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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Unlike the first T20I match at Wellington, the Indian bowling side looked a lot more in control of the game as the important wickets of Tim Seifert and Colin Munro fell quickly. While the newbie went away on a caught-behind after hitting a four and a six, Munro was dismissed by a Rohit Sharma catch off Krunal Pandya. However, what is probably going to be the major point of discussion of the match is the questionable decision given out by the third Umpire, Shaun Haig when batsman Daryl Mitchell asked for a review on an LBW appeal. While the original decision given by the on-field umpire was against the Kiwi, upon review, it was seen that the ball edged the bat before touching Mitchell's pad. However, the Snickometer did not pick up any sound on the ball making a contact with the bat. Drama at Eden Park, Auckland! A lot of questions will be asked of the third umpire Shaun Haig, Hotspot and DRS. Daryl Mitchell must be gutted and confused at the same time. #NZvIND #INDvNZ #TeamIndia #DarylMitchell #KrunalPandya #DRS #Hotspot #T20I — Ameya Tilak (@ameyatilak) February 8, 2019 All these technologies and still can't figure out a clear inside edge. #indvnz #DarylMitchell — Ankit (@ankitchandram) February 8, 2019 This is what probably led to Haig calling a decision in favour of the on-field umpire's original call and gave Mitchell an 'out'. However, the fans, the Kiwi batsmen and even the Indian players seemed to be surprised with the third umpire's final say. Assembling at the centre of the Eden Park, everyone was asking another as to how exactly was the righty batter out. Daryl Mitchell could be seen literally begging in front of the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and keeper MS Dhoni to advocate his case in front of the umpires and let him continue to bat. Although Sharma smiled at the hapless batsman, it was evidently clear that he wasn't going to help him as he was asked to leave the field. If a bowling team feels that the umpire's decision to send a batsman away was wrong, they have the right to call him back to the pitch. It is not just a rule on paper. It has been exercised by teams on a number of occasions with former skipper Dhoni himself calling back English batsman Ian Bell after getting him for a run-out on a legitimate confusion. So, in such a scenario, should Rohit Sharma have called Mitchell back?
  8. The Indian cricket team is a fraternity, a brotherhood based on hours of working out and practising together every day, celebrating the highs, and crying over the lows of the team together as family. But that won't stop the interim skipper Rohit Sharma from trying to pull his fellow teammate and friend Yuzvendra Chahal's leg as soon as he gets a chance to do so. And that's exactly what Sharma did after ODI series against New Zealand ended in favour of India with a final score, 4-1. A couple of days after the fifth match in Wellington ended, Chahal uploaded an image in a rare avatar of that of a batsman along with Kuldeep Yadav with an inspirational caption: “Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big..!!” View this post on Instagram Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big..!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ A post shared by Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal23) on Feb 4, 2019 at 9:35pm PST Chahal's fans were praising his performance during the 5-match ODI series against the Kiwis when suddenly, out of the blue, the Hitman, Rohit Sharma decided to troll the spinner. Commenting on the Instagram post, Sharma said: "How about ironing your uniform." The comment was bang-on as Chahal's wrinkled out uniform does look as if it could use some ironing. However, Chahal soon responded: “And my big brother trying to troll me hmm nice try bhaiya you improved little bit keep it up.” The duo were also seen sharing a laugh at Yuzi's new BCCI show called 'Chahal TV' for which Sharma also volunteered to be the cameraman once. During the show, Chahal comically asked the skipper if he could start batting at No. 3 given that Virat Kohli has been rested for the upcoming T20I series in New Zealand to which Sharma said: “You were our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match which we go on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s.” WATCH: Hitman @ImRo45's guest appearance on Chahal TV ðð Why does Rohit want to give @yuzi_chahal a batting promotion? - by @RajalArora Find out here ððð https://t.co/3T5E4KDGEx pic.twitter.com/iI9IZmkoV1 — BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019
  9. 'Simmba' enjoyed massive success and a magical run at the box office. Rohit Shetty knows exactly what to sell to his action fans and he does it quite well. The classic recipe which he began with Singham, played extremely well by Ajay Devgn, was carried forward as a sort of legacy by none other than Ranveer Singh himself, who like always, nailed the role of a cop in this one. View this post on Instagram RELEASING TOMORROW ! ð¦ðªð¾ #SIMMBA A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Dec 26, 2018 at 10:10pm PST The movie crossed the 100-crore mark within a few days of its release and this gigantic success inspired director Rohit Shetty do so something thoughtful. At the recently concluded festival 'Umang Awards', Rohit Shetty pledged and donated 51 lakhs from the profit made by his movie. He presented the cheque with actors Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh and Akshay Kumar to the commissioner of Police. © Twitter 'Simmba' follows the story of a Marathi cop Sanghram Bhalerao who falls in the claws of corruption but eventually turns his good cop side on after an epiphany. Rohit is now all set to direct another action drama called 'Sooryavanshi' with none other than Khiladi Kumar himself, who made a cameo in 'Simmba' as well. Recently, the makers of Vicky Kaushal starrer 'Uri' pledged 1 crore towards the fund for Army widows on Army Day as well. It is good to see when Bollywood extends help and gives back to the country in a generous way.
