After becoming an expert in the hook shot that ends in a six over the third-man boundary and scoring a few goals in hockey after all the hard work was done by the other 10 players, I confessed to myself that studying the two games from the ropes was a better option. Though I wish I had started that process earlier than 1996, around 15 years of watching, reading and sometimes still practising that 'hook shot' over has allowed me this space on Cricketnext and IBNLive to write and get read.
Like her achievement of No. 1 rank in 2012, the Rio Olympics next month have also preceded a historic moment: the Ranchi girl shot a world record-equalling 686/720 at the World Cup in Shanghai earlier this year.
India's new Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel, couldn't have asked for a more opportune moment for his appointment, as India stands a fair chance of improving on its medals tally of six at London four years ago.
Amid the buzz at the biggest professional boxing event organised in India to date, India's boxing legend MC Mary Kom couldn't hide her disappointment at not being able to qualify for the Rio Olympics and apologised to the nation.
From 14 in London to 39 for Rio 2016, India's track and field contingent has seen an unprecedented surge in numbers. But if somebody thought India's most celebrated runner will be over the moon, he was delivered a reality check.