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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. Back in that one scene in 'Avengers: Infinity War', Doctor Strange gave up the time stone to save Tony Stark's life because 'it was the only way'. Now, after watching 'Avengers: Endgame', we know that Tony couldn't die in 'Infinity War' since he had to die in 'Endgame'. This was because of the 14,000,605 alternate endings that Doctor Strange saw, while acting quite strange, and knew exactly how everything will go about. There was only one time out of over 14 million that the Avengers actually came out victorious. But, now that we know about the winning ending, a lot of people wondered what actually happened in the other alternate endings, and well, people are way too creative and hilarious and have come up with a lot of predictions. Also, a shoutout to Reddit for never disappointing us. Here's a kinda one. © Reddit And, a 'nice' one. © Reddit No salt bae, but weed bae? © Reddit Wow, now that's evil. © Reddit Seems appropriate. © Reddit Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. © Reddit Noobmaster69 is everywhere. © Reddit Jam-mora, tho. © Reddit The James Charles shade tho. © Reddit They only got half the required signatures. © Reddit People won't mind the snap then. © Reddit Does this prove that Thanos is real?
  3. Yes, it's finally happening! Sony and Microsoft have joined hands announcing an unusual partnership, under which the rivals will work together on cloud-based gaming services. “The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services”, Microsoft said in an official statement. But wait, before you start speculating about the end of console wars, or prepare yourself for a joint Microsoft/ Sony streaming service that'll let you play, say, Halo and Uncharted on a single platform, let me burst your bubble and tell you that it's not happening. © Microsoft As a part of the agreement, Sony will use Microsoft's Azure servers and data centers for its own game and content-streaming services. That, in case you don't know, includes Sony's PlayStation Now and PlayStation Vue. Additionally, the companies also agreed to “explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and AI”. It's not entirely clear what that means just yet, but that sounds more Microsoft's mixed reality and AR stuff to me. Let's leave that for some other day. The Console War Is Still On Considering the arrival of Google's Stadia service and reports about Amazon's cloud gaming service, it's easy to expect the two to join hands. I mean, who wouldn't want to see the rivals join hands to make a powerful next-gen console or come up with some sort of streaming standard? © Google Stadia That, however, isn't happening because both Sony and Microsoft are making their own powerful next-gen consoles and they've made some big promises like impeccable CPU and GPU, faster SSDs, and what not. If they want to make money, then these new consoles, I am sure, are going to need exclusive titles to convince gamers like me. Now, for instance, the only reason I'd recommend the PS4 over the Xbox One is the exclusives. God of War, Last of Us, etc. It's a long list of awesome games, but you get the point, right? Sony and Microsoft teaming up for a streaming standard to put the rivals out of business looks good on paper, but not so much in reality. I doubt Sony, or even Microsoft, will give up the software exclusivity. © Naughty Dog Why bother building a new console when you're simply going to make your next big exclusive fully accessible to people buying a competing console or subscription-based service? Why Microsoft? Now that's out of the way, you might be wondering why Microsoft, and not Amazon's AWS or Google? Well, if you have a service that caters to gamers across the globe, then it only makes sense to opt for a cloud-computing service like Azure. Its wider distribution of data centers across the globe will make sure Sony's streaming services are not facing any latency-issues. It's as simple as that. Competitors like Amazon and Google missed out on hosting Sony. Final Thoughts Though the idea of having a standard subscription platform to play all games in one place sound drool-worthy, let me tell you that we're not going to see that happening anytime soon. If that's what you made out of the picture of Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shaking hands before reading, then I am here to tell you that you're living in a delusional world. I doubt if that's even something which Microsoft or Sony have thought about at this point in time. © Microsoft Today's announcement of Sony and Microsoft's partnership is purely strategic and it has nothing to do with the console wars. Yes, the partnership could be great for the future of gaming with implications such as crossplay, especially for multiplayer titles like FIFA. Yes, an interesting possibility, but for now, both companies are readying their flagship consoles. The console war is here to stay!
  4. Have you ever wondered how sparkling wine is brewed? Or how Rosé could be different from Red Wine? Ever thought about what it's like to go to wine tastings and experience different wines, fresh from the barrels? How long do you reckon would it take to get drunk on these little sips of wine that you keep taking every 5 minutes? I got to experience exactly that last week. © MensXP/Simran Arora Grover Zampa Vineyards unveiled a new centre for wine tastings and sales at their winery in Bangalore last week, and I got to visit them and experience wine tasting for the first time. © MensXP/Simran Arora From my experience, the tour was very different from how I had imagined it. I mean, I had pictured the tasting bit right, but not the endless but breathtaking vineyards or the ginormous stainless steel barrels that take up most of the space, of what would normally be an average seating hall with the height of two floors. © MensXP/Simran Arora And barrels that give the aesthetics of vintage films I'd seen growing up. © MensXP/Simran Arora There were also enormous sorting machines and crushing machines imported from countries like Germany, promising maximum efficiency in the initial stages of berry sorting and crushing, all the factors that are necessary for the production of good wine. © MensXP/Simran Arora The tour guide informed us that the harvesting time is crucial in determining the kind of wine it'll produce. For example, berries picked from old vines that aren't ripe yet, make for the most premium of vines if aged properly, while the ripest of berries make for a good dessert wine batch. © MensXP/Simran Arora A dessert wine is a kind of sweet wine usually paired with desserts, but a good sommelier ( a wine waiter/steward) will tell you that the high sugar content in a dessert wine comes from the ripe berries and can sometimes go up to 133 grams per litre, which as a number can be intimidating and I agree. However, at the right temperature in Summer evenings, it could be a refreshing sip and also a wonderful choice to get initiated with, if you want to start exploring wines because it's easy to get adjusted to it and even enjoy the drink. © MensXP/Simran Arora In a masterclass with Sonal Holland, she pressed on the importance of pairing dessert wines with anything and everything that isn't sweet because the dessert wine, in all its glory, has been quite underestimated. The Vendanges Tardives (my favourite amongst the lot) a new launch of Grover Zampa Vineyards, is a sweet wine. There is a long-standing analogy of the similar taste notes of dessert wines and gulab jamun, but unlike gulab jamun, the Vendanges Tardives doesn't stay put on the palate and it clears itself, as Sonal Holland notably pointed out. The dry wines take an experienced palate to appreciate, and while you may brush this off quickly, because I too consume wine occasionally and feel I know it all, a brand of wine like La Reserve Royale Brut, which is fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months at a go and has intricate notes of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche, can only be dissected to the T by an experienced connoisseur. On the palate, the wine is elegant and you can see tiny persistent bubbles when you swirl it in your glass, something that Sonal Holland made us notice. In all honesty, after learning the minute details, I started to put more emphasis on my sips. But here's how I learned to sniff wine: you near the cup to your nose and sniff with the utmost concentration and then finally take a tiny sip that has to be gargled and taken in. The interesting part is that you can even sniff wine through its cork. Checking things like acidity also has a similar process of swirling it around the glass and gargling but also has the addition of leaning forward and checking for a tingling sensation at the back of your throat which signifies acidity. And here's an interesting thing I learnt from Sonal Holland's masterclass: acidity to white wine is like cheese to pizza. A fellow Sommelier, Kriti Malhotra talked about how in the workshops that she conducts, she likes to take her attendees to a world of familiarity to explore the unfamiliar notes of the wine. For example, she said, "a wine high on MLF, also known as a malolactic conversion, would have an aroma akin to your mother boiling milk in the kitchen". It would also have a "buttery taste" which on careful observation of more than three sips, I could sense and very excitedly confirmed that it did, in fact, have a milky tinge to it. Similarly, notes of citrus are sometimes mingled with vanilla and the barrel of wine it is aged in, in this wine's case, it was Oakwood. Finally, we were made to taste the Grover Zampa's most premium label 'Insignia', which is fermented in French oak barrels for 24 months which is equivalent to the ageing of average champagne production, this intensifies the richness of Shiraz grapes from a single vineyard. Insignia is a dry wine that leaves a trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper that blends into a smooth finish. A wine like that is made to be aged even after being bought and needs someone well-initiated to appreciate its nuances, which is probably why I think if I would've had a developed palate like the connoisseurs around me, I would've learned to appreciate it better. And that's the thing about wine in general, while it's not everyone's cup of tea, I've learned that in order to enjoy a good glass of wine, you need it to be at the right temperature, you need an experienced palate and a couple of swirls before taking a sip. And those are exactly all the things I'm beginning to enjoy after this illuminating experience.
