Fearless cricket Mashrafe's mantra

Fearless cricket Mashrafe's mantra

The hallmark of a professional is his ability to think positively and the words of Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza yesterday reflected that ideal ahead of today's tri-series clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

It was evident during the pre-match briefing that Mashrafe and Co. were well aware of the fact that they need to handle their emotions professionally in the face of all the chatter surrounding their former coach, Chandika Hathurusingha.

There is nothing wrong with the players being pumped up to prove their credentials against their recently-departed coach, but what Bangladesh's most successful ODI captain desires from his teammates is 'a brand of cricket which ensures freedom and a fearless approach'.

During a marathon press conference, Mashrafe repeatedly emphasised on the need to properly execute their plans and play disciplined cricket all through the match, just as they had against Zimbabwe in the tri-series opener.

We did everything right in the first match, now how we can execute our plan in the next match is most important. The way Bijoy [Anamul Haque] played the first match on his return to the team after a long break embodied exactly how we want to play; fearless cricket," opined Mashrafe.

Like a true professional, Mashrafe added that the team had put the Chandika issue behind well before the start of the series.

It's new for a team to face its last coach…actually we put behind the issue well before the series. Once he left we forgot his planning. We are coping with a new coach, so there is no scope to think about this issue," said Mashrafe.

The right-arm pacer also did not hesitate in having a slight jab at his former coach, saying: "Everywhere you face challenges. When Hathurusingha was in Bangladesh there was some kind of pressure on him and the challenge for him would have increased after the loss in South Africa. That challenge could have been interesting but he didn't stay, rather he chose Sri Lanka.

However Mashrafe showed his opponents due respect considering that they have players like Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, and added that the team had to be mentally prepared to handle any tough situations, such as the one Sri Lanka found themselves in against Zimbabwe.

Mashrafe, who was looking for a combined effort and consistency, has high hopes from his pace bowlers as he believes that their performance matters the most in Bangladesh's wins and informed that it was good news for him that Mustafizur Rahman provided evidence of returning to his old form.

Mashrafe has all but a settled unit, with two stalwarts in Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan getting off to a flyer in the new year, but he believes that Shakib's promotion to the number three position created an opportunity for young all-rounders to show their potential at the number eight position by scoring quick-fire runs.

We have a big space at the number seven-eight position after Shakib's promotion in the batting order and one will only be able to cope if he can be consistent at this position," said Mashrafe.

In the end, the Bangladesh captain gave the impression that the Tigers were confident of their plan to beat Chandika's Sri Lanka and just needed to execute accordingly in the middle today.


Don't miss: Padmaavat Tamil trailer out now

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Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor’s controversial film Padmaavat will be released in Tamil and Telugu as well, and the trailer of the Tamil film was released by the leading lady of the film, Deepika Padukone. The trailer promises audiences grandeur and breathtaking visuals, which is director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forte.

Seeing that the film made headlines all through 2017, it would also fascinate an individual to know what the fuss is all about. The Hindi original is currently banned in four north Indian states, and the makers have filed an appeal at the Supreme Court to allow the film’s release in these states.

The film was initially supposed to release on December 1 as Padmavati. However, in the face of massive protests by right-wing organisations and delay in certification by Central Board of Film Certification, the makers decided to delay the release of the film. The protests against the release of the film also came to a point where Deepika was threatened and abused by Karni Sena members on air. The film was certified in January by the CBFC with a suggested title change and five modifications.

Even now, the problem is not solved. Just a few days ago, members of fringe group Rajput Karni Sena are demanding a nationwide ban on the film. The makers on Monday issued a full page ad in dailies saying that the film is an ode to Rajput pride and valour.


This actor, who worked with Shah Rukh in Devdas, passes away

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Veteran Bollywood actor Avav Mukhrejee is no more. She breathed her last in Mumbai on January 15. She was 88.

One of the most recognisable faces in the Indian advertisement industry, Ava Mukherjee was known for playing grandmother in television commercials and films.

She ventured into acting in films with 1963 Bengali film, Ram Dhakka. The film was directed by Taru Mukherjee. However, she waited for a long time to return to films. It happened with Hindi film Snip in 2000.

She landed the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Devdas (2002). is role made her a favourite with millions. Her benevolent face and mild mannerism were perfect fit in Bollywood filmmakers’ scheme of things. Later, she was seen in Ram Gopal Varma’s Darna Zaroori Hai. She played the lead role in Detective Naani (2009). The film was directed by her daughter Romilla Mukherjee.


Did Katrina Kaif use Botox or undergo plastic surgery?

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Katrina Kaif has been in news for her latest hit movie Tiger Zinda Hai which presented the actress in an impressive action avatar. However, she has also been talked about for her apparent swollen face, which some believed is due to plastic surgery or use of Botox injections or a lip-job.

