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  1. The IPL fever is on, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. From incessantly praying for your home team to buying exclusive IPL gears, that's the mood overall. But at work, it's a different situation. For me, I cannot even concentrate when the match is on, especially if it's my team that's playing. And I am sure you go through the same thing,when you're at work post 8.00 pm and all you can think of is IPL. So here are the 5 things that happen at office every year when the IPL is on. I bet you'll relate to this. 1. Constantly thinking of an excuse to leave early What do you do when it is a long, long day at work, and the match starts at 8.00 pm. How do you get out? Well, I suggest bring out the big guns - headaches, viral fever, flu, everything. Having said that, I sincerely hope my boss isn't reading this right now. 2. Taking innumerable washroom breaks to check the score on UC Browser IPL's on, your home team is playing, and you are still at work. One thing every cricket fan does at work is take millions of loo breaks just to check the live scores on UC Browser. One of the best things about UC Browser is that its in-app tool of cricket content aggregation offers all-in-one live cricket content, including live scores, news, videos, photos, live commentaries and more. Additionally, this time around UC Browser is going big with IPL 2019. They have launched the UC Miss Cricket Contest for the course of IPL. It's India's first ever cricket-themed online pagent. In fact, last year the contest received a tremendous response, including participation from Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee and TV actress Shirin Sewani. The contest is underway till May 1, and we hear the winner will win a huge prize, and will also be featured on a billboard at New York Times Square. Now that's big, ain't it? 3. Putting your money on your favourite team This happens everytime IPL is on. It's almost like an unofficial tradition at work. I am going big on Mumbai Indians, whom are you supporting? 4. Checking the WiFi 24x7 Here's a truth. You are never going to check the WiFi speed if it's a usual day at work. But when the IPL is on, WiFi is your top-most priority. I mean, how else will you livestream the match and check the scores all the time? 5. Getting into a heated conversation During IPL, a KKR fan will always get into a heated conversation with a Mumbai Indian fan. Or, a CSK follower will never miss an opportunity to pick on a RCB fan. When we talk about the IPL fever, this is exactly what we mean. Do you relate to this? If yes, let us know which team you are supporting this time.
  2. Summer months can be terribly agonising especially when the humidity hits. From destroying hair that you freshly set in the morning as soon as you step out to sweaty patches in your pits, things can be a little hard to manage. One such problem that no one talks about is greasy skin and especially in pictures. Think going to parties after dressing up except all your pictures turn out greasy. So here's how you deal with greasy skin: Here's the thing, your forehead and T-zone could use a little less of oil production and to minimise that, you should do the following: 1. Commit To Matte Products © Getty Images Sometimes, the necessary process of moisturising can cause you to sweat profusely. If the product is too dense, heavy, and oily, it's going to aggravate your already greasy situation. Thus, a lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer will allow your pores to breathe more easily. 2. Switching To A Face Oil Also Helps © Getty Images The trick to nixing oily skin is applying more oil. The oil that you apply absorbs quickly and leaves your skin oil-free because it registers the oily levels of the skin as sufficient so it is in fact counterproductive. 3. Add A Toner To Your Routine © Getty Images Ingredients like witch hazel reduce oil production in the skin without drying it out. However, stay away from alcohol-based astringents, they are counter reactive. 5. Keep Face Wipes Handy Oil builds throughout the day but you obviously can't wash your face all the time. That's why it's helpful to stock up on refreshing, skin-toning face wipes that absorb excess oil while rejuvenating the face at the same time. 6. Remember To Buy Yourself An Oil-Controlling Cleanser © Getty Images Control the everpresent oil production with an oil controlling cleanser. Other cleansers won't do you justice. Heavy-hitting ingredients like salicylic acid remove excess face oil, clean and shrink pores, and minimize shine for the rest of the day. 7. A Weekly Mud Mask Is A Move That Everyone Forgets © Getty Images It only takes10 minutes, but these ten minutes of hassle can possibly be the fastest way to remove oil production. The clay in the mask will soak all impurities from the pores, preventing breakouts. Don't do it more than once a week or your skin might turn dry.
  3. General Elections in India can be very entertaining, if you happen to chance upon the right people saying the most absurd things that are nothing short of blasphemous. No matter what our politicians might be good at (such as shirking responsibilities), there are a few things nobody can challenge them on. © Twitter Some of our politicians have such a way with words, that most often their brains simply cannot keep up with all the jackshit spewing out of their mouths like diarrhoea. The end result is a bucketful of gunk and brain droppings that deserve no better place than in the back alley gutters. © Pinterest While some leading politicos have already been banned from campaigning for a limited time period by the Election Commission of India, due to their remarks, others have also drawn heavy flak from the public as well as rival parties. Check out these profane statements made by 10 politicians since the 2019 General Elections began. 1. Maneka Gandhi (BJP) © Twitter 2. Azam Khan (SP) © Twitter 3. Yogi Adityanath (BJP) © Twitter 4. Mayawati (BSP) © Twitter 5. Sakshi Maharaj (BJP) © Twitter 6. Ashwini Kumar Choubey (BJP) © Twitter 7. Guddu Pandit (BSP) © Twitter 8. K Chandrasekhar Rao (TRS) © Twitter 9. Mehbooba Mufti (PDP) © Twitter 10. Gajendra Shekhawat (BJP) © Twitter
  4. Sportspersons and athletes from all around the world go through severe injuries all the time. It's something they like to avoid at all costs but they tend to get hurt nonetheless. It is a part of the profession they choose and have made peace with it. Having said that, whenever an injury so gruesome happens to anyone, it has a lasting effect on the victim, their coach, their friends and family and everyone who watched it happen in front of their eyes. A couple of days ago, French weightlifter, Gaelle Nayo-Ketchanke was representing her country at the 2019 European Weightlifting Championship in Georgian city of Batumi. Approaching the stage for her third attempt to outdo her personal best, Gaelle tried to snatch a 110 kg bar over her head when tragedy struck her: WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Impactante lesión de Gaelle Nayo Ketchanke en el campeonato de Europa de halterofilia. Codo izquierdo. #Halterofilia pic.twitter.com/JCAqhtwtUQ — Samuel Hernando (@SamuHernando) April 11, 2019 Unable to manage the pain, the 31-year-old instantly collapsed on the floor getting stuck between the mat and the heavy metal bar. Thanks to the presence of the ad hoc medical team nearby, Nayo-Ketchanke was provided with adequate assistance and having reached the hospital quickly, her arm was treated well before things could have gotten any worse. Even though her injury looked devastating, Nayo-Ketchanke believes that her arm would be good as new in no time. She even uploaded this picture of her with the bronze medal she'd managed to win before the injury took place. View this post on Instagram Je sors de ces championnats d'Europe pas de la meilleure des manières, avec une blessure au coude à l'arraché à 107kg après avoir remporté la médaille de bronze à 103kg. J'ai reçu énormément de messages de soutien qui m'ont fait chaud au cœur et nous attendons mon retour en France pour faire des examens complémentaires. Je tiens à remercier le staff médical et technique de la Fédération qui ont très vite réagis et qui sont à mes côtés. mes entraîneurs et mes collègues de L'équipe de France. Je reviendrai vers vous pour des nouvelles... #weightlifting #batumi #staypostive #goodvibes #blessed #pasletemps A post shared by Gaelle KETCHANKE NAYOð¨ð²ð«ð· (@gaellaketchanke) on Apr 12, 2019 at 12:30am PDT “I'm coming out of these European Championships not in the best of ways, with a 107kg wrenching elbow injury after winning the bronze medal at 103kg. I received a lot of supportive messages that made me feel good, and we are waiting for my return to France to do further tests. I want to thank the medical and technical staff of the Federation who responded very quickly and who are by my side. my coaches and my colleagues from the France team. I will come back to you for news …” her caption reads. The fighter of a woman that she is, Gaelle Nayo-Ketchanke is hoping to make a return to the content ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  5. Summers have already begun and I am assuming that in a few weeks from now, you would be planning your summer holidays, just like every other year. But unlike every year, you