Gaurav Bhatt

Articles By Gaurav Bhatt

India vs Pakistan: Kuldeep Yadav’s magic, Sachin redux and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s yawn

Sunday’s encounter threw up multiple talking points, all with the potential to command recall value for years to come.

On Akhtar TV: Blunt opinions, sharp analysis, Indo-Pak bonhomie

Conversations in the commentary boxes and panel discussions in turn have been overtly sanitised, plain banal or simply cringe-worthy.

His empire of dirt

Rafael Nadal embodies the French Open and clay-court tennis.

French Open 2019: Roger Federer hopes volley serves a win against old foe

Federer, who has won 11 clay court titles out of a total 101, further clarified: "I don't think my problem was clay, even though there were lots of people who said that clay wasn't my best surface. My problem, of course, was Rafa."

French Open 2019: Rafa Nadal and the science of sliding on clay

On a surface where inches and milliseconds make the difference, the key to Nadal’s strengths is his on-court mobility.

ICC World Cup 2019: Can Faf du Plessis carry South Africa over the line?

With the C-word hanging around the neck like an albatross and his own personal demons to exorcise, Faf Du Plessis looks to guide his largely inexperienced squad through a World Cup for which they are flying under the radar.

And then there was one: How PUBG became the only game in town

What would you take along on a deserted island? For the innumerable people hooked on to PUBG in India, the answer is: 99 players, one smartphone and loads of guns. How did this mobile game become a weapon of mass distraction?

What Justine Henin misses: One-handed backhand and a dominant star

The Belgian Justine Henin was in the capital to attend the fifth edition of Rendezvous a Roland-Garros, a junior wild card event won by Mann Maulik Shah and Humera Shaikh on Wednesday.

Rough, the new smooth

With the ten-point must system rewarding ‘aggressive’ boxers, Indians need to give as good as they get.

IPL 2019: Trend spotting Moeen Ali’s knack of hitting first, and last ball, for a six

Ten of Moeen Ali's 17 sixes this IPL 2019 have come off the first, or last, delivery of an over; a refreshing case of rhyme and reason amidst all the mindless hitting.

Indian stakes in Asian Championships battle

With an eye on Tokyo Games, the continental championship this week will test the country’s preparations.

How do Roger Federer’s 101 ATP titles measure up against Jimmy Connors’ 109?

Tennis’ Club 100 has just two champions and no clear hierarchy. The Indian Express does the number crunching between Jimmy Connors (109 titles) and Roger Federer (101).

How Roger Federer’s returns quelled Isner’s booming serves

In the rich repertoire of Federer, who for most of his career just sliced his backhand on second serves, return seemed more an end to the means. In Sunday’s Miami Open final however, Federer’s metronomic returns undid John Isner.

New Zealand shooting: Gunman mentioned PewDiePie before firing, he says feel absolutely sickened

In the wake of last month’s Pulwama terror attack, T-Series — the second-most subscribed channel on YouTube at 89.5million — had removed all songs from Pakistani artists from its catalogue, sending droves of enraged fans across the border towards PewDiePie aka Felix Kjellberg.

Khali’s fight club: Pro-wrestling building a cult in India

Far from the tense faceoff on the country’s western front is the make-believe world of pro-wrestling. But here too is a familiar script: India squaring off with Pakistan. Also in the mix are a dubious baba, a corrupt police officer and a feisty woman. GAURAV BHATT on how pro-wrestling is slowly building a cult following in India, one punch at a time.

Acapulco International: Underarm serve, overcharged debate

Nick Kyrgios unconventional act opens pandora’s box, exposes chink in Rafa Nadal’s armour; Roger Federer comes in support of the Australian

Sports Authority of India (SAI) didn’t release funds for treatment, says boxer Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar, who has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left hip joint, says the injury first flared up at the Asian Games last year. Manoj was dropped from list of boxers from ongoing training camp.

Club of aces: Tracing the legacy of Calcutta South Club

Davis Cup’s return to the grasscourts of Calcutta South Club has brought with it nostalgia surrounding the venue which shaped many of Indian tennis’ famous victories and influential players.

How Novak Djokovic, the best returner, tackled Rafael Nadal’s new serve

The key to the 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 demolition job was how the returner supreme dealt with Nadal's improved serves.

Vikas Krishan turns pro, turns heads with second-round stoppage

After making short work of his outmatched opponent, he tweeted the hashtag along with a clip from the bout. And if the number of tweets following his performance are any indication, the nickname just might catch on.