Monthly Archives: SEPTEMBER 2016
Tendulkar would just bat and shop during playing days, reveals Ganguly
Sachin Tendulkar wardrobe secrets, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja's unorganised off field habits were some of the anecdotes shared by the former India cricketers in a talk show at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly revealed that batting maestro Tendulkar would just 'bat and shop' during his playing days.
"He (Tendulkar) would only bat and shop. He would get a Test hundred and the next day you would see him shopping in an Armani or Versace and you will see them hanging in his wardrobe. He was very fond of his clothes and had a great wardrobe," Ganguly remembered.
Talking about V.V.S. Laxman, Ganguly said the elegant Hyderabadi batsman was a perennial latecomer.
"You would see him taking a shower even as the No. 4 and 5 batters were at the crease. He would even be the last to board the team bus,” Ganguly said.
The show also featured India coach Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag.
"Viru (Sehwag) at top with his batting and when you came to bowl you knew you’ve one (Kumble) who can bowl and give you wickets on any surface. He would say ‘You give me runs on the scoreboard and I will win you Tests.’ He did exactly did that.
"It was my honour to lead both of them and also Rahul, Sachin, Harbhajan…It was a golden generation, we were blessed with exceptional talents. They have made Indian cricket superior.”
Showering praise on Sehwag, Ganguly said: "He changed the batting mindset of people around the world. If you see today’s era, if the players don’t get runs quickly there’s criticism. It all started with guys like Sehwag, (Matthew) Hayden.”
"We were chasing 325 in England (Natwest Series final 2002) and I remember Viru whistling down the staircase. When I used to walk in to bat with him I used to say 'thoda sa defend karle tu century banayega (defend initially, you'll get a big score). But then I thought it is best to let players express themselves," Ganguly recalled.
To that Sehwag waxed eloquent about his captain, saying a successful player has to have a successful skipper to back him.
"I never had fear because my captain (Ganguly) would always back me. I also knew that the batsmen after me were all great. The likes of Rahul (Dravid), Sachin (Tendulkar), Sourav (Ganguly), (VVS) Laxman, M.S. Dhoni were there, so I could relax," Sehwag said.
"I remember when I went to England I was going through a rough patch. Sourav then walked up to me and said he is with me come what may and that I won't be dropped. Certain captains back certain players. You need that backing."
Joining Ganguly Former Captain Kapil Dev spilt the beans on two batsmen "most handsome batsmen staying rough” in the dressing room.
"You won’t believe the two most handsome men in our team stayed the most unclean,” said the legend.
"He (Sidhu) would somehow pack his bag throwing the clothes inside it. And Ajay too was not the most cleanest.”
Kapil also lamented that during his cricketing days, selectors used to call the shots and not the captains as it happens nowadays.
Answering points made by dashing former Sehwag that behind every successful players is the backing of his captain, Kapil, who captained India to World Cup glory in 1983, said, "I think during our time, behind a successful player there needed (to be) a successful selector.”
"It happens now that the captain is the boss. In our time, in one generation 6-7 captains were playing. I hoped selectors would have changed during that point and new selectors would come who would give the responsibility to the captain and his job is over,” Kapil said.
"You play one bad shot and you’re out of the team. Now you play 10 bad shots but still have your chance because the captain is backing you. This can happen now, but not in our time.”
Earlier, the former all-rounder rung the bell just before the Indian and New Zealand teams walked out for the national anthem on the opening day of the second Test yesterday. The ringing of the five-minute bell, introduced at Lord’s, is a ritual started in 2007.
Patiala girl wins bronze in Thailand
Sports is a field that requires constant hard work, lots of dedication and discipline to become a champion in it. Ena Arora, 18, is a young talented sportsgirl from NSNIS (Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports), Patiala, who understood this fact much early in her life. She is constantly practising hard to realise her dream of becoming a world champion. The talented girl from the royal city won bronze medal in Foil Women’s Team events at recently concluded "Thailand Open Fencing Championship”-2016.
"Thailand Fencing Association” organized "Thailand Open Fencing Championship” in Bangkok from 15th to 20th September, 2016. The team from India for Foil Women’s Team events comprised of Ena Aroa (Punjab), Tamilkani Thiyagarajan (Tamilnadu), Anil Akhila (Kerala) and Bhagya shree (Tamilnadu). The team on the basis of the individual performance of the fencers’ reached directly in Quarter finals. In Quarter finals team fought its first match against Thailand, and defeated the team. In Semi finals the team competed with Korea and after giving very tough fight lost the match and the team won bronze medal.
Ena, who started fencing in August 2008 at the age of 12 and has been a National medalist in the game since 2009, attributes her success to hard work, God’s grace and support of her family, coaches and teachers.
The Ultimate goal of her life is to become a world champion but with no compromise in her studies. Seeing her passion and dedication towards game, the goal seems to be easily achievable by her.
After 2007 World Cup,Media made me feel like a murderer, terrorist: Dhoni
India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni at a promotional event in New York for the upcoming biopic on him – MS Dhoni: The Untold Story – said that after the Indian team came back home from the 2007 World Cup, the media made him feel like a murderer or a terrorist.
The Indian media and fans were very agitated as their team had exited the quadrennial event in the first round after losing to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the Caribbean.
The 35-year-old spoke about the night when they landed in New Delhi after the World Cup. He said that once they landed, they were taken away from the airport under heavy security as several mediapersons tried to ask them questions.
India, led by Rahul Dravid, had crashed out of the 2007 World Cup in the first round, losing to Bangladesh in their opening match and then Sri Lanka. Dhoni recounted how when the team landed in New Delhi from the West Indies, they were whisked away under heavy security as "a lot of media" surrounded them and proceeded to follow members of the Indian team as they left the airport.
"When we landed in Delhi, there was a lot of media. At times, people feel that we are not emotional enough about it, but I always felt, as sports persons, you have to be strong enough to go through everything and it has to be within yourself," Dhoni told reporters on Friday. "It is not about coming for a press conference and crying about stuff, or crying in the field about what has happened.
"At that point of time, when we landed, we had to get out in a police van. I was sitting next to Viru [Virender Sehwag] paaji. It was evening or night time. We were travelling at a decent speed - 60 or 70 kms - and that's quite a bit for India, that too on the narrow roads. And, you know, media cars around us with their cameras and the big lights on top, it felt as if we had committed a big crime, maybe like a murderer or terrorist or something. We were actually chased by them.
"After a while, we entered a police station. We went there, we sat for a while and then we left in our cars after 15-20 minutes. That actually had a big impact on me and I channelised the aggression to become a better cricketer and a better human being."
After the World Cup debacle, Dhoni’s house was pelted in Ranchi. Indian fans, who should have supported their team at that time, pelted stones on their houses instead.
Later that year, in September 2007, Dhoni became India's T20I captain and led the team to a landmark win in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa - a win that put him on course to become India's most successful captain ever.
Rio Paralympics: India’s Thangavelu wins gold, Bhati bronze in high jump
India made an impressive start to its campaign at the Paralympic Games with Mariyappan Thangavelu creating history by bagging the gold while Varun Bhati won the bronze medal in the men’s T42 high jump on the second day of the mega-event, here.
But it was a disappointment for another Indian athlete Sharad Kumar who failed to finish on the podium.
Thangavelu won gold with a best effort of 1.89m while Bhati’s best jump of 1.86m got him the bronze. USA’s Sam Grewe, also with a best jump of 1.86m, took the silver.
T-42 is a disability classification in the sport for differently-abled track-and-field athletes with single ‘above the knee’ amputations or a comparable disability.
After Thangavelu and Bhati's feat, India's overall medal tally in all Paralympic Games has reached 10 - three golds, three silvers and four bronze. At the 2012 Paralympics, HN Girisha became the first Indian high-jumper to win a medal.
A total of 17 para-athletes, the largest-ever delegation from the country, are representing India at the Rio Paralympic Games, from September 7 to 18.
The Sports Ministry had earlier announced that Indian gold medallists from the Paralympic Games will be awarded Rs 75 lakh, the silver medallists will get Rs 50 lakh while Rs 30 lakh will be given to the bronze medallists.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa also announced a cash reward of Rs.2 crore for Mariyappan.
The 20-year-old Mariyappan hails from a small village of Periavadagampatti, 50km from Salem, in Tamil Nadu.
At the age of five, a bus accident left him with a permanent disability. He was going to school when the bus took a wrong turn and ran over Thangavelu's right leg, damaging it below knee.
But that was not a deterrent for Thangavelu to pursue his dreams. In his first competition, he competed with able-bodied athletes and finished second. His rise has been steady since then.
In March, Thangavelu cleared a height of 1.78m at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia, to achieve the A-Qualification Standard of 1.60 at Paralympics.
Bronze medal winner Bhati was diagnosed with polio at a very young age as one of his legs got deformed. Despite the difficulty, Bhati went on to become a champion athlete.
The 21-year-old from Uttar Pradesh finished fifth at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, (Korea) and won a gold medal at the 2014 China Open Athletics Championship, the same year.