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Despite International Retirement, AB de Assures His Fans About His Playing In IPL

AB de Villiers’ retirement announcement had not clarified if he’d play professional leagues or not.

AB de Villiers has comforted his fans by confirming he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). At the time of calling it a day, de Villiers had said, “I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket.”

I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time,” he said.

“There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal. Bangalore is a special place, a second home, really. I played my 100th Test there, and obviously, RCB is a massive part of my life. India as a country has taken me in, and it’s hard to explain what that feels like. I just play cricket.”

Talking about how special Bengaluru is for him he said, “Bangalore is a special place, a second home, really. I played my 100th Test there, and obviously RCB is a massive part of my life. India as a country has taken me in, and it’s hard to explain what that feels like. I just play cricket.”

De Villiers began his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural season in 2008 and after three seasons, he went to RCB and never left.

Ravindra Jadeja’s Wife Assaulted By Cop Over Accident, Pics Inside

In a shocking incident Indian cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Reeva was allegedly assaulted by a police constable on Monday following a minor accident. The police have detained constable Sanjay Ahir in connection with the incident.

The alleged incident occurred at Saru Section road in Jamnagar when Reeva Jadeja’s car allegedly hit the motorcycle of the constable who attacked her, said Jamnagar district superintendent of police Pradeep Seju.

“The policeman physically assaulted Reeva Jadeja after her car hit his motorbike. We are providing all possible help to her and will take strict action against the policeman,” he said.

An eyewitness said the policeman thrashed Reeva Jadeja “brutally”. “The policeman mercilessly thrashed Reeva and even pulled her hair during an altercation. We saved her from his clutches,” Vijaysinh Chavda told reporters.

Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja is playing in Indian Premier League from Chennai Super Kings side and his team is in playoffs now.

IPL 2018: Virat Kohli Breaks Silence On Fitness Concerns, Inks an Open Letter in Response

Cricketing star Virat Kohli never fails to impress the audience over with his top-class performance on-field. He actively keeps a tab on his fitness regimes, as is evident from his social media feed. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain associates himself with brands that are health-conscious. Therefore, it came across as a surprise for many of his fans when reports regarding Virat’s health emerged online.

RCB’s loss in recent games has understandably resulted in some anger and frustration from the fans. However, some have gone a step ahead and questioned the fitness of Kohli.
In response, Virat Kohli inked an open letter.

“Dear Fans,

So, I believe recent pictures of me have been making the rounds for all the wrong reasons. I have received some very confused messages from my fellow fitness enthusiasts and fans.

Tune in to the 1st strategic timeout of the 8 pm IPL match tonight, and I assure you, you will have answers to your questions.

Before I reveal my reasons, I would like to mention that I have always been, and will continue to be very vocal and passionate about the importance of eating healthy. Every individual has his own fitness level and I strongly believe we must do what works best for our bodies. Personally, I love to eat home-cooked meals whenever possible but my guilty pleasure is chips! Which is why you have seen me bingeing on them of late.

I understand, and truly appreciate your concern for my health, but I assure you that my fitness regimen has not gone for a toss (pun intended).

What’s changed? I’ve found my guilt-free timeout.

Yours sincerely,

Virat Kohli”

Well, Virat Kohli is the brand ambassador for Too Yumm chips, the packaged snacking brand of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. Too Yumm is promoted as a healthy snack. Virat’s post certainly talks about chips and how he has found a healthy way to eat them so it seems it is just a brand promotion tweet from the skipper.

Looking forward to hear from Virat Kohli when he will tune in.

IPL 2018: Virat Kohli Responds To Anushka Sharma’s Cute Message!

Bollywood’s diva Anushka Sharma always manage to have something special for his husband Virat Kohli and this time she just posted a cute message after RCB’s win over KXIP.

Not only Anushka but Virat too knows how to give surprises to her wife and he came up with a perfect response to Anushka’s message.

Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lived to fight another day as their win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) ensured that the team remained in contention for a playoff spot. Recently, Anushka Sharma posted a picture wearing a T-shirt of Virat Kohli’s name, post RCB’S victory over KXIP, Kohli had the perfect reply for the Bollywood actress.

