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RCB 2019: Reloaded

Royal Challengers Bangalore, a side which has a humongous fan base and much loved throughout the country. In 2019 auction, they have really done a good job by recruiting some new young blood. The most talked & most spend buy was that of Shivam Dube, a young and potential lad from Mumbai. One can still remember his 5 sixes against Pravin Tambe in Mumbai T20 league in 2018. His hitting ability is compared to that of Yuvraj Singh and also he is a very handy bowler. RCB also spend heavy on Akshdeep Nath who has a very healthy average in Ranji Trophy. Other attraction would be the Tall, Raw & the youngest player among the squad Prayas Ray Burman. This 16 year old leggy has already started building a reputation for himself in the domestic cricket. I’m sure the company of Chahal & Sunder would only make him a better bowler.
The Batting order of RCB also looks settled with the likes of Ab De Villiers, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer & Parthiv Patel. The another plus which goes into RCB’s favor is that they have their All-rounder’s in form i.e. Colin DeGrandhome & Marcus Stoinis. If Stoinis plays the tournament, then it will be interesting to see what impact he brings to the side, also he is a very handy option for opening slot. Colin DeGrandhome is a perfect No.7 batsman for RCB who can act as a liaison between the top order and the tail enders. He can chip in with 20-30 odds in no time. Apart from all of these, RCB is also well loaded with their bowling department with the likes of Southee, U Yadav, Chahal, Sundar Navdeep Saini and others. We can also see some domestic guys like Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Mann & Devdutt Padikkal getting some exposure to express them in the league. The biggest turn-on point is Virat Kohli and his form. It can just lift up the side and make them the most lethal one of the tournament. We have seen Virat’s brilliance over the years and especially in 2016. The way he charges up the side and leads from the front is definitely one of the daunting tasks for a skipper. If all things fall in place as mentioned, we can see RCB gripping their name on the IPL trophy.

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What is Work life Balance?

Firstly before even beginning the topic, I would like to ask you the question that, what is your idea or imagination of having a great work-life balanced? Or what really does work-life balance mean to you? Is it just about having fun at workplace? Or doing lots of parties after work and having a great time at home too? Well I must say everything can’t really fit in to the concept of so called work life balance. The entire idea of perfect life balance is itself imaginary, because there is no such term called “Perfect Life” or neither has it been lived by anyone. The only time you might have seen or experienced this term is probably in movies.

Lets get things clear, we live in a fast paced corporate life, where we are expected to do the job much quicker and with fewer resources. Also you are expected to the job of 2-3 people with the salary paid is of a single individual. In such scenarios, on some days you are more prone to work and the time given to other activities is merely less. In such cases, it is ok not to have time for your loved ones, it is also ok if you are not able to hit the gym or do any other activity. Missing your other daily activities on some days is completely fine. You need not take pressure or stress of these things on oneself because it will just add-on pressure and nothing else. Remember, non work activities are to distress you, and not to stress you. For e.g. CEO’s & MD’s have a habit of jogging daily or to play golf in their free time. If they just think or focus on playing golf on weekends, that will hinder their daily work schedule along with their productivity. The entire idea is to realize that life doesn’t move at the constant pace. You need to adapt to the situations thrown at you professionally as well as personally.

But yes some things you can definitely do to improve your work-life balance such as;

Prioritize your health:

It is the one of the most important thing of all. We have all heard the saying “Health is Wealth” and still we do all the possible things to ignore it. All the working people in their 40-50’s have fat salaries and are well appreciated for their work, but it is also combined with some health issues like Heart Diseases, hyper-tension, Glucose and etc. I can understand that with growing age your body seems to weaken at certain things, but at the same time it is you who can control your health and neither your job or salary.

Take time for Family & Friends:

No matter how good you are at your work, but remember one thing that nobody will appreciate you and love you like your loved ones. So spend some time with them, indulge with them in their daily activities. It will make them happy as well as you spend a good time off work.

Unplug yourself:

Don’t be afraid to unplug yourself from this digital world. We live in a tech-savvy surroundings where we don’t sleep. Do not hesitate yourself disconnecting from social media and other buzz. It helps in rebuilding yourself mentally and also keeps your mind a fresh.

