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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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Dressing room feels empty without you: Rahul to Hardik

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Mumbai: India opener K.L. Rahul, who played a scintillating knock in the final T20I against West Indies to help India clinch the three-match T20I series on Wednesday, has revealed that he misses all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the dressing room.

Hardik last played for India during the T20I series against South Africa at home in September and underwent a back surgery in October.

“We are waiting for you to come back quickly, the dressing room feels empty without you at least for me, don’t know about the rest,” Rahul said while interacting with Hardik after India’s 67-run win over West Indies in the series decider at the Wankhede.

“You and (Jasprit) Bumrah are so important to the team. Hopefully you guys recover and come back soon,” he added.

“They (other teammates) are also feeling the same, they told me off camera,” Hardik replied with a grin. The video of the conversation was posted on the official Twitter handle of BCCI.

On Wednesday evening, Rahul scored 91 off just 56 balls as India posted a mammoth total of 240/3. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma also took the Windies bowlers to the cleaners and contributed with 71 and 70* runs respectively.

In reply, West Indies could manage 173/8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs and lost the match by 67 runs.

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Rohit becomes LaLiga’s first-ever brand ambassador in India

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Rohit Sharma

Mumbai, Dec 12 : Star India opener Rohit Sharma on Thursday joined hands with LaLiga — Spains top division football league — as its brand ambassador in India.

He is the first non-footballer in the history of the league to have signed on the dotted line with them. Rohit comes on-board following a series of major initiatives by LaLiga in India since 2017, a statement said.

“Football in India is in its global growth trajectory and it is heartening to see that it is no more considered as the ‘sleeping giant’. Over the course of the past five years, we have witnessed a significant growth in the interest for football in India. Credit must be given to everyone associated with it, including the fans,” Rohit said.

“I am truly delighted to be associated with LaLiga. It’s encouraging to see the Spanish giants have made inroads into the Indian football ecosystem through their grassroots programme. Personally, I see this as an interesting journey for me into the beautiful game with LaLiga. I look forward eagerly to connecting with the football fans in India.”

“India is a very important market for LaLiga from a global perspective, we came here in 2017 to get a better understanding of the pulse of the nation. Over the past two years, and after several ground-breaking initiatives, it is obvious that India has a huge appetite for football, LaLiga said.

“Rohit Sharma is the perfect example of this, inspite of being the most renowned face in Indian cricket right now, he is also an ardent football and LaLiga fan. In his persona on and off the field, Rohit embodies the LaLiga standards and principles. We are elated to have him as LaLiga’s first ever non-footballer brand ambassador and as the face of our brand in India,” Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said.

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‘Special’ knock a gift for Anushka on 2nd anniversary: Kohli

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday dedicated his blitzkrieg unbeaten knock of 70 off 29 balls to wife Anushka Sharma on their second marriage anniversary, saying that it felt special to script an innings like that on this day as India thrashed West Indies by 67 runs in the series-deciding third T20 International to win the rubber 2-1, here on Wednesday.

“It was a pretty special innings and also being our second wedding anniversary, it was a special gift,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after being adjudged Man of the Series.

“It was a special night and one of the best innings I have played. That we won batting first feels really good,” he said.

At a venue where the chasing team generally wins, India put into bat by Windies skipper Kieron Pollard, but Kohli’s unbeaten 70, along with K.L. Rahul (91) and Rohit Sharma’s (71) 135-run opening wicket stand, helped India to a mammoth 240/3 in the allotted 20 overs.

In reply, the West Indies could manage 173/8 at the end of 20 overs despite Pollard’s 39-ball 68.

“I know I can contribute in all three formats. It is about putting your mind into it. Now with the T20 World Cup coming up, there is motivation. My part becomes crucial as I have to play two roles. When you are not playing T20s for a while and come back and play like this, it feels good. It is all about executing the plans on the field,” Kohli said.

The skipper said the team has been too hesitant batting first and on Wednesday they showed their intent from ball one as they went after the bowlers.

“The way Rahul and Rohit played today was the key. Batting first, we have been too tight and hesitant, but this pitch allowed us to play freely. It was a good lesson for us and now we need to remember it.

“It depends on what kind of pitch and ground you are playing on (whether scoring more boundaries is a must). You don’t really feel the pressure when you have 20-25 runs on the board. Playing the T20 World Cup in Australia, we will have to figure out how big the boundaries are,” the skipper said.

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