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Rishabh Pant

Pant, Rayudu picked as India’s standbys for World Cup after exclusion from main squad

The BCCI announced Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu and Navdeep Saini as standbys a day after Pant & Rayudu's exclusion caused a stir.

India picks sturdy over spectacular, covers all bases in World Cup squad

The selectors’ choices for India’s World Cup squad give Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri enough options to take on all comers in all conditions.
Captain Virat Kohli looks towards a sea of supporters

Here are the 15 likely to lead India’s charge under Virat Kohli at World Cup 2019

From all indications, India’s major surprise for the World Cup 2019 squad could be the No. 4 position, right after Virat Kohli’s slot.

AIFF chief Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected to FIFA Council

Praful Patel, who is the All India Football Federation chief, was one of 8 candidates vying for the spot in the FIFA election held during the 29th Asian Football Confederations.
KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin after he took Jos Buttler's wicket

For this former Mumbai cricketer, every ‘Mankading’ is a harrowing experience

Rahul Mankad says his father Vinoo Mankad is unfairly associated with the controversial dismissal, which also takes away from his exceptional record. 
L -R: Editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo Sambit Bal, ex-cricketers Rahul Dravid, Sanjay Manjrekar and IIT Madras Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy | By special arrangement

A new era begins for cricket stats, where quality of opposition & pressure will count

ESPNCricinfo and IIT-Madras have developed Superstats, a new set of AI-based metrics that will add match context and luck to cricket statistics.
A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) | Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images

SC appoints mediator to resolve BCCI’s pending disputes, says ‘game must go on’

The Supreme Court restricted other courts in India from entertaining any pleas pertaining to the BCCI until the mediator P.S. Narasimha submits his report on the disputes.
Virat Kohli | Philip Brown/Getty Images

Team will respect govt’s decision, says Virat Kohli on Indo-Pak World Cup game

Indian captain Virat Kohli said team would stick by what the nation wants to do in light of the Pulwama attack.
Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed

I don’t recall Pakistan mixing sports with politics, says cricketer Sarfaraz Ahmed

Pakistani cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said the Ind-Pak World Cup schedule should go ahead as planned.
A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) | Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images

Committee of Administrators skips decision on cricket world cup clash between India & Pakistan

The CoA though will individually urge ICC members to sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.