Not too long ago, Shamita Shetty was trolled heavily on social media by many for misbehaving with a fan. This further led to the actress taking to the platform to clarify on the matter wherein she explained that she was in inexplicable pain during the moment and was anxious about reaching on time. And now, she has received support from her actress-sister Shilpa Shetty Kundra and also the latter’s hubby Raj Kundra on Instagram.
It is a known fact that a video of Shamita Shetty adjusting the camera for a fan who was struggling to click a selfie went viral on varied platforms. It was followed by a heavy backlash with many calling out the actress of her inappropriate behavior with a fan. While the actress clarified on the matter wherein she revealed that she was undergoing a treatment for slip disc during that time and was in pain, her sister Shilpa Shetty has now extended support to her sister and asked her to ignore judgmental people.
In the comment section, Shilpa commented on Shamita’s post saying, “Judgements are a confession of ones own character.. @shamitashetty_official do your own karma .. this is part and parcel of our life.. lots of pros a few cons.” On the other hand, it was followed by another comment made by Shamita’s brother-in-law [Shilpa’s husband] Raj Kundra wherein he said, “Don’t explain and don’t complain best philosophy haters will hate thats their job! Keep rocking.”
Shamita Shetty had confessed that she was suffering from slip disc when she took to Instagram to share the post. She had written a long note along with posting a series of articles that were bashing her for her misbehavior. She had said, “I was rushing out of the place with an emergency to attend too, with a slip disc in my neck .. I don’t wanto get into details of that but I still complied with a photo to my fans waiting there but it was taking so long that I was getting impatient…I can’t walk around with a board that I’m under medical treatment for a very painful neck slip disc but try to keep a smile on my face & did take pic n helped her take the pic as she was struggling with the right lighting.” (sic)
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She soon started getting modeling offers and modeled for various brands while she was still studying in school. She also got associated with theatre from a very young age.
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Former West Indies team manager Ricky Skerritt has announced his intention to challenge Dave Cameron for the position of CWI president.
Skerritt, 62, who is currently president of the St Vincent & The Grenadines Cricket Association, has previously been a cabinet minister and senator in the national assembly of St Kitts and Nevis and has also served as minister of tourism. He currently sits on the CWI board and has an MSc from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
He will run for election alongside Dr Kishore Shallow, a 35-year-old entrepreneur and director of CWI, who is running for the role of vice-president. Both candidates’ nominations were supported by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board and Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board. It would appear to represent a significant threat to Cameron’s future.
While the pair have produced a 10-point plan that includes cricket-specific issues such as modernising coach education, a new approach to selection, greater emphasis at Under-19 and Under-23 levels and increased funding for the sport at grassroots level, it is clear that a distrust of Cameron lies at the heart of their challenge.
In particular, the pair allege that Cameron plans to install himself as “a full-time executive” president, which demonstrates his “personal thinking” is “diametrically opposed to the values of West Indies cricket”.
“After six years as president, Dave Cameron’s intention to implement sweeping changes to the democratic process of decision-making within West Indies cricket is troubling,” Skerritt said in a statement. “His desire to lead CWI as a full-time executive, is not reflective of the West Indies cricket ethos.
“By advancing his plans for an autocratic leadership structure, which marginalises the role of commercially recruited executives, the incumbent has placed his personal thinking diametrically opposed to the values of West Indies cricket.”
Skerritt and Shallow have confirmed that they will also propose a six-year term limit on the presidency. “I am convinced that a presidential term limit will remove much of the uncertainty and anxiety caused by the cricket politics and excesses that too often surround the office of president,” Shallow said.
Cameron was approached for comment by ESPNcricinfo but declined to comment. The CWI elections take place in Jamaica on March 24. A total of 12 votes, two each for six member territories, are at stake.
Bangladesh have had several standout individualperformers in World Cup matches, starting with Minhajul Abedin and Khaled Mahmud, who won Player-of-the-Match awards in the 1999 tournament, against Scotland and Pakistan respectively. Six others have also been Player of the Match – Mohammad Ashraful and Imrul Kayes twice each.
Mohammad Rafique, Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain have performed strongly in crucial games. Mashrafe Mortaza nips Habibul Bashar as captain in my XI, having taken the team to the knockouts of the tournament for the first time, in 2015.
A few years ago, after another stunning performance in club cricket, Collis King – by then well into his 60s and hobbling around on knees held together by Blu Tack and prayer – remarked “I always said I’d retire when my eye had gone. My knees have gone, my ankles have gone but my eye… it’s never gone.”
Maybe it is the same for Chris Gayle.
There were periods of this innings when he looked like an old man who had played for a year or five too many. He can hardly run (there were only two twos in his entire innings), he looked exhausted long before the end and, for the first 15 or so overs, when other openers might be taking advantage of the field, he could barely lay bat on ball. Had he been caught by Jason Roy – as he surely should have been – when he had just 9, there may well have been questions asked about his future: that drop came off his 33rd ball. Until then, he really had looked awful. One wag in the press box even labelled him “Universe Dross”.
At that stage, there were whispers about Gayle’s suitability for the World Cup campaign. Indeed, his pre-series press conference – the one in which he declared himself “the greatest player in the world” and “the Universe Boss” – is understood to have irritated some in the higher echelons of CWI. The board felt his comments about retiring after the World Cup showed some presumption about his place in that squad. He is 39, after all, and hadn’t played an ODI since July. He hadn’t scored an ODI century against a team other than UAE or Zimbabwe since 2013; he hadn’t scored one against England since 2006. Time catches up with everyone.
But he does have nearly 10,000 ODI runs. And he does have 24 ODI centuries. Which is as many as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy combined. And he does, on the surface at least, appear to have remarkable quantities of self-belief.
And such is that self-confidence, he trusted himself to make up for lost time. He continued to believe, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, that if batted for long enough, the fluency would return and his acceleration would provide the innings his side required.
He was almost vindicated, too. Almost. He hit his first six of his 37th ball and, by the time he had faced 122, he had added 11 more. That’s 12 in 86 deliveries. At one stage he hit four in six balls (excluding wides) and seven in 21, with his second 50 taking just 24 balls. With his team-mates adding another 11 sixes between them, West Indies set a new record for an ODI innings. Fifteen came off the spin duo of Moeen Ali (nine, including four in his final over) and Adil Rashid (six). It was, eventually, wonderfully destructive.The package Gayle brings with him is not entirely positive, though. His lack of mobility in the field is a throwback to Victorian days
“It’s one of the best innings,” he told Sky afterwards, “because if you look at my international career, in one-day cricket, I haven’t started like that.
“I used a bit of experience. It took me a while to get my first boundary. But I stuck at it and eventually like in life, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
There is nothing especially clever or pretty in the way Gayle attacks these days. He basically clears his front leg, makes no attempt to keep the ball on the ground – there were only three fours in his innings – and hits mightily, brutally, fantastically hard. He is a large man with long reach, so the same stroke – which might owe something to baseball – seems to work for the full ball, short ball, back-of-a-length ball and bouncer be they on off stump or leg.
Nine of his sixes were in the arc between long-on and square leg; two were over long-off; one, ridiculously, flew off the edge and over third man; it had been aimed in the direction of midwicket. They weren’t small sixes, either. Five times, he hit the ball so far out of the ground in the direction of the harbour that a new one was required.
Perhaps England’s bowlers could have mixed it up more or cramped him for room. Perhaps they became rattled by the ferocity of the assault; they conceded 15 wides as they tried to stretch him outside his favoured hitting zone. But they are not the first to lose their way in the teeth of the Gayle and, with his World Cup place now assured, they may not be the last.
The package Gayle brings with him is not entirely positive, though. His lack of mobility in the field – really, it’s a throwback to Victorian days – is a major problem, while his inability to run does not just reduce his own scoring opportunities. He is unable to take the second or third runs his partners may be capable of making and thus increases the pressure upon them. While he might argue he can compensate for that weakness, he will know the very best ODI players – and you have only to think of the speed of MS Dhoni between the wickets – can both hit sixes and scamper quick ones and twos.
The fact that Gayle played out 55 dot balls before reaching his century will, more often than not, cost his team. Jason Roy, by comparison, faced 18 dot balls in making his century.
There are huge issues inherent in Gayle’s approach. If he fails having eaten up a dozen or so overs at the start of the innings, he puts his side at a significant disadvantage in having wasted Powerplay opportunities. Here he didn’t hit a boundary until the 15th over of the innings. By the time he was out, he had faced 65 dot balls; the same number of deliveries Roy needed for his hundred. And even if he does come through that tough start, can anyone’s acceleration justify the risk of failure or the difficulty in running between the wickets?
It was noticeable, too, that while Liam Plunkett conceded four sixes in 14 balls against Gayle and Moeen five from 34 balls, Chris Woakes didn’t concede more than a single from any of the 15 balls he bowled at him. “I knew which bowlers to target,” he said afterwards. “I thought the guys utilised the new ball very well.”
The lesson? The best bowlers – and Woakes is clearly England’s best ODI bowler – might be able to keep him subdued at this stage of his career. He can pulverise anything less than that. This was an innings that exposed weaknesses within the England attack. But it was, remember, his first ODI century against a team who will be at the 2019 World Cup since 2013.
