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  1. Last night, Raji: An Ancient Epic was nominated for the Best Debut Indie Game at the Game Awards 2020 being one of the first Indian made games to be nominated. The game was developed by Indian studio Nodding Heads Games and was recently launched for the Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. © Nodding Heads Games The game is set in ancient India and follows a young girl called “Raji” who has been chosen to fight against the demonic invasion of her world. The game received acclaim from critics and fans alike for its story, gameplay and art style. The game takes heavy influences from Indian mythological epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. If you haven’t played the game yet, here’s the synopsis from their Steam page: The story of Raji: An Ancient Epic begins with the start of a new war between the demons and the gods. Seeking to avenge their defeat in the last great war from a thousand years ago, the demons have challenged the gods who humiliated them and have invaded the human realm, threatening them with extinction. © Nodding Heads Games Thinking that their enemies had been completely defeated in the last great war, a thousand years ago, the humans had fallen into a false sense of security, forgetting the ways of alchemy, while enjoying the peace. Unable to defend themselves, cities and fortresses fell, leaving the humans at the mercy of the demons. Amidst the chaos, as cities and fortresses fell, and as young children were abducted from their homes, a young girl named Raji is chosen by the gods to be the sole defender of the human race.” © Nodding Heads Games The development of the game has a rocky story where it was unable to achieve its Kickstarter goal in 2018. Soon after, one of the founders of the studio sold her apartment to fund the game’s development which was later picked by Nintendo as a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch. The game launched soon after in October 2020 for other platforms and has an approval rating of 98% on ‘Steam’. Raji: An Ancient Epic has been applauded for impeccable visuals, originals soundtrack and its platforming style of gameplay. The Game Awards is scheduled to take place on 10th December 2020 and will be streamed on various platforms including Indian services such as MX Player, MTV India, JioTV, Voot and a dedicated Hindi livestream on YouTube Gaming. You can vote for the game on The Game Awards official website here. View the full article
  2. International Men’s Day is celebrated every year on the 19th of November to sparkle some focus on the amazing men in our lives who have impacted us in positive ways. So, all the ladies and gentlemen, if you have a man in your life who you want to thank, whether it’s your husband, brother, father or boyfriend, we have a perfect gift for them (and you). While giving them something that they love can be on your list, we have made a list of three experiences from MensXP that they will surely love you for. The year 2020 has given all of us a reality check and dealing with this year has been a whole new challenge for most of us. We have learnt a lot about appreciating the little things and living life at the moment. And while a lot of us have learnt to accept things, some of us are still finding it challenging to deal with our daily struggles. This International Men’s Day, we urge you to help yourself and your loved ones deal with these little challenges. Here are 3 experiences that will be conducted online and are absolutely free of cost. You can sign up for your loved ones and yourself and help them cope with certain important things in life. Read on to know what these experiences are. 1. Addiction and mental healthAddiction to anything can have a deep impact on one’s mental health. Coping with addiction is not an easy thing which is why this session, conducted by Dr Anuneet Sabharwal will help your loved one cope up the stress of addiction. Sign up here. 2. Learning to cope with your feelings It’s not always easy to deal with feelings at times. Coping with them with the help of a professional can be of big help in this case. Nistha Singh, a mental health specialist will help you with this. We all go through emotional instability sometime or the other in our lives and this interactive session will include skill-building activities will help them to practice emotion regulation better. Sign up here. 3. How can men deal with societal pressures Gender roles have an impact on a man’s life as much as it does on a woman. This International Men’s day, sign them up for a session that will focus on healthy ways to deal with gender roles by adapting the appropriate coping skills by Prashakha Solanki who is an RCI Certified Clinical Psychologist and a hypnotherapist. Sign up here. Apart from these three interactive sessions, two more were conducted on the 18th of November. First was on how to deal with stress by Devanshi Sharma, a clinical Psychologist. The second was about building mental resilience by Aditi Vaze from Trijog. Sign up for these interactive sessions now! Happy International Men’s Day to all the beautiful men out there. View the full article
  3. 'We refuse to describe terrorism as Islam. Everyone should stop using that description as it hurts the feelings of Muslims'
  4. Pakistan's win in the first ODI match against Zimbabwe also gave them 10 points in the World Cup One-Day Super League
