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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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PV Sindhu And Tournament Finals: Not Made For Each Other

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Is P.V. Sindhu scared of tournament finals? The way she stumbles at the last hurdle would definitely point to having a thing about them. The latest loss came against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the Indonesian Open. Since losing to Carolina Maria in the 2016 Olympics final, Sindhu has won just five titles while finishing second best 11 times. When one starts losing so many finals, the opponents notice. They start planning differently and add to Sindhu's misery.


Take the Indonesian open, for example. On any given day, Sindhu would be expected to beat Yamaguchi hands down as she has a 10-4 career advantage over her. But that day, Yamaguchi changed her plans. She knew of Sindhu nervousness in finals and transformed herself from a baseline rally player to an attacking smasher. This threw Sindhu completely off guard and before she could think of anything, Yamaguchi smashed her way to a 21-15, 21-16 victory. It was a planned demolition to which Sindhu had no answers.


There is no doubt Sindhu is a great player. But there is a big gap in being great and an all-time great. She would definitely not want to be remembered as someone who used to finish second best. She has the ability to put it across any player on the circuit. Then why does she falter in the finals? Is it psychological? Or is it about not having a plan B or plan C in place?


But whatever it is, modern sport has become a team game even though it is the individual who performs on the court. Hence, Sindhu has the resources of a coach, a physical trainer and perhaps a mental trainer, among other support staff. If the mental trainer has not succeeded in lifting her up in the last three years, it is time to change him or her. There are many distinguished persons in the field who have transformed the careers of many sportspersons. Sindhu must approach one of them. She should immediately seek advice to get results that are on par with her talent and ability.