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To Encourage children to read more, Mc Donald’s come up with Roald Dahl’s book

To Encourage children to read more, Mc Donald’s come up with Roald Dahl’s book

A unique initiative by McDonalds UK might just change your opinion and make you wonder why it’s not adopted by India as well. McDonald’s has teamed up with the estate of Roald Dahl to give millions of books along with Happy Meals, according to a report. The initiative is a part of McDonalds’ Happy Readers project.

The Happy Readers project was officially launched in early 2013 and since then McDonalds have given more than 22.8 million books. Previously, they have given books by Enid Blyton and from Dorling Kindersley’s Amazing World series. The initiative is also supported by National Literacy Trust in UK.

The fast food giant is making 800,000 of the children’s books available in happy meals across New Zealand, as part of its Happy Meal Readers programme. The books will feature extracts from Roald Dahl’s beloved books alongside illustrations by Quentin Blake. The special books will be available in Happy Meals across New Zealand for the next six week.

“The Happy Meal Readers programme is all about helping parents to get their children to enjoy reading,” Jo Mitchell, director of marketing at McDonald’s New Zealand, announced. “The Roald Dahl characters are ones that many parents will have enjoyed growing up, and it’s great to play a part in introducing them to a new generation.”

ICC ODI Rankings: India Looses Top Spot, Slips to Second Position

Morgan’s England is on the front seat as they overtake Kohli’s India to claim the no. 1 spot in ICC One Day International rankings as they won convincingly against the Kiwis in the recently ODI series. England’s last series defeat in ODIs came on the tour of India and since then, have won all the ODI series they have played.

The England cricket team has gained the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI teams for the first time since January 2013, displacing India from its perch in the latest reshuffling of the ICC updates.

Eoin Morgan’s team – whose white-ball cricket has been on the rise since a poor performance at the 2015 World Cup – has seen them gain eight points to move to 125 rating points, while Virat Kohli’s Team India dropped a point to settle at the second place with 122.

At third place is South Africa with 113 points and at fourth is New Zealand. Australia remains at fifth place with 104 points, followed by Pakistan at sixth with 102.

India remains No 1 in Tests, having increased the gap over South Africa from four to 13 points on Tuesday.

ICC ODI rankings

1 England – 125 points (+8 points)

2 India – 122 (-1)

3 South Africa – 113 (-4)

4 New Zealand – 112 (-2)

5 Australia – 104 (-8)

6 Pakistan – 102 (+6)

7 Bangladesh – 93 (+3)

8 Sri Lanka – 77 (-7)

9 Windies – 69 (-5)

10 Afghanistan – 63 (+5)

IPL season 2018: Brendon McCullum has a message for his new RCB Captain

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) assembled a terrifying batting unit as they roped in former New Zealand hard-hitter Brendon McCullum in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, having already retained Virat Kohli and AB de Villers for the new season. The former Kiwi skipper, who played for Gujarat Lions in last two seasons, couldn’t hold his excitement and took to Twitter to express how pleased he was with the prospect of playing with Kohli and De Villiers. Baz soon got an equally exciting reply from AB de Villiers.

 

Having finished IPL 10 at the bottom of the points table, the Bengaluru franchise were determined to put in a balanced squad this term, in an attempt to challenge for the title for this edition. With the likes of Kohli (17 cr), De Villiers (11 cr), McCullum (3.6 cr), Chahal (6 cr) in the squad and underperformers like Chris Gayle and Shane Watson out, there isn’t a reason why they won’t be able to do the same in IPL 11.

“Very very happy to be joining up with @RCBTweets. In @imVkohli and @ABde Villiers17, they are two blokes I have dreamed of playing with!”, tweeted McCullum, who saw his last season end prematurely for the Lions after sustaining a hamstring injury.

De Villiers, who got free from the 3rd and final Test against India on the eve of the second day of IPL auction, was equally delighted on seeing McCullum being roped in by the Bengaluru franchise and replied to the wicket-keeper batsman saying, “Oh man, gonna be loads of fun! Can’t wait, Baz”

The recently concluded IPL bidding war in Bengaluru saw England all-rounder Chris Woakes become RCB’s costliest buy at INR 7.4 crore. He was highly impressive in his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last season and is recognised as one of the most sought-after players in the category.

