Aakash Chopra: For argument’s sake, I am giving you the example of Delhi Capitals’ Head coach Ponting. If he wants assistant coaches (Indian) what he would do? He may be knowing me and Kaif but certainly not Tarak Sinha (Chopra’s childhood coach who has produced over a dozen international cricketers and also made Delhi and Rajasthan Ranji Trophy Champions). The game has changed. Senior (domestic) coaches don’t fit the bill because the delegation job (which essentially is done by most coaches in India) can only be done by a head coach. … [Read more...] about Why are there so few Indian coaches in IPL — former cricketers, experts take strike
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Batra, who came to hockey and also slotted himself into IOA realised that cricket was way beyond him. At the 2016 FIH Congress in Dubai where polls took place for the top slot, Batra was the first-ever Indian to be elected as the FIH president. Batra, who was then the president of Hockey India, defeated David Balbirnie of Ireland and Australia's Ken Read to become the 12th FIH President – the first Asian to grab the post despite stiff opposition from Europe. Batra got 68 votes in his favour while Balbirnie and Read managed 29 and 13 votes respectively. … [Read more...] about Hockey India, a poor cousin of BCCI, rocked by a cricket-like power struggle
The overwhelming impact of leg-spinners as match-winners can be witnessed in T20 leagues across the world. The top 10 bowlers in T20s have three leg-spinners. Along with Afridi and Rashid, there is one name who has got 380 wickets (more than Afridi and Rashid) and is more famous for his wild jubilation after taking a wicket, South Africa’s Imran Tahir. “If you contain the runs, you will get wickets. In T20, batsmen are always going after you, so a good policy is to bowl five-six dot balls in your first two-three overs so that pressure builds on the batsman and he plays riskier shots,” explained Tahir to me a couple of years back. … [Read more...] about Nothing succeeds like leg-spin in T20 format!
Since the pandemic began, viewership of live chess games has soared. From March through August, people watched 41.2 million hours of chess on Twitch, four times as many hours as in the previous six months, according to analytics website SullyGnome. In June, an amateur chess tournament called PogChamps was briefly the top-viewed stream on Twitch, with 63,000 people watching at once, SullyGnome said. And popular Twitch gamers like Félix Lengyel (better known to his 3.3 million followers as “xQcOW”) have also recently started streaming chess. … [Read more...] about Chess (Yes, chess) is now a streaming obsession
Messi, 33, revealed last Friday in an interview with Goal.com that he was staying at Barca for the coming season as he did not wish to face a court case with the club where he has spent his entire career over a disputed release clause in his contract. … [Read more...] about Lionel Messi back training with Barcelona after ending departure saga