January 1, 2024, is the first day of the year and there will be no match in international cricket today. However, there will be many big events of cricket and sports for sports fans throughout this year.
The year 2024 can be very special for Indian fans. Because this year Team India will play a 5-5 Test series against England and Australia in cricket. Along with the Men's and Women's T-20 World Cup, Under-19 World Cup is also to be held in 2024.
The biggest multisport event, the Olympic Games, will also be organized in 2024 itself. In which more than 10 thousand athletes from 32 sports will participate. This time India has the challenge of winning more than 10 medals. Let us know what challenges Indian sports has to face in the new year.
India Women's team is currently playing Test, ODI and T-20 series against Australia. India won in the Test, while Australia won in the ODI. Now the 3 T-20 series will run from 5 to 9 January. The World Cup of the same format will also be played in Bangladesh during September-October this year.
India Women's team has been performing well in the T20 World Cup for the last few years. The team reached the knockout three consecutive times since 2018. In 2020, the team was also runner-up, this time India will be expected to win the World Cup. Women's Team India will also play a limited overs series against Australia and West Indies at the end of the year.
The men's cricket team will play its first match of the new year in the form of a Test against South Africa. Team India is trailing 1-0 in the 2 test series. The team can start the new year with a win by winning the second test starting from January 3.
The 5-match series with England will start from January 25 and continue till March 11. England will come to India to play 5 tests. There will be a Test series between the two teams in India after 3 years, the last series in 2021 was won by Team India by a margin of 3-1. This time England will come under the captaincy of Ben Stokes. Under the captaincy of Stokes, the team has defeated New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan in test series with its aggressive batting approach. In such a situation, the Test series from England will be the first big challenge of the year for Team India.
This year, India will play ODI and T-20 series against Sri Lanka in their home country. Then there will be a home Test series with Bangladesh and New Zealand, which is part of the World Test Championship. By winning these, Team Lagata can strengthen its claim in the WTC final for the third time.
At the end of the year, Team India will go to Australia to play a 5-Test series. Australia is the only team among the Cena (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries which has not been able to win a Test series against India in the last 10 years. The team's last win was in 2014 on its own home ground. Since then, India has defeated Australia in 4 series by a margin of 2-1. Of these, 2 were in India and only 2 were in Australia. In such a situation, the 5 Test series can be challenging for India as well as Australia.
The biggest tournament of the year in men's cricket event will be in the form of T-20 World Cup. The tournament will be played in West Indies and America from June 4 to 30. For the first time, 20 teams will participate in this ICC tournament. 5-5 teams will be divided into 4 different groups, from here the Super-8 teams will be decided. The top 4 teams of this group will make it to the semi-finals, the winning teams will play the final on June 30.
India won the first T20 World Cup in 2007. But since then the team could not become champion in the World Cup of this format. Team India finished runner-up once in 2014, while in 2016 and 2022 the team had to exit the semi-finals. The team has also not won any ICC trophy since 2013. Team India would like to end their ICC trophy drought by winning the T20 World Cup but they will face the challenge of top teams like England, West Indies, New Zealand and Australia.
Men's Under-19 World Cup will be the first ICC tournament of the year 2024. The event to be played in South Africa from January 19 will continue till February 11. 16 teams will participate in it, which are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams each. This time will be the 15th edition of the tournament held every two years.
India has been placed in the group of America, Bangladesh and Ireland. Team India has won the title maximum 5 times, the team is also the defending champion of the tournament. Whereas Bangladesh once won the title by defeating India in 2020. Ireland and America have not even reached the finals yet.
India's own men's and women's franchise cricket tournaments will run from February to May this year. The Women's Premier League (WPL) is likely to start after February 20 and end by the second week of March. There is a possibility of the Indian Premier League (IPL) ending from the last week of March to the second week of May. At present, the dates of both the tournaments have not been revealed.
The biggest global multi-sports Olympics for sports and athletes from all over the world will also be held this year. The events will be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11. This time 329 events of 32 sports will be played, in which more than 10,500 athletes will participate. Indian athletes will stake their claim to win medals in events like hockey, badminton, wrestling, shooting, boxing and athletics.
India has the challenge to give its best performance by winning 10 medals. The country had given its best performance in the Olympics by winning 7 medals including one gold in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Then Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the javelin throw event and gave the country the gold medal in the Olympic Games after 13 years. Before him, Abhinav Bindra had won gold in shooting in 2008.
If we look at the top sports around the world, football's Euro Cup will be held in Germany from June 14 to July 14 this year. Meanwhile, the Copa America Cup will also be held in Florida from June 20 to July 14. In football, India will participate in the AFC Asian Cup, in which big countries like Qatar and Australia will also participate.
In tennis, the Davis Cup match between India and Pakistan will be held in Islamabad city of Pakistan between 3rd to 4th February. All four Grand Slams of tennis will be held on time this year also.
Malaysian Open, All England Open and Thomas Cup will be held in badminton. India is the defending champion of the Thomas Cup.
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