IPL 2020: Young Players Doing Well (And What We Can Learn)

Hi Everyone,

Cricket is my passion and I am currently following all the matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 being held in UAE. I want to share with you, a few young cricketers who are really doing well in the IPL 2020. They are young and hungry to play their best cricket.

Let’s look at them – Ravi Bishnoi (KXIP), Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR), Priyam Garg (SRH), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (KKR) and Prithvi Shaw (DC)



Talking about all of them, the first is Ravi Bishnoi.


Ravi Bishnoi


Ravi Bishnoi, A 20-year kid is coming from the city called Jodhpur. He doesn’t have any cricketing background around him. His cricketing career ends up playing only ICC UNDER-19 WORLD CUP 2019.

But didn’t give an end to his cricket, but improved himself and mark his personality and is now playing the world’s biggest and most difficult T20 League ‘Indian Premier League’. His bowling is creating the issues for the batsmen of the opposition team.

He is the wonderful leg-spinner and he has taken the wickets of some most dangerous batsmen named David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rishabh Pant, and Eoin Morgan.

This is the reason for getting 2 Crores in the auction.


Now talking about second player Yashaswi Jaiswal.


Yashaswi Jaiswal, A 18-year-old player, coming from the city of Suriya which is in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s cricketing journey is an inspiration to many. Coming from a humble background, he waded through struggles to achieve his dreams. He was in the news when he made his entry in the U-19 Cricket Team for the Sri-Lankan Tour in August. In the first 2 matches, the youngster made the scores of 15 and 1. He was also named in the U-19 Squad for Nepal Tour. He was given a big statement to everyone that he has been picked by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

Till now after the 4 weeks of IPL, he has just 40 runs in 3 matches with the best score of 34 vs Capitals.


The third player is Priyam Garg.


Priyam Garg, a 19-year kid, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, a product of natural talent and elegance, he is an upcoming star from Uttar Pradesh. His run-making spree at the U-14s and U-16s brought him into the reckoning of the Indian U-19 team in 2018. He also came very close to making it to the World Cup squad but unfortunately, a poor run before the mega event diminished his hopes. But that didn’t deter the youngster, who went back to his routine of scoring runs and got picked for the Ranji Trophy. He made heads roll by plundering a century on debut against Goa and since then, he hasn’t looked back. Garg also captained India U-19 and U-23 teams.

Talking about his IPL Career, he has been picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the auction. He has made his IPL debut on 21 Sep 2020 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has made 102 runs in 6 matches till now with the highest score of 51 in 26 balls against Super Kings.


Now 4th Player which is Kamlesh Nagarkoti.


Kamlesh Nagarkoti, a 20-year-old, from Barmer, Rajasthan. Bowling over 145 kph and turning heads during India’s successful campaign at the 2018 U19 World Cup, Kamlesh Nagarkoti found a fan in Ian Bishop among many others. He matched every bit of his pace with sharp, equally impressive, fielding skills. Thanks to a string of impressive outings, Nagarkoti was bought for INR 3.2 crore contract by Kolkata Knight Riders at the 2018 IPL auctions. But unfortunately, he was not able to play that season and was ruled out due to an injury.

He has done a fantastic comeback in the 13th edition in the year 2020 with taking 4 wickets in 6 matches. He made his debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 26 Sep 2020. He is the future Indian Fast Bowler.


Last but not least the 5th Player, Prithvi Shaw.


Prithvi Shaw, another 20-year kid, from the city of Thane, Maharashtra. Prithvi Shaw is not the first young Mumbai batsman to get heads turning in cricket, and most certainly won’t be the last. His Harris shield performance was followed by several others of note, including centuries on debut in both Ranji Trophy (2016-17) and Duleep Trophy (2017) – a feat only previously achieved only by the Great Sachin Tendulkar, thereby drawing comparisons of great magnitude with the little master and being hailed as one of the future batting mainstays of Indian cricket. After skyrocketing through grade- and age-level cricket, he was declared the captain of the Indian U-19 side for the 2018 Junior World Cup in New Zealand. With a capable leader in Shaw, a stellar bowling line-up, and under the keen eye of Rahul Dravid, India coasted to the title, as Shaw contributed beautifully with the bat, scoring 261 runs at an average of 65 with 2 fifties to his name.

