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  1. To quote one of the most questioned players to make it to the final Indian roster for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in Dinesh Karthik, “There will always be someone who will miss out. That's the nature of the game…”, and surely enough, with the total number of slots at 15 and over 25 supremely talented players competing for them, it is bound to happen that some players would miss out on the opportunity to represent their country in the biggest cricketing tournament there is. One of the best (or worst?) examples of such a case is that of the 21-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant, who missed out on the opportunity to a veteran like Karthik, who's considered to bring greater stability and consistency to the already talent-laden squad. On the other hand is the curious case of the 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu who initially was brought up to the team as a batting all-rounder who'd fit perfectly in the two-down spot for the Men in Blue. However, with his questionable bowling action being rejected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and he batting form spiralling, the Guntur born had to be removed from the final team ahead of the World Cup. Unable to take the news like a good sportsman that he is, Rayudu took a sly shot at the selectors and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by tweeting this: Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ðð.. — Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019 Losing his spot to Vijay Shankar, who made his ODI debut just a couple of months ago in January, Rayudu said that he's just ordered a pair of 3-D glasses to watch the World Cup. This was in reference to team selector MSK Prasad, who'd called Shankar a three-dimensional player. Responding to the tweet in support was yet another Indian cricketer who was put on the spot by the ICC for an objectionable bowling action and had to revamp the very essential part of his game, Pragyan Ojha. Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the winkâð¼ https://t.co/zLtAQIMvYn — Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 16, 2019 “Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the wink”, tweeted the former Indian cricketer. Taking his own example after having missed out on the opportunity to play for his country in the 2015 World Cup, Ojha pointed out that being dropped from the team ahead of crucial games is evident for “some Hyderabadi cricketers”. However, his dig at the selectors did not sit well with the fans of Indian cricket: Isn't that why u were supporting him the day before selections? I hAvE gRoWn Up WiTh HiM. Pot calling Kettle black. Instead of whining over selections & talking nonsense filth to divide fans, support the ones who are selected, doesn't matter from which part of India they are from — Saurabh (@imsgshinde2) April 16, 2019 Aur ye Pragyan behati Ganga me haath dhote huye. — Ghenchebaaz (@MVBisht) April 16, 2019 Don't bring state into play.... He was given enough opportunity to perform. Though feel bad for him, but the call was justified on the back of past performance. — Gareeb Joker (@badoombaa) April 16, 2019 You wer dropd frm d team whn ther wer better spinners in d country. If it's a case of Hyderabadi cricketer, thn Laxman and Azruddin wouldnt hav played around 100 tests. Skill matters bhai which many others hav more than u guys. Raydu doesn't deserve a place in India A team also. — dryogeshpatel (@dryogiap) April 17, 2019 Hey Mr. Ojha, don't pull cricket into regional colors! — à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤° Aciditic Indian ð®ð³ ð®ð³ (@Aciditic_Indian) April 16, 2019
  2. The most important aspect about any sport is its fans. They're the reason why the players, the staff and the coaches play the sport. They give the players the confidence to give their best on the field and whichever their favourite team is, they really love it. But sometimes, the actions of some mad fans not only bring disgrace to a person but also the team they support. Similar humiliation was witnessed by Juventus when over 140 of their fans were arrested for possessing dangerous objects right before the UEFA Champions League game between Ajax and Juventus in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior, Matteo Salvini, claimed that 120 of those held were Juve supporters. "Around 120 were detained," he said in a Facebook Live video. "People were found carrying objects that were not exactly appropriate for a trip to the stadium,” he added. © Reuters "Football is a beautiful sport but only with clean hands and a clean face, without creating trouble, so be good," he further said. As per reports, two separate groups were arrested by the authorities. First, a group of 46 were apprehended at a metro station and later another 61 were detained at the Johan Cruyff Arena. On the other hand, dozens of Ajax supporters were also reported to have clashed against riot police in separate incidents outside the stadium and were dispersed using tear gas and water cannons. The arrested fans were taken to a detention centre by bus, as per 'De Telegraaf'. Despite the match ending in a 1-1 draw and Cristiano Rolando being the star for his side, this traumatizing incident certainly humiliated the visitors a lot.
  3. Hardik Pandya might have courted controversy on his last TV show appearance. He may have deservedly attracted flak and, later, suspension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his comments. And, more recently, he might have been summoned by Indian cricket board's Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain, to be present for the hearings in relation to his controversial remarks about women. But, despite all that, hand this young lad a cricket bat and he'll show you what an absolute nightmare he can be for the opposition bowlers - something that's becoming more of a trend in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. The 25-year-old began this season with a forgettable duck against Delhi Capitals (DC) who eventually shocked the three-time IPL champions with a 37-run triumph. But, since then, there's been no looking back for Pandya. Twitter/@IPL He smashed a 14-ball 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and, then, a 19-ball 31 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But, he saved his best for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who bore the brunt of Pandya's willow at the Wankhede stadium on 3rd April. Against RCB, Pandya's blitzkrieg allowed Mumbai to accelerate from an average-looking 145 after 16 overs to a competitive 187 after 20. And, at home against CSK, the swashbuckling right-hander, once again, got a meandering Mumbai innings out of a ditch with an absolute carnage of an innings. Coming out to bat in the 17th over, Hardik swapped places with elder brother Krunal and was looking to give more strike to settled Suryakumar Yadav. He couldn't score a run on his first delivery and then a single on the second got him off strike in the 18th over. But, after Yadav got dismissed on the last delivery of the over, the right-handed batsman knew it was time to unleash the beast. Twitter/@IPL He smashed Shardul Thakur for a towering six over square leg on the first delivery of the penultimate over and followed it up with a single. With Hardik off strike, Kieron Pollard could only manage seven runs off four deliveries including a six on the fifth ball. At 141/5, with just six deliveries to go, both Hardik and Pollard knew they needed to up the ante to help Mumbai post a competitive total. M15: MI vs CSK – Hardik Pandya Six https://t.co/GjfmMNB7va via @ipl — Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) April 3, 2019 While Pollard smashed a six on the third delivery (a no-ball) and ran three runs on the legitimate ball (a free-hit), Hardik went hammer and tongs at Dwayne Bravo on the last three balls of the final over. He helicoptered Bravo's yorker into the top tier - something MS Dhoni would have also enjoyed - on the fourth delivery. Then, he punched a drive through extra cover for a boundary. And, finally, slashing a fuller delivery over third man to finish with a six. MUST WATCH: The Pollard-Pandya last over carnage ð®ð® Full video here â¶ï¸https://t.co/7kgiaB3Nsc #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/pLdU2pyRID — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019 A staggering 29 runs came off Bravo's final over wherein Hardik was responsible for 17, Pollard scored 10 and two came as extras. From reeling at 119/4 in 17 overs, Mumbai romped their way to 170/5 - thanks to a slambang 8-ball 25 from Hardik and 7-ball 17 from Pollard. In 37 innings since the 2017 edition of the IPL, Hardik has come in to bat with roughly 26 balls remaining in the innings, which is extremely low for a hitter of his ability in a T20 game. While that may raise questions on Mumbai's decision to keep him much down the batting order, it undoubtedly highlights what kind of an influence, in just a few deliveries, this young bloke can have on a game - something Team India would need in the all-important ICC World Cup, slated to begin from 30th May.