don't really have to come back from your holidays after gaining pounds of fat on your belly. Wherever you are heading this summer, the tips that I am going to share with you in this article are going to help you in maintaining your weight as well as heath during your vacation: 1. Practice Portion Control Credit - Getty Images I know that it's impossible to stay on a diet while you are on a vacation. And frankly speaking, you shouldn't really be too rigid while you are on a full-fledged vacation with your closed ones. So while you would be losing track of your diet, what you can at least do is to practice some portion control. Now, this won't really stop the damage but at least it will lower the degree of the damage. The problem begins when you binge-eat food items that were not ideally a part of your diet. Thus, while it's good to indulge yourself in some new and tasty food items that come your way during vacations, keep in mind that you should not binge-eat them. 2. Keep Your Protein Intake In Check Credit - Getty Images Majority of the food items that you consume while travelling or during vacations are full of calories. Generally, these calories come from carbs. Thus, it is almost sure that your carb intake is going to be sufficient during vacation. It is your protein intake that you will have to take off. Try to include a portion of protein in all the meals of the day whenever possible. Adding food source that contains protein will increase its satiety factor and thus you won't be feeling hungry too soon. This will help you to save yourself from overeating. 3. Have Foods High In Fibre Credit - Getty Images Just like protein, fibre intake also goes for a toss while you are out on a vacation. Thus, have foods that will add to the fibre intake for the day as well. So while you are having lunch outside and ordering your favourite dish, just add on a portion of vegetables or salad along with that. This will add on to the fibre content of your meal and thus also increase the satiety factor. 4. Limit Alcohol And Other Drinks Credit - Getty Images Though it's difficult to stay away from the temptation of alcohol while you are on a beach holiday, I would still suggest keeping your alcohol intake in check. Alcohol and other sugary drinks like flavoured juices and colas just add on to the calories and do not provide any kind of nutrition. Make sure you are not consuming too much of any of these. 5. Stay Physically Active Credit - Getty Images When you feel things are going a little haywire in terms of maintaining a good diet, try to compensate it with staying a little more active. Performing some form of cardio is one such move that you can make. You can also indulge in some outdoor sports activity like cricket and badminton along with your friends to enjoy the company and burn some calories. I am not saying that this will compensate poor nutrition entirely but at least it may help with the damage control.
  6. Arguably one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Brett Lee's extreme speed and ability to swing both the new and old ball made him the worst nightmare of the opposition batsmen. The Australian great's success can be measured from his tally of 718 wickets across all formats (310 in Tests, 380 in ODIs and 28 in T20Is). But, the limitations of his body and lack of steam later in his playing days brought an end to his decade-long career. Now, 'Binga' is busy carrying out the responsibilities of a cricket pundit and commentator at ICC events and private leagues. While he might have called it quits from all forms of cricket, Lee appears to be as menacing as he once was during his playing days. His steaming yorker is still good enough to escape down the willow of batsmen before rattling the stumps - something that was in full display during an impromptu match of Gully Cricket in Mumbai recently. Instagram/@brettlee_58 Currently roped in by IPL's star broadcaster Star Sports as an expert, Lee is making the most of his time in India. In fact, when he challenged for a Gully Cricket match by local lads in Mumbai, the former Aussie speedster didn't just oblige, but gave a great lesson to the young blokes on fast bowling. In a video shared by him on Instagram, Lee was seen bowling to a local lad who appeared excited to face one of the most popular fast bowlers in the history of the game. But, little did he know that the old fella with the ball was gearing up to embarrass him in front of his friends. Bowling with a short run-up, Lee fired in a steaming yorker that completely foxed the poor chap and before he could bring the bat down, the ball had rattled the stumps. A impromptu game of Gully Cricket in Mumbai with my good mate @bcl375400 Lee vs Lara, 2 over clash! Had to bowl my two favourite deliveries. Bouncer to Lara followed up by the Yorker to some poor bloke on the other team𤣠Good crowd to cheer on the great West Indian Brian Lara. #hehasstillgotit A post shared by Brett Lee (@brettlee_58) on Apr 11, 2019 at 6:12am PDT Apart from embarrassing the young kid, Lee was also seen bowling a testing bouncer to West Indian great Brian Lara who did pretty well to leave it after judging the length to perfection. The participation of Lara and Lee in a Gully Cricket game made the day of the youngsters who had lined up to watch the two superstars, once again, work their magic after all these years.
  7. Following an overwhelming defeat against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) earlier in the tournament, Mumbai Indians (MI) had revenge on their minds when they hosted the Preity Zinta co-owned franchise at the Wankhede stadium on 10th April. A solid top-order batting performance by KXIP had led to an embarrassing eight-wicket loss for the three-time IPL champions at the PCA stadium. And Mumbai knew it wasn't going to be easy beating them at the Wankhede either. A 116-run opening stand between KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got Punjab to a flyer. And then, while Rahul notched up his maiden IPL hundred, Gayle's blazing willow saw him amassing 36-ball 63 as the visitors romped their way to a competitive total of 197 runs. Following Punjab's carnage, Mumbai, in the absence of Rohit Sharma, knew they needed something special if they were to avenge their defeat. Twitter/@IPL And, special it was from stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard who finally announced his arrival in the IPL this season. Leading from the front, the big West Indian, promoting himself to the No. 4 spot, arguably produced one of the most entertaining innings of the tournament this season. The 31-year-old went hammer and tongs at the KXIP bowling attack, slamming a blistering 31-ball 83 which was decorated with three fours and a staggering 10 sixes. Kieron Pollard last 26 balls: 6 6 4 0 6 0 1 6 6 2 1 0 1 6 1 0 6 1 4 0 6 6 1 6 4 W Brilliant innings under pressure! — IPL (@Icc_power) April 10, 2019 Though he couldn't finish the game for his side, falling to Ankit Rajpoot's short of a length delivery in the final over, Pollard's game-changing knock inflicted a three-wicket loss on Punjab and overshadowed the batting geniuses of Rahul and Gayle. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Pollard said: “I would like to thank God. Need to thank him for giving strength to me for doing the things that I do. Also, love to thank my wife, it's her birthday today and I want to dedicate this to her”. Twitter/@IPL “We finished on the right end of the result and thanks to God for that to. Obviously, Rohit is the captain of the team and it was only a precautionary measure for the team. He should be back in the next game. I would gladly give it back to him and field at the boundary, while also thinking of what to contribute to the team,” he concluded. After his 'Man of the Match' performance, the cricket fans were left in awe of Pollard's blitzkrieg which took the social media by storm. Kieron Pollard is back. Back at his best. Sensational batting. Great finish.... — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 10, 2019 POLLAAAAARRRRDDD welldone big fella.. That's pollard special ðªð¥ @KieronPollard55 Enjoy your win brother.. congratulations @mipaltan vs @lionsdenkxip well done @klrahul11 brilliant 100 ðð — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 10, 2019 Pollard pollard pollard !!'! Boht hard boht hard boht hard !!!!!! @KieronPollard55 ðð½ðð¤ð» — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 10, 2019 What a thriller this game was. I don't know if I can handle last ball finishes anymore ð Well played Mumbai ð Chin up @lionsdenkxip & congrats for the ð¯ @klrahul11 #Saddapunjab #MIvsKXIP #VivoIPL — Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) April 10, 2019 Unbelievable. Incredible Premier League. #Pollard #MIvKXIP — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 10, 2019 Witnessed one of d best Victory while chasing in d @IPL ð Clean hitting at its best by @KieronPollard55 Congratulations @klrahul11 on ur brilliant hundred. Great 2 see d way @MdShami11 bowled tonight. Exceptional talent he is.He looks in great shape @StarSportsIndia GudNightð´ — MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) April 10, 2019 Woah ! What a game. Pollard playing an innings to remember for a long long time on his captaincy debut #MIvKXIP — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 10, 2019 Hardik: Kieron Pollard is a legend. Only one man could've done this.#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/YcUKauYTWv — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019 That is one of Kieron Pollard's greatest innings. A titanic effort from the original death overs hitter to single-handedly take MI within striking distance. His ability to hit sixes despite mis-timing the ball is unmatched by anyone but Gayle. Huge raw power. #IPL #MIvKXIP — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 10, 2019 Kieron Pollard the match winner is back. Won this game single handedly for #MI . Joseph hits the winning runs. The West Indians are rocking the #IPL2019 #MIvKXIP — jigar mehta (@jigsactin) April 10, 2019 Thats not how batting is defined, thats brutal toying @KieronPollard55 always a treat to watch — Gyan (@lostsoul0109) April 10, 2019 This is his best... Haven't seen him better than what he did today...the knock of this year — Fahir Maithutty (@fahir_me) April 10, 2019 The West-Indian Premier League.. The 'W' is silent in the IPL!!! @KieronPollard55 #IPL #IPL2019 #VIVOIPL #MIvKXIP — Shubham Misra (@SBM_4007) April 10, 2019 What a thrilling single handed performance by KP @MumbaiIndians_ — Chandrabhan Vishwakarma (@ChandrabhanVi20) April 10, 2019
