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  1. Last month, when the selectors announced the Indian squad for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia, there was a lot of hue and cry over the exclusion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni - one of the most iconic cricketers in the country. While the fans slammed the Indian team management, Dhoni clarified that he ruled himself out of the two series before throwing his weight behind young Rishabh Pant as his successor behind the stumps. Not many were convinced with Dhoni's prediction about Pant, especially amid the availability of senior wicket-keepers Wriddhiman Saha (currently injured) and Dinesh Karthik still in the fold. However, contrary to popular perception, the team management and captain Virat Kohli placed their faith in fairly inexperienced Pant to come good and the youngster didn't disappoint. Repaying the faith of the selectors and Kohli, Pant, given the ever-changing match situations, added valuable runs (25 & 28) to the Indian total across the two innings at the Adelaide Oval. But, his biggest contribution in India's 31-run triumph in the first Test came from behind the stumps. © AP Proving his predecessor Dhoni right, Pant equalled the world record of most catches taken by a wicket-keeper in a single Test match. The Delhi cricketer took 11 catches against Australia in Adelaide and matched the heroics of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers - both of whom were earlier standing tall with the unique feat. The 21-year-old caught six batsmen - Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood - in the first innings and then took five more catches in the second. Pant equalled the world record for most catches in a single Test in the 101th over when Mohammed Shami got Starc to edge one through to the Indian wicket-keeper. © AP Russell, De Villiers and Pant are now followed by Bob Taylor, Adam Gilchrist and Saha who have taken 10 catches apiece in a single Test match. Pant is now the only Indian at the top of the list, overtaking Saha at the Adelaide Oval. Overall, Pant has already taken 31 catches in six Tests and, should he improve his wicket-keeping skills, the youngster can surely give Saha a run for his money as India's first-choice keeper in the longest version of the game.
  2. Ahead of their much-anticipated tour of Australia, the Indian cricket team knew they had a potential chance of creating history Down Under. While they were heavily favoured in the limited-overs series, the biggest test for the visiting side was undoubtedly the Tests where the hostile conditions posed a major threat for the Indian cricketers. But, contrary to popular perception, the Indian team put their best foot forward in the first Test and showed everyone why they are the No. 1 side in the longest version of the game. Showcasing great temperament and maturity, the visitors checked all the boxes in what eventually turned into a brilliant 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval. If the batsmen appeared responsible against the Aussies, the bowlers showcased versatility as the game progressed through the days. It's needless to say that the Indian side looked convincing in almost every session over a span of five days to eventually script a memorable win. And, as India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, skipper Virat Kohli, too, etched his name in the history books. © AP For a man who has witnessed a marauding run this year, Kohli couldn't do much with the willow as he managed to score just 3 & 34 across two innings. But, even if his bat couldn't breathe fire, Kohli, with his impeccable leadership skills, still clinched the unique feat of becoming the first-ever Asian captain to win a Test match in at least South Africa, England and Australia. Kohli-led India, that also became the first Indian side to win an opening Test in a series on the Australian soil, started the year on a promising note when they toured the Proteas. Despite losing the first two Tests in Centurion and Cape Town, the out-of-sorts Kohli brigade made a noticeable comeback and went on to win the third game at Johannesburg. Their next big stop was then in England where Kohli had witnessed a dismal outing back in 2014. As many would have anticipated, India began the Test series poorly, losing the first two games. But, as witnessed in South Africa, the Indian team bounced back in the third Test at Nottingham where an emphatic 203-run win once again proved what this side was capable of. Though Kohli's men lost the Test series 4-1, their outing in English conditions was still far better than those of their predecessors. © Reuters Apart from his team, Kohli himself had a brilliant run in both South Africa and England. Proving his class against the Proteas, Kohli emerged as the highest run-getter amongst the two sides in the Test series, scoring 286 runs in 6 innings at an average of 47.67. In England, Kohli silenced his naysayers by scoring 593 runs in 10 innings at a brilliant average of 59.30, showing how far he has come since his forgettable outing last time around. Though there are still three more Tests to go Down Under and Australia, despite the absence of their stalwarts Steve Smith and David Warner, still pose threat to India, the Kohli brigade, for now, can bask in the glory of a brilliant team effort that has allowed them to take a crucial 1-0 lead in what promises to be an exciting series.
