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MS Dhoni, Surinder Khanna
MS Dhoni, Surinder Khanna.
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I Was The First Man To Spot MS Dhoni; Wouldn’t Advise Youngsters To Copy Him: Surinder Khanna

Former Indian cricketer and one of the members of the IPL Governing Council, Surinder Khanna has heaped praise on former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni. He also revealed that he was the first person who spotted Dhoni during his trials for Steel Authority Of India Ltd. (SAIL) and said that he wouldn’t advise any youngster to copy Dhoni’s technique. Dhoni was last seen in the Indian colours in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the game to New Zealand and were eliminated from the competition. Since then, Dhoni has been away from the Indian team.

His return was much anticipated with the return of IPL 2020 this year as he was back to the field sweating it hard for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the BCCI had to postpone the tournament indefinitely due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, this has again given way to speculations on Dhoni’s future with Team India.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

Now, former Indian cricketer, Surinder Khanna, has said that he was the first man who spotted MS Dhoni when he was trying to make a mark for himself in the Indian cricket circuit.

Surinder Khanna Reveals Why He Wouldn’t Advise A Young Wicketkeeper To Copy MS Dhoni’s Technique

In an exclusive chat with CricketAddictor.com, Surinder Khanna said, “You should never curb your natural playing style as a wicketkeeper. Dhoni did it at the highest level for such a long time he has been outstanding. There hasn’t been a finisher like him in cricket history. His captaincy records are also exceptional and whenever team India has needed him, he has stepped up. His wicketkeeping has also been top of the class.”

Surinder Khanna
Surinder Khanna. Image Credits: Twitter

“I wouldn’t advise any young wicketkeeper to copy MS Dhoni. You should follow a copy-book style. He was MS Dhoni and that’s why he could do it. Today, the young kids are finding shortcuts and that is not advisable,” Khanna further added.

I Was The One Who Spotted MS Dhoni: Surinder Khanna

Surinder Khanna further said, “If MS Dhoni would have been copybook, it would have added more grace to his already illustrious career. As a value, he can’t be compared to any other cricketer. I spotted him first for the Steel Authority trials in Ranchi and I had gone to see the youngsters. I spotted him there and he proved his might. My gut feeling was right and I feel proud to have contributed him to the Indian cricket world.”

Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said MS Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that MS Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.

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Happy Birthday Yuzvendra Chahal: Cricket Fraternity Gives The Indian Leggie A Taste Of His Own Medicine

Yuzvendra Chahal has become one of the finest leg-spinners that the India National Cricket Team has ever produced. He is a class-act on the field and has a knack of clinching wickets for team India at regular intervals during the middle-overs, a phase when the opposition tries to score a lot of runs. Chahal, however, is also a social media star in the Indian cricket fraternity and on his 30th birthday, he received a taste of his own medicine.

Cricketers, past and present, all united to wish Yuzvendra Chahal a very happy birthday and some of the wishes were indeed very hilarious. During the entire lockdown, Yuzvendra Chahal’s popularity among the masses has increased manifold due to his constant presence on social media. He has been the subject of some of the most hilarious conversations between cricketers during the entire lockdown.

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Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Now, the entire cricket fraternity came together on twitter to wish the young Indian leggie a very happy birthday as he turned another leaf in his book.

Happy Birthday Yuzvendra Chahal: Cricket Fraternity Gives The Indian Leggie A Taste Of His Own Medicine

 

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ICC T20 World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Breaking News: ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Officially Postponed

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 has officially been postponed till 2022, the apex cricketing body confirmed in its media release on Monday, July 20. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 was originally scheduled to take place in Australia between October 18-November 15 but the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic had put the tournament in serious trouble.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 was scheduled to take place between October 18 to November 15 in Australia, but Cricket Australia‘s (CA) chairman Earl Eddings, back in June, opined that it would “unlikely” and “unrealistic” for the nation to stage the tournament. Besides, Australia has witnessed a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria over the last few weeks.

