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ICC T20: All-rounders to watch out for



Some of the best all-rounders from top-cricketing nations are set to unleash their potential in the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Super 12 stage.

Let’s look at a few of the illustrious names.


Despite being the oldest of the bunch, Mohammad Hafeez is still a destructive top-order batsman and lethal spinner.

Just when the world thought Hafeez is done and dusted with his bowling, he showed in Pakistan’s last series against West Indies that he can still contain the best batters around the world with his spin.

Hafeez has been brilliant against left-handed batsmen for ages.

He is likely to bat for Pakistan at No. 4 and he doesn’t need a lot of time to settle on the wicket.

He has a knack for going for boundaries from the get-go, something that the Men in Green will desperately need at the top of the order in their tournament opener against arch-rivals India on Sunday.


Glenn Maxwell is coming off a dream IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

On two-paced tracks in the UAE, Maxwell also showcased how brilliantly he can bowl in the powerplay.

He doesn’t spin the ball much, but focuses on the drift which will be useful on the wickets in the T20 World Cup.

All Maxwell needs to do is carry on with his red-hot form with which he helped the Bangalore side make it big this season.

His contribution with the bat in the death overs will be a huge help for Australia.


Hardik Pandya is no less than a T20 royalty for Virat Kohli’s side.

As said by Dale Steyn, he can solely be selected for the national team based on his batting.

He can double his stocks if he can manage his workload and get to work with the ball as well, but that seems highly unlikely.

India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma has already revealed that Hardik hasn’t yet bowled a single ball in the nets.

This means that Kohli is still looking to get the most out of Hardik with the bat.

Hardik has been in sublime touch in the shortest format of the game.

He did not get a lot of opportunities with Mumbai Indians this season, but his form in India’s warm-up game showed that he is still brimming with confidence.


Mitchell Marsh was Australia’s highest run-getter in the away series held in Bangladesh.

Though Mathew Wade-led unit lost to the Tigers, but Marsh got to book his ticket to the UAE and Oman for the mega even with top performances.

Glenn Maxwell has already warned the teams that he has found Marsh middling the ball better than any batsmen on the team.

Marsh’s exploits with the ball are already known to everyone.

His middle overs can help Australia restrict the oppositions to small totals.

Marsh’s variations will help him keep a tight economy in the mega event.


Apart from being the best fielder in international cricket, Ravi Jadeja can run riot with the bat and ball.

Even his skipper Kohli has admitted that Jadeja is at his peak at the moment.

The left-handed batter has a habit of scoring brilliant cameos for India in final overs.

He hasn’t yet scored his maiden T20 fifty, but he has played 50 T20Is for India which makes him an experienced campaigner of the format.

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Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman hails rise of good performance amongst sports during 2024 Budget speech




India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the rise of sports in India during her Union Budget speech. The Indian contingent finished with its highest-ever medal tally during the Asian Games last year.

Even the Asian Para Games contingent did well and won many medals. Chess has also produced some amazing Indian talents. 18-year-old Praggnanandhaa came in for special attention from the Finance Minister.

The youngster reached the finals of the Chess World Cup before losing to Magnus Carlsen. This achievement was lauded by Nirmala Sitharaman during her speech in the floor of the house.

Finance minister lauds Indian growth in sports 

India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was presenting the interim budget ahead of the 2024 Elections. During her chat listing all the achievements the country has made, her comments on sports took the limelight.

Sitharaman said “The country is proud of our youth scaling new heights in sports. The highest-ever medal tally in Asian Games and Asian Para Games in 2023 reflects a high confidence level. Chess prodigy and our number-one ranked player Praggnanandhaa put up a stiff fight against the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsson in 2023. Today, India has over 80 chess grandmasters compared to little over 20 in 2010,”

Last year during the Asian Games, India finished 4th in the medals tally. The final tally read, 28 gold medals, 38 silver medals, and 41 bronze medals. Men’s and Women’s cricket won gold medals for the first time. The Indian Kabaddi Team did well to beat Iran in the final of a pulsating contest.

