Yuvraj Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanpreet Kaur and Virat Kohli share their stories in latest PUMA docu-series

Yuvraj Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanpreet Kaur and Virat Kohli share their stories in latest PUMA docu-series

May 12, 2023

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli admits that breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries will be an emotional moment for him, whereas Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri reveals why he thought of giving up on football at the age of 17, as PUMA’s Let There Be Sport docu-series unfolds never-heard-before stories of India’s top sporting legends.

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Featuring Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MC Mary Kom, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanpreet Kaur and Avani Lekhara, PUMA’s six-part docu-series, in association with Disney+ Hotstar, takes a deep dive into the journeys of these six sporting greats and showcases the role and impact of sports and fitness in their lives.

The docu-series also showcases Singh talking about how a young Indian team added fuel to the Indo-Australia rivalry with fearless cricket in 2007. Mary Kom and Lekhara also share compelling stories of their journeys, emphasising the need to give sports more prominence and encouraging Indians to engage in sporting activities.

Kohli, who is just three short of equalling Tendulkar’s record of most ODI centuries, when asked about his thoughts on reaching that milestone, states

It will be a very emotional moment for me. Sports teaches you some values of life, discipline and planning. It opens up your side, making you a productive person. No matter which profession you are in, the value of playing sport is immense. Don’t make them [students] just play sports, teach them. It is important to teach them small details of what it means to play a sport.

Kaur, reminiscing her childhood days, says:

I was the only girl playing cricket in the school. So, I went to every class asking girls if they can play cricket so that I can also get to play. That experience taught me a lot of things. Sport teaches you how to handle responsibility and it makes you independent.

PUMA’s on-going “Let There Be Sport” movement promotes integration of sports in the main educational curriculum rather than being considered just an extra activity.

In one of the episodes, football star Chhetri is seen recalling the time he felt leaving the game:

I still remember we lost one game badly [while playing for Mohun Bagan], we faced a lot of criticism. I called my dad saying this is not for me. I was 17 at that time. We used to play in Delhi but had never experienced such madness and when that happened, I was crying in the bathroom and I thought to myself I won’t be able to do it [play at such level]. I was physically scared.

But looking back now, thankfully it happened that time because you understand that this is serious [sport] and incidents like that in sports is why you stay humble.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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