Aug 22, 2020

Stokes of genius

There are moments in an athlete’s life when they acquire the aura of invincibility: Sachin Tendulkar through the 1990s, M. S. Dhoni at the 2011 World Cup, Steve Smith at the 2019 Ashes. Now Ben Stokes is starting to feel invincible.



Double delight trapped in silver for Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

The class of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was his strong finish on an energy-sapping day, when he admitted that he had “died many times in the final.” And quite appropriately, Raja Randhir Singh, the six-time Olympian and Asian Games trap gold medallist, gave away the medals.


Going places, never veering off the track

As a kid, Veer Chotrani would spend hours at home hitting a squash ball against the cupboard or the book shelf and converting whatever he got in hand into an imaginary racquet. The room turned into an imaginary squash court and he kept scores in games against an invisible opponent.

Short Takes

Wayne Rooney is my idol, says Manchester United's Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old, who joined the Manchester United academy when he was six, has displayed exemplary skills in his first season with the senior team, racking up nine goals in 29 matches.

Vantage Point

Everything you need to know about balance in tennis

In this comprehensive interview, the 52-year-old, Australian-born Marty Smith summons his vast expertise so players, teaching pros and coaches can learn why and how excellent balance is critical for success in tennis.

Book Review

She Dared: Women in Indian Sports - A book review

'She Dared' is a welcome addition to the collection of work acknowledging the efforts of women in a male-dominated field.


On this day: Reliving Abhinav Bindra's Beijing Olympics gold medal

With a final score of 104.5 at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Abhinav Bindra wiped out the memories of Athens from four years earlier, when he had shot 97.6.


Shakib Al Hasan on 2019 World Cup high and dealing with ICC ban

A few months after he amassed 606 runs in the ODI World Cup, Shakib Al Hasan accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code for failing to report approaches in two tournaments in 2018.

Food For Thought

How to return to training in the post Covid-19 world

Is your immunity strong enough to go back to training in public places? Are your endurance and performance strong enough to make a comeback?

Last Word

Harassment in competitive sport demands greater attention

If we can’t protect our young and talented (many of those abused have gone on to win at the Olympics), what price medals?


All about Test wicketkeepers (Part IV): Rishabh Pant in focus

Rishabh Pant features in the elite list of young stumpers to take eight or more dismissals in a Test. He took 11 catches against Australia in Adelaide in 2018.


Jisna Mathew: on the fast lane to securing Tokyo Olympics berth

Jisna Mathew eyes an Olympic berth and the No. 1 spot in 400m in the country.


Pro Kabaddi League faces uncertain future amid Covid-19 mayhem

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc globally, the immediate future of the Pro Kabaddi League looks bleak.


Ben Stokes, don of the new era

There are moments in an athlete’s life when they acquire the aura of invincibility: Sachin Tendulkar through the 1990s, M. S. Dhoni at the 2011 World Cup, Steve Smith at the 2019 Ashes. Now Ben Stokes is starting to feel invincible.


Jason Holder: Leading West Indies on and off the field

Holder has been leading the West Indies Test side for five years. His greatness lies in his belief, man-management skills and vision for the future.


Bio-secure bubbles: Cricket embraces the new normal!

There was no stepping out of the bubble, no exploring the city... Life was all about staying put in the on-site hotel. It’s all about embracing the new normal.

On The Write Line

Gavaskar: Time for performance-linked pay in Test cricket

Jason Holder made a plea at the end of the series for a more equitable share of the ICC revenue. You can’t expect an equitable share for the hard work done by other teams to keep Test cricket afloat.


British GP: Drama unfolds in the dying moments

Lewis Hamilton had begun the last lap more than half a minute ahead of Mark Verstappen. He finished it less than six seconds in front.


Labuschagne: Match-ups like those against Bumrah make Test cricket enjoyable

The Australia batsman is looking forward to a mouth-watering face-off with star India bowler Jasprit Bumrah later this year, and harbours a desire to mould himself into a multi-format batsman in the vein of Virat Kohli.


Premier League: The six breakthrough stars

From Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood to Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli, here are the top-six youngsters who stole the headlines this Premier League season.

More Sports

How COVID-19 affected sports stakeholders behind the scenes

Player agents, sports management firms, entrepreneurs and people at the back end are equally affected due to the coronavirus pandemic.