Russell’s absence doesn’t put us on the back foot: Yusuf

IPL 2017

Russell’s absence doesn’t put us on the back foot: Yusuf

Kathakali Banerjee • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 07:30 AM

Competition for spots is healthy, feels Yusuf Pathan. © Getty

Countdown to the new season has begun and Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to make it count in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League which gets under way on Wednesday (April 5). The Knight Riders, who launch their campaign against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 7, are still looking to get their team combination right.

Senior pro Yusuf Pathan feels that bowling will be KKR’s strength this season. “This year we have a lot of variety,” said the swashbuckling all-rounder, ahead of their practice session at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. The KKR management picked up England’s Chris Woakes, New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile and Caribbean speedster Rovman Powell at the auction in order to bolster their pace attack that also includes Team India pacer Umesh Yadav.

Gautam Gambhir’s side is also well stacked in the spin department with the likes of off-spinner Sunil Narine, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in the ranks.

Talking about young Kuldeep, who made a fine Test debut against Australia in Dharamshala last month, Pathan said: “He has a bright future and should do very well for us.”

Apart from genuine all-rounders like Shakib, Yusuf and Woakes, KKR also have a number of bowlers like Chawla, Kuldeep, and Rishi Dhawan who are handy customers with the bat. Yusuf reckons this will add a lot of depth to KKR’s batting. “When you have such a wide variety of players competing for spots in the playing XI, it is a healthy sign,” Pathan added. KKR will, however, miss the all-round talent of Andre Russell, who copped a ban for violating Wada’s anti-doping code. “He had a lot of positive impact on the team in the last couple of seasons and his lively presence in the dressing room will be missed,” Pathan said.

“I don’t agree that Russell’s absence puts us on the back foot. In a long tournament like IPL, teams are bound to miss key players at times for a variety of reasons. We have to look ahead and work with the ones who are available,” he added.

Woakes, picked as Russell’s replacement, arrived in the city on Saturday night and joined the team practice on Sunday. But Powell, Shakib, Boult and Narine are expected to join the squad in Rajkot, hours before KKR’s first match.

Asked whether it will hurt the team’s performance Pathan said, “We are playing our first couple of matches away from home. It takes the pressure off us. We are well aware of the conditions in Rajkot and Mumbai. As professional cricketers we are expected to adapt quickly,” he added.





Busting myths about female sexuality

We may have come a long way from thinking that women don’t like sex. There still are, however, quite a few myths surrounding female sexuality. And we’re here to bust them!

Women are not as visual as men

What does that even mean? Got eyes, will see. Got an imagination, will fantasise. We may be a little more subtle at the art of showing our appreciation, but we are definitely visual and we sure enjoy a good view.

Orgasms are not important to women

The fact is, we may enjoy sex without climaxing, but that doesn’t mean that orgasms aren’t important to us. Women love the big O as much as the next man and we’d love you even more if you’re able to get us there frequently.

If you’re dry, it means you aren’t turned on

Vaginal dryness could be caused due to a number of things including, but not limited to, condoms, medication and menopause. Also, some women may get wetter than others, and if your body doesn’t produce enough lubrication, that doesn’t mean that you’re not aroused.

Women don’t masturbate

Yes, we totally do, and no, there’s nothing wrong in it. Not only do we masturbate, but we also invest and indulge in toys that help us with it.

Women are unable to have casual sex

It’s not to say that we’re shallow and all that, but we’re very capable of having casual flings and one-night stands, and no-strings-attached sex. We love it if we have an emotional connect with the men we’re with, but sometimes, we can make do without it.


5 sex things women care about more than men

When it comes to sex, women seem to care a lot more about the small things as compared to men. But don’t you think all that time and effort could rather be used on other things? We list down five things that men really don’t care about during sex, so you can stop worrying too.

If you’re shaved or not: Ladies, we can only sympathise with the number of hours you must have spent worrying about the stubble on your legs before a date night. Because the truth is… he doesn’t really care. He isn’t going to let a little bit of hair get in the way of having sex with you, and frankly, if he does, run.

If the mood is intimate enough: Candles, champagne, flowers, music and moonlight… you may worry about these things, but trust us, he doesn’t give them a second thought.

