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Wimbledon 2018: Marin Cilic knocked out, Nadal and Djokovic advance

first_imgThird seed and last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic crashed out of the Wimbledon 2018 in the second round on Thursday. However, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic recorded comfortable victories to move into the third round.Cilic won the first two sets and looked like registering a convincing victory but Guido Pella of Argentina made a superb comeback to beat the Croatian 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 on No.1 Court in 3 hours and 13 minutes.Pella, who has very limited experience on grass and had lost to Cilic in three sets at the 2015 U.S. Open in their only previous meeting, was undoubtedly helped by Wednesdays rain interruptions.”Yesterday he was playing so, so good, hitting the ball so hard that I couldn’t do anything, Pella said.Also read – Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep cruises into 3rd round, Eugenie Bouchard out”So the rain helped me a lot. Today I played differently, tried to be more aggressive, he started to feel uncomfortable. I tried to hit the ball hard and fight for every ball and I think in the end that’s why I won.”Every time you play this kind of player, they try to break your serve in the first game and that’s what he got in the first two sets.”NADAL LABOURS TO VICTORYThe scoreboard said 6-4 6-3 6-4 to Rafael Nadal but it was an uneasy two-and-a-half hours for the Spanish world number one as he laboured past Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin into the third round. Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory (Reuters Photo)Two-time champion Nadal, 32, never quite got to grips with the unorthodox Kazakh’s low, skidding shots and faced 13 break points in an entertaining Centre Court contest.advertisementAlso read – What distracted Eugenie Bouchard during her first round Wimbledon winHad Kukushkin converted a few more of them it could have got really complicated for Nadal, who is still finding his grasscourt game after claiming an 11th French Open title.Nadal took 10 minutes to hold his opening service game and was still being asked questions by the world number 77 in the third when he slipped 3-1 behind in the face of some inspired shot-making by his opponent.The 17-times Grand Slam champion dug in though and managed to avoid being dragged further into the afternoon, claiming victory when Kukushkin’s forehand smacked into the net tape.Nadal will face Australian teenager Alex De Minaur next.Also read – Gerard Pique unwinds at Wimbledon after Spain’s World Cup 2018 exitWAWRINKA CRASHES OUTStan Wawrinka’s poor run at recent Grand Slams continued when the Swiss lost 7-6(7) 6-3 7-6(6) against Italian journeyman Thomas Fabbiano.Wawrinka, winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, trailed by two sets overnight but was 6-5 ahead in the third when play resumed in muggy conditions.He then had two set points in the tiebreak but could not convert either, spraying one backhand well wide, and the 29-year-old qualifier Fabbiano completed the biggest victory of his career.Since reaching least year’s French Open final Wawrinka has tumbled down the rankings from three to his current 224, mainly as a consequence of the knee surgery he required last year.He lost in the first round of the French Open this year, the second round in Australia and at last year’s Wimbledon he was knocked out in round one. He did not play the U.S. Open.Fabbiano, ranked 133rd, goes on to play either American Jared Donaldson or Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round — the furthest he has ever been in a Grand Slam.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lethargic Switzerland got what they deserved, feels FedererDJOKOVIC OVERCOMES THIGH PROBLEM TO ADVANCENovak Djokovic battled past a thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Novak Djokovic in action in the second round (Reuters Photo)Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.ISNER TAKES FIVE SETS TO WINJohn Isner almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but survived to beat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelman in a delayed second-round match.The American ninth seed eventually won 6-1 6-4 6-7(3) 6-7(6) 7-5 but he came desperately close to another Wimbledon failure.On Wednesday, he led two sets to love and held a match point in the third set but the 105th-ranked Bemelmans stormed back to win two tiebreaks and level the match before rain intervened.On the resumption Bemelmans came close to a big shock when Isner served at 4-5 and trailed 15-40 but he saved both match points with booming aces, two of the 64 he sent down — the fourth highest total ever at Wimbledon.advertisementAlso read – Wimbledon 2018: Ball girl hit by 217-kmph serve, consoled by playersBemelmans tightened up at 4-5 and double-faulted on the way to being broken and Isner wrapped up victory, despite facing a break point, in the following game as he forced an error.Isner now has the chance to record his best Wimbledon performance, having never been past the third round.To achieve that he will have to get past Moldovan Radu Albot who beat Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in five sets.OTHER RESULTS:Nick Kyrgios beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4, 7-5Straight sets victory. Straight into the third round.@NickKyrgios cruises through against Robin Haase, winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-5#Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Diego Schwartzman lost to Jiri Vesely 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(3)Denis Shapovalov lost to Benoit Paire 6-0, 2-6, 4-6, 6-7(3)Kei Nishikori beat Bernard Tomic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 7-5Battle hardened.@keinishikori seals his spot in the third round at #Wimbledon after a tough encounter against Bernard Tomic.Nick Kyrgios awaits next… (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Juan Martin del Potro beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1, 6-2Kyle Edmund beat Bradley Klahn 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-2Fabio Fognini beat Simone Bolelli 6-3, 6-4, 6-1Alexander Zverev trailing Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(0) [match suspended]Sleep tight, Centre Court. #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018last_img read more

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This 17-year-old national level cycling record holder with cerebral palsy just got selected to the Special Olympics!

