Siddiqui's McMafia wins International Emmy Awards 2019

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November 27,2019

New York, Nov 27: Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer "McMafia" has won the best drama series award at the 47th International Emmy Awards.

Soon after the win, the actor took to social media to express gratitude for the win.

"It's a pure delight to be receiving the beautiful winner trophy at the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York with one of my favourite director James Watkins for our work #McMafia Congratulations @jginorton #DavidStraithirn @oshricohen #MerabNindzi & the Team #McMafia @iemmys @bbc #bestdramaseries," Nawaz captioned his photograph with the show's team.

The 45-year-old actor played Indian businessman Dilly Mahmood in "McMafia".

"McMafia", produced by Cuba Pictures, revolves around Alex Godman (James Norton) a well-educated hedge-fund manager stuck with his Russian mafia family.

The show is inspired by the 2009 non-fiction book of the same name by journalist Misha Glenny.

The Indian contingent at the International Emmys included the teams of Netflix anthology "Lust Stories" (best TV movie/mini-series) (best actress for Radhika Apte), Netflix show "Sacred Games" (best drama series), "The Remix" (best non-scripted entertainment) and "Witness: India's Forbidden Love" (best documentary).

Also present at the event were filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, producer Ronnie Screwvala, actors Radhika Apte and Kubbra Sait.

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'Your character stood out for me': Kohli to Mayank Agarwal

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July 28,2020

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New Delhi, Jul 28: 'Your character stood out for me than the number of runs you scored," said India skipper Virat Kohli while explaining his decision to give opening Mayank Agarwal a Test debut in the 2018-19 Australia series.

Mayank Agarwal had made his Test debut against Australia in the third Test of the four-match series.

Playing the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Agarwal managed to register a half-century in his very first innings in the longest format.

"I had seen you play for RCB, even then you played international bowlers with conviction and you would take them on. You were performing in first-class matches in a dominating way. That is something always stood out with you, I would say your character stood out for me than the number of runs. I knew you would be fearless without having any baggage," Kohli told Mayank Agarwal in a video posted on the official website of BCCI.

In the longest format of the game, Agarwal has managed to score 974 runs from 11 matches at an average of 57.29 with three centuries as an opening batsman.

The Indian skipper also explained as to what makes him notice in a player and added that it is important that guys in the team look to face new challenges and emerge triumphantly.

"For me, the biggest marker is how a person approaches the game, so for example when you opened and we made Vihari open with you. The first opportunity we presented Vihari to open the batting, he said yes to it and that matters me to the most," Kohli said.

"I opened in my first series for India, I said yes to this opportunity and things worked out fine for me. So, a guy who wants to get into tough situations will come out either holding his head high or learning from his mistakes," he added.

Kohli and Mayank would soon be seen in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab respectively in the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from September 19 in the UAE.

The comparisons between Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar keep on growing and many have picked the current Indian skipper to break the records set by Tendulkar.

Tendulkar called time on his career after registering 100 international centuries, while Kohli currently has 70 centuries across all formats.

At present, Kohli is ranked at the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings while he is in the second place in Tests rankings. Kohli has so far played 86 Tests, scoring 7,240 runs with 27 centuries at an average of 53.62.

His knock of 254 against South Africa at Pune in 2019 remains his highest Test score to date. When it comes to ODIs, the current Indian skipper has played 248 matches and has 43 centuries.

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Chennai Super Kings expects Dhoni to play even after he's 40

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August 12,2020

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New Delhi, Aug 12: Indian Premier League favourites Chennai Super Kings expect former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep playing past his 40th birthday until at least 2022, the team's chief executive said.

Dhoni has not played a competitive game since India's World Cup semi-final defeat last year, but is due to return to action when the delayed IPL begins in the United Arab Emirates next month.

While Dhoni is unlikely to play again for India, Chennai Super Kings chief executive Kasi Viswanathan said he was confident the legendary batsman-wicketkeeper would not retiring soon.

"We don't worry about him at all. Yes, we can expect M.S. Dhoni to be part of both (IPL seasons in 2020 and 2021) and probably for even the next year, 2022," Viswanathan told India Today television late Tuesday.

Dhoni, who has led Chennai to three IPL titles, will celebrate his 40th birthday in July next year.

He remains an influential figure in Indian cricket with any hint of retirement causing concern among fans.

Viswanathan said he had only seen media reports that Dhoni has been training in indoor nets in his home state of Jharkand.

"But we don't have to worry about the skipper," he said. "He knows his responsibilities and he will take care of himself and the team."

The CSK players are due to arrive in Chennai this week before leaving next week for Dubai where the IPL will start on September 19 after being moved because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Anirban Lahiri back in action after 5 months, joins Atwal at Wyndham

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August 12,2020

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Greensboro (US), Aug 12: India's Anirban Lahiri is finally going to tee off at a PGA tournament this week when he plays at the Wyndham Championship, ending his five-month long coronavirus-forced break.

"It's been a long, long time," said Lahiri.

"I am hungry and all ready to go. I came to India for the Hero Indian Open and then had to stay back as the Covid outbreak started spreading all over."

This week Lahiri and Atwal will play in the Wyndham Championships at the Sedgefield Country Club.

Due to the long break, Lahiri was not even able to go back to the US because of travel restrictions.

But now he is back in the US and excited about playing his first event since early March.

"I'm feeling excited. It's not something I've felt like in a long time," Lahiri said.

"It's like going back to school after a summer vacation. It's a good thing."

Lahiri, who spent a lot of the time in India with his parents, later moved to Ahmedabad to be with his coach, Vijay Divecha, and started working on his game.

"Mentally, I decided that I was going to focus on the next 2020-21 season, instead of thinking about the ongoing one. I took it as an opportunity to work on my game and rebuild it," he said.

"After all, how many times does anyone get a chance to work on the game and assess it with one's coach and stay away from tournaments without needing to worry about the Tour card.

"This was one such chance," added Lahiri, as the PGA Tour decided that all players would keep the status they had for the 2020 season.

Lahiri had a proper status.

"I got to spend six weeks with Vijay which I haven't done in like five or six years. It's a big reset and I was able to work continuously with him," said Lahiri, who has gone through a lean spell.

"That was the reason I needed and wanted to work on my game. In the past few years I would get short periods of practice with Vijay and we would try fix the problems. They were just that – fixes. Now, I had a proper stretch of time, and I grabbed it."

With a hearty laugh, he said, "I was telling someone, that basically (we) disassembled the engine and put everything back together."

Lahiri and Divecha worked on just about everything.

He added, "This time, we have rebuilt from scratch. It was like I was starting golf again -- right from the basic, the grip, posture, the fundamentals. It was a re-set button. In a way it was like writing something new on a clean slate."

This week Lahiri will have Arjun Atwal for company at the Wyndham Championship. This is where Atwal won India's first and only PGA Tour title.

Lahiri has played at the Donald Ross-designed Sedgefield Country Club, in the past.

"It is tree-lined and you have to shape shots. There's a good mix of lengthy holes and shortish holes. If you get hot, you can make lots of birdies and rise up the leaderboard."

Lahiri did not watch much of golf during the last few months.

"I would follow scores maybe once a day, not like looking at my phone every few minutes. I was focused on working on my game and I feel good about it. So, I am excited."

The Wyndham Championship is the final event of the Regular Season.

For Lahiri, who is way down in the FedExCup points list, it is more a question of testing his game and then getting ready for the new season which begins right after the Play-offs.

Atwal, who had a few starts last few weeks, is 215th and Lahiri is 219th.

So, getting into 125th is a long shot, unless Atwal or Lahiri can pull off something big on Sunday.

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