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Not everything of value comes at a price: Rahul Dravid

On the 11th Sir Donald Bradman oration, Rahul Dravid was chosen to give speech and as always he showed his excellence with his extra ordinary, thoughtful and studious speech with a pinch of humor. Reflecting on the brilliance of the Donald Bradman, he talked about Cricket – then and now with careful observations from history and understanding the current cricket scenario. He also analysed what changes we should expect in a game of cricket and how we should be prepared for the changes

He started off by drawing a parallel between India and Australia. Not only in terms of Cricket but also how the Australian success against the English team was treated as a success for Indians during pre-independence era. Often, “War”, “Battle”, “fight” are the words being used to describe Cricket nowadays which was a reality at that time because Australia and India were on the same side fighting the English empire during Burma war and World War II. Cricket was a common denominator between India and Australia.

Rahul took pride in saying that he shared one thing with Sir Don Bradman – The No. 3. He laughed off on how different their batting styles are where Bradman could make a ton before lunch but he himself would bat entire day for the same. However, he believed that dignity, integrity, pride, compassion and competitiveness are the values with which Bradman played are still relevant and every cricketer should embody these traits. He emphasized on how Bradman’s praise for the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar meant a lot for every Indian who hardly saw a glimpse of Bradman’s cricketing talent but felt joy in his success.

He also touched upon a common notion in media about Indian cricket as a representative of “Money and Power”. He made it clear that this clichéd image is not true as cricket in India has developed from players coming from all classes, regions, with different mother-tongues and also it involves sacrifices of people surrounding these players. To be able to hold together such a team is Indian captain’s job and all the cricketers who have given a chance to do that have done it with all sincerity. Speaking of holding and working together as a team, he recalled an example of two cricketers from his Under-19 days when two Indian batsmen not knowing a word of each other’s language, made a 100 runs partnership, only because their common language was Cricket.

He mentioned that Indian cricket reflects the country itself. With all the media involvement in Cricket, he firmly said that Cricket is full of stories that are not being talked about (in public). Reciting examples of how talent has its roots deep inside India, he told the story of Indian players like Virender Sehwag who used to travel 84 km for match practice, Umesh Yadav who gave away his police training and a road to Munaf Patel’s home had to be re-constructed for press reporters.

Rahul Dravid known for his humility did not forget fans’ contribution to the game of Cricket. He believed that audience amplifies the atmosphere of a cricket match while remembering Kolkata 2001 test. He asked us to find a clue in how smaller towns are getting huge crowd which has given India her World Cup winning captain. He suggested his fellow cricketers that everything has started from fans, so it’s important that we should respect them first. A wave or smile back towards fans is what they ask for. He remembered 2011 Indian world cup win and how fans were thanking instead of congratulating them for bringing home the glory.

As Cricket has developed into 3 formats, Rahul remains strong on the view that Test cricket deserves to be protected. He mentions it wonderfully that, “Not everyone who fell in love with Test Cricket because they wanted to be a businessman. Not everything of value comes at a price.”

The great wall finished his meticulous speech with a message which is a lesson for everyone in whatever field they might be –

“Winning matters! But how we play is as important (as winning)”

Bradman Oration by Rahul Dravid from Rahul Dravid on Vimeo.

Saina Nehwal takes on World#4 Carolina Marin

Saina Nehwal from Awadhe Warriors will be clashing with her long-time rival Carolina Marin from Hyderabad Hunters tonight at 19:00 IST in Chennai.

Saina has defeated Carolina 5 out of 9 times they have came head-to-head in Singles. Three months ago both met in Denmark open where Saina won the clash with 22-20, 21-18 in straight sets to settle the scores of consecutive two defeats from Spanish Olympic champion.

Saina Nehwal missed the opening match of Premier Badminton League 2018 due to ankle injury. However, she joined PBL with win over M.Ali. While Carolina playing in her third PBL match this season has two wins on her back.

Match will be telecasted on Star Sports and will also be available on Hotstar

Stay tuned at 19:00 IST.

Barcelona closed a record deal with Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona has acquired midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. Reportedly, Liverpool agreed to let go of Philippe in a £142 million deal with Barcelona. Part of the transfer fee of £120 million will be received by Liverpool up-front while rest of it will be depended on performance.

With this deal, Coutinho is set to become the second most expensive football player in pounds and euros while it is third in U.S. dollars at $142m. Coutinho will be signing a five-year contract with Barcelona with £400 million buyout clause. Liverpool before closing on a deal with Barcelona already rejected three such offers for Coutinho with highest of them was £118m.

Thigh injury kept him away from the action for quite some time and he was not part of the team that left for Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.

In a statement to Liverpool FC, manager Klopp said, “It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,”

“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.

“Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.

“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 percent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona.

“It is his dream, and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.”

Coutinho scored 41 goals for Liverpool in Premier League and his 35 assists are sixth. Luis Suarez would be happy to see his former teammate in Barcelona side.

Barcelona will be facing Chelsea in February. But Coutinho will not be playing the match since he has already appeared in a group stage match for Liverpool.

Coutinho made his debut for Brazil in 2010 and has played for World Cup qualifier matches for his country.

Virat-Anushka tie knot! The Exclusive Affair

Finally, putting a rest to all the speculations, rumors about their wedding, Anushka and Virat shared a picture of her wedding on Twitter at a scenic location in Tuscany, Italy. World can’t stop pouring wishes for this beautiful couple.

Here’s all you need to know about the gala wedding about Indian Cricket Team Captain and one of the most promising actress of Bollywood.

Tuscany – a merge of beauty of nature and millenary work of man (Source: Discover Italy)

Virushka’s wedding was one of the most talked about point in India. So when finally, it happened, it’s not only the wedding but also the place of the wedding is becoming the most talked about thing in India. Tuscany is located in Central part of Italy and its blessed with amazing landscape ranging from Apennine Mountains to Tyrrhenian Sea near the west coast of Italy. With population of just over 37 Lakhs, Florence province attracted more than 5000 tourists in 2016.

Islands such as Tuscan Archipelago have beautiful crystal clear sea whereas Versilia beach have amazing rocky cliffs. Etruscan Civilization footprints can be found in Tuscany with tombs in Populonia and Volterra, Orvieto, Arezzo, Populonia cities reminding us of the Roman Age. Thermal waters can be found in Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni which makes it as a place to relax.

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Many migrant birds such as pink egrets have their home in Orbetello Lagoon. Apuan Alps provides the most scenic beauty and evidence of uncontaminated nature.

With all the natural beauty with Medieval villages, churches, castles, historical town, Tuscany is a certainly a place which can give you memories to live

Who attended the wedding

Indian captain and Bollywood beauty known for keeping their private affairs off the magazines and glamour shows, kept the news of their wedding under the wraps and choose to marry in Tuscany, Italy. Only family members and close friends attended the wedding. Reportedly, amongst the cricketers Virat’s childhood friends and Under-17 team members shared the happiness with Virat on his big day. Most of the cricketers took to twitter to wish the newly-wed couple.

Reception in New Delhi and Mumbai

Virushka will be having a grand reception at New Delhi on 21st December and in Mumbai on 26 December for all those who could not make it to the wedding.

As per a statement by Sharma’s representative, the couple will fly to South Africa where the India will be playing their next series. After spending a new year’s eve, Anushka will resume shooting for her upcoming film with Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai. Couple would be shifted to Worli, Mumbai soon.