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This movie is an Indian biographical sports film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. This movie is about the former skipper of the Indian national cricket team in all the 3 formats Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This film stares Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni, along with Disha Patani and Kiara Advani in the lead role. This movie produced by fox star studios received the widest ever release for a Bollywood movie across 61 countries. The sound track of this film composed by Armaan Malik is soul-stirring and melodramatic. This is a main reason for this movie to become a huge box office hit. The plot of the movie is the hardships that Dhoni faces to get selected to the national cricket team of India and the way he leads his team as an example to victory. He wins the t20 world cup and then the ODI world cup in 2011 for his team. I loved this movie because the way the director took the film was amazing. He not only concentrated on Dhoni and his cricketing career but also gave importance to the emotional and dramatic scenes. This was one of the most amazing movie i have ever watched till now. I highly recommend you all to watch this awe-inspiring and stupendous film.

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Posted in Musings

All about Exams

A test or examination is an assessment to judge your knowledge of the subject.

This exam culture only began when the British captured India.

Thought Of Majority People:

This culture is absolutely absurd as students are being put under pressure. More than 85% of students in the world don’t like exams. If there has to be an exam there should only be one exam at the end of grade 12 as it would be useful to go to universities. There are even cases where the student attempts to suicide due to the unbearable exam stress.

As considered to me exam is not something on which you have to take the stress. Observe carefully and you will notice that while the professor was indoctrinating the student it is much easier to score marks and achieve grades in the exam. I work on the policy

“Prove yourself to yourself and not to others”

Ways To Avoid and Overcome Exam Stress

  1. Be attentive during school lessons
  2. Write in neat and small handwriting as then it would be legible and would be easy to interpret. Even though it is a large answer, while writing it small, the answer appears like a small one and our stress level reduces 😉
  3. Don’t wait till the last moment to start studying. Start learning in advance.
  4. Rather than copying the answers, brainstorm on the answer and then contemplate on it.
  5. Don’t study for a long time at a stretch. Have some leisure time while studying.
  6. Maintain your body fitness as it would help in making the mind fresh and fit.

These are some tips from my side, if you have some suggestions please put in the comment box below.

I would like to end with a quote

Exams test your memory, life tests your learning; others will test your patience.

-Fennel Hudson

Be patient and do your best.

Best of luck with your exams!

Posted in Sports corner

The Cricketing Industry in 2018

2018 was an odd year in recent times for the fact that it didn’t contain any ICC events in Men’s cricket. And hence probably the focus was on red-ball cricket with India’s tours to South Africa, England and Australia. The tests in 2018 witnessed the teams having home advantage. Of the 48 Tests played in 2018, nearly 90% of them ended with a definitive result, with just five stalemates which are the lowest number in a calendar year.

The fact that all the matches ended in a definite result has a big thing to do with the fact that all the bowler were able to pick all 20 wickets.


The major retirements in 2018 were:

  1. Ab De Villiers
  2. Rangana Herath
  3. Alastair Cook
  4. Dwayne Bravo
  5. Morne Morkel

De Villiers’s retirement in May was the most chilling of all.

This has been a bowling year in tests.

The best performers with the bat in the tests in 2018 were:            

  1. Virat Kohli
  2. Cheteshwar Pujara
  3. Joe root
  4. Kane Williamson
  5. Jos Buttler

The best performers in bowling were:

  1. Kagiso Rabada
  2. James Anderson
  3. Jasprit Bumrah
  4. Pat Cummins
  5. Vernon Philander

2018 has been a fabulous year in the cricketing history and all are hoping forward for the improvement of cricket in 2019

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Virat Kohli, the ‘Run Machine’

The fabulous cricketer Virat Kohli is also known as the run machine and king Kohli was born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi.

His father Prem was a criminal lawyer and his mother Saroj was a housewife. He started his career at the age of 9 in a cricket academy. He captained India in the  U-19 world cup where he led his team to victory.  He played his debut for India in the year 2008. He holds many records like:

1       the India skipper became the only batsman in history to have an average of over 50 in  all three formats 

2     Virat Kohli scored his 9000th ODI run in just his 194th innings, the fastest to do so.

3    Kohli is the first batsman to score 4 double-centuries in 4 consecutive Test series. 

 4   Kohli has the most number of 50+ scores in T20I.

5    Virat is the fastest to reach the landmark of 1000 runs in T20 internationals.

6-  Highest partnership in a t20 match 229 runs with AB de villiers

The Indian skipper has more than 50 records in his name which makes him the no 1 batsman in the test and ODI formats. He is capable to be the next Sachin Tendulkar. He is the most liked cricketer and is a true gentleman. I too am a fan of this legend. He is a good human and a kind person.

