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  1. 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?
  2. Having won two successive World Cups in 1975 and 1979, West Indies almost came close to securing their third, only to lose the final to India in 1983. Since that fateful day, the Windies have managed to enter the playoff stage only on three occasions - a semifinal entry in 1996 and a last-eight place in 2011 and 2015. Needless to mention, their ODI record, over the last five years, has been abysmal by any standards. But, despite their troubles in recent past, their 15-man squad is not the one to be underestimated. The power-packed entertainers like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are more than capable of winning the matches for their side single-handedly. The two super stars will also have adequate backing from swashbuckling Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo. © Reuters The Windies also have the luxurious services of Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite at their disposal. These men will not only provide depth to their batting, but are more than capable of giving the ball a fair tonk. The pace attack, that has been their weapon of mass destruction in the early years, looks intimidating and dangerous with the availability of Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell. On paper at least, the Windies do look like a side that can not only cause problems to the tournament favourites, but can also potentially reach the final. But, for that to happen, the following individuals must step up to the task: Chris Gayle © Reuters One of the most feared and a destructive opening batsman, Chris Gayle has undoubtedly lived up to his reputation as the 'Universe Boss'. The Jamaican marauder has been a force to reckon with in the limited-overs format, clearing the fence and tormenting the opposition bowlers at will. He might have struggled with his running between the wickets, but who cares about taking singles when you can send almost every ball in the stratosphere. A vital cog in the batting line-up for the Windies, the 39-year-old powerhouse has been in ominous form since his return to the ODI set-up after seven months in February this year. In his last five ODI innings, the left-hander has scored 424 runs including two hundreds and as many fifties. And, the fact that the Jamaican marauder is set to retire from ODIs after the World Cup further makes him a threat for the opposition. Andre Russell © Reuters While Gayle has reigned supreme at the top, Andre Russell has carved his own niche to become a key member in West Indies' middle-order. A sweet timer of the ball with enough experience to mould his innings, the 31-year-old's versatility to literally bat anywhere in the middle-order gives his team that extra cushion they'll need in crunch situations. But, that's not the only thing Russell is good at. Sprinting in to deliver his medium-paced deliveries, the right-arm bowler can also be more than handy with the ball. His cunning variations and testing lengths can give the Windies vital breakthroughs in dire situations. For the Windies to launch a stern title charge this year, Russell must carry on his fine form from the IPL to England & Wales. Shimron Hetmyer © Reuters One of the youngest members in the squad, Shimron Hetmyer might lack experience going into the World Cup, but make no mistake, this young gun is more than capable of running away with the game single-handedly. His brutal hitting abilities saw him rapidly gain a reputation as one of most destructive batsmen in recent times. Though the Windies batting line-up has numerous hard-hitting batsmen aiding their cause, but the presence of Hetmyer further bolsters what appears to be a solid middle-order. The youngster has already proven how devastating he can be against the quicks, but negating spin has proved to be a challenge for him in the recent past. With the Windies gunning for the title this year, Hetmyer will surely be expected to come to the party. Jason Holder © Reuters Tasked with the responsibility of leading the side at the age of just 23, Jason Holder might have taken his time, but he has surely emerged as the potent leader of the Windies brigade. A reliable lower middle-order batsman and a steady medium-pace bowler, Holder is also level-headed and mature - something that makes him a befitting captain. In this year's World Cup, Holder will not only be expected to deliver with ball (and bat, if required), but his decision-making abilities on the field and finding the right team balance will have on mark if the Windies intend to give their opponents a run for their money. Carlos Brathwaite © Reuters For someone who wrote himself in the history books by smashing Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to seal the World T20 title in 2016, Carlos Brathwaite has been relatively quiet in the recent years. But, the big Windies all-rounder remains key to his team's success in this year's World Cup. Owing to his explosive batting skills, Brathwaite is more than capable of providing the final flourish to West Indies in the death overs. His hitting abilities can help his team get that extra leeway over their opponents, while his innings can make all the difference in a crunch match. When it comes to bowling, Brathwaite might not be the West Indies' go-to wicket-taking option, but his medium-paced deliveries surely provide them an extra bowling option.
  3. Despite participating in the tournament since its advent in 1975, New Zealand are yet to lift the coveted trophy. But, under the leadership of Brendon McCullum, the Kiwis came mighty close to clinching the World Cup title in 2015, but a seven-wicket loss at the hands of Australia left them heartbroken. Irrespective of their previous failings, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand has been in good form and are still one of the top contenders for the World Cup title this year. Their 15-man squad is comprised of proven match-winners who are more than capable of powering them to the all-important final of the ICC spectacle. In Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the Kiwis have a deadly seam-bowling combination that is potent enough to trouble opposition batsmen on the seaming surfaces of England & Wales. The spin-bowling department is bolstered with the presence of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi - a duo that has proved its mettle in the past. © Reuters When it comes to the batting line-up, Martin Guptill is an obvious choice for the opening slot, while the likes of Colin Munro and Tom Latham could be seen fighting for the other spot at the top. Captain Williamson is a preferred option at No. 3 and the availability of experienced Ross Taylor is likely to bring stability to their middle-order. The Kiwis have also included three all-rounders - Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham and Munro - whose presence doesn't just bolster their batting, but also add teeth to the bowling department. In the last edition, Guptill was the leading run-getter for the Kiwis with 547 runs, including two hundreds and a fifty, in nine matches. On the other hand, Boult was their leading wicket-taker with 22 scalps and an impressive economy of under 5 in nine matches. Going into the mega event, Williamson will need to rally his troops and ensure they click as a unit when they begin their campaign against Sri Lanka on 1st June at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. 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.
