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  1. Arguably one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup is set to enthrall cricket enthusiasts when it kickstarts from 30th May, pitting the likes of hosts England and exciting South Africa against each other. Over a span of 45 days and across 48 scintillating contests, the ICC mega event is expected to bring the best of the participating nations in what promises to be an exciting affair. But, the World Cup isn't just about winning the coveted trophy. In fact, cricket's biggest tournament has a history of bringing exciting contests, fiery duels and individual brilliances to the fore. And, this year promises to be no different. From the top wicket-takers to leading run-scorers, the upcoming ICC tournament has had the cricket fans wondering who'd claim the top honours in individual performances. While we will discuss the wicket-taking heroes in another article, let's discuss the probables for the batting honours this year. © Reuters When it comes to scoring most runs in the World Cups, no one comes close to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who scored 2,278 runs across six tournaments he played. Though Tendulkar's record will take some doing, but the current batting geniuses of the game will surely be eager to make a mark at the biggest stage. Going purely by numbers, here's a look at five batsmen who might be seen ruling the charts in the list of leading run-getters at the World Cup this year. Virat Kohli © Reuters Undeniably one of best batsmen in the world right now, Virat Kohli will be the key to India's charge at this year's World Cup. The Indian captain needs no introduction to batting and the fact that, at the age of 30, he has already slammed 41 ODI hundreds - only behind Tendulkar's tally of 49 tons, shows how special and consistent this lad is. But, that's not all. Kohli is going into the World Cup with a formidable form and, for someone who takes a special liking to big events, he is surely expected to reign supreme in England and Wales. To back that claim with numbers, Kohli has scored 4,306 runs at an average of 78.29 - most by any batsmen in ODIs since the World Cup in 2015. While it's really hard to predict whether he'll actually emerge as the leading run-scorer at the upcoming event, the numbers surely tip him as one of the favourites. And, given his artistry with the willow, we might end up seeing a Kohli special this year. Rohit Sharma © Reuters One of the most devastating openers in limited-overs cricket, Rohit Sharma, having begun his career as a middle-order batsman, found his true calling at the top of the order. A preferred opener by the Indian team management, Rohit has made the opening spot his own on the back of spectacular performances in white-ball cricket. His malleable wrists and knack to find the gaps have all added to his batting masterclass which continues to evolve over the years. Just like his skipper Kohli, Rohit will also be one of the vital cogs in India's dreams of lifting their third World Cup trophy this year. Since the 2015 edition of the World Cup, Rohit has amassed 3,790 ODI runs at an average of 61.12 - only behind Kohli in the elite list. His last stint in England saw him smashing an unbeaten 137 in the first ODI in Nottingham - something that should bolster his confidence going into the World Cup. The right-handed batsman is coming off a title-winning season with Mumbai Indians who lifted a record fourth IPL trophy this season. While there is no doubt over Rohit's abilities, the Indian opener will need convert his starts into big figures if he intends to challenge other batsmen for the top batting honours at the World Cup. Joe Root © Reuters For someone who was tipped as a future England captain at the age of 23, Joe Root has not only lived up to the billing, but has also successfully managed to rally his troops in the build-up to the World Cup at home. Rated amongst the top batsmen in the world, Root, on his day, is more than capable of running away with the game. At this year's World Cup, Root will surely be a key player, providing the much-needed stability to their batting line-up. If playing at home doesn't strengthen his case, the fact that Root has slammed 3,498 runs at an average of 58.30 in ODIs (since the 2015 World Cup) further makes a probable candidate for the top batting honours in the upcoming event. The right-handed batsman will be seen leading England's charge at the ICC spectacle, but while his leadership skills will be put to test, Root's batting might cannot be questioned. Eoin Morgan © Reuters One of the batting mainstays for England over the years, Eoin Morgan will once again be seen stabilising the innings for his side while plying his trade in the middle-order. The left-handed batsman has all the experience he needs to make this event his own and playing in familiar conditions further helps his cause. Predictions apart, according to the numbers, believe it or not, Morgan is placed fourth in the list of leading run-scorers in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. The left-hander has scored 3,039 runs at an average of 46.75 - something that surely makes him one of the probables for the top batting honours at the World Cup this year. For those who need more than just numbers to believe his batting might, Morgan, recently, broke a roof tile with a huge six during the fifth ODI between England against Pakistan at Headingley. How's that for intent? Quinton de Kock © Reuters A sweet timer of the ball who thrives on his fearless striking abilities, Quinton de Kock has established himself as South Africa's preferred opening batsman over the years. The left-handed batsman, who grew up as a baseball player, can take on any opposition bowling attack and give them a run for their money with his brutal hitting. De Kock goes into this year's World Cup with 2,971 runs at an average of 50.33 in ODIs. There's no surprise to see him at the fifth spot in the list of top run-getters in the 50-over format since the 2015 edition of the World Cup. To put things in perspective, De Kock has amassed 353 runs, including three fifties and a hundred, in his last five ODI innings. Given the conditions, De Kock is likely to cherish the challenge and tear into the opposition bowling attack. His success with the willow will be key to South Africa's hopes of getting rid of the 'chokers' tag and clinch their maiden World Cup title this year.
