For someone who grew up watching The
Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, I constantly found myself
ranting about the lack of catchy and impactful teen-dramas in India. As luck
may have it, I came across the web series REJCTX, and it became my
guilty pleasure before I knew it.
Sassy, hot and savage, REJCTX is
everything you can expect from a âwokeâ teen drama. The show revolves around 8
youngsters from the Jefferson World School who know no limits when it comes to
their bank balance, affairs or private school pomp. But hey, they arenât rebels
without a cause.
While these characters are oozing charisma and appeal almost always, they're often found addressing their inner
demons â be it insecurities, broken families, bisexuality, drug-addled
encounters, and what not. Together, they form a band called REJCTX and
unite to fulfil their dreams. However, the ending of Season 1 made me jump out
of my sofa in shock â after all, it ended with a gunshot, a mysterious murder.
ZEE5 rolled out Season 2 of REJCTX last
week and the pilot episode did total justice to the cliffhanger. Before I urge you to stream this gripping teen
drama (believe me, I will), hereâs a sneak peek into the 8 misfits who are the
backbone of the show:
Additionally, this season also features Esha
Gupta and Sumeet Vyas in significant roles.
News is, this hot, vivacious and spunky group of 8 is hosting a contest for us on Instagram. Believe me, its easy-peasy and the reward is not something you should miss out on. View this post on Instagram If you think you can impress your fave #REJCTX star, tell us the pick-up line you'd use in the comments below! Now go on a virtual date ð A post shared by REJCTX (@rejctx.zee5) on May 21, 2020 at 7:05am PDT That's true! Just type out your favourite (and original) pick up line in the comments of this post, and the entry that stands-out will get a chance to go on a virtual date with each one of the hot and happening REJCTX kids! Make sure you don't miss out on this chance, the contest will last for one week. Additionally, the winners will get a special mention on the official Instagram handles of ZEE5 and REJCTX.
And guys, once you're done with the contest, you know the drill - head straight to Goldie Behl's entertaining teen-drama REJCTX2. All the episodes are now streaming on ZEE5. View the full article
Celebrated singer Zayn Malik has shared some pretty big and exciting news for his Indian fans. In a recent interview with Elle India, Zayn revealed his big Bollywood plans. Apparently, he has already recorded his first Bollywood track!
A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Jan 27, 2018 at 5:35pm PST
The movie's name wasn't revealed but this is a full Hindi number so it will be exciting. Also, for his new album, he is including a lot of Urdu in his music with some Bhangra vibes thrown in. Also, Zayn has collaborated with the maestro A.R Rahman for one of the songs in the album. Zayn is a Bollywood fan and has previously confessed his love for SRK and his 'Devdas', which is his favourite movie and he even forced his girlfriend Gigi to watch it.
A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Jul 13, 2017 at 6:02am PDT
Interestingly, Zayn always thought Shah Rukh Khan was arrogant in real life until his chance encounter with him changed his perception about King Khan.
Zayn Malik: #ShahRukhKhan came across as slightly arrogant in movies to me, but when I met him he was so nice https://t.co/5nNf4aCgSj@iamsrk #ZaynMalik pic.twitter.com/EFJNP3RBxC
— â¡ SRK RUSSIAN FC â¡ (@SRKFC_Russia) February 6, 2018
In fact, turns out that Zayn is not the only one who is bitten with the Bollywood bug. He recently shared a picture of his dad with Dilip Kumar, who we assume, is a big fan of the super star.
Abu with Dilip Kumar
A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Feb 6, 2018 at 8:20pm PST
Now all we want to know is which movie is going to feature Zayn's song and when can we finally hear it!
Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge got engaged yesterday in what can be described as a glorious ceremony.
LOVE BIRDS... 👌👌👌👌 #zaheerkhan #sagarikaghatge ,#engaged FOLLOW :- @CRICKETOZZZ @CRICKETOZZZ @CRICKETOZZZ @CRICKETOZZZ
A post shared by Cricketozzz (@cricketozzz) on May 24, 2017 at 2:24am PDT
The ‘too much in love’ couple finally made it official after dating each other for a long time.