  10. The Indian Cricket Team has been on a roll recently, overcoming every challenge that comes their way. Creating history during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, by winning a Test series in Australia for the first time ever, followed by winning their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia, the Men in Blue are looking stronger than ever. Even individually, a lot of Indian cricketers are breaking records which were considered to be unbreakable. Their efforts are being recognised by the world, as the International Cricket Council showers Virat Kohli and his men with some of the most prestigious awards and honours. For instance, the Indian skipper became the only player to bag top three ICC awards in a single year by winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year - for his performances in 2018. Other stars who bleed blue, including Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah were named as team members of ICC Test Team of the Year while Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav also made it to the ICC ODI Team of the Year. The world is amazed by this young team of extremely talented players who seem to be fearless, indestructible and vulnerable to nothing. Believe it or not, there exists a complete army which looks after the health and welfare of Kohli's boys. As Team India marches forward towards greatness every single day, these backstage heroes get lost in the middle and do not receive the recognition that they deserve. It turns out that the Indian cricketers Yuzvendra Chahal and his sidekick Rohit Sharma (cameraman) felt the same way and decided to do something to bring these luminaries to the fore. In the fourth episode of the all-new Chahal TV, the two cricketers give us a sneak-peek into the highly confidential fitness centre of the Indian cricket team and talk to their performance team led by Head Physiotherapist, Patrick Farhart along with the sports massage therapists Arun Kanade and Rajeev Kumar. “People recognise us, the cricketers, but these are the people who put in a lot of effort to help us perform better,” says Chahal in his tribute to the dark horses.
  11. In the ever-changing age of the digital world, social media, from being a simple platform that initially came to fore with the promise of helping people to keep in touch and keep up with one another, has, now, gone on to become 'the thing' for people. No relationship is considered real unless it's posted on the likes of Facebook and Instagram. Happiness is now measured by the number of vacation photos you share on your social media profile. There is so much and, still, much more. Then, there are those social media trends that get the users spell-bound, making it almost imperative for others to participate while inflicting FOMO (another irritating new-age lingo) if they don't. Staying true to its nature, social media has a new trend for everyone to follow - '10 Year Challenge'. A harmless fad, right? Or, is it (that's questionable). (Plus,minus)- 10 Year Challenge ðð @rogerfederer #10yearchallenge pic.twitter.com/2lAvyKMNj6 — Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) January 17, 2019 The rules are pretty simple: you simply upload two photographs of yourself - usually side by side - which were taken at least ten years apart. What's the overall message here, you'd ask? It's again simple: self-love and showing the world how you've 'glowed up' (in other words, showing how you haven't aged a day). The '10 Year Challenge' is already a rage on the social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; you name it. The collage of photos would have thronged your feed on social media. From cricketers to footballers and politicians to actors, everyone has been happily riding the bandwagon. And, why not, in the age where information is second-handed (read digital) and real life is secondary, social media trends is the oxygen you cannot do without. But, amid all the crazy collages of people we've seen, there came one from Rohit Sharma that stands apart from the rest. The only #10YearChallenge we should be worried about pic.twitter.com/Tph0EZUbsR — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 17, 2019 Using the '10 Year Challenge' fad as an opportunity, the Indian opener highlighted one of the long-standing problems that might soon spell doom for the mankind. Taking to Twitter, the Mumbai batsman shared a collage of photos of the marine life where the one from 2009 was colourful and lively, while the one from 2019 was dull and dusty. He captioned the post with a valid point: "The only #10YearChallenge we should be worried about". In the year, where we all were going gaga about the stock image of an egg beating Kylie Jenner's record of the most-liked photo on Instagram, before Netflix's 'Bird Box' had people running around blindfolded, Rohit has set a much-needed precedent for celebrities and fans alike, showing that such social media trends can actually be used responsibly, and for something good. And, while there are already rife allegations that the collages of the photos that we all have been happily sharing on the social media could very well be used as data to test the facial recognition algorithms, people must proceed with due diligence. After all, humans are the connective link between physical and digital worlds. It's human interactions that make the 'Internet of Things' interesting. And, sadly, our data is the fuel that makes businesses smarter and more profitable.
  12. If we thought 'Simmba' was the biggest hit of just Ranveer's career, we couldn't have been more wrong! Ranveer Singh starrer 'Simmba' has now crossed the box earnings of Rohit Shetty's 'Chennai Express' to take its top spot as the “highest grosser” for the director! © Pinterest According to the latest tweet by trade analyst Taran Adarsh, 'Simmba' has so far earned Rs. 227.71 crore while 'Chennai Express' had earned Rs. 227.13 crore. This makes 'Simmba' Rohit Shetty's most successful directorial venture so far. #Simmba crosses *lifetime biz* of #ChennaiExpress and emerges Rohit Shetty's highest grosser... [Week 3] Fri 2.60 cr, Sat 4.51 cr, Sun 5.30 cr, Mon 2.86 cr. Total: â¹ 227.71 cr. India biz. BLOCKBUSTER. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 15, 2019 Even though 'Simmba' received mixed reviews upon its release on 28th December last year, it soon picked up business over the week. The movie has received great reviews and has been hailed as a total “paisa vasool” movie of 2018. Not only that, but 'Simmba' also became Rohit Shetty's eighth consecutive 100-crore movie at the box office. © Red chillies Entertainment 2013 release 'Chennai Express' starring Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan was a super hit at the box office and was declared as a complete package when it came to thrilling entertainment. In 'Simmba', Ranveer Singh is seen essaying the role of a corrupt policeman called Sangram Bhalerao who undergoes a complete transformation after a life-changing incident. The film stars Sara Ali Khan as Ranveer's love interest Shagun in the film, while Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, Siddhartha Jadhav also play pivotal roles in the movie.
