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  1. MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side. All these comments haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength. For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series earlier this January. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup. © Reuters But, in the past four months, Dhoni has not only managed to silence his critics with a brilliant showing, but has rightly made the World Cup spot his own. More recently, his exploits in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title, if it wasn't for a rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI) brigade. Apart from a rediscovered form in his batting, Dhoni has so many other roles in the team which makes him a vital cog in India's dreams of capturing their third World Cup title. Here's a look at what makes Dhoni a key ingredient in India's title aspirations at this year's World Cup: Middle-Order Stability © Reuters Unlike the T20 version, the ODI format is an extension that cannot be dictated just by hammering the ball out of the park. It demands the batsmen to rotate the strike and stitch crucial partnerships in the middle overs before launching the all mighty attack on the opposition bowlers in the final stages of the game. While India might boast of a strong batting line-up, no one is best suited to stabilise the innings than Dhoni. The Jharkhand cricketer might not be the finisher we once knew, but, as India's batting line-up evolved over the years, so did Dhoni's role. From being the most consistent finishers in the sport, Dhoni has now adapted to his new role of being a sheet anchor for the team. The new-age MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end. And, once the game nears its end, Dhoni swaps his role and the finisher takes over. Going into the World Cup, India have thrived on the form of their top three, with the middle-order yet to be tested, which makes Dhoni's presence furthermore crucial for Kohli's men in England & Wales. Lightning Quick Glovework © Reuters Cricket, like other sports, is a game dictated by rules and there are numerous ways in which the coaches emphasise on its importance across the globe. Technique does not end with batting alone, as noticed with wicket-keepers who are equally expected to follow certain guidelines to reap better returns. Amongst others, one major rule related to wicket-keeping or fielding, in general, is inertia. With the ball travelling to the fielder's hands at a rapid pace, a cricketer is expected to catch the ball and let it slide with the momentum for some time before resisting the motion. The idea is to absorb the momentum of the ball slowly in a bid to avoid chances of it popping out of their hands. While most wicket-keepers follow this tactic against seamers and spinners, Dhoni follows a completely different ideology. He believes in attacking the ball and throwing his hands at the stumps as quickly as possible. When he keeps to the spinners, Dhoni moves his hands towards the ball and - without moving his hand back for even a second - guides it to the stumps. So what does he achieve by doing that? As noted on one of his stumpings, a reaction time of a staggering 0.38 seconds. When it comes to run-outs, Dhoni has evolved from traditional techniques even more. While the age-old wicket-keeping technique would state that a keeper needs to be behind the stumps to collect a throw, the Jharkhand cricketer feels otherwise. Rather than standing behind, Dhoni stands right in front and flicks the ball onto the stumps using the momentum of the throw. That technique might not be listed in any rule book, but the Indian wicket-keeper has made it work over the years. Setting Up The Field © Reuters A wicket-keeper enjoys the luxury of having one of the best views on the field. And, Dhoni makes the most of it with his shrewd awareness behind the stumps. Keeping a close watch on the contest between the bowler and the batsman, Dhoni is often seen setting up the field according to the situation. Such has been his know-how of the game that Dhoni, almost like a seer, ends up predicting the shots which are yet to be played by the opposition batsmen. There have been numerous instances where, after anticipating the batsmen's shot selection, the former Indian captain's field settings have led to a breakthrough. And, that added skill-set is likely to come in handy for India in England & Wales. Guiding The Bowlers © Reuters The close proximity of a wicket-keeper with the bowlers allows them to pass on vital information about the batsman's play. If the batsman falters in footwork, the wicket-keeper is probably the first one to notice and advise the bowler to use it to his own good. And, Dhoni is no different. The Indian wicket-keeper has been the guiding force behind the rapid rise of Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal in limited-overs cricket. The stump-mic chatter from numerous ODI games India has played in the past has been a testimony to how Dhoni has helped the Indian spinners to get the better of the Proteas. "From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us," Chahal has been quoted as saying in the past. India's Go-To-Man For DRS © Reuters With the advent of the Decision Review System (DRS), the cricket teams have an option to challenge on-field decisions. While most teams have struggled to properly use the review, India seems to be doing pretty damn well - thanks to MSD. Such has been his awareness behind the stumps that he has developed a knack for getting the review right, almost every time. His impeccable judgement on the DRS has aided Team India on multiple occasions in the past. While many of his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, have struggled to identify a potential opportunity, Dhoni has made DRS his own forte. In the modern era of cricket, where every opportunity is crucial in the bigger scheme of things, that is one additional skill a keeper needs and Dhoni leads the way, yet again.
