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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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Rohit Sharma sends out strong message: ‘Talk about me but don’t drag my family’

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He was one of Indian cricket’s standout performers last year. But there is something that the vice captain of India’s limited overs team is unhappy about. Rohit Sharma,who is currently on a break from international cricket, on Monday sent out a strong message to those writing about the family members of cricketers. Rohit was speaking about the controversy that erupted after the ICC World Cup as there were stories about senior players extending their families’ stay beyond the designated number of days and Rohit said he felt hurt at families being dragged into it.

“Our families are there to support us, make us feel happy. When all these things were being written about, few of my friends came and told me and believe me or not, I was just laughing.

“But then it went on and on and they dragged my family and that was not on. You talk about me but don’t drag my family as they genuinely don’t care about anything else. I think even Virat (Kohli) must have felt the same way as families are an important aspect of our lives,” Rohit told PTI during an interview.

On a personal front the year 2019 was another huge success story for Rohit Sharma, who was the highest run getter as an opener across all formats. He ended up breaking Sanath Jayasuriya’s long standing record. He had a great outing at the ICC World Cup too, scoring as many as 5 centuries, which is the most by any batsman in a single tournament.

Rohit also made a splashing comeback to Test cricket, this time as an opener. He dominated proceedings against South Africa and Bangladesh at home and will look to get runs under his belt in the longest format away from home too.

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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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