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ICC World Cup 2019: Virender Sehwag shut down trolls who blamed Sania Mirza for Pakistan’s defeat against India

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Virender Sehwag, Sania Mirza

Pakistan lost against their arch-rivals India in the ICC World Cup 2019 match at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16. Pakistan lost for the 7th consecutive time against India in the World cup history.

India posted a big total of 336 runs for 5 wickets in their 50 overs. Pakistan lost by 89 runs after the DLS method in a rain-affected match.

Pakistani fans were totally dejected by the performance of their team. Several fans even targeted Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza after photos of her having a late dinner husband Shoaib Malik and a few other Pakistani cricketers at a shisha café went viral after the match.

Several media persons from Pakistan had claimed that the photos were from the night before the match, leading to outrage, but it was later found that the photos were from two days before the match.

However, that too did not stop the targeted attacks at Sania, who eventually said she had decided to take a break from Twitter.

Now, former India opener Virender Sehwag has shut down social media trolls directed at Sania and Shoaib, saying people that should not connect any player’s personal and professional life while citing the example of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma.

“I don’t think you can connect personal life to their professional careers. I had said this before as well when Virat Kohli got out and Anushka Sharma was there to watch the match. I said you cannot comment on anyone’s family.. no matter how emotional you are about your team and your players but you cannot go into their personal life.”

“It is his (Malik’s) life… he has to prepare himself for an India-Pakistan match and it is his wish how he wants to prepare. No one should raise questions on that. There are guys who cannot sleep till 6 am.. there are others who go out till 6 am. I don’t see the problem in that.”

Pakistan will now look for improved performance when they face South Africa on June 23. It is a must-win clash for Safaraz Ahmed and Co. as a loss to the Proteas would almost knock them out of the tournament.

ICC World Cup 2019: Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the tournament, Rishabh Pant to be in as replacement

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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 owing to a fractured thumb he sustained during the match against Australia.

“Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s match versus Australia at the Oval,” said a statement on the BCCI’s Twitter feed.

“Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of #CWC19,” the statement added.

Dhawan sustained the injury during India’s second World Cup game, struck by a rising bouncer from Pat Cummins. Although he managed a century in that match, he was seen receiving treatment from physio Patrick Farhart on the same day and didn’t come out to field in the second innings. He was later spotted in the dressing room with an ice pack over his thumb.

In Dhawan’s absence, KL Rahul had opened in the game against Pakistan and is set to continue in that role with the left-hander’s campaign coming to a shocking end. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, who was earlier roped in as Dhawan’s cover, is set to be added to the Indian squad with the management requesting the ICC to approve the change to the squad.

India have had a great start to their World Cup 2019 campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan while their game against New Zealand was washed out. India will next face Afghanistan before they take on West Indies, England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 dates announced

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ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 will be hosted by New Zealand and it will comprise a total of 31 matches, including the semi-finals and the finals.

It will be the 4th World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand after two men’s World Cup in 1992 and 2015 and a women’s event in 2000. The 50-over tournament will run from January 30 to February 20, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The hosts New Zealand and four other top teams based on the ICC Women’s Championship rankings will gain direct qualification for the 2021 tournament. Currently, the top four teams in the point table are – Australia (22), defending champions England (22), India (16) and South Africa (16).

While the remaining three teams will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier event in which the teams will be joined by Bangladesh and Ireland, and the winner of each regional qualifier in 2019 – Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.

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The 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup was the first in which all participating players were fully professional. Eight teams qualified to participate in the tournament. Host England won the final against India at Lord’s on 23rd July by 9 runs.

ICC World Cup 2019: Disha Patani wants Team India to bring back the trophy

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Disha Patani Team India

In the last 15 years, Team India has evolved into one of the powerhouses in the cricketing world. After a gap of 28 years, they managed to emerge the world leaders by lifting the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. This has been one of the best times for cricket in the country as they set their eyes on the third World Cup trophy.

In the ongoing edition, Team India began their campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa at Southampton on June 5.

Virat Kohli-led India next played Australia at the Oval in London, which also turned out to be another one-sided game in favour of the Men in Blue. India’s third match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.

The much-awaited India vs Pakistan clash took place at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16. According to former cricketer Waqar Younis, Pakistan’s defeat against India exposed the “massive difference” between the two sides when the Men in Green suffered an 89-run thrashing by Team India in their World Cup 2019 fixture.

India is currently placed at the third position in the points table and is all set to play few weaker opponents – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies – in their remaining league games to qualify for the semi-finals.

