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  1. Since Sunday, there are primarily two things that Indians are talking about - first, how India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, and second, Ranveer Singh. From giving major fashion goals, trying his hands at commentary to clicking pictures with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Ranveer made sure that he makes the most out of his England trip. View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT But, apart from encouraging and cheering for the team, Ranveer also displayed great sportsmanship when he consoled an upset Pakistani fan. While both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans were busy trolling the Pakistan Cricket team for their disappointing performance in England, there was one fan who was left disheartened by this loss. Ranveer consoled him and that video is now going viral on social media. Ranveer, in the video, hugs the fan and tells him, "There is always a next time. Don't be disheartened, they played well, they are committed, dedicated professionals and they will be back." View this post on Instagram #ranveersingh with a Pakistani fan. He is so sweet ð⤠A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT On the work front, Ranveer is currently busy with '83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev and Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi in the film. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie is expected to release in 2020.
  2. Bihar is currently undergoing a massive outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that has led to the death of over 100 children in the state in the past two weeks. The situation was critical and there was a dire need for taking rapid action to deal with the epidemic and have as much damage control as possible. In order to figure out a plan of action quickly, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan carried out a press meet along with Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister Of State for Health and Family Welfare and Bihar's Health Minister, Mangal in Muzaffarpur on Sunday. However, instead of showing their concerns towards the loss of life for the young infants of the state, the Health Minister seemed more interested in the ICC World Cup match between India and Pakistan. Check out the shocking video shared by the official Twitter handle on ANI: #WATCH Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey asks for latest cricket score during State Health Department meeting over Muzaffarpur Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths. (16.6.19) pic.twitter.com/EVenx5CB6G — ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2019 “Kitna wicket hua tha?” asked the politician wishing to know how many wickets had fallen in the game. This kind of insensitivity shown by the representative towards his people, especially during such a crisis led to the opposition demanding an immediate resignation from Pandey. "Pandey was more interested in knowing the cricket score while Harsh Vardhan was telling mediapersons on they plans to alleviate the situation arising from the encephalitis outbreak," IANS quoted RJD leader Ram Chandra Purve. The unfortunate and heartbreaking incident comes after Minister Of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey was being extensively criticised for sleeping at another press conference on the mass outbreak to which he had replied by saying that he was indulged in “deep thought” and was not asleep. Twitter is livid with the inconsiderate behaviour of the ministers and their reactions are completely justified: They all should be sacked with immediate effect by Modi. — The Baba (@whateverbaba) June 17, 2019 Score: #IndiaVsPakistan in #Bihar ð #AcuteEncephalitisSyndrome crosses the 100 mark as Pakistan failed to control the outbreak in #Muzaffarpur ðWhose negligence? Why infrastructure lacking?#SaveChildrenInBihar ð¢The future cricketers But #WhoCares, "Choti Si Baat" haið pic.twitter.com/lNxedKQxwT — ð« f@¡z ð« (@zules7172) June 17, 2019 One doc goes blue, IMA on strike...100s of kids die, none protest...Where are the electorates? — ð« f@¡z ð« (@zules7172) June 18, 2019 Score rises to 100+ — Aminul Hb (@notinnames) June 17, 2019 Elections are over, power retained, so the people of India, go to hell, see how we will torture you, people perhaps deserved this after all they votes for people like these blindly — Citizen Shivam (@ShivamJ24) June 17, 2019 Shame shame ... iske bachhe bhi jab ye dekhenge to unhe bhi sharm aayegi , par inko nahi — SAURABH (@aerosaurabh) June 17, 2019 Shame.. we are shameful that such people run our country #shame @NitishKumar @BJPBiharState @BJP4India — Gurjinder Singh (@GurjinderSinghz) June 17, 2019
  3. The twelfth edition of the ICC World Cup in England & Wales has already started to frustrate participating fans and teams - all because of persistent rain and poor weather conditions. While the quadrennial event has enthralled us with memorable moments this year, its rain-hit ties has equally left everyone annoyed. As many as four games have already been affected by rain wherein two have been abandoned, one led to no result and another was concluded via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. But, it seems there's no stopping to rain disruptions in the ongoing World Cup anytime soon. In yet another frustrating day for both the teams and fans, persistent rain at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, first, delayed the start of India's much-anticipated clash against New Zealand and, then, forced it to abandoned. In a match that pitted two unbeaten sides in the tournament, India and New Zealand, despite their bid to secure two crucial points, had to eventually settle for one apiece. While the Kiwis remain at the top of the table with seven points, the Indian side climbed to the third, behind Australia (six points) with five points in their kitty. Reuters In a single-group format, akin to the 1992 edition, losing key points, due to rain, could have drastic implications on a title aspirations of the participating nations. And, while rain-hit ties can dent the chances for some of the strongest sides, it can equally prove to be a blessing in disguise for the weaker ones. For instance, take a look at Sri Lanka. Arguably one of the weakest sides in the tournament, the Lankans were humbled by the Kiwis comprehensively in their opening match. Having lost two points early on, the Lankans found themselves in a spot of bother after Afghanistan bowled them out for 201 runs. But, a rain disruption worked to their advantage and a revised target of 187 runs in 41 overs (D/L) proved a tad too difficult for the Afghans. After recording their first points in the tournament, the Lankans were surely not the favourites to come out on top against Pakistan. But, again, poor weather conditions came to their rescue and handed them a key point as the match got abandoned without a single ball being bowled. The story of their fourth match was pretty much the same against Bangladesh as heavy rainfall saw another game getting abandoned. Reuters Though some might argue that the Lankans could have defeated Bangladesh in their last match. But, the fact that the Tigers had earlier defeated the mighty South Africans should somewhat tilt tie in their favour, if not completely. So, in four matches so far, where the Lankans would've probably garnered two points (giving Bangladesh the benefit of doubt), rain disruptions have allowed them to secure four. Now, coming back to India's clash against New Zealand. Given the fact that the 'Men in Blue' have secured wins in as many matches, the rain washout shouldn't really have a major implication on their World Cup title dreams. They already have four points in their kitty and sharing a point with the Kiwis will now make it five with six games still to go. In the coming days, India will be seen locking horns with Pakistan (16th June), Afghanistan (22nd June), West Indies (27th June), England (30th June), Bangladesh (2nd July) and Sri Lanka (6th July). Out of their remaining six matches, India, given their form, probably need to just worry about England. Reuters While the likes of Pakistan and West Indies cannot be taken lightly, we reckon, the two teams will find Team India too hot to handle in their upcoming fixtures. In the other ties, India should easily see off the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Expecting them to lose to England (quite an ask for the hosts though), India should secure 10 points from their remaining six games - which should be good enough to propel them into the knockouts. On the other hand, the weather predictions for India's next six matches paint a different picture altogether. Their clash against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester is expected to get disrupted by some showers. The weather prediction for their clash against Afghanistan at Rose Bowl, Southampton is cloudy, with some showers. Reuters Their tie against the Windies at Old Trafford, Manchester might see a rare afternoon shower. Thankfully, there are showers expected during India's much-anticipated match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham as the weather predicted is sunny and a bit cloudy. The clash against Bangladesh might witness a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon in an otherwise cloudy day. And, India's final group match against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds is expected to be a bit cloudy, with some showers predicted later in the day. Well, we can all have our permutations and combinations, but what eventually will unfold in India's remaining group games cannot possibly be predicted - neither on the basis of weather predictions, nor in terms of anyone's past performances. Sadly, just like Virat Kohli & co, we all have to wait and watch while keeping our fingers crossed.
