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‘Moment of the match’: Suryakumar Yadav’s stare at Virat lauded on social media




Suryakumar Yadav, who has been in amazing form in the ongoing tournament, once again turned out to be hero for the Mumbai Indians during their five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the latest IPL encounter.

On Wednesday, Mumbai chased down the 165-run target against RCB, riding on an unbeaten knock of 79 from Suryakumar to all but guarantee themselves a place in the playoffs in the Indian Premier League 2020.

During the course of his 42-ball innings, Suryakumar played many brilliant shots and earned rich praise from many former and current cricketers, including his stand-in captain Kieron Pollard and India head coach Ravi Shastri.

However, there was one moment during his knock which stood out. On the last ball of the 13th over, the 30-year-old hit Dale Steyn which went straight to Virat Kohli standing at extra cover. Following that, Kohli kept walking towards the crease while Suryakumar stood with a deadpan expression on his facing staring at the RCB skipper. Both players kept looking at each other before the Mumbai batsman just walked away to change strike.

“Moment of the Match,” tweeted one of the social media users alongwith the video of the incident.

“That stare game between Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli says it all. He is on a mission. Not getting selected has seriously affected him,” said another user.

“Yesterday loss Virat. You are Virat but never stand for other #ShameOnViratkohli #BCCIpolitics. Well done reply by bat great #SuryakumarYadav sir. Never give up (sic),” tweeted another.

“”Na dhaan iruken la. Kavala padaadha, chill bro!” As much I loved Suryakumar Yadav’s strokeplay, I equally enjoyed the attitude he displayed on the field. Vera maari da SKY!” said another.

Earlier, after reaching his half-century, Suryakumar came out with rather sub-dued celebrations. Even after hitting the winning runs, he came out with the ‘don’t worry I’m there’ gesture towards the Mumbai Indians dugout.

Suryakumar has not been selected in any of the three squads for India’s upcoming tour of Australia, something which has irked many fans and cricketers.

After the match, Pollard said Suryakumar will soon be rewarded with an India call up.

“Deep down inside he must be very, very disappointed to not have donned the blue for India. He just keeps getting better. Again as an individual if you keep staying consistent, you will be rewarded. Nothing happens before its time,” Pollard said at the post-match presentation.

“Surya namaskar. Stay strong and patient Suryakumar Yadav #MIvsRCB,” Shastri had tweeted after the match.


Shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar tests positive for Covid-19




Shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar, who is ranked world number one in men’s 10m air rifle, has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is currently under home isolation.

In a statement, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has stated that Panwar, who has already secured a quota for Tokyo Olympics, is asymptomatic.

He is part of the national camp which is going on at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in the national capital.

“The shooters and support staff were on a one week Diwali break and reported to the camp on November 18. All campers were on a seven-day quarantine upon joining the camp, as per the Standard Operating Procedures set up by the Sports Authority of India,” the SAI statement read.

“Upon all athletes being tested on the sixth day of quarantine, Panwar tested positive. His condition is being monitored and all requisite support is being extended by SAI and NSF,” it added.

Earlier, a shooter training at the Karni Singh Shooting Range, had also tested positive for Covid-19. However, SAI had maintained that it will not hamper the ongoing camp.

The two-month training camp began from October 15 and is scheduled to run until December 14. The camp comprises of 32 shooters (18 men and 14 women), 8 coaches, 3 foreign coaches and two support staff.

India have won a record 15 quotas in shooting for the Tokyo Olympics and can still obtain quotas on the basis of world rankings.

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Bengal T20 Challenge: Sudip Chatterjee shines as Kalighat beat Mohun Bagan




Kalighat Club registered their first victory in the ongoing Bengal T20 Challenge by beating Mohun Bagan by six wickets, thanks to Sudip Chatterjee’s patient unbeaten half-century.

On Wednesday evening, Kalighat put Bagan to bat after winning the toss and came out with a disciplined bowling effort to restrict them to 137/4 at the Eden Gardens. In reply, Kalighat rode on Sudip’s patient 40-ball 51 to successfully chase down the target in what turned out to be an exciting finish.

“We needed 138 runs to win and our plan was to keep wickets in hand and take it deep. I am happy that we successfully executed our plan. We lost a close game yesterday so winning this match was very important for us,” said Sudeep after the match.

While chasing, Jayojit Basu (20) and Abhishek Bose (19) gave Kalight a decent start but after the duo fell, it was Sudip and skipper Subham Chatterjee (31) who kept the team in the hunt.

Sudip kept his cool and smashed five boundaries en route to his maiden half-century of the tournament while Prince Yadav was the highest wicket-taker for Bagan with 2 for 23.

“We didn’t have good start in both departments. I scored runs but our team couldn’t win, that’s sad for me. There are more matches left and our aim will be to win most of them,” said Bagan skipper Anustup.

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Bengal T20 Challenge: Players, officials pay homage to Diego Maradona




A one-minute silence was observed before the start of the Bengal T20 Challenge match between Tapan Memorial and Calcutta Customs on Thursday following the passing away of football icon Diego Maradona, who died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.

The players and officials lined up inside the iconic Eden Gardens and observed a minute silence to pay homage to the legendary footballer.

Maradona died on Wednesday evening due to cardio-respiratory arrest at his home in the Tigre district on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Following his demise, people in Kolkata turned nostalgic by sharing pictures of Maradona during his visit to the West Bengal capital in 2008 and 2017 to participate in a charity football match.

Maradona led Argentina to victory at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and was widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was particularly well-known for the two goals he scored against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final. One was later voted “Goal of the Century”, while the other is generally referred to as the “Hand of God”, a reference to the fact that the goal should have been disallowed for handball.

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