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  1. Another day, another topic on which Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli fans have clashed during the initial days of the Indian Premier League 2021. This time around, the agenda is to help the Team India skipper get the acknowledgement for showing brilliant captaincy in the final five overs of the match between his Royal Challengers Bangalore team and the SunRisers Hyderabad. View this post on Instagram Ahead of the 16th over of SRH’s batting, Bengaluru looked to be in a bit of trouble as an established Manish Pandey looked determined to shoulder his squad to victory while Jonny Bairstow was quickly finding his footing on the crease. This is when Kohli gave the ball to his trump card, Shahbaz Ahmed, the left-arm orthodox who came into the attack and instantly changed the entire direction of the match. First Ahmed removed Bairstow from the strike by tricking him into toss a lofty catch into the hands of a diving AB de Villiers around silly mid-on. View this post on Instagram On the next delivery, Ahmed forced Pandey to swing blindly as the ball went into the hands of Harshal Patel calmly, who was standing at backward point, waiting for the opportunity. The spinner would go on to dismiss Abdul Samad on a caught and bowled to scalp three SRH wickets in one over with not a lot of firepower left in Hyderabad’s arsenal for them to win from there. For the rest of the four overs of the match, Mohammed Siraj and Patel did well to restrict the opposition from scoring in bunches and eventually there just weren’t enough deliveries left for David Warner’s side to meet the chasing target of 149. View this post on Instagram Kohli’s decision-making in the final five overs of the match was similar to what Rohit Sharma did just a day ago while facing off the Kolkata Knight Riders when he was able to stop them from scoring 31 runs in 30 deliveries and won the match with a below-average total of 150 runs. For his strategic mindset, Sharma received praises from all over the world. Kohli fans, therefore, demand such recognition for their idol as well: Rohit Sharma got praised for doing it with Bumrah, Boult..... Virat did it with Shabaz, Siraj and Harshal.#RCBvsSRH #IPL2021 #rcb — Aditi. (@Sassy_Soul_) April 14, 2021#PlayBold is the lesson🤙#RCB https://t.co/gTCYBo3ymg — Mahendra Patil (@patilspeakss) April 15, 2021It's just no one wants to praise #Kohli, as simple as that. I knew from the middle of the match where #RCB is about to lose, everyone was waiting to blame vk, and they got their stomach burnt instead. 🤣🤣🤣 It doesn't matter much. He s a national captain. https://t.co/xU1gZqJoWe — विNOத் (@Vinothvk18N) April 15, 2021Somewhere it is definitely true 🤭 @Sassy_Soul_ #SRHvsRCB #VIVOIPL https://t.co/Jvrdacqn9t — Faijan Aalam (@the_faijan) April 15, 2021same feeling. and don't know why this is happening to virat only https://t.co/GZn25ZguJ5 — Kaviyarasan (@nakavi14) April 15, 2021 View the full article
  2. Like most cricketers, Indian batting star, Rohit Sharma too has a taste for zany sneakers. Sometimes seen flaunting some quirky pairs on his Instagram feed, Rohit has time and again proved that he is no less than a sneakerhead. He is a role model on the field but a style icon off the field, to say the least. © Instagram/Rohit Sharma The reason why we are praising Rohit Sharma is that the talismanic skipper did something unique, during the recent IPL 2021 tournament. While the team's top priority is to focus on the competition, Rohit left no stone unturned in raising awareness about the environmental issues. What was commendable here was the way he did it. Yes, Rohit was seen wearing a pair of customised sneakers that were designed to spread a message about conserving the endangered species and saving the ocean. Take a look. © Twitter/Rohit Sharma Rohit used his spikes as a reason to share the important message. The pair is customised by Adidas and the cricket shoes spoke about the plastic-free ocean. These quirky shoes attracted all the attention to his sneakers and fans couldn't stop raving about the pair on Twitter. In fact, Rohit took to Twitter, saying that this move was more than just a game for him. He wrote "The other cause that’s extremely close to my heart. This one hits hard! This is a hundred percent in our control to reverse. I take my cause with me while I go out and do what I love! The other cause that’s extremely close to my heart. This one hits hard! This is a hundred percent in our control to reverse. I take my cause with me while I go out and do what I love! (1/2) pic.twitter.com/ZF5xP1zy9k — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 14, 2021 He also mentioned in the next tweet that he would continue to have a conversation about it and in the end, said 'let's get our oceans healthy again' © Instagram/Rohit Sharma Earlier, he also took to Instagram and posted about another pair that he wore a couple of days ago, which spoke about the conservation of the great One-Horned Rhinoceros or the Indian Rhino, as we call it. He wrote "Yesterday when I walked on to the field it was more than just a game for me. Playing cricket is my dream and help make this world a better place is a cause we all need to work towards and It was special for me to take a cause so close to my heart with me on the field while I do what I love. Every step matters." View this post on Instagram The shoes made a bold statement and this move would help people understand the vision to save the species that are getting extinct. After this initiative, people started praising Rohit for his efforts. Take a look at some of these tweets. Big thank you to you Rohit for recognising the problems the oceans face right now. — Rohan Shrestha (@RohanShrestha) April 14, 2021Proud of You Anna #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/Z6RFy7O0qe — Adesh Ajju (@AjjuAdesh) April 14, 2021You are inspiration to all of us. Spreading social Awareness messages to fan. And giving practical example of anything can possibly if fight back hard. — Vinayak (@Vinayak_b45) April 14, 2021Here are some reactions to his 'Save The Rhino' sneakers. Hey @KP24 sir look at @ImRo45 shoes ... Save the rhino 🦏 Pic credit- Ritika mam pic.twitter.com/Gouj5OdU2c — Mandeep Singh Dahiya (@dahiyamandeep18) April 9, 2021The great mams boots last night in the @IPL opener. @ImRo45 continually playing for a cause - SAVING RHINOS! 🏽🦏 pic.twitter.com/aGTveMOWBh — Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 10, 2021Can't be more grateful that influencers as big as you are taking steps to conserve the ever diminishing wildlife and nature on such a grand stage. I salute you.🏻 By the way, I would love to buy those shoes, is there any chance I could get them? — Siddharth Patel (@SPatel357) April 10, 2021 View the full article
  3. Traveling around the world in the era of the coronavirus pandemic comes with its own set of problems and limitations, and spending weeks inside your hotel to respect the bio-bubble protocol is one of them. Since September 2020, top-tier cricketers of Team India have been to the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and finally back home while playing across 10 cities during the 2020 Indian Premier League season, the India-Australia series, and England’s tour of India in matches across all formats of the game. View this post on Instagram Due to different cities having different rules to limit the reach of the COVID-19 virus, players needed to undergo self-quarantine for about 7-8 days almost every time they were on the road. Evidently, the extreme measures can get overwhelming for the players and can affect their mental health as well. However, the captain of the Mumbai Indians squad, Rohit Sharma has opened up about the fact that even though the quarantine period feels like a struggle, the athletes should be thankful for the fact that they are getting to do what they love. "A lot of people are going through hard times, a lot of people are not able to work, not able to do what they like to. At least we are lucky that we are getting to do what we like,” Sharma said in a video shared by the official Twitter handle of MI. ️ "It's nice to have that company around and have that bonding going." Skipper Ro speaks on life inside the bubble and much, much more in our #MI catch-up! #OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #IPL2021 @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/Msdh5jLWSA — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 8, 2021 At the end of the ODI series against England, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had raised concerns about the strenuous schedule that the Men in Blue had to follow, especially under the bio-bubble. "As I said, a couple of days ago as well, scheduling is something that needs to be looked at in the future," Kohli had said during the post-match ceremony. "Because playing in bubbles for so long, two-three months is going to be very, very difficult going forward." "You can't expect everyone to be at the same level of mental strength… Sometimes you do get cooked, and you do feel like a bit of change. I'm sure that things will be discussed and things will change in the future as well," he had said. View this post on Instagram While many agreed with Kohli’s words, an anonymous BCCI official had rebuked his concerns and said that it was imperative to follow the schedule for the sake of business sustainability of the Indian cricket board. “Kohli has raised a very important point while talking about international games where he spoke about the importance of scheduling, going forward and he does have the luxury to raise this point. But he has not expressed any reservations regarding the scheduling of the IPL, so one presumes that he is okay with that and the possible increase in the number of games once the two new teams are added later this year,” the BCCI official had told ANI. The moment we've all been waiting for! The fixtures for #IPL2021 are out! 