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Mumbai’s “Junior Steyn” Karan Tiwari Commits Suicide

Karan Tiwari, a 27-year-old Mumbai club Cricketer was found dead in his Malad residence, it is likely to be a suicide. The Kurar police have filed an accidental death case as the reason for his death is unknown yet. He was suspected of suffering from depression over career issues.

He was referred as “Junior Steyn” for his resembling bowling style to South African pacer Dale Steyn. He was in severe depression due to missing out on IPL selections, as revealed by his friend. He was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room, on Monday night at his home in Konu Compound, Gokuldham.

He went inside his room at around 10:30 pm and locked it from inside. The family went suspicious after he kept his room locked for a long period of time and they forced open his bedroom door after their questions went unheard for some time.

Karan Tiwari
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Karan Tiwari Death: Accidental Death Report (ADR) filed by the police

The Kurar police have filed an Accidental Death Report in the case because no suicide note was found. The police have cited the same reason of him being in depression because of not making it in the 13th edition of the IPL.

“We have registered an ADR and investigations are on.”  said Babasaheb Salunkhe, senior Police Inspector at Kurar police station.

Informed his best friend that he’s going to commit suicide

Karan Tiwari’s friend in Rajasthan told the police that Karan had called him to inform him that he is going to commit suicide. He was depressed after not getting a chance to play in the IPL.

His friend informed Karan’s sister who lives in the same city. His sister called his mother, but by then, it was too late. Karan was declared dead before reaching the hospital.

“He was hoping to get selected for a state team. He was in talks with a few of them. He was a very promising cricketer and had uploaded his bowling and batting videos on his last WhatsApp status. It is shocking that he chose to take such a drastic step. Police sources also said that Karan was tense as he had no job. He played for Souvenir Cricket Club and United Friends Sports Club and recently completed a Level 1 coaching course.” said Karan’s friend.

Mumbai senior team coach, Vinayak Samant also said he had been trying to find a good local club for the 27-year old. He had a fair share of experience playing in club cricket. The rejection from IPL forced him to take his won life.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)
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Rohit Sharma Talks How Cricket Will Be Changed In COVID-19 Pandemic

While some international cricketers have already returned on the cricket field, some other cricketers are also getting ready to start their preparation for the game. Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma recently talked about how cricket will be different in this COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic slowly started to affect cricket from late February 2020 and it gradually stopped one by one cricket events in March. Since then, many cricket events have been postponed due to the pandemic. Now, the cricket world is trying to return on the field as international cricket just successfully resumed in July with some new unavoidable safety rules.

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On Sunday (2nd August), during the online Q&A session, Rohit Sharma also talked about the cricket amid coronavirus pandemic.

Rohit was asked by NDTV’s Rica Roy, “What’s the corona induced change in cricket you are looking to experience most.”

All we need to do as players is just follow protocols: Rohit Sharma

In reply, Rohit commented that the cricket will surely face the different experiences now, especially pointed the absence of the spectators in the stadium. Rohit also added that the players would strictly have to follow all the protocols during the entire cricket events.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rohit replied, “Cricket definitely will be played in a different manner now from what it used to be before. Something unusual for the spectators as well. There will be nobody at the stadium, as we know. There are more other things that we need to be mindful of. All we need to do as players is just follow protocols – whatever protocols have been set by your team, just follow that and abide by it.”

Indian cricketers will resume their cricket journey with the IPL 2020, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host between 19th September and 10th November 2020. After landing in the UAE, every team will have to create their own bio-secure bubble and everyone will have to strictly follow all the rules in the bio-secure bubble.

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IPL Trophy (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Also, for the indefinite period, the saliva has been banned to apply on the balls, and it will be likely followed in the IPL 2020.

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! 2

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.

Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 Matches
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Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 Matches

Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 matches. The fever of the World T20 has started gripping the cricket crazy nation of India. In a country like India where Cricket is no less than religion and cricketers are worshipped like Gods, such a mega event brings about a lot of stimulation and enthusiasm among people. Especially when such a big tournament is held in India, the craze and madness among people reach another level altogether.

As far as the World T20 goes, the Indian cricket aficionados have great memories attached with this wonderful tournament. The inaugural World T20 which was held in South Africa in 2007 saw the Men-in-Blue lift the treasured trophy. At that time, T20 cricket was a new phenomenon among people at large. Forget about people even many teams weren’t use to the pace of the shortest format of the game. But the Indians have adjusted well to the wavelengths of the game.

