articles by Shantanu Srivastava

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T20 World Cup Top Moments: Lendl Simmons’ forgotten masterpiece sinks India in Mumbai

Think 2016 T20 World Cup and the most abiding memory is the Virat Kohli classic in Mohali and the Carlos Brathwaite’s ‘remember the name’ assault on Ben Stokes. Sandwiched between the two is a forgotten masterpiece, courtesy Lendl Simmons. Here's looking back at that moment.

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T20 World Cup Top Moments: Chris Gayle opens the inaugural edition with a ton to remember

Fourteen years back, in a world far removed from masks, virus, and vaccine, in a year preceding the Indian Premier League, and months after the broadcasting disaster masquerading as a 50-over World Cup in the Caribbean, T20 cricket took off from yet-to-become-Universe Boss’ blazing blade. We look back at the moment that kickstarted the T20 era.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Backing Virat Kohli to win the trophy on captaincy swansong, says former chief selector MSK Prasad

Former chief selector MSK Prasad reckons that India may be a seamer short given the fact that they are scheduled to play most of their matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In this interview, Prasad speaks on team balance, Yuzvendra Chahal’s absence, Virat Kohli’s legacy, and more.

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Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five Tournament: Kalina Rangers crowned national champions, will represent India at World Finals

Goa's Kalina Rangers defeated Pune’s Sunny Boys in a hotly-contested final to be crowned India champions of Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five tournament, and will now represent India at the World Finals in Qatar later this year.

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Durand Cup 2021: Delhi FC reach quarter-finals with 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters

Willis Plaza's second-half strike took Delhi FC to their maiden Durand Cup quarter-finals as they beat ISL giants Kerala Blasters 1-0 in their third and final group fixture.

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IPL 2021: Form, fitness, and a certain Virat Kohli - lots to look forward to as action resumes in UAE

At best of times, IPL is a relentless examination of players’ skills, temperament, and fitness. In times of bubble fatigue and the looming COVID threat, the test becomes unforgiving. Add to it the impending World Cup, and IPL 2021 becomes a true box office material.

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Basking in Tokyo Olympics afterglow, Manpreet Singh sets sights on Asian Games 2022

"In terms of tournaments, Asian Games will be our next target. We would like to win it and seal the berth for the Paris Olympics," Manpreet Singh, skipper of men's hockey team, said.

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'There's nothing like victory': When Balbir Singh Senior remembered independent India's first Olympic gold

" As our tri-colour slowly went up. I looked at the flag, and I felt that with it, I was also rising from the ground," recalls Balbir Singh Senior.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hope this bronze motivates next generation to bring home gold, says Manpreet Singh

Men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh talks about ending India's 41-year wait for an Olympic medal, preparations that went into achieving the feat, and more.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Women hockey stars gear up for fresh challenges amid lingering headiness

With the Paris Olympics less than three years away, skipper Rani Rampal and goalkeeper Savita Punia have trained their sights on an important 2022, featuring Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and World Cup.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Proud of what men’s hockey team has achieved, says former coach Jose Brasa

Currently in charge of Old Club de Liege in Belgium, Brasa took over as India’s chief coach in May 2009 and remained in office till the end of Asian Games in 2010, and was among the first foreign coaches to come onboard in Indian hockey. Here's what he has to say on Indian men's team's bronze.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Limited training, restricted movement, how Bajrang Punia wrestled his way to bronze

“The knee was quite uncomfortable. The pain was always there. I could not move freely due to the strapping," bronze medal-winning wrestler Bajrang Punia said.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Casteist attacks on Vandana Katariya’s family heartbreaking and shameful, says captain Rani Rampal

“We give our blood, sweat, and tears for the honour of the country, and when he hear of such incidents, it just breaks our heart. Forget a player, this should not happen to anyone in the country,” Rani Rampal said.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Not finishing first game against Tai Tzu Ying proved costly, says PV Sindhu

"Tai Tzu got lucky with that net chord. At that level, the margins are just so small. It was her day, but I feel had I won that first game, probably the result of the match would have been different,” Sindhu said.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu, hockey and requiem for a dream

One cannot be certain if the euphoria around the incredible Sunday will survive beyond the Olympics, but it must be savoured while it lasts. Savour that lump in the throat and that mist in the eye, savour those goosebumps, that choking voice, those trembling fingers and that racing heart, savour this incredibly rare winning feeling.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Celebration of human will and spirit is here, let the Games begin

The 1432-day wait is finally over. World’s best have found a way to celebrate excellence, rather poetically, in a country renowned for its resilience. Set the alarms. Mark the dates. Let the Games begin.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Meet Sanjay Singh, the force behind Leander Paes' glorious run

For close to three decades, Sanjay Singh was a permanent sight in seven-time Olympian Leander Paes' corner. Now settled in the US and training the women's pair of Luisa Stefani and Hayley Carter, Singh looks back at his long career and his incredible relationship with Paes.

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Haryana's hinterland to Tokyo Olympics 2020, Rani Rampal reigns supreme

When Rani Rampal started playing hockey, all she had was her 'zid' and 'junoon'. On the cusp of her second Olympics, she still swears by the fire that burns within. Firstpost profiles the Indian women's hockey captain.

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As Tokyo Olympics beckon, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa outgrows his obsession with perfection for bigger picture

Skeet shooter Angad Vir Singh Bajwa's quest for perfection has landed him a ticket to his maiden Olympics. In the latest Firstpost Profiles, he opens up on his traumatising obsession with shooting and the many challenges that define his sport.

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Tokyo 2020 in sight, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran's 17-year quest for Olympic glory nears culmination

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran was first drawn to the Olympics in 2004, and for 17 years, his fascination for the five rings has only grown. As he stands on the cusp of his maiden Olympics, we chart his journey from a scrawny teenager to an all-condition paddler.