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Neeraj Chopra’s heartwarming gesture wins hearts, refuses to give autograph on Indian flag

Neeraj became the first Indian to win gold at the World Athletics Championships, and he won hearts with numerous gestures both during and after the competition.

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In every aspect, Neeraj Chopra is an idol, an ambassador, and a role model. His achievements with the javelin are more than enough to place him among India’s all-time greatest athletes, and it is how he behaves off the pitch that elevates him to a level that only a select few can hope to, much alone attain.

With an 88.17m throw in the men’s javelin final in Budapest, Hungary, Neeraj became the first Indian to win gold at the World Athletics Championships, and he won hearts with numerous gestures both during and after the competition.

The other two Indians competing in the men’s javelin final, DP Manu and Kishore Jena, were also congratulated by Neeraj for their accomplishments. In the post-event celebration, Neeraj invited Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who had won the silver medal, to join him and Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch, who had won the bronze. Although Neeraj urged him to participate in the celebration even without a Pakistan flag, Nadeem had been looking for one.

Neeraj continued acting like a statesman after that. At the age of 25, the Olympic champion, who has already triumphed in every international and continental javelin throw competition, reserved his best performance for last. A source who was in Budapest claimed that a Hungarian woman asked for Neeraj’s autograph. The world champion, who is also one of just two Indians to finish on the podium at the worlds and the only one with two medals, including gold, happily agreed, but Neeraj gently refused when he learned that she wanted his signature on the Indian national flag.

He said in Hindi, waha nahi kar sakta, which translates as, can’t sign there. However, Neeraj wasn’t the one to let a fan down. Instead, he gave his autograph on her sleeves.

Notably, the Flag Code of India 2002 forbids the use of any type of inscription on the Indian national flag.

Chopra this gesture has receivedNeeraj Chopra’s heartwarming gesture wins hearts, refuses to give autograph on Indian flag praised from several social media users for refusing to sign the flag.

Taking to social media a user wrote, respect for him, a fantastic athlete and a trustworthy, patriotic person. a wonderful example for all Indians!

Another wrote, the heart and arm of a golden man. Others also praised him.

Meanwhile, Neeraj has confirmed his quota for the Paris Olympics the following year.

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IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya returns after 4-month injury layoff

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test.

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The captain of the Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya, is leading the Reliance 1 team in the DY Patil T20 tournament, marking his eagerly anticipated comeback to cricket. Since sustaining an ankle injury during India’s ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match against Bangladesh in October of last year, Pandya has not participated in any international cricket matches for the team India.

Pandya was not present for the home series of five T20 internationals against Australia, nor for the three ODI and three T20I matches that made up the journey to South Africa. In Pandya’s absence, top-ranked T20I batsman Suryakumar Yadav donned the role of captain.

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test. He started training for the DY Patil T20 Cup in preparation of the IPL 2024 after passing the fitness tests.

Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Pandya was moved from the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the Mumbai Indians (MI) in November last year. Former MI captain Rohit Sharma, who has won five IPL trophies for the team, has been replaced by Hardik Pandya in the 2024 season of the famous league.

With players like Tilak Verma, Nehal Wadhera, Akash Madhwal, and Piyush Chawla, Pandya is in charge of a superstar-studded lineup. With Pandya leading the team, these players will play for MI.

However, Rohit Sharma will be captaining the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in the USA and the West Indies in June, with the intention of putting an end to India’s ICC trophy drought.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah earlier announced that Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue in the ICC T20 World Cup. He also voiced hope that Team India will emerge victorious in the T20 cricket tournament and break their ten-year trophy drought under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

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India beat England by 5 wickets, secure 17th straight Test series win at home

Rohit Sharma-led team India defeated England in the fourth Test match of the series to clinch the 5-match series.

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England was unable to save a five-match series against India, after falling short by five wickets in the fourth Test match in Ranchi today. India’s commanding 3-1 series lead proved to be enough to seal the Test series defeat for Ben Stokes’ team.

India, dubbed the “final frontier” of bazball, proved to be a tough Test for the Brendon McCullum team, who faced harsh criticism for their batting strategy during this series. India won the 17th consecutive Test series, maintaining their winning streak in home Tests. In the red-ball version of the game, the squad increased their record for the most consecutive series victories at home.

The last test series which India lost agains England was in 2012 when Alastair Cook captained the English team. India has won every home match they have played since losing the series by 2-1. India hasn’t even drawn a Test series since their defeat by England in 2012.

India’s start to the current series had not been good. After losing the opening game in Hyderabad, Rohit Sharma’s squad reamined unbeatable even without a number of key players for the next 3-matches. The Indian squad proved to be very resilient, winning three straight games in Ranchi, Rajkot, and Vizag.

On the tricky Ranchi track, England won a vital toss and chose to bat first. With the help of an incredible century from Joe Root, they scored 353 runs in the opening half. India scored 307 runs in their first innings of replying. Jaiswal put up a spectacular 73, but Jurel was the real standout for India, scoring a solid 90 and creating important alliances with Kuldeep and Akash Deep to cut into England’s lead.

Meanwhile, the most impressive bowler was Shoaib Bashir, who took his first five wicket haul despite giving up 119 runs in 44 overs.

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India Vs England: Dhruv Jurel wins player of the match in Ranchi Test, cricketers hail youngster for calm and composed performance

BCCI applauded Dhruv Jurel’s performance in a social media post and said the youngster has impressed everyone with resilient knocks with the bat in both the innings. The Top cricket body congratulated him for becoming the player of the match.

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India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel was named the player of the match in just his 2nd test for his priceless knock of 90 runs in the first innings of the 4th Test match against England in Ranchi on Monday. The youngster showed determination on a pitch that was a wearing fourth-day track to score an unbeaten 39 and forged a partnership with Shubman Gill to help India script a 3-1 series win over England.

Senior cricketers praised Jurel for his remarkable knock of 90 runs in the first innings. Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar even compared the youngster to the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni.  Robin Uthappa praised Dhruv Jurel and Shubman Gill for their incredible composure and congratulate them on their fantastic win to seal the series. He said the young Indian side played some solid cricket.

BCCI applauded Dhruv Jurel’s performance in a social media post and said the youngster has impressed everyone with resilient knocks with the bat in both the innings. The Top cricket body congratulated him for becoming the player of the match.

Ex-Indian batsman Virender Sehwag posted on X and said that this win is to relish and cherish. He added both Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel showed great composure. He pointed out Dhruv Jurel’s performance was truly outstanding in a series winning effort. He praised Jurel for his calmness and his temperament.

Former coach Tom Moody posted on X and said that Dhruv Jurel is some player and India has found a gem. Former cricketer S Badrinath said Dhruv Jurel is a player to watch out for the future and praised him for his calm and composed performance.

Ex-Indian cricketer VVS Laxman wrote another fantastic win for team India, series done and dusted! He said there were many architects of this triumph, but the hero was young Dhruv Jurel.

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