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Indian Cricket Board suspends Yusuf Pathan For Doping Violation

First of all, let me tell you, Yusuf Pathan’s five-month suspension has been backdated and will end on January 14.

Actually, Former all-rounder, Indian Cricket Board suspends Yusuf Pathan For Doping Violation, the BCCI in a statement. The BCCI stated that a urine sample provided by Pathan on March 16, 2017, was tested and found to contain ‘Terbutaline’. However, Yusuf’s suspension has been backdated and he will be eligible to play from January 14 onwards. “Mr Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. Mr Pathan had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups,” BCCI said in a press release.


“Mr Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T-20 competition on 16th March 2017 in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.”

“On 27th October 2017, Mr Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance,” the statement added.

“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results.”

“Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Mr Pathan is entitled to the full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 28 October 2017. In addition, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start date of the period of ineligibility still further on account of Mr Pathan’s prompt admission of his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, and under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.1 on account of the delays in the results management in this case that are not attributable to Mr Pathan. In all of the circumstances, the five-month period of ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 15 August 2017 and end at midnight on 14 January 2018,” concluded the release.

Meanwhile, Yusuf has said he was confident of being cleared of deliberate usage and vowed to be more careful in future.

“Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute,” Pathan said in a statement.

“In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline,” he added

After Delhi pacer Pradeep Sangwan, Pathan is the second Indian cricketer to have failed a dope test. Sangwan was suspended for 18 months in 2013 after a test returned positive.

Pathan has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 Internationals for India. However, Pathan has failed to get a book a berth in the Indian squad for some time now. He last donned the India jersey against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2012.

Courtsey: PTI

Disappointed with Virat Kohli’s performance 63 Yr Old Man Set Himself On Fire

A shocking case has surfaced from Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam where a 63-year-old man allegedly set himself on fire after Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s poor performance on day 1 of the first test between India and South Africa in Cape Town.

Virat Kohli has a huge fan following; people from all across the country follow his matches religiously.

However, what we are going to report today is very unfortunate.

We know how Kohli wasn’t able to display a great performance against South Africa in the first test match. All his fans were disappointed but there was one who literally tried ending his life for this reason.

According to reports, a 63 year old man from Madya Pradesh tried ending his life as he was disturbed due to Kohli’s bad performance. He set himself on fire as he couldn’t take it.

The man identified as Babulal Berva was highly excited for the match, but when he saw Kohli out on 5 runs, he was shattered. He immediately took kerosene, poured it over his face and set it on fire. Luckily, he is saved but has suffered 60 percent burns.

Currently, he’s in the Critical care unit and is receiving treatment for these burns. Police officials have recorded the statement of Berva as well as his family.

We know he must be hurt as Kohli couldn’t live up to the expectations, but this step is totally wrong.  Kohli has long struggled with the moving deliveries on the ‘fourth stump’. Bits of it were seen in the forgetful England series in 2014 and then again in both of the Australia series in 2017. And on Friday, Morkel knocked in just at Kohli’s weak point.

What is your opinion in this case? Do share your views on the same in the below comment section.

ShahRukh Khan wants Mithali Raj to coach Indian men’s cricket team in future

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj is one of the most popular female cricketers in the country. The 35-year old, who holds the record for scoring most number of runs in women’s ODIs, played a key role in helping India reach final in last year’s women’s world cup in England.

On Monday, 1st January 2018, Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj served as a guest to “TED Talks India Nayi Soch”, which is aired on Star Plus.

During the interaction, the host Shah Rukh Khan praised Mithali Raj and said, “I want to see you as the coach of the men’s cricket team one day.”

Well, in King Khan’s opinion, she is the ideal candidate to coach men’s cricket team in future.

To which the 35-year-old replied, “I always want to give my best.”

“When you are on the field, and everyone is looking up to you and the entire team to bring back the trophy,  it is not just about the game. So, it is necessary for us to stay focused… and we all have our own ways to ensure we give our best on the field,” Mithali explained when asked by King Khan about her book-reading habit prior to a match (a picture had also gone viral on the internet, of her reading a book during the ICC Women’s World Cup).

“I read books to get rid of pressure during a match. It does help me to keep calm and encourage a good performance,” she further quipped.

The episode featuring Mithali Raj will be aired on Sunday, 7th January 2018.

