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sachin tendulkar

On Monday, Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said that he could not think he has turned 44 as he celebrated his birthday in front of thousands of loving fans at the Wankhede Stadium.

During the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants Tendulkar cut the cake with lots of noise ‘happy birthday Sachin.’

Former Indian cricketer is currently the mentor of Mumbai Indians, who played for the MI for six seasons from the year 2008 to 2013.

When asked by Mattew Hayden, the former Australian opener batsman, to cut the bat on top of the cake along with a ball, 44-year-old said “You never cut a cricket bat… Will cut the outfield to open up the gaps,” said Tendulkar.

He added, “Being 44 is nice but also covering those 44 years (has been nice). My movie is probably coming out on 26 May and I have been busy these days to ensure how best it is launched. I can’t believe I am 44.”

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Tendulkar said that he never thought that Indian Premier League will become big when it was launched 10 years back. “I never thought it will become so big. The way it has taken off it’s remarkable. In these 10 years, people have become connected to their clubs and backing their players. Moreover, families have started attending the matches,” said Tendulkar.

He added, “Now, it’s not about some male friends getting together, the wives and grandmother have started taking an interest. That is what IPL is all about, celebrating cricket. This is fast cricket and it is enjoyable as it is full of action. What this format has done is it has gone to countries where cricket does not exist.”

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Tendulkar was flooded with wishes from many cricketers across the globe.

“Happy B’day Paaji ????. May God bless you with more happiness and peace in life. My cricket hero always,” Kohli tweeted.

“To a man who could stop time in India, #HappyBirthday Sachin @sachin_rt.” Wrote Virendra Sehwag.

“Many more happy returns of the day @sachin_rt , April 24th should be marked as Indian cricket day. I was lucky to have played along side you,” tweeted R Ashwin.

“#HappyBirthdaySachin. One of the most inspiring sportsmen the world has seen. Hope you have a splendid year ahead @sachin_rt.” wrote Anil Kumble.

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“@sachin_rt may God Almighty continue to smile on you. A very happy birthday paaji, have a blast. #HappyBirthdaySachin” wrote Gautam Gambhir.

“Happy birthday paaji @sachin_rt lots of love and best wishes khush raho tandrust raho (be happy, be well)..We love you,” wrote Harbhajan Singh

“Special day, special person and special celebration. May all your dreams and desires come true.Happy birthday Sachin @sachin_rt,” wrote Umesh Yadav.

“Happy B’day to a man who has touched an emotional chord with a billion people, a part of our lives forever, @sachin_rt#HappyBirthdaySachin,” wrote Mohammad Kaif.

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“Happy birthday @sachin_rt and @bowlologist,” tweeted Adam Gilchrist.

“Happy bday to the great @sachin_rt, 44 years young today. Hope you have a great day and year to come mate!” wrote Michael Clarke.

“Happy Birthday @sachin_rt sir. May keep inspiring millions like us for years to come,” wrote Rishabh Pant.

“Happy birthday God of cricket & BharatRatna @sachin_rt sir ????#HappyBirthdaySachin,” tweeted boxer Vijendra Singh.

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Steve Smith

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) captain Steve Smith openly praises on pace bowler Jaydev Unadkat and all-rounder Ben strokes for their cool contributions to an exciting win over Mumbai Indians on Monday. Smith’s team RPS ended Mumbai Indians with six-match winning line with a 3 runs win at the Wankhede Stadium.

After the match win by 3-runs, the 27-year-old Rising Pune Supergiants skipper Smith said “I thought we scrapped really well in the end. Stoksy in the second half was excellent; Unadkat got us over the line. The dew was not too bad.”

Steve Smith

“We thought it would be worse, we held together, and the wicket played the same for the 40 overs. It was not a traditional Wankhede wicket. 160 was probably around par, and tonight we were able to take wickets in the middle and keep the pressure on. Unadkat went wide of the crease and bowled a hard length.”

Also Read: IPL 2017: Top 5 Players For MI vs RPS Match 28

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma split his second half century of the Indian Premier League although he could not avoid from pain defeat at Wankhede Stadium.

Steve Smith

Rohit said about the match defeat, “It is disappointing after being so close. I thought we tried our best, gave everything we could, but it was disappointing not to finish this game. I don’t want to be too critical of our performance. We lost wickets in the middle, and that was the mistake on the part of us.”

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“Overall, it was a great game. The pitch was a little dry and was assisting the spinners. Our spinners did the job pretty well, you need to understand the pace you have to bowl at the Wankhede. We have been playing good cricket. We have to forget what happened tonight and move on. It was good to get some runs, but disappointing not to finish the match.”

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Indian Premier League

Mumbai Indians (MI) the only team to beat in the Indian Premier League of season 10 by winning six out of seven matches. The MI is now on the top of the points table with excellent looks to qualify for the knockout stages.

But for Mumbai Indians, the only negative mark that they could not do a record so far in their first match was appear from Rising Pune Supergiants, who won by 7 wickets in Pune in the early days of the tournament.

However, Tonight Mumbai Indians would like to challenge that loss by performing good start by their top players on the first start match.

