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  1. Back in the 90s, India got its first taste of the wonder called the internet. In 1995, India saw Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) launch the country's first public internet service on 14th August, and soon, emails and digital cameras followed. One fine day, they completely took over the reins from telegrams, letters and monochrome cameras, quickly becoming an integral part of our lives over the next few years. © Twitter So, quite naturally when PM Modi recently said in an interview that, "Around 1987-88 I used a digital camera for the first time. Very few had email at the time,” people went a little berserk over the details. The public was quick to step in and call out PM Modi on his “raw wisdom” pertaining to the correct dates and events in the country's 'digital history'. Economist Miss Subramanya tweeted about the incident thus, In 1988, even in the developed west, email was available to a few academics and scientists but Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995. ð³https://t.co/cq3nhRLEQJ — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 12, 2019 Others like user Nehr_who, went ahead and elaborately laid out the timeline of how things unfolded back in the day. Mr Modi is the 1st PM to have 1. used E-mail service 7 years before it was launched 2. used Digital camera 8 years before it was introduced 3. Did the Air strike himself despite heavy CLOUD 4. Ate mango and kept wallet — PUNtweet Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) May 13, 2019 Now while the debates and discussions are still on, here are the basic facts related to the history of Email in India. PM Modi's History With Email Vs History Of Email In India The first ever recorded email exchange between two independent computer systems happened in 1971 when US programmer Ray Tomlinson sent a message from one computer to another. Indians studying and researching in the States at the time appreciated the ease of work and the future possibilities the ARPANET or the BITNET based emailing system brought into existence. © Twitter Rajiv Gavai, who was in the US as a postdoctoral fellow at New York's Brookhaven National Laboratory in the 80s, was so impressed with the process that allowed him to seamless work and share ideas with fellow researchers, that he wished to introduce emails to some of the leading academic institutes in the country. © Twitter Fast forward to 1986, a dial-up link for email exchanges was set up between NCST and IIT Bombay, and soon, all other ERNET partners, which included IIT Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras, IISc Bangalore, National Center for Software Technology (NCST) Bombay and DoE, were on dial-up ERNET email service. © Twitter However, According to PTI reports, it was only in 1991 that the ERNET community in India crossed over 1000 subscriptions and multitudes of people began to use emails actively. Today, close to 627 million Indians are using the internet. No wonder people are having a field day at the Prime Minister's expense, and we feel a clarification is in need.
  2. After the epic conclusion of the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League, all eyes are on the ICC World Cup 2019 which will begin from 30th May 2019 with the first match between England and South Africa at the Oval, London, England. The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of ODI Cricket World Cup, scheduled to take place in England and Wales between 30 May 2019 to 14 July 2019. The tournament will consist of a single group of 10 teams, with every team getting the opportunity to play against each of the other nine teams at least once. The top four at the end of the group stage will go on to compete against each other in the semi-finals. ICC World Cup 2019: Team India Schedule: DateVersusLocation 5/6/2019 South Africa Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Hampshire, England 9/6/2019 Australia The Oval, London, England 13/06/2019 New Zealand Trent Bridge, West Bridgford, England 16/06/2019 Pakistan Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Stretford, England 22/06/2019 Afghanistan Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Hampshire, England 27/06/2019 West Indies Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Stretford, England 30/06/2019 England Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 2/7/2019 Bangladesh Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 6/7/2019 Sri Lanka Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, England All the league matches will start at 3:00 pm IST. India's History At ICC World Cups: India got to lift the World Cup trophy for the very first time under the captaincy of the great Kapil Dev in 1983. The victory was not only a great achievement for the 14-man-squad of the time but also for the countless generations to come as it added immensely to the popularity of the game in the country with more and more people not only wanting to watch cricket but also trying to get selected in the national team. 2011 was the year when Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the Men in Blue to winning the ICC World Cup for the second time, this one being in our own home-ground. With Sachin Tendulkar nearing his retirement, Dhoni in his prime and Virat Kohli just beginning to show his talents as a batsman, the 2011 Indian roster consisted of three of the most successful cricketers to ever play in the country's jersey. Now, with Dhoni taking Tendulkar's place as the team veteran and Virat Kohli in his top form and the leader of the squad, Team India will once again try to bring home the greatest glory there is in the world of cricket. 15-Man-Squad, Team India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik (reserve wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, K. L. Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal How can I watch Team India's World Cup matches? Star Sports Network have the rights to officially broadcast every match of the 2019 ICC World Cup. You can also catch the games like on the Hotstar website or mobile application.
  3. The world's biggest boy band, BTS scripted history at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 last night, by becoming the first ever K-Pop group to win the Top Group award. 190502 ð BTS just wins Top Duo/Group at 2019 Billboard Music Awards!! ð­ð­ GUUUUUYYS @BTS_twt BIG CONGRATULATIONS!! #TopSocialArtistBTS #BTSistheTopGrouppic.twitter.com/NnUPW1oAj5 — BTS National (@BTS_National) May 2, 2019 They also won the Top Social Artist award for the third year in a row, thanks to their unbelievably powerful and devoted fan base called the ARMY. It goes without saying that the fans completely lost it, not only in South Korea but all over the world, as this was a very important moment for them. A Korean group, making Korean music, competing and winning against noted international artists, is nothing short of incredible, and BTS' fans are on cloud nine and beaming with pride. “I'd say after today's BBMAs win 'Team work makes the Dream work', is the right phrase suitable for BTS because they have come a long way by their sheer hard work and talent,” said Twinkle Choudhary, one of the administrators of BTSindiaofficial. BTS, who were nominated for the first time ever in this category, won the Top Group award by beating out Dan + Shay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Panic! At The Disco. © Getty Images The 7 members consisting of RM (leader), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook walked up to the stage to collect the award amid the deafening cheers from their fans present there. “Thank you, ARMY. Still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists, oh my God. ARMY, this is only possible because of the little things we shared together. The BTS and ARMY power, right? And we're still the same boys from six years ago. We still have the same dreams. We still have the same feelings; we still have the same thoughts. So let's keep dreaming the best dreams together. Thank you. I love you all," RM said in his acceptance speech. BTS also performed their latest single 'Boy With Luv' featuring Halsey at the BBMAs and it was incredible to see the sight of an American pop singer singing and dancing along with a K-Pop band on the prestigious stage. BTS & Halsey took the #BBMAs stage for a performance of "Boy With Luv" #BillboardNews pic.twitter.com/zvPpvvWCyv — billboard (@billboard) May 2, 2019 “I think a lot of people are really curious about the collaboration because obviously, the boys are from Korea and I'm from the States, but I think that we really show that despite what seems like a language barrier at first is really just kind of like unimportant when it comes down to a bunch of young people who really love music and who just love hanging out, and it really shows through," Halsey said at before the awards on the red carpet. © Getty Images BTS, looking dapper in Alexander McQueen, created a stir the second they landed at the awards and walked the red carpet, as besides fans, many celebrities began clamouring to take a selfie or just catch a glimpse of the boys. © Getty Images Now THAT's a photo.#UmusicBBMAs #Drake #BTS pic.twitter.com/KKaX7FEl7g — Universal Music CA (@umusic) May 2, 2019 Can they like... Collab????? @iamcardib @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/b7eQsdG7KB — D â (@epiphanyxstyles) May 2, 2019 Me, @BTS_twt, and someone's hand. ð I tried. ð#BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMay28 pic.twitter.com/wj7f3lZPiE — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 OMG!!! First person I see on the red carpet is @BTS_twt!! #BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 pic.twitter.com/7bDccaGHxD — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 TERRY LOVES BTS! TERRY LOVES AWARD SHOWS!#BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 #BTSArmy #AmericasGotTerry pic.twitter.com/tEOgIy9NOm — terry crews (@terrycrews) May 2, 2019 TERRY CREWS SAYING BEING BEHIND BTS FEELS LIKE BEING BEHIND THE BEATLES... THE OTHER GIRLS CAN'T EEM SPELL GLOBAL IMPACT pic.twitter.com/UkSugkhKx3 — anna with luv (@TRlVlAMONOS) May 1, 2019 The Jonas Brothers, who were making their first red carpet appearance as a band in 10 years, could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of meeting BTS and said their “main goal was to meet BTS.” ð¹ Jonas Brothers live stream on instagram moments ago! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/KbWtdWHX0y — Jonas Brothers News (@jbrosnews) May 1, 2019 Joe Jonas actually managed a fist bump with V during a performance, to which a very disappointed Nick Jonas responded by posting a clip of the moment to Instagram story saying, “When your brother gets a fist bump during your performance from BTS but you don't.” joe jonas interacted with bts and got married,,, maybe today's joe jonas is living his best life pic.twitter.com/tuCG5wNu15 — jo (@kookooT__T) May 2, 2019
