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Tiger hunter turns tiger rescuer

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

Hyderabadi shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan | Photo Credit: aranged
Hyderabadi shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan | Photo Credit: aranged

Maharashtra :

‘Man-eater’ successfully tranquillised

Reputed hunter from the city, ‘Nawab’ Shafat Ali Khan, who used to be frequently embroiled in controversies by shooting down ‘man-eating’ tigers, has, for a change, successfully tranquillised female tiger in Maharashtra that had reportedly turned man-eater.

The three-year-old tigress was captured alive on Monday evening from the outlying territory of Tadoba National Park, near Halda village, Mr. Khan informed over phone.

The tigress, named C-1 by the Forest Department officials, was from the spill-over population of 40 adult tigers and 19 cubs that struggled for survival in the Brahmapuri Division outside the national park, thickly populated with human habitations and sparsely with prey base.

The young feline had killed two humans and injured four, besides lifting away countless cattle and goats between April and June. After it had reportedly killed a man on June 21 and partially ate his body, villagers became furious leading to her being declared a man-eater, and ordered to be shot down.

Attempts by veterinarians to tranquillise the big cat turned futile, and Mr. Khan was invited by the Maharashtra Government to hunt her down. “I had noticed that the tigress displayed abnormal behaviour. She would kill the cattle during daytime, and when resisted, attack the villagers,” Mr. Khan recalled. However, he decided to capture her alive, after noticing from camera traps that she was beautiful and young. His team, including son Asghar, faced tough opposition from the villagers who wanted her shot down.

“They even attacked us once, seeing the tranquilliser guns in our hands. We had to sit with them, and make them understand our efforts,” he said. The cattle kills became very frequent, but almost always, the tigress abandoned her kills scared by the attempts to chase her away.

Tigress that was tranquillised.
Tigress that was tranquillised.

“After a futile attempt at Padmapur village on July 4, she disappeared up to July 9, only to resurface near Halda village where she was conceived by her mother. Our task became very difficult as her mother and two sisters roamed in the five square kilometre vicinity,” Mr. Khan said.

Painstakingly, the stripes on the tigress’ body were memorised, and her presence was ascertained further through her odd tendencies of abandoning her kills.

“Monday afternoon, she killed a cow and ate five kilograms of meat. We set up a ‘machan’, tied the carcass with ropes and awaited her arrival. At 5.30 p.m., she came tearing out, lifted the carcass snapping the ropes, and almost galloped away, but not before I took a very fast shot. The dart went in her neck, and she fled dropping her kill,” Mr. Khan explained. She was noticed 200 meters away, captured and brought back to the Forest Department’s camp at Ekara village.

“I visited the tigress on Tuesday morning. She was in healthy condition,” Mr. Khan informed.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Swathi Vadlamudi / Hyderabad – July 12th, 2017

Zaheer Khan: A profile of India’s new bowling coach, the best man for the job

Mumbai, MAHARASHTRA :

Zaheer assumed the mentoring role even during his playing days with India. (PTI Photo)
Zaheer assumed the mentoring role even during his playing days with India. (PTI Photo)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Zaheer took 311 wickets in 92 Test matches and 269 in ODIs over 15 years.
  2. Zaheer was the joint highest wicket-taker in India’s successful 2011 World Cup campaign.
  3. Zaheer wisely understood the importance of cutting down on pace for accuracy.

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New Delhi :

Late on Tuesday evening, news broke from the BCCI that Ravi Shastri was indeed the new coach of the Indian cricket team, capping a frenzied few hours when speculation had been rife about whether or not the former India allrounder, who was team director from August 2014 to April 2016, was stepping into the shoes vacated by Anil Kumble last month.

When the confirmation came, it was no surprise. What did cause a flutter was news that former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan had been appointed bowling coach of the team, for this was not widely foreseen. Add to it the pedigree and tactual nous of Zaheer, India’s fourth most successful bowler in Tests and ODIs, and this was a major announcement. India’s pace bowling stocks has arguably never been better, with Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya all capable of clocking 140kph, and the likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat followed by the promise of youngsters such as Mohammed Siraj and Basil Thampi.

