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Irfan Pathan Welcomes Move To Rename Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award As Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

Irfan Pathan, the former India all-rounder welcomed the move to rename the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. He did not shy away from sharing the hope that the stadiums would also be named after eminent sports personalities.

The remarks from Irfan Pathan can be construed as a dig at the tendency of naming sports stadiums after political dignitaries. The 36-year-old also expressed optimism that the step by the Government will be the start of a new trend in sports.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted saying he was getting many requests that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award be named after hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. (file photo)
PM Narendra Modi tweeted saying he was getting many requests that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award be named after hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. (file photo)

Irfan Pathan Welcomes Move To Rename Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award As Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

In his nine years of international career, Irfan Pathan saw many ups and downs, but he has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is. The all-rounder played under six different captains during his entire international career. The 35-year-old former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan played 173 international matches between 2003 and 2012. The all-rounder has scored almost 3000 international runs and picked 300 wickets.

“Absolutely welcome this move. Sportsman getting recognition and award being named after him or her. Hopefully start of many such things in sports (…) Hopefully in the future sports stadium names will be after sportsmen too,” Pathan tweeted.

Irfan Pathan (AFP Photo)
Irfan Pathan (AFP Photo)

There are several stadiums named after political leaders in India. This includes famous stadiums like the Wankhede (Mumbai), DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai), M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru), and MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai).

World’s Largest Cricket Ground In Ahmedabad Was Named Recently After PM Narendra Modi

Former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi together have ten prominent stadiums named after them. More recently, we have seen the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium renamed after the late Arun Jaitley, while the world’s largest cricket ground in Ahmedabad was named after Narendra Modi.

The world's largest cricket stadium at Motera Ahmedabad is named after PM Narendra Modi(Image Courtesy: Twitter)
The world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera Ahmedabad is named after PM Narendra Modi(Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced earlier that the highest sporting honor in the country will be renamed after hockey legend Dhyan Chand. This move was welcomed by the cricket fraternity as well as the public in general.

Apart from Irfan Pathan, former Indian cricketers including Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir also hailed the decision made by the Government. The announcement came shortly after the semifinal between the Indian women’s hockey team and Great Britain in the Olympics this morning (August 6).

Irfan Pathan played his last international game at the age of 27. As far as his numbers are concerned, the Baroda-born all-rounder scored 2,821 runs and scalped 301 wickets in international cricket. The all-rounder didn’t play for India after 2012 despite doing well in national colours. For the unversed, Irfan Pathan retired from all forms of cricket in January 2020.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)

IPL 2021: Pat Cummins Reveals Reason For Donating $50,000 To The PM Cares Fund

Pat Cummins, the Australian fast bowler, recently donated $50,000 to help India fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The speedster, who’s currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), has now revealed the reasons for making the donations to the PM-Cares Fund, an initiative by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The heartfelt gesture has garnered Pat Cummins loads of accolades from the cricket fraternity and the fans. The netizens also hailed him as a ‘hero’ for his contributions. The pacer stated that by donating the money he tried to follow the footsteps of the Knights and their co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Pat Cummins: Team Owner Shah Rukh Khan Donated At PM Cares Fund

Shah Rukh Khan is doing his bit to help the government in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. His companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – are contributing to a number of relief funds, including the PM-Cares fund. Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise co-owned by the actor has pledged an undisclosed amount to the PM-Cares fund.

“I was just chatting to a couple of guys here at KKR, they have been really generous in their donations to the PM CARES fund over the last year or so. Shah Rukh donated himself here that suggests the way to go,” Cummins was quoted as saying to WION’s Executive Editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan , Twitter

“There are a few people back home in Australia who are keen to help India so we might set up something in the next few days to direct a few more resources to charity here,” he stated.

The Centre had set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund in March 2020 with the objective to deal with an emergency situation like the one currently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and to provide relief to those affected.

Pat Cummins’ Donation Followed By Brett Lee And Sheldon Jackson

Pat Cummins also hopes to bring joy to the people of India, who are grappling their way through the pandemic. After he came forward with his helping hand, former Australian and KKR seamer Brett Lee and KKR batsman Sheldon Jackson made donations as well.

“I don’t think so. We are doing everything we don’t take any resources from the frontline. There is an aspect that us playing for three or four hours hopefully contributes to making people stay at home. It has certainly been a big topic of conversation as to how we can help,” he added.