  4. The newest team that will have the honour of playing against some of the greatest names in the world of cricket such as Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan and others, Afghanistan could take the ICC World Cup 2019 by storm this June. For a squad that recorded their first Test win in just their second game, albeit against Ireland, the Afghan side is full of surprises and can not be overlooked by any of the favourites, if they wish to bring home that title with them. The Afghanistan Cricket Board did create shockwaves internationally by sacking captain Asghar Afghan a month before the World Cup, with Gulbadin Naib taking the high chair. Prior to becoming the leader of the team, Naib struggled to find himself a spot in the roster. What makes his appointment a lot more interesting is the kind of comparisons that were made between Naib and Karim Janat, the younger brother of the former skipper, and he is now no more than a reserve for the final Afghan squad. A few logical reasons that come out of giving Naib the highly prestigious spot in the team are the bowling conditions of the English pitches that are in favour of the 28-year-old medium-fast bowler and his fatal off-cutters. His ability to bat on almost any position down the batting order also adds to his resume. © Reuters A negative byproduct of appointing Naib as the skipper is the weak leadership quality at the top. Inexperienced in leading a senior team, the bowler is bound to face a little bit of turbulence, at least in the beginning, just like the 21-year-old Rashid Khan did, during Afghanistan's World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe. Even though Naib will lead the team to England and Wales, the World Cup journey of Afghanistan will major depend on Khan, who is currently the world No 1 ranked one-day allrounder according to ICC Player rankings. © Facebook/Rashid Khan 21-year-old Hazratullah Zazai aka “the Afghan Chris Gayle”, has also made a name for himself for hitting big shots in his short ODI career with the national team. A fine example of his explosiveness was witnessed by the cricketing fraternity in February when he smashed the second highest T20I total, hitting 16 sixes in a 162* run innings against Ireland. Having said that, the team's batting lineup is still a bit raw and highly volatile and in dire need of some balance. This is where Rahmat Shah steps in. A consistent batsman with the highest average in the roster in both ODI and Test formats of the game. While not a lot of people are expecting Team Afghanistan to win the World Cup championship this year, they are still more than capable of ruining the chances of winning for favourites like Virat Kohli's India or Eoin Morgan's England, especially in the 10-team format that quadrennial tournament is following this time over. 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.
  5. Way back in early 1953, when racism was what was 'trending' and brown and black kids had to go that extra mile to earn an average living which the whites enjoyed as a 'birthright', the younger of two sons to a Sikh carpenter who went by the name of Amar Singh Virdee, was born in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The boy was named Rajinder Singh Virdee. After fleeing to the United Kingdom following the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in 1960, Rajinder developed a great level of affection for the game of football in the Queen's land. It was his name, however, that made him feel out of place in the first instance. Hence the seven-year-old boy decided to go ahead with Roger Jones before changing it to Roger Jones Verdi and finally being satisfied with Roger Verdi. "Times were hard for me to fulfil my dreams, and I had to make some adjustments from my culture to fit in the English environment to try and achieve my goals," Verdi told BBC. Growing up, he became thick-skinned, unshaken by the racial slurs thrown at him by the kids of his age, playing around the block. "I had people call me names when I played, especially London boys. But I just laughed and shook their hand after the game. A Sikh is never sensitive to adversity. To beat racism one has to ignore it and I did because I accepted it, but I was bigger than it." Having played for the Wolves at the age of 14 every Friday, Verdi used to earn £5 but that came as a bonus to him for his main income came in the form of the ability to play the game he loved so dearly. However, not being able to receive better training in England, Verdi moved to Canada to follow his dream to play football on a professional level and the advice of his friend who offered him a spot with the Vancouver Spartans. "I needed to get out of England and, even though I didn't know much about Canada, with one bag and my boots, I was at Heathrow airport that evening to fly out there," he said. According to Verdi, the highlight of his career came in 1977 when St. Louis Stars played against an all-star New York Cosmos during which he was asked to defend the best player of football back then, Pele. Even at 34, football came naturally to the legend but Verdi stuck to the man like white on rice which made Pele a bit agitated and led him to ask out loud: 'Are we married?'. Chuckling, Verdi replied, “Yes, but we're getting divorced at full-time!” © Roger Verdi The Sikh athlete was so good that former Bayern Munich coach Dettmar Cramer told him that he would have been a Bundesliga-level player had he been playing in Germany. He was also recommended to play for Tottenham Hotspur by his former teammate, Graeme Souness, back in the day. However, our hero did not get the opportunity to make it big in England. "I made it as far as I did with no guidance because I had the hunger, the drive and work ethic. Yes, it was not what I wanted, but I made a good life out of it and it's been a great journey." h/t: BBC
  6. Every sportsperson, at some point in their career, eventually finds that opponent who goes on to establish themselves as their nemesis. No matter how hard they try, their nemesis always finds a way to upstage them. In the world of badminton, Saina Nehwal has found that nemesis in Tai Tzu-Ying. The Taiwanese shuttler had won 14 out of the 19 head-to-head clashes against Nehwal. Thus, when the Indian shuttler geared up to take on the world no. 1 in the quarterfinals of the All England Championships on 8th March, Nehwal knew she had to be at her prolific best to come out on top. Instagram/@nehwalsaina But, sadly, Nehwal was outplayed by the defending champion in the opening exchanges of the match. Starting the match on a high-tempo, Tai Tzu didn't allow the Indian shuttler to get into the game and some weak shots further added to Nehwal's misery. She was trailing 3-11 during the break in the first game when her husband Parupalli Kashyap gave the Indian shuttler an earful. "If you want to win the match, understand that you have to be disciplined. You're playing some stupid shots," Kashyap was quoted as saying, to Nehwal during the break, by India Today. Paying heed to her husband, Nehwal fought back hard and reduced the massive gap to 12-14 in the first game. Instagram/@nehwalsaina However, as Nehwal pressed on the gas, her opponent, too, upped the ante before running away with the first game 21-15. Following an early setback, Kashyap once again advised Nehwal to be more disciplined. "Control karke maar, last me maar rahi thi. Drop ko baar baar lift karke court open chod rahi thi (Control the shuttle and go for the shots, like you did in the end. You were lifting the drop shots again and again and leaving your court open)," Kashyap said. "She (Tai Tzu) wants to keep the points short, you can't play into her hands. Be disciplined, she will play strokes and open the court for you and then you can go for your shots. You have to play her that way otherwise it's difficult," he added while directing his wife. Reuters But, Kashyap's advice was just not good enough to beat Tai Tzu who eventually sealed the 37-minute clash with a convincing scoreline of 15-21, 19-21. It was Nehwal's 13th straight defeat against the Taiwanese who has not lost against the Indian shuttler since 2015.