While he has no formal coaching experience, the 38-year-old Zaheer brings a vault of experience to his most high-profile role since he retired from international cricket in October 2015. He will rank as one of India’s best fast bowlers and, for two periods in his international career, was on par with the best in the world. From an Indian context, on a thin list of genuine fast bowlers, Zaheer rightly occupied a place because of his wickets and skill with a cricket ball in his hand, new and old.

The highlights reel of Zaheer’s career makes for special reading. A total of 311 wickets in 92 Test matches and 269 in ODIs over 15 years. A World Cup winner, in 2011 when he was the joint highest wicket-taker. A leading role in a rare Test victory in England, and a supporting role in India’s only two on South African soil. In between, there was success in Test wins at home and in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and in the West Indies.

A tall, sturdy fast bowler with a smile to put you at ease, much was expected of him when he burst onto the scene with those yorkers to the Australians in Nairobi in 2000. Here was an Indian bowler regularly able to clock in excess of 140kph and bend the ball back in. That he was a left-arm pace bowler made him all the more appealing and exciting. This was a unique talent in the Indian scenario. Of course, comparisons with Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath , who at the time was starting his decline, were inevitable. Thankfully, for a couple of seasons fans of Indian cricket got to see Srinath and Zaheer bowl in tandem, most effectively in the 2003 World Cup, and what a treat it was.

To watch him move the ball at Trent Bridge in the summer of 2007 and be sucked into the TV screen, to gasp at deliveries that curved away from prodding bats. To see him appeal with a clap when he was certain a batsman was lbw, eyes crinkled as a celebratory smile began to form, then slap your thigh in excitement. To throw your head back in marvel when he went through the defences of Brad Haddin and Brett Lee with successive deliveries bowled with the old ball, getting it to reverse delectably. Was there a better exponent of the old ball for India? With all due credit to Manoj Prabhakar, no. That ability to swing the old ball and new and extract reverse swing was Zaheer’s hallmark. He was a master of bringing the ball back into the right-hander and moving it away sharply from a left-hander by the name of Graeme Smith. Later in his career, Zaheer wisely understood the importance of cutting down on pace for accuracy and the results were, for the most, very satisfactory. Think 2010, and fine bowling performances in Mirpur, Mohali and Durban.

Twice in his international career Zaheer made the hard climb back to the top. First in 2006 after a stint at Worcestershire when 78 wickets propelled him back into the Indian team, and then late 2013 when he worked hard in his fitness and bowling to return for the Test tours of South Africa and New Zealand. On the occasion of his first return, Zaheer proved the perfect foil for Sreesanth in South Africa, before moving past him to reclaim his status as India’s pace spearhead with an unforgettable nine-wicket performance in Nottingham in 2007 that secure India’s fifth Test win in England.

On the second, in what proved his final chapter with India, he bowled more with his head than with pace, which was expectedly down, and with almost Zen-like poise slipped into the role of mentor to the rest of the pacers on and off the field. Five wickets in Johannesburg were testament to his craft and helped India, during South Africa’s first innings, to exhibit control over the hosts. He struggled in the second Test, but nine wickets in two Tests in New Zealand hinted at something more. In the first Test in Auckland, Zaheer was part of the attack that bowled New Zealand out for 105 in their first innings, which he termed one of the best collective Indian bowling efforts he’d been a part of.

It is that Zaheer which this Indian team, as it prepares for a full tour of Sri Lanka starting later this month, can hope to be enriched with. The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – each of whom has played a lot of cricket with Zaheer – has made a wise choice in pushing for his appointment as bowling coach.