  2. Arguably one of the most exciting young talents in the country, Shubman Gill continues to make his presence felt with consistent performances with the willow. His superlative knock against Delhi Capitals on 12th April was pivotal in propelling Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a competitive total. And, even if KKR ended up losing the game by seven wickets, young Gill was undeniably one of the silver linings. But, for a young batsman who thrives and has, time and again, proved his worth at the top order, Gill was demoted as lowly as the No. 7 slot during Kolkata's clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 14th April. With Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine returning at the top, Gill was pushed down the order with the likes of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell all batting above him. On a day, where their batsmen failed to come to the party (barring Lynn who scored 82), Gill's mistreatment at the hands of KKR management irked their former player Manoj Tiwary who minced no words during his rant on social media. Is #ShubmanGill playing dis match ?? Oh now I understand tomorrow is d World Cup selection ð¤ Who says it's a team game ?? Sometimes it's quite obvious to d eyes ð #KKRvCSK — MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 14 April 2019 Taking to Twitter, Tiwary, who has played for KKR, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant in previous editions of the IPL, slammed his former employers by saying: "Is #ShubmanGill playing dis match?? Oh now I understand tomorrow is d World Cup selection ð¤ Who says it's a team game?? Sometimes it's quite obvious to d eyes". Wen someone has played a classy innings of 65 runs in d previous game, than I as a cricket fan want that player to play higher up d order especially wen d team has lost a game. It's about providing d platform 4 our domestic players to bat higher order ahead of overseas players — MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 14 April 2019 "Wen someone has played a classy innings of 65 runs in d previous game, than I as a cricket fan want that player to play higher up d order especially wen d team has lost a game. It's about providing d platform 4 our domestic players to bat higher order ahead of overseas players," his next tweet read. What would be the strategy in sending an in-form batsman so low and not using his potential to the fullest? #Gill — Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) 14 April 2019 Tiwary wasn't the only one who felt that way. Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha also voiced his displeasure at Gill's demotion down the order. Following Lynn's solo effort of 51-ball 82, Kolkata managed to reach a total of 161 runs and knew they needed a good bowling performance to defend the mediocre target. But, for a team that appears to be in blistering form this season, Chennai didn't really need to break a sweat as they chased down the total with five wickets and two deliveries to spare - thanks to an unbeaten 58 by Suresh Raina.
  3. It feels as if Rohit Sharma wanted to make up for the lack of entertainment the supporters of Mumbai Indians had to suffer, when the skipper missed out his first Indian Premier League game in 11 years against Ravichandran Ashwin's Kings XI Punjab due to a leg spasm on Wednesday. Nonetheless, the Indian opening batsman more than repaid his dues in today's game against Ajinkya Rahane's Rajasthan Royals during which he played a decent knock, making 47 runs off 32 deliveries, which included six fours and a solitary six, even though the Royals managed to win by four wickets and three spare deliveries. However, the greatest moment of the cricketer's innings came an over ahead of the delivery that dismissed him and ironically enough, the batsman's highlight had nothing to do with his bat. Walking down the pitch to try and hit a longer shot, Sharma was surprised by a full-toss by RR all-rounder K Gowtham going away from him to the left. Out of the crease by a good margin, the delivery would have definitely led to keeper Sanju Samson stumping him out but the Hitman's awareness of the situation and quick thinking made him kick the ball with his front foot, sending it away from the danger zone. His creative and quick reaction to avoid getting out led to Sharma's fans complimenting his footballing skills on Twitter: @mipaltan vs @rajasthanroyals: Deliberately padded by @ImRo45 , he kicks the ball away with his front leg pic.twitter.com/seDys6h1zi — Om Prasad Pattnayak (@OmPattnayak) April 13, 2019 Rohit be like "Messi who?" ð Picture credits: Hotstar#RohitSharma #MIvRR #QuintondeKock #MIvsRR #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/0dUIxp7ty2 — Rooter App (@RooterSports) April 13, 2019 That was a good kick by Rohit Sharma to avoid being stumped-out. Football skills in the middle of a cricket pitch. #IPL2019 #MIvRR — RAJESH SAMAL (@rajesh_offical) April 13, 2019 Next time Luke Shaw is injured we could loan out Rohit Sharma to @ManUtd ... Great clearance there ð#MIvRR — Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 13, 2019 Rohit Sharma just played a smart football in cricket ð — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 13, 2019
  4. On Friday, Sanju Samson was on a roll during the intense match between RR (Rajasthan Royals) and SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad). After smashing an unbeaten century and becoming the first player to do so in IPL 2019, Samson turned out to be a danger for the bowlers and became the sole-warrior of his team. Twitter But, while the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers failed to stop his rampage, a pizza delivery guy actually managed to halt him for a brief moment, without even making any extra efforts. I have never heard of such incidents before, so this definitely shook me as I kept on laughing and watching the video on repeat. via GIPHY During a crucial moment in the match when the score was 101/1, right when Vijay Shankar ran to bowl, Samson got distracted by the pizza delivery guy walking right in front of the sightscreen. Samson smiled at the guy and signalled at him to move away. When pizza delivery boy halted play https://t.co/UbCj2gWNad via @ipl — Yogesh Gajjar (@imyogesh_07) March 30, 2019 Once he was out of the sight, Samson got back into his lethal form and build a score of 198/2 against SRH. Although Rajasthan Royals couldn't win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Samson was the uncontested star of the match. Also, let's be honest, we can't blame Samson here, can we? After all, who doesn't like pizzas? (let's keep the pineapple pizza lovers out of this discussion.)
