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The flying shuttle: How Pullela Gopichand transformed badminton in India

It’s been 19 years since he began coaching a new generation of players, and coaches. India now occupies top slots, tunes in, and plays to win.

‘Democracy doesn’t breed champions; champions breed champions,’ Gopichand has said. Today, if Indian badminton has reached the levels it has, its miraculous journey began with him. (HT illustration: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 05:25 PM IST

PV Sindhu should not shy away from taking tough calls

Sindhu will do well to take a leaf out of Saina Nehwal’s book and take control of her future by shutting out the noises around her

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Updated on Aug 24, 2023 08:15 AM IST

How a grassroots coach is shaping shooting stars

Back then, no one, not even Kusale, could have guessed that those observation skills and the ability to pick up the nuances of the sport would one day make Patil the only grassroots coach in the country who can boast of giving India two senior world champions, one junior world champion, an Asian Games gold medallist and multiple internationals.

How a grassroots coach is shaping shooting stars
Updated on Oct 21, 2022 11:26 AM IST
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Parachuting athletes into admin no guarantee for success

Before we argue whether sportspersons should be given a freehand to run federations ahead of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, let’s see whether the decision was in line with any established democratic processes.

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Published on Aug 24, 2022 08:56 PM IST

Committee of Administrators experiment leaving a lot to be desired

Are CoAs really the miracle cure that they are being made out to be?

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Updated on Jun 10, 2022 05:35 PM IST

Capital punishment for hapless Mumbai

Daredevils' bowlers rip through the hosts' batting for effortless win. Anand Sachar and Abhijeet Kulkarni report. Main men | Cracking shots | Points table

Updated on Apr 17, 2012 02:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnand Sachar/Abhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Pollard, Munaf lead Mumbai to a royal triumph

Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals by 27 runs in their Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket match at Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai on Wednesday. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports. Scorecard

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Updated on Apr 12, 2012 02:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Home talent comes to haunt Mumbai Indians

As the Rajasthan Royals wound up their practice session and headed to the dressing room for a team meeting, Ajinkya Rahane and Ankeet Chavan stayed back. They strolled towards the boundary ropes for a brief chat with those working on the sidelines before joining their teammates. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports. Facing off

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Updated on Apr 11, 2012 01:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Simons to exit, Dawes to be bowling coach

The Australia series would be the last assignment for India’s bowling coach Eric Simons and the South African would be replaced by Australian Joe Dawes. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports. Change of guard

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Updated on Feb 14, 2012 09:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Indian cricket loses its Sahara

Sahara group chairman Subrata Roy insisted that the beginning of their association with cricket a decade ago was primarily emotional. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.

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Updated on Feb 05, 2012 12:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Shuttlers rally for prize money

The financial and administrative mess that followed the arrest of erstwhile Badminton Association of India (BAI) president, VK Verma, has been hurting the players financially as they are yet to receive prize money for international tournaments for the last two years.

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Updated on Jan 24, 2012 11:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Bangalore

Reaping the benefits of ‘keeping it simple’

Aakash Chopra isn't yet thinking of penning Rajasthan's journey to their second successive Ranji triumph. But if he or any other member of the team decides to write a memoir, it could well be named ‘Keeping it Simple’. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.

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Updated on Jan 24, 2012 01:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Crown stays in royal custody

Twice in a row Rajasthan beat Tamil Nadu to lift the premier title again. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.

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Updated on Jan 24, 2012 01:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

It's all over for TN despite Karthik's ton

When J Kaushik holed out to Pankaj Singh at the fine-leg fence an hour after tea, the Rajasthan players held back the urge to break into an impromptu jig even though the final day’s play of the Ranji final is now a formality. Report by Abhijeet Kulkarni

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Updated on Jan 23, 2012 01:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Diminutive Rituraj stands tall with deeds

When Rituraj Singh stands next to new-ball partner Pankaj Singh, the 5'8" bowler is dwarfed by the personality of his senior colleague. But once he marks the run up with the ball in hand, he comes into his own.