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports> Cricket / by Jamie Alter  timesofindia.com / July 11th, 2017

22nd Asian Athletics C’ship: India’s Muhammed Anas grabs gold

Nilamel (Kollam District) KERALA :

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India’s Muhammed Anas won a Gold and Rajiv Arokia took a Silver in Men’s 400m event at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship here.

“I am very happy, this medal win will further motivate us,” Anas said, after achieving the feat.

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand won Bronze medal in 100m Women’s finals, while Nirmala Sheoran won gold in women’s 400m.

Tejinder Pal won Silver in shot put category.

India’s Ajay Kumar Saroj won gold in Men’s 1500m event, while P.U. Chitra won gold in women’s 1500m event.

Unfortunately, Indian sprinter Amiya Mallick got disqualified from the 100m men’s semi-final for a false start.

The Asian Championships winner gets automatic berth for the World Championships to be held in 22ndWorld Championships

-ANI

source: http://www.catchnews.com / Catch News / Home> Other Sports News / by News Agencies / ANI / July 08th, 2017

Azharuddin, the evergreen legend in nostalgic mode

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

“Do you know I can read and write Telugu fluently? I can write the script as good as anyone else. I had a tuition teacher for my Telugu language,’’ Azharuddin said.

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Hyderabad:

The magic, mystery and awe were unmistakable as Mohammad Azharuddin strolled into the Telangana Today newsroom on Tuesday evening. The white T-shirt with the collar up and light blue denims marked the legend’s customary style well-known to his lakhs of fans. Many journalists — some with generous amount of grey and some others much younger — greeted him with eager enthusiasm, bringing alive memories of his incredible batting many years ago.

The former Indian cricket team skipper went down memory lane with the effortless ease which he displayed in the wrist-flicks in his prime. Reminiscing his Vittawaldi days, he recalled those glorious times as an upcoming cricketer. “Do you know I can read and write Telugu fluently? I can write the script as good as anyone else. I had a tuition teacher for my Telugu language,’’ he said.

Azharuddin continued: “I miss those golden days. The roads were empty. It was easy to drive. But, now the traffic is so chaotic. Basically, the people are not disciplined. If told, they would disagree with you.’’

The former stylish cricketer said there could have been a better planning while constructing the metro rail. “It is in the middle of the road and the pillars are very dangerous. If you see in other countries, the metros are positioned to a side, away from the motor roads. It looks scary here.’’

He also revealed his love for the bikes. “I always liked ‘Jawa’, particularly the red ones. It had a royal look. We had a few in and around our streets in Himmayatnagar. Those days owning a Jawa or Yezdi was a big thing.’’

Going to his younger days as cricketer, he said he first played for Deccan Club. “I think I joined in 1977. I remember playing on the bumpy outfields of Parade grounds. It was horrific. We usually played without helmets. But it was enjoyable and there was a lot of camaraderie. I learnt my game from this ground. At times, it was challenging.’’

Azhar said he always enjoyed fielding. ”Somehow, fielding came naturally to me. I would attack the ball. We should be focused and should not shy away from the ball. You know, if a fielder is scared, the ball will chase you. I never flinched from hard work and I used to make it a point to put in extra hours in my training session for fielding.’’

In a lighter vein, he even cited the example of Indian women fielding better than their male counterparts. “In Champions Trophy, our fielders missed some easy run outs while the women ran out six batters in the World Cup,’’ he made a tongue-in-cheek statement.

source: http://www.telanganatoday.com/ Telangana Today / Home> Sport / by N Jagannath Das / July 05th, 2017

Balancing the act

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

It’s indeed possible for sports personalities to workout, while fasting for Ramadan.

Shaik Khalid
Shaik Khalid

Is it possible to stay fit, while fasting for 30 consecutive days, and train as hard as any other day, during the holy month of Ramadan?

Yes, there are people from the sports fraternity in the city who are balancing their religious sentiments and fitness with equal élan. “The month of Ramadan started as usual with me fasting with my family members. But, now that I am travelling from China to India to attend a coaching camp, I will have to see my schedule and then decide if I can fast or not. I am keeping an open mind, if I can I will or else not,” says 18-year-old Shaik Jafreen, who had represented India and won various International Deaf Tennis Championships. She is now prepping up for her next big assignment — the Deaf Olympics — to be held in Turkey in July.

