दुआ करता हूँ चारुलता पटेल की ज़िंदगी हर बुज़ुर्ग को नसीब हो

भारत बनाम बांग्लादेश की टक्कर कई माएनों में अनोखी थी. भारत ने 28 रन से बांग्लादेश को शिकस्त दी, वोहीं रोहित शर्मा ने चौथा शतक जड़ दिया. पर जिसने खूब सुर्खियाँ बटोरी वो थीं  87 की चारुलता पटेल.गाल में तिरंगा, हाथ में तिरंगा, तिरंगा साफ़ा लगा कर और ट्रमपॅट बजा कर उन्होने देश की जीत के जश्न का भागीदार बनीं.

जिस देश में बुढ़ापा कैययों के लिए अभिशाप से कम नही, ऐसे में एक हिन्दुस्तानी, चारुलता दादी जब भारत का खेल देखने जाती हैं और हंसते हुए टीम का हौसला बढ़ाती हैं तो अच्छा लगता है. उम्रदराज़ लोगों को जिस देश में वृधाश्रम  में पटक के खुद बच्चे  शनोशौकत की ज़िंदगी जीते हैं ऐसे में हर एक को इससे सीख लेनी चाहिए.

बच्चों को भी और उन बुज़ुर्ग लोगों को भी की ज़िंदगी खुल के जीने की कोई उमर नही होती और आप चाहें तो आप अपने दम पे बिना किसी रोक टोक के खुशी मना सकते हैं. अच्छा लगा जब उन्हें विराट ने आके इज़्ज़त दी.

आनंद महिंद्रा साहब का भी मैं मुरीद हो गया क्यूंकी उन्होने उनकी ज़िम्मेदारी भी लेने की बात की जिससे आने वाले समय में ऐसा कोई मॅच हो वो जा सकें. ज़माना बदल रहा है. आज जो पैदा करते हैं वोही कमरे में बंद कर प्रताड़ना के शिकार होते हैं.

ओल्ड एज  होम दो बार जाना हुआ जो देखा वाकई बहुत दर्दनाक था. एक बार एक डॉक्टर ने कहा था, क्या बतायें जिन्होने बच्चों को प्यार दिया आज वोही बच्चे महीनों से नदारत हैं. उनकी बूढ़ी आँखें उन्हें देखने के लिए तरस जाती हैं और हम सांत्वना देने के अलावा कुछ नही कर सकते.

लखनऊ को देश भर में तहज़ीब, नज़ाकत और नफ़ासत का शहर माना जाता है. ऐसे ही शहर में बढ़ते वृधाश्रम इस बात का गवा हैं की हमने अपने बुज़ुर्गो को उनके वृधवस्था में अवहेलना के अलावा कुछ नही दिया है.

कई नामी गिरामी वृधाश्रम मसलन समर्पण, भारतीय वरिष्ठ नागरिक असोसियेशन, आस्था, ओम सेवा संकल्प, छबि शांति धाम और सेवर्त वृधढा आश्रम शहेर के इस क्षेत्र में काम करने वाले सबसे प्रचलित नाम हैं.

हालाकी इस शहर में गोलडन एज हेल्प लाइन की शुरुआत समाज कल्याण संस्थान ने की, पर आँकड़े बताते हैं  घर के अंदर अत्याचार और बुरा व्यवहार बढ़ा ही है घटा नही

चाहे उनसे जायदाद हड़पने की बात हो या फिर पैसा छीनना या मानसिक प्रताड़ना देना हर चीज़ में आज का बुज़ुर्ग वर्ग खुद को ठगा महसूस करता है.

बुज़ुर्गों का ख़ासा तक़लीफ़ पब्लिक के बीच में होती है ख़ास कर पोस्ट ऑफीस, पब्लिक हॉस्पिटल के कर्मचारियों से, सब्ज़ी वालों से और बॅंक में.

शोधकर्ताओं ने भी माना है की एक बुज़ुर्ग व्यक्ति को मानसिक रूप में कमज़ोर करने की भरपूर कोशिश की जाती है.

नॅशनल पॉलिसी ओं सीनियर सिटिज़न्स, 2011 के मुताबिक 2000-2050 में 60 साल के इर्द गिर्द लोगों की संख्या 326% बढ़ेगी. दुनिया के 1/8th” बुज़ुर्ग भारत में रहते हैं.

अकेले 2014 में 8,973 केस वृधों से बदतमीज़ी के सामने आए थे.

संविधान का आर्टिकल 21 इंसान को जीने की और अपने निर्णय लेने की पूरी छूट देता है.

भारत में मेंटेनेन्स आंड वेलफेर ऑफ पेरेंट्स आंड सीनियर सिटिज़न्स आक्ट 2007 में लागू हुआ.

एक देश व्यापी बहेस 2018 में तब छिड़ी जब सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता रवि कालरा KBC 10 में आए और उन्होने दिल दहला देने वाले किससे साझा किया.

उन्हों ने कहा समाज का एक बड़ा तपका है जो अपने बुज़ुर्गो को जहन्नुम से भी बत्तर ज़िंदगी दे रहे हैं.

उन्होने बच्चन के शो में कहा कैसे एक बच्चे ने संपत्ति छीना और फिर कोमा से ग्रसित बाप को चूहों के बीच छोड़ के ताला मार दिया. उन्होने आगे बोला एक औरत को उनके बच्चे इतना कम खाना देते थे की उनका वज़न महेज़ 12 किलो रह गया था.

आज ऊँचे ऊँचे पदों पर बैठे उन बच्चों को याद रखना होगा की आपका भी टाइम आएगा जब मानसिक और शारीरिक रूप से कमज़ोर होंगे, कहीं ऐसा ना हो आप को भी आपके औलाद ठेंगा दिखा दें, जब आप खुद महसूस करेंगे उस दर्द को तब तक आपके लिए वृधाश्रम की काल कोठरी आपके लिए बाहें  फैलाए खड़ी होगी.

FACTFILE (Statistics revealed in Surveys/Helpage India Data)

  • Among the total elderly population, 78% live in rural areas.
  • India is home to 1 out of every 10 senior citizens globally
  • Reportedly 50% elders have experienced abuse
  • 72% of abused elderly are of the age group 60–69 years
  •  25% of age group 70–79 years
  •  3% of age group are 80 or above 80 years.
  • 11% senior citizens are treated badly at private hospitals
  • 52% senior citizens suffer rude behaviour for not dressing well
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कभी सचिन की वाह वाही किए बिना ही गुरु रमाकांत आचरेकर ने उन्हे बना दिया क्रिकेट का भगवान

एक अच्छे बल्लेबाज़ होने के साथ साथ सचिन रमेश तेंदुलकर को कई उपाधियों से नवाज़ा जा चुका है. उन्हे मास्टर ब्लास्टर और लिट्ल मास्टर जैसे नामों से अक्सर पुकारा जाता है. पर उन्हें भी एक बात का मलाल ज़िंदगी भर रहेगा.

उन्हे देश विदेश में ख्याति प्राप्त हुई और प्यार मिला पर उनके गुरु द्रोण रमाकांत आचरेकर ने उन्हें कभी भी बहुत खूब नही कहा ,जब वो अच्छी क्रिकेट की खुश्बू मैदान पर बिखेरते.

 सचिन और उनके कोच, रमाकांत की जोड़ी को लोग द्रोणाचर्या और अर्जुन, या रामकृष्ण परमहांसा और स्वामी विवेकानंदा के रूप में देखते हैं.

रमाकांत आचरेकर जिन्होने कुछ ही दिन पहले अंतिम साँस ली, कभी सचिन को शाबाशी नही दिए. शायद इसी लिए की वो कामयाब बनें और एक दिन दुनिया में जलवा बिखेरें.

जब सचिन तेंदुलकर को भारत रत्ना मिला तो उन्होनें आख़िरकार सचिन को वेल डन कह ही दिया.

आज रमाकांत सर हुमारे बीच नही हैं पर उनके कई बहुमूल्य अर्जुन आज क्रिकेट को नयी उँचाइयों पे ले जा रहे हैं. 

आचरेकर को द्रोणाचर्या सम्मान से 1990 में नवाज़ा गया. कुछ वर्ष पूर्व उन्हें पद्मा श्री मिला 2010 में.  उन्हें क्रिकेट के शीर्ष कोच के तौर पर देखा जाता है.

तेंदुलकर हमेशा आचरेकर के साथ रहे. आचरेकर की आखरी यात्रा में तेंदुलकर के अलावा उनके साथ विनोद कॅंब्ली, बलविंदर सिंग संधु, चंद्रकांत पंडित,  अतुल रानाडे, अमोल मज़ूंदार, रमेश पोवार, पारस म्म्बरे, मुंबई रणजी कोच विनायक सामंत, नीलेश कुलकर्णी और विनोद राघवन बने रहे.

तेंदुलकर को रमाकांत आचरेकर का सबसे काबिल स्टूडेंट माना जाता है. तेंदुलकर ने अपने करियर में 34,357 अंतरराष्ट्रिया रन्स बनाए, सौ अंतर राष्ट्रिया शतक बनाए और 201 अंतर राष्ट्रिया विकेट लिए.

सचिन ने अपने ऑटोबाइयोग्रफी प्लेयिंग इट माइ वे में रमाकांत आचरेकर का ख़ासा ज़िकर किया है.

सचिन की मानें तो 11 – 12 साल की उमर में जब भी उन्हें मौका मिलता वो रमाकांत
सर के स्कूटर पे बैठते और प्रॅक्टीस मॅच खेलने चले जाते. कभी वो आज़ाद मैदान में खेलते. कभी शिवाजी पार्क में और ये कारवाँ बढ़ता जाता. ये रमाकांत आचरेकर की ही देन  थी की मुंबई के कई हिस्सों में छोटे बड़े मंचों पर सचिन को एक अच्छा खिलाड़ी माना जाने लगा.

माना जाता है की अगर आचरेकर के कहने पर सचिन का परिवार शारदाशरम विद्या मंदिर नही आते तो शायद दुनिया को ये अद्भुत नगीना नही मिलता.

आचरेकर ने भी कभी ये नही सोचा था की सचिन कभी इतना ख्याति पूर्ण क्रिकेटर बनेंगे.

आचरेकर के बारे में ये भी कहा जाता है की वो छुप के अपने स्टूडेंट्स को देखते और फिर उन्हें अपनी ट्रूटियाँ बताते.

गुरु के देहांत के बाद, सचिन ने एक भाव भीनी श्रद्धांजलि देते हुए कहा – “वेल प्लेड, सर, आशा करता हूँ आप जहाँ भी हों अपने क्रिकेट के ज्ञान को बखूबी फैलाते रहेंगे.

ऐसे समय में जब देश में क्रिकेट को एक धर्म की तरह देखा जाता है तो आचरेकर का जाना क्रिकेट जगत के लिए एक अपूरणिया क्षति है. उनके करोड़ो चाहने वाले उनके गौरवपूर्ण इतिहास को हमेशा याद रखेंगे.

42 years, Cricket and the Sir Don – Sachin Bonhomie

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and Sir Don Bradman have been known to have shared a very good camaraderie. Both had huge admiration for the other. As foremost players of the Gentleman’s game they are also known to have achieved great heights.

August 14 though is about two special events that took place in their lives, 42 years apart. All in a day.

The year was 1948. Sir Don Bradman was leading the 19th cricket team from Australia to be touring England.

Under Sir Don the team managed to retain the Ashes which they held since 1943. For the record, Bradman’s side was the first Australian team to remain unbeaten in an England tour.

The Aussies went into the fifth match of the five test series with a lead of 3 – 0. The Aussies were taking on England at the iconic Oval.

Aussie pacer Ray Lindwall ran through the English batting line-up as the hosts packed up for a paltry score of 52 on opening day. He ensured a record 6 for 20 in 16.1 overs, the other wickets were picked by Keith Miller (2 for 5) and Bill Johnston (2 for 20).

Taking on England’s 52, Australian openers Arthur Morris and Barnes led their side’s innings. Losing the first wicket at 117 for 1 the Aussies saw Bradman walk out to bat in his final Test.

He entered amidst rapturous applause and cheer from friends and rivals
English Captain Norman Yardley shook hands with him and he and his team cheered for Bradman. The crowd too was not far behind in celebrating the legendary innings.

An emotional Bradman managed to survive first ball but by the next he was bowled out at four runs short of a record.

He could not touch a career test average of 100. England spinner Eric Hollies used a googly to stump Bradman. The Australians never batted again in the Test and Bradman bowed out of Test cricket with an average of 99.94.

Considered one of the greatest batsman in the 20th century, the beginning of that century belonged to Sir Bradman, end of the same century saw Sachin Tendulkar crack the Bradman code.

Forty-two years later, England took on India in a three-Test series, starting July 26, 1990.

The Indian board was making an attempt to build an Indian team, a ‘dream team of the 90s’ captained by Mohd Azharuddin courtesy a panel of young players like Anil Kumble, Sanjeev Sharma and – above all – a 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar .

Tendulkar had already proved his mettle as a school cricket. By now he was rearing to rub shoulders with players like Navjot Sidhu, Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar and Kiran More who were part of the team. The first match went to the English hosts where the Indians lost by 247 runs.

Tendulkar made his first Test century for India, against England at Old Trafford in Manchester, helping India save a Test match. His 119 was recorded as a great match-saving innings by a Indian cricketer outside the sub continent.

This was the first of 100 international centuries that Tendulkar made during his 24-year cricket career.

Sachin went on to add another incredible 99 international centuries across formats, over 23 years. It was this that helped Sachin break the record of Sir Don Bradman.

Sachin popular as the Run Machine and Little Master had been well received for scoring centuries on debut in Ranji Trophy and Irani Trophies. Sachin attracted attention the day he tested new waters with his Test debut against Pakistan in 1989 at an age of 16, becoming the youngest Indian Test cricketer. He scored well breaking Mushtaq Mohammad’s record as the youngest century-maker.

Having started as a modest run scorer clocking two half-centuries, he was always  interested in numbers, especially the firsts.

Having missed a major milestone against Pakistan and New Zealand it was an encounter against England at Old Trafford where he scripted history.

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The English scored 519 runs before they were bowled out. Azharuddin produced a captain’s knock of 179 runs off 243. India closed in on England’s first innings score. India were bundled out for 432 runs.

In the next innings England piled up 320 runs more. On final day with 20 minutes into play, the English declared. The English had imagined that they had won it for good. India had a target of 408 runs and the India had to survive 85-95 overs on the fifth day.

India lost Siddhu at 4 for 1. The next Indian opener Ravi Shastri followed his partner next and left India at 35 for 2. At 109 for 4, Tendulkar walked in with his captain by his side.

It was one hour into the play that he turned the table on the English. Azhar and Sachin played crucial knocks and ran between wickets.

Azharuddin fell for 11 runs. Meanwhile Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 119 runs off 189 balls. This was his first hundred for India. India claimed an excellent draw in the Test match.

It is believed Sir Don was awestruck by a spell binding knock of Sachin where he scored 90 against Australia in a 1996 World Cup match.

In a much publicized historic meeting Sachin Tendulkar met Sir Don Bradman on his 90th birthday at his residence in Sydney.

Even as Cricket remains the most popular sport of all time especially in India, it is such legendary play, admiration and historic feats that gives us reason to love the Gentleman’s game.

Note: Pics sourced from the net

Sandeep Singh: The Real Soorma

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Hockey has never been a focus point when it comes to sports but the recent trends in Bollywood and on the field show that the wheels of fortune for the game are turning.

Chak De India to Soorma, the big guns in the trade are actually investing time, money and talent to create onscreen portraits of lesser known hockey heroes who deserve all the limelight.

As someone who likes reading about films and a not so avid sports fanatic, when I first saw Soorma’s trailer I presumed it was just another creative story helmed by a man like Shaad Ali. Once I started digging a little further I realized this was about a real life hockey hero named Sandeep Singh.

Played by singer cum actor Diljit Dosanjh, Soorma is the story of one of the greatest hockey comebacks of all time Sandeep Singh. A man who not just saw doom from close quarters but he cheated destiny to comeback on the hockey field to bag the title of ‘Flicker Singh.’

It’s been 12 years since that fateful day when a tragic accident proved a momentary turning point in Sandeep’s life on 2006, August 26.

Having a narrow escape aboard a train, a wheelchair bound Sandeep just managed to escape paralysis.

Sandeep was a player with a promise. Having debuted in international hockey in 2004, his career was on the boom. On way to join the national squad ahead of a departure to Germany to play the FIH World Cup, life took an ugly turn.

Travelling on the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express a Railway Protection Force jawan accidentally shot him. One bullet did unimaginable damage. It damaged his spine, kidneys and liver. Doctors had rung the death knell for him. Was no longer fit to play the game he loved the most.

Lying in his hospital bed at PGIMER Chandigarh he made himself a promise that he will get back on his feet and play.

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After two years in a wheelchair, strenuous exercising and proper treatment he was back up on his feet. Returning to the national team in 2008, a year later he was captain of the Indian national team. Under his captaincy, India won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 after 13 long years. By stroking six of India’s twelve goals, he was declared Player of the Tournament. With physical agility, firness and an iron will now he was in the reckoning for the 2012 London Olympics.

Life for Sandeep after the London Olympics was not very rosy. After a hard fought loss he was out of favour and sidelined for nine months. Dropped from the Asian Champions Trophy, Azlan Shah Cup, Champions Trophy and World League Round 2, cricketer Harbhajan Singh entered his life as an angel. It was bhajji as he is popular as who said that he must spend quality time with family.

He returned to the national-fold for the FIH World League Round 3 in Netherlands.

In 2013, with the launch of the Hockey India League, the Mumbai Magicians bought him for $64,400 – the fifth highest-paid marquee player. Sandeep scored 11 goals from 12 appearances becoming the top scorer at the event.

Opening a floodgate of opportunities he was signed by the English field hockey club, Havant Hockey Club. Relocating to UK in 2014 he scored 24 goals for his team, becoming Havant’s top scorer.

Bought by Punjab warriors in 2014, followed by Ranchi Rays life was on a different high by now. His international forays included playing for St George Randwick Hockey Club in Australia and for Harvard Hockey Club in England in 2017.

Aiming for the Eye of the Tiger Sandeep practiced as long as he could. His passion for the Olympics made him emboss the five Olympic rings on his wrist.

Leading a stellar pack, it was under Singh that India qualified after eight years with a resounding victory over France in the finals of the qualifiers. Sandeep scored five goals – including a hat-trick entering sporting history books with a a 16-goal haul – the highest in the qualifiers.

From a wheelchair bound man who lost almost 40 percent of body weight to becoming one of India’s most dangerous dragflickers, Sandeep’s story is one that was waiting to be told. He went on to win the moniker ‘Flicker Singh’ with drag speeds of over 145 km/hour.

Reportedly actor/singer Diljit Dosanjh spent four months training with Sandeep Singh for the role. Even Diljit did not know about the struggles of Sandeep till he read the script.

Ahead of his film release he had been spotted on a train only recently with Director of Soorma, Shaad Ali and actor Diljit Dosanjh.

Even Sandeep Singh’s wife Harjinder sacrificed her own career as a hockey player for domesticity.

The two had met on the hockey grounds in their hometown Shahabad in Haryana’s Kurukshetra district. A long courtship ended in an engagement in 2008, followed by marriage.

After the birth of their son Sehajdeep, there was no going back to the game. But Harjinder has had no regrets.

He is now a consultant and a technical adviser to ‘Collectives for Integrated Livelihoods’ an initiative by the Tata Trust for grassroots hockey development in Jamshedpur.

When not playing, he doubles up as a 32-year-old defender and a DSP with the Haryana police.

His next big aim is to set up a rehab centre for sportspersons in recovery. He has already written to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

In 2010, India recognized his contributions to field hockey with the Arjuna Award. As silverscreen celebrates legends like him, one can only hope that the game of hockey will get greater recognition and respect and not be a national game only on paper.

Italy brings Pottermania alive with Quidditch World Cup

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Even as soccer giants battle it out for the top spot in the Football World Cup in Russia, Italy is currently playing host to the much talked about Quidditch World Cup that takes its inspiration from the JK Rowling helmed Harry Potter series.

With a broom that these players ride on the ground though, there is an air of magic, wizardry and offcourse that typical golden snitch that all are aiming to clasp in their hand. The twist in the game here however is that this quidditch is being played in the muggle world and not Hogwarts.

The World Cup opened with Australia beating Italy in a demonstration match.

Like the rules in the book or the films, two opposite teams vie for the highest score also catching the golden snitch and beating the opponent.

The players play by holding a broom in between their legs.

Each team is comprised of seven players with different roles to take care of.

Three chasers try getting hold of the quaffle. Three on each team of varying heights try scoring 10 points, while keepers attempt to block attempts. Much like the original, players can use a bludger or a dodgeball to stop their opponent to stop scoring.

Hit by a bludger, the player has to dismount their broom and drop any ball in their possession.

The final role is of the seeker who tries to catch the “golden snitch.” that is attached to the waistband of a “snitch runner,” who tries to avoid capture as long as possible. The game ends when a seeker catches the snitch. A snitch is just worth 30 points in the muggle version unlike 150 points at Hogwarts.

On average each game lasts about half an hour.

The teams will compete over the June 30-July 1 weekend but Florence has planned a ceremonial welcoming parade with athletes through the and multiple workshops plus events, through July 2, for the biennial gathering of hundreds of players and fans of this unusual sport.

Most national players start their Quidditch careers at university, where the sport has flourished and the rivalry between university teams in local and national competitions is fierce.

Organizers who are making the Quidditch World Cup happen for the fourth time tell news outlets that this is a game of diversity. Most players part of the championship are longstanding Harry Potter fans.

Held in Florence, Italy by the International Quidditch Association it occurs every two years. Historically speaking U.S. won the inaugural competition in 2012 in U.K. and in 2014 in Canada, but lost to Australia in Germany in 2016.

Years after the JK Rowling written Harry Potter series came out, Quidditch picked up as a sport since 2005.

Those in the know of the game claim that it was actually invented at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005.

With 29 national teams participating this year the sport has already got worldwide popularity. Eight are making their debut for the first time.

Interestingly thousands of passionate amateur national players from US makeup a large part of the Quidditch circuit. Most players are in their mid-20s.

So stay tuned as Muggles give it their best shot to relive the magical wizarding world on Italian soil.

Once den of British, Job Charnok’s Kolkata likely to see U 17 England Team creating history

AnOctoberEnglishThriller England beating Spain at Salt Lake Stadium would want to do what Brazil did in 2003

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Call it a coincidence or a matter of luck by chance, the British who started building their empire in India from Kolkata are now inching towards scripting history in the iconic Salt Lake stadium. The England U-17 football team are on the cusp of creating history in the city. The stadium has been decked up with colourful rangolis and other football related decorations.

Led by centre-back Joel Latibeaudiere with Coach Steve Cooper, England will take on Spain in the final in the City of Joy.

England would want to draw first blood in the game given the fact that they were beaten in a tie breaker at the U-17 Euros earlier in the year.

While the team is confident of checking all the right boxes, they are aware that there international track record has been shaky.

The likes of Phil Foden, Hudson-Odoi, Gibbs White and Rhian Brewster have been playing an attractive brand of football.

England have scored 18 goals in the tournament, scoring three in each game.

“The team has performed really well up to now and even though we did not expect to win all the games the way we did, the boys have earned the right to be in this place on this day,” said a very proud Steve Cooper to the media.

The team while entering the stadium will walk past a picture of English captain Bobby Moore who led his men to the country’s first ever World Cup win at the Wembley in 1966.

The clash at Salt Lake Stadium is for the record a first ever all- European summit clash of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Both England and Spain will be looking at a maiden title in front of the full-capacity 66,000-odd crowd at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Experts say the game could be a cracker of an experience where a goal feast between the top guns is much likely.

While England have scored 18 goals so far, Spain have 15 to their credit.

While for England this is a first final, Spain have featured as losing finalists on three earlier occasions in 1991, 2003 and 2007.

The last encounter the two sides had earlier this year was in the European U-17 Championship match in Croatia in May.

A win for England will herald an unprecedented year as their Under-20 team had won the World Cup in Korea earlier this year while their Under-19 side were the European champions.

The event has been a record breaking one with total number of spectators from the 50 matches so far being 1,224,027 which is a mere 6949 less than the earlier record attendance of 1,230,976 in the first edition of the tournament in China in 1985.

This tournament is set to become the most attended of any FIFA U-17 or U-20 tournament.

Spain passed the ball 3,520 times in their six matches while England managed to do it 3,017 times. On an average, Spain had 62.1 per cent of ball possession, which is slightly better than that of England’s 58.5.

England would like to do what Brazil did in 2003 by winning both U-17 and U-20 World Cups in one calendar year.

The English reportedly have been sharpening their skills as a team eversince the National Football Centre was founded at St. George’s Park in 2014. The team has been working doubly hard under the banner of England DNA.

When you enter the Salt Lake Stadium through the main gate, a huge statue with two legs, a couple of footballs and a globe placed on the hips is the overwhelming sight. This was imagined by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee herself.

Meanwhile all roads leading to the stadium are spruced up with colourful alpona.

Never underestimate the power of a Salwar kameez clad wrestler

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Global media including the representatives of the fourth estate back home in India had gone gaga when they spotted an Indian clad in Salwar kameez making crucial wrestling manoeuvres.

Little did they know that one day that the lady once a Haryana cop will rise to get her ticket to World Wrestling Entertainment.

It was only recently that it became public that Kavita Devi has become the first woman to have been signed up by the WWE.

The announcement came from none other than current WWE champion Jinder Mahal during a visit to the national capital.

A former Haryana cop, Kavita hit international headlines during the Mae Young classic tournament.

Kavita Devi rose to fame after her fight against a wrestler named BB Bull Bull knocking her out.

Kavita is an established name in competitive sports.

Kavita Devi had taken on Dakota Kai, a New Zealand professional wrestler in her debut match. The Indian grappler started off well then but lost for lack of experience.

For Devi who has struggled to come this far it is a great privilege to represent the country at the global stage. Donning the cap of a champion is next on mind for the young turk.

