The year 2023 holds immense significance for Indian cricket as both the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup are scheduled, and Team India is determined to conquer both tournaments. To prepare for these crucial events, the BCCI is strategically focusing on grooming senior players as well as young talents. In line with this strategy, reports indicate that the Afghanistan team will visit India from June 23 to June 30 for a 3-match ODI series. Speculations suggest that players like Jitesh Sharma and Nehal Wadhera may earn their chance in this series.
Jitesh Sharma and Nehal Wadhera have caught the attention of selectors with their exceptional performances in the IPL 2023. Their impressive display has fueled talks of their inclusion in the team for the matches against Afghanistan. Considering the workload of senior players such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, it is possible that they may be rested, paving the way for these promising youngsters.
Here is the probable 15-man squad for the Afghanistan series:
- Shubman Gill
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Rituraj Gaikwad
- Rinku Singh
- Hardik Pandya (c)
- Tilak Verma
- Akshar Patel
- Jitesh Sharma
- Nehal Wadhera
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Mohit Sharma
- Mohammed Siraj
- Arshdeep Singh
- Mohammed Shami
While these young players may have limited experience, their talent and potential to contribute to the team’s success cannot be overlooked. Although the official announcement of the squad is yet to be made, there are strong indications that these promising players will seize the opportunity in the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan.
Asian Games 2023 Day 6 Highlights: Indian Medal Haul and Notable Performances
Highlights from Day 6 of the Asian Games 2023 on Friday in Hangzhou included Vikash Singh placing fifth in the men’s and Priyanka placing sixth in the women’s respective 20km race walks. The Indian shooting crew, which included Palak, Esha Singh, and Divya Thadigol, won silver in the ladies’ group 10m air gun rivalry. Esha and Palak also won gold and silver in the women’s 10-air pistol final, respectively. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Swapnil Suresh Kusale, and Akhil Sheoran of the Indian squad won gold in the men’s 50m air rifle 3P team competition as well. India’s Aishwary Pratap Singh won silver in the men’s 50m rifle 3P competition. India’s Aishwary Pratap Singh won silver in the men’s 50m rifle 3P competition. Tennis pros Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan took home the silver medal after losing in the men’s doubles final. Also, the mixed doubles semifinal match between Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale was won.
Day 6 of the Asian Games 2023 updates
Athletics contributed 20 medals to India’s remarkable total of 70 medals won at the 2018 Asian Games, including 8 gold, 9 silver, and 3 bronze. This was a major contribution to the nation’s medal total. Rachna Kumari and Tanya Chaudhary, who are representing India in the women’s hammer throw final, are the focus this year. Manpreet Kaur and Kiran Baliyan are preparing for their events and are hoping to win minor medals for India, so there is still a chance for more medals.Indian competitors are prepared for considerably additional remarkable accomplishments at the Asian Games in 2023, where a sum of 48 gold decorations are available for anyone over the span of the seven-day rivalry, however Manpreet Kaur and Kiran Baliyan get an opportunity for minor decorations in the event that they do their absolute best with it. Altogether, 48 gold decorations will be granted over the seven-day contest.Has China have topped the sports decoration count at each Asian Games starting around 1986.
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s hockey team face Malaysia later in the day while world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen will face Hanan Nassar of Jordan in the women’s 50kg quarter.
India’s medal tally
Athletics: Vikash Singh places sixth in the men’s 20-kilometer race walk.
Priyanka finished fifth in the women’s 20-kilometer race walk.
In the men’s 400-meter final, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi earned a direct qualification.
Tanya Chaudhary, who had a best throw of 60.50 meters, placed seventh in the women’s hammer throw. 9th place with a best throw of 58.13 meters is Rachna Kumari.
In the women’s shot put, Kiran Baliyan takes first place. Manpreet Kaur comes in fifth place.
Shooting: India succeeds SILVER in the women’s team 10m air pistol competition
In the women’s 10m air pistol final, Palak wins GOLD.
Silver goes to Esha Singh in the women’s 10m air pistol competition
India’s men’s 50m rifle 3P team takes home GOLD.
Tomar Aishwary Pratap wins Men’s 50m rifle 3P event: SILVER
Nina Venkatesh, who placed 14th in the women’s 50-meter butterfly, did not advance.
Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan win a tennis match. Men’s doubles SILVER
Boxing: In the women’s 57kg round of 16, Parveen Hooda defeats China’s Xu Zichun.
Nikhat Zareen defeats Jordan’s Hanan Nassar, securing a gold
In the second round of the men’s 80 kg, Lakshya Chahar is defeated by Omurbek Uulu Bekzhigit of Kyrgyzstan.
Playing ping-pong is Sreeja Akula-Diya Parag. Chitale lose in the round of 16 of women’s doubles and are eliminated
Wanwisa and Jinnipa of Thailand were defeated by Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee, advancing them to the women’s doubles quarterfinals.
