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SAMUEL DEBBARMA

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East Bengal will be aiming their second successive win when they face Churchill Brothers in a Hero I-League football match on Wednesday.

Club Mohan Bagan is top of the table with nine points from three matches. East Bengal became a draw at 1-1 with Aizawl FC in the opening match of the season, whereas, DSK SHivajians lost at 0-1 against Mumbai FC.

East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan take on a Churchill side bereft of its top players and only Tobago and Trinidad forward Anthony Wolfe to look forward.

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The 60-years-old East Bengal coach said on Tuesday “I think at the moment, all of our games are must win games, if we want to be challenging for the title. We are certainly trying and we are prepared to win the game. We’ve got some more firepower than we had in our first game. In the game against DSK (Shivajians), I thought we looked pretty good going forward.

The East Bengal group have a trip with a 22-man squad; Coach Morgan said that “It is an important game for us. Last week we did not play to our full potential. Last time we trained with just one forward. This time in the training I had four strikers available.”

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When asked who will fill the role of an under-22 in the playing eleven against DSK Shivajians, coach Morgan said that there are two under-22 players in the squad and it will be seen who starts tomorrow.

Churchill is next to being a tie on the back of successive defeats in their first two matches. Churchill coach Alfred Fernandes said that “Of course it is a must-not-lose match for us. We have to come out with at least a point or maximum points. In the last two matches, I was not disappointed with the performance, but even if we did not win the matches, at least we could have come home with a point.”

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The BCCI progress to have Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues failed unhappily in its first challenge, according to top domestic players who say that the idea did not work due to the apathy of the host associations and poor planning.

The BCCI has announced that the concept to make the tournament more aggressive by negating the home advantage those teams earlier should exploit and exposing the players to different conditions.

The national cricket expert Rajat Bhatia said “The idea was good but the implementation was third class. Most host associations did not show interest in organising matches for other teams. The facilities were poor, be it providing us with good wickets, adequate balls or serving decent food. It could have been handled much better.”

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The Delhi-based cricketer has played for three states and is recent with Rajasthan; Bhatia was quietly scathing in his criticism. “The system was introduced to stop teams from taking undue home advantage with games often finishing inside two days. But the quality did not improve even though games were held at neutral venues.”

The 37-years-old said “Take our match against Assam in Vizag for example. The wicket was not fit enough for a First-Class match and therefore the match was over well inside three days. And it was just two weeks before an international match. The groundsmen did not have much to say when we asked them why we were made to play on such a poor surface.”

Another issue for the players was scheduling of the game since they had to travel to distant areas with limited time in hand. The 22-years-old Gujarat and Indian spinner said “Scheduling was a big problem. Sometimes there was just a three-day gap between games and we had to travel to places which were not easily accessible, which meant we had to spend a lot of time on the road in buses.”

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The senior player who criticized the concept is Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund. The 27-years-old said during the tournament, “No one actually gives a damn about the wickets that are being prepared. Everyone’s playing safe, which is why people are scoring more than 1000 runs, and I don’t see many spinners coming into play.”

“I don’t like this concept mainly because of the fact that there’s no continuity. You play throughout the year in one condition it’s really important to play at home.”

Bhatia said that BCCI can still continue with neutral venues provided the execution, “I think it was a very good idea especially after you had introduced pink-ball cricket in Duleep Trophy. It was held at a neutral venue (in Greater Noida), but crowd turned up. The BCCI could have done the same with Ranji Trophy. You got to promote it the right way. Otherwise, there is little point in doing something new.”

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Check out here what Sakshi said about her aim to be double Olympics medallist next at 2020 Tokyo Games

Sakshi Malik the only Indian first woman wrestler who won an Olympics medal, but the win was not sufficient for Sakshi Malik. Since now her aims to be equal Sushil Kumar’s historic achievement of winning two Olympic medals next 2020 Tokyo Games.

When asked by PTI about her target, she said “My aim is to equal Sushil Kumar’s historic feat by winning an Olympic medal in Tokyo in 2020. I am completely focussed to achieve that goal. I want to become a double Olympics medallist just like Sushil ji.”

She added, “For the Olympics, one has to start his/her training four years in advance and I have already started my training accordingly.”

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Sakshi said that her immediate goal is to get ready for the World Championships, “My target this year is to do well at the World Championships. As of now, I am also planning to participate at the Asian Championship, to be held in Delhi, in May. Besides, I am looking forward to bagging gold medals at next year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games.”

She confessed that her life has completely changed after the Olympics medal and she felt good when people identify her. “Life has changed for good. People recognise me a lot more now and it gives a very good feeling. It also inspires me to do better.”

When asked about the extra pressure to achieve well every time. “Yes, no doubt the pressure has increased manifold and every time I come on mat there is a huge burden of expectations that I carry on my shoulders.”