  4. One of the greatest batsmen to have ever represented the Men in Blue, Rahul Dravid has fulfilled his duties as the coach of the junior Indian cricket team and helped them experience the level of success that not even the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would have seen coming their way. It was under the leadership of Mr Dependable himself, that Team India A was able to completely dismantle the visiting England Lions for a five-match one-day series and not to forget the 2018 World Cup victory by the Under-19 squad captained by Shubhman Gill along with the 2018 Asia cup championship. It was therefore rather obvious to have Dravid become a major part of the revamping of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), a Bengaluru-based facility that will ensure state of the art technology and other provisions to contribute even more towards the betterment of the future of cricket in India. "Rahul has been handling junior cricket for a while now and the results have been phenomenal. It's only natural that he had to get involved with affairs at the NCA (in the present position). Now, he's determined to bring about a complete turnaround at the academy. With the kind of vision he has, it's already a given now that this is his role until he decides to stay,” Times of India quoted an informed official. Dravid will be entrusted with the role of building the entire academy from scratch while hiring the entire coaching team from all around the country. “For all practical purposes, NCA will now be Rahul's baby,” said another official. His vision has already started to make some significant changes to the pre-established rules. For instance, back in the day, 15 out of 20 people were selected to go further for the training camp, the other five would have been asked to go home, leaving behind their dreams. Dravid, however, has made it clear that all 20 athletes will remain with the academy throughout the camp. While a lot of people had hoped that the BCCI would have selected 'The Wall' as the leader of the main Indian cricket roster instead of Ravi Shastri, this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the future Indian athletes, having being taught under the wings of the very best at an early stage. With a rock solid base to build their cricketing career upon, Dravid's NCA might as well be the place where dreams are transformed into reality.
  5. A couple of days ago, we decided to ask you to choose from a set of 22 cricketers who essentially belonged to different eras of the Indian cricket team. These name ranged from the timeless leg-spinner Anil Kumble to the fearless bowling all rounder Hardik Pandya with the obvious legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli being in the mix as well. We gave two options for every spot in the squad and here are the results: Opener #1: Virender Sehwag vs Rohit Sharma In the 251 ODIs played by Viru, he has batted with an average of 35.06 with a fairly decent strike rate of 104.34 while scoring a total of 8273 runs. When compared to Sehwag, the current opener for the Men in Blue has played in 206 ODIs with an average a lot higher that Sehwag (47.4) but a relatively low strike rate of just 87.95 and 8010 runs till now. © MensXP 65% chose Virender Sehwag over Rohit Sharma Opener #2: Sourav Ganguly vs Gautam Gambhir The decision to choose between Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir was a lot more difficult than that between Sehwag and Sharma. Albeit, Gambhir played in less than half the ODI games played by Dada, but his ability to stick to the crease and score big runs at the time of the need made him an appropriate alternative option to Ganguly. © MensXP 53% chose Gautam Gambhir over Sourav Ganguly God of Cricket (One Down): Sachin Tendulkar vs Virat Kohli The contest for the position of the third batsman in the lineup had to be an obvious one. Probably the most talented players to choose from, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli were made to up against each other with an additional honour of being called the 'God of Cricket'. 65% chose Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli © MensXP All Rounder #1: Yuvraj Singh vs Yusuf Pathan Two huge hitters with enough skills as bowlers to fool their opponents to give up their wickets, Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan were booked for the fourth place on the dream team. © MensXP 89% chose Yuvraj Singh over Yusuf Pathan All Rounder #2: Hardik Pandya vs Irfan Pathan While the spot for the all rounder position between Yuvi and Yusuf were decided keeping in mind their abilities as spinners, this spot would have gone to the pacer from either Hardik Pandya or Irfan Pathan, both of whom were instant run-machines and could have easily hit the deliveries out of the park. © MensXP 55% chose Hardik Pandya over Irfan Pathan Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni vs Rahul Dravid If the selection between MS Dhoni and Rahul Dravid had to be done solely on the basis of their batting skills, it would have been a tough one. However, as a wicket-keeper, Ranchi-born MS Dhoni has been on another level throughout his international career and easily took the spot in the dream team. © MensXP 91% chose MS Dhoni over Rahul Dravid Off Spinner: R. Ashwin vs Harbhajan Singh Two of the greatest off spinners of different times, it was only fitting for one to choose between R. Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh for this category. In fact, it has widely been accepted as a fact that Ashwin was the one to take Bhajji's spot in Team India. © MensXP 58% chose R. Ashwin over Harbhajan Singh Leg Spinner: Yuzvendra Chahal vs Anil Kumble Chahal has proven his worth as a leggie in the recent games against Australia and New Zealand but needs to cover a lot of distance in order to take over the man who took all ten wickets in a single innings. © MensXP 69% chose Anil Kumble over Yuzvendra Chahal Fast Bowler #1: Jasprit Bumrah vs Zaheer Khan The choice between Jasprit Bumrah and Zaheer Khan was the most difficult to make according to the stats. While the former is the best bowler in the world in ODI rankings, the latter was known to have got Team India out of trouble on a number of occasions, the 2011 ICC World Cup being one of them. © MensXP 52% chose Jasprit Bumrah over Zaheer Khan Fast Bowler #2: Ashish Nehra vs Mohammed Shami The similarities between Nehra and Shami are uncanny. Both struggled to make big careers in the first stint with the Indian cricket team, suffered horrible form and made a comeback to international cricket after a year to take the entire world by storm. © MensXP 57% chose Ashish Nehra over Mohammed Shami Fast Bowler #3: Ishant Sharma vs Javagal Shrinath While it is a fact that Ishant Sharma is considered to be a 'rhythm' bowler, he is still one of the scariest bowlers to have participated in international cricket from the Indian side. Srinath, on the other hand, has been considered to be one of India's finest fast bowlers who also holds the record of being the first Indian bowler to have bagged 300+ wickets. © MensXP 65% chose Ishant Sharma over Javagal Shrinath Coach: Ravi Shastri vs Gary Kirsten At the end, we also provided you with the option of choosing the ideal coach for your dream team and you could have chosen between the all-time great Gary Kristen and the current coach of the Men in Blue, Ravi Shastri because, why the hell not? © MensXP 61% chose Gary Kirsten over Ravi Shastri Final Dream Team squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, R. Ashwin, Anil Kumble, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma with Coach Gary Kirsten
  6. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), a team which contains one of the best players in the world, but still couldn't win anything till now. Since the first edition of the Indian Premier League, RCB has been known for more of a one-man show and not a team effort, be it the squad of Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori or now of Virat Kohli, there have always been one or two players who have played well while the rest of the team has struggled to find their form. With the trio of Ab De Villiers, Chris Gayle and Kohli coming together, many thought that this would surely bring them the trophy. But despite reaching the final twice in the presence of these icons, RCB could never manage to get their hands on the cup. © AP In the last season also, around 60 per cent runs were scored by Kohli and De Villiers, who despite scoring well for their team, couldn't get them past the finishing line. The same old story was repeated in yesterday's game where the men in red lost to the 'MI Paltans' only because no one else stood up for the team other than Kolhi and ABD. After Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel failed to provide a stable start, Kohli came to the rescue of the team and scored a crucial 46 before getting caught on a well directed short ball by Jasprit Bumrah. Once he left, De Villiers took the charge, but the constant pressure of not getting out stopped him from playing his shots. Though he did manage to play the anchor innings of 67, he never got the support from the other end to wrap the game in their corner. © AP The only solution we can think of from this discussion, is that if RCB wants to get anywhere near the cup, then everyone in the team needs to start taking responsibility of their actions rather than putting the pressure on the main two to three players.
