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From idolising Sachin to breaking his record — story of cricket’s rising star Shafali Verma

17-year-old Shafali Verma became the world’s No. 1 batswoman in T20 internationals after smashing 60 runs off just 30 balls against South Africa last week.

BCCI vice president confident IPL will continue ‘without any problem’ despite Covid surge

Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told ANI only six venues have been chosen for the tournament and a bio-bubble has been set up.
Washington Sundar and his dog Gabba | Twitter/@Sundarwashi5

‘Meet Gabba’ — Washington Sundar names dog after Australian stadium where he helped India win

The all-rounder had played a key role in India breaking the 32-year jinx at the Gabba. 
India-England Cricket match (Representational image) | BCCI

Sports reporting won’t be the same again due to coronavirus. Look at India-England match

Cricket writers are a rare breed because they are away from home for so long — more so than other sports media.

Sachin Tendulkar hospitalised as precaution 6 days after testing positive for Covid-19

Besides Tendulkar, former cricketers Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and S Badrinath, all of whom had recently played in the Road Safety World Series, also tested positive for Covid-19.

Contentious ‘Umpire’s call’ to remain part of Decision Review System as ICC amends rules

As per the existing rule, 50 per cent of the ball should be hitting the stumps for the batsman to be adjudged LBW on review in case an umpire's not out call has been challenged.

Experts fear Olympics could trigger global super spreader event

Covid will still be a global reality when Olympics begins on 23 July. More than 60,000 athletes, coaches, staff, media persons & others will converge on Tokyo from over 200 nations.
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (file photo) | Commons

Sachin Tendulkar tests positive for Covid, currently under ‘home isolation’

The cricketing legend is one of the biggest names to have tested positive for the virus in recent times. He recently took part in a tournament in Raipur.

Divyansh Singh Panwar, Elavenil Valarivan win gold in 10m mixed air rifle at ISSF World Cup

The Indian duo shot a combined total of 16 in the gold medal match to finish ahead of Hungarian world number one Istvan Peni and Eszter Denes who managed 10.
Members of the Indian women's cricket team | Representational image: Twitter | @BCCIWomen

It’s time for a women’s IPL — it’ll grow the game and churn out talented, ‘ready’ players

Indian women’s cricket has grown in stature & popularity, but BCCI only organises 4 exhibition matches alongside IPL, while Australia & NZ have popular T20 leagues.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an election campaign rally at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district on 1 April 2021 | PTI

Modi owns India’s unfolding Covid disaster

India's Covid tragedy was avoidable, and is largely the fault of a boastful, incompetent government. Yet, Modi may suffer few political consequences for his devastating missteps.

India’s ‘casino’ type midcap rally could take a break, large stocks found safer amid Covid

Investors say they are avoiding midcaps based on global economic cues, valuations. While Sensex flirts with technical correction, expensive smaller stocks could have more to lose.

Defence

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh assures support to Indonesian counterpart Subianto in tracing missing submarine

The Indian Navy has already sent a deep submergence rescue vessel to support the Indonesian Navy's effort to trace the submarine that went missing Wednesday around the Bali Strait.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.