  4. While the Indian cricket team is set to finally make their ICC World Cup 2019 debut against Faf du Plessis' Team South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire the news of an alternate jersey for Virat Kohli's boys is making rounds in the cricketing world. "For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match," the ICC had said in a release. In essence, during the Cricket World Cup 2019, the hosts ie; Eoin Morgan's Team England have the luxury to play in their traditional 1992 World Cup throwback jersey which is light blue in colour. The Men in Blue, ironically enough, will be wearing their alternate jersey which is being speculated to be orange with dark blue designs all over. Abiding by this new rule made by the ICC, countries such as Bangladesh and South Africa have already released their second kit: Who else is excited about the World Cup ? :) pic.twitter.com/PyiBKPHRud — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) May 25, 2019 Team India however have managed to maintain a sense of suspense about their new look. "The BCCI marketing team is still working on the design and the jersey will be unveiled very soon," a BCCI source told PTI. Having said that, IANS has released a tentative design for the new look that India might wear against their match against the World Cup hosts on 30th June 2019. Credit: IANS And while people are presuming this orange jersey to be Team India's 'away kit', IANS quoted a source saying: "There has been a lot of talks and speculation and people have been calling it an away jersey. But it isn't. It is an alternate jersey that the team will wear when they play England on June 30. As per the new rules, the hosts get to retain their jersey colour when they play an ICC event. Since India also have a blue jersey like England, there is a slight change in colour.” Ever since 1992, Team India has been known to don blue jerseys in the shorter formats of the game with slight modifications being made to the uniform every year ever since. Sure, blue is one of the more popular colours in the sporting fraternity but the Bleed Blue squad has established a sense of ownership to the colour with their brilliance on a cricketing field. Watching them play in a different shade will surely be an uncanny experience but hey, change is always good, right?
  5. Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are one game into the ICC Cricket World 2019, and they were both a part of convincing defeats from teams from the Australian continent. Yet, their fortunes and mindset seem poles apart and that will be put to the test in the first all-Asian encounter of the tournament. Afghanistan The true dark horses of the World Cup, Afghanistan really have nothing to lose during the course of this tournament. Having won 5 of their last 10 ODIs including a warm-up game against Pakistan, they are as unpredictable as they are encouraging. Their World Cup opener against Australia ended in defeat, after the Afghan batting line-up collapsed, majorly due to the fall of both of their openers for a combined score of 0 and were only able to post a first innings score of 207. The Australian top order was able to chase the score without much difficulty, remaining relatively unfazed by the Afghan bowling attack. Despite a below-average start to their World Cup campaign, Afghanistan will surely look to bounce back and take advantage of Sri Lanka's poor form and predicament, led by the highly-rated opening partnership of Mohammad Shehzad and Hazratullah Zazai; as well as their lethal spin attack. Squad: Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. © Facebook - Rashid Khan Sri Lanka There are very few positives to take for the Sri Lankan squad going into this game. If their underwhelming performances in the warm-up games against South Africa and Australia are not enough of an indicator about their current predicament, their World Cup opener against New Zealand was surely enough to establish them as the most disappointing team of the tournament in terms of both form and expectations. Their captain Dimith Karunaratne was able to register an unbeaten score of 54, but with virtually no support from any other player, they were bowled out for a measly 136 in under 30 overs. Adding insult to injury, New Zealand chased the total without the loss of a wicket within 17 overs. With an inconsistent batting order, a lack of confidence in the leadership and effectively no team spirit, the problems seem to be piling up for the Sri Lankan squad. © Reuters Squad: Dimith Karunaratne(c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis(wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. Head-To-Head In ODI World Cup: Matches: 1 Sri Lanka Won: 1 Afghanistan Won: 0 Tied: 0 No Result: 0 MensXP Prediction: Afghanistan Win
  6. I may not know much about cricket, but even I know that scoring just 105 runs is not great. But, Pakistan had a very disappointing run in their first match during the ICC World Cup 2019 against West Indies. Yep, it was one of the worst performances in Pakistan's cricketing history after scoring a total of 105 runs before getting all out in the 22nd over. That also meant that West Indies team was able to quickly wrap up the match, after winning obviously. But, while the Pakistani team didn't apparently work that hard yesterday, the meme-makers of Twitter surely did. Something like scoring just 105 runs would inspire so many memes, of course. The main point that kept coming up was how Paksitan's PM Imran Khan advised the team to give their 100%. Well, the number is same. 100 Percent bola tha, galti se percentage ko runs samaj liye𤣠https://t.co/tWBMKQbv7M — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Maths is still screwing up everyone. When you don't know maths. #WIvPak pic.twitter.com/GufsCuqka3 — Angoor Stark ðð®ð³ (@ladywithflaws) May 31, 2019 The first tweet did not age well. #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/R4cPdtFfbU — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) May 31, 2019 Pretty close. Close enough ? ð¤ð¤£ pic.twitter.com/ZPFH296aYU — Maithun HMP (@Being_Humor) May 31, 2019 Yep. When Wahab Riaz hit those sixes #PAKvWI Whole Pakistan: pic.twitter.com/KrxY6D3dGm — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 31, 2019 Existential crisis. Shoaib Akhtar watching Pakistan's innings. #PakvWI pic.twitter.com/iEdt26uI12 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 31, 2019 Apparently. Admit it , RCB is far better than Pak team ð¤£ð¤£.#PAKvWI — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Ho gaya? pic.twitter.com/qcFIu8aE1o — Moeen Ali fan account (@Kattehaiklu) May 31, 2019 That picture, tho. Sarfaraz: Haan toh #cwc19 ke real match kab start ho rahe hai, practice match mein ab maza nahi aa raha hai. #PAKvWI Rest of Pakistan Team: pic.twitter.com/hYSfmP0uhI — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 31, 2019 Valid reason. Interviewer : itna jaldi match kyun kahtam kardia? Pak palyers : oh iftari ka time tha hame roza kholna tha.#ICCWorldCup2019 #PAKvWI — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Okay. Thr is no much difference between "E sala Cup namde" & Pak's tag line " we have we will".#PAKvWI#ICCWorldCup2019 — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Wow, a meme compilation within a meme compilation. I really wish that Pakistan bounce back in the tournament, and after such a one sided match usually memes help cheering mood up (well if u like creativity) I came across a few and found these funny, if u find one funny add under this tweet #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/18DYDukkkB — Rizwan Haider (@razi_haider) June 1, 2019 Uhh. Pakistan cricket team right now ðð#PAKvWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nsBy66jHyO — Saurav Agarwalla (@follow_saurav) May 31, 2019 Wow. Pakistani batsman after 5 min on pitch#PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/cKe3JnjRFn — Shahzain Khan (@Shahzai62203638) May 31, 2019 Brutal. #PAKvWI Meanwhile me... pic.twitter.com/4qYLYONF9N — Mubashir abbasi pmln (@Mubashi23274565) May 31, 2019 Yep. Me after watching #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/8sZ8opckCx — sunny(hina or fatima ki bday â¤ï¸) (@sunny_tweetss) May 31, 2019 Remember. Dear Pakistan, it was a ODI and not a T20 ð#PAKvWI — The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) May 31, 2019 Okay then. Match Summary. #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/Gl4b08uq0z — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 31, 2019
