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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the names of the 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England and Wales this May, a war of sorts started to rage on between the followers of youngblood Rishabh Pant and those of the veteran wicket-keeping batsman, Dinesh karthik, who is going to play in the World Cup for the second time after waiting for 12 long years. When the team was officially announced on Monday, Karthik was sharing a meal with his wife and ace squash player Dipika Pallikal, and Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore. It was Pallikal's father who called to give the cricketer the good news and made him nearly jump out of his seat. View this post on Instagram Happy Women's Day to all you wonder women out there! I'm so fortunate to always have such an inspiring woman by my side! A post shared by Dinesh Karthik (@dk00019) on Mar 8, 2019 at 7:32am PST "It is a special occasion. I am really lucky and grateful," said the veteran in a media gathering at his hotel on Tuesday. DK has been one of India's top players for quite a stint now and even though he was dropped for the series against the visiting Australians in March, he was never thrown out of the discussion while deciding the World Cup team. "My journey for the 2019 World Cup began when I returned to the Indian team in 2017. I started believing that if I do something special, I can be a part of this amazing team that will play the World Cup," he said. One could see Karthik's real potential as a hitter with skills enough to show up in the clutch and end matches in favour of his side during the 2018 Nidahas Cup final against Bangladesh when he scored 29 runs off just 8 balls to win the trophy whilst deflating the notorious Bangladeshi bowling line-up. Remembering the brilliant innings, Karthik said: “A lot of credit should go to Abhishek Nayar for making me play the finisher's role. He made me believe that it was a skill that I could acquire if I practice in a certain way and learn to a few types of shots. However, I never planned to be a finisher. I just tried to be consistent and deliver in crunch situations.” Opening about being chosen over Pant for the number four spot, Karthik addressed the gathering when he said: “There will always be someone who will miss out. That's the nature of the game… He (Pant) was aware of his opportunity and so was I. If he had been selected, I would have been disappointed. Now that I have been selected, I am sure he is a bit disappointed.” A couple of days ago, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh may have taken a shot at the Tamil Nadu player saying that the active wicket-keeper of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni needed no backup and the presence of KL Rahul's name on the list can take care of the situation had Dhoni faced an injury. Karthik, on the other hand is just happy to be where he is right now and brings along the willingness to play whatever role the team will need of him. Addressing the concerns related to Dhoni, he said: “I am just that small first-aid kit that will travel with the team. If he (Dhoni) gets injured then I will be the band-aid for a day." “I am however, aware that I can bat at number four or be the finisher, if given an opportunity,” mentioned the confident athlete. Such is the nature of the KKR skipper. A blend of humbleness in heart, faith in his hardwork and an open mindset allowing him to mould himself according to the changing needs of time, has made the cricketer one of the most liked members of an extremely skilled and talent-laden team that will be competing for the greatest honour and recognition there is in the cricketing world in less than a month and a half.
  4. 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
  5. Currently sitting at the fourth place on the Indian Premier League's points table, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals announced the inception of their very first season of 'gully cricket' championship which will take place between 13th April and 5th May 2019. In what is expected to be one of Delhi NCR's biggest tennis ball cricket tournaments, the Delhi Capitals Gully Cricket Championship is scheduled across 127 matches through the month and will be spread across eight zones and will be played in eight different venues across the city. With a total of 96 teams and more than 860 cricketing fans from in and around the capital taking part in the contest, each team must go through at least 11 games in the Zonal Round in order to then qualify for the City Finals. Dilliwalon, thank you for such an amazing response to the ultimate open tennis ball tournament! *Registrations are now closed* Kaun banega @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket ka asli champion? Ho jaao taiyyaar, ab aayega mazza!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/kCybeC6NMi — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 10, 2019 "Delhi Capitals is proud to bring back the concept of gully cricket to the streets of the city. Gully cricket is something that all cricket fans and players enjoy participating in, and with this initiative, Delhi Capitals wants to bring back the gully cricket culture to the streets of New Delhi,” said Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO, Delhi Capitals. The total number of players per squad is 9 which includes seven active players and two substitutes who are allowed to replace players only as fielders but not as a batsman or a bowler. One player from every team is allowed to bowl three overs, upon the discretion of the team while all the others can deliver only two overs per innings. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that of a 'Power-Over' during which the batting team is allowed to double the runs scored. The twist is that if a wicket falls during the Power-Over, it will also lead to five runs being deducted from the batting side's total. Intezaar hua khatam â Let the games begin Here's the complete schedule of our @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket Championship. Stay tuned with us for all the updates! Note - All teams are requested to report 45 minutes before their match timings.#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/WJN4Quynu1 — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 12, 2019 While the idea of a franchise as big as Delhi Capitals organising a grassroot-level competition is commendable in itself, these small alterations to the rules of the game make it that much more exciting and fun.
