Though the IPL commentators would have you believe that low-scoring matches are the most thrilling to watch, 106 falls significantly below that scale. And that’s the total Punjab Kings managed to limp to after being destroyed in the powerplay.
In his 200th IPL match for CSK, skipper MS Dhoni called to bowl first after winning the toss. He assessed the pitch as slightly tacky with a bit more grass, predicting that the first few overs would be crucial. And his words proved to be premonitory as the fate of the match was decided in the first 7 overs that followed. Dhoni’s faith in his bowlers was rewarded handsomely with Deepak Chahar dismissing Mayank Agarwal in just the 3rd ball of the innings. The ball nipped away from the middle stump to take off the bails on the off stump, sending Agarwal walking for a duck. This dismissal marked the second time the opener has failed to make an impact in the Punjab batting line-up.
But the PBKS fans weren’t too worried because the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle walked out on the field to join their in-form captain who had scored 91 in their previous match. Chahar was robbed of the wicket of Gayle, the ball being dropped off Ruturaj Gaikwad after grazing his fingers. In his second over, Chahar was clobbered for two 4s by Gayle but the very next ball saw the skipper K L Rahul being run-out by a spectacular show of fielding by Ravindra Jadeja. There was a slight stumble in Rahul’s running which cost him the extra second it took for the veteran CSK fielder to aim at the single side-stump and still manage to hit it perfectly.
All the magic seemed to happen in Chahar’s overs, his third over-delivering two quick wickets in succession. The first was the wicket of Gayle, which was rightfully his, the big man being deceived by Chahar’s wily knuckleball. In another display of his high caliber as a fielder, Jadeja plucked the catch out of the air with the swiftness of a panther, unmatched by any other. Two balls later, Nicholas Pooran swung hard at the short ball, almost cherry-picking Shardul Thakur to take his catch. And suddenly, PBKS found themselves staring at a score of 19-4, their top order dismissed for scores of 5 (Rahul), 10 (Gayle), and 0 (Pooran). Notably, this was Pooran’s second duck in as many innings, a poor record to start the season with.
Piggybacking off of Chahar’s glorious night with the ball, Dhoni decided to bowl him out in just the 7th over. And his gamble played off as Chahar picked up a fourth of the night, sending Deepak Hooda back. The man who had played a match-winning innings against RR failed to make a dent in the total, walking off with a mere 10 runs. On the flip side, Chahar was celebrating his personal best figures of 4-13, finishing off with a maiden wicket over. His spell, boasting an impressive 18 dots, is the best performance by a seamer in the Wankhede stadium.
Needless to say, CSK completely dominated the powerplay, annihilating PBKS’ intimidating top order effortlessly. Punjab’s newest addition, Shahrukh Khan, was undoubtedly the star player of their unit, anchoring the sinking innings with his patient 47 off 36 balls. His stint, featuring four boundaries and two 6s, was well-timed in the face of rapidly falling wickets. Without Khan’s contribution, even hitting a hundred runs seemed like a mammoth task for PBKS, who were striking at under 5 runs an over.
Punjab knew that it was a losing match from the moment their top order crumbled dismally. And it came as a surprise to no one that CSK cruised to a victory, surpassing Punjab’s posted total of 106 with utter ease. The target was at least 50 runs short of a par total on that wicket, which was acknowledged by Rahul later as well. Punjab’s bowlers searched desperately for any sort of breakthrough but to no avail. Gaikwad’s struggle to find his groove was evident before he was dismissed for a paltry 5 runs off 16 balls. But CSK remained unfazed as the target was well within control and then some.
Moeen Ali, who has bumped up the batting order, replaced the trusty Suresh Raina at number 3. And Ali did not waste this opportunity, speeding to 46 runs in just 31 balls, striking at close to 150. His partnership with Faf du Plessis yielded 66 runs, putting CSK well on the way to finishing their run chase early. Unfortunately, he fell before making it to his half-century, flat-batting M Ashwin to Khan on midwicket.
In some last-minute excitement, Mohammad Shami managed to dismiss both CSK veterans Raina and Ambati Rayudu in consecutive balls. While Raina hit 8 off 9 deliveries, Rayudu departed for a golden duck. These two wickets were completely unnecessary as CSK did not need reckless big-hitting when their target was a stone’s throw away. But the wickets did no damage, CSK clinching the win and their first two points of the tournament.
After a dreadful batting performance that’s a far cry from their season-opening spectacle, K L Rahul and the rest of PBKS have much to discuss in the post-match breakdown. The losing captain reflects on their performance saying, “It’s important that we learn from our mistakes and that’s the sort of team we want to be. We still want to go out there and play fearless cricket. It’s T20 cricket, more often than not you’ll score big runs but there’ll be one or two games in a season where you lose wickets like this. It’s important that we take it on the chin and move forward and get better next game.”
Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?
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.
Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx
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.
P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics
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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