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  1. Very recently, the German national women's football team produced an ad campaign ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in which they spoke about how after winning one of the most prestigious European Championships, every woman of the squad received a tea set as medals for their glorious achievement. This was exactly three decades ago in 1989. Not a lot of news was made out of this because back then women were supposed to be making some good tea and the tea set would only add to their skills. Now, maybe in order to celebrate 30 years of sexual discrimination and the dominance of the male gender in sports, one of Spain's squash tournament's management team decided to repeat history, but only making it 10 times more interesting. “This is the 21st century, women aren't only meant to be making tea” they might have thought in their giant heads. “Let's reward them with *** toys instead!” Brilliant! Spain's Asturias Squash Championship 2019 saw some of the most competitive women squash players battle against each other on the squash court. They had trained night and day, putting in their blood, sweat and tears in order to achieve greatness in their game one day. For the 37-year-old Elisabet Sado Garriga, the day had finally arrived when she won the squash tournament a couple of days ago. Her reward? A gift bag with a waxing set to make her skin smooth, a foot care device to make those ugly feet pretty again and a branded “Pure Fantasy” vibrator because… needs. La imagen de los trofeos con los aberrantes regalos que ha denunciado @Ganamosconellas #ELTOPDELMACHISMO #sexismo #discriminación #Squash @revistalideras pic.twitter.com/P84iBsdSyx — Cristina Gallo (@crisgallo2) May 19, 2019 We have no idea as to why Garriga and the rest of the four place holders of the tournament got so offended that they registered a complaint against the tournament's management team that led to the Royal Spanish Squash Federation cancelling all tournaments for the year and even ordered the Asturian Institute of Women to investigate the matter. It is also believed that three of the helpless, sexist officials from the tournament were also asked to resign. Honestly, we do not even understand what all the fuss is about. After all, the club that hosted the tournament came out in public to say that whatever they did, it was not “done from a sexist standpoint.” If you ask us, rewarding an athlete with *** toys is always a great idea. Regardless of their gender, we are sure, they would be super excited to receive a token of appreciation that screams “you need to get laid!”. If anything, the sports tournament was too kind, thinking about the athletes' *** life like that. Do not see an issue with that...
  2. Cyclone 'Fani' is one of the biggest disasters that has struck the state of Odisha. More than 10 lakh people have suffered the consequences of the damage caused by the cyclone as locals are desperately trying to get back to a state of normalcy. © Twitter In times of need, one set of good Samaritans who are omnipresent at the time of need are the Khalsa Aid volunteers. The organisation always extends help in every way across the globe and this time yet again, they are in Odisha to help people get clean water and food. The volunteers have tied up with the local gurudwaras and have been preparing 'langar' for everyone there. East India Cyclone : @Khalsa_Aid team is in Puri to provide aid to the victims of Cyclone Fani. We will set up a community kitchen (Langar) for the displaced victims of the cyclone. Stay tuned for more updates. #cyclonefani #volunteers #disaster #khalsaaid @RaviSinghKA pic.twitter.com/iRW5WZqLuk — Khalsa Aid India (@khalsaaid_india) May 6, 2019 Cyclone Fani (Odisha): @Khalsa_Aid team is in Puri preparing fresh hot meals for the victims of cyclone Fani. The local Gurudwara Sahib along with local volunteers are assisting our team in the preparations. #khalsaaid #sewa #Odisha #cyclonefani @AkbaruddinIndia @arrahman pic.twitter.com/YIL5ocqW8e — Amarpreet Singh (@amarpreet1313) May 6, 2019 Needless to say, people on the internet are full of praises for these heroes. Weldone Khalsa Aid . Where there is a disaster, Khalsa Aid puts its efforts to their level best to reach there to render help. Keep it up .ð — Col Beant Singh(Rtd)à¨à¨°à¨¨à¨² ਬà©à¨à©°à¨¤ ਸਿੰà¨(ਰਿà¨à¨¾:) (@colbeant) May 6, 2019 Here they come, our super heroes Bole so nihaal sat shri akal ððð — Gurvinder Singh‏ ‏گرÙÙدر سÙÚ¯Ú¾ (@iofficialguri) May 6, 2019 Even last year, during the Kerala floods, the heroes of this non-profit organisation were present there to ensure that they did their bit. Humanity is still alive in this world, and it's people with hearts like theirs, who teach you to try and live selflessly.
  3. Quite a few sparks flew when an infamous Yogi used the phrase “green virus” for a section of our community. Instead of seeking to draw strength from the diversity our country shares, we are now caught up in a strange kind of murky politics in India. However, Japan does have some good news to share because another 'Yogi' in the country is showing us how to win people's heart and become their representative in the truest sense. A 41-year-old Indian-origin Japanese man has just become the first Indian to win an election in the country. © Twitter Named Puranik Yogendra, he goes by the nickname 'Yogi' and has been elected to Tokyo's Edogawa Ward assembly after securing the fifth highest vote count in the 21st April polls. Edogawa Ward houses the highest number of Indians in Tokyo, which is almost 10 percent of Japan's total Indian occupancy, which is over 34,000! Apart from Indians, Edogawa Ward is also home to a large number of Chinese and Koreans. © Twitter What makes Yogi, a Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan member, so special is his mission, “I want to be a bridge between Japanese and foreigners," Yogi told the media. Yogendra first visited Japan in 1997 as a university student in India. Two years later he was back in the country to study, and finally in 2001 Yogi arrived in Japan to work as an engineer. Reportedly, he has been living in Edogawa Ward since 2005. © Twitter After receiving Japanese citizenship, Yogi began pursuing a career in politics. "I want to be an assemblyman who can connect everyone regardless of nationality, age, or even disabilities, through my 20 years of living in Japan," Yogi said. We hope Yogis at home take some inspiration from this man.
  4. 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
  5. An official statement released by Epic, the video game company responsible for revolutionising the Battle Royale format of digital gaming and taking the esports world by storm, announced important details about the World Cup tournament for their iconic multi-million dollar project, 'Fortnite' set to take place between 26th and 28th July. View this post on Instagram Claim your seat at the Fortnite World Cup! Tickets are available for pre-registration. Link in bio. A post shared by Fortnite (@fortnite) on Apr 8, 2019 at 7:19am PDT Nothing unusual right? Video game tournaments happen all the time. After all, there are games like 'Counter-Strike' and the 'Call of Duty' series that has produced numerous teams from all over the world to put in hard work to perfect their hand at a particular game and compete for considerable sums of prize money. But when compared to outdoor sports that have enjoyed decades worth of heritage and millions of fans, one would take their time accepting the fact that 2019 'Fortnite' World Cup is going to consist of a prize money a lot more than Wimbledon. That's right. According to Wimbledon's official website, when Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic won the most prestigious Grand Slam last year, he won a total of $ 2,980,000. According to Epic's statement, the 2019 'Fortnite' World Cup will be offering an outrageous $30 million prize pool for solo and duo players in New York City. The winners will be collecting $3 million each, while every participant will be taking home a minimum of $50,000 for qualifying for the tournament. Other major sporting events with prize money smaller than 'Fortnite' World Cup include Indy 500 ($2,530,000), The Masters ($1,980,000), World Darts Championship ($640,000), Tour de France ($580,000), World Snooker Championship ($560,000) and Ironman World Championship ($120,000).
