Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], January 31 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has made an “uneventful recovery” and will be able to do all his normal activities within the next few days, said Dr Aftab Khan of Apollo Hospital.
Ganguly was discharged from the Apollo Hospital on Sunday.
“Ganguly, on January 2, had a heart attack and he was admitted to Woodlands and he did angioplasty on one of his arteries. At that time, we also diagnosed that he has a blockage in two other arteries and that was planned to be treated at the second stage. This time, he got admitted for the angioplasty of the other two arteries, the left-sided arteries,” Khan told reporters while briefing about Ganguly’s health.
“We also checked the previous angioplasty and the stents were working fine. Two more stents were put on the left-sided artery. Ganguly made an uneventful recovery. His heart is very strong. We hope that within the next few days, he should be able to get back to all his normal activities. From our side, there are no restrictions in terms of physical activity. Over the next few days, he should be able to get back to doing all that he was doing.
“The medicines will continue and there are certain routine follow-ups that are done within a period of one to two months… The most important factor is that his heart is well preserved and the heart pumping is normal… He is mentally very strong, So, I am sure he will come out of this and he has been a wonderful patient,” he added.
On Saturday, the medical bulletin issued by Apollo Gleneagles Hospital had said that Ganguly is doing well and all his vital parameters are stable. “Sourav Ganguly, who underwent angioplasty at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata on January 28, 2021 has been examined by Dr Aftab Khan today. He is doing well and all his vital parameters are stable,” the medical bulletin had read.
On Friday, Ganguly was shifted to a private room from the critical care unit. Ganguly underwent a second round of angioplasty on Thursday and two stents were inserted in coronary arteries. “The procedure was uneventful. Ganguly is stable and under close observation,” said the medical bulletin on Thursday.
The Woodlands Hospital had informed through a medical bulletin on Wednesday that Ganguly would be operated upon.
Ganguly headed to the Apollo Hospital on Wednesday weeks after undergoing a successful angioplasty. Sources close to the former India skipper had said there was nothing to worry about.
On January 2, the BCCI President was admitted to Woodlands Hospital after he had complained of chest pain. He had an angioplasty done and spent about five days in the hospital before being finally discharged on January 7.
After getting discharged, the former Indian skipper had thanked the medical team of Woodlands Hospital for looking after him and doing the needful procedures. “I thank the doctors at the hospital for the treatment. I am absolutely fine. Hopefully, I will be ready to fly soon,” Ganguly had told reporters. (ANI)
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Neeraj Chopra sets new target for himself after breaking national record
New Delhi [India], March 5 (ANI): After breaking a national record, Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has a new target in mind, which is to throw over 90m.
Neeraj warmed the hearts of Indian athletics fans with a national record throw of 88.08m on his return to the competitive fray after more than a year in the Indian Grand Prix III at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports here on Friday. His best throw was a centimetre better than the record he set in the Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018.
Each of his four legal throws were better than the 81.63m that Shivpal Singh managed with his fifth attempt on a day when the wind added to the challenge of the throwers.
“I want to throw over 90,” Neeraj said when asked if he has a target set for himself during a virtual press conference.
Neeraj also expressed elation over breaking the national record. “It’s a good feeling to break a national record,” he said. The athlete also said: “It’s is always good to improve and I am happy with the achievement. I had a good release in that throw.”
Owing to injuries and coronavirus pandemic, Neeraj did not compete for a long time. Therefore, the athlete is also delighted over making a return.
Talking about the difficulties he faced during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, Neeraj said: “It was difficult when there was a lockdown. However, things started to get a bit normal after the lockdown was lifted.”
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) Adille Sumariwalla also attended the virtual conference and said it is important to have good bench strength. He said having a group of good athletes is beneficial for the players as they help each other improve as well as push each other to do even better. (ANI)
Swiss Open: Satwiksairaj-Ashwini, Ajay Jayaram crash out from tournament
Basel [Switzerland], March 5 (ANI): Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa’s fine run in the ongoing Swiss Open came to a disappointing end after a defeat in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Satwiksairaj and Ashwini showed top-notch fighting spirit before going down to World No 13 and No 5 pair -Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia in three sets 17-21, 21-16, 18-21.
Satwiksairaj and Ashwini had staged the comeback after being losing the first set but the Malaysian duo diffused the Indian attack to seal a place in the semi-finals.
In the singles match, Ajay Jayaram’s fine run at the Swiss Open Super 300 came to an end with the defeat against Thai badminton player Kunlavut Vitidsarn.
The shuttler from Thailand thrashed the India badminton player in two straight sets 21-9, 21-6. Ajay had displayed some sensational performances in the ongoing showpiece event but wasn’t able to recreate the show on Friday.
Earlier, ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap had a disappointing start as they crashed out of the Swiss Open in the first round on Wednesday.
Olympic medalist Nehwal lost in a tough-fought clash against Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan 16-21, 21-17, 21-23 that lasted for 58 minutes, while Nehwal’s husband Kashyap lost to lower-ranked Pablo Abian of Spain 15-21, 10-21 in straight games. (ANI)
Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka cleared to travel to West Indies, will join team during ODI series
Colombo [Sri Lanka], March 5 (ANI): Sri Lanka all-rounder Dasun Shanaka, who miss the flight to West Indies due to an issue related to securing his visa, will now travel on Sunday to join his teammates.
