The PM sneezes.

Congress: That is so anti-minorities.

Bhakts: What a masterstroke!

Sambit Patra: Why didn’t no Congress PM sneeze for 70 years?

Hindi News Channels: मोदी को आयी छींक, पाकिस्तान की निकली चीख।

English News Channels: Are we now one step closer to Hindu Rashtra?

Alt News: Did Modi actually sneeze? We did reverse image search and found this to be an incorrect claim.

JNU/Social Media Activists: That’s fascism.

Leftists: This is saffronization.

Ambedkarites: That’s Brahminical.

Liberals: It’s a diversion tactic.

Ravish: गोदी मीडिया छींकने की बात कर रहा है। इससे सरकार की मंशा को समझा जा सकता है। कह देंगे कि प्रधानमंत्री के छींकने से भारत के ‘विश्व गुरू’ बनने का मूहुर्त अशुभ हो गया और स्कीमें फ़ेल हो गयी। पर क्या किसी ने ये जानने की कोशिश की कि क्या हिंदू की छींक और मुसलमान की छींक अलग अलग हैं? छींकते तो बेरोज़गार लोग भी हैं लेकिन वो शायद छींक कर ‘एक्स क्यूज़ मी’ नहीं बोलते। प्रधानमंत्री ने ‘एक्स क्यूज़ मी’ बोला था नहीं, ये बात उतनी ही साफ़ है जितनी उनकी डिग्री की डीटेल्स। काश, सरकारों के छींकने से अस्पताल बन जाते तो ग़रीबों की ज़ुकाम का ईलाज होता। विडंबना है कि प्रधानमंत्री को छींक भी तब आ रही है जब अर्थव्यवस्था खॉंस रही है।

Arnab: Suddenness! The sheer suddenness of the move! The unexpected nature of the move! The unpredictability of the move! The fact that there was no warning to the Chinese!

MS Dhoni: An Ode To The Captain

A billion heart skipped a beat after Dhoni bids an adieu to the international cricket. Yes, it wasn’t a bolt out of blue and almost everyone knew what was coming especially after his dismal run-out in the semifinal. But still our heart mourns. Not because of the runs he made, not because of stumpings he did, not because of trophies he won, but because of the captain he was. The showers of emotions are pouring down on him not because of the accolades he achieved but the man he is. But it was never a cakewalk for this small town boy to become the greatest captain of all time. The captain who was cool as cucumber and shrewd as Sherlock didn’t even make it to the U-19 team. While players like Yuvraj, Kaif were playing World Cup back in 2003 he was treading on the thorns struggling for a break. But little did they know that this boy from Ranchi will lead the young pack to the glory of inaugural T20 WC in 2007. Remember what he did in the final against the arch rival Pakistan? The game went down to the wire and India had 12 runs in the bag. While Misbah was blazing guns he opted for Joginder Sharma over the more experienced Harbhajan Singh. And the rest as they say is history. Many called it a fluke so Dhoni kept springing surprises throughout his career. A year later he again proved his ingeniousity after trumping the world beater Australia in their own backyard. He managed this transition between the going of older generation to coming of younger generation quite beautifully. The replacement was unlike today where we have more polished players like Hardik and Kulcha. There were faces like Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla. He was the captain who taught players the ropes at different stages of their career. He believes in horses for courses and always utilised every player to the core. And there came the moment we all waited for, the cricket carnival the world cup 2011. That exulting six to finish things off into night sky triggered the delirium in the crowd as India lifted the world cup after 28 years. And again semblance of a true leader was seen. He realised the moment belonged to Sachin so he moved in the corner away from all the hullabaloo leaving the team with the trophy. He was the captain who had the guts to open the bowling with a spinner. A man who astounded everyone with his mammoth sixes, lightning stumpings, and quick running with those heavy pads on. Remember how we won the CT 2013? Under the murky clouds England were cruising to victory. But the man behind the stumps had other plans. He handed tha ball to Ishant Sharma who was leaking runs and the believe of the captain did the trick as Ishant went to take 2 crucial breakthrough in that over. This magic moment turned the game upside down. And Dhoni became the only captain to bag all the major ICC trophies. It is this pocket of witty moments that separates him from the rest. It’s his capability to dig out extraordinary from an ordinary player makes him the greatest of all. It’s his ingeniousity to predict the next move of opposition makes him the Sherlock of cricket.

Joker meets Sherlock

Sherlock is as usual very late in the morning after the tedious adventure of the last night. He is seated at the breakfast table occupied in reading the newspaper.

