Joe Root is considered to be one of the most deadly and technically sound batsmen in the longest format of the game there is in today’s era of international cricket.
As a red-ball skipper for the England side, he has a sense of responsibility towards his country, his team and the millions of fans from all over the world.
Such expectations that come with the job often restrict the person from casual banter or having fun with his teammates and friends on the field and may lead to the formation of a serious personality around the athlete.
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However, in a video recently shared by the official Twitter handle of England’s Barmy Army (the supporters of the English cricket team), Root can be seen doing something many would have never imagined him do - depants someone!
In the hilarious footage, the batsman could be seen crouching up behind veteran pacer Stuart Broad, and pulling his pants down in one go.
Quickly realising what was happening to him, Broad managed to protect his “reputation” but not before the entire episode was caught on camera.
#TBT to @root66 pulling a fast one on @StuartBroad8 🤣
On Wednesday, The Times of India reported a set of issues that the BCCI failed to look after while setting up the Bio-Bubble for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League and ended up with an arrangement which was inferior to what they had done last year while in the United Arab Emirates.
IPL suspended for this season: Vice-President BCCI Rajeev Shukla to ANI#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/K6VBK0W0WA — ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2021
Basic issues such as ensuing quarantine for the hotel staff members and booking hotels closer to the practice venues to avoid unnecessary exposure to the virus were overlooked on more than one occasion.
Evidently, the situation has gotten so difficult that the public has started demanding resignations from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and even the beloved former Indian captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.
The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect: BCCI pic.twitter.com/3NaN3qgJdt — ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2021
Justifying his accountability, here’s what Sourav Ganguly had to say about the complete failure of the bio-bubble and the eventual suspension of the Indian Premier League.
"I don't think so [if the bio-bubble is breached]. The report we got is that there's no breach of the bubble. How it happened is very difficult to say. How so many people are getting (infected) in the country is also very difficult to say," Ganguly was quoted by The Indian Express.
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"Professional hands around the world can't control it (virus penetrating the bubble). When it was happening in England (the second wave of the pandemic), there were cases in the English Premier League. Manchester City, Arsenal players got infected," Ganguly said.
"(Premier League) Matches got rescheduled. Because their season is six months long, they can do it. But our season is tight. Since we have to (release) players to their respective countries, rescheduling was very difficult," Ganguly added.
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BCCI has finally stepped up to the crisis, deciding to help overseas players reach their homes, especially the Australian players who were banned from travelling back to their country until May 15.
The Indian cricket board has arranged for chartered flights to help the Aussies reach the Maldives while dropping players from nations like New Zealand, South Africa, and the Caribbean to their respective destinations. View the full article
Many social media users had spotted Harish Patel in the first look of Marvel’s Eternals and now the actor has himself confirmed that he is a part of the film.
Recently, Marvel Studios released a video titled Marvel Studios Celebrates The Movies. The video looked back at the Marvel movies that have been released till now and also revealed their plans for MCU phase 4.
New stills from the #Eternals teaser. pic.twitter.com/PzuZAvuPib — Careful 4 Spoilers (@c4spoilers) May 3, 2021
In the video, we also saw the first look of the upcoming film Eternals and few fans noticed Harish Patel standing beside Kumail Nanjiani.
Speaking to Indian Express, Harish Patel said, "The man in the teaser is indeed me. I can just confirm that I am a part of Marvel's Eternals but I can't divulge any details about the film. The makers haven’t even announced my name, and I will wait for them to do that."
The film also stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden in lead roles. Also, it is Marvel debut for many Hollywood actors including Angelina Jolie, Kumail, Richard Madden, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee.
Harish Patel made his acting debut with Shyam Benegal’s Mandi and he has worked in many movies since then. The list of films includes Mr. India, Mohra, Gupt: The Hidden Truth, Gunda, and many others.
He is extremely famous for his role of Ibu Hatela in the movie Gunda.
