Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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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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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.”


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.


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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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.”


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.”


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.


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.”


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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On Wednesday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Pakistan will tour the Caribbean for playing Twenty20 International (T20Is), One-Day International (ODIs) and Two Tests in April-May. The Asian country hasn’t visited the Caribbean since 2013 after they defeat West Indies 3-1 in ODIs and won both the T20Is.

Pakistan is going to start their tour by playing a pair of T20Is at Sabina Park on 31st March and 2nd April, respectively. And they are also ready to play their three ODIS at Guyana National Stadium on 7, 9, 11 April.

The guests will play a three-day training match at Trelawny in Jamaica, which will start on 15th April. The first Test series of three-match will start on 22nd April at Sabina Park, the second Test will start on 30th April which will take part at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and the final game will play at Windsor Park in Dominica on 10th May.pakistan

The previous year, Pakistan had defeated both match T20Is and ODIs against West Indies at 3-1 in the United Arab Emirates. They also overcame the visitors 2-1 in the Test series. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) manager of operations said that “To improve its ranking. Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies.”

Pakistan recently ranked in the eighth position in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI ranking with 89 points, whereas, West Indies ranked just at three points behind them with 86 points.


Only the top eight teams at the stop date of September 1, 2017, are assured to take part for the upcoming ICC World Cup which will be held in the year 2019. So, if West Indies or Pakistan not succeeds to get direct entry, then they need to play in the ICC World Cup Qualifier slated to held in the year 2018 in Bangladesh.


Friday, March 31 – 1st T20 – Queen’s Park Oval

Sunday, April 2 – 2nd T20 – Queen’s Park Oval

Friday, April 7 – 1st ODI – Guyana National Stadium

Sunday, April 9 – 2nd ODI – Guyana National Stadium

Tuesday, April 11 – 3rd ODI – Guyana National Stadium

Saturday, April 15 – 3-Day Match – Trelawny Stadium

Friday, April 22 – 1st Test – Sabina Park

Sunday, April 30 – 2nd Test – Kensington Oval

Wednesday, May 10 – 3rd Test – Windsor Park

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Argentina professional footballer Lionel Messi statue has broken in half, with the upper body, arms and head in Buenos Aires. The statue was unveiled in June soon after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile.

The statue was placed on the Paseo de la Gloria walkway overlooking the River Plate was cut off at the waist leaving only the lower body and a ball.

The City Hall said that they do not know who was responsible for the motive for the damage.


As per the reports, the city culture Secretariat said on Tuesday that “It was the victim of an act of vandalism. The city government is already working on repairs.”

Horacio Rodriguez Larreta unveiled the 29-years-old statue in a bid to convince Messi to overturn his decision to retire from the international duty and next to his shocking defeat to Chile in the Copa America.

The Barcelona forward, who has returned to the international duty for World Cup qualifiers in September, is extensively loved by his homeland.


He does, but, have his critics, particularly those who are critical of his performances for Argentina, who have missed three major finals in two years, as well as in 2014 World Cup.

The walkway has statues of Argentine sports greats including racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, NBA basketball star Manu Ginobili, golfer Roberto de Vicenzo and tennis players Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.

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On Monday, Portuguese professional football player, Cristiano Ronaldo said that he doesn’t see himself “becoming a coach” after picking up the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Speaking to FIFA following the presentation of the inaugural, Cristiano Ronaldo awarded as the top male player in football, he also won the Ballon d’Or at the end of 2016, admitted he couldn’t rule anything out.

As per the reports, Ronaldo gave the statement to FIFA’s official website “Very difficult…never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but at this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.”


Ronaldo’s stellar 2016 also included a Champions League and Club World Cup name with Real Madrid, and also winning the 2016 Euro with Portugal.

The 31-years-old cheered his team on from the seat in the final after leaving the match early with an injury. Those situations felt against France in the final were very hard to handle. Ronaldo said that despite appearances were lots of nervous after exiting in the 25th minute of his team’s 1-0 extra-time win.

The 35-years-old stated that “It was complicated. I started the game, but I didn’t finish. I was very nervous. I remember that I was in the dressing room. Then I went outside. I think my behavior speaks for me really. I don’t really have anything to say.”

“The images don’t lie. People can see how nervous I was. But I think it was a glorious day for Portugal.”


When asked about his skill to control at the highest level of football after lots of years, he said “There’s no secret. It’s working strong and arduously. I’m playing for a team (Madrid) that gives me the possibility to be able to compete for these trophies. With Portugal also, I thought it was a sensational Euro.”

“I’ll return to saying again; it was a year of dreams – the collective performance, the individual performance, the team performance and the performance of the national team,” he added.




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Eden Garden, Kolkata: On Saturday, instant Indian death over specialist, Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited Indian Premier League (IPL) for big transformation as a death bowler...