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  1. The year was 2018, when suddenly this one rugged looking man, with a chiselled face and olive skin, started grabbing eyeballs every time he graced the screens. It was more than his looks though (well quite honestly, his simple features and boy-next-door vibes did wonders too), people were intrigued by this actor who was seen portraying different characters each time, each distinct, and better than the last. © Twitter Vicky Kaushal was finally here, and what an entry it had been. Women swooned over the chivalrous Iqbal Syed in 'Raazi', while others sought friends like Kamlesh in 'Sanju' and a lover as fun and easy-going as Vicky in 'Manmarziyaan'. However, it is 2019 that witnessed Vicky Kaushal's greatest arrival and how! Vicky's 'Uri' broke multiple industry records and put him right at the top in Bollywood. © Twitter He is currently one of the busiest and most sought after stars in the Hindi film industry and there's no guessing why. Directors love him, but his fans are absolute nuts over this guy. © Reuters Yet, all this success, popularity and fame hasn't gotten into his head one bit. And fans love him for being so rooted and humble at all times. Take, for instance, this recent Twitter exchange between Vicky and one of his fans. © Twitter The fan tweeted, saying: @vickykaushal09 my wifey saw you today in the jam jam cafe, was sitting next to your table but too shy to come up and talk. And thought that privacy should be given to the stars. I am saying hi ð on her behalf and we really love your acting. Take care!! — KapilArtistry (@ArtistryKapil) June 12, 2019 Vicky decided to respond to this honest admission and message, and tweeted to Kapil. Pass my regards. I appreciate her for respecting my privacy. Next time, feel free, I'd be happy to have a conversation :) https://t.co/4Si2zSUpaV — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) June 12, 2019 Not only was that a wonderful gesture on Vicky's part, but his thoughtfulness in suggesting that they introduce themselves the next time is truly heartwarming. Fellow fans cannot seem to get over his humility either. Such a humble person you areð­â¤ @vickykaushal09 — Vaanya Bansal (@BansalVaanya) June 12, 2019 How sweet and kind of you... ððð — Priya Arya (@priyasris) June 13, 2019 This is so heart warming to read. Not only a brilliant actor but a good person. Hope I can meet you 1 day 2. Cant wait for bhoot although I hate horror films...only 4 u — VGThoughts (@VGthoughts) June 12, 2019 Traits of a superstar-in-the-making.... — Jayesh Kumar Dey (@dey_jayesh) June 13, 2019 This is called a HUMAN BEING . Thanks for making your fans special. — manish only (@manishs90616427) June 13, 2019
  2. For someone who began his career as a middle-order batsman, Rohit Sharma has come into his own ever since MS Dhoni and the Indian team management identified him as a threatening opening batsman. Over the years, batting at the top, Rohit has not only turned his career around, but also provided India the luxury of an indispensable opener. A vital cog in the Indian batting line-up, Rohit came into the ICC World Cup with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. With his team tipped as one of the top contenders this year, the right-hander was quite understandably bestowed with the responsibility of getting them to a good start. And, on 5th June, Rohit, once again, proved why he is rated so highly by the Indian team management and all the cricket experts across the globe. Beginning their campaign against a team of South Africa's calibre was never going to be easy, but a spectacular show by the Indian bowling unit did tilt the game in favour of the 'Men in Blue'. Impressive figures by Yuzvendra Chahal (4-51) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-35) ensured that the Proteas were restricted to a mediocre total of 227 runs at the loss of nine wickets. Reuters Though the target appeared mediocre, but if anyone saw the conditions and pitch behave in the first-half of the match, they'd agree that it was going to take some doing for India to register their first points in the tournament. And, that's exactly what happened. Against the searing pace and impeccable lengths of sprinting Kagiso Rabada, the Indian openers looked far from being comfortable with both Shikhar Dhawan (8) and Rohit struggling early on. After the game of cat and mouse, pressure got to Dhawan as he edged one off Rabada through to Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. With the Proteas quicks smelling blood, the Indian side needed their batsmen at the crease to oversee the troublesome times and apply themselves in a bid to stitch a partnership - something Rohit and Virat Kohli (18) tried to do following Dhawan's dismissal. The duo added 41 runs for the second wicket and were eager to stabilise India's run-chase when Andile Phehlukwayo struck to send Kohli packing - courtesy a spectacular catch by De Kock. Reuters With his captain back in the hut, Rohit put his best foot forward and decided to carry the baton for his side. The Mumbai batsman gave himself enough time at the crease to settle in and, unlike his teammates, he didn't force his shots against the odd ball. On the other hand, Rohit was also impressive in rotating the strike which allowed him, and in turn India, to stitch strong partnerships. After partnering Kohli, Rohit was involved in an 85-run partnership for the third wicket with KL Rahul (26) who looked good for the better part of his innings in the much-debated No. 4 slot. But, Rahul's dismissal in the 32nd over at the hands of Rabada once again got India in a spot of bother. Top century from Rohit Sharma. Composed, relaxed. Rode the early tension well and has been a picture of certainty since — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 5, 2019 Unnerved by the pressure, Rohit continued to steer the chase for India after finding some support from MS Dhoni (34). The two experienced batsmen added 74 runs for the fourth wicket and almost nullified the threat Rabada & co. posed in the middle. As the game neared its end, India lost Dhoni, but Rohit's presence in the middle ensured the team remained on track. Reuters While the winning runs came from the blade of swashbuckling Hardik Pandya (15*), it was arguably Rohit's superlative knock of 122 runs including 10 fours and two sixes that made the difference. Calm ,composed and a wonderful century from @ImRo45 ! Fantastic understanding of the situation ! — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 5, 2019 On a track where batsmen from both sides struggled to get going, Rohit showed great composure and temperament in his match-winning innings. Curbing his natural, aggressive game, Rohit adapted to the conditions and sacrificed certain shots from his armoury to ensure his survival at the crease. Owing to experience and know-how of the game, the Indian opener got his team over the line and notched up his second World Cup hundred and get India off to a winning start in the tournament. A wonderful, mature innings from Rohit Sharma. Great assessment of the situation and seeing India through to the win in the end, a hallmark of top players @ImRo45 . A well begun World Cup campaign for Team India #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Hmul57c4BO — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 5, 2019 It was also Rohit's 23rd ODI hundred which allowed him to go past Sourav Ganguly (22) in the list of India's all-time top hundred makers in the 50-over format. He is now placed third in the elite list with just Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Kohli (41) ahead of him. Following their emphatic six-wicket triumph, the Kohli brigade will hope that Rohit continues his fine run when they take the field against Australia in the much-anticipated clash at The Oval on 9th June.
