Like so many times in his career, the Spainard does it again at Wimbledon. Hobbling in pain and on the verge of withdrawal, Rafa turns the tide by looking the bull in the eyes and saying, 'What's pain?'
Just before the India Test, Anderson mentioned spit while joining the chorus of criticism directed towards the 2022 batch of allegedly soft Duke balls. His lament hit headlines in the wake of the unusually tall scores around the county circuit.
The Rs 43,000 crore worth never-seen-before race to woo fans of the world's most popular cricket tournament is about rural penetration, cost and all important ease of operation. Digital boasts of uncomplicated initiation through simple App download, TV flaunts the convenience of flipping channels. The subscribers, meanwhile, weigh their options.
A few months back, while training in Turkey, he had met Jan Železný, the supreme deity of the javelin faithful. Now he was hitting headlines from Finland, the country where spear-throwing is a national pastime and the very popular Keihaskarnivaalits - they have a designated word for javelin-carnivals - have a kumbh mela-like fervour.
Joe Root reached the landmark of 10,000 Test runs on Sunday but the first crossing, when it had seemed an insurmountable mountain, was done by Sunil Gavaskar. Here Sandeep Dwivedi rewinds to that historic moment in 1987.
Co-owner Manoj Badale first coaxed the late Shane Warne to realise his unfulfilled destiny of leading a cricket team to a title, and then kept his promise to let the legend shape this team in his own unflinching way.
Was this the class-topper community's cold brutal revenge on the jocks for all the bullying they endured during sports hour? No, this isn't a teen movie, this is the real world. The issue is more layered, deep-seated and systemic.
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Kaif and Wasim Jaffer are some of the youngest, who were also the smartest. Beyond the cricket field, it’s a staggering list: Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, Steve Redgrave, Michael Phelps, Megan Rapinoe.
With scores of 6, 201 not out, 109, 12, 203 and 170*, Pujara has underlined his status as the most-prolific active first-class cricketer. With no like-for-like replacements, the decision to keep India's long-time No.3 out would be tough.
Weekly Sports Newsletter: Malik, 22, touches 150 kph everytime he takes the field this IPL. He has electrified the rather low-key season, bumped up the TRPs and given India the outline of a pace muscle they always wanted.
If someone takes pains to do a detailed scrutiny of why the Miandads and Dhonis of the world will always have an edge over the Sharmas and Unadkats, the 'hours spent at nets' wouldn't be a decisive factor.
Sport can turn into a toxic cesspit at the first sign of success, with social media rendering every epilogue to a title into an anarchic free-for-all of opinions. Ash Barty, and the young of today, are wiser about the flipside of early fame and have learnt to prioritise mental health.