Prithvi Shaw for long has been touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket and judging by that Delhi bought him at an excellent price of 1.2 Crores. Initially, he wasn’t getting an opportunity to be a part of the playing eleven but the poor form of Gautam Gambhir opened the door for Shaw. He made most of his opportunities and got Delhi off to brisk starts on most occasions.
He started off well with a 10-ball 22 and a flurry of aggressive innings over the course of the season and ended up cementing his spot in the side, running riot in the powerplay, before Rishabh Pant could cut loose at the death. Shaw will look to replicate those performances when he will churn out for Delhi this year.

He made his IPL Debut against Kings XI Punjab. In IPL 2020, he has made 202 runs.

So, what do we, as students and learners, have to learn from their journeys? Here are my  thoughts:

  • ‘Practice makes the man perfect’. This line teaches us that we should practice our goal regularly.
  • Focus is very important for us because it it is the way to our thinking, memory, perception and reasoning.
  • “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. “
  • Persistence is our goal is must. We should never lose our hope.
  • What about starting early, if we have our goal decided from the young age, we can pursue it with commitment and have an early starting advantage. For eg- Sachin Tendulkar started playing cricket from the age of 4 and then, at the age of 16 he played his first international match.

Dealing With New Normal


Hello everyone,

This time I would like to write about the current situation which is affecting everyone in this world. This situation of COVID-19 has affected our daily routine as well as our studies.

The whole world is facing problems right now. This pandemic has taught us so many new things. This pandemic has taught us to practice breathing exercises for our healthy lungs. We should eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits to keep ourselves fit and healthy. This pandemic has taught us to study with technology instead of physical school or physical teaching.

The whole world is dealing with this situation right now. I am also facing some of the problems but we should learn to solve those problems.

In this current situation, my mother and father have tested positive for COVID-19 because my father is Branch Manager at HDFC Bank and he has regular meetings with his customers. So, we never know who is infected from their face. By this, he was stucked into the trap of COVID-19. So, first, he was instructed to follow isolation for 10 days. After 10 days, in the blood reports, there were some fluctuations. So in an emergency, he was admitted to the hospital for 3 days and is discharged now and is slowly recovering.

When we go to school and tuition classes, our elders and teachers instruct us that we should not take mobile phones but in this situation, it is completely opposite. Now, our whole studies are on mobile. We have to sit the whole day along with laptops or mobile phones which will strain our eyes the most.

I used to have online classes from 7 to 11 in the morning. So, I used to do recreational activities for the rest of the time. Sometimes, I used to play cricket for some time. After that, I watch television for 30 minutes. Then I take lunch and take rest. After that at 4 pm I have tuition classes. It ends at 6 pm. After that, I used to do my school and tuition classes homework. Then I take dinner and sleep at 10.30. Like this my whole day is spent in the same only.   

Now, at last, I would like to offer some tips to the students like me who are struggling with similar issues.

  • Whether it is online or physical education, we should try our best to study.
  • Practice Yoga and Pranayama at least for 5 minutes a day.
  • Take good care of your eyes.
  • Limit screen time to online classes and tuitions only. Don’t watch movies or TV during normal study days. Watch TV only on weekend for recreation.
  • Keep your eyes healthy by blinking, using eye drops, having 8 hours of sleep.
  • After each class, take a short break of a few minutes to walk around, stretch and look at distant objects. It’s good for your health and eyes.
  • Utilize this golden time of lockdown in the developmental activities.
  • Spend quality time with your family to talk, listen and discuss.
  • Avoid outside Food for some months.
  • Wear Mask and maintain Social Distancing.

Quotes That I Learnt Today


Hello everyone,

Today I would like to share 5 quotes with you which I have learnt from different sources. Here they go:

The key of success is failure.

– Michael Jordan

Without stepping the hard stones, we cannot learn anything. The mistakes that we have made during our failures teaches the right way to become successful weapons.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

– Leo Tolstoy

Though time is very precious, people do not value on the right time. Time never stops. We can stop our watches but by that, we cannot stop the time. So, we should learn to act timely .

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

– Audrey Hepburn

If we have the faith, dedication, hard work and passion, nothing is impossible. We should work hard and wisely to make the impossible task possible.

Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks to change himself.

– Leo Tolstoy

Instead of trying to change the world, one should try to change the self. The people around us will automatically feel to adopt some positive change by experiencing positive change in us. So, instead of trying to change the others, let us focus on changing us wherever needed.

Nothing in the world can trouble you as much as your own thoughts.

