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  1. Nasser Hussain says that the teams would have no choice but to create their own atmosphere along with the new rules in place
  2. There are two things Indians swear by - cricket and Bollywood. With each enjoying its dedicated fandom, followers often find common ground through sports dramas or biopics. But what happens when cricket and entertainment overlap in real-life? While it seems almost impossible for that to have a memorable outcome, some people have tapped into the unexplored territory and given way to a whole new world. When sportsmen step into the world of entertainment by lip-syncing to popular songs and recreate memorable Bollywood scenes, the level of excitement is unreal. Check out these 5 Indian cricketers who've now become popular TikTokers as well and know how to entertain their fans both on and off the field: 1. Manoj TiwaryTikTok ID - @swagstarmanojtiwary Who would have thought that apart from wielding the bat, Manoj Tiwary could also crack us up with his antics in front of the camera? We must say, the dude isnât so bad when it comes to lip-syncing or lending an ear to his wife, so whole-heartedly. @swagstarmanojtiwary ##gendaphool ##tiktokindia @roy_susmita7 ⬠Genda Phool - Badshah 2. Yuzvendra ChahalTikTok ID - @yuzvendrachahal Well, who isnât aware of Chahalâs hilarious TikTok videos which get him brutally trolled by his fellow teammates on multiple occasions? But no matter how hilarious his videos may be, we have to admit that Chahal manages to get a good laugh out of us every time. @yuzvendrachahal First tik tok video with dad ðDaD & Son â¤ï¸ ##quarantine ##familytime ##staysafe ⬠original sound - SOHAIL SHAIKH 3. Irfan PathanTikTok ID - @irfanpathan_official Irfan Pathan is definitely nailing his TikTok game with some really fun videos, which often feature his brother and former cricketer Yusuf Pathan. He is pretty active with his posts and definitely knows how to pack a punch in his videos. @irfanpathan_official Password nahi dena... ##home ##quarantine ##brothers ##life ⬠Main to sirf password baata raha tha - sirajkhan1933 4. Mohammed ShamiTikTok ID - @mdshami11 One look at Shami and no one would think this demure-looking fast-bowler can be so easy-going and confident in front of the camera. Shamiâs TikTok feed is a mix of music videos, funny lip-syncing videos and even some personal videos for his followers. @mdshami11 ##tiktokindia_ ##tik_tok_india ##cricketlovers ##staysafe ⬠original sound - Viren 5. Aakash ChopraTikTok ID - @aakashchopra We know that the former cricketer is a fine commentator, but who would have expected him to be so artsy when it came to acting with his wife and lip-syncing to iconic Bollywood dialogues? Aakash surely knows how to make the best use of the platform and weâre not complaining. @aakashchopra ##mrandmrschopra Ek machchar Aadmi ki zindagi bana sakta hai ï¸ð¤£ ⬠original sound - Suravi View the full article
  3. The popularity of International cricket is growing by leaps and bounds every year and so is the fame that these world-class athletes enjoy. However, with fame also comes the great deal to being careful about what you do on and off the field, especially in todayâs era of digitalisation. One mistake and you can end up on a list somewhere like this. Here are five embarrassing off-the-field moments that got international cricketers in trouble with their fans: 1. Yuzvendra Chahal - Tweeting For Numbers © Twitter - Yuzvendra Chahal Turns out, Yuzvendra Chahal was never a stranger to the social media world, even before the inception of which somehow unleashed his obsession with making videos. The Indian bowler had joined Twitter in December 2011 and was still relatively new to the concept of how a tweet works. Turns out, he was asking for contact numbers of several Twitter users by sending out tweets for the entire world to see! 2. Chris Gayle - Donât Blush Baby Christopher Henry Gayle got fined A$10,000 for making âinappropriateâ comments to an Australian cricketer reporter, Mel McLaughlin during the 2015-2016 season of the Big Bash League. During the interview Gayle Said: âTo see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don't blush baby." Gayle eventually ended up apologising for what he called a âsimple jokeâ: 3. Hardik Pandya - Aaj Karke Aaya View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@karanjohar) As a guest in Karan Joharâs talk show Koffee With Karan, Hardik Pandya decided to talk about how he used to get involved with multiple women and even shared the story about revealing it to his parents that heâd lost his virginity. âI like to watch and observe how they (women) move in the club. I'm little from the Black side, so I need to see how they move," Pandya said. âWhen I lost my virginity, I came home and said, 'Main karke aya hai aaj (I had *** today)'". And, then, what followed later, "At a party, my parents asked me 'acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (who is your interest here?)' so I said 'yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)' and they were like 'waah proud of you beta',â he went on to add. 4. Aditya Tare - Messing With Shah Rukh KhanBack in 2012, Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was banned from entering Mumbaiâs Wankhede stadium for five years for getting in a heated argument with a few members of the Maharashtra Cricket Association during an IPL match. Mumbai Indians wicket-keeping batsman decided to go on Twitter calling out the actor for being âdrunkâ and even expressed happiness over him being banned. © Twitter - Aditya Tare 5. Yuzvendra Chahal - Sliding Into Random Womanâs DM"That was not me it was my nephew" v2.0 ð¤ªð¤ªð¤ª Yuzi Chahal doing harakiri LMAO pic.twitter.com/XSLxdZ4DRR â Anas Khan (@AnasMagnificent) November 6, 2018 They say you can only learn by committing mistakes and to his credit, Yuzvendra Chahal did learn to slide into ladiesâ DMs but he probably forgot about how easy it is to take screenshots. In 2018, âsomebodyâ from Chahalâs official Instagram account DMed a random woman. In the same chat, Chahal later said that it wasnât he who texted her âin case she thought soâ. Hmm⦠Of course not, Yuzi. Of course not. View the full article
  4. One of the most successful Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh has been making headlines for playing the role of an engineering student in an upcoming Tamil movie. His decision to take a plunge into acting comes despite a fair warning from his wife and actor Geeta Basra. In an interview with Bombay Times, Singh said: âMy wife, Geeta (Basra), told me not to get into films as itâs nothing like the sport that I play. She is right in the sense that acting is not everyoneâs cup of tea, but if nothing else, tajurba toh mil hi jayega.â Let the Khans do #Bollywood films, I am happy doing #Tamil and #Punjabi movies: #HarbhajanSingh The cricketer will play an engineering student in his debut film down South@harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/4ji5zb6KDw â MovieBuzz (@MoviesBuzz9) April 22, 2020 Well, she isnât wrong and we can prove it with the stories of five Indian cricketers who tried their hand at acting but ended up failing miserably: 1. Ajay Jadeja: Tainted by the allegations of match-fixing and a five-year ban for the same, Ajay Jadejaâs success as a cricketer was and will continue to remain overshadowed. However, the same cannot be said about his on-screen career which never took off. From his debut film Khel (2003) with Sunil Shetty, Sunny Deol and Celina Jaitley in lead roles, to a rom-com in Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat in 2009, Jadeja got enough tajurba to know that acting wasnât meant for him. 2. Sunil Gavaskar: Sunil Gavaskar, the little master who made the bowlers shiver in their boots throughout his legendary cricketing career, wasnât as imposing when it came to working in front of the camera. His role as the main character in a Marathi film Savli Premachi (1980) failed to attract an audience to the theatres the way his batting did during his days as one of the Men in Blue. He also made a special appearance in Naseeruddin Shah starrer Maalamal (1988) but that was it for Gavaskarâs acting career. 3. Vinod Kambli:Despite all the talent in the world, Vinod Kambli failed to shine in international cricket for long. Some blame the cricketer himself for bringing down in what could have been a glorious career, others blame the Indian selection committee. But when it comes to acting, Kambli alone needs to be blamed for his performance in the 2002 film Annarth and that god-awful song Whisky Pila De. 4. Salil Ankola After playing one Test match and twenty One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Indian cricket team, Salil Ankola acted in movies like Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002) and Chura Liya Hai Tumne (2003) but failed to make an impression. He later moved towards small screen shows and to his credit, did some great work there. 5. Salim Durani An all-rounder, Afghanistan-born Salim Durani represented India in 29 Tests and was known for his ability to smash powerful sixes over the boundary ropes. Fans loved him dearly and even protested with signs and slogans when he was dropped from a Kanpur Test in 1973. The same year, however, Durani made his acting debut alongside Parveen Babi who was also making her first on-screen appearance in Charitra. The film bombed and was a resounding failure at the box office but the directors noticed Babi as a future superstar while Durani moved away from the industry forever. View the full article
