Co-founder and co-host of Sportal Combat, Sports Journalist, Entrepreneur
Pranav Gandhi is an entrepreneur and a sports blogger. He has written for various publications including CNNGo, GQ and FirstPost. He also appears on television news shows on sports related topics. He is the co-founder and co-host of Sportal Combat
Are we just allowed to tweet, "We are proud of you Gagan," or can we also say, "We were proud of you in 2012 and we are proud of you in 2016 but come on Gagan, not even one final qualification? You have to do better?"
The most important story in India about the ultimate event in sports--The Summer Olympic Games--is whether Salman Khan was the right choice for Goodwill Ambassador. My knee-jerk reaction was that a sportsperson should be appointed as Goodwill Ambassador to a sporting event. I thought the choice of Salman was senseless. I was wrong. This entire debate is senseless.
I've been following cricket ever since I was a child and I love the game more than most. Yet in recent years, I find myself alternating between great interest in it to downright indifference. I am currently in the "who cares" phase and it has reached a point where I frankly couldn't be bothered to watch a single ball being bowled. So, why don't I give a hoot about any of it? I decided to do some introspection.
As Monday dawns in New York City Serena Williams is going for a calendar Grand Slam. Don't be fooled by her dominance -- this is not an easy feat. Think about it for a second. The first year that all four majors were played by women was 1922. Since that time only three women, Maureen Connolly Brinker (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988) have won all four slams in the same year. Only three women. If Serena triumphs in two weeks, she will be the fourth.
Despite the Delhi High Court dropping the spot-fixing charges against S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, the BCCI had decided that it will not revoke its ban on the three players. However, just a ban feels incomplete doesn't it? Is it enough? It hasn't been in the past. Here is a thought. We've taken away their ability to play cricket, but let's go all the way and erase them altogether from our memory.
Don't let the multiple headlines, million scenarios and scores of opinions confuse you. The decisions that need to be made by the so-called custodians of the game of cricket in India are as simple as it gets.