  2. Following a record 100-point title-winning season, Manchester City chased an elusive dream of becoming the first team to successfully retain the Premier League title in the last decade. The 2018/19 season began with promise and City did what they do best - crush one opponent after another as they launched their title defence. But, as the Premier League progressed further, the Cityzens found a threat to their title defence in rampaging Liverpool. The Jurgen Klopp brigade upped the ante, matching City's every single move in the tournament. The closely-fought battle was expected to bring out the best in the two teams, but the amounting pressure also meant that someone was going to slip up. And, that's exactly what happened to City. First, a goalless draw to Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez's missing the penalty, and then, a 2-1 loss to Leicester City had Guardiola's men feeling the heat at the end of 2018. A 2-1 win over the Reds in January saw City ending Liverpool's 20-game unbeaten run, but the same month saw their eight-match winning run (in all competition) coming to an unexpected end after they go 1-2 down to Newcastle United. © Reuters City's loss to Newcastle saw Liverpool going four points clear at the top with a game in hand. And, the Anfield loyalists believed that their wait for a Premier League title for 29 years was finally going to come to an end this season. But, while the Liverpool fans were hopeful, Klopp and his men knew that it wasn't going to be easy to upstage a team of City calibre. With their back against the wall, City, staying true to its character and skillset, brought their 'A Game' to the fore. The Guardiola brigade bounced back with a 3-1 win over Arsenal and then thumped six goals past Chelsea to make their intentions clear. But, as they continued to cut down the deficit at the top in Premier League, City were humbled by a spirited Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League. A 4-4 (on aggregate) result saw Spurs marching ahead in the European competition on the basis of the away-goal rule. Crashing out of a competition that has eluded them over the years, City and their fans were undoubtedly distraught as yet another Champions League campaign came to a sad end. And, the fact that they were eliminated and Liverpool were still alive and kicking in the event, further dampened the mood at the Etihad. © Reuters Beginning the season with the promise of a potential quadruple, City's elimination from the Champions League was yet another blow to Guardiola's, otherwise, rich legacy. With the dreams of conquering Europe vanquished, City, now, had Premier League to salvage some silverware and nurse their ego. And, after Liverpool's sensational comeback against Barcelona to secure a berth in this season's Champions League final, many believed that the momentum was, in fact, with the Reds to, not only win the European competition, but, maybe, pip City to the Premier League title. But, if you've followed the Cityzens this season, you'd know that this team, with Guardiola at the helm of affairs, mastered the art of delivering under pressure and surely not the one to bottle their chances. With three games to go in the season, City faced their first test against cross-town neighbours Manchester United who were forced to endure a 2-0 defeat. Then, came Leicester who almost pulled off the job, but a long-range screamer from club legend Vincent Kompany saved City the blushes in a narrow 1-0 win. © Reuters After a game of cat and mouse, it all boiled down to the Super Sunday - the day of judgement for both City and Liverpool. While City were just a win away from retaining the title, the Reds needed to win their encounter against the Wolves and wanted their rivals, at the top, to lose theirs. As the two teams began their clashes simultaneously, a 17th-minute goal from Sadio Mane put Liverpool in front, but it was Glenn Murray's header in the 27th minute for Brighton against City that had the Reds jumping out of their seats. It seemed that the pressure was going to get to City and the defending champions might throw it away. But then, a side that amassed a record 100 points last season has got to be better than that. Bouncing back like true champions, City equalised in the very next minute through Sergio Aguero's brilliant finish. Then, a 38th minute header from Aymeric Laporte put City in front, minimising the title hopes of Liverpool. Despite leading 2-1, City and their fans knew it wasn't the kind of lead they'll be comfortable taking into the last minutes of the game. And, an exquisite strike from Riyad Mahrez in the 63rd minute finally gave City some cushion to feel more comfortable. What a decision from Pep to start Mahrez today! BEAUTIFUL GOAL â½ï¸ #MCFC pic.twitter.com/8t5gZ36dlx — ManCityzens.com (@ManCityzenscom) May 12, 2019 Now, flowing freely through the midfield, City found their fourth goal as Ilkay Gundogan stamped his authority with a precise free-kick, beating Brighton shot-stopper Mat Ryan in the 72nd minute. As the final whistle blew away, the Amex stadium was overwhelmed with City's title-winning celebrations. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWinners! 14 wins in a row to wrap up and incredible season! ðµ #mancity pic.twitter.com/ONrqLSGrOe — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Guardiola and his men did it. Against all odds and great competition from Liverpool, City became the first team to retain the Premier League title in the last decade. Guardiola joined the likes of Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho to become the third manager in history to win the Premier League title in back-to-back seasons. He also became the first manager to retain the league title in Spain, Germany and England. Bumps for the boss! ð ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/dVEQyujDtJ — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 The fact that City has amassed 198 points across two seasons surely highlights their might, but the form mustered in the run-in - 18 wins in 19 games in the second-half of the season - represents a blistering response to the challenge on their authority being mustered from Anfield. The Reds finished the season with a 2-0 win over Wolves, but their tally of 97 points - which would've been enough to win the Premier League in all but one of the previous 26 seasons - just wasn't enough to pip City to the title this season. Flying-high on the plane back to Manchester last night! ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/2hTowfIUqd — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2019 But, despite all that, are we giving enough respect to Man City? It might seem like a ridiculous question to ask given they are one of the richest clubs in the world, with a world-class squad at their disposal and possibly the best manager at the helm, but yet it is a question that begs asking. This is a side that bulldozed its way to the Premier League title last year with a swagger not seen for some time. But, it was their triumph - derived under immense pressure from relentless Liverpool - this season that showed their true character and grit - qualities of a champion side. They might still have a long way to go to win Champions League, but it shouldn't overshadow what they've achieved this season. Celebrations befitting the Champions ð« ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/gEt1xvI3HG — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Now, as Liverpool gear up for the Champions League final against Hotspur in Madrid to salvage some silverware this season, Guardiola's miracle workers and their fans deserve every ounce of respect for their brilliant showing. And, as their city neighbours slump to new lows, the 'Blue Moon' continues to shine bright in Manchester.
  3. World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest annual show of 2019, WrestleMania 35, saw some of the best matches being booked by the decision-makers. Becky Lynch won both the Women's titles, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and Triple H got to rip out Batista's hideous nose pin with a pair of pliers. However, the one match that caught a lot of attention from devoted wrestling fans from all over the world was that between Danial Bryan and Kofi Kingston for the former's WWE Championship. Not only the fight itself was booked in a good manner but the storyline that led up to the final face-off was brilliantly scripted. A veteran star of the show, not getting the kind of recognition that he deserves for his hard work and dedication to the company through the years, finally stepping up to the heartless authorities of the show and seizing the opportunity thereby proving his true worth against all odds. Classic underdog story. And Kofi's story was elaborate too, and involved his team 'The New Day' to visit India to promote the company here while auditioning the top crop of the country to help them become WWE superstars in the coming years. Take a look at our exclusive interview with the extremely energetic trio, here. Having said that, nobody would have expected the Ghanaian-American athlete to say “apna time aayega” after he won the WWE title on WrestleMania 35 last Sunday. Unable to believe their eyes and ears, Kofi and The New Day's Indian fans took to Twitter to express their limitless happiness: #WrestleMania apna time ayga and @TrueKofi proves it. Congratulations. #WWEChampionship — Shrey Mahendra (@shrey_mahendra) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi Congratulations new WWE champion apna time aayega — MONU PRAJAPATI (@imonutweets) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi : Apna Time Ageya!! New Day Rocks — T Λ R Λ N J Ξ Ξ T (@2kingzW) April 8, 2019