  5. Arguably one of the most popular sports around the globe, cricket remains dear to fans owing to the pulsating contest between the bat and the ball that it brings to the table. Spread across three formats, namely Tests, ODIs and T20Is, cricket as a sport has managed to overshadow its counterparts in terms of popularity and fame. Thanks to its evolution over the years, cricket continues to capture the imagination of fans who treat cricketers no less than demigods. From swashbuckling batting heroes, majestic bowling stars to the superlative fielders, cricket has given idols in all shapes, sizes and domains to the fans. © Reuters But, while the men playing on the field tend to run away with the limelight, the umpires and match officials, who work just as hard, often fail to get their due. Majority of these men, including the on-field umpires who are seen standing tirelessly under the sun, have been part of the game for a long time. Many of them represented their respective nations on the international circuit before calling time on their career. But, such is their love for cricket that even after retirement they couldn't stay away from the gentleman's game, only to return as umpires. This is the compilation of seven international cricketers who chose to become umpires after retiring from cricket: Ian Gould © Reuters A left-handed wicket-keeper batsman, Ian Gould played over two decades of first-class and List A cricket to eventually earn his England debut in January 1983. Opening the innings for England in his debut game, Gould couldn't score more than 15 runs, but he made up for his mediocre outing with the willow through his impressive glovework, taking two catches and pulling off a stumping in England's 54-run win over New Zealand. The Sussex cricketer represented England in 18 ODIs, including the ICC World Cup in 1983. Gould also had some Ashes glory to his name when, coming on as substitute fielder in the 1982-83 series, he took Greg Chappell's catch, sending him back into the hut for just 2 runs, in England's three-run win. Gould was also a prolific performer in first-class and List A cricket. The left-hander scored 8,756 runs in 298 first-class appearances and 4,377 runs in 315 matches in List A cricket. His wicket-keeping skills, too, were on the money as showcased in 603 dismissals effected by him in first-class cricket and another 279 in List A cricket. Soon after his retirement, Gould joined the first-class umpires panel in 2002. He was promoted to the international panel in April 2006. And, three years later, Gould was inducted into ICC's Elite Panel of umpires. Arguably one of the most effective umpires on the international circuit, Gould has officiated in 99 Tests, 187 ODIs and 55 T20Is as an umpire (including TV umpire). Kumar Dharmasena © Reuters Arriving on the international circuit at the age of just 22, Kumar Dharmasena quickly established himself as a key performer with his quickish off-spin bowling, delivered with an unorthodox action. He was a vital cog in Sri Lankaâs outstanding ODI team of the mid-1990s where he formed a part of the spin pack led by Muttiah Muralitharan. Featuring in 172 matches, the former off-spinner took 207 wickets during his stint in ODIs and Tests for Sri Lanka. Apart from his bowling, Dharmasena was also more than handy with the bat, scoring 868 runs in Tests and 1,222 runs in ODIs. After retiring from international cricket in 2006, the former Sri Lankan cricketer turned to umpiring. So far, he has officiated in 83 Tests, 165 ODIs and 33 T20Is as an umpire (including TV umpire). After officiating in the 2011 World Cup opener, Dharmasena was chosen as one of the two umpires to watch the proceedings in the coveted 2015 World Cup final. In 2012, he also won the ICC's David Shepherd Trophy, given to the Umpire of the Year, which made him the only cricketer-turned-umpire to bag such an honour. Richard Illingworth © Reuters Sporting a clipped moustache and a gentle manner, Richard Illingworth arrived on the international stage after playing first-class cricket for almost 19 years, making 376 appearances. Making his debut in 1991 for England, Illingworth was roped in for his ability to bowl a tight line and build pressure - a technique that might have helped him in domestic cricket, but didn't help on the international stage. His lack of wicket-taking skills saw the Yorkshire cricketer featuring in just 9 Tests and 25 ODIs for England. With England persisting with the more effective option in Phil Tufnell, Illingworth, in 2002, retired from international cricket with just 49 scalps (ODIs and Tests) to his name. The England star focussed his energy on training as an umpire, making his international debut in 2010. Since then, Illingworth has officiated in 65 Tests, 124 ODIs and 23 T20Is as an umpire (including TV umpire). Paul Reiffel © Reuters The Australian right-arm pacer was known for hitting awkward lengths and his ability to move the ball off the pitch both ways, making him a difficult bowler to read. He appeared in 127 international matches â 35 Tests and 92 ODIs, picking up 210 wickets overall. His career was affected by a lot of injuries, which led to his retirement in 2002 when he was 36. His last international appearance, interestingly, was in the ICC Cricket World Cup final of 1999, which Australia won. Reiffel returned 1/29 from 10 overs on that occasion. A decent lower-order batsman, Reiffel ended with six half-centuries in Tests and one in ODIs. In 2009, he returned to the international fold as an umpire and has had a successful career, appearing in 71 Tests, 119 ODIs and 25 T20Is since. Srinivas Venkataraghavan © Reuters One of the members of the great Indian spin quartet, the off-spinner was accurate and effective, picking up 156 wickets in 57 Tests and also making a name for himself for his close-in fielding. He played his first Test in 1965 and the last in 1983, playing a key role in Indiaâs maiden Test series wins in the Caribbean and in England in 1971, picking up 35 wickets in eight Tests. He also captained India at the 1975 and 1979 ICC Cricket World Cups, and after a long gap following his retirement in 1985, officiated in his first game in 1993 after a short stint as an ICC match referee. He went on to officiate in 73 Tests and 52 ODIs, becoming one of the most respected umpires in the game before retiring in 2004. Asoka de Silva © Reuters The most successful Sri Lankan umpire in terms of appearances in international cricket, de Silva is probably a better-known official than a cricketer, even though he played 10 Tests and 28 ODIs between 1985 and 1992. A useful leg-spinner and lower-order batsman, de Silva scored 323 international runs and picked up 25 wickets. He officiated in his first international game â an ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle in 1999 â just two years after his last first-class appearance and was a part of 49 Tests, 122 ODIs â including at the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cups â and 11 T20Is, the last of them in June 2012. Mark Benson © Reuters A good player of fast bowling, the left-handed opener was a regular part of the Kent set-up for 15 seasons, scoring 18,387 first-class runs overall in 292 matches at an average of 40.23. He got his Test debut against India in 1986, and made 30 and 21 in many hours of gritty batting. That, however, was his only Test appearance and he played just one ODI, and after retiring in 1995, Benson turned to umpiring, even becoming part of the International Cricket Councilâs Elite Panel, and officiated in 27 Tests, 72 ODIs and 19 T20Is. View the full article
  6. We have heard stories of the many great cricketers this nation has produced, who came from humble beginnings and made it big in this highly competitive world of sports. People like the Pathan brothers, for instance, have had some inspiring âRags to Richesâ stories. However, what a lot of people often tend to overlook are the contributions made by these athletesâ parents, to the best of their abilities, to provide a decent way of living and allow their kids to follow their dreams. Here are 5 Indian cricketers and their parents who worked tirelessly to see their kidsâ dreams come true: 1. MS Dhoni - Pan Singh DhoniDear #Sakshi & @msdhoni!! Thank you for your warmth & hospitality. Loved ur new home. Meeting parents is always a blessing. #RanchiDiaries pic.twitter.com/Er2D3jAU3g â Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) October 3, 2017 Mahendra Singh Dhoniâs father was a junior manager in MECON, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Steel of the Government of India. Mahiâs calmness and simplicity must come from his dad who just said âachha lagaâ when his son was named the captain of the Indian cricket team in 2007. 2. Virat Kohli - Prem Kohli@imVkohli sry chikoo.!late in wishin bt belated HBD 2 ur dad!!Mr.Prem kohli!#respect O:)@shreyakohli07 :). pic.twitter.com/edKzqyTL â D@NTE (@sidevil02) October 7, 2012 Virat Kohli has always talked about how his father was one of the biggest supporters of his passion for the game. While he was a criminal lawyer, he was also involved in online share trading. One day, a bad transaction led to a brain stroke and Viratâs father passed away a couple of weeks after the incident. The Indian skipper says that one moment in his life changed him completely. 3. Irfan Pathan & Yusuf Pathan - Mehmood Khan PathanIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) Tweeted: The happiness on his face is priceless #ABBA #father #memories pic.twitter.com/z9dlzIYtCF (https://t.co/NyLUI9Xerw) â Jyotisankar Bhoi (@JyotisankarBhoi) April 15, 2020 The Pathan brothers spent their childhood in Vadodara's Jama Masjid where their father worked as a muezzin. He also used to work a second job, a seven-hour shift in a chemical factory nearby. He was, however, asked to vacate his one-room tenement because the mosque management thought he didnât take care of a copy of the Quran in 2005. Mehmood Khan, however, believed that he was fired because the authorities were jealous of him and his sons. 4. Suresh Raina - Trilok Chand Raina View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@sureshraina3) Suresh Rainaâs father is a retired military officer from Rainawari area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir who, according to the cricketer himself, did his best to keep the family happy even though there wasnât a lot of money at home. In the 1980s, Rainaâs father decided to move to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh where Sureshâs talents as an athlete were truly recognised. 5. Prithvi Shaw - Pankaj ShawThe greatest gift I ever had came from god, I CALL HIM DAD! Happy Father day my Hero â¥ï¸â¥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/8RBtrkhnHj â Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) June 16, 2019 While Prithvi Shaw was referred to as the âNext Sachin Tendulkarâ in his initial days, his dream of wearing an Indian jersey was realised by the sacrifices made by his father. Pankaj, who used to run a small garment shop, sold his business only to focus on his sonâs career as a cricketer. View the full article
