Aug 27, 2018

Ashwin foxed by clever English commentator

What commentator Ian Ward did was to get Ashwin to not only talk but demonstrate how he grips the ball or how he runs in when he is about to bowl a particular ball.

Briefing

India Focus

Volleyball: Optimistic on India’s chances

The women’s team has a good chance of progressing, while the men stand a chance of winning a medal, says G.E. Sridharan, who was a member of the 1986 bronze medal-winning team.

India Focus

Tennis: India primed for medals

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan stand a good chance of extending India’s hold on the men’s doubles – India won three straight gold medals between 2002 and 2010, and a silver in 2014. Also, Ramkumar Ramanathan is in good form, reaching his first ATP Tour singles final in July.

India Focus

Table Tennis: Chances of an upset

India has never won a table tennis medal at the Asian Games. But the team is understandably after its performances at the Commonwealth Games and the World Table Tennis Championship earlier this year.

India Focus

Handball: No indoor orientation yet!

Given the Indian handball teams’ — men’s and women’s — low-key performances in previous editions of the Asian Games and the Asian Championships, it was a surprise to find a contingent being sent to Jakarta-Palembang in the first place.

India Focus

Martial Arts: Wushu has company

India is sending participants for three of the martial arts forms at the 2018 Asian Games, skipping the ju-jitsu and sambo competitions.

India Focus

Squash: Hoping to match Incheon

India has medalled at all Asian Games since 2006, the best haul coming in Incheon in 2014, when it won one gold, two silver and one bronze. It won’t be easy to match that at Jakarta-Palembang amid tough competition from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Pakistan.

India Focus

Golfing: Men’s team optimistic

The young Indian men led by 18-year-old Rayhan Thomas are going to the Asian Games with their share of optimism. But the women’s team is not expected to be among the medal contenders.

Features

A speed racer and a party boy!

China is expected to dominate the 2018 Asian Games and the spotlight could be on its controversial and colourful swimmer Sun Yang. China always nets a bulk of its medals from the water.

Interviews

Dutee keen not to invite pressure by way of expectations

“I will put in the best efforts and hope for the best result,” says the star sprinter.

Interviews

Consistency is the key, says Gopi

“I feel having won many Super Series titles, the likes of Saina, Sindhu in women’s singles and Srikanth and Prannoy in the men’s singles should be good enough to pull off special performances in the Asian Games,” says Gopi Chand.

Asian Games 2018

A theatre of achievement!

Thanks to the diversity and the overwhelming number of disciplines, the Asian Games offers a plethora of incredible moments. It is a subjective choice, and quite a random one at that, as we take glimpses of stellar performances over a period of seven decades.

Asian Games 2018

SAI DG: ‘Our objective is to improve upon the medals tally from 2014’

“SAI is providing complete support to the athletes and the emphasis is on ensuring a hassle-free preparation in the run-up to the Games. The objective is to support the medal probables and provide them with the opportunity to give their best at the Asian Games,” says Neelam Kapur, Director General of the Sports Authority of India.

Archives

The golden rower!

Bajrang Lal Thakkar, the only gold medallist from India in Asiad rowing, can well be the inspirational figure for the Indian rowing squad preparing for the 2018 Games.

Features

32 years after...

Dhanraj Pillay led India to a field hockey gold at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, finishing the tournament as the top scorer.

Asian Games 2018

Shooting: Down to individual skills

With the team competition scrapped at this year’s Games, India will find it difficult to take on the giants of the sport — China, Korea and Japan.

Asian Games 2018

Sailing: Hoping for fair winds

Varsha Gautham and Shweta Shervegar won the silver medal in the 49er FX class at the recently concluded Asian Sailing Championships in Jakarta in June, paving the way for their last minute selection.

Asian Games 2018

Rowing: Going for six!

India’s rowing squad hopes to improve on its previous Asian Games performances — three bronze medals at the 2014 edition, and a gold for Bajrang Lal, three silvers and one bronze at the 2010 Games.

