Jan 25, 2019

The art of coaching

If the coach inspires trust and commands respect enough to raise a player’s game or take it to a plane even the player himself thinks he is not capable of reaching, he has done his job.

Briefing

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Young India’s rising sports stars

Sportstar profiles 18 sparkling stars of 2018, all aged 20 or below, who will shine even brighter in the years to come.

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The Dhing Express!

From local shoes to a world brand... the astounding progress of a committed athlete.

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Breaking furniture, records too!

The year 2018 was a very tough one for Sreeshankar, but 2019 promises to be an exciting one for the long-jumper as there are a number of events. Will Sreeshankar take us to a new world?

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Kush... the joy of being a Maini!

Karting from the the age of five, while accompanying his brother Arjun Maini at the local karting tracks, Kush has pretty well grown up with racing.

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The knight who would be king!

While prodigies have frequently emerged in Indian chess, not many have offered as much promise or have achieved as much at Praggnanandhaa’s age.

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Sense and sensibility!

As for his long term goals, Lakshya Sen — the World No. 108 in badminton — is focused on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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A boxing being!

The first award Sakshi won was the ‘Best Loser’ in her first ever competition. From there she has come a long way to now being recognised as one of the best prospects for India in international boxing.

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Aloo bhujia and the Virar fast special!

After announcing himself with a score of 546 in Mumbai schools cricket, Prithvi Shaw has gone places.

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A baby’s giant steps

All of 18, the girl from Bandra has turned into one of the reliable batswomen of the Indian women’s cricket team. Her style of play has left the experts in awe and Jemimah has emerged as one of the top talents in the country.

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On the right foot

Just 21, Anirudh Thapa has already cemented a place in the senior India side. Next? He aims to be the best Indian midfielder in the next two-three years.

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Putting herself on the path to glory

No Indian woman has ever won an LPGA Tour event. It only seems a matter of time before Aditi crosses that line.

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If you are a Tirkey, can hockey be far behind?

“What next? I don’t know. I just know I will play hockey till my last breath.”

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Manu Bhaker: The ballerina of ballistics!

So far, Manu Bhaker has shown the right signs. The year 2019 will see whether she is able to deal with tougher challenges in her bid to clear the passage for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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A Zen approach to shooting

The ability to keep things simple and approach everything with an uncluttered mind is the major strength of 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary.

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A loss for swimming, a win for shooting

After hearing about a death in one of Kolkata’s famous pools, Mehuli Ghosh decided to shun the water. But since choosing shooting as her sport in 2013, she has gone from prodigy to a consistent world-class athlete.

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This Yash is born for squash!

At the Fadte home, a win or loss is evaluated, analysed and lessons noted, before moving to the next goal.

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Srihari Nataraj: Born for the pool

When the doctor suggested swimming as a remedy for Srihari Nataraj’s elder brother’s respiratory problems, his mother spent most evenings with her children at the pool. While the elder son spent his time in the water, an infant Srihari was close by, in his mother’s arms.

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Manav Thakkar, another Surati diamond

Manav Thakkar is just 19, but he’s planned his path out well. First he wants to maintain his place in India’s squad for the 2019 World Championships and do well over there. After that, he wants to be on a flight to Tokyo 2020.

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Jeremy Lalrinnunga: Lifting Indian spirits

The 16-year-old Jeremy Lalrinnunga is a teen sensation and is a medal prospect for the country in the Olympics.

Last Word

The art of coaching

If the coach inspires trust and commands respect enough to raise a player’s game or take it to a plane even the player himself thinks he is not capable of reaching, he has done his job.

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Melbourne, a city with a heart and soul

Not far from the city is the winding Great Ocean Road that offers a spectacular view of of the sea. And then is Phillip island where the penguins waltz. Melbourne and its surrounding areas have many splendours.

On The Write Line

'Kohli’s team raised the bar by winning the series'

"It was a team effort in the real sense as the Indians fielded tigerishly throughout the series ensuring no easy runs were given to the Australians," says Sunil Gavaskar.