Despite their bad performance in the AFC Asian Cup 2024, even Indian football has started to perform well. Indian Cricket Team reached the finals of the ODI World Cup and the World Test Championships in 2023. 2024 is set to be yet another huge year for Indian sports. The focus will be on the huge Olympics set to be held in Paris this year. The likes of Neeraj Chopra will be looking to bring even more glory to the nation with their performances.

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CSK Skipper MS Dhoni files lawsuit against Business partner, accuses cheating and financial loss



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In surprising news, cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken legal action against his former business associates, Mihir Diwakar and Soumya Vishwash of Aarka Sports and Management Limited. The former India captain accuses them of tricking him in a deal related to cricket academies, resulting in a huge financial loss of over Rs 15 crore. Dhoni filed a criminal case in October 2023, accusing them of cheating.

The legal battle unfolded as Dhoni and Diwakar agreed in 2017 to open a cricket academy. However, Diwakar allegedly failed to stick to the specified conditions, causing substantial financial harm to MSD.

Today, the court witnessed the proceedings in the case, highlighting the intricacies of the alleged breach of agreement. The cricketing maestro and Mihir Diwakar’s agreement in 2017 outlined the opening of a cricket academy. However, Diwakar is accused of failing to adhere to the predetermined terms, causing a significant loss estimated at Rs 17 crore for Dhoni.

MS Dhoni is set to make a comeback in IPL 2024

The accusations of deception and breach of agreement have added a new layer to the ongoing legal saga. Dayanand Singh, representing MS Dhoni through Vidhi Associates, emphasised the alleged failure of Mihir Diwakar to fulfil the agreed-upon conditions, leading to substantial financial losses for the cricket icon.

The legal battle takes a more dramatic turn as Dhoni’s friend, Simant Lohani (Chittu), also files a complaint. Lohani alleges that he faced threats and abuse from Mihir Diwakar after legal action was initiated against Aarka Sports.

Despite the legal complexities, MS Dhoni remains resolute in his return to competitive cricket. Recently returning from Dubai after celebrating the New Year, Dhoni is gearing up for IPL 2024, which is anticipated to be his farewell season in the league. The legal tussle with former business partners adds an unexpected twist to Dhoni’s journey, underscoring the challenges even cricketing legends face beyond the boundary.

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South Africa’s paralympian Oscar Pistorius released on parole



Former South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been released on strict parole conditions. Back in 2013, he mistakenly murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He claimed to have mistaken her for a burglar and shot her from inside his bathroom. In the same year, he was jailed for 16 years. However, after completing his 11 years of sentence, he has been released on bail on some conditions.

Pistorius’ sentence will conclude in 2029. As per the law of the South African land, offenders are allowed to be considered for parole after serving half of their total sentence, and in Pistorius’s case, this moment has arrived. His parole conditions include strict monitoring and participation in programs addressing anger management and gender-based violence.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, expressed her acceptance of the legal process, stating as per BBC, “The conditions imposed by the parole board, which includes anger management courses and programs on gender-based violence, send out a clear message that gender-based violence is taken seriously.” She acknowledged the limitations of justice, emphasizing the irreparable loss suffered by her family.

Oscar Pistorius’ journey in a nutshell

The 37-year-old’s career took off when he secured four gold medals in the Paralympics. During the 2012 London Olympics, he competed against non-disabled athletes. However, due to the unfortunate event mentioned above, his much-celebrated career came to an end.

The Department of Correctional Services in South Africa asserted that Pistorius, despite his celebrity status, would be treated like any other parolee. The conditions entail home confinement during specific hours, a ban on alcohol consumption, and restrictions on media interaction.

June Steenkamp reflected on the complexity of justice in the face of an irreparable loss, stating, “There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back.” She expressed her hope to focus on the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, dedicated to continuing her daughter’s legacy.

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