– Unknown

We should always keep in mind that everything begins and ends with our own thoughts. Our thoughts have the power to do everything. It is in our own hands to allow the positive or negative thoughts to enter our mind. So, we should have control on our thoughts.

Technologies that I use in day-to-day life

Hi Guys, this time I would like to write on the 2 apps that are commonly used in our  day-to-day life for the purposes of communication and even in studying. Today in these era of technology, these 2 apps are used world-wide.


1. Google

First of all What is Google? Google is an American multinational company. This app or any app from this company needs internet connection. This company includes a search engine, a cloud computing system, software and hardware. This company is considered as one of the Big Four Companies, alongside Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.

Google was found in the month of September in the year 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Bin in California.

Now I will talk about What Google benefits us with??  Then Google gives us a Search Engine ( Google Search ). It offers services for work and productivity ( Google Sheets, Google Docs and Google Slides ). For emailing Google offers us with Google Gmail. For the ones who need to be very punctual in their offices, Google benefits them with the app known as Google Calendar. For cloud storage ( Google Drive ), For instant messaging ( Duo, Hangouts and Meet ), For language translation (Google Translation ), For video sharing ( YouTube ), For navigation ( Google Maps, Google Earth, Maze and Street View ), blog publishing ( Google Blogger ) , For Photos Organising ( Google Photos ), For notes ( Google Keeps and Google Jamboard ). For online studying ( Classroom )

Hence, Google is the most visiting website of the world. Especially YouTube and Blogger are the apps which are currently in high use.

Now I would like to talk about WhatsApp

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2) WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the messenger which is owned by Facebook. This apps allows user to share messages, videos, navigations, images, emoji, GIF, documents and other media. This apps also allows users to make video and voice calls. This app can also be accessed through a computer using the feature called ‘Web WhatsApp’. This app requires user to provide a 10 Digit Mobile Number. In 2018, WhatsApp released another version of WhatsApp for the business owners named ‘WhatsApp Business’.

This application was created in the California. This app was owned by Facebook Company in year 2014. This app became world’s most popular messenger in they year 2015.

I would like to share a link of the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgV8GaHnUL4 . Do watch this video. This video is all about the success story of WhatsApp.

Now in this pandemic situation, schools and other educational institutes are closed. So in that situation for online studying WhatsApp is the main app used for the same purpose. Now as per my thinking, WhatsApp only provides us with a storage of 15 GB. In that all videos, images and other documents sent to a student or more number of students through a WhatsApp group will only access 15 GB. Now if student want to watch the video which was sent by a teacher before 2-3 months, then either he/she have to save that video or the teacher would have to store the video. In that case, it is possible that teacher’s or student’s phone may get hanged. So, I prefer teachers to use Google Classroom. Classroom also gives us with 15 GB for free, but the school or any other institute can buy a G-Suite which provides 5TB means 5000 GB for each student which is more than enough for each student. In that school have to made 1 email address for each student and a teacher respectively. Than they can use unlimited storage.

So, this was the information for teachers and students for online studying.


Review of the Movie– Sachin : A Billion Dreams

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Hi Guys, this time I want to write the review of the movie i.e Sachin Tendulkar : A Billion Dreams. It was the fantastic movie produced by Ravi Bhagchandaka & Shrikant Bhasi. This movie was released in year 2017 in the directorship of James Erskine. This film is a documentary on the life of a legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. It shows Tendulkar’s cricket and personal life in detail, as well as reveals a few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before. This film was shooted in 3 main languages i.e English, Hindi and Marathi.

The film follow two main plots- The first shows Sachin’s childhood to his career till 1999. The second focuses on his transformation as the ‘God of Cricket’ till his first world cup win. This film is narrated by Sachin Tendulkar, Harsha Bhogle and Boria Majumdar.

Before the film, some clips are shown of the birth of his daughter. Sachin narrates about his early childhood that he developed an interest in Cricket after India’s 1983 win against 2 times world champion West Indies.He used to learn cricket from his coach R. Achrekar. . Sachin rose to fame after he made a 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli. Sachin was practising cricket daily until he was signed by Yorkshire.

