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Anushka Sharma cheers as Virat Kohli-led RCB win against MI: ‘Too exciting a game for a pregnant lady’


Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is turning out to be quite thrilling. The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) had a face-off on Monday night in a nail-biting match that extended till the Super Over. Virat won the match for RCB by hitting a boundary in the very last ball, and his wife, Anushka Sharma took to Instagram to cheer for the team.

Taking to Instagram stories, Anushka wrote, “Phew! Too exciting a game for a pregnant lady! What a team this one!” She shared a collage of photos of the jubilant RCB players celebrating their victory.

Earlier in this IPL season, Anushka congratulated Virat and the RCB for their victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad. She shared pictures of the team celebrating on the field and wrote, “Winning start.”

Anushka is expecting her first child with Virat. She announced the happy news with a social media post last month. “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021,” she wrote, sharing a picture of her flaunting her baby bump, as she stood next to him.

Last week, Anushka was at the centre of a controversy after Sunil Gavaskar made a reference to her while commenting on Virat’s batting. The former cricketer said that Virat practised only to Anushka’s bowling during the lockdown, referring to a viral video of them playing cricket on their terrace in May, and added that it would do nothing to improve his performance on the field.

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Anushka was upset by the ‘distasteful’ comments and questioned why Gavaskar made ‘such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her for her husband’s game’. She also said that her private life with Virat should have been respected and not dragged into match commentary.

“I’m sure you can have many other words and sentences in your mind to use to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process? It’s 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements?” she asked.

Gavaskar, who was at the receiving end of a lot of backlash, clarified that it was not a sexist comment and he was only commenting about Virat’s inability to strike the ball due to lack of practice. He reiterated that he never assigned any blame on Anushka.

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Kangana Ranaut stands up for Anushka Sharma after Sunil Gavaskar’s comments but accuses her of ‘selective feminism’


Kangana Ranaut criticised Sunil Gavaskar for taking Anushka Sharma’s name in his commentary during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab on Thursday. However, Kangana also accused Anushka of ‘selective feminism’.

“#Anushka remained quiet when I was threatened and called Haramkhor but today the same misogyny coming to bite her, I condemn the fact that she was dragged in to cricket by #SunilGavaskar but selective feminism is equally uncool,” she wrote on Twitter.

 

Kangana said in a follow-up tweet that Sunil Gavaskar’s comments did not have a sexual connotation but he should not have mentioned Anushka, nevertheless. “Only a sex starved pervert will find sexual context to #SunilGavaskar’s statement which he made on national television for a woman, he should’ve not mentioned her, but Anushka is playing a cricketer in her next and there are several videos of her practising with her husband,” she wrote.

 

Earlier this month, Kangana was called a ‘haramkhor ladki’ by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut after she likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Some of her colleagues from the film industry including Ranvir Shorey, Dia Mirza and Anubhav Sinha came out in support of her and condemned the remarks.

On Thursday, Sunil Gavaskar, while commenting on Virat Kohli’s batting, had made a reference to Anushka. The former cricketer said that Virat practised only to Anushka’s bowling during the lockdown, referring to a viral video of them playing cricket on their terrace in May, and added that it would do nothing to improve his performance on the field.

Anushka took to Instagram stories to hit back at him for his ‘distasteful’ comments. “That, Mr Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love for you to explain why you thought of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her for her husband’s game? I’m sure over the years you have respected the private lives of every cricketer while commentating on the game. Don’t you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us?,” she asked.

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“I’m sure you can have many other words and sentences in your mind to use to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process? It’s 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements? Respected Mr Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this,” she added.

Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, has denied allegations of sexism and said that he was only commenting about Virat’s inability to strike the ball due to ‘lack of practice’. “Virat also had no practice and the only practice that they had was when they were seen playing in their building compound and Anushka was bowling to him. That’s what I said. That’s the only bowling, I have not used any other word. She was bowling to him, that’s all. Where am I blaming her? Where am I being sexist in this?,” he told India Today.