If you’re wearing unmatched lingerie: We can’t even begin to count the number of women we know who put innumerable hours into deciding their lingerie on a regular basis. Ladies, it’s not important. He really doesn’t care about the clothes that are eventually coming off anyway.

If it lasts all night long: The point of sex is not to exhaust yourself having it, but to enjoy every moment of togetherness. As long as both of you reach orgasm, it’s been a great night according to him.

If you need lube: Every woman is different. And every woman’s sexual requirements are different. So if you need some lube to get the wheels moving smoothly, it’s nothing to be awkward or uncomfortable about. And it’s definitely not something he’s going to spend time mulling over.

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Akshay Kumar Urges Women To Take Self Defense Seriously And We Couldn’t Agree More!

Akshay Kumar is one actor who has always managed to leave us inspired. Be it his films or his real life, Akshay has given us several reasons to respect and love him. Even if he does seven films a year, he will do one or two films that have strong messages.

Akshay is currently promoting his films Naam Shabana and during one the promotional events, he spoke extensively on the importance of women knowing self-defense techniques.

An IANS report quoted the actor saying, “In our country, I believe, girls should not learn martial arts or self-defence because I feel they should be free to walk anywhere, anytime, anyplace. But unfortunately, because of some dirty people they have to learn self-defence.”

In case you are unaware, more than thousands of girls every year graduate from Akshay’s self-defense school and statistics prove that these numbers only shoot up every year.

Talking about the same, Akshay added,

Discipline, hard work & persistence, Ingredients for success & happy to see it in abundance at the VIII Akshay Kumar Kudo Championship,2016! Special thank you to Ranveer and Aaditya for being such sports and joining us. A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Oct 26, 2016 at 9:44am PDT

“I am running a school in Mumbai and I want to open one school here (in Delhi) but I don’t know when it will happen. I just want to tell you one thing — if a guy touches you, then don’t panic, in fact, hit him back and run.”

The 49-year-old actor says that a man is successful in harassing a girl when she freezes and doesn’t react. He added,


“What happens in life — How does a guy succeed in harassing a girl, to get her under control? Because a woman or a girl freezes. She doesn’t know when a man touches her, she doesn’t know what to do. So don’t ever freeze, just shout… That is the biggest thing, just shout loudly and run, but don’t freeze. In our country, I believe, girls should not learn martial arts or self-defence because I feel they should be free to walk anywhere, anytime, anyplace. But unfortunately, because of some dirty people they have to learn self-defence.”

(With IANS inputs)


By All Means, *Please* Have a Destination Wedding

From Redbook

I know a lot of people who resent destination weddings. They don’t want to shell out the money for airfare and a hotel, they don’t want to use their vacation days to attend someone else’s big day, or they just don’t want someone else dictating their travel plans.

I am not one of those people. If you want to get married in Hawaii, France, hell, even New Zealand, I am here for it.

Do you know what the average wedding guest spends for the pleasure of watching someone get married? $600, according to’s Bridal Season Travel Survey. That includes airfare, accommodations, and gifts. You know what I could do right now for $600? Buy a ticket to Bali. Seriously!

That $600, by the way, is the cost for a regular ol’ wedding, not a destination wedding – which is defined, by, as a wedding at least 100 miles from where the bride currently lives. So if I’m going to shell out a third of what I pay for rent in New York City for what’s essentially a one-day event, why not add to that tab and that timeline and turn it into a getaway where I can celebrate my friends or family and give myself a little break?

To me, a destination wedding is just an excuse for a vacation. And who doesn’t love an excuse for a vacation? More than half of working Americans with paid vacation days won’t use them, a report from found – in fact, the average employee is letting seven vacation days go to waste. That is so dumb. You need vacation. In fact, 77% of HR managers agree that employees who take most or all of their vacation time are more productive in their jobs than those who do not, according to Project Time Off.

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Sure, not every destination wedding is in a bucket list vacation spot like Aruba or Jamaica, but that’s OK. You can enjoy a perfectly acceptable vacation in, say, Wisconsin, if that happens to be where your friend or family member is getting married. Travel doesn’t discriminate – a few days off will give you the same benefits whether you’re in the Caribbean or the Midwest. No matter where it takes you, the point is that a destination wedding gives you the opportunity to take a break from your regular life without having to justify the time off – the cheesy Save the Date magnet does that for you.

