articles by Jigar Mehta

Sports

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.

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Self-driven, mature and mentally stronger: Sarfaraz Khan 2.0 takes flight in hope to soar

The last 4-5 years have been a bumpy journey for Sarfaraz Khan. The ups and downs and the struggles from a very young age made Sarfaraz mentally strong. Here's the story of his stellar comeback.

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My First IPL Match: A midnight call, Rohit’s 'bindaas' advice and THAT Dhoni wicket — Mayank Markande relives 'life changing' debut

Mayank Markande takes a walk down the memory lane to relive the special debut in IPL 2018 that changed his life and set the tone for his career.

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Down memory lane with Pedro Collins: 'Till today, when people see me they say this man destroyed Sachin'

Firstpost sat down with Pedro Collins to walk down the memory lane and re-live his battles with Tendulkar, West Indies' famous series win in 2001-02 at home, how their current pace attack is shaping up and much more.

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Will carry energy of Virat Kohli, flamboyance of KL Rahul to Over-50s World Cup, says India captain Shailendra Singh

Firstpost sat down with India's Over'50s captain Shailendra Singh to talk about the preparations for the World Cup, challenges of playing competitive cricket at an advanced age, team's strengths, goals and much more

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Ten years to Sachin Tendulkar's 200: 'Seemed like there was magnet in his bat', players recall historic day in Gwalior

Dinesh Karthik, Wayne Parnell, JP Duminy, Yusuf Pathan and umpire Shahvir Tarapore, who were all part of that match, walk down the memory lane to re-live the unforgettable day when Sachin Tendulkar scored first ever 200 in men's ODIs.

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Divyaansh Saxena interview: 'Biggest learning from U-19 World Cup was be humble in victory and gracious in defeat'

As the dust settles, Firstpost sits down with Saxena to review the U-19 World Cup: the lessons learnt, the win over Pakistan, what went wrong in the final and what transpired after that, and much more.

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: Yashasvi Jaiswal's success built on his insatiable appetite, unflappable temperament and peerless game sense

These kinds of innings, like the one against Pakistan, given the opponents and the stage could have the power to make you an instant cult hero. It might just have produced one in Jaiswal.

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India vs New Zealand: Rampant Virat Kohli and Co's chance to improve T20I record against injury-hit Kiwis

In this day and age of relentless cricket, Kohli's insistence on intensity speaks volumes of how focussed and ruthless this Indian team has become under his captaincy. However, beating New Zealand in their backyard will not be easy.

long-reads

ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: How battle-hardened Yashasvi Jaiswal took his first step towards the big league

As an 11-year-old, Yashasvi Jaiswal lived in tents, sold pani puri's, slept starving for nights and played cricket with the bare minimum facilities but now seven years later, he's a vital cog of India U-19 team at the World Cup in South Africa and already a crorepati with a 2.4 crore contract in the Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals.

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: ‘Self-belief was major driving force, we never panicked’, Ravneet Ricky, Ajay Ratra revisit historic win in 2000

It's been almost 20 years to that famous win in Sri Lanka but Ravneet Ricky has crystal clear memories of that campaign and why not? It was a special moment in the life of youngsters who went on to lift India's first ever U-19 World Cup and it was also the World Cup which gave India stars like Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif.

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My life-changing IPL auction: 'Kaahan se kaahan pohoch gaya,' reminisces Nathu Singh about day Mumbai Indians bought him for Rs 3.2 crore

Unknown speedster Nathu Singh entered the big league when he was bought for a whopping 3.2 crore, 32 times his base price, by Mumbai Indians in the 2016 IPL auctions. The Rajasthan pacer recalls the 'best day of his life'.

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My life-changing IPL auction: 'Still feels like a dream', Krishnappa Gowtham recalls the day Rajasthan Royals paid Rs 6.2 crore for him

Karnataka all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 6.2 crore in the 2018 IPL auction. He recalls the day when fairytale was scripted in his life.

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My life-changing IPL auction: 'I literally went blank', Varun Chakravarthy recalls the day KXIP bought him for Rs 8.4 crore

Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.4 crores, 42 times his base price, in the 2019 IPL auctions. He recalls the frenetic day when he 'literally went blank'.

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My life-changing IPL auction: 'The entire state watched me on television', T Natarajan recalls the day Kings XI Punjab bought him for Rs 3 crores

Left-arm medium-pacer Thangarasu Natarajan was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crores, 30 times his base price, making him the highest-paid uncapped player in the 2017 auctions. He recalls that 'exciting day' that turned his life around.