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  1. Barring Sachin Tendulkar, no other cricketer evokes such extreme emotions and draws praise from fans like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. One of the most popular and definitely most criticised Indian cricketer, Dhoni garners attention for all the good and bad he produces on the field. If his lightening quick glovework elates fans, the very man's misfiring innings leaves everyone disappointed. The recent times have been no different for the former Indian captain. Before he headed to Australia for the ODI series, everyone contemplated that it might be the end of Dhoni who would find it really hard to make the cut for the Indian squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England & Wales. Reuters But, on the back of three consecutive fifties in three matches, Dhoni earned the 'Player of the Series' award and silenced everyone who doubted his credentials. Thriving in his new role, Dhoni has once again proved why Team India needs him in their upcoming World Cup campaign. And, owing to his new role, Dhoni seems to have decided to change don a new look as Australia come calling for two T20Is and five ODIs. Using the expertise of her friend and celebrity hairstylist Sapna Moti Bhavnani, Dhoni dyed his hair black and got a sleek and classy look. Maintaining a medium length in the middle, 'Captain Cool' opted for relatively shorter hair on the sides. . Hello #captainsaab â¤ï¸ #newlook Hair/Makeup by me . . “Kaunse pagal ne kabhi kaha hai ke main pagal hu?” Love this man! . . #lovethis #shootlife #dhoni #classicbarber #barber #menshair #shooting #madowothair #mahi #hairblogger A post shared by बमà¥à¤¬à¤ à¤à¥ रानॠ(@sapnamotibhavnani) on Feb 14, 2019 at 11:54pm PST The photos of his new look were shared by Bhavnani on Instagram. “Hello #captainsaab #newlook. Hair/Makeup by me. “Kaunse pagal ne kabhi kaha hai ke main pagal hu?” Love this man,” she captioned her Instagram post. While his new look would surely have the fans excited, we'll be hoping that his form with the willow continues to aid the Indian team when they take the field against Australia in the first T20I on 24th February.
  2. Owing to his scary eyes, throbbing veins and a chainsaw celebration, Dale Steyn established himself as one of the most feared fast bowlers in the modern era of cricket. His intimidating physical attributes are adequately backed by extreme pace, pin-point accuracy and ability to swing the ball both ways - the pivotal elements that saw him getting the better of some of the best in business. However, the persistent drive to bowl quick took a toll on Steyn's career that has been plagued by injuries. For almost an eighteen-month period - between the end of 2016 and mid-2018, the South African paceman could only play one Test due to repeated injuries. While the South African fans were worried, others contemplated the end of Steyn. © Reuters But, contrary to popular perception, Steyn returned to the field and is now nearing his best. During the Pakistan's recent tour of South Africa, Steyn was consistently clocked at speeds in the mid-140kph range, for the first time in years. And, now against Sri Lanka, the 35-year-old has not only been seen bowling the long, fast spells he was once associated with, Steyn took it a notch up by claiming an individual record. Most wickets for pace bowlers in Test history:@jimmy9 – 575@glennmcgrath11 – 563@CuddyWalsh – 519@DaleSteyn62 – 437@StuartBroad8 – 437 pic.twitter.com/QX1xQpmB8g — ICC (@ICC) February 14, 2019 With his outswingers humming and bouncers looking menacing again, the South African wreaked havoc against the hapless Lankans to record impressive figures of 4-48 in the first innings of the 1st Test at Durban. While the right-arm seamer couldn't bag a five-for, he did manage to break Kapil Dev's all-time record of 434 Test wickets. The legend continues on his upward rise. Dale Steyn currently sit's in 7th position on the all time leading test wicket taker list. He is only 15 wickets from 450 test wickets. Supreme fast bowling from the 'Phalaborwa Express'#ProteaFire #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/7F3lvmy4jW — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 14, 2019 Overtaking India's first World Cup-winning captain, Steyn is now the joint 7th highest wicket-taker alongside England's Stuart Broad in the all-time list of Test cricket. He is now behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619), James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519) in the coveted list. Despite rising in the all-time list, Steyn is just happy to return to the field, doing what he enjoys the most - bowling fast. "After not playing for two years (through injury), I feel like it's a blessing to just be playing again. I've almost had to start over. I'm not on 430-odd wickets, I'm on 20 since breaking Polly's (Shaun Pollock's) record. It's nice to finish a three-match Test series against Pakistan and not have someone write: 'He's an injury away from retiring'. It's nice to contribute again. It feels like I've started over," Steyn was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com. #Steyn still controlling his raw & searing pace even if he has been playing for #SA over decade across formats. #Steyn is #SA team delight. When he gets going #Steyn is ruthless, merciless, makes batsmen sleepless!!! — @Iam MmReDdY$ (@mmreddys2020) February 15, 2019 He is the Greatest of all time — Thapedi (@thapedi_moshabi) February 15, 2019 Legend! A complete fast bowler!!! — Mohammad Hasham (@MhHasham) February 14, 2019 Way better than overrated starc and jimmy anderson steyn gun ðð¤©ð¥ — SAHILð®ð³ (@SAHIL09S) February 14, 2019 best in the business!!! — Gary Hennink (@callmegazza) February 15, 2019 @DaleSteyn62 welcome back sir. How we missed you!! — Charkhastick (@Charkhastick) February 15, 2019
  3. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  4. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  5. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in India, which was passed in 2016, has come under grave scrutiny and protests in the North-East, especially in Assam and Meghalaya. The bill claims to be 'politically motivated' in these regions and has been termed 'anti-Assam' by BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad and has also been cruised by other regional parties. (c)Twitter The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was formulated by the government in order to change the deification of illegal immigrants in the country. The bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016, seeks to amend the citizenship act of 1955, to provide citizenship to illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who're either Hindu, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists or Parsis. The bill also aims to reduce the amount of time for staying in India to become a citizen in the first place. So, instead of 11 years, a minimum of 6 years of staying in the country would be required, if the bill is passed. (c)Twitter Following the new amendment made to the bill, Assam and Meghalaya reacted to it in a grim manner saying the move would make Assam a dumping ground for all Bangladeshi Hindus. The BJP coalition partner have threatened to cut ties with the party if the bill is passed as the locals believe it will affect the cultural identity and linguistics of the indigenous people of the state. Assam since then has been on protest on the passing of the bill as they believe the long standing concern over the issues of refugees is not going to be put to rest if the bill is in action. (c)Twitter The younger folks in the states have been very upfront about the government's agenda and have questioned it time and again. The ferociousness of their honesty is met with little or no answers so far. A few days ago a young 19-year-old boy Rahul Rajkhowa took to YouTube and posted a rap protesting the bill. The rapper adds, that while the government cannot even help rescue 15 miners stuck in an illegal coal mine, they're hell-bent on helping people from foreign countries based on their religion. The rap ends with the line "...and your agenda for progress is fake" and leaves us gutted with what young people from the North-Eastern states feel at the arms of apathy and agenda pushing. Watch the video here: (c)Twitter While the protests still continue against the BJP-led government in Assam over this bill, with All Assam Student Union (AASU) waving their black flags at the CM Sarbananda Sonwal, we're not sure what the end result might be. We just hope the government realises the fallacies and problematic situations that may arise with the bill in action and take a relevant step towards ensuring uniformity and peace in the region, instead.
