2017 has come to an end and it was as good a year for sports, particular India, as ever. Badminton saw thrilling contests, football moved a step ahead, cricket peaked and much more happened throughout the sports world.
But as they say, keep trying to upgrade yourself every day. The New Year, 2018, provide various opportunities for sports stars across the world and games to do that.
Here we try to have a look at the ten biggest sporting events that no sports fan can afford to miss. There are plenty of them and hence it was tough choosing ten.
It was a really tough task of picking up just ten from the plethora of events which are scheduled this year. The India-South Africa series has already started and that is totally living up to our expectations.
After picking up the events we decided to do sort the events based on their schedules. So here are the events.
All England open (Badminton)
One of the most traditional event in badminton history, it starts from March 14 and runs till 18. It is one of the world’s oldest badminton tournament, held annually in England and is a superseries event.
After a great 2017, Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth would be eager to do better in this tournament.Lee Chong Wei and Tai Tzu-Ying are the defending champions in men’s and women’s categories respectively.
IPL season 11 (Cricket)
Two of the most sought-after teams—Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals—return to the edition after missing for two years due to betting scandal. The 11th season of cricket’s popular tournament will run from April 4-May 31. This time it would be broadcasted live on Star Sports after gracing us on Sony for a decade.
Commonwealth Games (April 4-15)
One of the biggest international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is an event where India has done better in the past and would be eager to improve further.
UEFA Champions League Final (Football)
After becoming the first team in modern era to defend the title, Real Madrid are currently struggling. With plenty of money splurge in the market, the primary aim for Barcelona, PSG and English clubs would be to win this European crown. The final is scheduled on May 26.
French Open (Tennis)
Out of the 4 Grand Slams, this is the one which fans look out to with great enthusiasm. The reason for it is Rafael Nadal’s dominance on clay as well as in Roland Garros. In 2017 he breezed past Stan Wawrinka in a one-sided final to win his 10th French Open title. Don’t be surprised if the Spaniard wins his 11th title on June 10 after starting his campaign on May 27.
FIFA World Cup
One of the most watched sports event in the world, FIFA World Cup starts in Russia on June 14 and will conclude on July 15. This year’s event will be remembered for Italy’s miss. Iceland and Egypt will also remember this forever. This can act as a catalyst to the claims of who is the best between the two if Messi or Ronaldo go on to lift the title.
The tournament is also in news for ISIS’ threat to the tournament. Brazil would be eager to put up a better showing after a 7-1 thrashing against Germany at their home 4 years ago.
Men’s Champions trophy (hockey)
Australia won their 14th title in 2016 after beating India in penalty shootouts and India would be eager to avenge that loss and go a step ahead in Netherlands this time when the tournament kicks off on June 23. The final will be played on July 1.
What French Open is to Nadal, Wimbledon is to Roger Federer. The Swiss maestro has won 8 titles at all England Club. It would be interesting to see if anyone can stop him if he remains fit till July. One of the twp Grand Slams that Federer won in 2017, it starts from July 2 and will see the new champion on July 15.
Ind tour of England (Cricket)
This is one of the tour entire world would be looking upon. It starts with 3T20Is and 3ODIs before 5 Tests. After a successful home season and a tough South African tour, this would be a tough challenge for Virat Kohli and men. It starts from July 3 and the last day of the 5th Test is scheduled on Spetember 11.
The 14th edition of the tournament is scheduled from November 28 and will conclude on December 16 in Kalinga Stadium in Odisha. Australia are the defending champions. They had defeated Netherlands in 2014 while India failed to progress to semifinals. However, the Asian Champions would be eager to ride on home support and go further ahead.