andy murrayantwerpATP Toureuropean open First Published: October 20, 2019, 10:22 PM IST Antwerp: Andy Murray won his first ATP title since March 2017 on Sunday with a battling 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the Antwerp final.Former world number one Murray, rebuilding his game after career-saving hip surgery earlier this year, fought back from a set and 3-1 down against Wawrinka to claim his 46th career title. “It means a lot. The last few years have been extremely difficult,” Murray, who broke down in tears at the end, told Amazon Prime.”Both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems in the last couple of years. It’s amazing to be back, playing against him in the final like that. I think it was a great match.””I didn’t expect to be in this position at all. I’m happy, very happy,” added Murray whose ranking has plummeted to 243 in the world.This is what it means to @andy_murray 👏🎥: @TennisTV | #EuropeanOpen pic.twitter.com/Y8J7yXYXlI— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 20, 2019 Fourth seed Wawrinka, also hunting his first title in over two years, broke Murray in his opening serve game — enough to secure the first set in this 20th meeting between the pair.The Swiss again broke Murray early in the second but the Scot hit back to level for 3-3 and then forced a deciding set as Wawrinka lost his serve for the second time.Wawrinka again gained the upper hand as he broke for 2-1 in the final set, but Murray responded as the players traded breaks in four consecutive games.Pushing each other to the limit @andy_murray @stanwawrinka #EuropeanOpen2019 pic.twitter.com/3cMs3CgOmv— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 20, 2019 With Wawrinka serving to stay in the match, Murray brought up championship point after almost two and a half hours and wrapped up his first title since Dubai in 2017 when his opponent strayed wide. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has thrown its weight behind MS Dhoni after the International Cricket Council (ICC) objected to the army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves during India’s World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa on June 5.Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai confirmed that BCCI has written a letter to the International Cricket Council seeking permission for Dhoni to wear the gloves with the army badge.”We have already written (to ICC to seek permission for MS Dhoni to wear ‘Balidaan’ insignia on his gloves), will speak more after the meeting (CoA meeting),” Vinod Rai said.Chairman of Indian Premier League, Rajeev Shukla said the ICC should not have any objection to let MS Dhoni wear the gloves as there is no commercial aspect involved in the gesture.”It’s not a commercial or a religious thing. It’s only about the country’s pride. So I don’t think the ICC should have any objection because it has got nothing to do with commercial endorsements,” Rajeev Shukla said.This is the Para Special Forces insignia. Sources say what is seen on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, can’t say it’s the the real one. The special forces insignia is always in moron background and has balidan written in Devanagiri script. The badge always worn on the chest pic.twitter.com/ZR2GXO3XTN Abhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) June 7, 2019’It would need to be considered by the ICC’Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, had said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.advertisement”We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” Claire Furlong had said.However, Clarie Furlong confirmed the BCCI’s request and said the decision will only be taken by the apex body of world cricket.”As of now, I do not know. It would need to be considered by the ICC,” she was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.Fans in India were furious after the ICC asked MS Dhoni to change his gloves. in fact, #DhoniKeepTheGlove started trending on social media on Friday as several fans came out to support Dhoni over his gesture.On the other hand, former India football team captain Baichung Bhutia said it’s important for a player of any stature to respect the rules of the sport.”I think it’s a wonderful gesture from MS Dhoni but at the same time, it’s important to follow the rules and laws of the sport. If the laws and rules do not permit, then I think as a player he shouldn’t be wearing it,” Baichung Bhutia told India Today on Friday.”If you start somewhere and then a lot of controversies may follow. So I think I think, for every player, no matter how big the player is, the laws need to be followed.”Also Read | MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia gesture wonderful but ICC rule has to be respected: Baichung BhutiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Fans furious after ICC asks MS Dhoni to remove Army crest from glovesAlso See: