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Stuart Broad shuts up Pakistani journalist who questioned bowing standards in IPL

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 April, 2019, 4:09 PM IST

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India and Pakistan are neighbors. No, not the happy ones, of course. They keep fighting over things, which ranges from anything to almost everything. The cricket fans of both countries love trolling each other. It generally starts up with cricket and ends up on toilet and terrorist memes and sometimes even mock wars.

Now, a Pakistani journalist tried pinching the Indian fans by trolling the bowling standards of the Indian Premier League. It came after Andre Russell blew away Bangalore with a blast that left even the RCB and Indian skipper, Virat Kohli gasping for breath.

Pakistani journo tweeted, "Bowling standards in PSL are higher... check this comparison of bowling in IPL and PSL ... Andre Russell has hit 22 sixes in four IPL matches this year.. in 18 PSL matches across three seasons, his tally is just 9! The other factor may be ..... he hit sixes as per his FEE."

But even before Indians could be triggered with this tweet, an **ENGLISHMAN (just imagine) came to the rescue of IPL. We are talking about Stuart Broad, whose record is as dreadful as anything in Indian conditions (that might well be the reason he jumped in). He tried sympathizing with the bowlers and gave the Pakistani journo a befitting response regarding conditions in India.

He tweeted, “Or the pitches are better? Or the grounds are smaller? Or he’s batting in better situations? Or the ball isn’t reversing when he comes in?”

This is the perfect way of killing two birds with one stone. I mean, winning over the Indian fans and also defending your poor bowling record in India. Well played, Stuart, certainly not the little (pun intended).

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"Bristol street fight was the best thing that happened to me": Ben Stokes

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 April, 2019, 3:43 PM IST

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The 2017 Bristol club fight that involved Alex Hales and Ben Stokes is one of the most controversial incidents in the history of English cricket. It saw Stokes getting suspended and sidelined from the national time. It was a traumatic time for Stokes. However, he believes that the Bristol incident might well turn out to be a life-changing incident for him.

“Thinking all this is going to be taken away from me might be the thing that has changed the way I do things,” Stokes told ESPNcricinfo. “I was that close to my career ending and being thrown away just like that. Maybe that is it.”

He added,