Brett Lee(BCCI)
Brett Lee(BCCI)

The second wave of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made sure that nearly three lakh cases are being recorded on a daily basis. The common people have been finding it difficult to secure hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. As far as Pat Cummins is concerned, he is currently the leading wicket-taker for KKR with nine wickets from seven games. He also has a top score of an unbeaten 66 against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Mumbai.

Former Australian and KKR pacer Brett Lee followed Pat Cummins’ recent initiative and donated 1 Bitcoin for India’s fight against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The 44-year-old, who is currently in India for the ongoing IPL 2021, took to Twitter to announce that he would be donating 1 Bitcoin to help with “the purchase of oxygen supplies for hospitals across India.” It is worth noting that 1 Bitcoin is approximately 40,95,991 Rupees.

Following Pat Cummins’ contribution to the PM Cares fund to help India’s COVID-19 fight, Kolkata Knight Riders Sheldon Jackson too has made a donation, to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB

Virat Kohli Urges Citizens To Follow COVID-19 Protocols

 Virat Kohli addressed the nation amid the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the country and urged the citizens to follow the protocols laid down by the government.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a curfew in the nation’s capital till April 26th. The number of covid cases in the country has increased over the last month, and a curfew is being imposed in several parts of the country.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (April 19) in a press conference announced that to break the transmission of COVID-19 in the national capital, the city will be put under complete curfew from April 19 at midnight till April 26 morning.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Credits: ANI)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Credits: ANI)

Virat Kohli Urged Citizens To Follow Protocols And Wear Masks

Virat Kohli, in a video uploaded on the Delhi Police official Twitter handle, urged citizens to follow the protocols and support police personnel.

“Friends, as you all are aware that the number of Covid cases are increasing rapidly and the situation is becoming challenging with each passing day,” Virat Kohli said.

“I would therefore once again request all of you to wear masks whenever you leave your home to buy essentials or for important work, please follow social distancing and keep sanitizing your hands,” he added.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

“It’s very important to follow all these protocols. To fight this pandemic once again, we will have to support our police personnel. As I have said before, the country will only be safe when the citizens are safe. Please understand your responsibility and follow all these protocols, Jai Hind,” Virat Kohli signed off.

Earlier, the Delhi government had announced a weekend curfew that ended at 5 am on Monday (April 19). The national capital on Sunday recorded the highest single-day spike with over 25,000 new COVID-219 cases.

Virat Kohli didn’t have the best of outings during the Test series against England in India. The India captain scored a total of 172 runs in four Tests at an average of 28.66. He turned things around in the five-match T20I series by smashing 231 runs at an average of 115.50 and followed it up with a total of 129 runs in the three-match ODI series.

In IPL 2021, Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to fire so far amassing 71 runs in 3 games and is on the 20th spot among leading run-getters. His side though has won all 3 matches on the trot.

Covid-19 Situation Alarming As Cities Are Running Out Of Hospital Beds

India reported its biggest-ever spike of nearly 300,000 fresh coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Wednesday. With this, India’s Covid tally has scaled to 15,616,130 cases.

India also registered the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 2,023 fatalities. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 182,570. The country now has over 2.1 million active cases.

The rise in case numbers has been exponential in the second wave. Badly-affected cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bhopal, Kolkata, Allahabad, and Surat have almost run out of hospital beds. The situation is much direr when it comes to ICU beds.

Several cities have just a few dozen ICU beds left and they are now frantically trying to build extra capacity in hotels and stadiums.

Shortage of covid beds in Kolkata; health officials face difficulty to arrange beds
Shortage of covid beds in Kolkata; health officials face difficulty to arrange beds | Photo Credit: AP, File Image

Multiple government hospitals in Delhi on Tuesday said their oxygen stock would last only for only a few hours and “people will die” if they do not get oxygen. A list shared by the government showed that in some hospitals, oxygen will last only for four to five hours.

With 277 new deaths in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 12,638. The national capital recorded 28,395 new Covid-19 cases in the highest single-day spike.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with chief ministers of all states on Thursday 22nd April to discuss the current Covid-19 situation and the vaccination strategy ahead as the country reels under the second wave of infections.

With the existing restrictions not getting the desired results on breaking the chain of Covid-19, Maharashtra is set to go for a complete lockdown from Wednesday evening. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday. The ministers have demanded that 15 days of a full lockdown should be imposed.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi Heaps High Praise On Team India After Sealing Series 2-1

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded Ajinkya Rahane-led Team India for their unrelenting grit, resilience, patience, never-say-die attitude, one that helped them not only breach Australia’s fortress at the Gabba but also clinch the historic four-match series 2-1.