  3. The Prestigious Indian Army has a simple motto for training its cadets: 'we first break you, then make you'. Boys go through gruelling weeks of physical hardship and come out as men fit enough to serve the nation at times of war. Once soldiers are inducted, the Army ensures they are prepared (mentally & physically) to perform at their absolute best, even in extreme circumstances. However, the Army demands certain prerequisites before you can join. The First Physical Test You Need To Clear Is The 1600 M Run. Note: This test is conducted for non-commission entries for the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and equivalent ranks in Police & Paramilitary forces. © Quora You will get 5 minutes and 45 seconds to cover 1600 M, one second more and you fail. Boys completing the run in 5 minutes 30-45 seconds are taken in Group 2 and allotted 48 marks. For those who complete it in 5 minutes and 30 seconds or less, are taken in Group 1 and allotted 60 marks. The Biggest Mistake Aspirants preparing for this test run for hours trying to increase their stamina. This is an absolute waste of time. There is a simple principle called 'specificity' in exercise science- if you want to get good at 'something' like long jump, do that 'thing' instead of ballet dancing. Passing a 1600 meter run in minimum time is not merely about stamina, it also requires speed and strength. Thus, you need to train accordingly and enhance all those three capabilities. The following training plan will help you to cover 1600M in minimum time and secure you in Group 1 with 60 marks: Workout 1: Run 1600 M In Minimum Time Measure 400M distance and cover its 4 rounds with minimum time. If on the first day it takes you 7 minutes to cover this distance, aim for 6 minutes and 45 seconds the next day and gradually, come down to 5 minutes and 30 seconds and under. Workout 2: 100 M Sprints Maximum Laps Measure 100M distance and sprint as fast as possible. Then walk back slowly, settling your breath and sprint again. Repeat this continuously for 10 minutes. Your goal should be to cover maximum laps in 10 minutes. If on the first day you could do 5 laps in 10 minutes, aim for 6 the next time. Try beating your previous best with each training session. © Quora Workout 3: Full Body High-Intensity Training This workout is for strengthening your muscles to run 1600 M as fast as possible. Start with 10 Burpees, followed by 10 Jump Squats, followed by 10 Box Jumps and at last, 10 Body Weight Lunges (each leg). Rest 5 minutes after this and repeat this cycles four more times. Needless to say, you are not supposed to perform all these workouts in one day itself, as it will simply burn you out. Here is how you have to arrange your training. Day 1 Run 1600 M in minimum time Day 2 Run 100 M sprints maximum laps Day 3 Rest Day 4 Run 1600 M in minimum time Day 5 Full body high-intensity training Day 6 Rest Day 7 Repeat Cycle Important: Rest is a crucial part of this training for boosting recovery. Perform all workouts only once per day for the initial four weeks. From the fifth week onwards, perform all workouts twice per day (morning & evening). Best of luck! Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  4. It seems as if Virat Kohli is still hungover from his big fat Punjabi wedding or maybe he's gearing up for the wedding season back home, but he's definitely not shy to show us his dance moves, a fact proven on day 3 of the opening test at the Adelaide Oval. India bowled Australia out for 235 runs, which clearly, in turn, put Kohli in a severely good move. He was seen doing a little 'jig', while fielding, as India was on a 15-run lead in the first innings, before the rain affected the match throughout the day. (c)Twitter Earlier on day 2, the Indian skipper was all geared up after the Aussie batting line-up came under attack by India, but the third day beat the second as he showed off his excellent dance moves out of sheer excitement! Virat's loving it... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/JV0lxo4Aen — cricket.com.au(@cricketcomau) 8 December 2018 The unpredictability of the weather delayed the game by 45 minutes in the morning but that didn't deter the spirit of the Indian team, especially that of Kohli's! (c)Twitter The innings have been quite satisfactory for the Indian team so far, after setting a score of 250, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed opener, Aaron Finch, for a duck, followed by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picking up 3 important wickets, dismissing Marcus Harris, Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh. But Kohli still stole the show for us with his epic on-field dance moves. No wonder Anushka seems happier by day, as it looks like he is clearly keeping her entertained!
