaFC. — Gary M Buckley (@GBucks_M) 14 April 2019 Can not stop watching!𤩠— David Beakhouse (@DBeakhouse) 14 April 2019 Mad goal ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð» — YourWeddingReceptionMC (@remigist) 14 April 2019 He's been trying this all season long and it worked today. Thank God — Dixz (@major_dixz) 14 April 2019
  12. On Thursday, when Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings came to play at Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium, it wasn't just another match of IPL 2019. It was a match that saw a fan-idol duo turn into rivals, in order to inch closer to winning the IPL trophy. We're talking about Riyan Parag, who made a promising debut with Rajasthan Royals; and MS Dhoni, who is leading CSK from the forefront. Twitter This 17-year-old cricketer hails from Assam and was all of six, when he first met and clicked a picture with his idol MS Dhoni. In fact, when MS Dhoni made his international debut in 2004, Riyan was 3. Fast forward to the present and Riyan not only made his IPL debut but also played against MS Dhoni. Cute!#RRvCSK ##IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/IrXAtEZsrs — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 13, 2019 In fact, on Thursday Riyan got out scoring 16 runs after he was caught behind by Dhoni. Ever since the two met, this picture of their 'then and now' started circulating on social media and is now making people go crazy. Twitter Riyan is a right-handed batsman and leg spinner, who was also a part of the Indian team that won the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2018. He also featured in two tests for the Indian U-19 team in England and holds the record of the second fastest 50 in U-19 after Virat Kohli. Twitter Riyan's father is Parag Das, a former cricketer and mother is Mithu Baruah, a national level swimmer.
  13. While Sara Ali Khan maybe the new talk of the town when it comes to Bollywod, she's certainly an old timer where traffic rules are concerned. We say that because a few days ago Sara was spotted in Delhi, with Kartik Aaryan during the 'Love Aaj Kal 2' shoot. They both were seen on a bike and while Sara was riding pillion, she didn't have a helmet on, breaking an absolute important traffic rule. © Instagram A video of the two on a bike, without Sara wearing a helmet, went viral as well. @dtptraffic @DelhiPolice @CPDelhi pL note that Sara Ali khan having instagram account https://t.co/UdynVSlm8A has been riding pillion on a 2 wheeler on the streets of Delhi Without a Head Protective Helmethttps://t.co/YlijE0PodR https://t.co/ctrOxxs7gX reg No DL 35 CK O215 pic.twitter.com/cT7hPcyqop — Stinger Bee #NyayForIndia (@joerave) 17 March 2019 Now, according to reports, a complaint has been filed against Sara for disobeying basic traffic rules and not wearing a helmet, and Delhi Police is reportedly looking in to the matter closely. The police have sent her a notice and have said they wouldn't excuse her and take action against her callousness, under the Motors Vehicle Acts, after facts pertaining to the incident are received, perused and verified. Koki &Sara ðð ð from the set of #loveajkal2 خب بÙاخر٠بعد از اÛÙ ÙÙ٠حاشÛ٠دÙÙÛÙ ÙÛÙ٠از پرÙÚÙ Û Ø§ÙتÛاز عÙÛ Ø¨Ø§ سارا ٠کارتÛÚ© ÙÙتشر شد Ø ÙÙØ· ÙبخÙد سارا ر٠باشÛد ðððÚرا اÙÙدر اÛÙا عشÙ٠با ÙÙ ØØØ . . .follow @kartikaaryan_iranianfc for more update . . . . . #filmfare #sartik #salmankhan #karanjohar #ranveersingh #sushantsinghrajput #kedarnath #deepikapadukone #rohitshetty #katrinakaif #ranbirkapoor #aceofspace #sonuketitukisweety #bollywood #zero #actors #gameofthrones #simmba #gullyboy #toodles #blockbuster #lukachuppi #kritisanon #queen #khan #shahrukhkhan #bollywood @kartikaaryan @saraalikhan95 ð«ð . A post shared by KAð®ð·(f4f) (@kartikaaryan_iranianfc) on Mar 17, 2019 at 4:34am PDT When this video came out, Sara was heavily trolled on social media for not wearing a helmet, while Kartik wore one; and hence now she will face the consequences according to Delhi Police. Well, all we can say is better luck next time Sara and we hope the repercussions aren't all that bad for you. For now, we'll just wish you luck for 'Love Aaj Kal 2'.
  14. Hardik Pandya might have courted controversy on his last TV show appearance. He may have deservedly attracted flak and, later, suspension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his comments. And, more recently, he might have been summoned by Indian cricket board's Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain, to be present for the hearings in relation to his controversial remarks about women. But, despite all that, hand this young lad a cricket bat and he'll show you what an absolute nightmare he can be for the opposition bowlers - something that's becoming more of a trend in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. The 25-year-old began this season with a forgettable duck against Delhi Capitals (DC) who eventually shocked the three-time IPL champions with a 37-run triumph. But, since then, there's been no looking back for Pandya. Twitter/@IPL He smashed a 14-ball 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and, then, a 19-ball 31 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But, he saved his best for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who bore the brunt of Pandya's willow at the Wankhede stadium on 3rd April. Against RCB, Pandya's blitzkrieg allowed Mumbai to accelerate from an average-looking 145 after 16 overs to a competitive 187 after 20. And, at home against CSK, the swashbuckling right-hander, once again, got a meandering Mumbai innings out of a ditch with an absolute carnage of an innings. Coming out to bat in the 17th over, Hardik swapped places with elder brother Krunal and was looking to give more strike to settled Suryakumar Yadav. He couldn't score a run on his first delivery and then a single on the second got him off strike in the 18th over. But, after Yadav got dismissed on the last delivery of the over, the right-handed batsman knew it was time to unleash the beast. Twitter/@IPL He smashed Shardul Thakur for a towering six over square leg on the first delivery of the penultimate over and followed it up with a single. With Hardik off strike, Kieron Pollard could only manage seven runs off four deliveries including a six on the fifth ball. At 141/5, with just six deliveries to go, both Hardik and Pollard knew they needed to up the ante to help Mumbai post a competitive total. M15: MI vs CSK – Hardik Pandya Six https://t.co/GjfmMNB7va via @ipl — Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) April 3, 2019 While Pollard smashed a six on the third delivery (a no-ball) and ran three runs on the legitimate ball (a free-hit), Hardik went hammer and tongs at Dwayne Bravo on the last three balls of the final over. He helicoptered Bravo's yorker into the top tier - something MS Dhoni would have also enjoyed - on the fourth delivery. Then, he punched a drive through extra cover for a boundary. And, finally, slashing a fuller delivery over third man to finish with a six. MUST WATCH: The Pollard-Pandya last over carnage ð®ð® Full video here â¶ï¸https://t.co/7kgiaB3Nsc #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/pLdU2pyRID — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019 A staggering 29 runs came off Bravo's final over wherein Hardik was responsible for 17, Pollard scored 10 and two came as extras. From reeling at 119/4 in 17 overs, Mumbai romped their way to 170/5 - thanks to a slambang 8-ball 25 from Hardik and 7-ball 17 from Pollard. In 37 innings since the 2017 edition of the IPL, Hardik has come in to bat with roughly 26 balls remaining in the innings, which is extremely low for a hitter of his ability in a T20 game. While that may raise questions on Mumbai's decision to keep him much down the batting order, it undoubtedly highlights what kind of an influence, in just a few deliveries, this young bloke can have on a game - something Team India would need in the all-important ICC World Cup, slated to begin from 30th May.