  8. As soon as Navratri sets in, fitness enthusiasts start worrying about how they are going to meet their protein intake. The biggest challenge for every fitness guy during Navratri is to meet his daily protein intake as non-vegetarian food becomes a big NO. Here is a list of food items that you can include in your diet that will help you meet your daily protein intake as far as possible. 1. Tofu © Getty Images Also known as 'soybean paneer', tofu is vegetarian's paradise when it comes to food items that are high in protein. An average brand of tofu available in the market would fetch you around 30 grams of protein in a serving of around 200 grams. I wouldn't say that the amino acid profile is comparable to lean chicken breast but it is still a complete source of vegetarian protein. Taste could be an issue for some people as tofu doesn't have a great taste in itself. Thus, I would recommend adding some form of vegetable or salt and pepper along with tofu to enhance its flavour. 2. Cottage Cheese Cottage Cheese or more commonly known as 'Paneer' has been a part of our Indian diet since decades. Cottage cheese is made from milk and is a vegetarian source of protein that can be used during Navratri. A 100-gram serving of paneer will give you around 20 grams of protein. Another advantage of paneer is that it has a good taste, unlike tofu. You can add cottage cheese to gravies or just sprinkle chopped pieces on cooked lentils to enhance its protein content per serving. 3. Greek Yoghurt Greek yoghurt is another food item that you can consider adding to your daily food intake during this season. Just like regular yoghurt, Greek yoghurt is also a good source of gut-friendly bacteria. Along with the goodness of gut health bacteria, greek yoghurt gives you double the protein intake as compared to regular yoghurt for the same serving size. Also, Greek yoghurt is available in delicious flavours and thus can be used in various forms like pudding and desserts. However, make sure that added sugar isn't too much in the product that you are buying. 4. Nuts & Nut Milk © Getty Images Another food item that you can consider adding to your diet during Navratri is Nuts and Nuts milk. Nuts like Almonds and its milk, commercially sold as Almond milk can serve a great option to be consumed as snacks and mid-meal food items. You can easily replace your evening tea and biscuits with Almonds and almond milk which will also help you to add to the total protein intake for the day. 5. Milk & Whey Protein Cow milk is also one of the best protein sources available in the vegetarian diet. A 100ml serving of milk will give you around 3 grams of protein. Make sure that you are consuming either a double toned or skimmed variety of cow milk so that your intake from milk is not too high. Similarly, supplements like whey protein and casein which are made up from milk can also be added to the diet to meet the daily protein intake to a large extent. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  9. Managing one's fitness lifestyle during the nine days of Navratri can be a challenge. Not only the diet becomes a challenge for many but maintaining the same level of intensity in workouts is difficult too. Here are a few supplements that will help you to maintain that same tempo in the gym and will also help with your dietary nutrient intake too. 1. Whey Protein Whey protein is made from milk and milk products thus it is a vegetarian source of protein. One of the biggest challenges during Navratri is to meet the daily protein intake for people who are on a high protein diet. Even people who do not fast are not allowed to bring any form of non-vegetarian foods inside their house. Thus, it is better to replace your protein intake from some other sources. Whey protein is the best available choice when it comes to meeting your protein intake for the day from vegetarian foods. A scoop of any brand of whey protein will give your around 20 plus grams of best quality protein with a flavour of your choice. Include whey protein supplement post your workout or at any other time you feel convenient to meet up your daily protein intake. 2. Casein Protein Casein protein is a slow digesting protein. Casein protein supplements are also made from milk and thus it is also a vegetarian food supplement. The advantage that casein powders have over whey protein supplements is that they digest slowly and may take up to 6-8 hours to digest completely. Thus, they provide a steady supply of amino acids to your body over a period of time. The best way to use a casein supplement is to use it at night so that you don't feel hungry during the night and your body is able to get a regular supply of amino acids. Another way to use casein is to mix it up with whey protein and make your own protein blend. This way you will be helping your body to have immediate as well as long term supply of amino acids throughout the day. Just like whey protein, casein protein is also available in various flavours. 3. Pre-Workouts Caffeine-based pre-workouts can also come in handy during the fasting season. I've seen people complaining about missing their workouts because they felt low on energy during the fasting days. This could be because of less carb consumption during Navratri or due to lesser protein intake than what they used to consume earlier. © Getty Images Caffeine is a supplement which can help on the days when you find it hard to push yourself to the gym. I am not saying to buy a fancy pre-workout that has tons of ingredients but even caffeine anhydrous alone would do the needful for you. Have it at least 30 mins before your workout sessions and you will have mental focus and rush during your workouts. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  10. The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not fairing out well for the world's number 1 ranked ODI bowler according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) as far as avoiding injuries is concerned. While the pacer injured his left shoulder after a scary dive on the last delivery of Mumbai Indian's (MI) season-opener against Delhi Capitals.(DC), the cricketing fans of the Indian held their breath when they saw him enter the field to bowl against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a swollen right eye on Wednesday. Nobody had any idea what sort of trouble did the 25-year-old had gotten into the get such a bad bruise on his face. So, when the match finished, people went crazy on social media demanding some sort of clarification on the horrific injury. What happened to Bumrah's eye? — Romsha ð®ð³ (@kohlischarms) April 3, 2019 Who punched Bumrah on his right eye? ð pic.twitter.com/s4935FMrU1 — Ojas. (@Ojasism) April 3, 2019 Why aren't people talking about Jasprit Bumrah's black eye?#IPL #MIvCSK — Maulik Sheth (@MaulikSheth03) April 3, 2019 When the question was put in front of MI head coach Mahela Jayawarden, he decided to have some fun with the frowning commentator who was interviewing the Sri Lankan legend. Upon being asked if he was the reason behind Bumrah's black eye, he quickly replied with a huge smirk on his face: “I think the story is he is going for a night-out you know and get into a brawl or something like that.” He then quickly clarified that he was only pulling the interviewer's leg: “Just joking. He missed a straight catch from Jimmy the other day. He was quite lucky actually. He had a pretty big swelling yesterday evening and managed to get it down. He's one of the good ones in the team.” Despite the injuries, Bumrah indeed has been extremely lucky for none of them have been grave enough to put India's finest out of action. With the 2019 ICC World Cup less than a month and a half away, he ought to stay out of trouble as his role in building an Indian side worth the trophy will be massive. As far as the game against CSK is concerned, it felt as if the huge lump on his face was bothering MI's top bowler as he went through the night without a single wicket while giving away 27 runs in four overs. Mumbai managed to add to the winning column nonetheless, thanks to Hardik Pandya's heroic performance on both ends of the pitch.