  7. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team have been on a roll ever since the beginning of 2019. Having won the Test and ODI series in Australia and the ODI series in New Zealand has not only led to a number of individual awards for the Men in Blue but also gave a confidence boost to the team. Kohli himself has been on a tear with 2018 being his year without doubt. For his brilliance as the captain of a very capable Indian side and his exceptional skills with the bat, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to honour the athlete with three of the most prestigious awards during the ICC Awards last month. 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 Currently ranked number 2 in the ICC Ranking for ODI teams, India consists of some very talented batsmen in Virat Kohli (World Rank 1), Rohit Sharma (World Rank 2) and Shikhar Dhawan (World Rank 10) and bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah (World Rank 1), Kuldeep Yadav (World Rank 4) and Yuzvendra Chahal (World Rank 5) who have helped immensely in restricting the opponents to lower totals. There is no doubting that the Indian cricket team is one of the greatest sides in today's era and is considered to be one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. However, there is another team that has been having one of the most iconic runs in the modern age. The England cricket team has literally been on top of their game throughout 2018. Ranked number 1 on ICC ODI team rankings, Eoin Morgan's team might as well be the greatest team England has ever cheered for. While hitter Joe Root (World Rank 4) and one of the finest English all-rounders in Moeen Ali (World Rank 5) have contributed heavily towards keeping their side on top, players like Adil Rashid (World Rank 8) and Chris Woakes (World Rank 12) have been a terror for the rival batsmen. In the latest display of their brilliance, during the first of five ODI games to take place against the Windies, England chased down a massive score of 360 runs with extremely ease nullifying Chris Gayle's heroic comeback innings in which he scored his 24th ODI century while hitting 12 long sixes. What an incredible victory for England! They've chased down 361 – it's England's highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket! Jason Roy and Joe Root have led the way with centuries to help England go 1-0 up in the series. #WIvENG | SCORECARD â¬ï¸ https://t.co/pQbWOWuEQM pic.twitter.com/xnc1hAiLlA — ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2019 Opener Jason Roy and middle-order powerhouse Joe Root, both scored centuries at supernatural strike rates while skipper Eoin Morgan also contributed to the win with 65 runs. Winning with an over and a half and 6 wickets in hand, England get the world know that they are already world cup-ready. While teams like New Zealand and South Africa along with a replenished Australian side (with in return of Steve Smith and David Warner) will make for some tough competition, it will be Morgan's men who will surely pose the greatest threat to Virat Kohli's dream of lifting the world cup as the captain of the Indian cricket team.
  8. We are living in very interesting times where literally anything and everything is capable of stopping a game or a match. From a naked dude streaking across the field to elements in nature, no one can expect where the next obstacle in a match can come from. A few days ago, the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand went on a halt because of sun outrage. And yesterday, another old mate came back onto the field to halt yet another match, none other than our beloved bees. © PTI Over the years we have seen many 'bee attacks', the most memorable one was witnessed in South Africa two years ago, when the host were playing against Sri Lanka. Something similar happened yesterday during the fourth one day match between India A and England Lions in Trivandrum, where the play came to a standstill for 15 minutes when a swarm of bees attacked the spectators at the stadium. An unexpected and painful turn of events took place at the Green Field International Stadium, as the match was just in its 28th over when the bees began to charge at the audience and left a lot of spectators in the stadium injured. All of this was captured in a video which went viral after the incident. Fortunately, none of the players at the stadium were seriously injured at the scene, as the bees did not enter the field. But the India A coach, Rahul Dravid, who was around the stadium at that time, had to run for his safety. A few spectators were taken to the hospital immediately because of the bee attack and the crowd at the stadium was shifted from the west side of the stadium to the east. The Chief Operating Officer of Sports Facilities Ltd told The Indian Express: "It was an unfortunate incident. We had ensured that the gallery where the spectators who sit for watching the match was cleaned ahead of the match. But it were some spectators who went upstairs where they were not supposed to go in the normal circumstances and stirred the hive unknowingly or mischievously." Though India won comfortably by 6 wickets, in which the recently named ICC Emerging player of the year, Rishabh Pant scored a blistering knock of 73 of 76 balls, and with Shardul Thakur assisting in the bowling department, team India safely secured the fourth straight win in the series.
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  10. Ahead of their much-anticipated tour of Australia, the Indian cricket team knew they had a potential chance of creating history Down Under. While they were heavily favoured in the limited-overs series, the biggest test for the visiting side was undoubtedly the Tests where the hostile conditions posed a major threat for the Indian cricketers. But, contrary to popular perception, the Indian team put their best foot forward in the first Test and showed everyone why they are the No. 1 side in the longest version of the game. Showcasing great temperament and maturity, the visitors checked all the boxes in what eventually turned into a brilliant 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval. If the batsmen appeared responsible against the Aussies, the bowlers showcased versatility as the game progressed through the days. It's needless to say that the Indian side looked convincing in almost every session over a span of five days to eventually script a memorable win. And, as India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, skipper Virat Kohli, too, etched his name in the history books. © AP For a man who has witnessed a marauding run this year, Kohli couldn't do much with the willow as he managed to score just 3 & 34 across two innings. But, even if his bat couldn't breathe fire, Kohli, with his impeccable leadership skills, still clinched the unique feat of becoming the first-ever Asian captain to win a Test match in at least South Africa, England and Australia. Kohli-led India, that also became the first Indian side to win an opening Test in a series on the Australian soil, started the year on a promising note when they toured the Proteas. Despite losing the first two Tests in Centurion and Cape Town, the out-of-sorts Kohli brigade made a noticeable comeback and went on to win the third game at Johannesburg. Their next big stop was then in England where Kohli had witnessed a dismal outing back in 2014. As many would have anticipated, India began the Test series poorly, losing the first two games. But, as witnessed in South Africa, the Indian team bounced back in the third Test at Nottingham where an emphatic 203-run win once again proved what this side was capable of. Though Kohli's men lost the Test series 4-1, their outing in English conditions was still far better than those of their predecessors. © Reuters Apart from his team, Kohli himself had a brilliant run in both South Africa and England. Proving his class against the Proteas, Kohli emerged as the highest run-getter amongst the two sides in the Test series, scoring 286 runs in 6 innings at an average of 47.67. In England, Kohli silenced his naysayers by scoring 593 runs in 10 innings at a brilliant average of 59.30, showing how far he has come since his forgettable outing last time around. Though there are still three more Tests to go Down Under and Australia, despite the absence of their stalwarts Steve Smith and David Warner, still pose threat to India, the Kohli brigade, for now, can bask in the glory of a brilliant team effort that has allowed them to take a crucial 1-0 lead in what promises to be an exciting series.