Shanaka, who was named in the ‘White Ball Squad’ for West Indies series, did not travel with the team due to a visa issue he confronted, pursuant to the loss of his previous passport, which had a valid visa for the USA stamped on it.
Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday said that the all-rounder will now travel to West Indies via France and is expected to join the national team during the ODI segment of the tour.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Dasun Shanaka will travel to West Indies on Sunday, 07th March 2021,” the SLC said in an official statement.
Meanwhile, West Indies defeated Sri Lanka in the first T20I on Wednesday (local time). Kieron Pollard’s six 6s in an over stole the show the hosts registered a comprehensive four-wicket victory.
Chasing 132, the hosts got off to a blazing start as the openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons put on 52 runs in the very first three overs. However, Sri Lanka staged an emphatic comeback as spinner Akila Dananjaya took a hat-trick in the fourth over to send back Lewis (28), Chris Gayle (0), and Nicholas Pooran (0).
But Pollard hit Dananjaya for six 6s in the sixth over to gain the upper hand. He departed after playing a knock of 38 off just 11 balls, but in the end, Jason Holder (29) and Dwayne Bravo (4) guided Windies to a four-wicket win with 41 balls to spare.
With this win, the hosts have gained a 1-0 lead in the series. Both the teams would now lock horns in the second T20I on Friday (local time).
After the T20I series, West Indies will shift focus towards the 50-over format. The first ODI between Sri Lanka and West Indies will be played on March 10. (ANI)
David de Gea to miss match against Man City, confirms Solskjaer
Manchester [UK], March 5 (ANI): Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday confirmed that David de Gea will be missing the team’s upcoming match against Manchester City.
Earlier in the day, De Gea took to Twitter to announce that his girlfriend Edurne has given birth to their daughter. De Gea had also missed the club’s previous game. Dean Henderson will be playing in place of De Gea in Sunday’s Manchester derby.
“It’s a fantastic day for David, of course. When you become a dad it’s possibly the best feeling you can have. Those who are lucky enough to have had that feeling know exactly what David is going through now. We’ll give him the time he needs before he comes back,” the club’s official website quoted Solskjaer as saying.
“He asked to go home and in the old world it’s a day and you go and you’re ready again. With the pandemic and the quarantines, it’s a different world. Still, we felt when David wanted to be there to support his girlfriend that’s not even a decision to make. Dean [Henderson] came in and played well and he’s ready. I’ll give David the time he needs of course,” he added.
Manchester United are currently placed in the second spot on the Premier League table with 51 points, 14 points behind table-toppers Manchester City. (ANI)
Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: You have to premeditate reverse-flicks, says Pant
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 5 (ANI): Rishabh Pant single-handedly put India in command on the second day of the fourth Test against England with his third century in Test cricket. Having started cautiously, Pant took the English bowlers to the cleaners in the final session to take the game away from the visitors at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Speaking at the end of the day’s action, Pant told the host broadcasters that his initial plan was to observe how the wicket was playing and build a partnership with opener Rohit Sharma.
“The plan was just to build a partnership when I joined Rohit, that was the only thing on my mind. I was thinking I would assess the pitch and then play my shots. If the bowlers are bowling well respect it and take the singles, and that was on my mind,” he said.
Commenting on his style of play, Pant said: “I like to play the situation and I just see the ball and react — that’s the USP (unique selling point) of my game. The team plan was to get to 206, past the England total, and then get as many runs as possible after that.”
His reverse sweep off James Anderson summed up his knock on Friday and throwing light on it, Pant said: “You have to premeditate reverse-flicks, but if luck is going your way you can take the odd chance. I get the license most of the time, but I have to assess the situation and take the game head on. I like to make the team win and if the crowd is entertained by that, I’m happy.”
At stumps, India’s score read 294/7 with Washington Sundar (60) and Axar Patel (11) at the crease — leading the visitors by 89 runs in the first innings. India scored 141 runs in 32 overs in the final session of the second day. (ANI)
Jamal Musiala signs new long-term contract with Bayern Munich
Munich [Germany], March 5 (ANI): Bayern Munich on Friday announced that Jamal Musiala has signed a new contract, committing his future to the club until 2026.
“FC Bayern have handed Jamal Musiala a professional contract until 2026,” the club said in a statement.
The 18-year-old attacker joined the German record champions’ U17 team from Chelsea in summer 2019 and has made rapid progress since then.
Musiala has made 27 appearances for the first team to date, scoring four goals. In the 4-1 win in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg at Lazio last week, he became Bayern’s youngest goalscorer in the competition. He was already listed as the German record champions’ youngest-ever Bundesliga player after featuring in the 3-1 win against SC Freiburg in June.
After putting pen to paper on a new contract, Musiala said he is playing with the best players in the world.
“I’m really pleased to have signed my first professional contract at FC Bayern. I just feel very good at the club and in the team, I’m playing with the best players in the world and I can learn from them every day in training,” the club’s official website quoted Musiala as saying.
“Hansi Flick, Hasan Salihamidzic and Marco Neppe along with the whole club have believed in me and given me the chance very early on. I just want to repay that faith with good performances, keep getting better and win a lot more titles with FC Bayern. My aim is to become an important player for this club,” he added. (ANI)
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