articles by Shashwat Kumar

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ISL 2021-22: Goals galore, novel blueprint, first-time winners — a season that had it all

The best part about ISL 2021-22 season was that almost all teams, irrespective of the stage of the season, seemed to have a chance against anybody.

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ISL 2021-22: Faith, belief and courage — Hyderabad FC reap rewards of what they sowed last season

The most telling aspect about Hyderabad FC and their title-winning campaign was perhaps how they injected belief into themselves whenever the situation demanded.

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ISL 2021-22: Graft, grace and flexibility – Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters is the finale the tournament deserves

Two current behemoths of the ISL will clash swords today – behemoths who have overcome plenty of adversity to just be there, let alone climb the perch of the ISL ladder. But only one will be left standing.

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ISL 2021-22: ATKMB fail to clinch top spot, Mumbai City fizzle out, Kerala Blasters defy odds; making sense of group stage

ATK Mohun Bagan, Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters qualified for the semi-finals. That, though, meant the likes of Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Odisha FC and Mumbai City FC had to endure disappointment.

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Women's Cricket World Cup 2022: Indian skipper and batting great Mithali Raj chases final frontier

Women's Cricket World Cup: Mithali Raj has plundered runs for fun, has etched her name into cricketing folklore countless times and has been the torch-bearer for the Indian women’s cricket team.

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Women's World Cup: Harmanpreet Kaur has risen to the big occasion before, can she do it again?

Harmanpreet Kaur has had a bumpy ride in the international arena in the last few years. However, she seems to be clicking into gear at the right time having hit 66 in the final ODI against New Zealand and a century against South Africa in the warm-up match.

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Women's World Cup 2022: Shafali Verma’s chance to convert her spark into a raging fire in ODI mega event

Almost everyone in the cricketing community knows the destruction she can cause with the willow. The onus, however, is on Shafali to prove that she can inflict such damage consistently.

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ISL 2021-22 Stories: Hyderabad FC enter semis for the first time, Bengaluru FC fizzle out at crucial juncture and more

The biggest talking point was arguably Hyderabad FC qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history. ATK Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC also inched closer to jotting down their place in the top four

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Women’s World Cup 2022: From unheralded superstar in 2017, Deepti Sharma now a vital cog for India

Deepti Sharma has been the most impressive of India’s new crop of cricketers, considering she can contribute in a variety of ways and in different situations.

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Women's World Cup 2022: After years of toil, Meghna Singh arrives on the big stage completely ready

In Meghna, the Women In Blue had found a cricketer capable of ticking most boxes and contributing significantly to their World Cup adventure.

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Women's World Cup 2022: Bad form or not, Poonam Yadav’s poise remains paramount to India’s hopes

The leg-spinner has, throughout her international career, been one of India’s primary wicket-taking options in white-ball cricket.

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Women's World Cup 2022: Taniya Bhatia aims to set things right two years after T20 World Cup final disappointment

Taniya Bhatia has seen how cricket can be a cruel game but she has also witnessed how it can be the ideal platform to showcase your mettle.

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Women's World Cup 2022: After injury heartbreak, Sneh Rana's chance to shine on big stage

Sneh is an off-spinner by trade – an off-spinner who likes to bowl attacking lines outside off stump and is not afraid of flighting the ball. She can also be a very handy batter lower down the order who can accelerate at will.

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ISL 2021-22: From Ogbeche stealing the show to the doubtful destiny of Mumbai City FC, talking points from week gone by

It won’t be far-fetched to expect these teams to keenly contest the biggest games this season with a view to clinch the title by navigating around the curveballs the remaining league matches have to offer

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ISL 2021-22 Stories: ATK Mohun Bagan return to where they belong, Sunil Chhetri scripts history and more

Bengaluru FC suffered a setback, whereas the Kerala Blasters got their season back on track courtesy of a tight victory against SC East Bengal.

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IPL Auction 2022, Gujarat Titans analysis: Incredible at times but injudicious on occasions too

In a nutshell, this was the sort of auction that told the rest of the IPL that the Gujarat Titans could hold their own in these confines, while also admitting sheepishly that they aren’t quite the finished product yet.

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IPL Auction 2022, LSG analysis: Lucknow build fabulous first-choice XI but miss out on all-conquering squad

Lucknow Super Giants have done a fine job of crafting a side (at the first time of asking, mind you), that could compete against the IPL’s biggest gunslingers.

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IPL Auction 2022, SRH analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s topsy-turvy auction leaves them with more questions than answers

SRH have again landed in a situation where their fortunes are largely dependent on how Kane Williamson performs at the top of the order.

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IPL Auction 2022, RCB analysis: Bowling-heavy auction strategy leaves team's batting unit pretty light

There were a few smart buys by Royal Challengers Bangalore but there were also passages where their desperation was laid bare for everyone to witness.

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IPL Auction 2022, CSK anlaysis: Gamble on continuity and experience is their biggest strength and greatest weakness

Continuity and experience have been valued again by CSK, and their possible playing XI could have as many as eight players who turned up for the IPL 2021 final.