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THIS IS JUST BEGINNING, SAYS HIMA DAS AS PRIYA MOHAN FINISHES 4TH IN WOMEN’S 400M FINAL

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Hima Das.

Ace sprinter Hima Das lavished praise on Priya Mohan after the Indian athlete came up with a personal best time of 52.77 seconds in the women’s 400m final in the World Athletics U20 Championships.

Priya Mohan with Hima Das

However, Priya was beaten to the podium by Kenya’s Sylvia Chelangat by 0.54 seconds on Saturday. Priya’s time was an improvement on her previous best of 53.29 seconds she registered in winning the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala on June 28. Hima termed it as a “great start” and said this is just a beginning and Priya has a long way to go.

“Amazing finish by Priya Mohan with 52.77s time with 4th position in the Women’s 400m finals of #WorldAthleticsU20 Great start Priya, this is just a beginning and long way to go,” Hima Das tweeted.

Also, India’s Amit Khatri bravely overcame breathing difficulties to claim a silver medal in the men’s 10000m Race Walk in the World Athletics U20 Championships.

It was India’s second medal in the Championships after the bronze won by the 4x400m Mixed Relay team on Wednesday. Amit Khatri, who kept pace in the leading group much of the time and took the lead at the 9000m mark, clocked 42:17.94 to finish behind Kenya’s Heristone Wanyoni (41:10.84).

His frequent visits to the refreshment table to get water – especially the last one with just a lap and a half to go for the finish – could have led him to covering more distance and missing gold.

Amit, who split the leader including Dmitri Durand (France) and Dmitry Wanyonyi (Authorised Neutral Athlete) with a strong move, was content with silver, having found the cool conditions and Nairobi’s thin air rather challenging. “At some point in the race I couldn’t breathe properly but I am happy,” the AFI quoted Amit as saying.

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Rajasthan clinch a royal victory against Punjab in a thriller

For the Royals, Kartik Tyagi was the man of the hour as the pacer conceded just one run in the last over and picked two wickets to give his team a victory for the ages.

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Mahipal Lomror batting heroics was followed by a sensational last over by Kartik Tyagi as Rajasthan Royals defeated the Punjab Kings by 2 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.

Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul innings of 67 and 49 respectively for the Punjab Kings went in vain as their middle order failed them miserably after such a good start. For the Royals, Kartik Tyagi was the man of the hour as the pacer conceded just one run in the last over and picked two wickets to give his team a victory for the ages. Chasing 185, PBKS had the best possible start as both of their openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul displayed brilliant temperament and stunning flowing shots in the powerplay. They propelled the Kings to 49 runs in the first six overs. The team in pink dropped, KL Rahul twice during the powerplay, which in the end proved very dearly to them.

In the 10th over of the innings, Mayank Agarwal brought up his half-century, and also completed his 2,000 IPL runs. After a much needed boundary-less over, Rajasthan pegged Punjab for the first time in the match during the 12th over when Chetan Sakariya sent opposition team captain KL Rahul back to the pavilion. KL Rahul edged to short-third at the score of 49.

Soon, Rahul Tewatia struck in the 13th over as he sent back dangerous-looking Mayank Agarwal to the pavilion. Agarwal walked off after scoring 67 off 43.

With two new batsmen on the pitch, Rajasthan tried to shift the momentum of the match but Aiden Markram and Nicolas Pooran carefully stepped forward. The duo slowly stablised the ship for Kings and carefully picked the loose balls at death. Punjab needed just four runs to win off the last six balls.

But Kartik Tyagi had other plans in his mind as the pacer conceded just one run in the last over and picked two wickets as well to give Rajasthan a sensational win from the jaws of defeat.

Earlier, Mahipal Lomror and Yashasvi Jaiswal helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) with the bat as the team in pink posted a score of 185 in twenty overs after getting bowled out against PBKS. Lomror and Jaiswal played innings of 43 and 49 respectively for the Royals. Debutant Evin Lewis also played an important inning of 36 in 21 balls. For Punjab, Arshdeep Singh scalped five wickets while Mohammad Shami returned with three.

Put in to bat first, Rajasthan enjoyed a great start in the contest as their openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal came with all guns blazing. Both batsmen took the attack to Punjab bowlers as they amassed 53 runs in the first five overs of the innings.

Arshdeep Singh then provided the much-needed breakthrough for PBKS in the last over of powerplay as Evin Lewis walked back to the pavilion for 36 off 31 after Mayank Agarwal took a superb diving catch.

