Karim Benzema Signs For Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad: Club Source | Football News

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Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has signed for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad for three years starting next season, a source in the Jeddah-based club told AFP on Tuesday. “Benzema has signed a contract for his transfer to Al-Ittihad for a three-year period starting next season,” the source said.  The announcement comes days after Real Madrid announced that the 35-year-old was leaving the club after 14 seasons, the day after coach Carlo Ancelotti had said there was “no doubt” Benzema’s future was in the Spanish capital. Benzema is in line to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the Gulf kingdom after the Portuguese five-time world player of the year moved to Al Nassr from Manchester United following last year’s World Cup.

Lionel Messi, who is leaving Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons, has also been linked to a move to Saudi Arabia.

Senior officials from Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal have flown to France to try and seal a deal for Messi after the 35-year-old Argentinian played his last game for PSG at the weekend.

The Saudi delegation plans to meet Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, with the aiming of completing the signing as soon as possible, sources told AFP on Sunday.

Benzema joined Madrid in 2009 from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

He made 647 appearances for Madrid and is the second on Real’s all-time goalscoring list with 353 — only Cristiano Ronaldo has more.

He has lifted five Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles and three Copas del Rey with Madrid and is the holder of the Ballon d’Or for the world’s best player.

But after a stellar 2021-22 season when he lead Real to the Champions League, he has been troubled by injuries in the just-completed season and had to miss France’s World Cup campaign with a thigh problem.

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“Next Few Hours Critical”: Massive Flood After Key Dam In Ukraine Blown Up

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A dam at the Kakhovka hydropower plant in Southern Ukraine has become the latest casualty in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with both countries accusing the other of the attack. The dam blowing up has unleashed floodwaters in the war zone.

Here are 10 facts on this big story:

  1. The head of Ukraine’s presidential administration on Tuesday described the blast as an “ecocide” committed by Russian forces. Russia blamed Ukraine for the incident.

  2. Ukraine authorities have said that the water could reach critical levels in the next five hours. “Water will reach critical levels in five hours,” regional governor, Oleksandr Prokudin, said in a video on his Telegram channel.

  3. Ten villages on the western bank of the Dnipro and a part of the city of Kherson face the risk of flooding and people were urged to prepare for evacuation.

  4. Unverified videos on social media showed water surging through the remains of the dam with bystanders expressing their shock, sometimes in strong language. Water levels raced up by metres in a matter of hours.

  5. President Volodymyr Zelensky has summoned Ukraine’s national security and defence council for an urgent meeting on the attack.

  6. The Kakhovka dam, seized at the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, notably supplies water to the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014.

  7. The reservoir also supplies cooling water to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there was no immediate nuclear safety risk at the plant due to the dam failure but that it was monitoring the situation closely.

  8. “Multiple strikes targeted the Kakhovka dam” overnight in Nova Kakhovka, the head of the city’s Moscow-backed administration, Vladimir Leontiev said, claiming they had destroyed the dam’s gate valves and caused an “uncontrollable” flow of water.

  9. It is not clear yet how the flood waters would affect Ukraine’s long-planned counter-offensive against Russian forces who are dug in across southern and eastern Ukraine.

  10. Built on the Dnipro River in 1956, during the Soviet era, the structure is partly made of concrete and partly of earth. It is one of the largest pieces of infrastructure of its kind in Ukraine.

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Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Set To Pull Out Of Tournament As Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh Join India In Rejecting ‘Hybrid Model’

Karachi: Left with no option after Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan backed out of their proposed ‘Hybrid Model’, hosts Pakistan may pull out of the Asia Cup 2023 in September. According to the ‘Hybrid Model’ proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi, Pakistan were to conduct 3 to 4 games of the Asia Cup in their country, while the rest of the matches involving India could be held at a neutral venue.

The idea was floated after India refused to travel to Pakistan because of security concerns. However, it has become clear now that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have all backed the BCCI’s push for moving the tournament out of Pakistan.

