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  1. Last Sunday was an epic day for all Indian cricket fans, as Team India emerged victorious after defeating Pakistan at Old Trafford in England in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The whole country was celebrating the win but it was Ranveer Singh who stood out, because the excitement he showed after India won the match, was on some other level. Ranveer has basically gotten into the shoes of Kapil Dev for his upcoming film, '83, and is all set to entice the fans with his performance in the movie. Just like every 'desi' cricket fan, Ranveer has also been gripped by the World Cup fever and earlier today, he shared a string of images with cricketers and videos from Old Trafford. In one of the videos, he is seen cheering for India and well, it was BFF Arjun Kapoor's comment that caught our attention. “Baba u were the best player off the pitch... what a playa !!! The fashion mafioso the cricket gangster the nuanced celebrator the power hitter !!! #subtltythynameranveersingh.” Here's the video: View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT Ranveer also replied to Arjun and wrote, “hahahahahahahahah @arjunkapoor baba please yaar.” It's no secret that Arjun and Ranveer are the best of friends and never fail to appreciate each other in front of the public's eyes. Check out their conversation here: They always give the perfect bromance goals to all men and the industry talks about their friendship constantly. They are a crazy duo when they are together. On the work front, Ranveer is gearing up for Kabir Khan's '83. Arjun, on the other hand, is leaving no stone unturned for the preparation of his upcoming movie, 'Panipat'. Stay tuned in for more such updates.
  2. The past two days have been tormenting for the cricketing fans of Pakistan. First, the Men in Green faced a rather disappointing loss at the hands of Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team at Old Trafford, Manchester and were blasted online by their own supporters. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side were criticised on a lot of levels from the lack of strategic management to poor captaincy by Ahmed to even eating junk food a few hours before the match began. Former legendary cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar went on an 11 minute+ rant of himself, criticising everything bad about Pakistan's performance during the game and did not spare even the finest, more experienced athletes on the roster including Shoaib Malik. On the other hand, their South Asian rivals in Team Bangladesh came out strong against the West Indies successfully chasing a huge total of 321 in less than 42 overs thanks to monstrous innings played by Shakib Al Hasan (124*) and Liton Das (94*), further increasing the points difference against Pakistan. The Tigers have been performing deceptively well during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. While not a lot of people expected them to be a front runner for the World Cup trophy this year, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side is currently fifth on the points table, just one point away from making it to the top four with four matches still to be played two of which are against Afghanistan and Pakistan themselves. Keeping in mind the way in which Team Bangladesh have emerged as the ultimate underdogs of the tournament, Pakistani fans are thinking of switching sides to Bangladesh, recalling the history the two countries have shared and calling them 'East Pakistan': Supporting east pakistan from now on.... ðððð#BANvsWI pic.twitter.com/NhBNdz06Ua — pukhtoon (@beingpukhtun) June 17, 2019 That's how you play for your nation and chase 321 target like a champion . Well played East Pakistan( Bangladesh)â¤ï¸#CWC19 #BANvWI pic.twitter.com/t5VUoSM5V3 — Usama Saleem (@OsamaSa29419818) June 17, 2019 No one, Our own #EastPakistan♥ :-D https://t.co/knRTLavOuh — Asghar ALi Waris (@AasyLakho) June 17, 2019 #WorldCup2019#Bangladesh #5 Pakistan #9 Lankans #6 India & New Zealand at 3 and 2 coz of rain, they shared a point each East Pakistan trended in Pakistan today, but not only have @BCBTigers left history behind, they have written new history by defeating #WIndies#WIvBAN pic.twitter.com/XtNVnwSRts — @akashtv1soni (@Akashtv1Soni) June 18, 2019 Congrats Team Bangladesh, I wish to see you in Pakistani shirts soon. East Pakistan :)#BANvsWI — Shaheer Sialvi (PAK) (@ShaheerSialvi) June 17, 2019 East pakistan tm hi world cup utha lo .... they ll beat india #WIvBAN — Lone wolf (@kurrdd) June 17, 2019 The thing is that the Bangladeshis have absolutely no intention of sharing the glory with the Pakistanis what so ever: Keep wishing and dreaming. We don't even give a damn & Bangladesh is not east Pakistan. Mind it ðð https://t.co/V9gS5lZMYJ — RIR ð§ð© (@RirRohan) June 18, 2019 It's our Bangladesh not your East Pakistanð #frustrated_people𸠗 Tanjina Afrin Tinni (@TanjinaAfrin16) June 17, 2019 Pakistanis can call us East Pakistan, it's just a constant reminder to them we beat them at war when they had a better military and more troops ð¤·ð½‍âï¸ð¤·ð½‍âï¸ð¤·ð½‍âï¸ — M.N.M ð§ð© (@dr_doffy) June 10, 2019
  3. Team India's win against Pakistan yesterday set the temperature rising across the world, as Indian cricket fans across the globe celebrated the Men in Blue's unbeaten streak against Pakistan, 7-0, in the World Cup. Social media feeds were flooded with congratulatory notes for Team India and one such message was tweeted by recently appointed Home Minister, Amit Shah. Another strike on Pakistan by #TeamIndia and the result is same. Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/XDGuG3OiyK — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 16, 2019 Shah's 'another strike' comment has not gone down well with cricket fans and people are kind of disappointed with his choice of words. Home min @AmitShah likens India win over Pakistan to 'another strike'; yes, it's a great win but it's a cricket match and not war:no one died out there. We won because we played a much better game. There is still a World Cup to be won! Let's do the chest thumping on 14th July! — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2019 Amit Shah compares India's win over Pakistan in the world cup to the Balakot strike. We just cannot be comparing a cricket match to an army strike in the first place. Very irresponsible statement coming from the home minister. — Chandni Prashar (@ChandniPrashar) June 17, 2019 People feel that the tweet was in bad taste, especially coming from a senior politician, and that comparing this win to a 'strike' was unnecessary. Cricket is just a game. The rest is all hype. I certainly didn't like the statement put out by @AmitShah and the @AmitShahOffice either, on yesterday's game. He must know that he's the HM of a country and not a state - period — #TheRebel #I still remain vigilant (@ravishankar5248) June 17, 2019 I thought it was a cricket match. Seriously "strike" @AmitShah . pic.twitter.com/eAq0s9Ze7m — Om Prakash (@Om81624017) June 17, 2019 @AmitShah don't compare cricket with your politics. Keep it aside. They won because they played a good game. It was not a war. https://t.co/XswG4GzBTW — Tonakshi Kalra (@Tonakshi_0494) June 17, 2019 Cricket and the battlefield are two separate things and while it's admirable to have a strong sentiment towards one's nation, sometimes we forget that as humans, our words can often leave a deeper wound than anything else.
