Gaurav Bhatt

Articles By Gaurav Bhatt

IPL 2019: Trend spotting Moeen Ali’s knack of hitting first, and last ball, for a six

Ten of Moeen Ali's 17 sixes this IPL 2019 have come off the first, or last, delivery of an over; a refreshing case of rhyme and reason amidst all the mindless hitting.

Indian stakes in Asian Championships battle

With an eye on Tokyo Games, the continental championship this week will test the country’s preparations.

How do Roger Federer’s 101 ATP titles measure up against Jimmy Connors’ 109?

Tennis’ Club 100 has just two champions and no clear hierarchy. The Indian Express does the number crunching between Jimmy Connors (109 titles) and Roger Federer (101).

How Roger Federer’s returns quelled Isner’s booming serves

In the rich repertoire of Federer, who for most of his career just sliced his backhand on second serves, return seemed more an end to the means. In Sunday’s Miami Open final however, Federer’s metronomic returns undid John Isner.

New Zealand shooting: Gunman mentioned PewDiePie before firing, he says feel absolutely sickened

In the wake of last month’s Pulwama terror attack, T-Series — the second-most subscribed channel on YouTube at 89.5million — had removed all songs from Pakistani artists from its catalogue, sending droves of enraged fans across the border towards PewDiePie aka Felix Kjellberg.

Khali’s fight club: Pro-wrestling building a cult in India

Far from the tense faceoff on the country’s western front is the make-believe world of pro-wrestling. But here too is a familiar script: India squaring off with Pakistan. Also in the mix are a dubious baba, a corrupt police officer and a feisty woman. GAURAV BHATT on how pro-wrestling is slowly building a cult following in India, one punch at a time.

Acapulco International: Underarm serve, overcharged debate

Nick Kyrgios unconventional act opens pandora’s box, exposes chink in Rafa Nadal’s armour; Roger Federer comes in support of the Australian

Sports Authority of India (SAI) didn’t release funds for treatment, says boxer Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar, who has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left hip joint, says the injury first flared up at the Asian Games last year. Manoj was dropped from list of boxers from ongoing training camp.

Club of aces: Tracing the legacy of Calcutta South Club

Davis Cup’s return to the grasscourts of Calcutta South Club has brought with it nostalgia surrounding the venue which shaped many of Indian tennis’ famous victories and influential players.

How Novak Djokovic, the best returner, tackled Rafael Nadal’s new serve

The key to the 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 demolition job was how the returner supreme dealt with Nadal's improved serves.

Vikas Krishan turns pro, turns heads with second-round stoppage

After making short work of his outmatched opponent, he tweeted the hashtag along with a clip from the bout. And if the number of tweets following his performance are any indication, the nickname just might catch on.

D Gukesh, latest pre-teen Grandmaster, wants to continue having fun

For Gukesh, next up was state-mate R Praggnanandhaa, who became India's youngest GM last June at 12 years, 10 months and 14 days.

Sports in 2018: Remains of the Year

It was the year of the FIFA World Cup, Team India ruling the MCG and Novak Djokovic scripting a comeback to savour. But the past 12 months saw several incidents which, though making headlines at that time, slipped off public memory in months to come,

India vs Australia: Why Virat Kohli caught, but KL Rahul dropped

KL Rahul, who was still rising as the ball burst through his outstretched fingers, was slow to react and couldn’t time his jump to Kohliesque perfection.

Billboards, charity, hacked printers in Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie’s numbers war with T-Series

T-Series, which started out in the 80s selling music recordings, covers and bhajans joined YouTube in 2006 and its subscriber base has exploded in the last two years thanks to cheap smartphones and cheaper data.

Vijender Singh’s American dream

A year after his last professional bout, Indian boxer Vijender Singh heads to US to improve his 10-0 record

Explained: Why Mary Kom’s Olympic dream hinges on meeting in Tokyo

It made its Olympic debut in ancient Greece c. 688 BC and has been a staple at the Games since 1920, but boxing could be knocked out of the 2020 edition.

Mary Kom: Flag bearer for women’s boxing at Olympics, six time world champion, tormentor at 35

The six-time world champion Mary Kom defines the sport of boxing as much as the sport defines her

Mary Kom wins record sixth World Championships gold

Mary Kom registered a 5-0 win in the 48-kg category over Hanna Okhota of Ukraine to tie with Cuban legend Felix Savon’s haul — he won all his six medals in the men’s heavyweight division.

Women World Boxing Championships: So near yet so far for Sonia Chahal, wins silver medal

Sonia Chahal finishes second best in her first Worlds appearance, but the Bhiwani boxer is far from a finished product.