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  1. On Monday, a couple of hours before the final list of India's top 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the greatest contest of the cricketing world, was declared, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared his thoughts on the decision to select one of two players in particular. In an interview with India Today, Bhajji spoke about the lack of need of a secondary or backup wicket-keeper to the current man behind the stumps, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Showing his utmost faith in the former skipper, he believes that the Indian squad are more than good enough to be successful at the 2019 ICC World Cup with just a single wicket-keeping maestro, thereby also announced his apprehensions about both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant being selected. “It's not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that,” Singh told India Today. © Reuters Not to let his devotion toward Dhoni get the better of him, Harbhajan also spoke of how KL Rahul is well qualified and experienced to fill in Mahi's shoes if the 37-year-old suffered a serious injury. “I don't think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep.” Singh also showed some love for the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, Navdeep Saini, who's fresh bowling style and raw pace has not only impressed cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and himself during 2019 season of the Indian Premier League but also in the domestic circuit. “You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick. Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is credible in Bangalore's batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience,” he said.
  2. Your underwear forms the foundation of your outfit, and how comfortable you feel in your clothes has a LOT to do with making the right choice of underwear. However, with the wide variety of styles, cuts, fabrics, colours, and prints out there, making that choice is not the straightforward decision it once used to be. Apart from the obvious question of whether they look good or not, you also have to factor in long-term comfort, support for your privates, the right range of movement and concealment, as well as keeping sweat and body odour at bay. Faced with all these decisions, knowing what will not only fit your body type, but also fit seamlessly into your personal style is half the battle won. There are several styles for you to choose from, which is where we, at MensXP, can be of assistance. Our guide to underwear styles can help narrow down your options, taking your underwear game to the next level by helping you make all the right choices. Style 1: Briefs © Pexels This classic, standard style that we all know from our childhood is made for comfort and support. The best briefs for men are defined by their distinctive Y-shaped front, elastic waistband, and just enough fabric to cover the essentials (namely your package and backside!) while leaving your upper thighs exposed. Pros: Thanks to their excellent support and minimal coverage, they're the underwear of choice if you're wearing slim-fit jeans or fitted trousers. They're much less likely to ride up as compared to other styles, so you won't have to keep adjusting them either. Cons: Although available in a variety of cuts and colours, they're not the most visually appealing garment to own, and can also accentuate stocky figures. Style 2: Boxers © Shutterstock Boxers are shorts that are designed to be loose-fitting, airy, and roomy, with an elastic waistband, and straight leg openings that extend down the legs to varying degrees. They usually have an open fly, to offer the wearer an exit route with maximum ease. Pros: If you're chilling at home on your day off, nothing feels more comfortable than a pair of boxers. Breathable and roomy, the best boxers for men offer a freedom of movement that is simply unmatched. They're also perfect for men who don't like revealing underwear thanks to the increased coverage they provide. Cons: Due to their baggy nature, they tend to bunch up uncomfortably underneath your trousers. Another problem that arises due to them being loose and free is sweat, which falls off your body and gathers in the most uncomfortable places. Style 3: Boxer Briefs © Pixabay If you combine the best features of boxers and briefs, you get the best boxer briefs for men , a hybrid style that retains the longer leg of the boxer as well as the snug fit of the brief. Pros: Highly versatile and universally flattering, they're the reigning champions of the underwear game. They offer tons of support downstairs, and can be worn as part of any outfit without fear of unwanted sweat, body odour, or bunching up. Cons: Although they're less prone to riding up than most styles, you might experience it if you sit for an extended period of time. This happens because they extend further down your legs than briefs, which end in the natural crease between your legs and torso. Style 4: Trunks © Pexels This style sits somewhere between briefs and boxer briefs, perfect for those who can't bring themselves to choose between the two. Trunks are a newer style of underwear, but one that's quickly gaining popularity. The best trunks for men have the skin-hugging fit of briefs with legs shorter than boxer briefs, creating a simple square-cut silhouette. Pros: The body-hugging fit means that they can be worn comfortably with slim-fit trousers and denims while still offering enough room for gents who hate constriction. The close fit has the added bonus of preventing sweat from soaking through, enhancing your comfort. Cons: Finding the right cut and size of trunks is the key to ensuring your comfort, because a low-cut variant leaves you open to the risk of public embarrassment every time you bend down (unless you wear your shirts tucked in for the rest of your life). Style 5: And, The Rest! © Pexels Although the underwear styles mentioned above are what you usually find on store shelves or online, that's not where your options end. There are a whole host of styles that aren't as common, but can still be valuable additions to you underwear drawer based on personal preference. After all, the key to selecting the best underwear for men is to find options for every possible scenario! For men who like the freedom that going commando affords them but are not quite ready to take the plunge, options like the thong, bikini brief, and g-string are worth looking into. These styles also work best for men with well-sculpted bodies who like to show off the results of their hard work, as they provide maximum exposure while still protecting your modesty. Whether you want to flaunt your stuff or just enjoy freedom when you walk around, this is the way to go.
  3. If you ever wished for Monday to be eliminated from the calendar altogether, trust me you're not alone. There's some air around this day that makes everyone hate it. I mean, there has to be something seriously wrong with this day if people look for motivation to survive through the day. So much so that they make '#MondayMotivation' trend every week, every month and every year. Talking about the hashtag 'Monday Motivation', one honorary contribution was made today by Abhishek Bachchan. The actor took to social media to share this inspiring quote with Floyd Mayweather's picture in the background. The quote read, "To be the best you have to work overtime." #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/omFsCjfGfY — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 8, 2019 If only reading these inspiring quotes made us half as productive as our bosses expect us to be, things will be so much more convenient and better for us. And looks like we are not alone in thinking this way. Bollywood's King Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan too feels the same way, at least his tweet does. Shah Rukh Khan was quick to reply to Bachchan's tweet and wrote, "Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!!" We feel you SRK, the struggle is way too real. Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!! https://t.co/9qejCH9tIx — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 8, 2019 Everytime we find something interesting on the internet, the first thing you do is tag our work BFF and then wait for them to comment and react to it. Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan's twitter interaction too looks like what we have with our work BFFs everyday.
  4. Hardik Pandya might have courted controversy on his last TV show appearance. He may have deservedly attracted flak and, later, suspension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his comments. And, more recently, he might have been summoned by Indian cricket board's Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain, to be present for the hearings in relation to his controversial remarks about women. But, despite all that, hand this young lad a cricket bat and he'll show you what an absolute nightmare he can be for the opposition bowlers - something that's becoming more of a trend in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. The 25-year-old began this season with a forgettable duck against Delhi Capitals (DC) who eventually shocked the three-time IPL champions with a 37-run triumph. But, since then, there's been no looking back for Pandya. Twitter/@IPL He smashed a 14-ball 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and, then, a 19-ball 31 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But, he saved his best for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who bore the brunt of Pandya's willow at the Wankhede stadium on 3rd April. Against RCB, Pandya's blitzkrieg allowed Mumbai to accelerate from an average-looking 145 after 16 overs to a competitive 187 after 20. And, at home against CSK, the swashbuckling right-hander, once again, got a meandering Mumbai innings out of a ditch with an absolute carnage of an innings. Coming out to bat in the 17th over, Hardik swapped places with elder brother Krunal and was looking to give more strike to settled Suryakumar Yadav. He couldn't score a run on his first delivery and then a single on the second got him off strike in the 18th over. But, after Yadav got dismissed on the last delivery of the over, the right-handed batsman knew it was time to unleash the beast. Twitter/@IPL He smashed Shardul Thakur for a towering six over square leg on the first delivery of the penultimate over and followed it up with a single. With Hardik off strike, Kieron Pollard could only manage seven runs off four deliveries including a six on the fifth ball. At 141/5, with just six deliveries to go, both Hardik and Pollard knew they needed to up the ante to help Mumbai post a competitive total. M15: MI vs CSK – Hardik Pandya Six https://t.co/GjfmMNB7va via @ipl — Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) April 3, 2019 While Pollard smashed a six on the third delivery (a no-ball) and ran three runs on the legitimate ball (a free-hit), Hardik went hammer and tongs at Dwayne Bravo on the last three balls of the final over. He helicoptered Bravo's yorker into the top tier - something MS Dhoni would have also enjoyed - on the fourth delivery. Then, he punched a drive through extra cover for a boundary. And, finally, slashing a fuller delivery over third man to finish with a six. MUST WATCH: The Pollard-Pandya last over carnage ð®ð® Full video here â¶ï¸https://t.co/7kgiaB3Nsc #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/pLdU2pyRID — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019 A staggering 29 runs came off Bravo's final over wherein Hardik was responsible for 17, Pollard scored 10 and two came as extras. From reeling at 119/4 in 17 overs, Mumbai romped their way to 170/5 - thanks to a slambang 8-ball 25 from Hardik and 7-ball 17 from Pollard. In 37 innings since the 2017 edition of the IPL, Hardik has come in to bat with roughly 26 balls remaining in the innings, which is extremely low for a hitter of his ability in a T20 game. While that may raise questions on Mumbai's decision to keep him much down the batting order, it undoubtedly highlights what kind of an influence, in just a few deliveries, this young bloke can have on a game - something Team India would need in the all-important ICC World Cup, slated to begin from 30th May.