Zaheer khan and Sagarika engages today #zaheerkhan #sagarika #chakdeindia
A post shared by Bollywood_unseen (@bollywood_insider) on May 24, 2017 at 12:14am PDT
The party was obviously a star studded affair and was attended by the B-town fraternity, along with some biggies from the sports world.
#ViratKohli & #AnushkaSharma at Zaheer & Sagarika's engagement ceremony in Mumbai last night . #Virushka . . | #ft : #Offthefield #Virat #Kohli #Anushka #Sharma . #ZaheerKhan #Sagarika . #Mumbai #India #2017 |
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Bollywood actress #raveenatandon n #aniltadani at #zaheerkhan engagement party last night #cricket #meets #bollywood #instagram #instgo #party #friendsparty #photojournalism #entertainment #fashiongirl #night @avinashkbaba
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#ArshadWarsi and #MariaGoretti at #ZaheerKhan ad #SagarikaGhatge's engagement party.
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Rohit Sharma was in tow with his beautiful better half.
#RohitSharma #ritikasajdeh snapped at #zaheersagarika engagement party #Bollywood #cricket pic.twitter.com/HwRiZcz0SB
— kamlesh nand (@vivetsencillo) May 23, 2017
The cricket god descended to wish the couple as well.
Sachin Spotted with his gorgeous wife Anjali last evening at Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge's engagement. . . #JustFilmy #SachinTendulkar #AnjaliTendulkar #ZaheerKhan #SagarikaGhatge #Bollywood #Cricket
A post shared by Just Filmy Official (@just.filmy) on May 23, 2017 at 8:25pm PDT
The couple posed for pictures with friends and looked quite happy.
#zaheerkhan #sagarikaghatge engagement celebration great life together wish..👍
A post shared by celebrity update (@bollywood_24x7_) on May 23, 2017 at 11:43pm PDT
The wedding bells are now in the near future and we wish the lovely couple a lifetime of happiness.
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Sagarika Ghatge and Zaheer Khan gave everyone in the glitzy world of sports and entertainment a major reason to get together and celebrate their wedding madness which went on for days. The extravaganza pictures gave us major party goals, and well, people are still hung-over from the celebrations.
A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Nov 28, 2017 at 7:26am PST
The couple rocked their royal look and friends rejoiced this union. Their wedding was trending for over a week and everyone on the internet was a virtual part of the week long saga. However, seems like the two love birds know exactly how to use the best of social media and aesthetically be in the headlines, for all the good reasons obviously. The couple is currently honeymooning in the beautiful lap of Maldives and the pictures are stunning, to say the least.
Finally here ð ð @ayadamaldivesresort
A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Dec 7, 2017 at 1:30am PST
Looks like they are taking turns to snap each other. Guess it's not just us who are fans of candid photography!
Mrs enjoying the setting sun
A post shared by Zaheer Khan (@zaheer_khan34) on Dec 8, 2017 at 5:03am PST
All the trainers @prosport_fit here's the most dedicated trainee of yours .
A post shared by Zaheer Khan (@zaheer_khan34) on Dec 9, 2017 at 3:44am PST
When in Maldives, the gorgeous blue water just has to be an essential part of your pictures.
Thrilled to have completed our first dive . See the happy faces ð @zaheer_khan34
A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Dec 8, 2017 at 2:42am PST
Their Instagram feed is brewing jealousy in everyone who is just stuck at work on a cold dull December morning.
A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Dec 7, 2017 at 6:27am PST
Anyway, while we day dream of a Maldives vacation, here's wishing the gorgeous couple a lifetime of happiness. Also, please keep the awesome pictures coming you two!
Gone were the days when the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja reigned supreme as India's premier spin duo. The present-day scenario shows the two experienced campaigners restricted to the longest format, with young guns like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav emerging as the first-choice spinners in limited-overs cricket.
Bowling in tandem, Chahal and Yadav have done a commendable job in picking up crucial wickets and slowing down the run-rate in middle overs for India. Their exploits in the first ODI against South Africa, where Chahal took two wickets and Yadav claimed three scalps, once again proved pivotal as India romped to a six-wicket win.