  5. Arguably one of the greatest athlete of his generation, Michael Phelps dominated competitive swimming every time he entered the pool. From creating records to bagging Olympic golds, matching Phelps' astronomical achievements will surely be an uphill battle for the next generation swimmers in years to come. The American legend might have called time on his career, but such has been his success in competitive swimming that he continues to garner public affection and enjoys popularity across the globe. So, when he set foot in India for the very first time, the excitement amongst people was quite understandably at an all-time high. Arriving in India in collaboration with a sports and fitness brand, Phelps was seen enjoying interactive fun sessions in the national capital. But, the moment that surely stands out on his recent trip was his exchange with Delhi Capitals (DC) destructive batsman Rishabh Pant in nets. View this post on Instagram Michael Phelps takes batting lessons from Rishabh Pant! A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Mar 27, 2019 at 4:28am PDT The 23-time Olympic gold medallist was seen taking batting lessons from Pant as he tried his hand at cricket in the nets. In a video shared by Delhi Capitals on Instagram, Pant can be seen helping him with his stance while imparting batting tips to the swimming great. After sharing a light moment with the legendary swimmer, Pant was asked how would he convince Phelps to play cricket. In reply, the left-hander told IANS: "I would just tell him that he is most welcome to stay at my place for as long as he wants, where I can teach him how to play the sport". View this post on Instagram Just a causal chat before we got together for the group picture! ð¸ A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Mar 27, 2019 at 3:13am PDT Apart from Pant, Phelps was also seen interacting with Capitals' other players including captain Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris and Ishant Sharma. "The man is an absolute legend. He is the all-time leading gold medal winner at the Olympics. It is quite an honour to interact with him. I was excited to see him today. Phelps is a name that is synonymous with Olympics. Two Olympians -- Phelps and Usain Bolt -- have become household names, and I'm really buzzing," Morris told IANS. "It was a great opportunity for all of us to have met him. You know he's a world champion and we shared a few moments with him as well. He has been a huge motivation to athletes around the world over the years, and it was the same for all of us at the Delhi Capitals," Delhi's bowling spearhead Ishant said. View this post on Instagram ICYMI: We hosted the most decorated Olympian, @M_Phelps00 at #QilaKotla for our first home game! Here's what happened when we had the man with many strokes on the front foot ;) @StarSportsIndia @UnderArmourind #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Mar 27, 2019 at 3:58am PDT After spending some time with the cricketers, Phelps was also seen attending Delhi's clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. While Delhi couldn't match Chennai's might, losing the contest by six wickets, Phelps was just happy to watch a live cricket match. "I don't think cricket is my next sport, but I loved seeing the match with the Delhi Capitals. It was nice to see how excited the crowd was, and to see how the players shift when there is a change of ends, or a dismissal. I loved watching the sixes. Definitely, today has been about getting a couple of tips from the boys, starting with how to hold a bat. I'm sure I will be better prepared to play cricket when I visit India next," Phelps said.