Dream V/s Reality:

This is the most important thing among all. You should understand the gap between your dreams and reality. And then take steps to bridge the gap rather than straight away setting some unrealistic goals for yourself which will add more stress to your life. Setting realistic goals and working towards it will make you a better human along with a better tomorrow.

The idea behind writing this blog is not to educate you about Work-Life balance. You will find better opinions and suggestions than me. It is to make you understand that what we think or imagine a “Picture Perfect life” is merely never a reality. We should understand that we all are humans and we all keep struggling at different phases of life. I hope this write-up ads up some inputs to your life to make a better tomorrow.

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Its now-or-never in Down Under.

The end of the year is near and its all heated up in Down under. India managed to level the T20I Series with one game being washed out, is all ready to take the challenge in whites. India, having all the resources under the mark is said to be the favorites to win their maiden test series in Australia. If you closely look at both the sides, I would say it’s a bowling heavy side in tests. I won’t be surprised if both the teams take all the 80 wickets in 4 test matches. With Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins & the experience and likes of Nathan Lyon Aussies can upset India on any given day. It will be also interesting to see how someone like Mohd. Shami bowl who has an impressive record of 3 matches and 15 wickets in Australia. On the other hand if you look at Australia’s batting, there is hardly anyone who will rise up to the occasion, accept someone like Usman Khwaja when he is deemed fit. Whereas India have a well settled batting line up with Kohli standing tall to take up the challenge and guide the team home. Questions only arise on how soon can we see Prithvi Shaw on field? And also how many chances will someone like Rohit Sharma get to make a mark in the Test? It is very unfortunate to not have a technically sound batsmen like him in tests. The other look will also be on the patchy performances of KL Rahul & Ajinkya Rahane. A call needs to be taken as to who deserves to be in playing XI.

The ODI team looks almost ready for the upcoming World Cup. With Hardik Pandya set to return in squad it will add on more resources and flexibility to Kohli & Co. I would still suggest to use Hardik as a 6th bowling option. This will also allow someone like MS Dhoni to bat mostly at No.5 in liaison with the top 4.Hardik, who is coming from an injury and expecting him to bowl a full quota of 10 overs and equal contributions in other departments is a bit too much. Also, India should start working on the workload management of their key players before the world cup. This will help in keeping players fit and fresh to go all the time. Team management has already done a good job in making some players focus just on the ODI format until world cup. All in all it’s a now-or-never time for India to win a test series in Australia, because if they miss it this time, surely the next visit is going to be more daunting & betraying than ever, also Australia is a real hard venue to clinch series and betray the Oz on their soil.

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Team India: WorldCup, Strategies & No.4 Spot

Indian Cricket has grown over the years and the recent Kohli-led Indian side is no doubt to that. But, as we all say, there is a constant room for improvement. And some areas are constantly bothering Indian side over a span of time. One of the most talked and debated issue over the world is the No.4 spot. Who is the right batsmen which can be fit-in? The question is loitering around the side since a very long time. After Yuvraj’s exit post 2011 world cup, that spot has been a spot of bother. And Indians have failed to get a worthy replacement in place. You all should agree with me, We definitely miss Yuvraj at No.4, isn’t it? But with time he is not going to get younger and fitter. We need to find players who can adapt and bring stability at that spot. Looking at the current form, there is KL Rahul & Dinesh Karthik, only these 2 players who can grab and make the most of it. The other option which remains is of Skipper himself batting at No.4, but it doesn’t really make any relevancy if he is more comfortable of delivering at No.3. Therefore, the uncertainty of No.4 remains as it is.

Talking about the strategies which Indian team is currently using can be a bit vulnerable in future from my point of view. India is heavily dependent on individual performances to take them over the line. Especially the top order. In a team of 11 players you simply can’t expect 2-3 players to do the job for you. Secondly, have Ashwin & Jadeja faded away completely from limited overs? The reason I’m asking this question is, nobody is thinking of brining them back in the limited overs, Yes, Kuldeep & Chahal are doing a phenomenal and their extended run in the limited overs is justified. But, you can’t let this veteran duo fade away as they have served the nation when India lacked Spinners. Thirdly, having Dhoni, Raina & Pandya as finishers, there is no point in expecting them to play defensive cricket on the field. In the recently concluded ODI series, we saw MS Dhoni getting too defensive at the end to keep hanging around on the wicket. Why is he expected to play-off 30-40 balls and then play his natural game? Rather, letting him be aggressive from the start can increase the chances of winning the game in high pressure run chases. Fourthly, is Pandya the right fit as an allrounder? Yes, he is contributing in all the departments of the game but scoring run a ball 20 odd and giving away 50-60 in his quota of 10 overs with a wicket here or there doesn’t really add the winning value to the side. We can definitely expect some new permutations & combinations in the side before the final world cup squad gets fixed. The most testing time for Kohli will be when, things are not under his control and how does he makes the most of his available resources. Since Kohli’s inception as captain, this is the first loss of a bilateral series. What we as viewers can expect is a strong, settled and stable playing 11 before the World Cup.