“But that also motivates me to work harder and improve upon my game. I am trying to iron out all my flaws and train better. In a way that helps me prepare better and I am more confident now when I fight my bouts.”

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This season at the Pro Wrestling Sakshi was the captain of Delhi Sultans teams and although she did fine, but her team unsuccessful to make the semi-finals. She explained “Personally for me, I did win all my bouts and that gives a lot of satisfaction. I also learnt a lot from other foreign wrestlers. Last season also I learnt many new things and that had helped me during the Olympics.”

“This time also I managed to pick up a few tricks of the trade from some experienced wrestlers and I am sure that will hold me in good stead at the international tournaments. It was an invaluable experience, even though my team failed to make the cut,” she added.

“I think Bajrang Punia’s injury cost us the most. Otherwise we had a very good team. We fought well but lost quite a few close bouts. There were a couple of upsets as well that had turned things around. We also lost four out of five tosses and some of our best wrestlers were blocked by the opposition teams. So luck was another factor that did not favour us too much this time.”

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dakar rally

CS Santosh had crossed the finishing line at the Dakar Rally since many years back going during a range of emotions in realising his dream of competing in the world’s toughest off-road rally.

In 2017, he became Indian first rider to complete the rally twice finishing in 47th place with the newly-formed Hero Motorsports Team Rally, while partner Joaquim Rodrigues ended in 10th place.

On Saturday, Santosh was a peaceful man who crossed the finishing line in Buenos Aires. But it doesn’t mean that the Dakar Rally got easier for him, this one of the toughest challenges up till now.

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On Sunday Santosh said to TOI from Buenos Aires that “It was much harder than previous years. The navigation was a bigger challenge, especially in Bolivia. A lot of credit should go to my team, the back-room boys who helped us perform smoothly throughout the last two weeks.”

He said about the Bolivia that it got treacherous for him; he said “Bolivia is a high-altitude location. You add cold and rainy weather to the mix and it really got treacherous for the riders. It was pretty difficult to navigate and the bikes themselves go through extreme temperatures swinging between hot and cold.”

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The Indian rider was comfortably in the top 40 in the first stages of Rally, but he trusts a mistake set him back. “It is a tough feeling to deal with knowing that you could have finished in the top 40, but I made a big mistake on Day 3 which set me back. But overall I can say that this is the best I rode in Dakar. The competition has increased a lot and a couple of mistakes cost me in the end,” he said.

Rodrigues completed clocked at 34 hours 25 minutes and 59 seconds, whereas Santosh in 42 hours 01 minute and 16 seconds. Rodrigues said “It was my first rally, so that makes it special. And to reach Buenos Aires being in the top 10 is indeed a great feeling. It was something I never thought of.”

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ODIs and T20Is Indian Captain Virat Kohli was an honour to his young player Kedar Jadhav for his ‘outstanding’ knock of 76-balls 120 in the first ODI against England, saying that it as one of the best calculating innings he had seen.

Last night Kohli (122 of 105 balls) and Jadhav, whose 120 was his career-best, smashed excellent hundreds to help India pursue down the stiff target of 351 for a three-wicket win in the first of the three-match ODI series.

According to the sources, captain Kohli stated at the post-match press conference that “One word for it is outstanding. He (Jadhav) put a lot of pressure into the spinners. It was one of the best calculative innings I have seen, 150 strike rates were outstanding. Some of the shots he played. He told it was instinctive. I could not believe.”

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Kohli and Jadhav made a together partnership of 200 runs for the fifth wicket to set up the platform for the win. Jadhav hit four sixes and 12 fours in his effective innings of over 150 strike rate.

“Just to have another guy who is willing to do from any situation, to keep pushing, knew how exactly to bat on this pitch which was even better to bat on in the second innings. His shots were all clean, not slogs, and that’s way to bat at number 6. Was glad I was out there with him,” said Kohli.

The 28-years-old Indian captain said Jadhav was disheartened that he could not get the team past the victory line against New Zealand in the earlier ODI series. “He was disheartened versus New Zealand that he could not get the team across the line. I told him there was no point thinking what you could have done and told him to keep pushing hard,” said Kohli.

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When he asked about the tackle looking like a hopeless situation, the captain said, “We spoke about how to tackle that situation and decided it the best way was a counterattack. No wickets had been lost to good balls; we committed errors and the wicket was better to bat in the second innings. The ball travels very far.”

“We could hit sixes to put pressure on the opposition. It’s one of the best partnerships I have been part of. We have chased 350 before but not from 63/4. We believed in the Test series we could win from any situation. This was the same,” he added.

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khaidi

South Indian Tollywood actor Chiranjeevi’s film Khaidi No 150 has created a history since the movie becomes one of the fastest Tollywood films that earns Rs 50 crore and its US number inch towards $1.5-million mark.