  4. The ICC World Cup 2019 match between Virat Kohli's Team India and Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan was a tale of two countries. While the fans of the Men in Blue saw some of their best cricketers such as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli shine bright despite the cloudy weather of Old Trafford, Manchester, the supporters of the Men in Green were absolutely devastated by the way their side played on Sunday. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 After winning the toss, Ahmed decided to bowl first with the hopes of surviving the clash against a mega team like India on a DLS method when they come in to bat in the second innings. What Ahmed failed to analyse was exactly how strong the Indian batting order is. Scoring a total of 336 runs in 50 overs, the Bleed Blue army gave a mammoth task to their opponents to follow up. Once Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq got dismissed off Vijay Shankar and the partnership between Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman was broken, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav, the task became impossible for them, despite the DLS method coming into operation. Team India's batting and bowling sides performed at the pinnacle of their potential and came up with an ideal outcome, defeating the Pakistani squad by a huge margin of 89 runs. One of the great supporters of the Indian national team, Mumbai Police tweeted, wishing them the best of luck ahead of the game. India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do. #INDvsPAK #CWC19 #IndiavsPakistan pic.twitter.com/BlYJQiMbGA — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 “India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do,” their official account tweeted. After pausing the game at least four to five times, Kohli and Co were finally able to seal the deal, registering their seventh victory against their cricketing rival on the World Cup platform, keeping their streak of being unbeaten against Pakistan alive. The Mumbai Police did a follow-up as soon as the match was over: Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps? #IndiavsPakistan #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/YprxiyiuQr — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 The Twitter handle wrote: “Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps?” Looking for a platform to show their love for Team India and amusement from Team Pakistan, Twitter responded to Mumbai Police's roast: Mumbai Police steals the show... ððð — Aaya To Modi Hi (@KapsJosh) June 16, 2019 You guys are too good. Hats off to your SM tram — Sameer Gurav ð®ð³ (@SamGurao) June 16, 2019 Mumbai police you R always very creative ðððð Congratulations ð — Kamya Chawla :) (@chawla_kamya) June 16, 2019 Pakistan ko "Hara Diya"!!! — Rohit Narkhede (@R0H1T_N) June 17, 2019 Brilliant!! Salute to the Mumbai Police Forceð®ð³ — Hema (@ParekhHema) June 17, 2019
  5. The ICC World Cup 2019 match between Virat Kohli's Team India and Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan was a tale of two countries. While the fans of the Men in Blue saw some of their best cricketers such as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli shine bright despite the cloudy weather of Old Trafford, Manchester, the supporters of the Men in Green were absolutely devastated by the way their side played on Sunday. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 After winning the toss, Ahmed decided to bowl first with the hopes of surviving the clash against a mega team like India on a DLS method when they come in to bat in the second innings. What Ahmed failed to analyse was exactly how strong the Indian batting order is. Scoring a total of 336 runs in 50 overs, the Bleed Blue army gave a mammoth task to their opponents to follow up. Once Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq got dismissed off Vijay Shankar and the partnership between Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman was broken, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav, the task became impossible for them, despite the DLS method coming into operation. Team India's batting and bowling sides performed at the pinnacle of their potential and came up with an ideal outcome, defeating the Pakistani squad by a huge margin of 89 runs. One of the great supporters of the Indian national team, Mumbai Police tweeted, wishing them the best of luck ahead of the game. India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do. #INDvsPAK #CWC19 #IndiavsPakistan pic.twitter.com/BlYJQiMbGA — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 “India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do,” their official account tweeted. After pausing the game at least four to five times, Kohli and Co were finally able to seal the deal, registering their seventh victory against their cricketing rival on the World Cup platform, keeping their streak of being unbeaten against Pakistan alive. The Mumbai Police did a follow-up as soon as the match was over: Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps? #IndiavsPakistan #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/YprxiyiuQr — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 The Twitter handle wrote: “Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps?” Looking for a platform to show their love for Team India and amusement from Team Pakistan, Twitter responded to Mumbai Police's roast: Mumbai Police steals the show... ððð — Aaya To Modi Hi (@KapsJosh) June 16, 2019 You guys are too good. Hats off to your SM tram — Sameer Gurav ð®ð³ (@SamGurao) June 16, 2019 Mumbai police you R always very creative ðððð Congratulations ð — Kamya Chawla :) (@chawla_kamya) June 16, 2019 Pakistan ko "Hara Diya"!!! — Rohit Narkhede (@R0H1T_N) June 17, 2019 Brilliant!! Salute to the Mumbai Police Forceð®ð³ — Hema (@ParekhHema) June 17, 2019
  6. Arguably one of the most exciting sporting events in the world, the ICC World Cup has a tendency of garnering public interest like no other. The twelfth edition quadrennial event had already created a lot of buzz, even before the opening match. And, why not? The One-Day International (ODI) competition has a knack of bringing gripping contests and exciting individual duels to the fore. This year has, so far, proved to be no different. Thirteen games into the tournament, the ongoing World Cup has already enthralled fans with some memorable moments. But, apart from cricketing action, the ICC spectacle in England & Wales has been marred with persistent rain. © Reuters The ongoing tournament has already witnessed rain having its say in four matches. As many as two games have been abandoned, one led to no result and another was concluded via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method - all because of rain. The disruptions have not only annoyed the fans, but might end up affecting the title aspirations of the participating nations. Continuing its irritating run, rain is once again proving to be a major winner, keeping the contest between India and New Zealand at Nottingham at bay on 13th June. While the players from both sides patiently wait for the rain to subside, cricket fans took matters into their hands on the social media. Well, the rain has got heavier and the covers are on #CWC19pic.twitter.com/8WYSK1Or4J — BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2019 It all began when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a bid to keep the fans updated with the rain situation, tweeted: "Well, the rain has got heavier and the covers are on #CWC19". In response to the BCCI's tweet, cricket fans indulged themselves into hilarious takes on the rainy situation. Time for our 12th player to perform ð¤£pic.twitter.com/vgD5nSK58h — Happyð®ð³ (@Cricketician_) June 13, 2019 pic.twitter.com/53iTCqlEFx — VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) June 13, 2019 Ha ha hapic.twitter.com/2p1vmqBFzf — Jagannathprasad Panda (@Jaganna52904613) June 13, 2019 pic.twitter.com/NeAUziCLWQ — pawan_thanay (@npawanthanay) June 13, 2019 to ICC pic.twitter.com/PPWnPrluSF — Tere_Khayalon_Meinð®ð³ (@kingslayer112) June 13, 2019 Ind vs nzð¶ð¶pic.twitter.com/fVu7aHIlj1 — KettavanSarathy (@sarathy_twitz) June 13, 2019 #INDvNZ *ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Points Table* New Zealand - 6 Australia - 6 England - 4 India - 4 RAIN - 9 pic.twitter.com/zJcimzHTQD — StrSiva (@StrSiva13) June 13, 2019 World cup to itself #IndvNzpic.twitter.com/Iy8m7FuRrU — Prince Pandey ð®ð³ (@princepandey_) June 13, 2019
  7. ICC World Cup 2019 has not seen a lot of cricketing action in the past two days thanks to England's heavy rains, but the enthusiastic cricketing fans present at the venue have plenty to get amused. According to a video that surfaced after the Indian cricket team's match against Aaron Finch's Team Australia, an Englishman named Agnus Denoon was located in front of The Oval in London, selling 'Jhal Muri' to the lot that visited the stadium to experience the spectacle that the match was. To quote one of the Bengali writers here at MensXP, "Jhal Muri is a nostalgic delicacy that takes you down memory lane, back to the train rides you used to take as a child in Kolkata, while relishing the spicy delight." Denoon, who runs an Instagram account by the username '@jhalmuriexpress', decided to surprise the Indian fans of the game in front of the stadium on Sunday evening, as he set up his trolly and sold the dish that he has spent years perfecting in Kolkata. “The only dish that I felt confident to cook was Jhal muri because there is no cooking,” Angus Denoon said. Denoon is not only a fan of Indian snacks but also stays true to the street art that beautifully promotes them and attracts people from all over to helplessly give in to the flavours of the various dishes. View this post on Instagram Give festival - the red one the hot one A post shared by Angus Denoon (@jhalmuriexpress) on Jul 17, 2018 at 2:51am PDT With the Indian cricket team looking to register their third consecutive win this World Cup at Trent Bridge against Kane Williamson's New Zealand cricket team, the fans would most definitely be looking forward to meeting Denoon in Nottinghamshire on Thursday.
