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  1. For a batsman whose cricket career got a second wind after his ascension to the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has undoubtedly come a long way to establish his reputation as one of the most feared openers in international cricket. His effortless batting display continues to aid Team India and, more often than not, has a tendency of capturing the imagination of cricket fans. The right-hander had a brilliant run last year. He set the ICC World Cup on fire by scoring a record five hundreds and finished the 2019 edition of the coveted tournament as its highest run-scorer. He was particularly rampant in ODIs, amassing a staggering 1,490 runs in 28 matches at a brilliant average of 57.30 last year. © Reuters While Indian captain Virat Kohli hogs the limelight for his consistency, Rohit, too, had managed to carve his own niche with the willow. That's probably why Pakistani great Zaheer Abbas loves watching him play on the field. “I don't move from the television screen when he (Rohit) is batting. His batting gives me real satisfaction and watching him play is pure bliss. I admire the way he creates a shot and plays where he wants to. He picks up the ball very early and that is special,” Abbas was quoted as saying by Times Now. Following a brilliant run in 2019, the Mumbai batsman was rested in India's 2-0 win against Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded T20I series. But, the Indian opener was back in action, being on the verge of shattering numerous records, as India locked horns with Australia in the three-match ODI series. From being on the verge of becoming the second-fastest batsmen to score 9000 ODI runs to becoming the first Indian to smash 100 international sixes against a single team, Rohit was in running for as many as five records which were expected to be shattered by him going into the 1st ODI between India and Australia at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on 14th January. First ball boundary for Rohit Sharma ðð#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/Ru6xGgZx7V — Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) January 14, 2020 Opening the innings with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit looked in ominous touch as he creamed Mitchell Starc's juicy half-volley through covers for a first-ball boundary. The fourth delivery of the first over saw him surviving a run-out scare, but another exquisite boundary through covers on the very next ball had everyone anticipating another batting masterclass from the right-handed batsman. After a few quiet overs, Starc's cross-seam delivery bamboozled Rohit into giving a simple, low catch to David Warner at mid-off. For a batsman whose last three ODI scores against Australia read: 95, 56 and 57, Rohit left the home fans wanting for more following his cheap dismissal. © Twitter/@BCCI While Team India's 'Hitman' was sent back into the hut for a mediocre score of just 10 runs, he still managed to achieve a personal milestone. Despite his early dismissal, Rohit became the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs against Australia at home. He took just 18 innings to achieve the feat, leaving Sachin Tendulkar (19 innings), Kohli (19 innings) and Eoin Morgan (25 innings) in his wake. But, despite his personal feat, Rohit failed to impress the Indian cricket fans who were probably expecting their star player to cut a sorry figure for the Australian bowlers by scoring big. Rohit Sharma after hitting 10 runs for his team #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/IQjYBfuxW7 — Akshay Savaliya (@1998savaliyaak1) January 14, 2020 Solid foundation of 10 runs by Rohit Sharma. Now, it is up to the other players to build the innings based on this foundation and respect the sacrifice of Rohit Sharma. #INDvAUS — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 14, 2020 Rohit Sharma & left arm pacers pic.twitter.com/yLuiW24UJe — The Alchemist (@ponananthvs) January 14, 2020 Rohit Sharma rn. #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/O6hfrki9U4 — Aditiið (@Sassy_Soul_) January 14, 2020 #INDvsAUS In Every Situation We Stand With You @ImRo45 ðâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/v3YNTA5qxU — âï¸ð°ï¸âï¸TA ••ð¯_Fð (@Mamtavermaa) January 14, 2020 True! Can't trust him!! — â (@HelicopterShott) January 14, 2020 Looool stat padder Rohit Sharma again fails vs a good team and his fans be like he better than Tendulkar. Loooooool eat shit pricks — Wajdi (@1_plate_biryani) January 14, 2020 Virat Kohli sacrificing his one down place just for making a place for flop Rohit Sharma in the team Rohit Fans:#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/QeNOqZ5EyY — Sarcastic Patriotic Indians (@SARCASTIC_PI) January 14, 2020 Rohit Sharma failing to get going against the Yellow brigade! Well, that's not a rare sight, isn't it?! @ChennaiIPL #INDvsAUS — Sarath Menon (@sarathcastic) January 14, 2020 But thalaiva... Out ððð pic.twitter.com/DePz2JAePW — @tamizhð (@smile_tamizh143) January 14, 2020 View the full article
  2. For someone who once struggled to get going as a middle-order batsman, Rohit Sharma has undeniably come a long way to become one of the most destructive openers in limited-overs cricket. His impeccable stroke play and lazy elegance has often cut sorry figures for some of the best bowling attacks in international cricket. Whether it's about posting mammoth totals or chasing big targets, the Mumbai batsman has, time and again, stepped up to aid the Indian cricket team in dire situations. Known to amass runs at will, it seems that Rohit can do no wrong this year where he has appeared to be in a class of his own. The right-handed batsman recently became the leading run-scorer in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) this year after slamming his 28th hundred during India's 107-run win over West Indies at Visakhapatnam. If his artistry with the willow has earned him plaudits, Rohit's exploits off the field also seem to have struck a chord with cricket fans. View this post on Instagram Many many happy returns my love, strength and game changer. Samaira and I are proud to have such a leading light in our lives â¤ï¸ð¥°ð @ritssajdeh A post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) on Dec 20, 2019 at 11:05am PST After playing a key role in India's comeback in the three-match ODI series, Rohit took to Instagram and penned an adorable message for wife Ritika Sajdeh who is celebrating her birthday on 21st December. Sharing a series of photographs, Rohit wrote: "Many many happy returns my love, strength and game changer. Samaira and I are proud to have such a leading light in our lives". Rohit and Ritika got married on 13th December, 2015. The couple was blessed with their first child, a baby girl, named Samaira last year. The two have been going strong ever since and Rohit clearly missed his wife's presence as he is gearing up for the third and final ODI against West Indies in Cuttack on 22nd December. © Reuters Rohit Sharma has been in sensational form in 2019. Earlier in the year, he became the first batsman to hit five hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup and finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer. He made a cracking start to the year with a stylish 133 against Australia in Sydney on 12th January even as India lost the first of a 3-match ODI series. He was also among the runs in a historic series win over New Zealand before hitting back-to-back half-centuries against Australia at home. In the World Cup, Rohit hit an unbeaten 122 against South Africa to help India start with a win. After a 57 against Australia in the next game, he made 140 versus Pakistan in a high-voltage game at Manchester. And then came three successive hundreds against England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before a rare failure against New Zealand in the semi-final which India lost. After poor returns in the West Indies after the World Cup, Rohit Sharma returned to form with a swashbuckling century - incidentally, his first at home in 2019. Rohit, who joined an elite list of Indian batsmen after crossing 11,000 List A runs during his innings, is now also the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year. View the full article
