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Monster Energy welcomes cricketer Hardik Pandya to the team

Hardik Pandya joins Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi as part of the Monster Energy Drink family

Global energy drinks brand Monster Energy has partnered with its first cricketer globally, Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya. Hardik will be the new face of the brand in India. He is not only known for his aggression on the cricket field, but also for his unabashed confidence and irreverent attitude off the field. With this association, Monster Energy aims to further inspire the youth of India to become fierce, powerful and self – confident. Hardik will be the first Indian athlete to be signed by the brand.

The brand has teamed up with some of the world’s most accomplished sports personalities to inspire the rising passion for action sports and motorsports across disciplines. These include Ultimate Fighting Championship Superstar, Conor McGregor, MotoGP Legend, Valentino Rossi, 6x Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and 6x X-Games gold medalist Jackson Strong, the recent feature in a major video campaign with Monster Energy in India. The brand has also on-boarded a classic mix of sporting heroes pushing boundaries and testing limits in their chosen disciplines.

Hardik Pandya commented, “I’m delighted to be a part of the Monster Energy family. I have always believed in living my passion and following my dream, which is what motivates me to approach every day with the same zeal, energy and fearlessness.”

“I’m glad that Monster Energy also stands for the same philosophy through their collaboration with other sportspersons, which I admire. I look forward to this exciting and cool association,” added Pandya, who is managed exclusively by IMG-Reliance.

John Ludeke, Senior Director of Marketing, Asia said, “Hardik’s supercharged personality and athleticism embody the Monster Energy ethos. With his fearless attitude and aggressive style, he is pushing the boundaries of world cricket which makes him a great fit for the Monster Energy brand.”

For more information please visit https://www.monsterenergy.com/in/en

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Rasikh Salam becomes 2nd J&K cricketer to play in IPL

Rasikh Salam Dar, the 17-year-old son of a schoolteacher, on Sunday become the second cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Parvez Rasool.

Salam, a right arm fast bowler, was included by Mumbai Indians in the playing XI against Delhi Capitals in their opening IPL match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

He conceded 42 runs in the four overs he bowled, but could not pick up a wicket.

Salam is the third cricketer from J&K to be picked by an IPL franchise. Manzoor Dar was roped in by the Kings XI Punjab in 2018 but he didn’t play any match.

Rasool has played 11 IPL matches for three different franchises — Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the now defunct Pune Warriors India.

Belonging to Ashmuji village in Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Salam made his Ranji Trophy debut for J&K in December last year.

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Cricketer Mohammed Shami charged with sexual harassment 

Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami was on Thursday charged with domestic violence and sexual harassment by the police here on the basis of his wife’s complaint.

“A chargesheet has been filed against cricketer Mohammed Shami under section 498A (domestic violence) and 354A (Sexual harassment). The case will begin in a month,” a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said.

The chargesheet was filed against the fast bowler nearly a year after his wife Hasin Jahan lodged a police complaint, levelling multiple charges against Shami and four of his family members.

However, Shami’s lawyer said the police had dropped three prime charges levelled by Jahan including of rape, attempt to murder and physical assault, from the chargesheet.

News of the cricketer’s marital discord became public last year when his wife Jahan, a former model, took to Facebook to accuse him of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs with a number of women.

Shami last played in the just-concluded One Day International series against Australia, where he picked five wickets in four matches.

IANS