“It is just a formality now that the Asian Cricket Council executive board members meet virtually or a proper meeting is called later this month. But the PCB is now aware that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are not backing their hybrid model proposal for the Asia Cup,” said a well-informed source aware of the developments to PTI news agency.

The source said that Sethi was already in touch with his cricket management committee members and also with the relevant government officials to discuss Pakistan’s stance if they do not get to host any matches of the Asia Cup 2023 at home. Sethi has repeatedly said that if the tournament is moved to one neutral country from Pakistan, it will not take part in the competition and the source said it is on the cards that PCB will go for a boycott of the Asia Cup.

“Pakistan only has two options. Play the tourney at neutral venue or withdraw,” an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) source said. “In case Pakistan doesn’t play, it will still be called Asia Cup but broadcaster will renegotiate the deal in absence of Pakistan.”

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and India have all taken the stance that it is not logistically or financially feasible to host the Asia Cup in Pakistan and some other country and it should be held in one country that is Sri Lanka since India can’t travel to Pakistan.

The source also said there is a possibility that the Asia Cup might be scrapped entirely this year and India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan could end up playing a multi-team event in 50-overs format before the World Cup. “There is every possibility the Asia Cup might not be held this year because without Pakistan and India matches the broadcasters are not likely to offer the same amount they were offering to the ACC with Pakistan included,” the source said.

The source added that India is also preparing for a four or five nation event at home in the window which would be left open if the Asia Cup is not held. What effect Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan’s decision could have on the relations between these boards remains to be seen.

Pakistan has already rejected a proposal to play some ODI matches in Sri Lanka when it tours the country for a two-Test series after the island nation offered to host all the matches of the Asia Cup. The source said the recent developments could force Pakistan to show its hand as far as its decision to send their team to India for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is concerned. 

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Maharashtra’s Toy Train Derails, All Passengers Safe

The train was re-railed at around 9 pm and was brought back to Neral station. (Representational)


A toy train heading from Maharashtra’s popular Matheran hill station to Neral has derailed, but no passenger suffered any injury, railway officials said on Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 5.30 pm on Saturday when one of the wheels of the train’s engine derailed near Jumma Patti station, located some 95 km from Mumbai, they said.

This happened a day after the horrific triple train crash in Odisha in which 278 people died and 1,100 were injured.

The toy train, which left from Matheran at around 4 pm on Saturday, had 90 to 95 passengers onboard, the officials said, No passenger suffered any injury, a railway spokesperson said.

The passengers immediately de-boarded the train and left for their destination by cabs, he said.

The train was re-railed at around 9 pm and was brought back to Neral station, located at the foot of Matheran hills, by 10.30 pm, as per the railway staff.

The incident led to the cancellation of the last train from Neral to Matheran and hence, fares of the passengers of both the trains were refunded, he said.

The toy train moves on a slow speed and sometimes in case of derailment of coaches, the support staff travelling along with the train just lift them and put them back on tracks, the spokesperson said.

A senior railway official said the toy train operation will be suspended between Neral and Matheran during the monsoon.

The Neral-Matheran toy train is more than 100 years old. This is one among the few mountain railways (section) in India.

The 21 km long Neral-Matheran narrow gauge track passes through the picturesque ghat of the hill station.

The toy train operation is generally suspended between Neral and Matheran during the rainy season from June to October for safety reasons.

But, it is operated between Matheran and Aman Lodge, the closest station from Dasturi point beyond which vehicles are not allowed on the hill station. 

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Who Is Mike Pence, The Ex-US Vice President To Challenge Trump In 2024 Presidential Poll?

New Delhi: Former US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday filed paperwork declaring his campaign for president in 2024, setting up a challenge to his former boss Donald Trump. Pence, the 48th US vice president, is scheduled to formally launch his bid for the Republican nomination on Wednesday, which is his 64th birthday. 

