Bollywood actress Akansha Ranjan Kapoor to cheer for KL Rahul at World Cup 2019?

Bollywood actress Akansha Ranjan Kapoor to cheer for KL Rahul at World Cup 2019?

Seems like a new actress-cricketer pair is going to create a buzz among cricket fans. Indian cricketer KL Rahul and Akansha Ranjan Kapoor are the new love birds who are spending a lot of time together. Some reports are also claiming that Akansha is going to visit England to cheer for KL Rahul. Rahul is part of Indian squad at World Cup 2019 and is currently in England. The 27-year-old cricketer is expected to take the 4th batting position in the India team.

Akansha is Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt’s best friend who appeared in Ankit Tiwari’s music video ‘Tere Do Naina’ opposite Aparshakti Khurana. Akansha is very popular on social media and has over one lakh followers on Instagram, along with 8000-plus followers on Twitter.

If the reports of Akansha going to England is true, Rahul will have a special person to cheer for him besides fans. Some media reports also claim that the couple is in a relationship. Many reports of both going out on movie dates and house parties have also come out. The right-handed batsman was also recently spotted visiting Mount Mary Church with Akansha when the cricketer was in Mumbai. Akansha had also shared a photo earlier on Instagram in which she was seen posing with Rahul.

IPL 2019: David Warner does it again, wins Orange Cap for 3rd time

IPL 2019: David Warner does it again, wins Orange Cap for 3rd time

New Delhi: Australian opener David Warner, who won the Orange Cap in the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), became the first batsman to achieve the feat thrice in the tournament’s history.

Warner, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, amassed a total of 692 runs in the 12 matches he played this season, which included eight 50s and a century. He had a tremendous average of 69.20 and strike rate of 143.86.  Before this edition, the left-handed batsman had won the Orange Cap in 2015 and 2017 when he scored 562 and 641 runs respectively. Apart from Warner, Chris Gayle has won the Orange Cap twice – in 2011 and 2012 when he scored 608 and 733 runs respectively.

When it comes to the highest run getters in IPL history, Warner is at the fourth spot. The 32-year-old has scored 4,706 runs in 126 matches he has played so far in the cash-rich league. The list is topped by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli, who has scored a total of 5,412 runs in 177 matches, followed by Suresh Raina (5,368 runs in 193 matches) and Rohit Sharma 4,898 (runs in 188 matches). Among the top four, Warner has the highest batting average in IPL history – 43.17. He has scored four centuries, 44 fifties, besides hitting a total of 181 sixes and 458 boundaries.

IPL to World Cup, takes Shikhar Dhawan a minute to change gears

IPL to World Cup, takes Shikhar Dhawan a minute to change gears

New Delhi: He is known as the India’s man for the ICC events. Every time the ‘Men in Blue’ play an ICC tournament, Shikhar Dhawan undoubtedly steals the show with some quality knocks at the top of the innings. And now, as India gear up to challenge the top teams across the world and lift the coveted 2019 World Cup, Dhawan’s role at the top of the order will be all the more crucial.

But then, would it be a deterrent that while he opens with Rohit Sharma in Indian colours, Dhawan has been opening with Prithvi Shaw over the past month and a half in the Indian Premier League for Delhi Capitals? For ‘Gabbar’, as he is fondly called, it doesn’t really matter. Asked if he has been in touch with his India opening partner Rohit as the World Cup challenge awaits, Dhawan laughs it off and says Rohit isn’t his wife that he needs to keep talking to him.

“Baatein karke kya hoga? Woh meri biwi thodi na hain! (Whata’s the point in discussing things? Rohit isn’t my wife) If you play with someone for years, you’ll know him inside out. With Rohit, there’s nothing special that we do. It’s just the mindset. Even if I bat with Prithvi, the game remains the same. If one person gets going, the other man plays a supporting role,” he told IANS. Asked if the pressure of having had a good run in ICC events can sometimes get to a player,Dhawan’s reply was just as crisp as his cover drive.

“Conscious about what? This is my daily job. I make sure my basics are taken care of and I have a clear mind. Sometimes you make runs, sometimes you don’t. But I always keep calm and look at the areas where I need to work on and then I go and give it my best shot. I don’t believe in worrying too much,” he explained.

He definitely doesn’t worry much as he managed to quietly hit 521 runs in 16 games for Delhi Capitals with five fifties at the top of the innings, one of the reasons behind DC’s success this season. And Dhawan feels the IPL form will keep him in a good stead for the showpiece event. He also feels that switching from the T20 format to the 50-over format will be no big task.

