Sandeep Dwivedi


Roger Federer: ‘Man’ Who Became ‘King’ at Australian Open
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Sport fans are suckers for underdog tales, but they aren’t kind to ageing veterans. Had Roger Federer not won the Australian Open, and with it, his 18th Grand Slam title, his legacy would have become a shade duller. But, as it is, with the win, not only did he cement his place as the greatest the sport has ever seen, he also laid to rest all dispute about his on-court rivalry with Rafael Nadal

A level playing field
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

The Lodha committee could break the hold of cricketing dynasties over the game’s administration.

Test Flannels, IPL Vests
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Players like Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Ravindra Jadeja, redefine ‘Test vs T20’ debate.

This Show Mustn’t Go On
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

The legal wrangle over the BCCI seems like a never-ending soap opera.

India vs England, 2016: Did India miss a trick by rolling out a true track in Rajkot?
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Speaking after Day 3, Ravindra Jadeja had said that the position of the cracks on the surface were not to his liking.

With family watching, England’s Baby Boycott Haseeb Hameed shines in his own ‘backyard’
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Exactly opposite to where the Hameeds sat, is the press box where the English media celebrated the birth of a star.

‘Pujarabhai no chhokro’: Cheteshwar Pujara leaves hometown Rajkot in his thrall
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

It was an innings where Cheteshwar Pujara started briskly, setting a furious pace by driving the ball with flawless ease.

India vs England, 2016: From silent era of captain MS Dhoni to technicolor of captain Virat Kohli
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Unlike MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli displays a myriad of emotions when things don’t go his way. Day 2 in Rajkot was case in point

India vs England, 1st Test, Day 1: Hundreds are back in currency
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Joe Root hit the first ton by a visiting batsman in India since 2013, Moeen Ali one run away as India limp on Day 1 of the first Test in Rajkot.

India vs England, 2016: England, ready to hum immigrant song
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

In testing conditions, England will bank on opener Haseeb Hameed, all-rounders Moeen Ali and Zafar Ansari and spinner Abdul Rashid.

Karsan Ghavri: The pacesetter in India
Tue, Nov 08, 2016

Rajkot native Karsan Ghavri was handsome and stylish. He was also a rare cricketing species; an Indian medium pacer.

India vs England, 2016: From Vinoo Mankad to Ravindra Jadeja – left is always right in Saurashtra
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

How does Saurashtra produce so many world class left-arm spinners? We travel to Jamnagar to find the answer to an intriguing question.

India vs England, 2016: The third musketeer of Rajkot
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

England would have formulated plans against two Kathiawadis — Pujara and Jadeja — but a third, would have as much influence on the game.

Old city of Rajkot embracing new Test-ament
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

Nothing can curb the enthusiasm of the venue that will be hosting its first Test, three decades after hosting its first ODI.

BCCI vs Lodha panel judgment day: We’re going by law of the land – Tamil Nadu Societies Act, says Anurag Thakur
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

BCCI president Anurag Thakur wants the Supreme Court judges to hear their problems one last time.

BCCI-Lodha panel judgment day: We’ve gone by what the court asked us to do, says Justice Lodha
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

On eve of what could be a landmark day in Indian cricket, The Indian Express spoke with Justice Lodha and heard his side of the story.

New rules of the game
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Judiciary has trusted players to clean up Indian cricket. Why this leap of faith?

The Bout India Lost
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Wrestlers lose face, and perhaps an Olympic medal, and NADA its credibility

Olympics 2016: To Rio, without a plan
Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Yet again, much before athletes dress up for D-Day, India has managed to look disheveled

Mohammed Shahid: The dreamer from 80s, who wanted to dribble past everyone
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Much before the world discovered virtual reality games, Mohammed Shahid dragged a generation of fans into the television.

At Tarishi’s funeral, a photograph tells the story
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

‘Her brother would have been there if he had got visa in time’

Sachin, unlike Muhammad Ali
Tue, Jun 07, 2016

History remembers one for breaking the mould. It will remember the other for becoming it.

Don’t play it again, Azhar
Mon, May 16, 2016

Azhar biopic is another attempt to win back fans, find closure. It doesn’t work.

BCCI plans commentary school – National Commentators Academy
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

For long, the BCCI has set an unwritten code for those who wear those shirts with BCCI insignia.

ICC World T20 Short Stories: Mohammad Amir – The Revenant
Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Mohammad Amir may never rid himself of the tattoo of taint but the Pakistan pacer made the most of his five-year exile from cricket.

May the best man win
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

When you wish to appreciate a sport, nationalism only comes in the way.

Congress ministers on DDCA panel silent on corruption: Kirti Azad
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Three Congress leaders were government nominees in the DDCA at the time.

Kirti Azad interview: ‘I fail to understand why politicians come into sports… they delay issues’
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

My crusade against corruption in sports will continue. And what better place than the DDCA to do that.

Aus vs NZ, pink-ball Test: Dreaming with floodlights on
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

An imaginary Day 1 match report of the historic Australia vs New Zealand game in Adelaide — Test under lights featuring the controversial pink balls.

India spin yarn, South Africa fall for it
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

South Africa collapse in a heap on third-day Mohali track that didn’t really turn to lose first Test by 108 runs.

Ind vs SA, 1st Test: Ashened Proteas fall apart
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

R Ashwin takes five-for as South Africa are dismissed for 184; India lead by 142 runs with 8 wickets in hand.

Spin purchase: Wickets at dime a dozen in Mohali
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

On a track that has begun to crumble alarmingly, India’s tweakers take two wickets after their their batsmen are all out for 201; South Africa part-timer Dean Elgar takes four.

South Africa begin discovery of India
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

South Africa's sternest test begins at PCA Stadium in Mohali as Virat Kohli and Co look to make most of backyard advantage.

Ahead of first India-South Africa Test, spin remains the most repeated word
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

The most repeated word, both in questions and answers, happens to be ‘spin’.

Ravindra Jadeja’s dip, flight and return
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

After losing his place in the side and taking a brief break from cricket, Ravindra Jadeja has roared his way back into the Indian team.

When Virat Kohli touched curator’s feet
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

This genuine warmth between the Indian team management and the pitch in-charge at the start of the Test series against South Africa is refreshing.