BENGALURU India have finally developed a potent pace attack which can help them win overseas but the fast bowlers would still benefit from the recruitment of a dedicated coach, spearhead Umesh Yadav told Reuters.
Captain Virat Kohli had led his men admirably till last week's Pune test, where a 333-run rout by Australia ended India's 19-match unbeaten streak.
In 139 years of test history, no one had achieved what Karun Nair did on December 19 at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai - score a triple century (303 not out) in only his third test innings. Sir Len Hutton scored 364 in his ninth innings, a record that stood for 78 years till Nair made it his own.
In 1980, when India barely had a badminton stadium of any repute, Prakash Padukone won the All England tournament by defeating reigning champion Liem Swie King and topped the world ranking. That was a feat no Indian player could have dared to dream at the time.
At 61, Prakash Padukone continues to work towards achieving excellence in Indian sport through his badminton academy and Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit sports promotion foundation. Reuters met Padukone at his academy in Bengaluru where he shared his insights on how India should prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.
BENGALURU After bringing home just two medals from the Rio Olympics, India needs to be realistic in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games and should narrow its focus to a handful of sports, says former All England badminton champion Prakash Padukone.
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The Indian cricket board's experiment with former Indian players as coaches needs to reach its logical conclusion - an Indian head coach. At least, this time the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has the luxury of considering someone with credentials such as Rahul Dravid.
Though cricket is a team sport, often batsmen are “seen” to walk away with the limelight in a team's victory. This time it was the bowlers who earned their stripes with distinction.
The fact that the young Indian team recovered quickly from a humiliating defeat and scripted a victory in the next test match will forge greater self-belief in them. At the highest level, sport is a lot about self-belief. What the team has successfully managed to achieve is to quickly extricate itself from all the negativity of a defeat, regroup and then outplayed the opposition.