Feb 20, 2021

Three Lions in the Tigers' Lair

A 2-0 win for India will guarantee it a place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. If England wins a single Test, India will have to prevail 3-1. And if England triumphs 3-0, it’s curtains for India.



Vinoo Mankad’s Test: India's first victory in the five-day game

It was a great hour for all, for Hazare and his men as well as for the thirty thousand people who had the privilege of being present on the occasion. A recap of India’s first ever Test victory which arrived against the visiting English side on February 10, 1952.


ISL Team of the Fortnight: Enobakhare shining bright

ISL 2021: Sportstar picks its ISL XI of the fortnight January 18-31.


The importance of communication between athletes and coaches

The ability to keep things simple is difficult, but it is key to being successful as a sportsperson, and strength-and-conditioning coaches as well as the support staff need to be able to explain the what, why, where, when and how of exercise regimens.


Salla's Olympic bid will send a strong message

Salla, which sees temperatures below minus 50 degrees, has bid for the 2032 Olympics and it should focus our minds on the responsibility sport bears towards our environment.


P. Gopichand: Indian badminton needs the right structure

Badminton has become athlete-driven for the top players, but for the younger players, there is hardly any structure, says chief national coach P. Gopichand. “To ensure a continuous stream of players comes through, it is important to develop a structure for the sport,” he says.

Vantage Point

Who will win the Australian Open?

Expect plenty of new winners on the anything-can-happen women’s tour in 2021. Unbelievably, nine of the past 14 majors have been won by first-time champions. And on the men’s tour, the Next Gen could finally dethrone the Big Three, based on their dominance at the ATP Finals three months ago. Let’s check out the contenders and pick winners for the first big prize of the year, the rescheduled Australian Open starting February 8.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Indian coaches better than overrated overseas coaches

India’s 2-1 series win in Australia has blown to smithereens the thought that India does not have good, quality coaches.


India vs England in Tests: Overall series summary, head-to-head results and more

Here are all the stats you need to know ahead of the four-match Test series between India and England, starting with the first Test in Chennai on Thursday.


India vs England in Tests: At stake, a ticket to Lord’s

A 2-0 win for India will guarantee it a place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. If England wins a single Test, India will have to prevail 3-1. And if England triumphs 3-0, it’s curtains for India.


Cheteshwar Pujara: Melbourne victory the series-defining moment

“I feel that the victory in Melbourne was very important. Jinks (Rahane) batted really well in that game. After that win, the guys got a lot of confidence” says Cheteshwar Pujara.


Sergio Lobera: I believe in Guardiola’s style of football

Sergio Lobera’s style and idea about football come from his experience of working as a coach for eight years with FC Barcelona, especially with Pep Guardiola. “I think it is very important to win, but the most important thing is how you are bringing about that win,” says the Mumbai City FC head coach.


Sam Curran: A man with a purpose

“I’m an extremely competitive person,” says England all-rounder Sam Curran. “Anybody who knows me will tell you that I just really love winning.”


A club record run of victories for Manchester City

Manchester City, which has been plagued by Covid-19 cases and injuries, recorded it eighth successive Premier League win and is unbeaten in 12 games across competitions – a club record run of victories.


ISL 2020-21 Player of the Fortnight: Federico Gallego on fire

Federico Gallego has racked up four assists and two goals in NorthEast United’s last four games. The Uruguayan has established himself as the creative fulcrum in the midfield, and his ability to open up spaces has been vital to his side’s success this year.


Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: BCCI, host associations deserve pat on the back

The BCCI operations team and administrative set-up of all the seven host associations for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ensured a safe and sound tournament for players, support staff, match officials and everyone else involved.


Kuldeep Yadav hopeful of rolling his arm over against England

Chinaman Kuldeep did not feature in a single Test in Australia. He is likely to get a chance against England in the Test series starting February 5 in Chennai.


India vs Australia: Into the diary of batting coach Vikram Rathour

Rathour opens up on the historic series, Rishabh Pant's rise and ensures there is nothing wrong with Prithvi Shaw's technique.