May 14, 2022

The Indian Pace Revolution

India’s depth in the fast bowling department keeps it ahead of other international teams with the replacements being as good as the first choice pacers. The IPL allows bowlers to test individual skills and develop the self-belief that drives them to excel at the international level.

Briefing

Last Word

Is Barty the greatest all-round sportsperson of our times?

Ashleigh Barty is rumoured to be working on her autobiography; it would be fascinating to get into the mind of one of the most talented and unusual sportspersons of our time.

Food For Thought

Right hydration key for optimum performance

The loss of as little as 2% of body weight through sweat might impede an athlete’s performance capacity due to poor utilisation of nutrients & oxygen and a low blood volume.

IPL

Dale Steyn credits IPL for India's pace revolution

In a conversation with Sportstar, Dale Steyn talks about India’s fast bowling revolution, the role of the Indian Premier League and the road ahead for young pacer Umran Malik.

Vantage Point

Is Alcaraz the next Nadal?

Alcaraz’s blazing speed and ferocious determination to retrieve any shot, no matter how ridiculously far off the court, brought back memories of the most renowned Spaniard in tennis history.

Cricket

India's growing pace strength: Players for the future

Indian cricket’s pace bowling revolution is reaching an apogee with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav displaying the skill and fitness to succeed on any pitch and different conditions. While the senior quicks have turned a corner with form, there’s a group of youngsters emerging with a bit of verve.

Cricket

Umran Malik redefining the art of bowling fast in India

India’s depth in the fast-bowling department keeps it ahead of other international teams with the replacements being as good as the first-choice pacers. The IPL allows bowlers to test individual skills and develop the self-belief that drives them to excel at the international level.

Hockey

Indian men's hockey team gearing up for bigger battles

In the Pro League, while India has plundered in 54 goals, it has let in 30, against teams that are rebuilding framework. India, which last won gold at the Asiad in 2014, will need to up its game to secure the top spot in the continental event and secure an automatic passage to the 2024 Olympics.

Shooting

Avani Lekhara — Armed with a gun to chase dreams

Avani Lekhara is only the third Indian woman to have won a medal at the Paralympic Games. The 20-year-old believes this is only the beginning. “I feel there should be more specialised para coaches. The wheelchair and prosthetics should be made available to all who require them,” she says.

Cricket

India’s fast bowling cupboard brimming full of talent

The IPL has shown the light on young Indian fast bowlers like Umran Malik, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen.

Statsman

IPL stats: Chahal to Bhuvneshwar, all bowlers with 150-plus wickets

On April 10, 2022, Yuzvendra Chahal became the sixth bowler to reach 150 or more wickets in the IPL. A week later, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the latest to join this elite group. He is the first Indian paceman to do so.

Basketball

Indian basketball's overflowing cup of challenges

National men’s team head coach Veselin Matic felt that most teams inm the National Basketball Championships in Chennai weren’t competitive enough and were there just to make up the numbers.

IPL

IPL Diary: Fans can’t mask their following

The BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, has indicated there won’t be any changes to the plans for the time being, despite the rise in COVID cases, adding that the Board will monitor the situation and abide by the guidelines set by the local administration.

Motorsport

Himalayan Drive 8: Course play, the rally game

In a rally where nature and its components played an important role, Suchandan said every step required being in tandem with nature and not challenging it or taking it for granted.

F1

Formula One: Ferrari errs at home, 1-2 for Red Bull

For the first time since Imola came back on the calendar in 2020, Ferrari had a competitive car and there were a lot of expectations. However, this year, the drivers could not manage a podium finish.

UEFA Champions League

Champions League: Last four standing

The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals saw the exit of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 champions with two English and two Spanish clubs making it to the semis.

Football

European Leagues roundup: Bayern and PSG clinch league titles

Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Der Klassiker to seal its 10th successive Bundesliga title. For Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), a 1-1 draw against Lens was enough to win its 10th French league title and equal the record of St-Etienne.

Interviews

IPL 2022: Decoding the renaissance of Kuldeep Yadav

The wrist-spinner is back among the wickets in the IPL this year after a prolonged barren run, but does it herald the start of a new phase in his career?