Jul 13, 2019

Of brats and life lessons

When too much money and fame come too soon then the players need a strong figure around them to keep them from being carried away and thinking they can get away with anything.


Vantage Point

How you can play better doubles in tennis

David Macpherson, who guided the famous Bryan twins to 15 of their 16 Grand Slam titles shares his vast expertise on playing doubles.


Final league stage matches: Bad weather the bugbear

After going through a rigorous league stage, four abandoned matches and some edge-of-the-seat thrillers, India, Australia, England and New Zealand made it to the last four. This edition surpassed the previous highest number of washed-out matches in a World Cup — two in 1992 and 2003 — and the weather played an increasingly important role as the tournament wore on.


Dejected, Ambati Rayudu bids goodbye

Ambati Rayudu’s decision to bid adieu to all forms of cricket was an impulsive one for sure. But it, in a way, is truly representative of his character – on and off the field.

Short Takes

Mehuli Ghosh, digging horror and funny movies

The star shooter says she has no single favourite film, but there are many that she loves.


Active recovery and the science behind it

There’s a host of reasons to start adding active recovery to your training plan. Here are a few important ones and how to design your own programme.


Blitzing his way to stardom

Nihal Sarin is blessed with an extraordinary memory and has an understanding of the game well beyond his age. He has tremendous fighting spirit, too.

Book Review

Perfect catalogue of the World Cup

The storytelling in Ashis Ray’s new edition of Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge, updated to right before the start of the 2019 edition, is fluid and the characters that come and go are legends.


India’s goal-hungry defender

Gurjit Kaur made her mark in spectacular fashion at the 2017 Asia Cup, top-scoring for India with eight goals and helping the team to the title, past favourites China and Japan. There is no looking back...


World Cup 2019: Kohli's new record, Ikram Ali Khil impresses for Afghanistan and other statistics

Virat Kohli became the latest entrant to the 20,000 ODI runs club and he did that in just 417 innings - the quickest to reach the landmark.


Manu Bhaker, on board the Tokyo bus

Manu Bhaker, just 17, seems to have picked up the lesson King Bruce learnt from the spider: Keep coming back up after every failure. You’ll succeed one day.

Last Word

Does sport need this practice at all?

By playing the national anthem, sportsmen do not become more patriotic; nor will they become less so without it. The same applies to the fans.


He crushes toes... and confidence too

“I don’t think about the situation or who is batting or whatever… I just give my best,” says Lasith Malinga in an exclusive chat.


Ross Taylor: A fourth World Cup, and eyeing a fifth

Chris Gayle is 39 and I will be turning 39 by the time the next World Cup comes. So never say never, says the New Zealand batsman.


World Cup diary: The morning after…

From a memorable journey between Manchester and Southampton, to Gulbadin Naib’s flexing his muscles and Chris Gayle’s surprise statement, our diary from England...


Pakistan vs Afghanistan, a nail-biting encounter

Pakistan survived a scare against Afghanistan in World Cup 2019. Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib conceded 18 in the 46th over and leaked eight runs in four balls in the final over to return wicketless and dejected.


Shaheen Shah Afridi: Perfect yorkers and great attitude

The 19-year-old Pakistani fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, turned heads, claiming 16 wickets in only five games. Thirteen of those wickets came in his last three outings.


Sarfaraz Ahmed silences critics

Pakistan captain-wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed took a diving catch to send Ross Taylor back in a must-win encounter against New Zealand in Birmingham on June 26.


Charulata Patel, 87, the superfan whose heart beats for India

The octogenarian has been a regular in cricket matches in England. She was present at Lord’s in 1983 when Kapil Dev’s side lifted the Cup beating West Indies.


Messi + Neymar + Griezmann?

The summer transfer window sees hundreds of players move between clubs, preceded by thousands of rumours. Here’s a round-up of all the talk.

On The Write Line

Of brats and life lessons

When too much money and fame come too soon then the players need a strong figure around them to keep them from being carried away and thinking they can get away with anything.


World Cup 2019: Top stable, middle topsy-turvy

India’s batting reigns supreme but its under-cooked middle-order needs a spark. Hopefully it will acquire energy soon.


Shaheen Afridi: 'Focus is to improve, work hard and stay ready’

After registering a six-wicket haul against Bangladesh, Shaheen Afridi made it clear that he wants to keep the momentum going and learn as ‘as much as possible’ from the seniors.

View from the paddock

Austrian Grand Prix: Spielberg produces some Mad Max magic

I was very pleased for Max and Red Bull as they’ve had a tricky start to the season, but I was especially happy for Honda as their return to F1 since 2015 hasn’t been the joyous ride they were hoping for.