Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has appealed the ball-tampering ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC).Chandimal was suspended for the third and final Test against West Indies after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in the second Test.Chandimal was charged during the Test in St Lucia after video evidence indicated that he was taking sweets out from his pocket, putting them in his mouth, before applying saliva to the ball within the space of a few seconds.According to reports, the appeal depends on what exactly Chandimal had in his mouth when he applied saliva to the ball. He does not remember whether it was cough lozenges or almonds at the time.”After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct, match referee Javagal Srinath said in a statement.Chandimal found guilty of changing the condition of the ball https://t.co/fxrTvPdlrW via @iccICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) June 19, 2018″During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defence and the fact remains it was an artificial substance.To make matters worse for Sri Lanka, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged by the ICC for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.advertisementThe trio were involved in the teams refusal to take the field on the third morning of the test, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play.”If any of the three plead not guilty, then the ICC, as per Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, will appoint a Judicial Commissioner from its Code of Conduct Commission to determine the matter,” ICC said in a statement.”All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.”(With agency inputs)
What time is the Test match between England and India?Day 2 of the first Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.29pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The first Test between India and England will be played from August 1-5.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The first Test between India and England will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham.Also read – India vs England: Coach Ravi Shastri caught napping during Edgbaston TestWhere can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (C), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (W), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid Stuart Broad, James AndersonAlso read – India vs England, 1st Test: We did well as a bowling unit, says ShamiIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (W), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant SharmaOn Day 1, Ravichandran Ashwin was back to doing what he does best — pick wickets — as India completely dominated England in the final session of the the opening Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.Also read – India vs England: Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root with mic drop celebrationadvertisementAshwin picked up four wickets (4/60) as England were reduced to 285/9 at the close of play on the first day. Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets while Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma got one wicket each.Sam Curran 24 and James Anderson (0) were the two England batsmen overnight.Also read – Mohammed Shami returns for India after public spat with Hasin JahanEngland looked like running away with the game with a fourth-wicket partnership of 104 runs between Joe Root (80) and Jonny Bairstow (70) before Virat Kohli fired a direct hit to end the England captain’s stay at the crease.Root’s wicket changed the course of the game as it triggered a collapse after tea with England losing six wickets for 67 runs in the final session.
Rearing its head out of the Pacific Ocean is a hat-shaped island resort that prides itself on offering the ultimate luxury escape.Vatuvara and the neighbouring island of Kaibu in Fiji, about eight miles away, were snapped up by the billionaire founder of Oakley, Jim Jannard, for an undisclosed sum in 2009 and three top-of-the-range villas were built on their sandy shores.The dreamy abodes are available to book, with nightly stays starting at $5,375 (Rs 3,69,040 approx), bringing a week-long break to a grand $37,625 (Rs 25,83,270 approx).The fee is inclusive of roundtrip plane transfers from Fiji’s main international airport. Food and drink is also thrown in and guests are given their own personal masseuses, with spa areas inside each villa.Other features of the luxurious one-bedroom lodges include spacious lounge areas, open-air bathrooms, and private infinity pools.Finishing things off, there are flat-screen TVs, surround-sound stereos and bars stocked with wine and spirits. And so that guests can stay connected, there is high speed WiFi running throughout the properties. Soak in the sunset on the outside deck of the Saku Villa, which is surrounded by tropical beauty.On the activity front, there are water sports on offer, from sailing and kayaking to diving. On land, yoga classes can be arranged and there is a four-hole golf course on the site, complete with a putting green and club pavilion.To get a flavour of local culture, guests can take part in cooking classes and there is Fijian musical entertainment on offer.While the Vatu and Saku villas are listed on Fijivacations.com, their larger sibling, Delana, starts at $7,250 (Rs 4,97,750).advertisementFor those wanting ultimate privacy, the entire Vatuvara resort is also available for private hire.ALSO READ: This winter is your best chance to see Northern Lights in 50 yearsALSO WATCH: Chadar trekking: A paradise for adventure tourists
