Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are set to take on Kane Williamsonâs New Zealand side in the two-match Test series which begins in Wellingtonâs Basin Reserve from Friday. Coincidently, the Head Coach of the Men in Blue, Ravi Shastri also made his debut on February 21 exactly 39 years ago.
The former Indian all-rounder relived the day he got to wear the Team India kit for the very first time in an interview with the current batting mastermind Cheteshwar Pujara.
The official Twitter handle of the BCCI shared a link to the interview:
EXCLUSIVE: Ravi Shastri Takes Us Down Memory Lane @cheteshwar1 chats with Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc on his Test career journey which started in Wellington â by @RajalArora
The Indian cricket team began their much-anticipated tour of New Zealand on a positive note, whitewashing their opponents 5-0 in the historic T20I triumph. But, the New Zealand brigade bounced back to whitewash their counterparts 3-0 on the back of a spirited performance in the ODI series.
With the spoils of the rigorous tour evenly shared, it all boils down to the two-match Test series as both India and New Zealand seek a final flourish to end the proceedings on a high. With noticeable changes in their lineup, the two cricketing giants will be eager to outsmart one another when they take the field in the 1st Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on 21st February.
A day out of the 1st Test, this is what the pitch at Basin Reserve looks like.
Thoughts ? #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XND442GJFN â BCCI (@BCCI) February 20, 2020But, as the two teams get ready for what promises to be a scintillating clash, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a picture of the pitch at the Basin Reserve which is set to host the tomorrow's clash. Inviting the views of cricket fans, the BCCI tweeted: "A day out of the 1st Test, this is what the pitch at Basin Reserve looks like. Thoughts?"
While the Wellington pitch is known to aid seamers with enough grass to trouble the batsmen, it is reported that it would not incur as much wear and tear as other pitches do in Test matches. But, going by the photo shared by the BCCI, the Basin Reserve pitch seems to have a lot more grass than what was initially expected - something that has got Indian cricket fans worried.
Hahahaha India are in so much trouble. Not a dust bowl like they normally prepare â Big Mike Toon (@BigMikeToon1) February 20, 2020Will be missing #RohitSharma Dance ?? pic.twitter.com/AQXAoOAbbG â ???? (@Rashmi_Mundaka) February 20, 2020 pic.twitter.com/m7owvAj7gn â Omkar Shetty???? (@omkar_shettyg) February 20, 2020If we bat first our score will be 93 /5 at lunch!! â Omkar Bhatawadekar (@OmkarB26) February 20, 2020india is loosing ?? â Mayank Shrivastava (@makmaddy17) February 20, 2020Kholi first innings 0 Second innings 5 â Rajitha Abeysinghe (@RajithaSL) February 20, 2020Very green.. a low scoring affair on cards?? â Rdpod (@Rdpod2) February 20, 2020If grass is not cut short, it would be very interesting how batters manage swinging deliveries â Vivek Tiwari (@imvivek297) February 20, 2020NZ wins by an innings and 100 runs â Rahul Dhere ?? (@RahulDhere3) February 20, 2020Declare newzealand win. No need to play anymore. Aisa pitch kon banata hai bhai. â Marwadi (@gaitonde07) February 20, 2020Is there a picnic arranged or cattle grazing event pic.twitter.com/KqETBElvaW â KS (@newlifenewayss) February 20, 2020 View the full article
Ananya Panday needs no introduction and neither does her 'struggle', ever since actor Siddhant Chaturvedi shut her down with one line.
While Ananya might be trying hard to forget that incident, looks like people on social media will not let her forget it anytime soon. People still continue to remind her of her 'struggle' in Bollywood no matter what she does.
It's probably why people are talking about that more than the fact she has landed a movie with the nation's heartthrob, Vijay Deverakonda. FYI this movie will also mark the debut of Vijay in Bollywood.
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Last week, Samsung confirmed the pricing and availability of its Galaxy S20 series in India without giving even a hint about the Galaxy Z Flip. But now, the company has finally confirmed that its new folding phone is indeed coming to India.
That's right, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is officially coming to India and you'll be able to buy one starting Feb 26.
The Galaxy Z Flip, for those of you who don't know, is Samsung's new foldable phone. It's the clamshell phone that we've been waiting for. It's designed to look like a full phone when unfolded, unlike the Galaxy Fold which turns into a tablet kind of form factor.
The Galaxy Z Flip sports a 6.7-inch OLED display that folds and shrinks into a much smaller square. It also sports a smaller 1.1-inch OLED cover display that can be used to glance at things like time, notifications and more when the device is closed.
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC under the hood, which makes it a proper flagship device, unlike the Moto Razr which is powered by slightly low-powered internals. The Galaxy Z Flip also comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
As for the optics, the Galaxy Z Flip sports a dual-camera setup at the back which includes a 12MP ultrawide lens and a 12MP wide-angle camera. On the front, there's a 10MP selfie shooter.