  8. One of the most pragmatic captains and skilful batsmen of his time, Michael Vaughan remains a fan-favourite long after his retirement from international cricket. Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, the former England captain has established himself as one of the most respected voices in the sport. From his informative match analysis to honest reviews, Vaughan continues to garner public interest on social media. With the ICC World Cup currently underway, Vaughan is quite busy expressing his views on players, teams and notable performances in the tournament. During India's six-wicket triumph over South Africa at the Rose Bowl on 5th June, the England veteran labelled Kedar Jadhav as his "new favourite bowler". Kedar Jadhav is my new favourite bowler .... !! — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 5, 2019 Clearly, there was a touch of sarcasm in Vaughan's remark. Jadhav, a batting all-rounder, was used by Virat Kohli as a sixth bowler to get some overs in quickly. And, given his role, Jadhav did alright, conceding 16 runs from four overs without any wicket to his name. Calling Jadhav his new favourite bowler was more of a dig than praise by Vaughan - something that didn't go down well with one particular Indian fan. Typical English ex-player-turned-expert. Even the best of them (Vaughan isn't one of them) only follow non-England players when they play in England, and even if they've played there before, they react like they're watching them for the first time, often with condescension. https://t.co/LEUTVJHpV6 — Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) June 5, 2019 Responding to Vaughan's tweet, an Indian fan called the former England cricketer a “typical ex-player-turned-expert” who wasn't among the best produced by England over the years. "Typical English ex-player-turned-expert. Even the best of them (Vaughan isn't one of them) only follow non-England players when they play in England, and even if they've played there before, they react like they're watching them for the first time, often with condescension," the Indian fan tweeted. Oh shut up you idiot .... https://t.co/G51VgQfdmp — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 5, 2019 Called out for his remarks, Vaughan lashed out at the Indian cricket fan before tweeting: "Oh shut up you idiot". Vaughan's feisty response got mixed reactions on social media. While some slammed his remarks, others lauded him for making the right noise. Don't cry ð — Happyð®ð³ (@Cricketician_) June 5, 2019 Kudos to you Micheal for making the right noises, knowing full well it'd awaken the zombies. Takes guts! Seriously, well done. ð — Lakshmanan (@Suresh_ame) June 5, 2019 Truth hurts!!!! — Saurabh (@SteynGun_) June 5, 2019 They're just attention seekers, don't give your time to them! — Setu Purohit (@SETU30) June 5, 2019 Well done there is a saying Donkey can't understand the smell of camphor... This guy no different — SathyaRam (@sathyaram) June 5, 2019 Good reply!! — Karuna prakash (@Prakash92802815) June 5, 2019
  9. With the ICC World Cup 2019 beginning today, the captains of every cricket team that qualified for the quadrennial tournament visited Buckingham Palace to share a moment or two with Queen Elizabeth of the Royal Family of England. According to the images published by the official Twitter accounts of the Royal Family and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and some other international cricket boards, the gathering surely felt like a celebration of the game that originated on English soil and the fact that the game's biggest contest in the world is happening at home, itself. Queen Elizabeth and grandson Prince Harry took out some time to individually meet and greet every skipper, all of whom stood in a line, dressed in their cricket board's official uniform to have an interaction with the royalties. The tournament will feature the world's top ten teams, nine of whom are from the Commonwealth: Australia ð¦ðº, Bangladesh ð§ð©, England ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿, India ð®ð³, New Zealandð³ð¿, Pakistanðµð°, South Africa ð¿ð¦, Sri Lankað±ð° and the West Indies ð§ð¸ ð§ð§ ð¨ðº ð¯ð² ð­ð¹ ð©ð² ðµð· ð¬ð¾ ð¸ð· ð¹ð¹. pic.twitter.com/zVVAxlkvtv — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 29, 2019 Picture perfect ð¸#WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 #SarfarazAhmed pic.twitter.com/YuLCvR9ek6 — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 29, 2019 The skipper meets Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Sussex at Buckingham Palaceð#MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/qRzWVh4X0R — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) May 29, 2019 However, when it came to the Indian cricket team's captain, Virat Kohli to come forward to meet the Queen and the Prince, the Indian cricket fans had a different concern altogether. Skipper meets the Queen #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Ch2jcv5mTj — BCCI (@BCCI) May 29, 2019 Virat kohli in his mind. Crown cricket ka madam ji hum le jayenge!! ðð — RISHABH (@rj045561) May 29, 2019 He is saying - "Crown cricket ka madam ji hum le jayenge " Punish him ð ð#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/VHu6RCyTXL — Sports Freak (@SportsF20689858) May 29, 2019 Virat be like: crown Cricket ka madam Ji hum Le Jayenge.ððððð — Sanamð®ð³ (@ImSanam18) May 29, 2019 Crown cricket ka madam ji ham le jayenge- virat kohli — Mahesh Koparkar (@KoparkarMahesh) May 29, 2019 Virat to Queen- Crown cricket ka madam ji ham le jayenge ðð®ð³ — Yashraj (@Mahirat187) May 29, 2019 Now unless you live under a rock, you have heard of the extremely catchy 'Cricket ka Crown' anthem which was produced and popularised by the Star network that has the right to broadcast all World Cup matches in India. After the original video coming out about a month ago, the official YouTube channel of Star Sports uploaded yet another video, a sequel to the previous one, but this time with former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni doing some really good acting that led us to believe that Mahi might just a better actor than more than half of Bollywood.
  10. The ICC World Cup 2019 begins in less than a week and fans from all over the world have begun to touch base on the English soil to watch some of their favourite cricketers take on each other in the quest for the greatest honour in the world of the sport, the World Cup trophy, which currently rests with Aaron Finch's Team Australia. In what has come to become more of a ritual than a rivalry between the neighbouring cricketing giants in India and Pakistan, the sledging between the fans from either countries has already begun. Chants of “Mauka Mauka” for example are on the rise yet again. Eagerly awaiting #MaukaMauka series during the #ICCWorldCup2019 @StarSportsIndia @cricketworldcup — Aditya Dharmadhikari (@AddyDharma) May 23, 2019 Having said that, there also exists a feeling of mutual respect and love amongst the people from both the countries for the players who albeit wear different jerseys, are considered the best in the business due to their superhuman efforts in the field through the years. One such fan from Pakistan, namely Shehzad Ul-Hassan, decided to show his affection for the former Indian skipper and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni by engraving the athlete's name on a green Pakistani jersey. Thankyou @TPLUS for making my day... ðð@msdhoni pic.twitter.com/nsscagDLWw — Shehzad-Ul-Hassan (@shehzad441) May 23, 2019 Such gestures only suggest that regardless of whatever turmoils the two nations share on the political front, there is good in the common people like you and I, who rise above hate to appreciate greatness in the game that we love, regardless of the colours that the athletes wear on their uniform. As soon as Ul-Hassan uploaded this image online, MS Dhoni fans from both the countries took to Twitter to show their appreciation towards his stance: COUNTRY CHANGES BUT THE LOVE OF THALA DOESN'T CHANGE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THALA — MOHAMMED IBRAHIM (@MOHAMME92244625) May 24, 2019 Cricket Has been beyond boundaries !!! MSD & Virat have a Huge Fans base in Pakistan !!! Great Sportsmans to grace the game of cricket !!! Peace N love always first !!! — à¤à¤¤à¤¿à¤« Aatif عاط٠(@meaatee) May 24, 2019 Countries knew no boundaries to love #MSD! #ForeverMSDian — B.Sharon (@BSharan1) May 24, 2019 MSD is a very unique person who rose up the ranks. That's the reason why we from CSK shower him so much of love to this cricketing living legend. Hats off to you bro for sporting dhoni jersey. — C R SHANKAR (@CRSHANKAR3) May 25, 2019 Bhai un logo kya pta hum pakistani Ms dhoni ko kitne chahte hain. #LovesFromPakistan ðµð° — Msd/Arijit/Muntashirâ (@itx_thakursahab) May 24, 2019 Although, the Men in Blue have had the upper hand against Team Pakistan when it comes to World Cup duels, as they have one every single game, the level of excitement throughout the stadium never seems to dim even a little whenever these titans clash. India and Pakistan are scheduled to lock horns on 16th June 2019.