🤩 Which RCB game are you looking forward to the most, 12th Man Army?#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/WXj353JQqc — Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 7, 2021 “One needs to bear in mind that a reduction in international matches means a reduction in the revenue of the BCCI and consequently a reduction in the revenue of the state associations and the domestic players. The revenue of the contracted players of the BCCI is insulated even if there is a reduction in the number of home international games, but the revenue of the others is not,” he also mentioned. View the full article
  4. When it comes to the Indian Premier League , virtually no other cricketer enjoys the kind of fame and admiration Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni does. Even after his retirement, even after he stands at the cusp of turning 40, the hope joined to his name remained unprecedented. And regardless of how big Dhoni’s fan-following may be, there is one man who has earned the title of being his superfan after showing over a decade’s worth of unconditional support towards the former Indian skipper and his CSK franchise - Saravanan Hari. View this post on Instagram In an interview with MensXP, Saravanan relives his early days as just another fan covered in yellow colour, his the kind of love he got from the people of Tamil Nadu and his thoughts of Dhoni’s future in the IPL. Take us through the steps that you’d take every time you paint yourself yellow. “Well, it seems like it was long long ago that I used to paint my entire body yellow. I have adapted to the changing times and have started using a yellow bodycon suit instead of paint, but I can still take you through the entire process.” “Painting myself yellow was a tiring process, that took 4 hours to be completed. It was a two-person job that consisted of painting multiple layers of yellow colour on my entire upper body, including my face. Every time we sat down to paint my body, each coating took around 30 mins and each coating took 15 mins to dry. I used to apply around three to four coatings.” What was going through your mind when you got ready as the Superfan avatar for the very first time? View this post on Instagram “In my head, it was never a superfan avatar, it was an earnest attempt at showing my support to my favourite team. It’s the people who have given me the title of a superfan. I honestly think I am a representative of the common fan.” “Talking about my first time as a superfan, I still remember the time I was discussing with my friends to visit Chepauk covered in yellow paint. I cheered for CSK from the stands when the cameraman moved his camera towards me and the next thing I know is – I start getting calls from media. I think the media has been supportive in telling my story to the world.” What would you like to say about the CSK fans who recognised your love for the franchise and accepted you to be their leader? View this post on Instagram “The people of Tamil Nadu are in general welcoming in nature and the same is with the CSK fans. We have been accepting players from all around the world. Players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo are prime examples of this. So, looking at my love for CSK and the kind of efforts I put to support my team were naturally recognised by fans. And I think this is how they have chosen a person to be their voice.” Do the expectations of always being in a hyped-up mood during the matches get overwhelming? View this post on Instagram “I am a person who eats, drinks, sleeps CSK every time. I am a person who is in a hyped-up mood whenever CSK is playing, especially when Thala (Dhoni) plays. So, I don’t think people will have any sort of expectations from me. However, I get overwhelmed when other fans join me in my cheers and reciprocate my hyped-up mood.” “I love my family; they are my biggest pillar of support. Whenever I am feeling a bit low I reach out to my family and they help me uplift my mood. I also get power from Dhoni Anna’s struggle. Whenever I’m in doubt, I try to think how he would’ve tackled a certain situation on the field.” Ever since last year, many Indian cricket fans have been saying that MS Dhoni is not the same player who brought three championships to the franchise. How does that make you feel? View this post on Instagram “I think Dhoni Anna has the power to hit all the criticism out of the boundary line and he will prove this by winning the cup in 2021. He has grown wiser and there’s no other cricketing mind that can strategize like him.” “Under his guidance, Team Indian has got three ICC trophies, and I think he will aim and achieve to get CSK its 4th IPL trophy this year. Dhoni Anna along with CSK management is looking at a renewed team experience, and this change will reflect during the tournament.” Many cricket experts believe that IPL 2021 will be the final season for Dhoni. What do you think about that? “I think Dhoni Anna has a couple of more years before he steps down as the captain. He will break Rohit Sharma’s record and win more trophies than MI. I hope he stays for longer, with the great mind that he has, one can never predict his next move.” When Dhoni does retire, would you still want to come to CSK games? Of course! CSK is my home team and Dhoni Anna will never leave CSK. He will be a part of the team in all capacities. I will support CSK, irrespective of anything because it's Anna’s team. What is your IPL Mantra for CSK? View this post on Instagram “CSK is a powerhouse with the best of cricketers, and the team is led by Thala – they need to step into the season with confidence and win right from the first match and the end goal should be reaching the Top 2.” Watch IPL 2021 Live from Friday onwards on Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar VIP at 7:30 PM View the full article
  5. The captain of the Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma is currently in Bengaluru with the rest of his teammates while preparing for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, as the first match of the season features his clash with Team India captain and the leader of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise Virat Kohli, on April 9, at the Chidambaram stadium. However, a week before the tournament begins, the official Twitter handle for Sharma’s squad shared a few images in which the batsman can be seen trying his hand at volleyball while beating the Bengaluru heat in a pair of shorts. Commentators: "Hitman sees the cricket ball like a volleyball!" Hitman:#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #IPL2021 @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/WbrhpucMS9 — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 3, 2021 In a couple of those pictures, a big black mark on the cricketer’s left knee is visible which left many of his fans worried about him, his health and fitness. What happened to rohit Sharma, he's leg is wounded — VEERU BHAI AMBANI (@veerendra9160) April 3, 2021Curious to know this pic.twitter.com/bGFflTO8XS — Ashy (@ashybcci) April 3, 2021What’s the black color on the knee about? — Doge (@dogekya) April 3, 2021It is widely believed that the black mark on Sharma’s knee is nothing more than a birthmark that has made an appearance on numerous other images and videos of the Hitman, so, his fans can breathe and be rest assured that they have nothing to worry about. Rohit Sharma remains the most successful cricketer in the history of the IPL with the maximum number of IPL titles - five. He won the first championship in 2009 with Deccan Chargers and since then has tallied four more championships as the leader of the MI Paltan. #MumbaiIndians WIN #Dream11IPL 2020 pic.twitter.com/1zU6GOj6Mj — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) November 10, 2020 Despite struggling with a severe hamstring injury in the second half of IPL 2020, Sharma played a captain’s knock of 68 runs of 51 deliveries to give his team a big start to the innings in IPL 2020 final and lifted the cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. Rohit Sharma will be returning to the league on April 9 to begin the journey with the Mumbai Indians in an attempt to with the IPL championship for a record three consecutive times to create history. Based on the kind of roster Sharma has established around him and the form he is in, the dream seems far realistic than his opponents would have liked. View the full article
