Shivashish Mishra Is The New Captain Of The House


New Delhi: 

Bigg Boss announced the new captaincy task sansani khez khulasa in last night’s episode, which definitely brought in some spice to the game. In today’s episode, the contestants continued with the second phase of the task. The Bigg Boss house found its new captain, Shivashish Mishra, who managed to get a strong lead over Deepak Thakur (with whom he was competing in the captaincy task). Post the captaincy task winner was announced, Dipika Kakar made a shocking revelation. Dipika revealed that she saved herself from “casting couch”. Surbhi rants about Sresanth to Deepak and calls him a “terrible person.” She later gets into a fight with Deepak, Romil, Sreesanth, Saurabh and Jasleen. After the fight, Surbhi breaks down in the washroom where Khan sisters and Srishty rode come to console her.

It was also time for the Kalkhothri nominations and most of the contestants have Surbhi’s name on their minds. Jasleen and Shivashish have a discussion over who they should be nominating for the Kaalkothri. Surbhi nominates Jasleen while The Khan sisters, Jasleen and Deepak nominate her. Karanvir Bohra nominates Romil for Kaalkothri.

The twist in the tale arrives when Bigg Boss announces that Shivashish, as captain, has a special power. Using his power Shivashish can save someone and instead send someone else to Kaalkothri. Without second thoughts, Shivashish saves Romil and sends Dipika in his place. Dipika, Sreesanth and Surbhi are sent to the Kaalkothri but the decision does not go down well with Sreesanth.





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Former England Captain Feels This Pakistan Bowler Would Make Him ‘Soil His Pants’


As Australia were being decimated at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the world took notice of Pakistan’s newest pace sensation Mohammad Abbas. Aged 28, Abbas is not a teenage tearaway pacer creating ripples on the world circuit. Having worked as a welder and a leather factory labourer in Pakistan, Abbas’ hard work on and off the cricket field is finally paying dividends. So much so that former England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to pay a huge compliment to the right-arm fast bowler.

After Abbas wreaked havoc on Australia, Vaughan said that the Pakistani was the sort of bowler who would get him out “every time within about 6 balls” and make him soil his pants.

Abbas has been Pakistan’s most successful bowler since making his Test debut in the West Indies last year, taking 54 wickets in nine-and-a-half games.

And his prowess with the ball was there to see for all as he took five wickets for 33 runs to help Pakistan take a 137-run first-innings lead in the second Test in Abu Dhabi against Australia.

The Australians were bundled out for a paltry 145 in 50.4 overs with Abbas and Bilal Asif running riot.

By close on the second day Pakistan were 144 for two in their second innings, stretching the advantage to 281 runs with eight wickets intact as they bid to win the two-match series 1-0.

Abbas has taken seven wickets in the drawn first Test in Dubai last week.

When he claimed his 50th wicket in his 10th Test on Tuesday, Abbas became the joint-second fastest to achieve the feat from Pakistan alongside the legendary Waqar Younis, Asif and Shabbir Ahmed.

Team-mate Yasir Shah is the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets — in nine matches.

(With AFP Inputs)





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Former England Captain Makes Big Rishabh Pant Prediction


Pant has made a great start to life as a Test cricketer following his debut against England in Trent Bridge. Pant went on to notch up his maiden century in only his third Test that India lost to England at The Oval.

Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in England, reaching his hundred off only 117 deliveries.

The youngster’s power-hitting caught the eye of cricket pundits and fans across the globe.

Following his exploits in England, Pant had his first taste of Test cricket at home when India took on the visiting Windies side in the first of the two-match series in Rajkot.

Pant yet again gave a good account himself by showcasing some brilliant attacking batting. He reached his half-century by depositing Keemo Paul to the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. 

The left-hander played some powerful, forceful shots against the medium pacers and used the crease to brilliant effect against the spinners.

Pant fell eight runs short of his second Test century, trying to go for a big hit off the bowling off Devendra Bishoo but managed to get only a leading edge.

However, the 21-year-old will have a chance to put the record right on Day 3 of the 2nd Test in Hyderabad.





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Sachin Tendulkar, Honorary Group Captain, Attends Parade On Occasion


Cricket legend and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar attended the celebration of the Air Force Day at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad celebrations on the Indian Air Force’s 86th anniversary. According to a Press Information Bureau (PIB) tweet on their official account, Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar was present on the occasion to witness the Air Force Day parade. “Group Captain @sachin_rt arrives at Hindon Air Force Station, Ghaziabad to witness the #AirForceDay Parade,” PIB tweeted.

Sachin Tendulkar had represented the nation in 200 Tests and 463 One-day Internationals (ODIs). He had also scored a massive 15,921 Test runs and 18,426 ODI runs for India with a total of 100 centuries under his belt.

