This week in Sports, on one end, the world witnessed the youthful exuberance of an 18-year old Sarfaraz Khan and at the other end of the spectrum, the world bid adieu to one of the greatest Basketball players in Kobe Bryant.
As Indian Shuttlers failed miserably at the Singapore Open, a certain Liverpool FC pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of European football. All this and much more, in this week’s edition of ‘The Sportsweek that was’.
IPL Moment of the week
Let’s face it, at the age of just 18, Sarfaraz Khan is putting an entire generation of teenagers to shame and an entire nation in awe with his performances. His fearless innings against Sunrisers was as refreshing as a chilled drink after a hard day’s work and much more entertaining than any of the cat videos on the internet. Sarfaraz Khan’s stature and his heroics are clearly inversely proportional to each other. As Chris Gayle rightly put it, with atleast a decade or more ahead of him, Sarfaraz is one to watch out for in the years to come.
Disappointing Moment of the week
With Saina Nehwal choosing to rest herself and withdrawing from the Singapore Open, India’s hopes of any title were already grim even before the tournament began. But it was the early exit of all Indian shuttlers from the Singapore Open which was the real disappointment for the fans. Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, and Ajay Jayaram, all crashed out in the opening round for the third tournament in a row and PV Sindhu followed their footsteps as she crashed out in the second round. Without Saina, the Indian Badminton contingent certainly seems very lacklustre to say the least.
WOW Moment of the week
Anfield have a history of witnessing great European nights and Liverpool did not disappoint their fans as they showcased yet another miraculous comeback to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Liverpool turned doubters into believers a decade ago when they came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan in the UCL finals and they again proved that miracles can happen with an injury-time winner from Dejan Lovren against Borussia Dortmund, on the eve of the Hillsborough disaster. The entire stadium erupted in joy and the fans worldwide were sent into frenzy. It was an absolutely crazy match and certainly one for the ages.
Controversial Moment of the week
After weeks of controversy surrounding the IPL matches in Maharashtra, the high court finally ordered that the IPL matches scheduled to be conducted in the month of May, need to be shifted to a new location. With the state suffering from a severe water crisis, it only seems logical that 13 matches in May will now be played elsewhere. As per reports, Bengaluru seems to the front-runner to get the hosting rights for the IPL final but the decision is yet to be confirmed by the IPL officials.
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In one last hurrah, legendary Basketball star, Kobe Bryant scored an incredible 60 points in his farewell game to help Los Angeles Lakers win against Utah Jazz. After 20 long seasons in the NBA, Bryant bid goodbye by scoring a whooping 23 points in the fourth quarter of the match to set off into the sunset in style.
"What else can I say?," asked Bryant and ended his speech with, "Mamba out!".
We shall definitely miss you ‘Black Mamba’.