  4. It's been 10 years since 'Game Of Thrones' has been building up to the battle with the 'White Walkers' from the very first episode of the series. It's been 8 seasons now and we finally got to see the battle everybody had been waiting for. 'The Long Night', aired yesterday and even though it was a directorial marvel for a TV show, it was lacking in almost every way. Many fans of the show were left disappointed simply because logic and story arcs didn't add up. If you haven't watched the episode, this post contains spoilers, so avoid reading further. Currently, the third episode of Season 8 sits at 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the third lowest rated episode in the show's history. Here's why we feel the 'Battle of Winterfell' was disappointing. There are plenty of plot-holes and some scenes defy logic based on what was set up in the very same episode. Here's our deep analysis: 1. The Night King's Death © HBO If you've seen the episode, you already know that Arya kills the Night King with her Valyrian “CatsPaw” dagger. Just to make it clear, Arya killing the Night King was a true badass moment and is a great example of women empowerment in movies and TV shows. In fact, many other franchises could learn a thing or two from this particular episode. Our problem has nothing to do with who killed the Night King, its to do with how Arya got there in the first place. Just a few minutes ago, Arya was involved in a stealth scene hiding from Wights by hiding behind bookshelves and under a table. In the scene, the wights could hear her blood drops hitting the floor and could find the source of the sound. A few scenes later, are you trying to tell us that a horde of silent wights and white walkers could not detect Arya jumping 30 feet to kill the nightwalker? They could not hear Arya sneaking around in the bushes or the snow? Considering that a few moments ago they could hear blood drops but not her sneaking around in the middle of all the White Walkers? You could say that she's been trained by the “Faceless Man” and may have acquired some mind-blowing stealth tricks, but the scene prior to that totally negates her abilities. 2. This Is 'Game Of Thrones', Not a Disney Movie © HBO The one thing that made 'Game Of Thrones' special was its ability to be bold, daring and risky when it came to killing off characters. The show has unexpected moments where it doesn't fear killing off key characters in the most brutal manner. That's what sets 'GOT' apart from other fantasy franchises. In 'The Long Night', possibly the biggest and most brutal battle in the show's history, almost every named character survives. From 60,000 souls defending Winterfell, only Jorah Mormont, Berric Dondorrian, Lyanna Mormont, Edd and Melisandre died? Are you kidding me? (c) HBO If there were at least double the deaths, this would classify as a classic 'GOT' episode. However, HBO opted to play safe and made sure almost all the main characters survive. This isn't a Disney movie, this is 'Game Of Thrones'. What defies logic is that Jorah Mormont, a skilled knight who defended himself from every Wight that came his way till the very end; died, but someone like Sam Tarly who was literally flat on his butt for the entirety of the episode survived? What were the show-runners smoking? Where is the logic? Where are the loremasters when you need them? Is this a result of simply rushing the TV show and playing it safe at the same time? © HBO We all know White Walkers have taken inspiration from just about every Zombie movie, TV show and book possible. We were expecting some of our favourite characters turn into a wight; which never happened. We expected one of the characters witnessing their loved one die and convert right in front of them and having to kill them. It would have been a very emotional moment but we never got to see that. It's the simplest trope you get to see in every Zombie movie but HBO never ventured that far. 3. There Was No Tactical Strategy © HBO In the history of warfare, when you are defending a siege, you do not break the line and send out the cavalry to sacrifice themselves in the battlefield. It seems like HBO probably did not use any warfare advisors for this episode as it's simply not logical to send out the cavalry to test your opponents. It's suicide and we got to see the very same thing happen in this episode. In 'The Long Night', the Dothraki were ordered to charge at the incoming onslaught. This move is called 'Custer' but generally ends up in major losses. 'GOT' could have taken a cue from other movies that have dealt with similar scenarios. For example, movies like 'Braveheart', 'LOTR', 'Kingdom of Heaven', and countless others all have similar scenarios where they defend a position and these movies depicted battles as accurately as possible. Hell, even in the 'Battle of Bastards' it was pointed out that charging at an enemy that outnumbers you is suicide. Seriously, I'm done. 4. There Was Nothing Long About This Night A TV series that has literally spent an entire season to kill major characters ended the most anticipated battle in just 82 minutes? I mean if 'The Long Night' is depicted in just 82 minutes then we need to re-define what 'long' really means. This was a battle that has been anticipated from the very first episode of the show and all we got was a disappointing end to the battle. HBO should have spent more time to depict one of the most epic battles in the show's history and not concluded the battle in just one episode. We wanted to see some epic fights, some emotional scenes and some shocking moments. We got to see none of that and many fans simply reacted to the episode with “meh.” 5. We Couldn't See A Thing #GameofThrones s8e3 spoiler without context pic.twitter.com/lw3ipGS4Zi — 9GAG (@9GAG) April 29, 2019 In the post-episode interview, the show-runners said that they wanted a realistic feel to the episode where everything was dark. What baffles me is that there's literally nothing real about 'GOT'. It's a fantasy fiction show where we deal with dragons, zombies, incest and whatever else you can think of. We wanted to see an epic battle depicting one of the most defining moments of TV history. There was no need for keeping the entire environment dark when you could simply represent it in many other ways. 'LOTR' did it in the "battle of Gondor", 'Avengers: Endgame' did it effectively in their final battle; then what was the need for keeping everything dark? A Redditor claims that HBO simply used this tactic to hide special effects. In fact, this episode probably didn't have enough extras to show off a horde of 100,000 wights. I mean why wouldn't you show off one of the greatest armies assembled in the history of TV? Why would you hide a majority of your special effects unless something is really wrong? Unless someone forgot to bring a lighting rig, I can't think of any other excuse for this goof up.
  5. For the first time in the history of the Indian Army, women will now be welcomed in an absolutely new role. The Indian Army recently issued an advertisement in the newspaper for recruiting women soldiers in the military police and this is a big step ahead for womankind in India. Three months ago, the government announced that women will be inducted in the force in the 'Personnel Below Officer Rank' (PBOR) category. The registrations online have already begun for inducted women as jawans in the corps of military police. This is certainly being seen as a breakthrough in the force as in simple terms, women were earlier only inducted as officers and now they'll be inducted as soldiers! © ANI According to the given advertisement, the application window for recruitment for soldier general duty will close on June 8th and we hope a number of applicants apply in the next one month. For the first time, Indian Army to start online registration of women for recruitment as soldiers into the military police, today. The project was mooted by General Bipin Rawat soon after taking over as Army Chief and given final approval by the Defence Ministry recently. pic.twitter.com/nIssIN62zX — ANI (@ANI) 25 April 2019 The project was first mooted by Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief General as soon as he took charge of the force. While the process follows a stringent protocol, the decks for induction were cleared in January 2019 after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam announced that the government has taken a historic decision to induct women in the military police and their roles would include investigating crime cases of rape and molestation and assisting the Army in field operations whenever required. Last year, Rawat had said that the process to allow women in combat was moving steadfastly and accordingly the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in the military police. © ANI Currently, women in the Army are allowed in areas such as medical, educational, legal and engineering wings. The main role of women in military police will be to take charge of logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and maintaining movements of soldiers. The Corps of Military Police is responsible for preserving "good order and discipline and to prevent breaches of the same by persons serving in or attached to the regular Army", the Army says on its website. © Better India This is a really empowering step for womankind in the country, as it works on the fabric of equality between the sexes and we're nothing short of grateful it has finally been incorporated!