  6. Ever since 2019, the rumours of Indian captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma not liking each other surrounded the Indian cricket team and had the fans worried about a lack of chemistry between the squad’s two most talented batsmen. Both Kohli and Sharma tried to play down the speculations on various occasions but sources close to the Men in Blue continued to talk about such instances in the past. The winning streak that Team India has enjoyed over the past few months in Australia and at home against England has, however, led to a better sense of camaraderie between the two icons, which in turn has also benefitted the team as a whole. A Times of India report suggests that Kohli and Sharma have “talked out” their differences and have a better ‘sync’ between them for the betterment of the squad. View this post on Instagram "A great deal of personal bonding has happened in recent weeks and they're more in sync now than ever with regards to their cricket, the team, their responsibilities and the upcoming challenges. They understand now, more than ever, that the team will only benefit if they find themselves on the same page. This has been the biggest takeaway in the last four months," the source told TOI. It is also understood all the outside chatter aggravated the situation and turned things even more sour between the two. As a result, after talking things out, one solution that they’ve reportedly come up with is to make their friendship more visible on camera. View this post on Instagram "They've spent a lot of time talking to each other in public, like during the post-match presentation at the end of the T20 series. They've been appearing in photographs together a lot more than in the past. During the One-day series, Virat made it a point to keep his discussions on with Rohit constantly during the game. These things would happen earlier too, but this one time they've decided to make it more visible for outsiders to know that all this chatter now needs to stop," added the source. And even though this whole thing sounds like more of a PR exercise just to show how “goodie-goodie” everything is inside the dressing room, the source says that the relationship has truly been mended and the bio-bubble deserves the credit for it. View the full article
  7. When it comes to any kind of sport, fans and athletes blame superstition as soon as things begin to go against them and the third and final ODI match between India and England seems to carry on the same for the hosting side. Following a fantastic start to the innings off a 103-run partnership between openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the Men in Blue seemed to be well on their way to a 400-plus run total. The run rate was high, the wickets were in hand, the left-right combination at the top looked to be in great form and ready to punish the English bowlers. View this post on Instagram This is when Indian Test veteran Ravichandran Ashwin decided to boast the skill-set of his compatriots and even suggested the possibility of Sharma going for another one of those iconic double-tons. © Twitter - Ravichandran Ashwin As fate would have it, Sharma ended up getting bowled out by spinner Adil Rashid on the 37th delivery while sitting at as many runs. A couple of overs later, it was Dhawan who fell to Rashid, this time on a caught and bowled. The mighty opening partnership, bundled within 12 deliveries. In-form batsman Virat Kohli was also caught by surprise when Moeen Ali ripped the bails off of his stumps with a stunner of a spinner and the skipper had to return to the dugout for a cheap 7-run innings. View this post on Instagram A 99-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya did allow Kohli’s side some respite in the middle overs but Sam Curran spoiled the fun, forcing a caught-behind to Jos Buttler and ending his stint at 78. Believing that he had ended up cursing his teammates’ form, Ashwin not only deleted his older tweet but also acknowledged what he had done. I deleted the previous tweet! 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ #jinxedagoodstart #INDvsENG — Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) March 28, 2021 “I deleted the previous tweet! #jinxedagoodstart,” he tweeted. Unable to see their idol reach the 200-run mark (or even a half century, for that matter), Rohit Sharma fans quickly hopped onto Ashwin’s Twitter handle to have a friendly banter with the off-spinner: Rohit sharma now pic.twitter.com/y8Q1K9OxTu — Gana (@gananaata) March 28, 2021Ashwin be like: pic.twitter.com/BazcWSnIIt — Aarohi Tripathy 🇮🇳 (@aarohi_vns) March 28, 2021..please don't tweet bro..pls...we have one gautam gambhir...don't need more — surya (@kingping2247) March 28, 2021 View the full article
  8. Apart from Rohit Saraf, Ranbir Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Kartik Aaryan had also recently tested positive
  9. Even though the fourth of the five T20Is between India and England was won by the hosts, things turned out to be rather radical for the skipper Virat Kohli, who first got dismissed for a solitary run and then got injured and had to sit out during the final, nail-biting moments of the match. Just when fans of the Men in Blue had started to relax about Kohli’s form, considering his back-to-back 50-plus innings in the two T20Is, the captain ended up getting dismissed for practically nothing in the penultimate match, only to see the squad get carried by Suryakumar Yadav and the middle order. View this post on Instagram However, it was Kohli’s injury that gave way to deputy in-command, Rohit Sharma taking the lead in the final four overs during India’s fielding and thanks to his brilliance of carefully delegated bowling quotes, his squad managed to avoid losing the series and lived to fight another day. The team management in the death overs has once again sparked the debate about who among Kohli and Sharma is the better fit to lead the squad in the limited-overs game, especially, T20I and whether split captaincy should be brought to India as well or not. Good leadership from 5-time IPL winning skipper. — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 18, 2021plis people started the whole make rohit sharma the t20 captain shit i am done with that i mean why bro have you even seen virat kohli's t20 captaincy record? just because rohit sharma handled the situation very well in the last 4 overs it doesn't mean you'll just hand over the- — dangerdangerhermionegranger (@mg173_) March 19, 2021 One of the biggest reasons behind Sharma’s late-game captaincy is getting so much recognition is because he asked Shardul Thakur to take up the 17th over which ended up deciding the fate of the match. Thakur first dismissed Ben Stokes on the very first delivery following by skipper Eoin Morgan on the consecutive ball, leaving just the lower order batsmen under a lot of pressure. However, fans of Virat Kohli believe that was exactly what the main skipper would have done if he wasn’t injured and that there was nothing extraordinary about it. virat kohli left 2 overs of shardul for death which were just used by rohit nothing extraordinary. — Michael Vaughan (Divide and Rule) (@You_Know_Who_17) March 18, 2021So, Kohli promoted SKY up the order, gave Pandya the new ball, picked Chahar and gave gim tough overs, and kept Thakur and Bhuvi the four death overs. So, who won the game as a captain for India? Twitter said Rohit Sharma. Logic says, it was a team effort. — Sreejith Mullappilli (@Mullappilli) March 18, 2021Some Rohit Sharma fans are genuinely brainless. He's a good captain yes, but saying that we win in the last four overs was because Rohit was captain. That is such a bs reason. Kohli was literally giving advice while sitting out. And you have to give credit to shardul thakur man. — Vedant Gedela (@vedant_gedela) March 19, 2021 Update On Virat Kohli's Injury Kohli had to get out of the field as soon as he got injured but the skipper addressed the issue after the match. “I ran for a ball and threw it and I just aggravated my upper quad a little bit and I didn’t want to make it into a niggle or an injury. Nothing serious. I took the smart decision of going out. I should be fine for the game in a day and a half. Better than sprinting for five or six overs because we have an important game coming up,” Kohli said. View the full article
