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Suryakumar Yadav surges to No. 1 in latest ICC T20I Player Rankings

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India’s middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav took the top position for batsmen in the latest ICC T20I Men’s Player Rankings after smashing two half-centuries over the past week at the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Yadav’s 51 no outs on 25 balls against the Netherlands in Sydney and a gutsy 68 for 40 against South Africa in Perth helped him overtake New Zealand’s Devon Conway and Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan, who had held the top spot since September 4 this year. .

Yadav is the 23rd player to top the T20I batting rankings and only the second Indian to reach No.1 in T20 cricket after Virat Kohli who spent 1013 days at the top in different periods from September 2014 to December 2017 Yadav’s tally of 863 rating points is also the second best by an Indian, the highest being Kohli’s tally of 897 in September 2014.

New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips moved up five places to a career-best seventh after scores of 104 against Sri Lanka and 62 against England, while South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw is another top 10 after scoring 109 against Bangladesh, moving up 17 places to a career-best eighth, according to ICC.

England captain Jos Buttler’s 73 shot against New Zealand lifted him three places to 14th, while Afghan Rahmanullah Gurbaz (up four places to 17th), South Africa’s David Miller (up two places to 28th), Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa (up eight places to 29th), Bangladesh’s Litton Das (up two places to 36th), and the Australian pairing of Mitchell Marsh (up two places to 31st) and Marcus Stoinis (up two places to 31st). 39) are among others who moved up the list.

The latest weekly update, which looks at performances in matches completed through Tuesday, sees Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga move up four places to second among bowlers.

Hasaranga, who had become No.1 during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup last year, has returned to the top position after taking one wicket against New Zealand and three against Afghanistan. Hasaranga is just three points behind Afghan Rashid Khan.

England closer Sam Curran, who took two wickets apiece against New Zealand and Ireland during this period, moved up two places to sixth position, while South Africa’s speedy Anrich Nortje moved up 11 positions to eighth after his tour of four of 10 against Bangladesh.

New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner has moved into the top 10, while his teammates Trent Boult and Tim Southee have taken 12th and 16th positions respectively.

South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s player of the match effort of four out of 29 against India has lifted him 11 places to 28th along with India’s Axar Patel.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (up three places to 18th), Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Wasim (up one place to 21st), New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi (up three places to 22nd), and players from left arm seam bowling Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi (up four places to 24th) and India’s Arshdeep Singh (up 16 places to 27th) are the standout winners on the bowlers list.


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Royal Bengal Tiger spotted in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh

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A Royal Bengal tiger was spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh. The Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) confirmed the same on Saturday from video footage that captured the tiger moving in the forest.

The tiger was reportedly spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary located near Sambalpur’s Hirakud Dam. The tiger gender is male and it is an endangered species as its count is very low, reported Anshu Pragyan Das, DFO, Hirakud Wildlife Division.

The DFO expressed his joy that after several years a tiger was seen in the sanctuary. The team is even trying to track down whether or not the tiger has any female partners. Security around the sanctuary has been tightened to restrict the entry of unauthorized persons or poachers.

“It was seen while venturing near the safari area of ​​the sanctuary on December 1 and patrol staff captured video of the tiger as it crossed a road. This is the first time a tiger has entered the front door,” the DFO reported.

The DFO also ensured that special security measures are taken to ensure the protection of the tiger. As reported by the DFO, 12 teams have been hired to monitor the tiger.

“In addition to hiring a special team to monitor the tiger 24 hours a day, GIS technicians have been hired. A special patrol team is also engaged outside the sanctuary with metal detectors. We are emphasizing a special intelligence network to track and restrict unauthorized entry into the sanctuary. Immediate action will be taken against any illegal activity, the DFO said.

He further added: “We have yet to determine if the tiger was previously present at the wildlife sanctuary or if it came from Chhattisgarh. Last time, a royal Bengal tiger was seen in Debrigarh in 2018. We will track down the details soon if it ventured from any other landscape or was present here.”

In addition, security cameras have been installed at various locations in the sanctuary to track the feral cat.

In particular, the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary spans Bargarh, near the Hirakud Dam, as well as the neighboring state. After 2018, not a single tiger was seen in the dense forest. The forestry department is on high alert as previous poachers remained quite active in the area.

Reported by Sanjay Jena (Sambalpur)


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Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life

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The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.

It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.

The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.

Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.

Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.

Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.

A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.


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Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad

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Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.

The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.

According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.

According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.

Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.

His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.


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