Sudipta Biswas, Author at Sportzwiki

Sudipta Biswas

Sudipta Biswas is a 27 year old cricket fan.He started watching the game when Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their debut. Once had a dream of playing for the nation, now aspires to be a sports journo ! You can contact him @sudipta88dip on Twitter.

Indian Cricketers Who Invested In Startups
Indian Cricketers Who Invested In Startups
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Five Indian Cricketers Who Invested In Startups!

Cricket is the most popular sport in India and the Indian cricketers are well-marketed athletes. For many years, few Indian cricketers have been the face of various brands. Now, they have started investing in startups. This culture booming in the country, Indian cricketers are increasingly showing interest in new ventures, backing them by investing money in what they believe is a promising business enterprise.

Five Indian Cricketers Who Invested In Startups!

1) Yuvraj SinghFive Indian Cricketers Who Invested In Startups! 1

Yuvraj Singh, Indian Cricketers
Yuvraj Singh. Image Credits: Twitter

The 2011 World Cup man of the series started his own foundation, YouWeCan, after successfully combating a cancerous tumour in his left lung. Established last year, its motivation lies in spreading awareness about cancer and the effects of the deadly disease. A tributary of YouWeCan is YouWeCan Venture, an initiative that provides support to budding entrepreneurs. The startup was launched by Yuvraj Singh in association with Nishant Singhal, a former financial consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC), one of the biggest financial consulting companies in the world.

Five Cricketers And Their Role In Boxing
Five Cricketers And Their Role In Boxing
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Five Cricketers And Their Role In Boxing

Five Cricketers And Their Role In Boxing. Despite multiple international matches being played across the world, cricket is under the shadow of The Olympics. Last time cricket’s popularity in the subcontinent was overhauled by Olympics was in 1980, when the Indian hockey team last won a gold. Here we take a look at some cricketing stars who could make a good fist of their new roles in the boxing ring.

Five Cricketers And Their Role In Boxing

1) Andrew Flintoff (England)

 

Andre Flintoff Boxing
Andre Flintoff. image Credits: The Times

Andrew Flintoff started boxing after retirement from cricket. In front of 5000 spectators at Manchester Arena, he defeated Richard Dawson 39-38 to become a lifelong member of the English Club of Boxers (ECB), and has was recently hired by them to teach Joe Root basic boxing defence techniques against Australians. Flintoff’s weakness lies in his weight, and his weak knees, making him a sitting duck against shorter opponents, also making him the global ambassador of an arthritis oil company called Turmoil.

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When Cricketers Left The Ground Due To Nature’s Call

The question is can cricketers leave the field to go to the washroom? Maybe the answer is no, as players are not allowed to leave or enter the field without the officials’ permission. But, in cricket history, there are few examples where cricketers left the field to go to the washroom. While there is no explicit ruling on toilet breaks either by ICC or the BCCI, the MCC (Marleybone Cricket Club) law states: “A substitute fielder shall not be allowed for comfort breaks, or for when a fielder leaves the field to go to the toilet.”

Here we see five cricketers who left the field for a nature call.

When Cricketers Left The Ground Due To Nature’s Call

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni, When Cricketers Left The Ground Due To Nature's Call
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

 

In a bilateral series match against Bangladesh, captain MS Dhoni left the ground and went to the washroom. In the 44th over of the Bangladesh batting innings, Dhoni was seen going off the field for an over, deputizing Test captain Virat Kohli to stand behind the stumps in his absence. Kohli collected the fifth ball of the over which just missed the outside edge of Mashrafe Mortaza.

Shakib al Hasan was dismissed in that over as well, caught at backward point by Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni returned to his post in the 45th over, and Kohli happily returned to his fielding position.

Cricketers Who Played Other Sports
Cricketers Who Played Other Sports
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Cricketers Who Played Other Sports

Cricketers Who Played Other Sports. There are few cricket players who have love other sports. Very few who have excelled in more than one sport. AB de Villiers was good enough to play Golf, Rugby, Badminton, Tennis and Hockey. Vivian Richards played football and he played for the country as well.

Here we see the top ten cricketers who loved other sports.

Cricketers Who Played Other Sports

1) AB De Villiers

AB de Villiers, Cricketers Who Played Other Sports
Image Credit: Getty Images.

AB De Villiers can do just about anything in cricket, but he was very good at rugby and hockey too. He excelled at hockey in the junior level, which earned him a call-up to the South African National Junior Hockey squad. As soon as he lost interest in hockey, he switched to rugby. De Villiers is one of the best cricketers in the world right now.

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Virender Sehwag Comes Up With His “Twitter Jokes”, Wishes Gilchrist On His Birthday

People are waiting outside the bank, waiting for money for a long time. This is the current scenario in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the shock withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. No one is ready to take 500 and 1000 rupees notes for exchange. But, Virender Sehwag, the former batsman of India has given the vital information.