  7. While India is on a roll from one scientific invention to the other, we have some kids from IIT Madras stealing the show! Elon Musk's Hyperloop Technology concept took an amazing spin when a team from IIT Madras competed in the Hyperloop Pod competition held every year and reached the finals, making them the only Asian team to do so! © YourStory If you're wondering what Hyperloop Technology actually is, it's an advanced technique that could revolutionise travel in the future. The concept was developed by Elon Musk back in 2013 through his space exploration firm called 'SpaceX' and since then, many companies and firms have been working on strengthening this technology. When the competition was held this year, a student team from IIT Madras made it to the finals after they developed a prototype Hyperloop pod called 'Avishkar Hyperloop' that would take 25 minutes to travel from Chennai to Bengaluru. © YouTube The competition had 1500 teams from all over the world who were trying to create the fastest 'pod' or a travelling vessel for the entire concept. Their aim was quite specific to build the pod though. All they had to keep in mind was that their pod attained the maximum speed and correspondingly it had comparative deceleration. Other than that, the participants were allowed to go as crazy creatively as they pleased. As 'Avishakar Hyperloop' are amongst the top 21 finalists, they'd be visiting the 'SpaceX' facility in California in July 2019 to test their prototype in a more relatable environment aka the hyperloop tunnel. © YourStory The IIT team from Madras has managed to develop an achievable prototype that will in all probability be a success as well. Suyash Singh, the founder and the head of the project claims that the pod will be able to achieve 400 to 450 KMPH during the finals and we're super ecstatic about it. The team consisting of graduates and PhD scholars has decided to use a linear induction motor, while the system will be backed by a high-power battery pack. As for the deceleration part, the team is planning on using pneumatic brakes. The pod also runs on four wheels in a single race track and at the final demonstration, the team will have to make the pod run within a one-mile-long vacuumed Hyperloop tunnel. But before the finals, the team will be allowed to test run it to make any final refinements a week prior to the actual event. "Laying the foundation for an indigenously developed hyperloop system for India will take a few years; only after that, will it be tested on the tracks. We believe the team has a long way to go and we expect the student team to be involved till the hyperloop competition is held." Ankit, the co-head of the project told a popular publication. © Facebook Team Avishkar Hyperloop Interestingly enough, all the other teams shortlisted for the finals are returning finalists, while India has made it in for the first time, without any other Asian country to compete with. The total budget for the Avishkar Hyperloop was Rs. 1 crore, which was mostly raised through crowdfunding, in-house funding and via tech companies. © Twitter Well, while we wonder if the world is really shrinking, we're really proud of team 'Avishkar Hyperloop' and we hope they do an astounding job in sunny California in July 2019.
  8. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) underway in full steam, we are bound to see many new-comers who will make a name for themselves and go on to earn laurels. Established youngsters such as Prithvi Shaw and Shubhman Gill, who are already in the limelight, can be the ones to replace the current Indian squad in the coming two to three years. These are the predicted top five youngsters who own the skills and determination to make it to the Indian team by the next World Cup, that is in 2023. 1. Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Capitals) © TOI The young Mumbai lad, Prithvi Shaw, is all set to make a comeback in the limelight of Indian Premier League under Delhi Capitals. Having a wonderful debut last year in the league, overshadowing Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and many other stars, Shaw definitely made a name for himself and got retained by the side during the 2019 IPL auction. Giving some prolific performances for the Indian Test side and that too at the age of just 18 is another proof of why he is referred to as the 'Next Master Blaster' of Indian cricket. Despite his worth still to be proven in limited overs cricket, he remains our top contender to make it to the Indian squad in the coming years, especially for ICC World Cup 2023. 2. Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals) © Instagram The captain of the domestic as well as the IPL team of Delhi, Shreyas Iyer, is known to be the man of focus as this IPL season kicks off. Replacing Gautam Gambhir's leadership of Delhi Capitals since last year, Iyer has flowered as a captain and a better player too. From scoring in IPL to playing some great knocks for India A, the 24-year-old Mumbai lad has been in a prime form which if continues, will provide him with the great opportunity to support Virat Kohli by the World Cup 2023. 3. Shubhman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders) © Instagram Soon after the arrival of Shaw, Shubman Gill became the next big thing to be talked about in the Indian cricket circuit. The 19-year-old batsman from Punjab is completely determined to achieve big things in international cricket and has continued to deliver consistently whenever the opportunity is provided. Ever since his phenomenal performance in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand, Shubman has been knocking at the door of the senior team. After being declared as the 'Player of the Tournament' during the2018 U-19 World Cup, he has been hailed by the experts as a player to watch out for. Getting an early entry into the Indian team and sharing the dressing room with big shots like Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gill will definitely gain more knowledge of how to become a mature player. In the next few years, we will be seeing some major transformations in the youngster and we hope he goes on to break many records and might get us the 2023 World Cup too. 4. Mayank Agarwal (Kings XI Punjab) © Instagram “International cricket has made me calmer” was a statement given by Mayank Agarwal in an interview to Hindustan Times on Sunday. Having scored 2141 runs for the domestic team of Karnataka in the 2017-18 season and 3472 runs in 70 India-A matches, Agarwal's long wait of getting into the Indian team ended in December last year. Called to Australia as a replacement for Rohit Sharma, the 28-year-old was finally selected for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, where he responded with a brilliant 76, the highest score by an Indian debutant in Australia, and a 42 in the second innings. Now, making a comeback after his thumb injury for Kings XI Punjab, he seems all set to show the entire world what he is made of. Regardless of all the difficulties and drawbacks that he has had, we would still opt him as our favourite to showcase in World Cup 2023. 5. Mayank Markande (Mumbai Indians) © Instagram 21-year-old Mayank Markande, recently added an achievement to his resume as he received his maiden call-up for the India T20I squad against Australia. Playing for Mumbai Indians and sharing the dressing room with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Mahela Jayawardene, will surely be helpful to the young leggie. Keeping World Cup 2023 in mind, it will be interesting to see how young Markande fills the shoes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
  9. More often than not, the busy travelling schedule of the members of the Indian cricket team does not allow the Men in Blue to stay at home during major festivals, surrounded by their loved ones, their friends and family. A couple of years ago, the captain of the Indian side, Virat Kohli, while sending his wishes for the festival of colours in 2017, he said that his Holi would be spent on the road as the roster was going to Patna for a series. Happy Holi everybody. Have a great day today ðð¼ð. Please make sure no harm is done to the animals on the streets. God Bless all. pic.twitter.com/3a3NbUib0a — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 13, 2017 Holi 2019, however, could not have come at a better time. There was a small gap between the tiring ODI series against the visiting and the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the festival fell on such a day that all the cricketers of the Indian squad were at home, happily celebrating the festival of 'good over evil' with their loved ones. "Happy Holi to everyone! Let's celebrate the vibrant hues, the beautiful relationships and the joyous laughter," Virat Kohli wrote in a Tweet. Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently in India preparing for the IPL, shared an emotional post on Instagram. While celebrating the festival with his mother, 'Gabbar' expressed his joy of watching his kids get in on the fun, thousands of miles away, in Australia. View this post on Instagram My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot! Happy holi from our family to yours. ð #HappyHoli #HoliCelebrations A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Mar 21, 2019 at 1:19am PDT “My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot,” said the Delhi Capitals skipper. “Happy holi from our family to yours.” Mayank Agarwal, another athlete who had a great start to his international cricketing career in the first days of 2019 in his debut against the Australians on their home-turf, also shared a vibrant photo from yesterday's celebration: Here's wishing everyone a Happy Holi! May you have a colourful year ahead!#HappyHoli pic.twitter.com/S3HLk5cf3u — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) March 21, 2019 Some of the major franchises of the IPL too sent their best wishes to the world on the joyous occasion: Yeh din hai rangon ka, yeh din hai khushiyon ka! #HappyHoli, Royals family! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/TCY6oUExkt — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 21, 2019 Bina Gabbar ke Holi bhi koi Holi hai? ð#HappyHoli #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/EewQPoc51G — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 Saareyan nu Holi diyan lakh lakh vadaiyaan. ð¨ Here's wishing everyone a very #HappyHoli from the KXIP family. ♥#SaddaPunjab pic.twitter.com/6pPAx5yAcm — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 21, 2019 Let the colour for this Holi be ð!#HappyHoli and have a safe one!#KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/CwbsBwmevG — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 21, 2019
