The Sports Ministry Has Recommended Nine Names For The Prestigious Padma Vibhushan Award And Creates History!

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 India is a sports-loving nation and has a special space in India. We are blessed to have Word class athletes and players which has produced so many great sportsmen in every sport.  It also plays a crucial part in our life as helps to reduce stress and also builds healthy bones and muscles, increases fitness, boosts self-confidence and above all lowers the risk of getting obese.

In recent times Indian women athletes have amazed us by breaking the gender barrier and created a niche which inspired the future generation. Players like Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, Mithali Raj, Saina Nehwal, Geeta Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Deepa Malik, PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Mithali Raj to name a few have reached the top against odds and also made us proud by being trailblazers the best game-changers we will ever know.

 They never have anything easy as compared to their counterpart accolades of the same things are celebrated and paid more. Also, one question which is constantly asked about their marriage plans instead of boosting their morale & we should appreciate them for their sporting excellence. They have taught us to look beyond gender stereotypes and paved the way to empower us all.

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 Indian Sports Ministry released the recommended for Padma Vibhushan and creating wave throughout the nation. One of the main reason being that the Indian Sports Ministry has recognized the contribution of the country’s top female athletes in the world of sports. Sports Ministry has taken a positive step by sending an all-women list to the Home Ministry for the esteemed Padma Awards.

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The list consists of names such as Six-time world champion boxer M. C. Mary Kom has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award and Badminton player and PV Sindhu for Padma Bhushan. MC Mary Kom is one of the most prolific boxers in our country and bestows rare feet of being the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships, becomes the first woman athlete to be recommended by the Sports Ministry for Padma Vibhushan.

 Manipur boxer will join elite club by becoming the fourth sportsperson to receive the Padma Vibhushan after chess player Vishwanathan Anand, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary in 2008.

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Recently PV Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight games 21-7, 21-7 the first Indian to win Badminton World Championships at Basel, Switzerland. The ace shuttler has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian award. The ace player had been bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2015.

 The other names which have been sending to Home Ministry for Padma Shri award as follows Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricketer), Hockey captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters, Tashi and Nungshi Malik.



The recommendations have been sent to the ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the names of the selected awardees will be announced on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations early next year.

Today is an important date in the history when two incidents happened which shook the world.

Today is 11th September when two historical events occurred which shocked the whole world. One was attacked on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001 and the other was the inspirational speech given by Swami Vivekananda.

 Swami Vivekananda gave a motivational three-minute speech at Parliament of World Religions in Chicago on 11th Sept’ 93. In the speech, he introduced Hinduism to the world and also spoke on important topics such as intolerance, religion and the need to end all forms of fanaticism.  Such was the effect of the remarkable message that he was given a two-minute standing ovation. He began the speech  by addressing the audience as “Sisters and Brothers of America”

Here are excerpts from his discourse that continues to echoes in society.

 *An argument in favour of religious tolerance and accommodation as against self-righteousness and bigotry as aptly illustrated by the “frog in the well” (kupamanduka) story. In substance, Vivekananda emphasised the religious pluralism embedded in Hinduism. Contrary to commonplace perception, he did not try to advocate the idea of a universal religion, not even of the unity of religious thought or practice but the idea of a common goal or destiny (human salvation) for every religious community

*The questioning of religious conversion itself, arguing that holiness, purity and charity was not the exclusive premise of any one sect or church.”

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*The questioning of religious conversion itself, arguing that holiness, purity and charity was not the exclusive premise of any one sect or church.”

“Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time comes; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.”

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 The second historical movement which took place on the same date but the different year was the Terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City while a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C.

18 years today people woke up to a news which shook the whole world and witnessed the wrath of terrorism as almost 3,000 people went to sleep for the final time.

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Post the attack it become clear that the hijackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and was financed by the al Qaeda terrorist organization of Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East.

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Oval Office released an official statement saying that “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them.”

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The mastermind behind the September 11th attacks, Osama Bin Laden had been on the run and away of prying eyes of the intelligence forces working around the clock for a long time. He was finally traced by US intelligence agency that he was stationed in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011.

 Post which a plan was executed by the U.S. forces to infiltrate the compound and kill the most wanted man. On June 2011, then-President Barack Obama announced the commencement of large-scale troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.

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The world leaders also learnt an very important lesson that the world cannot afford to forget that the national and global security agencies cannot lower their guard in fight against terrorism.

