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Nikhat Zareen: Two-Time Boxing World Champion with an Olympic Dream

Two-time Boxing World Champion Nikhat Zareen has expressed her happiness after winning the title in front of her home crowd, especially in the flyweight category.

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Hyderabad : Two-time Boxing World Champion Nikhat Zareen has expressed her happiness after winning the title in front of her home crowd, especially in the flyweight category. In a recent media interaction in Hyderabad, she shared her goals, including qualifying for the forthcoming Asian Games 2023 in China, which will qualify her for the Olympics. She also expressed her ultimate aim of winning an Olympic medal for her country and that’s what motivates her to do better every day.

Zareen revealed her favourite punches, which include the jab, right hook, but stressed that in the ring, you can’t blindly throw the punch but have to find an opportunity. She further shared her preparation for the match, stating that they had a camp in Patiala, where they trained every day. Despite the relatively new weight category for her, she was able to beat all the boxers and win the Gold medal for the country.

Speaking about the training facilities in Hyderabad, Zareen lamented the lack of coaches and only one ring in LB Stadium, which is also not very well-maintained. She had to train in Inspire Institute of Sport, Bellary, owing to the lack of facilities. Zareen expressed that there is a lot of talent in Hyderabad and Telangana, but there is a need to conduct more competitions so that more boxers can come up from their state.

Zareen is now focused on building an academy in Hyderabad and bringing more boxers. She also encouraged other women to take up the sport, stating that with hard work, they can make a strong career and that it helps in being strong mentally and physically.

Zareen’s recent win at the IBA Women’s Boxing World Championships in New Delhi was followed by her felicitation by the members of the Film Nagar Cultural Centre on Monday. The boxer expressed her happiness at winning the title in front of the home crowd, which was a dream come true for her.

Elaborating on her goals, Zareen stated that she likes to take a step-by-step approach to reach her set goal, and her immediate focus now will be on qualifying for the Asian Games. She believes that it will be a significant step towards achieving her ultimate aim of winning an Olympic medal for her country.

Zareen’s dedication towards the sport and her ambition to win an Olympic medal has made her a role model for many aspiring boxers in the country. Her journey so far is an inspiration to many, and her focus and determination are sure to lead her to achieve her ultimate aim.

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