12 seasons, 11 Play-Offs, 9 Finals and 3 Championships, can 2021 be Chennai Super Kings 4th Title? Or is it time for a new name in the IPL Trophy? Even though the Indian team lost the cricket series against Australia there are a lot of positives to look forward to. Do France have to always go behind to realise how good a team they are? And our Indian young shooters prove there is a lot to look forward to in spite of the Olympics disappointment. Let's go!
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Here's a God of the game. Twelve seasons, eleven playoffs, nine finals and three Championships. Can 21 beat Chennai Super kicks, four IPL titles? Or is it time for a new name in the of team? Even though the Indian team lost the cricket series against Australia, there are a lot of positives to look forward to do. The France football team have to always go behind to realize how good a team they are? And our Indian young shooters prove that there is a lot to look forward to in spite of the Olympics disappointment. Let's go.
Hello and welcome to episode 38 of Sports Church aware we start with a quick apology for missing the previous episode. But don't worry, we'll make it up as we have a lot of interesting updates on the world of sports for you. And to do that, as always, let's welcome Ishan. Hi guys. So glad to hear you guys. And excited to get this week rolling with a new podcast. See this week also, we are switching it up a little bit. Like not like in a great thing. We usually start with football and then we move on to other sports. Today we are going to start with cricket. And yes, there's been a lot of T 20 action going on. There is obviously IPN where it's playoff time right now. We'll talk about that. But we want to start with India versus Australia women's T 20 series. In fact, as we have been talking about, this has been one complete series where we had points taken from ODI Test and T 20. So the T 20 started off with a game that was washed out, but India lost the second and the third game also. Second game was a bit closer. I would say Australia was chasing about 119. They were I think about 85 94 for six at a stage. But then Talia Magra, she's been one of the shining stars for Australia in this entire series. I think a medium pace bowling all around her. She scored 42 and won the game for Australia. And the second game, India were not in the contest at all as long as Riti was there. We were there but then we lost it. But then some few nice positives that came out of it and we'll be looking forward to more women's cricket action. Big Bash League is starting. So you should generally follow Big Bash League, right? Because I think we have four Indians playing in the women's League. I think there is Herman sporty. So I think the Big Bash League has actually been a real boost for Indian women's cricket because I've always been a proponent of Indian players, even in the men's side should play in the Big Bash because not only of the exposure to a global audience for say not the superstars, but people who have future superstars, but also the way the Big Bash is organized as an event. What IPA used to be in the first three, four years. This event purely about cricket, where fans are everything but Big Bash has something else. It's like a show. It's almost like a colorful circus of cricket which makes it so entertaining to watch. The commentary is great, amazing jerseys, which IPL does not have, never had. So those are avenues which actually helps young Indians understand the global game better. And I think it's great that at least the women's side is moving and at least it's actually a superstars who are playing the Big bash. But I'm hoping for a longer run of younger girls who are waiting in the wings to play for India. Getting an opportunity in the Big bash. You followed this India Australia series pretty closely. What rating would you give the Indian women's team in terms of how you expected the series to go and how it ended? I would give an eight out of ten, definitely in terms of performance and effort. I never thought we would match Australia at this level. In fact, the final result might be might say that India won only one game, but we were actually very close to winning at least three or four games out of this entire series. We just couldn't finish it. There is that thing we are missing as a team that what do you call it that ruthlessness to finish off games? I think that will come over a period of time. Hopefully we'll pick that up and become a bigger team than who we are right now. We will move on to IPL where the playoffs are going on. In fact, yesterday we had the qualifier between CSK and Delhi Capitals and no points for guessing which team is in the finals already. It is the CSK, the Chennai Super Kings, their 9th finals. Yes, they have lost five of them, but hopefully this will be their fourth title. But once again, champion team, champion performance delivery. Capitals are very good, but again, I felt Russia Punt's inexperience incapacity costed them a little bit. Are you able to catch up the game yesterday? Not really, but CSK never failed to surprise me. Actually, it's like analogy and investments and how most of India relies on pension rate for the most reliable investment. Similarly, if you look at CSK people after going