  10. On A Friday afternoon, when the Bangladesh cricket team were about to get off the team bus to enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque to offer their prayers, in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, they heard gunshots being fired in the vicinity. Nervous for the safety of their lives the helpless athletes “just escaped” the venue, with a clue of what was going on around them. ESPN Bangladesh's correspondent Mohammad Isam was later interviewed by The NZ Herald in which the journalist described what was going on inside the visiting cricket team's bus: “They [Team Bangladesh] were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them.” “And seeing that, they didn't get off the bus. About 10 minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval.” Batsman Tamim Iqbal, who opens the batting order for the squad described the horrific incident in a tweet he put out after fleeing from the site. Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019 According to The Guardian, multiple casualties have been reported in the nearest police station of Christchurch while four suspects (3 men, 1 woman) have been apprehended with ammunition in their possession and explosives attached to their vehicles. Former Bangladeshi skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, too thanked their stars for being able to get away from the attack unscathed. Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us — Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern too expressed her anger towards the “unprecedented violence” while comforting the members of their migrant communities and ensuring that the country will always be their home. What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us. — Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019 The Bangladesh cricket team were touring New Zealand since February having lost the ODI series 3-0 and the Test series 2-0. They were in Christchurch for the third and final Test match, which has now been cancelled. The Black Caps too offered their condolences for the shooting: Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe. — BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 15, 2019
  11. Arguably one of the most feared openers in limited-overs cricket, Shikhar Dhawan has proved to be a vital cog for India while batting at the top in international cricket. The left-handed batsman, alongside Rohit Sharma, also forges a deadly opening pair that is more than capable of giving the opposition bowlers a run for their money. But, for someone who is bestowed with the responsibility of getting his team to a flying start, Dhawan has struggled to get going, let alone aid Team India with consistent knocks. If his last five One-Day International (ODI innings read: 1, 21, 0, 6 and 13, the fact that he hasn't scored a hundred in the 50-over format after 17 matches and nearly six months, goes on to highlight his misery. And, as India continue to find the right team balance ahead of the ICC World Cup, Dhawan's dip in form was a major concern for the selectors. In fact, Dhawan's inconsistency with the willow earned him a lot of flak and saw him getting demoted from an A-plus (Rs 7 cr) contract to an A (Rs 5 cr) grade category in the players' annual contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Twitter/@BCCI However, on 10th March, none of those things mattered as the left-handed batsman played one the best ODI knocks of his career. The 33-year-old smashed a blistering 143 runs off just 115 balls, including 18 fours and three sixes to power India to a formidable total of 358 runs during 4th ODI against Australia. It was Dhawan's 16th ODI hundred and third (in the 50-over format) against the Aussies. For someone who scored his last ODI hundred during the 2018 Asia Cup last September, Dhawan looked in ominous form right from the start as he hammered the Australian bowlers all around the park with relative ease. He also stitched a mammoth 193-run opening partnership with Rohit who missed out on a potential ton by a mere five runs. Twitter/@BCCI Dhawan was eventually bowled by Pat Cummins in the 38th over after his effort to heave the ball over midwicket failed miserably. Following his dismissal, the likes of Rishabh Pant (36), KL Rahul (26) and Vijay Shankar (26) all played a crucial role in ensuring India didn't lose momentum later in the match. While Dhawan would surely rue missing out on his 150, the Indian opener strokeful innings and return to form had the Indian fans lauding his effort. So happy for Shikhar Dhawan! He is a fantastic one day batsman and now he has got a big score under his belt. And yes, well done to the selectors for picking him this game. ðð#INDvAUS — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 10, 2019 This is simply sensational striking from Shikhar Dhawan. Only seeing the gaps, oblivious to the presence of fielders — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 Dhawan and Mohali. The story continues. Much needed century.... ðð #IndvAus — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019 Dhawan's preferred cricket: *ICC tournaments *Tests at Galle *Australia at Mohali #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 10, 2019 Century for @SDhawan25. Relief and joy for him, team managment and selectors — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019 Such a relief to see Shikhar among runs again. If he continues, Indian middle order will be in a very comfortable position! #INDvAUS @SDhawan25 — R P Singh रà¥à¤¦à¥à¤° पà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª सिà¤à¤¹ (@rpsingh) March 10, 2019 Love it when a player is under the microscope and he pulls out a gem of an innings. @SDhawan25 well batted. Australia have a fight on their hands tonight. #AUSvIND #cricket — Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 10, 2019 Well played @SDhawan25 Much awaited innings. Keep going. Onwards and upwards. #INDvsAUS — Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) March 10, 2019
  12. Virat Kohli and the rest of the Indian cricket team are in currently in Ranchi, Jharkhand for the third of five-match ODI series. This game is particularly important because of the fact that Team India is currently leading the series 2-0 and winning the next one, would ensure the series victory against their Aussie rivals. Clearly, the stakes are high and there is a load of pressure on the shoulders of Team India to be done with the series as soon as possible. During such times of goading, it was but obvious that former captain MS Dhoni will do something to calm their nerves, as he does during the crucial final overs of a match. Ranchi is Dhoni's hometown. This is where 'Captain Cool' grew up amongst his friends and family, where he went to school and where he developed his unorthodox ways of dominating the game of cricket. People have come to worship him and his contributions towards putting the town on a global map. If we were living in ancient times, Dhoni would definitely be living as the city's most beloved king. It is therefore only suitable that his comrades enjoy a royal feast. While the humility in Dhoni led him to drive his chariot (read: Hummer H2) to the airport to pick up teammates Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav himself, he also arranged for a massive dinner party for the entire roster at his Ranchi residence. Dinner at Thala's home#Dhoni #MSDhoni #CSK #Tamil #Tamilnadu #Chennai @ChennaiIPL . Follow @dhonicsk_7 pic.twitter.com/HDBRkyPMVI — Chennai Super kings (@dhonicsk_7) March 7, 2019 In what looks and feels nothing short of a movie set for a regal dinner scene from the 'Lord of the Rings' or at Hogwarts, Dhoni's supper consisted of chandeliers, large candles, huge curtains and a beautiful starry night. Every member of the Indian roster seems to have forgotten about the pressure of winning the next game, even if it was for a brief second, and it was a great moment indeed for the teammates to have shared together. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:15pm PST “Great night with the boys at mahi bhais place last night. Good food, fun chats all around and great energy. Perfect team evening,” Virat Kohli captioned this image on an Instagram post. View this post on Instagram Angheeti ke paas baithne ka maza kuch aur hi hota hai!! #squadgoals #angeethi #friends #evenings #warmth A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Mar 6, 2019 at 8:50am PST Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav were also seen enjoying the warmth of a small 'Angeethi' (a bonfire) next to the huge garden.
