We live in a time when the game of cricket is being experimented with to make it more interesting and a little more engaging, especially for those people who don't have the time to just sit back and spend their entire day watching a Test match.
We have seen these changes in the form of the Day-Night Tests, the 100-ball tournament in England and Wales, the T10 League in Abu Dhabi, which is making waves all over the cricketing world for its short and action-packed matches.
It, therefore, makes it quite obvious that the players also want to mix it up and bring some jazz to the way they play the game of cricket. And that's exactly what the South African and Cape Town Blitz bowler, Gregory Mahlokwana did in a Mzansi Super League match very recently.
Bowling with his right arm in the eighth over, he dismissed Durban Heat opener Sarel Erwee who couldn't place his shot properly and sent the ball flying into the hands of the fielder at midwicket.
WICKET | SJ Erwee c Linde b Mahlokwana 16 (23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.56
Will the ambidextrous Mahlokwana be able to take a left handed and a right handed wicket today?#MSLT20 pic.twitter.com/rkw29YIb3g
— Mzansi Super League ð¥ð¿ð¦ ð(@MSL_T20) November 17, 2019
The ambidextrous then decided to switch hands in the next over and attack Heat skipper Dane Villas with a quicker left-hand ball delivery that ended up knocking the bails right off.
WICKET | DJ Vilas b Mahlokwana 8 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6)
That's Mahlokwana's second of the day. His first wicket was bowled Right handed and now he gets a wicket with the quicker left arm.#MSLT20 pic.twitter.com/Gey4JPypq1
— Mzansi Super League ð¥ð¿ð¦ ð(@MSL_T20) November 17, 2019
Surprisingly, Gregory Mahlokwana isn't the first ambidextrous bowler in the game. Pakistani legend Hanif Mohammad and former England and Essex star Graham Gooch, amongst others, have been able to roll both their arms over from time to time and stun the opponents with the unpredictability. View the full article
Not all heroes wear capes, some wear CISF uniform and walk on all fours towards making the world a better place. They may not have superpowers, but their very existence is enough to make us feel safe and loved. And the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) recently celebrated those heroes and gave them a grand salute for their services towards the country.
Born as a dog, retired as a soldier... A Farewell ceremony for 07 #K9 members of #CISF organised @ CISF Unit DMRC Delhi. They were handed over to NGO @Friendicoes_DEL, New Delhi. Thank you for your services ! pic.twitter.com/3h1fREZz5s
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) November 19, 2019
Seven dogs of the CISF retired on Tuesday after serving with the para-military force for eight years. To bid them farewell and to reward their bravery, CISF for the first time in history threw a retirement ceremony for them and posted pictures of the same with a beautiful message "Born as a dog, retired as a soldier."
#CISF bids farewell to Hina (Lab/F), Veer (CSP/M), Kite (Lab/F) & Jelly (Lab/F) #CISF K9 members who officially retired from duty today. Our K9 heroes averted danger many times when lives were on stake. pic.twitter.com/rP9uw6KCa7
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) November 19, 2019
CISF wrote on Twitter, "#CISF bids farewell to our K9 heroes- Jessy (GSD/F), Lucky (Lab/F) & Lovely (Lab/F) who officially retired from duty today. We will always remain indebted for contributing immensely in security of Delhi Metro."
#CISF bids farewell to our K9 heroes- Jessy (GSD/F), Lucky (Lab/F) & Lovely (Lab/F) who officially retired from duty today. We will always remain indebted for contributing immensely in security of Delhi Metro. pic.twitter.com/tn5T3wfbKZ
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) November 19, 2019
The dogs named Hina, Kite, Jelly, Jessy, Lucy, Lovely and Veer, were part of the CISF team responsible for the work of Delhi Metro and were given medals, certificates and mementos at the ceremony. They were handed over to an NGO in New Delhi. View the full article
Tigers cause terrorism, apparently. Yes, according to a seer, the tiger, being the national animal, has been causing terrorism in the country, or at least is the "reason behind increased terrorism."