  6. One wink, just one wink was all it took for Priya Prakash Varrier to reach the star-status. Arguably the biggest viral sensation we've seen in this country last year, the actress became everyone's crush overnight and for weeks people couldn't stop talking about her. image1 It seemed like everything was going right for her, but something good doesn't last forever. This year, Priya's only been surrounded by controversies and has had an overall negative response from everyone, from her upcoming movie 'Sridevi Bungalow' to a kissing scene that has now surfaced online. A scene from 'Oru Adaar Love', the same movie where the famous wink scene comes from, is now online and it shows Priya and her co-star Roshan Abdul Rahoof kissing while dressed in their school uniform. So basically, they're showing school kids kissing and it's obviously not sitting well with the very conservative Indian audience. Here's what everyone is saying. #PriyaPrakashVarrier #OruAdaarLove Stop creating bad influence among the school kids...will u accept if it happen to ur child... This is thumbs down from my side.ðð — Harshit Kabra (@harshitspkabra) February 8, 2019 Umm. If u are justifying the lip lock scene frm #OruAdaarLove ur upbringing is wrong, Teenage love maybe cute,but der is a limit, Parents sending us to schools for studying. Dis clip is out for promoting dis trash movie, how pathetic u are director #PriyaVarrier#PriyaPrakashVarrier — ____zidd (@sid_saalih) February 9, 2019 If you were a horny kid in school, thats your personality and your upbringing. Stop justifying such crass mentality here. School is a temple of Education. Do whatever you want in your bedroom. Not here..!!#PriyaVarrier#PriyaPrakashVarrier — CyberSikandar ™ (@CyberSikandar) February 8, 2019 Why so much hate? Talent & hard work is what takes you forward in long run not lip locking or an eye wink. Grow up people! #PriyaPrakashVarrier #priyavarrier — Amit Yadav (@MythoughtsAmit) February 7, 2019 Yep. The reason why India isn't developed. So #PriyaPrakashVarrier an ACTOR playing a high school girl kissing her on screen boyfriend is matter of concern but women being raped and harassed isn't? yikes — Satyam Arora (@hellasatyam) February 8, 2019 Yes, it is. #PriyaPrakashVarrier became a national crush for her "wink" last year & now after a year she is being trolled for a "lip-lock" scene . Social Media is indeed scary — áµáµâ¿á¶Ê°â±â¡ (@lostpanchi) February 8, 2019
  7. The new generation of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has seen some really brilliant talent making their way to the biggest stage of them all. Even with some of the most established wrestlers like AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura making their WWE debut a couple of years ago, the biggest name of the new era remains that of Roman Reigns. Making his last WWE appearance all the way back in October'18, Reigns revealed to his fans that he was battling Leukemia for the past 11 years and had to go on a long break because of the in-depth recovery process. The 'Big Dog' was therefore forced to give up his title in a winter episode of Monday night RAW last year. Thank you to everyone who's reached out...I can't put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I'm going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman — Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) October 23, 2018 However, it appears that Roman's recovery process is coming to fruition as the Samoan is all set to make an appearance in The Fast & The Furious spin-off 'Hobbs & Shaw' alongside his cousin and The Chosen One, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson this August. © Universal Pictures Dwayne Johnson was extremely proud of his cousin's debut performance during the shoot of 'Hobbs & Shaw' and took to Twitter to express his affection towards the former Shield member. He also commended how Reigns has shown “perseverance and strength” in his battle against the progressive disease. He also mentions how Roman's recovery has led to the upliftment of his consciousness. Very proud of him. His leukemia recovery has elevated his state of mind to a whole other level. And it was fuuuun to go legit beast mode with my cousin in our movie where he plays my brother. #LetTheBodiesHitTheFloor #HobbsAndShaw AUG 2nd. https://t.co/bqpLFQC1Z1 — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 28, 2019 Roman Reigns has been criticised for his poor performance with the mic - an integral part of becoming successful in the business as, apart from the in-ring techniques, the 'promos' play a major role in the fans or the 'WWE Universe' loving or hating a character. Even John Cena bashed 'The Guy' for not preparing himself before shooting a promo, which led to the creation of some serious buzz in 2017. With a bad name in what is essentially 'acting', it would be interesting to see how well the wrestler does in his silver screen debut.
