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10 Lesser known things about "India’s Star Boxing Champion" Vijender Singh

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Ever since he won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, boxer Vijender Singh has well and truly turned into the face of Indian boxing. However, he has not sat on his laurels and has performed brilliantly almost at every other boxing tournament in which he has had the privilege of representing the country.

Let's take a look at 10 lesser known things about "India’s Star Boxing Champion" Vijender Singh:

1. The first sport Vijender tried was gymnastics. He was about ten years old, and was fascinated by the athleticism of gymnasts at the Sports Authority of India training centre in Bhiwani, near his village. The fascination lasted for a week or so—Vijender could not do the handstand, the most basic exercise in gymnastics, and left in frustration.

2. In 2008, after he won his quarter-final fight at the Beijing Olympics and was assured of a bronze medal, Vijender celebrated by doing a photoshoot with his friend and Beijing roommate, the Jharkhand boxer Anthresh Lakra. Lakra was interested in photography and had carried a lot of photographic equipment to Beijing.

3. Vijender has recently picked up a new hobby: cooking. He spends his weekends cooking for his wife. He loves making meat dishes, but his wife is vegetarian.

4. When they were very young, Vijender and his brother Manoj, who was also a boxer, made a punching bag at home with a canvas bag filled with sand, soil, and discarded wood chips that they had collected from a furniture shop.

5. Vijender’s late grandfather Dariyaj Singh, a subedar in the army, introduced him to boxing. Dariyaj brought a pair of boxing gloves home for Vijender when he was seven years old. He gave one glove to Vijender, and one to a cousin of Vijender’s and taught them some basics. Since the two boys were only allowed to throw punches with the gloved hand, and both were right handed, they would fight about who gets to wear the right-hand glove.

6. Vijender met his wife Archana while applying for a visa to go to a tournament in Germany. Archana, a software engineer, was working in an IT company and had also come to apply for a visa. They started talking. Vijender’s first question to her was, “Where are you going?” “I still laugh when I think about how stupid that was,” he says. “Obviously, she was going to Germany.”

7. Badou Jack, a Swedish/Gambian boxer who was beaten in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Vijender, is now the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight world champion. Vijender hopes to challenge him one day for the title.

8. Vijender’s favourite way to pass time is to go on long, aimless walks. He says that sometimes he can keep walking for as long as three hours. He also likes to explore new food and new restaurants on his walk.

9. Vijender may get to fight a revenge match against the British boxer Anthony Ogogo, who has won all 10 of his fights since turning pro in 2013. Ogogo had beaten Vijender controversially in a semi-final match at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Vijender was the world No.1 then, and was leading 3-0 in the final round when the referee penalized him twice. Ogogo won the match 4-3 without landing a single scoring punch, and then incited booing, partisan crowd.

10. Vijender decided to turn pro while watching the build-up to the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Manny Pacquiao fight – billed as the ‘fight of the century’ on 2 May, 2015. He had considered turning pro after winning his Olympic medal in 2008, but did not because he hoped to win another medal in 2012.

posted Aug 7 by Biswajit Maity

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1. Dhyan Chand joined the Indian Army at the age of 16 and took up hockey while he was still enrolled. Since Dhyan Chand used to practice a lot during the night, he was given the nickname "Chand" by his fellow players; his practice sessions at night invariably coincided with the coming out of the moon. ‘Chand’ means moon in Hindi.

2. Dhyan Chand was the leading goal-scorer at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics with 14 goals. A news report about India’s victory said “This is not a game of hockey, but magic. Dhyan Chand is, in fact, the magician of hockey.”

3. Even though Dhyan Chand was involved in many memorable matches, he considers a particular hockey match to be his best. “If anybody asked me which was the best match that I played in, I will unhesitatingly say that it was the 1933 Beighton Cup final between Calcutta Customs and Jhansi Heroes.”

4. In the 1932 Summer Olympics, India beat USA 24-1 and Japan 11-1. Dhyan Chand scored 12 goals while his brother Roop Singh netted 13 out of the 35 goals India scored. This led to them being dubbed the 'hockey twins'.

5. Once, when Dhyan Chand was unable to score in a match, he argued with the match referee about the measurement of the goal post. To everybody’s amazement, he was right; the goal post was found to be in contravention of the official minimum width prescribed under international rules.

6. After India’s first match at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, people watching other sporting events thronged to the hockey stadium. A German newspaper carried a banner headline: 'The Olympic complex now has a magic show too.'  The whole city of Berlin had posters: “Visit the hockey stadium to watch the Indian magician Dhyan Chand in action.”

7. According to widespread reports, German dictator Adolf Hitler offered Dhyan Chand German citizenship and a position in the German Military, after an impressive showing at the Berlin Olympics. The offer was declined by the Indian magician.

8. Australian great Don Bradman met Dhyan Chand at Adelaide in 1935. After watching him play, Bradman remarked, "He scores goals like runs in cricket".

9. Hockey authorities in the Netherlands once broke his hockey stick to check if there was a magnet inside.

10. Dhyan Chand has scored over 400 goals in his career spanning 22 years (1926-48).

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1. Born on 10th July 1949 in Mumbai, Sunil had a tragic incident associated with his birth. When he was born the nurse in the hospital mistakenly swapped him on the bed where they were several children and than nurse took a wrong child and slept the child behind Gavaskar Mother. But his Uncle finally found him where he had slept behind a Fisher Women who have just given a birth to a child. Thanks for his Uncle who noticed him and given a great cricketer for India otherwise may be he would have been a Fishermen.

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3. Sunil was the not the only one from his family to represent Indian cricket team. His maternal uncle Madhav Mantri played four Tests for India. Gavaskar’s only son, Rohan Gavaskar, represented India in 11 One-Day Internationals. GR Viswanath, the former India batsman, was Gavaskar’s brother in law. Along with this, His sister Nutan, played for the first women’s club “Albees Cricket Club” in Mumbai.

