Tajinderpal Singh Toor won the men’s shot put gold on Saturday to cap off a four-medal day for India at the Asian Games 2018.The other three medals came for India in squash after Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal los their respective singles semi-final matches.In the medal standings, India were placed eighth with 29 medals including seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze.Tajinder, the season’s leader, smashed the Games record and the national record to claim the top prize, something that was expected of him. The 23-year-old was heads and shoulders above the field, throwing the iron ball to 20.75m to better the six-year-old national record of 20.69m in the name of Om Prakash Karhana.The Indian’s domination can be gauged from the fact that silver-medallist, China’s Liu Yang’s best throw was 19.52m.Asian Games 2018, Day 7: HighlightsThe athletics campaign was, in fact, off to a very good start in overall analysis with strong medal hopes such as Muhammed Anas (men’s 400m), Arokia Rajiv (men’s 400m), Hima Das (women’s 400m), Nirmala Sheoran (women’s 400m) advancing to the finals with strong showing in heats as well as semis races.Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with games recordDutee Chand (women’s 100m) made the semifinals by winning her heats.The squash players’ singles campaign ended in the semifinal stage but that was enough to yield three bronze medals, there bes performance in terms of number of medals won.A RECORD BREAKING GOLDEN THROW!Champion Tejinderpal Singh Toor has won a GOLD medal in Shot Put at #AsianGames2018.What a performance! What a champ! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/R8eK7y5ce7advertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 25, 2018In squash, Dipika lost to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia while Joshna was shown the door by Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia. Top seed Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China.”I don’t want make excuses but it’s hurting badly. Against this player, you need to have high intensity. Towards the end of the second game it flared and I lost my intensity. But credit to him for fighting back after losing two sets,” Ghosal said.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 7The debut sport of bridge also delivered some good news for India as medals were assured in the men’s team and mixed team events. The two teams made the semifinals of their respective competitions. After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.The women’s hockey team also continued its fine run so far and advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 triumph over defending champions South Korea. Gurjit Kaur’s two penalty corner conversions late in the game was high point of the match for India.Asian Games 2018: Saurav Ghosal settles for bronze in record haul in squash for IndiaIn badminton, top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals after beating their respective opponents in straight games.With a total of 4 medals won today, we bring to you #Indias #MedalTally. Have a look!Many congratulations to all the medalists.is celebrating the victory of every medalist from the #AsianGames2018! #SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/hx2nxEVxvUSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 25, 2018Olympic and World Championship silver-medallist Sindhu outwitted local favourite and world No.22 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12 21-15 after Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Saina dispatched another crowd-favourite Fitriani 21-6 21-14.There was no shooting medal to celebrate in Palembang today as the Indians drew a blank in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event in which there were expectations from 15-year-old Commonwealth Games gold-medallist AnishBhanwala.Proud of you Tajinderpal Singh Toor: India hail shot put hero after Asiad heroicsIn the boxing ring, 31-year-old debutant Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarterfinals after out-classing Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen in a bout that lasted just one [email protected] superb effort Hima, Congrats on NEW NATIONAL RECORD of 51.00s, keep it up & #GoForGold in Final #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsiaPrevious National Record- Manjeet Kaur-51.05s (2004) #TeamIndiaAthleticsPhoto- @rahuldpawar @ioaindia @Media_SAI @IndianOlympians pic.twitter.com/Rs3w9cRtLUAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 25, 2018But there was no end to India’s archery woes as they continued to misfire. The recurve archers will return empty-handed from the Games with both the men and women’s sides crashing out in the quarterfinals of the team events in Jakarta.After a disappointing campaign in the individual recurve events, the Indian women’s team lost 2-6 to formidable Chinese Taipei, while the men were beaten by Korea.advertisementSimilar was the story of the country’s weightlifters. Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men’s 94kg category with a total of 335kg (145kg+190kg).India’s medal chances were also dented in golf after all four players shot over-par scores in the third round of the men’s competition. Rayhan Thomas (73), Aadil Bedi (74), Kshitij Naveed Kaul (76) and Hari Mohan Singh (77) endured disappointing outings.India, who had a total of 12-under from three best cards to be second after first two days, today slipped to tied fifth place with a total of seven-over from the three best cards.(With PTI inputs)
If India’s Asia Cup performance is taken into consideration, the Men in Blue look strong contenders heading into the ICC World Cup next year. This, given the team manages to keep the players injury-free, says former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.Speaking to Mail Today, the 45-year-old ascertained that Virat Kohli’s team has a good squad depth to win the mega event but tough humid conditions in England can prove to be a barrier to their title credentials.”They look like a strong side and might also be the favourites but it’s a hot English summer next year and it would really be injuries to Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) or (Jasprit) Bumrah that you need to be concerned about. So you need to develop the pace better and replacement players just in case. It will be summer in England and you might need some seam bowling.India could be in for a surprise if they take Bangladesh lightly: Sunil Gavaskar”But with (Ravindra) Jadeja coming in with a good performance and (Ambati) Rayudu batting well, I think India is in good shape. I believe other than India, New Zealand, Australia and hosts England are my choices to win the World Cup,” Fleming, who is part of the Star Sports Select Dugout expert panel, said.There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar Dhawan”I think you will have Virat Kohli back with the openers, MS Dhoni will rise for the big occasion. Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are also there, so you have plenty of resources.advertisement”And often this space before the World Cup can be quite unsettling but if you give guys some repeated games, I think you’ll be fine with the kind of talent you have in the middle order,” he added.Also Read – India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup finalThe former Chennai Super Kings coach is also closely watching the ongoing Asia Cup in Dubai. He termed the tournament “interesting”, and is particularly impressed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who will play the final against India today.MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar”I have watched the tournament with great interest. The players have to deal with the heat and constantly play in it. It has taken a toll on some while the others have thrived in it.Kedar Jadhav’s day out with MS Dhoni ahead of Asia Cup final”I think India have been a stick above the rest but the other teams had their moments, in particular, Bangladesh and Afghanistan,” he said.In the run-up to the World Cup, India will play limited-overs series at home against West Indies followed by intriguing overseas tours in Australia and New Zealand.Speaking on India’s run of games in the coming months, Fleming said that the tough fixtures away from home will help the 2011 champions test their depth and adapt to difficult situations in England.”I think all teams struggle for form in the foreign soil. India’s tour against England didn’t work out according to plan but I think they played some good cricket. It will be an interesting series against New Zealand in January and both sides look in prime shape.”I think it’s a good test for the sides before the World Cup begins and it will only add to their confidence,” he concluded.