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  1. Whether it's the Big Bash League (BBL) or their domestic competitions, the Australian cricket has produced some of the most memorable moments in cricket in recent times. From spectacular catches to bizarre dismissals, the cricket fans continue to be treated to the never-before-seen moments on the field. Last month, Australia's Heather Graham claimed one of the most bizarre wickets when New Zealand's Katie Perkins played a shot which ballooned off the bat of her teammate Katey Martin at the non-striker's end and went straight into the hands of the Oz bowler. But, if that wasn't bizarre enough, Australian batsman Steve O'Keefe became the latest victim of a chaotic cricket moment. During a Sheffield Shield clash between Victoria and New South Wales, O'Keefe came out to bat with a runner on Day 2 of the match at Drummoyne Oval after tweaking his hamstring. But, unfortunately, the former New South Wales captain forgot that he had his buddy running for him wide off the pitch. Steve O'Keefe came out to bat with a runner... Then he forgot he had a runner ð#SheffieldShield | #NSWvVIC pic.twitter.com/Uz6BQAki7o — #7Cricket (@7Cricket) March 13, 2019 After taking guard, the 34-year-old punched the ball towards mid-on for a quick single. But, rather than staying put at the crease and allowing his runner - Nick Larkin - to sneak a single for him, O'Keefe suffered a 'brainfade' as he began sprinting down the pitch. As Jon Holland made a diving stop, both O'Keefe and his runner were at the non-striker's end. And, finally realising his blunder, O'Keefe turned and tried to run all the way back to the striker's end before Holland's throw caught him short at the crease. While the commentators repeatedly called it a "calamity", it was arguably one of the most comical dismissals you'd see on the cricket field. Was most likely drunk again. He's got history. — 8856Saints (@PatD8856) March 13, 2019 Which brings us to our next point of discussion kids. Don't smoke crack. — damien venditti (@damienvenditti) March 13, 2019 Probably hungover — Mac john harvey (@Rayfinkle94) March 13, 2019 oh my goodness gracious — Paris Crowe (@ParisCrowe) March 13, 2019 Australian spinners and batting ð better than @bachaji23 who forgot to bring the bat 𤠗 Waqas Khan (@wkbarakzai) March 13, 2019
  2. With all eyes on the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have pretty much narrowed down the squad for the mega event, slated to begin this May. While the consistent performers will be seen carrying the baton for their side, a lot of other Indian cricketers seem to have missed out. Amongst the ones who missed out, young Shreyas Iyer, too, failed to make the cut. But, the 24-year-old has neither allowed it to affect his mindset, nor his performance on the field. In fact, if we were to go by his recent outing with the willow, Shreyas appears to be making a strong statement which is bound to garner the attention of Indian selectors. Shreyas Iyer was the no. 4 we were looking for but @BCCI didn't give him much chance as compared to Rahane, Manish, Rayudu otherwise he'd in WC squad. — Ovi (@Abhijit_19) February 21, 2019 Unfazed by the snub, Shreyas took the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by storm after a blistering innings during Mumbai's opening match against Sikkim. The right-hander slammed a whirlwind 55-ball 147 (scoring 118 runs in boundaries). In the process, he surpassed Rishabh Pant to record the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in the history of T20 cricket. Coming in to bat, with Mumbai reeling at 22/2, Shreyas stabilised the innings for his side with a pivotal 213-run partnership for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (63). During his marauding knock, the Mumbai batsman smashed 15 sixes and seven boundaries, including a 35-run over off Sikkim's medium-pacer Tashi Bhalla. Highest T20 scores by Indians 147 - Shreyas Iyer for Mumbai today 128* - Rishabh Pant for Delhi Daredevils 2018 127 - M Vijay for Chennai Super Kings 2010 126* - Suresh Raina for Uttar Pradesh 2018 125 - Unmukt Chand for Delhi 2013#SyedMushtaqAliTrophy — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 21, 2019 Incidentally, Shreyas' tally of 15 sixes also saw going past Murali Vijay (11) for most maximums in a T20 innings among Indian batsmen. He is now tied on the fourth spot on the overall list with none other than 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle. Thanks to the right-handed batsman's sensational knock, Mumbai reached a formidable total of 258 runs in their quota of 20 overs. In reply, Sikkim failed to get going in their run-chase. Shardul Thakur and Shams Mulani bagged two wickets apiece to ensure Sikkim could only manage 104/7 in 20 overs, losing the match by 154 runs. Highest score by an Indian in T20 history â Most sixes by an Indian in a T20 innings â O Captain, Our Captain!