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15-year-old bowler makes history, takes 10 wickets in local match

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Akash Choudhary, a 15-year-old bowler hailing from a small village in Rajasthan, made history on Thursday by claiming 10 wickets in four overs without conceding a run, in a local T20 match in Jaipur.

“A good coach plays a pivotal role in the growth of a cricketer. This feat was possible only due to my coach’s support and my hard work. I want to play for India one day,” the elated boy told ANI.

Akash played from the Disha Cricket Acaedmy against the Pearl Cricket Acedemy at a local tournament in Jaipur. He also made a hat trick.

The bowler was earlier enrolled in Bikaner’s Shardul Academy, and now trains under Coach Vivek Yadav at Aravali Cricket Academy.

“Akash came to my academy two years ago. He has taken five-five wickets in many matches, but making a world record by claiming 10 wickets without conceding even one run was out of my imagination. He has a passion for bowling, and has also given Under-16 open trial. I am sure he will be selected,” Coach Vivek Yadav said.

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Rajasthan Royals launches ‘Go Green’ initiative

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Rajasthan Royals extends their gratitude towards Royal Challengers Bangalore and their skipper Virat Kohli for presenting the momentous sapling to their captain Ajinkya Rahane.

The ceremony marked the beginning of ‘Go Green’ initiative by the Rajasthan Royal as part of which the team has aimed to plant one million saplings across the state of Rajasthan.

This initiative will be undertaken in association with Government of Rajasthan and other NGOs that will work towards creating rural futures and develop the community as a whole.

The Rajasthan Royal Team will start planting saplings across the periphery of our fortress, Sawai Mansingh stadium followed by various locations across the state of Rajasthan.

Further, they will spread awareness regarding green- carpooling, rainwater harvesting and waste management.

Executive Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore Ranjit Barthakur said, “The relentless Go-green approach of RCB has brought together great changes in common perceptions. This environment is ours. The pillar of social responsibility is directly entwined with environmental sustainability. We are thankful to Mr. Amrit Thomas and Royal Challengers Bangalore for having chosen RR for their annual Go green match.”

A Go Green garden will soon be in making to support the Go Green initiative of Royals Challengers Bangalore.

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PM Modi hails weightlifters Sanjita Chanu, Deepak Lather for CWG heroics

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday heaped praises on weightlifters Sanjita Chanu and Deepak Lather after the two made the country proud by clinching gold and bronze, respectively, at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

On the second day of the Games, Sanjita handed India its second gold medal by outshining in the women’s 53 kg category event.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi congratulated Chanu for picking up gold before adding that the entire nation was overjoyed by his exemplary performance.

“A second Gold for India! Congratulations to K Sanjita Chanu on winning the Gold Medal in the Women’s 53 kg weightlifting event. The nation is overjoyed by this exemplary performance,” he tweeted.

Prime Minister Modi then extended his greetings to Lather, who bagged a bronze medal in the men’s 69 kg category.

He wrote, “Our weightlifters are in superb form! My young friend Deepak Lather wins a Bronze in the Men’s 69 kg category. Congratulations to this youngster and all the best for his future endeavours.”

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Lather for handing India its fourth medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“Fourth Medal for India at #GC2018. Congratulations to Deepak Lather for winning a Bronze in Weightlifting (Men’s, 69 Kg Category) #PresidentKovind,” President Kovind tweeted.

Sanjita set a new record in the game by lifting a total of 192 kgs, which includes 84 kgs in Snatch and 108 kgs in the Clean and Jerk.

Her gold came a day after her Manipuri teammate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged the country’s first gold in the women’s weightlifting 48 kg category event.

Thereafter, 18-year-old Deepak lifted a combined weight of 295kg (136kg in snatch and 159kg in Clean and Jerk).

With this, he became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal.

India are currently placed third in the Games after England and Australia, having clinched four medals in total including two gold.

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David Warner issues tearful apology over ball-tampering

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Sydney || Australian opener David Warner issued a tearful apology on Saturday for his part in the ball-tampering scandal during the third cricket Test against South Africa last weekend, but left a lot of questions unanswered as to his actual role in the episode.

Warner was one of three players banned for their involvement in the ball-tampering controversy on the third day of the Test at Cape Town. Steve Smith, who also lost his captaincy, received a 12-month ban, as did Warner.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Warner has been barred by Cricket Australia from ever holding a leadership position again. He did not say whether he would appeal. He repeatedly apologised as he made his first public comments since the scandal broke, but did not address questions about his involvement, detail the roles of other teammates in the plot to cheat, or whether there’d been any previous attempts at ball-tampering.

“To all Australians, whether you’re a cricket fan or not, I apologise for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation. I’ve only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket.

“I failed in my responsibilities as vice captain of the Australian cricket team.”

Warner was accused of developing the plan to use sandpaper to scuff the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cricket Australia investigators also alleged he advised Bancroft how to scuff the ball and failed to voluntarily report of his knowledge of the plan after the match.

Warner cut short the news conference after being asked if he was being singled out as the instigator of the plan.

While a contrite Bancroft and tearful Smith each faced news conferences soon after their arrivals on Thursday, Warner waited two days to front the media.

On Saturday, he made a special point of apologising to cricket fans and players in South Africa, saying “I have brought the game into disrepute on your soil, and I apologise 100 per cent.” He said he still hoped to return to play for Australia after his 12-month ban.

“In the back of my mind I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that that may never happen,” Warner said. “In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to look at how this happened and who I am as a man. I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes.”

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