Dwayne Johnson brushes up his cricket knowledge, Identifies Helicopter Shot

Former WWE star Dwayne Johnson, who is starring in Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle, said cricket is India’s national passion and MS Dhoni was one its megastars.

Dwayne Johnson loves his Indian fans and their obsession with cricket. The Hollywood actor said he would love to get on the field and try his hand at the sport someday.
As part of a promotional activity for his forthcoming film ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, Johnson spoke about cricket in a video, read a statement.

The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-actor, whose film “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” is slated to be released in India on December 29, said in a video that he was going to deal with another “adventure” to reciprocate the love of his amazing fans here.

When he was shown an umpire signalling ‘out’ for the batsman, the actor answered, “You are number one”. After being told the right answer, he asked his fans to bear with him.



When shown a ‘third umpire’ signal, he said, it means, “It is impossible to fit your handsomeness and sexiness into one box.” For the ‘no-ball’, he replied, “Hey Rock, your millions and millions of your India fans are that way.

When shown the signal for a ‘six’, according to Johnson, it meant, “Who loves The Rock? We do!” which he likened to the home run in baseball terminology, which is the national game of the US.

The former WWE star then went on to play another game, ‘What’s it called with Dwayne Johnson?’.

Interestingly, the actor got all the answers right.

He was shown MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, the ramp shot and a slow bouncer delivery.

Johnson said, “It’s a sport that I would love to try in the field at some point. I wish the Indian team all the best in their upcoming challenges and to all my amazing fans.”

The clip was played on Star Sports during India versus Sri Lanka final T20 match.

“Jumanji…” also stars Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian, among others.

After Anushka, Virat Kohli comes up with an interesting reply to Rohit Sharma’s wedding advice

On an uneventful Monday of December 11, Indian skipper Virat Kohli put an end to all the rumours surrounding his wedding. As news channels flashed headlines announcing his marriage to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, Twitterati poured in their congratulatory messages for the newly-wed couple. Cricketer Rohit Sharma, too, joined in the bandwagon with a bit of advice for either. Kohli, today, came up with a cheeky reply to the Hitman’s Tweet.

Monday evening of December 11 flashed Kohli’s marriage with Anushka. And within the remaining hours of the day, social media sites were filled with pictures and videos and congratulatory posts for the couple. Rohit, who has shared umpteen partnership records with Kohli, also took to his Twitter handle to join the bandwagon. He tweeted, “Congratulations you two! @imVkohli, I’ll share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma, keep the surname.” Well, there came an bit assistance for Kohli and a word of advice for Anushka.

And a week after the dubbed ‘marriage of the decade’, Kohli replied to Rohit’s Twitter message. Thanking the Indian opener, he said, “Rohit, and please do share the Double Hundred Handbook as well.” Well, the skipper may have notched up quite a few double tons in Tests, but not a single has come up in ODIs, so far. Ergo, the handbook is justifiable, isn’t it?

Towards the end of last week, Anushka too had come up with a reply to Rohit’s advice. She said, “Hahaha thanks Rohit! And congratulations on your splendid innings.”

Well, both did congratulate the opener on his record-breaking third double ton in ODIs during the second match against Sri Lanka. His stunner with the willow helped India level the series 1-1. Later, on Sunday, the Men in Blue bagged an eight-wicket win to etch their eighth successive ODI series win.

And, for Kohli and Anushka, they are busy with their honeymoon schedules. Kohli will join the squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa, starting January 5, next year.

IMA Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

At around 12:07 pm on Sunday, the 20,000-odd spectators at the Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi witnessed an odd sight. The Sri Lankan team walked out to field with a majority of them wearing face masks.

It was an odd sight, not because Delhiites had never witnessed the scene before – they have, every day. Rather, it was odd because never before had we witnessed such a scene at an international sports venue in the capital.

International cricketers returned Monday for day three of the third Test even as air pollution at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium soared to hit 18 times the World Health Organization’s safe level.

Things took a strange turn a little later as play was held up for almost 15 minutes. The Sri Lankans, it seemed, didn’t want to play – the smog… the pollution was proving to be too much for their lungs. One of their fast bowler’s Suranga Lakmal had thrown up in the morning session and gone off the field. The other, Lahiru Gamage, wasn’t fairing too well himself.

The play had been disrupted three times on Sunday as Sri Lankan players complained of illness, but umpires ruled the match would proceed.

