World No. 1 Divyansh Panwar settles for bronze in Delhi Shooting World Cup | More sports News – Times of India
Panwar, who shot a 629.1 in qualifying on Friday to stand sixth in the top-eight qualifying bracket, shot 228.1 for the bronze medal here at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Babuta had registered an impressive 631.8 in qualifying and scored 185.5 in the final for his fifth place.
In a dramatic finish for gold, USA’s Lucas Kozeniesky (249.8) edged Hungary’s Istvan Peni by just 0.1 point.
“It was like re-visiting what happens in a match. We had almost forgotten it,” said Panwar, who had bagged an Olympic quota with a silver medal at the 2019 Beijing World Cup. “I was nervous, my heartbeat was fast. It has never happened with me before,”
It’s the first ISSF event for the pistol and rifle shooters since the Covid-19 lockdown last year.
Panwar stood joint fifth after the first two series of five shots each. Babuta was just above him at fourth. The difference was just 0.5 points.
World No. 1 Panwar started doing better as the final went deep. His 13th and 14th shots were 10.3 each, after which both the Indian shooters stood joint fourth at 143.8 points.
“I was in constant eye contact with my coach sitting behind. It helped. This medal will help me build and regain my confidence,” Panwar said.
After Babuta’s elimination, just 0.3 points separated Sergey Richter of Israel and Panwar. But Richter scored 9.6 on his next shot, to concede his third place to the Indian.
But Panwar could not go any further.
Divyansh Panwar: Delhi Shooting World Cup: Divyansh Panwar wins bronze in men’s 10m air rifle | More sports News – Times of India
NEW DELHI: World number one Divyansh Singh Panwar opened India’s medals tally with a bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle on the second competition day of the ISSF World Cup here on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Divyansh shot 228.1 to finish third on the podium at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
The other Indian participant in the final, Arjun Babuta, finished in fifth place after three scores below 10 in the eight-man final.
American Lucas Kozeniesky claimed the gold medal with 249.8, while Istvan Peni of Hungaria bagged silver with 249.7.
A 10.6 and 10.3 in the seventh series saw Divyansh survive elimination as Sergey Richter of Israel fell behind.
Divyansh, a Tokyo Olympic quota holder, shot 10.6 before bowing out with the bronze medal.
The win will do a world of good to the Jaipur-based Divyansh’s confidence as he braces for the Tokyo Games. He was placed sixth in the 60-shot qualification with a total of 629.1 while Babuta was third with 631.8.
In the final, Babuta had one 9.9 in the first series followed by another 9.9 and 9.7 in the second. Under pressure, the 22-year-old Babuta began the fourth series with one more 9.9 before being eliminated at fifth place with 185.5.
CHENNAI: India’s Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal qualified for the mixed doubles draw at the Tokyo Games after stunning the Korean pair of Sangsu Lee and Jihee Jeon 4-2 (8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11, 11-8) in keenly-contested finals of the Asian qualifiers in Doha on Saturday.
What was most impressive about Manika and Sharath’s performance was the way they turned things around against the World No.5 pair. The Indian duo lost the first two games, and finally found their bearing in the third. The Indian pair won six points in a row at one point in that game. They dropped just one point overall on their own serve to win the third game. In the subsequent game, Manika and Sharath looked in good touch as they won it 11-6 to make it 2-2.
Both pairs fought tooth and nail in the fifth game but it was the Indian pair who had the final laugh as they won it 13-11 to take a 3-2 lead in the proceedings. The momentum they gained in the fifth game held them in good stead in the subsequent period of play.
In the sixth game, both pairs traded blows but it was Manika and Sharath who upped the ante during crunch situations to seal the deal 11-8.
Manika and Sharath made the finals of the qualifiers after defeating the Singapore pair of Ye Lin and Yew En Koen Pang 4-2 (12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11).
Delhi Shooting World Cup: More shooters, including Indians, test Covid-positive | More sports News – Times of India
Sources said that the fresh positive results include a female foreign athlete and two men from the Indian pistol team.
“Three more shooters have been tested positive,” said the source talking to Timesofindia.com. “Two are males from the Indian pistol team and an overseas female shooter.”
“Shooters, who have tested positive, have been isolated,” the source further said.
“The roommates of the Covid-positive shooters have tested negative and will participate in their respective events,” the official source confirmed.
The final of the men and women 10m air rifle, along with the qualifying round and final of men and women 10m air pistol are scheduled for Saturday (March 20).
“Of course, the positive shooters, along with their roommates, won’t participate,” the source added.
