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  1. Concerns continue to grow for the South African cricket team, as they lost their third consecutive match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against India yesterday, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. With cameos from Morris and Rabada, the match can only be seen as a complete failure of the South African batting lineup. © Reuters Recently, however, it has come to light that South African batsman AB De Villiers had made himself available for selection for the World Cup. In May of last year, AB had announced his retirement from international cricket through a video he posted on Twitter, stating that he was “tired” and “running out of gas”. De Villers had made his availability clear to captain Faf Du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi and was turned down, as it was deemed to be unfair to the players that were already in contention for selection. Through their website, Cricket South Africa has released a statement regarding the matter, stating that they had to “stay true to their morals and principles” and “there is no regret in their decision.” They also mentioned that AB's absence in the home tours of Sri Lanka and Pakistan was a big reason for his exclusion, and he was made aware of this at the time. #CSAnews CSA National Selection Panel Convenor, Linda Zondi, addresses the media reports regarding AB de Villiers https://t.co/d1m8EGCkYS pic.twitter.com/YekcK7RliL — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 6, 2019 Meanwhile, opinion is divided over the decision and the extent to which this will affect South Africa in the World Cup 2019. Having already lost three games in the tournament, South Africa are unlikely to qualify for the semi-final stage of the World Cup, with three consecutively poor batting performances. It's quite possible to imagine that the situation could have been significantly different for the Proteas with AB's presence in the team. On the other hand, his inclusion in the team would prove to be detrimental to the efforts of someone like Rassie van Der Dussen, who made three fifties in his debut series against Pakistan in January. © Reuters While it seems certain that De Villiers will not feature for South Africa again, this may have left fans with a bad taste in their mouths as the journey one of the greatest players to don the South Africa jersey, ends on a bitter note. The story of AB's exclusion broke at the worst possible moment for South Africa, the morning after their third consecutive defeat at the hands of India.
  2. After the epic conclusion of the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League, all eyes are on the ICC World Cup 2019 which will begin from 30th May 2019 with the first match between England and South Africa at the Oval, London, England. The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of ODI Cricket World Cup, scheduled to take place in England and Wales between 30 May 2019 to 14 July 2019. The tournament will consist of a single group of 10 teams, with every team getting the opportunity to play against each of the other nine teams at least once. The top four at the end of the group stage will go on to compete against each other in the semi-finals. ICC World Cup 2019: Team India Schedule: DateVersusLocation 5/6/2019 South Africa Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Hampshire, England 9/6/2019 Australia The Oval, London, England 13/06/2019 New Zealand Trent Bridge, West Bridgford, England 16/06/2019 Pakistan Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Stretford, England 22/06/2019 Afghanistan Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Hampshire, England 27/06/2019 West Indies Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Stretford, England 30/06/2019 England Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 2/7/2019 Bangladesh Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 6/7/2019 Sri Lanka Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, England All the league matches will start at 3:00 pm IST. India's History At ICC World Cups: India got to lift the World Cup trophy for the very first time under the captaincy of the great Kapil Dev in 1983. The victory was not only a great achievement for the 14-man-squad of the time but also for the countless generations to come as it added immensely to the popularity of the game in the country with more and more people not only wanting to watch cricket but also trying to get selected in the national team. 2011 was the year when Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the Men in Blue to winning the ICC World Cup for the second time, this one being in our own home-ground. With Sachin Tendulkar nearing his retirement, Dhoni in his prime and Virat Kohli just beginning to show his talents as a batsman, the 2011 Indian roster consisted of three of the most successful cricketers to ever play in the country's jersey. Now, with Dhoni taking Tendulkar's place as the team veteran and Virat Kohli in his top form and the leader of the squad, Team India will once again try to bring home the greatest glory there is in the world of cricket. 15-Man-Squad, Team India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik (reserve wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, K. L. Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal How can I watch Team India's World Cup matches? Star Sports Network have the rights to officially broadcast every match of the 2019 ICC World Cup. You can also catch the games like on the Hotstar website or mobile application.