  13. For a team that ended 2018 with a historic Test series win, Virat Kohli-led India were shot to the ground by a rejuvenated Australian brigade in the first One-Day International (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In what was arguably an early wake up call, the visitors paid dearly for their batting flaws which eventually led to their 34-run loss. It was surely not the kind of start the Indian cricket team or their fans would have wanted in the new year. But, while the visiting team stuttered in the first ODI, one man, yet again, proved why he is considered one of the most feared openers in the world. BCCL It was business as usual for Rohit Sharma who notched up his first hundred after the birth of his baby girl Samaira. Carrying the baton for his side and keeping them alive in the run-chase, the right-hander smashed a brilliant 133-run knock which was decorated with six sixes and 10 boundaries. While the Mumbai batsman couldn't help India secure a win, his innings will surely linger in the memory of cricket fans for some time. For someone who has a reputation of notching up big individual scores, it wasn't really surprising to see Rohit's batting masterclass in Sydney that left former cricketers and pundits in awe. But, as successful as he is with the willow, Rohit, sadly, isn't even close to being a good dancer. Hitman learning the floss dance be like ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/37lGysldJC — BCCI (@BCCI) 13 January 2019 After setting the SCG on fire with the bat, the 'Hitman' was seen trying his hand at floss dance. In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter, the Mumbai Indians skipper was seen learning floss dance from a young girl without much success. After seemingly trying to learn the moves, Rohit was seen giving up on his effort midway as Kedar Jadhav, who missed the first ODI, stepped up to the task. Trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, the Indian cricket team, now, has little margin for error as they gear up to halt Australia's onslaught in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval on 15th January.
  14. Rohit Shetty is a name that our brain kind of automatically associates to for overarching elements that are synonymous to the director and films. This man is the one ruling master of full-power action sequences in Bollywood and exceptional dialogues that almost always go viral much before the movies hit the screens, dance sequences that instantly rub-off on youngsters and a different side of Goa that Shetty makes more appetizing with every new movie! © Eros International He uses the (almost) same props across his movies, yet there is something new about his latest releases that catches on to the pulse of its young audience, who love eating out of his hands when it comes to a typical Rohit Shetty movie. We want to call them mindless entertainment, something that a bunch of college friends can enjoy together, yet somehow every release tells you that there is more to Shetty's films than mere “mindlessness”. They are fun, entertaining AF and promise you a good time while we take every bait thrown our way most graciously. But most importantly Shetty can tell stories, and good stories at that. Behind those entertainment-ridden antics of his characters, he delivers his messages and stories effortlessly. © Reliance Entertainment His methods seem to be doing wonders for him because Shetty just became the first Bollywood director with eight back-to-back 100-crore films at the box office, with 'Simmba' being the latest glorious feather on his kickass hat! 'Simmba' has made over 124-crore at the box office within 5 days of it release. © Red chillies Entertainment Starting with 'Golmaal 3' (2010), 'Singham' (2011), 'Bol Bachchan' (2012), followed with 'Chennai Express' (2013), 'Singham Returns' (2014), 'Dilwale' (2015), 'Golmaal Again' (2016) and now 'Simmba' (2018), these 8 movies have turned Shetty into the king of the 100-crore club! © Dharma Productions Ranveer Singh couldn't have been more proud of this moment since 'Simmba' also happens to be his biggest solo hit now, and he has effectively expressed himself through a “roaring” Instagram post. View this post on Instagram ALL HAIL THE BLOCKBUSTER KING! ð RO-BRO BE SLAMMIN' CENTURY AFTER CENTURY ð¯ @itsrohitshetty ðð½ Ek hi toh hai ð A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 2, 2019 at 2:00am PST This tiger shall not be stopping any time soon, and we can only wait and see where the duo are headed after this blockbuster.
  15. Super-Dad Rohit Sharma was on a flight back home as soon as the news of his wife Ritika Sajdeh being blessed with a baby daughter reached his ears. The news broke out within hours of Team India registering the second win of the four-match series in Melbourne on Sunday. The batsman seemed overjoyed about becoming a father in an interview with retired Australian cricketer, Michael Clarke, before the 3rd Test. "I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives,” Sharma told Clarke. “I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life.” https://t.co/EsLEjyDuI0 We are so happy for you guys @ImRo45 @ritssajdeh â¤ï¸ — Rohit Sharma FanClub (@ImRo45_FC) December 20, 2018 Sharma played a crucial role in the first innings of the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as he scored 63 runs off 114 balls and remained unbeaten till the end. The Men in Blue look to seal their series victory by winning the 4th Test starting 3rd January 2019, however, looks like they will not have the talents of the middle-order batsman to back them up in Sydney. The team is looking at Hardik Pandya, who recently recovered from a severe lower-back injury he suffered in September this year, as a suitable replacement for Sharma. “It would've been great to have him (Rohit) around,” a source told The Times of India. “Tactically, he brings so much to the side and then his batting provides the right kind of balance to the side. But what awaits him is far bigger and more important.” Rohit Sharma will be back in Australia after spending a week with the family to join the ODI squad for a three-match series starting 12th January 2019.