There is a narration of Indo-Pak rivalry after which Sachin makes his international debut against Pakistan where he performed well. He was picked up in the squad of the 1992 Cricket World Cup where India was out of the track. Few years later, Sachin started rising up with his cricket skills. The film follows Sachin developing glory towards the start of 1996 World Cup. During its semi-finals, India was eliminated despite Sachin’s best performance. Sachin’s father died in 1999 before the start of 1999 World Cup. He played in depression though he performed well despite India not reaching the finals. He was praised for his courage and brilliance. Following that, the film shows in detail the darkest phase of Indian cricket. After that, BCCI devised a new team  and new players, where Sachin was made captain for the 2 times. The film shows Sachin’s rivalry with fellow cricketers transforming into friendship. It also throws light on India’s famous test victory over Australia. Sachin went on to become Player Of The Series at the 2003 World Cup though India lost the final. A depressed Sachin is encouraged by his brother Ajit, to win the World Cup once and for all. Seeming maybe his last chance, he began to prepare everything before the 2011 Cricket World Cup being held in his country and the final in his own city. He eventually became the all-time Test run scorer. The film cuts back to his present life. Sachin tells that whenever he is upset, he always hangs out with his childhood friends. Clips are shown of their enjoyment. He deems them an important part of his life.

India eventually reaches the final of the world cup after 2 brilliant centuries from Sachin in group stages. Sachin gets out on a brittle 18 seeming his last World Cup innings. But strong partnerships and decisive innings by Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni get India back in the match. Dhoni seals the world cup with a six as Sachin finally achieves his lifelong dream. The nation goes berserk and everyone dedicates the victory to Sachin’s 24-year hard work for his country. Later on, Sachin scores his 100th century against Bangladesh, an impossible milestone.

This Film was released on 26 May 2017.

The music of this film is composed by the Famous Artist A.R Rahman. The lyrics were written by Irshad Kamil.

The film won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary and  the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section.


  • I learnt that we should never disappoint by our loss. We should learn from our losses.

  • Preparation is must.

  • Nothing is impossible for anyone in this world.

  • Consistency in our work.

  • We should work hard, improve in our work and  learn.

  • We should have ability to bounce back on our work and role.

IPL 2020

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Three of Indian Premier League’s biggest stars Suresh Raina (CSK), Lasith Malinga (MI) and Harbhajan Singh (CSK) pulled out of IPL 2020 in a matter of seven days. That all three off them opted out of the 13th edition of IPL not because of injuries but for ‘personal reasons’ did throw question marks at the league which is set to take place in the UAE amid a global pandemic.

IPL 2020 is set to begin on 19 September 2020. A fortnight before the tournament starts, here is a look at the full list of cricketers who have pulled out of the tournament and their replacements.


IPL’s Second Highest Run-Getter Suresh Raina was the first big name to pull out of the IPL. CSK are unlikely to name a replacement for their highest run-scorer.


Jason Roy who suffered a side strain in the series against Pakistan, decided to opt out of IPL 2020 to allow sufficient time to recover from the injury. Delhi Capitals have replaced Jason Roy with Australian seamer Daniel Sams.


IPL’s highest wicket-taker Lasith Malinga decided to give IPL 2020 a miss to spend time with his family back in Sri Lanka. Malinga’s father is reportedly unwell and it is believed, the fast bowler did not want to leave his side and travel to UAE for the IPL. Lasith Malinga has been replaced by Australia pacer James Pattinson in the Mumbai Indians squad.


The senior off-spinner decided to pull out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons. He informed the CSK team-management on Friday, who were supportive of the off-spinner’s decision. CSK are yet to announce a replacement for the IPL’s third-highest wicket-taker.


England all-rounder Chris Woakes opted out of IPL 2020 opening the doors for South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje to be drafted into the Delhi Capitals squad.


Australia’s Kane Richardson decided to pull out of IPL 2020 for the birth of his child. He is being replaced by Australian Leg Spinner Adam Zampa.


The England left-arm seamer  Harry Gurney was ruled out IPL 2020 with a shoulder injury. The franchise are yet to announced a replacement for Harry Gurney.

Teacher’s Day 2020


So, who is a teacher?

Teacher is anything or anybody that teaches us how to live a good life. The teachers around us are valuable only when we are open towards learning and curious. If we look for learning new things, we will always find teachers who can help us.

Parents are our first teachers.

They give us birth and teach us what to do and what not to do. They show us the difference between right and wrong. Parents play a vital role in a child’s development and learning. In everything that a child does, parents show them the lessons. Parents teach us a lot of things and they are the first inspirations of the child. They teach us morals, values, and good habits that help us being good human beings. No one knows whether God is actually there or not? But there are living God and Goddess on earth who we can see – our own parents.