first_imgBy Vaishnawi SinhaCerebral palsy can become an obstacle for many but it was not reason enough to hold back 17-year-old Abhishek Gogoi from breaking a national record for cycling.This multitalented teenager holds a national record of 19 minutes and 12 seconds, which is the 12th fastest timing in World for the 10 km Individual Time Trial in cycling in the Special Olympics category.By setting this record, he qualified to participate in the Summer Special Olympics 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi in March.His mother, the sole wage earner of the house, couldnt afford proper equipment for Abhishek and so, he has been borrowing bikes to compete in major tournaments because of which, Ketto, a crowdfunding platform started a fundraiser for his benefit. Abhishek says that his cerebral palsy never came in the way of him trying to achieve his dreams and never affected his performance in the race. The young boy is proving to be an inspiration to young athletes all over the nation, especially those fighting cerebral palsy.No money for cycling equipmentsAt a young age, Abhishek lost his father to cancer, leaving his mother as the sole wage earner of the household. Not surprisingly, the family couldn’t afford any cycling gear for him.He has been using borrowed equipment and bikes for his training and to compete in tournaments and because of his undying determination, he has been invited to a training camp in Rajasthan to prepare for the Special Olympics qualifiers. When asked about his feelings about breaking the record, Abhishek exclaims,advertisement”I felt very happy when I came to know that I had broken the record. But I believe that all records are meant to be broken and even my record will be broken by someone.”‘I take my condition as a challenge upon myself’Abhishek feels that his condition has not yet had an affect on his performance in any race but has instead acted as a push for him to achieve higher goals.He was always interested in cycling as a child but his condition led him to lose balance and injure himself several times. Strangely, this motivated him to pursue cycling even more than before.Cerebral palsy can lead to discomfort in muscular movements and can sometimes cause major disbalance during physical activities but Abhishek trained vigorously to power through it. “I wake up at 4:30 in the morning and ride from my home till Bharalumukh and back (10 kms). After reaching home, I have breakfast and spent some time with my family and pets, says the national record breaker.””After lunch, I again take my cycle and ride around the town till evening (15-20 km approx). Then from 8-10 pm, after my studies, I hit the gym to work out and keep myself fit,” says Abhishek, explaining his training schedule.Abhishek’s future goals As of now, Abhishek’s goal is to promote cycling as a sport everywhere in the world even though his future plans are not very concrete as he loves to do things in the last moment.He is currently studying commerce at IGNOU and holds both studies and physical fitness as equally important. However, his dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps.”My future dream is to make movies like my father. I want to win Oscar and bring glory for my country,” he says.Abhishek’s cricket coach, Venkatesh Ram, and Satbir Singh Sabote, the director of Special Olympics (Bharat) were major motivators for this young record breaker.How crowdfunding is helping Abhishek achieve excellence Despite losing his father at an early age and the drawback of his condition, Abhishek’s spirit was never broken. The funds raised by Ketto had helped him a lot. He says, “Since I did not have a cycle of my own and was not able to afford a good quality cycle, some good people in Guwahati started an online crowdfunding campaign through Ketto. The campaign was successful and they have gifted me a very good road racing cycle by Giant (Giant TCR SLR).”Ketto started a fundraiser for his benefit with a goal of raising around Rs 1.5 lakh.The online crowdfunding campaign was initiated by a person named Arshel Akhter, who also happens to be the first Bicycle Mayor of Guwahati. He was supported by Bikash Doley, partner Spokehub, the Giant cycles dealer in Guwahati, says the cyclist.The crowdfunding campaign helped reach out to a larger audience and a lot of people globally who we never knew personally. Without this, it would have been impossible to reach out physically to these many contributors, Abhishek says, praising Kettos effort.advertisementYou can contribute to his success here.An inspiration to the teens of our timeAbhishek’s success as a cyclist is an inspiration to many. His spirit and drive to achieve his goals made his family very happy and made our entire nation proud.He only had one piece of advice for all aspiring achievers: “Believe in yourself. Never give up, no matter how many times you fail or what people think about you. Just prove them wrong.”Read: This woman is helping girls stay in school after puberty with eco-friendly and safe menstruation solutionsRead: How Swajals solar powered Water ATMs are solving Indias water problemlast_img read more

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Emmanuel Macron watches as France reach World Cup 2018 final

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Cuadrado has ‘no problem’ giving up Juve No.7 shirt to Ronaldo

first_img\R Bogota, Jul 13 (AFP) Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado says he is happy to give up his Juventus No.7 shirt to the Italian champions’ new signing and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. After nine years, four Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid, Ronaldo completed a surprise move to Italy’s Serie A earlier this week, saying “the time has come to open a new stage in my life.” Ever since he joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon as a gangly 18-year-old in 2003, Ronaldo has worn the No.7 shirt and has even created his own CR7 fashion label, in a reference to his initials and jersey number. “We know what he represents with his shirt and I didn’t have any problem (giving it up),” Cuadrado said in a press conference in Bogota. “For me the most important thing is to train hard and be ready for the coach when he sends me onto the pitch to play, which will now be with (the number) 588.” On Wednesday, Cuadrado had already sent a welcome message to Ronaldo insinuating he would give up claims to the coveted No.7.Cuadrado is more interested in Ronaldo’s abilities than what shirt number dons either player’s back. “He’ll bring a lot to Juventus with this hunger he has for winning,” he said. “He’s one of the best in the world and with what he’s done and his experience, he’ll help us a lot.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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Rogers Cup: Simona Halep beats Caroline Garcia to reach semi-final in Montreal

