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  1. A couple of decades ago, Limba Ram was the personification of focus and unshaken resolve. His dedication and the will to make his country proud even led him to represent the nation thrice in the Olympics and a 30-m World Record shared with Japan's Takayoshi Matsushita with a score of 357/360 that got him the gold medal at the Beijing Asian Archery Championships, 1992. He was even conferred with the Padma Shri in 2012 by former president Pratibha Patil. © PIB Today, he has lost the ability to keep his hands steady and the cognitive ability to join two sentences together with a hollow stare and a confused look on his face. At the age of 46, Ram is suffering from a neurodegenerative disorder called Parkinson's disease, which impacts the cells present deep inside a human brain that are majorly responsible for transferring messages to the rest of the body for movement purposes. The athlete, who almost won the bronze medal for India back in 1992 currently lies in a six-bed general ward of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) without the funds to limit the spreading of the disease that only gets worse with time leading to the eventual loss of all motor functions and a bedridden living. "The doctors say his illness is not curable but is very much controllable. All my husband needs is good medical treatment which he is getting here with all doctors so supportive and sympathetic towards him. It's just that we need financial support to continue his treatment. Private hospitals in Delhi will charge a fortune, so we can't take him there,” Ram's wife, Merian Jenny said, as reported by the Times of India. The secretary of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), SS Chhabra wrote a letter to the Sports Ministry on 25th April 2019 about the deteriorating condition of the former Indian Olympians, seeking funds to be able to treat his illness in a more fruitful manner. However, the ministry has not reverted yet. While Jenny has faith in the Sports Ministry, her anger is directed towards the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC), where Limba was working before the infamous disease caught hold of him. "Medical bills of Rs 1 lakh are pending with the council and they are not giving us the money. We spent Rs 1.5 lakh on his treatment at the Sawai Man Singh hospital in Jaipur last year. We submitted the bills for reimbursement later on, but only Rs 50,000 has so far been released. It will be of great help if we get that money.”
  2. Ashton Turner, one of the Australian youngsters currently playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), managed to create a record which he surely wouldn't be proud of; that is of earning five consecutive ducks in T20 matches. After getting his first duck in the Big Bash League match in February, Turner went on to score a decent 84 against India in an ODI match. Making an entry in the T20 squad on Australia's tour to India, Turner again fell prey to the hands of Krunal Pandya after facing five balls. And now, in the current season of the IPL, the 26-year-old youngster made sure that he continues his poor form as he acquired three consecutive golden ducks against Kings XI Punjab, followed by Mumbai Indians and the last against Delhi Capitals (DC). © IPLT20 This form of his has made him the first T20 batsman in the history to accomplish five consecutive ducks. We have a feeling that if he scores even one run in the next match (if he gets to play), he would raise the bat and would get a huge round of applause for his knock. While Turner disappoints once again, RR went on to give a tough fight to the roaring DC. Posting a total of 191 on the board with the help of Ajinkya Rahane's ton and the skipper Steve Smith's fifty, the Men in Pink fell short in front of the Delhi cavalry led by Shikhar Dhawan's knock of 54 and later finished by Rishabh Pant's 78*, chasing the total with five balls to spare. With still four games to go, will the RR management give Turner a chance to break his curse?
  3. As smartphones and mobile data have become both cheaper and faster, Indians have started chugging data like never before. From watching Netflix in public to churning out TikTok videos, there's an influx in internet usage in the past few years. Now according to McKinsey's latest report on Indian online trends, Indians are spending the highest amount of time on social media in the world. Yes, in the WORLD! © McKinsey The report noted that Indians spend more time on social media than online users in China or the US. Apparently, Indians are spending about 17 hours per week on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. It's a world record, which we think, has been set due to access to affordable smartphones and cheap cellular data (read: Jio) . India is also just behind China when it comes to app downloads. As you can see in the report, over 12.3 billion smartphone apps have been downloaded by Indians in 2018. © Pexels After Indonesia, India is said to be digitizing faster than every other mature and emerging economy across 30 dimensions of digital adoption since 2014. McKinsey's report is extremely detailed, and it talks about a lot of other accomplishments of India in the digital space. Check out McKinsey's report right here.
  4. Another day, another disappointment for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who continue their winless streak in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) having played four matches and have found themselves at the bottom of the league's points table. After captain Kohli got dismissed by a magnificent Shreyas Gopal (who ended up with a three-wicket-haul), the second RCB opener, Parthiv Patel put the burden on his shoulders to help his side reach a respectable total of 158. Patel's bat contributed with 67 runs off 41 balls which also included 9 boundaries and a maximum. However, Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Jos Buttler and Steve Smith were too hot to handle for the men in red and gold as they spearheaded Royals to win their first game of the season. Having said that, Tuesday's match against Rajasthan got Virat Kohli an incredible feat to boast about as it provided him with the opportunity to captain an IPL squad for the 100th time and make him only the third cricketer in the world to do so, behind Chennai Super Kings star Mahendra Singh Dhoni (162 matches) and former IPL player, Gautam Gambhir (129 matches between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils. Today our skipper – @imVkohli becomes the third captain in IPL history to play as captain in 100 matches. Congratulations Virat, keep playing bold! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Ar5FASqB24 — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 2, 2019 Ironically, such a record that should normally bring a sense of pride to any athlete, also brings immense shame to RCB skipper as Kohli has the worst record amongst the men who have reached such a status. Amongst the 162 games led by Dhoni, he has a win percentage of 60.24% while Gambhir's is at 55.42% with three and two titles under their belts, respectively. Kohli, on the other hand, is at a below average mark of 46.87% wins as captain. Not to forget the fact that Bengaluru have never won the trophy. With another loss of the season in what appears to be a lost cause, RCB fans have resorted to humour to hide their pain but we see right through it: RCB Fans: When will we win our 1st IPL title??? Kohli: pic.twitter.com/82N5h9wpR2 — Arun Gunasekaran (@arung410) April 2, 2019 #RCBvRR Match 1 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 2 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 3 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 4 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Hope this doesn't happen in world cup — . quo Wendi Jay's (@Rakshit02769233) April 2, 2019 *Virat Kohli's win %* while playing while playing for RCB for India. pic.twitter.com/s8JkhxaFtE — NeeraJ. (@AjeebPrani) April 1, 2019 Shreyas Gopal after Dismissal of Virat Kohli ~#RRvRCB #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/kZmr00joFT — Rohitian #MI ð¥ (@imRohitian__) April 2, 2019 Ghambhir to Kohli : How u doin ?#SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/rfninlY4qM — à¤à¤à¥à¤à¤¾ ð®ð³ (@JAGGA1313) March 31, 2019 Sid Mallya & Virat Kohli started celebrating RCB's 5th loss in ADVANCE!! ðð#RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/BH30VB7wDF — Ankit Prakash Ching (@arunankit46) April 2, 2019 #RCB lose 4 matches constantly , last in points table , and team's net run rate is also very poor. Virat kohli:- #RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/8gMzX0Jtvq — Romesh sachdev (@sarcasticroms) April 2, 2019
