Apr 14, 2019

Youth is served and other takeaways from Indian Wells

From Bianca Andreescu’s breakthrough to Dominic Thiem regaining the plot, Canadian youngsters coming to the fore and more...



Leaving runs on the field

Not scoring enough runs and losing narrowly is bad. So is having too many wickets in hand and falling just short of the target.


Simple guidance for strength and conditioning

Each one of us is different like a thumb impression. So specialised individual schedules are a must for peak performance.


Anand and Barua: The one and two play tango!

Many purists believe that Viswanathan Anand proved a more successful version of Dibyendu Barua while Barua ended up as a not-so-successful Anand.

For The Love of Sport

I intended to challenge taboo around equestrian

There was a taboo around equestrian, where people who were involved with it were considered inept.


Thabitha: Fearless for her age

Having won two gold medals — girls’ 100m hurdles and long jump — at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Hong Kong recently, Thabitha has now set her sight on the IAAF World Under-18 championships.

Star Struck

Rajneesh Gurbani: I’ve learnt a lot from Vidarbha’s stars

I have had a good time in Vidarbha, says the wiry medium pacer.

Vantage Point

Youth is served and other takeaways from Indian Wells

From Bianca Andreescu’s breakthrough to Dominic Thiem regaining the plot, Canadian youngsters coming to the fore and more...

Short Takes

Mohit Sharma: Parents, my most treasured possession

Mohit Sharma says he will always remember the first time he was abused by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


Jinson Johnson: A big medal is always a huge motivation

“To be honest, my biggest achievement in terms of participation was at the Rio Olympics. But in terms of performance, it definitely was the Asian Games because it gave me recognition,” says athlete Jinson Johnson.


Smriti Mandhana: The calm, ever-smiling captain

Smriti Mandhana, the ICC Cricketer of the Year, speaks about the changes she’s made to her game and captaining the Indian women’s team.


Xavi Hernandez: One of Spain’s finest grooming Arab thoroughbreds

Xavi Hernandez has been in Qatar since 2015, the year he ended his 17-year-long association with Barcelona. He signed a lucrative deal with Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League and lent a helping hand to the Qatar football team, which bagged its maiden AFC Asian Cup title in January this year.


Cristiano Ronaldo: A giant in Turin

Juventus and Ronaldo will likely win many trophies together, perhaps even break the Old Lady’s drought in the Champions League — but he is unlikely to touch the heights he did in Spain and England.


Real mad to get rid of him!

Does Real Madrid miss Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence? At this point, that question is just rhetorical. The right question would be to ask what his absence means for the club.


The 95-100 point bracket is the new Premier League equilibrium

Regardless of the winner, there are more than enough reasons to believe that 2018-19 will add to the recent list of glowing examples of the Premier League’s boundaries being constantly stretched.

Last Word

An evening to remember

Nostalgia was the theme of the BUCC evening. Test players apart, there were those who had made a name for themselves as schoolboys, and played some first class cricket too.


Gayle hits 300 in the IPL!

Two batsman enter the 5,000-run club in the IPL, and how Gayle got to 300 sixes. Plus, your queries answered.

On The Write Line

IPL 2019: Two meaty imbroglios!

A couple of deliveries in two different matches caused the biggest controversies in the first week of this year’s IPL.

View from the paddock

Hamilton wins race, Leclerc hearts in Bahrain

Leclerc dominated the entire Bahrain race weekend, but lost the win as well as second place when the 21-year-old’s Ferrrari developed engine trouble 10 laps from the end.