Remembering Aisha Chaudhary Who Motivated Everyone With Her beautiful life!

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Today the much-awaited trailer launch of The Sky Is Pink which marks the return of Priyanka Chopra to home turf. Her last movie was Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal (2016) post which she has been busy making a name for herself in the West. The movie will bring about the inspirational journey of the author, Aisha Chaudhary.

In the biographical movie, The Sky Is Pink trailer we can say that the makers of the movie have given justice to her journey, it will certainly honour her. The movie is being directed by Shonali Bose, which also stars Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf Suresh alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar. The movie is very close to the heat of the director as she also lost her son at a young age of 16 in an accident back in 2010.

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The trailer is three minutes long which commences with Zaira Wasim voiceover and claiming herself as the ‘Villain’ in the story. Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Aditi ) and Farhan Akhtar (Niren) are laying the role of parents to Zaira Wasim Character. Also gave us glimpses into the journey of how they both fight to save their daughter Aisha who is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. The movie is all set to hit the theatres on October 11, 2019.

 This is a story about a girl named Aisha Chaudhary who believed “If you cannot change your own life, change someone else’s.”

 My Little Epiphanies Author penned down a book in which she spoke about in details about been born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. At a very young age of 6 had to undergo for her first bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplants come with a strong risk of pulmonary fibrosis, a disease which causes difficulty in breathing. The 13-year-old was diagnosed with it in January, 

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During this time Aisha who was at the time was studying at the American Embassy School but had to take a break from studies. But this didn’t break her morale and went on to become a motivational speaker at the age of 14 and her motto was “I must do it because I think I can’t.”

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During the interaction with the media her mother Aditi Chaudhary was quoted saying that Her lung capacity was only 35% and as a result, she had trouble walking and navigating staircases. She would tire very easily. She was often not asked out by friends as she was getting slower and needed help with carrying heavy things. I think the more she suffered and the more she felt unaccepted by her peers, the more determined she became.”

 Her mother, further added that “Aisha was using portable oxygen from the age of 15 and although she looks very well in both her talks, she was very sick and the doctors had warned us that if she gets any upper respiratory tract infection, she may not survive. We never focused on the fear and took her all over the country for her talks and she traveled all over the world.”

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In the last few months off her life, Aisha penned downed a book titled ‘My Little Epiphanies’ and emphasized “You live every moment twice, once in your mind and once when you live it.” the book also highlights the importance to create happy memories during the tough times in your life.

ISRO failure to successfully land Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram on Moon has inspired millions of Indians.


Vikram Sarabhai has played a crucial role in establishing of Indian National Committee for Space Research, ISRO was established in 1962. He magnificently influenced the Indian government of the importance of a space program after the Russian Sputnik launch. On his 100th Birth Anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji had paid homage to the Father of the Indian space program, and reminded the nation about his vision helped India become a major science and technology hub in the world.

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In the video Message PM Narendra Modi Ji had quoted saying, “He used to say that people of India must not hesitate to use the latest technology to solve problems faced by the society. It was this vision of Dr. Sarabhai which played an important role in making India a major player in the field of science and technology. “We are now making use of space technology and nuclear technology for the benefit of common men. Dr Sarabhai gave a new direction to our space and nuclear programs. We can say that the rocket launched by him at Thumba has now taken different forms to help us reach to the Moon and Mars.”

 

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Chandrayaan-2 is a very multifaceted and evolutionary step for our country. The mission was one of its kind as ISRO was taken a big leap by launching a new lunar mission the Chandrayaan 2 and in doing so taking India where no nation has gone before – the Moon’s South Polar Region. One of the main purposes of the project is to discover the space and inspire the future generation to explore the world of sciences.

 The whole nation was glued to the television set in the early hours of Saturday to know that status of the mission by hit a rough patch when lander lost communication with ground stations during its final descent. In the very last stages, the Vikram Lander lost contact with the ground, just 2.1 km from the lunar surface. The Indian Space Research Organisation released a statement and was quoted saying that, “The success criteria were defined for each and every phase of the mission and till date 90 to 95% of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue to contribute to Lunar science, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander,”

 

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Post the plan not making its desired result not going as its was planned led to ISRO Chairman K Sivan was inconsolable post-hearing the inspirational speech by PM Modi ji who applauded scientist hard work and praised their “resilience and tenacity”. During his interaction with the scientist at the ISRO Control Centre in Bengaluru and was quoted saying that, “India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress”.