  5. For someone who was labelled by MS Dhoni as his potential successor, Rishabh Pant has struggled to live up to the hype in the recent opportunities he got. While his wicket-keeping skills are still a work in progress, Pant's batting, where he failed to build on his stats, had attracted a lot of criticism. But, on 24th March, the dashing left-hander silenced everyone by playing one of the most exciting knocks in T20 cricket. Carrying the baton for a new-look Delhi Capitals (DC), Pant smoked an unbeaten 27-ball 78 to power his team to a mammoth 213-run total against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash. Coming out to bat, with his side looking to surge ahead at 112/3, the 21-year-old went about his business in the usual unorthodox manner. For someone who smacked his second ball in international cricket (Test debut against England last year) for a six, Pant took no time to settle at the crease as he began clobbering the Mumbai attack all around the park, with his best shot being a helicopter-flick off Jasprit Bumrah's yorker. © Twitter/@IPL He notched up his fifty in just 18 deliveries and surpassed his idol Dhoni who had achieved the feat against Mumbai in 20 balls back in 2012. Pant's half-century was also the third-fastest fifty in the IPL. KL Rahul currently leads the list of fastest fifty in the IPL, having reached the mark in 14 deliveries last season. Sunil Narine and Yusuf Pathan share the second spot with their fifties coming in 15 balls. Pant's blistering knock was decorated with seven fours and as many sixes, while his strike-rate of over 288 speaks about his big-hitting. To put things in perspective, Delhi's run-rate was 8.61 when Pant came out to bat, and by the time he was done (end of the innings), his side had surged to a run-rate of 10.65. © Twitter/@IPL In reply, Yuvraj Singh's valiant fifty kept Mumbai in the hunt (for a while) and Krunal Pandya, too, chipped in with a 15-ball 32. But, the three-time IPL champions just couldn't break the first-match jinx, losing the contest by 37 runs - an opening game defeat for seventh season in a row. For a man who was recently getting slammed for his exploits on the field, Pant's blazing knock served a stark reminder to his critics that he's here to stay. Just Wow from Pant ! — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 24, 2019 Only one word for Rishabh Pant today. Wow. The sixes were exquisite but the boundary to get to 50 was simply special. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2019 It was nothing short of breathtaking that from Pant! Two shots off Bumrah were just pure gold. ððððð#MIvDC #IPL2019 — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 24, 2019 Rishabh Pant is a serious player !!! — Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) March 24, 2019 Just how good is Rishabh Pant. And yes, he's worth investing in. #MIvDC #IPL — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 24, 2019 If it was Andrew Russell at Eden, it is Rishabh Pant at Wankhade. Mind-blowing stuff from both these lads. As much as Death bowlers, these extremely talented strikers of the ball at the death need to be tagged as 'Death Batters' #MIvDC #KKRvSRH — Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) March 24, 2019 Wow u r amazing Mr pant what a knock champion ðððð @RishabPant777 @DelhiCapitals @IPL — Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) March 24, 2019
  6. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) less than a week away, passionate fans of the game and more specifically, the league, now have some serious shade thrown by former captain of the Indian cricket team at the current Indian skipper, to discuss and have quarrels over. In an analysis show ahead of the biggest cricketing league in the world initiates, Gautam Gambhir took a killshot at Virat Kohli's abilities as a captain for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). “I don't see him as a shoot captain or a tactful captain. And he hasn't won the IPL,” said the former Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain on the show. “Ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till.” Ever since the league came into existence in 2008, Virat Kohli has been a part of the RCB family. Signed under what was known as a 'Youth Contract' for a mere $30,000, Kohli slowly worked his way up the success ladder with the franchise, year by year. After being the only player to be retained by the team before the 2011 season began, Kohli was promoted to the role of vice-captain and even captained the squad on a couple of occasions when former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori went down with an injury. Following his success with the Indian cricket team, as he became one of the more recognised men of the game, for his exceptional batting, charged-up attitude and the knack to take challenges head on, Kohli was named the permanent captain of the RCB roster after Vettori bid adieu to the format. However, what Gambhir pointed out about Kohli's performance when it comes to IPL, has a lot of sense in it. There's no doubting the man's contribution towards Team India's ascension in international cricket. Under Kohli's captaincy, India has been great but the 30-year-old has failed to provide similar output for his Bangalore team. Gambhir also said: “There are people who have won the trophy three times - MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage...” While players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have had the privilege to host the IPL trophy in their cities for three seasons each and even Gambhir lifting the cup in 2012 and 2014, Kohli hasn't even had the opportunity to get a whiff of it. Getting eliminated in the league stages in most of the seasons, Kohli and the RCB gang has made it to the IPL Final thrice, only to be put down by Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad in the years 2009, 2011 and 2016, respectively. According to Gambhir, Kohli should thank the decision-makers of the Royal Challengers franchise for continuing to have faith in him and letting him be the captain despite the below-average results simply because of the fact that not a lot of other players have enjoyed such trust and have been dethroned from captaincy for far less. Gautam Gambhir's final season with the Delhi Daredevils comes to mind keeping things in similar context when after a bad start to the season, his duty as the leader of the team was taken away by the team-owners and given to a rookie like Shreyas Iyer. It's sad but it's true.
  7. One of India's leading smartphone brands, Realme has created a Guinness World Record by creating the largest mobile phone sentence - "Proud To Be Young" - with 1024 Realme 3 devices. The event which was called the Realme Holi Party was organised on March 16 in New Delhi, and saw close to about 400 fans of the smartphone brand. Additionally, the smartphone maker also revealed their latest variant which is the dazzling Realme 3 Radiant Blue, powered by the AI master MediaTeK Helio P70 processor and a 4230 mAh battery that gives the longest battery life in the 10k-segment. Realme 3 comes with 3D Unibody Gradient Design in two variants: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. What's more? The brand is also the first in its segment to offer an f1.8 aperture and Nightscape Mode at the same time to get significantly better image quality. The #realme3 camera with Nightscape mode lets you capture more than you can see. #PowerYourStyle pic.twitter.com/WLbDi3UgQW — realme (@realmemobiles) March 4, 2019 But that's not all. It has also added the Chroma Boost mode, that uses AI technology to recognise the scenes in photos and optimize accordingly into a larger dynamic range, with more enriched details in highlighted parts and shadows, and more balanced exposure. Realme 3 has upgraded to 13MP front cameras in 5P lenses combination. In fact, The front camera is equipped with AI Beauty 2.0 mode which enables the users to adjust the extent of beautification as per their preferences with precisely restored details of skin quality, eye, and hair through 296 facial identification points. How cool does that sound? And here's the most amazing news for all Realme fans: To celebrate their five million sales milestone, Realme 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM will be priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively for the next one million users. Wait there's more to it. The Realme 3 Dynamic Black variant will be open for sale again on March 19, 12 noon onwards. The Radiant Blue variant of Realme 3 will be open for sale on March 26, 12 noon onwards. So, what are you waiting for? Get your very own Realme 3 and experience the smoothest and the best smartphone technology today.
  8. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed soon after taking off on Sunday morning from Addis Ababa killing 157 people onboard. The plane was enroute Nairobi, Kenya and last contact was six minutes after take-off. The flight was operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 and the aircraft was delivered to the airline just a few months ago. Aviation is considered to be among the safest industries for decades and the crash of a brand new jet is alarming. Just five months back, another 737 MAX 8 operating for Lion Air crashed into the sea off the island of Java shortly after take-off, killing all 189 people onboard. Two crashes of the same jet within a short span has gotten everyone worried and Boeing, along with local regulators are scrambling to find answers. © Reuters Boeing's safety record is now under serious threat and with hundreds of MAX 8's flying all over the globe, airlines aren't keen on operating them until proper investigations are completed. The circumstances of the two crashes remain under investigation, and Boeing has presented no evidence to suggest the two disasters are linked. The similarities may be a coincidence. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet until further notice. The airline has a reputation for being one of the best airlines in Africa. It has a good safety record and the newest fleet of planes on the continent. © Utkarsh Thakkar / @vimanspotter (Ethiopian Airlines A350 in Mumbai) In India, Jet Airways and Spicejet operate the MAX 8 and Spicejet is operating them normally (13 in fleet) based on the schedule. Jet Airways is undergoing a period of financial instability and FlightRadar24 suggests it has temporarily stopped operating them (5 in fleet) for weeks due to payment issues with lessors. The narrow-body Boeing 737 has been a workhorse on short- and medium-haul flights for decades. Thousands of 737 NG (737-700/800/900) continue to fly with a spotless track record. The MAX 8 is an improved version with better engines and increased cabin comfort. The planemaker is expected to build 59 MAX 8's every month this year. Jet Airways has ordered 225 of these, followed by Spicejet at 200. © Utkarsh Thakkar / @vimanspotter India's aviation regulator DGCA has sought information from Boeing after the Sunday crash. "A Boeing 737 Max aircraft flown by Ethiopian Airlines has crashed. Our two airlines (Jet Airways and SpiceJet having these aircraft) and DGCA officials are in touch with Boeing for information. Further safety measures shall follow that," DGCA chief B S Bhullar, told the Times of India. China's civil aviation regulator has ordered all Chinese airlines to suspend commercial operations of MAX 8. Chinese airlines currently operate 96 MAX 8's. No other country has grounded the aircraft completely yet, but airlines say they are closely working with Boeing and monitoring their fleet.
