An unwonted but refreshing occurrence played out in Indian sport this past weekend. Late Sunday evening, as India was cruising past Sri Lanka in their cricket series decider, badminton star P V Sindhu was in the middle of a wildly oscillating encounter with Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the final of the Dubai World Superseries. After a series of fierce exchanges that lasted almost 90 minutes, the energy-sapping match climaxed in a manner that has become hauntingly familiar for Indian fans. It ended with Sindhu down on her knees — and on the runners-up podium. It was yet another case of Sindhu’s dazzling talent and admirable fitness betraying her at a terribly inopportune moment.
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First Published: Sat, December 23 2017. 00:13 IST