  5. The Indian gaming industry is seeing a rapid growth, thanks to behemoths like Tencent, who're actively making an active investment. If everything goes well, digital gaming in India is expected to grow into a billion-dollar market. But it's not all roses here when it comes to gaming. According to a report by a US-based cloud services provider Limelight Networks, it looks like Indian gamers are seriously addicted to gaming. An alarming rate of Indians are even compromising on basic things like meals, sleep, and even work for playing online games. © Pexels Apparently, close to 50-per cent gamers in the country are considering quitting their jobs to take up gaming as a profession. I mean, I like the enthusiasm, but I am not sure if they all realize the risks involved. The report highlights that Indian gamers are spending nearly seven hours each week playing online games. Close to 24 per cent of players are admitting to playing for more than seven hours a week, whereas over 11 per cent of them say they indulge for more than 12 hours in a given week. To shed some more light on the matter, the report further notes that 45 per cent of Indian gamers accepted that they have missed sleep to play games. It doesn't stop there, as 35 per cent of gamers say they've missed out on spending time with their friends or going out on a date. And surprisingly, the report says that close to 24 per cent of gamers have skipped work just to play games. If not, it looks like nearly 20 per cent of gamers play at work on a daily basis. © Unsplash As I said, I like the optimism, but it's important that they need to understand the risks involved too. Professional gamers, spend more 10-15 hours a day grinding to perfect their gameplay. Twitch streamers & professional gamers like Shroud, DrDisrespect, etc., spend way too much time playing games. Some of them have even talked about the mental and physical health issues which they have to go through to put so much work. As much as I am excited about Indian gamers coming out of the closet, I am equally concerned about the addiction and other factors that are involved. Well, let's just hope that people understand what they're getting into, and it's not just because of the on-going 'PUBG' fad. I say that because a lot of Indian gamers and streamers are doing extremely well playing these new titles. Naturally, the people enjoying their streams and gameplay are bound to get attracted. However, it's important to see the full picture and balance everything before being able to support oneself as a professional gamer. If not, then this needs to stop before it's too late.
  6. It's Game Developer's Week and Google just stole the show with a game streaming service called 'Stadia' that challenges the current status quo of the gaming industry. The service will let users stream AAA demanding games to PC, Mobiles, Tablets, Chromecast and Laptops from the cloud and is expected to launch sometime in 2019. Having said that, the streaming service is not scheduled to launch in India anytime soon. There are many contributing factors such as low internet speeds and general infrastructure that is currently not up to the mark when compared to the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. If you want to know how Stadia works and what all it can do, you can read all about it here. © YouTube However, India is one of the fastest growing markets for internet services where the country is the second largest market for smartphones. India also has the cheapest internet plans across all service providers which has increased the number of internet users in India tenfold. For Google, this is potentially the biggest untapped market as mobile gaming in India has become the preferred choice of platform for Indian gamers. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla With the sudden success of PUBG Mobile, demand for gaming smartphones has increased ever since the phenomenon took over the country. It proves that India has a huge pool of gamers on smartphones that have made games like PUBG a huge success. Smartphone gaming is extremely important for Indian customers and Google's new service can potentially provide AAA gaming to an audience that can't afford to build their own PCs or buy new consoles. For many, it will be a first-time experience that will no longer be exclusive to the affluent or passionate gamer. Gaming Is Expensive In India © MensXP Gaming is an expensive affair in India and if you want to get a real feel of India's gaming scene, Akhil Arora from NDTV paints the true picture in his piece here. Games are generally sold in India for $60 ( a direct conversion) for an audience that does not earn in the same currency. The story gets worse for hardware because of India's harsh import duties and taxes on gaming consoles. As NDTV points out “A salaried middle-class Indian has to work 9-14 times more to afford a PS4.” It's a real problem here that can be resolved by Google's Stadia platform. Not only does the streaming service makes games accessible and cheaper, but it also lets users play games on devices they already own. For the first time in India's gaming industry history, AAA gaming can be mainstream and affordable thanks to services like Stadia. What Are The Barriers? © Youtube Let's face it, India does not have the required infrastructure to support game streaming at the moment, at least on a large scale. Even though ISPs now offer Gigabit connections, it's still not as widespread as it should be. Having said that, India is on the path of rapid Digital development with companies like Jio making fibernet accessible and affordable for the average Indian. Latency is the obvious issue here that needs to address which we can only know when Google Stadia launches. © Reuters Coming back to smartphone gaming, 5G is said to support smooth game streaming, however, we won't see 5G services launch in India before 2021. In fact, we don't even know how well game streaming will run as it has not been tested in the real world yet. Having said that, the future does look bright for Google Stadia in India, as the country's infrastructure is growing at a rapid pace and doesn't look like it will slow down anytime soon. Sure, it may be a few years away but sooner or later, Google Stadia will change the game for an average Indian gamer. Are you interested in Google's Stadia platform? Would you like to play AAA games on your smartphone or tablet? Let us know in the comments what you think about Stadia.ee
  7. When it comes to redemption in the domain of style, no one in Bollywood quite had it as successfully as a certain Mr Suniel Shetty. From shabby, ill-fitting clothes during the '90s to being the picture of suavity currently, at the age of 57 (what?), his style game has only improved with age - just like fine wine. What sets him apart from the crowd is his versatility, especially his comfort with pulling off traditional Indian wear as nonchalantly as athleisure. The way he pulls off a dhoti like it's no big deal, is one for the books, and here are 8 times he wore it, rocked it, and showed it why it needs to come back to our wardrobes immediately. 1. When he wore it with a smart black sherwani and paired it with a pocket square and black leather jootis. © Viral Bhayani 2. When he went for the most basic but most sophisticated outfit ever - the white dhoti with a white kurta. © Viral Bhayani 3. When he added a classy twist to the all-white dhoti kurta combo with a blue bandhgala waistcoat. © Instagram 4. A grey dhoti with a black border? Yes, please! © Twitter/SunielShetty_FC 5. Chillin' in the sun in a dhoti > Chillin' by the pool. © Instagram 6. When was the last time you saw someone casually taking a stroll by the mall in a dhoti? © Twitter/SunielShetty_FC 7. A black kurta on a white dhoti can look fierce. © Instagram 8. To being truly Indian - spiritually and sartorially. © Instagram Applause, Anna.
  8. Following the ODI series against the visiting Australian cricket team comes as a wake-up call for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It gives a hint of how dire a situation they are in right now and what kind of competition they are looking at in the ICC World Cup 2019 come June. It was also a reminder of how badly do they still need Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be included in the final roster. Virat Kohli's Commander In Chief © Reuters Yes, Virat Kohli has proven his worth maybe a million times both as a batsman and a leader and his efforts were even recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) when they honoured the 30-year-old with three of the most prestigious awards in the game - Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year while also naming him the captain of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year. However, the man himself has agreed to the fact that he can afford the luxury of fielding at the boundary whenever Dhoni plays from his team. A big fan of the former skipper's ability to lead, Kohli trusts Dhoni's decision-making, especially in crunch time, when the match is on the line. Kohli's frustration and anger in the final overs of Indian bowling in the fifth ODI were enough to understand how gravely he missed having 'Mahi Bhai' by his side. Skills Behind The Stumps © Reuters Rishabh Pant may turn out to be a great substitute for MSD in due course of time and as his childhood coach Tarak Sinha very rightly said that it is unfair to compare a seasoned veteran like Dhoni to a fresher like Pant. Having said that, Pant will get a lot of chances to brush up his skills behind the wicket. For now, at least till the World Cup is over, India can't afford to have the kind of slip-ups the 21-year-old did in the last two ODIs. "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip. NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019 India also missed how Dhoni reads the game and the batsman's mind and instructs the bowlers accordingly. Success of Indian spinners in the recent past has a lot to do with Dhoni's observations from behind the stumps. On the contrary, his absence from the roster has led to bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav being thrashed by the batsmen from Down Under. Dependable On The Crease © Reuters His capabilities as a batsman also needs to be taken into account. Albeit his consistency to score big runs and hit long shots has gone down drastically in recent days, but one can still bet on Dhoni's ability to stay on the crease. During the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and the partnership between him and Jadhav, Dhoni made sure that his side doesn't lose any more wickets while enabling his partner to score big runs on strike. His Locker-Room Aura © Reuters Finally, just the mere presence of a personality like Dhoni in the locker room brings a sense of stability to the team. After the win in the first ODI, Jadhav openly advocated that notion: “Every time I see 'Mahi bhai', it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.”