  6. From Ranveer Singh starrer 'Befikre' to Salman Khan's 'London Dreams', Bollywood has had its own memorable tryst with Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, which was engulfed in a major fire last evening. © Twitter One of Paris' most prized historical monuments, the cathedral bore over 850 years of invaluable history and heritage, a major part of which has been lost to mankind forever. The fire started at the upper levels of the Cathedral at around 6:30 pm, and close to 500 firefighters were deployed at the location. The moment #NotreDame's spire fell pic.twitter.com/XUcr6Iob0b — Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019 It took over five hours to get the fire under control, during which time two-thirds of the cathedral roof had been destroyed. However, the two frontal towers have been preserved. Even though there is no confirmation regarding the cause of fire, it is being anticipated that it could have to do with the ongoing renovation work in the cathedral. © Twitter People from all over the world have come together to mourn the loss, and the tragedy that has struck the historical treasure in Paris. World leaders such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have also expressed their grief and sadness over the incident. Notre Dame is one of the world's great treasures, and we're thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It's in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it's also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019 My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019 Bollywood too has had long associations with this historical monument, both as actors and as tourists. Here is how Bollywood is mourning this tragic loss: Arjun Kapoor Devastated on seeing the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.. a piece of history turn to ashes.. Our hearts are with the people of France ⤠— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) April 16, 2019 Bhumi Pednekar Woke up to the news of #NotreDameFire and my heart broke.Shattered.Having visited the cathedral a few times,there is a sense of loss..So much history...more power to the fire fighters that have done everything to save it ðð» pic.twitter.com/guhH8kCYx9 — bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) April 16, 2019 Neha Dhupia Feeling pangs of sadness ... as we mourn the sight of the #NotreDameCathedral going down in history and going up in flames :( pic.twitter.com/oc9tALcScy — Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) April 15, 2019 Riteish Deshmukh This is a world tragedy #NorteDame -I have no words to express my sadness. To every Notre Dame lover - am so so sorry. pic.twitter.com/FcCQaN6qhI — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) April 15, 2019 Raveena Tandon Omg . Terrible . Terrible . This is a horrible loss to history and ancient heritage. https://t.co/E2HPc6OgkO — Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) April 15, 2019 Boman Irani The Notre Dame tragedy is hard to watch. The people of France must be devastated. We hope and pray that its restoration will serve to heal.#NotreDame #Fire#NotreDameCathedral — Boman Irani (@bomanirani) April 16, 2019 Maria Goretti View this post on Instagram Before I left Paris, this is where I went to say bye and thank you . I spent a lot of time last year in this beautiful city . And sometimes I used to go and sit in front of the cathedral and just look at it , specially in summer when the lines were too long . Before leaving this year, I got a little angel from here that I always carry with me. I remember standing inside the cathedral and just did not take any photos, I stood looking at the huge window piece and knew that no photo would ever do this beauty of “our Lady “ any justice, so I just stayed in silence and took it all in, for the last time. This cathedral was a place of exquisite beauty, great history , intricate architecture and immense peace. And I'm heartbroken with the news of it's destruction , the fire destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, it's spectacular Gothic spire collapsed as the inferno took over . #notredame #unesco #worldheritage #paris #peace #nofilter A post shared by MariaGoretti (@mariagorettiz) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:15pm PDT Tamannaah Bhatia View this post on Instagram âªShe's been around for over 800 years not just as a testament of our history but also place for many that found their peace, hope and faith in. This iconic monument is an inspiration to artists across the globe and it's really sad to know that humanity has lost #NotreDame today. ⬠A post shared by Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) on Apr 15, 2019 at 1:16pm PDT
  7. Even though we've studied about black holes and scientists know quite a bit about the phenomenon, mankind has never really seen one. We've never witnessed one and everything we know about the phenomenon is based on inference. However, this is all about to change today. © YouTube For the first time in mankind's history, we will be able to see a proper black hole thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope project. We will be able to see it for ourselves today at 6:30 PM IST and we suggest you don't miss this monumental event. It will be our generation's “Moon Landing” moment and we may finally learn more about the mysterious phenomenon. © Paramount Pictures_Interstellar The Event Horizon Telescope will be using a network of eight radio observatories and all of them have pointed at two black holes, i.e. Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, and an even bigger black hole 53.5 million light-years away in Galaxy M87. Black holes are the most extreme environments for gravitational activity and are the best environment to test modern theories of gravity. It can be used to test general relativity and scientists expect the black hole to have a shadow in the form of a ring. This is based on Einstein's theory of relativity and if his theory does not hold, we can expect a different kind of shadow. How Can We Watch It? The live-stream of the event and the press conference is going to start at 6:30 PM IST and will be hosted on the National Science Foundation's official YouTube Channel. You can watch the live-stream below when it goes live. *Images for representational purposes only.
  8. There is an age-old saying in cricket: Catches win matches. As cliched as it sounds, it is surely the ultimate truth. A batsman can score a brilliant hundred, but it might be one crucial catch that could turn the game upside down. One crucial grab can strangle the opposition and let it stride towards a losing end. Over the years, we have seen some of the best fielders in the world in the likes of Mark Waugh, Jonty Rhodes, etc. But as the years passed by, these legends have left the game and now, it is being ruled by a new era of players who are equally good and capable of splitting a game wide open with their brilliant catches. The Indian Premier League has always acted as a pool of stunning catches and here we present you the top 5 catches in the IPL history: 1. Chris Lynn No matter how old it gets, the catch of Chris Lynn to dismiss Ab De Villiers will always be fresh in the minds of all IPL fans, and would surely go down as the perfect example for the saying 'catches win matches'. De Villiers was single-handedly taking the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a win against Kolkata Knight Riders when he skied a ball, in the final over, towards the path of Lynn standing near the boundary. Lynn slipped in the beginning but recovered well to set himself to take one of the most spectacular catches in IPL history. 2. Shane Watson & David Wiese Over the past few years, we have realised a fact that a partnership cannot only be seen between batsmen but also fielders. And just to back this statement, we have Shane Watson and David Wiese showing their outstanding awareness and prolific presence of mind during their match against Delhi Daredevils (DD). Shreyas Iyer of DD knocked the ball high but unfortunately couldn't manage the distance, just when Watson chased the ball over his head and managed to grab it, but as soon as he realised he's going to cross the boundary, he threw the ball in the air again, and this time, he put out an amazing dive to get hold of the ball right at the boundary line. These types of partnerships can be seen very often in modern day cricket but this was definitely one of the best you will see. 3. Ab De Villiers While Spiderman so far has been a fictional character, Ab De Villiers, on the other hand, has shown every sign of being one in real life. Renowned as a multi-tasker on the cricket field, De Villiers has been top class in his fielding abilities. Last year he took a stunning one-handed flying catch of Alex Hales who was batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A fantabulous jump on the right moment helped AB to grab the ball with one hand while making the crowd go insane. 4. Ricky Ponting Age is no bar for anything and Ricky Ponting proved the statement with his marvellous catch on the first ball of the Delhi Daredevils' innings. The Mumbai Indians skipper didn't even think twice before becoming a superman to take the catch of Unmukt Chand and showing him the way to the pavilion. The take by the former Australian captain became a major development right in the opening day of IPL season 6. 5. Trent Boult © Twitter One of the fastest bowler in the world, Trent Boult, clinched a breath-taking catch on the ropes of RCB skipper, Virat Kohli. The catch was a total unexpected beauty, as after grabbing the ball, Boult had to stop himself from falling over the ropes which was totally against the momentum of his body. But to our surprise, the New Zealand pacer didn't just keep the ball in his hands but also defied gravity to ensure he kept his body inside the ropes. Even Kohli was shocked by the stunner taken by Boult and kept his ground before realising that he had no choice other than returning to the pavilion.
  9. Cricket, with the arrival of white-ball cricket, has been more of a batsman's game than the bowler's. But many don't understand that bowling holds the same importance as batting. The Indian Premier League (IPL), over the years, has not only churned out brilliant batsman but some outstanding bowlers also. Jasprit Bumrah would be one such prodigy of the IPL. Keeping their importance in mind, let's have a look at the top five bowlers in the history of IPL on the basis of their wicket-taking ability: 5. Harbhajan Singh © CSK Harbhajan Singh being one of the most celebrated bowlers in the league's history has claimed134 wickets in almost 149 matches. Being with Mumbai Indians first and then moving toChennai Super Kings, the turbanator has had many ups and downs but has still been a part of the champions side for a mega four times. Currently with CSK, Bhajji will surely be looking forward to extending his supremacy. 4. Dwayne Bravo © AP The Carribean all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo has proven himself to be an asset with both the bat and the ball, ever since his arrival. Winning the title twice with MS Dhoni on his side, 2011 and 2018, DJ Bravo has been in sensational form for many seasons, earning 'the purple cap' twice (2013 and 2015), he has bagged 136 wickets in 122 matches played. Keeping his batting aside, the CSK megastar has a mind-boggling average of 23.06, the second after the rank one holder, Lasith Malinga. 3. Piyush Chawla © BCCI Another Indian in the lineup, Piyush Chawla has been an absolute blessing for any team he has been in, be it Kings XI Punjab or Kolkata Knight Riders. The right-arm leg spinner owns the spot of the third highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 140 wickets in 144 matches. Not just that, but the leggie also helped KKR get their hands on the title in 2014 by scoring the winning runs. 2. Amit Mishra © BCCI The veteran Indian leg-spinner, Amit Mishra, has given some outstanding performances with the bowl in his prime. Representing three times throughout his IPL career, the Haryana boy has picked up 146 wickets in a total of 136 games. Owning a record three hat-tricks in the tournament, Mishra has a chance to break Malinga's record of the highest wicket-taker in the upcoming season when he teams up with Delhi Capitals. 1. Lasith Malinga © BCCI Sitting on the peak, Lasith Malinga has bagged 154 wickets in mere 110 matches, with a staggering average of 19.01 and an excellent economy of 6.86. Always being the backbone of his team Mumbai Indians, the Sri Lankan pacer has helped them bag the title thrice, in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Making a comeback as a bowler in this year's IPL, let's see what other heights can Malinga attain.
