articles by Tariq Engineer

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Rio Olympics 2016: Aditi Ashok's exploits prove India's golf future is in safe hands

Aditi Ashok is not yet the finished article. But with this performance at the Olympics, she has already shown that Indian women's golf is in good hands.

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Rio Olympics 2016: PV Sindhu’s medal belongs to India only because she was born here

PV Sindhu's silver medal is no small consolation for India, which had been shut-out of the medal tally during the first twelve days of the Rio Olympics.

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Rio Olympics 2016: After Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa loss, is it time for the pair to part ways?

Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa should be respected for their accomplishments. But when not working out, all things must come to an end, even for champions.

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Rio Olympics 2016: India's performance exhilarating despite hockey heartbreak against Germany

Germany made India pay for their profligacy in front of goal but as much as the defeat hurt, it could not undo what came before. This was an exhilarating team performance from India.

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India vs West Indies: Struggling Cheteshwar Pujara needs time and Virat Kohli needs to back him

Clearly something is wrong but the Indian team needs to back Pujara to fix it because while these numbers tell one story, they don’t tell the whole story.

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Narsingh Yadav saga proves how rotten Indian sport is, and why things are only getting worse

Sabotage. Perjury. Conspiracy. These are the words Indian sport has been dealing with just days before the start of the Rio Games, when we should have been cheering and celebrating the largest contingent of Olympic athletes to ever leave these shores

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SC's verdict on Lodha Panel reforms: One of Indian cricket's biggest victories

By accepting the vast majority of the Lodha Committee recommendations on how cricket in India should be administered, the Supreme Court has delivered a knock-out blow to the BCCI's Kremlin-like operations and thrown open the doors and windows of the board to allow a bright light to shine and a cleansing wind to sweep through.

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In second Wimbledon title win, Andy Murray showcases doggedness that will come to define his legacy

In his fierce desire to compete, Murray has made sure nobody will outwork him on court. If he is going to lose, it was not going to be because of lack of effort but because his opponent was better.

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‘Favourite’ Andy Murray faces different kind of pressure against Milos Raonic in Wimbledon final

After 12 years and 44 Grand Slam tournaments, Andy Murray is finally the favourite to win a Grand Slam final.

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Why ICC’s proposed two-tier system is not good for Test cricket

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) proposed two-tier Test system will not save cricket, because “context”, the latest buzzword among cricket administrators, is not Test cricket’s biggest problem, but quality is.

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Wimbledon 2016: Novak Djokovic’s loss puts his near-total dominance in perspective

As stunning as the loss to Sam Querrey is, his recent success is just as stunning, if not more so and that is what we should remember about Novak Djokovic.

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Giving Anil Kumble only one year might make things tough for coach and team

Kumble is effectively on probation for a year. The hope is that it will be enough, but the fear is that it won't be. If the latter comes to pass, Indian cricket will be the loser and the board will have no one to blame but itself.

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Australian Open win is timely reminder of what Saina Nehwal can achieve if she stays fit

Saina Nehwal's Australian Open triumph would have lifted her spirits tremendously, and should also serve as a timely reminder of what she is capable of achieving when she is healthy

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Why MS Dhoni’s first bilateral series against Zimbabwe is crucial for him as captain

A series against Zimbabwe is the kind that MS Dhoni skipped in his prime, but now is a tour he doesn’t want to miss.

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Why Ravi Shastri is just what the doctor ordered for Indian cricket

Now that Ravi Shastri has applied to be head coach of the Indian cricket team, we should give him the job. For starters, he has been performing this role since the last 18 months and is only reapplying for his own job.

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Easy isn't Andy Murray's style, but this might be his best shot at French Open

The last British player to win the French Open was Fred Perry in 1935. If Andy Murray can emulate him as he did at Wimbledon in 2013, he would make some history of his own.

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RIP Muhammad Ali: There never has, and never will be, an athlete like him

There is no athlete in this century or the last one that comes close the impact Muhammad Ali made in and out of the ring. The man may be dead but his legend and legacy will live on forever.

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Russell's injury, Yusuf's demotion, Chawla's absence and openers' form all conspire to doom KKR

KKR won six of their first nine games; they went on to win only two of their last six. A combination of poor tactics and missed chances led to a disappointing season

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Anurag Thakur checks in: Placating SC on Lodha report will be biggest challenge for new BCCI chief

As Anurag Thakur admitted, his biggest challenge is the Justice Lodha Committee report, which seeks to sweep away the board as it is now and rebuild it anew in a more democratic and transparent manner

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Chris Gayle may never understand sexism, but will cricket establishment do the right thing?

It would be wonderful if Gayle could recognise why his behaviour is inappropriate, but it's necessary that this is punished severely enough, so that even if the offender doesn't get it, he won't repeat it, for fear of the consequences