Achanta In the men’s singles round of 16, Sharath Kamal loses to Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Yuan Chuang 3–4.
G In the men’s singles round of 16, Wang Chuqin defeated Sathiya 4-0.
Squash: India won the women’s bronze medal.
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India Exit Asian Games 2023 Football After Defeat to Saudi Arabia
In Hangzhou 2023, the Indian men’s football squad was eliminated in the round of 16. The female team was unable to move past the group stage.
(All India Football Federation (AIFF)
In their round of 16 encounter against Saudi Arabia on Thursday at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China, the Indian men’s football team was defeated 2-0, eliminating them from the Asian Games 2023.
Both Saudi Arabia goals were scored by Mohammed Khalil Marran (51 and 57 seconds).
FIFA Rankings: India at 102, Saudi Arabia at 57
India is ranked 102nd in the world in the FIFA senior men’s football rankings, whereas Saudi Arabia is ranked 57th. However, the men’s football competitions at the Asian Games are under-23 affairs, with a maximum of three players over the age limit permitted for each side.
Sunil Chhetri and company succumbed to China 5-1 in the opening round before defeating Bangladesh 1-0 and holding Myanmar to a 1-1 draw en route to the knockout rounds. India secured a place in the pre-quarterfinals by finishing second in Pool A behind China.
Saudi Arabia had two victories and a draw as they placed second in Pool B, just behind Iran.
The Indian men’s football team started in a 4-4-2 shape and defended deeply while wearing its characteristic blue uniform. In the meantime, Saudi Arabia played long balls into the Indian half to exert pressure on the Indian defense. The seasoned Sandesh Jinghan-led Indian defense stood its ground to repel the Saudi forwards.
While Saudi Arabia had the majority of the possession, India used counterattacks to create two good chances just before the 15-minute mark.
Highlights from India vs. Saudi Arabia Match
Despite winning possession of the ball in the other team’s half, Sunil Chhetri’s effort was blocked by the Saudi goalkeeper.
A few minutes later, the Indian captain delivered a free-kick that found Sandesh Jhingan, but the defender’s header was cleared off the goal line.
Saudi Arabia increased the stakes following the two let-offs. Musab Al-Juwayr nearly gave the Green Falcons,& the first goal when his right-footed shot beat Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj but hit the post.
It required some desperate defending by the Indian backline to stop Saudi Arabia from scoring in the Indian half.
Zakaria Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia surged into the Indian half in the final seconds of the first half and attempted to score, but Sandesh Jinghan made a crucial block.
Both teams went into halftime without scoring.
India struggled to keep up as Saudi Arabia picked up the pace in the second half. Mohammed Khalil Marran successfully headed a cross past Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh to give Saudi Arabia the lead after five minutes of nonstop pressure.
Mohammed Khalil Marran extended the Saudi team’s lead a few minutes later after returning to the play.
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After scoring the second goal, the Saudi Arabian squad easily maintained control of the match and secured the victory to advance to the round of eight.
The women’s squad did not go past the group stage, and with the men’s team’s elimination, India’s football campaign in Hangzhou 2023 is now over.
At the Asian Games in 1951 and 1962, the Indian football team won the gold medal on both occasions.
The Indian squad last advanced to the round of 16 in 2010, where they were defeated 5-0 by Japan.
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Asian Games: India Secures 25 Medals: Gold in Shooting, Silver in Wushu, Bronze in Equestrian
Indian Athletes Shine at Asian Games:
With a gold medal win in the men’s 10m air pistol team competition and two shooters qualifying for the individual finals, India continued its winning streak at the Asian Games . India won its fourth gold medal from the shooting ranges when the trio of Sarabjot Singh, Arjun Singh Cheema, and Shiva Narwal narrowly defeated the Chinese team to capture the top podium spot. In the women’s 60kg wushu sanda final, India’s Naorem Roshibina Devi finished with a silver medal after losing 0-2 to local heavyweight Wu Xiaowei.
The Indian struggled against Wu Xiaowei, the current winners in the division, which allowed the Chinese to get off to a solid start. Following two rounds, Wu was crowned the victor by the judges. The local favorite had an aggressive opening round and got Roshibina down beautifully in an effort to get her opponent off the mat.
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The Manipuri athlete made an effort to recover and grabbed Wu’s leg in an effort to shove her to the outside, but she was unsuccessful because the Chinese won the opening round 1-0. In the second round, a wary Wu put an end to it by striking Roshibina Devi in the torso.In Jakarta in 2018, Roshibina took home the bronze medal.
In a magnificent demonstration of equestrian skill, Indian rider Anush Agarwalla earned a well-deserved bronze medal in the individual dressage competition at the Asian Games.
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