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The Carlos Alcaraz era begins, wins US Open

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Carlos Alcaraz overcame Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 to clinch the US Open, his first Grand Slam trophy.

In the process, he also secured the No. 1 Pepperstone ATP Ranking.

What is truly astounding is, Alcaraz is the youngest World No. 1 ever, at 19 years, 4 months.

Alcaraz won three consecutive five-set matches, against Martin Cilic, Jannik Sinner and Francis Tiafoe to reach his first Grand Slam final.

Overall, he spent 23 hours and 39 minutes on court during the fortnight, surpassing Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon in 2018 for most time played at a single Grand Slam tournament.

Despite this, he showed little sign of tiredness against Ruud.

The Spaniard was a man on a mission as he hit with explosive power.

However, his touch at the net was also sublime as he won 34/45 (76 per cent) of net points  against his Norwegian opponent..

An emotional Alcaraz dropped to the floor following his historic victory as he received roars of support from the New York crowd.

He then climbed up to his player box to embrace his team, including coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

“It is something I have dreamt of since I was a kid. To be No. 1 in the world, to be champion of a Grand Slam, is something I have worked really, really hard [for].” Alcaraz said during the trophy ceremony.

“It is tough to talk right now, I have lots of emotions. This is something I have tried to achieve. All the hard work I have done with my team and my family.”

“I am just 19 years old, all the tough decisions have been with my parents and my team as well. It is something that is really special for me.”

Youngest World No. 1s in world tennis

Carlos Alcaraz 19 years, four months 12 Sep. 2022
Lleyton Hewitt 20 years, nine months 19 Nov. 2001
Marat Safin 20 years,10 months 20 Nov. 2000
John McEnroe 21 years, one month 3 March. 1980
Andy Roddick 21 years, two months 3 Nov. 2003
Bjorn Borg 21 years, three months 23 Aug.1977
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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala

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Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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Bunty Bains, Sidhu Moosewala’s former manager, survives assassination attempt

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Bunty Bains, a former financial manager and friend of Sidhu Moosewala, has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Mohali. The friend of the late singer was coming out of a dhaba from sector 79 of the city when he was mercilessly shot by a group of criminals. Bunty somehow managed to escape the situation without getting hurt and filed a police complaint on the scary incident.

Speaking about the same, the former manager of Sidhu Moosewala claimed that he received a phone call soon after the incident where he was asked to pay an amount of INR one crore. The failure to hand over the money was meant to be a death for the financial manager as per his statement. The news comes following good news regarding Sidhu’s mother.

At the age of 58, Sidhu’s mother has become pregnant. She is expecting a baby to enter the house. She considers it to be Sidhu being reborn himself. However, it was not so good news for Bains. It seems like the criminals are related to a gang that has a base in Canada that operates on such kidnapping and death threats. The police enquiry on the issue is currently taking place.

Sidhu Moosewala’s death

Bains was a manager for Moosewala when he was alive. The star singer was very popular in Punjab and had a lot of fans. His gun culture had a cult following and many claimed to have been inspired by his way of making albums. At the age of 28, Sidhu was murdered. The case encountered brutal facts which claimed the usage of three types of deadly weapons. The news shook the entire India.

The netizens asked about the safety of people in Punjab. There has been a growing concern among the common people regarding how the state has no law and order. The latest incident of Bains has only increased the fears of citizens. It happened about 21 months after the assassination of Moosewala. The former singer breathed his last on the 29th of May in 2022.

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