  9. When it comes to budget smartphones and the Indian market, Xiaomi has managed to build a brand name that delivers smartphones with aggressive pricing. It's not only the pricing that matters, but smartphones also need to work and need to work well. Redmi, now a sub-brand of Xiaomi has managed to do just that, deliver great smartphones with an attractive price. However, Xiaomi steps up the game with the Redmi Note 7 Pro with upgraded specifications and a camera that can challenge even some of the top-tier smartphones. Xiaomi has also upgraded the design with captivating colours for users who prefer to be trendy and fashionable. It retails in India for Rs 13,990 and comes in different configurations. It has a 48-megapixel primary camera paired with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots at the rear and a 13-megapixel sensor selfie shooter. We've been using the smartphone for a while to find out whether it's still the king of budget smartphones. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design And Display Xiaomi has completely overhauled the Redmi Note series with a beautiful gradient design that catches the light. It's something similar to what we've seen on other smartphones. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro stands out from the crowd thanks to its bold colours. What's cool about the design is that the smartphone has an all-glass design both at the front and the back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This makes the smartphone a tad bit heavier than the previous iterations; however, we like the solid feel to the smartphone. We particularly like the Nebula Red colour which we got to see at the launch event. At the front, Xiaomi as a dewdrop notch display that removes the additional bezels you may have seen in previous models. The design of the smartphone feels very premium and very similar to what you would find on the iPhone XR. It feels solid and does not feel like a budget smartphone from any angle. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi also retains the headphone jack which is always a plus in our books and has now added Type-C support. We can finally transfer files faster and charge a Redmi smartphone quicker than ever before. In addition, the Redmi Note 7 Pro also has a p2i nano-coating which protects the smartphone from accidental spills. It's not water-resistant, but it will protect your smartphone from water spills in your bathroom. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display with a resolution 1080x2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 15,000, the display is quite sharp and accurate for an LCD. Sure, it's not the best you find as compared to flagship level smartphones but it does a fair job at colour reproduction and brightness. The colours on the display do not look oversaturated and look close to real-life. The brightness is also solid as it comes in handy when viewing it directly under sunlight. It has a brightness level of 477 nits which is quite impressive for an LCD panel. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 7 Pro's star attraction is its 48 MP rear Sony IMX 586 sensor that delivers some of the most amazing pictures we've seen on a budget smartphone. We've seen this sensor on the Honor View 20 before and it manages to deliver some great details and clarity in images. It captures the right colours and delivers some of the most beautiful pictures in HDR mode. In fact, sometimes we couldn't believe we shot these images with a budget smartphone. Most of these pictures were shown in 21MP however you can always take the full 48MP images by toggling the feature in the settings. Budget smartphones tend to struggle in low-light photography however Xiaomi has introduced its new Night Mode in MIUI 10. The new model does manage to take brighter images in low light which the budget smartphone was unable to do previously. The dynamic range also plays a crucial role in delivering these shots. It works very similar to Google's Night Shot as it combines different a series of images taken in different contrast levels to give you a better low-light image. Overall, we were quite pleased with the camera performance and even raises the question for the need of flagship level smartphones. Sure, flagship smartphones have great cameras but the gap is being closed quite rapidly thanks to smartphones like Redmi Note 7 Pro. Gallery View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #redminote7pro. Loving the night mode and it's quite decent from a phone that doesn't break the bank. #xiaomi #smartphones #gadgets #techie #technology #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Mar 10, 2019 at 11:44pm PDT Software Performance The Redmi Note 7 Pro ships with MIUI 10 and we would like to address the elephant in the room. MIUI 10 does have advertisements and if you wish to disable them you can do it by following these steps. Having said that, these advertisements are a bit annoying especially when you install a new application. Xiaomi has a security app that scans newly installed applications that have advertisements embedded within it. You can easily turn off the feature however it is a bit jarring when you kept getting bombarded with advertisements. If you want a seamless, experience, we suggested you follow the steps above. If you look beyond the ads, MIUI 10 looks quite clean and visually appealing with satisfying animations and overall stability. You have usual functions like dual apps and a new gesture navigation system that is easy to use. It's quite similar to what we've seen on the new iPhones but with slightly different animation and multi-tasking layout. Performance Equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers a great overall experience when it comes to performing tasks daily usage. While it works great with less CPU intensive apps, it lacks in processing graphics for fluid gaming. On PUBG mobile, the smartphone would often have massive frame rate drops in high settings and has the rubber-banding effect too. We would recommend you play GPU intensive games with lower settings. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro does heat up a bit when playing games which were expected as it does not have a dedicated cooling system like the POCO F1. Regardless, the smartphone is good enough for casual games like Temple Run and can handle games like Asphalt 9 in medium setting. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of Geekbench scores, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored 6520 in the multi-core test while it scored 2380 in the single core test. In our opinion, that's quite a respectable score for a smartphone that costs only Rs 13,990. The Redmi Note 4 Pro comes with 4,000 mAh battery which has remained unchanged from previous models. Battery life on the Redmi Note 7 Pro is exceptional with moderate usage as we had almost 6.5 hours of screen-on-time. We tested the smartphone with navigation, gaming and communication. In addition, it also supports QC4 however you need to buy a compatible charger separately. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was able to last almost two days on a single charge which is quite impressive for any smartphone. The Final Say If you are looking for a smartphone that can take awesome pictures, last 2 days on a single charge and can delivery awesome battery life, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is your best bet. The new smartphone has stepped up its game in the photography department and can perform well with moderate usage. Starting at Rs 13,9990 the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the king of budget smartphones right now.
  10. Ever since MS Dhoni called time on his Test career, the Indian selectors have been busy trying to fill in the void. They've tried Wriddhiman Saha who did quite an impressive job in the longest format. Then, we saw the ascension of Dinesh Karthik to the Indian team. And now, young Rishabh Pant is being looked upon as Dhoni's worthy successor behind the stumps. Amongst the available options, Dhoni, himself, had backed Pant as his potential successor when he dropped himself from the Indian squad for the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Australia last November. For a man who considers Dhoni his idol, Pant appeared to have thrived in the limited opportunities he has got in the Indian team so far. His batting prowess surely makes him a valuable addition to the Indian team down the order. But, sadly, the same can't be said about his wicket-keeping skills. At the age of just 21, Pant is still young and continues to learn the art of wicket-keeping. However, with the ICC World Cup around the corner, the margin for error is very low for the youngster. © AP While many have advocated Pant's case in the recent past, the 4th One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia gave a stark reminder why he is still a work in progress as far as wicket-keeping is concerned. The clash in Mohali saw India losing, what is being deemed as an unlosable game, as Australia chased down the fifth-highest target (359 runs) in ODI cricket. From misreading the conditions to missing key chances, there were a flurry of mistakes Indian cricket team find themselves pondering over as Aussies fought back from being 0-2 to 2-2 in the five-match series. While Kedar Jadhav missed a tough chance at deep midwicket in the 47th over, Shikhar Dhawan put down an absolute dolly at mid-off in the same over. However, amongst the lost opportunities, Pant's blunders were arguably the ones that ended up hurting India's chances the most at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium. In the 39th over, Peter Handscomb had already notched up his maiden ODI hundred and was eager to take the momentum away from India when he decided to step out of the crease, looking for a big shot. Realising Handscomb's intentions, Kuldeep Yadav shortened his length and ensured the batsman missed the ball. But, it was Pant's inability to collect the ball cleanly to effect the stumping that gave a crucial lifeline to Handscomb as Kuldeep and a packed Mohali stadium watched in disbelief. Pant's mistakes...!! pic.twitter.com/qyo9Kpkdox — Vidshots (@Vidshots1) March 10, 2019 But, it was the 44th over that left the Indian team, owing to Pant's blunders, completely red-faced. The first delivery of Yuzvendra Chahal's over saw Pant fluffing another stumping opportunity that could've surely sent dangerous-looking Turner back into the hut. Disheartened by the lost chance, Chahal bowled the third delivery right into the blockhole as Alex Carey just about managed to squeeze it away from the stumps. But, Pant's effort to pull-off Dhoni's 'No Look' throw converted a dot ball into a single. Watch the Mahi magic on loop #INDvNZ https://t.co/btMoJF0xC3 — BCCI (@BCCI) October 26, 2016 The fourth delivery of the same over saw Turner charging down the track only to get beaten wide outside the off-stump. Making amends for his mistake, Pant successfully managed to grab the ball this time around and jumped in appeal for a potential caught behind dismissal. Pant's confidence that the Aussie had edged the ball convinced Virat Kohli to review and even as the replays showed a noticeable spike on 'Ultra-Edge', the third umpire deemed it not out and called for a wide. While Pant should hardly be blamed for the last opportunity as there was actually a spike in replays, the other three blunders undoubtedly proved costly for his team's chances to win the game and seal the series. Though Pant is still young and needs time to establish himself as India's go-to wicket-keeper, the left-hander must learn to work on his strengths rather than copying Dhoni's artistry with the gloves. © AP In the two stumping opportunities he missed, Pant was so eager to whip the bails off that he almost forgot to collect it in the first place. Dhoni's lightening quick glovework is a technique derived through impeccable hand-eye coordination, developed over years of hard work. Similarly, when Pant tried to pull off Dhoni's 'No Look' throw, he looked very casual - something that further evoked a strong reaction from his captain on the field. It's one thing to idolise someone, but, to become like them, is an uphill battle that takes time. Pant might have pulled off Dhoni's unorthodox style of wicket-keeping a million times in the practice sessions. But if you can't do it correctly in crunch situations during a key clash, then, the wise thing would be to stick to the basics, rather than being flamboyant - a lesson Pant must learn to live up to his billing as Dhoni's successor behind the stumps.
  11. They say that shoes speak louder than words. But when it comes to buying a new pair of leather shoes, we all know that it's an investment. Every man knows better than most that a quality pair of leather shoes does cost a little more than the average amount one spends on clothing or accessories. If you're smart enough to break in and care for fine footwear from the first day, they go a long way. Shoe care is essential, especially for a new pair. Guidelines on polishing, storage and wear and tear are what makes your shoe last for years. Here's everything you would need to know about taking care of new shoes: 1. Breaking-In The Right Way © Gettyimages A new shoe can be a mine-field with blisters and shoe-bites at every nook, just waiting to happen. It's best to break into your new shoes for a few weeks till you start wearing them on a regular basis. The tip here would be to break into them by wearing the shoes for a few hours at a time on the first few outings. As gradually wearing them over a period of a few weeks helps you mould into them slowly, it also increases the longevity of you shoe. 2. Regular Care © Gettyimages After a long day of wearability, kicking your shoes on the floor and forgetting about them is unacceptable. A sensitive but sturdy material like leather needs regular care. Invest in a leather shoe cleaning wipes and remove stains and mud off them. You could also use a shoe brush to clean any dirt that's can be easily dusted off. These minor steps can increase the life of your shoes by many years. 3. Rest Them Well © Gettyimages As much as you're tempted to wear your new kicks everyday, it's advisable to rest them. Avoid extreme wear for the first few weeks at least. This process helps the leather open up and adjust to your foot. We would recommend wearing the shoe a maximum of 2-3 times a week and resting for a day in between each wear. 4. Polish Them The Right Way © Gettyimages As leather has the tendency to dry up, you wouldn't want your beloved (not to mention, expensive) shoes to end up in flakes. Add moisture to your shoe by polishing them once every fortnight to avoid cracking. Pro tip: Most men make the mistake of polishing their shoes moments before they step out of the house. Instead, apply the polish to let it really seep into the leather for couple hours, then brush it off and shine the shoes. 5. Storage Tips © Gettyimages Don'ts: Avoid storing leather shoes in plastic bags, as that can lead to mould. Dos: Store your leather shoes in either shoe bags or shoe boxes. Throwing them in a shoe rack without any covering is not a boss move. Always remember, a little goes a long way. These tips can help increase your leather shoe's lifespan by years. Thank us later, fellas!
