IMAGE: Fans celebrate ahead of start of Day 2 of the second Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi stadium in Motera on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters There was finally some joy among the gloom as fans thronged the Narendra Modi stadium in Motera for the second Test between India and England. The N M stadium took over from the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the world's biggest cricket stadium on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, and Team India made sure their fans left a happy lot even though the game didn't even last two days. Fans, who were deprived of live cricketing action this past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, made sure to flock to the stadium in large numbers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 55,000 fans were allowed to attend the match, but there was no shortage of passion as fans came in early through the gates to watch the cricketers in action. There was no shortage of entertainment on the field as … [Read more...] about Cricketing Carnival in Ahmedabad!
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YOUNG fellas have been getting their eyes down in lockdown — with the number playing bingo soaring. Old ladies have traditionally been the dab hands with the dabber but the game has boomed online in the pandemic. A survey found that ten times more under-25s are clickety-clicking to log in than this time last year. And nearly half of all players are now male. Bingo halls, such as Mecca’s 86 clubs across the country, will not reopen until May 17 as part of the planned easing of lockdown. But many Brits have been playing online to ease boredom — saying they are doing it for entertainment rather than winnings. And more than half said that being part of an online community was important during the pandemic. Most read in News Breaking BEGUM LOSES Jihadi bride Shamima Begum LOSES court battle and banned from returning to UK FERRY PLUNGE Mum and daughter, 11, fall from ferry into sea near Belfast harbour … [Read more...] about Bingo’s no longer just for old ladies as number of young men playing soars during lockdown
After India's crushing 10-wicket win against England in the third Test in Ahmedabad, which saw the contest get wrapped inside two days, several former cricketers were highly critical of the pitch. Many, including India's 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, felt it was not an ideal track for a Test match. The former Indian cricketer took to Twitter to express his disappointment and claimed that spin legends like Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble would have scalped over 800 wickets if such tracks were available during his playing days. "Finished in 2 days Not sure if that's good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800?" Yuvraj tweeted on Thursday. finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ?However congratulations to @akshar2026 what a spell! … [Read more...] about ‘Not sure if that’s good for Test cricket’: Former cricketers slam Motera pitch
Former India international and Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. Vinay, a medium pacer, represented India in one Test, 31 ODIs and 9 T20Is between 2010 and 2013. Vinay retires as a domestic giant of Indian cricket having taken 504 first-class wickets in 139 matches that included 26 five-wicket hauls and five 10-wicket hauls in a match. With the bat, he scored 3311 runs including two centuries and 17 half-centuries. In 141 List A matches, the 37-year-old took 225 wickets at 24.39 and scored 1198 runs including four half-centuries. He announced his decision via a statement on Twitter saying he felt lucky to have represented India alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. “Today, the “Davangere Express” after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived at the station called retirement. It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every … [Read more...] about R Vinay Kumar Announces Retirement From All Forms of Cricket
New Delhi: All-rounder Yusuf Pathan , who was part of India's two World Cup-winning teams, on Friday announced retirement from all forms of cricket . A hard-hititng batsman and effective off-spinner, 38-year-old Pathan was part of the Indian teams that won the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 World Cup in India. MS Dhoni was captain of both teams. "I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in future as well," Pathan, who represented Baroda in domestic tournaments, said in a statement posted on Twitter. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love.… https://t.co/3pQ712RnXD — Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) 1614336434000 The Baroda-based Pathan's last appearance with the Indian team was in a T20 … [Read more...] about Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket