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Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh starts his new innings

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Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has started his new innings away from the field. Stepping into a new arena, Yuvraj has decided to attempt something ‘exciting’ for Hotstar Specials latest series ‘The Office’.

Yuvraj, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket; and left behind hordes of heart-broken fans still longing for his power-packed hits, will soon be in a different avatar.

“I have tried my hand at something that is fun and exciting. The curiosity about what I’m doing with Hotstar Specials new show The Office ends today! I’ve had a lot of fun shooting for something special with the cast of the show; and I hope people enjoy watching it – stream now to know more,” said Yuvraj

The Office’ is an official adaptation of the international series. The 13-episode mockumentary chronicles the 9-to-5 lives of the employees at Wilkins Chawla as they navigate through their mundane routine that invariably gives rise to comical situations. The ensemble cast includes Mukul Chaddha, Gauahar Khan, Ranvir Shorey, Gopal Datt, Sayandeep Sengupta, Samridhi Dewan, Priyanka Setia, Abhinav Sharma, Gavin Methalaka, Preeti Kochar, Sunil Jetly, Chien Ho Liao, Nehpal Gautam and Mayur Bansiwal amongst others.

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Sachin Tendulkar suggests unique alternative to ICC’s boundary rules to decide winner

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The final of World Cup 2019 saw a controversial ending with the hosts England being declared the winners after the Super Over against New Zealand ended in a tie. The Eoin Morgan-led side had scored higher number of boundaries in the regulation overs, and as per ICC rules, won the match and were crowned as the champions. As the debate over the rule carries on, India cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar came up with a unique alternative to decide the winner.

“I feel there should be another super over to decide the winner, instead of considering the number of boundaries scored by both teams. Not just in a World Cup final. Every game is important. Like in football, when teams go into extra time, nothing else matters,” Tendulkar was quoted saying by 100mb.

“No one lost the final,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said Tuesday as his team tried coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat against England in the World Cup’s greatest summit clash. Cricketers, current and former, shared New Zealand’s pain on losing the title on boundary count with many of them asking for a “serious look” into the rule, slammed as “absurd”.

“At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is,” Williamson told Newstalk ZB.

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World Cup 2019: Bollywood celebrates England’s win, call New Zealand ‘a team of heroes’

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For many passionate Indian cricket fans, Team India and Virat Kohli’s men ought to have won the ICC Cricket World cup 2019. However, at the end, England triumphed over New Zealand to lift the coveted trophy and lauding the winners for a consistently impressive performance were members of the Bollywood film fraternity.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh was effusive in this praise for England, calling the match “cricket at its best” and had a tender spot for the Kiwis . He wrote: “Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019”

Sharing a video from the Lord’s cricket ground, venue of the finals, actor Anupam Kher wrote: “CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!!”

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India vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: ‘This is not war’ – Fans make peace as India crush Pakistan

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Passionate fans from both sides of cricket’s fiercest rivalry preached sporting peace after India’s World Cup thrashing of Pakistan on Sunday in front of an estimated global TV audience of a billion people.

India extended their unbeaten World Cup run against Pakistan to seven matches with an 89-run victory in front of a vociferous, sellout Manchester crowd, largely down to Rohit Sharma’s superb 140 off 113 balls.

Pakistan, chasing an initial 337 to win were always behind the run-rate and finished on a rain-interrupted 212 for six, well short of their revised target of 302 in 40 overs.

Despite the volatile political relations between the two countries, the majority of fans were determined that the sporting battle remained good natured.

“India and Pakistan have long been rivals in the cricket field but we have to move on from the hatred,” Amit Jain, an Indian at the match told AFP.

“This is not war, so take it as a game. All those news channels that were trying to spread hate are looking for some other news now.

“This is done and dusted for them. So we should realise this and grow up,” the 43-year-old London businessman added.

Most of the Pakistan supporters trudged away from Old Trafford early when rain interrupted with their team struggling at 166 for six after 35 overs.

When the match resumed, Pakistan were left with a virtually impossible revised target of 136 more from five overs.

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“India is a great team, no doubt about it and (India captain Virat) Kohli is a man who leads from the front,” said dejected Pakistan fan Ashraf Ali.

“We knew we had little chance but had to keep our morale up by saying that we are going to win

“It was fun sitting along side our Indian friends and watching a good game of cricket. That’s how it should be. Peace is what we need.”

In India and Pakistan it was approaching midnight by the time the game ended.

At a packed outdoor screen in Gurgaon outside New Delhi, hundreds of people were glued to the game before the rain started during Pakistan’s innings, many of them with Indian flags and painted faces.

“Today the josh (patriotic enthusiasm) is at the top of the level. I can’t express in words,” Indian fan Satyam Mishra said in Gurgaon.

Some started to dance and celebrate as Pakistan’s batsmen began to falter and the match tilted in India’s favour.

“Thank God we are warring on the cricket field rather than warring between our borders,” Avaneesh Damaraju, a 17-year-old student, told AFP.

Fans in Islamabad braved the heat to watch the match on big screens in a public park, but they began to thin out rapidly as Pakistan’s loss became inevitable.

“My Pakistani patriot tweet for the day: It is just a game,” tweeted former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani.

Others were less sanguine.

“My thoughts and prayers goes out to the television sets across Pakistan,” tweeted one user along with a photograph of a man aiming an automatic weapon at a TV set airing the match.

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