The Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken a page out of the book of the National Basketball League (NBA) and have decided to organise an exhibition âAll-Starâ match ahead of the 2020 edition of the month and a half-long tournament.
With the league scheduled to begin from March 29, 2020, the match, which is the first of its kind, will be taking place four days before on March 24. Out of the eight franchises that play in the IPL, one team will be selected with players from the South and West teams while the other will have to choose from teams that belong to the cities in North and East.
The Indian Premier League has an all-star game now
First team from North & East : KXIP, RR, DC and KKR
Second team from South & West : CSK, MI, SRH and RCB
MSD, Kohli and Hitman in one team. Who will lead? â VIVO IPL 2020 (@IPLCricket) January 28, 2020
Having said that, the match will surely turn out to be a major throwback for the fans of the Indian cricket team and those who appreciate all the aforementioned athletes for the years and years worth of service as a part of the Men in Blue. View the full article
The ICC U19 World Cup is in the knockout phase now and one of the most exciting match-ups from the tournament took place when India and Australia locked horns for a spot in the semi-finals.
After winning the toss, Aussie skipper Mackenzie Harvey chose to field first and for the first half of the match, it felt like a good decision. Other than the opener, Yashaasvi Jaiswalâs 62 and Atharva Ankolekarâs middle-order half-ton, Indian batsmen found it difficult to collate runs and had to settle for a below average total of 233.
Virat Kohli's record after 25 Youth ODI innings:
Runs: 978 Batting average: 46.57
Yashasvi Jaiswal's record after 25 Youth ODI innings:
Runs: 1193 Batting average: 62.78
#U19CWC | #FutureStars pic.twitter.com/X6gT7x9w7c â Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 29, 2020
However, it were the Indian bowlers who showed up in the clutch to bring home the victory and wrapped up the entire Australian batting line-up at 159 to move ahead.
The boys from Down Under were considered to be the favourites ahead of the tournament but found it overwhelming to cope with the talented Indian bowlers, led by the 19-year-old Kartik Tyagi.
The pacer, who was trusted with the new ball by Indian captain Priyam Garg, did not disappoint as the team picked three huge wickets in the first over itself. On the first delivery of Australiaâs batting, opener Jake Fraser-McGurk lost his wicket in a run-out due to the miscommunication with partner Sam Fanning who was on strike.
Kartik Tyagi dismantle AUS U-19 team. Poor start by Aussies and very uncharacteristic from them.
AUS U-19 ( 17/4 )#INDvAUS | #U19CWC | #U19WorldCup | #FutureStars pic.twitter.com/XTUpzNdlY4 â Ahmer Najeeb (@AhmerNajeeb) January 28, 2020
It wasnât too long after Fraser-McGurk walked back to the pavilion that the two batsmen who came after him, were dismissed as well.
Tyagi trapped Harvey with an LBW appeal on the fourth delivery and bowled Lachlan Hearne on the following ball.
The Uttar Pradesh player went on to scalp two more wickets during the match while giving away just 24 runs in eight overs to lead his side to victory.
Fellow pacer, Akash Singh also made a significant contribution to the win as he picked three wickets of his own, including the final act in which he destroyed the middle stump to remove Aussie tailender Matthew Willians from the crease.
My boy wraps it up for India #LeftArmSeamer #AkashSingh Dhinchaak! #ThreeWickets #INDvAUS #U19WorldCup
This chotu is a delight to watch @rajasthanroyals our boy pic.twitter.com/ezKyOK7kP9 â Mandakini (@mandakini_) January 28, 2020
With the first team to enter the ICC U19 World Cup semis, the Boys in Blue will face the winner of the contest between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the entry into the final. View the full article
People are never not amazed by literally anything Virat Kohli ever does, his 'stans' are that crazy, and this time was no different.
He shared a couple of videos today showing off how fit he actually is and the videos are so insane and impressive, it's hard to not be in awe of them. I mean, an athlete has to obviously be really fit, but this time it seems like Kohli is jumping to new levels of fitness, pun intended.
