May 16, 2020

Ground Reality

Those who work on the peripheries of the game — groundsmen and broadcast professionals — are among the most affected with the pandemic bringing the game to a standstill.



COVID-19 and chess: A fun-filled session for a noble cause

Chess is perhaps the only discipline that continues to hold online competitions and events, to raise money to help the needy in these distressing times.


Who is the best Test cricket captain of them all?

Nowadays, with a solid support staff, the captain’s decision-making responsibilities are less of a burden. This allows him to fully concentrate on his skills.


Coronavirus: No respite for curators during lockdown

Even in this exacting period of lockdown, there are some dedicated ground staff members who are silently going about their job.


Coronavirus: Broadcasters, groundsmen among hardest-hit by cricket shutdown

Those who work on the peripheries of the game — groundsmen and broadcast professionals — are among the most affected with the pandemic bringing the game to a standstill.

Last Word

COVID-19 lockdown: Sport and nostalgia are close mates

Remember when Sachin Tendulkar made a century just after you had finished your school exams? Can you recall that Messi goal on your wedding day?

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Sport needs immediacy, not isolation

The cricket world is waiting to see if the ICC World Twenty20 Cup will take place in Australia in October or be postponed to a later date.


Lockdown diaries: Sunil Chhetri dons the chef's hat

India captain Sunil Chhetri jives to ‘Dance monkey,’ makes laddus and settles the Messi vs Ronaldo debate during the coronavirus lockdown.


Remembering my Chuni da

Chuni Goswami received accolades and recognition from every possible platform. But the main accolade came from the common man on the road.


COVID-19: Ground reality in times of lockdown

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing cricket to a standstill, most state associations in the country have minimal staff working to keep the grounds in good condition.


Jwala Gutta - India needs a proper ecosystem for doubles

Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta stresses on the need for a proper ecosystem for doubles in Indian and talks about the motive behind launching her academy.


Salim Durani's life in times of COVID-19 lockdown

Former India Test cricketer Salim Durani, a crowd-puller during his playing days, speaks about his routine during the ongoing lockdown.


Lockdown diaries: Aditi, Ashalata turn training buddies in Bengaluru

After finishing IWL 2020, India players Aditi Chauhan and Loitongbam Ashalata Devi planned a two-to-three-week stay in Bengaluru to work on their fitness.


Lockdown diaries: Kuldeep Yadav busy painting, training indoors

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav usually doesn’t have much time to devote towards painting, but the unexpected break has opened up windows of opportunity.


Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma natural leaders, says Corey Anderson

New Zealand's Corey Anderson, who has played with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the IPL, feels both of them have different styles of captaincy.


Aaron Finch open to two Australian teams playing at same time

“The that multi-format players won’t be able to play in both,” says Australia’s limited-overs captain.


Rookie vs Queen: When an amateur took on Koneru Humpy

Indian Grand Masters have agreed to play games against chess enthusiasts to raise money for PM-CARES fund. Sriram Srinivasan faced off against Koneru Humpy.


When ‘elder brother’ Anil Kumble came to the aid of Saqlain Mushtaq

Saqlain reveals how Anil Kumble helped him correct his vision by recommending a doctor to him.


Home alone at 86: Dickie Bird’s lockdown diaries

Living all alone, the legendary English umpire receives help from neighbours and the Barnsley Council, who deliver food and supplies to him during the coronavirus lockdown.


Lockdown to silver medal: Khajan Singh recalls Asian Games 1986

At the time of COVID-19, former swimmer Khajan Singh remembers the 'sporting lockdown' at the Eric Arnold Swim Centre that drove him to the podium in Seoul.


Dilip Doshi: Poor spin-bowling, batting technique ailing Indian cricket

Players need less coaching and more guidance to better develop their core game, says the former India left-arm spinner in this wide-ranging interview.


Coronavirus lockdown: Former Team India trainer can be your fitness coach

As gyms are shut, we need to think out of the box to evaluate our current fitness levels using what is available from pillows, books to water-filled buckets.


The romance of cricket as seen by Bishan Singh Bedi

An incorrigible cricket romantic, former India captain Bedi is surrounded by 15 to 20 books at a time; the best way to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Game Changers: When substitute fielders stood out

It is not always that Playing XI members contribute in a cricket match. Even the 12th man sometimes does the damage and changes the complexion of the game.