  5. The next generation of consoles is a hot topic right now in the gaming world even though no concrete release date has been confirmed yet. Having said that, Sony and Microsoft both have hinted what the next generation consoles will be all about. Mark Cerny, PlayStation's lead architect has already confirmed a few specifications and Xbox architect said that the Xbox Two (or whatever they decide to call it) will be even more powerful. The two consoles are already at battle with each other and we size up each of the consoles to find out who will rule the next generation of gaming: Graphics Fidelity © AMD As of now, we sort of know that the PlayStation 5 will have a GPU based on Ryzen's Navi architecture. It has now been confirmed that the PS5 will also support some form of ray-tracing. It will also support 8K graphics but not much is known how this will be achieved. This is purely based on reliable leaks and AMD has also hinted about it at its press events. On the other hand, the Xbox Two's GPU specification is completely unknown as nothing major has leaked as of now. However, some leaks say that the next Xbox will come in two variants, one being as powerful or more powerful than the PS5 and a cheaper model that will focus more on game streaming. Both Sony and Microsoft are aiming higher than the 10.7 TFLOPS benchmark which is higher than anything we've seen on a console before. The performance will reportedly compete with Google's Stadia streaming service as the company has promised the same performance for its service. Storage © YouTube Read and Write speeds are essential to cut download times in games and Sony has already confirmed that the company will be using an SSD that is considerably faster than what is available today. It is said to be faster than the current PC SSDs and will essentially result in faster load times when compared to the PS4/PS4 Pro. Microsoft has not detailed any specifications about the next generation but we can expect a similar SSD configuration for the next Xbox. Whether it will be faster than PS5 still remains to be seen. Backward Compatibility © Microsoft The Xbox One already supports backward compatibility on some games and it is likely that Microsoft will double-down on this policy. We can expect the next Xbox to support Xbox One games along with many Xbox 360 games. Mark Cerny has sort of confirmed that Sony's next console will be backwards compatible, unlike the PS4. It will also be compatible with PS4 VR games and the headset. Game Streaming Microsoft has already shown off Project xCloud, which is the company's new game streaming service that works on Android, PC and PCs. This will enable users to play games on any device they like and works somewhat similar to Google's Stadia service. Sony already has a game streaming service called “PlayStation Now” that doesn't really work as advertised. The service is currently not up to the mark and is unlikely to be able to match Microsoft's cloud computing prowess. Exclusive Games © Sony PlayStation The ultimate question that every console gamer is concerned about is the exclusive game library on each console. Currently, PlayStation's exclusive game library is far larger than what Microsoft has to offer and we can assume that future games like “The Last of Us: Part II”, “Ghost of Tsushima”, and “Death Stranding” will all be launch titles for the PlayStation 5 in addition to their complimentary launches for the PlayStation 4. Microsoft did announce acquisitions of new studios and we can expect the company to announce a few new games at E3 this year. As of now, we only know about “Halo Infinite” and it seems like 343 Industries is still in the early stages of development for the game. Who Will Rule The Next Generation? © BCCL To be honest, it is hard to pick a winner with very less information available right now. While both consoles have a robust community, Sony has an upper hand with exclusive titles. Having said that, if the future of gaming is streaming, we can expect Microsoft to give a better experience than Sony and could play a factor in its success. Both consoles seem to be very similar when it comes to technical specifications but we can only be sure once both companies officially unveil the two consoles.