Before the 5th day’s day, the talk doing the rounds was whether the rain will aid the Men in Blue to escape with a draw. But the spirit of that new India was on full display as the Ajinkya Rahane-led team without veterans trumped Australia against all the odds stacked against them to chase down — a record fourth-innings total at the Gabba to break the hosts undefeated run since 1988 at Brisbane.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi Congrats Team And Wishes Them Best For Future Endeavors:

India did not get off to the best of starts during their difficult run-chase of 328 at Brisbane as they lost opener; Rohit Sharma, in the first half-hour of the morning session.

However, Shubman Gill’s flamboyant knock of 91 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s resilience during which he copped with blows after blows but ensured that he held the fort from one end even as Shubman Gill continued to smash the Aussies and in particular Mitchell Starc to all corners of the ground.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Google)

Shubman Gill was eventually dismissed by Australia’s premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon, but India continued to chip away at the target with interim leader —Rahane making his intentions pretty clear during his brief stay at the crease. Narendra Modi said everyone is overjoyed at the team’s success in Australia.

“We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian Cricket Team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours,” Prime Minster Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.

India scored 336 in 1st innings in reply to Australia’s 369 while Australia were restricted to 294 in 2nd innings. Mohammed Siraj took 5 wicket haul while Shardul Thakur took 7 wickets in the match besides top-scoring with 67 in India’s 1st innings. Narendra Modi congratulated the team India and wished them best of luck in future as the team have a packed schedule ahead with matches against England, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, South Africa and New Zealand in 2021.

Rishabh Pant Scores Unbeaten 89 And Receives Man Of Match Besides Being Highest Run Scorer For India In 4 Test Series

The innings of the game, however, came from southpaw Rishabh Pant, who bettered his knock of 97 in the last Test at the SCG, to smash a brilliantly paced unbeaten 89 to seal the deal for Team India.

The win was more memorable as India were without several veteran players like Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and even regular skipper Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli played only the 1st Test where India suffered horrific batting collapse (scoring 36) but went home for paternity leave while several key players were injured during the first three matches as India fielded relatively inexperienced bowling line-up.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests averaging staggering 68.5 — and was leading run-getter for India in this series. Cheteshwar Pujara( 271 runs, 3 fifties, 4 Tests), Ajinkya Rahane (268 runs, 1 Ton, 4 Tests) and Shubman Gill (259 runs, 2 fifties and 3 Tests) trailed the wicket-keeper batsman.

PM Narendra Modi Jokes With Virat Kohli Whether Delhi's Chole Bhature Business Is Suffering Because Of His Diet
Image Credit: Twitter.

PM Narendra Modi Jokes With Virat Kohli Whether Delhi’s Chole Bhature Business Is Suffering Because Of His Diet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli interacted virtually during the Fit India Dialogue on the 1st anniversary of the Fit India movement. Several fitness enthusiasts across India attended the session. Modi inquired Kohli about his fitness mantra and also about his diet considering he is a sportsperson.

During the conversation, the Prime Minister of India candidly asked Kohli whether Delhi’s Chole Bhature business is not hit because he has been staying away from his favourite food.

The Indian captain has, earlier, many times mentioned that Chole Bhature was his go-to food menu during his younger days but he gave up eating street food to maintain his fitness.

Virat Kohli’s reply to Narendra Modi’s Chole Bhature joke

Virat Kohli,
Virat Kohli, Image Credit: Twitter.

Virat Kohli replied that he was a big street foodie but he changed his diet when he realized that the sports demanded him to be fit and health-conscious. He stated that if the player doesn’t work on his fitness, he would be left behind in the fast-paced nature of the world.

“We were discussing a few minutes back, our native diet, the food from our region, I have noticed we have not had any health issues with it. From my own experience, I have seen my grandmother, she is very healthy. She eats simple home-cooked food. When I was growing up, I used to eat a lot of street food. Whenever I used to go play, I used to eat outside a lot. From a health point of view, I realized it wasn’t good,” Virat Kohli said.

“Physical fitness and diet, focussing on these things brought about the changes in me. Just like our sport, our lives have also gotten faster and demanding. If we are not keeping up with it, then we will be left behind,” he added.