In the eight over, Punjab handed RR another blow as Ishan Porel took the wicket of their captain Sanju Samson. He walked back for 4 off 5 after edging one to KL Rahul. Despite losing two wickets, runs kept coming for RR as Jaiswal continued the hammering of bowlers with Liam Livingstone on the other side also giving him hand.

But in the 11th over of the innings, Arshdeep Singh struck again as he removed the dangerous Liam Livingstone thanks to a stunning catch from Fabian Allen at the boundary. The right-hander made 25 off 17.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals (Yashasvi Jaiswal 49, Mahipal Lomror 43; Arshdeep Singh 5/32, Mohammad Shami 3/21) vs Punjab Kings(Mayank Agarwal 67, KL Rahul 49; Kartik Tyagi 2-29, Rahul Tewatia 1-23)

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REALLY WANTED TO PROVE MYSELF AT TOKYO OLYMPICS, SAYS DEFENDER VARUN KUMAR

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When Indian men’s hockey team drag-flicker and defender Varun Kumar didn’t make the final team of 16 members for the Tokyo Games, he was evidently disappointed. But when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allowed hockey teams to expand their roster to 18 members with two P athletes, Varun’s name featured in the team.

Looking back, Varun says he feels very fortunate even though he was disappointed at first for not featuring in the 16-member squad. “When the squad for the Olympics was announced, my name was not part of the 16-member squad. I still remember that day very well and I was evidently disappointed,” recalled Varun in an official Hockey India release.

“But after a few days when IOC allowed hockey teams to expand to 18 players, Simranjeet and I were called up as P athletes. It came as a huge relief but somewhere at the back of my mind I was still upset about not making it to the final 16 and I really wanted to prove myself,” he added.

Varun further stated that the skipper Manpreet Singh having a one-on-one chat with him before the team left for Tokyo helped him. “It really helped that captain Manpreet had a long chat with me and pumped me up mentally. Manpreet has been a big influence in my career from a very young age as we played in the same academy and him talking to me made a lot of difference. I stopped beating myself up for not being good enough to make the 16-member squad. I started focusing on how I can make this opportunity count and deliver when the team needs me,” stated Varun.

What followed in Tokyo is now part of history as the Indian men’s hockey team went on to clinch the bronze medal. Varun played a key role in India’s 3-1 win against Argentina in the pool stage as he scored the first goal of the match. He was effective in the backline and impressed with his performance every time he was called up.

“It was indeed a fantastic experience in Tokyo. Winning the Bronze and standing on the podium along with my teammates is perhaps the best moment of my life. Now my priority will be to improve in every aspect. We have had a good break after the Olympics and we are all waiting to return to camp in October,” stated Varun.

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IPL 2021: ROHIT NEEDS EXTRA FEW DAYS, HE’LL BE FINE TO PLAY AGAINST KKR, SAYS JAYAWARDENE

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After suffering a 20-run defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said regular skipper Rohit Sharma will be available for the next game. Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya had missed out on the match against CSK which was played in Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. “Rohit was batting and doing his running, after coming back from the UK, we probably felt he needed extra few days so he should be fine to play the next game. Hardik was training, had a niggle, so precaution and giving him extra days, not nothing serious,” said Jayawardene during a virtual post-match conference.

For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two. For Mumbai Indians, Saurabh Tiwary was the highest scorer after playing a knock of 50 runs. With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the IPL table while Mumbai is now in danger of falling outside the top 4 if they get on a losing streak.

“Well, I think the pitch was not doing much, to be honest, in the second innings, the wicket was pretty good. The odd one sat up a little bit. I agree we probably gave a couple of soft dismissals, we probably needed someone to take responsibility and bat through the innings which we did not do. That was the difference with CSK with Ruturaj Gaikwad doing that for them,” said Jayawardene.

“Even though they lost wickets there was a set batsman who went till the end. We are disappointed with how we handled the situation,” he added.

Talking about Mumbai Indians’ batting, Jayawardene said: “Not really, I mean we struggled in Chennai in the first half as we did not get used to the conditions. Here also, you know, it was not the easiest wicket, but probably needed some application. I put it down to game awareness and taking responsibility. The application out there is something we need to work on.” For CSK, Gaikwad had played an unbeaten inning of 88 runs as the MS Dhoni-led outfit posted 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs after being 24/4 inside the powerplay. Mumbai Indians will next lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

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OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, I WANT TO BE BEST FINISHER IN THE WORLD: MARCUS STOINIS

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DUBAI: Having opted out of Australia’s limited-overs tours of West Indies and Bangladesh, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is set to return to the pitch when he plies his trade for Delhi Capitals in the second half of the 14th edition of the IPL in UAE.

