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  1. Putin slammed the decision as a 'politically motivated' ruling. Photo: AFP The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data, prompting an angry response from President Vladimir Putin.WADA´s executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, handed Russia the "robust" four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed over to investigators earlier this year.The toughest ever sanctions imposed on Russian state authorities will see government officials barred from attending any major events, while the country will lose the right to host or bid for tournaments."For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport," WADA president Craig Reedie said."Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial."Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.Russia will still be allowed to compete in qualifiers for the 2022 football World Cup, but WADA director general Olivier Niggli added that should they progress to the finals in Qatar, "the team there will not be representing the Russian federation".Russia´s participation in Euro 2020 -- and Saint Petersburg´s hosting of four matches -- is not affected by the ban because it is not defined as a "major event" for anti-doping purposes.Speaking in Paris, Putin slammed the decision as a "politically motivated" ruling that "contradicted" the Olympic Charter."There is nothing to reproach the Russian Olympic Committee for and if there is no reproach towards this committee, the country should take part in competitions under its own flag," Putin said.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also said the ban was politically motivated. "This is the continuation of this anti-Russian hysteria that has already become chronic," Medvedev told domestic news agencies.´A tragedy´ The significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in the independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016.It led to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) being suspended for nearly three years previously over revelations of a vast state-supported doping programme.Full disclosure of data from the Moscow laboratory was a key condition of Russia´s controversial reinstatement by WADA in September 2018.RUSADA´s supervisory board is set to meet on December 19 to take a decision on whether to appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Yury Ganus, the head of RUSADA, told AFP Monday that his country had "no chance" of winning an appeal."There is no chance of winning this case in court," Ganus said."This is a tragedy," he added. "Clean athletes are seeing their rights limited."Documents released Monday show WADA´s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) believes "deletions and alterations" to Russia´s doping data "materially prejudiced the ability to pursue cases against 145 of the 298 athletes" whose doping controls between 2011 and 2015 WADA thought to be suspicious.About one third of the 145 athletes are still active, WADA chief of investigators Gunter Younger said Monday.The WADA decision was widely predicted, with Reedie having made a presentation Saturday to the Olympic Summit, participants of which "strongly condemned those responsible for the manipulation of the data from the Moscow laboratory"."It was agreed that this was an attack on sport and that these actions should lead to the toughest sanctions against those responsible," the IOC said, asking that the Russian authorities deliver the "fully authenticated raw data".Positive doping tests contained in data leaked by a whistleblower in 2017 were missing from the laboratory data supplied in January 2019, which prompted a new inquiry.
  2. Every single day we have been talking about how great the Indian cricket team is and how talent-laden is our pool of cricketers. We have a tendency to ignore some very crucial aspects of the game that helps teams win championships and maybe even a World Cup down the line and focus more on the highlighted strengths of the individuals that get to wear the blue jersey. We like to talk about the “goods” that happened during a match but very rarely do we mention the “bads” and maybe that's why despite having such an exceptional reservation of players in the bank that BCCI has become, we haven't been able to bag a single World Cup in either of the limited formats of the game in the past eight years. Which players from the second and third lists here would make it to India's squad for the T20 World Cup next year? pic.twitter.com/T2gba8aINk — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 4, 2019 One of those “bads” is the horrific fielding that we have had the dishonour of witnessing, especially in 20-over cricket in the recent past. The India-West Indies series has to be the greatest (?) example of exactly how amateur we have been on the field. The first match which took place in Hyderabad, has to be one of the worst outings for the Men in Blue as far as stopping the bleeding of runs and successful catches are concerned. On one hand, Deputy in charge, Rohit Sharma dropped Windies skipper Kieron Pollard on 24 and allowed him to go on a rampage scoring 37 off 19 balls. Washington Sundar, on the other hand, dropped Shimron Hetmyer on 44 and he made his maiden T20I half-century. Sundar spills one again and Kohli doesn't know what to do with him. Hetmyer came down the wicket and played a lofty drive. Sundar, running at full pace but fails to hold on. Rohit Sharma backs him up to save the boundary. Later Sharma drops a couple and Pollard is looking good. — Wesley00005 (@Wesley000051) December 6, 2019 For a team that boasts having a really great bowling attack, India let a struggling Windies side score over 200 runs in 20 overs! Had Kohli not been in the middle of a rage-infested innings, we would have already lost the series against the visitors instead of looking ahead to a decider in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 11 2019. One of the finest fielders in his prime, Yuvraj Singh slammed the team's sloppiness on the field with a tweet during the first match: India very poor on the field today ! Young guns reacting a bit late on the ball! Too much cricket ? ? Let's get these runs come on lads — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 6, 2019 Sundar has been unbelievably faulty for the side when it comes to catching the ball. Even his technique was criticised by maestros like Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar when he dropped the Player of the Match, Lendl Simmons. If you are being selected to play for the Indian national cricket team, you HAVE to know how to properly catch the ball! Ravi Shastri Showing Virat's Catch To Washington Sundar.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/dcQ5Gc1ZZA — Abhishek Maurya (@abhishekkkkk30) December 8, 2019 And what has the “worthy” head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar done about the awful fielding that have been put on display, recently? Earlier in the year, Sridhar was found complementing our team as the best fielding unit in the world. Where is he now? Why hasn't he made a statement on how we have become one of the worst fielding sides with the T20 World Cup just 10 months away now? Believe me, this is in no way an overreaction. While these bilateral series don't feel as important as World Cup games, it is the best platform to check out what our team is made of. Personally, I don't want to start the blame game once the Cup doesn't make it to our trophy room. The time to make things better is NOW! View the full article
  3. Novak Djokovic is expected to recover from an elbow injury to lead Serbia's bid for the Davis Cup. Photo: AFPSerbia´s Davis Cup captain Nenad Zimonjic was optimistic on Sunday that world number two Novak Djokovic will be fit to play in this...
  4. The tournament is intended to identify talented individuals ahead of the ICC Women?s U19 Cricket World Cup in 2021. Photo: PCBA four-team U18 women?s T20 tournament will commence from Monday, 18 November in Lahore, intended to identify...
  5. With the ICC Men's T20 World Cup now less than a year away, the Indian cricket team is in the middle of a testing period during which younger/inexperienced talent have the opportunity to prove their mettle and fix themselves a spot in the roster. Ever since the T20I series against Quinton de Kock's South African team, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been given the duty of examining callow cricketers like Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed before the final squad for the World Cup Down Under is set. One of the leading prospects during the three match T20I series against Mahmudullah Riyad's Bangladesh team was the 26-year-old Shivam Dube. The all-rounder who is an above-average First-Class and List A player, struggled to perform on either sides of the pitch for the first two games. #ShivamDube came back to struck crucial blows to dent #Bangladesh's chances. Zaheer Khan believes that the all-rounder will clearly gain a lot of confidence from his showing in the #Nagpur T20I#INDvBAN #CricbuzzLIVE #TeamIndia@My11Circle pic.twitter.com/aHl6EmgTna — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 11, 2019 On his T20I debut, Dube gave up his wicket after scoring just a single and also delivered three balls of the final over that led to Bangladesh's solitary win against the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game. In the second match as well, the Mumbai-born failed to scalp a single wicket and gave up 12 runs in two overs in India's win. As the third and final match of the series began, even the commentators were a bit sceptical of Dube's selection and were wondering why interim skipper Rohit Sharma continued to give Dube opportunity after opportunity. There was good backing from my captain - shivam dube pic.twitter.com/yYRqnBbi3y — Jay Jadhav (@JayJadhav2108) November 10, 2019 Dube's first spell in the series decider also started out on a bad note as Bangladesh batsman, Mohammad Naim put pressure on him with a boundary on the first ball. After struggling with pace and placement on the pitch for the first couple of overs, the ambidextrous made a massive comeback when his yorker stunned in-form hitter Naim and struck the middle stump for his second and arguably the most important wicket of the night. Shivam Dube shows serious character. What a Yorker and what a huge wicket! — Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) November 10, 2019 “He needs just one ball to get that flow and this was it,” commentator Harsha Bhogle said during the game. The cricketer's oversimplified bowling was probably what was required on a due-heavy pitch at the VCA Stadium and maybe, just maybe, Shivam Dube has saved face and kept his dream of representing India at the ICC T20 World Cup from crumbling. View the full article
  6. Ashleigh Barty of Australia kept her cool to embarrass a stunned Caroline Garcia. Photo: AFP Ashleigh Barty played the "best match of her life" to crush Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 and haul Australia back into contention at the Fed Cup final Saturday...
  7. Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has picked his four favourites for next year?s Twenty20 (T20) but, surprisingly, Pakistan isn?t one of them.Gilchrist predicted that India, New Zealand, England, and Australia would contest in the...