While shuffling the papers a card falls down. Sherlock picks it up and starts scrutinizing it with his eagle eye.

Sherlock (astonished) : A joker card !!

He turns back the card and finds a message written in blue ink – ” Turn on your TV”.

He grabs the remote and switches the TV on, in a haste.

A news anchor is screaming in the most distressing tone.

“A deadly virus breaks out in the city last night. The source of the virus and cure is still unknown. It has already affected more than 300 people who are now confined in London Bridge hospital to restrict the contamination. The situation is aggravating as the flow of virus is accelerating vehemently.”

The news ends with an intriguing laugh of a clown.

As Sherlock turns off the TV he finds that clown seated in his arm chair in the middle of the room.

Joker ( with his trademark laugh): Hello, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock: Who are you?

Joker: I leave that to you to decide, Mr consulting detective.

Joker walks in towards Sherlock.

Sherlock observing every bit of him trying to deduce.

Joker comes at the breakfast table and snatches his card from Holmes.

Joker: Why so serious?? Let’s put a smile on that face.

He takes out his sharp edged knife and moves it swiftly across the lips of Holmes. Sherlock barges him away and he stumbles down with a psychotic laugh.

Joker recovers himself and gets on his feets after that mini adventure.

Joker: Do you wanna know how I got these scars?

Sherlock (deducing): Scars on the face suggest childhood violence. Symmetrical stitches on both sides of lips indicates a message… What message?? Keeping smile in the chaos? Cut marks on wrists and ankles… may be you like to use knife as your main weapon. All your countenance leads me to think you are probably an agent of chaos a Physchopathic murderer.. A person who doesn’t believe in the theory of right and wrong… A maniac who enjoys seeing someone bleed slowly. Your attire.. again the combination is absurd which indicates chaos and confusion.

Joker: Bravo Mr Holmes!! You know you remind me of my father I hated him.

Sherlock keeps observing him

Sherlock: Why are you here? What’s your plan?

Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things…. I just love chaos as you have deduced.

Sherlock: And I love to solve them

Joker: Is it?? Then I’ve a gift for you

He takes out his phone and shows a video.

Amid the chaos in a hospital a man is weeping.

“Please save us Sherlock. This catastrophic virus gonna kill us. You have 1 hour to save our lives. Decrypt the virus structure and find the antidote”.

*video ends

Joker: Look at them crying, look at that panic around… I just love it.. You said you love solving chaos right?? Here’s the chaos for you to solve. Save your city Sherlock!! ….

Sherlock pondering

Joker: By the way here’s your hint

He writes “SOCIOPATH” on his card and hands it over to Sherlock.

Joker: Sociopath… That’s what you call yourself, right?? Tadaa!!

Joker walks off

Sherlock is pondering over the code “SOCIOPATH” while playing violin when John Watson arrives.

Watson finds a note with “1915391516208- SOCIOPATH” on the table. Sherlock stops playing and cried.

Sherlock: Okay I got it!!

John : Would you care to tell me what’s happening?

Sherlock: We don’t have much time John, I’ll tell you everything in the cab

John: But where are we heading to?

Sherlock: London Bridge Hospital

Sherlock and John arrive at the Hospital, it was full of the medical experts, relatives of the patients, and media. On the first floor all the 300 patients were piled. All of them dosed with sleep medication for last 16 hours. Dr. John Watson, observed those miserable faces of the families, relatives and experts. Every corner was full of terror, reminding the holocaust of the second world war.

Watson: This is just ridiculous, terrible, inhuman,… Why joker is doing all this?

Sherlock: He just loves chaos… But never mind at the moment our focus is the antidote and not that physchopath.

John: Would you tell me what’s this number- 1915391516208?

Sherlock: You know my methods John..

John: Let me see.. oh yes S-19, 0-15, C-3……. and so on… So basically you have alloted numbers for the alphabets aligning with their positions.

Sherlock ( chuckles ): You aren’t that dumb what I thought of you…

John: What’s next?? Have you figured out the logic behind these numbers.

Sherlock: Yeah, on arranging the numbers 1915-1608- 391512. 1915 is the foundation year of London Bridge hospital. And 16th August is the birthdate of its founding director. So now we are left with 391512.

John: How did you get that?

Sherlock: I just observed… While entering the hospital you can see the foundation year is mentioned on the main gate. Next I enquired for the managing directors… And I got to know that 16-08 matches with the birthdate of one of the founding directors of the hospital. Now we need to zoom on these 4 numbers 39-15-12.