Currently, Virat Kohli is in Dubai to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Indian PM, Shikhar Dhawan, India, Cricket World Cup

You Have Lived And Breathed Cricket: PM Narendra Modi Lauds Suresh Raina In A Letter

Suresh Raina shared on Twitter a congratulatory letter sent by Indian Prime Minister — Narendra Modi to him. In the letter, PM Narendra Modi thanked Suresh Raina for bringing laurels to the nation and inspiring the youth. Pertinently, Raina announced his retirement on Saturday, August 15, just after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni bid adieu to the international cricket.

The Indian star batsman had a decent white-ball career with Team India, earning the southpaw a reputation of one of the greatest left-handed batsmen from India. He is a very close friend of his Team India and CSK teammate and skipper MS Dhoni and has followed his path to retirement at the same time.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Credits: Twitter)

India can never forget your inspiring role during the 2011 World Cup: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi lauded Suresh Raina’s  contribution for the country’s cricketing glory. He mentioned his exemplary all-rounding skills who always delivered whether it be from the bat or the ball.

“Generations will remember you not only as a fine batsman but also as a very useful bowler who the captain could turn to when the situation demanded. Your fielding was exemplary and inspiring. Some of the best catches in recent international cricket have your distinctive imprint. It would take days to count just the number of runs you have saved by your alertness on the field,” said PM Narendra Modi

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised the recently concluded Khelo India Youth Games, saying it gave a platform
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 “India can never forget your inspiring role during the 2011 World Cup.Your fighting spirit can motivate many youngsters. During your cricketing career, you sometimes faced setbacks including injuries but every time you overcame these challenges, thanks to your tenacity. At the same time, Suresh Raina will always be synonymous with team spirit. You played not for personal glory but for the glory of your team and the glory of India,” he wrote.

Suresh Raina and staggering numbers:

Suresh Raina is a solid hitter of the ball is a joy to watch. The 33-year-old has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for India. The left-handed batsman scored 5,615 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 35.31.

In Test cricket, he only managed to register 768 runs, with his highest score being 120. In T20Is, Raina scored 1,605 runs at an average of 29.18 for the blues.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina Image credits: Twitter

Raina will be seen in action in the IPL for CSK starting September 19th. He has joined the six-day training camp at Chennai and will be leaving for the UAE on 21 August with the team. He has enjoyed the IPL thoroughly and has 5,386 runs in 193 appearances.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

MS Dhoni Posts Heartfelt Message After Receiving Letter Of Appreciation From PM Narendra Modi

Former India skipper MS Dhoni has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi after receiving a letter of appreciation from him following his retirement. The legendary cricketer brought down curtains on his illustrious international career on August 15, thus ending his 16-year long and highly successful journey with the national team.

MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket as Team India’s most decorated captain, finisher and wicketkeeper-batsman. Ever since he announced his retirement from the game, tributes have been pouring in from all quarters. And one of the most special tributes came from PM Modi. And MS Dhoni also decided to react to it publicly as he thanked the PM for his letter.

“An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes,” he tweeted.

During MS Dhoni’s tenure, the Indian cricket enjoyed one of its best phase. It was under his leadership that India lifted the 2007 T20 World, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. Till date, he is the only captain to have won all the three ICC tournaments.

It was also under his leadership that India became the number one Test side in 2009 and the team stayed at the top for over 600 days. MS Dhoni played 350 ODIs and scored 10,773 runs with the highest score of 183* against Sri Lanka. In 98 T20Is, he amassed 1617 runs at an average of 37.60.

He will be seen in action next when the IPL gets underway next month in UAE. Dhoni has not played competitive cricket since last year’s World Cup semifinal against New Zealand.

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Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Donald Trump, Motera, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, Namste Trump
Donald Trump, Narendra Modi (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Donald Trump Names Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli in His Speech at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium

After landing in India, the United States of America (USA) President, Donald Trump has named the two top Indian cricketers in his speech while addressing the gathering of over one lakh at Ahmedabad. These two names are the former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and present captain Virat Kohli.

The USA President has come in India for the two-day tour on the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The USA President delivered a speech in the Motera Stadium (Gujarat), the largest cricket stadium in the world. Around one lakh people were present to welcome Trump.

Apart from the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly was also present at this special event.

You cheer on great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli: Donald Trump

Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Donald Trump
Donald Trump (Image Credit: Twitter)

During his speech, Trump talked about the sought after Bollywood and Indian cricket. Talking about the famous Indian cricketers, the USA President hailed the legendary Tendulkar and present international cricket star Kohli for their brilliance on the field.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Donald Trump
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

Trump said, “All over the planet people take great joy in watching Bollywood films, bhangra, and classic films like DDLJ and Sholay. You cheer on great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.”