Even in the ongoing 2nd ODI at Centurion, India's young spin duo accounted for eight South African wickets amongst them. But, while Yadav and Chahal have been effective in their application, another spinner - who might not be as conventional as them - has been quietly doing the job for his side.
Kedar Jadhav, known for his batting prowess, has been a key contributor for India with the ball. Jadhav's unorthodox bowling action can be hard to decipher, helping him run through his overs during crucial phases of a match. In the first ODI, while Chahal and Yadav ran away with all the plaudits, Jadhav once again played his part with a three-over spell, conceding 18 runs.
Rolled my arm over in our win against South Africa yesterday! I love bowling in the middle overs. Great spells from @yuzi_chahal & @imkuldeep18! And excellent knocks from @imVkohli and @ajinkyarahane88 to go 1-0 up.. Good start to the series! #SAvIND #TeamIndia #BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/SOoynLswXC
— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) 2 February 2018
Following their win, Jadhav took to Twitter and highlighted his love for bowling in the middle overs. "Rolled my arm over in our win against South Africa yesterday! I love bowling in the middle overs. Great spells from @yuzi_chahal & @imkuldeep18! And excellent knocks from @imVkohli and @ajinkyarahane88 to go 1-0 up.. Good start to the series! #SAvIND #TeamIndia #BleedBlue." he tweeted.
Rolled your arm under not over Kedar bhaiyaaaa ð let's keep this momentum going #BleedBlue #SAvsIndia
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) 2 February 2018
Soon after Jadhav's tweet, Chahal fired in a quick reply before leaving everyone in spilts. "Rolled your arm under not over Kedar bhaiyaaaa. let's keep this momentum going #BleedBlue #SAvsIndia," Chahal tweeted.
And, it wasn't hard to imagine what happened next.
When I saw it on the TV, I had a small Qn. I do have the same Qn now. Kedar, WHAT IS THAT?
— Jose Puliampatta (@JosePuliampatta) 2 February 2018
Is that legal or are you #chucking?
#ICC #Cricket #law #spinners
— zeus star (@Zeushope) 2 February 2018
Ur bowling style is quite fantastic @JadhavKedar bhai.. Just lie on knee and roll ur golden arm so low and nearer to the umpire.. Lovely to watch.. ððð» Congo for victory..
— Nishant Shekhar ð®ð³ (@iamnishant_ns) 2 February 2018
Bhai Kamaal ho tum...
— Sumit Kumarð (@sumit_nirav) 2 February 2018
— Tabrez (@its_tabrez_) 2 February 2018
Theesra!ð¤ #Variations #INDvSA #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/l5OfIAkv3x
— Maximus of Hispania ð (@Apple__Jaq) 2 February 2018
ðð Below sea levelð
— Madhurið¬ (@MadhuriBorse1) 2 February 2018
ð± - https://t.co/K8YTxYpWAV#TheBattlesBeforeTheWar #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/dP1gafIAwg
— Hotstar Canada (@hotstarcanada) January 10, 2020
A delivery later, Thakur's yorker ended up being a low full-toss for Wanindu Hasaranga who punched it towards mid-off in a bid to steal what initially appeared to be an easy single. But, Chahal, fielding at mid-off, raced towards the ball and fired in a direct hit, despite being off balance, to catch the Lankan batsman short at the crease.
Soon after realising he had produced a brilliant run-out, Chahal was seen bursting into laughter while still lying on the ground. His brilliance in the field also left his captain Kohli and other teammates shell-shocked as they charged towards him to laud his unexpected efforts and celebrate the wicket.
Chahal's absolutely brilliant work in the field that allowed India to get a breakthrough was met with praise and surprise on social media as cricket fans expressed their views on it.
Chahal is andy Robertson of cricket.. Same shithousery ð pic.twitter.com/5bJ8JUIN6k
— Duryodhanan (@bobbyanfieldkop) January 10, 2020
Bradman with the bat. Warne with the ball. Jonty as a fielder.