  8. The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli turns 31 today and while he is on a private vacation in Bhutan with wife Anushka Sharma, where they will be celebrating his birthday, we, the fans of the cricketer take a look back at how phenominal a year 2019 has been for the skipper. Kohli's journey towards completing his 31st birth anniversary began on a historic note when the Delhi-born became the first Indian skipper to have won a Test series against Australia on their home turf. While the Aussies managed to win the second Test, Team India won the first and third red-ball matches to bring home the victory at the end of the Border-Gavaskar Cup as the fourth and final match ended in a draw. A couple of weeks later, Kohli crossed another point from his team's 'To-Do' list when his side defeated Aaron Finch's men for the very first time in a bilateral ODI series. Team India beat Australia by 7 wickets. First ever Test and ODI (bilateral) series win for India in Australia. Historic Tour comes to an end. So much positives for team India. ððð®ð³ #INDvAUS #AUSvIND — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) January 18, 2019 By the end of January, Kohli had not only humbled the men from Down Under in the longer formats of the game, he had also dominated the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards. He became the first cricketer in the history of the game to all three major ICC awards in a single year. He was named the Men's Cricketer of the Year as well as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year and the competition was nowhere near for the top-order batsman. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 In February, Kohli went on to become the first and only batsman to score 2500-plus runs in a single ground when he played a blistering 72 off 38 balls innings during the second T20I match against Australia at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. As the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the stadium is a home ground for the cricketer where he has scored three centuries as well. March saw the cricketer score his 40th ODI ton which placed him just second to Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The 116-run innings against Australia also made him the fastest captain to score 9000 runs and made him the only cricketer in the world to score seven or more centuries against three countries: Sri Lanka (8), West Indies (7) and Australia (7). Virat Kohli now the fastest to reach 4000 Runs 5000 Runs 6000 Runs 7000 Runs 8000 Runs 9000 Runs in International cricket as a captain — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 5, 2019 While during the ICC World Cup 2019 that began in May and went on till mid July, Virat Kohli made and broke numerous records, the most important and iconic one would have to be when he surpassed Tendulkar and Windies legend Brian Lara to become the fastest cricketer to score 20,000 runs in all formats of the game. In June, the Indian cricketer also made it to the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid athletes. Ranked 100th on the list with an annual salary of $4 million and endorsements worth $21 million, Kohli was the only cricketer and the only Indian to make an appearance in the famous Forbes catalogue. The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2019 1.ð¦ð· Lionel Messi: $127m 2.ðµð¹ Cristiano Ronaldo: $109m 3.ð§ð· Neymar: $105m 5.ð¨ð­ Roger Federer: $93m 8.ðºð¸ LeBron James: $89m 11.ðºð¸ Tiger Woods: $63.9m 13.ð¬ð§ Lewis Hamilton: $55m 98.ðªð¬ Mohamed Salah: $25.1m 100.ð®ð³ Virat Kohli: $25m (Forbes) — World Index (@theworldindex) September 19, 2019 During the second ODI against the West Indies host in August, Kohli walked in and slammed 120 runs, thereby shattering a 26-year-old record which was previously held by Pakistan's Javed Miandad for most ODI runs for any batsman in the world against the West Indies. What is also interesting that while Miandad took 64 innings to achieve this feat, Kohli did it in just 34 games. In September, the Indian captain surpassed the interim captain and white-ball opener for the Men In Blue, Rohit Sharma in becoming the highest run scorer in T20 Internationals. During the second T20I match against the Proteas, Kohli slammed an unbeaten 74 off 52 deliveries. In total, Kohli went on to make 2441 runs in 71 games, while Sharma had made 2434 runs in 97 innings. Most runs in T20 Internationals 2441 Virat Kohli * 2434 Rohit Sharma 2283 Martin Guptill 2263 Shoaib Malik 2140 Brendon McCullum#INDvSA — Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 18, 2019 The now 31-year-old also outdid the timeless 'Don' of cricket, Don Bradman when he set the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium ablaze and struck an unbeaten 254 off his bat during the second Test against Faf du Plessis' side and became the captain with the most number of 150-plus individual scores in the history of the game, even more than the Australian himself. While November has just begun and Kohli is currently out of action, it is yet to be seen what sorts of records will the cricketer make or break this month. Nonetheless, there is no doubt in saying that Virat Kohli is the finest batsman this game has ever seen. His technicality, consistency and the ability to perform under pressure don't just make him a brilliant cricketer but an elite class athlete. View the full article
  9. Kareena Kapoor Khan lifts the veil off the T20 World Cup trophies. Photo: Indian ExpressCricket and Bollywood, the two domains that appear to be illimitable in India are gelling in together as Kareena Kapoor Khan steps in to unveil the T20 World...
  10. Jurgen Klopp remains concerned about Liverpool's League Cup double booking. Photo: AFPJurgen Klopp admits Liverpool are yet to resolve their League Cup dilemma after holding talks over the fixture clash between the quarter-final against Aston Villa...
  11. Pakistan's top tennis star Aisam ul Haq Qureshi. Photo: File Pakistan?s chances to win the Davis Cup tie against India have doubled as the new Indian squad without their key players would not be able to put up a tough fight, former Davis Cup...
  12. "It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar," Federer said. Photo: AFPRoger Federer has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, a new team competition to be held in Australia in January, citing "family reasons"."It is with...
  13. Jos Buttler runs out Martin Guptill to win England the World Cup. Photo: AFPWELLINGTON: England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow believes New Zealand will be intent on exacting World Cup revenge in the T20 series that begins in Christchurch on...
  14. KARACHI: Two-time winners Pakistan will play Scotland in their opening match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 at the University Oval, Potchefstroom on January 19, according to the tournament schedule announced on Thursday by the International...