  7. We are two days into the ICC World Cup 2019 and have already seen two every different kinds of matches until now. While the first match between England and South Africa showed the cricketing genius of the World Cup hosts, the second match between Pakistan and West Indies became the talk of the town for Pakistan's batting order that came crumbling down against Oshane Thomas-led Windies bowling attack. Moving on to yet another battle of a titan and a mortal, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka. New Zealand Credit: Reuters Led by the batting marvel, Kane WIlliamson, the New Zealand cricket team is one of the better rosters to take part in the Cricket World Cup 2019, although like England, the Kiwis have never had the honour of lifting the World Cup trophy. Having said that, their warm-up game win against the mighty Team India by restricting them to a mere 179-run total showed the potential in their bowling attack. On the other hand, their second warm-up game against the Windies which albeit ended in a loss, showed their ability to chase a big total. In order to begin their World Cup 2019 journey on a high, the skipper, WIlliamson would require his side to click as a unit against an underwhelming Sri Lankan team. Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor. Sri Lanka Credit: Reuters Dysfunctional, lacking in team spirit and in the absence of a good leader, not a lot is expected out of the Sri Lankan cricket team this World Cup. The nation that once toppled the mighty Australia to win the 1996 world championship, has not been able to follow suit ever since. The Lankan brigade had some unfortunate warm-up games, going against two really good rosters in South Africa and Australia. Both the games showed flaws different aspects of Sri Lanka's game. Against South Africa, the team was unable to stop the bleeding of runs and ended up facing a score too big for them to chase. On the other hand, Australia was successful in capitalising on their lack of world class batsmen on the roster. Squad: Dimith Karunaratne(c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis(wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. MensXP Prediction: New Zealand Win Also See: ICC World Cup 2019: Schedule, Stadiums, Teams & Players Of Cricket's Biggest Spectacle On Earth
  8. After the ICC World Cup 2019 began with a bang with Eoin Morgan's Team England dominating over the South Africans, we are in a bit of a fix with the upcoming match between two of the most unpredictable teams to be playing in the quadrennial event this year, West Indies versus Pakistan. West Indies © Reuters Flooded with some of the scariest batsmen of the 21st century, the Windies can put up big numbers in a hurry, when they are in the form, that is. In the warm-up game against the Kiwis, who are considered to be one of the better teams of the tournament, the Caribbean stars performed exceptionally well. Despite Chris Gayle's below average opening innings, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell and Shai Hope rallied the team to a massive total of 421 which turned out to be too much for Kane Williamson's men to handle. Having said that, the Windies, who were once famous for their terrifying bowling attack, now struggle to restrict the opposition from scoring. The fact that the Kiwis were able to score 330 runs in the chase says a lot. West Indies Squad: Jason Holder(c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse. Pakistan © Reuters As mentioned earlier, the Pakistan cricket team is extremely unpredictable and absolutely impossible to judge according to their work in the past. Starting from the top of the team with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to Mohammad Hasnain, the entire team can suddenly get an excellent team chemistry and play well, or tank and fall apart just like that. Probably the only consistent person on the Pak roster is Babar Azam who can give his side a flying start during their batting innings. Despite some great hitters on the team, Pakistan has not been like themselves recently. They have lost every single ODI match that was held against Team England a month ago and having being thrashed out by a team as new as Afghanistan makes them not a very popular pick as the winner of today's match. Pakistan Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed(c/wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hasnain. MensXP Prediction: West Indies Win Also Check: ICC World Cup 2019: Schedule, Stadiums, Teams & Players Of Cricket's Biggest Spectacle On Earth
  9. The Indian Premier League between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians was full of mishaps that people could not help but notice and talk about. The simple catches that were dropped by the fielders, the botched running between the wickets and some 'no-calls' by the umpires that raised a few eyebrows last night. Even though Rohit Sharma's MIPaltan were able to defend their nominal score of 149 runs against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK and won their 4th IPL championship, people could not get over an incident in particular. When Windies hitter, Kieron Pollard was on the crease, trying to help side make the second innings for the Whistle Podu franchise as difficult as possible, the umpires missed out on an obvious 'wide-ball'. In the final over MI's innings, Pollard was facing his former teammate Dwayne Bravo, who delivered an extra wide ball which was nowhere close to the line that guides the umpire's decision while giving an extra run. Seeing the ball pass through such a distance, Kieron decided to let the ball go, looking at the umpire to raise his hands sideways but the official did not. Upset with the no-call, Pollard threw his bat six feet up in the air. Getting ready for the next delivery, he stood at the spot where Bravo has delivered the previous ball. As the CSK began his run-up, Pollard just walked away from the crease to bother the umpire a little more. Great protest by #KieronPollard https://t.co/JVodr3kcMW via @ipl — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) May 13, 2019 Agitated with the batsman's behaviour, both officials approached the athlete with stern faces and reprimanded him for the unprofessional actions. Enraged with the missed call, Pollard decided to send the final two deliveries of the over to the boundary collating eight runs of them. Later the match referee Javagal Srinath fined the Windies player 25% of his match fee for breaching the IPL's Code of Conduct as he showed dissent towards the umpires but Twitter believes that Pollard's anger and frustration were justified: Kieron Pollard's answer to poor umpiring when the umpire didn't declare it as wideð #CSKvMI #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/wLg1LXr8Lk — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 12, 2019 It was required and the world to know, poor umpire s. In a crucially final match.... — WeddingDecorators (@nraichura) May 12, 2019 He will be fined. But the protest is ððð — Chowkidar Hari S V ð®ð³ (@harisv1976) May 12, 2019 Really bad umpiring for the @IPL #IPLFinal2019 . Should seriously get some good umpires for atleast the final. Disappointed !! — Mandy (@mandyvin) May 12, 2019 I was laughing like anything while watching him like thisðð — (`ââ¿â´) ð¢ðð¡ð¤ð£ð (`ââ¿â´) (@proud_2beIndian) May 12, 2019 Savage Polly!! ðððð — Janhavi ♥ï¸ (@beingjanhavi) May 12, 2019