  7. Do you believe in ghosts? Do you feel that there is something in between life and death where a few spirits get stuck forever and continue to make contact with the living in one way or another? Do you believe that âsomeoneâ might be staring at you from that dark corner of your room at night while you are asleep? Well, probably not. However, the athletes mentioned below in the list may have had some very peculiar experiences which might make them think otherwise. Here are four ghost stories shared by cricketers: Sourav Ganguly © Reuters In a book named Beefyâs Cricket Tales written by Ian Botham, Sourav Ganugly talks about the paranormal experience he had back in 2002 when India were on a tour of England. âWe were up in Durham for a match at Chestler-le-Street and were being looked after at Lumley Castle, a beautiful hotel that overlooks the ground. As a captain, I was taken up to my suite and I must say it was a magnificent room with everything you could want. We finished training for the day, with the match due to be played the following morning, and I went back to my room before heading out for dinner. When I returned, I closed the curtains and switched off all the lights and climbed into bed,â Ganguly writes. However, the skipper woke up in the middle of the night to the voice of tap water running in his bathroom. âI got up, switched on the lights and went to turn off the water. The taps were already off. I thought I must have dreamt it or heard it from another room. I went back to bed, making sure everything was turned off and the place was quiet, then fell back asleep.â About 30 minutes later, he heard the same sound and woke up again. But when the same thing happened for the third time, Ganguly sprang off his bed and ran to his teammate Robin Singhâs room and slept on the floor without telling anyone about this experience back then. Ganguly has never stayed at the Lumley Castle ever since. Stuart Broad © Reuters In 2014, when England were hosting Sri Lanka for a Test match, pacer Stuart Broad confessed of experiencing âsomething weirdâ in his room in the central-London based five-star rated Langham Hotel. In an interview with Daily Mail, Broad said: âIt was so hot in the room I just couldnât sleep. All of a sudden the taps in the bathroom came on for no reason. I turned the lights on and the taps turned themselves off. Then when I turned the lights off again the taps came on. It was very weird. âIt really freaked me out. I ended up asking to move rooms. Bealey (Broadâs girlfriend) was pretty spooked, too, and I know Moeen Aliâs other half wonât stay there because sheâs so frightened of the ghosts. âBen Stokes has had some problems sleeping as well. Heâs on the third floor, which is where a lot of the issues are. Iâm telling you, something weird is going on." Haris Sohail © Reuters In the beginning of 2015, Pakistan were touring New Zealand when batsman Haris Sohail was found traumatised and feverish in his bedroom after âa supernatural presence shook his bedâ in Christchurchâs Rydges Latimer hotel. According to a report by The Guardian, Sohail had called one of the coaching staff members after being shaken in his sleep and decided to sleep in his coachâs room that night. He was so traumatized by the incident that he even missed a one-day warm-up match against a New Zealand Presidentâs XI. Shane Watson © Reuters In arguably the most famous story of them all, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson amongst many of his teammates felt a bit of uneasiness during their stay at the Lumley Castle (yes, the same hotel where Ganguly heard the open taps) in 2005. Reportedly, Watson decided to get out of his room and sleep on Brett Leeâs floor. The then media manager of the Australian cricket team, Belinda Dennett even told The Sun what she thought sheâd seen that night: "I saw ghosts. I swear I'm telling the truth," she said. "Several of the players were uneasy although a lot of them in the morning said they were fine ... but maybe they were just trying to be brave." "I closed the blind in my room before I went to bed. But when I was woken at 4am by my phone, the blind was up again. I looked out of the window and saw a procession of white people walking past. It was amazing, very scary." "Then I returned to bed and the blind went up again - and there was someone looking in through the window. I know I wasn't dreaming because I wrote down the message from my phone and the time. Certainly, when I started to tell my story, a lot of them didn't want to know the details." View the full article
  8. When a cricketer plays for India, they achieve such a status where people start looking up to them as their idol and believe that they could do no wrong. But that would have to be an ideal world and ideal worlds donât exist. There are many cricketers who found themselves in trouble for illegal acts they âmay or may notâ have committed and have had to spend some time at the police station after being booked. Here are the top four Indian cricketers out of them: 1. S Sreesanth © Reuters Former Indian pacer, S Sreesanth spent almost a month in Tihar jail after he along with two of his other Rajasthan Royals teammates were found guilty of spot-fixing during the sixth season of the Indian Premier League. In an interview with The Indian Express, he even described his time behind bars. "There was this guy - murderer and rapist - who used to abuse me a lot. Every other word was an abuse. I was scared of him. I soon realised I had to do something about it. I started to speak to him and I remember after a few days he said, 'Tere me to dum nahi, teri to fatt gayi... Saath rehna, tero ko karne ke liye bohot log hai. (You are scared. Stay with me. Lots of people want to target you)'," the cricketer had said in 2019. 2. Vinod Kambli © Reuters Vinod Kambli and his wife were booked for allegedly assaulting their maid and wrongfully confining her at their home for three days following an argument over payment disagreement. âShe accused that the couple had not allowed her to return home and wrongfully confined for three days, when she demanded her wages,â said Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni. Kambli later rejected all the allegations and his wife, Andrea even made a public statement about how she was warned by the Badra Police about the maidâs instability and that âsheâs into drugsâ. 3. Amit Mishra © Reuters According to The Times of India, a friend of former Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra, registered a complaint against the cricketer for assault in 2015. On October 27, he was even arrested but released moments later in Bengaluru. 4. Navjot Singh Sindhu © Reuters Navjot Singh Sindhu had confessed to engaging in a fistfight with a 65-year-old man named Gurnam Singh back in 1988 after they got into an altercation in the middle of the road. Singh was declared dead by the time he was rushed to the hospital. After the case went on for almost 30 years since the incident, in 2018, the Supreme Court announced that Sidhu was guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder but he wasnât imprisoned. View the full article
  9. Over the years, cricket as a sport has been often labelled as the gentleman's game. But, ask an ardent fan and you'd quickly realise that the lines of being a gentleman in cricket have for long been blurred. We've seen players using expletives against each other. The game has witnessed cases of spot-fixing and ball-tampering. There also have been a rare case of a cricketer almost beating a fan with his bat. While the International Cricket Council (ICC) continues to monitor such situations and has managed to curb such incidents that may bring disrepute to the game, the demon of sledging and verbal abuse, every now and then, somehow manages to crawl back into the sport. Thanks to the ever-increasing levels of competition in cricket, every team including some players resort to verbal exploits to upstage the opponent. The strategy of putting sledging to good effect has been associated with Australia's aggressive brand of cricket for decades, but, today, it is a widely common practice that allows teams to upset the temperament and disrupt the focus of the opponents to gain an upper hand. But apart from sledging, there have also been those occasional and rare moments where teammates, too, have been seen engaging in verbal exchanges on the field. From hurling verbal abuses, pointing fingers at each other, charging in anger to heated exchanges, here's a look at six Indian cricketers who lost their cool at their own team members on the field: Nehra Blasts Dhoni Ashish Nehra is undeniably the name that automatically comes to our mind at the first mention of an Indian cricketer abusing his own teammate. The exploits of a furious Nehra during the 2005 ODI between India and Pakistan might have been almost 15 years old, but the fact that he abused none other than MS Dhoni remains one of the hardest pills to swallow for fans. During the 4th ODI at Ahmedabad, Dhoni, who was fairly new on the international circuit, had done his part with the willow, scoring 64-ball 47 in India's 315-run total. But, during the fourth over of Pakistan's run-chase, Shahid Afridi, who was batting on 10, edged a delivery outside the off-stump and the ball flew past Dhoni who was keeping behind the stumps. The left-arm Indian seamer was clearly miffed with Dhoni's efforts before giving him his piece of mind with some expletives. While Nehra recently rendered his apology claiming he was not proud of his behaviour, the fact that Dhoni went on to become one of the most popular and successful cricketers in the country, further makes this incident unforgettable. Laxman Fuming At Ojha Who would have seen this coming? Throughout his career, VVS laxman was known for his composure and grit that reflected in his invaluable innings more often than not. An orthodox batsman who appeared like a diligent pupil of textbook strokes, Laxman was and is still considered to be a man who can do no wrong, let alone lose his temper and blast a fellow teammate. On the final day of the Mohali Test between India and Australia in 2010, tension was soaring at an all-time high in the frenetic closing stage of the match. The hosts were just six runs away from a memorable win against the then World Champions. But, sadly for India, the team had just one wicket in hand, with Laxman and tail-ender Pragyan Ojha at the crease. Batting despite back troubles, Laxman, who was batting with Suresh Raina as his runner, was India's only hope and knew he needed to tread with