  15. FAISALABAD: Northern wins the National T20 Cup by defeating Balochistan in the final by 52 runs at Faisalabad''s Iqbal Stadium, here on Thursday.Umar Amin of Northern was the man of the match, scoring 60 runs from 38 balls, whereas Mohammad Rizwan...
  16. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently announced that the Siachen region, considered to be the world's highest battlefield, will now be open to tourists. The glacier, known for its complicated terrain and extreme weather conditions, is now accessible for tourism. Speaking at the inauguration of Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge at Shyok River in Ladakh on Monday, Rajnath said that, “Siachen has tremendous potential in tourism.” The bridge will provide easy connectivity with the Daulat Beg Oldi sector along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Siachen Glacier comes under the Ladakh region, which along with Jammu and Kashmir, was declared a Union Territory after the central government's move to scrap special status for the state. “Ladakh has tremendous potential in tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes,” Rajnath posted on his Twitter account. Kumar Post is at a height of more than 15,000 feet. Tourists will be able to travel from the base camp which is at Partapur at 11,000 feet to Kumar Post. Looks like, it's only for the brave hearts. According to news reports, the tourists will now be given a permit to travel to these areas independently. From 2007 to 2016, the glacier was open to an annual expedition with civilians conducted by the Indian Army. Ladakh has tremendous potential in Tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for Tourism purposes. — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 21, 2019 Isn't this exciting? The minister also told the media that the newly inaugurated bridge will provide all-weather connectivity to the region and act as a strategic asset in the border areas. Delighted to dedicate to the nation the newly constructed ' Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge' at Shyok River in Ladakh. This bridge has been completed in record time. It will not only provide all weather connectivity in the region but also be a strategic asset in the border areas pic.twitter.com/cwbeixGOCR — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 21, 2019 The construction of the bridge started in the year 2017. The bridge is around 4.5 metres wide and 1400 ft long and is at a height of more than 14,000 feet. Interestingly, Siachen Glacier is also the second largest glacier in the world outside the polar region.
  17. In the 50th over of England's run chase in the 2019 World Cup final, England were chasing 15. Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid were at the wicket. Trent Boult was the bowler. Boult conceded nothing from the first two balls. Stokes hit the third for Six. The fourth was hit towards deep mid-wicket and Stokes raced back for the 2nd runs to keep strike. Martin Guptill's throw hit Stokes' bat as he made a dive into his crease for the 2nd run and rolled away to the boundary. The umpire awarded six runs - they ran 2 and the four overthrows. Under the laws of cricket, this is incorrect. It's worth reflecting on a couple of basic points about the laws. Boundaries and runs are different categories in the game. They are governed by different laws. Law 18 governs runs, Law 19 governs boundaries. In the case of the run which is completed by the batsmen and the non-striker crossing over to the other end, the key moment is when the batsmen cross each other. As specified under Law 18.1.1, A run is scored "so often as the batsmen, at any time while the ball is in play, have crossed and made good their ground from end to end." There are two significant elements in a run. First, the batsmen must cross, and second, each must make ground from end to end. The crossing is significant because it determines which batsman is run out at which end if they fail to make their ground. Further, if the batsmen cross and then return to their original ends, then, if the umpire determines that they did this deliberately, they get no runs (under Law 18.5). If the umpire determines that the batsman has failed to complete the run inadvertently, they signal one short. Boundaries are 'declared' runs. If the batsman hits the ball and the ball crosses the boundary, then whether the batsmen run 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 before the ball crosses the boundary, it counts as 4 declared. 'Declared' runs are a fundamentally different category from runs which have been 'run'. However, if the batsmen complete 5 runs before the ball is grounded beyond the boundary line, then it is counted as 5 runs (as per 19.7.3). One important consequence of 'declared' runs is that the ball is no longer considered to be in play (i.e., the ball is "dead") once the ball is grounded beyond the boundary line. For example, suppose there's a very long boundary to mid-wicket, and the only fielders posted on the leg-side are a short-leg under the helmet and a long leg on the boundary. Suppose the batsman hits an on-drive, and by the time the helmeted fielder reaches the ball and is about the haul it in, the batsmen have crossed five times (i.e. they've run four and have already crossed each other for the fifth). If the fielder misses the ball completely, this counts as 5 runs. If the fielder misfields in some way - let's say that in diving to haul the ball in, the