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The Balbir Singh impact: Story behind India’s 1975 World Cup win

The Balbir Singh impact: Story behind Indias 1975 World Cup win

  • May 26, 2020
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Remembering Balbir Singh Sr, who died on Monday at the age of 96, 1975 World Cup India hockey team Ajit Pal Singh spoke about the influence Balbir Singh had on the team as manager.It will be difficult to follow the impact of the three-time Olympic gold medal victory by Balbir Singh  Senior on the hockey legend against Indian hockey. Sometimes he did, even without raising a hockey stick. Balbir Singh was the director of the Indian hockey team that beat Pakistan 2-1 in an exciting competition to win the first World Cup in 1975. India's only success at the world championship remains to this day. Recalling the legend of hockey, who died on Monday at the age of 96, Indian hockey captain Ajit Pal Singh spoke of Balbir Singh's influence on the team.In an exclusive telephone interview with the Hindustan Times, Ajit Pal expressed his condolences for the disappearance of Balbir Singh and described him as an ideal man."It is really sad news that we lost an excellent Indian hockey column. Balbir  Singh was a great player, a great coach and a great coach. We were lucky because he was with us during the Cup from the world of 1975 and that he managed to win. He was perfect in all aspects of life: a balanced man. "In addition, he spoke of the dynamics he shared with the manager at the 1975 World Cup in Malaysia. "In 1975, our team got the perfect match, with everything in the right place. When the team (manager, players, coach, captain) clicks, it can only succeed. Winning the 1975 World Cup was a team effort. ""My relationship with Balbir was very friendly, off the pitch and on the pitch. He was an older player and was a father figure. We admire him for his advice." It was a perfect mix. "In the league, India suffered a terrible 2-1 loss in the group stage match against a weak Argentine team. The defeat forced India to beat West Germany in its next game to advance to the semifinals. Ajit Pal recalls how Balbir Singh motivated the whole team to break the fast."The Argentinian team was not good. They had a casual coincidence and they scored. We tried to get many chances, but we couldn't find a draw. It was disappointing for the players. The team was disappointed and frustrated. "The next morning, Albert Ji called us for a meeting. He said at the meeting, "Look, guys, whatever happened yesterday, forget it. Now, today and tomorrow, we have these two days to prepare for Germany. Today, we have to focus, we need to eat well, relax well, and chat. Ajith Pal said, "You can, God willing. Losing in Argentina doesn't mean you can't beat Germany. "India comfortably beat West Germany 3-1 to book a ticket to the semi-finals, while Malaysia beat 3-2 to reach the final match against Pakistan. "Being a great hockey player, his essence was how to motivate and discover the need of the hour, what are the kids talking about?" Ajit Pal said: "He was a very bright man, because he was a great player himself."The former Indian hockey superstar recovered from the last game against Pakistan, which was a very tense relationship. Pakistan got off to a good start, scoring an early goal. India rebounded strongly in the second period, then defeated its rivals 2-1 to lift the cup."The team was great and (Balbir Singh) seated at the side of the field, we were really motivated. Ajit Pal said:" I was very lucky because I am the team leader and we won the cup. "Balbir Singh Ji wanted the team to move forward together. It was a truly unforgettable experience in 1975, and we were very successful. We celebrated the World Cup victory across India, and it was a great time for hockey. "Article Source: hindustantimes.comRead More: India May Tour South Africa In August For Three-Match T20I Series

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England vs India: Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja script historic win for India over England

  • Sep 07, 2021
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Virat Kohli-led India stormed to a 157-run win over England on the final day of the fourth Test to register only their second Test win at the Oval and take a 2-1 unbeatable lead in the five-match series on Monday. Innings defeat in Leeds seems like a distant memory now, as Jasprit Bumrah inspired India to put on an energetic performance and reclaim the series lead with a convincing 157-run win over England on the final day of the Oval Test. England was bowled out for 210 in pursuit of a target of 368 on the final day, succumbing to the constant pressure built up by the Indian bowlers. The visitors recorded only their 2-test win at the Oval and the first after the historic victory in 1971 under Ajit Wadekar.Chasing a daunting victory target of 368, the hosts made a good start with a century opening partnership before India advanced and restricted England's scoring rate with some disciplined bowling. Shardul Thakur made India's first breakthrough by eliminating Rory Burns (50), a ball after hitting half a century and brought up 100-run partnership for the first wicketThe momentum of the match turned to India's way when Dawid Malan was run out for 5 with about 30 minutes before the morning session, trying to make a quick single with Haseeb Hamid. Hamid (63), who got a reprieve on 56 when Mohammed Siraj dropped catch, was the next batsman to go after Jadeja hit the rough patch as the ball spun past his bat to hit the off-stump.Also Read- England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England Bumrah produced a sensational spell in the 2nd session Jasprit Bumrah removed Olli Pop (2) and Jonny Bairstow (0) in back-to-back overs to turn match in India's favor. Bumrah came up with inswinging delivery to breach Pop's defense and became the 23rd Indian bowler to reach 100 Test wicket landmark. In his next over, he produced a reverse-swinging Yorker at 142 kph that crashing into the base of Bairstow's. Jadeja dismissed Moeen Ali (0) as the ball pitched on the rough patch and took the edge of the bat for an easy catch at short-leg. Root-Woakes delay India's victory Joe Root and Chris Woakes, the last English batting player, played some shots during a 35-run seventh-wicket stand to delay India's victory before the England captain dragged a innocuous delivery of Thakur to his stumps to go for 36 and end his team's faint hopes of an unlikely win. THIS. IS. IT! Take a bow, #TeamIndia! What a fantastic come-from-behind victory this is at The Oval! We head to Manchester with a 2-1 lead! #ENGvIND Scorecard https://t.co/OOZebP60Bk pic.twitter.com/zhGtErWhbs— BCCI (@BCCI) September 6, 2021Umesh Yadav dismissed Woakes (18), Craig Overton (10) and James Anderson (2) to seal India's assured victory at the Kennington Oval. For India, Yadav got 3 for 60, while spinner Jadeja and seamer Bumrah and Thakur took 2 wickets apiece.Also Read- England vs India, 4th Test Day 1: Shardul Thakur breaks Ian Botham's record, hits fastest Test fifty in EnglandAlso Read- Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis resign as Pakistans head coach and bowling coach ahead of T20 World Cup

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Former Mr India contest winner Manoj Patil attempts suicide, blames actor Sahil Khan for harrassment

  • Sep 16, 2021
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Former Mr. India winner, Manoj Patil, a resident of Oshiwara in Mumbai, allegedly attempted suicide by consuming some pills. He was rushed to the Cooper Hospital, where his condition is said to be critical. His manager said the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. September 16.Few days ago, Manoj Patil had written a letter to the Oshiwara police demanding FIR against actor Sahil Khan. In the letter, Manoj alleged that he was defamed by actor and bodybuilder Sahil Khan.Instagram accounts of both parties contain videos that are supposed to be targeting at each other. While Manoj Patil seen in a video without naming Sahil Khan mocking a certain person and saying that there are many attempts to defame him. On the other hand, Sahil Khan also shared a video mocking a particular person.Sahil Khan, who has a verified Instagram account, captioned the video, “Manoj Steroid Wala Kaun hai? Any Idea! Believe it or not. For more watch my story.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by India’s Youth & Fitness ICN® (@sahilkhan)Pari Naz, Manoj Patil's manager, said Manoj took the extreme step after being harassed by Sahil Khan. “He was being harassed for over a year. His phone number had been made viral. And last night he was with his friends and on his way home he went to a chemist shop and bought the pills. His friends weren't aware what he took but when he reached home, he didn’t even have dinner and fell unconscious. We then rushed him to hospital.” she said.His condition is learnt to be critical.Manoj Patil’s mother said that her son was being mentally harassed by Sahil Khan. “My son told me that he was being mentally harassed by Sahil Khan. It came to a state where he said ‘I feel like ending my life’ and he tried to take his life.”Suraj Sonawane, the leader of local MNS, said that Manoj Patil had approached him for help and he promised to take him to Raj Thackeray as well. “He told me how he had been facing problems for months. Till the time it was restricted to professional rivalry it was ok but for some time Sahil Khan started targeting his personal life and commented about his wife and also threatened that his visa would be canceled which made him take this step.” he saidAlso Read- Lionel Messi Makes First PSG Start But Club Brugge Hold On For A Draw