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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sandeep Dwivedi


Sports press conferences are a weird speed date with both sides making snap judgments
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

Having sat through countless press conferences, I can vouch that sporting stars at press conferences aren’t made to sit on a wooden chair under a lonely bulb nor are reporters believers at a sermon. It’s a space where everyone has a voice and also the right to remain silent.

Champion wrestler to murder accused: Sushil Kumar’s fall from grace
Thu, May 27, 2021

Even his so-far celebrated traits will now get re-evaluated, questions asked about his conduct and character.

BCCI’s power centre has moved from Mumbai to Motera. Its new patrons call all the shots
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

The allegations of the game's greatest icons being co-opted and an institution surrendering autonomy that it so fiercely fights for in courts are flying thick and fast.

There’s a lot of Satya in Ajinkya Rahane, and a bit of Satya in the Indian dressing room too
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Rahane’s exploits in Australia and his partnership with captain Kohli has several parallels with the iconic gangster movie.

Ajinkya Rahane: ‘Virat is captain now… happy to take a back-seat in England Tests’
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Ajinkya Rahane says he hasn’t given much thought to suggestions of taking over as permanent Test captain and commends Rahul Dravid’s "massive" role in nurturing young talent.

No pain, no gain: Cheteshwar Pujara shares what his family was going through while watching the fiercest battle
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Cheteshwar Pujara’s body is full of mementos of the fierce Gabba battle, and his courage has made him a cricketing hero

A billion get booster dose from Brisbane: World wakes up to watch Indian cricket’s big rising
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

What are the chances of another series in a bio-bubble amid a global pandemic which coincides with the team’s influential captain going on paternity leave, a new low of 36 all out and about 11 regulars making it to the injury list instead of the Starting XI.

Sports without the crowds: Why 2021 will test the resilience of sports
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

From the blockbuster IPL in the UAE to Nadal’s perseverance at the French Open, 2020 showed that sports and sportspersons can click even without fans cheering them. This year’s Olympics, Euro football and T20 World Cup will look to reinforce the fact that fans need players more than players need fans.

36/9: World didn’t end but maybe new India needs an old lesson
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

True 36-9, the new low for Indian cricket, hurts, but then sports has a habit of reminding everyone that even the best can have the worst of days.

India vs Australia Tests 2020-21: An UnAustralian summer 
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Dynamics of the India-Australia rivalry has changed with the ruthlessness associated with Baggy Green making way for softer and less formidable opponents

You can overeat, lose motivation, be on social media to run away from isolation: Paddy Upton
Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Sports psychologist Paddy Upton explains the ‘mental exhaustion’ from staying in a bio-bubble for a long time.

IPL 2020: How Bubble Game is impacting the superstars
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

The IPL, Indian cricket’s biggest blockbuster is off to a start, shorn of high jinks due to Covid-19. The Indian Express goes behind the scenes to find out how 75 days of staying locked up, monitored by CCTVs and Bluetooth wristbands, is impacting the game’s superstars.

MS Dhoni logs out with a 16-word post on Instagram: ‘consider me as retired’
Sun, Aug 16, 2020

Dhoni was last seen wearing India colours in July last year when he left the field after his heartbreakingly close runout in the World Cup semi-final, a dismissal that dashed a billion dreams.

Indian cricketers are not having the best of times as former greats turned out to be disappointing administrators
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

On the field, thanks to their extraordinary sporting skill set, they could be impeccably organised and outstandingly inspirational. Away from it, like most mortals, they would have their weaknesses and weak moments.

IPL is not a mental COVID-19 vaccine
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Expecting IPL to lift spirits flagging in pandemic is as much about over-estimation of cricket’s healing power as it is about under-estimating this crisis.

‘Sanjeev Chawla’s non-cooperation proves his guilt’
Sun, May 24, 2020

The prime accused, Sanjeev Chawla, in Hansie Cronje match-fixing case of 2000 didn’t divulge any details even when confronted with evidence, says chargesheet.

Home will become stadium as Star gears up for challenge of empty stands in IPL
Thu, May 14, 2020

While the European football leagues flirt with the idea of CGI fans and cardboard cut-outs to liven up games played behind closed doors, Star wants to keep it real in case IPL Season 13 takes place later this year.

‘Everyone has a camera phone, I just need to source them … You can be at home and on TV’
Wed, May 13, 2020

Star head Uday Shankar delves into the challenges and opportunities in cricket broadcasting without fans at the stadium

Express Archive: Javed Miandad hits famous last-ball six off India’s Chetan Sharma to hand Pakistan maiden title
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Those were the Sharjah days during the illogical 1980s when absurdities were part of the whole cricketing experience.

Haryana Hurricane: Shafali Verma ready to take T20 World Cup by storm
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Even before the T20 World Cup started, India's 16-year-old opener Shafali Verma's assault on top Aussie pacers created a buzz.

India’s young cricketers need to ask: Does sledging fit in with who they want to be?
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Till an honest answer arrives, live cricket should come with a disclaimer about offensive content.

There is growing proximity of sports icons to the political class, and an overwhelming folded-hands endorsement of their policies
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

The obeisance of sporting heroes — often dependent on sports bureaucracy — verges on the theatrical.

Sports in 2020: Hundred challenge to T20, borderline sports coming through the Rings
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

Cricketers without borders — that ever-increasing tribe of nomadic T20 players — continues to effortlessly hop continents. Nationalism on cricket fields is shrinking. Franchisism is the new driving force on Planet T20.

IND vs BAN 1st Test: Takeaway from home delivery
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

India’s latest innings victory demonstrates they're making the rest of the Test cricket world play catch-up with them at home

Ajinkya Rahane, India’s safety net back on firm ground
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Of late, Rahane’s look has changed. Today at the Holkar Stadium, he walked in to bat with his collar turned up. The gloom seems to have lifted, from his face and his career.