  6. According to a lot of Indian Premier League (IPL) fans Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) are considered to be one of the most uninteresting franchises of the league. Last night's game between Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and RR was seen going the same way after the Royals had the worst batting power play in the 2019 season with an average of 5.25 runs per over. The game, however, turned quickly into more of a reality show drama in the final of the second innings during which a chasing CSK needed eight runs off just three deliveries to win the game. A ball after Dhoni was dismissed by all-rounder Ben Stokes in the final moments of the match, the Super Kings skipper returned to the field and this time with extreme anger taking over his emotions. Why? Well, on the third last delivery of the game, Stokes delivered a full-toss at batsman Mitchell Santner. Almost instantly, Ulhas Gandhe, the umpire at the bowler's end raised him arm to indicate a 'no-ball'. This decision was then overruled by the square-leg umpire, Bruce Oxenford, who believed that the ball was bowled at a legal height and was therefore valid. This is when the former Indian captain rushed past the boundary line from the dugout, demanding an explanation from the on-field umpires on why the decision was overruled, thereby causing a 'Level 2' offence breaching point 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct. When MS Dhoni lost his cool Boss..... pic.twitter.com/v4wJ7r98pf — Shakti Solanki (@shaktisolanki00) April 12, 2019 Admitting to violating the decorum of the game, Dhoni was charged with a fine worth half his match fees. Sure, it was a crucial moment in the game where a 'no-ball' would have made a huge difference in the final result but that did not stop veteran cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle from calling out the unprecedented outburst by 'Captain Cool' in public: Among the firsts for me in today's game was the sight of Dhoni walking out onto the ground. As @MichaelVaughan said on #CricbuzzLIVE it is something he will realise he shouldn't have done. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2019 Other fans of the game also felt that what Dhoni did would set a wrong precedent for the other captains of the rest of the IPL teams. Just 50% match feesðð It's unacceptable. Similar incidents happen last year #Sayedmustakalitrophy-2018 then Raydu fined for 2 match suspension. It's doesn't matter who you are ð¤@MichaelVaughan @bhogleharsha @cricbuzz #IPL2019 — shishram Ranwað®ð³ (@imsram21) April 12, 2019 Yes Indeed! No one is Above the law. Respect the umpires,Yes they were not having a great time this IPL but they are the boss in the middle ! — Abhijeet Garud (@AbhijeetGarud1) April 11, 2019 Careful. Don't want to lose the commentary gig again given that this Indian team doesn't take too well to criticism. — Rooshabh Doshi (@doshmeisterr) April 11, 2019 Dhoni got off lightly with only a fine after his pitch invasion last night. There are some things you NEVER do. And we must all hope that it never happens again — Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) April 12, 2019 Umpire decision is final, whether it's right or wrong. No player has the right to question him. Be it dhoni or sachin or virat.! Dhoni is a player. Not bigger than the game.! He was behaving like a school kid by coming in the ground. Totally unacceptable #RRvCSK #IPLT20 #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/HeMdSX3bKV — Chowkidar Abhishek Agarwal (@Abhishek_0055) April 11, 2019 Having said that, the game still went in favour of the Ranchi-born as Santner finished the game in great style, sending the final ball of the game over the boundary for a six to win it all. This victory also made 'Thala' the first captain to register 100 wins in IPL. MS Dhoni is the first player to win 100 IPL games as a captain.@msdhoni #IPL #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/SvYDPn7EXF — Õáâââ âá®ÕÕáââ (@ImSaDii) April 12, 2019 CSK are now atop the points table of the league winning six of seven games played by the 'Whistle Podu' team in the twelfth season.
  7. Arguably one of the highly-rated young talents in the country, KL Rahul climbed up the ladder in Indian cricket on the basis of consistent performances. Making full use of the opportunities, his breakthrough 2013-14 season laid the foundation of Karnataka's Ranji Trophy triumph, proving his credentials as a first-class cricketer. Then, a profitable 2016 IPL season saw him earning his cap for the national team. His appetite for runs further gave India an opportunity to boast of an extra option at the top of the order. And, over the years, the 26-year-old has established himself as valuable addition to the Indian cricket team. But, apart from his artistry with the willow, Rahul is also looked upon as a youth icon - thanks to his distinctive personal style. KL Rahul Tattoos & Their Meanings Whether it's his choice of clothing or trend-setting hairdos, Rahul continues to enjoy the status of one of the most stylish cricketers in the Indian team. The dashing right-hander, who continues to carry out his on-field responsibilities in style, has also been a big fan of tattoos - something that has captured the imagination of cricket fans. We've all seen the multiple warrior-style tattoos which cover much of his skin. But, while his dedicated fans know the story behind some of his pieces, much of the art he has on his skin has been a mystery. But, not anymore. In an exclusive interaction with MensXP, the Red Bull athlete finally revealed seven of his favourite tattoos and what they really mean to him. Lighthouse On Left Forearm © Red Bull While a lighthouse might seem like an abstract tattoo to many, for Rahul, it has a special meaning. The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) opener has got a lighthouse tattooed on his arm in a bid to remember his home. The right-handed batsman grew up by the beach in Mangaluru before he shifted to Bengaluru to pursue his interest in cricket. One look at the lighthouse tattoo takes Rahul back to the memories of his childhood home. Key With Ram Horns © Red Bull A true Aries, Rahul was eager to get a tattoo around his sun sign. That's why the Indian opener for a customized version with ram horns to go with it. The key – which goes around his forearm – signifies being open to learning new things and unlocking his mind with new experiences. Clock On His Bicep © Red Bull The clock tattoo on the inside of his left bicep has the hands inked at 11 o'clock. Rahul was born at 11 o'clock which is why the clock hands are tattooed at that position. The phrase “Veni, vidi, vici”, which is Latin for “come, see, conquer” is tattooed around the clock to signify that Rahul's time as an Indian cricketer has begun and he intends to conquer the world with his bat. All-Seeing Eye On His Left Bicep © Red Bull This tattoo is a reminder that his grandparents are always watching over him and are protecting him. Deshi Basara Script On Right Forearm © Red Bull Rahul is a huge fan of the comic book superhero Batman. The expression Deshi Basara – which means “to rise up” – is from the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. 284 In Roman Numerals © Red Bull This tattoo runs across the right side of his torso. It is his Test cap number for India. He was the 284th cricketer to play for the Indian national cricket team, so this tattoo is very special to him because he had to work really hard to earn the spot in the India team. Parents' Names Tattooed On His Wrists © Instagram/@rahulkl KL Rahul has his mother's name Rajeshwari on his left wrist and his dad's name Lokesh on his right wrist. When his parents started getting annoyed about the rising number of tattoos he was getting, KL Rahul got their names tattooed on his wrists. Since then, they haven't had a problem with him getting more tattoos. More Tattoos © Instagram/@rahulkl The first tattoo KL Rahul ever got was a giant wing on his back when he was 17 years old. He also has the image of his dog Simba tattooed on his back. His left hand has the number one on it, which is one of his most recent tattoos. He got the number one tattoo because it is his jersey number in the Indian cricket team. He also has the number XI tattoo on his bicep, which was his jersey number when he first started playing for India. The rose tattoo on his left hand symbolizes new beginnings. The tattoo of arrows on his left hand is to protect him from harm. The owl tattoo on his left hand is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. He also has tattoos for water, air and sun across his body, which are the three elements that are important to him.
  8. One of the greatest batsmen to have ever represented the Men in Blue, Rahul Dravid has fulfilled his duties as the coach of the junior Indian cricket team and helped them experience the level of success that not even the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would have seen coming their way. It was under the leadership of Mr Dependable himself, that Team India A was able to completely dismantle the visiting England Lions for a five-match one-day series and not to forget the 2018 World Cup victory by the Under-19 squad captained by Shubhman Gill along with the 2018 Asia cup championship. It was therefore rather obvious to have Dravid become a major part of the revamping of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), a Bengaluru-based facility that will ensure state of the art technology and other provisions to contribute even more towards the betterment of the future of cricket in India. "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 quoted an informed official. Dravid will be entrusted with the role of building the entire academy from scratch while hiring the entire coaching team from all around the country. “For all practical purposes, NCA will now be Rahul's baby,” said another official. His vision has already started to make some significant changes to the pre-established rules. For instance, back in the day, 15 out of 20 people were selected to go further for the training camp, the other five would have been asked to go home, leaving behind their dreams. Dravid, however, has made it clear that all 20 athletes will remain with the academy throughout the camp. While a lot of people had hoped that the BCCI would have selected 'The Wall' as the leader of the main Indian cricket roster instead of Ravi Shastri, this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the future Indian athletes, having being taught under the wings of the very best at an early stage. With a rock solid base to build their cricketing career upon, Dravid's NCA might as well be the place where dreams are transformed into reality.
