‘Lack power in engine room’: Michael Vaughan passes verdict on Team India’s problems in ODIs

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes India lacks power in their engine room in ODIs and hence, have not been able to do justice to their potential in the format. He further went on to say that the side will also concede to the fact that they have underachieved in the last 2 World Cups. Taking to Twitter, Vaughan wrote: “Interested to see how #India responds in the 2nd ODI. If they are honest they will accept the last 2 World Cups they have underachieved !! They lack power for me in the engine room, the middle order, they have 3 yrs to make sure they can keep up the tradition of the hosts winning.”

India vs Australia: Rajkot weather today, pitch report, importance of toss

After the hammering in Mumbai, India would want to make a statement. This side is a proud bunch and hence, they will be smarting from the loss in the first ODI. For starters, they need to pick a side which has balance, both on paper and on the field. And then, they would hope their captain wins the toss. Australia will be confident, but when the dew sets in and when they have to attack with a wet ball against a very good chasing side, their resolve will be tested. Hence, toss is extremely important.

‘We’ve had few good discussions,’ AB de Villiers reveals desire to play ODI cricket

Even though AB de Villiers announced his retirement from the sport a few years back, there has been persistent talk of his return to international cricket since the 2019 Cricket World Cup. South Arica captain Faf du Plessis revealed that de Villiers had offered to come out of retirement before the World Cup to help his national side. His request was denied and there was a lot of controversy regarding the issue.

ICC U19 World Cup: Holders India favourites as U 19 World Cup begins

When Makhaya Ntini relates the Indian U-19 team to almost ‘watching the Indian senior team as they looked very slick’, it conveys a thing or two about the Priyam Garg-led side, which starts its U-19 World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on Sunday. The defending champions go into the contest as one of the favourites, riding on a talented group that has largely tasted the rigours of senior level cricket (almost half of the squad has played for their state teams). Four of them Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh will turn up for franchises at the 2020 IPL.

Bigg Boss 13’s Paras Chhabra wanted to marry girlfriend Akanksha Puri in 2020, she now wants him to wait

Bigg Boss 13 contestant Paras Chhabra had been planning on getting married to long-time girlfriend Akanksha Puri in 2020, but she is in no mood to go along anymore. Paras has been at the centre of controversies ever since his entry on the Salman Khan show. Initially, he flirted with Shehnaaz Gill and then moved his affections to Mahira Sharma. With Mahira, Paras has had a rather passionate relationship wherein the two have also been spotted getting cosy in the house.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: When I entered films, I was told ‘hero will decide who heroine will be’

She has always taken the road less travelled in a career spanning 17 years. From starring in a film that exposed the behind-the-scenes controversies of the fashion world (Fashion; 2008) to playing a character with grey shades in 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) or stepping into the shoes of boxer Mary Kom (2014) in her biopic, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has always earned applause for her acting chops.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic the man to beat, again, at Melbourne Park

Gary Lineker’s celebrated quote that soccer is a simple game that “the Germans always win” might well be adapted to tennis and the inescapable dominance of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. For a tournament that has been thrown into some doubt by bushfire smoke in the leadup, a record-extending eighth Grand Slam title for the defending champion Serbian would hardly be a breath of fresh air for many fans at Melbourne Park.

The Gujarat model comes to Delhi, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

Long before Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), there was Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. In May 2007, a group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists stormed into an exhibition being held in the university by a fine arts student, Chandramohan, and physically assaulted him, while claiming that his paintings offended their religious sentiments. The police entered soon after, and arrested the artist. When the faculty intervened, they too were threatened with arrest. The vice-chancellor (VC) refused to file any First Information Report (FIR) or extend any support to students. Instead, the faculty was given suspension notices while the VHP activists were let off by the police.