#SyedMushtaqAliTrophy #ShreyasIyer#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/TCbNJ03lZm — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) February 21, 2019 Sadly, despite the talent & good performance, Shreyas Iyer lost his place in Indian team. — Lionð®ð³ (@ShoorVeerKing) February 21, 2019 Wow looking forward for such performances in international level, once he gets the chance — anju rawat (@anjubharatrawat) February 21, 2019 Poor Shreyas iyer he has a competition with IPL bully Rayudu who doesn't even play domestic cricket. What a shame — Coach Ravi Shastri (@saffron_archer) February 21, 2019 Wow.. I mean in another country he would've been a established star batsman by now. Instead we have duds like Rayudu to contend till the WC. I hope for wholesome changes in batting order after WC. This team is too damn old — Romeo Rajat (@RomeoRajat2) February 21, 2019 Shreyas iyer is rare talent , he is much better than Rayudu , u r picking Rayudu just for his IPL performance where as iyer is scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket . — Coach Ravi Shastri (@saffron_archer) February 21, 2019
  3. The early hours of 21st February had sports fans on the edge of their seats. While everyone was waiting for the pulsating clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the UEFA Champions League clash, actual carnage was happening somewhere else. The first One-Day International (ODI) between West Indies and England in Barbados was witnessing the return of Chris Gayle. And, there was no shortage of entertainment. After making his intentions pretty clear in the pre-match interview, the 'Universe Boss' stayed true to his word as he bludgeoned the England bowling attack to all parts of the ground. The Jamaican marauder slammed a blistering 135 which included three fours and 12 sixes. Owing to his ability to clear the ropes, Gayle also surpassed Shahid Afridi to record most number of sixes in international cricket. © AP The left-hander's breathtaking knock powered the hosts to a formidable total of 360 runs. But, if Gayle stole the limelight early on, the pivotal hundreds by Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102) ensured England - on the back of a six-wicket win - etched their name in the history books with the highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket. While the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown witnessed multiple individual brilliances that had cricket fans in awe, but there was one unlikely candidate whose particular shot became the talking point on social media. With the Windies already amassing 345 runs with one over to go, the instructions for the batsmen - Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo - in the middle were quite predictable - score as many runs as possible. But, while everyone would've expected Nurse to play the big shots and improve their already-intimidating total, Bishoo surprised everyone with a gem of a shot. Did that really just happen a NUMBER 10 Bishoo batsmen just switch hit Adil Rashid for 6! How cricket has changed!?!? ð #WIvENG pic.twitter.com/7aOG9nkckN — James (@Surreycricfan) February 20, 2019 After taking a couple of singles on the first two deliveries of the final over, the West Indies spinner produced a spectacular 'switch hit' off Adil Rashid. Flaying his premeditated shot, Bishoo smashed the England spinner from outside the off-stump to send the ball sailing over deep point for a big six. Such was the timing of his shot that the normal-looking stroke resulted in the maximum. Bishoo's unbelievable hit helped the Windies to equal the record for the most number of sixes in an ODI innings and, later, took social media by storm. Bowlers after seeing this. pic.twitter.com/3vzR4KY1QJ — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 20, 2019 Clever batting though knew rashid would bowl googly so hitting with the turn , into to the wind and targeting smaller part of the ground. — Ash (@Ayadav1808) February 20, 2019 Unbelievable — Super Joshi (@1SuperJoshi) February 20, 2019 can someone please explain Carlos Brathwaite what Carlos Brathwaite is supposed to do in international cricket? How on earth did Devendra Bishoo of all people score more runs than this guy? Secondly, how's he selected when he goes for 8 an over, as per current rate?#WIvENG — caught@point (@caughtatpoint17) February 20, 2019