The names of the shooters who have tested positive have so far been withheld.
The World Cup officially began on March 18 and runs till March 29.
NEW DELHI: Former Indian batsman expressed his admiration for the way India came back twice in the T20I series against England, the deciding match of which will be played on Saturday.
In his column for the Times of India, Laxman wrote, “This T20 series has already assumed the hue of a classic, nothing separating India and England going into Saturday’s decider. On the best batting surface so far, India adopted the blueprint that has catapulted them to No. 2 in the rankings, playing the percentages, putting up a competitive total and then defending superbly, with Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur excelling.”
India claimed an eight-run victory in the fourth Twenty20 international on Thursday that levelled the five-match series at 2-2. Shardul Thakur claimed three wickets while Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar took two each as India kept England to 177/8 in their chase of 186.
“One of the primary reasons for defeats in the first and third matches was the loss of three wickets in the first six overs. Asked to bat again, India’s approach was more commonsensical. There was no frenzied attempt to collar the high-quality England attack, but when the ball was there to be hit, the batsmen did so uninhibitedly,” Laxman added.
Suryakumar Yadav hit Jofra Archer for a six over fine leg on the first ball he faced in an international innings. Yadav smashed 57 off just 31 balls and his knock included three sixes and six fours.
“Suryakumar Yadav was the undisputed star, his first hit in international cricket reaffirming his class and pedigree. He has had to wait a long time for his opportunity but made an instant impact with a spectacular hooked first-ball six off Jofra Archer. That, and the inside out drive over extra-cover off an Adil Rashid googly, spoke volumes of his trust in his strengths and his self-belief. Over the last few months, the attitude and composure of newcomers has been the most significant development in Indian cricket, with Suryakumar the latest addition to that glittering list,” Laxman opined.
Shreyas Iyer (37) and Rishabh Pant (30) made useful contributions and scored briskly in the end to provide India enough runs to defend.
“Shreyas Iyer too played a special innings down the order. The Delhi Capitals captain knows he may not always get to bat at his preferred position for the national team, and has clearly worked on expanding his repertoire. His pyrotechnics, steeped in orthodoxy, lifted India to a par score when they might have liked 15 more,” Laxman wrote.
Indian pacers’ change in pace has played a crucial role in both their wins. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur mixed their deliveries well to trouble the hard-hitting English batsmen.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar got India off to a cracking start with a maiden first up, and Jos Buttler‘s wicket in his second over, but England seemed on course with Jason Roy, and then Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes teeing off. When Shardul packed off Stokes and Eoin Morgan off successive deliveries, India were back in the hunt. No praise can be too high for Hardik Pandya, who only went for 16 in his four overs and picked up two wickets in a game where the scoring rate was well in excess of nine. Credit to him for having put in the hard yards following major back surgery, and to bowling coach B Arun for ensuring Hardik retains his zest for bowling. I still feel India should consider an extra bowling option,” Laxman added.
Laxman expressed his displeasure on Suryakumar Yadav’s controversial dismissal in the 4th T20I. Yadav’s pull shot sailed to deep square leg where Dawid Malan took a tumbling low catch. As England celebrated, on-field umpire K N Ananthapadmanabhan gave the soft signal of ‘out’ before sending the decision to TV umpire Virender Sharma.
According to the rules, on-field umpires give a ‘soft signal’ based on their intuition when there is a tight call, making a decision before asking the TV umpire to look at it again from different angles in slow motion. TV umpires must uphold the soft signal decision unless they have conclusive evidence to overturn it.
Replays of Thursday’s incident suggested the ball might have touched the grass but Sharma was not fully convinced and hence upheld Ananthapadmanabhan’s decision.
“I believe there must be a rethink on the soft signal as a whole. How can the on-field umpire state with any certainty that a catch has been taken cleanly 70 yards away when even technology leaves itself open to interpretation,” Laxman signed off.
PANAJI: Russian boxer Artysh Lopsan, who ended star pugilist Vijender Singh‘s unbeaten run in the professional circuit, said he was glad to become the first person to stop the Indian’s juggernaut.
In a major anti-climax, the 26-year-old six feet four inches tall pugilist out-slugged Vijender in the ‘Battle on Ship’ here on Friday evening and the bout was decided in the fifth round itself, ending in a knockout.
“My strategy worked against Vijender, he is a good fighter. I want to thank everyone who arranged this bout, it was a wonderful experience. I’m glad to become the first one to break the unbeaten record of Vijender Singh,” Lopsan said after the fight.