  9. From a street-smart lad Bittoo Sharma to the ruthless tyrant Alauddin Khilji; from a corrupt officer-turned-hero Sangram 'Simmba' Bhalerao to a talented street rapper Murad trying to make it big in the world; Ranveer Singh has proved his versatility and mettle with every character he has played. Now, the actor is gearing up to play another challenging role of his career, i.e. getting into the shoes of Kapil Dev for his upcoming movie '83. And when the real-life and reel-life superstars come together on stage, can there be anything else one can possibly ask for? Instagram On days when Ranveer Singh is not taking the world by storm with his performance, he is doing so with his questionable (yet widely appreciated) taste in fashion. So, winning a style icon award is not something unusual or surprising. But, what's interesting is the fact that Ranveer received the award from none other than Kapil Dev, the guy he will soon play on the big screen. In fact, as Ranveer came to collect his award, he even imitated the bowling action of 'The Haryana Hurricane' and then hugged him. Instagram Reportedly, he said "Abhi to party shuru hui hai, Mic mere haath mei aaya hai. I feel amazing accepting award from the legend, Kapil Dev. How am I going to look this handsome, he is the next character I am playing. I am hoping to make him proud." View this post on Instagram Two crazy people on stage in #htmoststylish ðð . #ranveersingh #akshaykumar #deepikapadukone #htmoststylish #loveyou #baba #kingofhearts #deepveeraddict #keepmyinsta2019 A post shared by Ranveer Singh Fc (@ranveeriansfc_) on Mar 29, 2019 at 9:53pm PDT Given both 'Simmba' and 'Gully Boy' were two of the biggest hits, people have huge expectations from '83 too. During the award show, Ranveer even gave a *not so* useful advice to the newlyweds, which actor Akshay Kumar was clearly not satisfied with. He said, "Jo tumne kiya hai, bohot sahi kiya hai. Mubarak ho, you have made the right choice in life." View this post on Instagram Whatta fun moment on stage with @akshaykumar paaji, @ranveersingh and @aparshakti_khurana #HTmostStylish A post shared by Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) on Mar 29, 2019 at 1:03pm PDT The award show was held in Mumbai and was attended by actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana and Taapsee Pannu among others. Ranveer's wife Deepika Padukone couldn't attend the show since she's busy shooting for her next movie 'Chhapaak'.
  10. The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently in full flow, bringing some of the biggest names in cricket to represent eight cities in the country. Six games into the tournament, this season has already produced some of the blistering knocks, match-winning spells and electric fielding efforts. But, while the players are busy enthralling fans, the prominent cricket commentators and experts are also adding to fervour this season. Amongst them, Kevin Pietersen seems to be making the most of his time in India while carrying out responsibilities of commentating and match analysis in the ongoing edition. Away from cricket stadium, the former England batsman finally got to fulfil his wish of playing 'Gully Cricket' on the streets of India. The 38-year-old was recently travelling when he saw some kids playing cricket on the road. While he might have called time on his playing career, Pietersen couldn't stop himself from picking the bat and smashing the ball far and long. Just stopped on the side of the road to play gulley cricket in Bangalore. Always wanted to do it! Today I did it! â¤ï¸ðð pic.twitter.com/7HTLgIAd8Q — Kevin Pietersenð¦ (@KP24) March 28, 2019 Pietersen shared a picture and brief video of himself with the cricket fans on Twitter where he was seen playing cricket with the kids in Bengaluru. "Just stopped on the side of the road to play gully cricket in Bangalore. Always wanted to do it! Today I did it!" he tweeted with a picture alongside the kids. I wasn't very good...! ð #GullyCricket pic.twitter.com/IrYY63PonJ — Kevin Pietersenð¦ (@KP24) March 28, 2019 Before taking up the commentary role, Pietersen had enthralled cricket fans with his batting while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals) and the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. He was involved in the IPL as a player for eight years (from 2009 to 2016) before pulling out of the 2017 edition due to a packed schedule.
  11. On A Friday afternoon, when the Bangladesh cricket team were about to get off the team bus to enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque to offer their prayers, in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, they heard gunshots being fired in the vicinity. Nervous for the safety of their lives the helpless athletes “just escaped” the venue, with a clue of what was going on around them. ESPN Bangladesh's correspondent Mohammad Isam was later interviewed by The NZ Herald in which the journalist described what was going on inside the visiting cricket team's bus: “They [Team Bangladesh] were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them.” “And seeing that, they didn't get off the bus. About 10 minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval.” Batsman Tamim Iqbal, who opens the batting order for the squad described the horrific incident in a tweet he put out after fleeing from the site. Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019 According to The Guardian, multiple casualties have been reported in the nearest police station of Christchurch while four suspects (3 men, 1 woman) have been apprehended with ammunition in their possession and explosives attached to their vehicles. Former Bangladeshi skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, too thanked their stars for being able to get away from the attack unscathed. Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us — Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern too expressed her anger towards the “unprecedented violence” while comforting the members of their migrant communities and ensuring that the country will always be their home. What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us. — Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019 The Bangladesh cricket team were touring New Zealand since February having lost the ODI series 3-0 and the Test series 2-0. They were in Christchurch for the third and final Test match, which has now been cancelled. The Black Caps too offered their condolences for the shooting: Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe. — BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 15, 2019
  12. Virat Kohli and the Men in Blue just faced one of the most frustrating series defeat in recent history as after leading the Aussies two games to none, they lost the five-match series 2-3. Preceding the ODI series, Team India was also swept clean in the two-match T20I series as both the batting and bowling lineups of the team spiralled out of control in the first and second game respectively. The last three games India played against Aaron Finch's side (and lost) were a testament to how weak the Indian batting order is, while a whole lot of misfields, dropped catches and miscalculated delivery lengths also aided the Aussies in displaying great batting prowess. AUSTRALIA WIN THE SERIES! History made as Australia seal a 3-2 ODI series victory over India with a 35-run win in Delhi SCORES: https://t.co/aCzUs03Z2A pic.twitter.com/22Q0BLrDb2 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 13, 2019 While players like Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan have been hugely criticised for the lack of form and the inability to do their jobs well, head coach Ravi Shastri seems to be unscathed of criticism. The former Indian cricketer's annual salary of a whopping Rs. 8 crores (approximately) has earned him the record to be the world's highest paid cricket coach ever. The question now arises is whether Shastri has done enough as the head coach of the Indian cricket team since acquiring the position almost 2 years ago, to justify the bizarre income? In what was considered to the biggest ego clash in the history of Indian cricket, Anil Kumble resigned from his position after Virat Kohli allegedly showed signs of displeasure towards Kumble's 'style' of runnings things in the dressing room. The position was then handed over to Shastri with a salary package of the aforementioned amount which happened to be nearly Rs. 1.5 crore more than what Kumble used to draw annually. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 Back in the day, Kumble enjoyed a lot of success and was well respected as the coach of the Indian roster. In his resignation letter, he very rightly mentioned: “Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table.” On the contrary, Shastri has not enjoyed the same level of respect, not from the fans at least. In 2018, he was also deemed to be Virat Kohli's 'Yes Man', who used to agree to whatever the captain wished for. These allegations were obviously dismissed by King Kohli himself. Virat kohli pick him ok, shastri is just a yes man of kohli — Manish Saini (@ErManishSaini7) January 2, 2019 In a press conference ahead of India's three-month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand, he said: “it is the most bizarre thing that I have heard. I don't think there is anyone who has said no to me more than him in Indian cricket, honestly. Because he is the one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion and he will tell me something that doesn't need to be done that doesn't need to be done.” Kohli credited Shastri of significantly improving performance of the middle and lower order of the batting lineup. He also emphasised that the team has shown better consistency and greater focus while the individuals feeling the need to take up more and more responsibility. You don't have to be a dedicated fan of Indian cricket to see the irony in that. Roughly in the last 4-5 series, the middle order has been the biggest disappointment and the weakest part of Team India's overall performance. Be it Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni or Kedar Jadhav, all have failed to hold the fort for the roster in more than one match. Consistency went out of the park when India lost the T20I series. Winning the first two and the losing the other three consecutively, surely doesn't look like the prime example of consistency. Coming back to the point, what exactly has the head coach of the Indian cricket team done to earn such a huge pay cheque every year, we still don't know.
  13. It has been less than a month since the unfortunate terror attack backed by the terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, enraged the entire nation as it claimed the lives of more than 40 brave CRPF jawans in the most gruesome manner with their children orphaned and their wives widowed in an instant. The whole country has been in mourning and have been trying to show their love and respect for the brave soldiers and their families however they can. The Indian cricket team did their best to do the same last week when former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni distributed camouflage caps with the symbol of Indian cricket at the centre, ahead of the third ODI against Australia in his hometown of Ranchi. The Men in Blue donned the unusual-looking caps the entire game in order to honour the martyrs of the infamous attack. #TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi — BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019 "#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces. And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind," the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) tweeted ahead of the match. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board strongly feels these actions taken by MSD and the BCCI are wrong and have led to a loss of credibility in the cricketing world. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said he has "strongly taken up the matter with the ICC." "There's absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position," Mani said in a press conference last weekend in Karachi. "We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their [India] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly." That's not all as the Pakistan Information ministry, held by Fawad Chaudhry, even urged the International Cricket Council to ban BCCI and the Men in Blue from international cricket for combining sports and politics. As a response to the bold statements by the PCB, ICC spokesperson Claire Furlong let The Associated Press know about their stand on the whole issue via email. "The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted," she wrote. Now, we agree that sports and politics should be kept miles away from each other. Over the years there have been numerous incidents where politicising a game or an athletic meet has led to adverse results for the sporting world. But the BCCI's idea to pay homage to the nation's brave soldiers cannot be deemed as politically motivated. Athletes wearing camouflage caps is in no way trying to demean or insult the cricketers of our neighbours, nor were we trying to get some kind of upper hand in the international scenario against the PCB.
  14. After taking a crucial 2-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team's marauding run came to a halt as Australia romped their way to a 32-run triumph in the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) at the JSCA international stadium in Ranchi. For a team that is considered one of the strongest batting units in international cricket, Indian batsmen, barring Virat Kohli, failed to negate the Aussies in the third match of the series. But, on 10th March, the batting woes that had given India a reality check in Ranchi were nowhere to be found as the hosts romped their way to a mammoth 358-run total in the 4th ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali. Opting to bat first, India were given a sensational start by Shikhar Dhawan (143) and Rohit Sharma (95) who hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during their 193-run opening partnership. If the openers got India to a flyer, the pivotal cameos by Rishabh Pant (36) and Vijay Shankar (26) ensured their side didn't lose momentum later in the game. Twitter/@BCCI While there was no shortage of star performers during India's innings, there was one man who stole the limelight from the rest. Arguably one of the best death-overs bowlers in limited-overs cricket, Jasprit Bumrah is known for his bowling prowess and ability to get the better of some of the best batsmen in business. But, when he came out to face Pat Cummins for the final delivery of India's innings, neither a cricket pundit, nor any fan would have anticipated what Bumrah had in store for them. Virat Kohli after seeing Bumrah hit six #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/ZOFZnMrICr — Ananth (@Imanantht) March 10, 2019 Cummins had just notched up his five-for after dismissing Yuzvendra Chahal a ball earlier and probably fancied his chances of claiming a sixth scalp in the match. But, it wasn't meant to be as Bumrah smashed the length delivery over midwicket for a towering six. And, while Bumrah's hit was quite surprising, the reactions were pretty obvious. That moment when @Jaspritbumrah93 hits the last ball for a maximum ðð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/e6iOHorg8N — BCCI (@BCCI) March 10, 2019 First six for Jasprit Bumrah for India! Bumrah's 4th in List A games and third in T20s. And look at that reaction! #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/FxwDTiP8Nx — Subhayan Chakraborty (@SubhayanTweets) March 10, 2019 Bumrah's meaty blow had Cummins in disbelief, Kohli jumping in excitement and the Mohali crowd on their feet. Walking off with a wide grin, Bumrah was mighty pleased with his six which powered India to 358-run total in the end. It was the first six for Bumrah in international cricket. He now has seven sixes to his name, four in List A games and three in T20s. That last six from Bumrah had everyone in splits. Even on an excellent batting surface, 358 is a formidable score. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 That last six from Bumrah had everyone in splits. Even on an excellent batting surface, 358 is a formidable score. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 This is beyond scienceðð — Rajan (@Rajan_hotSpur) March 10, 2019 Bumrah fans right nowðððð #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/n5pyt5j0hR — RocKy Edward..ðð®ð³ð (@imRockylahariya) March 10, 2019 Moments line these is what a cricket fan lives for #INDvAUS #bumrah & #kohli you are the gold of Indian team ð®ð³ð®ð³ — Say What ââ (@onlinetrollssuk) March 10, 2019 Strike rate of 600! Record breaking inning by Bumrahðð — Manav Dave (@Manav_Dave_24) March 10, 2019 Bumrah is the best during death oversð — Ranjit Singh (@ranjit_singh11) March 10, 2019 This is simply priceless for me — Ravi Malamanti (@malamantiravi) March 10, 2019
  15. In the digital age, where our dependency on machines continues to grow, the technological interventions have now transcended into sports. Whether it's football or cricket, the use of technology claims to marginalise human error in a bid to avoid catastrophic decisions. But, going by the recent cases in sports, the so-called technological help seem to have created more problems, than solve the ones at hand. The Round of 16 clashes of the UEFA Champions League were marred by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) howlers. One major case came to the fore when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were penalised with a penalty after their defender Presnel Kimpembe handled the ball with his hand inside the box, despite the replays suggesting that it was unintentional from the French footballer. The crucial penalty allowed Manchester United, who were surely on their way out of the tournament, to progress further. VAR penalty review. @ManUtd vs @PSG_inside pic.twitter.com/wydo6v5k5B — KDB_Se7en (@MacaronSe7en) March 6, 2019 If the controversial VAR decision had the football fraternity confused, the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in cricket during the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia in Ranchi, once again, had everyone questioning the use of technology in sports. Opting to bat first, Australia were cruising at 193/0 following a brilliant opening stand between Aaron Finch (93) and Usman Khawaja (104). With India desperate to get a breakthrough, Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch right in front of the stumps in the 32nd over. But, as the on-field umpire raised his finger, the Australian captain decided to call for a review. What on earth has just happened with the Finch LBW? Ball tracker has the ball pitching somewhere completely different, and that sort of affects the trajectory doesn't it. Might still be out, but bizarre. #INDvAUS #Finch pic.twitter.com/fDyZR1X0p0 — Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 8, 2019 The DRS couldn't help Finch as the replays suggested that the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps. Finch looked out from the naked eye and the review further bolstered the claim. But, what was surprising about his dismissal was the fact that 'ball tracking' had it all wrong. The ball had actually pitched in the middle, but the 'Hawk-Eye' showed it pitching on leg. While no one actually disputed Finch's dismissal, the astonishing blunder on 'Hawk-Eye' left the cricket fans questioning the use of technology and its efficiency. Finch LBW. Are we just gonna ignore the fact that ball tracking had it pitching in a totally different place to reality? I saw it pitching middle, maybe even middle and off. Ball tracking had it pitching on leg. Still out but pretty weird. #INDvsAUS — Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 8, 2019 This is weird. pic.twitter.com/RtCEs9h7tG — Akhil Nair (@akhiln) March 8, 2019 Also for some reason, Hawkeye seems to underestimate the turn when the bounce is lesser. — random bro (@anirudhdbz) March 8, 2019 Unrelated but Still can't get over the fact..how can u be out or not-out for the same delivery depending on the umpire's call. — movieman (@movieman777) March 8, 2019 Ball tracking seemed to have shown a different ball altogether.the ball was turning into the batsman rather than going out as shown in ball tracking. DRS is shit. — sachin jha (@sachin_jha9) March 8, 2019 I had it pitching on middle, Hawkeye had it almost umpires call on leg and they are just ignoring it. So weird — Harold Tree (@92tharold) March 8, 2019 One of the reasons BCCI never accepted drs. Technology is not foolproof. But this is a blunder. They need to get to the bottom of this and figure out it doesn't happen again. Btw, is it broadcaster dependant or is it like same software for all? — Ashok- first_of_his_name (@Dracaarrys) March 8, 2019 WELL SPOTTED .... CRAZY SOMETIMES THE WAY #DRS behaves. — #NamoAgain2019 (@PriyankushGhos3) March 8, 2019 So that means Aus loses the review. But it was probably only just clipping leg, meaning they should have retained it! — Robert Tihanyi (@robtihanyi) March 8, 2019
  16. The International Cricket Council or the ICC's quarterly meet is currently taking place in Dubai, with the agenda of India boycotting the World Cup match up against Pakistan set to be discussed on the final day of the assembly on 2nd March ie; tomorrow. Until now, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has shown concerns only about the security of the Indian cricket team, its players, management and the various Indian officials that will join the Indian squad for the World Cup come June. "On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting," a BCCI official told the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Wednesday. ICC has taken into account all the concerns shown by Johri and his team and has assured the BCCI officials that they will do everything within their jurisdiction to provide maximum security to the said personnel. However, no talks of whether the Indian cricket team will or won't be boycotting the match against Pakistan in London and Wales has been initiated as yet. Almost certain that the said agenda will surface either today or tomorrow, one of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials has come out and questioned the practicality of BCCI's impending decision on the boycott. “Pakistan's stance is that if India wants to give a walkover, it can't do anything about it. But it will pose a question as to what happens if both countries again qualify to meet each other in the knockout stages,” said the official. While the BCCI is campaigning for other ICC member nations to “sever ties with the nation from which terrorism emanates” in accordance with some of the cricketing legends such as Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh, other pundits like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar believe that sports and politics should not be intertwined and believe that India should not only play their neighbouring rivals but also beat them, forcing them out of the knockouts. Johri along with the officials of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also came up with an idea to force foreign cricketers to choose between playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, after discussing the idea in detail, no actions were taken up it as it was deemed as 'bad for business' by the IPL franchise owners. Is boycotting Pakistan during the ICC World Cup 2019 a bad idea? Yes. Why? Find out here.