  6. It is official ladies and gentleman, Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are cursed for the entire 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The first half of the match between RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) gave the viewers the feeling that Virat Kohli and his side will finally pick up their first win of the season. The skipper played his best innings this year and his feat of 84 runs also helped him become only the second Indian cricketer to score 8000+ runs in the Twenty20 format, behind Suresh Raina. Kohli also became the fastest Indian to reach the milestone. The @RCBTweets Skipper departs after a terrific knock of 84 runs ðð#RCB 172/1 pic.twitter.com/bJl9RnuCCd — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 Even AB de Villiers, who was struggling to put up big numbers this year, came to Kohli's aide and played like his old self scoring quick 63 runs in just 32 balls to establish a rock-solid total of 205. Well into the second half of the game when it was KKR's turn to try and chase the massive score, it felt as if Bangalore can finally celebrate the win at their home ground. Even though batsmen like Chris Lynn, Robin Utthapa and Nitish Rana were able to put up decent numbers, the journey to chasing 205 runs seemed long and difficult. But the best (the worst for RCB) was yet to come. With the dismissal of KKR captain Dinesh Karthik, entered Andre Russell, who has been in superhuman form and has been referred to as the destroyer of bowlers on multiple occasions by multiple commentators. After taking four balls to dig his feet into the pitch, Russell looked locked and loaded to making the seemingly impossible task look like a child's play. The demolition of RCB and Virat Kohli's spirit began in the 17th over when Mohhamad Siraj bowled a beamer. As the ball paced for Russell's head he tried to deflect it with his bat. The velocity of the ball combined with the brute strength of the Carabean beast made the 'no-ball' travel across the boundary for a six. This delivery being Siraj's second beamer of the game forced him to give up the ball to Marcus Stoins, who in turn had to bowl the rest of the four deliveries of Siraj's over. Unfortunately for Stoins, the first ball he had to delivery was eligible for a 'free-hit'. Half-heartedly, the Aussie bowled at the length of 'the slot' which just happens to be Russell's favourite portion of the crease. Hitting a long maximum off the free-hit, Russell wanted to end the game as soon as possible. He then scored another six on the next ball and a hat-trick of sixes in the next over to tie the game at 205 runs a piece. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 The first ball of the over enabled the duo of Russell and Shubhman Gill to take an easy single to win the game. Watching the deconstruction of his dreams to finally win an IPL game this season, Kohli stood by the boundary line with his arms raised in amusement and eyes wide open in disbelief. While Twitter fans were awestruck by the Windies allrounder's showdown, our thoughts and prayers go out to the disheartened RCB fans who showed their frustration and anger online: Speechless. #RCBvKKR #VIVOIPL2019 — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 2019 RCB after every IPL match.. since 2008..#RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/SMzQ4fIs4O — Another Rohit (@which_rohit) April 5, 2019 Siraj's No ball costed RCB the game? Nah, this is where they lost. #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/ua6cbPPd2Y — Peeyush Sharma (@peeyushsharmaa) April 5, 2019 RCB players after match... #KKRvsRCB #RCBvsKKR pic.twitter.com/N3slrRnvFl — Sumer kadale (@Sumerkadale) April 5, 2019 Mood #Rcb ð pic.twitter.com/bq7YKvwdJC — Divyað¤(ashdeep exist ðâ¤) (@randeepashiii) April 5, 2019 mood watching RCB matches pic.twitter.com/KmsWUGANb0 — ð¹ð¸ (@JoBhejiThiDuaa) April 5, 2019 RCB bowlers to each batsman pic.twitter.com/14PuueykkX — Mumbaicha engineer (@berozgaarhoo) April 5, 2019 this season #RCB will be like pic.twitter.com/AIAh4ybx42 — DHRUV JAIN (@imdhruvjain) April 5, 2019 Good batting, great strategy, fielding , well maintained bowling, match winning.. RCB~ pic.twitter.com/y8M7VcL2t0 — ð°ï¸man (@_single_ladka_) April 5, 2019
  7. Powerbeats Pros is now official and was announced recently by Apple and will be the company's other true wireless earbuds. The new earbuds are said to have a better fit and sound quality when compared to the AirPods. The earbuds will be available this May; however, the new earbuds have already been spotted in the wild. © Twitter/Complex Lebron James was spotted sporting the new Powerbeats Pro at an event in Los Angeles. The picture was taken by Adam Pantozzi, a photographer based in Los Angeles. Apple has been known for giving out some of their products to athletes for better visibility. The Cupertino giant followed a similar strategy during the FIFA World Cup as many athletes were pictured sporting AirPods and Beats headphones. What's cool is that the company won the brand wars during the world cup without ever shelling out a single penny. You can read all about how Apple won the brand wars during the World Cup here. We can already see Apple following a similar strategy with the Powerbeats Pro as the wireless earbuds are targeted towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. If you want to know more about Powerbeats Pro you can read all about it here. © Apple The Powerbeats Pro is expected to last longer than before and comes with Apple's new H1 chip that can also be found on the new AirPods. The H1 Chip enables the new AirPods to fire up Siri by simply saying the command “Hey Siri”. The better fitting design is also supposed to reduce sound leakage which has been a known issue with AirPods. The Powebeats Pro is expected to last for up to nine hours or up to 24 hours of playback time with the charging case. The charging case also has a fast-charging feature that can give the earbuds an additional 1.5 hours of usage after five minutes of charge.
  8. At just 18 years of age, Muskan Kirar must feel on top of the world after bagging four medals including two golds, one silver and one bronze medal and was crowned the 'Individual Champion' in Compound women category at the 2019 Asia Cup World Ranking Archery Stage-1 in Bangkok on Monday. NEWS. India's Muskan Kirar ð¹ ð®ð³ defends Asia Cup ðð gold in Bangkok #archery ð¹ð¯ https://t.co/Bs0izP4q65 pic.twitter.com/hyIKv4TIXN — World Archery (@worldarchery) March 29, 2019 As sports enthusiasts, we are a sucker for stories that epitomise the rise of classic underdogs and Kirar's narrative does not disappoint. Hailing from the town of Jabalpur, Muskan has never been the one to back away from hard work. In an interview with india.com, her father spoke of her rigorous regimen during which Muskhan spends around nine hours every single day, putting in the effort just to get one step closer to perfecting her craft. And as a dedicated sports person, her achievements speak a thousand words about her sincerity and affection towards the game. Making a stunning debut on the professional level a couple of years ago in 2017, she put the national selectors on notice during the Senior Asian Championship in Dhaka and even managed to reach the Asia Cup Stage-3 the same year in Taipei, Taiwan in the senior category. But the archer was able to win her first gold in the sub-junior category during the 2017 season of National Archery Competition in Bhubaneswar and did not look back ever since. Before dominating the range at this year's Asia Cup, Kirar visited Bangkok in 2018 and had taken 'Krung Thep' by storm and won the gold back then as well. However, a big portion of credit behind Muskan's skyrocketing career must be given to her father Virendra Kirar who runs a butcher shop in their hometown of Jabalpur. “None of us usually talk about my profession as people look down upon it… But with whatever money I earn, I help my children accomplish their dreams,” Mr. Kirar told india.com. A father of three children, Virendra has made sure to not compromise with the sporting dreams of his kids. With Muskan clearly making a name for herself, her father is also dedicated to send his younger daughter Saloni into archery as well while making his boy, Basu, a karate expert. How often do we overlook the wonderful support system an athlete's family becomes for them. Parents like Virendra Kirar, go through hell to earn a living, only to give up on their own dreams and aspirations and make the world happen for their children. While there is no doubt that Muskan Kirar's relentless pursuit of her dreams got her to where she is right now, we have to acknowledge the sacrifices her father has made to make it a reality.