 

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This is not the first time an Indian space mission did not go as plan. Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam gave an inspirational talk on how to handle failure while referring to the 1979 SLV-3 mission crash and was quoted saying, “The year was 1979. I was the project director. My mission was to put the satellite in the orbit. Thousands of people worked for nearly 10 years. I have reached Sriharikota and it is in the launch pad. The countdown was going on T minus 4 minutes, T minus 3 minutes, T minus 2 minutes, T minus 1 minute, T minus 40 seconds. And the computer put it on hold, don’t launch it. I am the mission director, I have to make a decision.”

Kalam Saab also recalled the incident when then Isro chief Satish Dhawan held a press conference along with him to break the news of the mission failure to the nation and was quoted saying that ‘Dear friends, we have failed today. I want to support my technologists, my scientists, my staff, so that next year they succeed. He took the whole blame on himself despite criticisms. He took all the blame and assured them that next year we would succeed because his team was a very good one.”

 The Indian Space Research Organisation has been working very hard trying to figure out what happened to the Chandrayaan-2 lander and managed to locate Vikram on the lunar surface. Mylswamy Annadurai during a recent interaction with ANI was quoted saying that, “As we have located the lander on the lunar surface, we now have to establish contact with it. The place, where the lander alighted is expected to be not conducive enough for the lander to soft-land. There may be some obstacles, which could have been stopping us from establishing the connection”

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“Isro could manage to raise “one-way” communication with Vikram, but it would not last more than 5-10 minutes. “There is always a two-way communication between the orbiter and lander, but we can attempt to communicate through one way… It is a tricky situation but our scientists are capable enough to handle it.”


Heartiest congratulations to our scientists at #ISRO for a phenomenal achievement…your work and huge dedication make us proud. We will rise again! #JaiHind


Shafali Verma Creates History And Gives Remarkable Lift To Women’s Cricket In Haryana!

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Recently veteran Mithali Raj retired from T20I cricket to concentrate on the ODI format and will continue to represent Inidian Women Cricket until the World Cup of 2021. Mithali has gone to play 89 T20Is in which she has scored 2364 runs at an average of 37.52 including 17 half-centuries. She has also represented the Indian cricket team in over 200 ODIs, scoring over 6500 runs. The Hyderabadi Cricketer Mithali Raj to social media to leave a special message for the match and wrote, “I thank all of you for the love and support you have given me throughout my T/20 career 🙏🏻. Onto the ODI’s now! #onwardsandupwards #lotstolookforwardto #gratitude.”

This led to the inclusion for the initiation of 15-year-old cricketer Shafali Verma in the Indian women’s cricket team for the upcoming home T20 Internationals vs South Africa. The reason behind the selection of the talented cricketer was her superb performance in the Women’s T20 challenge earlier at this year. It commendable achievement for the Haryana-girl to represent the country at such a young age. The world took notice to her brilliance at the women’s T20 challenge and played under the captaincy of Mithali for Team Velocity which was took place during the IPL earlier this year.

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During the interaction with the media  revealed what made her fall in love with the sport and motivated to take a cricket as profession. The young cricketer revealed that when she was 10 year old she had gone to watch her Idol Sachin Tendulkar play his final Ranji Trophy game ahead of his international retirement. She also went on to say that, “Jitne log Sachin sir ko andar dekhne ke liye khade the, utne hee bahar the (There were as many people outside the stadium as inside to get a glimpse of Tendulkar). Only then I realised how big a deal is to be a cricketer in India, especially when you are revered like Sachin sir.”

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“I can never forget that day. My cricketing journey started from there,” the soft-spoken player said hours after getting the news of her selection for the T20 series against South Africa.”

The young cricketer created history by becoming the youngest players to be picked for India and the Rohtak-born opener journey has been outstanding and inspiring at the same time.  The young cricketers trained extensively for hours. She is known for being big hitter of the ball. She first time showed the sign on being explosive batsman during the 2018-19 Inter-State Women’s T20 tournament where her scored 128 runs off 56 balls against Nagaland. Her talent came to notice of the selectors where she clobbered her opponent by scoring 34 off 31 balls in the women’s T20 Challenge which was held in Jaipur earlier this year against an experienced attack consisting of well reputed international names.  

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“I can never forget that day. My cricketing journey started from there,” the soft-spoken player said hours after getting the news of her selection for the T20 series against South Africa.”

