The Indian-Origin New Jersey State Senator Re-elected for a Third Term Published 8 minutes ago

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Nov 08, 2023

Indian-American state Senator Vin Gopal has been reelected for a third term in the New Jersey Senate, winning the most expensive legislative races in state history. The 38-year-old Democrat Senator defeated his Republican challenger, Steve Dnistrian, in New Jersey's 11th Congressional District on Tuesday, garnering nearly 60 percent of the vote over Dnistrian and helping to flip control of both of the district's Assembly seats for Democrats.

Gopal is currently the youngest member of the New Jersey State Senate and the first South-Asian American to be elected to the Senate in the state's history, according to his campaign. Polls were open in at least 37 states of the US on Tuesday. New Jersey's legislature comprises the state Senate and Assembly and has 120 members from 40 districts. Each district has one representative in the Senate and two in the Assembly that serve four- and two-year terms. All 120 seats are on the ballot in November's general election, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.

The Republican-leaning 11th District had been a major focus of the Republicans this year, according to the New Jersey Monitor news portal, with Republicans hoping that a campaign centred on offshore wind and LGBTQ issues in schools would doom the Democrats. Gopal's seat in the district is one of the top targets of the Republican Party this year, according to the report.

The contest was one of the most expensive legislative races in state history, according to nj.com news portal. raised USD 3.4 million and spent USD 3.5 million, while Republicans raised only USD 460,339 and spent USD 444,970. Several outside groups also poured money into the battle, according to the report. Gopal, first elected in 2017 and reelected in 2021, received 58 per cent of the vote to 38 per cent for Dnistrian. He attributed his success to his constituent services and bipartisanship.

“You all tonight made history!” Gopal was quoted as saying in the report after the results were announced. Gopal currently chairs the Senate Education Committee and is the Senate Majority Conference Leader. He previously served as the Chair of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, according to his campaign.

He is also the Vice-Chair of the Senate Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee and a member of the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he created a districtwide organisation of business, community, church, and nonprofit leaders to address the challenges of the coronavirus to the local economy.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Gopal holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University.

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It'd be madness

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Nov 30, 2023
(File) Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

West Indies all-rounder and Kolkata Knight Riders' key player Andre Russell on 30 November suggested the Indian selectors include Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the squad for next year's T20 World Cup, reported Hindustan Times.

To clarify his point, he said it would be utter "madness" if India picked a squad minus the duo.

Following the ICC Men's World Cup 2023, where India lost to Australia in the final, there is still no clarity on Rohit and Kohli's positions in India's T20I side.

He even stated that though the young Indian players will give Kohli and Rohit a good fight, there are few better options than them when it comes to crunch situations.

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"I don't know why this is a big thing (the debate on Rohit and Virat). Social media can get in the way of cricketers by questioning their potential. Rohit with the experience and Virat being Virat, it would be madness if India pick a team for the (T20) World Cup and they are not in them. Experience in World Cups is very important. You can't send 11 young soldiers to the battlefield. You have to have experience. The young Indian players will give them a run for their money. They have been good in the chances that they have got but I think when the pressure moments come, you need big players," Russell told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview.

Before the T20 World Cup, India had only eight T20Is. It is most likely that India's T20Is skipper Hardik Pandya, won't play in any of those because of an ankle injury.

?Rohit, Kohli in the bracket of Sachin Tendulkar?:

Without mincing his words, Russel even compared Rohit and Kohli in the bracket of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and added that they are key players if India wants to win another World Cup.

"Rohit is a big game player. Kohli loves the big stage. When a player enjoys being in such a situation, he is not nervous or tentative. I hope the board doesn't listen to the media and decide. I would definitely give them this World Cup. Don't treat big players like that. They have done so much for Indian cricket. They are right in that bracket of Sachin Tendulkar. So, it will be unfair to them. It will be madness if they are not picked," he said.