  11. We only get to realise how uncertain life really is when we come across incidents like these. While our thoughts go out to the family members of the army soldiers who lost their lives in the bizarre fire in Mhow, we can't help but ponder the odds of something like this happening. On Thursday, a team of snipers of the Indian Army were target-practicing in Mhow, a cantonment in the Indore district in Madhya Pradesh. Like any other regular day practice, the soldiers were wearing their gille suits, an outfit made up of dry leaves and grass to help the shooters camouflage with the surroundings. Suddenly, a wildfire wrapped the shooters around out of nowhere taking away the lives of two while severely injuring nine others. Army Sources: Two Indian Army soldiers killed in fire incident at the Bercha and Hema ranges in Mhow near Indore today. Fire was caused due to spark during firing practice. #MadhyaPradesh — ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2019 “Two Indian Army soldiers were killed in a fire incident at the Bercha firing range in Mhow near indore. The fire was caused due to spark during firing practice,” ANI reports Army officials saying. According to Additional SP Mhow Dharmraj Meena, Ranjit Sumer, 27, Jhunjhunu resident in Rajasthan and Akshya Ramsingh, 25, a resident of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, were the two soldiers who died dousing the flames. Meena also mentioned that some of the injured soldiers were also airlifted to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment. However, three out of the remaining nine have been deemed to be in critical condition and have been moved to Delhi for better care. Joining the family in the mourning of their loved ones, people showed their respect for the soldiers: Tragic. RIP braves @adgpi. Condolences to family & friends. — Hindustaniyat (@NonLutyensSpin) April 4, 2019 RIP_Indian_Army ððð — Mritunjay Yadav (@ymrityunjay65) April 4, 2019 We have lost many soldiers today. Rest in peace bravehearts. ðð»ðð»@adgpi — Roshani ð®ð³ (@IndiaBhakt1) April 4, 2019 ð¢ pic.twitter.com/xZfZ0LrYAV — Proud To Be Indian (@pure_indian19) April 4, 2019
  12. We only get to realise how uncertain life really is when we come across incidents like these. While our thoughts go out to the family members of the army soldiers who lost their lives in the bizarre fire in Mhow, we can't help but ponder the odds of something like this happening. On Thursday, a team of snipers of the Indian Army were target-practicing in Mhow, a cantonment in the Indore district in Madhya Pradesh. Like any other regular day practice, the soldiers were wearing their gille suits, an outfit made up of dry leaves and grass to help the shooters camouflage with the surroundings. Suddenly, a wildfire wrapped the shooters around out of nowhere taking away the lives of two while severely injuring nine others. Army Sources: Two Indian Army soldiers killed in fire incident at the Bercha and Hema ranges in Mhow near Indore today. Fire was caused due to spark during firing practice. #MadhyaPradesh — ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2019 “Two Indian Army soldiers were killed in a fire incident at the Bercha firing range in Mhow near indore. The fire was caused due to spark during firing practice,” ANI reports Army officials saying. According to Additional SP Mhow Dharmraj Meena, Ranjit Sumer, 27, Jhunjhunu resident in Rajasthan and Akshya Ramsingh, 25, a resident of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, were the two soldiers who died dousing the flames. Meena also mentioned that some of the injured soldiers were also airlifted to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment. However, three out of the remaining nine have been deemed to be in critical condition and have been moved to Delhi for better care. Joining the family in the mourning of their loved ones, people showed their respect for the soldiers: Tragic. RIP braves @adgpi. Condolences to family & friends. — Hindustaniyat (@NonLutyensSpin) April 4, 2019 RIP_Indian_Army ððð — Mritunjay Yadav (@ymrityunjay65) April 4, 2019 We have lost many soldiers today. Rest in peace bravehearts. ðð»ðð»@adgpi — Roshani ð®ð³ (@IndiaBhakt1) April 4, 2019 ð¢ pic.twitter.com/xZfZ0LrYAV — Proud To Be Indian (@pure_indian19) April 4, 2019
  13. An integral part of Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years, Kieron Pollard hasn't quite come to the party as far as the ongoing season is concerned. While the likes of Andre Russell, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo have made an impact, Pollard has struggled to get going in the initial stage of the tournament. The right-handed batsman couldn't score more than 21 runs as Mumbai succumbed to a 37-run loss in their opening match. While Mumbai bounced back in the second match with a six-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Pollard was only able to add a six-ball five to his team. The big West Indian's struggles continued in the third match where he was dismissed for a nine-ball seven against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Twitter/@IPL Struggling with the bat and not getting a chance to bowl, Pollard's batting slump attracted immense criticism, with the cricket pundits suggesting he should be dropped for the crucial tie against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 3rd April. But, Rohit Sharma and Mumbai's team management continued to trust Pollard and the Trinidadian didn't disappoint. Repaying the faith of his captain, Pollard was part of a carnage that was finished by swashbuckling Hardik Pandya. While the West Indies cricketer slammed a seven-ball 17, Pandya ran riot during his eight-ball 25. The duo hammered Dwayne Bravo all around the park to score a staggering 29 runs off the final over. That was something Impossible Only this man can pull Something like this The Name is Kieron Pollard ð¥#MIvCSK #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/RvwGXsxnHL — RaijinAntony #MI ⤠(@RaijinAntony10) April 3, 2019 If his batting silenced the critics, Pollard's absolute blinder of a catch during Chennai's chase further enhanced his reputation as a key contributor to the Mumbai brigade. In the fifth over, the 31-year-old was stationed at the point boundary when Suresh Raina slapped Jason Behrendorff's length ball ferociously in his direction. Wow ð¥ð¥ à¤à¤ लà¤à¤¾ दॠà¤à¤ à¤à¤à¤ªà¥à¤à¤² मà¥à¤ pic.twitter.com/zxlD9bGuro — Devendra nagar ð®ð³ (@Devendr39642732) April 3, 2019 With the ball travelling at high pace, Pollard barely had any time to assess its height and realise it was going over his head. But, timing his jump to perfection, the Mumbai all-rounder produced enough airtime (something that would surely make Michael Jordan feel proud) that it allowed him to pluck the ball in thin air during an incredible one-handed effort. While Mumbai brought an end to Chennai's three-match winning streak after an emphatic 37-run triumph, Pollard's unbelievable fielding effort earned him plaudits on the social media. Helps to be tall! Also helps if you can catch like that! #KieronPollard — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 3, 2019 What. A. Catch. Doubt we will see a better catch this #IPL #Pollard #MIvCSK — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 3, 2019 UNREAL CATCHING FROM THE SUPERMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/gQaOplc4RM — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 3, 2019 That's a stunner from Kieron Pollard for the season to dismiss Suresh Raina#IPL2019 #CSKvMI #MIvCSK #Pollard #Raina pic.twitter.com/aUygdVkita — Sanjeev Thakur ð®ð³ सà¤à¤à¥à¤µ ठाà¤à¥à¤°ð© (@Sanjeev_Thakur_) April 3, 2019 Kieron Pollard - that catch deserves ðð. — Chowkidar Sai (@sai59969230) April 3, 2019 What a catch kieron pollard,best catch in ipl 2019 — vilal khan (@vilalkh66586098) April 3, 2019 That's the difference between @ImRo45 and @imVkohli ...right man at right place ...what a catch kieron Pollard #MIvCSK — Mohit Sakaria (@SakariaMohit) April 3, 2019 KIERON POLLARD!!! Wow ð¯ Unbelievable catch!!!!! @IPL @mipaltan @KieronPollard55 — Romano Jude Ramoo (@RomanoRamoo) April 3, 2019 Kieron Pollard What a Great Catch ððððð — Gangadharan (@Gangadh44209167) April 3, 2019 That was something Impossible Only this man can pull Something like this The Name is Kieron Pollard ð¥#MIvCSK #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/RvwGXsxnHL — RaijinAntony #MI ⤠(@RaijinAntony10) April 3, 2019
