articles by Sameer Chhabra

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Firstpost Explains: Likely window for remainder of IPL 2021 and why UAE appears best bet

With foreign players returning to their respective countries, the BCCI's focus shifts towards decoding the optimum schedule and venue for conducting the remainder of IPL 2021.

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IPL 2021 Rajasthan Royals Preview: Focus on Sanju Samson's leadership, Jofra Archer's fitness as RR seek fresh start

Even as Archer’s temporary absence appears to dim their bowling attack, RR have Morris, and a few decent backup options. And while Morris, Stokes, and Buttler form an enviable three of the four overseas picks, they would be better served if their Indian contingent steps up on a consistent basis.

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India vs England: Spin will come into play for sure, but fast bowlers can't be ignored in pink ball Test, says Virat Kohli

Playing down WTC qualification scenarios, Kohli made it clear that India will look to win both matches.

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Kavita Devi interview: India’s first female WWE wrestler credits The Great Khali for NXT stint

In 2016, she got enrolled at Continental Wrestling Entertainment, Khali’s institute of professional wrestling in Haryana, where her life changed for the better.

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Abu Dhabi T10 League: Owner Shaji Ul Mulk says fourth edition will have wider reach, more star players

Shaji Ul Mulk, the owner of T10 league, said that in wake of the ongoing coronavirus, stringent precautions, similar to the ones followed in the IPL, will be taken for the league’s fourth edition.

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India vs Australia, Test series preview: Opening dilemmas for both as visitors begin defence of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

A stiffer challenge awaits India as Australia will have the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, who served year-long bans for ball-tampering and missed the 2018/19 series.

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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020: Srinu Bugatha aims to break last year's record as he spearheads elite Indian field

Srinu, the winner of last year’s Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in the elite Indian men’s category, is coming on the back of a morale-boosting win in the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020, where he clocked 2:18.36 (his personal best).

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India vs Australia: From KL Rahul to Yuzvendra Chahal, five visiting players to watch out for in limited-overs series

Ahead of India’s limited-overs series against hosts Australia, here are a few Indian players to keep an eye on:

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IPL 2020, MI vs DC: Jasprit Bumrah vs Shikhar Dhawan and other key battles that could decide Qualifier 1

Ahead of Qualifier 1 between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, here are a few player battles that could determine the outcome of the contest.

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IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals' Kagiso Rabada says UAE pitches offer something for ‘all facets of the game’

Going by Rabada’s admission, the UAE conditions have been “tricky”, the silver lining being the fact that they have something on offer for “all facets of the game”.

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Money in the Bank winner Otis says WWE operating safely amid COVID-19, revisits his 'crazy' ladder match

“It was crazy!” said WWE wrestler Otis reflecting on his experience of competing in this year's unique Money in the Bank ladder match.

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My Favourite Match: When Rahul Dravid aced the 2003 Adelaide Test with defiant knocks

Staying true to his title ‘The Wall’, Rahul Dravid dominated screen time and shaped much of my conceptions about cricket as a young fanboy. And he continues to inspire many, not just through coaching, but also with his gentlemanly aura.

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Wrestlemania 36: Drew McIntyre lauds WWE for entertaining people amid COVID-19

Drew McIntyre stands on the cusp of glory as he prepares to square off against WWE champion Brock Lesnar at the grandest stage in WWE – Wrestlemania.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Well-rounded bowling attack, middle-order woes and other takeaways from India’s group stage campaign

As India head into the knockouts, here are the key takeaways from their group stage campaign in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

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India vs New Zealand, Test series preview: Trent Boult's return bolsters Kiwi pace attack while visitors look to continue dream Test run

With both sides evenly matched in their bowling attacks and given that the pitch will be a paradise for them, it might come down to who has the better batsmen. And here, the famed Indian batting might just have that additional edge, given their heroics in the WTC thus far.

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India vs Sri Lanka: From Angelo Mathews to Isuru Udana, five visiting players to watch out for in upcoming T20I series

Sri Lanka, who are ranked seventh in ICC T20I rankings, take on India (fifth) in a three-match T20I series, starting 5th January in Guwahati.

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Australia vs Pakistan: From 1999's painful defeat to batting collapse in 2010, full list of visitors' 13 successive Test defeats Down Under

Simply put, Pakistan have been outclassed in every department of the game by the mighty Aussies on their home turf. And one can only hope something magical turns the tide for the visitors.

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I-League: ‘Troubled child’ to joint top-scorer, Churchill Brothers' Willis Plaza plans to make upcoming season count

Willis Plaza was in sublime form last season, having finished as the joint top scorer in the I-League alongside Pedro Manzi of Chennai City

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India vs Bangladesh: Dean Jones says hosts need ‘four pillars of strength’ to be good T20I unit, calls day-night Test ‘great initiative’

As India gear up to lock horns with Bangladesh in a three-match T20I series, starting on 3 November in Delhi, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones said that the men in blue need to have “four pillars of strength” if they want to be a successful T20I side.

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India vs Bangladesh: From Rohit Sharma to Sanju Samson, five players to watch out for in upcoming T20I series

After a successful start to their new home season against the Proteas, India will lock horns with Bangladesh in a three-match T20I series, starting 3 November in Delhi.