  16. At the time when India's schedule for their Australian tour was announced, everyone in the cricket fraternity knew that it was going to a great contest. And, why not? India were going to lock horns with the Aussies in three T20Is, as many ODIs and four Test matches. While the limited-overs series offered some slam-bang action, all eyes were undoubtedly glued to the much-anticipated duels in Tests. And, after two Tests and with the third one currently in progress, the fact that India and Australia are tied 1-1 goes on show how evenly this series is poised. We've already witnessed batting geniuses of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli who are currently leading the list of top run-getters in the series and the spin wizardry of Nathan Lyon who is miles ahead in the race of leading wicket-takers. But, apart from some exciting cricket on offer, the four-match Test series has also witnessed some of the most hilarious quips from both the sides. If Rishabh Pant's quirky comments from behind the stumps left everyone in splits, Tim Paine's recent remarks from the same position has once again brought a smile on the faces of cricket fans across the globe. © AP Though Australian cricketers have been infamous for using verbal volleys to unsettle the opposition batsmen, the ongoing series has witnessed an altogether different approach from the home side. Struck with the ball-tampering scandal recently, while the Aussies seem to have minimised their aggression, they have traded explosive comments for quirky jibes - something that reflected in Paine's latest comments. During the second day's play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Paine was caught on the stump-mic trying to sledge Rohit Sharma. While the Indian batsman was taking guard for the next delivery, the Australian skipper was heard telling his mate at short-leg that it was 'a toss-up between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians at this time'. "If Rohit hits a six here I'm changing to Mumbai" ð#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/JFdHsAl84b — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2018 But, it was the comment which followed later, that left everyone in splits. "He has this nice easy swing of the bat. We see him do it all the time for MI. If Rohit hits a six here, I'm changing to Mumbai Indians," Paine was heard saying on the stump-mic before the fielders around him burst into laughter. Tim Paine bantering up a storm right now ððð FOLLOW LIVE https://t.co/0L1sS1X2x0 pic.twitter.com/1OMiKwvUif — Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) December 27, 2018 And then, he followed it up with, "Is it true Rohit? Did Finchie (Aaron Finch) get you out. To be honest, the hardest two overs I played in domestic cricket last season were from him." While we aren't sure if Paine's remarks unsettled Rohit or not, but the Australian captain got no help from his teammate Peter Siddle who came on as a substitute fielder only to drop the Mumbai batsman on 16 at short fine leg in the 147th over. On the other hand, the cricket fans couldn't stop themselves from expressing their views on Paine's hilarious remarks. All of us to Tim Paine right now: ð¤«#CricketMeriJaan #AUSvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 27, 2018 Absolutely engrossing period of play, Rohit Sharma focussing hard as Nathan Lyon tries to weave a web around him n Tim Paine chirping away from behind. great watching. Who says Test cricket is dead. has been d most tlkd abt series than any IPL r ODI game #AUSvIND #BoxingDayTest — Sanjjeev (@Sanjjeev) December 27, 2018 "Rohit hits a six here, I'm changing to Mumbai Indians" ðð Oh Tim Paine, you are the opposition captain but we seriously can't hate your banter. #AUSvIND — Manya (@CSKian716) December 27, 2018 Tim Paine's sledging is seriously 𤣠Come on, Rohit. Hit that six! #AUSvIND — Sonali Dhulap (@pillya) December 27, 2018 Loving Tim Paine behind the stumps... He just started to whistle ð#AUSvsIND — Aravind V (@IamChefGamer) December 27, 2018 Tim Paine's chatter behind the stumps is EpicðHe's talking about who he's fav IPL team between Mumbai and I guess RCB is ..#AUSvIND @SPNSportsIndia — Jason Dsouza (@jdnats) December 27, 2018
  17. Over the years, the world of cricket has witnessed many opening batsmen making their mark in international cricket. From Saeed Anwar, Mathew Hayden to Virender Sehwag, all these Phenoms had a special talent of hitting the ball long and strong. While their blistering batting performances cut a sorry figure for the opposition bowlers, it also provided their respective sides roaring starts in the game. In the modern era of the sport, Rohit Sharma seems to be doing that job for India in limited-overs cricket. Rapidly establishing his reputation as one of the most destructive openers in the game, Rohit's malleable wrists and knack to find gaps with effortless drives have allowed India to set the ball rolling early in the innings. © BCCL While his job in the Indian line-up is predominantly at the top of the order, providing flying starts to his team, Rohit seems to have swapped his role as Virat Kohli's men get engrossed with the much-anticipated tour of Australia. Swapping his willow for a camera, Rohit seems to have become Team India's official photographer Down Under. The 31-year-old decided to test his 'shooting skills' with the camera as he went behind the lens to click the photos of Manish Pandey ahead of their first T20I at the Gabba. While Manish missed out on the spot in India's 12-man side for the first T20I, he was adequately aided by Rohit for the video. Directing Pandey to act for the video, Rohit said some encouraging words: "Pretend as if you're getting ready. It'll be just 10 seconds. You've to do something. I am going to do some direction. Let's see how it goes. A bit of a camera work rather, not direction actually," Rohit explained to the viewers. While the candid video brought a smile to the faces of Indian cricket fans, they will now be hoping for the 'Hitman' to resume his cricketing duties as the Kohli brigade gears up to establish dominance Down Under.
  18. Lately, the 'Bigg Boss' house has been all drama and no show in terms of the tasks, which have been turning foul, courtesy of the unending string of fights in the house. Yesterday, a new luxury task was introduced and two teams were divided for it. The idea was to get maximum numbers from one team in the house for the other team to win. Things got weird when Rohit betrayed the 'blue' team to support the opposite team. #BiggBoss12 ke ghar mein aaya hai ek bhookha saap! Kise bahar karwayega woh captaincy ki race se? Jaanne ke liye dekhiye #BB12 aaj raat 9 baje. @iamappyfizz @oppomobileindia @TheGarnierMan @letsdroom pic.twitter.com/KuUPkSuiS6 — COLORS (@ColorsTV) November 20, 2018 A war of words began between Megha and Rohit after she called him out for betraying and the entire team was disappointed. However, the drama does not end here, rather it has just begun. In tonight's episode we will see Sreesanth unleash his wrath upon Rohit after he calls him 'Flipsanth'. .@sreesanth36 ke naam ka mazaak udaaya @imrohitsuchanti ne! Ab kya bach paayenge woh @sreesanth36 ke hamle se? Dekhiye #BiggBoss12 aaj raat 9 baje. #BB12 @iamappyfizz @oppomobileindia @TheGarnierMan @letsdroom pic.twitter.com/ShC50sdpm2 — COLORS (@ColorsTV) November 21, 2018 The clip shows an angry Sree ready to strike Rohit. Do we smell a big fight brewing or will things sort out amicably? Find out tonight.