  11. Over the years, the world of cricket has enthralled fans with numerous competitions. From day-night Tests to the advent of T20 cricket, the sport continues to thrive with its continuous evolution to cater to the ever-increasing fan-following. But, amongst the multiple events that cricket has to offer, nothing comes close to the fanfare or popularity of the ICC World Cup. One of the highly-anticipated sporting events in the world, the quadrennial cricket event garners public interest and captures the imagination of enthusiasts like no other. Four years after the first-ever ODI match was played, the organisers blessed the cricket fans with the maiden World Cup that was held in England in 1975. Since then, there has been no turning back for this mega event. And, this year's tourney promises to be no different. © Reuters Slated to begin from 30th May, the twelfth edition of the ICC spectacle promises to be an exciting affair with the participating nations vying for cricket's biggest honour. The mother of all tournaments (as one might call it), this year's World Cup will witness 10 teams competing in a single group. Each team will play with the other nine sides once, and the top four at the end of the group stage will progress to the semifinals. With the World Cup just 10 days away, cricket fans have already begun pledging their allegiances to their favourite teams. From casual banter in the office to heated dinners at home, the World Cup is undoubtedly the hottest topic at the moment. But, as we count down the days for this year's ICC spectacle, here's a look at some crazy records that stand tall at the World Cup: Most Individual Runs © Reuters No player has scored more runs at the Cricket World Cup than Sachin Tendulkar; or even come close for that matter. He scored 2,278 runs at the tournament – more than 500 more than his nearest rival – at an average of 56.95. His highest score at the World Cup came against Namibia in 2003 when he hit 152, but it was his runs in the 2011 World Cup which inspired India to glory. India will be hoping the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli can emulate the Little Master in England & Wales this year. Most Wickets © Reuters Glenn McGrath lifted the coveted trophy three times and took more wickets than anyone else in the history of the tournament; it's fair to say that the Aussie great had a huge impact at the ICC World Cup. Between his debut at the tournament in 1996 and his final appearance in 2007, McGrath claimed 71 wickets in 39 games. He may have been nearing the end of his career, but his most prolific World Cup came in 2007 where he took 26 wickets - a tournament-best tally for most wickets at a single edition of the World Cup. Most Sixes © Reuters There is no surprise to see the record for the most sixes slammed at a World Cup being shared by swashbuckling AB de Villiers and marauding Chris Gayle. Gayle hit 26 of these sixes in the last World Cup in 2015, most of which were scored in his record-breaking innings against Zimbabwe. With AB de Villiers announcing his retirement in 2018, it has provided Gayle with the opportunity to go past his South African counterpart in this year's World Cup. Most Wickets In Consecutive Balls © Reuters Lasith Malinga could very well be playing his last World Cup this year, but, when he retires, the Sri Lankan great would surely be proud of his legacy at the mega event. Amongst his numerous records in international cricket, Malinga's devastating spell against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup remains one of our fondest memories of the right-arm seamer. One of the all-time classic World Cup matches, the clash between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw Malinga running through the Proteas batting order. Cruising to victory, the Proteas were just four runs away from beating the Lankans when Malinga set a new World Cup record with 4 wickets in 4 balls. While South Africa managed to hold their nerve and won the match, Malinga's fiery spell undoubtedly won hearts across the globe. Fastest Double Hundred © Reuters West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the fastest double century in World Cup history in their victory over Zimbabwe in 2015. Gayle went on to hit a total of 16 sixes in 147 balls before he was out for 215 off the last delivery of his side's innings. The stand of 372 with Marlon Samuels was also a record partnership for any ODI wicket. West Indies amassed 372-2 from their 50 overs, and went on to beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs (D/L). Highest Team Score © Reuters At the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Australia produced a stunning performance to thrash Afghanistan in a record-breaking game. Glenn Maxwell smashed 88 from 45 balls to propel Australia to 417/6 - the highest team score at a World Cup. Other records tumbled, as Australia then went on to bowl Afghanistan out for just 142 in reply. The margin of victory was 275 runs – the highest ever recorded at a World Cup. Highest Successful Run-Chase © Reuters Another classic World Cup encounter came to the fore when England locked horns with minnows Ireland at the 2011 World Cup. Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest century in Cricket World Cup history as Ireland pulled off an astonishing victory over England in Bangalore. His 113 off 63 balls helped Ireland recover from 111-5 to overhaul the target of 328 runs with five balls to spare, making this the highest successful run-chase ever at a World Cup. Most Title Wins © Reuters Last, but surely not the least. Australia doesn't have a challenger when it comes to their rich history at the World Cup. In the 11 World Cups held so far, they have won the tournament on 5 occasions – including three consecutive wins between 1999-2007. They also hold the World Cup record for most match wins (62) and the highest win percentage of 75 per cent. Despite the recent controversy surrounding the reigning champions, they will go into this year's tournament with confidence in the knowledge that history is on their side.
  12. Arguably one of the biggest sporting events, the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup is set to enthral cricket fans and set their hearts racing when it kickstarts on 30th May, pitting hosts England against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. The 50-over ICC spectacle presents an opportunity to cricketing giants to prove their mettle at the biggest stage and assert their domination in the sport. Unlike the 2015 tournament where 14 teams were seen participating via two groups, this year will witness only 10 teams who'll compete in a single group. © Reuters As per this year's format, each team will be seen playing with the other nine sides once, and the top four at the end of the group stage will progress to the semifinals. But, as the participating nations gear up to launch their respective campaigns this year, the mega event, sadly, will also witness some of the biggest cricket icons fade into darkness. While the fans remain excited about the thrilling duels and scintillating performances that the World Cup has to offer, the fact that it will also bring down the curtains on the ODI careers of some decorated names in the business is just too hard to fathom. Though its going to be quite emotional for such stars in their ODI swansong, it can also act as a source of extra motivation to do good in the tournament. As we count down the days to the World Cup, here's a look at five cricket icons who, in their last ODI stint, should be on your radar in England & Wales: Chris Gayle © Reuters One of the most feared and a destructive opening batsman, Chris Gayle has undoubtedly lived up to his reputation as the 'Universe Boss'. The Jamaican marauder has been a force to reckon with in the limited-overs format, clearing the fence and tormenting the opposition bowlers at will. He might have struggled with his running between the wickets, but who cares about taking singles when you can send almost every ball in the stratosphere. The 39-year-old powerhouse has been a vital cog for West Indies and the numerous teams he plays for in the T20 format. And, it was too much T20 cricket that probably instigated him to announce his retirement from ODIs in February this year. While his announcement over retiring after the World Cup broke many hearts, it could very well prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Windies. Returning to the ODI set-up after seven months in February this year, Gayle has looked more destructive than ever in his career. In his last five ODI innings, the left-handed batsman has scored 424 runs including two centuries and as many fifties. Taking his ominous form into the World Cup, Gayle, on his way out, could very well the catalyst that ends up handing West Indies the coveted trophy for the first time since 1979. Shoaib Malik © Reuters Most notably a batting all-rounder, Shoaib Malik has almost tried to fit in every role possible for Pakistan over the last 10 years. Starting his career as an off-break bowler, Malik has proved to be a capable and adept batsman who can bat at the top, make the No 3 slot his own and be at his devastating best lower down the order. However, as all good things must come to an end, Malik is no different. One of Pakistan cricket's tireless servant is set to walk into the shadows after this year's World Cup. Already retired from Tests, the 37-year-old, in 2018, had announced that he will retire from ODIs after the ICC spectacle in England and Wales. Though Pakistan might have favoured young blood going into the mega event, but everyone knows how important Malik is going to be for their campaign. His experience will come in handy to guide the youngsters, while his know-how of the game will surely benefit his side in crunch situations. Eager to make a mark in his ODI swansong, we won't be surprised to see Malik flourish in the World Cup, bolstering Pakistan's chances to conquer the world. Imran Tahir © Reuters Aged 40, Pakistan-born South African spinner Imran Tahir might seem old, but the age-factor takes a backseat every time you throw a ball at him. Known for his biggest weapon - the googly, Tahir has earned a reputation for being able to dictate the middle-periods of games while providing vital breakthroughs to his side. And, over the years, Tahir has proved to be a valuable weapon for the Proteas. A spinner whose celebratory run lasts longer than most fast-bowler's run-ups, Tahir has undeniably established himself as one of the best limited-overs leg-spinners of his time. But, owing to a lot of T20 cricket, Tahir was understandably forced to announce his retirement from ODI cricket after the ICC World Cup. Playing his last ODI tournament, the right-arm spinner carries his brilliant form from the IPL to the World Cup. A vital cog in Chennai Super Kings set-up, Tahir took 26 wickets to emerge as the leading wicket-taker, almost propelling his side to the 2019 IPL title. Given his form, Tahir could very well be the deciding factor for South Africa in the World Cup. Dale Steyn © Reuters Dale Steyn's scary eyes, throbbing veins and a chainsaw celebration have all culminated to brand him as one of the feared pacemen in modern-day cricket. Thanks to his extreme pace, ability to swing the ball both ways and commendable accuracy; Steyn is not only considered one of the best in the business, but probably South Africa's best ever. However, over the years, his obsession of sprinting in and delivering that ripper of an outswinger seems to have taken a tolls over his ageing body. And, after a careful deliberation, the 35-year-old, last year, announced that will retire from limited-overs cricket after the ICC World Cup. While the Proteas seem to have found his long-term replacement in Kagiso Rabada, Steyn's absence will surely be a major blow for his side. Nonetheless, going into the World Cup, Steyn has rediscovered his rhythm and looks in good shape for one last hurrah. He might have been away from cricket for quite a while in his career, but Steyn is a proven match-winner who, on his day, is capable of running away with the game. South Africa will hope that his ODI swansong brings out the best in Steyn as they aim to get rid of the 'chokers' tag. JP Duminy © Reuters Another South African who will no longer be seen in ODI cricket after this year's World Cup is JP Duminy. The South African veteran has been around the circuit for almost 15 years now and thrived in his role as a batting all-rounder. With over 5000 runs and 68 wickets to his name, Duminy goes into the World Cup as one of the few experienced campaigners in the South African side. But, his injury concerns seem to have instigated his decision to announce his retirement from ODIs after the conclusion of the World Cup. Last month, the Cape Town-born cricketer had announced that he will call time on his ODI career after the ICC event. Though he will continue to be a part of the South African T20 side, Duminy will surely be hoping to make an impression in his final ODI tournament.
