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New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The following are the top/expected sports stories at 2100 hours: STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-SWOT-DC IPL 2021: All eyes on skipper Pant as 2020 runners-up DC look to go one up By Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Thrust into the leadership role, a completely transformed Rishabh Pant carries a lot of hope and responsibility on his shoulders as Delhi Capitals aim to build on the success of the last edition in the UAE, where they ended runners-up.

SPO-LIFT-CHANU Mirabai Chanu's medal hopes swell after North Korea's withdrawal from Olympics By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's chances of winning a medal at the upcoming Olympics received a shot in the arm on Tuesday after North Korea announced it will not be participating in the Tokyo Games.

SPO-CRI-HANUMA-COUNTY Hanuma Vihari set for county stint with Warwickshire By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The Indian Premier League franchises turned him down but Team India's Test specialist Hanuma Vihari is all set to prepare for the upcoming six-Test season in the United Kingdom by competing for English county side Warwickshire.

SPO-CRI-MCA-RAJPUT Rajput urges MCA Ombudsman to 'reinstate CIC' led by him By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Former India opener and coach Lalchand Rajput has made an appeal to the newly-appointed Ombudsman of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Justice Vijaya Tahilramani (retd) to reinstate the erstwhile Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) headed by him.

SPO-ATH-TRAINING-TURKEY Neeraj, Hima set for training-cum-competition stint in Turkey ahead of Olympics By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) India's top track and field athletes, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and sprinter Hima Das will embark on a training-cum-competition tour of Turkey later this month, the national federation said on Tuesday. SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-PANT Pant aims to do something different in first match as captain against 'Mahi Bhai' Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Rishabh Pant cannot wait to start his captaincy stint with Delhi Capitals against mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings, hoping to use 'learnings' from the iconic former skipper to upstage him in the IPL clash on Saturday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-WANKHEDE 2 ground-staff members among 3 more positive COVID-19 cases at Wankhede Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Two more members of the ground-staff and a plumber at the Wankhede Stadium have tested positive for COVID-19, a day after the facility was cleared to host its share of 10 IPL matches.

SPO-ATH-IND-RELAY-TEAM Hima, Dutee named in 4x100m relay team for World Athletics Relays New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Star sprinter Hima Das and national record holder Dutee Chand were on Tuesday named in the Indian women's 4x100m team for the World Athletics Relays, an Olympic qualification event, to be held in Poland on May 1 and 2. SPO-CRI-LD GANGULY Bio-bubble is tough but Indians more tolerant: Ganguly Kolkata, Apr 6 (PTI) BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said Indian cricketers are 'more tolerant' when it comes to dealing with mental health issues compared to those from England and Australia but acknowledged that being confined to bio-bubbles amid a raging pandemic is not easy for anyone.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-RABDA-NORTJE Rabada, Nortje reach Mumbai, but won't feature in Delhi's opening fixture on Saturday Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Delhi Capitals pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje arrived here on Tuesday but will miss the team's opening fixture against the Chennai Super Kings due to the mandatory seven-day quarantine period.

SPO-FOOT-IWL-POSTPONED Football: Indian Women's League scheduled in Odisha postponed due to COVID-19 surge New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The Indian Women's League, scheduled to be held in Odisha later this month, was on Tuesday, postponed indefinitely in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the All India Football Federation said.

SPO-RACING-DTM-ARJUN Focussing on small steps, want to deliver few podium finishes at DTM championship: Arjun New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The first Indian driver to secure a full-time racing deal in Germany's DTM series, Arjun Maini has no qualms conceding that he would be up against a very difficult field but is nonetheless hopeful of a few podium finishes with his Mercedes-AMG Performance Team GetSpeed.

SPO-HOCK-WOM-WORKSHOP Indian women's hockey team undergoes mind training workshop New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The Olympic-bound Indian women's hockey team on Tuesday underwent an online mental training workshop with renowned sports psychologist Mugdha Bavare organised by the Sports Authority of India.

SPO-CRI-WOM-ODI-RANKINGS Smriti, Jhulan static but Shikha returns to top 10 in ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings Dubai, Apr 6 (PTI) India opener Smriti Mandhana, fast bowler Jhulan Goswami and all-rounder Deepti Sharma remained static but pacer Shikha Pandey regained her place in the top 10 in the latest ICC women's ODI rankings issued on Tuesday. PTI APA ATK ATK