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Government Schemes, Dedicated Coaches & Supporting Parents Pave Way for Small Town Kho-Kho Talents

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Gujarat’s Under-17 Girls team may have won only a bronze medal, but their story is as inspiring as any winner, if not more. At these ongoing Khelo India Youth Games, four of the kho-kho players in the Gujarat Under-17 Girls team hail from a remote village called Sampra in Gujarat.

Never crossed the city, now shining leaps and bounds in another state!

The foursome Chandrika, Rekha, Lasi and Sonal, had a pleasant surprise waiting for them. The organisers have arranged for their parents to come over to Pune to see their medal matches at the KIYG 2019.

Two of them, Chandrika and Rekha had shown the way a year ago, when they were part of the Gujarat’s under-17 girls team that won silver at the Khelo India School Games last year.

These girls have found immense support from their parents who broke the barriers of a conservative society and gave their children the freedom to pursue their dreams. One of the parents said, “This is the first time we have travelled out of Gujarat, and we are grateful that it was to watch our children compete in a top-level event such as this.”

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These young kho-kho players of Sampra Primary School are beneficiaries of the ‘In-school programme’ scheme run by the Gujarat Government, that works with schools from talukas and spots talented athletes who are then nurtured. The scheme now has 251 schools and almost 139,000 athletes who are included in the same.

Notably, KinderSports – a power-packed initiative to promote sports at the grassroots level in schools, has been a major contributor in the development of these young kids. Right from grooming, training, coaching and providing necessary sports equipment, the organization plays a major role in conducting frequent in-school sports programmes along with the Gujarat Government.

Besides, the Gujarat Government has also launched specific schemes with a focus on women empowerment in sport, having upto 40% reservation for female athletes who wish to pursue a career in sport. “We also fund entire course fees for women who wish to pursue a study in sports coaching. This encourages female participation in sport,” added Gujarat official Bhaumik Kumar Oza.

Thakor Vasant is a name that brings a smile to the faces of the four kho-kho players as the 21-year old coach has played a pivotal role in their journey so far. They owe a big part of their success to Vasant and are glad she was here to watch them play.

Vasant trains almost 80 kho-kho players herself back home in Sampra and seemed to be over the moon as she spoke about her trainees. “It was a great moment for me when these girls were selected to represent Gujarat and it feels even sweeter to see them win medals,” added Vasant who is a kho-kho player herself.

These young kho-kho stars come from the humblest of backgrounds, having had almost no facilities that are common to athletes from an urban background. Yet they are not short on courage and their parents have provided support that has been as important as that of their state.

The Gujarat Government, through multiple schemes in recent years, have inspired athletes to pursue their dreams with strong financial incentives. Star swimmer Maana Patel had earlier expressed appreciation towards the Shaktidoot scheme for helping her greatly.

In a bid to revitalize sports in India, both the Gujarat Government along with KinderSports, have been crucial in promoting sporting culture in the state.

Hopefully, with such eventful initiatives, we will get to see more such shining stars in the future.

Ranji Trophy: Karnataka Make it to the Semifinals With a 6-Wicket Win

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Skipper Manish Pandey hits an unbeaten 87 to defeat comfortably Rajasthan

It was so close yet so far for Rajasthan. Having put 224 on the board, they had reduced Karnataka to 166-9. However, they committed just one mistake – of letting Vinay Kumar lose- that ultimately cost Rajasthan he semi-final berth.

Kumar, who had earlier taken 2 wickets in the first innings, scored an unbeaten 83 runs that would later go on to prove to be the difference between the two teams. His knock not only avoided a 50+ run deficit for his team but also helped to breathe in much-needed confidence in Karnataka.

Quite rightfully, Vinay Kumar was declared as the Man of the Match after the hosts thumping 6-wicket victory at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Also, Read | Kerala Qualify for Semifinals for the First Time After Thrashing Gujarat by 113 runs

Needing a competitive 184 to win and playing on an unpredictable pitch, Karnataka did not get the best of starts. They got an early set back in the second over itself when seamer Aniket Choudhary angled in delivery with a scrambled seam that pitched on a length and straightened just enough off the wicket to uproot the off-stump past a helpless Dega Nishchal.

