Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina was a happy man after his team registered their first victory in this year’s Indian Premier League by beating the Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets in Rajkot on Friday.Gujarat rode on Brendon McCullum and Dwane Smith’s explosive opening stand to chase down 172 in just 18 overs with seven wickets in hand after debutant Andrew Tye’s hat-trick in the first innings. (Also read: Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)Tye (5/17), who ended with the best bowling figures for a debutant in the IPL, drew high praise from the captain.”AJ bowled brilliantly. I’m very happy for him, he’s a smart cricketer and varies his pace smartly in the death overs,” said Raina. (Also read: Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)Raina also lauded the team for a good comeback after losing two games back-to-back.”Losing 2 games it was very difficult for us. To come back strongly we needed a good team performance,” said the Uttar Pradesh batsman. (Also read: Andrew Tye, Samuel Badree: 2 matches, 2 hat-tricks, different results)The Lions, after going top heavy and playing four overseas batsmen in the first two matches, finally found the right combination as Smith was sent up the order to re-unite him with his partner in crime McCullum and that paid off perfectly. The duo smashed 94 runs in just 8.5 overs before Smith fell on 47 to Shardul Thakur.Talking about the dynamic duo up top, Raina said that he was happy with their seasoned performance.advertisement”Jason missed out today, but Baz and Smith did the job for us. They had good partnerships last year also. It’s a good team effort today. They did it for so many years for CSK and now they are doing it for us. Very happy,” he said.Today was a special day for the Gujarat captain as he played his 150th IPL match and he thanked god before signing off with a smile.”God has been really kind to me, 150th game and can’t ask for more (on claiming a win in his 150th game in the IPL,” said Raina as he signed off.
Ranveer Singh took to his Instagram story to remember a fan of his who recently passed away. The Gully Boy actor shared a collage of his photographs with his fan Jatin Dulera.He captioned the collage, “RIP li’l homie”. Pictures of Jatin with Ranveer Singh have been going viral on social media. On Instagram, a photographer revealed the cause of Jatin’s death. He wrote, “Gone too soon bro. An ardent #ranveersingh fan #JatinDulera died today out of a sudden accident. He was just getting ready to go to office and collapsed in his bathroom as his breathing stopped.”Apart from Ranveer Singh, Jatin’s pictures with Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra have also surfaced on the internet.With powerful roles like Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, Murad Ahmed in Gully Boy and more, Ranveer Singh has got a strong hold on the audience and enjoys a huge fan base.The actor never forgets to show gratitude towards his fans and often obliges them with selfies and autographs.Currently, Ranveer is shooting for 83 in London. In 83, he will be playing the role of Kapil Dev, legendary cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. The film revolves around India’s victory at 1983 World Cup against West Indies.Deepika Padukone will play the role of Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia in 83. The film is directed Kabir Khan.83 will mark Ranveer and Deepika’s fourth film together. The couple first shared screen space in Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela, after that they were seen in Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. Interestingly, all the three films have been directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.To prepare for his role in 83 Ranveer Singh stayed with Kapil Dev for ten days. Talking about living with Kapil to prep for 83, Ranveer said at India Today’s Salaam Cricket Conclave 2019, “Main unke ghar gaya Delhi mein. 10 days unke saath raha. Achche se rakha unhone mujhe, he was so warm and welcoming. It was very generous and large-hearted of him to help me in this process.””He coached me in cricket, we would play golf together, have meals together, chat endlessly. Unki videos nikaalta tha main aur phir baad mein unko dekhta tha to try to absorb a little bit of his mannerisms and idiosyncrasies,” he added.Also Read | Deepika Padukone on playing Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83: This isn’t coming from a personal equationALSO READ | Will Deepika Padukone play Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83?ALSO READ | Kapil Dev on Ranveer Singh’s 83: India was not ready to make sports films 20 years agoALSO READ | 83: Ranveer Singh to live with Kapil Dev in Delhi for 10 daysALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019