Sherlock pondering hard in his mind palace

Sherlock: Shut up!!

John: But I didn’t say a word

Sherlock: You are thinking and that’s annoying.

John: I have a theory.. These numbers have one thing in common.. if you take a pair each 39-15-12 they all are divisible by 3.

Sherlock: What next??

John( petulantly) : I ain’t a consulting detective.. it’s your job

Sherlock smiles

Sherlock: MOL

John: what’s that??

Sherlock: 39 stands for M , 15 for O and 12 for L.

John: And how did you get that?

Sherlock: Don’t be stupid John, you know my method. We have 26 letters in alphabet 26-Z , then again 27-A… Following this pattern I deduced 39 for M and for rest you know the story.

John: And what’s this MOL now?

Suddenly Mycroft appears from nowhere.

Mycroft: Sherlock, brother of mine your arch enemy is back in the city.

Sherlock grabs the book Meaning Of Life from Mycroft.

He grins like a cheshire cat after turning few pages of the book.

Sherlock ( exultantly ): I got it!!!

John: And what’s the antidote.

Sherlock: Blood Of Bat… 39th chapter page no 1512.

* Music plays…

The Battle Between Physchopath And Sociopath-2

Sherlock is pondering over the code “SOCIOPATH” while playing violin when John Watson arrives.

Watson finds a note with “1915391516208- SOCIOPATH” on the table. Sherlock stops playing and cried.

Sherlock: Okay I got it!!

John : Would you care to tell me what’s happening?

Sherlock: We don’t have much time John, I’ll tell you everything in the cab

John: But where are we heading to?

Sherlock: London Bridge Hospital

Sherlock and John arrive at the Hospital, it was full of the medical experts, relatives of the patients, and media. On the first floor all the 300 patients were piled. All of them dosed with sleep medication for last 16 hours. Dr. John Watson, observed those miserable faces of the families, relatives and experts. Every corner was full of terror, reminding the holocaust of the second world war.

Watson: This is just ridiculous, terrible, inhuman,… Why joker is doing all this?

Sherlock: He just loves chaos… But never mind at the moment our focus is the antidote and not that physchopath.

John: Would you tell me what’s this number- 1915391516208?

Sherlock: You know my methods John..

John: Let me see.. oh yes S-19, 0-15, C-3……. and so on… So basically you have alloted numbers for the alphabets aligning with their positions.

Sherlock ( chuckles ): You aren’t that dumb what I thought of you…

John: What’s next?? Have you figured out the logic behind these numbers.

Sherlock: Yeah, on arranging the numbers 1915-1608- 391512. 1915 is the foundation year of London Bridge hospital. And 16th August is the birthdate of its founding director. So now we are left with 391512.

John: How did you get that?

Sherlock: I just observed… While entering the hospital you can see the foundation year is mentioned on the main gate. Next I enquired for the managing directors… And I got to know that 16-08 matches with the birthdate of one of the founding directors of the hospital. Now we need to zoom on these 4 numbers 39-15-12.

Sherlock pondering hard in his mind palace

Sherlock: Shut up!!

John: But I didn’t say a word

Sherlock: You are thinking and that’s annoying.

John: I have a theory.. These numbers have one thing in common.. if you take a pair each 39-15-12 they all are divisible by 3.

Sherlock: What next??

John( petulantly) : I ain’t a consulting detective.. it’s your job

Sherlock smiles

Sherlock: MOL

John: what’s that??

Sherlock: 39 stands for M , 15 for O and 12 for L.

John: And how did you get that?

Sherlock: Don’t be stupid John, you know my method. We have 26 letters in alphabet 26-Z , then again 27-A… Following this pattern I deduced 39 for M and for rest you know the story.

John: And what’s this MOL now?

Suddenly Mycroft appears from nowhere.

Mycroft: Sherlock, brother of mine your arch enemy is back in the city.

Sherlock grabs the book Meaning Of Life from Mycroft.

He grins like a cheshire cat after turning few pages of the book.

Sherlock ( exultantly ): I got it!!!

John: And what’s the antidote.

Sherlock: Blood Of Bat… 39th chapter page no 1512.

* Music plays…

The Battle Between Physchopath And Sociopath- 1

Sherlock is as usual very late in the morning after the tedious adventure of the last night. He is seated at the breakfast table occupied in reading the newspaper.

While shuffling the papers a card falls down. Sherlock picks it up and starts scrutinizing it with his eagle eye.

