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Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy test positive for covid-19, forced to withdraw from Thailand Open

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been ruled out of Thailand Open after testing positive for coronavirus. They have been asked to isolate in a Bangkok hospital by the organisers.

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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been ruled out of Thailand Open after testing positive for coronavirus. They have been asked to isolate in a Bangkok hospital by the organisers. Parupalli Kahyap has been also been asked to head to hospital since he was in close contact with Saina. His report is yet to be made public but has been asked to withdraw by organisers assuming he would also test positive. Both the players tested positive in third round of Covid-19 testing done during their quarantine period. Following Nehwal’s ouster PV Sindhu will be India’ only hope in the women’s single draw.

Thailand Open is the first international badminton tournament taking place after a gap of 300 days due to pandemic. With Nehwal’s ouster, Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray got a walkover and has moved to the second round. the Indian shuttler had earlier taken to social media to complain about the fact thait physios and trainers of players were not being allowed near players despite tall of them testing negative. She said it was important time for players ahead of Olympic qualifiers and it was not possible for them to be in good shape without the help of trainers. She added that the players had spent a lot of money in getting physios and trainers along, and if were not going to be allowed near players, it should have been told before.

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This is the the second time Nehwal has tested positive for Covid-19. The shuttler had recovered from the infection just few days back. Kashyap, too. had earlier tested positive for coronavirus. Following the recovery, Kashyap had revealed that the couple ended up putting on a few kilos because of the urge to eat following a course of anti-viral medicines. The couple’s plans to shift to a new home seem to have also taken a jolt in view of Nehwal’s infection.

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DCW‘s Swati Maliwal vows action against trolls who abused Shubman Gill’s sister

Gill, who plays for Gujarat Titans, expressed his dismay and concern over the abusive comments directed at his sister after the Sunday night match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was won by the Titans.

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DCW‘s Swati Maliwal vows action after Trollers abuse Shubhman Gill’s sister

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal has vowed to act against online trolls who targeted cricketer Shubman Gill’s sister with abusive messages on social media platforms.

Gill, who plays for Gujarat Titans, expressed his dismay and concern over the abusive comments directed at his sister after the Sunday night match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was won by the Titans. The disturbing trend of targeting and harassing individuals close to public figures has become a matter of great concern, as it not only infringes upon their privacy but also poses a significant threat to their mental well-being.

Swati Maliwal, known for her proactive stance on women’s rights and safety, swiftly responded to the incident. She condemned the abusive behaviour and promised to take immediate action against the trolls involved. Maliwal emphasised the importance of creating a safe and respectful online environment for everyone, where cyberbullying and harassment will not be tolerated.

The DCW chairperson highlighted the need for stricter regulations and enforcement mechanisms to curb such instances of online abuse. She called for increased vigilance from social media platforms to promptly identify and take action against individuals engaging in abusive behavior. Additionally, Maliwal stressed the importance of educating the public about the consequences of cyberbullying and promoting responsible digital citizenship.

This incident also underscores the role of social media platforms in ensuring user safety and well-being. With the rise of online abuse and harassment, it becomes crucial for these platforms to have robust reporting mechanisms, efficient content moderation policies, and timely response systems. Collaborative efforts between social media platforms, law enforcement agencies, and organizations like the DCW are vital in combating cyberbullying effectively.

The incident involving Shubman Gill’s sister serves as a wake-up call to address the issue of online harassment comprehensively. It highlights the urgent need for stronger legal provisions and stricter enforcement to deter and penalize those responsible for cyberbullying. Moreover, it reinforces the importance of fostering a culture of respect and empathy online, where individuals can express themselves without fear of abuse or intimidation.

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IPL 2023 playoffs scenario: What LSG’s win over MI means for RCB,CSK and others

If LSG wins their last league game ,they will have 17 points ,which will be enough to advance .It would get complicated if they lost since five other teams ,including the Gujarat Titans ,Chennai Super Kings ,Mumbai Indians, Royal challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings ,might each have at least 16 points

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IPL 2023 playoffs scenario: What LSG’s win over MI means for RCB,CSK and others

The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by beating five time champions Mumbai Indians (MI), have significantly boosted their chances of the making the playoffs in this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

As many as seven other teams are still competing for the remaining three spots with the defending champion Gujarat Titans being the only team to have already clinched their place in the playoffs. If MI had defeated LSG, they would have almost certainly advanced to the next round, but skipper Krunal Pandya’s team’s victory has complicated the playoff situation even further.

