articles by G Rajaraman

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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.

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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.