Articles by Austin Coutinho
Nov 16, 2019
Glenn Maxwell has shone a much-needed light on an under-discussed issue in professional sport: Mental healthDepression and anxiety attacks are major concerns in professional sport but few choose to discuss them because of the stigma associated with mental health issues
Nov 09, 2019
Indian cricket is weighed down by selection politics; it needs dynamic decision makers to progressCricket teams, at the state and national levels, are picked by skippers, coaches, office bearers, vested interests and even by sponsors. Selectors only get the crumbs; they get to pick the rest of the team — and what’s more, often get paid for doing so
Nov 02, 2019
Ellyse Perry, the brand ambassador of modern women's cricket: When prodigious talent meets team spiritEllyse Perry is an outstanding performer across all forms of the game. Her ambition is team-oriented; individual records don’t matter to her, though she has won a host of awards for her performances
Oct 25, 2019
Cricketers, officials enjoy top-class facilities at matches, even as paying spectator's experience increasingly suffersWhile stadiums in other countries are getting ‘smarter’, with apps for ticket-booking, stadium guides, car-parking facilities, and ordering food and beverages, Indian administrators treat spectators as if they don’t matter
Oct 19, 2019
Is Dhoni about to call it a day? His declining performance, absence from matches causes speculationAt what age will Dhoni retire? is a question most followers of the game are now asking. Or would it be more appropriate to ask him at what income he’ll consider hanging up his cricketing boots?
Oct 12, 2019
Decoding Mayank Agarwal's success: Young batsman has grit, mind training — and clarity about what he wantsMayank Agarwal's disciplined approach to his batting and his thought process has brought him success. His batting is not about inborn talent; it is about grit and determination
Oct 05, 2019
Freedom Trophy 2019: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal's performance in recent match revives class vs form debateThere is no gainsaying the fact that class has no substitute. However, there always comes a time when players of class need to be bid a formal goodbye, because they can’t occupy space in the team at the cost of another player who is in form
Sep 28, 2019
Freedom Trophy 2019 predictions: Can Team India complete a clean sweep against South Africa?If Indian fans believe that the young and inexperienced South African side are going to be pushovers in the Freedom Trophy 2019 series, they sure have another think coming
Sep 21, 2019
Rishabh Pant’s careless attitude towards batting is costing Team India; it's high time he is dropped for his own goodThe Team India coach, skipper and the selectors need to realise that Pant doesn’t value his blue jersey enough, as much as he should, and that is evident from the manner in which he tosses his wicket away so often.
Sep 14, 2019
In Indian cricket, many talented players suffer at the hands of biased selectors and superstarsSelectors’ working with the team management to get the best players into the squad is understandable. It is however not okay — in principle — for the mighty and the powerful in Team India to influence one player’s selection over another.