  3. The year 2018 was really crucial for the Indian cricket team. The Virat Kohli-led side didn't just appear clinical at home but also proved their credentials in the multiple overseas series they played. Testing young blood with experienced campaigners, the new-look Indian team has now established themselves as serious contenders for the ICC World Cup in England & Wales. In a bid to find the perfect team, the Indian selectors and team management were seen trying all possible options in specialist roles in the recent series. And, it finally boiled down to 15th April when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 15-man squad for the ICC mega event. While the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be seen occupying the top-order, the inclusion of KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya all provide adequate options to the Indian team in the middle-order. The bowling department looks well equipped with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bolstering the pace attack and the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja adding teeth as spinners. BREAKING: India have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/mMXt5kAG6Y — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 15, 2019 Though the Indian squad looks perfectly balanced, the notable omissions of Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have irked cricket pundits and fans alike. Both Pant and Rayudu were in the fray for the World Cup, but the Indian selectors showed faith in Karthik and Shankar to do the job for India in the all-important World Cup. While Pant staked his claim to a World Cup spot on the back of blazing batting performances, Rayudu, too, was looked upon as a potential candidate who could solve India's No. 4 problem. However, the Indian selectors thought otherwise and in a bid to derive team balance, they went for safer and more proven options in Karthik and Shankar. There is no doubt over Pant's ability with the willow. On his day, the dashing left-hander is more than capable of running away with the game on the back of innovative strokes he boasts of in his armoury. But, Pant is a gamble in any game. On a day, his shot might come off and on the other, it won't. And, there's little doubt over his unpredictable batting. © BCCL However, Pant's omission for Karthik wasn't decided just on batting. The fact that India needed an extra wicket-keeping option is probably what ruined Pant's chances. While the young gun is undeniably a batting star for the future, his wicket-keeping skills are still a work in progress - something that probably gave Karthik leverage in his selection. "In unison, we all felt either Pant or DK will come into the XI if Mahi (Dhoni) is injured. "If it's a semi-final or an important game, wicket-keeping also matters. That's the only reason we went ahead with Dinesh Karthik. Otherwise, Rishabh Pant was almost there," MSK Prasad, the chief national selector, revealed. The competition between Shankar and Rayudu was also decided on similar lines. Rayudu was being looked upon as a viable No. 4 option after he showed consistency with the willow in the recent series. But, barring his batting might, Rayudu doesn't bowl (thanks to an ICC ban in January) and his fielding, alone, is just not good enough to make the cut. © BCCL On the other hand, Shankar has proven his mettle in the limited opportunities he got. His batting bolsters the Indian middle-order, while his medium-paced deliveries provide an extra bowling option to the 'Men in Blue'. And then, when it comes to fielding, Shankar's 'bullet throw' in the first T20I against New Zealand earlier in February should put all the doubts to rest. “After the Champions Trophy, we tried quite a few middle-order batsmen. We also tried Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. We gave a few chances to Rayudu, but what Vijay Shankar offers is three-dimensional. Apart from his batting, he can bowl if the conditions are overcast, which we might encounter in England. And he's a fantastic fielder. That's what went in Shankar's favour. He's a batsman who can bowl. We're looking at him at No.4 (to begin with). With Dinesh Karthik in and Kedar Jadhav, we've plenty of options at No. 4 right now," Prasad said. Though it's a little too early to predict whether the inclusion of Shankar and Karthik ahead of Pant and Rayudu will work out, it surely gives India enough balance to adapt to the tournament as it progresses to the knockout stages.