  19. Whether it's his knack to find the gaps or the extra half a second he manages to find while playing his shots, Rohit Sharma oozes batting talent like no other in Indian cricket. While Virat Kohli continues to hog the limelight, Rohit has carved his own niche as one of the most destructive opening batsmen in the modern era of the sport. The Mumbai batsmen might have endured a disappointing start to the calendar year when India toured South Africa, but since that slump, there has been no turning back to the 'Hitman'. The Indian opener has enjoyed a brilliant batting run this year and he even showcased his leadership skills by leading his side (sans Kohli) to the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup titles. BCCL More recently, Rohit was seen going hammer and tongs at West Indies on their forgettable tour of India. The 31-year-old began the five-match ODI series against the Windies with a blistering knock of 152 runs before adding 162 and 63* in the last two matches. After missing out in the first T20I, Rohit marked a sensational comeback with an unbeaten knock of 111 runs before being cheaply dismissed in the third and final game. For a man who has been busy cutting a sorry figure for the opposition bowlers, Rohit now faces a sterner test as Kohli readies his battalion to establish their dominance Down Under. While the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner surely makes the Australian side a bit depleted, the hosts can still not be taken for granted amid the presence of potential match-winners in their side. And, that's exactly why India will once again need Rohit to give them a solid start at the top to boost their chances. But, apart from aiding his side, Rohit is also on the verge of the notching up some individual milestones in the shortest format. The right-handed batsman will be expected to achieve the following records in the ongoing first T20I at the Gabba: First Indian To Hit 100 T20I Sixes BCCL For someone who usually takes his time to get going, Rohit is more than capable of making amends later in the innings on the back of his ability to clear the boundary ropes at will. Once in his rhythm, the Indian opener can accelerate the innings through quick boundaries. The right-hander has already slammed 96 sixes and 200 fours in the 80 innings he has played in the shortest format. Going into the first T20I in Brisbane, Rohit will be just four big hits away from bringing up 100 sixes in T20Is - a feat that has not been achieved by an Indian so far. Highest T20I Run-Getter In A Single Calendar Year BCCL The year 2018 has already seen the Indian opener raking in plethora of runs in limited-overs cricket. The right-handed batsman has amassed 560 runs in the shortest format this year. And, he is now on the verge of overtaking his captain Kohli who currently holds the record for most T20I runs in a single calendar year. Kohli had notched up the record back in 2016 when he scored 641 runs that year. Given his batting prowess, the first T20I at the Gabba can very well witness Rohit surpassing Kohli as the Mumbai batsman needs just 81 runs to claim the record of most T20I runs in a calendar year. Highest Run-Scorer in T20Is BCCL The shortest version of the game has already witnessed Rohit carving his own niche on the back of some breath-taking strokes. His batting at the top has not only aided India in crunch games, but it has also allowed Rohit to amass so many runs. In 80 T20I innings, Rohit has scored 2,207 runs at a strike-rate of over 135. And, the fact that he is only behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill - who has 2,271 runs to his name - goes on to show how good this lad has been in the shortest version of the game. Coming out to bat in the first T20I in Brisbane, Rohit will need just 65 runs to overtake Guptill and become the highest run-getter in T20Is. While the Indian fans will hope Rohit shatters Guptill's record today, the Mumbai batsman will still have two more games to upstage the Kiwi.
  20. Sixteen years ago, a 19-year-old girl broke into the Indian women's Test side and a few months after her debut in the longest format she gave everyone a glimpse of her capabilities with a staggering knock of 214 runs against England in Taunton. A lot of time has passed by since then, but the legend of Mithali Raj continues to grow in international cricket. Ever since making her international debut in 1999, Mithali has established herself as India's most dependable batswoman, scoring runs in crunch situations and shattering one record after another. She is the highest run-getter in women's international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000-run mark in women's ODIs. As she turns 36 next month, Mithali now boasts of numerous records in international cricket. And, even if her role (other than aiding India with the willow and her leadership skills) has now transcended into grooming young and upcoming members of her team, there is just no stopping this workhorse. © Twitter/@ICC One of the most diligent servants of Indian cricket, Mithali has played a pivotal role in the rise of the women's game in a country that has, for long, obsessed over their male counterparts. From shutting down sexist reporters to disapproving comparisons between male and female cricketers, the Indian captain (in Tests & ODIs) has helped her teammates in carving their own niche in a sport dominated by men. The right-hander would have surely cherished every milestone she has attained in her illustrious career so far, but her latest feat is undoubtedly the one that is going to remain close to her heart and stay for long in the memories of Indian cricket fans. For those who thought that women's game lacked adequate level of competition owing to the limited agility of female cricketers, Mithali's recent milestone seems to be an apt