Nov 14, 2020

The myth of mystery spinners

The rise of franchise-based cricket has only escalated the demand for — and supply of — mystery spinners. But what is a mystery spinner? Spin bowlers and coaches decode the art that has become essential to T20 teams today.



Women’s T20 Challenge: Back in business!

The women cricketers finally have something to look forward to, as they feature in four fixtures for the much-awaited Women’s T20 Challenge, between November 4 and 9, in Sharjah.


If they were playing now: Champs from the past in the IPL mould

We pick five former India players who would have easily found a place in the Indian Premier League.


Dilip Vengsarkar: I want to see more bench strength in Team India

“We have a great junior structure and have to groom them well at the NCA (National Cricket Academy),” says the former India captain.


Sports nutrition: A new-age career opportunity for retiring athletes

Sports nutrition is getting keen interest from many athletes not only for their current sporting requirements, but also from the perspective of their future careers.


IPL 2020: A twist of the wrist - Decoding T20 cricket's mystery spinners

Who is a mystery spinner? Spin bowlers and coaches decode the art that has become essential to T20 teams today, thanks to early starters such as Sunil Narine.

Last Word

Of sporting heroes and living their dream, again

One great thing about sport is the dreaming about it and anointing heroes among those you have never seen.


Kagiso Rabada: Mastering the art of bowling fast

The South Africa pacer, one of the top bowlers in the IPL, is now used to the bio-bubble. He has been recording podcasts and sipping coffee with Delhi Capitals team-mate Harshal Patel on off days.


Sadio Mane: Chasing the dream, from Senegal to Liverpool

A young Sadio Mané left home at 16 against his family’s wishes to achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer and has not looked back since.


Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Leading the Gunners’ charge

“The mentality around the club is going very well and everyone is going in the same direction, and that’s very important,” says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners’ star striker.


Devdutt Padikkal: On the fast track to India blues

After finishing the 2019-20 domestic season as the highest run-scorer in both the Vijay Hazare 50-over tournament and the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, Devdutt Padikkal has 343 runs from 11 matches in the 2020 IPL season. An India berth cannot be far.


I-League Qualifiers, a ‘bio-bubble’ success

The five-round tournament pitted five candidates for a lone qualification spot and Mohammedan Sporting gained entry to the tournament proper after seven years.


IPL 2020 Star Moment of the fortnight: The Super Over Sunday!

On October 18, the Indian Premier League 2020 earned a unique distinction of producing a dramatic soap with three Super Overs in a day.


NBA: Primed to overcome Covid in 2020-21

With Covid-19 continuing to batter the US, the NBA is unsure when or how the next season will begin, and it remains to be seen how it will weather the challenge that has upended sport and life the world over.


IPL 2020 Star Batsman of the Fortnight: Shikhar Dhawan, positive and fearless!

The 34-year-old Delhi Capitals batsman hammered two consecutive centuries — against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab — becoming the first to achieve the feat.


IPL 2020 Star Bowler of the Fortnight: Jasprit Bumrah, consistency is his forte

Not only has the Mumbai Indians pacer taken wickets — 17 of them so far, including six in three matches (October 16-23) — he has also been economical.


IPL 2020: Scoring 50s at 40, Chris Gayle enters record books

Overall, only three batsmen have managed to score 50+ runs in an innings after the age of 40. Rahul Dravid did it four times, Gilchrist twice, and now Gayle.


IPL diary: Mahi masterclass and more

Soon after the fixture against Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad youngsters Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad were introduced to M. S. Dhoni, and the former India captain made sure to gave them a few tips.


Real Madrid takes over Camp Nou, Saints thwart the Toffees

The turning point came in the 62nd minute when Sergio Ramos was awarded a penalty by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after having his shirt tugged in the box.


Sky is the limit for Lewis Hamilton's record-breaking run

The weekend at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao was another display of what makes Hamilton the best of his generation and one of the greatest drivers of all time.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Chennai Super Kings' main problem has been with the batting

The author analyses CSK’s poor show in the ongoing Indian Premier League and makes his point as to why Rafael Nadal is consistent at winning Grand Slams.


Marnus Labuschagne: Would like to be involved in IPL next season

Australian batsman and 2019 Wisden Cricketer of the Year Marnus Labuschagne has been keeping tabs on the progress of his teammates in IPL 2020 and feels the next edition will help players get into the groove before the T20 World Cup.


Expect a MI-DC final, says Aakash Chopra

“I have been vocal about these two teams right from the start,” the former India batsman said on on the Tissot Presents Sportstar Extras T20 Time show.

Your Opinion

Flick of the wrist: Bosanquet’s googly takes over T20 cricket

The Rashid Khans of this world and modern T20 fans need to thank a man born in England in 1877, the year the first Test match was played, for the googly – Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet.


Tanmay Mishra: My IPL nets session with Kumar Sangakkara

Former Kenya batsman Tanmay Mishra talks about training with the legendary Kumar Sangakkara during his IPL stint with the Deccan Chargers in 2012.