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Gaikwad is being under-used

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Nov 30, 2023
India's Ruturaj Gaikwad celebrates his century during the third T20 cricket match between India and Australia India in Guwahati, India, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) (AP)

Currently leading the five-match T20I series against Australia by 2-1, Team India's spirit is high. Despite a loss in the previous match, the young squad under Suryakumar Yadav's captainship have shown their mettle and placed their bet for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup, to be held from 5 June.

In the previous match against Australia, India put a massive score of 222/3 while batting first in Guwahati, all thanks to a superb innings by Ruturaj Gaikwad, who smashed an unbeaten 123 off just 57 balls.

However, Glenn Maxwell's brilliant 104* ensured Australia chased down the target on the last ball of the match.

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Not only in the third T20 but in the second T20I as well, he scored 58 off 43 deliveries. Gaikwad has gained stature with consistent performances in the domestic circuit and in the Indian Premier League with Chennai Super Kings.

For his performances, even his former teammate from the franchise has backed him for a major leadership role.

According to Ambati Rayudu, who had recently announced his retirement from IPL, Gaikwad is being 'under-used' by Indian cricket at the moment, adding the latter has the qualities to lead the national team as well.

“For me, (someone) who is being underused by Indian cricket right now is Ruturaj. He has tremendous talent and I think he is the one guy who should be used more," Hindustan Times quoted Rayudu as saying on the TRS Podcast.

"His greatness is his talent. His timing on the ball, his shots, his fitness, his temperament. He has everything to become a world-class cricketer. He is very, very calm. And he knows what he's doing. He has a silent aggression in him. I think it'll be a great asset for India. Yeah, too early to say.

“Yeah, hopefully you know after Dhoni bhai retires, he will start leading CSK and then on, I don't know… he might go on to lead India too. He has already led India at the Asian Games," said Rayudu.

Earlier in the previous month, India secured a gold medal at the Asian Games in the T20 format under Gaikwad's leadership.

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Will Suryakumar Yadav captain Team India in South Africa

Posted By: Preeti Dabar Posted On: Nov 30, 2023
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 26 (ANI): India's skipper Suryakumar Yadav and Rinku Singh celebrate after winning the 2nd T20I match against Australia by 44 runs at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (BCCI Twitter)

The focus turns to Suryakumar Yadav's potential captaincy role in the upcoming T20I series in South Africa. The shift in leadership dynamics comes in the wake of Rohit Sharma’s tenure as captain, which saw India reach significant milestones but fall short in ICC events.

Rohit took over the captaincy with high expectations. He led India to the semi-finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup, the final of the 2023 ICC World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup final clash. Despite these achievements, India's trophyless run in ICC events continued, with a recent loss to Australia in the ODI World Cup final at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

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Suryakumar Yadav has been handed the leadership role for the T20I series against Australia. India secured two victories in the first three games. With regular T20I skipper Hardik Pandya sidelined due to injury and key players like Rohit, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah rested, Suryakumar's captaincy is under the spotlight.

Potential leadership change

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly keen on convincing Rohit to continue leading the T20 side. This is despite earlier reports suggesting Rohit's reluctance to play in the shortest format. The BCCI's preference is clear: if Rohit agrees, he will captain the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup. If he steps down, Suryakumar will continue as captain for the South Africa T20Is.

"Yes, there remains a question of what happens when Hardik comes back but in BCCI, they feel that if Rohit agrees to lead in T20Is, he will lead in the T20 World Cup. In case Rohit doesn't agree then Surya continues as captain for T20Is in South Africa," a BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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The BCCI's decision will be influenced by the imminent return of Hardik Pandya and the workload management of players. With a packed schedule, including six white-ball matches in 11 days followed by a Test series, the choice of captain for different formats becomes crucial.

Rohit Sharma's future in T20Is

Rohit Sharma's leadership received global praise during the ODI World Cup, bolstering the BCCI's confidence in his abilities. However, Rohit's personal choice regarding his participation in T20Is remains a pivotal factor. His decision will significantly impact India's strategy and captaincy structure leading up to the T20 World Cup.