  13. Arguably one of the highly-rated young talent in the country, KL Rahul climbed up the ladder in Indian cricket on the basis of consistent performances. Making full use of the opportunities, his breakthrough 2013-14 season laid the foundation of Karnataka's Ranji Trophy triumph, proving his credentials as a first-class cricketer. Then, a profitable 2016 IPL season saw him earning his cap for the national team. His appetite for runs further gave India an opportunity to boast of an extra option at the top of the order. But, as all good things come to an end, Rahul hit a lean patch that saw him getting dropped from the side. And, just when things couldn't get any worse for him, the Karnataka cricketer found himself in the middle of a controversy following his appearance on popular chat show 'Koffee With Karan' alongside teammate Hardik Pandya. And, what followed later had a great impact on the young cricketer. Slammed by a billion fans and suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rahul endured the worst possible nightmare a cricketer can be exposed to. But, rather than letting the incident affect his mindset, Rahul used it as an opportunity to channelise his frustration into fruitful results. © AP "It has been a hard time, no doubt. As a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that. It gave me the time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been somebody who takes things as it comes and I am just happy to be back here now," Rahul told the International Cricket Council (ICC). Before his suspension, Rahul was subject to immense criticism following his below-average performances in Australia. His frailties, especially against incoming deliveries which first appeared on the England tour, were exposed and exploited by the Australian seamers. And, the result was quite obvious for the right-hander. Using the suspension for his own good, the right-handed batsman bolstered the chinks in his armour through hard work in the nets and by spending time with Rahul Dravid. Given an opportunity to regain his form, the 26-year-old was roped in for India A's home series against England Lions that brought a more focussed and responsible Rahul to the fore. Leading from the front, Rahul scored 81 runs in India A's first innings. The right-hander stitched a 178-run stand with fellow opener and centurion Abhimanyu Easwaran to box the visitors out of the contest in Mysore. Apart from that, the elegant batsman also scored 89 runs in the first unofficial Test in Wayanad. © AP "I got some time off from international cricket, so I could come back to India and reflect on what was not going right for me. Fortunately, I got to play some India A games where the pressure is a bit less and where I could focus on my skill and my technique. Got to spend a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped a lot in the five games I played for India A. The time I have spent in the middle has helped," Rahul said. Showing signs of improvement, Rahul was then called back into the national side for Australia's tour of India - a moment that he had been patiently waiting for to right his wrongs. The first T20I saw a rampant Rahul hammering his way to a 36-ball 50 in a match where the popular batsmen failed to deliver. Continuing his fine form, the Indian opener began his innings in the second T20I in the same 'slambang' manner before getting dismissed for a 26-ball 47 that was decorated with four sixes. While India lost both the matches and eventually the T20I series, it was great to see Rahul return to form and emerging as the second-highest run-getter. © AP "It's nice to be back with the boys and be back in blue. Just happy that I have tasted a bit of success in the last two games and my batting has come out pretty well," he said. But, individual success means nothing to this dashing batsman as he expressed his disappointment after failing to guide his team to victory. "But the other side is that I could have carried on in both innings, got a big score and won the game for my team. I'll take the two knocks but there is a lot that I have learnt from the two knocks and I want to improve," Rahul concluded. For a man who became 'Public Enemy No 1' and was left to fend for himself in abyss following his controversy and, thereon, suspension, Rahul's grit and perseverance as a cricketer has undeniably allowed him to win back the fans and impress the Indian selectors with his renewed form. Going into the five-match ODI series, Rahul would be eager to carry his blistering form to help India peg back the Aussies and bolster his chances of securing a spot in Virat Kohli-led side's playing XI for the ICC World Cup in England & Wales.
  14. It's never too late for anyone to follow their dreams. India's Mohammed Shami has proven that to be a true as he has made a historic return to the Indian cricket team after more than a year and a half and has flourished against the toughest of rivals the Men in Blue have gone against ever since. The year 2018 was extremely tough on the Indian pacer had he was not only on his way to recovering from a career-threatening knee injury but was also being slammed by the media and the judicial system for the ugly divorce case was he going through. For an athlete, the mental impact of an injury as severe as Shami's can be a lot more devastating than the physical damage. Add to that the constant stress of the infamous case being broadcasted nationwide and the results can be beyond repairable. Thankfully for Mohammed Shami, who not only won the case against his ex-wife but also was able to make a fantastic comeback, overcame the demons in his head and now is one of the more dependable bowlers for the Indian roster who has a great chance of getting a berth in the World Cup roster. But what led to the heroic comeback of the pacer? According to his interview with India Today, Shami was able to return to his glory days because of the sudden change in the culture of the team. “The fitness awakening that we have had has had a huge impact on me. I looked at others and worked on my game. I have enjoyed it fully. The fitness culture that we have in our team is amazing, you cannot even think about it,” said the cricketer. Taking inspiration from the more athletic teammates with the likes of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, Shami, who had failed the famous 'Yo-Yo' fitness test last year, not only passed by also became one of the top performers ahead of India's long multi-national tour began in late 2018, according to the team's head coach, Ravi Shastri. In the series against Australia and New Zealand, Shami was not only one of the most successful Indian bowlers but also became the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets (56 matches) breaking Irfan Pathan's record of 59 matches. 100 ODI wickets and counting for @MdShami11 ðð#TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3RVvthg1CH — BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019 “I am thankful to God that I have been able to make this record. There are many reasons behind it. Biggest is the unbelievably brilliant atmosphere in the dressing room, followed by the confidence that I have in ability right now and also the things that I continue to learn from our coaches,” said Shami. “Everything has contributed and combined to take me to the another level. There are many minute things which bring in a lot of confidence and help us to get into the rhythm. For instance, not just on the ground, have a look at the way we (Indian players) treat each other off the field too. We enjoy every little thing. This helps a great deal,” said Shami. Shami is named for the final squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia and will also be playing for King XI Punjab in the 12th edition of the Indian Primier League (IPL) this season.