  10. The biggest charitable initiative just took place in the country and we couldn't be more pleased with the mighty philanthropist. India's second richest man, Azim Premji, has given away 34 percent of his shares in a philanthropic commitment, which is Rs 52,750 crore ($7.5 billion), to support charitable causes across India, making this the most generous donation in Indian history. This definitely takes Premji's overall commitment towards his funding to a phenomenal Rs 145,000 crore ($21 billion), which includes 67% of economic ownership of Wipro Ltd. The Wipro chairman just made his foundation one of the biggest in the world with this generous initiative . © Twitter "He has done this (contribution) by additionally earmarking all economic benefits for philanthropic purposes, in approximately 34 per cent of the shares in Wipro Limited (current market value Rs 52,750 crore), held by certain entities controlled by him," - a statement made by the Azim Premji foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation have investment assets for charities and development in India for about $40 billion and & 12 billion, respectively. Premji's generosity comes at a time when the 'super-rich' folks in India are giving less for charitable causes than they did five years ago, according to a recent philanthropy report conducted by Bain & Co. in 2019. Seeing the philanthropic activities of Bill Gates, Azim Premji... they are like Corporate Robin Hoods — George Philip (@sacredjobshr) 14 March 2019 Hats off to Mr Azim Premji for his unprecedented philanthropic activities & charitable contribution to the Society; his latest contribution of 7.5 billion US $ brings total to 21 billion US $; he still flies economy class, avoids costly cars & ostentatious displays of wealth.. — Vikas Pahwa Sr Adv (@vikaspahwasradv) 14 March 2019 The Azim Premji Foundation works to strengthen the education system in the country and also helps other not-for-profit organisations, working in the same sector through multi-year financial grants. The foundation works closely with a lot of state governments to improve the quality of education at a grassroots level. They are currently prevalent in Karnataka, Telengana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh and the North-East. © Twitter The foundation helps building and scaling a network of institutions at district and state levels to help improve the overall condition of education in rural areas and small towns in a sustained manner. The next few years are scheduled and are going to be busy for the foundation, as they will focus on increasing the level of activity and work centred around education and they also may set up a foundation in the northern part of India, soon.
  11. Since its inception in the year 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. Famous for its glamorous yet hugely entertaining nature, IPL has come a long way in establishing itself as one of the most viewed league in the world. The formula of blending a fiercely contested sport with an ever so vibrant Bollywood has proved to be a sure shot winner. Coming to the end of it and into the playoffs, THE top four teams, based on the points scored, qualify for playoffs. We are no strangers to the importance of finishing fourth in the English Premier League, as well. So, with IPL around the corner and the English Premier League nearing to a nail-biting end, we decided to take a look at top four most consistent IPL teams. Note: Teams with at least three seasons are taken into consideration. 4) Kolkata Knight Riders (50.63% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Probably the most glamorous IPL side, KKR got off to a rocky start in IPL. After a failure to finish in the top half of the table for first three years and deemed 'not good enough' by the experts, Shah Rukh Khan, with some careful yet clever management brought in players who were not only effective but highly ambitious. A change in captaincy along with the injection of some fresh names did the trick for KKR as they won their first championship in the year 2012 and repeated the feat in 2014. 3) Sunrisers Hyderabad (55.81% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Before you all commence the 'keyboard war' against us, we would like to point out the fact that Sunrisers Hyderabad have been a consistent performer, winning one IPL trophy, unlike the teams you support. Having begun their endeavour in the year 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad made it quite clear that they mean business. After some shaky initial years, SRH went on to win it's maiden IPL Championship in 2013 under the leadership of David Warner and will be looking to repeat the feat again this year. 2) Mumbai Indians (56.9% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda The only IPL team that has two proper nouns in its name, Mumbai Indians is owned by India's richest man Mr Mukesh Ambani. The team started under the leadership of God Of Cricket - Sachin Tendulkar. First few weeks of the inaugural season proved to be a headache for South-West based side as Tendulkar was suffering from an injury. But after his return and a 'dream crossover' opening partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya, saw Mumbai fire on all cylinders. What otherwise looked like a dismal season, proved to be the one to cheer for, after MI failed to qualify for semifinal by a single point. From that point on, the Mumbai paltan have never looked back and have Rohit Sharma's captaincy to thank for leading them to three IPL titles. 1. Chennai Super Kings (60% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Love them or hate them you cannot deny the fact that there has been no side as consistent as Chennai Super Kings. Their knack for qualifying for playoffs (semi-final earlier) made them look like Arsenal FC, who no matter how the season went, always crept into the top four at the end. We know they've been involved in a lot of controversies and even got suspended for two years from the tournament, but Dhoni's leadership and his vision to build a team with the perfect balance of youth and experience have reaped rewards, not only in IPL but in the Champions League T20 as well. Winning the former three and latter two times.
  12. Arguably the best T20 league in the cricketing world, the Indian Premier League, is back with its 12th edition along quite some changes in the team names and their squads too. We have witnessed new records replacing the old ones, and with the addition of newcomers and the shake-up of the experienced ones, this year's IPL also has a high probability of breaking all records from the past seasons. One of the most difficult records to break would be that of the highest total, which is currently possessed by none other than THE Royal Challengers Bangalore, scoring a mammoth 263 runs in mere 20 overs against the Pune Warriors with the help of a 'Gayle storm' at the Chinnaswamy Stadium during the 2013 season. Let's go through all the highest total ever scored in IPL history: Royal Challengers Bangalore's 265-5 Vs Pune Warriors (2013) © BCCI RCB was reckoned to be one of the most lethal teams in the history of IPL till they were backed by the trio of AB De Villiers, Virat Kohli, and Chris Gayle. In their years together, this trio has gone on to play some magnificent knocks, and the score of 265 being one of them. April 23, 2013, would have been a normal day for everyone if Chris Gayle wouldn't have decided to score a monstrous 175 of just 66 deliveries, consisting of 17 humongous sixes and 13 fours. With Gayle registering the highest score in T20 cricket, Pune Warriors could only manage to post 133, paving the way for Bangalore to earn the record of the biggest IPL victory in terms of runs (130). Royal Challengers Bangalore's 248-3 Vs Gujrat Lions (2016) © Facebook@RCB After putting up a gigantic total of 265 on board in 2013, RCB seemed in full mood to replicate that innings but this time, with ABD and King Kohli on the field. After registering the highest total in the history of IPL, RCB bagged the position for the second highest total also by posting 248 on the scoreboard against Gujrat Lions in the 9th edition of the league. This mighty total was courtesy 'Mr. 360 Degree' who was not out on 129 and skipper Kohli who contributed 109 runs in the total. Chennai Super Kings' 246-5 Vs Rajasthan Royals (2010) © AFP The title holders of 2010 IPL, Chennai Super Kings, produced a spectacular show against the Rajasthan Royals, posting 246 runs at MA Chidambaram Stadium on April 3, 2010. The special knock was played by the home lad Murli Vijay as he scored a brilliant 127 off meagre 56 balls with 11 sixes and eight fours. Vijay's score that year was the second highest after Brendon McCullum's 158. He also became the third Indian to score a century in an IPL match after Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan. The way Vijay hammered the Australian trio of Shaun Tait, Shane Warne and Shane Watson, it seemed like he was playing in some local league. He slaughtered the Royals bowlers, who failed in every attempt to make a comeback during the game. Kolkata Knight Riders' 245-6 Vs Kings XI Punjab (2018) © BCCI Kolkata Knight Riders were one of the star performers of the 2018 IPL and their newly discovered opener, Sunil Naraine was in itself the biggest surprise of the season. Throughout, he kept performing with both, the ball and the bat. In the battle against Kings XI Punjab, Naraine once again opened the innings and blasted the bowling line up of Punjab by scoring a quick 75 in 36 balls with the help of four 6's and nine 4's. Once he was gone, the baton was handed over to Dinesh Kartik who went on to score a decent 50, posting 245-6 on the scoreboard. Kings XI showed good character and almost reached the target, but in the end, could register only 218 runs on the board, eventually losing the match by 18 runs.
  13. For a team that recorded historic win in Tests before winning the ODI series Down Under, the Indian cricket team got a stark reminder of Australia's capabilities in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) following their three-wicket loss in Visakhapatnam. Barring KL Rahul, none of India's batting superstars stepped up as they stuttered to a mediocre total of 126 runs. The Indian bowlers tried to put up a brave fight despite few runs to play for, but in the end, Umesh Yadav's 14-run final over saw Australia to eke out a thrilling win and allowed them to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series. Going into the 2nd T20I, the Indian cricket team needs to put their best foot forward as they take on the visitors in the must-win clash at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. But, while the hosts aim to bounce back in a bid to level the series, some of India's biggest superstars will also fancy notching up individual records. © BCCL The likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are all in fray to etch their name in the history books with the potential individual records they can achieve during the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Rohit is on the verge of shattering the record for most sixes in the shortest format. The Mumbai batsman has slammed 102 sixes in 86 T20I innings so far. He is just two 'big hits' away from overtaking the likes of Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill who are currently tied at the top in the list of most sixes in T20Is. The 31-year-old is already leading the list of Indian batsmen with most sixes in T20Is. The nearest person to his tally of T20I sixes (in India) is Yuvraj Singh who boasts of 74 maximums in 51 innings in the shortest format. He is way ahead from the likes of Dhoni and Kohli who have 49 sixes in 84 innings and 48 'big hits' in 61 innings respectively. © BCCL Both, Kohli and Dhoni might be behind Rohit in the list of most T20I sixes, but, going into today's clash, the duo will be seen competing in a race of their own. The two cricketers are on the verge of bringing up a half-century of sixes in T20Is. And, with Dhoni needing just one and Kohli requiring two 'big hits', it'll be interesting to see who reaches the milestone first. While the individual milestones wouldn't really be on their minds, these three vital cricketers will be eager to produce an improved performance to help their side level the T20I series against Australia today.
