Indian rowers bag one gold and two bronze medals at Asian Games despite battling…

first_imgAdvertisementRowing has been an ancient sport in India with less spectators and participants showing interest. It all started back in 1858 when Calcutta Rowing Club was established. Henceforth, the nation has seen quality rowers with very high endurance, but this is the second time in history that the Indian rowers won medals at Asian Games.Dattu Bhonakal arguably one of the best rowers in Asia who hails from Maharashtra, lived up to expectations as he made a strong comeback from being 5th at Icheon to winning Gold with his Fours team. The Men’s fours consisted of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh, clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal. India also bagged two bronze medals in the sport through Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in double sculls.On the other hand, Dushyant Singh finished at the third place in Men’s single sculls, who was abnormally suffering from high blood pressure and heart rate before the match. He decided to participate despite not being able to breathe. He was immediately taken to the hospital as the situation was severe after the race but his commitment for his nation is commendable.Nonetheless, Rowing Federation of India has been doing a great job to uplift Rowing in India by regularly organizing State, Open National, School level tournaments which have surely resulted in the betterment of the Sport.Also Read :Asian Games: 15-year old Shardul Vihan is now officially India’s youngest medallist in the Asian Games! Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli backs Joe Root as next England Test captain

first_imgJoe Root has the temperament to be England’s next Test captain, India skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday.Incumbent Alastair Cook has admitted to having “questions” about his role as Test captain following England’s series loss in India with a match to spare and batting mainstay Root is perceived as a natural heir to the job. (Chennai Test: Chance for Virat Kohli, R Ashwin to break major Indian records)Root’s anticipated elevation would also be a continuation of the global trend of premier batsmen taking over Test captaincy, as it happened with Kohli in India, Steve Smith in Australia and Kane Williamson in New Zealand. (Virat Kohli-Ashwin are the new Tendulkar-Kumble of Indian cricket)”Joe looks like a guy who has the temperament to do it,” Kohli said on the eve of the fifth and final test against England.”Of whatever I have seen of him as a player and the way he conducts himself on the field, I think he has been a great batsman for England and I think he’s equipped enough to handle that job.” (Virat Kohli wants to raise an all-time best team)Kohli himself has flourished since taking over test captaincy but warned it was a highly demanding job.”It depends on the individual, to be honest. Joe is an outstanding player. I’ve been very fond of his game and the way he plays and goes about things,” Kohli said of the 25-year-old.”He’s very positive, always thinks of any situation as an opportunity. It’s pretty evident with the way he plays. (Kohli keen to play county cricket before 2018 England tour)advertisement”I don’t know what captaincy would do to that. Captaincy is not just about handling 10 more guys on the field or having a squad and interacting with management. It comes with a whole package…” (Running out of adjectives for Kohli and Ashwin: Ganguly to India Today)Speculation over Test captaincy, which coach Trevor Bayliss has called a “pain in backside”, has intensified with England’s debacle in India.Cook has said that he takes the job on a series-by-series basis and will discuss his position with director of cricket Andrew Strauss, also his former opening partner, next month. (Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)”It’s a natural thing that happens with me and Straussy now,” Cook, who has been in charge since 2012, told BBC Test Match Special.”Often my future comes up and how we want to move forward.”This would be no different to any of those other meetings and we are going to have to discuss what is the best thing for English cricket.”You have to be very careful about decisions that are made in the heat of the moment that have a long-term effect on yourself and the team.”We’ve tried to knock it on the head as many times as we can, but of course when you lose games of cricket it gets blown up.”last_img read more