By: D.K Choudhary
India Surpasses Bangladesh to Clinch SAFF Women’s Championship 2016
i. Indian Women Football Team won their fourth consecutive (South Asian Football Federation) SAFF Women’s Championship title defeating Bangladesh 3-1 in the finals at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri, West Bengal on January 4, 2017.
ii .Indian Team, coached by Sajid Dar, beat Nepal 3-1 in the semi-finals to enter the final against Bangladesh.
iii. This was the first time India had hosted the SAFF Women’s Championship. Earlier the Indian team won the Championship in the year 2010, 2012 and 2014.
MS Dhoni Quits from India’s ODI and T20 Captaincy
i. Indian Cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as the captain of the Indian team in limited over formats on January 4, 2017, just ahead of the ODI series to be against England in January 2017. However, he will still be available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the One Day and T20I series series.
ii .The 35-year-old had given up the Test captaincy in December 2014, when he retired from the format after the Melbourne Test. However, he stayed on as ODI and T20 international captain.
iii. Jharkhand hailing Dhoni has been India’s most successful captain. Under his leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009.
iv. He made 6633 ODI runs as captain at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 86. As captain in T20Is, Dhoni scored 1112 runs at a strike rate of 122.60. In Test cricket, he made 3454 runs at an average of 40.63. He has played 90 Tests, 283 ODIs, and 73 T20Is so far
v. Test skipper Virat Kohli is the front-runner to replace the Ranchi wicketkeeper-batsman.
105 year old man made history by cycling 14 miles in 1 hour
i. Robert Marchand a 105 year old man has made a record by cycling 22.547km (14 miles) in 1 hour. In 2012 he had already set a record of cycling 26.927km in 1 hour.
ii. Robert Marchand if from France and he completed his 14 miles race by completing 92 laps round the velodrome(cycling arena) at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris.
iii. As per Mr Manchand he did not see the sign warning that said that only 10 minutes were remaining, else he would have posted a better time.
iv. Born on 26 November 1911 Mr Marchand depends on good diet which includes fruits and vegetables for his fitness. He has been a prisoner during the World War II and has worked as lorry driver and sugarcane planter in Venezuela, and a lumberjack in Canada