His India teammate, Kamaldeep Dagar, a Delhi Police constable, remembers the training sessions spent chasing the “strong, brave” Dabas. Having last represented India together in 2015, the two were on first-name basis.
Saina Nehwal, seeded 12th — perhaps her lowest since her breakout season a decade ago — she is looking for that one big win that can start the turnaround for her since the ill-fated knee injury that saw her exit the last big tournament — the Rio Games.
Despite being the federation and TN government’s official entry for this year’s award, veteran hoopster Anitha Pauldurai gets ignored yet again. With a staggering 11 national championships with Railways, Anitha has become one of the more recognisable and feared faces in women’s basketball.
By winning the Khel Ratna, country’s greatest sporting award, Rio Paralympics gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia ensures that disabled athletes will henceforth be considered at par with the able-bodied.
For India’s golden generation of shuttlers, Mohammed Siyadath Ullah Siddiqui hasn’t just been ‘Gopi’s second’, he is the one they blindly trust when negotiating the twists and turns on way to lofty peak
A month after scoring one of the most sensational upsets of the first half of the 2017 season – beating Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long on successive days, HS Prannoy defeated Parupalli Kashyap 21-15, 20-22, 21-12 to win his first US Grand Prix Gold.
This Sunday evening, Mithali Raj could be first Indian captain to win the women's World Cup. It could be a fitting culmination of a journey that is remarkable at multiple levels. She had opened up to The Sunday Express in a freewheeling chat before she embarked on her World Cup quest.
"A group of coaches came to me and said if I sack someone like this 'sab coaches ka naam kharaab ho jaega'. There was a lot of resistance, and even the NIS Patiala office was delaying issuing his suspension orders," said Adille Sumariwala.
What makes Jwala Gutta feel she was let down by the celebrated coach P Gopichand? In a chat with The Indian Express, the straight-talking Gutta wraps her playing career and says all she ever needed from Gopi was support.
For nearly a decade, Indian badminton was about the two girls—PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. But the last six months have beheld a lightning surge in the men's circuit too— Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy. The Indian Express goes behind the scenes and weaves their coming-of-age narrative.
On Sunday, when Srikanth beat Olympic and World Champion Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to lift the Sydney crown, he propelled himself into becoming a serious contender for the Glasgow Worlds.
After a dazzling start three years ago, Srikanth looked as if he would disappear into oblivion. However, back-to-back Super Series wins indicate he has found his verve. The Indian Express digs deep and discovers some interesting nuggets about Indian badminton’s latest sensation.
Kidambi Srikanth hasn’t tasted Milosque giddy success yet - though making three successive Super Series finals ought to feel as heady as it gets at 22. But the young shuttler has betrayed no signs of being vain liked the doomed grappler from yore.
As outrageous as the odds seem for the mum-of-one to return to a frenetic sport she’s been far away from for many seasons, Geethu who turns 32 next week, is entitled to this crazy dream.
Three decades before three-on-three basketball earned Olympic approval, it travelled from the streets of Michigan to Mumbai through a Swede from Moscow who wove avante-garde techniques into the dynamic game.
PV Sindhu made the fatal error of celebrating a rally too early as she botched a match point against World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying going down 21-10, 20-22, 16-21.
33-year-old Mithali Raj reckons it’ll be her last 50-over Cup, but she’s incredibly centred on the task at hand. The last world cup was difficult. India hosted the edition and it imploded into a nightmare, as the home team failed to even qualify for the Super 6.
While Gopichand is widely hailed for propping up India’s badminton with back-to-back Olympic medals, and credited for the success of PV Sindhu, he has his share of critics in certain state units, who accuse him of being dictatorial.
After the Rio Games setback, Kidambi Srikanth was scarily “unemotional”, but with his third Super Series title, he has emerged as a revitalised force. On Sunday he beat Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19.
Kidambi Srikanth outwits World No. 1 Son Wan-Ho to reach Indonesia Open final while HS Prannoy goes down in semis
A day after stunning Lee Chong Wei, World No. 25 HS Prannoy beats Olympic champion Chen Long 21-18, 16-21, 21-19. Prannoy, displayed a wide array of strokes and wits to match in the 75-minute-long encounter.
World No.25’s stunning backhand smash stuns Lee Chong Wei and scripts 21-10, 21-18 victory
For one, an American was ranked higher than Nehwal for the first time in her career - Beiwen Zhang started in Jakarta on her career-high World No.10, one spot above the Indian at No.11.
Six weeks after winning Singapore Open Super Series, B Sai Praneeth clinches Thailand Grand Prix Gold title. Thailand wasn’t as big as the Singapore Super Series in terms of ranking points, though Sai enjoyed beating a non-Indian for the title.
Buffon is what you fantasise nation’s militaries should be: assured and unconquerable seeing the whole game in front of them, not likely to be provoked, never given to crossing lines, unfazed for all of the 90 minutes, never running out of patience.
Rankings dictate that when India go up against China at Gold Coast in the Sudirman Cup Last 8 on Friday, PV Sindhu will be the only one to start out as favourite in the team championship.
On Tuesday, Ashwini Ponnappa smiled all the way to securing for India one of its most memorable wins at the Sudirman Cup.
PV Sindhu loses to China’s He Bingjiao 15-21, 21-14, 24-22 in one hour, 17 minutes in the quarterfinals
Unheralded shuttler wins first major title by beating Kidambi Srikanth 17-21 21-17 21-12 in a landmark all-Indian final
With facile victories, Praneeth and Srikanth set up final, the first time an Indian pair is locked in a Super Series title clash
Kidambi Srikanth into semis of Singapore Open with Sai Praneeth; but title contender PV Sindhu is beaten square by Carolina Marin.
PV Sindhu primarily relies on pace to down her opponents, but she must learn to vary it to be in the pantheon of greats.
Dipa Karmakar, India’s best gymnast, will aim for points on execution as she moves beyond the Prudunova to another vault.
The Indian legend’s first dips, Short noticed, came into sharp focus against Magnus Carlsen – spry and sensational.
More than ever before, though, the big small bloke of tennis who was so little he couldn’t hit two balls over the net as a young teen, is frantically trying at 43.
Creativity of Tai Tzu Ying and Ratchanok Intanon in All England Badminton Championships final served as a welcome break from usual belligerence