  10. Jasprit Bumrah has finally opened up about his marriage with TV presenter Sanjana Ganesan a day after their wedding was reported by The Times of India, while sharing a couple of pictures from the ceremony. “Love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” Steered by love, we have begun a new journey together. Today is one of the happiest days of our lives and we feel blessed to be able to share the news of our wedding and our joy with you. Jasprit & Sanjana pic.twitter.com/EQuRUNa0Xc — Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 15, 2021 “Love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Steered by love, we have begun a new journey together. Today is one of the happiest days of our lives and we feel blessed to be able to share the news of our wedding and our joy with you. Jasprit & Sanjana,” tweeted the pacer to officially break the news to his fans. Bumrah’s followers from all over the country and the world flocked to his Twitter account to congratulate the 27-year-old and his bride on the wonderful news. Congratulations J and S — Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) March 15, 2021Happy Maried Life Brother... Life Long Stay Blessed With Full Of Happiness... After martaige Many More achievements And Wickets Coming For You... Loved you Both... Congratulations For The Upcoming Days pic.twitter.com/hKYl5Bv3tL — Subash (@iamsubash888) March 15, 2021Congratulations Boom Boom Bumrah pic.twitter.com/ZOx140gZqz — Sudhanshu Singh सुधांशु सिंह (@SudhanshuINA) March 15, 2021Bumrah bowled over by Sanjana Here's wishing love, laughter and a happily ever after for @Jaspritbumrah93 and @SanjanaGanesan ‍️‍ pic.twitter.com/WhgkSE0R16 — Krishna Hindu (@KrishnaBjp7) March 15, 2021According to reports, the wedding was supposed to take place with a small gathering of friends and family in Goa between 14 and 15 March. None of the members of the Indian cricket team were to be a part of the ceremony because of the bio-bubble protocol that the cricketers were bound to follow. This, however, did not stop the trolls from sneaking in a joke or two about Rohit Sharma, who has been out of action during the first two T20I matches against the touring England cricket team, despite being in top shape just a week before, during the final Test of the series in the same Narendra Modi Stadium. Congratulations sir. Rohit bhai ko bhi bula lena tha waise bhi rest le rahe. — Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) March 15, 2021Waise to dhoni bhi free tha — Ayush kumar (@imayushkr18) March 15, 2021Khaane ko miljaata motu dada ko shaadi k bahaane... — Gaurab kafle (@Gaurabeyyyyy) March 15, 2021Khana bhi mil jata rohit bhai ko fir acche se pelte odis me eng ko — Jordi El Nino Polla (@JordiEl54018066) March 15, 2021Jasprit Bumrah had taken a sudden leave of absence from his duties as an Indian cricketer ahead of the fourth and final Test of the series, which was a make-or-break match for the Men in Blue if they wished to make it to the World Test Championships against New Zealand in June 2021. However, a BCCI source soon confirmed to ANI that Bumrah had taken the leave to get married and that he will not be returning for the rest of England’s tour. The yorker-specialist will now be seen in action only during the 14th season of the Indian Premier League when he helps Mumbai Indians carry on with their journey to become the first team ever in the history of the league to win the trophy for three consecutive times. View the full article
  11. With time, the game of cricket has gone beyond the boundary ropes with the communication gap between the players and the fans getting almost non-existent. People can directly get in touch with the athletes, engage in great, meaningful conversations which can lead to a better relationship between the two sides. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true and sometimes people can end up asking some of the oddest questions, putting the players in a spot in front of the rest of the world. For Instance: View this post on Instagram But if you have the sense of humour of New Zealand all-rounder James aka Jimmy Neesham, you have the ability to get out of tricky situations leaving the rest of your followers with a smile on their faces. One such incident took place on Thursday when an Indian cricket fan asked Neesham why he had such few followers on Twitter. Why do you have only 236K followers? — Abhishek (@axxxxarrr) March 11, 2021 Neesham, who currently enjoys a grand following of 236.2k followers on the social media platform, ended up replying to him, asking him what he meant by “only 236k”? The Indian fan then shared a screenshot of the Twitter profile of Neesham’s Mumbai Indians skipper, and the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in limited-over matches, Rohit Sharma, who had more than 18.5 million people following him on Twitter. Your @mipaltan captain has a few more pic.twitter.com/RadfWBl0Ei — Abhishek (@axxxxarrr) March 11, 2021 The unfair comparison between the two cricketers, both of whom, well celebrated in their respective countries and the rest of the world, drew the Rohit Sharma fan a lot of flak, some of which came from within India. To bhai what do you want from him ... Indian cricketers k alawa sabke kam he honge follower .... logic ke to baat kar — Mandeep Singh Dahiya (@dahiyamandeep18) March 11, 2021dekho baat wo nhi hai tum ch*tiye ho , tumhe lgta hai uske followers jyada hone chahiye to sidha bol dete ki tum kaafi funny ya entertaining ho tumhare followers jyada hone chahiye compare krne ki kya jarurat thi , pr nhi tum sab to twitter par sirf hagne aate ho — The Priest (@tired_n_exhaust) March 11, 2021Haan bhai bahut great tweet kr diya. Naam roshan kr diya india ka. Such embarrassing idiots.indian fans are just so stupid. — Zitin (@TheGvs0) March 11, 2021The fan tried to justify his tweet by saying that the felt Neesham was one of the most hilarious people on Twitter and it is because of that that he felt that the Kiwi deserved a bigger following. This is when the cricketer responded once again, with one of the most cheeky comments which made his followers applaud the spirit with which he took the comment and responded nonetheless. Kiwis only deal in per capita stats thanks https://t.co/UnhQE0DmRv — Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 11, 2021 “Kiwis only deal in per capita stats thanks,” he tweeted. Then began the over-the-top calculations of who between Neesham and Sharma had more followers per capita with fans churning out statistics on the New Zealand and Indian populations. Nz population 5 million and india is 1.3 billion — Mannu Da🇮🇳 (@_Sareef_Ladka) March 11, 2021Or You Can Say, Active Users Of Twitter: In India:17.5 million In New Zealand: 330,000 — Yatendra Raghav (@imYRaghav) March 11, 2021And that's around .043 follower per kiwi (5.5 mil) compared to Rohit's .017 (1.1 bil). You clearly win. — Noman Yousuf (@NomanYousufDan) March 11, 2021 View the full article
  12. Indian batsman Rohit Sharma shares a delightful video to mark International Women's Day
