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‘Don’t mind losing to him’: Hardik Pandya happy for MS Dhoni despite defeat in IPL 2023 final

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Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya paid his tribute to MS Dhoni, who lifted the trophy after Chennai Super Kings’ win in IPL 2023 final on Monday in Ahmedabad. The swashbuckling all-rounder stated that he never minds losing to Dhoni and expressed his happiness for the former Indian captain.

Pandya, who captained the Titans to the title victory last year by beating the Rajasthan Royals, had the opportunity to lift the title again. They also amassed 214 after CSK put them to bat first. However, a rain-interrupted break meant the Super Kings needed 171 off 15 overs and Ravindra Jadeja took them over the line in the final delivery of the innings.

Although Pandya admitted that CSK were better on the day, Pandya credited the coaching staff for backing the players incredibly well. The 29-year-old also opined that Dhoni is one of the best he has met. He said at the post-match presentation

“We have always been about backing boys and making sure they get the best out of them. Their success is theirs. The way they have taken their responsibilities like Mohit, Lala and Rashid. The coaching staff has done well, they have sleepless nights so that the boys do well. I can’t ask for more. I am very very happy for MS as well. Destiny had this written for him. I don’t mind losing to him as well. I can’t ask anything better. I mentioned last year as well. Good things happen to good people and he is one of the best I have ever met.”

Hardik Pandya earmarks B Sai Sudharsan to have a bright future:

Reflecting on Sai Sudharsan’s 96 off 47 deliveries in the final, Pandya feels the left-hander stepping up at the big stage is a massive sign for the future.

“We tick a lot of boxes. We play with our heart and are a team who always stood together and back each other. The team kept fighting. We win together and lose together and maybe one of the days today. I am not one of the guys to make excuses. CSK played better than us. We batted really well. Special mention to Sai. The knock he played at this big stage. I wish him well. He’s gonna do wonders in his life.”

Sudharsan finished IPL 2023 with 362 runs in eight matches at 51.71.

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ICC World Cup 2023: BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Presents ‘Golden Ticket’ To Bollywood Legend Amitabh Bachchan

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday presented a Golden Ticket to Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

Amitabh Bachchan is a huge fan of Indian cricket and can now watch all the matches from the VIP stands for free, along with other luxuries that comes with the golden ticket.

“Golden ticket for our golden icons!

“BCCI Honorary Secretary @JayShah had the privilege of presenting our golden ticket to none other than the “Superstar of the Millennium,” Shri @SrBachchan.

“A legendary actor and a devoted cricket enthusiast, Shri Bachchan’s unwavering support for #TeamIndia continues to inspire us all.

“We’re thrilled to have him join us for the @ICC @CricketWorldCup 2023,” the BCCI posted on X.

India’s World Cup Squad Announced

Meanwhile, the Indian squad for the ODI World Cup was announced by captain Rohit Sharma and chief selector Ajit Agarkar in Kandy on Tuesday.

The BCCI selectors has named a strong 15-man squad for the showpiece event in India starting October 5.

The team will be led by Rohit Sharma with all-rounder Hardik Pandya as the vice-captain.

India squad for ICC World Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav.

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GODSENT ROW FOR BJP: Sanatan Remarks Strike Right Into Hindu Heartland

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The Opposition has granted BJP a controversy on the platter with Udhayanidhi Stalin, son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, asserting that Sanatan Dharma is against the notion of social justice and must be “eradicated”. Stretching the analogy further, he likened the creed to diseases like dengue and malaria, inviting sharp criticism from BJP leaders. Latching onto the statement, which could be godsend for the BJP just when elections in the Hindi heartland are around the corner, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said it was an attack ‘‘on our heritage” and shows that the Opposition bloc “hates Hinduism.”