  6. In 2018, a depleted Indian cricket team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka. The thrilling victory against Bangladesh will be remembered for two things: Dinesh Karthik's match-winning knock and Vijay Shankar's struggles. While the former turned the tide in India's favour with a stunning batting display, the latter's sluggish innings almost cost his side the game and trophy. Following India's emphatic triumph, while Karthik was being hailed for his batting prowess, Shankar became the subject of immense criticism on the social media. Since that match, a lot has changed, but cricket fans still won't let poor Shankar catch a break. Every time he comes on to bat or sprints in to bowl, social media trolls patiently wait for the Indian allrounder to stutter in a bid to remind him of his debacle in Sri Lanka. Lately, as India continues to tinker with their batting line-up in a bid to find best possible alternatives for the ICC World Cup, Shankar has often been seen batting higher up the order to the sheer displeasure of the trolls. © BCCL On 5th March, Shankar was once again sent ahead of Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni at the No. 5 slot against Australia in the 2nd One-Day International (ODI) in Nagpur. But, as the trolls geared up to fire volleys at him, Shankar, owing to a brilliant batting display, made them eat their own words. Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 75/3, the right-handed batsman gave adequate support to his skipper Virat Kohli as the duo stabilised the innings for their side with a pivotal 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Striking at over 112, the 28-year-old scored a crucial 46 runs, including five fours and a six to aid the hosts. He was on his way to what would've been a well-deserved fifty before getting dismissed in the most unfortunate manner. In the 29th over, Adam Zampa tossed it up to Kohli who smashed it straight back before the bowler got some fingertips to the ball that eventually crashed onto the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Shankar short at the crease. © Twitter/BCCI The right-hander had played just five ODIs before this game, with 45 being his highest score. But, it was arguably during this innings that Shankar looked at his fluent best, proving his credentials as a batsman. Thus, there was no surprise to see the cricket bigwigs and fans lauding his batting effort on social media. Forget Vijay Shankar the all rounder, let's focus on Vijay Shankar the batsman. That innings of 46 was oozing class. ðððð#AUSvIND — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 5, 2019 Undortunate end to Vijay Shankar's innings. But he's been very impressive today, which wouldn't have been lost on his partner and captain — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 5, 2019 Vijay Shankar's batting will be the talk of the town in the IPL. Will play some match winning knocks this season. Early call. #SRH #IPL — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 5, 2019 Vijay Shankar has been extremely impressive. This is who he is. A quality batsman who can give you a few overs. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 Late starter in ODI cricket, Vijay Shankar making a strong surge for a place in the World Cup squad — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 5, 2019 Waiting for someone appreciate Vijay Shankar Pure class innings ððð — Vishal (@VishalVeera1) March 5, 2019 Maybe VijayShankar at 4 is the answer to the problem at 4? — Priyatham (@priyathamr) March 5, 2019 Vijay Shankar utilized his opportunity to the fullest, coming ahead of Dhoni is always a special thing for any all rounders. Some shots around the park, but a unfortunate way to get dismissed. — Subham NAndi (@Nandi_Subham918) March 5, 2019 He should be preferred over Raydu..rayadu is too inconsistent and does not deserve to be No 4 of No 1 team!!even on his best day he is 70 material!! — Uttam Vijay (@goforgloryuttam) March 5, 2019 One thing i liked about him is his ability to shift gears easily.. — ALEX 2.0 (@kokokoshy) March 5, 2019 Would have him at no. 4 — Skinhead Rooney (@centreleft123) March 5, 2019 That was some inning...how about trying @vijayshankar260 at 4 instead of rayudu..i'm sure he must have impressed the captain at the other end.. #INDvAUS #AUSvIND — Vatsal Patel ð®ð³ (@vatsalpatel1511) March 5, 2019
  7. A sportsman lives a very tricky life, as every once in a while, even if yours is the best team in the world, you tend to lose and lose big. We have seen that with Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2018, and now in cricket, we saw that with India's disastrous performance today. Scoring just 92 runs, they were completely demolished by New Zealand in the 4th ODI. Till date, India has had many low totals, but today's score of 92, made another record in itself, and that is of being the lowest total scored against New Zealand on their home soil. Here's a complete list of India's lowest totals ever: 1. New Zealand Vs India (Netmed ODI Series, 2019) © The week A Virat Kohli-less India couldn't do much against the fierce Kiwis in the 4th ODI of the Netmed Series, 2019. Clinching the series by 3-0 in the first three ODI's itself, might have been the reason for the dismantling of the Indian batting order by the home side. Making just 92 runs in 30.3 overs, the Men in Blue became prey to Trent Boult's vicious attack. 2. South Africa Vs India (India in South Africa, 2006) © YouTube There was a time when the whole world believed that if you bowl out Sachin Tendulkar from the Indian team, you might just win the match. And to be honest, that was somewhat true. We got to witness that against South Africa in 2006 when the Indians were chasing a total of 248 in Durban, and the moment Tendulkar got out on 35, the complete Indian line up collapsed before the lethal attack of Andre Nel and Jacques Kallis who restricted India to the score of 91, eventually losing the match by 157 runs. 3. India vs New Zealand (India-Sri Lanka-New Zealand Tri Series, 2010) © Reuters Carrying a young side to Sri Lanka for the Tri-Series in 2010, MS Dhoni would never have imagined this sort of distortion by the Kiwis. Once again chasing the total of 288, the Indian side relied on just a handful of experienced players they had on their side, counting Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni himself. Once the top order was ripped apart, the tail-enders couldn't do much and the whole team got out on mere 88 runs. 4. Pakistan Vs India (India In Pakistan, 1978) © YouTube Let's take you back to 1970s, where legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath, who were the masters of their craft, played some of their best innings. But wait, who said legends can't fail? Even this golden trio was toppled in fashion in a match against their arch-rivals, Pakistan in the year 1978. India, struggling to post a good total on the board, could only score 79 runs, with Sir Amarnath being the highest scorer with 34 runs to his name. Without a doubt, Pakistan comfortably won the match with 8 wickets to spare. 