Mike Pence was born a catholic democrat

Mike Pence was born into an Irish Catholic family of six children in Indiana on June 7, 1959.  After his grandfather immigrated to the US when he was 17, his family settled in the Midwest.

In his youth, Pence was Democrat along with the rest of his family and considered John F Kennedy to be a role model.

However, in college, he converted to evangelical Christianity and was influenced by former President Ronald Reagan to join the Republican Party.

His older brother, Greg, is a Republican in the US House of Representatives.

Mike Pence has a law degree

Mike Pence completed a Bachelor of Arts in History at Hanover College in Indiana in 1981. He also has a law degree from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. He met his wife, Karen, while in law school. They have three children.

The former US vice president worked as a lawyer and conservative talk show host before running for Congress in 2000.

Mike Pence was first elected to US House in 2001

Mike Pence was first elected to the US House in 2001 and quickly became known as one of its most conservative members. On November 8, 2016, he was elected as the US Vice President and entered office on January 20, 2017.

As vice president, he had been an exceeding loyal defender of Donald Trump until the days leading up to January 6, 2021, when Trump falsely tried to convince Pence and his supporters that Pence had the power to unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 election.

That day, a mob of Trump’s supporters violently stormed the US Capitol building after being spurred on by Trump’s lies that the 2020 election had been stolen. 

Pence has called Trump’s actions dangerous and said the country is looking for a new brand of leadership in the 2024 US Presidential election.

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Odisha Train Accident Death Toll Rises To 278; Over 100 Bodies Yet To Be Identified

New Delhi: With three more people succumbing to their injuries, the official death toll in the Odisha triple train crash on Monday increased to 278. The Indian Railways said that apart from 278 deaths, 1,100 people were injured in the June 2 Balasore train crash. The toll was earlier put at 288, which the Odisha government revised to 275 on Sunday, claiming some bodies were counted twice.

Khurda Road Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rinkesh Ray said that of the 278 bodies, 177 have been identified while 101 more are yet to be identified, and that the unclaimed bodies have been kept in six different hospitals. He also said that of the 1,100 injured, less than 200 are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. 

Roy informed that the Railways has deployed officials in Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu to locate any missing person.

CBI team visits Odisha train accident site

A 10-member CBI team on Monday visited the Balasore train accident site and began its probe into the triple train crash. In accordance with the procedure, the CBI will take over the Balasore GRP case number 64 registered by Odisha Police on June 3, official sources said, adding it is likely to be allotted to Special Crime Unit at the Delhi Headquarters.

The case was registered under various IPC sections like 37 and 38 (related to causing hurt and endangering lives through rash or negligent action), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 34 (common intention), and sections 153 (unlawful and negligent action endangering lives of Railway passengers ), 154 and 175 (endangering lives) of the Railways Act.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had announced on Sunday that a CBI probe had been recommended into the accident.

Train movement resumes on restored tracks

Around 51 hours after the triple train crash and barely five hours after the damaged tracks were restored, train movement resumed late Sunday night with Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has been camping at the site to oversee restoration work, and other senior officials present at the site.

A coal-laden goods train from Vizag port to Rourkela Steel Plant was the first to run on the route around 10.40 pm on Sunday night with Vaishnaw waving to the train drivers.

The first high-speed passenger train – Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat Express – then also passed through Balasore on Monday morning, with wreckage from the accident still lying near the tracks and workers cleaning the site. Howrah-Puri Express and Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Sampark Kranti Express also passed the route.

Meanwhile, the railways has reportedly launched a safety drive with a slew of directions to all zonal headquarters on the security of station relay rooms and compounds housing signalling equipment, including ‘double locking arrangements’, after an initial probe showed ‘signalling interference’ as a suspected reason behind the Odisha triple-train accident.

Odisha train accident: Helpline numbers 

— Railway Helpline number: 139

— Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Helpline Number: 18003450061/1929

Municipal Commissioner’s office, Bhubaneswar, has also established a control room, from where, with vehicles, people will be directed to either a hospital or mortuary as the case may be. 

