Jan 25, 2020

The decade that was

It has been a wonderful decade for Indian sports. Achievements have come in varied fields and the success story has led to a proliferation of events, some competitive and some not.


On The Write Line

The glorious run of Team India in 2019

The Indian cricket fans would want their beloved blues to win more laurels and also some special silverware in the new decade.

Vantage Point

How they aced it: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena, Djokovic

Tennis lovers who witnessed Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Serena in the past decade will regale their grandchildren with stories.


Pro Kabaddi League to ISL: The decade of financial avenues

The fact that a badminton and a table tennis player, a wrestler and a boxer, and not just a cricketer, have a manager to promote their business interests is the new reality for an Indian sportsman.

Last Word

Viswanathan Anand has the gift of phrase-making too

Mind Master, Viswanathan Anand’s wonderful book combines all these elements: art, sport, self-help, while turning a light on his life with an honesty and casual courage that is rare.


Who is the next star sprinter after Usain Bolt?

Barring the 2011 World championships where he shockingly false-started in the 100m, to be disqualified, the long-limbed Jamaican powerhouse won everything in sight up to 2017.


The decade in football: The birth of Indian Super League

ISL promised international appeal and drew stars like Robert Pires and Roberto Carlos, albeit when they were clearly over the hill. But fans flocked to the stadium to catch a glimpse.


The journey of cricket from Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli

From floodlit Tests, pink ball and four-day matches to the World Test Championship (WTC) bringing context to bilateral Test cricket, the ICC has shown the eagerness to allay fears surrounding the future of the longest format.


Boxing and wrestling: The 'power' play over the years

In the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asiad in 2010, India bagged seven and nine medals respectively as boxing established itself as a medal fetching discipline for the country.


The making of sharp shooters, now in Olympics race

Fifteen Indian shooters have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, and the chances are really bright for some medals.


Please maintain lane discipline: The rule changes in motorsports

Motorsport – from F1 to MotoGP, rallying and even Formula E – has seen unprecedented rule changes, both technical and sporting, in the decade gone past.


Why Michael Phelps is the superstar of the pool

It is no exaggeration to say that Michael Phelps has been the central figure of this last decade in swimming, even if he wasn’t competing for half that period. He was the sport’s biggest superstar, relentless in his success.


2010-2019: The rise of Indian badminton, emergence of P.V. Sindhu

It was a decade of phenomenal growth for Indian badminton from 2010 to 2019. New stars came and sparkled like never before.