It would be simplistic to blame Gayle for this result. For one thing England’s batsmen deserve credit for their highest successful ODI chase and for another his colleagues dropped at least six chances. On another day, he could have won the Man of the Match award. He played, for sure, an outrageous, incredible and entertaining innings. But it wasn’t a match-winning innings and, in a team sport, that’s what it’s all about.
There has been a demand that India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup, which begins May 30 in England.
Prasad refrained from outrightly calling for a boycott of the India-Pakistan World Cup match and said it is upto the BCCI and the International Cricket Council to assess the situation and take a call accordingly. (Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said those demanding Pakistan’s boycott in the upcoming cricket World Cup are “justified” to some extent given that things are not normal between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack.
Ever since 40 CRPF personnel were killed in what was the deadliest terror strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir, there has been a demand that India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup, which begins May 30 in England.
The two neighbours are drawn to clash on June 16 at Old Trafford and might square off again in the knockout stage.
“I cannot make any comment (on cricket issues) except to say those who are demanding it have some justification. You can see many films and concerts have been cancelled. Things are not normal,” Prasad, who also holds the portfolio of Information and Technology, told ‘India Today’.
“If things are not normal, the jhappiyan-pappiyan (hugs and kisses) issues have always been there,” he said.
However, he refrained from outrightly calling for a boycott of the match and said it is upto the BCCI and the International Cricket Council to assess the situation and take a call accordingly.
“Since it’s an international tournament, the ICC and our Indian cricket board (BCCI) have to take a call after consideration with our security establishment,” he said.
“But I don’t wish away their concern. It’s time to say no. Mr Imran Khan had no word of condolence for those who were killed,” he added, referring to the Pakistan Prime Minister’s address on Tuesday, in which he sought actionable evidence from India while denying Pakistan’s involvement in the attack.
The BCCI has maintained that it would follow the government guidelines on bilateral cricket with Pakistan. The ICC, on its part, said that it does not foresee the World Cup schedule getting affected by the current turmoil.
The prominent voices that have called for a suspension of cricket ties are senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and pacer Mohammed Shami.
Bilateral cricket between the two countries has not been held since 2012. But the two nations have clashed regularly at global meets, the most recent of such face-offs being the Asia Cup games in the UAE last year.
The other fallout of the Pulwama terror attack was Pakistan being ousted from the shooting World Cup which gets underway in the national capital from Saturday. Pakistan’s shooting federation has claimed that its marksmen were denied visas by India.
Also, various state cricket associations across the country are removing or covering pictures and portraits of Pakistani cricketers from their respective facilities. It all started with the Cricket Club of India covering a picture of Imran Khan at their restaurant.
Alyssa Healy had attempted a 64-metre catch just before the record but was unsuccessful (ICC T20 World Cup Twitter)
Alyssa Healy caught the ball which was dropped from a drone 80 metres high
Healy set the record at the MCG to promote the start of 2020 ICC T20 World Cup
The the record was previously held by Kristan Baumgartner of England in 2016
Australian women’s cricket team wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy on Thursday set a new Guinness World Record for the highest catch of a cricket ball ever taken by any player in the sport.
Healy successfully completed the catch after the ball was dropped from a drone, 80 metres above the Melbourne Cricket Ground to claim the record which was previously held by Kristan Baumgartner of England in 2016.
Fomer England captain Nasser Hussain had first set the record after successfully grabbing on to the ball which was dropped from 49 metres at the Lord’s Cricket Ground before it was broken by Baumgartner.
Healy, who has won the T20 World Cup four times with the Southern Stars, took part in the promotional event for the tournament which will be held next year in Australia.
“It’s a nice correlation between what the ICC and Cricket Australia are trying to work towards in breaking the world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture for the final on International Women’s Day,” Healy said
“It was a thrill to be part of a world record so, for everyone out there in Australia and around the world that wants to do the same thing, it’s easy for everyone to jump online and buy tickets to be part of something special. Hopefully the whole of Australia get behind it!” she added.
The 28-year-old had attempted a 64-metre catch before the record but was unsuccessful.
“After I didn’t get a hand on the first practice and then the next one went straight through my gloves there was cause for concern. You don’t get the cue from the ball going up in the air off the bat and it was swinging a lot on the way down because it just gets dropped.
“As you can tell in the video, it was pure elation to get it, I didn’t want everyone to come and not get the record so when I’d secured it in the gloves I carried on like a bit of a pork chop, but overjoyed to break the record,” Healy explained.
The Southern Stars will face India in the opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup at the Sydney Showground on February 21 next year.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav seem to be the pair made in heaven. The two wrist spinners have turned out to be the blessing for the team leading up to the 2019 World Cup. Such has been their reputations that even oppositions remain on their toes while facing the duo. Under Virat Kohli, the India team had found immense success in ODI cricket of late – winning the bilateral series in South Africa (5-1), Australia (2-1) and New Zealand (4-1). Meanwhile, much credit goes to the spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep.