  14. Australian wizard and bowler Glenn McGrath is not too famous for his sledging skills unlike his fellow teammates Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds, but he is known for the presence he commanded with his extremely nerve-wracking deliveries that more often than not used to stun the poor batsmen of his time. Having put up some of the most impressive numbers throughout his well-documented career, McGrath boasts of a brilliant 24/8 bowling innings in the first Test match between Australia and the visiting Pakistani team. Although not having enjoyed much success in the Twenty20 International format of the game, 'Nobby' McGrath did have a brilliant 29/4 spell with Delhi Daredevils during the opening season of the Indian Premier League against Rahul Dravid's Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium in 2008. However, McGrath's greatest bowling figures were recorded on this very day, exactly 16 years ago in a World Cup group stage match against the Namibian cricket team that had qualified for the World Cup for the very first time and hasn't qualified ever since. 7 overs. 4 maidens. 7 wickets for just 15 runs! ðª#OnThisDay in 2003, @glennmcgrath11 took a stunning 7/15 against Namibia in Potchefstroom - the best bowling figures in @cricketworldcup history! ð pic.twitter.com/U9DtBeThuE — ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2019 In the 2003 match, having won the toss, Australia decided to bat first. With the help of their big hitters like Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, the Aussies were able to build a huge total of 301 runs for the newcomers. When the innings switched, it was showtime for McGrath, the pacer. Striking early in the first over itself, Mcgrath was able to dismiss the Namibian opener AJ Burger and it was a cakewalk for Team Australia ever since as the opposing batting-order spiralled around his bowling. In just seven overs, McGrath was able to bag a total of seven wickets giving out just 15 runs. These stats have been recorded as the best bowling figures in the history of ICC World Cups. Australia went on to win the 2003 World Cup after defeating an All-Star Indian cricket team with players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag building the core of the roster. McGrath dismissed three of India's batsmen in the final.
  15. The 2019 Oscars were an interesting blend of performances and winners and thankfully, a lot of predicted winners got their due and the much awaited golden lady as well, including none other than Lady Gaga who surprised and wowed the audiences last year when she teamed up with Bradley Cooper for 'A Star Is Born' and gave us the musical we deserved. Her performance and the original track 'Shallow' were already being touted to be award winners and well, they didn't disappoint. Lady Gaga performed 'Shallow' with Bradley today during the event and people had goose bumps all over again! #LadyGaga and #BradleyCooper heated up the 2019 #Oscars with an intimate performance of #Shallow ð¤ð https://t.co/ZRtqdIm2Wv pic.twitter.com/d4BAP9dHEb — People (@people) February 25, 2019 The beautiful lady has now her first ever Oscar and not just that, this win also elevated 'Shallow' to become the most awarded song in the history of music out there. An #oscars winner is born. @LadyGaga thanks Bradley Cooper in her Best Original Song speech: "There is not a single person on the planet that could sing this song but you." https://t.co/s33NYiYKqy pic.twitter.com/CMz3MOzbgR — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 25, 2019 The song has won over 32 awards so far, including a Grammy and also a Golden Globe, breaking the record of Beyonce's 'Formation' and MJ's 'Thriller'. Lady Gaga has come a very long way from her 'Poker Face' and 'Bad Romance' days and this is the result of true hard work. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's “Shallow” now claims the title for the MOST AWARDED SONG IN HISTORY with 32 awards so far, which include a Golden Globe, GRAMMY, and Oscar! Congrats @ladygaga! ðâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/ZpFkDUubmH — LG Updates (@LadyGagaVegas) February 25, 2019 Watching @ladygaga get the respect she deserves 𥰠â¨ðð»What a talent.. she acts , sings & writes with her whole heartâ¤ï¸ #Oscars — Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 25, 2019 We'll always remember Lady Gaga this way. â¤ï¸ #Oscars pic.twitter.com/vR3gwNNKms — E! News (@enews) February 25, 2019 Lady Gaga is now the FIRST artist in HISTORY to win an award at the Golden Globes, GRAMMYs, BAFTAs, AND Oscarsâ within the same award season! pic.twitter.com/4Bald15tHv — LG Updates (@LadyGagaVegas) February 25, 2019 While we are very happy for Lady Gaga but sad for Bradley who has been nominated for the Oscars 7 times but is yet to win his first academy award, we can't help but name him the next Leonardo of Oscars.
  16. While the career of an athlete looks splendid with multiple multi-million-dollar deals coming from giants like Nike and Adidas every year and various clubs going out of their way to offer expensive contracts to entice them to play in their uniform. Expensive cars, big bungalows, world tours, a successful professional sportsperson has it all. But unfathomable things can also happen in a sportsman's life that can take all that away in a second and bring a wave of unnerving terror along with them. Here below are 4 of the worst and most gruesome injuries to ever happen to an athlete: Disclaimer: videos listed below contain graphic content 1. Clint Malarchuk's Throat Sliced By Ice Hockey Blades If you search for Clint Malarchuk's name on the internet, the first 50 pages will only talk about what is considered to be the most horrific injury suffered by an ice hockey player ever. In 1989, in a game between St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres, the right side of the throat of goalie Clint Malarchuk was accidentally sliced open by Steve Tuttle's skate blade. As the white ice ring turned red with the player's blood, he walked out on his legs as he didn't want his mother to watch him die, as reported by the player himself. View this post on Instagram Potresna prica Clinta Malarchuka, golmana u hokeju na ledu, koji je umalo iskrvario usred utakmice 1989.g. Sve se odigralo nakon sto ga je protivnicki igrac slucajno zahvatio klizaljkom po vratu. "Kada sam shvatio da bih mogao umrijeti, prva misao mi je bila : "Silazi s leda, idi kroz vrata i skloni se od kamera." Tako da mi majka ne bi morala gledati kako umirem." #icehockey #goaltender #clintmalarchuk #neardeathexperience A post shared by PametnaInteligentaSpretnaBica (@pametnainteligentnaspretnabica) on May 28, 2018 at 9:49am PDT It took around 300 stitches and a series of PTSD sessions for Malarchuk to get over the incident. 2. Peter Biaksangzuala's Neck-Breaking Celebration After A Goal 23-year-old Peter Biaksangzuala from Mizoram, was an extremely talented footballer “who dreamt of playing in the national league," said Lalnghinglova Hmar, the Mizoram Football Association's (MFA) secretary. In a match between Bethlehem Vengthland and Chanmari West, Biaksangzuala scored a brilliant goal on a volley without giving even a second to the opposing keeper to react. Sadly, the young star let excitement get the better of him as he tried to celebrate with a somersault. Unable to complete the turn, Peter landed awkwardly on his neck while breaking it. Unfortunately, Peter was not as lucky as Clint Malarchuk and succumbed to his injuries a week later at the Aizawl Civil Hospital. 3. Phillip Hughes' Head Hit By A Bouncer Probably the most infamous incident on the list, Phillip Hughes' ill-fated injury was covered and mourned over by the entire world. On 25th November 2014, even though he was wearing a helmet, Phil Hughes suffered a blow just under his left ear which was unprotected. After visibly being shaken for a couple of seconds, Hughes collapsed on the pitch before being rushed to the hospital. After being placed under induced coma, Hughes died three days later on 27th December 2014, just three days before his 26th birthday. 4. Salim Sdiri's Punctured Liver And Kidney By A Javelin During the 2007 IAAF Golden League at Rome's Olimpico Stadium, javelin thrower Tero Kristian Pitkämäki, while warming up before the contest, accidentally slipped while throwing. As a result, the projectile went out of the field and right in the scapula of France's Salim Sdiri, puncturing his liver and right kidney. Luckily, the injuries weren't fatal and Sdiri made a successful return to the field in 2008 and was even selected for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
  17. If the Indian Premier League (IPL) is considered to be one of the most lucrative T20 tournaments across the world, then Australia's very own Big Bash League (BBL), too, continues to entice cricket fans with entertaining and exciting clashes over the years. From some breathtaking bowling spells to batting masterclass of marauding batsmen, the BBL has given cricket fans some of the greatest moments in the sport. Staying true to its nature, the eighth edition of the BBL is proving to be one of the best since the league's inception. There have been crazy catches in the stands and on the field. The individual batting performances have also come to the fore. And, thrilling contests continue to set the tone of the ongoing BBL season. More recently, another incident rose to the spotlight during the clash between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes. Australian fast bowler Riley Meredith became the talking point for reasons he wouldn't be able to forget for a while. The 22-year-old was looking to aid Hurricanes with a clinical bowling performance, but who would've thought the he would end up giving away 17 runs on a single delivery? Yep, you read that right. © Twitter/@BBL Riding on the heroics of skipper Matthew Wade (58), Hurricanes fancied their chances after posting a competitive total of 183 runs. In reply, Meredith was handed the responsibility of opening the attack as Renegades' openers came to the crease. But, what was arguably one of the worst overs bowled in T20 history, Meredith was seen conceding 23 runs in the first over of the innings. After conceding three runs off the first three deliveries, Meredith strayed off his line in epic fashion. The right-arm bowler overstepped on the fourth delivery, then bowled a wide that slipped past the wicket-keeper for a boundary, overstepped again and got whacked for a four, overstepped once again and got hammered for another four. The legal fourth delivery he eventually ended up bowling produced a single. 17 runs... FROM ONE BALL ð³ This Bucket Ball bonanza was the worst start to the innings the Hurricanes could imagine.@KFCAustralia | #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/FfS7svQXpm — KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) February 7, 2019 By the time, Meredith was finally done with his first over, his deliveries read: 0, 0, 1, 1nb, 5wd, 5nb, 5nb, 1, 4lb. The young Aussie paceman ended up conceding 23 runs in the first over of Renegades' innings - surely not the kind of start Hurricanes would've wanted. Thankfully, Meredith's horror over didn't have a major impact on Hurricanes' chances. With Jofra Archer, Qais Ahmad and D'Arcy Short bagging two wickets apiece, the hosts managed to restrict Renegades' chase to 167/8 in 20 overs, winning the contest by 16 runs. However, Meredith's error-ridden over became a major talking point as cricket fans across the globe expressed their views on social media. Riley Meredith has struggled since Warney said he should play for ð¦ðº #Kissofdeath #BBL08 #BBL pic.twitter.com/Iqc8T8jr0w — Justin Devine (@jdevine1974) February 7, 2019 I don't think Riley Meredith is a bad bowler I think it was just a terrible over, every bowler has a terrible over sometime in their season #foxcricket — Jake Glasson (@GlassonJake) February 7, 2019 Not sure which over was worse. Alex Keath's on debut in the BBL for the Melbourne Stars back in 2013, or that effort from Riley Meredith. #BBL08 — Matt Balmer (@MattBalmer7) February 7, 2019 Poor Riley Meredith has just bowled one of the worst overs in T20 history — Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) February 7, 2019 #HHvMLR Riley Meredith topper of Dinda Academy ð — Aniket (@imAniketPshetty) February 7, 2019 Riley who . Is this a kids club — Looch (@spalliera) February 7, 2019 Never seen so rubbish bowler — gautam saharan (@SaharanGautam) February 7, 2019 Worst opening over EVERð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — ð¦ðºâ¤ï¸MFCâ¤ï¸ð¦ðº (@dovdr763A) February 7, 2019 The fourth ball of Riley Meredith over need to be bowled 5 times!!! #BBL08 — Kausthub59 (@kauSTats) February 7, 2019