  4. As one of the original eight teams that were established for the first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) first in 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a lot of experience in the league but not the silverware to boast about through the years. While having made it to the IPL final in 2009, 2011 and 2016, RCB have never won the trophy. Ever since the beginning, the team has seen some brilliant players like Rahul Dravid, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen and now Virat Kohli, lead the squad in red and gold but have failed to win the tournament even once, making it one of three original franchises to have never lifted the cup. Last year, in the franchise's eleventh season in the league, Virat Kohli's men consisted of an outstanding coaching staff. With former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori and Ashish Nehra as their bowling coaches and the World Cup winning coach for Team India, Gary Kirsten looking after the batting department, there was a lot of experience backing up RCB. The roster was loaded with big hitters like de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and King Kohli himself and a unique blend of spin and fast bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile, who are wicket-hungry and in their prime shape. However, despite all the experience, skills and talent aboard, the Royal Challengers were not as good as they appeared on paper. Injuries, bad judgement calls and the lack of team chemistry on their part made Bangalore one of the worst teams of the league that did not even qualify for the playoffs and were at the third last position on IPL's points table, just two points above the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), which was the worst team of them all. After their season ended on a rather forgettable note, Kohli expressed his displeasure with the team's performance in a tweet: I really believe in the concept of, "you either win or you learn". We fought hard and gave it our all but one thing is for sure, next season we definitely will bounce back stronger than ever with our learnings from this season. Take care. @RCBTweets #RCB #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/b0QM9chRAN — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 24, 2018 Kohli made a pledge to the RCB fans that they would look to make the necessary changes and try their best to be better this season and it looks like the management is dedicated to keeping that pledge. During the IPL auction ahead of the twelfth season of the league, RCB spent a total of Rs. 16.35 crores out of their purse of Rs. 18.15 crores on buying talents Shivam Dube (Rs 5cr), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 4.2cr), Akshdeep Nath while retaining the core members of the team like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal. Squad: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Mandeep Singh
  5. 2019 can be considered to be the Indian Football team captain, Sunil Chhetri's year, who despite crashing out of this year's AFC Asian Cup, has had a brilliant run and made (and broken) a series of records such as surpassing Argentine legend Lionel Messi's international record of being the second highest active goal scorer. C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.S ð#HeroISLFinal #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #NewChampion pic.twitter.com/IA3g4Y0cdQ — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) March 17, 2019 And now, with the 2019 Indian Super League (ISL) coming to an end, Chhetri also has his first ISL title under his belt as Bengaluru FC defeated Goa FC behind a single goal forced in by Rahul Bheke in the 117th minute with a miraculous header, that went in despite Goa keeper N. Kumar's hand coming in contact. “It is a great feeling for me as I scored in the final minute of the final. I am really happy and it will be a memorable moment for me,” said the 28-year-old who is no less than a superhero for the people of Bangalore for bringing home the title. Bheke's goal not only won the Blues their first title but also gave them direct access into the next season of AFC Asian Cup. The title also comes as sweet redemption for national skipper Sunil Chhetri who spoke out in the post-media coverage: "Last year after the final, I said next year we'll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this.” “We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it's sweet to win this one.” Suddenly with a loud bang on the table in front of him, the 34-year-old veteran came alive and said: "and you know what Asia? We are back." Asia, let's meet soon. #WeAreBFC — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) March 17, 2019 The conviction in his eyes and the determination in his voice was a testament to his nature of hungry for being great at what he does. Dare we say, the same fire can be seen in the eyes of someone we all know for doing spectacular things on a daily basis; Cristiano Ronaldo. Not afraid of calling out the rest of the continent which includes some of the better teams of international football, Chhetri ranks this victory as 'top two'.
  6. Ahead of the 2018-19 I-League season, the 11 participating teams surely fancied their chances of winning the title this year. But, while for some it seemed like wishful thinking, others - the big dogs of the league - seemed realistic in their title claims. The likes of Churchill Brothers who won the title on two occasions were amongst the top contenders. And, so were defending champions Minerva Punjab whose fairytale run last season had made them a team to watch out for. So, when Chennai City's Spanish forward Pedro Manzi, ahead of the 2018-19 season, claimed that his side will go on to win the I-League title, many lauded his confidence, while quietly rejecting his bold claim. And, they weren't wrong either. It's good to be optimistic at the start of a season, but going by Chennai's fortunes in the league, Manzi's prediction seemed a bit far-fetched. Chennai had barely avoided the drop on the last day of the 2017-18 season after winning just four games in total. That season also saw Chennai scoring a mere 15 goals in 18 games that saw them finishing at a lowly eighth spot. If that wasn't enough, the fact that Chennai had only won eight games in the history of their participation in the I-League, further made everyone question Manzi's title claims. But, what eventually unfolded in the recently-concluded season was no less than a fairytale for Chennai and their fans. When we made the dressing room, a mess ððð¦ ! pic.twitter.com/ujIxSGkUFv — Chennai City FC (@ChennaiCityFC) March 9, 2019 Chennai found themselves in trouble even before kicking the ball this season. They lost Michael Soosairaj - their star performer last season - to the riches of Indian Super League (IPL) as he joined Jamshedpur FC for Rs 25 lakh. But, that didn't stop Chennai from dreaming on. They roped in Singaporean football coach, Akbar Nawas, who continued the club's tradition of signing cheaper, but effective, players to bolster the squad for the season. Manzi was roped in from a fourth-division side in Spain, Sandro Rodriguez came from the third division in the Canary Islands and Nelson Gordillo was bought from third-tier Cornella from Catalonia - a Spanish trio that was going to changing the fortunes for Chennai. © Twitter/@ChennaiCityFC As Nawas built his team around the Spanish troika, his aspirations, unlike Manzi, were more realistic and grounded. The Chennai manager was hoping to make it to the "mid table" in the I-League - something they hadn't done in the past. The Coimbatore-based club began the season with an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Indian Arrows which was followed by four wins in five games. Their first loss came against another underdog side Real Kashmir - a team they failed to beat all season. But, that didn't concern them as their high pressing, possession-dominant style of play allowed them to go to the top of the league by December. And, it was the Spanish signings that were carrying Chennai forward. With 21 Goalsâ½, @PeterManzi19 is the Joint Top scorer of @ILeagueOfficial 2018-19 ð#Champions #NammaTamizhagam #WeareCCFC #Lions pic.twitter.com/yVnusHwGIt — Chennai City FC (@ChennaiCityFC) March 11, 2019 An exceptional centre-forward, Manzi bamboozled opposition defenders with his pace and skills. For someone who managed to score goals at will, Manzi also held the ball pretty well and engaged defenders to create spaces for his teammates. His long-rage strike against Aizawl secured vital points for his side. And, another hat-trick against Gokulam saved Chennai the blushes in a closely-contested clash. If Manzi, who began the season with a brilliant hat-trick against the Arrows, was raking in one goal after another, the midfield duo of Rodriguez and Gordillo provided Chennai the vision to break through the tightest of defence. The two Spanish midfielders showcased the ability to play in a variety of positions as they were often seen shuffling flanks to keep the opposition guessing. Looks who's flying ð @roh00#Champions #NammaTamizhagam #WeareCCFC #Lions pic.twitter.com/7oH8Y9wTzH — Chennai City FC (@ChennaiCityFC) March 10, 2019 While Gordillo developed a knack for finding Manzi with his defence-splitting passes, Rodriguez's ability to score from set-pieces further aided Chennai through their campaign. The Spanish trio of Manzi, Gordillo and Rodriguez showcased patience, understanding and skill over the course of the season in a partnership that kept Chennai in the hunt for the title. In the end, Chennai thwarted East Bengal's challenge and claimed the title by beating Minerva Punjab 3-1. After a 0-0 deadlock in the first-half, Manzi got Chennai in front in 56th minute before defender Gaurav Bora's brace (69', 90+2') sealed the game for the hosts. While Manzi finished the season with 21 goals, Gordillo appeared to be in a league of his own with 44 key passes. And, the fact that 40 out of the 48 goals scored by Chennai this season came through their Spanish trio, further highlights their importance in Nawas' side. Champions! Champions! ðð#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/h8JIVJz7xl — Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) March 9, 2019 Claiming their maiden I-League title, Chennai have become the first team from Tamil Nadu to be crowned champions. And, they achieved the feat just two years after getting promoted to the first division. For a team that was fighting relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, Chennai's marauding run to the I-League is no less than a fairytale that will be an inspiration for generations to come.