Though dejected, Vijender put up a brace face, saying he would come back stronger.
“It was a good fight. He is a young and strong fighter,” said Vijender, a 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist.
“But I will surely come back stronger and beat him in Moscow,” the boxer from Bhiwani said.
Sathiyan played with injured shoulder to clinch his first Olympic berth | More sports News – Times of India
CHENNAI: The intensity in his game was there but the customary roar was missing after G Sathiyan thrashed Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez to clinch his maiden Olympic berth at the Asian qualifiers in Doha on Thursday night. A strain in his right shoulder meant that Sathiyan had to be on painkillers and ice baths for the last few weeks, but the 28-year-old was relieved to have confirmed his ticket for Tokyo.
“I didn’t have the energy in my shoulder to do over-the-top celebrations on Thursday. The first thing I did after returning to my room was to pack my TT racquet kit and keep it inside my suitcase. I won’t be touching it for the next week as it’s rest and recuperation now,” Sathiyan told TOI on Friday evening.
A shoulder strain that occurred during the Nationals last month only got worse as Sathiyan kept pushing himself in back-to-back tournaments in Doha. In the clash against Sharath Kamal on Thursday, Sathiyan had to apply spray on his shoulder before continuing his game. “I won the first two games before he pulled things back. At 2 games apiece, I chose to apply the spray as I didn’t want to push too much which will result in an injury,” Sathiyan said. The first person he remembered once his qualifiers ended was his father who passed away in 2015. “I miss him each day and he would have been pleased to see me being a part of the Indian contingent in Olympics,” he said.
Sathiyan is scheduled to arrive in India on March 22 but will travel in the first week of April to feature in the Polish league. For Sathiyan and his long-time coach S Raman, the milestone on Thursday was just the first step in pursuit of the ultimate prize – an Olympic medal. “Qualifying was an important criterion which he has achieved now. We will work with renewed focus in the coming months,” Raman mentioned.
The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown were used well by Sathiyan to make a string of changes to his game. Raman drafted Mission 2.0 — designed to take Sathiyan’s game to the next level. A checklist of things which focused on all aspects of his game — physical and mental — was put in place. Yoga was introduced into Sathiyan’s fitness regime. From trying out a new racquet using fresh rubber, to training with robots — Sathiyan made the best possible use of the lockdown. “The results are for all to see. I can’t thank Raman sir enough for the efforts he has put in for my game,” said Sathiyan.
The World No. 38 is in talks with players from other countries to come and train with him in Chennai in the lead up to the Olympics. “I am speaking to a few players in Singapore, China and other nations. We are mindful of the quarantine rules and hope to make some headway in the coming weeks,” said Sathiyan.
Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan equals MS Dhoni’s record of most T20I wins as captain | Cricket News – Times of India
ABU DHABI: Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan has equalled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record of most wins as captain in the men’s T20Is. Afghan achieved the feat against Zimbabwe in the second T20I on Friday.
Usman Ghani scored 49 and Karim Janat hit fifty before Rashid Khan picked three wickets as Afghanistan clinched the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe.
With the victory in the second T20I, Afghan registered his 41st win as captain equalling the record of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who had led India in 72 T20Is in which the Men In Blue won 41 games.
England skipper Eoin Morgan is third on the list with 33 wins while Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed has 29 wins as captain. Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has 27 wins as a skipper is fifth on the list.
Shreyas Iyer to continue as Delhi Capitals captain, Steve Smith to play mentor | Cricket News – Times of India
NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals have declared that the team will to be captained by Shreyas Iyer even after the arrival of Steve Smith.
“We backed Shreyas when we promoted him to be the captain. Under him, the team came third in 2019 and reached the final in 2020. He is growing as a leader. I am sure the team will continue to do well under his leadership,” Capitals CEO Col. Vinod Bisht told TOI on Friday.
“Any of the seniors who come in, be it Rahane, Ashwin or Steve Smith, they have a lot of knowledge to impart to the young camp. We expect all the seniors will continue to do so including Steve Smith,” Bisht said as Capitals launched their new jersey.
The Delhi franchise has invested heavily in youth over the last five years. “We had a young team which has been groomed for the last 3-4 years. Now they have flowered. If the youngsters continue to do well, we will look to have them with the two new teams coming in next year,” Bisht added.
Bisht also mentioned that the focus in this year’s auction was to have well-rounded bowling attack since the venues were undecided. “There was a lot of uncertainty. Idea is to have a balanced squad.”