  3. Going into the tournament, fans and experts had identified a handful of players who would go to play a crucial role in Team India's campaign at the ICC World Cup. The first and most obvious candidate is of course captain Virat Kohli whose batting prowess and leadership skills are expected to get his team all the way. Amongst other probables who were expected to make a mark, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal were also looked upon as key players for India. While everyone expected Bumrah to do the damage with his searing pace and precision in line and lengths early on, Chahal was bestowed with the responsibility of doing the damage with his cunning variations in the middle order - a script that dictated South Africa's fate in their clash in Southampaton on 5th June. Winning the toss and deciding to bat, the Proteas were, to an extent, conned into believing that the conditions were suited for batting and posting a formidable total upfront. But, popular to contrary perception, the South African batting unit was picked apart by a spectacular show from Bumrah and Chahal. Reuters It all began in the fourth over, when Bumrah's tight angle got Hashim Amla (6) stuck into a stop-shot, eventually forcing an outside edge that went straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at second slip. In his next over, Bumrah's cunning plan - with adequate support from Kohli - led to the dismissal of Quinton de Kock (10). With their side reeling at 24/2, South Africa needed a strong partnership which eventually came through the efforts of and Faf du Plessis (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (22). With the two Proteas batsmen rebuilding their innings by adding 54 runs for the third wicket, India needed to counter the potential threat. And, that's when Chahal's spin wizardry came to the fore. Reuters In what arguably turned out to be one of the deliveries of the tournament, Chahal's drift and rip on the ball turned Van der Dussen into a laughing stock after his reverse-sweep led to a dismissal. It was undeniably a vital breakthrough, but Chahal wasn't done yet. In fact, the Indian leg-spinner had another gem of a delivery up his sleeves for opposition captain Du Plessis who was outfoxed in a classic spinner's dismissal. pic.twitter.com/UjzhO7fCFc — Maqbool (@im_maqbool) June 5, 2019 pic.twitter.com/8i5QmbkmHa — Maqbool (@im_maqbool) June 5, 2019 At the other end, his spin-bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav, too, joined the party and dismissed JP Duminy (3) in the 23rd over after wrapping him in front of the stumps. Though Duminy went for the review, but even the DRS couldn't save him following his poor shot-selection. Reuters Despite two wickets in his kitty, Chahal's breakthrough act continued as he once again helped his side in breaking the partnership. David Miller (31) and Andile Phehlukwayo (34) had added 46 runs for the sixth wicket when Chahal removed the former in a simple caught and bowled dismissal in the 36th over. Few overs later, Chahal struck again to send Phehlukwayo back into the hut after foxing him in the length to allow MS Dhoni to complete a regulation stumping. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, too, got his name under the wickets column after claiming the scalps of Chris Morris (42) and Imran Tahir (0) in the final over as the Proteas crumbled to 227/9 in 50 overs. Reuters While every Indian bowler contributed in their own way, it was undoubtedly Bumrah and Chahal whose impressive figures of 2-35 and 4-51 respectively earned them plaudits from fans and pundits alike. Fantastic effort by the bowlers to restrict South Africa to 227. Bumrah began exceptionally and the wrist spinners capitalised, Chahal was superb in his 10 overs and I back India to chase down this total. #INDvSA — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 5, 2019 Jasprit Bumrah is simply sensational. — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 5, 2019 on chahal TV tonight chahal will have so much to ask chahal #CWC19 #INDvSA — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) June 5, 2019 23 days ago some mercy and amazing gesture for DeKock, but today no mercy . Jasprit Bumrah, what a spell #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/I1nvvkHC8u — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 5, 2019 Boom Boom Bumrah on ð¥ @Jaspritbumrah93 A great start! — Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) June 5, 2019 Chahal looking good. Making it easier for his mate, Kuldeep, to rediscover form. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 5, 2019
  4. India won the World Cup for the first time in 1983. It was a big moment for us and till date, Kapil Dev reminds us of the glorious days. Ranveer Singh's film '83 is based on the events surrounding the winning of the World Cup in 1983 and we couldn't be more excited. The unexpected victory in 1983 World Cup against West Indies was a major win for us back then. India hadn't hoped to bring the World Cup home this soon. Ranveer Singh with the '83 team are off to London for the film's shoot which is tentatively scheduled for three months. Ranveer takes special effort to get in the character for each film and for '83, he spent a couple of days at Kapil Dev's place to familiarise himself with the actual ongoings of 1983 World Cup. Directed by Kabir Khan, '83 will soon begin shooting. Keeping the team spirit alive, the cast reached the Mumbai airport on a team bus. Instagram is flooded with the reel team photos that makes us reminiscent of 1983 team. Take a look at the striking resemblance here. © Instagram 1. Look at the enthusiasm here. It's game time. ð #83SquadOnTheMove The journey begins. ð¥@RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/4iulvt9AEx — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 2. Look at Ranveer Singh looking like Kapil Dev here. View this post on Instagram About to embark on a remarkable cinematic journey ð #proud #blessed ðð½ @kabirkhankk @83thefilm A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 27, 2019 at 10:28pm PDT 3. The excitement is in the air. When you are playing the Lord of Lord's, you are always on your toes! Here's @adinathkothare's message before he embarks on this exciting journey. #83SquadOnTheMove @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/xyU3e3IYrv — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 4. We honestly can't wait for '83. London chale hai, itihaas dohrane! â @Saqibsaleem aka Jimmy is all set with his red handkerchief! Watch this space for more updates. #83SquadOnTheMove @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/jkNBzlYnTK — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 The film '83 is scheduled to hit the screens in April next year.
  5. Of late, India has been shrouded in the grey clouds of 'intolerance' on multiple occasions. However, almost every single time, Indians have stepped forward to quash these allegations and have stood up in a show of communal harmony and brotherhood. Regardless of their religious beliefs and choice of food, people have always come forward to help each other by going out of their way, saving each other's lives, putting themselves in danger and have been one another's strength. © Twitter After Ayodhya's Sita Ram temple recently hosted an Iftar feast for their Muslim brothers and sisters, now a mosque in UP's Meerut district has opened its gates for the preparation of a Shiv Bhandara in its premises on behalf of a local temple. On the occasion of the foundation day of Somnath Shiv Mandir, the Jama Masjid in the Kotwali area took this beautiful step. Even the Muslim residents of the area helped in the preparation and distribution of the Bhandara among people. © Twitter As per an HT report, the Jama Masjid opened early and all the required apparatus like stoves, vegetables et cetera was brought into the premises. Furthermore, the water used for Muslim devotees was also put to use for the Bhandara and was also served to people for drinking. While the entire world tries to paint a different picture, people like these reaffirm our faith in humanity and our people. What a lovely message this sends to everyone, especially to those who try to divide our society.
  6. 'Jo lakhon ke dil mein dhadhak raha tha, woh kuch ke aankhon mein khatak rakh tha' - That's how we are given the introduction of Narendra Damodardas Modi in Omung Kumar's biopic. Well, Bollywood is minting cash on the popular trend of biopics, and the latest one to join the bandwagon is Vivek Oberoi's 'PM Narendra Modi'. From the very beginning, the movie sets the tone that India's most powerful leader, Modi is honest and has no flaws. From 1950 to the day he took the oath as India's Prime Minister, the movie has captured all the events wherein you see the heroic side of the man who started his journey from being a 'chaiwala' to India's biggest 'chowkidar'. For Modi followers, the movie is a celebration of the man who rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in the world, from humble beginnings. © Legend Global Studio From his personal to professional life, Modi has been glorified to the fullest in this biopic. There will be moments in the movie where your heart will burst with immense pride, but this saintly tale comes off somewhat as an account told by a fanboy or in colloquial yet controversial terms, a 'Modi Bhakt'. Narendra Modi is shown as a prophet of humanity and now, we totally get why the Election Commission banned the film before the polls, as it would have garnered the PM nothing but more fan following before the results. But, we must say that the timing of the movie is still apt, as the NDA government is set to come to power again, along with Modi retaining his chair as Prime Minister. © Reuters However, the movie has whitewashed all the controversies associated with Modi, particularly the Gujarat riots. But, I am not saying the movie won't evoke a sliver of patriotism in you. Although, as a movie buff or critic, you might find it as a manipulative attempt to make Modi look like a Messiah of sorts. The first half is sort of a snoozefest as Vivek delivers a very mediocre performance. It's the second half where Vivek sinks his teeth into the character of Modi and channels the mannerisms of the Prime Minister perfectly and here's when you see the true actor in Vivek emerge. The movie falls flat, considering the dialogues which are just on your face. It seems like a pro-Modi college student has written the dialogues. For example, "mera Gujarat jal raha hai", and "akhand Bharat ki neev khadi karni hai". It's jingoistic in some ways and clearly obvious, that the idea was to just show Modi as the only hope to provide salvation to an India that is doomed. Overall, the movie can surely be an enjoyable watch for his fans, but to the critical eye, it just lacks soul.
  7. MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side. All these comments haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength. For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series earlier this January. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup. © Reuters But, in the past four months, Dhoni has not only managed to silence his critics with a brilliant showing, but has rightly made the World Cup spot his own. More recently, his exploits in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title, if it wasn't for a rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI) brigade. Apart from a rediscovered form in his batting, Dhoni has so many other roles in the team which makes him a vital cog in India's dreams of capturing their third World Cup title. Here's a look at what makes Dhoni a key ingredient in India's title aspirations at this year's World Cup: Middle-Order Stability © Reuters Unlike the T20 version, the ODI format is an extension that cannot be dictated just by hammering the ball out of the park. It demands the batsmen to rotate the strike and stitch crucial partnerships in the middle overs before launching the all mighty attack on the opposition bowlers in the final stages of the game. While India might boast of a strong batting line-up, no one is best suited to stabilise the innings than Dhoni. The Jharkhand cricketer might not be the finisher we once knew, but, as India's batting line-up evolved over the years, so did Dhoni's role. From being the most consistent finishers in the sport, Dhoni has now adapted to his new role of being a sheet anchor for the team. The new-age MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end. And, once the game nears its end, Dhoni swaps his role and the finisher takes over. Going into the World Cup, India have thrived on the form of their top three, with the middle-order yet to be tested, which makes Dhoni's presence furthermore crucial for Kohli's men in England & Wales. Lightning Quick Glovework © Reuters Cricket, like other sports, is a game dictated by rules and there are numerous ways in which the coaches emphasise on its importance across the globe. Technique does not end with batting alone, as noticed with wicket-keepers who are equally expected to follow certain guidelines to reap better returns. Amongst others, one major rule related to wicket-keeping or fielding, in general, is inertia. With the ball travelling to the fielder's hands at a rapid pace, a cricketer is expected to catch the ball and let it slide with the momentum for some time before resisting the motion. The idea is to absorb the momentum of the ball slowly in a bid to avoid chances of it popping out of their hands. While most wicket-keepers follow this tactic against seamers and spinners, Dhoni follows a completely different ideology. He believes in attacking the ball and throwing his hands at the stumps as quickly as possible. When he keeps to the spinners, Dhoni moves his hands towards the ball and - without moving his hand back for even a second - guides it to the stumps. So what does he achieve by doing that? As noted on one of his stumpings, a reaction time of a staggering 0.38 seconds. When it comes to run-outs, Dhoni has evolved from traditional techniques even more. While the age-old wicket-keeping technique would state that a keeper needs to be behind the stumps to collect a throw, the Jharkhand cricketer feels otherwise. Rather than standing behind, Dhoni stands right in front and flicks the ball onto the stumps using the momentum of the throw. That technique might not be listed in any rule book, but the Indian wicket-keeper has made it work over the years. Setting Up The Field © Reuters A wicket-keeper enjoys the luxury of having one of the best views on the field. And, Dhoni makes the most of it with his shrewd awareness behind the stumps. Keeping a close watch on the contest between the bowler and the batsman, Dhoni is often seen setting up the field according to the situation. Such has been his know-how of the game that Dhoni, almost like a seer, ends up predicting the shots which are yet to be played by the opposition batsmen. There have been numerous instances where, after anticipating the batsmen's shot selection, the former Indian captain's field settings have led to a breakthrough. And, that added skill-set is likely to come in handy for India in England & Wales. Guiding The Bowlers © Reuters The close proximity of a wicket-keeper with the bowlers allows them to pass on vital information about the batsman's play. If the batsman falters in footwork, the wicket-keeper is probably the first one to notice and advise the bowler to use it to his own good. And, Dhoni is no different. The Indian wicket-keeper has been the guiding force behind the rapid rise of Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal in limited-overs cricket. The stump-mic chatter from numerous ODI games India has played in the past has been a testimony to how Dhoni has helped the Indian spinners to get the better of the Proteas. "From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us," Chahal has been quoted as saying in the past. India's Go-To-Man For DRS © Reuters With the advent of the Decision Review System (DRS), the cricket teams have an option to challenge on-field decisions. While most teams have struggled to properly use the review, India seems to be doing pretty damn well - thanks to MSD. Such has been his awareness behind the stumps that he has developed a knack for getting the review right, almost every time. His impeccable judgement on the DRS has aided Team India on multiple occasions in the past. While many of his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, have struggled to identify a potential opportunity, Dhoni has made DRS his own forte. In the modern era of cricket, where every opportunity is crucial in the bigger scheme of things, that is one additional skill a keeper needs and Dhoni leads the way, yet again.