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What’s with English?

Although not a native to India, we all use English a lot in our schools, at the office, at malls, and at various places at numerous times. English is a language which has to be pronounced correctly and should be grammatically correct. We, the layman Indian do not speak a standard official English and rarely write exquisitely. In schools, the average child’s language is below average. The sentences, grammar, and the words they opt to speak and write are sometimes horrific. We should use figures of speech and figurative expressions in our daily life and in our examinations as it makes our writing more attractive and sensible. There are many figures of speech like similes, personification, alliteration, metaphor, hyperbole, etc. However, there are many expression where we take the literal meaning and fail to understand the sub-text. Figurative meanings are to be taken too. E.g. – he was sitting on the fence: this does not mean that he was literally sitting on the fence, it means that he was confused.

Here is a short story using figures of speech and figurative expressions.



Long ago but not very long ago lived a legendary cricketer named Ganguly. He was as strong as strong could be but his bat was as light as feather. One day on account of Independence Day a cricket match was conducted between India and Pakistan. The match was blistering. India being put into bat first scored an above par score of 209 in the allotted 20 overs. After scoring this score Indian captain told Pakistan team not to build castles in the air that they could win this match and Indians also told them to stay aloof and not to mess with Indians. Pakistan lost the match as worse as possible. The speciality of this day was that it was the February 21st during 1997, the day when Ganguly led Dona Roy to the altar.

This is the way an essay is to be written using good selective words. English is not a big deal to learn but without practice and hard work, nothing is possible.

I would like to end with two proverbs

  1. Practice makes a man perfect.
  2. There is no substitute for hard work.
Posted in Sports corner

Football and its promotion in India

adidas-ball-field-46798Football is an outdoor field game played with eleven players on the field including a goalkeeper. It is the most famous and celebrated game in the world. There are many major football leagues in the world like UEFA champion’s league, La Liga Santander, Bundesliga, EFL (English Football League), etc.

The Fifa world cup came to a close just some months ago and France had clinched the title. Football has never been India’s forte and having never qualified for even one of the world cups.

However, India is all set to become a serious football playing nation. There are many football leagues in India like the Durand Cup and Federation cup where so far the response of the audience has not been great, at least not up to the level of cricket tournaments like IPL. So the nation is now promoting football as their major game.

There have been many steps taken to promote football as a major game in India. Many advertisements are given to promote the game and also a new channel named Star Sports 3 has also been started on 15th September only for the sake of football. Many celebrities and cricket players like Abhishek Bachchan and MS Dhoni have given their support for this campaign ardently promoting this game.

We should all come together and become dedicated fans of football and help in improving the quality of football played in India. Football is a game that has a huge potential here and should be promoted in India. Indian kids should want their country to be the best in every field and find one more reason to be proud of India.

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The pink ball series

The Ashes is the cricket series played between Australia and England which has all three formats, played the test, ODI, and the T20. The name ashes for the series was originated when a British newspaper published an article immediately after Australia’s victory at the Oval stadium in 1882 which was also Australia’s first test win on English soil. The article stated that English cricket had died and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.

The first tournament was during the year  1822-1823 and the latest series was played in 2018. The Ashes is one of the most viewed cricketing series and my most favorite too. It is played seriously and it looks beautiful to watch the game as the pitch would be lush green and the game would be played efficiently and professionally.

There was a new type of ball introduced last year. The ball, pink in color which was newly used in test matches would swing much more than the usual red cricket ball. The test match was only during the daytime earlier but after the introduction of this pink ball, the match became a day-night match. This ball was only used in the Ashes test series. The pink ball is beautiful and undoubtedly a specialty of the Ashes series. Australia has won the majority of test matches with 130 matches in their hand out of 325 matches. England having won 106 matches are improving a lot. This is one of the best and awaited series in the world.

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The England-India Rivalry in the field of Cricket

There are mainly two major rivalries in cricketing field. One is the ashes played between England and Australia, the other one being the most known one that is the rivalry between India and Pakistan. There is one more underrated rivalry that is the one that is between India and England .Their first international clash was in a test match in the year 1932, where England secured a comfortable win. Their rivalry can be classified into three parts.

