Life is beyond water now

first_imgLife is beyond water nowThe Olympic great rejects a second comeback from retirement as there’s nothing left for him to achieve in swimming worldadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:26 IST Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals in a swimming career spanning 16 years. (@DelhiCapitals Photo)A staggering 28 Olympic medals, 39 world record timings and 65 major international gold conjured over a career spanning 16 years makes Michael Phelps the best ever swimmer across all eras and arguably the G.O.A.T among all athletes that grace the world.Such a sparkling career should be enough for his rivals to be intimidated by his mere presence in a competition. However, the 33-year-old US swimmer’s jolly nature and an evergreen face meant he never came across as a person who will instill fear inside his competitors.But once standing on the block, doing his pre-race ritual of stretching his arm followed by the ever-so-famous backslaps always intimidated his competitors; to a level that they hated the sight of it.”It is something I later got to hear from some of them (counterparts) that they never liked to see me do the arm-slaps but to be honest I never did it to intimidate people.”It was a ritual I followed every time since I was 11. It is same as a singer clearing his throat before a performance,” said Phelps, who arrived in the Capital on Monday night to oversee the launch of Under Armour’s first store in India.Retired at just 31, fans around the world are still hopeful that the Flying Fish will be back at the block yet again; intimidating his rivals with those arm-slaps at the Tokyo 2020.And why not, the swimmer came back from retirement just two years after calling it quits at the London Olympics, only to come back and win five gold and a silver medal as the flagbearer of his country at Rio 2016.advertisementBut the show ended with a dent as he lost to Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly event.Perhaps creating that push the legend needed – despite winning everything that is possible – to return and confirm his supremacy in the water yet again?However, Phelps cleared the air that a comeback is not on the cards as he is stared away from the block for too long.”If I go in now, I don’t think I will be feeling the same and get back to where I was. There was a period when I spent six years straight without missing a single day of training, and I was getting so much benefit out of it.”Because once you skip a Sunday and you can only get back there on Tuesday. That gave me an edge over others, I believe. So staying away for so long, I know it won’t be the same anymore,” explained the four-time Olympian.Knowing that at just 33 it is too early to lead a life without a new goal, Phelps has already found a new goal in his life that gets him up on his feet every day.”Since there’s nothing left to achieve in the swimming world, I have turned my focus on talking about the importance of healthy and active lifestyles, mental health and water safety. It is something close to me and makes me excited to get out of bed every day,” he concluded.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Michael PhelpsFollow SwimmingFollow Olympicslast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Bancroft included in Australia’s 25-Member Squad

first_img Reuters New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 12:32 IST File photo: ReutersAll-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have been excluded from a 25-player squad for an intra-Australia clash that will go a long way to deciding the makeup of Tim Paine’s Ashes side.Both Maxwell and Stoinis had a disappointing World Cup during Australia’s run to the semi-finals in England, with Maxwell wearing plenty of criticism for his repeated failures with the bat.The extended squad has seven players from the World Cup campaign, 15 from the Australia A squad touring England and three players – pace bowler Peter Siddle, and batsmen Cameron Bancroft and Marnus Labuschagne – who have been playing in the English county circuit.Players from the squad will be picked in an Australia versus Australia A clash from July 23-26 in Southampton, with Ashes spots on the line ahead of the first test against England on Aug. 1 in Edgbaston.Former captain Steve Smith and openers David Warner and Bancroft have all been included, the first time the three have been selected in an Australia squad since serving lengthy bans for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March 2018.”Cameron (Bancroft) was making a fair amount of headway when he played test cricket last for Australia and that was in South Africa,” said national selector Trevor Hohns.”He’s playing with Durham in the County Championship … He’s scoring runs on a pretty regular basis.”Alex Carey is one of three wicketkeepers picked alongside test captain Paine and Tasmania’s Matt Wade following a solid World Cup behind the stumps.Carey scored 375 runs at 62.50 and racked up 20 dismissals.advertisement”He’s proving himself to be a very smart cricketer,” said Hohns.”Batting-wise he was very, very good … We’ve been very impressed with his glovework for some time now so he’s progressing nicely.”Usman Khawaja’s participation in the trial match is uncertain as he races to recover from a hamstring strain sustained during the World Cup loss to South Africa.Squad:Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Tim Paine, Kurtis Patterson, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, David Warner.ALSO READ | Alec Stewart backs Jason Roy to open England batting during AshesALSO READ | England suffer James Anderson injury scare ahead of Ashes 2019ALSO WATCH:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Ashes 2019 Ashes 2019: Bancroft included in Australia’s 25-Member SquadThe 2019 Ashes will take place between August 1, 2019, and September 16, 2019. England will like to avenge last times 4-0 humiliation on Australian soil.advertisementlast_img read more

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