first_imgSimona Halep seeded number one at the Rogers Cup defeated Caroline Garcia for the second consecutive year in Montreal on Friday with a 7-5 6-1 win to set up a semi-final showdown with Ashleigh Barty.The French Open champion showed no signs of fatigue following her marathon three-set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday, running down balls to extend points and wear down the slower Garcia.After a shaky start Halep won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defense.Next up for Halep is Australian Barty, who strolled to a 6-3 6-1 win over Kiki Bertens in their quarter-final match earlier in the day.The 15th-seeded Barty won 80 percent of her first serve points and broke Bertens four times as she cruised to victory.Saturday’s semi-final will mark the first career meeting between Halep and Barty.American Sloane Stephens faced little resistance in her 6-2 6-2 win over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in a match that took a little over an hour to complete.With the win Stephens advances to her second consecutive Rogers Cup semi-final after falling to Caroline Wozniacki last year.The 25-year-old U.S. Open champion will look to add her second hard court title of the year after she won the Miami Open in March.But to do so she will have to get past defending champion Elina Svitolina after she dispatched Elise Mertens 7-5 6-3 on Friday.The fifth-seeded Ukrainian fired five aces and won 71 percent of her first serve points to book her ticket to the semis.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Shooters in spotlight at Youth Olympic Games in Argentina

first_imgAs Indian under-18 contingent departed for Buenos Aires on Monday night for the Youth Olympics Games (YOG) from October 6, the spotlight was on the star-studded shooting brigade, whose medal-winning run at various world-class events is fresh in minds of everyone.Having a line-up of Saurabh Chaudhury, Manu Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh and Tushar Mane, the expectations of winning more than one gold medal are high. The quartet has won eight medals among them at varied marquee events this year.Flag bearer of Indian contingent at the YOG, Bhaker, who was shocked to find out that Indians are yet to clinch gold at the quadrennial event, said the nation chances of winning the historic first yellow metal are high as having someone like Saurabh Chaudhary, whom she rates better than her, makes it almost a certainty.”I think the shooting team can live up to the expectation of winning the first gold medal at the Youth Olympics because we have someone like Saurabh Chaudhary among our ranks who I think will surely win it. I feel he is a better shooter than me and his performance at the Asian Games and World Championship in Korea really proves that,” admits the 16-year-old shooter during the send-off ceremony by Indian Olympics Association on Monday.Saurabh will be aiming for gold in boys’ 10m air pistol and will team up with Manu for the 10 air pistol mixed event; Manu will also be in contention in girls’ 10m air pistol. While Mehuli and Tushar will be vying for medal together in the 10m air rifle mixed team and also in the individual events.advertisementManu said that the morale of all the shooters are very high given what they all have achieved over the year.”The entire team is feeling very confident and we have set the bar high for ourselves because we all have succeeded in winning medal at major events this year and each of us is aware that we are in the team because we have earned it, so all of us are feeling confident to continue doing the same,” the Haryana girl told Mail Today.Manu also added that she is not bogged down with the pressure that comes being the flag bearer, coupled with the fact that she returned empty-handed from Asian Games and ISSF World Championship in Changwon, South Korea as she is satisfied with her performance.”I know people think there is a downfall in my performance because I haven’t won any medal at Asian Games and World Championship. If you look at my score in Jakarta, I scored 593 during the qualification round, which is something I have never done before. Even in Changwon, I scored 584, which has been my regular score at any given tournament this year. I have kept my score in the regions of 580’s to 590’s regularly. So I am not worried as far as my performance is concerned.However, shooting is not the only discipline where India is feeling positive about their chances of breaking into the gold medal club as badminton prodigy Lakshya Sen, who is seeded second in the individual event, will be vying for top laurel. Also, ITTF World junior No.3 Manav Thakkar will pose a serious threat to Chinese and Japanese paddlers in table tennis individual event.last_img read more

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A bit of banter not harmful but we won’t cross the line: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli is not going to steer completely clear of banter and a bit of sledging against Australia but he’s also confident that he doesn’t see anything below the belt happening.India and Australia have a history of spicy moments on the field, the last of which was the infamous ‘brain fade’ moment and also Glenn Maxwell mocking Kohli’s shoulder injury.All of that happened last year in India and since then a lot of changed, especially in Australian cricket. Australia have been rocked by the ball-tampering scandal, which has raised a lot of questions on their dressing room culture.With the home series against a tough side like India, Australia are looking to get back on track, both on and off the field and re-connect with their public.India, on the other hand, are in the last leg of the defining overseas tour and are under pressure to register their first-ever Test series victory down under after losing series in South Africa and England.Kohli is known as someone who enjoys the banter on the field and that fires him up and Australia are wary of that. While some say get into Kohli’s head, others say don’t rally him up. Kohli says he expects a bit of fire on the field but he does not see anyone crossing the line.”I don’t see stuff happening in the past where both teams have crossed the line but still it’s a competitive sport at the end of the day and international cricket. We don’t expect guys to come in, bowl and walk back,” Kohli said to reporters ahead of the Adelaide Test.advertisement”There are going to be times when you have to put the batsmen under pressure, not necessarily crossing the line but just get into their heads, which you expect from any side in the world not just Australia. So I think it is going to be there but it’s not going to be at the level it happened in the past, where both teams have lost control. But the competitiveness will be there because you eventually want to get guys out.”Kohli said even though he doesn’t see “anything radical happening”, if the team has to upset the rhythm of a batsman to get an edge, he does not even mind a bit of banter. After all, that’s “not harmful”.”If the situation is going your way and you understand that you’re up against an important guy in the opposition, you will go hard at that person, be it in your body language or just putting in a word or two. But I don’t see anything radical happening because the skill set is high and we would not necessarily need to get into anything but during times when situations are difficult, you find ways to upset the batsman’s rhythm. I think a bit of banter there is not harmful.”Also Read | Play hard but fair: Cricket Australia’s new chairman has a message before India TestsAlso Read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli is my favourite among modern day players, says Vivian Richards

