articles by Jigar Mehta

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World Test Champions New Zealand face trial by spin in search for first series win on Indian soil

India start off as favourites. They have been rampant at home with 13 wins in their last 13 series.

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T20 World Cup 2021: England's aggression vs New Zealand's calm in rematch of 2019 WC

It's been a case of so near but yet so far the Kiwis in the past few years in ICC tournaments. They have arguably the best white-ball team in their path and it will take one helluva effort to get past them.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Team balance in focus as Kohli-Dhoni combo look to end India's ICC trophy drought

India have been lacking that vital push to cross the finish line in ICC events. However, they now have a mastermind in Dhoni inside that dressing room, someone who has provided those crucial final pushes in the past and that might just hold them in good stead.

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Kyle Coetzer interview: 'Scotland have skills to compete against world's best'

Firstpost caught up with the Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer ahead of the T20 World Cup to talk about their rise, goals from the tournament, the importance of opportunities for Associate countries, the impact of THAT win over England and much more.

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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni, 'the greatest finisher', rolls back the years in emotional win in Dubai

Dhoni arrived at the crease with CSK needing 24 off 11 balls. He hit 18 off them off 6 balls to power the Yellove Brigade into the finals. He came. He saw. He conquered. He rolled back the years.

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After Australia, India's chance to conquer England as hosts search for batting answers in Manchester

Kohli's team has been riding a fearless ride through the challenging terrains and after Australia, now they have the chance to conquer England as well.

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Virat Kohli and Co's never say die spirit and self belief shines through in The Oval sun

This is a special team that Kohli has built. They have conquered MCG, Gabba, Lord's and Oval, all in a space of 10 months. They have the momentum on their side. And with the adrenaline running high, Manchester doesn't look too far away.

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Team combination in focus as Virat Kohli and Co look to channel Headingley hurt

India's mental strength has stood out in the last few years. And With their backs to the wall, they will be looking to channel their inner hurt of Headingley defeat to bounce back at The Oval.

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Bhavina Patel interview: 'Was in tears, had no words when Sachin Tendulkar called to congratulate'

Firstpost caught up with Bhavina Patel, who became India's first table tennis player to win a medal at Paralympics, to talk about her performance at the Games, her key to success in Tokyo, the chat with Tendulkar, her early struggles and much more.

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India vs England: Blown away in 3 hours and 52 minutes — Kohli and Co lack application on a day when patience was paramount

On a day when patience was the need of the hour, in challenging conditions, the Indian batsmen lacked application and crumbled to their third lowest total in England.

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Michael Kasprowicz interview: 'My dream is to get the Smart Ball into gully cricket in India one day'

With the Smart Ball set to make its debut in CPL 2021, Firstpost.com caught up with former Australia pacer Michael Kasprowicz, the chairman and co-owner of Sportcor, to understand the ball in detail.

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Firstpost Explains: What is a Smart Ball – the ‘ball with a microchip’ – set to be used for first time in professional league?

This year's Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) will be using a Smart Ball — a ball with a micro-chip — in the tournament instead of the traditional ball. So what exactly is a smart ball? Firstpost Explains

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India vs England: Kohli and Co look to maintain pressure as bruised hosts aim to hit refresh button

India would look to carry forward the aggression and intensity from the Lord's Test and maintain the stranglehold while England's primary challenge would be to recover mentally from loss and hit the refresh button as both teams head into the Headingley Test.

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India vs England: Why Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane's approach in second innings was right

Rahane and Pujara were criticised for their slow approach on Day 4 of the Lord's Test, but their approach was right and the criticism was wrong.

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India vs England: Kohli's fire-breathing bowlers combine guts, aggression and smarts with bat and ball to conquer Lord's

At Lord's, Indian bowlers stared, they chirped, they roared, and they breathed fire to blow away England.

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India vs England: Disciplined KL Rahul learns the art of patience to stamp his authority and reinvigorate Test career

For a naturally gifted player, we've always talked about Rahul's flair and flamboyance but in England, the talk around Rahul is of discipline and perseverance.

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India vs England: Virat Kohli and Co search for middle order runs as they look to carry forward momentum at Lord's

India will be in search of middle-order runs, while England need Joe Root's support system to fire as both teams look to draw first blood at Lord's

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sharath Kamal interview — ‘My fight against Ma Long will make every Indian kid believe they can also do it’

After a satisfying campaign, Sharath Kamal spoke to Firstpost about that match against Ma Long which won a lot of hearts as well as India's table tennis campaign in Tokyo, where he stands right now in his career and way forward for the sport in India.

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India vs England: Clarity of mind, approach and combination in focus as Kohli and Co look to end 14-year drought

Clarity of mind, approach and combination will be the key as India look to end their 14-year series-win drought on English shores

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India vs Sri Lanka ODI series takeaways: Suryakumar's brilliance to hosts' struggle with dot balls

It was an impressive performance from a side that had a good mix of youth and experience. There was flair, flamboyance, guile, steely nerves on display as the series showcased the strength in depth of Indian cricket. We take a look at the key takeaways from the ODI series.