The young cricketer created history by becoming the youngest players to be picked for India and the Rohtak-born opener journey has been outstanding and inspiring at the same time.  The young cricketers trained extensively for hours. She is known for being big hitter of the ball. She first time showed the sign on being explosive batsman during the 2018-19 Inter-State Women’s T20 tournament where her scored 128 runs off 56 balls against Nagaland. Her talent came to notice of the selectors where she clobbered her opponent by scoring 34 off 31 balls in the women’s T20 Challenge which was held in Jaipur earlier this year against an experienced attack consisting of well reputed international names.  

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“I can never forget that day. My cricketing journey started from there,” the soft-spoken player said hours after getting the news of her selection for the T20 series against South Africa.”

The young cricketer created history by becoming the youngest players to be picked for India and the Rohtak-born opener journey has been outstanding and inspiring at the same time.  The young cricketers trained extensively for hours. She is known for being big hitter of the ball. She first time showed the sign on being explosive batsman during the 2018-19 Inter-State Women’s T20 tournament where her scored 128 runs off 56 balls against Nagaland. Her talent came to notice of the selectors where she clobbered her opponent by scoring 34 off 31 balls in the women’s T20 Challenge which was held in Jaipur earlier this year against an experienced attack consisting of well reputed international names.  

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Shefali was trained at the academy in Rohtak and opened about her selection in the squad and was quoted “I was expecting this call-up to be honest. I had done well in domestic cricket and also in that big tournament in Jaipur. The recent camp at NCA also went well for me. So, yes I was hopeful.”

The Haryana cricketer also talked about her father role in helping her to fulfil her dreams and also revealed that Sachin Tendulkar was one of the major reason she took up sports. Her father by profession is a profession and was quoted saying that, “My papa always loved the game, and he wanted to pursue it but could not do that. He thought he could fulfil his cricketing dream through me. He took me to the nearby academy and I did not look back from there on. Now my five year siblings also want to play for cricket. My elder brother also plays.”

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Also opened about her favourite shots and her favourite players in the Indian women’s team and was quoted saying that, “Stepping out to the spinners and hitting them for a straight six. Asked about her favourite players in the Indian women’s team, Shafali added: “Mithali di (Mithali Raj) and Harman di (Harmanpreet Kaur).”

“I met all the players recently at the NCA. I didn’t get to spend time with Harman di but Mithali di gave me confidence and told me to keep my head strong.”

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The Indian team will take part in a preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru from September 12. The T20I series start in Surat on September 24. The ODI series will begin from  October 9 in Vadodara. The Squad are as follows

Indian Women’s ODI squad:

Indian Women’s squad for first 3 T20Is:





Why Teachers’ Day is celebrated on September 5 And Talk About How Teachers Influences Our Life. Read Here!

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Today the whole is celebrating Teachers days all across the nation. Let us remember the great scholar, philosopher, teacher and former President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his Birth Anniversary.

The First Vice President and second President of independent India was born into a Telugu household. He has also penned down a book titled ‘The Philosophy Rabindranath Tagore’. He held a master degree in philosophy and was very well known in the field of Indian philosophy. He had a long spell of teaching at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University. Also from the duration of 1931-1936, served as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University. He was also invited at Oxford to teach Eastern Religions and Ethics in 1936, a position he held for 16 years.

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Every year on 5 September since 1962, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on his birthday to remember his work. The day holds a special place in the hearts of the Students and teachers alike as functions are held for teachers in various in the institutes ranging from schools and college. To make the day special for the teachers, students perform spoofs and even perform for their gurus. The main purpose is to remember and remind the crucial role teacher’s play information on students’ lives and careers.

Teachers instill values, principles, and ethics in us, and these teachings shape us to the person we become in the future. They also play a crucial role in society as they help to shape the mindset of the future generation of the country. Educators help hone the skills and character of the students which wills to become a law-abiding citizens. The real gift for teachers is when students become a good human being, successful in their respective careers.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji had a special message for the teaching community on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. He captioned, “शिक्षक दिवस के अवसर पर सभी शिक्षकों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। Teachers Day greetings to everyone. India pays tributes to Dr. S Radhakrishnan, an exceptional teacher, and mentor, on his Jayanti.”

#MithaliRaj’s bids adieu to the T20Is but isn’t just the turning of a page. It is the beginning of the end of a book .