  17. For a man who has helped his country scale new heights in international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be an asset that any team wouldn't hesitate to add to their line-up. Whether it's his captaincy, batting skills or mighty quick glovework, Dhoni has a knack of finding unique ways to aid the Indian cricket team. The Jharkhand cricketer may no longer be the captain, but such has been his experience and know-how of the game, that Virat Kohli is often seen seeking his help in setting up the field and the bowlers continue to thrive under his guidance from behind the stumps. While a former and current captain might find it difficult to get along, Kohli and Dhoni continue to share mutual respect and admiration as their close bond aims to take Indian cricket to greater achievements. © AP Dhoni's impeccable knowledge of the game and his camaraderie with Kohli were both in full display during the 2nd Twenty20 International (T20I) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. The duo was seen forging a vital 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket that allowed India to post a competitive total of 190 runs. While Kohli slammed a blistering 38-ball 72 (including two fours and six sixes), Dhoni, too, looked in sublime touch during his 23-ball 40 which was decorated with three fours and as many sixes. The camaraderie that this duo share ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/zw837vxHGj — BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019 If their batting partnership aided India in a crucial situation, their camaraderie during Australia's chase elated the home fans. In a brief video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli can be seen gesturing towards Dhoni after a dismissal which was probably affected by the latter's inputs. While India lost the match and eventually the two-match T20I series, the camaraderie between Kohli and Dhoni surely cheered up the home fans. #MahiRatððððððððð — â¤TomKiJerryâ¤ð (@isrodivya) February 27, 2019 Favourite duo⨠#Mahirat @msdhoni @imVkohli — Savvvi.ð« (@ImSavvvi21) February 27, 2019 30 years old Kiddo n his Mahi bhai ðð#Mahirat ⤠— Sanaað¥ (@Bepannaaholic) February 28, 2019 DHONI MASTERMIND — ADITHYA (@ADITHYA26743475) February 27, 2019 dhonis idea .. — Salmanâ³ (@Salmancaprico) February 27, 2019 Thala Dhonið¥ð¥ — HBD HULK ðMR.Whiteð CSK ð (@RajeshOyite_) February 27, 2019
  18. Arguably one of the biggest ceremonies that honour the genius of filmmakers and actors, the Academy Awards aka the Oscars have developed a knack for keeping all the film enthusiasts on their toes. Thus, when the 91st Academy Awards came calling on 25th February, the 'Oscar fever' once again took over the world. From fans, celebrities to even sports icons, everyone was seen expressing their views on the recently-concluded awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California. Such has been the buzz around the Oscars that everyone wants to cash in and ride the wave. Something similar surfaced on the social media when England's 'Barmy Army' presented their own version of the Oscars. Ahead of the much-anticipated awards ceremony, the England's fan group shared a collage of pictures on the social media and asked the fans to vote for the 'Best Supporting Actor' category. Taking a dig at Australia's infamous ball-tampering scandal, the tweet carried pictures of Aussie cricket stars - Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Darren Lehmann - as nominees for 'Best Supporting Actor' award. It's almost time for the Oscars! Who gets your vote for Best Supporting Actor? #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/jSSre5vdoG — England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) February 24, 2019 While the tweet was a light-hearted take on one of Australia's darkest hours in cricket, it infuriated the Oz fans who, then, took turns to present their own nominations which included England cricketers. " And Oscar for Best Lead and Supporting Actor goes to... "#Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/yOuD8qrEYc — Mandvee Mishra (@im_mandvee) February 25, 2019 Taking a dig at the assault case of Ben Stokes, an Australian fan was seen sharing the photos of the England all-rounder and Alex Hales before nominating the duo for 'Best Lead Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actor'. Best actress goes to..... pic.twitter.com/0csu7ZNAom — Craig Lewis (@Lew1570) February 25, 2019 Another Aussie loyalist shared a picture of Stuart Broad and nominated him for the 'Best Actress' category. Apart from cricket, the Oscars also seemed to have engulfed football as Atletico Madrid mocked their city rivals Real over a controversial penalty in their 2-1 win over Levante on the same day as the awards ceremony. Casemiro should be given a #Oscars for this dive that won Real Madrid a penalty. pic.twitter.com/ngLWxVRs4D — Hakuna Matata (@Matoke_) February 24, 2019 Although there seemed to be minimal contact between the two players, Casemiro went down on the ground after a clearance by Cheick Doukoure. The referee awarded a penalty to Real before it went to VAR and the decision stood. Thereon, Gareth Bale scored from the spot and sealed the game for Los Blancos. ð½ La noche de los Oscars ha arrancado a lo grande. ¿Una película? #LaHistoriaInterminable. Atléticos, ¿cuál elegís vosotros? ð­ — Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 24, 2019 Taking a dig at Casemiro's alleged theatrics, Atletico tweeted: “Oscar night has ripped out big. A movie? #TheEndlessStory Athletics, which one do you choose?". Os recomiendo la del “Corazón de la DÉCIMA” y “UNDÉCIMA”. yo las tengo hasta en dvd!! ð — Dani Carvajal Ramos (@DaniCarvajal92) February 24, 2019 However, the tweet didn't really go down well with Real defender Dani Carvajal who replied back: "I recommend the "Heart of the TENTH" and "ELEVENTH". I have them up on DVD!".
  19. It's never too late for anyone to follow their dreams. India's Mohammed Shami has proven that to be a true as he has made a historic return to the Indian cricket team after more than a year and a half and has flourished against the toughest of rivals the Men in Blue have gone against ever since. The year 2018 was extremely tough on the Indian pacer had he was not only on his way to recovering from a career-threatening knee injury but was also being slammed by the media and the judicial system for the ugly divorce case was he going through. For an athlete, the mental impact of an injury as severe as Shami's can be a lot more devastating than the physical damage. Add to that the constant stress of the infamous case being broadcasted nationwide and the results can be beyond repairable. Thankfully for Mohammed Shami, who not only won the case against his ex-wife but also was able to make a fantastic comeback, overcame the demons in his head and now is one of the more dependable bowlers for the Indian roster who has a great chance of getting a berth in the World Cup roster. But what led to the heroic comeback of the pacer? According to his interview with India Today, Shami was able to return to his glory days because of the sudden change in the culture of the team. “The fitness awakening that we have had has had a huge impact on me. I looked at others and worked on my game. I have enjoyed it fully. The fitness culture that we have in our team is amazing, you cannot even think about it,” said the cricketer. Taking inspiration from the more athletic teammates with the likes of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, Shami, who had failed the famous 'Yo-Yo' fitness test last year, not only passed by also became one of the top performers ahead of India's long multi-national tour began in late 2018, according to the team's head coach, Ravi Shastri. In the series against Australia and New Zealand, Shami was not only one of the most successful Indian bowlers but also became the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets (56 matches) breaking Irfan Pathan's record of 59 matches. 100 ODI wickets and counting for @MdShami11 ðð#TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3RVvthg1CH — BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019 “I am thankful to God that I have been able to make this record. There are many reasons behind it. Biggest is the unbelievably brilliant atmosphere in the dressing room, followed by the confidence that I have in ability right now and also the things that I continue to learn from our coaches,” said Shami. “Everything has contributed and combined to take me to the another level. There are many minute things which bring in a lot of confidence and help us to get into the rhythm. For instance, not just on the ground, have a look at the way we (Indian players) treat each other off the field too. We enjoy every little thing. This helps a great deal,” said Shami. Shami is named for the final squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia and will also be playing for King XI Punjab in the 12th edition of the Indian Primier League (IPL) this season.
