Mar 21, 2020

Nice guys too finish first

Indeed the Kiwis are a sportive lot, led by a charming captain in Kane Williamson!


Last Word

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the art of saccading

Saccading has an interesting side effect for great players. The more skilled the player, the sooner his eyes leave the ball’s initial path.

For The Love of Sport

I’m a big fan of Sunil Gavaskar

Having grown up at a time when there was no live television coverage, we would listen to cricket commentary on radio and read newspapers to check the results.


Gym in the time of coronavirus: What is training transfer?

An average player or a coach understands strength and conditioning refers to strength increment, but that’s a huge misconception.

View from the paddock

Will someone finally topple Mercedes?

Ferrari have the money, the people, the facilities and the drivers to fight against and beat Mercedes. But will they? Recent history shows that that’s a different matter.


Harbhajan Singh: Act fast or lose finger-spinners

If you don’t act fast the game would lose finger-spinners and that would be a tragedy. Finger-spinners have been an integral part of slow bowling and we should encourage them.

Short Takes

Gauri Sheoran: I’d like to read other people’s minds

The shooter says that is the superpower she would like to have.

Vantage Point

A letter to lefties

Us left-handers' unusualness and unorthodoxy befuddle opponents, while we blissfully carry on against righty styles we’re thoroughly accustomed to.


Vinesh Phogat: There is a lot to learn still, a lot to improve

“I know I will be there at the Olympics and who could be my possible opponents and I am training accordingly,” says Vinesh Phogat, who has already qualified for the Tokyo Games.


Women’s cricket gets its due

Even as Indian cricketers Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues gained attention on and off the field, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup drew crowds like never before.


Kane Williamson: Good at heart, great at the game!

Indeed the Kiwis are a sportive lot, led by a charming captain in Kane Williamson!


Laureus Awards diary: Starstruck by a league of legends

As the Diary stepped into the stadium which hosted the historic 1936 Berlin Olympics, he could sense history everywhere.


Chennaiyin FC's Owen Coyle taking it one day at a time

Since Owen Coyle took charge, Chennaiyin FC picked up 24 points in 12 games, and a place in the top four was sealed with a game in hand.


New Zealand tour diary: A playground for the wind!

When you talk about the Basin in Wellington, you end up speaking about the wind. For a paceman, to bowl against the wind here is among the most physically draining tasks.

On The Write Line

Big step forward for women’s cricket

Parents are now encouraging their daughters to take up sport thanks not just to the Indian women cricketers, but also other sporting icons like P. V. Sindhu and Sania Mirza.


India vs New Zealand: Mayank Agarwal in record books

Mayank Agarwal ended with 964 runs in his first 10 Tests, just 14 runs shy of Sunil Gavaskar's record of 978 runs; NZ became the seventh team to win 100 Tests.


Asian Wrestling Championships: India still not ready for Tokyo 2020

North Korea gave it a miss and China was denied visas to participate, barring in a few divisions, due to the Coronavirus crisis; Iran did not send their best.


ISL diary: Trouble in Chennai for FC Goa

The Chennaiyin FC faithful, revelling in an unbelievable 4-0 lead at home, untied one of the banners put up by FC Goa fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and let it fall.


Khelo India University Games a success, but what was there for the athletes?

There were few scouts and selectors looking for fresh talent in Bhubaneswar, and the winners had to be content with just their medals and no monetary support or call-ups.

More Sports

Shannon Miller: 'Dipa has showed the way for the youth of India'

Seven-time Olympic medallist Miller, who is in India as the brand ambassador of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020, was all praise for fearless Dipa.