“It has been very positive because if you do well, you gain in momentum. Apart from the IPL, I also had a good series with Australia. There is no issue in changing the format as it is all about the mindset, and changing that takes a minute. We are ready for any challenge that comes our way in the World Cup,” he said. But this is the first time that the Indian bowlers are also being spoken about as many feel that this is the best bowling attack India have produced in a long time. And Dhawan feels that the praise is well deserved.

“We have a very strong bowling attack in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. This apart, we also have a good bowler in Hardik Pandya. This is a balanced bowling unit and that will definitely help the team. Bumrah is the no.1 bowler at present and then we also have quality spinners. I feel that this team is very well balanced,” he said.

Dhawan also feels that the experience of the likes of Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, Rohit and him will also help the team in crunch situations. “When you go into a big ticket tournament, along with talent you also need experience and I feel that this team has the perfect mix with Kohli, Dhoni, Rohit and me being there to guide the youngsters whenever required,” he said.

Tiger Woods sued after employee dies in car crash

Tiger Woods sued after employee dies in car crash

Washington: The family of a US man who was employed at a restaurant owned by Tiger Woods, has sued the ace golfer, his girlfriend and his company, saying they should have prevented him from drinking too much and driving to his death.

Nicholas Immesberger, 24, died on December 10, 2018 near the community of Port Salerno — about 20 miles from The Woods Jupiter restaurant and bar, reports CNN. The lawsuit filed on Monday blames Woods, who owns the restaurant where Immesberger worked as a bartender, and Erica Herman, who is listed in the complaint as the general manager of business and is Woods’ girlfriend, for wrongful death.

The suit, brought by the victim’s parents, said Immesberger finished his shift at 3 p.m., sat at the bar drinking and died in a single-car accident about 6 p.m. The civil complaint says Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of .256, three times the legal limit. A police report has said that he was driving an estimated 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. The suit alleges employees knew Immesberger attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had another alcohol-related crash in November.

It also said that Woods and Herman knew of his addiction but were drinking with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash. Immesberger’s parents will speak to the media on Tuesday, CNN quoted a public relations firm as saying on Monday. Woods is playing in the PGA Championship, one of golf’s major events, this week and is scheduled to be part of a tournament news conference on Tuesday morning.

Hallmark of Mumbai Indians is that we don’t depend on few to win the game: Rohit Sharma

Hallmark of Mumbai Indians is that we don’t depend on few to win the game: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai: Not depending on specific individuals and handling the pressure situations with aplomb has been key to Mumbai Indians’ Play-off journey, an elated skipper Rohit Sharma said. Mumbai Indians sealed their place in the Play-offs with a Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. They still have a game in hand.

“It’s a good positive for us to qualify with one game to spare. In 2017, when we won the trophy, we qualified with two games in hand. As a team what we have done well is that we have handled the pressure situations well,” said Rohit. “A lot guys have put their hand up and taken the responsibility which is why we don’t have anyone, barring Quinton (de Kock), in the top five (of the highet run scorers). It’s not about one or two individuals.

“If you want to win the tournament everyone needs to do well. That’s the hallmark of this team, whether it is (leggie) Rahul Chahar or Quinton. We don’t believe in individuals to win the game on their own. We want everyone to chip in and take us over the line,” he elaborated.

Rohit said the eight overs of spin bowling done in tandem by left arm Krunal Pandya (2-22) and Chahar (0 for 21) did the trick in stopping SRH from winning the game. “They understand the conditions really well. Vijay (Shankar) and Manish Pandey were batting and they kept varying the length. Their eight overs were probably the turning point. They bowled really well with a wet ball, which is not easy,” he said.

On his decision to bat first, Sharma said that was dictated by how difficult it was to chase a modest score against Royal Challengers Bangalore. “This year the conditions here are such that the ball spins in the second half. We saw against RCB – we were chasing 170 (171) and we struggled to chase in spite of scoring 70 in the first six overs. The pitch has been up and done. We had decided that if it was an important match we will put up runs on the board and then defend.

Looking ahead, Sharma said the team’s batting order was flexible from positions 3-7 which gives them the option to send big-hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard higher. “If you look at the whole tournament, they (Hardik and Pollard) have batted around the 14th or 15th overs and scored 70-80 runs the maximum number of times. Right from number 3-7 all our batsmen are flexible. They can bat anywhere at any given time which makes our job easier. “And Pollard and Hardik we have that option. Polly has done it a few times – if you remember he had done that against (Kings XI) Punjab (batted at no 4 and made 83 off 31 balls). We will keep our options open.”

