Mihir Vasavda

Articles By Mihir Vasavda

Will and Grace: How Bumrah, Rohit Sharma made their way to Indian squad, recall their friends

With Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma the only Indians to feature in the ICC’s Team of the Tournament post-World Cup, despite the team’s semi-final loss, their friends rewind to talk of another time — when the impatient and talented Bumrah broke car tail-lights and more on his way to the Indian squad, and how the laidback and elegant Sharma set off on a new personal innings.

Hero or villain: The double life of Syria’s leading goal scorer

Syria's all-time leading goal-scorer hates confrontations. But for the last eight years, he has been at the centre of one of Syria's biggest ideological battles between the fo llowers and dissidents of the country's president Bashar al-Asaad.

Alive and kicking: The search for normalcy in war-ravaged Syria

The search for normalcy in war-ravaged Syria ends in a game of kick-about. Football was the silent casualty of eight years of political violence and the first luxury the football-mad country afforded itself when a semblance of peace returned

2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Two high hurdles in India’s path

West Asian giants Qatar, Oman expected to dominate the group; Afghanistan, Bangladesh provide hope.

Intercontinental Cup 2019: India show life in dead rubber, pull off 1-1 draw against Syria

It’s the best India have played under new coach Igor Stimac, who also seems to have found answers to a lot of questions heading into the serious business of the qualifiers.

No end to India’s woes, lose 2-5 to North Korea

On Saturday, North Korea inflicted another morale-sapping 5-2 thrashing on the Indians, who are now practically out of contention for the Intercontinental Cup final next week.

Sunil Chhetri on I-League vs ISL: Ego not good for football

India will take on North Korea in the Intercontinental Cup on Saturday. But that wasn’t the only thing on Sunil Chhetri’s mind on the eve of the match.

AIFF wants I-League and ISL to run parallel for next 2-3 years

After meeting the representatives of I-League clubs on Wednesday, Praful Patel said AFC's recognition for I-League is necessary so that it can co-exist with the Indian Super League.

At Mumbai airport: Miscommunication, frustrated travellers and absent ground staff

The cancellation and delays started after a SpiceJet flight skidded off the main runway on Monday night. Airport authorities said in a tweet that the secondary runway was being used on Tuesday and it may take up to 48 hours to make the main runway completely operational again.

Sports Ministry hits back, ball now in AITA’s court

India have largely refrained from travelling to Pakistan in a little more than a decade due to security concerns. In fact, the Davis Cup team hasn't played in Pakistan for 55 years.

Now India will grant visas for sportspersons from all countries, including Pakistan

In February, India was on the verge of isolation after a three-member Pakistani team was refused visas for the shooting World Cup in Delhi.

Six years after picking up bow, daily wager’s son Pravin Jadhav hits world silver

On Sunday, the 22-year-old from Satara teamed up with veterans Tarundeep Rai and Atanu Das to win a World Championship silver medal in the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and book a quota for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Hoping to change fortunes, Delhi Dynamos to go on a shopping spree in off-season

After a disappointing eighth-placed finish in the Indian Super League last season, Delhi Dynamos have prepared an exhaustive shopping list to better their under-performing attack and quality in the final third.

Poppies, military hats, daggers: A hot potato for the ICC

The ICC instructed Dhoni to remove it for the upcoming matches, saying it violated their laws related to clothing and equipment, which bars players from displaying personal messages.

In Champions League final, Liverpool fans chant for Mohamed Salah: ‘I’ll be Muslim too’

It’s the one that gives Liverpool a massive early advantage in the Champions League final Saturday night, silences the “white end” of the stadium and wreaks havoc with Tottenham Hotspur’s gameplan.

Football in the times of Brexit

On Saturday, Jagbir joined thousands of Spurs fans who occupied a section of the 68,000-seater Estadio Metropolitano hoping to see their team win its first Champions League.

Champions League final: Madrid braces as 50,000 English fans hit streets for football glory

Madrilenos are hoping economic benefit of Saturday’s final will be in the range of 60 million euros. But there’s also an underlying fear. The reputation of English fans precedes them prompting a leading sports daily to splash a front-page cover this week that simply reads ‘Miedo’. Fear.

Liverpool has a slight edge in the Champions League final: Roberto Carlos

Carlos also spoke about what he thought was his greatest goal, and it wasn't the legendary free kick against France in 1997.

Shot Story: Jos Buttler’s ramp can be traced back to hockey field

A former hockey player himself, Buttler was easily able to breakdown the striker's complex movements, especially changing the angle of the hockey stick at the last second.

Straight talking new coach sets ball rolling

Croatian Igor Stimac says ‘ISL can’t buy tradition’; stresses on the need for Indian players to be tactically aware and quick to react.