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The drought for win in PV Sindhu career has come to an end by winning a Gold at BFW

PV SINDHU WINS BWF WORLD TOUR

Becoming the first shuttler to win the Tour Final, the 23 years old PV Sindhu has finally achieved a gold medal after losing several major finals. She won at the BWF World Tour opposite to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan with a score of 21-19, 21-17.

After losing so many finals like 2016 Olympics, World Championships in 2017, Commonwealth games and Asian games in 2018, people started passing satirical comments on her. She surpassed those comments by trying even more hard.

After winning the title, she said, “I’m really proud, the year has ended on a beautiful note. People have been asking me the same question, Why I always lose in the final. It was good that people were asking me about losing because I had to ask myself why I was losing”.

Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record in Test Centuries

The test series held at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday was mindblowing favourable for Virat Kohli. He completed his 25th test century in 214 balls against Australia. He took five overs to reach the three-figure mark on the third day of test series.

With this century, he equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of having the most centuries (Six Centuries) by an Indian in Australia. He also became the fastest Indian to score 1000 test runs in Australian soil in just 18 innings. Kohli also became the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs not only in India but also overseas.

Virat Kohli becomes the 4th Indian Cricketer to score 1000+ runs against Australia

Virat Kohli becomes the 4th Indian Cricketer to score 1000+ runs against Australia. The top 3 batsman to score 1000+ runs against Australia is Sachin Tendulkar (1809-runs), VVS Laxman (1236-runs) and Rahul Dravid (1166-runs). After Virat Kohli, the list is followed by Virendra Sehwag (1031-runs), SM Gavaskar (920-runs), DB Vengsarkar (776-runs), SC Ganguly (696-runs), GR Vishvanath (686-runs), M Amarnath (668-runs). Virat is turning out to be run the machine. This year on 24 October, Virat scored the landmark of fastest 10,000 runs in ODI. He has reached this landmark in just 205 innings as compared to 259 innings of Sachin Tendulkar.

Talking about the Test cricket. Virat has scored 4,000 runs in 65 innings beating Brian Lara (71 innings).

Mithali Raj accuses coach Ramesh Powar of favouritism for dropping her from team

The star performer from the last 20 years of the Indian Women Cricket Team Mithali Raj accuses coach Ramesh Powar of favouritism. She said I scored back to back fifties in the games before Semi-finals. Neither I was out of form nor I was unfit for the game then also coach Ramesh Powar dropped me out of playing eleven. After saying this she accused her coach of bais.

Mithali Raj had written a letter to BCCI for the sake of getting justice against the injustice done to her. She had said in her open letter to BCCI that she has no issues with the T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur except for the fact that she stood by the side of coach’s decision of dropping me out of playing eleven. This act of Harmanpreet was really hurtful and depressing.

Raj said that she understands the risk by writing an email to the Board. As Harmanpreet is a member of Committee of Administrator (COA) and I’m just a player. Raj further added that in spite of knowing the risk. I’ve taken a further step because I’ve scored consecutive two fifties and was the Player of the Match before the semi-final match. Then also they have removed me from the team and I want the genuine reason behind their action.

Read the Mithali Raj”s full letter to BCCI

 

Dear Rahul Sir and Saba,

Warm greetings!

First of all I would like to thank you both for lending me an ear to hear my grievances. In all the years I have played cricket for India and under the BCCI, I have always found the board to be open to player grievances and finding an appropriate resolution.

However, for the first time in a 20 year long career I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence.

To put things in perspective, I have always reposed faith in diana Edulji and have always respected her and her position as a member of the COA, Never did I think she will use her position against me, more after hearing what all I had to go through in the Caribbean as I had spoken to her about it . Her brazen support in the press with regard to the decision of my benching in the semi final of the t/20 World Cup has left me deeply distressed, more because she knows the real facts having spoken to me. Thereafter her statement saying ‘selection is not the COA’s headache’ is like suggesting there is no system of cheques and balances and anyone can do anything and get away because they have the backing of people in power.

May I say that I am aware that by writing this email I am making myself even more vulnerable. she is a COA member while I am just a player. For the record, I scored back to back fifties in the games before the semi final, was adjudged player of the match on both occasions, to leave me out in the semi final and go with only three performing batters was a decision that left me baffled as much as it left the whole world.