According to the recent figures, the film has cast close to Rs 30 crore in Andhra and Telangana regions alone and over Rs 9 crore in the US market taking the numbers to Rs 50.5 crore worldwide.

On Wednesday, the film has hit in both the Telugu speaking states and display more than 1400 screen.

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Posted trade analyst Taran Adarsh gave the late evening numbers on Friday “Telugu film #KhaidiNo150 is heading towards $ 1.5 mn in USA… Tue $ 1,275,497, Wed $ 156,094. Total: $ 1,431,591 [₹ 9.74 cr]. @Rentrak.”

Film Khaidi No 150 had gathered $615,000 at the US box office in advance booking also before it opened in theaters. Classics Entertainment, the company which is distributing the Chiranjeevi-starrer in the US, had tweeted, “Without a single show screened Boss broke all records (non-Baahubali) $615k till 4 pm EST #BOSSISBACK with a bang.”

Previous film Baahubali’s number also bankrupt open-day record as Chiranjeevi and V V Vinayak film earned Rs 23.24 crore, putting down behind the Prabhas-Rajamouli film’s collection of Rs 22.4 crore.

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The numbers suggest viewers has received and appreciated the South Indian actor Chiranjeevi’s comeback, who returned to the silver screen after a pause of 10 years. Meanwhile, Khaidi No 150 is way further on of its competitor, Nandmuri Balakrishna’s Gautamiputra Satakarni, which made only $0.3 million at the US box office on Day 1.

V V Vinayak directed the film Khaidi No 1, leading role lead by Kajal Aggarwal, antagonist role played by Tarun Arora, music composed by Devi Sri Prasad, and Ram Charan produced it under the Konidela Productions banner.

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Team Indian cricket coach Anil Kumble paid a bright honor to MS Dhoni, who recently stepped down from limited-overs captaincy past week said he is one of the highlights of his leadership term was the right managing of a senior player in the team.

MS Dhoni became Indian captain when Anil Kumble retired in the year 2008 from Test during the Australia series at home. In a press communication, Anil Kumble said about the forthcoming limited-overs series against England.

When media asked on similarities between 08, 17, Indian cricket team coach stated that “The first phase was probably easy for me because I was old; it was easy for me to say ‘MS take over.’ It was difficult for me to continue at that time, the body was not willing, but I thought it was the right time for me to leave as well. MS (Dhoni) was ready to take over Test captaincy.”

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Anil Kumble said on the new captaincy of Virat Kohli “Like I mentioned, Virat came into the side when MS was captain, so the bonhomie and bond that they have shared will only help Virat grow as a leader.”

“And Virat has shown the exceptional quality he has and what he brings to the team, both as an individual and leader. We have seen the results under him in Test format, and I am sure he will be equally good in the one-day format.”

The 46-years-old said on Dhoni’s role in the team that “MS has been one of the best captains that we have had. Hats off to him and congratulations to him for what he has done as captain. Now, looking forward to MS as the batsman and keeper and as a leader. He is still a leader in the team.”

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When media asked Kumble about Dhoni’s batting at four, he said “I don’t think it is the right for me to discuss the team combination. Like you mentioned it is a good choice that we have in the squad with Yuvi coming back into the team.”

“We all know what he is capable of. Having said that both Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav in that slot had done well. It is nice to have choices; there is competition in the team and that is what you want. All 15 members are available for selection.

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The days after Ian Chappell asked Cricket Australia to end inviting Pakistan for tournaments, former Pakistan speed bowler Shoaib Akhtar hit back at the former cricketer of the Australian team for his remark.

Criticizing Pakistan for their incapacity to play aggressive cricket in a newly concluded Test series on Australia mud, the 73-years-old former cricketer said that Cricket Australia should end inviting Pakistan for tournaments unless they get better their performance.

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Chappell, who feels Pakistan’s as weak in fielding at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, was a sign of things to come in the rest of the series. Chappell said to ESPN that “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia has got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites.”

Respond to his comment; Akhtar tweeted from his official account that “Pak lacked grit: Chappell. I agree but not comin 2 Australia no remedy. England never won World Cup but doesn’t mean dey shudn’t participate.”

The 41-years-old wrote again to Chappell that it was the similar team which drew a series 2-2 against Alastair Cook’s men in England last year. “Agree partially wid @ianchappelli dat Pakistan lacked grit but the same team drew 2-2 vs England less dan an year ago.”

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Chappell was very critical of Misbah’s captaincy after Pakistan lost a three-match series at 0-3 aginst Steve Smith-led Australia. “A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan.”

Australia defeated Pakistan by 220 runs in the third Test, giving them their 12th consecutive Test loss in Australia.

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