  4. For someone who moved from Pakistan to Down Under at a young age, Usman Khawaja has undeniably come a long way to become a vital cog in the Australian set-up. Ever since becoming the first Muslim to play for the Aussies in the Sydney Test during 2011 Ashes series, the left-hander has managed to cement his position in the Australian side on the back of consistent performances. When it comes to his batting, the Australian batsman thrives on the composure and patience he has developed over the years to build his innings. And, that is not derived from the countless hours spent in the nets. In fact, Khawaja mastered the art of discipline - something that's a must for any sportsperson - through his stint at the University of New South Wales - School of Aviation. Yep, you read that right. The Australian cricketer is also a qualified pilot after getting both his degree and licence to fly airplanes. And, he put his flying skills to test by taking control of Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger aircraft - recently. Watch as qualified pilot Usman Khawaja puts his flying skills to the test, taking control of the largest passenger aircraft in the world!@Uz_Khawaja | @Qantas pic.twitter.com/gg8MerqebM — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 20, 2019 In a video shared on Twitter, the 32-year-old was seen handling himself quite expertly in the cockpit, his only blemish being a slightly rough landing. Confessing his love for flying, Khawaja said: "I travelled a lot as a kid. My dad worked in Saudi Arabia for about 5-6 years, so I use to travel back and forth to see them and then come back here to play cricket". guess this means they cant drop him for ashes because hes the one flying them over? — Blake Robinson (@Robbo_1990) February 20, 2019 "I just grew a fascination with planes. As I was coming towards the end, year 11-12, I thought 'what about flying'. I found UNSW (University of New South Wales - School of Aviation), which offered both a degree to make my mother happy and get my licence to get my wings," Khawaja said. Talking about how flying helped him in his cricketing endeavours, Khawaja revealed: "I think flying helped me a lot in terms of cricket. Probably the biggest way was discipline and keeping up with the learning, making sure you are on top of any changes that has happened. There are a lot of things that go hand in hand between flying and especially playing Test cricket. The discipline part of flying and discipline of being a sportsman, especially being a cricketer and being a batsman, I think there are a lot of similarities". Till flying simulator is fine but please don't give him real aircraft with passenger else be ready for Australian version of 9/11. — Abhishek Tripathi (@abhishekt2009) February 20, 2019 While many sportspersons are clueless about their choices post retirement, the Australian batsman seems to have that area covered pretty well. After acing the flying test, Khawaja will now have to back it up on the cricket field when Australia lock horns with India in two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), slated to begin from 24th February.
  5. We have come a long way since judging people on the basis of the colour of the skin and calling them out because of the way they look, or have we? South Africa, as a nation, has experienced probably the worst form of racism not too long ago when Apartheid was a part of their day-to-day life. Clearly, the memories of racism and discrimination continue to haunt them even now. Under such circumstances, the Pakistani captain and wicket keeper, Sarfraz Ahmed somehow got the brilliant idea to racially taunt the Proteas batsman Andile Phehlukwayo on Tuesday during the second ODI at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban. After the Pakistani batting order was totaled at 205 within 46 overs, it seemed like a cake walk for the South African batsmen to get over this below-average target but faced some early trouble as their openers Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks were sent back for cheap. While Rassie van der Dussen's 80-run performance at one-down was of huge significance, it was Phehlukwayo, who like a brick-wall, was glued to the pitch, determined to win this one for his side. Frustrated as the Pak bowlers were unable to get Phehlukwayo out, Ahmed let out a comment which would later get him into a lot of trouble. He said: "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 Not that Phehlukwayo was able to understand what Ahmed said, but as fate had it, his racially motivated taunt got picked up by the stump mics and was immediately brought to shame by the Twitter world. Sarfraz Ahmed should be punished by @ICC @TheRealPCB for his raciast comments against South African Player — Farooq Murtaza (@farooqmurtaza1) January 22, 2019 Sarfraz Ahmed is nothing more than just another sorry excuse for a Kaptaan. Pathetic sportsman.#PAKvSA #SAvPAK — Ruffles (@aliakberhabib) January 22, 2019 Sarfraz Ahmed might be in trouble after his comments. He might have said it jokingly, but at present, such remarks are taken seriously. The world of sports don't take racist remarks lightly boy! #SAvPak — Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker1) January 22, 2019 Hey @ICC, That's a gross racist remark by Pakistan Team's Captain Sarfraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo. Hope you'll take strict action against him. #SayNoToRacism #SAvPAK #PAKvSA https://t.co/H8wFmMJbCl — Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 22, 2019 Ultimately, Phehlukwayo not only succeeded in winning the match for the Proteas, he was also crowned the Man of the Match for his crucial 69* in 80 outing to win the second of five ODIs within 42 overs.
