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Netizens criticize Yuvraj Singh over his tweet questioning new stadium pitch



Keeping in mind how short the third Test between India and England was at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium, the number of records being made and broken are astronomically high.

While the match itself officially became the shortest Test since World War II having concluded after just 842 deliveries, there are various individual records that were made, especially for the Men in Blue.

Amongst which, one of the most impressive records belonged to Indian Test veteran Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the second fastest cricketer in the world to reach the 400-wicket mark in 77 matches since he made his debut against the West Indies back in 2011. Only Muttiah Muralitharan has taken fewer days to achieve this feat (72 matches)

The 34-year-old off-spinner took three wickets in the first innings and four in the second but his 400th wicket came in the form of England tailender Jofra Archer getting trapped for an LBW appeal in the 24th over. Ashwin would go on to remove Jack Leach six overs later for his 401st scalp.

However, not everyone seemed to be impressed with the Chennai-born star’s incredible achievement. Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh had an eyebrow-raising method of wishing Ashwin on his success in the longest format of the game.

“finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ?However congratulations to @akshar2026 what a spell! congratulations @ashwinravi99 @ImIshant,” Singh tweeted.

Instead of acknowledging Ashwin’s career spanning nearly a decade, Singh started out by questioning the quality of the match that was played between India and England at the Motera stadium.

He then oversimplified the work needed to dismiss the entire England side twice within two days by hypothesising how legendary spinners like Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble would have done far better provided the pitch conditions were similar.


‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Helen McCory dies due to cancer



British film, television and stage actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Thursday. McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife “beautiful and mighty”.

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had died “after a heroic battle with cancer”.McCrory was best known as a star of the hit BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival.

She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister Clair Dowar in the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children. She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre.

A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage. McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland, married in 2007. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.


In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles. An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life, as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”.

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