Shooting sensation Abhishek Verma concurs celebrating Mother’s Day within the confines of his home in Chandigarh will be quite disappointing. But with the nationwide lockdown in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little the 10m air pistol world No. 3 can do about it.

“To look at the positive side of things, that will be the perfect day to play some more games with Mummy. We give a tough fight to each other in Ludo and Fruit Ninja! For the last two to three years, I have always been travelling. So this will be a good opportunity to spend time together,” says the 30-year-old.

Verma says his mother Kusum is the one behind him getting the tag of the ‘accidental marksman’, and he couldn’t be more grateful.

One of the oldest shooters to have made the Indian team, Verma’s life until 2017 had been very different – the Tokyo Olympics quota-holder was then pursuing a degree…

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