  3. Arguably one of the most destructive openers in international cricket, Rohit Sharma has the ability to put some of the best bowlers in the sport to shame. His wide array of strokes often sees him cutting a sorry figure for the opposition bowling unit while giving Team India a flying start at the top. His artistry with the willow was recently in full display as India coasted to a 67-run triumph over West Indies in the 3rd Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Wankhede stadium. The right-hander slammed a breathtaking 34-ball 71 including six fours and five sixes to help India post an imposing total of 240 runs. Here he is...𤩠The new #LaLiga Brand Ambassador in India, Rohit Sharma! ð®ð³ðâ½â¨ Welcome, @ImRo45! ð¤ð pic.twitter.com/ecMsRb9rzS — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 12, 2019 Following his blitzkrieg, which allowed India to secure a 2-1 series win, Rohit, once again, thronged social media after he was appointed by La Liga as their brand ambassador from India. The Mumbai cricketer has become the first individual from the country to be appointed as the ambassador of the popular Spanish football league. Hola India/España, as you guys know, football has always held a special place in my heart so this association is so special to me. And to be named the ambassador for the La Liga is so humbling. So excited for this partnership @LaLigaEN pic.twitter.com/prZFFSeHdV — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2019 An ardent Real Madrid fan, the 'Hitman' revealed that football has always held a special place in his heart and he feels special by La Liga's gesture to appoint him as their brand ambassador. "Hola India/España, as you guys know, football has always held a special place in my heart so this association is so special to me. And to be named the ambassador for the La Liga is so humbling. So excited for this partnership @LaLigaEN," he wrote on Twitter. During the La Liga event in Mumbai, Rohit was asked to reveal the best footballer in the Indian cricket team. "I think MS Dhoni is the best footballer in our team," Rohit was quoted saying by India Today. The opening batsman also revealed that he prefers playing in a midfield role in warm-up football matches between Indian players. © Twitter "The captain decides who plays where. I love playing as a midfielder during warm-up matches because that's the most challenging spot. Football is played as a warm-up because it brings us together as a team makes our body active," Rohit added. Those who know Dhoni or perhaps have seen his biopic would know that football is nothing new to the former Indian captain. For someone who had started out as a goalkeeper in his school football team, Dhoni was turned into a wicket-keeper by his childhood coach after their cricket team's main keeper had pulled out due to exams. View the full article
  4. The Indian cricket team was made to look like one of those below average teams against Kieron Pollard's West Indies side in the second T20I match at the Greenfields Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. After winning the toss, Pollard decided to bowl first and despite getting a surprising beating at the hands of Shivam Dube in the first half of India's batting innings, were able to make amendments. Expertly gauging the changing pitch conditions with time, Pollard's bowlers were able to limit India's total to a sub-par 170. How do you feel about us chasing this? #IndvWI #ItsOurGame #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/VLSWECTtRB — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 8, 2019 And thanks to some awful fielding by the Men in Blue, it was easier than expected for the Windies to win the second match and tie the series at 1-1. Having said that, there was this brief moment in the early moments of India's bowling attack which had a greater significance in the chemistry of Team India which goes beyond the final result of one match. After a couple of overs by Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, skipper Virat Kohli walked to the middle of the field to have a brief meeting with Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma. Evidently, Kohli had made up his mind to give Chahar a small break from the bowling rotation and introduce Washington Sundar into the attack. © Reuters But this is where Sharma stepped in and opined that it would be for the best to let Chahar bowl one more over because ending his spell was important and without a lot of discussion, Kohli obliged. It's a debate for another day that Chahar had a really expensive over and both of the Windies openers sent his deliveries for multiple boundaries. However, it is worth noticing how Sharma is being a part of such mid-game decision-making more and more with every game. And based on the success he has had in Kohli's absence and as the leader of the most successful franchises of the Indian Premier League, his inputs most definitely have credibility. Another reason why Kohli has started approaching Sharma for his thoughts is the absence of the former Indian captain and wicket-keeper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Not too long ago, it was Dhoni who'd help Kohli make important decisions at crucial moments during a match. As one of the most experienced players of the current Team India and the vice-captain, Sharma has definitely filled the void that MS Dhoni has left behind. © Reuters A month ago, rumours of a tiff between Kohli and Sharma had filled the sports columns of every tabloid and news website. It is therefore refreshing to see such teamwork and two of the best cricketers in the world working together as a unit. View the full article
  5. Ahead of the third and final T20I match between India and the visiting Bangladesh team, Rishabh Pant is once again in the news. It was not because of his mess-up during the second game but because of what the stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma said about him during a press conference ahead of the deciding final game. "You know there is a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every day, every minute. I just feel that he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do on the field. I would request everyone to keep their eyes away from Rishabh Pant for a while,” said the skipper. 'I think it's not fair' India captain Rohit Sharma has asked everyone to give Rishabh Pant a break from the constant scrutinyhttps://t.co/6gKMie6EIt — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 9, 2019 "He is a fearless cricketer and we (team management) want him to have that freedom. And if you guys take your eyes off him for sometime, it will allow him to perform even better," added Rohit. The team veteran wants the best for the 22-year-old wicket-keeper, however, simply talking about him makes Pant's name come online and gives social media another excuse to “troll” him and this in turn may be making Pant's life more difficult as an international cricketer. The thing about the criticism from fans of the game and the so called “pundits” is that they often compare the young and upcoming athletes to the best and greatest players of all time, while they were in their prime. Pant can never reach near dhoni. He is just wanna be who try to immitate the dhoni style. — Nobie (@newbie_6) November 7, 2019 Unrealistic expectations is the primary outcome of such comparisons which often leads to further criticism if the said athlete fails to do good in the next match. According to a 2008 report by The Sport Journal, it is clarified how adversely can distractions and criticism drain an athlete's mental energy, causing him to get anxious, depressed and lose focus during the crucial moments of a game. Rishabh Pant is a good player. We have seen in the past, the kind of performance the cricketer can put up both in front of, and behind the stumps. Congrats #Babysitter What a lovely Baby's Day Out entertainer 1st Year of Test Cricket@RishabPant777 #RishabhPant #Pant 300+ Runs in 1st DownUnder 25+28+36+30+39+33+ 159* 2nd Highest Run Scorer in Series* 20*: Most Catches in a Series by IN WK 204:Record 7th Wicket Partnership — Save Hindus (@Hindu_League) January 4, 2019 In December 2018, the then 21-year-old broke Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane's record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series (20) against Tim Paine's Australian side in Melbourne. In September 2019, Pant went on to surpass his predecessor, MS Dhoni in dismissing 50 batsmen from behind the wicket in Test cricket in the least amount of time (Dhoni: 15 Tests, Pant: 11 Tests). The southpaw is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century in England and Australia, including his maiden international ton at The Oval and overtaking Farokh Engineer's record of the most number of runs scored by an Indian keeper Down Under. “"He is a young guy, 22, trying to make his mark in international cricket. Every move he makes on the field, people start talking about him. It is not fair. I think we should allow him to play his cricket which actually he also wants to do," Sharma during the conference. Maybe it's for the best that the skipper says nothing when it comes to Rishabh Pant. After all, no comments make no news. View the full article
