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Will win back orange cap from Virat Kohli: David Warner

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Cricketer David Warner is captain of Hyderabad Sunrisers, vice-captain of Australia and so far, the second highest run-getter in IPL 2016, hitting the greatest score after Virat Kohli. Speaking with Nalin Mehta, Warner discussed his text message duel with Kohli for the tournament’s coveted orange cap, Kohli’s own gruelling regimen and his inspirational leadership, Warner’s […..]

IPL’s ‘mid-life’ crisis

With just under three months to go for IPL 8, with uncertainty over the ownership of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the question is if Brand IPL has taken a hit after the apex court’s verdict?

India’s cricketing czars were still digesting the Supreme Court’s definitive judgment on the IPL betting and match-fixing scandal this week, when soccer fans around the world were jolted by news that three major FIFA sponsors — Castrol, Continental, Johnson & Johnson — were joining Sony and Emirates in severing ties with world soccer’s governing body […..]

And we played cricket too

Atletico de Kolkata pose for a picture as they celebrate after winning the Indian Super League final against Kerala Blaster FC in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

Leagues have given sports like kabaddi, football and tennis a leg up but that may not be enough to transform Indian sport. Japan was a nobody in global football when it started its professional J-League in 1993. It was packaged as much as a family entertainment event as the new Indian Super League (ISL), its […..]

Pawar gets powerplay wrong

There was a time in 1991 when Sharad Pawar was the frontrunner to take over the Congress mantel after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Candidate Pawar came down to Delhi as the race for prime ministership reached a climax and when it was over, the Times of India splashed across its front page a cartoon that summed […..]

Washed out

It is official. Initial reports indicate that IPL 2 is not as hot as the first edition. The television rating meters have spoken and the first day ratings are down by nearly 30 per cent from last year. Now, television ratings are the fuzziest of categories, but in an industry which lives and dies by […..]

Cricket can’t exist in la-la land

Lord Harris, governor general of colonial Bombay (1890-1895) and co-founder of what was then the Imperial Cricket Council, captured for posterity the centrality of cricket in the British Empire when he declared that to play “cricket is more remote than anything sordid, anything dishonourable than any game in the world. To play it… is a […..]