Mar 20, 2021

The 100 club

For Ishant Sharma, who played his 100th Test match recently, life on the cricket field has been a grand success story of determination and discipline. His love for Tests has helped India grow in stature.

Briefing

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Mini auction, big buys

These days, rather than gunning for big names, the IPL franchises prefer players who are potential match-winners. The 2021 auction was no different.

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Pitch imperfect

Had it been for a better pitch — and better exhibition with the willow from both the teams — the fans would have revelled in enjoying the action over the weekend.

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Adriatic Pearl boxing tournament: Youth power to the fore

The Indian contingent bagged 12 medals, including five golds, at the Adriatic Pearl tournament, which also featured boxers from Europe and ex-Russian countries.

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Australian Open 2021: Bopanna and Raina on playing in a bio-bubble

India’s best-ranked men’s doubles player Rohan Bopanna and best-ranked women’s singles and doubles player Ankita Raina share their experiences from Down Under.

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Sania Mirza striving for her Olympic dream

On yet another comeback when she competed in the Doha and Dubai Opens, Sania Mirza says she is really excited and it feels like the first comeback of the career.

Fitnesswise

Run faster and further

The best bet is to work with professional strength and conditioning coaches with an individualised schedule and a proper periodised regime. Here are some points to note.

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Manas Dhamne: Ready to take on the world

Manas Dhamne is just 13, but he is striding forward with the opportunities available in the global arena.

Last Word

Frank Tarrant: A pioneer of Indian cricket

Frank Tarrant, who scored nearly 18,000 runs and claimed over 1500 wickets in first-class cricket, is now guaranteed a measure of immortality thanks to Mike Coward’s latest: 'Cricket’s Forgotten Pioneer: The Frank Tarrant Story'.

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Bengaluru FC's Naushad Moosa: Reserve team role helped me a lot

ISL 2021: Naushad Moosa talks about the challenges of taking over as interim head coach of Bengaluru FC, how the pressure of the task kept him up for nights and how he saw the season pan out from the touchline.

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A safe and smooth table tennis nationals in Panchkula

It was a challenge to hold an incident-free event in these times and the Table Tennis Federation of India came out with flying colours.

Statsman

Ravichandran Ashwin in 400 club - a great moment in spin history

Only sixteen bowlers have claimed 400 Test wickets or more. Ashwin reached the landmark in his 77th game and became the second quickest after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan who required 72 games.

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Ishant Sharma: I don’t play for numbers, I just play to win

“If we can play well and reach the Championship final and win, then, to me, it will feel the same as winning a World Cup or a Champions Trophy,” says Ishant Sharma.

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Commentary from within a bio-bubble: Part of the job

Much before a tournament begins, the broadcaster ensures that the commentators go into quarantine and get tested at regular intervals. Once the quarantine is over, they are allowed to enter the bubble. Just like the players, they too are not allowed to step out of the bubble and meet outsiders — and a breach means going back to quarantine again.

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Ishant Sharma: More than just a fast bowler

For Ishant Sharma, who played his 100th Test match recently, life on the cricket field has been a grand success story of determination and discipline. His love for Tests has helped India grow in stature.

Vantage Point

Novak Djokovic stops the next generation again

Despite a painful torn abdominal muscle suffered during a third-round match, the world No. 1 backed up his confident words in Melbourne. Young guns, veteran standouts and a shock semifinalist all fell prey to the best of the Big Three.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Blame the batting ability, or the lack of it, not the Ahmedabad pitch

If people want the ball to come straight at an even bounce — delivery after delivery — they should go watch indoor cricket on artificial turf, says Sunil Gavaskar on the criticism coming Motera's way.

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ISL 2020-21: Mumbai City, Hyderabad FC dominate team of the season

ISL 2021: At the end of 110 league matches, Sportstar narrows down the 11 best players from the league stages of the 2020-21 ISL season.

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ISL 2020-21: Meteoric Akash Mishra gets national team call-up

ISL 2021: On current form, no left-back in India is better than Akash Mishra, who has played every single minute of the ISL 2020-21 season. He is ranked second for tackles (80) for defenders, is second for interceptions (55) and has effected 48 clearances and 37 blocks for Hyderabad FC.

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ISL 2020-21: Roy Krishna - More than just a phenomenal goal-scorer

A never-tiring pair of feet, a never-say-die attitude and an insatiable appetite for goals saw ATK Mohun Bagan’s Roy Krishna top the goal-scoring charts at the end of the league stage of the ISL 2020-21 season.

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Euro Leagues wrap: City extends winning streak, Bayern back on track

Pep Guardiola’s men defeated West Ham United 2-1 in an English Premier League encounter.