Jun 12, 2021

Glory and Redemption

In the end there was joy. The joy of proving the detractors wrong, the joy of playing through pain and suffering, the joy of finally scaling the pinnacle of Spanish football once again, as Atletico Madrid won its first La Liga crown in seven years.



Final GM norm: A race against time for Abhimanyu Mishra

Abhimanyu Mishra needs one more GM norm and if he does it by September 5, he will become the world’s youngest GM, beating the record set by Russia’s Sergey Karjakin 19 years ago.

Vantage Point

Random thoughts for tennis coaches and players

It’s important to practise with opponents of different playing levels, but it’s even more important to practise against different playing styles.


How to return to playing after Covid

While our understanding of Covid-19-related illness continues to evolve, for both athletes and non-athletes, recovery varies widely depending on the extent and severity of the acute illness, pre-morbid conditions and other factors.

Last Word

Taking live sport off the table

Every event — from soccer to tennis and cricket — is coming to us filtered through television during the pandemic.


Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari: A couple on a mission

Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari understand that being on top of their game is of utmost importance as it is essential to garner life-defining personal glory as well as unprecedented laurels for the country at the Tokyo Olympics. And their interpersonal rapport is special and unique.


La Liga: Glory and redemption at Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid leaves it for the last day to pip neighbour Real Madrid in the closest title race in Spanish top-flight football in years.


Jemimah Rodrigues: Don’t want to put too much pressure on myself

"I want to play according to my role and be more consistent. If I can take the responsibility, we will have a good batting order. That’s my plan,” says Jemimah Rodrigues, ahead of India’s tour of England.

On The Write Line

Gavaskar: Don't jump the gun, give India a chance to host the World T20

If the situation does not improve by August end, then by all means the World T20 can be shifted to the UAE.


Barcelona blitz in UEFA Women’s Champions League final

Having wrapped up the Spanish league title with eight games to spare, Barcelona is now the only franchise whose men’s and women’s sides have both won the top European tournament.


All about dot balls in IPL 2021: Shami, Siraj, Chahar's records

In IPL 2021, Punjab Kings pacer Mohammed Shami bowled 77 dots out of 174 deliveries, while RCB's Mohammed Siraj bowled 74 out of 156.


World of cricket: Indian women's Test comeback to Bancroft controversy

Though not in the best of circumstances — with COVID-19 continuing its wrath in the world — the Test comeback for the Indian women will be no less than a semester.


Europe’s finest strikers: Kane, Suarez and more

From Robert Lewandowski’s record-breaking season with Bayern Munich to Romelu Lukaku firing Inter Milan to its first league title in more than a decade, Europe witnessed some prolific goalscoring across its leagues this season.


Europe’s hottest youngsters: Haaland, Mbappe and more

At the end of one of the most pulsating and thrilling seasons of European football, we take a look at the top youngsters who have excelled this term.


Aguero steals the show on Etihad farewell; Atletico, Lille script famous league triumphs

The Argentinian broke Wayne Rooney’s single club Premier League goal-scoring record with a 184th league strike for Manchester City, in the match against Everton, ahead of the Champions League summit clash, which will be his last game for the club.


Max-imum in Monaco: Verstappen overtakes Hamilton in Championship

Max Verstappen’s win on the streets of Monte Carlo means he leads Lewis Hamilton by four points in the drivers’ championship, with Red Bull inching a point ahead of Mercedes among the constructors.

More Sports

Narinder Batra: I don’t see any reason why Olympics should not happen

Speaking to Sportstar, the Indian Olympic Association president reiterated his support to the Games going ahead despite uncertainty and local opposition, assured sufficient training for athletes, and confirmed accelerated vaccination for the Tokyo-bound.


Jhulan Goswami on England tour: Test cricket is about the mind

India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami shares the secret to excel in England, congratulates Ramesh Powar for his return as head coach and remembers W. V. Raman for his teachings.

Table Tennis

V. Chandrasekhar, the master of forehand drives and topspins

Since his backhand was not as effective, Chandra would pivot, move around more to the backhand flank to take the ball on his forehand and unleash topspin winners.


Meg Lanning: Domestic cricket crucial in rebuilding women's cricket post pandemic

Australian captain Meg Lanning speaks about cricket's recovery from COVID-19, bettering Ricky Ponting's record and preparations for the 2022 ODI World Cup.