  12. If you're one who loves sneakers and wants to show them off to the world every single time you wear them, we have a treat for you. With the rise of the sneaker culture, sneakers aren't a mere sport-based necessity anymore. From red carpets, street style, Indian-wear to the runway, sneakers can be rocked anywhere, anytime. Being such a versatile shoe, the possibilities of styling a pair of sneakers is endless. If you want to re-vamp your trusted shoe in the easiest way possible, try out some unique shoelace designs. Such a simple move can take your shoe-game to a whole new level. Check these 5 cool shoe-lace patterns out: 1. Ladder © Mensxp Step 1: Start by inserting the two ends A and B into the bottom pair of eyelets from beneath. Step 2: Pull out both the ends and insert them in the pair of eyelets which are second from the bottom. Now pull the end A from beneath and do the same for the end B. You will see two vertical loops across two eyelets from the bottom. Step 3: Take each end and weave it in the loop formed on the opposite side. Its best to refer to the illustration for the same. Repeat the same procedure on the successive loops. This ladder will take you all the way to the promised land, trust us. 2. Bars © Mensxp Step 1: One of the most popular ways to tie shoelaces is the bar pattern. Prefer a single or a double colored lace to get the best look from this pattern. Step 2: Insert the two ends into the bottom pair of eyelets to form the first bar. Then form a second bar by pulling end B from the second eyelet and inserting it in the eyelet next to it. Step 3: Now, take end A from the first eyelet on the left, skip the second, and insert it in the third from beneath. Do the same for the B end. Take it from its last position on the left (second), skip one on the same side, and insert it into the next one. Voila! Now that's the kind of bar hopping we like! 3. Checkered © Mensxp Step 1: This lacing pattern looks super fly. To achieve it, you're gonna need two laces of different colors, preferably white, black, red or yellow. Step 2: Use one lace and start by forming a simple bar-patterned lacing as shown in the illustration. When you reach the end-point, tie both the ends of the first lace from under it. Step 3: Take the second lace and start interweaving the first lace starting from the bottom left, going straight up and ending at the bottom right. You can then tuck or knot the loose ends of the bottom pair of eyelets. Pro tip: This style isn't supposed to be tied up but to style a shoe as a slip-on. 4. Zipper © Mensxp Step 1: From the top-left eyelet, start looping every diagonal eyelet. Continue looping till you reach the bottom-right eyelet of the shoe. Step 2: Start looping the bottom-right eyelet and pass the end through the eyelet parallel to it. Now, start from the current one and go on looping diagonally till the top as like Step 1. Step 3: When you reach the top, you're all set. Wear the show and show it off! 5. Z shaped © Mensxp Step 1: As seen in the bar pattern, you'll see the lace forming the alphabet 'Z' on its way. Begin by passing the two ends through the bottom most set of eyelets from above to form a bar. Refer to the bar pattern illustration in point 2 for extra help. Step 2: Grab end A from under and pass it diagonally through the third eyelet that you see on the right side. Take end B and pass it through the next eyelet (second one from bottom), and then through the eyelet parallel to it to form the second bar. Step 3: You need to make the bar from each end that comes out of the eyelets on the right hand side, and also the diagonal lines from the ends peeking through the left side. Keep going till the end and your Z-shaped lacing should be done and ready to flaunt.
  13. Samsung has officially unveiled that Galaxy S10 in which there's also a 5G model for the upcoming services that will be rolled out in the U.S. soon. As 5G becomes more readily available, we will see more smartphones with new wireless tech including in phones from OnePlus and other manufacturers. © YouTube However, this is not enough for the U.S. President Donald Trump as he urged wireless carriers to deploy G and "6G" networks "as soon as possible,” What President Trump forgot to check was that 6G tech does not exist at the moment. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible," Trump wrote on Twitter this morning. "It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind.” I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on......... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019 In a second tweet, Trump said that 5G and 6G are "so obviously the future.” 5G is being rolled out sooner than expected and users on a 5G network can download an episode of Game of Thrones in minutes. 5G will also enable users to stream games from the cloud on their devices without any lag. 5G will also let users communicate with each other via 4K video. © BCCL Trump's tweet comes after concerns that Chinese companies like Huawei are ahead of US companies at developing 5G tech. However, Trump's demand for 6G technology is quite baffling as 6G doesn't even exist as a concept, not even in theory. 6G wireless technology, if it even exists, is years away from being implemented in real life. However, Trump's tweet me just be a subtle push for US companies to get a head start on 6G tech.
  14. If you're ever feeling down and out in life, just go over to Akshay Kumar's Instagram page and you'll get a whole lotta determination, inspiration and motivation, all folded in to one. The actor does such inspirational things, it gives us hope that the world can definitely be a better place. © Pinterest Just recently, along with Aditya Thakeray, he participated in a training session to teach young girls basic self-defence techniques, in Thane Mumbai. His social media was abuzz with a video of him training the girls, so they can protect themselves in the most basic way possible. © Instagram The video he shared on his Instagram page was captioned: Happy to see a turnout of 2000 plus girls from nearby schools at our self defense training camp in Thane today. The workshop was to teach them some basic self defense techniques. Hoping it was helpful and to see more of them at our training centre. Happy to see a turnout of 2000 plus girls from nearby schools at our self defense training camp in Thane today. The workshop was to teach them some basic self defense techniques. Hoping it was helpful and to see more of them at our training centre. @adityathackeray A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Feb 20, 2019 at 4:02am PST Dressed in black, Kumar displayed a lot of patience and skilful knowledge about the basics of martial arts. He believes it's important for young girls to know the fundamentals, just in case they face something uncomfortable, ever in life. © Pinterest Akshay has had formal training in Thai Boxing and Muay Thai when he spent over 5 years learning these forms of martial arts in Thailand and now he wishes to impart his knowledge of martial arts for training purposes. This isn't the first time we're seeing the man in his utmost noble best. He's known to bring issues of menstrual hygiene to the forefront with his film 'Padman' and has also joined hands with an organisation to aid a running event to raise awareness for menstrual hygiene. © Zee Studios On the work front, his film 'Kesari', based on the battle of Saragarhi in 1897 will release in March this year and we're really waiting with bated breath to watch him in one of the finest roles he's ever played.
  15. Whether you favour the clean shaven look, proudly maintain a bushy beard, or sport a facial hair style that falls somewhere in between these two, it's impossible to give up shaving completely, at least not if you want to look well groomed! Although men today gravitate towards the electric trimmer to help 'shave' seconds off their morning shaving ritual as they rush to work, they can't hope to match up to the smooth, close shave that the good old safety razor offers. The O.G. of shaving implements, the safety razor was the first shaving tool curated to reduce the reliance on professional barbers and put the power into your own hands (quite literally!). The origins of the safety razors we know today, i.e., a handle attached at right angles to a head in which a removable blade can be placed, can be traced back to early 19th century. Including a protective layer between the blade edge and the user's skin dramatically reduced the level of skill needed to shave injury-free, adding a 'safety element' to the design. Since then, the safety razor has evolved into a highly specialised piece of shaving tech that provides professional-level shaves right in your own bathroom. So, if you take your appearance seriously, adding the best safety razor to your grooming routine is the smartest decision you can take. And on that note, we've compiled this helpful list of the best options out there, to make your choice a little easier, and your morning shave much smoother (and safer). Does Your Shaving Kit Contain The Best Safety Razor? 1. Vikings Blade The Chieftain Safety Razor © Amazon When you think of Vikings, the image that comes up is of fierce warriors ready for battle, and this safety razor from Vikings Blade arms you for the battle against bad grooming! Made from materials sourced from Sweden, this razor offers a smoother and closer shave than ever before, with no cuts or resistance thanks to their patented micro-comb system. The razor is perfectly weighted, and is hand-crafted from a mix of brass and bronze with a shiny chrome coating. The advanced butterfly head facilitates quick blade changes, so you won't have to waste time pre-shave. The case also comes with a mirror so that you can keep up with your grooming regime on your travels, and also contains five raw, unbranded, unpolished super sharp platinum-coated Swedish steel blades. MRP: Rs. 4,734 Buy It Here 2. Merkur Futur MK-70M Safety Razor © Amazon When it comes to the best safety razor in terms of ease of use, Merkur's Futur MK-70M is tough to beat. While the snap-cap design makes loading blades extremely simple, the blade exposure dial allows you to control the blade gap, which means the blade performs as gently or as aggressively as you please. At 122 grams, it feels nice and solid in your hand, but can still be manoeuvred across the contours of your face with precision. Produced entirely in Solingen, Germany, it offers an amazing shave minus the skin irritation that sometimes accompanies cheap razors and safety razor blades. MRP: Rs. 7, 981 Buy It Here 3. Edwin Jagger Safety Razor © Amazon A great offering from renowned English manufacturers Edwin Jagger, this beauty comprises a two part, die cast and hand polished chrome plated blade head. It's precision engineered to deliver a shaving angle that is gentle on all skin types, which means experienced as well as new shavers can enjoy a smooth, close, comfortable and accurate shave. The handle is triple plated, and the head components are finished with a flawless blue white scratch resistant chrome plating. The handle is capped with chrome plated end cap detailing, and the Edwin Jagger name is embossed into the chrome plated collar, so you know you're getting a quality item. You get five free Derby double edge safety razor blades with each purchase, which means your blades will match up in quality and performance with your razor. MRP: Rs. 4,383 Buy It Here 4. Muhle R41 Safety Razor © Amazon With a stunning chrome finish, this offering from Muhle is a double edge safety razor that definitely makes a visual impact. Its performance is just as impactful as its looks - the razorhead, with open tooth comb, was specially developed keeping practised wet shavers in mind. The special blade angle allows a direct, vigorous shaving technique without risk of cuts. The open tooth comb design as well as the gap behind the foam edge ensures that