Their problems compounded when Krishnamurthy Siddharth and Ravikumar Samarth made the return within 17 overs as Karnataka stood at 40/3.

In came Karun Nair and captain Manish Pandey, who had both struggled to make the cut in the first innings. However, they showed character to put up a solid partnership with the team still needing 128 runs to win.

Even though Manish seemed a bit rusty, he got in the flow going forward and smashed an eventful 87*. Karun proved to be an able partner, playing very compactly and chipping a few streaky boundaries later in the innings.

Rajasthan had overseen a successful Ranji season so far, facing only a solitary defeat in the run into the quarters.

Although they would be rueful about the missed opportunity, Rajasthan has plenty of positives to take back home. Aniket Choudhary and TN Ul-Haq were particularly the two players that shone for them. With the 19-year old captain Lomror having all the right tools at the helm, the young team will only get better over the coming years.

Meanwhile, Karnataka will now wait for the results of the Uttar Pradesh vs Saurashtra match to know their semi-final opponents that starts on 24th January.

Kerala, who are also through to the next round, will most likely face Vidarbha. The defending champions are in the driver’s seat against Uttarakhand, having posted a total of 629 runs. First timers Uttarakhand, on the other hand, are struggling at 155/5 with the team still trailing with 122 runs.

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Ind vs Aus, 3rd ODI: Dhoni & Jadhav Takes India to a Historic Series Win

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After winning its first Test series in Australia, India have created another history by winning its first bilateral ODI series down under. Having won the second match and lost the first, Virat Kohli led Indian team won the third ODI at Melbourne and clinched the series, 2-1.

Also Read: Kohli-Dhoni leads India to a level-equalling win against Australia

The Historical Day: 18/01/2019

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The wicket at the MCG was slow, sluggish and favoured the spinners and slow bowlers. India’s Yuzvendra Chahal wrecked havoc picking up 6 wickets and gave away only 42 runs, breaking the spine of the Australian batting order. He has now tied with Ajit Agarkar for the best bowling figures for an Indian bowler.

India’s power-packed innings

Chasing a modest target of 231, India lost Rohit Sharma early. Shikhar Dhawan got a start but couldn’t go big. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had a good partnership until Kohli edged a Richardson delivery to the wicketkeeper. Kohli fell 4 runs short of a half-century.

MS Dhoni came in at number 4 and Kedar Jadhav who was playing today’s game made his case for the World Cup even stronger. Dhoni scored 87* (114) which included 6 fours while Jadhav made 61* (57) including 7 boundaries which lead India’s victory with 7 wickets and 4 balls in hand.

 

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bowl. Kohli made 3 changes to the winning combination. Chahal replaced Kuldeep Yadav while Kedar Jadhav replaced Ambati Rayadu and all-rounder Vijay Shankar made his ODI debut today.

Bhubaneswar Kumar got the better of Aaron Finch once again. He made 14 (24). Alex Carry couldn’t last any longer. After Kumar’s early scalps it was all Chahal show. He picked up 6 wickets which included Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handsomb, Marcus Stoinis, Richardson and Adam Zampa. Shami picked up the wicket of Glenn Maxwell. Handsomb scored 58, the most for Australia followed by Shaun Marsh’s 39.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s magical bowling spell

Yuzvendra Chahal won the man of the match award. Chahal was brilliant in Melbourne, finishing with figures of 10-0-42-6 – the best-ever figures for an Indian at the MCG.

“I enjoyed bowling for the first time in Australia (internationals). The ball was spinning a little bit, so I planned to bowl slow and vary my pace. Looking forward to the New Zealand series.”

Captain Kohli was the driving force behind the team’s win

 

“It wasn’t a great wicket to bat on, so we had to take it deep, but they were professional in getting the job done. We were a bit nervous but two set batsmen in knew exactly what they wanted to do. We wanted to get in a good combination. We wanted to give Kuldeep a rest and we don’t want to be too predictable as well. Chahal came in and bowled beautifully. 6/42 was magnificent. Kedar with bat and ball is always handy. We have been here for a long time. It’s been an amazing tour for us. We drew the T20 series, won the Test and the ODI series”, said Virat at the presentation ceremony.