ball hits the fielder and crosses the boundary line - its still 5 runs. However, if the fielder hauls it in and tries to make a fancy relay throw and this throw goes wrong, then it is, technically, not a misfield, but a "willful act". This was a doubt I had back in 2009 when Suresh Raina made a diving stop on the long-off boundary and flicked the ball to Gautam Gambhir in one beautiful fluid motion, except, the ball missed Gambhir completed and went over the boundary. This should not have counted as a misfield. It should have counted as overthrows. Overthrow runs are counted in the same way as normal runs. They accrue to the batsman, and the total number of runs completed before the ball becomes 'dead' are counted. However, if throw reached the boundary, then under Law 19.8, the total runs to be counted are the allowance for the boundary plus the number of runs completed by the batsman plus the run in progress if the batsmen have crossed by the time the throw is made. The point about the "willful" act distinguishes the misfield from the overthrow. 19.8 also refers to 18.12.2 which determines which batsman should end up at which end. 18.12.2 says the following: 18.11.2.1 accounts for a boundary being scored. This governs to common fact that when a batsman hits a boundary, that batsman faces the next ball unless the boundary is scored from the last ball of the over. In this case, when Martin Guptill made the throw, the batsmen (Stokes and Rashid) had not yet crossed in the course of their attempted 2nd run (see 2:20 in the video below). As a result, under the laws, the correct conclusion is that they scored 1 run and they got the boundary from the overthrows. A total of five. Furthermore, Stokes was to return to the non-striker's end. So, Adil Rashid was to be on strike on the next ball. As it happened, the umpire wrongly awarded six runs to England and Stokes ended up at the striker's end. New Zealand should have been defending 4 from the final 2 balls with Adil Rashid on strike. Instead, they defended 3 from the final 2 balls with Ben Stokes on strike. It's nearly impossible for the umpires on the field to monitor exactly when the throw is made because they have to check for short runs at each end while the batsmen are running. It would help them if the TV Umpire could intervene in these circumstances, but it's not clear that the third umpire would be allowed to initiate an intervention. Under the laws, the only situation in which the third umpire is explicitly permitted to initiate an intervention is in a situation where the on-field umpire miscounts the number of deliveries in the over. Apart from this, the TV Umpire is only involved when consulted from the field of play. It will be tempting to condemn the umpires for this mistake. It did put New Zealand at a significant disadvantage in that final over, but it did not cause the Tie. The umpires have had an outstanding World Cup in general and Dharmasena, Erasmus and Dar are the three best umpires in the world. It cannot be denied that, as the former Test umpire Simon Taufel put it, they made "a clear mistake". The Laws of Cricket are beautifully intricate and precise. They have an internal logic which rests on a handful of basic concepts (such as the concept of a run, declared runs, the ball being "in play", the ball being "dead", the concept of an appeal). They constitute a great game. In much the same way that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has made laws like handball and off-side more precise. The margin of doubt has been shrunk. Video evidence is doing something similar in Cricket. It is the precision with which the conditions are applied to events on the field which has changed as much as the accuracy. About 30 years ago, there probably wouldn't have been a drone camera which captured exactly when the throw was made and where the batsmen were when it was made in the same frame. Now that there is, the law has to be applied as precisely as the available evidence makes possible. Anything less will be considered an umpiring mistake. It is an unforgiving time for international umpires who are, regardless of what people say, experts who are outstanding at their job.
  18. Indian opener Rohit Sharma has now scored at least 50 runs in every match he has played in during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. In the match against Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan, Sharma did it in only 34 deliveries while giving the Men in Blue the ideal start to one of the most important games marked on their calendar. What a start from Rohit Sharma! He's raced to his fifty! â¡ #CWC19 | #INDvPAK | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Vy7r6cABaV — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 During this feat, Sharma surpassed former Indian skipper and wicket keeping legend, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record for smashing the most number of sixes in international cricket. While Dhoni has smashed the ball for a total of 355 maximums combining all formats of international cricket, Sharma's first six of the match against Pakistan got him to surpass this achievement of Dhoni's. After forming a brilliant 100-plus run partnership with KL Rahul, the 'Hitman' was able to score his second ton of the ICC World Cup 2019 in less than 90 balls, making this his fastest century among the 24 he has scored in ODIs till date. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 What an innings!
