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Sharad wins silver; Mariyappan, Vinay take bronze at WPA C’ships

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Dubai: Two-time Asian Para Games champion Sharad Kumar cleared the bar with season’s best 1.83 metres to clinch the silver besides booking Tokyo 2020 slots along with Mariyappan Thangavelu at the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Mariyappan, a Rio 2016 gold medallist, settled for bronze with a season’s best performance of 1.80 metres which was 0.6 metres lower than the champion Sam Grewe’s Championship record of 1.86 metres on Thursday.

Sharad, the former world no. 1, stayed in the lead initially, clearing the bar at 1.83 m before Grewe surged ahead with 1.86 m to be on top.

“Athletics is such a sport that everything happens in last moment. I am disappointed with what I performed today. Considering that I have been living and training in Ukraine for the last three years; faced the harsh conditions, I should have given a better performance. I need to re-check my schedule, my planning and many other things,” Sharad told Paralympic Committee of India.

“It’s been a hard time. I have been playing continuously. Now I need a break. I am going on a holiday from here with my friends who have come down to cheer for me from London,” said the 27-year-old, who has completed his Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Mariyappan, who failed to clear 1.83 metres in his last attempt, later admitted that he couldn’t perform his best. “My body didn’t open up. I didn’t get my best one here. The conditions were a little cold in the evening. I hope I can do better in Tokyo 2020 and live up to the expectations of my coach, Satyanarayana,” he said.

Also performing in the same event was Ramsingh Padhiya, who settled for fifth place with an effort of 1.77 metres.

Earlier in the day, Lal Vinay Kumar, the Asian Para Games bronze medallist, claimed the bronze in men’s 400 m T44 event, and a Tokyo 2020 spot, finishing the crossing line in 55.49 seconds.

After the penultimate day’s action, India has nine medals — two gold, two silver and five bronze — from the Championships. China lead the medals tally with 53 medals including 23 gold medals, followed by Brazil (37) and Great Britain (24).

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ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar steps down

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Dubai, July 1 : ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar has stepped down from the post after two, two-year tenures at its helm, the International Cricket Council has announced.

In a media release, the sport”s governing body said that the ICC Board met on Wednesday and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the chairperson until a successor is elected.

The process for the chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.

“On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.

“Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it,” Khawaja said.

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Kapil said he thought selectors won’t pick me, reveals Viswanath

He scored a century in his debut match against Australia in Kanpur in 1969, the first of the 14 centuries he would go on to score in his illustrious career, spanning over 14 years.

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Mumbai, June 27 : Star Sports 1 Kannada continues to delight cricket fans with the show ”Diggajara Danthakathe which sees Vijay Bharadwaj in conversation with legends of Karnataka cricket. The show captures their experiences off the field and life beyond cricket. It also takes viewers and fans through the journey and ”never told before stories of the legends. The third episode witnessed legendary India batsman G.R. Viswanath as the special guest.

Viswanath, the first superstar batsman from Karnataka to play for India, played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy triumphs. He quickly rose from domestic to international cricket because of his batting prowess. He came to the limelight under the captaincy of E.A.S. Prasanna for Karnataka and under Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi for India.

Asked about his quick graduation from domestic to international cricket, GR Viswanath said: “Thanks to Prasanna who pushed for me initially. It helped me play for the state. Pataudi was playing for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy. As a part of Karnataka team, we had to play against him. He (Pataudi) saw me closely there. For a match playing for President”s XI, New Zealand had come in 1968 and I got a chance to play. Chandu Borde was the captain and we had a good partnership. He (Borde) recommended me to Pataudi and that”s how I came into prominence much earlier than what I expected.”

Viswanath was known for his legendary square cuts and flick shots. He was also reputed to be a wristy player and experts from his playing days vouched for his strong technique, wherein he could play five different shots off the same ball. He scored a century in his debut match against Australia in Kanpur in 1969, the first of the 14 centuries he would go on to score in his illustrious career, spanning over 14 years.

Viswanath”s career ended abruptly after the series against Pakistan in 1982-83 where India lost the six-match Test series. Reflecting on that, Vishwanath said: “I was very, very hurt when I was dropped. At that time, in all the three times (innings) I took wrong decisions. It is part of the game. But in that (situation) in two innings, if I had scored well, they would not have removed me. Kapil”s captaincy was not announced but it was almost known to everyone. He told, “Probably I (Kapil) think they won”t select you, is it ok?” How do you expect me to say no I am not ok?”

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Missing out on 1992 WC glory was not a happy moment for me: Waqar Younis

“Pakistan still won the World Cup, but missing out on that glory, was probably a not-so-happy moment for me,” he added.

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Lahore, June 27 : Former Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis has recalled the heartbreaking moment in 1992 when he missed the World Cup in Australia due to an injury.

The fast-bolwer had to miss the showpiece event Down Under because of a stress facture in his back right before the tournament. Younis had to watch his team lift the trophy from home and he has stated it wasn”t a happy moment for him.

“That (tournament) was not the best time for me. I got injured. I broke my back, got a stress fracture in my back, just before the World Cup started,” Younis said during the Cricket Badger Podcast as per Cricket Pakistan.

“I was on tour, with the team, and in one of the warm-ups something went wrong in my back and I couldn”t really walk after that World Cup for a long time.

“That was probably the worst time because I was (at the) top of my game, I was bowling really well. And me being in the team, Pakistan were favourites to win that World Cup.

“Pakistan still won the World Cup, but missing out on that glory, was probably a not-so-happy moment for me,” he added.

Waqar also spoke about how his teammates made him feel like he was part of the squad after their return to Pakistan with trophy. Despite that, Waqar stated he had a mixed-bag feeling, considering he couldn”t play any part in team winning the prestigious cup.

“I was very, very happy. I still remember the day they came back to Pakistan, they landed at Lahore, I was there, I was there to receive them with the chief minister of the time,” Waqar recollected.

“It was heartening as well as heart-breaking. It was a mixed feeling, but I was more happy. They recognised me that I missed out – they lifted me up and put me up on the truck, and gave me all the respect and love that I missed out on.

“I was hurting, in a way, but also it was very, very pleasing,” he added.

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