He wrote on his twitter wall and informed people, where 500 and 1000 rupees can be exchanged after 31 March 2017. We have seen many funny videos and images in social networking sites on note ban issue. But, Here, Sehwag’s tweet is the latest addition in this context. He wrote a funny thing which makes people laugh.

Sehwag wrote five banks will accept old notes. He tweeted in his typical manner, wrote, “After 31st March too,5 banks assigned to accept 500/1000.” In the next line, he added, “Banks of Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Godavari.”

We have seen Viru’s batting ability which was forced us to sit on a chair for long. But, his ability of trolling is beyond of our expectation. Many times he has come up with hilarious jokes, especially wishing a birthday.

Sehwag wished the former Aussie cricketer Adam Gilchrist on his birthday. He did the same what he did with other cricketers. He wished him using Gilchrist’s nick name “Gilly”. He wrote, “Today is a day to play
Gilli Danda as a tribute to the [email protected] Happy Birthday, Adam Gilchrist.”

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BCCI should make more sporting wickets , says Sourav Ganguly

The former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly always talks about sporting pitches. He does not prefer flat wicket where Indian batsmen get runs easily. Sourav feels that India will surpass England in the upcoming five-Test series against England. But, he thinks BCCI should make more sporting wickets if they want to develop a bowling unit capable of winning consistently in overseas conditions.

“I think the wickets are going to be good. And India should be playing on good pitches. I firmly believe they will continue to be unbeatable at home. But if you want to be a good bowling unit overseas, where your spinners come into play and win you Test matches,” Sourav said.

“Ashwin and [Ravindra] Jadeja will have to learn bowling on good first-day, second-day pitches, where there is no turn, where you have got to bowl the right line and right length. And on day four, day five, the game will change very quickly in these conditions,” he added.

Ganguly is very much impressed in the way Ravichandran Ashwin bowls in the spin-friendly conditions. “There was never a doubt about him as a bowler in these conditions. If you look at his record in the first 12-13 Test matches in the subcontinent, he has got 100 wickets. There is always a question mark on how he bowled in England and Australia and South Africa. And there’s definitely an improvement on that. He has definitely got better in those conditions,” Ganguly said.

“He has continued to thrive on these turning pitches. I don’t think it is that difficult bowling on these turning pitches. You see Jadeja, his record home and away is like chalk and cheese. Ashwin will be very, very dangerous in this squad. Jadeja as well. Pitches turning. Fast. Hitting the rough and turning it away. He will be very, very hard to get away. So England will have to bat very well in the first innings. Toss will be crucial. They will be looking to win the toss and bat first. Lots of things will affect how this series goes but Ashwin is going to be a huge threat,” he added.

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Stats: Top five fastest century in Ranji Trophy History!

Rishabh Pant created history by scoring the fastest century in Ranji Trophy history. He thrashed 100 runs in 48 balls in Delhi’s second innings against Jharkhand at the St’Xavier’s KCA Cricket Ground in Trivandrum. May be he is just but Pant has already made a mark in the first class cricket for himself. He scored more than 700 runs in this season in six innings. The previous record for the fastest ton in Ranji Trophy was held by Naman Ojha with his century in 2015 taking 69 balls. Let see top five fastest centuries in Ranji Trophy. Here are the top five.

1) Rishabh Pant ( 100 in 48 balls against Jharkhand )

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Rishabh Pant Of Delhi team scored the fastest century in Ranji Trophy history . He blasted the century off 48 balls and finished up on 135 off just 67 balls, including eight fours and 13 sixes against Jharkhand. His tally of 21 sixes in a game is the second-most in first-class cricket, behind New Zealand’s Colin Munro who blasted 23 sixes in his knock of 281 from 167 balls for Auckland against Central Districts in 2015. Pant was batting 135 from 67 balls when he dismissed by Ashish Kumar and taken by Ishan Kishan. In the first innings, Pant scored a ton – 117 from 106 balls – with his century then taking 82 balls for the third quickest ton in Ranji Trophy.

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Not taking the visitors for ‘granted’: Kohli

After back-to-back series win against West Indies and New Zealand India will take on England on their home soil. The No. 1 Test team captain Virat Kohli remembered that England defeated India in Test series in India in 2012.

Kohli said that his team is not taking the visitors for “granted” as they are a team which has performed well in India over the years. “Well, the combination is something I would not speak about at this stage. I wouldn’t say that England struggled; they played really well in the first Test, in the second test Bangladesh played better in their conditions,” said Virat.

“England is a side that has come to India last time and played well, so we not going to anything for granted,” he added.

Now the England team is without the likes of Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar and Kevin Pietersen who were the main performers. It is a long time since India has hosted a 5-match Test series, and they will play a total of 13 Tests in the on-going home season, with Australia and Bangladesh to visit India later on.

