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Beauty of sport: Virat Kohli shares Instagram photo of Rafael Nadal crying for Roger Federer on his last match, calls it the most beautiful sporting picture ever

Roger Federer played his last game along with Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup 2022.

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli shared an emotional Instagram post today, but not for himself but for Swiss maestro Rafael Nadal shedding tears for Rodger Federer on his last game in Laver Cup 2022.

Rafael Nadal was seen in tears after the swiss goat played his last match during Laver Cup on Friday. And Kohli shared the picture of both seating on the same bench crying over Federer’s exit and wrote that this is the beauty of sport when your rival cries for you.

Coming himself from a gentlemen’s game cricket, Kohli wrote that who could have thought that rivals can feel like this towards each other. But then that’s the beauty of sport. Kohli further wrote that this is the most beautiful sporting picture ever to him.

“When your companions cry for you, you know what you’ve been able to do with your god given talent. Nothing but respect for these 2,” Virat Kohli further added. Checkout his Instagram post here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci4QnCUt_gM/

For the unversed, Federer had taken to social media to announce his retirement from World Tennis on September 15. The 41 years old, struggling with a knee problem for the last three years is the first men’s player to win 20 grand slam titles.

Federer’s sudden retirement announcement was the second exit from Tennis in September after 23-time major winner Serena Williams, who shared the stage with Federer for his entire career, also transitioned into retirement following her defeat in the third round of the U.S. Open.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli was seen in great form in the second T20 match against Australia, which was being played at Nagpur’s PVC Stadium. However, the match that was scheduled to start at 7:00 was delayed by 9:30 pm due to rain, but due to the hard work of staff men, the match was played for just 8-8 overs.

After winning the toss, Indian captain Rohit Sharma decided to bowl first. Australia gave a total of 92 runs for India to chase with the help of skipper Aron Finch’s 40 of 28 balls. But India captain led Men in Blue from the front and made 46 not out from just 20 balls and won the match by 6 wickets.

The India vs Australia T20 series is levelled up by 1-1 and the final match which will be played in Hyderabad will be the series decider.

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Lucknow Super Giants beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Mumbai Indians’ nightmare of a season ended with yet another defeat, their tenth of the season and fourth at home, against the Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs. With this victory, LSG reached the 14-point mark required for qualification but that won’t help them as their NRR is way below CSK and RCB.

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Lucknow Super Giants defeated Mumbai Indians by 18 runs at Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Mumbai Indians were set to chase a target of 215 runs and were restricted to 196 for 6. Earlier, Nicholas Pooran scored 75 runs off 29 balls as the Lucknow Super Giants posted a total of 214 for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs.

The Lucknow Super Giants needed to beat Mumbai Indians with a margin of over 300 runs to stay alive in playoff race but they could only reach 214. KL Rahul also played a crucial knock of 55 runs off 41 deliveries. In defence of the total, Ravi Bishnoi picked up 2 important wickets and gave just 37 runs and played a pivotal role for the Lucknow Super Giants.

Mumbai Indians’s chase started slowly with just 33 runs in 23 balls before the match ended due to rain. The game resumed after a 45-minute break as Rohit Sharma hit 2 consecutive boundaries to Mohsin Khan. Mumbai Indians managed to increase the run rate after the break, courtesy of some brilliant hitting by Rohit and Dewald Brevis, as they took the score to 53 by the end of the Powerplay. The former skipper reached his half-century with a 6 to Mohsin off just 28 balls.

Naveen-ul-Haq provided the opening breakthrough to Lucknow Super Giants with the dismissal of Brewis. Protea tried clearing the long-off boundary but mistimed the ball. Krunal Pandya, who was standing on the long off had to run and cover a few yards to take a diving catch at the end.

Suryakumar Yadav came at number 3 but did not last for too long as he was dismissed after 3 deliveries.  The Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul may have pre-empted Surya’s shot because just before the wicket ball was bowled, Rahul asked the square leg fielder (Ravi Bishnoi) to move towards his left.

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Fans react to viral video of MS Dhoni in RCB dressing room after a warm welcome in Chinnaswamy

CSK is all set to clash with RCB tomorrow, on Saturday, at 7:30 PM

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The former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni, was recently seen in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dressing room. The now-viral video was posted by RCB’s official social account, in which they were seen welcoming Dhoni with a cup of tea.

Sharing the video on social media, RCB captioned it, Welcome to Bengaluru Mahi. The viral video got a lot of attention, as till now the video has gained 17 lakh likes and 4000 comments. This gesture of sportsmanship has won hearts across the cricket fraternity.

Fans on social media are loving this display of respect and fair play between archrivals. Many fans have expressed their appreciation for the mutual respect between Dhoni and the RCB team. It’s a refreshing reminder that even during fierce competition, the spirit of sportsmanship can prevail.

Social media reacted to the video by saying it was divided by teams and united by Chai. People on social media commented that this is what cricket is all about: respect for the game and the legends expressing their love for cricket as a sport. A user wrote, who would know that they’d see Mahi in the RCB den.

Another user commented, saying, this warms his heart. It is great to see such generosity despite the competition, A third user said. Even former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag shared his emotions, saying it looks like Dhoni forgot which dressing room he was in! Just kidding, this is brilliant stuff, he added. Sehwag also said this shows the true spirit of the game.

Meanwhile, under the captainship of MS Dhoni, CSK has lifted the IPL trophy 5-times, while RCB is yet to a title.

Ruturaj Gaikwad-led CSK is all set to clash with Faf du Plessis-led RCB tomorrow, on Saturday, at 7:30 PM. The heated clash will be live streamed on Jio Tv.

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Virat Kohli hails Sunil Chhetri on his retirement

Sunil Chhetri announced retirement from international football today after and illustrious career of 19 years.

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Former India captain Virat Kohli penned a heartfelt note for Sunil Chhetri as he announced his retirement from international football today. Kohli, known for his sportsmanship and respect for athletes across disciplines, took to social media to honour Chhetri’s illustrious career and his invaluable contribution to Indian football.

Taking to social media X, formerly Twitter, Kohli’s said, Sunil Chhetri is a true legend of Indian football, his passion, dedication, and unmatched skill have inspired millions. Wishing best for Chhetri’s future, Kohli also said Indian football will always be grateful.

Board of Control Cricket for India (BCCI) also took to their official social media handle and reshared the video of Sunil Chhetri, saying, his career has been nothing short of extraordinary and he has been a phenomenal icon for Indian football and Indian sports. Go well, Captain, the post added.

Apart from Kohli, several other sports personalities also took to social media to express their gratitude and admiration for Chhetri. Star badminton player PV Sindhu to boxing champion Mary Kom, athletes from various disciplines paid tribute to Chhetri’s impact on Indian sports.

Sindhu in a tweet that she feels proud to have shared the field with him. She also mentioned that his dedication and passion for the game have been truly inspiring, and wished him the best for the future.

Mary Kom congratulated Sunil Chhetri on an incredible career. The boxing legend hailed Chhetri’s commitment to the sport and for the country. She also wished him all the best for his future endeavors.

Beyond the realm of sports, Chhetri’s retirement resonated with fans who admired his humility, resilience, and love for the game. His journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of India’s most revered sports personalities serves as a testament to the power of dedication and perseverance.

Meanwhile, Sunil Chhetri’s retirement marks the end of an era in Indian football, but his legacy will continue to inspire generations of athletes across the nation. The India football captain will play his last match on June 6 against Kuwait.

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