  15. The Indian cricket team created history after beating Australia in the Test series and, then, they clinched a 2-1 win in the ODIs, bringing an end to their much-anticipated tour on a high. On the back of a prolific showing Down Under, the Virat Kohli-led brigade was once again tipped as favourites, when the Australian team came calling for two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five ODIs. But, contrary to popular perception, the hosts stuttered to a narrow three-wicket loss in the first T20I against Aaron Finch's men in Visakhapatnam. Nathan Coulter-Nile's impressive figures of 3-26 and Glenn Maxwell's blistering knock of 56 runs powered Australia to a thrilling win and allowed them to take a pivotal 1-0 lead in the series. © AP Despite a mediocre performance with the willow that saw India posting a paltry total of 126 runs, the bowling unit did a fairly decent job to keep the hosts in the game. In the end, it boiled down to 16 runs off 12 balls when Jasprit Bumrah came to bowl the penultimate over. With his side in dire need of his expertise, the right-arm seamer bowled arguably the best over of the match, conceding just two runs and taking two wickets. Bumrah's brilliant 19th over tilted the game in India's favour, as Australia found themselves facing at a potential defeat with 14 runs required off last six deliveries and tailenders Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson at the crease. © AP But, if Bumrah gave India an upper hand with an impactful over, Umesh Yadav's toothless bowling ensured all his teammate's efforts went in vain. Asked to bowl the final over, Umesh had 14 runs to defend off six deliveries against the Aussie tailenders. But, the 31-year-old failed to keep his nerve and gave away two crucial boundaries (including one off a poor full-toss) to eventually spell doom for his side. Umesh's poor bowling display that cost India the game in Vizag attracted a lot of criticism from the fans. While some asked him to learn the art of bowling in death overs from Bumrah, others went on to label him as India's villain for the match. Bumrah and umesh yadav bowling in death over. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/J0litTXrk9 — Sonalee (@sonalee_soumya) February 24, 2019 Bumrah with Umesh Yadav right now #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/XTMGJ8v9EQ — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) February 24, 2019 Turning a lost match upside down - Jasprit Bumrah, Mumbai Indian Turning a won match upside down - Umesh Yadav, a Royal Challenger true blood — Elite Alagappan (@IndianMourinho) February 25, 2019 When #Umesh Yadav gives advice to Bumrah how to bowl???? #Bumrah be like.... pic.twitter.com/Xgm3lNWJJo — #Aditya_Tiwarið¥ (@Memes_Lovr) February 24, 2019 Indian cricket fan right now.. Ye Umesh yadav ka ghar kidar hai?ð #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Q7FfcQClTu — Raaz@Ujjawal (@Ujjawal30357714) February 25, 2019 Everyone : We are going to win this match Umesh yadav :#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/wil52s2TsR — Chris Cardoz (@ChrisCardoz) February 24, 2019 #INDvAUS Umesh Yadav after the match. pic.twitter.com/6JYsICIZrp — Amrut Kuमाର Panda (@AmrutKumarPanda) February 24, 2019 Virat Kohli beating up Umesh Yadav in the dressing room#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/3QhHx4Mlrs — Sid (@SidKSchrute) February 24, 2019 Umesh yadav in the dressing room: -#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/P1ghga8NSF — Dipanshu Anshu (@AnshuDipanshu) February 24, 2019 Jasprit Bumrah waiting for Umesh yadav.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/UhxYfOxKtv — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) February 24, 2019 By giving last over to Umesh yadav.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/wlqFCzLUQH — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) February 24, 2019 After yesterday match : Umesh Yadav trying to find his place in the World Cupð#UmeshYadav#GODLbumrah pic.twitter.com/RMyeD13Lu0 — Jitendra (@Jitendrasbaghel) February 25, 2019 No caption need This pictures speak a thousand words !ððð#INDvAUS #umeshyadav #Kohli pic.twitter.com/PfRbEN0xzs — V I P E R™ (@TheViper_offl) February 24, 2019 Indian fans going to meet Umesh Yadav #AUSvIND #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/oLd7neTL5s — Proudy Indian ð®ð³ (@Mejorsunil) February 24, 2019
  16. Ever since the infamous Pulwama terror attack, former Indian cricketers and other sports officials have been talking about boycotting the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales in June. With Punjab Cricket Association removing the photos of iconic Pakistani cricketers from the Mohali stadium and now BCCI doing the same from the head office, the rage in the cricket fraternity is burning deep against our neighbours. A couple of days ago, former Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh voiced his displeasure against Pakistan. "Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces,” said the cricketer. “Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking.” On Wednesday, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly echoed his ex-teammate's opinion when he basically said that Team India is strong enough to be a success at the World Cup even if they do not play against the match Sarfraz Ahmed and his men. But amidst all the chaos there are all but four decisions that the Board of Cricket Control in India can choose to take and all of them are bound to cause multi-fold consequences: Decision 1: Complete Boycott Of Pakistan During The World Cup © Reuters A complete boycott would involve forfeiting every game against Pakistan during the World Cup. In a relatively shorter tournament of the top 10 teams in the world, every side is going to play at least one game against the nine others during the points round. Without a doubt, India is more than capable to making it to the semis even if they give up some points but what if the two teams meet in the knockout rounds or worse yet, in the final? Will BCCI be willing to up give the chance of winning the World Cup? Decision 2: Forfeiting Just The Points Round Match © Reuters If India decides to boycott the Men in Green during the points round, they still have eight matches to cover up. Sure, the burden on Virat Kohli and team's shoulders would be a tad bit more than the others but it's nothing they can't handle. Say, the Men in Blue do meet them in the semis of the final and decide to play them, then does that not defeat the whole purpose of the protest? Doesn't it feel like a facade, an act to show revolt against Pakistan? Decision 3: Campaign To Ban Pakistan From The World Cup © Reuters According to a report by News 18, the Committee of Administration (CoA) has ordered BCCI to push the International Cricket Council (ICC) into banning the Pakistani cricket team from participating in the 2019 World Cup altogether. There is no denying the fact that India is the major revenue source for ICC and if BCCI puts them in a situation to choose between the two teams, the council is likely to tilt in favour of India. However, if things were to go south and ICC rejects BCCI's 'Ban-Pakistan' campaign, not only will it play against the public image of the Board but it will also lead to people questioning India's ability to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup. Decision 4: Play Pakistan Regardless © Reuters This may turn out to be upsetting to a lot of us but this is the most likely decision BCCI is going to take. The attack has left a deep impact in the heart of every Indian citizen but all the hard work put in by Team India must be rewarded. The revolt against terrorism is not disregarded but the World Cup is important too. It is easy for people to suggest the boycott but even if there is a slight chance of this measure leading to a sad end to India's world cup journey, BCCI will act against it. In such times of distress the need for rational decision-making is of utmost importance. Loud noises and anger looks dramatic, sure, but what impacts would take leave on BCCI and the Indian cricket team in the long run must be taken into consideration. The ultimate authority lies in the hands of the Indian board.
  17. First, in Australia, and now, in New Zealand. The Indian cricket team has been busy creating history on their journey away from home. On the back of three consecutive wins, the Indian cricket team had already recorded their first ODI series win in New Zealand in 10 years. And, on 3rd February, the 'Men in Blue' capped off the five-match ODI series with a 4-1 win. Having suffered a rare flop-show in the 4th ODI that resulted in a massive loss, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade ticked all the boxes in the fifth and final game to end the series on a high. Riding on the back of a responsible middle-order batting performance which was backed by their impressive bowling unit, the visitors romped their way to a 35-run win at the Westpac stadium. In a bid to test their batting on a moist Wellington track, India elected to bat first and quickly found themselves in trouble. The visitors lost four wickets for just 18 runs as the hosts fancied another opportunity to bowl India out for a mediocre total, like the last game. Twitter/@BCCI But, an impressive middle-order performance in testing conditions revived India's innings from 18/4 to eventually reach a competitive total of 252 runs. Ambati Rayudu (90) led India's revival, while the likes of Vijay Shankar (45) and Hardik Pandya (45), too, played their part. In reply, James Neesham (44), Kane Williamson (39) and Tom Latham (37) tried to keep the hosts in contention of finishing strong, but it eventually proved to be a tough ask for the Kiwis. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal (3) bagged the most wickets, followed by Mohammed Shami and Pandya who bagged two wickets apiece. Following their series win, the Indian team was presented with the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony where Kedar Jdhav was heard shouting, "How's the josh?" before his teammates responded, "High sir". Jadhav was reciting the, now, popular dialogue of Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood flick 'Uri'. Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR" ð£ï¸ ð¢ 'HOWS THE JOSH' - @vickykaushal09 ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBd — BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019 The video of their celebrations was also shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter. "Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR". 'HOWS THE JOSH'," read the caption of the tweet.
