‘Puji bhaag beh****od’ – Rohit Sharma shouts at Cheteshwar Pujara as he refuses to take a single

Staff Writer Updated: 5 October, 2019, 2:02 PM IST

India led by 187 runs in reaching 116-1 off 38 overs overs in the second innings at the time of penning down on day four of the first cricket test against South Africa on Saturday.

Mayank Agarwal was the batsman dismissed, caught at slip for seven off Keshav Maharaj (1-31) as India built on their first innings lead of 71 runs.

Rohit Sharma (59 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (49 not out) are the unbeaten batsmen.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 7-145 as South Africa was bowled out for 431 runs (131.2 overs) in its first innings.

The visitors were placed 385-8 overnight and added 46 runs to their score in just over an hour of Saturday's morning session.

Senuran Muthusamy (33 not out) played the heroic hand in stretching the South African innings and frustrating the hosts. Bizarrely, India made regular bowling changes on day four in their bid to quickly take the remaining two wickets.

Ashwin got into the act as Maharaj holed out to long on for nine in the 124th over. But the last wicket stand between Muthusamy and Kagiso Rabada (15) denied India for another eight overs, adding 35 runs.

Rabada was last man out, lbw to Ashwin, who took his tally to 349 wickets in 66 tests. This was his 27th five-wicket haul in test cricket.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was not impressed with his batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara after he refused to take a single. Rohit hurled abuses at Pujara, calling him a beh****od.

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Two weirdos in love – Rohit Sharma shares adorable photo with wife Ritika Sajdeh

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 August, 2020, 6:10 PM IST

Indian opener Rohit Sharma hasn’t played any game since the past six months, owing to the threat of coronavirus. Hitman is spending quality time with his lovely wife Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Samaira. He is posting the videos and pictures of his daughter on a regular basis. He recently uploaded an adorable photo of his better half.

The 33-year-old batsman recently took to his official Instagram handle and shared a picture of Ritika imitating his “weird” pose from the training session. The caption of the post caught the attention of Rohit Sharma’s fans and followers. "Just two weirdos in love," the cricketer wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just two weirdos in love.

A post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) on

However, Ritika was also quick to reply to her husband’s post. She commented, “Hahaha owning the weirdness is key.”

Ritika has played a huge part in my life – Rohit Sharma

Earlier, expressing his feelings for Ritika, Rohit has said that his wife has played a big role in his life since they met in 2008.

“Ritika's role has not just been in this little while. She has played a big part since I got to know her in 2008. She has played as a friend first, then-girlfriend, wife and then a mother now. She has played a huge part in the entire cricket career,” Rohit said

Rohit is all set to lead four-time title champions Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of IPL, starting from September 19. Last year, the Mumbai side put up a great show to beat MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting finale.

Amazon ahead in the race as Unacademy, Dream 11 scamper to sponsor IPL

Abhishek Singh Updated: 7 August, 2020, 6:02 PM IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have had to struggle a bit after it received a shock in the form of Indian Premier League (IPL)’s title sponsor VIVO mobiles pulling out from the deal. The Chinese company pulled out just ahead of the tournament because of the negative publicity it got on social media.

However, now things seem to be materializing in a better way for the board as there are a variety of companies ready to sponsor the league and leading the race is e-commerce giant Amazon. If reports in News 18 are to be believed then, BCCI is ready to negotiate a deal even with 1/3rd of the amount that VIVO was offering.

"If they are able to strike a deal worth Rs 180 crore, which would be just one-third of VIVO’s 440, even then also it would be a win-win situation for the board," a source close to the board was quoted as saying in the report.

Non-competitive brands can partner to pull in money for sponsorship

The source further hinted that BCCI is also looking at the idea of two non competing brands to take the lead and pool in the money for the sponsorship to serve their causes.

"You know the board is also looking for partners, so for example, BYJUs and Unacademy are rivals and so are Dream 11 and My Circle 11 in their own core areas. But if Dream 11 gets the title and BYJUs come in as official partners to pool in the money or if Unacademy gets the title and My Circle 11 pools in then that is also accepted by the board,” the source said.

KL Rahul becomes a career counselor for Hardik’s son, wants him to become all-rounder

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 August, 2020, 5:24 PM IST

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and his partner Natasa Stankovic were recently blessed with a baby boy. The cricketer had shared the good news on social media platforms. While enjoying his duties, Hardik is posting adorable videos and pictures of his son. The newborn is hogging a lot of limelight these days.