  7. Steam is home to a lot of popular games as we know them. Thousands of games are added to Steam's library every year, but as always, a few titles are more popular than the others. 'PUBG' is definitely on the top when it comes to popularity as it took the gaming industry by storm when it arrived. 'PUBG' dominated Steam's player count chart for a long time by surpassing the likes of 'DOTA 2', 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive', and more. But is 'PUBG' still the most popular title on steam? Not really. It's 'DOTA 2' that is currently dominating the charts. A cool new data visualization, which shows the top Steam games by player count since 2015, says that DOTA 2 hasn't lost its appeal to the fleet of Battle Royale making its way to the library. © OpenAI The animated chart, which was posted to Reddit by “TheKarmaFiend”, shows the lasting appeal of 'DOTA 2' over the years. The animation's timeline begins on January 1, 2015, and ends on December 31, 2018. DOTA 2 retained its top spot for most of the time before PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds took over by August 2017. © PUBG PUBG's arrival pushed 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' to the third spot until which it was locking-horns with 'DOTA 2' for the top spot. If you look closely, some other titles like 'Team Fortress 2', 'GTA V' and 'Warframe' also remained popular throughout the timeline. Sadly, the titles like 'No Man's Sky', 'XCOM 2', etc. couldn't manage to hold their position in the chart for a long time. You would literally miss them with a blink of an eye. Interestingly, 'DOTA 2' player numbers have started increasing towards the end of 2018. In fact, currently the MOBA title is back in the number one spot with close to 1 million players peak today. 'PUBG' is right next to it with close to 800,000 players peak, whereas 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' is on the third spot. Source: Reddit
  8. Indian parents are a different league altogether and I bet you'd agree with me. If you haven't had a 'chappal' swung at you, have you even had a memorable childhood? From being savage to making sure you're the laughing stock of the family, Indian parents are a league apart and this Indian guy's tweet is stated testimony. via GIPHY Siddhu, a Twitter user (@cheekyponnama), talked about how his mother liked keeping his picture in her wallet, all the time. The lad got mighty emotional when he saw his picture in her wallet and went on to Tweet about it. But what he didn't expect was the answer that came as a surprise to him and really put him in his place with his mother's savage comeback. My mum has a photo of me in her wallet and not of my siblings. She said whenever she faces an obstacle, she looks at my photo and the problem disappears. I felt really touched till she said, she also tells herself, “what other problem can be bigger than this one?” ð¥ð¥ð¥ — Siddhu (@cheekyponnama) 17 February 2019 He realised what she was trying to say only when she finished her sentence. Ouch! 'She said whenever she faces an obstacle, she looks at my photo and the problem disappears,' he wrote. 'I felt really touched till she said, she also tells herself, “what other problem can be bigger than this one?' Now do you have a clearer understanding of what Indian mothers, if not parents, are like? They definitely love adding more fuel to fire, just so they can have some fun at your expense. Siddhu's Tweet went viral and people on the internet reacted to it. Savagery of savageries! I stan for your mom! pic.twitter.com/0nx18iAuLr — Duchess King Goshen ð DKG™ï¸ (@arrahdasoul) 19 February 2019 Reminds me of this pic.twitter.com/9smJNqL2jr — ðð¤ (@christinamagma) 20 February 2019 Damn, mama pic.twitter.com/yOiHUjmoxf — Vanyeetus Deletus (@VanthePapaya) 18 February 2019 Damn, Exactly what my mom did. Thanks for remind me hahaha — Arief Rahman (@AriefRptm) 19 February 2019 Siddhu, so far those who agrees with you are First born, those were d days but not in this generation even if you contribute to the family the most. All parents in their hearts, love their children all the same. This is facts. — Diamond Wong (@diamondwong) 18 February 2019 So, the next time you get excited about something good your parents have done for you, make sure you hear out the entire story first!
