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Sandeep Dwivedi

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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.

India vs Bangladesh: Child’s play on Children’s Day
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

India vs Bangladesh: Clinical India bowl Bangladesh out for 150 on Day 1 of the first Test in Indore; Agarwal, Pujara start well.

India vs Bangladesh, 1st Test: Ace of pace
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

India’s fast bowling unit, which has grown in stature, should deliver on a wicket that is expected to aid swing and seam.

Indore takes its cricket, cricketers and even umpires very seriously
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Passion for the game in the city provides a counterpoint to those who want the 5-day game played at traditional venues only.

Famous dancing cop who directs traffic has a cricket connection
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

As the players trained on the field ahead of the Test starting on Thursday, Ranjit was on the turf close to the dressing room as he looked back at his own cricketing days.

PS Narasimha: The Negotiator
Sun, Nov 03, 2019

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.

As chief of a revamped BCCI, can Sourav Ganguly deliver again?
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

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.

Indian Cricketers Association elections on Friday: Fight to be voice of cricketers
Wed, Oct 09, 2019

Azad, Gaekwad in contention to be players’ representative in apex council.

Conflict of interest controversy is not about individuals, but about rules that must account for rule-benders
Fri, Oct 04, 2019

While aspiring to put in place a set of principles that are over-arching, if the constitution is a shade idealistic, so be it. There are lessons to be learnt from the past.

Looking for Gandhi
Mon, Sep 30, 2019

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.

Shot story: When ‘The King’ saw the heir apparent in the mirror
Sun, Sep 01, 2019

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.

Selectors need to bite the bullet, rest Virat Kohli for West Indies tour
Sun, Jul 21, 2019

On Sunday, chairman of national selectors MSK Prasad, a low-key man with a modest international record, in consultation with a committee that has a total experience of 13 Tests, will decide if the raring-to-go India captain needs to be rested for the West Indies tour.

The greatest game
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

2019 cricket World Cup final shows how sport enhances life, reconfirms the power of self-belief

Must’ve been glove, but it’s over now
Wed, Jun 12, 2019

MS Dhoni has always pushed for the sport to remain just a sport. His army-logo glove has needlessly raised the stakes of what is just another India-Pakistan game at the World Cup this weekend.

An upset and a ‘murder’: When Bob Woolmer died during the 2007 World Cup
Sun, Jun 02, 2019

Working-class heroes, unadulterated revelry and the ephemerality of life all come together in the course of the game.

Trolled for decrying attack on Muslim, Gautam Gambhir stands firm: I live in black & white
Tue, May 28, 2019

A senior leader also said Gambhir should have refrained from the tweet given that “investigation is still underway and facts are being ascertained”.

150 kmph and counting: How does Pakistan keep producing fast bowlers on an assembly line?
Sat, May 25, 2019

How does Pakistan keep producing fast bowlers on an assembly line? Beef, DNA, Imran are often cited as chief reasons. However, as Mohammad Hasnain’s story shows, it’s down to a nation’s obsession, patience and care

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