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Anushka Sharma cheers husband Virat Kohli’s RCB after IPL victory: ‘A winning start’


Actor Anushka Sharma took to Instagram Stories to congratulate husband Virat Kohli and his team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the thrid match of the IPL 2020 tournament. She called it a ‘winning start’.

Anushka congatulated RCB for their win on Monday.

Anushka congatulated RCB for their win on Monday.

The actor shared a picture of team members congratulating each other. Anushka is quite passionate about cricket herself. Some time back, the couple had taken a fun quiz on Instagram, where each quizzed the other about their spouse’s profession. Anushka had fielded questions on some of the basic rules of the game. She had revealed how in power play, only two players are allowed outside the circle. She had added that the basic second rule was that one can’t bowl the ball outside the crease with the third being the difference between a sixer and four runs. Anushka had also answered a question of who held the record of the highest number of ODI runs in women’s cricket. Jhulan Goswami was her answer.

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Anushka and Virat are expecting their first child together. Revealing the news to the world, they had posted a picture some time back. She had said: “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021.” Since then, she has talked evocatively about how a woman’s body changes and marvelled at nature’s ways. She had written, sharing a picture: “Nothing is more real & humbling than experiencing creation of life in you . When this is not in your control then really what is?”

Only recently she had again shown her baby bump and written: “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance” – Eckhart Tolle Gratitude to all those who showed me kindness and made me believe in goodness in this world , opening my heart enough to practice the same with the hope to pay it forward Because … “ After all , we are all just walking each other home “ – Ram Dass#worldgratitudeday.

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Disney+ Hotstar Offering Additional 30 Days With New Annual VIP Subscription


Disney+ Hotstar is the exclusive streaming partner for IPL 2020 this year, and hours before the first match, the streaming service has announced an offer for all prospective subscribers. As part of the new offer, Disney+ Hotstar is offering one-month of additional access for all new VIP annual subscribers. This means that if users buy the Disney+ Hotstar VIP annual subscription, they will get an additional 30 days of subscription for free. This offer has been introduced just for this weekend.

This new Disney+ Hostar offer was introduced by actor Rana Daggubati on Twitter. Daggubati shared a unique link that enables users to buy the Disney+ Hotstar VIP annual subscription with the additional 30 days offer. This means that users will enjoy 13 months of subscription and not 12 months as is the case normally. This is only applicable if the annual membership is purchased through this unique link over the weekend.

Once you click on the link, you will be asked for account details, and then the additional 30 days offer will automatically be applied at checkout. Users can pay through UPI, debit or credit card, or netbanking.

The Disney+ Hotsar VIP subscription is priced at Rs. 399 for the whole year. It includes live streaming access to Dream 11 IPL matches, IPL 2021 matches, English Premier League matches, Formula One matches, and more. It also offers access to seven multiplex blockbusters, exclusive Hotstar specials, dubbed Disney+ content, and Star serials before they get aired on TV. The Disney+ Hotstar Premium membership that is priced at Rs. 1,499 for the year also offers access to latest American shows and movies without ads and minutes after they are aired in the home region. It also offers non-dubbed Disney+ originals, shows, movies, and kids content.

Apart from buying the Disney+ Hotstar subscription separately, you can also opt for specific Jio and Airtel prepaid plans that are bundling annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar VIP as well. A total of 60 matches will be played during the course of the IPL 2020 tournament starting today. The first match is taking place between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.


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How to Watch IPL 2020 Live Online


IPL 2020, which is the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League, is beginning from today, September 19. The tournament was originally scheduled for March 29, though it got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As many as eight teams are participating in the IPL 2020 series that will see a total of 60 cricket matches, with the first match taking place between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings later today. Just like past years, Star Sports is the official broadcaster for the IPL matches. Disney+ Hotstar, on the other hand, has been titled the “official digital streaming partner” for the tournament in India.

In this article, we are providing all the ways through which you can watch live telecast of IPL 2020 online on mobile and other platforms in your country.