Here’s how the scenario is likely to play out

Lucknow Super Giants : If LSG wins their last league game, they will have 17 points which will be enough to advance to the playoffs but if they lose, things would become complicated since five other teams ,including the Gujarat Titans ,Chennai Super Kings ,Mumbai Indians, Royal challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings each have at least 16 points.

They can also qualify with 15 points ,but for that to happen ,at least two other competitors must not finish with 16 points or higher.

Mumbai Indians: With 14 points, MI needs to win their final game to improve their chances of making the playoffs. Punjab Kings, LSG , Chennai Super Kings ,and Royal Challengers Bangalore can all have 16 points or more. Net run rate will be relevant in this situation. Things could become even more difficult if Mumbai loses their final game since five teams could conceivably find themselves tied for the final playoff berth with 14 points

Chennai Super Kings : With 15 points ,CSK would be eligible for the playoffs with a victory over Delhi Capitals in their upcoming match. However, a loss puts them in a difficult situation because five teams might end the league stage with 16 points or more. With a win over DC, CSK might even place among the top two teams.

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Bangalore Royal Challengers: Thanks to their most recent victory over Rajasthan Royals ,RCB has a strong net Run Rate of 0.166.With Victories in their last two games, RCB can also guarantee a post season position. But even a single set back could endanger their position.

Punjab Kings: The team captained by Shikhar Dhawan has a problem with their Net Run Rate of -0.268.Winning both of the upcoming matches is almost required if Punjab Kings want to complete the league portion of the season among the top 4 teams. Due to the low NRR, they could be eliminated with just one loss. They will undoubtedly benefit from big victories in the upcoming two games.

Rajasthan Royals: One of the season’s most promising teams ,Rajasthan Royals had their entire campaign derailed after they suffered a humbling loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore the previous time. They must also hope that certain other outcomes go in their favour in addition to winning their last game by a wide margin.

Kolkata Knight Riders :With only 12 points and a NRR of 0.256, KKR’s chances of making the playoffs are in jeopardy. They must not only defeat the Lucknow Super Giants by a wide margin, but they must also anticipate the defeat of other contenders by similar wide majorities. Therefore a number of outcomes must line up for them to qualify.

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Mohammed Shami says he loves Gujarati food even if he doesn’t get what he likes to eat

Ravi Shastri asked Shami about his diet because the experienced pacer was playing better than ever, even during the peak summer days, without a dip in pace.

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Gujarat Titans defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs on Monday to win a place in the playoffs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

Titans’ Mohammed Shami recorded remarkable figures of 4/20, which also allowed him to win the Purple Cap, awarded to the highest wicket-taker, teammate Shubman Gill excelled with the bat notching a century.

The veteran bowler had a cheeky retort that had left many amused when former India head coach Ravi Shastri asked Shami about the secret element in his diet which spurred him for his excellent performance.

Shami has been a revelation this year and was bowling better than ever, even during the peak summer. Ravi Shastri asked him what kind of food he ate. He noted Shami was getting stronger and more powerful even as the temperature was rising and he continued to run at a faster pace.

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Shami said he was in Gujarat, and although he did not get food of his liking, he was enjoying Gujarati food nevertheless.

When Shastri asked the question, Shami had a sly grin when he answered the veteran cricketer. Shastri began laughing on hearing what the Gujrat Titans seamer had to say.

Shami discussed a few additional subjects during the post-match awards ceremony. The veteran pacer praised his bowling partner Mohit Sharma, who also took four wickets in the game.

He said that he was focusing on his strengths and was trying to bowl a disciplined line and length. He said he has tried to bowl good length deliveries and was well-supported by Mohit Sharma, who bowled smartly with variations in his bowling in the middle overs.

The Titans may elect to rest a few key players in the upcoming game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are in a do-or-die situation in the competition, now that a spot in the playoffs has been secured.

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