Hello… Naveen Srivastava is present with the Weekly Sports Bulletin of News18 Hindi Podcast.
There is no doubt that under the Asia Cup, there will be an exciting cricket feast between India and Pakistan. The last time the Indian team won the title by defeating Bangladesh under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. As soon as Rohit Sharma will come on the field in this Asia Cup, another record will be recorded in his name. Rohit Sharma will become the first cricketer to play in the Asia Cup for seven consecutive times. Rohit has been playing in this tournament continuously since 2008. The Asia Cup, to be held every two years, could not be held in 2020 due to the Corona epidemic.
India have already captured the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead by winning the first two matches of the three-match ODI series between India and Zimbabwe. In the second match played in Harare after a crushing defeat by ten wickets in the first match, India registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Zimbabwe. Batting first, Zimbabwe’s team returned to the pavilion after scoring only 161 runs in 38 overs and one ball. Shaun Williams scored the highest 42 runs. Ryan Burle played an unbeaten innings of 39 runs.
Shardul Thakur was the most successful bowler for India by taking the most three wickets. Mohammad Siraj, Famous Krishna, Axar Patel, Kuldeep and Deepak Hooda got one wicket each. India achieved the target of 162 runs for victory, losing five wickets in just 25 overs and four balls, thanks to player of the match’ Sanju Samson’s scintillating innings of 43 runs. Samson hit 4 sixes and 3 fours in his smoky innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill played an innings of 33 runs each. Deepak Hooda scored 25 runs. Luke Jongwe took the highest 2 wickets for Zimbabwe. With this victory, India won the fourth consecutive ODI series. Earlier, India has defeated West Indies twice and England once this year.
Sanju Samson equalized former captain MS Dhoni by hitting four sixes against Zimbabwe in this match. The record for most sixes as a wicket-keeper for India in a match of ODI cricket in Zimbabwe was recorded in the name of MS Dhoni. Now Sanju Samson equaled Dhoni by hitting 4 sixes in this match. Dhoni did this in Zimbabwe in the year 2005 and now after 17 years Sanju has done this charisma.
This is India’s 7th consecutive series win against Zimbabwe. The last series was won by Zimbabwe in 1997 over India. After this Team India won the ODI series played in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2013, 2015 and 2016 and now won the series in 2022. This is the 10th victory of the Indian team in the last 11 ODIs. KL Rahul has won the first series under his captaincy. Earlier, they had to face defeat 3-0 against South Africa. This is India’s 10th series win this year by combining all three formats.
Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi will miss the Asia Cup T20 tournament starting August 27 in the UAE due to a knee injury. Pakistan is looking for an alternative to Shaheen. Prominent names include Hasan Ali and Mir Hamza, whom Pakistan can replace Shaheen with in the Asia Cup squad. Shaheen was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a fielding injury in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. The tall pacer is likely to return from injury ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
Now some brief sports news…
India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu will miss the BWF World Championships for the first time in a decade due to an injury and in her absence, India’s hopes will now increase with young Lakshya Sen and HH Prannoy in the tournament starting on Monday. Will go Sindhu has won five medals at the World Championships, including the gold medal won in 2019. Sindhu was injured during her title campaign at the Commonwealth Games. India has always won medals in this championship after 2011. Last year, Srikanth had won the silver medal and Lakshya had won the bronze medal. But this time the road to the medal will not be easy.
By the way, recently the performance of the male players of India has been excellent. All the three male players of India are in the same quarter and in such a situation they can face-to-face. The ninth seed Lakshya is likely to clash with Prannoy in the third round. Srikanth has been seeded 12th and is in good form like Lakshya and Prannoy. Apart from these, there will also be hopes from Chirag Sethi and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy in the men’s doubles. This Indian pair won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.
Talking about Saina Nehwal, Saina has won a silver and a bronze medal in the World Championships, but here she will have to give her best to win the medal. In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and Gayatri Gopichand and Tresa Jolly will also present their challenge.
India’s young wrestler has become the first Indian woman to do so by winning a gold medal in a historic performance in the final Panghal Under-20 World Wrestling Championship. Last on Friday in the final of the 53kg category, Kazakhstan’s Altin Shagayeva stunned 8-0 on all four sides. Two other Indian wrestlers reached the final on Friday, but Tokyo Olympian Sonam Malik had to settle for silver after losing to Japan’s Nonoka Ozaki in the 62kg final. On the other hand, Priyanka won the silver medal after losing to Mahiro Yoshitake of Japan in the 65kg final.
And finally… Odisha will host the mega sporting event FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. Hockey World Cup will be held from January 13 to 29, 2023 in Rourkela and Bhubaneswar. Apart from the Kalinga Stadium, the 2023 World Cup matches will also be played at the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, Sundergarh.
That’s all today in the weekly special sports bulletin of News18 Hindi podcast. We will be back again with the latest sports news. For then allow Naveen Srivastava. Hello.