  8. On 1st February 1981, the world was caught by surprise by Australian captain Greg Chappell's evil but ingenious idea to win an ODI match against New Zealand at the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup when he plotted the scheme of bowling an 'underarm' ball in his brother Trevor Chappell's head against Kiwi Brian McKechnie. At a crucial juncture of the match, New Zealand was trailing the Aussies by 6 runs with only one ball left. This naturally meant that the Kiwis needed to go for a maximum or else they would lose the match. Chappell quickly asked his brother to bowl an underarm delivery which would drag along the pitch without any bounce. No bounce meant no space for the batsman to get under the ball to attempt a long shot, which in turn meant that there was no way that McKechnie could have hit a six. The plan was executed brilliantly: In the video, the two notorious brothers can be seen discussing something post which Greg gestures for an underarm bowl. Soon after, Trevor took a small run-up (a sucker for treatricals, maybe?) and slide the ball towards the dazed batsman. After defending the ball, McKechnie instantly figured out what was going on and threw his bat in the air in frustration before picking it up and pacing for the stands. At the time, there was no specific rule deeming it illegal to bowl like that, but it was considered to be an act of 'cowardice', literally a low-blow and after the incident was labeled “disgraceful” by the former Australian Test captain Richie Benaud. Remembering the incident more than three decades later, Brian McKechnie who defended Trevor's ball, said: “I would have loved to just have the chance to try and hit a six… that's the last ball I faced,” in an interview with The Project NZ. Apparently, McKechnie isn't the only one who is still upset over the blunder: On wishing the 1981 underarm bowl had never happened: “I would've loved to just have the chance to try and hit a six… that's the last ball I faced” #TheProjectNZ pic.twitter.com/Nc8ULVZZ7f — The Project NZ (@TheProject_NZ) January 31, 2019 February 1st: A date that will live in INFAMY. Damn you Australia, damn you to HELL. #Underarm pic.twitter.com/w4FCWusqil — Jamie Wall (@JamieWall2) January 31, 2019 "The most significant event that ever happened in the history of New Zealand cricket." #PrimePresents: #Underarm - The Ball That Changed Cricket. Coming soon. pic.twitter.com/LJL0oHpn1F — Prime TV New Zealand (@Primetv_NZ) January 22, 2019 #OnThisDay 1981 Most controversial incident in One Day cricket history. pic.twitter.com/6hPTRR9Ryq — World Series Cup ðð¦ðº (@WSCupCricket) February 1, 2019 One of the worst thing I've ever seen on a cricket field: Richie Benaud#OnThisDay in 1981, Greg Chappell asked his brother Trevor Chappell to bowl an underarm ball when New Zealand reqd six off the last ball just to tie. Brian McKechnie (striker) in ODIs: 54 runs in 14 matches pic.twitter.com/EHFO81Cair — Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) February 1, 2019
  9. Arguably one of the most exciting young talents in the country, Shubman Gill had garnered all the limelight with a potential debut on cards in the 4th One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand on 31st January. For someone who boasts of 1,089 runs in nine first-class games and another 1,529 runs in 36 List A matches, Shubman understandably came highly recommended. Virat Kohli had already lauded the youngster, claiming that he was not even 10 per cent of the kind of player Gill is when he was 19. Then, the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar, too, sang Gill's praise and stressed on the importance of his debut for India. Early on Thursday, Shubman finally realised his dream of featuring in the senior team after he was handed his cap by MS Dhoni, becoming the 227th player to represent India in ODI cricket. But, the day Shubman must've been dreaming of as a kid, soon turned into a nightmare as the youngster was sent back into the hut for a mere nine runs. Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni ðð #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZq — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 21/1, the 19-year-old got a chance to partner Rohit Sharma in a bid to stabilise the innings. With Trent Boult breathing fire with his swing bowling, Shubman was a mere spectator as Rohit, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik got dismissed one after another at the other end. While the right-hander, himself, became the next victim of Boult, his stay at the crease for 21 balls was nervy, but still gave a glimpse of his capabilities. The first six balls he faced, didn't yield a single run. But, the application of the young batsman made it good to watch. There were solid defences, played with confidence. And, a beautiful cover drive that went straight to the fielder. Rather than getting frustrated with the dot balls, Shubman showed great maturity in waiting for the right delivery to strike. And, he finally opened his account with a wristy clip off the toes through square leg for a boundary - his first runs in international cricket. On the very next ball, the right-hander, once again, showed great presence of mind as he pushed the drive with soft hands in a bid to keep the ball along the ground. AP The 10th over saw Shubman getting struck on the helmet on Boult's fiery bouncer. But, the youngster didn't lose his composure and carried on like a pro. His stint was eventually cut short when he played a length ball on the up, sending it straight into the hands of Boult who claimed his third scalp of the game. While some thought that the youngster wasted an opportunity, others gave him the benefit of the doubt and backed him to come good in future. But, how did young Shubman really fare on his debut? Let's put things into perspective. Despite scoring just nine runs off 21 balls, the debutant, in his shot selection and approach to the game, showed signs of maturity and confidence. But, is that enough? Well, we tried to compare Shubman's ODI debut with his idol Kohli and there was not much difference. The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaoh — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Just like Shubman, Kohli had a triumphant run in the 2008 U-19 World Cup when he was fast-tracked into the Indian team. The same year, he was handed his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Dambulla and asked to open the innings alongside Gautam Gambhir when Virender Sehwag was rested in the first match. With Chaminda Vaas sending Gambhir back into the pavilion on the second delivery of the match, Kohli was watchful in his approach and began really slow. In fact, he had scored 12 runs off 21 balls he faced till the seventh over. The Delhi lad was finally dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara after being wrapped on the pads in front of the stumps. And, his ODI debut came to an end at a score of 12 runs off 22 balls. Kohli's maiden outing in ODI cricket was not really different than Shubman. Both the cricketers played their shots and approached with caution against a fire-breathing left-armer. Despite their mediocre debut scores, both Shubman and Kohli, with their sensible approach, showed they belong to the big stage. Both of them played goo-looking shots and held his own against a dangerous bowling attack in conditions which aided seamers. AP Giving perspective to Gill's outing, Gavaskar made a fair point. "Well, for whatever little time he was there, he was a little bit tense, nervous. That's understandable because he is playing for the country for the first time. Even then, when Boult was swinging the ball, he was able to get in line, yes...he was hit by the short ball as well. I think this guy's got a future, you have got to be patient with him," Gavaskar told Star Sports. Gill, in his brief debut, showed that he has a great technique (something a batting sensation like Kohli approves of). On a surface that had plenty of bounce, the young gun had the ability to punch the ball off the backfoot. It was also great to see him picking up the length nicely. And, just like Kohli, it looks like this youngster has got a lot of time to play his shots and a bright future going forward.
  10. We are living in very interesting times where literally anything and everything is capable of stopping a game or a match. From a naked dude streaking across the field to elements in nature, no one can expect where the next obstacle in a match can come from. A few days ago, the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand went on a halt because of sun outrage. And yesterday, another old mate came back onto the field to halt yet another match, none other than our beloved bees. © PTI Over the years we have seen many 'bee attacks', the most memorable one was witnessed in South Africa two years ago, when the host were playing against Sri Lanka. Something similar happened yesterday during the fourth one day match between India A and England Lions in Trivandrum, where the play came to a standstill for 15 minutes when a swarm of bees attacked the spectators at the stadium. An unexpected and painful turn of events took place at the Green Field International Stadium, as the match was just in its 28th over when the bees began to charge at the audience and left a lot of spectators in the stadium injured. All of this was captured in a video which went viral after the incident. Fortunately, none of the players at the stadium were seriously injured at the scene, as the bees did not enter the field. But the India A coach, Rahul Dravid, who was around the stadium at that time, had to run for his safety. A few spectators were taken to the hospital immediately because of the bee attack and the crowd at the stadium was shifted from the west side of the stadium to the east. The Chief Operating Officer of Sports Facilities Ltd told The Indian Express: "It was an unfortunate incident. We had ensured that the gallery where the spectators who sit for watching the match was cleaned ahead of the match. But it were some spectators who went upstairs where they were not supposed to go in the normal circumstances and stirred the hive unknowingly or mischievously." Though India won comfortably by 6 wickets, in which the recently named ICC Emerging player of the year, Rishabh Pant scored a blistering knock of 73 of 76 balls, and with Shardul Thakur assisting in the bowling department, team India safely secured the fourth straight win in the series.
  11. After a successful outing in Australia, our men in blue are giving the Kiwis a living nightmare in the ongoing India vs New Zealand series. Virat Kohli and his boys are already leading 2-0 with two consecutive wins in Napier and Mount Maunganui and the fate looks brighter yet again when the two teams will hit it out on Monday in the third ODI. © Twitter Bowing down to the dominance of the Indian team, the Eastern District Police in New Zealand decided to deal with it in a hilarious and an innovative way by actually issuing a clever warning against the men in blue. The warning reads as follows: "Police would like to issue a warning to members of the public about the exploits of a group touring the country at the moment. Witnesses report seeing this group badly assault an innocent looking bunch of New Zealanders in both Napier and Mt Maunganui in the last week. Extra care should be taken if you are carrying anything that looks like a cricket bat or ball." Everyone out there is taking it with a pinch of salt and in fact, agreeing with it! © Facebook Meanwhile, NZ captain Kane Williamson has been quite vocal about the whole defeat being a little frustrating. “Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India. Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If we had wickets in hand, you never know but we didn't have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead," he said. The next ODI is tomorrow and with our team leading the series, we really hope the victory is ours.
  12. It was a dark day for the true fans of cricket who truly appreciate the diversity the sport aims to bring together, no thanks to the captain of the Pakistani cricket team, Sarfraz Ahmed, who racially taunted South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second of five ODIs in Durban on Tuesday. After an underwhelming batting display put up by the Pakistani team who were all out on 205, Proteas all-rounder, Phehlukwayo won the match with an exceptional 69-run innings to tie the ODI series at 1-1 and was also declared the Man of the Match for the outing. However, during his innings, the Pakistani bowlers decided their level best to bowl him out but none of the six were able to send him away. A very furious and frustrated Ahmed eventually made a debacle of an attempt to sledge the batsman by saying: "Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya padhwa ke aaye hai aaj? (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?).” Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo: "abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj" "black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?"#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OE — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019 The unwelcomed comment was so random and exasperating even to the ears of the legendary Pakistani commentator Ramiz Raja who was on-air during the match, that he dodged fellow commentator Mike Haysman's request to translate whatever the stump mic had picked up for the English speaking audience, by saying that it was a really long sentence and was really difficult to translate. Hours after Ahmed took a firing by angry cricket fans on the internet, another Pakistani Hall of Famer, Shoaib Akhtar decided to publicly ridicule the skipper's comments in a minute and a half long video on Facebook. “I strongly condemn it (Ahmed's racist comments) as a Pakistani. In my opinion, it was absolutely disgusting what he's said,” said the pacer. “I think he should publicly apologise for it.” “As a Pakistani captain, he should lead by example and inspire others as well.” Akhtar said. Akhtar's video was appreciated by many who showed their support on Twitter as well: Standing against racist comments. . . Respect from India. — k pranai (@KPranai) January 23, 2019 Sarfraz is the weakest link in the team, gets under pressure too soon and starts blabbering...he should not be a captain rather he does not have any place in the team — Imran Akbar (@imakbar) January 23, 2019 Racism not acceptable in any manners @SarfarazA_54 these kind of Comment can let down the sports. Looking forward to strict action — FAHAD (@FAHADBILADIWALA) January 23, 2019 Captain doing such act.. what a shame.. disrespect — Shubham Tiwari (@Shubhamt208) January 23, 2019 There should be a suspension as these were very disgraceful comments passed by sarfraz. A captain should set the standards rather than being a disgrace himself — shehzad nasir (@nasir364) January 23, 2019 Shoaib bhai, this is not a heat of the moment thing. He had no idea what he was saying - these things are a part of Pakistani culture and language and he is ignorant. That being said, I agree, he needs to apologize and maybe be banned. — Zeeshan Anwar (@zeeshanwar_) January 23, 2019
  13. While most of us claim that our childhood was the best phase of our lives, the same could not be said for Mihir Kapse. For Mihir, his childhood came laced with questioning stares and a constant fight to seek acceptance. Not much of a childhood memory we would want to hold on to, right? Mihir was barely 10-years-old when his family discovered that he was suffering from a learning disability, which was later diagnosed as dyslexia after some tests were carried out. While carrying on with regular schooling slowly began to turn into a problem, Mihir was not quick to give up. © The Indian Express Even as a kid, Mihir relished his own company, and found solace in reading and playing games. Yet, regardless of the discrimination that he faced in school, Mihir managed to complete his schooling till class 10th. However, as time would soon reveal, dyslexia wasn't to be the only medical diagnosis that was to come his way. Mihir was pursuing his engineering degree from College of Engineering, Pune when a sudden neurological attack revealed that it wasn't dyslexia but autism that Mihir was suffering from. Talking about that fateful incident of his life, Mihir told Career360 that, “It took me two years to recover from that attack because the first autistic attack is one of the worst ones which one faces. It almost feels like reverting to your childhood phase and from that, we are required to build ourselves all over again”. © Flickr The diagnosis came as a shock, but could not trample Mihir's spirit. He continued to work hard throughout his life, to chart his own path and make his own place in this game called life. So, when the CAT 2018 results were announced earlier this month, guess whose hard work and grit paid off in full? With a 99.97 CAT percentile, Mihir proved to this world that the will to fight and win is the most powerful to survive in this world. Talking about this massive achievement, his mother Jhanvi Kapse said in an interview with MyMedicalMantra that, “all this has come after many hardships. We were not only fighting with his disorder but with the outside world as well, where children like him are not easily accepted”. © IQuanta However, it isn't just his CAT score that is impressive, but the 27-year-old also holds a fancy job at JP Morgan as a quality analyst. When he was busy with his work or preparation for his exams, Mihir would solve puzzles or read fanfictions to destress. Today with such a stellar score, Mihir ranks amongst some of the highest scorers of CAT 2018 and dearly wishes to get through IIM Ahmedabad and work in the investment banking sector, before starting his own startup some 10 years from now. Mihir's journey might have been filled with many challenges, but it was his spirit and determination for a better life, that pushed him to move beyond his disabilities and achieve something many of us have aspired for.