5. India Vs Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka in India, 1986) © Cricket Country Again from the '90s, another big loss came for the Kapil Dev-led team at Kanpur in 1986, and this time, it was Sri Lanka on the other end. Posting a reasonable total of 198, everyone thought that India would easily win the match considering the presence of Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and many other decorated players who made the roster. But on the contrary, the Men in Blue had to face a horrifying loss after getting bundled up at just 78. 6. Australia Vs India (Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, 1981) © YouTube The Australian Tour has always been tough for India, but who thought that it would be so tough that the Indians would just be able to put a total of 63 on the board against the mighty Aussies. While the World Cup-winning team of 1983 was in the making, this defeat came as a wakeup call for the Indian side to pull up their socks. 7. India Vs Sri Lanka (Sharjah Trophy Final, 2000) © Reuters The worst defeat for the Indian side came in the Sharjah Trophy final against Sri Lanka in which, the dominating Sri Lankans posted a total of 299, with the highest individual score of 189 coming from Sanath Jayasuriya. On the other hand, India was wrapped up at a trifling 54. With RP Singh scoring the most number of runs from the Indian side (11), the rest of the scorecard looked worse than that of a gully cricket match (if there has been one).
  8. After securing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian team management focussed on testing their bench strength in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on 31st January. With Virat Kohli rested for the remainder of the tour, the No. 3 spot was occupied by young Shubman Gill who was eager to make a mark on his debut. MS Dhoni's fitness continued to be an issue, allowing Dinesh Karthik to carry out the wicket-keeping duties. And, Mohammed Shami paved way for Khaleel Ahmed to feature in his first game on this tour. With the series sealed, there was not much for India to lose and trying out different combinations made sense in the wake of the ICC World Cup in England in May. On the other hand, the hosts, who were comprehensively humbled in almost all facets of the game earlier, were eager to restore some pride going into the fourth ODI. But, what eventually unfolded at the Seddon Park was neither predicted, nor imagined by cricket pundits, fans or even the hosts themselves. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Asked to bat first, the high-flying Indian batting line-up was given a reality check by New Zealand's swing sensation Trent Boult. Recording sensational figures of 5-21, the 29-year-old ran through the Indian batting order to ensure they were bundled out for a paltry total of 92 runs. It all began in the sixth over when Boult trapped Shikhar Dhawan (13) in front of the stumps to hand the visitors an early blow. In his next over, Boult sent Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut with a caught and bowled effort. While Boult was breathing fire at one end - hitting young Shubman on the head once, Colin de Grandhomme struck twice - dismissing Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) - in his first over. But, Boult wasn't done as he struck again to dismiss Shubman with his second caught and bowled effort to push India on the backfoot at 33/5 in 12 overs. Kedar Jadhav (1) became his next victim after a steaming in-swinger had the Indian batsman in trouble right in front of the stumps. Hardik Pandya (16) tried to hold fort for his side, but he couldn't stop a rampant Boult from bagging a five-for when the left-arm seamer forced an edge off the Indian batsman through to the wicket-keeper. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Only four Indian batsmen managed to score in double digits, while the remaining seven couldn't even score 10. Two of the Indian batsmen failed to open their account. And, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) emerged as the top-scorer pretty much sums up India's outing with the willow. The conditions at the Seddon Park were conducive to swing and the pitch further provided assistance to the fast bowlers, making life difficult for the batsmen, which probably explains why India lost all of their so-called specialist batsmen by the 14th over, reeling at 35/6. But, what was really surprising and equally frustrating for the Indian fans was the fact that none of the experienced campaigner showed maturity to hang in there and see through troublesome times - a job that Dhoni manages to pull off more often, than not. Dhoni, over the years, has quietly gone about his business, bolstering the Indian middle-order. While most of the players in the world, like the Indian batsmen in this case, panic with the wicket tumbling at one end, Dhoni's calm and composed approach has allowed him to soak up the pressure and strike when the time's right - something that eluded India today. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS On the other hand, at a time when boundaries were hard to come by and opposition bowlers were wreaking havoc, none of the Indian batsmen, unlike Dhoni, showed maturity to just rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. Dhoni also allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the wicket at one end, playing the role of a sheet anchor - a role, sadly, no one was prepared for today. Maybe if one or, maybe, two batsmen had stuck in, Indian bowlers would've had some cushion to play with. But, it wasn't meant to be. India's dream of securing a 4-0 lead - what would have been the biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand - crashed as the hosts chased down the below-par score with eight wickets and 212 balls to spare. While it was undoubtedly a much-needed reality check for India, the middle-order collapse endured by the visiting side once again highlighted how important Dhoni's presence is in the team. Dhoni's fitness concerns had excluded him from the game, but, still, his teammates could have surely taken some lessons from his past performances as to how to go about the business in such pressure situations.