Name is Yuzbradwarne Rhodehahal! ð#Chahal #YuzvendraChahal #INDvSL #ThugLife pic.twitter.com/S6IZaXeFyH
— GIRIDHARAN (@beastgiri) January 10, 2020
Chahal's on fire on the field!!ð¥ð¥ð¥
— Vishal (@Vishal_14_) January 10, 2020
Unreal game from Chahal
— Wajdi (@1_plate_biryani) January 10, 2020
Chahal on a all-time high in the field.
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When it comes to cricket, no match can ever even match up to the excitement of India playing against Pakistan. These are the only two teams that, when playing together, can make everyone from both sides of the border just sit in front of the TV, waiting for their country's win.
This time, as we all know, India came out victorious and there were celebrations all around us. Obviously, Indians on Twitter celebrated the only way they know how to – making jokes at the expense of our neighbouring country. But, it's all cool, it's all in good fun.
While we've seen all the jokes and memes, there was another highlight from the match that people couldn't help but talk about online, just because it was that heart-warming.
It wasn't only India that won yesterday, even Yuzvendra Chahal won everyone's heart with his one kind gesture. During the match, he helped Pakistan's Usman Khan tie his shoelaces and it has garnered praise from everyone.
Everyone knows that cricket is a gentleman's game and this one viral picture shows precisely why.
People couldn't help but admire him.
This Moment Take My Heart ðâ¤ #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/UhyFbQ9RYu
— Uswah. (@iUswa_Shahid) September 19, 2018
It really was.
Okay! This was the best moment in Todays Game #PAKvIND stole the whole show #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/ug6yZpeRYM
— Mariam Jamali (@Mariam_Jamali) September 19, 2018
Yo googly boy @yuzi_chahal ...Big respect to you from my heart...The beautiful moment of the day. Hashtag salute.#AsiaCup2018 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/whuUcqMq7j
— Fatima Sheikhð¹ (@fatima_3878) September 19, 2018
0 hate beautiful moment ð#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/fhRNrOENsV
— realridz (@mentalaurat) September 19, 2018
So many hashtags!
A true #Athlete has #Ethics, #SportsManship and #Camaraderie which only a #Sport can bring ð#Pakistan ho ya #India, #Insaniat first! ðµð°ð®ð³ð pic.twitter.com/zvdGlmxB0m
— Maryam Masood (@MaryamMasood80) September 19, 2018
Beauty of the sport exhibited today Chahal tying the lace of Usman#IndiavsPakistan #AsiaCup#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/AfpjEot25B
— Suman Pandit (@suman28pandit) September 19, 2018
It made everyone's day.
This picture made my day.ð#PakvsInd ð®ð³â¤ðµð° https://t.co/gaPDWyXyG2
— Ø±Ø§ÙØ¹ Ø³Ø¹ÛØ¯Ûð (@its_rafayy) September 19, 2018
That's the real sporty thing. Humbled to see..#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/voWewFeiYr
— Sanjay Yadav (@sanjuydv) September 19, 2018
Heart-winning moment from yesterday's match. This is what cricket can do- Unite us, civilize us. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/Fai8UthY98
— Manish Shaarma (@Manishshaarma) September 20, 2018
A good gesture of unity. We need to unite more than ever now.#asiacup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/ZXtDeXsI2n
— Talha Mufeed (@fanifeelo) September 19, 2018
That's the spirit.
I love this tHing whenever someone's lace opens the opp team's player ties it for them! The sportsman spirit!â¤ï¸ #INDvPAK
— Srishtið¤ (@srishtipandey27) September 19, 2018
Pic of the day... Wow what a great gesture by @yuzi_chahal. Hope v vl witness another Ind-Pak match on sunday and final also.#INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 #PAKvIND pic.twitter.com/nnsvspcpQp
— Gulzar Nayik (@naikgulzar) September 19, 2018
Players break barriers & how!
Yuzvendra Chahal helping a Pakistani player with his shoe laces in today's match.
âJust go and see his TikTok videos. You won't believe he plays International Cricket and he is 29-years-old. He is an absolute clown,â that is how Indian skipper Virat Kohli described Yuzvendra Chahalâs newfound passion to Ab de Villiers in an Instagram Live chat and it is absolutely spot on.