  18. “Self-belief and hard-work will always earn you success,” this not just a statement given by a random person. It's by the man who stands by his words and has almost claimed every award a cricketer could get his hands on in international cricket. Yes, it's none other than our very own Virat Kohli. Arguably the most successful cricketer of his generation, Virat Kohli has achieved yet another milestone as he becomes the first player in the history to win all 3 major ICC awards in a single year. From bagging the Men's Cricketer of the Year to be named as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year, Kohli has won it all at once. And his accolades don't stop there. The Delhi lad has also been appointed as the captain for both ODI and Test Team of the Year. 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 We know winning awards for King Kohli must be a regular thing by now, but even he would be elated bagging them all at once. Following a blistering run in 2018, Kohli amassed a total of 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in just 13 Tests. On the other hand, his statistics in One-Day Internationals are out of the world. The right-hander has piled up 1,202 runs at an astonishing strike-rate of 133.55 with six hundreds in just 14 ODI games – something that substantiates his credentials as the one of the best in business. During a pre-match press conference, ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand, Kohli said: “It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes”. “The intent has always to be helping your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot,” he added. Apart from Kohli, his teammates Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant were also included in the Test Team of the Year, while Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma made the cut for the ODI Team of the Year. Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018! ð³ð¿ @Tomlatham2 ð±ð° @IamDimuth ð³ð¿ Kane Williamson ð®ð³ @imVkohli (c) ð³ð¿ @HenryNicholls27 ð®ð³ @RishabPant777 ð @Jaseholder98 ð¿ð¦ @KagisoRabada25 ð¦ðº @NathLyon421 ð®ð³ @Jaspritbumrah93 ðµð° @Mohmmadabbas111 â¡ï¸ https://t.co/ju3tzAxwc8 pic.twitter.com/0H28spZUmm — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 Keeping at par with the Indians, the ODI squad also features 4 players from England and the Test squad includes 3 from New Zealand. Presenting the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year 2018! ð ð®ð³ @ImRo45 ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @jbairstow21 ð®ð³ @imVkohli (c) ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @root66 ð³ð¿ @RossLTaylor ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @josbuttler (wk) ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @benstokes38 ð§ð© @Mustafiz90 ð¦ð« @rashidkhan_19 ð®ð³ @imkuldeep18 ð®ð³ @Jaspritbumrah93 â¡ï¸ https://t.co/EaCjC7szqs#ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/dg64VGuXiZ — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
  19. Last year, the Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri uploaded a very heart-touching video from his Twitter handle, requesting all Indian football fans to show up at stadiums to watch the team make the country proud or inversely, boo them if they do not put up a good show. “You guys have no idea how important you guys are and how important your support is,” said the footballer. This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018 “Come to the stadium... scream at us, shout at us, abuse us, who knows one day we might change you guys, you might start cheering for us,” Chhetri had requested and boy, is he keeping his word. The 34-year-old is not only making Indian football relevant again but also breaking world records doing it. Commencing the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a dominating 4-1 victory over Thailand, which also happens to be India's first in the tournament in over 55 years, Team India was once again led to glory by Chhetri who scored twice during the game. Chhetri's first goal came from the 12-yard-mark in the 27th minute in the form of an absolute beauty. Much like any other Grade-A penalty specialist in the world, Chhetri was able to read the Thai goalkeeper's mind and sent one right in the bottom right corner as the keeper flew to the left. The second half began and it was 'Chhetri Time' once again as the Striker came in from the mid-field to net the ball in the top right corner without giving the opposing keeper the time to even react before he ran towards the fences for a passionate celebration with his teammates and the crowd. Before the match, Chhetri may or may not be aware of this but he was tied up with the all-time great, Lionel Messi for the position of the second highest active goal scorer in international football with 65 career goals a piece, the two he scored against Thailand helped him surpass the Argentinian legend on the list. Chhetri with his 67 international goals is now only second to the Portuguese beast and arguably the best football player of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored a total of 85 goals in his international career. Two more goals today takes @chetrisunil11 past Messi ð±ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/dq7qOxOQis — B/R Football (@brfootball) January 6, 2019 Chhetri now has the same number of international goals as the former Indian captain, Baichung Bhutia. While Bhutia was able to score 67 times in 186 appearances, Chhetri has done it in just 105 games, which not only makes his record a lot more impressive but also adds to his accolades as an Indian captain. Sunil Chhetri is the epitome of humility. While he has now registered his name as one of the most successful international players in the history of football, his humble nature that forces him to bow in front of this supporters and celebrate with them make him so popular amongst the Indian audience. After all, he is our 'captain fantastic.' Nothing beats postmatch celebrations with the fans ðð®ð³! #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/JFbAxuHKTS — #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019
  20. Declaring in the third session of Day 2, Test 4, the Men in Blue find themselves in a rather comfortable spot putting up a total of 622 runs with 3 wickets to spare. Showing confidence in his bowlers, Kohli decided to call in his men, handing over Australia the huge task of covering the score in the first innings and then some. Innings Break! Here comes the declaration from the Indian Skipper.#TeamIndia 622/7 (Pujara 193, Pant 159*) Updates - https://t.co/hdocWC4GEH #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qMVXTI38In — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 In the past, even under the captaincy of some of the most able and strategically sound men, the Indian Cricket Team has been known to 'choke' when it came to performing in Australia and has never won a Test series during their trips Down Under. Issues ranging from troubled openers to uncomfortable tailenders have haunted every Indian captain's dreams. Having said that, we may be witnessing the birth of a revolutionary squad that seems to have found a 'formula' of sorts, to make the Aussies shake in their boots. The key ingredient of this formula is the Indian batsman and probably the only player that comes even remotely close to achieving Rahul Dravid's 'The Wall' status, Cheteshwar Pujara. Acting as the anchor to Kohli's ship that the Indian team is, Pujara has been extremely consistent and productive as he has faced nearly 1,300 balls (with more to come in the second innings) during the series. Scoring a total of 521 runs and hitting three centuries in seven innings, Pujara leads in scoring not only his team but the entire series by a huge margin with Rishabh Pant in the second place with 350 runs in total. 9 hours, 8 minutes and 373 balls later - @cheteshwar1 walks back after scoring 193 ððð#TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/atOD7TeAOD — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 Pant, another crucial component of India's success, just had himself a massive innings, scoring a mammoth 159 after Pujara departed for 193, breaking the record for the highest score by an Indian keeper in an away Test, previously held by MS Dhoni. Leaving aside him making an impression on the Australian Prime Minister with his constant sledging of Australian cricketers, Pant's focus, both as the wicket-keeper and a batsman remains unshaken. Forming decent to extensive partnerships with his teammates throughout the series, Pant has given the much-needed consistency that the team had been desperate for in the Test Cricket format. The 21-year-old looks to be well adjusted to international cricket and has filled in Dhoni's spot with the utmost grace. 150 runs for @RishabPant777 ððð#TeamIndia 616/6#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vZFY9hunBL — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 India's opening woes have been met with and we have debutant Mayank Agarwal to thank for the fix. The 27-year-old first-timer is believed to have the strength of Sehwag and the cool of Dhoni. Despite co-opener and best-bud, KL Rahul having a tough time putting up runs, Agarwal has successfully been able to give his team the initial boost the batting side requires to have a good innings. India's dominance in Australia comes at the hands of a young and dynamic team. In the absence of veterans like Rohit Sharma and R. Ashwin, Kohli's boys have not only been able to hold their own but are also looking to conquer the opposition and that's precisely what makes this run a lot more impressive.