While Stoinis is currently aiming to win the IPL with Delhi Capitals, the focus will shift to playing an important part in Australia’s attempt to win a maiden T20 World Cup after the league gets over. “The key for us is going to this tournament having each other’s back, looking to play like we’ve got nothing to lose because at the end of the day, we don’t have anything to lose,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

“I think if we play with that freedom and that excitement, we’re going to do something special. I think that’s the way we’ve got to attack that. There’s enough talent. There’s so many good players in our team that there’s no reason why we shouldn’t,” he said. “My next phase, the way I see it, over the next three years I want to be not only the best finisher in Australia, I want to be the best finisher in the world,” said Stoinis.

Commenting on his working relationship with DC coach Ricky Ponting, Stoinis said: “Ricky is a genius. And a lot of his genius isn’t always about the cricket. It’s about how he communicates with people. He understands me quite well. So, he knows how to push my buttons. He knows when to challenge me. He knows when to pump me up. When it comes to game time, we’ve got a good relationship in that I’m sitting in the dugout, I’m asking him what he’s thinking. I’m telling him what bowler I want to target, when to send me out, he’s telling me to sort of sit down and relax.”

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ONE OF MY TOP INNINGS, SAYS GAIKWAD ON HIS 88-RUN KNOCK AGAINST MUMBAI INDIANS

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Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad rated his 88 run knock against Mumbai Indians on Sunday as one of his top innings. Gaikwad’s knock propelled the team in the yellow as they defeated the defending champions by 20 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Dubai International Stadium.

“Obviously one of my top innings till now. With the pressure of early wickets and with the seniors in the dressing room, I just had to grind and get the team to 130, 140 and then 150 was possible,” Gaikwad who was adjudged man of the match in the post-match presentation said.

“When Mahi bhai [brother] is around and with the CSK management, once they back you, you don’t have to think much. The SL tour and the preparation coming here did help too. Initially the ball was seaming and swinging so I had to take my chance against the spinners. Jaddu just came in and I had to take my chance and it came off well. Quinton was taking charge, and my drop at that stage could have been crucial, but luckily Deepak got him out soon after,” he added.

For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two. For Mumbai Indians, Saurabh Tiwary was the highest scorer after playing a knock of 50 runs. With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the IPL table while Mumbai is now in danger of falling outside the top 4 if they get on a losing streak.

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‘AFTER RELINQUISHING CAPTAINCY IN T20, VIRAT WILL BE SEEN PLAYING IN A MORE RELAXED MANNER’

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Virat Kohli has decided to step down from the captaincy after the T20 World Cup and will not be seen captaining RCB in the IPL after this season as well. I respect both his decisions. He had consulted me about it and I respected both his decisions and asked him to step down from the captaincy.

I think this is a good decision. He was feeling the workload on himself for some time. He wants to be relaxed at this time. It is necessary for any person to be in harmony with all these aspects. Rest I do not believe that his performance has declined. He has been playing big innings continuously in T20 and ODI.

He scored four half centuries each in T20 and ODI format recently. He is getting off to a good start in Tests as well. I am sure after playing a big innings you will see the old one Virat Kohli batting.

Reports of complain to the BCCI for his behaviour during the final of the World Test Championship are media blown-out reports. There is no truth in these news. I can confidently say that at this time the atmosphere of the dressing room is pleasant, it is healthy.

After relinquishing the captaincy in T20, he will be seen playing in more relaxed way, which will be very good for Indian cricket. Anyway, in T20 cricket, the new captain also needs the support of the senior player.

Virat can play an important role in that too. Of course, there is usually only one captain in ODIs and T20s around the world, but Virat will continue to captain in ODIs. I have no doubt about it. Team India also needs his captaincy in Test and ODI because he is the most successful captain of India till date.

I appeal to Virat Kohli fans and cricket lovers to keep faith in Virat Kohli the same way you have built up in past years. After these two big decisions, you will see this player playing big innings in Test cricket as well.

The writer is a coach of Virat Kohli and a Dronacharya Awardee.

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