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    ‘Hospitality of Kashmiris will drive me to visit this place again and again’


    Chikkarangappa S could well be mistaken for a literature student. He talks with a poised fluency that matches his play on a golf course. The Bangalorean isn’t bad either with what has turned to be his ultimate career option.

    At 24, he has teed off himself to be one of the most sought after professional golfer in Indian circuit, having already pocketed three Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) titles. His latest triumph came at the scenic Royal Springs Golf Course Srinagar, ensconced in the lap of picturesque Zabarwan Hills. His PGTI-Kashmir Masters victory was all skill, stamina and steady progress that has seen Chikka-as he is fondly known among his contemporaries- surge ahead of the established golfers in Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan. Such was Chikka’s dominance; he was at the top of the leaderboard three times in the four-day event.

    Chikka caught up Kashmir Reader Sports Editor after his winning show to talk about his victory, overall scenario of the sport in the valley and how Kashmir treated him.

    KR: First things first, it must be one of your most cherished victories? Piping the likes of Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan isn’t all that easy?

    Chikka: There is no doubt the PGTI-Kashmir Masters title is something I will cherish whole life. To win the event where your opponents are some great golfers of India is very special. I grew up watching Jyoti Randhawa and to win the tourney he was participating in will be something I remember my whole life.

    What made the win sweeter was the way I held my own for all of four days. I didn’t let others to have better off me.

    KR: Going into the tournament, did you expect dominating show like the one you exhibited during the course of four days?

    Chikka: Honestly, winning the tournament wasn’t in my mind. I didn’t have encouraging stint at the Pahalgam tourney, but found some form in the later stages of the event.

    I had set certain goals for myself. I wanted to hit under-4 at least, but as the tournament progressed, I got better and better and even shot under-seven.

    KR: It is your second trip to the Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar, you must have noticed a huge improvement in the overall quality of the venue.

    Chikka: I came here in 2012 as an amateur and did well at that time as well. The facilities were excellent then and now things have improved to another level.

    The greenness of the grass here is excellent. The natural beauty brings calmness and freshness in the overall setup. And, temperature here is fantastic to play in.

    KR: You have played in Delhi, Bangalore and other leading venues of India, it must be refreshing to play here with temperatures always under 35 Degree Celsius?

    Chikka: Obviously, it is fantastic to play in this part of the world. The temperatures aren’t that energy sapping as we see in Delhi or other venues. Players remain fresh throughout the day and mental and physical tiredness is taken care of by the lovely breeze that goes across the Royal Springs all the time.

    The very location of the venue is soothing to the eyes and natural arrangement of the things here is something that will make you visit this place again and again.

    KR: Lot is read in the Delhi based media about the dicey situation of the Valley, how did Kashmir treat you?

    Chikka: I didn’t find any problem in walking around here in Srinagar. I could walk here as I do in any state of India. People here are loveable and hospitality here is something that will drive me to visit this place again and again.

    KR: You coming back to Kashmir to visit and compete again?

    Chikka: Most definitely, yes. I am looking forward to visit this place again and compete at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Asia.

    KR: Kashmir is yet to produce a top professional golfer, how would that trend change?

    Chikka: I feel there are lots of amateurs in Kashmir. They need to play with the professional more and more. Talent is definitely there but needs a proper coaching and direction.

    Young golfers should come to watch the professionals play to pick up their mind and skill level from them. I am sure things will be better in coming years.

    source: http://www.kashmirreader.com / Kashmir Reader / Home> Sports / Thursday – July 24th, 2014

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    Ajinkya Rahane, left, plays a shot, as Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim watches during their first one-day International cricket match in Dhaka | AP

    Ajinkya Rahane, left, plays a shot, as Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim watches during their first one-day International cricket match in Dhaka | AP

    Mirpur :

    Fine half centuries from Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane guided India to a comprehensive seven-wicket win (Duckworth-Lewis) over Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Sunday to help the reigning World Champions take a 1-0 lead in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

    Chasing a stiff target of 273, India were cruising at 100/1 in 16.4 overs when the skies opened up. Post the rain delay, the visitors were set a target of 150 from 26 overs which they achieved with seven balls to spare. India are playing this tournament without top stars like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli among others.

