Feb 5, 2021

Courage under fire

India was seemingly down for the count against a host almost at full strength. But a unit that, with the exception of a few players, was actually the second or third rung in terms of stature and experience found enough hidden reserves to humble the Aussies.

Briefing

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Manchester United goes on top of the Premier League

The Red Devils have made a remarkable recovery from winning just two games from their opening six matches.

On The Write Line

Abusing players is unacceptable

Whichever way one looks at it there’s no doubt that abuse of the players is certainly not cricket and has no place in any sport. The sooner it is eradicated like a disease, the better sport will be.

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Nihal Sarin: Well-guided and on the right path

Among the Indian chess masters, none could match the strides taken by young Nihal Sarin during the past year.

Food For Thought

Roadmap to improving performance in 2021

Unless you develop your own set of rules of discipline towards goal-setting, you are just another player in the game.

Last Word

On Snooker: A must-read book on an exciting sport

It is written with passion and understanding by the Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler, a man who knew the sport as a hustler in his younger days, a fascinating story in itself.

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IPL stint with Kings XI Punjab a learning curve, says Ishan Porel

“You can make a thousand plans for a batsman, but you need to execute them at crucial parts, and for me, that has improved,” says the 22-year-old Ishan Porel, who travelled with the Indian team to Australia as a net bowler but had to return home after picking up an injury.

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Mission Olympics: Uncertain hour for Indian athletes in COVID-19 times

With competitions cancelled and the Tokyo Olympics 2021 doubtful, it's a big worry for everybody. The global pandemic has played havoc with the athletics calendar all over the world.

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Bengaluru's Sports School: Finding the right balance between academics and a sporting career

The Sports School, with world-class infrastructure spread over 27 acres in Bengaluru, aims to provide an education that hones a sportsperson’s intelligence and knowledge, thereby contributing to all-round growth.

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A nine-month dope test-free window for elite Indian athletes in 2019

India's National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) out-of-competition testing strategy was illogical in 2018 prior to the Asian Games in Indonesia, and it continued to be less than satisfactory in 2019, at least in track and field.

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FC Goa's James Donachie: We have a team that can win ISL this year

Australian centre-back James Donachie speaks about life in a bio-bubble in Goa, defending in his club’s setup, the expectations for the season and more.

Your Opinion

IND vs AUS: Small gaps for India to plug after 2-1 series win Down Under

While celebrating its victory, India should not keep Ravi Bishnoi, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad waiting for too long.

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India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant's attacking form sparks bat vs gloves debate

Teams can’t compromise on the quality of wicketkeepers in Tests. But for ODIs and T20s, they need one who bat as well.

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India vs Australia: How did your favourite players fare in Border-Gavaskar Trophy?

Here’s how each Indian player fared in the four-match Test series which ebbed and flowed till the last hour of the last session of the final day.

Statsman

India vs Australia: The come-from-behind series win in numbers

From Steve Smith's 27th Test ton to the number of games Australia has won at the Gabba.

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India tour of Australia: Of quarantine, body blows and a grand comeback

India was seemingly down for the count against a host almost at full strength. But a unit that, with the exception of a few players, was actually the second or third rung in terms of stature and experience found enough hidden reserves to humble the Aussies.

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Mumbai City dominates ISL Team of the Fortnight

Sportstar picks its ISL XI of the fortnight January 4-17.

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ISL Player of the Fortnight: Rowllin Borges, Mumbai City's wrecker-in-chief

Rowllin Borges was phenomenal during the Islanders’ wins against Kerala Blasters FC, Bengaluru FC and ATKMB in the new year.

IND v AUS

Cheteshwar Pujara versus Australia, a bout for the ages

Pujara was not as prolific as he was in India's previous tour of Australia, but he again blunted a top attack to play a vital role in the 2-1 series win.

IND v AUS

From Toli Chowki to Brisbane: Mohammed Siraj scripts a fairytale

His is yet another story of triumph over adversity in Indian sports: Mohammed Siraj, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver, making it to the highest level as a cricketer.