articles by G Rajaraman

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Commonwealth Games: Tejaswin Shankar pulled himself to stay in the present to win the bronze medal

Many years later, when Tejaswin Shankar replays videos of his jumps in Birmingham and the medal ceremony, he will recall how he had consciously tethered his mind to singular, non-distracted focus.

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Resilient Neeraj Chopra overcomes physical discomfort to land historic World Championships silver

The physical effort was there for all to see. The mental side of Neeraj Chopra's game in the World Championships javelin throw final was not so apparent.

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Neeraj Chopra checks all basics to ease into World Athletics Championships final; Rohit Yadav, Eldhose Paul join in

Neeraj Chopra's calm, even matter-of-fact demeanour communicated that his 88.39m throw in qualification was only part of the job – the real deal would come in the final

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Neeraj Chopra at World Athletics Championships 2022: History in sight at TrackTown

Neeraj Chopra set National Records twice recently - in Finland and Sweden - but didn't top the charts. At worlds, he would hope to triumph at TrackTown.

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Nikhat Zareen's learnings continue as she passes world championship milestone

More than anyone else, Nikhat Zareen will know that she needs to perform to her potential in the Asian Games and the Olympic Games before she can think of resting on the oars.

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Ashleigh Barty's early retirement spurred on by tiring body, larger goals and soulful experience

At a time when Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both 40, have not officially retired, it does come across as strange that a 25-year-old World No 1 should be calling it time on her sport.

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Shane Warne: Watching Warnie bowl was like watching different persons rolled into one

With the cricket ball in his hand, Warne invoked magic, challenged batsmen to be not drawn by that and wooed the lovers of magic to watch him cast spells

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As the spotlight falls on Yash Dhull, important for young batter to stay grounded and respect his craft

After leading the India Under-19 side to the World Cup trophy, Yash Dhull slammed a century on his First-Class debut to start his senior career in style.

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Explained: Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’s success revives biology debate in sport

Why does sport need athlete inclusion procedures? What is the history and how has it evolved? What is the IOC’s policy? All questions answered.

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Emotionally charged Virat Kohli, a product of the times, chose courage to stand apart as India captain

Over the past seven years, Virat Kohli has been the force driving the Indian team to produce such memorable results, making it believe that it could turn the tide and stun the opposition even when the chips were down.

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Communication gap: Virat Kohli’s counter to Sourav Ganguly raises clouds of uncertainty and doubt

In seeking to set the record straight, Virat Kohli seems to have taken on the might of a Board, which does not believe in clear communication.

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Virat Kohli's unceremonious exit as ODI captain smells of palace intrigue

If the BCCI's thinktank was looking for a succession plan, it may have plumped for a younger captain. But it does seem that such a plan was not quite the agenda.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Mitchell Marsh reiterates his value with all-round performance against Windies

One of the reasons for the higher level of energy is the return to Mitchell Marsh as the primary all-rounder.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Adam Zampa spins his own tale in seam dominated Australian attack

The use of the crease and the variation Zampa brought into play with his deft wrist work were the key factors that allowed him to prey on the already muddled minds of the Bangladesh line-up

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T20 World Cup 2021: Indian stars finally shine in clinical win over Afghanistan, but more help is required

India’s survival instincts kicked in against Afghanistan. But a second helping will be needed for India to get to the semi-finals.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Toothless Bangladesh lose predatory instinct in their pet format

it is clear as day that Bangladesh batsmen did not have the intent needed to brighten things up for themselves, their bowlers and their fans.

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T20 World Cup 2021: South Africa avoid the C-word, win over Sri Lanka could prove to be turning point

David Miller and Kagiso Rabada had to stay focussed on the task of getting 28 runs in the final two overs rather than let dismal thoughts cross their thoughts.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Despite win over Bangladesh, West Indies' fading heritage laid bare

Asked to bat first on a sluggish track, the West Indian big guns embraced a glory-or-bust approach and misfired so much that the bowlers’ heroics in defending 142 seemed grossly inadequate.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan bowling flies under the radar having honed their skills in PSL

Uninitiated in the business of the unreal pressure of India-Pakistan cricket matches, they were able to do what was expected of them.

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T20 World Cup 2021: South Africa show character in keeping match alive till the end

South Africa will have realised that the show of character and intensity must extend across the match rather than surface in one half.