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Bopanna, Rahane, Saha highlight ageist attitudes in pro sport

With modern advances in sports science, it is more than possible for an athlete to play at a very high level for a long time body and mind permitting

India's Rohan Bopanna (R) and Australia's Matthew Ebden celebrate after victory against Italy's Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori during their men's doubles final match on day 14 of the Australian Open.(AFP)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 09:11 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Alexander Zverev hands Carlos Alcaraz a ‘major’ lesson at Australian Open 2024

Alcaraz was the favourite but the German showed why he is one of the most highly regarded players on the ATP circuit.

Alexander Zverev, left, of Germany is congratulated by Carlos Alcaraz of Spain following their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open(AP)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 10:34 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The Italian job: Jannik Sinner shines a light on his title credentials

The fourth seed, still only 22, did a total reset two years ago; it has helped set up a mouth-watering Australian Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

Italy's Jannik Sinner throws his towel towards fans after his men's singles quarter-final match against Russia's Andrey Rublev(AFP)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 10:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Australian Open: Improving Taylor Fritz runs into the wall called Novak Djokovic

The American beat World No.7 Tsitsipas to reach his first Australian Open quarterfinal but awaiting him there is the best player in the world

Taylor Fritz of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 21(AP)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 07:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How Czech teen Linda Noskova stunned Iga Swiatek at Australian Open 2024

The world No.1 began strongly but her 19-year-old rival, in her debut Australian Open, pulled off an upset for the ages at the Rod Laver Arena.

Poland's Iga Swiatek leaves the arena after losing her third round match against Czech Republic's Linda Noskova (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 07:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Djokovic, Andreeva and the confidence game

Success in sport comes down to belief — the kind that the Serbian has and the kind that the 16-year-old Russian displayed as they made it to the 4th round

As Djokovic explained in a press conference, even when he first came on the tour, he had a big personality and was very expressive.
Published on Jan 19, 2024 10:12 PM IST

The T20-sized challenge ahead of Rohit, Virat

The rate of change in T20s has accelerated and the demand is for no-holds barred madness

India's Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma look dejected after losing the ICC Cricket World Cup final.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 08:37 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Bumrah inspires India's short burst to history

Rohit and Co wrapped things up in quick time as the visitors earned their first ever win at Cape Town despite a Markram classic

Jasprit Bumrah during the 2nd Test Day 2 against South Africa at the India Tour of South Africa 2023-24, at Newlands Cricket Ground, in Cape Town
(BCCI Twitter)
Published on Jan 04, 2024 10:06 PM IST

Sensational Mohammed Siraj and carnage of the batters

The India pacer kicked the madness off with 6/15 but then it rubbed off on the Indian batters too on Day 1 in the Newlands Test

 Mohammed Siraj turned up with a spell for the ages to skittle the hosts out for 55(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 12:07 AM IST

Can India rise to the 'away' challenge in 2nd Test against South Africa?

Conditions in Cape Town are expected to be the same as Centurion, but Rohit will hope his team has learnt from the first Test debacle.

India head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma converse during a practice session(PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:55 PM IST

Forged to fight: In praise of Elgar the scrapper

The brilliant 185 at the Centurion in the first Test against India showed just how valuable a batter of his kind can be in difficult conditions.

South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates his century(Proteas Men twitter)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:34 PM IST

At Centurion, Rahul finds his finest touch

His seventh away ton, out of eight he has overall, rekindles hope of a new dawn for his Test career

India's batsman KL Rahul kisses his helmet after reaching a century during the second day of the Test cricket match between South Africa and India(AP)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 08:29 AM IST

IND vs SA 1st Test: From Rabada to India, a subtle reminder of his greatness

On a day when the other pacers struggled, the 28-year-old's 5/44 gave South Africa the edge at Centurion Park

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli during Day 1 of 1st Test between India and South Africa in the India tour of South Africa, 2023-24, at SuperSport Park, in Centurion(ICC Twitter)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 10:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India will need a dash of good, old Jasprit Bumrah magic

With Mohammed Shami missing, the supporting cast isn't as stellar but the pacer isn't called a genius for nothing

The man who does the initial recce and makes sense of all the information is Bumrah.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 08:11 AM IST

IPL auction: The crazy money buys don't always pay off

Starc and Cummins were bought for ₹24.75 crore and ₹20.50 crore in this auction, but big buys have rarely led to big performances in the T20 league

Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of India's KL Rahul during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 final match
(ICC Twitter)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 09:56 PM IST

Sort out the pace battery and KKR should be up and running

Naming Shreyas Iyer as skipper before the auction will help them get his inputs before going into the auction on December 19.