  13. In the world of ten-pin bowling, delivering a perfect strike is one of the most difficult things. Some might tell you it's all about the foot placement, while others would preach about the peculiar release to bowl a strike. But, no one will ever advise you to bowl with a round-arm action, akin to bowlers in cricket. Well, in one of the firsts, a man was seen bowling a strike - thanks to an unorthodox method. In a hilarious video shared on Twitter, the man, in question, can be seen preparing to bowl, but rather than following the proven techniques, he surprises everyone by bowling with a round-arm action that reminded us of medium-paced bowlers in cricket. this nigga @Thundercat got us kicked out the bowling alley pic.twitter.com/1nDZOvV3XN — Zachary Fox (@zackfox) May 14, 2019 For the first time, in bowling history probably, someone has managed to pull off something as crazy as that and still come good in the end, striking all ten pins down. With the ICC World Cup slated to begin from 30th May, it seems that the man was clearly inspired by the cricketing fever that is ready to grip the world in what promises to be a scintillating tournament.
  14. There is no doubt about the fact that the game of cricket is highly male-dominated and the bigger portion of the cricket-watching audience prefer to watch men's cricket rather than women's cricket. However, this does not make cricketers like Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj less entertaining than Virat Kohli or Mahendra Singh Dhoni. All four of the lot have been dominating throughout their professional careers and continue to do so, even now when younger talents are entering the competition to lock horns with them. Recently, the 2018 ICC 'Women's Cricketer' of the year, Mandhana conveyed a rather important message for the entire cricketing world with a little bit of help from the Twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC): Well said, @mandhana_smriti ðpic.twitter.com/xprYp9GFwb — ICC (@ICC) May 9, 2019 “I no longer see myself as a woman cricketer but simply as a cricketer,” said the young athlete. “Why should there be labels when none are required?” This clearly agitated someone, who supposedly is a cricket fan from Pakistan, who then decided to mock women's cricket, calling them “not fun to watch” and straight out “ugly”: I KNOW THE HATE WILL COME TOWARDS... ME AND MANY PISS DRINKERS FROM INDIA WILL AGREE WITH ME TO BUT WILL TALK SHIT. BUT FACT IS WOMEN CRICKET IS BS AND NOT FUN TO WATCH !!! THATS WHY U JUST CANNOT COMPARE IT WITH MEN'S CRICKET JUST CANNOT.......PLUS ALL THESE WOMEN ARE UGLY — WaPlarkaa (@Rockyenzo1) May 9, 2019 “I know the hate will come towards... Me and many piss drinkers from india will agree with me to but will talk shit.” said @Rockyenzo1. “But fact is women cricket is BS and not fun to watch !!! Thats why u just cannot compare it with men's cricket just cannot.......Plus all these women are ugly.” Hate mails and social media trolls these days have become as common as weed in the grass and organisations like the ICC seldom respond to such messages, however, this one tweet seemed to have irked the Council, who decided to him a lesson: It's 2019. Be better. Bye! ð#blocked pic.twitter.com/PPsvvgeT8f — ICC (@ICC) May 9, 2019 Short, sweet, impactful. Soon after, the real fans of the game, you know, the non-sexist kind, came to the support of cricketers like Mandhana and joined the ICC in trolling the troll: Savage ðð — Junaid Jabbar (@JunaidShaikhCA) May 9, 2019 Well done ICC. No room for narrow minded people. This shows their upbringing and their cultural conditioning. Such kind of people need this kind of treatment. — Vishal (@vishallovesall) May 10, 2019 Aukaat dikhayenge di usse apni.ððððð¤£ð¤£ — Rahul Kumar (@rk5444) May 9, 2019 @Rockyenzo1 why you gotta disgrace Pakistan like this on a public forum? — Shaikh Rasheeds Cat (@shaikhs_cat) May 9, 2019
  15. We all grew up on gully cricket. No summer vacation went by without unlimited sessions of outdoor cricket and when that seemed impossible, we took the game indoors. There were days when our books turned into bats and the crumpled paper was the 'jugaadu' ball. And that, in a nutshell, sums up India's love for cricket. So, it really comes as no surprise that our celebrities share the same passion. And mixing two of our favorite things - entertainment and cricket - is a sure shot win. For all those of you, who haven't discovered the joy of Box Cricket League, let me introduce you to the spectacular idea that takes gully cricket indoors but on a larger scale. Conceptualized by Marinating films, this indoor sports reality show proves to be a high-octane drama where the biggest names of Indian TV stars compete against each other. Whilst our favorite TV personalities are in action, one also gets to see the perfect dose of cricket, spice and masala as a part of the unseen footage exclusively on the ALTBalaji app. Here are 5 photos that prove how our Indian TV celebrities are complete suckers for cricket: Pearl V Puri Box Cricket League Pearl V Puri popularly known as Maahir from Naagin 3 has already won a lot of hearts for the character that he has played in the TV soap! He is part of BCL (Box Cricket League) for the first time and is setting the score high! But we aren't sure if he will help the team win the trophy this year or not! Pearls, who plays for Bangalore Warriors seems to be in his perfect striking form and many feel he has now got actual superpowers from the show Naagin 3. Dipika Singh straight to cricket after her pregnancy Box Cricket League Dipika Singh who was on a maternity break has joined the popular Box Cricket League as a part of the team Chennai Swaggers. She was last seen in Diya aur Baati Hum and has not done anything since one year. Watch her get back to action on the cricket field. Filled with drama and craziness, let's see what Dipika has in store for us! Karan Wahi Box Cricket League Karan Wahi, who has always been very open about his love for cricket, is also someone who has been marred by controversies on the box cricket league. From being accused of ball tampering, to getting into ugly fights on the pitch, this lad has seen it all. How well do you think he will perform this season? 'Ye Hai Mohabbatein' in Box Cricket League Box Cricket League The popular Telly Drama Yeh hai Mohabatein has been in the top 10 TRP charts since long! The lead Karan Patel, who is loved by all as Raman might be a reason for the female fans to watch BCL this year. But looks like he isn't in his best dhape on the field and we wonder if that just might be the reason for AZAMGARH ROYALS to lose the match this time. On the other hand Aditi and Krishna are in KOLKATA BAABU MOSHAYES, while their pals Aly Goni and Abhishek Verma are in AZAMGARH ROYALS. Will they take this game in a competitive spirit? Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes – Reel to Real love story? Box Cricket League Sparks seem to be flying between rumoured couple Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes despite being in different teams. Rumours are rife, as Erica is seen cheering her opponent teams player Parth whenever he hits a six or takes a wicket. So to catch all of your favourite TV stars live in action on the pitch, don't forget to watch Box Cricket League (BCL) where over 150 television celebrities are seen competing with each other in an indoor cricket game format. witness some dhamakedar matches filled with drama like you've never seen before. Giving you the thrill of cricket, along with the plots of daily soaps all packed in one show, the Box Cricket League is sure to leave everyone entertained! Catch all the action on the ALTBalaji app every Monday- Friday at 8 PM. The BCL was inspired by the popularity of the Celebrity Cricket League, a T10 tournament with franchises in major Indian cities. The series is a unique collaboration of sports, celebrities and entertainment which gets you hooked, trust us. So tune in to your favourite indoor cricket league here
  16. Cricket needs no introduction in India. The country considers the gentleman's game to be a religion and worships cricketers like demigods. The popularity of cricket can be ascertained from the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Currently in progress, India's cash-rich T20 tournament has kept everyone occupied with its fair dosage of matches in the ongoing season. And when the 2019 edition of the IPL comes to an end on 12th May, cricket fans will be treated to the coveted ICC World Cup, slated to begin later this month. While a majority of the Indian population is enjoying the cricket season, some are really tired of its overdose. Whether you're chilling with friends or making those tiring presentations at office, there's no escaping from cricket. Though we can't really do much about the overdose of cricket, the advent of a promising motorsport league in India might just prove to be a saviour. © X1 Racing League India's famed international car racers Armaan Ebrahim (29) and Aditya Patel (30) have joined hands to launch the Xtreme1 (X1) Racing League in India. Expected to kickstart in October this year, the X1 Racing League is a franchise-based tournament that will see eight teams locking horns in what promises to be a thrilling battle on the track. Ushering in a new era of racing in India, the X1 Racing League will be held in a mix of track and street circuits where the eight city-based franchise will be seen using two cars (custom-made two-seater sports car) and four drivers to pip each other to the title. Backed By FMSCI © X1 Racing League The X1 Racing League is backed and sanctioned by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the governing body of motorsports in the country. The league has entered into a long-term exclusive commercial rights partnership with Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), granting exclusive rights including sponsorship, broadcasting, advertising, intellectual property, franchising and new league rights, amongst others exclusively for city-based 4W racing events and/or competitions in league format. Top Drivers In The Fray © X1 Racing League Talks are on to rope in well-known race drivers including former Formula One, Formula E, Indy 500, Le Mans and NASCAR drivers to the X1 Racing League which also happens to be the world's first city-based franchise league in motorsports. Each team will comprise of one international male driver, one international female driver, one Indian international driver and one Indian domestic driver. Women Empowerment © X1 Racing League In a strong move towards the inclusion of women in motorsports in India and pushing the theme of gender neutrality in sports, female drivers will race along with male drivers in this first-of-its-kind format. Boost For Youngsters © X1 Racing League The league aims to discover India's next racing superstar by providing equal opportunities to rookies and national champions through a platform where they compete with the best in the world. League Season © X1 Racing League Races will take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Each race will be of 45 minutes and there will be 3 races per day, with innovative race formats. Noida's Buddh International and the MMRT in Chennai are the obvious choices for the track venues and the street races will be announced by the founders in the near future. It was in 2011 when motorsport enthusiasts were given a first-hand experience of competitive racing as Formula One Grand Prix came to India. But, unavoidable hurdles - including tax disputes - forced the F1 GP away from India after just three seasons. Since then, competitive motorsport racing leagues have eluded India, leaving the fans disheartened. But, the advent of the promising X1 Racing League is undoubtedly a massive step in the promotion of motorsports in the country.