  6. Themed parties can be exciting but exhausting at the same time, as dressing up can be big fun or a useless chore. But just like any other themed party that you've been to, there are always people who don't feel like dressing up at all. They make a statement by turning up in their PJs. To be fair, we've been in those scenarios too, haven't we? Turns out, Trevor Noah is just like us. via GIPHY For those of you who don't know, Trevor Noah is a South African comedian among other things, a writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and a television host for 'The Daily Show'. He's known to introduce satire in political commentary in his presentation. via GIPHY However, he clearly doesn't restrict the satire just to the show, as he extends it to life and sometimes, even the parties that he goes to. Trevor Noah made a statement about this by way of his outfit at the Met Gala 2019. Take a look: © Getty Images While it doesn't align with the theme of camp at all, it's still the most relatable outfit from this year's Met Gala probably. And here's why it stands out: The Met Gala is a fundraising event which is also otherwise known as 'fashion's biggest night out' wherein the most iconic looks are seen on celebrities each year. The Met Gala is organised by Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who with her team, meticulously prepares a guest list of all the people who should be invited to the Met. Each year, a powerful theme is set that the invitees have to keep in mind while choosing their outfit for the Met. This is no easy task, considering celebrities can easily be mocked for what they wear at the Met. The theme is central to the Met Gala. And then we have Trevor Noah, saying what he believes out loud and clear. © Getty Images
  7. Google is all set to host its annual developer conference Google I/O tomorrow and the keynote is special for many reasons to Android and Google users. The keynote will be hosted and headlined by CEO Sundar Pichai and we can expect to see new announcements of features, Android Q, hardware across all of the company's products. There is also a good chance that we get an update on other Alphabet (Google's parent company) compares such as Waymo and Nest. Here's what all we can expect from Google's event that is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 10:30 PM IST: Android Q © YouTube Every year, Google announces new features that will come as a part of the annual Android update and we are certain that the company has something in store this year as well. In the Pixel Beta Program, Google has already introduced improved location privacy controls, chat bubbles, pop-up settings menus and a few other new features. Google is expected to announce new features such as native support for screen recording, a new sharing menu and a desktop mode like Samsung's DeX. Google is also expected to add support for foldable devices natively this year just like Google added support for the notch last year. There's a good chance that a new beta will arrive right after I/O keynote concludes and a final release is expected to launch sometime in October 2019. A New Pixel Phone © Facebook There have been numerous leaks in the past that have hinted towards Google launching a cheaper Pixel smartphone. There's a good chance that Google is gearing up to launch the new Pixel smartphone that has been dubbed as Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The smartphone is said to have similar features as Google's flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL which we will know more about once Google officially unveils the device. An Update On Duplex © YouTube Last year, Google shocked the world with an AI voice that could answer spam calls for you and even make calls to restaurants and make reservations. The life-like voice basically removed the need for a user to deal with annoying calls or rudimentary tasks such as making reservations. "Duplex" was only available in select areas and there is a chance that Google may roll out this feature to new locations or even worldwide. Stadia © YouTube Google announced its new gaming service “Stadia” at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year. There will be some sort of update on the gaming service and how it would work with Google's products such as Pixel Devices, Chromebook, and Android devices. According to Google, data centres will enable Google to provide game streams up to 4K at 60 frames per second. Google is also making a custom Stadia controller that has dedicated buttons for capturing gameplay and sharing footage on YouTube directly. A small army of data centres will enable streams in up to 4K at 60 frames per second (with support for 8K and 120 frames per second on the way), and customers will have the option of purchasing a custom-designed Stadia controller with a capture button that shares in-game experiences directly to YouTube. Google Assistant Updates © BCCL Generally, Google brings new features to Google Assistant every year since its launch and we could expect some new services and features that will use machine learning and artificial intelligence. We could also expect new updated on Google Home devices or a Google Hub Max. Will you be watching Google I/O tomorrow with us? What features and new updates are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.
  8. Spoilers are a huge deal, especially when it comes to a movie like 'Avengers: Endgame'. It really is the movie of the decade after building up for 11 years and being the conclusion of 21 freaking movies, any anger against getting spoilers is totally valid, tbh. Every true Marvel fan has been careful about not giving out spoilers and not ruining anyone's movie experience. Even the Russo Brothers and the entire MCU cast, have repeatedly said to not spoil the 'Endgame'. But now, the time for that is almost up since the spoiler ban will be lifted in a couple of days. If you haven't seen Endgame yet, see it this weekend. The spoiler ban lifts on Monday! Check out @GMA for the full video... pic.twitter.com/gGrvUgLL6k — Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) May 2, 2019 Yes, we can apparently talk about it freely from Monday onwards, but only some people are waiting till then. This gave us the perfect opportunity to see that there are basically two types of people. One, the responsible one, which is, of course, Captain America. Does that mean I can start posting set videos on Monday? https://t.co/X9c946pFW6 — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 2, 2019 And, then we have the opposite. The one who doesn't give a **** about rules and does what he wants. If you didn't get it that I was referring to Tony Stark, then I'm disappointed in you. Robert Downey Jr was just sharing a birthday wish for the first 'Iron Man' movie, which is pretty normal. But, he made the video on the sets of 'Endgame', giving out a few spoilers without any warning. Goes without saying, but spoilers ahead. View this post on Instagram #Happy 11th #Birthday to the 1st #IronMan film, released on this day in 2008... #TeamStark #thankyou ( @jimmy_rich ) A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on May 2, 2019 at 8:29pm PDT Thor's look, which was a big surprise in the movie, is openly revealed here. Then, there's the presence of a bunch of characters who were apparently dead after 'Avengers: Infinity War'. we can see Peter Parker, Peter Quill, Mantis, Wanda Maximoff, Hope van Dyne, and T'Challa among others. Honestly, if someone got spoilers because of this, I'm pretty sure Chris Hemsworth's dance makes up for it. There's one more post, but I guess it's not that big of a spoiler. View this post on Instagram #tbt #throwback #flashback to the #Women of @marvelstudios #mcu lunch I had the pleasure of hosting... #girlpower #epic #bts ( @jimmy_rich ) #TeamStark #thankyou good-times getting the ladies together... A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on Apr 30, 2019 at 11:29pm PDT Moreover, there's another Chris who turned out to be a rebel and joined RDJ in sharing BTS videos for the biggest Marvel movie. View this post on Instagram I remember being blown away in this moment on the @avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a groupthat likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed. A post shared by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:57am PDT Well, let's hope even Chris Evans starts posting on Monday and we get more videos from the sets.
  9. It's the time of the year again when you see celebrities wear the most bizarre of outfits including the Kardashians, Priyanka Chopra (remember how her love story with Nick Jonas started at the Met Gala?), Zayn Malik, Donald Glover, Chadwick Boseman among others. The Met Gala is organized by Anne Wintour each year. The themes for Met Galas have an amusing taste of their own. For 2019, the theme is "Camp: Notes on Fashion," which will be held at the Costume Institute's upcoming spring exhibition. The exhibit is inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp," and will examine "how the elements of irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion." The Met Gala will take place on May 6, and will be chaired by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele (Gucci is sponsoring the Met). This year, from the looks of it, people will be ditching gowns and three pieces to embrace a unique absurd reality translated into the form of costume. Given how crazy the looks have been in the past, expect something equally out of the world this year. Here's how celebrities interpreted the past year's theme which was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” 1. Kendall Jenner and Virgil Abloh in Louis Vuitton © Getty Images 2. Sean 'Diddy' Combs in Musika and Cassie in Thom Browne © Getty Images 3. Trevor Noah in Balmain © Getty Images 4. Jared Leto in Gucci © Getty Images 5. 2 Chainz and Nakesha Ward © Getty Images 6. Chadwick Boseman in Versace and Christian Louboutin shoes © Getty Images 7. Migos in Versace © Getty Images 8. Amal and George Clooney © Getty Images 9. Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh in Chanel © Getty Images 10. Emilia Clarke in Dolce & Gabbana with Christian Louboutin shoes © Getty Images 11. Darren Criss in Dolce & Gabbana © Getty Images
  10. The battle we've all been waiting for since the end of time, has finally come to an end, and the Night King no longer exists to torment, torture and kill the living. The 'Battle of Winterfell' did get a mixed bag review, as some seemed to have really liked how things ended, while many were disappointed with the abrupt ending and no closure whatsoever. Even so, this was a final goodbye to most of the bad guys and some good guys in the episode and now, it's time to face the eventual enemy- Cersei, in King's Landing. © HBO We're not sure what lies ahead in the upcoming episode but we do know we're going to witness a lot of mind games, negotiations, hate and sarcasm along with a battle in all probability for the Iron Throne. While Cersei and Euron wait out the Winterfell folks, we're sure there are going to be many revelations about the Battle of Winterfell that'll come forth in this episode. © HBO For now, we have enough fodder with us to speculate what can happen in episode 4 of 'GoT' Season 8, since HBO is teasing us with pictures from the next episode, which came out yesterday. It seems like people in Winterfell are joyous about the victory and crushed about losing a lot of people. They're also planning the next big face-off and Dany seems quite content throughout. Here, take a look: (1) It's Time To Take In Suggestions And Decide What's Next. © HBO (2) Euron Definitely Wants To Get Into Cersei's Pants & Make A Baby But Knowing Cersei, Maybe She Has Other Plans? © HBO (3) See What We Mean By She Seems Content? © HBO (4) Folks At Winterfell Mourning The Dead. © HBO (5) He Truly Did Have The Weight Of The World On His Shoulders. © HBO (6) And There They Go, With Their Ships & Troops To King's Landing. © HBO (7) Here's Bidding A Final Goodbye To The People Who Laid Down Their Lives In The Battle Of Winterfell. © HBO (8) They Will Always Burn The Dead Now. © HBO So, there we have it. A glimpse into the upcoming episode 4. We know that Winterfell is mourning their soldiers and the others they lost. Jon and the gang are distraught, but they really need to think about the next possible strategy to defeat the enemy on the east coast of Westeros. Apart from that, the dragons and their mother seem fine. They have their fleet intact and are taking it with them to King's Landing. There's a saying that there's always a Stark present at Winterfell at any given point in time, so we're under the assumption that Bran may stay back? Well, let's find out on Monday, shall we? For now, have fun with these pictures and assume your best!