  10. Nearly 50 games into the tournament, the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a big success. For one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world, the ongoing season did suffer a minor hiccup with the general elections raising security concerns. But, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council have done well to segregate the tournament in phases to avoid problems. Keeping that in mind and of course the dew factor, the Indian cricket board has announced the revised timings for this season's Playoffs and the all-important final. Like last year, the BCCI has now decided to advance the 8:00 pm (IST) start to 7:00 pm (IST) for the knockout stages of this year's edition. NEWS: Change of Timings for #VIVOIPL Playoffs and Women's T20 Challenge Full details here https://t.co/KsukeSIpCA ðð pic.twitter.com/bJIP8Rq8ov — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019 Meanwhile, the BCCI also confirmed that the Qualifier 1 will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 7th May. It will be followed by the Eliminator on 8th May at the ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. Further, the Qualifier 2 will also take place in the Visakhapatnam stadium on 10th May, while Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will host the IPL 2019 final on 12th May. On the other hand, the timings and dates for the Women's T20 Challenge have also been revealed. Comprised of some of the biggest names in women's cricket, three teams - Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity - will be seen competing against each other. The games will be held from May 6 to May 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, in Jaipur. While the matches scheduled on 6th, 9th and 11th May will start at 7:30 pm (IST), the second game, scheduled on 8th May will commence at 3:30 pm (IST). Schedule for IPL Playoffs & Final 7th May – Qualifier 1, Team 1 vs Team 2 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 8th May – Eliminator Team 3 vs Team 4 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 10th May – Qualifier 2, Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam May 12 – Final at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Timings – All Matches Will Start At 19:30 IST Schedule for Women's T20 Challenge 6th May – Supernovas vs Trailblazers 8th May – Trailblazers vs Velocity (3:30 pm IST start) 9th May – Supernovas vs Velocity May 11 – Final
  11. It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that. It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action. Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat. It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel. The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital. It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't. In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery. Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019 This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact. Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media: Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? 𤠗 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019 Nice one from Gabbar 𤣠trolling Ashwin — DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019 Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25 — Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019 .@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019 That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined 𤣠#DCvKXIP — na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019 It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019
  12. Arguably one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Brett Lee's extreme speed and ability to swing both the new and old ball made him the worst nightmare of the opposition batsmen. The Australian great's success can be measured from his tally of 718 wickets across all formats (310 in Tests, 380 in ODIs and 28 in T20Is). But, the limitations of his body and lack of steam later in his playing days brought an end to his decade-long career. Now, 'Binga' is busy carrying out the responsibilities of a cricket pundit and commentator at ICC events and private leagues. While he might have called it quits from all forms of cricket, Lee appears to be as menacing as he once was during his playing days. His steaming yorker is still good enough to escape down the willow of batsmen before rattling the stumps - something that was in full display during an impromptu match of Gully Cricket in Mumbai recently. Instagram/@brettlee_58 Currently roped in by IPL's star broadcaster Star Sports as an expert, Lee is making the most of his time in India. In fact, when he challenged for a Gully Cricket match by local lads in Mumbai, the former Aussie speedster didn't just oblige, but gave a great lesson to the young blokes on fast bowling. In a video shared by him on Instagram, Lee was seen bowling to a local lad who appeared excited to face one of the most popular fast bowlers in the history of the game. But, little did he know that the old fella with the ball was gearing up to embarrass him in front of his friends. Bowling with a short run-up, Lee fired in a steaming yorker that completely foxed the poor chap and before he could bring the bat down, the ball had rattled the stumps. A impromptu game of Gully Cricket in Mumbai with my good mate @bcl375400 Lee vs Lara, 2 over clash! Had to bowl my two favourite deliveries. Bouncer to Lara followed up by the Yorker to some poor bloke on the other team𤣠Good crowd to cheer on the great West Indian Brian Lara. #hehasstillgotit A post shared by Brett Lee (@brettlee_58) on Apr 11, 2019 at 6:12am PDT Apart from embarrassing the young kid, Lee was also seen bowling a testing bouncer to West Indian great Brian Lara who did pretty well to leave it after judging the length to perfection. The participation of Lara and Lee in a Gully Cricket game made the day of the youngsters who had lined up to watch the two superstars, once again, work their magic after all these years.
  13. MS Dhoni is the 'coolest' captain the Indian cricket team has ever had. And literally so. Boy, can the man keep calm under duress or what? The former Indian skipper even holds a number of epithets along the same lines, such as 'Captain Fantastic' and 'Mr. Iceman', apart from the most popular one, 'Captain Cool'. © Twitter However, today people on Twitter are chanting his name for an entirely different reason and one that is truly heartwarming. We all know how passionate Dhoni is about cricket, which obviously extends to his love for his Indian Premier League team, Chennai Super Kings and its supporters. © Twitter So, last evening, after the match with Mumbai Indians came to an end, Dhoni met up with one such special fan patiently, who was rooting for him and cheering the team from the stands. The fan is special because she is an elderly woman who was seen gracing the stands during the match, holding a placard that read, “I am here only for Dhoni.” Captain cool, @msdhoni humble ð Heartwarming to see this gesture from the legend in Mumbai ð¤@ChennaiIPL #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/6llHlenIzL — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019 Captain Cool not only interacted with his die-hard, elderly fan with humility and affection, but also clicked selfies with her, and presented her with an autographed CSK jersey! The video of this heartwarming meeting was shared on the Indian Premier League's official Twitter handle, which has since been widely viewed and circulated on social media. © Twitter What's more, all the Dhoni fans across the country cannot stop chanting 'Captain Cool' for his kind gesture from Dhoni. This man is pure gold... — pankaj bhardwaj (@2113pkbhardwaj3) April 4, 2019 Reason Why he is Respected Everywhere :) Humble and So Ground to Earth — Sachin Tendulkar ð®ð³ Fans (@CrickeTendulkar) April 4, 2019 #MSD is a great cricketer in the world right now ## — Kamal Singh@ V (@KamalSinghV1) April 4, 2019 Fan for life ! You are younger to me but an inspiration of the highest order — vishal (@drvishalksingh) April 4, 2019 He's a different league. @bhogleharsha tweeted on his calm mind recently. Summed it up so beautifully. There's always time.. — Ankit (@ankitgrover4) April 4, 2019 Legend ððððððððâ¤ï¸ — shreedhar Mahi Tambole(Chowkidar) (@shreedhar9656) April 4, 2019 Love this man â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ — Siddhi Ajagaonkar (@Ime_n_mySalman) April 4, 2019 He is favourite of all age group. — mk yadav (@m_kumarind) April 4, 2019
  14. A few days ago, we shared the news with you guys that music maestro AR Rahman is teaming up with Marvel, to create a special anthem for all the desi fans of 'Avengers: Endgame'. According to reports, the special track was going to be released on April 1 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Turns out the Russo brothers did not pull an April Fool's Day prank on us. Marvel Studios The special song dropped just now and to be honest the song is good, but not something we were expecting to go with the theme of Avengers. The song features AR Rahman as a part of flash mob walking through the streets and singing 'Roke na rukenge ab to yaara', with stills of Thanos and the Avengers plugged in between. Marvel Studios The moment I heard the song, the first thing that came to my mind is that the superheroes are not going to 'avenge the fallen', but actually gearing up for a cricket match against Thanos. Given that the IPL season is on, if BCCI plays this track in a stadium during a match, it will sound like an IPL anthem of a cricket team. Having said that, it is one of those songs that you don't like initially, but grows on you gradually.