caution. Keen on retaining the strike, Laxman drilled the ball to mid-off and called for a single, but Ojha, standing at the non-striker's end, got confused and refused to run. Ojha's antics left Laxman fuming at the other end as he screamed more than a few words at his teammate in absolute rage. Luckily for India, Ojha managed to hold fort at the other end and the hosts eked out a thrilling win from jaws of defeat. Laxman, who remained unbeaten on 73, claimed that he apologised to Ojha for his behaviour, but never disclosed exactly what he said to him. Dhoni 'Abuses' Manish Pandey © Twitter/@BCCI Over the years, MS Dhoni has established himself as one of the most respected and iconic cricketers to have played the gentleman's game. Apart from his skills, Dhoni's calm and composed demeanour has earned him plaudits from fans and pundits alike. Thus, in 2018, in a rare incident when the camera caught Dhoni allegedly abusing Manish Pandey, no one really believed it. The 2nd T20I between India and South Africa saw Dhoni and Pandey stitch a crucial 98-run partnership for the fifth wicket. The final over of the Indian innings saw the stump mic picking up Dhoni having a crack at Pandey, who was standing at the non-striker's end, looking somewhere else. "Oye, Bho***ke, idhar dekh le. Udhar kya dekh raha hai? (Look here. What are you looking at there),â was the initial impression of Dhoni's stump-mic recording. But, cricket fans still remain divided over Dhoni's comments. While some believe he did abuse Pandey, others feel that he said: "Oye, Bhoot**ke, idhar dekh le. Udhar kya dekh raha hai?". Jadeja Riles Up Raina Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja are well-known for their close friendship and mutual respect for each other. The duo had thrived under the leadership of MS Dhoni in Team India and still remain the best of buddies. Thus, the sight of Jadeja and Raina exchanging verbal volleys and bickering in the middle ground in 2013. During the Tri-Series that featured India, Sri Lanka and West Indies in the Caribbean, Dhoni was sidelined during the group stages of the tournament. Amid Dhoni's absence, young Virat Kohli was asked to lead the Indian team during the clash against the Windies. During the West Indies innings, Raina had dropped Sunil Narine on two occasions. But, Jadeja dismissed the left-hander in the 34th over to make up for Raina's errors. After dismissing Narine, Jadeja walked up to Raina and pointed out his mistake. Unhappy with his fielding, Jadeja took it a bit too far by taking a jibe at Raina for losing Team India captaincy to Kohli. "Because you've lost the captaincy, you've also lost interest in fielding?," he reportedly told Raina. The comments left Raina fuming in rage as the duo continued to exchange words until Kohli intervened. "Raina and Jadeja have spoken to the team manager and tendered unconditional apology for their on-field behaviour. They have promised that this type of an act won't be repeated again. Both the cricketers have understood that their conduct is unbecoming of a national team cricketer," a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI in 2013. Harbhajan Provokes Rayudu © Twitter/@IPL Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh might not have played a lot of games together in the Indian team, but the fact that they played with Mumbai Indians (MI) from 2008 to 2017 and played key roles in their team's three IPL title triumphs hints at the good rapport they share. The duo are still teammates while plying their trade for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). But, in 2016, the two cricketers looked far from good mates on the field. During the 2016 season of the IPL, Mumbai Indians were playing against Rising Pune Supergiant when Harbhajan was bowling to Saurabh Tiwary. The left-hander had pulled the off-spinner to the fence where some confusion between Rayudu and Tim Southee saw the ball going past the boundary line for a four. Bhajji was unimpressed by Rayudu's efforts. Harbhajan, who had not conceded a single boundary in his spell till then, was livid as he gestured with his hands to Rayudu and emitted a loud yell evidently in uncharitable language. The verbal volleys of Bhajji provoked Rayudu who charged in from the fence towards the off-spinner as the duo exchanged a few words. Moments later, Bhajji tried to make peace with Rayudu by wrapping his arms around him, but Rayudu was having none of it as he shrugged off the reconciliatory gesture. While Mumbai Indians eventually won the contest on the back of Rohit Sharma's blazing 85, the unusual and surprising on-field spat between Harbhajan and Rayudu left a bit of a sour taste in everyone's mouth. Jadeja Takes On Ishant India's tour of Australia in 2018 will always be remembered for their historic Test series win - their first Down Under. But, during the Perth Test, the only match India lost in the series, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma found themselves taking on each other in a heated on-field exchange. While there is no clear explanation behind their spat, it is believed that Ishant was apparently unhappy with Jadeja's fielding position. The two cricketers initially exchanged a few words from a distance before getting close while continuing to engage in the animated conversation. âWho knows what theyâre talking about, it does seem very animated, thereâs lots of finger-pointing. Things have obviously got a little bit heated between these two,â Ponting said while commentating for Channel 7. As Australia went on to win the Test by 146 runs, the incident of two Indian cricketers bickering on the field remained the topic of great discussion on social media amongst fans. But, the incident was eventually overshadowed - thanks to Virat Kohli-led India's triumph in the next game that saw them winning the Test series. View the full article
  10. Whenever you talk about the biggest rivalries in the game of cricket, the thought of India and Pakistan definitely enters your mind. Even though in the modern era, players from both teams have downplayed the feeling of playing against each other, these five incidents from the past will surely make you feel differently. Here are the five biggest fights from the epic rivalry between the cricket teams of India and Pakistan that were captured on camera: 1. Ishant Sharma Vs Kamran Akmal, 2012: Probably the mildest altercation to make the cut, the battle of words between Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal started a delivery after the former survived getting dismissed on a no-ball. A 5â6ââ tall Akmal held his ground when a 6â4ââ giant Sharma walked right to his face and started a war of words. Suresh Raina tried to get the two athletes away from each other but Ishant went right back at it after taking a few steps back. The situation got so out of hand that the umpire had to step in and Yuvraj Singh, out of all others, had to push Ishant away in a playful manner. While Akmal was fined 5% of his match fee, Sharma was found guilty of initiating the spat and was therefore charged 15%. 2. Harbhajan Singh Vs Shoaib Akhtar, 2010: The Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan turned out to be the source of two eyebrow-raising moments. First was between Gautam Gambhir and Kamran Akmal which led to the Indian batsman hitting an angry 83 off 97 deliveries to give his side a good start to the chase. But the moment that stood out even more, was when Harbhajan Singh took over after Suresh Rainaâs dismissal and played a brilliant innings to lead India to victory with a six in the final over. The reason which led to Bhajji playing with a spark was Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtarâs attempt at sledging him in the second last over. After Raina was gone and Parveen Kumar, a tailender, was Singhâs partner, Akhtar once again tried to irk him with a few taunts and ânot so pleasantâ words. Harbhajan set the record straight with a powerful maximum on the second last ball of the match. 3. Gautam Gambhir Vs Shahid Afridi, 2007: Gautam Gambhir was one feisty cricketer, wasnât he? Even before his altercation with Akmal, Gambhir found himself a suited feud partner in Pakistani all-rounder, Shahid Afridi during an ODI match in Kanpur. This is how the fight unfolded: Gambhir hit Afridi for a four, after which the latter started running his mouth and the former retaliated with equal friendliness. On the next ball, Gambhir ran for a single and collided with Afridi who was standing in his way. This led to a second more serious argument, which disrupted the flow of the game and on-field umpire Ian Gould had to step in. Upon further inspection after the match, both Gambhir and Afridi were fined 65% and 95% of their respective match fees on the accounts of "conduct unbecoming to their status which could bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute" and "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play." 4. Kiran More vs Javed Miandad, 1992 This incident was more of a Grade-A trash-talking and sledging which took place way back in 1992 when India and Pakistan were playing each other in the World Cup match. By Moreâs own admission, he hid his face with his wicket-keeping gloves and kept talking to Javed Miandad from behind the stumps. An irritated Miandad first complained to the on-field umpire about the same but More simply shot down the allegations. Soon after, Miandad wanted to take a single but was stopped by his partner in his way and had to get back to his crease. By the time, More received the ball and tried to run him out while jumping in the air. Miandad instantly started jumping in the air to mimic him. The two became really good friends after this incident. The image of the Pakistani batsman jumping animatedly while More just stood there not knowing how to react will continue to be one of the fondest memories of the India-Pakistan rivalry. 5. Venkatesh Prasad vs Aamir Sohail, 1996 And finally, the big one. The World Cup 1996 knockout match between India and Pakistan which had all the ingredients for cooking up an instant classic. There was controversy, excellent batting by both sides, and even a riot taking place not two steps away from the venue, Bangaloreâs M Chinnaswamy Stadium. After Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar lost his wicket with Pakistanâs score at 84, Aamir Sohail held the fort and how. With 9 fours and 1 six, he reached the half-century mark in less than 50 balls and felt like spicing things up a bit. After smashing his 9th four off a Venkatesh Prasad delivery, he signalled towards the bowler and asked him to go get it from the line. The delivery that followed, completely stunned the batter who got clean bowled with the stump completely ripping off the ground and laying flat on the surface. Even then, Sohail didnât give up his arrogance. With zero emotions on his face, he walked straight to the pavilion while gesturing his half-century towards the crowd. View the full article
