Apr 17, 2018

Vijay Amritraj: How a racquet rocketed him to fame!

“I am grateful for a long career both in tennis and beyond. I think it was a blessing very few people can claim. From where I was to where I am today, it is so unimaginable. It has been my greatest education. My mother and I talk about it all the time.”

Briefing

Last Word

Fighting a losing battle

The question is not whether drug-taking is immoral or unhealthy. It is illegal, and once that is accepted, the path is clear. Drug use seems to be one step ahead of detection. The fight against drugs, therefore comes with a built-in handicap.

Star Struck

Tips from arch nemesis

“As a child, I would never like it when Wasim Akram would dismiss Indian batsmen, but as a fast bowler, I have always looked up to him as an inspiration,” says Irfan Pathan.

Fitnesswise

All about in-season training programme

Proper protocols followed during off-season, and pre-season training would help in the maintenance of fitness levels during the full season and test the efficiency of the workout.

Food For Thought

Preparing for match day superiority!

Every sports client today has issues about the diet, especially during travel and tournaments.

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Vijay Amritraj: How a racquet rocketed him to fame!

“I am grateful for a long career both in tennis and beyond. I think it was a blessing very few people can claim. From where I was to where I am today, it is so unimaginable. It has been my greatest education. My mother and I talk about it all the time.”

Gennext

Gayathry Sivakumar: Flying princess!

She now trains at the Maharaja’s Stadium in Kochi with another half dozen high jumpers, all medallists in some national meet or the other.

Short Takes

An athlete if not a badminton star

The Bengaluru -based star’s heart has always been with badminton, even though her father, M.A. Ponnappa, played hockey at the national level.

Last Word

Fighting a losing battle

The question is not whether drug-taking is immoral or unhealthy. It is illegal, and once that is accepted, the path is clear. Drug use seems to be one step ahead of detection. The fight against drugs, therefore comes with a built-in handicap.

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NBA: Not many ripples now, but don’t rule out whirlpools!

While the season has nearly played out as per expectations — in case of the Golden State Warriors’ domination in particular — there is still the possibility of the unexpected happening as playoffs beckon. That is the message at the midpoint of yet another exciting NBA season.

On The Write Line

Lessons from the South African nightmare

There are lessons to be learnt from India’s abject performance in South Africa. Unless everybody is on the same page as far as preparations for England and later in the year for Australia and New Zealand are concerned, the sorry tale in South Africa will be repeated.

Ranji Trophy 2019-20

Cricket punditry, the Pandit way!

“Every cricketer, after his retirement, says he wants to give back to the game and that’s what I have been doing. I want to continue as long as possible.”

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Diary: Tormenting time for touring India

South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn is ruled out for the rest of the India series. His absence, however, comes as little comfort for Virat Kohli and his boys.

Vantage Point

Epic encounters from Down Under

Blockbuster matches are nothing new Down Under. We take a look at three of the most memorable in Australian Open history.

Fox In The Box

Landing a dream job

From being the talisman of Liverpool, he has come to a club brimming with superstars. It now remains to be seen how Philippe Coutinho handles this dream job.

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Abject advert for Test cricket

The first Test of the South Africa-India series alone contained more drama — real, rather than the tedious manufactured kind that the Ashes so often brings — than the five Australia-England Tests combined.

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IPL auctions: A logic that appears illogical!

As another high-voltage auction nears, there is eager expectation. “For you people, the auction is all about a day or two. For us, the preparations had started from the moment last year’s final got over,” one of the franchise bosses says with a smile, quickly pointing out that the two-day auction will certainly have a lot of spice.

Archives

Zeroing in on your man... how does it happen?

It is time to explore whether domestic performances actually have an impact on the IPL auction bidding.

Statsman

Captain’s knock!

7The number of Test centuries made by Virat Kohli as captain in away Test matches, including his 153 in Centurion. Only eight other captains have made ...