Mumbai, The Super Sunday, 18 June 2017 will be remembered as worst day for cricket fans, while best day for Indian Hockey fans and Badminton fans. The Super Sunday also reveals the ignorance of Indian fans towards sports other than cricket. Sunday was a momentous day for Indian sport as for once, Indian Cricket team took a back seat and it was the Indian hockey team and a badminton player that were the toast of the town. The Indian Cricket Team & supporters were blown out of the water by an energised Pakistan team, who amassed a total of 338/4 batting first and won against Indian team for a paltry 158 in 30.
The Monday morning papers where a clear reflection of this. The Newspapers and News Channels were at war to show Cricket stories till 18th Morning. No one cared to inform their readers and viewers about the two other important matches scheduled for the same day. Next day, they were all hiding behind Hockey teams glorious 7-0 win over arch rivals Pakistan and shuttler Shrikant’s maiden title win at Indonesia Open.
Rohit Sharma’s teweeg was quite mature and calm. He said, “This is a brilliant team. One bad game doesn’t change anything. We move on.”
our hockey team had defeated Pakistan 7-1 a few miles away from the Oval and people took pride (or solace?) in the performance of the men with the sticks.
What would have usually been an embarrassment and a spoiled day for India’s ‘sports fans’ became one to rejoice as an hour or two before, our hockey team had defeated Pakistan 7-1 a few miles away from the Oval and people took pride (or solace?) in the performance of the men with the sticks, a sight rarely seen these days. As soon as India started piling on the goals in the second half at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the cricket team were losing wickets at the same rate, if not more. By the time the 7-1 score line was sealed, India had lost Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in their chase of 339, with chances of a win looking extremely bleak.
Rohit Sharma’s tweet: “This is a brilliant team. One bad game doesn’t change anything. We move on.”
On one hand, it was a huge achievement for the hockey team to record their biggest win in history against their arch rivals, showing how much progress they have made over the last few years. On the other hand, after a week full of spectacular matches, the champion of the men’s singles at the Indonesia Open has been crowned. Srikanth Kidambi defeated Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in straight games 21-11 21-19 in a high-quality match to clinch his second Super Series Premier crown. While his performance was spectacular at the very least, he also won hearts with his beautiful tribute to coach Mulyo Handoyo.