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  12. For those following cricket, the success of seam and swing bowlers in England should no longer be a surprise. Everyone knows how effective the English conditions are for seamers who thrive on swing bowling. Thus, when India began their tour of England, the venomous tracks offering assistance to fast bowlers was something we all expected. The scenario in the five-match Test series was no different either, as the likes of James Anderson and his buddies ran amok to secure an early 2-0 lead for England. The third Test saw Virat Kohli and his teammates returning with more intent and the result was an emphatic 203-run win- a triumph that slowly, but surely allowed Indian fans to dream on for a historic series win. But, who knew that it will be a battle of spinners that'll eventually decide the fate of the series. The crucial fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl saw the visitors carrying their momentum from the last game as they reduced England to 246 runs in the first innings. While Jasprit Bumrah bagged three wickets, the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed two scalps apiece. But, as the game progressed, England spinner Moeen Ali began working his magic on a deteriorating surface that spelled doom for the Indian batsmen. © Reuters For a man who has been seen playing the second fiddle to Adil Rashid, Moeen went on to clinch a fifer, leaving the Indian batsmen in the wake of his majestic spin bowling. If it wasn't for Cheteshwar Pujara's gritty hundred, India wouldn't have managed to amass 273 runs in the first innings, especially when Moeen was spitting fire with his off-spin bowling. While Moeen's performance in the first innings surely dented India's chances, the visitors were still happy to see the assistance offered by the Ageas Bowl's surface to spin bowling. After all, they had their premier spinner Ashwin who almost propelled them to victory with his tally of seven wickets at Edgbaston. With the match becoming essentially a second innings battle, Kohli and the Indian fans were now waiting for Ashwin to weave his magic while using the surface to his advantage. There was a lot of rough- created by the follow-through of the quicks - around the right-hander's off-stump at the pavilion end, which was efficiently used by Moeen. And now, it was time for Ashwin to reap similar benefits. © Reuters But, at a time, when his side needed him the most, Ashwin didn't look in his element in the crucial innings. While Moeen was seen hitting the rough spots consistently, Ashwin failed to utilise them and was seen bowling wayward lengths while struggling for probing lines. And, Ashwin's figures of 1-84 in the second innings say it all. Ashwin's mediocre performance might have something to do with the groin injury that the Indian offie was nursing, but the fact that he was included in the playing XI made it imperative for him to deliver on a pitch, that looked good for spinners (at least for Moeen). On one hand, where Ashwin struggled to counter the England batsmen, Moeen carried his fine form from the first innings and once again wreaked havoc on the Indian middle-order in the final stages of the game. He dismissed a well-set Kohli after his delivery- once again bowled in the rough- looped off the pitch and took the glove of the Indian skipper before going straight into the hands of Alastair Cook at forward-short leg. © Reuters He struck again to dismiss young Rishabh Pant who still lacks maturity to deal with pressure in the longest format. And, then came the killer blow - one that surely put India out of contention at the Ageas Bowl. Moeen pushed Ajinkya Rahane back into the crease and got him plumb in front of the wickets. The tail-enders couldn't last long as England romped their way to a 60-run win and, in the process, sealed the five-match series. By the time Moeen was done with his carnage, he had nine wickets in his kitty at the expense of 134 runs against Ashwin's mediocre spell of 3-124. It was arguably Moeen's performance over the more distinguished Ashwin, that eventually served as a critical roadblock in India's dream of clinching the historic series win in England. And, while the experienced Ashwin lost the key battle to a man who, not very long, was considered a part-time spinner for England, the Indian cricket team- that was soaring high on confidence since their turnaround at Trent Bridge- eventually lost the war.
  13. Few weeks ago, the Indian cricket team was having a hard time coming to terms with their shambolic defeat at Lord's that pushed them closer to yet another Test series defeat in England. But, while the Englishmen were busy basking in a potential series rout of the visitors, the Indian team worked hard and took the field in the third Test with much-needed resurgence. The result - a 203-run win - was hard to swallow for the hosts, and absolutely delightful for the Indian fans back home. All the mistakes from the previous games were corrected: openers scored runs, batsmen looked more responsible with their improved technique and the bowlers adequately backed their side with impressive spells. For a team that was staring down the barrel, Team India made a resounding comeback to stay alive and set the premise of what turned into an exciting five-match series. But, winning one game is one thing, and then going on to win the series after being 0-2 down is another - a feat only achieved by Sir Donald Bradman's Australia back in 1936-37. Reuters But, if there's anything we've learnt from this Virat Kohli-led new crop of Indian cricketers, it is arguably their sheer will to prove the naysayers wrong. And, that same vigour was in full display on the first day's play of the fourth Test in Southampton. After winning the toss, England captain Joe Root - once bitten, twice shy - didn't think twice before deciding to bat first. You see, he had underestimated the Indian side at Trent Bridge when he thought his bowling unit can bowl them out after he opted to field first - a mistake that proved pivotal in his side's doom in the third Test. But, sadly for Root and home fans, the decision once again came back to haunt England. Eager to get off to a solid start on a surface that was being labelled as the "best batting track of the series", the hosts suffered an early blow in Keaton Jennings who made to look as if he has never played cricket before. "He's bowled a boomerang" Jennings simply can't get to grips with the swing from Bumrah and goes for 0. Watch the fourth #EngvInd Test.