Oct 20, 2018

Testing time

Testing is primarily used for help in designing the most appropriate athletic training program for short-term, mid-term and long-term benefits.

Briefing

For The Love of Sport

Jatin Sapru: Anil bhai’s 10th wicket was surreal

Jatin Sapru fell in love with cricket after Zimbabwe’s tour of India during 1992-93. He got a BDM Kashmir willow bat, designed the Reebok and the Nike logos on his shoes with a ball-point pen and in his head he was ready to make his international debut.

Vantage Point

Should fans vote for Tennis Hall of Fame candidates?

All, or nearly all, members of the ITHF Voting Group have established criteria and take our mission very seriously. On the other hand, the essence of being a fan comprises hero worship and rooting passionately for one’s favourite players.

Fitnesswise

Testing time

Testing is primarily used for help in designing the most appropriate athletic training program for short-term, mid-term and long-term benefits.

Gennext

Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali: Sibling success story

R. Vaishali and her younger brother R. Praggnanandhaa have achieved significant success at a pretty young age. While Pragg, as he is affectionately called by his parents, became the world’s second youngest chess grandmaster at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days in June 2018, Vaishali became a woman GM just two months later at age 17.

Archives

Swapna Barman: 5 events, 12 toes and a stickler for figures!

I did not think that I would come this far. An Asian Games gold was beyond my imagination.

Archives

Sania Mirza: Shoaib and I’ve shortlisted names without a battle!

Expecting her first child, Sania Mirza shares her thoughts with Sportstar during an exclusive interaction.

Archives

Of floods, curfew and football – Real Kashmir!

Things have been moving at a brisk pace ever since Real Kashmir became the first club from Jammu and Kashmir to enter the elite football I-League. The league is scheduled to start in the last week of October and will be on till mid April 2019.

Your Opinion

India's tour of England - Was it really that dismal?

It surely was disappointing to lose the series 4-1, but that the matches were not one-sided speaks volumes about the grit and determination of this Indian team.

Last Word

Sports movies need the clash of personalities

The movies that work despite handicaps rely on one of two elements — nostalgia or treatment.

PKL 2019

Super Raids, Super Tackles — Pro Kabaddi going all out!

The Pro Kabaddi League, with its 12 franchises, pre-season player auctions, live television coverage and smart packaging, has taken what was considered a crude, rural sport played in muddy fields into air-conditioned indoor stadiums.

Kabaddi

Kabaddi — Has India lost its mojo?

The loss of India’s Asian Games stronghold on kabaddi has raised a fierce debate over the country’s stature in the sport and the role the PKL has played in foreign players’ improvement. The latter might be true, but the country’s players aren’t too worried.

PKL 2019

UP Yoddha: Needs to improve defence

Other than captain Rishank Devadiga, Prashanth Kumar Rai and defender Jeeva Kumar, UP Yoddha has no big names. But a bigger problem could be its defence.

PKL 2019

U Mumba: A complete overhaul

U Mumba released Anup Kumar, who captained the side for the first five editions of the PKL, brought in Iranian right-corner Fazel Atrachali for Rs1 crore and also addressed its defensive deficiencies.

PKL 2019

Telugu Titans: Time to live up to the name

The Telugu Titans’ best finish in PKL has been fourth place in season 4, and it finished fifth last year. The team will depend on star raider Rahul Chaudhari to lift its fortunes in season 6.

PKL 2019

Tamil Thalaivas: Seeking redemption

In its first PKL season last year, Tamil Thalaivas finished last in Zone B qualifying. For captain Ajay Thakur, league success will also be some consolation for India’s loss at the Asian Games under his command.

PKL 2019

Puneri Paltan: Final hurdle beckons

With a solid defensive unit, the acquisition of an experienced raider and a change in coaching personnel for the Puneri Paltan, the side has everything it needs to reach new heights this season.

PKL 2019

Patna Pirates: The favourite again

The best player in the league. The most-balanced side in the league. Three straight titles. What more need be said about the Patna Pirates?

PKL 2019

Jaipur Pink Panthers: Hoping to regain lost glory

The Jaipur Pink Panthers chose not to retain any player from 2017, and the team’s acquisitions this year – from Deepak Niwas Hooda to Mohit Chhillar – signal its intent.

PKL 2019

Haryana Steelers: The real test

The Steelers went for a near-complete overhaul during the auction, and the team now has Monu Goyat — the most expensive player ever in the PKL — in pursuit of a better finish than the sixth last year.

PKL 2019

Gujarat Fortunegiants: A new-look side

The Gujarat Fortunegiants will feature mostly new faces after Iranian aces Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mighani have left the team, as have other experienced Indians whose contribution took it to the final last year.

PKL 2019

Dabang Delhi: Well balanced, on paper

Dabang Delhi, which has never reached the playoffs in PKL history, will attempt to reverse the narrative come season 6.

Golf

Tiger, Tiger burning bright!

Welcome back, Tiger Woods. Thank you for coming back. We waited a long time for this.

PKL 2019

Bengaluru Bulls: Looking for a first

The closest the team has come to winning a title was in the second season, when it finished runner-up. It couldn’t make it beyond the group stage in 2017, but coach Randhir Singh insists the side was plain unlucky and didn’t lack in talent.

Cricket

The ‘very Indian’ guy from Guyana

As Carl Hooper, 51, gears up to visit India after nearly 16 years, this time as a radio commentator for the India-West Indies Test series, he gives in to nostalgia about the country he loves.

Statsman

A new Asia Cup record

7The number of times India has won the Asia Cup, including the Twenty20 edition in 2016. However, the country’s six Asia Cup titles in the One-Day ...

India

Time for Team India to find its unified voice

As another set of games between familiar rivals unfolds, we have to accept that the after-effects of the series against the West Indies will be minimal when Kohli’s men fly to Australia for a year-end battle.

PKL 2019

Bengal Warriors: Finding a balance

The Bengal Warriors began training in the middle of August, and the focus for the new season has been on strengthening all departments.

View from the paddock

Team orders: a necessary evil

In general, there seems to be a very negative reaction from the fans to what Mercedes did in Sochi. I understand their frustration, but Toto Wolff did the right thing to make the call for the championship, but they made too much of a meal out of the execution of the plan.