Dec 26, 2020

One for keeps

Virat Kohli’s men need a fresh talisman behind and in front of the wickets, and the first few weeks of December will hint at what lies in store and whether K. L. Rahul will fit the bill while the distant gaze is upon the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

Briefing

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Golden warriors: Fitness guidelines for ageing athletes

Physical decline as we age is a fundamental, universal truth. Grumbling over it is of no use. Dealing with it is the way forward in order to be an effective professional sportsperson.

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Australia vs India records in Test cricket: runs, wickets, wins, series, stars

India is ahead of Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy head-to-head count with 20 wins since 1996. Australia has won 18.

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Border-Gavaskar Trophy: A mouth-watering series in the offing

Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI after the first Test in Adelaide and Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Test team subsequently. Rahane can marshal his troops well. But then, Kohli, before he leaves for India, could conjure a gem in Adelaide to set the tone for the series.

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India's five great Test wins in Australia

Playing in Australia is a challenge and winning is obviously a greater task. Here we pick five of India’s best Test wins on Australian soil.

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Diego Maradona never found balance in life

Do geniuses deserve what Orwell called the “benefit of the clergy”? Does genius forgive all sins? Maradona discovered that it didn’t, and spent most of the second half of his life a shadow of the hero he once was.

Vantage Point

Everything you need to know about speed in tennis

In an interview, Satoshi Ochi, the head strength and conditioning coach at the United States Tennis Association, delves into the theory and practice of tennis movement and explains how you can increase your speed to beat opponents you’ve never beaten before.

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Limited overs, unlimited opportunities for KL Rahul!

While keeping wickets at the international level is a new assignment for K. L. Rahul, the dual role of stumper-batsman isn’t something new for him.

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Waiting in the wings: Three contenders for the wicketkeeper-batsman spot in India's limited-overs teams

K. L. Rahul remains Team India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in white-ball cricket, but with three back-to-back World Cups around the corner – two World T20s and a 50-Over World Cup – here are the three primary contenders to succeed M. S. Dhoni behind the stumps in the shorter formats of the game.

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Big gloves to fill: India's search for Dhoni's replacement in limited-overs cricket

Virat Kohli’s men need a fresh talisman behind and in front of the wickets, and the first few weeks of December will hint at what lies in store.

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ISL 2020: Jamshedpur FC playoffs challenge excited me, says Owen Coyle

In an interview with Sportstar, Coyle talks about his move from Chennaiyin FC, the challenges as the head coach in a bio-bubble-secure ISL tournament, testing positive for COVID-19 and more.

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Sunil Gavaskar: Rohit Sharma's absence certainly impacted the Indians

Rohit Sharma's injury has been the subject of much speculation and even now there’s no clarity whether he will be travelling to Australia for the Test series.

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Rohan Bopanna, building tennis champions the right way at 40

The vision of Rohan Bopanna’s tennis academy in Bengaluru is to develop players the way it is done in countries that have a good structure for the game.

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ISL 2020-21 Player of the Fortnight: Anirudh Thapa, crucial to Chennaiyin’s chances

Anirudh Thapa’s appointment as one of the vice-captains, alongside Eli Sabia, is proof of how much faith new manager Csaba Laszlo has in him.

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Not a promising return to ODI cricket for India

Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell were the heroes for Australia as India struggled to hit the deck running in its return to international cricket in the three-match ODI series Down Under.

Football

Diego Maradona: Welcoming the god of football to Kolkata

A visit to Kolkata provided a glimpse of what the Argentine legend meant to his fans there.

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Diego Maradona: Adored more than any other footballer in Kerala

A visit to Kerala in 2012 provided a glimpse of what the greatest football legend of his time meant to the state.

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Harry Kane, Son Heung-min power Spurs to the top

Tottenham’s seventh win of the campaign took it to the top of the Premier League standings with 24 points from 11 games, with defending champion Liverpool second only on goal difference.

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Sakhir Grand Prix: Perez's 10-year wait for an F1 win ends

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, who is without a seat for the 2021 Formula One season, took his first victory in the sport in his 190th race start.

Basketball

Kevin Durant on Achilles recovery: Had to learn to walk, run and jump again

The Brooklyn Nets power forward talks about his recovery post an Achilles injury, James Harden transfer rumours and his goals for the upcoming season.

Cricket

Babar Azam: Being compared to big players helps set big goals

Pakistan captain Babar Azam talks about his batting philosophy, leading the country in all formats and cricket returning to the nation.

Football

Diego Maradona: Hasta la victoria siempre!

Maradona was the unwavering leader of his men, commanding a cult-like devotion from his team-mates and fans – all transfixed in a trance by his mastery over a football.