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Ashwini Ponappa Emerges As The Top Doubles Star In The Country In Badminton

New Delhi: When it comes to the Indian badminton scene, Ashwini Ponnappa has been a stalwart for the last few years. Even before the likes of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu were dominating the global stage, Ponnappa won a historic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2010 along with women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta. While Jwala is contemplating retirement, Ashwini has emerged as the top doubles star in the country and she believes that the new doubles pairs need more encouragement.

“We have a lot of talent in the country but what we need is more encouragement. We need to send more pairs to various tournaments as it will help them in getting that much-needed exposure and that way, we will have a number of pairs who can play at that level,” Ponnappa said.

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Gambhir Says, Prithvi Shaw Should Not Be Compared With Virender Sehwag

New Delhi: GautamGambhir, former India test team opener, said that newcomer Prithvi Shaw should not be compared with cricketing great VirenderSehwag after the teenager’s century on Test debut against West Indies. He also warned that the No 1 Test side won’t have it easy on their Australia tour at the year end.

India travel to Australia after the home series against West Indies and play four Tests besides limited-overs games. They are hoping to make amends, having lost their last two Test series in South Africa and England.

“He (Shaw) is impressive, very talented -- that is why he is there. He started his Test career on a very good note but there will be far bigger and far difficult challenges awaiting him.”

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BCCI Confident MCA To Host Fourth ODI Against West Indies On October 29

New Delhi: Despite the roadblocks cited by the state body’s officials, the BCCI is confident that the Mumbai Cricket Association will host India’s fourth ODI against the West Indies on October 29.

The MCA officials met a senior BCCI official to apprise him of the prevailing difficulties, including their inability to operate the MCA bank account and non-issuance of a tender notice for in-stadia advertising rights.

“On the request of a top BCCI official, senior MCA officials and a few Managing Committee members met and appraised him about the situation that presently there is nobody to operate the bank account and to invite tenders for the game,” a top MCA official said.

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Saina Nehwal And Fellow Badminton Player Parupalli Kashyap To Tie The Knot On December 16

New Delhi: India’s top seeded badminton player Saina Nehwal has confirmed her marriage with fellow badminton player Parupalli Kashyap. They will tie the knot on December 16 this year.

“I will get busy with the Premier Badminton League from December 20 and then qualifiers for the Tokyo Games will begin. So this was the only date that we had to get married,” Saina told the Times of India.

The two badminton players have been training under Pullela Gopichand since 2005 and while the two have time and again refuted rumours of a romance, they were supposedly dating for the last decade.

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Prithvi Shaw Needs To Work On His Technique For Tougher Challenges Away From Home

New Delhi: Some of the former players feel that Prithvi Shaw lived up to expectations with a classy Test century on his India debut but the teenage sensation must tighten up his technique for tougher challenges away from home.

Shaw batted like a seasoned pro to hit a sublime hundred in the series opener against the West Indies, becoming the youngest Indian to reach three-figure score on Test debut. He did not face the best of attacks but it was still a special knock that promises a great career.

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