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10 Reasons Why Cricket Is The Most Famous Sports In India
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10 Reasons Why Cricket Is The Most Famous Sport In India

India is a multi-sporting nation where a variety of games are played on a daily basis. Football, hockey, badminton, tennis is mainly followed and played. Out of these cricket holds the majority share, both in terms of a man following and playing numbers. People in India absolutely love the gentleman’s game and it is the most cherished sport in the country.

From kids playing it in the streets to the oldies having the fun of it at their home, cricket has grown to be a widely popular sport in India. People from all race, religion, caste, creed, colour, and gender love to play cricket in India. The India National Cricket Team has brought a lot of laurels in the world in recent years and this is one of the key reasons behind the sports’ popularity in the country.

South Africa, India to tour South Africa to play three match T20I series Post-COVID-19
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Today, we’ll take a look as to why cricket has gained so much popularity in India and why people go bonkers behind the sport in the country.

10 Reasons Why Cricket Is The Most Famous Sport In India

1. Keep it simple silly

To play the game, you just need a bat and a ball and a minimum of two players can easily play the game. It can be played even in the smallest of smallest dimensions, like a road, a street ally or even in a room!

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Reality check, in India the sport is so horribly popular amongst kids that they frequently play ‘gully cricket’ even in most congested streets!

5 ways which can save Test cricket from extinction

After the inception of T20 cricket, the longest and the elite format of cricket, the Tests are on the verge of becoming extinct. Due to the birth of T20 leagues like IPL, BBL, CPL; Test cricket is losing spectators in a dramatic ratio from all over the world. The situation has worsened so much that the schedules for Tests had to be cut short to make way for the T20s. If it continues like this, then in few years Tests will be completely eliminated from the cricket roster. So it is high time that some immediate measures are implemented to check the death of the 5 day format.

Here are 5 such ways by which Test cricket can be saved:

1) Day-Night Test cricket

An already inititated idea has been taken by Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand as they have agreed that their respective countries will be featuring in such a Test later this year. The Test for the first time will feature a pink ball instead of the traditional red one so that it can be easily seen during the night! This is a brand new innovation that might revolutionize the Tests as something needs to be done to save it.

As of now we do not know if this will work or not, whether the audience will accept or reject the idea, a lot of questions are there and the answers are few but at this stage we can only hope for the best !

2) Make it a 4 day affair

One of the most repelling factors of Test cricket is that it continues for 5 long days. It is really difficult for the cricket audience(after they have tasted a delicious dish called T20 cricket) to watch the game for so long and it is often seen they seem to run out of both patience and interest as Test matches often get boring. So at least keeping the interests of the audience in mind, the ICC authority should consider reducing the number of playing days.

If this clause is implemented, then may be the number of maximum playing overs in a day will go up to 95-100 overs, better pitches will have to prepared and bowlers, especially pacers will have to work extra hard on their bowling! The players might find it a bit ridiculous but they should realize one thing that if Test cricket has to be taken out of the ventilator, it has a cost and they are in it together.

3) Revive the ICC Test Championship

If ICC wants to keep the Test matches alive, they should work out new ways to keep it interesting. Our common sense tells us that Test cricket cannot compete with T20s as far as thrill and entertainment is concerned. But still they should try to make the oldest format a bit more challenging and competitive by reviving the abandoned ICC Test Championship. It will serve a platform for the world’s best Test teams to compete with each other as well as make it more interesting to watch.

4) Money matters

The governing bodies of cricket must have realized one crucial fact that the youngsters nowadays are more focused towards T20 cricket as it will fetch huge money in a very short time. So they are least bothered to play the five day format where they have to invest more energy and labour but the returns are less.

So its high time that ICC and the respective cricket boards of the nations should collaborate to increase the prize money of various Tests series and should give Test cricketers extra benefits which will give financial stability and help them to concentrate on the longer format.

5) Frequent bi-lateral Test series between rivals

The on-going Test series between England and Australia, the Ashes is one of the most entertaining cricketing events in the history of cricket. The intense rivalry between the two teams attracts the fans from all over the world . But unfortunately its not the same with other nations. When other countries play Tests amongst themselves, hardly spectators turn up to see them. To makes things worse, bi-lateral series between two another fierce rivals Pakistan and India have been suspended indefinitely.

