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Express Sports is your one-stop shop for everything that is significant in sports. Tune in for freewheeling interviews of athletes and sharp analyses by our experienced sports reporters.

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Express SportsExpress Sports is your one-stop shop for everything that is significant in sports. Tune in for freewheeling interviews of athletes and sharp analyses by our experienced sports reporters.
Episode 151 August 3, 2021

Pod of the Rings: How Indian women pulled off an Olympic-sized upset

Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt break down how the India women’s hockey team stunned Australia to enter Tokyo Olympics semifinals, how they’ve gone from afterthoughts to toast of the town and coach Sjoerd Marijne’s rapidly-increasing...

Episode 150 August 2, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Historic wins for PV Sindhu, men’s hockey team

Mihir Vasavda relives the rush of emotions as PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals and the men’s hockey team reached the semifinal, the closest they’ve been to a medal...

Episode 149 August 1, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Cast and craft behind rise of India women’s hockey team

Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt break down the India women’s hockey team’s historic progress into the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinals, the reasons behind the improved showing and its star Vandana Kataria whose father fought societal prejudice...

Episode 148 July 31, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Lovlina Borgohain & the strategy of having no strategy

Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt talk about Lovlina Borgohain’s medal-ensuring performance, her post-fight temperament and how she defeated a rival after four defeats. They also discuss the dramatic sights and sounds of badminton in an...

Episode 147 July 30, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Mary Kom’s final Olympic bout and the confusing aftermath

Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt recap how confusion and misunderstanding reigned supreme after Mary Kom’s defeat, and how the actual bout played out in the arena and on TV. Mihir also shares the scenes from...

Episode 146 July 29, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka show it’s OK to not be OK

Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt discuss the mental health struggles of Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, how the two champions could usher a new era of athletes prioritising their well-being over sporting pressure, and the...

Episode 145 July 28, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Topless Tongan’s bizarre Olympic journey

Discussing the unique story of Pita Taufatofua who has made his mark as the bare-torso, well-oiled Tongan flagbearer at three Olympics.

Episode 144 July 27, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Excited coaches, spirited skaters, drab day for Indians

Gaurav Bhatt and Shashank Bhargava discuss that Aussie coach celebration, skateboarding’s teen champions and what they mean for its culture, and an overall dull day for Indians in Tokyo.

Episode 143 July 26, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Worst defeat in hockey, pistol glitch sum up India’s day

Our hosts discuss the deflating Tokyo heat and dejecting results. Mihir Vasavda explains Australia’s ‘beast mode’ during the 7-1 win over Indian men’s hockey team and shooter Manu Bhaker’s equipment malfunction. Gaurav Bhatt geeks out over skateboarding’s...

Episode 143 July 25, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Reliving Mirabai’s silver and decoding Olympic shooting

Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt talk about Mirabai Chanu’s process and the scenes inside the arena as she secured the silver medal, and explain why predicting shooting results remains unpredictable. Afterwards, a breakdown of the Indians...

Episode 142 July 24, 2021

Pod of the Rings: All eyes on shooters, Mirabai Chanu

Discussing the Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony; a geeky affair on TV but a sombre experience at the stadium with protests erupting outside it. Afterwards, a breakdown of the Indians in action today: shooters, archers...

Episode 141 July 23, 2021

Pod of the Rings: Ahead of Tokyo Games, memories from Olympics past

In the first entry to our daily Olympic series, Shivani Naik joins Gaurav Bhatt to share her experiences of covering the 2012 and 2016 Games. From the London festivities starring Mr. Bean, James Bond, and the...

Episode 140 July 22, 2021

The Great Indian Olympics Preview (Part 3) – Hockey, Weightlifting, and more

Discussing India Olympic prospects in Weightlifting, Hockey, Javelin, Table Tennis and Archery.

Episode 139 July 17, 2021

The Great Indian Olympics Preview (Part 2) – Boxing and Wrestling

Discussing India's prospects in Boxing and Wrestling in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Episode 138 July 10, 2021

The Great Indian Olympics Preview (Part 1) – Shooting and Badminton

Discussing India's prospects in Shooting and Badminton in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Episode 137 July 3, 2021

Game Time: The Tour de France crash and a series of other unfortunate events

Discussing everything that plagues the Tour de France, and why the world’s toughest endurance tournaments may also be the most controversial one.

Episode 136 June 26, 2021

Game Time: How New Zealand won the WTC final and what India can learn from it

What led to New Zealand lifting the trophy, what makes their team standout, and what India can learn from its past defeats.

Episode 135 June 19, 2021

Game Time: How billionaire Nikhil Kamath ‘defeated’ V Anand, and got caught

Discussing the celebrity online chess event in which billionaire Nikhil Kamath ‘defeated’ chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, what happened after, and how the fair play body finds out if someone cheated.

Episode 134 June 12, 2021

Game Time: What is ailing boxing and does it really need celebrities like Logan Paul?

Discussing the recent bout between Mayweather and Logan, the current state of affairs in the boxing world, and the fading trust of fans in the game.

Episode 133 June 5, 2021

Game Time: What Naomi Osaka’s exit tells us about tennis and the media

Discussing the questions that Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open have raised, and what the role of tennis officials and media should have been.

Episode 132 June 1, 2021

Game Time: How Superfan Navdeep Bhatia made his way to the NBA Hall of Fame

Discussing Navdeep Bhatia’s fascinating journey – from escaping India after the 1984 riots to being recognized by one of the world’s biggest basketball leagues.

Episode 131 May 22, 2021

Game Time: Why is Japan going ahead with the Olympics?

Japan's motivations behind refusing to cancel the Olympics, and what athletes have to say about the decision.

Episode 130 May 15, 2021

Game Time: Why Sushil Kumar’s case is another reminder about wrestling’s link with crime

Discussing the murder case that Sushil Kumar is allegedly involved in, and the notorious link between wrestling and crime.

Episode 129 May 8, 2021

Game Time: Why did the BCCI conduct the IPL in India?

How did the players first got infected by COVID-19? How did they manage to get back to their home countries? And why did the BCCI conduct the IPL in India?

Episode 128 May 1, 2021

Game Time: The lives that Covid has taken from Indian sports

We remember two people, who although little known, have had a disproportionate impact on their sports – shooting coach Sanjay Chakravarty, and the hockey statistician BG Joshi.