  9. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as The Mountain from the hit HBO franchise, 'Game of Thrones', is a big man. Weighing in at 195 kg, Björnsson, has not only made us skip a beat with his massive structure in the show, but is also making headlines all over, as the strongest man in the world. That is not an exaggeration. In 2018,'Thor' Björnsson went on to win the Arnold's Classic, followed by Europe's Strongest Match. He capped the year by winning the most prestigious competition of them all, 'The World's Strongest Man', as he became the first person to win all the three highly reputed competitions in a single year, according to his website. While The Mountain set a world record in deadlifting last year when he did a WR Elephant Bar Deadlift (471.69 kg/1039.9 lbs), he decided to outdo himself by an extra five pounds at the 2019 Arnold's Classic, as he shattered his own world record, which now sits at an impressive 474 kg/1044.9lbs mark which is nearly two and a half times his body weight! View this post on Instagram Pretty casual new WR Elephant Bar Deadlift 474kg/1044.9lbs Very happy with day 1 here at The Arnold Strongman Classic even though 501 will have to wait for another day. Looking forward to day 2. I appreciate all the support guys, thank you! @roguefitness @nuunhydration @sbdapparel @legionath @stanefferding @theverticaldiet @australianstrengthcoach @stefansolvi @andrireyr @kelc33 @dianahrund @bjornthorr @ragnheidurmj @valthecoach A post shared by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (@thorbjornsson) on Mar 1, 2019 at 3:30pm PST "Pretty casual new WR Elephant Bar Deadlift 474kg/1044.9lbs," writes the monster of a man, Björnsson in an Instagram post after registering the record. "Very happy with day 1 here at The Arnold Strongman Classic even though 501 will have to wait for another day. Looking forward to day 2. I appreciate all the support guys, thank you!" Yes, you guessed it. Around the same time next year (or even sooner), Björnsson might try to deadlift weights worth half a ton! Just to put things into perspective, that's how much an elephant weighs in his teenage days. In another Instagram upload after the win, Björnsson thanked his sponsors, best friends and nutritional coach for their constant support during his exceptional journey. He did not forget to thank his wife Kelsey Henson, who he considers to be the lucky charm for him. View this post on Instagram Arnold Strongman Classic Champion 2019 - Huge thanks to my wife @kelc33 and my best friends @stefansolvi and @andrireyr for all the incredible help that I cannot thank you enough for! Also massive thanks to the rest of my family and friends!!! ï¸ - Thanks to the best coach in the world @australianstrengthcoach , the best nutrition coach in the world @stanefferding - Massive thanks to all my sponsors for sticking behind my back and believing in me @roguefitness @sbdapparel @nuunhydration @legionath A post shared by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (@thorbjornsson) on Mar 2, 2019 at 8:43pm PST "Crazy fact... since Kelsey and I have been together I haven't lost a competition, I've just been on a winning STREAK!!!" When he is not out in the real world proving himself to indeed being the strongest man alive, you can watch his zombified version brutalising the commoners on 'Game of Thrones'.
  10. For someone who has developed a knack for shattering records at will, Virat Kohli romped his way to yet another individual milestone as he brought up his 40th hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) on 5th March. Carrying the baton for his side, Kohli led from the front as he hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during his strokeful innings of 116 runs including 10 fours against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur. In the process, the Delhi lad became only the second man to reach 40 ODI hundreds after great Sachin Tendulkar who currently leads the list with 49 tons. King Kohli scores his 40th century against Australia in Nagpur. ð¯#INDvAUS https://t.co/7V5ywUDPMl — Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) March 5, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 0/1 following the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Kohli held the fort at one end as he stitched crucial partnerships with his teammates to stabilise the innings for his side and ensure they managed to post a competitive total of 250 runs. As he reached the 22-run mark, the 30-year-old also reached 9,000 international runs as a captain. He achieved the feat in 159 innings while breaking Ricky Ponting's record that was notched up by the Aussie great in 203 innings. ð¯ Stand up and applaud. The Run Machine brings up his 40th ODI Century ðð What a player #KingKohli ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/9s2ziwh6kR — BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019 Kohli also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain. Graeme Smith (220 innings), MS Dhoni (253), Allan Border (257), Stephen Fleming (272) are the other former captains in the list. Later, Kohli also brought up his 50th ODI fifty and now boasts of over 10,570 runs in the 50-over format with a brilliant average of over 59. #KingKohli Has Completed 9,000 International Runs As Captain ð®ð³ 159 -- Innings* 9000 -- Runs 66.66 -- Average 35 -- ð¯ 4515 -- Test 3879 -- ODI 606 -- T20i#INDvAUS #AUSvIND @imVkohli Congratulations skipper #ViratKohli ðððð pic.twitter.com/cWGLiNBNJ4 — KARTHICK (@KarthickS_31) March 5, 2019 Overall, it was Kohli's 7th ODI hundred against Australia, two less than Tendulkar, who also leads the list of most hundreds by a batsman in India-Australia ODIs. For a man who had a sensational run in 2018 where he scored 11 tons across formats, Kohli appears to be in ominous form this year. Already touted as one of the greats, Kohli has been enjoying a sensational run ever since he took over MS Dhoni as India's captain in 2017. The right-hander has slammed 18 hundreds while leading India in ODI cricket. As many as 24 of his 40 ODI tons have come while chasing - something that proves how efficient he has been under pressure. On a day, when other Indian batsmen failed to get going, Kohli stepped up to the task and aided his side with a brilliant knock. There was no surprise to see 'King Kohli' drawing plaudits on the social media following his majestic innings. Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli moving towards maximum international hundreds... #IndvsAus pic.twitter.com/Jx0TePb3bF — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) March 5, 2019 Kohli. Not human. ðð» Time to fight @cricketcomau !! #INDvsAUS ð — Erin Holland (@erinvholland) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli will have 50 ODI hundreds by year end. #INDvAUS — Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) March 5, 2019 After 224 ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar - 8350 runs, ave 42.6, SR 86.45, 23 hundreds, 44 fifties Virat Kohli - 10686* runs, ave 60.03, SR 92.61, 40 hundreds, 49 fifties. It isn't even close for the best ODI batsman ever any more. Kohli wins hands down. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Sources: Virat Kohli looking to break Sachin's ODI record by early 2020. — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 5, 2019 I mean, Kohli's last 10 hundreds came in his last 25 innings. That is just ridiculous. Otherworldly. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Number 40 for the King, what a champion. A great innings on this surface by Kohli. #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/GPH9o4uuA0 — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 5, 2019 ODI century No. 40 for Kohli. In Rome, they would have said that he XLs as a batsman.#MildSelfThoo — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 5, 2019 I'm shooting so didn't get a chance to watch, but I hear another top knock by Kohli. The hurry that he's in, I won't be surprised if he goes past 50 ODI centuries by the end of the WC ðð½#KingKohli #INDvAUS — Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) March 5, 2019
  11. 'Apex Legends' has been on the news ever since its surprise launch in February. Thanks to its explosive launch, it took 'Apex Legends' just eight hours to attract 1 million unique players, and just 24 hours to reach 2.5 million players. And now, in just a week, that number hit 25 million, and now the game's developer Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends' player count total has crossed 50 million players. © Apex Legends - Electronic Arts A 50 million player count is just insane, considering the fact that the game was launched not too long ago. In fact, 'Apex Legends' was launched just four weeks ago, and it's growing at a much quicker pace than, say, 'Fortnite Battle Royale'. To put things into perspective, it took 'Fortnite Battle Royale' several months to hit the 45 million mark. Of course, 'Fortnite Battle Royale' was one of the pioneers of the Battle Royale genre, so it's not fair to compare something like Apex Legends, which in comparison, had enough time to polish the game and get almost everything right. However, there's no denying that 'Apex Legends' is onto something here, and the numbers are only going to grow from here. © Apex Legends-Respawn Entertainment That being said, let's not forget that 'Fortnite' is still one of the most successful Battle Royale titles of all time. Epic games just launched the 8th season, complete with new maps locations, skins and more. It's hard not to acknowledge the fact that millions of players are still enjoying 'Fortnite', and it remains to be seen if 'Apex Legends' will manage to amass the same level of popularity.
