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Gaurav Bhatt


Davis Cup India vs Canada: India fail to get combination right against Canada
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Canada defeated Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja of India in four sets in the doubles contest to make it 2-1 in Edmonton in Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie.

Davis Cup, India vs Canada Day 1: Honours even, Canada rattled
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Underdogs going into the Davis Cup World Group Playoff against Canada, India ended Day 1 with the tie level and the hosts rattled. Gutsy performances from India’s singles players and the fortuitous absence of a key Canadian helped shed all ideas of a one-sided contest.

Davis Cup India vs Canada: Spotlight on Rohan Bopanna
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

There are parallels to be drawn between India’s Davis Cup World Group playoff versus Canada. With an unfancied singles line-up, India will be banking on Rohan Bopanna to help team cross Canadian hurdle.

Partners In Crime
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal have crafted a rivalry for the ages, without bitterness

Chris Froome and Team Sky: Perfect combination of man and machine
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Chris Froome has made a perfect combination of sheer grit to push himself towards titles and has been suitably supported by the machines in doing so.

Chris Froome and the unpopular invincibles
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Team Sky's rivals believe the team's financial clout is unsettling the sport and suggest budget limits and salary caps to level the playing field, much to Chris Froome's chagrin.

Boxing World Championships bronze medal helps Gaurav Bidhuri keep critics at bay
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

For Gaurav Bidhuri, the bronze medal at the Boxing World Championships comes as vindication. He became only the fourth Indian to win a medal at the Worlds after Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan and Shiva Thapa.

That Summer of ‘76 when Muhammad Ali met Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

While the world's tuned in to catch the big-money fight between notorious cagefighter Conor McGregor and champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, Gaurav Bhatt looks back at the mother of all such freakshows, between Muhammad Ali and a Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki.

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather: Bling in the ring!
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout could bring in never-seen-before money; UFC, however, risks losing its biggest star by allowing him to chase boxing dreams

Floyd Mayweather aka ‘Mr Money’ talks up legacy, record
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Floyd Mayweather insists Conor McGregor fight isn't just about a big payday because he has put 49-0 record on the line. The basic purse for McGregor and Mayweather is Rs. 511 crore and Rs. 642 crore respectively.

Super Boxing League: Allan Tanada quelled, Neeraj Goyat now aims to break into top 20 in WBC ranking
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Neeraj Goyat would have fought Andy Chuaua if not for a shoulder niggle, caused by carelessness. After defending his WBC Asia Welterweight title in Mumbai, Neeraj got into the the ring the very next night for the SBL semifinal.

Unanimous or subjective: How to read Vijender Singh’s win in Battleground Asia
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Without the deduction, the scorecard would’ve read 96-94, 95-95 and 95-95; a majority draw. The Chinese got off the hook in the ninth round, for yet another punch below the belt that could easily have been penalised.

Pro-boxing circus of India: Struggles of boxers
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Indian boxers want to follow in Vijender Singh’s footsteps and earn money as well as glory for the country. Lack of streamlining and a labyrinthine set-up, though, is forcing them to pick one or the other — but not both.

The pro-boxing circus of India
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Indian boxers want to follow in Vijender Singh’s footsteps and earn money as well as glory for the country. Lack of streamlining and a labyrinthine set-up, though, is forcing them to pick one or the other — but not both. The Indian Express examines the myriad professional bodies that have sprouted and looks at why promoters have struggled to stay afloat and the fight nights have failed to catch on.

From ring to cell to ring: How Ram Singh is piecing his life back together
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

34-year-old Ram Singh led the Mumbai franchise in the ongoing Super Boxing League (SBL). But it’s outside the ring where he is piecing his life together. In late 2014, Ram started a boxing academy at Public College in Patiala’s Samana village.

Yuki Bhambri subdues Gael Monfils storm at Citi Open
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Yuki Bhambri's matter-of-fact celebration of the point was almost as subdued as the one at the end of the 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win at Citi Open over world number 22 Gael Monfils — perhaps, the biggest of his career.

Drona Without Award: Two Khel Ratnas Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt is not equal to Dronacharya for Vladimer Mestvirishvili
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Vladimer Mestvirishvili is the biggest reason for India making a mark in wrestling at the highest level. Several coaches have been feted but the affable Georgian is still to get his due. Meet the man legendary wrestlers call 'God'.

Railways derails boxers’ Super Boxing League dreams
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Neeraj Goyat and Co could be reprimanded for taking part in pro-boxing league as the RSPB cranks up pressure

Wimbledon 2017 final: How Marin Cilic lost the plot – chances squandered
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Roger Federer demolished Marin Cilic in straight sets to win his eighth Wimbledon title, 19th Major and second Grand Slam of the year. Here's a look at what went wrong for Wimbledon 2017 men's singles runners-up Cilic on Sunday.

Wimbledon 2017: Renaissance man Gilles Muller beats Rafael Nadal in marathon match
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Unheralded Gilles Muller outlasts Rafael Nadal 15-13 in final set to win a marathon match; sets up quarterfinal against Marin Cilic

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal are old dogs with new tricks
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

While perhaps the most photogenic, Roger Federer’s backhand was the least consistent part of his arsenal. The loopy serve returns and the defensive slices would get picked on by extreme topspin players such as Rafael Nadal.

Post Champions Trophy triumph, Pakistan hit a home run
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Champions Trophy-winning cricketers receive a grand welcome upon their return as fans throng airports and their hometowns across the country.

Nagging query: Kashmiri women cricketers snap at loyalty questions
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Abida Khan, coach of the Jammu & Kashmir cricketers, informs there are girls from the highly affected districts such as Shopian, Baramulla and Bandipora who manage to come out and play despite their families not supporting them.

French Open 2017: Rohan Bopanna warms up to clay courts
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Rohan Bopanna is only the fourth Indian after Bhupathi, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza to win a Grand Slam. Relieved as he may be after checking one box, Bopanna’s next, arguably bigger, challenge would be winning the men’s doubles title.

Tennis’ anti-ageing cream: For the first time, ATP rankings topped by five men in their 30s
Mon, May 29, 2017

With advanced training, scientific conditioning and wealth of experience, 30s are the new 20s in the sport