  9. Winning a title is not easy. It surely takes a lot to outwit the rivals and eventually rise to the top before claiming the top honours. But, then comes the hard part - defending the title. The history of successful title defences in the Premier League highlights how tough it is for a club to defend their crown. But, every now and then, there comes a bunch of spirited players who combine to aid their team in the elusive title defence, making them a cut above the rest. That was the story of Vidarbha cricket team in the Ranji Trophy this season. Having won their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in the 2017-18 season, Vidarbha, unlike some of the best sides in the tournament, embarked on what turned out to be a commendable campaign this season. The Faiz Fazal-led side faced a stern test when they booked a date with Saurashtra in the tournament's final. But, staying true to their character, the defending champions edged-past Saurashtra to secure a 78-run win and, in the process, claimed their second Ranji Trophy title. © Twitter Every title defence needs heroes, and the man who stepped up for Vidarbha was undoubtedly Aditya Sarwate whose sensational figures of 11-157 and a 49-run knock in the second innings ensured Saurashtra suffered their third heartbreak in the final in the last seven Ranji Trophy seasons. Bowled out for 312 runs in the first innings, Vidarbha were aided by their spin-bowling duo of Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare. While Sarwate clinched a five-for at the expense of 98 runs, Wakhare, too, contributed towards his team's cause with figures of 4-80. As the two spinners spun a web around the opposition batsmen, Saurashtra were eventually bundled out for 307 runs in the first innings. Taking a slender five-run lead, Vidarbha ran into all sorts of trouble in the second innings. Riding on the heroics of Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (6-96), the Saurashtra bowling unit did their side a huge favour by bowling their opponents out for just 200 runs. Saurashtra would've fancied their chances after being given a 206-run target, but Sarwate had other plans. Congrats Vidarbha on retaining the Ranji Trophy. One win may be construed an aberration, two in a row is sign of prowess ðð — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 7, 2019 Vidarbha's left-arm spinner struck early on and sent Snell Patel packing at just 12 runs. Then, Sarwate dismissed Harvik Desai (8) before trapping big fish Cheteshwar Pujara (0) in front of the stumps to claim two scalps in one over. Later, the likes of Kamlesh Makvana, Vishvaraj Jadeja and Jaydev Unadkat also became the victims of Sarwate's spin wizardry. As Sarwate claimed six wickets in the second innings, Saurashtra were capitulated for a mere 127 runs, losing the contest and a chance to improve on their history in the finals. For a man who had never claimed a 10-wicket haul, Sarwate couldn't have claimed the feat on a better day or occasion than the Ranji Trophy final. © Twitter Apart from putting his best foot forward in the all-important final, Sarwate has been a vital cog for Vidarbha throughout their commendable season. The 29-year-old finished the tournament with a staggering 55 wickets in 11 matches, including best figures of 11-157 that came in the final. He also boasts of six fifers and a 10-wicket haul, alongside an impressive economy rate of under three runs. Well done Vidarbha! What a success story this has been...Vidarbha cricket. ðððððð#RanjiTrophy — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 7, 2019 If anyone saw the final, they'd agree that the contest was pretty close with both the teams fighting their way back at several points in the match. But, in the end, it was Sarwate - the 'Player of the Match' - who spun a web around Saurashtra's batting line-up to make Vidarbha only the sixth team in history to successfully defend a Ranji Trophy title.
  10. The much-awaited sequel and the final instalment in the 'Don' series is finally coming to life thanks to Farhan Akhtar, who made an official announcement and put all fans in a frenzy. © Instagram Here's all that we know about the grand finale of the series: 1. The Title - Unlike the first two instalments, this one won't merely be called 'Don 3'. As per numerous reports, this movie will be called 'Don: The Final Chapter' which means, there will be no more speculation of any more sequels and the story and fate of the 'Don' will be locked in this one. 2. No PC in it - Sadly, our favourite 'junglee billi' and Roma, the character which was wonderfully essayed by Priyanka Chopra will not be there, or at least will not be played by her because she is not a part of this final project. 3. Farhan will be a part of the cast - In the second instalment, we saw Hrithik Roshan having a guest appearance and in this one, the director himself will play the role of a cop. 4. SRK's rumoured exit from another project to take this one - While there has been no confirmation on this information, but many reports are observing that SRK apparently walked out of the Rakesh Sharma biopic to take up this sequel. A crypted tweet from the producer also further fuelled these rumours of the King Khan backing out. Most times the difference between Success and Failure is not a better Idea or ability but the courage to BET on the idea, PRE PLAN to perfection, take the calculated RISK and then STICK WITH IT. — Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) January 19, 2019 It is believed that the project will go on the floors in mid-2019 and will be one action-packed treat for all SRK and 'Don' fans.
  11. It's 2019, a year to introspect where you're going and what you want to become in the very bright future, that's lying ahead of you right now. But to get there, somethings should be easier said than done and by that I mean, 2019 is the OG year for all you lads, who want to change certain things about yourselves and make something more remarkable out of the remainder of your life left. (c)Getty Images The 'fuckboi' culture was at a peak and still is in our country and the wave is slowly disseminating a little less voraciously, due to the recent ongoing #MeToo movement but it's still there. But the culture stands appropriately acceptable, as long as there is undulated respect given to the person you're involved with. By definition, a fuckboy is a 'man' who has many casual sexual partners, but in practicality, the meaning goes a little beyond that definition. A fuckboy is usually classified as manipulative, shrewd, inconsiderate and assertive and sometimes, these things can and should be put aside to have some fun and casual, unadulterated ***. Although #MeToo hasn't put a demarcation on the fuckboy culture, but because of its prevalence, it does raise a a lot of questions with regard to the conditioning aspect of someone who is ardently trying to be a fuckboy and fit in. (c)Pintrest So, to put aside playing with fire in 2019, we've come up with ways you can still be a fuckboy, but be sensitive, aware and considerate, all at once and it can only happen if you change certain pertinent patterns and turn the entire wave around, while still enjoying casual fuckboy ***. This one's classified as 'fuckboy with a conscience' and it's the truest anthem of 2019! (1) Tell Her First Hand You're A Fuckboy Usually fuckboys don't like to narrate they are fuckboys because then what's the point? But truth be told, a woman of 2019 would rather know your intention than play your wicked games. Men who love to score make up enthralling stories for women about their longings, desires, vulnerability and the fact that they're damaged (a term casually used by men nowadays), to get her into bed. Instead, just tell her you're in it just for *** and she'll respect you for that and sleep with you, if she wants to. But getting into her pants after spinning a yarn and then disappearing is just frowned upon now. (c)Eros International (2) Texting Etiquette A fuckboy's known trait is his texting habit and ritual. While in talks with most women who've encountered one too many, they revealed that most fuckboys they were involved with would take hours to text back, because they could. Honestly, it's a habit garnered out of showing lack of interest in knowing someone personally. Which is fair. If it's just casual ***, why do you need to text all the time, right? So, let that sink in while you decide to keep it a bit more real. Making someone wait and substantiating the fuckboy culture even more is just not something women are looking forward to this year. (c)Twitter (3) Playing With Insecurities Is So Passé Telling her she's over-exaggerating every time she calls out on something, lying to her about why you disappeared, texting her after hours for her to ask you 'are you there', manipulating her into thinking you're in it for the long run, when you're not are all classic fuckboy signs you need to change because this is directly hampering someone's security about themselves or about the situation as a whole. Let's go back to point no.1 and emphasise on how you can be honest about what you really want out of this semblance and let these games completely go. Give it a shot. (c)UTV Motion Pictures (4) Fuckboys Don't Need To Hide Their Feelings Fuckboys, or men who don't confront their feelings often, hide them in fear of the simplest revelation about themselves. It's how they manicure the whole image to make them feel unbreakable, when they're not. But sometimes they're broken and that addressal is important, but it barely happens. So, if you're using *** as a coping mechanism and hiding the most gullible bits about yourself, it's time to start addressing the way you feel and making changes with emoting yourself better, rather than hiding behind a garb of relentlessly trying to make an impression on the women out there. Something to think about? (c)Eros International (5) Toning Down On Being Selfish Helps If you really want to reincarnate the way the world perceives your image, then start with your flaws, which you've ignored for a long time. The biggest one being the selfishness that comes with playing the fuckboy. And that's unnaturally built and not an inherent flaw, so you can weed it out when you're in for an image makeover. Most fuckboys think about their carnal needs before thinking about the other person involved. How about, put your needs aside or balance your needs with the other persons. If the other person does not fancy a fuckboy and she's not in the knowing about you being one, then don't go ahead with the plan? (c)Shemaroo Entertainment This isn't an attempt to call out ridiculous behaviours men try and immortalise and continue to do so in 2019. I was a fuckboy too till I realised my life is passing me by and all I have gained is excessive amount of karma for making a mockery out of how other people feel. In 2019, with the advent of the #MeToo movement, it's time to start fresh and change the way you perceive actions and inactions and make these changes more pronounced. *** is the need of the hour and you can find it without creating an unnecessary image for yourself in the market. You know what's in demand right now though? Just being yourself, that's what.