  15. On Friday, Sanju Samson was on a roll during the intense match between RR (Rajasthan Royals) and SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad). After smashing an unbeaten century and becoming the first player to do so in IPL 2019, Samson turned out to be a danger for the bowlers and became the sole-warrior of his team. Twitter But, while the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers failed to stop his rampage, a pizza delivery guy actually managed to halt him for a brief moment, without even making any extra efforts. I have never heard of such incidents before, so this definitely shook me as I kept on laughing and watching the video on repeat. via GIPHY During a crucial moment in the match when the score was 101/1, right when Vijay Shankar ran to bowl, Samson got distracted by the pizza delivery guy walking right in front of the sightscreen. Samson smiled at the guy and signalled at him to move away. When pizza delivery boy halted play https://t.co/UbCj2gWNad via @ipl — Yogesh Gajjar (@imyogesh_07) March 30, 2019 Once he was out of the sight, Samson got back into his lethal form and build a score of 198/2 against SRH. Although Rajasthan Royals couldn't win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Samson was the uncontested star of the match. Also, let's be honest, we can't blame Samson here, can we? After all, who doesn't like pizzas? (let's keep the pineapple pizza lovers out of this discussion.)
  16. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have made a solid entry in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). Winning their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), they again went victorious on Wednesday against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), but this time at home. The only thing common in both the matches other than winning is, Nitish Rana, the star performer of KKR who played some stunning strokes and went on to score 50+ runs in both the games. Rana was called on the pitch after the early departure of Chris Lynn on 10 runs. But once he arrived, he made sure that he sticks around for long and eventually played a crucial knock of 63 to help his team reach a mammoth total of 218 in their share of 20 overs. His thrilling 68 against SRH and now another 63 against KXIP takes him to the top of the leading scorers in the league, earning the 'Orange Cap' with 131 runs in the bag. View this post on Instagram What a (k)night, what a moment ðð» #KKRHaiTaiyaar A post shared by nitishrana_official (@nitishrana_official) on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:38am PDT The Mumbai lad looked in prime form even in the Domestic Cup and has made sure that he continues his form in the IPL also. Talking of KKR, having their middle order stabled by classic batsmen like Rana and Robbin Uthappa, and later having a power-hitter like Andre Russell in the team, makes them the favourites of the IPL in the early stages.
  17. Delhi Capitals (DC) did themselves a big favour when they traded Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auctions. Carrying on his momentum from the last game against Mumbai Indians (MI), Dhawan went on to score a thrilling half-century in the second match itself against the mighty Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Being the only one to score big in the team, the left-hander piled up 51 runs out of the 147 of the team. Getting some assistance from Prithvi Shaw at the beginning, followed by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in the later stages, 'Gabbar' moulded his innings to perfection to aid the home side. View this post on Instagram Patient. Determined. Responsible That was @shikhardofficial today for the @delhicapitals as he notched up his 33rd #VIVOIPL half century ð A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 26, 2019 at 9:01am PDT Despite the loss, DC will be delighted as most of their top-order batsman appear in good form, unlike the previous seasons. Whether it was Pant and Colin Ingram in the opening match or Dhawan and Shaw in last night's encounter, Delhi's top-order looks in ominous form. Thanks to his fifty against CSK, Dhawan (94 runs) climbed to the second spot in the race for the 'Orange Cap', which is currently donned by his teammate Pant who leads the list with 103 runs to his name. With the arrival of iconic Ricky Ponting as the coach and legendary Saurav Ganguly as Team Advisor, a new-look Delhi looks is slowly, yet steadily establishing themselves as serious contenders this season.