  6. It's Mahendra Singh Dhoni's turn to shine brightly on the field once again and we're glad he added another feather to his cap in today's match. The former Indian captain became the fifth Indian to score 10,000 ODI runs for India at the 1st ODI of India vs Australia, joining the elite list of Indian cricketers who have already done so before. (c)Twitter The right-handed batsman crossed the 10,000-run mark in the format in 2017 while touring in England by scoring a total of 174 runs for Asia XI in three matches. Dhoni now has a total of 10,174 runs in a one-day international when he scored in the current ODI in the 50-overs format. Dhoni now stands in the same league as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli, who've also scored over 10,000 runs in One-Day International matches. (c)Twitter In about 330 ODIs for India, the batsman has managed to score over 10,000 runs with an average of 49.75, which include 9 hundreds and 67 fifties. Dhoni is the 12th player in the world to join the 10,000 runs club in ODIs. Dhoni has been criticised recently for his deteriorating form in limited over's cricket but now with this well-received title, he's back in full form and shape and we're super proud of him!
  7. While we thought India's obsession with black magic was a little stifling, here we have Pakistani batsman Haris Sohail claiming he'd been under the spell of the dark arts, after the first test in South Africa. Yes, this sounds exactly how you've read it! Indiatimes Sohail said black magic was the cause behind his knee injury, which he succumbed to during Pakistan's tour in South Africa, after which he was forced to return to his hometown in Pakistan. The batsman has been suffering with a knee injury and he was unable to perform after the first test match of the series. The country is anyway getting flak for losing the series after the first two matches and now to add more insult to injury (injury being the operative word here), their batsman fled the scene while believing unnatural forces were ruining his game and his knee. After returning from South Africa, the batsman did not go to a rehabilitation camp, to take care of the 'issue' but went straight to his hometown, Sialkot, in Pakistan. It has been alleged though that the batsman has been undergoing some amount of mental stress and that could be the reason behind this absurd irrationality. © Twitter The management did not reveal the real reason behind him quitting the series, to the public, as Sohail seemed very anxious about it. In fact, this isn't the first time Sohail has left a match citing superstitious reasons. Back in 2015, while touring New Zealand, Sohail changed rooms in the hotel he was staying at, saying there were supernatural forces present there and was later ruled out due to an injury. Maybe, just maybe Sohail is clairvoyant? Let's not judge him too quickly, shall we? © Twitter Well, he may think someone is using black magic on him at his dreary expense but at the end of the day we suppose he should keep it more real and maybe get the someone to check his injured knee out.
  8. Arguably one of the greatest spinners in the history of the game, Anil Kumble won India more Test matches than any other bowler till date. Following in the footsteps of the great tall wrist-spinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble made the ball hack through the air rather than hanging in it, coming off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. The unorthodox method provided him with stunning success, even if majority of his scalps came on Indian soil. Needless to say, that there was no more difficult challenge in cricket than negating Kumble on a wearing surface. But, if his artistry with the ball wasn't enough, Kumble continued to contribute towards the betterment of Indian cricket even after his retirement. Trading the bowling cap for a coach's hat, the 47-year-old took Team India to new heights in what was arguably the pivotal phase of Virat Kohli's new-age side. Ever since his appointment as India's head coach in June 2016, Kumble has witnessed India winning a dozen out of 17 Tests alongside four draws and just one loss that came against Steve Smith's men earlier in 2017. And, more importantly, India also retained their World No. 1 ranking in the longest version of the game. © BCCL But, despite the glorious and undeniably effective stint as India's coach, the veteran spinner, didn't just fail to get a worthy automatic contract extension, but he was humiliated to the core before being forced to resign from his post. In a heartfelt post on Twitter in June 2017, Kumble has stepped down as Team India's coach citing his untenable differences with skipper Kohli as the main reason. There were reports that Kohli even abused Kumble during one of the team meetings and played a pivotal role in his ouster. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 Since then, we've seen Ravi Shastri overshadowing many potential suitors to bag the lucrative role of India's head coach, Kohli deleting the welcome tweet for Kumble on his appointment as coach in 2016 and the sordid saga between Kumble and Kohli being deemed as probably the darkest hour for Indian cricket in recent times. But, no one really got to know if Kumble was actually at fault, or was it Kohli who forced the Indian cricket board to ask him to leave? After almost 18 months from Kumble unceremonious ouster, Diana Edulji, a member of BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA), has opened the can of worms amid the ongoing controversy in the Indian women's cricket. "Mr Kumble a legend in his own right was subjected to loss of face and made to look like a villain. He was gracious enough to move on for which I respect him. There also, rules were broken and I had raised objections back then," Edulji, a senior administrator, claimed. © BCCL Following his year-long contract as coach, Kumble, as claimed by the BCCI, was believed to be a "direct entry" into the pool of six applicants vying for the top job. The entire process was overseen by the CoA and the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - which was comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. At the behest of the CoA, the CAC met Kohli to patch up the differences amicably, but failed. Nonetheless, the CAC informed the Indian cricket board that Kumble was its preferred choice. But, the BCCI extended its deadline to accommodate Shastri's application before finalising him as India's head coach. Edulji, who recently broke her silence, claimed that the entire selection process was fraught and it was, indeed, Kohli who had arm-twisted BCCI into breaking rules and hiring Shastri for the top job. Edulji's revelations come as part of her disagreement with Vinod Rai over the appointment of an ad-hoc committee to pick the Indian women's team head coach. While senior players like the T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana requested the CoA and BCCI to continue with the interim coach Ramesh Powar, Rai opined that players cannot pick coaching staff through votes. © BCCL Irked by the comments of CoA head, Edulji, then, pointed to the example of Kohli playing the role of the decision-maker during Kumble's ouster. "Virat did not accede to Kumble continuing in spite of CAC saying so then why not these two players get what they feel is best for the team," Edulji wrote to Rai in an email. "I see nothing wrong in women cricketers writing emails reg the coach. "They were truthful in expressing their views unlike Virat who frequently sent SMS-es to the CEO on which you acted and there was a change in the Coach. There also I had objected and my dissent is recorded when the timelines were extended for someone to apply as he didn't apply in time," Edulji wrote. In response, Rai, too, admitted Kohli's hand in Kumble's ouster. "Yes- there were differences between Virat and Kumble. As a consequence of that Kumble stepped back," Rai replied. © BCCL Powar, who saw India reaching to the women's ICC World T20 semifinal last month, was expected to get a contract extension as coach. However, a bitter fallout with senior cricketer Mithali Raj, who accused the women's coach of humiliating her, spoiled his chances of getting an automatic contract extension. But, Edulji has raised a valid point in her emails. If Kohli can force the BCCI to get rid of Kumble, despite the former Indian cricketer taking the team to new heights, and hire Shastri, often labelled as a 'yes man', the women's cricketers, too, should have their say in appears to be a similar situation. There is no doubt over Kohli's achievements as one of the world's best batsmen and all that he has done to make the nation proud, but no cricketer is, or should be considered, above Indian cricket. And, Edulji's shocking revelations, sadly, highlight who's actually calling the shots in the men's team.
  9. Just when people thought that Virushka was the wedding phenomenon of the decade, out came DeepVeer, all guns and missiles blazing, to prove the world wrong. They not only succeeded, they made the world wait 2 full days to take a look at the proof. Finally, the pictures came out, and the country is in a state of euphoria. We all were waiting with bated breath to see what Ranveer Singh - the poster boy of path-breaking fashion in Bollywood - will be wearing on the most important day of his life, and boy, did he deliver and how. It was obvious that comparisons will be made to the Virushka phenomenon, because of a number of reasons. One, the glamour quotient of both the couples are incredible, and two, both were styled by the wedding outfit virtuoso - Sabyasachi Mukherjee. (c) PTI (c) Instagram/deepikapadukone Looking at the pictures, however, it became clear that Ranveer won this match, fair and square. The winning sixer? A piece of jewellery he wore for his Sindhi wedding, with a gorgeously, intricately embroidered red and gold sherwani. (c) instagram/deepikapadukone Ranveer wore a piece of signature Sabyasachi heritage jewellery - a huge falcon pendant made of uncut diamonds and emeralds. The pendent was not a piece in itself, but a part of the elaborate diamond-encrusted neckpiece, that took the place of pride, over his strings of rich maroon garnets. (c) instagram/deepikapadukone Just look at that beauty! Now, compared to that, Virat had no jewellery on, at least conspicuously so (though he had a turban brooch). (c) PTI Not that it's a competition, but Ranveer certainly is breaking barriers when it comes to more inclusive choices in terms of men's fashion. Take a bow, Baba!