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Indian Women Cricket Captain Mithali Raj is named to reckon with it and her record is testaments to them. She has represented the country in 263 matches and scored 6613 runs at an outstanding average of 51.81. In Test cricket, she has 50 plus batting average and has a double hundred to her name.

Her batting average in T20 cricket is also commendable and an average of 37.52 and the highest score of 97* with 17 half-centuries from the 89 T20Is. She has been playing for India for 18 years now. Also hold the record of being the youngest to score a hundred in women’s ODIs at the age of 16 years, 205 days.

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 Mithali Raj took a very tough decision to pick up one between dance and cricket. And she picked up cricket as her profession and rest is history. She was quoted saying that, “I would definitely admit that dance has helped me a lot in my initial days as a cricketer because I didn’t have to work much on fitness then because dancing for hours is fitness (regime) in itself. And it helped me a lot in my footwork.”

 Her decision to retire from international T20s came as a shock to the entire nation and Indian cricket will never be the same.  She has captivated us for two decades. Former Captain of Indian women team has been out o favour ever since the controversy that too during the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20. If reports are to believe Team Management had complained about her bad attitude and was dropped for the crucial semi-final match Vs England women’s team. She had also blamed then-coach Romesh Powar and CoA member Diana Edulji of showing partiality in an official complaint letter to BCCI.

 During a recent interaction with media shed a light on decision od retiring from the shorter format and was quoted saying that, ” I had already discussed the issue and also shared it with the coach and selector during the New Zealand tour in January. Even before we got into the T20I series against England, had spoken to them as I could see that I wouldn’t be figuring in the next T20 World Cup”.

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“I am planning for the ODI World Cup as there is a year-and-a-half more to go there is a year-and-a-half more to go. We have enough time to prepare for it as I am one of those players who invests a lot of time in preparation. I want the 2021 World Cup to be my swansong. That is what I am looking at and am working towards it. After T20 World Cup finishes every board will be preparing for the ODI World Cup so that period will be a busy one. That’s why this is the time for my preparations to get going”

 Hyderabad Cricketer has been an inspiration for a generation of women cricketers and torchbearer for the sport in our country which is given confidence to girls to take up the sport as a career.

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 Also, there is great news for her fans as Viacom18 Motion Pictures has acquired the rights to make a biopic on her journey and was quoted saying that “I am extremely happy on this association with Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Hoping that this movie inspires more people, especially young girls to take up sports as a career.”

 Viacom18 Motion Pictures released a statement and was quoted saying that “We are proud to be collaborating with the young and inspirational Mithali Dorai Raj, a name single-handedly responsible in bringing about a shift in the way women’s cricket team was perceived in our country.”

Virat Kohli Is India’s Most Successful Test Captain and Makes Awe-inspiring Statement on Captaining India!

 

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Cricket is one of the most loved sports in India and is played every nook and corner of the country. In recent times we have seen the eruption of Twenty20 Cricket began in August 2005 between Australia and New Zealand. But the sports got the attention of the cricket lovers was during the first Twenty20 Cricket World cup when Southpaw Yuvraj Singh lit the stadium alive by hitting Stuart Broad for 6 Sixes in a memorable match of India’s victorious campaign. It has given tough competition to the Test format.

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Test cricket is still valued and respected by the players as it provides unlimited opportunities for real-time performance against their counterparts. Players have to fight it out with every ounce of what they have till the sunsets. The longer format tests a player’s determination, patience, approach, and level of preparedness for the highest level.

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ICC has taken a positive step by conceptualizing the World Test Championship to make Test cricket popular among the fans buzz by introducing a world title to be won by the team. For the first time we spectators got to see the players wear jerseys with their names and numbers on it, as in the limited-overs formats. The inaugural ICC World Test Championship edition will see top nine Test teams — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.

 

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During the media interaction with the media, Virat Koli spoke about his views on ICC introducing ICC World Test Championship edition and was quoted saying that, “We are awaiting the ICC World Test Championship with great enthusiasm as it adds context to the longest format of the game,” Kohli said in an ICC media release. Test cricket is very challenging and coming out on top in the traditional form is always highly satisfying. The Indian team has done well in recent years and will be fancying its chances in the championship.”

Indian Cricket Team under the leadership of Virat Kohli played superbly against West Indies to win the series by 257 runs at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica to complete a 2-0 whitewash over the hosts. The win gave Virat Kohli and boys their first series triumph in the ICC World Test Championship and taking them to the top of the table with 120 points. Virat Kohli has broken another record by becoming India’s most successful Test captain by surpassing former India skipper MS Dhoni’s record with his 28th Test win.