  18. We don't know what meme pages you follow on social media, but the only ones that truly matter are the official social media accounts of our Police departments across the country. Mumbai Police, of course, is leading the trend with its strong meme game. However, recently other states and cities too are using social media and particularly memes create awareness and connect with the youth and get their attention on subjects that were until now falling on deaf ears. via GIPHY Currently, be it the actors, directors or trolls, everyone is talking about 'Kalank'. So is the Rajasthan Police, but in their own savage way. Since everyone is making and sharing 'Kalank' memes on social media, Rajasthan Police too shared one to promote their anti-drug campaign. © dharma productions They shared a still of Alia Bhatt from the movie along with the dialogue, "Humse zyada barbad koi nahi is duniya mein", and wrote, "Stealing money for buying #Drugs? If yes, then the #Kalank of theft & being a drug addict is going to end your happiness. Stop consuming #Drugs or else they'll consume you. @aliaa08 @karanjohar @Varun_dvn @sonakshisinha @adityaroy @DIPRRajasthan @ashokgehlot51." Stealing money for buying #Drugs? If yes, then the #Kalank of theft & being a drug addict is going to end your happiness. Stop consuming #Drugs or else they'll consume you.@aliaa08 @karanjohar @Varun_dvn @sonakshisinha @adityaroy @DIPRRajasthan @ashokgehlot51 pic.twitter.com/OBz5smrqwV — Rajasthan Police (@PoliceRajasthan) March 26, 2019 Now that's an impressive way to use the dialogue and the meme. In fact, actor Varun Dhawan, who plays Zafar in the movie, too was left impressed with Rajasthan Police's meme and retweeted the same with the message "Say no to drugs." Say no to drugs https://t.co/upBGmvl42P — Varun ZAFAR Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 26, 2019 Directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar, 'Kalank' also stars Madhuri Dixit as Bahaar Begum, Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhry, Alia Bhatt as Roop, Sonakshi Sinha as Satya Chaudhry and Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhry.
  19. Defending Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seem to have a tight command on the tournament right from the very beginning. After winning the first match quite comfortably against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), CSK stepped into Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Tuesday, to play Delhi Capitals (DC) in their first away match of IPL 2019. Too late experienced to be fazed by away conditions, CSK once again restricted Delhi to the score of 147, courtesy DJ Bravo, who took crucial wickets of the dangerous Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram in the 16th over and then took the opener Shikhar Dhawan by surprising him in his next over itself. View this post on Instagram Moves from ð¹ð¹, brought to ð®ð³ by @djbravo47 ð Celebrating 3 huuuge wickets with a jig the #VIVOIPL has grown to love ð #DCvCSK A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:57am PDT Being backed by Shardal Thakur and Imran Tahir under the Delhi skies gave Bravo an advantage to take wickets while the pressure was built at the other end. Bagging three wickets in this match and already having a wicket from the last match, took Bravo's total wicket count to four, which places him on the second position for the Purple Cap run, right after his teammate Imran Tahir who bags the first spot on the basis of better economy rate. It was the cherry on the cake for the 35-year-old allrounder as apart from getting the wickets, he also got to score the winning runs for his team to take them to victory with two balls to spare.
  20. Every sport does have its own set of rules, but they don't cover all the aspects of the game, and this grey area is where the concept of sportsmanship comes into play. This year's Indian Premier League has been off to a surprising start since the beginning. Beginning from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) getting bowled out for 70 in the opening match, to Sunil Narine and Jasprit Bumrah getting injured in the following games. And now, Monday's match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is the talk of the town for Ravi Ashwin's 'Mankading' incident. Chasing a target of 184, RR were in a commanding position with Jos Buttler (69) striking the ball to all corners of Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium. But in the 13th over, as Buttler was standing at the non-striker's end and had hardly been out of the crease (which all runners tend to do in order to complete the run more quickly), Ashwin indulged in an unlikely act not expected of international cricketers. He stopped in the middle of his bowling action, turned around, and knocked the bails right off the wickets next to him. © Instagram In the post-match conference, Ashwin did justify his action by saying “ It was not planned or anything like that, it is in the rule of the game and I don't know where the does the understanding of the spirit of the game comes in because quite naturally if it's there in the rules, it's there.” The internet, however, took it with a grain of salt. This 'Mankading' infuriated cricket fans and experts alike, most notably the legendary Australian leggie Shane Warne, who is also the former coach of Rajasthan Royals. View this post on Instagram Ash speaks! Here are his views on the most talking point of the #VIVOIPL this far ð¤ð¤ #RRvKXIP A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 25, 2019 at 12:49pm PDT After the incident, Warne criticised Ashwin's act and called it a disgrace to the spirit of the game, stating: “So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL.” So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019 This tweet invoked an unexpected response from noted cricket expert Harsha Bhogle, who shockingly supported Ashwin's claim. *drum roll; grab your popcorn* You're about to witness one of the most delicious Twitter battles. Harsha you are missing the point completely & I'm disappointed in you as you always push the spirit of the game - now you condone this behaviour ? Ashwin's actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn't condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL ! #spiritofthegame https://t.co/BsIKDBN51X — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019 Harsha, if that had of been an international player you would have nailed him ! Please do not be bias & stick up for your own. Any player in the game that does that to anyone is an embarrassment to the game & as captain it's even more disgraceful ! #spiritofthegame ! https://t.co/4PqLL1MzBT — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019 More importantly, the Indian fans, who usually tend to support a fellow countryman, asserted that the spirit of the game is kept intact. They believe, in this case, that there is no point of winning if you are not playing in the spirit of the game. Here's how cricket fans around the world reacted to the 'Mankading incident: Does a bowler get a warning for overstepping the mark? NO BALL every time. Batsmen get a free hit and the advantage of umpire going to DRS for no ball on dismissal. Stay in your crease or you'll be greased. Bravo!#luvthisgame #cricket #fairplay #evolving #sportsmanship https://t.co/DyOSvFXVrL — Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 26, 2019 He ain't winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin — Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019 I would say to all India ex players/Pundits who are supportive of what R Ashwin did ... If @imVkohli was Batting would you be so supportive !!??? #NightAll #IPL #OnON — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019 Remember This Kid Who Was Mankaded By An English Cricketer Some Years Back... He Is Grown Up Now & Just Took His Revenge On An English Cricketer Tonight... #ashwin #AshwinMankads #josbuttler #RRvKXIP pic.twitter.com/9va7otRAqt — Siddhartha singh (@sid_varanasi) March 26, 2019 Ashwin runs his own cricket academy ... I wonder what his students are going to ask him ? And what will he tell them about that dismissal .. will he endorse it to his kids ? My dear budding cricketers don't do what #Ashwin just did !! #Buttler #AshwinMankads #RRvKXIP — Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) March 25, 2019 Yes warney !! Well said .. Harsha is always biased. If same would have happened to virat Kohli by adamzampa in wcup semifinal ? What Harsha would have reacted !!! — pranav bodani (@pranav_bodani) March 25, 2019 Whose side are you on? Let us know in the comments section.
  21. After losing the 2-match T20I series in a rather disappointing fashion, Indian cricket fans saw a ray of hope when the Men in Blue went on a great run, winning the first two ODIs in the five-match series, with Indian batsmen--including Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni playing some brilliant innings. However, after losing the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs, all eyes were on Kohli's men giving their best in order to come out victorious in Mohali, winning the series with the Delhi game still in hand. After scoring a massive total of 358, the win looked almost certain, all we had to do was bowl the 50 overs as there was no way the Aussie were going to chase such a score. Who knew Aaron Finch's men would get some extra boost as the Indian cricketers created some major goof ups in the form of dropped catches, misfields and dropped catches (so many dropped catches). And then the unthinkable happened. Not only did the Australians chase the massive total, they did it with more than two overs to spare. Following the loss, one of the Indian cricketers who found himself taking a major share of the blame was the Indian wicket keeper Rishabh Pant who missed out on major stumping opportunities at crucial junctions of the game. To make matters worse, the 21-year-old also dropped a couple of catches behind the wicket. The fact that veteran keeper and former captain of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't a part of the playing XI and Pant had to replace his presence led to all the MS Dhoni fans putting on a barrage of brutal criticisms, taunting his inability as a wicketkeeper whilst comparing him to a veteran like Dhoni. As the day ended, a lot of people came forward to show their support for the player who had suffered a lot of firing in the past 24 hours. While his childhood coach, Tarak Sinha called all the comparisons between Dhoni and Pant completely unfair, the Delhi-born cricketer got support from a rather unexpected source. He's just 21 and represents India in all 3 formats. Let's introspect and see what we were doing at that age. Give him a chance. @RishabPant777 u are pure talent keep the focus, you got this ! pic.twitter.com/GDySpRgiGU — Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) March 11, 2019 Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty came to the young athlete's rescue reminding everyone of the fact that having been only 21 years old, Pant is one of the top choices for the team in all three formats of the game. Shetty also goes on to urge everyone who's criticising the talented star to introspect and realise what they were doing when they were of his age. Finally, he requests the ever-so-passionate fans of the game to give Pant a chance as he is destined for greatness and great things are in store for him. Wise words.
