Race for Pro Kabaddi playoff heats up
Panchkula: The 2015 Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) champions U Mumba are just a win away from cementing a playoff berth in the ongoing seventh edition of the league, but skipper and star Iranian defender Fazel Atrachali is not ready to take any team lightly towards the business end of the tournament.
While U Mumba stands fourth with 59 points in the table, Delhi, Haryana and Bengal have already qualified for the play-offs.
The Fazel-led side will be up against threetime champions Patna Pirates on Wednesday, and keeping in mind some of the star campaigners in their ranks, the Pardeep Narwal-led side could play the role of party-spoilers for U Mumba.
Commenting on the upcoming match against Patna, Fazel told TOI: “We know it won’t be any easy for us against Patna, they are a very good team. We cannot take any opposition lightly, any team can produce a win on their day. We are focused on our performance and not thinking about the opposition.”
Fazel also said his team will face every team as an equal. When asked about his strategy against qualified teams Haryana and Delhi, the Iranian said: “If you ask me as a captain, I would have rested my best players in the final few games if we had already qualified. This is my thinking, it’s not necessary Delhi or Haryana will have the same things in mind.”
World champion P VSindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot after a poor run in the last two weeks but former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap continued his good run, breaking into the top 25 in the latest BWF ranking on Tuesday.
Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who made early exits at the China Open and Korea Open, dropped to world No. 6 spot.
Former world No. 6, Kashyap was rewarded for his creditable semifinal finish at last week’s Korea Open Super 500 event as he improved five plac
es to reach world No. 25 spot.
Meiraba, Tasnim take India to its 3rd consecutive win:
Maisnam Meiraba Luwang and Tasnim Mir on Tuesday led India to an impressive 4-1 victory over Australia in their Group E clash on the second day of the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships. In the opening match, Goa’s Tanisha Crasto and Chattisgarh’s Ishaan Bhatnagar continued their good form, overcoming Jack Yu and Kaitlyn Ea of Australia 21-17, 20-22, 21-11 in a 43-minute match to give India first point of the day.