Tendulkar represented the Indian national cricket team from 1989 to 2013. Apart from playing the most number of international matches, and scoring most runs in international cricket history, Tendulkar is also the only cricketer to hit 100 international centuries. He also tops the list in many more record books in cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: AFP)

On the other hand, Kohli is another top successful Indian cricketer. At present, the Indian captain is the No.1 ranked Test and ODI batsman. The right-handed batsman is performing consistently for a long time. He is also a successful captain in international cricket.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

In the meantime, the Motera Stadium will be reopened soon for cricket. The stadium capacity is around 1,10,000, which makes it the largest cricket stadium in the world.

Shahid Afridi, India, Pakistan, Narendra Modi
Shahid Afridi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Narendra Modi Can Ruin the Relationship of India And Pakistan: Shahid Afridi

The cricket world is dearly missing the international bilateral series between India and Pakistan. Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has opened up his thought about the future possibilities of India-Pakistan cricket match.

India-Pakistan match is one of the most awaited cricket matches in international cricket. Due to the high political tensions between the two countries, India and Pakistan are not playing the bilateral cricket series since early 2013. India last time travelled in Pakistan for the international cricket in 2008.

Moreover, India and Pakistan met last time in Test cricket in December 2007 at Bengaluru.

Pakistan players also can’t participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Apart from the inaugural IPL edition in 2008, Pakistan players haven’t been permitted to participate in this tournament.

Since early 2013, India and Pakistan are meeting in international cricket only during the ICC or ACC tournaments. As India and Pakistan are rarely meeting in international cricket, the recent India-Pakistan matches in the big tournaments are getting huge responses.

Shahid Afridi, India vs Pakistan
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On the present condition of the India-Pakistan international cricket, there are different opinions among the cricket experts and former cricketers of these two cricket nations. Recently, Afridi has revealed his thought on this matter.

I think we will not get a response from India until Modi is in power: Shahid Afridi

Afridi has blamed the present Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ruined cricketing ties between India and Pakistan. He feels that they will not get any response from India on this international cricket matter until Modi is at the helm.

Shahid Afridi, India vs Pakistan
Shahid Afridi (Image Credit: Google)

In a recent interview, Shahid Afridi said, “I think we will not get a response from India until Modi is in power. We have all understood his mindset now. His mindset can only take you towards negativity. That one man can ruin the relationship of the two countries which the people on both sides are against.”

Pakistan is currently hosting the entire PSL 2020 at four different venues. Recently, in the early stage of this tournament, especially the Lahore fans have wished to see Team India playing bilateral series in Pakistan.

Last time, India faced Pakistan in international cricket during the league stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (at Manchester on 16th June). India won that match by 89 runs (DLS method).

Shahid Afridi, India vs Pakistan
Image Credit: Twitter

In 2020, India-Pakistan can face each other in the Asia Cup 2020 or the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, later this year.


PM Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina Invited For India vs Bangladesh Test By CAB

The second Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata could see the Prime Ministers of the two countries sharing the stage as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has sent an official invitation to the two Prime Ministers to attend the match, a report in IANS suggests.

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The update has come just a few days after Sourav Ganguly, President of Cricket Association of Bengal, is confirmed to take over as BCCI’ President next week. It is not known whether Ganguly invited the two PMs but since his association has sent the invitations, he might have been in known of things regarding the update.

Indian PM, Shikhar Dhawan, India, Cricket World Cup

Should the Prime Ministers of two countries share the stage, it will be fist time after World Cup 2011 that a visiting PM will watch a match in India. In 2011, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh watched the semi-final of WC with Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani. Inda defeated Pakistan to qualify for the final.

Nothing has been confirmed yet and it remains to be seen if the PMs of two countries come at Eden Gardens next month.

It is to be noted that Sheikh Hasina, on occasions, has been seen in Bangladesh’s matches. She was also present at the stadium when Bangladesh stunned Australia in the second Test of the series in 2017.

Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli put Indian cricket on top

The India-Bangladesh series kicks off with the first T20I to be played in Delhi on November 3. The next two T20Is will be played on November 7 and 10 in Rajkot and Nagpur, respectively. The first Test of the series will be played in Indore from November 14 while Eden Gardens will host the second Test from November 22.

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The last time India hosted Bangladesh in a Test, the hosts won by 208 runs. Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored 204 off 216. It will just the second in time in history that India will host Bangladesh in a Test series.

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