  5. This year, the world marks the 51st birth anniversary of the internet ? that has become the cheapest medium of knowledge for the people
  6. 'PM Imran would also write letters to Muslim leaders and seek their support on the matter,' sources say
  7. Bigg Boss is all about drama and entertaining people and the show is a platform for celebrities to make or break their careers in the industry. The reality show has always brought famous celebrities and not so famous celebrities to live in the house and entertain people to another level. Here are a few international celebrities who have made an appearance in Bigg Boss and suddenly became 'desi' stars- Sunny Leone Sunny Leone was a contestant in the Bigg Boss house and was seen in Bigg Boss 5. She kept her career of being a part of the adult film industry a secret from the other contestants inside the house. Later, in the show when Mahesh Bhatt visited the house, he offered her a role which made her enter Bollywood. Natasha Stankovic View this post on Instagram🤍A post shared by (@natasastankovic__) Natasha Stankovic was in the Bigg Boss house for only a month and post that she made a few appearances in Bollywood movies. She is a Serbian model-actress who was a contestant in the Bigg Boss house and now she is married to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya. Elli AvrRam View this post on InstagramNew hot photoshoot of the Queen @elliavrramA post shared by (@elliavramfan) Before she got a chance to act in Bollywood films, this Swedish- Greek actress was seen in Bigg Boss season 7 and that’s how she made her name in the industry. She also became Salman Khan’s favourite and was able to make her name through the show. Jade Goody View this post on InstagramLast night was the conclusion of ‘Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain’ on @channel4 From her debut in Big Brother to her sad passing and huge impact on women’s health - this honest insight into Jade’s life in the media spotlight show’s that she was Britain’s first and arguably most memorable reality tv star! Catch up on the documentary here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/jade-the-reality-star-who-changed-britain #bigbrother #bbuk #jadegoody #elstreestudiosA post shared by (@elstreestudios) She was a British Television actor and she made the headlines for making racist remarks against Shilpa Shetty in Big Brother. She was then approached for Bigg Boss season 2. Unfortunately she had to exit the house early as she was diagnosed with Cervical cancer. Sadly, she succumbed to it in 2009. Mandana Karimi View this post on InstagramZEE5 is known for winning hearts of the audiences by always delivering fresh and new content. . The reason for the app to be one of the most loved ones is the variety of content it brings- from thriller to romance, to films, crime and much more. . The latest one being their upcoming thriller ‘The Casino’, is already receiving appreciation from all across ahead of its release. . ऐसी ही और Bollywood Updates के लिए फ़ॉलो करें @bollywoodgaliyara . . . . . . #bollywoodgaliyara #sushmitasen #latestbollywoodnews #bollywood #bollywoodnews #bollywoodactress #madanakarimiA post shared by (@bollywoodgaliyara) The Iranian actress and model, Mandana was loved for her demeanour in the show and people fell in love with her. She was also seen playing a negative role in the TV show, Ishqbaaz and was also seen in the web series, The Casino. View the full article
  8. This is for the first time that a Pakistani has been elected as a member board of directors of the Anti-Crime Alliance
  9. Angelina Jolie is releasing a book with Amnesty International for teenagers so they understand their rights
  10. The International Space Station is very bright and looks brighter than the 30 brightest stars, says astronomer
  11. For a country that was still finding its feet in international cricket, India sent shockwaves across the cricketing world by beating much-favoured West Indies in the final to win the coveted World Cup trophy in 1983. The win by Kapil Dev-led brigade didn't just bring the World Cup home, but also paved way for a foundation that eventually made India a cricketing powerhouse. Indian cricket, over the years, has witnessed numerous laurels being won by different generation of players. Whether it was the 2007 World T20 triumph or the 2011 World Cup victory, the Indian cricket team has given their fans numerous reasons to cheer for. There are multiple memorable games that still stay close to the hearts of a billion fans. The tales of those unforgettable triumphs and moments are still cherished as folklore by fans. But, the secrets behind the turn of events or decisions of players still remain a mystery. But, not anymore (at least for the following five matches). The Golden Idea © Reuters The 2002 NatWest Series final between India and England remains one of the most talked about ODI games in the history of cricket. Chasing 325 runs, India, despite struggling at 146/5, pulled off a memorable win - all thanks to young Yuvraj Singh (69) and Mohammad Kaif (87). While both Yuvi and Kaif played their part, the latter was initially not expected to bat the way he did. During India's chase, as the run-rate started going up, Sourav Ganguly screamed at Kaif from the balcony and asked him to give more strike to big-hitting Yuvraj. But, ignoring Dada's instructions, Kaif clobbered a massive six on the very next ball to prove his batting capabilities. After that moment, Ganguly stopped giving instructions to the pair. "I remember Dada was screaming 'take a single, take a single, give the strike to Yuvraj'. I got a short ball on the next ball. I had a knack of hitting pull shot on short deliveries at the time, so I smacked a pull shot and it went for a six," Kaif had revealed in a Instagram Live chat with Yuvi. "What did you do afterward you hit a six? You came to me, gave me a punch and said ‘Hum bhi khelne aaye hain!’ (both laugh). Dada went quiet after that. He realized Kaif can also hit sixes,” Yuvi further added to the episode. The Angry God © Reuters The 1999 Test series between India and Australia had brought two of the biggest superstars in a much-anticipated face-off. While Tendulkar was leading the batting charge for India, Glenn McGrath had already claimed his status amongst the greatest bowlers of all time. While the competition between the two remained interesting, things got a little too exciting in the Adelaide Test. During the first innings, with barely 40 minutes left in first day's play, McGrath and his teammates hatched a plan to frustrate Tendulkar by bowling outside the off-stump. "That was their strategy...'let's frustrate Sachin, 70 per cent of the ball should go to (wicket-keeper) Adam Gilchrist and 10 per cent close to his bat. If he plays or chases deliveries outside the off-stump we have succeeded', Tendulkar told TOI. "So I kept leaving as many deliveries as possible. There were some good deliveries where I was beaten as well. But I said 'well bowled and now go back and bowl again as I am still here. I thought this evening I am patient but tomorrow morning I am gonna play the way I want. You won't control how I want to play but I would control where you are going to bowl," Tendulkar said. And, next morning, the Indian batting great hammered McGrath all around the park. View the full article
  12. The manufacturer, SPEL, has on the request of the Punjab governor, worked out an affordable price of Rs 150 for a shield
  13. Captain Cool, Finisher, Mahi, Thala… Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a lot of things to a lot of people across India and the world, and today, on the 73rd Independence Day of our country, the cricketer announced his decision to retire from playing at the international level. Dhoni broke this news on Instagram when he shared a video with all his favourite moments as a Man in Blue with the timeless Hindi song Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hun playing in the background. View this post on Instagram A post shared by M S Dhoni (@mahi7781) on Aug 15, 2020 at 7:01am PDT “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” captioned the former skipper. Rumours of the wicket-keeper batsman calling it a career began last year after India’s disappointing exit from the 2019 ICC World Cup after losing to Kane Williamson’s New Zealand side in the semi-finals. Dhoni had taken a two-month sabbatical from the team to serve his paramilitary regiment. However, the leave of absence continued to prolong and even after a year, no signs of Dhoni returning to the roster were visible. On numerous occasions, fake news of the Ranchi-born arranging a press conference to announce his retirement trended on social media out of the blue, only to enrage his die-hard fans. After Seeing This 👉🏻 #DhoniRetires Dhoni Lovers Right Now 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/vlpKt35weq — ⚔️ (@IamfardeenSRK_) October 29, 2019 Inversely, many followers and the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were also making a case for the middle-order batsman’s return to the team for the T20 World Cup which was supposed to take place in October this year. Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings physiotherapist had also acknowledged that the athlete was physically fit to return to the team and that he will try to get his spot in the upcoming 20-over tournament a couple of months ago. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chennai Super Kings (@chennaiipl) on Mar 26, 2020 at 4:51am PDT Having said that, when Dhoni told his fans and followers that this was the end of the road for him as an Indian cricketer, they were completely heartbroken. His now former teammates, opponents and critics, all came together to bid him farewell: 2007 🏆 2011 🏆 2013 🏆#NewCoverPic pic.twitter.com/EgYjr29099 — ICC (@ICC) August 15, 2020 Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/5lRYyPFXcp — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020 The 2011 World Cup win was @sachin_rt farewell but masterminded by MS Dhoni ... What an incredible international career ... You could argue the greatest ever white ball captain & finisher ... Cheers for all the memories MS 👍👍 — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 15, 2020 Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you've gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more. What you've done for the country will always remain in everyone's heart...... pic.twitter.com/0CuwjwGiiS — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 15, 2020 In this game, we have seen great captains that lead from the front & win on the big stage, seen tough Test batsmen, seen excellent keepers, seen great finishers, but one man doing all of this? Unlikely to see that again. There won’t be another Dhoni.