What moves athletes and fans of sport? It’s the spirit of competition, of physical feats, mental strength and, of course, the beauty of the game. These inspiring documentaries capture the elements of cricket, football, Formula 1 and rugby among other sport and go beyond tracks and fields into the challenging lives of sportspersons.

‘Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians’

This docu-series follows the 2018 season of the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, both on and off the field. It goes into the lives of the players, the teams’ staff, as well as the owners, the Ambani family.

Cast: Rohit Sharma, Mahela Jayawardene, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Akash Ambani, Nita Ambani
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’

Formula 1: Drive to Survive gives viewers close access to some of the world’s fastest drivers and champions, key players within the sport and management of the multi-billion dollar empire.

Directors: Nick Hardie, James Routh, Nounk Walter, Martin Webb
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Losers’

Is winning a sport everything or can losers triumph too? This documentary focuses on athletes who’ve faced the sharp sting of loss and turned it into a positive experience.

Director: Mickey Duzyj
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks’

New Zealand All Blacks belong to one of the most successful rugby teams in the world. Follow the lives of the players and their coach, Steve Hansen, as he works with them over four months. The documentary is narrated by well-known Kiwi director, Taika Waititi.

Narrator: Taika Waititi
Seasons: 1 (2018)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

‘This is Football’

A documentary divided into six parts, This is Football (pictured above) explores the game’s impact on the lives of people across the globe and how it brings together communities with extraordinary wins and plays. A must-watch for football fans.

Host: Joe Scarborough
Seasons: 1 (2017)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

‘Umeed India’

Virendra Sehwag catches up with athletes aiming for a win at the 2020 Olympics. Umeed India showcases the participants’ demanding training sessions, their lives beyond sports and the people rooting for them. It’s a superb show and gives one an idea of what it takes to bring home a medal.

Host: Virendra Sehwag
Seasons: 1 (2017)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

‘Roar of the Lion’

This is a documentary based on the return of Chennai Super Kings to the Indian Premier League after being banned for two years on allegations of spot-fixing. Watch captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s recollection of the darkest days of his career and the triumph of his team’s comeback.

Director: Amir Rizvi
Writer: Amardeep Galsin
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Hotstar