Jan 12, 2019

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Players to watch out for (part two)

Two Premier League players will hog the spotlight at the 2019 edition of the AFC Asian Cup.


Food For Thought

The caveman diet and survival

To win, we need not an overhaul of our sport system. That is almost perfect in today’s day and age. We actually need a mind shift in our belief in food and how we have to flush our taste buds down the drain.

Your Opinion

A phenom called Mary Kom!

Mary Kom has achieved all that is there to be achieved in the world of boxing. Her fight now is not for some medal or championship, it’s with herself.


Gunning for glory

Esha Singh is the record-holder for three years now at the State level — in the juniors, youth and seniors categories in 10m air pistol.


Dare, dare Dakar!

The 2019 Dakar Rally will be held in a single country for the first time in the 41 years of its existence, Peru taking complete charge of posing the toughest challenge to conquer yet.

For The Love of Sport

When I shared a ride with Kapil Dev!

As a youngster, I used to look forward to the duels between tennis icons Bjon Borg and John McEnroe. Even today, Borg remains my all-time favourite sporting icon.


The ‘coolest’ part of FIFA World Cup 2022

The cooling technology at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar is a first of its kind in world football; meet the doctor of this operation “cool”.


Belgian diamonds that took a decade to polish!

It is easy to label Belgium’s victory as a fairytale or a miracle but that would be unfair. The triumph in Bhubaneswar, 7698 km away from Brussels, took the team a decade of planning, losing and persevering.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: 24 nations this time... prize money on offer, too!

Iran, Japan, and South Korea — all have tasted Asian Cup glory earlier — are bound to give defending champion Australia a run for its money at the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group F: Fifty per cent done!

Japan is way in front. Oman, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have been left to vie for the second spot.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group E: The Green Falcons... how far can they fly?

The political ban on Qatar — the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup — led by Saudi Arabia may cast its shadow on the Asian Cup matches.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group D: Arch-rivals have no other foes!

Iran and Iraq are likely to progress into the knockout stages from Group D, untroubled by the likes of Vietnam and Yemen.

Vantage Point

The year that was — the best of vintage 2018

The men’s Greatest Gen kept the Next Gen at bay last year, but among the women, parity has become so pronounced that eight different women have divvied up the last eight Grand Slam events, including a trio of first-time champions in 2018.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group C: Two of this, two of that!

Two Asian powerhouses — South Korea and China — and two debutants — Kyrgyz Republic and Philippines — make up Group C of the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group B: A bunch of tough cookies!

Group B of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup is not quite the proverbial group of death, but it’s one which includes the defending champion (Australia) and an Asian heavyweight (Syria).

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group A: India will fancy its chances

India is grouped with host United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2019. The group promises plenty of exciting football with UAE, which finished third in the 2015 edition, the favourite to lead the way.

Short Takes

Mandeep Singh: 'Winning Junior World Cup the highlight of my career'

Mandeep Singh's worst nightmare is to wake up one day without having anything to do with hockey.

Last Word

Cricket writing: Odes aplenty to pen

Publishers need to know that books sell; writers that there are lots and lots of untold stories in Indian sport — from women’s sport, to the growth and gentrification of kabaddi to a cultural history of badminton.

Ind vs Aus 2018-19

Cricket up in the air, Down Under

The series balances at 1-1 but what lingers are the lousy words caught on the stump microphones, the television cameras that beam unflattering visuals of Kohli’s volcanic anger and even that needless focus on Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja getting embroiled in an argument.


Hockey World Cup 2018: Provide the right platform

India’s sixth place finish at the Hockey World Cup 2018 will bring about the routine round of questions, reviews and reactions. We are undoubtedly blessed with a strong team and the decision-makers, now, have to create the right path for them to truly realise their potential.

On The Write Line

The curious case of mystery spinners

Almost every single one of these so called mystery bowlers have been discarded after one season because it’s one thing to be a mystery in local leagues but it’s quite another when bowling to international players.


Kohli next only to the Don!

Virat Kohli, the latest player to score 25 or more Test hundreds is the second quickest in terms of fewest innings after the great Don Bradman who did it 59 innings fewer than Kohli.


Hockey World Cup 2018: Novel security system

Cops for the World Cup were picked carefully and were put thorough an orientation programme to handle the whole tournament patiently. They were polite yet firm with their request to cooperate with security procedures.