Jan 8, 2022

Max Throttle

After a long period of Mercedes dominance, we needed a proper inter-team battle and Red Bull delivered that challenge superbly. Karun Chandhok on the Formula One’s “best-ever” season.

Briefing

Last Word

A sin of omission, a sin of commission

The higher the level of the sport, the less likely it is that protests will be upheld. Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal at the World Cup was allowed to stand although millions saw exactly what had happened.

Gennext

Suhana Saini — Adaptability her forte

Though is a top player in the u-15, u-17 and u-19 categories in India, she has also proved that she is a force to reckon with at the international level, when she bagged five titles recently.

Food For Thought

A new year, a younger you

If you have a body fat percent that is lower than 12% and a muscle percentage of over 40%, you body will register a younger age in a body assessment test on an impedance weighing scale.

Archives

Lovlina Borgohain — One medal has done wonders!

Star boxer Lovlina Borgohain speaks to Sportstar about her dream of winning an Olympics gold and also reveals her plan to turn professional after the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Cricket

India’s tour of SA: In quest of conquering the last citadel

Will India conquer the Final Frontier this time? Rahul Dravid’s men can, but the side has to take every chance that comes its way.

Archives

Odisha’s constantly evolving sporting ecosystem

Odisha is building India’s largest hockey stadium in Rourkela with a seating capacity of 20,000. An indoor aquatic complex for swimming, a High Performance Centre for badminton are also being set up.

Football

Aspire Academy inspires Qatar football

“Aspire Academy is the Qatar national team. It is the same body. We have the QSL [Qatar Stars League], QFA [Qatar Football Association], Aspire Academy, all under the same umbrella. And some infrastructure in place for many, many years to come, to make sure we can keep making and nurturing talent,” says Tim Cahill, former Aussie World Cupper and Chief Sports Officer of Aspire Academy.

Features

Ivan Vukomanovic: ‘India should focus on youth development’

Ivan Vukomanovic, Kerala Blasters’ 11th manager in eight seasons, believes India’s football federation and the ISL should focus on developing young players between the age of 14-19 to help the nation produce big results.

Archives

COVID-19 crisis in Premier League; Lewandowski breaks another Muller record

As many as 10 matches have been postponed due to Covid-19 cases in teams in recent weeks; Robert Lewandowski scored his 43rd Bayern Munich goal of 2021 to break Gerd Muller’s long-standing record of most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year.

Archives

Junior Hockey WC: A learning experience for the youngsters

If there was a silver lining to the Graham Reid-coached side’s otherwise disappointing performance, it was that India spotted several talented players who might go on to serve the country in future.

Archives

ISL 2021-22: Habas departs; Chhetri continues goalless run

From Antonio Habas’ exit to Greg Stewart’s hattrick, here are the top 10 talking points in the Indian Super League from the past fortnight.

Archives

Indian badminton: The promise of a brighter future

At the end of a low-key year during which P. V. Sindhu added an Olympic bronze from Tokyo but lost her world crown, the performance of K. Srikanth, Lakshya Sen, and H. S. Prannoy in the World championships in Huelva, Spain, comes as a breeze of fresh air.

Statsman

Nathan Lyon joins 400-club

Nathan Lyon became the third Aussie bowler to claim 400 or more wickets after Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563).

Kabaddi

PKL Season 8: Return of the action heroes

The ProKabaddi League makes a comeback after 25 months in an all-new avatar and from December 22 onwards 12 teams will fight it out for the title at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Centre.

Motorsport

Snapshots from a heady F1 season

The 2021 Formula One season saw the closest battle for both the titles in recent times and went down to the wire. But apart from the title battle, there were other memorable moments too. Sportstar takes a look at a few of them.

On The Write Line

How many overs is too many overs?

Not to have both their senior bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad playing the first Test match and that too at Brisbane, which is generally a pitch where the ball comes on a good pace, was a huge mistake and England is paying the price.

View from the paddock

Racing, rivalry, drama — F1 delivers

After a long period of Mercedes dominance, we needed a proper inter-team battle and Red Bull delivered that challenge superbly. The action on track was really high-quality stuff, punctuated by controversial moments and drama while the war of words between the team bosses off the track kept the headlines coming all season long.

Chess

Magnus Carlsen, the king, retains his crown

Magnus Carlsen beat Ian Nepomniachtchi by 7.5-3.5, the biggest margin in the chess world championship since 1993.

Cricket

Wriddhiman Saha: Satisfying to come to the Indian team’s aid against New Zealand

In an interview, the wicketkeeper shares his thoughts on the recent Test series against New Zealand, competition with Rishabh Pant, and more.