“If someone gave me these results before the tour, I would have taken it with both hands. I am really grateful and proud of the side. It was a collective effort. We are feeling confident and balanced as a side with the World Cup in mind. Few games against New Zealand and few more back home to strengthen the areas that we need to work on as a team,” captain Kohli concluded.

MS Dhoni awarded Player of the Series

3 fifties in three matches and getting India over the line in the second and third ODIs, this has been a series to remember for the former India captain.

“It was a slow wicket, so it was difficult to hit whenever you wanted to. No point going after the bowlers who were bowling well, so we wanted to take it deep and that was the plan. Kedar did a great job in executing. I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me. I can’t say I can’t bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.

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IPL: 5 Top Most Valuable Franchises in the Indian Premier League

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Latest Franchise league update: The news is rife that the owners of the 2008 Indian Premier League champions Rajasthan Royals are willing to sell their stake in the franchise before the start of the 2019 season.

It has been reliably learned that as the current franchise owners, led by Manoj Badale, approached key BCCI officials in the last few days and intimated their decision of selling up to fifty percent of their stakes. Sanjiv Goenka, who previously owned the Pune Supergiants franchise, is among the parties interested in the proposition.

One question that begs to be answered is – What will be the prospective cost of the stake? Although it is difficult to predict the exact figure, it can be safely said that buying a stake in an established IPL franchise won’t come cheap, especially since the IPL brand’s valuation soaring 19 percent in 2018.

According to corporate finance advisory firm Duff & Phelps, the World’s richest cricket league’s brand value soared from $5.3 billion in 2017 to $6.3 billion as a result of a big spike in broadcasting rights fee of the tournament.

The worth of the stake will, thus, heavily depend on the brand value the team governs, which is again based on several factors including the IPL success and fan following (which is again dependant on the players that play in it) among others.

With the future of the Rajasthan franchise up in the air for the moment, here are the top 5 most valuable franchises in Indian Premier League:

#5. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Brand Value $ 70 million (~ ₹ 498 crores)

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It is a bit cruel that Sunrisers Hyderabad comes in at the fifth rank when it comes to brand valuation. After all, they have been one of the most consistent sides around. After finishing in the play-off position in their debut season, Sunrisers went on to win the 2016 IPL title under the stewardship of David Warner. Last season, the team went on to feature in the finals, only to lose by 8 wickets to a resurgent Chennai Super Kings side.

Nonetheless, their stock has grown by 25% as compared to 2017, when their brand value stood at $56 million.

#3. Chennai Super Kings: Brand Value $ 98 million (~₹ 697 crores)

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have arguably the best sides in the Indian Premier League, since its inception. CSK has been in the playoff stages every time they have competed in the competition, winning on three occasions besides being the runner-ups on four others. The MS Dhoni-led side could have easily been at the top of the brand value table, had it not been for a 2-year suspension they suffered in 2016. Although the debacle affected them financially, their on-pitch remained unaffected. As a result of the 2018 IPL title, CSK brand value stands at $ 98 million.

#3. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Brand Value $ 98 million (~₹ 697 crores)

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Tying with Chennai Super Kings is another south Indian side, Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Virat Kohli-captained side did not have their best season in last year, managing to finish only 6th in the table. However, that didn’t stop their brand value from burgeoning. RCB gained $ 10 million in one year, jumping from $ 88 million in 2017 to $ 98 million in 2018. One major reason may be the rise of Virat Kohli as arguably the best batsman in the world cricket at the moment. They paid as much as ₹ 17 crores to the Indian skipper last year, making him the highest paid cricketer in IPL of all time.

#2. Kolkata Knight Riders: Brand Value $ 104 million (~ ₹ 740 crores)

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Kolkata Knight Riders started the initial seasons as the ‘minnows’ of IPL, consistently finishing on the wrong side of the league table. Then came the stunning renaissance under veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and there was no looking back. That was a turning point for KKR, as they went on to win two IPL titles in three seasons before making it to the playoffs on three consecutive occasions from 2016. This rich vein of form saw the Shahrukh Khan-owned team’s brand skyrocket, crossing the ₹100 million threshold in 2018. They are only the second team to achieve the feat.