  6. In what has been a tale of two halves, Rohit Sharma's cricketing journey has been full of ups and downs. Despite being tipped as one the upcoming talents in the country, the Mumbai batsman initially struggled to get going when he was roped in as a middle-order batsman. But, his ascension to the opening slot didn't just give a second wind to his career, but eventually gave India an irreplaceable batsman at the top. Since then, there has been no turning back for the rampant Indian opener. From carrying the baton for his side in crunch matches, taking some of the best bowling attacks to the cleaners to bulldozing his way to envious batting records, the 32-year-old, over the years, has undeniably established himself as one of the best in the business. And, the year 2019 appears to be no different. © Twitter/@BCCI With nine hundreds - including a Test double, eight half-centuries, 201 fours and 66 sixes, the 32-year-old is bossing international cricket this year. And, after scoring a blistering 43-ball 85 against Bangladesh in Rajkot, he is right on top of the leading run-scorers' list for the year. Given the repertoire of his strokes, the right-hander is more than capable of turning the game on its head - something that was thoroughly visible during his carnage at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium. Under pressure from their defeat in Delhi, the Indian captain led from the front to stitch a 118-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (31). The Mumbai batsman hammered the Bangladeshi bowlers all around the park, smashing six fours and as many sixes during his blazing knock that came at strike-rate of over 197. In fact, such was the confidence level of Rohit that he even contemplated the idea of hitting off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain for six sixes in an over before eventually settling for three. MUST WATCH: Chahal TV with the Hitman! ð From @ImRo45's 100th T20I to his 'secret' recipe to those monster sixes, this fun segment of Chahal TV has all the answers! ð @yuzi_chahal - by @28anand Full Video here ðð https://t.co/tPJpO7yDMo pic.twitter.com/HgEZXGgroF — BCCI (@BCCI) November 8, 2019 "That's what I tried, I wanted to go for six in a row but when I missed the fourth one I decided to go for singles. I knew that an off-spinner was bowling, and the wet ball was not going to turn, so my plan was to stand still and hit the ball without stepping out," Sharma told Yuzvendra Chahal on bcci.tv after the game. With 62 runs required from 11 overs, Rohit had Hossain ducking for cover in the 10th over. The Indian opener dispatched the Bangladesh off-spinner's first delivery for a six over deep midwicket. Then, another flat delivery was sent deep over the long-on fence for another maximum. The third delivery, another short of a length ball, got similar treatment as Rohit rocked back in the crease before heaving it over long-on to make it three sixes in a row. © Twitter/@BCCI However, couldn't quite connect with the fourth, a fuller delivery, and only got an edge, breaking the sequence. After 21 runs off the over, India got to their target of 154 with eight wickets in hand and 26 balls remaining. During his match-winning innings, Rohit's ability to hit sixes with relative ease was quite noticeable. For someone who doesn't boast of a typically muscular frame, Rohit has developed a knack for hitting sixes. So how does he do it, you'd ask? Here's the answer. "You don't need just big muscles or power to hit sixes. You need timing and you need to hit it from the middle, your head should be still, your body needs to be in the right position. When you take care of these things on a good wicket, you will be able to hit sixes," Rohit explained to Chahal. © Twitter/@BCCI With 2019 almost coming to an end, Rohit is eager to continue his fine form and finish his outstanding year on a high. "It's been a very good so far, just want to finish it off on a great note. "We've got a few games coming up, one against Bangladesh and then there's a whole West Indies series coming up as well. So yes, I'm quite looking forward to that, not to forget the two Test matches (against Bangladesh)," he said at the post-match presentation. Following a tame loss in the first match, the Rohit Sharma-led India produced a strong batting show to script a convincing eight-wicket win. After restricting the visitors to 153/6, Rohit (85), with adequate support from Dhawan (31) and Shreyas Iyer (24), helped the hosts in levelling the three-match series 1-1. Eyeing a series win, India and Bangladesh will now lock horns in the third and final T20I at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on 10th November. View the full article
  7. Following a tame loss in the first match, the Indian cricket team produced a strong batting show to script an emphatic eight-wicket win over the visiting Bangladesh side in the 2nd Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot. The impressive spells from Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28), Washington Sundar (1-25) and Deepak Chahar (1-25) ensured the visitors couldn't score more than 153 runs at the loss of six wickets after being asked to bat first. In reply, a captain's knock from Rohit, who slammed a strokeful 43-ball 85, and supporting knocks from Shikhar Dhawan (31) and Shreyas Iyer (24*) powered India home with 26 deliveries to spare. © Twitter/@BCCI While India managed to shrug off their defeat in the first T20I and levelled the proceedings 1-1 in the three-match series, the second match at Rajkot gave the hosts certain moments to regret. The Indian fielders were pretty sloppy on the field, conceding runs through extra throws, and even the Indian captain dropped a catch inside the 30-yard circle. But, apart from that, there were two incidents that couldn't go unnoticed. #RishabhPant messes up !! ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ pic.twitter.com/3rEVqnNG7Z — Nishant Barai (@barainishant) November 7, 2019 Rishabh Pant's blunder behind the stumps was probably the one that stood out when he made a complete mess of a simple stumping opportunity. The young wicketkeeper failed to keep his gloves behind the stumps before collecting the ball, which eventually denied Chahal and, in turn, Team India Liton Das' certain wicket The other moment was a forgetful one for Indian captain Rohit who struggled to contain his emotions and eventually ended up swearing at the third umpire. The incident occurred in the 13th over when Pant, making amends for his blunder earlier, stumped Soumya Sarkar off Chahal's delivery. Rohit ðð pic.twitter.com/CDKGcJESzJ — Ghatta (@Kattehaiklu) November 7, 2019 The on-field umpires initially ruled the Bangladeshi batsman out before referring it upstairs just to be sure. The replays clearly showed Sarkar short at the crease, but, by mistake, the third umpire ruled the batsman 'not out'. As soon as the decision was flashed on the giant screen, an infuriated Rohit, who was standing next to the on-field umpires, was caught swearing at the third umpire who eventually changed his decision to 'out'. “I'm quite an emotional guy on the field. Some of the decisions in the previous and some of the on-field moments today, we were a bit sloppy. Ultimately the aim is to get the job done, and sometimes we display a lot of emotions. Next time I'll check where the camera is," Rohit said after the match. View the full article
  8. There were a lot of angles with the first of three T20I matches between India and the visiting Bangladesh side could have gone in but by the end of the second innings, it was Rishabh Pant, who became the talk of the town, yet again. Returning to the Indian squad for white ball cricket after being replaced by Wriddhiman Saha during the series against South Africa, the 22-year-old cricketer would have expected that the highly critical and ruthless fans of the Indian cricket team would go easy on him but it is safe to assume that he was wrong. Ever since India's batting in the first innings, fans were calling Pant out for giving away his wicket to his opponents on a “reckless” shot once again. #INDvBAN #rishabhpant I think many knew how it ends for pant.Another reckless shot. Rishab panð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ pic.twitter.com/iNNE8LW67z — Indian2233 (@Indian2233) November 3, 2019 While in the past the southpaw has had a record of playing the wrong shots at the wrong time but to be honest, this time it wasn't as reckless as it was made to sound. In fact, a couple of overs earlier, it was Shreyas Iyer who was dismissed while playing a similar shot and getting caught between the deep extra cover and long off. However, the worst was yet to come for the wicket-keeper batsman who was behind the stumps in the second innings and made the mistake of saying “laga, laga, laga”, while saying that he thought he heard the ball edge the bat before he caught it to dismiss the established batsman Soumya Sarkar in the 10th over. The conviction with which Pant made the appeal wasn't enough for