Oct 2, 2021

The thrills of T20

Over the next two months, up until November 14, the different perspectives of T20 cricket will find dynamic expression upon the desert sands of the United Arab Emirates. First up is the remaining part of the IPL, then the T20 World Cup.

Briefing

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IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals (RR) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

Placed fifth in the table, Royals have plenty to catch up if it needs to make it to the knock-out stage, and the conditions in the UAE could be a huge factor.

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India’s medal rush in Paralympics

If India’s Olympians did the country proud by bringing home a record seven medals from Tokyo, the Paralympians did even better. They won 19 medals. The total number of medals the country had won till Rio 2016 was 12.

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World of Cricket: WI announces gun squad for T20 WC defence

While West Indies sprung a surprise by including Ravi Rampaul in its squad and omitting Sunil Narine, Bangladesh registered its first bilateral series win over New Zealand in the five-match T20I series in Mirpur.

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Far from playoff spot

A playoff spot seems tough, as it would need to win at least six of its remaining seven games.

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Ronaldo scores brace in United homecoming, Juventus suffers second consecutive loss

The stage was set, Old Trafford was rocking with the ‘Viva Ronaldo’ chants and Ronaldo’s return was sweeter than ever. He scored a brace as Manchester United defeated Newcastle 4-1 to go top of the table.

Fitnesswise

Importance of training programme

The concept of designing a training programme is a fine art and needs to done with utmost care, understanding the athlete’s needs at every stage of the season.

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Max Verstappen holds out for now

Max Verstappen has a slender five-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton going into the Russian Grand Prix. But also faces a three-place grid penalty for a crash at Monza GP that ended the race for both the Dutchman and his title rival.

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Pep Guardiola: ‘It’ll be another 90-plus points season’

Pep Guardiola is heading into his sixth season as Manchester City manager and the club has never slipped past the top-three positions in the League since he took over the reins.

Last Word

Success must inspire both happiness and relief

It is when the relief dominates that you suspect you are not enjoying what you are doing — whether in sport or novel-writing or any profession you have chosen because you love it.

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T20’s desert safari

This may not exactly be a ‘1001 Arabian Nights’, but for sheer drama both the IPL and the T20 World Cup should offer some magic between the twilight and midnight hours.

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IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians (MI) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

IPL 2021: Being one of the first few teams to reach the UAE, Mumbai Indians had a long training session in the Emirates before beginning its campaign, and that will help the team get a better idea about the conditions.

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IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

IPL 2021: Flexibility was the hallmark of the Super Kings’ campaign earlier this year. Here’s how they stack up ahead of the second leg of the tournament.

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IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

IPL 2021: With four points after winning only two out of seven games, the Knight Riders need to clinch at least six games in the second leg to keep its play-offs hopes alive.

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IPL 2021: Punjab Kings (PK) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

IPL 2021: Punjab has a mountain to climb to earn a spot in the playoffs. Will the new hirings — Adil Rashid and Nathan Ellis — change the side’s fortunes?

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IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

IPL 2021: If Kohli, de Villiers and Maxwell play true to form and class, RCB could well go all the way this year. Here’s how they stack up ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021.

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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals (DC) team preview, new signings, withdrawals and all you need to know

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals has been the team to beat this year in the IPL and will be confident of securing the top spot for a comfortable ride to the final.

Vantage Point

Medvedev and Raducanu in New York: History and Herstory made at U.S. Open

The technical and tactical brilliance of Daniil Medvedev thwarted Novak Djokovic’s quest to complete a rare Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. But for most of the fortnight in New York, the spotlight shined on two Cinderella stories.