first_imgLegendary cricketer Vivian Richards has called India skipper Virat Kohli his favourite modern day player and also backed the Indian team to win the ongoing Test series in Australia. The four-match series is currently locked at 1-1 after the first two Tests but for Richards India remain the favourites to win the contest and create history.India succumbed to a 146-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the second Test of the four-match series earlier this week after registering a close 31-run victory in the first Test in Adelaide. The third Test begins in Melbourne on Boxing Day, before Sidney hosts the final tie from January 3 2019.Richards, who is here as brand ambassador of American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, which is part of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), said Kohli’s leadership qualities and “stomach to compete” should hold India in good stead in the two remaining games.”India has got a wonderful opportunity to win the series. They would have had a setback in Perth but they can still win. They have a captain like Virat who wears his heart on his sleeve and he has the stomach to compete and drag his players to victory,” Richards told IANS on Friday.In the same breath, the 66-year old West Indies batting great pointed out that even without Steve Smith and David Warner, the Aussies are a formidable unit as they can match up the dearth of talent with their attitude.”I am still backing them [the Indian team] to win the series but one should never ever forget, the Australians without Steve Smith or [David] Warner are still a formidable force. What they miss in talent, they will bring it in their attitude,” he said.advertisementAlways effusive in praise of Kohli, Richards said it would be “jumping the gun” to rate him among the all time greats as he needs to finish his career first.”Among modern day players he is my favourite. I have various categories. I think we got to wait until he is finishing his career [to put him in the bracket of all time greats]. We would be jumping the gun if we do that now. But certainly, he is in a wonderful position,” Richards said.’GODFATHER OF INDIAN BATSMANSHIP’Terming the legendary Sunil Gavaskar as the “godfather of Indian batsmanship”, Richards said India can be very happy to have batting greats at different generations.”India have had its fair share of batsmen but the folks who can be called role models — Sunil Gavaskar who is the godfather of Indian batsmanship. Sachin Tendulkar would have followed, and then Virat Kohli. India should be quite happy to have these individuals,” he said.Asked about Kohli’s bust up with Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the second Test, Richards said the flamboyant Indian skipper did not cross the line.”I don’t think he crossed the line. I think the BCCI also said the same thing and I can only follow in those footsteps,” he asserted.A destructive batsman during his time, Richards picked Brian Lara as one who would find the gaps like no one else on a cricket field, saying one doesn’t need to hit sixes all the time to be in that bracket.”In modern day cricket, you have to look at Virat Kohli. And closer to my home, Brian Lara. I don’t think anyone picks gaps as well as Brian Lara. He can find the gaps anywhere on a cricketing field. And that to me is seriously destructive. He may not be hitting sixes. Sachin Tendulkar had that,” he said.”AB De Villiers brings this sort of quality as well, Chris Gayle too. He is one of the last of what West Indies cricket really represents.”So, who are the three toughest bowlers he faced during his time?”[Bhagwat] Chandrashekhar and Dennis Lillee would be on top of the tree. There were so many,” quipped Richards, who has 8540 runs in 121 Tests and 6721 in 187 One Day Internationals.Also Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Justin Langer sees the funny side of Kohli-Paine banterlast_img read more

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Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosted the Indian and Australian cricket teams on New Year’s Day after three intensely fought Test matches in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. India lead the series 2-1 with the final Test to be played in Sydnet from January 3.While there has been plenty of banter and heated verbal wars in the middle, players from both teams had a good time together at Kirribilli House on January 1. Not surprisingly, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were the center of attention for the media but there was one man who completely stole the show.Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who made his Test debut in England last year, has been involved in several sledging games with Australian wicketkeeper and captain Tim Paine. Pant had started the verbal wars in Adelaide when he taunted Pat Cummins who seemed completely clueless against R Ashwin.On Tuesday, as the Australian Prime Minister met Pant at his official residence, he could be heard saying on a video released by XtraTime: “Aah yes! You sledges right? You are very welcome. We like competitive game.”Pant smiled politely and shook the prime minister’s hand before moving on.In Melbourne, temperatures soared when Tim Paine asked Pant if he would like to babysit while he took Mrs Paine out. “We might get [Pant] down to the [Hobart] Hurricanes, we need a batter,” Paine said.”You’d fancy that, Pantsy – extend your little Aussie holiday. Beautiful town Hobart too. Get you a nice apartment on the waterfront,” Paine told Pant as the Indian wicketkeeper batted.advertisementNot one to take a sledge lying down, Pant hit back at Paine and called the Australian a temporary skipper who only knew how to talk.However, both men seemed to have a good laugh about their on-field antics at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) when Mrs Paine posted a picture of her kids with Rishabh Pant and captioned it: “Best Babysitter”.The post went viral within minutes and drew rave reviews for Pant for being a sport.Now with the Australian PM welcoming Pant to sledge more, the SCG Test is bound to get more interesting.Also Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Best babysitter: Tim Paine’s wife shares photo of Rishabh Pant with her kidsAlso Read | Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all yearAlso Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in Sydneylast_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s charged-up men seek to bury the ghost of 2014