  14. The world of cricket isn't new to rivalries between the teams. Similarly, the Indian Premier League (IPL), too, has witnessed its franchises developing the rivalries over the years. But, no rivalry has managed to capture the imagination of fans than the one shared by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI). Both the IPL giants have won the title three times - a feat no other franchise has managed to achieve yet. And, if that's not enough, the fact that their clash pits some of the biggest names in international cricket against each other, further makes theirs a scintillating affair. Thus, when the first stage of the IPL fixtures were announced, everyone was circling the date i.e. 3rd April - the day two giants lock horns - on their calendar this season. While Chennai looks solid in their title defence so far (winning three consecutive games to occupy the top spot in the table), Mumbai have failed to match their rivals, winning just one and losing two games. Hosting Chennai today at the Wankhede stadium, Rohit Sharma's men will be eager to climb up the table (slightly higher than the seventh spot). © Twitter/@IPL On the other hand, three players from the Chennai brigade will be chasing their respective individual records as they aim to pin Mumbai in their own den. The likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo will all be chasing individual feats when they take the field at the Wankhede stadium today. Talking about our 'Captain Cool' first, Dhoni is just two runs away from becoming only the second Chennai batsman (after Raina) to reach the 4000-run landmark. He has amassed 3,998 runs in India's cash-rich T20 tournament and could very well join his teammate in the elite list when he comes out to bat against Mumbai today. For Dhoni's good friend and teammate, Raina, clash against Mumbai presents an opportunity to the left-hander to complete 100 catches in the IPL. So far, Raina, who recently pipped Virat Kohli to reach 5,000 runs in the IPL, has taken 99 catches in the tournament and given his athleticism in the field, he is likely to achieve the milestone today. © Twitter/@IPL Last, but not the least, Bravo has been a key contributor to the Chennai brigade over the years. Thus, it is quite fitting for the Trinidadian cricketer gain the legendary status that will be fray against Mumbai today. Bravo is just one wicket away from becoming the first bowler to claim 100 scalps for Chennai in the IPL. For someone who has taken six wickets in three games this season, Bravo enjoys an excellent record against Mumbai. With 25 wickets to his name, Bravo currently holds the record for most wickets taken by a bowler against Mumbai. Going into what promises to be a pulsating encounter today, Chennai will need these three key players to step up if they intend to outperform Mumbai in their own den.
  15. Just when we thought the whole PUBG addiction fiasco has come to an end, we hear a new story about someone taking their own life. This time, it's an Indian teenager from Hyderabad who has committed suicide, after his mother allegedly scolded him for playing PUBG on his phone during the board exams. The 16-year-old boy named Kallakuri Samsbashiva, who was a class X student, hung himself from the ceiling fan of his room. Apparently, he latched his bedroom from the inside after being scolded by his mother for playing the game for too long instead of studying for his board exam. © PUBG Corp. As soon as the parents and the neighbors knocked down the door and found him hanging, they rushed him to the nearest hospital, where he was declared dead upon arrival. While speaking to Deccan Chronicle, sub-inspector K Sanjeeva Reddy said the boy has been playing the game for months, which led to his addiction. The news about the boy taking his life comes as a surprise, especially when just heard that the ban on the game has been lifted. It's high time that people start taking this more seriously and act responsibly. Or else it's only a matter of time until the game gets banned and people start getting arrested, again.
  16. Alright, I know the Galaxy Note 7 jokes are a thing of past now, but I couldn't help it. Samsung's subsidiary brand has made a flower vase that also doubles up as a fire extinguisher? Seriously, how can this not remind you about the Note 7 debacle? Called 'Firevase', the vase essentially works as a fire extinguisher when you throw it at a fire. The outer chamber is filled with potassium carbonate that quickly cools and suppresses oxygen when the vase is thrown at the fire like, well, a grenade. Don't worry, it also has an inner chamber to hold water for your flowers, so it works fine both ways. According to architecture and design magazine Dezeen, only 100,000 firevases were originally produced to promote the use of home fire extinguishers in South Korea, where having at least one home fire extinguisher per home is mandatory since 2017. © firevase - YouTube But since the promotional campaign was a success and it helped increase the number of homes with an extinguisher by 8 per cent, the company decided to produce more.
  17. For a team that is never short on glamour and style quotient - thanks to its co-owner Preity Zinta, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), sadly, has not been able to live to the hype on the cricket field in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite boasting of some of the biggest names in the sport, KXIP's dream of clinching the IPL title continues to elude them. They came mighty close to realising that dream in 2014 as they went one opponent past another to win 11 matches alongside just three defeats that season. They were tipped as favourites to win the trophy after their spectacular win over a consistent Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second qualifier. But, a their three-wicket loss in the final against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) broke their hearts. After failing to secure a top-four finish in the last four editions, the Mohali-based franchise underwent a major overhaul as they spent a staggering Rs 32.50 crore at the 2019 IPL Auctions. And, the result is quite obvious. Punjab is now well-equipped with some of the most feared batsmen, proven bowlers and valuable all-rounders. Going into the twelfth edition of the IPL, here are the five key players from Punjab who can change the fortunes for their side this season: KL Rahul Instagram/@kxipofficial Arguably one of the highly-rated upcoming talents in India, KL Rahul, time and again, has proved his mettle with some blistering knocks in dire situations. He might have struggled a bit in the Indian colours lately, but Rahul, in the Punjab jersey, is a batsman who is more than capable of taking the game away from the opposition. Boasting of a wide array of strokes, the right-handed batsman took the IPL by storm last season. He was the leading run-getter for Punjab last year, scoring 659 runs in 14 games at a strike-rate of 158.41. And, the fact that out of the 659 runs he scored, 364 runs came in the first six overs at a strike-rate of over 157, shows how deadly he can be in the powerplay. Chris Gayle Instagram/@kxipofficial If Rahul adds teeth to Punjab's opening line-up, Chris Gayle ensures there is no shortage of fireworks early on. One of the most feared batsmen in limited-overs cricket, Gayle needs no introduction when it comes to sending the ball into the stratosphere. He might struggle in running between the wickets, but the 'Universe Boss' can easily make up for it by flexing his big muscles to send the ball over the fence at will. Released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2018, Gayle sent a stark reminder to his previous employers by shining bright in the Punjab jersey last season. Though he played just 11 games last season, Gayle amassed 368 runs at a strike-rate of over 146. With a highest score of an unbeaten 104, Gayle also slammed three fifties alongside 30 fours and 27 sixes. If Punjab intend to challenge for the title this year, they'd surely need Gayle's firepower at the top. Andrew Tye Instagram/@kxipofficial Owing to his success in Australian domestic cricket and later in Big Bash League (BBL), Andrew Tye was roped in by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2015, only to warm the bench throughout the season. In 2017, signed by now-defunct Gujarat Lions, Tye made a sensational IPL debut, taking five wickets including a hat-trick. His bowling figures of 5-17 were the best by a bowler on IPL debut. But, with the Gujarat franchise completing its two-year term and bidding adieu to IPL in 2018, Tye found suitors in Punjab who were heavily benefited by his addition. Taking 24 wickets in 14 games, Tye emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament last season. Punjab will once again count on the last year's 'Purple Cap' holder to work his magic for them this season. Varun Chakravarthy Instagram/@kxipofficial Karnataka-born Varun Chakravarthy was quietly sitting with his parents at home when he saw his life turn upside down. The 29-year-old Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) sensation saw Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings bid furiously for him. And, then came the big moment: Punjab securing his services for Rs 8.4 crore (42 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh). C V Varun spun a web in TNPL 2018. Will the batters be able to decode his magic in #IPL2019? pic.twitter.com/ha2aCjicdt — TNPL (@TNPremierLeague) 19 December 2018 So, what's so special about this leg-spinner, you'd ask? Well, the mystery spinner has seven different variations and, going by his hefty paycheck, they now officially cost more than Rs 1 crore each. For someone who spun Siechem Madurai Panthers to their maiden TNPL title last season, Varun will surely be expected to carry the baton for his new employers Punjab in latest edition of the IPL. Mayank Agarwal Instagram/@kxipofficial For someone who has been patiently waiting for a national call-up in limited-overs cricket, Mayank Agarwal has done pretty much everything a batsman can do to strengthen his case. The prolific right-hander has been busy scoring runs in domestic cricket over the past couple of years. He also looked in ominous touch on Test debut against Australia where he scored two clinical fifties for India. While he struggled to carry on his domestic form into the IPL last season, this could very well be his year. His unbeaten 85-run knock powered Karnataka to the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title earlier this year. And, with both Gayle and Rahul (World Cup prospects) expected to be used in limited capacity this season, Mayank can surely make the opportunity count with crucial knocks for Punjab.