  4. While the entire nation is filled with hope after the announcement of a 'balanced' Indian squad for the World Cup 2019, critics are still divided over the selection of Dinesh Karthik over the popular choice Rishabh Pant, in the 15-man squad. Answering this, the five-member panel of the BCCI that announced the squad, gave an explanation behind opting for Karthik's experience over Pant's flair. MSK Prasad, the Chief Selector of the Indian team said: “All of us felt that either Pant or Kartik will only come into playing XI if Mahi is injured. If it is a crucial match, wicket-keeping also matters, so that is the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Kartik otherwise Rishabh Pant was almost there.” Well deserved place for DK. — KD Deshmukh (@ImKrishna423) April 15, 2019 Very Gud BCCI...DK got wht he deserves â¤ï¸ — Ayega To Modi Hi ð®ð³â¤ï¸ (@shikhag802) April 15, 2019 come on guyz pant is young guy he needs lot of time to be in world cup squad... may be in next worldcup he will be there dnt wry.. dk deserves this opportunity... — joseph (@joseph_kurvila) April 15, 2019 While all the dropped catches and sloppy work with the gloves behind the stumps cost Pant a ticket to the United Kingdom, Karthik made it to the 15 on the grounds of apparently better glovework. Despite his flamboyance with the bat, Pant leaves a lot to be desired in terms of wicketkeeping. The Delhi lad's verbal volleys might be fun to listen to from the stump mic, but he's already conceded more than 100 byes in his short stint as the wicketkeeper of the Indian Test team. © AP On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik, who has been around the team since the past decade, was the first choice keeper for the Indian team before the arrival of Dhoni. It seems only legit that he be given one last shot at attaining World Cup glory before the torch is passed on to the Pant generation of Indian keepers. Apart from Pant, the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu also divided the house on the internet. In his absence, either Vijay Shankar or KL Rahul will be asked to fill in the number four spot. Elsewhere, the usual suspects' slot right in. There's the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, followed by skipper Virat Kohli. The lower middle order features World Cup-winning former captain MS Dhoni, and Kedar Jadhav, followed by Hardik Pandya and the bowlers. Umesh Yadav misses out and so does Khaleel Ahmed. Ravindra Jadeja finds a place as an experienced bowling option, who can also chip in with the bat.
  5. The anticipation for the final squad to represent India at the upcoming ICC 2019 World Cup is finally over as MSK Prasad, the chief selector, and Amitabh Choudhury, the BCCI secretary announced the list of players on Monday. Scroll down for the full squad. There were no big surprises in the squad, but Dinesh Karthik was picked ahead of other competitors vying for the number four role. The Kolkata Knight Rider will also serve as a backup keeper, behind the former captain and World Cup-winning veteran MS Dhoni in the squad. As a result, the popular youngster Rishabh Pant missed out on a berth to the United Kingdom. Without surprise, Virat Kohli will be leading the team from the front. His prolific form in the One Day format of the game has brought laurels to the Indian team and he would be hoping to push Team India's charge for a third World Cup trophy after the triumphs of 1983 and 2011. The opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fill the top two places. Added to the squad as a backup opener is KL Rahul, who makes it to the team on the basis of brilliant performances in the domestic season and off late in the Indian Premier League also. Coming to the number four spot, which has been a matter of concern for the Men in Blue for many months, all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been chosen to do the honours. Ambati Rayudu missed out on a berth and so did Rishabh Pant, who was a popular choice ahead of Karthik. Another all-rounder, Hardik Pandya made it to the squad with a sparkling showcase of his talent in the ongoing IPL. With some impressive performances in the recent past and owing to the ability to bag wickets in the middle overs, Kedar Jadhav has also really worked hard to earn this spot. In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal make the perfect spin duo for the Men in Blue followed by the experienced Ravindra Jadeja. The fast bowling unit comprises frontman Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Umesh Yadav missed out and India also chose not to go with a left arm pacer in Khaleel Ahmed. Full squad: Virat Kohli (capt.), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami
  6. One of the most prolific batsmen of the Indian team, KL Rahul, went on to achieve yet another milestone by scoring his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) ton against the mighty Mumbai Indians (MI) on 10th April. Not being able to perform in the opening two matches, Rahul has been on fire ever since. Scoring three half-centuries with a staggering strike-rate, the Karnataka boy made a point to carry on his fine form and convert his healthy start into a three-figure individual score against the Mumbai Paltan. Setting the tone well for the game from the very beginning, Rahul alongside 'Universal Boss' Chris Gayle got KXIP to a flyer with a 116-run opening stand. Once the 'Gayle Storm'was averted on 63, Rahul carried the baton for the visitors, notching up his maiden IPL ton in mere 64 balls and propelling his team to a competitive total of 197 runs. © AP Despite being aided by some brilliant batting performances from their star batsmen, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) couldn't restrict Gayle's Caribbean counterpart -Kieron Pollard - from snatching the game away from them. Scoring 83 runs in 31 balls with 10 massive sixes, Pollard played a classic captain's knock which also earned him the 'Man of the Match' award. But nonetheless, we still believe that KL Rahul played a game-defining innings for his team but they couldn't capitalise in the end. With some amazing performances in the first seven matches itself, Rahul not only earned the second place in the race for “The Orange Cap” with 317 runs to his name, but might have also booked his berth in Team India's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup which is expected to be announced on 15th April.
