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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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Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to achieve massive T20I milestone

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India captain Virat Kohli added another feather to his already illustrious cap on Wednesday. After being asked to bat first in the 3rd T20I against West Indies, Kohli came out to the middle following the fall of Rohit Sharma in the 12th over. The right-handed batsman needed just six runs to reach 1,000 runs at home in the shortest format. He reached the milestone in the 14th over with a six off Hayden Walsh.

Doing so, Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to reach the milestone. The only two other cricketers, who have done so are New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (1430) and Colin Munro (1000).

Earlier, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave India a fiery start, as they stitched a 131-run partnership for the first wicket.

Rohit was dismissed for 71 in 34 balls after he handed away a catch to Hayden Walsh at deep midwicket. Rishabh Pant was promoted up the order at no. 3 position, but he was dismissed for a duck on the 2nd ball after his slog hit was picked up by Kieron Pollard at long-off.

Kohli hammered his highest T20I score of 94* in the first T20I to help his side chase down the mammoth total of 208. But a eight-wicket defeat in the 2nd T20I has levelled the series. With the series to be decided on Wednesday, the skipper hoped for an improved showing in all the three departments – batting, bowling and fielding. India made two changes in the team, dropping Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal for Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav.

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Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s international future: Till I am around, everybody will be respected

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the matter of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket will be addressed but vowed to accord the two-time World Cup winning captain respect during his tenure. Ganguly said he doesn’t now what is in Dhoni’s mind but promised that a player of his stature will be given respect.

“It depends on him. Even when I was left out and when the entire world said he will never make it, I believed in myself and came back and played for four years,” Ganguly said at his first media conference after taking over as the board president.

“You know champions don’t finish quickly. I don’t know what’s in his mind and what he thinks about his career. So we will deal with that you know,” he added.

Dhoni has been on a sabbatical from international cricket since India’s semi-final exit in the ODI World Cup, leading to speculations about his future.

“He is one of the greats of the game and India is proud to have MS Dhoni over a period of time. If you even sit down and take a note of what he has done, you say, ‘Wow, MS Dhoni’,” Ganguly said.

“It depends on him. I have always said when I was left out and the entire world said ‘I will never make it’. I came back and played for four years.” Since the Indian team’s World Cup exit, Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, joined his unit in the south Kashmir region to carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers.

He played golf in the United States and then showed up in the Indian dressing room at the end of their Test series triumph against South Africa in his home town Ranchi on Tuesday.

Legends of the game have often had unceremonious exits and Ganguly knows it more than anyone else how it feels to fight speculations and criticism.

“Till I am around, everybody will be respected and that doesn’t change,” Ganguly said.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament starts on November 9 and it is still not clear if Dhoni will be playing that tournament in case he wants to make himself available for selection for the West Indies tour at the end of the year.

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India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma breaks world record for most sixes in a Test series

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Rohit Sharma slammed his 6th Test century and third of the series against South Africa in the third and final Test match at the JSCA International Sports Complex in Ranchi on Saturday. Rohit got to his century with a six over long-off off Dane Piedt’s bowling in the post-lunch session of Day 1. Rohit, who now has 4 sixes in the innings (before Tea) broke the world record for most sixes by a batsman in a series. (India vs South Africa live score, 3rd Test Day 1)

Rohit broke the record of West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who had hit 15 sixes against Bangladesh in November 2018. The record for most sixes in a Test series by an Indian belonged Harbhajan Singh who had hit 14 sixes against New Zealand in 2010. Harbhajan had also scored two centuries in two matches to be adjudged Player of the Series for his batting.

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Rohit has been severe against off-spinner Dane Piedt, hitting him for 11 of his 17 sixes so far in the series. Piedt did not even play in the second Test but was brought back into the side after Keshav Maharaj was ruled out of the third Test in Ranchi.

Rohit and Rahane put together an unbroken stand of 166 for the 4th wicket as India did not lose a wicket in the second session. Rahane was unbeaten at 74 and Rohit was batting on 108 off 149 balls at Tea on Day 2 as India reached 205 for 3.

Rohit also brought up his 2000 Test runs. But it was not as easy in the first session for Rohit. He had to put his attacking instincts behind him and play the role of a grafter as Kagiso Rabada rattled the Indian top-order after Virat Kohli opted to bat first.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje reduced India to 39 for three in 15.3 overs.

Uneven bounce greeted the Indian openers after hosts elected to bat Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made full use of the conditions to give the visitors their best start of the series.

Rohit Sharma slammed his 6th Test century and third of the series against South Africa in the third and final Test match at the JSCA International Sports Complex in Ranchi on Saturday. Rohit got to his century with a six over long-off off Dane Piedt’s bowling in the post-lunch session of Day 1. Rohit, who now has 4 sixes in the innings (before Tea) broke the world record for most sixes by a batsman in a series. (India vs South Africa live score, 3rd Test Day 1)

Rohit broke the record of West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who had hit 15 sixes against Bangladesh in November 2018. The record for most sixes in a Test series by an Indian belonged Harbhajan Singh who had hit 14 sixes against New Zealand in 2010. Harbhajan had also scored two centuries in two matches to be adjudged Player of the Series for his batting.

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Rohit has been severe against off-spinner Dane Piedt, hitting him for 11 of his 17 sixes so far in the series. Piedt did not even play in the second Test but was brought back into the side after Keshav Maharaj was ruled out of the third Test in Ranchi.

Rohit and Rahane put together an unbroken stand of 166 for the 4th wicket as India did not lose a wicket in the second session. Rahane was unbeaten at 74 and Rohit was batting on 108 off 149 balls at Tea on Day 2 as India reached 205 for 3.

Rohit also brought up his 2000 Test runs. But it was not as easy in the first session for Rohit. He had to put his attacking instincts behind him and play the role of a grafter as Kagiso Rabada rattled the Indian top-order after Virat Kohli opted to bat first.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje reduced India to 39 for three in 15.3 overs.

Uneven bounce greeted the Indian openers after hosts elected to bat Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made full use of the conditions to give the visitors their best start of the series.

Pacer Rabada was impressive in his first spell of 7-4-15-2 as he got rid of opener Mayank Agarwal (10) and Cheteshwar Pujara (nought) inside the first-hour’s play.

The first breakthrough came in Rabada’s third over when the pacer swung it away with Agarwal edging it to Dean Elgar at third slip.

The young fast bowler dismissed Pujara in his fifth over following a successful review by the Proteas after on-field umpire Richard Illingworth turned down an lbw appeal.

But it was Nortje who earned the prized scalp of India skipper Virat Kohli, who could not read one that came back in sharply. Kohli took the review but it was not unsuccessful.

Since then, Sharma and Rahane have stitched a brilliant partnership.

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