Shamik Chakrabarty

Articles By Shamik Chakrabarty

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A tale of two Englands: Racism is a much bigger problem than hooliganism in English football

In January last year, figures put out by the United Kingdom’s Minister of State (Home Office) Susan Williams showed that reported racist abuse incidents rose from 98 to 152 between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 football seasons.

Street artist Akse P19 repairs defaced mural of UK soccer star Marcus Rashford after England lost the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match to Italy. (Photo by AP)

The People’s Champion: Kane Williamson has built the Kiwi team in his own image where victory, defeat are viewed with equanimity

New Zealand cricket has been on a steady rise over the past half-a-decade. They played back-to-back World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019, and winning the inaugural WTC would certainly be their crowning glory.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson with the trophy and teammates after the final win at the ICC World Test Championship (Image: Reuters)

Italian Philharmonic: A footballing giant that went into a slumber is roaring again

As a manager, Mancini had won back-to-back Serie A titles with Inter Milan. Then, in 2011-12, he guided Manchester City to their first league title in 44 years.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini (Image: Reuters)

Heavy Metal Football: The Euro could be splendid in its unpredictability but a tough tournament than the World Cup

Didier Deschamps, though, is rightly playing down the hype. “Two years at the highest level is a long time, even if it is not a lot in life in general."

France coach Didier Deschamps (Reuters image)

The Best XI: Premier League’s team of the season has a Manchester overload

In just 24 appearances, Kevin de Bruyne had 11 assists and five goals. He would be the first name on any team sheet.

And yet, the team of the season here would fall back on a 4-4-2 diamond, with a defensive midfielder at the base of it and a No. 10 at the tip, for that’s the best way to accommodate all the standout performers in the playing XI.

As the curtain falls on the IPL 2021, there’s a lesson for BCCI to learn

The Emirates Cricket Board is always willing to host the IPL in the UAE. In fact, it feels like that their readiness is just a phone call away.

Once the bio-bubble arrangements were made in India, it was well-nigh impossible to shift the IPL out to the UAE.

Ringside View: Football’s escape to victory

The proposed Super League went against the basic fundamentals of fair play and competition

“The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid,” it said in a strongly-worded statement.

IPL in times of coronavirus: New season, tougher challenges

The IPL is necessary for the nourishment of India's cricket economy. It must go along trouble-free

Two Mumbai Indians batsmen graduated to international cricket by dint of their performance in the last year’s IPL.

The United rebuild: Is Manchester United planning a long-term future under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, they are poised to secure a top-four finish in consecutive seasons. Social media, though, hardly cares about perspective.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Reuters Image)

The Fitness Debate: Fitness in cricket is tricky, it doesn’t adhere to the template of any other outdoor sport

The Indian team that won the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 remains the country’s finest fielding unit yet.

Cut to March 11, 2021... At a press conference ahead of India’s T20I opener against England, Virat Kohli told reporters in no uncertain terms that fitness is non-negotiable.

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)
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