Today, we will go back in time to experience the overwhelming level of joy and nostalgia as we glance through the most memorable matches of team India in World T20.

Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 matches

5. India v Pakistan, Durban, 2007

India, Pakistan, Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 matches
India, Pakistan. Image Credits: ESPN

It was India’s first-ever match in World T20 and that too against its Asian counterpart, Pakistan. Mohammad Asif made the most of the helpful seaming conditions at Kingsmead as he ran through the Indian top-order and claimed 4 wickets inside the first 7 overs of the game. But then Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni steadied the ship as they added 46 runs for the fifth wicket before Uthappa fell for a well-made half-century. India posted a competitive total of 141 runs on the board.

The Pakistani batting followed the same script as the Indian bowlers tore apart their top-order. With 4 wickets in hand and 39 runs to get in the final 14 balls of the match, it seemed the match was over. But out of nowhere, Misbah-ul-Haq plundered 53 runs and after 20-overs the scorecard of both the teams read 141 runs each, meaning a dramatic tie. But then India went on to triumph the match by means of a jaw-dropping bowl-out.

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Sushant Singh Rajput Foundation To Support Young Talents In Sports

The loss of Sushant Singh Rajput has left an unfillable void among his family, friends and supporters. Sushant Singh Rajput was a self-made man, who breathed his last in his Mumbai house on June 14. Rajput was more than just an actor and the fact that he made it to the film industry in Mumbai from the small town of Purnia in Bihar, speaks volumes about his achievements.

For Rajput, who had a thinking mind which was always curious to know more, his telescope was the most prized possession. There were times when he invited his co-stars to his house just to discuss about the starry objects. Today, his loss looks personal, as his stories reveal how generous of a person he was. Only if his bright smile was not enough to replicate the beautiful person he was.

Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput’s family to extend his legacy through a foundation

But a star like Sushant Singh Rajput will always remain immortal through his works. In fact, his family has decided to extend his legacy in his memory by setting up the Sushant Singh Rajput Foundation (SSRF). The foundation will support young talents in areas which was close to his heart — cinema, science and sports.

Besides the foundation, for ‘Gulshan’, his family has also decided to turn his childhood home in Rajiv Nagar in Patna into a memorial which will possess all his personal belongings including his loved telescope and all the books that were close to his heart. His family, today, released a full statement on the steps they will take to maintain the legacy of their son, brother and most importantly a good human with a ‘bright smile’.

Read the full statement released by his family below:

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Sushant Singh Rajput

“The world’s Sushant Singh Rajput was simply Gulshan to us.

He was free-spirited, talkative and incredibly bright. He was curious about just everything. He dreamed without restraints, and chased those dreams with the heart of a lion. He smiled generously. He was the pride and inspiration of the family. His telescope was his most prized possession, through which he fondly gazed at the stars.

We can’t bring ourselves to accept that we wouldn’t get to hear his easy laughs anymore. That we wouldn’t see his sparkling eyes again. That we wouldn’t hear his endless rants about science again. His loss has created a permanent, glaring void in the family that will never be filled.

He truly loved and cherished every single one of his fans. We thank you for showering our Gulshan with so much love.

To honour his memory and legacy, the family has decided to set up Sushant Singh Rajput Foundation (SSRF) to support young talents in areas close to his heart – cinema, science and sports.

His childhood home in Rajiv Nagar, Patna, will be turned into a memorial. We will put his personal memorabilia and belongings there, that include thousands of books, his telescope, flight-simulator etc, for his fans and admirers. From now on, we intend to maintain his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page as legacy accounts to keep his memories alive.

We once again, thank you all for the thoughts and prayers.”

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Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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Shoaib Akhtar Slams ICC And Claims, ‘They Are Finishing The Cricket’

The 44-year-old former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has recently slammed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not handling the game properly as he feels that they are finishing the game.

During his cricket career (1993/94-2011), Shoaib Akhtar was a furious fast bowler. Recently, during a conversation with Sanjay Manjrekar in ESPNcricinfo’s podcast, Akhtar expressed his disappointment over ICC’s present working culture to the game.

During the recent chat, Manjrekar asked Akhtar about his view on pacers’ recent slow bowling nature in the limited-overs format. Akhtar feels that the ICC has successfully finished the game in the last ten years.