Ahead of India’s next game against Afghanistan on June 22, Bollywood diva Disha Patani has sent her best wishes to the Indian team. The bubbly actress, who played the role of MS Dhoni’s girlfriend in the movie “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”, want the Men in Blue to bring back the World Cup trophy.

“Time to bring back the World Cup! Me with my @calvinklein #SwissMade Watch, wish #TeamIndia all the best for the #WorldCup2019 #MYCALVINS,” she wrote in her post.

ICC World Cup 2019: England opener Jason Roy ruled out of Afghanistan clash

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Jason Roy

An injury plagued England will be eyeing the top spot in the points-table as they lock horns with the struggling Afghanistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

The English, ranked as World Number 1 in ODI cricket, are without opener Jason Roy, who has been ruled out of the Afghanistan clash due to hamstring injury. Skipper Eoin Morgan is fit and has returned to the field after recovering from a back spasm. Both players suffered their injuries against West Indies on Friday and Roy will be out for at least one more game.

The injury to Roy is likely to benefit Moeen Ali, as two of his three ODI hundreds have come as an opening batsman and his off-spin would help cater to an Old Trafford pitch which was used on Sunday for the India-Pakistan clash and exhibited a healthy degree of turn.

England batsmen have been scoring in excess of 300 in recent times and will look to continue the trend, while the bowlers spearheaded by Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have troubled some of the best in the business with pace and bounce. One can only expect England to continue in the same vein.

Afghanistan, who have been more rash than they would have liked so far are yet to register a point at the World Cup after four matches, and will depend heavily on their spinners Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to derail the English batting unit.

The Afghanistan batting has been unreliable but all eyes will be on how opener Noor Ali Zadran can deal with the fast and furious England attack. Gulbadin Naib will be hoping Noor Ali to be at his dangerous best and allow the rest of the batting to take advantage of his free-scoring ways.

For Naib and boys, who are all but sure of not making it to the semis, this represents a chance to punch well above their weights, while England look to put the foot down on the pedal.

Meanwhile, England have won the toss and opted to bat first in Manchester.

England playing XI:

Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Afghanistan playing XI:

Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Gulbadin Naib (c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of India’s next two or three matches, replacement announced

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured

Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been out of India’s next two or three World Cup matches due to a hamstring injury which he sustained during the clash against Pakistan in Manchester on Tuesday.

Bhuvneshwar slipped on the footmarks and pulled up midway through his third over, limping off the field during Pakistan’s chase of 336. He couldn’t take further part in the match after tightness in his left hamstring.

The remainder of Bhuvi’s over was bowled by Vijay Shankar, who struck with his very first delivery to send back Imam ul Haq LBW for 7. Upon leaving the field, the right-arm pacer was looked up by Team India physio Patrick Farhart and a decision was taken to keep him off the field, with Shankar and Hardik Pandya combining to fill for him.

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Now, Bhuvi would not be available for selection for the matches against Afghanistan on June 22 and West Indies on June 27 and possibly the crunch clash against England on June 30.

It is second big jolt for India as opener Shikhar Dhawan has already been ruled out of a few games due to a thumb injury, sustained during the match against Australia.

Bhuvneshwar has played a key part in both of India’s games thus far – the third against New Zealand was washed out – taking five wickets for a total of 94 runs.

Mohammed Shami will replace Bhuvneshwar in the playing eleven, confirmed Indian skipper Virat Kohli at the press-conference in Manchester.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant have fun with Ziva Dhoni during India-Pakistan clash in Manchester

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Ziva Dhoni, Rishabh Pant

As Team India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs during the World Cup 2019 clash at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday, Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant had fun in the stands with MS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva.

Pant shared a video of himself with Ziva shouting while looking at each other. “Partners in crime,” read the caption.

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Rishabh recently reached England and joined the Indian team as a cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan. However, he has not been included in the 15-member squad yet.

Dhawan was hit by a ball on his thumb during India’s match against Australia at The Oval a week ago. He hasn’t been ruled out of the ongoing World Cup and is still under medical observation.

In Sunday’s match, Rohit Sharma hit 140, Virat Kohli smashed 77 and KL Rahul scored 57, before Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar picked crucial wickets to guide India to a massive win over Pakistan.