  10. Ever since its advent in 2008, The Indian Premier League (IPL) has established itself as one of the most exciting and lucrative Twenty20 (T20) tournaments in the world. The cash-rich league, over the years, has served as a great platform for the upcoming stars to prove their mettle and rake in big bucks during the high-profile auctions. With the twelfth edition of the IPL raring to begin in March next year, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has already revealed the next "Million Dollar Baby" for the upcoming auctions. Impressed by his blistering batting performance, Bhajji has tipped West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer to spark a bidding war amongst the IPL franchises and eventually secure a big-bucks contract. What an inn by #Hetmyer..he is gonna be a next million dollar baby in the @IPL 2019 #INDvsWI 1st ODI — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 21, 2018 Harbhajan's comments came in the wake of Hetmyer's spectacular show with the willow during the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies in Guwahati. The left-hander looked in ominous form, taking the Indian bowling attack to the cleaners during his blazing 78-ball knock of 106 runs which included six fours and as many sixes. Coming in to bat with his side reeling at 86/3, Hetmyer played a mature innings that was thoroughly decorated with clinical strokes. Carrying the baton for his side, he stitched a 74-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Rovman Powell to stabilise the innings. After Powell's dismissal, the Windies star continued to bat on, stitching another crucial 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket with skipper Jason Holder to ensure his side remained poised for a competitive total. Congratulations to Shimron Hetmyer for making his third century in just 13 ODIs for the Windies! ð¯ He reaches his ton off just 74 balls, brought up in style with a six! ð #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/U57lw4L6TB — ICC (@ICC) October 21, 2018 His fine knock eventually came to an end when Ravindra Jadeja got him out caught at long leg in the 39th over. But, by then, Hetmyer had done his part in setting up a pivotal platform for Windies to finish their innings. And, the fact that he has now slammed three hundreds (each scored with a strike-rate around 135) in 13 ODI innings, surely makes this 21-year-old batsman an exciting prospect. Despite posting a mammoth total of 322 runs, while West Indies couldn't negate the batting geniuses of Virat Kohli (140) and Rohit Sharma (152*) before eventually losing the match by eight wickets, Hetmyer undoubtedly won hearts with his brilliant batting performance - one that instigated Bhajji to tip him as the next 'Million Dollar Baby' in the upcoming IPL season.
  11. When it comes to sports, cricket is arguably the only one that has been hot on heels of football in terms of popularity across the globe. Often labelled as the gentleman's game, cricket offers a lot of excitement to the fans. From brilliant batting displays, majestic bowling spells to electric fielding efforts, there is almost everything a fan wishes for in a particular sport. But, every now and then, there comes a moment of uncanny incidents that grab the limelight. Something similar came to the fore recently in Australia where a practice match between National Performance Squad (NPS) and Victoria became the talk of the town. The NPS side generally features young guns from the country and allows them to gain much-needed exposure. But, there was something important to learn for the youngsters after Australian batsman Jake Weatherald made a complete fool of himself on the pitch. The left-hander was looking to drive the fuller delivery, but could only manage to mistime it away to a few metres away from the crease. Clearly, there was nothing extraordinary with the incident as we have seen batsmen mistiming their shots a zillion times in cricket. But, what happened later, was surely comical, if not extraordinary. Oh dear... Have a look at Jake Weatherald's bizarre dismissal in yesterday's practice match between the NPS and Victoria ðð¤¦‍âï¸ pic.twitter.com/9SujCT64gz — cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 4, 2018 After playing his shot, such was Weatherald's follow through that it made him lose the grip of his bat which eventually rolled back onto the stumps. In a video uploaded by Cricket Australia's official Twitter handle, the Oz batsman can be seen standing in disbelief after his bizarre dismissal, while the opposition players couldn't hold their laughter back. Same venue no more than a few minutes ago. ð¤·‍âï¸ pic.twitter.com/Yvlp0mmPzZ — NSW Blues (@CricketNSWBlues) September 4, 2018 Replying to CA's hilarious tweet, New South Wales - first-class