Sherlock (astonished) : A joker card !!

He turns back the card and finds a message written in blue ink – ” Turn on your TV”.

He grabs the remote and switches the TV on, in a haste.

A news anchor is screaming in the most distressing tone.

“A deadly virus breaks out in the city last night. The source of the virus and cure is still unknown. It has already affected more than 300 people who are now confined in London Bridge hospital to restrict the contamination. The situation is aggravating as the flow of virus is accelerating vehemently.”

The news ends with an intriguing laugh of a clown.

As Sherlock turns off the TV he finds that clown seated in his arm chair in the middle of the room.

Joker ( with his trademark laugh): Hello, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock: Who are you?

Joker: I leave that to you to decide, Mr consulting detective.

Joker walks in towards Sherlock.

Sherlock observing every bit of him trying to deduce.

Joker comes at the breakfast table and snatches his card from Holmes.

Joker: Why so serious?? Let’s put a smile on that face.

He takes out his sharp edged knife and moves it swiftly across the lips of Holmes. Sherlock barges him away and he stumbles down with a psychotic laugh.

Joker recovers himself and gets on his feets after that mini adventure.

Joker: Do you wanna know how I got these scars?

Sherlock (deducing): Scars on the face suggest childhood violence. Symmetrical stitches on both sides of lips indicates a message… What message?? Keeping smile in the chaos? Cut marks on wrists and ankles… may be you like to use knife as your main weapon. All your countenance leads me to think you are probably an agent of chaos a Physchopathic murderer.. A person who doesn’t believe in the theory of right and wrong… A maniac who enjoys seeing someone bleed slowly. Your attire.. again the combination is absurd which indicates chaos and confusion.

Joker: Bravo Mr Holmes!! You know you remind me of my father I hated him.

Sherlock keeps observing him

Sherlock: Why are you here? What’s your plan?

Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things…. I just love chaos as you have deduced.

Sherlock: And I love to solve them

Joker: Is it?? Then I’ve a gift for you

He takes out his phone and shows a video.

Amid the chaos in a hospital a man is weeping.

“Please save us Sherlock. This catastrophic virus gonna kill us. You have 1 hour to save our lives. Decrypt the virus structure and find the antidote”.

*video ends

Joker: Look at them crying, look at that panic around… I just love it.. You said you love solving chaos right?? Here’s the chaos for you to solve. Save your city Sherlock!! ….

Sherlock pondering

Joker: By the way here’s your hint

He writes “SOCIOPATH” on his card and hands it over to Sherlock.

Joker: Sociopath… That’s what you call yourself, right?? Tadaa!!

Joker walks off

To be continued…..

A Strange Meeting With The Mad Titan

Thanos has snapped. Half the population of earth has morphed into dust and rest are bereaving in the wake of the loss of their loved ones. Sherlock is one of those unlucky humans who are left in the bereavement. The most shrewd mind and the inhuman soul is reeling with the pain after the loss of his best friend John H Watson and his amiable landlady Mrs Hudson.

In the dark and dreary room of 221b baker street Sherlock is seen engrossed in injecting morphine. With his long , white , nervous fingers he adjusts the delicate needle, and rolls back his left shirt curff. For some time his eyes rest thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture marks. Finally he thrust the sharp point , press down the tiny piston, and sink back into the velvet- lined arm- chair with long sigh of satisfaction. He has truly become a drug addict since the demise of his intimates.

Now he is high as a kite when suddenly his phone beeps.

With his hazy eyes he reads the message ” Meet me asap at Hyde park” by The Mad Titan. The name hits him hard and he grabs his coat and leaves for the park in a flash.

On reaching his destination Sherlock sees a juggernaut sitting in the cool breeze surrounded by greenery.

Thanos ( without looking at Sherlock) : Welcome Mr Holmes

Sherlock (in a broken voice): How do you know me?

Thanos turns around.

Thanos ( with a smirk ) : You are not the only one cursed by the power of mind.

Sherlock continues gazing at the pale monster in the bewilderment.

Thanos: I know you are shocked to see a terrifying monster in the middle of this petite park. I know a lot of things are going across your shallow head and I’m here to answer them all.

Sherlock takes some nervous steps forward.

Sherlock : Who are you?

Thanos ( in a groaning voice ): I’m that mad Titan who you humans are gossiping about…

Sherlock: The one who is culpable for destroying half the population?

Thanos : Yes Mr Holmes, I’m the one who restored the balance in this universe.

