Latest National and International Sports News Today Transcript at 4:30 PM on 12 February 2024
In cricket news: Ravichandran Ashwin has called Jasprit Bumrah’s effort extraordinary in the India Vs England test series so far. Ashwin said on his YouTube channel, “The real show stealer is BoomBall. Jasprit Bumrah has bowled extraordinarily, being the leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets. He is also the latest number-one Test bowler in the world. A big congratulations from my side. I’m a big fan of him. This achievement is an Himalayan feat.” The first two-match is evenly-poised at 1-1 with the next Test, starting from, Thursday, February 15 in Rajkot. Ashwin said that the majority of Indian cricket players had never participated in a first-class or Test match at Vishakhapatnam’s Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium.
Toss mascot Will, who was at the flip of the coin during the second T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan has penned down a heartfelt message thanking the New Zealand players and cricket team. Will, in the letter, wrote, “Thank you for picking me to be the coin toss kid at the Blackcaps vs Pakistan game in Seddon Park, Hamilton that was played last night. I really liked it and I and I got most players signatures on my bat I was a little nervous to start with but every one was nice to me.” Will also mentioned that he aspires to become a New Zealand cricketer one day.
AB de Villiers, after taking a U-turn on his comments regarding Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma expecting their second child and clarifying that he shared false information on his YouTube channel, has once again issued an apology to Kohli and his family. He said in a YouTube live on Saturday, 10th February, “My friend Virat Kohli is still not available. I cry out to everybody to give him the privacy that he deserves. Family comes first. No one knows what exactly is going on. I am asking all of us to respect that. I did bit of a blunder in my previous show and I apologize to the Kohli family for that.”
In some tragic news: Reigning marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a road accident in the Rift Valley town of Eldoret in Kenya. Kenyan police confirmed that the 24-year-old Kenyan athlete and his coach died at the scene of the crash. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said in a statement, “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, team mates and the Kenyan nation.” Kenya’s sports minister Ababu Namwamba said, “Kenya has lost a special gem.”
In football news: A top official of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) explained the rationale behind the decision of forcing India to share the SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship title with hosts Bangladesh after the final on Thursday, February 8th. In a chat with The Indian Express, Acting AIFF secretary M Satyanarayan said, “Despite being declared winners after the spin of the coin, we decided to accept the officials’ request for sharing the trophy as the situation was simmering and a section of the home fans was creating disturbances. Since the security of the players and other team officials is our utmost priority, the AIFF decided to agree to the request of the organisers.”
In chess, India’s first Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand started his chess academy in 2020, and now three years later, three students from the online WestBridge Anand Chess Academy’s (WACA) first batch, D Gukesh, R Praggnanandhaa and R Vaishali, have qualified for the upcoming Candidates tournament. In a chat with The Indian Express, Anand said, “The idea for the chess academy was to have a programme by which Indian youngsters carry the torch forward. I’m very happy that the first group we picked are all doing so well now. I’ll admit to being slightly surprised by how quickly they have done it.” Anand clarified that the counsel he provides to players is just suggestions. He gets them to visualise tournament scenarios.
In wrestling, in a chat with The Indian Express, Dr Samuel Pullinger, head of Sports Science at JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport training centre at Vijayanagar in Karnataka, shared some insights into how he is trying to wean away the centre’s women wrestlers from a punishing pre-weigh-in regime. He said, “There were too many risks, the ACL and other serious injury count was high after too much weight was suddenly dropped and that offset any other power advantage. I decided to initiate them into gradual weight loss in the weeks preceding with help from coaches and nutritionists and Strength & Conditioning trainers, and dragging them away from malpractices that have set in to make weight,”
Lastly, in hockey news: The Indian women’s hockey team faced yet another setback in the FIH Pro League, suffering their third consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Australia with a score of 3-0. Despite coach Janneke Schopman’s hopes of a competitive display against top teams, India’s disappointing run continues after their heartbreaking loss in Ranchi – where India fell short of qualifying for the Paris Olympics. Struggling to convert chances and lacking efficiency in penalty corner conversions, India’s defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed. Despite Australia’s subpar performances, India’s inability to capitalize on opportunities has proven costly.