the umpire to raise his finger but it did convince the interim skipper, Rohit Sharma to take the solitary review and go to the third umpire. As the reviewed showed that there was absolutely no contact between the bat and the ball and got wasted, Sharma managed to keep his cool and just smiled at his young keeper. Rohit reaction ð¤£ð¤ð¤#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/w4UaHpNm8R — Thirupathi (@thirupawanist) November 3, 2019 But when millions of people are watching your game with their thumbs ready to type something nasty about you on the internet, a captain's hilarious response to your goof up is the last thing you need to worry about. Surely enough, the “supporters” of the Men in Blue decided to roast Rishabh Pant, this time however by shifting the blame on Sharma for trusting him with the Decision Review System. Today, Pant was everywhere. One of the incident is here... #RishabhPant #IndvsBan pic.twitter.com/wZM8dtAhUd — NoToRiOUS NiCK (@niksrko) November 3, 2019 #IndvsBan#RohitSharma after relying on #RishabhPant DRS suggestion: pic.twitter.com/uZaLm8NZ0L — Yogesh Thakare (@ynthakare006) November 3, 2019 #INDvBAN#IndvsBan Rohit Sharma after believing on #RishabhPant review. DRS pic.twitter.com/Dd1z5x5Mj8 — OM Rajpurohit (@omrajguru) November 3, 2019 #INDvBAN Rohit Sharma - Wicket Pe Focus Karo Wicket Pe .#RishabhPant - #IndvsBan pic.twitter.com/sLe1xeXLDg — OM Rajpurohit (@omrajguru) November 3, 2019 View the full article
  9. As the Indian cricket team look to take on the visiting Bangladesh side for the first of three T20I matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi, one youngster named Keshav Dabas has taken the fans of Indian cricket by storm. He is not a part of the national squad and he doesn't play Ranji cricket. Even then, the 19-year-old has managed to attract national-level media attention, thanks to one nets session with the leading members of the Men in Blue and showing his talents as a bowler. Credit: Twitter A day ahead of the first T20I, the Indian batting lineup saw Keshav bowl some brilliant deliveries in the nets for them to get acclimated to the testing atmosphere of the national capital. What made the teenager stand out was a good length delivery to go with some added bounce which clipped the outside edge of Indian opener Rohit Sharma's bat. There was a little bit of excitement shown by Dabas after what would have been a proper dismissal had they been playing an official match. He raised his hands in the air in celebration before the interim captain threw the ball back to him to continue his practice session. It was when Dabas got the second opener Shikhar Dhawan's stumps to come off the ground that the bowler did not show a single sign of exhilaration. He picked up the ball, got back to the starting spot of his run-up and bowled again. Credit: Twitter While the elite batsmen were stunned by the youngster's deliveries, it was the seamers of the Indian camp who truly appreciated Keshav's bowling prowess. “No, I did not hear the praise from Ravi Shastri sir but yes Shardul Thakur did ask me about my whereabouts,” Keshav told Hindustan Times. Currently a member of the Surinder Khanna Cricket Academy, Keshav Dabas has played for Delhi U-19 in one match and has been an official net bowler for more than one International series, including Australia's tour of Indina in March this year. View the full article
  10. ?Captaining India is a massive honour, be it for one match, 10 matches or 100 matches," he said. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: Captaining India is such an honour for Rohit Sharma that he would not fuss whether it?s full time or sporadic, the...
  11. Ahead of the ICC World Cup in England and Wales, as soon as the schedule was announced, the date 16th June was earmarked by cricket fans on their respective calendars, as they rearranged their schedule to accommodate for the highly-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan. A little over two weeks into the tournament, the mother of all battles was finally there, pitting arch-rivals India and Pakistan against each other. While inclement weather was expected to disrupt the proceedings at Old Trafford in Manchester, the fans were still unnerved with anticipations of an exciting contest. But, what eventually unfolded on the 'D-day' was hard to fathom. Despite their dismal record against India at the ICC events, the Pakistani cricket team was expected to put up a good show against their arch-rivals, especially after getting the better of them in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. But, contrary to popular perception, the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side failed to negate the Indian challenge and fell flat in what proved to be a one-sided affair. On a big day, India's big-name batsmen delivered. Here are their best shots! #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/kIta58HmAc — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 Rohit Sharma's blistering knock of 140 runs had powered India to a formidable total of 336 runs. And, in reply, Pakistan were humbled by the Indian bowling unit, even when they lost frontline bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar to an untimely injury in the fifth over. Poor shot selection, lack of temperament and failure to stitch key partnerships, all added to the downfall of Pakistan in their forgettable 89-run loss (D/L). If losing to their arch-rivals wasn't enough, the poor performance by the Pakistani cricketers further left their fans baffled. Guiding his team to a famous win on the back of a 'Man of the Match' performance, Rohit was visibly happy in the post-match press conference. But, after winning everyone over with his formidable show with the bat, Rohit took the social media by storm for his response to a journalist's query. Watch Kuldeep Yadav's magical delivery to dismiss Babar Azam, and all the other Pakistan wickets #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ybqvLYy9Ul — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 Given their epic batting collapse, Pakistani batsmen became the subject of immense criticism following their loss. Thus, it made sense when one of the Pakistani journalists asked Rohit if he'd like to give some advice to the Pakistani batsmen for their struggle so far in the ongoing ICC spectacle. Rohit Sharma Best Reply To Journalist On Pakistan ð#CongratulationsIndia #IndiaVsPakistan #MaukaMauka #ICCWorldCup2019 #INDvPAK #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/9PFYiu7u4Y — ðSreeram S Pð (@Dr_SreeramSP) June 17, 2019 Though the Pakistani batsmen, given their current state, could surely use some tips, India's vice-captain was probably not in the mood to preach. Thus, in response to the journo's query, the 'Hitman' said: "Agar main Pakistan ka coach bana to main bataunga, abhi kya bataunga! (If I become the coach of Pakistan then surely I will tell you. What can I say now!)". While his witty response left everyone at the press conference in splits, it also struck a chord with cricket fans on social media. This is what called a sensible reply ð — Biswajit Jena (@jena_biswajit) June 17, 2019 ðððð good answer — Cricket (@Cricket00671853) June 17, 2019 Level h Ro Hit man kaðððð — HmZa KasHmiriðµð° (@HmzaGarDezi) June 17, 2019 what would he suggest talent less bunch of people — Bisma Khan (@bisma_55) June 17, 2019 ððð यॠशरà¥à¤®à¤¾ à¤à¥ हमà¥à¤¶à¤¾ हॠफ़ारà¥à¤® मà¥à¤ रहतॠहà¥à¤à¥¤ — Rajesh Little (@rajesh_little) June 17, 2019 Savage reply ð¯ @ImRo45 https://t.co/4320XCXw97 — Eshu (@Aahanaa143) June 17, 2019
  12. Indian opener Rohit Sharma has now scored at least 50 runs in every match he has played in during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. In the match against Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan, Sharma did it in only 34 deliveries while giving the Men in Blue the ideal start to one of the most important games marked on their calendar. What a start from Rohit Sharma! He's raced to his fifty! â¡ #CWC19 | #INDvPAK | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Vy7r6cABaV — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 During this feat, Sharma surpassed former Indian skipper and wicket keeping legend, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record for smashing the most number of sixes in international cricket. While Dhoni has smashed the ball for a total of 355 maximums combining all formats of international cricket, Sharma's first six of the match against Pakistan got him to surpass this achievement of Dhoni's. After forming a brilliant 100-plus run partnership with KL Rahul, the 'Hitman' was able to score his second ton of the ICC World Cup 2019 in less than 90 balls, making this his fastest century among the 24 he has scored in ODIs till date. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 What an innings!
