Sports

Pink Ball? Hello Amrika?

India’s ex-cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly set the cat among the pigeons when he forcefully advocated for pink balls in cricket.

Gold Plated Illusions

The national obsession with India’s performance in the Olympics is misdirected.

Sari State of Affairs

Even though designers are constantly churning out both newer and classical representations of saris on runways and in Bollywood, in the pace of our everyday lives, saris are increasingly taking a back seat.

(Dis)Advantage Sharapova

Is corruption in sports just part of the territory.

Howzaat

In a cricket crazed nation, other sports have languished for far too long. Is change on the anvil?

Kohli Ke Peeche Kya Hai

A superstar in every cricket-playing nation, forever addicted to confront Mission Impossible and vanquish unreachable targets, Kohli has zonked every former great into gushing new superlatives.

Rural Sports Storm Center-Stage

The reason behind this democratisation of unglamorous, earthy, hinterland sports for popular, urban, TV-driven consumption.

Testing Time for Test Cricket

The prestige and honor of playing for your country has been hit for a six,by cash and market forces.

The Bat Maker

Nestled in Waipawa, a small town in Hawke’s Bay in North Island, New Zealand, a region famous for its wines, James Laver has been carving many a cricketing dream - literally!

Chappal for Chappell

Has the great man finally succumbed to stooping to conquer, selling out and fallen into the age-old trap of sensationalizing facts to boost sales?

Kabaddi Goes Glam

“Kabaddi? You mean that ganwar game played in small towns, where young, strapping hulks take off their (eeeek) shirt and end up (yuk) rolling in the mud.

The New Black

Today there are dozens of neighborhoods throughout the city that one cannot stroll through without stumbling across pick-up games and organized matches alike.

It's Only a Game, Really

Call me, if you will, the Grinch, that mean-spirited curmudgeon, out to steal sports. But this needs saying. The world — or atleast the TV viewing world

Lights! Camera! Goal!

As celebrities and business honchos storm the auctions, will football in India get a new kick?

Against All Odds

The journey of almost irrational probabilities from youth cricket academies, to the different club teams, to the selection of state teams, and finally (for thetop .0000001%) onto a position on Team India.

What’s So Hot About Celebrities?

Why do pop stars, movie divas and sports hunks drive us nuts?

Kushti

Traditional Indian wrestling isn’t just a sport — it’s an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow a strict regimen on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking and even sex are off limits.

IPL v Bollywood Clash of the Titans

The Indian Premier League is no longer perceived as a great threat for film releases.

The Foreign Face of IPL Cheerleaders

The companies that bring these women to India chose them because they are hardworking professionals.

The Promised Land

For a glorious half century, India dominated international field hockey and Sansarpur was its secret weapon. The village of just 4,061 people has nurtured 300 national hockey players and produced more Olympic medalists per capita than any other place in the world.

Dow Caves on Olympic Branding

Dow owns Union Carbide, the company that owned and ran a pesticide plant in Bhopal, where a gas leak in 1984 killed thousands of people in the world’s worst industrial disaster.

World Cup 2011 Long Shots, Close-Ups & Side Shows!

Examining the incredible hype, hoopla, hysteria and histrionics that gripped the one billion plus awe-struck fans.

Celebrating Jugaad

The Commonwealth Games were a triumph of Indian Jugaad

Is Dhoni India's New Youth-icon?

Has Captain Cool’s sensational new mega endorsement deal propelled him to a new stratosphere for resurgent India’s aspirational youthfrat of humble background residing in small towns, dreaming of that one big break?

FIFA Fever In India

In a country where cricket is divine, FIFA fever makes you wonder whether the new generation is headed for a religious conversion.

Chhetri Brings Rock-star Status To Wizards

The reaction in India to Chhetri’s move to the U.S. has been like what happened in Japan nine years ago when Ichiro Suzuki switched to Major League Baseball

Snooker Facing Commercial Death

1985, what a year. Mikhail Gorbachev took power in the Soviet Union, Microsoft shipped its first version of Windows 1.0, the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes was born

Playing For India

The tug-of-war between the country’s bureaucracy and its judiciary over the rights of overseas Indians to represent India in international tournaments.

Ungentlemanly Conduct

The furor over the IPL’s exclusion of Pakistani cricket players.

T20-DEBACLE After The Toast, The Roast

As defending champions India fall early in this year’s T20-cricket tournament, questions and accusations fly thick and fast.

Not Required Indians?

Without an Indian passport you can no longer represent your ancestral homeland in international sports events. A look at what this latest policy diktat from the Indian government means for 20 million overseas Indians worldwide

T-20 & Women

Cricket has some surprising new cheerleaders.

T-20 & Women

Cricket has some surprising new cheerleaders.

Ode to Willow

"When poetry romanced cricket" Poems through the ages have rhapsodized the true joy and spirit of this great game.

Pedaling Glory

Alexi Singh Grewal, the only Indian American ever to win an Olympic gold, seeks to reform bicycling.

Smashing Comeback

Immigrants fuel a resurgence of badminton in America.

Olympian Neuroticism

The Olympics are a demonstration of the dominance of the few, of their obsessive, neurotic pastimes.

Whose Gold?

A nation bereft of a sporting culture should pause to ask itself why its athletes have always been also-rans.

Is IPL Killing Cricket?

IPL, ICL, T20.Call it what you will - but just don't call it cricket.

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