  12. Footballer and model Prathamesh Maulingkar became the first Indian (and Asian) man to win the prestigious title of Mr Supranational, that was held in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland. 39 finalists from around the world participated in the pageant, representing their respective countries. © Instagram/prathamesh_maulingkar © Instagram/prathamesh_maulingkar © Instagram/prathamesh_maulingkar Prathamesh was also crowned as the winner of 'The Best Body' category in the competition. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr India (@officialmrindia) on Dec 1, 2018 at 9:47pm PST Prathamesh hails from Tivim, a village near the Northern Goan town of Mapusa. Despite wanting to be a cricketer, he ended up qualifying for the Dempo U-16 team, and continued playing football. He also represented Goa U-19 in Junior Nationals. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Prathamesh Maulingkar (@prathamesh_maulingkar) on Aug 6, 2018 at 10:33pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Prathamesh Maulingkar (@prathamesh_maulingkar) on Oct 24, 2018 at 1:32am PDT Prathamesh became the first Indian and Asian man to win the coveted title, while Mister Supranational Poland was adjudged first runner up, Mister Supranational Brazil was adjudged second runner up, Mister Supranational Thailand was announced as the third runner up, and Mister Supranational Brazil was announced fourth runner up. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr India (@officialmrindia) on Dec 8, 2018 at 2:13pm PST Congratulations, and thank you for making India proud, Prathamesh! Kudos.
  13. Lazy and portly policemen in India is not a mere stereotype. Majority of our country's police personnel feature a paunch that's as big as their aspiration to bag that next promotion. Our today's person of interest also checked off one of these two criterions, until not too long ago. But today, his life has tremendously changed, and it's nothing short of inspiring. What He Has Achieved Shankar Uthale, a 39-year-old police constable at Mumbai's Virar police station used to fit the aforementioned physical description of a police personnel until about six months ago. Uthale weighed 92 kgs then, but today, he has brought it down to 60 kgs within a span of a few months. Not only that, post his successful weight-loss journey, he went on to win the coveted Ironman title just two weeks ago, in the very first attempt! © Facebook The Ironman Triathlon For the uninitiated, the Ironman Triathlon is considered to be one of the most gruelling and toughest races in the world. Participants are expected to cover a 3.8-km-long swim, 180.2 km of cycling and 42.2 km running within 17 hours to win the title. Our man Uthale completed the exhaustive triathlon on 17th November in Malaysia, in 16 hours and 15 minutes. The Journey To The Top This huge win has obviously not been a cakewalk. At the beginning of this year, the mere thought of participating in the race would have been too much for Uthale, who weighed on the heavier side of the scale at that point. But today, he has not only altered his life completely, but also achieved what seemed almost impossible at that point. © Facebook With 14 years of service in the police department up his sleeves, Uthale finally took the decision to shed those extra kilos for good. Talking to TOI about his journey, Uthale said, “I knew I had to run, else I would soon become a burden on myself and my work”. He would wake up at 5 am everyday to go running, and soon began participating in marathons across Mumbai. It was around this time that Uthale first heard about the Ironman triathlon, "During my marathons I heard about Ironman. I took up cycling in the rain. I would cycle from 5am to 10am and still be fresh at work 30 minutes later," he was quoted as saying by TOI. Soon, he shifted his focus to get his swimming technique right, before finally applying for the race four months ago. Finally when Uthale was happy with the initial weight loss process, he shifted his focus to his diet. © Facebook In this aspect, his wife Ashwini has been his biggest cheerleader. Not only did she support him all throughout this transformation journey, but also ensured that he gets all the aid to see his goals through. Right from keeping a check on his diet, by packing it with the best of veggies and greens, to lending him the moral support, she went through it all with Uthale. His Biggest Learnings & Of Course The Win The journey hasn't been an easy one as most of us can tell, butfor Shankar the journey came with its own share of lessons. Today, Shankar keeps a close watch over the food he eats and ensures that he always carries a healthy snack when he is on the field of duty. There's also an earnest piece of advice he wants to give everybody, "After graduating from fat to fab, my advice to everyone, especially policemen, is to spare an hour for exercise everyday,” he told TOI. © Facebook He has shared how a healthy body enabled him to build strong mental muscles, that has increased his work efficiency too. Life hasn't been the same for him ever since, and it has changed only for good. From being a 92 kg heavyweight, to a fit and fab Ironman title winner, Shankar Uthale's grit and determination not only helped him transform his life, but also helped him bag one of the biggest titles in the racing arena. This experience has been so thrilling and inspiring for Uthale that he has decided to participate in more races and marathons in the time to come.