The Indian Medical Association condemned the decision, warning that playing in such conditions put athletes’ health at serious risk.

“This match should not have taken place in the first place. It is the time the ICC (International Cricket Council) comes up with a policy on pollution,” said IMA president K. K Aggarwal.

“You have fast bowlers, batsmen and fielders out there exposed to these very harmful pollutants over five days at a stretch. It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run.”

The sport’s governing body declined to comment.

Infact, Virat uploaded a awareness video regarding the increase of pollution in Delhi:


Despite the Smog, Indian skipper Virat Kohli hit a record sixth Test double century to which India’s powerful cricket board accused Sri Lanka of making a “big fuss”

Pollution levels generally rise during the winter in Delhi and across northern India and neighbouring Pakistan, fuelled by crop burning in the region and the fact that cooler air traps particulates close to the ground.

The smog has become especially alarming in the past two years, casting doubt on the future of sports events in the sports-mad swathe of South Asia.

The Test debacle in Delhi is not the first time cricketers have complained of air pollution in the capital, with Australia citing smoggy air following their loss to India in 1996.

The BCCI and the Delhi government should use this opportunity as a wake-up call to set things right and for once, not hide behind the mask of ignorance. The only masks truly needed today were the ones the Sri Lankans wore.

So what do you think Sri Lankan’s were really suffering from the pollution cause or it was just a strategy to disguise the Indian players from scoring more runs. Do leave your comments in the below section for the same.

Cheteshwar Pujara inspired me to score big hundreds and play long innings says Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who didn’t have a single double hundred to his name until June 2016, now has scored six in since then with the latest two coming off in the last one week only. Talking about his resurgence in form in the traditional format of the game, Kohli gave a candid interview to Cheteshwar Pujara admitting how the Saurashtra batsman inspired him to bat long.
He added: “You have to counter conditions in South Africa, England, Australia. Job satisfaction is the most in this format. ODI and T20I also from an emotional point of view. When there is a full stadium and you win a close game, that gives you a high.”

Mumbai: Indian captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century on day 3 of the 4th test match played against England in Mumbai on Saturday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar(PTI12_10_2016_000147B)

Kohli said that it is his teammate Pujara who has inspired him to score big hundreds and that he has learnt to bat longer watching him do that.

“It feels wonderful. It was always my mindset to score big hundreds, something that I have watched you do a lot in your career early on and learnt also, how to concentrate for longer periods. We have all learnt from his (Pujara) long innings, his concentration levels and his will to keep batting. So I also got inspired by that to keep batting for the team for as long as possible.

“Now I only think of how I can play more for the team and then you know, you don’t feel the tiredness and anything else and keep carrying on looking at the situation,” Kohli said.

The Indian captain has scored all his six double hundreds in the last 17 months and has also scored 52 international centuries across formats. Kohli said he strives to remain in peak physical fitness in order to make the most of it in the time he has.

“We know as professional cricketers, we don’t have many years. So, we have to make the most of it and I try to stay as fit as possible, take care of my diet, take care of my training and it’s paid off well till now. In the later half of my career, as we all know, it’s going to get more difficult. So I’m trying to put in as much as possible in training now and later on, I can still manage to keep the same kind of intensity. But I think we all are training so hard now and it’s showing on the field and I am just trying to do the same.”

While it is well documented by now, Kohli was again asked how and when his transformation kicked in, and he was forthright in his reply.

The Indian Skipper further mentioned, “The change started in the 2012 IPL when I had a very bad season and I was expecting a lot from that season because I had scored a Test hundred in Australia and I scored 180 against Pakistan in Asia Cup. I could not come out of that, my mental state was very bad, I was eating very bad, my habits were not good at all. So I went home afterwards and I saw myself in the mirror after coming out of the shower and I thought I can’t look like this if I want to be an international cricketer.

“So, from the next day onwards, I changed everything about my diet, training and everything. I was in the gym every day for an hour and a half to two hours and I just completely changed my diet.

Asked if he is on the lookout to score a double ton in ODIs, Kohli said, “Double hundred is not something I can plan. I think maybe if I get to bat early, and the wicket is nice. I have come close twice but it’s something I can’t pinpoint. Rohit has done it twice but I don’t think I can play as many shots like him in the latter half of the innings.

“He ended up getting there because he is unstoppable when he goes past 130-140. But I will try to do it if I have enough overs.”