  13. When the top-order involving some of the best batsmen in international cricket failed to deliver for the Indian cricket team in the first innings of the fourth and final Test of the England series, the burden of keeping his side alive fell on the shoulders of Rishabh Pant. Other than a 49-run stint by opener Rohit Sharma, names like Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli were unable to have any impact on India’s scoreboard, and after vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket fell in the 38th over, the Men in Blue looked in a tough spot while being at 80/4. View this post on Instagram This is when Pant, a middle-order hitter, walked down to the pitch with the expectations of his teammates and billions of fans from all over the world attached to him and his bat. It was imperative that the wicket-keeper batsman played a long and impactful innings, after all, the chances of making it to the finals of the World Test Championship depended on it. While aggression with the bat was important, proper planning was of the essence, and according to Rishabh Pant, he executed the planning bit to the tee. However, Sharma wasn’t completely convinced. View this post on Instagram At the end of Day 2 in a video shared by the official Instagram handle of the Indian Cricket Team, the ‘Hitman’ could be seen taking a casual interview of the centurion with his 100-run partner Washington Sundar sitting by his side. Talking about his mindset while batting, Pant was talking about how he was assessing the pitch and was planning the shots according to the bowlers and the need of the hour. He was then quickly interrupted by Sharma who asked “Do you really do so much of planning? Do you assess the pitch and all that?” with a cheeky smile on his face. View this post on Instagram Sharma then went on to talk about Pant’s tendency to be extremely vocal while keeping the wickets, to which the glovesman said that he likes to “enjoy his cricket” and how he wishes to motivate his teammates. Fans of the Indian cricket team and those of Pant and Sharma absolutely loved the banter between the two big-hitters and showed their love for the two on Twitter: Rushabh Pant and Sunder hero of the day including Rohit Sharma too. Congrats to all of you. Very well played with great determination and dedication and aggressively approach for the success — M M Shah (@MMShah47976205) March 5, 2021There's so much inclusive leadership trait on display in the way @ImRo45 carries this conversation. Absolute pleasure to watch! — Siva K Kaaleswari (@Siva_K_K) March 5, 2021I loved that you don't think too much, we have other people in the team to think for you, you just go and play your shots♥️ — S H R I Y A #RP17 (@17_shriya) March 6, 2021 View the full article
  14. After playing in the first innings of the fourth Test between India and England at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, opener Rohit Sharma became the highest scoring batsman of the ongoing series. Finding himself in great form throughout the red-ball series at home, Sharma managed to stick to the crease for the first 50 overs of the Indian innings despite losing one partner after the other on the other side of the pitch. View this post on Instagram Playing a bit slower than his usual aggressive self, Sharma was standing at 49 runs off 143 deliveries and was looking to sneak a single against Ben Stokes when an LBW appeal was made against him on the final delivery of the 50th over. At this point of time, fans of the Indian cricket team and those of the ‘Hitman’, were holding their breath, hoping that umpire Nitin Menon would somehow resist himself from raising his index to show the way out to the Indian batsman. Rohit Sharma was unlucky, two of them were based on umpires call - A classic patient knock from Hitman when things were difficult. — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 5, 2021 However, Menon did nod to the appeal and declare Sharma out. The only thing that could help Sharma keep his wish of getting the half-ton alive was the option of going for a DRS review - something that has proven to be virtually useless against the officiating brilliance of Menon in this series. Nonetheless, Sharma chose to review the decision and even came close to keeping his wicket but since the umpire had already declared him out, the benefit of the doubt went to the bowling side and the Indian batsman’s 50 remained unfulfilled. Nitin Menon lvdkbl.. Control thatt finger — What's in a name? (@Hramblings) March 5, 2021Nitin menon is like old Steve Buckner..raising his finger whenever there is appeal against india batsman. When same decisions against india bowlers he was hesitant to give out n it turned to be Umpires call. @BCCI pls don't take him in india matches ever. #INDvENG @bhogleharsha — Sree (@coolsreez) March 5, 2021Nitin Menon doesn't even take a second before raising the finger for Indian batters @BCCI In close umpire calls, his decision is always against Indian team @imVkohli @SrBachchan — B.Saubhik (@Saubhik27) March 5, 2021@englandcricket have been so lucky with Umpires Call through out this series.When Batting,not given out on Umpires Call and while bowling, the umpire raises the finger on Umpires Call.Should thank Indian Umpires specially Nitin Menon @BCCI #INDvsENG @bhogleharsha @MichaelVaughan — Apoorv Johri (@ApoorvJohri2) March 5, 2021Barring a few questionable decisions with very small margin of error, Nitin Menon has been on-point in his calls, especially when it comes to the spinners and that too on a pitch as tricky as the Motera turf. Nitin Menon gets one wrong & the batsman who reviews correctly is @ashwinravi99 #INDvsENG — Shankar Ram Annur (@arshankarram) March 5, 2021 In the fourth and final match of the series, the only review that has gone against the official so far was when he declared Ravichandran Ashwin out in the 54th over when Stokes appealed for a caught-behind. Menon thought that the ball had hit the bat on the top edge but an immediate (and rather angry) review by Ashwin cleared that that was not the case. View the full article
  15. While the India England Test series was of utmost importance for the Men in Blue and their hopes of making it to the finals of the World Test Championship, it has also proved to be a testament of Rohit Sharma’s excellence as a batsman in the longest format of the game. Following the conclusion of the third Test at the Narendra Modi stadium at Ahmedabad, the International Cricket Council released an updated list of top 10 international cricketers in the batsman, bowler and all-rounder category. HITMAN alaa re in top 10 in @ICC test rankings amazing jump from 14 to rank 8.. proud on u hitman @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/gqEurxmhDp — 🇮🇳Yogesh Tanwar (TrUE 🇮🇳) (@yogi10war) February 28, 2021 The name which caught the attention of most of the Indian fans was that of Sharma, a celebrated veteran of white-ball cricket who is now well on his way to leaving an impact in the genre of Test cricket as well. Achieving his career-best ranking at the number eight spot, Sharma now is ahead of some of the biggest, more well known names of red-ball cricket including India’s very own Cheteshwar Pujara (Rank 10), vice captain Ajinkya Rahane (Rank 13) and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (Rank 14). Rohit Sharma jumps 6 spots to claim 8th rank in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. R Ashwin jumps 4 spots to claim 3rd rank in ICC Test Rankings for bowlers. Only behind Cummins & Wagner now. — ComeOn Cricket 🇮🇳 (@ComeOnCricket) February 28, 2021 Returning to the Top-10 in Test cricket for the first time since October 2019, Sharma has now become the third Indian batsman to be in the list with two ranks ahead of Pujara and three spots behind the Indian captain, Virat Kohli. Sharma’s ascension in Test cricket started once again when he was called on-board to fill the opener’s spot during the third match of the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia on foreign soil. And even though Sharma did fairly well in the four innings he played in the final two matches of the series (26, 52, 44, 7) in Sydney and Brisbane respectively, it was his aggressive gameplay and the way he got dismissed every single time in Australia that led to fans criticising the ‘Hitman’ for lacking patience. "You've just hit a Boundary a couple of Deliveries earlier, why would you play that shot? You're (Rohit Sharma) a senior player, there's no excuse,Absolutely no excuse for this shot. An unnecessary wicket, an unnecessary wicket, gifted away. Totally unnecessary." - Sunil Gavaskar — CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) January 16, 2021 "I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in, that is my role in the team. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult so someone needs to hand up & put pressure on the bowlers. I just did not connect the ball I loved to, it was unfortunate," Sharma had told ANI following his dismissal in the Gabba Test. Guess what, turns out Sharma does know how to play Test cricket his way, while scoring boundaries in large volumes and protecting his wicket when needed. His aggressive style of play was put on display during the second Test of the India-England series at Chepauk, in the first innings of which, Sharma ended up smashing a powerful 161 on a pitch which was massively criticised by ‘cricket experts’ from all over the world for being “unplayable”. Sharma’s breakthrough in the top 10 has his fans grinning from ear to ear with a lot to say to those who criticised the batsman for not playing good Test cricket: HITMAN moves to 8th rank in Icc test ranking...! Rip for those who said rohit is not a test player @ImRo45 — lucifer (@Stan_Rohit45) February 28, 2021Abeey yaar yeh log kitna rote h . Rank 8 pe h tab itna ro rhe h. Rank 1 pe aagya toh yeh log flood laa denge rote rote . Rohit sharma giving some serious damage to haters . — ᴘʀᴀʏᴜ45 #mi #ict (@rohitianprayu45) February 28, 2021@ImRo45 moves to rank 8th in icc test player rankings... Wowwwwww..it's the highest among test openers People say he can't play test cricket..he can't open in test cricket..look he is so close to beat @imVkohli in rankings ..#RohitSharma #Hitman #INDvENG — DEBARGHA MANDAL (@debargha_mandal) February 28, 2021Once considered to be not suitable for playing red-ball cricket for the team, Rohit Sharma has proven once again that his skill-set isn’t only limited to playing swashbuckling, high-scoring innings in limited overs cricket but has expanded into the format which is considered to be the ultimate ‘test’ of a batsman’s abilities. View the full article