View this post on InstagramPutting in the work shouldn't be a choice, it should be a requirement to get better.
#keeppushingyourselfA post shared by (@virat.kohli)
One word - wow!
I imagine this takes a lot of strength to achieve and it's great to see him pushing himself and doing so much impressive stuff. Forget Monday motivation, Tuesday motivation is where it's at and what everyone needs.
Also, please don't miss the shorts he's wearing. The subtle tribute to Kobe Bryant is honestly a great gesture.
People are obviously hailing their 'King Kohli', for obvious reasons.
Thatâs some fitness https://t.co/gEBY3K3wUD â -_- (@andsid281) January 28, 2020
Bloody hell!!! That's awesome!!! #ViratKohli https://t.co/xZuE4sVbzF â Om Lal Mehta (@omlalmehta) January 28, 2020
and the man behind virat who almost wet his whole t-shirt is non other than Rohit sharma.Rohit is only example of extreme athleticism and hardcore fitness.https://t.co/QDg8VgTHjL â Awanish (@awanish45_) January 28, 2020
That would be hilarious.
This video would be ideal if played to the accompaniment of fart noises. â KangaeRoo (@Kangae_Roo) January 28, 2020
This is a 'we are not the same' meme.
And i am here having Double masala Mutton biriyani with Thumbs up every day before going to bed. https://t.co/hd3RQq04mO pic.twitter.com/wR3iaIuJau â Why So Serious ! (@SurrealZak) January 28, 2020
Oh my god. This is a serious benchmark. This kind of workouts need a serious pro at work. ð¼ https://t.co/XRDO7dw2OG â Kauls - Nehrus (@AdithyaPatelR) January 28, 2020
A TikTok video of a hairstylist using fire to style his customerâs hair is doing the rounds on the internet. The video showcases a hair stylist styling a manâs hair using a bizarre fire technique and the man who is sitting on the chair looks calm.
In the video, the barber uses a lighter to set his customerâs hair on fire and then further uses two combs to pull the hair back. This process is repeated until the time fire is extinguished on its own. The video was first shared on TikTok and then on Twitter.
Watch the full video here-
This is an origin story for a hairstyle like mine.pic.twitter.com/gBKrhr1AQH â ð¹ððð ð¶ððððð (@JoshuaGrubbsPhD) January 27, 2020
The video has over 30 million views on TikTok and has also now gone viral on other social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter the video has been viewed around 13 million times.
The only question is why someone will want to put their own hair on fire.
However, the internet is shocked and here is what the people want to say about the bizarre hairstyle technique-
OMG that'd damage your hair wouldn't it not? Also How'd that not hurt him o.o â Emsha (@EmmaShosha) January 27, 2020Can you even imagine how much that must stink? â Arden Brooks (@ThatArdenBrooks) January 27, 2020I saw that at a Japanese flaming grill restaurant... â David J. Ley PhD (@DrDavidLey) January 27, 2020Once my hair reached the point of no return this is how I'm going down. â Andrew [ËfeÉªvi.É] (@andcarnivorous) January 27, 2020 pic.twitter.com/NrM0gpdVW3 â JC Murphy (@NotThat_JC) January 27, 2020Is it weird that I screamed? â Jack Arnal (@DrArnal) January 27, 2020 pic.twitter.com/ERbRYZFaP7 â Stephanie Mullins-Sweatt (@dr_sweatt) January 27, 2020We will never suggest anyone to get that done and never try doing that on your own too. Are you brave enough to try this? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
People across the globe are shaken by the sad news of the demise of the NBA legend Kobe Bryant in an extremely tragic helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles on Sunday.
Kobe had an extraordinary career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and also became one of the most popular faces. He revitalised the NBA over 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and two Olympic gold medals before he died in the tragic accident.
