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Sunil Chhetri Scores Brace As India Thrashes Thailand 4-1 In Their Asian Cup 2019 Opener In Abu Dhabi

New Delhi: Talismanic Indian striker Sunil Chhetri scored a brace as India thrashed Thailand 4-1 in their Asian Cup 2019 opener at the Al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 6. Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua also got on the scoresheet for the Blue Tigers in this memorable victory.

Chhetri scored a goal in each half and in the process went past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the list of most goals scored by an active footballer on the international arena. Chhetri is now only behind Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in this illustrious list.

Chhetri’s heroics also helped India record their biggest win in Asian Cup history. Previously, India beat Hong Kong 3-1 in the 1964 edition of the tournament. Also, with four goals to his name, Chhetri now becomes the Indian player with most goals at Asia’s biggest continental tournament.

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Punjab Royals Picks Bajrang Punia For Rs 30 Lakhs During Players Draft Of Pro Wrestling League

New Delhi: Punjab Royals picked up Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia for Rs 30 lakhs during the players draft of the Pro Wrestling League in Gurugram. The fourth edition of the PWL will be held from January 14-31, offers a purse of Rs 1.9 crores for the winning team and Rs 1.1 crore for the runners-up team. Another Asiad champion Vinesh Phogat went to Mumbai Maharathi for Rs 25 lakhs.

Both Bajrang, who will take part in the 65kg category, and Vinesh, who will wrestle in the 53kg category, featured for UP Dangal in the last edition.

Rio Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik (62kg), who was with Mumbai Maharathi in the last edition, was picked by Delhi Sultans for Rs 20 lakhs. The highest-paid foreign wrestlers were Venesa Kaladzinskaya (53kg) from Belarus, who went to UP Dangal, and Khetik Tsabalov (74kg) from Russia for Delhi Sultans, for Rs 25 lakhs each.

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Pujara Continues With His Brilliant form As He Posts His Seventh 150+ In Fourth Test Against Australia

New Delhi: In the fourth test against Australia, Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has continued his brilliant run of form as he posted his seventh 150+ score during Day 2 of the fourth Test encounter between India and Australia in Sydney. It was his third 150+ score away from home and the first against Australia.

As a result, he became the ninth Indian to score 150+ runs in an innings in Australia and also the second Indian batsman to score a 150 as a number 3 batsman in Australia (Dravid scored 233 at Adelaide, 2003).

Cheteshwar Pujara contributed an unbeaten 130 to India’s 303 for four on the opening day of the fourth test against Australia, keeping the tourists firmly on track for a historic breakthrough with his third century of the series.

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It Will Be Difficult To Beat India In The Asian Cup Football Tournament, Says Chhetri

New Delhi: India’s talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri has said that it will be difficult to beat India in the Asian Cup football tournament starting from January 5, 2019, especially after their recent draws against more fancied China and Oman, said.

The Asian Cup, the continent’s showpiece event, will be played in four cities of the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.

India have been clubbed in Group A along side Thailand, Bahrain and hosts UAE. They play their first match on Sunday against Thailand here, followed by games against UAE (Abu Dhabi) and Bahrain (Sharjah) on January 10 and 14 respectively.

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Kohli had requested CoA if bowlers can be played sparsely in IPL to keep them fresh for the 2019 World Cup

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli while meeting the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Hyderabad during the second Test against West Indies had requested the committee to see if the bowlers can be played sparsely in the Indian Premier League to keep them fresh for the 2019 World Cup in England. But former India skipper MS Dhoni feels that the IPL is the perfect ground for the team management to gauge the fitness of the bowlers.

“Bowling four overs won’t make you tired. The four overs actually keeps you at your best, you are bowling the yorkers, bowling the variation and playing under pressure. I feel the bowlers can still play the whole of the IPL but what they need to manage is what they eat, when they sleep and wake up.

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