4. He was a huge fan of West Indian cricketer Rohan Kanhai and so he named his only child Rohan Gavaskar after him.

5. Gavaskar played a lead role in a Marathi movie – Savli Premachi. Apart from Savli Premachi, He also did a cameo in Hindi actor Naseeruddin Shah’s film Malaamaal in 1988.

6. He scored 10122 runs in test cricket at an average of 51.12 with 34 centuries and 45 half centuries. He also scored 3092 ODI runs at an average of 35.13 with 1 century and 27 half centuries.

7. Gavaskar is the only batsman in the world cricket to score Double Hundred in the 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th innings of Test Matches. He was the first Indian player to take 100 catches in test matches.

8. He is the one and only cricketer in the world to hit Centuries 3 consecutive innings twice and also the First cricketer to score 10000 Runs.

9. Gavaskar was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1994 for a year.

10. In 1975, he was appreciated with the Arjuna Award for cricket. In 1980, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. In 2012, Sunil Gavaskar was honoured with Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

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His dad needed to leave his place of employment in the wake of agony from heart assault thrice. Life ended up plainly harder for him after the sole provider of the family was bound to bed rest.

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Pandya was spotted by then Mumbai Indians mentor John Wright in a West Zone match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Every last prominent individual from Mumbai Indians was awed by him amid the determination trials. Head mentor Ricky Ponting short-recorded Hardik in the wake of experiencing the recording of more than 50 short-recorded cricketers in front of the IPL 8 player sell off in February. He was in this way purchased by the establishment at base cost of 10 lakhs.

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3. She got a job in Western Railways with the help of a personal letter from Member of Parliament and former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. This all happened her application got rejected first when former India women’s captain Diana Edulji who spotted the batting all-rounder suggested her to do so.

4. Harmanpreet made her ODI debut at the age of 20 in a match against Pakistan in the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup which took place at Bowral.

5. In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut in the 2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20 against England women's at County Ground, Taunton where she scored 8 runs off 7 balls.

6. Her 171 runs in the WC17 semi finals against Australia remains her best ever in ODI and is also the second highest by any Indian women’s cricketer. Deepti Sharma’s 188 is the best so far.

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Let’s take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'India’s Master of Swing' Bhuvneshwar Kumar :

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar declared himself as one for the future from the get-go in his First-Class profession. At 19 years old, he rejected Sachin Tendulkar for a duck — the first time through Tendulkar (who is alluded as the God by fans) was out without scoring in Ranji Trophy.

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Bhuvneshwar was missing the goal immediately in both T20Is and ODIs. He dismissed Nasir Jamshed in his first over on T20I make a big appearance, and improved in ODIs, getting Mohammad Hafeez out off his first ball.

3. Economical best

While there is no questioning Bhuvneshwar's capacity as a wicket-taker, his magnificent economy rate is now and then passed up a great opportunity for. Notwithstanding when Bhuvneshwar isn't taking wickets, he holds the keeps running down. Three of India's five most prudent spells in T20Is have originated from Bhuvneshwar. He is additionally one of the few Indian bowlers whose economy rate is under seven in T20Is, and under five in ODIs.

4. Bowled over!

Bhuvneshwar appreciates a standout amongst the most one of a kind knocking down some pins records the amusement has seen. His first wicket in each format stopped by getting the batsman bowled. He expelled Nasir Jamshed (T20Is), Mohammad Hafeez (ODIs), and David Warner (Tests) in this form.

5. Match-winner with the bat

While Bhuvneshwar's bowling deeds are abundant, he likewise has extensive ability with the bat. He has a First-Class century, which came in the most astounding design; in the second semi-final between Central Zone and North Zone at Hyderabad. Central were 219 for six in answer to North's 451 when Bhuvneshwar came into bat. They were soon 293 for eight, and after that 342 for nine preceding Bhuvneshwar engineered a late battle back. He scored a 253-ball 128 to lead Central to 469, as the side took the significant first-innings lead.

6. Makings of an all-rounder

As noted above, Bhuvneshwar has some ability with the bat. He demonstrated his guarantee from the get-go in his Test profession too. With India 406 for eight in answer to Australia's 380, Bhuvneshwar — on Test make a big appearance — exited to join captain MS Dhoni. The couple put on a match-winning 140-run remain, as Dhoni went ahead to finish a gigantic twofold hundred. Bhuvneshwar scored a vital 38 off 97 balls all the while.

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While cricket remains his first love, Bhuvneshwar has said that his most loved side interest is playing games on his PS3 and his iPad.

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Bhuvneshwar is not the first Kumar who hails from Meerut, swings the ball both ways, has taken a fifer a Lord's, and is a helpful batsman down the request! Be that as it may, his similarity with Praveen Kumar — no connection — closes there. While Praveen has been known to have a blazing temper and a demeanor issue, Bhuvneshwar is calm, mild-mannered, and shy.

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As said before, Bhuvneshwar has a propensity of working over batsmen. One man who has dependably battled against him is West Indian juggernaut Chris Gayle. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed Gayle four times in seven international matches across formats.

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1. There are two forms of boxing – amateur and professional.

2. It is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds

3. Boxing as a sport dates back to ancient Greeks who made it part of Olympic games as early as 688 BC.

4. Onomastos Smyrnaios is the first winner in Olympic boxing of ancient Greek.

5. Boxing is also called pugilism.

6. Amateur boxing is an Olympic sport since its introduction in the 1904 Summer Olympic Games.

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8. Archie Moore holds the record for most knockouts during a career — a staggering 141.

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