Beijing Olympics champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has lavished praise on P V Sindhu for her historic World Championship gold, saying the “fantastic performance” will give the Indian ace the belief to repeat the feat at 2020 Tokyo Games.Two-time silver medallist Sindhu became the first Indian to win the World Championships gold by thrashing familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7 21-7 in one of the most lop-sided finals ever in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday.”Winning a World championship Gold medal is a fantastic achievement and a great day for Indian Sport. I am sure this will give @Pvsindhu1 intrinsic belief that she can go all the way at Tokyo. Wish her and her entire team the very best!,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle.Former shuttler Jwala Gutta, who had clinched a bronze at the Birmingham World Championships with women’s doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa in 2011, also congratulated Sindhu and hoped her performance will bring a change in attitude towards sports.”Hope this medal changes the attitude towards sports in our country and the deserving sportspersons get all the support to achieve this kind of a feat! Thank you @Pvsindhu1 for this! You only proved that with the right kind of support we can conquer the world,” Jwala tweeted.Accolades continued to pour in for Sindhu with India middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari and National chairman of selectors MSK Prasad also congratulating the Hyderabad girl for her historic feat.”Great achievement for Indian sports and I would like to congratulate her on this special day and we as Indians are proud of her,” said Hanuma, who scored 93 in the second innings against the West Indies to play a crucial role in India’s 318-run win in the World Championship campaign opener at Antigua.advertisement”I hope she goes onto achieve many more laurels for the country in future,” Vihari added.The gold was Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships. She won a bronze each in the 2013 and 2014 editions.Sindhu is now the joint highest medal-winner in women’s singles in the World Championships history with former Olympic champion Zhang Ning of China, who won a gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze between 2001 and 2007.Also Read | Wasn’t able to hold back tears when I heard the national anthem: PV Sindhu after historic goldAlso Read | This is my answer to those who questioned me: PV SindhuAlso Read | We were waiting for that gold medal: Sindhu’s mother on her World Championships triumphAlso See:
India’s home season was scheduled to begin in Dharamsala but persistent rain in the city did not allow even coin toss at HPCA, thus reducing the 3-match T20Is series to a 2-T20I affair, the first of which will be played in Mohali on Wednesday.With T20 World Cup to be scheduled in Australia, next year, both India and South Africa would wish to play every T20I game before the showpiece event in order to try every combination in order to get an ideal one.As the T20I series move to Mohali, both the teams and cricketing fans could breathe a sigh of relief as full interrupted 40 overs are expected to be bowled with weather in the city to be in sharp contrast to that of Dharamsala.With the match scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, the weather is expected to remain clear during that time with temperature hovering around 30°C and humidity around 70-75%) that could make it feel a few degrees hotter.While Dharamsala was said to be a good batting pitch, the track at Mohali would be well backed under sun that could prompt the teams to add another spinner into the sides. Screen-grab: The weather channel IndiaWith two T20 World Cups being held between 2020 and 2021, India have a golden opportunity to improve their reputation in the shortest format of the game. Currently ranked No, 4, India would want to climb the ladder on the ICC charts with some success in the coming months.advertisementIndia have not picked wrist-spin specialists Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav but have handed an extended run to the likes of Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the T20I squad. It is evident that India are looking to add more depth to their batting by picking all-rounderers over specialist spinners.Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar will be hoping to shine in the upcoming T20Is after getting the first taste of international cricket in West Indies.With the big boys of Indian pace unit getting more time away from T20I cricket, the team management will also be closely monitoring the progress of the likes of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed in the shortest format.