  16. With just a couple of days ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium aka the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, Rohit Sharma broke his silence on all the debates that took place regarding the pitch conditions back in Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium in the first and second matches of the series. ️️ Every team has the right to home advantage, reckons @ImRo45. @Paytm #INDvENG #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ZbF7ufj01M — BCCI (@BCCI) February 21, 2021 In the video shared by the official Twitter handle of the Board on Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sharma says: "Pitch remains the same for both teams, I don't know why this discussion happens so much. Pitches in India are being prepared in the same manner for many years now. I don't think there have been any changes in that regard or there should be any changes." View this post on Instagram "Every team makes full use of their home advantage. When we go out, the same happens there as well, they don't think about us. So, why should we think about anyone? What we like and what is our team's preference, we should do that... this is what home or away advantage is all about. Otherwise, take out the home and away advantage away and play cricket without it. Tell ICC to make a rule, setting identical norms for pitches in India and outside," he added. "But when we travel overseas, they also make life difficult for us. So, I don't think we should discuss much about the pitches and instead talk about the game and players. Discussions about how a player is batting or how a bowler is bowling are completely fine but not pitches because conditions remain the same for both teams and whoever plays the best will win," he concluded. And while the fans of the Indian cricket team were completely in favour of the opening batsman and, in fact, lauded him for speaking up, a certain Michael Vaughan ended up ‘agreeing’ to Sharma’s comments, and it resulted in a laughing riot on social media. Totally agree ... https://t.co/SR9uEZMFrN — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 21, 2021 Vaughan wrote just two words “Totally agree ...” while retweeting BCCI’s video and the post went viral on the platform, most of which consisted of Indian fans trolling the former England skipper for back-tracking on his own words within a quick span of days. Vaughan bhaiya translate kar denge toh daura pad jayega aapko. Rehne do. — Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 21, 2021 Kya u turn leta hai ye aadmi... Abhi 4 din pehle tho bolraha tha ki this pitch is a disgrace for test cricket. — Shashank Balnad Kukkaje🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@shashank_balnad) February 21, 2021 Sala hindi nhi samjha warna gaali likhta — Tanmay Sharma 🇮🇳 (@TanmayS26) February 21, 2021 @wwasay It is shocking that a former English captain has such poor and myopic outlook regarding the game. Add to that, an icing of perpetual hypocrisy, an endless stream of faux-pa’s and we have ourselves a real winner. — Toot (@toothead) February 21, 2021 Why Did This Become Such A Big Issue? As the second match of the series was going on, Vaughan openly criticised the pitch and was ready to ‘social media’ debate with anyone, including former Australian skipper Shane Warne. It didn’t do anywhere near as much for 2 sessions ... Spun but not like what it’s doing now ... India would have drawn the first Test if they had batted anything like in the 1st innings ... This isn’t a good Test match pitch ... https://t.co/HhK6dYLiHm — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 14, 2021 He had referred to the Chepauk turf as a “beach” and had criticised the work done to prepare the pitch for the Test as a “shocker”. During the second Test, Indian batsmen like Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and local Chennai lad, Ravichandran Ashwin batted like their true selves. Sharma opened India’s first innings with a masterful 161-run knock, followed by a crucial partnership between Kohli and Ashwin in the second innings. Ashwin also smashed a well-deserved ton in the latter half of the match to combine with his five and three wickets in the first and second innings respectively to solidify his case as the ‘Man of the Match’ award. View the full article
  17. After losing the first Test of the India-England series at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, the Men in Blue came back with everything they’ve got to tie the series after a massive 317-run victory in the second match. View this post on Instagram Amid the cohesive effort of the entire roster to get the win, two players in particular lifted themselves on a different level and stood out of the rest of the herd in terms of performing on the field and contributing to their side in extremely significant ways - Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. Rohit Sharma’s Heroics View this post on Instagram Taking over the tricky Chepauk pitch from the very first session of the Day 1 of the second Test, opener Rohit Sharma’s 161-run innings was an absolute delight to watch and played a crucial role in giving India a much-needed boost. With 18 fours and 2 sixes over the course of 231 deliveries, Sharma stuck to his aggressive batting style despite getting dismissed early on numerous occasions in the past couple of matches against England and Australia and it finally paid off now. His efforts compensated for the early fall of the Indian top-order of Shubman Gill (0), Cheteshwar Pujara (21) and the skipper Virat Kohli (0) himself before a rally by vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant took the first innings total to 329. Ravichandran Ashwin’s Brilliance View this post on Instagram As impressive as Rohit Sharma’s 161-run innings was, Ravichandran Ashwin excellence on either side of the pitch ended up winning him the ‘Man of the Match’ recognition after the end of the match and that too in front of his hometown crowd. In the first innings, Ashwin’s skills with the ball allowed him to remove some of the biggest English threats off the field including names like Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, and the skipper Joe Root, himself. By the end of England’s batting order, Ashwin’s five-wicket-haul was complete as well. View this post on Instagram Then came his timely 96-run partnership with Kohli in the middle of the second innings which more or less put the hosts in the driving seat of the match and once the skip was out of the scene, Ashwin played alongside the entire lower-order and scored the fifth century of his international Test career. To make the ‘Man of the Match’ case even stronger for himself, Ashwin took three more wickets namely those of Rory Burns, Dan Lawrance and Ben Stokes in the second innings. However, not all fans were happy with the decision to award the trophy to Ashwin: Rohit Sharma 🤣🤣🤣 This was his best Knock ever in Red ball Cricket but still didn't win man of the match the standards set by Rohit is too low that even his best knock is not match winning knock feeling so sad for @ImRo45 & Now he will like trolling posts of Ashwin — Ammar (@its__ammar) February 16, 2021For me the match-winning innings was by @ImRo45 deserved the man of the match. Ashwin outstanding no doubt but Rohit made the difference #INDvEND #ChennaiTest — Devdan Mitra (@devdanmitra) February 16, 2021A shared Rohit Sharma- R Ashwin man of the match would have been great. #INDvENG — jigar mehta (@jigsactin) February 16, 2021Rohit Sharma should have been the Man of the Match. Huge score of 161 on a minefield set the tone for India with a total well above par. Ashwin had the scoreboard pressure and help from the pitch. #INDvsENG #INDvENG #ENGvIND — Mohit Bothra (@paddle_sweep) February 16, 2021 View the full article