#DhoniRetires — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 15, 2020 END OF AN ERA💔💔💔💔💔 CRICKET WON'T BE SAME WITHOUT YOU🙏🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 MISS YOU MAHI😭😭❤️❤️❤️ #MSDhoni #captaincool #msdretires #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/r7ieJ49Gr0 — Lalitha (@ofclalitha) August 15, 2020 Following Dhoni's announcement, Suresh Raina, one of the most talented Indian batsmen of the modern era and a great batting partner to Dhoni in countless matches, also decided to call it quits, having played his last match in an Indian jersey in July 2018. He too announced his retirement on Instagram: View this post on Instagram It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind! 🇮🇳 A post shared by Suresh Raina (@sureshraina3) on Aug 15, 2020 at 7:36am PDT “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind,” he wrote. View the full article
  14. According to a CAA NOTAM, all international passenger operations to/from all airports will resume as available pre-COVID-19
  15. "Pakistan-India matches are the most-watched cricket matches in the world," says Ehsan Mani
  16. On World Social Media Day, letâs talk about how the internet has become an integral part of our lives today. Be it expressing oneâs opinion on on-going issues, sharing information to help people on a mass scale or even making ridiculous videos just for the heck of it, days without social media seem to be impossible to bear. This transformation has taken place over the past decade with people beginning to understand its true potential in the early 2010s and capitalising (some even abusing) it by 2019-2020. But before the era of digital media began to catch pace, there were certain individuals, certain members of the international cricketing fraternity who made it to Twitter well ahead of everyone else but werenât too sure of what to do once they were there. Here are the first tweets shared by international cricketers: Virat Kohli@yuvsingh09 Aiieeeeeee me too me too â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 4, 2009 Yes, Virat Kohliâs first tweet was a clearly excited reply to Yuvraj Singh who was looking forward to a match. Anil KumbleFinally on Twitter...& on a day that am a yr older and hopefully wiser! Looking forward...cheers â Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 17, 2014 Back in 2014, when former Indian head coach Anil Kumble entered the big bad world of Twitter, he wasnât too sure of how itâd help him. A couple of years later, he would drop a bomb on the same social media platform, presenting his resignation as coach publicly, while putting Kohli under spotlight. Yuvraj SinghComing Soon !!!! â Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 25, 2009 You know itâs 2009 when a cricketer teases his Twitter debut MS Dhonifeels good to be connected!!!!!!!! â Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) September 17, 2010 If Mahendra Singh Dhoniâs Twitter handle could speak, it would sound just as humble as the former Indian skipper himself. Sachin TendulkarFinally the original SRT is on twitter n the first thing I'd like to do is wish my colleagues the best in the windies, â Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 4, 2010 The âgod of cricketâ made his arrival in style. âFinally the original SRT is on Twitter,â he said. In the same post, he also showed why he was Indiaâs beloved poster boy when it came to the game of cricket when he wished his team well ahead of a Windies tour. Ajinkya Rahane Am in England now..Ready to have PLAY.. â Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 28, 2011 The deputy in-charge of Indiaâs Test team wanted to give an update to his fans. Ravichandra Ashwin I wish i cud have been in chennai to join in my hands for the protests..INDIA is surely turning it around... â Ashwin (During Covid 19)ð®ð³ (@ashwinravi99) August 20, 2011Ashwin started his Twitter innings by showing his support towards the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2011. Virender SehwagOpening the Twitter innings!!! Yeh mera effort hai aap se directly connect karne ka. I am excited to start sharing and tweeting.. â Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 19, 2010 Sehwag made a promise almost 10 years ago and has kept it till date. He continues to be one of the most active people of social media and responds to his fans regularly. Harbhajan Singh Hey, let's try this twitter thing :) â Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 10, 2011From trying out the âTwitter thingâ to dominating it, Harbhajan Singh has come a long way. James Faulkner@mitchmarsh235 @calferguson12 @tdpaine36 @beery19 It's a pleasure to be involved on Twitter with u boys! â James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) June 15, 2011The Aussie finally made his Twitter debut after his fans kept bugging him to do so for years. He finally gave up and wrote his first tweet, sharing pleasantries with his laddies. Shakib Al Hasantysey6ului7tsdtuyfd65 â Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) June 1, 2010 Uh⦠Whatcha doin there, Shakib? Dwayne Bravoa â Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) September 6, 2010Yeah, just the letter âaâ. Neat, DJ. Very neat. Chris GayleI'm heading to bed in 10mins!! â Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 8, 2009 Of course the âUniverse Bossâ wanted to announce his bedtime to the world in his first tweet. Classic! Glenn McGrathG'day everyone, first time tweeting. Thought it about time I joined the 21st century. Sitting at the airport on my way to Carnarvon, WA. â Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) March 25, 2011 The Australian bowler was getting bored, waiting for his flight on a fine March morning and decided to do something new and he picked Twitter. Andrew FlintoffNo idea what I'm meant to do on this ! Going to mexico with goughie tomorrow I'm sure he'll know . Please help ! â Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) September 28, 2010 Absolute openness by Freddie, here. He had no idea what Twitter was and even asked his followers to help him get a sense of things. View the full article
