articles by Harshit Rakheja

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Esports in India: Athletes, officials explain difference between gaming and esports, talk about sport's lucrative business in modern era

Esports athletes and officials from the Esports Federation of India explain why India's overwhelmingly young population and gains in internet penetration could facilitate a potentially billion-dollar esports industry

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PBL 2020: 18-year-old Priyanshu Rajawat displays unique deceptive strokeplay in win against Lee Dong Keun

As Priyanshu played the first couple of points of his match against Lee, the supple wrists at the net, the nimble footwork and the most of all, the deception left most in a state of awe over his effortless craft

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PBL 2020: On home court, Hyderabad Hunters' PV Sindhu's star shines brightly even in defeat to Tai Tzu Ying

On Friday, the PBL may have seen its biggest crowd of the season, as spectators were lured by the women’s singles match between Sindhu and Tai Tzu

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PBL 2020: 'I've been here before,' says World No 25 Parupalli Kashyap after season's fourth straight loss

Kashyap’s performances this season are mirroring that of his team, Mumbai Rockets, who have lost all of their four ties thus far

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PBL 2020: After beating PV Sindhu, Canada's Michelle Li says playing in league welcome break from travelling alone on World Tour

Post the match, Canada's Michelle Li said that she didn’t opt for a change in tactics from the ones employed in her previous matches, on the World Tour, against PV Sindhu

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PBL 2020: World No 11 B Sai Praneeth says India's second string players, juniors not getting enough support from badminton association

As for his assessment of the competition in men’s singles which he’s likely to face at the Tokyo Olympics, Sai Praneeth, who’s the frontrunner from India to qualify, said that there won’t be any easy winners

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PBL 2020: Tanvi Lad maneuvers tricky journey littered with roadblocks post knee surgery

Lad, who’ll turn 27 this month, has had a tough road since she first burst onto the world stage by winning the Bahrain International tournament in 2013

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PBL 2020: For Chirag Shetty, playing doubles alongside legendary Hendra Setiawan a lesson in on-court awareness

Shetty opened up on the learnings that come from playing alongside a four-time world champion in Setiawan

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India vs New Zealand: Test your knowledge of Indian team's history on Kiwi soil with this interactive quiz

As we follow Virat Kohli and Co on their tour of New Zealand, here's an interactive quiz, which will test one's knowledge of the India's pursuits in New Zealand over the years, across all formats

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: From Virat Kohli to Ben Stokes, youngsters who went on to become stars via showpiece event

As the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup nears, we jog down memory lane and list the cricketers who had played the Under-19 World Cup first, before finding a place in the senior men’s national side

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India's High Performance Director Santiago Nieva says country's pugilists will benefit from competing on professional circuit

As the Indian high-performance director, Santiago was aware of the gap that remains between his wards and the best boxers in the world, from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Worlds silver medallist Amit Panghal relishes hectic schedule, match experience in build-up to Games

In the build-up to the Olympic qualifiers in February, Amit Panghal says that the Big Bout League and training program with the Australian contingent will serve as valuable experience

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Cricket Association for Blind in India backs women empowerment with first national tournament

John David, the General Secretary of the association insists that blind cricket can spur the society to find its heroes in people who’ve defied disabilities to make a name for themselves

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Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth pays the price for going against grain in straight-games loss to Lee Cheuk Yiu

None benefit from going against the grain of their being. In the past, Kidambi Srikanth had shone for his unceasing aggressive play where his smashes came like pile-drivers, predictably slotted down the line and yet, unreturnable for the likes of World No 1 players Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei.

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Too many T20 leagues have left players, fans 'confused' with 'too much cricket,' says Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist also said that the numerous T20 franchise leagues provide youngsters with a good platform to showcase their potential while playing with seasoned professionals

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India Women's Ice Hockey Team plays for passion as scant support from government, corporates shadows future

The India women's side is faced with constraints such as lack of infrastructure which mean that the players can only train during the winter months over frozen lakes in Ladakh

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Amit Panghal on lessons from World Boxing Championships final's loss, scouting competitors in new weight class

This year, Panghal has won gold at the Asian Championships, the top prize at Europe’s oldest amateur boxing tournament, the Strandzha Cup, to go with his historic silver at the World Championships.

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Ace cueist Pankaj Advani talks mental conditioning for billiards, reveals plans for grassroots initiative and 'cue schools'

In a freewheeling conversation, Pankaj Advani talks about how his training regimen has changed over the years and discusses his grassroots initiative 'Cue schools by Pankaj Advani'

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BWF Denmark Open 2019: PV Sindhu fails to shake off rust in loss to An Se Young as top shuttlers struggle with unforgiving schedule

After her World Championship triumph in August, Sindhu has failed to breach the second-round hurdle in three attempts, having previously lost at the China and Korea Open events