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  1. Playing cricket at the biggest stage is a dream only a few manage to live. However, if you are in Melbourne and haven’t played Test cricket, you can be part of the Big Bash League final between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers on Friday. Captain of the Sydney-based franchise and Australia all-rounder Daniel Christian took to Twitter to come up with a unique offer that showed the struggles teams have to go through during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. View this post on Instagram Sydney Sixers are struggling to field 11 fit players for the summit clash as some of their players are battling injuries while a couple of men are out after testing positive for COVID-19. Christian invited anyone in ‘Melbourne’ who is fit and Covid free to join the team’s warm-up at the Marvel Stadium on Friday. The all-rounder, who played for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore last year, also offered free beer but put a condition that the individual should not be a Test cricketer. Shout out to anyone* in Melbourne that wants a game of cricket tomorrow night. My team is struggling to get 11 covid free, fit players on the park. Warm up starts at 6.30pm at Marvel Stadium. Free beer afterwards, potentially out of a large cup. DM if keen *no test cricketers — Dan Christian (@danchristian54) January 27, 2022 "Shout out to anyone* in Melbourne that wants a game of cricket tomorrow night. My team is struggling to get 11 covid free, fit players on the park. Warm up starts at 6.30pm at Marvel Stadium. Free beer afterwards, potentially out of a large cup. DM if keen *no test cricketers,” Christian tweeted. While fans came up with interesting replies to the tweet put out on social media by the Sydney Sixers skipper, the offer was so intriguing that it even caught the attention of South Africa’s legend AB de Villiers and England speedster Jofra Archer. I’m keen if u can guarantee me my 4 overs? — AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 27, 2022 The former South Africa batter said he is ‘keen to play’ if Christian can guarantee that de Villiers will get the chance to bowl four overs in the match. Do I have to pay subs? — Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) January 27, 2022 Archer, who has been away from cricket due to injury, asked the Sydney skipper if he needs to pay the substitutes to feature in the summit clash of the BBL. After Australia’s series against New Zealand was postponed, star batter Steve Smith had shown interest to represent the Sixers in BBL but his request was denied by the cricket board due to a new rule that was introduced for substitute players for teams affected by the virus. Sydney Sixers have elected to bowl first! #BBL11 Josh Philippe, who is ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19, has been replaced by assistant coach Jay Lenton Match updates https://t.co/Qk7giTrqvX pic.twitter.com/X7V8DHrNJp — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 26, 2022 On Wednesday, an unusual sight was on display as Sydney Sixers had to include their assistant coach Jay Lenton into the playing XI after wicket-keeper batter Josh Philippe was ruled out of the match as he tested positive for Covid. Sydney managed to beat Adelaide Strikers in a last-ball finish to seal a place in the final of Big Bash League. View the full article
  2. In just over a couple of hours, the Indian Cricket team will start a new chapter in the shortest format, under the able guidance of newly-appointed skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. © Reuters The Men In Blue will look to shrug off the T20 World Cup heartbreak when they go up against New Zealand, who are fresh off their final loss to Australia, in the first match of the T20I series Jaipur. Those who saw Rohit playing cricket at a young age knew he was a “special talent”. The new head coach Dravid said the same thing when asked about his first memory of Rohit during their first joint press conference on the eve of the series opener against the Kiwis. © Reuters In international cricket, nothing came easy to the ‘The Hitman’. The 34-year-old opener made his international debut back in 2007 but couldn’t cement his place in the side for the first six years. He spent, read wasted, all those years batting in the middle and lower-middle order and couldn’t deliver on his true potential. After failing for six long years, the 2013 Champions Trophy proved to be a turning point in his career that changed everything for good. He was among the highest run-getters in the tournament, alongside his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, and he has never looked back since. © Reuters Despite proving his leadership credentials in the IPL and guiding Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles, many of his fans believe that he got Team India’s full-time captaincy a bit late, perhaps by a couple of years, if not more. However, watching their talisman attend the press conference as India’s full-time