“We are playing very good cricket and need to focus on our strengths, but you cannot ignore your opposition altogether. At the same time you have to be confident in what you want to do as a captain and that’s the one thing that we have focused on, and that’s the main reason we are getting the results in the last 12-14 months and that’s something that we want to continue,” said the skipper.

The last time India won a Test series against England was back in 2008/09, and since then the European team has shown complete domination over the Indian cricket team winning all the three series following that.

Virat feels that his players have instilled a feeling of togetherness in the team and depend on collective performances rather than just individuals. Regarding the matter, the skipper said, “This team has bought into the idea of collectively performing is better than some individual performances and not winning. So that’s one thing that has been really pleasing for me as a captain.”

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Mitchell Marsh’s Dismissal: Michael Clarke, Mark Taylor Criticise DRS

Former Australian captains Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor have criticised Decision Review System (DRS) and questioned on the accuracy of the ball-tracking technology.

In the Perth Australia between Australia and South Africa which the latter won by 177 runs, Mitchell Marsh was given out by DRS but Clarke and Taylor believe the decision was wrong.

Marsh was batting on 26, and was initially given not out. But after taking DRS by South Africa, he was given out. The full ball was directed on leg stump and hit the foot first before hitting the bat and going down the ground.

The fact that it hit both pad and bat had the on-field umpire confused and thereby the not out verdict. However, upon review, the ball-tracking technology showed that the ball was hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh’s leg stump and was sent back to the pavilion.

Former Australian captains called Marsh “very unlucky” to be dismissed like this. “I was certain that was missing the stumps. When you look at that replay, I thought it was definitely swinging too far and missing the leg stump. He’ll be really disappointed with that. It has clipped his toe, then clipped his pad, and then got onto the bat,” Clarke said.

“But what I don’t agree with is the line of the delivery once the ball hits him on the toe … I believe the line of that delivery is going down and missing leg stump,” he added.

Clarke’s co-commentator Taylor agreed, saying the ball-tracking technology appeared to show the ball to be seaming back away from Marsh, which was enough to hit at least 50 per cent of the leg stump and overturn the on-field decision.

“Watching those replays I thought Mitchell Marsh would be fine. He was given not out so the technology has to prove that he was definitely out to overturn the decision.It almost looks like the ball seamed back a little bit and just done enough for 50 per cent to hit the outside of the stump, meaning the not out call was overturned,” Taylor said.

“I reckon the ball is going to flick the stumps at best. But to be overturned, Mitchell Marsh is very unlucky.”Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson tweeted.

Anil Kumble in a presser.
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Karun Nair Will Get An Oppurtunity to Play: Anil Kumble, India coach

India, the number one Test team, will take on England in a five-Test series, starting November 9 in Rajkot. Before that, India assembled for their first practice session today. Ajinkya Rahane took a few throws downs at the nets and Ishant Sharma is back with the team after suffering from Chikungunya looked impressive at the nets. What will be the team combination of India against England in the first Test?

Team management is in dilemma on selection conundrum. India’s head coach has to choose either “fifth bowler” Hardik Pandya or “sixth batsman” Karun Nair. But, Anil Kumble did not reveal much on his preference. He praised talent of both the players.

“You could get a sense of what’s going in his mind when he spoke about Hardik’s potential as a fifth bowler. We all understand the importance of a fifth bowler. And if someone can bowl at 140 and give option of batting well lower down the order, we are really looking at how Hardik develops. We are going to give all the freedom to express himself whenever he gets the opportunity. Quality player whom we will back, nice thing to have an all-rounder in the squad,” said Kumble.

“We haven’t looked at the combination. Karun is someone we have kept a close eye on, backed him for all good things that he has done. I am sure he will get an opportunity. We want to back him to get runs as he has done for Karnataka,” he added.

Kumble said that communication is an integral part of any sport, more so with players who are injured. “Communication is the key in any team activity, whether you are doing well, whether you are not doing well. Communication with the players who have been injured is equally important as well,” Kumble said. On Rohit Sharma’s injury, Kumble said, “Bit disappointed with some injuries; it’s unfortunate. Feel sad for Rohit (Sharma) because he was doing well.”

This is also the first five-Test series in India after 29 years. The last five-Test series was hosted in the year 1987 against Pakistan. Kohli and co. shouldn’t take the visiting side lightly, especially when their highest Test-wicket taker, James Anderson, is back.

Kumble thinks Alastair Cook and Joe Root, two batsmen that they have to watch out. Though, their bowling attack of the visitors also need to be looked at. “Alastair Cook has been here on a number of occasions. he is a quality player. Joe Root. Also their bowling attack something that has troubled us in past. How we can measure up to whatever we set out to do.” Kumble said.

India’s head coach is happy for Rajkot’s wicket. “This is the first Test match happening at Rajkot. It’s a new stadium. We have played ODIs and T20 but in Tests, we don’t know how the wicket will be. It looks a good surface. We still have a couple of days to go for combination,” told Kumble.

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