out, Tony and all the other guys take a walking stick for the match so they can barely move. But during the game and all that experience counts for something. It's unbelievable how they keep getting results after results year on year. And I think this might be another year of the Championship because hey, there might not be any Mumbai Indians. There isn't any Mumbai Indians. The Bunny. The Bunny, yes. Now that's great on CSK. Now DC, they have another chance. I actually love this playoff format that IPL follows. Not many other sport followers. I hope they all follow the top two getting an extra chance. But the other game, the Eliminator going on as we are talking, it's between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders. In fact, Kolkata are in pole position. To win this they need like for 32 orders in seven overs with seven wickets in hand. So it should be easy. By the time we finish this episode, this match should be done. So that game is happening day after tomorrow. It will be between Deli Capitals. And the way things are going on, I believe it will be KKR and one of the two will meet Chennai Super Kings in the finals on 15 October Friday. Remember guys, it's happening in UAE so the finals is happening on a Friday. Back to those 90s Shahjah days. So that's about it for this part. That's about it for T 20 cricket. This episode. When we come back on the next episode, we'll talk about the winner of the IPL. In the next part, we will talk about the Nation's League. In the previous episode, when we finished off, I said Nation's League is the Caraboul Cup of international Championships or the International games. But when you saw the games, when you saw how the players reacted when they won, it actually felt the other way around. There was actually a lot of euphoria around players and the managers and the coaching staffs, when the goals were scored, when the chances were missed. It was great to watch. Excellent advert for international football. In fact, seven years, eight years back when there's an international break, I used to be like, oh my God, this is boring. Two weeks of my life. But I think this nation speak has actually changed it a bit. Shall we? You are a little one more tournament. Why are they bringing this kind of a person or were you looking forward to Nation's League when it came? Now, to be very honest, I've actually been quite a fan of the Nation's League format because one thing which I think like you, me as well, irritated fans of club football was a lot of international friendlies with no relevance. So when there was either no qualifier or no European Championship for a World Cup, etc. For going on, a lot of the international breaks were just friendly in random countries, far, far away, not a home, not an away, which actually made no sense to me. But what a Nation League does, it gives that international football while they're actually fighting for a tournament. Because if you look at all the Premier club players who play for their country, they're playing for something every four years. In a way, if you look at Euros and the World Cup or Copa America and the World Cup, so that's not too much competitive football in terms of trophy knockout football for them in most of their international careers, you're saying 80% of their career is playing qualified or friendly. So this adds a little bit of spice. And last year, when the 14 1st session of the nation League with Portugal. One was a great show of how international football can be. And this year was nothing short of that. It was really exciting football, especially the finals. I loved that game. I saw the entire game. It was a great game to watch back and forth. And you said emotions were running high. People were playing for their countries. It's a great show for what international football or international sport can do over and above club football. And it was the world Champions, France Les Blues. They won the second UFO Nations League, and they technically become the first team ever to win a World Cup, a European Championship, and a Nations League football Championship. Now they defeated Las Rojas, the Spanish team who actually played really well in the finals. They defeated Spain two. One. After watching this game, this was my one liner. Thought all I had, like Spain was a much better team. They played much better football. But France had players who could produce some exquisite skills at crunch moments. That Benzuma's goal. Oh, wow, man. Wow. Like how we run out of words for Lewandowski. I think I run out of words for how much of an unheralded genius Benzema has been in our generation of watching football. Meaning he is a master class every game, literally. In the last couple of years, especially after Ronaldo left Madrid, he has just changed, gone up five levels. And by the way, with this victory, with this trophy, he is now officially the most decorated French player in all of France in football. It was a 27th proof. Most of it is Madrid, 19 of them with Madrid, seven of them with Leon. And it was at first with France, because for all of you guys who don't know DDay, Shams and Benzema one of the best of friends. They want friends on Facebook. They didn't follow each other on Instagram. Now they do now. They like every wheel. So Benjima is back. But I