Dec 26, 2018

The romanticism of the sportswriter

Just as sportsmen and women sometimes feel the need to tell themselves that what they are doing is worthwhile, important and not a whit behind what doctors and St. Bernard dogs do, sportswriters too sometimes feel that way.

Briefing

Book Review

A timely addition to cricket literature

Suprita Das, in her book Free Hit, offers an anecdotal history of the struggles faced by the pioneers who helped espouse a sense of purpose in the formative years of women’s cricket.

Archives

For Kom, bring out the pom-poms!

As Mary Kom rightly pointed out, her latest world crown was the most difficult one.

Vantage Point

Tennis instruction books that have stood the test of time

From Bill Tilden’s Match Play and the Spin of the Ball to Ed Faulkner’s Tennis: How to Play it, How to Teach it and The Physics and Technology of Tennis by Dr Howard Brody, these are the go-to books on playing your best.

Gennext

Manu Bhaker's ultimate goal: an Olympic gold

Manu Bhaker, who started the year with gold medals in her maiden senior World Cup, added two more golds at the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics.

Archives

PBL: Learning experience for youngsters, paycheck for the experienced

The Premier Badminton League means money to the leading names and very little else. For the second rung of players, mainly Indians, it remains a good learning experience.

Archives

Finally, the form book goes for a toss!

For India, it was so near, yet so far, once again. Off-field wrangling notwithstanding, the firepower seems to exist for the trophy to be brought home in 2020.

Archives

Carlsen keeps his crown

In London, the two highest-rated chess players of our times played 12 drawn games in the classical time format, but reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen emerged a rampaging 3-0 winner in the best-of-four rapid tiebreak games against Fabiano Caruana.

Fitnesswise

The queen of the punches

For Mary Kom to peak at the right time, a flawless and perfectly periodised regime must be executed.

For The Love of Sport

Indo-Pak cricket and a Sunny tale

Once at a party, I was talking to Yajurvindra Singh animatedly. I kept calling him ‘Sunny’, when a pat came from behind: “Kunal, I am Sunny.” It was Sunil Gavaskar.

Short Takes

He wants to be a six-footer!

Hard work will give you everything, so keep working hard every day, says Akashdeep Singh.

Archives

Brian Lara live with a dead ball!

After an exceptional cricket career, Brian Lara is frequenting the golf links.

Archives

A Boe to shoot Pune arrows!

To join Pune 7Aces is of course a bit special for me as I personally know the owners and team staff, says Dane star Mathias Boe.

Archives

Mary Kom: I wouldn’t be here without my family’s support

My husband, my mom and the children, they have been understanding and have let me come and train every day, says Mary Kom.

Cricket

Across the skies and into Australia!

Cheteshwar Pujara’s infinite reserves of patience, an Indian fix at a Nepali restaurant and a price for the vices of men — tales from the opening leg of the India-Australia Test series.

Cricket

Sachin talks cricket, we listen!

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, in an exclusive chat with Sportstar, talks about how Test cricket should survive, India's tour of Australia, India A cricket, school cricket and more.

Statsman

Racking up the runs in Australia

From Virat Kohli joining India's 1,000-run Test club in Australia to Rishabh Pant's wicketkeeping haul and more India vs Australia Test cricket records. Plus, your queries answered.

Last Word

The romanticism of the sportswriter

Just as sportsmen and women sometimes feel the need to tell themselves that what they are doing is worthwhile, important and not a whit behind what doctors and St. Bernard dogs do, sportswriters too sometimes feel that way.

On The Write Line

It’s all about Pujara and the bowlers

The 70-odd extra runs scored as Cheteshwar Pujara carried the lower order gave the bowlers just the cushion they needed as they overshadowed their much-vaunted batting teammates in the first India vs Australia Test.

View from the paddock

F1 2018: Abu Dhabi sums up the season

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sums up the F1 season as the race had particular points which makes it a classic.

Boxing

An afternoon at Mary Kom boxing academy

As the London Olympics bronze medallist and five-time world champion Mary Kom prepares to flex her muscles at the Women’s World Boxing Championships, we bring you sights and sounds from her school in Imphal.