So countries which share great strife, Test matches should frequently be arranged between them so that the enthusiastic fans can see them in action, which will also enhance the degrading status of the Test format.

Indian Cricketers and their Hobbies

We all have our own personal hobbies in our lives right?

Some of us like to collect coins or stamps, some us like to click new pictures, some remained hooked to the latest fascinating computer and video games and so on.

And our Indian cricketers are no different. Apart from playing cricket, they also like to spend their free time by doing something of their choice which gives them tremendous enjoyment.

Come on ! They are human beings just like us!

In this list, let us go through the hobbies of various Indian cricketers:

 1) Sachin Tendular

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Well did you know, the Master-Blaster apart from loving his first choice cricket, is also affectionate towards playing table-tennis!

He listens to music whenever he gets free time and also is fond of tasting various famous cuisines of the world.

He definitely has a rich taste!

2)  MS Dhoni

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Apart from his beautiful wife Sakshi and cute baby daughter Ziva, Captain Cool is in a serious relationship with his PSP ! Wherever he travels, he always carries his PSP with him as he is just crazy about video games.

And when it comes to television, Mahi is a keen watcher of the History Channel.

Interesting, a person who creates history also loves to watch history!

3) Sourav Ganguly

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A self-confessed lover of football, the Prince of Calcutta is very much passionate about soccer since his school days. If not cricketer, he definitely would have been a footballer but fewer prospects of the sport forced him otherwise.

But now that he is the co-owner of the ISL franchise Atletico de Kolkata, that definitely gave him a chance to reunite with his ‘first love’.

Come on Dada, lets football!

4) Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman

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Two of the most profilic batsmen of our country share the same hobby just like the solid partnerships they used to have in the field.

They both love to read lots and lots of books and derive knowledge from them.

Intellectual in the field, intellectual in real life too!

5) Anil Kumble

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As most of you know, ‘Jumbo’ is severely addicted to photography! Just give him a camera and he will start clicking pictures!

From wildlife to urban canvases, he has done it all !

6) Yuvraj Singh

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Whenever Yuvi checks in a hotel, the first thing he enquires is whether the hotel is equipped with a tennis court or not ! The reason is whenever he gets a chance, he likes to sweat it on the tennis court as its his favourite pass time !

Care for a Grandslam appearance Yuvi ?

7) Virender Sehwag

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In his prime, Virender Sehwag used to be the ‘baap’ of all entertainers in the cricket field. He used to turn on the heat in the cricket field with his destructive batting which we all loved to enjoy. What we did not know that to seek solace, he used to engage in playing video games and listened to songs.

Viru, Sabki bajate raho !

8) Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa

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You might be thinking that the only possible connection between all these players are that they wear the same blue jersey of Team India. Well there is also another thread that connects the above cricketers and that is they all are crazy about fast games in PSP !

Thank god, sorry technology for creating play stations !

9)  Piyush Chawla

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Piyush loves to chat horribly ! So much is his love for chatting that he carries not one, but two mobile phones always !

Can we call you chatter-box, Piyush?

10) Ishant Sharma

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The internet is the best friend of the towering pacer! He always loves to surf the net and was previously very much attached to orkut, which was later replaced by facebook !

Buddy, please check out some good bowling videos which might help you to improve!

2nd Test- Bangladesh vs South Africa -2nd day – Rain play spoilsport again

An entire day’s play was lost for the third time in this series as heavy rain, caused by cyclone Komen, forced the umpires to abandon the second day of the Mirpur Test at 12 pm. The South African and Bangladesh players had not even arrived at the Shere Bangla Stadium and will now contest what is effectively a four-day Test.

Bangladesh had ended the first day disappointingly after building a solid foundation with the bat, losing four wickets for 31 runs in the final session as Dale Steyn found substantial reverse swing. The hosts had squandered a good start that was marred only by Tamim Iqbal’s loose drive to become Steyn’s 400th Test wicket. Bangladesh will be concerned that none of their top or middle-order batsmen was able to convert a start into a century.

South Africa, on the other hand, came into their own as the first day progressed. Hashim Amla made use of his part-time bowlers, all of who impressed and kept the frontline pack fresh for forceful bursts. Dean Elgar, in particular, found sharp turn on a surface that was predicted to become worse as the match went on.

