This week saw more bad than good with Mary Kom clinching gold at the World Championship as India’s only positive outcome. Gaurav Mukhi suspended for age-fudging, Harmanpreet Kaur being called a ‘cheat’, and South American football’s grueling scenes ahead of derby constitute our bad and ugly.
The modern definition of a ‘sport legend’ must evidently be someone who has made a comeback to the top. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic can all be called one for they have successfully regained glory after career-threatening injuries. Cristiano Ronaldo too, for all his footballing abilities, endured purgatory to leapfrog Lionel Messi in 2013’s Ballon d’Or race, which many believe was his second birth. Mary Kom, undoubtedly, deserves this tag after the 35-year-old pugilist won her sixth World Championships gold on Saturday, after 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010, to become the most successful female boxer in the history of the category. It is hard to imagine a non-cricketing athlete reaching such heights in India and she had her share of comebacks too. After starting like a rocket by winning World Championship thrice and the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship twice within five years of her debut, Mary had to take a hiatus when her two children were born. But, she returned to the fore after two years and won the championship again. Age has taken no toll on her perfection of the art as was found on Sunday as we wait impatiently for the Olympics.
Despite the Indian eves doing decently in the T20 World Cup, they were never really the real contenders, which makes their virtual third-place finish a deserving one. Both the finalists, Australia and England, have a proper T20 league in place back home in Women's Cricket Super League and Women's Big Bash League, where the players had time for proper preparations for over a year to get acquainted
India’s Asian Cup hopes are standing on a thin rope after their recent performance against Jordan was dismal, to say the least. Under Stephen Constantine, the side has looked threatening at times, when on their offence, but have failed to convert their chances up top. The last phase of Indian Super League is supposed to be a huge chance for Indian youngsters to perform and get into the squad that will start preparations from December 16. And the untimely suspension of Gaurav Mukhi by AIFF for age-fudging in the Indian Super League only bodes badly for the national team who are already
Indian cricket is filled with stories of players who had all the potential in the world to get into the national team and turn heads with their performances, but they have ended up being nobodies spending time on the domestic circuit. We come across such names every two months and this time it is time to mention Kerala’s
The fairytale beginning that the Indian eves had in the Women’s T20 World Cup ended it a brutal way. And no, we’re not talking about the semi-final loss to England that brought a jolting end to their campaign. It is rather the allegations that followed suit, which has brought the India women’s cricket more shame. Within hours of the Indian side losing to England, a freelance sports agent named Anisha Gupta came out with a revealing tweet stating that Mithali Raj was being kept out of the side by politics and calling skipper Harmanpreet Kaur “cheat, liar, and undeserving”. The love lost between the ODI and T20I skipper of the side has always been an open discussion but letting the differences seep into the team management that eventually led to the side losing out on a World Cup would be seen as a serious offence with
The biggest reason by far for football to survive the test of time has been passion. Somehow, each community could relate to the way their football club has played over the years that has kept the passion and the love intact for eternity. However, what should, at