#1. Mumbai Indians: Brand Value $ 113 million (~ ₹ 803 crores)

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Mumbai Indians top the brand value table with a figure of $ 113 million. In the brand strategist and media planning consultant Gopinath Menon view, it is the manner in which the Mumbai Indians franchise is marketed and promoted by its owners Reliance Industries that has made all the difference. Moreover, the star value of big hitters such as Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard along with the rise of Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has contributed as well. MI has been one of the most consistent sides in IPL, winning three IPL titles (highest along with Chennai Super Kings) apart from making it to the playoffs four times.

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Khelo India Youth Games: Maharashtra Wins All 4 Medals in Kho-Kho

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Hosts Maharashtra has clinched all four gold medals in the Kho-Kho competition of the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune Thursday to maintain the pole position in the medal’s tally. There were only four gold medals at stake on Thursday and Maharashtra grabbed them all, a media release said.

 

With its success in Kho-kho, Maharashtra now has a total of 181 medals including 68 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze.

 

Also Read: Athletes that came into limelight after Khelo India Games

Delhi, Tamil Nadu in a good position, too!

Delhi is on the second spot, with 47 gold, 32 silver and 44 bronze medals — taking their total medal count to 123, far behind Maharashtra. Haryana, who is in the third position have 38 gold, 36 silver and 38 bronze for a total of 112 medals, the release added. Meanwhile, Haryana reached three of the four finals of the Kabaddi competition.

 

In tennis, third seed S Manish of Tamil Nadu stayed on course for the gold medal by reaching the final of boys U-21 singles. He overcame Nitin Sinha of West Bengal 6-3, 6-2. Manish will now take on unseeded Dhruv Sunish of Maharashtra, who upset fourth seed Paramveer Bajwa of Chandigarh in the other semi-final. Dhruv beat Bajwa 6-4, 6-2.

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In the U-17 girls singles semi-finals, Prerna Vichare of Maharashtra, who trains at Khar Gymkhana, overcame Lakshmi Reddy of Andhra Pradesh 7-5, 6-4 and will play Priyanshi Bhandari of Gujarat for the gold medal. The Gujarat girl beat top seed Gargi Pawar of Maharashtra 6-2, 6-2.

In the girls’ U-21 doubles semi-finals, Telangana’s Rashmika Bhamdipaty and Humera Shaik reached the final without conceding a game 6-0, 6-0 against Tamil Nadu’s K. Balasubramanian and Sai Avanti Revevanur. They face Gujarat’s Zeel Desai and Vaidehi Chaudhari who defeated Sai Dedeepya and Aditi Aree of Telangana 6-0, 6-2 in the other semi-final.

In hockey, Jharkhand came back from a huge 0-3 deficit to turn the tables on Odisha and emerge 4-3 winners set up a title clash with Haryana in the girls U-17 hockey competition on Thursday. In contrast, Haryana turned the second semi-final into a one-sided affair, hammering neighbours Punjab 4-0.

For the latest updates on Indian Sports, stay tuned with KreedOn.

PWL 2019: Sandeep Tomar Seals the Victory for MP Yodha against Mumbai

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While the focus was on seasoned stars, it was Sandeep Tomar who grabbed the attention with his stunning performance in the do-or-die bout, helping MP Yodha edge out Mumbai Maharathi by 4-3 in the Pro Wrestling League in Panchkula on Thursday.

Vinesh Phogat of Maharathi literally ripped through Ritu Phogat, showing little mercy as she trounced her younger sister 15-0 in the 53 kg category.

Having lost the first match, a lot was riding on Yodha’s 2018 Commonwealth Games silver and world championship bronze medal winner Pooja Dhanda.