Syeda Falak
Syeda Falak

Syeda Falak (popularly known as the Golden Girl of Hyderabad) who has created a name for herself in Karate globally, says, “Usually I alternate the time of training and fasting during Ramadan. Either I workout before breaking the fast, that is early morning, or after breaking the fast with a few dates. It’s not advisable to work out after eating a lot as you will fall sick for sure. So, it is better to munch on some dates and finish a light workout and then eat properly.”

Shaik Jafreen
Shaik Jafreen

For Syeda, a proper diet and rest is of importance, as workout sessions during Ramadan can tire people out easily. Agreeing with her is Shaik Khalid, the General Secretary of Telangana Association of Mixed Martial Arts (TAMMA) and a coach for many aspiring fighters.  He says, “During these 30 days, our training schedule changes. We don’t train during the day, and instead, do it from 10 pm to midnight. But again, following a proper diet is very important in our field and to recover from the effects of fasting, we eat a lot of dates and fruits and only then train.”

source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Lifestyle, Viral and Trending / by Reshmi Chakravorty, Deccan Chronicle / June 02nd, 2017

Cricketers congratulate Mohammad Kaif on crossing 10,000 first-class runs

UTTAR PRADESH :

Cricketers congratulate Mohammad Kaif on crossing 10,000 first-class runs

Kaif is still scoring runs in the domestic circuit
Kaif is still scoring runs in the domestic circuit

A solid middle-order batsman and a live-wire on the field, Mohammad Kaif still holds a special place in the hearts of Team India fans, despite last playing an international match over a decade back. He continues to ply his trade at the domestic level, captaining Chattisgarh in the Ranji Trophy. He recently completed a personal milestone in his career, going past 10,000 first-class runs.

In 178 matches, he averages 39.84, with 19 centuries to his credit. He featured in a total of 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for the national side in a career that extended from 2000-2006. He was also part of the 2003 World Cup team. He played a stellar role in the finals of the 2002 NatWest series, steering India home with an unbeaten 87. He came into the limelight when he captained the Indian U-19 team to victory in 2000.

In 2014, he jumped into the political bandwagon, joining the Indian National Congress ahead of the Loksabha elections.

Cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate the 35-year old on reaching the landmark.

source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / SportsKeeda.com / Home> Cricket> First Class Cricket / by Aadya Sharma  @aadyasharma20 / October 10th, 2016

MIT assistant professor completes Okha-Dibrugarh solo ride ahead of schedule

Manipal , KARNATAKA :

S S S Shameem
S S S Shameem

MANIPAL:

There was no heart break the second time round for intrepid cyclist  S S S Shameem, assistant professor  of MIT, Manipal University. Having fallen agonisingly short of attempted solo cycling journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, a 3,500-kms ride in 23-days in 2016; Shameem successfully completed Okha (Gujarat) to Dibrugarh (Assam) solo cycling expedition covering 3,400-kms, a journey that started on May 15 and ended on May 29.

This solo cycling expedition which he decided to complete in just 20 days was not for any record, but to spread message of unity and humanity in a greener and healthier way. Shameem’s endurance and past experience in such long distance cycling events saw him cover the distance in just 15-days. Shameem said, “I just managed those extra miles each day, helping me shave off a good five-days from my earlier journey schedule of 20-days.”

If the Okha to Dibrugarh journey saw Shameem cover 3,400-kms, for his journey from Manipal to Okha he travelled a hectic 2000+ km which saw him undertake a roller-coaster journey of 50 hours. Starting with Gujarat, and followed by Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal , and Assam; each state had its own surprising flavour. During this journey, he passed through six states and UTs, 35 districts, and many cities, NHs, check-posts.

