Last Updated: 25th September, 2019 16:21 IST Deepak Punia: ‘Zero Expectations’ & ‘No Pressure’ Helped Me Win Silver Deepak Punia in an interview with Republic TV said that non-recognition kept him away from the spotlight; helped him win silver in World Wrestling Championship. Written By FOLLOW US Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Deepak Punia reaches World Championship final; books Olympics berth LIVE TV COMMENT ‘Non-recognition’ is a ‘virtue’, is not understood by many. But for Deepak Punia, it worked as a ‘miracle’, as he ‘quietly prepared’ for the challenge at the top flight without any ‘spotlight’ or ‘pressure’. “No one recognised me. No one talked to me. At times, I was confused as an official or a coach. No one paid any attention to me. I was away from the spotlight. Everyone talked about Bajrang bhai, Vinesh ji and my Guruji (Sushil Kumar). That actually helped. It gave me strength from within to do something like them,” Deepak told Republic TV after his return from World Championship.Read: Deepak Punia Clinches Silver, Rahul Takes Bronze At World C’shipSushil Kumar Always Believes in Me: Deepak Punia”I used to hear what people say about them and felt proud of my “Guruji” (Sushil Kumar).. he is recognised, loved and praised by everyone wherever he goes. And he always believes in me and my ability. It was an hour to travel along with him in a competition that he was participating in. Before leaving he had told me, & I remember; “Mujhe mile na mile, tera medal to pakka hi hai”.. I took it as a ‘joke’ but never thought it would actually come true,” Deepak said. Sushil had lost in the first or qualifying round while his ward Deepak went on to win a silver, which no one else in the contingent could. “Now I dedicate this medal to Guruji Mahabali Satpal ji and Sushil Pehewalnji. I completely owe them this medal,” he added.Read: Lure Of Job Brought Deepak Punia To Wrestling, Here’s His Story’Deepak Is the Next Big Thing in Wrestling’Sushil heaped high praises on his ward Deepak; “Didn’t I tell you all… Deepak is the next big thing in wrestling. It’s just a beginning for him. He will win many medals and laurels for the country.” Talking of his ward, Mahabali Satpal said: “I had spotted his talent at the age of 12 and it’s a proud feeling my institute Chhatrashal Stadium has now produced a Gold (Sushil) and two silver (Amit Dahiya in 2013 & Deepak in 2019) medallists. Now our focus turns to the 2020 Olympics.”Read: Deepak Punia Reaches World Championship Final; Books Olympics BerthRead: Deepak Punia Qualifies For Tokyo Olympics, Beats Colombia’s Mendez WE RECOMMEND First Published: 25th September, 2019 16:21 IST
The attitudes surrounding Philadelphia and Boston couldn’t be in a more polar opposite state.The 76ers are rolling. Last week they took the Eastern Conference arms race to a new level, acquiring Tobias Harris and other players at the NBA trade deadline. Their new starting lineup consisting of Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Harris is now arguably the best in the league, even better than Golden State’s, and has been tabbed by local media as “The Phab Phive.” MORE: Watch Celtics vs. 76ers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The 76ers are 2-0 since the big acquisition, including a 23-point blowout of the Lakers on Sunday in which Embiid had 37 points and newly acquired Harris dropped 22.Meanwhile tensions in the Celtics’ locker room are beginning to boil over. On Thursday, Boston blew an 18-point lead to the Lakers, losing on a buzzer beater from former Celtic Rajon Rondo. Things got worse two days later when they were booed off their home court following a blown 28-point lead against the Clippers. Adding insult to injury, Kyrie Irving left in the second quarter with a knee injury, and veteran forward Marcus Morris called out his team afterward.Marcus Morris went off on his Boston Celtics after the team blew a 28-point lead and lost at home to the Clippers on Saturday: https://t.co/DZr8dKqQGI pic.twitter.com/Agx5J0hn8X— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 10, 2019Despite the opposite trajectories in team morale, the 76ers and Celtics are neck-and-neck in the standings. Boston has grossly failed to meet preseason expectations of title contention with the insertion of Irving and Gordon Heyward back into its lineup from a year ago. Despite the addition of the all-stars to the starting lineup, the 76ers hold a one game lead over the Celtics for the 4-seed.Here’s how to watch the Eastern Conference matchup live on TV and stream online. What time is Celtics vs. 76ers? The Celtics play the 76ers on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.Celtics vs 76ers TV channel, live streamThe game will be broadcast nationally on TNT. It can also be streamed live online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.Where is Celtics vs. 76ers being played? Thursday’s game will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It’s the final home game before the All-Star break for the 76ers, who have one four of their last five there. The Celtics are an even 13-13 on the road.