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Panghal Assured A Medal After A Closely Contested 3-2 Win Over Ukraine’s Nazar Kurotchyn

New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal started the season on a strong note as Indian boxers packed enough power into their punches to assure themselves of five medals in the 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Panghal assured a semifinal berth and medal after a closely contested 3-2 win over Ukraine’s Nazar Kurotchyn in the 49kg category.

The Indian women pugilists too guaranteed four medals at the end of the third day at the prestigious tournament.

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), who won the bronze at the 2018 AIBA Wold Women Boxing Championships, put up a robust display to beat Brazil’s Soarez Beatriz in a unanimous 5-0 victory and assure the first medal for the women boxers.

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Players Stress On Need For More Protection For Bowlers To Shield Them From Fatal Injuries

New Delhi: After Ashoke Dinda suffered a horrific injury in his follow through, several players have stressed on the need for more protection for bowlers in order to shield them from potentially fatal injuries.

Dinda was struck on the forehead in his bowling follow through during a friendly match in Kolkata as he tried to take a sharp catch. He was taken to a hospital for treatment after complaining of dizziness in the aftermath of the accident.

The former India international has since recovered and has advocated the need of face masks for bowlers in order to provide them protection.

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Jasprit Bumrah Emerges The Best Bowler For India Across All The Three Formats With His Signature Yorkers

New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah erupted on the scene as a T20 bowler with the ability to bowl a brilliant yorker. Under the tutelage of Lasith Malinga at the Mumbai Indians, he soon became one of the best exponents of the ball and is currently the best bowler for India across all the three formats.

The seamer has credited a lot of tennis ball cricket in his younger days for this skill set and says that he always wanted to bowl fast from a very young age.

 “As a kid, I played a lot of tennis ball cricket and with the tennis ball, you can bowl only one kind of a delivery. There’s the length in question, no bouncers. There’s only one ball that you have to practise. At that time, I played for fun. But later, when you start playing serious cricket, you realise the importance of that delivery,” Bumrah said.

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Sindhu Says, She Still Has Lots To Learn And Needs To Add A Few More Shots To Dominate World Badminton

New Delhi: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said that she still has lots to learn and needs to add a few more shots to her repertoire to dominate world badminton. With silver medals at all the major events, including the Olympics, World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, Sindhu has been a formidable force in the world in the last three years.

But the world no 1 tag has eluded her with Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying stamping her authority at the top with 14 title triumphs since 2016.

Asked if she needs to add strokes and deception to dominate world badminton, Sindhu said: “Definitely yes.It is only the starting for me. I have a lot more to learn. I have good strokes but I have to keep learning new strokes everyday.

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Vijay Shankar Feels His Biggest Take Away From The Recent Series Is Learning Art Of Chasing From Dhoni

New Delhi: Vijay Shankar, who has made a strong case for himself to be included in India’s World Cup bound squad, feels that his biggest takeaway from the Australia and New Zealand series is learning the “art of chasing” from none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Shankar had some decent performances with the bat during the New Zealand leg, now wants to finish games like Dhoni.

“I was happy to be around with the seniors. Just watching them prepare for matches and learning. Moreover, I learnt a lot by watching Dhoni during run chases. I learnt a lot about how to pace an innings, especially during chases. I learnt about his mindset,” Shankar, who returned on Monday, said.

For him, it was like living a dream as he shared the dressing room with Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

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