  19. The twelfth edition of the ICC World Cup in England & Wales has already started to frustrate participating fans and teams - all because of persistent rain and poor weather conditions. While the quadrennial event has enthralled us with memorable moments this year, its rain-hit ties has equally left everyone annoyed. As many as four games have already been affected by rain wherein two have been abandoned, one led to no result and another was concluded via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. But, it seems there's no stopping to rain disruptions in the ongoing World Cup anytime soon. In yet another frustrating day for both the teams and fans, persistent rain at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, first, delayed the start of India's much-anticipated clash against New Zealand and, then, forced it to abandoned. In a match that pitted two unbeaten sides in the tournament, India and New Zealand, despite their bid to secure two crucial points, had to eventually settle for one apiece. While the Kiwis remain at the top of the table with seven points, the Indian side climbed to the third, behind Australia (six points) with five points in their kitty. Reuters In a single-group format, akin to the 1992 edition, losing key points, due to rain, could have drastic implications on a title aspirations of the participating nations. And, while rain-hit ties can dent the chances for some of the strongest sides, it can equally prove to be a blessing in disguise for the weaker ones. For instance, take a look at Sri Lanka. Arguably one of the weakest sides in the tournament, the Lankans were humbled by the Kiwis comprehensively in their opening match. Having lost two points early on, the Lankans found themselves in a spot of bother after Afghanistan bowled them out for 201 runs. But, a rain disruption worked to their advantage and a revised target of 187 runs in 41 overs (D/L) proved a tad too difficult for the Afghans. After recording their first points in the tournament, the Lankans were surely not the favourites to come out on top against Pakistan. But, again, poor weather conditions came to their rescue and handed them a key point as the match got abandoned without a single ball being bowled. The story of their fourth match was pretty much the same against Bangladesh as heavy rainfall saw another game getting abandoned. Reuters Though some might argue that the Lankans could have defeated Bangladesh in their last match. But, the fact that the Tigers had earlier defeated the mighty South Africans should somewhat tilt tie in their favour, if not completely. So, in four matches so far, where the Lankans would've probably garnered two points (giving Bangladesh the benefit of doubt), rain disruptions have allowed them to secure four. Now, coming back to India's clash against New Zealand. Given the fact that the 'Men in Blue' have secured wins in as many matches, the rain washout shouldn't really have a major implication on their World Cup title dreams. They already have four points in their kitty and sharing a point with the Kiwis will now make it five with six games still to go. In the coming days, India will be seen locking horns with Pakistan (16th June), Afghanistan (22nd June), West Indies (27th June), England (30th June), Bangladesh (2nd July) and Sri Lanka (6th July). Out of their remaining six matches, India, given their form, probably need to just worry about England. Reuters While the likes of Pakistan and West Indies cannot be taken lightly, we reckon, the two teams will find Team India too hot to handle in their upcoming fixtures. In the other ties, India should easily see off the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Expecting them to lose to England (quite an ask for the hosts though), India should secure 10 points from their remaining six games - which should be good enough to propel them into the knockouts. On the other hand, the weather predictions for India's next six matches paint a different picture altogether. Their clash against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester is expected to get disrupted by some showers. The weather prediction for their clash against Afghanistan at Rose Bowl, Southampton is cloudy, with some showers. Reuters Their tie against the Windies at Old Trafford, Manchester might see a rare afternoon shower. Thankfully, there are showers expected during India's much-anticipated match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham as the weather predicted is sunny and a bit cloudy. The clash against Bangladesh might witness a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon in an otherwise cloudy day. And, India's final group match against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds is expected to be a bit cloudy, with some showers predicted later in the day. Well, we can all have our permutations and combinations, but what eventually will unfold in India's remaining group games cannot possibly be predicted - neither on the basis of weather predictions, nor in terms of anyone's past performances. Sadly, just like Virat Kohli & co, we all have to wait and watch while keeping our fingers crossed.
  20. Winning two matches in as many outings, the Indian cricket team is undoubtedly in scintillating form in the ongoing ICC World Cup. Giving South Africa a run for their money and then, getting the better of Australia, the 'Men in Blue' are surely living up the reputation as one of the top contenders for the coveted title this year. But, after a fairly successful start in the tournament, the Indian team was dealt with a major blow after it was announced that Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for about two to three weeks owing to a hairline fracture on his left thumb. After some nervy starts, the Indian opener rediscovered his form on the back of a match-winning knock of 117 runs against Australia. And, his injury surely comes as a setback for both himself and his team. © Reuters In a bid to fill the void left by his injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to fly in swashbuckling Rishabh Pant to England but it's still not clear if the youngster will actually get a chance to break into India's playing XI anytime soon. On the other hand, the BCCI is keeping close tabs on Dhawan, who has been given a week to prove his fitness. It all seems like a bad dream for the Delhi batsman who is one of the most successful batsmen for India (with six hundreds) in ICC tournaments, only behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. He may be down, but surely not out (just yet) - something Dhawan highlighted in his recent post on social media. Kabhimehekkitarah hum gulon se udtehain... Kabhidhuyeinkitarah hum parbaton se udtehain... Ye kainchiyaanhumeinudne se khaakrokengi... Ke hum paron se nahinhoslon se udtehain...#DrRahatIndori Ji pic.twitter.com/h5wzU2Yl4H — ShikharDhawan (@SDhawan25) June 12, 2019 In an inspirational tweet, the 33-year-old shared a verse from Dr RahatIndori's poem, signalling his intentions. "Kabhi mehek ki tarah hum gulon se udte hain...Kabhi dhuyein ki tarah hum parbaton se udtehain...Ye kainchiyaan humein udne se khaak rokengi...Ke hum paron se nahin hoslon se udte hain...#DrRahatIndori Ji," Dhawan tweeted. While fans hope Dhawan recovers in time to lead the charge for his team, Virat Kohli-led India will be eager to continue their fine run when they lock horns with New Zealand at Trent Bridge on 13th June.