I have always adhered to protocol and haven’t said a word in the press regarding anything that happened in the West Indies believing that the BCCI is there and in the end ‘my truth ‘ will have an ear there and my matter will be handled justly. But the brazen support of a COA member is a clear sign of bias and also that a stance has already been taken against me. By saying ‘I don’t support someone’ and then going all out to support my benching in the press is prejudice of the clearest sort.

At this juncture I would also like to point out that I have nothing against the T/20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur except for the fact that her call to support the decision of the coach to leave me out of the eleven was baffling and hurtful. I wanted to win the world cup for my country and it hurts me because we lost a golden opportunity. But I am of the opinion that Harman and I are senior players and our issues, if any, should be sorted out by the two of us by sitting across the table. As India’s 50 over captain, I value Harman as one of our best players and will always want to ensure that the two of us perform our best for India. Having said that, my issue is deeper. My issue is with the coach Ramesh Powar and in all stories circulating in the press, I find that issue getting diluted.

My issues with the coach started immediately as we landed in the West Indies. At first there were small signs that his behaviour towards me was unfair and discriminatory but I did not bother much about it. Right from the Sri Lanka tour to Australia A matches I opened the innings and in the World Cup warm up games too I had done the same. One day before the game after I came out of the nets, he walked up to me and informed me that he wanted me to bat in the middle order as we needed depth in the middle order against New Zealand. Not having played middle order in recent times and without practice still , I agreed for the greater cause of the team. For me team comes ahead of anything. After the game it was evident that the opening did not work as the team was 3/38 after power-play and yet in the team meeting the next day he informed me that we are going with the same opening pair as against New Zealand. And he also praised the openers despite them not succeeding.

This left me completely shocked as against Pakistan there was no requirement of strengthening the middle order and also I have a great record against them. This was a match we had to win. I immediately reached out to the selectors and upon their intervention, he told me just before the game at breakfast that I was opening. I performed well in the game and we cruised to victory. But instead of saying any words of encouragement it appeared he was out there to prove a point and from there on his behaviour changed dramatically towards me and really caused a lot of stress in the middle of one of the most important tournaments for us.

For instance, walking off if I am sitting anywhere around, watching in the nets when others bat but choosing to walk away when I am batting in nets if I try to go up to him to talk to start looking into his phone and keep walking. It was embarrassing and very evident to everyone that I was being humiliated. Yet I never lost my cool. Finding the situation completely out of control and realising that it is important to resolve issues as it affects the team I reached out to the team manager and conveyed my grievances. She convened a meeting at my request between the coach and me in her presence and I spoke to him politely yet firmly about all that was going on. In front of the manager at numerous instances he agreed to his fault ‘ haan Meri Galti hai, ‘Mujhe Aisa Nahin karna chahiye tha‘. I also offered for the team cause that if he wants to send youngsters to open to try them it would be best if he can try them against Ireland as they were the minnows to which he said no you will open against them. I hoped this would be the end of the differences between us but clearly I was wrong.

After the meeting his behaviour turned worse. He would not even acknowledge me. To him I didn’t exist in the team. If I was around he would immediately move away from the scene, if I looked to wish him he would deliberately start looking in other direction. He continued to behave badly as I have already informed you yesterday. It appeared to me that for him the meeting had hurt his ego. In the game against Ireland also on a tough pitch I scored another match winning performance but unfortunately took a bump on my knee while fielding. The physio advised some rest and said to review it the next day. Because of all the stress I was running low grade fever also. We had no game the next day but there was a training session. The physio advised me to rest it out as there was slight swelling and because I had fever. In the evening after the team meeting before the Australia game, Ramesh rings up in my room and instructs me not to come to the ground as the media will be there. I was taken aback as to what media has to do with me being with the team. I was told I was not to be with my own team in one of our biggest games. I was shell shocked. I spoke to the manager immediately and told her that I am not seriously injured and only seriously sick andthat I want to come and watch my team play. She agreed and told me to come. But I received a text from Ramesh in a few minutes after my conversation with the manager wherein he told me not to step out of the dressing room. I found it strange why is he getting involved when it was purely the managers’ and physio’s call.when we won the Australia game Ramesh sent a word across with a team mate to call me down to the dugout so that I can join the team for a victory lap. It was strange because right through the match I had been put under house arrest and was never allowed to leave the dressing room.

