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From Mahi to Dhoni – All About Captain Cool’s Journey

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“Kyu sochna hai jana kaha, jaaye wahi le jaaye jahan Besabriyaan”. Lines from the movie M.S.Dhoni – The untold story, which itself defines the individual on which the song has picturized. Yes, the former captain cool of Indian cricket team- Mahender Singh Dhoni.

From Ranchi’s lane to the National stadium to leading the Indian Cricket Team in international cricket, the man completed his journey, which is an aspiration for many young Indian boys. How easily we sum up his life in 2/3/4 page, but he only knows how difficult the path was to reach where he is now. He is not famous for his captain calm behaviour, but he is renowned for many other things, like keeping the calm on-field and off-field, balancing life personal and professional, and love for bikes and dogs.

CRICKET LIFE

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, aka Mahi is celebrating his 39th birthday today. In his career, Dhoni has left a mark in the cricket world that will be remembered for years. Dhoni has played 90 Tests in which he scored 4,876 runs keeping an average of 38.09 and has played 350 ODIs in which he has scored 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57.

While Dhoni faced many hurdles in starting his career, his will power made him enter the Indian Cricket team, and he showcased his talent to the world by making 148 against Pakistan in Vizag in 2005. Year by year with his strong stands as a cricket player, Dhoni was given a chance to lead India in the inaugural 2007 T20I World Cup, where he led a team of youngsters to the trophy removing all the odds.

Personal Life

From various interviews with his wife Sakshi Dhoni, parents, friends, and relatives, they all unanimously say he is indeed cool on and off the field. He has mastered his patience in keeping the pace of life and reciting the mantra that he wants to get known for being a good human, not a good cricketer. The Untold Story screened everything about his life from early childhood to his days with the Indian cricket team.

Why, Captain Cool?

In the field of cricket, a single step can affect the course of the game to the career of the player. From a no-ball to a wrong call to wrong guidance, the batsman can change the field norms and win and lose chances. However, when these decisions are taken with the right set of vision and determination, they can make all the difference between winning and losing the game. This is what the Indian cricket team’s former captain, M.S. Dhoni, is famous for taking match-winning decisions, and he proved it many times. Let’s examine some of these events where he showed his tag of ‘CAPTAIN COOL.’

1. Match: 2014, 2nd Test match, England v/s India

On the last day of the game, Dhoni asked Ishant Sharma to bowl bodyline deliveries to the English batsmen. He created the ploy, and it worked.

2. Match: 2011, World Cup Final, India v/s Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka gave India a 274 score to grab the trophy. When the whole nation was in the dilemma of losing and winning, Mahi came in at number 5 instead of Yuvraj Singh, a move that raised a lot of questions and criticism. However, 79 balls later, he changed the perception and created history by hitting a match-winning six over long-on and proved himself right again without losing the calm.

3. Match: 2016, T20 group stage match, India v/s Bangladesh

The exciting game of 2016, where Bangladesh needed 11 runs to win in the last over. After a couple of boundaries, they required just two off the last ball. Dhoni spoke to Hardik Pandya and asked him to bowl a “back-of-length” delivery. Might be he can read a player’s mind or his dedication towards his profession that he was aware of the fact that the batsman will anyway scamper for a single. He decided to remove one of his gloves beforehand. What was the result? The stadium echoed with an India-India voice.

4.Match: 2011, 2nd test, England v/s India

Before the stroke, Eoin Morgan had flicked the ball down the leg side, and while fielding, Praveen Kumar tumbled and somehow managed to stop the ball going over the boundary. The batsmen succeeded in taking three runs. The two batsmen went out from their crease and started to chat; during this, the Indian wicketkeeper Abhinav Mukund collected the ball from the fielder and took the bails off to dismiss the Bell. Initially given out, Bell was recalled by our captain courageous after lunch as he figured out that this decision might not go down well in the spirit of the game. Even in this panic situation, he proved himself right with honesty and integrity.

5.Match: 2015, ICC World Cup group stage match India v/s Pakistan

Team India was pumped up for this match because it was with Pakistan. How much ever we lie about it, but we enjoy the game India v/s Pakistan the most. At that time, the record of being unbeaten against Pakistan in World Cups was on the line. Any other captain would have gone according to a set plan and made no changes to it for keeping the risk factor low and winning factor high. But Dhoni, took a risky yet smart decision of promoting Raina up in the batting order. The left-hander didn’t disappoint him and made a worthy contribution of 74 runs to the total.

There are many more instances that we can recall to see the cool captain calm and smart decisions. Let’s wish a good, healthy, and prosperous life for Dhoni by wishing him A Very Happy 39th Birthday.

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Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?

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India is competing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 started from July 23, 2021, to Aug. 8, 2021. On day twelve of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, all the teams had been doing very well. India has secured sixty-fourth place out of the eighty by achieving one silver and one bronze medal in the Women’s forty-nine-kilogram Weightlifting & Women’s Singles Badminton Olympics 2020.

This year’s Tokyo Olympics has given India some historic moments. Both Indian Men and Women Hockey teams have qualified for the quarter-finals and made their place in the semi-finals this year. It was a landmark moment for India after 49 years, and India made it so far in the Olympics. 

When we look at the Olympics more, we know that several players around the globe who have been representing their nations are from underprivileged backgrounds. Since we started growing up as individuals, we have seen the struggle of disadvantaged people in society. It is not always necessary to be successful with all the amenities and availability of the best resources. Often, help, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and persistence are essential to achieving goals. One of the most important qualities is to stay grounded. It’s not always a good thing to expect such kind of behaviour in a real-life. 

At times, few people in the same society cannot even afford the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter. Yet, with the minimalist things, big dreams and complete dedication, they become some of the most incredible gems of this world by representing their nation globally. In the same way, in the Olympics, many such underprivileged players. These players’ performance in the Olympics is impressive as compared to any other privileged players.

It may be the situation because their goal is not to succeed in the Olympics and bring medals for their nation. Their goals may be to take the Olympics as a chance to improve their lifestyle and give assurance to their family. Many Olympians have secured this opportunity to represent their country in the Olympics after an incredible amount of hard work. Their families have supported them to meet their needs and make all the required games accessories available.

It doesn’t mean that privileged players don’t understand the importance of what they have in their life. We must remember that the person who looks privileged right now might have been less privileged at some moment. The dedication towards their field of career has made them what they are today. 

So we must understand that being privileged and underprivileged is one of the prisms when we look at the performance of the athletes in the Olympics.

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Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx

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Indian Women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics semi-final after defeating the Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinals.  The Indian women’s hockey team registered a historic victory at the Tokyo Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team scored the victory goal in the 22nd minute of the game. The goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur scored from a short corner.

After losses against Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, India staged a great comeback to secure its place in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s hockey team created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women’s team to reach the semi-finals at the Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after defeating the United States by 6-5 in the qualifiers.  Australian team gained back-to-back three penalty corners, but the Indian defence, led by Savita and Deep Grace Ekka, stood strong in front of the goal. The Australian team was surprised by India’s pace and determination and therefore they panicked while defending.

In the last eight minutes of the game, the Indian team was under tremendous pressure. The Australian team had secured four more penalty corners, but they failed to breach the Indian defence.

Gurjit said they are very happy. Qualifying for the semi-finals is the result of the hard work that they had put in for several days. In 1980, they were qualified for the Games but this time, they made the semi-finals. It is a proud moment for them. Their team is just like their family, they always support each other and found support from the country as well.  she further added.

Meanwhile, on August 1, 2021, the Indian men’s hockey team, defeated Britain by 3-1 in the quarter-final to secure its spot in the semi-finals at Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh has created history at the Tokyo Olympics. The team qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since the 1972 Olympics. Goals from Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh made sure that India reached their first Olympic semi-final since the 1972 Games. It became challenging for India when skipper Manpreet Singh was suspended for six minutes, and he had to sit out.