Also, Read | PWL 2019: Haryana Hammers Defeats UP Dangal 5-2

MP Yodha vs Mumbai Maharathi

She started nervously against the Pan-American Championships bronze medallist Betzabeth Argüello in the 57 kg category. In fact, Pooja trailed by 1-2 going into the break. However, she made a splendid comeback in the match, defeating her opponent with the same pin fall technique she used to win most of her bouts last year. Her 7-4 bout win was crucial in bringing the Yodha’s back in the contention.

The match turned back in Mumbai’s favour as Deepak Punia, a 2018 national championships bronze medallist, made it 3-2 in Maharathi’s favour, beating his namesake and former national champion Deepak in the 86 kg rubber.

However, there was a new twist in store as Elise Monolova of Yodha won the 62 kg rubber against Mumbai’s Shilpi Yadav 4-0 to make it 3-3 going into the last bout, the decider.

The 57 kg bout was between Maharathi’s Russian wrestler Ibragim Ilyasov and Yodha’s Sandeep Tomar. The former provided an early lead of 4-0 to his team, but as had been happening the entire evening, Tomar came from behind to make it 4-4 when he won a pinfall right going in the break. Another pinfall and Tomar was in a comfortable 8-4 lead. Tomar was especially tenacious on counter attacks, scoring two more points in one such attempt to help Yodha win the deciding tie by 10-7.

Earlier in the day, Maharthi’s national wrestling champion Harphool faced Haji Aliyev, a European Championships gold medallist himself, in the 65kg category opening match.

Harphool had been in a tremendous form, having given the Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia a run for the money in the previous round. Nonetheless, he failed to repeat the action against the European champion on Thursday. The Azerbaijan-based wrestler eventually won the bout by 7-0 to give MP Yodha a winning start.

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Vinesh Phogat Becomes the First Indian to be Nominated for Laureus Award

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Asian Games gold medal-winning wrestler, Vinesh Phogat makes history as the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held here on February 18.

The 24-year-old Indian, who made a sensational comeback after battling a long injury lay-off to win a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games, has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.

 

The Haryana wrestler, who was stretchered off after dislocating her knee during the quarterfinals of 50kg freestyle event at the 2016 Olympic Games, has been nominated alongside US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years.

Also nominated are four inspirational Winter Olympic athletes; Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, US ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn and Dutch Paralympic champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.

The last time an Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus World Sports Awards was in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team shared the Laureus Sport for Good Award for playing an International match despite political tensions between the two countries.

Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014. However, Vinesh makes history as the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

 

In contention for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year are Winter Olympic medalists Yuzuru Hanyu, Mark McMorris, Bibian Mentel-Spee and Lindsey Vonn, while Paralympic gold medalists Henrieta Farkasova, Brian McKeever and Oksana Masters are nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

For the latest updates on Indian Sports, stay tuned with KreedOn.

Wasim Jaffer Creates an Asian Record, Scores 206 for Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy QF

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The veteran Mumbai batsman’s 206 put Vidarbha in control of the quarter-final match against Uttarakhand in Nagpur

Vidarbha are certainly reaping the benefits of roping in the Indian cricket’s veteran opener Wasim Jaffer from Mumbai in 2015. The team has grown from strength to strength under his experience and reached the high point last year by winning the Ranji Trophy title.

Even at 40, Jaffer doesn’t seem to be in a mood to slow down, as his timely 206 helped Vidarbha post a lead of 204 in the first-innings lead against Uttarakhand. In the process, he became the first Indian and Asian cricketer to score two double tons after turning 40 in first-class cricket.His double ton on Thursday was also the ninth time he has gone past the mark in Ranji Trophy.

The opener is the Ranji Trophy’s all-time highest run-scorer, has been in fine scoring form in the ongoing season of the premier domestic tournament.

Also Read | Ranji Trophy: Kerala Qualify for Semifinals for the First Time

It really seems as though Wasim Jaffer is aging akin to a fine wine. Just look at his recent run-scoring exploits and you will know why. Jaffer scored a brilliant 153 against Baroda before posting scores of 126, 178, and 98 in consecutive matches against Gujarat, his former side Mumbai, and Saurashtra respectively.

Jaffer latest exploits wasn’t much of an effort; it took just 296 balls to reach that figure.

