Apr 17, 2021

IPL 2021: Midsummer madness

IPL 2021 will be a blueprint for the T20 World Cup in India in October. International players will pass on relevant information to their national teammates. And if the IPL Governing Council allows spectators in the stands for the knockout stages, the tournament will be the perfect dry run ahead of the World T20.

Briefing

Fitnesswise

Run faster and further — Part II

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.

Statsman

Virat Kohli first to 3,000 runs in T20Is

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was the first to reach the 2,000 run-mark in 2014.

Last Word

‘Professional athletes are mayflies’

What kind of player do you want to be even after you retire, asks NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It is a question every professional should ask himself.

Archives

IPL 2021: A blueprint for the T20 World Cup

IPL 2021: The 2021 edition of the IPL, which starts on April 9, will witness a sea of changes from an umpiring perspective. As for the fans, they should be better prepared with their own mini-stadiums at home this time around.

Interviews

IPL 2021: Rishabh will be key for Delhi Capitals, says Pravin Amre

“Rishabh Pant’s cricket in the last four months for India gives you so much hope. He is looking matured and has developed into a great match-winner,” says Pravin Amre.

Archives

IPL 2021 DC team preview: Delhi aims for capital gains

IPL 2021: The presence of Ricky Ponting as the guiding force is a boon for Delhi Capitals. He is one of the sharpest minds on assessing the individual and collective capacity of the team.

Interviews

IPL 2021: MI's Zaheer Khan says key is to adapt to situations

IPL 2021: Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians’ director of cricket operations, is optimistic of his sides chances in IPL 2021.

Archives

IPL 2021 MI team preview: Strong XI and a battery of back-ups for Mumbai Indians

IPL 2021: With virtually all the bases covered, it would take a huge effort for any other franchise to deprive Mumbai Indians of extending its title run.

Archives

SRH mentor V. V. S. Laxman: Strength lies in bowling options

Mentor V. V. S. Laxman says Sunrisers Hyderabad would like to look at the forthcoming campaign on three levels — the league phase and home and away games — and raise its game once it makes to the knockouts.

Archives

IPL 2021 SRH team preview: Will the sun rise in Hyderabad?

IPL 2021: The SRH performance sheet suggests that the think tank of head coach Bayliss, bowling coach Muralitharan and mentor Laxman has always emphasised on all-round strength.

Archives

RCB's Mike Hesson: Looking forward to Virat Kohli opening

The India captain, Virat Kohli, tested his skills against the new ball successfully with an unbeaten 80 in the fifth Twenty20 International against England in Ahmedabad on March 20.

Archives

IPL 2021 RCB team preview: Challenges aplenty for Challengers

IPL 2021: RCB depended much too heavily on Virat Kohli and A. B. de Villiers. But to boost the middle and lower order, the team’s only notable signing this year was Maxwell.

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IPL 2021 KKR team preview: Can the Knights tell a new tale?

IPL 2021: Knights will play in Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru and would be hoping to start the tournament on a positive note.

Archives

KKR's Dinesh Karthik: Need to spend a little more time at the crease

IPL 2021: As another season beckons, Dinesh Karthik aims to guide the team to ‘at least’ the playoffs. In a chat with Sportstar, the Indian international speaks about the season and his expectations.

Archives

Bahrain GP 2021: A thriller, and a question of rules

The main talking point after the Bahrain GP was why Lewis Hamilton was allowed to get away with exceeding the track limits at turn four time and again while Verstappen was warned after his infringement when overtaking Hamilton.

Interviews

Punjab Kings coach Kumble says he wanted to strengthen middle order

“I think in the smaller auctions, people tend to forget that the options are minimal. Every team wants to reinforce and fill the gaps and since the options are lesser, you tend to spend a lot more on the players,” says Anil Kumble.

Archives

IPL 2021 Punjab Kings team preview: New name, renewed hope

IPL 2021: A rechristened Punjab side will be hoping to turn the tide in the 2021 edition of the IPL with exciting names such as Dawid Malan and M. Shahrukh Khan.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar says India doesn't need spinning pitches to win Tests

The Indian team had shown in Australia that it did not need spinning pitches to win Test matches. However, the loss in the first Test against England may have created a bit of concern in the Indian team, and hence the revert to pitches that helped spin.

Interviews

CSK's Robin Uthappa eyeing opener’s slot in IPL 2021

IPL 2021: Robin Uthappa, who was signed by Chennai Super Kings in the February auction, feels he could be at his best at the top of the order.

Archives

IPL 2021 CSK team preview: Chennai Super Kings looks to roar again

IPL 2021: After a disappointing 2020 season, CSK made some important signings such as Robin Uthappa and all-rounders Krishnappa Gowtham and Moeen Ali in the auction.

Archives

IPL 2021: Sanju Samson says it is a challenge to lead Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2021: Samson talks about the goals and how he is looking forward to working with former Sri Lanka captain and current director of cricket at Royals, Kumar Sangakkara.

Archives

IPL 2021 Rajasthan Royals team preview - Samson and Co. ready to rumble

IPL 2021 team preview: Rajasthan made a bold move by parting ways with Steve Smith and Sanju Samson was named the captain.

IPL News

IPL 2021: Six uncapped Indian players likely to have big impact

IPL 2021: IPL will feature a number of uncapped (those who haven't represented India) players. Here are six of them who could make an impact this season. 

Features

IPL 2021: Dhoni to Pant, meet all eight captains this season

IPL 2021: With the 14th edition of IPL starting from April 9, here’s a look at the eight captains who will be in charge of their respective franchises.

IPL

IPL 2021 auction: Six overseas players who can trigger a bidding war

Top international stars Steve Smith, Jason Roy, Shakib Al Hasan and Glenn Maxwell are among the names under the Rs. 2 crore bracket.