  22. Just when Kangana Ranaut criticised Bollywood for not coming forth and speaking on critical political issues, the quintessential Bollywood hunk stepped up and gave his two cents on the state of affairs of the country. While at the trailer launch of his film 'Romeo Akbar Walter', John Abraham, speaking about the current tensions between India and Pakistan post the Pulwama terror attacks said: "There has to be a war against terror, not against a country, religion, religions or between religions. I am very clear in my outlook. I (will) probably get picked on, but I am not going to sit on the fence and say 'this audience will like it, that won't." © Twitter He also added, unlike other actors, that he's never going to shy away from voicing his opinion. "There has to be a war on terror. It has to be over and done with. That doesn't mean you have to fight with another country. That doesn't mean you have to stereotype people." He was asked if actors are obliged to make political comments, to which he said: “Yes, if they are politically aware. Kangana is very politically aware and she has got a voice. I think you must take a stand if you are politically aware. But you shouldn't be stupidly talented. You can't be an idiot, who knows nothing about which country lies where. If you don't know what's happening from Bihar to Syria, then you should shut up and smile and show your mug that you have done so much work on. Don't talk.” © Pinterest While the actor believes other actors should not talk or comment about politics to simply 'trend', he encourages more people to come forward and talk about the grave situation at hand. We believe John has a point to make, because the country idolises the Bollywood fraternity to an extent and if they come forth and share positive opinions, which do not propagate war and violence, then it definitely reflects well for the rest of society. We all have an opinion but voicing something that's beneficial for the nation and its people should definitely be put forth out and loud. © Indiatimes While talking to the press, John also spoke about his new espionage thriller 'Romeo Akbar Walter', directed by Robbie Grewal. The film also features Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff and Sikander Kher. Since the film does talk about Indo-Pakistan relations, everyone in the film is aware of the current situation and has an opinion on it, said the 46-year-old actor. “We are stereotyping people, that's probably the most dangerous sign. It shouldn't happen. But that's the way the world is functioning today.” He added. The film is scheduled to release on April 5th. © Twitter Watch the trailer here While more famous personalities are coming forward to express their opinion on the situation at hand, we only hope the tensions die down slowly and peace is accepted by both the parties, shortly.
  23. If there is one sport which is loved all over the globe despite its brutal tackles and some brilliantly laid out flops, it's definitely football. Football is often compared to the theatre and is fortunate to host to some of the best practitioners in the business, some of whom take their craft a little too seriously. Many players among David Luis, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo believe in showing glimpses of their acting skills on the field, rather than in the studio. Neymar even bagged a cameo in 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' only by his diving skills on the field. Fouls still get penalised by referees but when it comes to flops, or dives as we call it, we just can't get enough of it. Diving has once again been thrust into the public eye of late, thanks to a string of game-altering moments of alleged simulation. The most recent one came yesterday when one of the greatest players in the world, Ronaldo, earned himself a free kick right outside the penalty box with yet another flop against Napoli. Alex Meret, Napoli keeper, rushed out of the penalty box to clear the Juventus ball, but couldn't touch either of them, the ball or Ronaldo. CR7, on the other hand, took full advantage of the situation and displayed his outstanding acting skills, which not only made the referee award his team a freekick but also handed Meret a red card straight away. Furious with this incident, Carlos Ancelloti, the home manager, opened up in the post-match interview © Reuters “It's a very controversial incident,” Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “Certainly he didn't touch him, but it could be a thing of intent. It's not so clear this direct red, it's not a given that Cristiano would have got to the ball. “The red seems over the top to me. There's the VAR and the referee should have looked at it again why else do we have it?” Eventually, the kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was given a dazzling curl, landing it in the bottom left corner of the goal. Soon the one-goal lead was extended by Emre Can by a header, courtesy a long ball by Federico Bernardeschi. Chiellini and his men soon got the taste of their own medicine when Pjanic was shown a second yellow card for handling the ball. © Reuters The hosts reduced the deficit in the 61st minute as Callejon got ahead of the Juventus defenders to tap in Insigne's cross. Napoli laid siege to the Juventus goal and thought it had got its rewards when they were awarded a penalty for an Alex Sandro handball, but Insigne's effort rebounded off the post. With 16 points clear to the second-placed Napoli, Juventus has almost sealed their league title and now are concentrating on the match against Atletico Madrid for a place in the Quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League