  11. After returning from one of their worst cricketing tours of all time against Kane Williamson and the New Zealand roster, the Men in Blue were looking to get some redemption time against the visiting South African side at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamshala. However, while the losing streak is a major cause of worry for Virat Kohliâs squad, there is yet another threat that looms over each and every player involved in the match: the coronavirus. © Twitter With over 1,26,000 cases detected all over the world, 62 in India and 13 in South Africa, the players and the cricket boards of the two nations are justifiably worried about their health and wellbeing. Other than washing their hands with soap or sanitizers, under such circumstances, the players have been acknowledged of some of the major Dos and Don'ts that they must adhere to in order to maintain the safety of themselves, their teammates and their opponents. Donât Use Saliva To Shine The Ball © Twitter For decades now, bowlers from all over the world have been using their saliva for shining the ball which helps them get a swing in their deliveries. The bowler licks his hands and then rubs the ball with the saliva to do the needful. Obviously, this is a major cause of worry as everyone touches the ball while bowling or fielding and looking at how contagious the virus is, there should be an absolute ban on it. Donât Take Selfies With Fans © Twitter As cricketers in India, it is virtually impossible for them to not get surrounded by fans and spectators in public. Without the knowledge of where these fans come from and with whom had they met before coming to the stadium to watch the match, it is preferable for the athletes to refrain from engaging with the audience. On Wednesday, the BCCI announced that the players ought to stay away from people who arenât staff members and gadgets and objects that do not belong to them. Donât Shake Hands With The Opponents © Twitter Cricket is a gentlemanâs game and shaking hands with your opponents before and after the match is a tradition which has been kept alive ever since the inception of the sport itself. However, given the circumstances, making such an exception is probably the best idea. Both the BCCI and Proteas head coach Mark Boucher have also mentioned that theyâd keep away from the customary handshakes throughout their time in India. Do Have Medical Tests After Every Match © Twitter As cumbersome as it may be, the cricketers from either side must undergo medical tests after every match regardless of them taking all the necessary precautions throughout game time and their stay at the hotels in Dharamshala and Lucknow during their three-match ODI series. View the full article
  12. Dr Samara Afzal shared her message hoping 'others learn from Nasir?s mistakes & no one goes through the pain we have suffered'
  13. We all know the ABC that rules the zeitgeist of Indiaâs pop-culture wherein A stands for Astrology, B for Bollywood and C for cricket. Just take a look at any entertainment daily and their page 3 and youâll get an idea of how ardently we look at celebrities from the film fraternity and their personal lives. © Instagram/virat.kohli Even with cricketers, most of us have a keen interest in their shenanigans (or lack thereof) off the field, over their stellar performances on it. Be it their lavish lifestyle, who theyâre dating and what their opinion is on serious political matters, we as a society look up to or towards them in one way or the other. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Speaking about the lavish lifestyles that some of our cricketers lead, we couldnât help but notice how like most men, they too love to splurge their hard-earned cash on some common toys that men and boys envy - cars, watches and bikes, primarily. © MensXP Here are some of the most ridiculously expensive watches that we have seen some of our cricketers wear, when they were out and about in the public. 1. Krunal Pandya © Instagram/krunalpandya_official As much as a fashion icon his younger brother Hardik is, Krunal does not actually lag behind when it comes to style. Agreed that it isnât as egregiously good as Hardikâs, Krunal still has managed to turn our heads on more than one occasion. He has often been spotted donning a rather dope Rolex, particularly the Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold Oyster. The price? Well, it reportedly retails for Rs. 89.90 lakh. 2. MS Dhoni © Twitter/panerai Being the brand ambassador of a major luxury watchmaker, is it a surprise that âCaptain Coolâ is on the list? A de facto horologist, even before he broke on to the cricketing scene, he has often been spotted wearing a rather suave Panerai Radiomir California worth Rs. 9.25 lakh. And just like the man himself, we have to say, the watch itself is rather cool. 3. Umesh Yadav © Instagram/umeshyaadav The right-arm fast bowler may not be a fashion icon as such, but he clearly knows his watches. Umesh Yadav is a fan of chunky big machined watches and is also known for his love of big chunky chronographs. Even while playing on the field, he has often been spotted wearing the Graham Silverstone Stowe 500 Blue Flyback, which retails for just over Rs. 11.00 lakh. 4. KL Rahul © Instagram/rahulkl Another fashion icon that is currently a part of the Indian cricketing pantheon, KL Rahul actually has a zany sense of style. Just take a look at our cover story with him, and youâll get an idea of what weâre on about. From some really dapper sneakers to a zany, Pokemon inspired Fendi fanny pack, he has done it all. From the rather impressive collection of watches that he has, we particularly are in awe of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37 that we have seen him wear time and again. The retail price for the watch? Just under Rs. 13.25 lakh. 5. Jasprit Bumrah © Instagram/jaspritb1 One of those cricketers who arenât exactly known for his sartorial choices, Jasprit Bumrah actually has a sick collection of watches, one that would definitely pique the interest of your average horologist and watch enthusiasts. Here, he is seen wearing an all-time classic, and a rather coveted piece from Rolex, the Daytona Chrono, worth over Rs. 25.70 lakh. 6. Harbhajan Singh © Instagram/harbhajan3 Ever since his retirement from all forms of cricket, it seems Harbhajan is becoming a full-blown, bona fide fashion icon, all thanks to the countless gigs he has signed up for as a commentator. Just like the suave and understated manner in which he dresses himself, his watches too have a suave appeal. Here, he is wearing a rather sick Hublot, particularly, the Classic Fusion Orlinski Green which retails for Rs. 16.00 lakh. 7. Hardik Pandya © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Well, you saw this coming. There was no way that we would leave Hardik out of this list. Say what you will about Hardik, he surely knows how to pick his timepieces and boy, does he have an impressive collection. Of course, he has all the usual suspects that a horologist with a bucket ton of money would have - Rolexes, Hublots, Panerais, Rados, Omegas et al. But what has caught everyoneâs fancy is the rather simplistic, yet zany Patek Phillipe Nautilus 5980/1R that he wore when he was admitted in a hospital. Now, some people estimate that the watch is worth Rs. 80.00 lakh, but there have been instances, where they have actually been sold for as high as Rs. 1.25 crore. Now thatâs something, right? View the full article
  14. For a youngster who was busy honing his skills as a chess player before representing India at junior levels, Yuzvendra Chahal has, undoubtedly, come a long way to become one of the country's preferred spinners in limited-overs cricket. Making his debut in 2016, the leggie has managed to rise through the ranks in Indian cricket and forge a vital partnership with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his side. While his attacking leg-spin has garnered praise from some of the most respected pundits in the sport, Chahal, sadly, is not on par with his teammates in other departments of the game. He is often the last man to step out on the pitch to bat and captain Virat Kohli tends to keep him inside the ring for his lack of agility in the field. © Twitter/@BCCI Though improving his batting skills might still be an uphill task, Chahal, on 10th January, showed everyone just as how good he can be in the fielding department. During India's 78-run win in the 3rd T20I, the right-arm spinner was often seen sprinting around midwicket on his own bowling to deny the Sri Lankan batsmen a second run. But, he gave us a glimpse of his fielding genius later in the game with a direct-hit run-out. In the 14th over, Dhananjaya de Silva was still going strong and had Dasun Shanaka to keep him company at the other end. But, Shardul Thakur, who was later adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for his all-round performance sent Shanaka back into the hut with a caught and bowled to peg the Lankans back. WOW! What an effort by @yuzi_chahal! 𤩠Hope you are not 'running out' of the action! ð ð± - https://t.co/K8YTxYpWAV#TheBattlesBeforeTheWar #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/dP1gafIAwg — Hotstar Canada (@hotstarcanada) January 10, 2020 A delivery later, Thakur's yorker ended up being a low full-toss for Wanindu Hasaranga who punched it towards mid-off in a bid to steal what initially appeared to be an easy single. But, Chahal, fielding at mid-off, raced towards the ball and fired in a direct hit, despite being off balance, to catch the Lankan batsman short at the crease. Soon after realising he had produced a brilliant run-out, Chahal was seen bursting into laughter while still lying on the ground. His brilliance in the field also left his captain Kohli and other teammates shell-shocked as they charged towards him to laud his unexpected efforts and celebrate the wicket. Chahal's absolutely brilliant work in the field that allowed India to get a breakthrough was met with praise and surprise on social media as cricket fans expressed their views on it. Chahal is andy Robertson of cricket.. Same shithousery ð pic.twitter.com/5bJ8JUIN6k — Duryodhanan (@bobbyanfieldkop) January 10, 2020 Bradman with the bat. Warne with the ball. Jonty as a fielder. Name is Yuzbradwarne Rhodehahal! ð#Chahal #YuzvendraChahal #INDvSL #ThugLife pic.twitter.com/S6IZaXeFyH — GIRIDHARAN (@beastgiri) January 10, 2020 Chahal's on fire on the field!!ð¥ð¥ð¥ — Vishal (@Vishal_14_) January 10, 2020 Unreal game from Chahal — Wajdi (@1_plate_biryani) January 10, 2020 Chahal on a all-time high in the field. — Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 10, 2020 View the full article