    Playing his first ODI in six years, Uthappa (50) slammed his sixth half century on his return to the national fold. The exciting right hander, who found his way back in to team after finishing as the highest scorer of the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), hammered three boundaries and sixes each in his 44-ball knock.

    He was well supported by Rahane (64) and the duo gave India the start they needed with a 99-run opening wicket partnership. But soon after Uthappa was found leg before wicket, it started raining heavily.

    After play resumed, India required 50 runs from 9.2 overs.

    Cheteshwar Pujara immediately got out for a duck but man of the match Rahane continued his knock before getting out with India only 15 runs away from the target. Ambati Rayudu (16 not out) and captain Suresh Raina (15 not out) finished things off for India.

    Earlier after electing to bat, the hosts put up a competitive total despite a slow start with good performances coming from the middle-order.

    Bangladesh suffered an early blow with opener Tamim Iqbal perished for a duck after playing 11 deliveries. Mominul Haque (6) also followed soon but other opener Anamul Haque (44) and captain Mushfiqur Rahim (59) forged a partnership to steady their ship.

    After the two got out, with the score at 134/4, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (52) and Mahmudullah (41) joined hands to take Bangladesh past the 200-run mark and also upped the run rate.

    Lower down the order Nasir Hossain (22), Mashrafe Mortaza (18) and Abdur Razzak (16 not out) kept the momentum going with a few lusty blows to take them to 272/9.

    Indian pacer Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, clinching 3/48 while leg spinner Amit Mishra took 2/55. Debutant spinners Parvez Rasool (2/60) and Akshar Patel (1/59) together scalped three wickets.

    Brief scores: Bangladesh 272/9 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 59, Shakib Al Hasan 52, Anamul Haque 44; Umesh Yadav 3/48, Amit Mishra 2/55, Parvez Rasool 2/60) lost to India 153/3 in 24.5 overs (D/L) (Ajinkya Rahane 64, Robin Uthappa 50, Ambati Rayudu 16 not out; Shakid Al Hasan 2/27, Mashrafe Mortaza 1/25).

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cricket> News / by IANS / June 15th, 2014

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    Kuala Lumpur:

    India bagged their second title at the Tri-Nation squash doubles tournament here on Thursday when Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa emerged winners in the women’s doubles final.

    Pallikal and Joshna rallied to beat New Zealand’s Joelle King and Amanda Landers Murphy 8-11, 11-5, 11-1 at the National Squash Centre.

    Hosts Malaysia were the other country to participate in the three-day event, seen as a warm-up to the next month’s Commonwealth Games.

    It was Pallikal’s second title in as many days after she won the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.

    The Indians put up a commendable show considering they are busy playing singles for major part of the season.

    Pallikal said it was good practice for the Glasgow Games beginning July 23. “I am glad to have won the doubles too. We started off slow today but got better as the match progressed. Joshna played some amazing shots to shock our opponents,” Pallikal told PTI.

    She alongside Joshna stunned the mighty Malaysian pair of Nicol David and Low Wee Wern in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

    “The win here does a lot of good to our confidence going into the Commonwealth Games. Winning there is our main aim and this tournament helped us understand where we stand in the pecking order. Among top Commonwealth nations, only England and Australia were not here. It was a good test overall,” said the singles World No. 10.

    How tough is it switch to doubles while playing singles on the professional tour?

    “It is tough but you have to switch off, switch on when necessary,” Pallikal added.

    source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com / IBN Live / Home> Sports> Other Sports / Press Trust of India / June 19th, 2014

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    Tennis player girlfriend Sheetal Goutham was key to Robin Uthappa’s return to the top.

    Tennis player girlfriend Sheetal Goutham was key to Robin Uthappa’s return to the top.

    by Akshay Sawai

    One day Robin Uthappa called up his girlfriend, former tennis player Sheetal Goutham, and asked her about her workout. She said she did 3,000 squats. “3,000 squats. Wow.