ICC T20 World Cup
ICC T20 World Cup trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Breaking News: ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Officially Postponed

“The IBC Board agreed to continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and assess all the information available in order to make a considered decision on future hosts to ensure the sport is able to stage safe and successful global events in 2021 and 2022,” the ICC stated in a release.

“The IBC Board will also continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year. In the meantime, planning for this event continues as scheduled.”

The windows for the Men’s events are:

  • ICC  T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on 14 November 2021
  • ICC  T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on 13 November 2022
  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023

Manu Sawhney, the ICC chief executive, said, “We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020
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“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available to us and gives us the best possible opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World Cups for fans around the world.

“Our Members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket. Moving the Men’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a critical element of this and gives us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process. This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play.

“Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments, Members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to a safe return to cricket,” Sawhney said.

 

 

 

 

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Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credits: Twitter
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Sunil Gavaskar Birthday: Twitter Flooded With Wishes As Cricket Fraternity Joins Hands To Wish The Little Master

Veteran Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar, turned another leaf in life as he celebrates his 71st birthday on Friday. Gavaskar is one of the greatest ever batsmen in world cricket to grace the field of the sport. Sunil Gavaskar played a total of 125 Test matches for the India National Cricket Team. During his stint, he scored more than 10000 runs in the format with a career average of above 50. Apart from it, he also scored more than 3000 runs in 108 games at an average of above 35.

Twitter was flooded with wishes for the original little master on his birthday. From Ajinkya Rahane to veteran Indian pacer RP Singh, the cricket fraternity ensured that the little master is humbled with the wishes around him.

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Sunil Gavaskar Birthday: Twitter Flooded With Wishes As Cricket Fraternity Joins Hands To Wish The Little Master

BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, Asia Cup
Sourav Ganguly (Credits: Twitter)
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Breaking News: ACC Confirm That The Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Postponed

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been postponed until 2021. Sri Lanka Cricket will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup expected in June 2021 while the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the Asia Cup 2022. Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. However, Media director of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Samiul Hasan Burne, has quashed the news, saying that Ganguly’s statement on the future of the tournament doesn’t hold any weightage. 

It was recently reported that Board of Control for Cricket in India will look to host the Indian Premier League in place of the Asia Cup.  The Indian board will aim to stage the glamorous IPL in September-October window if the T20 World Cup is deferred by the International Cricket Council.BCCI had refused to travel to Pakistan, who were the initial host of the tournament, due to the political tension between the two countries. In fact, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had also recently stated that the Pakistan board will not agree to accommodate the IPL in place of the Asia Cup.

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PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani was left disappointed with the result. Image Courtesy: Getty

Now, it has been confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been postponed until 2021.

Breaking News: ACC Confirm That The Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Postponed

Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq wrote on Twitter, “The Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council has announced that this year’s Asia Cup has been postponed. Sri Lanka Cricket will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup expected in June 2021 while the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the Asia Cup 2022.”

Cricket, BCCI, Three Players Who Have Represented India In Other Sports Besides Cricket
BCCI. Image Credit: Twitter.

Replying to Ganguly’s statement, Nazmul Hasan had said that ACC officials could only give such statements and the Indian board president’s comment didn’t carry importance. He further confirmed that the hosting of Asia Cup 2020 will be discussed in the next ACC meeting. 

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If the T20 World Cup is postponed, PCB is exploring other options to play bilateral series with other countries. Pakistan will host Zimbabwe and then they will travel to New Zealand in December.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

BCCI, IPL 2020, ECB, Asia Cup
IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI.

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors.

However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, Asia Cup
Sourav Ganguly (Credits: Twitter)
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Breaking News: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Confirms Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Cancelled

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. It was recently reported that Board of Control for Cricket in India will look to host the Indian Premier League in place of the Asia Cup. The Indian board will aim to stage the glamorous IPL in September-October window if the T20 World Cup is deferred by the International Cricket Council.

Earlier, BCCI had refused to travel to Pakistan, who were the initial host of the tournament, due to the political tension between the two countries. In fact, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had also recently stated that the Pakistan board will not agree to accommodate the IPL in place of the Asia Cup.

IPL 2020, BCCI, Arun Dhumal
IPL 2020 Image Credits: BCCI

Breaking News: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Confirms Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Cancelled

The Asian showpiece event was set to be called off after reports earlier suggested the tournament will not be able to go ahead due to the pandemic situation which has hit the entire globe.

“In December, we have the first full series. Asia Cup 2020 has been called-off which was scheduled to take place in September,” Sourav Ganguly told Vikrant Gupta on a live Instagram chat.

Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer
Arun Dhumal(R). Image Credit: BCCI.

On being quizzed again, if Asia Cup is officially called off, Ganguly said “Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled”.

If the T20 World Cup is postponed, PCB is exploring other options to play bilateral series with other countries. Pakistan will host Zimbabwe and then they will travel to New Zealand in December.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

BCCI, IPL 2020, ECB
IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI.

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors.

However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

MS Dhoni,
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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MS Dhoni Is Not Thinking About Retirement Says Dhoni’s Manager

MS Dhoni’s childhood friend and manager M Diwakar has confirmed that Dhoni isn’t thinking about retirement at all. Dhoni was last seen in the Indian colours in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the game to New Zealand and were eliminated from the competition. Since then, Dhoni has been away from the Indian team.

His return was much anticipated with the return of IPL 2020 this year as he was back to the field sweating it hard for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the BCCI had to postpone the tournament indefinitely due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, this has again given way to speculations on Dhoni’s future with Team India.

Indian Players, Four Players who could retire from cricket in the near future,Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Indian Premier League (IPL), Indian National Cricket Team
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Now, Dhoni’s manager has confirmed that Dhoni isn’t thinking about retirement at all. Diwakar has also said that Dhoni is looking forward to playing in the IPL.

MS Dhoni’s Manager Drops A Massive Bomb Over His Retirement

“He has maintained his fitness regimen at his farmhouse and will start practice after the lockdown is lifted. Everything now depends on how fast the situation returns to normalcy,” he said according to Insidesport.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

“I spoke to him past midnight. It was a normal business talk. As usual, Dhoni would be at home with his family, with a quiet birthday celebration. Being friends, we don’t talk about his cricket. But looking at him, he’s not all thinking  about retirement,” Mihir further said.

Former Cricketers Divided On MS Dhoni’s Return To Team India

Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said MS Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that MS Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.

Name: Mahendra Singh Pansingh Dhoni
Born: 7 July 1981 (age 39) Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Nickname: Mahi, Captain Cool, MSD, Thala
Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Batting: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm medium
Role: Wicket-keeper batsman
Parents/ Siblings: Pan Singh, Devaki Devi
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Happy Birthday Dada: Cricket Fraternity Come Together To Wish Sourav Ganguly A Happy Birthday

Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, turned 48 years old on Wednesday. On the special occasion, the cricket universe took to social media to express their heartfelt messages for the former Indian skipper. Although Sourav Ganguly could not lead team India to an ICC title or help them achieve the first position in the ICC Test Team Rankings, there can be no denying the fact that Ganguly brought a revolution in Indian captaincy.

Ganguly reposed faith in young players and they eventually went on to pay the price in the latter stages of their career. During his tenure, Sourav Ganguly has led Team India in 146 ODIs and 49 Tests, out of which the team emerged victorious on 76 and 21 occasions respectively.

 

Sourav Ganguly
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Happy Birthday Dada: Cricket Fraternity Come Together To Wish Sourav Ganguly A Happy Birthday

First up, it was the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who built a plethora of great partnerships with Sourav. Sachin wished to continue to rise in bond off the field as well.

Next up, it was the skipper of the India National Cricket Team, Virat Kohli, who expressed his greetings to Sourav Ganguly and wished him a happy birthday.

Robust Indian pacer, Ishant Sharma, shared a sweet message for Sourav Ganguly as he wished Dada a very happy birthday in Bengali, Sourav’s native language.

Veteran Indian middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina, then followed and posted a picture with Sourav and wished his former skipper a very happy birthday.

India’s ace off-spinner, R Ashwin, also took to Twitter to express his wishes for the former Indian skipper and the current BCCI President, Ganguly.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) did not hold back and posted a collage of Dada’s iconic pictures and moments to wish him a great birthday.