With this victory, India have now a dominant record of winning all their 7 World Cup matches against Pakistan.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma gives a hilarious answer when asked about his suggestion to Pakistan batsmen

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Rohit Sharma hilarious answer

Rohit Sharma’s second century of the World Cup 2019 helped India maintain their unbeaten record with an emphatic victory over the arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.

Rohit smashed 140 off 113 balls as India posted 336/5 at the Old Trafford, with contributions also coming from captain Virat Kohli (77) and opener KL Rahul (57).

In reply, Fakhar Zaman scored his first fifty of the tournament but India nevertheless clinched a routine win with Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar sharing six wickets. India’s 89-run DLS win sees them climb to the second position in the points table – behind defending champions Australia – while Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-finals are hanging by a thread.

At the post-match press conference, ‘Man of the Match’ Rohit Sharma was asked by a reporter as to what suggestion he would give as a colleague to the Pakistani batsmen, which according to the former are undergoing a period of crisis.

Rohit smiled and quipped that he would be able to suggest only after he becomes the Pakistan team coach.

“Agar main Pakistan ka coach bana to bilkul bataunga, abhi to… kya bataunga! (If I become the coach of Pakistan then surely I will tell you. What can I say now),” replied Rohit prompting the whole room to burst into laughter.

India will now take on Afghanistan in their next fixture of the ongoing World Cup on June 22 in Southampton.

ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli provides an update on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury

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On Sunday, it was a dominating performance by the Indian team as they defeated Pakistan by 89 runs at Old Trafford in Manchester. With this victory, India moved to the 3rd spot on the Points Table with 7 points, next to Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier, Pakistan’s skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to field first. Due to Shikhar Dhawan’s injury, India opened the batting with KL Rahul and vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Both provided India with a solid start, adding 136 runs on the board for the first wicket stand.

Rohit Sharma played a fantastic knock of 140 runs off 113 balls hitting 14 fours and 3 sixes, registering his second century in the tournament. Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored 77 runs, becoming the fastest player to complete 11,000 runs in ODI cricket (222 innings).

Chasing a massive score of 337 runs, Pakistan lost quick wickets in the middle overs and were 166-6 in 35 overs before the rain interrupted the play. The match was reduced to 40 overs, with a revised target of 302 runs as per DLS. In the end, Pakistan only managed to score 212/6 in 40 overs, losing the match by a big margin of 89 runs.

The unpleasant news for the Indian fans was the injury of right-hand pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi stretched his left hamstring during his third over and was forced to leave the field. An official update was issued around the 12th over that Bhuvi would not be able to take part any further in the match.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar hamstring

During the post-match presentation, Indian skipper Virat Kohli provided an update on Bhuvi’s injury, “Bhuvi’s case looks like a niggle, a case of slipping on the footmarks. It doesn’t look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, a maximum of three games. He is going to be an important factor for us so hopefully, he can recover in time. But we have Shami with us and it shouldn’t be much of a worry for us. Even Bhuvi doesn’t think his niggle is too bad and that time would heal it.

India will face Afghanistan in their next match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on 22nd June.

ICC World Cup 2019: Meet the Pakistan-born cricket fan who gets match tickets from MS Dhoni

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Mohammad Bashir, MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni is one of the most popular cricketers across the globe. The former Indian skipper has won many hearts both on and off the field. His brilliance combined with humility makes him one of the most loved players in the game and it is hard to imagine the Indian Cricket Team without him.

There are many fans of Dhoni around the world who can do anything for him, and among them is a Pakistan-born fan, who is now quite known by people who watch cricket regularly.

Apart from playing a match-winning knock in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede, Dhoni was also in the news for providing match tickets to a Pakistan-born cricket fan, Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’.

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The bond between them has only grown stronger since then. Ahead of the 2019 World cup match between India and Pakistan, Bashir has flown to Manchester from Chicago to watch, what is being anticipated as one of the biggest clash of the tournament.

“I arrived here yesterday and saw that people are ready to pay as much as 800-900 pounds for a ticket. A return ticket from Chicago costs the same. Thanks to Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for a match ticket,” the 63-year-old, who owns a restaurant in Chicago and is an American passport holder, told PTI.

Dhoni might not be easily accessible for even his teammates at times but has never disappointed Bashir.

“I don’t call him as he is so busy. I keep in touch only through text messages. Long before I came here, Dhoni assured me of the ticket. He is a great human being. I can’t think of anyone else doing what he has done for me since that 2011 game in Mohali.

“Imagine I get the ticket for free when most would pay a fortune for it. I have got a surprise gift for him this time and I hope to give it to him later today,” said Bashir.

