IPL: Suresh Raina confident of winning the title for the fourth time, said- we can do it again for Dhoni

IPL: Suresh Raina confident of winning the title for the fourth time, said- we can do it again for Dhoni

Sports Desk: The second leg of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin in the UAE in September. All eyes will be on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as it is a crucial year for CSK from many aspects as the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time last year. At the same time, the main player of the team, Suresh Raina has shown confidence of getting the IPL title for the fourth time for Dhoni.

The mega auction is scheduled to take place in 2022 and it will be interesting to know whether the team retains the services of its captain MS Dhoni for the next three years or not. The CSK CEO rubbished the rumors of Dhoni being the last of this IPL season, but the speculations did not stop. "Hopefully when we go to Dubai we will have a camp and we can win it again for him (Dhoni)," Raina told a sports channel. I think the way we played this year, we were getting some extra confidence from his captaincy and he was enjoying each other's success. 

Raina also spoke about how Dhoni gave freedom to all his players to express themselves and give their best for their team. He said, he was giving freedom to all the players. We had the pace keeping Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo and Ruturaj in the team. Hopefully we can do that again this year for Dhoni. 


Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Sports Desk: India's hopes of winning a medal in the mixed table tennis event were dashed on Saturday but Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee started the campaign with a win in the women's singles event of the Tokyo Olympics here. India's table tennis campaign started on a disappointing note after Achant Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost in the last 16 of the mixed doubles category. The Indian pair lost 0-4 to third seeds Lin Yun Ju and Cheng I Ching of Chinese Taipei.

Although world No. 62 Manika defeated Britain's 94th-ranked Tin Tin Ho 4-0 in the opening singles event, 98th-ranked Sutirtha also impressed in her Olympic debut, returning from a fall. She defeated Sweden's 78th-ranked Linda Bergström 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5). Sutirtha will now face Fuyu of Portugal in the second round while Manika will take on Margita Pesotska of Ukraine, ranked 32.

Earlier, Lin Yun Joo and Cheng I Ching gave the Indian pair 11. 8, 11. 6, 11 . 5, 11 . defeated by 4. 5 in the first two games. 1 and 5. After taking a lead of 3, the Indian pair could not maintain the momentum. The 12th-seeded Indian pair could not face the 19-year-old Lynn's flanks, who had made it to the Olympics from a qualifying event. There was no response to his drives from the forehand and backhand. The Indian pair scored 5 in the first game. 1 lead but after that Lin and Cheng scored eight points in a row.

Sharath said after the match, “We should have put pressure on him by winning the first game. The same should be done against the best team. Lynn is one of the best players and he showed." He said, "He forced us to make mistakes. He put up good winners on the returns. After yesterday's warm-up match against Romania, I was feeling better. The draw could have been better but now the focus will be on singles." Sharath and Manika had played together for only three days in the national camp before leaving for the Olympics. Both had raised their Olympic medal hopes by winning bronze medals at the Asian Games.