Batting will likely become more difficult so Bangladesh’s first-innings runs could prove crucial and they will want to add as many as they can when play gets underway on Saturday. South Africa still have the second new ball at their disposal and will hope to finish Bangladesh’s innings quickly and aim to bat once to seal a series whose score line remains 0-0, thanks largely to the rain.

 

1st T20 MATCH PREVIEW : SRI LANKA VS PAKISTAN : Asian rivals gear up for the first T20 contest

After a closely fought Test and ODI series, hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face each other in the 1st T20 match at Colombo.

Pakistan emerged victorious in both the Tests and the ODI series with a superior performance in the batting and the bowling departments and will be looking forward to sweep the T20 series as well. Led by veteran Shahid Afridi, they have a bunch of in-form players like Shoaib Malik, Yasir Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan from the Tests and ODI series. By far, the visiting side looks the more balanced team compared to their counterparts and will start as the favourites in the 1st T20 match.

Talking about the home team, they are the defending T20 champions. Although they may have conceded both the Tests and ODIs, they would like to finish the tour on a winning note. With a string of uncapped players in their squad, they also have experienced players like T Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perara. Most importantly the Lankans have a brand new skipper in the form of Lasith Malinga. Malinga has been entrusted with the responsibility for the T20 series before the ICC T20 World Cup in India next year.

Lets see if Malinga can produce some positive results or Afridi’s men will prevail yet again.

Probable XI:

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Chamara Kapugedra, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Dhananjay de Silva, Lasith Malinga(C), Nuwan Kulasekera, Binura Fernando, Milinda Siriwardane

Pakistan: Ahmad Shahzad, Mukhthar Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi(C), Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali.

5 things that Sreesanth can do if he remains banned from cricket

Now that BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur has openly announced in the media that BCCI is not reconsidering to lift the ban they had imposed on three cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan, it must be big blow to the cricketers, especially Sreesanth as they must have been hoping to revive their cricketing careers after being cleared by the Delhi High Court of all the charges they were accused of.

The BCCI’s stance on this matter seems to be quiet a strict one and until and unless any miracle happens, the cricketing careers of Sreesanth seems to be quiet over. So what will Sreesanth do if he is not playing cricket? 

He is just 32 and will have ample amount of time in his hand to undertake various other work. Lets take a look at 5 such things which Sreesanth can do with his free time if he is not allowed to play cricket anymore:

1) Appear in Bigg Boss

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Well the first thing that Sreesanth should do is to make an appearance in the reality show Big Boss because it is the perfect platform for people with no work and unlimited time. The show undoubtedly will make him even more famous then he is today and will also take care of his bank balance ! Plus the Bigg Boss house always welcomes individuals who have a spicy backdrop which will very much entertain the ever curious audience. Who knows, a good Bigg Boss season might propel his career in the glamour world! Given his volatile temperament, can he win it ?

2) Pursue a career in film industry

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Sree is already set to make his debut in the Malayalam film industry with the film ‘The Big Picture’ which is supposed to release in 2018. Sree did not restrict him to his home film industry as rumours suggest that Pooja Bhatt might cast the cricketer in her film ‘Cabaret’ opposite to Richa Chaddha !
In the future, he might even venture for a biopic on his life story and producers clearly won’t hesitate to bet their money on him as the Indian audience have always loved such controversial stuff projected on the silver screen. Sreesanth clearly is enjoying the perks of being a ‘famous’ cricketer, even if it is for non-cricketing reasons. Its okay as long as the job is clean and tidy !

3) Dance Dance

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Remember Sreesanth’s the epic dancing in South Africa when he struck Andre Nel for a huge six ? We thought that it was just a mere celebration for him but in reality Sree dances quite well. For those who are unaware of Sree’s dancing abilities, kindly watch the video where he shares the floor with King Khan as they both start grooving together. With a little bit of training and practice, Sreesanth has the capability to turn on the heat with his dancing, as he did it often on the cricket pitch ! Even if he doesn’t turn into a professional dancer, he can easily slip into the role of a judge of any dance show !
Show them your moves buddy!

4) Write a Book

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This is a must for Sreesanth as he has now become a hot topic in our cricket obsessed nation. He has been through a lot for the past couple of years and must have got loads to speak about. May be is not able to do it openly but he can surely write a book about it if he chooses to. The book will act as a mirror to the unknown stories and shady incidents that Sree witnessed in his life and will definitely be worth reading, given the huge craze for anything related to cricket in our country. The book will also act as a medium which will connect him with the huge mass of the country and might help Sreesanth to clear and revive his image. Go for it Sree !