#Bumrah #ENGvIND #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/CXRRJPmz5w — sk blood _earaga (@Earaga_sk) August 30, 2018 After opening the bowling for India, Jasprit Bumrah - the man who'll not be picked by Michael Holding as his team's opening bowler in England - cut a sorry figure for Jennings on arguably one of the best deliveries in Test cricket in recent times. Not the one to retaliate with words, Bumrah let the ball do the talking as his ravishing in-swinger completely bamboozled the England opener who was eventually adjudged LBW in only the third over the game. The right-arm seamer came close to picking his second wicket in the fifth over, but the demons of 2017 Champions Trophy final came back to haunt him and India. Root was trapped in front of the stumps, but umpire Bruce Oxenford wasn't convinced. Since, it looked really close, Kohli had no hesitation in going for the review, but in the end it didn't matter as the replays clearly showed Bumrah overstepping at the crease. While Root and England had a sigh of relief, the Indian team and their fans - with bad memories of Fakhar Zaman's match-winning ton in the Champions Trophy final - feared the potential damage Bumrah's no-ball might cause. But, it didn't matter - thanks to Ishant Sharma. Watch : Ishant Sharma Traps England Captain Joe Root In Front Of The Wickets. #IshantSharma pic.twitter.com/UTw2941k6U — MS Dhoni (@MSDhoni7__) August 30, 2018 For someone who has been out of favour in limited-overs cricket, Ishant couldn't have found a better cricketer than Root to make him his 250th victim in the longest version of the game. Making full use of the swing on offer at Ageas Bowl, Ishant got the ball to nip back in sharply and Root got struck on the pads once again. The England skipper reviewed umpire Kumar Dharamsena's decision, but to no avail. The 13th over saw Bumrah producing his magic once again, only this time, it was poor Jonny Bairstow. Included in the fourth Test as a specialist batsman with Jos Buttler expected to carry out wicketkeeping chores, there was nothing special about Bairstow as he tickled the ball through to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. If Bumrah and Ishant were busy weaving the magic with the ball, Hardik Pandya - who shocked everyone with his fifer at Trent Bridge - took just 13 balls to make his presence felt in the fourth Test. The Baroda seamer got Alastair Cook to poke one outside the off-stump as the ball edged off his bat and went straight into the hands of Kohli at third slip. Reuters Reeling at 36/4, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes tried to hold fort for England. But, their resurgence was broken by Mohammed Shami who lured Buttler in for a drive on a fuller delivery, only to extract an edge off his bat that allowed Kohli to take his second catch of the game. Shami struck again in the 35th over and once again sent a crucial batsman - Stokes - back into the hut. At the time of writing this article, England - who were tipped to wrap up the series in the 4th Test by loudmouth James Vince - were six wickets down for a mediocre total of 139 runs in 51 overs at Tea on Day 1. Theirs is currently a state that not many would have imagined, but such has been the performance of Indian bowlers that the fancied hosts just can't catch a break. While many lauded Team India for a spectacular turnaround at Trent Bridge, they still had serious doubts over the visitors' abilities to carry on the momentum and win the five-match series. Though it's way too early to say that India will win the 4th Test (let alone the series), but the Kohli brigade has surely made their intentions pretty clear with a spectacular performance on Day 1 at the Ageas Bowl.
  14. No matter the sport, every sportsperson dreams about playing for their respective countries. It's a matter of great pride and a testimony to their evolution as a player in the sport. Many share their happiness with family and friends, while some take to social media to express their emotions. For, James Vince, it was latter. Included in the England squad as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test at Ageas Bowl, the 27-year-old batsman was understandably excited to get the national call-up when he took to Twitter to thank his supporters. “Thank you for the messages of support. Very excited to be joining up with the squad @TheAgeasBowl next week. No better place to wrap the series up,” he wrote on Twitter. Thank you for the messages of support. Very excited to be joining up with the squad @TheAgeasBowl next week. No better place to wrap the series up 𤠗 James Vince (@vincey14) August 24, 2018 But, the right-hander got carried away while predicting the outcome of the five-match Test series. Vince, captain of the Hampshire County Cricket Club, hinted that England - who are leading 2-1 - will wrap up the series in the next Test. And, quite understandably, it didn't go down well with the Indian fans. From slamming the England batsman for his outrageous prediction to reminding him of India's prowess, the Indian fans took turns to poke fun at Vince who was cut a sorry figure on the microblogging website. @vincey14 if you were as good as your tweet,you would have been playing right from the 1st Test #ENGvIND — AGNEY FERNANDES (@AGNEY65102108) August 26, 2018 Good dream son...see u in Southampton — Sanu Tripathi (@sanutripathi771) August 24, 2018 Dream on Mate! @BCCI has other plans for u all! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/dHI8y4D0vf — Meddy Z (@MeddyXIT) August 27, 2018 Hahahah , wrap up the series ððð in ur dreams bro . — Kapil (@KapilRaut4) August 24, 2018 Wrap up the series? Indians have other plans dude. #caughtsecondslip — Nizamul Bhuyan (@NizamulBhuyan1) August 25, 2018 Too much confidence isn't good for a new comer — Salman_1703 (@Salmangondekar) August 24, 2018 Wrap the series up? Love the confidence not sure it's going to happen ð — HARDHIK LETAP (@HardhikP) August 26, 2018
  15. Almost four years ago, 14-year-old Prithvi Shaw sent shockwaves across the cricket fraternity after scoring 546 runs off 330 balls - an innings that contained 85 fours and five sixes - for his school Rizvi Springfield in Mumbai's famed Harris Shield tournament. Playing as an opener, his strokeplay and footwork had many calling him a prodigy and then his mammoth innings in 2013 - highest score in school cricket back then - proved that there was something special about this kid. His rapid strides in the sport saw him earning a spot in India's U-19 side. And, in November 2016, Shaw had his first taste of glory in Indian colours as part of the India U-19 team that won the youth Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. But, despite some impressive performances, not many were convinced about the youngster owing to his inexperience and tender age. And, that's exactly why Mumbai chief selector Milind Rege consulted Rahul Dravid - the India U-19 and India A coach - before drafting Shaw into the Mumbai squad for the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy semifinal against Tamil Nadu. Handed a debut in Ranji Trophy, Shaw, playing as an opener, repaid the faith of Rege and Dravid by slamming a second-innings that paved way for Mumbai's emphatic victory in the crucial tie. © BCCL If his Ranji performance established him in the domestic circuit, Shaw's sensational debut in the 2017-18 Duleep Trophy earned him comparisons with great Sachin Tendulkar. Playing in his maiden Duleep Trophy