Jul 11, 2020

Inside cricket's new bubble

The bio-bubble is the mantra for cricket boards around the world, trying to create an environment that will ensure the protection of players and other stakeholders in the times of COVID-19.



Workload management key, says Root as cricket returns from COVID-19 shutdown

Cricketers have never quite had such a prolonged break from the sport, and to some, like English Test captain Joe Root, the layoff was an opportunity to tie up loose ends.


All about Test cricket wicketkeepers - Part I

We now take a look at wicketkeepers in the five-day format. The first part of this series analyses performances as a keeper-batsman.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar on George Floyd’s death and racism in cricket

Discrimination, subtle though it maybe, is seen in English as well as Australian cricket. In South Africa, too, where the apartheid regime was thrown out almost 30 years ago, a remnant is still around.


Eng vs WI: How Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford prepared for bio-secure Tests

The England-West Indies three-Test series, starting on July 8, will see many firsts — bio-secure venues, no fans, no saliva on the ball and more.

Vantage Point

Reasons to use side spin in tennis

We take a look at the many ways side spin can improve a player’s attack and defence.

Last Word

Concept of ‘news’ has changed in the time of coronavirus

A lot of sports writing in India, even before the pandemic, was overly reliant on cricketers’ tweets and Instagram pictures. This, despite the fact that readers have access to the same platforms.


Indian hockey players getting back to business, slow and steady

A semblance of normalcy returned in early June, when the Indian players in the core probables group resumed basic sporting activities on the hockey pitch. The chance to go outdoors couldn’t have come soon enough.


Chess: Clutching a novel format

In Clutch Chess, the matches are played over two days, a bit like a football game’s two halves. Six games are played on day one, and six on day two.


Amid calls to begin international season, let’s not forget domestic cricket

The first Test of the England-West Indies series in July will be the first official cricket match amid the COVID-19 situation, but there is still no clarity on Irani Trophy and the BCCI domestic season.


Avoid plagiarism when working out

It’s potentially dangerous to imitate workouts just by looking at them. In the current situation where everything is under lockdown, it’s even more advisable to be judicious. Be a voice, but not an echo.


Formula One returns: A few firsts and a lot at stake

Eleven of the original 22 races have either been cancelled or postponed, and F1 is going ahead — for now — with a shortened eight-race season.


When home umpires were in vogue in Test cricket

An umpire, by description, is a neutral person, whether he is home-grown or a foreigner. No umpire takes sides. Mistakes happen. The idea is not to repeat those mistakes.


1992 World Cup hero Dipak Patel happy with sports returning to New Zealand

Though sporting action in New Zealand returned in the form of rugby, the cricketers will have to wait a bit longer to get into the groove.


Great to be able to start playing again, says Tanzanian footballer Mohamedi

Ally Mohamedi, who plays for Namungo FC in Tanzania, shared his experience of playing football in the post-coronavirus times in a chat.


Lockdown eased, waiting to start: St Kitts and Nevis footballer Williams

“We are hoping the professional football league can start from July as scheduled,” says Gerard Williams of St Kitts and Nevis.


Papua New Guinea gearing up for full-fledged camps as cricket returns

Over the last couple of years, the associate nation has taken a giant leap and as the cricketing world eyes some sort of normalcy, even Papua New Guinea hopes tell its own story.


Covid-19: Bio-secure bubbles new route to resuming cricket

The bio-bubble is the mantra for cricket boards around the world, trying to create an environment that will ensure the protection of players and other stakeholders in the times of COVID-19.


Artificial crowd noise: a pre-recorded carnival as football returns

The singing, the cheering, the jeering and the swearing from a live audience add to the theatre of a football-watching experience both from the stadium and when broadcast to our homes.


Vasant Raiji - a gentleman, a cricketer and an author

After celebrating his 100th birthday — a century, in the great game’s parlance — on January 26, Raiji, a walking compendium of Indian cricket, departed for the Elysian Fields on June 13.


All you need to know about sports during COVID-19

From professional football in Europe to the golf and tennis tours, here are the major sports that have restarted.


The story of England's rise to World Cup glory

England’s 2019 World Cup triumph is a tribute to its amazing resilience and self-belief and is presented in a thrilling form by Nick Hoult and Steve James.


Anil Kumble: COVID substitutes aimed at resuming matches in testing times

"A player may test negative before the match, but pick up symptoms in a couple of days and in the process expose the others to infection. This Covid substitution would allow the team to carry on with the match," said the ICC cricket committee chairman Anil Kumble.


New Zealand cricketers cleared for nets, fans ready for Super Rugby

New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson assures cricket will resume in summer, requests fans to cough in their elbow at Super Rugby Aotearoa.


Kemar Roach: Need to adapt while playing in bio-bubble environment

Roach is looking forward to a memorable outing against England and is confident that West Indies will regroup before the first Test, starting July 8.