no stubble collects on the edge, making cleaning an easy task. MRP: Rs. 7,783 Buy It Here 5. Parker Long Handle Safety Razor © Amazon Producing quality grooming implements for well over four decades, Parker have produced yet another stunner with this safety razor. It uses a chrome plated brass frame that enhances durability and guards against corrosion, meaning it'll be a part of your safety razor kit for a long time. The twist-to-open design allows you to replace blades easily, while the four-inch-long textured handle offers a sure grip that makes for a close and comfortable shave, enhanced further by the flexible comfort guard. MRP: Rs. 1,950 Buy It Here 6. Feather AS-D2 Safety Razor © Amazon Moving from the best Europe has to offer to the finest Asian offering, this expertly-crafted Japanese razor is worth every penny of its considerable price tag. Made with the same care and precision used to make the famed Samurai swords, Feather blades are renowned the world over for their sharpness and durability, and the ability to provide a smooth shave without any skin irritation despite the sharpness of the blade edge. The Feather AS-D2 is made completely from stainless steel, imparting a noticeably heavier weight to the razor. The hefty handle also features very aggressive knurling that ensure you have a great grip on the razor at all times. MRP: Rs. 23,293 Buy It Here 7. Vikings Blade The Godfather Safety Razor © Amazon The name says it all - this truly is the godfather when it comes to choosing the best safety razor. It utilises premium high-end heavy duty Swedish materials for its construction, and combines a classic blade manufacturing process with a modern look. The result is a superior shaving implement that has a hefty old school feel which gives you a close shave without burning a hole in your pocket. Each razor also comes with a luxury leatherette and suede travel case, as well as five raw, unbranded platinum coated super blades. MRP: Rs. 5,187 Buy It Here 8. Baxter of California Safety Razor © Amazon Despite what the name might suggest, this sleek and stylish chrome-plated razor was crafted in Germany, so you know you have a precise instrument in your hands! It's designed to help reduce ingrown hairs and razor burn when used properly, and its remarkable durability means you won't have to look for replacements every so often. It comes packaged in a black gift box along with a pack of starter blades and an instructional card to guide you towards the most effortless and effective shave. MRP: Rs. 9,320 Buy It Here 9. Van der Hagen Traditional Safety Razor © Amazon This offering from Van der Hagen offers the complete shaving experience in one package. The razor is forged from chrome plated brass for an attractive yet sturdy look, and the short handle offers the user better control while using it. The butterfly opening offers the chance to change blades quickly and effortlessly. Every pack includes five ice-tempered, teflon-coated, stainless steel blades that are made in Germany, which combine with this exquisite razor to provide a great shave. MRP: Rs. 2,112 Buy It Here 10. Gillette Flexball Fusion Pro Glide Razor © Amazon No list of the best safety razors would be complete without a Gillette safety razor, and this particular one offers a close and precise shave like no other. The Fusion Proglide features the thinnest blades used by Gillette, which have an advanced low resistance coating to facilitate effortless gliding over the face. This smooth experience is enhanced by the FlexBall technology, which combines with the Blade Stabilizer to help keep blade shape steady while allowing the head to pivot freely over the contours of the face. A reformulated Lubrastrip, infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers further help the razor move smoothly over skin, while the precision trimmer, long-hair trimmer comb and rinse through slots are added features that make this an excellent option. MRP: Rs. 499 Buy It Here 11. The Bluebeard's Revenge Scimitar Razor © Amazon We've already covered Vikings, so why not move on to pirates now? The Bluebeard's Revenge Scimitar helps you slice through stubble with minimal effort, just like the great pirates on old went through the fleets of their enemies. This three piece, all metal, chrome plated razor is engineered in the UK, and features all that's good about traditional shaving instruments. It has a substantial feel when you grasp it, and yet glides over skin easily. The top of the razor head, on which the distinctive Bluebeard's Revenge logo has been laser etched, unscrews off to facilitate an easy blade switch, and would make an extremely stylish and valuable addition to your grooming arsenal. MRP: Rs. 15,288 Buy It Here 12. Merkur Classic Safety Razor © Amazon Another stunning offering from Merkur, this three-piece double-edge safety razor features the classic Merkur closed-comb head. It's available in a few variants that you can choose from based on your preference, secure in the knowledge that each has a contoured, weighted handle with a matte knurled pattern that rests easily in any hand. Manufactured in Germany, it's designed to last you a very long time, without letting up on the quality of the close shaves it provides every time! MRP: Rs. 3,822 Buy It Here 13. Parker 24C Safety Razor © Amazon Enjoy a barbershop-standard close shave in the comfort of your own home thanks to this heavyweight safety razor from Parker. The open comb head provides an extremely close shave, while the solid brass frame ensures durability. It sports a four-inch long textured handle for a sure grip that won't slip even with wet hands. Each razor comes with five Shark super chrome blades that go perfectly with the razor and combine to give you an amazing shave each time. MRP: Rs. 1,950 Buy It Here 14. Bombay Shaving Company Precision Safety Razor © Amazon Possibly the best safety razor in India in terms of performance and value for money, this Precision safety razor from Bombay Shaving Company takes inspiration from the classic safety razors in that it's heavy and sharp, but also exquisitely engineered with a smooth chrome finish. The brass and zamak alloy makes for a generous weight distribution, while the design make it effortless to use. An aggressive clamp setting allows better cutting efficiency, which means you'll always get the desired results. As for the added goodies, it comes with a razor sheath for added protection and also includes ten Feather stainless blades straight from Japan, all at a very pocket-friendly price! MRP: Rs. 1,181 Buy It Here 15. Bevel Safety Razor © Amazon Featuring a simple yet stunning design, this re-engineered single blade safety razor from Bevel will definitely make your shave experience much better. The razor is generously weighted for an intuitive shave, allowing you to wield the blade without much effort. It's specially designed to shave right at skin level, which enhances the smoothness of the shave without those annoying razor bumps and burns. An eye-catching design that provides an effective shave that doesn't harm your skin either, you can't go wrong with this option! MRP: Rs. 5,431 Buy It Here
  16. There's a hot new Battle Royale game that has been the talk of the town and we've been playing the game ever since its release. It's called 'Apex Legends' and the game is free-to-play across all platforms. Just like the any other Battle Royale game, you need to know a few tips and tricks in order to win a match. 'Apex Legends' has nuances that make it different from any other Battle Royale game out there. You need to know your abilities and different types of guns for different situations. Here are a few tips and tricks you need to know to secure that win in Apex Legends. Loot Is Important © YouTube No matter what you do, loot is the most important thing in any Battle Royale game. Make sure you grab the Armour, Helmet, weapon and ammo. Do not pick unnecessary items that you don't need as inventory space is more important than anything in this game. Have Enough Ammo Ammo is scarce and your guns will burn through ammo faster than you would expect. Make sure you always have enough ammo for your primary weapon. Use Your Ability Whenever You Can © MensXP Abilities in Apex Legends recharge very quickly and you should use it whenever you need it. For example, if you play 'Lifeline', always call in the drop as it has upgraded armour pieces or shield cells. If you play Bloodhound, make sure you use your ability to scan the area whenever you are unsure of your surroundings. Abilities will give you an upper hand in the game and we cannot stress enough how important it is to use abilities at the right time. Replenish Your Shields First © YouTube If you get damaged, always replenish your shield first as it is your primary health. It only takes 3 seconds to fill up each bar whereas a sunrise takes five seconds. Enemy's Armour Are Undamaged After you kill someone, always check for new armour in the box/body. It is best to switch to a new armour as it is faster than restoring it with 'Shield Cells'. After a gunfight, just pick up an enemy's armour instead as it is undamaged in his box. The Ping System Is An Essential Tool © YouTube You can communicate with your teammate without uttering a single word. That's because the ping system in Apex Legends is one of the best we've ever seen. You can ping weapons, armour, enemies and point out loot without saying a word. This removes the language barrier amongst random players and is probably the most essential tool in the game. Don't Waste Ammo On Downed Players © Respawn Entertainment If you've downed an enemy, it's best not to waste your ammo on finishing the job. If the coast is clear, you can use a finisher to kill the enemy which essentially helps you save ammo. You can also use them as bait to help you finish remaining squad members. Slide When Going Downhill © YouTube The game has no fall damage which makes it easier for you to traverse the map. You can even slide down a slope which can be used to dodge enemy fire and to find cover. It's also faster than running down a slope.
  17. TV actors in the Indian industry are not just about good acting or playing second fiddle to lead women in 'saas bahu' dramas anymore. With the evolution of content on Indian television, the quality of acting and the way our actors portray themselves have remarkably changed in the last few years. Rajat Tokas, who is best known as Prithiviraj Chauhan and is currently seen in 'Naagin 3', has undergone quite an unbelievable transformation in the recent times. © Instagram Yeah, that's the same guy, with a better body and even better acting skills now. While his fans have been wondering how did this happen, Rajat has managed to surprise everyone continuously when he became super ripped for his stint in 'Naagin 3'. View this post on Instagram It's so disappointing that after so much hardwork, there's different angles to make you look good or bad. A post shared by Rajat Tokas (@rajattokas19) on Sep 30, 2018 at 1:53am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rajat Tokas (@rajattokas19) on Oct 23, 2018 at 3:16am PDT Get it? How they hell he manages to work round the clock and maintain that crazy physique is beyond our understanding but the talented actor is not letting anything stop him now. Rajat recently shared a picture of his ripped self urging Marvel Studios to actually cast him as the next Wolverine and well, the man's got the abs to back it up as well. View this post on Instagram @marvelstudios all I need is one opportunity to prove myself. And trust me I won't disappoint. Never have, never will. Will literally live and breathe the character... A post shared by Rajat Tokas (@rajattokas19) on Feb 7, 2019 at 9:33pm PST Wonder what Hugh Jackman has got to say about Rajat being in his shoes! © Marvel Well, if the hunt is indeed on, we'd love to see our 'desi' Wolverine get some claws and nail the character.