    That sort of stuff inspires athletes,” Uthappa tells ETPanache at the Mumbai Cricket Association Recreation Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex. The 28-year-old had just finished net practice with Ajinkya Rahane, under the supervision of coach Pravin Amre. Uthappa was the top-scorer in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders and earned a recall in the Indian ODI side. Among the people he credits for his revival are Amre, his personal coach, and Sheetal, who he has known for almost eight years. ,”If not for her, I wouldn’t be playing cricket,” he says.

    Uthappa was one of the stars of India’s stirring victory in the inaugural World T20 in 2007. Fame and riches followed. At the first IPL, Mumbai Indians bought him for $800,000 ( Rs 4.75 crore). At the 2011 IPL, Pune Warriors paid him an eye-popping $2.1 million ( Rs 12.45 crore. But soon he lost his form and desire. And though financially secure, he was not happy.

    “I turned into a bitter person who did not enjoy other people’s success,” Uthappa says. “That did not sit too well with me. I thought I’d go abroad and do something different.” He discussed this with Sheetal, who spoke sense into him. “First, she put me onto a nutritionist. I was 95kg, in the worst shape of my life. Once I lost weight, I felt better emotionally and physically.”

    Two years later, Uthappa is IPL champion, IPL topscorer and in the Indian team. While material things do not define his relationship with Sheetal, he has been generous with gifts to one of the people who made it all possible. “It was her birthday on June 6. I bought her summer dresses. Then there was a DKNY watch she wanted. Some of us got together and bought her that.


    During the IPL, I got her an iPad mini.” Nutrition was key to Uthappa’s return to form. It also inspired his first foray into business. Last October, Uthappa and a few friends started ITiBSE 0.48 % f fin, a healthy meal service for professionals and school children. Uthappa invested `1.5 crore in the operation. A senior employee of a major financial institution is a minority stakeholder.

    “I lost 20 kilos in a year-andhalf and know the difference healthy eating made to me,” Uthappa says. “Professionals sit at their desks for long hours doing stressful jobs. In India, there are so many people with diabetes and hypertension. We offer cultural food calculated to meet an individual’s requirement and prepared with fresh and natural ingredients. We are providing meals to 300 professionals on a daily basis, and 500-600 school kids per day.”

    ITiffin’s target is 15 lakh customers per day across India. “We want to scale up a bit and are looking for investors,” Uthappa says. As far as scaling up his relationship with Sheetal, meaning marriage, he says, “The world will know when it happens. No fixed plans, but it will be soon.”

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / Home> Panache / by ET Bureau / June 12th, 2014

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    Smash hit: Robin Uthappa in action for the Kolkata Knight Riders./  Photo: Bhagya Prakash K. / The Hindu

    Smash hit: Robin Uthappa in action for the Kolkata Knight Riders./ Photo: Bhagya Prakash K. / The Hindu

    A prolific season culminating in an unforgettable IPL outing has helped Robin Uthappa join the Men in Blue

    A blistering bat and an inner scrutiny, have constantly defined Robin Uthappa. The wide range of his shots has often matched the depth of his introspective bouts and after every such encounter with the ‘man in the mirror’; Uthappa has emerged stronger as an individual and hungrier as a batsman.

    In a roller-coaster life that has belied its 28 summers, Uthappa is now riding a wave. The Karnataka opener’s excellent show with the champion – Kolkata Knight Riders – in this season’s IPL, helped him wrest the ‘Orange Cap’ for being the highest run-getter (660). The rewards were instantaneous as even before KKR took on the Kings XI Punjab in the final, Uthappa was already picked for the Indian squad that will play three ODIs in Bangladesh, this month. An elated Uthappa said: “I always knew I had the ability and game to make the comeback. I worked hard towards refining my game, plugged the gaps in my technique. There is a sense of determination and a sense of belief now.”