game, the right-hander, at the age of 17, smashed a brilliant hundred for 'India Red' in the final to become the youngest player to score a debut ton in the tournament. The record was previously held by Tendulkar who scored 159 runs against East Zone on debut in the 1990-91 Duleep Trophy season. For a cricketer his age, Shaw didn't just capitalise on the opportunities he got, but his performances were so convincing that it opened new doors for his rise in the sport. Good domestic performances bore fruit as Shaw was named the captain of India U-19 squad for the 2018 World Cup - a tournament that would further enhance his reputation as one of cricket's most exciting young prospect internationally. Leading from the front, Shaw gave his young team crucial starts with consistent performances at the top. He continued to pile on runs as an opener and gave almost all the opposition bowlers a hard time. His cheap dismissal (29 runs) in the final against Australia might not do justice to his brilliant campaign, but the fact that he amassed 261 runs at 65.25 in the tournament - most by an Indian captain in the history of U-19 World Cup, proves his consistency with the willow. © BCCL If his artistry with the bat made everyone take notice of him, Shaw's leadership skills further bolstered his resume as Team India material. Under his tutelage, India romped to the ICC U-19 World Cup title for the fourth time in tournament's history. The young Indian team was so dominant that they remained unbeaten in the tourney and their smallest margin of victory was the eight-wicket win over Australia in the final. Turning heads with his majestic strokes and sharp decisions as captain, this was the time when cricket experts across the globe got a first-hand experience of young Shaw on the international stage. Seeing him in action, many were awed by his cricketing abilities and Ian Bishop, who was commentating, even went on to say: "That is Tendulkar". After joining the likes of Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand as India's U19 World Cup-winning captains, there was no surprise to see to Shaw attracting huge interests from the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises. After a closely-fought battle at the 2018 IPL auctions, Shaw was eventually roped in by Delhi Daredevils (DD) who shelled out a staggering Rs 1.2 crore - six times his base price - to secure his services. © BCCL Despite getting limited opportunities, Shaw didn't disappoint Delhi in the IPL. In the nine games he played, the right-hander scored 245 runs at an average of 27.22 and an impressive strike-rate of 153.12 to live up to his price tag. While Delhi endured yet another embarrassing IPL season, Shaw continued to rise through the ranks. He was roped in for the India A squad that travelled to England earlier in July. Despite his batting prowess, many doubted Shaw's ability to deliver the goods in the tough English conditions. But, contrary to popular perception, Shaw's performances - despite being overshadowed by the FIFA World Cup - was hard to overlook. He slammed a gritty 62 against England A in the first unofficial Test at Worcester and then followed it up with a brilliant second-innings 188 against West Indies A at Beckenham. In the match against West Indies A at Northampton, Shaw hammered his way to another hundred in India A's 203-run win. And, earlier this month, he slammed 136 against England A where he added 277 for the first wicket with Mayank Agarwal. © AP His dominant display in hostile conditions instigated the national selection panel - led by MSK Prasad - to consult Dravid before drafting his pupil in India's squad for the remaining two Tests against England. The rapid rise of Shaw eventually came down to the point where the youngster's dream of representing the senior Indian team was finally going to come true. And, it couldn't have come at a better time. The Indian cricket team, for long, has been seen using the likes of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul as openers in the longest format. But, their inability to find opening options other than the famous trio became a noticeable flaw in the first two Tests. While Dhawan and Rahul showcased better application and intent at Trent Bridge, India will still fancy the cushion of an extra opening option - a cover that could very convincingly be filled by Shaw. The inclusion of Shaw in the Test side will not only aid Indian cricket in the long run, but it will also give the youngster a well-deserved opportunity to learn and grow as a cricketer. Though it'll be really great to see him in the playing XI, but even if he doesn't get the game time, the time spent with Indian cricket bigwigs will surely do good for the growth of a young and rising cricketer like Shaw. For a 14-year-old kid who was shy talking to the media after his historic Harris Shield outing, Shaw has capitalised on every opportunity, learned with every mistake and worked hard to rise through the ranks to eventually share the Indian dressing room with the country's most-beloved cricketer and world's best batsman Virat Kohli.
  16. Being born to a famous parent always comes with its own share of pressure, often resulting in making things difficult for star kids, irrespective of what profession they are in. On one hand, they have to constantly prove themselves to the world, live up to the reputation and the fame their parents enjoy, and on the other hand, they have to fight the battle of nepotism on a constant basis. And just like the star kids of Bollywood, things are no different for young Indian cricketer Arjun Tendulkar. Instagram Sachin Tendulkar is fondly known as the 'God of Indian Cricket', and the man has worked extremely hard (without any strings attached) to earn this title and looks like he's trained his son with the same ethics. From making it to the India U-19 team for the Youth-test series against Sri Lanka to taking a wicket in his first over of the match, Arjun Tendulkar is proving to be cricket's next prodigy with each passing day. Although his talent and skills often get overshadowed by the fact that he is Sachin Tendulkar's son. Instagram However, this time he's hogging the limelight not for his performance but for his humble nature. Arjun, who is currently in London for a training session with the MCC Young Cricketers, was present at Lord's on the second day of the second Test between India and England. When the match was hit by rains, Arjun was seen lending a helping hand to the ground staff at Lord's. In fact, his efforts did not go unnoticed. The official Twitter handle of Lord's Cricket Ground shared his picture to appreciate his efforts and wrote, “Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our groundstaff!” ð Arjun Tendulkar! Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/PVo2iiLCcv — Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 10, 2018 Some people might think that it's just a small gesture and not a big deal, but how many cricketers have we seen doing something like this?