  18. Some men view it as an inconvenience and try to avoid it altogether, while some view it as an essential part of their everyday routine. It's even possible that you fall somewhere in the middle of these two opposing viewpoints and do it occasionally. Regardless of what your personal opinion on shaving is, the fact of the matter is that it's something almost all of us do. And at a time when bushy beards are all the rage, the clean shaven look can be seen as a breath of fresh air, which is why you'll find several celebrities and A-listers championing it at work, on the red carpet, and even on the sports field. As it happens, even the most bushiest of beards needs its fair share of maintenance, which requires even the whiskered gentleman to display a certain level of competence with the razor and invest in the best grooming products in order to maintain the tag of 'well groomed'. Why Do You Shave? Before you head off to shop for shaving supplies straightaway, you need to make sure you're stocking up on the right stuff. Whether you're shaving your whole face or carefully detailing around your beloved beard or moustache, the products you use can make quite a difference. If you're a fan of the clean shaven look and are willing to invest the time it takes to give yourself the smoothest possible shave everyday, you should look into finding a good shaving cream. However, if a couple of minutes before you rush off for work is all you can spare for your daily shave, then the right shaving foam is what you need. Why Shaving Foams? The major characteristic of a good shaving foam is that it allows for a quick, time-saving yet efficient shave, which is perfect for a man constantly on the go. Just splash your face with water and with a couple of sprays of the can, you instantly have a light, airy lather which is incredibly easy to apply, remove with the blade, and rinse away with the next splash of water. So, if you're looking for the best shaving foam to achieve a classy clean shaven look that's incredibly low maintenance, we've curated a helpful list for you to choose from. Choose The Best Shaving Foam To Suit Your Shaving Routine (in H2 tag) 1. Proraso Protective And Moisturizing Shaving Foam © Amazon The major gripe men have with shaving everyday is that it tends to leave their skin looking raw and feeling tender, which is definitely not something you want to be dealing with daily. Enter the Proraso protective and moisturising shaving foam, which is actually ideal for daily use. Enriched with the goodness of aloe and Vitamin E, it softens your facial hair and prepares your skin admirably for before you use your blade. Despite its particularly thick texture, it can be rinsed off easily, leaving your face smooth to the touch. MRP: Rs. 2,173 Buy It Here 2. Innisfree Forest For Men Shaving And Cleansing Foam © Amazon What's better than a shaving foam that prepares your skin and beard for a shave? One that also rejuvenates your skin, which is exactly what this dual-purpose foam from Innisfree does for you. It harnesses phytoncide from the pine, cedar, and retinispora trees in Jeju province in South Korea, a compound that serves to reduce skin irritation due to shaving while simultaneously brightening skin tone. What's more, it's free from mineral oils and artificial fragrances. So if you've been on the lookout for a shaving foam for men that not only offers a smooths have but also relieves skin stress, this is the product to go for. MRP: Rs. 2,522 Buy It Here 3. Nivea Men Sensitive Cooling Shaving Foam © Amazon Widely known for curating quality grooming products, Nivea has come up with yet another successful product with this excellent shaving foam. The 0 per cent alcohol content is what makes this one a winner, since you don't feel that annoying burning sensation after the blade passes over your skin. Its specially designed formula is enriched with seaweed and chamomile, resulting in a close shave every time thanks to expertly softened facial hair and a gentle cooling sensation after the final rinse. All the features of the best shaving foams in the world, right here in one budget-friendly package! MRP: Rs. 239 Buy It Here 4. L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Shaving Foam © Amazon We all know L'Oreal as a brand that produces the best haircare products, so it should come as no surprise that their range extends to male facial hair as well. Their Men Expert hypoallergenic shaving foam is ideal for men with sensitive skin, as the Skin Protect System uses aloe vera as a soothing agent. Not only does it soften the bristly stubble to make shaving an easier task, it also addresses the problem of post-shave irritations and micro-cuts by spreading a protective film over the skin. MRP: Rs. 1,085 Buy It Here 5. Gillette Classic Regular Pre-Shave Foam © Amazon It's almost impossible to talk about shaving products and not mention Gillette, who have pretty much established themselves as the go-to for male grooming. Aside from their cutting-edge razors and other shaving paraphernalia, Gillette shaving foam is yet another world class product that can rival the best in terms of performance as well as value for money. Their classic shaving foam provides an extra rich and creamy lather that spreads evenly and rinses with the utmost ease. It also features Gillette comfort glide formula, which uses glycerine to hydrate the skin and special lubricants to facilitate smoother razor glide. MRP: Rs. 199 Buy It Here 6. Hermès Terre d'Hermès Shaving Foam © Amazon The Hermès Terre d'Hermès Shaving Foam was developed along with several other bath and body products by the luxury brand, with the aim of providing an alternate means of wearing their famous fragrances. Its texture is fine and smooth, making it supremely easy for the user to apply and the razor to glide over the skin. It also serves to protect the skin once the razor has done its job, even leaving behind a masculine scent containing earthy and woody notes. MRP: Rs. 11,152 Buy It Here 7. Proraso Anti-Irritation Shaving Foam © Amazon No more leaving home with annoying micro-cuts and post-shave patches of redness on your face and neck, as this anti-irritation shaving foam from Proraso is designed especially for use on sensitive skin. Imbued with green tea, oatmeal extract, aloe vera, and glycerine, it creates a rich lather that hydrates, protects and soothes the skin throughout the shaving process. So if your skin gets easily irritated when you shave daily, this one is right up there with the best shaving foams out there, and will definitely save you from having to deal with the trouble. MRP: Rs. 1,598 Buy It Here 8. Oriflame North For Men Original Shaving Foam © Amazon One of the major complaints men have about shaving foams is that it doesn't have quite the same rich texture of shaving creams of gel, but this offering from Oriflame addresses that issue admirably. An ultra-rich foam that makes for a luxurious lather upon application, it is also enhanced with Arctic Pro Defence and zinc to protect your skin from cuts while shaving and leaves it moisturised afterwards. Glide Technology also helps in that endeavour by allowing the razor to move smoothly over the contours of your face. It's even alcohol free and eminently affordable, so if ever there was a shaving foam for men in India, this is definitely it! MRP: Rs. 249 Buy It Here 9. Nivea Men Fresh Active Shaving Foam © Amazon Equipped with Nivea's Ultra Glide Technology, this shaving foam from Nivea offers an incredibly comfortable and smooth shave while protecting against nicks and cuts. However, as the name suggests, it does more than just prepare your face for shaving. With mint extracts, ISO-magnesium and Vitamin Care, it has a cooling foam formula that has an extra kick of freshness post-shave, leaving your face rejuvenated after the final rinse. MRP: Rs. 208 Buy It Here 10. Gillette Sensitive Fat Foam © Amazon Yet another offering for those with sensitive skin that doesn't do well when faced with the prospect of shaving daily, this time from Gillette. Lightly fragranced, its lather spreads easily with minimal effort on your part, providing an even covering that's easy to deal with. The glycerine in the formula takes care of your skin by keeping it hydrated, leaving it feeling extremely smooth after your post-shave rinse. MRP: Rs. 159 Buy It Here 11. Ustraa Badass Sexy Shaving Foam © Amazon Packaged in an eye-catching orange bottle (they even have a black version if that's your colour of choice), this shaving foam from Ustraa has all the ingredients that a well-rounded shaving foam should possess. A rich lather offers a smooth shave while also rejuvenating the skin thanks to Vitamin E, almond oil, and cucumber extracts. Its astringent properties, which shine through thanks to witch hazel extracts, serve to soothe cuts and bruises, making for a supremely satisfying shave overall. MRP: Rs. 250 Buy It Here 12. Proraso Refreshing And Invigorating Shaving Foam © Amazon Enriched with eucalyptus oil and menthol, this excellent shaving foam works well with all skin types and even serves to keep the skin soft and supple. However, its most noteworthy characteristic is the extra kick of freshness it offers post-shave, thanks to the menthol in the foam formula. It's the ideal shaving foam for the summers, as the freshness is exactly what you need as a pick-me-up before you leave the house in the morning. This quality product can be used daily without fear of irritating your skin, making it one of the best shaving foams out on the market. MRP: Rs. 2,107 Buy It Here
  19. A well-shaved face is the mark of a true gentleman. Shaving is an art in itself, we believe, and if you do it right, there's nothing classier than a clean shaved man. But every art-form has its struggles, and shaving comes with its own set of problems too. Improper shaving can cause a lot of issues, the most annoying being razor burns. © livestrong Razor burns not only look bad but their counterpart, the razor bumps that follow, itch like crazy and leave a trail of redness. But there's nothing some extra care and proper shaving technique can't battle. Follow these golden rules of shaving to bid adieu to those nasty razor burns: 1. Prep Your Skin © Dherbs To get a good shave, the best time to do it is after a hot shower. The steam softens your skin and facial hair. Steam also opens up pores in your skin which help in reducing ingrown hair, which cause razor-burns. Using a conditioner on your facial hair helps soften it even more, making way for smooth AF skin post shaving. Also, exfoliation is necessary so that you have a clean, smooth surface to work with. It also helps get rid of teeny-tiny hair that clogs the pores and results in razor-burns. 2. Shave Along The Direction Of Hair-Growth © mandatory Most men usually shave against the direction of hair-growth. You get a close shave indeed, but you also risk cutting up your face and causing razor burn. Shaving with the grain will reduce the chances of irritation and won't cause razor bumps and ingrown hair. Don't forget to lather up your shaving cream well. A simple step that'll just take just five extra minutes, can do wonders for your shaving routine. 3. Clean Your Razor Blade With Alcohol © asuperiorshave Razor burn and skin irritation, result from bacteria on your shaving blade. Wipe down your razor blade using some rubbing alcohol pre-shaving. Commonly available at several drugstores, rubbing alcohol is the important hygiene step your shaving routine lacks in. Bonus advice, if you didn't know already, cleaning your blade after every stroke is super important as it helps to make a clean cut and prevents chafing. 4. Towel Dry Shaving Brush & Razor Post-Shave © livestrong Dry off your razor blade with a clean towel. This way, your blades won't go dull super quick and will last longer. Wet shaving brushes can house bacteria, which will end up on your face and cause acne, irritation and razor bumps. Clean your brushes well and hang them to air-dry every time you shave. 5. Apply A Shaving Balm Or Moisturizer © netpics You might have used an aftershave all your life, but it does not provide your skin with the moisture it needs. Aftershaves can actually add to the irritation your skin is facing for a few of you out there. Shaving dries out your skin, and what you need is a shaving balm or an aloe vera-based cream/gel. It'll help reduce the redness and help your skin retain its moisture. Voila! Keep these golden rules in mind the next time you shave to achieve that buttery smooth skin texture that women love.
