Profile of Akshay Sawai
This year, it was IPL fatigue. Earlier, it was COVID fatigue. As true as that may be, the fact is that there is a troubling imbalance between Indian cricket’s external swagger and its performances in ICC events.
Retirements of Indian cricket icons are emotional subjects. Kapil Dev was told directly by selectors after he got his world record that it was time to move on. That is unlikely to happen with Dhoni and CSK, unless Dhoni’s body says no more.
The IPL has become a gold-dusted acronym, like MBA, IAS or KBC, which can change fortunes. But you need to work hard for it.
Rinku Singh’s coach, Masood Uz Zafar Amini, has a clear message for aspirants and their parents.
The recent rescues of Indian climbers on the Annapurna, and the struggles of Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya, who has gone missing on Everest, are a grim reminder of the need for tighter controls on the peaks
Jamling Tenzing, Tenzing Norgay’s son and Everest conqueror himself, feels inexperienced climbers are a risk to themselves and others.
Bhavina Patel, Commonwealth Games Para table tennis gold medallist, feels greater support is needed for players with disability from the start of their careers.
From inclusion in the TOPS scheme to the same incentives from the government as able-bodied athletes, a lot has improved for Para athletes. But some basics, such as ramps and wheelchair friendly hotel rooms, are still rare to find, says Deepthi Bopaiah, CEO, Go Sports Foundation.
As India aim for 20-plus medals in the 2024 Paralympics, a marked determination simmers through the statements of Para athletes.
If PM Modi wants to use sports to raise the nation’s profile, he must urgently make Indian sports safe for women and ensure that sexual predators in the system are punished.
Cyrus Broacha, comedian and cricket fanatic, on Tendulkar and the Nineties.
In the 90s, with match-fixing and incompetence all around him, Tendulkar carried the Indian team, that too against some of the greatest bowlers in history. In 2011, he top-scored in India’s World Cup triumph. As the legend approaches an important milestone, let no one fool you that he wasn’t a team player.
Iranian sportswomen are defying diktats at great professional and personal risk
Supriya Sobti-Gupta, director of the new Netflix documentary on the match-fixing scandal, on her objectives behind the film and the challenges she faced.
Systemic checks and balances have made it harder to fix matches, but corruption is a problem that is never going to go away completely from cricket or sport.
While there is empathy for the struggles of transgender and DSD persons, women athletes also want a level playing field.
Outlook magazine’s famous expose of cricket match-fixing starting from 1997 forms the basis of the new Netflix documentary, ‘Caught Out: Crime. Corruption. Cricket.’
Stringent penalties and greater attention by the sports ministry can be the solutions to Indian sports' age-old problem, pun intended.
Biometric testing and digital entries are some of the ways in which Indian athletics is tackling age fraud.
The charms of life on the cricket vaudeville, as discovered by reporters and content creators
Syed Saba Karim, former India wicket-keeper, on the beauty and challenges of travelling as a team
With Australia currently visiting India, and the IPL and World Cup to follow, we celebrate the romance of cricket travel.
Playing on the front foot, cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan helped his fellow countrymen find their feet after the 2004 catastrophe
Spin bowling is physical, though it doesn’t always show. It takes a strong body to impart 2000-plus revolutions per minute on a ball. And yes, it is artistic too.
It’s taken a village to make women’s cricket a global, financially-viable sport.