  13. After waiting for more than a week since their warm-up match against Bangladesh, the Indian cricket team finally made their ICC World Cup 2019 debut against Faf du Plessis' South African team and played a wonderful game of ODI cricket in chasing a minimal yet tricky mark of 228. Four wickets by @yuzi_chahal and a devastating opening spell by @Jaspritbumrah93 saw #TeamIndia limit South Africa to 227 runs. Watch all the wickets here! ⤵ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/2zXVB5XMnw — ICC (@ICC) June 5, 2019 While a huge chunk of the credit for the victory goes to Yuzvendra Chahal for his 4-wicket-haul and Jasprit Bumrah's highly effective and economical bowling (economy of 3.5 runs), there was one man who stood between the Proteas and their first win of the Cricket World Cup 2019 like a brick wall, Rohit Sharma. But it was #TeamIndia's day, their successful chase led by a superb ð¯ to @imro45 which included 13 boundaries and a pair of sixes. Watch the highlights here! ð #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/iKt5er9r82 — ICC (@ICC) June 5, 2019 Scoring a brilliant and unbeaten 122 of 144 deliveries, the 'Hitman' stuck to the crease despite his opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli being removed from the pitch quickly. As the opener for the Indian batting order, Sharma stayed in the middle of the action right from the beginning till the end and saw Hardik Pandya be done with the match with a crackling boundary in the 48th over. Now, Rohit Sharma is one of the greatest batsmen to put on the blue jersey and represent our nation in international competitions but you've got to agree that the 'Luck Gods' were smiling at him throughout the match saving him from heading back to the pavilion on multiple occasions. © Reuters Ever since the first over, Sharma's wicket was up for grabs. First he unintentionally flicked the ball to the backward square leg but the fielder was two to three steps away from the spot where the ball landed, then he was dropped between point and backward point. South African skipper, Faf du Plessis also dropped Sharma's catch at second slip and finally Sharma survived yet another scare thanks to David Miller who dropped a dolly at silly mid off late in the game. So, there are only two logical reasonings for Rohit Sharma getting so many lives at the crease last night. Either the Proteas fielding was just horrible and deserves all the criticism in the world, or, it was Nita Ambani and her world-renowned beliefs that provided Rohit Sharma with the kind of luck he needed in his 2019 World Cup opener. And the fine people of Twitter seems to concur with this theory: Faf after the match : If nita ambani hadn't visited the stadium rohit sharma wouldn't had scored a century and we would had taken those catches.....#INDvSA — Jammy (@The_WaLLLLLLL) June 5, 2019 When Nita Ambani spotted in the stadium Rohit Sharma : ððð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ pic.twitter.com/njL8B4TWDX — Thakur S P Parmar ð®ð³ (@IamErSPSingh) June 5, 2019 Hope Nita Ambani has tickets to all the games... We need Rohit Sharma to be in form throughout the #CWC19 — Siddharth (@Draviddict) June 5, 2019 Nita Ambani is always a lucky charm for Rohit Sharma.#IndiavsSouthAfrica #joke. — hrishikesh chandra (@hrishikesh3105) June 5, 2019 As soon as Nita Ambani shown on screen, @ImRo45 Is on fire... @cricbuzz @ICC @BCCI — Pratik Shah (@CAPratik_Shah) June 5, 2019 Nita Ambani is at the stadium and Rohit Sharma gets so many lives? Hmm.. #INDvSA — Gopal (@_gopalk) June 5, 2019 As soon as Nita Ambani was spotted, Rohit Sharma started hitting. Looks like her mantra for MI is also working for India.#CW2019 #CWC19 #INDvSA — Bhaumik (@_bhaumik_) June 5, 2019 @ImRo45 ðððnita ambani please attend all the games for India We need your prayers ð #IndvEng pic.twitter.com/iGlfUphBkT — -CR7 Paaji- (@Kakarla07) June 5, 2019 There are multiple evidences for this theory that we have seen during the various seasons of the Indian Premier League in which the Mumbai Indians' owner, Nita Ambani, is caught reading a mantra, which immediately makes things go in the MIPaltan's direction. Believe us, we even spoke to her Pandit ji. Hello Nita Ambani can you please accompany India on the world cup tour!!! Just to do that!! #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/yDmWU3FdRW — shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 12, 2019
  14. For someone who began his career as a middle-order batsman, Rohit Sharma has come into his own ever since MS Dhoni and the Indian team management identified him as a threatening opening batsman. Over the years, batting at the top, Rohit has not only turned his career around, but also provided India the luxury of an indispensable opener. A vital cog in the Indian batting line-up, Rohit came into the ICC World Cup with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. With his team tipped as one of the top contenders this year, the right-hander was quite understandably bestowed with the responsibility of getting them to a good start. And, on 5th June, Rohit, once again, proved why he is rated so highly by the Indian team management and all the cricket experts across the globe. Beginning their campaign against a team of South Africa's calibre was never going to be easy, but a spectacular show by the Indian bowling unit did tilt the game in favour of the 'Men in Blue'. Impressive figures by Yuzvendra Chahal (4-51) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-35) ensured that the Proteas were restricted to a mediocre total of 227 runs at the loss of nine wickets. Reuters Though the target appeared mediocre, but if anyone saw the conditions and pitch behave in the first-half of the match, they'd agree that it was going to take some doing for India to register their first points in the tournament. And, that's exactly what happened. Against the searing pace and impeccable lengths of sprinting Kagiso Rabada, the Indian openers looked far from being comfortable with both Shikhar Dhawan (8) and Rohit struggling early on. After the game of cat and mouse, pressure got to Dhawan as he edged one off Rabada through to Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. With the Proteas quicks smelling blood, the Indian side needed their batsmen at the crease to oversee the troublesome times and apply themselves in a bid to stitch a partnership - something Rohit and Virat Kohli (18) tried to do following Dhawan's dismissal. The duo added 41 runs for the second wicket and were eager to stabilise India's run-chase when Andile Phehlukwayo struck to send Kohli packing - courtesy a spectacular catch by De Kock. Reuters With his captain back in the hut, Rohit put his best foot forward and decided to carry the baton for his side. The Mumbai batsman gave himself enough time at the crease to settle in and, unlike his teammates, he didn't force his shots against the odd ball. On the other hand, Rohit was also impressive in rotating the strike which allowed him, and in turn India, to stitch strong partnerships. After partnering Kohli, Rohit was involved in an 85-run partnership for the third wicket with KL Rahul (26) who looked good for the better part of his innings in the much-debated No. 4 slot. But, Rahul's dismissal in the 32nd over at the hands of Rabada once again got India in a spot of bother. Top century from Rohit Sharma. Composed, relaxed. Rode the early tension well and has been a picture of certainty since — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 5, 2019 Unnerved by the pressure, Rohit continued to steer the chase for India after finding some support from MS Dhoni (34). The two experienced batsmen added 74 runs for the fourth wicket and almost nullified the threat Rabada & co. posed in the middle. As the game neared its end, India lost Dhoni, but Rohit's presence in the middle ensured the team remained on track. Reuters While the winning runs came from the blade of swashbuckling Hardik Pandya (15*), it was arguably Rohit's superlative knock of 122 runs including 10 fours and two sixes that made the difference. Calm ,composed and a wonderful century from @ImRo45 ! Fantastic understanding of the situation ! — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 5, 2019 On a track where batsmen from both sides struggled to get going, Rohit showed great composure and temperament in his match-winning innings. Curbing his natural, aggressive game, Rohit adapted to the conditions and sacrificed certain shots from his armoury to ensure his survival at the crease. Owing to experience and know-how of the game, the Indian opener got his team over the line and notched up his second World Cup hundred and get India off to a winning start in the tournament. A wonderful, mature innings from Rohit Sharma. Great assessment of the situation and seeing India through to the win in the end, a hallmark of top players @ImRo45 . A well begun World Cup campaign for Team India #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Hmul57c4BO — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 5, 2019 It was also Rohit's 23rd ODI hundred which allowed him to go past Sourav Ganguly (22) in the list of India's all-time top hundred makers in the 50-over format. He is now placed third in the elite list with just Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Kohli (41) ahead of him. Following their emphatic six-wicket triumph, the Kohli brigade will hope that Rohit continues his fine run when they take the field against Australia in the much-anticipated clash at The Oval on 9th June.