captain in the shortest format on Tuesday, his fans were over the moon and they celebrated the occasion by expressing their happiness on social media. © Reuters As the celebrations were going on an old tweet of Rohit from almost a decade back started doing rounds on the internet and people were left surprised how perfectly it fit the current context. Back in 2012, Rohit had travelled to Jaipur for a Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan after being appointed as the captain of domestic giants Mumbai. Touched down in jaipur and yes I will be leading the side, looking forward to the added responsibility :) — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 7, 2012 “Touched down in jaipur and yes I will be leading the side, looking forward to the added responsibility,” Rohit had tweeted. Jofra Rohit sharma predicated 9 years before @ImRo45 @BCCI https://t.co/MwdxT3WVsI — Prabhu R (@rprabhu81) November 17, 2021If predicting future is an art he is an artist https://t.co/DqxpIFsQfP — Yogendra Singh Rajput (@yogendra4510) November 16, 2021Whoaa, what a coincidence https://t.co/KXocgQC50u — Indrajeet singh (@ImIndu07) November 17, 2021This Coincidence Level 9 Nov 2012 - Rohit Sharma led Mumbai for the first time in a Ranji Trophy at Jaipur Vs Rajasthan. 17 Nov 2021 - he will play his first game as permanent T20I captain at Jaipur Vs NZ. All The Best #RohitSharma#INDvNZ #CaptainRohitEraBegins https://t.co/6c6yXedW3t — Neel (@Iam_neel) November 17, 2021OLD but GOLD #CaptainRohitEraBegins https://t.co/Q7Z0H3OTOB — Piyush Yadav (@impy13ro45) November 16, 2021For those People who don't know about this match. This is about a Ranji match of Rajasthan versus Mumbai at Jaipur where Rohit captained Mumbai and made 79 and SKY was also part of that team and he picked Two wickets too pic.twitter.com/2QNN3a573r — Arjun (@Arjun_Archer1) November 16, 2021This Tweet Aged well Anyway Good Luck Captain Ro #CaptainRohitEraBegins@ImRo45 #RohitSharma https://t.co/Y4xTGllJ4x pic.twitter.com/P0wlSBm91G — ROHIT ARMY TN™ (@RohitArmy_TN) November 16, 2021It was the first time Rohit had led Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy match, and it’s a great coincidence that he will be starting his journey as India’s full-time captain at the same venue after more than years. This kind of prophecy skills makes even England’s Jofra Archer look small. On behalf of all his fans, we wish him well and hope that the Indian team achieves great success under his leadership. View the full article
  3. When you have the right people supporting you, the number of supporters you have doesn’t really matter. Well, this was true for Indian Archer Atanu Das, who defeated two-time Olympic champion, Oh Jin Hyek of South Korea, to proceed further into the elimination rounds. © World Archery Given the pandemic and everything, Japan’s Olympic stadiums are virtually without any audience. During their match, Oh Jin Hyek had quite a few people supporting him. Mainly the South Korean support staff and a few other athletes. © World Archery Atanu Das, on the other hand, had just his wife, Deepika Kumari supporting him. Deepika made headlines when she stormed her way into the quarterfinals, after a number of exhilarating elimination matches. Unfortunately, earlier today, she was knocked out of the running in the Women’s Individual Quarterfinal. © World Archery Upon defeating Hyek in his recent elimination match, Atanu credited the win to his wife, Deepika, for cheering him on, all by herself from the stands. She was the only supporter, he had. He was quoted, saying, “I was hearing her all the time. She was pushing me: ‘believe in yourself’, ‘you can do it’, ‘just stay calm and handle the situation.’ I am privileged to have my wife in this competition. She is a great support and motivation for me, so I really did my best in the match today.” © World Archery The two first met at the Tata Academy in Jamshedpur, in 2008, where they were batchmates. However, due to differences in languages and different training routines, they did not cross each other’s path. © World Archery During the 2016 Rio Olympics & the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, they started getting closer to each other. It was after India’s disastrous showing at the World Championships in 2017 that they grew even closer, when they supported each other through some rough times, and eventually fell in love. They had decided to tie the knot after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, because the Olympics were postponed indefinitely, they decided to go ahead with their wedding in June. © Instagram/theatanudas On the professional front, Atanu is having a blast at the Tokyo Olympics and has upset a number of favourites. Deepika, on the other hand, regained her position as the World No.1 in the Women’s Recurve division, just before the Tokyo Olympics. View the full article
  4. A pulsating tournament and an exciting title defence, the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League found its rightful winner in Mumbai Indians (MI) who didn't really have to break a sweat to triumph over Delhi Capitals (DC) in the summit clash. While the recently-concluded had no shortage of batting carnage, it was great to see the bowlers, for once, giving their counterparts a run for their money in a format that heavily favours the batsmen. If KL Rahul ran amok with the willow, scoring 670 runs, the fact that Kagiso Rabada took 30 wickets goes on to show how good the contest between bat and ball was this season. Though taking wickets is surely important, this year's IPL also witnessed the bowlers showing their brilliance in another aspect of the game. Bowling dot balls might not garner instant rewards like taking a wicket does, but it surely adds to the pressure and undeniably remains one of the crucial weapons in the armoury for any bowling unit. Here's a look at 5 bowlers who bowled the most number of dot balls in IPL this season: 1. Jofra Archer © Twitter/@IPL Rajasthan Royals might have endured a forgettable outing, finishing at the bottom of the table, this season, but Jofra Archer was undoubtedly in a class of his own. The England seamer was not only the leading wicket-taker for Rajasthan in IPL 2020, but he also finished the tournament with the most number of dot balls. In 14 matches he played, Archer bowled 55.4 overs including a staggering 175 dot balls. 2. Jasprit Bumrah © Twitter/@IPL A proven match-winner for his franchise, Jasprit Bumrah has been clinical for Mumbai Indians over the years and this season was no different. The right-arm seamer was key to Mumbai's successful title defence as he finished the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker this season. In 15 matches he played, Bumrah bowled 60 overs and as many as 175 dot balls. He is only second on the list owing to an extra game he played as opposed to Archer. 3. Rashid Khan © Twitter/@IPL Just like Archer and Bumrah, Rashid Khan has been an integral part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad brigade over the years. The Afghanistan spinner was in ominous form this season, finishing as the leading wicket-taker for Hyderabad. Apart from his impressive tally of wickets, Rashid bowled 64 overs and 168 dot balls in 16 games he played this season. 4. Anrich Nortje © Twitter/@IPL For someone who was roped in as a replacement for Chris Woakes, Anrich Nortje has been a find of the tournament for Delhi Capitals. The South African seamer impressed everyone with his steaming deliveries and forged a key partnership with fellow countryman Kagiso Rabada to add teeth to Delhi's bowling attack. He finished the season as the second-highest wicket-taker, only behind Rabada, for Delhi. In 16 games he played, Nortje bowled 61 overs and 160 dot balls to aid his team. 5. Trent Boult © Twitter/@IPL If Nortje forged a key partnership with Rabada to aid Delhi, Trent Boult complimented Bumrah in equal measure to take Mumbai to a record 5th IPL title triumph. The New Zealander, like Nortje, finished the season as the second-highest wicket-taker, only behind Bumrah, for his franchise. In 15 matches he played, Boult bowled 57.2 overs and 157 dot balls, proving his mettle as a prolific bowler for Mumbai. View the full article
  5. Celebrated as a carnival across the globe, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has a knack for bringing some of the biggest names in international cricket together. The sight of teammates becoming rivals and rivals playing in the same team has surely captured the imagination of fans. That probably explains why IPL remains one of the most popular T20 tournaments in the world. The thirteenth edition of the IPL, currently underway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the camaraderie between players is once again at its peak. England teammates Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were recently seen enjoying a fun rapid-fire round session, organised by Rajasthan Royals, which was thoroughly loved by fans. From revealing their bowling idol to opening the lid on the biggest influence in their life, the Rajasthan duo was seen asking each other some interesting questions. But, there was one particular question that grabbed everyone's attention. Stokes was seen asking Archer: "What is your favourite Hindi word?" before adding, "not sure you can say that". Agreeing with his teammate, Archer responded: "Yeah, No I cannot, I cannot". Archer, then, revealed his go-to Hindi word: "Jaldi". The England fast-bowler also reminded Stokes of his favourite word by saying: "You can say Ben Stokes as well". In response, Stokes said: "My name has been turned into a Hindi word". Last year, Stokes had taken to Twitter to express his frustration at the usage of his name as an alternative for an infamous Indian expletive by cricket fans. "I may delete Twitter just so I don't have to see another tweet reading "He's saying Ben Stokes" (when he's clearly not) in reply to a video of Virat saying you know what. it was funny the first 100,000 times," Stokes had tweeted. On the cricketing front, Stokes and Archer will need to be at their prolific best when they take the field in the crucial match against Kolkata Knight Riders on 1st November. With 12 points in 13 games, so far, Rajasthan have a slight chance of making the cut for the all-important Playoffs and a win over KKR will surely turn the odds in their favour. View the full article