  7. 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.
  8. With the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, here is a look at what the members of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian cricket team are up to these days. Virender Sehwag © Reuters Although Sehwag did not have the perfect World Cup final as he was dismissed on the second delivery for a duck against Sri Lanka, he did have a great run during the 2011 World Cup tournament itself, which began with a massive 175-run innings against Bangladesh in the first match. After officially retiring from all formats of the game in 2015, Viru provides his expertise on various pre and post match analytical shows. Sehwag is a proud owner of Sehwag International School that has been producing some of the most talented players from the younger lot. He can also be seen on social media every now and then, roasting others and sometimes, even himself. Sachin Tendulkar © Reuters In his final days as one of the Men in Blue, the 2011 World Cup can probably be considered as the endgame for the master blaster. Having an above average run, Tendulkar was more or less consistent during the Group matches and also the Knockout rounds. Scoring 120 against England in the second match and 53 against Australia in the quarter finals, Tendulkar made it clear to the world that he's still got it. After lifting the cup during the victory round with the Wankhede Stadium chanting his name, Tendulkar retired from ODIs in 2012 after a disappointing series against England. What is remarkable about Tendulkar's post-retirement life is how much he has done to promote sports other than cricket. Owner of the Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters and Premier Badminton League franchise Bengaluru Blasters, Tendulkar is also the UNICEF ambassador for Hygiene and Sanitation and also launched a sports management company called STD in 2016. Gautam Gambhir © Reuters Probably the most consistent batsman throughout the 2011 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir played a crucial role in India successfully chasing Sri Lanka's respectable score of 274 in the final. Although Gambhir got bowled off Thisara Perera's delivery with 50 odd runs still left to be made, his heroic innings helped MS Dhoni reach the target a lot more easily. After winning the 2011 World Cup, Gambhir struggled to find his form and went off the radar for quite some time. He began to play domestic cricket and was even called to play a Test series against New Zealand in 2016. However, Gambhir announced his retirement ahead of his final match for team Delhi in the 2018 Ranji Trophy season, in which he also scored a century on 6th December 2018. Virat Kohli © Reuters Scoring a decent 35 in the final against Sri Lanka, Kohli was just 22 years old when India lifted the Cup. Although he became a familiar face for the Indian audience, not a lot was expected out of the future captain as players like Sehwag and Tendulkar were there. Kohli himself has expressed a lack of emotions after the win because he didn't feel like he earned it. A lot has changed in eight years. Not only has the 22-year-old outspoken boy evolved into a wise and calm (relatively) captain, he has also spearheaded the team to great heights, winning a Test series in Australia, for instance, which none of his predecessors were able to achieve. With the 2019 World Cup approaching, Kohli looks focused and will surely have strong emotions towards whatever the Indian Cricket Team has in store for themselves in the future. MS Dhoni © Reuters A captain, a wicketkeeper and a batsman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni aced in every category during the 2011 World Cup. A massive but more importantly, clutch innings put out by the middle-order hitter was a great testament of exactly how much we will miss Mahi when he finally decides to retire (hopefully after another World Cup). Named the Man of the Match in the final, Dhoni won the Cup for Team India in wonderful fashion with a six. Eight years later, despite many stints of bad form, Dhoni continues to be the 'finisher of games' for the Indian side. After winning the ODI series in Australia while acting as the backbone of the squad, Dhoni has proved his critics wrong once again and is making a great case for another hand at the upcoming World Cup. Yuvraj Singh © Reuters Other than getting out on the first ball against Pakistan in the semi final, Yuvraj Singh was steady as a rock for the Men in Blue for the entire tournament. His back-to-back 50s against England and Ireland in the initial rounds and a masterful 113 against the Windies in the 42nd Match were some of the best innings played during that year's World Cup. Soon after winning the World Cup, Singh was diagnosed with a rare cancer which spread into his lungs but after months of therapy and diet-control, Yuvi was able to make a comeback to cricket. Although, he has not yet announced his retirement, his absence from the roster is a clear indication of the inevitable. His Yuvraj Singh Foundation and cancer organisation, YouWeCan is focused on helping diagnosed patients get treatment and create awareness against the stigma attached to cancer. Suresh Raina © Reuters To be completely honest, Suresh Raina did not contribute a lot towards India's rise throughout the tournament and thanks to Dhoni's game-winning innings, did not get to bat in the final too. His best innings came in the semi final during which the batsman scored 36 runs. After being an integral part of Team India for years to come after the 2011 victory, Raina hit a slump in 2016 and has been on and off the team ever since. Having played his last ODI and T20I match for the national team back in July'18 against England, Raina is trying