  12. Ever since his decision to turn professional four years ago, Indian boxer Vijender Singh has enjoyed an undefeated 10-0 winning streak while having bagged the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight titles. View this post on Instagram Still in the ring ðð½ð®ð³ #10yearchallenge #boxing #india #instagram A post shared by Vijender Singh (@singhvijender) on Jan 17, 2019 at 1:21am PST With Lee Markham pulling out of the 13th July 2018 fight and although Singh's UK promoters were looking for a new alternative, nothing formidable came of it as Singh has not fought in a professional ring since December 2017. Now after over one year of inactivity, the Indian champ has decided to take his talents to the United States, the land of opportunities. Known for producing some of the best athletes with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and now Floyd Mayweather Jr., the US has been known as the ultimate dream destination for all the bouters looking for greatness. The 10-0 boxer is moving to the States in hopes of fighting the biggest active names in the business and according to the Times of India, is hoping to go 50-0 throughout his career, a feat achieved only by the great 'Money' Mayweather. View this post on Instagram I got a new jet for my birthday #AirMayweather #TMT Photo Credit: @tmtpilot A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Feb 24, 2018 at 8:39pm PST But exactly how difficult is that going to be? Beginning with the fact that going undefeated throughout your entire is next to impossible, what could be a challenge bigger than Singh's opponents is his age. Mayweather was 11-0 when he was just 20, 13 years younger than what the Indian boxer is today. By the time the American boxer had turned 33, he was already 42-0. Also, now that he has decided to move to Los Angeles, the home to brilliant fighters like Canelo Álvarez and Michael Fielding who compete on a level much higher than Singh was used to during his time in the UK, his technique and finishing abilities will be put to test. Not to doubt the Indian boxer's talents, who is missing the square ring and is desperate for his next brawl, we'd like to wish him all the luck in the world for his move to the city of angels.
  13. A great leader, fantastic centre-back and undisputed talisman at Santiago Bernabeu, Sergio Ramos has been one of the vital cogs in Real Madrid's set-up over the years. His popularity is second to none which also explains the hefty paycheck he draws every week. But, while the Madridistas hail him as their true leader, Ramos has a side which, every now and then, overshadows his performance. Deliberate or not, his arm-tackle against Mohammed Salah during the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool last season had caused a huge backlash amongst the football fans across the globe. For the Madrid skipper, it seems, winning - not just the game, but every single tackle - is everything. And, those who've seen him in action would agree that the Spaniard doesn't mind getting his hands a little dirty, quite literally on many occasions. © Reuters And, Los Blancos' recent La Liga encounter against Girona was a testimony to that. If Madrid' 1-2 loss to the least-favoured club came as a surprise, Ramos' red card in the 90th minute further spelt their doom. The Madrid centre-back was given a yellow card for a handball inside the box which resulted in a penalty for the visitors in the 64th minute. After 20 minutes of levelling the game, Girona got in front through a beautiful strike from Portu. And, with the hosts trailing by a goal, the home fans were handed another blow in the 90th minute when Ramos was handed his second yellow card for kicking Girona's Cristhian Stuani in another bad and unwanted foul. © Reuters Owing to his red card, Ramos etched his name in the history books for a La Liga record that he wouldn't be able to forget anytime soon. Thanks to his latest antics, Ramos now has 20 red cards to his name in the Spanish league - most by any footballer in La Liga. He also became the only player for Real Madrid to receive 25 red cards in his career so far. If his red card left Real Madrid frustrated, Ramos' comments after the game further showed his flawed understanding of the game. "Looking at the result, I'd be lying if I said I didn't force, it is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football, you have to make tough decisions," the Real Madrid captain said. Real Madrid lost to Girona ð®. Sergio Ramos still in love with red cards. Zidane: pic.twitter.com/6WNIcCLriH — Chemical Boy âï¸ (@Chemicalboyy) February 17, 2019 Sergio Ramos is finished. The worrying thing is that people still think he's the best centre back in the world, when in reality, he isn't even top 5 anymore — Josh (@KloppStyle) February 17, 2019 Most carded Real Madrid player ever: Sergio Ramos Most carded player in the history of La Liga: Sergio Ramos Most carded player in the Champions League: Sergio Ramos Most carded player for Spain: Sergio Ramos Most carded player in El Clásico history: Sergio Ramos pic.twitter.com/VftMiOUryK — WeDiscussFootball (@DiscussFootbal) February 17, 2019 Calm Down! Sergio Ramos will play against Barcelona in both LaLiga and Copa del Rey. pic.twitter.com/1lERVxtPYd — SM¹³ (@SMFutboI) February 17, 2019 Sergio Ramos: The first player EVER to receive 20 red cards in LaLiga... Record breaker, history maker. ð pic.twitter.com/rpk7rfnYkP — Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) February 17, 2019 Solari when he sees Ramos in the locker rooms #RealMadridGirona #RealMadrid #SergioRamos pic.twitter.com/TsH6JTedU5 — Kamaludin Abdirashid (@kamaludin_diin) February 17, 2019 Sergio Ramos only THRICE in his Career had gone a whole calendar year without seeing red card. â 2011 â 2015 â 2018 #RESPECT pic.twitter.com/dFL2iot3cn — SM¹³ (@SMFutboI) February 17, 2019 Normal people: *enjoying their day* Sergio Ramos: pic.twitter.com/G70XDvwj38 — Owenð©ðªð¨ð¦ (@LFCOwen96) February 17, 2019 Sergio #Ramos is the proud owner of these records: âMost cards in #RMCF history âMost cards in #UCL history âMost cards in #LaLiga history âMost cards in #ESP history âMost cards in #ElClasico history pic.twitter.com/DvLDkMNoGA — ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) February 17, 2019
  14. Owing to his scary eyes, throbbing veins and a chainsaw celebration, Dale Steyn established himself as one of the most feared fast bowlers in the modern era of cricket. His intimidating physical attributes are adequately backed by extreme pace, pin-point accuracy and ability to swing the ball both ways - the pivotal elements that saw him getting the better of some of the best in business. However, the persistent drive to bowl quick took a toll on Steyn's career that has been plagued by injuries. For almost an eighteen-month period - between the end of 2016 and mid-2018, the South African paceman could only play one Test due to repeated injuries. While the South African fans were worried, others contemplated the end of Steyn. © Reuters But, contrary to popular perception, Steyn returned to the field and is now nearing his best. During the Pakistan's recent tour of South Africa, Steyn was consistently clocked at speeds in the mid-140kph range, for the first time in years. And, now against Sri Lanka, the 35-year-old has not only been seen bowling the long, fast spells he was once associated with, Steyn took it a notch up by claiming an individual record. Most wickets for pace bowlers in Test history:@jimmy9 – 575@glennmcgrath11 – 563@CuddyWalsh – 519@DaleSteyn62 – 437@StuartBroad8 – 437 pic.twitter.com/QX1xQpmB8g — ICC (@ICC) February 14, 2019 With his outswingers humming and bouncers looking menacing again, the South African wreaked havoc against the hapless Lankans to record impressive figures of 4-48 in the first innings of the 1st Test at Durban. While the right-arm seamer couldn't bag a five-for, he did manage to break Kapil Dev's all-time record of 434 Test wickets. The legend continues on his upward rise. Dale Steyn currently sit's in 7th position on the all time leading test wicket taker list. He is only 15 wickets from 450 test wickets. Supreme fast bowling from the 'Phalaborwa Express'#ProteaFire #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/7F3lvmy4jW — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 14, 2019 Overtaking India's first World Cup-winning captain, Steyn is now the joint 7th highest wicket-taker alongside England's Stuart Broad in the all-time list of Test cricket. He is now behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619), James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519) in the coveted list. Despite rising in the all-time list, Steyn is just happy to return to the field, doing what he enjoys the most - bowling fast. "After not playing for two years (through injury), I feel like it's a blessing to just be playing again. I've almost had to start over. I'm not on 430-odd wickets, I'm on 20 since breaking Polly's (Shaun Pollock's) record. It's nice to finish a three-match Test series against Pakistan and not have someone write: 'He's an injury away from retiring'. It's nice to contribute again. It feels like I've started over," Steyn was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com. #Steyn still controlling his raw & searing pace even if he has been playing for #SA over decade across formats. #Steyn is #SA team delight. When he gets going #Steyn is ruthless, merciless, makes batsmen sleepless!!! — @Iam MmReDdY$ (@mmreddys2020) February 15, 2019 He is the Greatest of all time — Thapedi (@thapedi_moshabi) February 15, 2019 Legend! A complete fast bowler!!! — Mohammad Hasham (@MhHasham) February 14, 2019 Way better than overrated starc and jimmy anderson steyn gun ðð¤©ð¥ — SAHILð®ð³ (@SAHIL09S) February 14, 2019 best in the business!!! — Gary Hennink (@callmegazza) February 15, 2019 @DaleSteyn62 welcome back sir. How we missed you!! — Charkhastick (@Charkhastick) February 15, 2019
  15. Back in 2013, Shikhar Dhawan stunned all the spectators and commentators when he stroked his way to the fastest Test hundred by a debutant. Prior to that, the Delhi cricketer had spent eight years in the first-class cricket, patiently waiting for an opportunity to make his mark. For a man who was written off by almost everyone to get a national call-up, Dhawan has surely come a long way to become one of India's preferred openers across formats. Today, in partnership with Rohit Sharma, Dhawan has earned the tag of one of the most feared opening pair in limited-overs cricket. © Twitter From flaying those exquisite cover drives to effortlessly pulling the bowlers for a six, Dhawan has established himself as a pivotal member of the new-age Indian line-up. His batting prowess was in full display during the T20I series in Australia where his consistent performances also earned him the 'Man of the Series' honour. Carrying his blistering form to New Zealand, the 33-year-old was seen playing his shots with relative ease during India's chase of 157 runs at the McLean Park in Napier. The Indian opener continued his fine run, bringing up his 26th ODI fifty in the 23rd over. And, en route his half-century, Dhawan also added another feather to his cap as he reached 5,000 runs in the 50-over format. © Twitter In the process, Dhawan became the second fastest Indian to achieve the milestone. The Indian batsman took 118 innings to bring up his 5,000 ODI runs, beating Sourav Ganguly who took 126 innings to get there. Dhawan is also levelled with West Indian legend Brian Lara who also reached his 5,000 ODI runs in 118 innings. ð¨ MILESTONE ALERT ð¨ Shikhar Dhawan becomes the second fastest Indian to 5,000 ODI runs in the first ODI against New Zealand.#NZvIND LIVE ð https://t.co/Wslkq5ocbd pic.twitter.com/p7nNkSsNoz — ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019 While Virat Kohli continues to be the fastest Indian to the 5000-run mark as he achieved the feat in 114 innings, Hashim Amla leads the overall list as he took just 101 innings to reach the milestone. At the time of writing this article, India were cruising in their run-chase at 123/1 in 26 overs with Dhawan (60) and Kohli (41) forging a partnership out in the middle.
  16. Growing up, we couldn't get through few days at a time without being reminded of and getting told how poorly we are faring in every aspect when compared to “pados wale Sharmaji ka beta”. The many merits and achievements of this X, Y or Z Sharma guy didn't help to make things better for us any way. Instead, all the discussions involving the guy somehow always managed to lead the entire household into a dismal, dark place. What did we ever get out of these stories about Sharmaji ka beta anyway? So you know what, to hell with Sharmaji and his overachiever beta. Why? Because there are better and more pertinent stories to be told. There are other achievers who have really broken the set paths, to chart their own destiny. These are the stories that we ought to pay heed to, share with the young and old, but most of all, get inspired by and strive for. View this post on Instagram Connected ð A post shared by Ishan Goel (@ishansgoel) on Jan 29, 2018 at 1:16am PST Such is the tale of 19-year-old Ishan Goel who turned around, and did something unexpected and unheard of. When an egg broke the internet earlier this month, completely smashing Kylie Jenner's hold on having the world record of “most liked picture on Instagram” with its very own 50 million+ likes on Instagram, we are sure nobody saw that virality coming. With almost 3 times the number of likes on Kylie Jenner's picture, Ishan's clever move paid off, with a very simple call to action - “like this picture of an egg to beat Kylie's record”. And boy, did word spread like wildfire? People from all over the world came together to topple Kylie's record, and the rest is history. View this post on Instagram Let's set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this ð #LikeTheEgg #EggSoldiers #EggGang A post shared by EGG GANG ð (@world_record_egg) on Jan 4, 2019 at 9:05am PST Now, when most of us heard about the “world_record_egg” we thought this was yet another senseless social media challenge people are giving in to. But little did we know that for Massachusetts based 19-year-old Ishan Goel, this was his life-changing moment. Often hailed as a marketing guru, Egg Gang (https://www.instagram.com/world_record_egg/ ) was Ishan's brainchild. Turns out this avid marketing genius had laid out a full-fledged plan to break Kylie's record even before he set up the Egg Gang record. He went all out preparing for his final attack, which involved reaching out to his network of celebs, influencers and friends to like the page, as well as pushing the challenge out on Reddit! View this post on Instagram stormi webster ð¼ð½ A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 6, 2018 at 1:14pm PST Ishan explained his strategy in detail in an interview: “There are two core reasons that this post took off. The first is that the internet fell in love with the idea of using a crowdsourced approach to be able to have a touchpoint to a celebrity that could potentially influence that celebrity's actions or, at the very least, garner a response from them. The second is that the internet quickly began to see it as a challenge, which inspired people to invest their time and energy into helping drive the post into a frenzy.” But in case you thought this was Ishan's first brush with viral digital marketing, you are highly mistaken. Teenage proved that Ishan Goel was no less than a child prodigy, when he managed to raise highest donations for his school's American Heart Association program, as a 13-year-old. That's not all, Ishan successfully established his own marketing firm at the age of 14, and by the time he turned 15, Ishan was already working with American business mogul and investor, Mark Cuban! View this post on Instagram 15 years old. That's how old I was when I decided to walk up to @mcuban and pitch myself. Fast forward to today, I've managed to work on numerous projects with him and his team and it's been an amazing privilege. Age shouldn't stop you from doing anything you want. A post shared by Ishan Goel (@ishansgoel) on Jan 19, 2018 at 3:22pm PST Talking about the huge success that his personal egg challenge turned out to be, he told FEMAIL in an interview that, “The idea that an inanimate object can connect so many people is a testament to the fact that people love to root for the underdog”. Ishan is hopeful that his unusual story will inspire other youngsters around the world to break free set societal fates, and push their luck so that they can seize every chance they get to launch their careers early, and have an edge over everyone else. As for those of you wondering how Kylie took this defeat, she broke an egg on the street and shared it on Instagram to convey her disappointment. View this post on Instagram Take that little egg A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Jan 13, 2019 at 6:04pm PST
  17. Kylie Jenner is probably in mourning right now. After all, she's dealing with a very tragic loss. An egg, just an egg, dethroned her. An egg stole her record of having the most liked picture on Instagram. Press F to pay respects. But, don't worry, her knight in a Balenciaga sweatshirt is here to take revenge on her behalf. Diljit Dosanjh's huge crush on Kylie is no secret, he loves her and isn't afraid to show it online. From leaving comments on her Instagram pictures to tweeting to her asking her to be a part of his music videos to literally going on Kim Kardashian's Instagram live to ask about Kylie, Diljit has on many occasions shot his shot. Now, after months of not mentioning her, he's back because he couldn't just sit and watch his love getting dethroned by an egg. So, as a way to take revenge for the egg breaking Kylie's record, he just broke the egg and shared a video of it on Twitter. Ley Ho Geya Kam Jaan..ð¥ð³ Tension FREE Reh Tu..Pa Post'an Rajj Rajj.. ð@KylieJenner #WorldRecordEgg P.S - Sangeya Na Kar... Das Deya Kar Je Koi Gal Hundi aa Tan ðð pic.twitter.com/O3qAWJJICo — DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) January 16, 2019 Now, this is true love, not being afraid to kill someone - or something - for your crush. The video is great in itself, but the caption also killed it. Yes Kylie, 'pa post'an rajj rajj', don't let an egg stop you. This grand gesture of love was obviously well received online and people can't stop laughing. We're all dead. I'm...ð­ð­ð­DEAD https://t.co/Vhe3bsfr2U — jass/jassii (@woahjass) January 16, 2019 He really does. Dear @KylieJenner @diljitdosanjh atleast deserves a reply for this . #diljit #punjabi #gabroo #kylie #kyliediljit https://t.co/9EgfPy6Fe7 — Rohit (@_rohit_sangam) January 16, 2019
  18. The most liked picture on Instagram is something that doesn't really matter. I mean, it's not that important to anyone on a personal level, but when that picture is of an egg, the entire world cannot stop talking about it. Especially when the egg dethroned the richest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family to get the record. Till a few hours ago, the record for the most liked picture on Instagram was held by Kylie Jenner for the first picture she ever shared of her daughter Stormi. I feel like the main reason that she got so much more attention after having a baby was because she kept her pregnancy a secret and that's why everyone was even more excited for her. View this post on Instagram stormi webster ð¼ð½ A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 6, 2018 at 1:14pm PST 18.2 million likes, that's a lot. It seemed like it would take something even bigger than Kylie Jenner's secret pregnancy to take over the record but nope, a single egg did what no other celebrity in the world was able to do. Someone made an account called '@world_record_egg' just to dethrone Kylie and then it became one of those rare and beautiful moments when everyone came together to achieve one really important goal. So many people supported the egg - even Kylie as she herself has like the picture - and it happened, it finally happened. At the time of writing this, the egg picture stands at 24,628,701 likes and it's already over 6 million more than Kylie's picture. View this post on Instagram Let's set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this ð #LikeTheEgg #EggSoldiers #EggGang A post shared by EGG GANG ð (@world_record_egg) on Jan 4, 2019 at 9:05am PST While the egg is still going strong and it doesn't seem like it will stop anytime soon, Kylie is apparently a little salty about losing this very important record. In fact, she even posted her response on her Instagram and took her revenge on the egg. View this post on Instagram Take that little egg A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Jan 13, 2019 at 6:04pm PST Yes, you take that little egg. Never thought I would see online beef between Kylie and a tiny harmless egg, but here we are! Moreover, everyone is in disbelief that an egg was able to do what no one has ever done - unite everyone. Human race: *can't agree on literally anything and will NOT meet in the middle* Also the human race: *comes together to like a picture of an egg to break Kylie Jenner's world record of most liked instagram photo* — Grace (@TheGee232) January 14, 2019 Instagram egg for the win! That Instagram egg might unite the world before the UN can think of a way — Jesse (@jesseds19) January 13, 2019 We all won't be. i will never be as successful as that egg on instagram ð — Antonio Garza (@antoniiogarza21) January 14, 2019 It's going to happen soon. so who's gonna dig up the instagram egg's racist tweets from 2012 — James (@CaucasianJames) January 14, 2019 You shouldn't. I don't trust anyone who hasn't liked the world record egg on instagram :/ — hannah (@hannahspencerrr) January 13, 2019 But, it really is the funniest thing ever. the internet has destroyed my sense of humor so much to the point where i genuinely think it's hysterical that a picture of an egg is about to replace Kylie Jenner's baby post as the most liked picture on instagram — caitlyn raeð¤ (@xc8lyn) January 13, 2019 So proud. that egg instagram post is incredible look at us as a society working together to defeat the kardashian jenner evil i'm so proud of us guys — miað¶ (@miaxmon) January 13, 2019 Me too. we started off 2019 by breaking the world record of instagram likes with an egg this is how the year's about to be and i ain't mad about it — jordan (@VALNTYNESAUCE) January 14, 2019 The best start. The most liked Instagram post is now a photo of an egg. Kylie Jenner has been dethroned by an egg. 2019 off to a great start. pic.twitter.com/JL7FiZIb5Z — Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) January 14, 2019 24 now. me: the egg on instagram with 18 million likes: ð — Antonio Garza (@antoniiogarza21) January 14, 2019
  19. The 44-year-old record for taking the most number of wickets during a single Ranji Trophy season, which resided in the name of former Delhi captain and Indian cricketer, Bishan Singh Bedi, was broken by Bihar's Ashutosh Aman when he sent Manipur's Sagatpam Singh packing to the locker room with an lbw. This wicket was Aman's 65th, which was one more than Bedi's record of 64 outs that he had achieved during the 1974-74 season after moving to Delhi in 1968. Bihar's left arm spinner Ashutosh Aman now has 65 wickets this #RanjiTrophy season. This is now the most by any bowler in a season surpassing the previous record of 64 wickets of Bishan Singh Bedi in 1974-75. — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 9, 2019 But, who is Ashutosh Aman? Born in 1986, Aman is an Air Force employee hailing from the holy city of Gaya, Bihar. The 32-year-old made a bold decision to begin playing domestic cricket for his home state before the 2018-19 season. After making his List A debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2018, Aman made his first first-class cricket appearance in 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season against Uttarakhand in Dehradun on 1st November 2018 with a brilliant 4-wicket performance and being the most economical bowler for Bihar with a 1.62 average. While tallying impressive 5-wicket hauls in both the innings against Sikkim in only his third Ranji match, he put the critics on notice with yet another quality performance against Nagaland with seven and five scalps in the first and second innings respectively. Aman eventually became one of the fastest bowlers to bag 50 wickets in the history of domestic cricket. "When I had around 50 wickets, that's when my teammates told me that there's a record that's there to be broken," Aman told ESPNcricinfo. "That's when I pushed myself. I told myself that since I've come so close, then if I put some extra effort, then I could perhaps break the record." Playing since he was a teenager, Aman had been struggling to get opportunities to participate in first-class cricket which was something he dreamt since forever. After a very successful Vijay Hazare Trophy run, Aman finally got a call to play for Bihar in Ranji under the captaincy of Pragyan Ojha, who just like Aman, is a left-arm spinner and guided the debutant throughout the season. "Pragyan Ojha bhaiya is a simple and reachable man," Aman expressed to ESPNcricinfo. "He's an India player, such a big name, so we remained slightly shy. But he's a professional, talks to everyone daily, and now we've come together very well. Despite Bihar not making it to the quarter-finals, Ashutosh Aman's record of 68 wickets is one of the greatest individual achievements anyone could attain in domestic cricket and will be a highlight for the state's 2018-19 journey.
  20. Last year, the Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri uploaded a very heart-touching video from his Twitter handle, requesting all Indian football fans to show up at stadiums to watch the team make the country proud or inversely, boo them if they do not put up a good show. “You guys have no idea how important you guys are and how important your support is,” said the footballer. This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018 “Come to the stadium... scream at us, shout at us, abuse us, who knows one day we might change you guys, you might start cheering for us,” Chhetri had requested and boy, is he keeping his word. The 34-year-old is not only making Indian football relevant again but also breaking world records doing it. Commencing the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a dominating 4-1 victory over Thailand, which also happens to be India's first in the tournament in over 55 years, Team India was once again led to glory by Chhetri who scored twice during the game. Chhetri's first goal came from the 12-yard-mark in the 27th minute in the form of an absolute beauty. Much like any other Grade-A penalty specialist in the world, Chhetri was able to read the Thai goalkeeper's mind and sent one right in the bottom right corner as the keeper flew to the left. The second half began and it was 'Chhetri Time' once again as the Striker came in from the mid-field to net the ball in the top right corner without giving the opposing keeper the time to even react before he ran towards the fences for a passionate celebration with his teammates and the crowd. Before the match, Chhetri may or may not be aware of this but he was tied up with the all-time great, Lionel Messi for the position of the second highest active goal scorer in international football with 65 career goals a piece, the two he scored against Thailand helped him surpass the Argentinian legend on the list. Chhetri with his 67 international goals is now only second to the Portuguese beast and arguably the best football player of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored a total of 85 goals in his international career. Two more goals today takes @chetrisunil11 past Messi ð±ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/dq7qOxOQis — B/R Football (@brfootball) January 6, 2019 Chhetri now has the same number of international goals as the former Indian captain, Baichung Bhutia. While Bhutia was able to score 67 times in 186 appearances, Chhetri has done it in just 105 games, which not only makes his record a lot more impressive but also adds to his accolades as an Indian captain. Sunil Chhetri is the epitome of humility. While he has now registered his name as one of the most successful international players in the history of football, his humble nature that forces him to bow in front of this supporters and celebrate with them make him so popular amongst the Indian audience. After all, he is our 'captain fantastic.' Nothing beats postmatch celebrations with the fans ðð®ð³! #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/JFbAxuHKTS — #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019
  21. In limited-overs cricket, whenever a team piles up an imposing total, the chasing side, on most occasions, succumbs to the ever-increasing asking rate before eventually suffering a heavy defeat. Now, that might be the script of most of the games, but every now and then, there comes a cricketer who somehow manages to lead the charge for his side's run-chase even when the odds aren't in their favour. The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui witnessed something similar - thanks to Thisara Perera. Riding on three fifty-plus scores, including a sensational 112-run partnership between opener Colin Munro and Ross Taylor for the third wicket, the hosts romped their way to a massive 319-run total at the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. While the Lankan side might have been going through a transition lately, they were still not ruled out from the challenging chase that was on offer. However, contrary to popular perception, the visitors just couldn't get going before suffering a major batting collapse. From losing two wickets within 14 overs of their run-chase, the Lankans were soon reduced down to 128/7 in 27 overs. Apart from opener Danushka Gunathilaka (71), none of the batsmen from the visiting side looked up to the task. But, at a time, when all hope seemed lost, one man stepped up his game to give the opposition a late scare. Twitter/@ICC Coming out to bat with his side reeling at 121/5, the left-hander held fort for his side in their chase with some slambang batting display. The fact that the Lankans had lost five wickets for a mere 16 runs had little effect on Perera who clobbered his way to a hundred in just 57 balls - fastest ODI ton by a batsman against New Zealand. But, the left-hander wasn't done. Perera's blows continued to rain down on Bay Oval like a meteor shower, reminding all those - including New Zealand - that it wasn't going to end the way everyone expected. With just 22 runs needed for victory and only No. 11 Nuwan Pradeep for company, Perera once again swung his bat for a big hit, only this time, he ended up mis-hitting it. Trent Boult sprinted forward to complete an excellent diving catch at long-on and Perera's gem of an innings finally came to end. VICTORY! But it didn't come without a few nervous moments! Thisara Perera blasting an amazing 140 off just 74 balls! NZ win by 21 runs and claim the series! #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/IEBNyIPGee — BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 5 January 2019 A spectacular Perera power-hitting spectacle was eventually not enough to lift the Lankans out of a pit of their middle-order's making, but it undoubtedly added excitement and plethora of entertainment to what earlier seemed like a one-sided affair. Smashing 13 sixes and eight fours, Perera clobbered a sensational 74-ball 140 that didn't just cause a late scare to the hosts, but also helped the Lankan to etch his name in the history books for a few records. Perera's tally of 13 sixes in his innings is the most by a Sri Lankan batsman in an ODI innings overhauling Sanath Jayasuriya's 11 maximums against Pakistan in 1996. Also, his 140 is now the third-highest score batting at the No. 7 position or below in the ODIs, surpassing MS Dhoni's 139 against Africa XI in 2007 in Chennai. His knock stands behind unbeaten 170 by Luke Ronchi in 2015 and the unbeaten 146 by Marcus Stoinis against New Zealand in 2017. Thisara Perera 28 balls 50 57 balls 100 74 ball 140 Terrific knock, sadly cannot take the Lankans over the line #NZvSL #PereraPower — Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) 5 January 2019 Its Only the 5th day of the new year and #ThisaraPerera in my opinion has played one of the innings of 2019. Wow! What amazing hitting we've just witnessed. Mind boggling ð¯!#NZvSL @ICC @OfficialSLC — Syed JAFFER Imam ð®ð³ (@absoluteJAFFER) 5 January 2019 Sri Lanka should have won ð¯ð¯ Outstanding inning by Thisara Perera ðð — Abhijeet Singh Rajput (@Abhijeet1095001) 5 January 2019 One of d great & entertaining knocks but unfortunately fr Prera & Srilanka that knock ended on a losing side.That really was brutal,terrific & what not from the leftie.ðð 140 of 74 wd 13 monstrous sixes. Out of nowhere almost won it for his team. But not to be today.#nzvsl — Bhat Zahoor (@BhatZahoor92) 5 January 2019 Highest scores batting at #7 or below (ODIs): 170*Luke Ronchi v SL, Dunedin, 2015 146*Marcus Stoinis v NZ, Auckland, 2017 140 THISARA PERERA v NZ, M Maunganui, 2019 139*MS Dhoni v Afr XI, Chennai, 2007#NZvSL — Raj Mrityunjay (@Rajromantic1) 5 January 2019
  22. After rain and bad light forced a complete wash-out of the first session of day four of the fourth and final Border-Gavaskar Cup Test match, it was the second session that saw an early massacre of the Australian batting side which began with Mohammed Shami dismissing Pat Cummins with a ball kept low in his first over of the day. Subsequently, the wickets began to fall like dry leaves in autumn, until Australia were all out making a total of 300 runs giving India a more than comfortable lead of 322 in the first innings. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav's aggression bagged him a five-wicket-haul in his first trip Down Under. Harris and Khawaja make their way back out to the middle for the second innings... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/24jSSHI6XP — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019 Wonderful moment when @imkuldeep18 said he was proud to take a fifer in front of his idol and in the commentary box @ShaneWarne was beaming. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2019 Sydney has been unkind towards the fans of cricket in the past four days as rain and the lack of brightness have hurdled the smooth execution of the fourth Test. This may come as a blessing in disguise for the Australian side and their fans as they face a history-altering defeat at the hands of the Men in Blue, which makes it that much more heart-wrenching for the Indians. Bad light has delayed the start of play on day four at the SCG #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/MhFHdcWbmd — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019 If, in a miraculous feat, Kohli's boys do put up a victory against the Aussies, it would be for the first time ever since India as a nation began to play international cricket back in 1947, that they'd win a Test series on Australian soil. With about a day and a half left to play, especially under dense and dark Sydney clouds, the situation bullied Virat Kohli into taking a 'Do or Die' decision to let Australia take a follow on thereby creating history as he is now the first visiting captain in 20 years, to give the Aussies a follow on, on their home soil. Harris and Khawaja make their way back out to the middle for the second innings... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/24jSSHI6XP — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019 Previously, Kohli had found himself in a similar situation back in Melbourne during the third Test, where Kohli decided against it. With the idea of giving some breathing time to his over-strained bowlers and also to put up some extra runs to gain a comfortable lead, Kohli commanded his batsmen to go ahead in the second innings and just narrowly missed out on the opportunity to break the 20-year-old Australian record.