(Eds: Repeating after correcting dateline) Kolkata, Sep 24 (PTI) Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away Monday after suffering from acute lung infection. Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88. He was 92. He is survived by his daughter and son Subrata Dutta, who is the senior vice-president of All India Football Federation. “His illness began with urinary tract infection on September 10. In a week’s time, his lungs got severely infected with fluid accumulation and couldn’t recover anymore. His passed away at our (Bhowanipore) residence at 4.07am this morning. He would have turned 93 on October 10,” his son Dutta told PTI. One of the most revered administrators of Kolkata Maidan both in football and cricket, Dutt is known to have played an instrumental role in getting a young Dalmiya under his aegis as a Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer in 1977. In fact, Dalmiya till he was alive always acknowledged that he had learnt the ropes of cricket administration from Dutt. Remembering how Dalmiya caught his attention in his first meeting at the Calcutta High Court in early 1970s, Dutt had said: “There was some dispute in the IFA first division league, and Dalmiya moved High Court challenging IFA’s decision. He was an outstanding speaker and he almost convinced the judge in their favour.” However the relationship between mentor and his protege was soured during the 1990 BCCI elections when Dalmiya supported the candidature of senior Congress leader late Madhavrao Scindia.advertisement In one of the most acrimonious BCCI elections to have been ever fought in Kolkata (close second would be 2004), Scindia defeated Dutt, who then retired from active sports administration. But Dalmiya known for his legendary persuasive powers mend fences with his Guru during later years. However his influence in Kolkata maidan was unquestionable and legend has it that Dutt at one point of time had influence over almost 30 clubs in the first and second division. Whenever there would be an election at the Cricket Association of Bengal, Dalmiya would visit his ‘Bishu da’ (as he was fondly known in Maidan circles) for hi “blessings”. In Kolkata maidan terminology, Dutt’s blessings with a candidate meant that voters (member clubs) will not cast their vote anywhere else. “It’s a huge loss for me personally. Our families share a completely different bond. He was a father figure for entire Kolkata Maidan,” Dalmiya’s son Avishek, who is CAB joint-secretary told PTI in his condolence message. Former AIFF secretary Ashoke Ghosh, who was instrumental in India hosting the then coveted Nehru Gold Cup international tournament also began his career him as assistant secretary in Indian Football Association when Dutt was the secretary in 1976. Dutt’s younger brother Pradyot Dutta also became an IFA secretary and later his son Subrata, who is now one of the most influential AIFF official. The Dutt family’s original club is George Telegraph, which is also their business unit dealing in education related verticals. Having served IFA in different capacities in his tenure from 1963-1975, Dutt began his career in cricket administration as CAB secretary in 1977 and became president in 1982, a post he held till 1986. PTI TAP KHSKHSKHS
MS Dhoni took over as the captain of India for the first time after 696 days, since stepping down in January 2017. With Rohit Sharma rested for an inconsequential Super Four match against Afghanistan at Asia Cup 2018 on Tuesday, Dhoni stepped up to take the hat.This is Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand.Even though it’s been more than a year since Dhoni left the limited-overs captaincy, he remains a vital cog in the team and continues to influence the team, giving instructions to young spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.On his return as India captain, Dhoni lost the toss but the decision still went his way as Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan opted to bat.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: LIVE BLOG | LIVE CRICKET SCORE”We were looking to bowl first. Quite a few changes. Both the openers are missing, Bhuvi, Bumrah and Chahal are also missing. Everybody who hadn’t played in this tournament get a chance,” Dhoni announced after the toss.The captains have made their way to the center for the toss!Afghanistan have won the toss and they have decided to bat first!#INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/NqOWqNYkUEAsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 25, 2018India’s playing XI read: KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (C), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed and Siddharth Kaul.Dhoni said that despite the massive changes, the new-look team needs to show the same intensity and get their line and length right.advertisementPlaying XIIndia:Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 25, 2018Also read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationals”They are part of the 15 and are representing India. We’ll have to keep the intensity up. It is important for them to adjust to the line and length they need to bowl.”Dhoni believed it was only destiny that allowed him to captain India for the 200th ODI. Dhoni is India’s most successful captain across formats. Before Tuesday, Dhoni had led India in 199 ODIs out of which he won 110 matches and lost 74.Dhoni therefore became only the third cricketer captain in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zeland’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007.Also read – I’ve learned the most from MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli”I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200. It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters.”Dhoni also needs 95 runs to score 10,000 ODI runs for India.Earlier this month, Dhoni had revealed why he gave up captaincy. He clarified that he wanted the incoming captain Virat Kohli to get enough time as the captain of the Indian team before the 2019 World Cup.”I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by SportsRush at a motivational program organised by the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped Indian”Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time,” Dhoni added.This is a nostalgic moment for Indian cricket fans. Under Dhoni, India won three major ICC tournaments: the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013).