After arriving in Manchester, he checked into Pakistan’s team hotel where he met most of the squad members including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Amir and Hassan Ali.

Bashir there clicked a picture with Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza, who is also the wife of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. He then checked into India’s team hotel later on Friday.

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Bashir’s love for his homeland is understandable but the reason for his affinity towards India is that his wife is from Hyderabad.

His match-day uniform also has both India and Pakistan colours and Bashir calls himself an ambassador of peace.

ICC World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan match cancellation due to rain to be ₹150 crore blow

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Virat Kohli, Sarfaraz Ahmed

With just one day to go for the much-awaited India vs Pakistan match on June 16 at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, fans across the world are praying for the weather to clear in the northwest of England.

According to Accuweather, spotty showers are expected over the stadium on Sunday. That could translate into heavy losses for the broadcaster, which expected to earn over ₹150 crore in ad revenue from the match.

Star Sports alone is reportedly expected to earn ₹137.5 crore from the India-Pakistan clash through advertisements. The channel has about 5,500 seconds of total inventory (the time slot they can sell to advertisers).

The rates for these slots are usually in the range of ₹1.6-1.8 lakh per second, but for India vs Pakistan the cost has spiralled to ₹2.5 lakh per second. But, that hasn’t discouraged the advertisers. In fact, there’s a rush.

Around 40 top advertisers including Uber, Coca-Cola, Amazon, OnePlus, MRF Tyres and PhonePe have already signed up for the slots.

Also, according to media agency Carat India’s senior executive Vinita Pachisia, there might not even be enough ad inventory left with Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the tournament to be sold for the India vs Pakistan matches. The broadcaster had sold off most of the inventory much in advance, which meant the advertisers interested in last-minute booking had to pay even higher price.

“Even if there is inventory left, it may be sold at 50 per cent higher rates than the current prices,” Pachisia told BusinessToday.In. “The inventory on World Cup was being sold as packages, which include all matches (India and non-India) customised as per brand requirements or outlays available,” she added.

What happens to the money advertisers spend if the match gets cancelled due to rain?

It depends upon the package the advertisers have purchased. Those who are supposed to play their ads on the live programme and not the analysis and highlights suffer the most. The time slot they have purchased gets carried forward to another match, but quite obviously the reach of an India vs Pakistan match cannot equal the match of let’s say India vs Bangladesh.

A clause in their contract ensures the carry forward of the time slot. “The broadcaster tries to use the missed inventory in the matches scheduled for later dates, on a like-to-like basis. This means that if an India match is cancelled, the advertiser can opt to use that free commercial time (FCT) on another India match, and same goes for a non-India match, FCT can be booked on another non-India match, provided there is inventory available on later matches,” said Pachisia.

ICC World Cup 2019: Google CEO Sundar Pichai predicts the two teams to play in the final

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai, World Cup 2019

Cricket is not so popular sport in the US. The country doesn’t have a team participating in the ongoing ICC Cricket World cup, and viewership for the sport is far lower there than for baseball, American football, and basketball.

But there are die-hard fans of the sport in the Silicon Valley and they are following the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup underway in the UK. One such avid cricket fan among them is Google’s Indian-American CEO, Sundar Pichai.

He feels that India and England would clash in the finals of the 2019 World Cup and said he is “rooting” for the Men in Blue to emerge victorious.

Describing himself as a passionate cricket fan, the 46-year-old head of California-based internet giant said that when he came to the US, he found baseball a bit challenging.

“It (ICC Cricket World Cup final match) should be (between) England and India. But, you know, Australia and New Zealand, these are all very, very good teams,” Pichai told a Washington audience that included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top corporate executives from India and the US during the India Ideas Summit of USIBC wherein he received the Global Leadership Award on Wednesday.

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He was replying to USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal who asked him – “Who do you think is going to play the final match?”

Pichai also shared some of his cricket and baseball experiences in the United States.

“When I first came here, I tried to kind of adapt to baseball. I have to say it was a bit challenging. In my first game, I was proud because I hit the ball on the back. It’s a really good shot in cricket. I was like, well look, what I did. But people didn’t appreciate it,” he said.

“In cricket when you run, you always take your bat with you. So I also ran between base with my bat as well. So eventually, I realised baseball was a bit difficult. I can adjust on many things, but I’m going to stick to cricket,” Pichai said.