  20. Whatever people say about cricket and its diminishing following in India, the game of bat and ball continues to be the favourite sport of majority of the 1,300,000,000+ Indian. Throughout the years and years of ardent worshipping of the game and its men, we have tried to involve cricket in our lives in whatever way possible. To add to this unique relationship that Indians have had with the sport, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi decided to spend a day becoming the part of the cricketing world in the most traditional way they could think of. On the occasion of the university's platinum jubilee on Tuesday, 12th February 2019, Dhoti-Kurta clad players entered the university's cricket field to celebrate the monumental achievement of the institution. In what was a one-day tournament, a total of five teams participated, as reported by the Times of India, all of which had their own respective 'jersey' in the form of colourful dhoti-kurtas. Even the umpires had donned the look from top to bottom. While the cricketers in their unorthodox sporting attires looked unbelievably comfortable, running around the field, what stole the show for the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University was the Sanskrit commentary. On what was a desk of the most distinguished, learned and knowledgeable professors of the university, sat two commentators who made their way through the entire tournament, talking about the smallest of details about the games in Sanskrit with the utmost ease and fluency. “The students of Sampurnanand Sanskrit university who usually carry vedas, prayer books and pen in their hands, have picked up a bat and a ball and are playing a game of cricket in their traditional clothes of dhoni, kurta and tika to celebrate 75 years of success of their institution of education,” said Acharya Pawan Kumar Shastri, one of the professors present at the venue to TOI.
  21. Back in 2018, a depleted Indian team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka. That match will always be remembered for two things: Dinesh Karthik's batting and Vijay Shankar's struggles. While Karthik turned the tide in India's favour with a match-winning knock, Shankar's sluggish innings almost cost his side the game and trophy. Since then, a lot of time has passed, 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 Nidahas Trophy debacle. In the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against New Zealand, Shankar had a decent outing, scoring 27 runs off 18 deliveries. But, even before he could face the first delivery, trolls had already started taking a dig at him for his ascension at the No. 3 slot. And then, when India lost the match by 80 runs, there was no surprise to see him drawing flak alongside his teammates. Why is Vijay Shankar playing today, and why is he batting at no.3? ðð #NZvIND #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/OTa05HAqWz — Come On Dhoni ðð®ð³ (@madam_jadeja) February 6, 2019 On 8th February, as India faced the Kiwis in a must-win clash at the Eden Park in Auckland, Shankar had his critics eat their own words with a brilliant showing in almost all departments of the game. While he wasn't asked to bowl by stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, Shankar had his say in the game with a brilliant fielding effort. In the 19th over of the New Zealand innings, the hosts were looking to accelerate the scoring rate with Ross Taylor (42) raring to go at the Indian bowlers. But, Taylor's dreams of reaching his fifty and improving the total of his side were crushed by Shankar's bullet throw from the deep. The final delivery of the penultimate over saw Mitchell Santner (7) pushing the ball towards long-on for a single. But, amid a desperate need to amass as many runs as possible, Taylor tried to sneak in a second run and would've surely succeeded if it wasn't for Shankar's brilliant throw. As Taylor sprinted for the second run, Shankar fired in a quick throw that caught the Kiwi batsman short at the crease. While Shankar's direct hit resulted in a crucial wicket for India, credit also goes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar whose brilliantly anticipated his teammate's throw to hit the stumps. After producing a brilliant run-out, Shankar also impressed with his brief knock of 14 runs that came off just eight deliveries. But, it was arguably his 'bullet throw' that had cricket fans singing his praise. Vijay shankar today #INDvNZ #NZvIND #vijayshankar pic.twitter.com/y55l6FOqz4 — Puneet B (@OnestoPuneet) February 8, 2019 DIRECT HIT FROM THE LONG-ON !! ð¯ Bullet throw from VIJAY SHANKAR & Taylor departs...#NZvIND — Anupam ð (@Anupam183) February 8, 2019 Gilly throw vijay Shankar #NZvIND — Akram Pasha (@catch_akram) February 8, 2019 WHAT A DIRECT THROW FROM LONG ON BY VIJAY SHANKAR! Taylor out for the last 6 balls. #NZvIND — Tina Tengra (@wemakeuplife) February 8, 2019 Great throw from Vijay Shankar. Credit to Bhuvi also for judging that the throw would hit the wickets #NZvIND — The Goan Patiala ð¥ (@TheGoanPatiala) February 8, 2019 What a throw Vijay Shankar! Absolutely sensational. We can say- Vijay Shankar does a Jadeja here!#NZvIND — Tushar Jain (@mainlycricket) February 8, 2019 That throw from vijay shankar to run ross taylor out is a treat to watch !!@StarSportsIndia @cricbuzz — सambit पातà¥à¤°à¤¾ âBJPâ (@amateur_ape) February 8, 2019 Waah vijay shankar Top class throw — राà¤à¤ªà¥à¤°à¥à¤¹à¤¿à¤¤ ð®ð³ (@Rajpurohit_7) February 8, 2019 What a performance by our bowler ð®ð³ What a throw by Vijay Shankar ðððððð Go and chase it good luck — Raj Mrityunjay (@Rajromantic1) February 8, 2019 This could be crucial. Brilliant throw and run out by Vijay Shankar. — Nicket (@Nicket_S) February 8, 2019
  22. Sachin Tendulkar and a digital entertainment company launched India's first Multiplayer Virtual Reality Cricket Game called “Sachin Saga”. Sachin Saga comes with a limited edition VR headset along with the game. The virtual reality game is set in the middle of the pitch where players will be able to test their batting reflexes facing bowlers at over 150KPM. © JetSynthesys The game is said to have real-time shadows and motion capture by Sachin himself with over 28 unique batting shots. Players will be able to play over 100 matches in the Legend mode and can also compete in head-to-head multiplayer matches with other players. The VR headset also has support for over 3,000 apps that are compatible with Google Cardboard that includes games, videos and exploration apps. The headset has a 100-degree view of field and comes with a custom Bluetooth controller. The entire package with the game costs only Rs 1,499 and is available here. © JetSynthesys Speaking on the launch of Sachin Saga VR, Sachin Tendulkar said, “With VR, for the first time, the lines between gaming and real blur to give gamers an accurately simulated experience of the stadium, with real-time action right on their mobile screens. I thoroughly enjoyed reliving my matches with Sachin Saga VR, and I am sure it will resonate with cricket fans and gamers all over the world.” Would you like to get into Sachin's shoes? Do you like playing VR games? Let us know in the comments what you think about Sachin Saga and whether you will buy this game or not.