first_imgIndia failed to win a single ODI on their last tour of New Zealand in 2014. But plenty has changed over the last five years. Virat Kohli is now captain and easily the best player in the world. In Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, India have a potent new ball attack. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are crafty operators while the opening combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma strikes fear in the heart of the opposition.India lost the 5-match ODI series in 2014 4-0. One game was tied and by the end of the series, India were made to look pretty ordinary. But Kane Williamson knows he won’t expect the same India to turn up at McLean Park in the series opener.In 2014, India were looking to build momentum overseas despite the Champions Trophy triumph in England just a few months earlier. This Indian team has ticked off several firsts – a bilateral ODI series victory in South Africa followed by another in Australia. Even without Jasprit Bumrah, India look strong and dangerous in New Zealand. Fair to say, the five-match ODI series which gets underway in Napier on Wednesday.India had the same top three back in 2014. Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli. They had the same new-ball bowlers – Shami and Bhuvneshwar. But they all lacked the consistency they have today. Rohit and Kohli are ODI giants and are capable of scoring in any conditions.To make things sweeter for India, MS Dhoni is back in form. He had a horrid 2018 when he made only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. In 2019, Dhoni has three fifties from 3 ODIs. In Australia, he was named man-of-the-series for his 193 runs.advertisementIndia struggled a bit to get their balance right in the absence of Hardik Pandya but in the series decider against Australia, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar seemed to offer a solution to the all-rounder’s problem.Riding high on confidence from the Australia tour, India know New Zealand at home would be far from easy.New Zealand have been virtually invincble at home. They recently blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 in an ODI series on the back of Ross Taylor’s incredible form.Unlike Australia, New Zealand are a well-settled team. Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and Jimmy Neesham make for a dangerous batting line-up. Tim Southee and Trent Boult are dangerous bowlers and in their own conditions, both men can cause a lot of damage.Napier will offer batting friendly conditions and it could really come down to the guile of the bowlers as batsmen come out all guns blazing. Led by contrasting characters, India and New Zealand promise some riveting cricket over the next fortnight. Not much seperates the two teams in the ICC ODI rankings – India are second and New Zealand are not far behind at third.Big guns, big hitters, classy batsmen, smart pacers – India vs New Zealand promises to be a blockbuster!Also Read | New Zealand focused on how to best combat Virat Kohli, says Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Shubman Gill looks to Virat Kohli for inspiration in New ZealandAlso Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and Dhawanlast_img read more

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I-League: Wolfe penalty helps Churchill Brothers eke out a draw vs Mohun Bagan

first_imgChurchill Brothers FC salvaged a point against visiting Mohun Bagan at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco Da Gama, Goa, on Saturday, as they eked out a 1-1 draw with the help of a late Anthony Wolfe penalty which cancelled out a 39th minute strike by Dipanda Dicka.With this result in the 12th Hero I-League, Churchill remain in third position on the table, with 30 points from 17 games, while Mohun Bagan remained in sixth position, having played a game less for their 23 points.The game could not reach the heights as expected and the first half saw Mohun Bagan take a lead into the break with the help of an opportunistic Dicka strike, which was his seventh in this year’s campaign.Haitian winger Sony Norde missed a chance early and then Lybian defender Hussein Eldor hit the woodwork in the 17th minute for Churchill, before Dicka struck six minutes before the end of the half.What could have unsettled the home side before conceding was the fact that they lost two crucial players due to injury. Hussein Eldor had to be replaced by Rowlinson Rodriguez and Richard Costa had to be carried away on a stretcher in tears and was replaced by Aniston Fernandes.Sony Norde was brought down just inside the Churchill half on the left by Wayne Vaz, who otherwise had a brilliant time keeping the Haitian in check. From the resultant free-kick, Abinash Ruidas floated the ball in towards Henry Kisekka inside the box, who climbed to head towards the path of Dicka.advertisementThe Cameroonian seemed to have been well covered by Rowlinson, who in his attempt to clear, flummoxed his own advancing keeper Vicky Baskaran, missing with his right and faintly touching the ball with his leading left foot. As the ball advanced further, Dicka had not given up the pursuit and tapped home from close.After the break, Churchill seemed to have regained composure and pressed on for the equaliser but despite some close chances, could not manage to find the Bagan net.Bagan, meanwhile, had a solid punch by Omar Elhusseiny on the half hour mark saved by Baskaran.After having a good game for quite a while, central defender Eze Kingsley was adjudged to have brought down substitute Anthony Wolfe inside the box.The Trinidadian calmy converted from the spot to beat keeper Shilton Paul and regained parity. It remained the same till the end and both teams will rue another missed opportunity at a win, something that has characterised both of their seasons.Also Read | Real Kashmir FC vs East Bengal postponed due to thick snow cover in SrinagarAlso Read | Swiss giants FC Basel buy stakes in Chennai City FC in landmark deallast_img read more

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Pulwama terror attack: Suriya to Allu Arjun, South celebs mourn Kashmir tragedy

first_imgOn February 14, Jammu and Kashmir saw a deadly terrorist attack which killed 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF). The bus, which was blown away by the terrorists, was part of a 70-vehicle convoy that was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.Suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar from the banned terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad rammed his SUV laden with 300 kg of explosives into the bus with the jawans on board. The attack is one of the worst tragedies in recent times in Jammu and Kashmir.Many South Indian celebrities including Allu Arjun, Suriya, Dulquer Salmaan, Rana Daggubati and Anirudh Ravichander took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the martyrs and their families.Tamil actor Suriya stated that he is extremely saddened to hear the news. He wrote, “Deeply Saddened and heartbroken to know about the cowardly attack on #CRPFJawans convoy in #Pulwama. My heartfelt condolences to their families who have lost a son, brother, husband or a father for us. (sic)”Dear all The link… Let’s show martyred #CRPFJawans families that we are there for them as they were for us.Let’s await details and give individual donation.We can reach the individuals for confirmation with the details in the link. #Bravehearts Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) February 15, 2019Telugu star Allu Arjun, who was shocked to hear the news, offered his condolences. He wrote, “Heart felt Condolences to all the families of 42 CRPF Men who lost their lives at Pulwama. Every soldier’s sacrifice will be remembered and honoured deep in our hearts. A very very sad day. #PulwamaAttack (sic)”advertisementCondemning the Pulwama terror attack, Dulquer Salmaan wrote, “Heartbreaking to hear about the # PulwamaTerrorAttack! Condolences and prayers to the family and friends of all the brave CRPF jawans that lost their lives to this cowardly and dastardly act. (sic)”Actor Rana Daggubati too offered his condolences. He wrote, “Shocked to hear the news of the terror attack in # Pulwama. Strength to the families of the brave CRPF soldiers we lost. #RIPBraveHearts (sic)”#RIPBraveHearts #PulwamaDeepest condolences to the families of these real life heros Ravichander (@anirudhofficial) February 15, 2019Prayers for the departed. #PakistaniTerror must be stopped. Strength to the families of the martyrs. The government must reply strongly. Enough. #PulwamaSiddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 15, 2019″That’s saddening to hear the news of #PulwamaTerrorAttack, may the great souls Rest in Peace and let’s wish the injured heroes and pray a speedy recovery for them and their families !Let’s take a bow for them”Jai Hind” Mandanna (@iamRashmika) February 15, 2019#pulwama sacred grounds. Heartbroken. RIP all the brave soldiers. Deep condolences to their closed onesJiiva (@Actorjiiva) February 15, 2019Heart Breaks to know this #PulwamaAttackDD Neelakandan (@DhivyaDharshini) February 15, 2019Can’t comprehend the angst and deep sorrow hearing the #PulwamaTerrorAttack killing 40+CRPF jawans. My heart bleeds for the martyrs and their families. Plead Indian Govt to go all out n eliminate the terrorists with no mercy #enoughisenough @narendramodi@rajnathsingh @crpfindiaPrasanna (@Prasanna_actor) February 14, 2019Devastated to see what’s happening!! #Pulwama #PulwamaTerrorAttackRevenge.. strategically plotted revenge will only suffice this pain that’s being felt seeing the blast visuals!Heart goes out for our brothers who have lost their lives&fighting it out to sustain! #NeedAnSwers Shivn (@VigneshShivN) February 15, 2019Rest in peace our brave hearted soldiers…. #CRPFJawansLet God give strength to their families… And Government give reply to the coward terrorists…. So disheartening..#Pulwama #CRPFKashmirAttackkarthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) February 15, 2019Heart felt condolences to the martyrs of pulwama attack #RIPBraveHearts #SaluteToRealHeros #Spreadpeace (@iamsanthanam) February 15, 2019Thursday’s attack in Pulwama was the biggest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The tragedy saw people across fields, from politics to sports to showbiz, unanimously condemning the attacks.ALSO READ | Kashmir terror attack: Jaish suicide bomber blows up bus, kills CRPF jawansALSO WATCH: CRPF jawans killed in Kashmir’s Pulwamalast_img read more

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Realme 5G phones will be ready before India starts 5G services, says CEO Madhav Sheth

first_imgRealme is leaving no stones unturned to make its place in the Indian smartphone market. In fact, being a new company Realme is giving sleepless nights to competitors like Xiaomi, Samsung, among others. It has just been slightly more than a year that Realme entered the Indian market. Ever since then the company has launched several great phones in India. The company recently launched the Realme 3 Pro in India to take on the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro. Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth has now confirmed that the company is working on 5G phones to bring very soon.Sheth revealed several details about the company’s take on 5G devices. Sheth elucidates that the Realme 5G phone will be ready before the telecom operators in India begin offering network services to the consumers. “We will be launching 5G services much before the operators… we want consumers in India to enter 5G services as such,” Sheth told the media in an interaction. This was reported by IANS. However, he didn’t mention the timeline for the launch of Realme 5G phones.Currently, 5G is being tested in India. Reports suggest that the Indian government plans to roll out 5G connectivity services by 2020 — that is next year. Some countries across the world are already using 5G network on their devices. Some reports suggest that the telecom operators — like Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea — will start 5G trials next month in India. The trial period may be extended by a year so telecom operators have sufficient time to stabilise the network before the official launch.advertisementEarlier this week Realme launched the Realme X in China. This is the company’s first pop-up selfie camera phone and also the first one for around Rs 20,000. We at India Today Tech in an exclusive interview with Sheth confirmed that the Realme X will come to India soon. In India, Realme 3 is expected to have a price tag of under Rs 20,000.The Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128Gb of internal storage. The Realme X offers a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens. On the front the Realme X includes a pop-up camera that houses a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera. The Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top and is backed by a 3,765mAh battery.ALSO READ | Realme X launched: Top 5 features you should know about the phoneALSO READ | Realme X launched with Snapdragon 710, AMOLED display, VOOC 3.0 and 48MP camera: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Realme X quick review: Notchless display, snappy performance and ready for Indialast_img read more

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Ganguly transformed India to a ruthless cricketing nation: Nasser

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Farhan Akhtar trains extensively in boxing at gym for Toofan. Watch video

first_imgFarhan Akhtar is busy training at the gym for his upcoming film Toofan and shared a glimpse from his workout session on Instagram today. In the short clip, Farhan is seen working extensively on his boxing skills inside a ring-like set-up. For his workout session, Farhan was dressed for comfort in a blue tee and shorts with a black bandana on his forehead.”Gotta keep moving.. get off the tracks ..,” Farhan captioned his post, and used several hashtags to explain his preparation for Toofan.Fitness goals? That’s correct!Farhan’s post has impressed Instagram as the video has garnered over 54,000 views within hours of being shared online. Fans cannot stop applauding Farhan for his dedication and wrote comments in praise of him in the section.”Show me a better actor for this role I will wait…. Sir you r a legend,” read a comment while another fan said, “Look at the muscles.” An ardent admirer of the actor said, “Fabulous Farhan.” We agree.Farhan has been working out, especially for Toofan, at the gym off late and often offers glimpses from his sessions.Toofan is a sports film and will be directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. With the director, Farhan also worked in 2013’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.ALSO READ: Farhan Akhtar packs a punch with world kickboxing champion for Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s ToofanALSO WATCH: Rock On 2’s Farhan-Shraddha in an EXCLUSIVE interviewlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh bats for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in India playing XI