Here’s what people have to say about it-
Marvel picks up Ibu Hatela for Eternals. This is epic for Gunda fans. pic.twitter.com/GONnI03ssc — Arnab Ray (@greatbong) May 4, 2021just wanted y’all to know that the actor who (among other parts) also played the iconic Ibu Hatella in Gunda (Harish Patel) has a part in Marvel’s The Eternals, glimpses of which we saw in the new lineup. Never give up on that dream 🏼 pic.twitter.com/MkGOoAsd0l — Ankur Pathak (@aktalkies) May 4, 2021Omg Ibu Hatela! Maa iski chudail ki beti baap iska shaitaan ka chela khaayega kela ️ his Gunda introduction is my favourite even better than Bulla — Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) May 4, 2021 Ibu Hatela from Gunda became iconic for his dialogue, “Ma meri chudail ki beti, baap mera shaitan ka chela.” His dialogue went viral in 2010 after several talk shows reviewed the film including Pretentious Movie Reviews. View the full article
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been known as one of the best captains and leaders the Indian cricket team has had the honour of playing and functioning under in the history of the sport in this country.
But from time to time, the guy does something so special that the fans can’t help to be in absolute awe of him and the character he shows on and off the field.
#IPL2021 #MSDhoni #CSK
In a virtual meeting with his teammates, @msdhoni said that since the IPL is happening in India, the foreign players and support staff should get the preference to travel first to reach their homes abroad.
✍️ @pdevendrahttps://t.co/IjF1GKozDZ — Express Sports (@IExpressSports) May 6, 2021In a conversation with The Indian Express, a member of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings franchise revealed that the skipper had delayed his own journey back home to Ranchi and wanted to wait until each and every member of his squad (cricketers and the support staff), managed to find a way back home, including the overseas personnel.
“Mahibhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel. He wanted foreigners to leave first, then the Indian players. He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure,” the CSK member said.
Even after #IPL2021 suspension, #Dhoni proved he is the Captain off the field too..
He said he would be the last person to leave and wanted overseas players return first and then other domestic players..
He is still #Delhi hotel making sure, other players travel arrangement! — Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 6, 2021
Dhoni fans, who were eagerly waiting for their idol’s return to form after the CSK made an incredible bounce-back to the top of the tournament, had even more admiration and respected for him after learning about what he is doing at the moment:
The captain of all captains — pEacE️ bRo (@Vishwas85291515) May 6, 2021That's the man @msdhoni — Santhosh Gandhasiri (@sunny_Nithin_AA) May 6, 2021That's the Man️@msdhoni #ipl2021 — Âbî Âjîth (@AbiAjith75) May 6, 2021@msdhoni Aree Maahi bhai️️️️... Ek hi to dil hai kitte baar jeetenge...️️️️️️️️️.. God bless you Maahi Bhai..... Bss aapko hmesa Ground me khelte hue dekhte rahe... — Dev Das (@DevDas63474456) May 6, 2021That's our Thala for a reason — धोनी भक्त (@prathamkhokharr) May 6, 2021CSK organised chartered flights for their players to Rajkot and Mumbai while another evening flight picked players from Bengaluru and Chennai. Dhoni will be flying back to Ranchi on Thursday, according to the current schedule.
On Tuesday, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had said, “We stand by our word that for us, the IPL is not complete until our players and officials reach their homes safe and secure. We are working on that and will come out with a detailed plan in two days.”
The Indian cricket board has already made arrangements to transport the Australian members of the IPL community including players, coaching staff and the commentators to the Maldives where they will be in at least a three-day quarantine before being allowed to return to their country.
Aussie commentator Michael Slater had already made his way to the archipelagic state last week after his government had taken away every Australian citizen’s right to come back home (who has been in India) until May 15th.
Slater has been extremely critical of this precautionary measure and has expressed his dissent towards his Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Twitter a number of times.
Amazing to smoke out the PM on a matter that is a human crisis. The panic, the fear of every Australian in India is real!! How about you take your private jet and come and witness dead bodies on the street! — Michael Slater (@mj_slats) May 5, 2021
“Amazing to smoke out the PM on a matter that is a human crisis. The panic, the fear of every Australian in India is real!! How about you take your private jet and come and witness dead bodies on the street!” the former cricketer wrote in his latest jab. View the full article
Passion and the stubbornness to become successful will help you achieve the kind of things you thought you were incapable of.
The financially mediocre family that you were born in, the limitations levied on you by the place where you grew up and the people who told you that you would not be good enough to meet your goals, all that feels no more than a pinch on your arm when you look back at the journey in life that you have completed having reached your destination.
61-year-old Vivek Ranadive, a Mumbai-born, grew up in the streets of Juhu and in an environment in which people expected nothing but the best from him. The youngest of the three children in the family, Vivek was nothing short of a genius who got a call from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) when he was only 16 and started his first company, a UNIX consulting company during his time there.