to make a comeback but it may be too late for the senior middle-order batsman to return. Zaheer Khan © Reuters In a time when Indian bowling was considered to be subpar, it was Zaheer Khan who led the attack when his side was fielding. Albeit, Khan proved to be expensive in the final three overs against the Lankans in the final, his consistency and deliverance throughout the tournament can not be questioned. Case in point, Khan's three-wicket attack against England in what was considered to be the toughest match throughout the tournament for India. After retiring from international and domestic cricket in 2015, 'Zak' has entered the fitness industry with his brainchild venture ProSport Fitness. Khan now has two fitness centres in Mumbai and is looking to expand to other cities as well. He also has a couple of restaurants and a sports lounge in Pune. S Sreesanth © Reuters 27 years old at the time, S Sreesanth was fierce with the ball. However, the World Cup proved to be a disappointment for the pacer who gave up 52 runs in just 8 overs in the final match against Sri Lanka. Sreesanth was a surprise pick for the playing 11 after Ashish Nehra was out due to an injury. His journey after winning the Cup was full of unfortunate milestones as two years later, the Kerala-born was caught in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 IPL scandal and was sentenced a lifetime ban from playing cricket. Recently, Sreesanth became the 2018 season's runners-up of the reality show, Bigg Boss. Sreesanth has appealed to the judiciary, time and again to lift the ban on his cricketing career but it hasn't led to anything fruitful. Harbhajan Singh © Reuters Cricket is not all about aggressive bowling and trying to take wickets, it is also about preventing to concede runs and work towards forcing the opponent to put up the smallest total that they can. During the 2011 World Cup, Bhajji, who not only was the second highest wicket taker for the Indian side, he also had one of the best economy rate amongst the Men in Blue. Not having officially retired from the international scenario, Singh has no plans of playing international or first class cricket anymore. Having said that, he continues to play for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Munaf Patel © Reuters Munaf Patel's impressive performance in the ODI series in Sri Lanka in 2010 got him a spot in the 2011 World Cup squad as Parveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra were out due to injury. While a lot of people belief Patel's role in the victory wasn't very eventful, the more technically sound fans call him the unsung hero. The then-bowling coach, Eric Simmons commends Patel's high degree of skills which covered up the lack of pace. Unfortunately for Patel, once the World Cup was over, his days with the Indian national team were numbered. Playing his last ODI against England in September 2011, Patel was last seen on the field, playing in the 2017 IPL for the Gujarat Lions. He has also expressed the desire to begin a career as a coach.
  9. In what was a rather surprising and unpleasant reality check for the Indian cricket team, the Aussies beat them by 34 runs yesterday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. While the Australian bowlers deserve a lot of credit for their attack, it can be agreed that it wasn't the brightest of days for the Indian batting side. Despite Rohit Sharma's phenomenal 133 in the first match since the cricketer became a father, the team could not get over their long daunting woes of a good opening partnership as Shikhar Dhawan quickly went back to the locker room on duck after the umpire raised the finger to Aussie bowler Jason Behrendorff's LBW appeal. Jhye Richardson goes BANG, BANG in a stunning start with the ball from the Aussies!#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/IsNq1ALGoh — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019 After skipper Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were unable to make good on their time at the pitch, MS Dhoni's 51 run performance led to him scoring 10,000 ODI runs for team India. But in an unfortunate series of events, Dhoni had to leave the pitch on a questionable LBW call made by the umpire which the former captain could not challenge as they were out of reviews. India are out of reviews and Dhoni has to go... #CloseMatters#AUSvIND | @GilletteAU pic.twitter.com/WRYVQPxwIM — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019 “When it rains, it pours.” Dhoni's departure was a sign that this match was out of reach for Kohli's boys as there was no other batsman that was aware of the conditions in Sydney or had enough experience in India's recent trips Down Under against an almost new Australian side. Or, was there? After Kohli's middle order failed to provide during the first ODI, former Man in Blue, and top spinner, Harbhajan Singh raised his support for the in-form batsman and Australia's new mascot for sledging, Rishabh Pant, who's not only had an exceptional game in the last Test at SCG, but is also hungry to prove his worth in the 50-over format in order to get selected for the 2019 ICC World Cup, to be included in the roster for the next match at the Adelaide Oval. “Rishabh Pant has that X-factor in him, which Adam Gilchrist had. He has the potential to hit six sixes…I am not talking about six sixes in an over but if he plays 30 balls he has the ability to hit at least six sixes, which can be game-changing,” Harbhajan advocated Pant's role to India Today. In the recent occurrences during which Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended for two games, it would be an option worth considering taking up Rishabh Pant instead of adding new players like Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill.
