May 7, 2018

Like a drummer in an orchestra

A wicketkeeper has many short and sharp multi-directional movements, with lightning reflexes to catch, stump and effect run outs. Once the key movements are identified, one needs to start training with specific functional patterns using the principles of strength and conditioning.


Last Word

The bad apples

Sportsmen do behave badly, as do rock stars and politicians. But sports fans are more forgiving. To remain unpopular in an environment where bad behaviour is not uncommon, and where forgiveness comes easily, must take something special.


It ain’t over till it’s over

Matches where teams have fought back from a seemingly no-win situation to emerge winners, and games where teams have ended up on the losing side despite their counter-offensives... Cricket no doubt is a game of glorious uncertainties.


Jerry: A left-back with the right attitude

Starting to play football as a left winger and then shifting to left back as per his coach's advice, Jerry Lalrinzuala has won the 'Emerging Player award' six times in the Indian Super League.


GeTTing all the aTTention

With a stunning show at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Manika Batra has become the cynosure and the new poster girl of Indian women’s sport.

Short Takes

‘When I am down, I listen to music’

The best advice the BFC footballer had was from Sunil Chhetri — “Just believe in yourself and keep working hard.”


Beyond the realm of the Commonwealth

Indian shooting has turned a new page. It does not need a platform like the Commonwealth Games any more to make the big leap into the bigger events like the Asian Games, World Championship and the Olympics.

Food For Thought

Do not take sleep for granted!

Deep sleep both on training days and competition days is crucial to success.

Fox In The Box

Not bound for Russia

Heavyweight teams like Holland, Chile and Italy have failed to make it to Russia 2018 and the football fans will miss some masters of the game when the extravaganza kicks off on June 14.


It’s time to raise the game

The Indian professional boxing buzz is about Vijender Singh, and therein lies the rub.

Vantage Point

20-somethings reign in women’s tennis

Let’s take a look at what happened during the first three tumultuous months and what could happen for the rest of 2018.


Sharath and Sathiyan, the awesome twosome

Unlike Sharath, who participated in his fourth Commonwealth Games, Sathiyan made a memorable debut and matched his senior’s collection — a team gold, a doubles silver and a mixed doubles bronze.


RR falls one short of IPL record!

A statistical glance at the fortnight gone by in the Indian Premier League.

On The Write Line

IPL and the polarising effect

How money was the reason for the spat between Kevin Pietersen and David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd on social media recently is a typical example of the divided opinions that the IPL generates.

View from the paddock

Amidst high drama, Hamilton races ahead

Lewis Hamilton was owed a win for Melbourne and his body language and attitude after the race was clearly of someone who knew he had been lucky to win.


Rahane: 'I want to be a match-winner in 2019 World Cup'

The newly appointed Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane opened up to Sportstar on captaincy, upcoming England tour and his limited-overs ambitions.