(With PTI inputs)

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On This Day in 2000

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Nov 30, 2023

23 years ago, on this day, global sensation Priyanka Chopra was crowned with one of the most prestigious beauty pageant titles. Priyanka became India's fifth Miss World on November 30, 2000, at the age of 18. The actress is a global name now and has been making a mark in the entertainment industry. Priyanka competed against other stunning women in the Miss India pageant and finished in the top three to go to the world competition.

She competed against 95 other beauty queens in the Miss World 2000 competition, which was held in the Millennium Dome in London, United Kingdom. The actress was crowned Miss World, with Miss Italy and Miss Turkey finishing as runners-up.

On the crowning day, Priyanka Chopra wore a pink strapless gown with a plunging neckline and a sheer matching dupatta for her crowning moment. She accessorised with a crochet-printed choker necklace.

Priyanka Chopra was asked, “Who do you think is the most successful woman living today, and why?” She answered, “There are a lot of people I admire, but one of the most admirable people is Mother Teresa, who has been so compassionate, considerate and kind.”

However, her answer was not really correct as Mother Teresa had passed away in 1997. But she seems to have impressed the judges, and she was crowned Miss World 2000.

She was presented the crown by Yukta Mookhey, who was the reigning Miss World.

Sharing about her time in the competition, Priyanka said on The Howard Stern Show earlier this year, “I was 18. Jerry Springer, RIP, was our host that year. It was in London, it was called the millennium year. So, I am the Millennium Miss World. I guess there is not going to be another one in our lifetimes… it (the Miss World pageant) was a matter of life and death for me. There was nothing else that mattered for me. I was like an athlete. I was like ‘Now that I am here, I can't lose it. I am too near, too close. I didn't aim for this, but now that I am here, I see the finish line'. It was just that I am competitive.”

Prior to Priyanka Chopra, the first Indian to win the crown was Reita Faria Powell in 1966. Then, in 1994, Aishwarya Rai won the honour, followed by Diana Hayden in 1997 and Yukta Mookhey in 1999. After Priyanka Chopra, Manushi Chillar was the next Indian to win the title in 2017.

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Rahul Dravid to continue as Team India coach

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Nov 29, 2023
Ahmedabad: India's head coach Rahul Dravid with skipper Rohit Sharma after the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 finals, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. Australia won the match to lift the trophy. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan) (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proposed an extension to Rahul Dravid's tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, ESPNcricinfo reported. Dravid had a two-year term that concluded recently with the ODI World Cup. The legendary Indian cricketer took over from Ravi Shastri after the 2021 T20 World Cup.

In addition to the head coach role, continuity in the coaching staff is also expected. Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, and T Dilip, who have been integral to the team's coaching since 2021, are likely to continue in their respective roles as batting, bowling, and fielding coaches, as per the publication. LiveMint could not independently verify the report.

Dravid's potential continuation as a coach comes at a pivotal time for Indian cricket. If he accepts, his immediate focus will be the upcoming South Africa tour, commencing December 10. This tour includes T20Is, ODIs, and two Test matches in Centurion and Cape Town. Following this, India will face England in a five-match Test series and participate in the T20 World Cup in June.

“The BCCI secretary Jay Shah has had discussions with Dravid during last week. Obviously, the fine prints of the new contract are yet to be worked out," a senior BCCI office-bearer earlier told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “But BCCI wants Dravid to go to South Africa with the Test team."

“The contract will be worked out but the Test series is important and even if he doesn't go for the T20I series in SA, he can join (the team) from the ODIs," the source added.

Speculations about Dravid's extension

It was earlier speculated that Rahul Dravid could be replaced by one of his former teammates, VVS Laxman. Laxman is presently in charge of India's T20 team which is playing against Australia in a 5-match series at home.

