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T20 World Cup, India vs New Zealand: Repeating the horrors of 2007, as India on the brink of exit

Virat Kohli-led team India is also following the same path of 2007 World Cup, as they have already lost their first two matches of the group stage in T20 World Cup 2021. New Zealand on Sunday, thrashed India by 8-wickets to claim their first victory of the tournament and kept their hope alive for the semi-final spots.



T20 World Cup, India vs New Zealand

By Abhishek Kumar

The journey of team India’s T20 World Cup 2021 has been a replica of their horrible 2007 ICC World Cup, where the Indian team was knocked out in the group stage of the tournament after losing against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in group stage matches.

Virat Kohli-led team India is also following the same path as the 2007 World Cup, as they have already lost their first two matches of the group stage in the T20 World Cup 2021. New Zealand on Sunday, thrashed India by 8-wickets to claim their first victory of the tournament and kept their hope alive for the semi-final spot.

The recent failures of Indian cricket in ICC tournaments have raised questions on the capacity of Virat Kohli’s captaincy. In Kohli’s captaincy, the Men in Blue have lost in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, 2019 ICC World Cup semi-final, and ICC Test Championship final against New Zealand. However, Kohli has already announced that he will step down from the captaincy after the completion of the T20 World Cup 2021.

Win the toss win the match

Toss is also proving to be a big factor in this World Cup, as winning the toss and winning the match has been the trend in this tournament. And when it comes to India, luck has not been in favor of Virat Kohli, as the Indian captain has lost the toss in both matches. Now, the chances of India for a semi-final spot seem to be very grim. Pakistan with three wins in three matches has already booked their place in the semi-final, while New Zealand after the victory against India has also two victories away from sealing their berth in the semi-finals.

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Virat Kohli came with two changes in the squad, Ishan Kishan and Shardul Thakur replacing Surya Kumar Yadav and Bhubaneshwar Kumar, respectively. Team India management made another blunder after shuffling their batting orders. Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul came to open the innings, while Rohit and Kohli demoted themselves one wicket down. But nothing worked for Men in Blue and the team was restricted to 110-7 in 20 overs. Kiwi leg spinner Ish Sodhi picked the wickets of Rohit and Virat, while left-arm pacer Trent Boult scalped three wickets to complete his 50 T20Is wickets. Newly promoted Ishan Kishan also couldn’t do much as the opener got put on 4.

Chasing a target of 111 was a cakewalk for Kiwis, as they won the match in 15th over. Jasprit Bumrah was the only bowler who was impactful in the match and took two wickets. Daryl Mitchell and skipper Kane Williamson made sure that they won’t make any blunder and sealed the match for Blackcaps.

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Virat Kohli becomes victim of deepfake video, seen promoting betting app

A deepfake video of Virat Kohli has gone viral on social media where he can be seen promoting an illegal betting app.



Team India star player Virat Kohli, is the recent celebrity to be duped by artificial intelligence and deepfake technology. A video of him advertising an illegal betting app went viral on social media.

In order to produce a deepfake advertisement, Kohli’s AI-generated voice has been combined with morphed footage from some of his previous videos.

Recently, a video of Kohli saying he earned a large returns on a low-key investment through a betting app went viral on social media. The advertisement also features footage of a popular news anchor Anjana Om Kashyap, to make it more authentic. The advertisement portrays Kohli as a guest on a live news show, explaining to viewers how they can also earn profit from the betting app.

Fans on social media have been made aware of the deceptive deepfake video, and many have flagged it to make sure others don’t fall for it. In the advertisement, Kohli is shown profiting Rs 81,000 on a little Rs 1,000 investment.

This is not the first time when any celebrity has become the victim of deepfake video. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar’s video also went viral, in which he was seen endorsing a gaming app. It was a digitally edited movie with the former batter’s voice, pretending to be him.

The goal of that deepfake was to create the impression that Tendulkar and his daughter Sara had won a huge amount of money by taking part in a particular online game.