  18. SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) were one of the best teams to be a part of last year's Indian Premier League (IPL), maybe even better than the current champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and if it wasn't for Shane Watson's heroic 117-run innings in the final, the men in orange and black could have even won their second title. Known for their exceptional bowling lineup, SunRisers came to be known as the 'guardians of low totals' because of their bowlers being able to not only hold their opponents to a low score but also take wickets in the process. Here are the key players for SunRisers Hyderabad, who will play a major part in the squad's attempt to bring home the trophy: 1. Rashid Khan View this post on Instagram ð¶ Woke up in the morning feeling fine, got @rashid.khan19 's magic spell on my mind ð¶ Hattrick hero. First player to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in a T20I. 11 wickets in the series. WHAT. A. PLAYER. 𤩠#OrangeArmy #RashidRush A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Feb 24, 2019 at 8:55pm PST This 20-year-old bowler from Afghanistan is somewhat of the main man for the franchise. His variations with the ball has made him his opponents' worst nightmare and also provided him with the top position in ICC's T20 rankings for bowlers as he's bagged 75 wickets in 38 T20Is with a staggering economy of just 6.02 throughout his career. SunRisers clearly are in awe of this young star as they paid more than double of what they did last year to make sure Khan doesn't go anywhere else. Opening their season against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, the team will depend heavily on his wrist-spin bowling to bring them success. 2. David Warner Nothing much, just a fully focused @davidwarner31... ð¤·‍âï¸#OrangeArmy 𧡠pic.twitter.com/LEkRH6XsiX — SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 19, 2019 For any sportsperson, his integrity and respect in the eyes of his fans are very important, maybe even bigger than the championship, itself. After stepping down from captaincy and later being disbarred from playing in the league altogether last year, the 2019 season has to mean a lot more to David Warner than any of his teammates. Warner is one of those players who are a perfect fit for wherever they play. Being under contract with the team since the 2014 IPL auction, he holds the records for scoring the most runs by an overseas player (4,014), most half-centuries (35) and the highest individual score by a captain (126) in the league. 3. Kane Williamson View this post on Instagram 'When he's on song, Kane Williamson is the most attractive batsman to watch in world cricket' - Virat Kohli #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli has heaped praise on his Kiwi counterpart's batting prowess ð #OrangeArmy, what do you make of #KingKohli's assessment of @kane_s_w? ð¤ A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Jan 25, 2019 at 1:34am PST Known for his cool temper as a skipper but an absolute beast with the bat, Kane Williamson proved his worth to Hyderabad in the 2017 season when he amassed 256 runs with a strike rate of 151.47 in just seven matches and was promoted as the leader of the squad. In the 2018 season, the Kiwi outdid himself as he became the top scorer of the league (735), won the Orange Cap and took his side to the final. If the team wants to make it big this season yet again, Williamson has to play on a similar level. 4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar View this post on Instagram With figures of 2â£/4â£6⣠including a maiden, Bhuvi contributed in #TeamIndia's 7-wicket victory over New Zealand that sealed the series at Bay Oval ð #NZvIND A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Jan 28, 2019 at 1:35am PST Having a bad run with injuries, one of the finest bowlers of the Indian cricket team, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a below-average IPL season last year when he was able to scalp just nine wickets in 12 matches. However, it seems Bhuvi is back to his ideal fitness conditions and his decent performance in the series Down Under and New Zealand have to have a positive impact on the pacer's confidence and that of the SRH team managers. 5. Manish Pandey View this post on Instagram #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy 2019 Champion ð . Congratulations to our Riser @manishpandeyinsta for leading Karnataka throughout the tournament! ð #OrangeArmy 𧡠. . . #SunRisersHyderabad #Hyderabad #Cricket #Champion #Karnataka A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:24am PDT Raw, brute force is what comes to mind when you try to define Manish Pandey's cricketing style and it seems to resonate with the owners of the team who literally invested a fortune behind his success. Keeping aside the retained players, Pandey was Hyderabad's biggest buy at Rs. 11 crore. Playing in 15 matches for SunRisers, the right-handed batsman scored a total of 284 runs at a 25.81 batting average which is not that great, especially for the mammoth deal with franchise. However, Pandey has shown significant improvement in his stint with the India A roster and during the latest Ranji Trophy season with Karnataka.