    Uthappa, who first played for India in 2006, has been an intermittent presence with the national team. A truth reflected in a mere 38 ODIs and 11 Twenty20 internationals played over an eight year period that had long absences away from M.S. Dhoni’s team. The latest return though is a tribute to his constant endeavour to improve both as a player and as a person while also drawing enormous strength from his inner circle of pals in which girlfriend and former tennis player Sheethl Gautham, played a prominent role.

    Just like his latest evolutionary phase shaped by having a personal batting coach in former India player Pravin Amre, Uthappa has forever questioned himself and refused to back down even when some of the answers were not flattering. As a school kid, slightly on the heavier side, Uthappa donned the wicket-keeping gloves besides having a biff with the bat while representing St. Josephs. Adolescence and acne also ushered in hard queries about his self-image and the Coorgi lad cut shot on his traditional cuisine that hinged a lot on pork.

    He lost weight, sharpened his shots and it was just a matter of time before he noticed by former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, who was then heading the BCCI’s talent resource development wing. Uthappa was fast-tracked into the Indian limited overs’ squad and he did make an early impression.

    Uthappa was part of the Indian team that won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 at South Africa in 2007. Somehow the start was frittered away while Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir reiterated their credentials atop the batting order. But there was more to it than meets the eye as parental discord back home, scalded Uthappa.

    He continued to do well for Karnataka, even briefly donned the skipper’s mantle, a designation he sought for himself.

    “I walked up to Brijesh (Patel, KSCA secretary) and said that I wanted to lead the side,” Uthappa once said. And while personal issues bogged him down, he found refuge in his belief in Jesus Christ.

    Later, he again grappled with the stigma of being over-weight.

    He consulted Sheethl, roped in a dietician, monitored what he ate, worked out, cut the flab, got Amre as his personal coach and just focussed on excelling for whichever team he played for, be it Karnataka or KKR. He also found a balance between his innate aggression and the extreme caution that Amre drilled into him as part of a bid to stay long at the crease.

    Karnataka’s winning streak in domestic cricket that helped nail the Ranji Trophy, Zal Irani Cup and Deodhar Trophy, also offered more opportunities for Uthappa to catch the selectors’ eye. The runs with KKR further vindicated what Sandeep Patil and company felt about the opener. The ticket to Dhaka, seems another start for Uthappa and from the looks of it, he wants to hold onto it with his dear life.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by K.C. Vijaya Kumar / Bangalore – June 08th, 2014

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    Arpinder Singh mocked the hot and humid conditions as he improved the National record in men’s triple jump with an effort of 17.17 metres on the final day of the 54th National inter-State athletics championship at the PAC Stadium here on Sunday.

    The 23-year-old ONGC employee shocked the previous holder Renjith Maheshwary, who set it in 2010, by ten centimetres and added insult to injury by beating him to the gold by 63 centimetres.

    Interestingly, Arpinder improved on his personal best of 16.84 metres, with one of his two valid jumps as he had no mark on four of his jumps. In the process, he also went past the Commonwealth Games qualification mark of 16.83 metres with ease. His first good jump on the third attempt measured 16.49 metres.

    M.R. Poovamma outclassed a strong field that included Olympian Tintu Luka, in the women’s 400m with a new meet mark of 51.73 seconds that beat Mandeep Kaur’s 51.74 set in 2008.

    It was easy to announce Arpinder Singh (1174 points) of Punjab and Poovamma (1141) of Karnataka as the best male and female athletes respectively. The men’s, women’s and overall team honours were bagged by Kerala ahead of Tamil Nadu.

