This video of MS Dhoni smilingly chatting with little fan while sitting in car reiterates why he is cricket’s ultimate gentleman
Indian Cricket legend MS Dhoni has a huge fan following in India, and the 37-year-old cricketer always pleases his fans with his gestures. Recently, fans were delighted to spot him during the ongoing Pro Kabaddi League 2018 at U Mumba’s home ground, and now another video of the former Indian skipper with a young fan is winning the hearts of all.
In the video, Dhoni meets a young fan of his while sitting in his car. Dhoni opens the door of the car, has a little chat with the young boy and shakes his hands before saying goodbye. The video has gone viral on the social media, with everyone appreciating the generous gesture of Dhoni. Have a look at the video below.
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This is not the first time Dhoni has made the day of his fans. During the 5th ODI against West Indies at Trivandrum, he met a differently-abled fan outside the stadium who was waiting for him. Dhoni was dropped from the T20 internationals against West Indies and Australia, as selectors wanted to test Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. Although Dhoni will be missed in upcoming T20 series against Australia, he is the first wicket-keeper choice at present for ICC World Cup 2019.
ICC Women’s World T20 preview: Favourites India eye semi-finals spot vs Ireland
Guyana: Eyeing a semi-finals berth, overwhelming favourites India will have to guard against complacency when they play Ireland in their third Group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 here on Thursday.
India is on a roll having convincingly won their first two matches, including against arch-rivals Pakistan two days ago. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur declared open the tournament with her blazing hundred against New Zealand at the Providence, the same venue where India will face Ireland. Ireland, on the other hand, have lost to both Australia and Pakistan.
India will enter the game against the Irish as overwhelming favourites but Kaur is aware that her team cannot afford to take things for granted in this mega-event. Ireland cricket is known for its fighting abilities and taking them lightly will not be the way to go for India, with qualification to the last-four knocking on their doors.
Having eased past Pakistan a couple of days after the big win against the New Zealanders, India will nevertheless fancy their chances at the Providence. If Kaur was the star of the opening win, the team’s most experienced campaigner, Mithali Raj, showed the way in the seven-wicket win over Pakistan.
While Jemimah Rodrigues started her T20 career with a fine half-century, the likes of Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy will look to score some runs against Ireland. In bowling, off-break bowler Dyalan Hemalatha and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav shone with 10 wickets among them so far, and the seamers will look to get going in the coming games.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy
Ireland: Laura Delany (C), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy OReilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
Match starts at 8.30 PM IST.
Sindhu cruises into French Open second round
Paris [France]: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu stormed into the second round of the women’s singles event at French Open crushing American Beiwen Zhang in straight games.
The world no. 3 Sindhu disposed of unseeded Zhang 21-17, 21-18 in a match that lasted 34 minutes. Interestingly, Sindhu had lost the opening round of the Denmark Open at the hands of the same opponent, last week.
The 23-year-old will now face Japan’s Sayaka Sato in the next round of the French Open.
Although the Olympic medalist got off to a winning start, it was curtains for Indian men’s doubles pair of Arjun M.R. and Shlok Ramachandran as they lost 14-21, 17-21 to Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yunchen in the opening round.
Unbelievable! Australian women’s cricket team bags victory by massive 571 runs in 50-over game
A women’s cricket club team in Australia achieved unbelievable record when they defeated their opponent by 571 runs. The match was played between Northern Districts and Port Adelaide in the SACA PC Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade match. Northern Districts scored 596/3 in 50 overs while batting first and dismissed all the batsmen of Port Adelaide at the mere score of 25 in 10.5 over. This amazing all-round performance helped Northern Districts to bag victory by 571 runs.
For the Northern Districts, Tegan McPharlin, Sam Betts, Tabitha Saville and Darcie Brown scored a century each while keeping the run rate above 12. McPharlin was the top scorer with 130 runs off 80 balls, followed by Betts 124* (71), Saville 120 (56) and Brown 117* (84). Interestingly, there were only 3 sixes hit during Northern Districts’ innings and majority of the runs came through fours (64).
