Support Olympic-bound athletes like our cricketers: Kiren Rijiju
Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that India’s Olympic-bound athletes are national heroes and urged the people to extend support to them, the same way they back the country’s cricketers.
“I want the Olympics movement and the importance of Olympics to be understood by everyone, spread across the length and breadth of India. Sports is the biggest soft power of a nation,” said Rijiju.
Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand spoke about how the athletes were more confident in their abilities than their compatriots in the past and underlined the role of the government in making this change possible.
“Today I can confidently say that every member of the team is training to be in their best form and possibly win a medal and if they don’t have a medal or have good performances, I am sure they are going to be very disappointed,” said Gopichand during a virtual interaction organised by CII-Sportscom Industry Confederation in association with the Sports Ministry.
Former hockey international player M.M. Somaya was confident that both the men’s and women’s hockey teams would do well at the Olympics.
“We have some of the world’s best coaches involved with hockey these days and our boys and girls are in good hands,” said Somaya, adding that he was hopeful that India could pose a challenge for a medal in Tokyo.
The session was also attended by 2016 Rio Paralympic silver medallist Deepa Malik and 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist in shooting, Gagan Narang, among others.
CSK vs GT, IPL 2023 Final: What is the weather forecast for reserve day in Ahmedabad? Details inside
With the IPL 2023 final between the Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans postponed to Monday (May 29th) due to persistent rain on Sunday (May 28th), the fans are highly curious about what the weather prospects are for the reserve day in Ahmedabad. Despite an extended cut-off time for the game, it couldn’t go ahead and the stakeholders had to postpone it.
According to weather, day temperature will reach a high of 38 degrees on Monday in Ahmedabad as the climate is mostly sunny. Yet there is 1% chance of thunderstorms. Even then, there is full probability of a 20-over game per side between the finalists of IPL 2023. The temperature will also linger around 28 degrees at night. As per weather, there remained possibility of a few evening thunderstorms in Ahmedabad on Sunday, with the temperature expected to hover around 28 degrees at night. There were also 59 % chances of thunderstorms.
Just before the toss on Sunday, showers started and delayed the toss considerably. The match was shifted to Monday as the game did not start until 12:06 am, which was the cut-off time for a five-over contest.
IPL 2023 comes full circle:
Meanwhile, the IPL 2023 has come full circle as Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans faced one another in the opening match of the season as well. The Titans won the home fixture by five wickets, chasing down 180 relatively comfortably.
However, the Super Kings, who have won the title four times, will take confidence from beating the defending champions in Qualifier 1 at the Chepauk. All eyes will be on Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill, who overtook Faf du Plessis as the leading run-getter of IPL 2023. He has the Orange Cap currently with 851 runs in 16 matches. Equally, MS Dhoni is also on the spotlight as his IPL future is a massive point of speculation.
‘Shubman Gill on a mission for deforestation’: Netizens and cricketers react to the Prince’s onslaught during GT vs MI IPL 2023 match
Shubman Gill, showcased his exceptional form once again during the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 clash between the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. Gill’s magnificent display of batting prowess resulted in him scoring his third century of the season.
Chasing runs and record
Having already impressed with centuries against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in consecutive matches during the IPL 2023 league phase, the 23-year-old continued to dazzle on the field. Gill’s ability to consistently deliver exceptional performances has made him a standout player in the tournament.
However, after a scintillating innings, Gill’s fine run came to an end when he was caught in the deep by Tim David. David had earlier missed an opportunity to dismiss Gill but made amends with a crucial catch. Gill’s final score stood at an impressive 129 runs from just 60 balls, which included seven fours and an incredible ten sixes.
Netizens, cricketer and former cricketers reacted wildly to the exceptional batting by Shubman Gill.
One fan hilariously Tweeted: “BCCI plants trees for every dot ball, but Shubman Gill is on a mission for deforestation.”
This was in reference to the BCCI’s initiative to plant trees for every dot ball thrown in the four IPL playoff games.
IPL 2023: Everything started when I played that shot, LSG’s Krunal Pandya blames himself for defeat in Eliminator
Lucknow Super Giants’ skipper Krunal Pandya has taken all blame for his team’s defeat in the Eliminator match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 as his untimely dismissal to an atrocious shot into motion a sequence of events that resulted in team’s eventual defeat.
Krunal Pandya promoted himself in the batting order and came in at No.4 but was out for eight runs, jumping out to attempt a big one against veteran spinner Piyush Chawla but ended up finding Tim David at long-on.
Though Chawla played his role, Krunal Pandya too contributed to his own downfall as playing the shot was totally unnecessary.
“We were in a really good position. Everything started when I played that shot… that was not on, and I completely take all the blame. The wicket was the same. We just had to bat better, just take that responsibility. But we didn’t do it after that break (the first time-out),” Krunal Pandya said during the post-match presentation on Wednesday night.
Pacer Akash Madhwal picked a sensational five-wicket haul (5/5) and helped Mumbai Indians advance to Qualifier 2 of IPL 2023 with a thumping 81-win over LSG at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, here on Wednesday.
Batting first, Mumbai made 182/8, with Cameron Green and Suryakumar Yadav chipping in with 41 and 33 respectively. Tilak Varma hit a 22-ball 26 and Nehal Wadhera, who slammed a crucial 23 off 12 balls, provided the late impetus to the innings.
Madhwal turned the tide effectively in Mumbai’s favour, finishing with an exceptional 5/5 in 3.1 overs, which is the best-ever bowling figure in IPL playoffs history as well as the most economical five-fer in the tournament and, the best bowling performance by an uncapped Indian player.
Krunal defended their decision to include Kyle Myers ahead of South African opener Quinton de Kock.
“It’s always a tough decision; it’s just Kyle had a better record here [than de Kock]. We just felt we could go with Kyle,” he said.
He said he opened the bowling with himself and fellow spinner Krishnappa Gowtham because he wanted to do something different.
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