  15. New Pakistan cricket head coach Misbah-ul-Haq (pictured here) has stressed that fitness will be paramount as he tries to lift the national team's standards.—File photoKARACHI: Pakistan's cricket board on Friday warned the national players to meet fitness standards or lose up to 15 percent of their salary, as officials seek to address the team's fall in the international rankings. Pakistan failed to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in England last year, and won only one of their six Test matches. They also fared badly in one-day internationals, winning just nine of their 25 and just one of their ten Twenty20 internationals, leaving the team as low as seventh in Tests and sixth in ODIs. They did manage to cling to their world number one rankings in Twenty20 internationals – but by just one point. New head coach Misbah-ul-Haq had stressed fitness will be paramount as he tries to lift standards. "All the available centrally contracted players will attend the two-day testing on January 6 and 7 in Lahore and any player failing to meet the minimum fitness requirements will be fined 15 percent of his monthly retainer," said a Pakistan Cricket Board release Friday. The cut will be maintained until the player gets fit again, it said. Any player failing consecutive tests "will risk the chances of retaining his central contract category and may face demotion," warned the PCB. The fitness tests will cover fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance and cross-fit, and will carry equal weightage. Currently 19 top players are under contract in A, B and C categories and get monthly salaries ranging from 1.1 million to 0.5 million rupees based on their contract. Pakistan are scheduled to play three Twenty20 internationals and two Tests at home against Bangladesh starting later this month, but pending clearance from Bangladesh Board.
  16. Over the years, the world of cricket has witnessed numerous batting greats leaving their mark in the sport's rich history, but only a handful come close to the ambition and passion of Virat Kohli. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats, and has further allowed him to shatter batting records at will. It's also passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. Taking his technical assiduousness on par with the great Sachin Tendulkar and matching the fitness levels of the top athletes in the world, Kohli has truly established himself as one of the best in business. © Reuters One of the most consistent accumulators across formats of his time, the Indian captain takes a special liking towards challenges which probably explains his ever-increasing tally of runs. His quality stroke-making has not only aided India in dire situations, but has also earned him plaudits from pundits and fans alike over the years. And, owing to his artistry with the willow, the Indian captain has found himself in Wisden's coveted list of 'Top 5 Cricketers of the Decade'. The Wisden Cricketers' Almanac honoured Kohli alongside South African duo of Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, Australia's Steve Smith and women's cricketer Ellyse Perry in the prestigious list. © Reuters "He is genius has been to rise, time and again, to the challenge. Between the end of the England tour in 2014 and the second Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata in November, Kohli averaged 63, with 21 hundreds and 13 fifties. It left him with a unique set of statistics - the only batsman to average at least 50 in all three international formats," Wisden wrote to honour Kohli. "Even Steve Smith was moved to remark recently that there is no one quite like him. In many ways, there isn't. Since the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar and the gradual waning of MS Dhoni, no cricketer in the world has operated under such daily pressure as Kohli," it added. A deserving candidate for Wisden's list, Kohli has scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last decade. In the last 10 years, the Delhi lad has scored 7,202 runs in Tests including 27 hundreds, alongside 11,125 runs in ODIs and 2,633 runs in T20Is. In 2019, Kohli scored 2,370 runs across formats at an average of 64.05. It is also the fourth consecutive time that Kohli aggregated 2000-plus runs in a single calendar year. © Reuters For someone who averages more than 50 in all formats, Kohli has already amassed 70 international hundreds and is only behind Ricky Ponting (71) and Sachin Tendulkar (100). He is currently third in the list of leading run-getters of all time with 21,444 runs to his name, only behind Ponting (27,483) and Tendulkar (34,357). Apart from the recent honour, Kohli was also named as the captain of Wisden's Test team of the decade earlier this year. The swashbuckling Indian batsman also found a spot in the Wisden ODI team of the decade alongside his teammates MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. View the full article
  17. The first match T20I between India and Bangladesh was scheduled to take place in Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground and went on seamlessly. It started at the right time and there was no delay of game by either side. Despite requests made by sensible fans of the game and environmentalists from all regions of the country to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, about considering changing the location of the match due to the highly toxic air of the national capital, the Indian cricket board went ahead with the same plan. Ganguly later thanked the two teams for putting their health in jeopardy and playing under such testing conditions. Thank u to both the teams to play this game @ImRo45 @BCBtigers under tuff conditions .. well done bangladesh .. — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 3, 2019 But a couple of days after the match, an ESPNcricinfo report confirmed that the visiting players did in fact suffer during the game and threw up in the middle of the ground. “Soumya Sarkar and one other player vomitted on the field during Bangladesh's chase,” reads the report. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that international athletes had to suffer from harmful respiratory conditions during a cricket match in Delhi. In 2017, Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Gamage experienced severe nausea and had to leave the field to feel better. It was later confirmed that Gamage was vomiting on the field and in the team's dressing room as well. Good from Lakmal to vomit on the ground. Otherwise all Indian pun will keep saying that Sri Lanka players are overreacting. Lol — Janesh Rupasinghe (@Im_Janesh) December 5, 2017 Not buying into the fact that the Delhi air was horrible, the local fans called the international athletes losers and believed that it was just a way to save face after being thrashed by Virat Kohli's side in the prior Test matches. They were called Oscar worthy actors and were blamed for eating and drinking too much a day ahead of the match. And the oscar goes to Sri Lankan players for their amazing acting skills. #DelhiSmog #INDvSL #delhipollution pic.twitter.com/MSW8hFFsKz — Subhankar Banerjee ð®ð³ (@SubhankarBan) December 3, 2017 But now that the Tigers not only played through the poisonous air, they also managed to defeat the Men in Blue in great fashion, what explanation can we give for Sarkar's ill health? It is funny how we can come up with the worst and the most hilarious of reasons to make fun of someone's problems but fail to accept that they are in that position because of our deeds. View the full article
  18. In what sadly turned out to be a one-sided affair, the Pakistani cricket team failed to negate Team India's challenge in the much-anticipated clash at Old Trafford at the ongoing ICC World Cup. Overshadowed in almost all facets of the game, Sarfaraz Ahmed's men extended their dismal run against India at the ICC event, following their 89-run loss (D/L) on 16th June. From being wayward in their bowling to paying dearly for their batting collapse, the Pakistani cricket team attracted a lot of criticism from their fans for failing to put up a fight against Virat Kohli's men. While some used Sarfaraz's infamous picture from the game - where he was seen yawning behind the stumps - to highlight their batting woes, others slammed the Pakistani cricketers for their poor fitness. The way he said "criticise the team but within the boundaries of respect" has won my respect. The guy has a true spirit and sportsmanship♥ï¸@mominsaqib pic.twitter.com/1Wc9PTI1Uz — Shumiið­ (@oye_shumii) June 17, 2019 After the match, a Pakistani journalist even asked Rohit Sharma at the press conference if he has any advice for Pakistani batsmen to get better. While India's vice-captain left everyone in splits with his cheeky response, boxing star Amir Khan has offered a helping hand to the Pakistani cricketers. Would love to help Pakistan cricket team with some advise on how to stay fit and strong. How to be disciplined on food, diet and training. The team has talent but need to improve on Strength & conditioning and focus @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/GEUplrqdpP — Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) June 17, 2019 Troubled by his team's loss, Amir took to Twitter and offered to help Pakistani cricketers get fitter. "Would love to help Pakistan cricket team with some advise on how to stay fit and strong. How to be disciplined on food, diet and training. The team has talent but need to improve on Strength & conditioning and focus @TheRealPCB," he tweeted. Nailed it pic.twitter.com/hpb0w0QdRi — GAZALI (@heavenrose45) June 16, 2019 While it was undoubtedly a great gesture on Amir's part to come to the aid of the Pakistani stars, cricket fans felt that it was not going to work. After the first session... pic.twitter.com/qpgIIOMnZw — Jack (@J_C_8_7) June 17, 2019 They cant stay fit. They cant eat healthy. They'll have cheat day everyday. You cant change their attitude, body language. Shambles. — Raza Rizwan (@Rsquare26) June 17, 2019 They never giving up roti salan so i wouldn't even go there stay in your own lane ð — HU55819 (@MUIIDDY) June 17, 2019 It's cricket mate not boxing ð — Holmezy (@allancooper007) June 17, 2019 Most definitely they should just leave from world cup match and start from scratch .Desperately needed . — faiza Buttð (@buttproudmother) June 17, 2019