reminder of what they are capable of. Plying her trade in the ongoing ICC World T20, Mithali didn't get an opportunity to bat amid Harmanpreet Kaur's spectacle with the willow. But the right-hander came into her own, smashing a brilliant fifty in the next game against Pakistan. India's clash against Ireland, once again, saw Mithali rising to the occasion with another fifty to her name. While her 51-run knock helped India beat the Laura Delany-led team and secure their semifinals berth, it also allowed the seasoned campaigner to notch up arguably one of the most influential milestones of her career. Mithali Raj tops an illustrious list of India's most prolific T20I run-scorers ðªð®ð³ 1ï¸â£ @M_Raj03 2ï¸â£ @ImRo45 3ï¸â£ @imVkohli 4ï¸â£ @ImHarmanpreet 5ï¸â£ @ImRaina 6ï¸â£ @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/SmQt9LjLzu — ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2018 As India reached the semifinals of the Women's World T20 for only the third time (and first since 2010), the Rajasthan-born cricketer continued to lead the list of top run-getters for her country (including men and women) in T20Is. Mithali, now, boasts of 2,283 runs in the shortest format for India, leaving behind the likes of country's more popular cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the coveted list. While Mithali scored those many runs in 80 T20I innings, Rohit, currently placed second in that list, could only manage 2,207 in as many innings. Virat, who is currently India's third-highest run-scorer in the shorter version, has amassed 2,102 runs in 58 innings. The fourth spot has been occupied by Harmanpreet who has 1,827 runs to her name in 91 T20I innings. India's record run-scorer in T20Is, @M_Raj03, was on top form again with a half-century to help her side into the @WorldT20 semi-finals! Watch the highlights of her innings, delivered by @oppo #FlashCharge! â¡ï¸#WT20 #WatchThis pic.twitter.com/A4Tkj9BPJR — ICC (@ICC) November 16, 2018 Mithali's fifty against Ireland also saw her going past New Zealand's Martin Guptill who is the highest run-getter in T20I in the men's game. When it comes to top-scorers in T20Is overall, Mithali is only behind Suzie Bates (2,961), Stafanie Taylor (2,691) and Charlotte Edwards (2,605). © Twitter/@WorldT20 The same innings allowed the veteran Indian star to notch up 17th T20I fifty which also saw her going past Bates, Alyssa Healy and Pakistan's Babar Azam to record the most 50-plus scores in a calendar year combining both men's and women's cricketers. A cricketer, whether male or female, notching up a milestone is nothing new in the modern era of the sport. But, at a time when the women's game, after toiling away in obscurity for generations, is taking huge strides to change the dynamics of how people perceive it, Mithali's latest feat is more than just a milestone, it's a stark reminder of how far these wonder women have come, giving the celebrated male cricketers a run for their money. And, if that doesn't get them the respect and praise they deserve, probably nothing will.
  21. Shah Rukh Khan, or as his fans love to call him the 'King of Romance', has been sitting on the throne as the uncontested ruler of Bollywood, for more than 25 years now. Be it 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' or 'My Name Is Khan'; with each movie the actor has proved why he is loved by billions of people. View this post on Instagram Glad to get my hands on the latest iPhone! Thank you @apple ... really enjoying the amazing Portrait Lighting. #shotoniPhoneXSMax A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Sep 27, 2018 at 7:15am PDT One such impressive and superhit movie was 'Baazigar' that recently completed 25 years. SRK even took to Twitter to post a video thanking his colleagues everyone related to the film, "25yrs of Baazigar. A film that defines my career & gave me lifelong friends. Thx Utd 7 @rtnjn @theabbasmustan @KajolAtUN @TheShilpaShetty Thomas Johnnybhai Annu Rakhiji Sid Dilip Sarojji Rekha AkbarB & everyone on the film." 25yrs of Baazigar. A film that defines my career & gave me lifelong friends. Thx Utd 7 @rtnjn @theabbasmustan @KajolAtUN @TheShilpaShetty Thomas Johnnybhai Annu Rakhiji Sid Dilip Sarojji Rekha AkbarB & everyone on the film. pic.twitter.com/5zlmNUXPLL — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 12, 2018 Of the millions of fans who love SRK and wished him for 'Baazigar', there's one name who recently got a special reply from King Khan himself. In fact, not just any reply but a live performance by SRK on 'Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen'. We're talking about batsman Rohit Sharma, who recently had an interesting conversation with SRK on Twitter. While congratulating SRK, Rohit Sharma revealed that 'Baazigar' is, in fact, one of his top movies. He wrote, "One of my top movies, no questions!!" One of my top movies, no questions!! @iamsrk https://t.co/rY8rUexNop — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 12, 2018 SRK who is known for his wittiest comments was quick to respond to Sharma and wrote, "Next time will do Kaali Kaali Aankhen for you live at the IPL my friend. Keep healthy. Love to u." Next time will do Kaali Kaali Aankhen for you live at the IPL my friend. Keep healthy. Love to u. https://t.co/vPzChMoWY0 — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 13, 2018 And 'Sharmaji ka ladka' leaped on this opportunity and asked him to dance at Eden Gardens, "I'm going to hold you to that and at Eden Gardens so I can add them to my list of memories there." .@iamsrk I'm going to hold you to that ð and at Eden Gardens so I can add that to my list of memories there ð https://t.co/uoqRuKCP1W — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 13, 2018 Let's just say, we're now excited for the upcoming IPL just to see SRK dance live for Rohit Sharma.
