May 1, 2021

Mary's Magnificent Decade

M. C. Mary Kom, Sportstar of the Decade at the 2021 Sportstar ACES Awards, said, “I have been fighting so long, almost 20 years. Being a woman, a girl, a mother – it is not an easy task.”

Briefing

Vantage Point

Does Novak Djokovic have the perfect game?

Not only does Novak Djokovic have the momentum, confidence and determination to surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but he also boasts the diverse skills required to win Grand Slam titles on every surface.

Food For Thought

Should a competing athlete explore intermittent fasting?

The human body is well suited to regular short periods of fasting, and a daily overnight fast of 8-10 hours or even longer is standard for most people.

Last Word

Philosophy has a long way to catch up with sports

All sporting arguments have their philosophical base — competition, collaboration, ethics, aesthetics, cheating, sacrifice and so on. Yet they continue to exist separately.

Archives

Kane Williamson: India is the best team in the world

“It’s great that over the space of two years albeit with a lot of disruption, there is going to be the WTC final and for us as a side to be one of those teams that are playing in it. It’s really exciting," says Williamson.

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Gokulam Kerala, a fillip to the beautiful game in god’s own country

Homegrown professional clubs from the State had run into troubled waters after the initial excitement. Both FC Kochin and Viva Kerala had to be wound up as funds dried up. But unlike them, Gokulam has a single owner with deep pockets.

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KKR speed gun Lockie Ferguson's key to success

New Zealand and KKR quick Ferguson likes to send the stumps cartwheeling with the bails lighting up like fireworks.

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RCB boy Mohammed Siraj's trial by fire

Mohammed Siraj played his first Test at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day. After three Tests in the Border-Gavaskar series, he was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps at an average of 29.54.

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Harshal Patel joins Anil Kumble in IPL record books

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Harshal Patel picked up five wickets against Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 opener in Chennai on April 9.

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World of cricket: Of rusty comebacks, fake fielding and DLS confusions

The Indian women’s limited-overs series loss against South Africa at home is a wake up call for the BCCI to design more tournaments for the girls. Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo upset with target revision in the middle of innings against New Zealand.

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Euro Leagues: United closes in on City rival, Real Madrid moves top with El Clasico win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils won a fourth consecutive PL contest, coming from 0-1 behind to take out Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 recently, thanks mainly to a goal and assist from Edinson Cavani.

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Timeless Mary Kom's significant decade

M. C. Mary Kom, Sportstar of the Decade at the 2021 Sportstar ACES Awards, said, “I have been fighting so long, almost 20 years. Being a woman, a girl, a mother – it is not an easy task.”

On The Write Line

Gavaskar on fake fielding: It’s batsman’s responsibility to be aware

It’s deception that makes a player win, so to penalise a player or a team for that is ridiculous to say the least. If the batsman is going to be deceived by the fielder or the wicketkeeper then he shouldn’t be playing the game.

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Abhinav Bindra conferred with Sportstar Aces Inspirational Giant of Indian Sports honour

An inspiration to a new generation of Indian shooters, Bindra made history when he won the 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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Viswanathan Anand wins Sportstar Aces Moment of the Decade

Anand won the World Rapid Chess Championship in 2017 in Riyadh by beating Vladimir Fedoseev 2-0 in the final tie-break.

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PV Sindhu wins Sportstar Aces Moment of the Decade

In August 2019, Sindhu erased every painful memory of the past 10 years when she put forth a commanding performance to defeat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in Basel.

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Pullela Gopichand wins Sportstar Aces Coach of the Decade

A champion shuttler who turned into a highly successful coach, Gopichand has the distinction of producing two Olympic medallists in Saina Newal and P. V. Sindhu.

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PV Sindhu wins Sportstar Aces Racquet Sports Sportswoman of the Decade

The holder of five world championships medals as well as silver medals from Olympics, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, the South Asian Games and the national championships.

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Kidambi Srikanth wins Sportstar Aces Racquet Sports Sportsman of the Decade

Kidambi Srikanth, who is the only Indian male badminton player to be ranked No. 1 in the world, has carved himself a legacy over the last decade.

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Manpreet Singh wins Sportstar Aces Team Sports Sportsman of the Decade

Manpreet made his international debut in 2011 at age 19 and has been a symbol of newfound confidence during a period of resurgence for Indian hockey.

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Rani Rampal wins Sportstar Aces Team Sports Sportswoman of the Decade

In 2020, Rampal became the first woman hockey player and only the third from the sport to receive the Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour.

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Joginder Sharma receives Sportstar Aces Giant off the Field honour

Sharma, who is posted in Hisar as deputy superintendent of the Haryana police, implemented the lockdown rules and maintained law and order while ensuring compliance with the restrictions.

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Sushil Kumar wins Sportstar Aces Olympic Sports Sportsman of the Decade

Sushil has carved a niche for himself in Indian sport, bettering his bronze in the 66kg freestyle at the Beijing Olympics by winning silver at London 2012.

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Ajay Thakur receives Sportstar Aces Giant off the Field honour

Ajay was instrumental in conducting daily checks and his videos requesting people to stay indoors were widely shared across social media.

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Akhil Kumar receives Sportstar Aces Giant off the Field honour

Akhil worked round the clock to maintain law and order while also providing additional support, ensuring that people remained indoors during COVID-19 lockdown.

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Hero MotoCorp wins Sportstar Aces Best Corporate for Promotion for Sports

In addition to promoting cricket in the 1990s, Hero has also promoted multiple disciplines including football, field hockey and golf.

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Viswanathan Anand wins Sportstar Aces non-Olympic Sports Sportsman of the Decade

Anand triumphed at the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh in 2017 at age 48, after winning the more prestigious classical chess category at Sofia in 2010 and Moscow in 2012.

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Koneru Humpy wins Sportstar Aces non-Olympic Sports Sportswoman of the Decade

In 2019, Humpy won her first world title in Moscow in the rapid chess category, a moment that was made more significant as she had returned to the sport after going on a sabbatical in 2017.

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Sachin Tendulkar honoured with Sportstar Aces Inspirational Giant of Indian Sport

The World Cup win was also a special moment for Little Master Sachin Tendulkar, who got his hands on a World Cup in his sixth attempt.

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GR Viswanath honoured with Sportstar Aces Lifetime Achievement Award

G. R. Viswanath belongs to a rare club of sportsmen, who retain their halo long past their retirement, when the crowd parts out of sheer respect and the shy hero offers a gentle smile.

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2011 World Cup-winning men's cricket team wins Sportstar Aces National Team of the Decade

The World Cup win was also a special moment for Little Master Sachin Tendulkar, who got his hands on a World Cup in his sixth attempt.

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Mithali Raj wins Sportstar Aces female cricketer of the decade

Mithali Raj is the most capped player in the history of the women’s game, having featured in 10 Tests, 214 ODIs and 80 Twenty20 Internationals.

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MS Dhoni wins Sportstar Aces male cricketer of the Decade

MS Dhoni’s six against Sri Lanka that won India the 2011 World Cup finds a place in the annals of seminal global sporting moments.

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Anantapur Sports Academy wins Sportstar Aces Sports for Good Honour

Launched in 2000, the Anantpur Sports Academy has used sports as a medium to bring about social change among rural youth, and runs 131 grassroots centres catering to more than 10,000 children.

Basketball

WNBA commissioner hopes to have limited fans at start of new season

In a wide-ranging interaction, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert spoke about the future of the league, the role of the Indian market and more.

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Bengaluru FC wins Sportstar Aces Club of the Decade

With two I-League titles, two Federation Cups, an Indian Super League crown and a Super Cup, BFC was the most successful Indian football club of the last decade.

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Neeraj Chopra wins Sportstar Aces Track and Field Sportsman of the Decade

Neeraj Chopra recently bettered his own national record with an 88.07m throw at the third Indian Grand Prix in March, where he returned to competition after more than a year due to the Covid-19 shutdown.

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Krishna Poonia wins Sportstar Aces Track and Field Sportswoman of the Decade

In addition to the Commonwealth Games gold, Poonia won bronze medals at the Doha and Guangzhou Asian Games in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

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Narain Karthikeyan wins Sportstar Aces Motorsports' Sportsperson of the Decade

In the last decade, Narain Karthikeyan has taken part in the Super Formula and Super GT championships in Japan, winning three podiums.

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Indian Railways wins Sportstar Aces Best PSU for Sports Promotion of Sports

The past decade has seen Railways sportsmen and teams win honours and medals at major international events, including the Olympics.

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Deepa Malik wins Sportstar Aces Para Sports Sportswoman of the Decade

Deepa Malik made history in 2016 when she won the silver medal in the F53 shot put event at the Rio Paralympics.

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Devendra Jhajharia wins Sportstar Aces Para Sports Sportsman of the Decade

Jhajharia, who was the first Paralympian to be awarded the Padma Shri in 2012, was bestowed with India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, in 2017.

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Odisha wins Sportstar Aces 2021 Best State for Promotion of Sports

Odisha won the Best State for Promotion of Sports award at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2021 Giants of the Decade.