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.
Federer, who has won 11 clay court titles out of a total 101, further clarified: "I don't think my problem was clay, even though there were lots of people who said that clay wasn't my best surface. My problem, of course, was Rafa."
With the C-word hanging around the neck like an albatross and his own personal demons to exorcise, Faf Du Plessis looks to guide his largely inexperienced squad through a World Cup for which they are flying under the radar.
What would you take along on a deserted island? For the innumerable people hooked on to PUBG in India, the answer is: 99 players, one smartphone and loads of guns. How did this mobile game become a weapon of mass distraction?
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.