On a Super Sunday that enthralled sports fans, PV Sindhu in Basel and Ben Stokes in Leeds worked their way, in contrasting styles, to sporting glory. The World Championships 2019 women’s singles final and penultimate day of the 3rd Ashes Test are certainly unforgettable sporting episodes.
- PV Sindhu became the 1st Indian to win BWF Championships gold
- Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 135 helped England pull off a miraculous Ashes win
- Stokes and Sindhu conquered demons to achieve unquestionable greatness
Two athletes, two different sport and two contrasting wins. The Super Sunday couldn’t have lived up to its name better. PV Sindhu was staking her claim to greatness in Basel. On the other side of the English channel, Ben Stokes was at it in Leeds.
At large, it was a story of two athletes finally managing to cross the finish line without stumbling at the final hurdle. PV Sindhu at Rio Olympics, Glasgow World Championships, Nanjing World Champions, Jakarta Asian Games and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Ben Stokes at World T20 final in Kolkata, the World Cup thriller in London (if you remember it right).
Both PV Sindhu and Ben Stokes overcame their demons in emphatic styles and proved they are among the finest in sport.
PV Sindhu asserts greatness in Basel
Sindhu was called “choker”. It was said she was “not yet gold standard”. Sindhu had won two bronze medals at World Championships even before she made a Superseries final. At 22, she became the first ever Indian female athlete to win a silver at the Olympics. However, the lack of a gold medal in her illustrious CV was highlighted more often than not.
As Sindhu pointed out, questions were asked “over and over” over her inability to finish on the top step of the podium at major events. Her temperament and her big-match skills were doubted.
On Sunday, Sindhu let her racket do the talking in Basel.