cricket team based in Sydney - shared the video of a game at the same venue where another batsman was almost on the verge of getting dismissed in similar fashion as Weatherald. The batsman in the NSW's video was seen losing his bat just like Weatherald, the only difference being that the willow missed the stumps by a whisker. RT ESPNcricinfo: Hit wicket and caught off the same delivery! Steven Smith's bizarre dismissal https://t.co/pxpeLbiQrD #CPL18 pic.twitter.com/gtbN9FcrR1 — Khuram Waqas (@khuramwaqas) August 24, 2018 In fact, few days back, Steven Smith also lost his wicket in similar fashion during a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) game. Playing for Barbados Tridents, Smith hit a shot towards long-on where Rovman Powell completed a regulation catch. But, after hitting the ball, Smith, too, lost control of his bat that eventually went on to hit the stumps. In a bizarre incident, Smith was dismissed twice - in different fashions - on the same delivery. Here's how cricket fans reacted to Jake Weatherald's comical dismissal on Twitter: Not the 1st and won't be the last ... still an embarrassing way to get out though — Mitchell Ryan (@MitcheffectRyan) September 4, 2018 It's not first time batsman got out like this. Kumar Sangakara (Sri Lanka) got out against India in the same manner.𤠗 Mahesh Aswani (@MaheshAswani10) September 4, 2018 You won't see that very often! @prlloyd63 — Tim (@Wright11Tim) September 4, 2018 It's a sign of match fixing — Md.Abdul.Azeem (@Md_Azeem) September 4, 2018 Teach him to go hard at the ball lol, it's very unlucky but quite funny — Jim Wheeler (@jim_riches76) September 4, 2018 He is in @KumarSanga2 club now.. ð — #CA Praveen (@SLCpissek) September 4, 2018 How long has he been playing cricket. Hold the bat mate! — Brutus (@brutusking600) September 4, 2018 Now THAT'S one he won't forget....... unfortunately nor will anyone else ! — Joanna Smith (@JoannaS85980970) September 4, 2018
  12. No matter the sport, every sportsperson dreams about playing for their respective countries. It's a matter of great pride and a testimony to their evolution as a player in the sport. Many share their happiness with family and friends, while some take to social media to express their emotions. For, James Vince, it was latter. Included in the England squad as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test at Ageas Bowl, the 27-year-old batsman was understandably excited to get the national call-up when he took to Twitter to thank his supporters. “Thank you for the messages of support. Very excited to be joining up with the squad @TheAgeasBowl next week. No better place to wrap the series up,” he wrote on Twitter. Thank you for the messages of support. Very excited to be joining up with the squad @TheAgeasBowl next week. No better place to wrap the series up 𤠗 James Vince (@vincey14) August 24, 2018 But, the right-hander got carried away while predicting the outcome of the five-match Test series. Vince, captain of the Hampshire County Cricket Club, hinted that England - who are leading 2-1 - will wrap up the series in the next Test. And, quite understandably, it didn't go down well with the Indian fans. From slamming the England batsman for his outrageous prediction to reminding him of India's prowess, the Indian fans took turns to poke fun at Vince who was cut a sorry figure on the microblogging website. @vincey14 if you were as good as your tweet,you would have been playing right from the 1st Test #ENGvIND — AGNEY FERNANDES (@AGNEY65102108) August 26, 2018 Good dream son...see u in Southampton — Sanu Tripathi (@sanutripathi771) August 24, 2018 Dream on Mate! @BCCI has other plans for u all! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/dHI8y4D0vf — Meddy Z (@MeddyXIT) August 27, 2018 Hahahah , wrap up the series ððð in ur dreams bro . — Kapil (@KapilRaut4) August 24, 2018 Wrap up the series? Indians have other plans dude. #caughtsecondslip — Nizamul Bhuyan (@NizamulBhuyan1) August 25, 2018 Too much confidence isn't good for a new comer — Salman_1703 (@Salmangondekar) August 24, 2018 Wrap the series up? Love the confidence not sure it's going to happen ð — HARDHIK LETAP (@HardhikP) August 26, 2018
  13. Pakistan's Azhar Ali, who struggled in Tests against England earlier this summer, has joined Somerset for the remainder of the county season. Photo: AFP LONDON: Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has joined Somerset for the remainder of their first-class...
  14. Mohammad Kaif scored 624 runs for India in 13 Tests and is famous for his match-winning 87 in the Natwest final against England at Lord's in 2002. Photo: File NEW DELHI: Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif on Friday retired from all forms of cricket ?...
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