When we reached Antigua for the semi-finals, we had 3 days before we played England. The first day there was no nets, it was just a fielding session, but Ramesh was taking 5 girls for extra practise. When I heard this from one of the girls I thought that since I did not bat for 2 days, I should also join them for practice. So, I texted Ramesh that I would like to join for the extra training. However, I did not receive any response from him and hence I reached out to the manager. She got back to me saying Ramesh wants you to come with the whole team later and skip the game, so I can bat..I went into the nets and as soon I got into the nets, Ramesh just walked away from the area. The sign was clear that he had already made up his mind that he didn’t want to play me in the semis. The next day he paired me up with Deepti, second last pair in nets wherein I had to play part time bowlers and sometimes I just had 3 bowlers in the nets. It was not even middle order, it was lower middle order where I was batting, the kind of practice given to a player who is not in your scheme of things in a key match. All this made me believe that he didn’t want me in the team and will oust me despite performing. Coming to the semi finals, usually Ramesh announces the team a day before or on the day of the game before we enter the ground but it was unusual that on the day of the semis, he did not announce the team. It is when Harman walked to toss, he came running to me and said that they were going with the same team. It meant the whole team knew who were playing and it was just me who was not aware. Also, when the team was getting ready to field in the second innings, it is customary that even those who aren’t playing should join the team huddle as it has always been the norm in our team. But to insult me that day, he sent a word through the manager to tell that it was only the playing eleven that can join in the huddle and the rest can go back to dugout making us feel as outcasts. It was worrying and insulting because the coach was out to destroy and humiliate me.

I couldn’t control my tears having given it my all for 20 years. It seemed my efforts had no value.

After the Australia game, which we won, Ramesh sent a word across with a team mate to call me down to the dugout so that I can join the team for a victory lap. It was strange because right through the match I had been put under house arrest and was never allowed to leave the dressing room.

In the light of the above, I as captain of India in ODI’s who has given her best for the country, do I have any hope left to be given justice. With Diana turning against me publicly and with the coach’s unjust behaviour ,I feel utterly dejected and depressed. As I was told not to go to the media I write this email to you as the last resort. Please advise against the next course of action.

Regards

Mithali

 

Anushka Sharma’s Adorable Message For Virat Kohli On His 30th Birthday

Anushka Sharma took to Twitter and uploaded photos with her husband Virat Kohli.

The Indian cricket team captainVirat Kohli turned 30 on Monday as wishes poured in for the flamboyant batsman. Among the well wishers, the one that stood out was his wife Anushka Sharma’s wish. Anushka Sharma took to Twitter and uploaded photos with her husband Virat Kohli. The image was captioned as “Thank God for his birth.” The post received over 2,000 likes within minutes. The couple had recently celebrated their first Karva Chauth together in Pune.

Fans, cricketers — past and present — all took to Twitter to wish the Indian run-machine on his 30th birthday.

Kohli has been on fire this year, leaving the rest of his rivals chasing shadows. In Tests, Kohli has scored at will, amassing 1,063 runs in 10 matches played in 2018. He averages 59.05 with four centuries and as many half-centuries to his name.

In ODIs in 2018, Kohli has been nothing short of brilliant. The Indian run-machine averages a whopping 133.55 after amassing 1,202 runs in just 14 matches. He has scored six hundreds — more than any other player — and three fifties.

Since January 2016, with 7,824 runs Kohli is the highest run-scorer in the world. England’s Test skipper Joe Root is the next best with 6,371 runs.

He also leads the pack when it comes to the number of hundreds scored. Out of his 38 ODI hundreds, Kohli has scored 28 out of them in the last two years. Banned Australian cricketer David Warner and Kohli’s deputy Rohit Sharma have scored 16 each since January 2016.

 

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli Become Quickest Duo To Complete 4000 Runs In ODIs

Team India skipper Virat Kohli was on a record-breaking spree during the recently-concluded five-match series against the Windies.

Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 10,000-run milestone and slammed three centuries in the first three games. Consequently, with 899 points, Kohli retained the top spot in the latest rankings for batsmen released by the ICC on Friday. Kohli, who is the leading ODI run-scorer of 2018 with 1202 runs in 14 matches, scored a straggering 453 of those in the five matches against the Windies.

Interestingly, Kohli’s deputy Rohit Sharma, who is at No.2 with a career-high 871 points, is not too far behind his skipper.

However, the latest ranking saw Shikhar Dhawan slip down by four spots to No.9. The left-hander, with a highest score of 38 in the series, struggled to get going against the visitors.

Despite scoring just one half-century in five innings against Sri Lanka, England’s Joe Root retained his standing at No.3 with 807 points. Babar Azam, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Quinton de Kock rose by one place each to settle at No.5, 6, 7 and 8 respectively.

Windies batsmen Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer catapulted to No. 25 (up 22 spots) and No.26 (up 31 spots) respectively. Hope scored 250 runs, while Hetmyer hit 250 to give the Windies a bit of hope of winning the series.

Ambati Rayudu, who showed promise at two-down in the batting order, moved up by 24 places to No.48 with a career-best 553 points.

On the bowlers’ list, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja moved up after an impressive show against the Windies.

Jadeja jumped 16 places to sit at No.25, while Chahal moved up by three places to enter the top 10 for the first time at joint No.8 with England’s Adil Rashid.

Jasprit Bumrah, who was drafted back into the playing XI for the last three ODIs against the Windies, retained his top spot with 841 points – his career-best.

Virat Kohli Speaks Up On MS Dhoni’s Exclusion From T20I Squad

Along with Virat Kohli, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also spoke up on MS Dhoni’s exclusion from the T20I squad.

When BCCI announced the exclusion of MS Dhoni from the T20I squad for the series against Windies and Australia, the news came as a surprise to many. Rishabh Pant was chosen over the 37-year-old veteran in the shortest format of the game. Elaborating on Pant’s inclusion, skipper Virat Kohli in the post-match press conference on Thursday explained that the decision was all about helping the 21-year-old grow in the shortest format of the game.

“I think the selectors have already addressed this if I’m not wrong. And he’s been spoken to, firstly… So, I don’t see any reason why I should be sitting here and explaining that. I think the selectors have come out and explained exactly what happened,” said Kohli.

Talking about it further, he said, “I was not part of that conversation so… It is what the selectors explained. I think people are putting too much variables into the situation, which is not the case I can assure you of that. He’s still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances.”

Assuring that Dhoni’s intention is only to help the youngsters, Kohli said, “He anyway plays the ODIs for us regularly, so… From that point of view, he’s only trying to help the youngsters; nothing that anything that other people are thinking and I as captain can certainly assure you of that.”

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also recently spoke about Dhoni’s exclusion.

“I don’t know what the mindset of the selectors is & I haven’t looked to influence anyone by giving opinions as what happens in dressing room & between captain, coach & selectors should stay within them,” Sachin was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

India registered a clinical nine-wicket win against the Windies in the fifth and final One-day International to clinch the five-match series 3-1 in Thiruvananthapuram. A combined bowling effort, led by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja tore apart the Windies batting order, bundling the visitors for 104 in 31.5 overs. Chasing a paltry target, India completed the run-chase in 14.4 overs.

Kohli, post the emphatic series win, termed the victory as a combined effort. The skipper also asserted that performances in all the three departments were clinical throughout the series and that has boosted the morale in the dressing room.

“Turned out to be that way. Because of our clinical performance, we were able to finish the game in a few hours. Credit to the bowling unit, pitching it in the right areas. Wanted to bowl first anyway. Blessing in disguise. Still had to execute our plans. Last both games have been clinical, very professional with ball and bat. Change-room atmosphere is very important, and when you play like that, the energy is always good. Everyone wants to be part of it,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

Ambati Rayudu and Khaleel Ahmed were the highlights of the series for India. Praising the duo Kohli said, ” Khaleel has been outstanding. Rayudu has also taken responsibility at No.4. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets. Those two areas we’re looking at. And those two have been addressed,” Kohli added.

India and the Windies will next face each other in the three-match T20I sereis scheduled to start from November 4.