  20. When it comes to fashion, accessories are as essential as clothing. A good-looking bag can make your casual outfits also look super stylish. As men's fashion evolves constantly, there are a few styles of bags that are here to stay. Bags aren't overlooked and labeled as a women's accessory anymore. More and more bag styles emerge for men's functional and fashion needs. Here are 5 types of bags you need to build a contemporary yet practical wardrobe: 1. Backpack © Viral Bhayani A backpack is the most versatile bag a man can possibly own. It comes in super handy and its multipurpose use is perfect for men on the go. A leather backpack for business casual or office look, a sporty backpack for the gym or for an everyday commuter and a rugged one for traveling, there's a kind of backpack for everyone and everything. What to look for: For office bags, look for an internal laptop sleeve and an extra padding to keep things secure. Gym bags need to have extra compartments and if you're planning on riding a bike wearing one, then watch out for reflective panels. 2. Briefcase © stylebistro A stereotypical image of a man wearing a crisp suit with a hat and a briefcase has been etched in our memory from watching multiple James Bond films. Investing in a good leather briefcase to go with your well tailored suit for business meetings and trips shouldn't disappoint you. What to look for: Look for enough compartments for your essentials, paperwork, laptop and hard drive and you should be good to go. 3. Laptop bag © Pinterest A laptop is always the most expensive item we carry around with us everyday. Our dearest gadget needs the utmost care and the right bed to be tucked in while you commute. A smart laptop bag is not only feasible but can add a whole other dimension to your look as well. What to look for: First of all, get a bag that is constructed to carry the dimensions of your laptop. Secondly, zip compartments for charger, cash and other items come in handy. Look for padded shoulder straps for extra comfort. 4. Messenger bag © Zimbio These babies were actually used back in the day to transport mail and now they are a staple fashion accessory. Today, designers have evolved the look of the messenger bag to suit the needs of the modern back and look super cool. These can come handy to store files, books and other items and what's best? You can go hands-free. What to look for: Go for a leather or mesh messenger bag as per your requirement. You could choose between zip , open pocket and other closures. Adjustable straps and buckled fasteners are also an important aspect you can look out for. 5. Weekender bag © Purseblog These bags are your solution for a short getaway where carrying a luggage could be a hassle. They provide ample space for enough essentials for a couple of days and can also be used as a hand-luggage for flights. The one large compartment provides maximum storage space for all your stuff. It's regular use variant, the duffle bag can also be used to carry gym or sports gear. What to look for: If you intend to use it for hand luggage only, check the dimensions before buying a bag so it fits in the airplane's inbuilt compartment. Choose a leather one for a business or leisure trip and a canvas version if you're going camping or hiking as it can handle more wear and tear. Well, now you know how to at least have a rotation of bags if not build an entire new wardrobe dedicated to them. Cheers!
  21. Now that Season 4 on PUBG mobile is coming to an end in two days, the Battle Royale game is all set to bring new content for the upcoming season. © MensXP Tencent Gaming, the company behind the mobile version of PUBG is yet to release the official patch noted, however, information about the new season has been leaked. The new update is expected very soon and here's everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile Season 5: 1. Fire Theme Leaked stuff for season 5 with background leaks from Reddit credit to @minisideman pic.twitter.com/o9voaWBwPE — PubgmCommunity (@PubgmCommunity) January 10, 2019 Images for the content that will be used in Season 5 have been leaked, even though it is yet to be made official. Some images of cosmetics, weapon skins and unlockable items have been leaked. One of the images shows a burning forest, which indicates that the game may follow a theme of fire. Now that the winter and snow theme has been used in the previous update, this speculation sounds quite plausible. 2. New Outfits Also clothing that most likely will be coming along with season 5 pic.twitter.com/OwvN3R5yvA — PubgmCommunity (@PubgmCommunity) January 10, 2019 One of the more prominent leaks surrounding PUBG Mobile Season 5 has to do with some exciting outfits. There's going to be a birthday cake costume (sounds outlandish), a full-gold bodysuit and some traditional Japanese outfits. 3. New Weapon Skins More leaked skins. pic.twitter.com/IvfiL8DMXe — PubgmCommunity (@PubgmCommunity) January 12, 2019 Along with new outfits, weapon skins are also going to be a part of the new update. This includes gold skins for UMP and AKM, a black and white dragon skin for the Kar98k, and more. Skins for vehicles are also finding their way online where we will see an ice cream truck skin for the Volkswagen van. 4. A New Weapon Here is 0.10.5 update preview 1. New Royale Pass Season 5 2. MK47 Mutant 3. Laser Sight 4. Vikendi Custom Room Other small changes like Old voice back and now you can mute spawn island broadcast etc. pic.twitter.com/Ihyz94Aiiz — Shahid Khan (@shahidkhan1137) January 12, 2019 We will finally see the addition of a new weapon in the next update. The Season 5 will bring the MK47 Mutant assault rifle which has already been available in PUBG PC. © Twitter The patch that will add Season 5 to the game will be called PUBG Mobile Patch 0.10.5, however, details about its availability are not known yet. However, if previous updates are any indication, the new season will start to roll out a few days after Season 4 ends i.e. January 17th.
  22. Surely all men have grooming needs, but whether or not you indulge in them is different. And if you're one of those who still believe "but men don't care about looks", it is time you get off that ship right away. The first and the most important step in grooming is picking the right products that will do their magic and not harm your skin or hair in the process. While there's a plethora of mass-produced options in the market, we believe that natural, handmade products always work best. So, here's a list of the top organic grooming essentials that will change everything you think about men's 'vanity'. 1. Activated Bamboo Charcoal Soap Qtrove.com These handmade soaps have Activated Bamboo Charcoal that can absorb minerals, toxins, impurities, and other harmful substances from your skin, leaving you with stronger, healthier skin. It can act as a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. It is an effective, natural treatment for acne. 2. Smokers Paradise Lip Balm For Men Qtrove.com This is a natural lip balm that moisturizes the lips, and with regular use, reduces the darkness and the dullness of your lips. Lemon essential oil acts as an effective lightening agent which effectively reduces the dark colour with regular use. Bergamot, peppermint and spearmint essential oils provide nourishment and hydration to dry, cracked lips without any negative side effects. 3. Handmade Shikakai & Multani Shampoo Bar Qtrove.com Glycerine is a natural by-product of soap making process. It attracts moisture & is thus a great skin & hair softener. These handmade natural soaps are made the traditional way. So not only do they retain the glycerine completely, they are also free from any preservatives or synthetic ingredients. This makes these shampoo bars gentle, mild, safe & a superior choice for skin & hair care. 4. Organic Hair Color Qtrove.com The 100% Natural Hair Coloring is a perfect solution for colouring your hair with zero exposure to harmful chemicals. It is not recommended to use chemically loaded harsh hair dyes on the sensitive scalp and hair as they cause damage and breakage. Stay natural, stay safe! 5. Vitamin C Anti Pigmentation Orange Peel Face Mask Qtrove.com This ancient recipe works well on blemishes, spot reduction, pigmentation, and dullness. Orange, rich in Vitamin C, is the best all-rounder when it comes to your skin. It's rich in antioxidants and helps your skin get smoother and better. The orange peel contains citric acid that helps in the brightening of skin naturally. Find all of these wonderful products and much more at the one-stop-shop, Qtrove.com. They make sure that they deliver only the best to you. This curated marketplace exhibits and sells only natural and sustainable products from passionate sellers across the country. The products are made naturally and consciously by local sellers for Qtrove.com, which intends to bring their products to the national audience. So, it's time to say bye to mass-produced and boring factory-made goods. At Qtrove.com, products are made in limited numbers, either by hand or in small facilities with individual care. Embrace Qtrove.com as your go-to marketplace for all things pure and good. Spread the good karma by embracing the ultimate shop for good things- Qtrove.com! And for a limited period, you can save yourself from burning a hole in your pocket! If you pay using your PayTM wallet, you will get 10% cashback up to Rs 100 on Qtrove.com!
