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A Tale of Two Cities: When stars become Gods

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MOHALI, INDIA (Diya TV) If you’ve followed Indian cricket, then you know there has been one “God” – Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin epitomized the “Mumbai school of batting”, and he was it’s finest specimen – perfect technique as every shot always seemed to find improbable gaps all around the wicket and the propensity to score the big centuries. Sachin was the same yet refreshingly different from those that excelled in the art of batting, the legendary Gavaskar, the effortless Vengsarkar: Sachin showcased grit! Especially when the odds got tough and overseas. Amongst all his great innings, his two chasesin Sharjah in 1998, elevated an Indian cricketer to immortal, God status. It was that Sachin we longed to see well into his twilight, but over time we experienced an mellowed perfectionist who floated above and away from the mortals that walked the same field as he did.

This brings us to our story today, as we’re experiencing the transformation of a star into God v2.0 status – Virat Kohli. We’ve smiled at the expletive laden celebrations and the passionate repartee which is typical of Delhi boys

Remember Gautam Gambhir?

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But over time he’s showcased a strong mind and a hunger to excel that fuels the machismo that will lead Indian cricket forward. Kohli has been prolific in all forms of the game and like his mentor,

Sachin, has an impeccable technique and a record overseas. Yet Kohli seems special, he’s showcased the strong hunger to finish important games especially when the odds stack up against India. In the WT20 tournament, we’ve experienced two special innings so far, one against Bangladesh and the other against Australia where he’s stepped into the cauldron and batted India out of trouble while more talented ones have struggled, and badly so! What’s special about these innings is that they showcase a strong mind – confident in the body’s abilities, they showcase responsibility which reflects maturity (Virat’s 27 years old) and above all it showcases passion that is not all talk.

We’re witnessing a star that will continue to shine brighter and if he continues on the same passionate trajectory Indian cricket will have just gilded its God v2.0 in the next 3 years. Virat Kohli – We’re misty eyed, standing and applauding!

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Jignesh Pandya to spend $2.4 billion on 8 U.S. cricket stadiums

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian-American cricket enthusiast and businessman Jignesh Pandya announced he plans to build eight cricket stadiums across the U.S., which will cost an estimated $2.4 billion, to help professionalize the sport in the states.

The Gujarat-born real estate developer wants to see stadiums go up in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Georgia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and California. Construction of the stadiums will create nearly 20,000 jobs, Pandya, chairman of Global Sports Ventures, said.

Each venue will seat 26,000, he added. The Pennsylvania-based Global Sports Ventures will also sign a $70 million licensing agreement with the United States of American Cricket Association (USACA), the body’s first step in growing and popularizing the sport in the U.S.

Pandya has been spanning the globe with his two sons, the trio have spent countless hours seeking out the world’s best live cricket matches. During their travels, Pandya said he noticed most of the spectators to be either Indian or American. This has led him to believe there is more of a desire for the sports in the states than meets the eye.

“So there is a great market and readymade audience for cricket in the U.S.,” he told The Press Trust of India. 

The stadiums, Pandya said, will be built into complexes that already include high-rise condominiums, shopping and entertainment centers as well as commercial office space. His ultimate goal, however, is to create and foster a professional cricket league that allows athletes to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

“This will be a strong foundation when the International Cricket Council hosts any tournaments in line with its strategic framework for USA cricket, potentially hosting the ICC World Twenty 20 in 2024,” he said.

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Ravichandran Ashwin seals series win for India over England

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — England subsided to an innings-and-36-run defeat on the final day of the fourth Test in Mumbai as India swiftly sealed a series victory, thanks in large part to the efforts of batsman Ravichandran Ashwin.

India resumed play with a hefty scoreline of 182-6, but England’s final four wickets fell in 48 balls, with Ashwin taking 6-55 for match figures of 12-167.

It is the third time a Test side have made 400 or more in the first innings of the match and lost by an innings. India now lead the series 3-0 with one match to play, and have now won five consecutive series. Ranked No. 1 in the world, India are now unbeaten in 18 matches on their home pitch, winning 15 of those in a run that dates back to England’s 2-1 series win in 2012.

For England manager Alastair Cook, it equals his fourth defeat in five matches and his side’s seventh loss of the year. Having already lost seven, England could match their 12-month worst of eight losses in the fifth and final Test match, which begins in Chennai on Friday.

While it was batting collapses that cost England during defeats in the second and third Tests, the most recent match was a pure display of being outclassed by the other side, something that was further enhanced by Cook’s poor squad selection.

Of the traveling squad, off-spinner Gareth Batty had a poor third Test, left-arm spinner Liam Dawson was uncapped and batsmen Gary Ballance and Ben Duckett were out of form. England’s selection problems became compiled with on-field errors — after winning the toss, England found themselves 220-2 but lost their last eight wickets for 180 runs.

With chosen spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali disappointing, England failed to capitalize on chances off Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and Jayant Yadav, who made a double century and two hundreds between them as India racked up a massive 631.

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Watch what happens when Liam Thomas looses his prosthetic leg on the cricket field

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — English cricketer Liam Thomas made definition of remaining calm and collected after losing his prosthetic leg while playing in the final of a tournament for people with physical disability in Dubai last week.

The 22-year-old played for the England Physical Disabilities team in a match against Pakistan back on Oct. 24 when his leg got loose and began flying across the pitch.

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“It just happened, really. I was sprinting for the ball, put my hand out, hit the deck hard and the next thing I know I stood up and had no leg,” Thomas said. “I didn’t know whether to grab the leg or get the ball in. I decided to go for the ball.”

He would later blame the smothering Dubai heat for the occurrence, saying it caused the socket to expand, ultimately causing it to loosen.

Thomas, who was born with a disability, said his teammates would later thank him for his gregarious play and enjoyed his effort. “Having a disability, we all take the fun out of each other a little bit, we all have each others’ backs, so we are all trying to give each other grief when something like that happens,” he said.

Despite his fight and gregarious play, England would lose the match by three wickets. Thomas said he hopes the attention his performance is receiving helps raise the profile of the sport.

The England and Wales Cricket Board supports a multitude of teams, including the Physical Disabilities team, teams for people who are visually impaired, for people with learning disabilities, and for people who are deaf.

Thomas, who works for the local water service near his home in Bradford, England, urges disabled people to get involved in sports. “Don’t be afraid, no matter what sport it is,” he said.

“Never in a million years would I have thought I would be touring Dubai, playing cricket, doing something I love. It’s just not something you think a disabled person would do, but being involved in disabled sport allows you access to do stuff like that.”

Information from CNN contributed to this report.

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