Hardik’s brother Krunal Pandya recently uploaded a clip with his nephew. Taking to his official Instagram handle, Krunal posted a video. He captioned the video as, “Let’s talk cricket”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s talk cricket �

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Tell him to become a fast-bowling all-rounder - KL Rahul

While people showered blessings on the little one, India batsman KL Rahul predicted the career profession of the junior Hardik Pandya.

He suggested Krunal to make the baby boy a fast-bowling all-rounder in future.

“Please tell him to become a fast-bowling all-rounder,” Rahul commented on the post.

KL Rahul is currently gearing up for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, which is scheduled to take place from September 19 in the UAE. While Rahul will lead Kings XI Punjab franchise, Pandya brothers will be back in action for the defending champions Mumbai Indians.

Notably, all the matches of IPL 2020 will be played across three cities - Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Balancing FTP, T20s versus World Cup scheduling

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 7 August, 2020, 4:29 PM IST

As the preparations for the Indian Premier League (IPL) gathers momentum and the world gears up for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the question is whether the focus should be on how to balance the wheel versus where the next year's World Cup should be held.

There is little doubt that there are as many World Cups in cricket as there are Twenty20 leagues currently underway in the game. Even as the discussion rakes up once more about who - the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or Cricket Australia (CA) - will host next year's ICC Twenty20 World Cup, there is a need for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to address the current situation where too few teams have their plans etched out following the pandemic break.

England is said to be still in a dismal situation despite the fact that the West Indies have successfully completed their your and Pakistan are playing the first Test. Their limited-overs series with Australia is in the dock as the Australian cricketers are contemplating how to play in England and then fly to the UAE for the IPL.

The hurdles for the IPL abound in the fact that players and teams are expected to arrive a month in advance to the scheduled September schedule to meet the Coronavirus pandemic measures but also, for franchisees to have the opportunity to work with their teams and devise a conditioning camp to get them out of the rust/rest period and towards winning ways.

South Africa are battling internal wranglings as they are fighting broader issues of corruption and uncertainty of scheduling. It is throwing their fragile, recently laid down game plan in turmoil, and given the player turnover, they will be concerned, despite the innovative 3T cricket distraction, for their jitters to calm down with an international series.

The pandemic break and the rescheduling after has meant that more than one team besides South Africa are looking at an immediate bleak future.

Australia are going all out to keep their date with the schedule of India's tour. But not many teams have India and thereby, a lucrative proposition in the offing. Calls for England to reciprocate the tour for the West Indies grows as players have been asked to undergo a pay cut despite the tour of England.

At a time when it is important that the ICC take cognizance of this FTP that is in immediate need of handling, it seems inane that after wasting more than three months in the offing while Cricket Australia refused to host the world cup this year, that they would waste more time finalizing whether CA and the BCCI would swap hosting rights for a year that is still far away when there are too many immediate concerns that need the attention of the governing body in consultation with its permanent board members on the collective issue regarding the state of the game.

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MS Dhoni will score a lot of runs in Indian Premier League - Former Player

Abhishek Singh Updated: 7 August, 2020, 3:59 PM IST

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) about to start soon, all the fans of Mahendra Singh Dhoni would finally be able to watch him play. These fans have been expecting the ‘Thala’ to play international cricket and make a comeback in Team India.

However, cricketer-turned commentator, Aakash Chopra believes that Dhoni would not be bothered about team India selection as he has risen above that. Aakash feels that 39-year-old MSD’s only focus would be to get Chennai into the finals.

"For Dhoni, it really doesn’t matter whether he is selected or not. I believe as a cricketer and as a batsman, he would just look to score runs and guide his team to victory. The maturity he has achieved won’t let me worry him about the selection and his only focus would be to win the games for Chennai Super Kings (CSK),” Aakash said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.

Saying that CSK is more or less built around MSD, therefore the success of Ranchi boy would also be reflected in his team’s success, Chopra tried to broaden the spectrum of Dhoni’s impact.

"CSK’s success depends upon MSD a lot. If he is in god form, chances are that CSK would do well because then he would be involved a lot in the game,” Chopra added.

Dhoni will score runs even after not playing competitive cricket for a long time - Chopra

Further the Delhi born commentator also said that Dhoni, even after not being part of any competitive match from July last year, would score good runs.

"Just take a thorough look at his career and you would realize that he gives very little to no damn about anything going on in the surroundings that might affect him. So I believe that even when he has not played cricket for quite some time, he is going to score runs and succeed this season,” 42-year-old Chopra concluded.

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