In India, track and field can never reach the stature of cricket. Probably not even when India wins its first track and field Olympic gold medal. Corporates have largely ignored Indian track and field athletes.
But why even compare? Why not just celebrate achievements in both.
And that’s exactly what sportswriter Sundeep Misra’s Fiercely Female is about – celebrating athlete Dutee Chand, who rose from absolute poverty to become a national champion, and then took on the world athletics body when she was accused of being a ‘man’. She won the case, and went on to pick up two silver medals in the 2018 Asian Games. She became the first openly gay athlete in India in 2019, when she spoke up about her same-sex relationship.
Phew! That's quite a ride.