  19. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are entering the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the first game of the year against the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday, 23rd March 2019. However, the burden on their shoulders is a lot heavier as compared to their opponent. Having never won the title ever since the team's inception in 2008, the expectations and hopes of the people of Bangalore with regards to hosting the prestigious IPL trophy one day, are brutally crushing the team owners and the star-studded player line-up. Despite probably having the best coaching staff in the league and being captained by some of the greatest cricketers in the past, RCB have failed to seal the deal and their supporters are losing their cool. Having said that, after spending an amount as big as Rs. 16.35 crores at the 2018 IPL auction and retaining their best lot, the roster looks amazing. Here are the five key RCB players whom people should watch out for this IPL season: 1. Virat Kohli View this post on Instagram A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Feb 15, 2019 at 6:43am PST Let's not spend too much time on the obvious. Virat Kohli, who is the captain of RCB and that of the Indian national cricket team, has to have an impact during this IPL season if he wishes to continue with the team as its skipper. Even though 2018 was his year and he won all the major individual awards put up by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Kohli has earned a bad reputation for himself as the captain of an IPL team. Having said that, Kohli is the second highest run-scorer in the entire league just behind CSK's Suresh Raina and became the first batsman to score 4000+ runs in the league during RCB's most successful season in 2016. As talented and gifted as Kohli is, he can manage to get runs even in his sleep. What is to be yet seen is how the King uses the supporting cast around him to take his team to the top. 2. AB de Villiers View this post on Instagram #TB to when @abdevilliers17's brilliance propelled us to a victory against Delhi Daredevils! #ThrowBackThursday #TBT #PlayBold #Repost @royalchallengersbangalore • • • • • If not for the roof, this would have landed in Cubbon Park. #PlayBold A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Mar 14, 2019 at 2:35am PDT De Villiers was RCB's main man before Virat Kohli took the throne. The South African's furious batting style combined with years and years of experience as the captain of one of the leading teams of the cricketing world, made him an ideal piece of the puzzle that the team's road to title victory really is. Even though Mr. 360° is not the dynamic hitter he once used to be, he still possesses a lot of command over his bat and is very much capable of bringing home wins against many of the franchises from this season's matchups. 3. Yuzvendra Chahal View this post on Instagram Your focus determines your reality! ðð@yuzi_chahal23 #MondayMotivation #PlayBold A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Mar 10, 2019 at 9:51pm PDT Yuzi Chahal has grown as a cricketer by leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. Putting in hours of practice in his craft has earned him a high chair in the Indian cricket team as he looks to represent his nation in the upcoming World Cup. Being Bangalore's leading wicket-taker, Chahal has earned immense respect and trust in the eyes of the team management that retained the leggy for his sixth season in red and gold. While bowlers like Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar will be at Kohli's disposal, the captain will turn to Chahal in the hour of need and demand of him the ability to break partnerships. 4. Marcus Stoinis Skipper @imVkohli with our new joinee, @MStoinis. Maybe he wants him to save his best for the upcoming VIVO IPL when he dons the red and black at #Chinnaswamy! #PlayBold #AUSvIND https://t.co/VQXFLo3JxV — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) November 22, 2018 Aussie Marcus Stoinis is probably one of those rare cricketers who are on the list of every fantasy cricket club owner. Having being named Australia's men's One-day International Player of the Year, the allrounder was a gem to look at as he hit big runs and scalped many wickets. A reliable player in general with the capacity to score runs on cue, Stoinis will be expected to go out there and perform on the same level as he does for his national cricket team. 5. Shimron Hetmyer Shimron Hetmyer is BOLD. We acquire him at INR 4.20 Cr!#PlayBold #BidForBold #IPLAuction — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 18, 2018 Getting paid for absolutely dismantling the Men in Blue during the Windies' visit to India in October 2018, Hetmyer was signed up by the RCB for Rs. 4.20 crores as they outbid literally every other team present in that ballroom during the IPL auctions. Known as a run-machine, this 22-year-old plays the sport like there is no tomorrow. Boasting a scary strike rate of 142.42, the lefty has scored 517 runs in the 21 T20 matches he has played so far. If Hettie brings even a fraction of his game to RCB, his presence in the team will be a huge boost for Virat Kohli and the rest of the squad.
  20. One of the original eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals recently changed their name from 'Delhi Daredevils' after a rather forgettable season. According to Co-Owner and Chairman of the team, Parth Jindal, the reason behind changing the name was that Delhi is the power centre of the country and also the capital, hence the name 'Delhi Capitals'. Classic. Having never been able to make it to the Indian Premier League final, the last time Delhi Capitals made it to the Playoffs was all the way back in 2012 when the former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag stepped down from the position of the captain of the team following one of the worst seasons in the history of IPL in 2011. Having made significant changes to the team's name and roster ahead of the 2019 IPL season, the ownership hopes to bring success to the city and these five players will be crucial in doing so: 1. Shikhar Dhawan Bina Gabbar ke Holi bhi koi Holi hai? #HappyHoli #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/EewQPoc51G — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 Making his return to the team with which he made his IPL debut in 2008, Shikhar Dhawan has wreaked havoc against his opponents in the league. Although he has been struggling with the bat for the Indian cricket team for quite some time now, Delhi Capitals has sent a lot of talent including the rising allrounder Vijay Shankar, spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and the young Abhishek Sharma to SunRisers Hyderabad in the trade to bring back Dhawan. We look forward to seeing the veteran use his experience along with the young batting line-up consisting of Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw to bring back the glory days to the city. 2. Rishabh Pant When @RishabPant777 hits it, it stays hit Describe kijiye inki batting ek word mein... #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #QilaKotla pic.twitter.com/HdcuT9BCLh — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 20, 2019 After getting accused of being one of the major reasons for India's ODI series loss against Australia, the 21-year-old athlete will be on a mission to redeem his worth and prove his abilities not only as a batsman but behind the wicket as well. This will be Pant's fourth season with his hometown team ever since he made his debut in 2016 and the franchise clearly has high hopes from him as he was one of the first stars to be retained by the owners. Although Ravi Shastri has made it clear that the IPL will have zero effect on the decision-making for squad selection for the upcoming ICC World Cup, the 2019 IPL may be Pant's final opportunity to convince the selectors of why he should be on the roster. 3. Prithvi Shaw SHER hai tu SHER Roarrrrrrrrrrrrr pic.twitter.com/HJm3uRtQTn — Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) March 21, 2019 The 19-year-old powerhouse that Prithvi Shaw is, he is certain to go for big hits throughout the tournament while it is highly likely for him to open the Delhi batting-lineup with the veteran Shikhar Dhawan on the other end. After being out of action for nearly three months suffering an ankle injury during India's tour of Australia, Shaw returned to the game in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but failed to do well with the exception of a 71-run innings against Goa. Ever since Shaw came into the limelight, he has been referred to as a talent as good as any. Being great at such a young age has earned him comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar and if there is even the smallest truth in that, people better watch out for him. 4. Amit Mishra 3⣠hat-tricks. 1⣠and only Mishi bhai. Sunday se aayega mazaa Mumbai mein kitne wickets lenge hamare DC legend?@MishiAmit#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/lo8xIHO1oe — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 One of the cornerstones of the Delhi team since the last four years, Mishra was retained by the team for the 2019 season. He has been consistent in collecting wickets and also boasts the record of becoming the first player to take three hat-tricks in IPL. He has been the most successful bowler in the history of Delhi Daredevils/Capitals history bagging 132 wickets for his side in the past four seasons. His ability to stick to the crease in dire situations makes him an essential player too. 5. Trent Boult Boult's name on the roster cost DC approximately Rs. 2.8 crores at the time of the 2018 auction which justifies his number two position on ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. In the recent ODI and T20 series against the visiting Indian cricket team, Boult's 12 wickets in five matches were crucial for the Kiwis, even though their side lost the series 4-1.
