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Nagpur’s Gurudas Raut to represent India at cricket World Cup 2019 for differently-abled

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Nagpur’s 30-year-old cricketer Gurudas Raut has been selected in the 16-member Indian cricket team for the Cricket World Cup 2019 for differently-abled to be held in England in August. Raut, who was born with a disability in his left hand, is an all-rounder.

Rauts inclusion in the squad along with four other cricketers from Maharashtra was announced by Ravi Chauhan, General Secretary, All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged (AICAPC).

Raut, who currently works at the Indian Air Force HQ Maintenance Command in Nagpur, has been the captain of the physically challenged Indian cricket team in the past. Under his leadership, the team has done really well against teams such as South Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Raut has also led the Maharashtra cricket team. Under his leadership, the team has been national champion 15 times and zonal champion five times.

Gurudas Raut has been playing cricket since the last 12 years. In the last six years, he has represented India many times. An elated Gurudas Raut while speaking to Nation Next said, It’s amazing that I have been selected for the World Cup squad. It’s an honour to represent India and I will try to do my best.

Speaking about his inspiration, Raut said, Sachin Tendulkar has been inspiration from childhood. I have always wanted to be like him and whatever I’m today, it’s because of him.

Notably, when England toured India in 2012 for a four-match test series, Gurudas gained a lot of recognition when he clean bowled Tendulkar during a net practice session at VCA Jamtha stadium in Nagpur.

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Hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay ‘lights the lamp’ to kickstart season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav in Nagpur

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Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay came calling to Nagpur on May 13 as he inaugurated the season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav at the Indoor Stadium at Mankapur in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The 13-day sports festival will see 45,000 sportspersons participating in 30 sports events. In all, around Rs 93 lakh will be distributed as prize money during the 13-day sports festival.

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Virat Kohli steps down as India’s Test Captain after series defeat against South Africa

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A day after India lost the test cricket series to South Africa (1-2), Virat Kohli stepped down as the test captain of India on Saturday (January 15). Kohli made the announcement through a social media post.

Kohli’s statement read: “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now.”

He added: “There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

Kohli also thanked the BCCI as he wrote: “”I want to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation.”

Kohli was appointed Test captain back in 2014 when MS Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series against Australia.

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Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod beats ace shuttler Saina Nehwal at India Open 2022

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Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod defeated ace shuttler Saina Nehwal in the second round of Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022. Malvika defeated the two-time India Open champion 21-17, 21-9, in just 34 minutes. The defeat has resulted in Saina’s outster from the competition.

By defeating Saina, Malvika has become the second Indian badminton player after PV Sindhu to defeat Saina on court since 2007 in the domestic and international badminton circuit.

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