On the football pitch, feminism flourishes in rural India

On the football pitch, feminism flourishes in rural India

Mumbai: Sumati Kumari had no great agenda in mind when she started playing football aged nine near her home in Lonora in Jharkhand. She just wanted to have fun.  Now 15, she is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved by girls in a state notorious for human trafficking and child marriage. And with India to host, the 2020 FIFA under-17 Girls World Cup, things are looking bright for the girls from this part of the country. The general belief in the rural areas is that girls should fetch water, wash clothes, work in the fields, and collect firewood among other chores, but for these girls from the small village of Lonora in Karoundajor district in Jharkhand, it is football that sums up all the daily activities.

It is five in the morning, as the girls wake up and are rearing to go. In the next 30 minutes, they are on the field juggling with the football. These girls hail from the poorest state of the country (economically) but talent-wise they top their chart. And to prove they are one of the best women footballers, their recent campaign at the Junior National Championship makes it clear that they are among the best in the business.

These rural girls from Jharkhand are choosing their future through football.Although they finished runners-up in the Junior National championship which concluded in Kolhapur recently, Sumati Kumari raised the bar, to return as the highest ever goalscorer of the championship in the country. “Yes, I have scored 17 goals in nine matches. I am happy that we made it to the final,” says Sumati, an IX standard student from St Patrick’s School in Gumla. The only girls to do so in this version of the championship.

And to top it, six girls from the same state team have been shortlisted for the Indian Camp for the forthcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in India later next year. But there’s more to this than meets the eye. They are from poor families, mostly farmers, either they own a small piece of land or work for their living in the landlords’ field.”They are all farmers,” said their coach Dharmendra Singh, but they are proud to be called farmers.  “My parents (mother Saniyaro Devi and father Firu Oraon) are farmers and so were our grand and great-grandparents. We feel linked to that noble occupation and I would love to contribute,” says Sumati.

These girls are a part of the indigenous population of Jharkhand. Most importantly, they are all proud of Dhoni Bhai, the state’s best-known name, who has brought Jharkhand into the global arena.  “Yes, Dhoni Bhai is our mentor. Yes we are aware he plays cricket, and we football, but his message is very clear, play the game in true sportsperson spirit and every goal will be achieved,” shares Sumati.  The youngest in the family for six siblings, and for whom education and sports go hand in hand.”Yes, I will give my best shot and I want to don the Indian colours,” states Sumati as she packs her bag to board the bus to Panjim for the National camp, where she and her team-mates will look to further impress the coaches and seal their spots in the Indian team for the upcoming 2020 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup to be held in India early next year.

New Zealand reveals squad for World Cup 2019, Ross Taylor to appear 4th time

New Zealand reveals squad for World Cup 2019, Ross Taylor to appear 4th time

Christchurch: Ross Taylor is set to become the seventh Kiwi cricketer to play fourth World Cup as New Zealand announced its squad for the 50-over tournament. For skipper Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Martin Guptill it will be their third appearance. Trent Boult, Matt Henry and speedster Lockie Ferguson round off the pace-bowlers with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi selected as the spinners.

Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham have claimed the seam-bowling all-rounders spots, while Nicholls and Colin Munro are the other specialist batsmen. Tom Latham will continue as the first-choice wicket-keeper with Wellington’s Tom Blundell named as the back-up keeper.

“As with any squad named for a major tournament, there’s had to be some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players. The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup,” Coach Gary Stead said.

“As a one-day unit, we’ve been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level. We will have three training camps through April which will involve many players who are not in this squad as it’s important they’re ready on standby should we lose anybody in the lead up to or at the tournament,” he added. New Zealand will hold wider-training camps in Lincoln on April 15-16, April 23-24 and April 30-May 1, before a New Zealand XI squad will head to Australia for three unofficial one-dayers in early May. Following is New Zealand ICC Cricket

World Cup squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham The Kiwi side is the first country to name their squad for the England and Wales based tournament, beginning May 30.

New Zealand will play India on May 25 and West Indies on May 28 as part of their warm-ups before taking on Sri Lanka on June 1 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in their opening 50-over match.

Former Indian women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe held for betting on IPL match, given bail

Former Indian women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe held for betting on IPL match, given bail

Vadodara: Former coach of Indian women’s cricket team Tushar Arothe was arrested for allegedly betting on an IPL match, police said Tuesday. He was arrested Monday but was given bail by the police because had been booked for a bailable offence, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anup Singh Gehlot told PTI.

Arothe and 18 others were arrested by the city Crime Branch on Monday night for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played at Mohali, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch.

Arothe, 52 and 18 others were arrested from a cafe where they were putting bets on the match, said the DCP. Investigations revealed the cafe, located in the posh Alkapuri area of the city, is owned by Arothe and two others, Hemang Patel and Nishchal Shah, who too were arrested from the spot, he said.

“Arothe is a former coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. He was among the 19 persons held by our team last night for placing bets during the live telecast of an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” said Jadeja. All the accused, including Arothe, Patel and Shah, were booked under sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, the police officer said.

