articles by Avinash Ramachandran

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Bangladesh Cricket Board appoint former South African batsman Neil McKenzie as batting consultant

Bangladesh Cricket Board in a statement said McKenzie would work with the Bangladesh team until the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

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Kabaddi Masters Dubai: Ajay Thakur-led India's all-round superiority makes them clear favourites to win title

In the three Kabaddi World Cups held so far, India has won the title every single time. The same statistic holds well in the seven editions of the Asian Games too.

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Kabaddi Masters Dubai: India coach Srinivas Reddy opens up on Anup Kumar's exclusion, says 'sport is more important than players'

Talking to Firstpost, Srinivas Reddy, the newly-appointed national coach said that despite India being the favourites, none of the other teams were taken lightly

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IPL 2018: How MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings' resurgence, reinvention drove them to record 7th final

From conjuring victories out of improbable situations to easing past opponents with consummate ease, Chennai Super Kings have brushed away the two-year absence on their road to seventh IPL final.

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IPL 2018: Faf du Plessis produces masterclass in chasing against Sunrisers Hyderabad as Chennai Super Kings reach 7th final

On Tuesday, Twenty20 cricket fans were in for a masterclass in chasing as South Africa's Faf Du Plessis saw CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in Qualifier 1.

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IPL 2018: Dwayne Bravo's inconsistent performances could scupper Chennai Super Kings' chances of third title

While Bravo's bowling continues to be a concern in this edition of the IPL, his batting too hasn't quite come to the fore for the Chennai Super Kings.

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IPL 2018: Underrated Ambati Rayudu is an asset for India in limited overs after proving his worth time and again

Rayudu's job with the Chennai Super Kings is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season.

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IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings' failure to execute plans in death overs prove costly against Rajasthan Royals

While this lack of depth in the bowling department would be detrimental to Chennai's chances this season, Dhoni looks to be worried about the lack of application more than anything else.

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Dilip Vengsarkar says Virat Kohli will do well on England tour; no sense in top players playing Afghanistan Test

Vengsarkar said, "Kohli is the best batsman in the world at the moment and in the last four years he has established himself as No 1. This will be the tour for Kohli and I'm sure that he'll do well."

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IPL 2018: MS Dhoni's move up the batting order has helped the CSK captain reinvent his explosive batting style

Most importantly, in 2018, MS Dhoni has reinstated the belief in the CSK dugout and in the minds of the fans that as long as he is batting, a win is just a shot away.

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IPL 2018: Ravindra Jadeja's insipid performance against KKR reiterates why CSK need to drop him from playing XI

In a format like T20 where players often oscillate between the limelight and obscurity, Jadeja's form begs the question — when does an opportunity become one too many?

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IPL 2018: MS Dhoni's faith in 'untested' Deepak Chahar an important factor in Chennai Super Kings' rise to top of table

Since 2008, Dhoni has unearthed an uncapped Indian bowler for the CSK side who has been revolutionary in his role. In 2018, it is Deepak Chahar.

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IPL 2018: Shane Watson's blazing ton for Chennai Super Kings helps him bury ghosts of last year's disastrous outing

After a few quickfire starts in this edition's IPL, Watson cashed on an early reprieve to score an important century to send Chennai Super Kings to the top of the table.

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IPL 2018: MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle showcase age-defying performances in Chennai Super Kings' loss to Kings XI Punjab

Every time the hushed whispers about Dhoni's inability to do his job as a finisher grows louder, he pulls off a dramatic inning as an answer to all those critics.

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IPL 2018: Sam Billings makes it a special homecoming for Chennai Super Kings amid burning off-field controversies

Billings’ innings was the exact antidote Chennai needed to counteract the Russell onslaught earlier. The most important facet of CSK’s innings was that they never let the asking rate escalate.

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IPL 2018: Dwayne Bravo's blitzkrieg gives Chennai Super Kings exactly the start they needed to their comeback season

Bravo, the Man of the Match displayed a facet to his batting that failed to surface over the past year. He took responsibility and delivered what the team wanted from their most reliable allrounder.

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IPL 2018: MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings look to put two-year hiatus behind them and resume on a winning note

Looking back at this edition’s player auction, one of the biggest criticisms faced by Chennai Super Kings was its lack of young blood or rather an over-reliance on the old guns.

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Commonwealth Games 2018: Ritu Phogat '110 percent' certain that India's female wrestlers will win three gold medals at Gold Coast

"I'm 110 percent sure of India winning three gold medals and the number can surely go up," Ritu said.

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Kidambi Srikanth interview: If I play my best, I have a chance to win gold at Commonwealth Games 2018

In 2018, Kidambi Srikanth has the added responsibility of representing India at premier events like the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and the Asian Games.

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Winter Olympics 2018: From Cool Runnings to Eddie the Eagle, movies that showcase the glory of snow and ice sports

With the Winter Olympics starting on 9 February, here's a list of movies that best epitomises and represents the feats performed by athletes of sports played on snow and ice.