  9. Life is unpredictable. We never know when the biggest curveball would be thrown our way, and if we will be able to maneuver through it and come out a winner. Hawaldar Raju Rawat of 56 Engineer unit of the Indian Army was posted in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh and was a celebrated canoe player in Army before life took a you turn on him a few years ago. Hailing from Uttarakhand, Raju became a well known name after he was selected to represent India in the Asian Games finale in 2014. But things changed in 2015 when Raju was diagnosed with cancer following a bout of pain and discomfort. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Recalling the time of his diagnosis her told TOI, “I had started feeling the pain after coming back from Asia Games but could not gauge about the problem. I even attended national championships and won gold medal.” Post the diagnosis, Raju decided to recover before moving any further as a canoe player. Raju stood out of the games for the next two years, and shifted to New Delhi to get treated at the Army Hospital in the city. He finally beat cancer and got back into the sport last year in 2018. © TOI Raju gave credit to the army and his coach for their support and encouragement, that helped him to recover and get back on his feet. Raju told TOI that, ““Without their support and encouragement, I would have never made a comeback.” As on Sunday, Raju has won two bronze medal for our country in the International Canoeing Championship which had 13 participating countries. He won under the 500m C-2 and 200m C-2 category. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Raju's journey is inspiring, because not only did he fight in the face of death, but he came out a winner, and reclaimed his former glory as a trusted national level player. The army is thoroughly impressed by Raju display of valour and they have started sending him to schools and colleges to give motivational speeches. The army coach has just one thing to give credit to for Raju's success, “He is an army man and such courage is very common in army,'' said the coach, and we totally agree!
  10. This is the tale of a young Nigerian refugee boy who escaped his homeland along with his mother as the fear of the inhuman terrorist organisation, Boko Haram continued to grow amidst the streets of Nigeria. Getting inside the borders of the United States of America a year ago, the family found solace, no matter how temporary it may be, in a tiny homeless shelter of Manhattan, New York. The eight-year-old boy, who has come to be known as Tani to his American friends, was guaranteed education in a local elementary school called P.S. 116 wherein, a chess coach, Russell Makofsky, took him under his wing. While Tani showed a lot of interest in the sport, his mother was afraid that she won't be able to afford his dreams as they family was living in a shelter and affording two meals a day was a struggle in itself. Tani's coach Makofsky therefore decided to teach him the sport without taking a single penny from the family. “talent is universal but opportunity is not.” Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let's spread the word and help him out https://t.co/16VdapSimb pic.twitter.com/bXybqSBRle — camila (@Camila_Cabello) March 19, 2019 This is what makes Tani's achievements more impressive. The third-grader, who started playing the game almost a year ago, won the New York State chess championship in his category whilst defeating the kids that belonged to the richest families of the state, who could afford private chess sessions from the best coaches at their disposal, giving them a huge advantage over them. Life for the young genius has not been easier despite being thousands of miles away from the terror of Boko Haram. Kids from his school often teased him for being homeless and there have been numerous evenings when he has returned to his shelter with teary eyes because of it. During a pep rally held by his school, his principal Jane Hsu said: “It's an inspiring example of how life's challenges do not define a person.” Hsu also commends Tani's family for their limitless support and love for their child who has been destined to do great things. Tani wishes to become the youngest grandmaster of all time and at the rate at which he has been improving his game month after month, the time is not far when he finally realises this dream of his.
  11. It feels like cricketer-turned-sledger Virender Sehwag has taken over the job of rubbing every loss Team Australia incurs in their faces. What started out as a skit based on the 'Babysitter banter' between the Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and Aussie Test Captain Tim Paine during India's tour Down Under, converted into a full-fledged promo for the ongoing T20I and ODI series going on between the two cricketing titans. Acting as the babysitter to infants who enter the dressing room wearing the Australian kit, Sehwag challenged Aaron Finch and team in the most unique manner. 'We will babysit every single member of the Australian cricket team', said the former opener. The promo was on point, it was hilarious and garnered a lot of attention on social media. There was just a slight problem with it. Expecting to continue with the winning streak after India destroyed the Aussies on their soil a month ago, India went head to head with them in the two-match T20I series and were absolutely dominated in both bowling and batting during the same. Cricketing legend Matthew Hayden had warned the Men in Blue to not take his side lightly and calmly reminded Sehwag (and the rest of the world) that they were the reigning World Champions. #BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy https://t.co/yRUtJVu3XJ — Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 11, 2019 However, we underestimated them and faced the harsh consequences. This led to another Sehwag promo in which he literally begged to presumably Virat Kohli's men to make a comeback during the five-match ODI series. Thankfully, the Indian cricket team as a whole found their form and have won both the ODIs (although not too comfortably) thanks to the heroic 141-run partnership shared between MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav in the first and Virat Kohli's 116-runs innings in the second. As expected, Sehwag is back at it, talking about the brilliance of the Indian batting order during the last two games in a new promo. “He's asking me how to dismiss the Indian batsmen,” a visibly happy Sehwag says while holding a baby Aussie. “Oye! Why should I tell you?” The thing is, a pattern has occurred between these promos (that are hilarious, by the way) and the winning and losing of Team India. Every time Viru has called out the Aussies, they have replied with a great performance and Kohli's guys have lost. We just hope that Sehwag has not jinxed the winning streak and that the pattern breaks this time as Team India (leading 2-0) will be playing to win the ODI series, during the third match in Ranchi.
  12. 'Eating clean and eating lean' is a way of life that has been made all the more popular in the recent times, courtesy the long ongoing cultural awakening with regards to food consumption. Veganism, Pescetarianism and all the other -isms making their way to mainstream diet categories every other day is proof that the world is only catching up to something that Indians have been privy to for the longest time. How, you ask? Well, the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of 'sattvic aahaar' has been preached and followed in the Indian subcontinent for the longest time. Sattvic foods are fresh, juicy, light, nourishing, as well as tasty, which give necessary energy to our body without taxing it. Thus, when it comes to “eating clean and eating lean' we have had the secret within our reach all along. © MensXP But the issue is, with commercialisation ruling over our lives, we haven't been able to stick to the philosophy the way we should. So, two friends decided to take matters into their own hands and change things for good. But how could they compete with the roaring popularity of packaged food that was such a hit with one and all, and also happened to be the main culprit behind why we moved away from the sattvic way of life in the first place. That is exactly what that led to the inception of Sattviko, which aims to present traditional Indian recipes with a modern twist. Sure enough, no sooner had they launched that their products took the entire 'packaged food' market by storm, making them the largest global Indian brand which takes Indianness to every household. © MensXP Today, Sattviko's flavoured makhana, gud chana, khakra chips, and minute namkeen are some of their most sought after products. But this success didn't come easy to Prasoon and Ankush, who are the masterminds behind 'Sattviko'. Before they got their hands on the winning formula, the duo had to face their own share of setbacks. There were two major learning curves they had to work through before they struck gold. Prasoon and Ankush had launched their first startup Tech Buddies with a few of their friends during their final year at IIT Roorkee. After graduation they shifted base to Delhi and within a year managed to achieve a turnover of 1 crore. But soon one of their key partners Suren, quit the venture, followed by two others. © MensXP At this point Prasoon and Ankush decided to move to Jaipur to the explore the opportunity their. But even with large expansion, they did not get the desired returns and had to sell of their company by the end of 2013. This bugged Prasoon to no end, he couldn't keep still until he discovered what was the reason behind the company's unsuccessful trajectory. By the end of that year, after much self-reflection and groundwork, Prasoon and Ankush decided to launch a chain of restaurants that served traditional Indian sattvic food. While at it, they also introduced sattvic food in packaged form and that became a huge hits with consumers. That is how they decided to shut their restaurants and focus entirely on packaged traditional Indian food items instead. © MensXP Talking about this huge leap, Prasoon told MensXP that, “we didn't know ABC of packaged food business when we started out,” and yet within a short span of 4 years Sattviko has managed to reintroduce sattvic food to 10 million Indians. For them, “entrepreneurship is just like a regular profession, but with extra challenges. However, the long term satisfaction is much bigger.” Sattiko as a team has grown manifolds since its creation, and people who are connected to the brand live by the philosophy of seva or service. Prasoon and Ankush plan to take Sattviko to the global platform, and have no plans of stopping any time soon. Catch Prasoon and Ankush share more insights into entrepreneurship, its challenges and quirks, as they spill the beans on their success mantra to MensXP.