While this is one of the most absurd things ever, people - mainly politicians - have made so many wild claims in the last few months that this doesn't even make it to the top ten.
Coming back to Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji's, of Sri Pejavar Mutt, Udupi, hilarious views on terrorism, and tigers, he thinks that our "national animal being a tiger is the reason for terrorist activities in India," the news reports said.
Can anyone guess what he thinks should be the national animal instead? The winner will get nothing because it's the most obvious answer - a cow!
The reports further said, the seer believes that, if we had "embraced cow, the symbol of love and innocence," no terrorist would be born in India.
Is anyone surprised that a cow is a part of a wildly absurd claim being made? It's a routine now, and I honestly feel bad for all the cows now for being dragged into these discussions all the time. They probably want to just chill and eat grass, but no, everyone's trying to politicise them.
This absurd claim was made by the seer during the 'Santa Samagam', a congregation of saints in Udupi yesterday, where he also asserted that the Union government should take strict actions and ban cow slaughtering.
Another point he brought up - the purification of river Ganga. Wait, isn't that supposed to be already pure?
But, that is still not as bad as the claims about tiger, I mean there's no reason to defame them like this. What have tigers ever done to him?
In the end, we should thank him for bringing us our absurd story of the week, even though it's kinda scary how regular this has become. View the full article
Taking inspiration from the Iron Man franchise, a part-time employee working at a private university in Varanasi has developed a prototype 'Iron Man' suit to help the Indian Army.
No, we aren't joking!
According to ANI, Shyam Chaurasia from Varanasi said that he has made the suit prototype keeping the Indian army soldiers in mind.
"It is a metal suit designed to help the Indian Army soldiers during their encounters with terrorists and enemies. Currently, it is just a prototype, but it can help the soldiers immensely during the times of the battle,” Chaurasia told ANI.
While, Chaurasia thinks that the Iron-Man suit can help the Indian Army, here's what the internet thinks-
You Vs the Guy she told you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/j6e9lddnb3
— Jitesh Rochlani (@jiteshrochlani) November 19, 2019
If the idea is to kill the enemy by laughter, this might work.
— Ashwin (@ashwin_thm) November 18, 2019
WTH is that? Some villain from Shaktiman??
— #KamleshTiwari #justice4valayarvictims (@GunjanMallik) November 19, 2019
Need any other proof of unemployment and joblessness in India?
— Ashutosh Mishra (@Tweetingchintu) November 19, 2019
Iron man: am I joke to you?
— Ajay J TPN (@bipolardoggo) November 19, 2019
ðð¤£ðð¤£ðð» isko bhejo border pe is suit ke saath ye khud nahi jayega aur bike ka helmet konsi goli rokega ð yeh jarur peene ke baad isko idea aaya hain
— ND_gabbar (@dhi_gabbar) November 19, 2019
— Anand (@couch_batata) November 19, 2019
Bahubali movie dekha tha kya isne.
— Nihar Somani (@nihar_somani) November 19, 2019
While the suit seems to be made of jugaad technology, Chaurasia is determined to seek funds to turn it into a working model.
“I would urge the government agencies like DRDO to take note of this suit and to build upon it to help the soldiers as other countries like Pakistan among others too are working on such models. The cost of a soldier's life is very high, what I have done is just an attempt to bring it in the radar of DRDO and other agencies,” he also said.
What do you think about the desi Iron Man suit? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
Bollywood and manhood have lived a complicated life together. We live in a country where over 250 crore people scramble to watch films every year - over twice the number of moviegoers in China or the United States. This means that our society, more than perhaps any other in the world, culturally depends on what we see onscreen, and who we see doing it.
