Wowrinka!

Stan Wawrinka just won his third Grand Slam, making him the oldest in 46 years to win the US Open. Here’s an profile-feature I’d written on Stan Wawrinka for The Teenager Today magazine almost two years ago. He had only won the Australian Open in 2014 then. Add two more to that, and this Swiss star who does not respond to the name ‘Roger Federer’ has proven once again that he ain’t another ‘run of the mill’ Tennis Champion! And once again, I am so happy at the way I concluded this one!


When you’re a Swiss sportsman of this era, you’d always be second best to a certain legend, no matter how good you are. And if you are a Swiss Tennis player of this era, you’d be constantly living under the shadow of a certain Roger Federer. Yet, Stanislas Wawrinka has rightfully earned his place as one of the very best to come out of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


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Now that the euphoria of yet another Olympic Games is over, let’s look at some of the common reactions of the average Indian Sports Fan! These conversations are purely fictitious and any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental, but not impossible.


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This is a profile-feature I had written a year ago for The Teenager Today magazine, after some research on Carolina Marin. No better time to post this online, now that she is also an Olympic Champion!

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A left-handed Racket wielding Spaniard has been in the news in recent times for all the right reasons. Winning trophies, being the top-seed, defeating the best in the business, this southpaw has done it all. And it’s not Rafael Nadal. We’re talking about another champion who plays another racket sport and responds to the name, Carolina Marin.


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Less than a week ago, a young man became the first earthling to cross the four-digit mark in an inning, making Pranav Dhanawade a household name. Accolades from the who’s who of the cricketing world followed. Comparisons, albeit prematurely, with the greatest followed soon after in the social world.

After the fairy-tale-turning-into-a-reality story had calmed down, few articles [First Post, SACricketMag, SportsKeeda] surfaced online, the ones that put things into perspective and looked at the other side of the Pranav special. While their points were pertinent, it was a bit unfair on them to criticize Pranav.


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While we need to commend the committee led by Justice RM Lodha for taking a decision that wasn’t particularly popular yet was very essential for India’s favourite sport, there are still some gaps that the respected former justices would do well to address. The major one being, can the two teams in question (CSK and RR, for those who walked in late) still play the next two IPLs, regardless of their owners being banned? The committee did say that the players will be allowed to play without specifying in what capacity (or for which team).


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Australia won. No, India lost!

For the common Indian fan, it isn’t a defeat. This is equivalent somebody snatching their spouse away. We criticize, crib and troll our team, sometimes so obnoxiously that it defies the laws of logic of even the animal world!

I am hopeful of a time when we will be a sporting nation, literally in every sense of that word. A nation that would accept defeat gracefully by patting our players on the back for a job well-done, and giving credit to the opposition for being the better team on the day. Till then, we’ll keep getting reactions like the ones listed below. Note: I am not counting myself out of this ‘crime’ either!


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