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Team India reached England for WTC final and Test Series against hosts

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India-WTC-Final in England against NZ

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Team India, the holders of the ICC test mace started to England yesterday for the inaugural World Test Championship Final. It will be IND vs NZ on June 18th in Southampton to decide the first champion on the longer format of the game. 

Following their 3-1 win against England at home, India finished as the No. 1 side with 72.2 percentage points and booked their place in the final. After the WTC finals, India will take on the host England in a 5 match test series. 

Yesterday, Indian Coach Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli have addressed the press before leaving for the most crucial tours of their careers. Ravi Shastri said that this is the biggest ICC event in history given the press in the test format and the magnitude of the whole tournament.

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper expressed his confidence in taking New Zealand and said that all boys need is to enjoy the game. When asked about New Zealand having an edge over India in English Conditions, Virat replied “If you think NZ has the edge, then don’t board the flight,” to the press and it is obvious that the message is for his teammates as well. 

Well, that’s how Kohli has been throughout his career lifting the spirits up in the only way he knows, the aggressive way.

Indian Squad for WTC Finals and England Series: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla

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Mary Kom Says ‘Olympics Is Badly Organised’

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MC Mary Kom lost in her quarter final bout against Colombian Rio 2016 bronze medallist Ingrit Valencia at the Tokyo Olympics. She was declared the loser in a 3-2 decision in the quarter-final bout.

Speaking to a news channel, Mary Kom said that, “When I entered the doping centre to give my sample after the fight, even then I couldn’t believe that I lost. My coach was trying to tell me that I won, but what does that mean I’m not able to understand.”

She further added that, “I thought I was winning the fight. Then I saw Kiren Rijiju’s tweet on social media about my defeat, I was shocked and upset after that. I don’t know what to say, I can’t believe a decision like this was made.”

She also said that, “I can’t even protest because we were told that’s not allowed in this Olympics. Things like these have happened to me in the past as well in other competitions. It’s not the case with this Olympics alone. A similar thing happened with me in the last boxing world championships also.”

She asserted that this was the worst Olympics for her and very badly organised.

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Mirabai Chanu May Get Gold At Tokyo Olympics 2020

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India’s Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu might have a chance of winning Gold medal in the 49 kg women’s category. According to the reports, China’s gold medal winner Hou Zhihui has been asked to stay in Tokyo and is being tested by the anti-doping authorities. If Zhihui fails the test, then Mirabai could get her medal upgrades. If it happens, it is going to be a historic moment for Mirabai who will become the first women to ever win a Gold medal in weightlifting for India.

China’s Zhihui Hou won the gold medal in the women’s 49-kg weightlifting, lifting a total of 210 kg, while Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah won the bronze medal. Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg in the women’s 49kg category. After Karnam Malleswari, Mirabai Chanu became the second Indian weightlifter to win medal in Olympics. A new record was registered by Mirabai Chanu with a successful lift of 115kg in clean and jerk.

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Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Mirabai Receives Grand Welcome At Delhi Airport

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Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu reached India today after winning the silver medal in the women’s 49kg category at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Everyone in the airport chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and she walked out of the Indira Gandhi International Airport with security and clad in a face shield and mask.

The officials of the Sports Authority of India felicitated Mirabai Chanu. After reaching home, Mirabai Chanu tweeted, “Happy to be back here amidst so much love and support.”

Mirabai Chanu speaking to a news agency said that “It was quite challenging. We started preparation in 2016 and changed the training pattern after Rio Olympics. We (Chanu & her coach) have dedicated the last 5 years to Tokyo Olympics.”

Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal at Tokyo Olympics. On Saturday, she bagged the silver after she lifted 202kg (87kg+115kg) in the 49kg category. She became the first Indian weightlifter to win the silver medal at the Olympic Games and also became the first Indian to win an Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games in the Women’s 49kg category.

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