  23. For someone who moved around from city to city in his early teens to make a name for himself, Rishabh Pant is slowly, but surely, living up to his reputation as one of India's most exciting young talents. At the age of 21, the Delhi cricketer has already become India's first-choice wicket-keeper in the longest format and is now being touted as MS Dhoni's successor behind the stumps. In the ongoing tour of Australia, Pant has adequately carried out the responsibilities of India's wicket-keeper and his showing with the willow, too, has impressed cricket pundits and fans alike. Often branded as a limited-overs specialist, the youngster has been busy cutting a sorry figure for his detractors with pivotal batting performances for his side Down Under. Though many slammed him for being too chirpy behind the stumps in the ongoing series, Pant seems to have backed the talk by producing arguably his best knock in the longest format till date. The left-handed batsman picked the bones out of Australian bowling attack on his way to an unbeaten 159 on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. © AP During his 189-ball knock, Pant smoked 15 fours and a six, scoring at a strike-rate of over 85. If his commendable batting performance enthralled the Indian fans, it further allowed the young gun to break multiple records. His blistering knock helped him break Dhoni's 12-year record of the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in an overseas Test. A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJh — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019 Pant was batting on 145 when he smashed Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood over mid-off for a superb boundary to go past the former Indian captain who had scored 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. When it comes to playing in Australia, Pant also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test hundred Down Under. The previous highest was Farokh Engineer's 89 at Adelaide in 1967. Rishabh Pant explains how he was feeling in the 'nervous nineties' and discusses his century celebration at the SCG #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/wGjaF3OXPX — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019 His unbeaten 159 is also the third-highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in Tests followed by Dhoni's 224 and Budhi Kunderan's 192. It is also the second-highest for any visiting wicket-keeper in Australia, only behind AB de Villiers' 169 at WACA in 2012-13. Pant also holds the joint record - with Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim (who scored 159 against New Zealand in 2017) - of the highest score by an Asian wicket-keeper outside the sub-continent. © AP Pant is also the first wicket-keeper to boast two Test hundreds as a 21-year-old. And, what makes it furthermore special is the fact that both of his Test tons have come outside Asia - a region where sub-continent cricketers are generally expected to prevail. His masterful innings on the second day has now made him the only Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred in three of the four SENA (South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia) countries. A few days ago, he was busy helping Tim Paine's wife Bonnie Maggs increase her Instagram followers by obliging for a photo-op with their kids, but his strokeful innings on Friday would have surely earned him more fans on the social media. After Pujara's brilliant 193, Rishabh Pant has assured that India put the game firmly out of Australia's grip. Very impressed by his temperament today and congratulations to him on his 2nd overseas 100, 1 in Eng and now 1 in Aus, only the 2nd wk after Jeff Dujjon to do so pic.twitter.com/uSg60n98nb — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2019 Besides baby-sitting Tim Paine's children, Rishabh Pant has taken a record 20 catches and scored 262 runs already as I write this. Not bad for a 21-year-old in his first series Down Under ð — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 4, 2019 hundreds in england & australia in his first few months of test cricket, a bunch of catches and exceptional babysitting skills - rishabh pant has to be among the most productive 21-year olds around #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 4, 2019 Since Rishabh Pant made his debut, nobody has made more 90+ scores in Test cricket. #AUSvIND — The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 4, 2019 Very happy for Rishabh Pant, a lovely guy as well as a helluva talent. He's having some sort of a tour #AUSvIND — Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) January 4, 2019 Rishabh Pant @RishabPant777 you absolute beauty! More runs this series than the great Kohli - incredible consistency and courage - need you in the World Cup squad now #AUSvIND @DelhiCapitals — Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) January 4, 2019 Rishabh Pant is undoubtedly a talented player and has been consistent in his game and kept on improving himself. Congratulations to R.Pant sir on scoring a century great innings. — Vijayesh Mokal (@vijayesh_mokal) January 4, 2019
  24. It's Day 3 of the 3rd Test between the two titans and the Australian run-getters are done and dusted with in their first innings, thanks to the Indian bowlers who put up a show and dismissed the entire Aussie roster for 151. India led by 292 runs and came out to bat as skipper Virat Kohli did not take any chances with a 'follow-on' in the second innings. Fact: Australia have not been given a 'follow-on' at home in the last 20 years. And if there was a chance for team India to break that record and create history, it was taken away by the captain as Kohli decided against the risk. Oh what a feeling! BOOOOM!#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/LncsUe0jGq — BCCI (@BCCI) December 28, 2018 The star performer of the first innings, Jasprit Bumrah (6 wickets) has been on fire during this trip Down Under and just secured his second Test-career 5-wicket haul. He even turned out to be one of the most economical bowlers, only third to Vihari (0.33) and Jadeja (1.80) giving away just 33 runs in 15.5 overs. Kohli's decision to bat again probably comes with the rational thought to give his bowlers a quick breather while the batsmen increase the gap in order to ensure a win and lead the series 2-1. STAT ALERT ð¨ With 82 runs today, @imVkohli has surpassed Rahul Dravid (1137) to register most number of runs in a calendar year in overseas Tests #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/HyiYtuBtgJ — BCCI (@BCCI) December 27, 2018 With the captain creating an all-time record with 1,138 runs in away tests this year, and the in-form bowlers like Bumrah and Jadeja out there looking for blood, a win is almost certain for the Men in Blue.
  25. Last month, when the selectors announced the Indian squad for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia, there was a lot of hue and cry over the exclusion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni - one of the most iconic cricketers in the country. While the fans slammed the Indian team management, Dhoni clarified that he ruled himself out of the two series before throwing his weight behind young Rishabh Pant as his successor behind the stumps. Not many were convinced with Dhoni's prediction about Pant, especially amid the availability of senior wicket-keepers Wriddhiman Saha (currently injured) and Dinesh Karthik still in the fold. However, contrary to popular perception, the team management and captain Virat Kohli placed their faith in fairly inexperienced Pant to come good and the youngster didn't disappoint. Repaying the faith of the selectors and Kohli, Pant, given the ever-changing match situations, added valuable runs (25 & 28) to the Indian total across the two innings at the Adelaide Oval. But, his biggest contribution in India's 31-run triumph in the first Test came from behind the stumps. © AP Proving his predecessor Dhoni right, Pant equalled the world record of most catches taken by a wicket-keeper in a single Test match. The Delhi cricketer took 11 catches against Australia in Adelaide and matched the heroics of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers - both of whom were earlier standing tall with the unique feat. The 21-year-old caught six batsmen - Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood - in the first innings and then took five more catches in the second. Pant equalled the world record for most catches in a single Test in the 101th over when Mohammed Shami got Starc to edge one through to the Indian wicket-keeper. © AP Russell, De Villiers and Pant are now followed by Bob Taylor, Adam Gilchrist and Saha who have taken 10 catches apiece in a single Test match. Pant is now the only Indian at the top of the list, overtaking Saha at the Adelaide Oval. Overall, Pant has already taken 31 catches in six Tests and, should he improve his wicket-keeping skills, the youngster can surely give Saha a run for his money as India's first-choice keeper in the longest version of the game.
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