Risk factor of cycling in particular sensitive parts of UP and Bihar was a matter of worry for him, though it turned out all safe and sound without any issues. “Constant support of parents, wishes of friends paid off, and I could finish the feat without any major challenges,” he said. Factoring the summer heat and aiming to cover sufficient distance, he spent most of the day resting while covering major part of the route during early morning, late afternoon, evening, and night hours.

The distance covered daily was around 200km to 300 km. With heat, causing irritation; modified schedules; and focus on extra mileages, Shameem could not enjoy beauty of the nature around; nor could he stop at places to interact with people as he wanted. Throughout the journey; he was getting offers for help and support from many. Since such offers would consume time, forcing him to travel additional distance to reach to them; Shameem avoided it all.

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / by Jaideep Shenoy, TNN / May 31st, 2017

Hashim Amla breaks Virat Kohli’s record as fastest player to 7000 ODI runs

Durban (Natal), SOUTH AFRICA  : (ancestry tracing back to Gujarat) :

Hashim Amla broke Virat Kohli’s record and became the fastest to 7000 ODI runs during South Africa’s third and final game of the series against England at Lord’s.

Hashim Amla surpassed Virat Kohli to become the fastest to 7000 ODI runs during South Africa’s game against England at the Lord’s on Monday. (Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Hashim Amla surpassed Virat Kohli to become the fastest to 7000 ODI runs during South Africa’s game against England at the Lord’s on Monday. (Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Hashim Amla shattered Virat Kohli’s ODI record during the third match between England and South Africa in Lord’s as he became the fastest to aggregate 7000 runs.

The South African opener reached the landmark ( in his 150th ODI innings) in the seventh over of the innings as he pulled England pacer Steven Finn to the deep square leg fence for a boundary.

Virat Kohli had held the record after he went past 7000 ODI runs in 169 innings. The current India skipper reached the milestone during the ODI against Australia in Melbourne in January 2016. It was a memorable match for Kohli as he slammed his 24th century, but India lost by three wickets.

Amla has been in magnificent form in 2017. In the Indian Premier League, he slammed two centuries playing for Kings XI Punjab. Overall, he ended the tournament with 420 runs at an average of 60. In the two matches against England before the Lord’s ODI, he had scores of 73 and 24.

The former South Africa skipper also holds the record for the fastest to 6000 ODI runs, having got there in 123 innings. He was also the fastest to 5000, 4000, 3000 and 2000 runs, having got to the landmarks in 101, 81, 57 and 40 innings respectively.

source: http://www.hindustantimes.com / Hindustan Times / Home> Cricket> CT2017 / by HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi / May 29th, 2017

Anas sets a new National mark

KERALA :

Peerless: Muhammed Anas proved he is the master of the one-lap race in the country, by winning in a record time on Monday.
Peerless: Muhammed Anas proved he is the master of the one-lap race in the country, by winning in a record time on Monday.

New Delhi :

The 400m specialist qualifies for the World Championship

Muhammed Anas qualified for the World Championship in style by breaking his own National record with a time of 45.32 seconds in the men’s 400 metres in the third Indian Grand Prix athletics meet at the Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

The 22-year-old beat Arokia Rajiv by one second, as he erased his mark of 45.40 set in Poland last year, a time that helped him qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Like everyone, Anas was surprised by the time and record. He said that the hard work for the past few months back home in Kerala had helped him tune nicely. It is a nice progression in preparation for the Federation Cup and the Asian Championship scheduled over the next two months, before the World Championship in August in London.

It was also not exactly a surprise as Anas had clocked 45.69 in the Asian Grand Prix in Chinese Taipei, after having missed the first two meets in China owing to visa issues. He had clocked 45.89 in the first Indian Grand Prix in Patiala and had skipped the second in Delhi on May 11.

Jisna Mathew, a trainee of P.T. Usha, beat favourite M.R. Poovamma by eight-hundredth of a second with a time of 52.65 in the women’s race. The World Championship qualification standard of 52.10 was too stiff for her.