Tendulkar won the Arjuna Award in 1994. The 45-year-old is also a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (1997-98), Padma Shri (1999) and Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also tweeted on the occasion to salute the Air Force personnel and said, from protecting the nation’s skies to countless search and rescue ops during disasters.

The parade will be followed by an air display and acrobatics by the Air Force’s various aircraft, including Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets and Rudra helicopters.

Following the parade, visitors can also witness static display of aircraft, weapon, radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force, news agency IANS reported.

The Indian Air Force was born in 1932 as the Royal Indian Air Force under then British rule. The name was changed to Indian Air Force in 1950.

(With IANS inputs)





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India’s Blind Cricket Team Best In The World, Says England Captain Ed Hossell


A cricket tri-series is currently on, with the blind cricket teams of India, Sri Lanka and England taking part. The first matches were held in Bengaluru. India won the latest match against England and they are the superior team according to England captain Ed Hossell. He told NDTV, “The Indian guys are so talented. India are probably the best in the world. Sri Lanka vying for that second place. And we are tying to envelop as much as we can to match them. We don’t get crowds like this back in England. The crowds, the support we’ve received, it has been amazing.”

Martin Dean, England team manager, said, “The England team has had a long journey here. I don’t think they are getting better. Individually, they are putting in good performances. As a team by the end of the series we will be better.”

The Indian team may do even better with more support.

Mahantesh, President of Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI), told NDTV, “In the last few years, the popularity of blind cricket in India has grown. The visually impaired love cricket like any Indian. On behalf of CABI, I request BCCI, governments to come forward and recognise and let this reach more visually impaired people. To give them an opportunity to play and demonstrate that they are also capable.”

“Why can’t visually impaired cricketers get the same recognition, so that they become celebrities, they feel proud.”

There is hope for land from the Karnataka government for a permanent ground. Also needed — more funding, volunteers and coaches.

Ajay Kumar Reddy, India captain said, “We are enjoying lot – same enjoyment and passion as normal players. From 2017 we are getting a lot of support. We need proper grounds for regular practice.”

The next six matches of the tri-series will be played in Goa and will be followed by an India vs Sri Lanka bilateral series.

Mahantesh said, “We want to come out with a regular calendar so that people in India and abroad know when blind cricket is happening.”

Ed Hossell has a message for the Indian public.

“Just come and watch. Come and enjoy it. You saw how great India played. I think it is a fantastic game. Disability or not,” he said.



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India Showed Us How To Bat, Says West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite


India vs West Indies: India Showed Us How To Bat, Says West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite


India comfortably beat West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot © AFP


West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite paid the ultimate compliment to the Indian cricket team after the visitors’ humbling loss on Saturday. India outclassed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs to record their biggest-ever innings win. Speaking after the match, West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite credited India for the stupendous show with the bat. “Not the best of starts, credit to India. They showed us how to bat. Quite disappointed”, he said. Kraigg Brathwaite also rued the lack of partnerships for his team. “Didn’t get enough partnerships as a batting unit. Two or three partnerships would hold us very well. One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible. Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game”, he added.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav starred in India’s biggest-ever Test triumph as they thrashed the West Indies team inside three days. The tourists were dismissed for 196 early in the final session while following on, to trail the two-match series 1-0. They were bowled out for 181 in their first innings in response to India’s 649-9 declared. 

Ravindra Jadeja, who scored his maiden international century during India’s only innings, took the final wicket of Shannon Gabriel for four as the hosts celebrated an utterly dominant win over the former cricketing powerhouse. 

The world’s top Test side surpassed their previous biggest win against Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs during the minnows’ debut five-day game in June. 

Kuldeep returned figures of 5-57 with his left-arm wrist spin, his first five-for in just his fourth Test since making his debut against Australia last year. He led an inspired spin attack with Jadeja claiming three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin taking two.






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India Showed Us How To Bat, Says West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite


India vs West Indies: India Showed Us How To Bat, Says West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite


India comfortably beat West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot © AFP


West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite paid the ultimate compliment to the Indian cricket team after the visitors’ humbling loss on Saturday. India outclassed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs to record their biggest-ever innings win. Speaking after the match, West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite credited India for the stupendous show with the bat. “Not the best of starts, credit to India. They showed us how to bat. Quite disappointed”, he said. Kraigg Brathwaite also rued the lack of partnerships for his team. “Didn’t get enough partnerships as a batting unit. Two or three partnerships would hold us very well. One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible. Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game”, he added.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav starred in India’s biggest-ever Test triumph as they thrashed the West Indies team inside three days. The tourists were dismissed for 196 early in the final session while following on, to trail the two-match series 1-0. They were bowled out for 181 in their first innings in response to India’s 649-9 declared. 

Ravindra Jadeja, who scored his maiden international century during India’s only innings, took the final wicket of Shannon Gabriel for four as the hosts celebrated an utterly dominant win over the former cricketing powerhouse. 

