Feb 5, 2022

Captain Courageous

There are captains on the cricket field, and then there are leaders. Virat Kohli is a leader. And the superman batter’s resignation from Test captaincy will not impair the side that bloomed under him.


Last Word

Of unwritten books

In My Unwritten Books, the critic George Steiner says, “A book unwritten is more than a void. It is the unwritten book which might have made the difference.” I would like to believe that is true in the case of my unwritten books, but I know it cannot be!


The making of the digital athlete

As sports is evolving and progressing at a terrific pace, athletes using cutting edge technology prudently understand what is happening inside their body during a game.


Akash Kumar keen to win Olympic medal to fulfill mother’s dream

“I am happy that I won the medal for the country but at the same time, I am sad because if I could have shown this to her and put it around her neck, she would have been very happy and proud,” says world championship bronze medallist Akash Kumar.


Mandar Rao Dessai: ‘We are there for the youngsters’

“I think all payers are helpful to each other and that in turn helps the young players to get motivated, to perform well — not only on the pitch, but also off the pitch,” says Mumbai City FC captain Mandar Rao Dessai.


HP's Vijay Hazare triumph a just reward for years of hard work

“We are now confident of beating any team on the circuit,” avers Himachal Pradesh captain Rishi Dhawan. This confidence is the best reward for HP that has finally won a tournament — the Vijay Hazare Trophy — in its 37th year in the first-class circuit.

Book Review

Match Point: Grit and determination of a shuttler

Be it writing for the media while playing for the country or being suspended and given a life ban by the then Badminton Association of India for writing about them, Sanjay Sharma has endured it all.


PKL: Newcomers share limelight; teams risk burnout

55 games down, PKL 8 has been one of the closest tournaments yet. Old stars and promising newcomers have taken turns to prove their mettle but do teams have a plan to tackle bubble fatigue?


ISL roundup: Transfers and sackings galore

The Indian Super League finished its first half of the season, welcomed new players and saw several head coaches being shown the door. As the league entered 2022, here are the top talking points.


Sai Kishore: Keeping ego aside and bowling for the team

The 25-year-old left-arm finger-spinner has played a stellar role in Tamil Nadu becoming the most dominant force in white-ball cricket in the past three domestic seasons.


India Open: All’s well that ends well

The home fans are going to remember this edition of India Open for the two first-time Indian winners. Pushed firmly in the background was the huge risk the Badminton Association of India (BAI) took in going ahead with the event that could have ended prematurely.


South Africa Tour Diary: Cricket in paradise

Newlands is among the great cricket venues in the world. From the ground, the sight of the Table Mountain can lift the spirit of the cricketers.


IND vs SA Test series: Faltering in the Final Frontier

India could blame its batters, but the bowlers cannot escape responsibility for the defeat in South Africa. Given the conditions, at least one of the targets in the last two Tests should have been defended.


Virat Kohli: The captain of all captains

Virat Kohli has been the most successful Test skipper of India with 40 wins, and though he did not win the World Cup, the ODI numbers are at par with legends.


Gabba Test one year after: Natarajan recalls Brisbane thriller

"I have never been part of such a thrilling chase even in first-class cricket," recalls T. Natarajan, one of the heroes of India’s historic win over Australia in Brisbane.


Thomas Dennerby aspires to inspire women’s team for Asian Cup challenge

Thomas Dennerby, the Indian women’s senior national team coach, says the target is to reach the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup.


AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: India dreams big, Japan bids for supremacy

While host India aims to reach the last eight, champion Japan will look to reaffirm its status as the continent’s best for the third successive time. A star-studded Australia and China will pose the biggest challenges to Japan.


India vs South Africa Tests in numbers: Shardul Thakur in elite club

The seven wickets claimed by Shardul Thakur in South Africa's first innings of the second Test match in Johannesburg are now the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in South Africa.

On The Write Line

The long wait isn’t over yet

This was perhaps the weakest South African team with an inexperienced batting line-up and a bowling attack that was handicapped by the absence of Anrich Nortje.


What next for Pujara-Rahane as Kohli quits Test captaincy

The way the series took off with India finishing the first day at 272 for three, should have set the trend. The performance was so emphatic in the Centurion win that Sunil Gavaskar predicted a 3-0 triumph.