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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.