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IPL Auction 2018: PArt II

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS (KKR):

The biggest question for this side is, who will be their captain? They left Gambhir, Pandey & others in the auction and are a new look KKR side now. They are filled with T20 Specialist players, but what about the Indian Players? I feel they lack a bit in taking Indian players in the Auction. Also, if made; can Uthappa Deliver as Captain? Generally it’s the Captain’s XI that goes on the field every time, but here, we have lot of doubts and Questions. For me, KKR was one of the franchise who dint look so good in the Auction.

 

KINGS XI PUNJAB (KXIP):

You must have heard the saying, “too many cooks spoil the soup”. Same thing can happen with KXIP, because Preity Zinta & Co. went for almost every player in the Auction. And now, they can suffer with the problem of plenty for the side. If you look at openers, they have Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal. The question is, who will they offer the opening spot? It’s just a matter of 14 games, you cannot try and test too many combinations. Also, who will be the Captain of this side? Yuvraj, Ashwin, Miller or someone else? Punjab even after having a great Auction, still look vulnerable.

DELHI DAREDEVILS (DD):

Delhi always has a great auction, but the side looks just good on paper. But this year can turn out to be the turning year for them as they have Gautam Gambhir in for Captaincy. Gambhir has a proven track record as captain and Delhi, in their earlier seasons under Gambhir has done really well. They also have some really smart buys in terms of Colin Munro & Prtithvi Shaw, also they have Rabada & Shami as their seamers. Therefore, Delhi seems to be all good with the auction but the million dollor question, CAN THEY DELIVER?

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD (SRH):

As far as the entire Auction is concerned, SRH have made the finest job. Some smart buys and RTM’s for them just made it right. They have ticked all the boxes as far as the Team Balance and team Building is concerned. They have young Turk like Manish Pandey in the middle order, Bhuvi & Rashid Khan to look after the Bowling. They have also managed to get Deepak Hooda & Bipul Sharma back in, all in all a great stuff by SRH Franchise.

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IPL Auction 2018- Part I

It’s the beginning of a new decade for the most celebrated league in the World, which is part of everyone’s Life. This, being the 11th edition of IPL, the authorities decided to start a fresh with the franchises by giving a Combination of Retain and RTM (Right to Match) cards. The franchises were allowed to retain a maximum of 5 players from the squad. Coming to the point, this year’s auction was the best auction that held so far, as far as the franchise preparation is concerned. Every franchise bid really well and had cleared and defined roles for the purchased players.

Hashim Amla, Joe Root, Lendl Simmons, Morne Morkel, Lasith Malinga, Eion Morgan and etc is a list Limited overs greats, who have reached heights in their Cricketing Career, but unfortunately these guys are unsold in this year’s Auction. I will definitely miss that chant of “Maliinggaaaa” in this edition. What was more surprising to see was that, the last year’s Highest Bid of Fast Bowler, Tymal Mills who is T20 specialist, also went unsold. Franchises clearly had some different things in minds all together, well now let’s have a look at each side that has been purchased in the auction.

 

RAJASTHAN ROYALS:

When you look at their side and say, well Rajasthan Franchise were the Budget Friendly buyers in the Auction every time, but this year they have 2 of the most expensive picks, i.e. Ben Stokes for 12.5Cr and Jaydev Unadkat for 11.5Cr. this showed they had a change in their strategy this year. But if you look at all  the players picked, you would ask one question, Where are the spinners? There hardly have any spinners, barring Krishnapa Gowtham, who is yet to play in the IPL. Secondly, they haven’t decided who will be the Coach & Captain for the Side. So, RR even after a good auction leave certain questions unanswered.