Chahalâs obsession with the video making platform has allowed him to make the most of his time off the cricket ground due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
He has become an instant social media superstar with 4.4 million followers on the app.
It was all fun and games when Chahal was making videos with other TikTok artists, but then the spinner went a step further and introduced his dad to the world of social media:
My first TikTok video with dad Dad & Son ï¸ #Quarantine #staysafe ð» pic.twitter.com/DJklsz1bDH â Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) March 26, 2020
And a few days later, the whole Chahal family was online:
Fantastic 4 #familytime #QuarantineLife #StaySafeStayHome @TikTok_IN pic.twitter.com/BMoBzvvbgo â Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) April 6, 2020
And then there is Australian batsman David Warner, who too seems to have found a liking to doing weird things in front of the camera albeit, making for some excellent father-daughter bonding moments.
One of which involves him dancing alongside his 5-year-old daughter Ivy on the hit Bollywood number Sheila Ki Jawaani for which Warner clearly spent some time practising behind the scenes as he tries to mimic actress Katrina Kaifâs moves.
Oh, and he liked the song so much that he did it twice!
Thereâs also a video on the cricketerâs Instagram account where he shares the struggles of âTikTik parentsâ who canât stop making videos now.
View this post on InstagramTwo battler Tik Tik parents #help us lol @candywarner1A post shared by (@davidwarner31)
The latest video from inside the house of the Warners shows a family edition of mellow â#SaturdayVibesâ dance, in which Warner, for some reason, is completely kitted up as if he was ready to score a ton for his country.
View this post on Instagram#SATURDAYVIBES @candywarner1A post shared by (@davidwarner31)
Well, all this could just be the Aussie athlete trying to prepare a portfolio to show to the Indian film directors once he is done with his cricketing career and wishes to join Bollywood, as he confessed earlier in the week.
"I think after cricket I am looking out for a Bollywood career. Not sure it is going to work out, but I don't mind giving it a try,â he told his SunRisers Hyderabad teammate Jonny Bairstow.
Clearly, the two international cricketers have taken their social media game to a level above the rest of the lot but whoâs the real king? Itâs still up for debate! View the full article
One of India's greatest match-winners, Yuvraj Singh, has finally said goodbye to his international cricket career. Let's just say, it's the end of an era.
He is surely one of the most influential cricketers that India has ever seen. He fought all the battles that came along with the pressure of this game and today, he decided to hang his gloves on his illustrious career.
"After 25 years in cricket I've decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything I have. Thank you for being a part of this journey” : #YuvrajSingh pic.twitter.com/Ez8y49KlH2
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019
He has had his own set of struggles throughout his life and his career, but has always kept his spirits high.
He announced his retirement from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai today where he finally said goodbye to his 19-year-long career. Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India.
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âªTo one of the most distructive opener off all times, Wishing you a very happy bday brother. God bless lots of love and best wishes always @virendersehwag
A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on Oct 20, 2018 at 3:14am PDT
When he was making a comeback post his recovery from cancer, it wasn't easy for him as he had to prove that the cricketer in him had not faded away.
Finally, he is letting go of the pressure and baggage that came along with the game. It has been a roller-coaster ride for him.
MensXP got in touch with Yuvraj Singh's wife Hazel Keech to get clarity about his plans post-retirement.
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And, with that, its the end of an era. Be proud of yourself husband, now onto the next chapter.... love you @yuvisofficial
A post shared by Hazel Keech Singh (@hazelkeechofficial) on Jun 10, 2019 at 1:42am PDT
When we asked about Yuvraj and Hazel's plans post his retirement, she told us, “He plans to work more on his charity and his fashion brand. The whole idea for the fashion brand was to create revenue for the charity. I have also been involved in charity. It's like a family-run thing with his mother and close friends being a part of it. We don't like to publicize that much. We also plan to create a platform for providing counselling to people who are going through cancer and their families. We are trying to set up at the moment. Now that he is retiring, I will be having a bit of time for myself, so I will pursue my acting career.”