In case you don't know, Samsung is using a new kind of glass material called "Ultra Thin Glass" (UTG), so it's not a plastic display. Samsung also says the hinge has been made to withstand over 200,000 folds and it also prevents dust and other foreign particles from getting into the phone through it. We'll obviously be testing the hinge when we get our hands on the phone for review.
Pricing & Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be available in India for Rs 1,09,999. That makes the Galaxy Z Flip comparatively cheaper than the Galaxy Fold that came out last year here in the country. In case you're ready to give in to the foldable future, then you can pre-book your unit now and get it delivered to you starting February 26.
The consumers buying the Galaxy Z Flip will also get accidental damage coverage, which includes one-time screen protection and a 24X7 Dedicated Call Center Support. You'll also get a 4 month free YouTube Premium subscription, which is pretty cool. So there's a lot going for the Galaxy Z Flip and it looks like a really good offer. View the full article
The most stressful, yet
highly-rewarding - well, sometimes - time of the year is almost here, however,
looks like no one should be looking forward to it this time.
Appraisal season is almost upon us
and if a survey is to be believed, instead of money, all we are about to get is
a big fat dose of disappointment.
According to Aon Salary Increase Survey 2020, Indian employees will
see the lowest salary hike in a decade. Apparently, the average salary hike
will be about 9.1%.
Wow, I especially feel bad for all
the people who'll be getting the below-average percentage, the 'getting paid in
peanuts' joke is literally coming true.
Just look at that graph, isn't this the saddest thing ever? I wish it was 2007,
tbh. All employers, are you listening? Let's have a throwback and actually
follow the 2007 percentage, yea?
Full disclosure, just like every survey, this is, obviously, not accurate. On a
positive note, two out of five participating companies in the survey, project a
double-digit increase in anticipation of a positive economic outlook.
All I can say is that, it seems like the appraisal season is going to be
interesting. A suggestion for our employers - let's work to bring up the
percentage, give us a great appraisal. It's for the economy!
just 9% hike quit and go #job hunting #india https://t.co/YVVgPKEe5d â naashonomics (@naashonomics) February 20, 2020People are already stressed out.
Recent news showed pvt Sector employees got an avg hike in salary of only 9.6%, lowest in a decade. And govt Sector employees get an avg of 3 monthly increase in the DA. How will a pvt Sector employee survive. Are they not humans. @narendramodi ji... â CA Nitin Nayak ð®ð³ (@Nitnay111) February 19, 2020People are also blaming the government, of course.
Employees likely to get lowest salary hike in a decade at 9.1%
Not only did 3.64 crore people become unemployed, even the employed are suffering financially thanks to the economic blunders of the BJP govt, especially at a time of record inflation!https://t.co/QP2vsJ4WW8 â Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) February 19, 2020
Man vs Wild, one of the most
adventurous shows on world television, has host Bear Grylls do some insane
stuff on camera which is not appetising to the aesthetic palette for everyone.
The fan quotient went a notch higher this season after celebrities
started shooting special episodes.
Bear Gryllsâ episode with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a big
hit with the Indian masses and now thereâs a lot of hype around the upcoming
episode featuring superstar Rajinikanth. The first motion poster for the same
is out and even though not much is revealed, the whole grand announcement has
left âThalaivaâ fans jumping in excitement.
Preparing for @Rajinikanthâs blockbuster TV debut with an Into The Wild with Bear Grylls motion poster! I have worked with many stars around the world but this one for me was special. Love India. #ThalaivaOnDiscovery pic.twitter.com/kFnkiw71S6 â Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) February 19, 2020@rajinikanth has always been a star with swagger! But in the wild everything is different... It was so fun to spend time with the legend and get to know and see him in a totally new way... #ThalaivaOnDiscovery @DiscoveryIN â Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) February 19, 2020This is literally a dream combination for many fans of the show
and the fervour is evident from this virtual celebration.
woowww Dream combo in a single frame ï¸
This #MotionPoster itself looks massive, power of our #Superstar magic presence with you
half the world is failing at maintaining the ideal work-life balance and
working overtime, video of a companyâs CEO dancing with employees in the office
is nothing less than a bullet for people who are stuck in their boring jobs.
This might sound like a dream, but this is more
of trolling for most people whose bosses are sucking every inch of whatever
life is left in them. Yes, sounds dramatic but true!
Recently, a video of Welspun Indiaâs CEO Dipali
Goenka dancing with employees in office has made everyone go crazy on social
media. The video showcases Dipali Goenka dancing to the song âMuqablaâ from the
film Street Dancer 3D.