Sherlock: Oh yes I know your theory. You whipped out half the population so that other half could thrive. In low population there would be cleaner air, less crimes, more jobs, low poverty. Population control was need of the hour and you did it with a snap that’s incredible. But…

Thanos ( interrupts Holmes ) : I knew that some rational humans like you will applaud what I did for the universe.

Sherlock: Certainly not, you grotesque alien!! Look around you and tell me who’s happy with your snap? Eliminating half the population doesn’t necessarily mean the other half will thrive. By whipping out half the population you have made the lives of other half a hell. They are struggling to survive.

Thanos: So now you are talking like an idiot human. I thought you worship logic but you have turned illogical, Mr Holmes. Your puny mind will never understand the noble cause I did for the world.

Sherlock ( petulantly ): Noble cause??

Thanos: Now you breath fresh air, eat healthier fruits, don’t have to drive in jam packed traffic. What else you could have asked for?

Sherlock: And what about the human emotions? You didn’t give a damn about that, did you?

Thanos: Everything comes with the cost Mr Holmes.

Sherlock: And this cost has turned unbearable for the other half. Ask about the cost to one who has lost his only friend and a motherly landlady. Ask about the cost to someone who has lost his brother, his parents, his…

Thanos: Now you are grieving.

Sherlock: So are you and the rest of the population.

Thanos ( hiding his emotions ) : No, I ain’t like a fool human.

Sherlock: You are grieving the loss of your daughter, ain’t you?

Thanos ( in an utter shock ) : How do you know that?

Sherlock: I’m Sherlock Holmes and it’s my business to know what other people don’t.

Thanos: Pompous as ever!

Sherlock: The sign of your evaporated tears lead to think me you are going through some trauma. A pale looking monster bereaving in a park indicates you have lost something. When you talked about the price there was pain in your voice which suggests you have lost someone whom you adore. Since you are old it’s highly probable that it must be your child. So balancing all the probabilities and with a wild guess I deduced it must be your daughter whom you sacrificed for what you call a noble cause.

Thanos: You certainly sound stupendous.. But I’ve got hold of my emotions for the betterment of the world. And you should too…

Sherlock: So you ain’t ashamed of your heinous crime?

Thanos: No, not even by a grain of salt

Suddenly avengers land in a flash with a hullabaloo.

Tony Stark: Back off Sherl!! We got it covered.

And the last thing Sherlock hears is the roar of a monster before he finds himself resting in the arm chair.

The Adventure Of Infinity Stones

Sherlock gets up very late in the morning after a tedious adventure of the previous night. He is seated at the breakfast table with his back to John Watson. While Watson is gazing at an alien object lying on the carpet beside the sofa ,Sherlock inquires without looking back.

Sherlock: What you reckon about that mysterious object?

Watson: Well, I didn’t know you also have eyes at the back of your head.

Sherlock ( with a smile ) : But I do have well polished silver plated coffee pot in front of my eyes.

Watson picks the object and start scrutinizing it closely.

Watson: I don’t have a clue. It looks like gauntlet with stones embedded on it .

Sherlock turns in a haste and grabs that armoured glove. He observed that 5 slots were imbued with cubical stones of different colours except the middle one.

Watson: Any leads?

Sherlock: Yeah, probably two at the moment.

*Phone beeps

A text message received from inspector Lestrade.

Sherlock: John, may be we have got our missing puzzle.

Sherlock left for the Scotland yard with Watson. A mysterious object has fallen near the Scotland yard. The whole area is cordened off as they arrive at scene amid the hullabaloo.

Lestrade: Hey, Sherlock.. The object fell about an hour ago. Immediately we cordened the area and summoned you. Hope you could bring light to the mystery.

A purple coloured cubical stone is seen lying in the middle of a petite chasm.

Sherlock takes some nervous steps towards the alien object and scrutinizes it with his microscope.

Lestrade: Any theory?

Sherlock: The blue glow and strange markings certainly elucidate its alien nature. The perfect shape of the cube reflects that it has been carved out from something. The size of the chasm and also the fact that it hasn’t gone through a lot of wear and tear indicate that it has fallen from the height less than 50km. So I have two theories. It is either dropped accidentally by an alien creature from stratosphere or fell because of an intense fight. But if you look closely it has few snaffling signs here and there which suggest that it fell as an aftermath of a war.

Watson: Is there any pertinent connection between the gauntlet we found back in baker street and this purple cube?

