Shamik Chakrabarty

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IPL auction 2021: At Rs 16.25 crore, South African all-rounder Chris Morris is costliest buy ever

Despite being an IPL heavyweight, the title has remained elusive to RCB. They have Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers up the order and needed an impact player lower down. Maxwell fitted the bill.

Among the Indian players, off-spinner K Gowtham became a millionaire through CSK’s Rs 9.25 crore buy while Punjab signed uncapped Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan for Rs 5.25 crore.

Captain Fantastic: With a better captain in Rahane available, Kohli will now have little margin for error

Coming into the second Test in Melbourne during the recently concluded series in Australia, India’s situation was pretty similar to the ‘Summer of 42’ in England 46 years ago.

During a private conversation with Raj Singh Dungarpur many moons ago, this correspondent had the privilege of listening to the former BCCI president, a connoisseur of the game, analysing cricket captaincy threadbare.

Football fans, assemble! It’s Manchester United vs arch-rival Liverpool and it can’t get bigger than this!

Irrespective of their position, Manchester United are still behind Liverpool, Manchester City in many aspects

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action with Manchester United's Harry Maguire (file photo: reuters)

ICC needs to rise to the occasion as the charm and romance of Test cricket continues

The World Test Championship could be a golden opportunity to attract the younger audience to Test cricket

If Virat Kohli finds the changed qualification structure “confusing”, then fans probably are struggling even more.

Amid gloom, a silver lining in Rashford

Marcus Rashford transcended club rival rivalries and became a role model of the year

Diego Eternal: If you love football, you love Maradona. Period

Diego Maradona's genius allowed him to come out of abject poverty and become a world star

The nonsensical ‘one of the greatest ever’ phrase should be laid to rest, as we talk about football and Maradona.

Thunder down under: This time Australia are full strength, while India will be without their captain Virat Kohli for 3 Tests

This time Australia are full strength, while India will be without their captain Virat Kohli for three Tests

There's a debate if Kohli has taken the right decision by asking for paternity leave in the middle of such a high-profile series.

Poch pressure: Mauricio Pochettino can force players to perform or perish, irrespective of their star status

The timing was important. At a time when Ole Gunnar Solskjær is walking a managerial tightrope at Manchester United, Pochettino's appearance on a hugely popular football show probably said something, if you want to read betw

Mauricio Pochettino (Reuters image)

Twilight zone: MS Dhoni is looking a tad weary in the IPL, losing his finishing mojo. Is it time to rest?

Before going into that, we should look into why the CSK captain hasn’t been performing well as a batsman in this IPL. P

In 190 IPL matches between 2008 and 2019, Dhoni had hit 209 sixes, which means 1.1 sixes per game on an average.

United they are a-fallin! Manchester United seemingly have become a prisoner of their structural deformity

Manchester United seemingly have become a prisoner of their structural deformity

Alex Telles of Manchester United controls the ball during the Europa League match in Portugal (File photo: AP)

Walking a tightrope: Manchester United’s apparent trepidation in transfer market justified

Recently, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters revealed that top division clubs lost £700 million in revenue in the final quarter of last season, when matches were played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus

But Woodward’s approach during the ongoing transfer window is completely in sync with the current situation.

English Premier League returns: New season, old favourites

The world's most high-profile league is back. It now needs fans inside stadiums to raise the pitch

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during a training session in Cologne, Germany FILE photo: REUTERS

Sultan of swing: James Anderson became the first pace bowler in history to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket

James Anderson became the first pace bowler in the history to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket

The great man from Yorkshire played 67 Tests and bowled 15,178 balls for his 307 wickets.

IPL in the desert is fraught with risks

During a private conversation, chief executive of a successful IPL franchise admitted to the risks. At the same time, he spoke about how time has come to live with the pandemic.

This is IPL’s biggest challenge since its inception in 2008.

Back on track: Despite their shortcomings, Manchester United have made good progress

Despite their shortcomings, Manchester United have made good progress. The upcoming season should be about building on their performance

Manchester United players after their recent Premier League match against Leicester City in Leicester, Britain (Reuters Image)

The downturn of Caribbeans that started at turn of century appears to be changing

The downturn of the Caribbeans that started at the turn of the century appears to be changing of late

Are Liverpool the greatest team in the English Premier League history?

Liverpool have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, the Premier League. Are they the greatest team in the League's history?

Liverpool lifts the trophy after winning the Club World Cup in 2019 (Reuters image)

The young hero: What this Manchester United star is doing for school children

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford spearheads free school meal campaign for children

Dire straits: West Indies cricket need top-class management

West Indies cricket need top-class management to keep the players motivated for the game.

Covid-19 leads to saliva ban on cricket field: Much ado about a trifle

Using saliva to shine the ball is a common practice in cricket. This may come under scanner.

‘Project restart’: Pros and cons

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has given the go-ahead to Bundesliga’s resumption, in the second half of this month, ending a two-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Magnanimity of the rich: Cricket needs to take a leaf out of tennis’s book to maintain equilibrium

When the game returns, the struggling cricket boards will be dependent on three superpowers—India, England, Australia—for bailouts

The Premier League conundrum

With the pandemic wreaking a global havoc, football should be the last thing on anybody’s mind

Club Brugge players pose for a team group photo (FILE Photo: Reuters)

PK Banerjee: The footballing colossus will forever remain part of Indian football’s golden folklore

He could advise a national-level swimmer on the underwater dolphin kick. He could talk cricket with Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

As a footballer and a coach, PK Banerje’s successes have been well-documented (express photo)

Ringside View | Kohli’s Team India yet to inspire confidence against tougher opponents

India has been the world’s top-ranked Test side for over three years now, but the side is yet to inspire confidence against tougher opponents.

Ringside view: Pep Guardiola’s influence in football way beyond his trophy numbers

The defending Premium League champions trail leaders Liverpool by 22 points with 13 games remaining.

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Can resistance from stalwarts dilute the four-day Test cricket?

The love for Test cricket has been unambiguous. Can resistance from stalwarts dilute the four-day Test contest?

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