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Thursday, July 07, 2022

Sandeep Dwivedi


Roger Bannister to Rafael Nadal: The triumphs of the greats may not be possible without the pain
Thu, Jul 07, 2022

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?'

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Has reverse swing become a Covid victim?
Sun, Jul 03, 2022

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.

Star vs Viacom, TV vs Digital: Next big broadcasting idea, Little India to decide this unique IPL battle
Wed, Jun 29, 2022

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.

Neeraj Chopra’s pilgrimage: Meeting Jan Zelezny, winning gold and silver in javelin-crazy Finland
Mon, Jun 20, 2022

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.

$12 mn per match: IPL set to be No. 2 sports league
Wed, Jun 22, 2022

Giant leap for Indian cricket on world stage: BCCI’s Jay Shah

Will the real Man of the Match stand up? Babar Azam’s hat tip to finisher Khushdil Shah after award wapsi
Sun, Jun 12, 2022

Weekly Sports Newsletter: After Babar's veto at Multan, and his polite award-wapsi of sorts, it is safe to say that the dressing room hasn't always agreed to the official MoM decision

Roger Bannister to Rafael Nadal: The triumphs of the greats may not be possible without the pain
Wed, Jun 08, 2022

Sandeep Dwivedi writes: They have all looked the bull in the eyes and said, 'What's pain?'

To get to 10,000 was magical. It was almost like climbing Mt. Everest for the first time: Sunil Gavaskar
Mon, Jun 06, 2022

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.

Sourav Ganguly’s teaser tweet: Shouldn’t a BCCI president be ending speculations, rather than fuelling them?
Sat, Jun 04, 2022

Weekly Sports Newsletter: By announcing on social media that he was starting a new innings, the BCCI president triggered whispers about him quitting the cricket administration.

Days before IPL Season 1, Shane Warne had threatened to walk out from Rajasthan Royals
Mon, May 30, 2022

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.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: The babu’s unique entitlement to saunter onto the synthetic track
Sat, May 28, 2022

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.

County runs get Cheteshwar Pujara country recall
Mon, May 23, 2022

With days of surpassing Ranji on all-time first-class double hundred list, Pujara in squad for England Test

French Open: Suffering in Spain, succeeding in Paris
Sun, May 22, 2022

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Like Bruguera and Nadal before him, Alcaraz, 19, too is a product of a that produces resolute clay-courters with high pain threshold and French Open titles.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Hardik Pandya, Sachin Tendulkar and the perks of being the youngest in family
Sat, May 14, 2022

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.

Alcaraz’s drop shot: When audacity meets playfulness and embarrasses legends
Tue, May 10, 2022

The shot is usually accompanied by risk but at the hands of the teenage Spaniard, turns into a weapon both deadly & beautiful.

201*, 109, 203, 170*: Can selectors ignore Cheteshwar Pujara’s Sussex runs?
Mon, May 09, 2022

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.

Explained: Why you don’t need ripped muscles and a long run-up to bowl at 150 kph like Umran Malik
Wed, May 04, 2022

Fast bowling, like any other sporting pursuit, requires back-breaking hard work. More overs at net sessions prepares the body to be match-fit, programmes the muscles to follow a routine

Umran Malik & Zaman Khan: Two pacers defining the speed rush on either side of India – Pakistan border
Thu, May 05, 2022

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.

Boris Becker’s sensational entry into tennis and the retirement plan that went terribly awry
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Becker, like anyone else, needs to face the consequences of his actions but purely for that magical night you feel the law should avoid the course that slithers past his trophy cabinet.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Dhoni’s last-ball four, Miandad’s six and the stillness of their minds
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

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.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Hardik, Shami and the need to understand teammates’ vulnerabilities
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

In times when meme-makers and trolls have the power to amplify any trivial slip-ups into epic blunders, social-media toxicity can leave the sensitive among cricketers scarred for life.

Alcaraz, youngest in top 10 since Nadal in 2005, a right-handed Rafa or the next Novak
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Teenaged Spaniard has taken the tennis world by storm with his all-court game and seems the real deal.

Badoni riffs off Dhoni; Pant gets keeping, skippering mixed up on DRS; Quinny lashes at hapless, hip-hurting Nortje
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

Ayush Badoni finishes with 4 & 6 as Lucknow Super Giants beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets.

Politics can be set aside… why should the fans not enjoy India-Pakistan games: PCB chairman Ramiz Raja
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

In his chat with Sandeep Dwivedi, the former Pakistan skipper talks about building cricket properties and being self-reliant.

Weekly Sports Newsletter: Boris Becker had a sensational entry; Ash Barty the more sensible exit plan
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

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.