Sherlock ( murmuring) : Eliminate the impossible, and whatever remains no matter how improbable must be the truth.

Sherlock ( screaming at Lestrade) : Shut up!!

Lestrade: What? I didn’t say a word.

Sherlock: You are thinking and that’s annoying.

While Sherlock was pondering hard a flying man lands a couple of inches away from him.

Sherlock ( observing the strange flying man and deducing) : Titanium suit, swollen eyes haven’t slept for more than 24 hours. Caffeine and drug addict, occasional smoker, extremely rich, ….. Hey, I’m Sherlock Holmes a consulting detective.

Tony Stark: And I am Iron man !!

He quickly snatches the stone from Sherlock and flies off in the flash.

Everyone is left baffled with this intriguing incident.

* Music plays with title on the screen

The Adventure Of Infinity Stones

Dhoni meets Sherlock

MS Dhoni arrived at 221B Baker Street, London and knocks the door. He is received by Miss Hudson and taken upstairs to meet Sherlock Holmes.

As Dhoni sauntered inside the hazy room, Holmes is seen in the dressing gown coiled up in an armchair with his black clay pipe between his lips and eyes fixed at the ceiling of the room.

Sherlock ( Without looking at Dhoni) : Take a seat gentleman ( Pointing at the client’s chair)

Dhoni was swiveling his eyes across the messy room in anxiety. Even the equanimous mind like captain cool was restless. He took some nervous steps towards the chair and grabbed the seat.

The eagle-eyed Sherlock scrutinized Dhoni for few minutes and then pierced the silence.

Sherlock: So, gentleman what brought you here?

There was a long pause before Holmes cleared his throat and inquired again.

Something was preying on Dhoni’s mind which was clearly seen in his inhibition to speak. He took a deep breath to settle his mayhem of distressing thoughts before opening up.

Dhoni: Mr Holmes, I’ve read your blog – The Science Of Deduction. And that’s why I’m here with my most intricate case.

Sherlock: Prey, tell me more

Dhoni : I know you are the best physchopath for my case…

Sherlock ( petulantly) : I’m not a physchopath I’m a high functioning sociopath.

Dhoni ( with a grin smile) : Oh yes, Mr sociopath. Look I totally believe in your powers of deduction but before presenting my case I want you to deduce few things about me.

Sherlock: Aghhh, humans always wants to play tricks!! Fine….

Sherlock: Your face and accent suggest me that you are either native to the Middle East or the subcontinent.

Then he deliberately drops a book from the table and Dhoni picks it up, kisses it and hand it over to Holmes.

Sherlock: Ahh, so you are a typical Indian.

Dhoni: That’s good

Sherlock: Your elbows are bruised and not only it’s new, it’s been happening for sometime. Cuts opening again. Not an accident but unavoidable. May be you have a job that carries this occupational hazard. And also you have strong muscles and athletic body. All this suggest that you are a sportsman or a military man.

Dhoni smiled

Sherlock: The four different pair of dog’s hair on your right shoulder lead me to deduce that you are a pet lover. Also few scratches on your arms suggest that you spend a lot of time with them. For a military man of your age it’s not pragmatic to spend ample time with pets. Hence I reckon you are probably a sportsman. But which sport?

Sherlock: looking at your deformed fingers I believe you are either a goal keeper or a wicket keeper.

Sherlock then throws his phone towards Dhoni on which he lapped on and caught the phone in a blink of a eye.

Sherlock: Quick reflexes!! You caught it rather than deflecting. So, you are a wicket keeper.

Dhoni: Not bad!!

Sherlock: Muscular thighs suggest me that you are an agile runner. Also looking at your bulky biceps I reckon you are a powerful hitter. So balancing the probability I would say you are a wicket keeper batsman.

Dhoni: Bravo Mr Holmes!!

Sherlock: Your hair have turned grey at this age. This alludes that you might be facing a lot of pressure and expectations in your career. From this I can deduce that you might be the captain of your team. But your eyes are calm as sea which indicates you have bagged many achievements in your life. What’s the greatest achievement for a cricketer? Probably a world cup or two. So you are a wicket keeper batsman and ex- captain of Indian cricket team with many achievements.

Sherlock: With all these deductions I would say nice to meet you MSD.

Dhoni: Shrewdness at its bes!! I’m impressed Mr Holmes. Now let’s talk about my case.

Sherlock : Prey, I already know that!!

Then he shows Dhoni a text message on his phone.

Dhoni gasped in bewilderment

Sherlock: The Game Is On!!!