We look out for wickets, always – Chahal
It was during 2017 when both emerged on the scene as regular starters. As India faced wicket-crises in the middle-overs with Ashwin and Jadeja failing to create an impact; the inclusion of both the spinners turned the tables around. Since then, the ace-spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja have been out of the team, and Chahal-Kuldeep is ruling the world cricket.
Both Ashwin and Jadeja got dropped from the ODI team in 2017. Image Courtesy: Getty
Yuzvendra Chahal, known for his guile and control said he and Kuldeep Yadav are the wicket-taking bowlers in the team. The leg-spinner added they as a pair has the freedom to go for the wickets and are successful thus far.
“We possess a lot of variations between us. Even when we are going for runs, the mandate is that we have to go for wickets as that can dent the opposition. We have the freedom to go for wickets and always go for them. In the middle overs, if you keep chipping in with wickets you can cover even if you have gone for runs early on,” Chahal told Hindustan Times daily.
Someone like Kedar is important – Yuzvendra
Kedar’s presence is beneficial to us, says Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Courtesy: Getty
With the 2019 World Cup approaching, the onus will fall on them to pick wickets at crucial junctures. Meanwhile, Chahal noted the presence of Kedar Jadhav as a part-timer helps the cause too. Even though anyone can go for runs in an odd game, Jadhav can compensate by getting handy scalps.
“… someone like Kedar is important. He can give you the sixth bowler’s option, can fill in overs if someone is going for runs and can also be given full quota if need arises,” Chahal said.
“He has a different action and has a lot of variations. His deliveries stay low and are difficult to score of as the batsmen can’t get underneath them.”
As of now, both Chahal and Kuldeep will be in action during the Australia series, which begins on February 24th in Vizag.
Not only cricketers but their families’ workload also rise up with the start of IPL tournaments as people contact them to get tickets for IPL matches. One such event was narrated by Indian pacer Ishant Sharma’s wife Pratima Sharma, who was contacted by a fan on social media for an IPL match ticket. Pratima, who is a professional basketball player, shared a screenshot of a message received by her.
In the message, a fan asks Pratima if he can get an IPL match ticket. Pratima replied that he can get it on Paytm. Have a look at the photo below.
Pratima also talked about the plight of cricketers’ family during IPL due to requests for match tickets. “For the world its yey !!! IPL is coming, for cricketers and their family OMG IPL is coming !! Log Tickets le liye phone karenge, Tickets maangege , tickets – tickets – tickets”, she wrote.
Ishant Sharma was not part of last year’s IPL as he went unsold in the auction. However this time, he has been bought by Delhi franchise for Rs. 1 crore. While the pacer is not going to be part of World Cup 2019, he will be looking to perform nicely in IPL 2019 so as to hope for a place in the national team post the World Cup.
CHENNAI: The BCCI, on the insistence of CoA chief Vinod Rai, has prepared a draft note which wants the International Cricket Council to bar Pakistan from the upcoming World Cup to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board. While this is unprecedented, such a move will put serious question marks over India’s chances of hosting future ICC events, including the World T20 in 2021 and the 2023 World Cup.
The note is understood to have been drafted by Rai with CEO Rahul Johri entrusted with the job of informing the ICC and the host board. Initially, the note was supposed to be sent to ICC CEO David Richardson and tournament director Steve Elworthy on Thursday. It was put on hold after Rai’s colleague at the CoA, Diana Edulji wanted to discuss it officially in a meeting which is scheduled to take place on Friday.
After the meeting on Friday, the BCCI is expected to consult the Union Sports Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs before arriving at a decision. As of now the, the BCCI has been barred from playing bilateral series against Pakistan.
While there has been no directives from the Centre, it is not clear why Rai took the decision to draft such a note, considering that chances of ICC entertaining such a call are remote. Rai is understood to have gone by the mood of the nation in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. The BCCI note to the ICC is based on the lines that Pakistan is supporting terrorism and has to be isolated.
It is not clear whether the BCCI will pursue the issue further if its legal team advises against it. There are chances it will not, since the ICC has never barred its own member from participating in a world event on geopolitical grounds. Moreover, even the old guards of the BCCI believe none of the other countries will support the move and at best, the Indian board can only lodge a protest. For the ICC, this wouldn’t be good news considering that Indo-Pak fixtures top their charts in terms of commercial value as well as interest among fans.
While it is possible for India to forfeit its group stage fixture against Pakistan, asking for an extreme step is not expected to be received well by the ICC. While former captain Sourav Ganguly called for all sporting ties be suspended with Pakistan, 1983 World Cup winner Sunil Gavaskar and former wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer have called on India to play against Pakistan and defeat them fair and square.