View this post on InstagramMy GigiA post shared by (@kobebryant)
The 41-year-old NBA legend along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant died in the horrible helicopter crash along with seven others, including the pilot. Fondly called âBlack Mambaâ, he retired from the game in the year 2016 and Gianna was supposed to take his legacy forward.
According to the New York Times, the authorities said, âIt could take several days to recover bodies from the crash site, as the helicopter crashed in rough terrain.â
Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County fire Chief said, âThe crash site was difficult to access and that firefighters had to hike to the area. It was also initially unclear how many passengers were there on the helicopter or if the helicopter was overloaded.â
View this post on InstagramLA is the land of opportunity. Itâs as big or small as you want it be. What you get out of LA reflects what you put in. Itâs the place where you can learn from the greats who came before you. And where you can continue their journey farther. Itâs where you leave a legacy for the next generation of LA greats to carry on after you. #sportchangeseverythingA post shared by (@kobebryant)
Besides, as per news reports, John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, also died in the crash with his wife, Keri and daughter Alyssa Altobelli. Alyssa was Giannaâs teammate.
The Sikorsky S-76 aircraft was going from Orange County to Thousand Oaks, California when it unfortunately crashed on Sunday morning.
View this post on InstagramI hate seeing my #teammamba girls play against each other. This is GREAT defense by our mamba pg Alyssa Altobelli and a familiar looking fade by our 2gd the #MambacitaA post shared by (@kobebryant)
There were nine people in the helicopter and none of them survived the horrific crash. Christina Mauser, 38, Kobe's girls' basketball coach was also one of the nine victims aboard the helicopter as they were reportedly travelling to a basketball game.
She was a mother of three who appallingly lost her life.
Her husband, Matt Mauser, posted an emotional message on Facebook upon learning of his wifeâs passing and wrote, âMy kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.â
Kobe founded Mamba Sports Academy in the year 2018 and Christina coached Gianna and Alyssa at the academy, and the girls were in the Los Angeles Lady Mamba Team.
As soon as the news of his demise broke out, hundreds of his fans gathered at Staples Center to pay tribute to the late basketball legend despite police warnings against visiting the stadium. View the full article
NBA legend Kobe Bryantâs untimely demise has left his fans mourning across the globe as the legendary basketball player lost his life in a helicopter crash and was accompanied by his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and few other officials. An inspiration for millions and a key source of motivation for anyone pursuing a career in basketball, Kobe is remembered and missed by people all over the world and the Bollywood fraternity also came forward sharing their thoughts and prayers for the departed soul.
View this post on InstagramAbsolutely devastated to hear this news today. So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court that I would be mesmerized by. Life is so unpredictable and fickle. His daughter Gianna passed away too in the crash. Iam absolutely Heartbroken. Rest in peace. Strength and condolences to the family ðA post shared by (@virat.kohli)
While celebrities like Anand Ahuja, Virat Kohli and Abhishek Bachchan are known fans of the sport and shared their tribute for Kobe, celebrities like Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar mourned the loss of a father and a daughter who left the world too soon.
Speechless,the world has lost a Legendary Athlete,R.I.P The #BlackMamba of Basketball, Kobe Bryant & his daughter,Gianna. What u have done for so many kids including my niece whom u inspired to play basketball every day of her childhood,may u both comfort each other in heavenð» pic.twitter.com/qwQ8CffQ5F â Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 27, 2020I didnât follow the sport and canât claim to have known too much about him...but this untimely death of a father and daughter just breaks my heart...I hope the universes give strength to his family , friends and fans across the world....#KobeBryant #RIP â Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 26, 2020Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who was also seen at the Grammys earlier today with husband Nick Jonas in tow, paid her tribute and honoured his memory as well. She was spotted with his jersey number â24â written on her nail as husband Nick was spotted with a purple ribbon in Kobeâs memory.