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Ex-India Star’s Son ‘Super Happy’ After Meeting MS Dhoni. Here’s The Reason | Cricket News

MS Dhoni (L) with Mohammed Kaif’s son at the airport© Instagram

Former Indian cricket team star Mohammed Kaif took to social media to share pictures from his sudden reunion with MS Dhoni at the airport. Both cricketers were there with their families and in the pictures posted on Instagram, all of them could be seen interacting. In his post, Kaif wished Dhoni a speedy recovery from his surgery and explained how the meeting made his son “super happy” as the ex-India skipper told him that he also used to play football in his younger days.

“We met the great man and his family at airport today. He was returning home after surgery. Son Kabir super happy as Dhoni told him he too, like him, played football as a kid. Get well soon, see you next season champion,” he wrote on Instagram along with pictures from their meeting.

Dhoni successfully underwent a left knee surgery in a Mumbai hospital, raising hopes of playing in the 17th edition of Indian Premier League next year. Dhoni, who led Chennai Super Kings to their fifth IPL title, had flown to Mumbai from Ahmedabad after the final on Monday and consulted renowned sports orthopaedic surgeon Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, who is also on the BCCI medical panel and had performed surgeries on a number of top Indian cricketers, including Rishabh Pant.

“Yes, Dhoni has had a successful knee surgery at the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday. He is doing fine and the surgery happened in the morning. I don’t have details. I am yet to get all the details about the nature of surgery and other things,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed to PTI.

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How A 10-Story Wood Building Survived More Than 100 Earthquakes

The mockup has been already subjected to more than 100 seismic events


One sunny morning last month, an earthquake jolted northeast San Diego. Minutes later, another temblor hit, causing a 10-story wood building to sway.

The quakes, though, were triggered by a computer and the shaking was confined to a 1,000-square-foot platform on which the building – a full-size test model – stood.

The structure is the tallest ever subjected to simulated earthquakes on the world’s largest high-performance “shake table,” which uses hydraulic actuators to thrust the steel platform through six degrees of motion to replicate seismic force. The shake-table trials at a University of California at San Diego facility are part of the TallWood Project, an initiative to test the seismic resiliency of high-rise buildings made of mass timber.

An engineered wood building material, mass timber is increasingly popular as a more sustainable alternative to carbon-intensive concrete and steel.

The mockup has been already subjected to more than 100 seismic events during the $3.7 million experiment, and will undergo more before the testing period ends in August.

“You’re putting a building through the number of quakes it will never, ever experience unless it’s around for 5,000 years,” says Thomas Robinson, founding principal of Lever Architecture, a Portland, Oregon, firm that helped design the TallWood structure.

Recent changes to buildings codes in the US permit mass timber buildings as tall as 18 stories. But unknown until now is how such high-rises would fare in earthquake-prone areas of the world like California.

On the first day of testing in May, anticipation runs through a crowd of hard-hatted architects, engineers and researchers as they gather a safe distance from the building, which stands on the shake table like a deconstructed rocket ready for liftoff. A bank of video cameras is pointed at the structure and a drone buzzes overhead.

The first three stories of the 112-foot-high building are clad in silver and orange panels that frame glass windows. The rest of the building is open-air, with each floor containing four “rocking walls” engineered to minimize structural damage from earthquakes. Engineers also built interior walls and staircases designed to survive severe shaking and installed sensors throughout the building.

Two five-story, rust-colored metal “protection towers” flank the building on one side and cables tether it to the ground on the opposite side to break its fall if the structure collapses during testing.

This morning, engineers have programed the shake table to reproduce two devastating earthquakes. The first is the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake that struck Los Angeles in 1994 and that, in 20 seconds, caused more than $40 billion in damages as buildings and freeways collapsed, killing 60 people. More than 2,400 people lost their lives in the second disaster, the 7.7-magnitude Chi Chi quake that hit Taiwan in 1999 and crumbled concrete-and-steel high-rise buildings.