(With PTI inputs)

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Best gaming phones you can buy in November 2023

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Nov 29, 2023
The Asus ROG Phone 7 series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, paired with an Adreno 740 GPU. (Asus ROG)

With improvements in processor, display and heat management technology, gaming smartphones are increasingly becoming a priority for customers who also want to experience high intensity gaming in their latest flagship phone and not just limit it to performing daily tasks.

From iPhone 15 Pro to Samsung S23 Ultra, here's a look at the top premium gaming phones you can buy in November 2023.

1) iPhone 15 Pro Max: 

Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2796x1290 pixels and uses ProMotion technology to implement an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The premium smartphone supports the Always-On Display feature and the recently introduced standby mode in iOS 17, delivering a dynamic and power-efficient viewing experience.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is powered by the newly released A17 Pro chip, a powerhouse that Apple claims offers unparalleled performance in the smartphone landscape, potentially reaching the levels of high-end PCs. With a redesigned graphics processor at its core, Apple envisions these devices as revolutionary, capable of taking the mobile gaming experience to new heights.

The new CPU in iPhone 15 Pro Max is up to 10 per cent faster thanks to microarchitecture and design improvements, while the Neural Engine is up to two times faster, powering features like Autocorrect and Personal Voice in iOS 17.

2) Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra:

The smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 octa-core processor and runs on OneUI 5.0 based on Android 13 operating system. The S23 Ultra features a 6.8-inch QHD+ Edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X Super Smooth Display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate in Game Mode. The smartphone offers four camera sensors on the back. There is a 12MP Ultra-Wide Camera with F2.2 aperture, a 200 MP Wide Camera with F1.7 aperture, a 10MP Telephoto Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and F2.4 aperture and another 10MP Telephoto Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and F4.9 aperture.

3) Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate:

The Asus ROG Phone 7 series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, paired with an Adreno 740 GPU. These phones come with a maximum of 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and up to 512GB UFS4.0 internal storage, providing users with ample space to store their data and run applications seamlessly.

In terms of camera specifications, both the Asus ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate feature a triple rear camera setup, consisting of a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and an 8-megapixel macro lens. The front camera of these smartphones features a 32-megapixel sensor for capturing high-quality selfies and video calls.

Both the Asus ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate are equipped with a powerful 6,000mAh battery that supports 65W wired fast charging, ensuring that users can spend more time gaming and less time charging. These smartphones come with a host of connectivity options, such as GPS, NFC, Bluetooth v5.3, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax, among others. Additionally, these handsets feature an IP54 rating, providing protection against dust and water splashes. With dimensions measuring 173mm x 77mm x 10.3mm and a weight of 239 grams, the Asus ROG Phone 7 series is sleek and compact, making it easy to handle and carry.

4) Samsung Z Fold 5:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 sports a 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex display with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. There is also a 6.2-inch HD+ cover screen with Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, 402ppi and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate (48~120Hz).

The Z Fold 5 comes sports a 10MP selfie camera with 85 degree Field of View (FOV) and 4MP Under Display Camera. On the rear, there is a 12MP ultra wide camera, a 50MP wide angle camera and a 10MP telephoto camera.

The smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform paired with 12GB Memory and is available in three storage models of Galaxy Z Fold 5- 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

The device is backed by a 4,400mAh dual battery with support for wired charging of up to 50% charge in around 30 mins with 25W Adapter. The power adapter will be sold separately. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes with IPX8 rating and is said to be water resistant up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.

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Don't keep so much hopes

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Nov 29, 2023
Former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev speaks to PTI during the inauguration of the 2nd edition of the Kapil Dev Grant Thornton Invitational Tournament, in Gurugram, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Days after India lost the ICC Men's World Cup 2023 trophy to Australia on 19 November, legendary cricketer and India's first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev said on 28 November that excess hype often leads to broken hearts and hence it is always necessary to strike a balance.

