Watch: Hardik Pandya Has An Adorable Message For Brother Krunal On His T20I Debut

Watch: Hardik Pandya Has An Adorable Message For Brother Krunal On His T20I Debut

Brothers Hardik and Krunal Pandya usually hog the limelight while representing the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both of them are key members of the Mumbai-based IPL outfit as they were picked for their slogging and crucial wicket-taking abilities. On Sunday, when Krunal Pandya earned his maiden T20I cap for the national team to play against the Windies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, an elated Hardik Pandya took to Instagram to wish his brother on the achievement.

Hardik, who is still recovering from an injury he sustained during the Asia Cup 2018 said, “Well done my boy, this is what we dreamt of, lot’s of love, lot’s of love from my side.”

However, Hardik also said that he misses playing for India but feels happy to see his brother’s inclusion in the side. Apart from Krunal Pandya, fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed, too, earned his cap for the shortest format of the game.

Krunal Pandya made an early blunder at the start of his T20I career as he fumbled at the boundary while attempting to concede four runs in the first over of the match against the Windies at the Eden Gardens.

Krunal averages 26.86 in the T20s from 62 matches. He has a highest score of 86 runs with two half-centuries to his name.


Depressed, Radhika Apte Left Mumbai After 7-8 Months To Be With People Who Didn’t ‘Make Her Feel Useless’

Depressed, Radhika Apte Left Mumbai After 7-8 Months To Be With People Who Didn't 'Make Her Feel Useless'

Radhika Apte was recently seen in Baazaar. (Image courtesy: Instagram)

Neha Dhupia’s chat show, No Filter Neha, is where her colleagues often reveal the high and low points of their lives and the latest celeb to open her book of secerts was Radhika Apte. Speaking on No Filter Neha, Radhika revealed how she left Mumbai after spending seven to eight months to be around people who did not “make me feel so useless.” She told Neha Dhupia: “I came to Bombay initially, alone. Then I went back to Pune because I got too depressed because I was here for 7-8 months. I had no good friends. I wanted to do films and I didn’t know a single soul, I didn’t know any casting director, I didn’t know anybody! I didn’t know where to start from. So, I’d wake up and feel what do I do? Whom should I call? Where do I go? So, I realised I need to be around people who make me a bit happy and don’t make me feel so useless.”

Radhika said that in that phase theatre was her solace. “I was staying with people that I didn’t get along with and I was doing theatre which was in town so it was that commute every day, which is fine, that was the only good time, the theatre time that I had.”

Before starring in films, Radhika Apte featured in several Marathi plays. She was closely associated with theatre company Aasakta Kalamanch run by Mohit Takalkar in Pune. She featured in Marathi plays such as Tu, Purnaviram and Matra Ratra, Samuel Beckett’s That Time and Bombay Black in English and Kanyadaan in Hindi.


2nd ODI: Pakistan Beat New Zealand By 6 Wickets, Level Series 1-1

2nd ODI: Pakistan Beat New Zealand By 6 Wickets, Level Series 1-1

Pakistan broke a 4-year losing streak of 12 consecutive ODIs against New Zealand. © AFP

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Friday but the match was overshadowed by a worrying injury to opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq who was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a short ball. Imam, on 16, was forced to retire after a short delivery from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson hit the grille of his helmet, making him dizzy before he fell to the ground. His eyes were closed but he did not lose consciousness.

Team management originally said that the 22-year-old would undergo CT scans and be monitored for the next 48 hours.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later said that scans had shown that the player had suffered no damage.

“Imam-ul-Haq all scans clear. He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio,” the PCB tweeted.

On the pitch, pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi recorded his career best bowling while opener Fakhar Zaman hit a half-century to help Pakistan to a series-levelling victory.

Shaheen’s 4-38 kept New Zealand down to 209-9 in their 50 overs before Zaman returned to form with a run-a-ball 88 for his seventh fifty to guide Pakistan to their target for the loss of four wickets in 40.3 overs.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a gruelling 33 off 63 balls.

With the win Pakistan broke a four-year losing streak of 12 consecutive one-day internationals against the Black Caps, starting with a 2-3 defeat in the UAE in 2014.

New Zealand had also beaten Pakistan 2-0 (in New Zealand 2015), 2-0 (in New Zealand in 2016), 5-0 (in New Zealand in January this year) and in the first match of the current series by 47 runs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The win also sets up an intriguing final match in Dubai on Sunday.

“We wanted to stage a comeback and the team did well to do that,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

“We kept them to a low total courtesy of Shaheen and then Fakhar and Babar batted so well.”

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson admitted his team did not put a defendable total.

“A bit of scrapping that got us a total,” he said. “It wasn’t enough on that surface. We were outplayed.”

