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World Book Day / When I left the field in Lockdown, I befriended books

new Delhi. Players are at their home amid lockdowns in the country. Most players have befriended the books after being away from the field. They are focusing on practice and fitness. Meanwhile, reading books are also increasing knowledge. Some players are reading books on sports science and technology, while some are interested in reading spiritual and historical books. Some are reading fiction and some novels. April 23 is World Book Day. Read about the reading habit of players …

Cricket: Tania likes reading, not social media

Tania Bhatia: Indian team wicket-keeper Tania Bhatia likes to read books more than social media. He believes that books help keep calm. She always tries to learn something new.  

Smriti Mandhana: Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana likes virtual reading more. She is reading online magazines and sports related books. She also reads newspapers daily.

Smriti Mandhana is reading books online during lockdown.  

Anuja Patil: Indian women’s team spinner Anuja Patil is reading Karna’s autobiography “Mrityunjay”. She says, “It will help them strategize on the field.” 

Indian woman cricketer Anuja is reading a book related to Mahabharata’s character Karna. 

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Hockey: The goal of reading four books in a month 

PR Sreejesh: Indian hockey team’s goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is at the Sai Center in Bangalore. He says, ‘Reading has become a habit now. I have targeted to read four books in a month. ‘ 

Indian hockey team goalkeeper Sreejesh is reading books related to coaching. 

Vivek Sagar Prasad: Midfielder Vivek is also at the Sai Center. They are working on mental strengthening. He is reading ‘American sniper’, the autobiography of the most dangerous sniper of the American Army.  

To make himself mentally strong, Indian hockey team player Vivek has befriended books. 

Shooting / MMA: Books are removing anxiety-mental stress

Shreya Aggarwal: Shooter Shreya Aggarwal is reading fantasy novel ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. Shreya says, ‘Books help relieve anxiety. This increases concentration. ‘ 

Ritu Phogat: Mixed martial arts fighter Ritu Phogat is away from home in Singapore. She is reading the book ‘The Secret’ to relieve mental stress during lockdown. 

Tejaswini Sawant: International shooter who has got Olympic quota, Tejaswini Sawant is reading ‘Shriman Yogi’, the historical biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. She has read Marathi mythological books Yayati and Panipat. 

Rahul Aware: Commonwealth champion wrestler Rahul Aware is taking police training in Nashik. He is DYSP in Maharashtra Police. In free-time, reading books on spirituality and new wrestling technology. 

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