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Indian Women’s Compound Archery Team Makes History with Gold Medal Win at World Archery Championships

Indian women’s compound archery team – Jyothi, Aditi, and Parneet – creates history with gold at World Archery Champs, defeating Mexico 235-229.

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Berlin: The Indian women’s compound archery team, comprising Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami, and Parneet Kaur, etched their names in the annals of Indian sports history by clinching the nation’s first-ever gold medal in the World Archery Championships. In a thrilling final held here, the Indian trio outperformed Mexico, securing a commanding victory with a scoreline of 235-229 against their top-seeded opponents.

The triumphant Indian archers displayed incredible form throughout the championship, setting a strong tone early in the tournament. In the semifinals, they stunned defending champions Colombia with a narrow 220-216 win, and in the quarterfinals, they secured a hard-fought 228-226 victory over Chinese Taipei.

This victory marks the first time in India’s archery history that its archers have claimed the coveted title of world champions since their debut in the World Archery Championships back in 1981 in Punta Ala, Italy. The achievement is even more remarkable given the Indian archers’ previous record in the finals, having endured four losses in the recurve section and five in the non-Olympic compound discipline.

Reflecting on their groundbreaking win, team member Jyothi Surekha Vennam expressed the team’s dedication to the process and their determination to win the gold. “We had won enough silver medals, and we had decided yesterday that we will win the gold. This is a start, and we will win more medals,” she confidently stated.

Seventeen-year-old Aditi Swami, the youngest member of the team, added that the victory was a special moment for her, watching the Indian flag being hoisted in their honor.

The success of the Indian women’s compound archery team comes as a beacon of hope for Indian archery, particularly in the context of a declining performance by the country’s recurve archers, who failed to secure any medals in this championship. Dhiraj Bommadevara and Simranjeet Kaur’s prequarterfinal exits were the best finishes by the Indian recurve archers in this edition.

In the final against Mexico, the Indian trio dominated from the outset, shooting an impressive 59 points out of 60 in the first three rounds, securing a comfortable 177-172 lead. With exceptional precision and skill, the team maintained their momentum throughout the match, ultimately sealing the victory with a final round score of 58.

The historic gold medal also holds personal significance for Jyothi Surekha Vennam, who, after missing out on four previous occasions, finally claimed the elusive gold medal. In her career so far, she has accumulated one gold, four silver, and two bronze medals from the World Championships.

The team’s coach, national high-performance director Sanjeeva Singh, expressed his delight at the remarkable feat achieved by the Indian compound archers. He also hinted at a potential boost in the sport, with a chance of compound archery being introduced as an indoor sport in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

The Indian women’s compound archery team’s triumph at the World Archery Championships marks a historic moment for Indian sports, inspiring a new generation of archers and signaling a bright future for the sport in the country. As they progress into the individual medal rounds, the nation eagerly anticipates further moments of pride and glory from these remarkable athletes.

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Karun Nair’s 90 Lifts Vidarbha to 460 vs Karnataka in Ranji QF

Karun Nair’s stellar 90 guides Vidarbha to 460 all out against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal, asserting dominance.

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In a thrilling encounter at the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in Nagpur, Karun Nair’s masterful innings propelled Vidarbha to a commanding position against Karnataka. With a total of 460 all out, Vidarbha showcased their batting prowess, leaving Karnataka with a daunting task ahead.

The third day of the quarterfinal witnessed Vidarbha resuming their innings at 261 for three, with a solid foundation laid by Atharva Taide and Yash Rathod. However, it was Karun Nair‘s sublime knock of 90 runs that stole the show. Nair’s resilience, coupled with crucial partnerships with his teammates, guided Vidarbha to a formidable first-innings total.

Despite the valiant efforts of Karnataka’s bowlers, notably Vidwath Kaverappa who claimed four wickets, Vidarbha’s batting lineup proved resilient. Nair’s partnership with Aditya Sarwate further bolstered Vidarbha’s innings, with Sarwate contributing 26 runs before falling victim to Kaverappa’s bowling prowess. However, it was Nair’s dismissal, agonizingly close to his 19th first-class century, that marked a significant breakthrough for Karnataka.