  8. This world is an interesting place to be. But it's made all the more fascinating by the people and what goes on in that wonderful mind of theirs. For those of us who are willing to try, we end up fishing out the magical key that is capable of taking something completely “insignificant” thought and turn it into a living-breathing passion project that's capable of fuelling a thousand dreams. To be able to create an empire out of nothing, and delivering innumerable hopes are just some of the few things that make the new age man so different from most of his predecessors, who were too caught up in following the legacies and being a man by the books. But today, men have come a long way, breaking the shackles that bind their minds, and societal diktats that push them into gender binaries. They have redefined “manhood” in their own terms and given birth to what we at MensXP call the “newhood”. Make Way For Times Prime Presents MensXP 'Icons Of Newhood' In keeping with this quest to redefine the age-old concept of manhood, we are making further headway in this direction with an unprecedented night of celebrations called Times Prime presents MensXP 'Icons of Newhood', which aims to celebrate the pioneers of newhood. The celebrations will be held on 4th May, 2019 at The Lalit, New Delhi and shall be attended by some uber special guests from around town. What To Expect From Times Prime Presents MensXP 'Icons Of Newhood' Times Prime presents MensXP 'Icons Of Newhood' is probably the country's most unique and one-of-a-kind event wherein 27 most inspiring entrepreneur superheroes from our web series 'Stories of the Newhood' will be recognised, celebrated and awarded for their visionary achievements. It's Not An Award Show - It's A Gala Night What makes Times Prime presents MensXP 'Icons Of Newhood' so special is that it isn't anything like how you imagine a regular award show to be. Imagine an informal gathering that's much like a non-sit-down networking event, all with psychedelic lighting, upbeat music, free flowing tipples, good food and amazing company. This celebration is just that and much more! A Night Of Fun-And-Frolicin' You can look forward to some super thrilling performances by comedian Rohan Joshi and hip musician and singer Sidd Coutto, promising bars serving chilled White Rhino beers and more, interactive photo-op booths for the best Kodak moments, a Wall of Fame featuring all our stars of the night and their inspiring stories. The Icing On The Cake The best part about Times Prime Presents MensXP 'Icons Of Newhood' is that you and I get to decide the winner in each category by casting our vote. Plus, this is easier and quicker than casting your vote for the ongoing elections. Takes just a click of the mouse! Here Are The Categories 1. Aspirational Icon of the Year This award will be given to someone who refused to jump on the bandwagon. They have demonstrated a hunger to generate a system more efficient not only for their organisation, but proved to be a revolution in the whole B2C landscape. Nominees: Gautam Sinha (Nappa Dori), Shantanu Deshpande (Bombay Shaving Company), Shivan Bhatiya & Narresh Kukreja (Shivan & Narresh), Munbir & Sarah Chawla 2. Social Media Icon of the Year This one is for someone who gave a 'face' to the 'book' of their company. They brought people together in order to turn 'myspace' into 'ourspace' and 'linked(in)' them with the company. Nominees: Matt Chitharanjan & Namrata Asthana (Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters), Rajat Tulli (Happily Unmarried/ Ustraa), Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines), Anuj Rakyan (Raw Pressery) 3. Disruptive Icon Of The Year This will be awarded to someone who proved to be a real menace for market bullies and caused major hoopla, changing habits of existing consumers. They have shown how disruption is no more associated with disasters. Nominees: Nitin Saluja & Raghav Verma (Chaayos), Vikas Bagaria (PeeSafe), Peyush Bansal (Lenskart), Anuj Rakyan (Raw Pressery) 4. Brand Experience Icon Of The Year "Inn ka Sirf Naam Hi Kaafi Hai.” This is an award for someone who has become a household name. Their brand experience for the consumer comes across as well thought-out and is instantly recognisable, thanks to their branding genius. Nominees: Ishaan Puri (White Rhino), Gautam Sinha (Nappa Dori), Vivek Sahni (Kama Ayurveda), Ritesh Malik (Innov8) 5. Inspirational Icon Of The Year This award winner will be someone who never stopped believing in “Apna Time Aayega”. Not only have they never backed down against the face of multiple odds, but have also inspired an entire generation of thinkers. Nominees: Keshav Suri (The Lalit), Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines), Rahul Singh (Beer Cafe), Sohrab Sitaram (Keventers) 6. Culture Icon Of The Year This title will be taken home by someone who became an agent of change. They are living proof of the fact that a revolutionary could be jailed, but you can never jail a revolution. Nominees: Keshav Suri (The Lalit), Nitin Saluja & Raghav Verma (Chaayos), Vikas Bagaria (PeeSafe), Munbir & Sarah Chawla (Magnetic Fields) 7. Icon of the Year The biggest award of the night, this will be awarded to the one who is a complete package. They are at the helm of the power shift towards the millennial generation, and resemble what it truly takes to be a success story in this day and age. Meet The Nominees 1. Sohrab Sitaram (Keventers) The man who turned milkshakes into a 100 Cr profitable business with Keventers. Read their story here. 2. Keshav Suri (The Lalit) The Lalit's man in charge. The one who transformed the Delhi - NCR party scene with Kitty Su. Read their story here. 3. Anuj Rakyan (Raw Pressery) Anuj Rakyan is the man behind India's first cold press juice company 'Raw Pressery'. Read their story here. 4. Gautam Sinha (Nappa Dori) Gautam Sinha made Indian leather a priceless, affordable commodity with his standout business Nappa Dori. Read their story here. 5. Matt Chitharanjan & Namrata Asthana (Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters) They offered an authentic coffee experience to the Indian consumers with Blue Tokai. Read their story here. 6. Michael Lyngdoh (Tripoto) Hailed as a messiah for travel geeks in the country, Michael Lyngdoh built a techno journal for the digital community of travellers called Tripoto. Read their story here. 7. Rahul Singh (Beer Cafe) Beer Cafe is the go-to spot for all our beer needs, and it's all thanks to Mr Rahul Singh's brilliant idea. Read their story here. 8. Munbir Chawla & Sarah Chawla (Co-Founder Wild City & And Magnetic Fields) The minds behind 'Magnetic Fields', one of India's coolest, most progressive and sought after music festivals. Read their story here. 9. Puneet Chawla (Jaypore) The man who is elevating India's taste for authentic Indian crafts and goods with Jaypore. Read their story here. 10. Ishaan Puri (White Rhino) Ishaan's love for good quality crafted beer, and its absence in the country blessed India with White Rhino. Read their story here. 11. Rajat Tuli & Rahul Anand (Ustraa) The men who introduced Indians to the concept of men's grooming with Ustraa. Read their story here. 12. Rohan & Arjun Malhotra (Investopad) The men who created the coolest venture capital firms trying to give flight to a million dreams in new India. Read their story here. 13. Ashmeet Kapoor (I Say Organic) Gifting people a healthier life with 'I Say Organic' by providing people with easy access to fresh, organic produce. Read their story here. 14. Dr. Ritesh Malik (Innov8) Doctor turned entrepreneur, Dr Ritesh Malik changed how Indians work with Innov8. Read their story here. 15. Nitin Saluja & Raghav Verma (Chaayos) Nitin Saluja & Raghav Verma built a tea paradise for Indian tea-drinkers called Chaayos. Read their story here. 16. Shantanu Deshpande (Bombay Shaving Company) Shantanu bid adieu to engineering and quit his fancy job at McKinsey to give men the best shaves of their lives. Read their story here. 17. Umang Bhattacharyya & Shauravi Malik (Slurp Farm) Umang and Shauravi used their parenting experiences to create healthy snack options for infants and kids. Read their story here. 18. Prasoon Gupta & Ankush Sharma (Sattviko Lifestyle) 'Eating clean and eating lean' as a way of life inspired Prasoon & Ankush to build Sattviko. Read their story here. 19. Vikas Bagaria (PeeSafe) Vikas is the founder of female personal hygiene spray 'PeeSafe'. Read their story here. 20. Shivan & Narresh Shivan and Narresh, the men who introduced Indians to luxury swimwear. Read their story here. 21. Chirag Gupta (4700 BC) Chirag Gupta turned the everyday snack popcorn into a gourmet product, and people swear by it. Read their story here. 22. Vivek Sahni (Kama Ayurveda) Vivek's journey of reviving the Vedic methods of natural healing with 'Kama Ayurveda', makes this brand special. Read their story here. 23. Armaan Sood (Sleepy Owl Coffee) Armaan Sood's Sleepy Owl brings specially brewed gourmet coffee to all the coffee lovers. Read their story here. 24. Peyush Bansal (Lenskart) Peyush Bansal gave India its leading online eyewear portal - Lenskart. Read their story here. 25. Kartik Hajela & Akshay Singhal (Log 9 Materials) Friends Kartik and Akshay set out on an innovative journey and changed how the world views Indian technology. Read their story here. 26. Aloke Bajpai & Rajnish Kumar (Ixigo) Ixigo is a leading travel marketplace in India. Read their story here. 27. Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines) The content king and most subscribed Indian YouTuber, who changed the YouTube scene in India. Read their story here. Here Are All The Deets For The Event When: 4th May, 2019. Where: The Lalit, New Delhi Voting Open Till: 29th April, 2019 (Click here to vote)
  9. The year 2018 was really crucial for the Indian cricket team. The Virat Kohli-led side didn't just appear clinical at home but also proved their credentials in the multiple overseas series they played. Testing young blood with experienced campaigners, the new-look Indian team has now established themselves as serious contenders for the ICC World Cup in England & Wales. In a bid to find the perfect team, the Indian selectors and team management were seen trying all possible options in specialist roles in the recent series. And, it finally boiled down to 15th April when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 15-man squad for the ICC mega event. While the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be seen occupying the top-order, the inclusion of KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya all provide adequate options to the Indian team in the middle-order. The bowling department looks well equipped with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bolstering the pace attack and the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja adding teeth as spinners. BREAKING: India have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/mMXt5kAG6Y — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 15, 2019 Though the Indian squad looks perfectly balanced, the notable omissions of Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have irked cricket pundits and fans alike. Both Pant and Rayudu were in the fray for the World Cup, but the Indian selectors showed faith in Karthik and Shankar to do the job for India in the all-important World Cup. While Pant staked his claim to a World Cup spot on the back of blazing batting performances, Rayudu, too, was looked upon as a potential candidate who could solve India's No. 4 problem. However, the Indian selectors thought otherwise and in a bid to derive team balance, they went for safer and more proven options in Karthik and Shankar. There is no doubt over Pant's ability with the willow. On his day, the dashing left-hander is more than capable of running away with the game on the back of innovative strokes he boasts of in his armoury. But, Pant is a gamble in any game. On a day, his shot might come off and on the other, it won't. And, there's little doubt over his unpredictable batting. © BCCL However, Pant's omission for Karthik wasn't decided just on batting. The fact that India needed an extra wicket-keeping option is probably what ruined Pant's chances. While the young gun is undeniably a batting star for the future, his wicket-keeping skills are still a work in progress - something that probably gave Karthik leverage in his selection. "In unison, we all felt either Pant or DK will come into the XI if Mahi (Dhoni) is injured. "If it's a semi-final or an important game, wicket-keeping also matters. That's the only reason we went ahead with Dinesh Karthik. Otherwise, Rishabh Pant was almost there," MSK Prasad, the chief national selector, revealed. The competition between Shankar and Rayudu was also decided on similar lines. Rayudu was being looked upon as a viable No. 4 option after he showed consistency with the willow in the recent series. But, barring his batting might, Rayudu doesn't bowl (thanks to an ICC ban in January) and his fielding, alone, is just not good enough to make the cut. © BCCL On the other hand, Shankar has proven his mettle in the limited opportunities he got. His batting bolsters the Indian middle-order, while his medium-paced deliveries provide an extra bowling option to the 'Men in Blue'. And then, when it comes to fielding, Shankar's 'bullet throw' in the first T20I against New Zealand earlier in February should put all the doubts to rest. “After the Champions Trophy, we tried quite a few middle-order batsmen. We also tried Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. We gave a few chances to Rayudu, but what Vijay Shankar offers is three-dimensional. Apart from his batting, he can bowl if the conditions are overcast, which we might encounter in England. And he's a fantastic fielder. That's what went in Shankar's favour. He's a batsman who can bowl. We're looking at him at No.4 (to begin with). With Dinesh Karthik in and Kedar Jadhav, we've plenty of options at No. 4 right now," Prasad said. Though it's a little too early to predict whether the inclusion of Shankar and Karthik ahead of Pant and Rayudu will work out, it surely gives India enough balance to adapt to the tournament as it progresses to the knockout stages.
  10. While the entire nation is filled with hope after the announcement of a 'balanced' Indian squad for the World Cup 2019, critics are still divided over the selection of Dinesh Karthik over the popular choice Rishabh Pant, in the 15-man squad. Answering this, the five-member panel of the BCCI that announced the squad, gave an explanation behind opting for Karthik's experience over Pant's flair. MSK Prasad, the Chief Selector of the Indian team said: “All of us felt that either Pant or Kartik will only come into playing XI if Mahi is injured. If it is a crucial match, wicket-keeping also matters, so that is the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Kartik otherwise Rishabh Pant was almost there.” Well deserved place for DK. — KD Deshmukh (@ImKrishna423) April 15, 2019 Very Gud BCCI...DK got wht he deserves â¤ï¸ — Ayega To Modi Hi ð®ð³â¤ï¸ (@shikhag802) April 15, 2019 come on guyz pant is young guy he needs lot of time to be in world cup squad... may be in next worldcup he will be there dnt wry.. dk deserves this opportunity... — joseph (@joseph_kurvila) April 15, 2019 While all the dropped catches and sloppy work with the gloves behind the stumps cost Pant a ticket to the United Kingdom, Karthik made it to the 15 on the grounds of apparently better glovework. Despite his flamboyance with the bat, Pant leaves a lot to be desired in terms of wicketkeeping. The Delhi lad's verbal volleys might be fun to listen to from the stump mic, but he's already conceded more than 100 byes in his short stint as the wicketkeeper of the Indian Test team. © AP On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik, who has been around the team since the past decade, was the first choice keeper for the Indian team before the arrival of Dhoni. It seems only legit that he be given one last shot at attaining World Cup glory before the torch is passed on to the Pant generation of Indian keepers. Apart from Pant, the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu also divided the house on the internet. In his absence, either Vijay Shankar or KL Rahul will be asked to fill in the number four spot. Elsewhere, the usual suspects' slot right in. There's the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, followed by skipper Virat Kohli. The lower middle order features World Cup-winning former captain MS Dhoni, and Kedar Jadhav, followed by Hardik Pandya and the bowlers. Umesh Yadav misses out and so does Khaleel Ahmed. Ravindra Jadeja finds a place as an experienced bowling option, who can also chip in with the bat.