  15. After patiently waiting for seven days in the tournament, the Indian cricket team finally started their campaign at the ICC World Cup against South Africa in Southampton on 5th June. While the Indian fans were forced to wait to see their team in action, the late start for 'Men in Blue' at the ICC spectacle also meant that they had enough time to prepare - something that was in full display at the Rose Bowl stadium. Losing the toss, the Indian team found themselves bowling against the South African batting line-up, focussed on piling up a big score in a bid to record their first win in three games. But, it wasn't meant to be - thanks to a spectacular bowling performance by India. With Jasprit Bumrah getting his angles and seam movement to trouble the South African openers early on, everyone knew that a wicket was around the corner. While many suspected Quinton de Kock to became the first victim, it was Hashim Amla who eventually turned out to be the first scalp for Bumrah. Reuters In the fourth over, Bumrah's good length delivery, pitched just outside off, forced Amla to defend from the crease - a mistake that was eventually going to cost South Africa their first wicket. Deploying his defensive push, Amla couldn't help but edge the ball through towards the second slip where anxious Rohit Sharma got down just in time to grab it cleanly. It was a beautifully set-up dismissal where the bowler's line and length combined perfectly with the field setting, deployed in anticipation of the opposition batsman's shot. If Bumrah's early breakthrough got the Indian fans on the edge of their seats, Rohit's unique celebration after taking the catch doubled the fun on social media. When your team makes a blistering start to #CWC19! pic.twitter.com/jtTSAdissC — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 5, 2019 The Indian opener, positioned at second slip, completed the catch and was seen unveiling an impromptu 'break dance' celebration to the sheer joy of the fans in the stands and back home. ðððð what kind of celebration is thisðððð — Neha Jhaðð§ (@happiness_msd7) June 5, 2019 He knows how to make me smile ð — Akshαtα ã ð¤ð» (@AkshataTweets) June 5, 2019 One of my favorite players in the world lool — mvuyisi (@MvugoMvuyisi) June 5, 2019 Rohit ððð — Hitman ð®ð³ (@Pa1SAAHO45) June 5, 2019 pic.twitter.com/WZnMR1fjpQ — Mogambo ⪠âï¸ (@UberHandle) June 5, 2019 Okay that was CUTE! ð @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/j9uhtS9cTx — Abhi⨠(@rohitspullshot_) June 5, 2019 pic.twitter.com/GXhtrscI6C — Arun Kumar (@Arunk_2) June 5, 2019
  16. After swimming in a pool of controversies, Hrithik Roshan's 'Super 30' is finally going to hit the theatres soon and the trailer that just dropped proves that it's going to be one of the most promising films of 2019. Phantom Films Ever since it was announced that a biopic is being made on Anand Kumar, founder of Super 30, starring Hrithik Roshan, the film has made more news than most of our mathematics scores combined. For those who didn't know, Super 30 is an academy that trains meritorious students from underprivileged backgrounds for JEE exams 'for free'. Phantom Films The 2-minute 37 seconds trailer shows Hrithik Roshan as Anand Kumar, a genius mathematician who is a celebrity among students for his unbelievable success rate when it comes to coaching. However, he gives up his lucrative job to help the underprivileged kids and ensure that every deserving kid gets a chance to make it big in the world. Phantom Films The dialogue, "Ab Raja ka beta raja nahi banega. Raja woh hi banega, jo haqdaar hoga", will go down in the history of Bollywood as one of the most impressive and hard-hitting dialogues ever. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the reverse-transformation that Hrithik went through for the character? He has not only nailed the look, but his accent is also worth an applaud. Recently the biopic found itself in trouble, when Anand Kumar's former students accused him of lying and hiding facts, and when director Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment. Despite surrounded by controversies, 'Super 30' is releasing on July 12.
  17. If Hollywood has Marvel Cinematic Universe, then here in Bollywood we have Rohit Shetty and his 'Singham Cinematic Universe', where cops are greater and powerful than any superhero out there. Honestly, cop movies in Bollywood weren't as big a thing until the release of 'Singham'. Post the 100-crore (each) success of 'Singham', 'Singham Returns' and 'Simmba', Rohit Shetty is now coming up with another cop movie 'Sooryavanshi' starring Akshay Kumar. And Ajay Devgn feels that the 'Singham' franchise can be Bollywood's 'Avengers'. In a recent interview to PTI, Ajay said "Universes have a massive scope in Bollywood. 'Singham' is a strong franchise and then 'Simmba' has become another important series, and now if 'Sooryavanshi' goes on to become something like that, which I'm sure it will, it's the same thing as 'Avengers'." He further said that while MCU picked up superheroes, in India cops like "Singham and Simmba" are the superheroes, "So we're trying to make our world. We are taking it into a more realistic zone." © Instagram In fact, Ajay believes that all those people who like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will lap up Rohit Shetty's cop universe in no time. "Either you are an Iron Man fan or any other Avengers', now that all of them came together for a film, one will definitely go. Every superhero's fan would go, it's as simple as that. If these characters also go on to become that strong, then people would wait for something like this." © Instagram Praising 'Avengers: Endgame', Ajay said Bollywood should learn a lesson from the box office performance of the film and also spoke about how competing with Hollywood is not possible due to financial constraints. (Folks, let's not count the number of cars blown up in the entire franchise.) Apart from 'Sooryavanshi', Rohit Shetty is also planning to make a movie on female cops to complete his cop-universe. Can I say Russo Brothers have got nothing on Rohit Shetty and Singham? Of course, I can.