In response, Karnataka faced an uphill battle as they took to the crease, trailing by 362 runs. While the early loss of skipper Mayank Agarwal posed a setback, opener Ravikumar Samarth and KV Aneesh steadied the ship with a crucial partnership of 59 runs. Yet, the dismissal of Aneesh by Yash Thakur added pressure to Karnataka’s innings, leaving them with a challenging task ahead.

As the match progresses, Vidarbha finds themselves in a commanding position with a substantial lead over Karnataka. With the momentum firmly in their favor, Vidarbha aims to capitalize on their advantage and secure a spot in the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy.

Brief Scores: Vidarbha 460 (Atharva Taide 109, Yash Rathod 93, Karun Nair 90; Vidwath Kaverappa 4

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Karnataka Cricketer Hoysala Dies at 34 from Cardiac Arrest

The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest.

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The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest. The competition, brimming with excitement between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, took a solemn turn with the unexpected loss of this talented player.

After the intense match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala joined his teammates for dinner when he suddenly collapsed due to a heart attack. Despite swift medical intervention on-site, including emergency treatment by attending physicians, Hoysala could not be revived. He was swiftly transported to Bowring Hospital, but tragically, doctors pronounced him deceased upon arrival. The news sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity, with players, supporters, and officials mourning the untimely departure of this gifted cricketer.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka’s Minister of Health & Family Welfare, conveyed his condolences via social media, stating, “Deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Karnataka’s emerging cricketer, fast bowler K. Hoysala, during the Aegis South Zone Tournament. My heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Instances like these underscore the imperative of health awareness, particularly regarding cardiac health.”

Hoysala K, renowned for his prowess as a fast bowler, had previously showcased his talents with teams like Bellary Tuskers and Shivamogga Lion in the Karnataka Premier League, leaving an indelible mark on the state’s cricketing scene. His sudden departure has left a palpable void within the cricketing community.

In the pivotal match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s triumph, contributing both with the bat and the ball. His thirteen runs off thirteen balls coupled with the crucial wicket of Tamil Nadu’s opener, P. Parveen Kumar, were instrumental in securing a nail-biting victory for Karnataka. Defending a modest total of 173 runs, Karnataka clinched the win by a mere run, showcasing Hoysala’s invaluable contributions to the team’s success.

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Virat Kohli Clinches Fourth ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year

Kohli wins ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer 2023 (4th time). Cummins named Cricketer of the Year, leading Australia to Test and ODI victories.

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On Thursday, Virat Kohli, the prolific Indian batsman, was declared the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2023 in recognition of his outstanding performances in the format throughout the previous year. Kohli, who secured his fourth such award, emerged as the second-highest run-scorer in ODIs in 2023, trailing his compatriot Shubman Gill.

The former Indian skipper concluded the year with an impressive tally of 1,377 runs, featuring six centuries and eight half-centuries. Notably, 2023 marked a historic moment as Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record for ODI centuries, etching his name in cricket history.

Kohli’s exceptional year included leading India to the World Cup final, where he not only played a pivotal role but also secured the Player of the Tournament award for his record-breaking 765 runs in 11 matches. This latest accolade adds to Kohli’s illustrious collection of seven individual ICC awards, with four specifically in the ODI category (2012, 2017, 2018, and 2023).

Competing against compatriots Shubman Gill and Mohammed Shami, along with New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell, Kohli claimed the ODI Cricketer of the Year award, although he narrowly missed out on the overall Cricketer of the Year honor, which was clinched by Australian captain Pat Cummins.

Cummins, who had a stellar year, not only secured the Cricketer of the Year award but also the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. Additionally, Australian batter Usman Khawaja was named the Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, and Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu made history by becoming the first female cricketer from her country to win the Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award.

The awards ceremony also recognized England umpire Richard Illingworth with the David Shepherd Trophy for Umpire of the Year for the third time. Zimbabwe received the Spirit of Cricket Award for their sportsmanship during the World Cup Qualifier match against West Indies.

Cummins expressed his gratitude for the honor, citing the team’s success and his individual achievements during the remarkable year. With outstanding performances in both Test and ODI formats, Cummins played a crucial role in Australia’s victories in the World Test Championship and the World Cup, capping off an extraordinary year for the Australian cricket team.

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