articles by Debdutta Bhattacharjee

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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders will be buoyed by Andre Russell's fireworks, but failure to close out matches is a worry

Kolkata Knight Riders had a golden opportunity to rack up a valuable away win, which they failed to take, and they would have to be more clinical if they are to progress deep into the tournament and eventually win it.

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IPL 2018: Nitish Rana is Kolkata Kolkata Riders' new bowling ace in the hole after Sunil Narine's batting blitz

Like the Narine experiment with the bat, this year one may see the Rana experiment with the ball, and Karthik can cement his legacy much the same way that Gambhir did, if the gamble of using Rana as a partnership-breaker pays off.

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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders have an able leader in Dinesh Karthik; Mitchell Johnson as frontline pacer augurs well

For all his captaincy experience with Tamil Nadu, it has to be acknowledged that Karthik has huge shoes to fill at KKR. And Karthik knows that fully well.

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Nidahas Trophy 2018: Bangladesh-Sri Lanka rivalry encouraging, but Tigers must learn to handle success better

The question is why Bangladesh go on the rampage after every tiny bit of success. One of the reasons could be that success for them has been so scarce that when they do succeed, they lose control of themselves in euphoria and don't quite know what to do.

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Nidahas Trophy 2018: India's pedigree and form make them favourites in final, but Bangladesh are no pushovers

Nearly 11 years ago, Bangladesh handed India one of their most shocking losses ever. India would do well to sift through the history books once before taking the field on Sunday.

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Nidahas Trophy 2018: India aim for spot in final, but buoyed Bangladesh fully capable of springing a surprise

India would be assured by the fact that their bowlers had bounced back after going for plenty in the first match against Sri Lanka. And that is not a mean feat on the batting-friendly Premadasa surface.

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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders' strategy of matching players to roles before choosing captain a very prudent one

Kolkata Knight Riders MD and CEO Venky Mysore said, "The idea was to assemble the best possible team we could and... we were quite confident that among the picks we will be able to get the type of people with the right type of attitude, skill sets and leadership qualities."

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Mumbai T20 league: Unheralded youngsters matching seniors in bidding war key takeaway from player auction

"First and foremost, it is a good thing that Mumbai T20 league is happening. It gives the players a lot of opportunities and the stage to show their talent and perform, and if they do well they can only go higher up," said Lalchand Rajput, mentor of the Mumbai North East franchise.

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India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli has rare record in sight as Men in Blue look to wrap up T20I series in Centurion

How efficiently the Proteas execute their plans against India would be the key to determining whether they can keep the series alive after the match on Wednesday. The odds, though, are heavily stacked against them.

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India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli scores tons with machine-like consistency; not even Sachin Tendulkar comes close

Kohli's Cape Town hundred was the second in three matches so far in this series, the third century in his last four matches and fourth century in his last six matches.

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Prithvi Shaw's mentor on Indian captain's early struggles, hard work and emergence as a star

"Prithvi is a very, very hard-working boy, and if he is not playing a normal cover drive properly, he will pad up in front of the bowling machine and face 300 balls daily to correct himself. He doesn't get tired," Khatu said.

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India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli's ability to turn a game on its head will serve visitors well as they chase history

One can't be blamed if he finds himself lost in the maze of statistics that Kohli has already made his own, but what really stands out is Kohli's ability to completely change the complexion of matches.

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India vs South Africa: Ishant Sharma must be more accurate to improve shoddy record against hosts

Ishant has a terrible record against South Africa. Eleven matches have seen him take only 21 wickets, while going for 1,074 runs. His average of 51.14 and strike rate of 96.6 are his worst against any team in Tests.

Sports

Vijender Singh says he won't let trash-talking Ernest Amuzu survive for 10 rounds in double WBO title bout

Does the trash talking ahead of these pro-boxing bouts bother Vijender? "Oh no, not at all," said the Olympic bronze medallist, "I don't get disturbed by such trash talking one bit. They are just tyrying to play with your mind.

Gaming

Sachin Saga Cricket Champions is a celebration of Tendulkar's career, not just another mobile game

Real match situations and the vicarious satisfaction of scoring Tendulkar's runs make Sachin Saga stand out and score over similar cricket gaming platforms.

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India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni's feisty innings in Dharamsala should silence his critics once and for all

For all the Dhoni fans around the world, there have been those who have made it a habit to pounce on him at his slightest slip-up. But then, the champion that he is, Dhoni always finds a way to silence them with his performance.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli and Co can't achieve greatness till they address their finishing woes

India's inability to finish off a game that was theirs for the taking on the last day of the Delhi Test stands out as a jarring note amidst all the tom-tomming about this being the most assertive side in India's cricket history.

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Jao, khelo aur maaro: Virender Sehwag sees snappy 90-minute T10 as cricket's passport to Olympics

Sehwag said, "I think cricket is the same, it doesn't matter whether you get 20 overs, 10 overs or 50 overs, because at the end of the day, you have to play those number of overs and try to score as many runs as you can."

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Gautam Gambhir, Amit Mishra's childhood coach, Sanjay Bhardwaj, reveals secret of their success

A quality of the students of this academy, be it Gambhir, Mishra, or Rana, is that they all come back here whenever they can to iron out their deficiencies. And a quality of the academy is that a lot of stress is put on steeling its students mentally.

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India vs New Zealand: Kiwis deserve credit for making Virat Kohli's men dig deep and bring out their best

What served India well was their ability to bounce back from reverses, a trait lacking in some of the earlier Indian teams, and a trait that was brought into focus by a feisty New Zealand side.