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Virat Kohli now has the most Test wins as India captain (28 wins in 48 matches), who is followed by MS Dhoni (27 wins in 60 matches), Sourav Ganguly (21 wins in 49 matches) and Mohammad Azharuddin (14 wins in 47 matches).

 

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The series was more fruitful as the team worked in tandem and achieved the desired result. The bowler’s department consisting of Ishant Sharma (2/37), Mohammed Shami (3/65), Jasprit Bumrah (1/31 in 11 overs) and lone spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/58) maintained a tight leash on the opponent batsmen.

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The tour also marked the finding of new talent in Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane who found it get back in form. Vihari emerged as the leading run-getter in the series with 289 runs, including a ton and two half-centuries. Rahane, India’s vice-captain, went on to score 271 runs, consisting of a century and two fifties, in the four innings he played in the Caribbean Islands.

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Former West Indies fast bowler legend Ian Bishop during the post-match presentation, reminded Kohli of his record and was quoted saying that, “Being the most successful Test captain? It’s a by-product of the team we have. Our bowlers are amazing. Shami was great, Ishant bowling his heart out, Jadeja bowling a long spell. Captaincy is just a ‘C’ in front of your name. It’s a collective effort.”

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 The skipper further added, “Pretty comprehensive again. Played really good cricket over four days. Getting a result in the manner that you want is crucial. Were in some tricky situations. Took a lot of character from the boys collectively. For us, it’s just the start of the Championship. Whatever’s happened in the past is irrelevant. Look forward to keeping continuing playing good cricket.” 

See Video – South Africa’s Former Cricketer Jonty Rhodes Inspiring With His Intense Fielding Routine!

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Cricket is one of the most loved sports in our country and India’s cricket fan-base has been many times multiplied over time. It is played in every nook and corner in our nation. Though there has been a change of wind in recent times as other sports such as football, basketball, wrestling, shooting have increased admiration but still, cricket remains the most viewed sport in India. Over the years we have seen India producing elite cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, M S Dhoni, and Virat Kohli have caught the imagination of the nation.

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A Cricketer is more or less judged on his statistics and average, but there is one who cannot be judged on these lines and brought a revolution in the fielding department. Yes, you have guessed it right, we are talking about none other than the great South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes who is worth far more than the story those numbers tell.

He began his international career as a batsman but with sheers dedicated and hard work went on to become a top-class international player. He brought about a new dimension to fielding which capitulated him to become recognized as the best fielder in the world raised the world standard in the field. The South African first caught the eye of the world was during the World Cup of 1992 at Brisbane.t, Rhodes picked up the ball and dove full length with the ball in hand towards the wickets and knocked them all down to run-out Inzamam in spectacular fashion. This led to South Africa to win the game by 20 runs. 

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During his career held the world record for most dismissals by a non-wicket keeper in a one-day international, post taking five catches vs the West Indies in the Hero Cup in Bombay in 1993/94.

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Post retiring from the sport, Jonty on a regular interval can be seen interacting with the budding cricketer and giving them valuable insights. These days South African cricketer along with Ryan Maroon is conducting training sessions in Sri Lanka in which we can see 50-year old was involved in a drill where he captivated with his extreme fielding routine.
 Ryan Maroon uploaded the video of the session and wrote, “He maybe 50 years old but he still has it! Been another amazing chapter mentoring and coaching 500 plus amazingly talented and gifted cricketers over this past week in Colombo – Kandy – Negombo with ama sports”.

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 Alex Nishantha who is the coordinator of the program was quoted saying that, “This will be the first time Jonty (Rhodes) will come on such a mission to Sri Lanka. He has been a part of the Sri Lanka coaching unit in the recent past, but during the upcoming camps, he will mostly focus on youngsters, while we also receive inquiries from First Class cricketers as well. He will be willing to have anybody on board, who are eager to learn and perfect their skills”.

Rhodes had recently been in the news for applying for the role of India’s fielding coach, but he was not in the top three, with R Sridhar retaining his position. The selection committee revealed that Sridhar had pitched in with a good performance in his tenure, and replacing him would have been harsh. 