  17. Guilty of bringing disrepute to the gentleman's game, slammed by fans and eventually handed one-year bans, the tainted duo of Steve Smith and David Warner arguably underwent the toughest phase of their respective careers. The 2018 ball-tampering scandal saw the decorated Australian cricketers fall from grace owing to their respective roles in the heinous act. Thus, when the two cricketers took the field for their respective franchises, all eyes were on Smith and Warner to prove their mettle in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While Warner set the tournament on fire on the back of consistent performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Smith, having struggled in the early stages, also found some form before reporting back for national duty ahead of the ICC World Cup. © Twitter/IPL The tainted duo was welcomed back to the Australian team as they joined the pre-World Cup camp. Their inclusion in the Australian brigade was never really a doubt, but everyone wanted to see how the two fallen stars would fare upon their return. Plying his trade in the first of three unofficial ODI games against New Zealand, Smith made an immediate impact when he pulled off a stunning one-handed catch to send Tom Latham packing. In the 33rd over, Jason Behrendorff bowled a length delivery that bounced off the surface, surprising Latham who couldn't stop the ball from looping in the air as Smith, after covering some ground, grabbed it inches off the ground with a one-handed diving effort. WHAT A CATCH! Steve Smith has still got it! pic.twitter.com/WWM280MEiy — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 6, 2019 Asked to bat, the Kiwis were undone by the Aussie pace battery as the likes of Behrendorff, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile picked three wickets apiece. After restricting New Zealand to 215 runs, the Aussies were aided by skipper Aaron Finch (52), Warner (39) and Smith (22) early on before Coulter-Nile's 36-ball 34 saved them the blushes with a narrow one-wicket win. He could catch them in his sleep.#easywork — Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) May 6, 2019 Nice one smudge! Things are building.... ð — The Richies (@The_Richies) May 6, 2019 Wow Smudge ð Brilliant catch — Mr. A ð (@cricdrugs_) May 6, 2019 He's still got it!!! — Melissa Felton ð (@MelissaMF10) May 6, 2019 Easy pickings for a man of his quality — Scott Travis-Spinoglio (@Scotty_Tizzle) May 6, 2019 Great catch — bazza (@bazza_200) May 6, 2019
  18. Arguably one of the greatest Test batsmen in history, VVS Laxman has managed to garner public interest for his expertise and analysis of the game, long after his retirement. His match reviews and commentating duties have made him one of the most respected voices in the sport. And, his current stint with the Indian Premier League (IPL) continues to enthral cricket fans. But, when he's not busy commentating or reviewing a cricket match, Laxman's social media activity has also struck a chord with the Indian cricket fans. But, for an Indian batting legend who was recently seen lashing out at the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in relation to a "conflict of interest" charge, Laxman appeared to be a jolly mood when he shared a picture of himself from a dentist's chair. Some pains are physical, some are mental, the one that is both is dental. Was having severe tooth pain & had to get my wisdom tooth extracted by my childhood friend @ParthSatwalekar who was my school & college captain and now is a successful dentist in Hyderabad. Blessed ðð¼pic.twitter.com/BVBAGs2r6z — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 30, 2019 Taking to Twitter, the 44-year-old shared his photo along with the wisdom tooth he got removed which was captioned: "Some pains are physical, some are mental, the one that is both is dental. Was having severe tooth pain & had to get my wisdom tooth extracted by my childhood friend @ParthSatwalekar who was my school & college captain and now is a successful dentist in Hyderabad. Blessed". While some wished the former Indian cricketer a speedy recovery, others expressed their disgust over the bizarre picture of a bloodied tooth in his post. Ouch — Digvijay Singh Deo (@DiggySinghDeo) April 30, 2019 Second photo unnecessary Veevs but wish you fast recovery. — Monish (@Crownish) April 30, 2019 Thank god it wasn't hernia. Second picture would've been......... — bitterbuttruth (@bitterbutthruth) April 30, 2019 Hope you have many more such extractions and you get to meet your friend more often ðð — Krishna (@Krisvishy) April 30, 2019 This Teeth Gift for @ImRo45 sir for his 33th Birthday ð — ChowKidarJitendraParihar (@iamjparihar) April 30, 2019 Aapkadaant to victory sign de rahahai sir — Hyper Nationalist (@Abhishe57467890) April 30, 2019 2nd photo was Unneccessary but Wish u a Speedy Recovery @VVSLaxman281 — Mehran Mani (@ManiMehran14) April 30, 2019 Sir eat ice cream now ð — Aditya Nayak (@Adityarnayak23) April 30, 2019 Parth extracted the wisdom teeth ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤. How he will build Sunrisers Hyderabad next year — Anubhavshahið®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ (@Anubhavshahi5) April 30, 2019 I'm sure you'll retain all your wisdom, notwithstanding the loss of the tooth carrying it ! (Said in a lighter vein to lessen your pain !) — Mbrace Joy (@Mbrace4joy) April 30, 2019
  19. Honoured with the name, 'Hitman', Indian cricket team's opener, Rohit Gurunath Sharma is on top of the cricketing world for all the right reasons. Currently donned with the duty to lead the Men in Blue into international series in the absence of Virat Kohli, Sharma is also one of the most decorated batsmen of our nation. But things were not always so rosy and exciting for the now 32-year-old athlete. Coming from humble beginnings, 'Shaana', as Yuvraj Singh likes to call him, was just a kid with a dream a couple of decades ago. His family did not have the silver to make life easier for the righty but the will to see him make it big internationally, could be found in abundance. © Rohit Sharma Hailing from Nagpur, Rohit's father, Gurunath Sharma, used to work as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse in Mumbai and could only manage to afford a one-room apartment for the entire family to reside in. However, the worst was yet to come. After losing his job at the storehouse, his father found it extremely difficult to provide food and shelter to the little boy and decided to send him away to his grandparents and uncles' place in Borivali at the tender age of 10. Even though they were unable to see their child daily, they made it a point to visit him at least once every week. Appreciating his unshaken passion for the game of cricket, his parents decided to help him make a career in the sport and wanted to get him in a cricket academy by all means necessary. Pooling in Rs. 50 his parents, uncles and their friends collected enough funds to help him get through the academy in 1999. At the time, Sharma used to be a bowling all-rounder with expertise in off-spin but his coach, Dinesh Lad, at the academy advised him to focus more on his talents with the bat. He even managed to provide Rohit with a four-year scholarship at Swami Vivekananda International School, an institution ten-times better than where he used to go before. Switching schools also allowed the young and talented cricketer work harder to reach his goals. © Rohit Sharma As for someone who used to approach the crease as an 8th or 9th down to opening for Lad's team at the Inter-School tournament and scoring a total of 120 runs on his debut had to be special and the rest, as they say, is history. Having his fair share of dips in form, Sharma has had a rollercoaster career before he showed his ability to shine on the brightest of stages in the past few years and it seems as if the 32-year-oldie has built enough faith amongst the BCCI selection committee to make him a “sure thing” for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Sharma, who belongs to the A+ category of pay grade for Team India, was also blessed with a daughter earlier this year and this was probably the best present he could have asked for.