  10. After a dominating 137-run victory in the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, BCCI announced the final 13-man squad for the 4th and final Test match of the series scheduled to take place at the SCG in Sydney starting 3rd January 2019. India name 13-man squad for SCG Test: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, C Pujara, H Vihari, R Pant, R Jadeja, K Yadav, R Ashwin, M Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav A decision on R Ashwin's availability will be taken on the morning of the Test #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/4Lji2FExU8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019 A series of developments have taken place in the last two days as Rohit Sharma has gone back home to spend time with his newborn while Ishant Sharma didn't make the cut, despite earlier announcements of him replacing Umesh Yadav were made. Left-arm chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav is also included. Although all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who's recovering from an abdominal injury has been named as one of the final 13, a decision on his availability will be made on Thursday morning just before the match begins. While fans are more or less convinced with the roster, the BCCI is being criticised for selecting out-of-form batsman KL Rahul in the final 13. @imVkohli @BCCI @RaviShastriOfc why kl rahul is included in team again? Do you have some standard left? Is performance any benchmark or just good looks are req for team selection? Everyone has to earn his place, not just being coach's favorite ð ð ð #INDvAUS — PruBaba (@theprashu) January 2, 2019 Where is ishant ? he would have scored more runs than kl rahul ð — arvind (@arvind_1352) January 2, 2019 KL Rahul & Umesh Yadav ðððso we have decided to lose the match. — Aditya ðð(@MyTakeOn_) January 2, 2019 I still don't know why these guys are ignoring Bhuvi he is better bowler than Umesh And considering present form better batsman than Rahul — Anjaneya Durgesh K (@AnjaneyaDurgesh) January 2, 2019 Are you serious. @mvj888 is more deserving than the useless @klrahul11 . Partiality at it's best.ð — ð²Sharad / Patel ð²(@iamsharad98) January 2, 2019 Quite surprised with Indian team selection's decision on inclusion of K L Rahul in 13 man squad !! Has he not been given enough chances ? He needs more polish to perform at the national level ! Half baked dish is harmful for India at this stage. — Pushpinder Singh Sappal (@Pushpin63862765) January 2, 2019 This is seriously shitty team selection. @mvj888 Got a ð¯in practice match at SCG, and just dropped after 2 matches is not given a chance, whereas @klrahul11 Who has been given 19 test innings and has failed (other than one off in England) is preferred ahead. — Saurabh Khatod (@Saurabh105) January 2, 2019 The opposition to KL Rahul's inclusion in the squad may be well justified, as despite being given numerous opportunities to prove his worth, Rahul has failed to perform time and again. Before being dropped from the playing 11 for the 3rd Test, Rahul scored 2 and 44 at Adelaide and 2 and 0 at Perth. The fact that debutant Mayank Agarwal put up more runs than Rahul's combined total in just a single inning, really puts things into perspective. With India leading the series 2-1, the Men in Blue are on the verge of their first ever Test series victory against Australia on their home turf. If included in the final roster, KL Rahul's success or failure would most definitely play a crucial role.