  17. There is no dearth of celebrities in India, yet controversies 'somehow' manage to find themselves going back to Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma over and over again, every time they do something (even if it's harmless). Just like us, controversies too seem to be obsessed with Virushka, the power-couple of India and this obsession is as old as the whiskey bottle you chugged down last night. © Instagram Remember the time when Anushka Sharma was seen scolding a man for carelessly throwing garbage on the street? Or the time when Anushka Sharma was trolled for Virat Kohli's bad form because their break-up rumours were floating around? In both cases and various other instances that I didn't mention, Anushka Sharma was majorly trolled for no reason. This even brought me to a conclusion that social media does not really need a reason to troll her and the latest incident speaks volumes about the same. © Instagram The Indian Cricket team, which is currently playing the five-match Test series against England, was hosted by the High Commission of India in London on Tuesday. Now what can possibly go wrong in this sweet gesture? Well, anyone who knows Virushka's history with controversies, they will say EVERYTHING. #TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London. pic.twitter.com/tUhaGkSQfe — BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018 While the whole team posed for the camera, all eyes were fixated on just one person i.e. Anushka Sharma who was standing in the middle of the frame. Some had problems with the fact that when none of the wives and girlfriends accompanied the players then how did Anushka go, and others were miffed that Anushka was standing in the front and the team's vice captain was standing at the back. Anyway, being the goldmine of memes that Twitter is, they did not let this picture slide past just like that with comments like 'Looking Nyc Dear' and 'Good Click'. While, some reactions were really funny, other tweets primarily trolled BCCI for posting the picture. Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharma — Ali MG (@aliasgarmg) August 7, 2018 why is anushka sharma there? she's not a part of team india. this isn't acceptable — Shah (@FutbolML) August 7, 2018 Difference between family photo and team photo. This is supposed to be a team event not family function. — Bharath Aiyanna (@bharathaiyanna) August 7, 2018 . @AnushkaSharma in #TeamIndia? Either mention her name separately or have some sense before tweeting. — Vikky Mohanty (@vikkymohanty) August 7, 2018 Rahane ko last line me aur anushka pehli mein. Kya baat hai... — Raman (@RamanVirdi21) August 7, 2018 As someone mentioned earlier the vice captain of the Indian cricket team is standing in last row, whereas the captain's wife is in front row. This just looks unprofessional by everyone. — Bharath Aiyanna (@bharathaiyanna) August 7, 2018 anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next match — Mayank Sharma (@MSharma56483635) August 7, 2018 Anushka bhabhi bhi squad mein hai kya?? @imVkohli https://t.co/0A9xEjQuxI — Arpit Awasthi (@arpit_2112) August 8, 2018 Omgð²ð²...when Anushka Sharma started playing for indian team??𤠗 Vani (@Vani66100016) August 7, 2018 Is captain wife more important than vice captain? Where are other players wife's? Don't divide team for the sake of captain or Bollywood please — Sanjay Tank (@SanjaySTank) August 8, 2018 Why is Anushka here lmao? She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke — Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
  18. The drama surrounding Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the whole test match series between India and England seems to be thickening now. Kohli recently hit headlines after he mimicked England captain Joe Roots epic 'mic drop' celebration after he was run out, and ran around the field blowing kisses in the air. © Twitter Soon after, Kohli was playing his innings as wifey Anushka watched him play. When he hit his century, the doting husband kissed his wedding ring for the world to see, as Anushka beamed with joy from the gallery. © Instagram However, yesterday after England won the first Test match, the English fans couldn't help but mock the Indian team while the team bus left the venue. A group of English fans got together to chant 'where's your Kohli now' while many others including some Indian fans shouted 'balle balle' The game is getting tougher for our men in blue but Virat Kohli, as usual, is working on an iron-clad response for the English. As far as 'Where's your Kohli' is concerned, they just have to wait and watch till he strikes back again!
  19. Kuldeep Yadav has been included in the 18-man India squad for the first three Tests in England after impressing in recent limited overs matches. Photo:AFPLEEDS: India left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been included in an 18-man squad...
  20. England's Joe Root plays the last shot of the third One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and India, for four runs and reaching his century, at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, northern England on July 17, 2018. ? AFPLEEDS, United...
  21. He has the highest individual score - a mammoth 264-run knock - in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) to his name. He is the only player in the world to score three double hundreds in the 50-over format. And, more recently, he became the first player ever to score three centuries in each format of international cricket. But, despite his envious resume, Rohit Sharma can't seem to satiate the thirst of ever-demanding Indian fans. For a man who was heavily criticised for his ordinary form during the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rohit began his England tour with a 30-ball 32 in India's eight-wicket triumph in the first T20I. The second game, once again, saw him stutter as his mediocre nine-ball knock of five runs sparked massive outrage from fans on the social media. Twitter However, in the final T20I at Bristol, Rohit rose to the occasion and delivered the goods when his team needed it the most. The right-hander cantered to an unbeaten hundred in just 56 deliveries. Despite a slow start to the series, Rohit eventually emerged as the leading run-scorer in the series with 137 runs in three games. Thanks to his match-winning performance in the third T20I, many thought that the 'Hitman' was finally past his poor run with the willow. And, the Mumbai batsman testified to that fact with an unbeaten knock of 137 runs in the first ODI against England which also propelled India to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Twitter The second ODI at Lord's saw both Rohit (15) and Team India stutter collectively as England bounced back in the series with a 86-run win. With the series evenly poised and Leeds gearing up for a befitting finale, the Indian fans had pinned their hopes on Rohit to once again get the team over the line in the deciding game. But, they were left heartbroken, disappointed and, in the end, quite frustrated by Rohit's performance. Asked to bat first on the hard Headingley surface, India suffered an early blow after David Willey struck in the sixth over to send Rohit back into the hut. For someone who scored a brilliant hundred in the first ODI, Rohit never looked settled in his brief stay at the crease. He was consistently beaten by England seamers in the 17 deliveries he faced before eventually getting holed out at deep square leg. The Indian opener was dismissed for just two runs off 18 balls. And, as expected, the Indian fans minced no words in slamming the same man they cherished earlier in the series. As Soon As Rohit Sharma Scores A Century In A Particular Series, He Should Be Dropped From The Rest Of The Matches As Everyone Knows He Won't Be Performing Anymore....