Time and again, reports have been surfacing online that the two are expecting their first child together. We asked her if they are planning to start a family now, considering Yuvraj is off the pressure of international cricket. On this, she told us, “Whenever a baby comes along, we will happily welcome the new addition.”
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What an amazing island ð´santoriniâ¤ï¸ @hazelkeechofficial
A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on May 31, 2019 at 4:20am PDT
For Yuvraj, things haven't really been easy and his battle with cancer changed his vision completely.
Yuvraj was diagnosed with a condition called extragonadal seminoma and this news came as nothing but a shock for all the cricket fans. But, he defeated cancer to make a comeback to the Indian squad.
In his tough times, his mother Shabnam Singh has been his greatest strength. We asked Hazel about Shabnam's reaction to his decision of retiring from international cricket.
“Last few years have been very difficult for Yuvraj and she has always been around. It is more difficult for her than him. He is kind of finally feeling relieved from the stress and pressure and expectation,” said Hazel.
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Hitman you beauty ! May God bless you always. You know I love your chubby cheeks more than you ð¥°ðð¤ªðð Have an awesome day brother man happiest birthday. @rohitsharma45 #HappyBirthdayrohit
A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:31am PDT
Hazel is in a happy place because as his wife, she is relieved that Yuvraj can let go of all the baggage and pressure and begin a second innings.
“Everything he does, I am there to support him. I want him to be happy. I have been very clear with it if he isn't happy with something, he shouldn't. I want him to start enjoying his life. I think he is finally letting go of the baggage that he carried. He is in a good state now and I am thrilled about it,” Hazel said on an ending note.
Thank you Flintoff Or Stuart Broad Ko unki okaat dikhane ke liye bhið@YUVSTRONG12 ð¥ pic.twitter.com/25mMQuJ2tR
— CIGGY (@SRKzCigarette) June 10, 2019
Back in 2007, Yuvraj smashed Broad for six consecutive sixes during India's clash against England at the ICC World T20 which was eventually won by India. With Yuvi and MS Dhoni at crease, a heated exchange with Andrew Flintoff an over earlier led to Yuvi's absolute carnage against Broad. Since then, the England pacer has often been trolled on the social media by cricket fans across the globe.
On Monday, the Indian cricket fans once again targeted poor Broad with funny jibes following Yuvraj's retirement from all forms of cricket. Here's are some of the funniest tweets:
Happiest Person after Yuvraj Singh's retirement-Stuart Broad ððð@StuartBroad8 @englandcricket @cricketworldcup @ICCMediaComms @ICCCricketeers #YuvrajSingh @BCCI pic.twitter.com/QfPmy3iG3U
— Alex (@Alex26855922) June 10, 2019
Stuart Broad will be the happiest man today. #YuvrajSingh announces retirement from International Cricket One of the Best entertainment batsman! living legend Yuvi! 6 6 6 6 6 6! pic.twitter.com/gWVEFFrBlB
— Abhay Anand ð®ð³ (@ABHAY_1987) June 10, 2019
Thank you #YuvrajSingh
Stuart Broad to his kids : pic.twitter.com/SKU2srShKv
— Virendra (@jolly_virendra) June 10, 2019
Stuart broad reactionðð pic.twitter.com/r8KvEd7k9J
— Soumya Swarup Das (@imbobby07) June 10, 2019
Stuart Broad must be Happy after retirement announcement of #YuvrajSingh! pic.twitter.com/0I1PWG61Qb
— Gitanjali D.Sð®ð³ (@Gitanjali_DS) June 10, 2019
From sharing jokes on the field to coming to each other's aid at media interactions, the world of cricket is not new to bromance between fellow cricketers. When it comes to Indian cricket, the camaraderie between KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya is something that stands out in the current crop of cricketers.
A similar chemistry came to the fore recently, when Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan were seen spending quality time along with their better halves on a holiday.
Accompanied by their respective wives Hazel Keech and Sagarika Ghatge, Yuvi and Zak have kept the social media buzzing with their regular updates on Instagram from the Maldives.