He stitched a vital 304-run stand for the second wicket with fellow centurion Sanjay Ramasamy (141) to guide Vidarbha to a crucial first-innings lead over Uttarakhand. The north Indian side had posted 355 in their first innings. Following Jaffer’s departure, wicketkeeper-batsman Akshay Wadkar with Aditya Sarwate further Uttarakhand’s woes. The former faced a disappointing evening, missing his century by just 2 runs.

Jaffer’s first double century, a 286, after turning  40 had come during the 2017-18 season of Ranji Trophy against Rest of India in Nagpur which had ended in a drawn match.

The 206 he scored was also his ninth overall in first-class cricket. He has two triple tons to his name at the domestic level as well.

Jaffer, whose last game for India was in 2008, is inching towards another 1000 runs tally in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy.

So far in the season, the batsman has scored 969 runs that comprises of four hundreds and two half-centuries. The most eye-grabbing statistic is the average- 80.75- that he has accumulated in nine matches so far.

Overall, Jaffer has scored 18,873 runs in the first-class cricket, with 56 centuries, and 88 half centuries in 250 matches.

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Malaysia Masters 2019: Saina Nehwal into the Quarterfinals; To Face Okuhara Next

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Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal entered the women’s singles quarterfinal of the Malaysia Masters. She defeated Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip 21-14 21-16 in her second round on Thursday i.e, 17 January 2019.

World number 9, Saina who is currently seeded seventh, emerged victorious in just 39 minutes against Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip to reach the last-eight stage of the first Super 500 tournament of 2019.

 

Next, Saina is all set to face World number 2 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the quarterfinals of the tournament. In their head-to-head matches, Saina enjoys the 8-4 lead. Saina recently recorded back-to-back wins against Nozomi Okuhara in the French Open and Denmark Open last year. If Saina wins against Okuhara, she may have to face fourth seed Carolina Marin.

Earlier, Saina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 to move into the second round of the women’s singles event.

On the other hand, another shuttler Kidambi Srikanth also moved into the quarterfinals of the tournament, after a comfortable 21-14, 21-16 win against Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong, today.

Earlier, Kidambi beat Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11 to advance further in the men’s singles event of the tournament.

Also Read: Top Classic Badminton Players from India

Parupalli Kashyap made an exit after losing the second round of the match

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Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out of the tournament after losing 17-21, 23-25 to Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Parupalli, who recently tied the knot with Saina,  was be playing against sixth seed Anthony in the men’s singles second round match.

The final contest to which all India eyes will be glued to is between N. Siki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and Indonesia’s Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani and Rizki Amelia Pradipta, for the second round of the women’s doubles.

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Ranji Trophy: Kerala Qualify for Semifinals for the First Time After Thrashing Gujarat by 113 runs

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Hosts’ Basil Thampi took full advantage of the seam conditions as Gujarat were summoned to an all-out after scoring just 81

Riding on an unpredictable pitch and a brilliant performance from Basil Thampi (5/37) and Sandeep Warrier (4/30), Kerala beat Gujarat by 113 runs qualify for the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time in the team’s 61 year-long history.

The low-scoring quarterfinal match, which met the conclusion in just three days, saw Gujarat collapse for a paltry 81 on their way to chasing 195 runs in the second innings at the Krishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad

Basil Thampi was rightfully adjudged the Man of the Match as he finished the game with eight wickets – three of which came in the first innings while the rest of the five in the second.

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Rahul V Shah, with 33 runs, was the only bright spot in an otherwise underperforming Gujarat outfit with as many as 9 players returning the pavilion with single digits. Eight of them couldn’t even cross the 5 runs threshold.
The collapse all started when the Parthiv Patel-led side was reduced to 18/4 after just nine overs.

Shah and Dhruv Raval (17) managed to bail them out of the situation briefly, scoring a 39-run partnership for the fifth wicket. However, after the departure of Raval at the hands of Basil Thampi in the 21st over, things only became difficult for Gujarat.

While Shah held his ground till the end, it was at the other end of the pitch that all the wickets were falling. Thampi and Warrier ran through Gujarat’s tail at will, concluding the match within just 32 overs.