  14. You can't choose your family, nor can you decide whether to be born with or without a silver spoon. You can't decide whether to be born into a royal family or as a commoner. But, you can choose to let go of the wealth and royalty, if you want to be with someone you truly love. On this note, let's introduce this Japanese princess who did exactly that by leaving her royal status and title to marry a commoner. Twitter On Monday the 28-year-old Princess Ayako, daughter of Emperor Akihito's cousin, married a commoner Kei Moriya in a Shinto-style wedding at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine. The 32-year-old Moriya works for a shipping company called Nippon Yusen. According to the Japanese media, the wedding included an exchange of rings, followed by a cup of sake the couple shared. é«å宮家ã®ä¸å¥³ã®çµ¢å­ãã¾ã¨ã大ææµ·éä¼ç¤¾ã«å¤åããå®è°·æ§ããã®çµå©å¼ããæ±äº¬ã®ææ²»ç¥å®®ã§è¡ããã¾ããã åå10æåããã«ææ²»ç¥å®®ã«å°çããã¨ãé³¥å±ã®åã§åºè¿ããå®è°·ããã¨ã¨ãã«å¼ããããç¥æ¥½æ®¿ã¸ã¨é²ã¾ãã¾ãããhttps://t.co/Ll3XgjhZJD #nhk_news #nhk_video pic.twitter.com/gAJUPHcytx — NHKãã¥ã¼ã¹ (@nhk_news) October 29, 2018 It is said that women cannot inherit Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne. The women who marry into the imperial family become members of the family, but those who marry commoners have to give up their royal status and title. Princess Ayako leaves the Takamado residence for her wedding at Meiji Shrine on October 29, 2018 ð·: Jiji, Mainichi pic.twitter.com/6BcEMOqMLh — Prisma (@ImperialJPNfan) October 29, 2018 Leaving behind your royal status and title and adjusting to a commoner's life is not an easy thing, but Princess Ayako told the local media she is "filled with happiness." In fact, Moriya too said that he hoped to help Princess Ayako adjust to a commoner's life, "I want us to work together, hand in hand, to create a family filled with smiles." Princess Ayako joins Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine. They proceed to Kaguraden (Hall of Sacred Music and Dance) for their wedding on October 29, 2018. ð·: Mainichi, Jiji pic.twitter.com/l3zvykjbBE — Prisma (@ImperialJPNfan) October 29, 2018 It was kind of love at first sight for Ayako and Moriya, who met each other because of their mothers who were friends. While Ayako said that "It didn't feel as though we had met for the first time", Moriya was attracted to her gentle spirit. He said, "And I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her." We wish the couple a happy married life. How far can you go for love? Source: HuffPost
  15. When you think of tennis, the first person you think of is Roger Federer, he really is one of the best players ever and he has proved time and again that he really is the ultimate GOAT. I mean, just look at his career, that's one of the most spectacular things ever. Now, even he may have outdone himself with one incredible shot. Even his opponent couldn't believe his eyes, he didn't know what just happened. His US Open victory over Nick Kyrgios with the 'shot of the tournament' left even Nick claiming that it was “almost unreal” and it surely was. I'm not even a tennis fan and even I have to admit – what a shot! I mean, just look at this! OMG(ð¥Eurosport) pic.twitter.com/YnaNMUKh33 — doublefault28 (@doublefault28) September 1, 2018 I agree with everything in this tweet. And this folks, is what they call *tennis*. Insane — and very legal — shot. Federer is a superstar. https://t.co/5oTBLBx7ff — á´Éªá´Êá´á´Ê ɪá´á´á´á´ (@michaelidato) September 1, 2018 It really was. Kyrgios' reaction after this Federer winner was priceless. https://t.co/FxIxjENDvB — Nikhila (@kokudum) September 1, 2018 He didn't know what hit him. (ð¥Eurosport) pic.twitter.com/QMNYEycGry — doublefault28 (@doublefault28) September 1, 2018 Yep. Apart from the sheer entertainment value (both the shot & Kyrgios's expression), this point is great because it's one of the best examples of why Federer, at 37, is still a Top 2 player. #USOpen https://t.co/weCMABfZtQ — ZENIA D'CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) September 1, 2018 Yes, it truly is. SHOT OF THE TOURNAMENT #Federer #USOpen https://t.co/c1hicQ3F02 — Uche Amako (@UcheAmako) September 1, 2018 What a comparison. robert frost: writing poetry without rhyme is like playing tennis without a net roger federer: free verse it is https://t.co/Z4VTPaHC5y — Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) September 1, 2018 Obviously. No tennis player has ever had better feet than @rogerfederer — Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) September 1, 2018 It really was good. Federer on *that* shot: 'I think the funny thing about this shot today is I didn't think about it until I hit it. Usually in practice there's usually the doubles net. It normally only ever happens on a court of this size. I guess I deserved that, I went for it so it was good.' — George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) September 1, 2018 Good game. Federer: "I enjoy playing against Nick, he comes up with different kinds of shot making, it keeps you on the edge, and it's entertaining for the opponent, also." #USOpen — Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) September 1, 2018 You thought? Federer: 'I'm very happy to have won in general. Five sets would have been fine too. I thought I played very well. The first set was definitely key. I enjoy playing against Nick, he comes up with different types of shotmaking.' — George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) September 1, 2018 You should be very happy. Federer: "He came out firing a lot of aces and feeling good, I was struggling with my backhand earlier on, finding my rhythm...Today luck was on my side, so obviously I'm a little bit happy." #USOpen — Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) September 1, 2018 This calls for a conspiracy theory. One of the greatest phenomenons in sport: Roger Federer dominating without appearing to break a sweat. — Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 1, 2018 What a performance, indeed! What a performance! Roger Federer is through to the next round of the #USOpen after beating Nick Kyrgios. LIVE: https://t.co/1MrLiNgCYM pic.twitter.com/oc2pbacQ2s — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 1, 2018
  16. History isn't made every day. It is not a routine occurrence to behold one of the world's leading names in sports, clinch a record win and write their name in the pages of history for the posterity to see. History was made yesterday when Serbian tennis stalwart Novak Djokovic laid claim to the Cincinnati Title against Roger Federer, who had not been beaten on that court since 2013! © Reuters Djokovic on Friday became the first player in the history of world tennis to win all the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, thereby claiming the Career Golden Master title. Having laid his hands on the title after an elbow surgery, he stated that this win was “a dream come true” and thanked all his fans and supporters who continued to believe in him over the years. This is also Djokovic's first ever win at Cincinnati after six previous failed attempts when the court was ruled by Roger Federer, who has won this title seven times! Here's what he had to say to the world post his win: A dream come true ðð@CincyTennis #GoldenMasters pic.twitter.com/nb9XL7nw2W — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 20, 2018 Getting To His First Cincinnati Win Out of the five times, he has made it to the finals, Djokovic lost three to Federer. However, after the stunning comeback post his injury and the revival of his prolific game in the latest match, let us go through a quick overview of Djokovic's performance in the match leading up to the win. © Reuters From the very beginning, one could feel Federer buckle a little under the pressure having saved two break points before winning the first game. Soon enough, Djokovic broke Federer's serve for 4-3, holding to win the opening set. The second set saw Federer start the game at his strongest by quickly clinching a 2-0 lead which propelled Djokovic to up his game and level at 2-2. In one hour, twenty-four minutes, Djokovic earned a decisive break and 4-3 before serving for his first championship point, that led to his victory and helped him claim the historic title of Career Golden Master. A True Sportsman © Reuters Having won all nine Masters titles, Djokovic is now being seen as the hot favourite for the US Open later this year, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer following right after. Post his win, Djokovic, in true sportsman spirit, shared how these two celebrated players have played a key role in his career. He expressed how the two push him to “play (my) best tennis” and help him improve, as well as take account of all that he needs to do, to be the best player in the world. What This Means This win not only makes Novak Djokovic a hot fave in the world of tennis but he might go on to be the man to watch out for in the season's last Slam. Having revealed a few jitters he might have felt during his match against Federer, it could be his previous loses on the court that pushed Djokovic to play his best, but what the fans would rather believe is that it was perhaps his pursuit to become the first man to win all nine Masters titles in the series. © Reuters What this means is that the win emphasises the durability and effectiveness of Djokovic's game. His power to play and win across the surfaces, be it hard courts or clay and even grass, while maintaining his style has been an unrivalled achievement in the recent history of the game. © Reuters Winning all the nine tournaments being a prerequisite, means that every player has to master the art of playing on multiple surfaces and no one besides Novak Djokovic has been able to come through as such an ace all-rounder. The Cincinnati Title has not only given something precious to Djokovic but the entire sporting world has had the chance to witness the man in action. volleying his way to history.
