articles by G Rajaraman

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Gifted, versatile and humble: Chuni Goswami's aura transcended generations effortlessly

Chuni Goswami's aura has transcended generations effortlessly. After all, there are not too many Indian athletes who have excelled in two diverse sport that attracted fans from different ends of the social spectrum back then.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA, NSFs and SAI must stay on top of their game to help athletes after postponement of Games

It is crucial that the Indian Olympic Association, the National Sports Federations and the Sports Authority of India are at hand to counsel the athletes in the wake of the decision to defer the Tokyo Games until next year.

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Why India’s athletes and sports federations should not be worried that budgets have been ‘reduced’ in an Olympic year

Should then India’s athletes and National Sports Federations be worried that the budgets have been ‘reduced’ in the Olympic year? We try to simplify matters:

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Four-day Tests debate: Having conceived new products in 50 overs, T20s, officials should leave Test cricket alone

There must be a sincere attempt to improve batting and bowling skills that are needed for Test cricket to be exciting. Instead, there appears to be a bid to cut corners ostensibly to provide for more limited-over games.

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Psychologist's role during critical time of athlete rehabilitation should not be undermined

What could be going through the minds of top Indian athletes who are in different stages of rehabilitation after surgery? Ideally, it is athletes who provide answer to the questions. Nanaki J Chadha, a former top 10 player on the Indian Golf Union charts and now a sports psychology researcher, says a lot of irrational thoughts can dominate the mind.

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India vs South Africa: Rishabh Pant needs to take rejection on his chin and improve his technique to stake permanent claim to wicketkeeper's slot

Rishabh Pant is not the first youngster to be kept out of the Test XI. Nor will he be the last. He will have to take the move by the team management on his chin and get back to the drawing board so that he can resume the journey to becoming the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the country.

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Govt cannot let issues relating to unchecked growth of sports leagues fester; urgent need to put match-fixing genie back in bottle

There is no reason for the Ministry to not add an annexure against corruption in sport. All it takes is political will for Government to bring in a simple set of regulations, empowering agencies to investigate and lay charges, and tribunals to make considered decisions.

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TOPS list ignores Komolika Bari and Srihari Nataraj at crucial juncture, needs to have balance while choosing athletes

There must be a sense of fair play and balance when it comes to choosing athletes to be on the list of the country’s premier support system for athletes. The known names, without a shadow of a doubt, deserve government support. But when it entails the withdrawal of support for talented but voiceless young athletes, it does not speak much of the system.

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Sports Ministry wins territorial battle with BCCI, but road ahead just got tougher for NADA, NDTL

There cannot be delays in the anti-doping process. BCCI and the players have money to play around with if they need to engage lawyers to defend themselves against anti-doping rule violation charges before the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and the National Anti-Doping Appeal Panel. Indeed, NADA and NDTL will be more challenged now than ever before.

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Mary Kom vs Nikhat Zareen selection fiasco: India need better sports culture to avoid elite athletes' sense of entitlement

Humility, grace and respect for the competition are in short supply. And there is great evidence of a sense of entitlement. Or so it seems when one reads about young boxer Nikhat Zareen’s plea for a fair and transparent chance to earn selection in the Indian squad for the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Ulan-Ude in Russia from 3 October.

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Prithvi Shaw doping controversy another instance of BCCI's mishandling of such issues, reminder why cricket board should come under NADA

The more the BCCI tries to stay away from the ambit of the NADA, the deeper it sinks in a quagmire of its own making. The latest evidence is provided by its handling of the three cases, including that of young Test cricketer Prithvi Shaw.

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Indian swimming needs sharper thinking, professionalism, more tournaments to rise to global levels or risk oblivion

The sooner Swimming Federation of India understands that it needs to approach the task of administering in a professional manner, the better it will be for the sport. Or else, swimming would get left further behind in the race for popularity.

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Selectors face emotional test regarding MS Dhoni's ODI future, but must groom next wicket-keeper for new World Cup cycle

Given his association with international cricket over a decade and a half, Dhoni will know more about the rebuilding process than anyone else in the present set up

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Missing perspective on India's recent rich medal haul and raising of unreal hopes from track and field athletes

India must celebrate its sporting aces but its leaders, especially from the political and entertainment worlds, must acquire a better perspective rather than just compete to mark a sporting feat. The urge to celebrate one athlete's success — even if that is in the form of multiple gold medals won against mediocre competition — can be counter-productive.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Criticism of 'not enough positive' MS Dhoni unfair, strong opinions could lead to unwarranted backlash

Critics should be careful with their choice of words. To say Dhoni lacked positive intent can spark myriad thoughts – not all positive – in the minds of millions.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Time for governing body to serve justice to bowlers over bails conundrum

Considering that there have been five instances of the bails not lighting up and being dislodged, the captains and managers will readily accept any changes that promise better outcome for the bowlers

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Onus lies on game's governing body to prove MS Dhoni's 'guilt' in glove controversy

The onus will be on ICC to prove that the Balidaan insignia on Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves is either political or religious or racial in nature. And, if Dhoni or the maker of the pair of gloves is able to show that it has incorporated the logo as its own, ICC’s task will get tougher.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja's all-round brilliance makes compelling case for his inclusion in playing XI

The value that Jadeja brings to the table as an all-rounder can help him become a lynchpin in this World Cup. If he enjoys every opportunity to uncoil his skills to the fullest potential, he can make this tournament his own even in a strong outfit that India really are.

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Badminton Association of India should launch junior development programme, improve funding to nurture untapped talent

It would be in the best interest of the sport that Badminton Association of India launches a junior development programme that will ensure that its high-performance managers are in touch with every player who has the potential to do well for India.

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Yuzvendra Chahal, India spinner, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Variations, deception make leg-spinner a lethal attacking option

Yuzvendra Chahal can be handful by himself, given his control over line and length, but when he teams up with left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, they bring an exciting, even tantalising, dimension to the Indian attack.