Shah digs onto remark in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

Addressing a public meeting in Beneshwar Dham in Dungarpur on Sunday, Shah asked the crowd if people were ready to accept Udhayanidhi’s remarks on eradicating the Sanatan Dharma. These people have insulted ‘Sanatan Dharma’ and are talking about finishing it off for appeasement and vote bank politics, the BJP leader said. (Shah’s statement resonated in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh)

“Is this the political strategy that the INDIA alliance drew up two days ago in Mumbai?” Shah was here to flag off the second Parivartan Yatra of Rajasthan BJP that will cover 52 assembly constituencies of Udaipur and Kota divisions in the next 19 days. Widening the ambit of his attack, Shah recalled Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s 2010 remark in which he had likened radical Hindu outfits to terrorist organizations and said that they were a bigger threat than Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“They also say there will be Sanatan rule if Modi wins”

Shah also alluded to former Home Minister and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde’s remark that the BJP and the RSS were fanning ‘Hindu terrorism,’’ to suggest that these comments were not off the cuff but were part of a well-thought out political gambit. Coming back to Sanatan Dharma, Shah insisted it rules the hearts of people. “They also say there will be Sanatan rule if Modi wins,’’ he added, even as he clarified that PM Modi has underlined that India will be run as per the Constitution.

Accusing the Congress of blocking the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the Union Home Minister said, “The grand Ram temple will be ready in January at Lord Ram’s birthplace. INDIA alliance cannot stop it. Congress had blocked it for years.” Shah recounted the incidents of communal violence during the last five years in Rajasthan and accused the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government of making the state hostage to vote bank politics.

He attacked Gehlot and said ‘‘he is scared of a ‘Lal Diary’ which has the details of his government’s corruption and black deeds.’’ The BJP is taking out four pre-poll Parivartan Yatras from four prominent religious places in the state. The first of these Yatras was flagged off by BJP president JP Nadda from Trinetra Ganesh Temple in Sawai Madhopur on Saturday, and the second by Shah on Sunday, while the remaining two yatras will start in the next two days from Ramdevra and Gogamedi temples

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‘Superman Of Punjab’ Kuwar Amritbir Singh Breaks Bruce Lee’s Guinness Record For Most Push-Ups On Fingers

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Punjab-based fitness enthusiast Kunwar Amritbir Singh has set another world record by doing the most number of push-ups on fingers in a minute, breaking Bruce Lee’s record in the process.

21-year-old Amritbir Singh set a new Guinness World Record by doing 86 push-ups on finger tips while carrying a 20lb pack. Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee had managed 80 push-ups.

“The journey to make my 2nd Record in Guinness Book of World records was started on 9th February, 2023. & I have practiced for just 25 days to Attempt this Record & it wasn’t tough for me to break this record ‘ Yesss !!

“Because it’s a common thing for everyone that we have to work hard if we want to achieve our goals so working hard is not much tougher than the

“Patience, which we should have when we are done with our work!!” Singh posted on Instagram.

But this is not his first Guinness Record as he had achieved another remarkable feat last year when he did 45 push-ups with claps (finger tips) in a minute.

Who is Kuwar Amritbir Singh?

Also known as the Super of Punjab, Amritbir Singh has never been to the gym or hasn’t had any formal training in the body-building.

Amritbir Singh is a student of Khalsa College in Amritsar and trains at home with the help of basic equipments.

Amritbir Singh is also a motivational speaker and a social media influencer. He started his fitness journey at the age of 17 and believes in natural training without any protein supplements.

He even uses basic techniques to train. “I used bricks, sand bags, plastic bags with cement etc as equipment to carry out my fitness regimen,” says Amritbir.

He has over 238,000 followers on Instagram and has his own YouTube channel where he teaches workout techniques without the use of expensive gym equipment.

List of Guinness World Records held by Amritbir Singh

Most push-ups on finger tips with a 20lb pack in a minute – 86

Most push-ups with claps (finger tips) in a minute – 45

Most knuckle push-ups in a minute – 118

Most superman push-ups in 30 seconds – 35

Countless push-up in a minute

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