Anushka Sharma has been a regular at most of RCB’s matches in IPL 2018 but could not be present as RCB faced Punjab in a do-or-die match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Monday night.

According to reports, Anushka Sharma is currently in the United States shooting for her film ‘Zero’, which also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

But the actress left no stones unturned to boost the morale of the team, posting regular messages on Instagram stories as Virat Kohli and team ran riot in Indore.

KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got Punjab off to a good start but following Rahul’s departure chaos ensued as the hosts lost their next nine wickets for 52 runs. KXIP were bowled out for a paltry 88 with Umesh Yadav picking up three wickets.

Kohli (48) and Parthiv Patel (40) ensured the victory and reached the target in 8.1 overs.

This win helped RCB to improve their net run-rate, KXIP are at fifth spot with 12 points after crashing to their third successive defeat.

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni Scares Ravindra Jadeja During CSK vs SRH Match

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sent the crowd cheering by having a bit of fun with Ravindra Jadeja during the game.

CSK comeback in Indian Premier League after 2 years has been on a roll. They have surprised one and all have churned out consistent performances throughout the tournament. On Sunday, in a match against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai produced another magical effort which secured their playoff berth. Chasing a stiff target of 180, Chennai got home in 19 overs, riding on Ambati Rayudu’s maiden IPL ton.

The biggest reason for Chennai’s success this season could be attributed to skipper MS Dhoni’s consistency. The captain cool seems to be enjoying his time in the middle. During the first innings of the match, the lighter-side of Dhoni was on full display. In a Harbhajan Singh over, Shikhar Dhawan just guided the ball on the leg-side for a single. Dhoni run quickly to field the ball, while Ravindra Jadeja came in running from deep mid-wicket. Seeing Jadeja coming towards him, Dhoni pretended to throw the ball towards him, which caught Jadeja by surprise. The incident left everyone in splits.

 

After the match, CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo said, “Our bowlers bowled very well today. Both Shikhar and Williamson played well but we pulled it back in the end. At a crucial time we got their wickets. Most of the times I come around 12-13 overs so I go for runs. I am a wicket-taking bowler that’s why my economy is very high. It’s a challenge to bowl and I enjoy it.”

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni Reveals His First Crush and Says ‘Do not tell Sakshi’

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the most iconic figures in Indian cricket, is a reserved personality off the field and rarely opens up about his personal life.

However, during a promotional event for his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Chennai Super Kings, the former India skipper was asked about his first crush and after some reluctance at first, he finally revealed the name. A magic trick performer helped Dhoni reveal the name. “There’s an A in the word. All girls’ names have an A,” said the magician. Dhoni then went on to reveal that ‘A’ was the third letter in the name.

 Finally, the performer held a placard over Dhoni’s head and the former India captain said. “Yes her (first crush) name is Swati. Don’t tell my wife, okay?”

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Dhoni went on to add that he last saw Swati back when he was studying in the 12th standard in 1999. He jokingly asked everybody not to reveal the same to his wife Sakshi.

Dhoni completed his class 12th from the DAV JVM, Shayamali in Ranchi. He is now married to Sakshi, with the couple having a daughter named Ziva. Dhoni always seems to enjoy the support of his better half. Sakshi is mostly present with him during his cricket tours, be it in India or overseas.

 

Dhoni, who is the CSK captain, was present at a promotional event, along with the likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and a few other CSK players.

The 36-year-old seems to be in the form of his life with franchise CSK after their two-year return from a spot-fixing ban. Having hammered 360 runs from 10 matches, Dhoni has led CSK superbly and they are now second on the points table and all but assured of a berth in the playoffs.

Steve Smith Posts Emotional Message, Affirms To ‘Earn Back Trust’

Former Australian Captain, Steve Smith and David Warner were recently banned for a year as they were caught doing ball-tampering during the Capetown Test in March 2018.

