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East India Company brought cricket to India. ‘Slow poison’ said student protesters

English sports began to surpass Indian games in popularity, such as local forms of wrestling. Other games as 'Kabaddi' were organised like English sports.
Avishek Dalmiya

The new Dalmiya at Eden Gardens — Azhar fan, astrology believer & in cricket ‘by chance’

New CAB chief Avishek Dalmiya has big shoes to fill — not just his father Jagmohan Dalmiya’s but also Sourav Ganguly’s. Now the hope is he’ll be every bit a visionary.
Commentators Sushil Doshi and Rajinder Amarnath (right)

Commentators Amarnath, Doshi trolled for calling Hindi ‘national tongue’ during Ranji match

Former first-class cricketers Rajinder Amarnath and Sushil Doshi tried to clarify their remarks and apologise, but there were few takers.
Sanjeev Chawla, a key accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, at crime branch office, in New Delhi, Thursday

How bookie Sanjeev Chawla, kingpin of 2000 cricket match-fixing scandal, fell into police net

Sanjeev Chawla extradited from the UK — four years after the procedure to bring him back to India for further probe in the match-fixing case began.

As you cheer Kartik Tyagi lead India attack in U-19 WC final, remember a humble coach in Meerut

Kartik Tyagi, who will lead the U-19 attack in the World Cup final, is latest Meerut graduate on an assembly line that includes Bhuvi and Praveen Kumar. All of them have been coached by Vipin Vats.
A file photo of former cricketer Bapu Nadkarni. | Photo: @sachin_rt/Twitter

Bapu Nadkarni — the frugal left-arm spinner who defined Mumbai’s ‘khadoos’ cricket

Bapu Nadkarni, most famous for his spell of 21 successive maiden overs in Test cricket, died at the age of 86 Friday.
File photo | Shoaib Akhtar | TheFastestBowler/Facebook

Shoaib Akhtar’s one religion comment riled up Pakistani cricketers more than repeated losses

Inshallah, the boys prayed very well. Pakistan’s cricketers now think showing religion on sleeve is more important than the game.

PM Modi’s concern for public properties, people’s ‘trust deficit’ & Army chief’s ‘stunts’

The best cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Virat Kohli | Facebook

Even big men cry: How cricketers like Virat Kohli are batting for inclusive masculinity

Australian cricketer Will Pucovski has taken a break to boost his mental well-being. Virat Kohli described it as “setting the right example”.
Pakistani cricketer Naseem Shah (centre right) with former Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis (centre left) | Pakistan Cricket Board | Twitter

Pacer Naseem Shah is the latest Pakistani cricket sensation who grows younger by the day

Naseem Shah, at 16 years and 279 days, made his Test debut today against Australia. Trouble is, he was 16 even in 2016.

On Camera

Firefighters extinguish flames in damaged buildings following a large explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August, 2020 | Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg

What the massive Beirut explosion reveals about Lebanon’s complex political situation

In episode 542 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about what led to catastrophic blast in Beirut and how this makes Lebanon's political and economic crisis more messy.
File photo of Mark Zuckerberg | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The world has a new centibillionaire – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook hit a record high on optimism about the release of its TikTok competitor Reels, shooting Zuckerberg's net worth over $100 billion for the first time.

Defence

Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.