  22. While Virat Kohli has hogged the limelight in the ongoing tour of West Indies, his deputy in limited-overs cricket Rohit Sharma isn't too far behind. If the Indian skipper emerged as the leading run-scorer in the ODI series, Rohit was right behind his teammate on the second spot in the coveted list. Though Rohit missed out on an opportunity to carry on his blistering form in the first T20I, the Mumbai batsman will surely be eager to notch up a personal milestone when India takes the field against the visitors in the second match on 11th June. The Indian opener is now on the verge of breaking a record that is currently held by none other than marauding Kohli. Going into the second T20I at the Ekana International Cricket stadium in Lucknow, the 31-year-old is just 11 runs shy of becoming India's leading run-getter in the shortest format. While Kohli currently leads the list with 2,102 runs in 62 T20Is, Rohit is undeniably expected to topple the Indian captain at the top. © BCCL When compared with Kohli, Rohit has scored 2,092 runs in 85 T20Is for India. Though Kohli has comparatively played lesser games, Rohit has a better strike-rate (136.91) and more boundaries (280) in T20Is than his teammate. On the other hand, while Kohli is yet to score a ton in T20Is, Rohit boasts of three hundreds in the shortest format. Since 2017, Rohit is the third highest run-scorer in T20Is. He has also smashed 109 boundaries - second most after New Zealand's Colin Munro in the shortest version of the game. Along with Munro, Rohit is the only batsman to have managed to score two or more centuries (since 2017) in T20Is. © BCCL When it comes to playing at home, Rohit is also India's leading run-getter in T20Is since 2017. He is just five runs away from becoming India's second-best run-scorer at home in the shortest format. Since 2017, Rohit has scored 280 runs in nine T20Is where he has the best strike-rate of over 171 amongst the top 5 leading Indian run-getters at home. After surviving a scare in the first T20I, the Indian cricket team will be expecting the 'Hitman' to mark a roaring return following his cheap dismissal in the first match. On the other hand, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series, India will also be eager to wrap things up with a triumph in the second game.
  23. After surviving a scare in the 2nd ODI, the Indian cricket team put their best foot forward to produce clinical performances against West Indies to eventually sweep the five-match series 3-1. The turn of events during the fifth and final ODI once again highlighted why Team India is considered one of the best sides in limited-overs cricket. If Ravindra Jadeja's four-wicket haul restricted the Windies to a mere 104 runs, the sublime form of Rohit Sharma (63*) and Virat Kohli (33*) ensured India romped their way to an emphatic nine-wicket win at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. And, the fact that Kohli (453 runs) emerged with most runs and Kuldeep Yadav (9 scalps) with most wickets in the series goes on to show how dominating the Indian side has been against the Windies. Their brilliant showing in almost every facet of the game surely called for celebrations. And, that's exactly what the Indian cricketers were seen doing when they returned to their team hotel after the series triumph against the visitors. But, amid all the celebrations which also included a cake-cutting ceremony, two Indian stars stole the show. Back at the team hotel after an early wrap and it is time to celebrate.ð #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/qW7mtAoXgq — BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018 In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter, the Indian cricketers were seen arriving at the team hotel to a rousing welcome. Kohli was then seen making his way to the centre where a beautiful cake awaited him and his boys. And, it was great to see the Indian skipper asking Rohit to cut the cake on behalf of the team. While Rohit came forth to cut the cake, MS Dhoni and Jadeja were seen plotting a hilarious prank on the Mumbai batsman. And, as soon as Rohit did the needful, Dhoni asked Jadeja to burst some balloons right next to Rohit's ear. Surprised by the sudden noise, Rohit was scared shitless as both Dhoni and Jadeja broke into laughter. Apart from pulling off a brilliant prank on Rohit, Dhoni and Jadeja were earlier engrossed in an animated on-field conversation during the fifth ODI. In the 16th over of West Indies' innings, Shimron Hetmyer got struck on the pad close to the stumps. Jadeja and his teammates immediately went up in appeal, but umpire Anil Chaudhary denied the appeal. While Kohli and Dhoni were still mulling the idea of going for a review, Jadeja was convinced that the on-field umpire got it wrong. Dhoni was not sure but Sir Jadeja says it's out. Jaddu supersedes Dhoni and it's hitting the stumps. A reluctant review pays off. pic.twitter.com/IXdINbkqQ7 — This is HUGE! (@ghanta_10) November 1, 2018 Though Dhoni was convinced that it was not worth a review, Jadeja remained adamant that they bring third umpire Ian Gould into play. In a bid to avoid wasting a review, Dhoni even yelled at Jadeja for not forcing the third umpire's intervention. But, the Saurashtra cricketer insisted Kohli to go for a review after their animated discussion. Going against Dhoni, especially on DRS, is not something anyone recommends, but the replays suggested that Jadeja was indeed right on his call. The ball had pitched in line, beating the bat to hit Hetmyer right in front of the stumps and the hawk-eye suggested that it would have gone on to hit the middle stump. As soon as the replays confirmed Hetmyer's dismissal, the Indian fans cheered in the stands and Dhoni, for once, chuckled for being proved wrong.