  15. It was a night full of drama at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur during the fourth game of the Indian Premier League in its twelfth season. While we got to see some brilliant shots being played and powerful innings being carried out by Chris Gayle and Jos Buttler, there was that one instance that sucked all the charm right out of the game. After the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were able to put forward a more than respectable score of 184-run total in 20 overs behind Chris 'Universe Boss' Gayle's thunderous 79-run innings, it was up to Ajinkya Rahane's Rajasthan Royals (RR) to make the run-chase happen successfully, otherwise this will be Punjab's first victory in Rajasthan ever, in the history of the league. Kinni tareefan kare tuhaddi, Gayle paaji ð Describe @henrygayle's innings with one emoji!#SaddaPunjab #KXIP #RRvKXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/CorltLx6AV — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 25, 2019 From the get-go, Rahane and Co. looked determined to keep things the way they were with no intention of letting Punjab get a one up early in the tournament. With the skipper returning to the dressing room after scoring just 27 runs, it was the second opener and English cricketer Jos Buttler who took the command and thrashed anyone and everyone who came his way, while scoring 69 in just 43 deliveries which included 10 4s and two 6s. And just like that, it's 5ï¸â£0ï¸â£ off 29 balls for @josbuttler You 'Jos' can't take your eyes off this man! ð#HallaBol #RRvKXIP #RR pic.twitter.com/hlgEwye8EE — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 25, 2019 With loss in sight for KXIP, they looked desperate to get Buttler's wicket. They tried spinners, pacers and bowled a couple of googlies as well but the Englishman remained unfazed. This is when R. Ashwin decided to do the unthinkable. In the 13th over, when Buttler was standing in the non-striker's end and was out of the crease (which all runners tend to do in order to complete the run more quickly), Ashwin went half-way into his bowling routine, stopped in the middle, turned around and knocked the bails right off the wickets right next to him. Spirit of cricket thrown out of cricket, Some1 just tell @ashwinravi99 is not playing in streets but an International game @ICC must abolish Mankad rule. If u want to get @josbuttler Out then get him "OUT". Don't use silly ways to get rid of Best player @awais_hameed #Ashwin pic.twitter.com/kgdubqBhMG — Naveed Qaiser Rana (@journalist4871) March 25, 2019 This move is infamously known as 'mankading' based on the name of one of the most controversial bowlers in the history of Indian cricket, Vinoo Mankad, who started out this unholy, unsportsmanlike practice all the way back in 1947 when he dismissed Aussie batter Bill Brown twice (once in a practice session and then again in a Test match). Anyhow, Ashwin's appeal after 'mankading' Buttler led the umpire to take the decision upstairs where the third umpire gave a decision in favour of the bowler and asked Buttler to leave the pitch. Make no mistake, 'mankading' is not an illegal move. A bowler is well within his rights to get the non-striker run-out anytime he is found to be outside of the crease. Law 41.16 a batsmen at non strikers end should not leave his ground UNTIL the bowler has released the ball! SO OUT! Lesson.. batsmen watch the bowlers release the ball! #easy #SelectDugout — Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 25, 2019 “No real argument on that and it was pretty instinctive. I didn't even load and he just left the crease. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments and batsmen need to be wary of it,” Ashwin told Harsha Bhogle in the award distribution ceremony after the game. Even though the official books of cricketing rules don't deem 'mankading' as illegal, it has been frowned upon ever since Mankad carried out this practice for the very first time. It makes the bowling side look weak, desperate and it most certainly does not help them look like the gentlemen of the game. Ravichandran Ashwin has been out of action for the Indian cricket team for quite some time now and the fact that he can resort to something this grave, especially in the golden era of Indian cricket in which stars like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are making their country proud, says a thousand words about his spirit as a sportsman. Clearly, the millions of fans of the true nature of cricket did not like the taste of Ashwin's desperate attempt to win the game, left in their mouth: Harsha you are missing the point completely & I'm disappointed in you as you always push the spirit of the game - now you condone this behaviour ? Ashwin's actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn't condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL ! #spiritofthegame https://t.co/BsIKDBN51X — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019 I would say to all India ex players/Pundits who are supportive of what R Ashwin did ... If @imVkohli was Batting would you be so supportive !!??? #NightAll #IPL #OnON — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019 Ashwin waited for him to get out of the crease. It is obvious for batsman to consider the ball is been released at that given moment when he completed the bowling stride. He just set a bad example as a captain! #mankading pic.twitter.com/4LXDzMcJhl — Chowkidar Devendra singh (@Devendra5611) March 26, 2019 Ashwin is very arrogant and oversmart too .... for me he is just another chutiya nothing more than that I m praying for disaster 4 kxip .... ashwin dog#Ashwin — ANNA (@iamtusharrai) March 26, 2019 Aise to gully cricket mei bhi nhi krte log jaisa ashwin ne kiya h ðððð Do you agree with ashwin's actions #Ashwin #KXIPVSRR pic.twitter.com/mpPYp4LrOr — Chowkidar @Hari Singh Rao (@HariSinghPatan1) March 26, 2019 #RRvKXIP #Buttler #IPL2019 #josbuttler #Ashwin POOR TIPU = POOR BUTTLER pic.twitter.com/e6m4i9yE3y — Ayush Thakur (@aahaayush18) March 26, 2019 Is this is what we want to teach our kids. @ashwinravi99 Nvr had the intention to deliver the ball.Shame on u.Lost all respect for u. History will teach you lesson. Also shame on third umpire for his decision. It should have been a dead ball #Ashwin. Spirit of cricket died pic.twitter.com/lRRYfVDc3j — à²à³à²à²¿à²¦à²¾à²° à²à²¶à³à²µà²¥à³/Chowkidar Ashwath (@AshwathK) March 26, 2019 Shame player ashwin #Buttler — தà¯à®¤à¯à®¤à¯à®à¯à®à¯à®à®¿ தி.à®®à¯.à® ... (@allaneben24) March 26, 2019 Sorry @bhogleharsha IMHO you are wrong on this one. Ashwin allowed his competitive instincts to get the better of his judgement. A good night's sleep,maybe both of you will feel otherwise. As someone pointed out on my timeline,imagine Stokes Mankading Kohli in WC final! #Ashwin https://t.co/aoNTU8MdB9 — Citizen/नाà¤à¤°à¤¿à¤/Dost Rajdeep (@sardesairajdeep) March 25, 2019
  16. Back in the day, when the World Wrestling Entertainment used to be World Wrestling Federation, chair shots to the head were allowed, blading your skin for blood was considered to be a mundane part of 'entertainment' and 'hardcore matches' were huge crowd-pullers. This time in the WWF was informally known as the 'Attitude Era' during which, the organisation boasted a studded main roster with in-ring performers like Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels making appearances on the franchise shows on a weekly basis. Having said that, there were two wrestlers at the time who were considered to be on the topmost level altogether. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan were literally considered to be the icons of the era, not just in the wrestling world but the whole entertainment sector. Hogan was a well-established star who had been the 'top guy' for the business for more than a decade and a half and had been selling out stadiums to capacity crowds wherever the WWF went. However, having put out some of the most memorable matches in the sport's history with opponents like Andre 'The Giant' and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Hogan's age began to get the better of him. He wasn't as energetic, his slams didn't look powerful enough and he was getting injured way too often to maintain the status of WWF's poster boy. On the other hand, with a new found character as the electrifying People's Champion, The Rock was quickly gaining momentum in every city and town of the states and even across international borders. It was his time to shine and even the company had his back. Thus took place the 'Icon Vs Icon' duel at Wrestlemania 18. The match was perfectly booked as a 'passing of the torch' gesture. There were no titles on the line, no pre-match conditions put up, just two great athletes of different generations entertaining an extremely fortunate audience in a massive transitional battle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by therock (@therock) on Mar 18, 2019 at 5:26am PDT Hogan, who was known to have a big ego, was not the one to go down to just 'anyone'. In the past, he has refused to get pinned by Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. But The Rock wasn't just 'another guy' and Hogan accepted his presence. With his blessings and good wishes, Hogan got pinned at the hands of Johnson: “1… 2… 3...” and the rest is history.