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#islandlifeð´ #beachbumming ðð²ðâ¤ï¸ð·I
A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Oct 11, 2018 at 2:48am PDT
From photobombing their wives to posing together on the beach, the two former Indian cricketers seem to be having a gala time in the Maldives. The trip was organised by Sagarika in a bid to celebrate her hubby Zaheer's 40th birthday.
Later, the likes of Ajit Agarkar and Ashish Nehra, too, joined them with their respective families. But, it's clearly Yuvi and Zak who stood out for their bromance.
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Last one joins in - now its a complete #crew
A post shared by Zaheer Khan (@zaheer_khan34) on Oct 9, 2018 at 3:24am PDT
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A wonderful celebration of true friendship that make everything happy and fun! Happiest birthday to you Zak and Maz. Love you guys @zaheer_khan34 @sagarikaghatge @fatemaagarkar @alifiyaa._ @yuvisofficial @rd.nehra @farzanaghadially
A post shared by Hazel Keech Singh (@hazelkeechofficial) on Oct 11, 2018 at 2:54am PDT
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A post shared by Zaheer Khan (@zaheer_khan34) on Oct 9, 2018 at 3:26am PDT
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Birthday escape has begun ð
A post shared by Zaheer Khan (@zaheer_khan34) on Oct 8, 2018 at 12:54am PDT
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Friends to cherish !!! @fatemaagarkar ðâ¤ï¸
A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Oct 10, 2018 at 8:41am PDT
With the ICC World Cup currently under progress, the Indian cricket team has so far stayed true to its reputation as one of the title contenders in England and Wales. The Virat Kohli-led brigade decimated South Africa in their opening game and then hammered Australia to prove their credentials as one of the strongest sides in the tournament.
But, on 10th June, while everyone was still hungover from a clinical 36-run win by Kohli & co, an out of favour Indian cricketer grabbed the limelight following an emotional press conference in Mumbai.
For someone who last featured for India during an ODI series against West Indies in June 2017, Yuvraj Singh didn't really surprise anyone by announcing his retirement from all forms in international cricket. With age catching up with the Indian star, Yuvi's dreams of making a comeback into the national team - a side that's full of fitter and more consistent players - was over long ago.
Thus, it was more of a question of when and not if on Yuvraj's retirement. But, even if he struggled in the recent years, it still shouldn't take anything away from Yuvraj's immense contribution to Indian cricket. That's probably why cricket bigwigs and fans were busy showering praise on India's 2011 World Cup hero when he announced his retirement.
However, amongst all the praise, there was one pertinent question that gained voice on the social media: why isn't there a farewell match for Yuvi? For someone who, despite his medical condition, put his team and country ahead of health and life by playing a key role in India's World Cup winning campaign in 2011, organising a farewell match was the least the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could do.
While no one had any answer to that question, Yuvi, himself, gave an insight on the issue. Yuvraj revealed that he was promised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he would get a farewell match if he fails to clear the 'Yo-Yo' fitness test but he cleared the test and was not given a chance to retire on the field.
"Mujhe bola gaya tha agar aapse 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hota toh aap retirement match khel sakate ho (I was told that if you are not able to pass the 'Yo-Yo' test, I would get a farewell game)," the 37-year-old said at an emotional press conference in Mumbai.
"I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don't like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset)," he claimed.
"Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga... 'Yo-Yo' test pass kiya and then rest is not my call," he said.
Over the years, the 'Yo-Yo' test has become a key parameter for the cricketers to make the cut for the Indian team. The test involves a player sprinting between two cones that are set 20 metres apart on the sound of a beep. It is used to measure an athlete's endurance.
When asked about his thoughts on the 'Yo-Yo' test, Yuvraj decided against revealing the details for now before claiming that he still has a lot to say. "See I am sure now I'll have a lot of time to discuss these things, I'll have a lot to say. I am not saying right now because India is playing the World Cup. And I don't want any controversies over the players.
"I want the players to be in the best space, to go in the last four, so I am sure my time will come to speak and I don't want be in that space I have retired in the World Cup, I have just retired because I want to move on in my life," Yuvi, 2011 World Cup's 'Man of the Series', signed off on a mysterious note.