IPL live streaming online 2020: How to watch IPL online in India

You can watch IPL live telecast 2020 online in India on Disney+ Hotstar. The media streaming service is available through two different subscription models — Disney+ Hotstar Premium and Disney+ Hotstar VIP. The former is available at Rs. 299 a month or Rs. 1,499 a year, while the latter is provided at Rs. 399 a year. Customers with a credit card can get the Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription at a discounted price of Rs. 395. Similarly, Jio and Airtel are offering the annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar VIP with their list of recharge plans.

IPL live streaming online 2020: How to watch IPL online in Australia

If you’re in Australia, you can watch IPL live telecast 2020 online either by purchasing a Foxtel subscription or by subscribing to YuppTV. Foxtel offers a Sports HD & Kids pack at a monthly subscription price of AUD 79 (roughly Rs. 4,200), while YuppTV is charging AUD 24.99 (roughly Rs. 1,300) for a monthly pack. You can also pick the yearly subscription of YuppTV at AUD 179.99 (roughly Rs. 9,700) that brings access to IPL live telecast for free.

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in USA and Canada

To watch IPL 2020 live in the USA, you can subscribe to Hotstar US at $49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,700) a year. Canadian users can go with Hotstar Canada that is available at a monthly price of CAD 49.99 (roughly Rs. 2,800).

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in UK and Ireland

For cricket lovers in the UK, IPL live telecast 2020 online is available through Hotstar UK at GBP 11.99 (roughly Rs. 1,100) or GBP 59.99 (roughly Rs. 5,700) a year. The matches can also be watched live on Sky Sports Now TV. It is available at GBP 25 (roughly Rs. 2,400) a month. For the people living in Ireland, the IPL matches will be streamed live via Now TV Ireland that is available at a discounted price of EUR 19.50 (roughly Rs. 1,900) a month for the first three months.

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in Malaysia, Singapore, Continental Europe, South America

In Malaysia, Singapore, Continental Europe, and South America, YuppTV will stream IPL 2020 live. It is offering monthly access in Malaysia at MYR 9.99 (roughly Rs. 180), while Singaporean cricket fans need to spend SGD 29.99 (roughly Rs. 1,600) a month. YuppTV in continental Europe is available at EUR 11.99 (roughly Rs. 1,000). Users in South America can watch the IPL 2020 matches live at a monthly charge of $9.99 (roughly Rs. 733).

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa

SuperSport has been retained as the official broadcaster for IPL 2020 in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. For users who have its TV subscription can watch the matches live during the tournament from the SuperSport website for free.

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in Pakistan

Pakistan has been excluded from the list of countries broadcasting IPL 2020 for the second consecutive year after it was removed originally in 2019.

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in New Zealand

In New Zealand, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports will broadcast IPL 2020 live on the Web. Fox Sports is available for access on the Web at NZD 4.99 (roughly Rs. 250) for a month, while Kayo Sports is available at NZD 25 (roughly Rs. 1,200) a month.

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in Caribbean

IPL 2020 will also be streamed live in the Caribbean Islands through Flow Sports. The Caribbean Islands include includes Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos, the United States Virgin Islands.

IPL live telecast 2020: How to watch IPL online in Middle East and North Africa

For cricket fans in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, beIN Connect will stream IPL 2020 live online. The region covers the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

If you aren’t able to watch IPL 2020 live online in your country, you can, of course, use a VPN service and watch the matches through any of the aforementioned services. We, however, don’t guarantee whether all these services would work on your network.


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Disney+ Hotstar Launches New Features for IPL 2020


IPL 2020 is just around the corner and Disney+ Hotstar – the official digital streaming partner for the cricketing event – has brought a handful of new features to the platform to let cricket fans enjoy the tournament while staying safely at home. The matches during the IPL will take place without any stadium audience owing to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Disney+ Hotstar has developed an in-stadium experience through an updated Watch ‘N Play social feed to let viewers share their excitement and support virtually, while watching the matches live on the platform.

Disney+ Hotstar said in a press note on Friday that it had added an interactive emoji stream to replace the exhilarating roar of the stadium. The platform will also bring new player emojis that fans could use during the matches to express their love and affection for their favourite players.