View this post on InstagramKobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. Iâm shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. You are in my thoughts. Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other families and pilot in the accident. Being at tonightâs Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. ð #RIP #KobeBryant #ripmambaA post shared by (@priyankachopra)
Priyanka Chopra is wearing a beautiful @ralphandrusso gown with a loving tribute to Kobe Bryant on her nails ð½ #grammys #RIPKobeAndGianna pic.twitter.com/PelKbD6CNh â Getting GorJess (@gettinggorjess) January 27, 2020
Golfing pro Tiger Woods too was heartbroken after hearing about Kobeâs death. Kobe and Tiger are often compared a lot because of their similar career arcs. Both became popular names in the field of sports by the age of 21. They were both passionate towards their sports who became top-10 players of all-time in their respective fields. Both had to go through controversies and scandals at a young age, too.
"I didn't know until Joey just told me coming off the 18th green," Woods told CBS Sports after the round. "I didn't understand why people in the gallery were saying, 'Do it for Mamba.' Now I understand. It's a shocker to everyone. I'm unbelievably sad, and it's one of the more tragic days. The reality is setting in because I was just told about 5 minutes ago. Life is very fragile as we all know," added Woods. "You can be gone at any given time and we have to appreciate the moments that we have. I just can't imagine what his family's going through right now."
Tiger Woods reacts to the news of Kobe Bryantâs death shortly after finishing his round on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/veQV7WYgE8 â GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) January 26, 2020
While Kobeâs death sent shockwaves around the globe, an unbelievable tweet from about seven years ago accurately predicting his death has surfaced online. The tweet spoke about the NBA starâs untimely death in a helicopter crash and was shared by Twitter user @dotNoso in 2012.
Kobe is going to end up dying in a helicopter crash â .Noso (@dotNoso) November 13, 2012
Kobe Bryantâs untimely demise is a reminder that life indeed is unpredictable and sometimes we underestimate the beautiful blessing of leaving and coming back home safely to our families. We pray that his soul rests in peace. View the full article
Ever since the 62nd Grammy Awards, people have been primarily talking about two things - Priyanka Chopra's outfit, and Nick Jonas and the spinach stuck in his teeth, which has now become a 'green legend' thanks to the meme Gods.
Singer Nick Jonas and his brothers gave what his fans feel was an outstanding performance last night. However, his fantastic and 'cavity-vating', sorry captivating performance was outshined by a teeny-tiny piece of spinach that was stuck in his teeth, which was noticed by literally everyone watching him perform.
Is Nick Jonas on the #GRAMMYs stage with spinach or something in his teeth?!? pic.twitter.com/BKWREj4U3l â Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) January 27, 2020
As expected, social media soon exploded with memes and reactions on Mr. 'Popeye' Jonas and the spinach that stole more limelight than both J brothers and J Sisters combined. He sang 'What A Man Gotta Do' and all we can say after this performance is that 'What A Man Gotta Do' is to brush teeth properly.
I love the energy of Nick Jonas and his spinach teeth.. it just fits with the rest of 2020 â Daisha (@TrumpDaishaM) January 27, 2020#NickJonas has cilantro on his teeth and honestly fucking relate.. pic.twitter.com/cIZgNLPE9n â LUPE â (@guacaloopy) January 27, 2020nick jonas with spinach in his teeth is my favorite part of the whole show#GrammyAwards pic.twitter.com/fPPlX1B5wP â Heather Wismer (@happykid) January 27, 2020Is it me or does Nick Jonas have food in his teeth? #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/E3NzliOR03 â Amanda Jo (@AmandaJoDJ) January 27, 2020Love the Jonas brothers so Iâm not going to talk about how there was food in Nick Jonasâ teeth @BarstoolFran #Grammys â Ria (@BarstoolRia) January 27, 2020What is common between #nickjonas and Popeye? Both are proud to âshowâ their love for spinach...#GRAMMYs #grammy2020 pic.twitter.com/AjLMPz1oTA â PRIYANKA NAIK (@Drpriyankanaik) January 27, 2020Nick Jonas did have something in his teeth. It's true, I was the spinach pic.twitter.com/U7utRkdRgA â poojah what is this behavior (@BrujaCoochie) January 27, 2020#GRAMMYs #NickJonas Nick Jonasâs spinach in his teeth while he performing : pic.twitter.com/m5af2ZFgoI â yo fav (@anywayschilee) January 27, 2020Real Talk: Why Didn't Anyone Tell Nick Jonas He Had Spinach in His Teeth at the Grammys? - Joe? Kevin? PRIYANKA? There are a lot of people at fault for the situation Nick Jonas faced during Sunday night's Grammys, but the real hero is the piece of greenery that finagled its w... â effinfun (@effinfun) January 27, 2020However, Nick was a sport and turned the tables around by leaving a savage reply for all the haters who were trolling him. He took to his Twitter handle and wrote, "And at least you all know I eat my greens."
