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Virat Kohli signals team win over personal accolades
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Virat Kohli, with 50th international century in sight, had something else on his mind against Sri Lanka: How many overs to go before declaration?

Vinod Kambli can go out of sight but never out of mind
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Last week, when the who's who of Mumbai cricket congregated to celebrate their team's 500th Ranji match, one man stood out. Indian cricket’s intriguing enigma — Vinod Kambli

In New Jersey, racial politics loses big on a new cricket pitch
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The attempt to project cricket as a symbol of hate has rattled Edison’s Indian Americans, who form one-fourth of the town’s population.

In Manipur, football the only way out of the mess
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Things can go south in Manipur if Indian football cannot capitalise on the inroads made in a state where violence and its memories used to bookend lives in past years.

Ranji Trophy 2017: Neutral pitch curators ensure fairness
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Neutral curators have played a big role in ensuring bias doesn’t seep through while preparing pitches in the Ranji Trophy.

Virat Kohli averages better than Brian Lara in run chases, quicker than Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Virat Kohli has the most runs (8,888), best average (55.55) and most hundreds (31) than any other batsman after 200 ODIs.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain beat France courtesy late penalty, move into quarterfinals
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

French flair came unstuck against Spanish tactical nous as late penalty sends European U-17 champions into quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Situation in Pakistan has changed a lot, says man who drove Sri Lanka’s team bus during Lahore attack
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Muhammad Khaleel, bus driver who ducked terror, warmly awaits Sri Lankan cricket team for the 3rd T20I match; says India should come and play.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: ‘Gringo’ Xolos and the US-Mexico love
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

In times of Donald Trump and the proposed border wall, a group of Americans cross over to ‘build bridges’ through football

FIFA U17 World Cup: After goalless draw, Chile make a tepid exit
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Chile needed to beat Mexico to stay alive in the tournament, but they packed the defense, sat behind for majority of the game barring a final frenzy in the last 10 minutes.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Teams lean on Delhi students to translate India — and the language
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Most of the team liasons are from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has a reputed foreign languages programme.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ignoring snakes to get the ball, Niger’s love for banana chips and much more
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Teams are not only impressed by the support they are getting at the stadiums but also the similarity of their cuisine.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: How a Japanese cartoon hero inspired legions of football players around the world
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

The country has a long history of animation, and has also played a part in popularising football among children. Yoichi Takahashi’s creation Captain Tsubasa is the most popular character

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Amine Gouiri is a bit of Karim Benzema, Frederic Kanoute & Anthony Martial 
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Amine Gouiri, top scorer of FIFA U-17 World Cup, has made it clear that he wants to be his own man.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Foreign teams’ shopping experiences, Jadon Sancho’s ‘Baganisation’ and more
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

'Wenger Out' banners, Sancho's comparisons with the greats of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal; with the world coming to play in India, our reporters keep an eye out for the unusual.

India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Cricket in football country
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

In Assam, balance between football and cricket is more equal than the rest of North-East.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: American samurai who revolutionised football in Japan
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Tom Byer, the American who would go on to revolutionise Japanese grassroots with his football clinics, football schools, and a television show that ran for 14 years.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Chile colts create emotional moment in Kolkata
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Chile's anthem, Himno Nacional de Chile, is about 120 seconds longs and even after FIFA cut off the music after 90 seconds, the Chile colts sang along in chorus.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: In Honduras, football provides escape route
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Honduras’s nine-million population lives in poverty and over a third of them are unemployed, and many of the poor are in rural areas which are frequently hit by hurricanes and droughts.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: The world comes to play in India
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Guinea U-17 colts in Goa, ahead of their opener against Iran on Saturday, are not falling over themselves to claim Paul Pogba as one of their own.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: A slice of life in India
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

From the buzz in the team to the shor in the street, our reporters present a slice of life of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: A player can vanish in a year, warns former player Renedy Singh
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Renedy Singh believes it’s not just the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but what happens in next four years that will shape Indian football

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Now boarding, Imphal to Delhi
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Parents of Manipur players to travel to capital and watch India's opening game, courtesy fund-raising drive by ex-footballer Renedy Singh.

India’s winning streak ends with 21-run defeat in 4th ODI vs Australia
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

David Warner’s century sinks India’s prospects of winning a 10th successive ODI, as they stumble chasing 335 at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

David Warner, the accidental opener, on the brink of a memorable century
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

David Warner will play his 100th ODI when he steps out for Australia in the fourth ODI in Bangalore against India.

Jasprit Bumrah’s yorker a blessing and curse at the same time
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Jasprit Bumrah’s biggest gift is his yorker, but it has unwittingly jeopardised his prospects of graduating to Tests.

India vs Australia, 4th ODI: All not Maxwell with Australia
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Big-hitter Glenn Maxwell’s failure has only added to the woes of the misfiring Australian batting line-up in this series.

We would kill each other to bid for Test cricket rights if everybody was watching it, says Star India CEO Uday Shankar
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Star India coughed up an amount in excess of Rs 16,000 crore to secure the media rights for the Indian Premier League between the years 2018 and 2022. But CEO Uday Shankar says that, contrary to the general notion, the media rights "were not very expensive."

From Kabbadi to IPL, Star India has them all
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

A look at the fine print in the massive deal of Star India in which it bought the media right for Indian Premier League for $22.5 billion for the next five years and how it will affect the industry as a whole.

Out of ODI squad, R Ashwin’s 50-over career seems to be at crossroads
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

He has been rotated out of the ODI team yet again now, and though he has bagged a county contract, his future as ODI player is definitely a mystery. For a long while now, starting from the captaincy of MS Dhoni, he has often found himself jettisoned from the limited-over formats.

India defy the odds with storied run in Women’s World Cup
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

A month of girl-power has perhaps done more to end the mansplaining of cricket, and raise respect for the women’s game than anything else in recent years. The girls have come far that they would not only gel together well but beat expectations to reach the final and almost win the World Cup.

Friends and benefits: Bharat Arun appointed as India’s bowling coach
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Bharat Arun is more than just Shastri’s ‘buddy’, he is also an astute coach respected by Indian bowlers

Coaching is the toughest job… captain has tools; as coach, you have nothing, says Ravi Shastri
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Ravi Shastri shares his vision of how he sees the coaching job should work, the relationship with the team, his time as a player and the philosophy surrounding the coaching job. He was appointed as coach on July 11.

Anil Kumble’s short innings as India head coach
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Was Anil Kumble overbearing, or sticking to his beliefs? Did Virat Kohli undermine him, or voicing what the team felt? As a meeting is held to pick new India coach on July 10, The Indian Express give the view from dressing room on Kumble’s exit

Sarfraz Ahmed becomes national hero after leading Pakistan to ICC Champions Trophy 2017 victory
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Sarfraz Ahmed’s mentors and benefactors describe him a leader who remains polite and grounded as well as street-smart, and confident. He can hold a tune at parties, though, currently, he's holding his entire nation spellbound.

The Imran leap to maturity
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

India-Pak cricket in the ’80s helped navigate a way out of bigotry