 Recently South African legend had applied for the role of India’s fielding coach role but his name did not feature in the 3-man shortlist as MSK Prasad-led selection which was met with a lot of criticism amongst the fans and cricket fraternity alike. But he took not been selected in his stride and was quoted saying that “I am sure my interview was not as good as the one with the incumbent coach because he has been there for the last couple of years. Players have worked with a plan. And you can see the progress as it just doesn’t happen. I am expecting that from an interview point of view – he kicked my butt.”

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Why Do So Many Fans Across The World Fall In Love With The Manchester United?

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Manchester United is one of the most reputed clubs in the Premier League and based in Old Trafford, England. It’s not necessary whether you’re a football fan or don’t know the first thing about it, Manchester United is one club you surely must have heard of. The club boast of royal fans following across the world and royalty matched by none. The Club has produced great players with superb skills who enthralled the football fans whether played for the club or while representing their country. Red Devil reign over its opponents and the ever-growing fanbase makes it one of the most followed clubs in the world.

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The club was formed in the year 1878 and was known as Newton Heath L&YR Football Club. The team was represented by Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company in which there the team’s player worked. The club was purchased by Glazers for £790million almost 14 years ago .

The one accident which brings tears down the eyes of every fan is the Munich Air disaster in which 7 members of the Manchester United team known as the Busby Babes were among 21 people killed when their plane crashed on take-off. The players who lost the life on this tragic tragedy was Eddie Colman, 21, Liam Whelan, 22, David Pegg, 22, Mark Jones, 24, Geoff Bent, 25, Tommy Taylor, 26, and team captain Roger Byrne, 28. Pegg, Taylor, and Byrne were England internationals, while Whelan had represented Ireland. 

 

To pay homage to the players, the club stopped the clock at Old Trafford Stadium remains permanently frozen at 3:04 p.m. on Feb. 6, 1958. The solitary word beneath it is Munich. Those fortunate to escape with their lives, started from the scratch to rebuild the squad and bring back the glory days and under the manager Matt Busby to former record scorer Bobby Charlton, while the likes of Albert Scanlon and Dennis Viollet also continued their careers at the top. He doing so went on to become some of the most legendary personalities in the history of Old Trafford.

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Under Sir Alex Ferguson during the 90s and 00s changed the course of the event by achieving the impossible and becoming the biggest name in world football. In the 1998–99 season, Manchester United entered the history books by becoming the first-ever English team to win the Treble. The Boss has won armfuls of silverware in his 1500 matches in charge of the club. During the successful career with the club has gone on to win 22 major domestic titles, two European Cups and the Cup Winners’ Cup of 1991 during his reign. He has been honored with a statue at Old Trafford for his achievements with the club and a road near the stadium renamed to Sir Alex Ferguson Way. Also, the club valued his important that he has played for the club by honoring in 2011 when the Old Trafford’s North Stand was rechristened as Sir Alex Ferguson Stand on the 25th anniversary of his appointment.

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Manchester United has over the years has produced world-class players such as of Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, George Best, Mark Hughes, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Edwin Van Der Sar , Nemanja Vidić,Rio Ferdinand, Antony Martial, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford to name a few.

 Manchester United has been home to some of the top players of the game has ever seen and the club’s legacy of producing top players is one of the major reasons for its popularity and makes it one of the most iconic clubs in the world.

 
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the current Manchester United manager following a spell as the caretaker manager taking over from José Mourinho. At the end of the last season the manager was quoted saying that I’m under no illusions that this is not going to be plain sailing,” Solskjaer said. ‘It’s going to be hard, as I said before it’s survival of the fittest and also the survival of the best and that’s how ruthless we have to be.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the current Manchester United manager following a spell as the caretaker manager taking over from José Mourinho. At the end of the last season the manager was quoted saying that I’m under no illusions that this is not going to be plain sailing,” Solskjaer said. ‘It’s going to be hard, as I said before it’s survival of the fittest and also the survival of the best and that’s how ruthless we have to be.”

 “We need players who are going to be able to take us forward and that means the culture in the dressing room.

“We are under no illusions that it’s going to be hard work and there’s going to be some tough decisions made by me, Mike (Phelan) and the club.”

 This season (2019 – 2020) started on a good note with an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Chelsea. But post that everything went downfall from the managers when Man United had been held to a 1-1 draw at Wolves and were defeated to Crystal Palace at home last Saturday. The major concern is penalties not been converting into goals by the top players such as Paul Pogba at Wolves and Marcus Rashford at home to Palace.

 Wish best of luck to Manchester United in the absence of Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton.