M.S. Dhoni – the last hurrah!?

As much as I hate to say it, but it is a fact that M.S.Dhoni is no longer the player he once was. We all hoped that on him giving up the captaincy in all 3 formats of the game, we would get to see flashes of the ‘Old Dhoni’ once again.
Well..that clearly hasn’t happened

..the power’s gone
..the timing has left
The intent is still there..but is that good enough to keep going?India Vs West Indies: MS Dhoni Could Not Finish Off This Time, Scores Slowest Fifty By An Indian In 16 Years

A lot was said after his innings (50 of 114 balls) against the W.I recently. Some blamed the pitch, while others said it was the shot execution. The whole team is to be blamed for the collective failure, no one player can be blamed for that loss, and definitely not MS Dhoni (for his dwindling ability of finishing games) there was a certain Pandya, Jadeja there in the line-up and don’t get me started with India’s brash captain Virat Kohli who contributed a measly 3 runs.

While Dhoni might play that once-in-a while good innings, overall he is a shadow of himself clearly showing that he is well into the sunset of his cricketing career. Whether Dhoni should continue or call it quits is something that will always be up for discussion.

Is India ready to let go of undoubtedly one of the best cricketing brains in Indian Cricket? Or do they wait till they groom their young wicket keeper (who for some reason they are very reluctant to give a game until now) Rishab Pant to take over the gloves, till then have Dhoni in the mix for the World Cup in 2019.

As an admirer of MS Dhoni, it is painful to see him struggle, innings after innings. Yes, he is still a magnificent limited-overs wicket keeper, a brilliant reader of the game, but it is the batting that is letting him down.
I say MS still has it in him to go the extra mile, while the intent is still there to get out on the field and give his best..he deserves to be in the Indian Cricket Team starting XI any day.

Can we have one last hurrah from Dhoni?

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Wouldn’t we love to see him play the ‘Helicopter Shot’?

 

Oh Why! Why so cute?

❤ ❤ Smriti Mandhana ❤ ❤

For those who don’t who she is, she is the opening batswoman for India in the ODI format of India’s Women’s Cricket Team

..and boy! isn’t she talented or what!! Not to be mention beautiful, cute, tall and she wears glasses (I totally dig girls who wear glasses, tall girls too) <absolute dream girl>

With her two very impressive batting shows (90 and 106*) in the currently going on Women’s World cup in England, she has emerged as the most written about sportswoman on social handles and needless to say, the latest heartthrob of India.

As Virendra Sehwag rightly replied to a tweet which compared Smriti as the female version of him, which said:

“She is the first version of Smriti and is really special. Every Indian who loves sports will be proud of her. Wish her and the team the best”

He could not have put it in any better way, she’s special alright!

We have one Smriti Mandhana and we all want her to do well. We wish her all the best. Go Girl, keep making India proud! Let your bat do all the talking. We ❤ You

Aren’t we blessed to have such pretty women cricketers? Am not taking names BUT seriously..at times I get distracted – am I watching it for the women cricketers or the game? 😊😊

MS Dhoni – India’s Best Captain

MS Dhoni, steps down as India captain from all formats.

Indian supporters: We want a Review   

Probably it was in the best interest to take Indian Cricket forward, and maybe now we can get to see shades of the old Dhoni playing carefree cricket like he did, when he first burst into the cricket scene before he bows out of the game altogether. 

Guess we’ll never forget Dhoni (Captain Cool) for this shot.. ever!

199 ODI’s as a captain – Yup, The Man is selfish!

#DeDhonitization

Inching closer…Semi Finals

India Kohlifies for the semis !!!!!!

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India did it! Well actually Virat Kohli did it!! Semi-Final time now…!

I would have to say that at one point I was worried with Yuvraj Singh at the crease, India wasn’t getting anywhere but then the brilliance of Virat Kohli… everything else is forgotten!

Next up..West INDIES. The Gayle Force to contend with…bring it on! We’re ready!!

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What can you say about this man..! Virat Kohli, he’s pure class!!

“…Behind every successful man is a breakup” #IndvsAus 

Team INDIA..stay afloat! #WT20

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Brett Lee had predicted MID SHOW…“India will win..only just”
…oh boy!! …and didn’t India win by only JUST!!!

I can hear people burning firecrackers outside..and we’ve only defeated Bangladesh in the Super 10’s!! What a match!! 

I’m just too excited to even type out this blog post! OMG!! Yay!!  Yes!!Yes!!Yes!! India just manages to stay afloat, still yet to qualify for the semis though.