Checkout the full video here-
Rare to see a CEO dance and have fun in an office setting. Thatâs the way to create a happy culture @DipaliGoenka #welspun. pic.twitter.com/B6LAd2u3tr â Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) February 18, 2020In the video, we can see Dipali Goenka shaking a
leg and later her employees leave their cubicles to dance with her changing the
whole vibe of the office. Now, this is the work culture we need, isnât it?
While everyone is dancing and having fun, by the
end of the video, employees applaud Ms. Goenka for her amazing dance. Harsh
Goenka shared the video on Twitter saying, "Rare to see a CEO dance and
have fun in an office setting.â
Trying hard to inculcate the culture of happiness at work. Need to learn a few things from you. â Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) February 19, 2020Now, thatâs so true! Ask anyone working in a 9
to 5 job and youâll know. The video has garnered over 186.8K views already and
over 10.9K likes on Twitter already.
Not only this, the video left Street Dancer 3D
actor, Varun Dhawan impressed too and he re-tweeted the video along with
Amazing https://t.co/gsQJqouU42 â Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 19, 2020Hereâs what people had to say about the âhappy
workâ culture â
Itâs so so nice way to connect our own people. Salutations to @DipaliGoenka for her out of the box way to motivate other entrepreneurs particularly women
Salutations to @hvgoenka Sir for bringing this masterpiece â SUNIL PATODIA (@scpatodia) February 19, 2020Happy work environment isnât a myth, I think!
...and why not ?!! Generates happiness and cheer â Wg Cdr Gitika (R) (@gitika9) February 18, 2020Sahi baat hai.
Sir.. aapkay yahan job miljaay to meri life bhi banjaay â Alphatoons â¢ï¸ (@Alphatoons) February 19, 2020Woahh..
A Happy & Fit CEO will radiate the same values within the organisation...Happiness & Fitness!!@DipaliGoenka your enthusiasm is infectious & your sense of rhythm impeccable! â Prabhaat (@pkvarsha) February 18, 2020Agreed.
Tap dancing to work, as Bezos says. Love this display of energy! â Monica Patel (@AboutImpact) February 18, 2020Hahahahah..
When You Have Already Exceeded March Targets.... https://t.co/iPlPfQIvBR â Pankaj Thapliyal (@PankajT04765688) February 19, 2020 Hainah?
Everybody would love to have such a CEO â Babita Dimpy Kashap (@DimpyBabita_t) February 19, 2020Amazing!!
So energetic !!!! Superb !!! â Maj Divya (@ThinkDivya) February 19, 2020A healthy work environment is what people want
from an organization and thatâs what motivates employees through the week. What
do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
As Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are busy contemplating on ways to
defeat Kane Williamson and the New Zealand cricket team in the two-match Test series
after facing a whitewash in the ODI series in 22 years, there is another man,
who has the nation on its toes, especially when it comes to his future with the
Former Indian captain
and wicket-keeper batsman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made no announcements about his plans as an international
cricketer, but is clearly having the time of his life spending some quality
time with his ex-teammates, Parthiv Patel and Piyush Chawla.
In a recent video shared
by Viral Bhayani from his Instagram account, the 2011 World Cup
winning captain can be seen listening to some old Hindi songs in a menâs
washroom with some of his close friends, including former international
cricketers Parthiv Patel and Piyush Chawla.
View this post on InstagramBathroom Atmos (trademark to be registered ð¤ªð) @MSDhoni enjoying singer @Ishaankhanblive singing is the best thing you will see. @MSDhonifansclub @DHONIism #Bollywood #Music @BliveProductionA post shared by (@viralbhayani)Ever since Indiaâs
unfortunate ouster from the ICC World Cup 2019, MS Dhoni has separated himself
from the game of cricket for one reason after another. First, it was his
decision to go on a two-month sabbatical to fulfil his duty as a part of the
Indian Army, then he further extended it till November. Then in the final week
of November, Dhoni said âJanuary tak mat poocho (don't ask me till
January),â thereby further extending his off days by two more months. We are
halfway through February and still no MS Dhoni.
"Okay bye, Don't ask me till January"
This is how Dhoni responded when reporter questioned about his future plans at yesterday's event. ï¸ pic.twitter.com/XT1uB8D7Tt â DHONIsmâ¢ ï¸ (@DHONIism) November 28, 2019While there is no update
on Dhoniâs position in the international squad, he made it very clear that he
will be returning to Chennai Super Kings for the 2020 edition of the Indian
Premier League and add to his efforts making it the most successful franchise
in the history of the league. Having lost to Rohit Sharmaâs Mumbai Indians in the
finals last year, this season has to be all about redemption for âThalaâ.
However, even before the
season begins, Dhoni can be seen headlining another major event as he will be
joining forces with Virat Kohli and Sharma to participate in the IPL
All-Star Game which is scheduled to take place on March 24. View the full article