Statsman

Captains and centuries

22The number of Test centuries for Virat Kohli in 113 innings. Only three other batsmen have done it in fewer. Kohli is the second quickest to reach ...

Asian Games 2018

Kabaddi: India’s dominance under threat

The country is facing competition from the powerful Iranians and the tricky South Koreans in the men’s category as well as the compact Thais among the women.

Asian Games 2018

Hockey: High on expectations

As the highest ranked Asian team in the world, the Indian men’s team is clearly the favourite on paper to defend its title. For the women, it will be a tougher outing against higher-ranked China, Japan and Korea.

Archives

Howzat dream?

This path that I was leading, the journeys and tours I have been on, has brought me closer to the team and given me precious memories for life.

Features

In at the last minute, out with a gold!

My name was cleared at the last minute. I was excited with the news even though I did not get the team kit which was given to the other members of the Indian contingent.

Asian Games 2018

A sure shot!

It gives me more satisfaction now to guide the young talented shooters, more than winning those gold medals in the Asian Games.

Last Word

Anand deserves the Bharat Ratna

Just because Viswanathan Anand’s talent, unlike that of a Sachin Tendulkar or a Leander Paes, is not easily understood is no reason to slot him into some ‘intellectual’ pigeonhole where he may be in the unique position of having conquered the world but uncertain of how his own countrymen appreciate his accomplishments.

Features

That priceless golden moment

I was a five-time world billiards champion at the time, but none of those titles meant as much as that winning moment in Bangkok.

Asian Games 2018

Basketball: Little hope of advancement, less of a medal

The IOA has decided not to send a men’s team for the 5x5 event to Jakarta-Palembang, citing its poor record. That leaves Indian hopes resting on the shoulders of the women — who, like the men, are still awaiting a first medal in basketball.

Asian Games 2018

Archery: No compound now!

At the 2014 Incheon Games, all of India’s archery medals came in the four compound events. The country returned from the recurve events empty-handed.

Asian Games 2018

Badminton: Still missing gold and silver

Will this be the year that India finally does better than a bronze medal at the Asian Games? The country’s recent record doesn’t say so.

Asian Games 2018

Aquatics: A good schooling in Singapore

With India’s top two swimmers enjoying tremendous success in the lead-up to the Games, a couple of medals may come their way.

Asian Games 2018

Athletics: Neeraj Chopra the big favourite in javelin throw

Other gold medals are likely to come in the men’s 800m through national record holder Jinson Johnson and from Tajinder Pal Toor in the men’s shot put. The three mile relays — men, women and mixed — should also see India winning gold.

Asian Games 2018

Bowling: More pinfalls, less pitfalls

Ten-pin bowling has been on the upswing since 2015, with India winning at least one medal in major international competitions every year since then.

Asian Games 2018

Cycling: Pedalling in vain

India does not have a great record in cycling, a sport that has been a part of every Asian Games except the 1954 event in Manila. The country has won just three medals — all at the inaugural 1951 Games in New Delhi.

Asian Games 2018

Bridge: An entrant that raises eyebrows!

India’s performance at the Asia Cup Bridge Championships in Goa in June was enough to persuade the IOA to field a full squad of 24 players for Jakarta-Palembang.

Asian Games 2018

Boxing: Disadvantaged, yet competitive

India is expected to return with a rich haul, especially considering that it won nine in April’s Commonwealth Games and despite the fact that three heavier weight categories have been dropped for Jakarta-Palembang.

Features

An anthem mix-up!

At the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, Jyotirmoyee Sikdar won two individual gold medals and a team silver. But there was a mix-up by the organisers during the medal ceremony when they played the wrong country's anthem.

Features

The four-gold wonder!

At the Seoul Asian Games in 1986, P.T. Usha won five historic medals - 4 gold and 1 silver - in the track and field events, a record for an Indian athlete at any international meet.

On The Write Line

Ashwin foxed by clever English commentator

What commentator Ian Ward did was to get Ashwin to not only talk but demonstrate how he grips the ball or how he runs in when he is about to bowl a particular ball.