  13. With the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, here is a look at what the members of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian cricket team are up to these days. Virender Sehwag © Reuters Although Sehwag did not have the perfect World Cup final as he was dismissed on the second delivery for a duck against Sri Lanka, he did have a great run during the 2011 World Cup tournament itself, which began with a massive 175-run innings against Bangladesh in the first match. After officially retiring from all formats of the game in 2015, Viru provides his expertise on various pre and post match analytical shows. Sehwag is a proud owner of Sehwag International School that has been producing some of the most talented players from the younger lot. He can also be seen on social media every now and then, roasting others and sometimes, even himself. Sachin Tendulkar © Reuters In his final days as one of the Men in Blue, the 2011 World Cup can probably be considered as the endgame for the master blaster. Having an above average run, Tendulkar was more or less consistent during the Group matches and also the Knockout rounds. Scoring 120 against England in the second match and 53 against Australia in the quarter finals, Tendulkar made it clear to the world that he's still got it. After lifting the cup during the victory round with the Wankhede Stadium chanting his name, Tendulkar retired from ODIs in 2012 after a disappointing series against England. What is remarkable about Tendulkar's post-retirement life is how much he has done to promote sports other than cricket. Owner of the Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters and Premier Badminton League franchise Bengaluru Blasters, Tendulkar is also the UNICEF ambassador for Hygiene and Sanitation and also launched a sports management company called STD in 2016. Gautam Gambhir © Reuters Probably the most consistent batsman throughout the 2011 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir played a crucial role in India successfully chasing Sri Lanka's respectable score of 274 in the final. Although Gambhir got bowled off Thisara Perera's delivery with 50 odd runs still left to be made, his heroic innings helped MS Dhoni reach the target a lot more easily. After winning the 2011 World Cup, Gambhir struggled to find his form and went off the radar for quite some time. He began to play domestic cricket and was even called to play a Test series against New Zealand in 2016. However, Gambhir announced his retirement ahead of his final match for team Delhi in the 2018 Ranji Trophy season, in which he also scored a century on 6th December 2018. Virat Kohli © Reuters Scoring a decent 35 in the final against Sri Lanka, Kohli was just 22 years old when India lifted the Cup. Although he became a familiar face for the Indian audience, not a lot was expected out of the future captain as players like Sehwag and Tendulkar were there. Kohli himself has expressed a lack of emotions after the win because he didn't feel like he earned it. A lot has changed in eight years. Not only has the 22-year-old outspoken boy evolved into a wise and calm (relatively) captain, he has also spearheaded the team to great heights, winning a Test series in Australia, for instance, which none of his predecessors were able to achieve. With the 2019 World Cup approaching, Kohli looks focused and will surely have strong emotions towards whatever the Indian Cricket Team has in store for themselves in the future. MS Dhoni © Reuters A captain, a wicketkeeper and a batsman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni aced in every category during the 2011 World Cup. A massive but more importantly, clutch innings put out by the middle-order hitter was a great testament of exactly how much we will miss Mahi when he finally decides to retire (hopefully after another World Cup). Named the Man of the Match in the final, Dhoni won the Cup for Team India in wonderful fashion with a six. Eight years later, despite many stints of bad form, Dhoni continues to be the 'finisher of games' for the Indian side. After winning the ODI series in Australia while acting as the backbone of the squad, Dhoni has proved his critics wrong once again and is making a great case for another hand at the upcoming World Cup. Yuvraj Singh © Reuters Other than getting out on the first ball against Pakistan in the semi final, Yuvraj Singh was steady as a rock for the Men in Blue for the entire tournament. His back-to-back 50s against England and Ireland in the initial rounds and a masterful 113 against the Windies in the 42nd Match were some of the best innings played during that year's World Cup. Soon after winning the World Cup, Singh was diagnosed with a rare cancer which spread into his lungs but after months of therapy and diet-control, Yuvi was able to make a comeback to cricket. Although, he has not yet announced his retirement, his absence from the roster is a clear indication of the inevitable. His Yuvraj Singh Foundation and cancer organisation, YouWeCan is focused on helping diagnosed patients get treatment and create awareness against the stigma attached to cancer. Suresh Raina © Reuters To be completely honest, Suresh Raina did not contribute a lot towards India's rise throughout the tournament and thanks to Dhoni's game-winning innings, did not get to bat in the final too. His best innings came in the semi final during which the batsman scored 36 runs. After being an integral part of Team India for years to come after the 2011 victory, Raina hit a slump in 2016 and has been on and off the team ever since. Having played his last ODI and T20I match for the national team back in July'18 against England, Raina is trying to make a comeback but it may be too late for the senior middle-order batsman to return. Zaheer Khan © Reuters In a time when Indian bowling was considered to be subpar, it was Zaheer Khan who led the attack when his side was fielding. Albeit, Khan proved to be expensive in the final three overs against the Lankans in the final, his consistency and deliverance throughout the tournament can not be questioned. Case in point, Khan's three-wicket attack against England in what was considered to be the toughest match throughout the tournament for India. After retiring from international and domestic cricket in 2015, 'Zak' has entered the fitness industry with his brainchild venture ProSport Fitness. Khan now has two fitness centres in Mumbai and is looking to expand to other cities as well. He also has a couple of restaurants and a sports lounge in Pune. S Sreesanth © Reuters 27 years old at the time, S Sreesanth was fierce with the ball. However, the World Cup proved to be a disappointment for the pacer who gave up 52 runs in just 8 overs in the final match against Sri Lanka. Sreesanth was a surprise pick for the playing 11 after Ashish Nehra was out due to an injury. His journey after winning the Cup was full of unfortunate milestones as two years later, the Kerala-born was caught in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 IPL scandal and was sentenced a lifetime ban from playing cricket. Recently, Sreesanth became the 2018 season's runners-up of the reality show, Bigg Boss. Sreesanth has appealed to the judiciary, time and again to lift the ban on his cricketing career but it hasn't led to anything fruitful. Harbhajan Singh © Reuters Cricket is not all about aggressive bowling and trying to take wickets, it is also about preventing to concede runs and work towards forcing the opponent to put up the smallest total that they can. During the 2011 World Cup, Bhajji, who not only was the second highest wicket taker for the Indian side, he also had one of the best economy rate amongst the Men in Blue. Not having officially retired from the international scenario, Singh has no plans of playing international or first class cricket anymore. Having said that, he continues to play for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Munaf Patel © Reuters Munaf Patel's impressive performance in the ODI series in Sri Lanka in 2010 got him a spot in the 2011 World Cup squad as Parveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra were out due to injury. While a lot of people belief Patel's role in the victory wasn't very eventful, the more technically sound fans call him the unsung hero. The then-bowling coach, Eric Simmons commends Patel's high degree of skills which covered up the lack of pace. Unfortunately for Patel, once the World Cup was over, his days with the Indian national team were numbered. Playing his last ODI against England in September 2011, Patel was last seen on the field, playing in the 2017 IPL for the Gujarat Lions. He has also expressed the desire to begin a career as a coach.
