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I know the journey & pain: Yuvraj Singh on Irrfan Khan’s death




He also made a return from cancer before finally calling curtains on his illustrious career where he helped India win two World Cups.

So on Wednesday when the world came together to mourn the death of veteran Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan who died with a colon infection after opening up about his struggle with cancer in 2018, Yuvraj said he knew the journey and the pain all too well while paying homage to the critically acclaimed artist.

“I know the journey I know the pain and I know he fought till the end some are lucky to survive some don’t I’m sure you are in a better place now Irfan Khan my condolence to your family. May his soul rip,” Yuvraj, who starred in India 2007 T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup wins, said in a tweet.

Irrfan, who had been admitted in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital with a colon infection, since Tuesday, passed away on Wednesday morning.

The actor has been ailing ever since he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour a while back, and has been under medical attention for the same. He even went abroad for treatment.

Ever since the news of his untimely demise broke on social media, various people from all walks of life came together to pay homage to the late Irrfan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes and said: “Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.”

“Sad to hear the news of Irrfan Khan passing away. He was one of my favorites & I’ve watched almost all his films, the last one being Angrezi Medium. Acting came so effortlessly to him, he was just terrific. May his soul Rest In Peace. Condolences to his loved ones,” tweeted cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli tweeted: “Saddened to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. What a phenomenal talent and dearly touched everyone’s heart with his versatility. May god give peace to his soul”

“Khan sahab, you were brilliant at what you did and that will always live on. Thank you for bringing your art to us the way you did. Strength to those grieving,” said Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri.


Ravi Shastri gives ‘fielding classes’ to Southampton curator’s dog




As India prepare to take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Ageas Bowl here from Friday, head coach Ravi Shastri took time off after the team’s practice session on Tuesday to play with curator Simon Lee’s pooch, Winston, a Cocker Spaniel.

“Our buddy Winston earns himself a tennis ball after #TeamIndia’s practice session #WTCfinal,” Shastri wrote along with a video shared on his twitter handle.

Even as India skipper Virat Kohli is seen walking away with his kit bag, bidding goodbye to Shastri, despite watching players leaving the ground, is happy giving the dog some ‘fielding practice’.

With a tennis racquet in hand, Shastri lobs the tennis ball in different directions of the lush green Ageas Bowl outfield, with Winston frenetically running after it, obediently bringing it back each time.

Shastri’s love for dogs has been widely highlighted. The former India skipper has occasionally shares pictures of his pets, including Labradors and Golden Retrievers, on social media, like he did during the Covid-19 enforced lockdown last year.

In May 2020, Shastri had posted pictures of him surrounded by five dogs during lockdown, which went viral.

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SL bound Indian cricketers go into quarantine in Mumbai




The Indian squad for next month’s six-match white-ball tour of Sri Lanka arrived here on Tuesday and went into a two-week quarantine.

The players will be tested regularly before departing for Colombo on June 28. Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed captain pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is vice-captain of the 20-member squad. Five net bowlers have also been picked to tour.

“#TeamIndia’s limited-overs squad for the Sri Lanka series has assembled in Mumbai [ok hand emoji]. Good to see some new and happy faces in the squad [lightly smiling face emoji],” tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with pictures of several cricketers who have arrived.

Among those whose pictures were uploaded by the BCCI included Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal – and Nitish Rana.

The BCCI’s senior selection committee had on June 10 picked the squad for three ODIs and three T20I series, to be played between July 13 and 25.

The head coach for the tour, Rahul Dravid, too will quarantine in Mumbai until the departure of the squad.

The squad will reach Colombo on June 28 where it will undergo another three days of mandatory quarantine in their team hotel before being allowed to start training in a “controlled fashion as per the guidelines laid out by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)”.

Last week, the SLC had stated in a press release that the squad would train in smaller groups between July 2 and 4. “Between July 6 and 12, the entire squad will be free to train before the ODI series, which begins from July 13.”

All the matches will be played under floodlights at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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Former AIFF vice-president CR Viswanathan passes away




Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice-president CR Viswanathan passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 85.

Apart from being the AIFF vice-president (2004-08), Viswanathan was also a member of the AIFF executive committee from 2008 to 2012, and chairman of the AIFF technical committee (2009-2012).

Viswanathan was also the president of the Tamil Nadu Football Association and the Coimbatore District Football Association and played a role in the hosting of the 1993 Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

“CR Viswanathan will be remembered for his contribution to Indian football, and sports,” AIFF president Praful Patel said in his condolence message.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, said: “On behalf of the Indian football fraternity, we offer our condolences to the bereaved family. Viswanathan was a versatile administrator who served not just Indian football in different capacities, but also worked towards the overall development of Indian sports.”

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