Sachin himself acknowledged the video as fraudulent and issued a warning on social media regarding these kinds of unethical behavior.

Meanwhile, Kohli is not playing in India’s current home Test series against England, therefore he is not available for the Indian team at this time. However, it was anticipated that the star batter would play in the next three Test matches after initially withdrawing from the first two due to personal issues. Kohli, who is still with his family, later withdrew from the entire five-match series, citing personal reason.

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Ashwin’s wife Prithi pens emotional note, says lot happened between 500 and 501

Ashwin’s wife Prithi Narayanan took to social media to share a post after India beat England by 434 runs in the third Test in Rajkot.



As the third Test of the five-match series came to an end on Sunday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, now known as Niranjan Shah Stadium, in Rajkot, Ashwin’s wife Prithi turned to Instagram to write a heartfelt message for her husband.

While, on the second day of the Test, Ashwin reached the 500-wicket mark and attended post match press conference, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced late that evening that Ashwin had chosen to withdraw from the match due to a medical emergency at his home. India bowled England out for 122 in the second innings after setting them a target of 557 runs to win, and the 37-year-old came back to claim a wicket.

Parthi did not gave the exact details but mentioned that a lot had happened in Test cricket between Ashwin’s wicket numbers 500 and 501.

Taking to Instagram she wrote, they chased 500 in Hyderabad, but it didn’t happened. Then they tried to chase it at Vizag, but again they failed. However, to celebrate Ahswin’s 499th wicket she bought a huge bag of candy and distributed it to all of the people at.

Ashwin’s wife continued saying, that 500 silently arrived and departed. Between 500 and 501, a lot occurred. She also said it longest 48 hours of their lives as they were still waiting for Ashwin’s 500th wicket. But after that the cricketer managed to get his 500th wicket. Parthi concluded her post alluding her husband as she called his achievement an incredible one. And also called him amazing man.

Meanwhile, BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla posted on X, wishing the spinner’s mother a speedy recovery and mentioning that the cricketer had flown to Chennai to be with his mother, despite the Board’s request for respect for Ashwin’s privacy and not discussing the specifics in its official disclosure.

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IND vs ENG 3rd Test: Ashwin returns to Rajkot, to rejoin team on day 4, confirms BCCI

R Ashwin, who had flown home on Friday due to a family medical emergency, rejoined his team in Rajkot on Sunday.



Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will return to the Test team in Rajkot on Day 4 and will play the remaining match of the heated third match against England, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) announced on Sunday.                       

The BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla revealed on Friday night, Ashwin left the Test and returned his home, Chennai, to take care of his mother. However, the champion spinner deserves a ton of respect and appreciation for returning to the Indian team in less than 48 hours.

The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) today released a statement, saying, R Ashwin has rejoined the team following a short leave due to a family emergency. Following Day 2 of the 3rd Test in Rajkot, Ashwin had to leave the team in order to take care of a family emergency.

Both R Ashwin and the team management are delighted to confirm that he will be back in action on Day 4 and will continue to contribute towards the team cause in the ongoing Test match, the statement continued.

Notably, Kuldeep Yadav informed the host broadcasters early on Sunday morning that he knew R Ashwin will be visiting Rajkot again on Sunday.

Remarkably, on Day 3, commentators confirmed on the news that match officials will permit R Ashwin to bat and bowl without going through the mandatory waiting period that is required for players who are out of action in a Test match.

The players, coaches, media, and fans have all shown a great deal of empathy and compassion, recognising the value of family as the top priority. The BCCI expressed joy at Ashwin’s return to the team, saying, the team and its supporters have stood united in support of Ashwin during this challenging period, and the management is delighted to welcome him back to the field.

While Indian bowlers were handed longer stints on Saturday, making Ashwin’s absence felt a little, the team still put on an outstanding display to bowl the English team out for 319. With four wickets, Mohammed Siraj was the most effective bowler, while Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, both spinners, dismissed two batters apiece.

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