Sep 18, 2021

The lost art of saving a Test

India won at Lord’s with England unable to even last 60 overs on the last day. England returned the favour at Headingley with the match winding up on the fourth day with India losing by an innings and 76 runs. This isn’t just a plague affecting India and England as within the limited cricketing globe, the other practitioners are also increasingly folding up fast with perhaps a day to spare in Test matches.

Briefing

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Messi makes PSG debut but Juve stutters in the post-Ronaldo era

It has been an exciting first few weeks around Europe’s top five leagues. The tempo set during these stages can prove to be crucial as the season progresses.

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Jehan Daruvala: Chasing an F1 dream

Jehan Daruvala, who is part of the Red Bull Junior Team, is currently competing for British side Carlin in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. He opens up on his F1 dreams, equation with former teammate and F1 driver Yuki Tsunoda, association with Carlin, the Red Bull programme, and more.

Food For Thought

Let nutrition be the base of your success

Lack of nutrition awareness, unscientific way of eating, overall attitude towards diet, and cultural food beliefs in general, are at the heart of the performance disparity between Indian and foreign athletes.

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India's Tour of England: KL Rahul breaks records at Lord's

K. L. Rahul became the third Indian batsman to score Test centuries at both the cricket grounds in London – at the Lord’s and at the Oval.

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Bajrang Punia reflects on his journey to wrestling bronze at Tokyo Olympics

For the ace wrestler, who has not returned empty-handed from an event since 2018, the motivation of donning the India colours is the greatest. That’s what pushes him in his quest for gold.

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Dr Aaron, the American who put a spring in Mirabai Chanu's step

Dr. Aaron Horschig, an American physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach, evaluated Mirabai Chanu, found the issues bothering her and formulated a very individualised, structured programme.

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Europe calling: Sandesh Jhingan sails offshore

The burly defender added that the Croatian national team’s phenomenal growth, which saw it finish runner-up at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was also a driving factor behind his move to Sibenik.

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Belgian hockey: It ain’t a sprint, it’s a marathon on a mountain

Belgium’s champion brilliance, and its ability to match the traditional hockey powerhouses stride for stride, have been marvels of the modern age. But this marvel has been more than a decade in the making.

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India at World Athletics U20 C'ships: Youth on the right track

At the recent World Athletics under-20 championships in Nairobi, the young, talented and bold Shaili Singh won the silver with 6.59m with a slightly helpful wind, missing the gold by just a centimetre. and there were a few other creditable performances, too.

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O.M. Nambiar: One of a kind

As a coach, O. M. Nambiar drew lessons from his own experience as a sprinter with the Indian Air Force and had an eye to spot talent and nurture them to become quality athletes.

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World of Cricket: Shaheen Afridi's heroics to Faf's return

Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled Pakistan to victory in the second Test against the West Indies in Kingston; Faf to play in CPL and IPL after two months of rehabilitation for a concussion.

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Cover Story: The death of the draw

With attack being the primary trait that attracts captains and the word ‘intent’ doing endless rounds, most cricketing nations have seemingly forgotten the glue that binds Tests: patience.

Features

Cricket in Afghanistan — a source of inspiration and a platform to dream

It has been a meteoric rise for the Afghanistan national team, which has gone on to earn the Test status and featured in World Cups, and its performances have not only boosted the confidence of the Afghan population, the cricketers have given the nation an opportunity to dream. And all of this has happened in just two decades.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar discusses laws of cricket

The ICC Cricket Committee meets every summer and decides on the playing conditions and if there is any need for changes.

Vantage Point

Who will win the US Open?

If Novak Djokovic captures the US Open, he’ll snap a three-way tie with fellow legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 major titles each. Even more historic, the 34-year-old Serb will consummate the first men’s Grand Slam since Rod Laver’s way back in 1969. Among the women, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, the Wimbledon champion, and Naomi Osaka, a four-time major winner and two-time US Open titlist, will likely rate as the betting favourites. And it could presage the start of the rivalry of the decade.

Hockey

Marijne: ‘In future, I hope women’s team gets the same support and status’

Sjoerd Marijne, who ended his journey as Indian women’s team hockey coach after helping the side finish fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, hopes they build on the momentum and do well in future.