  17. Probably one of the most hardworking and well respected members of the Indian and international cricket fraternity, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was one of the athletes who was kept in the spotlight for the infamous spot-fixing incident that took place in 2013. The event rose to actor Vindu Dara Singh and the Chennai Super Kings leader Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested by the Mumbai Police on alleged betting rows and maintaining close contact with the bookies. During the investigation, a lot of players were interrogated and pressurised to break, in order to come out with the truth. “The team was involved, I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us,” said a very serious MS Dhoni in the trailer for 'Roar of the Lion', a Hotstar documentary. “Fans felt that the punishment was harsh. Coming back was an emotional moment and I have always said, what doesn't kill you makes you strong.” In 2017, a committee established by Justice Mukul Mudgal surfaced a report which basically describes Dhoni's willingness to play according to the demands of the bookies against a match against the Rajasthan Royals. © India Today “The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match fixing,” said the former Indian skipper. Watch how @msdhoni and a bunch of men in yellow jerseys wrote one of India's greatest comeback stories. #HotstarSpecials is proud to present #RoarOfTheLion. Trailer out. pic.twitter.com/nkWpV1EPnl — Hotstar Specials (@HotstarSpecials) March 10, 2019 When Meiyappan was found guilty of the crimes, the entire Chennai Super Kings franchise was barred from competition for two years, keeping the then two-time IPL champs away from the league in 2016 and 2017. During the span of two years, MSD was bought by the brand new franchise, Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016. While the franchise came seventh amongst eight teams that year, they succeeded to make it to the final the next season, only to lose to Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai Indians. After the ban on CSK was lifted the next season in 2018, Dhoni retained his 'Thala' status as he, along with Suresh Raina, got the city of Chennai their third IPL title.
  18. The International Cricket Council or the ICC's quarterly meet is currently taking place in Dubai, with the agenda of India boycotting the World Cup match up against Pakistan set to be discussed on the final day of the assembly on 2nd March ie; tomorrow. Until now, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has shown concerns only about the security of the Indian cricket team, its players, management and the various Indian officials that will join the Indian squad for the World Cup come June. "On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting," a BCCI official told the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Wednesday. ICC has taken into account all the concerns shown by Johri and his team and has assured the BCCI officials that they will do everything within their jurisdiction to provide maximum security to the said personnel. However, no talks of whether the Indian cricket team will or won't be boycotting the match against Pakistan in London and Wales has been initiated as yet. Almost certain that the said agenda will surface either today or tomorrow, one of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials has come out and questioned the practicality of BCCI's impending decision on the boycott. “Pakistan's stance is that if India wants to give a walkover, it can't do anything about it. But it will pose a question as to what happens if both countries again qualify to meet each other in the knockout stages,” said the official. While the BCCI is campaigning for other ICC member nations to “sever ties with the nation from which terrorism emanates” in accordance with some of the cricketing legends such as Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh, other pundits like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar believe that sports and politics should not be intertwined and believe that India should not only play their neighbouring rivals but also beat them, forcing them out of the knockouts. Johri along with the officials of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also came up with an idea to force foreign cricketers to choose between playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, after discussing the idea in detail, no actions were taken up it as it was deemed as 'bad for business' by the IPL franchise owners. Is boycotting Pakistan during the ICC World Cup 2019 a bad idea? Yes. Why? Find out here.
  19. While we are still revelling in our win against Australia in the ODI matches, the Indian Cricket team is all ready to welcome Australia for a quick limited overs tour before the Indian Premier League kicks off next month. India will take on Australia in another T20I on February 27 followed by a five-match ODI series which will go on till March 13. And after their stupendous win earlier, we cannot wait to see these stars of the Indian Cricket team perform in tomorrow's match. 1. KL Rahul ICC Cricket A dynamic batsman, who has not been able to perform with the bat in the past few series, would be looking to re-establish his form in the shorter format of the game. With a strike rate nearing 150 in the year 2018, he'd definitely try to cement his position in the World Cup squad. 2. Rishab Pant ICC Cricket One of the emerging players in the T20 format, Pant will provide a lot of stability and firepower to the Indian team for the upcoming series. With his recent breathtaking performances in Australia with 350 runs at an average of 58.33 and a few cameos in New Zealand, he has been able to gain the trust of the selectors and is in strong contention as a second wicketkeeper for the World Cup. 3. Chickstar Taco Bell And since this weekend is all sorted for in terms of entertainment with these stars in count, why not talk about another star we cannot wait to try! Heard about Taco Bell's Chickstar wrap (for Rs 169) yet? The wrap is star-shaped and is generously filled with crispy chicken, creamy habanero, veggies, and nacho cheese sauce. Don't fret, vegetarians. For you, they have the Vegstar wrap for Rs 149 which is equally mouthwatering and scrumptious! The best part though? These wrap come with free unlimited Pepsi. So it seems like you have managed to sort out food and beverages like a total pro, and you are still left with extra funds! 4. Vijay Shankar ICC Cricket An all-rounder with a solid technique and calm temperament, Vijay Shankar is definitely going to provide stability to India's middle order. In New Zealand, during the fourth ODI, he showed his quality with the bat pulling Team India out of trouble. With his sharp batting skills and seam bowling ability, he could prove to be a trump card for Team India. 5. Mayank Markande ICC Cricket An exciting young leg-spinner who grabbed 15 wickets during last year's IPL for Mumbai Indians would be looking to leave selectors in a dilemma as he gets a chance to showcase his talent at the International level. After his impressive performance against England Lions and having best bowling figures of 4/23 in T20Is, he's the youngster to watch out for. 6. Ravindra Jadeja ICC Cricket Left-arm spin bowling all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja would be looking to make the most of this call-up due to the absence of Hardik Pandya. Since the Asia Cup last year, Jadeja has clinched 16 wickets from 11 matches. With his ability to restrict the opposition in the middle overs and playing fast cameos with the bat he is another crucial all-rounder to watch out for. I don't know about you, but I am eagerly waiting to watch the match tomorrow. One, because let's beat Australia again. And two, let's have a Chikstar while we are at it. Peace out!