Eternally grateful to @MIT for fulfilling my childhood dream. #tbt pic.twitter.com/jp6leaX6eR
— Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek) April 19, 2018
With bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT, Ranadive finished his MBA from Harvard University and went on to become the founder of TIBCO, a billion-dollar real-time computing company.
“The way I was raised was that if you came second, you were a loser,” Ranadive had said a couple of days ago in a conference. “My hatred for failure is greater than my love for success.”
But owning a billion-dollar company was never the end goal for the Mumbaikar. For someone who always wanted to become a major part of the basketball culture of the USA, Ranadive decided to buy shares of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Golden State Warriors (GSW). In 2010, he not only became the vice-chairman of the franchise but also the first person of Indian descent to co-own an NBA team.
In 2013, he sold his GSW shares and purchased 65% of the shares of the Sacramento Kings for approximately $348 million.
#KingsAllDay RT @cnbcsocial: New @SacramentoKings owner Vivek Ranadive on @CNBC sporting a Kings cap: pic.twitter.com/ztFn4UjG6B
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) May 29, 2013
The elite businessman often sees the term 'philanthropist' added ahead of his name. “This will sound corny, but when I wake up, the first thought I have is, 'What can I do to make a difference and make the world better?'” he'd said back in 2019 when he was here in India.
So he decided to bring the game he loves so dearly back to his country, better yet, his city.
On 4th and 5th October 2019, Ranadive's Sacramento Kings played against Indiana Pacers in the first-ever NBA India Games in Mumbai in what turned out to be a great success, indicating a successful future for the sport in the country.
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When glam meets game! #NBAIndiaGames (Repost @Pacers) • • • • • • 👋 @PriyankaChopra! #NBAIndiaGames
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“I left Bombay (Mumbai) when I was 17 years old and literally I had $50 in my pocket. So to come back here with my NBA team… to play an actual NBA game is beyond my wildest imagination,” he said in a press conference ahead of the first game.
In a conversation with MensXP, Ranadive spoke about the responsibilities that came about as the owner of such a major organisation and a global franchise.
“One of the first things that you discover when you buy a professional sports team is that you actually don't own the team. It belongs to the fans, it belongs to the city, even the media. We (Sacramento Kings) are committed to using our platform for impacting our community. When I bought the team, I laid out a mission statement which was to build a winning franchise that enhances the lives of those it touches and makes the world a better place,” he said.
Ranadive is using this platform to indeed make his birth city a better place, especially for the younger generations. Alongside NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA India Managing Director Rajesh Sethi, the Kings owner has laid the foundation for 'Legacy Project' at the grassroots level of sports and education in Mumbai, in which they will be supporting five under-resourced Municipal schools in Mumbai with technology equipment, trained teachers, a basketball court, and improved infrastructure capacities.
“These kids are way smarter than me when I was their age,” Ranadive said at the plowing ceremony of the 'Legacy Project' on Sunday. “I have no doubt that those kids will be way more successful that I have been," he added.
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Reshaping the next generation with the NBA Legacy Project! #NBAIndiaGames @AIFoundation
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“Indians have two natural resources. They have the ability to work hard and the second is that they have imagination. Those two resources, hard work, and imagination are the most important to succeed in the next century," Ranadive said.
His work speaks for him. A self-made man who has seen the two extremes of the world when it comes to money, Vivek Ranadive is all about building an empire, sure, but he also wishes to put the society on his shoulders and run towards excellence. View the full article
The Indian Premier League has come to an abrupt pause with the numbers of COVID-19 cases on the rise at a nerve wracking rate in the country and the bio-bubble provided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) deemed unsafe after various players were tested positive despite strict protocol.
Under such circumstances, while the Indian players did not find it difficult to return to their homes in less than a day’s time, it was the overseas players who found themselves in the middle of a very peculiar predicament.
After nine straight days of 300,000+ Covid cases daily, India has now moved 400,00+. The US has banned travel from India; Australia will jail for 5 years if someone arrives from India. Only 7million had gone to Haridwar's Kumbh Mela in Apil to take a dip in the Ganges. — Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) May 1, 2021
International players, especially the Australian athletes experienced exodus after their own government banned them from returning home within 14 days of being in India.
The lack of direct flights to other countries at the time of the most devastating COVID-19 wave this world has ever seen, also made it significantly tough for the athletes, commentators and coaching staff members to travel back home.