“It’s pretty unreal to make a total like that. At the time, we weren’t chasing any records or trying to set any benchmarks in that way. We were just playing cricket shots,” top-scorer McPharlin told abc.net.au. “The runs just kept piling on. There were only three sixes hit for the entire day for us. It just shows that we were willing to run between the wickets and hit along the ground and actually play proper cricket,” she added. “A few of us were wondering if it was a world record or whatever – it’s definitely a club record and we’re pretty sure it’s a SACA (SA Cricket Association) record,” Northern Districts’ cricket director Jeanette Beazleigh said.
Meanwhile, the biggest score in international ODI matches was achieved by New Zealand women when they scored 490/4 against Ireland in 2018. This is followed by men’s score of 481-4, made by England against Australia, also in 2018. Overall, the highest score in any professional cricket is believed to be Mpumalanga’s 1/690 against Kei in a girls under-19s match in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010.
CCI gears up to host India’s 4th ODI; MCA may move High Court
Mumbai : With international cricket returning to its fold after several years, the Cricket Club of India (CCI) here is all set to host the fourth ODI between India and West Indies on October 29. The Mumbai Cricket Association, on the other hand, is likely to move the Bombay High Court against the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to shift the match from Wankhede Stadium, a source said. “The preparations are going on. We have received a letter from the BCCI.
We are in the process of tying up with an agency for sale of tickets,” a senior CCI official said on Monday. “The ticket rates and details of sale will be announced shortly,” he added. The BCCI last Friday shifted the October 29 game from the Wankhede Stadium here to the picturesque Brabourne Stadium, after the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) cited financial constraints in hosting the game. CCI had last hosted an international Test in 2009 when India took on Sri Lanka. “The work of awarding various tenders for the ODI game is in progress. Around 25,000 tickets will be available for sale,” the official said.
A miffed MCA on Saturday had shot off a letter to the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), asking them the reasons behind shifting of the match. A source in the city cricket body that the MCA, its eligible members and two clubs affiliated to it are set to move the Bombay High Court with a writ petition against the BCCI’s decision to shift the match from Wankhede Stadium.
Chinese soccer fans fume as their team draws 0-0 with India
Beijing : Chinese football fans are angry and distraught over their much-fancied team’s failure to score against gritty India in a rare football match between the two countries leading to a tame goalless draw. The international friendly match held in the city of Suzhou, East China’s Jiangsu Province, on Saturday was the first between the two Asian giants in 21 years. Most Chinese fans were sure of victory at home in the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, but despite attacking most of the match, China failed to finish off multiple attempts, state-run Global Times reported. A 0-0 draw with India in the “planet derby” between the world’s two most populous nations enraged Chinese soccer fans, official media reported on Monday.
“It is absolutely devastating to think that these are the best 30 players from a population base of three billion,” the daily quoted China Central Television (CCTV) soccer commentator He Wei as saying after the match. “The weak opponent has made the Chinese soccer team look worse. Way to go India,” posted one fan on social media site Sina Weibo. In a keenly-watched football match played between the two most populous countries in the world but still laggards in the global game, China dominated the proceedings with waves of onslaughts on the Indian citadel but they failed to score a goal. It was a remarkable achievement for India, playing on the Chinese soil for the first time, as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den. The draw is expected to take India higher in the FIFA rankings. They are now placed 97th while China are at 76th spot.
India vs West Indies Day 2: India end at 308/4 after bowling out West Indies for 311
Hyderabad: Replying to West Indies’ 311 all out, India were 308 for four in their first innings at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test, here on Saturday. India had bowled out the West Indies in the first session of the day. The hosts are trailing by three runs with Rishabh Pant (85) and Ajinkya Rahane (75) at the crease.
Brief Scores: West Indies 1st innings: 311 all out in 101.4 overs (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52; Umesh Yadav 6/88) India 1st innings: 308/4 in 81 overs (R Pant 85 batting, A Rahane 75 batting, Prithvi Shaw 70, Virat Kohli 45; Jason Holder 2/85).
IOC creates refugee team for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Buenos Aires: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced there will be a Olympic team made up of refugees at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as happened in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
“Last time (in the 2016 Rio Olympics) we were under very high time pressure. Now we have two years. We have already taken precaution… and we have a pool of athletes in place. Already now we’re supporting 51 or 52 refugee athletes who we have identified. This pool can still grow in the run-up to Tokyo 2020,” IOC president Thomas Bach of Germany said at the close of the 133rd IOC Session, which ended on Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Efe news reported.
