articles by Akarsh Sharma

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Davis Cup: Why has Spain sent a full strength side to face a minnow like India?

While India may want to portray itself as a nation top Davis Cup teams can no longer relax against, it's only because of the heroics of Brazil and Russia that the hosts are being afforded so much respect by Spain

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Rio Olympics 2016: Why did India take this long to recognise PV Sindhu's talent?

It felt like PV Sindhu’s name hadn’t existed on the Indian map prior to her Rio success. It’s not like she hadn’t won medals and tournaments before.

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Premier League: Liverpool look to channel the spirit of Jürgen Klopp in a season of renewed hope

Fortunately for Liverpool, as the league enters an era of the ‘Super-coach’, the club has its own rockstar in Jürgen Klopp; a man who could firmly put an end to the misery at Anfield starting with this season.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Hunting elusive hockey medal, India need Sardar Singh to revive his form

India will need its senior-most player, Sardar Singh, to revive some of his old form, if the team is to return with a first Olympic medal in 36 years.

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Euro 2016: France have only themselves to blame for giving opportunists Portugal an inch

At the end the bumpy yet wonderful Euro campaign for France, only misery remained as the overarching sentiment, wiping out all the boundless joy that preceded it.

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Euro 2016: After a bumpy road to the finals, France is the firm favourite at home

France, one of the tournament favourites and expected finalists, face Portugal, the overachieving dark horses, in what promises to be a monumental Euro 2016 final.

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Euro 2016: France rode luck to win on a night when Germany were tactically superior

France rode their luck and overcame their biggest challenge. Now, in Sunday’s grand finale, only Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side, who are no strangers to grinding out results themselves, stand in the way of French glory.

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Euro 2016 semi-finals: In a weakened Germany, France face their toughest test yet

Only two steps away from glory on home soil, France prepare for their toughest battle yet against Germany in Euro 2016 semi-finals

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Euro 2016: France appear to be pushing into fifth gear, right in time for semis

It took a while but France finally appear to be clicking into gear at Euro 2016.

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Euro 2016: Germany traded fluency for solidity and were rewarded with deserving semis spot

If Germany versus Italy had been branded the final before the actual final, it certainly lived up to its billing – keeping in mind that major finals are rarely great to watch – and ended in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout triumph for the Germans.

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Euro 2016: France top group but Didier Deschamps’ starting XI changes haven’t clicked

In this edition of Euro, France simply haven’t clicked on the field, which is worrying for Deschamps who has tinkered with his side.

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Champions Trophy Hockey: Five takeaways from India's silver-medal winning performance

The Indian men’s hockey team created history on Friday by winning the silver medal at the 2016 FIH Champions Trophy. Here are the biggest takeaways from the series.

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Euro 2016: Griezmann, Pogba’s performance shows Didier Deschamps still unsure of France XI

The late, late show by France may have downed a gritty Albanian team 2-0 but French coach Didier Deschamps learned that football is indeed a great leveller.

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Euro 2016: Switzerland on brink of history, but lack of strike force limits their ambitions

Two matches in and the pre-tournament suspicions can now be confirmed: the “golden generation” of Switzerland, as the current squad is often called, is desperately short of a finisher.

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Euro 2016: Granit Xhaka dazzled in win over Albania but Switzerland left with plenty to ponder

Switzerland may have come away with all three points against plucky Albania but they found themselves caught in one of football’s vague traps: the struggle to play against 10 men.

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Euro 2016: Brilliant Dimitri Payet powered opening win, but France has a lot to worry about

Riding largely on Dimitri Payet’s virtuoso display, France earned a tough 2-1 win over Romania in the Euro 2016 opener.

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Opportunities against weaker teams often a 'lose-lose' situation for Indian youngsters

Performing in Zimbabwe has its benefits, especially if you're young. But matches against weaker teams is often a lose-lose situation.

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Home advantage, vibrant squad: Don't be surprised if France win Euro 2016

That future is now. The time for France time has finally arrived. That summer of 2016 which they’ve long been building towards is here.

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Euro 2016: Dour Switzerland benefit from easy group, but will struggle against tougher opponents

Expect a second-place group stage finish from Vladimir Petkovic's Switzerland and perhaps some glimpses of flamboyance from a couple of gifted individuals. But don't expect to be entertained.

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Champions League final: Atlético, not Real Madrid, deserving favourites at San Siro

Atletico Madrid head into the Champions League final at the San Siro in Milan as favourites, carrying with them an aura of intimidation that is rarely associated with a defensive-minded team.