Pakistan’s pace legend Waqar Younis has lavished praise on Virat Kohli and shared some tips on how to handle the India cricket captain.Kohli is currently the best cricketer in the world across formats and Waqar says the world No.1 Test batsman has all the ingredients needed to be among the greats of the game.”He is a fine player, he is another one who is going to be a great like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. I mean he is going to be up there with the very best the game has ever seen,” Waqar said.Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree ever since the disastrous England tour in 2014. Kohli failed miserably in England scoring only 134 runs in 10 Test innings in 2014. But this time Kohli smashed record books and returned home with 593 runs, including two centuries in five Tests.Also read – Rohit Sharma regains 2nd spot, Virat Kohli stays No.1In fact since the 2014 tour, Kohli has played 42 Tests and has aggregated 4292 runs with the help of 17 hundreds and 10 half-centuries.However, Waqar said like every other batsman, Kohli has also got a weakness and tipped bowlers to target the off-stump area when bowling to him.”Well, everyone’s got a weakness and he has been found at times outside the off stump because he likes to drive early on,” Waqar said.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricket”I think as a bowler you have got to be sensible when you are bowling at him. You can’t really challenge him. You have to stick to your plans I guess. And the best plan is if you are an outswing bowler, which I was in my days as a fast bowler in international cricket, I will probably bowl to him outside the off stump and look to take the ball away from him with a bit of short of a length and ask him to drive.advertisement”Probably that’s the only hope I have got but once he gets settled, the conditions don’t really matter because he is such a good player,” Waqar said.Kohli will next be seen in action during the two-match Test series against West Indies at home starting Thursday.
Nayanthara and Trisha are two leading actresses in Kollywood, and they have ruled the roost for over a decade. Today, they are the go-to actresses for women-centric roles.The actresses also share a great rapport with each other andare known to be best friends. Recently, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan watched Trisha and Vijay Sethupathi’s 96 with their friends in Chennai.Vignesh Shivan took to Instagram to share few pics and wrote, “Watched 96 with my bunch of friends last night! Honest attempt from the entire team! Hope u all watch it along wit your friends! (sic)”Here are the photos: Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan with friends Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan with friendsAlong with Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, television anchor-actress Dhivyadharshini, music director Dharan were also present.Nayanthara was seen sporting a white and black checked dress and looked resplendent in it. After watching the film, Dhivyadharshini took to Twitter to share her opinion about the movie.She wrote, “If ur someone who went 2 a co-ed school n someone who purely liked someone in ur school days without knowing wat 2name that feeling then, n now if ur that someone, watching #96theMovie ur Gaali. FAB JOB by each n everyone sply adolescent actors in d movie vry hapy Trisha (sic)”If ur someone who went 2 a co-ed school n someone who purely liked someone in ur school days without knowing wat 2name that feeling then, n now if ur that someone,watching #96theMovie ur GaaliFAB JOB by each n everyone sply adolescent actors in d movie vry hapy TrishaadvertisementDD Neelakandan (@DhivyaDharshini) October 5, 2018Nayanthara and Trisha’s friendship went for a toss, a few years ago. In an earlier interview, the Imaikaa Nodigal actress stated that they lost touch with each other because of their work commitments. Eventually, they revived their friendship and are said to be in good terms with each other now.ALSO SEE | 96 Movie Review: Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha shine in poignant love storyALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, Nayantara