Zaman, who had a poor 57 runs in the last six one-day internationals, punished the New Zealand bowlers with 11 boundaries and had given Pakistan a rapid 54 run start with Imam.

Undeterred by Imam’s injury, Zaman added a quick 101 for the second wicket with Babar Azam who made a 50-ball 46 before both fell in the same Ferguson over.

Ferguson, who finished with 3-60, then had another lucky wicket of Shoaib Malik for ten when a ferocious pull deflected off Nicoll’s shoulder and was caught at mid-on by Ish Sodhi.

Sarfraz fell for 13 but Mohammad Hafeez hit the winning boundary to finish with 27 not out.

Earlier, the Taylor-Nicholls stand lifted New Zealand after Shaheen once again rocked the top order following his 4-46 in the first match.

Shaheen dismissed destructive opener Colin Munro in the second over of the innings, holing out to a tough catch by Hafeez.

In his next over he deflected a straight drive to run out Kane Williamson (one) at the non-striker’s end.

In his second spell, Shaheen yorked Tom Latham for one while Hafeez bowled George Worker for 28 to leave New Zealand struggling at 73-4.

Taylor, who made 80 in the first game, held one end intact and together with Nicholls ensured the innings did not finish under 200.

Nicholls was finally bowled in the 38th over by Hasan Ali who finished with 2-59.

Taylor hit three boundaries and a six for his 43rd half century in one-day internationals


Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas “Confused” By Next Gen ATP Final Rules

Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas "Confused" By Next Gen ATP Final Rules

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Alex de Minaur to win Next Gen ATP Final. © AFP

Stefanos Tsitsipas capped a roller-coaster season by winning the Next Gen ATP Final on Saturday but the rising Greek star conceded he was slightly bemused by the rules of the tournament. The 20-year-old from Athens came through 2-4, 4-1, 4-3 (7/3), 4-3 (7/3) on his third match point against 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur after one hour and 41 minutes to win his second career title after Stockholm last month. “To be honest with you, I’m confused myself. I don’t really know what I liked and what I didn’t like,” said the Tsitsipas.

The round-robin tournament for players aged under 21 years has a shorter format than other tournaments, playing sets of first to four games, with tie breaks at 3-3.

It is designed to increase the number of pivotal moments in a match, while playing best-of-five sets does not alter the number of games required to win a match (12) from the traditional three-set scoring format.

“The games are very stressful. Obviously there’s no advantage so you need to be twice more concentrated,” said Tsitsipas, who has jumped from 91st at the start of the season to world number 15.

“But, I love those rules because I won.”

Players can communicate with their coaches through headsets, with line calls using the Hawk-Eye Live system, backed up by a video review system.

This year for the first time a towel rack was placed at the back of court after Spaniard Fernando Verdasco came under fire for his treatment of a ball boy at last month’s Shenzhen Open.

Tsitsipas — an alternate in last year’s inaugural edition of the tournament which was won by South Korea’s Chung Hyeon — declared he was “not a fan of the towel thing or the headset”.

“The headset, I’m not a big fan of it, but you could see from the reaction yesterday,” he smiled, after smashing his headset in Friday’s semi-final.

“No-let rule, we didn’t have problems with it this week.

“Live Hawk-Eye was exciting … very, very good. No mistakes. Very accurate. Very responsive… just much better than the human eye. So I love the live Hawk-Eye.

“Hopefully it can be put in more events in the future and be the innovation of the game,” added Tsitsipas, who finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and Toronto.


After 52 Years Of Electoral Politics, Now No More Elections: Sharad Pawar

After 52 Years Of Electoral Politics, Now No More Elections: Sharad Pawar

“Now no election” was Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s one-line reply on being asked whether he would consider contesting next year’s Lok Sabha polls from Pune.

Mr Pawar and former Tripura governor Srinivas Patil were being interviewed by Sudhir Gadgil at a function in the city today to mark the launch of “Pune Ekekali“, a coffee-table book on Maharashtra’s second-largest city.

The question came up after Mr Pawar told the gathering about his long association with Pune, including having won polls for four consecutive years while studying in a local college.

“Perhaps, the elections fought and won in college were the foundation of my 52 years of electoral politics in Parliament and the (Maharashtra) Assembly,” the NCP chief said.

It was then that Mr Gadgil asked the former Union agriculture minister if he would consider contesting next year’s general election from Pune since he had such a long association with the city.

“Now no election,” Mr Pawar replied.

Addressing the function, the former Maharashtra chief minister also hailed acclaimed engineer Narhar Ganpat Pawar, who is credited with designing several landmark buildings of Pune.