  6. For a team that, for the major part of their existence, has been labelled as perennial losers, Delhi Capitals (DC) have succeeded in proving the naysayers wrong in recent time. A disastrous 2018 season saw them undergoing a major overhaul and the results are quite clear. Under the leadership of a young Shreyas Iyer and tutelage of Ricky Ponting as head coach, Delhi romped their way to the Playoffs stage in the 2019 IPL season for the first time in seven years. Carrying their brilliant form this year, Delhi has once again looked in a class of their own with six wins in eight matches so far in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Boasting a team that has got the perfect mix of Indian and overseas players, Delhi's title challenge in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is undeniably bolstered by numerous match-winners in their line-up. Shreyas Iyer has been in good form with the willow. Marcus Stoinis has proved more than efficient in his role as an all-rounder. And, Kagiso Rabada has been effective in his role as their bowling spearhead. © Twitter/@IPL But, the obvious names aren't the only ones responsible for Delhi's success this season. In fact, despite bowling alongside one of the best seamers in international cricket, Anrich Nortje has done tremendously well to match his South African teammate in every stride. While Rabada continues to lead the list of leading wicket-takers with 18 wickets this season, Nortje, too, has 10 wickets to his name in eight games, so far. In their recent 13-run win against Rajasthan, Rabada, once again, proved to be a little too hard for the opposition to negate. But, it was Nortje who, despite being a bit expensive (8.25 runs an over), took two key wickets of Jos Buttler (22) and Robin Uthappa (32) to derail Rajasthan's chase. For a seamer who relies on his lightning-quick speed and boasts of a mean bouncer, Nortje lived up to his reputation after bowling the fastest delivery in the history of the IPL last night. During Rajasthan's run-chase, the right-arm seamer clocked an unbelievable 156.22 kmph (97 mph) on the speed gun to shatter the previous record. What is the procedure to reply with Anrich Nortje? #DCvRR https://t.co/nNPvAe1Uyz pic.twitter.com/ixWtPCu83R — Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) October 14, 2020 His very next delivery, one that dismissed Buttler, was also bowled with searing pace, clocked at 155.1 kmph. While many continue to label Jofra Archer as the fastest bowler in IPL, Nortje, to everyone's surprise, has as many as five deliveries in the list of top 10 fastest balls bowled in IPL history. In fact, the top three fastest deliveries recorded in IPL history have been bowled by Nortje himself. Apart from the two deliveries he bowled last night (top 2 in the fastest deliveries list), Nortje has another ball, he bowled at 154.74 kmph, recorded as the third fastest in the elite list. The fourth-fastest delivery, a 154.40-kmph screamer, was bowled by Dale Steyn in the list. His South African teammate Rabada occupies the fifth spot with a delivery recorded at 154.23 kmph. The last five slots in the list are occupied by Nortje (154.21 kmph), Rabada (153.91 kmph), Nortje (153.72 kmph), Archer (153.62 kmph) and Pat Cummins (153.56 kmph). © Twitter/@IPL Hailing from a small town of Uitenhage, north of Port Elizabeth, which is home to the largest Volkswagen factory in the African continent, Nortje, for obvious reasons, is well-acquainted with speed. But, it's his pin-point accuracy and precision which adequately supports his pace to carry out an effective fast-bowling attack against opposition batsmen. The South African was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last season, but a shoulder injury ruled him out of the tournament. He was contracted by Delhi ahead of the ongoing season as a mere replacement for English all-rounder Chris Woakes. But, as it turned out, Nortje is not just a replacement, he's an outright match-winner for Delhi, bowling in tandem with Rabada in a partnership that has claimed a combined 28 wickets, so far, this season. View the full article