After that match, Steve Smith was found emotional in the press conference where he sobbingly apologises for his mistake to his country and cricket fraternity. Recently he uploaded a picture with his fiancée Dani Willis and wrote, “It’s great to be back home in Australia. I have had some time away to come to terms with everything and now it’s time to get back into it. The amount of emails and letters I have received has been incredible and I have been extremely humbled by the enormous amount of support you have given me. I now have a lot to do to earn back your trust. To my Mum, Dad and Dani you have been my rock through this and I can’t thank you enough. Family is the most important thing in the world and I thank you for your love and support.”

The former Australian captain and vice-captain David Warner were both suspended for 12 months for their role in the ball tampering incident in Cape Town in March this year during the Test series against South Africa. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was also banned for nine months.

“To see the way my old man’s been…it hurts. I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve brought to Australia and the fans and the public, it’s devastating and I’m truly sorry,” a gutted Smith had said.

Both Smith and Warner were also banned from playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

David Warner, who was the vice-captain of the Australian team, will not be considered ever for the leadership role of the national team. Also, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft would not be picked for captaincy until a minimum of 12 months after the end of their suspensions, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.

Unseen Pictures of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma at Mumbai Airport

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli returned to Mumbai on Wednesday from Bengaluru, where they celebrated Anushka’s 30th Birthday (on May 1) and Virat played an Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians. The couple was spotted at the arrivals section of the airport – Anushka looked chic in black trousers paired with a sleeveless mustard top while Virat opted for track pants and basic brown tee. Anushka also attended Virat’s last match (he’s the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore) against Mumbai Indian, which RCB won. Anushka and Virat had also shared snippets from the Pari actress’ birthday celebrations in Bengaluru.

But first, take a look at their airport photos:

On her birthday, Anushka posted an adorable picture of them celebrating by cutting no less than three birthday cakes in a beautifully decorated room. “Best birthday with the bestest, kindest, bravest man in the world. Love you for making it so special my love,” she captioned it.

 

Back in Mumbai, Anushka Sharma will soon resume filming Sui Dhaaga, a Yash Raj Films project co-starring Varun Dhawan. Sui Dhaaga is expected to release in September. Later this year, Anushka will also be seen in Aanand L Rai’s Zero, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

IPL 2018: RCB Captain Virat Kohli Fined for Slow Over-rate Against CSK

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings.

The hosts had put on board a challenging 205 for eight but riding on MS Dhoni’s power-packed 34-ball 70, Super Kings overhauled the formidable target with two balls to spare.

“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh,” an IPL press release said.
With this win, CSK have taken the top spot in the IPL points tally on account of a better net run-rate.

Earlier in the match, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (70 not out off 34 deliveries) and Ambati Rayudu’s 53-ball 83 helped Chennai Super Kings register a thumping five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Chasing a massive total of 206 runs, Dhoni was at his explosive best, blasting seven sixes as the visitors won with five wickets and two deliveries to spare clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Yuvraj Singh Will take call on his Career after 2019 World Cup

Talented Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, who played his last One Day International (ODI) for the country in June 2017, has said that he will take a call on his career after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Yuvraj, who has played over 400 matches, in all formats, for the country, has accumulated over 10000 runs. He will forever be remembered by Indian fans for his role in the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup where he was given the Man of the Series award on both occasions. However, lately, he hasn’t been able to perform that as per his lofty standards.

“I am going to look to play till 2019, whatever cricket I get to play. I will take a call when that year is over,” Yuvraj said.

“Everybody has to take a decision after a while. I have been playing international cricket since 2000, it has been almost 17-18 years on and off. So, I will definitely take a call after 2019,”  he added.

Yuvraj also spoke about his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), adding that their immediate goal is to qualify for the semi-finals.

He further added, “We are looking ahead to first qualify in the last four and I think we have got a great team this year. We have got a very powerful batting attack, smart bowling attack, and hopefully, we look to qualify and then see if we can win the finals.”

“Oh, I am loving it. Chris has always been a friend off the field. He has been a great batsman, probably one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world and performing like a boss on the field. I am really happy for him and the way he is batting,” he said.

He finally concluded by saying, “T20 cricket is unpredictable. Anybody can win on any day. But Chennai has always been a very consistent team and KKR has been playing really well. I think these are two really good teams in the IPL.