“Narhar Ganpat Pawar built several iconic buildings, including that of the Sir Parashurambhau College (SP College at Sadashiv Peth in Pune). However, unfortunately, many Punekars do not know about his contribution,” Mr Pawar rued.


Govinda Explains Why ‘Environment In Film Industry Is Not Good’ To Release Rangeela Raja

Govinda Explains Why 'Environment In Film Industry Is Not Good' To Release Rangeela Raja

Actor Govinda said that the “environment in the film industry is not good” to release his new film Rangeela Raja. The actor said he is disappointed about the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) opposition to the Pahlaj Nihalani-produced film Rangeela Raja. The Censor Board has suggested 20 cuts in Rangeela Raja for its theatrical release. To oppose the CBFC’s decision, Pahlaj Nihalani (former CBFC chairperson) had filed a petition earlier this month, saying the suggestions were unjustified and uncalled for as he firmly believed that the film was not vulgar in any manner. He also hit out at the present CBFC head Prasoon Joshi, accusing him of being “politically motivated.”

When asked about the film’s release date, Govinda said: “We will let media and audiences know about the release date of the film. It is unfortunate that CBFC has censored few scenes of our film and because of that we had to take legal route to release the film.”

“I don’t see any controversial scenes which are there in the film. I think it has been deliberately done to stop release of the film and it’s not a good environment in the film industry to release the film. I have started my film career with Pahlaj Nihalani’s film, so I hope this film releases without any difficulties,” he added.

Earlier, at a press conference, Govinda said that for the last few years some people are deliberately opposing his films release by not giving enough screen space and now CBFC has stopped the release of his upcoming film.

Do these things hurt him?

“It doesn’t hurt me as a person because in the initial period of my career, I haven’t seen such kind of treatment to my films but now people from politics are entering into film business and people from film industry are entering into politics. So, that could be the reason that such kind of things are happening in the film industry. In the south film industry, we will never see such things because they co-operate with each other. So, we should learn something from them,” he said.


Rangeela Raja is a comedy film, written and produced by Mr Nihalani and directed by Sikander Bharti. The film also features Shakti Kapoor, Prem Chopra and Mishika Chourasia and Anupama Agnihotri in lead roles.


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton On Pole With Record Lap As Mercedes Dominate

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton On Pole With Record Lap As Mercedes Dominate

New five-time champion Lewis Hamilton smashed the lap record as he secured pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and led team-mate Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes to another front-row lockout. In a scintillating performance, the Englishman clocked a best lap in one minute and 34.794 seconds to outstrip Bottas by almost two-tenths of a second. It is his 11th pole of the season and the 83rd of his career. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Sauber-bound Kimi Raikkonen, Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen.

Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas ahead of Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Esteban Ocon of Force India and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault.

Hamilton kissed his car after the session.

“I’m so grateful for all the support we’ve had here. It’s emotional for me because it’s the last lap I’ll do in this car. I’ve been so emotionally attached to it.

“I’m just happy that this car will be in the history museum at Mercedes in Germany so I can go visit whenever I can!

“I never say there’s a perfect lap, but the first lap wasn’t spectacular. That last one started off kind of calm, but got more aggressive – and Valtteri did a great job, too!”

Bottas, still seeking his first win of the season back at the track where he last tasted victory, was again left frustrated by the imperious Hamilton’s unbeatable pace.

“For sure, I was aiming for pole – I had a good race here last year, but I couldn’t repeat that. It wasn’t what I expected, but is still good for us because – even though we have secured the championships – we can still be one-two for the final race.

“I was performing well, but I couldn’t beat his time. He did such a great job.”

The session began with the sun and the temperature descending rapidly after a hot day in the mid-thirties Celsius. These changing conditions posed a challenge for tyre-wear in particular at the picturesque Yas Marina circuit.

Having been fastest in final practice, Hamilton was the initial benchmark, but Ferrari set the early pace before Q1 was concluded with the floodlights glowing.

Vettel was quickest ahead of Bottas and the top six were separated by only three-tenths of a second as both Toro Rossos were eliminated, unexpectedly, along with Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren and the two Williams of Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll.

Gasly, involved in a clash with Grosjean in final practice, pulled up after his lap with a power failure that, he said, had cost him seven-tenths.

“I lost everything,” he complained.

Fernando Alonso, in his last race before retiring, proceeded to Q2 in 14th place.

“Still not fast enough, but a good effort,” he chuckled on team radio before Mercedes were swiftly out again on ultra-soft tyres, chosen to extract pace from the improved conditions with the falling track temperature.

Hamilton stunningly smashed the circuit record with a lap in one minute 35.693 – Bottas’ pole lap in 2017 was 1:36.231.

An unhappy Verstappen was only 10th after his first run.