  21. ICC World Cup 2019 has not seen a lot of cricketing action in the past two days thanks to England's heavy rains, but the enthusiastic cricketing fans present at the venue have plenty to get amused. According to a video that surfaced after the Indian cricket team's match against Aaron Finch's Team Australia, an Englishman named Agnus Denoon was located in front of The Oval in London, selling 'Jhal Muri' to the lot that visited the stadium to experience the spectacle that the match was. To quote one of the Bengali writers here at MensXP, "Jhal Muri is a nostalgic delicacy that takes you down memory lane, back to the train rides you used to take as a child in Kolkata, while relishing the spicy delight." Denoon, who runs an Instagram account by the username '@jhalmuriexpress', decided to surprise the Indian fans of the game in front of the stadium on Sunday evening, as he set up his trolly and sold the dish that he has spent years perfecting in Kolkata. “The only dish that I felt confident to cook was Jhal muri because there is no cooking,” Angus Denoon said. Denoon is not only a fan of Indian snacks but also stays true to the street art that beautifully promotes them and attracts people from all over to helplessly give in to the flavours of the various dishes. View this post on Instagram Give festival - the red one the hot one A post shared by Angus Denoon (@jhalmuriexpress) on Jul 17, 2018 at 2:51am PDT With the Indian cricket team looking to register their third consecutive win this World Cup at Trent Bridge against Kane Williamson's New Zealand cricket team, the fans would most definitely be looking forward to meeting Denoon in Nottinghamshire on Thursday.
  22. The World Cup fever has gripped the entire planet at the moment, but ahead of the much-awaited India vs Pakistan match scheduled for 16th June, the fervour and craziness in the air is at its peak, because like always, this is a highly-anticipated match, which will be watched by everyone, irrespective of their loyalties. So, ahead of this match, a Pakistani TV commercial has been going viral for all the wrong reasons. The advertisement shows a look-alike of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was in Pakistani captivity , wearing the colors of the Indian team jersey. This is the our hero's personality, no one can remain untouched. But next time plz use some good actors. Btw #ShikharDhawan exclusion must be a relief for many competitors #CWC19 #abhinandan pic.twitter.com/mrBFLFLh2d — Megha Jainð®ð³ (@i_meghajain) June 11, 2019 While Indians have mocked fans across the border with the 'Mauka Mauka' ad, a lot of angry Indian fans feel this was below the belt and not in good taste at all. This is shameful. Please just let this be a cricket match. This is beyond just simple banter. #CWC19#INDvPAK https://t.co/shsUrYpCHl — Ritayan Basu | à¦à¦¤à¦¾à§à¦¨ বসৠ(@ritayanbasu) June 11, 2019 Abhinandan's Capture Mocked in Racist #Pakistani Ad For World Cup Clash Against #India. This is how #racism, #nationalism and #sports combines to produce toxic outcomes. Entirely unnecessary. #CWC2019 #crickethttps://t.co/7gcMx2CxjI — Swati Parashar (@swatipash) June 11, 2019 Some people from Pakistan are actually quite in support of this advertisement, and feel there is obviously nothing wrong with it. Abhinandan again ð¤£âï¸ That's an interesting idea about Pakistan-India match in @cricketworldcup being played on 16th June ð #PakvsIndia #Abhinandan #CWC19 #IndiavsPak pic.twitter.com/W3EzxJfYdn — Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) June 11, 2019 However, someone was quick enough to state some facts to stomp all over this uncalled celebration of this mockery. The advertisement is an epic fail because Pak hasn't won a single match against us in the World Cup and the whole #Abhinandan incident was a win for us as well, seeing how he was returned to us safely. Think thoroughly before you try to start a banter, Pak. #EpicFail #CWC19 https://t.co/CHgsJOOFLz — Rahul Mishra (@RahulDKMishra) June 11, 2019 The main question is, how far can you go when it comes to national pride? Is dragging a national and a sensitive issue really important when it comes to making a point? These guys have their hearts filled with hate. #Pakistan stooping to a new low#abhinandan https://t.co/X1KpCfKeFO — SnehalRajani (@Snehal_Rajani) June 11, 2019 Our soldiers are way above a mere, crass advertisement and mockery of this kind not only belittles an individual, but is also a joke on the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers of a country.