  21. After the first Hyderabad-based Indian Premier League franchise, the Deccan Chargers was terminated in 2012, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) rose from the ashes like a phoenix with new ownership, more money and a shiny new colour-scheme for their jersey. Having made their official debut in the 2013 season of the IPL, SRH have seen their fair share of ups and downs as a whole. Starting out strong, the squad went on to become one of the most successful teams that season as it qualified for the Playoffs under the captaincy of Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and India's Shikhar Dhawan. The roster went on to spiral down the points table in the next two seasons finding themselves to be the sixth best (or third worst) team of the league in 2014 and 2015. However, under the leadership of Aussie batsman David Warner, SRH reached their true potential in 2016. As Warner had his best season in the Indian Twenty20 league, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first of his squad to win the honorary Purple Cap for his distinguished bowling expertise that season. It was also the only season which brought the title to Hyderabad ever since the Deccan Chargers won it in 2009. In the 2018 season, SRH consisted of some world class talents in their corner. Even though David Warner was retained and appointed as the captain, he refused to accept this role after being found guilty of the infamous ball-tampering case in South Africa that summer. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) later disbarred Warner from participating in the league that season altogether. Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight. pic.twitter.com/GpYYLDLXeJ — David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 9, 2018 “Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight,” he tweeted ahead of his team's 2018 season-opening game against the reinstated Rajasthan Royals. The captaincy was then given to Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper who went on to have a brilliant batting season and ended up winning the Orange Cap whilst scoring 735 runs. The SunRisers went on to qualify for the Playoffs and into the final where they fought hard against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that had been reinstated following a two-year ban due to player-involvement in the 2013 IPL betting scandal. Following some excellent innings played by skipper Williamson and Yusuf Pathan, it was Chennai's Shane Watson who scored an unbeaten 117 runs to crush their dreams of winning another title as CSK won the final with eight wickets and nine balls to spare and lifted the cup for a record third time making them the most successful IPL team alongside Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. However, SRH's dedication and combined team-effort in the heartbreaking loss did gain high words of praise from the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar himself, who tweeted: Hard luck @SunRisers. You really played well, displayed quality team work and thoroughly deserved to be in the finals. You can proudly hold your heads high. pic.twitter.com/IWG7h9tGTb — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 27, 2018 Looking to get back to their winning ways in the twelfth season of the league, SunRisers Hyderabad spent a meagre Rs. 4.40 crores out of their budget of Rs. 9.70 crores in buying Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.2cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1cr), while retaining the main athletes from previous season like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, and Sandeep Sharma. Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.
  22. What can be more exciting for an Indian sports fan than seeing two of the country's biggest sporting icons come together? Recently, one of the best cricketers in the world, Virat Kohli, invited the prolific skipper of the Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri, who has more goals for his country than Leo Messi for Argentina, to a net session with the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. © AP As we all know, both the skippers get along really well and have a history of making their friendship known publicly. Last year, Kohli reiterated Chhetri's plea to support Indian football and this year, Chhetri showing up at his training camp shows the growing bromance between both the icons. This meeting was just another chapter in their bromance. Both Chhetri and Kohli looked quite dynamic on the field. While the football skipper was cheered by his recent exploits in the Indian Super League (ISL) with Bengaluru FC, it was interesting to see King Kohli smiling, especially after his team, FC Goa ended up on the losing side against Chettri's Banglore FC 1-0 in the final of the tournament. © AP Keeping their ISL loyalties aside, both the players were seen sharing a laugh at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A video uploaded by a fan page shows Kohli giving a heart-warming welcome to his beloved friend before the RCB squad. Later in the day, both went on sharing a few dribbles and strokes on the field. View this post on Instagram @chetri_sunil11 today with @royalchallengersbangalore team at Chinnaswamy ! ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by BleedKohlism2.0ðµ (@bleedingkohlism) on Mar 19, 2019 at 5:57am PDT On the one hand, where Chhetri's side just wrapped up their league season, Kohli & Co are gearing up for the Indian Premier League opening match against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on 23rd March. This season, Kohli and his men will be hoping to better their disappointing IPL records and showcase their true worth on the field.
  23. Following their one-year suspensions in lieu to the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, Steve Smith and David Warner are raring to go for their respective franchises in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), slated to begin from 23rd March. While Warner has already been seen in a video for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fans, Smith got a rousing welcome in the Rajasthan Royals (RR) camp. The picture you all have been waiting to see for so long! @stevesmith49 is back ð On a scale of 1 - #HallaBol, how excited are we Royals? pic.twitter.com/B7LtNcjI3x — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 17, 2019 The Australian batting sensation was seen arriving in the Rajasthan camp, sporting a yellow turban and holding a placard that read: "Halla Bol Steve". Smith's photograph was later shared on Twitter by Rajasthan Royals with a caption: The picture you all have been waiting to see for so long! @stevesmith49 is back. On a scale of 1 - #HallaBol, how excited are we Royals?". After staying away from international cricket, Smith will be eager to come good for Royals in the upcoming season of the IPL in a bid to remain in contention for the ICC World Cup slot in the Australian team. Reuters He was supposed to lead the Royals last season, but the infamous ball-tampering saga in South Africa led to his suspension and, in turn, an unceremonious exit from India's cash-rich Twenty20 (T20) league. In his absence, India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was seen taking over the reins as captain and eventually leading Rajasthan to the playoffs last season. A thrilling contest between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will kickstart the twelfth edition of the IPL on 23rd March. On the other hand, Rajasthan will begin their campaign when they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on 25th March.
  24. Earlier this week, Facebook and Instagram were out of commission for several hours. Facebook said the outage was a result of a server configuration change, which has now been taken care of. But for those several hours, most of the internet freaked out staring at their blank screens. A lot of people, who genuinely wanted to communicate with others, switched to alternate services like Telegram. But the rest of the people, who didn't really have any alternate medium to waste their time, headed to, wait for it, Pornhub. © Pornhub Yes, that's right. Pornhub seems to have received a lot of traffic during the Facebook and Instagram outage. The porn site reported that its traffic immediately spiked by 11 per cent and kept increasing until it hit 19-percent above the average. Additionally, Pornhub also noted that the users specifically searched for 'Instagram' and 'Facebook'. Apparently, the website registered a 323-percent spike in searches for 'Instagram' and a 221-per cent spike in searches for 'Facebook'. Looks like social media addiction is a real thing. © Twitter On a totally unrelated note (or maybe not), people were also searching for terms like 'tentacle porn' among other terms like WWE, Marvel, and Fortnite. Why would there be a spike in search for these terms when Facebook and Instagram went down? Well, that's not on us to figure out.
  25. Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan happen to be one of the biggest names in the Bollywood industry and theirs is the kind of bromance that most of us grew up watching. While today the world mostly talks about on-screen chemistry in relation to the lead male and female actors in a film, Akshay and Saif's chemistry, back in the day, evoked similar sizzle on-screen, with its ability to strike a chord with the flamboyant, young male audience. © BCCL From amongst the handful of movies that Akshay and Saif did together, from 'Yeh Dillagi', 'Tu Chor Main Sipahi', to 'Keemat', 'Aarzoo' and even 'Tashan', 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' remains their greatest entertainer. So. when Akshay recently shared a hilarious anecdote related to the film, during a chat with film critic and entertainment reporter Rajeev Masand, fans couldn't hold back their guffaws. Recalling their chemistry and friendship from the days gone by, Akshay told Rajeev that during the premiere of 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' in Delhi, he made a funny mess on-stage and that left Saif in splits. © United Seven Creations Talking about the incident, Akshay said, “I also have a very good memory about when we had gone for the premiere... it is very funny what happened that day. Rageshwari, Shilpa, me, Saif... We had gone to Delhi. Now suddenly on stage, this guy comes and says: 'Ab Akshayji, aap ko AIDS ke baare mein kuch kehna hai'. I didn't know the whole premiere was for charity for AIDS. Mr Ratan Jain (the producer of the film) didn't tell us; he forgot. Because I am the senior, they have called me first. Saif is looking at me and he's laughing, he knows I am nervous, he knows I don't know what to say suddenly. And guess what I must have said; I can never forget what I said.” © Yash Raj Films Yes, trust Akshay when he says that what he said that evening is unforgettable, but kudos to his presence of mind which may have ultimately saved the day, because he came up with the most hilarious thing to say. “I had no idea what to say and I just went and I said: 'Doston, anari mat bano, condom istemal karo aur khiladi bano.” Can you beat that? He was unprepared and came up with this, imagine what a more prepared Akshay would have come up with? We bet it couldn't beat this on any given day, because it is so on point.
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