For a second run, Hamilton switched to the ‘stickier’ hyper-softs, the rest following suit except for Vettel on ultras – significant because the tyres used in Q2 are used to start the race.

Verstappen, in the final seconds, went second on hyper-softs to secure his place in the top-ten shootout while out went Carlos Sainz of Renault, Marcus Ericsson of Sauber, Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Sergio Perez of Force India and Alonso, 15th in his 311th and final Grand Prix.

In Q3, on hyper-softs, Grosjean set a marker before Hamilton, with a scruffy lap, clocked 1:35.295 — enough to lift him a tenth clear of Bottas before Vettel went second 0.057 seconds adrift.


Kareena Kapoor Was Told ‘Don’t Get Married, It Will End Your Career’

Kareena Kapoor Was Told 'Don't Get Married, It Will End Your Career'

Kareena Kapoor, who was last seen in Veere Di Wedding, her first film after the birth of her son Taimur, was told not to get married because that would end her career, the actress told news agency IANS. “I have always been someone who wanted to follow her heart. When I was getting married people told me that don’t get married because your career will end after that. No producer will take you in his films and you will not get any work. But after marriage, I have been working so much that sometimes, I say I don’t want to work too much,” IANS quoted the actress as saying. Kareena Kapoor featured in films such as Talaash, Ki And Ka, Satyagraha, Bajrangi Bhaijaan after she married actor Saif Ali Khan in 2012.

The 38-year-old actress added that she wants to “follow her heart” and doesn’t want to listen to what people have to say. “I wouldn’t listen to what people had to say. I am doing more work than earlier, I would like to continue and I hope that I will always follow my heart and that’s what I wanted to do,” she said.

Kareena Kapoor, who will make her debut as a radio presenter very soon, said that she was initially “very nervous” to grab the opportunity since she had never “explored” radio in her life. “When Ishq 104.8 FM came to me for a show that time, I was also surprised because I never been explored radio in my life. So, I was very nervous but when I heard concept of the show and the show would be about ‘What Women Want’ then, I realised that this is the perfect time for me to dive into something like this.”

Meanwhile, Kareena Kapoor is also part of Netflix India’s Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. Kareena Kapoor will voice the character of Kaa, the hypnotic python. Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Jackie Shroff have also been roped in to voice different characters in the film. Kareena Kapoor also has Good News and Takht in the pipeline.


Chelsea And Ivory Coast Great Didier Drogba Retires From Football

Chelsea And Ivory Coast Great Didier Drogba Retires From Football

Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career. The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, while he is also Ivory Coast’s all-time record goalscorer with 65. He spent the last 18 months of his career with US side Phoenix Rising, the club he co-owns. “I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into a reality.”

Drogba did not play top-flight football until the age of 23, when French side Guingamp signed him from Ligue 2 Le Mans in January 2002.

He moved to Marseille 18 months later – and the following year completed a reported 24 million pound move to Chelsea, where he had the best spell of his career.

He won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10, netting 104 times in the English top flight in total, and also scored a dramatic late equaliser when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final six years ago.

Drogba played club football in six different countries in total, with the majority of his success coming in France and England.

Drogba then spent six months with Shanghai Shenhua and a year and a half with Galatasaray before returning to Chelsea.

He scored seven goals in 2014-15, winning a fourth Premier League title and a third League Cup, leaving the club as their fourth highest scorer of all time


LinkedIn’s Salary Feature Comes to India, Gives a Breakdown Based on Title, Location

LinkedIn's Salary Feature Comes to India, Gives a Breakdown Based on Title, Location

Professional social network site LinkedIn on Thursday launched the ‘LinkedIn Salary’ feature which will provide a detailed breakdown of salaries by job title and location.

“Where compensation is a crucial motivating factor for any professional to decide the next career move, this tool will enable job-seekers to make more informed career choices.

“The tool draws on data from the network’s 53+ million members in India, to provide an in-depth view of salaries across professions,” the Microsoft-owned company said in a statement.

The feature would let professionals on the platform gather insights into the compensation landscape, including bonus and equity data for specific job titles along with the different factors that impact like years of experience, industry, company size, location and education level and, thus, make more informed career decisions.

“In India’s competitive jobs market, ‘LinkedIn Salary’ will help create salary transparency and empower our members with reliable data on what companies are paying today, what kind of compensation packages to expect and how salaries vary as per industries and educational qualifications,” said Ajay Datta, Head of Product-India, LinkedIn.

Free members on the platform can access the complete LinkedIn Salary experience by contributing their salary data while LinkedIn Premium members would be able to access the feature without divulging their salary information.

The feature also provides insights on top paying locations, top-paying companies, salaries based on educational qualifications and industries, regarding a specific job title.