Shreyas Gopal left Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer perplexed before Jos Buttler hammered a 43-ball 59 as Rajasthan Royals crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets to win their first match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. | RR vs RCB – Highlights |Rajasthan Royals had fought hard in their first three matches but ended up second best against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.However, on Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals were determined to secure their first points this season.Chasing a 159-run target, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler got off to a blazing start. The opening pair added 60 for the first wicket for the Royals before Rahane fell to Yuzvendra Chahal in his first over. It was another difficult night for the Royals. After their batsmen failed to chip in and help Parthiv Patel, who top scored with 67, their pacers could not hit the right lengths early on in the RR innings.Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini were expensive but Mohammed Siraj bowled a good first spell, giving away only 5 runs off 2 overs.@josbuttler #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/7YEhwDsuD8IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 2, 2019RCB were hopeful of making further inroads but Steve Smith joined Jos Buttler to foil all of Virat Kohli’s plans. Smith and Buttler added another 44 before Chahal struck again to remove Buttler who was gutted after being well caught out in the deep by Marcus Stonis. At that stage, RR needed only another 55 off 7.2 overs.Smith (38 off just 31 balls) and Rahul Tripathi added 50 runs for the third wicket as Rajasthan Royals ensured Royal Challengers Bangalore stayed winless after four matches in IPL 2019.advertisementEarlier in the evening. after RR won the toss and decided to bowl, Virat Kohli was looking to lay a solid foundation for RCB but he was done in by a terrific googly from Shreyas in his first over. In his next over, Shreyas Iyer struck again to remove AB de Villiers as RCB tottered.At 71 for 2 in the 9th over, it did not look good for RCB but they were banking on Parthiv Patel and Hetmyer to keep them on track for a competitive total. But Shreyas Iyer wasn’t done yet. He came on for his third over and snared Hetmyer with another googly.Luckily for RCB, Parthiv was willing to fight it out. He was involved in a 53-run partnership with Marcus Stoinis and for a while, it did look like Bangalore were headed for a better score than their eventual 158 for 4.Parthiv was easily the best of RCB’s batsmen – his 41-ball 67 was studded with 9 fours and a six while Stoinis, playing his first match for RCB, hit an unbeaten 31 off 28 balls. Moeen Ali hit a quick unbeaten 18 as Royal Challengers Bangalore set RR a 159-run target.Also Read | Shreyas Gopal: The man who loves tormenting Virat Kohli and AB de VilliersAlso Read | IPL 2019: CSK players getting older but wiser too, says Stephen FlemingAlso See:
Prithvi Shaw took his international cricket form to domestic cricket and scored another half century as Mumbai thrashed Hyderabad by 60 runs in a rain-truncated semi-final to move into the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy in Bengaluru on Wednesday.Shaw was ably supported by Shreyas Iyer who remained not out at 55. At the time when the rain stopped play, Mumbai were comfortably placed at 155 in their chase of 247.Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane (17 not out) were at the crease in their unbeaten third wicket stand of 73 runs. From that position, the match could not be resumed as Mumbai won by VJD method.Rohit Sharma fell at 17 runs off Mehdi Hasan’s delivery after Shaw, who has been on a rampaging form, took the bowlers to the cleaners in his 61 runs off 44 innings and played a major part in their opening stand of 73 runs. Shaw’s knock was laced with eight boundaries and two sixes.Watch: Fan invades pitch to hug and kiss Rohit Sharma during Vijay Hazare quarter-finalEarlier in the day, Hyderabad posted a total of 246/8, where Rohit Rayudu starred with a 132-ball 121. However, by the end of the match his solid knock went in vain. Rohit Rayudu’s innings was studded with eight boundaries and four sixes.Hyderabad had a dismal start with openers Tanmay Agarwal (11) and Akshath Reddy (7) returning to the pavilion early.Rayudu and Bavanaka Sandeep (29) then stitched a vital 50-run stand for the third wicket. Tail-ender Mehdi Hasan made 23 off 17 to help Hyderabad put on board a respectable total.For Mumbai, Tushar Deshpande was the leading wicket-taker with three wickets for 55 runs and Royston Dias bagged two for 43. Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivam Dubey and Shams Mulani snapped a wicket each.advertisementMumbai will face the winner of the second semi-final between Delhi and Jharkhand, which will take place in Bengaluru on Thursday.Brief Scores:Mumbai 155/2 (Prithvi Shaw 61, Shreyas Iyer 55 not out; Mehdi Hassan 2/23) beat Hyderabad 246/8 (Rohit Rayudu 121 not out, Bavanaka Sandeep 29; Tushar Deshpande 3/55) by 60 runs (VJD Method).(With PTI inputs)
Seoul, Nov 12 (IANS) Samsung Electronics Co plans to launch its first foldable smartphone in March, along with a fifth-generation (5G) network-powered Galaxy S10, industry sources said on Monday.According to the sources, the South Korean tech giant plans to unveil the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone in February, followed by the presumed foldable Galaxy F and another edition of the Galaxy S10 that runs on the 5G network in March, Yonhap news agency reported.The outlook came after Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin, who heads the mobile business, said last week that the company will release a foldable smartphone within the first half of 2019. Koh said the shipment volume of the foldable smartphone will be at least 1 million.Industry watchers said Samsung is expected to showcase the upcoming foldable smartphone in the Mobile World Congress in February, ahead of the official launch in the following month.The much-awaited foldable smartphone, however, is not expected to support the 5G network.While the price of the foldable smartphone has not been decided, industry watchers said it may cost around 2 million won ($1,770). The steep price is expected to limit sales.Samsung said the upcoming foldable smartphone will fold inward and will sport a 7.4-inch screen when unfolded and have a 4.6-inch display like a regular smartphone when folded.–IANSksc/na/mr
Nathan McCullum dismissed reports of his own death with a tweet on Saturday. Rumours were doing the rounds on social media suggesting that Nathan McCullum had died due to complications in hospital.”Nathan Leslie McCullum (born September 1, 1980) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who represented New Zealand in Twenty20 international and One Day internationals,” a statement from the NZ Cricket FanHub wrote.”This evening, his wife Vannessa announced that he had passed away. RIP NATHAN,” the tweet added.Nathan McCullum responded to the false news with a selfie posted from his Twitter account.”I am alive and kicking more than ever before,” he tweeted.”Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all.”I am alive and kicking more than ever before. Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all. pic.twitter.com/WZ1nuX4LUoNathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) December 1, 2018His younger brother, Brendon McCullum, said that his “heart broke” when he heard the news, but corrected that was not the case.”Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow,” Brendon tweeted.Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.advertisementBrendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 1, 2018Heath Mills, the New Zealand Players Association chief executive, told media that he had been contacted from cricketers in India who had heard the false reports. He said that he even called Nathan McCullum himself to make sure.”I have to say, my heart was racing before he picked up,” Mills said.He said McCullum had spent the day at a bowls event in Auckland and was “very much alive”.Nathan McCullum has represented New Zealand in 84 ODIs and 63 T20Is, scoring 1070 and 299 runs respectively. He has also picked up 63 and 53 ODI and T20I wickets respectively.Nathan McCullum has played for Pune Warriors India (in 2011, 2 matches) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (in 2016, didn’t play a single match) in the Indian Premier League.