  5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction. Neither is there a need to mention why his fans love him so much and continue to call him 'Captain Cool' till this day. He is one of the coolest and remarkable cricketers whose ideologies and charm rub off on his teammates too. From sleeping on the field during a match, to pulling over his car to meet a young fan; Dhoni's fans love him for his down-to-earth attitude and after learning that he once drove a bus after being appointed Test captain, we can't help but agree with it more. Reuters Reportedly, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman recently revealed in his autobiography '281 and Beyond' that back in 2008, Dhoni himself drove the team bus to the hotel. It was Laxman's 100th test and Anil Kumble had announced his retirement from cricket, making Dhoni the 'Test in charge'. Reuters He wrote, "One of my abiding memories is of MS (Dhoni) driving the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur, during my 100th Test. I couldn't believe my eyes — the captain of the team driving us back from the ground! It was his first Test in charge after Anil's (Kumble) retirement, and he didn't seem to have a care in the world. But he was like that, playful and grounded. MS never lost the joy, the playfulness. I have never met anyone quite like him." Reuters Laxman further revealed that Dhoni always remained calm and was never agitated even when the team wasn't performing well. Talking about his calm, he wrote, "MS Dhoni's calmness and equanimity are legendary. He had seen nothing but success until the tour of England in 2011. We had lost 4–0 in England and had already lost the first three Tests in Australia by the end of that year, and were heading for another whitewash." He further mentioned, "I was a mess, as were most of the guys, but MS was unbelievably composed. Not once did he lash out, and at no stage did he give the impression that he was frustrated or helpless." Probably, it's this calm and composed nature of his that sets him apart from his fellow players. After all, there's a reason why his fans call him 'Captain Cool'.
  6. When it’s about re-engineering running technology, you bet Nike’s cooking up something. The running market is forever growing and Nike leaves no stone unturned to take the lead. The latest offering for runners out of its stable is the Free RN Flyknit. As soon as it came out, we got our hands on a pair and put it to a field test. Should you buy it? Here’s the answer. It’s Weightless! © YouTube It’s literally weightless. Yup, as light as a feather, it feels like you are barely dragging a shoe along. The traditional FlyKnit upper combined with the tristar-sole makes it the lightest shoe we have ever reviewed. It’s so light that it wouldn’t be wrong calling them ‘socks’ instead of a shoe. It’s So Flexible That You Can Roll It Up And Fit It In Your Pocket © YouTube Nope, we didn’t really do it but if you squeeze it and roll it up on purpose, it might just fit into your pocket. Again, the magic here are the impeccably crafted upper and the foam tri-sole. Th upper is literally strength fiber woven together. We tried twisting and turning it every way possible and it bounced back right back its original form, unscathed. The Sole © YouTube The craziest part of this shoe is its sole. It is literally a grid of tri-star chunks of foam perfectly aligned together. The logical behind this new ‘sole construct’ is that it lets the foot move in its natural ‘curve and extend’ movement. The Run © YouTube After we were done playing around, we threw them on and hit the tarmac. We essentially ran on the road. Exactly how a lot of runners in India do it. The impact response of the shoe is pretty smooth. Instead of feeling a hard rebound thump on the foot, the sole absorbs the shock pretty effortlessly. There’s just a mere 4 mm drop on the heel on a sole 90% made of foam, so that explains a lot itself. Buy Or Nah? © YouTube If you love running, this shoe is for you. It fits like a dream and enhances the running stance. It’s light and looks pretty sturdy. But the interesting part here is that it can also double up as an ‘inside-the-gym’ shoe. Just don’t squat or deadlift wearing running shoes!