  18. Honoured with the name, 'Hitman', Indian cricket team's opener, Rohit Gurunath Sharma is on top of the cricketing world for all the right reasons. Currently donned with the duty to lead the Men in Blue into international series in the absence of Virat Kohli, Sharma is also one of the most decorated batsmen of our nation. But things were not always so rosy and exciting for the now 32-year-old athlete. Coming from humble beginnings, 'Shaana', as Yuvraj Singh likes to call him, was just a kid with a dream a couple of decades ago. His family did not have the silver to make life easier for the righty but the will to see him make it big internationally, could be found in abundance. © Rohit Sharma Hailing from Nagpur, Rohit's father, Gurunath Sharma, used to work as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse in Mumbai and could only manage to afford a one-room apartment for the entire family to reside in. However, the worst was yet to come. After losing his job at the storehouse, his father found it extremely difficult to provide food and shelter to the little boy and decided to send him away to his grandparents and uncles' place in Borivali at the tender age of 10. Even though they were unable to see their child daily, they made it a point to visit him at least once every week. Appreciating his unshaken passion for the game of cricket, his parents decided to help him make a career in the sport and wanted to get him in a cricket academy by all means necessary. Pooling in Rs. 50 his parents, uncles and their friends collected enough funds to help him get through the academy in 1999. At the time, Sharma used to be a bowling all-rounder with expertise in off-spin but his coach, Dinesh Lad, at the academy advised him to focus more on his talents with the bat. He even managed to provide Rohit with a four-year scholarship at Swami Vivekananda International School, an institution ten-times better than where he used to go before. Switching schools also allowed the young and talented cricketer work harder to reach his goals. © Rohit Sharma As for someone who used to approach the crease as an 8th or 9th down to opening for Lad's team at the Inter-School tournament and scoring a total of 120 runs on his debut had to be special and the rest, as they say, is history. Having his fair share of dips in form, Sharma has had a rollercoaster career before he showed his ability to shine on the brightest of stages in the past few years and it seems as if the 32-year-oldie has built enough faith amongst the BCCI selection committee to make him a “sure thing” for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Sharma, who belongs to the A+ category of pay grade for Team India, was also blessed with a daughter earlier this year and this was probably the best present he could have asked for.
  19. As the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League approaches its conclusion, the need for patience and keeping calm continues to rise. Especially with Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals fixing berths for themselves for the playoff round, only two spots remain and the competition amongst the rest of the franchises is nail-biting. Therefore, the pressure of the 'now-or-never' situation is getting to every member of the teams that have not qualified yet, which often erupts in an outburst when something does not go according to the liking of the athletes. Earlier, well-renowned and respected players of the Indian cricket team were looked down upon and fined for losing their cool over the flow of the game. On one hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was criticised for his 'extremely aggressive' reaction after dismissing Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin last week, on the other hand, former captain of the Men in Blue and often referred to as 'Captain Cool', MS Dhoni was fined 50% of his match fees after coming onto the field from the dugout to argue with the umpires. Yesterday, it was time for the third captain of Team India and the leader of the MIPaltan, Rohit Sharma to join the infamous gang. After getting dismissed for cheap (12 runs off 9 deliveries) on an LBW appeal off English bowler, Harry Gurney, the 'Hitman' was visibly upset with the decision and vented his frustration on the stumps and broke them before leaving the crease. Breaching the conduct, Sharma was slapped with 15% of his match fees for the unprecedented actions and this is how his fans reacted: Rohit Sharma fuming at the umpire and buddy that wicket hitting thing is not expected from the clam batsman. When you're in a under pressure match and the poor umpiring takes the best batsman in your team. IPL umpiring are in a poor poor temper right now. — Subhadeep Paul (@paulbabaraps) April 28, 2019 But it's actually out umpire gave correct decision only Rohit needs to accept his wicket It's not like what happened other day One umpire giving out and other not — Nisha Cutee (@NishaCutee) April 28, 2019 Rohit Sharma trying to Mankad bowler. Truly next level skipper. pic.twitter.com/QjWh5w31LB — Rain Man (@ohgoditsmayhem) April 28, 2019 Rohit Sharma trying to Mankad bowler. Truly next level skipper. pic.twitter.com/QjWh5w31LB — Rain Man (@ohgoditsmayhem) April 28, 2019 Incidentally, the Indian opener's flare-up came in his 100th match as the captain of Mumbai Indians. Sharma is only the fourth cricketer to lead a franchise for 100 matches after MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli.
  20. It feels as if Rohit Sharma wanted to make up for the lack of entertainment the supporters of Mumbai Indians had to suffer, when the skipper missed out his first Indian Premier League game in 11 years against Ravichandran Ashwin's Kings XI Punjab due to a leg spasm on Wednesday. Nonetheless, the Indian opening batsman more than repaid his dues in today's game against Ajinkya Rahane's Rajasthan Royals during which he played a decent knock, making 47 runs off 32 deliveries, which included six fours and a solitary six, even though the Royals managed to win by four wickets and three spare deliveries. However, the greatest moment of the cricketer's innings came an over ahead of the delivery that dismissed him and ironically enough, the batsman's highlight had nothing to do with his bat. Walking down the pitch to try and hit a longer shot, Sharma was surprised by a full-toss by RR all-rounder K Gowtham going away from him to the left. Out of the crease by a good margin, the delivery would have definitely led to keeper Sanju Samson stumping him out but the Hitman's awareness of the situation and quick thinking made him kick the ball with his front foot, sending it away from the danger zone. His creative and quick reaction to avoid getting out led to Sharma's fans complimenting his footballing skills on Twitter: @mipaltan vs @rajasthanroyals: Deliberately padded by @ImRo45 , he kicks the ball away with his front leg pic.twitter.com/seDys6h1zi — Om Prasad Pattnayak (@OmPattnayak) April 13, 2019 Rohit be like "Messi who?" ð Picture credits: Hotstar#RohitSharma #MIvRR #QuintondeKock #MIvsRR #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/0dUIxp7ty2 — Rooter App (@RooterSports) April 13, 2019 That was a good kick by Rohit Sharma to avoid being stumped-out. Football skills in the middle of a cricket pitch. #IPL2019 #MIvRR — RAJESH SAMAL (@rajesh_offical) April 13, 2019 Next time Luke Shaw is injured we could loan out Rohit Sharma to @ManUtd ... Great clearance there ð#MIvRR — Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 13, 2019 Rohit Sharma just played a smart football in cricket ð — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 13, 2019
  21. Amidst the madness of the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking over a country of cricket-crazy people, news of the Indian squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup being announced about a week from today, has caught people's attention. According to a Times of India report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian skipper Virat Kohli have made plans to meet next Monday in Mumbai to sit and pick a roster that will represent the country in the tournament starting 30th May. Rohit Sharma believes that the final team will only be selected once the thoughts and ideas of Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have been taken into consideration by the Board. “I think we are pretty much settled. There are a few spots (undecided) which everyone knows about but again that depends on what the captain and the coach and the selectors think whether they want to go for the extra seamer or the extra spinner or extra middle order player or a reserve opener. “It also depends upon the conditions. The last time we were in England, the conditions were quite dry. I don't know how things will be. So if it is like that, then you take an extra spinner, as simple as that. If it's not then probably take the extra seamer,” the 'Hitman' said in Mumbai. The last portion from Sharma's quote is worth paying some heed to. It is well established that the fourth spot in the team is the most uncertain position. While currently in the hands of former allrounder Ambati Rayudu, it is highly probable that the Guntur-born will be asked to give it up, considering his below average performance against Australia in the ODI and T20I series last month (and let's not even talk about his IPL journey so far). Basing the argument on Sharma's take, if the conditions in England and Wales consists of heavy moisture, the number four spot could go a batting allrounder like Vijay Shankar who usually goes to the pitch as the fifth batsman and somebody like Hardik Pandya can be inserted in the fifth slot. Alternatively, Dinesh Karthik becomes an ideal candidate for number four adding to the powerful middle order batting line up with Pandya taking away Shankar's place from the roster. On the other hand, if the weather conditions continue to remain dry like the last time Men in Blue had visited England, bowling allrounder, Kedar Jadhav becomes one of the foremost picks for Kohli. Also, if the captain and the coach really want to try something that they haven't in the last two years, bringing back Ravichandran Ashwin does not appear to be a bad thought either. While positions for batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, and bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah can be considered to be a confirmed lock, the spots for allrounders are what will be a major part of the discussion between Kohli and the BCCI on Monday.