  17. There is something about motivational speeches that somehow tends to light that very spark inside an individual or a team, eventually pushing them to the limits. The world of sports has been witness to such memorable gems, the hard-hitting and inspiring words of wisdom. In football, John Sitton's famous rant with Leyton Orients in 1995, or Alex Ferguson's remarkable team-talk during their clash against Spurs in 2001 surely stand out. The world of football witnessed something similar in the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup. It wasn't as iconic as the ones listed above, but it was something similar and undoubtedly pivotal. It appears that during the half-time of the World Cup final between France and Croatia, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps imparted some words of wisdom to his players. Reuters Not that France needed a motivational speech especially when they were leading 2-1 at the first-half, but Deschamps' inspirational words noticeably put fire in the bellies of his players who gave a more spirited performance (barring Hugo Lloris' epic blunder) in the second-half to clinch the world title with a 4-2 win. In a video that recently surfaced on the social media, Deschamps can be seen motivating his team in the dressing room. “Did you see? They're using their elbows, their bodies. The guy (Mario Mandzukic) facing away he's facing away, he's facing away! Facing away from goal he's not gonna hurt us. Don't bother getting in front, we're controlling him,” he said. Didier Deschamps half time team talk during World Cup Final with English subtitles: https://t.co/dIKdKl8o9s — Adrian Moorhead (@adeymoorhead) July 18, 2018 “He can still win the ball with his head just be careful around him,” Deschamps adds. “Not to be static, to already be on the move. Close him down, think about it. Don't make it harder for yourself. They come, they're aggressive. You've all seen the energy they're giving,” he added. “Play as simple as possible. When you have the ball, if someone is on you, there's another one coming. Give it as soon as you can, give it to Kylian (Mbappe),” Deschamps concluded. Apart from their coach, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane were also seen saying a few words at the end. But, it was clearly Deschamps who stole the show. France this world cup summarised here, stay firm defensively and ping it to Mbappe — Toby Petyt (@tobypetyt) July 18, 2018 pic.twitter.com/Foh8YeL7Wq — It's Ollie (@OllieRicardo) July 18, 2018 LOVE this guy ðð — Pinder Kang (@PinderKang89) July 19, 2018 Love it. Even at the very highest level its kept very simple. Good to see a few vocal players too. — Phil Coker (@PhillipeC) July 18, 2018 'Play it as simple as possible' 'Griezmann, retreat when out of possession' Simple games, continuously complicated by idiots. Nice to hear a world champion manager, as oppose to the utter tripe written about Tyrone earlier in the week. ðð» Deschamps! — Padraic Davis (@PadraicDavis) July 18, 2018 Leaders all over the dressing room..that's why they're world champions — T (@Neilturner83) July 18, 2018 Confident, Calm and Considered speech. Superior team throughout. — John Levey (@Johnnylev23) July 18, 2018
  18. So, France won their second ever World Cup after defeating Croatia in Moscow, in what has been widely considered as one of the best Final games in history. While the French might have come through thick and thin during this tournament and courtesy to their brilliant crop of players, one man who has been majorly responsible for their rise to World dominance has been their manager, Didier Deschamps. Deschamps has been their manager since Laurent Blanc left his position as French manager after the 2014 World Cup, but since that time, Deschamps has taken this team to consecutive Final appearances in major tournaments, in the Euros in 2016 and now at the World Cup in Russia, where they finally won. Breaking The Jinx © Reuters Deschamps has been in football management for more than a 15 years now, since retiring as a player. Deschamps has been the 'Man Of Many Finals' during his career, both as a player and as a manager. During his time as a player, he and his teams had reached the Champions League final six times, winning it twice. Also, captaining France to their maiden World Cup title back in 1998, and then winning the European Championships in 2000. His first season as a manager also saw him take his Team Monaco to the Champions League Final, which they lost back in 2003/04. After a substantial gap of more than 13-years, Deschamps, now manager of France, took his place in another final at the European Championships only to lose out to Portugal. The World Cup Final win means that Deschamps has finally broken his 'finals' jinx, which has been running the rule over him for more than 20 years now, and he certainly would like to continue winning more titles for his beloved nation. Joins The Elite Club © Reuters As France lifted their second World Cup title, Deschamps entered an elite club of footballers. Deschamps now joins an exclusive club, which so far has only featured two legends of the game. He now joins, Mario Zagallo, who won two World Cups as a player with Brazil, one as their manager and another as their assistant manager; and Franz Beckenbauer, who wrote German football history by becoming only the second person to win the titles both as player and manager. Didier Deschamps thus becomes the only third person to do so. Had he won the European Championships back in 2016, he would have become the only manager to have a unique double of the Euros and World Cup, both as a player and manager.
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