How Jan Železný’s magical run-up made Neeraj Chopra believe that he can

Dear Readers, Neeraj Chopra has been on a pilgrimage these days, and on this spiritual journey he has been picking glittering souvenirs. A few months back, while training in Turkey, he had met Jan Železný, the supreme deity of the javelin faithful. The other day, he was in Turku, Finland, the country where spear-throwing is … Read more

Sourav Ganguly’s teaser tweet: Shouldn’t a BCCI president be ending speculations, rather than fueling them?

Sourav Ganguly’s Twitter biodata is a disclaimer of sorts. “My official Twitter handle, managed by me and my team,” it says. So, it’s tough to say who should get credit for the tantalisingly vague, pregnant with possibilities, craftily camouflaged viral tweet that surfaced on his timeline the other day. Ganguly’s legions of die-hards would never … Read more

French Open: Suffering in Spain, succeeding in Paris

Every year in the fashion capital of the world, on tastefully decorated courts, elegantly-dressed fans get enchanted by dishevelled gritty men in dirt-stained clothes. Invariably, for close to three decades, the Parisians in their immaculate Channels and Diors have ended up applauding the French Open triumph of some tired Spaniard bathed in red clay. In … Read more

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Can selectors preserve the last of the dying breed, shades of Ranji, Cheteshwar ‘plays time’ Pujara?

In contrast to the din and dazzle of IPL, Cheteshwar Pujara, these days, is in Sussex wearing whites, entertaining the English county faithful, parked on grassy banks on their garden chairs with their pets for company. In those idyllic surroundings, he has scored two double tons and a hundred from three games, underlining his association … Read more

Umran Malik & Zaman Khan: Two pacers defining the speed rush on either side of India – Pakistan border

One of which goes like this. Far away from the country’s cricketing hub, a young boy develops a junoon for fast bowling. His family, uninitiated to the world of cricketing riches, discourages him. The love is obsessive, he doesn’t drop the ball. Spotted by a local coach, the young tearaway is fast-tracked from his club … Read more