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  12. Okay, in case you're waiting to savour today's insane episode of 'Game of Thrones' later in the evening, then you have been warned, because just like the night is full of darkness and terror, this one has a few major spoilers for you. For the rest of us who are still shook, here's what the next episode might bring. So, the Battle of Winterfell lasted long enough for a few people to die but it was crazy towards the end when Arya Stark struck down the mighty Night King. Now, the whole 'he just died in a jiffy' has left everyone with a bit of indigestion thinking how easy that was, if not quick. But we forget that this is 'GOT' and things can happen rather quickly and with only 3 more episodes to go, there are so many plots that need attention. With the battle now being won, it looks like Cersei and Khaleesi are ready for a face-off. So many people have scores to settle with Cersei, who conveniently decided to stay out of the war and now, Khaleesi only wants more bloodshed. © HBO Now, here's what I feel we can expect from the next 'Game Of Thrones' episode with the Night King resting in an ice cube somewhere. There will be another gory battle between the living. There has to a 'Cleganebowl' where we fear the Hound might die. The Starks and the dragon queen might have a slight tiff between them which could be tricky for a certain Tyrion Lannister and, of course, there is the anticipated madness that might grip our dear Dany given the threat to her throne in the form of lover Jon Snow and no Jorah to calm her nerves down. With so much left to witness, the action is only getting crazier.
  13. White Walkers are absolutely terrifying creatures on 'Game Of Thrones'. Their extent of powers is not known yet and they're capable of waking the dead to fight for them. However, each time they successfully achieve a conquest on the show, they leave behind a visible dent in the shape of the storm. So far, there has been more than one instance of this mark being left. In the first episode of season 8, Tormund, Beric, and Edd saw it firsthand, and there exists a tonne of Reddit theories about the Night King's symbol on Game of Thrones. This particular mark was made by nailing Lord Umber (now a wight) to a wall of House Umber with limbs of the other slain Northerners around him to make a spiral symbol. The dead have been used multiple times to make this spiral. So what does the spiral exactly mean? Why align the dead in this particular way? It is interesting to note at this point that it's also present in the cave drawings at the Dragonstone. This is an important marker of identity for the Whites. Some of the suggestions analysing what it could mean include: 1. Kill All The Men © HBO The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers to kill the First Men. Remus88Romulus's theory suggests that the symbol is a kind of rune or spell that the White Walkers follow that instructs them to kill people. So once the army of the dead has followed their orders, they create the symbol again to show they've accomplished their mission. 2. A Ritualistic Symbol From The Children Of The Forest © HBO Helmer1134, another Redditor, suggests that the Night King could be extorting power from the roots by using a symbol used in the rituals by the Children of the Forest. This very symbol was present when the Children of the Forest were creating the Night King by shoving a dragonglass in his heart. 3. A Possible Sign That The Night King Wants To Be Human Again © HBO The Night King's life was taken away from him by the Children of the Forest, maybe he's still not over how unfair it all was. That's what Moeez_Malik considers with the theory that the Night King is using the symbol to mark his way home where he might be able to become a man again. 4. The Night King's Sigil © HBO All the houses within the Seven Kingdoms have sigils that represent their identity and honour. His name is "King" after all, the Night King might've created this sigil long ago to represent his presence as Crowd_Chatter guessed. Although this theory from Mtolivepickle suggests that the Night King's sigil is a raven's skull with an eye in the center is equally plausible. 5. The Night King Was A Targaryen © HBO The sigil for House Targaryen is a three-headed dragon and for some reason, it looks strikingly similar to the White Walker symbol. Also, because resurrecting a dragon came naturally to him and the dragon happens to like him too. A couple of Redditors think that this could only mean that the Night King is a Targaryen. 6. King's Landing & Where The Mad King Stored Wildfire © HBO UCJAgent discusses how the symbol could signal where the "caches of wildfire" are in King's Landing. Jaime told Brienne back in Season 3 (and Cersei utilized in Season 6), the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen had stored wildfire "all over the city — beneath the Sept of Baelor and the slums of Flea Bottom. Under houses, stables, taverns. Even beneath the Red Keep itself." UCJAgent theorized that the Mad King purposefully placed the wildfire in a way to match the Targaryen sigil — and that this wildfire will be what eventually destroys the Night King. He carries the hints of his destruction with him and yet no one has figured that out. 7. The White Walkers' Blood Magic © HBO Blood magic and fantasy are intertwined. And just like Mirri Maz Duur, Melisandre, and Maggy the Frog, maybe the White Walkers have their own type of blood magic or Wight magic. As Aixelsydguy theorized, the symbol could be part of a White Walker ritual that allows the White Walkers to revive corpses and use them to their favour. 8. It's The White Walkers' Final Destination © HBO The spiral could possibly also represent the weirwood trees. Reddit user bro8619 in nuanced theory noted how the symbols are actually representing the Isle of Faces in the Gods Eye Lake. Lame_of_Thrones thinks that the Night King and his army are headed to the Isle of Faces, which is an important location for the Children of the Forest and the First Men and is supposedly filled with weirwoods. Maybe that's their ultimate destination. Which theory do you think is more plausible?