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Updated on Jan 23, 2012 01:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Rajasthan set foot on path to victory

Tamil Nadu will have to wait for another year to get their hands on the Ranji Trophy --- or hope for a miracle --- after being outplayed by Rajasthan for the third consecutive day in the summit clash.Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.

Updated on Jan 22, 2012 01:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Back from the brink, Saxena on a roll

Six years ago, when Vineet Saxena returned to Rajasthan after playing for Railways for a season, he felt unwanted and decided to give up the game. But not one to give in without a fight, Saxena wanted to give it one last shot to prove a point to his detractors.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2012 11:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Slow and steady dulls the race

In the era of T20 cricket and flamboyant shot- making, the Rajasthan batsmen placed their team on the verge of a consecutive Ranji Trophy crown with a game-plan built around discipline and patience.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2012 11:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Listless Chepauk wicket dishes out boring fare

When a home team, playing with three medium pacers, is forced to resort to spin in the first hour of a match and introduces an all-spin attack an hour before lunch, there is something wrong with the surface.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2012 02:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Rajasthan fire opening salvo, test TN patience

As Abhinav Mukund chased a late cut by Aakash Chopra, the ball’s speed kept teasing the fielder. He put in some extra effort but the attempt also took Mukund over the boundary rope and caused him to slip on the cement blocks and limp out of the field.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2012 02:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Down south, the battle for domestic supremacy begins

On the eve of the Ranji Trophy final against holders Rajasthan, the last thing Tamil Nadu want to focus on is their record in the final. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports. The squads

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Updated on Jan 19, 2012 02:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Chennai

Trained on phone, farmer wins Rs 50,000

Tanaji Nalavade, 23, would toil on his two-acre field in Tardaal village, Kolhapur, in the morning, and practise running on it every evening, after speaking to his coach over his mobile phone and jotting down his daily training routine. On Sunday, his dedication paid off - Nalavade earned his first-ever prize money — Rs 50,000 approximately — at the Mumbai marathon after he came first in the amateur category of the full marathon.

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Updated on Jan 16, 2012 01:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Ram Singh has last laugh, runs all the way to London

After a narrow miss four years ago, athlete happy to qualify for the Olympics. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.

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Updated on Jan 16, 2012 01:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Dempo down Sporting Clube, Bagan held

Mumbai FC got the three points they were looking for against bottom placed Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. But even the 4-0 scoreline hardly meant that the hosts played a better brand of football than their opponents.

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Updated on Dec 23, 2011 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni/PTI, Pune

Mumbai suffer, Zak the bright spot

It was just the fourth over after lunch and 30th overall when Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer decided to have eight fielders around the batsman, a field setting that would delight any spinner.

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Updated on Dec 07, 2011 12:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Rajkot

‘Ashwini brings a lot to the pair’

During every training session at the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) stadium in Hyderabad, SM Arif spends considerable time pushing Jwala Gutta to work harder on her training and fitness.

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Updated on Aug 14, 2011 12:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Jwala-Ashwini make history at Wembley

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa etched their names in history books on Friday when they became the first Indian pair to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships.

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Updated on Aug 13, 2011 01:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Kashyap loses focus; Jwala-Ashwini sizzle

The Indian lets slip a thrilling decider on a day when all his teammates advance, reports Abhijeet Kulkarni.

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Updated on Aug 10, 2011 11:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Jayaram stuns Tago in a smashing debut

Mumbai boy Ajay Jayaram raised quite a few eyebrows when he decided to shift base from Prakash Padukone academy in Bangalore to Lucknow to train a few months ago.

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Updated on Aug 09, 2011 01:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Mumbai

Not just a customary splash

Till the Beijing Olympics, India's presence in aquatic events was virtually non-existent, with representation restricted to officials or a lone participant making up the numbers. Perceptions changed in 2008 with four youngsters representing the country in seven events.

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Updated on Aug 05, 2011 01:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhijeet Kulkarni, Bangalore
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