BIG BIG match..the next one! …and that’s against Australia

Congrats Team India! 

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‘the moment…India WIN by 1 run!’

Cricket..Cricket & more Cricket!!

So its Cricket Time in India…lots of it!! We have the T20 WC going on..Indian Men & Women. This is gonna be great. I tend to follow the Men’s game more but this time, I’ll make it a point to catch the Women in action too.
Did I tell you they are some real cute cricketers in the Women’s cricket team…I am following one for sure, Harmanpreet Kaur <3 …a talented bats-woman..and she’s cute 🙂 She looks cuter when she’s hitting those balls to the boundary. She’s only 26 years young 🙂 What’s with these Punjabi girls..talented, cute..hardworking but the most difficult to get around 😀 Hasmeet..do you know Harmanpreet Kaur? 😀 I’d like an intro 🙂

Not sure many of us even know names of our players of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team
I can name 3 at least… Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and HarmanPreet Kaur <3
For those who don’t follow the women’s game so much..Here’s the list of the 15 Women Squad for the WCT20 2016

Mithali Raj (captain)
Ekta Bisht
Thirush Kamini
Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Jhulan Goswami
Harmanpreet Kaur
Veda Krishnamurthy
Smriti Mandhana
Niranjana Nagarajan
Shikha Pandey
Anuja Patil
Poonam Yadav
Deepti Sharma
Vellaswamy Vanitha
Sushma Verma

How many have you heard of? Not many I bet…well we wish the Indian Women’s Cricket team to do well...March 15 is the date – India take on Bangladesh.

The Indian players (Men&Women posing with their new Team Jersey)

We also wish the Indian Men’s Cricket Team all the best! Indian Men play their first match on March 15th too 

It’s Cricket all the way! and then we have the IPL to follow, so its Cricket T20 Madness for 2 months at least. So girls, if your boyfriends want to watch a cricket match, don’t grumble..we need our MAN time too you see 🙂 Of course, if they are watching the Indian Women’s cricket match..you might want to watch it with them 🙂

That’s MSD surrounded by the pretty Indian Women Cricket team players

Go Men & Women in Blue!!

Bleed BLUE

The Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma Saga

Everybody in India has an opinion on the Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma breakup story. I was the only one who didn’t really have much to say, but since everyone is talking about it, I thought I’d join the bandwagon.

So what’s with the Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma breakup story? Some people said they made a cute couple (I use the past tense here because they have already broken up) while others said it was bound to happen. A few other people thought they made a cute couple considering the closeness they shared 🙂

Everyone surely remembers the famous flying kiss Virat gave his lady love, sitting in the stands…if you don’t, here’s a reminder below..his kiss and her reaction to it 🙂

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News sources say they broke up due to Anushka’s refusal to accept Virat’s marriage proposal. I mean why would she reject his proposal? …and citing her career as a reason, that is plain foolish if you ask me. Who says you can’t concentrate on your career after marriage? Many people seem to create magic after they are married..or wait! maybe women function differently-I don’t know.

As for guys, it just gets better after marriage..look at Rohit Sharma, everyone said he was ‘wasted talent’ but things seemed to have looked up after his marriage, at least consistent wise..he was always an exceptional player if you asked me, he’s just more consistent now. His wife must be really happy! Btw, Ritika, his wife..total babe!

As a cricket fan, it doesn’t matter to me, with or without Anushka Sharma.. I am happy as long as Virat is performing on the field as much as he’s performing of it. If you look statistically, Virat is a better batsman when he’s not multitasking, cricket & his love life.

According to sources, his breakup happened before India’s tour down under (Australia), just have a look at his scores in that series:
91, 59, 117, 106 and 7 in the One Day Internationals 90, 59 and 52 in the T20Is.
Clearly, he enjoyed his cricket! He kept the whole of India happy and we all love Virat when he performs on the field.

So if you ask me, I can’t comment much on their relationship..neither do I know Virat nor Anushka personally. Maybe they looked good together, but whatever the outcome of their love story, let it not affect their respective careers. As much I love watching Virat Kohli perform on the field, I equally love watching Anushka Sharma on the big screen, wouldn’t want any of them to compromise on performance.

My guess is Anushka isn’t a good multi-tasker, hence ended her relationship with Virat for her career. Heard that Virat is still trying to woo his lady love. My best wishes are with him, Anushka could not have a better catch.

Go Virat! Go!