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IPL 2021: MI vs RCB – Harshal Patel And De Villiers Take It Home For RCB

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The MI vs RCB tournament opener served up both a new record and extended an old one. The first being Harshal Patel’s remarkable five-wicket haul, the first-ever fiver against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians (MI). The latter was MI’s continued stroke of misfortune as they failed to win their first IPL match for the 9th time in a row since 2012.

MI fronted a new opening pair of openers in Quinton De Kock’s absence- Rohit Sharma and Chris Lynn. Though Sharma lost his wicket early in an ill-timed run-out, his partner Lynn pulled through, playing a knock of 49 off 35 balls. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan contributed a commendable 59 runs among them. But the real shocker was the collapse of Mumbai’s highly applauded middle order, consisting of some of the most formidable batsmen in the likes of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard.

The collapse came in the last five overs of the innings, at the hand of Harshal Patel. Kishan’s dismissal by Patel’s yorker was originally called ‘not out’, but AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli’s quick review reversed the decision. While Hardik Pandya and Kishan fell prey to Patel’s deadly yorkers, Krunal Pandya and Pollard were deceived by the devious slower balls, their balls sailing through the sky right into the hands of waiting fielders. Patel finished off his last over with his fifth wicket of debutant Jansen.

Where MI was projected to score close to 170, if not more, the death bowling halted their attack at a mere 159, managing to take 8 wickets. Though RCB’s bowling attack shone through in the first innings, their fielding was painfully below par with some glaring misfields and multiple dropped catches.

The second innings began with a curious opening pair of Kohli and Washington Sundar, who is known as a bowler. The pressure of having to open against one of the best bowling sides was evident in Sundar as he struggled to tee off. Sundar almost lost his wicket on his very second ball, but luckily for him, he was dropped. But the luck didn’t last for long, as he was caught and had to walk off with a score of just 10 runs. RCB keenly felt the loss of young prodigy Devdutt Padikkal as their opening partnership failed to get results, and they lost two quick wickets within 8 balls.

RCB’s middle batting order has always been questionable in its strength, failing to perform consistently. And though this match didn’t prove it to the contrary, there was one exception- Glenn Maxwell. The new RCB recruit had quite an unremarkable IPL season in 2020, drawing flak for his unfruitfully expensive purchase by Kings XI Punjab. But Maxwell seemingly regained his early spark with his knock of 39 off 28 balls.

By the 15th over, it was starting to look like a losing match for RCB as they stood at just a 103, with the new batsmen barely making a dent in the total. But as the RCB fans say, with De Villiers still at the crease, never count RCB out of the game. The man stepped up to the big ask and propelled RCB on the path to victory with striking boundaries and cleverly thought-out shots. He kept his calm in the face of Bumrah and Trent to give his team a fighting chance and turned the game around.

The match went on to the very last ball in a nail-biting showdown. The high stakes resulted in a few quick dismissals at the death, but De Villiers stood tall. Though the veteran player lost his wicket to a run-out in a bid to get a couple of runs, it was undoubtedly his crucial 48 off just 27 that clinched the victory for RCB. With just 2 more runs to win, Patel took it home for his new team, RCB won by 2 wickets.

In the post-match conference, Patel reflected on his newfound confidence and perfect execution, “When we gathered for the first camp there was a very clear instruction to me that I’m going to bowl at least two overs at the death. That gave me a lot of clarity and confidence to work on my skills and develop plans against the batters I’m going to face in the death overs in various teams. It made my preparation a lot more concise.”

His captain Virat Kohli was also all praise for him, deigning him with RCB’s designated death bowler’s position. “I think his spell was the difference in containing those 20-25 runs at the end. The wickets that he got weren’t fluke wickets, he actually wanted the guys to hit where they ended up getting caught. That was the hallmark of his game because he was very clear in what he wanted to do.”

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma didn’t seem too bothered by the loss, claiming that “winning the championship is important, I guess, not the first game.” While MI will improve upon their oversights and slip-ups, RCB will hope to carry this winning momentum forward in their upcoming matches.

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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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