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Coronavirus crisis forces sportspersons to contemplate playing behind closed doors while chess and poker go online
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Coronavirus crisis forces sportspersons to contemplate playing behind closed doors while chess and poker go online

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed hyperactive sportspeople, used to living out of suitcases, to grapple with adjusting to the new normal, which is to stay at home and maintain fitness.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Ex-India trainer Shankar Basu says break could be tricky for pacers, advises players to reduce screen time
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Ex-India trainer Shankar Basu says break could be tricky for pacers, advises players to reduce screen time

Former India strength and conditioning coach Shanker Basu feels maintaining fitness without running on the field is going to be quite tricky for the fast bowlers and advises the cricketers against too much screen time during the ongoing lockdown.

Piyush Chawla interview: 'I would stop enjoying my cricket if I keep thinking about India comeback'
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Piyush Chawla interview: 'I would stop enjoying my cricket if I keep thinking about India comeback'

Talking about the unexpected break, Piyush Chawla said while cricket will go on, first it's important to bring life back on track amid coronavirus pandemic

With Gautam Gambhir's post on Dhoni's World Cup-winning six, fans must decide what they want from players — empathy or honesty
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With Gautam Gambhir's post on Dhoni's World Cup-winning six, fans must decide what they want from players — empathy or honesty

Why do star cricketers, especially after they have called it a day, speak hate against their former teammates? Gautam Gambhir surely isn’t the first player in the history of the game to spew venom against his former captain.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian cricketer Suresh Raina donates Rs 52 lakh to fight against COVID-19 pandemic
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian cricketer Suresh Raina donates Rs 52 lakh to fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Indian cricketer Suresh Raina on Saturday donated Rs 52 lakh to the country's fight against COVID-19 pandemic and urged others also to contribute in these times of health crisis.

Virat Kohli is 'boss' of Indian cricket, support staff there to take burden off him, says India coach Ravi Shastri
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Virat Kohli is 'boss' of Indian cricket, support staff there to take burden off him, says India coach Ravi Shastri

Head coach Ravi Shastri has called Virat Kohli the "boss" of Indian cricket and said the support staff is there to "take the burden off" the skipper.

India coach Ravi Shastri says 'cricket should be last on everyone's mind' amid coronavirus outbreak
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India coach Ravi Shastri says 'cricket should be last on everyone's mind' amid coronavirus outbreak

Shastri also welcomed the forced break for Indian players as they had been on the road for long

Revisiting 2011 World Cup final: With six runs, how MS Dhoni-led Team India made history
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Revisiting 2011 World Cup final: With six runs, how MS Dhoni-led Team India made history

The World Cup is not designed to be a cakewalk for any team. There are no easy matches, and no room for complacency, as the Indian team knew better than anyone.

Coronavirus Outbreak: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly shocked by empty roads in Kolkata, asks public to stay safe
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Coronavirus Outbreak: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly shocked by empty roads in Kolkata, asks public to stay safe

BCCI President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said the empty roads in his home city Kolkata, owing to a nationwide lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, are the kind of scenes he never thought he would witness in his lifetime.

The loss that still hurts: Looking back at 23 March, 2003, the most important defeat in India's cricket history
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The loss that still hurts: Looking back at 23 March, 2003, the most important defeat in India's cricket history

17 years to this day, India lost a one-sided World Cup final to Australia in Johannesburg. The loss still stings, but it turned out to be perhaps the most important defeat in Indian cricket's recent history.

Ravichandran Ashwin and the perils of over-experimentation: To improve game, bowler must re-invent, refocus
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Ravichandran Ashwin and the perils of over-experimentation: To improve game, bowler must re-invent, refocus

With the mindset of a grandmaster in chess, Ravichandran Ashwin usually plots the downfall of a batsman a few deliveries, often, even a few overs in advance. He should consider focusing on getting wickets with his stock delivery and use variations sparingly – without causing muscle memory perplexity, just to keep the batsmen guessing.

In Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, India tasted forbidden fruit: How a batting partnership undid Australia's invincibility
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In Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, India tasted forbidden fruit: How a batting partnership undid Australia's invincibility

In March 2001 at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, India was facing Australia — opponents who were laying claim to being the greatest Test team in the history of the sport. But VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid's partnership destroyed the Aussies' will and ego, rendering a top class bowling attack completely helpless

Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Time to focus on Jaydev Unadkat's under-appreciated red-ball prowess as he leads Saurashtra to another final
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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Time to focus on Jaydev Unadkat's under-appreciated red-ball prowess as he leads Saurashtra to another final

At 28, Unadkat's career is peaking and his red-ball numbers pack quite a punch. Given his unreal form and inspirational leadership, Saurashtra will fancy their chances against Bengal in the final.

Ten years since Sachin Tendulkar's Gwalior waltz: The epochal 200 that broke barriers and set the trend
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Ten years since Sachin Tendulkar's Gwalior waltz: The epochal 200 that broke barriers and set the trend

Ten years back, Sachin Tendulkar scored men's ODIs' first-ever double century to signal a defining shift in bat-ball dynamics in limited-overs cricket. Firstpost looks back at that special effort.

Is Virat Kohli burning himself out? As fatigue increasingly catches up with players, skipper must re-think his career strategy
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Is Virat Kohli burning himself out? As fatigue increasingly catches up with players, skipper must re-think his career strategy

Virat Kohli has defied being human perhaps for too long already. In pursuit of excellence on a 24x7 basis, he has been burning the candle at both ends

IPL 2020: One-Off All-Stars match to be held after the T20 League, venue not yet finalised
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IPL 2020: One-Off All-Stars match to be held after the T20 League, venue not yet finalised

The IPL starts just 10 days following the conclusion of the three-ODI series between India and South Africa on 18 March in Kolkata and hence All-Stars game has been pushed back due to logistical issues

Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Jammu and Kashmir’s rise, Mumbai’s fall, points system and other takeaways from group stages
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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Jammu and Kashmir’s rise, Mumbai’s fall, points system and other takeaways from group stages

The Ranji Trophy group stages threw up some interesting trends with big teams failing and some underrated sides punching above their weight. From stunning individual performances to exciting matches, the Ranji Trophy was a spectacle this season.

Harsh reality of international cricket haunts 'primary overseas spinner' Kuldeep Yadav in nascent career
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Harsh reality of international cricket haunts 'primary overseas spinner' Kuldeep Yadav in nascent career

From a big bang entry to being left out in the cold, Kuldeep Yadav's nascent career has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride

ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: Contrasting, yet very similar captains Priyam Garg and Akbar Ali go head-to-head in India vs Bangladesh final
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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: Contrasting, yet very similar captains Priyam Garg and Akbar Ali go head-to-head in India vs Bangladesh final

Priyam Garg and Akbar Ali have bigger players in their teams, but if a crisis situation crops up in the final, be rest assured that these captains will be the first to put their hand up and ride their team through the rocky waters.

Women's T20I tri-series 2020: Little backup if they fail, but performance against Australia another example of Indian top four's worth
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Women's T20I tri-series 2020: Little backup if they fail, but performance against Australia another example of Indian top four's worth

The chase demonstrated — for the second time in the tournament — what India Women are capable of when the top four all deliver, but how frequently is that likely to happen?