have a question for you. We saw France being pretty shitty in the Euros. Okay, that might be a harsh statement. The match against Switzerland, they were up three goals and then collapsed. But it wasn't going for them. It was a bunch of superstars playing eleven as well as the bench, but they were just not playing well. What changed, at least in these couple of games, what did you notice? I think only when they backs against the wall, they realize that they are a great team and that they can produce such kind of skills. Also, in terms of the forward line, I felt Benzema kind of probably felt a bit more comfortable during this time. Yeah. It's not that he wasn't playing at all. He had a bit of a training with France before the start of the Euros. Maybe that front three weren't gelling that much here. Also, they weren't gelling actually that much. It's only that two, three minutes of time. And they were able to find that particular space and to produce that kind of skill. So again, it is not that something that wasn't working for France in the Euros, as you said, it was a one off game against Switzerland where they kind of lost their defensive shape for about ten to 15 minutes. And Switzerland, at that point of time, press the advantage and came back. So if Mbappe had scored that goal, if France had won that game against Switzerland, we wouldn't have known like, we would have seen a different France in the same finals, in the finals and the panels in the finals, so we wouldn't know. So maybe that this France was always there, just that they needed to kick in the backside for them to wake up and realize that they are a great team. In defense of Benjamin, he did score four goals in the Euros as well. But my question is, if you look at the forward line of France, it's basically Benzema and Mbappe. Griezmann has gone completely off the face of the Earth right now. As a footballer, do you think he still deserves Merit's place in the first 11th? He still does. Deshamp absolutely love him. In fact, when he became the coach, when he saw Greysmann, when he took Griseman into the national team, his idea was to build a French National team around Greysman. In fact, the 2018 work company was built around Greysman. So he absolutely loves Greysman. So he will continue with Graceman for a while unless things go absolutely bad, which I don't think it will be. So Greysman will continue to be the main man in France. I'm not sure how he's going to do with Athletico, but generally France is going to be the main man. All right, let's talk about the team in red. In fact, this entire semi finals and finals were about team Blue versus team Red. It was the Azuris versus the Rohas Initiatives semifinals and then the Blues versus the Red Devils. Let's talk about the Red Devils, whose goalkeeper, after losing the semifinals, came out and said that this third place game is bullshit. Who plays these third place games? They don't care about these athletes and then they go and lose that game. Also, again, I'm going to ask, do you have a contract in place that you now can't name the countries? No, obviously, I noticed all you're doing. No, but I actually agree with Portugal. Third place game, especially for a nation League tournament, is pushing it a little too much. And it showed how Belgium, by the way, quite an interesting, fun game. It was not a boring game. The Belgium was Italy one. But you could see that both teams didn't care for it that much. It's not worth so much. And I've never understood third place games. I don't understand because I understand if it's in the Olympics, there's a bronze medal to be had. But for a World Cup, for these kind of tournaments, I don't see any points, especially in the middle of the season. Yeah. I'm going to ask you the million dollar question or the billion dollar question, which everyone's asking about this Belgium team. Is this it? Will you expect anything out of this Belgian squad in a 2022 World Cup? I would say no, because. And I'll tell you why the Belgian team and women's tennis fans don't hate on me. Remind me of a lot of number one ranked female players who are not named Serena Williams, who have been number one without winning anything for most of the ATP season. Belgium has been number one ranked country in FIFA for the last three or four years, but what have they got to show for it? Nothing. The golden generation started about four and a half, five years ago when the debris and hazard company at the Vincent company at his end of his career came in. Basically when Martinez took over as the Belgian manager, they had probably the best quad in Europe, in the world, but not even a single final. Let's not look at prophecy. Not even a single final in that time. That's a failure. And why I think it won't happen in the World Cup is because other teams around them that were weaker have just got a whole lot stronger. If you look at the likes of Spain, we'll talk about in a few Italy, Netherlands, Germany are picking up again new manager, we might think France obviously are going to be in the South American clubs. It's going to be messy swansong, it's going to be Neymar. Now, he said he's going to retire after the World Cup, so it would be Nymar swansong. So where do I see Belgium sitting in here? I don't. You forgot it's England also.