    The results: Men: 100m: 1. Krishnakumar Rane 10.32 (NMR, old 10.36); 2. Manikanta Raj 10.52; 3. Anirudh Gujar 10.63. 400m: 1.Arokia Rajiv 46.13; 2. Kunhu Muhammed 46.17; 3. Sachin Roby 46.79. 1,500m: 1. Sajeesh Joseph 3:48.16; 2. Anil Kumar 3:50.41; 3. Chandrakant Manwadkar 3:50.89. 10,000m: 1. Suresh Kumar Patel 30:00.03; 2. Rahul Kumar Pal 30:36.69; 3. Kheta Ram 30:50.95. 110m hurdles: 1. Siddhant Thingalaya 13.84; 2. Surendhar 13.97; 3. Prem Kumar 14.06. Triple jump: 1. Arpinder Singh 17.17 (NR, old 17.07); 2. Renjith Maheshwary 16.54; 3. Karthik 15.91. Hammer throw: 1. Charodaya Narain Singh 69.38 (NMR, old 68.98); 2. Kaushal Singh 65.31; 3. Neeraj Kumar 63.74. 4x400m relay: 1. Kerala 3:10.64; 2. Karnataka 3:11.39; 3. Tamil Nadu 3:16.82.

    Women: 100m: 1. Saradha Narayanan 11.39 (NMR, old 11.48); 2. H.M. Jyothi 11.49; 3. Srabani Nanda 11.59. 400m: 1. M.R. Poovamma 51.73; 2. Tintu Luka 53.22; 3. Debashree Majumdar 53.54. 1,500m: 1. O.P. Jaisha 4:16.27; 2. Sini Markose 4:18.94; 3. Jhuma Khatoon 4:20.53. 10,000m: 1. Preeja Sridharan 34:34.98; 2. Suriya 35:26.75; 3. Monika Athare 38:19.93. 100m hurdles: 1. K.V. Sajitha 14.16; 2. Gayathri 14.21; 3. Hemashree 14.51. Discus: 1. Pramila 46.99; 2. Vasumathy 42.12; 3. Ankita Julka 41.03. Hammer throw: 1. Manju Bala 62.74 (NR, old 62.67); 2. Gunjan Singh 61.19; 3. Ritu Dhiman 59.96. Heptathlon: 1. Liksy Joseph 5386; 2. Niksy Joseph 5154; 3. Purnima Hembram 4932. 4x400m relay: 1. Kerala 3:38.40; 2. West Bengal 3:50.84; 3. Uttar Pradesh 3:57.82. 20km walk: 1. Rani Yadav 1:46:49.00; 2. Shanty Kumari 1:58:16.00; 3. Rajani 2:01:29.00.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Kamesh Srinivasan / Lucknow – June 08th, 2014

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    If Saina and Sindhu performed well, no praise is less for the way Jwala and Ashwini combined to give their best against tougher rivals. By Rakesh Rao.

    The jubilant Indian women with bronze medals./ Photo: by Sandeep Saxena

    The jubilant Indian women with bronze medals./ Photo: by Sandeep Saxena

    In the past four years, women badminton players have brought laurels to the country. Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu and the crack doubles combination of G. Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa have given India the much-needed identity and a place among the elite nations.

    For long, the success story of Indian badminton was associated with the unprecedented achievements of Prakash Padukone and the lone All-England triumph of P. Gopi Chand. Now, there is not much to talk about our men when compared to the feats of our women players. No wonder, when the prestigious Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals were hosted by India, only our women’s team was expected to win a medal.

    In a format where each tie has five matches — three singles and two doubles — India went in with optimism in two singles and a doubles.

    For a nation, that had failed to produce true world-beaters in women’s badminton until 2006, the event was a huge opportunity to showcase India’s worth at the global stage.

    With Saina and Sindhu among the world’s elite, having won bronze medals in Olympics and World Championship respectively, India had hoped to make initial headway. With the experienced doubles combination of Jwala-Ashwini looking hungry to make up for the lost time, India was hopeful of claiming the decisive third ‘rubber’ in these best of five match format.

    The anticipated, dismal performance of Indian men — losing to Malaysia and Korea in the league — was soon pushed into the background as the women’s team produced a series of consistent performances.

    Clubbed with Thailand (headed by World champion Ratchanok Intanon), Hong Kong and Canada, the host gained in confidence by winning every tie.

    Saina ended her lean trot to beat Intanon, the Thai girl, who has struggled with fitness and form since winning the World title in August last year.

