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Sachin Tendulkar made ‘international’ debut for Pakistan!

Everyone knows that Sachin Tendulkar made his debut for India against Pakistan in 1989, but did you know that he actually got his first taste of international cricket two years earlier, not playing for India but for a Pakistan team – against India! During Pakistan’s tour of India in 1987, Sachin was sent in as […..]

I didn’t watch 2011 World Cup final after getting out, nor did Viru: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' released

They came dressed in formals, not in the familiar all-whites or the Men in Blue attire, etched indelibly in a generation’s memory as they scored a mind-boggling 88,218 runs in Tests and ODIs. But when they spoke, the Fab Four of Indian cricket – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – rolled […..]

‘Ringmaster’ Greg asked me to help oust Dravid: Sachin

Across 24 years and dozens of landmarks, it was always the God of cricket’s bat that spoke, not the man himself. But that’s set to change. In his autobiography, ‘Playing It My Way’, co-written with sport historian Boria Majumdar, Sachin Tendulkar has likened former coach Greg Chappell to a ringmaster and sensationally revealed that Chappell […..]

Reinstate Sarita Devi

Instead of turning the lens on itself and the flawed system of scoring it presides over, International Boxing Federation (AIBA) has punished Indian boxer Sarita Devi for her protest in Incheon after a surprise loss to her South Korean semi-final opponent. Letting her emotions get the better of her, Devi refused to accept the bronze […..]

Bindra: He shot for India

Just before the London Olympics, he forced himself to jump off a plane: hoping to train his mind to work under extreme conditions, attempting somehow to simulate the pressures of the shooting range and the way his instincts would react under duress. Before the Beijing Olympics, where he won India’s first gold, he forced himself […..]

Soft power, hard battles: Inventing the Asian Games is a forgotten facet of the Nehruvian idea of India

As Indian athletes get ready to compete in Incheon today few remember how the modern Asian Games themselves were virtually invented by India, how central these Games were for the hopes, aspirations and ideals of Nehruvian India and the role they played in soft power diplomacy in the early years after independence. “You have certainly […..]

The story of how an Asiad remade a city

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India may not be a major sporting power, but as Indian athletes get ready for the Incheon Asian Games, few remember the central role the Asian Games have played in the remaking of Delhi. The Asian Games themselves were virtually invented by India as part of Nehru’s attempt to forge a new Asian solidarity and […..]