Jan 9, 2021

A midsummer nightmare

Virat Kohli has been the rock star on the road, always strumming the right chords in overseas fixtures. After the 36/9 horror of Adelaide, it remains to be seen how, in his absence, the existing members of the touring party tune up for the bigger concerts ahead — in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Briefing

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The year that was — and wasn’t — in tennis

In a year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, no fans in the stands proved the biggest challenge for players who relish and feed on the energy of the crowd. Empty stadia were the most obvious game-changer, and a host of other policy changes were also enforced for player safety and health at tournaments.

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How the 10 Formula One teams performed in 2020

Verstappen was the only driver to challenge the two Mercedes cars in 2020. He even took the fight for second with Valtteri Bottas all the way to the final race of the season.

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Sunil Gavaskar on 36/9: A day I thought will never come again

Like in 1974 there were some great deliveries that got the top order out in Adelaide and there it was — India’s lowest score in Test cricket, 36, which was six runs lesser than ours.

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Parthiv Patel: Diminutive dasher and his tall deeds

For the connoisseurs and the Indian cricket community in general, Parthiv Patel has been a revolutionary in various aspects.

Food For Thought

The best nutrition to start 2021

I seek everyone’s blessings as we move forward to 2021. I hope you will join me in making the world a healthier place. It starts with you. It’s time for you to make that resolution.

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Anju Bobby George: The revelation and after...

India’s long jump star had been carrying a secret for nearly two decades, and she chose to reveal it in a tweet recently: The 2003 Paris Worlds bronze medallist was born with just one kidney instead of two.

Last Word

Doping and anti-doping

Doping has always been a step ahead of detection. “We were like field marshals always condemned to fight the previous war,” writes Grigory Rodchenkov in his book The Rodchenkov Affair.

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FMSCI National Racing Championships: Tough task but a job well done

The organisers of the first round of the 23rd FMSCI National Racing Championships for four-wheelers at the Kari Motor Speedway in Chettipalayam, Coimbatore, went home pleased as punch having spread happiness and cheer to all involved in the sport.

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Matthew Wade: Australia’s new Mr Fix-It

As Tim Paine’s men usher in another summer of Test cricket, this time against the touring Indians, Matthew Wade sets the stage for what he thinks will be an emotionally charged Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

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In Kohli's absence, India needs a spirited show against Australia

Virat Kohli is not only a run machine, but also a motivator, especially when India plays abroad. He will be missed after the 36/9 horror of Adelaide.

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Sportstar's ISL XI of the fortnight: December 7-20

Sportstar picks its ISL XI of the fortnight December 7-20: Midfielder Mohammed Yasir and winger Liston Colaco in the mix.

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ISL 2020-21: Liston Colaco, a star in the making

After finding it difficult to get game time despite winning accolades with FC Goa, Liston Colaco found the right fit when he signed for Hyderabad FC in January 2020 during the club’s debut season.

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The king’s gambit: Viswanathan Anand enters a different phase of his career

Indian chess legend Anand has joined hands with WestBridge, a Bengaluru-based investment firm, to form the WestBridge Anand Chess Academy. He will be guiding R. Praggnanandhaa, Nihal Sarin, Raunak Sadhwani, D. Gukesh and R. Vaishali.

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Premier League: Manchester United's Ole at the wheel, indeed

A 6-2 hammering of Leeds United caps off a fine period for Manchester United that also saw it hold Manchester City to a draw and beat Sheffield United, lifting the Red Devils to third spot in the Premier League table.

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Australia vs India: Lowest totals in Test cricket, stats you need to know

India’s total in the second innings of the Adelaide Test, 36/9, is the lowest ever in its Test cricket history. This is only the second occasion where all batsmen in the playing XI did not reach double figures.

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What to look forward to in the 2020-21 NBA season

The NBA season is set of begin in near-empty or restricted arenas as COVID-19 continues to rage unimpeded in the United States.

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ISL 2020-21: Meet Bengaluru FC's all-weather player, Harmanjot Khabra

ISL 2020: Harmanjot Khabra’s work often goes unnoticed. He is not the most technically gifted footballer in the Bengaluru FC line-up, but he is indispensable to his coach.

Cricket

Salim Durani on his 86th birthday: I would have been successful in ODIs, T20s

On being asked about his 25 years of first-class cricket, the great all-rounder says, “I am happy that I played this long. I could have played a lot more for India.”

Football

Two years to go: FIFA World Cup 2022 will be special both on and off the pitch

Qatar 2022 has the potential to set a new precedent for major sporting tournaments and leave behind a legacy long after the last ball is kicked.