May 29, 2021

The game comes to a stop

Though the BCCI took a bold step by hosting the Indian Premier League in the middle of the pandemic and trying to earn brownie points ahead of the T20 World Cup, perhaps it should have been a lot more careful about security and breaches.

Briefing

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Zimbabwe’s need for Test cricket in such times

It is not a surprise that Zimbabwe, which barely competes against the best now, lost the first Test to Pakistan in Harare.

Last Word

It's all about the little things in sport

Great sportsmen notice the small things that escape others — and they know how to take advantage.

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Tough time for India’s Olympic hopefuls

With many countries imposing travel restrictions on India to contain COVID-19, we track how it may have an impact on Indian athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Chris Morris: Postponing IPL was probably the safest thing

“The positive is we will probably get to finish the tournament later this year, so I think they took the call at the right time. It was slightly getting a bit hectic now,” says Rajasthan Royals fast-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris.

Food For Thought

Tips for Tokyo-bound athletes before getting COVID-19 vaccine

There are some athletes who are not yet sure whether they should take the vaccine. Here’s why they should get the jab.

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Playing under Igor Stimac: Indian football players weigh in

When Igor Stimac set about on the training ground with the Indian national team, it was a drastic change initially, but the players have warmed up to the Croat’s style of play.

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Igor Stimac should get adequate time as national coach

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia, former national team coach Armando Colaco and India goalkeeper Subrata Paul weigh in on Igor Stimac’s tenure.

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European football roundup: Man City, Inter, Bayern seal titles; UCL final all-English affair

Thomas Tuchel’s side gave the Citizens a reality check for the second time on the trot, following a narrow victory in the FA Cup last-four stage.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Rishabh Pant as captain is one for the future, no doubt about it

In this IPL season, the Delhi Capitals captain has showed that he is clever enough to learn and his usual street smart savvy meant he was on top of most situations and was finding his own method to get out of sticky ones. He is one for the future, no doubt about it.

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An unpredictable Spanish GP and a reliable Hamilton win

Winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya requires not just a great car setup, but also the right balance between team and driver, and that showed in Mercedes’ ability to seamlessly switch strategy midway through the race while Red Bull floundered in response.

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An all-English summer - City, Chelsea set up clash for Champions League honours

Chelsea and Manchester City will battle it out on May 29 at the end of an unprecedented European season that saw the sport return to football fields across the continent with no spectators.

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Was brand IPL insensitive? - League needs perception correction right now

The key question being asked is what is the IPL doing to assuage the needs of those impacted by the virus. How much is it spending? How much is it focusing on relief measures? How well is it using its arsenal of cricket and Bollywood stars to help aid the process of getting an ill India back on its feet?

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IPL 2021 - COVID-19 cases, cancellation: Where did it all go wrong?

Though the BCCI took a bold step by hosting the tournament in the middle of the pandemic and trying to earn brownie points ahead of the T20 World Cup, perhaps it should have been a lot more careful about security and breaches.

Statsman

IPL 2021 in numbers: Nicholas Pooran’s poor run to Shikhar Dhawan's consistency

The number of ducks by Punjab Kings’ Nicholas Pooran in the now-suspended 2021 season of the IPL equals the record for maximum ducks by a batsman in a single edition of the Twenty20 tournament.

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Hockey players remember their hero, M.K. Kaushik

A hard taskmaster and a disciplinarian, he was always a player’s coach, which invariably led to confrontations with the administrative powers.

IPL News

Ganguly says remainder of IPL 2021 can't happen in India

The BCCI president also said that it is too early to say how the board can find a slot to complete IPL-14, which was suspended amid the Covid-19 crisis.