Docu series 'Down Underdogs' will leave Indian cricket fans in nostalgic tears
(Cricket news) It's been almost a year since the Indian cricket team against all the odds defeated Australia in an away Test series. Now Sony Sports has released a 4 part docu series on India's triumph where they won 2-1 away against the mighty Australia despite numeral setbacks. The series is available to watch on SonyLiv
In the docu series, viewers will see players Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Siraj and Marnus Labuschagne talking about their experiences. Former cricketers turned commentators Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Nick Knight, Isa Guha, Vivek Razdan, Lisa Sthalekar, Micheal Clarke, Jason talked about the series and also their own experiences in similar situations. Journalists Harsha Bhogle, Ayaz Memon, Joy Bhattacharjya, Gaurav Kapoor and Rajdeep Sardesai highlighted several points about the series and the historical context of it.
The topic of the documentary was such that fans of Indian cricket would enjoy it regardless of the quality of the end product because it is still fresh in people's mind and the memories of it would trigger the nostalgic factor in people's brain who have experienced the series even if it is through their T.V screens. Each episode focused on the 4 Test matches titled Adelaide Aberration, Melbourne Magic, Sydney Siege and Brisbane Breached.
Throughout the series there were stories and anecdotes about players like Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan and Washington Sundar. The series brilliantly portrayed important parts of the series like Virat Kohli leaving after the first Test, Ravichandran Ashwin's battle with Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane's hundred, India's multiple injury woes, racist abuse, the unexpected debuts of inexperienced Indian players and Tim Paine's sledging.
The main thing missing was that Marnus Labuschagne, Hanuma Vihari and Mohammed Siraj were unable to enlighten the viewers about their mindset during and before the games. What the atmosphere was inside the changing room was not really talked about. The main takeaway from the series was that it depicted the beauty of Test cricket and why it is the best format of the game and must be preserved. Overall the series is definitely a must watch for all the cricket fans. The high drama along with the ebbs and flow of the Test series is highlighted and enhanced in the docu series.
Sony Sports channels announce their Live wraparound studio show SPORTS EXTRAAA, and its eminent line-up of panelists for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In Olympics news, Mumbai, July 21, 2021
Sony Sports channels, the official broadcaster of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, has announced the launch of SPORTS EXTRAAA, a live wraparound studio show with an illustrious lineup of panellists and guests who will engage audiences across India with their expert insights and analysis, as well as rally support for our Indian athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. From July 23, 2021, the comprehensive coverage of the global event will be carried LIVE in four languages: English on SONY TEN 2 and SONY SIX channels, Hindi on SONY TEN 3 channels, and Tamil and Telugu on the newly launched SONY TEN 4 channels, as well as livestreamed on SonyLIV.
Sony Sports' Live wraparound studio show, SPORTS EXTRAAA, strives to increase fan involvement and provide an unrivalled viewing experience for fans across the country. Former Olympians and legendary Indian athletes such as Vijender Singh, Gagan Narang, Karnam Malleswari, Anjali Bhagwat, Anju Bobby George, Sakshi Malik, Viren Rasquinha, Somdev Devvarman, Trupti Murgunde, Rahul Banerjee, Kripa Shankar, and Satish Shivalingam will be part of the committee sharing insights in real time on the LIVE studio show. Yohan Blake, the world-renowned sprinter and four-time Olympic champion who is regarded as the second fastest man after Usain Bolt, will also be featured as a marquee expert.
Arpit Sharma, Ridhima Pathak, and Raman Bhanot of Sony Sports will headline SPORTS EXTRAAA, which will also feature sports journalists Ayaz Memon and Gaurav Kalra. Parth Jindal, Mustafa Ghouse, Manisha Malhotra, Rushdee Warley, and other well-known sports figures will also be speaking about different aspects of high-performance sports like athletic performance management, handling pressure, and share their insights on the performance of athletes in Tokyo at SPORTS EXTRAAA.
Sony Sports also launched “Hum Honge Kamyab,” one of the most ambitious campaigns in Indian Olympic history, with the goal of inspiring the nation to rally behind the Indian contingent and promote the cause of Indian athletes for #Tokyo2020. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as well as notable persons, have partnered with Sony Sports, and are now part of the brigade. They are Union Minister for I&B and Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Anurag Thakur, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Mr. N.P. Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, along with Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Sajjan Jindal, Sudha Murty, Nita Ambani, Gautam Adani, Rana Daggubati, Yuvraj Singh, Anjali Bhagwat, Parth Jindal, Boman Irani, Farhan Akhtar, Sonakshi Sinha , Johnny Lever, Ali Fazal, Adille Sumariwala, Arshad Warsi, Pullela Gopichand, Vijender Singh, Anjali Bhagwat, Harsha Bhogle, Sudha Murthy, Shankar Mahadevan, Anurag Basu, and a slew of others to fuel the nation's Olympic spirit in the run-up to the historic event.
Link to see all the films: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM02DhrrkptNqqRcGH89OoNIV0qCcb6Cn
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – “Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India,“The preparation for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is underway for the Indian contingent and Sony Sports is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the country is aware about its athletes. Sony Sports voices the sentiments of the nation to motivate Indian athletes with one of the grandest campaigns in the history of Indian Olympics, ‘Hum Honge Kamyab,’ which has received an overwhelming response. Our studio show, SPORTS EXTRAAA, will feature a stellar line-up of International and Indian Sporting Greats bringing in their expert analysis on all the key sporting action that our Indian Athletes will feature in at Tokyo. Our broadcast will also feature a huge panel of specialized multi-sporting commentators to call the high-performance Olympic Games’ action in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu. With the combined effort we are sure that as a nation we will be able to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm that will attract viewers and motivate our athletes to give their best at Tokyo.”
Yohan Blake, Four-time Olympic medalist, and Expert Panelist on SPORTS EXTRAAA on Sony Sports Channels– “I am very excited to associate with Sony Sports as an expert panelist on their live wrap-around studio show, SPORTS EXTRAAA, and take fans closer to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Not only will the viewers in India watch me proudly represent my country at the games but they will also watch me provide insights on the performance of the world’s finest on this grand stage. I am looking forward to adding to my Olympics tally of 2 gold and 2 silver. All eyes are on the strong Indian Athletics contingent of 26 athletes who qualified for the games and we are looking forward to their performance at Tokyo.”
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From July 23, 2021 through August 8, 2021, SONY TEN 2 and SONY SIX channels in English, SONY TEN 3 channels in Hindi, and SONY TEN 4 channels in Tamil and Telugu will broadcast live coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.