Veteran Indian legend and Sourav’s partner in crime for a very long time, VVS Laxman, also shared a couple of pictures and wished him success and love in life ahead.

Next up, it is the Indian vice-captain in the Tests, Ajinkya Rahane, who took to Twitter to express his emotions for the BCCI President and wished him a happy birthday.

Veteran Indian commentator and a first-class legend, Aakash Chopra, also took to Twitter to express his wishes for Captain Ganguly.

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in the IPL, shared a picture of Shahrukh Khan, the co-owner and Ganguly to wish the latter a happy birthday.

Indian pace ace, Mohammed Shami, also took to Twitter to congratulate Ganguly as he turns another leaf in life.

India’s new number four in the ODIs, Shreyas Iyer, also shared his wishes for Ganguly with a sweet picture of both of them.

Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan, also had a message in store for the Dada of Indian cricket as he took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the former Indian skipper.

Veteran Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh didn’t hold back his emotions and wished the captain that brought him into the Indian team a happy birthday.

Veteran Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh, one of Sourav Ganguly’s admirers on the global stage, wished him with a special video message on Twitter.

The Sultan of Multan, Virender Sehwag, also wished his former skipper a very happy birthday.

 

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MS Dhoni Birthday: Ziva Dhoni Sings In An Adorable Video To Wish Her Father

Former Indian skipper and the captain of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, MS Dhoni, turns 39 years old on Tuesday. Twitter went absolutely mad on MS Dhoni’s birthday and the hashtag Happy Birthday Dhoni went viral. Now, his daughter, Ziva Dhoni, has sung a beautiful song and posted it on her Instagram account to wish her father. The sharing was obviously done by Sakshi Dhoni but the video is extremely adorable.

Sakshi has been the backbone of MS Dhoni ever since they have tied the knot. Recently, Sakshi and Dhoni celebrated 10 years of their marriage and Dhoni’s birthday has just added cherry on the cake. A few weeks ago, #DhoniRetires started trending on Twitter. However, Sakshi Dhoni decided to take a stand about the rumours going on and came up with a mouth-shutting reply. However, she later deleted the tweet.

Sakshi Dhoni, MS Dhoni
Sakshi Dhoni deleted the tweet after making clarification on MS Dhoni’s retirement rumours.

Now, Sakshi has once again shared Ziva’s beautiful message to wish the former Indian skipper a very happy birthday.

MS Dhoni Birthday: Ziva Dhoni Sings In An Adorable Video To Wish Her Father

Ziva’s Instagram handle wrote, “Happy Bday Papa! This is for my Papa ! @mahi7781 I love you ❤️”

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This is for my Papa ! @mahi7781 I love you ❤️

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Former Cricketers Divided On MS Dhoni’s Return To Team India

Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.

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MS Dhoni Birthday: 5 Legendary Teammates Who Did Not Wish The Former Skipper On Social Media

Former Indian skipper and the captain of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, MS Dhoni, turned 39 years old on Tuesday. Twitter went absolutely mad on MS Dhoni’s birthday and the hashtag Happy Birthday Dhoni went viral. The entire Indian Cricket Team took to multiple social media platforms to post their hurtful messages for the former skipper.

When Dhoni stepped into the India National Cricket Team, the team was full of legends of the game. He had Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and a lot more to look up to. While some of them expressed their wishes towards the former Indian skipper, a lot of them stayed away from doing so on social media platforms.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

Today, we’ll take a look at the five cricketers who stayed away from wishing the former Indian skipper a happy birthday on any of their social media platforms.

MS Dhoni Birthday: 5 Legendary Teammates Who Did Not Wish The Former Skipper On Social Media

5. Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Sourav Ganguly was the one who brought MS Dhoni into the Indian cricket team. He reposed faith time and again on MS Dhoni and gave him multiple chances even when Dhoni was not in a rich vein of form. Dhoni himself had credited Ganguly’s trust that led to the glorious career that he has today. However, Sourav Ganguly did not wish Dhoni on social media and one can only wonder as to why did it happen.

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