    Saina had not beaten a higher-ranked player since the conquest of World No. 2 German Juliane Schenk in the BWF Superseries Finals in December 2012. Therefore, the 22-20, 21-14 triumph over Intanon was more than just another victory.

    Like Saina, Sindhu too won all her five singles. Creditably, the 18-year-old has beaten all three leading Chinese girls — World No. 1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui, former World champion and World No, 1 Wang Yihan and the reigning Asian Games and All England champion Wang Shixian.

    Among Sindhu’s victories, the ones against Indonesia and Japan stood out. The youngster fought match-points in both these matches.

    Sindhu bounced back to stop Indonesia’s Bellaetrix Manuputty 21-16, 10-21, 25-23 and returned the following day to overpower Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi 19-21, 21-18, 26-24. In recent times, Sindhu had lost a few three-game encounters. Therefore, these victories should boost Sindhu’s self-belief.

    If Saina and Sindhu performed well, no praise is less for the way Jwala and Ashwini combined to give their best against tougher rivals.

    Unlike Saina and Sindhu, whose professional needs are taken care of by the Gopi Chand Academy, life is much tougher for Jwala and Ashwini.

    Jwala trains under Mohammad Arif in Hyderabad and Ashwini with Tom John in Bangalore. They had to fend for themselves when they had travel to each others’ city for joint training.

    Perhaps, these challenges and the adverse times they had faced together in the days leading to the Indian Badminton League (IBL) auction last year, have toughened them. Jwala even fought a legal battle and won a favourable verdict from Delhi High Court against the Badminton Association of India (BAI). So over all, the coming together of these two doubles specialists, who won the National title in December, has helped the country more.

    “I think, Ashwini and I are playing better and enjoying our game more than we did before the 2012 Olympics. We will surely improve ahead of the Commonwealth Games, followed by the Asian Games this year,” assures Jwala.

    It was against Japan, in the semifinals, that the World No. 36 doubles pair lost its only match to World No. 4 Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 12-21, 22-20, 21-16. Indeed, it was a gallant performance.

    But this loss, after Saina and Sindhu had put India 2-0 up, proved costly. Japan easily won the third singles and the second doubles, where coach Gopi Chand experimented with Saina-Sindhu combination instead of the off-form pair of Pradnya Gadre and Sikki Reddy.

    Overall, barring these four players, there is no bench-strength even in women’s badminton as well. India went in with just one plan and lasted as long it worked. All credit to Saina, Sindhu, Jwala and Ashwini for taking India to a historic medal. Will this prove as a catalyst for future medals in team events? Only time will tell.

    source: http://www.sportstaronnet.com / Sports Star / Home> Vol.37, No.24 / June 14th, 2014

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    It was a challenging year for the IPL. From a cricketing point of view, it grew, writes Harsha Bhogle

    Captain Gautam Gambhir with teammates during KKR's felicitation ceremony at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

    Captain Gautam Gambhir with teammates during KKR’s felicitation ceremony at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

    I am overjoyed by the resurgence of Robin Uthappa; not as much for the talent he possesses but for what he has overcome, for the decisions he took in life and the effort he was willing to commit to his decision. Most times most people know what to do; if they don’t, an informed opinion isn’t too far away. But it is the commitment to doing what it takes that is worthy of admiration. With Uthappa the runs were merely a by-product, a consequence of training and working hard when the result was far away and unknown. That is what produces applause and brings a smile.

    I like the new-look Uthappa because his batting is tighter, more stylish than it was (and he was always stylish) and in an almost contrarian way, he has found freedom through going back to technique. By becoming tighter, by playing closer to his body I suspect he is playing shots that give him greater value and greater longevity. With Uthappa, it was never a question of class or timing, it was about being in long enough to cause lasting damage. He has chiseled his game and is looking so much better for it.

    But now, the challenges begin. Can he continue to play within the new boundaries he has set for himself? Or will he rebel against his own discipline and seek newer territories for his boundless talent? Just as investors follow certain scrips, cricket watchers must follow Uthappa to see where he goes. I wish him well, he is a fine young man who has endured, and frittered away, much. He has now found peace and stability; those are boundaries for some, pathways for others.

