Vantage Point

The origin of tennis: History, mystery and myths

In The Birth of Lawn Tennis, Robert T. Everitt and Richard A. Hillway produced by far the most authoritative and comprehensive history of the genesis of our sport.


Komalika Bari: Gifted with natural strength

Archer Komalika Bari takes the positives from an outing and quickly rectifies her mistakes to get better in future events.

For The Love of Sport

How BPL taught cricket to Bollywood actress Elena Kazan

Actress Elena Kazan grew up in the USSR; by the time she was six, she knew ballet, ice hockey, figure skating and gymnastics.

Short Takes

Cricketer Jemimah wants to perform with Coldplay

Nineteen-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues gets candid on Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and life off the cricket field.

Food For Thought

For marathon runners: what to eat and how to recover

In the second of a two-part series, we look at key areas of focus to enable a marathon runner to excel and remain injury-free.


Lucknow joins a special list

Lucknow becomes the fourth city to host Tests at three or more grounds, Rahkeem Cornwall becomes the eighth visiting bowler to takes a seven-wicket haul on Indian soil, and more.


When chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa took me for a ride

At the end of the 10-board simultaneous exhibition at The Hindu office in Chennai, the final tally for the Grandmaster read: 10 wins on 10 boards.


Magnus Carlsen: I'm not a freak, I'm just curious

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen found a calling in the sport as it is played by 'intelligent' and 'civilised' people; the Norwegian holds the top rank.


Guns and roses: The story of Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz is a changed man after surviving the Masjid Al Noor mosque attack in Christchurch this year.


Peter Gade: A coach beyond reproach

"I don’t have any regrets. I gave my best in all my matches," says the former World No. 1 and All-England champion.


Amine Chermiti, the Tunisian flavour in the ISL

Mumbai City FC's Amine Chermiti has played in the Bundesliga, the Swiss League and the Europa League, and also helped ES Sahel win the Tunisian league.


ISL diary: The talker exits the stage

The latest from the ISL season: John Gregory parts ways with Chennaiyin FC after two-and-a-half seasons in charge, and Hyderabad’s loud support.

Last Word

Sportswashing, a new word for an old idea

The usage has been extended to include corporates and sponsors looking for respectability through sports.

On The Write Line

Bob Willis had an impish sense of humour

Bob Willis was proud, of course, at the honour of leading his country but he would have preferred someone else doing the job while he just bowled flat-out fast.


Magnus Carlsen: I am a very competitive person

Many believe Magnus Carlsen has already attained the greatness linked to Bobby Fischer and Gary Kasparov. Many others insist he has already surpassed the feats of these great predecessors.

View from the paddock

Karun Chandhok: On to the 2020 F1 season

So there we have it, another F1 season over and done with. It’s probably a good time to look back at the season on the whole and perhaps review the teams and drivers in brief.


Rahul Dravid on India's pace revolution, U-19 World Cup and mental health

Rahul Dravid, former India captain, speaks at length about the upcoming U-19 World Cup, his new role at the NCA, mental health of cricketers and more.