Every once a while, we wish we could just live in our dream world. The pandemic has allowed us precisely that. It’s our chance to escape from reality and mold things in the way we would have wanted them to turn out.
UCL Round of 16 – Ronaldo Out, Messi through
Let’s start with the defending EPL champions. Kevin De Bruyne led them to victory at the Bernabéu, and he keeps up the good form. He produces some peaches two of which find Gabriel Jesus in open spaces leading to tap ins. The Etihad is on its feet, as the Los Blancos bow down to the EPL champs. Man City makes it through to the quarters.
The Serge Gnabry and North London affair continue. He made it a terrible night for the Chelsea blues at the Bridge, and he does that again at the Allianz. Only this time, instead of scoring he sets up Lewandowski to finalize the inevitable. Chelsea is out once again.
Ronaldo’s Juventus who were trailing to an away goal, level with Lyon in the opening two mins, thanks to their talisman, who produces another one of those magical jumps to head in from a cross. But the match doesn’t witness another goal in the remaining minutes. The match pushes into extra time, only to see Cristiano hit the post and Lyon score on the counter. The Old lady, getting OLD? Eh…. Cristiano?
And finally, the 6 time Ballon d’Or winner puts in a magical display as Barcelona put three past Napoli in the first half. The Italian club comes out fighting in the second half as they grab one back, but the game was put to bed by an unlikely hero in the form of Martin Braithwaite who makes his mark in the UCL. Barca makes it through to another UCL quarterfinal.
India Overcomes its Blues
So what if the test series with New Zealand wasn’t our best outing. We had South Africa to get back on track. But all was not so easy.
We win the first ODI, thanks to a Kohli masterclass. As he helps India chase down a stiff but achievable target of 290. He also bags the Man of the Match award.
But the Proteas come out all guns blazing in the second ODI, they put a mammoth total of 330 on the board as India fails agonizingly short of the target. We get out on 320 and the DHONI chants begin. But the series is pushed to the decider.
The final ODI witnesses an upcoming star as the young Mumbai lad Prithvi Shaw scores his first International ODI ton, helping India post a total of 300. And only when the Proteas were looking dangerous, Bumrah fires in his Yorkers for a scintillating second spell. He ends with figures of 5 for 40. India clinches the win and with that the series.
Aggression always pays
Isn't that right! uh..skipper?
Olympic – every 5 Years, wait, what?
P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are in full flow, as the only realistic possibility for Gold at the Olympics for India. Sindhu overcomes her loss at the All England championship by putting in the extra mile for the Olympics.
Preparation in Tokyo reaches the final stage as the Olympic flame is flown in from Greece to be put in its place for the world's biggest sporting event.
But the leader of the free world steps in to say, that the Olympics should be postponed till the next year.
An unexpected turn of events, but that is the nature of sports.