Despite facing criticism for its less-than-stellar treatment of women through the years, Bollywood has placed immense emphasis on the leading men, often captured in heroic postures on bright, nostalgia-inducing film posters. Everyone from thugs to tycoons, soldiers to scholars have been framed on film for everyone to see - and over time, helped define, mature and even reinvent the idea of masculinity.
This International Men's Day, we'd like to take a look at these cultural icons and how they defined the cinema of their times.
The 1940s - Ashok Kumar
Perhaps Kumar's greatest contribution to playing men onscreen was his breakthrough hit - 1943's Kismet. Playing a remorseless pickpocket with a compassionate side, he introduced us to the anti-hero - a complex, pivotal aspect that provided men with a truly relatable onscreen presence. The film's subject matter was also quite radical for the time. Kumar's choices in film would also reflect the shifting tides for newly independent India. Mahal (1949) saw Kumar take the lead for India's first film featuring a 'reincarnation story', in a mix of horror and romance that influences popular cinema even today. Kumar was also unafraid to play negative roles even during his time as one of the most successful heroes in Bollywood - the intelligent, bold and noir-inspired Sangram (1950) sees Kumar play a spoilt brat turn into a ruthless criminal.
The 1950s - Guru Dutt
Through the 50s, Guru Dutt released films that took away much of the grandeur and 'macho' ideas associated with heroes. His characters were flawed, often destitute and fighting against themselves as in Mr. & Mrs. 55 (1955) & Pyaasa (1957) - or falling from grace as in Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). Much of this reflected the filmmaker's own pain and frustration with life - a theme that continues through all his films and is perhaps why, even half a century later, they still stir deep emotions and relatability.
The 1960s - Dharmendra
The 60s were a time where western pop culture finally began to reach Indian masses. Gradually, studios began to look at concepts such as female-led romance films and even the James Bond craze. Dharmendra would take on both of these challenges back in the 60s.
Known as Garam Dharam at the time, he began his career alongside Meena Kumari, taking on early feminist cinema such as Anpadh (1962), playing a gentle, slow-burner romantic in films such as Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1967) and even Aakhen (1968) - one of India's earliest spy themed romantic-thrillers. This soft spoken yet suave roster of roles was just the thing that a new, younger and better-read Indian man wanted to see.
The 1970s - Amitabh Bachchan
One of the most interesting things about this legendary figure of Indian cinema is that he very accurately represented a symbol for young men during the seventies. Underemployed, barred by discrimination - these were challenges the young actor faced in his early days, being told by filmmakers that he was too dark, too tall and too intense to play the likeable, fair-skinned funnyman that past heroes tended towards.
Soon enough, films themselves became darker, more imposing and intense themselves - giving the frustration of the youth a cinematic avatar through 'The Angry Young Man'. Eventually, even Dharmendra and Bachhan came together in Sholay (1975) - a film that came to define the decade itself.
The 1980s - Naseeruddin Shah
Subtle, sensitive and full of charm - Naseeruddin Shah's career in the eighties was a series of timeless movies that aged very well - his interesting, challenging roles rode the crest of new-age cinema during his time at the top.
Known for taking on films with deep socio-political themes, he's tackled everything from a social comedy in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and a complicated romance as a blind man in Sparsh (1980), showing his versatility at two different ends of the spectrum. It's also interesting to note that he's played a man in uniform several times - everything from lawyers to policemen and army chiefs, usually with sharp wit and complete authority.
The 1990s - Shah Rukh Khan
Seriously, could it be anyone else? SRK's journey as an actor through the 90s reflected much of the two-sided life men have had to lead - first struggling as a ruthless anti-hero in Baazigar (1993) and playing other darker roles.
Soon though, the lighter side of life came through when he absolutely nailed his role as Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). His lighthearted, charismatic and yet romantically intense roles have cemented his reputation as Bollywood's undisputed 'King of Romance' - with a signature pose that's been copied by Indian men for the last twenty years.
The 2000s - Hrithik Roshan
Along with all the comparisons to 'Greek gods' and the likes, there's no denying it - Hrithik has been a titanic presence in some of the decade's biggest films.
While often typecast as the 'perfect hero', due to his looks and general screen presence, his roles matured immensely through the decade, reflecting the interests of his male audience and his own journey. Beginning with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in 2000, he played an interesting spin on the classic coming-of-age, boy-to-man story in Lakshya 4 years later - finally ending the decade in the incredibly touching Guzarish. This push for more, despite stunt injuries, personal traumas and even spinal conditions that threatened his career, inspired millions of fans to adopt his brand of masculinity.
The 2010s - Ayushmann Khurrana
Khurrana's star is still rising - it's been around seven years since his debut in Vicky Donor, and the resulting legacy of films tackling social problems, unique scripts such as Andhadhun's and a commonly recurring theme in his films - male insecurities - have helped immensely in raising awareness and broadening conversations amongst both men and women today.
This year, his upcoming film Bala aims to tackle the stigma surrounding male pattern baldness- a major source of anxiety for several men, both young and old. View the full article
For someone who entered the Indian entertainment industry and rose to fame with her stint in the TV show Bigg Boss, Sunny Leone has come a long way to become one of the most popular faces in Bollywood. Whether it's her choice of roles in the movies, eye-catching fashion sense or business ventures, the Canadian-born Indian actress is a complete package.
The amazing and surreal experience of being on the field during @T10League cheering for @DelhiBullsT10 ð #SunnyLeone #T10League pic.twitter.com/IGbLO08r5A
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) November 15, 2019
Known for doing things out of the ordinary, the 38-year-old has been making most of her time connecting with cricket fans owing to her role as the brand ambassador of Delhi Bulls in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 League. From rooting for the Eoin Morgan-led franchise from the stands to cheering up the Delhi fans, Leone has rapidly become a fan favourite.
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What's my name..what's my name? ð¶ #SunnyLeone @delhibullst10 @t10league Outfit @fancypantsofficial
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Continuing to entice cricket fans, Leone dropped a candid video on her Instagram page where she was seen flaunting her football skills. The video shows the Bollywood actress showcasing great control, dribbling and eventually scoring a goal. Despite her effort to score from a cross went in vain, Leone's video struck a chord with the fans.
So excited to share that I am now the proud co-owner of the @IPLSOCCERUK team Leicester Galacticos !!
This has been a long life dream and still cannot believe it has finally happened. Work hard for what you believe and want in life! @DanielWeber99 @themichaelowen @SanySupra pic.twitter.com/vRvP2vuYTv
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) November 18, 2019
Apart from that, Leone also became the proud owner of a football team recently. The Indian star is now a proud owner of Leicester Galacticos - a team that will be seen playing in the 'IPL Soccer' - the first televised British Asian football tournament. The seven-a-side indoor football competition is comprised of selected UK city teams which are headed by celebrity owners. View the full article
There are two types of bike lovers in this world: first, who just talk about brands and the second who not only know all the technical bits but can also identify the bike and model just by hearing it roar on the streets. Well, I am no bike enthusiast but there are still a few bikes that I can identify by their sound and the one on the top of the list is Royal Enfield.
Almost every single person in this country can recognise an Enfield without actually seeing it. The bike has a distinct voice that the engine makes and that is one of the many things that enthusiasts fall in love with.
Since 1955, Royal Enfield has been a staple in our country and the one thing as iconic as the bike is the Madras stripe that sits on it. Unlike most bike brands that still use machines,Royal Enfield still uses these steady-handed painters who hand paint the pinstripes on Bullet tanks and now, Royal Enfield is bringing the same human touch to its helmets.
You read that right! Royal Enfield has launched helmets that come with the trademark stripes. The idea behind the launch is to bring the culture and the legacy of the bike to another canvas close to a rider, helmets. They have manufactured only 200 of these unique helmets where the stripes are painted by the same hands using the same paint that is used on the bikes.