  14. OnePlus is all set to unveil its new OnePlus 7 series of flagship phones on May 14th. And now, in a typical OnePlus style, the company has started slowly teasing the features, and the first teaser has seemingly confirmed what the rumours have claimed so far. OnePlus posted a 10-second teaser clip on social media that says “bells and whistles make noise.” OnePlus “makes phones.” While the teaser itself doesn't show the full design of either of the phones that are expected to launch, it does confirm that at least of the phones in the series will have three cameras at the back. Here's the teaser - Bells and whistles make noise. We make phones. #OnePlus7Prohttps://t.co/ViZaz53XXk pic.twitter.com/wIHg7fd7U4 — OnePlus (@oneplus) April 25, 2019 The fact that the upcoming OnePlus phone carries a triple-camera setup shouldn't come as a surprise if you've been following the rumors around these new phones. Several trusted sources have provided plenty of information on the same. If the rumors are to be believed, then you can expect at least one of them to be a 48MP sensor, which is said to be paired with an 8MP and a 16MP wide-angle lens. This will be the first time a OnePlus phone will have three cameras, which is very exciting. © Twitter As we've said in the past, OnePlus really needs to fix its cameras. The cameras on the previous OnePlus cameras are not bad, but they're certainly nowhere near the competition. That's pretty much the only thing that's stopping OnePlus' phones from being perfect devices. Well, let's hope it changes this year
  15. Resident fashion expert. Mother hen. Best babysitter in town! The guy with insane nail-studded baseball bat-handling skills. Who am I talking about? Steve Harrington, of course. © Netflix But this wasn't always the case, was it? The first time I saw Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) on 'Stranger Things', I hated him with the intensity of a thousand exploding suns. Let me elaborate. I filed him in the category of those abominably rude and annoying people who push others around in order to get their way, and they bully others to establish their “coolness”. He was that entitled jock in high school; with tall hair (thanks to the Farrah Fawcett hairspray) and money to throw around, who thought that the school was his playground. Narcissistic with a touch of dumbness; the quintessential heartbreaker. And he had all the attributes of the classic bully/fuckboy: being mean to others for no apparent reason, overly obsessed with his hair, a couple of hangers-on, pothead friends (Tommy and Carol) who do more harm than good and who egg him to be meaner. via GIPHY Not to mention his abominable treatment of Nancy (Natalia Dyer), who he thought should thank her lucky stars to be dating him. (He was quite the annoying boyfriend.) He wanted to coerce her into saying “Yes” for things she didn't want to do. via GIPHY He was mean to Nancy's best friend, Barb, (who in hindsight wasn't very nice to Steve) because she wasn't the epitome of cool, something he thought himself to be. © Netflix In short, he was the typical 80s guy from any John Hughes movie; who was not the hero. © Netflix Steve's redemption arc is one of the most entertaining parts of 'Stranger Things'. Also, it is dealt with such poignancy that you are bound to love him even if you didn't think much of him first. In the initial episodes of Season 1, I had dismissed him as one of those secondary characters who gets eaten up first when the monsters strike. via GIPHY Come Season 2, I was in for a pleasant shock. I couldn't have imagined that this guy who seemed good-for-nothing would become one of my favourite characters in the series. Yes, one of his redeeming qualities in Season 1 was his love for Nancy, but his behaviour told another story. via GIPHY Initially, he starts the relationship just to get in her pants; a feat he had accomplished earlier with a number of girls. But to be fair to him, when Nancy says “no”, he respects her decision and doesn't start wallowing or attempt to manipulate her. © Netflix When Barb goes missing, he tries to cheer her up, but mostly for his own sake. Then, he is quite flippant about it which leads to his breakup with Nancy (Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit). But by this time, Steve has already made a soft spot in our hearts. What Makes His Redemption So Appealing? Steve mirrors our innermost human qualities. He jumps to conclusions at the slightest provocation and is a dick to Jonathan (whose creepy nature cannot be condoned). Who of us can say that they never, ever acted on an impulse and found out they were wrong? He tries to salvage Nancy's honour but his way of doing that is extremely wrong, he ends up looking like a douche. © Netflix From Steve' s perspective, it seems like he is the one doing all the work: coaxing Nancy to loosen up, trying to cheer her up when she's down. He seems to want to do everything right, but it ends up becoming a mess, like the dinner with Barb's parents. via GIPHY One of his most relatable qualities is the way he deals with conflicting choices: He keeps teetering between good and bad; a dilemma we are faced with every now and then. He slut-shames Nancy when he thinks that she is hooking up with Jonathan (infamously putting graffiti on the theatre: “Nancy the Slut Wheeler”) but when he realizes his folly, he makes amends for it. The dejection and realization is apparent in his eyes when he takes the scrubber from the theatre worker and starts rubbing the words off. Steve's redemption is likeable because he makes a choice, willingly. He chooses to do the right thing, when he necessarily does not have to. He could have easily left Nancy and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) to their fates in Season 1, but he comes back to fight with them. © Netflix Moreover, he repents for his sins and asks for clemency without anything in return. In Season 2, this fact is even more established when he makes it a point to protect the “shitheads” when he can just go the other way and be safe. © Netflix Though the Duffer Brothers had been leading us to like Steve more and more with each passing episode, it was done in such a brilliant and surreptitious way that it caught us off-guard when the full force was felt in Season 2. Be it his somewhat goofy ways, which become clearer in Season 2 or his hair which started off as a sign of his narcissism and then morphed into a symbol for his friendship with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Steve became an endearing character. © Netflix And we could do nothing but feel terrible when he got beaten up season after season; by Jonathan, by Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and who knows next. (Judging by the Season 3 trailer, it'll happen in July as well). What started off as a seemingly unkind and depraved character turned out to be the anti-hero of the series. Not only that, this role reversal places him in the august company: Loki, Jaime Lannister, Han Solo to name a few. A major chunk of Season 2 goes into redefining Steve's character (and all for the better); he seems to be the only other character to be going through hell excluding Will (Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). And the selection is diverse: from being dumped by the love of his life for a “nerd”, to getting beaten up by the new guy, to being manipulated into putting his life in danger by a bunch of teens, and the final nail in the coffin: giving out his beauty secrets (which hurts the most :P ). © Pinterest For the audience, this saga leads to acknowledging that he has other roles than just being the douchebag. He rises above his one-dimensional role; we see him as a brother figure to Dustin, giving out girl advice and genuinely caring for him. via GIPHY We get to see the parallels in the two characters; unrequited love for the person they can't have. What also accelerates their bond is that they are the outcasts of the group; everyone else seems to be carrying on with their lives while these two are left out. And that is what makes their relationship ever more beautiful and wholesome. They both make such a great team! So pure! © Netflix He is a father figure to Dustin (and the group) and sticks up for him, because he now knows how it feels to be ostracized. When he fights (abysmally) with Billy, even though knowing he is no match to him (I mean the guy nonchalantly smokes while lifting dumbbells), it makes him more adorable. His apparent kookiness serves as comedic relief; his abominable essay-writing skills, he becomes the butt of jokes (like the children admonishing his lack of fighting