  19. The world of entertainment and sports have found their way to each other far too often to ignore. From Bollywood beauties getting married to sportsmen or wards of sportsmen getting into the entertainment industry, their fates have been intertwined since time immemorial. But, did you know that there are a few celebs who could have been professional cricket players but chose to be a part of Bollywood instead? Read about 5 such Bollywood stars here: 1. Suniel Shetty © Instagram A self-confessed sports lover, Suniel Shetty actively played cricket before switching gears to acting. Suniel Shetty has even teamed up with Zaheer Khan to launch India's first nationwide cricket league for amateur cricketers named Ferit Cricket Bash (FCB). 2. Angad Bedi © Instagram Son of renowned cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, Angad has played for Delhi in Under-16 and Under-19 level. However, Angad was always more interested in acting. 3. Saqib Saleem © Instagram Saqib was an ardent follower of cricket and even represented his state Jammu and Kashmir while he played! The actor even shared that he used to play cricket with Virat Kohli during his childhood. 4. Aparshakti Khurrana © Instagram We have heard Aparshakti confess that he wanted to be a cricketer for the longest time, and what's more, the actor even captained the Haryana Under-19 cricket team at one point in time. 5. Harrdy Sandhu © Instagram Punjabi rockstar Harddy Sandhu began his career as a cricketer but an elbow injury broke his cricket dreams. The singer-cum-actor has played with the top cricketers of India, including Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara.
  20. The Indian cricket team is surely one of the leading contenders for the ICC World Cup 2019 with a great roster, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a tough time limiting to a 15-man squad just because of the kind of talent that was available at their disposal. While the selectors had to drop great players like Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, who, any other team would give anything to have, here's a list of five key players who would lead to the success of the Men in Blue this World Cup: 1. Virat Kohli © Reuters Even if Virat Kohli was not the leader of the squad, he would have been India's most valuable asset. After having the greatest year cricket in 2018, the batsman in Kohli continues to stay atop ICC World rankings in Test and ODI formats of the game. Having featured in 227 ODIs in the Indian kit, the skipper has already scored 10,843 runs and has a batting average of 54 in England, where the World Cup will take place. 2019 has been kind to the cricketer who notched 3 centuries in 11 matches this year. 2. MS Dhoni © Reuters Considered as the incognito captain of the team, Dhoni's skills as a middle-order batsman and still, a top-notch wicket-keeper give Team India the edge they need to become the world champs. Having played under pressure in and World Cup final and winning the trophy with a bang only adds to his already impressive resume. In 341 ODI matches throughout his career, Dhoni has scored 10,500 runs till date. Despite a nagging back injury, Dhoni took his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to the final while scoring 314 runs in 10 matches. In 2019, Dhoni has played 8 innings in which he has put up a total of 327 runs. 3. Jasprit Bumrah © Reuters The bowling attack of Team India will be spearheaded by 25-year-old Jasprit Bumrah who has been in tremendous form for the whole of 2018 and 2019 which not only helped his side restrict their opponents to small totals but also provided the pacer with the top rank in ICC World rankings in ODIs. Bumrah has played in 49 ODI games in his professional cricketing career and collated 85 wickets, 28 of which came in 2018 alone, with an impressive economy rate of 4.51. 4. Hardik Pandya © Reuters Hardik Pandya is a classic example of hard work paying off. Ever since making his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2016, he has quickly become an integral part of the national cricket squad as a talented all-rounder and is extremely useful as a death over bowler and a middle order batsman. In 45 one-dayers played by the all-rounder in the Bleed Blue jersey, Pandya has scored 731 runs with a scary strike rate of 116.59 while also scalping 44 wickets at a 5.54 rate of economy. 5. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters Kuldeep Yadav just had an abysmal season of the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders and was benched midway through the month and a half long event for the same. Nonetheless, the Chinaman has enough tricks up his sleeves to stun opponents with the ball and might as well be that x-factor of the team. In 44 ODIs, Yadav has already dismissed 87 batsmen off the crease at the economy rate of 4.94, which is extraordinary for a spinner. In 2019, while the lefty has been a little more expensive than his career average, he has taken 20 wickets ahead of the World Cup.
  21. 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.
  22. Cricket is not just a sport in India, it's almost like a religion. Right from Kapil Dev to Sachin Tendulkar, or MS Dhoni to Virat Kohli, the men in cricket have been recognized and cheered all along. But what about the women? Of course, the conscious efforts by cricket authorities have brought many women cricketers in the limelight, but there is still room for reforms and improvement. In fact, Royal Challenge Sports Drink's newest campaign is challenging the status quo in cricket with India's first mixed-gender T20 match. But before we dig deeper into this campaign, here is a list of 5 inspiring women cricketers who changed the name of the game. 1. Diana Edulji A recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1983 and the Padma Shri in 2002, Diana Fram Edulji is a former women's Test cricketer. During her career, she took 63 wickets in 20 Test matches and 46 wickets in 34 ODIs. In Tests, she is third on the all-time list across all countries. But there is more to Edulji. She's fearless and has been an active advocate for the empowerment of women's cricket in India over the years. In fact, when she was refused entry to the Lord's Pavillion, she commented that the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) should change its name to MCP (male chauvinist pig). 2. Mithali Raj Mithali Dorai Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's National Cricket Team. She is currently the all-time leading run-scorer for India in all formats - Tests, ODIs and T20Is.When she made her ODI debut at the age of 16, she scored 114, and became the youngest cricketer to score a hundred in women's ODIs. Additionally, she was the first cricketer to cross the 6,000-run threshold in Women's ODIs. What's more? In 2002, she broke Karen Rolton's record for the highest individual score in Test cricket. She shattered a record of 209 runs by scoring 214 against England at County Ground. Raj's record was broken by Pakistani cricketer, Kiran Baluch in 2004 although it still remains one of the great knocks in women's Tests. 3. Jhulan Goswami One of the most celebrated former captains of the Indian Women's Cricket Team, Jhulan Nishit Goswami is an all-round cricketer who has excelled with both bat and ball. She is also the highest wicket-taker in the history of women's ODI, and one of the top five fastest female bowlers in the world. Along with @RCGameforLife, it's time to challenge the status quo that exists in cricket. Let us show our support for the first-ever T20 mixed-gender match in India, by saying #ChallengeAccepted and voting here: https://t.co/BLgTOa4ZZR pic.twitter.com/9zzXgO899N — Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) April 15, 2019 An Arjuna Award and Padma Shri recipient, Goswami played a key role in taking the Indian team to their first victory against England in the 2006-07 Test series, with impressive figures of 13-4-33-5 and 36.2-21-45-5. Post this, she became the ODI captain from 2008 to 2011. 4. Shikha Pandey Inspirational, confident and a go-getter, Shikha Pandey, who is a right-arm pacer for India's National Women's Cricket Team, is also an IAF officer. Most of us dream of being able to do just one of these, but she has managed both. An incredible feat! Pandey's cricketing career started at the age of 17, when she was selected to play for Goa's Women Senior State Side. Post that, there was no looking back for Pandey. She is the first cricketer affiliated with the Goa Cricket Association who has represented the country in an international level. In fact, she played a vital role in India's win against South Africa in 2014, where she scored 59 runs and took three wickets. 5. Ravi Kalpana 22-year-old Ravi Venkateswarlu Kalpana is a right-handed batswoman in the Indian women's national cricket team. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Kalpana's journey as a promising cricketer hasn't been the easiest. From financial constraints to fighting against an early marriage, she has seen and battled it all. In 2015, she was selected for the Indian Women's Cricket Team and made her international debut where she played against New Zealand. While we celebrate Indian cricketers, it's also time to take Indian cricket to the next level. With #ChallengeAccepted, Royal Challenge Sports Drink aims to break the many stereotypes that exist. It's also a step towards equality in cricket and sports, and India's first mixed gender T20 match is a step towards that. We are all supportive of this, and look forward to watching men and women play on the same team and on the same field. Like us, if you too believe in this movement, vote here now.
