articles by Jigar Mehta

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India vs Australia: Skill, composure, guts, resolve — this series showed India’s Test cricket's future is in safe hands

The Australian tour was as much about fascinating individual stories as much as the guts and gumption of this Indian team. There were stories within stories and as these unravelled one by one, it provided a glimpse into the rich talent reserves the country possesses and an assurance that Indian Test cricket's future is in safe hands

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India vs Australia, 4th Test Preview: Depleted visitors prepare for final push in Gabbatoir cauldron

A depleted yet plucky India still have the chance to win the series and will retain the trophy even if they draw the last Test. However, it will be an uphill task as they try to wade through challenges galore having entered the Gabbatoir.

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India vs Australia: Brave visitors display warrior-like grit in face of adversity to pull off draw in Sydney

Amid all the adversities, India have stood strong and the grit and resilience they displayed on the final day of the Sydney Test was a testament to their mental strength and how far they have come from that Adelaide capitulation.

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Opportunity, audition, comebacks: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy brings hope as cricket returns on Indian soil

With things slowly settling down, India is finally set to welcome action back on its shores with Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will kickstart the domestic season that was thrown into disarray due to the pandemic.

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IPL 2020: Method behind magic — MI's near-perfect recipe makes them a majestic T20 machine

Not just the onfield performance, there are lots of off-field factors that have helped Mumbai Indians become probably the best T20 team in the world. They have consistently retained their core, bought versatile players in the auctions to develop a balanced team, unearthed youngsters, developed them, and provided them with opportunities.

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IPL 2020: Amid desert carnage, silent assassin Washington Sundar goes about his business as RCB's vital cog

Washington Sundar might not be setting the stage on fire with a barrage of wickets and Man of the Match awards but he is the silent assassin who is frustrating oppositions, building pressure and quietly becoming a vital cog in RCB's arsenal.

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IPL 2020 MI preview: Formidable Mumbai can break 'odd' sequence but inexperienced spin attack a cause for concern

While Rohit's calm and astute captaincy, the franchise's brave and fearless approach, smart analysis and rigorous preparations form a lethal combo, the inexperience in spin department could be potential banana skin for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020.

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IPL 2020: 'I still push my body every single day of the year,' fitter, smarter Varun Aaron ready to rumble

With experience Aaron has matured. He has started understanding his body a lot better and, to cut down on injuries, he's got a lot smarter. The training procedures haven't changed much - it's the decision-making that has.

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My First IPL Match: 'I saw the ball, I hit the ball', Manan Vohra recalls debut for Kings XI Punjab

Manan Vohra burst onto the IPL scene in style with a Man of the Match performance against Pune Warriors India in IPL 2013. He recalls the special day right from receiving a shock call-up from Darren Lehmann to Gilchrist's inspiring words to hitting a stylish 28-ball 43.

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My First IPL Match: Dravid's surprise, dream fifty, and Steyn-Kumble challenge - Shreevats Goswami recalls surreal debut

Shreevats Goswami recalls his strangely surreal IPL debut, from receiving a shock call-up from Dravid to hitting a half-century to the nervy moments keeping to Steyn and Kumble

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IPL 2020: 'Ready to put my body on the line', Piyush Chawla gears up for CSK challenge and Dhoni reunion

Just like his captain at CSK, MS Dhoni, Piyush Chawla is a believer in following the process. He wants to win matches for the team via attacking cricket and is ready for the new challenge upfront.

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Kesrick Williams interview: 'It takes one ball to get Virat Kohli out, I will get that one ball again'

Kesrick Williams speaks in detail about his on-field battle with Virat Kohli in 2019 which also saw the Indian captain imitating the pacer's notebook celebration.

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My First IPL match: Warne's surprise call-up, Smith's calming presence, new avatar and a ballistic cannon — Swapnil Asnodkar recalls 'dream debut'

Swapnil Asnodkar burst onto the scene in style with a 34-ball 60 in his debut match in IPL 2008, against KKR. He walks down the memory lane to relive that special day.

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My First IPL Match: A shock call-up, Gilchrist's calming advice and defence-splitting inswingers - Sandeep Sharma relives debut

There was a shock call-up, deep breaths, nervous mind and captain's calming advice on an eventful debut day for Sandeep Sharma. The SRH pacer walks down the memory lane with Firstpost to relive his first IPL match.

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Firstpost Masterclass: 'You need huge amount of resilience', Ish Sodhi explains spin-bowling in T20s

What's makes spinners so successful? What are the qualities and mindset required to be a good T20 spinner? What's the perfect length to bowl in T20s? New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi explains the art of spin bowling in T20s.

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Turning Point: Table tennis over engineering, the one decision that changed Sharath Kamal’s life

An athlete's turning point in life generally arrives during his career. But for Sharath Kamal, choosing table tennis over engineering was the first and most crucial turning point of his life.

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MS Dhoni retires: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy was what made him Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni adapted to captaincy quicker than anyone else. The learning process was already in progress and the improvement happened exponentially.

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Firstpost Masterclass: Forehand topspin to aggressive play, Kamlesh Mehta explains intricacies of table tennis

India table tennis legend Kamlesh Mehta explains the physical and mental intricacies of table tennis.

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Unlocking the mind: From lockdown to field, how cricketers can achieve smooth mental transition

Not just the physical, it's important to gauge the mental state of the athlete post the lockdown and help them make a smooth transition to training and then competitive sport. Sports psychologists explain how they can achieve it.

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Unlocking the body: From lockdown to the field, tips for cricketers to achieve smooth physical transition

One of the biggest challenges the cricketers will face as they get ready to step out of their homes onto the field is a smooth transition, which is not just crucial in the short run but for their longevity as well.