#ENGvIND — Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) July 17, 2018 Rohit sharma's problem is he starts his inning very very slow and after eating too much delivery he plays shots under pressure and throws his wicket. He needs to rotate the strike at the very beginning. #ENGvsIND #INDvENG — Rahul Raj (@IamRahulRaJ1) July 17, 2018 Said this during the SA series and will say it again. Dhawan is by far a better ODI batsman than Rohit Sharma. Criminally underrated in ODIs, rarely gets discussed while discussing World XI openers while King Road gets all the attention by bullying Lankan kids. — Shanky (@CricAussieFan) July 17, 2018 First make KL Rahul to bat at no 4 and then expect him to flop one match and yay! tatical change worked #INDvENG #ENGvsIND while Rohit Sharma gets 25 chances to get a good personnel score. Hypocrisy at its best. — Prashanth Sowdi (@psowdi) July 17, 2018 Waiter: Rohit Sharma what you like to eat? . Rohit Sharma: Can I have KL Rahul's spot in Indian team ? . A moment of silence#ENGvIND #INDvENG — Bikramð (@Bikramvk18) July 17, 2018 3 disasters in 3rd ODI by India. 1) KL Rahul dropped. 2) Suresh Raina still playing. 3) Rohit Sharma missed his century by just 98 runs.#ENGvIND #INDvsENG — Ravi ð®ð³ (@Jai_Shri_Shyam_) July 17, 2018 Solid start for India. A quickfire 2 runs from Rohit Sharma providing necessary momentum... to him to go back to the dressing room. — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) July 17, 2018 And Rohit Sharma does a classic Rohit Sharma, yet again. Slightly overcast conditions and a half decent pitch, the man is back to being his usual self! #EngVsInd — Shraman Saha (@SahaShraman) July 17, 2018 One failure in the ODIs and KL Rahul is booted out. You see— not everyone is as talented and lucky as Rohit Sharma. ಹಾಳಾà²à²¿ ಹà³à²à³à²°à³ #ENGvIND — Ramachandra.M/ ರಾಮà²à²à²¦à³à²°.à²à²®à³ (@nanuramu) July 17, 2018 Rohit Sharma: I am an opener. My job is to just open the innings and go back. — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) July 17, 2018 Rohit Sharma, whenever conditions are helpful for bowlers. pic.twitter.com/rfBarD3oTw — Kuptaan ð®ð³ (@Kuptaan) July 17, 2018 Whi purani kahani rohit sharma ki pehle match me century baki fusssss — à¤à¤°à¥à¤ªà¤¿à¤¤ (@Arpitsoni7) July 17, 2018 Rohit Sharma be like! #ENGvIND #INDvENG #RohitSharmapic.twitter.com/L5lOQd98f3 — Rohit Sharma (@Official_Ro45) July 17, 2018
  22. England and Belgium competed last evening to determine who finishes third and fourth respectively at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Belgium turned out to be the better team on the night and won by a comfortable 2-0 scoreline to take home the bronze at the tournament. But all eyes were on England after their semi-final defeat to Croatia a few days ago as fans waited for their team to show the excellent spirit they have shown over the course of the tournament and fight for third place. Instead, Belgium took real advantage of England's mental absence on the field. Source: Reuters But where was the real England of this World Cup? They indeed weren't there on the pitch. Had their minds drifted after their semi-final loss? Gareth Southgate did make some changes to the starting-XI, but for all we could see this wasn't the real England at all. Instead, it was a subdued performance from the Three Lions on the field. But what happened to England against Belgium? The heartbreak of not winning the tournament after playing so well throughout it was too much to take it seemed. They appeared off the pace against the Belgians who still looked motivated to finish in the best place possible for them in Russia. It looked like England was just playing as a formality and the changes made to the side failed to make their mark in the game they were afforded. Source: Reuters Overall, England looked like they were already home by the time this third-place play-off kicked off, and the Belgians, as cunning as they were saw that and took due advantage of their counterparts. As for England, the World Cup might be over, but their real journey begins now, and if they are to show up in such an uncharacteristic manner in future games, they might as well forget about bringing anything home soon.
  23. Belgium produced some flowing moves and always looked dangerous while England also threatened. Photo:AFPST PETERSBURG: Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.Thomas Meunier opened the scoring...
  24. Years from now, when football fans get together to reminisce about the 2018 World Cup, a lot of different adjectives will be used to describe what we've witnessed so far. However, one word which best described this edition of the World Cup is, exhilarating. The 2018 World Cup will forever be remembered as the year of the underdog, as pulsating matches leading to huge upsets became the norm while the underdogs charted their historic runs. Two such teams who had brilliant runs in the World Cup are Belgium, and England. After their heartbreaking losses in their respective semi-finals, they will now look to secure the third spot in the St. Petersburg Stadium. A missed opportunity for Belgium's 'Golden Generation' With Belgium, it can be argued that with the strength and depth in their squad, they were hardly the underdogs heading into the tournament. However, at the start of the World Cup, nearly all experts had predicted that the quartet of France, Spain, Brazil and Germany will make up the semi-finals. While Belgium knocked Brazil out en route to the semi-finals, they eventually lost out to France who are now favourites heading into the finals. In fact, right up till the time they came up against France, Belgium had dominated each of the teams they had come up against. Eden Hazard, the Belgium captain and one of the contenders for the Golden Ball, was at his evasive best as no defence looked like they could stop him. Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings in midfield, as the defensive trio of Kompany, Vertonghen and Alderweireld were as resilient and reliable as ever. Source: Reuters However, despite all the hysteria they created, Belgium's “Golden Generation” eventually came up short against France. By the time the next World Cup is around, the defensive trio, Kevin De Bruyne, Hazard, and a few other squad members will have touched 30 years of age. An optimist will say this Belgium might have another realistic shot at the world's biggest stage, but a realist will hold back on any such claims. As the Belgian fans lament their best chance gone by, they will now seek salvation by achieving the third place in Russia. England are an opponent they've already beaten in this tournament, and despite England's heroics in this World Cup, they should prove no match for a Belgian side which is significantly superior. It might not be coming home but pride is Meanwhile, the English are not renowned for doing things quietly. As the English team fell short against Croatia, the English fans and pundits who loudly proclaimed “It's Coming Home”, were made to eat their words. However, despite the embarrassment, most English fans are not complaining. Not even in their wildest dreams did the English fans imagine that they'd reach the semi-finals with a side that enthused no confidence at the start of the tournament. From Kieran Trippier's crosses and set pieces, to Jordan Henderson's tireless running, the English have surprised all. Thanks to his teammates' industry, the English captain Harry Kane is now on his way to winning the Golden Boot. Source: Reuters Surely, England were “lucky” with their draw in the tournament, not even their most ardent fans could comfortably say that they would beat Colombia and Sweden in the manner that they did. After a tournament of massive overachievement, England will look to go back home with pride by securing third place. However, it can't be denied that England will be the underdogs going into the third place playoff. England has the second most inexperienced squad at this year's World Cup, while the Belgian squad is full of world beating veterans which might be enough to see the Belgians through. However, no matter the outcome, England fans can genuinely hope that this World Cup marks the start of something special.
  25. Gareth Southgate (left) and Roberto Martinez will try to rally their teams after agonising losses in the semi-finals for England and Belgium. Photo:AFPSAINT PETERSBURG: England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a...