Kapil said that the Indian fans should refrain from creating too much pressure and treat cricket just as another sport.

"Don't keep so much hope that people end up with broken hearts. We need to keep a balance. Other teams also came to India to compete in the World Cup. We shouldn't create so much hype. We need to look at sports as sports only. Whoever plays well on the day, we need to respect that. We are too emotional," PTI quoted Kapil as saying on the sidelines of the inaugural tee-off ceremony of the Kapil Dev Grant Thornton Invitational golf tournament.

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Before Australia turned the tables on them at the Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19, India won 10 games, most of which were lopsided as contests.

India has lost seven knock-out games out of eight ICC tournaments for the past 10 years that they took part in between 2014 to 2023. Kapil doesn't know if the pressure of the occasion gets to them.

"I think today's players can answer how much pressure they feel. We can only feel," he said.

Kapil said there are shortcomings which need to be taken care of. "If they (India) win it feels really good. There are shortcomings which we need to address. It is not that you won't have shortcomings after a win. What's most important is to rectify them," he said.

He urged fans to celebrate what India achieved rather than what they missed out on.

"They (India) won 10 matches in a row. Is it not enough? We should look at other teams as well. We shouldn't compare anyone. What is important is to see whether they played good cricket or not. We played very good cricket. Final day was not ours so be it," the 1983- World Cup-winning captain added.

Kapil cited the examples of South Africa and defending champions England to prove his point.

We should look at the performance of other teams as well like, South Africa, and England who were the defending champions, they finished last (seventh).

On Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma:

The former all-rounder also refrained from commenting on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's future in T20 Internationals.

"This is the selector's job and we should leave it to them. It is not good to comment on everything. They are responsible and what they feel good, they should do," he said.

With agency inputs.

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Extension on cards

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Nov 29, 2023
Team India head coach Rahul Dravid (Action Images via Reuters)

The BCCI is likely to offer another two-year contract to Rahul Dravid but, as of now, the governing body wants the head coach to guide the team during the tour of South Africa as the modalities are being worked on.

Dravid, under whose coaching India finished runners-up in both the World Test Championship (WTC) and the ODI World Cup, has had a good record in the past two years and many people in the BCCI believe that keeping him would allow the senior team to have continuity.

India will tour South Africa between December 10, 2023, and January 7, 2024 for three each T20Is, ODIs and two Test matches.

“The BCCI secretary Jay Shah has had discussions with Dravid during last week. Obviously, the fine prints of the new contract are yet to be worked out.

“But BCCI wants Dravid to go to South Africa with the Test team," a senior BCCI office-bearer told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

So, will he be ready to go for one tour without signing the contract?

“The contract will be worked out but the Test series is important and even if he doesn't go for the T20I series in SA, he can join (the team) from the ODIs," the source said.

In case of VVS Laxman, he might coach the team during the first phase of the series, also allowing him to have a first-hand measure of the ‘A' team.

“Laxman's hands are full with the NCA work plus there's another U19 World Cup coming up. There's A team tour to South Africa.

“He is also involved in cricketing matters with regards to construction of a new NCA facility which is at full swing," the source added.

Dravid, however, hasn't yet intimated his decision as he also has multiple offers to become Team Director/Team Mentor from IPL franchises which is hefty money with much lesser involvement.

However, he may also weigh in on the good work produced by his team which also involves batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and fielding coach T Dilip.

It would be interesting to see the nature of Dravid's tenure extension, whether it will be for a year keeping the next T20 World Cup in mind or till 2025 which covers the entire on-going WTC cycle and the Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan for now.

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MotoGP Great Valentino Rossi to Race Full WEC Season and Le Mans

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Nov 28, 2023

MotoGP great Valentino Rossi will do a full season with BMW in the new LMGT3 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours, organisers announced on Monday.

The LMGT3 category replaces the LMGTE class that has been on the grid since 2012.