  7. Irrespective of the sport, every sportsperson's performance is majorly derived on the back of their skillset. But, apart from their own capabilities, their equipment, too, play an important role in deriving favourable results. When it comes to cricket, we've seen batsmen paying close attention to the kind of willows they intend to use. The wicket-keepers fret over their choice of gloves to do the chores behind the stumps. But, for bowlers, there is not much of an option. The lack of specific guidelines from the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed different cricket-playing nations to use different balls. Well, the idea behind using different balls by different nations is pretty simple - to assist the home side. © AP The likes of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka use the Kookaburra cricket ball - manufactured Down Under - for their home games. The Dukes ball is used in the matches played in the United Kingdom and West Indies. For the games played in India, the Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) ball has, for long, been put to use. But, recently, the SG ball has come under scanner, especially after some Indian cricketers raised questions over its quality. Last week, Virat Kohli voiced his opinion over the use of different cricket balls in international cricket. Expressing his displeasure at the poor quality of the SG balls, the Indian captain suggested that Test cricket across the globe should be played with the England-made Dukes balls. Kohli's comments came after the likes of Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav stood united in their criticism of the India-made SG balls. So, what's the real difference between all these cricket balls - Kookaburra, SG and Dukes? And, how do they behave in different conditions, you'd ask? Here are all the answers: Dukes Ball © Twitter Manufactured in England, the origins of the Dukes cricket ball can be traced back to the year 1760. It is used in-Test matches, first-class cricket and most premier-level leagues in the UK. Unlike its competitors, the Dukes balls are handmade and are darker in colour, owing to the coating of lacquer. Known for its impeccable quality, the seam of a Dukes ball holds good up to 50-55 overs (if maintained well) and swings the most. It is also considered as the most bowler-friendly ball, generally assisting seam bowlers. It does not swing right from the start, but as the lacquer on the ball wears off, it swings conventionally. When it comes to natural bounce, the Dukes ball leaves its competitors behind, irrespective of the pitch or conditions. Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) Ball © Twitter Sanspareils Greenlands, a cricket equipment manufacturer in India, came into existence when two brothers Kedarnath and Dwarakanath Anand established Sanspareils Co in Sialkot in 1931. But, today, they are famous for their bats and cricket balls. Hand-crafted to perfection, the SG cricket balls have a more prominent seam which is closer together than its competitors, resulting from the thicker thread used for stitching. Introduced in 1994, the SG balls have been used in Test matches and domestic cricket in India. But, despite boasting of the most upright and prominent seam position, the SG balls generally swing for first 10 overs and lose their shine pretty quickly in Indian conditions. However, it is considered the best ball for spin bowling, as it provides appreciable drift in the air and grip off the pitch to spinners when the ball lands on the seam. The fact that its seam remains intact for nearly 80-90 overs, makes it susceptible for reverse swing after 40-50 overs in the game. Kookaburra Ball © Twitter While the Dukes and SG balls enjoy a great demand, Kookaburra continues to lead the race as world's no. 1 cricket ball manufacturer. The Kookaburra balls are used in both internationally and first-class cricket in the majority of cricket-playing nations. It features a four-piece construction with a five-layer quilted centre. Crafted through machines and manufactured in Australia, the Kookaburra balls swings from the word go, and for the first 20-25 overs, it's quite difficult to play against, especially on a helpful surface. Its low seam position wears off, but a Kookaburra ball's shine stays a bit longer. It starts to soften after 35-40 overs, and, as a result, batting becomes a lot easier afterwards. Its reverse swing is not as great as the Dukes ball. Players' Speak © Reuters "The Dukes ball, I think, is the most suited ball for Test cricket. If there's a situation I would vouch for that to be used all over the world because of the consistency of the ball and how the bowlers are in the game at any stage… even the spinners, because the seam is so hard and upright," Virat Kohli said on the eve of the second Test against the West Indies. "Right now, I would say Kookaburra red ball is a lot better ball, Dukes is also right up there. Pretty disappointed with the current SG ball. It used to be top-notch, the seam used to stand up strong even after 70-80 overs. It's not the same anymore," Ravichandran Ashwin had said. "I remember the years - since 1984-85 - when the Dukes balls were used and how the seam used to go rough. It was clear that in Indian conditions they wouldn't work. It was in 1993 when the SG was first introduced and India went on to dominate all cricket they played at home. Look at the overall country-wise average of bowlers bowling with different balls in different conditions. That will give you the answer. So, what's the fuss about?" Mohammad Azharuddin told TOI while questioning Indian cricketers over their criticism for the SG ball.
  8. Seeing an inaccurate tweet and then people trolling that very tweet is something we see every day, but honestly, it never gets old, especially when an entire political party is getting trolled for one hilariously wrong tweet. India recently had a second straight win against West Indies, sweeping the two-match Test series 2-0 with an impressive 10-wicket victory. Congratulatory messages and celebrations were in order, obviously, but Congress totally missed the mark in their tweet. Congratulations to the men-in-blue for the 2-0 Test series win against West Indies. #IndvWI ð pic.twitter.com/y3uDtezVs5 — Congress (@INCIndia) October 14, 2018 Does anyone see any 'blue' in the picture or is there something wrong with my eyes? (Before anyone comments with any hate, yes, the Indian cricket team is called the men-in-blue and yes, it's not that big of a goof-up, but just remember that people on Twitter are very unforgiving, so let's all just enjoy some good trolling, thanks) Yes Rahul, were you behind this tweet? Kuch bhi ðð..... Man in blue tab bolte hain jab ODI cricket ho... Y account bhi माननà¥à¤¯ शà¥à¤°à¥ @RahulGandhi chala rahe hain kya — SUBHAM SHARMA (@subhamparas) October 14, 2018 Exactly. Men in Blue ? This was a test series not ODI — punita toraskar (@impuni) October 15, 2018 Oops. Men in blue???? Divya spanda ji this is test match..... — Randhir Chauhan (@RandhirChauhan6) October 14, 2018 Yes, it's that obvious. Blue तॠपहनॠहॠनहॠहà¥, सफà¥à¤¦ पहनॠहà¥à¥¤ — Renuka Kolkata (@renukacal) October 14, 2018 Yep. Men-in- Blue ð¬ððð...Test match ki team white dress mai h.ð.Abe kyo itna pi lete h...Jo colour hi nahi pata chalte — Vinod Solanki RAJPUT (@tanmay_vinod) October 15, 2018 Two minutes starting now. 2 min silence for color blindness of INC IT cell — shuchi (@shuchi_sun) October 15, 2018 That emoji is perfect for this. "Men in blue"?????ð¤ð¤ð¤ I didn't see a single player in blue through out the match... #PappuMutra ke sevan kam karo congressiyon ð — Nimbu Masala ð®ð³ð®ð³ (@NimbuMassala) October 15, 2018 I feel like they realized their mistake, but it was too late to take down the tweet and as we all know, Twitter will never give us the edit button ever. Whatever the case may be, who doesn't enjoy some light-hearted trolling? So, we should actually thank Congress for giving us some laughs! Also, kids, think before you tweet.
  9. 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.
  10. Trailing 0-2 in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team scripted a resounding comeback after securing a 203-run win over England in the third Test at Trent Bridge. The victory didn't just keep India alive, but it also allowed their fans to dream on for a historic Test series win in England. But, it wasn't meant to be. What began as a promise of better things to come, eventually turned into heartbreak and disappointment as Virat Kohli's men slumped to a 60-run loss at the Ageas Bowl in the fourth Test. India's loss meant that the hosts romped to a 3-1 win with one game still left to play in the series. But, there was a lot to ponder for the visitors. © Reuters The poor run of Indian openers in the series had instigated calls for Prithvi Shaw's inclusion for the fifth Test, while the middle-order woes of the visitors also demanded a few changes going into the final match of the series. Having lost the series, the Indian team was expected to make some noticeable changes in their line-up at the Kennington Oval. But, India's playing XI didn't really go down well with cricket pundits or the fans. There was no change at the top as KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan got another opportunity at the expense of young Shaw. Ravichandran Ashwin, whose struggles in the fourth Test were crucial in India's loss, was dropped to make way for Ravindra Jadeja. But, the surprising change came in the form of Hanuma Vihari, who replaced Hardik Pandya. Vihari, who was only included in the squad for the final two Tests, was handed a debut despite the fact that someone like Karun Nair, a triple centurion who was named in the side for the series, hasn't played a single game. In a series where the Indian middle-order has been exposed, Nair's technically-sound batting could have probably been the answer, but the Indian team management thought otherwise and opted for Vihari instead. © Reuters But, the move didn't impress Sunil Gavaskar who came down hard on the team management. "He (Karun) is not your favourite player. The selectors seem to have brought him. Don't think the team management likes him. He has every right to ask the team management why he is not in the team. He deserves an answer. You didn't pick an extra specialist batsman earlier, but now that you have, Karun Nair deserves an answer," Gavaskar said. Apart from Gavaskar, the social media was also abuzz with Karun's exclusion from the fifth Test as cricket bigwigs and fans condemned the Indian team management's decision. It's quite intriguing that no one is talking about the possibility of playing Karun Nair...If India wants to play 6 batsmen, he should be the first choice. If bowling a little is the deal-breaker, it's another matter... #EngvInd — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 7, 2018 India's selectors have just made a damning statement of what they think of Karun Nair as a player. Very very hard on him. Would love to know what he was told when the team was announced. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 7, 2018 India A capt Karun Nair who scored an unbeaten treble hundred against England hasn't batted in the nets at The Oval & no journalist writes about it. They all seem to be interested in off the field match between Ganguly & Shastri. This is what modern cricket journalism is. Sad — Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) September 7, 2018 Indian team is losing in England because of Virat Kohli's overweening attitude. He plays favourites. Not picking Pujara in the first test, playing an unfit Ashwin in the 4th, and picking up Vihari ahead of Karun Nair are but a few of these examples. Great batsman, poor leader. — Sanjay Dixit सà¤à¤à¤¯ (@Sanjay_Dixit) September 7, 2018 I have immense respect for, and am a huge fan too, of both Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. But the selection of Hanuma Vihari ahead of Karun Nair is the mother and father of the duo's baffling selections. Sorry! #ENGvIND — Arun Gopalakrishnan (@statanalyst) September 7, 2018 Shock Test debut for Hanuma Vihari (predictable after practice sessions last couple days, but still!) Meanwhile, Karun Nair is busy twiddling thumbs in some part of London. #EngvInd — Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) September 7, 2018 Would not like to be Karun Nair right now. Sat through the Afghanistan Test and now the England series. Not considered when finally India adds a batsman. — Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) September 7, 2018 Hanuman Vihari getting a test match ahead of Karun Nair is perplexing. Karun must have been singularly unimpressive in the nets. Reminds me of 1986, where when Chetan Sharma was injured, Madan Lal who was playing League cricket was preferred to Prabhakar who was in the squad. — Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) September 7, 2018 Good luck to Hanuma Vihari on debut, but just what has Karun Nair done wrong? For five four Tests he has served drinks as India's top order has let their bowlers down. And he still can't get a game. #ENGvIND #KarunNair — Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) September 7, 2018 If Karun Nair retires from Test cricket today he will retire with the best Test average in the history of Indian cricket. Over 60)) — shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) September 7, 2018
  11. No matter the sport, every sportsperson dreams about playing for their respective countries. It's a matter of great pride and a testimony to their evolution as a player in the sport. Many share their happiness with family and friends, while some take to social media to express their emotions. For, James Vince, it was latter. Included in the England squad as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test at Ageas Bowl, the 27-year-old batsman was understandably excited to get the national call-up when he took to Twitter to thank his supporters. “Thank you for the messages of support. Very excited to be joining up with the squad @TheAgeasBowl next week. No better place to wrap the series up,” he wrote on Twitter. Thank you for the messages of support. Very excited to be joining up with the squad @TheAgeasBowl next week. No better place to wrap the series up 𤠗 James Vince (@vincey14) August 24, 2018 But, the right-hander got carried away while predicting the outcome of the five-match Test series. Vince, captain of the Hampshire County Cricket Club, hinted that England - who are leading 2-1 - will wrap up the series in the next Test. And, quite understandably, it didn't go down well with the Indian fans. From slamming the England batsman for his outrageous prediction to reminding him of India's prowess, the Indian fans took turns to poke fun at Vince who was cut a sorry figure on the microblogging website. @vincey14 if you were as good as your tweet,you would have been playing right from the 1st Test #ENGvIND — AGNEY FERNANDES (@AGNEY65102108) August 26, 2018 Good dream son...see u in Southampton — Sanu Tripathi (@sanutripathi771) August 24, 2018 Dream on Mate! @BCCI has other plans for u all! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/dHI8y4D0vf — Meddy Z (@MeddyXIT) August 27, 2018 Hahahah , wrap up the series ððð in ur dreams bro . — Kapil (@KapilRaut4) August 24, 2018 Wrap up the series? Indians have other plans dude. #caughtsecondslip — Nizamul Bhuyan (@NizamulBhuyan1) August 25, 2018 Too much confidence isn't good for a new comer — Salman_1703 (@Salmangondekar) August 24, 2018 Wrap the series up? Love the confidence not sure it's going to happen ð — HARDHIK LETAP (@HardhikP) August 26, 2018