Kavita over the years has been par excellence at her craft. She is a power-lifter who won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games and first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring.

She is a protégé of renowned Indian wrestler, The Great Khali former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Kavita starts training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida next year.

Kavita will join international talent from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Born in 1983, Kavita Devi hails from a small village in Haryana, Malvi. Recruited as constable in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) before retiring as a sub-inspector in 2010 to solely focus on wrestling. Husband, Gaurav Tomar is a volleyball player. Has one son named Abhijeet.

Kavita Devi is a fine combination of a super physique, overall confidence and a charisma.

“When I started training her, I knew she will definitely go to WWE,” Dalip Singh Rana ( The Great Khali )

Ahead of U17 WC Kolkata already in Waka Waka mood this Puja

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Bengal has always been a strong bastion of soccer fans, a revolving football that graces the entrance of a community Puja is only testimony about the growing buzz around the upcoming FIFA U 17. Durga puja revellers are trying to encash on it every bit.

The Bongs in Kolkata are making best use of their craftsmanship to pay theirhumble ode to soccer, even before the games kickstart on Indian soil.

Celebrating 52 years of its community Puja, the Belgharia Seva and Maitri Sansad Club, has the U-17 World Cup as the theme.

A 20 foot-long, football-shaped canopy adorns the venue. The goddess interestingly rests on astro-turf. The pandal is replete with historic moments of Indian football and its evolution.

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Be it Mohun Bagan’s 1911 IFA Shield win over East Yorkshire Regiment to East Bengal’s 2003 ASEAN Championship triumph.

A 42-year-old Durga Puja on Beadon Street also has the U-17 World Cup as its theme. The entry gate to the canopy has been modelled on the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan that is set to host 10 matches, including the October 28 final.

Volunteers dressed in East Bengal and Mohun Bagan colours stand on both sides of the gate greeting visitors.

Top teams like England, Chile and Mexico will showcase their prowess in Kolkata.

Former soccer stars based in the city are also being invited to some of the marquees to celebrate the football fever.

The countdown for the Under-17 World Cup has begun.

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The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, under the slogan ‘Football takes over’, will be held in the six cities of New Delhi, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai from 6 to 28 October 2017.

From 1985 to 2005, the FIFA U-17 World Cup featured 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams. Since 2007, the tournament was expanded to 24 teams.

India are the 18th Asian team to take part in the U-17 World Cup.

Three teams are making their debut in this India edition — Niger, New Caledonia as well as hosts India.

Bengal Tigress Jhulan Goswami to get immortalized with Bollywood flick

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Biopics are the flavour of the day and Bollywood has now given several hits in that genre.

From MSD to Milkha Singh and from Mary Kom to Tendulkar the cine world has recreated lives of many prominent sportsstars.

Next in the pipeline is the film on Bengal tigress Jhulan Goswami who becomes the first woman cricketer to be portrayed on screen.

Goswami recently told reporters that it was her gut feeling that this was perhaps the right time to have a biopic, given the kind of offers coming in.

The film on Jhulan Goswami comes at a time when biopics of Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are on the cards. Goswami, confirms that the biopic is in the pipeline with working title ‘Chakdah Express’.

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“Shooting will be held from Chakdaha to Lord’s,” Susanta Das who directed 2012 movie ‘Asche Bochor Abar Hobe‘, told PTI.

The film will showcase her tale starting from Nadia district to reaching The Lord’s where India shone in the women’s World Cup final. Susanta plans to start scripting soon and shoot from April next year.

The focus will be her journey, the odds she overcame since she was 10.

Jhulan grew up in Chakdaha in West Bengal and is known as the Bengal tigress in the Indian side.

The 34-year-old fast bowler has recently scripted history by surpassing the record of Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick. She is now the highest wicket taker in ODIs.

Goswami’s new record came while she was playing her 153rd ODI match in South Africa. She finished 3 for 20 in 7.3 overs.

The Arjuna awardee works with Air India in the commercial department since 2006.

Ever since Irrfan Khan recreated Paan Singh Tomar’s life, it’s been open season for biopics on India’s sports stars.

The film will be made in Hindi and is being aimed for release around the World T20 next year, which starts in the West Indies on November 2.

Das was more vehement in his assertion that the film will go ‘backstage’ sharing information about the former India captain who has played two 50-over World Cup finals.

Without announcing the names, the director said they have shortlisted a few tall Bollywood actors to play the role of Jhulan.

The director hopes it would inspire many youngsters.

Jhulan Goswami is the fastest bowler in the women’s circuit who now sits atop the leading wicket-takers’ list in ODI history.

From being a ball girl in the ’97 World Cup final to overtaking her idol Cathryn Fitzpatrick, its been a dream run for 15 years.

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Struggle was another way to define Jhulan’s story. She would rough it out in locals to go and train and then would equally dedicate herself to studies. A routine thrice a week kept her in best spirits with an eye on her goal. Her tall frame convinced her coach that she will make a fearsome pacer.

Having started off a pure bowler, Goswami slowly but steadily earned the reputation of India’s leading allrounder. Along with Mithali Raj, Goswami put together a world record seventh-wicket partnership worth 157 against the hosts at Taunton in 2002.

Goswami bagged the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007 and captaincy came calling soon after. Government of India conferred her with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2010, and the Padma Shri two years later.

Standing at 5’11”, she can be very intimidating. But her aggression comes to the fore only on field. Her unmatched line and length remain most potent part of her repertoire.

That day in 2007 when Yuvraj Singh’s opponents stood still

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Yuvraj Singh is known to be a fighter. His comeback from Cancer has been a story in itself for those suffering to not lose hope. 10 years back though Yuvraj Singh did the unthinkable in T20I history by hitting six sixes in an over. Something, that still remains an unbeaten record of all time.

Ten years ago Kingsmead saw an iconic match that changed stats in sports history books forever. Yuvraj Singh had just had a tiff with a player of the other team and was furious. Little did he know that the pent up anger will lead him to a run chase.

Yuvraj Singh made records by hitting six consecutive sixes off a hapless Stuart Broad during the India-England match of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. Of all achievements the most talked about still remains his feat of September 19, 2007.

It was a bickering of sorts with Andrew Flintoff that charged up Yuvraj. While six sixes in six balls is a fourth time in the history of cricket, in T20I it was the first. The left hander proved his prowess in that game.

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The first delivery was swung over midwicket for a massive six and the ball landed outside the stadium. The second was flicked behind square for six more. On third ball, Yuvraj carved the ball over the covers. Broad changed his anglebut to no avail. The ball was slashed over backward point. Four balls, four sixes.

In the fifth ball Yuvraj hit the ball over midwicket for his fifth six.

Broad delivered a half-volley and turned his head as Yuvraj smashed the ball over midwicket to make it six sixes off the over. It was notably a 12-ball half-century, the fastest in T20Is.

England fell short by 18 runs, failing to register a win in the Super Eights.
Yuvraj has had a phenomenal run with India and was the major protagonist in the country’s triumph at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup after 28 years.

With 304 ODIs to his name which has brought 8,701 runs, Yuvraj has seen it all.

Before Yuvraj, this feat was achieved by West Indies’ Gary Sobers who became the first batsman to hit six sixes in a row in a match between Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan on August 31, 1968. Ravi Shastri also features in the list as the stylish all-rounder was the second man to hit six sixes in a match against Baroda in 1985.

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Yuvraj Singh started making waves in the gentleman’s game very early in life. Yuvraj Singh cast a spell in junior and Under-19 cricket.

Yuvraj bravely faced criticism about lack of commitment and focus.

He made his way back to the team and showed greater will and skill later. His match winning knock at the 2002 Natwest Series at Lord’s was a memorable one.

His electric fielding was an added asset for the team.

Yuvraj apart from the Broad episode is also known for the fastest 50 in any international cricket game — off just 12 balls.

Despite being a giant in the shorter formats, he gained a more permanent place in the Test side with the retirement of Sourav Ganguly and played a mature supporting role in an emotionally charged Test match against England.

Yuvraj was one of the five senior players who were not considered for the 2015 World Cup and was not included in India’s 30-man probables list for the tournament. But he showed class in the Ranji season.

Yuvraj hit jackpot on becoming the costliest player in the 2015 IPL auctions.

Once a KBC winner now training youngsters to mint crores

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Tuitions are today in each and every nook and crany where they charge the earth and promise a promising future, what really is the outcome, depends on the student but if you were game for the Hogwarts of KBC, here’s the deal.

Head to Bihar and train under Anil Kumar Sinha probably you would soon win a ticket to the hot seat of the reality show.

Kaun Banega Crorepati was a show which was started on the lines of Who Wants To Become a Millionaire. With it being a smart combination of star power, money and loads of knowledge the programme makes just the right watch for the entire family.

The flipside to this is people today are not only watching the show, there are a large number of people who are toiling night and day to get to the hot seat and win crores KBC style.

If you are one of those few, here’s your crash course for raking in the moolah. An expert at the show, Rs 1 crore winner in KBC 5, Anil Kumar Sinha, is known for training up people to face the reality game show.

Anil Kumar Sinha, KBC Winner and now a mentor is open to guiding those who are interested in winning KBC.

Anil, post the KBC fame, thought that tuitions are many but what about those who wished to crack the code of KBC. He started mentoring people, who were really interested in the game show.

He said, with messages pouring in on what was the formula behind his success, he thought why not train those who were keen, to understand the dynamics of the game.

Interestingly, Bihar stands out as a coaching spot as two sons of Bihar, Anil and Sushil Kumar brought laurels to the state. Anil won 1 crore, while Sushil got 5 crores.

Bihar has already become popular for noted IIT coach Anand Kumar of Super 30.

KBC’s hot seat changed Anil’s life. From being a bank employee, he became a celebrity overnight and now his ‘tips to make it to KBC’s hot seat’ classroom has taken off quite well.

With the coaching Centre running full house, money is not an issue for this man.

Over five of his students have already made it to the hot seat. He is also a proud author of two books How to become a Crorepati and the ABC of KBC.

Anil is truly the Zen Master for those who aspire to be in KBC, but one must remember what Amitabh Bachchan coined as a slogan in one of the seasons, only knowledge can let you have what you deserve and is your right..(Gyan hi aapko aapka Haq dila sakti hai.)

Training institutes are already jostling for space to compete in engineering, medical and MBA colleges entrance preparations.

Anil trains aspirants in a realistic environment in front of him with a computer in front of him so that the participant remains prepared for the show in the best possible manner

रनो का अंबार लगाने वाले विराट कोहली का करिश्माई बल्ला फिर चल गया

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जब जब विराट कोहली का बल्ला चला बतौर रन मशीन जाने जाने वाले कोहली ने भारतीय टीम को नयी ऊचाईओं तक ले गये.

विराट कोहली को ऐसे ही रन मशीन नही कहा जाता है.

श्रीलंका के खिलाफ सीरीस में उन्होने फिर से अपने बेहतर प्रदर्शन का परिचय दिया. रनो के अंबार लगाने वाले कोहली ने कई क्रिकेट जगत के महारथियों के रेकॉर्ड तोड़े.

वो एक शानदार पारी के साथ एक शानदार शतक तक पहुँचने में सफल हुए

रोहित शर्मा के साथ विराट कोहली ने दोहरा शतक जड़ा। कोहली ने अपने 29 वें वनडे शतक को हासिल करने में विकेटकीपर रिकी पोंटिंग और सचिन तेंदुलकर के पीछे ओडीआई इतिहास में तीसरा सर्वोच्च शतक बनाया।

कोहली ने डीप कवर में सिर्फ 96 गेंदों में 131 रनों की पारी खेलीउन्होंने अपनी पारी में 17 चौके और दो छक्के लगाए।

दिलचस्प बात यह है कि कोहली ने 17 वां अंतरराष्ट्रीय शतक बनाया जिससे वह देश के लिए अधिकतर शतक बनाने वाले कप्तान बने । उन्होंने पूर्व भारत के दिग्गज सौरव गांगुली को पीछे छोड़ दिया है, जिन्होंने 2000-2005 की अवधि के दौरान भारत के कप्तान के रूप में 16 शतक बनाए थे।

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विराट कोहली जिन्होने 29 एकदिवसीय शतकों  को बनाने में सफलता हासिल की वो सिर्फ़ एक शतक दूर हैं 30 शतक तक पहुँचने में जो की रिकी पोंटिंग का रेकॉर्ड है.

 अपनी शतक से पहले, कोहली जयसूर्या के साथ तीसरे स्थान पर रहे।

पूर्व ऑस्ट्रेलियाई ने 375 मैचों में इस आंकड़े पर पहुंचते हुए, कोहली ने भी इसी उपलब्धि हासिल करने के लिए 182 मैचों की कमी  है।

कोहली 2017 में अग्रणी रन बनाने वाले खिलाड़ी बने और 907 रनों के साथ शीर्ष पर रहे। दक्षिण अफ्रीका के फाफ डु प्लेसिस को दूसरे स्थान पर रखा गया है जबकि जो रूट 785 रनों के साथ तीसरे स्थान पर है।

विराट कोहली की शतक आज भी श्रीलंका के खिलाफ अपना सातवां शतक है।

खेल के तीनों प्रारूपों में कोहली 2016 में शानदार प्रदर्शन किए हैं।

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कोहली और रोहित के बीच 219 रन की साझेदारी दूसरी विकेट की साझेदारी के लिए सबसे बड़ी रही, जिससे श्रीलंका के खिलाफ पहले वनडे में 197 रन की साझेदारी को बेहतर कर लिया।

कोहली के तहत भारत ने 29 में से 19 टेस्ट मैच जीते हैं, जिसने उन्हें जीत के प्रतिशत (65.51%) के मामले में सबसे सफल भारतीय कप्तान बनाते हैं, एमएस धोनी और सौरव गांगुली से आगे।

वनडे में, कोहली ने अब तक कुल मैचों में 64% से जीत हासिल की है।

 कोहली एकमात्र टेस्ट कप्तान है, जो कि कप्तान के रूप में पहले तीन पारियों में तीन शतक जमाते हैं।

विराट डॉन ब्रैडमैन (24 टेस्ट मैचों में 101.51), स्टीव स्मिथ (24 टेस्ट मैचों में 73.27) के बाद तीसरे स्थान पर है और टेस्ट कप्तानों द्वारा 2000 रनों से ज्यादा रन बनाने के बाद उनका सर्वश्रेष्ठ स्कोर है। एक कप्तान के रूप में 29 टेस्ट में कोहली की औसत 59.53 है।

Australia v India - Game 2

 

कोहली 44 पारियों में 10 टेस्ट शतक तक पहुंचने के लिए सबसे तेज

कोहली लगातार 4 टेस्ट सीरीज में 4 डबल शतक लगाने वाले पहले बल्लेबाज हैं।

28 वर्षीय एक कैलेंडर वर्ष में तीन डबल सैकड़ों का स्कोर करने वाला पहला भारतीय कप्तान भी है।

केवल तीन भारतीय बल्लेबाजों ने कोहली के चारों दोहरे शतक  के मुकाबले अधिक डबल रन बनाए हैं।

कोहली घर से दूर 1000 रन तक पहुंचने के लिए भारत के कप्तानों में सबसे तेज हैं।

ओडीआई में 28 वर्षीय एक सफल बल्लेबाज 100.02 के औसत से हरा रहे हैं।

दिल्ली सुपरस्टार भी 175 पारियों में एकदिवसीय मैचों में 8000 रन बनाने में सबसे तेजी से तेज है।

28 वर्षीय एकदिवसीय मैचों में 9200 रन की साझेदारी में शामिल किया गया है।

कोहली टी -20 में सबसे ज्यादा 50 के दशक में हैं

टी -20 अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट में 1000 रन के मील का पत्थर तक पहुंचने के लिए सबसे तेज विकेट है।