“There is a cricket World Cup going on. It’s a wonderful tournament, rooting for India to do well. But there’s a lot at stake here,” he added.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rassie van der Dussen opens up on the AB de Villiers saga

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Rassie van der Dussen, AB de Villiers

The “AB de Villiers” saga continues to hover over South Africa in the ongoing World Cup, almost as much as the dark clouds that continue to deck the Welsh capital.

The Faf du Plessis-led side may have moved on from the south-east of England to the rugby-crazed land of JPR Williams, Barry John and more recently Shane Williams, but De Villiers seems to have move with them.

After coach Ottis Gibson and captain Du Plessis explained the details surrounding De Villiers’ exclusion from South Africa’s World Cup squad in Southampton, it was now the turn of Rassie van der Dussen.

It was certainly an uncomfortable situation on Thursday for the 30-year-old batsman, who is the virtual direct replacement for De Villiers in the 2019 World Cup.

However, Van der Dussen acquitted himself well, saying that he too believed that he was capable of winning games for his country.

Questions around the De Villiers saga were well directed at Van der Dussen on Thursday, but he offered a straight bat in return.

“It’s not necessarily your best question to ask me, because I am involved in it, and had he not retired it would have influenced me directly. You can’t, on the day before when the squad has been working for longer than a year, come and say you want to make a comeback now.

“I’m not saying that he was wrong or right, but it would have set a difficult precedent, not necessarily a wrong one, because he is still one of the best batsmen in the world.

“I just think it was maybe handled not in the correct way from his side. I believe that Ottis and Faf gave him opportunities to manage his workloads going into the World Cup because they wanted him to play the World Cup.

“He had a fair chance to manage that, and he said ‘no’ and that he was happy to retire, and that’s fair enough. Faf accepted it and Ottis accepted it and they stood by it.”

“Can never forget your 40 ball 100 in Kanpur”, Yuvraj Singh responds to Shahid Afridi’s retirement message to him

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Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi recently heaped praises on retired Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, saying that the stylish left-hander inspired many with his fighting ability.

Arguably, one of the greatest Indian batsmen to have donned the blue jersey, Yuvraj was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs just after he helped MS Dhoni-led India clinch the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Yuvraj ended his international career with an outstanding ODI record of 8701 runs – 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians – at an average of 36.55 and 111 wickets.

In the longest format of the game, the 37-year-old Yuvi was not so effective, scoring three centuries and 11 half-centuries and aggregating 1900 runs, and in T20Is – where he headlined India’s 2007 title-winning effort with a blast of six sixes in Stuart Broad’s over – he ended up with 1177 runs and 28 wickets.

“Congratulations on a fantastic career Yuvraj Singh. You were an amazing batsman and a brilliant fielder with big match temperament. Your fighting ability is very inspiring, we spent great time together. All the very best in your life ahead,” wrote Afridi in his retirement message to the Punjab lad.

Yuvraj still remembers the 40-ball century Afridi scored in Kanpur

Yuvraj responded to Afridi’s tweet calling him “Mr Boom Boom” which former Pakistan skipper is known as for his big-hitting ability. He also took a dig in memories recalling a 40-ball 100 that Afridi smashed against India in Kanpur during Pakistan’s tour of India in 2005.

It was the fifth ODI of a six-match series and Inzamam-ul-Haq’s side won that match by five wickets with almost eight overs to spare, thanks to Afridi’s 46-ball 102.

“Thank You Mr Boom Boom ! Can never forget your 40 ball 100 in Kanpur. We played in some great games and big tournaments those were some memories,” wrote Yuvi in reply to Afridi’s Twitter post.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reactions – David Warner’s ton powers Australia to nervy win over Pakistan

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David Warner, Australia

David Warner scored his first ODI ton since serving a year-long ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in Australia’s tense 41-run World Cup victory over Pakistan in Taunton on Wednesday.

Warner, transformed from the man who struggled in last Sunday’s defeat by India, busied his way to 107.

With captain Aaron Finch also scoring 82, Australia should have posted more than their 307 all out, only to lose their last six wickets for 30 runs thanks to Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir’s maiden five-wicket haul (5 for 30).

Facing a more reachable target than they would have once feared, Pakistan were well placed at 136/2 when their own collapse of 4-24 sucked the life from the chase.

Hassan Ali smashed 32 runs off 15 deliveries and Wahab Riaz hit 45 off 39 balls to revive their vociferous fans, but after Wahab was given out caught behind on review off Mitchell Starc, Pakistan were bundled out for 266.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: