|Friday, February 25, 2000,
India down Kiwis in hockey
|Bagan have edge over Mahindras
MUMBAI, Feb 24 Calcuttas Mohan Bagan, who currently occupy the top position in the National Football League, start favourites when they take on Mahindra and Mahindra of Mumbai tomorrow.
Sir Stanley Matthews is no more
LONDON, Feb 24 Sir Stanley Matthews, the mesmerising England winger who wrong-footed defenders for 33 years and became the original European footballer of the year at the age of 41, has died. He was 85.
FIFA approves rule modification
XI, RCF lose in quarters
Tendulkar props up India
MUMBAI, Feb 24 (PTI) Skipper Sachin Tendulkar cracked a superb 97 and Ajit Agarkar produced a late cameo but Indias much-vaunted batting line-up fell to injudicious shotmaking to be dismissed for a meagre first innings total of 225 against South Africa on the opening day of the first Test here today.
Tendulkar, who won an important toss, stood firm amidst the ruins before he was dismissed three runs short of a much deserved 23rd Test hundred as Indias batting blues continued faced with a formidable pace attack at the Wankhede Stadium.
South Africa made a confident start to reach 27 for no loss in eight overs in reply, Gary Kirsten (8) and Herschelle Gibbs (15) together at stumps, after the Indian innings ended in 79.2 overs well into the final session.
The 26-year-old Tendulkar single-handedly held up the innings as he smashed 12 fours and two pulled sixes in just under three hours from 163 balls before being the eighth man out, glancing Jacques Kallis to keeper Mark Boucher.
Ajit Agarkar then hit a gutsy 41 not out (42b, 8x4s) in the highest stand of the innings - 52 runs for the last wicket - with a brave debutant Murali Karthik (14) to save some face for the hosts.
Pace spearhead Allian Donald (2/23) and Shaun Pollock (2/43) extracted appreciable bounce and swung the ball well to do the early damage before skipper Hansie Cronje (2/26) who ended the 51-run fifth wicket stand between Tendulkar and an out of sorts Jadeja triggered a procession.
Jacques Kallis (3/30) too joined the act to leave India reeling at 173 for nine before Agarkar and Karthik lend some substance to the innings.
Tendulkar, who has already announced his decision to step down as captain at the end of this Test series, became only the fourth Indian captain to complete 2000 Test runs while at the helm and dominated the South African attack in phases but was unlucky to miss his century.
The Indian skipper, who missed becoming the fifth Indian batsman to reach 6000 Test runs in his 75th Test still 13 runs adrift looked very assured in negotiating the pace, bounce and movement extracted by Donald and company.
Tendulkars stand with Jadeja, who scratched around to make 12 off 51 balls after being preferred over newcomer Mohd Kaif, and the last wicket partnership in only 11.4 overs were the only notable contributions.
Only six Indian batsmen managed to reach double figures and Rahul Dravids 22 was the third highest effort. The three leading batsmen, Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and Tendulkar were among those who fell to poor shot selection though the skipper was impeccable in his approach till he got out.
Wasim Jaffer (4), the 21-year-old Mumbai opener who made his Test debut along with Kartik and South Africas Nicky Boje today, and Laxman had to face a torrid opening hour against Donald and Pollock on a pitch offering lot of help early on.
Both fell in the morning session while Dravid and Ganguly, who scored two after pottering around for half an hour, were dismissed before the total reached the 100-mark to clearly indicate the struggle.
But Tendulkar was all class as he got going early after a testing time against Donalds short-pitched stuff.
Tendulkar, who played some glorious shots through the covers and twice pulled left-arm spinner Clive Eksteen for sixes, was not averse to standing on tip-toes and forcing the fast bowlers in front of the wicket.
But the overall Indian approach left a lot to be desired. In fact, both Cronje and Kallis were on a hattrick. The South African skipper, who brought himself on after tea, taken at 142 for 4, sent back Jadeja and Mongia, both returning to the national side after a long gap, to catches behind the stumps.
Jadeja edged a drive to Pollock while Mongia, recalled after seven months, was caught behind by Mark Boucher first ball before Anil Kumble denied the hattrick.
Later Jacques Kallis, who grabbed three wickets by bending his back, got rid of Tendulkar and Javagal Srinath off successive balls only to see Kartik block out the third.
India (Ist innings):
W. Jaffer b Donald 4
Laxman c Eksteen b Kallis 16
R. Dravid b Donald 22
S. Tendulkar c Boucher b Kallis 97
S. Ganguly c Strydom b Pollock 2
A. Jadeja c Pollock b Cronje 12
N. Mongia c Boucher b Cronje 0
A. Kumble run out 4
A. Agarkar not out 41
J. Srinath b Kallis 0
M. Kartik b Pollock 14
Extras (lb-7, nb5, w-1) 13
Total (all out in 79.2 overs) 225
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-39, 3-69, 4-96, 5-147, 6-151, 7-167, 8-173, 9-173.
Bowling: Donald 16-6-23-2, Pollock 19.2-6-43-2, Klussener 10-0-53-0, Kallis 16-8-30-3, Eksteen 6-0-26-0, Boje 5-0-17-0, Cronje 7-1-26-2.
South Africa (1st Innings):
G. Kirsten batting 8
H. Gibbs batting 15
Extras (b-4) 4
Total (for no loss) 27
India down Kiwis in hockey
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 (PTI) Asian games champions India salvaged their pride by downing New Zealand 2-1 to score their third win and qualify for the third place playoff in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament here today.
India, who once again frittered away a clutch of chances, fell behind when Umesh Parag gave the Kiwis a 22nd minute lead, but the Asian stalwarts rallied well to equalise through young forward Deepak Thakur off a penalty corner in the 26th minute before veteran striker Dhanraj Pillay struck following a fine field effort in the very next minute.
India finished the seven-team round robin in the third spot with nine points and will take on hosts Malaysia in the classification match to decide the third and fourth places.
European champions Germany will play New Zealand to decide the fifth and sixth positions.
Defending champions Pakistan, who have already made it to the final against Korea, continued their unbeaten run with a 2-1 verdict over Canada in their last round robin match.
Canada shot into the lead through Seam Campbell in the 25th minute, but Pakistan equalised through a penalty corner conversion by Imran Yousuf a minute before half-time before Muhammad Sarwar clinched the win with a 50th-minute goal.
Asian Cup champions Korea also warmed up for the final in style, downing Malaysia 5-4 in a spirited encounter.
Yeo Woon Kon (10th, 32nd, 68th) slammed in a hat-trick and Jeong Jong Ha (stroke 25th) and Kang Keong Wook chipped in with goals for Korea. Kuhan Shanmuganathan and Chairil scored a brace each for Malaysia.
India would have been a goal up in the first minute but Pillays hit was blocked by Kiwi goalkeeper Scott Anderson. Their first penalty corner came in the third minute but Dilip Tirkeys shot was also blocked by Anderson.
India pushed hard through Mohd Riaz with Baljit Singh Dhillon also falling back to feed Deepak Thakur and Pillay.
After weathering Indian attacks, New Zealand decided to follow up with a couple of their own. Ryan Archibald, after an indifferent start, played well and his first through ball to Umesh Parag produced an abortive penalty corner.
Another penalty corner a minute later saw Jude Menezes pad up but the rebound was picked up by Parag and flicked in to put New Zealand ahead.
Stunned by the goal, India pulled out all stops and Saini and Riaz virtually dominated the midfield sending some lovely long passes to the forwards. One of these moves resulted in India earning their second penalty corner in the 26th minute. Dhillon passed it to Deepak Thakur, who deflected it in for the equaliser. The Kiwis protested that the ball had touched Thakurs foot. Umpire Irfan Zaidi consulted the other Malaysian umpire, Ravinderpal, before allowing the goal.
Punjab 191 for four
SAS NAGAR, Feb 24 The setting looked ideal no overcast conditions, no heavy outfield and not much of early dew for good exhibition of batsmanship. The placid track did not offer any assistance to the seamers. Punjab batsmen took their time to settle down. After getting their eye in they did not get down to the business of consolidating the innings. Instead, they pushed and prodded for the larger part of the day. Refusing to come out of their shell and play their natural game they squandered a good opportunity to gain the initiative on the first day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Super League match against Baroda at the PCA Stadium here today.
Opener Ravneet Ricky, who notched up an impressive century in the previous match against Hyderabad here, displayed the right temperament and attitude. A tenacious Ravneet, though he played a couple of impressive strokes, remained in the defensive mould throughout the day and was unbeaten on a patient 83 runs as the hosts were 191 for the loss of four wickets when stumps were drawn for the day.
Only the first hours play which produced 48 runs looked good for the hosts as a characteristic Vikram Rathore looked his usual self looking for runs. But once he departed after scoring 19 runs off 31 deliveries the innings lost momentum.
Reetinder Sodhi took his time to get into the groove. He thumped left-arm medium fast bowler Zaheer Khan twice to the boundary in the same over. When he looked good for a big innings he fell playing an injudious shot off off-spinner R.A. Swaroop. He attempted an ambitious on-side shot early in the innings but succeeded in ballooning the ball to point where Valmic Buch made no mistake.
Southpaw Dinesh Mongia, the next batsman, looked tentative for most part of his stay at the wicket. He was unusually subdued and made no attempt to break the shackles and gain dominance. His agony ended when he snicked an A. Bhoite delivery to Coonor Williams in the slip cordon. His stay at the wicket for more than an hour fetched him 19 runs as the session between lunch and the tea break produced 61 runs.
The crawl became even more painful in the final session which saw almost complete dominance of the ball over the bat as the post-tea break session contributed 38 runs to the total. The Punjab batsmen to some extent were thwarted by the predominantly heavy off-side field employed by the rival skipper Tushar Arothe which denied them the opportunities to score runs.
Medium fast bowler Rakesh Patel and left-arm bowler Valmik Buch emerged the best bowlers of the day. Patel was instrumental in the eviction of Rathore, whom he bowled, and Pankaj Dharmani, who was trapped lbw while Buch bowled a miserly spell of 20 overs conceding as many runs and accounting for Reetinder.
Mr M.P. Pandove, for whose benefit the match is being played, was given a check of Rs 15 lakh by the Mohali Cricket Association at a function organised during the lunch break. A souvenir was released on the occasion. The Punjab team got Rs 30,000 from Mr Pandove who added Rs 10,000 to a sum of Rs 20,000 presented to him by the players.
Punjab (1st innings):Rathore b Rakesh Patel 19, Ravneet batting 83, Reetinder c Buch b Swaroop 20, Dharmani lbw Rakesh Patel 21, Mongia c C William b A. Bhoite 19, Yuveraj Singh batting 14, extras: (nb 5, lb 10) 15, Total (for 4 wickets in 90 overs): 191
Fall of wickets:1-32, 2-73, 3-112, 4-155
Delhi receive early shocks
NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (UNI) Mumbai pace duo of Abhey Kuruvilla and Santosh Saxena bowled with a sting to give Delhi three quick blows in space of 17 runs after the visitors managed to score 247 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Super League tie at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium here today.
At close, Delhi were 49 for three with Ashu Dani and Virender Shewag batting on 21 and 19, respectively.
Kuruvilla and Saxena did not give the hosts any space to play on as both were accurate and fierce in their attack from the beginning. Kuruvilla provided the first break for his team in the fifth over when he trapped opener Akash Chopra (1) leg before wicket with the team score reading 11.
One run later in the next over, Saxena bowled new batsman Devender Sharma for no score and then sent back Mithun Manhas (0) in the same fashion, when the total was at 17.
However, Dani and Shewag tried to salvage the situation as they applied their cricketing composure to put up unbeaten 32 runs for the fourth wicket.
Mumbai (Ist innings): Amol Rane c Dahiya b Bhandari 11, Amit Pagnis run out 31, Jatin Paranjpe c Dahiya B Bhandari 7, Amol Muzumdar c Dahiya b Nehra 36, Vinod Kambli lbw Shewag 88, Sameer Dighe c Shewag b Nehra 0, Siraj Bahutule c Dani b Sanghvi 33, Rajesh Pawar lbw Shewag 7, Nilesh Kulkarni c Nehra b Sanghvi 10, Abhey Kuruvilla b Bhandari 2, Santosh Saxena not out 0, extras 22, total 247 (all out in 74.2 overs).
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-47, 3-55, 4-154, 5-155, 6-204, 7-212, 8-240, 9-243, 10-247.
Bowling: Nehra 14-0-52-2, Bhandari 16.2-4-69-3, Robin 18-3-37-0, Sanghvi 8-2-27-2, Shewag 18-3-53-2.
Delhi (Ist innings): Akash Chopra lbw Kuruvilla 1, Ashu Dani batting 21, Devender Sharma b Saxena 0, Mithun Manhas b Saxena 0, Virender Shewag batting 19, extras 8, total 49 for 3 in 14 overs.
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-12, 3-17.
Sir Stanley Matthews is no more
LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) Sir Stanley Matthews, the mesmerising England winger who wrong-footed defenders for 33 years and became the original European footballer of the year at the age of 41, has died. He was 85.
I loved him. He was a magical player. They dont come very often, said Sir Bobby Charlton.
He just attracted people, they had to go and see him. People still miss him in the game he was a genius really.
Matthews died in a private hospital in North Staffordshire after a brief illness. His death was announced shortly before England were due to play a friendly international against Argentina at Wembley, scene of Matthews greatest triumphs, yesterday.
Both teams wore black armbands in honour of Matthews and a minutes silence was observed in the packed stadium.
Bagan have edge over Mahindras
MUMBAI, Feb 24 (UNI) Calcuttas Mohan Bagan, who currently occupy the top position in the National Football League, start favourites when they take on Mahindra and Mahindra of Mumbai tomorrow.
The football blue chip of Calcutta will be looking forward to strengthening their top position with a victory. Mahindras seem to be a gloomy lot having lost their last match against lowly-rated Border Security Force 0-2. They have slipped to the fourth place, with Salgaocar following closely on the fifth.
However, Bagan coach Subroto Bhattacharya, on a cautious note, says Mahindras cannot be taken lightly as the latter have notched four of their six wins at home ground and have conceded only five goals in 10 matches here.
But he also knows that without a proper coach, a team slips sooner or later, and hopes that the big tumble for the hosts comes tomorrow.
Bagan share the number of wins at nine with Churchill Brothers, the team they toppled from the first slot. They have 32 points from 16 matches and Churchill 31 from the same number of matches.
What Bhattacharya is banking on is the fact that he has equally mercurial players in Uzbek Igor Shkvirin and Brazilian Jose Barreto with a good reserve in Basudeo Mondal as Mahindras have in Jordanians Bassam Khatib and S. Jameel.
Mahindras have 25 points from 16 matches but are in danger of dropping further as Salgaocar are only a point away with a match less.
Salgaocar meet ITI
MARGAO: Defending champions Salgaocar (Goa) will leave no stone unturned to capitalise on home advantage to remain in contention when they lock horns with the lowly-placed and depleted Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), Bangalore, in the return match of the National Football League here tomorrow. In the first leg both played out a goal-less draw.
Salgaocar, placed fifth on the league table with 24 points at the moment, have put up a disciplined performance, posting six wins, six draws and three defeats in their 15 outings. This would give them a psychological advantage to improve their position having a home match.
ITI began their second-leg campaign on a disastrous note, except a draw against bottom-placed Dempo (Goa), they lost to Mohun Bagan 1-2, JCT 0-1, Tollygunge 2-4 and FC Kochin 0-1 and are placed 10th on the league table with 12 points from 16 matches, with two wins, six draws and eight defeats.
To add to their woes, ace striker Nigerain George Eka and dependable defender P. Murlidharan will be sitting out tomorrow as they have received two yellow cards.
Illas Pasha and defender Nizar Jamal are also on the injury list.
Salgaocars main concern is the form of their striker Alvito D Cunha who has not found his rhythm and has not been able to convert chances into goals as seen in earlier matches. Their other forwards Brazilian Joao Dos Santos, veteran striker Bruno Coutinho and Uzebek import Azamat Abduraimov will have to come up with vastly improved showing to boost their tally.
Salgaocar have efficient midfielders in hardworking Gbenga Lawal, Habib Adenkunle, Dharamjit Singh and Jules Alberto. Their greatest strength lies in defence, spearheaded by Franky Barreto, Francise Coelho, Roque Pereira.
The dependable defender Robert Ferandes, who missed the last match against Tollygunge due to two yellow cards, will be playing tomorrow to strengthen their defence. Juje Siddi, will be under the bar. He has performed consistently well.
ITI will be pinning hope on the scoring prowess of their striker R. C. Praksh who has earned admiration for his super display.
FIFA approves rule modification
ZURICH, Feb 24 (AFP) FIFA, world footballs governing body, has approved a new modification to the football rules to curb goalie time-wasting and speed up the game.
FIFA backed an amendment to Law 12 fouls and misconduct proposed by their advisory body the International Football Association Board (IFAB) which replaces the previous four-step rule with a time limit of six seconds for the goalkeeper to release the ball.
The new modification will come into force in July this year.
FIFA has, however, decided to hold further tests on the 10-yard dissent rule proposed and currently being tested by the English Football Association (FA).
The rule successfully used in both rugby codes is designed to stamp out players confronting referees and disputing their free-kick decisions.
Failure to accept an officials decision to award a set-piece would be punished by advancing the kick 10 yards. The rule is being used on a trial basis in English football.
Despite the positive results that tests conducted so far in lower leagues have yielded we felt that the introduction of such a change on a global scale was premature, said FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen.
Further tests will possibly be carried out at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina and in a major competition in England as from next season, FIFA said.
England will also be the venue for another experiment with sophisticated goal-line technology, to determine whether or not the entire ball has crossed the goal-line between the posts and under the bar.
Experiments using two referees, which so far have been conducted in Malaysia, Brazil and in the Italian Cup, are to continue, with Major League Soccer in the USA and Egypt to carry out the next round of tests when the new season starts.
A modification was also agreed to allow the use of unlimited substitutions in friendly matches, provided prior agreement has been reached with the referee and the teams concerned.
Pankaj, Pradeep to Haryanas
GURGAON, Feb 24 An Eighth-wicket partnership of 102 runs between Pankaj Thakur (53) and Pradeep Jain (57) helped Haryana to recover from an alarming situation on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy super league encounter at Nehru Stadium here today.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, the hosts were reeling at 83 for 7 at one stage before Pradeep Jain and Pankaj Thakur performed the rescue act and Haryana were able to raise a total of 208 in the first innings.
In fact Haryana could not get a solid start today. Parinder (9) and Jasvir (0) were dismissed on successive deliveries bowled by right-arm medium pacer D.J. Gokulkrishnan in the eight over of the innings when the team had scored only 22 runs. Two runs later it was the turn of Sanjay Dalal. He also failed to score any run as he was adjudged leg before wicket off Gokulakrishnan in the 10th over of the innings. Opener Jitender Singh was the only top order Haryana batsman. To stay at the wicket for a long duration.
Haryana went for lunch at 85 for 7. It was a session completely dominated by bowlers.
Pankaj Thakur and Pradeep Jain completed their individual half centuries. Thakurs 50 came in 95 minutes and 81 balls. Haryanas innings lasted 315 minutes.
Robin Singh captured three wickets for 19 runs in 11 overs. Gokulakrishnan also bagged three wickets.
In the remaining 10 overs the visitors scored 43 for no loss. Ashish Kapoor was batting on 34.
Extra 12, Total for 10 wkts in 78.2 overs 208.
Fill of wicket: 1-22, 2-22, 3-24, 4-59, 5-71, 6-78, 7-83, 8-185, 9-190, 10-208.
Bowling: S. Mahesh 15-2-47-0, Gokulkrishna 11-1-40-3, Aashish Kapoor 25-1-67-2, Robin Singh 11-2-19-3, Vidut Sivaramarkrishnan 7-2-20-0, S. Sriram 9.2-6-4-2.
Tamil Nadu (Ist innings):
Aashish Kapoor batting 34, S. Sriram batting 8. Extras (1nb) 1,
Total for no loss 43
RCF lose in quarters
LUDHIANA, Feb 24 Defending champions South Eastern Railway, Calcutta outplayed Chandigarh XI 1-0 while India Junior XI defeated Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, 2-0 to join Air-India, Mumbai, and Bihar in the semifinals of the fourth All-India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament for women at the astro turf stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.
In the first quarterfinal, U Toppo, captain of SER Calcutta put her side ahead in the very second minute of the game. Chandigarh eves forced their first penalty corner in the 15th minute but the hit taken by full back Rajnish went wide.
In a counter-attack SER players got a shot corner when P. Lakra was obstructed inside by Chandigarh left back Annu but hit taken by full back M. Barla went waste. They wasted two more scoring chances, when they could not make use of penalty corners which they earned in the 33rd and 34th minutes.
After the lemon break, Chandigarh team pressed very hard for the equaliser but their each move was thwarted by the current champions alert defence and thus went down fighting 0-1.
In a keenly contested second quarterfinal, India Junior XI, with young promising players in their ranks opened the account through Shangai Charu in the 32nd minute. They consolidated the lead in the 45th minute through a penalty corner conversion by right full-back Suman Bala.
In the dying minutes RCF players made repeated forays into the rivals territory but failed to pierce the strong defence of India Junior XI.
PATIALA, Feb 24 Gaurav Shah of Uttar Pradesh and Chanchala Chakraborthy of West Bengal were declared the best all-round gymnasts in the under-19 boys and girls category, respectively in the 45th National School Games being held at the local polo grounds here today.
Meanwhile, the team championships for under-19 boys was won by hosts Punjab beating Uttar Pradesh in a nail biting finish. In the girls section the team championships was won by West Bengal, pushing Punjab second spot, while Madhya Pradesh girls managed to clinch the third spot.
Team championships (U-19 boys): Punjab-1, UP-2, MP-3, W. Bengal-4, Maharashtra-5.
(U-19 girls): West Bengal-1, Punjab-2, UP-3, MP-4, Rajasthan-5, Maharashtra-6.
Rhythmic exercise: (Girls): Hoop event: Rajni Sharma (PB) and Amrita (DEL)-1; Sucharita Ojha (WB)-2, Mala (CHD)-3; rope event: Sucharita Ojha (WB)-1, Rajni Sharma (PB)-2, Amrita Joglekar (MAH) and Shivani (DEL)-3.
Teams who qualified for optional competition for team championships (boys U-17)-Punjab, W. Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala, Haryana and Gujrat.
Punjab Police beat Aussie
JALANDHAR, Feb 24 The visiting Australia juniors hockey team went down fighting 1-3 to Punjab Police, Jalandhar, in an exhibition match played at Olympian Surjit hockey stadium here today. They home team was leading 1-0 at the breather.
Pace, punch and proficiency were the hallmarks of the Punjab Police play. They made some early attempts and in first five minutes wasted two penalty corners. Centre forward Kulbir Singh of Punjab Police sounded the board in the 18th minute.
In the second half the
police men displayed good stickwork. It was again Kulbir
Singh in the 46th minute who increased the lead. The
third goal for the winners was scored by Harinder Singh
in the 68th minute. Right out Mat Lobsey scored for the
losers in the 56th minute.
PCB set to hire foreign coach
RAWALPINDI, Feb 24 (AFP) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to hire the services of a foreign coach in the wake of its teams recent poor showings, a senior official said today.
We have decided to talk to either Englands former Test player Geoffrey Boycott or South African Barry Richards in the next couple of days, PCB manager operations Yawar Saeed said.
Pakistan were blanked
0-3 in the Test series by Steve Waughs Australia
late last year. They were also whitewashed 0-2 in the
finals of the tri- series Down Under and routed by Sri
Lanka 0-3 in the one-day series at home.
Deepak, Vaneet in TT team
JALANDHAR, Feb 24 Deepak Thukral of Dena Bank and Vaneet Chopra of State Bank of Patiala have been selected in the Indian table tennis team which will participate in the pre-Olympics table tennis championship to be held at Hong Kong from February 29 to March 5.
Other members of the team are ace player Chetan Baboor, S. Raman and Arup Basak in mens team and Mouma Das, N.R. Indu and Poulomi Ghatak in the womens version.
Deepak and Vaneet won the mens doubles title in the recently concluded National Table Tennis Championship held at Lucknow in January. Punjab team won the silver medal.
Deepak Thukral was a
member of the Indian team that participated in the 17th
Fajr International Table Tennis Championship held in Iran
from January 25 to 28 and won the bronze medal in the
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