  11. The anticipation for the final squad to represent India at the upcoming ICC 2019 World Cup is finally over as MSK Prasad, the chief selector, and Amitabh Choudhury, the BCCI secretary announced the list of players on Monday. Scroll down for the full squad. There were no big surprises in the squad, but Dinesh Karthik was picked ahead of other competitors vying for the number four role. The Kolkata Knight Rider will also serve as a backup keeper, behind the former captain and World Cup-winning veteran MS Dhoni in the squad. As a result, the popular youngster Rishabh Pant missed out on a berth to the United Kingdom. Without surprise, Virat Kohli will be leading the team from the front. His prolific form in the One Day format of the game has brought laurels to the Indian team and he would be hoping to push Team India's charge for a third World Cup trophy after the triumphs of 1983 and 2011. The opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fill the top two places. Added to the squad as a backup opener is KL Rahul, who makes it to the team on the basis of brilliant performances in the domestic season and off late in the Indian Premier League also. Coming to the number four spot, which has been a matter of concern for the Men in Blue for many months, all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been chosen to do the honours. Ambati Rayudu missed out on a berth and so did Rishabh Pant, who was a popular choice ahead of Karthik. Another all-rounder, Hardik Pandya made it to the squad with a sparkling showcase of his talent in the ongoing IPL. With some impressive performances in the recent past and owing to the ability to bag wickets in the middle overs, Kedar Jadhav has also really worked hard to earn this spot. In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal make the perfect spin duo for the Men in Blue followed by the experienced Ravindra Jadeja. The fast bowling unit comprises frontman Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Umesh Yadav missed out and India also chose not to go with a left arm pacer in Khaleel Ahmed. Full squad: Virat Kohli (capt.), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami
  12. One of the most prolific batsmen of the Indian team, KL Rahul, went on to achieve yet another milestone by scoring his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) ton against the mighty Mumbai Indians (MI) on 10th April. Not being able to perform in the opening two matches, Rahul has been on fire ever since. Scoring three half-centuries with a staggering strike-rate, the Karnataka boy made a point to carry on his fine form and convert his healthy start into a three-figure individual score against the Mumbai Paltan. Setting the tone well for the game from the very beginning, Rahul alongside 'Universal Boss' Chris Gayle got KXIP to a flyer with a 116-run opening stand. Once the 'Gayle Storm'was averted on 63, Rahul carried the baton for the visitors, notching up his maiden IPL ton in mere 64 balls and propelling his team to a competitive total of 197 runs. © AP Despite being aided by some brilliant batting performances from their star batsmen, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) couldn't restrict Gayle's Caribbean counterpart -Kieron Pollard - from snatching the game away from them. Scoring 83 runs in 31 balls with 10 massive sixes, Pollard played a classic captain's knock which also earned him the 'Man of the Match' award. But nonetheless, we still believe that KL Rahul played a game-defining innings for his team but they couldn't capitalise in the end. With some amazing performances in the first seven matches itself, Rahul not only earned the second place in the race for “The Orange Cap” with 317 runs to his name, but might have also booked his berth in Team India's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup which is expected to be announced on 15th April.
  13. So far in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), regardless of which team is leading the tournament according to the Points Table, we have to agree that the highlight of the entire league are the West Indies cricketers who have been playing the game of cricket on a level a lot higher than anyone else. Be it the ability to chase down huge totals or their performance with the ball, the Caribbeans look to be miles ahead that the rest of the players on the field in this month and a half long contest. For instance, Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell has been on a tear ever since the franchise's first game of the season against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing an above average total of 181 runs, Russell took to the crease on the fifth spot and led the team to victory playing a 49 off 19 balls innings. Playing with a scary strike rate of 212.39, the 'Baahubali' of IPL is a player to look out for in the biggest tournament in the game come May. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 If there is someone who's a bit scarier than Russell, it has to be the 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle who opens the batting order for Kings XI Punjab along with KL Rahul. At 39 years of age, Gayle, has opened up about his thoughts of retiring from the game after the World Cup. However, his beyond-amazing performance in the ODI series against England and recently found IPL mojo, Gayle is one of those batsmen who can change the game in his team's favour in the blink of an eye. Kieron Pollard is another veteran who seems to have found his game during the 2019 IPL. Having struggled for a couple of seasons in the past, Pollard has returned to his original destructive-self and how. While struggling to connect with the ball in the first few games, Pollard showed to the world and the selectors of the Windies side that he's still skilled enough to make it to the World Cup roster, keeping in mind that this could be his final chance to lift the trophy. Hardik: Kieron Pollard is a legend. Only one man could've done this.#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/YcUKauYTWv — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019 Although Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Bravo isn't having the best IPL season of his career, the fact that he continues to be a top-10 bowler of the league has to be appreciated. The one capable enough to catch fire with the bat quickly, Bravo's inclusion to the team could be crucial for the Windies' success. A blend of such veterans with young and raw talents like Alzarri Joseph can make for a scary West Indies squad, maybe even capable enough to bring back the glory days to the Caribbean. Alternatively, the Windies also have a tendency to fall apart when it comes to playing together as a team. Series like the one against England a couple of months ago is a perfect example of how individual talents like Gayle, Jason Holder and Darren Bravo fail to perform well as a team and the team ends up crashing and burning.
  14. India's Mission Shakti has become a huge topic of discussion over the past few days, and rightfully so. There has been a lot of banter surrounding it ever since PM Narendra Modi made the announcement. First, a former ISRO engineer called the mission a complete waste. It was followed by NASA administrator Bridenstine's comments, who didn't really seem happy about the mission. © Twitter Now the chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, has joined the discussion by calling out NASA's comments on the mission. Now, Anand Mahindra, in case you don't know, is very active on the micro-blogging site. He's also known to be very opinionated about all the current happenings. A case of the pot calling the kettle black. From a nation that created most of the debris in space over decades, this is an audacious statement.... https://t.co/QFqCnES2gt — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 2, 2019 In his tweet quoting NDTV, Anand defended Mission Shakti and called NASA's statement 'audacious'. “A case of the pot calling the kettle black. From a nation that created most of the debris in space over decades, this is an audacious statement,' he said. Anand's tweet is essentially a response to NASA chief Bridenstine's comments on the space debris. Earlier this month, Bridenstine said that India's move to destroy a defunct satellite a 'terrible thing' as it left 400 pieces in space. He also claimed that the debris has put the lives of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) under massive risk.
  15. On 27th March, a missile fired during an anti-satellite missile test by India's Defense Research and Development Organization destroyed a satellite in space. PMO Narendra Modi even addressed the nation to declare India as a 'Spacepower'. The head of NASA, however, isn't particularly happy about it. In fact, the administrator Jim Bridenstine even called the test a “terrible, terrible thing”, while speaking at a livestreamed Town Hall gathering of NASA employees. Why, you ask? Well, it looks like the debris from the test are headed straight towards the International Space Station. The official press release from India's Ministry of External Affairs stated the test was carried out in the "lower atmosphere" to ensure that there were no space debris. But, apparently, 24 pieces from India's anti-satellite test are now heading towards the ISS. Bridenstine said “24 pieces are going above the apogee of the International Space Station. That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station. That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight. It's unacceptable and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is.” © ISRO The US military, in case you didn't know, tracks the objects in space to predict the collision risk for the ISS and for satellites. Over 23,000 objects are being tracked currently, out of which 10,000 pieces are of space debris. Nearly 3,000 of them were created by Chinese anti-satellite test in 2007. Yes, 24 pieces from India' anti-satellite test sounds like a small number compared to 3,000 created by the Chinese event, but Bridenstine noted that India's test has increased the risk of collision with the ISS by 44 percent over 10 days putting the lives of the astronauts in the ISS in serious danger. Of course, the risk will dissipate over time as much of the debris will burn up as it enters the atmosphere, but we'll have to wait for more updates on the same. Also, this isn't the first time someone has called out India's anti-satellite mission. Last week, a former ISRO engineer also said that Mission Shakti is a complete waste.
  16. A couple of days ago, we decided to ask you to choose from a set of 22 cricketers who essentially belonged to different eras of the Indian cricket team. These name ranged from the timeless leg-spinner Anil Kumble to the fearless bowling all rounder Hardik Pandya with the obvious legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli being in the mix as well. We gave two options for every spot in the squad and here are the results: Opener #1: Virender Sehwag vs Rohit Sharma In the 251 ODIs played by Viru, he has batted with an average of 35.06 with a fairly decent strike rate of 104.34 while scoring a total of 8273 runs. When compared to Sehwag, the current opener for the Men in Blue has played in 206 ODIs with an average a lot higher that Sehwag (47.4) but a relatively low strike rate of just 87.95 and 8010 runs till now. © MensXP 65% chose Virender Sehwag over Rohit Sharma Opener #2: Sourav Ganguly vs Gautam Gambhir The decision to choose between Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir was a lot more difficult than that between Sehwag and Sharma. Albeit, Gambhir played in less than half the ODI games played by Dada, but his ability to stick to the crease and score big runs at the time of the need made him an appropriate alternative option to Ganguly. © MensXP 53% chose Gautam Gambhir over Sourav Ganguly God of Cricket (One Down): Sachin Tendulkar vs Virat Kohli The contest for the position of the third batsman in the lineup had to be an obvious one. Probably the most talented players to choose from, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli were made to up against each other with an additional honour of being called the 'God of Cricket'. 65% chose Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli © MensXP All Rounder #1: Yuvraj Singh vs Yusuf Pathan Two huge hitters with enough skills as bowlers to fool their opponents to give up their wickets, Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan were booked for the fourth place on the dream team. © MensXP 89% chose Yuvraj Singh over Yusuf Pathan All Rounder #2: Hardik Pandya vs Irfan Pathan While the spot for the all rounder position between Yuvi and Yusuf were decided keeping in mind their abilities as spinners, this spot would have gone to the pacer from either Hardik Pandya or Irfan Pathan, both of whom were instant run-machines and could have easily hit the deliveries out of the park. © MensXP 55% chose Hardik Pandya over Irfan Pathan Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni vs Rahul Dravid If the selection between MS Dhoni and Rahul Dravid had to be done solely on the basis of their batting skills, it would have been a tough one. However, as a wicket-keeper, Ranchi-born MS Dhoni has been on another level throughout his international career and easily took the spot in the dream team. © MensXP 91% chose MS Dhoni over Rahul Dravid Off Spinner: R. Ashwin vs Harbhajan Singh Two of the greatest off spinners of different times, it was only fitting for one to choose between R. Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh for this category. In fact, it has widely been accepted as a fact that Ashwin was the one to take Bhajji's spot in Team India. © MensXP 58% chose R. Ashwin over Harbhajan Singh Leg Spinner: Yuzvendra Chahal vs Anil Kumble Chahal has proven his worth as a leggie in the recent games against Australia and New Zealand but needs to cover a lot of distance in order to take over the man who took all ten wickets in a single innings. © MensXP 69% chose Anil Kumble over Yuzvendra Chahal Fast Bowler #1: Jasprit Bumrah vs Zaheer Khan The choice between Jasprit Bumrah and Zaheer Khan was the most difficult to make according to the stats. While the former is the best bowler in the world in ODI rankings, the latter was known to have got Team India out of trouble on a number of occasions, the 2011 ICC World Cup being one of them. © MensXP 52% chose Jasprit Bumrah over Zaheer Khan Fast Bowler #2: Ashish Nehra vs Mohammed Shami The similarities between Nehra and Shami are uncanny. Both struggled to make big careers in the first stint with the Indian cricket team, suffered horrible form and made a comeback to international cricket after a year to take the entire world by storm. © MensXP 57% chose Ashish Nehra over Mohammed Shami Fast Bowler #3: Ishant Sharma vs Javagal Shrinath While it is a fact that Ishant Sharma is considered to be a 'rhythm' bowler, he is still one of the scariest bowlers to have participated in international cricket from the Indian side. Srinath, on the other hand, has been considered to be one of India's finest fast bowlers who also holds the record of being the first Indian bowler to have bagged 300+ wickets. © MensXP 65% chose Ishant Sharma over Javagal Shrinath Coach: Ravi Shastri vs Gary Kirsten At the end, we also provided you with the option of choosing the ideal coach for your dream team and you could have chosen between the all-time great Gary Kristen and the current coach of the Men in Blue, Ravi Shastri because, why the hell not? © MensXP 61% chose Gary Kirsten over Ravi Shastri Final Dream Team squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, R. Ashwin, Anil Kumble, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma with Coach Gary Kirsten
  17. In his much-hyped and anticipated address to the nation a couple of days back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India is now a space-power, as DRDO successfully destroyed a low earth orbit satellite in space using a missile. While the government claims that the ASAT test has provided 'credible deterrence' against the threats to the country's space-based assets, a former ISRO Satellite Communication Engineer thinks that this won't be effective at all. First of all, in case you don't know what the announcement was all about then here's PM Modi's address to the nation - Now, let's see what N Kalyan Raman, former ISRO Satellite Communication Engineer, who has worked with ISRO for over two decades thinks. According to him, India won't be able to knock out the satellites that are in the higher orbit with its missile. “Most of the countries' satellites are in the higher orbit, and even with this India won't be able to knock out those satellites,” he said. Kalyan noted that Mission Shakti doesn't quite add up in a war-like situation. In fact, he says there are a lot of other ways through which one can keep an eye on the enemies. He said, “In a war like situation, if a country wants to spy on its enemies there are various ways to do it-- for example, Google Earth. All you need is good resolution photos. Why do we even need this?” © ISRO Raman firmly believes that India's anti-satellite test was more a demonstration of its ballistic missile defence system, rather than its ability to challenge its adversaries in space. On the same lines, even Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, told the WIRED that India needs to balance things out if it's interested in getting into the anti-satellite deterrence game. He added that China can knock out all of India's satellites, but India can't really do the same.
  18. Imagine being able to fight in different cities of a country as vast and diversified as India. With professional boxing rings present in some of the most unique and people-friendly venues such as public parks and malls, the amount of instant recognition and fame mixed with the loud cheers by your fans, has to feel absolutely surreal. The main guys at Mega Boxing decided to act upon this unique idea and came up with a well established system of carrying out official boxing match-ups in the biggest cities of the country, giving the opportunity to all the aspiring pugilists from all corners to show what they are made of, throughout the year. Recognised by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO), World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, Mega Boxing is the brainchild of founders Anirudh Pathak, Aditya Gulati and Anirban Roy, who envision the sport to be a lot bigger than it is in India. You saw a teaser last November, now it's time to experience the first episode of the biggest Indian boxing season! Details will be out soon. Raw action coming your way!https://t.co/FD0saZxacz@dlf_cyberhub @Everlast_ @EverlastIndia #boxingstream #BoxingNews #Boxing #thebiggame pic.twitter.com/dCbYohFzpV — Mega Boxing (@MegaBoxingIN) February 28, 2019 We, as an organisation, are a sucker for such innovative ideas and inspirational stories so we had to have a look-see into what was going on. This is how our interview with the Mega Boxing Co-founder, Anirudh Pathak went: How would you best describe Mega Boxing? What makes it unique? Mega boxing is India's first and only one day professional boxing IP. All other private boxing platforms in India are in a league format. Distinguishing us from others are the religious elimination round fights that we organise throughout the year, that enable us to scout the best performers in respective categories. Our venues are also not the same conventional arenas; rather we organise these fights in more public friendly places like shopping malls, IT Parks and more with the objective of ensuring that the sport resonates with a wider populous. We believe in not just promoting boxing as a sport but also as a major source of entertainment for the audience. This ideology is evident in all Mega Boxing shows that are a fusion of sports, energy, fashion and technology unlike the mainstream championships. What were the selection criteria for shortlisting these candidates? We at Mega boxing have fashioned a well-organized system to scout boxers across the India subcontinent. Scout level fights are organised across various towns and cities like Jaipur, Kolkata, Maharashtra and Gurgaon, which helps us in mapping the quality and selecting the best fighters in the circuit. The boxers from these locations are picked and asked to compete against multiple opponents in order to test their strength, talent, skills and grit. Our team carefully observes each performance, eventually selecting the best player to fight at a Mega Boxing fight night. World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has also been supportive in assisting us to look out for unique talent in the nation. Our aim is to make each player well trained by making them fight in at least 4-5 challenges before they enter the Mega boxing platform so that everybody knows what they are going to witness. What led you to take the initiative towards making boxing bigger in India? There is a huge amount of boxing talent in India that has the potential to make a mark in the international pro boxing circuit. The sport in itself deserves a much bigger audience and now needs to make a place amongst the masses. Boxing truly has the potential to engage people and churn our global heroes, along with being extremely high on the entertainment quotient. Our Indian boxers are doing exceptionally well in the amateur boxing segment but have no opportunities when it comes to professional bouts. With their immense talent and the potential to become champions and win belts, their only option to go pro is competing outside the country without the correct training and guidance. Since boxing is still primarily a rural sport, it is extremely difficult for these boxers to reach fights that can change their lives and in the limited cases when they do, they tend to lose due to the lack in training; ending the boxer's journey. Seeing the prevalence of this speed breaker, we sought to build a platform that would give our boxers a chance to fight with the correct opponents, test their grit, improve their skills, train and then reach the international circuit. Our aim is to complete the circle and build a road to Vegas for Indian boxers. How do you envision the 'fight nights' to be? Our fight nights are designed in such a manner that they would be like watching a movie. Each event would be high on thrill, music, fashion, drama, technology and lots of passion. What can we expect out of the fights at Cyber Hub? We have six very good fights planned for the event at Cyber Hub on 29th March 2019. The top card fight is between India's No 1 boxer in lightweight category – Rajesh Kumar Luka and an undefeated fighter from Tanzania- Adam Hatibu. We strongly believe that Luka is a good prospect to win the WBO Asia Lightweight title belt should he defeat Adam in the 10-round match that we have planned for them. Apart from this, all other fights would be equally exciting where we would see tough competition between young and experienced boxers, India's Rank 1 and Rank 2 women from the same weight category, previous winners against tougher competitors and interesting fights between boxers belonging to completely different backgrounds.
