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Feeling the ODI beat: A game of rhythm and soul

ODIs are often clubbed with T20s under white-ball cricket, disregarding the fact that they too need the players to adapt.

Indian batter Virat Kohli in action.(PTI)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 11:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The unexpected joy: The Indian stars who achieved success against the odds

Young shooters Sift Samra and Palak Gulia, TT "twins" Ayhika and Sutirtha and distance runner Parul Chaudhary all made a great impression at Hangzhou

Indian shooter Sift Kaur Samra poses for photos with her gold medal during the presentation ceremony of the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Dravid hopes to sing a redemption song

The World Cup doesn't hold the fondest of memories for the India coach but he will hope to change that this time around.

India's coach Rahul Dravid attends a practice at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo (AFP)
Published on Oct 03, 2023 07:13 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Speed, medals, passion: Why the next 57 days may define Indian sport arena

The country plays host to MotoGP Indian Grand Prix, competes in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and then finally circles back to its greatest love, cricket.

Picture from MotoGP event held in Italy(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 06:13 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Knight Rider: What makes Viswanathan Anand’s game unique

Garry Kasparov once said: ‘My win doesn't reflect how difficult and psychologically draining the match has been.’ See why the greats speak of Anand in this way.

’You could spot a weakness now but play him a little later and it would be gone,’ Soviet-Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand says, of India's original grandmaster. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 07:59 PM IST
ByAshish Magotra

Pragg falls to Carlsen's genius

The world No. 1 outhustled the young Indian in the first Rapid game and sealed the deal with a draw in the second

Norwegian Grandmaster and World No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen during the second tie-breaker match of the Chess World Cup 2023 final against Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, in Baku.(PTI)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 05:36 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chess World Cup: Carlsen, Pragg set the stage for an epic tiebreaker

The second classical game ended in a quick draw with the Norwegian world No.1 still struggling due to a bout of food poisoning

The champion will be decided in the tie-breaks on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 08:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi

From knight to king: Pragg vs Carlsen first game of chess finals ends in draw

India’s teenage grandmaster, playing with white pieces, played out a draw against Norway’s five-time world champion in the World Cup chess final

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa and Norway's Grandmaster and World No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen during the first game of the final match of the Chess World Cup 2023(PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 08:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Chess World Cup: Brilliant Pragg sets up final against Carlsen

The 18-year-old from Chennai beat world no.3 Caruana in the tiebreaker

Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa wins over World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana in the tie-breaker round of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament at Baku in Azerbaijan on Monday.(Chess Base India Twitter)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 07:31 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pragg's defensive masterclass earns him another draw

The 18-year-old from Chennai was under pressure in Game 2 but he stays calm and takes the match into the tiebreaker

The 18-year-old from Chennai gave another masterclass in defensive chess (ANI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 07:51 AM IST

Chess World Cup: Calm Praggnanandhaa survives tense battle of nerves

The 18-year-old Indian GM, playing with black, held the World No.2 to a draw in the first of the two classical games in the semifinal in Baku

On the day Praggnanandhaa exhibited the precision that was required to hold the World No.2
Published on Aug 19, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Pragg aims to continue winning run against 'very strong' Caruana

The 18-year-old Indian GM will start the match as underdog but he hasn't let that stop him before

File photo of Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa(PTI)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 11:43 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chess: Pragg wears down Erigaisi in sudden death, enters World Cup semi-final

R Praggnandhaa becomes first Indian since Viswanathan Anand in 2002 to enter the last four of the tournament, after winning the marathon quarterfinal 5-4

R Praggnanandhaa has entered the World Cup semi-final.
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 07:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pragg's brilliant comeback forces Erigaisi into tiebreaker

The 18-year-old had to win on demand with black pieces and he did exactly that. Gukesh and Gujrathi were knocked out in the quarters

File photo of Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 03:10 PM IST
By, New Delhi

D Gukesh meets his endgame in Magnus Carlsen

The high-flying Indian youngster, playing white, crashed to a 48-move defeat against the Norwegian world No.1.

