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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Shivani Naik


What is the secret sauce of world champ Zareen’s success: Clean punches, measured footwork, a ticking brain
Fri, May 20, 2022

Experts who have trained and managed newly-crowned world champion Nikhat Zareen list out what makes her special and areas for improvement.

The new Tiger in town: Nikhat Zareen, out of Mary’s shadow & now World Champion
Fri, May 20, 2022

The newly crowned world champion had spoken back in March about moving on from the lost trials against Mary, and kickstarting her journey in 51 kg internationally. A Salman fan since her teens, she outdid Bhai's swag at Turkey with her gold medal.

Thomas Cup win is a high for Indian badminton – challenge is to stay on top
Wed, May 18, 2022

Shivani Naik writes: The badminton fraternity will have to start preparing for those years of silent training that will not be streamed live or trend on social media

Thomas Cup: How the vanquished reacted
Wed, May 18, 2022

Watching the unheralded Indians lift the Thomas Cup, Indonesians, Malaysians & Danes reflected in shock mixed with anger and grudging recognition.

India’s giant badminton leap: From semifinal spot in 1979 to top of the world in 2022
Wed, May 18, 2022

Dreamy day of drama for India, great depth takes team to new high at Thomas Cup.

Lakshya’s retrieving, Srikanth’s silken strokes and Chirag-Satwik’s power play: The shots that defined India’s Thomas Cup matches
Wed, May 18, 2022

Thomas Cup Final: The clutch of points were all about finding the right nuanced placement and not bullying speed as such.

Boe basks in reflected glory after guiding Indian doubles pair
Wed, May 18, 2022

Mathias Boe has always shared a great equation with Chirag Shetty. And was guiding him along with video analysis online at the All England even when he wasn’t formally the India coach.

Kidambi Srikanth: Home-sick boy who took up badminton for ‘timepass’ is India’s undefeated Thomas Cup hero
Mon, May 16, 2022

Kidambi Srikanth loved imagining movie scripts. Today he wrote one, starring as a hero. This from 2017, when he hated to travel. He's gone places since then.

India Thomas Cup champs: Who would have thought? The Team
Mon, May 16, 2022

On Sunday, India invited history for an elegant cup of tea, demolishing Thomas Cup royalty, Indonesia, 3-0 in the finals.

Prankster to world beater: Story of Lakshya Sen who gave India the lead in Thomas Cup final
Tue, May 17, 2022

Coach Vimal Kumar reveals how the boy from hills evolved into into a steely, thinking shuttler.

Thomas Cup: Of bond-building between Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, team dinners and putting team before ‘I’
Sun, May 15, 2022

The seeds of India's historic run to the final of the Thomas Cup were planted at high-intensity training sessions, while having each other's back and thawing of a relationship played a role too.

Thomas Cup: All singles must-win games for India against doubles-heavy Indonesia
Sun, May 15, 2022

Winning Thomas Cup though is Indonesia's second skin. Their singles players routinely punch above their weight, and their doubles are so formidable that India's singles players might well think of all their matches as must-wins to add up the straightforward math.

Thomas Cup: India seal it with Shetty’s moonball serve, Srikanth’s deception and Prannoy’s hiss
Sat, May 14, 2022

This Thomas Cup will count as the resurrection of Kidambi Srikanth, who has won all 5 matches, and playing the third rubber lent stability to the core of this group.

Historic win propels India into first Thomas Cup final
Sat, May 14, 2022

More than anything, Friday's performance will count as the win of India's united squad, not embittered by the usual Hyderabad-Bangalore-Mumbai rivalries and factionalism -- the players get along famously, bonding over PubG and street style dancing.

Srikanth vs Antonsen the key; Satwik-Chirag need to beat Astrup-Christiansen; Mount Viktor for Sen to scale
Fri, May 13, 2022

A quick glance through today's Thomas Cup matchups as India take on Denmark in semifinals.

India’s Thomas Cup runneth over as Shetty-Rankireddy, Srikanth, Prannoy win against Malaysia
Fri, May 13, 2022

Men's team beat Malaysia 3-2 to enter the semifinals; guaranteed of bronze

Long Read: Once a gentle giant hoopster, Geethu, a mother of two, learns to hustle in 3-by-3 basketball
Mon, May 09, 2022

Geethu Anna Jose, the former India captain and centre, is rediscovering the joys of the crossover, speed dribble, the swish as the mother of two makes a comeback at 36 in the super fast but physical 3X3 version of the game.

Behind gold medal at Junior World Championship, lifter Harshada’s story of grit & a 50-kg rice sack
Tue, May 03, 2022

Harshada was encouraged to take up weightlifting by her father and his maternal uncle, both of whom nurtured dreams of competing internationally but never could.

Livid about penalty point, Sindhu loses semifinals to Yamaguchi after dictating terms
Sun, May 01, 2022

Indian star was penalised by referee for taking too long to serve; Sindhu says Yamaguchi also took time and calls it 'unfair' .

Sindhu scripts drama, semis spot
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

PV Sindhu beats Chinese Bingjiao in thriller to reach last four of Badminton Asian Championship.

View, Review: Is India blundering by leaving out Saina from CWG?
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Shivani Naik sits on the fence and ponders about the second CWG women's singles medal, assuming PV Sindhu nets gold.

New badminton star from Gopichand’s academy: Rajawat combines speed with wisdom to get fast tracked
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Twenty-year-old, picked for the Thomas Cup and Asian Games, has learnt to control his aggression and play smarter; is a product of the Gopichand Academy

View, Review: Indian shooting needs to outgrow its victim mentality vis-à-vis CWG
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

Shooting didn't make the assured list of sports at Commonwealth Games 2026, after missing out on the 2022 CWG program, and doesn't have an insta-connect with TV. But why India takes each omission as a personal affront and IOA stakes participation at the cost of denying other disciplines legitimate competition, is boggling.

Brainsqueeze The Thirtieth: The hinterland heroes
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

The quiz was on IPL's most exciting young talent and their places of origin, the small cities that groomed these big hearts.

Dipika Pallikal’s gifts for her twins – World Doubles gold medals
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

After motherhood high, Dipika is back on the squash court, and warmed up for CWG with twin gold at World Doubles.