Jul 9, 2019

Who will win Wimbledon?

Unlike on the men’s side, a new era has dawned in women’s tennis. How will the rising stars stack up against established stars like Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova? Let’s find out.


Book Review

An all-encompassing read

The reviews of domestic and international series are an integral part of the almanack. There’s something there for everyone: casual fan and the aficionado will both find there is much food for thought.


Second fortnight of World Cup 2019: The rainbow nation fades!

The second fortnight has gone by and South Africa and Afghanistan have been shown the door. There were some thrillers too...India v Afghanistan; New Zealand v West Indies; Sri Lanka v England. and India maintained its World Cup supremacy against Pakistan!


Saqlain Mushtaq: It’s important for a spinner to put his thinking cap on

Saqlain Mushtaq, the spin consultant of the England team, believes that India’s Kuldeep Yadav has the potential to emerge as one of the top spinners in the world.


Rohit Sharma: Ton-up at the top

Rohit Sharma’s isn’t a story about a method in the madness; it is all about a brilliant batsman who is supremely talented and gives full expression to his potential in limited-overs cricket.


A real, rare bird!

Having witnessed the evolution of umpiring, Dickie Bird believes that with technology taking the front seat, on-field umpires will soon lose their relevance.


Mohammad Nawaz, a keeper with sweeping powers

Sergio Lobera, the celebrated coach of FC Goa, noticed Nawaz’s talent and soon made him the first choice goalkeeper of the ‘Pro’ team.

Short Takes

Jaydev Unadkat: Cheteshwar Pujara is my go-to man

We have been friends for long and he has always backed me, says Jaydev Unadkat of Cheteshwar Pujara.

Food For Thought

Healing injury to soft tissue and bone

Our research discovered so many facets of nutrition that enable better healing in bone and soft tissue. The conclusion was diet and supplementation can play pivotal roles in healing an injured athlete.

Last Word

Celebrations are a part of sport

We cannot have too many rules against celebration in sport. If you feel you should celebrate, then do; if not, don’t. But it cannot be a test of morality.

For The Love of Sport

Radio commentary and the ‘1983 fairy tale’

The win, of course, is a huge memory, but before that — Tunbridge Wells. It was like a fantasy. It was like reading a fairy tale.


NBA 2019-20: New season, new contenders as free agency rolls in

Injuries, fatigue and the improvement of other teams have rendered the Golden State Warriors less potent. Other teams now lurk, seeking to occupy this void at the apex of the NBA.

On The Write Line

World Cup: India proving a point, yet again against Pakistan

For the past several years India has been walloping Pakistan not just in cricket but also in another sport that raises the temperatures in both the countries — hockey.

Vantage Point

Who will win Wimbledon?

Unlike on the men’s side, a new era has dawned in women’s tennis. How will the rising stars stack up against established stars like Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova? Let’s find out.


World Cup diary: Onwards to London!

From the fragrance of Indian spices at the Oval to Virat Kohli’s kind gesture after Steve Smith’s dismissal and Rohit Sharma’s quips after the Pakistan match... Our diary from the second fortnight of the World Cup.


ICC World Cup 2019: 11,000-run club, record sixes and other statistics

Virat Kohli becomes the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs, Eoin Morgan breaks the record for the most sixes in an ODI innings and more...


Hockey Series Finals: Some positives, some concerns for India

Apart from winning the title, it was a test more for coach Graham Reid’s planning in his first competitive outing with the Indian side.


Match of the fortnight: New Zealand vs South Africa

The Proteas will look back at the match against the Kiwis as an opportunity lost.


Catch of the fortnight: Trent Boult's dismissal of Carlos Brathwaite

When Trent Boult saw a booming Carlos Brathwaite hit swirling towards him at wide long on, he knew this was the match.


Mayhem in the middle: Eoin Morgan's assault against Afghanistan

England’s Eoin Morgan, walking in at No. 4 against Afghanistan, faced 71 deliveries for his explosive 148. And he powered the sphere to a mind-boggling 17 sixes, the most by a batsman in an ODI innings.


Player of the fortnight: Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan’s rollicking unbeaten 124, making light of the pressures of the chase of 322, against the West Indies at Taunton, was peppered with some stunning horizontal bat strokes.


Transfer window review: A Real show of money

Football never has an off-season. While there is a break in the action on the field, off it there’s a world buzzing with big-money deals, drawn-out negotiations, wild speculations and betting. Here’s our transfer market round-up.


Time for F1 bosses, FIA to bite the bullet

Chase Carey, Ross Brawn and the FIA need to really be aggressive and take a leap of faith with the 2021 rules to shake up the sport.