first_imgLegendary India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Team India can benefit by including Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI for the Sri Lanka match ahead of the knockout stages of World Cup 2019.Harbhajan Singh pointed out that Jadeja can not only give captain Virat Kohli a few overs in the middle but that he is a “very, very handy” batsman at the death.Ravindra Jadeja has been part of India’s 15-man squad for World Cup 2019 but the Chennai Super Kings star is yet to get a game in England. Jadeja has often been used as a substitute fielder and, you guessed it right, the gun fielder hasn’t disappointed. In fact, Jadeja’s brilliant diving catch to dismiss Jason Roy brought India back in the game vs England after Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 160 runs for the opening stand.Jadeja has been a mainstay in the Indian Test side but the left-arm finger spinner was dropped after Champions Trophy 2017. Jadeja made a comeback to the ODi set up in 2018 and ever since has complemented the two wrist-spinners in the squad.With India having sealed a semi-final spot already, their final group-stage match against Sri Lanka on Saturday gives the team management the license to experiment.Harbhajan Singh has backed Jadeja to play against Sri Lanka and from there onwards in World CUp 2019.Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan said: “Would like to see Ravindra Jadeja get a game against Sri Lanka or from there onwards. He gives you options – he can bowl 6, 7 or 8 overs. Imagine if anyone has a bad day with the ball, Jadeja will not just give you 6 or 7 overs but he is a very, very handy batsman in the later part of the game.”advertisementHarbhajan’s comments come days after Jadeja launched into former cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who had reportedly called the India all-rounder a “bits and pieces cricketer”.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.In a sharp response to the comment, Jadeja had said: “Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea (sic).”India take on Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday in their final group-stage match. India will be hoping to collect 2 points and keep their chances of topping the table alive. Australia, with 14 points from 8 matches, are a point ahead of 2nd-placed India on the 10-team table.Also Read | MS Dhoni should continue playing for another 1 or 2 years: Lasith MalingaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni using different bat logos as goodwill gestureAlso Seelast_img read more

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We share a great synergy with India and it inspires us: Caroline Scheufele

first_imgBy Nirja DuttWhen Chopard was bought over in 1963 by German entrepreneurs Karl and Karin Scheufele they had a vision for the brand; they wanted it to grow into a leading manufacture and their daughter Caroline Scheufele played a key role in making that happen. Today, the brand is known,By Nirja DuttWhen Chopard was bought over in 1963 by German entrepreneurs Karl and Karin Scheufele they had a vision for the brand; they wanted it to grow into a leading manufacture and their daughter Caroline Scheufele played a key role in making that happen. Today, the brand is known to some of the most iconic timepieces and jewellery, all under the watchful eye of Scheufele. She has also led the brand down the sustainability route and ensured the label’s commitment to using fair-mined gemstones and precious metals.This year’s launches are a refinement of your time-honoured series like the Happy Sport. Tell us about reinventing classics.At Chopard, we never take no for an answer. The oval-shaped case made its comeback last year with the Happy Sport series. The oval shaped dial was previously offered in 2011. The new iteration was further elevated this year with a knitted mesh ‘galet’ bracelet that is reminiscent of the everyday luxe of the debut 1993 piece. When we create, we keep our consumer in mind. The oval shape leaves a more graceful impression and the galet bracelet fits the wrist more comfortably. At the end of the day, the strength of the Happy Sport is that you can wear it all day long, with any outfit, and this is precisely why I designed it. We always take exciting new steps to ensure the Chopard maison stays close to its roots. ALL IN THE STARS: Magical Setting pendant; Priyanka Chopra at Cannes wearing necklace and earring set from the Haute Joaillerie Collection; Huma Qureshi at Cannes wearing earrings and a ring from the Red Carpet CollectionOne Chopard creation close to your heart?My most cherished Chopard possession is the first piece of jewellery I owned, which was my Happy Clown pendant. It was the very first piece of jewellery I designed-a clown with diamonds and precious stones in its belly. To surprise me, my father decided to produce the piece commercially; it was a great success and this is how jewellery started at Chopard. In 2015, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of this creation and are now re-editing the Clown Collection.advertisementYour take on India and it’s association with Chopard?India is a wonderful and colourful country, and you can see hints of my travels and experiences over the years in the high jewellery collections. The Indian consumer is sophisticated, and we think they can certainly appreciate the undisputed quality of Chopard. We share a lot of synergy with the country, especially with tradition. We found a window into this glorious world of Indian weddings with Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding last year. It was simply ethereal. As a testament to our commitment to the country we dress select Indian celebrities for the Cannes Red Carpet each year. This year at Cannes, we dressed Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Huma Qureshi.Chopard is now exclusively using fair-mined gemstones and metals. Tell us about this bold commitment.Luxury is mostly related to all that is precious and exceptional with the need for balance and sustainability, where we need to value the planet and scarce and precious resources, and treat it with respect. This is especially relevant to mining diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals, essential materials in the watches and jewellery industry. Chopard has taken a lead in advocating for and implementing ethical reforms, beginning with mining of gold. It is a bold commitment, but one that we must pursue if we are to make a difference to the lives of people who make our business possible.We as a company, look beyond gold to source only ethical gemstones as well, such as Gemfield’s responsibly mined emeralds, black opals from a family-owned Australian mine, and RJC-certified diamonds. In 2016, Chopard launched its Green Carpet collection featuring only ethical gold and responsibly sourced gemstones. For over 30 years, sustainability has been a core value at Chopard. For us, that means staying true to design while incorporating new principles that are positive for consumers, the workplace, and the planet. We are also dedicated to transparency and allowing consumers to help drive design on its journey to sustainable luxury. In 2013, we launched The Journey to Sustainable Luxury in partnership with Eco-Age, a commitment to sourcing responsibly and helping the real people in its supply chain who are all too often overlooked. Since July 2018, Chopard has been using 100 per cent ethical gold in its jewellery and watch creations. It has been a challenging journey but the results are incredible. Chopard is defined by true luxury and today this means knowing where jewellery comes from and how it has been made-the hands behind the jewellery.advertisementlast_img read more