  7. The pandemic has left a huge impact on the lives of almost everyone. Most of us donât even remember what the world looked like before the Coronavirus outbreak. Though many of us are just worried about worrying about our social lives going to the drains, there are people who are facing a huge humanitarian crisis. The situation has also left many sportsmen in disarray. Recently, Anil Lohar, a national level gold medalist archer also expressed that he is amongst the ones who are struggling to make ends meet. He and his family are not even left with any facility of drinking water. Anil Lohar, won a Gold medal last year in Archery at the nation level. Amid lockdown and no job and also no water to drink, he was forced to dig well and sell meat to survive pic.twitter.com/P7a1kfjjrR â Aatmaनिरभर media (@Unbiasedmedia2) June 10, 2020 The family was dependent on the villageâs primary school for water but due to the pandemic the school is closed and so they donât have any facility for drinking water supply. After struggling for a few days, Anil started digging a well with his wife, and now every day he digs for around four hours. And in the past 25days, he has been able to dig a pit which is about 20 feet deep. Anil also won a gold medal in the team event at the Indian round National Archery competition held in Odisha in the year 2019 in the month of March. After winning gold at a national level event, he was hoping that he would get a government job but he couldnât get through. So, he ended up getting a private job, and then he continued practicing archery and had to quit his job. © Ranjan Singh Twitter Now, he doesnât have a job and is forced to sell chicken to support his familyâs livelihood and the worst part is that they donât even have a clean drinking water facility. This incident sheds light on the poor state of the people in our country and how they are struggling for basic necessities. Also, that a national level gold medallist is struggling to get his family some clean drinking water, just as the government didnât care! View the full article
  8. Jofra Archer plays a shot during the fifth day of the first cricket test between England and New Zealand. Photo: AFPEngland captain Joe Root said rookie fast bowler Jofra Archer had a lot to learn as the tourists slumped to an innings defeat by New...
  9. Steve Smith was hit twice in the same afternoon by the phenomenal Jofra Archer on the 4th day at Lord's today. The pictures below are extracted from the highlights published by the England & Wales Cricket Board. It was the headline contest on a memorable, rain-free 4th day of a Lord's Test which has otherwise been mauled by bad weather. The wicket has played slower than usual. All Test cricket is made up of a contest between one batsman and one bowler. The average batsman and bowler in Test cricket are of the highest standard. But even among them, some stand out. Steve Smith has a better eye than most Test batsmen. It lets him use a technical approach which would be considered high risk for most batsmen. Smith's method against seam and swing bowling involves shuffling across his stumps and is based on his confidence that he cannot be beaten on his inside edge by most bowlers because they are not quick enough to do this. As the bowler is about the release the ball, Smith's back foot is planted outside off stump, and his head is positioned such that his eye is in line with off-stump. His front foot is still on middle and leg. The bat always comes down perfectly straight. This helps Smith's judgment outside off. As long as he does not play outside his eyes, he's defending his stumps. The picture below shows Smith's position as he was about the receive a ball from Stuart Broad yesterday. Jofra Archer is quick, effortless and precise as a fast bowler. He seems to have terrific endurance. Archer bowled 29 of England's 94 overs in the Australian 1st innings. He troubled every batsman he bowled to. He hit Smith twice and beat him often. But more than that, he forced a change in Smith's approach. Archer's extra pace meant that Smith could not shuffle across his stumps knowing that he could always catch up with the fast, full in-dipper designed to beat his inside edge. Archer's afternoon spell was especially quick. This sustained pace seemed to shrink Smith's shuffle. The picture below shows the delivery which hit Smith on the arm. Compare the position of Smith's feet here to their position above where he is shown facing Broad and Stokes. The front foot is not in front of middle and leg. Against Archer, Smith is as worried about being beaten on the outside edge as he is about being beaten on the inside edge. Archer's extra pace, allies with his high arm action and natural height means that he also gets steep bounce. This means that a ball which is short of a length on about off-stump which Smith would normally play off his hips to mid-wicket or square-leg cannot be addressed with a vertical bat without the batsman having to fend at it (the short leg fielder makes fending a risky proposition). If the batsman doesn't want to fend at the delivery, he has to try and evade it, or pull/hook it. Smith's shuffle makes evasion harder. For most batsmen, the way to evade a climbing delivery on off-stump would be to sway out of line and let the ball fly past the chest or the nose. For Smith, unless the bouncer is outside off stump, the only possible evasion is to let the ball fly over his left shoulder. This was the first of two occasions when Smith was caught in no man's land and had no option but to turn away from the delivery. The picture below is the first ball of the 77th over of Australia's innings. England had