  14. 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' or PUBG will hold a PUBG Mobile tournament called 'PUBG Mobile India Series 2019' with a total prize pool of Rs 1 crore for the Indian gamers. It is the first official open-to-all PUBG Mobile tournament hosted in India and the 1 crore prize pool will consist of cash prizes and phones sponsored by OPPO. © Nodwin (for representational purposes only) After registrations, players will have to compete against other squads and there are no limits on the number of teams participating. The qualifier rounds begin from 21st January followed by an online play-off of more than 2000 teams. The grand finale will be held on 10th March with a final of 20 teams. © Twitter There are multiple awards up for grabs, including an MVP Award, The Exterminators, The Healers, and a lot more. While the winning team will go home with the 1 crore rupee prize, this will be India's first ever gaming competition at such a large scale. Amid the ongoing excitement about the competition, NewsByte has compiled a list of top ranking PUBG players from India who have an edge at winning the tournament. 1. MADDOG: Currently leading the ETG Clan, this player is known to be fierce. With a solid fanbase and dedicated PUBG forums, he has led his team to win multiple tournaments in the past. He is currently a favourite of many, and with the upcoming tournament, all eyes are on him. 2. 8bit-Thuglife: Animesh Agarwal is the real name behind the username and he's from Guwahati. He established the 8-bit clan and they've gone on to make a name for themselves in the PUBG eSports community. Thanks to thousands of hours of training, he has mastered the Third Person and First Person perspective genres. © YouTube 3. iMaZik: A member of the GodL clan, he is actually an emulator player. Even though he has made a name for himself via an emulator, he is equally on mobile as well. His most recent achievement includes having the most kills at India Crew League PUBG tournament. 4. Experiment: A part of the SOUL clan, one of India's best PUBG eSports clan. He has mastered the First Person Perspective mode and his achievements include 100 Royal points. Not only does he belong to Ace tier, but also boats an impressive kill to death ratio. 5. MORTAL: Even he is a part of the SOUL Clan, and this makes the clan even more lethal. Naman Mathur is the real name behind the username and he's from Mumbai. The 23-year old is also known for his deadly encounters on Mini Militia. He has accurate headshots leading to over 10 kill-to-death ratio in PUBG Mobile.
  15. Beating all the odds and going against everyone's expectations, 'Sasural Simar Ka' actress Dipika Kakar Ibrahim took the 'Bigg Boss 12' trophy home. It was a great, but controversial victory for her, as many 'Bigg Boss' fans felt that it was unfair to make her the winner instead of her 'Bhai' Sreesanth. © Twitter This season of 'Bigg Boss' was all about 'vichitra jodis', but eventually all the pairs got divided and it was the jodi of 'Sreepika' that turned into the strongest force against everyone. The 'brother-sister' duo became inseparable from there on, as Dipika stood by Sreesanth during crucial times. While their respective fans stand divided on her victory, there are no hard feelings between Dipika and her 'Bhai' Sree and her latest post is proof of the same. © Twitter Recently, after getting back on social media, Dipika posted an emotional message for her Sreesanth, thanking him for being with her in this difficult journey. Dipika wrote, "The proudest moment for me!!! As the top two contestants were #sreepika !!! Thank you bhai for being with me in this difficult journey...no matter what we both were together in every situation standing by each other and this was our biggest strength!!! Already missing the Statue...the fights and the meals we had together in the house...I am and will be your sister for life" View this post on Instagram The proudest moment for me!!! As the top two contestants were #sreepika !!! Thank you bhai for being with me in this difficult journey.... no matter what we both were together in every situation standing by each other and this was our biggest strength!!! Already missing the Statue... the fights and the meals we had together in the house.... I am and will be your sister for life..... @sreesanthnair36 A post shared by Dipika (@ms.dipika) on Jan 1, 2019 at 4:49am PST She even thanked her fans for their love and support, "We did it!!!! Others nothing above being honest to yourself in any and every walk of life... and that is what has made us win hearts and achieve this!!! Dil se thanku to all This trophy is from you all for you all.. lots of love and a happy new year to all. #stayblessed." we did it!!!! Others nothing above being honest to yourself in any and every walk of life... and that is what has made us win hearts and achieve this!!! Dil se thanku to all This trophy is from you all for you all.. lots of love and a happy new year to allððâ¤ï¸ #stayblessed pic.twitter.com/jz1jI8fPwj — Dipika Kakar Ibrahim (@ms_dipika) January 1, 2019 Dipika, Sreesanth, Romil Chaudhary, Deepak Thakur, Karanvir Bohra were the top five contestants who were competing against each other for the 'Bigg Boss' 12 trophy.
