Jul 10, 2021

Test Cricket's New Zeal

Kane Williamson and his men proved that the sum is always bigger than the parts. They also showed that the hesitancy in finals was no longer an albatross around their necks as they defeated India in the inaugural World Test Championship final.

Briefing

Fitnesswise

How to return to play after Covid – II

At every stage, the doctors should maintain close communication with athletes as they move from one stage to the next. The pace at which an athlete progresses within and between stages will diverge widely; individuals must complete each stage comfortably prior to progressing to the next one.

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Odisha’s support system for sportspersons

With a robust sporting governance and finetuned welfare schemes for athletes, the state government speaks a language that sportspersons hold dear — monetary support, incentives and jobs.

Olympics 2021

1980 Olympics hockey gold: We learnt everything in nine days in Moscow

Used to playing on grassy ground throughout in India, our boys had the first experience on the turf playing matches against the host.

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1972 Munich Olympics: India's era of dominance in hockey ends

In 1972, we had a team that, on paper, was capable of regaining the gold but we came back with a bronze.

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1968 Mexico Olympics hockey: ‘Man-made mistakes cost us’

Muneer Sait, goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team that won bronze at the Mexico Games in 1968, gets emotional every time he holds the medal. It reminds him of the gold they could have won.

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1964 Tokyo Olympics hockey: A minute appeared longer than an hour

I felt a strange numbness after the match, but the realisation of the great victory sunk in when the national anthem started playing after the medal ceremony.

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1960 Olympics hockey: Laying the groundwork for four years later

In Rome, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. India had managed to win 1-0 against Pakistan in 1956 and there were other teams coming up fast, including Australia.

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1956 Olympics hockey: Winners again for the sixth Games running

“Come on, India!” the war cry roars from the Indian spectators after the interval. India respond with a goal. All have been waiting for this.

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KD Jadhav: The man who put Indian wrestling on the world map

Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won an independent India’s first individual medal at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

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1952 Helsinki Olympics: A fifth hockey gold for India

Keshav Datt, one of the finest half-backs on the turf, had the blessings of the legendary Dhyan Chand, with whom he had toured East Africa before first heading to the Olympics.

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Balbir Singh Sr on 1948 Olympics hockey gold: I felt as if I was flying

“At the 1948 victory ceremony, as the Tricolour was going up, I felt as if I was going up, too,” Balbir Singh Sr said about India beating Great Britain 4-0 in England a year after gaining independence.

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Olympic controversies: An endless list of shame

With the Tokyo Olympics set to begin in less than a month from now, we take a look at the many controversies that have marred the Games.

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Indian boxer Pooja Rani doesn’t want to overdo anything before Olympics

“More than tournaments, I want to work in a very balanced way and peak at the right time during the Olympics,” says Pooja Rani Bohra.

Motorsport

Redemption in France for Red Bull's Max Verstappen

The Red Bull driver chased down title rival Lewis Hamilton over 20 laps on fresher tyres as he took the first hat-trick of pole position, fastest lap and victory of his F1 career.

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1932 Tokyo Olympics: Indian hockey team a ‘typhoon out of the east’

At the interval, we were leading by ten goals to nil. Incidentally, the twenty-four goals scored was a world record for us. I scored eight, Roop Singh ten, Gurmit Singh five and Pinniger one. The lone American goal was scored by Bodlington.

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1936 Berlin Games: Dhyan Chand’s farewell Olympics

Dhyan Chand was told to fight on the front lines, but his commanding officer ordered him to return to the Olympics team and fight his battles for India on the hockey field, says his son Ashok Kumar.

Last Word

It’s not always about winning in sports

The story of sport is also the story of the losers. For every victor, there are multiple losers. Triumph is only one aspect of sport, and not always the most interesting one.

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1928 Amsterdam Olympics: The hockey champions of the world

On May 28, we lined up at the Olympic Stadium to receive our Olympic medals and believe me that day our happiness knew no bounds.

Shooting

Tokyo Olympics: Manu Bhaker on her preparations, training regime and missing mom's food!

“I am happy that I am getting to represent my country at the Olympics. It is the biggest and most important competition for all players. I am putting in a lot of hard work. I hope to make everyone proud,” says young Manu Bhaker.

Cricket

World Test Championship: Fillip to a quaint game

A start has been made, two deserving teams made it to the peak, and when it all ended, Williamson and Kohli showed that essentially it is a sport, and kindness can always surface once the dust settles.

Statsman

Shafali Verma soars on debut, breaks records

Flamboyant batter Shafali Verma became the youngest to appear in a match in all women’s Tests played in the last 10 years.

Cricket

The Devon Conway magic to Keshav Maharaj's hat-trick

Before beating India in the World Test Championship final, New Zealand beat England 1-0 in the two-match series that welcomed Devon Conway - the new run machine.

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India-England women's Test: Riveting and action-packed

The Test ended in a draw, with not even three innings completed. But it produced great drama on the final day. The kind of drama that makes Test cricket the irresistible theatre it is.

Cricket

India Women vs England Women One-off Test: Debutants call the shots

In four days of engaging red-ball cricket in Bristol, Mithali Raj’s India stonewalled Heather Knight’s England to a draw after what looked like an easy win coming the host’s way. A report card of the Indian players.

Vantage Point

Novak Djokovic makes history with dramatic comebacks at 2021 French Open

In the women’s singles draw, Barbora Krejcikova checkmated the field.

Cricket

WTC final: Gavaskar questions lack of full covering on England grounds after day one wash-out

The question, like a couple of years earlier during the ICC World Cup when also some matches were affected by rain, is why was the ground only partially covered and not fully covered, especially when it is common knowledge that rain can disturb the game any time in England.

Athletics

Milkha Singh, a symbol of toil and struggle

Milkha Singh, the name synonymous with running to survive and succeed, has moved to a better world. The best-remembered Indian athlete for generations, Milkha lived a life where he remained eternally grateful to God.

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Was he India's first Olympic hero?

The legacy of Pritchard continues to haunt Indian sport and his life remains the biggest mystery in the history of the Olympics. GULU ...