The beginning of the end for India came right with the call to field first after winning the toss
Companies News : The hopes of more than a billion Indian seemed to have come a cropper on Sunday when their national team was handed a humiliating defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan in the final match of Champions Trophy, 2017. Played at the Oval in London, the match saw India crumbling in their chase of 339 runs and getting bundled out for a lowly 158.
Worse, the debacle for India – their biggest margin of defeat in an ICC tournament yet – came in their first clash with Pakistan in a summit match since 2007. Before this, India’s 125-run loss to Australia in the 2003 World Cup final, at Johannesburg’s New Wanderers Stadium in South Africa, had been their most crushing defeat.
While it was embarrassing for India, the emotions on Pakistan side were those of jubilation that comes with unexpected triumph. At the 8th spot in ODI rankings, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked team at the beginning of Champions Trophy 2017. But the way they downed the favourites like South Africa, Sri Lanka and England, and finally India, will be remembered by cricket enthusiasts for a very long time.
Among the most spectacular takeaways from Sunday’s game were the phenomenal opening spell by left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir and the brilliant maiden century by Fakhar Zaman, besides sublime field performance by Sarfraz Ahmed’s boys.
Here are five turning points in the match that took the game away from India:
1. The toss: Banking on India’s recent record of successfully chasing down big targets, India skipper Virat Kohli opted to put Pakistan in to bat first. This, it turns out, would have been a good toss to lose for India, as Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also said he, too, would have elected to field if he had won the toss.(more)
India take very little time to pick remaining four England wickets, and register a comprehensive innings and 36-run win over the visitors in the fourth Test at the Wankhede
The visitors failed to apply themselves and collapsed within the first 30 minute’s of the fifth and final day.
Ashwin picked another ten-wicket haul in Tests, and also took five wickets in an innings for the 24th time.
The series win is India’s fifth on the trot, under Kohli. The skipper’s incredible run with the bat, and as captain, continues.
The action will now shift to Chennai where India will play for 4-0 scoreline, and England will eye pride
Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of England batsman Jonny Bairstow
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Virat Kohli promotes a healthy lifestyle; launches Stepathlon Kids
After launching his apparel line under the Wrogn brand name and investing in FC Goa in the (football) Indian Super League, Indian cricket Test captain Virat Kohli has now partnered with Stepathlon Lifestyle, a wellness-promoting entity, to launch Stepathlon Kids, a company dedicated to children’s fitness programmes.
This venture will also mark Stepathlon’s entry into the business to consumer space. The company will also receive operational support from Cornerstone Sports and Entertainment, a sports celebrity management company.
The new firm, through an annual ‘30 Day Race’ around a virtual world, will urge children to take 15,000 steps a day, in a bid to have a healthy lifestyle and to create long-term positive behaviour. According to a study commissioned by the World Health Organization in 2014, as many as 22 per cent of children in India are obese and facing health issues. Stepathlon Kids will be focused on building children’s holistic health – encouraging of physical activity and educating them on nutrition, exercise, stress and more. Kohli will play a role in creating widespread awareness. Read more.
from stand-up comic Tanmay Bhat, who is also co-founder of comic group All India Bakchod (AIB), in which he mimics venerated Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar
and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar
has evoked a sharp reaction from the film fraternity as well as the political class.
On Monday, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS
filed an FIR
against Bhat and pledged to ban his shows in Mumbai.
MNS Chitrapat Sena’ president Ameya Khopkar on Monday morning filed the police report in Shivaji Part and has demanded that the video uploaded by Bhatt be removed immediately.
The All India Bakchod (AIB) comedian reportedly posted the video on May 26 on Facebook titled “Sachin vs Lata Civil War” and made jokes about both, along with the disclaimer: “I make such nonsense on my Snapchat.”
Using Snapchat’s face swap filter, Bhat first imitated Tendulkar, mocked Virat Kohli, saying who is a better player, Virat or Sachin, and then took a dig at Mangeshkar.
Some of the catch phrases that evoked criticism were:
“No, I’m very respectful for Virat. He is very good with bat and ladies.”
“Lata tai namaskar. Very respectfully I’d like to add that you are 5,000 years old.”