  16. This season of 'Bigg Boss', a cult favourite amongst the Indian masses, was one of the lowest ranked, fizz-free season which failed to garner a lot of interest. Gladly, the show is not over and the winning trophy has gone to none other than 'Sasural Simar Ka' actress Dipika Kakar Ibrahim. Winner #BB12 @ms_dipika.#BB12GrandeFinale #BiggBoss12Finale pic.twitter.com/HpBdq4nfnd — COLORS (@ColorsTV) December 30, 2018 The actress defeated none other than her 'bhai' Sreesanth to win the trophy. Sree is the first runner up of the show. The other two finalists in the top 4 included Romil and Deepak, who were a big hit with the masses. However, like every decision, this one has the fans divided over the fact that whether it was a fair decision of the audience or not. Congratulations @ms_dipika on winning #BiggBoss12 ð. You truly deserve it ...Your journey was commendable and inspiring! You were urself and your values made you the winner! Kudos to you! ð¤ð — Rohan Mehra (@rohan4747) December 30, 2018 Yess yess yess #DipikaKakar won #BB12 Deserving one Never abuse Played task with dignity Always take stand for right Happy with this news Let's nacho ðºðºðºðº @Shoaib_Ibrahim1 @SabaIbrahim13 #DipikaTheGracefulWinner — G@nesh__ð¦ (@lm_ganesh_) December 30, 2018 Lets nacho My dipi won Truely deserves ðð #DipikaKakarIbrahim @ms_dipika congratulations princess ð #BB12 #BB12GrandFinale pic.twitter.com/siye6HFNHD — imwithdipikaðµð¸ (@SurbhiC75450574) December 30, 2018 A lot of fans are not happy with the decision and feel that Sree could have won, while many feel that both of them didn't deserve to be in the top 2. Wht the **** ?? Why #DipikaKakar won ?? ISse acha to #SREESANTH Jeet jaata , atleast show mein kuch kra hain nt like #DipikaKakar who just cry 24 hrs. ðð#ShilpaShinde ke worst winner ka tag #DipikaKakar Ko mil Gaya THtz worst .... ðð — NeElMaN (@NeElMan_029) December 30, 2018 #DipikaKakar won #BiggBoss12 has to be the biggest joke of 2018. She didn't even do anything to be a winner. This has to be the worse season in the history of #BiggBoss Screw you @ColorsTV what a waste of time!! — Preet (@mm_preet) December 30, 2018 To be absolutely honest this year @BiggBoss has been BAD. Now with #DipikaKakar winning #bb12 goes down in history as the worst season til date. #MicDrop . — Andy Kumar (@iAmVJAndy) December 30, 2018 Some believe that it is all the 'halwa' that made her win. Worst show ke finale main winner #Dipikakakar congratulation Halwa Halwa kara colors ka chehra thhi winner to makers ko banana hi thha Real Winner Romil — #Romil _choudhary #Romilsquad (@Beingkhanumar) December 30, 2018 From next time plz choose only dignified people n do satsang instead of biggboss, or maybe do a dipika mata ka halwa show @ms_dipika u r not deserving at all. Fake winner of a fake show ! Partial n favoured! I hope u sleep in peace after this non deserving win! — RonitaKrishnaSharma (@ronitasharma) December 30, 2018 While everyone is entitled to an opinion, we cannot ignore the fact that Dipika was indeed a dignified player who didn't indulge in any crass arguments or crossed her line of morality to grab eyeballs. She is also taking home the big prize money with the trophy.
  17. 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.
  18. I have a question for everyone – The world will be such a better place if there was no hate and everyone just co-existed peacefully. No, I don't want to sound preachy, I'm just stating facts. And, to prove that point even further, here's a Facebook post by Sania Ahmad Hasan talking about how people being respectful and living in harmony is important. She starts off by saying she lives in Jamia Nagar in New Delhi, a place where a good percentage of the population is Muslim. She wrote, “I live in the predominantly Muslim area of Jamia Nagar in Delhi. There are a few Hindu families that live near my house though.” As everyone knows, Navratras just ended and how important it is to a lot of people. Her post further said, “In an area of mosques every few kilometres, there is a small temple for these families here. Nowadays, because of Navratras, the temple plays bhajans all day.” She went on to talk about the respectful and nice gesture from all the people there, that might be small, but means so much more. She said, “However, during each of the azaans, they pause the bhajans. On the other side, the Muslim meat shops near their houses put up a black curtain and sell their wares discreetly from behind it during these 9 nights, in respect of their fast and sentiments.” The last line, the conclusion and the proof of my first point – “The beauty of peaceful co-existence! Sigh!” It's a small story but every tiny thing matters and these gestures probably meant a lot to all the Muslim and Hindu people living in the area. The post has so many people appreciating the kind actions of people, and even asking more stories like this, so people can understand the importance of co-existence. Spread humanity! Yes. It's all about respect.
  19. The southern state of Telangana has seen better days. Of late, the state has been marred with a series of tragic murders, and the State Police Department has been facing constant pressure and criticism over the matter, from the media and citizens alike. Amidst numerous speculations about the inefficiency of the Telangana Police, a viral photograph of a Telangana constable's kind gesture has been nudging viewers to reconsider their judgements, and acknowledge the “human face of cops”. Head Constable Officer Mujeeb-ur-Rehman (of Moosapet PS) who was on duty for conducting SCTPC exam in Boys Junior College, Mahbubnagar trying to console a crying baby, whose mother was writing exam inside the hall. #HumanFaceOfCops#Empathy pic.twitter.com/QudRZbAADu — Rema Rajeshwari IPS (@rama_rajeswari) September 30, 2018 The picture shared by IPS officer Rema Rajeshwari on Twitter yesterday, shows Head Constable Mujeeb-ur-Rehman attempting to pacify a 4-year-old baby sitting on his lap, while the toddler's mother wrote her exam in the premises of the centre. Rehman was put on law and order duty at the Boys Junior College, Mahabubnagar, which was an exam centre for the SCTPC exams, on Sunday. Rehman was quoted as saying to TNM, that this was the first time he had witnessed a candidate bring their infant to an exam centre. This should be the real face of the Indian Police ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ — Swaroop Charmling (@GurkhaSwaroop) September 30, 2018 It was when Rehman was patrolling outside the school premises, after the commencement of the exams, that he noticed that the baby was getting impatient without its mother. The child had been left in the care of its teenaged aunt, who found it difficult to console the baby with every passing minute. After noticing the young girl struggling with the inconsolable baby for a little longer, Rehman couldn't help but step in. After the cop cradled the toddler, the baby not only stopped crying soon enough but fell asleep within thirty minutes of being held in Rehman's arms. He then proceeded to hand over the child to its aunt. The incident was captured in a picture-perfect frame by IPS officer Rema Rajeshwari, who then shared it on her personal Twitter handle. Man with a golden heartðLook at their expressions ð — Shashi Menon (@cherukote) September 30, 2018 The photograph has since gone viral, and people from all parts of the country have joined in to praise the kind cop for his thoughtful gesture. It is believed that this was much needed at a time like this, when the public seems pretty upset with the state police's lack of timely intervention in previous cases.