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MSK Prasad explains why Rishabh Pant replaced Shikhar Dhawan for World Cup 2019

first_imgIndia’s senior selection committee chairman MSK Prasad maintained there was no confusion surrounding the way India replaced their injured players at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.MSK Prasad maintained that none of the selection committee members spoke to the press during a mega event like the World Cup and that led to confusion surrounding the replacements. Prasad also added the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) missed putting a release on the website regarding the replacements.Notably, Shikhar Dhawan was injured right after India’s 2nd World Cup 2019 match against Australia. He wasn’t immediately replaced as the team management wanted to wait for his recovery but the opener was eventually ruled out.In place of Dhawan, India did not opt for a reserve opener but went ahead with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.KL Rahul, who batted at No. 4 in the first 2 matches, was promoted to open the batting and Vijay Shankar was slotted in at No. 4.However, Vijay Shankar also suffered an injury midway through the tournament after being hit on the toe by Jasprit Bumrah.Following Shankar’s injury, India played Pant at No. 4 and eventually replaced the Tamil Nadu all-rounder with a reserve opener in Mayank Agarwal.The manner in which India brought in replacements was questioned but MSK Prasad justified the replacements.”With regards to the selection, there is a policy that in between the series or mega events like the World Cup, I don’t take press conferences which has led to a lot of speculation,” MSK Prasad said on Sunday.advertisementHe added: “When Shikhar Dhawan was injured, we already had a reserve opener in KL Rahul. At that juncture, we didn’t have a left-hander at the top. The team management requested for a lefthander. We had no other choice other than Rishabh Pant. We knew his capability. That’s the reason why we had to bring in a left-hander.”Subsequently, when Vijay Shankar was injured, why an opener was brought in… that’s the confusion. IN the game against England, KL Rahul fell on his back and he didn’t take the field. There was so much of worry factor. At that juncture, a mail was written that we need a back-up opener. We looked at some of the openers. Some were not in form and some were injured. That’s when we went to Mayank Agarwal.”The Prasad-led senior selection committee met in Mumbai to pick the squads for India’s tour of the West Indies, starting August 3.Virat Kohli hasn’t been given any rest following the World Cup as the skipper will lead India in all three formats. Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha are back in the Test squad whereas Jasprit Bumrah, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are unavailable for limited-overs series.Read more | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso see:last_img read more

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Fact Check: Pune’s ‘golden boy’ passed off as MK Stalin’s grandson on Facebook

first_imgIs this man in the picture wearing kilos of gold ornaments the grandson of DMK leader MK Stalin?The claimFacebook user Tushar Natrajan posted the picture of a young man sporting several flashy gold chains and other ornaments on Facebook page ‘New India’.He wrote in Tamil about the Dravidian pride and claimed that the man in the photograph is Stalin’s grandson.The archived version of the post can be seen here.The post on Facebook page New India’ has been shared more than 400 times at the last count.The truthIndia Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be misleading. The man in the viral picture with gold ornaments is not Tamil politician MK Stalin’s grandson. He is Harshvardhan Pandharkar, known as the youngest golden boy from Pune in Maharashtra.The golden boy of PuneWe found Instagram profile of Pandharkar by using reverse image search on the viral picture. Pandharkar has more than 52,000 followers on Instagram.Among several other pictures of him sporting gold ornaments, we found the same picture in a different frame along with bouncers and the same black SUV parked behind him.Pandharkar is fond of gold ornaments. There are many pictures and videos of him available on the Internet.Who is Stalin’s grandsonThere are not many news reports or photographs available on Stalin’s grandson. According to Tamil entertainment website News Bugz, Inbanithi is the son of actor-turned-politician.Inbanithi is a son of actor turned politician Udhayanidhi Stalin and grand son of DMK leader, M. K. Stalin. Moreover he is the great grandson of Late CM M. Karunanidhi. His mother Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi is one of the famous directors in Tamil Film Industry. She has directed movies like Vanakkam Chennai and Kaali. Inbanithi Biography []advertisementUdhayanidhi Stalin and grandson of MK Stalin. He is the great-grandson of late Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi.The photograph of MK Stalin’s son and grandson together can be seen here.The conclusionThe picture of the man with gold ornaments on Facebook page New India’ is not of politician MK Stalin’s grandson. He is Harshvardhan Pandharkar, known as the golden boy’ of Pune because of his obsession for gold ornaments.Also Read | Fact Check: No, this is not a Made in India’ train transported to AustraliaAlso Watch | Is this lion roaming free in Mumbai? INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK ClaimA man sporting gold ornaments is DMK leader MK Stalin’s grandson.ConclusionHe is Harshvardhan Pandharkar, known as the ‘golden boy’ of Pune as he loves to sport gold ornaments.JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATEThe number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.1 Crow: Half True2 Crows: Mostly lies3 Crows: Absolutely false If you have a story that looks suspicious, please share with us at or send us a message on the WhatsApp number 73 7000 7000last_img read more

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