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The Indian men’s squash team emerged victorious, striking gold by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in a thrilling showdown at the Asian Games 2023 on Saturday, September 30. The highly anticipated clash between the two neighbouring nations captivated fans worldwide with its intense rivalry and incredible athleticism.

This victory not only secures India’s supremacy in squash in the Asian Games but also adds another chapter to the storied rivalry between India and Pakistan in sports. The crowd was treated to a display of top-tier squash from both sides. The video of one of the players from the team Abhay Singh celebrating after winning the gold has gone viral on the internet.

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India’s men’s squash team, consisting of Saurav Ghoshal, Abhay, and Mahesh Mangaonkar, staged an incredible comeback to secure India’s second-ever squash gold medal at the tournament. Initially trailing 0-1 after losing the first match, the Indian team’s fortunes took a turn when Saurav Ghoshal orchestrated a remarkable turnaround. Abhay Singh then sealed a nail-biting victory in his best-of-five match with a score of 3-2, ultimately propelling India to clinch the gold medal with a 2-1 win in the best-of-three match series.

Brilliant performance by India’s Squash team

In the final match, Abhay Singh faced off against Noor Zaman after the first two matches had failed to determine a clear winner. The two exceptional players engaged in a thrilling five-game contest that reached its climax in the final game. Abhay found himself in a tough spot, trailing 8-10 in the decisive fifth game, with no margin for error as a single point could have cost India the gold. 

However, Abhay exhibited remarkable composure, saving those two crucial points before triumphing in the final game with a score of 12-10. This victory marks India’s second-ever gold medal in squash at the Asian Games, following their win in the 2014 men’s event.

Prior to Abhay Singh’s pivotal match, Mahesh Mangaonkar and Saurav Ghoshal also competed. Mahesh suffered a significant setback, losing in straight sets. Ghoshal then took matters into his own hands, defeating Pakistan‘s Muhammad Asim in three straight games. Abhay Singh’s remarkable performance was the crowning moment in this historic match.

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Wanindu Hasaranga brutally criticizes umpire for not signalling no-ball in third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

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Wanindu Hasaranga was furious with the decision of the umpire which cost them the match. During the third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, a decision from the leg umpire named Hannibal ensured that the home side could not chase down the target of 210 runs, which at one point in time looked possible the way Kamanindu Mendis was going at one end.  

21 runs were needed for SL against Afghanistan in the last over of the match. The equation came down to 10 of 3. That was when the bowler delivered a waist-high full toss. For the naked eye, it seemed like a huge no-ball. But the umpire did not declare it to be a no-ball, as he felt it to be fine. The batter was a bit ahead of the stance in the crease. 

Hasaranga, the skipper of SL, asked for the referral. However, the rule does not allow the fielding captain to challenge the no-ball calls. It left him furious. SL went on to lose the match by just three runs and the call from the leg umpire indeed turned out to be a decisive factor. In the post-match talk, the star All-rounder was furious at the umpire and criticized him for the decision. 

‘Umpire isn’t suited to international cricket, would be much better if he did another job’ – Wanindu Hasaranga

The Sri Lankan skipper claimed that things like it should not happen at the highest level. He claimed that the ball was not even close to the waist-high to be considered as a benefit of the doubt and felt that it would have hit the head of the batter if it was delivered at a slightly higher trajectory. The skipper of Sri Lanka felt that the umpire was not fit for his job. 

“If you can’t see that, that umpire isn’t suited to international cricket. It would be much better if he did another job,” said the star player in his statement. The leg-spinner then urged the Apex Board to bring back the province where the captains could challenge the on-field decisions of the umpires.  

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Kartik Aaryan introduces Tripti Dimrii to the world of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’

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Kartik Aaryan and the makers of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3’ have confirmed the inclusion of Triptii Dimri in the upcoming instalment of the franchise. After the success of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, the 3rd instalment of the series will be released later this year. The makers have also confirmed the potential release date of the movie. ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3’ will be released later this year during Diwali.  

Kartik Aaryan took to X and confirmed the inclusion of Triptii Dimri and announced the release date of the movie. “Welcome to the World of Bhool Bhulaiyaa @tripti_dimri23 #bhoolbhulaiyaa3 @vidya_balan @BazmeeAnees #BhushanKumar #Diwali2024,” wrote Aaryan on his X handle. The caption of Aaryan confirmed a lot of things. A small poster was created to welcome Triptii. 

In the social media post-Kartik, a black-themed image was posted in which a lock and key were found with the portrait of Dimri indicating the no-nonsense world of the movie. With candles around the portrait, the makers wrote “The thrills and chills intensify with the addition of Triptii Dimri on board,” as they welcomed Triptii to the world of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’. The fans gave a big thumbs-up to the idea. 

Vidya Balan to make her return in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’

The 3rd instalment is set to be directed by Bazmee Anees. Kartik will continue as the lead character in the movie. A big return has also been announced. Vidya Balan is set to make her comeback in the series after more than 17 years. The star actress was integral to the first instalment which featured the likes of Akshay Kumar, Rajpal Yadav, Ameesha Patel, and many others. 

In the second part, however, an entirely different cast was picked. Tabu, Kiara Ali Advani, and Kartik Aaryan were in the lead roles. While it is not sure if the 3rd part has anything to do with the 2nd part, it might have something to do with the 1st part of the franchise. The latest announcement has the fun buzzing who cannot wait to watch it on the big screens.

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Here’s what Shubman Gill has to say when asked about missing MS Dhoni

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Shubman Gill had an animated reply to a question asked about MS Dhoni. When asked if he and the Indian team miss the star batter, Gill claimed in a low voice that everyone in the team and fact in entire India misses the former Indian skipper. He felt that no matter where India plays, the former Indian wicketkeeper batter will be missed genuinely. 

“The entire India misses Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). It does not matter where we play, in Ranchi or anywhere in the world,” said Gill when asked about the CSK skipper. Gill was in the press conference ahead of the fourth Test between India and England. The youngster was asked a lot of questions about his form and the confidence he gained in the last two Tests. 

Gill has been in good form in the ongoing series. The right-handed batter has adapted well to the number 3 position after failing to perform in the first Test. In the 2nd Test, the star batter scored 35 runs in the first innings and a much-required hundred in the second innings. At Vizag, Gill helped India to claim a crucial win against England to level the series 1-1. 

Shubman Gill hopes to make the most of his form

When India went to Rajkot for the third Test, Gill did not have the greatest of starts as he was dismissed for a golden duck in the 1st innings. However, the Indian batter proved the critics wrong by scoring 91 runs in the 2nd innings. A big gorilla has been off Gill’s back. The youngster has been away from the criticism after his knock in the last two Tests against England. 

He would be hoping to continue the form in the fourth Test which is set to take place in Ranchi. The city is the birthplace of Dhoni, the former Indian cricketer, who was instrumental in India winning the T20 WC 2007, the ODI WC 2011, and the Champions Trophy 2013 as a skipper. Gill will be in action against Dhoni later this year as the skipper of GT in the IPL 2024. 

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