5) Become the face of anti- corruption campaign

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Just like Lou Vincent featured in a video for the ICC’s Anti- Corruption campaign, Sreesanth can also do the same in India. He can very well be the poster boy for anti-corruption in our country. He can earn a livelihood by conducting seminars, become a motivational speaker, appearing in various commercials and advertisement campaigns guiding youngsters how to stay away from such traps and spreading the message of goodwill and how to stay clean. This will not only enhance his dejected image but will also create a soft portion for him in the hearts of millions.
Not a bad option, eh ?

5 Bollywood actresses- Cricketers relationships that did not turn into marriage

Bollywood and cricket in our country go hand in hand. They are the two most alluring and charismatic professions in India and is virtually followed like a religion. Over the years, many bollywood actresses have been associated with various Indian cricketers. Some relationships had a short tenure, some long and others were just rumours. The latest sensation being Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma.

Here we will take a look at 5 such actresses and cricketers who had a relationship but could bot turn it into a marriage:

1) Kim Sharma -Yuvraj Singh- Deepika Padukone

 

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Yuvi is considered to be one of the most charming and handsome cricketers of the modern era. No wonder Bollywood actresses Kim Sharma and Deepika Padukone were swayed away by his charm. He shared quite a long and steady association with Kim( although Yuvi hardly acknowledged it publicly), his stint with Deepika was very much short lived. It was reported that Yuvi’s mother Shabnam Singh was constantly against his relationship with Kim which might have led to the slow death of their relation ! Presently Kim is happily settled in Kenya, Deepika is with her ‘lucky charm’ Ranveer Singh while Yuvraj is once again single!

2) Geeta Basra – Harbhajan Singh

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Both of them have remained silent on their, well call whatever you want it but they have been spotted together on numerous occasions. The first kicked off their 3) public association when Basra was in the stands to support Bhajji’s Mumbai Indians in the finals of IPL 3 . But after that over the years, the media failed to sniff any new fresh updates about them. There has been periodic rumours about the duo getting married to each other. But till now no such solid progress !

3) Isha Sharvani – Zaheer Khan

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It came as huge surprise to everyone when the couple chose to call it a day after 8 long years of courtship. Considered to be one of the most steady relationships, even it had to see an end. It was taken for obvious by everyone that they would finally tie the knot instead they surprised everyone with their decision to be separate instead. Both Zak and Isha have been quiet reserved about themselves and till now there is no such news of them reuniting.

4) Amrita Singh – Ravi Shastri

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Owing to his dashing looks and incredible cricketing abilities, Ravi Shastri was tremendously famous amongst female fans. Soon he bagged the companionship of another budding actress Amrita Singh, who was slowly making her mark in the Bollywood. Very soon they both candidly confessed their love for each other in front of the camera. But unfortunately their lovely relationship ended when Ravi Shastri married Ritu Singh in 1990 and Amrita Singh married actor Saif Ali Khan, 5 years younger to her.

5) Neena Gupta – Vivian Richards

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One of the greatest legends of cricket from the Caribbean, Viv Richards was secretly involved in a relationship with eminent Indian actress Neena Gupta, even though he was married at that time. Although they never got married, they were quiet serious about it for the brief period while they were with each other. A string of rumours and gossips were launched regarding them which was later complemented by the birth of their baby daughter, Masaba Gupta, who is a now a fashion designer and lives with her mother.

Bangladesh vs South Africa: 2nd TEST MATCH PREVIEW- Upbeat Tigers to face shaky Proteas

After a rain-stricken 1st Test match, hosts Bangladesh and visitors South Africa are ready to lock horns in Dhaka in the second and the final Test match of the series.

The Proteas are facing a completely new Bangladesh team, who have gone from being easy pushovers to formidable challengers. In the first Test, they not only dismissed the entire South African line-up the 1st innings but they also managed to take a lead ! The visitors clearly struggled against a combined pace- spin attack led by ‘wonder-kid’ Mustafizur Rahman and Jubair Hossain. The visitors have to improve their batting if they wish win the match and the series. They clearly looked uncomfortable against Rahman and the spinners.