  19. After some rather disturbing and bizarre online challenges like the 'Momo Challenge, 'Kiki Challenge' or even the 'Tide-Pod' Challenge, we finally have a challenge that makes a lot of sense and is good for the world! The '#Trashtag Challenge' initiates a good Samaritan scenario and it's catching up quite steadfastly. © Instagram The challenge includes taking photos of dirty spaces/areas and then cleaning the entire area up and photographing the clean spot again. The ultimate goal is to post a 'before' and 'after' shot of a once dirty area to an absolutely spotless one, which will pose as an example of great civic sense. The psychology behind such challenges is that it follows a herd mentality. If an open platform such as social media is used to post such challenges, 90% of the time, chances are people are going to follow through and ape a particular trending act. So, needless to say, the #Trashtag Challenge has proven to be rather successful and people in a lot of countries are posting pictures of areas they have cleaned, on the internet. The challenge has somewhat made its way through India but not as aggressively as we had hoped. Currently, only Bangalore and Nagaland have seen this trend unfold. We do wish it comes to other states soon enough because dozens of places need that kind of intervention in this country, since the 'Swach Bharat Mission' has taken its own sweet time to deliver. © Twitter The #Trashtag Challenge has been around for a while now. It was first promoted by a company back in 2015 but it was revisited again this year with this initiative post on Instagram: Double TAP for more amazing facts&quotes ð . -ð¥ TAG a friend to show thisð¡ -ðTURN ON POST NOTIFICATION -âFOLLOW for more... - . . . . . #fact #facts #didyouknow #instafacts #factsdaily #trashtag #dailyfacts #factsð¯ #factz A post shared by TheScientistð (@thescientistfacts) on Mar 10, 2019 at 8:54am PDT Twitter, Reddit and Instagram users all around the world have willfully taken up the challenge and are producing some rather amazing transformational results, with cleaning up garbage-stacked areas around them. Take a look: I don't have a before-and-after picture, but here's a couple of pictures of me with my family picking up trash from the road side whenever we made a rest stop. #trashtag pic.twitter.com/TygYf2dM13 — Adhiti (@frizhbee) 10 March 2019 Students from @tetsocollege, Dimapur, accepted the #Trashtag challenge. Are you up for the challenge to keep your environment clean? Tag us if you accept the challenge. Follow @east.mojo for more news from NorthEast India and around the ð #EastStory #NortheastIndia #trashtagchallenge #trash #Trashchallenge #challenge #ChallengeAccepted #dimapur #tetsocollege #cleanliness #trendingchallenge #environmentfriendly #students #collegestudents #cleancity #garbage #assam #arunachalpradesh #manipur #mizoram#meghalaya #nagaland #sikkim #tripura A post shared by EastMojo (@east.mojo) on Mar 11, 2019 at 4:16am PDT #trashtag We went around this small lake in our community (Bangalore, India) some time back and cleared the trash in biodegradable trash bags from r/pics Over 8000 cigarettes picked off the street to be recycled ð³ #trashtag lives on! - Tag a friend who needs some happiness ð¤ - Follow @themostwholesomememes for more posts like this ððð A post shared by #1 Feel Good Meme Page ð» (@themostwholesomememes) on Mar 11, 2019 at 3:33pm PDT I am blown away with the response I got with my other post encouraging people to take part in this new #trashtag challenge! My inbox is full of photos like this! Will be sure to jeep sharing them!ððð - Tag a friend who needs some happiness ð¤ - Follow @themostwholesomememes for more posts like this ððð A post shared by #1 Feel Good Meme Page ð» (@themostwholesomememes) on Mar 11, 2019 at 4:07am PDT Did our part today for #trashtag while offroading in the mountains of California. via /r/pics https://t.co/1duo3B8pnJ created by: https://t.co/HP3Iew3S7L pic.twitter.com/WRD5sAsiwz — Steben Stupid (@steben316) 11 March 2019 Standup Paddle boarding and cleaning up trash in the ocean off Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand. #trashtag #leavenotrace #phuket #katabeach #thailand #galileolife A post shared by Adam Mack (@a.mack10) on Mar 10, 2019 at 10:45pm PDT #trashtag is really gaining in popularity, let's keep it going! pic.twitter.com/UpuHcWSTk1 — Kelllvvviiinnn (@kelllvvviiinnn) 10 March 2019 Another #trashtag challenge accepted! Help keep our streets clean. pic.twitter.com/0bh7oEEcTN — TO112 (@to112life) 10 March 2019 Hey kids. Remember the Harlem shake..the water bottle flip challenge..the mannequin challenge..? At last, something meaningful is about to drop globally - #trashtag - take a before and after shot of major tidying efforts. You heard it here first, kids. @CognitaSchools #CognitaWay pic.twitter.com/pp873OGNP2 — Andy Perryer (@andyperryer) 10 March 2019 This is just a work of an hour! #trashtag from r/pics #trashtag #TrashChallenge Picking up around Clifton with UCMC! pic.twitter.com/IjTVSzk7BN — Fred Schroeder (@fred_schroeder) 10 March 2019 Hey @camerondallas the community in my home town in Mexico got together and cleaned up garbage #TrashChallenge #TrashChallenge #trashtag pic.twitter.com/hk9kNTVmSZ — GermanG (@ger__mann) 11 March 2019 Although a lot of spaces are looking spic-and-span, the concern about where this garbage is ending up is doing rounds. A need for good waste disposal systems is in place and we're sure with this very intelligent initiative, other things will seemingly fall in to place.
  20. Arguably one of the most feared openers in limited-overs cricket, Shikhar Dhawan has proved to be a vital cog for India while batting at the top in international cricket. The left-handed batsman, alongside Rohit Sharma, also forges a deadly opening pair that is more than capable of giving the opposition bowlers a run for their money. But, for someone who is bestowed with the responsibility of getting his team to a flying start, Dhawan has struggled to get going, let alone aid Team India with consistent knocks. If his last five One-Day International (ODI innings read: 1, 21, 0, 6 and 13, the fact that he hasn't scored a hundred in the 50-over format after 17 matches and nearly six months, goes on to highlight his misery. And, as India continue to find the right team balance ahead of the ICC World Cup, Dhawan's dip in form was a major concern for the selectors. In fact, Dhawan's inconsistency with the willow earned him a lot of flak and saw him getting demoted from an A-plus (Rs 7 cr) contract to an A (Rs 5 cr) grade category in the players' annual contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Twitter/@BCCI However, on 10th March, none of those things mattered as the left-handed batsman played one the best ODI knocks of his career. The 33-year-old smashed a blistering 143 runs off just 115 balls, including 18 fours and three sixes to power India to a formidable total of 358 runs during 4th ODI against Australia. It was Dhawan's 16th ODI hundred and third (in the 50-over format) against the Aussies. For someone who scored his last ODI hundred during the 2018 Asia Cup last September, Dhawan looked in ominous form right from the start as he hammered the Australian bowlers all around the park with relative ease. He also stitched a mammoth 193-run opening partnership with Rohit who missed out on a potential ton by a mere five runs. Twitter/@BCCI Dhawan was eventually bowled by Pat Cummins in the 38th over after his effort to heave the ball over midwicket failed miserably. Following his dismissal, the likes of Rishabh Pant (36), KL Rahul (26) and Vijay Shankar (26) all played a crucial role in ensuring India didn't lose momentum later in the match. While Dhawan would surely rue missing out on his 150, the Indian opener strokeful innings and return to form had the Indian fans lauding his effort. So happy for Shikhar Dhawan! He is a fantastic one day batsman and now he has got a big score under his belt. And yes, well done to the selectors for picking him this game. ðð#INDvAUS — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 10, 2019 This is simply sensational striking from Shikhar Dhawan. Only seeing the gaps, oblivious to the presence of fielders — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 Dhawan and Mohali. The story continues. Much needed century.... ðð #IndvAus — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019 Dhawan's preferred cricket: *ICC tournaments *Tests at Galle *Australia at Mohali #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 10, 2019 Century for @SDhawan25. Relief and joy for him, team managment and selectors — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019 Such a relief to see Shikhar among runs again. If he continues, Indian middle order will be in a very comfortable position! #INDvAUS @SDhawan25 — R P Singh रà¥à¤¦à¥à¤° पà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª सिà¤à¤¹ (@rpsingh) March 10, 2019 Love it when a player is under the microscope and he pulls out a gem of an innings. @SDhawan25 well batted. Australia have a fight on their hands tonight. #AUSvIND #cricket — Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 10, 2019 Well played @SDhawan25 Much awaited innings. Keep going. Onwards and upwards. #INDvsAUS — Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) March 10, 2019
  21. It feels like cricketer-turned-sledger Virender Sehwag has taken over the job of rubbing every loss Team Australia incurs in their faces. What started out as a skit based on the 'Babysitter banter' between the Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and Aussie Test Captain Tim Paine during India's tour Down Under, converted into a full-fledged promo for the ongoing T20I and ODI series going on between the two cricketing titans. Acting as the babysitter to infants who enter the dressing room wearing the Australian kit, Sehwag challenged Aaron Finch and team in the most unique manner. 'We will babysit every single member of the Australian cricket team', said the former opener. The promo was on point, it was hilarious and garnered a lot of attention on social media. There was just a slight problem with it. Expecting to continue with the winning streak after India destroyed the Aussies on their soil a month ago, India went head to head with them in the two-match T20I series and were absolutely dominated in both bowling and batting during the same. Cricketing legend Matthew Hayden had warned the Men in Blue to not take his side lightly and calmly reminded Sehwag (and the rest of the world) that they were the reigning World Champions. #BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy https://t.co/yRUtJVu3XJ — Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 11, 2019 However, we underestimated them and faced the harsh consequences. This led to another Sehwag promo in which he literally begged to presumably Virat Kohli's men to make a comeback during the five-match ODI series. Thankfully, the Indian cricket team as a whole found their form and have won both the ODIs (although not too comfortably) thanks to the heroic 141-run partnership shared between MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav in the first and Virat Kohli's 116-runs innings in the second. As expected, Sehwag is back at it, talking about the brilliance of the Indian batting order during the last two games in a new promo. “He's asking me how to dismiss the Indian batsmen,” a visibly happy Sehwag says while holding a baby Aussie. “Oye! Why should I tell you?” The thing is, a pattern has occurred between these promos (that are hilarious, by the way) and the winning and losing of Team India. Every time Viru has called out the Aussies, they have replied with a great performance and Kohli's guys have lost. We just hope that Sehwag has not jinxed the winning streak and that the pattern breaks this time as Team India (leading 2-0) will be playing to win the ODI series, during the third match in Ranchi.