  20. Ahead of the 2018 Asia Cup, cricket fans and pundits seemed pretty sure about the competition between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the all-important trophy. While some anticipated Bangladesh to spring a surprise or two, few would have expected anything at all from the likes of Afghanistan and Hong Kong. But, since the first game, the ongoing tournament continues to offer surprises. It all began with Bangladesh recording a 137-run rout of Sri Lanka in the tournament opener. Then, it was Afghanistan who romped to a 91-run win to send the Lankans packing. The fourth match of the tournament saw Hong Kong almost pulling off an upset against India before eventually losing the game by 26 runs. © BCCL For a team that is still an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Hong Kong clearly punched above their weight to give India a surprising scare. Chasing a total of 285 runs, Hong Kong got off to a roaring 174-run start with both openers Nizakat Khan (92) and Anshuman Rath (73) notching up their respective fifties. But, a middle-order collapse saw them being restricted to 259/8 in their quota of 50 overs. Hong Kong did lose the game, which they probably think they should've, but there is no denying that the team packs a punch and is destined to do better in the future. Their performance against India also saw them earning a lot of praise from the cricket bigwigs and fans alike. But, the best gesture for Hong Kong came from the Indian team themselves. Dressing Room ð¹: #TeamIndia's heart-warming gesture. After a hard-fought game, #TeamIndia visited Hong Kong's dressing room and met the promising cricketers, posed for pictures and shared their knowledge - by @28anand. Full video here - https://t.co/RtbuJ5biVo pic.twitter.com/CTkOO7T90I — BCCI (@BCCI) September 19, 2018 After surviving the scare, Rohit Sharma and his team were seen going to the Hong Kong dressing room to laud them for their fighting spirit. A video of the incident was shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter. "Dressing Room: #TeamIndia's heart-warming gesture. After a hard-fought game, #TeamIndia visited Hong Kong's dressing room and met the promising cricketers, posed for pictures and shared their knowledge," the Indian cricket board tweeted. The video has since gone viral on the micro-blogging website, where the cricket fans were seen appreciating Team India's touching gesture. India showed great sportmanlike behaviour throughout the England tour and look like they are continuing it in this competition. They are a credit to their nation and the whole world of cricket. #respect — Dave Bundy (@bundy201065) September 19, 2018 Good Gesture, well played Hong Kong. This is what INDIA is all about. — D@k$h... (@Dakshesh1729) September 19, 2018 Superb one#Respect ....ultimately it's our Culture... The India... Indian. ðððð — Iftikar Rahman (@jsifti) September 19, 2018 That's the spiritðððð — Anand. R (@Indiaisgr88) September 19, 2018 brilliant gesture by the Indian team. well played Hong Kong. looking forward of more of you # — Kaptaan Kohli (@siedry_) September 19, 2018 India ð®ð³ not only win matches but they win our hearts ♥ï¸ love u #MenInBlues ðð — ABHILASHA Singh (@iamabhi08) September 20, 2018 Lovely. This will surely help them grow their morale. — The R Man (@RaviRulzz) September 19, 2018
  21. Not very long ago, Saina Nehwal reigned supreme as the postergirl of Indian badminton. Then came a challenger, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. The young girl fought tooth and nail through a series of brilliant performances on the international stage. But, as Nehwal and Sindhu fought for supremacy, Indian badminton took pride in the fact that they could now boast two of the best shuttlers in the world - a luxury that eluded India for many years. Today, Sindhu is arguably the more convincing and consistent shuttler than her experienced compatriot. While Nehwal has struggled with injuries and unfavourable results, Sindhu has enjoyed a great run across tournaments. If anyone has followed her career graph, they'd agree that Sindhu, over the years, has mastered the art of delivering in crunch situations. And, her silver-medal finish in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games is a testimony to that. After becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach a singles final at the Asian Games, Sindhu went on further to etch her name in the annals of Indian sports history by bagging a historic silver medal in the women's singles event. The 23-year-old went down fighting 21-13, 21-16 against Tai Tzu Ying in the summit clash. © AP Going into the final having lost five straight games to Tai, Sindhu, ahead of their clash, claimed that she had a few cards up her sleeve and some ideas to counter her Chinese Taipei opponent. But, on the day it mattered the most, none of those tricks could save Sindhu from suffering her sixth consecutive defeat against Tai. Having displaced Nehwal in the semifinals, Tai appeared to be destined for glory as she began dominating the final right from the start. Making full use of her speed and precision, Tai forced Sindhu to play catch up as she romped to a 5-0 lead in the first game. The Indian shuttler tried to cut the deficit, but Tai was always a step ahead. From deploying perfectly-disguised drop shots to bamboozling the opponent with clever wristwork, the Chinese Taipei player wrapped up the first game 21-13 in a mere 16 minutes. Staring down the barrel, Sindhu knew she had to begin well in the second game. Playing with a strategy to push Tai to the back of the court, Sindhu did well to put the second game level at 4-4. © Reuters However, a sense of urgency and desperation to push the tempo saw Sindhu committing far too many errors. When she managed to find adequate range on her deep shots, Sindhu's drops that followed were just not effective to win points. With every single point, Tai tightened her grip on the gold medal and an un-returnable smash saw her taking a 15-10 lead. The final stages of the game saw Tai earning a match point and while Sindhu managed to save one, she couldn't prolong the inevitable after her opponent notched up the gold with a brilliant drop shot. Sindhu's dream of pulling one back against Tai and securing India's first Asian games gold in badminton singles event went up in flames. If Sindhu was good, Tai was even better. There is no denying that Sindhu's silver medal is worthy of praise, it surely is. But, the fact that the Indian shuttler has now lost three finals at major events this year undoubtedly exposes an area of improvement that Sindhu needs to work on. © AP Before suffering a heartbreak against Tai, Sindhu lost the Commonwealth Games final to Nehwal in Gold Coast and the summit clash of World Championships to Carolina Marin in Nanjing earlier this year. She had also lost the finals at India Open to Beiwen Zhang and Thailand Open to Nozomi Okuhara this year. Sindhu is undeniably a fantastic shuttler who probably got outplayed by Tai in the final, but the fact she has been losing the finals more consistently than winning them is something that could very well dent her reputation and surely derail her journey to becoming one of the world's best.
  22. Battered, bruised and eventually left to pick up the pieces after their Lord's debacle, the Indian cricket team fought against all odds to restore the faith of their fans with a resounding comeback in the five-match Test series against England. Trailing 0-2 in the much-anticipated series, Team India showed everyone why they are ranked No. 1 in the longest format following their massive 203-run triumph at Trent Bridge. Taking the field with their back against the wall, the Indian team was adequately aided by a crucial 60-run opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan (35) and KL Rahul (23). And, if the openers got India off to a solid start, the 159-run stand between Virat Kohli (97) and Ajinkya Rahane (81) for the fourth wicket allowed the visitors to amass 329 runs in the first innings. © Reuters A much-improved showing with the bat was followed by an equally impressive bowling performance where the likes of Hardik Pandya (5-28), Ishant Sharma (2-32) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-37) all combined together to ensure England bundled out for a paltry 161 runs in the first innings. The second innings saw another brilliant batting performance from India's top 4, with skipper Kohli standing tall for his pivotal 103. Posting a mammoth target of 521 runs, India already had an upperhand over the opposition psychologically and the bowlers did the rest. It took just one-and-a-half days for Kohli & co to stun England with Bumrah repeating the heroics of Pandya with his five-for in the second innings. © Reuters For a team that was believed to be buried and dead, Kohli-led India made the critics and naysayers eat their words through a spirited performance in the third Test. Their win also meant that the Indian fans can still hope for their side to go on and win the series. And, even if it seems far-fetched, the 2-1 scoreline in the series surely makes for an exciting contest in the remaining games. On the other hand, for someone like Kohli, who was fighting his own demons to come good in the English conditions, the emphatic win achieved on the back of 200 individual runs (both innings combined) was not only worthy of the 'Man of the Match' award, but also established his stature as one of the best in the business. © Reuters If India's triumph elated the fans, Kohli's heartfelt gesture after the game for Kerala flood victims earned him more respect. After accepting the MoM award, Kohli acknowledged the state of great emergency in Kerala back home and, likewise, dedicated India's win to those affected by the natural calamity. "We would like to dedicate this victory to Kerala flood victims, it's a tough time there and this is the minimum we can do on our part. The victory was much needed to keep the series alive, the credit goes to the entire dressing room. We didn't panic, we were outplayed in only one game out of the last 5, and that was Lord's," Kohli said. © Reuters Talking about his team's massive improvement, he said: "We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, even Ashwin did well with his injury. The batsmen did well to give them a cushion to go hard. Even the slips did well, and this mix of all skills couldn't have come at a better time. Ajinkya was clear in his mindset in the first innings, and when he goes out and plays like that, he can change the game. They're a quality attack and you need grit and determination, and Ajinkya did that in the first innings and Pujara in the 2nd". "I haven't thought about the 2014 failures, but I'd like to thank my wife who is here and keeps motivating me. The four fastest bowlers in the series have been Indians and we're proud of our fitness levels. We want the opposition to bat well and get runs and we don't want to gift them any. We definitely believe we can come back from 0-2 to 3-2 if we keep performing the way we have done in this Test, we just need to keep moving forward, keep winning," he concluded.