Loudspeakers broadcast the countdown to the first quake: “Northridge. 3D motion. Northridge 3D motion. Five, four, three, two, one.” The building begins to sway from side to side, creaking and groaning during the minute-long simulation. Applause erupts as mission control announces “Northridge complete” and the building comes to a rest.

Six minutes later another countdown begins. The far more powerful Chi Chi quake simulation shakes the building from side to side and to and fro. The tests lasts for a minute, twice as long as the actual quake that left 100,000 people homeless and ranks as the most powerful temblor to strike Taiwan in the 20th century. It is the type of catastrophic quake that Californians call “the Big One.”

After a half hour, inspectors deem the building safe to enter. On the third floor, Shiling Pei, the TallWood Project’s principal investigator, examines the walls and floor. “This is exactly the results that we’re looking for, which is no structural damage,” says Pei, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. “That means the building could be reoccupied quickly.”

Avoiding expensive structural repairs and putting buildings swiftly back into service reduces an earthquake’s economic and social impacts, according to Robinson, who noted that the exterior walls of the TallWood building remained in alignment despite the intense shaking. “It’s usually right where the corners meet where you get vast damage,” he says.

The fact that there was minimal impact to nonstructural parts of the building, such as staircases and facades, is also significant, according to Pei. “You see the nonstructural system opened up a little bit,” he says, pointing to an interior wall. “But repairing that will not be that costly, just patching drywall.”

The researchers are testing four different building facade assembles. Three are drywall-covered steel frames with aluminum composite panels as the exterior finish, each secured to the building in a different way. The fourth facade is a glass curtain wall. One of the aluminum panels popped out during the seismic tests, but the facades all remained attached to the building.

The TallWood building’s ability to withstand back-to-back simulated earthquakes speaks to the natural flexibility of wood construction and the architectural systems designed to strengthen the structure, such as the rocking walls. The north-south rocking walls are constructed from mass plywood panels made from spruce, pine and fir while the east-west walls are Douglas fir cross-laminated timber. Steel rods anchor the walls to the foundation. When an earthquake strikes, the walls rock back and forth to dissipate seismic energy and when the shaking stops, the steel rods pull the building back to center.

Much of the mass timber in the structure came from Boise Cascade Co. tree plantations in Oregon. “With recent building code changes, we see this as just a great market to be in,” says Daniel Cheney, director of engineering at the wood products company. “Up to that point, it was still concrete for commercial buildings. Now there’s a lot more opportunities.”

Just don’t expect to see supertall mass timber buildings. Pei and Robinson say that above 18 stories, a mass timber structure lacks the stiffness to withstand winds that buffet high towers.

TallWood (officially, the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure TallWood Project) is run by a consortium of universities and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and US Forest Service as well as private building-industry companies.

When the quake trials are completed, the structure will be dismantled and parts of it recycled to construct other test buildings. The researchers anticipate the results of the shake tests will spur construction of more high-rise mass timber buildings by assuring architects, builders and government officials of their durability.

“I think mass timber is a great solution for sustainability, for economics,” says Keri Ryan, an engineering professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, who led the team that developed the nonstructural parts of the TallWood building. “So I hope that this really helps get people excited that we’ve got a resilient mass timber system that works.”

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Days After Horrific Train Crash In Odisha, 101 Bodies Yet To Be Identified

Around 200 people are being treated in various hospitals in the state.

Bhubaneshwar (Odisha):

In the aftermath of the tragic train accident in Odisha, which resulted in the loss of at least 275 lives and left over 1000 individuals injured, officials on Monday said that there are still 101 bodies yet to be identified.

Talking to ANI, Divisional Railway Manager of the Eastern Central Railways Rinkesh Roy said that around 200 people are still being treated in various hospitals in Odisha.

“About 1,100 people were injured in the accident, out of which about 900 people were discharged after treatment. Around 200 people are being treated in various hospitals in the state. Out of 278 people who died in the accident, 101 bodies are yet to be identified,” Mr Roy told ANI.

The devastating collision, involving two passenger trains and a freight train, took the lives of at least 275 people and caused injuries to over 1100 others in Balasore. This tragic incident has had a profound impact across India.

Vijay Amrit Kulange, Commissioner, of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation told ANI, “Of the total 193 bodies kept in Bhubaneswar, 80 bodies have been identified. 55 bodies have been handed over to the relatives. More than 200 calls have been received on BMC’s helpline number 1929. The dead bodies are being identified and handed over to the relatives.”

The accident occurred when the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express collided with a stationary freight train, causing several coaches to derail onto the adjacent track. Subsequently, the Howrah Express, traveling from Yesvantpur to Howrah, collided with the affected carriages at high speed, resulting in further derailment.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the Balasore accident site from ground zero and also visited the injured being treated at the hospital.

Before leaving Delhi for the mishap site, PM Modi had also chaired a high-level review meeting on the same.

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WTC Final: Ajinkya Rahane Set To Make Playing XI, Head Coach Rahul Dravid Drops Major Hint

Team India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter Ajinkya Rahane is celebrating his 35th birthday on Tuesday and a day later he could be back in the ‘whites’ in Rohit Sharma’s side for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia, starting at the Oval in London on Wednesday. Rahane has stormed back into the reckoning on the back of his impressive performances in domestic cricket as well as his sensational show in the IPL 2023.

Rahane had the highest strike-rate against fast bowlers in IPL 2023 – scoring at over 232 – better than even Suryakumar Yadav. Head coach Rahul Dravid revealed that Rahane should not consider the WTC Final as ‘one-off game’.

Rahane is set to play his first Test in 18 months and a failure in the game could potentially be career-ending. Dravid had a word of advice for the experienced batter. “Firstly it’s good to have him. We’ve had a few injuries which have probably led to him having the opportunity to come back into the squad. Great for us to have someone of his quality back. He brings obviously a lot of that experience, he brings proven performance in overseas conditions. Even in England he’s played some terrific innings for us,” Dravid told the media ahead of the WTC Final on Monday.

“He brings terrific catching in the slips as well to the group. He just brings his personality to the group as well which is really important. He’s led the team to considerable success. And again, I wouldn’t want him to approach this as just a one-off,” Team India head coach added.

Dravid said the 82 Test veteran might go on to play many more five-day games for the country.

“Sometimes you get dropped from teams and you make a comeback and you can play for as long as you’re playing well and as long as you’re performing. It’s not written in stone or rule that you only get one match. He puts in a good performance, really shows what he’s got. Who knows, even when people come back from injury, you never know what can happen. So again, from my point of view, it’s not really only about this match. Yes this match is important but then in the larger context of things there’s a lot of cricket to be played further down the road as well,” he said.

Rahul Dravid not worried about ICC Trophy drought

India may not have won an ICC title in 10 years but head coach Rahul Dravid on Monday insisted his team is not feeling any pressure going into the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. However, the former India captain said it would be nice to win the trophy as it is something his team has worked towards over the last two years.

India lost the inaugural WTC final to New Zealand in 2021 and have been guilty of faltering in knockout games. “No, not at all. I mean we don’t feel any pressure in terms of trying to win an ICC trophy. Of course it would be nice to do it. It would be certainly nice to be able to win an ICC tournament. But also in the context of things, you look at this and you see this is the culmination of two years of work. It’s a culmination of a lot of success that gets you here. So there’s a lot of positives to take from that to see where you stand on the table. Winning series in Australia, drawing series here, being very competitive everywhere that this team has played in the world over the last five or six years,” Dravid said.

“I think those are things that will never change just because you have or you don’t have an ICC trophy. That’s really the bigger picture,” said Dravid.

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