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.
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.
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.
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.
The BCCI was told to reform and set its house in order. Stubborn officials reluctant to shed the old order, multiple interpretations of court judgements and various stakeholders pulling in different directions made it a long-drawn legal battle. PS Narasimha, the Amicus Curiae, was the key that unlocked the gridlock. The Indian Express on how the tide turned.
Former captain, IPL mentor, TV show host, commentator, and now BCCI chief. As Sourav Ganguly takes charge of the revamped Indian cricket board, The Indian Express on the maharaja and his mostly winning ways.
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: On the 150th birth anniversary year of the Mahatma, a journey from Ahmedabad to Delhi to trace the Bapu who survives in the memories and aspirations of contemporary India.
Virat Kohli deposited the ball over extra cover, hitting an inside-out shot that was beautiful in its imperfection. Watching smitten in idyllic Port of Spain, Viv Richards proposed a toast. The Indian Express brings back the moment when ‘The King’ saw the heir apparent in the mirror.