The second day had been dominated by the bowlers with as many as 16 wickets being taken. Kerala had somehow managed to reached 171 runs in conditions that witnessed unusual seam movement and uneven bounce. It was Sijomon Joseph’s resilient half-century (56) with a quick-fire knock from Jalaj Saxena (44*) that helped Kerala post 171 runs.

There was late drama on the day with Sanju Samson coming out to bat as the last man with a fractured finger to help Saxena add as many runs to Kerala’s lead as possible.
Although the lead of 193 looked to be surmountable, the unusual conditions weren’t.

BRIEF SCORES:

Kerala: (185/9 and 171) bt. Gujarat (162 and 81 all out) by 113 runs.
(Rahul V Shah 33* | Basil Thampi 5/27, Sandeep Warrier 4/30)

Networking in Sports: How to Successfully Network in Sports Industry?

Competition is increasing by the day and the sports industry is not immune to it. Whether you want to succeed in vault jump, boxing, there will be a big crowd of equally talented people possessing the same dream.

To make it big, athletes today need nothing but the best of training, coaching, diet, guidance, etc., among others. But in a country of 1.3 billion individuals, it may be one of the most daunting tasks to get the best of both the worlds. The situation is similar for sports professionals as well. Although the situation is improving, sports is still a niche sport in the country. Getting the right clients that could elevate your portfolio may be difficult to get by.

Networking is thus the most essential thing for both – athletes as well as sports professionals. It not only helps in getting you the right coach or the right client but also getting vital leads and exposure. Networking can not only boost your chances of success, but it will also help in getting it fast and early. In the sports industry, it’s not what you know that matters– it’s who you know.

Also, Read | Sports Manufacturing Industry: Why is it the Best Time to Invest in One?

Just imagine what would have happened to a talented boy named Sachin Tendulkar had his brother, Ajit not introduced him to the legendary cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar.
This was an instance of networking which turned a boy who was a bully in his school, into one of the most revered cricketers in the world. Such is the power of networking.

You may have the best of dedication and ability but you need the right personalities to take you to the next level. Before we dig deeper into networking, it is vital to know what networking is exactly.

What is Networking?

Networking, to put it simply, is the process of the meeting (getting networked) the right people. Or meeting the people who help you meet the right people. Networking helps in gaining professional contacts, exchange of vital information and an improved perception.

It can be formal or informal in nature and may take in many different forms, through an exchange of business cards at events, or through simply striking up a conversation on your travel.

Developing strong contacts can be really vital, going forward in the career. With a strong network in the industry can open the door to the sport of your dreams. With the right amount of contacts, you could gain big grounds in a shorter time. The experience one gets both on and off the court could be the edge amongst otherwise stiff competition.

Why is Networking Important for Athletes?

No matter in which sport you’re competing in, knowing the right people can pay off. When it’s done well, networking can lead to more exposure and more opportunities to progress up the sporting ladder.

Ever felt a need to have the right trainer who is compatible with your playing style, or has a proven track record in alleviating your talent? Or do you frequently struggle with a recurring injury and wished that you had a doctor specialized in sports-related injuries, rather than ordinary doctors who have a hard time understanding your issues?

Well, then networking is the answer to all your woes. Through networking, you could get in touch with some of the best experts in the sports industry. With sports being one of the shortest career options, you would want to get results almost instantly. Networking will bail you out and help you get to the next level.

Why is Networking Important for Sports Professionals?

Life can be difficult for a sports professional without some really good athletes on one’s portfolio. “Good clients attract good clients,” they say and it is cent percent true in the sports professional’s case.

There are athletes looking out for a talented professional like you to elevate their career.
No matter who you are, a sports doctor, psychologist, fitness trainer or a dietician, unless you don’t network, you would not get to know about them.

How to do networking? (for athletes)

Talk.

One of the best things that upcoming or established athletes can do is talk to their colleagues, coaches or any other person connected to the issue. Suffering from a recurring shoulder injury. Talk with an athlete in the same sport who had the same injury. Want to bring a change in your diet to improve on-field performance? Talk with a local dietician and gain his/her perspective. International sports tours and competitions are the best places to discuss these things since there is a conglomeration of sportspersons from around the world.