  17. Development comes after the premier's aide on overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari had highlighted their plight
  18. Arguably one of the most popular sports around the globe, cricket remains dear to fans owing to the pulsating contest between the bat and the ball that it brings to the table. Spread across three formats, namely Tests, ODIs and T20Is, cricket as a sport has managed to overshadow its counterparts in terms of popularity and fame. Thanks to its evolution over the years, cricket continues to capture the imagination of fans who treat cricketers no less than demigods. From swashbuckling batting heroes, majestic bowling stars to the superlative fielders, cricket has given idols in all shapes, sizes and domains to the fans. © Reuters But, while the men playing on the field tend to run away with the limelight, the umpires and match officials, who work just as hard, often fail to get their due. Majority of these men, including the on-field umpires who are seen standing tirelessly under the sun, have been part of the game for a long time. Many of them represented their respective nations on the international circuit before calling time on their career. But, such is their love for cricket that even after retirement they couldn't stay away from the gentleman's game, only to return as umpires. This is the compilation of seven international cricketers who chose to become umpires after retiring from cricket: Ian Gould © Reuters A left-handed wicket-keeper batsman, Ian Gould played over two decades of first-class and List A cricket to eventually earn his England debut in January 1983. Opening the innings for England in his debut game, Gould couldn't score more than 15 runs, but he made up for his mediocre outing with the willow through his impressive glovework, taking two catches and pulling off a stumping in England's 54-run win over New Zealand. The Sussex cricketer represented England in 18 ODIs, including the ICC World Cup in 1983. Gould also had some Ashes glory to his name when, coming on as substitute fielder in the 1982-83 series, he took Greg Chappell's catch, sending him back into the hut for just 2 runs, in England's three-run win. Gould was also a prolific performer in first-class and List A cricket. The left-hander scored 8,756 runs in 298 first-class appearances and 4,377 runs in 315 matches in List A cricket. His wicket-keeping skills, too, were on the money as showcased in 603 dismissals effected by him in first-class cricket and another 279 in List A cricket. Soon after his retirement, Gould joined the first-class umpires panel in 2002. He was promoted to the international panel in April 2006. And, three years later, Gould was inducted into ICC's Elite Panel of umpires. Arguably one of the most effective umpires on the international circuit, Gould has officiated in 99 Tests, 187 ODIs and 55 T20Is as an umpire (including TV umpire). Kumar Dharmasena © Reuters Arriving on the international circuit at the age of just 22, Kumar Dharmasena quickly established himself as a key performer with his quickish off-spin bowling, delivered with an unorthodox action. He was a vital cog in Sri Lankaâs outstanding ODI team of the mid-1990s where he formed a part of the spin pack led by Muttiah Muralitharan. Featuring in 172 matches, the former off-spinner took 207 wickets during his stint in ODIs and Tests for Sri Lanka. Apart from his bowling, Dharmasena was also more than handy with the bat, scoring 868 runs in Tests and 1,222 runs in ODIs. After retiring from international cricket in 2006, the former Sri Lankan cricketer turned to umpiring. So far, he has officiated in 83 Tests, 165 ODIs and 33 T20Is as an umpire (including TV umpire). After officiating in the 2011 World Cup opener, Dharmasena was chosen as one of the two umpires to watch the proceedings in the coveted 2015 World Cup final. In 2012, he also won the ICC's David Shepherd Trophy, given to the Umpire of the Year, which made him the only cricketer-turned-umpire to bag such an honour. Richard Illingworth © Reuters Sporting a clipped moustache and a gentle manner, Richard Illingworth arrived on the international stage after playing first-class cricket for almost 19 years, making 376 appearances. Making his debut in 1991 for England, Illingworth was roped in for his ability to bowl a tight line and build pressure - a technique that might have helped him in domestic cricket, but didn't help on the international stage. His lack of wicket-taking skills saw the Yorkshire cricketer featuring in just 9 Tests and 25 ODIs for England. With England persisting with the more effective option in Phil Tufnell, Illingworth, in 2002, retired from