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Shamik Chakrabarty

Articles By Shamik Chakrabarty

156 Articles

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Ringside View: Fare thee well AB de Villiers

AB de Villers batted 360-degree, kept wickets like a specialist and threatened to break partnerships with his seam-up deliveries

Former South African captain AB de Villiers announced, recently, on his Twitter handle that he has decided to retire from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect

The universal boss: Sir Alex Ferguson outshines the rest by dint of his longevity, consistency and achievements

During his 26-and-a-half-year tenure at Manchester United, Ferguson became the most decorated manager in the British game, winning 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two European Cups.

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Ringside View: The Champions Trophy quagmire

The ICC’s broadcaster wants to scrap the 2021 Champions Trophy, and replace it with a World T20. It means more matches and a lot more money

ICC chief executive David Richardson interacts with the media at the end of the ICC board meeting in Kolkata this week.

Ringside View: The normal one

Football of late has genuflected to the filthy rich. In August last year, Paris St-Germain forked out £198 million to land Neymar from Barcelona.

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Victims of double standards: Cricket Australia played to the gallery in opting for draconian punishments for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

A broken Steve Smith broke down during his on-arrival press conference at the Sydney Airport on Thursday.

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IPL 2018: The Kings XI Punjab captaincy would be a great challenge for R Ashwin, says Shamik Chakrabarty

KXIP bought R Ashwin for Rs 7.6 crore at the auction and now they have handed the captaincy to the senior off-spinner for the upcoming season.

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What lies in store for South Africa after AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis?

De Villiers agrees that throwing young players in at the deep end of one-day cricket is somewhat unfair. The trickle-down effect, however, is that South Africa get finished articles for their Test team.

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IPL 2018: Franchises picked players with maturity during auction, says Shamik Chakrabarty

A total of 169 players were sold at the IPL auctions and Rs 431 crore spent.

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Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United would be the biggest coup of the season

By the time this column goes to print, Alexis Sanchez could very likely be a Manchester United player (save a last-minute collapse), while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is joining Arsenal in a swap deal.

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Jose Mourinho of Manchester United has an outdated approach towards football, describes Shamik Chakrabarty

Sport punditry is arguably one of the easiest jobs in the world. You delve into your playing past to analyse the present. And unless you elevate yourself to Richie Benaud, Mike Atherton or Gary Neville’s level, there’s al

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Australia captain Steve Smith has moved closer to Don Bradman’s highest-ever ranking points!

A few days ago, the International Cricket Council (ICC) released its latest Test rankings for batsmen that showed Steve Smith had reached a tally of 945 points to take joint-second position in the all-time list, along with L

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Cricket match Vs polluted air: Why did BCCI schedule a game during this time of year?

In December 2002, Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh were fined by New Zealand’s ministry of agriculture for arriving in the country with dirty shoes.

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Fans must reign supreme: Dwindling stadium attendance is a harsh reality in the longest format of the game

Dwindling stadium attendance is a harsh reality in the longest format of the game. But Test cricket is still unrivalled in terms of drama and intrigue

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The Mourinho conundrum

A year-and-a-half into his reign at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho’s report card shows two trophies—the League Cup and the Europa League—in his first season, a Champions League group phase romp and the second place in

A year-and-a-half into his reign at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho’s report card shows two trophies—the League Cup and the Europa League—in his first season, a Champions League group phase romp and the second place in the Premier League this term, going into the November international break.

Fifa U-17 World Cup: Mega event provided Indian fans opportunity to witness the supply line of the game’s elite

The Fifa U-17 World Cup provided Indian fans the opportunity to witness the supply line of the game’s elite. It was an enriching experience

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Under 17 FIFA world cup: What is future of football in India

In Punjab, JCT was a nursery of young footballers. The club shut shop because it felt that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) wasn’t adequately supporting their interest. In the 1970s and the early 1980s, Orkay Mills,

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Violence on field: Why pragmatic approach towards new laws of cricket is fair a deal

His ‘crime’ was that he had acceded to an appeal against a batsman in a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) second-division league fixture and the ‘victim’ took his protest far enough to swing his club officials/suppo

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When will Pakistan return to international cricket? Here is what you need to know

Ahsan Raza shone brightest at Gaddafi. In a recent The Times column, Michael Atherton recounted how an ICC handbook and match referee Chris Broad’s help saved Raza’s life after he took two bullets during the harrowing att

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