Jun 11, 2022

One Giant Leap

The Indian men's badminton team is the Thomas Cup champion and team captain Kidambi Srikanth promises more success. "Individual players probably can't fight the Malaysians or the Chinese. But Team India can fight and win,” he says.

Briefing

Archives

Cricket roundup: Brendon McCullum appointed head coach of England’s Test team

McCullum is known for his role in inculcating a new culture within the New Zealand set-up during his playing days and advocating a refreshing brand of cricket that made the team a crowd favourite during the latter stages of his playing career.

Food For Thought

Fuelling future champions

As a sports nutritionist who works with elite athletes, including PV Sindhu, I feel the future of Indian badminton will be in safe hands if we start feeding our young athletes for their performance and wins.

Domestic

Ranji Trophy: Back to the grind in domestic cricket

The Ranji Trophy, this year, is being held in two phases – the league stage was held in February and March, and the knockouts in June. The players, though, a little rusty from the long break are relishing the challenge.

Vantage Point

Is Wimbledon right in banning Russian and Belarusian players?

In response to Russia’s unprovoked, brutal invasion of Ukraine, the All England Club (AELTC) announced that tennis players from Russia and Belarus were banned from Wimbledon, which starts June 27.

Last Word

The inspiration for India's recent successes

If individuals can take credit for India’s recent successes in chess and badminton, it will have to be Viswanathan Anand, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand.

Football

Gokulam Kerala FC — A club of many firsts

Kerala’s Gokulam FC is on a mission to make history. The club from Kozhikode has now won the women’s first division league (Indian Women’s League), the 2019 Durand Cup, two I-League titles, and the second division league title. The men’s team’s successive league wins are a first in the 15-year I-League history.

Shooting

Dhanush Srikanth - His actions speak louder

Dhanush Srikanth, hearing and speech impaired from birth, shot 247.5 in the men’s 10m air rifle final of the Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, to break German marksman Colin Muller’s 2019 record of 243.2, and finished atop the standings. He clinched gold again on the sixth day of the competition, partnering Priyesha Deshmukh in the 10m air rifle mixed team event.

Chess

Vidit Gujrathi and Tania Sachdev: Tickling the funny bone in the world of chess

Vidit Gujrathi and Tania Sachdev are part of the Indian Olympiad team’s preparatory camp with Grandmaster Boris Gelfand in Chennai. Sportstar sat for a freewheeling chat on various topics, including their growing stature on the social media.

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Vimal Kumar: ‘Happy Prannoy justified the faith’

Being a selector, I was very clear in our selection committee meeting that Prannoy could be a very strong third singles player. We considered B. Sai Praneeth (ranked 19th against Prannoy’s 23) but went by the results of the past few months...

IPL

Jos Buttler: 'Sometimes a break is actually the best'

In a chat with Sportstar, the wicketkeeper-batter shares his thoughts about his stint with the Royals, the road ahead and how he is looking forward to playing under England’s newly-appointed Test captain Ben Stokes.

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The United Team of India

The Indian men’s badminton team is the Thomas Cup champion and team captain Kidambi Srikanth promises more success. “Individual players probably can’t fight the Malaysians or the Chinese. But Team India can fight and win,” he says.

Boxing

Nikhat Zareen — Breaking barriers and braving the odds

Being mentally strong is a virtue which has helped Nikhat Zareen win inside the boxing ring and outside it.

Archives

Aparna Popat: 'Inspiration is gender independent'

The Thomas Cup win was a team effort — every member contributed to a common cause in an otherwise individual sport — and this collective achievement will really lift the spirits of the nation.

Archives

IPL Diary: Gala final on cards in Ahmedabad

“With Ahmedabad hosting the final, we will celebrate 75 years of Independence of the country, marking the journey of Indian cricket with a special show,” the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly toldSportstar.

On The Write Line

'Let the fire burn forever'

India’s Thomas Cup winners have lit the spark and now it’s for the officials to not just bask in the glory of the win but to make that spark into a roaring fire.

Statsman

Statsman: Dhoni achieves another milestone

M. S. Dhoni became the first keeper to take 202 catches in T20 cricket. He achieved the milestone in Chennai Super Kings’ IPL match against Delhi Capitals in Navi Mumbai on May 8, 2022.

IPL

What went wrong for MI, CSK in IPL 2022

IPL 2022: While Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians became the first team to lose its first seven matches of an IPL season, M.S. Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings endured a stop-start campaign, which never took off.

F1

F1: Max Verstappen leaps into lead with win at Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari’s polesitter Charles Leclerc was controlling the race nicely through the first phase of the Spanish Grand Prix, but disaster struck on lap 27 as Leclerc suddenly lost power and crawled into retirement. Sensing a potential big payday, Red Bull responded immediately by pitting Max Verstappen for a second stop on the faster soft tyres to reel in some quick times and the Dutchman duly delivered.

Premier League

Pep Guardiola’s Man City juggernaut keeps rolling

Pep Guardiola has now led Manchester City to four English Premier League titles in his first six seasons in England and this record is only matched by Bob Paisley at Liverpool in the English top-flight since 1888.

Cricket

Andrew Symonds: Imposing figure with a larger-than-life outlook

Symonds last played for Australia in 2009 before slipping into the shadows but in his pomp, he pulled in the crowds, inspired children to copy his swag and was always an electric personality.