  22. Apparently Bollywood looked at the incredible Marvel Cinematic Universe and said, “I want some of that”. But, who needs superheroes when you have cops? Rohit Shetty is obviously THE guy who makes cop movies in Bollywood and has made three box office hits and 100 crore club movies with 'Singham', 'Singham Returns', and 'Simmba'. Now, he wants to tie all of the movies together in one Cinematic Universe and he has already started that process with Akshay Kumar's cameo in 'Simmba' as a way to introduce his character Veer Sooryavanshi for his own upcoming movie. Much like MCU's 'Captain Marvel', Rohit Shetty now also wants to have a female cop added to his 'Singham Cinematic Universe' after the release of 'Sooryanvanshi' starring Akshay Kumar. During a panel discussion at the FICCI Frames 2019, he said, “Soon we will be making it. We have a story in mind. We will do it definitely. We will take a year or so but we plan to do that to complete the universe.” He went on to explain his inspiration behind this cinematic universe, which was obviously Marvel. He also added that big-budget superhero movies are not really a possibility in the Hindi film industry at the moment. “Whatever happens in America, Hollywood, happens here ten years down the line. That's been the theory always. When I was watching the Avengers series I got an idea that why don't we create a universe. Obviously we don't have the kind of budget to make many super heroes movies year after year. Then I thought to make a cop universe from Simmba onwards.” He added, “I was a bit scared before the release of Simmba because this was happening for the first time in our country. I knew that youngsters and kids will know, because they have seen Avengers, but our mature audience hasn't seen that. I had doubts merging two worlds, but it worked big time.” Well, good for you, Mr Shetty! Let's just hope this doesn't really ruin MCU for us.image4
  23. Back in 1909, the Socialist Party of America designated 28th February as the first National Women's Day to honour the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where the women protested against working conditions. That day, marked a new chapter in the lives of women and, in 1975, when the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8th March, as it helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards and programmes to advance the status of women globally. Since then, the date 8th March has been a focal point in the movement for women's rights. And, this year's International Women's Day has proved to be no different. There has been a plethora of celebratory messages on social media platforms and, needless to mention the inspirational 'Google Doodle', all celebrating the achievements of women in different fields. Joining the bandwagon, India's limited-overs vice-captain - Rohit Sharma - also stressed on the need to celebrate the day with unmatched fervour and love, like any other festival. "#WomensDay has to be the most celebrated day in India!"ð From @ImRo45, @Jaspritbumrah93, @YUVSTRONG12 and every one of us at MI, a very #HappyWomensDay to all the special women out there ðð#HappyWomensDay2019 pic.twitter.com/FRIxz4TVZW — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 8, 2019 In a video shared by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians on the social media, Rohit said: "Women's Day has to be the most celebrated day in India. The women who have played a part in my life have changed me completely. So, I think, it is important that we celebrate Women's Day as big as Diwali or any other festival that we celebrate". Our future is only as strong as our women. ð ON #womensday #Empowering #women #riseup #livepools #india @livepoolsindia #HappyWomensDay2019 #InternationalWomansDay pic.twitter.com/DUpYz4pMxh — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 8, 2019 On the other hand, Mumbai's new signing Yuvraj Singh also gave a heartfelt message to the fans. "They are very integral part of our life. I think without them we would be nothing. In my perspective, in my books, I really hold them in high regard. Definitely my mother, who has nurtured me over the years and kept me very safe, to my sisters as well," said Yuvraj. Apart from Rohit and Yuvraj, India's death-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah, too, shared his views on International Women's Day. “I always feel women are way above men. They always give me strength, they always give me confidence. So, I am very happy to have them in my life. During any situation, they never feel weak. They are always there in tough times, in happier times,” said Bumrah.
  24. For a team that recorded historic win in Tests before winning the ODI series Down Under, the Indian cricket team got a stark reminder of Australia's capabilities in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) following their three-wicket loss in Visakhapatnam. Barring KL Rahul, none of India's batting superstars stepped up as they stuttered to a mediocre total of 126 runs. The Indian bowlers tried to put up a brave fight despite few runs to play for, but in the end, Umesh Yadav's 14-run final over saw Australia to eke out a thrilling win and allowed them to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series. Going into the 2nd T20I, the Indian cricket team needs to put their best foot forward as they take on the visitors in the must-win clash at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. But, while the hosts aim to bounce back in a bid to level the series, some of India's biggest superstars will also fancy notching up individual records. © BCCL The likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are all in fray to etch their name in the history books with the potential individual records they can achieve during the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Rohit is on the verge of shattering the record for most sixes in the shortest format. The Mumbai batsman has slammed 102 sixes in 86 T20I innings so far. He is just two 'big hits' away from overtaking the likes of Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill who are currently tied at the top in the list of most sixes in T20Is. The 31-year-old is already leading the list of Indian batsmen with most sixes in T20Is. The nearest person to his tally of T20I sixes (in India) is Yuvraj Singh who boasts of 74 maximums in 51 innings in the shortest format. He is way ahead from the likes of Dhoni and Kohli who have 49 sixes in 84 innings and 48 'big hits' in 61 innings respectively. © BCCL Both, Kohli and Dhoni might be behind Rohit in the list of most T20I sixes, but, going into today's clash, the duo will be seen competing in a race of their own. The two cricketers are on the verge of bringing up a half-century of sixes in T20Is. And, with Dhoni needing just one and Kohli requiring two 'big hits', it'll be interesting to see who reaches the milestone first. While the individual milestones wouldn't really be on their minds, these three vital cricketers will be eager to produce an improved performance to help their side level the T20I series against Australia today.
  25. For a man who was busy honing his skills as a chess player before representing India at junior levels, Yuzvendra Chahal has undoubtedly come a long way to become one of the country's preferred spinners in limited-overs cricket. Making his debut in 2016, the leggie has managed to rise through the ranks in Indian cricket and forged a vital partnership with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his side. Continuing his fine form, the 23-year-old played a pivotal role in India's historic 4-1 win the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in New Zealand. In the five games he played, Chahal bagged nine wickets - emerging as the joint leading wicket-taker alongside Mohammed Shami in the ODI series. But, apart from bamboozling the opposition batsmen, Chahal has carved his own niche with wit and pun. He has struck a chord with cricket fans through his very own 'Chahal TV' - a show that has now become a one-stop shop for fans to watch their favourite cricketers talk about the game. Instagram/@rohitsharma45 Though he has been seen poking fun at other cricketers on his chat show, Chahal was given a taste of his own medicine by none other than 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma. In one of his Instagram stories, the Indian opener shared a picture of the banner of Oriental Bank of Commerce that had Chahal on it. Taking a dig at his teammate, Rohit added the text 'GOAT' on the picture as a laugh riot ensued amongst cricket fans on Instagram. Meanwhile, both Rohit and Chahal will play a pivotal role in the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also announced a 15-member squad for the two T20Is which will be followed by five ODIs. Here's a look at India's squad: For T20I series: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande. For 1st and 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul, KL Rahul. For remaining 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant.
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