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Australian cricketer Michael Clarke retires from ODI cricket

Australian cricketer Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODI) cricket format.

He had made this announcement prior to playing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. However, he will continue to represent Australia in the Test matches.

He made his last ODI appearance in the final World Cup match against New Zealand. In this match he was captain of team and had scored 74 runs which and helped Australia win the 2015 World Cup by 7 wickets for fifth time.

With this, Clarke has joined group of Australia’s World Cup winning captains that include Allan Border, Ricky Ponting (2 times) and Steve Waugh.

Michael Clarke had started his ODI cricket career in 2003 and test career in 2004. In his ODI career, he had played 245 matches and had scored 7981 runs. His highest score was 130 runs. He had bowled in 106 innings and had taken 57 wickets.

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Balbir Singh Senior awarded with Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran hockey player Balbir Singh Senior was awarded Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award by Hockey India.

The award carrying trophy along with a cheque of Rs 30 lakh was presented to Balbir Singh at the inaugural Hockey India Annual Awards ceremony held at New Delhi.

In his hockey career, Balbir Singh Senior had represented Indian team in three Olympics games including London Olympics (1948), Helsinki Olympics (1952) and Melbourne Olympics (1956). In all three Olympics the team had won the gold medal. He was captain of Indian team during Melbourne Olympics.

His record of most goals (five) in an Olympic final in 1952 still remains unbeaten and he also figures in the list of 16 iconic Olympians of all-time.

Apart from this award, inaugural Hockey India Annual Awards were also presented in various categories. They are

  • Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Award – Birendra Lakra (male),Vandana Kataria (female).
  • Baljit Singh Goalkeeper of the Year Award – PR Sreejesh.
  • Pargat Singh Defender of the Year Award – Deepika.
  • Ajit Pal Singh Midfielder of the Year Award- Manpreet Singh.
  • Dhanraj Pillay Forward of the Year Award- Aka shdeep Singh.
  • Asunta Lakra Upcoming Player of the Year Award- Harmanpreet Singh (male), Namita Toppo (female).

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Saina Nehwal wins India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Title

World Number one ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on 29 March 2015 won India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Title.

She defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the final match played at Siri Fort Indoor Complex in New Delhi in straight sets 21-16, 21-14.

Men’s Single’s Title

India’s Srikanth Kidambi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Men’s Singles 2015 Title. In the final match he defeated Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in three games 18-21, 21-13 and 21-12.

Men’s Doubles Title

China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei pair has won India Open Super Series Badminton Men’s Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match Chinese pair defeated Denmark’s Conrad-Petersen Mads and Pieler Kolding Mads pair by 21-18, 21-14 score.

Women’s Doubles Title

Number one ranked Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match, Japanese pair has defeated Chinese pair Japanese pair by 21-19, 21-19 score.

Mixed Doubles Title

Second-ranked Chinese pair of Yixin Bao and Cheng Liu has won India Open Super Series Badminton Mixed Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match, Chinese pair defeated Number one ranked Danish pair of Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen by score 21-19 21-19.

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