Kolkata Knight Riders finished last season in the seventh spot(IPL/BCCI)
Published on Dec 14, 2023 11:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

IPL auction: CSK eye replacements for Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu

Chennai Super Kings have retained many players and ensured that they won’t have to change things too much this season as well

CSK will look for a replacement for Ben Stokes, who has been released.(BCCI/IPL)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 09:11 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Suryakumar Yadav looks to shine the light on his talent again

The 33-year-old will look to shrug off the loss in the World Cup final and get back to his best in a format he clearly loves

Suryakumar Yadav interacts with VVS Laxman during a practice session on the eve of the first T20 match between India and Australia(PTI)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 10:15 PM IST

How pitch tactic for World Cup final backfired on India

Sluggish track where there should’ve been a belter? BCCI’s smart surface plan ends up biting Team India

A photo from the ICC World Cup final match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 11:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

World Cup 2023: Australia seized the moment and make it their own, again

In eight appearances in the World Cup final, they have won six times and quite frankly, few teams have mastered the art of acing the big day like them

Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with fans and the trophy after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 12:20 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Warriors assemble: World Cup 2023 marks a new dawn for Indian cricket

In recent years, injuries, schedules, pandemic kept them apart, making true potential hard to gauge. Now it’s clear; this is a diverse team that pulls together.

India celebrate after Mohammed Shami claims a wicket during a World Cup match against England in October. (Deepak Gupta / HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 11:30 AM IST
ByAshish Magotra

India battle butterflies, Kiwis and a familiar stumbling block

India and New Zealand are set to face off in the first semi-final of the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup. The high-stakes match will determine who advances to the finals. Both teams are aware of the pressure and are preparing for the challenge. India's dominant performance in the tournament so far will not guarantee success in this knockout game. New Zealand, despite recent losses, believe they have a chance if they can dismiss key players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early. The match is expected to be intense and closely contested.

The match will held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 05:44 AM IST
ByAshish Magotra

The Rohit-Virat ‘jugalbandi’ driving India forward at ODI World Cup

It isn't so much a competition as it is two greats playing off each other. It makes India better. It makes them better too.

India's skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli greet each other after their match against South Africa(ANI )
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 12:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sink or swim: Throw them in the deep end

Shreyas Iyer, in a sense, can take a leaf out of Kuldeep’s book and perhaps change how he tackles his problem to rise again in this World Cup

India's Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during the ICC Men's World Cup ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand(PTI)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 08:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi

World Cup 2023: The art of leading from the front

Nothing can explain how flat England have looked and this is where a great captain could have made the difference

England's captain Jos Buttler with teammates during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between England and Sri Lanka, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru(PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 11:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Santner: The one who flew under the radar

The left-arm spinner is sitting on top of the World Cup wicket-takers table with 11 scalps from four matches

Mitchell Santner celebrates the wicket of Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi during their match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023(ANI)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 08:10 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Bluff masters: White-ball cricket’s ultimate sucker punch

The slower delivery can leave even top batters look like amateurs but the sheer joy of it lies in the set-up

India's Jasprit Bumrah in action (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:54 PM IST

Afghanistan script first WC fairytale, trounce reigning champs England by 69 runs

In a stunning upset, Afghanistan defeats England by 69 runs in the World Cup. The Afghan spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan were the stars of the match. This win is a great achievement for Afghanistan and a blow to England's tournament hopes.

Rashid Khan celebrates at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 06:08 AM IST
ByAshish Magotra, New Delhi

Afghanistan stun England in a World Cup upset for the ages

Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi shared 8 wickets to pull off only their second win in the World Cup, while handing the holders their second loss in 3 games in New Delhi

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan with teammates celebrates after winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Group stage match against England(PTI)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 11:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2023: Rivals, yes. Rivalry, no

India's World Cup record means they will fancy their chances at Ahmedabad but one can never count out the inconsistently dangerous Pakistan

India's Virat Kohli (L) talks with Pakistan's Shadab Khan during a practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on September 1, 2023(AFP)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 10:33 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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