  22. Over the years, Indian cricket fans took a special liking towards MS Dhoni calling the shots on the field. And, why not. Under his leadership, the Indian cricket team scaled new heights (needless to mention the World T20 triumph in 2007 and World Cup title win in 2011). But, then, came a change - one that brought a more expressive and aggressive leader to the fore. Virat Kohli took over the reins as India's new captain and his never-say-die attitude created a new environment in the dressing room. But, despite being the captain, Kohli doesn't shy away from seeking out Dhoni on the field. Whether it's about placing the fielders in the right positions, taking DRS calls or even giving advice to the bowlers, Dhoni has pretty much been the unofficial captain whose experience and know-how of the game is being wisely used by his successor Kohli. Such has been Dhoni's judgement that not only Kohli but Rohit Sharma - who has often been seen leading the Indian side as stand-in captain - also looks up to the former Indian captain for advice. © AP But, on 5th March, the Indian cricket fans witnessed a rare moment of magic when all these three captains combined their acumen to eke out a thrilling eight-run win over Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket stadium in Nagpur. Defending a below-par total of 250 runs was always going to be difficult in the modern-day setup. And, India never looked in complete control of the match against the Aussies. As the match reached its climax, Kohli was contemplating the idea of using Vijay Shankar for the 46th over. But, a brief discussion with Rohit and Dhoni saw him changing his decision as he gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah. "I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS, and they said, let's stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we're on top, and that's exactly what happened," Kohli revealed after the game. © AP The decision bore fruit immediately as Bumrah dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins in the 46th over to put pressure on dangerous-looking Marcus Stoinis. The seesaw battle between the two sides eventually boiled down to 11 runs off the final six deliveries. The situation looked tailor-made for death-overs specialist Bumrah, but he had already bowled his quota of 10 overs. And, that's when Kohli pulled another ace in the pack following yet another crucial discussion with Rohit and Dhoni. "We had a discussion on whom to give the final bowler. We had a thought that if a spinner's delivery comes in the radar, then it will be easier to step out and hit it for a six. There was reverse swing on offer for a fast bowler. So, I was hoping that Vijay would be able to reverse swing a bit," Kohli said. "If he bowls in the right areas, the batsman might go for a swing and miss, which happened on the first ball. And then it reversed a bit on the final ball, and we won. So we were hoping he could exploit the swing on offer. 11 runs were needed in the final over, so I knew it could be easier for Vijay. Because then the batsman had to go for a big hit. And they just had two wickets left," he added. © AP It was a battle of nerves as the Indian skipper tossed the ball to Shankar, who had earlier aided his team with a gem of an innings. The first delivery of the over saw Stoinis getting trapped in front of the stumps and even a review couldn't save him. The second ball allowed Adam Zampa to score two runs. And, the third delivery - a perfect yorker - resulted in another wicket and dashed Australia's hopes. "I was ready to bowl that over. Only if I do it will people know I can. It was just about being mentally clear, not be crowded mentally. Wanted to hit the hard lengths because it was reversing a bit, and I told myself to bowl at the stumps. I think when you play for the country you have to be ready to do whatever the team needs. I keep telling myself to work on all aspects of the game, and when the opportunity comes, be ready to grab it. I thought I was timing the ball well, rotating the strike in the middle overs. I was confident of doing that and it was a good partnership," Shankar said. © AP` Kohli, too, heaped praise on Shankar and his contribution in India's 500th ODI win. But, the sight of three important members of the side coming together and sharing their experiences and tactics is what stands out in India's triumph. The likes of Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit will be key for India's chances in the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, not just in their assigned roles, but also in making crucial decisions for the team. "Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked. It's always nice to speak to Rohit, he's the vice-captain, MS has been around for so long, and you go and speak to the bowler as well. Invariably they're all on the same page. Bumrah is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team. Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confidence. It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well," Kohli concluded.
  23. Amidst national tensions, the National War Memorial made its presence felt when it was inaugurated on Monday, 25th of February, 2019 by PM Narendra Modi. The memorial honours all the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, since India proclaimed Independence in 1947. The memorial is sprawled over 40 acres, at the India Gate complex, right at the heart of the capital and it was first proposed nearly 6 decades ago. The wait is finally over and we can salute our memorable war heroes, in a way they truly deserve to be remembered! The memorial, built at the cost of Rs 176 crore, has 5 concentric circles, a central stone obelisk and an eternal flame. Here are 12 pictures of the greatest symbol of honour and valour, we have in India today. © Reuters © Reuters © BCCL © Reuters © Reuters © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © Reuters The memorial has names of 25, 942 fallen heroes etched on stones there and it will soon create interactive panels for general public who want to pay homage to the war heroes. The memorial will also be a place for the armed forces to conduct future ceremonies there. Along with the wall memoir, the memorial also has four Chakras (circles) that signify the value of the armed forces. The Amar Chakra is the circle of immortality, the Veerta Chakra is the circle of bravery, the Tyag Chakra is the circle of sacrifice and the Rakshak Chakra is the circle of protection. More than any other heritage site you may want to visit in the capital, the National War Memorial should be the first on your list, as it's a symbol of true honour and pride for India.
  24. The wee hours of 26th February witnessed the Indian Air Force (IAF) pulling off a brave operation that was carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan. A group of 12 Mirage 2000 aircrafts carried out swift air strikes to eliminate multiple terror camps and launch pads. The Indian fighter jets dropped bombs weighing 1,000 kgs in a 21-minute operation that resulted in the elimination of the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot. India's retaliatory strike came in the wake of the dastardly suicide attack in Pulwama, that claimed the lives of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. Ever since the news of India's so-called 'surgical strike 2.0' surfaced, everyone has been saluting the IAF for successfully carrying out the brave operation. #India struck biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot; a very large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and fidayeenjihadis were eliminated: Sh Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary pic.twitter.com/D8kk4gWfWI — PIB India (@PIB_India) February 26, 2019 While some hailed the Indian fighter pilots for avenging the Pulwama martyrs, others took immense pride in India's new approach of tackling fire by fire. Amid all the congratulatory messages, the sports fraternity wasn't far behind either. From Virender Sehwag to Saina Nehwal, the Indian sports fraternity was seen joining the chorus in lauding the IAF. IAF's pre-dawn strike across the border also evoked a response from Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who will be seen leading his side against Australia in the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Taking to Facebook, Kohli shared a picture of himself alongside his teammates in what appears to be a training session. The Indian skipper captioned the image with the popular phrase: "How's the Josh?". The phrase comes from the Bollywood flick, 'Uri - The Surgical Strike' - a dramatised account of the Indian Army's retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack in the valley. Going by the mood in the country, it wasn't hard to guess what Kohli was trying to say with his social media post. But, it was great to see the Indian captain drawing inspiration from the IAF to motivate himself and his team going into the second and final T20I - a must-win game that'll help the hosts in levelling the series.
  25. What were you doing when you were 16 years old? The majority of us were sitting in our rooms, doing 'important work' from 'research material' folder on our computers. But this 16-year-old proved that he is gifted with superhuman abilities and is somebody India can look up to in the coming years. Hailing from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Saurabh Chaudhary proved his mettle at International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup, that took place in Delhi, when he created a world record of 245 points before eventually clinching the gold medal in 10m air pistol final. His stellar performance and incredible record helped clinch first Tokyo Olympics quota for India as well proving it to be the icing on the cake. © BCCL Where we are all in awe of Chaudhary's abilities and achievement, his national coach Samresh Jung saw it a long time coming. After his apprentice's incredible feat, Jung said, “He was shooting like he was always shooting at the senior level. Even with the crowd cheering and yelling, there were no slip-ups from him and he made a world record.” The thing that is a testament to the 16-years old potential is his incredible ability to concentrate. The prodigy's new coach Amit Sheoran claimed, ” Shooting 245 is not new for him. During training, he tries to hit more than 248 so that he doesn't feel that some score is big. It showed now that 245 is normal for him. Even in the qualifying, he tries to go beyond 590.” © BCCL Chaudhary's dominance can be showcased by the point difference between him and the Serbian silver medalist who bagged 239.3 points and second quota spot. “I knew I had a big lead but didn't bother about it. I just kept doing everything I do in practice. I don't think about a nine as well. Coaches train us for such situations and I keep doing that'' said Saurabh. The thing we're certain of is this potential mixed with hard work that Saurabh puts in will eventually lead India to glory on a stage where India has often underachieved. Next Abhinav Bindra? We think not. It's a new Saurabh Chaudhary. Remember the name.
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