  21. To try and compile a list of everything that has happened in the NBA over the last 68 years or so would be next to impossible. It would make for an extremely lengthy read too. But, there are some moments which stand out above the rest. These are moments which will be forever remembered as some of the most amazing moments in the history of the NBA. If you want to know about some of the biggest moments in NBA history, we've got you covered. Remember, these aren't all record breaking moments. They are simply moments which were spectacular for one reason or another: Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points In A Single Game When the NBA is forced to change the rules of the game, you know you're damn good. He was a prolific point scorer and restricting him on the court was tough, if not impossible. One of his standout performances was when he scored 100 points in a single game. It was an iconic moment and is probably never going to happen again. © Getty Images The Philadelphia Warriors scored 169 points on the day. The New York Knicks had absolutely no idea what hit them. Boston Celtics Win 11th Title In 13 Years The Boston Celtics were considered too old to win another title in 1968-69. They didn't have a great regular season finishing fourth but somehow managed to make their way into the finals. © Getty Images But, they were facing Wilt Chamberlain and the LA Lakers. No one imagined they would pick up their 11th title in 13 years. They won the finals 4-3. A fitting end for what many considered to be one of the most dominating dynasties in pro basketball. Jerry West 60-Foot Shot There are a ton of buzzer beaters over the years in the NBA. But, in most cases those shots helped teams win something huge. But, Jerry West's buzzer beater from the 1970 Finals game between the LA Lakers and New York Knicks makes it to this list even though his team didn't win. Why? Simply because it was a 60-foot shot. Now, that's not something you see every day, is it? Celtics Vs Suns: The Greatest Game Ever? There have been some memorable games throughout the decorated history of the NBA but when you talk about the greatest game ever, one instantly comes to mind. A game that was played on the 4th of June 1976. © Getty Images The game had 3 overtimes and more twists than a Bollywood movie. The Celtics eventually came out on top 128-126 after most of the star players on both teams had been fouled out. What a game. Michael Jordan, “The Shot” (1989) If there was one shot that cemented Michael Jordan as the king of the court it was this one. Yes, he is considered one of the greatest (probably the greatest) of all time. But, if you sat someone down and wanted to show them just how good he was with a single shot, this is the one you would choose. Hands down! Golden State Warriors 73-9 Record (2015-16 Season) Finishing a season with 73 wins out of 82 is no easy feat. They won their first 24 games of the season setting yet another record. The record was set exactly 20 years after the Bulls enjoyed a 72-10 season. © Getty Images Steph Curry was their star player for the season and became the first player to be named MVP unanimously. Unfortunately, they couldn't win the title that season losing to the Cavaliers 3-4 in the finals. If only they did, the 2015-16 GSW team would go down as one of the most dominating teams the NBA has ever seen for sure. Yao Ming: 2002 1st Draft Pick The last point on this list doesn't look too great at first, does it? There's a first draft pick every single year. So, what makes Yao's so special? Is it that he was the first international player to be the first draft pick? No. Then what was it? © Getty Images Yao was the first ever player to be chosen as the first draft pick even though he had never played college basketball in the United States. It was a huge moment for the NBA and was also a huge moment for China. Yao Ming, take a bow.
  22. Colin O'Brady from Portland, Oregon just wrote history by becoming the first person to get across the Antarctica alone, with no outside aid. He trekked across the continent over a span of 54 days, which was almost considered impossible until the man did it, and achieved the impossible! While O'Brady made his journey across the 1,500 kilometres in the bone-chilling cold, his friends and family could track his movement real-time online. Once he successfully completed his journey, O'Brady called his family in Portland and said “I did it” through his teary exhilaration. View this post on Instagram Day 54: FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First â. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica's land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I'm delirious writing this as I haven't slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it's done.” - Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:55pm PST His wife Jenna Besaw said in an interview, “it was an emotional call. He seemed overwhelmed by love and gratitude, and he really wanted to say thank you to all of us.” 33-year-old O'Brady posted about the first leg of his journey on Instagram, which he labelled as 'The Impossible First'. On Wednesday, O'Brady wrote that he covered the last 129 kilometres in one big impromptu push to the finish line that took over a day's time! View this post on Instagram Day 50: STRUNG OUT BUT STILL MOVING. I can't believe I been out here all alone for 50 days. Even having lived it, I can't quite wrap my mind around it. This wind storm still has not subsided so I spent another day getting beat down. Fingers crossed I catch a break on the weather soon. I've been writing a lot about the mental game as it's clearly the most crucial part of this challenge (or any challenge for that matter). However today I want to honor my body and health. I wholeheartedly believe that nothing in life is more important that being healthy. Without that it's hard to do or do fully. I'm so fortunate to have parents that instilled that in me from a young age, teaching me the importance of healthy eating and exercise. My dad is an organic farmer so I guess you could say it's in my blood. Despite feeling exhausted and worn out, I'm grateful for having lived a healthy lifestyle, for without that I'm certain my body would have given up by now. And on the health front, I'm glad to be partnered with @Grandrounds who go above and beyond to guide people to the highest quality healthcare. It's incredible to know they provide access to medical expertise literally anywhere on the planet! #GrandRounds #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 22, 2018 at 8:46pm PST In his exact words, this is how he felt once he crossed the 'invisible line' onto the other side where his goal lay, “While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey.” View this post on Instagram Day 42: DREAMS INTO REALITY. Even though I'm 50 miles past the South Pole now, I can't help but post one more image from the day I arrived - a dream come true. Plus, today is a very historic date. On December 14, 1911, this day exactly 107 years ago, Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole. Talk about inspiration. That was a true journey into the unknown that took years and years to complete. I finished a bike ride in 2016 and got the spark of inspiration for this project. I immediately came home and wrote it all down on my whiteboard. Since that day I've been working everyday to turn this dream into reality; training, fundraising, researching. The key is that each day I took a step toward making my dream a reality even with countless setbacks and mistakes made along the way, I kept trying. I haven't realized the dream yet. That's what I'm doing every day out here...taking step after step to make it come true. Whatever you are dreaming of in life, be that in business, art, music, love, entrepreneurship, sports - it can be anything. Stop just dreaming and take the first step. As in the immortal words of Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it!!” But dreaming alone won't get you there. If it's going to work, action is required. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible Shoutout to @samuel.a.harrison for snapping this amazing shot of me. Samuel and another scientist from the South Pole station read about my journey in the @nytimes and came outside to the Pole to cheer me on! A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:55pm PST It isn't the first time that someone has tried to traverse across Antarctica, but all those who did, either had assistance, reinforced supplies or kites that propelled them forward. 2016 saw the tragic end of British explorer Henry Worsley, who attempted an unassisted journey across Antarctica, and died of exhaustion towards the end of the trek. View this post on Instagram Day 37: GROWTH. I'm no longer the same person I was when I left on the journey, can you see it in my face? I've suffered, been deathly afraid, cold and alone. I've laughed and danced, cried tears of joy and been awestruck with love and inspiration. They say growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. I can safely say that's 100% true in this case, and I'd say it's very possible I haven't yet felt the highest highs and the lowest lows of this journey yet. Nearing the bottom of the world...18 miles in the books today. Closer each step. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 9, 2018 at 5:24pm PST The trek hasn't been an easy one for him, and he confessed that he considered quitting a number of times along the way. In November, this is what he had to say, “There were several times I considered stopping, putting my tent back up and calling it a day. I wanted so badly to quit today as I was feeling exhausted and alone, but remembering all of the positivity that so many people have been sending, I took a deep breath and focused on maintaining forward progress one step at a time and managed to finish a full day.” View this post on Instagram January 2016 at the South Pole. This photo was taken at the beginning of my Explorers Grand Slam expedition. Less than three years later, I'm looking forward to passing through there again! I'm 30 days into my journey to complete a solo, unsupported, unaided crossing of Antarctica. Yesterday I reached 87 degrees the final waypoint before turning my path directly toward the Pole. Today, I'm ~170 miles from the South Pole and making my way one step at a time! If you haven't seen the Sunday @NYTimes article already, pick up a copy today. Top of the fold cover of Sunday Sports, the article features a day in the life rundown of what my hour-by-hour routine looks like as I cross Antarctica. @jennabesaw tells me there is a beautiful illustration of my IG photo update from Day 15. I can't wait to see it; will someone save me a copy? ðThanks again to @adamskolnick for reporting. Link in Bio. Check it out! And, be on the lookout for my regular evening IG update later today. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/sports/antarctica-ski-race.html A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 2, 2018 at 9:53am PST O'Brady didn't give up on his dreams and constantly kept his goals in sight, which is why he was able to achieve the unachievable! All of us, regardless of our nationality must be proud of O'Brady's grit and achievements! View this post on Instagram DAY 9: THE NEW YORK TIMES. This photo ran in NYTimes today with a great piece “Man Against Nature, And Man” about my Impossible First project and Lou Rudd's expedition. I have nothing but the utmost respect and empathy for anyone who sets audacious goals for themselves and takes action to achieve them. Wishing Lou a safe and successful journey. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/sports/antarctica-race.html A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Nov 11, 2018 at 6:05pm PST The man who has 3 world records to his name, covered 7 summits and is a pro-endurance athlete, deserves to be at the top of the world for what he has achieved. This one calls for major celebrations, which only seem inevitable once O'Brady reaches home to the cheerful welcome of his family and friends.