  14. Manchester City, a club whose limits can never be judged. Four days ago, they proved their bench strength when they defeated Rotherham with a splendid margin of 7-0 in the FA Cup third round. And just when people thought that was it, they decided to take their game a notch up in the semi-final (first leg) of the Football League Cup, where they showcased their blistering attack in a win against Burton by 9-0, which has almost cemented their position in the final of the tournament. This was a game where Pep Guardiola didn't play his actual squad and still managed a win like this, so now we can only imagine what could have happened if Aguero would have played. Coming back to the game, the scoring was kickstarted by Kevin De Bruyne in the 5th minute of the game, followed by Gabriel Jesus, who later scored four goals in the game. Other than them, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez also contributed in the Cityzens humongous win. No doubt all the goals that were scored were equally important, but let's look the top 5 goals from the game: 1. Zinchenko The best goal of the game came as a mistake by the defender, O. Zinchenko, where while intending a cross to Jesus, he looped the ball over Burton's keeper, Collins, and got his name on the scoresheet. The best mistake one could wish for. And later, the basketball dunk celebration was in itself a unique one. 2. De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne, known for his bullet shots outside the box, took everyone by surprise when he opened the scoring with a header from an assist provided by David Silva in the 5th minute of the game. De Bruyne simply got between two Burton defenders and heads David Silva's deep delivery out of Collins' reach into the bottom corner from a distance of eight yards. 3. Gabriel Jesus (57') Right back after the half time, City came up with another wonderful attack which they later converted into a goal. The real play began when Mahrez played a one-two with David Silva and dinked the ball into the air for Jesus to direct the header into the bottom corner. The Brazilian couldn't find a better way to complete his hat-trick. 4. Gabriel Jesus- (65') Being the star of the night, Jesus had already proven his worth and with his fourth goal, he might just have cemented his place in the permanent playing XI. Talking of the goal, an accurate lob ball by Mahrez in the middle straight towards Sane on the left wing, who after brilliantly controlling it in the box, cut back and picked out Jesus who again tapped it in for the goal. 5. Kyle Walker Sometimes, a simple tap in goal can also look so gracious, just like this one. Just when everything seemed quiet for a while, Mahrez drove himself forward and squared the ball to right-back Walker, who steered it past Collins for his first goal of the match. City made it look so easy, maybe because it was actually easy as by that time, Burton's defence had just given up.
  15. There is a saying, 'to save your throne, you must win every battle ahead of you,' but we must thank the almighty that this saying doesn't apply in the world of football. Here you might get defeated, but the one who shows true character till the very end, gets to have the last laugh, and not to forget, the throne...!! Something similar happened last night when the two giants of the Premier League confronted each other. Yes, Matchday 21 got to witness the biggest clash of 2019, Manchester City Vs Liverpool at the Etihad. With both the sides vying for the title, it was merely impossible to predict who would come out on top. An absolute screamer of a goal in the 40th minute by Sergio Aguero did send the home crowd into a state of delirium. But, a side like Liverpool, even when they're trailing, cannot be underestimated. And, as expected, a Roberto Firmino header saw the visitors levelling the proceedings in the 64th minute of the game. With both sides levelled and eager to deliver the killing blow, it was eventually Man City who restored their lead through Leroy Sane's left-footed strike in the 72nd minute. Trailing 1-2, Jurgen Klopp's men tried to breach City's defence but to no avail. In the end, Sane's strike became the decider which finally brought an end to Liverpool's marauding 21-match unbeaten run. With two of the Premier League's biggest teams in play, the match was full of exciting events which had the spectators' hearts racing. Here's a look at four major talking points from the game: John Stones Being The Saviour For City © Reuters The first save of the match, which technically should have been by City's goalkeeper Ederson, was done by the defender John Stones in the 17th minute. A brilliant play by Mo Salah and Firmino led the ball the towards Sadio Mane who could only aim the crossbar. But the drama began after that when in the process of clearing the ball, Stones hits his own goalie, Ederson, and the ball got deflected towards their own net. Showing great presence of mind, the 24-year-old youngster produced a sliding clearance, just before the ball could go behind the goal line. It's needless to say that, if it wasn't for sliding Stones, City would have surely found themselves trailing early in the game. 'Kompany's Tackle Worth A Red Card' © Reuters From being a star in the first 20 minutes, it didn't take much time for Stones to be presumptuous of his game as he gave away an extremely loose pass to Vincent Kompany in the 31st minute. Going one-on-one with one of the best players in the world, the City skipper was not left with any other option other than pulling out a tackle on the Egyptian Messi. Being the last man standing it could have been a red card, but Anthony Taylor had a different point of view on it and showed Kompany just a yellow card. Later in the post-match-interview, Jurgen Klopp gave the same reaction stating “How on earth is that not a red card.?” Guardiola Fumes Over Tackle On Sterling © Reuters In the latter half of the game, while Man City was building another attack, Raheem Sterling was manhandled by Andrew Robertson inside the Liverpool box, for which he was not even penalised. On one hand, where Guardiola was getting agitated, it seemed like match referee Taylor was just settling scores to make it more balanced for the teams. Alisson Saves Liverpool The Blushes © Reuters Without any doubt, the goalkeeper is the most important person in any team, and the Reds might not have had a lucky day at the Etihad, but are surely blessed with one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Alisson. Despite nearing their defeat, Alisson pulled off some awesome saves and especially the one at the 90th minute by Bernardo Silva. A terrible pass from another of Klopp's players, Shaqiri, could only find Silva thumping a shot at the near post to be later saved by Alisson.
