Oct 1, 2019

Nadal, Andreescu make history, Medvedev makes friends, Serena falls short again

Less animated than the young Rafa, who used to regularly fist-pump and shout “Vamos!”, the veteran Rafa collapsed on his back, covered his face, got up, raised his arms and punched the air after his thrilling 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Daniil Medvedev. On the distaff side, newly crowned women’s champion Bianca Andreescu boasted plenty of potent shots, a strong mental game and, like her lgendary opponent Serena Williams, a ferocious competitiveness.

Briefing

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IPL - where the veterans strive to thrive

Even if age is no barrier, at some stage, it starts meddling with the on-field performance. Players in their mid-to-late 30s have to keep up with the ever-increasing physical and mental demands of the sport. And the challenges are more telling for those not playing any other top-level cricket.

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Dale Steyn: The concertmaster of pace

Dale Steyn made a visceral craft an art form. He painted the canvas of fast bowling with radiant colours and his whole sequence — the run-up, the load-up and the release — was one coherent act; you could not separate one ingredient from the other. At 38, he has decided to hang up his boots.

Statsman

Virat Kohli quickest to 23,000 international runs

Virat Kohli took 490 innings to go past the aggregate of 23,000 runs in international cricket. He is the seventh batsman to reach this landmark.

On The Write Line

Gavaskar on India sitting out Manchester Test: Don’t blame the IPL

The IPL is a favourite target and, while the jealousy factor from overseas is expected, it is baffling when some Indians have a go at what is acknowledged as one of the world’s top sports leagues.

For The Love of Sport

Elnaaz Norouzi: I wore the Germany jersey and was clicked with the team!

The World Cup was nearing and I was a model in Germany at that time.

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V. R. V. Singh: Chandigarh aiming to do well in first year itself

V. R. V. Singh, the former India fast bowler, will serve as head coach of the Chandigarh team for the Ranji Trophy.

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Achhe din for Chandigarh cricket as it enters Ranji Trophy?

With BCCI affiliation, cricketers groomed in Chandigarh will not have to explore greener pastures any more.

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Fazel Atrachali, the sultan of kabaddi

From winning two back-to-back PKL titles to becoming the league’s most expensive foreign player last year, Fazel Atrachali has perhaps seen it all.

Gennext

Esow Alben: A world-class cyclist in the making

A confident Esow Alben uses his quick thinking abilities on the track to execute his game plan, and he is aiming for the Asian Championships in Korea this year

Star Struck

The Wasim Jaffer advice

My hundred in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 final for Vidarbha against Delhi was possible because Wasim bhai calmed me down in the beginning.

Food For Thought

The importance of sleep

Many athletes do not fall asleep very easily. They then get distracted by watching TV, surfing the Internet or chatting on the phone.

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Seam, swing, zing... You name it, they have it!

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have surpassed all expectations, turning Team India into a spine-chilling bowling unit.

Short Takes

The classic rock and jazz shooter!

Heena Sidhu has many favourite music tracks. ‘Echoes’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Highway to hell’ by AC/DC. Then she loves Phil Collins, too.

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Valtteri Bottas: I'm very happy to stay at Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas is feeling better than before, now that Mercedes has renewed his contract for next year.

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Sai Praneeth finally coming into his own

Fresh from his world championships singles bronze, Sai Praneeth is determined to be in his own zone and start producing the kind of results that should separate him from the rest of the crowd.

Last Word

Meeting point between two theories

Even the fiercely competitive players turn to non-competitive sport as they grow older and understand the true meaning of winning and losing.

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Kolkata derby: A pilgrimage for football fans

Battle lines remain firmly drawn and love and logic are cast aside in a clash between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, which is known as the Kolkata derby.

On The Write Line

Is Rafael Nadal the best of all?

Nadal has five years on Federer in age, so there’s every chance he would level or go past the great Swiss.

View from the paddock

Leclerc brings joy to all at Monza

I don’t think there was a single person after the Italian Grand Prix who wasn’t happy for Charles Leclerc – even Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Toto Wolff deep down seemed to be happy for the young Monegasque star!

Vantage Point

Nadal, Andreescu make history, Medvedev makes friends, Serena falls short again

Less animated than the young Rafa, who used to regularly fist-pump and shout “Vamos!”, the veteran Rafa collapsed on his back, covered his face, got up, raised his arms and punched the air after his thrilling 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Daniil Medvedev. On the distaff side, newly crowned women’s champion Bianca Andreescu boasted plenty of potent shots, a strong mental game and, like her lgendary opponent Serena Williams, a ferocious competitiveness.

Cricket

Ian Bishop: Pace renaissance key to world domination in all formats

Ian Bishop speaks to Subash Jayaraman on the nitty gritty of pace bowling and its future in the likes of Rabada, Bumrah and Archer in Episode 01 of our cricket Podcast, Couch Talk.