Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023

Express Sports Newsletter


Sourav Ganguly saga: First we treat them as Gods and later expect them to behave like mortals

October 19, 2022 1:42 pm

As the Indian board chief, Sourav Ganguly would sit for selection committee meetings, even promise Wriddhiman Saha - allegation made by wicket-keeper himself - a place in the national team.

India miss a trick, Sanju Samson was the best No.5 option for T20 World Cup

October 09, 2022 8:10 am

With Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli occupying the first three spots, and Suryakumar Yadav at No.4 , the only realistic vacancy in the playing XI is down the order. Among those in contention, and that include Deepak Hooda and Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson is easily the better No.5.

Jasprit Bumrah has Sushil Kumar like intimidating aura, without him India lacks fire power and fear factor

October 02, 2022 8:32 am

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Australia, under Ricky Ponting, looked like Ocean's XI or Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs - a bunch with varied skills equipped to pull off the most difficult of heists. With India, minus Bumrah, you have question: Who has the gas lighter to break the safe?

The beauty of Hardik Pandya: When bold and bizarre is actually brilliant

September 03, 2022 5:42 pm

Weekly Sports Newsletter: In his early days playing white-ball international cricket for India, Hardik Pandya was merely a class jester, far from being the future captain. Hardik was the baby of the team, far away from the top of the pyramid where MS Dhoni sat.

Neeraj Chopra's pilgrimage: Meeting Jan Zelezny, winning gold and silver in javelin-crazy Finland

June 20, 2022 7:07 pm

A few months back, while training in Turkey, he had met Jan Železný, the supreme deity of the javelin faithful. Now he was hitting headlines from Finland, the country where spear-throwing is a national pastime and the very popular Keihaskarnivaalits - they have a designated word for javelin-carnivals - have a kumbh mela-like fervour.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Hardik, Shami and the need to understand teammates' vulnerabilities

April 18, 2022 6:20 pm

In times when meme-makers and trolls have the power to amplify any trivial slip-ups into epic blunders, social-media toxicity can leave the sensitive among cricketers scarred for life.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Jadeja's chance to race away with Dhoni's baton

March 29, 2022 11:53 am

Just like his predecessor MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings' new captain Ravindra Jadeja too keeps his cricket simple and the world at an arm's length.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: How T20 leagues will never throw up Test quality spinners

March 21, 2022 12:01 am

The recent Test matches in the sub-continent threw up a disturbing trend for Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Unlike India that had the spinners and pitches to be formidable at home, Sri Lanka and Pakistan were found wanting.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Not Virat, nor Dhoni, captain Rohit is more Warne

March 13, 2022 8:20 pm

Is there any Indian captain with Warne-like quality? Rohit Sharma’s name comes to mind immediately.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Why Virat, Rohit, Pujara and Rahane will fall short of the Fab Four

March 06, 2022 10:40 am

For a country historically blessed with an unending pool of batting talent, new names of retired icons get periodically added to the scale, putting the newbies under pressure to reach those lofty heights.