Multiple riders have gone on long road trips on their Enfields and created numerous memories that they will forever cherish. People who love bikes know that they are more than just a mode of transportation, their bikes are a part of their lives, their treasured possession and something that will always be there for them. This is why most bike lovers are so passionate about the gear they buy as well.
The helmets, just like every product that Royal Enfield manufactures, are made with high-quality materials like single unit fibreglass shell for better impact absorption and also making it lightweight, ventilated EPS internal liner, premium leather internals and much more. These are a collector's item meant for anyone who has loved the iconic pinstripes on the tanks of Royal Enfield Bullet and also for any enthusiast who wants to own a mark of this legacy.
The helmets will be exclusively available on the Royal Enfield online store, only to those who sign up for the sale. View the full article
The Abu Dhabi T10 League is turning out to be a lot more excited than we'd hoped for. While batsman Kieron Pollard decorated his wagon wheel with four sixes and one four in a single over to show how he still can make the bowlers suffer, there is yet another man from the league, people on social media can't stop talking about.
A 21-year-old Kevin Koththiigoda from Sri Lanka, who is currently a part of the Bangla Tigers roster, came out to bowl with the idea of sending the opposing batsman into frenzy with his rather unique bowling action.
Turns out, his 'hurricane' actions, as the fans have now started calling it, had a deeper impact, and confused the hell out of the traditional fan base of the game who dropped everything they were doing and began to analyse the anomaly that Koththiigoda's bowling action is.
#NewFavePlayer Kevin Koththiigoda. Consonant in a blender pic.twitter.com/9EmOBFuNOW
— Paul Radley (@PaulRadley) November 16, 2019
Incorrect. He can. It's similar to Paul Adam's action who took 134 test wickets in 45 games.
— Sanj (@sanj156) November 17, 2019
Don't think he even generated any spin. More of a physc-out
— Bomberland ð´â«ï¸ (@gouldygould_n) November 18, 2019
His arm ends up at mid wicket ð
— Adam Ryszkowski (@AdamRyko) November 17, 2019
Clearly, Koththiigoda's action is more of an upgraded version of the South African legend Paul Adams' 'Frog in a Blender' bowling style that helped him scalp 134 wickets in just 45 international Test matches between 1995 and 2004.
However, Kevin Koththiigoda isn't the first cricketer whose work resembles the great Proteas from 24 years ago. During his Indian Premier League debut with the Gujarat Lions, Shivil Kaushik too made headlines for his unorthodox and painful looking bowling action. As soon as he delivered his first ball, people were already talking about his version of the 'Frog in a Blender'.
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As an AirPods user myself, I know what it feels like to experience the horror of losing or feeling that you may have lost, one of the AirPods. That's just how it is. They don't stay in most people's ears and are very easy to lose.
Well, a genius in San Francisco decided to have some fun with this common fear by making life-sized stickers of AirPods. Yes, he placed those stickers around the city on the sidewalks, roads, etc. to troll people. He's an artist and a creative director who's quite popular for some of his pranks on Instagram, so I am not surprised to see this coming from him.
I made life-size AirPod stickers and stuck them on the ground, all over the city ð¤¡ pic.twitter.com/hIrZD0wfom
— Pablo Rochat (@PabloRochat) November 17, 2019
Don't they look like actual AirPods? I don't know about you, but if I see them on the road, I'd definitely stop to take a second look. In fact, I'd legit reach for my ears just to make sure that's not mine. He even posted a video of him placing one those stickers on the sidewalk right next to a pole.
— Pablo Rochat (@PabloRochat) November 17, 2019
And lastly, he was kind enough to give a download link for the stickers to prank others. Yes, you can download the sticker template for free and yes, he made a template for the new AirPods Pro too. While we don't recommend printing them and placing around the city and make it chaotic, it'd be fun to mess around with your friends and colleagues at work. You can download the sticker template from here. View the full article