Feb 19, 2022

Mount 21

A chronic foot injury that left him on crutches and a case of Covid in late December put his trip to Melbourne and even his career in jeopardy. Yet, as The Great Ones so often do, Rafael Nadal defied the odds to win his 21st Grand Slam title, beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.



Mithali Raj: ‘I want to get my hands on the Cup’

“The team and I badly need the World Cup. Winning the World Cup is a dream for any cricketer. It is the factor that drives me,” says Mithali Raj, who will be playing in a record sixth World Cup this March.

Last Word

Getting rid of 'killer instinct' from India's sporting vocabulary

We were gentlemen losers, and well-behaved men and women who failed at the final hurdle or a couple of hurdles earlier. But we said “please” and “thank you” and applauded an opponent’s game. All that has changed now.


The way forward for Indian shooting

A drastic change of selection policy and a stringent measure to curtail international participation pose a fresh challenge in the season ahead.


Green light for red-ball cricket

As the Ranji Trophy makes a comeback after a gap of almost two years, players and coaches are happy with the return of red-ball cricket.


PVL 2022: Volleyball back on prime time

Three years after the Pro Volley League took players to a heady high only to end up as a one-season wonder, the spikers will be back in action in the rebranded Prime Volleyball League.


Virat Kohli, the anchor for the future

A strong and forceful batting unit with Virat Kohli in the forefront can be the recipe for India’s success in white-ball cricket.


Arif Khan: From Valley to Beijing with hope and valour

Alpine skier Arif Khan is the first from Kashmir and the only Indian this year to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics being held in the Chinese capital.

On The Write Line

Never-ending mystery of foreign coaches

Success as a coach for another country does not guarantee success as an IPL coach as the dynamics of the IPL are dictated, to a great extent, by the local Indian players.


Alexia Putellas: ‘It hasn’t really sunk in yet’

After winning the women’s Ballon d’or, Barcelona and Spain’s Alexia Putellas added the Player of the Year award at FIFA’s Best


Robert Lewandowski: ‘Teammates make the difference’

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski matched Cristiano Ronaldo's FIFA The Best record when he picked up his second consecutive award.


ISL talking points: Sunil Chhetri is back; Kiyan Nassiri weaves his magic

From Kiyan Nassiri’s magic in the Kolkata derby to Sunil Chhetri’s resurgence as a forward, the Indian Super League has had plenty of things to talk about. Here are the top 10 things that happened in the league.

Vantage Point

Australian Open: Rafa roars back, breaks record

A chronic foot injury that left him on crutches and a case of Covid in late December put his trip to Melbourne and even his career in jeopardy. Yet, as The Great Ones so often do, Nadal defied the odds.


Covid wave washes away India’s AFC Asian Cup dreams

Host India was forced to pull out of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup after just one match as several Indian players tested positive for Covi

PKL 2021-22

PKL notebook: Swift rescheduling saves the League

Whether it was UP Yoddha raider Surender Gill’s astounding 21-point show against Puneri Paltan or Pawan Sehrawat bulldozing his way past defenders, here are some of the key talking points from the fortnight.


Statsman: South Africa's Temba Bavuma joins elite list

Temba Bavuma became the fifth South African captain to score a century against India in ODI cricket. He scored 110 in the first ODI in Paarl.


Nishu Kumar - Two knee injuries, bouts of self-doubt and a raging comeback

Kerala Blasters defender Nishu Kumar opens up on his struggle with long-term injuries, his early life in Muzaffarnagar, his friendship with Harmanjot Khabra and more.