India performance in various sporting events is at its all-time high. We are no longer a country excelling only in one or two sporting activities! Our players from various disciplines have made the country proud on the world stage.
My name is Shravan Murali from Chennai. I am currently pursuing my PGDM ( Year 2) at Institute for Financial Management and Research, Sricity. Also an ardent Indian Cricket fan, who is very passionate about analyzing and writing in Indian Cricket.
Be it the resurgence of Indian hockey; the unbeaten run of the blue tigers in Indian football; the series of wins in badminton super series and world championships. The Indian cricket team’s continued consistent performances across formats.
Sports wise Analysis
Cricket! India has always been miles ahead in this sport. Whether in terms of having a powerful administrative body or its team’s performance. The heartening fact in Cricket has been the excellent performance of women’ cricket team. Finishing runner’s up in the world cup was an incredible achievement. Considering that the team had to play the qualifiers to gain an entry into the tournament. Men’s cricket is marching towards making history i.e. being the top-ranked side in all formats. In the Last few months, it appears Virat Kohli and Co could do no wrong.
Indian Football! The number of enthusiastic fans watching English Premier League is much higher than people watching International football in our country. We have never been known for the quality of football that we showcase. Not participating in a single world cup, speaks volumes of the bad shape of the game in this nation. Contrary to all critical remarks, blue tigers (Indian senior team), are currently on an unbeaten run of 12 games. The team has also made it to the AFC Asian Cup after a long gap of 8 years. Another feather in the Cap of Stephen Constantine’s boys was reaching the sub 100 ranking in July this year (96)
It was said that the only way India could play in a FIFA world cup was by hosting it. It indeed turned out to be true. India’s bid to host the FIFA under -17 world cup was approved and the group of under 17 boys delivered a spirited performance against the much higher ranked opponents, though they lost all the three games. The world cup would be remembered for India’s first goal in a global event scored by Jeaken Singh, the lad from Manipur.
Onto India’s National Sport, Hockey! The worst phase of Indian Hockey was during the 2012 Olympics, where India could not win a single game and ended up being last. Since that event, Indian hockey has undergone a major transformation. India is now recognized as a force to reckon with in world hockey. The Hero Hockey India League, the IPL style franchised based tournament has contributed majorly towards this turnaround. From finishing a creditable third in the 2014-15 hockey world league and second in the 2016 champions trophy to winning the Asia cup after a decade shows that the team has made giant strides. The Junior world cup triumph has given the selectors an opportunity to infuse fresh, young legs into the team. An opportunity to win the Hockey world cup at home in 2018 (Bhubaneshwar) beckons.
Interesting Point: Is Hockey India’s National Sports? Comment Your Views !!
Badminton! Probably could be termed as No.2 to cricket in terms of the laurels that were won by the various players. First came Saina Nehwal, then P. Kashyap, P.V Sindhu. Now we have a pool of badminton singles players (both male and female) who can beat the best of players in the world. A lot of credit needs to go to P. Gopichand for guiding most of these players on the right path. P.V Sindhu’s Olympic Medal, World Championship and Super Series performances and Kidambi Srikanth’s three super series wins have been the highlights of yet another memorable year for Indian Badminton.
Kabaddi Kabaddi……! India has been a powerhouse in Kabaddi since the game’s inception. Winning all the three editions of the world cup is proof of its dominance in the sport. The expanded pro-kabaddi league with 12 teams has been a great initiative which has helped in popularizing the sport across the country. It has also helped in fine-tuning the game of the Indian Kabaddi players.
Olympics! A great platform to showcase a country’s talent pool. The common question that comes up after every edition of Olympics is:
Why does a large country like India not win many medals, whereas a country like xxx which has a very small population ends up being amongst the top performers?
It is indeed a fact that our country has not been able to perform well in this quadrennial global event, but the main reason for this is that our country is much stronger in some sporting events which are out of scope in Olympics. I firmly believe if Cricket or Kabaddi was a part of Olympics, India would have been guaranteed a medal in every edition. Recent successes in Hockey and Badminton have given hope for more medals in future Olympic games.
We can do much better!
India’s talent in sports has never been a question, it is now happy to see the talent now also churning out excellent performances across different streams. This can be described as a purple patch in Indian sport. Citizens around the world would have taken note of these creditable performances of Indian sportsperson but to regard India as a sports superpower, an excellent performance in the Olympics is a prerequisite. Another necessary ingredient to becoming a sporting superpower is to deliver noteworthy performances in a wide gamut of games and not just in a limited number of sports (Like the Indian contingent).
To conclude, it would be too early to talk anything along the lines of a sporting superpower, just based on performances within a small-time frame, in a few selected sporting activities.