What next for the Indian Sports fan?
A true sports fan never has a lack of choices for sports- we have so many to follow — almost impossible to keep track of all of them (although we try to make-believe that we are aware of it all).
Lets begin with Badminton. What a season we are having!
Kidambi Srikanth’s sensational run, HS Prannoy’s giant killing spree and B. Sai Praneeth’s super form has stolen the march for Indian men ahead of their women counterparts.
Except the Sudirman Cup (isn’t such a bad result when you are knocked out by China), but the results do predict we are going to be challenging even the Chinese in the team competitions (Sudirman , Thomas and Uber cup, Asain Games). Not that the women shuttlers have been too bad. Just that the men have been scintillating. Us fans are eagerly waiting for the World Championships, more Top 10 stuff and certainly some better showing in the Doubles arena.
The U-17 FIFA WC, ISL and the new season of European Football
Generally speaking, the U-17 WC does not create that much of a buzz, but it’s us who’s hosting it this time and a sport in which we don’t have a great history and certainly one in which we’d want to leave some footprint. It has to be the tournament which gives us more in-depth knowledge about the current scenario of grassroots development and about the players who are going to be future of Indian football. More than the results, its the exposure which the blues need.
The Indian Super League gets more intriguing as two more teams (one from my hometown Jamshedpur) get ready for the new season with all franchises virtually having new teams. If the Draft was anything to go by, this season is shaping up to be very unpredictable.
We’re a month into the transfer season of European football, and we’ve already seen AC Milan representing the Chinese method of spending with their Chinese owners. Here’s to hoping the former European Giants’ glory days are to be seen again. The transfers are a spectacle in their own right but the real spectacle has to be how the new signings perform when the season kicks in.
For F1 fans, it’s the same old two horse race, only that Nico has been replaced by Vettel, we’ve seen some more encouraging finishes from Force India and it’s the same frustation for us age-old Alonso fans. His selection of teams has cost him dear. It does not seem as if this going to change anytime soon.
For Hockey fans, although The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup gave us some encouraging signs, but the recent results for both Mens and Womens teams diminishes all hope. Hockey India meanwhile seems to believe India isn’t one of world’s best yet as it withdrew from FIH’s Hockey Pro League. Of course, we had to be deprived of all those mouthwatering clashes between our national team and the world’s best. It really is a shame!
Table Tennis also gets into the act of organizing it’s own Pro league named Ultimate Table Tennis. Sathiyan Gnansekaran has already beaten players like world number 8 Wong Chun Ting, world number 23 Stefan Fegerl and world number 41 Par Gerell in the League and we hope more players like him get a taste of playing against some of the world’s best, while we fans get to see the best action.
NBA fans keep track of the new contracts being signed, and seeing some of their players change alliegances. Kabaddi resumes with the very popular Pro Kabaddi League. Athletes get ready for the World Championships, Grandmasters go about their regular schedule of Grand Prixs, whereas Archers and Shooters sharpen their aim for World Cups and Championships.
Do I really need to provide an update for Cricket?
Of course, we also get to see the biggest games played with our athletes as they get regularly played by politicians who have no idea what they’re doing!