Oct 30, 2021

Smrithi Mandhana: S-Class

Smriti Mandhana is a well-rounded batter today and looked at ease in the series against England and hammered a century in India's first-ever pink ball Test against Australia. Every time she walks out to bat, she looks calm, composed, and at ease.

Briefing

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India aces the Test test

A Test match may be a rare occurrence — rarer if you aren’t Australian or English — in women’s cricket, but India’s two outings this year proved two things: 1. Indian women can play the toughest and the longest of formats in cricket really well; 2. The game is attracting new fans and advertisers.

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'My friend Smriti wants to take women's cricket to greater heights'

"If you need life or cricket lessons, she is the best person to go as Smriti will explain things in a very simple way and give you an exact solution."

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World of Cricket: Moeen Ali retires from Test cricket; Curran replaces Curran

Moeen stopped at 2,914 runs with five centuries, 195 scalps, 28 victories, and nine series wins. The 34-year-old finished 84 runs and five wickets short of joining a golden list of all-rounders comprising Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Garfield Sobers.

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World championships: Compound archers provide India a silver lining

The good showing of the compound archers, and the decent performance of their recurve mates in Yankton hold the Indians in good stead ahead of the Asian championships in Dhaka in November and the Asian Games in Hangzhou in China next year.

Last Word

Staying relevant in a world that moves on

Sportsmen retire at an age when those around them are just beginning to step into the middle phase of their careers which calls for consolidation.

Book Review

‘The learning, if you are a student of the game, is never-ending’

Be it for the nostalgically inclined keen to know more about Sunil Gavaskar or Imran Khan, or the current fans invested in Kane Williamson or Rohit Sharma, Shastri offers insights in his direct style.

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Pedro Manzi: ‘India is my second home’

Pedro Manzi admits he had offers from clubs to play in the I-League, but he chose to sign for Bengaluru United because he wanted to continue playing and wanted to avoid a long break.

On The Write Line

IPL 2021: New stars to the fore

With some of the world’s best players participating in the IPL, there is hardly any match which is not entertaining or has a nail biting finish. The quality of the batting, bowling and fielding just goes up every year.

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Smriti Mandhana - A legend in the making

Smriti Mandhana is a well-rounded batter today and looked at ease in the series against England. She also hammered a century in India’s first-ever pink-ball Test against Australia. Every time she walks out to bat, she looks calm, composed, and at ease.

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It’s a wake up call for Pakistan cricket

Observers in Pakistan maintain that the attitude of New Zealand and England, pulling out of their tours to the Asian nation, will go a long way in creating a spirit within the ranks of the Pakistan team.

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Malappuram gears up for a football revolution under I.M. Vijayan

In an inspiring lead-up to its centenary celebrations, the directors of Kerala Police and Malabar Special Police have roped in its prodigal son I. M. Vijayan to lead the charge as the first director of the Kerala Police Football Academy.

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Shiva Thapa gearing up to face new challenges

Having spent a decade in top-level international boxing, Shiva Thapa understands that the challenges are always varied.

Vantage Point

Emma Raducanu - The teen who shocked the sports world

For every U.S. Open main draw match, Emma Raducanu strolled onto the court as relaxed as if she were playing a practice set or two back home in the south London suburb of Bromley. As it amazingly turned out, she made history as the only qualifier of any gender ever to win a Grand Slam title, or even reach a major final.

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European Leagues: A thriller at Anfield

While all the top leagues across the continent dished out exciting football, Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City takes the cake for being the most talked about match with its amalgamation of tactics, individual brilliance and end-to-end action.

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F1: 100 wins and counting for Hamilton, a miss for Norris

From pole to 48 laps at the Sochi Autodrom, Lando Norris did everything right and looked on course for a maiden GP win. And then it rained.

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Rohit Sharma crosses a personal landmark

In Mumbai Indians’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on September 23, 2021, Rohit crossed a personal landmark of 1000 runs against KKR during his knock of 33.

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Durand Cup: A new city, a new approach, and a new champion

After seeing years of struggle where it kept shifting places in search of support, Durand Cup has finally found its new home in Kolkata. Almost 34,000 spectators thronged the Salt Lake Stadium to cheer for local favourite Mohammedan Sporting in the final, but ISL giant FC Goa emerged the champion.

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Winning three silver at Worlds is not a joke, says Jyothi Surekha

V. Jyothi Surekha won three silver medals in three different events at the World Archery Championships in Yankton.

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National Anti-Doping Agency improves testing in Olympic year, still a long way to go

National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) resumed testing with the IPL in Abu Dhabi in October and then slowly shifted its focus to the domestic front.