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Our ideology in white-ball cricket needs to change, may be bring fresh players to mould: Powar

Indian women’s cricket team coach Ramesh Powar said an “ideological change” is needed for the side to transform into a “fearless unit” in white-ball games as he reflected on the back-to-back series defeats to England. Indian women lost both WODIs and WT20I series, which ended on Wednesday, by identical 1-2 margins and coach Powar called […]

The dark side of chess: Payoffs, points and 12-year-old grandmasters

By Ivan Nechepurenko Sergei Karjakin had only one game of chess left, and he had to win it. It should have been an easy task. The opponent was the lowest-ranked player in the tournament. Karjakin was one of the rising talents in chess, a poised and accomplished boy of 12 years 7 months who was, […]

Yashpal Sharma: Guts, glory and less feted innings of ’83 WC that BBC didn’t cover

“I shared a strange relationship with Malcolm Marshall. The moment I would come in, he would at least hit me twice on the chest,” the late Yashpal Sharma would narrate with a straight face while sipping tea at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. On Tuesday, as Indian cricket lost one of its gutsiest soldiers to […]

Sophie Ecclestone, Devon Conway win ICC Player of the Month Award

England spinner Sophie Ecclestone edged out India’s teen batting sensation Shafali Verma and all-rounder Sneh Rana to become the ICC Player of the Month for June, while New Zealand opener Devon Conway bagged the honour in the men’s category. Left-arm spinner Ecclestone thus became the second English female to win the award after Tammy Beaumont, […]

Euro 2020 Final: Built at home to bring it home

In the end, as Gareth Southgate’s ‘Lions’ sang Sweet Caroline with the fans at Wembley on Wednesday, the ‘England DNA’ project came to the fore. In the mix was Phil Foden, the Golden Ball winner at the U17 FIFA World Cup in India four years ago. Close on his heels came Jadon Sancho who had […]

Calling time: Restrained refs kept Euro 2020 games flowing

Playing at the European Championship has been a very welcome feeling for England defender John Stones. Thanks, in part, to the refereeing. While Premier League games are often punctuated by long pauses for drawn-out video review checks, that hasn’t been the case over the last month with refereeing overseen by UEFA at Euro 2020. A […]