  20. Following a crazy bidding war last December, the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to enthral cricket fans as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening clash on 23rd March. With the opening match pitting two of the biggest cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni against each other, the fans have already begun placing their bets on their favourite team on the social media. Despite the general elections coinciding with the upcoming IPL season, the fact that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has carefully ensured that the matches are played in India, further cheered the home fans. With IPL 2019 just a month away, the buzz amongst the fans in anticipation of the upcoming season appears to be at an all-time high. ð¨ Announcement ð¨: The #VIVOIPL schedule for the first two weeks is out. The first match of the 2019 season will be played between @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweets Details - https://t.co/wCi6dYHlXL pic.twitter.com/TaYdXNKVSx — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 19, 2019 In a bid to get their hands at the prized tickets of the IPL matches, a lot of fans seem to be approaching popular celebrities and cricket bigwigs on the social media, seeking their help. One such hilarious incident has been brought to the limelight by Ishant Sharma's wife Pratima Singh on social media. After going unsold at the auctions last season, Ishant's improved performance with the Indian team in Test cricket helped him in finding a suitor in Delhi Capitals who fought with Rajasthan Royals in the bidding war to secure the services of the seamer for Rs 1 crore. But, while Ishant is busy preparing to live up to his price tag this season, his wife Pratima - a professional basketball player - has found herself tackling the absurd requests of fans. View this post on Instagram For the world its yey !!! IPL is coming , for cricketers and their family OMG IPL is coming !! Log Tickets le liye phone karenge , Tickets maangege , tickets - tickets - tickets ðððð @ishant.sharma29 @divya4india @manishkumar5967 @prashantisingh @akankshasingh4 @vikrant_solanki__ @rajeev1717 @gaurav_chh ð@anuj A post shared by Pratima singh (@pratima0808) on Feb 17, 2019 at 9:20pm PST Fed up by the consistent messages, Pratima decided to troll the cricket fans who were asking her for the IPL match tickets. Taking to Instagram, she shared a screenshot of the conversation with a fan who sought her help for the tickets. "For the world its yey !!! IPL is coming, for cricketers and their family OMG IPL is coming !! Log Tickets le liye phone karenge (people will call for tickets, Tickets maangege (ask for tickets), tickets - tickets - tickets," Pratima captioned the picture. With Ishant being one of the few experienced Indian players who'll not be seen playing in the forthcoming ICC World Cup in May, the Delhi paceman will be eager to reaffirm his credentials with a fine showing for his new franchise in the upcoming IPL season.
  21. Denim: every man's go-to piece of clothing which sticks with them season after season. We rely on our trusted denims far too much, thinking we can never go wrong with styling them. Even the most versatile piece of clothing can go wrong if you don't match the shades right. As denims come in various colors and washes, it is essential to know what textures and shades to sport with every kind. Fret not, for we have put together guidelines on what to wear with the 4 most common shades of jeans available. Take a look and thank us later. 1. Light Wash Jeans © vickykaushal09 Perfect for a day look, light washed denims are definitely a gamble when it comes to matching them right. For an appealing everyday look, go with a basic crew neck tee shirt or a hoodie with white sneakers. Since 90s trends are back, light washed denims are having a moment in the sun. Pair them with contrast coloured uppers such as green, pastels, navy or black. Frayed hem and ripped detailing look super stylish with light washed denims as well. 2. Dark Wash Jeans © ishabhansali For those wondering, this category is only for indigo and charcoal shade of dark denims. Any dark denim which is not black falls under this section. Mostly available in skinny fit and stiffer fabric due to it's nature, dark washed denims are most versatile than other shades in terms of wearability. Go for a blazer or a polo neck tee on top for a business-casual look or pair them up with a checkered shirt. Don't opt anything too form-fitting either. Dark denim is ideal for the much-hyped 'denim on denim' look for which you can opt for a lighter shade of denim on top. Pair these babies up with primary colors, neutrals and prints. 3. White Jeans © theanisha As much as it is really calculated, keeping white jeans clean can be an intimidating task. We can't stop the chutney bowl from spilling for you, but we can sure tell you how to rock white denims. First things first, you should go for an almost white denim, like a cream or stone washed shade instead of pure white as they are fairly easier to maintain laundry wise. White denims act as a great canvas for other colors, textures and even prints. Shades like khakhi, tan, sand and black go really well with the contrast that white bottoms add to the look. 4. Black Jeans © ishabhansali As far as denims go, dark shades go a long way. There's nothing like a black denim to add texture and edge to any casual look. As black is perceived as a going-out shade, black denims switch between casual and party-wear easily. An all-black look is an age old method of pulling this shade off. If you have a particularly fluorescent or primary hued shirt or sweatshirt, team it up with black denims for a fail-safe look. If you're looking to pull off a printed blazer, textured bomber or an tuxedo jacket for a party or business casual look, black denims are your best friend. Pair them up with shades like camel, grey, pastels, primary colors or white for a sure-shot way of looking super fly. Now that you have yourself a fail-safe guide to matching denims, you may thank us.
  22. After serving a brief suspension over his objectionable comments on a popular chat show, Hardik Pandya has returned to the Indian team with better focus and more determination. Thriving in the role of an allrounder, the Baroda cricketer has adequately aided the Indian team during their recent tour of New Zealand. However, during the third and decisive third Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, the Indian cricketer was seen struggling with the ball. The right-arm seamer was clobbered all around the park, conceding 47 runs in his quota of four overs. He was India's second most expensive bowler after his brother Krunal (0-54) on the day. When it came to his batting, Pandya couldn't do much to rescue his team from a four-run loss. With his side in desperate need of some power-hitting, the 25-year-old was promoted up the order but couldn't make it count as he departed after a 11-ball 21. If his outing in the third T20I got him frustrated, Pandya further became the subject of criticism after a young Indian fan asked him an interesting question while cheering for the visitors in the stands during the second T20I at the Eden Park in Auckland. give this lady a Bharat Ratnaððð#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/PQA8KtGNFB — Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 8, 2019 Dressed in India's iconic blue jersey, a young girl was seen holding a placard that read: "Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya?" - a dig at Pandya's remarks during his appearance on 'Koffee With Karan'. As soon as the photo of the Indian girl holding the poster surfaced on the social media, cricket fans used the opportunity to take a dig at Pandya. It's not online trolling This was real trolling ðð — Shashank (@shashankachrya) February 8, 2019 #Cricket trollingðððð Best poster presentation ð — shahJahanch (@shahjahanmath) February 10, 2019 Karke nai aaya isiliye haargaye ððð𤣠— Harish George (@george_harish) February 10, 2019 ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£pandya ki lag gaye — Shakir Sheikh (@ShakirS67500288) February 10, 2019 Champion she is! ð — Sukrit Ghosh (@Sukrit_G) February 10, 2019 Give this lady her dues : Kya bola re.... @ICC Best Say of The Day !! — Neelum Guha (@zoinxy) February 10, 2019