  23. It's sad that history often finds itself buried under layers of dust. Time moves on and people forget. A true example of what I am talking about here is this book called 'Muscle Control And Barbell Exercise'. Before you think it's a western giving, let me tell you that it was written right here in India in 1930. Shocked, right? Yup, so was I. Soon I got hold of it and of course, I went through it. Here's why it's a gem of Indian bodybuilding history. Astounding Facts © Muscle control and Barbell Exercise The mere fact that this book was authored by two Indian men – Ghosh and Sen Gupta in the pre-independence era is enough to get the surprise going. India has a rich history of wrestling and other martial arts but who knew that we had thriving bodybuilders almost 100 years back?! Yes, this book is proof of the culture that nobody knew about. Indian bodybuilding history usually starts with Manohar Aich, the very first Mr. Universe from India. His bodybuilding legacy still inspires millions. This book was authored a good 25 years before the rise of Aich on the world bodybuilding arena and even served him as a guide. If this doesn't shock you, I don't what will. Bodybuilding Was A Western Giving. Or Was It? Now a lot of people can debate that East India Company officers bought bodybuilding to India. Well, we don't really know anything about it. What we very well know that this book was authored by two very-well-built and highly-educated-science-graduate- muscle heads. That's evident and can't be challenged. There was a small but highly enthusiastic bodybuilding that thrived here even 17 years before the birth of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the God of bodybuilding. This book alone challenges the notion that bodybuilding was a western giving. The Do-It-No-Matter-What Attitude It was 1930. Half the country struggled for Independence while the British were busy looting whatever was left. Safe to say, India was anything but prospering. So it's anybody's guess that what all equipment these bodybuilders would have had access to. No proper gymnasiums, make shift equipment, no books to read and no internet to find gurus. These guys still pushed ahead and built muscle. There's in fact a detailed chapter in the book about 'isolating thoughts from every distraction and focus on lifting'. Hands down, this is as raw as it can get. The Authors And Inspirations For Them This is Mr. K.C. Sen Gupta (B.A). He authored the Barbell training part of the book. © Muscle control and Barbell Exercise This is Mr. B.C Ghosh (B.Sc). He authored the muscle control part of the book. © Muscle control and Barbell Exercise By the looks of it, both were hardcore muscle-heads and packed on very good mass according to 1930 standards. Both the guys together travelled across Bengal and found that neither was there any awareness about muscle training and nor were any gyms. This is when they took it upon themselves to author this book. They Believed In Systematic And Scientific Approach To Muscle Growth These guys emphasized specially on something that's widely missing even today in the Indian bodybuilding culture: a science-based approach. There are stupid desi gurus everywhere! These guys were straight up scientists with their exercises. Even with food, they recommend eating 3-4 times a day to get bigger and get in more calories. Sleep was highly emphasized on for as they called 'the students of physical culture'. The things I read about posing and muscle control still apply to this day. Yes, everything you will read here is still practiced throughout the world in bits and pieces. With this article, I have put in my share of taking this incredible book to the Indian muscle and fitness heads. Here's the link here for all of you to read it! Share this article and play your part.
  24. Bodybuilding is a sport of frightening extremes. An extreme obsession with gaining more size, an extreme obsession with building the most muscle, an extreme obsession with being the most shredded, etc. Year after year, competitors are at each other's throat to surpass the existing extremes and establish new extremes. It's frightening and entertaining at the same time. Here are the most shredded bodybuilders the world has ever seen: 1. Frank Zane © YouTube It would not be wrong to say that it was Zane who brought up the importance of conditioning to the stage. Frank Zane had extremely good conditioning as he stepped on stage being the most shredded. Though that came at the cost of his overall size, he would still go on to beat bigger and muscular bodybuilders on stage due to his conditioning. He is also one of the only three bodybuilders to have defeated Arnold Schwarzenegger on the bodybuilding stage. 2. Rich Gaspari © YouTube He was another guy who was one of the firsts on the bodybuilding stage. Frank established the importance and Rich took it to another level. He was the first bodybuilder to walk the stage with striated glutes. Striated or walnut glutes were not a thing until Rich showed the world what he could do. After that, striated glutes have become standard criteria for judging. 3. Alessandro Galli © YouTube A relatively lesser known bodybuilder, he could easily take the title of the freak when it comes to conditioning in bodybuilding. His back flexing photo is one of the freakiest and the most shredded physique you would ever witness in bodybuilding. 4. Helmut Strebl © YouTube An Austrian bodybuilder, he could easily be the definition of a having zero body fat. Not a big guy here, but the shredded physique he carries is just alien. 5. Andreas Munzer © YouTube The CRAZIEST conditioning one would have ever bought on the stage of IFBB. His dedication towards being so shredded was so extreme that it was the reason for his death. He died due to diuretics abuse which is often the go-to drug of bodybuilders to bring up the conditioning. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  25. In a country when women are often pushed back from occupying top positions in their line of duty, Delhi can be proud of the latest development in the city. In the national capital, women are finally making it to the top with the Delhi Police appointing four women as its District Chiefs around the city. © Twitter Known to be one of the most unsafe cities for women in the country, this move is said to hopefully bring about a change in the scenario, no matter the challenges that exist along the path. Like the Assistant Commissioner of Delhi West district told NDTV, sensitisation will have to be the first step towards the ultimate goal. © Twitter However, before we give you any more details about what each of these superwomen wish to achieve professionally, from this position of power, let us introduce you to the four chiefs. There is Meghana Yadav from Delhi, Monika Bharadwaj from Haryana, Aslam Khan from Rajasthan, and Nupur Prasad from Bihar, who are all determined to initiate a change in the minds of men regarding women's safety. © Facebook The National Crime Records Bureau's 2017 report stated that Delhi recorded a crime rate that is twice of the national average with the maximum number of rape cases amongst the 19 major cities in the country. However, even with 4 women chiefs out of the 14 and with just 11 per cent of women being a part of the workforce, the ladies in uniform feel that though there is a long way to go, the system is improving. © Facebook Though it is indeed true that women occupying top positions do not guarantee that crimes against women will stop, the chiefs believe that their first step should be to make men realise that women deserve respect, and it must start with them. They have admitted to facing resistance from men in their work of line, while some even had to be directed on how to interact with women. While we have come a long way since the horrific Nirbhaya incident in 2012, there still remains a long way ahead for the women in our country to fully feel safe, but we're totally counting on these superwomen to change a lot of things around and make the city a better place for all, including women and children. Kudos to the Delhi Police for showing the rest of the country a way forward.
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