The big question going into the New Zealand Test series was whether India’s middle-order batting, having lost the services of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, can deliver. Although the Kiwis were not expected to challenge the hosts on their home turf, India still had a lot of work to do to demonstrate that they were on the road to recover after the battering in Australia that led to the two retirements in the first place. Read more

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To fully understand the case of Lance Armstrong and the state of doping in professional cycling and even sports, one must accept two things. First, that a vast majority of the top class athletes around the world are many steps ahead of the anti-doping agencies that try to catch them. Second, those athletes still train themselves into the ground to achieve feats that keep people’s eyes trained on the television screens, which means big profits for organizers and governing bodies. Read more

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As the Indian Premier League gears up to complete five years, the one aspect that has worked smoothly has been logistics. Despite having to criss-cross the vast country in the middle of summer vacations, there has hardly been a murmur of protest or complaint by any franchise or player about the air travel arrangements or stay. Pretty much everything else has faced problems and triggered huge controversies. Read more

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More than halfway through the fifth season of the Indian Premier League and there’s just one question that constantly comes to my mind. How desperate are the tournament’s broadcaster as well as its commercial rights holders, the BCCI? Read more

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The setting is the 11th Auto Expo in New Delhi. Yes, THAT Auto Expo. The one because of which there have been, ironically, horrific traffic snarls in the capital. And this is the scene that is playing out. Read more

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Whenever a major tournament like the World Cup happens, one picks the best team as odds-on favourites. They are regarded as the team to beat in the competition. But should that be the case? Read more

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Dhiman Sarkar

Dhiman Sarkar

One of the first things that strike you in most European countries is how life goes on with minimum of noise. First impressions of Germany four years ago were as if someone had pressed the mute button on a giant remote. Read more

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Moonmoon Ghosh

He is 232 days old, but has a wicked sense of humour. He introduces himself as the “youngest Twitter scribe in the world.” He is an infant, who probably hasn’t even learnt to walk or hold himself upright, but tweets everyday. Read more

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