“Arothe and the two other cafe co-owners had installed a large screen in their cafe for live streaming of IPL matches. “Others had come to the cafe to place bets using three different mobile applications. The cafe owners gave them user names and passwords to bet on the live IPL match,” said Jadeja.

Arothe, Patel and Shah were in contact with a person named Baba, who used to take bet money from the trio, he said. Baba is still out of the police’s reach, Jadeja added. The police have seized cash and other articles, including vehicles and mobile phones, worth Rs 14 lakh, said Jadeja.

Arothe played for Baroda in the domestic circuit. A left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, Arothe played 114 First Class matches scoring 6,105 runs with 13 hundreds and 31 half-centuries. He also took 225 wickets with 6 for 53 as his best bowling figure.

Arothe took over the reins of the women’s national team in 2017 from Purnima Rao. During Arothe’s tenure, the women’s team had made it to the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, which India lost by nine runs to eventual champions England. Arothe had resigned from the post in controversial circumstances. His son Rishi Arothe is a left-arm pacer and plays for Baroda in the domestic circuit.

IPL 2019: Purple cap would have felt better with victory against Rajasthan Royals, says Yuzvendra Chahal

IPL 2019: Purple cap would have felt better with victory against Rajasthan Royals, says Yuzvendra Chahal

Jaipur: Although Shreyas Gopal stole the show with three key Royal Challengers Bangalore wickets, India and RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal did not disappoint either, as he dismissed both Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler to finish with figures of 2/17 from his four overs.

But purple cap holder Chahal, with 8 wickets in four games, feels that the feat would have felt more satisfying if his team had managed to beat Rajasthan and registered their first win in the 12th edition of the IPL. “Obviously it is a great feeling if you are the highest wicket taker in the tournament, but sad that we didn’t win the match,” he said.

While it wasn’t an easy game for the bowlers, both the leg-spinners (Chahal and Gopal) did well and ended with the best figures in their respective teams. Throwing light on this, Chahal said: “Leg spinners have many variations compared to other bowlers. We also get more turn from the surface. The googly and top spinner also spin more.”

Asked if things are getting more and more difficult for RCB after their fourth loss of the season, Chahal said it was important to stay positive. “It is the fourth loss in a row, but we have 10 games to comeback. You need to stay positive in such a situation,” he said. Chahal also reiterated that despite the M. Chinnaswamy being called a batting paradise, he loves bowling on the square. “I am used to conditions there, sixth year with RCB, and I like bowling at the Chinnaswamy,” he said.

Unforgivable mistake! Cricketers criticise umpires for Malinga no-ball goof-up, back use of better technology

Unforgivable mistake! Cricketers criticise umpires for Malinga no-ball goof-up, back use of better technology

The thrilling tie between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday became a topic of discussion after on-field umpires failed to spot Lasith Malinga’s no-ball. The delivery, which was the final delivery of the game, could have changed the result of the match as RCB lost by just six runs to MI in the end.

RCB needed six runs off the last ball to take the match to a super over. Shivam Dube could only score one run and MI won by 6 runs. However, the replays later showed the delivery was a no-ball and on-field umpire missed to spot that. Many cricketers came out with their responses on the umpiring error which costed RCB the match. While some called it poor umpiring, others urged for better use to technology to spot no-balls. Here are comments of some the cricketers and experts.


In an era of so much technology and with so much at stake NO BALLS should never ever be missed ....




In the world of technology that we live in, a NO BALL like that should NOT happen!

End Of Story!




Malinga’s last ball was a no-ball....BIG one. Umpire missed it. Colossal error. Unbelievable.




High quality cricket tonight. Wow!
Yuvi, Hardik, Chahal, Umesh, Virat, AB, Bumrah & Malinga all taking the game to great heights, before it all came crashing down with that last ball no ball miss. Unforgivable mistake.




Technology should be used much more often in cricket ... so many front foot no-balls missed all the time in all formats and only checked on dismissal. Should be as simple as 3rd umpire telling the umpire through ear piece that a no ball has been bowled.




Technology should be used much more often in cricket ... so many front foot no-balls missed all the time in all formats and only checked on dismissal. Should be as simple as 3rd umpire telling the umpire through ear piece that a no ball has been bowled.




It would have been better if Shivam Dube was out on the last ball, seems like that is the only way umpires would have checked the





Sorry.. but umpires are missing too many no balls these days.. time for another umpire on the ground to call no balls!



RCB skipper Virat Kohli also criticised umpires for their poor decision saying that they should have been more careful at the moment. MI captain Rohit Sharma said that such mistakes by umpires are not good for the game because such moments are game changers.