Feb 7, 2019

Ten terrific teens on the tennis horizon

Let’s take a look at the most promising prospects poised to have breakout seasons.

Briefing

For The Love of Sport

When Vijay Amritraj came calling…

Though I am not much of a star gazer, I remember meeting Vijay Amritraj once, and I still cherish those moments.

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ODIs: A transformation of HSI to IVI

There is no doubt that the IVI is a very effective non-contextual measure of an ODI innings. Let us see how this measures up in reality.

Vantage Point

Ten terrific teens on the tennis horizon

Let’s take a look at the most promising prospects poised to have breakout seasons.

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A gilt-edged couple!

Virat Kohli stands second to only Salman Khan with earnings of Rs. 228.09 crore according to 2018 estimates; Anushka Sharma is at 16th with Rs45.83 crore, making her the third highest-paid actress and female celebrity in the country.

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Virat Kohli: The James Bond of brand endorsement!

Over the last two years, the topper in the list of brand endorsers is Virat Kohli. Every Bollywood star has been displaced by this Baadshah of cricket.

Fitnesswise

Fit, fitter, fittest!

Virat Kohli was the fittest in the team in all aspects till the time I was there till 2013 and since then he has upped his fitness quotient in many ways.

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Real flint, this man!

Virat Kohli has channelled his anger and aggression to build his physical and mental strength and this has taken him to being No. 1

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Inspiring respect and dread

In almost involuntarily drawing traits from his illustrious predecessors and marrying them with his own firm convictions, Virat Kolhi has gradually but seamlessly graduated from a captain to a leader.

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Batting bastion!

There is not a shot that Virat Kohli has not mastered. From the cover-drive to the on-drive, he plays them with ease.

Star Struck

When Freddie Ljungberg sat beside me

Indian footballer Syed Rahim Nabi recalls the first season of the starry ISL that introduced him to Ljungberg and Nicolas Anelka.

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Virat Kohli: A career in numbers

The Indian captain's performances against each nation, in all three formats of cricket and a year-by-year breakdown.

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A loose cannon trying to become a sharpshooter!

What makes Virat Kohli tick is the palpable and total commitment to the task and team. Popular appeal and money earnings, after all, are only byproducts and incumbent on how a player fares in his primary vocation.

Last Word

The objects of fans’ affection

Most internationals will sign autographs, pose for selfies and so on. But many appear rude even when they are merely protecting themselves.

Short Takes

P. R. Sreejesh: The overthinking hockey star

I think there are times I think too much about a topic and I lose the plot, says P. R. Sreejesh.

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W. V. Raman: There is no hierarchy of seniors or juniors

The important thing is for the players to get together, work together and play together as a team, new India women’s team head coach W. V. Raman says.

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Carolina Marin: The top 10 are at the same level

Rio gold medallist Carolina Marin says any player can win any tournament at the moment and that she’d like to play in at least one more Olympics and perhaps two.

Statsman

Pant makes a mark

Rishabh Pant is now the youngest Test wicketkeeper to register a score of more than 150 and the first Asian to aggregate 350 or more runs and claim 20 or more dismissals in a single Test series, and more.

On The Write Line

A golden chapter in the history of Indian cricket

India became only the second team to win both the Test and One-Day series in Australia.

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To the UAE and back!

While the Indians didn’t advance to the next round of the AFC Asian Cup 2019, they won hearts aplenty.

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Driving India’s sporting culture

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore described the Khelo India Youth Games as a ‘platform to perform’ of international standard and also visualised it becoming more competitive in future to the extent of introducing foreign athletes.

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A day of history for India

India’s Test series win Down Under on January 7 is the culmination of a journey of much sweat, blood and tears of the various sides from the nation that have toured Australia since 1947.

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The bird has taken flight

The attempt to spread the PBL via the vernacular language route helped as TV viewership jumped from 42 million the previous year to a record 155 million eyeballs this year.