  18. India opener Rohit Sharma silenced haters on the very first day of the second Test at Chennai on Saturday against England. Rohit played aggressively as he raced to a seventh century off just 130 balls - his second against England. But, the spotlight wasn’t on Rohit alone. His wife Ritika, who was in the stands, was thanked by numerous fans after ‘Hitman’ smashed a ton on the eve of Valentine’s Day. ICYMI - When Rohit got hearts racing in his 90s Some nerves and tense moments on field & in the crowd as @ImRo45 looked eager to get to his 100. The batsman got there eventually not before providing some heart-racing moments. WATCH ️️https://t.co/cxA5CaMCfW #INDvENG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/sCXYK0WFcK — BCCI (@BCCI) February 13, 2021 Here is how fans reacted after Rohit’s ton on a tricky Chepauk wicket: special occasion and Ritika in the crowd. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/IBigdwA5uw — Savage (@CutestFunniest) February 13, 2021Just noticed in this picture that Ritika has her fingers crossed yet again ️#INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/jk9HIGUFja — Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) February 13, 2021Valentine is near and you thought he will disappoint Ritika. 🥴 Be it his anniversary or valentine, he usually delivers on these occasions.️#INDvsENG #rohit pic.twitter.com/eYaXJusypX — Himanshu Tripathi (@Himansh60846539) February 13, 2021Pic Of The Day ️ :@ritssajdeh | @ImRo45 | #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/L22Lolhn8V — Ritika Sajdeh™ (@ImRitika45) February 13, 2021#INDvsENG #INDvENG Ritika “OMG #Hitman scored a century tonight he’s going to want to hit my *****” pic.twitter.com/4SExxe97fV — BITTER ENGLAND CRICKETER (@BitterEngland) February 13, 2021This is not the first time Rohit Sharma’s wife Ritika has been spotted in the stands cheering for hubby Rohit. And this isn’t the first time Rohit has smashed a ton in her presence either. Rohit’s gift for her wife during the ongoing Valentine’s week joins his centuries on the couple’s anniversary and Ritika’s birthday in a one-of-a-kind list. Rohit had not been in the best of forms and haters were asking him to be dropped from the 2nd test, but seems like his century couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment with India trailing in the series 0-1. Right from the start Rohit was batting aggressively and didn’t seem to be bothered by the tricky conditions at the Chepauk wicket. India got off to a shaky start after Shubhman Gill departed early for a duck. Rohit and Pujara steadied the ship and put up an 85 runs partnership before the latter fell prey to Jack Leach. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was quick to depart as he was bowled through the gate by Moeen Ali’s incredible delivery. View the full article
  19. As India locked horns with England in the second test of the series at Chennai’s Chepauk stadium, captain Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. The hosts got off to a shaky start as in the second over of the game, Shubman Gill was dismissed by Olly Stone. Following Gill’s dismissal, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara combined to steady the ship with an 85-run partnership for the second wicket. Rohit Sharma stole the limelight as he seemed completely unperturbed by the tricky wicket. In fact, Kohli echoed every Indian fan’s emotions, when he cheered for Rohit from the dressing room as the latter drove Stuart Broad for the first boundary of the Indian innings. Yes boy ! : Virat Kohli applauding Rohit Sharma 's glorious cover drive. #RohitSharma #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/4v7CAYz4KI — 🄿 ♚ (@Rarefieed) February 13, 2021 Kohli was seen screaming “Yes Boy” from the dressing room as Rohit Sharma scored the boundary to open his account from what seemed to be an overpitched delivery from Stuart Broad. Rumours of a rift between the Indian captain and the hitman have been doing the rounds since the past few years. These rumours first came to the fore during the 2017 Champions Trophy and during last year’s IPL. It was further fuelled by Rohit’s decision to head to India instead of going to Australia with the team. However, both the players have proven all is well between them with their actions on and off the pitch. Recently, Sharma congratulated Kohli on the latter becoming a father. And captain Kohli’s gesture in the dressing room proved again all is well between the two. Fans were also quick to notice the gesture and flooded Twitter with positive reactions: Yes boy ! : Virat Kohli applauding Rohit Sharma 's glorious cover drive. #RohitSharma #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/HrtVbq6uhY — Ankit Karn (@Ankit_karn512) February 13, 2021Virat Kohli Appreciating Every shots of Rohit Sharma. The King and Hitman. pic.twitter.com/kqoWRGZn2q — CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 13, 2021Virat Kohli Appreciating Every shots of Rohit Sharma. The King and Hitman. pic.twitter.com/kqoWRGZn2q — CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 13, 2021Rohit Sharma, who had failed to deliver in the first test, is currently batting at 136. Ajinkya Rahane also seems well set at 50* on the other end of the pitch. India is currently batting at 207/3 in the 3rd session of play at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai of the 2nd test match between India and England. India are trailing 0-1 in the test series at the moment. View the full article
  20. The opening batsman and the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in limited-overs cricket, Rohit Sharma’s test cricket woes continue to haunt him in the first of Test matches against the touring England squad at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium. After the struggling bowling attack finally managed to dismiss the entire England batting lineup for a mammoth 578-run total, the Men in Blue required a long and effective innings by their senior players and desperately needed Sharma to have a decent stint at the pitch. View this post on InstagramBut instead of sticking to the crease and providing his side with a stable innings, Sharma ended up throwing his wicket on just the ninth delivery he faced. After sending a Jofra Archer delivery for a four, Sharma was unable to gauge the following ball and the edge off his bat ended up sitting comfortably in wicket-keeper Jos Butler’s gloves for a caught-behind. Dismissed for just six runs, Sharma had a herd of Indian fans begging him to retire from the longest format of the game and focus on what he does best, dominate in white-ball cricket. Rohit Sharma Can't bat in Aways Tests and now he couldn't bat also in home conditions then what is he doing in the team u can't bat u can't field !!!!! It's the the right time @ImRo45 to retire respectfully !!! pic.twitter.com/zennuWKM3c — Ammar (@Ammar_one8) February 7, 2021I Wass a bigg fan of ROHIT SHARMA but Abb Mujhe laga hai kii isske bass ka kuch bhi nhi hai virat isse bhot bhadia wo fans ko bhot kum dissappoint karta hai YE tho lodu hai 20 innings me sirf ek match me hi runn bnata hai. iss Ka waqt khatam hogya hai isse retire Ho jana chahiye. — Aditya (@Aditya77214100) February 7, 2021@ImRo45 let’s retire. Enough, you are not a test player.. used to feel bad for you but seen enough in Australia and first innings here. retire.. your fat body reflect your mindset... focus on ODI and T20... you are worth there only — Chosa (@Chosa9) February 7, 2021Rohit Sharma should retire from Test cricket! #INDvsENG #INDvENG — ROHIT (@TheRohitGulati) February 7, 2021Making a return to the Test squad during the four-match series in Australia, Sharma was vastly criticised for lacking the patience to stay on strike, select the bad deliveries to score boundaries on and unnecessarily taking risky shots which more often than not led to the end of his innings. Over the four innings that Sharma got to bat in during the Australia series, his scores read 26, 52, 44 and 7 respectively and every single time he was dismissed, it was off a catch and the trend seems to continue at home as well. View this post on InstagramShortly after Sharma’s dismissal, a series-old Shubman Gill also got out thanks to a blinding effort by the 38-year old James Anderson who took a diving catch at mid-on. The young opener was playing aggressive cricket and had already scored 29 runs off just 28 deliveries which included five 4’s coming off his blade. Skipper Virat Kohli and the rest of the batting lineup will have to play at a high level if they wish to survive the first innings against the extremely confident Jofra Archer-led England bowling squad. View the full article