Many on social media have been making nasty comments on Katrina alleging that the diva has ruined her face by using Botox injections to look younger. Some opined that the 34-year-old actress had undergone plastic surgery or did a lip-job that made her look "different".

However, the truth is out now, which is nowhere close to the allegations and assumptions. It has been reported that Katrina was having a swollen face not due to use of Botox or undergoing plastic surgery, but because she was having an infected wisdom tooth and was having heavy doses of antibiotics.

According to DNA, the Tiger Zinda Hai actress was having this issue with her wisdom tooth for quite some time but she was unable to meet a dentist due to work commitments. Later, the infection increased, and hence she had to take a lot of antibiotics before she could undergo a surgery to cure it.

Her wisdom tooth has been acting up. She neglected it and attended two events — a party thrown in honour of photographer Mario Testino in Delhi and Anurag Basu's Saraswati puja after her return," the publication quoted a source as saying in a recent report. The source also informed that she may undergo a surgery as suggested by doctors.

In all probability, Katrina must have undergone the surgery by now. With the truth behind her "different" look revealed, now the rumours of use of Botox or plastic surgery can be laid to rest.

Meanwhile, Katrina's Tiger Zinda Hai that featured Salman Khan as the male lead is still running strong at the box office. The film has already become the biggest blockbuster of 2017, and the highest grossing movie of both Katrina and Salman.


Delhi: Man held with Rs 3 lakh in fake currency

A 45-year-old man was arrested by Delhi police’s special cell for allegedly smuggling fake currency worth Rs 3 lakh. Police said the seized notes with a face value of Rs 2,000 each were smuggled into India through the porous Indo-Bangladesh border of Malda, West Bengal.

We arrested one Narender Singh near Red Fort Metro station on January 12 after receiving a tip-off that a key member of the fake note syndicate would come there to deliver a consignment. We seized 150 notes of Rs 2,000 face value kept in a bag,” said P. Kushwah, DCP (Special Cell).

All the seized fake notes are of fine quality and it is very difficult to distinguish fake notes from the real ones, Kushwah added.

During interrogation, it came to light that Singh had been smuggling notes and has past cases against him. He further told the police that after a brief lull in the first few months post-demonetisation, the supply of fake notes has picked up since the second half of 2017.

Singh disclosed that he is supplying fake currency for past three to four years. In 2016, he was arrested by the Rajasthan police with fake currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination. Due to demonetisation, he was not getting the duplicate notes of the new currency in the first half of 2017. However in the second half, he again started the business as the supply started to come from Farraka in West Bengal,” said Kushwah.

He added that there have been regular inputs about the syndicate smuggling fake notes into the country through border areas and surveillance was mounted on the movements of the identified members of this syndicate to collect requisite intelligence.

Singh is a resident of Imlota village in Haryana’s Charkhi Dadri district.


China Says Iran Nuclear Deal Not Derailed, Pledges Constructive Role

China Says Iran Nuclear Deal Not Derailed, Pledges Constructive Role

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that implementation of the deal had not been "derailed" but would face "some new complicating factors"

SHANGHAI: China on Saturday pledged to continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, after U.S. President


Divyanka's husband attacked by drunk, armed men during shoot

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Vivek Dahiya completes 1 year on "Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. In a shocking turn of events, Vivek Dahiya of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein fame and his entire unit, who were shooting for a show in Mumbai, were attacked by some unidentified men.

According to India Forums report, two drunk men with swords – lingering in the area – attacked the unit in the wee hours of Saturday, January 13.

All necessary permissions had been taken to shoot and the shooting was happening late at night, as its a horror genre show. At around 2 AM, these armed and drunk men attacked the unit all of a sudden," a source told the website.

The source added: "They even slashed the director's car and there was chaos on the sets as everyone was running around trying to save their lives. Luckily no one was hurt. Eventually, the police was called and the two were arrested.

Confirming the news, Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya's husband said: "Yes, sadly we had such an incident while shooting. It's making me wonder what kind of security measures are taken while we shoot outdoors. While we had four security guards on the premises, they were the first to run, leaving the entire unit exposed to danger!

Meanwhile, the upcoming sequence of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein will see Divyanka aka Ishita in a completely different look. The actress will don a Haryanvi village girl to get the truth of Simmi. A picture of the actress in her Haryanvi look has surfaced where she is seen dressed like a villager, wearing a nose ring and silver bangles. Divyanka looks unrecognisable in the picture.

In other news, Vivek, who is quite active on social media, often posts photos and videos of him and Divyanka. In one of the videos shared by the actor, he is seen being hit by the actress on his face.

In the video, Vivek tried to scare Divyanka by wearing a scary movie mask. The actress, who was unaware of Vivek's mischief, got scared and reacted by hitting him in the face. Divyank's reaction leaves one in splits.

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