To me, you can't give away a tunnel lead after going tunnel lead in the first half. That's very amateurish. That's very naive. Football from Belgium. If you have to win big games, if you want to win big trophies, you need to show a bit of gut, you need to show a bit of steel. They had nothing of that sort and I don't see the difference getting any better or any younger believe that Tongan and Aldo are going to play until they are 40, 45, but I'm not sure how they are going to go. But how impressive were the other team in red Spanish team where they were under Lopeteki and that's Shortstone under Herrera? Right. I forgot his name. Fernando Hero. Hero. Sorry, Fernando Hero. Then there was Moreno for a while and then Louise Centric has come back. But even the Euros, when we started the Euros, the first two games, Spain were horrible. We were actually worried that Spain won't even qualify. But ever since that game, Henryk has shown a lot of balls, a, when it comes to team selection and B, when it comes to the style of football Spain are playing, they were amazing. It was so good to see Spain play like this again and I think it all comes down to patience. I think credit goes to the Spanish Cafe, but just being patient with Louisiana Rica, there were a lot of haters for him, especially after the style of football had lost for initial few months of his tenure. Even here, I don't think he knew what his best eleven was and there were so many. And you can disagree with me, in the golden years of Spain, there were primarily two clubs playing for the national team, right. So if you look at that, there is some kind of cohesion when they play, at least like most of Barcelona players were at the back and most of the midfield and then Madrid in the forward line. So there was some kind of cohesion. But now if you look at the Spanish side, they are players from a lot of clubs. I think it would be one national team that has the most represented clubs in its squad and that's incredible and that takes time to jail. If you look at their best player in the last year or so, is Oriaza Ball, who does he play for? He plays for Real Associated. Probably nobody even heard of him till he played for Spain. Other than both of us who watch Pela Liga, right. He's been unbelievable. Ferrant or Man City, so it's amazing. And now what Henry has done, he's got in the young blood in. If you look at Gavi, suddenly people have forgotten Pedri because Gavi is now the new name in town. He's 17 years old. He made his debut where the world found out when they were getting Barcelona and getting hammered by Bay and Munich, and he got himself a yellow card in his first three minutes and everyone thought, wow, what a guy who can actually have some kind of heart. And he was applauded by the Camp Snoop fans and he's doing that here with Spain as well, age 17. What a performance he gave in the two games he played for Spain. So I would say Spain are looking scary. Not now alone, but they're going to be immensely scary in the next couple of years when all these players become mature superstars. They're going to be like Ansupati is going to come back, you're going to get superstars out of this team and if they stick with Henry K, you're going to look at potential world Beaker Beta coming up. Yeah. Are you looking forward to see Spain in the World Cup and see how these young players come up and play really well? So that's about it for Nation's Creek. In fact, just to cover it up, we'll tell who finished first. Obviously, France finished first, Spain finished second, Italy finished third. They defeated Belgium in the third place. Game two, one. Nothing much about Italy. In fact, they were like pretty chilled out that, hey, we have won the big thing. We have won the Euros. Who gives a fuck about this? So that's how they played. In fact, the attitude was like that. In fact, they were more pumped or only pumped only when the national anthem was playing. After that, they were just chilling around the pitch. So even Donna rumor was booed because all the Games were in Italy. Donoruma was booed, especially not just in Italy. It was at San Zero. So it was the Milan fans who were Boeing him. So perfect. So, yeah, that's about it for the nation's League update, guys. And for the first time in the next part, after a very long time, we are going to do Speed Point. We were talking about during the Olympics how disappointed we were, especially with our Indian shooters. We had a lot of hope on why we expected a lot of metals from especially the shooting contingent. And we hardly had like one player reaching the finals. Most of the medal hopes didn't even qualify for the finals. The reason being that we are seriously one of the biggest countries or in fact, the biggest country when it comes to shooting talent. To prove that our junior Champions, they competed in the ISSF Junior World Championship last week in Peru. They finished on top with 43 medals, 17 golds, 16 silver, ten bronze. I kept saying this a lot of times, like for someone who's been following general Indian Olympics sports since the 90s, India winning 43 medals and not having time to talk about the medal winners is something absolutely new to me. This is very good because some of the notable names like Manu Bakr, people might remember her. She had