Facebook users in India were noticed getting connected more during the time of festivals, events like Kerala flood and cricket in 2018, according to the social media giant.The company’s 2018 review report said that India set Facebook buzzing on festivals in 2018 with Janmashtami, Eid-al-adha, Pongal, and Navratri driving the most conversations on the platform.Topics in India that were talked the most on Facebook in 2018 Indian community gathered in large numbers on the social media platform when the disastrous flood hit Kerala, lending support and help to the victims.Facebook was used as a medium to connect the victims to their relatives for help and informing about their safety through features like safety check tool, live, creating a page and raising funds.Cricket continued to rule the hearts of Indian sports fans on Facebook as it became one of the most popular topics on the platform.Millions of football fans from India came together during the FIFA football World Cup 2018 to support their favourite teams.After Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise, several users were seen coming together to express their sadness on the platform.Global topics that were talked the most on Facebook in 2018Topics such as International Women’s Day, March for our lives, and The Royal Wedding became the most discussed topic internationally in 2018.The International Women’s Day was the most talked about moment of the year in a row.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19 connected about 42 million people from around the world, posting about the wedding and the newly wedded.advertisementJuly 18 marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born and millions of people took to the platform to celebrate his life which was dedicated to human rights and social justice.Also read: Future of surgery: Robots performing C-sections will soon become a realityInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Marin Cilic overcame a pair of match points – including one double-faulted away by Fernando Verdasco – and a two-set deficit for a 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8), 6-3 victory in the Australian Open’s third round.The No. 6-seeded Cilic, last year’s runner-up at Melbourne Park and the 2014 U.S. Open champion, saved a match point at 7-6 in the fourth-set tiebreaker with a service winner, then watched as Verdasco gave away another chance to win at 8-7 by failing to put a serve in play. Cilic then grabbed a 3-0 lead in the fifth set and held on to complete the comeback.It’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has won a match after dropping the opening two sets. He also did it in the third round of the previous Grand Slam tournament – against Alex de Minaur at the U.S. Open in September.It was well worth staying up for @cilic_marin #AusOpen #SleepIsForTheWeak pic.twitter.com/oaRwAA0q58#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019What victory means after four hours and eighteen minutes!@cilic_marin #AusOpen #AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/wBKyFjCy83#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Cilic now faces No. 22 Roberto Bautista-Agut, who eliminated No. 10 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.Comeback levelTwo sets to love and match point down, @cilic_marin survives Fernando Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 7-6(8) 6-3 to reach the 4R for the 6th time.#AusOpen #GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/i5WDNlbawH#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019
David Beckham called his former team LA Galaxy his “family” and thanked Los Angeles for embracing him at the unveiling of his statue before the Major League Soccer club’s season-opener on Saturday.The statue, a first for an MLS player, honours the former England captain who was the first big European name to join the league, boosting its popularity and paving the way for other global stars to make the leap.Beckham won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 during his six years and 98 appearances with the Galaxy.”Our city, our home,” Beckham said outside the Galaxy’s home stadium, the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, before their opener against the Chicago Fire.”From day one when my family arrived in this city, we felt at home and for that we will be forever grateful.”When I talk about LA Galaxy and when I talk about LA, I talk about it as family because it is a big family.”Forever in #LAGalaxy history.#BeckhamStatue | #Since96 pic.twitter.com/sHsIehk2ytLA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 3, 2019The statue unveiling came a day after Beckham helped open a soccer field for underprivileged youth in downtown Los Angeles.”Taking care of the next generation of soccer stars in this country is really important and we did it in a community that really needed support and a safe environment for children,” added 43-year-old Beckham, his parents and wife Victoria among the audience.Former Galaxy team mate Robbie Keane paid tribute to Beckham as a loyal friend and family man.advertisement”The David Beckham the public know is a global superstar and icon throughout the world,” said Keane.”But the one I know is even better.”Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant also gave a video-taped tribute to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham, the owner of expansion side Inter Miami CF, which is set to join the MLS in 2020.”He was the first truly big name to come to the states and really draw attention to the sport,” said the former Los Angeles Lakers forward.Also Watch:
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Rahul Chahar, saying the teenage leg-spinner has been making good use of the opportunities in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. DC vs MI, IPL 2019 – Report | Highlights Rohit revealed Mumbai Indians were keen on giving Rahul Chahar an opportunity as early as last year. The 19-year-old has been in fine form in the ongoing season of IPL, getting the crucial breakthroughs for Mumbai.On Thursday, Rahul Chahar shone with the ball, picking up the crucial wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and captain Shreyas Iyer as Mumbai Indians restricted Delhi Capitals to 128 for 9 while defending a 169-run target. Chahar finished with figures of 19 for 3 from his four-over quota to help Mumbai Indians climb to the second spot of the IPL points table.Chahar, who had made his IPL debut for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, has played only nine matches in the Twenty20 league but the youngster is showing signs of a matured spinner. He has picked up six wickets in as many matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019 at a miserly economy rate of 6.50.Revealing Rahul Chahar is good while bowling to left-handers as well, Rohit said: “It’s something that he’s been working on. He was part of the team last year, but never got to play. At some stage, we wanted to get him in. He’s shown the right kind of attitude, and he’s very smart in terms of what he wants to execute. Those breakthroughs were good. He’s very confident bowling to left-handers too. If you show confidence in him as captain, he will deliver.”advertisement3/19 (4)Rahul Chahar’s leg-breaks have helped us stay in the game! Special performance on a special nightLIVE updates: https://t.co/oUUJIwLxwv#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #DCvMI @rdchahar1 pic.twitter.com/dSKMt5Ikf6Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 18, 2019Mumbai Indians finished strong on what was a sluggish wicket with an invariable bounce at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, thanks to some power hitting by the Pandya brothers.While Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes and two boundaries in his 15-ball 32 and walked away with the Man of the Match award, Krunal made 37 off 26 balls. Mumbai Indians collected 50 runs off the last three overs to post 168 on the board.Delhi Capitals got a strong start as they posted 48 for 0 in the powerplay overs but they were never able to recover from Rahul Chahar’s triple strike. Rishabh Pant, who has the firepower to tear into opposition attacks, was removed early by a Jasprit Bumrah beauty. Mumbai never let Delhi come back into the match as they bowled 11 overs of spin on the sluggish track.”After the first two overs, we thought 140 was a good score. That’s the chat Quinny and I had, and then luckily for us, we had wickets in hand, and we could use our power-hitters to get some runs in the last few overs. We knew we had quality in our spinners, and they executed it perfectly,” Rohit said.Also Read | Kedar Jadhav needs a few good IPL knocks going into World Cup: BhaveAlso See:
The appointment of women’s head coach WV Raman in controversial circumstances will be reviewed by BCCI Ombudsman and Ethics Officer DK Jain, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided in a meeting here on Saturday.Former India opener Raman was appointed in December following a selection process conducted by an ad-hoc panel comprising former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.However, the then two-member CoA comprising chairman Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji were strongly divided on the coach selection process.While Rai had approved the appointment, Edulji called the entire process a “sham and unconstitutional”, saying the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, which had requested for more time, was entrusted with the responsibility of picking the coach.Four months later, the matter has been referred to the Ombudsman.”We have referred the matter to the Ombudsman and it will be his call whether the appointment will need to be reviewed or not,” a BCCI official told PTI after the meeting here.Performances under Raman have been a mixed bag with the team doing well in beating New Zealand and reigning World Cup champions England in the ICC ODI Championship. However, the results in the T20 format have a left a lot to be desired after a 0-3 scoreline against hosts New Zealand as well as the visiting England side.The 53-year-old from Chennai was given charge of the team after the unceremonious exit of Ramesh Powar.The BCCI had invited fresh applications for the job after Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended in November in rather controversial circumstances.advertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed CoA had been divided over the selection process ever since fresh applications were invited.Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues during the World T20 in the West Indies.Powar decided to re-apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner but was overlooked for the job.Also Read | Rahul Dravid front-runner for NCA head coach after BCCI decides to invite applications