Teachers help us learn

Teachers (at school, coaching institutes etc) teach us valuable disciplines, subjects and contents. They give us knowledge of various disciplines like Maths, Science, Social Studies etc. by giving us a structure to learn. This includes  preparing lessons according to the given curricular syllabus by the school, giving lessons, and judging student’s progress. Good teachers leave a long lasting impression on us throughout life

Life Experiences are also teachers

We learn through the experiences we have in life – these experiences can be both good and bad. We learn from our success and we also learn from our failures. Every action is our experience and it can teach us a lot.

So, I wish my parents and my teachers a very Happy Teacher’s Day and thank them for everything that they have given me. Their lessons will help me a lot in my daily life and get new experiences from which I can learn and live the life.

MS Dhoni – My Favourite Cricketer

Sports is my passion, especially cricket. I belong to the same ‘Mankad’ heritage that gave us a legendary cricketer named ‘Vinoo Mankad’. So, I can say that cricket is in my blood. Today, I want to share interesting details about another legendary cricketer and my favourite ‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni’ .


Mahendra Singh Dhoni, also known as MS Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in a city named Ranchi which is in Jharkhand, India. Ms Dhoni’s Father name is Mr. Pan Singh Dhoni and His mother name is Devki Devi. He was former Indian captain led in many of the ICC tournaments. India won ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC ODI World Cup 2011, Asia Cup 2010 and 2016 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. He led Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL in the year 2016. Ms Dhoni is leading the team named Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2008. Dhoni made his ODI debut on 23 December 2004. He made his Test debut on 2 December 2005. He made his T20 debut on 1 December 2006. Dhoni is Right Handed Middle Order Batsman and Wicket Keeper. Dhoni is one of the highest run scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective “finisher” in limited-overs formats. He is also regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers and captains in modern limited-overs international cricket. Dhoni has been recipient of many awards, including ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. (The first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2017, the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, in 2018. He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour. Dhoni also holds numerous captaincy records such as the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. In the Indian Premier League, he captained the Chennai Super Kings to victory at the 2010, 2011 and 2018 seasons, along with the 2010 and 2014 editions of Champions League Twenty20. Dhoni has been its captain since the first IPL season.  In 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the sixteenth most marketable athlete in the world. In 2016, a biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was made about his life and cricketing career up to the Indian team’s win at the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his last test match on 26 December 2014 against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. He played his last international match on 9 July 2019 against New Zealand in the semi-final of World Cup 2019. MS Dhoni retired from test cricket on 30 December 2014. MS Dhoni retired from international cricket on 15 August 2020, The 74th Independence Day of India.

· Last ODI Match – 9 July 2019 vs New Zealand

· Last T20 Match – 27 February 2019 v Australia

· Last Test Match – 26 December 2014 vs Australia


  • I learnt that we should keep calm when solving the problem.

  • Everytime aggression is not the solution. It can sometimes do more harm than help.

  • Dhoni’s ability to create strategy was fantabulous.

  • Things may not always go according to our plan. Dhoni taught us to be flexible and agile when situations change.

  • Apart being a captain, Dhoni also was a great cricketer. To reach the top is difficult but to stay at top is even more difficult.



Quotes That I loved Today

I am currently at Ahmedabad and this is my second post on the blog. Today, I want to share with you 5 quotes that I loved reading from different sources. Here they go:

Plan your work and work your plan.

Napolean Hill

This quote means that we should always have plan about our work, and then we should do the work on our plan. Without plan, work will not have direction. Without working on the plan, plan is just a dream.

Be happy. Its a way of being wise.

Sidonie Gabrielle Collet

When we are happy, we can be better when we think better we become wise.

Everything is temporary ; thoughts, people, scenery. Do not become attached just flow with it.


Everything around us is temporary. We should not get attached too much with anything.

Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life.

Bryant McGill

We should always think positive and look for the bright side even in difficulties.

Even though I have no idea what will tomorrow bring, I am going to think positive and hope for the best.


Positive thinking helps us to go through the life because we don’t know what will future look like. We just have to do our best.

Hello World..My First Post

My name is Dhanya Mankad. I am 12 years old. I live in a city called Jamnagar which is a coastal town in state of Gujarat, India.

I love playing cricket, I practice a lot in a day. I also love music. I started playing Tabla when I was 6 years old. Currently, I am learning Harmonium. I am about to complete 3rd Year in Harmonium. I also love technology & exploring new things.

I learn by doing. I have started this blog to express myself & share what I learn about different things in studies, technology and life.

Stay Tuned!