  20. Growing up in a nation full of cricket-crazy men, we find it unbelievably unlikely that comprehending and understanding the rules of the game would be difficult. It's pretty simple, hit the ball with the bat and make runs. If the ball rolls to the boundary, it gives you four runs. If it flies across, it's a six. The team that ends up with the highest total wins the match. Easy, right? But there are people in this world who possess the talent of being able to ruin almost anything in this world and that is exactly what happened to this poor American YouTuber. 26-year-old, former American football player and current YouTube sensation, Conner Sullivan made plans to visit India, the land of diversity, Royal Enfield and well, cricket! During his time in the national capital of New Delhi, Sullivan decided to check out an Indian Premier League match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab. Unaware of what goes on in a match of cricket, he bought a ticket to the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium and entered in the final overs of the second innings. © YouTube/Conner Sullivan To his excruciatingly hard luck, he met with a self-proclaimed Indian “professional cricketer” who decided to stick with him for the rest of the evening because that's how we are. We are overfriendly people, guys. Whenever the poor vlogger asked why something was happening the way it was, our buddy's answer was “because I am a professional cricketer”. © YouTube/Conner Sullivan Our “Professional Cricketer” With Sullivan “It is Indian baseball,” the man in black once shouted, to the hard cringe of every Indian cricket fan who watches Sullivan's videos. The guy even ruined 'lassi' for the pitiful American, who tried his best to become a part of the Indian culture by calling the beverage by its original name but our “professional cricketer” had to call it “sugar buttermilk”. Why? “Because I am a professional cricketer!” Check out the full video here:
  21. Rahul Sharad Dravid, the man who is hated by literally zero per cent population of the world, is someone who has seldom raised his voice about any agenda in public. Time and again, he has proven his worth, first as one of the most sturdy cogs of the Indian cricket team, then as a rock-solid batsman at the crease and finally, as the fine coach of the junior Indian cricket team. It was behind the invaluable guidance and experience of Mr Dependable himself, that the country's 'second-tier squad' known as Team India A was able to dominate versus the visiting England Lions in a five-match one-day series in January 2019. Not to forget the young Prithvi Shaw-led Under-19 squad that lifted the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup and later, the 2018 Asia Cup championship, which also came during the tenure of the Indore-born cricketing marvel. Credit: Reuters Having said that, his innocence has been taken for granted time and again, giving him a setback every time it was his moment to be recognised for his efforts and get rewarded. First, with not being appointed as the head coach of the Men in Blue and the post being given to Ravi Shastri, once Anil Kumble had resigned, and now with the whole National Cricket Academy (NCA) issue brimming. As the month of April began, Dravid made headlines for being the one and the only choice for the post of Head Coach of the Bengaluru-based institution, which is loaded with the state of the art technology and all the other provisions to produce the best crop of Indian cricketers for the future of the game in the nation. "Rahul has been handling junior cricket for a while now and the results have been phenomenal. It's only natural that he had to get involved with affairs at the NCA (in the present position). Now, he's determined to bring about a complete turnaround at the academy. With the kind of vision he has, it's already a given now that this is his role until he decides to stay,” Times of India had quoted an informed official, back in the day. Now, however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to not go ahead with that plan and instead requires Dravid to “apply” for the job just like all the new candidates, the Board has in mind. Sure, according to BCCI officials, Dravid is “obviously a favourite for the role” as reported by TOI, but this is nothing more than an insult to 'The Wall' and his legacy. Credit: Reuters Why does Dravid need to send in his resume? Well, apparently, the Board realised that in the past few years, they have had the misfortune of directly appointed some questionable personnel for high-level jobs and their inability to hold the positions has caused them huge disappointments. In order to prevent something like that from happening, they have decided to carry out the process of the typical CV-based appointments. The only silver lining may be the fact that once his tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team is over, even Ravi Shastri must apply for the position once again in order to get the job. *Phew*
  22. The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League has been quite eventful for the Kings XI Punjab captain, Ravichandran Ashwin. First, he made the headlines for controversially 'mankading' Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler. Then he tried the same with the Delhi Capitals opener, Shikhar Dhawan but failed miserably and got trolled by 'Gabbar' instead. And now, in yet another mid-match wrangle, Ashwin found himself come in the spotlight with no fault of his this time. In a match between Kings XI and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Ashwin misread an Umesh Yadav delivery and sent the ball flying towards long on and directly into the hands of a brilliant fielder in Virat Kohli. Kohli, who was clearly driven by emotion at the time, celebrated Ashwin's dismissal with an objectionable gesture. Virat Kohli gesturing to Ashwin's Mankading absolute savage ! #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/JPiFqM5IBm — Trojan_Horse (@sampath0272) April 24, 2019 The send-off clearly irked the Chennai-born all-rounder who was visibly angry as he reached the dugout and threw his gloves on the ground with force. Ashwin, however, clarified the exchange that took place between the two former teammates who once used to play for Team India in all formats of the game. "I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That's it. As simple as that," Ashwin said in the post-match press conference. As far as the match is concerned, the former Proteas captain AB de Villiers found a brilliant batting form midway his innings and went on to score an unbeaten 82 off just 44 deliveries while established a grand total of 202 runs, which turned out to be overwhelming for Punjab. Winning their fourth win of the tournament, RCB look like a new team altogether as they sit on a three-game winning streak and have surpassed Rajasthan Royals in the points table, grabbing the seven spot in the league. However, the gesture made by Kohli did not sit well with the fans of cricket as a whole and they reacted to it with a lot of anger on social media: Ashwin did nothing.. Kohli mocks him by abusive act...if someone act same like him to his family member..how he feel ð¤#RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ETFSPtBZHz — dinesh (@dnshblj) April 24, 2019 #UnpopularOpinion What Kohli did when 'celebrating' his catch to dismiss Ravi Ashwin was beyond puerile & reprehensible. How will their equation be when they play Tests? Does he think that all is fine after a send-off like that? Does he even think in the heat of the moment? — Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) April 24, 2019 Virat Kohli on field behavior disgraceful why is he giving such a send-off to Ashwin after loosing 7 games almost in a row learn from Ms Dhoni and Rohit Sharma — TIMOROUS ENIGMA (@enigma_timorous) April 24, 2019 We like your win but not kohli unprofessional Gestures when #R Ashwin# was out — IamRaj (@brajukumar1) April 24, 2019 We like your win but not kohli unprofessional Gestures when #R Ashwin# was out — IamRaj (@brajukumar1) April 24, 2019 What's wrong with u Virat Kohli. This is not a celebration it's abusing someone. Ashwin is ur team mate. Give respect ur team mate. This is unacceptable from Indian Captain. At d end of d day you'll be remembered for ur behavior Be Aggressive not to be Arrogant#RCBvKXIP #IPL pic.twitter.com/KbaVadBVNC — Rohitian World #MI (@RohitianWorld) April 25, 2019
