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West Indies vs India, 2nd Test in Jamaica

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Day 1:

India was under control with their continued dominance in the Second Test of the four-match series on Day 1 at Sabina Park. They trailed by 70 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings, as they first bowled out West Indies for 196 before India ended the Day 1 at 126/1.

From the time West Indies won the toss, they haven’t put a step right. Despite being aware of how weak their batting line up is, they choose to bat first when the pitch was to be at its most testing and next they batted without application. R Ashwin chewed them for breakfast with yet another fifer, registering his 18th five-wicket haul. It was the 2nd successive 5 wicket haul by Ashwin in successive innings, it seems like he is getting used to the condition.

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On the other hand it was refreshing to see a counter attack from Blackwood and Samuels, a contrasting double-act that had India worried, who put up a 81 crucial runs for the fourth wicket in the morning with Blackwood being the dominant partner, stroking seven fours and four sixes scoring a sizeable 62, Ashwin got Blackwood at the short mid-wicket caught out in a brilliant dive by the skipper Kohli, while Ishant kept pitching short to Samuels, and went for four fours in two overs, a pull, and three successive squares cuts. For perhaps the first time in the series, Indian bowlers were being seriously challenged.

But almost inevitably, the challenge was short-lived. Samuels launched R Ashwin for the sweetest six, and then, stepping out again failed to reach the pitch of a ball laden with topspin. Inside edge, caught at short leg, Back walked Samuels, out for 37.

While KL Rahul cracked an unbeaten 75 to guide India to 126/1. He has been a revelation who is turning out to be the next big thing in Indian Cricket, he brings a sense of reliability and balance at any position in the batting order he plays. R Ashwin nicknamed him as “batting machine” replaced with Murali Vijay who missed the Jamaica Test due to thumb fracture. He surely deserves a permanent place in the Test Squad as every time he got a chance has performed to his full potential.

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Amit Mishra & Mohammed Shami, on the other hand, doing the damage upfront giving a vital contribution to the team when required. Ishant Sharma struck twice on consecutive deliveries to leave West Indies at 4/2, giving a brilliant start with the ball and continued to prove his mettle.

Day 2:

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The Indian batting line-up, led by Opener KL Rahul showed a lot of composure hitting a career-best 158 as India reached a comfortable 358 for 5 on the Day 2 thereby taking complete control of the 2nd cricket Test against West Indies. Albeit at a rather slow scoring rate, KL Rahul set a record and became the second Indian player, after Mohammed Azharuddin, to convert his first three fifties into centuries.

In the morning, Rahul and Pujara played out a slow morning session, as India were trailing the hosts by just 11 runs at lunch. Starting at the overnight score of 126/1, the two batsmen looked to play for time. However, they didn’t have any help from the weather, as it was bright and sunny when play began, rendering this a good day to bat. The West Indies pacers didn’t make things easy for the Indian batsmen. Gabriel bowled an extended spell, as did Cummins and the two bowled a nagging line to trouble the duo at the crease.
The hosts managed to bounce back in the final session to dismiss both Rahul and in-form skipper Virat Kohli (out at 44), followed by the departure of the centurion from Antigua, R Ashwin, for a meager 3.

At stumps, India had consolidated their lead to a substantial 162 runs despite the fact of scoring only 232 in 88 overs bowled in the day as the visitors looked to grind the home team with an aim of out batting them.

Though the West Indians still have a long way to go in this Test before they can catch up with the Indians, especially after dishing out yet another below-par performance in their first innings.

Ajinkya Rahane looked confident during his unbeaten knock of 42 in company with Wriddhiman Saha (17*). Will Rahane and Saha put up a commanding partnership on Day 3 of the ongoing Test, and guide India to mark a score of 500? Optimistically looking forward to it.

Day 3:

India builds a considerable lead of 304 runs over the host side and declared their first innings on Day 3 after their slow play on Day 2, while the rain played it’s spoilt sport by overshadowing the visitors chances to win.

Ajinkya Rahane turned out to be the star on the 3rd Day’s play, scoring his seventh Test match century helping his team to a score of 500/9, after which the skipper declared. Rahane seems to in some real good form in the sport’s longest form.

Meanwhile, Roston Chase leads the Windies players off the field after a five-wicket haul in only his second Test match.

Rain brought a couple of interruptions, one being an early tea break followed by delayed West Indies start. It didn’t just stop completely, thus calling off the day’s play.

Without any slight chance of rain, India will be in a good position in the ongoing match, with an inevitable victory. However, the storm approaching Jamaica would get down the hopes of India’s victory.

All eyes on the rain as it will turn out be some real bad news for India if it continues to shower.

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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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