* Music starts with title on the screen

The Curious Case Of MSD

Are India the new chokers of ICC events ?

The South Africa cricket team also know as Proteas are often called chokers of ICC events because of their repeated failures in crunch games of ICC tournaments. But it seems India have taken chokers tag from the Proteas. The last time India’s men team have won any ICC tournament was in 2013 ( champions trophy) after that they repeatedly failed at big stages.

Since 2014 India( men’s team) entered every tournament as favourites and remained indomitable in group stages followed by a heart break in the crunch games later.

List of games India lost in ICC events since 2014:

Credit: ESPN Cricinfo
  • 2014 T20 world cup- lost in final
  • 2015 world cup- lost in semifinal
  • 2016 T20 world cup- lost in semifinal
  • 2017 women’s world cup- lost in final
  • 2017 champions trophy- lost in final
  • 2018 women’s t20 world cup- lost in semifinal
  • 2019 world cup- lost in semifinal
  • 2020 women’s world cup- lost in final

2014 T20 world cup:

The 2014 T20 world cup was held in Bangladesh. India had cruised into the knockout stage by topping Group 1, and faced South Africa in the semifinals. A winning knock from Virat Kohli (72 not out) helped India seal a berth in the finals. Sri Lanka, similarly, topped Group 2 to enter the finals.Batting first, India put up a score of 130 in 20 overs with Kohli scoring an unbeaten 77 and captain Dhoni not out on 4 at the end of the innings. Sri Lanka chased down the target successfully in 17.5 overs. Kumar Sangakkara, who was playing his final international T20, steered Sri Lanka to victory with 52 off 35 balls.

2015 ODI World Cup:

India lost to Australia in the semifinal of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The tournament saw 14 teams contesting for the title. India, the defending champions, went in as one of the favourites, looking to retain the trophy.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first setting a target of 329. Steve Smith scored a brilliant century while Aaron Finch scored 81 to guide their team to an imposing total. For the Indians, although Umesh Yadav picked up 4 wickets, they were unable to stem the flow of runs.  

India began its innings with a solid 76-run stand between Dhawan and Rohit Sharma before the former was dismissed for 45. Skipper MS Dhoni was the highest scorer with 65 runs before he was run-out by Maxwell. The team got bowled out for 233 runs in the 47th over to exit from the tournament.

Australia went on to lift the title after defeating New Zealand by seven wickets in the final.

2016 ICC World T20:

The tournament which was held in India saw West Indies walking away with the title defeating England in the finals.

India, led by Dhoni, put up an impressive target of 193 for the West Indies to chase in the semifinal but failed to defend it. Kohli scored a scintillating 89 off 47 balls to remain not out at the end. However, the West Indies made a mockery of the target achieving the total in 19.4 overs with Lendl Simmons contributing 82 off 51 balls. The Indian bowlers were made to look ordinary with four of them going for over 10 runs an over. Nehra was the only bowler to return with respectable figures of 1 for 24 from his 4 overs. 

2017 women’s world cup:

In a heartbreaking end to a fantastic run, India lost the Women’s World Cup final to England by nine runs at Lord’s in London.

It was an anti-climactic result for India since they were well on course for a memorable triumph, sitting pretty at 191/3 in 42.5 before a batting collapse saw them bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.

Needing just 38 runs off 43 balls, India lost seven wickets for 28 runs in 6.5 overs. Opener Punam Raut (86) and Harmanpreet Kaur’s (51) steady half centuries set the platform but once they departed, England Anya Shrubsole (6/46) ripped through the lower middle-order to set up England’s fourth title win.

2017 champions trophy:

Played in England and Wales, Champions Trophy 2017 saw rivals India and Pakistan battle it out for the title. The finals which was played at The Oval in London had Pakistan batting first. Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman hit 114 runs off 106 balls to help his team post a formidable total of 338 on the board. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most economical bowler for the Indians returning with figures of 1 for 44 off 10 overs. The Indian response started on a terrible note as Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the first over. Thereafter Kohli and Yuvraj also went quickly to leave India in dire straits at 33 for 3. Two more wickets fell with the score on 54 as Yuvraj and Dhoni got out. The Indians were never able to recover and folded up for 158. For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali picked up 3 wickets each.

2018 women’s t20 world cup:

It was yet another story of Indian women not showing enough temperament during big match days, having lost the 50-over World Cup final to England at Lord’s last year and the Asia Cup T20 final to Bangladesh, earlier this year.