The Delhi batsman, who now has 20 Test centuries to his name including six double tons – maximum by any Test captain, however, said that the hundred scored in second innings against Australia in Adelaide is still his favourite. The Delhi batsman, who now has 20 Test centuries to his name including six double tons – maximum by any Test captain, however, said that the hundred scored in second innings against Australia in Adelaide is still his favourite.

TRS sitting MLA Ramesh Babu is now not an Indian, Home Ministry clarifies

In a rude shock to ruling TRS, its party leader and Vemulawada MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh Babu has been declared as a German citizen, not an Indian citizen. Hence, his MLA position is likely to be terminated. Union Home Ministry has confirmed that Ramesh is no longer an Indian citizen after verifying the documents provided by Ramesh during the filing of his nomination. The Union Ministry found that document provided by Ramesh is said to be “fabricated” and is not “real”.

This is now likely to put a full stop to long battle waged by his rival candidate Aadi Srinivas since 2009. Srinivas has moved High Court and even Supreme Court against Ramesh’s citizenship and finally, Union Ministry has pronounced verdict on Ramesh’s citizenship.

According to reports, Ramesh had allegedly cancelled his Indian citizenship and moved to Germany where he has been working as a professor in an Agricultural University and married a German woman there. So, Ramesh is no longer Indian. And India doesn’t accept dual citizenship. So, Ramesh’s citizenship is now considered as Germany.

Aadi Srinivas contested from Congress lost to Ramesh in 2009. And he again lost to Ramesh in 2014 polls when Aadi contested from BJP with a very tender difference.

However, Chinnamaneni Ramesh stated that he would go to appeal on his citizenship. While Aadi Srinivas is demanding that he would be declared as Vemulawada MLA since he has come in the second place, TRS is now worried that a by-election would be announced in Vemulawada. More details are yet to come.

Despacito Gets The Indian Makeover, And Its Spot On

Since its release, Despacito has taken the world by its rhythm and music. The song by Puerto Rican artistes Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is breaking records of viewership on YouTube, streaming almost 771 million times online in the US alone and has got unlimited love from all over the world. According to Billboard, Despacito became the first ever Spanish song to reach the peak in the last 20 years.

The song began so popular that Canadian pop-star, Justin Bieber, also tried his hand and remixed the song. To add the song success in India, Universal Music Group collaborated with Shiamak Dava and launched #DespacitoMoment campaign last month.

Davar has given an Indian flavour to the song keeping the essence of the Spanish hit intact. As expected, the song does have Saree clad women dancing to the tunes of ‘Despacito’, however, the overall piece is simply splendid.
About the experience of conceiving the Indian version, Davar said,

“When Universal Music approached me to direct and choreograph the India video, I was very excited. They wanted a flavour of India with a global appeal. My dance company and I had a great time working on this video.”

Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music India and South Asia, also shared:
“Shiamak is the original dance guru and what he’s created with the video is sheer magic by capturing the true Indian essence in a gigantic Spanish song.”

“We are confident that this will take Despacito to a whole new audience in India while at the same time showcase the beauty and grace of Indian dancers to a massive global audience out there,” he added.

Ace Shuttler Jwala Gutta Tagged “Anti-National” For Having Her Mother Roots To China

Ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta has won many laurels for the country, including winning four Commonwealth Games medals. But despite her service to the country in the sporting arena, she has been called ‘Anti-national’ by a troll on Twitter for having a Chinese mother.

Jwala posted a video on Twitter of her singing for the camera along with her mother Yelan Gutta. Yelan Gutta is of Chinese descent who married Indian Kranti Gutta from Hyderabad.A random twitter user then commented on her video saying, “Is it because ur mother is from China that’s y u oppose Modi every time?”. This tweet elicited an incensed response from the shuttler who reacted saying, “When u bring my parents in the conversation..u wish u didn’t see this side of me!!! Mind it.”

Despite Jwala’s curt reply the troll did not back down and said that will all due respect to her parents, he wanted to know what made the shuttler so anti-Narendra Modi. The now evidently annoyed 33-year old replied to the barb saying, “Firstly I’ve lost all respect for u!! So I don’t think u will get any answer from me!! Secondly, if u had any question..ask straight!”

This is not the first time that Jwala has been trolled on social media, the Hyderabadi ace though has always hit back when people have crossed the line with her.