  16. Like we didn't have enough troubles to pay attention to, we have another rather strange complaint doing the rounds and it doesn't even make sense. An advocate by the name of Mr. Ojha from Patna has filed a case against the film 'The Accidental Prime Minister', for promoting content that does not show several public figures in a good light, in the movie. © Rudra Productions (UK) We're a bit confused though. The petitioner has clearly seen only the trailer, since the movie releases on the 11th of January, 2019. And after watching the trailer, he's made an abrupt case of public figures being lampooned in the movie. Our fair guess says he's trying to save the myriad questions that may arise post the movie launch, which will put our former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and his then media advisor Sanjaya Baru, in a lieu of unsettling thoughts, from the audience, since the movie is based on Manmohan Singh's tenure as the Prime Minister of India. Both the figures are played by Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, respectively. © Rudra Productions (UK) While we do sympathise with Mr. Ojha's concern, we think his retribution towards the screening of the movie is absolutely claimless and haphazard, since the movie in question isn't even out yet. And it could truly be showing the actual events that took place while Manmohan Singh was our Prime Minister. So, if he's really offended with the half-baked content that's being shown through the promos, then he certainly needs a little more perspective. Some would say he's trying to be pre-emptive in his approach to judge a situation. While I can seem to agree on that, I cannot let that take away the truest essence the movie is trying to bring out, through a phenomenal cast. © Twitter The petitioner has claimed to feel 'hurt' upon viewing the promos of the movie and about 14 members including Anupam Kher and Akhsaye Khanna have been named who're associated with the movie, in a Bihar court. The petition was filed under IPC sections 295, 153, 153A, 293, 504 and 120B, relating to promoting 'enmity' between different groups, sale of obscene objects, insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal conspiracy. © Rudra Productions (UK) While the sections are quite loaded and misdirecting based on just a trailer, we wish the petition doesn't pan out the way it's being planned to. Everything should have an equal say an voice and here's hoping the movie does exceptionally well. Watch the trailer here
  17. It feels like one of those days when things end on a happy note. Despite rain delaying the commencements on Day 5 of the 3rd Test, Team India wrapped up early to register the second win of the 4-game series and took a 2-1 lead against the Aussies at their home-turf behind the Man of the Match, Jasprit Bumrah, who took 9 wickets in the match and Ravindra Jadeja, with five wickets under his belt. Nobody said that the Indians' trip Down Under would be a cakewalk both on or off the pitch. While the Men in Blue struggled to make runs in the second innings, some of the rather notorious “fans” of Australian cricket made their lives a tad more difficult by barking racially motivated taunts at them. The authorities at the Melbourne Cricket Ground issued formal warnings after chants of 'Show us your visa' roared within the stadium. “Victoria Police and stadium security are monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in that section of the stadium,” announced a Cricket Australia spokesperson post the incident, “and have had several discussions with those fans in that bay to remind them about appropriate crowd behaviour, as per venue entry terms and conditions.” This came later on during the same day when Indian skipper Virat Kohli was being called “a wanker” as he fielded at the boundary during the first innings. Kohli - who has been infamous for getting in trouble for showing 'the finger' to the Australian crowd in the early days of his international career - held his own with utmost grace and replied with a brilliant sense of humour as he took off his cap and bowed before the hostile audience. India captain @imVkohli was greeted with the chant of "#Kohli is a wanker" by the MCG crowd. His response... pic.twitter.com/YUTUh3woIy — Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 28, 2018 India defeated the Aussies by 137 runs to gain a 2-1 lead in the series. The 4th Test begins on 3rd January, 2019. Will Kohli's boys be able to take the series 3-1 or will Paine and team make them settle for a tie?
  18. Anyone who follows Karan Johar, knows about his famous 'Toodles' series on Instagram. For the uninitiated, it's an impromptu, informal video series where Karan greets his co-judges, Malaika Arora and Kirron Kher, in his trademark sing-song tone. The jabs, taunts, and overall savagery that goes on in these videos are epic, and they are extremely popular on social media for this very reason. Now, everyone knows that except Kirron Kher, no one stands a chance in terms of throwing shade back at Karan, the king of drama himself. However, Ranveer Singh just proved that he too can take on KJo in terms of executing a sassy fashion banter, and how! © Instagram/karanjohar In the latest video, Karan started off with saying 'Good morning' to Sarah Ali Khan, just like he does it to Malaika. After commenting on Sarah's dress and all the colours it contains, he moved to the desi AF Rohit Shetty. After Shetty gave him a solid dose of his 'chana' laden rustic vibe, he moved on to Ranveer, where the real fun started. © Instagram/karanjohar Ranveer entered with a bang, and gave KJo a taste of his own medicine, wearing his 'Tiger Bappi', post which, he made a hilarious AF comment on Karan's pants. Take a look at the video. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 19, 2018 at 3:55am PST Solid, Baba!
  19. The trailer of 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' just dropped and so did our jaws, when we saw Kangana Ranaut take centrestage as the fierce warrior queen, Rani Lakshmibai. Just like Rani Lakshmibai single-handedly ruled and and fought against the British East India Company to protect Jhansi, Kangana is here to reclaim her throne as the ultimate Queen of Bollywood. © Zee Studios The trailer begins with the royal family of Jhansi fearing that the East India Company will overtake Jhansi if they don't get an heir soon. Then comes a young woman Manikarnika aka Manu who fiercely shoots an arrow and kills a tiger. How the young Manu turns into a warrior queen of Jhansi who catapults the Swaraj movement in India, weaves the rest of the plot. © Zee Studios Even before its release, the movie has stirred major controversy for the tiff between Kangana Ranaut and the former director. In fact, when the teaser dropped, Twitter unleashed its own meme war that crossed all the boundaries of savagery. But, the trailer and Kangana's powerful performance is proof that this movie has the power to rule at the box office. The movie also stars Jishu Sengupta as the king and Lakshmibai's husband, Danny Denzongpa as Ghulam Ghaus Khan and Ankita Lokhande as Manu's trusted lieutenant Jhalkari Bai. Directed by Kangana Ranaut and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, the film will hit the screens on January 25, 2019.