Shoaib Akhtar, ICC, cricket
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Google)

The former Pakistan fast bowler said, “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in the last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to).”

Where are those Sachin Tendulkar versus Shoaib Akhtar contests?

In the present limited-overs cricket, one bouncer is allowable for every over. However, Akhtar feels that the ICC should allow more bouncers in every over in limited-overs cricket due to the present rules, where we see two new balls from both ends and four fielders outside the 30-yard circle (presently, in the second powerplay in ODI).

Shoaib Akhtar, ICC, cricket
Day/night ODI match (Image Credit: Google)

Talking more about this, Akhtar brought out the example of the former exciting on-field battle between the Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and the former speedster Shoaib Akhtar.

Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Akhtar added, “I have been saying repeatedly that change bouncer rule (one per over). You have two new balls and four fielders outside. Please ask ICC whether in last 10 years, quality of cricket has gone up or gone down. Where are those Sachin versus Shoaib contests?

“But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet.”

When Manjrekar asked former Pakistan fast bowler about the present nature in Pakistan’s pace bowling attack, which is very much fast-medium bowling, Akhtar is very unhappy with this image. He wants to serve for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) where he can generate many fast bowlers by preparing them for every crucial situation of the game.

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Misbah-Ul-Haq Bats For Resumption Of Cricket Amid Pandemic To Entertain People

Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is in support to resume the game of cricket amid the coronavirus pandemic. He believes that cricket would be an entertainment source for everyone in a depressing situation.

As no proper medication has been found so far to fight the novel virus, governments across the world have enforced lockdown. It has been over two months that people are locked behind closed doors. The cricket fans have also not witnessed any matches since March.

Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also the chief selector, has given his opinion on the crises. He says that he gets depressed after daily listening to the news on coronavirus.

Misbah-Ul-Haq, Pakistan
Misbah-Ul-Haq (Image Credit: Twitter)

According to him, starting sports activities would help the people to pass their time at home. He has also agreed to play matches behind closed doors and even under strict guidelines for the safety of the players.

“It is not an ideal situation for anyone because of this coronavirus pandemic and obviously the health and well being of everyone should be our top priority. But if matches can be held even in empty stadiums with the right safety barriers … I would have no problems,” he said.

“Everyone is confined and I just think that if even if it can be made possible to bring some live cricket action to people sitting at home it would do them a lot of good,” Misbah said.

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Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

“It becomes depressing when you have nothing to do and hear about mostly Covid-19 news all the time. In this situation if sports can be resumed and if cricket can be started at least it will allow the people to watch cricket at home.”

There are reports that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was contemplating rescheduling and organising the three Test matches against Pakistan in August behind closed doors at Manchester Old Trafford and Southampton.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan. Image Credit-Getty Images.
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Eoin Morgan Recommends Inclusion Of 10-Over Format Cricket In Olympics

England skipper Eoin Morgan counted the benefits after 10-over format gets introduced in the cricket. He said that it will be a shorter format and can become part of the Olympics, which is a multi-sport event.

The game of cricket is not included in the Olympics because it’s a lengthy sport that takes more than one month to get a final winner. Well Morgan, who led England to World Cup victory in 2019, has recommended the introduction of the 10-over format tournament which can be played within 10 days.

The 10-over format is appealing: Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan, 10-over format, cricket
Eoin Morgan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

“The one thing that T10 offers above the three formats that makes it so appealing to an Olympic Games or a Commonwealth Games is the fact that you can play a whole tournament in the space of 10 days,” he said.

“To have a tournament in such a short space of time maximises the opportunity and the exposure that it will have for the sport.”

“When you can play a cricket tournament in eight-10 days it really does make it appealing, and on top of that it really would be extremely entertaining,” said.

Cricket was earlier part of Olympics:

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Cricket featured for the first and last time in Olympics in 1900, and England were the winners in that edition. In 1998, cricket was also part of the commonwealth game but after that cricket game was not included in any multi-sport event.

Well, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will feature a women’s Twenty20 competition. So, there might be a possibility that cricket can again become part of the mega multi-sport event.

Eoin Morgan captained Kerala Kings in the first two editions of the T10 League and Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 2019. So, he has experience of playing the 10-over format game and has claimed that the players need to be quick to score runs.

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