Apr 17, 2018

Sourav: ‘It is not an autobiography’

It is about ‘the situations in a cricketer’s life at the time of performance’, says Sourav Ganguly.


Last Word

Team-mates and rivals

In the case of the Don Bradman-Bill O’Reilly rivalry, religion is said to have played a role with the Protestant Bradman coming up against the Irish Catholics in his team, O’Reilly, Jack Fingleton, and Stan McCabe.


F1 2018: A toss-up between Silver Arrows and Prancing Horse

Can Ferrari topple Mercedes as it nearly did last year? This is the first and foremost question, as the new Formula One season starts in Melbourne on March 25.


Sourav: ‘It is not an autobiography’

It is about ‘the situations in a cricketer’s life at the time of performance’, says Sourav Ganguly.

For The Love of Sport

When Kunderan’s 16 captivated a boy of 7!

Cricket fandom is an intensely personal experience, but it has certainly evolved over the years in India. Initially, as everywhere, it was Test cricket that fans were obsessed with.

Vantage Point

Analytics, a robust game-changer

“The technology around tennis and all sports keeps changing. Analytics is going to make the athletes better. It will help them train better, prepare better, execute shots better under pressure,” says Leo Levin, who developed the first computerised stats system for tennis in 1982.


Topsy-turvy Tests

Teams scoring 500 runs and yet losing the match! Test cricket if full of such quirks.


Shrikrishna, a natural player

“Aggression is a strong point of Shrikrishna. He plays an attacking game, is very intuitive and comes out as a natural player.”


No holding back!

If you offered me a job as a coach and tell me that I am going to make a living coaching, I would rather go to a dentist and have a tooth pulled! - Michael Holding.

On The Write Line

A dash of Tiger in Virat

A few years back, I had said that Virat Kohli will bring a more dashing edge to the captaincy like Tiger Pataudi did in the 1960s. At that time it was not known that he was dating a film star like Tiger did, but it was simply the way he carried himself on the field.


Still a top draw!

I don’t want too long a wait to see another Indian win the All-England title. Hope we will soon have a new champion from India there.


‘It’s all very nostalgic’

After I won the All England title, I was given a State welcome in Bangalore. In those days, such a reception was reserved only for important State guests. It was a pleasant surprise.

Short Takes

Cristiano Ronaldo gets Jeje’s vote!

Jeje Lalpekhlua's favourite movie is The Notebook and his favourite book, The Bible.

Star Struck

Sehwag's mantra: ‘Keep it simple’

‘I was so busy listening to him that the thought of clicking a photograph never crossed my mind. I think I was more interested in his advice,’ says Mayank Agarwal about his idol Virender Sehwag.


A change of sport... and it works wonders for Aruna!

It has not been a fairytale journey for Aruna. There were lots of sacrifices and intense struggles.


Yuki Bhambri: ‘We just need to keep pushing’

“We are still 15-20 years behind (other major tennis-playing nations). Not just in terms of years, but we don’t have a structure at all. Unless something changes, we’re not going to see a lot of players coming through,” says Yuki Bhambri.


India's emphatic run in ODIs against SA

9: The number of successive bilateral series victories for India in ODIs after its emphatic 5-1 win over South Africa at Centurion in the final ODI.