While Husandeep Singh of Chandigarh won the men’s 100 metres in 10.69 seconds, Dutee Chand could not work up any magic while beating Merlin Joseph with a time of 11.30 seconds in the women’s race.

In the absence of World junior champion Neeraj Chopra, Davinder Singh asserted his ability once again, after having clinched his sport for World Championship in Patiala, by winning the men’s javelin with a 81.53 metres in his fifth throw.

The results: Men: 100m: 1. Husandeep Singh 10.69s, 2. Safikul Mondal 10.76, 3. Mohammed Sadath 10.82. 400m: 1. Muhammad Anas 45.32 (NR, old: 45.40), 2. Arokia Rajiv 46.32, 3. Sachin Roby 47.18. 800m: 1. Ajay Saroj 1:52.91, 2. Arun Kumar 1:53.52, 3. Shashi Singh 1:54.21. 5000m: 1. Md. Yunus 14:50.93, 2. Man Singh 14:51.12, 3. Kalidas Hirve 14:51.76. 110m hurdles: 1. Akhil 14.44, 2. T. Balamurugan 14.58, 3. D. Sreekanth 14.82.

Long jump: 1. M. Sreeshankar 7.65m, 2. M. Silambarasan 7.42, 3. S.P. Laxman 7.33. Triple jump: 1. Arpinder Singh 16.23, 2. Rakesh Babu 15.09. Discus: 1. Baljinder Singh 53.03, 2. Parshant Mori 52.07, 3. Praveen Kumar Nehra 47.52. Shot put: 1. Jasdeep Singh 18.41, 2. Jaspal Singh 16.33. Javelin throw: 1. Davinder Singh Kang 81.53, 2. Vipin Kasana 77.08, 3. Shivpal Singh 74.98.

Women: 100m: 1. Dutee Chand 11.30s, 2. Merlin Joseph 11.72, 3. Himashree Roy 11.95. 400m: 1. Jisna Mathew 52.65, 2. M.R. Poovamma 52.73, 3. Debashree Mazumdar 53.69. 100m hurdles: 1. Purnima Hembram 13.79, 2. Liksy Joseph 14.69, 3. Niksy Joseph 14.83. Long jump: 1. Anjali Sahani 5.11, 2. Shiksha Singh 4.19. Discus: 1. M. Karuniya 41.06, 2. Sonal Goyal 37.97. Javelin throw: 1. Annu Rani 5.41, 2. K. Rashmi 50.65, 3. Priyanka 46.69.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sports> Athletics / Kamesh Srinivasan / New Delhi – May 15th, 2017

Srinivas wears crown

KARNATAKA :

Winners: Kempegowda prize winners Srinivas (centre) flanked by Atma Shri (left) and Sahida Begum. DH PHOTO
Winners: Kempegowda prize winners Srinivas (centre) flanked by Atma Shri (left) and Sahida Begum. DH PHOTO

Srinivas of Davanagere claimed the Kempegowda award for the best wrestler in the State-level competition organised by the Kannada Kala Jyoti Sangha on Sunday.

Srinivas emerged champion in the below-74kg category, defeating Maesa P of Bangalore University.

In the women’s section, Atma Shri of Alvas and Sahida Begum of Gadag were joint winners of the Kempegowda prize.

Sunday’s final results:

57kg: Ajaya M (Bangalore) bt Goutam N (Alvas).

61kgs: Vijay (Mangalore) bt Permi Raghavendara (Tumkur).

97kg: Shri Shaila Elasetty (KSP) bt Akshaya Kumar (Mysore).

Under-74kg: Srinivas (Davanagere) bt Maesa P (Bangalore University).

Women: 53kg: Sahana (Gadag) bt Shasikala (Hirahalla).

55kg: Harshita (Alvas) bt Shivani (Mysore).

source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports> Bengaluru / DH News Service / Bengaluru – May 01st, 2017