The IOC said in a statement that with the creation of this refugee team, the committee seeks to convey a message of solidarity and hope to millions of refugee and internally displaced athletes around the world.
“In an ideal world, we would not need to have a Refugee Team at the Olympic Games. But, unfortunately, the reasons why we first created a Refugee Olympic Team before the Olympic Games Rio 2016 continue to persist,” Bach said, adding: “We will do our utmost to welcome refugee athletes and give them a home and a flag in the Olympic Village in Tokyo with all the Olympic athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees.”
In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the team comprised ten refugee athletes from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 32nd Summer Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo. Tokyo will hold this international sports event for the second time after the 1964 Olympic Games.
AGENCY IN PUT
Asia Cup 2018 Final: India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title
Chasing a modest target of 222, India made a rough weather of the chase at 160 for five with Jadhav (23 no) initially retiring after pulling his right hamstring only to comeback when it mattered the most. He came in the 48th over with India still needing 11 runs. With six runs needed off the last over, Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav kept their cool against Mahmudullah Riyadh taking three singles and double off the first five balls.
The part-time off-spinner drifted the final delivery onto Jadhav’s legs as it brushed his pads for a leg bye to ensure India maintained its supremacy among continental neighbours. The win also establishes Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills having won the Nidahas T20 tri-nation earlier and now the Asia Cup while providing a healing touch after the Test series drubbing in England. Buvneshwar Kumar (21) and Ravindra Jadeja (23) also played their part after middle-order led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again failed to perform.
It was Bhuvneshwar’s six off Rubel Hossain in the 46th over followed by a boundary off Mustafizur Rahman in the 47th that eased the pressure put due to the balls consumed by the former India skipper. India started the chase with Shikhar Dhawan (15) and Rohit Sharma (48, 55 balls) helping themselves to a boundary each off Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s off-break. However tournament’s top scorer Dhawan couldn’t clear the mid-off fielder trying to hoist left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam. Ambati Rayudu, who ha not performed against the top teams failed again making it 46 for 2.
In-form skipper Rohit continued from where he had left against Pakistan as he lofted Nazmul for a six over long-on. A short-arm pull off Mustafizur Rahman and a hook off Rubel Hossain also got him two more sixes a India were cruising along at 83 for two. It was another short ball from Rubel that Rohit tried to pull but found the fielder at the square leg boundary. Dinesh Karthik (37) hit a six but looked edgy during his 61 ball stay before being yorked when Mahmudullah Riyadh rifled one in after 54-run stand with Dhoni (36, 67 balls).
Dhoni is a shadow of his old self and consumed a lot of balls, hitting three boundaries in between. However Kedar Jadhav (19, 20 balls) hit a straight six off Mahmudullah but then pulled his right hamstring going for a quick single. He was in considerable pain after that and Dhoni who was just getting into the groove lost his rhythm and edged one off Mustafizur Rahman to Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps. Once Dhoni was gone, things became troublesome for India at 160 for five as Kedar continued to hobble.
He was finally instructed to get off the field as his presence was hampering the other batsmen from taking quick singles or twos. Earlier, India’s unorthodox spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav wreaked havoc after opener Liton Das’s fine hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for a modest 222 after being put in to bat. An injury-ravaged Bangladesh made a flying start, courtesy Liton’s maiden ODI hundred (121 off 117 balls), as he added 120 runs with fellow opener Mehidy Hasan Miraz (32). Just when it looked like Bangladesh would make a match of it, things went downhill as India’s tiny neighbours suffered an all-too-familiar batting collapse, losing 10 wickets for 102 runs. The innings lasted 48.3 overs.
Chinaman Kuldeep’s 3 for 45 was well complemented by Kedar’s 2/41 in nine overs of unconventional off-breaks, as Bangladesh frittered away the initiative with poor shot selection. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s smart work behind the stumps also played its part as much as Ravindra Jadeja’s electric fielding inside the 30-yard circle. Promoting lower-order batsman Miraz as opener was a masterstroke by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who wanted to preserve his regular opener Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar.