As many as seven players failed to get double digit scores and the spin-attack was unable to adapt to a different surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium after playing all their matches at Providence in Guyana.

India decided to leave their senior most player Mithali Raj , a move that will certainly be questioned, after India lost their last eight wickets for 24 runs to end up scoring a below-par 112 in 19.3 overs.

It was a walk in the park for England as seasoned campaigners Amy Jones (53 no, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver

 (52 off 40 balls) added 92 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand to finish the match in only 17.1 overs.

2019 ODI world cup:

New Zealand stunned India to reach their second successive World Cup final as they survived Jadeja’s late heroics to clinch a thrilling 18-run win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

It was a superb display by the underdog Black Caps, who came into the match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England and only qualified for the semifinals on net run-rate, while India topped the 10-team group stage.

2020 women’s T20 world cup:

Given the high-voltage buildup to the summit clash of ICC women’s T20 World Cup, the end turned out to be quite an anti-climax for India.

After their stupendous show in the group league stage, where they won all their matches, Harmanpreet Kaur

& Co were outclassed in all three departments by the Australians.

All these loses questioned the ability of Indian team to hold on their nerves in the bigger stages of tournaments.

The humanitarian heroes of Delhi

Last week the violent clashes across the streets of Northeast Delhi rocked the national capital. The violent mob vandalised buildings and painted the walls with blood. This dark clouds of inhumanity marred the capital of world’s largest democracy for 3 days. Aftermath of which left the hapless souls with heavy hearts and sobbing eyes. But as every cloud has a silver lining so there emerged some humanitarian heroes in this despairing time that made us believe that not all heroes wear caps, some just live nextdoor.

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On 24th February as Delhi boils by the violent clashes between pro CAA and anti-CAA groups and hate was hovering around the father son duo of Mahindra Singh and Inderjit singh emerged as the saviour of humanity. They carried 60-80 Muslims neighbours to safe location on their bullet motorcycle and Scooty. They sensed that the situation was worsening in their Hindu dominanted neighborhood Gokalpuri, in Northeast Delhi and started to shift their terrified neighbour to nearest Muslim locality of Kardampuri, one kilometre away. For some of the boys they tied Sikh turbans to conceal they were Muslims. Smiling at this reporter’s repeated queries about what motivated him and his son to make so many trips to save his neighbors, Singh said, “You have to understand that this is the belief and culture of our community. You may have heard the expression: nanak naam chardi kala, tere bahne sarbat da bhalaSarbat da bhala means that we want everyone to prosper. We did this to honour humanity and our 10 gurus whose central message is that we should act for everyone to prosper.” 

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In similar thread a Hindu man saved lives of six Muslim neighbors when violent mob set their house on fire in Shiv Vihar. Premakant Baghel when saw his Muslim neighbour’s house ablaze he jumped in to help. He ventured to save the lives trapped inside the burning house. He saved the six lives by risking his own and now he is battling for his life in GTB hospital.

A local BJP ward from Yamuna Vihar stepped up to help his Muslim neighbour from the angry mob of around 150 people from ablazig their house.

In Mustafad which is a Muslim dominanted locality in Northeast Delhi several Muslim people came out to shield their Hindu neighbors from the wrath of berserk mob. Many Muslims formed a human chain to protect the local Shiv temple.

On 25 February in the alley of Bhajanpura, Northeast Delhi a blood thirsty mob were chasing a Muslim man Jiyaudin when a man named Sardar Jindal Singh Sidhu along with six others came out to rescue Jiyaudin. Mr Singh soothed the victim and tied his own turban to conceal Jiyaudin’s identity while taking him to Timarpur ( Jiyaudin’s home).

There is another instance of humanity emerged from Bhajanpura where a young man, Komal Sharma was rescued from the hands of mob by Salman Siddiqui. On 24th February a video was circulating of Komal Sharma chanting Jai Shree Ram and rioting across the roads. The video also reached Chand Bagh where he was identified and caught by an angry mob who were ready to throw him in the fire of violence but Salman Siddiqui stepped in and saved his life and took him away from the mob.

On 25th February, in Ashok Nagar many Hindus stepped in to save a mosque. They give shelter to 40 Muslim neighbors in their houses.

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Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh asked all Gurdwaras in Delhi to open their doors for the victims of violence irrespective of religion and also asked to provide all necessary aids to them.

Amid the inhuman violence these were a few epitomes of humanity which stood out as a ray of hope in the night of hopelessness.

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