an Olympics to forget, but she came back. She won two medals here. But the star of the show was Rhythm Sanghuan. She won four gold medals. I think this is insane, guys. Watch out for these winners. We will watch out for them in the next World Championship, in fact, the Senior World Championship and the next Olympics, next Olympics. Hopefully we'll have a lot of medals from our shooters. So Yishan, let's talk about the big one, the Turkish Grand Prix or the Istanbul Grand Prix. So finally, Mr. Portus won a race, but will Red Bull be the happier team this time? Definitely, because if you look at second and third were both Red Bull staff in Paris and they were actually significantly behind the Mercedes in the constructors. They're in fact, still behind by about 14 points in the Constructors Championship, which is I think Mercedes will have to blow it up really badly to not win it. But the race itself was pretty entertaining. Like Swedish House Mafia played their best music when they were doing their last tour, Parallel Tour, which lasted five years. Valttree bought us is doing probably his best racing for Mercedes, as he said goodbye to them. It was a really solid race for him. He was in full position in qualifying and he continued that form based straight into the final checkout flag. That has luck on Hamilton because the strategy, the pitch line strategy for Mercedes didn't pan out. He was in third place and had about five, six laps left to go. Mercedes called him in for a pit stop and they really blew that. It took way too long to get him out of the pit Lane. That cost him precious seconds and he couldn't recover that with such few laps left. So he finished this. But he was pretty pissed off by the end of it. We all know he's quite a sore loser, but you have to be a sole loser to win seven titles in a row. I guess so. Lucky bunch for the Red Bull team, because what Stephens got now a six point lead in the title driver's Championship next week is going to be the American Grand Prix. And for all you guys who do not think 06:00 p.m. Is time for you to watch Formula One. This is going to be at 12:00 A.m., so enjoy. You can watch it late at night. It's going to be an American rompre. It's generally a very fast, entertaining Grand Prix for people like Bali and me who are old people. Narayan Karthiki, the last and only Indian F, one driver who, by the way, I interviewed in school when I was in boarding school in Coimbatore. He got a podium finished in that race. I will not tell he finished fourth. I think he finished fourth. If I'm not, he finished fourth. And there were only ten race cars that finished that race. So we won't talk about that. No, I remember that. No, I remember that it was 2005 Indianapolis. Yes. All the Michelin tires were actually not allowed to drive. Only Bridgestone tires were competed. Only four drivers competed. Narankartecan came forth that style.
I'm still proud of Narankatique. He's a Tamil Nadu boy. He's an amazing man. When I interviewed him back in the day, what a humble, modest person he was. Guys, I want to talk about a sport that not many of you watch in India, but a lot of people watch around the world. But I want to intro you, too, and I want to recommend you to a movie that you guys should watch. It's about baseball. The movie is called 42. It's just come out on Netflix. It's about probably one of the greatest, most iconic sportsmen ever in a cross sport. Jackie Robinson, who was the first black person to play black African American to be playing a white man sport. He changed the history of America. He changed the world in terms of racism, et cetera. And it's played by Chadwick Boston, who was Black Panther. So for you guys are emotional about what want another opportunity to watch at the end? Please watch this movie. I was moved to tears. It was a great movie. And also I want to pivot that interest you to baseball. The playoffs of the world series are on right now. You can catch them on either MLB. Tv or on YouTube because obviously they don't broadcast in India. Guys, if you want to be excited about baseball just watch the playoffs. Don't watch the 164 regular season games. Just the playoffs. That's all that matters. Do watch this movie. I would say even if you don't like baseball it's amazing and that's about it for episode 38. Guys, thank you very much for listening all this time, giving your time for us and please if you haven't please go and subscribe to our podcast wherever you are listening this on now. In the next episode we will cover a bit more of the international football IPL finals will talk about other sports. In fact next episode since we don't have a lot of football going on we'll probably give time for NBA and other sports too. So until then it's buy from Bala and bye from Isshan. Have a great week guys. Thank you everyone for listening. If you enjoyed what you heard please make sure you hit the subscribe button and also please like we lift the feedback to rate our podcast on whichever app you're listening to. It not only helps us but also helps new listeners to find our podcast easily. You can also reach out to us on Twitter and Instagram at the rate Cheshire A big shout out to the Jam Room audio for our theme music. You can follow the Jam group on Facebook at the rate the Jam Room audio. Bye.