And at least you all know I eat my greens. ð¤ª â Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 27, 2020
At the 62nd Grammy Awards, the Jonas Brothers also dropped their new song 'Five More Minutes'. View the full article
People across the country are celebrating India's 71st Republic Day and so is Gaana in its own musical way. 'Vande Mataram' is not just a song, it's an emotion that binds millions of people together in a thread. So there can't be a better way to pay tribute to the country's musical roots and diversity, than by reimagining the song that holds a special place in our hearts.
With their campaign, 'Discover India on Gaana', the music streaming app in its first-ever attempt, tries to bring every Indian closer to their roots and give them a chance to rediscover the country and the vibrant mix of musical ethnicities it offers.
The app has curated 50+ playlists according to destinations so that the music lovers can enjoy popular native melodies from a particular region, along with rich media cards that feature trivia about the tune's origin, popular genres and artists.
Gaana CEO, Prashan Agarwal said, "In a world more divided than ever, as the largest music app, we felt it is upon us to revive our collective sense of camaraderie. Music is one of the few strains of humanity that has the sublime power to cut across cultures, faiths, and borders to evoke our shared sense of culture, folklore, and music."
He further said, "To that effect, we have curated playlists that bring out the flavor of our music and our people as we tip our hats to one of the greatest songs that celebrates our spirit of unity. This Republic Day, we invite every Indian to discover and celebrate the music of our nation - only on Gaana."
For this campaign, they brought together 9 budding artists from across the states to reinvent 'Vande Mataram'. The artists are Amrita Nayak, Diya Ghosh, Subhechha Mohanty, Simran Sehgal, Aswin Ram, Jishan Ali Thobani, Ashish Patil, Sandesh Motwani, Antareep Hazarika and Illiyana Gogoi; who add their own cultural flavours to pay tribute to the country's diversity, and celebrate the nation's heterogeneity and classical essence.
So, what are you waiting for when the chance of listening to culturally rich and indigenous music is just a tap away? View the full article
As much as we would like to believe and announce that our furry friends are pure bundles of joy and angels, the truth is that sometimes they can be absolute jerks and totally unapologetic about it. Particularly, our feline friends.
Living with cats under the same roof is one of the hardest things in the world, and if anyone tells you otherwise, then they've probably never lived with one. On top of it, if your cat has a resting bitch face 24x7, gives you death stares while lurking in some dark corner of the room at 3 in the night, then it's a living nightmare.
But, turns out no matter how bad you think your pet is, she or he is clearly not a match in front of the 'world's worst cat', who has recently been put up for adoption and her bio is as savage and honest as it can get.
Perdita, a 4-year-old foul-tempered cat, has been labelled as the 'world's worst cat' by the people at Mitchell County Animal Rescue in North Carolina and they have their own reasons to do so. They have been taking care of Perdita, ever since she lost her owner. Initially, they thought she was sick, but turns out she's "just a jerk". And Perdita's vet vouches for that. So they decided to post a brutally honest adoption advertisement on their page, because 'honesty is the best policy'.