  18. Release parties at Invision Community are a fairly tame affair. You'd think after months of planning, coding and testing we'd want to cut loose and dance the night away. The reality is we send each other a few amusing GIFs in Slack and then wait for support tickets to start appearing while our developers crack their knuckles and prepare for bug reports to be filed. It's a nightmare trying to get a photo of our team, so here's a stock image. Just pretend it's us. That's me looking at a report of how much code Mark Wade has refused during reviews I did manage to find five minutes to ask the team what their favourite feature of 4.4 was. Here's what they said. Marc S Support, Guides and Keen Cyclist @Marc Stridgen I'm going to go with 'Post before registering', because it allows for more effective onboarding of new members on your site. People are much more likely to register after just having written a topic, then they are if they have to register before getting started. It also gives you the opportunity to see how many people are not actually registering, and maybe address that on the site. Ryan Developer, T3 support and reluctant AWS wrangler @Ryan Ashbrook My favorite 4.4 feature is the progressive web app settings. I now have our site pinned to my phones home screen for quick access, and use our site on mobile even more now that I can just hit the icon to pull up our site. Mark H Support, Beta Tester and remembers this when it was fields @Mark H While this isn’t “a” favorite feature, I most like the steady small improvements to Gallery in the 4.x series. Photography-centric sites should especially like the additions to extended EXIF data in 4.4 so that authors can provide the most detail about their submitted photos…. where it was taken, what camera, which lens, shutter speed and aperture, etc. Daniel Developer, T2 support and airport security fan @Daniel F As IPS4 consumer, I'm going to say that Lazy Loading and mobile create menu are my favorite enhancement. As community owner, I'm most excited about post before register and email advertisements.. That's going to bring the $$$ Brandon Developer, Enterprise Support and proud of his thorough code reviews @bfarber My favorite change in 4.4 (besides the overall performance improvements, as I'm a geek for that sort of thing) is the overhauled Conversion experience (which we haven't even blogged about). We took converters and flipped them on their head for 4.4, so you now choose what software you want to convert from, what applications from that software you want to convert, fill in any required details, and the conversion process just launches and runs from beginning to end right then and there. You no longer need to convert each application and each type of data within each application individually, making for an easier and overall smoother experience. Stuart Developer, Conversion Specialist and PC enthusiast @Stuart Silvester This is actually hard to answer than it seems, there are so many great changes and features in 4.4. The combined performance improvements including HTTP/2 Push, More aggressive caching, SVG letter photos, lazy loading are definitely some of my favourites. After all, time is money. (A smaller favourite is the browser notification prompt change, especially with visiting as many customer sites as I do in Tier 2). Jim Support, Beta Tester and suspiciously quiet in staff chat @Jim M The communities I run are about cars and very heavily image based. Whether it's "I have an issue" or simple sharing of car builds, topics get image heavy very quickly and doing anything to improve moving throughout that topic more quickly is going to go far. I feel a lot of communities can relate and why lazy load of images is my favorite 4.4 feature. Jennifer Designer, Enterprise Theme Specialist, owner of several super powers @Jennifer M There are so many changes with 4.4 it's actually really hard to choose just one change that is my absolutely favorite. I would probably say a lot of the more micro features are my favorites. Colored usernames everywhere, lazy load for images, improved notifications experience, text or URLs for announcements, reordering of club tabs, ability to hide widgets/blocks from mobile etc. They are all quality of life improvements that I love and appreciate on so many levels. We're Steve Ballmer levels of excited about 4.4. It looks like Rikki's lazy loading is a clear winner. I'm not surprised, it's a real boost for page speed and reduces hosting costs. Personally I'm a fan of the progressive web app settings which, like Ryan, enables me to have our community on my phone's home page. Let us know what your favourites are below!
  19. Swearing by living life king size, Hardik Pandya's beliefs and ideology find expression in his brutal hitting in the middle order and brisk seam bowling. Ever since making his international debut in 2016, Pandya has established his reputation as one of the most effective allrounders in modern-day cricket. A vital cog in the Indian line-up, Pandya's exploits on the field also earned him comparisons with the great Kapil Dev, as many labelled him as the country's next big allrounder. But, for a cricketer who was busy rising through the ranks, Pandya came across his worst nightmare earlier this month when his demeanour on a popular chat show sparked nationwide outrage. There was a lot of backlash, filled with expletives, on social media. Fans and former cricketers all combined in slamming the youngster for his remarks on the chat show. Then, there was a suspension from the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) that forced him to return from Australia where his teammates were busy etching their name in the history books. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Falling from grace, Pandya was disappointed, sad and alone. Pandya was cornered and left to face the demons on his own as he shut himself at home. While there is no doubt that it was Pandya's own doing, but, let's be honest, people have committed worse crimes (if his is one) than him. He's just 25 and his remarks, arguably, shouldn't overshadow his capabilities, especially after being punished enough. With his back against the wall, Pandya had a sigh of relief after the Indian cricket board ended his suspension and asked him to join the team in New Zealand. But, none really cared as Pandya's comments about women still echoed on the social media with the fans still not ready to move on from the controversy. Taking the field at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Pandya had a point to make. He seemed possessed to right his wrong, win back his fans and remind everyone how crucial he is for this Indian team. When you're pushed back against the wall, the only way is forward. And, that's exactly how Pandya saw his return to the Indian team in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand. © AP Unfazed by the criticism levelled against him, the Baroda cricketer delivered impressive figures of 2-45 in his bowling spell and choked the run flow during the middle overs. He bowled 37 dot balls, more than any of his teammates, and conceded just three boundaries as India romped their way to a seven-wicket win that also sealed the five-match series in their favour. If his bowling performance impressed everyone, Pandya's determination to make a strong return was also in full display in his fielding efforts during the game. In fact, the young gun helped his teammate Yuzvendra Chahal in getting a wicket on the back of a sensational catch. Hardik pandya come back super catch pic.twitter.com/Bl83rckpO8 — Kanai Kumar (@KanaiKumar9) January 28, 2019 In the 17th over of New Zealand's innings, skipper Kane Williamson chipped down the track to hit Chahal's delivery towards deep midwicket. While Williamson was looking to whip the ball off his pads through to the boundary ropes, an alert Pandya - who was fielding at midwicket - produced an acrobatic effort, diving to his left and pulling off an absolute blinder, to send the opposition captain packing. That was a fielder's wicket, absolutely stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. #NZvInd — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2019 Though he didn't get a chance to showcase his power-hitting with the willow, Pandya, still, had his effect on the game - thanks to his majestic bowling and electric fielding. After enduring all the hate lately, Pandya, with a positive body language, looked determined to make the most of the opportunity and eager to contribute to his team's requirements.
  20. After a successful outing in Australia, our men in blue are giving the Kiwis a living nightmare in the ongoing India vs New Zealand series. Virat Kohli and his boys are already leading 2-0 with two consecutive wins in Napier and Mount Maunganui and the fate looks brighter yet again when the two teams will hit it out on Monday in the third ODI. © Twitter Bowing down to the dominance of the Indian team, the Eastern District Police in New Zealand decided to deal with it in a hilarious and an innovative way by actually issuing a clever warning against the men in blue. The warning reads as follows: "Police would like to issue a warning to members of the public about the exploits of a group touring the country at the moment. Witnesses report seeing this group badly assault an innocent looking bunch of New Zealanders in both Napier and Mt Maunganui in the last week. Extra care should be taken if you are carrying anything that looks like a cricket bat or ball." Everyone out there is taking it with a pinch of salt and in fact, agreeing with it! © Facebook Meanwhile, NZ captain Kane Williamson has been quite vocal about the whole defeat being a little frustrating. “Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India. Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If we had wickets in hand, you never know but we didn't have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead," he said. The next ODI is tomorrow and with our team leading the series, we really hope the victory is ours.