set a backward square-leg about 40 yards from the bat. Archer banged this ball in short of a length, and Smith managed to complete a pull shot which went just wide of that fielder to the boundary. The fact that it went so close to the fielder and the fact that he didn't control the shot well may have put a little bit of doubt in Smith's mind about playing the shot again. By now he'd faced most of Archer's quickest spell of the day. The picture below shows the very next ball. It was on a similar length and just as quick. While the previous ball was on middle stump and allowed Smith to go through with the shot, this one was on off-stump. Once Smith had decided not to play the shot, his only option was to try and get out of the way. He tried to do this but couldn't. Instead of whistling past his left ear, the ball slammed into Smith. It would be a mistake to think that Archer has the ability to move his bouncer with that much precision from middle stump to off stump. It is far more likely that Archer saw Smith's shot on the previous ball and thought that it was worth letting Smith have another one. The long-leg and the backward square-leg were positioned for the miscued hook, and the short-leg was waiting under the helmet if Smith fended at one. It was a classic ploy. What was remarkable was that it came from a bowler on Test debut. It would also be a mistake to think that this is a significant problem for Smith. Its a line of attack he has left himself open to in his pursuit of other advantages. What is most likely is that Smith will work out a method of evading this line of attack against Archer's extra pace. Justin Langer has described Smith as the best problem-solver in the game. Archer presents a problem worthy of Smith. It worth considering the fact that all this happened on a pitch where outside edges have not always carried to slip cordon. A more even-paced wicket than this uncharacteristically slow wicket at Lord's may make Archer easier to deal with. Fast bowling in Test cricket requires a unique combination of intelligence, power, endurance, and concentration. If Jofra Archer's debut demonstration of fast bowling is anything to go by, a new genius has emerged this week at Lord's. Not since Kagiso Rabada in 2015-16 has there been a more exciting arrival of a new fast bowler on the Test match scene. The thing about Archer (a fact he shares with Jasprit Bumrah) seems to be that he is genuinely quick without being a tearaway. Every ball he bowls is measured. As he bowls each ball, you can tell from his reaction at the end of his follow-through if he thinks he bowled the delivered well. Batsmen are often celebrated for their ability to play exactly one ball at a time. The idea behind this phrase is that some batsmen have the ability to forget what happened on the previous delivery when they face the current one. Archer, like Bumrah, seems to bowl exactly one delivery at a time. In the process, he managed to lay a siege to the best batsman in the world in his debut Test. The weather has probably interfered fatally with this Test match already. Only 203 overs have been played in the first four days. Nevertheless, Archer, Smith, Broad, Cummins and the others have provided a compelling exhibition of Test Cricket.
  10. In what turned out to be a freak accident, an Indian archer survived a close shave with death after an arrow shot by a trainee pierced her throat during a practice session at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in West Bengal. Taking a break from her practice session, budding archer Fazila Khatun was sitting in the shade a few meters away from the target when a misfired arrow hit her. Another archer, Jewel Shaikh, was honing his skills at the same time when he misfired an arrow and rather than hitting the target, it pierced through Fazila's skin on the right side of her neck. "There were four of us who were training. The turn of the other two had gotten over and then Fazila and I were practising. I was shooting, and the girl suddenly came close. And she was hit," Shaikh revealed. Immediately after the incident, Fazila was taken to the Bolpur sub-divisional hospital with the arrow stuck to her neck. Later, she underwent a surgery where the doctors removed the arrow. Thankfully, the arrow didn't pierce her wind pipe, which would have been catastrophic. Terming it "accidental", SAI regional director MS Goindi said the arrow pierced through the collarbone of Fazila Khatun, but she is "out of danger" recovering at the hospital. "The girl was taking rest at a shade a few meters away from the target when the misfired arrow hit her. We have spoken to her family members and the girl has also apologised realising that she should not be sitting close to the target," Goindi was quoted as saying by the TOI. A promising recurve archer, Fazila made the cut as one of the 23 SAI trainees after a trial and district competition in July earlier this year. She was preparing for the Inter-SAI tournament slated to begin next month.
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