RCB utilized their RTM options to buy-back highly-rated spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and all-rounder Pawan Negi and also managed to bring on board overseas stars like Quinton de Kock, Moeen Ali and Colin de Grandhomme. Here’s their full squad:

Virat Kohli (retained 17 Cr), AB de Villiers (retained 11 Cr), Sarfraz Khan (retained 3 Cr), Brendon McCullum (3.6 Cr), Chris Woakes (7.4 Cr), Colin de Grandhomme (2.2 Cr), Moeen Ali (1.7 Cr), Quinton de Kock (2.8 Cr), Umesh Yadav (4.2 Cr), Yuzvendra Chahal (6 Cr), Manan Vohra (1.1 Cr), Kulwant Kejroliya (85 Lakh), Aniket Choudhary (30 Lakh), Navdeep Saini (3 c), Murugan Ashwin (2.2 Cr), Mandeep Singh (1.4 Cr), Washington Sundar (3.2 Cr), Pawan Negi (1 Cr RTM), Mohammad Siraj (2.6 Cr), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2.2 Cr), Anirudha Joshi (20L), Parthiv Patel (1.7 Cr), Tim Southee (1 Cr), Pavan Deshpande (20 L).

Credits: Times Now

This Afghan cricketer has a staggering average more than Sir Don Bradman

Afghanistan’s Baheer Shah, who is set to play in the U-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, has already notched 1,096 first-class runs in 12 innings with a staggering average of 121.77.  Even Don Bradman is way behind.

Up until recently, of players with more than 1,000 first-class runs, the Aussie legend had the highest average. But, for the time being, Bradman has been pushed into second place by 18-year-old Afghan Baheer Shah. The young batting prodigy, coming from not so known cricketing nation, currently averages 121.77, while Bradman had an average of 95.14. The stark difference, however, is that while Baheer has that average in seven matches and 12 innings, Bradman boasted of the astronomical average after playing 52 Tests.

 

Afghanistan’s star batsman Baheer, who is currently in New Zealand for the ICC U-19 World Cup, has grabbed the limelight with his exceptional batting skills and his quick rise in First-Class cricket. Beginning from day one of his professional career, Baheer has been piling on runs.

he 18-year-old’s average is even better than Bradman’s first class average of 95.14 while his Test average is the famous 99.94. Third in the list is India’s Vijay Merchant with 71.64.

The Afghan player smashed an amazing 256 not out on debut for Speen-Ghar against Amo in October 2017, which is the second highest debut score of all time. Five innings later, Baheer scored his first triple century to become the second youngest first-class triple centurion after Pakistan great Javed Miandad.

“I like to play in different and challenging situations,” he said. “There are a lot of changeable situations, but I only want to stay at the wicket and take the pressure on myself and away from my partners. My favourite player is Hashim Amla because he is very calm and plays very well in difficult situations. I just want to keep calm and go forwards.”

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Consistency is all about Team India, will whitewash Sri Lanka again: Kohli

Virat Kohli and company have a clear mindset and a positive attitude for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. The captain made it clear once again that the Indian cricket team will not approach the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in a different manner just because they had whitewashed the visitors at their home earlier this year. Also, ensuring to take down the visitors as they are consistently doing with every other team.

Kohli said on the eve of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, “Every match you play is important and every series is huge. It’s not like we lose this series and you guys are going to say nothing to us. So, everything is important when you play for the country and we don’t like to differentiate. We simply want to do well as a team,”

The skipper added, “Whatever the conditions we play at, whatever combinations we need to play, we do that accordingly. Keeping in mind that winning is the most important thing and for that everyone is on the same page whether we play in India or away.

“Regardless of the opposition we play and we want to maintain our consistency as a team and that has worked for us because we do not differentiate in terms of where we are playing, how we are playing, what team we are playing against. We just want to play good cricket as a team,” he further added.

Sri Lanka last visited India for a Test series back in 2009 but this time both teams are playing each other for the second time this year. Kohli admitted that cricket needs to engage fans and remain competitive.

India have not lost a Test series at home since the 2012 series loss to England and are expected to win this series as well but Kohli says that results take care of themselves.

“The results take care of themselves anywhere in the world. It’s not like in India you can get away by playing bad cricket. The eventual goal is to respect the sport and skill set we have and try to execute that in every situation and every condition we are in,” Kohli said.

“Another series for us. We have played so much cricket now it’s all about good preparations, keeping our energy levels up and making sure that we have quality practice. Not necessarily go for quantity because that can also lead to bad habits when you know that you are playing well and in a good zone and when you over practice, that can also lead to the mindset going off.

“We have to maintain the balance. I think we have done really well so far in maintaining that balance. We have to get back into the Test mode and create momentum from this game, carry it on in this series and take it forward because we are playing Test cricket straight after as well. It always feels nice to come back into the Test cricket because the challenges are different and something we always look forward to,” he said.

The 29-year old Kohli concluded by saying, “I don’t know that. This analysis has to be done by fans who watch the game because someone watching the game is very different from being involved in the game. For us, there is no rule of complacency or saying that I don’t want to play this game. There is no room for that. We are at our top intensity all the time. This question will be better answered by the fans who watch the game. If there is too much cricket being played or there is a repetition of same series happening or not, for us, as I said, playing cricket for the country and we do what we are presented with. This definitely needs to be taken into consideration because you don’t want the fans going away from the game. We have to maintain a balance of how to engage fans and at the same time how to keep players fresh and keep cricket exciting and competitive cricket going throughout the year.”

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Sunil Gavaskar and Sehwag backs MS Dhoni to continue playing in T20Is

MS Dhoni received some flak from former cricketers, especially VVS Laxman, following the second T20I against New Zealand on November 4. Despite scoring a solid 49 off 37 when India had already lost half their side in the chase, the likes of Laxman and Ajit Agarkar decided to criticise the former India captain, saying that it was time he gave up T20 cricket. Laxman had said it was time Dhoni gave youngsters a chance in T20 format. However, Dhoni’s former teammate and swashbuckling India opener Virender Sehwag provided the perfect counter to Laxman’s statement. Sehwag backed Dhoni and said that he would never block the way for any youngster and step down at the right time.

“Team India needs MS Dhoni at the moment, even in T20 cricket. He will step down at the right time. He will never block the way for any young cricketer,” the big-hitting opener said.

Sehwag had earlier said that the Indian team was “yet to find a suitable replacement” for Dhoni.

Despite the increasing criticism on MS Dhoni’s dwindling form in recent times, legendary Indian batsman  Sunil Gavaskar too has backed the 36-year old to continue playing in T20Is. Defending the wicket-keeper batsman’s struggles in the shortest format of the game, the former captain insisted that the seasoned campaigner gets unnecessary disapproval due to his advancing age even as under-whelming performances from youngsters like Hardik Pandya are being swept under the carpet.

Gavaskar told, “When somebody reaches an age beyond 30, then I think all of us are looking to find fault with that over-30 person every time. We actually hasten somebody’s retirement from the game by demanding too much of the person. We do not look at the guys under 30 who actually haven’t done anything but we tend to sort of overlook that. So, we will not look at the failure of others in the same innings. Hardik Pandya getting out for one by not picking up a googly, we will not look at that. We will not look at the fact that openers did not give the usual start. We will only point a finger at MS Dhoni. So that is unfortunate (and) that is India for you.”

Chasing 197 for a win in Rajkot, Dhoni came into bat with 67 for four in 9.1 overs. Despite Virat Kohli going great guns at the other end, India didn’t have too much batting left after Dhoni. The likes of Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were the players left.

Dhoni made a slow start and failed to rotate the strike as regularly as some of the experts would have liked. During his stay in the middle, Dhoni scored 26 runs in boundaries from five deliveries (3×6, 2×4) but managed only 23 from the remaining 32 deliveries.

India lost Kohli in the 17th over with the score on 123 and Dhoni departed in the final over as India fell short by 40 runs.

India play the series-decider on Tuesday and certainly Dhoni’s batting position will be under spotlight as the home team aims to go for the kill at Thiruvananthapuram.

‘Started with Taylor, then I was ‘Darji’ which in Hindi means ‘Tailor’… now I am Taler’

“Tenpin bowling #Kanpur styles. Started with Taylor, then I was ‘Darji’ which in Hindi means ‘Tailor’… now I am Taler 🤔🤔 wonder how else my name can be spelt. Any ideas? #Taylor #Darji #taler #India @virendra sehwag”, Taylor posted on Instagram.

This all started when Ross Taylor slammed an impressive 100-ball-95 and was involved in a record partnership with Tom Latham as New Zealand defeated India by 6 wickets in their first ODI encounter in Mumbai.

His performance earned him praises from Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli as well as Virendra Sehwag who pointed out the phonetic resemblance between Taylor’s name to ‘tailor’ which translates to ‘darji’ in Urdu. In his Twitter post.

The two kept exchanging tweets and it ended with Sehwag praising Taylor once again on his performance against India.

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