The advertisement reads, "Perdita, we thought she was sick, turns out sheâs just a jerk" for the world's worst cat who has now become 'world's most loved and famous cat'.
The organisation further wrote, "Meet Perdita, not for the faint of heart. LIKES: staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again; the song Cat Scratch Fever, the movie Pet Cemetery (Church is her hero), jump scares (her specialty), lurking in dark corners, being queen of her domicile, fooling shelter staff into thinking she's sick (vet agrees...she's just a jerk)."
They even mentioned her dislikes, "the color pink, kittens (yuk they are so chipper), dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least...HUGS. She's single and ready to be socially awkward with a socially awkward human who understands personal space."
While, they thought it's better to be honest, even if they don't find any new owners, turns out people not only loved the ad but are also eager to take Perdita home. Ever since the ad was posted, Perdita has now become the world's most loved and famous cat and has already received over 115 applications for adoption.
Wow! Looks like there's some tough competition for other cats out there, because almost everyone is now bowing down to Queen Perdita.
If you are not familiar with the Malayalam language, youâd probably never switch to a football channel with Malayalam commentary, and that would be the logical thing to do.
But once you listen to Shaiju Damodaran go nuclear on the microphone after Portugalâs Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a magical free-kick against Spain during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, logic would go right out of the window and Malayalam commentary is all you would be listening to.
Cristiano Ronaldo's third (hat-trick) goal against Spain in #FIFAworldcup2018 with Malayalam commentary. ENJOY! pic.twitter.com/JvUYXVLaqO â Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 16, 2018 Ask the chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra , he will tell you.
Ok thatâs it. Iâm switching to this channel with commentary in Malayalam. No, I donât understand the language but I donât need toâthese guys are so pumped up they make the English & Hindi commentators sound tame! pic.twitter.com/yWqApVx6jp â anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 16, 2018 Damodaranâs career, which started out as a sports journalist with a Kerala newspaper over 20 years ago, has now evolved into an entire cult. Passionate football fans, mostly Malayalis from India and many other parts of the world stopped listening to match commentary in any other language. All they wanted to lend their ears to were his energetic words.
âWhatever I am today, the reason why my commentary goes viral every year is because of all the Malayali sports fans out there. Be it India or Dubai or any other part of the world, it is because of them that my voice has reached out to so many people,â an excited Shaiju Damodaran tells MensXP.
âAs a professional commentator, I just try to do my job to the best of my abilities and I am extremely fortunate to have so many people loving my work every single day.â
Not every moment of every football match is equally exciting and while the viewers have the option of changing the channel or turn off the television altogether, the commentators canât afford to let the energy dip. It is their job, essentially, to keep the viewer dialled in. For Damodaran, however, the ability to maintain that level of energy is more natural than making a conscious effort.
âWhenever a goal happens or a player executes a good move, my reaction comes out automatically. That energy comes from within. Main yeh jaan bhuj ke nahi karta (I donât do this intentionally),â he says.
The brilliance behind the mic also originates from Shaijuâs hunger to outdo himself during his next assignment. Every match is a new opportunity. A million things can happen during a game that nobody foresaw and he looks at them as points that can change the entire flow of the game.
As the only Malayalam commentator for the Indian Super League in the last six seasons, he has given his voice to more than 330 matches till date. For him, what happened during the last game is the thing of the past. If there is a match today, he will treat it like the greatest assignment he has been a part of, no matter what is at stake.
âThe force that drives me every day is the realisation that I have to do each game perfectly and a little better than what I did during the previous match.â
Shaiju Damodaran is a busy man. Between 2018 and 2020, the longest duration for which he got to stay at home and spend some quality time with his family was one week. He did commentary during the two seasons of ISL, the Indian Premier League for a Malayalam radio station in Dubai, the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the ICC World Cup 2019. To fill the gaps in between the major tournaments, he is also working at a regional level both as a commentator but also as a public speaker.
