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Mihir Vasavda


The author is an assistant editor at The Indian Express. He tweets at @mihirsv.

Old hand Sardar to coach ‘A’ team for CWG; Lakra Rupinder back in fold
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

Whether Sardar and Thakur coach the teams at the CWG - or if Reid and Janneke Schopmam will take charge closer to the Games - remains to be seen. 

India’s PUBG, Arena of Valor dilemma before Hangzhou Asian Games
Wed, Mar 02, 2022

On Wednesday, officials from the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) are likely to meet sports secretary Sujata Chaturvedi to seek permission from the government for the participation of Indian gamers in these two games.

Foreigners’ quota, ACL entry, home-away format: As ISL season nears end, AIFF has big calls to make for the future editions
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

It took seven seasons for the ISL to fall in line with the previous existing AFC rule of having a maximum of four imports in the 11. Ironically, in the season they chose to implement it, the AFC changed its criteria.

All pace and no patience: Indian men, women lose to Spain
Mon, Feb 28, 2022

It’s important for India to realise all that pace is of no use unless they combine it with patience.

India land 1-2 blow on Spain with comeback wins
Sun, Feb 27, 2022

It was a near-perfect execution of the ‘3D’ dribble and all Jyoti had to do was tap the ball into an empty goal, which she did.

FIH Pro League: Graham Reid’s India aim to hit the ground running against Spain
Sat, Feb 26, 2022

Men, women teams to play doubleheaders this weekend against Spain.

FIH Pro League: France expose old Indian hockey frailties
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

While two French goals came late into the match, when India had committed a lot of men forward, the bigger concern for chief coach Graham Reid would be the profligacy inside the attacking third.

New Jugraj reminds one of original
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

The newcomer has skills reminiscent of older namesake, and the drag-flicker from Attari is keen to impress on debut in FIH Pro League.

Lobbing them long: Throw-ins become effective goal-scoring tool in ISL
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

Sunil Chhetri, the league’s joint-highest all-time scorer, with 49 goals, wasn’t even in the picture when Parag Shrivas took the throw-in.

Beijing Olympics: What a diplomatic boycott means, and why some athletes have traveled with burner phones
Thu, Feb 24, 2022

India has announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. What does this mean? Does it affect athletes' participation? Why have the Beijing Winter Games been so controversial?

Indian sports pedals towards Olympic disciples that offer a bulk of medals
Fri, Feb 04, 2022

A tour of this nature, routine for most sports, would usually go unnoticed but this outing for the country’s mountain bikers marks a significant policy change for Indian sports that is now targeting disciplines that offer a bulk of medals.

Abandoned by parents, played football to overcome loneliness: Wang Shuang is China’s biggest weapon
Thu, Feb 03, 2022

PSG playmaker has had it tough throughout early life, but the 2018 Asian Player of the Year is the biggest reason fallen giants are title contenders.

Women’s football coach Dennerby blames AFC of “destroying team’s dreams”
Thu, Jan 27, 2022

Swedish coach questions Asian body's organisational wisdom in delaying informing of positive results.

How virus dashed hopes, broke hearts of Indian women footballers
Tue, Jan 25, 2022

After withdrawing from tournament they were hosting due to Covid outbreak, India sets eye on future challenges.

Virus stops play: Over a dozen players test positive, India out of women’s Asian Cup
Mon, Jan 24, 2022

It is learnt that almost a dozen members of the Indian camp tested positive for the virus, leaving them with no other option but to pull out of the crucial encounter, thus leaving their campaign in tatters.

Bala Devi void hurts India as Chinese Taipei looms at the Asian Cup
Sun, Jan 23, 2022

All time scorer’s absence is something the team will have to live with during Sunday's their must-win Group A encounter of the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Hardworking local coaches behind Manipur being hotbed of women’s football
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

State accounts for eight of the 23 players that make the Indian Asian Cup squad with Chaoba Devi grooming five of them

Iran stay rugged in defense; India finish opener 0-0 to split points
Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Having battled many odds just to play football, the Melli Baanovaan bring same resilience to hold India to a 0-0 draw in Asian Cup opener.

In a chock-a-block year, India’s women’s hockey team must hit the road running
Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Team, minus an injured skipper Rani Rampal, will play Asia Cup opener against Malaysia on Friday

Asian Cup: Moment of truth for Indian women’s football
Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Hosting the Asian Cup is part of AIFF's top-down approach but the tournament is a golden opportunity for the hosts to prove mettle; India play Iran on Thursday.

Asian Cup women’s football: Cop-turned-coach Dennerby aiming to guide India past group stage
Wed, Jan 19, 2022

Dennerby, the first foreign coach of India’s women team, faces an unenviable task: to take an inexperienced team, which is brimming with potential, past the group stage in its first appearance at the Asian Cup since 2003.

Manipulating DRS images highly unlikely but scope for human error, says experienced broadcast director
Sat, Jan 15, 2022

In light of the controversy around Elgar’s ‘non-dismissal’, Hemant Buch, a professional with experience of working on more than 100 Tests, feels chances of foul play are remote even though some technicians at work may differ in skill level.

Special airport lanes, empty stadium, stringent bubble: Maharashtra lays ground for Asian Cup
Wed, Jan 12, 2022

Mumbai had been reporting the highest number of cases for any city in the country till a few days ago, but there are clear signs now of the surge stabilising. On Tuesday, the city reported only 11,647 new cases, almost half of what it was reporting a few days ago.

Special airport lanes, empty stadium, stringent bubble: Maharashtra lays ground for Asian Cup
Wed, Jan 12, 2022

🔴According to Aaditya Thackeray, state minister and president of the Mumbai District Football Association, the players and officials “will be in bio-bubbles and have testing protocols set for their own safety”.

After Jhingan’s premature return from Croatia, Indian football must face hard facts
Tue, Jan 11, 2022

Last August, the 28-year-old became the first Indian to sign for a top-tier club in Croatia, HNK Sibenik.