  23. One of the leading ladies of international cricket and Kiwi superstar Hayley Jensen and her fellow athlete from Down Under, Nicola Hancock decided to make their cricketing partnership last a lifetime, as the couple tie the knot last weekend. Having been teammates for two straight seasons for Australia's Big Bash League franchise, Melbourne Stars, the couple saw a lot of individual success in the T20 league. While Jensen, an all-rounder, won the prestigious Una Paisley medal for being Victoria Women's Premier Cricket league's best player of the 2017-18 season, Hancock finished the latest season of the BBL as her squad's second-highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps in 14 games with an average of 19.92. The official news of the wedding was broken online by Hancock's team last evening: From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend! ðpic.twitter.com/QvWb7Ue0Qx — Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) April 18, 2019 "From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend!" the picture was captioned. Australia legalised same-*** marriage in December 2017 while New Zealand granted it the royal assent way back in 2013. However, as soon as the wedding pictures were available online, homophobia took over with the blink of an eye and flooded the team's twitter handle with slurs demeaning same-*** marriage: It isn't ryt — NITESH KUMAR (@nkojha9060) April 19, 2019 Challenge to Natural law — Kapil Kumar (@KapilKu03594795) April 19, 2019 Oh no It is unnatural marrige I think human is very beg animals — बà¥à¤°à¥à¤à¤à¤¾à¤° मà¥à¥à¤®à¥à¤®à¤¿à¤² फारà¥à¤à¥ (@MuzzammilFar) April 19, 2019 What a great indecent choice this sodomy women make to defile themselves — Joshua (@Joshua3059) April 18, 2019 If all girls will marry to each other then what will happen with boys or u can say who will marry with boys. I think this is unnatural. — kmljee (@kmljee) April 18, 2019 Pls stop these kind of activities this is uncertain and not good for the society — JSP Tarak (@TDPTARAK) April 19, 2019 Cricket is meant to be a gentleman's game,, what happened to the world??????? — Samiullah Saifi (@Samiull91563821) April 18, 2019 One common response to such homophobia is that it is the part of the society and that homosexual people have to be mentally strong enough to make such a decision and face the society with their heads held high, but why? Maybe that is the question that needs to be answered now. With the LGBTQ community being welcomed into society with open arms, why is it that marriage, a gesture to celebrate love, needs for the people involved to “prepare themselves”? Do straight couples need to worry about the kind of criticism that they might face from society after they get married? Sure, homosexuality has become a part of the world that we live in and sure people now have the right to identify themselves as “gay”, but normalising it, in our mundane lives, is something that continues to be our "to-do” list
  24. To quote one of the most questioned players to make it to the final Indian roster for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in Dinesh Karthik, “There will always be someone who will miss out. That's the nature of the game…”, and surely enough, with the total number of slots at 15 and over 25 supremely talented players competing for them, it is bound to happen that some players would miss out on the opportunity to represent their country in the biggest cricketing tournament there is. One of the best (or worst?) examples of such a case is that of the 21-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant, who missed out on the opportunity to a veteran like Karthik, who's considered to bring greater stability and consistency to the already talent-laden squad. On the other hand is the curious case of the 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu who initially was brought up to the team as a batting all-rounder who'd fit perfectly in the two-down spot for the Men in Blue. However, with his questionable bowling action being rejected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and he batting form spiralling, the Guntur born had to be removed from the final team ahead of the World Cup. Unable to take the news like a good sportsman that he is, Rayudu took a sly shot at the selectors and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by tweeting this: Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ðð.. — Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019 Losing his spot to Vijay Shankar, who made his ODI debut just a couple of months ago in January, Rayudu said that he's just ordered a pair of 3-D glasses to watch the World Cup. This was in reference to team selector MSK Prasad, who'd called Shankar a three-dimensional player. Responding to the tweet in support was yet another Indian cricketer who was put on the spot by the ICC for an objectionable bowling action and had to revamp the very essential part of his game, Pragyan Ojha. Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the winkâð¼ https://t.co/zLtAQIMvYn — Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 16, 2019 “Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the wink”, tweeted the former Indian cricketer. Taking his own example after having missed out on the opportunity to play for his country in the 2015 World Cup, Ojha pointed out that being dropped from the team ahead of crucial games is evident for “some Hyderabadi cricketers”. However, his dig at the selectors did not sit well with the fans of Indian cricket: Isn't that why u were supporting him the day before selections? I hAvE gRoWn Up WiTh HiM. Pot calling Kettle black. Instead of whining over selections & talking nonsense filth to divide fans, support the ones who are selected, doesn't matter from which part of India they are from — Saurabh (@imsgshinde2) April 16, 2019 Aur ye Pragyan behati Ganga me haath dhote huye. — Ghenchebaaz (@MVBisht) April 16, 2019 Don't bring state into play.... He was given enough opportunity to perform. Though feel bad for him, but the call was justified on the back of past performance. — Gareeb Joker (@badoombaa) April 16, 2019 You wer dropd frm d team whn ther wer better spinners in d country. If it's a case of Hyderabadi cricketer, thn Laxman and Azruddin wouldnt hav played around 100 tests. Skill matters bhai which many others hav more than u guys. Raydu doesn't deserve a place in India A team also. — dryogeshpatel (@dryogiap) April 17, 2019 Hey Mr. Ojha, don't pull cricket into regional colors! — à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤° Aciditic Indian ð®ð³ ð®ð³ (@Aciditic_Indian) April 16, 2019
  25. Bollywood's Rishi Kapoor is one of the most respected actors of the film industry and is loved by millions from all around the country. He is known for his versatility on the big screen and also the fact that he is the head of one of the most popular families of Indian cinema adds to his fame. Having said that, ever since Twitter fever took over us Indians, the legend has made a name for himself as the ultimate troll who does not back down from roasting the biggest names from any profession, field or area. The latest prey to Kapoor's comical expedition are the 15 of India's ace cricketers who have been selected to represent the nation at the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales starting 30th May 2019. In an astute observation made by the actor, Kapoor took to Twitter to through out a question on the internet about the obsession with growing a beard or donning a stubble seen in the Men in Blue. To make his case stronger, the intrigued actor also shared a picture of what seems like a newspaper clipping showing the faces the Indian roster for the World Cup. Don't take this picture as a reference point but why do most of our cricket players sport full facial hair(beards)? All Samson's?(remember he had his strength in his hair) Surely they look smart and dashing without it. Just an observation! pic.twitter.com/QMLuQ0zikw — Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 16, 2019 “Don't take this picture as a reference point but why do most of our cricket players sport full facial hair(beards)? All Samson's?(remember he had his strength in his hair) Surely they look smart and dashing without it. Just an observation,” tweeted the actor. In his defence, other than the former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, literally every other member of the squad have a beard or at least a stubble on their faces and it does make a very good case for him. As expected, the tweet became viral and responses and reactions from all over the nation started to pour in: Pretty sure that negotiations with Gillette to sponsor the team mustn't have worked out — atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) April 16, 2019 'Wow, that clean shaven guy looks super manly'. Said no one ever. — Guv Bassi (@GurvinderBassi) April 16, 2019 Beard is like Kapoors in bollywood.. they are everywhere in Bollywood.. I am big fan of Ranbir Kapoor and Nitu Singh.. :D Hope you are doing well sir... Wishing you good health and recovery... — Neeraj Raiya (@neerajraiya) April 16, 2019 Personal choice I guess! Beards make a man look...er...manly—-that's my personal view — Live and let live (@realslimshadee) April 16, 2019 I know! What is this recent trend of beards and all the young men in the real world also following it! Wierd not bring able to see real FACES behind the hair! ð — Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) April 16, 2019
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