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Through his grace, Kane Williamson was so influential that even Ravi Shastri doffed his hat

Through his grace, Kane Williamson was so influential that even Ravi Shastri doffed his hat.

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Sharp-shooting in cricket: The game has changed, comparing players from different eras an exercise in futility

Cricket has changed and comparing players from different eras is an exercise in futility

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Why Solskjær needs a dressing room free of Pogba

Solskjær needs a dressing room free of Pogba as it will reduce the player-power factor and bad vibes.

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World Cup 2019: South Africa in crisis after three successive defeats

South Africa looks to be in crisis after three successive defeats at the ongoing World Cup

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Cup wide open: Onus would be on Rohit, Shikhar to provide a good start

With regards to India, the onus would be on Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to provide good starts followed by Kohli’s brilliance.

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Why Barcelona must clear deadwoods to make room for new arrivals

Barcelona must clear deadwoods to make room for new arrivals, and prepare for life after Messi.

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Now or never: 7 losses in 9 games have created a serious crisis at Manchester United

Guardiola’s counterpart, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær had opted for a five-man defence, bringing Matteo Darmian back from oblivion.

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Why Pochettino believes trophies don’t take a team to the next level

Pochettino believes that trophies don’t take a team to the next level. Philosophy, identity and consistency do.

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Why ICC must ban the word Mankading

Making a U-turn on Buttler’s run-out, the Marylebone Cricket Club has now said they didn’t think that it was ‘within the spirit of the game’

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French legend Zinedine Zidane back with Real Madrid for the second stint

During his first spell as the Real Madrid boss, Zidane had won nine trophies in two-and-a-half years. He is probably a guarantee to success.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Thanks to mega event, build up to this year’s IPL a little low key

Rahul has started to get back into the groove. A serious contender for the World Cup side, he shouldn’t allow T20s to affect his game.

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Chelsea Football Club seems to be regressing towards mid-table mediocrity

Gone are the days when managers received texts from the club owner after defeats.

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Ringside View by Shamik Chakrabarty: A new chapter begins in Davis Cup with 12 qualifying-round ties

The Barcelona centre-half picked the Davis Cup to invest in sport, proposed a radical overhaul of the 119-year-old event and revelled in the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) kowtowing.

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Indian football team qualified for Asia Cup, but no structure in place to ensure its rise

The ISL is going to be Indian football’s official mainstream from the next season onwards.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must land the job of Manchester United manager permanently, feels Shamik Chakraborty

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should land the job of Manchester United manager permanently, given his positive impact on the team

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Ringside view: Upcoming series with Australia is Virat Kohli & CO’s best chance to prove their overseas abilities

India have never won a Test series in Australia and the upcoming series is arguably their best chance

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Lessons in elitism: Virat Kohli’s ‘leave India’ comment shows some stars thrive arrogance, take fans for granted

Some sporting superstars thrive on arrogance, taking fans for granted. But they should remember that fans are the biggest stakeholders in the sporting world.

Lessons in elitism: Virat Kohli’s ‘leave India’ comment shows some stars thrive arrogance, take fans for granted

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: Stop making comparisons, let’s celebrate two jewels of Indian Cricket

Tendulkar inspired a whole generation of cricketers, including Kohli, through his mindboggling exploits across formats.

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Ringside view: How explosion of T20 leagues has given rise to corruption in cricket

Corruption in cricket has risen exponentially with the “explosion” of T20 leagues. Over the past 12 months, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has conducted 32 investigations and out of those 23 came from the participant report

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Ringside view: Team India’s victory tally puts up question mark on coaching standards

The Indian Test cricket team has lost more matches than it has won this year, making one question the efficacy of the coaching.

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Ringside view: Jose Mourinho’s man-management becomes his biggest bugbear

Jose Mourinho’s ‘respect’ rant in response to a very legitimate question from a Guardian reporter after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford wasn’t good enough to qualify as a Broadway a

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The shrewd skipper: Ajit Wadekar’s indelible mark on international cricket

Wadekar made a late entry into international cricket — after almost seven years of first-class cricket and a mountain of runs. He became the captain by chance.

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Captain marvel: Imran Khan was the biggest poster boy that Pakistan cricket could offer

Khan was Pakistan’s captain marvel. But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the great all-rounder. He replaced Miandad as Pakistan skipper after the latter lost the dressing-room.

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Ron & roll: Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported fee of £105 million could be a game-changer

Ronaldo might be 33 years of age, but he is still the biggest thing that football can offer along with Lionel Messi. Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin will shore up Juventus, its commercial partners and popularity.

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The reason behind low-key presence of Latin American coach in Europe- the hub of football

“It’s a great question, but I really don’t know the answer. Maybe it’s the perception or the communication factor,” says Marcos Falopa.

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FIFA World cup 2018: Argentina’s Lionel Messi carries hopes of a great football nation

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is human and should be allowed to fail, but he is carrying the hopes of a great football nation in the World Cup.

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Ringside view: Lionel Messi’s game; one of the most decorated footballers in history

For one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the game, a World Cup win remains the only missing piece in the trophy cabinet.

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