A sporting icon lets his inner Kamal Haasan spill out, a young pacer who made Bollywood endings believable and the soap opera where a mentor played the perfect captain and a captain attempted mentoring. It was that kind of a week.
Sports writers love putting athletes on a weighing scale and speculating how the balance will tilt. It’s mildly blasphemous to rank champions’ records but we do try. Example: Who’s the greatest-ever Indian batsman? Is it Gavaskar, Tendulkar or Kohli? But then there are those rare delightful days when an ‘what-was-that’ television advertisement brings a smile. But soon, true to habit, the question sprouts: Is Neeraj Chopra the best acting talent among India’s sporting icons? Call it immediacy bias but Chopra’s Dasavatharam for a plastic money aggregator was a screamer.
Chopra’s mention brings to mind the nerveless Kartik Tyagi, who defended 4 runs in IPL’s most sensational heist of Season 14. Loose limbs, graceful stride and that give-it-all final thrust. Had Tyagi taken up javelin before cricket, the 140-plus pacer would have had 80 metres plus dreams.
Imagine, this was just the first week of IPL and Olympians haven’t really hit the track after a limber-down post Tokyo. Next week, they all are expected to hit their strides.
That broadly sums up the week gone by.
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