articles by Shantanu Srivastava

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Ritu Phogat eyes hat-trick of wins with brute strength and an Afghan trailblazer in her corner

Ritu Phogat’s MMA coach Siyar Bahadurzada believes that the erstwhile wrestler is blessed with “tremendous strength” and will put her best foot (and punch) forward.

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Ritu Phogat’s grappling pedigree set to meet Nou Srey Pov's Kun Khmer test at One Championship

Nou Srey made it clear that her famed Kun Khmer skills will be her go-to option. Kum Khmer, or Pradal Serey, is a traditional Cambodian boxing form. It is a stand-up martial art but unlike boxing, the practitioners are allowed to use their elbows too.

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Ritu Phogat aims to 'shock' Cambodia's Nou Srey Pov in her third ONE Championship bout

Since her last bout, against Wu Chiao Chen on 28 February, Phogat claims to have worked hard on Muay Thai and Brazilian jiujitsu besides improving her boxing skills, and she aims to 'shock' her Cambodian opponent on 30 October.

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IPL 2020: Trial by pace awaits rivals as Delhi Capitals bask in fast men's glory

"We don’t have to tell our bowlers to bowl fast, they just do. A bowler like Nortje likes to run in and let it rip, which is what he is doing and getting noticed for. We don't have to tell him to try and bowl 160 kmph," Delhi Capitals' bowling coach Ryan Harris said.

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Fitness, not form, biggest concern for Saina and Kashyap as badminton duo eyes January return

“I don’t see me and Saina hitting top form for a month, at least. But, we hope to be ready by January, when tournaments resume,” Kashyap said.

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IPL 2020 Kings XI Punjab Preview: Captain-coach duo holds key as new-look team dreams encore

Two playoffs appearances in 12 attempts, the last one being six years back, do not inspire much confidence in Kings XI Punjab, neither does their propensity to lose steam midway through the tournament with alarming regularity. Will IPL 2020 be any different?

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Formula 1 2020: Ferrari deny crisis ahead of 1,000th race at Tuscan Grand Prix

After two disappointing races at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, F1's first visit to the beautiful Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit in the rolling Tuscan hills marks Ferrari's achievement in being the first to enter 1,000 Grand Prix.

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Daren Sammy interview: ‘If there's injustice and your voice can make a difference, don't stay silent'

St Lucia Zouks’ skipper Daren Sammy spoke exclusively to Firstpost on his leadership philosophies ahead of the Caribbean Premier League final against Trinbago Knight Riders.

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Athlete calling athlete: Making sense of players turning interviewers and its domino effect

The phenomenon of athletes turning anchors or interviewers began as an experiment but seems on course to become a trend, both in India and elsewhere. A slew of current and former sportspersons have taken to the format, and dare one say, are doing an exceptionally fine job too.

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LaLiga: ‘There was life before Lionel Messi, there will be life after him,’ says league’s India head

"Life moves on. It is always sad when you lose the best player in the world, but we don’t see it affecting our business," LaLiga India MD Jose Antonio Cachaza said.

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IPL 2020: Spinners across the world have become smarter in T20s, says Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra

"I rely on flight and spin to get wickets. I bowl to get the batsmen out, not to stop runs. If you are an accurate spinner, it becomes far easier to bowl attacking lengths," Delhi Capitals' leg-spinner Amit Mishra said.

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'There were days when we didn't know where the next meal will come from,' Khel Ratna Rani Rampal on her journey

"I won't rest till I win an Olympic medal. Even after all these years, what keeps me going is the honour of wearing the India jersey. That joy is incomparable," Rani said on being conferred with the Khel Ratna award.

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National Sports Day: Of miffed athletes, muffled grudges and stony silence

What does an archetypical Indian athlete represent in modern India? What explains the sense of entitlement of some of our elite sportspersons and their deafening silence on issues of society and misgovernance? As another National Sports Day passes by, it is worth remembering that at its core, sport stands for courage, conviction, and fairness.

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'Will bring an Olympic gold next year, Khel Ratna will follow,' says boxer Vikas Krishan after missing out on top honour for second time

When I will return with Olympic gold, the committee will have to acknowledge my performance and recommend me for a Khel Ratna," Vikas, only the second Indian boxer to qualify for three Olympics, said.

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CPL 2020: Spin will play major role in current edition, says St Lucia Zouks skipper Daren Sammy

"Since the matches will be played on two grounds only, I expect a lot more wear and tear of the pitch, which means spinners will have a greater role to play in this year's CPL," Sammy said.

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National Sports Awards 2020: 'Kept believing mera time aayega,' says luge legend Shiva Keshavan on belated Arjuna recommendation

'I kept believing, mera time ayega (my time will come), and maybe it is finally here. Everything in life happens at the best time,' India's luge exponent Shiva Keshavan said.

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12 years of Virat Kohli: West Delhi street-fighter who went on to rule cricketing world

Virat Kohli completes 12 years in international cricket today. We look back at his journey from West Delhi to the summit of international cricket.

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MS Dhoni retires: The most cerebral cricketer I have come across, says former India keeper Deep Dasgupta on MSD

"Dhoni's career is worth studying. It may be difficult to replicate, but if you look at the fundamentals on which he based his career, it will serve as a brilliant teacher," former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta said.

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MS Dhoni retires: Cricketing legend and inscrutable enigma who launched a million middle class dreams

Dhoni was no saint, no God, and fairly enough, never pretended to be one. For all the insanely public lives Indian cricketers live, he succeeded in creating an island for himself and his family, and in the process, secured his legacy in the annals of India's rich cricketing history.