Sports

How to fend off bouncers

The BCCI’s Committee of Administrators will need to speed up on challenges on many fronts


Champions’ league

India and Australia now pick upthe thread of their keen cricket rivalry


Cricket’s new order

The Supreme Court has named a four-member Committee of Administrators to run the affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India as part of a continuing judicial exercise to reform the way the body is administering the game.


Simply the best

In times to come, 2017 will be remembered by tennis fans as the year the Australian Open went retro. For, it featured the big-stage revival of two of the sport’s most storied rivalries.


The Gujarat cricket model

Few would have picked Gujarat to win the Ranji Trophy when the domestic season began. It is not one of Indian cricket’s traditional powerhouses


A remarkable captain

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is regarded as one of the country’s most dashing cricketers, but his flamboyance is founded, almost ironically, on an inexplicably cool and calculated head.


The sisterhood of wrestlers

A thousand akharas are blooming in Haryana as the State promises to nurture girls inspired by the Phogats and Sakshi Maliks, reports Damini Nath


For a level playing field

While the stories of women wrestlers may well help create a more equal society, they are often satisfying ends to what at the outset was driven by pure love of sport


The Court reigns Supreme

The BCCI’s biggest achievement in many ways is its biggest downfall — success, clout and profitability


The price of defiance

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has only itself to blame for its present predicament. Its president and secretary have been removed for defying the Supreme Court’s order to accept reforms suggested by a court-appointed committee.


Govt. threatens to sever ties with IOA

A day after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named its former chiefs Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as Honorary Life Presidents, the backlash against their appointments continued, from both the media and the government.


Well spun by Ashwin

R Ashwin has never been one to hide his ambition. When his international career was still young, Ashwin said in an interview that he wanted to dominate the game.


The final chapter?

Cricket administration in India, and perhaps sports administration as such, appears to be headed for complete and irreversible reform.


India’s winning streak

India’s emphatic innings-and-36-run victory over England at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium has effectively broken a jinx.


Pitching reform at the BCCI

It is disconcerting that the administrative affairs of Indian cricket should continue to be embroiled in controversy in the midst of a packed and interesting home season.


What do they know of sport who only sport know

With his latest novel ‘Selection Day’, Aravind Adiga has held up the mirror to our national religion, cricket, finding many areas of darknesses.


Is this the final innings?

The BCCI might seek other options, including perhaps the support of a sports legislation that could address overlapping issues and be less restrictive


Heed the boundary

The Lodha Committee’s status report, highlighting how the Board of Control for Cricket in India has failed to adopt the recommended administrative reforms, has left the game’s officials in a quandary.


Nothing cures like excess

Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, circa 1987. A snake pit of a pitch. Iqbal Qasim and Tauseef Ahmed, of whom we didn’t hear much before or after, were lapping up wickets as only South Asian dust-bowl sp


500 and counting

Milestones are curious things in cricket. Round numbers — such as fifty, the century, ten-wicket hauls and career runs in multiples of 1000 allow a measure of achievement in a sport.