 

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS (CSK):

Chennai coming back after 2 years is certainly a delightment for the CSK fans and it won’t have got better with MS Dhoni in the lead. CSK did have a go in the auctions but they did not really went for a too much of a big buys, except Kedar Jadhav. CSK has been a batting heavy side always and inclusion of Kedar, Rayudu and Du Plessis proves that. But, if you see closely it has a big line-up of spinners, from Jadeja, Harbhajan to Karn Sharma. So, it sends a clear message that, it will turn in Chennai wicket this year. But there are no real scary buys in the side, in the Seamers, expect Mark Wood, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, there is nothing much. Therefore, as we all know, MS Dhoni is the Captain of Bowlers, so be ready for the surprises.

 

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):

If you look at this year’s RCB side, it’s not a Vijay Mallya side. It doesn’t really have star studded players. But what it has is the right balance for the side which is required in T20’s. finally the RCB franchise have moved on from the Mallya mentality and have done what is right for the side. This year, RCB is in with some good bowlers for the side, which will be really handy at the crucial stages of the league. They got Mccullum at the top, which clearly shows that they wanted a fitter and better opener in the side than Gayle, who can contribute well in the fielding department. The big plus that RCB has every year is an intense & passionate leader in the name of Virat Kohli. They just need to core their name on the IPL Trophy, because 10 years is a really long wait, with such a competitive side.

 

MUMBAI INDIANS (MI):

Mumbai Indians franchise always have an emotional bound with their players and this year was no different for them. They retained Kieron Pollard & Krunal Pandya for hefty prices. They were fine in this auction, with an attempt to retain to their MI players, but they somewhere lack spinners in the side. They leave some questions again, Will Krunal Pandya deliver as a pure allrounder? What will be the role of Hardik Pandya this time? Can we see Evin Lewis & Rohit Sharma open this year? Well, we need to wait for IPL to begin.

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Tiger Zinda hai: Movie Review

Movie: Tiger Zinda hai

Cast:  Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Girish Karnad, Siddharth Basu, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra.

Genre: Action, Thriller

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Producer: Yash Raj Films

Synopsis: RAW approaches Tiger again to save the nurses from Iraq, unlike previous part he fought for his love, but now it’s time for the country. The scenarios aren’t same like before, this time there are more challenges with a stronger villain who is craving for deaths.

This is one of the best action thrillers shoot in Bollywood’s history so far. The flying cars can give Rohit Shetty a direct complex. Also the movie is a complete package of Action, Thriller, Comedy, Romance & the most important bhai ka swag. Tiger Zinda Hai offers much more to the viewer’s then the previous part Ek tha Tiger. The ideal plot of the movie is to rescue 25 nurse hostages from the hospital, which is the main camp of the Terrorists in Iraq, of which 15 are Indians & 10 are Pakistani. Undoubtedly, Avinash Singh Rathod, i.e. Tiger is approached for the mission. Since, there are 10 Pakistani Nurses, Zoya and ISI too get involved in the mission and start fighting through all the woes. The stunts performed in the movie are clearly matching Hollywood standards. Also, the responsibility of the Marquee Character TIGER is very well carried by Salman with not letting the audience down even for a single minute. Tiger’s every dialogue is receiving a loud cheer & whistling.

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On the other hand, Zoya; has her own individual existence in the movie rather than just merely being Bhai’s armrest. Stunts Performed by Katrina are Jawdroping and leaves audience in complete shock. Audience melts at the chemistry of Salman & Katrina in Dil Diyan Gallan. The movie is equally balanced with the insane comedy timing of Paresh Rawal. Angad Bedi & Company has also proven that all of them are worthy playing their roles around the Leads. With villain playing all its twist and turns, the movie boils down to Salman, because, No one hunts like a wounded Tiger. Salman’s charisma is all over the movie with every scene being logical & unpredictable. The best part is that movie has a crisp and clear message through the storyline, the once who won’t get the message, even they will leave the theatres with high spirits. Now without disclosing anything further, I would request all the audience to go and watch the movie in theatres.

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 I would like to end with just a line from the movie, jab bhi iss desh ko meri zarurat ho, baas samaj lena ki,

TIGER ZINDA HAI!!!