Apr 3, 2021

Stars are born

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

Archives

There was drama at the end of each day

The Press Box was faced with the challenge of encapsulating so much in so little time.

Food For Thought

How to maintain a healthy heart?

What can you do? Be physically active and fit. Above all, begin to question the way you have always eaten.

Last Word

The connection between boxing and writing

Both professionals are, ultimately, fighting themselves. Both deal in fear — more obviously in the boxer’s case, but equally in the case of the writer and the terror of the blank page.

Archives

Prithvi Shaw's comeback route via Vijay Hazare Trophy

Despite Mumbai’s glorious turnaround and a young Uttar Pradesh unit’s equally remarkable run to the final, the 2021 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy will go down in the annals of Indian cricket as one that served little purpose.

Archives

Sparkling performances and doping gloom at Indian Grand Prix

The next few months in Indian athletics promise to be very interesting ones... there could be many surprises too.

Archives

Formula One: Red-hot Red Bull sets the pace

After winning the drivers and constructors double for seven years running, does Mercedes finally have a fight on its hands given the pace and consistency of the two Red Bull drivers? Lewis Hamilton seems to think so.

Archives

India’s journey to World Test Championship final: A new chapter for the team

It has been an extraordinary act of defiance from an Indian side that’s refreshingly kindred in spirit and fundamentally different in belief.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: 50 years with Indian cricket, a journey to remember

To be able to still stay involved with the game that has made me what I am today and has given me everything is a blessing indeed, and for me, Indian cricket is everything.

Archives

Europe tour a shot in the arm for Indian men's hockey team

The team had a four-game Europe tour in late February, and its match against Germany on February 28 was the first time the players faced off against a team outside its own group in 370 days.

Archives

Arjuna is to Sri Lanka what Imran was to Pakistan, says Jayasuriya

“...we knew that someone like Arjuna – who was a father figure – was there to look after us,” says Sanath Jayasuriya reminiscing about Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup win.

Archives

Manchester United clips City’s run but not its lead

Pep Guardiola’s men restored their 14-point advantage in the English Premier League over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils with back-to-back big wins over Southampton and Fulham, having played a game more.

Archives

Bouquets and brickbats: The hits and flops of ISL 2021

ISL 2021: It’s time for the season-ender awards from the recently concluded ISL campaign. Over the 115 matches, there were some hits and misses on the field.

Statsman

Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill's ducks against England - a strange record!

Four Indian players registered ducks in the fourth Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad - Kohli, Gill, Ishant and Siraj.

India

Harbhajan Singh: Hat-trick was the icing on the cake

“How can I forget that match which made my career?” asks Harbhajan Singh, who, as a 21-year-old, claimed seven for 123 and six for 73 against Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001.

India

The epic turnaround of 2001: Laxman relives ‘unreal’ Kolkata heroics

V. V. S. Laxman reflects on his Herculean effort against Australia and his partnership with Rahul Dravid, on the 20th anniversary of that famous Test at Eden Gardens.

Cricket

Venkataraghavan recalls India's Port of Spain win 50 years on

“We backed ourselves. The self-belief was our greatest quality,” recalls S Venkataraghavan, who took five for 95 in the second innings of the Port of Spain Test which India won by seven wickets.

Cricket

Salim Durani: Was so overjoyed when I bowled Garry Sobers

Salim Durani failed to live up to expectations on the 1971 tour of the West Indies and was dropped for the last two matches of the five-Test series. But it was his role – claiming the wickets of Garry Sobers and Clive Lloyd – that paved the way for India’s historic triumph.

Cricket

Dilip Sardesai: Stamping his legacy in the joyful islands of sun and sand

“With the sea, palm trees and beaches, it reminded me of my childhood days in Goa. I always felt at home!” Dilip Sardesai, who first made a mark in the West Indies as a 22-year-old in 1962, once said, describing what was it about the Caribbean that he so relished.