  24. Ahead of the second ODI between India and the visiting Australian cricket team, Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has come up with some words of praise for former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as one of the most steady pillars of the squad. A self-proclaimed fan of the legend from Ranchi, Jadhav marvelled at his idol's brilliant innings against the dominating cricketers from Down Under during the first ODI match, as they built a formidable partnership of 141 runs while chasing a challenging total of 236 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. MS Dhoni finishes it off in style. Kedar Jadhav (81*) and MS Dhoni (59*) hit half-centuries as #TeamIndia win by 6 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/HHA7FfEDjZ — BCCI (@BCCI) March 2, 2019 While Jadhav had an impressive 81-run innings, it was all because of Dhoni's ability to stick to the crease on the other side that gave him the confidence to go for the big hits. “I can't put it out in words. Every time I see Mahi bhai, it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.” Jadhav has also come out and complemented Dhoni's ability to calm his teammates down before a big game or tough circumstances. Talking about his affection towards the wicketkeeper, Kedar recalled his debut series: “The kind of cricketer I am today is because of him. He has always encouraged me… He had seen me in Zimbabwe first and in the New Zealand series at home in 2016, he just wanted two overs from me and luckily for me in my second over, I got two wickets.” No doubt Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains of the Indian cricket team and a huge reason behind his excellence in that role, was his ability to mould himself according to the situation, a leader, a batsman, a wicketkeeper, a mind-reader, you name it, he's done it. Despite being flaked with hate-mails after his game in the T20I series loss against the Aussies, Dhoni has yet against proved his haters wrong.
  25. The wee hours of 26th February witnessed the Indian Air Force (IAF) pulling off a brave operation that was carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan. A group of 12 Mirage 2000 aircrafts carried out swift air strikes to eliminate multiple terror camps and launch pads. The Indian fighter jets dropped bombs weighing 1,000 kgs in a 21-minute operation that resulted in the elimination of the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot. India's retaliatory strike came in the wake of the dastardly suicide attack in Pulwama, that claimed the lives of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. Ever since the news of India's so-called 'surgical strike 2.0' surfaced, everyone has been saluting the IAF for successfully carrying out the brave operation. #India struck biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot; a very large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and fidayeenjihadis were eliminated: Sh Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary pic.twitter.com/D8kk4gWfWI — PIB India (@PIB_India) February 26, 2019 While some hailed the Indian fighter pilots for avenging the Pulwama martyrs, others took immense pride in India's new approach of tackling fire by fire. Amid all the congratulatory messages, the sports fraternity wasn't far behind either. From Virender Sehwag to Saina Nehwal, the Indian sports fraternity was seen joining the chorus in lauding the IAF. IAF's pre-dawn strike across the border also evoked a response from Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who will be seen leading his side against Australia in the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Taking to Facebook, Kohli shared a picture of himself alongside his teammates in what appears to be a training session. The Indian skipper captioned the image with the popular phrase: "How's the Josh?". The phrase comes from the Bollywood flick, 'Uri - The Surgical Strike' - a dramatised account of the Indian Army's retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack in the valley. Going by the mood in the country, it wasn't hard to guess what Kohli was trying to say with his social media post. But, it was great to see the Indian captain drawing inspiration from the IAF to motivate himself and his team going into the second and final T20I - a must-win game that'll help the hosts in levelling the series.
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