Team India Wishlist: Wives On Tour, Rail Coach, Gym, Bananas For 2019 World Cup

Team India have asked the BCCI to allow their wives and girlfriends to travel with them for the entire duration of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The Indian cricket team put forward a couple of requests in their review meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Hyderabad after their disappointing England tour. The requests put forth include a reserved train coach during the World Cup in England next year, permission for wives to accompany players and bananas.

Needless to say, the request for bananas in the dressing room surprised the CoA. This unusual demand apparently arose from the England cricket board’s failure to serve the Indian team with bananas. According to a report in The Indian Express, the request amused the CoA who said that the players should have asked the team manager to get them bananas and billed the BCCI.

“Apparently, the England cricket board failed to serve the Indian team the fruit of their choice during the tour,” the report quoted an unnamed official as saying.

“But the CoA (BCCI’s Committee of Administrators) was amused by the request and said that the players should have told the team manager to buy bananas on the BCCI’s expenses.

“There were other demands about booking hotels with a proper gym and discussions about the duration and protocol regarding wives accompanying players on tours,” the official added.

The report said the CoA was unsure about the request to allow the team to travel by train since it would present security concerns. The request was made after the CoA had earlier ruled that wives of players will not be allowed to travel on the team’s bus, the report said.

As for allowing wives to travel for the whole duration of a tour, the source said, “It was felt that some players might view this as a distraction during tours. They (CoA) want to make sure that everyone is on board before they give the green light.”

MS Dhoni A Certainty For World Cup 2019 With Tricky Road Ahead Of Him

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli will need MS Dhoni in the 2019 World Cup.

Sunil Gavaskar added that Virat Kohli will greatly benefit from having MS Dhoni in the team for the World Cup. “Virat needs (Dhoni),” Gavaskar said in his analysis on Star Sports, as quoted by ICC cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar opined that MS Dhoni’s advice and experience will come in handy for Virat Kohli in the 50-over format. “There’s no doubt about it. In 50 overs where there is that much more time, that’s when MSD comes into play. You know he makes those small field adjustments, talking to the bowlers in Hindi – telling them where to bowl and what to bowl. It’s a huge plus for Virat”, he said.

Dhoni was rested for the three-match T20I series against the Windies and Australia. Rohit Sharma will be leading the 16-man India squad for the T20I series against the Windies in absence of Virat Kohli. Dhoni was excluded from both the T20I squads with youngster Rishabh Pant set to don the gloves. Chief selector MSK Prasad quickly moved to dispel talk of Dhoni’s retirement, assuring fans that this was not the end for the former India captain in T20Is.

However, MSK Prasad made it a point to say that the selectors are looking at backup options behind the stumps.

“Dhoni is not going to play the 6 T20Is because we’re looking at the second keeper slot. It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is,” said chief selector MSK Prasad.

India have played a total of 104 T20I matches since the format’s debut in 2006 and Dhoni has been part of 93 of those matches. Dhoni, who led India to the T20 World Cup title in 2007, has scored 1,487 T20I runs at an average of 37.17 and a strike-rate of 127.90.

Asian Games Medallist Boxer Dinesh Kumar Now Sells Kulfi In Streets Of Haryana

An Asian Games silver medallist, 30-year-old Dinesh Kumar, now sells kulfi on the streets of Haryana to make a living.

A video posted by news agency ANI shows the former sportsperson pushing a cart with “Dinesh Kulfi” written in bold even as people pass him by, little recognising the man who could’ve been a future international boxing star. But Dinesh’s dreams saw an end when he met with a road accident in 2014.

His father, who was already knee deep in debt due to the money he had taken to send Dinesh for international competitions, had to borrow more money for his treatment. With a bag full of medals, Dinesh is now forced to sell kulfi to repay the mounting interest on the debt.

While speaking to ANI, Dinesh said he had to take up the job of a kulfi vendor since there was no government assistance. He said he wanted a stable government job and that he aspires to train budding boxers for global events.

The former sportsperson’s coach Vishnu Bhagwan also told ANI about Dinesh’s capabilities and urged the government to provide him help. He said, “Dinesh was very quick as a boxer. He has won a lot of medals in the junior category, but lost due to injury and is now selling kulfi (ice-cream). If Kumar is helped, he will be free from the burden of debt. If the government helps Dinesh, he will survive in future.”