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Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passes away

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Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni, who played 41 Tests between 1955 and 1968, passed away on Friday. He was 86-years-old. Nadkarni, who represented Mumbai and Maharashtra in domestic cricket, breathed his last at his daughter’s residence here.

In his 41 Tests, Nadkarni claimed 88 wickets with a best of six for 63 against New Zealand at Wellington in 1968. He averaged 25.70 with the bat hitting seven half-centuries and one century—122 not out against England at Kanpur in February 1964—and scored 1,414 runs in 67 innings.

In the times of T20 proliferation, statisticians and fans together wonder how valuable Nadkarni would have been in the present age with his measly bowling spells, as famously in the 1964 Test between India and England at Chennai (formerly Madras), Nadkarni bowled a mind-boggling 21 maidens on the trot in his spell of 32-27-5-0.

But perhaps the first display of his capabilities to keep batsmen tied up came at Kanpur against Pakistan in December 1960-61, when he gave away a mere 23 runs from 32 overs, sending down a staggering 24 maiden overs as the visitors clambered to 335 in as many as 188.5 overs. Even in the second innings of the Test—wherein India used as many as nine bowling options—his figures were 7-4-6-0.

His career bowling economy rate of 1.67 in Test cricket was similar to his figures in First-Class cricket of 1.64. Known for working persistently on his bowling, Nadkarni is also said to use to have placed a coin on good length during his long nets sessions.
Nadkarni made his Test debut when Vinoo Mankad rested himself for the New Delhi Test against New Zealand. Nadkarni made an unbeaten 68 on debut, but had to wait for three more years to play his next Test—against West Indies in Mumbai in November 1958.

His best outing with the bat came in the drawn Test against England during the 1963-64 tour at Kanpur, wherein Nadkarni scored a fighting 52 at No 9 as India replied with 266 to the visitors’ 559 for eight declared. Batting at No 3 in the next innings as India followed-on, Nadkarni scored his career-best 122 not out hitting 15 fours to help the hosts force a draw.

In his next match, Nadkarni registered his best bowling performance in a match taking five for 31 and six for 91, but India’ s batting failure in the second innings resulted in a 139-run loss at Chennai in October 1964.
In domestic circuit, Nadkarni was an all-round champion. In 191 First-Class matches, he claimed 500 wickets with 19 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket match haul. He averaged more than 40 with the bat, hitting 14 centuries and 46 half-centuries to garner 8,880 runs.

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Indian Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh Urges Not To Tag Him!

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Indian football team’s goalkeeper Amrinder Singh is vexed up? Want to know why? He took to his Twitter and urged the media persons and journalists to stop tagging him on micro blogging site instead of the former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
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His tweet reads, “Dear News Media, Journalists, I am Amrinder Singh, Goalkeeper of Indian Football Team and not the Former Chief Minister of the State Punjab. Please stop tagging me.”

Just a couple of minutes after the Amrinder Singh’s post, the former Punjab CM retweeted his tweet and wrote, “I empathise with you, my young friend. Good luck for your games ahead.”

Recently, Captain Amarinder Singh resigned. Many expected that he would join BJP but in an interview with news media channel, he said that, he will not remain in Congress and is not planning to join BJP. Speaking to a news agency, he said that, “I have been in politics for 52 years. I have my own beliefs, my own principles. The way I have been treated. At 10.30 am the Congress President says you resign. I didn’t ask any questions. I said I will do it just now. At 4 pm I went to the Governor and resigned. If you doubt me after 50 years and my credibility is at stake. If there is no trust, what is the point of me staying in the party?”

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Hockey Player Rupinder Pal Singh Retires!

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India’s hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh announced his decision to retire from the sport. He took to his Twitter and shared his retirement statement. He played 223 matches during his 13-year-long career for the Indian team and he has been the part of Indian hockey team’s historic bronze medal winning Tokyo Olympics campaign. He was regarded as one of the best drag-flickers of the country.
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Rupinder wrote, “I would like to inform you about my decision to retire from Indian hockey team. The past couple of months have undoubtedly been the best days of my life. Standing on the podium in Tokyo along with my teammates with whom I have shared some of the most incredible experiences of my life was a feeling I will cherish forever.”

He further added, “I believe it is time for me to make way for young and talented players to experience every great joy I have felt in these last 13 years of representing India. I have had the honour of wearing the India jersey in 223 matches and each of these matches are special for I had the privilege of playing for this great sport-loving nation.”

He thanked coaches late Shri Jasbir Singh Bajwa, Shri OP Ahlawat and his friends from Chandigarh Hockey Academy who played a big role in his formative years as a player.

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Javelin Meri Saanson Mein: Neeraj Chopra’s New Ad Is A Sensation

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Neeraj Chopra made India proud by winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the men’s javelin throw. Today, he surprised his fans in India by showcasing his acting skills in an advertisement for a famous credit card payment application. He became one of the most sought after marketable sporting icons in India.

In the advertisement, one could see Indian actor Jim Sarbh and later Neeraj Chopra created magic. At the end of the video one could hear to the song, “Javelin Meri Aakhon Mein, Javelin Meri Saanson Mein.”

In the advertisement, Neeraj plays the role of a reporter, a producer, and a bank officer and acted with much ease. Here is the advertisement, just give a look at it.

 https://twitter.com/Neeraj_chopra1/status/1439546660938346501?s=20

Neeraj Chopra is a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army, Chopra is the first track and field athlete to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics. He is also the first track and field athlete from India to win at the IAAF World U20 Championships, wherein in 2016 he achieved a world under-20 record throw of 86.48 m, becoming the first Indian athlete to set a world record.

Neeraj Chopra participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games, serving as the flag-bearer in the latter and winning gold medals in both. In his debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Chopra won the gold medal on 7 August 2021 with a throw of 87.58 m in his second attempt. As of 2021, he is one of only two Indians to have won an individual Olympic gold medal as well as the youngest-ever Indian Olympic gold medalist in an individual event and the only one to have won gold in his Olympic debut.

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