Finally, the Indian contingent has sent great news of bagging the Gold Medal in the ongoing Asian Games. India Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar bagged away the bronze medal in India's 10m men's rifle final individual event. Earlier in the day, India's 10m men's rifle team clinched the gold medal and broke the world record by scoring 1893.7 points. The team of world champion Rudrankksh Patil, Olympian Divyansh Panwar and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar aggregated 1893.7 in the qualification round to better the world record of 1893.3 set by China.
The grand commencement of the 2023 Asian Games embarked with a dazzling and artistic spectacle, graced by the esteemed presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping alongside other distinguished guests. The honor of leading the Indian contingent in the athletes' parade was bestowed upon Harmanpreet Singh, the captain of the men's hockey team, and the celebrated boxing sensation, Lovlina Borgohain. In a striking display of unity and national pride, the athletes were adorned in a uniform that reflected India's rich heritage—a khaki textured saree for the women and a khaki kurta for their male counterparts.
As the anticipation reached its zenith, President Xi Jinping took the center stage to pronounce the official commencement of the Asian Games 2023. The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium became a canvas for a mesmerizing amalgamation of music and lights, capturing the hearts and minds of the enraptured audience. The harmonious symphony of culture and sport unfolded against a backdrop of radiant brilliance, setting the stage for an extraordinary journey of competition and camaraderie that the world eagerly awaited. The Asian Games 2023 had begun in a splendid spectacle, embodying the spirit of unity, diversity, and excellence that this monumental sporting event symbolized.
India's cricketing prowess reached new heights as they secured the number one ranking in all three formats of the game following their remarkable victory over Australia in the series opener. India's triumph in the One Day International (ODI) against Australia propelled them to the coveted top spot in the ODI rankings, with a rating of 116 points, edging past arch-rivals Pakistan, who had held the position with 115 points.
This historic achievement marked only the second instance in men's cricket history where a team has ascended to the pinnacle of rankings in all formats. The last time such a feat was accomplished was by South Africa in August 2012, highlighting the exceptional nature of India's current dominance.
India had previously claimed the top position in Test and T20 rankings, and their latest achievement cements their status as a cricketing superpower. Meanwhile, Australia, despite the setback, remained at the third spot in the ODI rankings with 111 points.
The cricketing world now eagerly anticipates the next encounter between India and Australia in the three-match ODI series, as India aims to maintain its newfound supremacy across all formats.
This is India's seventh Asia Cup title and also their biggest victory (263 balls) in ODIs in terms of balls remaining. This was India's first title in a multi-nation event after their triumph in the Asia Cup 2018, and in a way, it also exorcised the ghost of India's 54 all out against Lanka in the Coca Cola Champions Trophy at Sharjah in 2000.
Mohammed Siraj bowled a terrific six-wicket spell helping India eventually outplay Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the final of Asia Cup 2023 at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. India registered a record-extending 8th Asia Cup title. With the help of Siraj's 6 for 21 in 7 overs, Hardik Pandya picked up the remaining crumbs of the Lankan innings with a three-wicket haul (3/3).
The Rohit Sharma-led side bundled out Sri Lanka for 50 runs after skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat. Siraj picked his first five wickets in 16 balls which is also the joint fastest in ODI cricket history. Jasprit Bumrah landed the first blow before Siraj took over and didn't let the opponents settle down. In the paltry chase, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan comfortably took India home in 6.1.
The match at Premadasa, forever, will be remembered for the way Siraj reduced the Lankan top-order to mere puppets of his sorcery. Perhaps, he was destined to have a day like this, said the Hyderabadi. "You get what's in our destiny, today it was my destiny," Siraj summed up the mood while talking to broadcasters in the mid-innings break.
Coaching Little League baseball is a rewarding experience that allows you to mentor and guide young athletes as they learn and develop their skills in the sport. However, being a successful Little League coach involves more than just knowledge of the game; it requires effective teaching, communication, and leadership skills. Whether you're a first-time Little League coach or looking to improve your coaching abilities, here are some helpful tips to set you on the path to success.
1. Understand the Age Group
One of the first steps in coaching Little League baseball is to understand the age group you'll be working with. Little League players typically range from 4 to 16 years old, and their physical and emotional development can vary significantly. Tailor your coaching approach to the specific age group you're working with to ensure that your coaching methods are age-appropriate.
2. Focus on Fundamentals
Fundamentals are the building blocks of baseball. Emphasize the basics of hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. Spend ample time on drills that help players develop these fundamental skills. A strong foundation in the basics will lead to better overall performance on the field.
3. Create a Fun and Positive Environment
For many young players, Little League baseball is their first exposure to organized sports. Make it a positive and enjoyable experience. Encourage a fun and inclusive atmosphere where players can learn, make friends, and develop a love for the game. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in boosting players' confidence and enthusiasm.
4. Be Patient and Supportive
Remember that Little League players are still learning and growing. They will make mistakes, and it's essential to be patient and supportive. Instead of focusing solely on winning, concentrate on the players' development. Offer constructive feedback and celebrate their achievements, no matter how small they may seem.
5. Communication is Key
Effective communication is vital for any coach. Clearly convey your expectations and instructions to your players. Listen to their questions and concerns, and be approachable. Communication also extends to parents; keep them informed about practice schedules, games, and team updates.
6. Safety First
Safety should be a top priority. Ensure that players wear appropriate safety gear, such as helmets and protective gear, when necessary. Teach players proper techniques to prevent injuries, and be prepared to handle injuries if they occur. Establish an emergency action plan and have access to first-aid supplies.
7. Plan Well-Structured Practices
Organized and well-structured practices are essential for player development. Plan your practices in advance and have a clear agenda. Include a variety of drills that address different aspects of the game. Keep practices engaging and challenging while maintaining a balance between skill development and game-like situations.
8. Promote Sportsmanship
Teach your players the importance of sportsmanship and respect for teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials. Encourage fair play and discourage unsportsmanlike behavior. Lead by example and demonstrate good sportsmanship in your interactions with others.
9. Adapt and Be Flexible
Every player is unique and may have different needs and learning styles. Be flexible in your coaching approach and adapt to the individual needs of your players. Some players may require extra attention or alternative teaching methods to grasp certain skills.
10. Delegate Responsibilities
Coaching a Little League team involves various responsibilities, from organizing equipment to scheduling games. Don't hesitate to delegate tasks to assistant coaches, team parents, or volunteers. Sharing responsibilities can help you focus on coaching and creating a positive experience for your players.
11. Continuous Learning
Coaching is a continual learning process. Stay up-to-date with the latest coaching techniques, rule changes, and safety protocols. Attend coaching clinics, workshops, and seminars to enhance your coaching knowledge and skills.
12. Maintain Perspective
While it's natural to be competitive, especially in a game like baseball, remember that these are young athletes in the early stages of their development. Keep perspective on what's most important: their growth as individuals and their enjoyment of the game.
Coaching Little League baseball can be a fulfilling and enjoyable experience when approached with the right mindset and strategies. By understanding the age group you're working with, focusing on fundamentals, creating a positive environment, and emphasizing communication and sportsmanship, you can contribute to the growth and development of young athletes. Remember that coaching is about more than just wins and losses; it's about helping players develop skills, build character, and have a positive experience on the baseball field.
The hero of Indian athletics Neeraj Chopra, is a world champion now. At the National Athletics Centre in Budapest on 27.08.2023, his javelin took flight and landed at a distance of 88.17m in his second attempt history was made by the 25-year-old from Haryana India.
He is now the first Indian ever to clinch a gold medal at the World Athletics Championship. Already an Olympic champion, Chopra has triumphed over the major competition that was left for him to conquer.
The success of the superhero of Indian Athletics is likely to bring a lot of youngsters to the game.
As predicted by Opinion Poll on 19 Aug 2023: the Indian cricket team's Asia Cup 2023 squad was announced by captain Rohit Sharma and BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar in a press conference today. KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah have made a comeback to the squad.
However, since Rahul has a niggle, Sanju Samson has been named the backup player. The Asia Cup begins on August 30. India's first match is against arch-rivals Pakistan on September 2 in Sri Lanka. The Asia Cup squad holds extra importance as it will more or less give an idea about what the team for the ODI World Cup 2023 will look like.
The surprise is the lack of an off-spinner in the team that is having two left-arm spinners with the same capabilities.
India's Full squad - Rohit Sharma (captain), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Tilak Varma, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna
Wednesday, 10 August 2023: Dominate The Diamond has come up with a new way to help baseball players which will especially prove helpful for pitchers. This bundle called the Arm Care, is designed to help pitching coaches with warm-up exercises.
"Pitchers usually suffer from sore arms and hence are looking for ways to get warmed-up before their matches. All they want is to keep their arms healthy, so they can perform better year after year. That is why we have come up with this course, Arm Care, that will help build strength and hence benefit not just the player, but also the team," says the specialist coach at Dominate the Diamond.
For pitchers, performing to their best potential is extremely important. And coaches across the world are looking to improve the physical health of their teams so as to get the desired results in competitive matches. This Arm Care course by Dominate the Diamond is the ideal solution in this context as it provides balance, strength, as well as conditioning to the specific areas of the hand.
Features Offered by this Course:
Better Balance: Upon properly following this Arm Care routine by Dominate the Diamond, players, and pitchers will experience a better balance in their body, especially the arms. Better balance brings with it a myriad of benefits, like decreased risk of injuries, better posture, and less back or arm pain.
Stronger Arms: When you perform the 8 Arm Activation exercises by Dominate the Diamond, your arms will gradually become strong, and you will be able to perform better on the field. These exercises focus on strengthening the shoulder and rotator cuff muscles, which are vital for a pitcher’s performance. The best part about these exercises is that they can be done easily, thanks to the guidance of the coach.
Conditioned Rotator Cuff: Pitchers rely on their rotator cuff and the surrounding muscle groups in their arms for a good performance. That is why it is essential to keep them conditioned. With this course, coaches will be able to take care of their players. Furthermore, with improved conditioning comes increased endurance and more power behind each action on the field.
Better Performance: The pitching warm-up exercises are the best way to improve your performance during matches. The exercises help to increase your strength, stability, and flexibility. Doing these pitching warm-up exercises can help improve your accuracy in pitches and give you a competitive edge on the field. Lastly, with improved performance comes increased confidence which is essential when playing baseball.
The Arm Care routine course by Dominate the Diamond is a free bundle, instructed by Youth Baseball Pitching Expert, Mike Nikorak. The course bundle comprises the following:
Dominate the Diamond has this and many more video resources, especially for Softball and Baseball players. With these thorough guides, they aim to provide optimum care to players and also ensure their all-round development.
Led by Duke Baxter and Steve Nikorak, Dominate the Diamond has been empowering parents, coaches, as well as players with their knowledge of the body and the mind of a youth player. With their decades of experience, this team has dedicated itself to the well-being of athletes, be it physical, mental, or emotional.
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In a twist to Guru & Disciple story, Chess prodigy and Grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh has now become India’s top chess player, beating a live ratings record held by Viswanathan Anand for 36 years. This comes after the 17-year-old Gukesh qualified for the third round of the FIDE Chess World Cup, a major single-elimination tournament being held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Gukesh beat Misratdin Iskandaro to secure a live ranking of 2755.9, narrowly beating Anand’s 2754.0.
Gukesh is Anand’s protégé, and saw a huge surge in rankings after breaking into the top 100 in 2023. His current world ranking, based on FIDE’s monthly list, is 11. This differs from the live ratings, which are calculated on a daily basis immediately after matches.
Earlier this year, Gukesh also became the youngest chess player to cross the 2750 mark, edging past a record held by five-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who has been World No. 1 since July 2011. Carlsen’s current live rating is 2838.4, trailed by the US’ Fabiano Caruana at 2786.4.
Meanwhile, Grandmaster Viswanathan congratulated Gukesh for this outstanding achievement.
Indian Badminton doubles pair of Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beat world no. 1 Indonesian pair 17-21, 21-13, 21-14 in men's doubles final, clinch Korea Open Super 500 badminton title. The Indian pair, after losing the first set, showed remarkable improvement to down the top seeds Fajar ALfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.
The ace Indian duo had entered the final with a thrilling straight-game win over the world number two Chinese pair of Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang on Saturday. The world number three Indian pair notched up a 21-15, 24-22 win over the second-seeded Chinese in a 40-minute duel at the Jinnam stadium. It was Satwik and Chirag's first win over the Chinese pair following two earlier defeats.
Playing their fourth final of the year, the world No. 3 Indians rallied their way to a 17-21 21-13 21-14 win over the two-time world championships bronze medallists Alfian and Ardianto in a thrilling summit clash of the Super 500 badminton tournament.
Modern batting maestro Virat Kohli scripted history by becoming the first batter in the history of the sport to score a century in his 500th international match. Kohli got to his 29th Test century on Day 2 of the 2nd Test between India and the West Indies in Port of Spain.
It was also Virat Kohli's 15th Test century in overseas conditions, his first away from home since December 2018 in Perth. Kohli got to the landmark in 180 balls as he played a crucial knock after India lost 4 wickets in a session on Day 1 of the 2nd Test in Port of Spain, which also marked the 100th Test match between the two teams.
Virat got to his 76th international hundred in his 500th international appearance, going one past Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 75 in his first 500 matches at the highest level.
Moreover, no batter had even scored a fifty in his 500th international game before Kohli got to his century in his landmark Test. Kohli began the day unbeaten on 87 after having played a solid knock to steer India out of trouble. Meanwhile, he surpasses Lara to score more tons in the No4 batting position,