  21. Ahead of the second of the five ODIs, the Indian cricket team reached the city of Tauranga earlier today and were received with a warm welcome by the Maori Community of Mount Maunganui. In a traditional ceremony, the members of the historically prestigious community greeted the Men in Blue and the rest of the staff including the head coach, Ravi Shastri, with a wonderful performance which was later acknowledged and praised by the official Twitter handle of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). #TeamIndia received a traditional welcome at the Oval Bay from the Maori community. Full video coming up soon on https://t.co/CPALMGgLOj pic.twitter.com/FEbSuwHEZ8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2019 Shastri, who was elated to be a part of the punctilio, also showed his appreciation. Great to be welcomed and blessed by MÄori pÅwhiri from Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku, the manawhenua for the Bay Oval area ð@BayOvalOfficial #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/g8ZbsMpkdI — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 25, 2019 “Great to be welcomed and blessed by Maori powhiri from Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku, the manawhenua for the Bay Oval area,” expressed the former cricketer. According to the New Zealand Immigration, the Maori culture runs deep in the day-to-day lives of a great portion of the Kiwi population. For centuries, it has influenced the cuisine, language and even the attitude of the people living there. Coming back to the ODI series between India and New Zealand, Virat Kohli and his boys have had a remarkable start with a dominating performance by the bowlers led by the Man of the Match, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav while Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli managed to seal it after an initial bump to the batting order with an early Rohit Sharma wicket. With the Indian side pondering over a couple of changes in their middle order, a new addition to the squad is being considered. After the Committee of Administration (CoA) under the BCCI lifted the ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their controversial comments on Karan Johar's show, 'Koffee With Karan', Pandya is on his way to the Kiwis' paradise to join the rest of the team on the Board's order.
  22. On days when Ranveer Singh is not taking the nation by storm with his sick rapping skills and 'Apna Time Aayega', he is busy preparing for another major blockbuster in the pipeline, '83'. For those who still haven't heard about it, '83' is an upcoming sports movie directed by Kabir Khan, which revolves around India's historic win at the 1983 Cricket World Cup. © Instagram Until now, not much was known about the movie except the fact that Ranveer Singh will get into the shoes of the Indian Cricket team's legendary former captain, Kapil Dev. But, now the makers of the movie have slowly begun to reveal the entire cast and the first name that has surfaced is of famous Punjabi singer, Ammy Virk. View this post on Instagram Punjabi star @ammyvirk will play #BalwinderSinghSandhu, who knocked out Gordon Greenidge in the '83 World Cup final. #CastOf83 @ranveersingh @kabirkhankk @83thefilm @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri #Relive83 A post shared by Reliance Entertainment (@reliance.entertainment) on Jan 22, 2019 at 9:28pm PST Ammy Virk, who is known for songs like 'Qismat' and 'Daryaa' from 'Manmarziyaan', is all set to make his Bollywood debut as Balwinder Singh Sandhu, the bowler who swung the '83 World Cup India's way. In 1983, Sandhu took the crucial wicket of Gordon Greenidge and helped the team win the match. Recently, the company's production house even posted a teaser video on social media, hinting at how they are soon going to unveil the reel squad of '83'. View this post on Instagram It's time to relive the glory days again! Gear up for the unveiling of the #CastOf83. @ranveersingh @kabirkhankk @83thefilm @mantenamadhu @vishnuinduri #Relive83 A post shared by Reliance Entertainment (@reliance.entertainment) on Jan 22, 2019 at 6:32am PST While Ammy Virk is set to recreate Sandhu's magic onscreen, the real-life Sandhu is also training the cast of '83' and Ranveer even shared a picture of himself training with him on the film's sets. View this post on Instagram And the glorious journey begins........ #83 ð #kapildev @83thefilm #balwindersinghsandhu @kabirkhankk A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 12, 2019 at 3:26am PST '83' is expected to release on April 10, 2020.
  23. The Indian Cricket Team has been on a roll recently, overcoming every challenge that comes their way. Creating history during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, by winning a Test series in Australia for the first time ever, followed by winning their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia, the Men in Blue are looking stronger than ever. Even individually, a lot of Indian cricketers are breaking records which were considered to be unbreakable. Their efforts are being recognised by the world, as the International Cricket Council showers Virat Kohli and his men with some of the most prestigious awards and honours. For instance, the Indian skipper became the only player to bag top three ICC awards in a single year by winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year - for his performances in 2018. Other stars who bleed blue, including Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah were named as team members of ICC Test Team of the Year while Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav also made it to the ICC ODI Team of the Year. The world is amazed by this young team of extremely talented players who seem to be fearless, indestructible and vulnerable to nothing. Believe it or not, there exists a complete army which looks after the health and welfare of Kohli's boys. As Team India marches forward towards greatness every single day, these backstage heroes get lost in the middle and do not receive the recognition that they deserve. It turns out that the Indian cricketers Yuzvendra Chahal and his sidekick Rohit Sharma (cameraman) felt the same way and decided to do something to bring these luminaries to the fore. In the fourth episode of the all-new Chahal TV, the two cricketers give us a sneak-peek into the highly confidential fitness centre of the Indian cricket team and talk to their performance team led by Head Physiotherapist, Patrick Farhart along with the sports massage therapists Arun Kanade and Rajeev Kumar. “People recognise us, the cricketers, but these are the people who put in a lot of effort to help us perform better,” says Chahal in his tribute to the dark horses.
  24. It has been a really undesirable start to the year for Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been extensively criticised for their sexist comments in a controversial episode of Karan Johar's talk show, 'Koffee With Karan'. They have been suspended by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) after the episode was aired on Hotstar. They have been trolled by the Mumbai Police, criticized by their teammates and shamed by former national players. But their misfortune doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon as the BCCI wants to make an example out of the two rather outspoken cricketers, as the Committee of Administration (CoA) is thinking about conducting a 'behavioural counselling session' for the Indian players. "The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson's life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity," a senior BCCI official told the Press Trust of India. But is this idea of conducting A counselling session nothing more than just a way to make a statement out of Pandya and Rahul, or could it turn out to be a lot more important than we think it to be? When you think about it, a professional sportsperson's life is exceedingly dynamic. The travelling, time away from family, bad form, injuries and a lot of other aspects that an athlete goes through during his professional career, can take a toll on their psyche. Especially for the Indian amateurs, who, with the success of the Indian Premier League, basically owned crores of rupees overnight after the auction, may find these sessions useful in terms of managing their lives amongst all the fame and fortune. Brrrrrrruuuaaaaaa! Welcome to the squad, Prabhsimran!#KXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SaddaSquad #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/YT50kIqZEU — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) December 18, 2018 "Players like 17-year-old Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them," expressed a former Indian cricketer. As far as Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are concerned, they will attend the session as a part of the main roster and as centrally contracted cricketers.
  25. We understand that people tend to take sports very seriously, as they should. Athletes and coaches tend to work together and push their boundaries of fitness, strength and stamina to become better and achieve new heights in their choice of sport. The sportsman's spirit is full of adrenaline, the determination to do better than ever and the hunger to win. We get it. What we do not get is how some players, or rather their coaches, decide 'how much is too much'? What are the boundaries, where do we draw the line? The case of Bengal's Under-19 Hockey Team is the perfect example of 'taking things too far'. Bengal Hockey Coach Asks U-19 Players to Shave Head as Punishment for Match Loss pic.twitter.com/aLnrok4JBK — Gurpreet Singh (@Gurpree46492633) January 21, 2019 During the 2019 Junior National Championship (Division B) taking place in Jabalpur, Bengal 1-5 to Namdhari XI in the quarterfinal, post which their coach, Anand Kumar, allegedly forced every member of the squad to shave their heads clean for losing the game. Out of the roster of 18, all but two players refused to give in to their coach's preposterous demand and did not get their heads shaved. One of the players who didn't get his head shaved said, that the Kumar threatened to do the same even after they won their first match against Gujarat just because they “didn't play well.” However, there is a flip side to the story as well, in which the coach absolutely denied all allegations and said that the students who did go bald, did it completely voluntarily and out of repentance for playing badly. He did admit to scolding them and saying something about 'shaving their heads' off, but clarified that he said that in frustration and on the spur of the moment. As soon as the story broke, the Bengal Hockey Association officially announced a three-member committee to carry out further investigation. "I will speak to the players once they are back from school. Necessary steps will be taken," said Manmeet Singh Goindi, Director, Sports Authority of India.
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