Britain got the advantage of Manpreet’s suspension. But they did not make it count as Hardik Singh scored the third goal in the 57th minute. In the final three minutes despite pushing continuously, Britain was unable to score another goal and was eliminated. Indian players became emotional on the turf after they made it to the semi-finals.

Manpreet Singh said they are very happy because they reached the semi-final after a long time. The tournament is still remaining and they need to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the next match. said Manpreet.

This is a very big day for India, both the hockey teams have reached the semi-finals and it is a really big accomplishment. They used to meet them when both men’s and women’s teams were in Bengaluru. Their confidence was always high, they knew that they would reach the semi-finals, only two steps are remaining to win but reaching the semi-finals is a very big accomplishment, said former Sports Minister Rijiju. Indian Men’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals after 49 years. It is a very big thing and as a nation, everyone should celebrate, he added.

The gold medal matches of both the men’s and women’s teams will take place on August 6 and 7 respectively.

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P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics

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Olympian shuttler PV Sindhu wins bronze in the shuttle race against Chinese shuttler Hebing Jiao. The PV Sindhu legacy has made India proud. Exceptional achievement as the first Indian woman and the only Indian athlete to win two consecutive medals at the Olympics, the Silver at Rio Olympics 2016 and the Bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Sindhu dominated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to bounce back from her semi-final loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Despite the heartbreaking loss, her confident demeanour in the bronze medal match was evident right from the start. Sindhu’s exemplary smashes caused problems for He Bing Jiao, but also her excellent ability to retrieve made sure that the He Bing Jiao had to work twice as hard to win points.

In game one, Sindhu excelled because of her speed, power, and guile, defeating Bing Jiao 21-13. After gaining an early lead in the first, she landed on her feet in the second to take a 4-1 advantage, which she extended to 11-8 at the half. Even though He Bing Jiao came close to making it 11-11, Sindhu once again came out strong and started to pull ahead. Despite He Bing Jiao’s best efforts, Sindhu remained unmoved as she won two more consecutive points to finish it off at 19-15.

The defence has always been Sindhu’s weakness, but in this game, it was much stronger. Pusarla’s Coach Park Tae-Sang Told PTI “For Sindhu defence has been a weakness, there is no problem with her attack. Every player, every coach knows that and today her defence was 200%. It was superb. The entire tournament, barring yesterday, she has been very good in defence,” “We have been working every day on her net play and defence and I am happy it worked”.

Coach Park Tae-Sang’s international career as a player ended in 2002 with him earning a gold medal at the Asian Games. After turning professional coach in 2013. In late 2019, after the abrupt departure of women’s coach Kim Ji Hyun, he took over the duty of training Sindhu after serving as a national coach for the Korean badminton team for five years from 2013 to 2018.

Speaking after winning the bronze medal match against He Bing Jao, Badminton World Federation (BWF) quoted Sindhu as saying, “It makes me feel really happy because I`ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best, my all, and think about the emotions. I`m really happy and I think I`ve done really well. It`s a proud moment getting a medal for my country.”

In addition, Sindhu said that the focus will now be on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

On an emotional Instagram note, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying revealed how PV Sindhu encouraged her after the match. China’s Chen Yufei defeated Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the women’s singles final. After finishing second at the Tokyo Games, Tai had to settle for the silver medal. After the medal ceremony, she revealed how PV Sindhu offered her words of encouragement after the final loss.

She hugged Tai and told her she did a wonderful job in the final, Tai wrote on Instagram. Sindhu’s encouragement after the final made her cry, the Chinese Taipei shuttler added. “PV Sindhu hugged me and told me I know you are sick but you did very well, but today was not your day,” “She held me in her arms and said she knew it all. That sincere encouragement made me cry,” she added.

From being the first Indian to become Badminton World Champion to winning medals for India in two consecutive Olympics, she has indeed built a legacy.

 

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