Canindia News – Indian sports fans had plenty to cheer for over a week as Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, Indian cricket and hockey teams were out-performing to be world beaters.

Summary

  • Indian sports fans had plenty to cheer for over a week as Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, Indian cricket and hockey teams were out-performing to be world beaters.
  • The cricket team could not consolidate the 1-0 lead in the four-Test series against Australia by losing the second Test at Perth while the hockey team was left with the consolation of drawing their pool match 2-2 with eventual winners Belgium and losing 1-2 to the other finalists the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
  • Once she was through with the top two players of the world, Sindhu looked more comfortable in beating another sticky customer, Ratanchok Intanon of Thailand, in the semis before settling a score with another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara who had beaten her in the World Championships final last year.
  • The Indian cricket team may have lost the second Test at the brand new Perth Stadium, but it was the Australians who thought of declaring their second innings to protect their bowlers from the fiery Indian pacers, something Bishan Bedi did in 1976 at Kingston, Jamaica, when he declared the Indian innings at 97 for five with Anshuman Gaekwad, Brijesh Patel and Gundappa Viswanath already hurt badly while batting and he and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar were injured in the field.
  • By all accounts, it was the usual Perth pitch, but what prompted coach Justin Langer to say after the match that he seriously thought of declaring Australia’s second innings to save his bowlers from injury, never mind the last-wicket pair Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood added 30 priceless runs to psychologically knock the Indians out of the match after Australia lost four wickets in 15 balls for three runs.

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