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Good Sports: The Tom Brady of India

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
November 2012
Good Sports: The Tom Brady of India

He’s not a household name yet, but Dinesh Kumar is the Tom Brady of India. Well, sort of. Kumar, 20, a Chennai native who stands 5’10” and weighs just 185 lbs, led the Pune Marathas to the inaugural Elite Football League of India championship and was named Most Outstanding Quarterback, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. However, most viewers of the EFLI in India may not know this, as the first season is still being televised in India, though it was completed in July and August in Sri Lanka.

Games in the eight-team league, which includes teams from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, are being shown to Indian viewers like an NFL highlight package, with hardly any breaks in action. Whether this brand of American football can be successful in India remains to be seen. We’ll know for sure in a few years, especially if Kumar, like Brady, is driving an Audi R8, with a supermodel sitting next to him.


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