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Mitchell McClenaghan:

Mitchell is a New Zealand pace bowler who played for Mumbai Indians and finally made his attendance attaining good start against Delhi Daredevils, bits of intelligence defense of a practically non-defendable total. The left arm fast bowler stuff is strong as seen in the match and the Kiwi could be a very important cog for Mumbai Indians.

Jasprit Bumrah: Not only batting can always come good but it proves when a match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. MIs needs bowling like Bumrah which will be a key factor for their team. He was a youngster player who was a little hesitant and inconsistent in the initial stages of the IPL season 10 and seems to be feet again.

Nitish Rana:

Nitish is a young Delhi batsman who has become the mainstay batsman for Mumbai Indians. His performances were very good with better technique and move towards when it comes to hitting the fast bowlers. His excellent performance will be very important for Mumbai Indians progress.

Also Read: IPL 2017: RCB Captain Kohli Says ‘Disgraceful’ After Worst Batting Against KKR

MS Dhoni:

MS Dhoni is the only one player from RPS who can change the games in the IPL 10. Without Dhoni, Rising Pune Supergiants can poorly afford to fight in the IPL. He has the power to finish match cricketing myths as seen against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He will be a big threat to Mumbai Indians.

Imran Tahir:

Tahir is the South African leg-spinner who had started on a high but it seems a few hit in the recent matches. He is a good bowler who can turn the ball from long to the batsman.

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Squad of Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (Capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (wk), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.

Squad of Rising Pune Supergiants

Steve Smith (Capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Dan Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.

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On Sunday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli was with silent words as he cut up his side’s performance against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League played at Eden Gardens.

Talking about the visitor’s hopeless display, Kohli said that their batting performance as worst and unacceptable. While chasing 131 runs RCB could score just 49 and all players were out. The lowest ever total recorded in the Indian Premier League and lost the match by 82 runs.

After the match, Kohli was upset and emotionally said that “This our worst batting performance, if not the worst of all time in IPL. It really hurts. I thought we could capitalize and chase the score down.”

Virat Kohli

“I can’t really say anything now because it was that bad. As professional cricketers, we are expected to do much better. Our performance was unacceptable. Disgraceful batting, reckless from us, one of the worst collapses ever,” said Kohli.

RCB skipper failed to fire after playing a reckless shot as he strikes a widish delivery to make the catch to Manish Pandey straight at second slip.

When asked about his discharge, Kohli said “The sight-screen is very small here, one guy got up as the bowler was loading up, that distracted me. Still, it wasn’t a big deal. That was just one down. Nine guys could have done the job.”

Kohli said that his side had “nothing to review anything about the second half” of the match. “We need to forget it and move forward. We are a much better team. We got plus in the last game.”

Virat Kohli

“I’m sure everyone realizes what they’ve done wrong. You have to come out, show intent and back yourselves. I’m sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament.”

KKR’s Nathan Coulter-Nile bowls make Kohli bats struggle straight caught to Manish Pandey hand and while England’s Chris Woakes and New Zealand pace bowler Colin de Grandhomme returned figures of 3-6 and 3-4.

Kohli said “I’m sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament. We’ve got back-to-back games, need to try and win those to get some momentum.”

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Sunrisers star Kane Williamson more than waged for his short of raw power skill to score 89 off 51 balls set up Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 run win against Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday in the Indian Premier League.

The champions reserved him out of their first five matches on the ongoing tournament, however, Williamson offered a well-timed prompt of his worth on his first trip.

Williamson starts his game with slow but when he hit six boundaries and five sixes in his 51 balls to prove that he may not a  competitor the power-hitting ability of someone like Chris Gayle.


Talking about the tournament on website, he said “I wish I could smack a few like Chris Gayle, but unfortunately not to be. I think it is about adapting to the best of your abilities and playing around with your strong points.”

He added, “There are some incredible players that can whack it 120 meters. I do practise hard in the nets to hit the ball long, but probably it is not in my genetic makeup to do that. So, I try and find a different way, something similar to the knock I played tonight.”

Top players of Sunrisers batting line like captain David Warner, Australian Moises Henriques and the Indian pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh. For the home game against Delhi Daredevils, Williamson replaced veteran off-spinner Mohammad Nabi.


Williamson gave a statement about the batting line-up, “Sitting on the bench for the first few games is part and parcel, and the guys were doing a fantastic job. Being on the sidelines you are always practising to be as ready as you can for your first game.”

“It has to do a lot with the mental shift from the other formats that we have been playing. That is the challenge, you have to be in tune with everything and be ready whenever need be,” he added.

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Chris Lynn

Surisers Hyderabad star Moises Henriques and Kolkata Knight Riders Chris Lynn likely to play in the Australian cricket squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2017 in the United Kingdom.

Many Australian players presently busy in the IPL. Australia’s 15 member squad have been named on Thursday. Steve Smith will be captaining for Australia.

Sunriser’s David Warner and Kings XI captain Glenn Maxwell have all made the cut and all-rounder James Faulkner have not been picked.