The world’s top Test side surpassed their previous biggest win against Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs during the minnows’ debut five-day game in June. 

Kuldeep returned figures of 5-57 with his left-arm wrist spin, his first five-for in just his fourth Test since making his debut against Australia last year. He led an inspired spin attack with Jadeja claiming three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin taking two.






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Windies Need To Learn From India’s Performance, Says Captain Kraigg Brathwaite


The Windies surrendered meekly to India in the opening Test of the two-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday. The Windies batsmen fell like ninepins as the Indian bowlers ran riot. India, on the other hand, put in a brilliant all-round performance to register their biggest innings win in Tests. Stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite expressed his unhappiness at the way the batsmen performed and urged his teammates to learn from India’s performance. “I think if we can learn from them (India), that will put us in good stead going forward,” Brathwaite said in the post-match ceremony.

“Obviously a few nerves, it’s Test cricket so it is never easy but we need to take a page out of their (India) book and take that into our batting. Trust in defence and obviously when you attack, go 100 percent as well,” Brathwaite further added.

Captain Brathwaite further stated that the batsmen in the team needed to trust in their defence more and not just rely on playing aggressively. 

“Going forward what we need to do is along with the attacking shots, trust in defence. I think that’s the key,” Brathwaite remarked.

“Obviously when the field goes back, it’s a matter of still staying positive in defence also and putting away the bad balls, stroking the ball along the ground for singles. I just don’t think we didn’t trust our defence as much as we should have,” the right-hand batsman mentioned.

The tourists felt the absence of star bowlers Kemar Roach and Jason Holder with three Indian batsmen scoring centuries. Brathwaite was confident of Roach’s return but was not so sure about regular skipper Holder.

“Kemar will back but not 100 percent sure (about Jason). In a couple of days we will come to know,” he said.

“It’s just for us to bounce back. Obviously it’s not the start we wanted, but we can bounce back,” asserted Brathwaite.

Windies, after losing the first Test by an innings and 272 runs, will face India in the second and final match of the series in Hyderabad.



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Aaron Finch To Captain Australia For Pakistan T20Is In Dubai


Aaron Finch was on Friday named Australia’s skipper for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, with Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey chosen as his vice-captains. Finch, who captained Australia in the recent T20Is in Zimbabwe, was among five debutants selected for the two-Test series before the short series. “I’ve been extremely impressed with his impact on the Test squad over here in the UAE,” coach Justin Langer said in a statement. “We know he’s an exceptional player, and he’s arguably the most in-form T20 player in the world at the moment.”

Langer said batsman Chris Lynn and bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile were returning from injury after getting back in form.

“Lynn’s… had an outstanding campaign in the JLT Cup to date and reminded us how explosive and powerful a cricketer he can be,” he added.

Rising stars Adam Zampa and Ben McDermott were also named in the squad after impressing in recent tournaments.

The three fixtures will be held in Dubai on October 24, 26 and 28.

Australia squad: Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Darcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.



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Captain Rohit Sharma Says Team India’s Performance Made Him Look Good


India retained the Asia Cup with a three-wicket win off the last ball against a fighting Bangladesh who were anchored by a maiden hundred from opener Liton Das in Dubai on Friday. Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma praised his players for handling pressure well beside playing quality cricket throughout the tournament. “We played some good cricket throughout the tournament and this is the reward of all the hardwork throughout the tournament”, Rohit said at the post-match presentation. “If you have a team like that, the captain will always look good,” he said.

“I have been part of games like this before and credit to the guys in the middle to handle the pressure and to cross the finishing line was a fantastic effort,” he added.

India made heavy weather of a modest 223-run target as Bangladesh fought for every run before the title holders achieved victory off the last ball watched by a capacity crowd at Dubai stadium.

Das held the innings together during his 117-ball 121 which featured a dozen boundaries and two sixes but Bangladesh, who were put into bat, were all out in 48.3 overs despite a solid opening stand of 120 with Mehidy Hasan.

With their settled opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India were expected to run away with victory, like they did in the previous matches but Bangladesh were not ready to give up without a fight.

Rohit also praised Bangladesh for their fighting spirit in a do-or-die contest.

“You have to give some credit to Bangladesh. They put us under pressure in the first 10 overs,” said the 31-year-old right hander.

“It wouldn’t be easy if we didn’t have the support of the remaining 10 players, so I am really proud of the boys,” the India skipper said praising his teammates.

On the other hand, commenting on the match, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said, “We bowled really well, particularly if we made 240+. We asked the batsmen to make at least 260, but at the end of the day the bowlers did really well.”

“I wanted to bowl the quicks first, because I wanted to restrict the runs since they were going after us and trying to play shots at that stage,” he added.

It was India’s seventh Asia Cup title.

(With IANS Inputs)



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