  23. On a tour that began with questions over their ability to survive in the English conditions, the Indian cricket team has fared relatively well so far. The Men in Blue pushed the hosts on the backfoot early on following their 2-1 win in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series. Building on the momentum, the visitors replicated their T20 success in the first One-Day International (ODI) where they recorded an eight-wicket win only to slump later in the series. The second ODI saw a resurgent England side bouncing back with an 86-run victory, while the story of the series decider at Leeds - where India were comprehensively beaten in all facets of the game - is rather forgettable. For a team that was rapidly impressing the critics with their performance in England and were, thereon, tipped as favourites to clinch the ODI series, India undeniably failed to live up to the expectations. Reuters After their ODI debacle, the Indian fans clearly didn't have much to celebrate. Now left disappointed with their team's on-field performance, the Team India fans will probably have to settle for the exploits of their favourite cricketers away from the pitch. And, it appears they have a lot of moments to get over India's recent loss. With the much-anticipated Test series slated to begin from 1st August, the Indian cricketers will surely be eager to make the most of the down time. But, it's their better-halves who are winning over fans with their own exploits. From Anushka to Sakshi Dhoni, here's how the Indian WAGs are making the most of their time in England: Anushka Sharma Instagram The Indian captain, who had a horrid time in England back in 2014, has had a fairly decent run in the ongoing tour so far. He scored 110 runs in the three T20Is and emerged as the leading run-scorer for India in the ODI series with 191 runs including two fifties to his name. He was also the lone warrior with the bat for India in the final ODI where he scored 71 runs. But, while Kohli has been going about his business on the field, his better half, Anushka Sharma, has been diligently supporting her beau in England. She was seen accompanying Kohli on the Team India bus during the T20I series. From shopping at a supermarket to strolling in Leeds, the duo has been inseparable in England. More pics of @anushkasharma & @virat.kohli in Leeds yesterday ð #Virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma A post shared by Sara (@virushka_folyf) on Jul 16, 2018 at 11:05pm PDT @virat.kohli & @anushkasharma Spotted in Leeds today â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #Virushka Pc: @virushka.updates #viratkohli #anushkasharma A post shared by Sara (@virushka_folyf) on Jul 16, 2018 at 1:55pm PDT Repost By @anushkasharma: ð Them â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma #couplegoals #madeforeachother #virushkaforever A post shared by Sara (@virushka_folyf) on Jul 15, 2018 at 9:53am PDT ð« A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jul 19, 2018 at 9:20am PDT Day out with my beauty! ð¤©♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jul 10, 2018 at 9:04am PDT Ayesha Mukherjee Instagram From being in the wilderness to riding the crest of a massive wave, Shikhar Dhawan's life has changed quite a few times in his international career. While his ascension to the national team is undoubtedly credited to his hard work, Dhawan's engagement to Ayesha Mukherjee in 2009 and marriage in 2012 has often be deemed as one of the reasons behind his rise in cricket. The lady luck has clearly been shining bright on the left-hander who has now established himself as India's premier opening batsman. Since their marriage, Ayesha has often been seen in the stands rooting for her husband. She has also accompanied the Indian opener on his cricketing tours. Thus, it wasn't really surprising to see her with Shikhar during India's ongoing tour of England. While her husband might have endured a mediocre performance - 139 runs in 6 games - so far, Ayesha has been hitting it off with the fans with her pictures from England. Yeah.. we were there. #buckinghampalace â¤ï¸. #familygoals. A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jul 20, 2018 at 5:41am PDT Family time is happy times with smiles all around. ðð¤ #familygoals A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jul 16, 2018 at 3:00am PDT Nothing better than exploring as a family and taking a family selfie!!!! Creating memories..... #familyfirst #familygoals #familytravels #familyselfie #familyexplorers #uktraveldiariesð¬ð§ @aliyah_dhawan @shikhardofficial #rheadhawan #zoraverdhawan â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Jul 18, 2018 at 12:54pm PDT Our family day at LEGO Land..... lots of fun and laughter!! Grateful to have family times!! @shikhardofficial @aliyah_dhawan #rheadhawan #zoraverdhawan #familygoals #familyfun #familyfirst #rides #familyday #makingmemories ðð¼â¤ï¸ A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Jul 19, 2018 at 12:30pm PDT Just strolling around the street with these two strangers ð A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jul 19, 2018 at 2:50am PDT Sakshi Dhoni Instagram When Team India travelled to England for their much-anticipated tour, it was quite expected to see Sakshi cheering for her beau MS Dhoni as he went about his business on the field. And, then, on 7th July, the social media was flooded with Sakshi's adorable post for Mahi that also carried a cute photograph of the couple. The 'Captain Cool' might have attracted some criticism lately for shooting blanks with the willow, but Sakshi, like in the past, continues to stand by her husband. After the limited-overs series, Sakshi has now returned to India with MSD (who has retired from Tests) but her social media updates from England continue to get shares and reposts even now. Happy Bday to you ! Even words wont do justice as to how you are as a human being ... 10 years i have learnt a lot from you ... and continue to .. thank u for making me see and deal with life in a straightforward practical way .. .. Lot's of love n also thank u for making my life so beautiful ! A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 6, 2018 at 4:11pm PDT A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 6, 2018 at 1:20pm PDT shades of blue ! A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 7, 2018 at 6:23pm PDT #bleedblue #goindia #happiness A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 12, 2018 at 3:04pm PDT missing u guys ... c u guys soon !! A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 16, 2018 at 4:34am PDT Pankhuri Sharma Instagram Ahead of their England tour, Krunal Pandya would have surely been excited to get his maiden India call-up. He was named in India's squad for the T20I series, but the chances of his making the playing XI were always thin. And, as expected, while his younger brother Hardik was seen plying his trade in the series, Krunal was restricted to watch from the sidelines. Though Krunal would have been a bit disappointed after missing out on an opportunity to make his Team India debut, he must've been happy to witness Hardik and his teammates recording a brilliant T20I series win over the Englishmen. On the other hand, while Krunal will have to wait for another opportunity to realise his dream of playing for India, his wife Pankhuri Sharma is quickly establishing her reputation as fan-favourite with her photo posts on social media. âï¸âï¸ A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 13, 2018 at 10:12am PDT London summer with this hottieâ¤ï¸ A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 11, 2018 at 4:39pm PDT London! You were amazingâ£ï¸ Until next time ðð¼‍âï¸ ð¸ @krunalpandya_official #mandatorypicture #londondiaries A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 18, 2018 at 12:07am PDT Sunday vibes ð¤ #londondiariesð¬ð§ A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 15, 2018 at 11:04am PDT Baeð #londondiaries ⨠A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:08pm PDT With the spoils of the ongoing tour shared equally till now, the Indian cricket team will now be eager to get the better of the Englishmen in the upcoming Test series in a bid to bring a positive end to their stay in England.
  24. England´s Harry Kane and England manager Gareth Southgate during training, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 10, 2018. Photo: Reuters REPINO, RUSSIA: England manager Gareth Southgate says he is not about to change his team´s approach for...
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