    If Uthappa’s was the dramatic resurgence at the IPL, it was a new look Wriddhiman Saha who caught everyone’s eye. You knew Saha was smooth and classy behind the stumps, that in front of them he was more than just capable, also that he was a brilliant fielder when the gloves were worn by someone else. But could he hit the ball with such intensity? Very few, dare I say nobody, could say they saw this coming. We never know, do we, who really resides within a person!

    This is excellent news for Indian cricket. And it can be even better if Saha catalyses an Uthappa like resurgence in Dinesh Karthik. I suspect that a year from now, MS Dhoni would be looking at his career through a more critical lens and India will benefit from having a healthy competition between Saha and Karthik for the latter is a possessor of rare gifts too.

    And what of Manish Pandey? He has promised much, often scoring big when the occasion was big enough, earning

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / The Indian Express / Home> Cricket> Indian Premier League / by Harsha Bhogle / June 04th, 2014

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    June 9th, 2014adminSports

    Mangalore :

    Test your mettle running through over the hills, through the waterfalls, streams, coffee estates and the thick jungles of Kodagu. Coorg Escapade being held on June 1 will give running enthusiasts a chance to blend with nature and fill fresh mountain air in the lungs.

    Conceptualized by Next Level Sport and Entertainment, the run will flag off from Chelavara waterfalls. The trail is a scenic loop, which offers magnificent views of Kodagu. The trail offers different elevations, making the run truly challenging. The lowest point is 950 metres and the highest is 1,250 metres. The Run has three categories – The 10K Run, the 2.5K Fun Run and the 10K Relay for corporates and families.

    The run was conceptualized with the mission of encouraging and promoting responsible tourism. As a part of this endeavour, the Coorg Escapade will not be using any plastic in the event, keep noise levels to a minimum and no private vehicles will be allowed past the nearest town Cheyandane. A shuttle service will transport participants and audience to and from the venue.

    Participants and their families get to experience the rich cultural heritage of Coorg and interact with other runners during the bonfire dinner the 250-year old Nadikerianda Aine Mane (The Ancestral Home).

    The first three winners will be awarded a cash prize up to Rs 1.80 lakh along with gift vouchers. The Race Categories and starting time are as follows: 10K Challenge – Anyone above the age of 15 – Start time – 7.15am; 2.5K Fun Run – Anyone above the age of 12 – Start time – 11.30am; 10K Inter Corporate Relay (2.5K X 4 members) – Start time – 10.45 AM and 10K Inter Family Relay (for Coorg Locals only) – Start time – 10.45am.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Mangalore / by Stanley Pinto, TNN / May 24th, 2014

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    Robin Uthappa receives his award / Photo Courtesy: Sudatta Mukherjee

    Robin Uthappa receives his award / Photo Courtesy: Sudatta Mukherjee

    Robin Uthappa‘s dream run with the bat was rewarded in the 17th CEAT awards gala, where the stylish right-handed batsman walked home with the award for the CEAT Domestic Cricketer of the Year. On the recent IPL victory, he says “it wouldn’t have been sweet if we had not won.”

    On the back of a stellar Ranji Trophy campaign for Karnataka, where he averaged a humongous 89 and led his state to a unique hat-trick of domestic titles i.e Ranji Trophy, Deodar Trophy and the Irani Cup. Uthappa was the lynchpin of his side with excellent displays at the top of the order.

    Uthappa’s stupendous run did not stop there and helped his Indian Premier League (IPL), where he looked impregnable and took home the top run-getter’s Orange Cap. He had a jaw-dropping nine consecutive 40+ scores to lead his franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their second IPL triumph. Uthappa’s consistent displays with the bat have earned him an India call-up for their upcoming One-Day International (ODI) tour of Bangladesh.

    source: http://www.cricketcountry.com / The Cricket Country / Home> News / by Cricket Country Staff / June 02nd, 2014

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