Their bowling attack consists of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, three of the best Test bowlers of the modern cricket. Yet they conceded the opposition a lead which signifies that there bowling hasn’t been quite effective against the Bangladesh batsmen. One reason may be that the lack of pace and bounce in the pitch is not facilitating their bowling but they have to overcome all odds in the decisive Test match.

Talking about the home team, they put quite an impressive performance against mighty opponents both in the batting and bowling. Their bowling has been very much outstanding, as they dismantled the South Africa’s top order and they need to stick to that in the coming match also. Their batsmen have been able to silent a strong South African bowling attack in the first match, but they have virtually donated their wickets to part-timers like Van Zyl and Harmer by playing loose shots. They have to be more patient and have to show more maturity in their batting if they want to tackle the visitors and emerge out victorious in the decisive match of the series.

So by the look of the things, it looks like its going to be a quiet an entertaining match.

South Africa Probable XI: D Elgar, S van Zyl, Faf du Plessis, H Amla(C), T Bavuma, JP Duminy, Q de Kock, V Philander, S Harmer, D Steyn, M Morkel

Bangladesh Probable XI: T Iqbal, I Kayes, M Haque, Mahmadullah, M Rahim(C), S Al Hasan, L Das, M Shahid, T Islam, M Rahman, J Hossain

Top 10 players to win the most MAN OF THE SERIES awards

A ‘Man of the Series’ award is given to that player after the conclusion of a particular series to honour his standout contribution throughout the entire contest. By series we mean, all the three cricketing formats, The Tests, ODIs and T20s. This means that the specific cricketer has been consistently performing for his team, with his batting or bowling abilities or both combined and has been successful in producing performances which has made the difference between the two teams.
Many great cricketers have been named the player of the series owing to their essential contribution that they enacted in the series.

An interesting fact about the list is that most of them are renowned batsmen, who at some time point of the other have taken the cricketing fraternity by storm. In short, legends occupy the highest rungs in this elite list. Good news for the Indians as four of the greatest players of the nation are in the top 10 of the list. And in a shocking turn of events , there are no English players present in the list!

Here is a list of top 10 cricketers who have achieved the Man of the Series award most times in the history of cricket :

Player

Matches

Series

Awards

S Tendulkar

463

108

15

S Jayasuriya

445

111

11

S Pollock

303

60

9

V Richard

187

40

7

C Gayle

269

64

7

Yuvraj Singh

293

68

7

S Ganguly

311

75

7

R Ponting

375

77

7

H Amla

118

35

6

MS Dhoni

265

61

6

Cricketers who played for 2 different countries

Is this ever possible for any cricketer to play cricket for two different countries? Well the answer is yes ! It is very much possible! Believe it or not, there are 25 such cricketers who have featured in international cricket from two separate countries. Just wondering, how the players would have felt while playing?

After wearing the jersey of a particular country, how did they actually play against the same country in another nation’s colors?  Even a greater astonishing fact is that there are some of them who have played even for arch rivals, like India and Pakistan, England and Australia, England and Ireland, England and Scotland.
But the most heartbreaking condition will be for their fans right? Just imagine how the fans of both the countries would have reacted when the players would have taken the field.

They would really be confused right? Whether to cheer for them or to boo them! Here is a list of all the international cricketers who have played cricket for two countries:

Player

Countries

Billy Midwinter

Australia, England

Billy Murdoch

Australia, England

JJ Ferris

Australia, England

Sammy Woods

Australia, England

Frank Hearne

England, South Africa

Albert Trott

Australia, England

Frank Mitchell

England, South Africa

Nawab of Pataudi

India, England

Gul Mohammad

India, Pakistan

Abdul Hafeez Kardar

India, Pakistan

Amir Elahi

India, Pakistan

Sammy Gullien

West Indies, New Zealand

John Traicos

Zimbabwe, Australia

Kepler Wessels

Australia, South Africa

Clayton Ambert

West Indies, USA

Anderson Cummins

Canada, West Indies

Dougie Brown

England, Scotland

Geraint Jones

England, PNG

Ed Joyce

England, Ireland

Eoin Morgan

Ireland, England

Boyd Rankin

Ireland, England

Luke Ronchi

Australia, New Zealand

Dirk Nannes

Australia, Netherlands

Roelef van der Marwe

South Africa, Netherlands

Gavin Hamilton

England, Scotland

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