The IPL finally ended yesterday with Mumbai Indians being crowned champions. What it also did, was put an end to all the conversations, discussions and watching matches with your friends. Our evenings were sorted because from 4 p.m. till almost midnight, we didn't have to bother thinking about what to do.
Let’s admit it, men love sports. It’s the one thing that really appeals to every man and he can start a conversation with a random person only on the basis of which teams they support. If you are feeling a bit of gloom about the ending of IPL, don’t fret too much. Because your dose of sports action is not getting over soon. Here are some of the biggest sporting events you can watch to get over your IPL hangover.
1.Confederations Cup (15th June – 30th June) – Held every four years as a prelude to the World Cup, the Confederations Cup is contested by winners of the 6 FIFA confederations championships, the World Cup holder and the host country. For fans of football, who lament every time the EPL season ends, this acts as a soothing balm. This edition features Brazil, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, Tahiti, Nigeria and Italy. So get ready to watch the likes of Neymar, Balotelli, Suarez and other superstars waiting to fire the first salvo.
2.French Open (May 21st – June 9th) – The red clay of Paris sees Nadal making his Grand Slam comeback after having missed the Australian Open at the start of the year. The French Open tests your stamina as the rallies are longer and the slower surface gives you a chance to get in that return. For tennis aficionados this is a good way to get back into the tennis season before the start of the hallowed Wimbledon championships at the end of June.
3.ICC Champions Trophy (June 6th – June 23rd) – If it’s cricket on your mind, then you don’t have to wait too long. The 50 over format may be losing its sheen to T20, but the Champions Trophy still remains the biggest trophy after the World Cup. The 2013 edition will be last one before being replaced by a Test Championships. The top 8 ODI teams will battle it out to be crowned champions and Australia is the defending champion. But their recent performances almost guarantee a new winner will be chosen. Can India do it?
So there you go, between these 3 events, the whole of next month should be covered. And after that, well there is Wimbledon, The Ashes….this could go on. A great sporting spectacle is never too far away.