  11. While people are busy criticising the BCCI for their decision of dropping MS Dhoni from the T20I squad for the West Indies and Australia series; Dhoni is busy taking wickets and giving a tough time to his opponents in the third ODI between India and West Indies. The match is currently being played in Pune. Clearly, age is just a number for this man, as at 37, Dhoni has once again proved that he's the fittest player in the team, after he took a spectacular catch to dismiss West Indies' player Chandrapaul Hemraj. Twitter/ BCCI The crowd went berserk and started cheering for Dhoni after witnessing the extraordinary dismissal. After all, it's not everyday that you see this kind of a catch. With this, Dhoni has given the perfect answer to all those who were questioning his fitness levels too. In the video shared by his fans, Dhoni can be seen running as fast as he can towards the ball and take a full-stretched dive to catch the ball. With this catch, Dhoni has proved that the selectors might drop him from the squad whenever they see fit, but he will never drop a crucial catch, which goes on to show how important he is for the team. MS Dhoni just took a stunning catch. This man is 37 years old. pic.twitter.com/8BEOg4O6rW — puneet ð (@puneet44567) October 27, 2018 In fact, his fans are reiterating the same as well. From taking a dig at BCCI to lauding Dhoni's fitness level, fans have flooded the social media with their reactions on the spectacular catch. He is proving everyday why he is best in this business . Age = 37 , Commitment to the Game=100%. THAT'S WHY #WeStandByDhoni .#Msdhoni #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/45GDLyWGpJ — ⶠð§ð¶à®à®©à®¾ à®à®³à¯à®³à®©à¯ (@Lone_Ledger) October 27, 2018 Yu may drop him @BCCI But he @msdhoni Can't..#msdhoni â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/3ZnHeUFSOk — Udhaya Helicopter (@Udhayaheli77) October 27, 2018 Did you see superman Mahi take the catch?#Dhoni haters can go eat crow! ðððð®ð³#INDvsWI #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/IOt7UZ7w0E — Arnaz Bisney (@ArnazBisney) October 27, 2018 Let's talk about MS Dhoni ! #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/cvPx6anEqG — Vivek ð®ð³ (@Vivekizm) October 27, 2018 What a catch @msdhoni â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ top class with keeping #MSDhoni #IndvWI #Dhoni #BattleOfSixes pic.twitter.com/Xiwn4YFtvc — Asutosh (@aashu29dec) October 27, 2018
  12. The season of festivities has arrived and the air is sparkling with festive fervour. Navratri rings in the onset of a 9-day-long party filled with the most dhinchak music, heart-thumping dance moves and delish grub to gobble up every waking hour of the day! Dandiya raas and Garba nights are the highlights of Navratri, and like all the other times we can't wait to step out of the house in the loudest pair of kediyu-chorno, pick up those dandiya sticks, and dance the night away. Apart from dancing our hearts out, and inhaling all the scrumptious food in the company of our friends, who knows if some of us also happen to bump into a cute person during the course of the night, and kickstart our own love-story on the dance floor? © Red Chillies Entertainment Don't tell us that isn't one of the reasons why you're so enthu about the dandiya nights every year. What? A guy's got to dream, man. Anyhow, we thought we'd let you know where we'll be heading for the party this season. The following 5 places are some of your best bets, so be sure to check these places out for your fill of all the “Gujju feels”. 1. Zorba - The Buddha One of their most beloved events every year, which patrons constantly look forward to. The event is scheduled to happen for three days starting from 12th October within the premises, so be sure to check the place out for a newer experience. Location: 7, Tropical Drive, Ghitorni, New Delhi © UTV Motion Pictures 2. Adventure Island The place is a hit among most youngsters and thrill-seekers thanks to the fun rides the place has to offer. But what most people may not know is that their dandiya nights also tend to be really exciting and fun-filled. Expect to indulge in some lip-smacking food options and rangoli making activities apart from the raas you get to participate in. Location: Opposite Rithala Metro Station, Sector 10, Rohini, New Delhi 3. Kingdom Of Dreams As royal and riveting as the place is to behold, this recreational and food hub in Gurgaon is another place you can drop by for the Garba nights. Their arrangements are known to be perfect for the young and old alike, and celebrations will only get crazier if you are there with your squad. Location: Auditorium Complex, Sector 29, Near IFFCO Metro Station, Gurugram © SKF 4. Dilli Haat The place might be known for bringing some of India's most wonderful forms of handicrafts and cuisine onto a single platform, but you'd be glad to know that the Delhi Haat in Pitampura also organises dandiya nights that are a total hit with their visitors. Imagine being surrounded by awesome music and mouth-watering food, all at once. Location: Netaji Subhash Palace, Lala Jagat Narayan Marg, Guru Govind Singh College, Pitampura, New Delhi 5. Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel This one might pinch your pockets just a little bit, but the venue is worth it. Get ready for sore feet the next morning as you dance the night away amidst an inviting ambience and good music. So, these are 5 of our picks and it should help you start planning. But before you get out the door, be sure to give the good people a call and confirm the timings and entry fees. Have a great time guys. We wish you many love stories on the dance floors. Location: Chhattarpur Hills, Near Chattarpur Mandir, Chattarpur Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi
  13. 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.
