Legendary former India captain MS Dhoni turns 42 and fans across the country are celebrating the occasion in their own ways. While there are many who would choose to reminisce some of the great moments the iconic wicketkeeper-batter has been involved in while playing for India and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), some have gone a step further in expressing their love and admiration for Dhoni.
Images popped up on the eve of the special day that showed giant cut-outs of Dhoni in Hyderabad and in Nandigama, Andhra Pradesh. The cut out in Hyderabad is apparently 52 feet tall while the one in Nandigama is said to be 77 feet tall. While the former features Dhoni in his India jersey, the cut-out Nandigama features him in CSK’s training kit. There was also a video of milk poured over the cutout in Nandigama.
MS Dhoni is widely rated as one of the greatest Indian captains of all time and one of the most successful captains in the history of limited-overs cricket. He is the only captain to have won all three white-ball tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) – the T20 World Cup, the World Cup and the Champions Trophy. He led India to the 2007 T20 World Cup title in what was his first-ever assignment as captain of the team.
He then became just the second Indian after Kapil Dev in 1983 to have led the team to the ODI World Cup title in 2011. He then led India to their first outright win in a Champions Trophy final in 2013. It was technically India’s second Champions Trophy title, having shared the crown with Sri Lanka in 2002. Dhoni was also captain when India climbed to the top of the Test rankings for the first time in 2009.
ICC World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli requests family, friends not to ask him for World Cup tickets
The star batter also urged to enjoy the tournament from their homes.
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and his wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma has asked that no one contact them regarding tickets for the next World Cup in India, which starts on Thursday, October 5.
In order to avoid any interruptions during the performance, Kohli posted a story on Instagram asking his friends and family to prevent themselves from texting him asking for tickets.
Anushka reposted Kohli’s story and added that she won’t be able to help if the cricketer ignores messages sent to him when the World Cup is going on.
Taking to Instagram Kohli shared a post on his Instagram stories in which he wrote, as they approach the World Cup, he would humbly like to let all his friends know to not request him for tickets at all through the tournament. The star batter also urged to enjoy the tournament from their homes.
Resharing his strory, Anushka added to it that please don’t request her to help if your messages get unanswered. She further continued by saying, thank you for your understanding and added a folded hand emoji.
Meanwhile, Kohli joined the ranks of the UIM E1 World Championship, a brand-new all-electric powerboat series that will begin racing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, next year. As a team owner in the league, Kohli, who is now a member of the Indian side for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, joins players like Rafael Nadal, Tom Brady, Didier Drogba, and Sergio Perez.
The UIM E1 World Championship is the newest addition to the circuit of motorsports contests, which currently include Formula E and off-road Extreme E. The Blue Rising is the name of Kohli’s team.
As one of the top business minds among athletes, Kohli already controls a sizable number of companies. He owns a restaurant franchise, participates in athletics, and co-owns FC Goa of the Indian Super League.
Asian Games 2023: Jyothi, Ojas win gold in archery compound mixed team event
Ojas and Jyothi had to fight hard to win the gold medal. At the end 1 India led their opponents 40-39. In the second end the scoreboard read 80-79. But India lost the lead after the third end as Ojas shot 9.
Ojas Deotale, Jyothi Surekha Vennam won gold in the compound mixed team event in archery. The duo defeated the South Korean pair of Joo Jaehoon and So Chaewon 159-158 at the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre Final Field. Ojas and Jyoti made sure that India won its 71st medal, which is India’s highest in the history of Asian Games. India had won 70 medals in the 2018 Jakarta Games.
India also came par with best gold medal tally of 16 that they had won in 2018. Ojas and Jyothi had to fight hard to win the gold medal. At the end 1 India led their opponents 40-39. In the second end the scoreboard read 80-79. But India lost the lead after the third end as Ojas shot 9.
Ojas and Jyothi beat the Malasian pair of Bin Muzuki Mohd Juwaidi and Binti Mat Salleh Fatin Nurfatehah 158-155. The Indian team won a medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Andrey Tyutyn and Adel Zhexenbinova in the semi final round. India medal tally has reached 16 gold, 26 silver and 29 bronze medals in the Asian games 2023.
Indian atheletes Manju Rani and Ram Baboo won the mixed team bronze medal in the 35 km race walk event. They completed the race walk in 5 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds at the Asian Games 2023. This victory is an important achievement for India as it was India’s 70th medal at the Asian games.
They matched their record setting performance from the 2018 Asian games in Jakarta. India’s medal count has now reached 23 nine bronze, ten, silver and four gold in athletics. India has a chance to add more medals to their tally. China is on the top position with 164 gold medals, 90 silver medals and 46 bronze medals. South Korea and Japan are in the second and third position.
Asian Games 2023: Vithya Ramraj wins bronze medal in women’s 400m hurdles, Muhammed Afsal wins silver in men’s 800 m
Sutirtha Mukerjee and Ayhika Mukherjee won a bronze medal in table tennis. Parul Choudhary won gold in Women’s 5000 m event.
Vithya Ramraj won a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou in the women’s 400m hurdles final. The 25 year old equalled PT Usha’s 39 year old record in hurdles which she had set in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Ramraj took 55.42 to seconds in the heats and fell short of Usha’s record of 55.68 seconds.
Sutirtha Mukerjee and Ayhika Mukherjee won a bronze medal in table tennis. Parul Choudhary won gold in Women’s 5000 m event. Parul Choudhary also won silver in women’s 3000m steeplechase on Monday. She recorded 15:14.75 and overtook Japan’s Ririka Hironaka in the race. Mohammad Afsal won silver in the men’s 800m. Praveen Chitravel won bronze in Men’s triple jump event. Tejaswin Shanker won silver in decathlon and accumulated 7666 points. Shankar finishes 4th in the final 1500m event. India’s total medal tally came to 62 in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzou
Mujidat Oluwkemi Adekoya of Bahrain won the gold medal with a record time of 54.45 seconds. China’s Mo Jiadie won the silver medal and came second with 55.01 seconds. Vithya came third with a reaction time of 0.188 seconds. The gold and silver medals had slower reaction times of 0.196 and 0.197 seconds respectively.
Ramraj hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. This is Vithya’s second medal at the Asian Games. Ramraj was also a part of mixed 4X400 m relay team that won the silver medal along with Rajesh Ramesh, Subha Venkatesant and Muhammad Ajmal Variyathodi. Their bronze medal was upgraded to silver after Sri Lanka was disqualified for a lane infringement.
Vithya is also a three-time national champion in 100m hurdles also. Vithya’s identical twin Nithya is also an identical twin. In the men’s 400 m hurdles Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Yashas Palaksha finished sixth and fifth respectively. Tamilarasan recorded 49.41 seconds while Palaksha managed 49.39 seconds.