  • The initial times (1990’s)

During the initial times England dominated India and they got to comfortable wins.

  • The middle age ( early 2000’s)

During the early 2000’s the competition was close enough and the victory percentage was evenly distributed.

  • The recent times ( since 2010/a decade or so)

In the recent times India have dominated over England and secured more number of wins as compared to the past.

There have been many historical moments in this specific rivalry. Over the years India’s performance is getting better. India has won many series under the captaincy of captain cool M.S.Dhoni and some under the run machine Virat Kohli .Here is the narration about the match situation of the best historic and unforgettable win for India against England under the captaincy of Ganguly.

This is one of the historic ODI’s in cricket.

It was the finals of the 2002 NatWest series. England batted first and scored massive total of 325. England’s skipper and opener scored 115 and 109 respectively. The score looked humungous and all the Indian fans were tensed and sad. India was stuttering on a stage, having lost half their side for less than 150 runs. Indian fans having lost their hope started to turn off their televisions in anger. But, up came a massive partnership of 120 runs for India from a young pair of Yuvraj Singh scoring 69 and Mohammed Kaif scoring 87 not out to register a historic win. Many cricketing fans would remember that epic celebration of Sourav Ganguly waving his shirt off at the Lord’s balcony. This classic is still one of India’s finest victory in ODI’s.

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Heartbreak as A B Devilliers retires


The legendary cricketer Abraham Benjamin Devilliers known as ABD and Mr.360 was born on 17 February, 1984. He is the world’s no.2 ODI batsman and holds many records such as:-

  1. The fastest ODI half century (16 balls)
  2. Fastest ODI century (31 balls)
  3. Fastest ODI 150 ( 64 balls)
  4. Most test innings without registering a duck (78 innings
  5. Most no. of catches by a wicket keeper in a test match ( 11 catches)
  6. Most no. of sixes in an ODI match ( 16 sixes)
  7. Ninth batsmen in the world to top the batting rankings in both Tests and ODIs.

He was a wicket keeper-batsman, and then he transformed into a pure batsman. He is an amazing fielder who took stunning catches which won matches at crucial times of the game.

ABD’s retirement from international cricket annoncement on May 23 this year was shocking and it stunned the cricketing world.

“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.This is a tough decision. I have thought long and hard about it and I’ll like to retire while still playing decent cricket.” de Villiers said.

On a personal level, here’s a conversation between my friend and I, on hearing the news of the retirement:

One day I had gone to my friend Ashwin’s house to play cricket. That day our team needed 6 runs of the last ball. I hit a fabulous six to end the match and I told everyone that I learnt this shot from ABD and he is the best cricketer the world has ever seen. R Ashwin,however, argued that Sachin Tendulkar was the best.

Rishab:  A B Devilliers has so many records like fastest century, fastest 50, etc. so this proves he is the best.

Ashwin:  No, Sachin has the record of 100 centuries which no one can beat and he is called the God Of Cricket

Rishab:   Sachin may be called the God of Cricket but, ABD is a modern day player who has lots of innovative cricketing shots in his armoury which no one can ever play.

Ashwin: Sachin has won the world cup for India once but ABD hasn’t even won a world cup or even a champion’s trophy for his country.

Rishab: Sachin might have won world cup but ABD has skills a lot more than Sachin. ABD’s team did not cooperate with him to win any trophy. That was the problem.

Ashwin: Sachin has way more skills than ABD. Sachin invented the upper cut shot which is useful.

Rishab: ABD is called Mr.360 and he has the ability to hit the ball all over the ground. Even Sachin once said no one ever thought that a batsman could hit a reverse sweep on fast bowling, but ABD proved that one can hit the reverse                  sweep on any kind of bowling.

Ashwin: What so ever Sachin has more runs in every format than any other batsman.So, this proves that he is the best.

Rishab: That’s not true! ABD has more runs in every format than Sachin since 2003.

Then I showed him a picture which made him wordless.

Here is that picture.rishab pic

Credits to @die_hard_abdians on instagram

After seeing this photo he couldn’t talk a word. He had to agree that both ABD and Sachin are equal.

As far as I am concerned, ABD is the best ever batsman in cricketing history. He should not have retired so early at the age of 34. My humble request to him is to come back into international cricket.

What’s your take? Sachin or ABD? Do you have something to share or add to my conversation with Ashwin?