How to do networking? (for sports professionals)

Sports Professionals can attend industry events, expos and meetings in order to kickstart with networking. Socializing with some of the industry experts would help in getting vital contacts as well as a lot of exposure.

You never know who is looking out for whom. Just make a casual approach onto people in these social gatherings, share your knowledge and the query with it. You won’t believe it, but people actually like to help people. If you demonstrate enthusiasm to learn new things, people would graciously feed you with valuable information, insights that would be valuable going forward in your sports career.

Sports gatherings thus are beneficial to achieve this objective, since you will get to rub elbows with many like-minded people in the industry.

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Virat Kohli Has Vision that India Becomes a Strong Team in Test Cricket

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Captain Kohli sees India as a cricket superpower.

Virat Kohli, in a recent interview to Star Sports, expressed that he wants to see India as a Test Cricket superpower. He said, “ I wouldn’t say goal but I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come. I think if Indian cricket respects Test cricket, and Indian players respect Test cricket, then Test cricket will stay at the top because of the fan base that we have all over the world.”

“So the next lot that comes in, they have to maintain that vision and then the people coming in will follow. I hope that continues and I will try my level best for as long as I can to keep that culture going,” he added.

Also Read: India Wins Historic Test Series in Australia

Kohli heaps praise on coach Ravi Shastri:

 

“Ever since 2014, I think he’s [Shastri] one person who’s given me honest feedback whenever things required to be altered. I remember we sat down. I’d scored a Test century and a fifty in the same game in England, so he called me and he said, as far as batting is concerned, I’m not going to discuss anything with you now because you’ve done something which I am proud of and everyone is proud of. But as a captain, we need to start thinking how to get the best out of this team and how to tactically be spot on. And that really hit me because I felt like, you know, there’s so much more to captaincy than you sometimes think.”

“Just to be able to get feedback from a person who makes you feel like the small contributions are much bigger in the in the scheme of things than you going out there and scoring runs yourself [was useful]. It’s [about] how you speak to the players, how you motivate the team. How you take decisions in crunch situations, how you’re aware where the game is heading.”

Kohli says that Shastri has seen so much of the game that he knows where the game is heading. He adds that Shastri has been an amazing support to the team and has backed the team through and through.

“He one person, because he’s done so much commentary, and he’s seen the game so much and has played so much himself – just watching the game – he knows where the game is heading,” Kohli said.

“So just get getting feedback from him constantly has been the biggest help for me, in terms of moulding my own personality into the captaincy. He’s someone who has never tried to change me just to be able to fit into the captaincy mode. And I think that was the most important thing and he’s been the most amazing support for the team and someone who’s backed the team through and through.”

Kohli says that he has struck a perfect balance for the team. He adds that it was Shastri’s vision for the team to be fearless and he deserves all the credit.

“I think he’s struck the perfect balance for this team. And he’s the one person who was there when we were No. 7 [in the rankings] in 2014. He was there and you know the transition started under him. And we started feeding off that mindset and started bringing that in, which I could eventually go out there and boost more [on the field]. But I think it was his vision for us to be fearless and play a certain kind of cricket, which I think he deserves a lot of credit for.”

Indian Test Cricket

 

Test Cricket is the most important and difficult form of the game. It not only tests your cricketing skills i.e, batting, bowling and fielding to an extreme level but also your qualities as a person. It tests your patience, your determination, your ability to work hard and grind.

It’s definitely not for every cricketer. We have seen many wonderful limited overs players like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma etc. fail miserably in the longer format. Test Cricketers are in the league of their own. Their reputation, calibre and the sheer love that they get from the “elite” fans are unmatched to any limited overs star.

India has produced some gems in the longer format. Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and  Cheteshwar Pujara to name a few. India has also had resounding success in the country but victories away were far and few.

But, this young Indian team under Virat Kohli has belief in them that they can win abroad. 2018 was rather an eventful year for the Indian Test team. Victories in South Africa, England and now a test series win Australia is just a start for the current Indian team. Kohli not only became the first Indian Captain to win a Test series in Australia but also the first Asian.

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