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Since the moment we set our eyes on him on that October evening in 2000, that cracklingly clean ‘plock’ of the ball on his bat, with the whistle-fresh swing and follow-through, marvelled us. It was the same in Yuvraj Singh’s last international innings. Sandwitched within were six miraculous, now-mythical sixes in an over, the no less magical performances in the 2011 World Cup, and a great, big-hearted recovery from illness. You have a great life after retirement, Yuvi.
Dropping in on North Korea, or Syria, or Sudan, or the Central African Republic for a merry jaunt can be pretty tricky. But American Lexie Alford, 21, wasn’t going to let a few strongmen deter her from fulfilling her ambition: to visit all 196 sovereign nations of the world. In the course of achieving that, she visited the pyramids and let out this move. The pharaohs would have been impressed.
When you keep on winning an event, piling on trophies—12 of them—an entire generation of people would mostly have seen you triumph. Well that’s Rafael Nadal, the French Open and an admiring horde of ballgirls. As Boris Becker put it, the genius triumvirate of Rafa, Federer and Djokovic has kept everyone from winning anything since 2017. Learn from them, ye hopeless young men.
While being a proud German, midfield maestro Mesut Ozil wore his Islamic and Turkish identities on his calves, visited President Erdogan in support when the ‘free world’ was castigating him, then let go of all in disgust at the mounting criticism. When he married lovely Amine, an actress, recently, the prez was best man.
This sheerest of marriages between a gown and a swimsuit caused Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh, 29, endless trouble. While no one took much notice of the infelicitous union at Cannes, a huge uproar back home caused the culture minister to term it “improper and offensive”. Weirdly, a probe was launched to see if she violated decency laws 9,000 miles away. Poor Ngoc now faces a fine. We think the amount can be stumped up through a secret crowd funding.
A probe by a UK-based daily has revealed the extent to which Russia is trying to exert control over Africa. It revealed that the Russians are building relations with existing rulers and grooming leaders in 13 countries in a bid to supplant the influence of old colonial powers like France, UK and Belgium.