  23. For a man who initially started as a translator for foreign coaches, Jose Mourinho undeniably came a long way to establish himself as one of the best football managers in the world. Owing to his shrewd tactics and understanding of the game, the Portuguese won two UEFA Champions League and three Premier League titles amongst other notable tournament wins with multiple football clubs across the globe. In fact, it was his coaching success that saw him being roped in by Manchester United as their new manager in 2016. But, a series of dismal seasons, comprised of disappointing results, and deteriorating relations with players that eventually got him sacked at Old Trafford last December. © Reuters Since then, Mourinho, amid all the criticism and backlash from fans, has gone about enjoying life away from the dug-out. He carried out some media work and was seen spending time with his family in the warmer climes of his homeland. More recently, he has appeared as a special guest for Avangard Omsk's ice hockey match against SKA St. Petersburg in Siberia. But, just like his stint with United, it was an outing to forget. Jose Mourinho was a special guest at the SKA - Avangard game. Something went really wrong at the opening face-off. Pavel Datsyuk saved The Special One pic.twitter.com/I6SBRpobxi — Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) February 4, 2019 After dropping the puck between Avangard's Evgeny Medvedev and SKA's Pavel Datsyuk, Mourinho was looking to occupy his space in the crowd to enjoy the match. But, as he turned around to walk back along the red carpet, the former United boss fell on the ice as the carpet slipped beneath his feet. gerrard slip absolutely nailed the impression, is there anything this man can't do? ðpic.twitter.com/gXFba1qD3F — rei josé (@KingMourinho) February 4, 2019 Mourinho was quick to laugh off the incident as Datsyuk helped him back to his feet. The incident pretty much summed up his recent troubles and football fans made full use of the opportunity to take a dig at Mourinho on the social media. @sebastienesciorpic.twitter.com/BESG0cyFKP — JérémyNescior (@JeremyNescior) February 4, 2019 Sums up Mourinho's last season st united — Zed (@danzed_) February 4, 2019 Specialist in fallure. — glueface (@face_glue) February 5, 2019 ððððThe Chosen one!!ððððð.....doing a Gemma Collins on ice!!ðððððit don't get any funnier!ððð — D (@quatermass3) February 5, 2019 The slippy one — Levi Stubbs (@levi_stubbs) February 4, 2019 Gemma Collins in disguise? — TomStLawrence (@tomstlawrence) February 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/WFSjQ5d2It — Tyler (@SergioKun0) February 4, 2019 Secret lemonade drinker ð¤pic.twitter.com/c7L2Y8uMG9 — Black and White Boy (@Biz_McIntosh) February 4, 2019 Paul Pogba wishes he'd been thereð¤£ð¤£ — Jack Clark (@saddlerjack05) February 4, 2019
  24. The love for football is only second to the pure, unconditional, and strong bond between a mother and her child. But what happens when these two come together? It's something that we recently found out in Brazil. The video of a mother narrating the story of a local football match to her visually-impaired son, from September last year, is doing the rounds of the internet right now. Silvia Grecco and her son Nickollas, 12, have become minor celebrities in the Sao Paulo team Palmeiras after the mother was spotted on TV narrating one of their matches from the stands. Sempre muita emoção. ðð·ð pic.twitter.com/Nzl0qAcpLK — silvia grecco (@pringrecco) September 10, 2018 During a recent game between Palmeiras and Botafogo Futebol Clube, Grecco explained to AFP, “I describe details: this player is wearing short sleeves, the color of their football boots, hair color.” The most heartwarming sight was to see the young Nickollas, jumping up and down with his friends at the right moments during the match, and surprisingly in unison with the thousands of other fans, who were wearing the club's dark green jersey. ðððððððð — Danilo Charlds (@CharldsDanilo) September 11, 2018 Salute to the mother ððð — ManishSingh72 (@Singh72Manish) January 29, 2019 Tmj Nicolasðð — Temisâðð 1ï¸â£7ï¸â£ð§ð· (@TemisSSilva) September 10, 2018 Silvia further added that this activity is more about the emotions than the technicalities of football. Despite not being a professional, she gives her own spin to the events on the field, sometimes even including the curses sent down the referee's way. This is surely not the first time a disabled fan has become a social media sensation by following the sports they love, but this duo of mother and son would certainly be remembered for a long, long time to come.
  25. When it comes to dating, life becomes really hard for a man. All thanks to the f****d up *** ratio of our country. Getting matches on a dating app isn't easy if you don't have the looks of Ryan Gosling and humour of Chandler Bing. On apps like Tinder, where girls get 30 matches in one day, guys get one measly match in 30 days. via GIPHY If you too are swiping right and right and still not able to find a match, worry no more. Other dating apps have come in picture and some of them are as good as Tinder, if not more. via GIPHY Here are 5 such apps which you can join to improve your odds of getting more dates: 1. Bumble Bumble has been in India for a while but officially it was launched recently by Priyanka Chopra. This is the app which has better UI than Tinder and somehow, pictures on it look even better. Bumble works on the same principle as Tinder: swipe and match. However, here you can enter more than just your bio and pictures. via GIPHY Bumble lets you enter your height, your drinking and smoking habits, whether you have pets, whether you have/want kids, what are you here for (something casual/relationship/marriage), your zodiac sign, and even your political leaning. All these things apart from your bio. In addition, it lets you answer questions like two truths and a lie, recent act of kindness, and many more. And if you are bad at breaking the ice, worry not. Here girls have to make the first move. Guys can't text first. It definitely is a great alternative for Tinder. 2. Hinge This one broke the swiping barrier and launched a whole new concept - anyone can message anyone. And if you're bad at even messaging, then you can just like the other person's picture and they will get a notification. via GIPHY Hinge has found a decentish way to check the authenticity of the profile. On Hinge, you can't get away by just uploading one or two pictures. You will have to upload six pictures, no more and no less. Like Bumble, Hinge also gives you an option to put three questions in your profile. Putting questions and answers make it easy for the other person to break the ice. 3. Truly Madly It doesn't have a very pretty UI, but it does the trick. This one is again for people who are not a big fan of bios. Truly Madly gave no space to bios but put the latest fad, hashtags, to describe yourself. You can use up to five hashtags to define yourself, or your hobbies, or what are you looking for. via GIPHY The chat room of this app has some bugs in the latest version where if you type a long message, sometimes only half of it gets delivered. So this is a perfect app for the people who use “chatroom here sucks, let's move to Instagram” line. This app is also good when it comes to privacy, as your name won't be displayed to anyone until you get matched with the person. And, for an ice-breaker after getting a match, Truly Madly has games where you answer certain questions and can check what the other person answered to see how compatible you are. This app also gives you an option to mention your favourite music, movies, books, food, and games. Again, becomes a good ice-breaker. 4. Happen If you're lazy and love your bed too much, this isn't the app for you. Happen shows you people only in the area where you are or where you have been. If you cross a person and you both have Happen installed, it will show your profile in each other's phone. via GIPHY Happen comes quite handy if you're too shy to pick girls in a pub. When you see a girl in a club you like, you can just take out your phone, if she is on Happen then it will show her profile. If you both press like, then bam, it's a match made on Happen! You can go to her and talk or if being an introvert is your thing, then just chat over the app until you're comfortable enough to buy her drinks. 5. Aisle If you are looking for something casual, then this isn't the app for you. As the name suggests, it is made for the prospect of finding a long-term partner. Also, the app isn't free and after a short trial, you need to shed some good money in order to like profiles. If you have decided to join it, make sure you have plenty of time when you sit to make a profile. via GIPHY You will have to answer quite a few questions, actually, 5-page long questionnaire. And it gets checked and verified by their team. Only after the verification, you can join the app. But all this seems worth it when you don't see fake profiles on the app. Because of such lengthy joining process and the joining fee, only people who are genuinely looking for something serious make their profile here. I hope you made it till here without downloading all or a few of the mentioned apps. Desperation has no place in the dating world!
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