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Kaushik Lakshman

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Sports lover from my earliest memories. Took to writing and reading about sports since I was not great shakes at playing them. Sports and sportsmanship is more than just a game, its a way of life!

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Thank you for reading the article. Absolutely. There is a lot of talent in different pockets of the country. If only the AIFF got its act together we could make real progress here. I felt our Under-17 team is pretty decent and showed some promise in the previous year’s world cup at home.

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thank you Chris for reading the article. Let’s hope your words come true. 🙂

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thank you for reading this. 🙂 Indeed it’s heartening to see our football on the rise. I wish hockey would go back to its glory days as well.

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thank you so much Melange for reading and your wonderful comment. Glad you enjoyed it.
Yes, the Socceroos look a shadow of the team which won the title 4 years back. I watched the game against Jordan and it was a shocking un-Socceroo like performance. They have managed to progress to the knockouts however and let’s hope they play well enough to progress deep into the tournament. 🙂

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thank you 🙂

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

You are right in every count.
The ISL is a money spinner which does not really improve our quality in grassroots. The national coach was given short shrift by the AIFF and the national team was given almost no priority once the ISL started a few years back. During one of the qualifying rounds, the AIFF refused to let the national players be released for a 10-day national camp ahead of a crucial qualifying match despite our national coach begging them to. The reason? The ISL franchises didn’t want to release these players.
That is the kind of attitude and priority given to the national team by the AIFF. this was 2 years back.
That the team has managed to put these things in the boiler and managed to improve gives us a lot of hope. Kudos to the coach and the team. But now with the first-round exit, the coach has resigned which is disappointing. I wonder if there is more than what meets the eye in his resignation. It won’t be surprised if he was asked to resign by the AIFF who fearing a public backlash didn’t want to sack him on paper directly. Anything is possible with the AIFF.

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thanks for reading the article.
Yes, they played barefoot in the 2 Olympics. But the barefoot reason is popular but also a myth. According to an article in India’s Sports Illustrated magazine, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) cited the reason as “disagreements over team selection, and insufficient practice time.”
But this too is not a good enough reason for not sending a team which had qualified for the prestigious team. I find it ridiculous.

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thanks for reading the article. 🙂
According to a report in India’s Sports Illustrated magazine, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) cited the reason as “disagreements over team selection, and insufficient practice time.”
This is as ridiculous as the Scottish FA reason. The players give their heart out during qualifying and then officials think they have the right to stop sending the players on flimsy grounds.

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

Thanks. Yes, they had qualified for the first world cup after WW2 in 1950 in Brazil. There is a popular myth that India did not play because they were not allowed to play barefoot. While that makes for a good story, the actual reasons seem to be the same old curse that has dogged much of our country’s sports administration, perennially – political lack of will and incompetence.
According to a report in India’s Sports Illustrated magazine, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) cited the reason as “disagreements over team selection, and insufficient practice time.”

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

There is a certain romance about matches going deep into the 5th set. While I understand the need for matches to have a cut-off point, keeping in mind the health and fitness of the players, 6-6 in the final set is too early for a tiebreaker.
12-12 seems good.
The most enthralling matches in the Australian open have been the ones which have run deep, the Nadal-Djokovic 2012 final springs to mind.

If these things happen at the 2019 Australian Open, tennis will be the real winner

Thiem and Zverev are the only next-gen players to realistically have a chance to upset the applecart. More Thiem than Zverev. Zverev seems to lack temperament in slams to eke out wins and go deep. However, Lendl’s coaching might do him a world of good. 2018 was a coming-of-age year for Dominic Thiem. Reaching finals at Roland Garros and then that epic fight against Nadal in the US Open Quarters before losing. Another serious challenger is going to be Kevin Anderson.
But I still think it’s going to be one of Rafa, Federer or Djokovic holding aloft the trophy. My bet is on Rafa this time to hold aloft this elusive trophy after 10 years.

If these things happen at the 2019 Australian Open, tennis will be the real winner

While I buy your above argument regarding railway canteen, what about him asking, “Who names their kids Cheteshwar Jadega?” Was that also some kind of stand up joke?

A response to Kerry O'Keefe from an Indian fan