international cricket with just 49 scalps (ODIs and Tests) to his name. The England star focussed his energy on training as an umpire, making his international debut in 2010. Since then, Illingworth has officiated in 65 Tests, 124 ODIs and 23 T20Is as an umpire (including TV umpire). Paul Reiffel © Reuters The Australian right-arm pacer was known for hitting awkward lengths and his ability to move the ball off the pitch both ways, making him a difficult bowler to read. He appeared in 127 international matches â 35 Tests and 92 ODIs, picking up 210 wickets overall. His career was affected by a lot of injuries, which led to his retirement in 2002 when he was 36. His last international appearance, interestingly, was in the ICC Cricket World Cup final of 1999, which Australia won. Reiffel returned 1/29 from 10 overs on that occasion. A decent lower-order batsman, Reiffel ended with six half-centuries in Tests and one in ODIs. In 2009, he returned to the international fold as an umpire and has had a successful career, appearing in 71 Tests, 119 ODIs and 25 T20Is since. Srinivas Venkataraghavan © Reuters One of the members of the great Indian spin quartet, the off-spinner was accurate and effective, picking up 156 wickets in 57 Tests and also making a name for himself for his close-in fielding. He played his first Test in 1965 and the last in 1983, playing a key role in Indiaâs maiden Test series wins in the Caribbean and in England in 1971, picking up 35 wickets in eight Tests. He also captained India at the 1975 and 1979 ICC Cricket World Cups, and after a long gap following his retirement in 1985, officiated in his first game in 1993 after a short stint as an ICC match referee. He went on to officiate in 73 Tests and 52 ODIs, becoming one of the most respected umpires in the game before retiring in 2004. Asoka de Silva © Reuters The most successful Sri Lankan umpire in terms of appearances in international cricket, de Silva is probably a better-known official than a cricketer, even though he played 10 Tests and 28 ODIs between 1985 and 1992. A useful leg-spinner and lower-order batsman, de Silva scored 323 international runs and picked up 25 wickets. He officiated in his first international game â an ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle in 1999 â just two years after his last first-class appearance and was a part of 49 Tests, 122 ODIs â including at the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cups â and 11 T20Is, the last of them in June 2012. Mark Benson © Reuters A good player of fast bowling, the left-handed opener was a regular part of the Kent set-up for 15 seasons, scoring 18,387 first-class runs overall in 292 matches at an average of 40.23. He got his Test debut against India in 1986, and made 30 and 21 in many hours of gritty batting. That, however, was his only Test appearance and he played just one ODI, and after retiring in 1995, Benson turned to umpiring, even becoming part of the International Cricket Councilâs Elite Panel, and officiated in 27 Tests, 72 ODIs and 19 T20Is. View the full article
  19. The world of cricket isn't alienated to fast-bowling talents capturing the imagination of fans with their unmatched skills on the international circuit. While Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Ian Bishop dominated the fast-bowling circuit in the 70s and 80s, the 90s saw Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose carrying on the legacy for the West Indies. But, the late 90s saw a shift in the fast-bowling paradigm. For probably the first time, international cricket saw the emergence of two non-West Indian bowlers dominating the fast-bowling charts. Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar made the fast bowling their own little playground, hurting the opposition with intimidating run-ups, sheer pace and impeccable. While both the pacers excelled as exponents of extreme speed over a decade, Lee, owing to his flashy smile, was regarded as the righteous one as opposed to Akhtar's reputation as the bad boy of cricket. Despite emerging on the international circuit with great, the Pakistani bowler, sadly, could only end his career as an 'if only' or 'could've been' cricketer. © Reuters It was during his tenure as ICC president that Akhtar's case of ball chucking came to the fore. Despite his fellow ICC members suggesting strict action against the Pakistani speedster, Dalmiya took a stand and supported Akhtar in the times of great crisis in his career. The incident was recently disclosed by a former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president. Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia, who headed PCB from 1999 to 2003, revealed how Dalmiya saved Akhtar's career. "Jagmohan, who had been president of the ICC and was an influential voice, supported us a lot in the Shoaib Akhtar bowling action case. He took a stand for us despite the ICC members insisting that Akhtar's bowling action was illegal," Zia told PTI. "But due to the stance taken by Dalmiya and myself, the ICC eventually conceded that Akhtar had a medical flaw in his bowling arm since birth which gave him hyper elbow extension and he was allowed to play on," he added. View the full article
  20. At a time when govts around the world are calling on masses to practice social distancing to ensure disease does not spread, brands are doing the same
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