Cricket Australia CEO: been working with BCCI/IPL to repatriate plyrs, suppt staff, umpires, commentators "as quickly and safely as possible" out of India.
Range of options: Maldives or Sri Lanka — Peter Lalor (@plalor) May 5, 2021
On Wednesday, the BCCI confirmed that they are trying their best to help out the overseas stars and had planned to transport them to either Sri Lanka or the Maldives where they can undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine tenure before taking a flight to their country.
It was at this point that the most successful franchise in the history of the league, the Mumbai Indians stepped up and lived up to their name and volunteered to offer multiple chartered planes flying to the nations such as New Zealand, South Africa and the Carribean in order to help their players reach their families safely.
According to Cricbuzz, Mumbai Indians are sending their overseas players via Chartered plane and they also offered other franchise players to join them. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 5, 2021
The five-time champions have also extended their invite to the rest of the seven franchises of the league to have their players get a spot on these chartered planes and travel with the rest of the contingents in peace.
However, since the Mumbai Indians do not have any England cricketers in their roster, no chartered flights are being directed towards the United Kingdom as of now.
“Following the postponement of IPL 2021, we are in close contact with our players and staff in India as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely. The ECB understands the BCCI’s decision to postpone the competition for the safety and wellbeing of those involved, and thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all those taking part in the competition. Our thoughts remain with the people of India during these challenging times,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement. View the full article
While the Indian Premier League has come to an abrupt halt due to a sudden surge in positive COVID-19 cases within the BCCI bio-bubble, one player who managed to leave a massive impact, at least in the first half of the tournament, was Ravindra Jadeja.
Returning to the field after a severe thumb injury during India’s tour of Australia back in January 2021, the Chennai Super Kings all-rounder has been ‘The Man’ of the hour.
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Even though he is not a leading name in the orange or purple cap race, his presence on the field, while batting, bowling or even fielding has the opposing team sweating and extra cautious around him and they have their reasons.
On Monday, the ‘Voice of Indian Cricket’ Harsha Bhogle spoke about the brilliance of Jadeja in IPL 2021 and in complimenting him on his evolution as a cricketer, Bhogle ended up calling him ‘Sir Jadeja’ an informal title presented to him by his fans with love and affection.
The Voice of Cricket, @bhogleharsha, believes @imjadeja has been a standout All-Rounder in the tournament so far. Who do you think is the #AboveTheNoisePerformer when it comes to all-around abilities? #AboveTheNoise #CricbuzzPlus #harshaBhogle #RavindraJadeja #IPLT20 pic.twitter.com/jnKwwdBFQd — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) May 3, 2021
“The all-round performance of the season; there can only be one, and that is Sir Jadeja himself. He hits 37 off the last over, he then picks 3/13 including the wickets of Maxwell and AB, has a direct hit. One person doing that (is) inconceivable. If there is a better performance than this in this season, I want to be there, bang in the middle watching it happen,” he said on Cricbuzz.
Rarely the one to reply to such issues, Jadeja made an exception this time around and while thanking Bhogle for his thoughts, requested that he’d be happier if he’d be called by his original name.
Thanks a lot @bhogleharsha but i will be more happy if you call me Ravindra Jadeja — Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) May 3, 2021
Without a thought, Bhogle obliged and wished him well for the future.
Done. Aise hi khelte raho. Cheers. 🏽 — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2021And even though Harsha Bhogle agreed to not call him ‘sir’ anymore, Jadeja’s request had little to no impact on his dedicated fans who remain adamant that the title suits him well and that they will continue to call him by it:
That will be a disrespect to you sir . You're 'SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA' for the world . — ηαмαη - CSK (@Mr_unknown23_) May 3, 2021But you deserve and its suites you also Sir @imjadeja bow to you master pic.twitter.com/ONyoHZIaVF — Cyclone (@Cyclone33473522) May 3, 2021Sir Ravindra Jadeja
That's it that's the reply — INTROVERT (@kafan_chorr183) May 3, 2021Pehle toh sir ka prefix was a satire, now it's with the utmost respect to your abilities! How about @ShaneWarne 's Nick name, the Rockstar !? ️ — lalit_pnl (@lalitp_3) May 3, 2021Now you r sir jadeja, not jadeja. We have proud on youu @imjadeja — Deependra Rathore (@Deepend94145691) May 5, 2021 View the full article