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RR vs MI: Mumbai Indians cruise to a seven-wicket victory with De Kock’s 70



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SRH’s 171 on the same ground should’ve been indication enough for the Rajasthan Royals that it wasn’t a winning total. Yet, that is what the Mumbai Indians restricted them to, falling short of a good 20-25 runs, as acknowledged by RR skipper Sanju Samson.

After starting with their first powerplay without losing any wickets in 21 matches, what went wrong for the RR? Jos Buttler and Yashaswi Jaiswal had a field day with the Mumbai bowlers, taking them to the cleaners in the powerplay. With boundaries raining every over and a score of 47, the openers looked comfortably settled.

But maybe a little too comfortable. Right after slogging Rahul Chahar for a maximum, Buttler was stumped out effortlessly by De Kock off his next much slower delivery. That’s not to take away from Buttler’s commendable 41 off 32 balls, giving RR the explosive start they needed.

Samson continued to fuel the momentum, and with him and Jaiswal firing off from both ends, Rajasthan looked on course to post a massive target. But then came the critical wicket, which changed the course of the match significantly. Chahar picked the catch of Jaiswal off his own bowling, the wicket coming within just two overs of Buttler’s. Jaiswal departed for a well-made 32 off 20 deliveries.

In hindsight, the Rajasthan Royals would probably berate themselves for not sending in their star player, David Miller, next. As it happened, Shivam Dube’s arrival was greeted with six dot deliveries faced by him. At 91-2 at the halfway mark, RR was easily staring at a total nearing 200.

Dube did manage to find a few boundaries during his innings, but his knock of 35 off 31 balls undoubtedly dragged down RR’s hurtling momentum. On any other day, Dube’s innings would be considered par, but Rajasthan needed more than par after losing three of their five games. It might seem harsh to pin a team’s failure on a single individual who didn’t even perform poorly in objective terms.

But, on a side where the other batsmen fire at strike rates of close to 160, 113 pales in comparison. The management is as much to blame to hold back Miller to face only four deliveries at the fag-end of the innings. Of course, none of this takes away from MI’s excellent bowling effort to arrest the run-flow to only 45 runs in the last five overs. In the end, RR simply couldn’t manage to ride home on Samson’s 42.


Mumbai’s first run-chase was led in style by Quinton De Kock, who finally hit the ground running after his struggle this season. The MI captain, Rohit Sharma, struggled to find his footing throughout the powerplay before finally succumbing to Chris Morris, departing for a scratchy 14 off 17 balls. But that’s the beauty of the Mumbai batting line-up. Even if one or two players fail to fire off, three more should shoulder that responsibility. And that’s precisely what the Mumbai Indians did. De Kock wasn’t left alone to bear the burden of carrying the team to victory.

Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard’s rapid 16s took the weight of big-hitting off De Kock’s shoulders. RR thought they could take a breather after dismissing the dangerman Yadav, but their opponents had more in their arsenal. Mumbai’s middle-order finally clicked into place this match after Krunal Pandya was promoted up the order in Ishan Kishan’s absence.

The older Pandya played a responsible knock of 39 off 26 balls before being bowled clean by Mustafizur Rahman. But it was too little, too late. Mumbai had all but tasted victory. De Kock finished the innings unbeaten at 70 off 50 balls, sealing their win definitively with nine balls to spare.

The Rajasthan Royals made a valiant bowling effort, but unfortunately, 172 was a cakewalk for the Mumbai Indians without picking up wickets up-front. It’s quite evident that Rajasthan is keenly feeling the blow of not having their leading wicket-taker this season, Jofra Archer. But the team absolutely has to rethink their decision-making in terms of their batting line-up and perhaps train their bowlers better to defend their totals.

This Delhi wicket is definitely a breath of fresh air for Mumbai, who visibly struggled to adjust to the Chennai pitches. Rohit Sharma says, “Playing the conditions well is important, we didn’t adapt well in Chennai, but we knew once that leg ended, we were going to play on good pitches (in Delhi). We needed this win badly after a couple of losses, we did pretty much everything right, from ball one, very clinical towards the end as well.”

He also states, “This is something that was required, we took the responsibility, good to see a complete team effort. The bowlers did the job for us, came back pretty well in the death overs, giving 50 odd runs with 7 wickets in hand was a great effort.”

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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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