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Sorry Shoaib Akhtar, India can’t raise funds with Pakistan for Covid-19. You are the ‘enemy’

Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were trolled for helping Shahid Afridi because Indians can only see Pakistan as the enemy, even during the Covid-19 crisis.
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with Team India | @Jaspritbumrah93 | Twitter

Feared fast man returns: How a fit Bumrah is adding new missiles to his deadly arsenal

Two years since his Test debut, India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah speaks about his variations, his many teachers, and why he never felt overwhelmed by big names.
Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami with the Gandhi-Mandela Trophy

New mindset, intensity, bench strength — how pacers helped India thrash South Africa 3-0

After Indian fast bowlers outshine South Africans in Test series, Kapil Dev says their success is down to the belief that they can take wickets in any conditions.
File photo of Diana Edulji

Former women’s cricket team captains Edulji, Shantha question appointment of support staff

In a letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, COA member Diana Edulji questioned if the cricket body "would do this to the men's team".
Sunil Subramanian | Photo: Facebook | Cricket Drama

‘Old Boys’ Club’ & hotel ‘indiscretion’ — Why’d ex-Team India manager withdraw 1st email?

Here are excerpts from two emails written by former Team India manager Sunil Subramanian to the BCCI CoA this week.
Zoya Factor

The Zoya Factor’s poor writing & overacting make you wish for a run out – of theatres

With no chemistry between the lead characters, the film, just under three hours, feels like a test match.
File photo of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma | Twitter

Rohit Sharma to open, Shubman Gill gets maiden call-up for India vs South Africa Tests

Selectors have dropped opener K.L. Rahul from India’s 15-man squad for the 3-Test series against South Africa, which begins in Visakhapatnam on 2 October.
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Why India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has every reason to feel shortchanged

Despite 145 international tons on his watch, Sanjay Bangar has been shown the door in the name of ‘freshness’, while other coaches were retained.
File photo of Ravi Shastri | ANI

Shastri practical, Hesson analytical: Details of meeting that picked Team India’s head coach

Ravi Shastri, selected as Indian cricket's head coach, said at the interview that BCCI should proactively quash rumours such as Kohli-Sharma rift.
Virat Kohli

Ravi ‘Bhai’ Shastri back to serve Kohli & boys. Time will tell how far this bonhomie goes

Sceptics who don’t believe Kohli had no role in Shastri’s selection know that unlike Anil Kumble, ‘Ravi bhai’ accepts his role of kowtowing to captain’s wishes.

On Camera

File photo of US Senator Kamala Harris | Facebook

Hinduphobia makes Kamala Harris’ identity a liability. So she is ‘Black’ in US media

No wonder the wealthy and influential, but largely Democratic, Indian-American community has not yet welcomed Kamala Harris’ candidature as warmly as might be expected.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs from Number 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on 13 February 2020 | Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

UK economy plunges into deep recession, shrinks 20.4% between April and June

Reacting to Office for National Statistics data, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the figures confirm that hard times were here and warned about more job losses in the coming months.

Defence

Army convoy moving towards eastern Ladakh from Leh on 30 June 2020 (representational image) | ANI

30,000 additional troops in Eastern Ladakh, Army faces stiff task housing them for winter

There is an infrastructure shortage in Eastern Ladakh, stemming from the fact that such large-scale movement of troops was unheard of in the region, and due to the challenging terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.