  23. While the Indian cricket team is set to finally make their ICC World Cup 2019 debut against Faf du Plessis' Team South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire the news of an alternate jersey for Virat Kohli's boys is making rounds in the cricketing world. "For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match," the ICC had said in a release. In essence, during the Cricket World Cup 2019, the hosts ie; Eoin Morgan's Team England have the luxury to play in their traditional 1992 World Cup throwback jersey which is light blue in colour. The Men in Blue, ironically enough, will be wearing their alternate jersey which is being speculated to be orange with dark blue designs all over. Abiding by this new rule made by the ICC, countries such as Bangladesh and South Africa have already released their second kit: Who else is excited about the World Cup ? :) pic.twitter.com/PyiBKPHRud — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) May 25, 2019 Team India however have managed to maintain a sense of suspense about their new look. "The BCCI marketing team is still working on the design and the jersey will be unveiled very soon," a BCCI source told PTI. Having said that, IANS has released a tentative design for the new look that India might wear against their match against the World Cup hosts on 30th June 2019. Credit: IANS And while people are presuming this orange jersey to be Team India's 'away kit', IANS quoted a source saying: "There has been a lot of talks and speculation and people have been calling it an away jersey. But it isn't. It is an alternate jersey that the team will wear when they play England on June 30. As per the new rules, the hosts get to retain their jersey colour when they play an ICC event. Since India also have a blue jersey like England, there is a slight change in colour.” Ever since 1992, Team India has been known to don blue jerseys in the shorter formats of the game with slight modifications being made to the uniform every year ever since. Sure, blue is one of the more popular colours in the sporting fraternity but the Bleed Blue squad has established a sense of ownership to the colour with their brilliance on a cricketing field. Watching them play in a different shade will surely be an uncanny experience but hey, change is always good, right?
  24. Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are one game into the ICC Cricket World 2019, and they were both a part of convincing defeats from teams from the Australian continent. Yet, their fortunes and mindset seem poles apart and that will be put to the test in the first all-Asian encounter of the tournament. Afghanistan The true dark horses of the World Cup, Afghanistan really have nothing to lose during the course of this tournament. Having won 5 of their last 10 ODIs including a warm-up game against Pakistan, they are as unpredictable as they are encouraging. Their World Cup opener against Australia ended in defeat, after the Afghan batting line-up collapsed, majorly due to the fall of both of their openers for a combined score of 0 and were only able to post a first innings score of 207. The Australian top order was able to chase the score without much difficulty, remaining relatively unfazed by the Afghan bowling attack. Despite a below-average start to their World Cup campaign, Afghanistan will surely look to bounce back and take advantage of Sri Lanka's poor form and predicament, led by the highly-rated opening partnership of Mohammad Shehzad and Hazratullah Zazai; as well as their lethal spin attack. Squad: Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. © Facebook - Rashid Khan Sri Lanka There are very few positives to take for the Sri Lankan squad going into this game. If their underwhelming performances in the warm-up games against South Africa and Australia are not enough of an indicator about their current predicament, their World Cup opener against New Zealand was surely enough to establish them as the most disappointing team of the tournament in terms of both form and expectations. Their captain Dimith Karunaratne was able to register an unbeaten score of 54, but with virtually no support from any other player, they were bowled out for a measly 136 in under 30 overs. Adding insult to injury, New Zealand chased the total without the loss of a wicket within 17 overs. With an inconsistent batting order, a lack of confidence in the leadership and effectively no team spirit, the problems seem to be piling up for the Sri Lankan squad. © Reuters Squad: Dimith Karunaratne(c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis(wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. Head-To-Head In ODI World Cup: Matches: 1 Sri Lanka Won: 1 Afghanistan Won: 0 Tied: 0 No Result: 0 MensXP Prediction: Afghanistan Win
  25. We are two days into the ICC World Cup 2019 and have already seen two every different kinds of matches until now. While the first match between England and South Africa showed the cricketing genius of the World Cup hosts, the second match between Pakistan and West Indies became the talk of the town for Pakistan's batting order that came crumbling down against Oshane Thomas-led Windies bowling attack. Moving on to yet another battle of a titan and a mortal, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka. New Zealand Credit: Reuters Led by the batting marvel, Kane WIlliamson, the New Zealand cricket team is one of the better rosters to take part in the Cricket World Cup 2019, although like England, the Kiwis have never had the honour of lifting the World Cup trophy. Having said that, their warm-up game win against the mighty Team India by restricting them to a mere 179-run total showed the potential in their bowling attack. On the other hand, their second warm-up game against the Windies which albeit ended in a loss, showed their ability to chase a big total. In order to begin their World Cup 2019 journey on a high, the skipper, WIlliamson would require his side to click as a unit against an underwhelming Sri Lankan team. Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor. Sri Lanka Credit: Reuters Dysfunctional, lacking in team spirit and in the absence of a good leader, not a lot is expected out of the Sri Lankan cricket team this World Cup. The nation that once toppled the mighty Australia to win the 1996 world championship, has not been able to follow suit ever since. The Lankan brigade had some unfortunate warm-up games, going against two really good rosters in South Africa and Australia. Both the games showed flaws different aspects of Sri Lanka's game. Against South Africa, the team was unable to stop the bleeding of runs and ended up facing a score too big for them to chase. On the other hand, Australia was successful in capitalising on their lack of world class batsmen on the roster. Squad: Dimith Karunaratne(c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis(wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. MensXP Prediction: New Zealand Win Also See: ICC World Cup 2019: Schedule, Stadiums, Teams & Players Of Cricket's Biggest Spectacle On Earth
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