Of course, if you’re traveling for a destination wedding – whatever additional plans you make – the wedding should be your priority. Any wedding guest should be there 100% for the bride and groom, whether the event is in their hometown or halfway across the world. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a more personal adventure before or after they tie the knot.

Attending a wedding should never feel like something you have to do. And if you can’t afford to watch someone’s nuptials in another state or another country, the bride and groom should understand. But if you can afford it and you have the vacation time, I say take advantage of the opportunity. Worst case scenario? You spend a weekend in an exotic (hopefully) place celebrating a friend. Best case scenario? You have a reason to explore somewhere new and exciting, and check another awesome part of the country or world off your travel list.

So, go ahead. Tell me you want to get married on a beach in Palau. I’ll be booking my ticket before you can finish officially inviting me.

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First Trailer for ‘Justice League’ Doesn’t Spoil Anything Yet

The first trailer for ‘Justice League’ just hit and it surprisingly doesn’t ruin anything… yet.

We first saw the characters introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) were, of course, the main characters. Then we got to see Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in action. The only thing we saw from The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) were short videos, and fans wanted more.

Wonder Woman has her own film in Wonder Woman out June 2, 2017, but not much was known about the others until now. This first trailer shows them battling for justice, against who is a good question. We, of course, have Zack Snyder signature touches like color palate and moves straight out of 300, but not much else is known about the film yet.

Justice League is out November 17, 2017.


Val Kilmer Really Likes Cate Blanchett and Doesn’t Care Who Knows It

The actor tweeted about her this weekend. A lot.

If you only know Val Kilmer from his movies, you don’t really know Val Kilmer. The actor, who’s played everyone from Batman to Mark Twain onscreen and onstage, has what some might describe as an eccentric streak that most recently manifested in a series of tweets about Cate Blanchett over the weekend. The two appeared in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and, more recently, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song”; their time together appears to have left quite an impression on him.

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“Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett,” Kilmer says in the first tweet, which is accompanied by a close-up photo of part of his face. “Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.” He then introduces a hashtag and takes on a more amorous tone: “And recently I’ve had 2 dreams with #CateBlanchett in them. Her husband wasn’t in either of them.” Further details of said dream are not included, probably for the best.

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Other salient details: Blanchett is “so real it’s almost unreal,” she once picked up a shovel in a scene they did together in such impressive fashion that Kilmer forgot his line and she’s “just as amazing in person.” Several of his tweets have since been deleted, suggesting that his admiration for the two-time Oscar winner is just too real (or off-putting) for some people.

Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett. Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate. — Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) March 24, 2017

She’s just as amazing in person. Some super stars aren’t-Some superstars don’t do a thing to ya in person-Cate is so real it’s almost unreal — Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) March 25, 2017

Once I did a cameo just to hang w/ #cateblanchett who pickd up a shovel in our sc. I was so dazzled by HOW she picked it up I forgot my line — Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) March 25, 2017

@ValKilmerFans @Ruth_Less_Lady thank you @ValKilmerFans cause I love that she’s happily married and is a great mom. Why wouldn’t I? — Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) March 25, 2017

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Industry’s numbers game doesn’t affect me

Venkatesh has a huge fan following, especially among women, but unlike many today who eye the first day records and involve fans heavily in these mathematics, the actor never encourages his fans to do the same.

“I never get into this numbers game nor do I give any kind of statement regarding them. There are many blockbusters and silent hits in my career, but I never examined whether they broke records or not. If the producers and distributors are happy with the film’s success, that’s enough,” he says.

He adds that he is never under the pressure to deliver another hit after a blockbuster. “As an actor, I don’t want to stick to one image. I never encourage my fans to go overboard as it is not my personality. I always tell them to concentrate on their education and take cinema as just another part of life,” he explains.

“Each one makes their own choice. If a film is really good and creates records, fans are happy. There are some average films which do not deserve to be blockbusters and it is not right to force fans to make it into one,” reflects Venky, who believes that records are created, only to be broken. “Nothing is permanent. One week, a film creates records and the next week, another film breaks them. This is all a game and I like to do it in a balanced way, rather than involving fans,” he reveals.

“There have been occasions when my films were removed from the theatres just after 90 days and worried fans called me. But I told them that it is all business and to not be bothered. If the film deserves to be there for hundred days, it will, otherwise it will make space for another film!” Venkatesh observes.