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Mohammad Shami’s run-up

The cement pitch his father laid for him, the practice sessions with a cow dung mound as wicket-keeper, the bhujia he loved, and an academy where the dream he dreamed now sustains many. As, battling court cases and selection setbacks, Mohd Shami emerges as India’s star bowler this World Cup, The Indian Express goes back to a small UP village in search of the shy boy who once was.

Manchester united: India vs Pakistan

One of the most enduring rivalries on the cricket field plays out once again today as India meet Pakistan in a World Cup match.

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Jagan’s Yatra: Raising a party from ground, one step at a time

10 yrs after he split from Cong, the YSRCP leader has emerged as the rare political scion to form own party and rise to power. The Indian Express on how the 46-yr-old carved out his path — literally through 23,000 km and thousands of days spent on the road — and what lessons it holds for other dynasts waiting in the wings

A boy called Junaid

Days after 15-year-old Junaid was stabbed to death on a Delhi-Mathura train, a look at his family and friends to piece together the story of a boy and a few of his favourite things — bikes, clothes and soyabean biryani

The garh and the gathbandhan: Can caste maths hold out against Modi name?

The story of UP 2019 began in Gorakhpur 2018, when an SP-BSP informal alliance won the BJP fortress. With BJP determined to ward off a repeat, can caste maths hold out against Modi name? As Gorakhpur votes today, The Indian Express tracks a contest that could well define this election and UP politics

The children left behind: The real victims of Assam's hooch tragedy

Underlying the recent hooch tragedy that caused more than 150 deaths in two districts of Assam lie bleak lives led in hard work and poverty, with few escapes. The Indian Express tell their stories, and one tale that is just beginning — of the 41 left orphaned.

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Strike Force: The challenges in IAF’s upgrade roadmap

If the Indian Air Force’s strike at Balakot drew a new red line for Pakistan, Islamabad’s retaliation underscored that air deterrence is key in any escalation ladder. The Indian Express examines the IAF’s upgrade roadmap to explain the new challenge

What Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's comments say about Indian cricket

Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul’s comments on Koffee With Karan, which led to them being suspended and called home from Australia, gives a peek into Indian cricket, its young players and the ecosystem of stardom, glamour and big bucks.

Congress comeback: Rahul Gandhi to grapple with young-vs-old debate

With the 2019 elections looming, Rahul Gandhi will have to reconcile a restless youth leadership and an old guard unwilling to cede space.

Karnataka verdict: JD(S) — Back with a Bangalore

A hung House and a series of dramatic events have seen the JD(S) take over the reins of the government in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress. JOHNSON T A looks at how the Gowdas, till recently on the precipice of irrelevance, now see a chance to resurrect the party

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