  20. "Caught in a landslide...No escape from reality," if this line rings a bell for you, then you probably belong to that part of the world that appreciates good music and is a die-hard fan of 'Queen'. For those who had to google these lyrics or check what 'Queen' is, you have a lot to catch up on. © Instagram There's legit two things that are currently taking the world by storm - Rami Malek's performance in 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and fake news and Assam police integrated the two to create this brilliant PSA that is hitting people right in the feels. © 20th century fox Assam Police recently used a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' reference, where they used the movie's poster and tweaked the lyrics of the iconic Freddie Mercury song and turned it into a brilliant message to warn people against fake news. Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see, Real life is not a fantasy. Fact check before you forward, There's no escape from reality. Mama, I don't wanna lie. #DontFakeIt pic.twitter.com/nNxAQc9rDN — Assam Police (@assampolice) November 28, 2018 There couldn't have been a better surprise than this for all the 'Queen' fans and as expected, Twitter was flooded with praises for Assam Police for their epic wordplay and great taste in music. Because am easy come, easy go; little high, little low...anywhere the wind blows, nothing really matters to Assam Police — patricia mukhim (@meipat) November 29, 2018 Didn't knew until now that I and @assampolice have the same taste in music. QUEENS forever, #BohemianRaphsody — Angshuman Roy (@Mr_AngshumanRoy) November 28, 2018 Hahah!! You are the queen of my heart for the day, @assampolice ! #BohemianRaphsody https://t.co/nLtoskxwdi — Shristi Goswami (@GoswamiShristi) November 28, 2018 Fake news only adds to the ambiguity, Spare our lives from this monstrosity, Fake news & rumours - very very frightening me, Galileo Galileo, Galileo Galileo, Galileo figaro magnifico. ðð#notofakenews — Angira Bharadwaj (@BharadwajAngira) November 28, 2018 Wow ! So amazing to know that Assam Police is also fan of Queen ð. #FreddieMercury #BohemianRhapsody — Akshay Pandit (@akshaypandt) November 29, 2018
  21. Following a frustrating 1-1 draw in T20Is, the Indian cricket team is now vying to establish their dominance Down Under as they gear up to take on Australia in the four-match Test series which is slated to begin from 6th December at the Adelaide Oval. Given their recent form, the Indian team will surely be confident going into the series, but despite the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Virat Kohli's men will be wary of the hosts in testing conditions. Keeping their goal in mind, if Team India intends to overpower the Aussies in their own backyard, they will undeniably need a good platform early on to build their innings. Facing the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins is not going to be easy, but the Indian batsmen will be eager to right the wrongs of this year's England tour. © BCCL The exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan from the Tests has opened up a window of opportunity for KL Rahul who is expected to open the innings with Murali Vijay for India. However, there is one particular individual who is making a strong case for himself for the opening slot. Ahead of the Tests, the Indian cricket team is busy getting accustomed to the Oz wickets through their warm-up game against Cricket Australia (CA) XI. While Day 1 got washed off due to rain, the second day's play was heavily dictated by the masterful innings of Prithvi Shaw who opened the innings for India with Rahul. Highlights of Prithvi Shaw's half-century as he reached 52 from 52 balls. WATCH LIVE: #CAXIvIND https://t.co/bRjvo3LvLP pic.twitter.com/E6zhSAFUHW — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2018 The 19-year-old, who didn't feature in the T20I series, kickstarted his Australian tour with a bang. Coming out to bat on Day 2, the right-hander made most of his time with the willow, slamming a quickfire 66 for his side. From beautiful backfoot punches to marauding pull shots, Shaw was an absolute delight for the spectators, even if there were only a few. Even as Rahul got dismissed for a mere three runs by seamer Jackson Coleman, the young gun continued to play his strokes to add 80 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara who looked mighty pleased with his stroke-play. The youngster was eventually dismissed by Daniel Fallins on 66 runs. A brief video of his innings was shared by Cricket Australia (CA) on Twitter. And, if anyone saw that video, they'd agree that there was a bit of Sachin Tendulkar, a little bit of Virender Sehwag and a glimpse of Brian Lara in his walk. © BCCL After shattering multiple records in domestic cricket, Shaw was handed his international debut during the first Test against West Indies last month. And, the youngster, despite the lack of experience on the international stage, didn't disappoint. Marking the occasion with a sensational batting display, Shaw smashed 134 runs in the first innings - becoming the youngest Indian Test centurion on debut, and just the second-youngest Test centurion for India after great Tendulkar. After featuring in two Tests, Shaw averages 118.5 in the longest version of the game. He has also scored 1,767 runs in 17 first-class games at an average of nearly 61. The Mumbai batsman has slammed eight fifties and as many hundreds in first-class cricket. While the odds favour Rahul to be selected in the playing XI as India's opener alongside Vijay, this young batsman is making every opportunity count and will be hoping to get a chance to prove his mettle in Australia's testing conditions.
  22. MS Dhoni aka Captain Cool is arguably the most successful and respected captain of the Indian cricket team. He is the one who made the legends dream and made them win their deserved World Cup in 2011. Not just the regular world cup, under his captaincy India has won numerous other trophies, the most prominent ones being T20 World cup of 2007, the 2010 Asia cup and the 2013 Champions cup. The most amazing thing is he still continues to play for the team and his fitness at the age of 36 years is nothing short of being called commendable. At the age of 36 years, athletes usually retire, but MS Dhoni is proving otherwise. It is something every athlete and fitness enthusiast should take inspiration from. What can we learn from MS Dhoni when it comes to fitness? © YouTube 1. You Cannot Do The Same Things And Expect Different Results MS Dhoni used to be a hardcore junk food dieter with his daily food consisting of things like Milkshakes, Chocolates, Butter Chicken, Naan, etc. Considering his activity levels, he was not going to get fat on this still he realized that having an exclusive junk diet is not beneficial to his health and his career. He started making changes and started monitoring his diet to take care not just of his fitness but his overall health too. 2. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going MS Dhoni knew that age will not always be on his side when it comes to his career and his fitness. With age, he will have to work hard two times than what he used to initially. A self-admitted non-fitness freak, MS Dhoni used to enjoy sports and not really hit the gym and lift weights. He again realized that it is not always about what he likes and he will have to do weight training as well to stay at the prime of his game. He started lifting weights regularly and you can see a clip of his gym workout here: © YouTube 3. Always Be The Hardest Worker In The Room In an interview, MS Dhoni confessed that during the recent IPL 11 (which Chennai Super Kings won under his captaincy), he used to wake up early and do a rowing session before having his breakfast. He got a rowing machine installed in his hotel room just to get that extra work in and stay fit for the campaign. He is at a stage where a couple of bad performances or being a bit out of shape would be easily ignored considering his age and his achievements. But no, he did not want that. It was one of his best tournament performances and obviously, the overall win was just an expected result from a team led by a leader like him. © YouTube 4. Eat Your Damn Protein A piece on fitness is incomplete with the mention of protein, isn't it? Jokes aside, MS Dhoni has mentioned tens of times that how his diet includes a lot of protein-rich options, especially chicken, kebabs, and protein shakes compared to what he used to eat back in the day. Read this piece if you too want to know how much protein you should be eating. This just shows that age is certainly just a number for MS Dhoni and I expect that the country gets to see a few more years of him performing at the highest level of his sport.