The timings of IPL playoffs beginning May 7 are likely to be preponed by 30 minutes to ensure matches don’t stretch past midnight, as seen in a few games this season.”We have spoken to the broadcasters and most likely, the playoffs will have a 7.30 PM start instead of 8 PM,” a BCCI official told PTI after a COA meeting here on Saturday.Games going beyond midnight has attracted criticism from fans while experts like former England captain Michael Vaughan have slammed over rate of teams in the competition.Four captains including Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli have been fined Rs 12 lakh each for maintaining a slow over rate.In the 2018 edition, the playoffs had a 7 PM start.Qualifier 1 of IPL 2019 will be played in Chennai on May 7, Eliminator and Qualifier 2 in Vizag on May 8 and 10 while the final will be held in Hyderabad on May 12.Also Read | Dhoni, Jadeja pretty sick, both are unwell: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso Read | Time for Hitman to join the Avengers: Hardik in awe of Rohit after MI thrash CSKAlso See
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla retired hurt after a blow to the helmet in the opening match of World Cup 2019 against hosts England at The Oval on Thursday. Jofra Archer rattled Amla when he hit the opening batsman on the grill with a bouncer that clocked 144.8kph – after copping the blow, Amla immediately took his helmet off.For a brief while, Hashim Amla looked fine but then he walked off the field rubbing his forehead. Replays showed Amla had only 0.47 seconds to reach to a furious bouncer from Archer who made his way to the England World Cup squad after impressing in T20 leagues around the world.Jofra Archer continued his fiery spell to dismiss Aiden Markram and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis.Jofra Archer was not named in England’s provisional squad but was selected in the final side of 15 after he showed the team what he was capable of in the series against Pakistan.Amla is hit by an Archer bouncer so has to walk off to get checked. Meanwhile, Aiden Markram has come out to bat in his place. #ENGvSA LIVE https://t.co/nH52002J64 pic.twitter.com/hnBKs20jwLCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 30, 2019Jofra Archer’s inclusion for the World Cup in the 11th hour meant David Willey had to miss out but England would not have wanted to miss out on Archer’s raw pace which stunned and shocked several batsmen during the Indian Premier League in far less helpful conditions for speedsters.On Thursday, Jofra Archer shared the new ball with Chris Woakes after Ben Stokes’s 89 helped England to 311 for 8. In his 2nd over, Archer showed why his brute pace would scare a lot of batsmen this World Cup. The physio came out to check on Hahim Amla immediately after and it was decided it was best for him to leave the field and go for a thorough check-up.advertisementIn the 2019 Indian Premier League, Jofra Archer impressed with 11 wickets from 11 matches at an economy rate of 6.76. In the World Cup, Archer will be expected to play a key role for England who have yet to win the trophy.Also Read | Ravi Shastri gets nostalgic as India begin World Cup 2019 journeyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan 1st England cricketer to play 200 ODIsAlso See
With the rising interest of women in adventure sports, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is mulling over the idea of having an all-women mountaineering team.An ITBP official here said: “We have observed that women personnel are showing keen interest in adventure sports such as mountain climbing and trekking. A group of 14 women undertook an advanced course training in mountaineering from the Mountain and Skiing Institute (M&SI) in Auli, Uttarakhand. There is an idea to have a dedicated all-women mountaineering team.”These women, between the age group of 20 and 30 years, underwent an extensive and rigorous training for six weeks at the institute, where they learned about the techniques of mountaineering and trekking and also how to carry out search and rescue operations in difficult and hostile conditions.As a part of their advanced training course, they also successfully climbed an unnamed peak around 17,000 ft high near Mana post in Uttarakhand.”They have been imparted various trainings including rock craft, ice craft and snow craft besides survival techniques in high altitudes,” officials added.They also undertook a cleanliness drive around the Badrinath Temple and the Alaknanda ghats in Uttarakhand.ITBP Deputy Inspector General Aparna Kumar had set the trend by completing ‘Seven Summits’ challenge by scaling Mount Denali peak in North America on June 30.The ITBP started recruiting women personnel in January 2017 and since then these personnel have been posted along the India-China border from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh. It has also opened combat roles for women officers.ALSO READ | How ITBP braved avalanche risk, stench of bodies to recover remains of Nanda Devi climbersALSO READ | 2 Indians die in Mount Everest traffic jam. Mountaineer’s photo goes viralALSO WATCH | This California couple just tied the knot atop Mount Everestadvertisement