Miraz did his job perfectly by dropping anchor as Liton hit a flurry of boundaries off Jasprit Bumrah (1/39) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Anything on his legs was dispatched to the boundary. When Yuzvendra Chahal (1/31 in 8 overs) was introduced, he was hit over deep mid-wicket for a six, as India found it difficult to get a breakthrough. However, things changed once Miraz was caught by Ambati Rayudu in the cover region off Kedar’s bowling. The moment Kedar started bowling his side-arm off-breaks, Bangladesh couldn’t force the pace as he mixed his deliveries well. He bowled an impressive 28 dot balls.
Imrul Kayes (2) was adjudged leg-before off Chahal and the in-form Mushfiqur Rahim (2) pulled a rank half-tracker from Kedar straight into the deep mid-wicket’s hands. From 120 for no loss, Bangladesh slumped to 137 for three and things went from bad to worse from thereon.
India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: India overpower Pakistan by eight wickets
Dubai: A strong bowling performance followed by some power-packed batting saw India thrash arch rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in their Group A clash of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here on Wednesday. Asked to field first, three-wicket hauls from pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav enabled India to restrict Pakistan to a paltry 162. Bhuvneshwar returned figures of 3/15 while Jadhav got 3/23.
In reply, a quickfire half-century by Rohit Sharma and his 86-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan saw India comfortably overhaul the target with a whopping 21 overs to spare. Rohit plundered 52 runs off 39 deliveries, hitting six boundaries and three sixes along the way. Dhawan scored 46 runs off 54 balls before a loose shot to a Faheem Ashraf delivery handed an easy catch to Babar Azam at point. Following the duo’s departure, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthick ensured that India crossed the line without losing any more wickets.
Earlier, the Pakistan batsmen never really found any momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Pakistan got off to a slow start and could only manage 25/2 in the first 10 overs. Bhuvneshwar sent back openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman early on to leave Pakistan struggling with two wickets down after 4.1 overs with just two runs on the board. Shoiab Malik and Babar Azam then got going well and negotiated the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal — who went wicketless — and Kuldeep well. The pair stitched together an 82-run stand for the third wicket.
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Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav triggered Pakistan’s slide with a brilliantly executed wrong un’ that outfoxed Pakistan’s best batsman Babar Azam (47) when he was looking good along with Shoaib Malik (43). Jadhav removed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (6) around the halfway mark of the first innings before accounting for Asif Ali (9) and Shadab Khan (8). That saw Pakistan, who were relatively comfortably placed at 85/2 at one point, collapsing to 121/7.
From then on, Pakistan could never recover as Mohammed Amir (18 not out) and Faheem Ashraf (21) joined hands for a 37-run partnership towards the end before Jasprit Bumrah (2/23) dismissed Ashraf and Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah got rid of Hasan Ali (1) and Usman Khan (0) respectively. Malik hit the first six of the innings in the 13th over off Kuldeep and three overs later got a reprieve when Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped him behind the stumps off Hardik Pandya.
Moments later, Pandya had to be stretchered off after suffering what turned out to be a lower-back injury during his follow through. Pandya clutched the floor and could not get up, needing attention from the medical team. Just when the partnership seemed to be growing, Kuldeep once again underlined why he is a wily customer and can be unplayable at times with a ripper of a googly that pitched on middle and turned away from the batsman at the last moment to knock over his off-stump.
Malik then was dropped again at deep midwicket off Kuldeep as Bhuvneshwar failed to read a slog sweep in which the ball went high up in the air with the pacer misjuding the direction and over-running. Captain Sarfraz, who had joined Malik at the crease, did not stay long as Manish Pandey took a superb catch at wide long-on off Jadhav. Malik was run out soon after, failing to convert his start into a big one as the slide started for Pakistan. Jadhav then added to his rivals’ misery by picking up the wickets of Asif Ali and Shadab Khan as Pakistan failed to string together partnerships. Amir and Ashraf tried hard to get important runs towards the end but could not bat out the full 50 overs.
Brief scores: Pakistan: 162 in 43.1 overs (Babar Azam 47, Shoaib Malik 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/15, Kedar Jadhav 3/23) lost to India: 164/2 in 29 overs (Rohit Sharma 52, Shikhar Dhawan 46) by eight wickets.