Australian national selector Trevor Hohns said about the make-up of the Australian squad. “We have selected a very exciting well-balanced squad that will give us plenty of options with both batting and bowling, depending on the conditions.”

Chris Lynn

“We are in a very fortunate position at the moment with a large number of quality players available for selection, as such this was a very difficult team to choose and there have been some unlucky players on this occasion,” he added.

Talking about fast bowler James Pattinson and John Hastings, who comes after an injury to the ODI squad, he said: “Both James and John have made very good returns from injury and are bowling well for their respective teams in the English Country competitions as well as both contributing well with the bat.”

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He added, “When you also add Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to the fast bowling artillery it becomes a very exciting proposition for Australian cricket.”


The Aussie selector said that both Starc and Chris Lynn named in the squad after injury recovered, he said: “Our medical staff will continue to monitor Mitchell and Chris’ recovery from their respective injuries but we are hopeful they will be fit in time for the team’s departure on May 18.”

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Talking about all-rounder Henriques, who has been called again for their side. “Moises finished off the domestic season very well and has a great start in the Indian Premier League.”

“We believe Moises’ batting has improved significantly in the past six months and he will provide us with a strong option should he be selected.”

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Sunrisers Hyderabad pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar comeback with a number of 5 for 19 which helped his side a five-run win against Kings XI Punjab with a brilliant attempt of Manan Vohra batted scoring 95 off 50 balls.

The 27-year-old Sunrisers pacer Kumar said that he was not upset about the attack strike by Manan Vohra as he is “used to it.”

After awarded as Man of the Match Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match ceremony, “My heart is still pounding. T20 is a game where you must expect the unexpected. I’ve been doing this job for Sunrisers and I knew I had to bowl the 19th over. I’m used to it and I believed in myself.”


“When I bowled the 16th or 17th over, I knew he was in good nick. I wasn’t worried but wanted to make a plan instead. Warner and I planned to bowl straight Yorkers and it worked.”

Skipper David Warner praises to a bowler like Bhuvneshwar in his side, “Credit to Manan for playing like that. Credit to Bhuvi too, he was unbelievable. Manan made it look easy when he cleared the ropes.

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“He had to dig in for his team. Unfortunately, only one team can win. It’s great to have Bhuvi in the shed at the back end and he executed perfectly.”


Maxwell said that it was a criminal to lose the match after Vohra’s knock. “It was an outstanding game, made by great innings by Vohra. Unfortunately, he didn’t have help from the rest of us. It was definitely chase-able.”

We did well in the middle with the ball but let it slip in the back end. To play an innings like that in a losing cause is criminal. He’s a superstar. A big score like that was around the corner for him,” added Maxwell.

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Maxwell said about Bhuvneshwar development, “We knew Bhuvi was going to swing it around a bit. We didn’t expect the wicket to be so up and down and he bowled good lengths. We had planned for him and Rashid, but giving seven wickets to them probably did us in. We wanted to take off and get 60 in the powerplay, but it didn’t one off.”

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Chris Gayle

After Chris Gayle replaced AB de Villiers, who pull out due to an injury, helps Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to defeated Gujarat Lions by 21 runs in Rajkot to pick up in the bottom of the table and also his first major contribution in IPL 2017.

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli most successful opening partnership show again reunited for team Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the side needing fresh energy, Chris Gayle strike 77 off 38 balls as RCB posted 213 runs for 2 wickets. The innings was special for Gayle and highest score for the season.

RCB major key Gayle said “Samuel Badree reminded me before the game and said ‘Chris only three more runs to go, make sure you get it’ so it was actually playing on my mind a bit. Once I crossed the line, I said: ‘listen it’s time to have a go and then it eventually paid off, so I am really happy to get the runs.”

Chris Gayle

When asked by ESPNcrincinfo, Gayle said “People are still looking out for Chris Gayle. The universe boss is still here and still alive. It was great fun. You know it’s good to be back.”

“I wanted this so badly, but first of all to get 10,000 runs; it was actually on my mind, so I’m glad to get that sort of achievement. It’s a privilege to actually be the first person to get there. Hopefully, I can continue entertaining the fans,” added Gayle.

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On Tuesday, Gayle said that the trigger was Ravindra Jadeja’s second over which he hits two fours and two sixes.

“It’s not really premeditated, it just comes natural, to be honest. Over the years, a lot of guys spoke to me about my stance. Even Shaun Pollock spoke to me about my stance. You’re never too old to learn.”

Chris Gayle

The 37-year-old former West Indies captain Gayle, who becomes the first player scoring more than 10,000 runs in T20s, praise to all who helps him to achieve, “I just want to thanks the fans and all the franchise where I have actually played around the world.”

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He added, “Even playing for West Indies as well. At the end of the day, they have actually played a part in this 10,000 runs as well. So, I want to thank all the franchise.”

“It has been fantastic and like I said still I have a lot more to offer to the fans. Hopefully, I can keep entertaining and get a few more thousand runs under my belt.”



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Targeting 200 plus total is not easy to recover in a T20 game, however, Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell said that they had...