  9. After the ban on the Indian cricketers was lifted, things are looking to be on a rise for pace bowler, Hardik Pandya, who has been included in the main Indian cricket team for their tour to New Zealand and has proven himself to be crucial during the two matches that he has played in, while his partner in crime, KL Rahul continues to find a dark cloud hovering above his head. 2019 has not been kind to the Indian batsman who has experienced one adversity after another. Even before the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administration (CoA) put up sanctions on the opener, Rahul was amidst a bad form during the four-match Test series against Australia. During the first Test Down Under at the Adelaide Oval, after scoring a decent 44 of 67 balls in his first innings, Rahul's ill-formed stint started in the second innings, when he got caught out on the eighth ball on a Josh Hazlewood delivery. Ever since, the Mangalore-born has not spent a lot of time at the crease. In the second Test, in Perth, Rahul was sent back to the dressing room on a duck and on 2 runs in the first and second innings respectively. After being dropped by the team in the third match, Rahul was brought back for the fourth and final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The fact that this match was extremely important for India to finally win a Test series on Australian soil played a huge role in the selectors facing a lot of hate online for Rahul's re-entry. People were sceptical of Rahul as he had disappointed the team with his consistently bad performances and their scepticism was bang on as yet again, Rahul was dismissed cheaply. A few days ago, when the CoA decided to put an end to the suspension, they asked Rahul to join Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane in the India A team for a five-match one-dayer series against the England Lions. With the 2019 World Cup approaching, the BCCI is trying to bring back Rahul's lost confidence as he is considered to be a key role-player for the WC roster. Alas, Rahul is seemingly nowhere close to his glory days as he looked uncomfortable against the Lions from the get-go and got caught out by Zak Chappell off Jamie Overton after scoring only 13 runs, albeit scoring two boundaries. KL Rahul - What Happened to him , Not Form , Nor Class Visible in him. 3rd Match vs England Lions Inspite our Batsmen Faliure Credit Goes to Deepak Chahar when India on110/7 He took the Final Score to 172 with his 39RunsContribution. Even thanDefeated England Lions on 112 all Out pic.twitter.com/6thp1RpdWz — k kumar rao (@kkrao3107K) January 27, 2019 Although India A have won the first three unofficials to book the series in their favour, Rahul's bad form is a matter of huge concern for the cricketer. In a country where literally thousands of extremely talented cricketers are standing in the line, hungry to get that one opportunity to show their worth, a dark stint like Rahul's can lead a career down to the ground, no matter how remarkable it once used to be.
  10. We are all aware of how hard the Indian Cricket Team is gearing up right now for the upcoming World Cup 2019 that begins in May, however, there are two other people who are also working on their batting skills. We're talking about Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan. © Instagram Katrina and Salman are currently filming their upcoming project, 'Bharat' and whenever the two get time, they start playing cricket with the crew. Honestly, watching the two playing on the film's sets can make anyone think that they are working on a sports biopic, but that's just their way of chilling after pack up. Earlier, Salman had posted the video of him playing cricket, with the caption "Bharat khelega..." View this post on Instagram Bharat Khelega... #onlocationstories @bharat_thefilm A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Jan 13, 2019 at 7:50am PST Today, Katrina posted a video of her playing cricket and let's admit it, she's pretty good at the sport. In fact, Katrina is so confident of her batting skills that she even asked her 'Zero' co-star Anushka Sharma to put in a small word for her to the team's captain, Virat Kohli. She wrote, "Pack up ke baad at Bharat sets, as the world cup nears. Anushka Sharma, perhaps you could put in a small word for me with the captain of the team. Some room for improvement in my swing, but overall not a bad all-rounder." View this post on Instagram Pack up ke baad #bharat sets as the World Cup nears @anushkasharma perhaps u could put in a small word for me with the captain of the team ðð»âï¸some room for improvement in my swing, but over all not a bad all rounder ð #apnatimeaayega ð½@kkulsumsyeda A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Jan 21, 2019 at 10:18pm PST In fact, all this was happening with our Ranveer Singh rapping in the background. No, you won't find him in the video because he's not physically present in the video. It's his song 'Apna Time Aayega' from 'Gully Boy' that is playing in the video. While Anushka Sharma hasn't replied to the video yet, looks like Preity Zinta already wants to take Katrina in her IPL team. She wrote, "Wow, we should hire you" and Katrina replied saying, "Do it, come on let me play." © Instagram 'Bharat' is said to be based on a Korean movie called 'An Ode To My Father' and is expected to release in June 2019.
  11. Whether it's his knack to find the gaps or the extra half a second he manages to find while playing his shots, Rohit Sharma oozes batting talent like no other in Indian cricket. While Virat Kohli continues to hog the limelight, Rohit has carved his own niche as one of the most destructive opening batsmen in the modern era of the sport. The Mumbai batsmen might have endured a disappointing start to the calendar year when India toured South Africa, but since that slump, there has been no turning back to the 'Hitman'. The Indian opener has enjoyed a brilliant batting run this year and he even showcased his leadership skills by leading his side (sans Kohli) to the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup titles. BCCL More recently, Rohit was seen going hammer and tongs at West Indies on their forgettable tour of India. The 31-year-old began the five-match ODI series against the Windies with a blistering knock of 152 runs before adding 162 and 63* in the last two matches. After missing out in the first T20I, Rohit marked a sensational comeback with an unbeaten knock of 111 runs before being cheaply dismissed in the third and final game. For a man who has been busy cutting a sorry figure for the opposition bowlers, Rohit now faces a sterner test as Kohli readies his battalion to establish their dominance Down Under. While the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner surely makes the Australian side a bit depleted, the hosts can still not be taken for granted amid the presence of potential match-winners in their side. And, that's exactly why India will once again need Rohit to give them a solid start at the top to boost their chances. But, apart from aiding his side, Rohit is also on the verge of the notching up some individual milestones in the shortest format. The right-handed batsman will be expected to achieve the following records in the ongoing first T20I at the Gabba: First Indian To Hit 100 T20I Sixes BCCL For someone who usually takes his time to get going, Rohit is more than capable of making amends later in the innings on the back of his ability to clear the boundary ropes at will. Once in his rhythm, the Indian opener can accelerate the innings through quick boundaries. The right-hander has already slammed 96 sixes and 200 fours in the 80 innings he has played in the shortest format. Going into the first T20I in Brisbane, Rohit will be just four big hits away from bringing up 100 sixes in T20Is - a feat that has not been achieved by an Indian so far. Highest T20I Run-Getter In A Single Calendar Year BCCL The year 2018 has already seen the Indian opener raking in plethora of runs in limited-overs cricket. The right-handed batsman has amassed 560 runs in the shortest format this year. And, he is now on the verge of overtaking his captain Kohli who currently holds the record for most T20I runs in a single calendar year. Kohli had notched up the record back in 2016 when he scored 641 runs that year. Given his batting prowess, the first T20I at the Gabba can very well witness Rohit surpassing Kohli as the Mumbai batsman needs just 81 runs to claim the record of most T20I runs in a calendar year. Highest Run-Scorer in T20Is BCCL The shortest version of the game has already witnessed Rohit carving his own niche on the back of some breath-taking strokes. His batting at the top has not only aided India in crunch games, but it has also allowed Rohit to amass so many runs. In 80 T20I innings, Rohit has scored 2,207 runs at a strike-rate of over 135. And, the fact that he is only behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill - who has 2,271 runs to his name - goes on to show how good this lad has been in the shortest version of the game. Coming out to bat in the first T20I in Brisbane, Rohit will need just 65 runs to overtake Guptill and become the highest run-getter in T20Is. While the Indian fans will hope Rohit shatters Guptill's record today, the Mumbai batsman will still have two more games to upstage the Kiwi.
  12. While Virat Kohli has hogged the limelight in the ongoing tour of West Indies, his deputy in limited-overs cricket Rohit Sharma isn't too far behind. If the Indian skipper emerged as the leading run-scorer in the ODI series, Rohit was right behind his teammate on the second spot in the coveted list. Though Rohit missed out on an opportunity to carry on his blistering form in the first T20I, the Mumbai batsman will surely be eager to notch up a personal milestone when India takes the field against the visitors in the second match on 11th June. The Indian opener is now on the verge of breaking a record that is currently held by none other than marauding Kohli. Going into the second T20I at the Ekana International Cricket stadium in Lucknow, the 31-year-old is just 11 runs shy of becoming India's leading run-getter in the shortest format. While Kohli currently leads the list with 2,102 runs in 62 T20Is, Rohit is undeniably expected to topple the Indian captain at the top. © BCCL When compared with Kohli, Rohit has scored 2,092 runs in 85 T20Is for India. Though Kohli has comparatively played lesser games, Rohit has a better strike-rate (136.91) and more boundaries (280) in T20Is than his teammate. On the other hand, while Kohli is yet to score a ton in T20Is, Rohit boasts of three hundreds in the shortest format. Since 2017, Rohit is the third highest run-scorer in T20Is. He has also smashed 109 boundaries - second most after New Zealand's Colin Munro in the shortest version of the game. Along with Munro, Rohit is the only batsman to have managed to score two or more centuries (since 2017) in T20Is. © BCCL When it comes to playing at home, Rohit is also India's leading run-getter in T20Is since 2017. He is just five runs away from becoming India's second-best run-scorer at home in the shortest format. Since 2017, Rohit has scored 280 runs in nine T20Is where he has the best strike-rate of over 171 amongst the top 5 leading Indian run-getters at home. After surviving a scare in the first T20I, the Indian cricket team will be expecting the 'Hitman' to mark a roaring return following his cheap dismissal in the first match. On the other hand, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series, India will also be eager to wrap things up with a triumph in the second game.
