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IPL 2021-RCB vs KKR: RCB’s Maxwell And De Villers Too Good For KKR



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This IPL surely seems different for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this time as Captain Kohli won the toss again and decided to bat first. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan had won the toss 7 times against Kohli before this match.

Harbhajan Singh opened the bowling for KKR and Devdutt Paddikal and Virat Kohli were the two openers for RCB. Kohli slashed at a ball from mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy but edged it high in the air and Rahul Tripathi caught one of the more difficult catches you’ll see running backwards just outside the 30 yards circle. Rajat Patidar, the next batsman in, got out bowled in the same over, putting two wickets on RCB’s board. Glenn Maxwell was the next batsman in and attacked the bowlers from the word go, scoring a fifty off only 28 balls. Prasidh Krishna got the wicket of his Karnataka teammate Devdutt Paddikal as he hit a pull shot high in the air and Tripathi took a good catch at deep mid-wicket.

Mr. 360 AB de Villiers was the next man in. Maxwell was not holding back by this point and the switch hit Varun Chakravarthy for a six. He looked in sublime form with the ball flying off his bat beautifully. Unfortunately, he edged a pull shot to a fine leg, ending one of his better IPL knocks. AB was also at his best, timing the ball to perfection. Andre Russell was brought into the attack and was immediately smacked for 17 runs by an unstoppable de Villers. Harbhajan was also smacked for 18 in the next over by Jamieson and de Villers. The four off a beamer (inexplicably not called a no-ball) from Russell and the six he hit by lofting Harbhajan’s short ball over covers explains why he is such a dangerous player. It was a special inning by de Villers, 76 off 34 balls. He ended the innings with a boundary and got RCB to a strong target of 204. As a sign of our times, a commentator said, “If this was a full house it would now stand”.

Shubhman Gill and Nitish Rana opened the batting for KKR, and the batting gods were looking favorably on today’s match. Gill hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in his 22 run off just 9 balls. He was timing the ball brilliantly as shown by the pull shot off Kylie Jamison. He got out trying to hit another ball over mid-on but failed to pick the off-cutter and holed the ball to Dan Christian. Then came in Rahul Tripathi who hit his first ball for a stunning drive-through cover. He ended up top-edging Washington Sundar’s delivery to Mohammed Siraj at mid-wicket after hitting 4 more dreamy boundaries for his 25.

Captain Kohli unusually introduced two spinners, Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal, in the powerplay itself, in which KKR scored 57 runs. Chahal got Nitish Rana for 18 with a simple catch at deep mid-wicket. The chasing team’s prospects were looking grim at this point as three wickets had gone down already. The onus was on captain Eoin Morgan and ex-captain Dinesh Kartik to get their team home. Alas, Kartik got out LBW as he failed to read a googly by Chahal-a dream leg-spinner wicket for RCB. Shakib was in next and had to face a magnificent flipper first ball, which missed the bat and the stumps.

The scoring rate remained low till the 13th over when the batsmen decided to get the required rate of 13 down and hit two sixes. Chahal and Siraj had a mix-up and did not attempt to catch the ball as they expected the other to catch it when Morgan edged one in the air. But this was not an expensive drop as Morgan edged one in the air to Kohli at covers. He scored 29 runs in 23 balls. Dangerous Andre Russell was the next man in. 91 runs were required off 38 balls at this point.

It turned out to be an anti-climax in the end as Shakib could not keep up with the required run rate. Russell tried his best and hit some glorious shots but there is only so much one man can do. RCB won comfortably by 38 runs. Three wins in three games for the first time in IPL history, surely something is different?

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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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