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Asian Games Gold Medallist Swapna Barman Wants To Have A House Near Training Base

New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist heptathlete Swapna Barman said she would love to have a house in the city near her training base however she refused to comment on the Rs 10 lakh reward announced by the West Bengal government.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised Barman Rs 10 lakh and a government job a day after she scripted history by winning India’s first-ever heptathlon gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta.

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Gavaskar Reminds Shastri About India’s Test Series Victories In West Indies, England

New Delhi: The cricketing great and former captain Sunil Gavaskar has reminded Ravi Shastri that India had won Test series in West Indies and England, a day after the under-fire coach claimed his side has better overseas record than teams of the last 15-20 years.

While India lost yet another Test series away from home following the 60-run defeat in the fourth Test against England at Southampton, head coach Shastri insisted the current side is better travellers than the teams of the last 15-20 years.

Gavaskar, once a teammate and captain of Shastri, recalled some of the series wins abroad by Indian teams of the past.

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Ravi Shastri Counters Criticism Of Team India By Saying Teams With Stalwarts Had Done Less

New Delhi: India coach Ravi Shastri has countered that the previous teams in the last two decades with stalwarts had done less while rejected criticism of the current team’s failings in the last two Test series in South Africa and England.

“Nothing to take away (from England), the endeavour of this team is to travel well, compete and win. If you look at the last three years, we have won nine matches overseas and three series,” he said in a media interaction on Wednesday and India’s credentials as No 1 had been questioned.

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Harbhajan Hold Failure Of Spinners Responsible for India 3-1 Test Defeat In England

New Delhi: Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has criticized experienced campaigner and said that the off-spinner’s inability to pick wickets has seen England take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Test series. After picking seven wickets in the opening Test against England at Edgbaston, R Ashwin has managed to pick just 4 more wicket in the next three Tests. In fact, while Moeen Ali won England the fourth Test by picking 9 wickets, Ashwin managed just 3.

“There was so much help available on this wicket (Southampton) for the off-spinners. Just landing the ball at that particular rough patch would have fetched a lot of wickets.

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Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath De Sarkar To Visit Educational Institutions To Popularize Playing Bridge

New Delhi: For decades they beavered at their passion, ignoring snide asides from people such as an official of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) who remarked days before the Asian Games that you build a bridge and not play it.

That perseverance fetched Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath De Sarkar the men’s pair Asian Games gold, one which helped India equal its best-ever gold haul. An Asian Games gold can be a life-changing moment; politicians rushing to offer heptathlete Swapna Burman financial incentives being just a case in point. Bardhan and De Sarkar want none of that. Instead, all they are seeking is that contract bridge gets the respect it deserves. And they are confident it will happen now.