Rossi, 44, will be making his Le Mans 24 Hours debut next June in the number 46 car — the same number he raced with on two wheels in a career that brought him nine world championships.

The Italian, who also owns the VR46 MotoGP team, won a Road to Le Mans support race this year.

“I am very excited to compete in the FIA WEC. It is the next step for me to participate in a world championship, not only in Europe but to race globally again,” he said in a BMW statement.

“I am already familiar with the car after this season, but the format with three drivers from three different performance categories will be new for me. Overall, I believe we will be very well positioned.”

Polish former Formula One driver Robert Kubica will be driving a Ferrari in the top Hypercar category of the championship with the AF Corse team after winning the now-defunct LMP2 category.

Mick Schumacher, a Mercedes F1 reserve driver and son of Ferrari great Michael, will be making his Hypercar debut in the series with Renault-owned Alpine.

Championship organisers published the entry list on Monday with a record 19 Hypercars and 14 manufacturers represented across both classes. The LMGT3 class has 18 entries.

The manufacturers are Alpine, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Peugeot, Porsche and champions Toyota. Nine of them will be competing in the Hypercar championship.

McLaren have partnered with United Autosports to make their LMGT3 debut.

“To have an entry list featuring 19 Hypercars plus 18 LMGT3 entries representing 14 different manufacturers truly reflects the golden era of endurance racing that we are experiencing right now,” said WEC chief executive Frederic Lequien.

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Keep it within yourself

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Nov 28, 2023
Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir (ANI)

Despite India losing the ICC Men's World Cup 2023 trophy to Australia on 19 November, one person applauded for making the team reach finals unbeaten was Indian head coach and legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid.

He received appreciation from a lot of former cricketers, but former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir lauded Rahul Dravid's coaching stint, calling it a successful one.

However, he also reminded captain Rohit Sharma that the team wants to win the World Cup for the country and not any particular individual.

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Reacting to a question about Dravid's future as India's head coach, Gambhir said on Sportskeeda, as quoted by Hindustan Times, "Dravid's contract as head coach should be automatically renewed. The kind of cricket that India played throughout the World Cup, if you are going to judge a coach by just one match then it is a wrong precedent."

On the contrary, Gambhir expressed his reservations against Rohit's statements before the World Cup final.

Earlier, on the eve of the final against Australia, Rohit had said that the team wanted to win the trophy for head coach Dravid for the kind of efforts he has put in for the betterment of the players, added the report.

"The way he stood by the players in difficult times, especially during the T20 World Cup, where we had a good run up until that semifinal, where we lost. How he reacted to certain situations and informed the players was helpful. He wants to be part of this big occasion, and it's for us to do it for him," the Indian captain had said.

This statement was not happily taken by Gambhirthe. Even in 2011 World Cup, many Indian players openly said that they wanted to win the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar.

Reacting to this, Gambhir said, "Every player, every coach wants to win the World Cup. If he wants a renewal then definitely he should be given that chance. What better than continuity? I would never understand one thing. It happened during our time in 2011 too. When you say that you want to win the World Cup an individual, doesn't matter who that is... this statement is not right."

"You are trying to win the World Cup for the entire country. And if you want to say such a thing then don't say it in the media. Keep it within yourself. The truth is, it is more important to win a World Cup for the nation. I was asked the same in 2011 when everyone said we were trying to win the World Cup for one individual, I said no I want to win the Cup for my country. I picked up the bat for my country. So Rohit probably shouldn't have said this," he added.

Dravid as Indian coach:

Gambhir reiterated that Dravid should remain the India head coach and build towards the next T20 and ODI World Cups.

"But as far as Dravid's coaching credentials are concerned, he should be given an extension if he wants to continue. I', very happy with his tenure. And not just for a year but at least two years because India will enter a rebuilding phase soon. You might not see Rohit Sharma, Bumrah, and Shami in the next World Cup. So it's important to build towards the 50 over World Cup," he added.

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