  21. Rohit Sharma may not be a horophile, but boy does he know how to pick his watches. Like all cricketers, he too has a taste for some wonderful timepieces. © Rohit Sharma Hardik Pandya has some really cool and super expensive pieces from Patek Philippe. Virat Kohli has an amazing collection of Rolexes. KL Rahul, seems to be a fan of Audemars Piguet. Rohit, who is a massive fan of pieces from Hublot, actually seems to love classics, across all brands. © Viral Bhayani Very recently, Rohit Sharma was spotted in Mumbai wearing a timepiece from Rolex that will surely go down as a classic, simply because how difficult it is to get one’s hands on it right now. © Viral Bhayani But first, let’s have a look at his outfit. Rohit was seen wearing a rather understated outfit, with a very basic T-shirt, and a pair of steel-grey coloured shorts. The pair of Adidas originals sneakers that he paired with his ensemble actually sits harmoniously. © Viral Bhayani We also like the fact that he chose to go for a light coloured mask, and a cool baseball cap to tie it all together. © Viral Bhayani His watch though had to be the highlight of his ensemble. He is seen here with a Sky-Dweller from Rolex. However, the piece that he is wearing is not just any regular Sky-Dweller. © Viral Bhayani The one the Rohit is wearing has the optional black dial, called the Bright Black. Normally, the Sky-Dweller comes with a blue or a white face. Given that Rohit’s watch has this neat little customisation, it already is a rarity. © Rolex Then there is the fact that the Sky-Dweller is an extremely collectable piece, that horophiles across the world are desperately trying to get their hands on. Like most Rolex pieces with a perpetual movement, this watch too has an insane waiting list. © Rolex Although the watch retails for Rs 10.67 Lakhs, including the fluted bezel and the oyster bracelet, getting your hands on one with a black dial is pretty tough. If you are a fan of Rolex, you will find it much easier to get your hands on a Sky-Dweller with a blue face. © Rolex All in all, that’s a really great piece that Rohit has there. It certainly is a future classic. © Viral Bhayani Would you like to know what other watches does Rohit Sharma own? Do let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  22. The Australian cricket team had attracted plaudits after cutting India a sorry figure in the 1st Test. But, since that win at the Adelaide Oval, it has been a downslide for the hosts both on and off the field. Despite notable absences of key players including regular captain Virat Kohli, the Aussies were undone by a spirited Indian brigade which romped to an eight-wicket win in the 2nd Test. Then, the hosts came close to making it 2-1 in the series but the tourists fought back to snatch a draw out of what initially looked like certain defeat in Sydney. If their failure to snatch a win baffled home fans, Australia's frustration was visibly clear in their conduct in the 3rd Test. Tim Paine had attracted immense criticism for his unwarranted remarks to Ravichandran Ashwin. Steve Smith, too, had courted controversy after incriminating video evidence suggested he was deliberately removing the batting guard marks of Rishabh Pant at the crease on Day 5 of the 3rd Test. Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant's batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya. Khaaya peeya kuch nahi, glass toda barana. But I am so so proud of the effort of the Indian team today. Seena chonda ho gaya yaar. pic.twitter.com/IfttxRXHeM — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021 While Smith himself denied any wrongdoing before claiming that he was just shadow batting to get an idea where the Aussie bowlers were bowling, he further garnered support from captain Paine and coach Justin Langer who quashed the cheating claims. Though the debate still rages on, Rohit Sharma gave the Australian batsman a taste of his own medicine. Rohit doing a Steve Smith @ImRo45#INDvsAUSTest #IndiavsAustralia #AUSvsIND #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/W1t1GiyCLG — D s 45 (@imDs45) January 18, 2021 During the fourth day's play at the Gabba, Smith was batting alongside Cameron Green when a change of overs saw the players shuffling in the field. While other Indian players moved to their respective position, Rohit used it as an opportunity to shadow bat at the crease as Smith and Green watched from the other side. On the cricketing front, Smith and Green did stitch a crucial partnership of 73 runs for the fifth wicket but couldn't capitalise on their starts. While Smith couldn't go past 55, Green got dismissed for 37 runs. Soon after their dismissals, Australian batting like a pack of cards with Mohammed Siraj bagging his maiden fifer and playing a key role in restricting the hosts to 294 runs. View the full article
  23. The vice-captain of the Indian Test cricket team, Rohit Sharma has been criticised for lacking the patience to play a long and successful stint in Test cricket after the way he was dismissed in the first innings of the final Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. After the inexperienced Indian bowling attack did well to restrict the second half of the Australian batting lineup on Day 2 and stopped the bleeding of runs on 369, it was time for our openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill to hustle for a strong partnership. It took the mighty Pat Cummins only two balls! The dangerous Shubman Gill is gone! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Jmnq6qEFHd — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 16, 2021 However, an outside edge off a Pat Cummins took away Gill’s wicket and the series debutant had to go back to the pavilion for a cheap 7-run outing. Sharma, on the other hand, looked like one of the best batsmen to play for Team India during the ongoing series at this time. Having scored 44 runs off 74 deliveries, the ‘Hitman’ already had six fours under his belt. Probably trying to get to the 50-run mark in a hurry, Sharma ended up walking down the field and swinging for the fences. Unfortunately, the bat did not connect well and the ball was caught by Mitchell Starc successfully. Nathan Lyon's 397th Test wicket seemed to come out of nowhere and the Aussies were pumped! #OhWhatAFeeling #AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/rIhl4ZjbTu — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 16, 2021 Unable to gauge what was going on in Sharma’s mind, former Indian captain and legend Sunil Gavaskar ended up articulating every Indian fan’s emotions while on commentary. "You've just hit a Boundary a couple of Deliveries earlier, why would you play that shot? You're (Rohit Sharma) a senior player, there's no excuse,Absolutely no excuse for this shot. An unnecessary wicket, an unnecessary wicket, gifted away. Totally unnecessary." - Sunil Gavaskar — CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) January 16, 2021“You've just hit a Boundary a couple of Deliveries earlier, why would you play that shot? You're (Rohit Sharma) a senior player, there's no excuse,Absolutely no excuse for this shot. An unnecessary wicket, an unnecessary wicket, gifted away. Totally unnecessary," he said. Now, with rain ending Day 2 on an early note, Sharma finally gave a justification for the attempted slog to the media. Rohit Sharma (in ANI) said "I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in, that is my role in the team. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult so someone needs to hand up & put pressure on the bowlers. I just did not connect the ball I loved to, it was unfortunate". — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 16, 2021 “I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in, that is my role in the team. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult so someone needs to hand up & put pressure on the bowlers. I just did not connect the ball I loved to, it was unfortunate,” he told ANI. However, many Indian fans believe that Sharma was trying to play Test cricket like limited-overs cricket and were unconvinced with his reasoning. In other sense , he wants to say that he has been give the role of pinch hitter in test cricket, lol🤦‍♂️ — Hypocrite Not Anshuman (@AnshumaNot) January 16, 2021For putting pressure 6 rpo is more than enough, somebody tell him he isn't playing any LOI cricket, it is Test Cricket. — ```~_Saksham_~``` (@Its_SakshamR) January 16, 2021someone needs to tell him his job also is to stay longer in for india & score wth lesser risks-till virat come back atleast. he is t only senior who is able to score. this guy plays wth more responsibility in limited overs. here he is playing like with t responsibility of a pant. — naqshpa (@ntweet_55) January 16, 2021Shit excuse its not white ball and we were trailing runs so many — Starlord (@Star3600) January 16, 2021 View the full article
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