  13. The world of cricket has witnessed some exceptional batting talents over the years. From Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar to now Virat Kohli; the gentleman's game has seen some brilliant batsmen rising through the ranks and dominating the sport like no other. While some showcased impeccable batting techniques, others caught everyone's eyes with their unorthodox approach with the willow. We saw Shivnarine Chanderpaul taking guard at a 90-degree-angle to the normal batting position. Then, there was Lance Klusener who became famous for his 'baseball-like' batting stance. More recently, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed captured the imagination of cricket fans with his weird batting stance- one that has not been put to use by the right-hander ever. After missing out on a potential victory against Australia in the first Test, the Pakistani side was eager to put their best foot forward in the second match at Abu Dhabi. However, Nathan Lyon's spin wizardry proved a tad too much for the Pakistani middle-order. Reeling at 57/5, Pakistan were rescued by their captain who worked in tandem with Fakhar Zaman to stabilise the innings. Interesting batting stance from Sarfaraz Ahmed #PAKvAUS #Cricket pic.twitter.com/GK9vtG3quE — #PAKvAUS (@QHACricket) October 16, 2018 Leading from the front, Sarfraz played a valuable knock of 94 runs to aid Pakistan in testing times. But, despite his gritty knock, it was Sarfraz's unique batting stance that became the talking point on the social media. The right-hander, who was earlier seen batting with a normal stance, took wide of the crease, showing all of the three stumps visible to the bowler. @micheal_fergie @Mick_511 me at indoor — Stuart Mcdonald (@stewiemac21) October 16, 2018 Shows how confident he was today!!! Too bad that he and fakhar both fell in their 90's — Syed Naeem (@mrprince6969) October 16, 2018 Stance like this keeps the bowler guessing what to bowl to the batsma n. Reminds me of Abdul Razzaq as well #PakvAus #AusvPak — SirDonBradman (@BradmanSir) October 16, 2018 Sarfaraz looks really confident today and I don't know really how ! Guy has been under the pump for his batting and captaincy, Pakistan lose 4 quick wickets and he comes and bats like this Cut drive sweep flick everything Superb counterattack — Mav Sidharth (@SidharthMav) October 16, 2018 Playing with bowlers mind — Faisal rauf kasuri (@kasuri_faisal) October 17, 2018
  14. When elegant design is combined with exceptional driving dynamics, the result is automotive brilliance. That's KL Rahul's philosophy on cars. Rahul started off this discussion with a car from his garage. The Mercedes AMG C 43 is the kind of car most of us would aspire to own one day. But for Rahul, it's one of the first cars he owned. Not a bad start. Not a bad start at all. © Mercedes The C 43 offers incredible performance at an affordable price. It can go from 0-100 in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kmph. The twin-turbo V6 deserves a special mention too. The only thing Rahul didn't let us know is whether he preferred sitting in the back or behind the wheel of this one. It's a tough choice. But, nobody cares about what's already in their garage. Here's what Rahul's garage could look like in the future: Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Every 20-something kid in India would love to own a Lamborghini. The only question is, which one? For Rahul, the answer is the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. Makes sense. We all love convertibles, right? © Lamborghini Can you picture it? A bright yellow or a startling red Lamborghini barreling down the street with the top down. We bet that's what Rahul dreams of every time he scores a century. If you ask us, we'd go with the yellow. Aston Martin DB11 Bond, James Bond. What does he drive? An Aston Martin. Now, imagine getting behind the wheel of James Bond's car. The strong curves on the DB11 would make anyone agree to sell their soul to the devil. © Aston Martin For Rahul, this is not just a dream, it's only a matter of time. A matter of time before we see him in this magnificent car. Range Rover Velar Every Indian guy's wish list needs to have an SUV on it. Yes, Rahul's list has one too but not just any SUV, it's the Range Rover Velar. The Velar features the latest in terms of technology, innovation and design from Land Rover. © Land Rover Creating an SUV that looks spectacular and can hit 230 kmph is something only a brand like Land Rover could do. It's kind of like Rahul's career, built to last long. Batmobile Who would have imagined the Batmobile would make it on to this list? Then again, who wouldn't want the Batmobile on their list of favourite cars? If you ask us, nothing describes Rahul better than this car. It can go anywhere, it can do anything and when you see it barreling down a street, you better move out of the way. © Warner Bros. Pictures Is Rahul hinting at being the Batman of the Indian cricket team? He seems to think so. What Batman is to the Justice League, KL Rahul is to Team India. Believe it!
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