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, left, of SG Alpine Warriors plays against Poland's Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Chingari Gulf Titans during Global Chess League in Dubai(AP)
Published on Aug 15, 2023 11:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Carlsen's Classical challenge will test Gukesh's ambition

The two players will lock horns in the quarter-finals of the FIDE World Cup on Tuesday

Magnus Carlsen will face Dommaraju Gukesh.
Published on Aug 14, 2023 08:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How badminton ace HS Prannoy rebooted to soar again

Omission from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics was a big low, but a total overhaul of his training has helped the current world No.9 to find consistency and success

India's Prannoy HS hits a return against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen during their men's singles semifinal at the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament in Jakarta (AFP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 08:25 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India's T20 approach lacks vital dash of madness

It could be anxiety to secure a regular spot when playing for the country, but India urgently need batters to adopt a far more robust approach

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma in action against West Indies(AFP)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 07:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ashes 2023 was an ode to Test cricket

Ashes 2023 was an ode to Test cricket, in much the same way that perhaps India’s two tour wins in Australia or the 2005 Ashes were (there are more, plenty more)

In all 343 men’s Ashes Tests played before this series there had been only 25 matches won by margins of under 50 runs or by three or fewer wickets. (AP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 08:56 PM IST

Australia crumble as England win at Oval to share Ashes series

The visitors though retained the urn after the 2-2 result after a thrilling series ended with England's 49-run victory in the final game

Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali are applauded off the field by their teammates(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 07:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

A final crack: Broad eyes a triumphant finish

In an era when most players are moving away from Tests, the retiring England fast bowler lived for the buzz that only a five-day match can bring

England's Stuart Broad is pushed ahead by James Anderson to receive a guard of honour from the Australian players (Reuters)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 07:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Clueless Australia wilt under England onslaught

Stokes and Co made it their day with an impressive display of aggressive batting but Australia, it might be argued, weren't at their tactical best

England's Joe Root plays a shot on day three of the fifth Ashes Test(AFP)
Published on Jul 29, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi

On Day 2, Australia win a battle of attrition

Australia ride on Steve Smith's 71 to secure 12-run lead on Day 2

Australia's Steve Smith in action during Day 2(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ashes 2023: Starc takes the buzz out of Bazball

The left-arm pacer found his rhythm as Australia bowled England out for 283 on day 1 of the fifth Test

5th Ashes Test: Mitchell Starc celebrates after taking a wicket on Day 1.(AP)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 07:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Carlos Alcaraz's true rite of passage

You get recognised when you beat the best at their best in a tournament that matters, but now Alcaraz will need to find the consistency that defines greatness

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz celebrates on the balcony with the trophy after winning his final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 01:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Wimbledon: Elina Svitolina knocks out Iga Swiatek, keeps Ukraine flag flying

The wild card, who became a mother only eight months ago, beat Poland’s world No.1 to reach the Wimbledon semis

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after beating Poland's Iga Swiatek to win their women's singles match on day nine of the Wimbledon tennis championships(AP)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 07:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

England, Australia serve up another Ashes classic

The hosts ended up winning the battle of nerves at Headingley to win their first match of the series

Woakes stayed calm with a crucial 32, with a big six from Wood getting England closer to the total.(AP)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 07:47 AM IST

Stokes rides to England's rescue again

The hosts were in big trouble before their skipper conjured up a knock that defied expectations

England's Ben Stokes hits a six off the bowling of Australia's Todd Murphy (Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Jul 07, 2023 11:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ashes 2023: Mitchell Marsh the difference as Mark Wood fires for England

The Australian all-rounder slammed a brilliant 118 to rescue his side from a tough position

Mitchell Marsh is over the moon after completing his century.(AP)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

WTC final: After a meek surrender at The Oval, it's time to take tough decisions

While the top order is consistently failing, it’s hard to imagine that Indian cricket, brimming with talent, can’t find alternatives

India's Virat Kohli passes through the winner's mace during the presentation ceremony as Australia wins the ICC World Test Championship Final 2023.(ICC Twitter)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 08:03 AM IST
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