  24. Not very long ago, Rohit Sharma was being slammed for his inconsistent form which also saw him being excluded from India's Test squad against England in the much-anticipated series. In a bid to console the Indian opener, the selectors handed him the responsibility of leading the national team's charge in the Asia Cup. And, Rohit made the most of it by leading India to the coveted trophy on the back of an unbeaten run in the tournament. Building on his fine form in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies, Rohit has once again reminded the selectors and his critics what he is capable of. The right-hander produced a stellar knock of 152 runs in the first ODI that paved way for India's convincing eight-wicket win in Guwahati. Chasing a mammoth total of 322 runs was always going to be tricky, even for a strong batting side like India, and Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal in the second over the match only added to the concerns. But, Rohit was unperturbed as he went hammer and tongs at the Windies bowling attack in arguably one of finest knocks in limited-overs cricket. HITMANNNN ðªð@Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v1E8OCwE8L — BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018 Taking the opposition attack by the scruff of the neck, Rohit's languid drives, nonchalant pulls and authoritative slogs all came to the fore during his 20th ODI ton. After seeing off the new ball, the Mumbai batsman brought up his fifty in 51 deliveries as Virat Kohli played the role of an aggressor at the other end. But, as soon as Rohit reached his half-century, the Indian opener stepped on the gas and accelerated his innings. He notched up a brilliant hundred in the 32nd over after caressing a wide delivery past cover for a beautiful boundary. He also stitched a match-winning partnership of 246 runs for the second wicket with his captain Kohli. Even as Kohli fell prey to Devendra Bishoo's brilliant delivery in the 33rd over, Rohit didn't let it affect his approach. The 31-year-old continued to carry the baton for India and remained unbeaten at the end. He brought up the winning runs with a towering six in the 43rd over. By the time he was done, Rohit had amassed 152 runs off 117 balls including 15 fours and eight sixes. ð¤ð¤@Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/8JXdrrpm52 — BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018 It was Rohit's sixth 150-plus score in ODI cricket - most by a batsman in the format. In the process, he went past the great Sachin Tendulkar and Aussie David Warner, who have five such scores to their respective names in ODIs. Rohit also has three double hundreds to his name and there is little doubt that he is currently the best white-ball opener in international cricket. “It's our 5th or 6th double-century partnership, it's a pleasure to bat with him (Rohit). When we are batting like that, it's good fun out there and we know the team will benefit from it as well,” captain Kohli couldn't have summed it up any better at the end of the match.
  25. Going into the 2018 Asia Cup, the Indian cricket team was nursing its ego following their yet another Test series debacle in England. And, when the Indian selectors decided to rest Virat Kohli for the tournament, it was quite understandable to see Pakistan being labelled as favourites to win the Asia Cup. But, it wasn't the case. If Pakistan's mediocre performances and inability to even reach the final surprised everyone, the prolific outing of the Indian team - sans skipper Kohli - proved that it is more than just a one-man show. Whether it was their batting, bowling or fielding, Team India turned out to be too good a side for the opponents. © Twitter/BCCI Amongst the many contributing factors behind their successful campaign, Rohit Sharma was arguably the one that stood out amongst the rest. If his batting got the Indian fans on their feet to celebrate his genius, Rohit's leadership skills were hailed by cricket bigwigs, as his side remained unbeaten on their way to win the Asia Cup crown. For a man who was heavily criticised for his batting woes in England, Rohit made the most of his time in the Asia Cup, scoring 317 runs including two fifties and a hundred in the five matches he played. It was his artistry with the willow at the top that helped India get off to good and strong starts against the likes of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong in the tournament. © BCCL Given his exploits, it's needless to say that Rohit was undeniably one of the top performers in the tournament - something that would have surely silenced his naysayers. With Rohit helping India claim their seventh Asia Cup title, many expected the 31-year-old to make the cut for the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies. But, on the contrary, the 'Hitman' was excluded from the Indian squad. To the sheer disbelief of fans, the Indian selectors decided to include Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari and omitted Rohit in the 15-member squad for the home series against the Windies. The decision irked former Indian cricketers as well as the fans, who expressed their displeasure at Rohit's exclusion. No @ImRo45 in test team against West Indies..what r the selectors thinking actually??? Anyone have a clue ??? plz let me know as I can't digest this — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 30, 2018 Great win Rohit and the team @ImRo45 ..u were exceptional...I get surprised every time I don't see ur name in the test team ..it's not far away .. — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 29, 2018 @sganguly99 feels @imro45 will soon be a part of the Indian test squad and has expectations from him. Do you think Rohit Sharma should be a part of the test squad as well? — VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) September 29, 2018 Everyone is like Rohit Sharma was a big failure in South Africa as if KL Rahul Pujara Rahane ne SA aur England mein Jhande gaad diye#INDvWI — Riya (@riyaasrkk) September 29, 2018 The way @ImRo45 played against Pakistan for the super 4's match was not the usual way he plays, he played slow similar to what is played in test matches..!! #RohitSharma led the team to victory in #AsiaCup2018 still he is not picked up against West Indies WHY? @BCCI — Sneha Gaonkar (@snehajgaonkar) September 30, 2018 Exclusion of Rohit sharma from Indian team for test against West indies is inexplicable. Damn this selection committee — reghupillai (@ragpill) September 30, 2018 Dear @BCCI why dropped Rohit Sharma from test squads IND vs WI??.. sme on u....plz don't include politics in cricket... it's a not a game it's a emotions.... I want reply from you ...why dropped????? He is nt doing good job? He is not md run in Asia cup?? #RohitSharma — Himanshu Kumar Gupta (@Himansh04662117) September 30, 2018 As @SGanguly99 said, non inclusion of @ImRo45 in the test squad palying against WI is surprising. As the test team is not so rigid because of the brittle batting lineup, series against WI who are comparitively a weaker side is an oppertunity to find out a formula for the right... — Sarath Sagar K V (@sarathsagarkv) September 30, 2018 #INDvWI Cruel of selectors & @imVkohli to have left out @ImRo45 from Test squad.Wasn't Rahane retained?Rohit's Test career has almost been destroyed by his frequent omission from Test team.Rohit is class.On current form, isn't he the best to open in Tests & to have led TestXI too — Manauwarul Haque (@haquem22) September 29, 2018 Rohit might have missed out in the longest format lately, but there is no doubt about his abilities with the willow. Even if he is deemed unpredictable at the top of the order, a batsman of his calibre - especially given his sublime form - would have surely been a good addition to India's shaky middle-order against West Indies. Team India will host West Indies for two Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in a month-long tour. The two teams will lock horns in the first Test at Rajkot on 4th October. Test Squads India: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur. West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.
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