  23. With the final movie of phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Avengers: Endgame', releasing worldwide tomorrow, and the ICC World Cup 2019 around the corner, the craze for both the movie and the sport is at an all-time high right now. However, there exists some uncanny resemblance in the characteristics of the 'Earth's mightiest heroes' and the leading international cricketers in the modern era. Take a look: 1. Captain America - Mahendra Singh Dhoni: © Marvel, Reuters Calm, professional and well-behaved (well, most of the times). Built on the principles of the older, more classier times, Steve Rogers comes from humble beginnings and knows how it feels fighting an uphill battle. With his talents and skills, Rogers realises the responsibility that lies on his shoulders and stands for his beliefs. He is also the mind behind every move that the Avengers make while dealing with their enemies. Popularly known as 'Captain Cool,' there is no other cricket whose personality fits that of Captain Rogers like a glove. The 'never give up' attitude and the passion that allows him to fight through his pain literally makes him the Captain America of cricket. Dhoni's unique strategies from behind the wicket helps his bowlers like exactly with what goes on in Rogers' head when the Avengers are on the offence against the Chitauri army or Ultron's evil bots. 2. Tony Stark - Virat Kohli © Marvel, Reuters Tony Stark knows what he is doing even though the people around him think that he is losing his 'touch'. Habitual of being great ever since he wore the Iron Man suit, Stark has made a name for himself as a fearless warrior with millions of fans going crazy about his charm. Even though the millionaire is the king of trash talk, he has his achievements to back it up. The current captain of the Indian cricket team is probably the closest of a character to that of Tony Stark. Barking abuses at his opponents while batting or even as a fielder, Kohli too has the tendency of getting under the skin of his opponents. Even then, his brilliance as the world's best Test and ODI batsman, people from all over the world have become his fans. 3. The Hulk - Chris Gayle © Marvel, Reuters Although the Hulk suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Thanos during 'Infinity War' and is now working on his confidence inside of Bruce Banner, he is never the one to shy away from smashing his enemies left, right and centre. On a good day, he looks forward to a battle and if the beast sets his eyes on a target, he is going in for the kill. His brute strength and imposing physique make him an integral part of the Avengers. On the other hand, the big hitter from Jamaica was struggling with his form, especially in One-Day International, so much so that he announced to retire from the game altogether. However, during the ODI series against England and the on-going IPL season, Gayle found his mojo back and has now been selected for the Windies roster for ICC World Cup 2019. 4. Thor - Andre Russell © Marvel, Reuters The mighty 'God of Thunder', Thor Odinson is confident, strong and enigmatic. Having his hammer destroyed, Mjolnir, he left powerless and weak. It was only after wielding himself a new weapon, the Stormbreaker, did he return to the main stage to take on the 'Mad Titan'. Sure, he should have gone for Thanos' head, there still may be time for him to redeem himself in 'Endgame'. A hilarious yet emotional Andre Russell suffered a similar fate as Thor when he suffered from knee injuries and bad form in 2017 and 2018 and was dropped from the West Indies side after they lost to Bangladesh in an ODI last year. For him, the 'Stormbreaker' came in the form of the ongoing IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders. Finding his form back at the 11th hour allowed him a ticket for the 15-man squad for ICC World Cup starting next month. Russell will be looking forward to the tournament in England and Wales to prove his worth. 5. Rocket Raccoon - Sarfraz Ahmed © Marvel, Reuters One of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket is infamous for his loud mouth and often gets himself into all sorts of trouble for speaking without a thought. Having said that, the smallest of all the Avengers (other than a shrunken Ant-Man) probably has the biggest heart and is not afraid of a challenge when he sees one. The captain of Team Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed is exactly the same. The wicket-keeper batsman got himself in hot waters and got banned for five international games after making racist comments towards South African cricketer Andile Phehlukwayo. Nonetheless, the leader of an average Pakistan team is second to none in terms of confidence as he believes his side has an upper hand over Kohli's team heading into the World Cup.
  24. Sachin Tendulkar, synonymously called 'the God of cricket' for most Indians who love the sport, is known to have ruled the playing fields at all times simply with his presence. Often called the 'Masterblaster', Sachin slayed the opponent teams in hundreds of matches with a swipe of hit bat. When Sachin called it quits on cricket, Indian cricket fans lost its crowning glory and no other player (though we have real talented players in the team ATM) has been able to completely fill the vacuum he left behind since his retirement in 2013. © Twitter But when we talk about child prodigies just like Sachin, and especially in the field of cricket, we can't help but talk about this latest phenomenon that's gripped cricket enthusiasts who are not averse to cricket and entertainment going hand-in-hand. 'Selection Day' which was released on Netflix at the end of last year, was something that cricket lovers took to instantly, like a moth to a flame. © Netflix For the uninitiated, 'Selection Day' follows the story of two brothers, Radha and Manju, who are trained by their cricket obsessed father to become India's next-gen pair of greatest crickets. After decimating every team in and around their villages, they are brought to Mumbai to try their luck in domestic leagues. The last episode of Season 1 ended with the brothers facing life-changing situations and with 113 days left to selection day. Now, while we know that Sachin has constantly been associated to the cricket scene in India one way or the other, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that he recently got together with two leading actors from the Netflix show, as well as former West Indies skipper Brian Lara, for a gully cricket match! © Netflix By his own admission, Sachin shares that “I don't even remember when I played my last gully cricket match. It was probably a long time ago in Sahitya Sahawas in Bandra East where I grew up.” The video is fun to watch and we can see Sachin and Brian share some valuable insights with Radha and Javed from the Netflix show. © Netflix As for Brian Lara, he gives some precious lessons on following one's passion in whatever we one to do, and seeing it through in all sincerity. And Sachin has only one thing to add to that, “Let the journey begin from the heart”, he says. Catch all the action in this video.
  25. Being the better half of a celebrity might have a lot of perks and incentives, but, from what we've seen in the past, it's definitely not easy. Association with a popular figure attracts constant media scrutiny and it's needless to say that the privacy goes out of the window. Similarly, dating a sportsperson or being married to one has its own disadvantages. The prime example is Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. The duo might be regarded as the 'power couple' of India, but every time Kohli fails on the field or Anushka's movie flops, the couple becomes the obvious target for social media trolls. And, it doesn't end there. Placed under the scanner, their every move is watched, judged and, thereon, scrutinised heavily. © Instagram/@stuartbinny84 Something similar came to the fore recently when a cricket fan targeted Mayanti Langer while using her hubby Stuart's on-field performance. Arguably one of the most prominent sports presenters in the country, Mayanti, apart from being married to Indian cricketer Stuart, has carved a niche of her own. But, every time her husband does something (whether good or bad), she becomes the obvious target for the social media trolls. The Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) saw Stuart, who was batting for the first time this season, smashing three towering sixes and two fours during his unbeaten knock of 33 runs. After today's inning of #stuartBinny @MayantiLanger_B first time change her DP from solo to with hubby ðð#KXIPvRR #IPL2019 #Iplt20 pic.twitter.com/k0DPsbz00j — Navneet Kumar (@navneet35093) April 16, 2019 While his blazing innings probably bolstered his chances of getting more games, it eventually wasn't enough from averting a 12-run defeat for Rajasthan at the PCA stadium in Mohali. Following Punjab's win, a cricket fan tried to troll Mayanti despite her husband's fairly decent performance by pointing out: "After today's inning of #stuartBinny @MayantiLanger_B first time change her DP from solo to with hubby". Really Navneet? Considering you don't have my number you don't know what the picture actually is 𤭠but thanks a ton for digging out this one, it's a super pic ðð¼ https://t.co/kgmgm6qBhT — Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019 Though many try to ignore such trolls in a bid to garner unwanted attention, Mayanti took this cricket fan to the task before giving a befitting reply. "Really Navneet? Considering you don't have my number you don't know what the picture actually is but thanks a ton for digging out this one, it's a super pic," she tweeted. Sorry that you seemed to have missed #KXIPvRR on @StarSportsIndia you can join us on #MarutiSuzukiCricketLive on SS 1/2/Hindi/HD and of course @hotstartweets Cheers ðð¼ https://t.co/Jv59z4xOXZ — Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019 Another fan tried to pull off something similar before asking: "@MayantiLanger_B where is Stuart? Not on the horizon anyway?". And, once again, Mayanti prevailed like a total boss, "Sorry that you seemed to have missed #KXIPvRR on @StarSportsIndia you can join us on #MarutiSuzukiCricketLive on SS 1/2/Hindi/HD and of course @hotstartweets Cheers," she tweeted. On the other hand, a narrow win for Punjab has now propelled them to the fourth spot with 10 points to their name, while Rajasthan, owing to their sixth defeat this season, find themselves languishing at the seventh spot with just four points for their showing.
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