skills) or his limited knowledge of history, especially Germans. His reaction is hilarious when he wakes up to find himself in a car which has been hijacked by the kids. Even in his nearly indisposed state, he astonishes us by being the first one to enter the subterranean hellhole, because he has been tasked to “keep them safe”. Billy acts as a wake-up call to Steve. © Netflix In the start, Steve is quite narrow-minded and overly engrossed in himself, hardly caring for anyone. When Billy comes into the picture and gives him a taste of his own medicine, he gets to see himself in the “other guy”. via GIPHY The bully gets bullied. Billy is a reflection of Steve; be it the hair, the 80s mullet, the cavalier attitude or his penchant for sports and girls. via GIPHY He comes after for everything what Steve holds dear: his jock status, his captaincy, his ego, and his masculinity. (Side note: Billy seems to be quite attracted to Steve. Why do I think there's a love story a-brewing there? :P ) © Pinterest Sometimes, we do not see ourselves clearly and thus, are unaware of our own faults. Until someone else points it out to us, we remain ignorant. Steve Harrington holds a mirror to us; to the inner demons we face and the ones we run away from. And the ones we hide. Steve Harrington shows us that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. He is a cautionary tale; a personification of the fact that we shouldn't bind people into stereotypes. Everyone is capable of change. No one is black or white, we are all shades of grey. And remember, that while using the Farah Fawcett Hair Spray, always apply it on damp hair. Not wet. Damp! (Till then, let's hope Steve survives Season 3) via GIPHY
  16. Actor Pankaj Tripathi has come a long way, in terms of the work he has done and the struggle he has endured with his hard work. The man is now kind of omnipresent in good cinema and was recently seen doing a brilliant job in 'Criminal Justice'. © Instagram The man was recently in news when he shared the news of buying his 'dream home' in Madh Island. He spoke about how he has obviously come a long way but he has still not forgotten his long journey from living in a tin-roof shed in Patna, to now owning an expensive, sea-facing property in Mumbai. Pankaj and his wife recently performed the 'Pooja' ceremony with their family and close friends. © Facebook © Facebook Pankaj is a simple man who believes in chasing his dreams with hard work and determination. In an interview where he was talking about his new abode, he mentioned that he wishes to inspire people with his journey and not by chasing materialistic assets. Hard work surely has many faces and the actor's wonderful home is a great example of it.
  17. With the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League in its second leg, Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians are visiting Delhi to play their second match against Shreyas Iyer and his Delhi Capitals today. A day ahead of their matchup, Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw got to share what is probably one of the most memorable moments of his young life when he got to sit across the table from the all-time great, Sachin Tendulkar, for dinner at MI's hotel. Living the dream of millions of fans of Tendulkar's, Shaw uploaded an unforgettable photo of the duo sharing a meal last night on social media. Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner ♥ï¸ It's always a pleasure meeting you SIR ð @sachin_rt Sir pic.twitter.com/VLuR9Bee1O — Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) April 17, 2019 “Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner. It's always a pleasure meeting you SIR”, a true Tendulkar fan in Shaw wrote in the caption. The 19-year-old cricketer is considered by many to become the next Sachin Tendulkar based on his natural batting style and the level of skill he has reached at such an early age. The two athletes have shared quite the relationship in the past decade. At nine years of age, Shaw was able to impress the little master with his form and technique. Last year, Tendulkar recreated the moment he met Shaw for the very first time. “I asked him not to change his grip or stance, irrespective of any future instructions from his coaches. If anyone asks you to do so, tell them to come talk to me. Coaching is good, but overcooking a player with tweaks is not," Tendulkar said on his app '100MB'. "It is so important not to change anything when you see such a special player. It is God's gift to have a complete package," Tendulkar added. However, the wonderfully comical place that the internet is, they seemed to be a lot more interested in what the two ate at the dinner than anything else: Kya Kya khaya Bhai @PrithviShaw — Suraj Yadav (@Suraj4Yadav) April 18, 2019 ð¤¤ð¤¤ð¤¤ð² — Sanket D (@sanketdhende) April 18, 2019 Sambar idly , Dosa Chutney , Vadapav , Poori , Pongal Vada, Uthapam , Tea , Coffee , Vadacurry , Sevai , Upma , Noodles Which one is your Favorite ? — Mahadevan (@Mahadev77720195) April 17, 2019
  18. Dieting is the most important or the most certain path to losing fat and getting in shape. For 90% of the people, it usually looks like this: Monday to Thursday - Diet Friday, Saturday - CHEAT days Sunday - I QUIT! If this is you, it is because your habits are not conducive to dieting. For long-term (yes, there are no shortcuts) and successful dieting, you need to develop habits that support your goal. Here are some habits you should develop if you want to get into the best shape of your life (and stay the same): 1. Track Your Nutrition © Wareable Everyone who successfully diets almost always track their nutrition. Be it through a calorie counting app, on spreadsheets, or even maintaining a journal. Tracking nutrition is not limited to accurately tracking calories and macros, it could be as simple as tracking portion sizes or even the foods that you eat. Because, to diet, you have to make some adjustments to your eating habits or routine. If you do not know what are you currently doing, how are you going to change things? It is the same as having a goal to have more savings but you do not really know where do you spend the money. Following a meal plan is easy and can work short-term but you cannot be dependent on a piece of paper to tell you what to eat all your life. 2. Do Not Fall For Fad Diets © Unsplash Every now and then, there will be a new trend that promises quick and effective results in a matter of days or weeks. These so-called magic diets do one of the following: a. Are not sustainable b. Are exclusive and restrict certain food groups altogether c. Are stupid d. Increase the risk of deficiencies and are unhealthy e. All of the above And all of them do not work in the long run. They will give you some short-term result but those results will be short-term as well, meh. The people who follow these fad diets, they have almost always followed four to five different fads in the past as well. There is a reason they are always looking for the next fad diet. 3. Moderation Is The Key © Unsplash Clean food vs. Dirty food is a foolish mentality to follow with your food and keeps you swinging in extremes. You are either here or there. And with that, you are severely restricting or outright binging. None of that is going to help you out. Instead, understand calories and eat the foods that you like in moderation. This will be a lot more pleasurable and your diet will be sustainable. And you really want that as I told before that if you are dieting and getting into shape is your goal, it is going to take longer than you may have expected. 4. There Is A Good Diet Vs A Bad Diet Good foods vs. Bad foods? Nah. That does not exist as you are not just going to eat one single food in your diet. Unless following a fad. If yes, read #2 again. But your diet can be good or bad considering the overall nutrition and the overall food choices you are making. And this is one of the outcomes of the extremities of IIFYM. Just because it fits your macros, does not mean you almost exclusively eat it. If you are exclusively eating junk, you will experience deficiencies, low energy, hunger, irritability, etc. Keep a majority of the foods in your diet to be whole, minimally processed and nutrient dense. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  19. In 2018, a depleted Indian cricket team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka. The thrilling victory against Bangladesh will be remembered for two things: Dinesh Karthik's match-winning knock and Vijay Shankar's struggles. While the former turned the tide in India's favour with a stunning batting display, the latter's sluggish innings almost cost his side the game and trophy. Following India's emphatic triumph, while Karthik was being hailed for his batting prowess, Shankar became the subject of immense criticism on the social media. Since that match, a lot has changed. © Twitter The 28-year-old might have not have had very good memories from that final, but he hasn't allowed his forgettable international debut to affect his performances on the field. Making most of the limited opportunities he has got so far, Shankar has, time and again, proved his worth with both bat and ball. And, that's exactly why he has been included in Team India's 15-man squad for the all-important ICC World Cup 2019. A versatile batsman who is more than capable of batting at any position in the middle-order, Shankar's ability to mould his innings according to the situation is what makes him a valuable addition to the Indian line-up. In case of a collapse, the Tamil Nadu cricketer can hold the fort at one end in pressure situations, and, if need be, he can accelerate the innings in the later stages of the game with plenty of big strokes in his armoury. © Twitter If his artistry with the willow adds value to the Indian middle-order, Shankar's medium-paced deliveries further bolster his side with an extra bowling option. Though he might still be fairly inexperienced and doesn't have much runs or wickets under his belly, Shankar is still a vital cog that provides the much-needed balance to the Indian team as they chase glory in England & Wales. Many did argue his selection ahead of Ambati Rayudu, who has performed more often than not, but it is Shankar's ability to contribute in all the three facets of the game that makes him a safer and a better bet than the specialist batsman. While we can't really predict if Shankar would occupy the hotly-debated No. 4 slot or not, his addition to the Indian squad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) surely got the cricket fans excited on social media. This means the #No4 debate is still open. Options now are Vijay Shankar or Virat Kohli with Rahul at no. 3. People who watch a lot of domestic cricket really rate Vijay Shankar. Happy for him but his temperament will be tested. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2019 Jadeja and Vijay Shankar both make the cut as I thought. Overall, very balanced side. Must feel for Pant though. Lost out marginally. But also lesson for him to improve his wk skills https://t.co/7Hqz0XSMLe — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 15, 2019 What vijay shankar offers is 3 dimensional...batting, bowling and can field. Picked as batsman — neeru bhatia (@neerubhatia3) April 15, 2019 Vijay Shankar to BCCI after getting selected in the World Cup squad. pic.twitter.com/BPy6quQVvh — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 15, 2019 Vijay shankar takes Rayudu's place ð India WC XI pic.twitter.com/IzW9bSMDTM — ððð§ð£ð¢ð­ ððð²ðð¤ð¨ðð¢ (@jeranjit) April 15, 2019 Backup for almost every position. Rahul can open if Rohit/Dhawan have a lean patch or injury. Vijay Shankar's bowling isn't threatening but he offers a seam bowling all rounder option if Pandya isn't playing. Jadeja is the joker in the pack to perform the team balancing act. — cricBC (@cricBC) April 15, 2019 Congratulations to Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik who have been named in #TeamIndia's ICC #CWC19 squad. Send in your wishes for the duo! ð¸-BCCI pic.twitter.com/Iolf7Pc4gm — TNCA (@TNCACricket) April 15, 2019 Vijay Shankar batted beautifully in whatever chances he got. I believe Virat Kohli at 4 is the most viable option we have. Team should be in a position to not get shattered by the loss of early wickets. CT 2017 Final should be the first and only mistake — Ravi Maestri (@ravimaestri) April 15, 2019 Rishabh Pant could have replaced DK not Vijay Shankar. Vijay Shankar is better than Pant in rotating the strike — DS Raajjð®ð³ (@draju_tarun) April 15, 2019
  20. The last Honest Review Ft. Zain & Shantanu.... Or maybe not?
  21. Before you start reading about one of the most important symbols in 'Game of Thrones', this is your last chance to turn away as there will be spoilers ahead. If you've already seen the previous seasons of 'Game Of Thrones' and the premiere of the final season, carry on reading. We don't know much about the White Walkers, their origin and the Night King's intentions; however, we've seen the dead army's stamp time and time again. It's called the “Death Swirl” and we got to see it again in the first episode of Season 8. It is probably the scariest swirl we've seen yet as it consists of limbs and Ned Umber bang in the centre. The swirl gets discovered by Edd, Beric and Tormund and we get to know more what it may mean. Beric tells us that it may just be a message from the Night King. But before Beric could tell us more about the swirl, Ned Umber comes back to life and interrupts Beric's explanation. We all know that the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest thanks to the Three-Eyed Raven's visions of the past. The swirl was created by the Children of The Forest as confirmed by David Benioff in an interview. © HBO "There are certain symbols and patterns that recur throughout the show. The first time we saw that was in one of the very first scenes in the pilot when Will the ranger sees the Wildling body parts in an odd pattern displayed by the White Walkers. We see it again north of the Wall with the dead horses displayed in a spiral pattern, and then you see it again here and learn where these patterns come from, that they're ancient symbols of the Children of the Forest used in their rituals, and the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers,” said Benioff. From what we can gather, the pattern is symbolic to The Children of the Forest and the message the Night King is trying to send is that he remembers, he knows his purpose and he won't stop until he achieves it. The Night King's intentions and purposes are still shrouded in mystery so we will know for sure when it's revealed. This is not the first time we've seen the swirl as the symbol has made an appearance in various scenes before. We see the symbol for the very first time in the very first episode of Season 1. It was made up of wildling bodies and limbs that were arranged in the pattern of the Death Swirl. © HBO The next time we see the swirl is in the third episode of season three when Jon revisits “Fist of the First Men”. His fellow Night's Watchmen were murdered by the white walkers and their horses were mutilated to form the pattern of the symbol. The horse's heads were arranged in a spiral giving us a confirmation that this symbol plays some form of significance in the Night King's story arc. The last time we saw the Death Swirl before Season 8's premiere was in Dragonstone and was discovered by Jon Snow. It was discovered when Jon was mining for Dragonglass under the forgotten outpost. This discovery is probably the most crucial hint towards the symbol's significance as murals on the walls of the cave depict the Children of The Forest working together with the First Men at the first battle of the Long Night. They were the first to defeat the White Walkers and the death swirl is carved in the cave paintings with much significance. The prominence of the swirl painting on the walls is a major hint that it played a vital role even during the first Long Night. The death swirl according to some theories has to do with some form of magic and maybe some kind of a reminder about how the White Walkers were created. Other theories suggest that the symbol has something to with the weather. The further south these symbols are created, the further winter would envelop these lands. Other theories suggest that it may hold the secret of defeating the Night King. © HBO The Night King was created by the Children of The Forest by piercing a man's chest with Dragonglass. Dragonglass is one of the materials that can also destroy white walkers. If this swirl played a role in the creation of the Night King, just like Dragonglass, it may just also hold the secrets of defeating the Night King. We can't entirely be sure what the Death Swirl means until it is finally revealed in the final season but we can be certain that it plays a crucial role. It may be related to the Night King's ultimate fate or it may just be bigger than that altogether. Remember, George RR Martin has already said in past interviews that the ending to the series will be bittersweet. It's best we forget the traditional “Good Vs. Evil” concept and start preparing for some major shock in the final season of 'Game of Thrones'.
