Firstpost Spodcast Episode 92: Indian hockey team's win against South Africa, Ramesh Powar's World T20 report and more
Today in Spodcast we discuss Indian hockey team's impressive win against South Africa in the World Cup, Ramesh Powar's World T20 report to BCCI and more
Let’s take a quick look at the sporting headlines making the rounds right here on Spodcast, your sports update on Firstpost.
India begin their campaign in style with a crushing 5-0 thrashing of South Africa in front of a packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar on Wednesday.
Mandeep Singh kicked off the goal scoring in the 10th minute, followed by Akashdeep Singh in the 12th, while Simranjeet Singh scored a brace in the 43rd and 46th minute. Lalit Upadhyay added India’s fifth in the 45th minute.
A stunning revelation from Indian Women’s Cricket team coach Ramesh Powar who has accused senior player Mithali Raj of throwing tantrums and creating chaos after being denied the opening slot in the World T20. In a 10-page tour report to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Saba Karim, Ramesh revealed that Mithali Raj had threatened to pull out of Women's World T20 and announce her retirement if she wasn't allowed to open. Earlier on Tuesday, Mithali had written to Johri and Karim accusing the Powar of "humiliating" her, treating her differently and threatening to "destroy" her career.
Powar then told Raj to stop "blackmailing and pressurising" the coaches and putting her interests ahead of the team's.
Early on Thursday, Raj tweeted saying that she is deeply saddened and hurt by the aspersions cast on her. She further said that this is the darkest day of her life and that her patriotism is being doubted.
Some Football news from Indian Super League fixture in Kolkata. ATK and FC Goa played out an entertaining goalless draw on Wednesday.
FC Goa started off on the front foot but as the game settled, the hosts started making plays of their own but neither side managed to get the winner in an intriguing contest.
Puneri Paltan produced a superb comeback to beat Haryana Steelers 35-33 in a thrilling Pro Kabaddi Season 6 match in Pune on Wednesday.
Monu opened Puneri Paltan's account with a two-point raid in the first minute. Haryana Steelers leveled the match at 4-4 with a couple of raid points.
Haryana Steelers tightened their grip on the match in the next few minutes as Vikas Kandola's brilliant raid in the ninth minute inflicted an all out on Pune.
Bengaluru Bulls produced an accomplished performance to beat Telugu Titans 34-26 in the southern derby. Rohit Kumar scored eight points while Amit Sheoran scored five points. Rahul Chaudhari scored six points for Titans but it wasn’t enough.
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