  23. Now that the new map is available for matchmaking on PUBG mobile, you must be wondering what things you need to do differently and where to land for the best loot. We've been testing the new map in the beta version of the game to prepare you for the best landing locations and strategies you need to follow. Map Size And Strategies To Use © PUBG The new map called ' Vikendi' is a mixture of maps like Erangel and Miramar. It's smaller than the two maps but a bit bigger than Sanok. It's a 6x6 map where it is essentially designed to bring the best feature of the two sizes already available on other maps. It's a combination of action packed hot zones and quaint spots for the best loots. © PUBG Apart from using the minimap on the top right corner, you can use the new main feature of tracking footprints. Being a snow map, you will be able to track fresh footprints on the snow until it vanishes after ten minutes. It will basically give you an idea that someone has already been here recently and could be around you. Ten minutes is an awfully long time and could be possible that the person is now long gone. Clothing Matters © PUBG It's doesn't take much to realise that your clothing will matter a lot in the new map. Try to avoid wearing extremely bright clothes as you will stand out in the white snow. Try to wear grey clothing so that it helps blend better with the environment. This will come most handy during the last phase of the collapsable circle as you need to make sure you're not easy to spot. Remember, enemies can still track your footprints, especially in the last phase of the circle. Best Drop Locations: Hot Zones And Best Loot At the moment, the game's spawning of weapons is a bit iffy as you will see more SMGs and Shotguns spawning than Sniper and Assault Rifles. Having said that, the new update may bring a few changes for the Mobile version to keep it more exciting and fast paced. During the course of our gameplay, we noticed a few Hot Spots where you can land and some quieter locations where you can loot in peace. © MensXP Hot Drops: The main named locations are the hottest spots to land just like the other three maps on PUBG Mobile. You can reach these locations from any flight path however the most noticeable locations are Coal Mine, Castle, Villa, Mount Kreznic and Dino Park. You will find more loot at these locations which may also result in more people landing in your vicinity. © YouTube Quieter Spots: If you want to land in a quieter spot which gets less number of enemies, you want to land in areas like Milnar, Cosmodrome, Winery, Cantra, Dobro Mesto, Peshkova, Movatra and Krichas. There's still good loot here but due to the bigger location size, you may have to hunt a bit more. The 'Vikendi' snow map is now available on PUBG Mobile, Xbox and PlayStation for matchmaking and do follow these essential strategies to get that Chicken Dinner. In order to play the new map, you need to be on the latest version of PUBG for your specific platform and need to download the map separately in order to begin matchmaking.
  24. Arguably one of the greatest spinners in the history of the game, Anil Kumble won India more Test matches than any other bowler till date. Following in the footsteps of the great tall wrist-spinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble made the ball hack through the air rather than hanging in it, coming off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. The unorthodox method provided him with stunning success, even if majority of his scalps came on Indian soil. Needless to say, that there was no more difficult challenge in cricket than negating Kumble on a wearing surface. But, if his artistry with the ball wasn't enough, Kumble continued to contribute towards the betterment of Indian cricket even after his retirement. Trading the bowling cap for a coach's hat, the 47-year-old took Team India to new heights in what was arguably the pivotal phase of Virat Kohli's new-age side. Ever since his appointment as India's head coach in June 2016, Kumble has witnessed India winning a dozen out of 17 Tests alongside four draws and just one loss that came against Steve Smith's men earlier in 2017. And, more importantly, India also retained their World No. 1 ranking in the longest version of the game. © BCCL But, despite the glorious and undeniably effective stint as India's coach, the veteran spinner, didn't just fail to get a worthy automatic contract extension, but he was humiliated to the core before being forced to resign from his post. In a heartfelt post on Twitter in June 2017, Kumble has stepped down as Team India's coach citing his untenable differences with skipper Kohli as the main reason. There were reports that Kohli even abused Kumble during one of the team meetings and played a pivotal role in his ouster. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 Since then, we've seen Ravi Shastri overshadowing many potential suitors to bag the lucrative role of India's head coach, Kohli deleting the welcome tweet for Kumble on his appointment as coach in 2016 and the sordid saga between Kumble and Kohli being deemed as probably the darkest hour for Indian cricket in recent times. But, no one really got to know if Kumble was actually at fault, or was it Kohli who forced the Indian cricket board to ask him to leave? After almost 18 months from Kumble unceremonious ouster, Diana Edulji, a member of BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA), has opened the can of worms amid the ongoing controversy in the Indian women's cricket. "Mr Kumble a legend in his own right was subjected to loss of face and made to look like a villain. He was gracious enough to move on for which I respect him. There also, rules were broken and I had raised objections back then," Edulji, a senior administrator, claimed. © BCCL Following his year-long contract as coach, Kumble, as claimed by the BCCI, was believed to be a "direct entry" into the pool of six applicants vying for the top job. The entire process was overseen by the CoA and the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - which was comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. At the behest of the CoA, the CAC met Kohli to patch up the differences amicably, but failed. Nonetheless, the CAC informed the Indian cricket board that Kumble was its preferred choice. But, the BCCI extended its deadline to accommodate Shastri's application before finalising him as India's head coach. Edulji, who recently broke her silence, claimed that the entire selection process was fraught and it was, indeed, Kohli who had arm-twisted BCCI into breaking rules and hiring Shastri for the top job. Edulji's revelations come as part of her disagreement with Vinod Rai over the appointment of an ad-hoc committee to pick the Indian women's team head coach. While senior players like the T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana requested the CoA and BCCI to continue with the interim coach Ramesh Powar, Rai opined that players cannot pick coaching staff through votes. © BCCL Irked by the comments of CoA head, Edulji, then, pointed to the example of Kohli playing the role of the decision-maker during Kumble's ouster. "Virat did not accede to Kumble continuing in spite of CAC saying so then why not these two players get what they feel is best for the team," Edulji wrote to Rai in an email. "I see nothing wrong in women cricketers writing emails reg the coach. "They were truthful in expressing their views unlike Virat who frequently sent SMS-es to the CEO on which you acted and there was a change in the Coach. There also I had objected and my dissent is recorded when the timelines were extended for someone to apply as he didn't apply in time," Edulji wrote. In response, Rai, too, admitted Kohli's hand in Kumble's ouster. "Yes- there were differences between Virat and Kumble. As a consequence of that Kumble stepped back," Rai replied. © BCCL Powar, who saw India reaching to the women's ICC World T20 semifinal last month, was expected to get a contract extension as coach. However, a bitter fallout with senior cricketer Mithali Raj, who accused the women's coach of humiliating her, spoiled his chances of getting an automatic contract extension. But, Edulji has raised a valid point in her emails. If Kohli can force the BCCI to get rid of Kumble, despite the former Indian cricketer taking the team to new heights, and hire Shastri, often labelled as a 'yes man', the women's cricketers, too, should have their say in appears to be a similar situation. There is no doubt over Kohli's achievements as one of the world's best batsmen and all that he has done to make the nation proud, but no cricketer is, or should be considered, above Indian cricket. And, Edulji's shocking revelations, sadly, highlight who's actually calling the shots in the men's team.
  25. 2018 was a very exciting year for gamers as we got a lot of new titles coming to both PCs as well as console. Here are the top games of 2018 that deserve to be on your wishlist. This list includes RPGs, sports, shooters and fantasy titles, there's something for every kind of gamer. This year, we also got to see many console exclusive games, much to the dismay of PC gamers. Here are the Top games of 2018: 1. God of War © Sony Entertainment God of War (2018) is a PlayStation 4 exclusive title and is the 8th installment in the game's series. Loosely based in ancient Norway, you play as Kratos, the former Greek god. The story revolves around you fighting various monsters and gods, on your journey to spread the ashes of your wife. Arteus, Kratos's son assists in various situations, adding a new dynamic to the game. On your way, you will solve numerous puzzles, free dragons, finish side quests, battle bosses with your trustworthy magical Leviathan Axe. The game sold over 7 million copies in the first month itself, and is one of the highest rated games of all time. Along with a detailed story line, you get beautiful realistic graphics, a well-designed mythical world, and great character progression, to keep you hooked up to the game. Buy from Amazon.in 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 © Rockstar Studios Developed by the veteran Rockstar Studios, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third title in the series. Set in the 19th century, you play as Arthur Morgan on his quest as a gang member in the West. What sets this game apart, is the immense detail in your day-to-day actions. You can choose to accept or reject missions, which affect your reputation. Your interactions with other characters in the stories will change how others perceive you. You get fatter if you eat more, your hair grows over time, your gear and guns wear out and will need conditioning, and dynamic seasons will get people to change clothes too. It is one of the best-received games of all times and sold over 17 million copies in two weeks. Available for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a very detailed open World game, with an interesting plot and loads of characters to progress with. Buy from Amazon.in 3. Forza Horizon 4 © Forza Forza Horizon 4 is an open World racing game, published by Microsoft Studios. It was released for the Xbox One and includes more than 400 licensed cars for a very realistic gaming experience. The title has you racing across custom maps where 72 players can play at the same time online. You can also add bots to make it more competitive. Changing seasons were introduced to this iteration, which would affect your car's performance, and also the routes on which you will be driving. It won numerous awards as the Best Racing Game 2018, thanks to its impressive physics, realistic graphics, and vehicle upgrades, getting you addicted to the game. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Celeste © Celeste On paper, Celeste is a game about climbing mountains, but don't let the simple graphics fool you into thinking that this game is for kids. Your objective is to avoid all obstacles and enemies on your journey while using various power-ups and abilities to assist you. Use walls, springboards and feathers to your advantage to reach your destination faster. Celeste is available for all platforms: PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. Completing the game unlocks harder versions of certain levels, and has loads of Easter eggs scattered around. Buy from Steam 5. Shadow of the Colossus © Sony Interactive Remake of the original Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2, this game is remastered with Ultra HD dynamics while preserving its original game-play style. You play as Wander, whose objective is to revive a young girl. The fantasy World, called as the Forbidden land, contains all sorts of dark creatures that you will need to take care of, and make your way to the final Shrine. Remakes of games are not always well acclaimed, but Shadow of the Colossus does every thing right, and improves upon graphics and performance aspects, with an intriguing story line. Buy from Amazon.in 6. Monster Hunter world © © MensXP Developed by Capcom, Monster Hunter World has you control Hunters while studying dragons and other creatures, as you make your journey to a new World with new challenges. Your work as a researcher continues as you keep capturing more Elder dragons, and use their bio-energy for new ecosystems. Available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and Windows, Monster Hunter World has a big community of players helping each other capture new Worlds. Buy from Amazon.in 7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 © Activision One of the most famous games on the list, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the 15th title under the Call of Duty moniker, this time instead of having a long story line, you play smaller missions to get to know the game characters better. There is also a fun online multiplayer mode, and always, a Zombie version for when you no longer want to fight humans. The game retains all the original features of a Call of Duty game, providing an immersive experience. The game is available for all platforms, and is sure to impress gaming veterans and newbies alike Buy from Amazon.in
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