  12. Battered, bruised and eventually left to pick up the pieces after their Lord's debacle, the Indian cricket team fought against all odds to restore the faith of their fans with a resounding comeback in the five-match Test series against England. Trailing 0-2 in the much-anticipated series, Team India showed everyone why they are ranked No. 1 in the longest format following their massive 203-run triumph at Trent Bridge. Taking the field with their back against the wall, the Indian team was adequately aided by a crucial 60-run opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan (35) and KL Rahul (23). And, if the openers got India off to a solid start, the 159-run stand between Virat Kohli (97) and Ajinkya Rahane (81) for the fourth wicket allowed the visitors to amass 329 runs in the first innings. © Reuters A much-improved showing with the bat was followed by an equally impressive bowling performance where the likes of Hardik Pandya (5-28), Ishant Sharma (2-32) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-37) all combined together to ensure England bundled out for a paltry 161 runs in the first innings. The second innings saw another brilliant batting performance from India's top 4, with skipper Kohli standing tall for his pivotal 103. Posting a mammoth target of 521 runs, India already had an upperhand over the opposition psychologically and the bowlers did the rest. It took just one-and-a-half days for Kohli & co to stun England with Bumrah repeating the heroics of Pandya with his five-for in the second innings. © Reuters For a team that was believed to be buried and dead, Kohli-led India made the critics and naysayers eat their words through a spirited performance in the third Test. Their win also meant that the Indian fans can still hope for their side to go on and win the series. And, even if it seems far-fetched, the 2-1 scoreline in the series surely makes for an exciting contest in the remaining games. On the other hand, for someone like Kohli, who was fighting his own demons to come good in the English conditions, the emphatic win achieved on the back of 200 individual runs (both innings combined) was not only worthy of the 'Man of the Match' award, but also established his stature as one of the best in the business. © Reuters If India's triumph elated the fans, Kohli's heartfelt gesture after the game for Kerala flood victims earned him more respect. After accepting the MoM award, Kohli acknowledged the state of great emergency in Kerala back home and, likewise, dedicated India's win to those affected by the natural calamity. "We would like to dedicate this victory to Kerala flood victims, it's a tough time there and this is the minimum we can do on our part. The victory was much needed to keep the series alive, the credit goes to the entire dressing room. We didn't panic, we were outplayed in only one game out of the last 5, and that was Lord's," Kohli said. © Reuters Talking about his team's massive improvement, he said: "We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, even Ashwin did well with his injury. The batsmen did well to give them a cushion to go hard. Even the slips did well, and this mix of all skills couldn't have come at a better time. Ajinkya was clear in his mindset in the first innings, and when he goes out and plays like that, he can change the game. They're a quality attack and you need grit and determination, and Ajinkya did that in the first innings and Pujara in the 2nd". "I haven't thought about the 2014 failures, but I'd like to thank my wife who is here and keeps motivating me. The four fastest bowlers in the series have been Indians and we're proud of our fitness levels. We want the opposition to bat well and get runs and we don't want to gift them any. We definitely believe we can come back from 0-2 to 3-2 if we keep performing the way we have done in this Test, we just need to keep moving forward, keep winning," he concluded.
  13. Trailing 0-2 in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team took the field at Trent Bridge with the prospect of thwarting the efforts of their English counterparts who seemed hell bent on handing the visitors another embarrassing defeat. But, despite their back against the wall, Virat Kohli & co found their lost spirit to produce arguably their best performance in the ongoing series - one that has propelled them to a potential win. After a shambolic defeat at Lord's, the Indian cricket team ticked all the boxes in the third Test. The batting unit looked more responsible in their approach, while the bowlers adequately backed it up with impressive performances. If the resurgence of Indian captain batting in tandem with Ajinkya Rahane lifted the visitors on the first day, Hardik Pandya's brilliant five-for on Day 2 ensured his side amassed a sizeable lead to take control of the game. © Reuters Amongst many positives, the inclusion of young Rishabh Pant in place of experienced Dinesh Karthik, too, proved to be a masterstroke for India. The Delhi left-hander looked far more convincing than Karthik in his brisk 51-ball 24 before becoming the fourth Indian wicket-keeper to take five catches on debut. Pant's ability to play his shots and carefully negating the challenge posed by the England quicks undoubtedly left the opposition frustrated. A testimony to that was probably Stuart Broad who was seen giving an abusive send-off to young Pant after he chopped one back onto the stumps on Day 2. After dismissing Pant, the seasoned England bowler was seen firing expletives at the Indian wicket-keeper. While many thought it was more of a friendly banter, Broad's antics probably stemmed out of the frustration they had in the match so far. The ongoing Test series did not witness anything like this before, thus, there was no surprise to see the cricket fans coming down hard on Broad for his immature behaviour. I'm English and I'm embarrassed by that send off Stuart Broad gave a young Pant on debut. Maybe frustration after bowling well