Tejashwi Yadav, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, has a little-known secret: his background as a cricketer. Few are aware that before entering the political arena, Yadav pursued a cricketing career. Interestingly, there was a time when the former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli played under Yadav’s captaincy. Had fate granted the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister a promising opportunity in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he might have become the captain of Team India today. Let’s delve into this intriguing story.
During his formative years, Tejashwi Yadav not only completed his studies in Bihar but also kick-started his cricketing journey there due to the state’s cricket board’s lackluster state. He played for Delhi’s Under-15 and Under-17 teams, with Virat Kohli being one of his teammates. Yadav proudly reminisced about leading the Under-15 side to numerous victories during an interview.
Yadav also ventured into the IPL, representing the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) from 2008 to 2012. Unfortunately, he did not get an opportunity to play a single match during his tenure. However, some believe that had he been given a fair chance in the IPL, he could have represented the Indian cricket team today and possibly even held the captaincy.
Aside from his IPL stint, Yadav also played domestic cricket for Jharkhand. In his first match for Jharkhand, he scored 19 runs in the second innings and 1 run in the first innings. Despite bowling 5 overs, he failed to secure a wicket. Additionally, Yadav participated in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2010 and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Examining his overall cricketing career, Yadav played one match in first-class cricket, scoring 20 runs. In List A matches, he accumulated 14 runs with a single wicket to his name across two matches, while contributing 3 runs in four T20 matches.
Tejashwi Yadav’s cricketing journey sheds light on his passion for the sport and offers an intriguing glimpse into his lesser-known background before he ventured into the realm of politics.
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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