Aug 27, 2018

World Cup 2018 - The memories remain

In a World Cup chock-full of surprises, here are five iconic moments that stood out (and a few others that are worth a mention).



Looking at batting strength!

Does this English team have the strongest ever ODI batting line-up? The author explores the possibility.

Last Word

Beauty of sport!

Is sport meaningless or the most meaningful thing we do? It is both — and neither. Duality is the key to appreciating sport. And beauty.

Star Struck

I took up the game seriously only after watching Sachin

I had the chance of meeting Sachin paaji when I was 13 years old, when he had come for a game in Jaipur in 2005. I also have had the opportunity of knowing Mahendra Singh Dhoni from close quarters.


Kohli and Co. will be keen to make amends

The pitches could be dry and England may be in a state of flux, but India can take nothing for granted.


Squash, a maximum effort sport

Squash is a fast-paced game that requires a high level of technical, tactical and motor skills and the physiological character of a 5,000m athlete.

Fox In The Box

The World Cup had all the elements of a classic

France was a worthy winner in the end, but that a side like Croatia made it all the way to the final was a story for the ages and that’s what makes football so special.


Hima Das, India’s new golden girl

Hima Das is the first Indian to win a gold medal in a track event at a global meet. Next up for the confident Assamese athlete are the Asian Games.


Rohit's feat

 5The number of centuries scored by Rohit Sharma in Twenty20 cricket – following his unbeaten ton against England at Bristol – is now the most by an ...


Nasser Al Khater: Qatar has invaluable lessons from this World Cup

Qatar, the tiny gulf nation with a population of 2.6 million, had not qualified in any of the previous 21 editions of the competition. That has not diminished its ambitions though, and the country is on course to have the required stadium and logistical infrastructure in place by 2020, a good two years before the World Cup.


Decisions at the speed of an F1 car

It is wrong to criticise Mercedes’ race engineer for Hamilton receiving conflicting information, but the team had just a few seconds to make that call while the champion drove a 1,000-horsepower Grand Prix car in tricky conditions.


Dasvidaniya, Russia!

As the World Cup in Russia drew to a close, bad map-reading skills plus poor hotel choices and lots of drunkenness (not Diary, of course!) made for some interesting trips.


Building up to a 48-team World Cup

In Russia, 13 countries represented by Asia, Africa and Central and North America mustered just 10 wins. The rising levels of inequality are a worry for the competitive balance, but a 48-team format may alleviate that concern by offering smaller teams the chance to play against the world’s best and develop.


Promoting goals much beyond the goalposts!

It was a World Cup of many defeats and many more wins and as FIFA President Gianni Infantino said football cannot solve all problems. But the game can and will be used for many gains and many more ends. And hopefully, the lessons will be more often positive for humanity at large.

Vantage Point

Angelique is magnifique

Serena Williams was expected to restore order in the Wimbledon final, but her German opponent flipped the script.

Vantage Point

No joke – the Djoker is back!

Amid a barrage of marathon matches in the men’s quarters and semis, Novak Djokovic emerged as the winner as he recreated the Big 3.