  23. Despite his struggles with the willow, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be a vital cog for the Indian cricket team in limited-overs cricket. While his brilliant glovework behind the stumps continues to brand him as one of the best wicket-keepers in the business, his know-how of the game still allows him to set the field and give valuable advice to the bowlers. Dhoni may no longer be the Team India captain, but Virat Kohli trusts his experience so much that he blindly backs the Jharkhand cricketer's calls for the Decision Review System (DRS). And, going by Dhoni's knack for getting the DRS right, not many dare to question the former Indian captain on the DRS calls. © BCCL But, the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies saw one man, not only questioning Dhoni's judgement, but eventually proving the master tactician wrong on the DRS call. Ravindra Jadeja, who shares a close bond and good rapport with Dhoni, trumped the 37-year-old on a review that impressed everyone, including MSD. It was the 16th over of West Indies' innings when Shimron Hetmyer got struck on the pad close to the stumps. Jadeja and his teammates immediately went up in appeal, but umpire Anil Chaudhary denied the appeal. While Kohli and Dhoni were still mulling the idea of going for a review, Jadeja was convinced that the on-field umpire got it wrong. Dhoni was not sure but Sir Jadeja says it's out. Jaddu supersedes Dhoni and it's hitting the stumps. A reluctant review pays off. pic.twitter.com/IXdINbkqQ7 — This is HUGE! (@ghanta_10) November 1, 2018 Though Dhoni was convinced that it was not worth a review, Jadeja remained adamant that they bring third umpire Ian Gould into play. In a bid to avoid wasting a review, Dhoni even yelled at Jadeja for not forcing the third umpire's intervention. But, the Saurashtra cricketer insisted Kohli to go for a review after their animated discussion. Going against Dhoni, especially on DRS, is not something anyone recommends, but the replays suggested that Jadeja was indeed right on his call. The ball had pitched in line, beating the bat to hit Hetmyer right in front of the stumps and the hawk-eye suggested that it would have gone on to hit the middle stump. As soon as the replays confirmed Hetmyer's dismissal, the Indian fans cheered in the stands and Dhoni, for once, chuckled for being proved wrong. Boasting an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series, Team India didn't break a sweat to clinch a nine-wicket win against the Windies in the final ODI. While Windies' mediocre total of 104 runs - thanks to Jadeja's four-wicket haul - was never going to be a problem for a strong batting side like India, the sublime form of Rohit Sharma (63*) and Kohli (33*) ensured India finished the ODI series in style, with a 3-1 win.
  24. Rakhi Sawant (on the internet) is a gift that keeps on giving. I don't think any single person has given us so much entertainment than her. From interesting Instagram posts to all the outrageous comments she makes, there's never a non-controversial day in Rakhi's life. And now, as if her ongoing antics weren't enough, she has gone and filed a defamation case against Tanushree Dutta. But no, that's not even the best – or worst – part; she has filed a case for 25 paise. Yes, for real. "Maine #TanushreeDutta pe 25 paise ka case Kia hai KYU KI...": #RakhiSawant pic.twitter.com/750uFEjOYm — Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) October 31, 2018 What weird alternative timeline are we all living in right now? I know this isn't the right one for sure. She claimed that she wanted to file the case for â¹50 crore but settled on 25 paise because she didn't want to bother Tanushree's parents. She also talked about how Tanushree has abused her and claimed her supporters and even threatened her and how this defamation case is all about showing Tanushree her 'aukaat'. In the video, she also cleared the air about the fact that even though Tanushree had claimed that she has filed a case against Rakhi for â¹10 crore, she hasn't gotten any legal notice. Everyone should learn from Rakhi how to fit as many wrong and controversial comments in a short amount of time because wow, today's video was totally jam-packed. Along with talking about the case, she also trashed the biggest movement in the country right now – the #MeToo movement. Claiming that #MeToo is 'gandagi of the West', she defended Alok Nath and Anu Malik. Rakhi, honestly, just stop, please? Pretty please? In case you were living under a rock, the whole Rakhi-Tanushree saga began last week when Rakhi called a press conference to make the claim that Tanushree is a lesbian and how she raped her. “Woh LESBIAN hai aur usne mera RAPE kia: “ #RakhiSawant 's SHOCKING claims about #TanushreeDutta pic.twitter.com/qWrUOHPDqn — Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) October 24, 2018 So much controversy, what is even happening? Rakhi, are you okay?
  25. The latest season of 'Koffee With Karan' is underway, and we are as excited as everyone else. One thing that fashion enthusiasts look for in the show, apart from the gossip and the entertainment factor, of course, are the outfits of the guests, and Karan himself as well. Especially now that KJo has transformed into a cutthroat fashionista, who wears the most statement pieces, our eyes will be glued to everything he will be wearing for his appearance on the cult show. He usually ends up giving others a major complex when it comes to designer labels and luxury brands in terms of outfits, but interestingly enough, the tables turned during his encounter with Diljit Dosanjh and Badshah. © Instagram/badboyshah The pictures of the Koffee episode with Diljit and Badshah are out, and all we can say is 'Wow'. It looks like a fashion battle, and rightfully so. For the uninitiated, KJo, Diljit, and Badshah currently are the Indian celebrities who are most caught up with the racy, edgy, hypebeast-y vibe that international fashion is all about. © Instagram/karanjohar Coming to what all of them are wearing, let's take a peak. To start with, let's focus on KJo. © Instagram/karanjohar Karan is wearing a men's black embroidered-crown Cashmere jacket from Dolce & Gabbana. We love the chill vibe of the jacket, along with the white piping. © Instagram/karanjohar How much does it cost, though? It costs $3,257, which when converted to INR, costs around Rs 2.4 lakhs. Yes, you read that right. However, we couldn't help but focus on Diljit and Badshah's outfits, which stood apart on their own right, being as vibrant and extravagant as their music, as well as personalities. They honestly stole KJo's jacket's thunder, which was uncharacteristically demure. Badshah went ahead and wore one of KJo's favourite brands - Balenciaga. He wore a Logo Print Polo shirt, that costs $682 (about INR 50,000). © Instagram/badboyshah When it comes to Diljit, the first thing we noticed were the statement Gore-Tex trousers by Virgil Abloh's Off-White. This pair here costs $1,046 (about INR 77,000). We also are in love with his Balenciaga sneakers. © Instagram/badboyshah Badshah clearly was wallowing in this newfound, fashionable camaraderie, as proven by his Instagram stories. © Instagram/badboyshah © Instagram/badboyshah We can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings forth.
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