The opening bars deserve the name of a 19 yr old girl from Hissar, Haryana – Saina Nehwal. And we all wish, back home, the Indian media and people are giving her the due attention and adulation. The world’s seventh best women’s badminton player was a quarterfinalist here at the Aviva Singapore open at the Singapore indoor stadium, last week; and carried the good form to her first BWF Super Series win in the Indonesian Open, at Jakarta. She is the first Indian lady to achieve this feat and third Indian overall (after Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand). In the thrilling, edge-of-the-seat final, she completed her revenge over Wang Lin, who had ousted Saina from the Aviva open.
Our sportswomen ruled the past week. The women’s cricket team made it to the semi finals of the T20 WC in England, whiles the much fancied men were licking their wounds after losing all games against top nations. The men’s hockey team finished a dismal ninth in the junior hockey world cup, held here at Singapore.
A decade ago, the debate was – if we can win the junior hockey title, why can’t we win the senior men’s hockey world cup or Olympics? The same question has now got rephrased to – if we can be ninth in the junior hockey world cup, why are we struggling to qualify in men’s senior world cup or Olympics, featuring 12 nations! It’s quite possible that such results and success of ‘Chak-De’ have forced the IHF chief KPS Gill to form an alliance with Hockey India!! From now on, the curious question would be – will the women’s hockey players start playing like the men’s team or will it be vice versa?
Still, kudos to the sparse Indian crowd, who braved the Anchorvale community club to cheer the hockey team. Imagine where the team would have finished without that support too.
Thank almighty, the T20 WC is over. Traditional rivals, Pakistan, won five matches enroute to winning this cup; only three of them vs top test playing nations. That makes only 120 overs of dominance over top teams to become a World Champion! Just to put a benchmark, even for a comprehensive test match victory, a team stays on field for an average of 300 overs, atleast. Cricket indeed has travelled some distance. And so too has the Indian team – from New Zealand, to South Africa, to England and now to West Indies.
If they can make a stopover at Singapore Padang ground, en route to India, that would be ‘Around the world in 130 days’!!!
The ODI matches against West Indies will challenge Indians in Singapore. The matches start at 1030pm SGT and end around 0630am – that’s a call center guy’s night shift! The last two matches are on July 3rd and 5th, after which there’s no cricket featuring the Indian team, till September. So, would you like to pay 30.00++ SGD (Starhub’s cricket package monthly price) for seeing the Indian team twice in night shift? – at 15.00++ SGD per match, staying awake whole night, that’s some passion! PSP’s sincere suggestion is we wait till the first two matches (June 26th and June 28th) get over. If scoreline is two nil either ways, then the case to cancel becomes stronger!