articles by Shubham Pandey

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IPL 2020 quiz: Test your knowledge on tournament history and records

Here is a short IPL quiz to warm you up before the tournament kicks off on 19 September

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IPL 2020 Rajasthan Royals Preview: Ben Stokes' likely absence may hurt RR's quest for restart

Royals' biggest worry has been their inability to finish games and not winning the crunch moments in the matches. The Aussie duo of Smith and McDonald will be aiming to fix it this season. But Stokes' absence will make this problem even more challenging.

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Ultramarathon runner Kieren D’souza on strategies in running and completing first triple marathon since pandemic

After the lockdown was eased at the end of April in Manali, Kieran who had not trained much in the last 45 days or so, started running again and doing some basic training. And in June, he decided to run to the Friendship Peak.

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IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders preview: A new-look KKR look strong on paper, provide hope, but need to shrug off inconsistency

KKR cannot complain about the team on paper. Now, It all comes down to how quickly they become a potent force in the tournament and the consistency with which they play right through the tournament.

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My First IPL Match: The Shah Rukh Khan pep talk and watching Sachin Tendulkar bat, Mandeep Singh recalls debut

Mandeep Singh recalls the day he made his debut, Shah Rukh Khan's motivational talk and experience of watching Sachin Tendulkar bat from close quarters

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COVID-19 impact: Challenging times ahead for Indian sports as hosting tournaments, grassroots development continue to suffer

The challenges for Indian sports will only grow next year as hosting tournaments, travel, and training will become difficult due to pandemic and the financial distress it has unleashed worldwide.

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My First IPL Match: Michael Hussey's advice, tense walk in hotel lobby and wicket in first over, Shreyas Gopal recalls debut

Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal recalls his IPL debut- from Anil Kumble's role in settling him down in his first season to sharing the dressing room with his idol Michael Hussey

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Inside Story - A season with Rajasthan Royals review: Mundaneness defines this one-hour image rebuilding exercise

There is nothing to look for in this new documentary on Rajasthan Royals journey in 2019 edition of IPL, where they finished second last on the points table.

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Beyond the Boundary review: Documentary on Women's T20 World Cup 2020 is a botched-up highlights package

The fans, the players deserved a better documentary on women's cricket. Beyond the boundary is not even a great attempt at it.

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Firstpost Masterclass: In sailing, you are fighting against nature, former India sailor Girdhari Lal Yadav discusses sport's intricacies

Former India sailor and Arjuna awardee Girdhari Lal Yadav explains the basics and technicalities related to sailing and why it is a tussle between man and nature

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No matches, limited funds, job cuts — How Coronavirus has impacted blind cricket in India

The coronavirus pandemic has affected blind cricket India to such an extent that even when it ends, it won't be easy for players to return to the game.

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Turning Point: Pargat Singh's advice and the cash prize that made Manpreet Singh

India men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh recalls Pargat Singh's advice that helped him stay focus on his aim.

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Turning Point: 'If these girls can play, represent their countries, I too can', Jhulan Goswami remembers moment that changed her life

Jhulan Goswami fans need to thank those complimentary passes given to the girls schools to watch a World Cup 1997 match. Using them, she saw the match between Australia and New Zealand and took inspiration to chase the sport professionally. Rest is history.

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India's Dalima Chhibber fears salary cuts for women's footballers due to coronavirus pandemic

Explaining the difficulties for a woman footballer to pursue the sport, Dalima Chhibber said, "If I want to make a career in football in India? I can do that. Would I be able to depend on a football career in India? No, I cannot."

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'Staying fit and studying opponents': India hockey captain Manpreet Singh on challenges and opportunities during coronavirus-forced break

Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh speaks on challenges during long break from hockey and postponement of Olympics

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Focus on aerobic capacity and strength training as boxers return to training post coronavirus-forced lockdown

As training for boxers begin, the focus of the coaches currently is to raise the aerobic capacity levels for first two months followed by block strength training

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With growth of online fantasy sports market in India, challenges emerge to ensure it remains 'game of skill'

With growth of fantasy sports industry in India, the challenges have also grown for its self-regulatory body FIFS. The biggest and most important one is ensuring such operators do not cross the line when corruption in sports remains a huge issue.

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'What is the need to change anything?' asks Jhulan Goswami on suggestions made by Sophie Devine and Jemimah Rodrigues to popularise women's cricket

India's leading wicket-taker Jhulan Goswami has backed Shikha Pandey's opinion, saying that there is no need to bring changes when women's cricket is already seeing a rise in popularity as well as improvement in players' skills.

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Hoop out of waste: Creativity fuels India's 15-year-old basketball international Harsh Dagar's practice during lockdown

How India international and NBA Academy recruit Harsh Dagar made a hoop for himself to practice and keep away from boredom

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'We dominated England on all days': Kiran More recalls debut and India's first Test win at Lord's in 1986

Kiran More recalls the historic Lord's Test in 1986 when India registered their first win at the venue