Bored with your regular hectic routine and looking for some binge-watching this weekend? No worries, we have a perfect plan to beat your boredom.
Nothing is more thrilling than playing your favourite sport with buddies, that feeling of passion, aggression, competition, and high-intense emotions in the field are priceless. But considering the current situation of coronavirus pandemic, playing outdoor games might not be a good idea.
Interestingly, there are some sports-based web series that come mighty close to capturing those emotions on screen as well as providing you with an insight about what actually happens behind the camera in professional games.
Here’s the list of some of the best sports-based web series which will exhilarate any sports fan out there:
1. Inside Edge
Even if you are not a big fan of sports, Inside Edge is a series which will certainly take your mind off from other things. Focusing on the opposite side of fame, fortune, and money, the series represents the sinister world of sports gambling and match-fixing. The story of this Indian sports drama revolves around the Mumbai Mavericks, a fictional T20 cricket team, whose owners operate a league-wide spot-fixing cartel.
It featured some of the prominent names from the Bollywood industry like Richa Chadha, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Angad Bedi, Vivek Oberoi, Tanuj Virwani, and Sayani Gupta. Directed by Karan Anshuman, the web series was first released in July 2017 on Amazon Prime. It has two seasons with the third one is set to release next year.
2. The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team
The Test is an eight-part docu-series on Amazon Prime which shows the emergence of the Australian cricket team after the infamous Sandpaper Gate Saga in Cape Town which rocked the entire cricket industry and damaged the reputation of Cricket Australia (CA).
Directed by Adrian Brown, the series was released in March 2020. It focuses on Australia’s journey to redemption under the captaincy of Tim Paine with the joint effort of Justin Langer, who was appointed as the head coach of the team in 2018.
This series is a behind-the-scenes glance which takes a look at the Australian team's fall from the grace and being forced to retain its legacy.
3. Roar of the Lion
Next on the list is a documentary web series, Roar of the Lion which is based on the sensational rebound of three-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings following a two-year ban owing to Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in betting.
Produced by Kabir Khan and directed by Amir Rizvi, the series was released under the brand of Hotstar Specials on March 20, 2019.
The documentary reveals the emotional memories and experiences of one of the most decorated players in the history of Indian cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The series, starring the veteran CSK players including Suresh Raina, Shane Watson Ambati Rayudu, and Ravindra Jadeja, consists of five episodes, each having a runtime of around 30 minutes.
4. Selection Day
For the cricket fanatics across the world, Selection Day is no less than a complete entertainment package which is full of action, emotion, and a lot of drama. The series follows the life of two brothers Radha and Manju who are raised by their cricket-obsessed father who wants his sons to become the two best batsmen in the world.
Based on Aravind Adiga's 2016 novel of the same name, the first six episodes of Selection Day premiered in December 2018 on Netflix, and season 2, consisting another set of six episodes, was released on 19 April 2019.
5. All or Nothing: Manchester City
There is no better web series to finish this list than ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’. It is an Amazon Original docu-series which was released on August 17, 2018.
Ever wonder what Pep Guardiola said to his team after they blew their chances to clinch the Premier League title at home against Manchester United? All or Nothing offers the answers to all your questions related to the ups and downs of one of the most successful English Premier League sides throughout the 2017-18 season.
Narrated by renowned actor Ben Kingsley, the series explores the peaks of Man City's success (winning 18 consecutive league games), their victories and failures in the transfer market, and their heart-breaking moments (losing to Liverpool in the Champions League).