As a human being, nobody can be in that ecstatic state of mind 24x7, 365 days a year. There might be days when we feel a bit low. Sometimes, bad things happen in our lives and sadness takes over. We feel like shutting out the entire world, staying in bed and just not doing anything.
Imagine commentators being in a similar predicament. Think about a match wherein the commentator sounds dull or doesn't speak with the convection required to describe a game-winning goal. Professionals like Damodaran canât afford to âsound lowâ.
âWhenever I am working, I try to keep away from social issues. I stay away from anything that can upset me. I even try my best to not get in a fight with my wife,â he jokes.
âMy wife and my kids deserve a lot of credit behind my successful career. If something happened in my family that they think would upset me, they wonât tell me on the day I have to do commentary.â
âIn the past couple of years, we have had three deaths in our family and they kept the sad news away from me until I came back home after doing commentary so that I donât get disturbed during the match,â he says. âIt is a big deal, I believe.â
While Damodaran took his career as a commentator to the next level with hard work and endless dedication, he also witnessed the evolution (although, he prefers to call it a revolution) of ISL and how it has helped make club football a big deal in this country.
âIf you look at the tradition of club football in India not too long ago, it was struggling to stand on its feet. Why do you think cricket overtook football by such a large margin in India? It was only because of the unavailability of proper broadcasting of club-football games, something the Indian cricket board did exceptionally well,â he says.
âFootball culture in Kerala used to be huge over two and a half decades ago but died down eventually. It was only because of broadcasting club football live that the league brought to the country that that culture got reignited. Things like my commentary are just small parts of this revolution that ISL brought about.â
You can draw resemblance in Damodaranâs way of delivering dialogue with how English commentator Ray Hudson does it, especially when he is describing Barcelona FC star Lionel Messiâs magic on the field. That Hudson is idolised by the Malayali star, and that shouldnât come as a surprise to you.
His wish has always been to work in the same league as the Premier League and La Liga commentator but he also goes on to clarify that his heart lies with the ISL, the league that made him what he is today. âNo matter how big you become in life, loyalty should always be a top priority for you,â he says.
A couple of days ago, on a casual winter morning, I was scrolling through the endless hole that YouTube is and the websiteâs unusual algorithm randomly suggested a video by a channel called 'World Chase Tag'.
The thumbnail showed a man flying off a scaffolding while chasing another man as the crowd cheered them on. âThis looks fun,â I thought to myself as I tapped on the video to start but what I saw, was far more incredible than what I had imagined!
Set to take place in a set course also known as âThe Quadâ, there are two athletes in action at a given time. One is the Chaser, the other the Evader.
As the names suggest, the Chaser has to chase down the Evader in less than 20 seconds to eliminate him from that round.
If the Evader manages to stay out of reach for the round, his team gets one point.
Whichever team manages to earn the most points after a predetermined number of rounds, wins the match.
The sport requires the athletes to have speed, agility, flexibility and the parkouring skills of Arno Dorian himself.
To be able to make quick decisions, use The Quad in the best way possible to increase and maintain the gap between you and the Chaser or to use the structures to take shortcuts while chasing, hot the game turns out to be, is completely dependent upon the two men present at the centre.
With the on-the-feet commentary and an equally hyped-up crowd supporting either side, this sport, which is essentially a game of tag turned out to be an exciting treat for the eyes and the viewers end up completely awestruck by the level of action the sport presents.
But what I found to be the best part about international âpakdam pakdaiâ was the fraternity it had formed all around the world. While a lot of sports now have athletes abusing and hitting each other in between a match in the name of competitiveness, WCT athletes believed in mutual respect after the 20 seconds were up. You will not find a single round after which the Evader and the Chaser do not embrace each other before they go back to their respective corners.
Ultimately, thatâs what sports is all about. A lot of aggression on the field followed by companionship. View the full article