Sachin Tendulkar gets back to basics as he plays cricket on Mumbai streets

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The batting maestro partook in some 'gully' cricket.

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) frenzy in full swing, it seems the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has caught the bug too.

The ‘Master Blaster’, who is the ‘icon’ of the Mumbai Indians franchise, can be seen playing cricket on the streets of Mumbai in a video shared by his close friend and former India and Mumbai team-mate Vinod Kambli.

“Master Blaster good to see you enjoying like old times,” Kambli wrote on Twitter as he shared the video.

In the video, Tendulkar can be seen wielding the bat even as heavy traffic continues to flow in the adjacent street. If there was ever any doubt on whether the cricketing demigod still possesses that immaculate timing, the video dispels them comprehensively.

The 44-year-old, who called time on his glittering international career in 2013, looked to be enjoying himself wholeheartedly as he brought out his trademark flowing cover drive.

‘Gully’ or street cricket, is hugely popular all over the Indian subcontinent with youngsters and adults alike participating in the activity which is usually played with a tennis ball.

Tendulkar’s IPL outfit Mumbai Indians could sure use a helping hand from the batting maestro right now given their poor start to the 2018 edition. The defending champions have lost all three of their matches in the competition so far and are firmly rooted to the bottom of the eight-team table at the moment.

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India pacer Ishant Sharma picks up a wicket for Sussex in his opening spell

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India fast bowler Ishant Sharma opened his account in the 2018 County Championship by picking a wicket in his opening spell for Sussex against Warwickshire at Birmingham.

No play was possible on the opening day of the match due to rain. But on Saturday, play started with Sussex bowling first following an uncontested toss. Ishant got the wicket of Warwickshire opener Will Rhodes by finding his edge from round the wicket to third slip.

Delhi pacer Ishant has changed his bowling mechanics over the years, pitching the ball up a lot more than earlier and getting more edges, bowled and lbws. His performance in the county season will decide where he is in the pecking order alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah when the team for England Tests is selected.

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India star Axar Patel to join Durham for end of Championship campaign

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Patel will play in Durham's final six matches in the Championship.

Axar Patel has become the latest India player to sign up for a stint in English County Championship after penning a deal with Durham.

The left-arm spinner is currently playing for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing IPL 2018 and will join up with Durham for the final six matches of the County Championship.

He will make his debut for the county outfit on April 19 in a clash against Glamorgan.

With this, the limited-overs specialist will become one of several team India players plying their trade in England’s domestic first-class competition this summer.

Skipper Virat Kohli has already been given the green light for a summer stint in county cricket ahead of India’s lengthy tour of England starting this August.

While his destination has not been confirmed yet, reports indicate that Kohli will sign up with south London outfit Surrey.

Along with Kohli, three other Indians have confirmed deals in county cricket with Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron signing up with Yorkshire, Sussex and Leicestershire respectively.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to announce a county deal soon.

Patel, the only player to be retained by the Kings XI franchise ahead of the 2018 IPL, will be playing in county cricket for the first time.

The 24-year-old, who has made 38 one-day international appearances for his country and a further 11 in Twenty20s, will arrive at Chester-le-Street in August ahead of matches against Glamorgan, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Middlesex, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

A club statement said: “Durham County cricket Club is delighted to announce that Indian star Axar Patel will join the club for the final six Specsavers County Championship fixtures of the 2018 season.”

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