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Saudi woman drives F1 car to mark end of ban

first_img\R Le Castellet (France), Jun 24 (AFP) Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals today when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of today’s French Grand Prix. On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of her national motorsport federation, took the wheel of the same car in which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. She was part of a Renault ‘passion parade’ hours ahead of the first French Grand Prix in a decade and the first to be held at the Le Castellet circuit for 28 years. Aseel, who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motor sport enthusiast who took part in a training day on June 5 at the circuit. “I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula One car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible. “It is a genuine honour to drive in front of the crowds at the team’s home race in France. “I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream.” Aseel is responsible for creation of strategies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)HMBadvertisementlast_img read more

Andre Russell 2nd player after Chris Gayle to hit 50 sixes in an IPL season

first_imgAndre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders became only the 2nd player after Chris Gayle to hit 50 sixes in a single season of the Indian Premier League. Gayle had hit 59 sixes in 2012 and 51 sixes in 2013 while Russell has hit 50 sixes so far in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Chris Gayle, who now plays for Kings XI Punjab, had hit 57 sixes from 15 matches in 2012 and 51 sixes from 16 matches in 2013. Andre Russell has still at least 2 more matches to play (more if KKR make it to the playoffs) and could break Gayle’s record for most sixes in a single season of the Indian Premier League.Chris Gayle is the only man to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League and is the fastest to reach 4000 IPL runs. His West Indian teammate Andre Russell is currently the second highest scorer in the 2019 IPL with 486 runs with a strike rate of 207.69.Andre Russell has often walked down the order and he had a major impact for the Kolkata Knight Riders when they won 4 out of their first 5 matches. However, KKR then went on to lose 6 matches in a row and Andre Russell said he would like to bat at No.4. The team management still persisted with Russell lower down the order.After Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, Andre Russell raised questions on KKR’s decision-making. He was clearly not happy with how things were until the team decided to send up at No.3 on the back of a 96-run opening stand between Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn.advertisementAndre Russell was watchful for a few balls before exploding. He smashed 80 not out off 40 balls and his innings was studded with 6 fours and 8 sixes as the Eden Gardens came alive.Andre Russell has battled injuries after copping several blows on the body while batting in the middle. However, the strong West Indian all-rounder braved pain and played some scintillating knocks for KKR.On the eve of the match against Mumbai Indians, Andre Russell had said KKR was a good team but there was some bad decision-making,”We have a good team. But having a good team and making bad decisions, I think you will always lose games. And that’s what we’ve been doing.”I could pinpoint a few games where if we’d just looked to bowl tighter, and bowl bowlers who would restrict the game – the right bowlers at the right time.”They say our batting has been struggling, but our batting hasn’t been struggling really. We get the totals that we should defend, and we should restrict teams to lesser totals and go in and get those runs. And we don’t really take our catches, we’ve been the worst fielding team so far. It’s plain on TV, everyone’s seeing it,” he said.Also Read | Hardik Pandya 91 off 34 in vain as Andre Russell ends KKR’s 6-match losing streakAlso Read | Andre Russell celebrates his 31st birthday in style: One of my best T20 daysAlso See:last_img read more