Category: Sports

Little did anyone know or dream about when Neo Sports Termed this Test Series as World Championship, it would be really one World Championship…. And it was a very well played Series by both the teams. Even before the series started it was being talked by everyone in the cricket fraternity as it was a series between two of the best teams in the world and it was for the fight of Being the No.1 in test Cricket in ICC Ratings. And it showed in the hard work, attitude and body language of players from both the teams..

The First Test at Nagpur was all applauds and compliments to South Africa, they played very well and won the match by an innings, however it was the bad batting and bowling display of Indian Team that also cost India the match… And the reason for India’s poor Display in the First Match may be said to be the lack of good Middle order Batsmen like Rahul Dravid, V.V.S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh. The top order batsmen were just not in their best along that match. And then the bowling of Dale Steyn with 10 wickets in the match was just awesome which just did not let the Indian Batsmen to settle down and score some runs. The only two Indian batsmen who hit a ton in the match were V.Sehway (in the first innings) and S.Tendulkar (in the 2nd innings), however it was in vain.. I was almost wishing for a draw when i saw that Zaheer Khan was playing well but a loose shot and he gave away his wicket and all the hopes were lost. And South Africa was celebrating with a Innings Win.

With a Loss in the Series and the No.1 Spot being challenged Indians had to make a comeback and the pressure was on India to comeback in the second match. With V.V.S Laxman back in the team it was a boost for the team as they had a very good middle order batsman on whom they could trust, and Indians wanted to win the 2nd Test match so badly, as all eyes of their fellow countrymen were on them. It was being debated and talked all over the media that it was the bad form of the Spinners due to which the Indians let South African Team score so much runs. And with a double century in the Duleep Trophy with a record chase, most of them thought Yusuf Pathan would be selected in the 2nd test, however it was not true. And when the 2nd Test match started all Indians were on their toes, specially when South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

Second test match at Eden gardens, Kolkata was so important for Team India as they not only had to win but also show the world that they were capable of Being No.1. And from Day one India just showed that in their fielding and bowling the attitude and the body language of the Indians was just right and they did everything right to get the South African team out as soon as possible. It was Petersen and Amla who gave a very stiff stand, however the Indian bowlers who were determined to get the batsmen out did just the right thing and Zaheer got 4 wickets in the First Innings, however when India started batting it was just the display of class and the Best Batsmen in Indian Team just showed the world why they were called the Best… Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman, and Dhoni all scored centuries and got India to very good score and a very good lead, and declared and put South Africa to bat and again other than Amla no one else could settle down thanks to the Indian Spin bowling attack From Harbhajan Singh and Amit Misha who took 5 and 3 wickets respectively, the last wicket stand went on for almost 20 overs or almost an hour and it was quiet frustrating to the Indian Spectators, however just one good bowl from Bhajji sealed the deal for India Retaining the No.1 Spot and it showed on the faces of the Indian Players who were relieved to see the Team’s No.1 Spot and the celebrations were on.

However it needs to be seen for how long the Indian Team can hold on as i do not see much of Test Matches Being played By India this year.. So Guys And Gals Lets hope for the Best!!!!!

Sports In India!!!!

Yes, you are seeing it right, i am gonna write about the Sports in India and its state now!!!! When we say Sports in India, the only sport that comes in to mind is Cricket, and no Cricket is not our national game. However cricket is the favorite game of almost every Indian, even before he learns to walk or run properly. Cricket was popularised in India by the British Soldiers and there were very few Indians who used to play the game in the olden days as it was a very costly game. Only people who were in the British Army or in the Govt. or Royal Families used to play the game. However Cricket got more popularised in India after the 1983 World Cup Victory by Kapil Dev & Team. Lets not talk more about Cricket as i feel it has not lost its charm.

Sports like Hockey, Kabbadi, Volleyball, BasketBall, Football, Tennis, Shooting, Archery, boxing and other games are in a poor state due to financial problems. We have won numerous olympic medals in Hockey, and it is our national game, there was a time when there was atleast one person from every family in India who wanted to be a hockey player, however now every person in every alternate Indian family wants to be a Cricketer. Hockey has had its own ups and downs in the recent years of Indian Hockey History. Recently India was gonna put up its second rung team for Hockey world cup to be organised in India and the reason being the senior players went on strike as they were not being paid by Hockey Federation of India. The answer coming from the authorities was that the Indian Federation was bankrupt they did not have a single pie to pay the hockey players. It was resolved by the IOA head coming in between and paying the Hockey players their dues and in such a way the turmoil came to a halt, but after a week it again started with women hockey team going on strike for the same reason and at both times many Industries and State Govts. came ahead to pay the dues that need to be paid to the players.

Also recently there was a turmoil in between the Indian Shooting Academy or Federation (i am not sure what it is called) and Abhinav Bindra the olympic medalist for Shooting in the last olympics was ill treated by the association, Abhinav had asked the association to give him an exception from the trials and that his selection should be based on his performances in the various tournaments, however the association felt its ego was being hurt and said no to his request and did not select him in the team, just after some weeks Abhinav won a medal again in a tournament and proved that the decision taken by the association was wrong. The politics being played by various associations has hurt not alone the players talents but also the country on a whole as the individuals are not being able to showcase their talents in the international arena due to which our country is lacking behind on the medals tally. If the associations start searching for genuine talent and stop selecting people based on how much money they get from that candidate or who has the most referral letters then i am sure all the sports in India will start recovering. And this is not it, we Indians need to encourage all the sports being played in India and if possible corporates can donate some amount every month to the IOA which can then distribute the money with full transparency to various associations in need of money then i am sure we will be in track of recovery, also i hope BCCI also thinks of keeping some amount separately for other sports would also be of great help.

If such things are put into use i am sure that the day is not far when we will start winning Gold Medals for the sport that was invented in India “Kabbadi” and our National Sport “Hockey”. All The best to All Sports Persons of India.