The Indian Express looks back at a time when paternity leaves were frowned upon, cricket boards weren’t as accommodating, phone lines were highly unreliable and travel far too inconvenient to allow male players to be around for childbirth.
Mumbai Indians underline their dominance with a superb all-round display to beat Delhi Capitals for their fifth IPL title. Trent Boult threatened a one-sided encounter and though Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant lent DC some respectability, Rohit Sharma ensured MI lifted the cup for the fifth time.
Kane Williamson swung the Eliminator towards Sunrisers Hyderabad with three shots: a late cut and two slog sweeps at various pressure points in the chase. These three shots reveal his temperament, skill and technique.
Given Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions and the LTTE civil war, the legendary cricketer has long had to face questions about his ‘loyalty’ to his Tamil community. This is the story of the man in his context.
Kings XI scrape through off the final ball, in what seemed like a regulation chase, to register only their second win of the tournament. Bangalore err in holding back AB, Punjab don’t choke despite nervy stumble at the end.
At the end of his last over, Rashid Khan went for a private chat with Shubman Gill. A smiling Gill was seen mimicking Khan’s googly release and even traced its imaginary trajectory, and Khan lapped it up intently.
Men for all seasons: After a double uninterrupted appearances at the IPL, these regulars boast cent percent attendance and the eternal promise of a plucky 13th year of reinventions. Featuring IPL's most prominent mainstays, an Express countdown to India's big sports opening Saturday night.