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Challenger series could determine seniors’ fate

There is quaint irony in the fact that in a tournament based on the shortest format of cricket, two of the main draws are the oldest players playing the sport. Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, both pushing 41, will be seen for the last time in T20s which gives the Champions League a dimension and romance of its own.

Zero tolerance seems to be BCCI’s way

On a news intensive Friday — what with Narendra Modi being officially named BJP’s prime ministerial candidate amidst much melodrama and death sentences being pronounced for the four guilty of raping the Delhi ‘Braveheart’ — punishments doled out to those involved in match-fixing in the IPL last season became an also-ran story.

It’s time to salvage SA tour

What would you rather have, Sachin Tendulkar playing his 200th Test versus South Africa at Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, or the West Indies at Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata or wherever else?

Awards have value in unprofessional sporting cultures

Controversy over the highest sports honour in the country, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, was protracted and unsavoury but not without some pathos too.

Indian badminton needs to be nurtured sensibly


Watching Saina Nehwal play P.V. Sindhu in the opening leg of the Indian Badminton League in Delhi was one of the sporting highlights for me last week.

Not giving Rasool a go against Zimbabwe was a lapse

Parvez Rasool, who finally got to play a match for India A (and made a decent contribution in the win against South Africa A), would be mighty relieved though still a trifle confused.

Cancellation of meeting shows cracks within BCCI


For avid BCCI watchers, Friday’s developments would have put them on a sticky wicket, throwing up many questions and conundrums.

Bharat Ratna for sport bigger gain than recipient

Sachin Tendulkar or Dhyan Chand, who deserves the Bharat Ratna first?

Biopics on athletes can make box office jingle

Two years back when I interviewed Rakeysh Om-prakash Mehra for a TV channel he had just about started work on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He wouldn’t reveal much except to say “wait and see”. I was unsure of what the film on a legendary athlete, still alive, would turn out to be.

Retirement is prerogative of a player

It’s been a crazy Wimbledon Championships this year what with several seeds being toppled already. Rafael Nadal fell in the first round, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer in the second on a calamitous Wednesday that had aficionados diving into tennis history to find out whether there had ever been such a day.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.