Additionally, Disney+ Hotstar will also bring Hotshot selfies and Duet videos to let cricket fans express their feelings throughout the matches while staying at home. The platform has also promised to broadcast the best of Duets, shot by its users, on Star Sports.

Disney+ Hotstar will stream IPL 2020 matches live starting tomorrow. You need to subscribe to either Disney+ Hotstar VIP or Disney+ Hotstar Premium to watch them on your phone, tablet, laptop, or smart TV.

You can get Disney+ Hotstar VIP for a year at as low as Rs. 365 using a credit card – or at Rs. 399 by paying through a debit card, UPI, Paytm, or netbanking. The Disney+ Hotstar Premium subscription, on the other hand, is available at Rs. 299 a month or Rs. 1,499 a year.

Jio customers can get the Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription with the Rs. 598, Rs. 499, and Rs. 777 recharge options – along with high-speed data allocation. Similarly, Airtel also has Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription bundled with its Rs. 401, Rs. 448, Rs. 599, and Rs. 2,698 prepaid recharge plans.


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With 2 Days To Go For IPL, Fans Can’t Keep Calm. See Funniest Tweets


IPL fans are flooding social media with excited posts, jokes and memes.

Fans can hardly wait for the much-delayed Indian Premier League to start on Saturday – and their excited tweets are proof. The Twenty20 tournament usually starts in March, but was delayed this year along with other sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is now all set to begin in two days’ time and expected to bring some welcome relief to cricket fans. Although the tournament has pared down on the glitz factor amid the pandemic, excitement for IPL 2020 remains high as ever on social media. 

Take a look at some of the funniest posts about IPL 2020 that have flooded social media:

This tweet from Paytm First Games sums up the way fans are eagerly waiting for IPL to begin. “Bass 2 din aur.. #IPLin2Days,” the gaming platform wrote while sharing their video compilation, which received an amused reaction from Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Mr Sharma is not the only one looking forward to the cricket tournament.

To reduce the number of people in the grounds, there will be no cheerleaders this year. But fans on social media are already cheering for their favourite teams.

And taking digs at others…

But all in all, it is clear that with just two days to go, IPL fans can’t keep calm and carry on…

The Indian Premier League was moved to the United Arab Emirates as COID-19 cases rose in India. All eight teams  have been in strict, bio-secure ‘bubbles’ since landing in the UAE, with the competition set to kick off when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi on September 19.

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Natasa Stankovic shares throwback photo of her and Hardik Pandya chilling in the pool, says ‘missing him’


Natasa Stankovic is missing her partner, Hardik Pandya, who is currently in the UAE for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. She took to Instagram to share a photo with him, from one of their earlier vacations.

In the picture, Hardik and Natasa are seen taking a dip in the pool as they pose for the camera. “Love you @hardikpandya93 #us #tb #missinghim,” she wrote in her caption. He dropped a number of heart emojis on the post.

While one fan commented with ‘couple goals’, another wrote, “Magical moments both of you.” A third wrote, “Bhya and bhabi, lots of love.”

 

Hardik and Natasa welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Agastya, on July 30. He announced the happy news on his Instagram page, along with a picture of himself holding his son’s hand. However, he had to leave for the UAE just a few days later, as he will be playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The tournament is set to begin in a little over a week.

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Shortly after making their relationship Instagram-official, Hardik and Natasa got engaged on January 1 on a yacht in Dubai, where they rang in the New Year with a few close friends and family members.

On May 31, Hardik and Natasa announced the news of her pregnancy. “Hardik and I have shared a memorable journey together so far and now, it’s only going to get better. Together, we are excited to welcome a new life into our lives very soon. We’re super excited for this new step of our life together and humbly ask your blessings and well wishes,” Natasa wrote in an Instagram post. The same pictures were also shared by Hardik on his Instagram page.

While there is speculation that Hardik and Natasa got married in a hush-hush ceremony during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, neither of them has confirmed the news.

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IPL 2020: Dock 5 runs of batting team, says Ravichandran Ashwin on ‘Mankad’ dismissal debate

IPL 2020 is knocking at the door and and with that fans and experts are going through a plenty of flashbacks. People are expecting fireworks all over again, the gigantic sixes will be in demand, AB de Villiers 360 degrees strokeplay will again be in demand, people would be dying to see the helicopter shots by MS Dhoni, the demands and the wishes have no ends to it.

What about the bowlers? Yes, definitely people are waiting for the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga but that is it. These two are famous for their death overs yorkers, what about the rest? It’s a fact that most of us expect the bowlers to be smacked all over the park and Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin knows it. He knows that everyone hopes for the bowlers to get “smacked”.

The famous ‘Mankading’ incident courtesy the then Kings XI Punjab spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is one massive flashback occurrence in the minds of many. Ashwin had ‘Mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in an IPL 2019 matches and given birth to a debate which is still ongoing.

While some said it’s against the much talked about ‘spirit and ethics’ of the game, the others have argued ‘why should batsmen have all the fun?’. Ravichandran Ashwin has been inducted into Delhi Capitals for IPL 2020 season and its coach Ricky Ponting has recently said that he would talk to the Chennai-born tweaker and ask him to refrain from ‘Mankading’ a batsman.

“I’ll be having a chat with him about [Mankad], that’s the first thing I’ll do. Obviously, he wasn’t in our squad last year, he’s one of our players that we tried to afford to bring in this year.

“Look, he’s a terrific bowler, and he’s done a great job in the IPL for a long period of time now, but I must admit watching that last season, as soon as it happened and he did that, I actually sat our boys down and said ‘Look, I know he’s done it, there’ll be others around the tournament who’ll think about doing this well but that’s not going to be the way that we play our cricket. We won’t be doing that’,” Ponting said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik also has expressed his view on the flammable issue. He later took to Twitter and asked Ashwin for his views on Monday. It was then that Ashwin reiterated his stance and said that rules should favour the bowlers as well.

Ashwin said a ‘free ball’ should be declared if the batsman leaves the crease before a bowler completes his delivery. Ashwin added that 5 runs should be docked from the batting team. Ashwin justified his suggestions saying, just like free hits help the batsmen, ‘free ball’ will help the bowlers.

“Make it a free ball for the bowler. If the batsmen gets out of that ball, the batting team will be docked 5 runs. Free hit adds to the drama for a batter, let’s give a chance to the bowlers too. As of now everyone watches the game hoping that ‘the bowlers will get smacked today,” Ashwin tweeted.

The IPL 2020 is set to kick off from September 19 in UAE and it will be interesting to see what Ashwin – the flag bearer of pro “Mankading’ debate does when he gets a chance to ‘Mankad’ an ‘out of crease’ batsman.

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Breaking : Dhoni to retire from IPL after this seaso.

There was a lot of talk about his future in international cricket. But many were not expecting that his retirement would be announced suddenly.

After surprising the cricket world by his sudden decision to announce his retirement from international cricket, MS Dhoni may reportedly retire from all forms of the game. The former Indian captain said goodbye to his illustrious international career on Saturday. Although he will play this year’s IPL.

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In a way, there was a lot of talk about his future in international cricket. So many people there were not expecting that their retirement would be announced suddenly. MS Dhoni will be seen in action soon when the IPL starts in the UAE next month. The 38-year-old has not played any cricket match since last year’s World Cup ended.

And if the reports are to be believed, he can announce retirement from all forms of sports after IPL 2020. According to a Times of India report, MS Dhoni can actually leave the game altogether as a player with the IPL trophy.

The report further said that the captain of Chennai Super Kings wanted to take retirement after this year’s T20 World Cup. But it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Dhoni has been handling the captaincy of Chennai Super Kings ever since the IPL started. Under his captaincy, the team has captured 3 IPL titles. At the same time, Chennai’s team has been in the playoffs every year. The team reached the final last year but had to face defeat at the hands of Mumbai.