  22. Currently sitting at the fourth place on the Indian Premier League's points table, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals announced the inception of their very first season of 'gully cricket' championship which will take place between 13th April and 5th May 2019. In what is expected to be one of Delhi NCR's biggest tennis ball cricket tournaments, the Delhi Capitals Gully Cricket Championship is scheduled across 127 matches through the month and will be spread across eight zones and will be played in eight different venues across the city. With a total of 96 teams and more than 860 cricketing fans from in and around the capital taking part in the contest, each team must go through at least 11 games in the Zonal Round in order to then qualify for the City Finals. Dilliwalon, thank you for such an amazing response to the ultimate open tennis ball tournament! *Registrations are now closed* Kaun banega @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket ka asli champion? Ho jaao taiyyaar, ab aayega mazza!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/kCybeC6NMi — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 10, 2019 "Delhi Capitals is proud to bring back the concept of gully cricket to the streets of the city. Gully cricket is something that all cricket fans and players enjoy participating in, and with this initiative, Delhi Capitals wants to bring back the gully cricket culture to the streets of New Delhi,” said Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO, Delhi Capitals. The total number of players per squad is 9 which includes seven active players and two substitutes who are allowed to replace players only as fielders but not as a batsman or a bowler. One player from every team is allowed to bowl three overs, upon the discretion of the team while all the others can deliver only two overs per innings. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that of a 'Power-Over' during which the batting team is allowed to double the runs scored. The twist is that if a wicket falls during the Power-Over, it will also lead to five runs being deducted from the batting side's total. Intezaar hua khatam â Let the games begin Here's the complete schedule of our @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket Championship. Stay tuned with us for all the updates! Note - All teams are requested to report 45 minutes before their match timings.#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/WJN4Quynu1 — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 12, 2019 While the idea of a franchise as big as Delhi Capitals organising a grassroot-level competition is commendable in itself, these small alterations to the rules of the game make it that much more exciting and fun.
  23. Studying Twins is Science's love affair from the dawn of time simply because of the near perfect genetic and physical match. This is ideal for scientists to conduct studies for comparing changes in human responses to change in environments. NASA did a similar test with an astronaut who also happens to have a twin brother. Scott Kelly, U.S. astronaut suggested to NASA that he and his identical twin brother, Mark could be a subject of a study of long-term space flight. © NASA This gave scientists and researchers the unique opportunity to monitor two brothers with an identical gene footprint in two very different environments. One in space and one 250 miles below it. Results have finally been publishing and the findings are shocking. Scott experienced changes that his brother Mark did not. These changes went away six months after Scott returned to earth; however, none of these changes posed any health differences. The results are now out and these were the results according to the paper: © Reuters "In this paper, they showed there was no statistically significant difference in genetic modifications they could find between the twin in the space station with the one on the ground," said Gronostajski, the director of the University of New York at Buffalo's Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics graduate program. What were the changes? © NASA Scientists and doctors took many measurements from the Astronaut's body at molecular levels. Such a study has never been done before with such accuracy. Kelly also sent his blood samples to Earth via return capsules. Here are the changes that Kelly's body faced after a year in space: 1. 91.3 percent of Scott's gene activity returned to normal after six months landing back on Earth. The genes never mutated rather respond to the environment. 2. Flu Vaccine has the same effect in Space. 3. Kelly's end caps on Chromosomes got longer in space but returned to normal form upon his return. 4. One category of bacteria in Scott's gut increased, while another decreased; the ratio returned to normal after the mission. We don't yet whether this was harmful or not as more research is needed. 5. Kelly aged faster in terms of physical appearance than his Twin Brother in that period.
  24. Born in the locality of Behala in Kolkata, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly has been one of the most successful Indian cricketers, period. His aggressive batting style along with his eventually developed bowling and his relentless methods of leading a team as prestigious as the Men in Blue has left no doubt in the minds of the cricket-mad people of the country and those abroad. However, when 'Dada' decided to take up the role of a 'Special Advisor' to the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) little did he realise that his secondary role of being the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal might become somewhat of a hurdle of him being actively involved in the biggest cricketing league within India. Concerned about the possibility of 'conflict-of-interest' given the former Indian skipper's dual-role within the cricket fraternity of India, three fans of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman and Ethics Officer, DK Jain. The trio demanded a convincing justification from the former KKR captain with regards to the move he made in March. © Twitter/@IPL According to the Press Trust of India (PTI) , this is how the cricketer responded: "In my respectful submission there is no direct or indirect interest, compromising roles, commercial conflict, prior relationship or position of influence within the meaning of the BCCI Constitution which may deter my involvement with the Delhi Capitals." Having said that, ever since Ganguly has assumed the role of the 'Special Advisor' to the Delhi-based franchise, no one has been able to articulate what exactly is the legend going to be doing in his new journey with the Capitals. When Dada has first joined the team, Times of India reported that he would be working closely with the head-coach Ricky Poting. And recently when TOI asked the Australian about his relationship with his former rival, Ponting said that the two think in a similar fashion. "We have got very similar ideas and views on the game which has made us work well together. I love working with him." Even then, not even the head-coach himself, could describe Ganguly's role with the team. The closest to what felt like an actual contribution by the Bengali cricketer, according to Poting, was that Ganguly was spending time with all the southpaw batsmen of the team such as Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant, getting them ready for the Eden pitch, but is that it? © Twitter/@IPL What's worse is that not even the official website for the franchise acknowledges him as a member of the team, neither as one of the coaches nor as a staff member. Jeopardising an honourable role, one that of the president of a cricket board of a region, therefore doesn't quite settle in with the lack of recognition Dada is getting in return.
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