  23. In the age of Twenty20 (T20) cricket, the fans have been exposed to numerous leagues across the globe that thrive on franchise-based tournaments. Australia gave us the Big Bash League (BBL). India has produced Indian Premier League (IPL). And Pakistan isn't far behind with their very own Pakistan Super League (PSL). The idea of a franchise-based T20 tournament where cricketers from around the globe are seen donning local shirts continues to entice cricket fans. And, if the slambang cricketing action isn't enough, the whole jazz around these T20 leagues adds to the entertainment which is why we often see prominent celebrities performing at the tournament's opening ceremonies. The year 2019 is proving to be no different. As the fourth edition of the PSL gets kicking from 14th February, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appears to be leaving no stone unturned in a bid to make the opening ceremony a massive success. Turning up the star quotient, the PCB has invited American rap artist Pitbull to perform at the opening ceremony. The Florida based singer @pitbull a.k.a Mr. Worldwide is excited to be part of the #HBLPSL, here is what he has to say! #KhelDeewanoKa More about HBL PSL Opening Ceremony ð https://t.co/Uj1fIyOAcR pic.twitter.com/Q5gHUsaSKJ — PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) January 31, 2019 Armando Christian Perez, better known for his stage name Pitbull, is a renowned singer, record producer and songwriter. He is known for his songs like “Give Me Everything” and “Timber”, Pitbull has performed the anthem for the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. Join yours truly in Dubai on February 14 for the @thePSLt20 Opening Ceremony performance ð¤ See you there! #KHELDEEWANOKA pic.twitter.com/r5HT6c9dZd — Pitbull (@pitbull) January 31, 2019 The 38-year-old also confirmed his presence at the PSL opening ceremony on Twitter. "Join yours truly in Dubai on February 14 for the @thePSLt20 Opening Ceremony performance. See you there!" Pitbull tweeted. As soon as the news broke on the social media, cricket fans expressed their views on PCB's move for Pitbull. While some were excited to see the Florida-based artist perform at the opening ceremony, others questioned the PCB for splurging money on Pitbull rather than using local talent. How much PCB gonna pay for this i heard round 10cror its hell of amount it is better to hire our local singee instead pitbull nobudy knows him — Azam Dogar (@Azam005M) January 31, 2019 It's going high It'll be superb ceremony WORLD BEST LEAGUE IS ON WAY Fans are Also super excited to see their favourite stars in one Place. — Faiz Khan Abbasi (@FaizKhanAbbasi3) January 31, 2019 How much PCB gonna pay for this i heard round 10cror its hell of amount it is better to hire our local singee instead pitbull nobudy knows him — اÙا ÙجÙÙÙ ð¥ (@Humour_lesss) January 31, 2019 Fazool kharchi hai, If it's 10 cror. Itnay main saray Pakistani singers aajany thay ððð — Nauman Ayyaz (@Nomi185) January 31, 2019 To all those saying wastage of money.. Its about the international recognition these small elements are much valued — shahid khan (@shanavazkhan141) January 31, 2019 I love pitbulllllll it will be funn... Awesome step — Farzam Bakht. (@FarzamBakht1) February 1, 2019 Why not ali zafar or atif aslam — Faraz (@Farazloveu) January 31, 2019
  24. Being a part of a family can have different meanings to different people. When you are living the life of a soldier, the unit is your family. Similarly, when you live the life of a sportsperson who is playing for the nation, then your team becomes your family. And that remains even after you retire from the sport. Jacob Martin, a former Indian cricketer from Baroda witnessed the support of his extended cricket family when he required money for his operation. Martin suffered a major accident earlier in January that caused severe damages to his lungs and liver. Now, in a positive development, the 46-year-old has been released from the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after spending almost a month there. Moreover, the Vadodara star is now out of danger and has also resumed speaking. © Twitter Earlier, several names from the cricket fraternity had come out to help Martin, who has played 10 One-Day Internationals matches for India and has also guided Baroda to a Ranji Trophy victory. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was one of the first cricketers to come to Martin's aid and transferred funds into his bank account. Later, Krunal Pandya, the Mumbai Indians lad who is currently playing in the India A squad, wrote out a blank cheque, which said: "Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh." Other than the BCCI, the BCA and other cricketers such as Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and even Kiran More came forward to help the Ex-Baroda captain. However, dark clouds still hover over Martin's family, as his wife Khyati has mentioned that despite receiving financial assistance from several sources, she would still need more money in the coming days. Till now, Martin received Rs 16 lakh out of which almost Rs.15 lakh has been spent so far in hospital expenses. It's heartwarming to see the cricket fraternity coming forward to help one of their own, and we hope that contributions keep coming in so that Jacob Martin can get back on his feet soon.
  25. A decision has been taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Pakistan Cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was incidentally caught barking racial slurs at South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo on 22nd January 2019 during the second ODI match at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban. After about a week of inspection, the ICC has finally decided to suspend Ahmed for four matches after he said: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya padhwa ke aaye hai aaj?". (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?) and everything was recorded by the stump microphones placed right in front of him. The suspension follows a wave of serious flak towards Ahmed and his comments which was spearheaded by the former Pakistani cricketer and all-time great Shoaib Akhtar, who uploaded a minute and a half long video from all his social media handles to publicly show his disgust with Ahmed's words and urge him to make a public apology as soon as possible. Surely, about 24 hours later, Ahmed did take to Twitter to address the whole issue but his comments felt less like an apology and more like him trying to dodge his way out by saying that his words were not supposed to be heard by any specific individual nor were they for the opposing team to understand and that whatever he said was out of sheer frustration. 1/2 - I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday's game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and... — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 2/3 - I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from... — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 3/3 - ...across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field. — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 However, when the ICC made their decision to suspend Sarfraz for four games public, the Pakistan Cricket Board, in a statement on their website, said that they were utterly disappointed by this measure. “The PCB notes the ICC decision on Sarfaraz Ahmed with its utmost disappointment. PCB had anticipated that the matter had been resolved amicably between the two players and the two Boards following Sarafraz Ahmed's public apologies which were accepted by the player, the Board and South Africa cricket team,” reads the statement. The ICC has also ordered Ahmed to take up "an education programme to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he has committed”.
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