  14. Ludhiana-born Anshdeep Singh has created history by becoming the first Sikh officer to be included in U.S. President Donald Trump's security squad. He was inducted after he successfully completed all the rounds of rigorous training set for the important job. https://t.co/ZfABKygjHc Anshdeep Singh Bhatia included in US president security #ProudMomentForSikhs #America @ManjitGK @RaviSinghKA @WorldSikhOrg — Gurjeev Singh Sethi (@GurjeevSinghSet) September 11, 2018 Anshdeep's family hailed from Kanpur, but after the 1984 riots, his father, who is a bank employee, got a transfer to Ludhiana where he got married and eventually moved to the US in 2000 when Anshdeep was around 10 years old. © Twitter However, this prestige and rank didn't come easily for the officer. Earlier, Anshdeep was asked to compromise and modify his physical appearance before his induction, which was challenged by him in court. Eventually, the judgement was in his favour and he was successfully inducted. Anshdeep's achievement is a proud moment indeed for the entire Sikh community across the globe. Ludhiana-born Anshdeep Singh Bhatia refused to change his 'looks' & went to court against this rider. Sikh sangat is proud as he now becomes the first turbaned Sikh to be inducted into US President's security detail. à¨à©à¨°à¨®à©à¨à¨¿ ਰà©à¨®à¨¿ ਰà©à¨®à¨¿ ਹਰਿ ਧਿà¨à¨µà© ॥ ਨਾਨਠà¨à©à¨°à¨®à©à¨à¨¿ ਸਾà¨à¨¿ ਸਮਾਵ੠॥੨੭॥ pic.twitter.com/cKGcUQyTCw — Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) September 12, 2018 Heartiest Congratulations to Anshdeep Singh from Kanpur, India for being appointed in the US President's Security Guards ! — JN Kaushik (@JaganNKaushik) September 9, 2018 He is a true example of someone who believes in his own principles and will not bend to the system to prove his worth.
  15. It is not that unusual to find yourself in a tough spot one in a while, when you have to think real hard and retrace your steps to figure out a solution, however, an over-thinker is likely to find himself in such a situation almost all the time. If you have ever wondered that you might be an undiagnosed over-thinker, then look no further, because we bring you 6 cues to help you figure out if you fit the bill. Over-thinkers suffer from regular bouts of intense and long inner monologues, wherein they unearth layers of possibilities for every given situation. But there are a lot many layers to them, read on to find out. 1. You Tend To Feel Deeply Remorseful Every time something goes awry, you resort to self-reproach and put on a moping face that lets the world know that you are troubled by the possibility of how things could have turned out to be otherwise. The smallest of issues can make you feel remorseful, because you always end up taking things upon yourself. 2. An Earnest Apology Is Key To Your Peace Of Mind After having (over) analysed the situation or argument and reaching a point of conjecture about what your response to the situation must be, you always believe in apologising, if you think you are at fault and truly mean it, because you feel you had a part to play in the situation. 3. You Have The Tendency To Be Extremely Worried Since it comes as second nature to you, constant worrying often makes your peers think you are a loony. This is because you often end up replaying the entire situation and conversation in your head, frame by frame, like in a movie and wonder if things could have been better. 4. You Have Trouble Coming To A Decision Whether you are trying to spill your guts to your crush or trying to come up with a good caption to your Instagram pictures, you end up reading too much into things in your head, and this leads to you taking much more time to make up your mind. Yes, it also includes answers to pretty simple questions like “are you into pop culture?”. 5. You Love Letting Go & Having Fun Too As much as people like to believe otherwise, you wish they would know that you also like to live every moment to the fullest, and let go of all the thoughts and doubts that trouble you after every major episode in your life. 6. Sometimes All You Wish For Is Good Company You often wish you could simply take a break from your overworked brain and escape somewhere for a while, especially in the company of people who get you and allow you to just be yourself. If you think these points remind of you someone or even yourself, then don't forget to share this with your friends.