yesterday and not getting wickets. Hope he looks back and regretts it. Game needs a bit of spice but not like that. #ENGvIND #Broad #Pant — Cricket tweets (@_stavros1) August 19, 2018 Lol Stuart Broad saying a few words n giving send off to debutant Rishabh Pant. Try doing that to Virat Kohli ð Doesn't matter now. #ViratKohli will take a note of this for sure ð#ENGvIND — Saurabh Shinde ð (@imsgshinde) August 19, 2018 Stuart broad is so lucky to have the surname that he has. He will probably get away because the men who have to report him first have to work with his dad as well. Let's see if any of the on field umpires have the guts to report him for his Pant send-off #cricket #EngvInd — Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) August 19, 2018 The @ICC have taken action against Stuart Broad for the Send off of Pant and have decided to ban KG Rabada for one match #ENGvIND — Bilal ð¿ð¦ð¥ (@billz_25) August 19, 2018 Stuart Broad is talking a bit too much. @RishabPant777 maybe the 2nd innings you can remind him about the @YUVSTRONG12 6 sixes. #ENGvIND — Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) August 19, 2018 Stuart Broad mouthing off Rishabh Pant on the latter's debut Test. Cute. Waiting for another Yuvraj Singh to emerge. #ENGvIND — Aishu Haridas (@imaishu_) August 19, 2018 Stuart Broad teases 20 years Rishabh Pant after his wicket! Inner of Rishabh Pant :- Mere andar ke Yuvraj Singh Ko mat jaga.... ð®ð³ ð#6ball6 #KyaHogaIssBaar #YuvrajSingh #StuartBroad — Pritesh Gaikwad (@Pritesh20532677) August 19, 2018 Stuart Broad sledged Rishabh Pant in first session Rishabh Pant replied in second session with five exceptional catches#ENGvIND — Parikshit Shah ð®ð³ðð± (@imparixit) August 19, 2018 Very classy Stuart Broad. Giving a send-off to a 20-year-old. No wonder you are one of the most disliked cricketers. #EngvInd — Amrut Thobbi (@amrutti) August 19, 2018 Rishab Pant began his Test career with a six, and this douchebag Stuart Broad couldn't fathom it. I bet he still has nightmares about Yuvi destroying him. ð #ENGvIND #INDvENG — Akshay Kumar G (@AkshayShakira) August 19, 2018
  14. Not very long ago, four young and upcoming cricketers - Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root - were tipped as the next big thing in the world of cricket. Today, these four star batsmen have all established themselves as the backbone of their respective team's batting line-up. They all are captains of their respective teams and it's not surprising to see these four batting maestros occupying the top four spots in Test rankings. But, if anyone saw the rankings recently, they would have surely noticed that every single batsman ranked as No. 1 in Tests. Wait, what? Yep, it was neither an error, nor a publicity stunt. It was rather a joke that came at the behest of American rapper Kanye West. How's that even possible? Kanye and cricket are poles apart, no? Here's the story behind the joke. no one is better than anyone — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 13, 2018 It all began when Kanye took to Twitter and tweeted: "no one is better than anyone". While many of his fans expressed their views on the tweet, the International Cricket Council (ICC) came up with a unique response. If you say so yeezy ¯_(ã)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/y4P1BVmTyc — ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2018 To the sheer surprise of cricket fans, the governing body shared a screenshot of the players' rankings in Tests where every single batsman was ranked as No. 1. "If you say so yeezy," ICC's tweet read. As soon as the tweet surfaced, the cricket fans across the globe came up with their own response to ICC's joke which soon went viral. pic.twitter.com/ParRyNTd1R — ð¾ (@starrynites_) August 15, 2018 What on Earth is this ?? ðð Crazy !! ð — Krishna (@krisbangalore95) August 14, 2018 ððð — Shriran Umbarkar (@Shrirang_4u) August 14, 2018 Icc or Roma account ðð — -CR7 PAAJI- (@Kakarla07) August 14, 2018 Thanks for giving us a new emoji idea ICC — Akhil Nigam (@IMAkhilNigam) August 16, 2018 Probably ICC is still in the hangover of @Cristiano move to @juventusfcen... — saurabh pareek (@saurabhpareek82) August 15, 2018
  15. The drama surrounding Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the whole test match series between India and England seems to be thickening now. Kohli recently hit headlines after he mimicked England captain Joe Roots epic 'mic drop' celebration after he was run out, and ran around the field blowing kisses in the air. © Twitter Soon after, Kohli was playing his innings as wifey Anushka watched him play. When he hit his century, the doting husband kissed his wedding ring for the world to see, as Anushka beamed with joy from the gallery. © Instagram However, yesterday after England won the first Test match, the English fans couldn't help but mock the Indian team while the team bus left the venue. A group of English fans got together to chant 'where's your Kohli now' while many others including some Indian fans shouted 'balle balle' The game is getting tougher for our men in blue but Virat Kohli, as usual, is working on an iron-clad response for the English. As far as 'Where's your Kohli' is concerned, they just have to wait and watch till he strikes back again!
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