Category Archives: Sports

Magnificent Mary packs a punch to spark a revolution

By Allan Jacob

A bout of anger or sadness has gripped me. I cannot fathom what it is and why I am being shackled by these emotions. I’d like to get into a contest to find out. A punch up would settle it — I mean like watching a boxing bout featuring World Champion Mary Kom who recently won her sixth title, a record she shares with Cuban Felix Savon, a former champion in the men’s event. Continue reading Magnificent Mary packs a punch to spark a revolution

With a stadium named after him, Sammy believes in a larger cause

By Rituraj Borkakoty

How many active cricketers can claim to have an international cricket stadium named after them? I asked Darren Sammy as the gangly West Indies all-rounder looked at me before his face broke into a beautiful smile. He knew that the only active cricketer in the world to have an international stadium named after him is not Virat Kohli.

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How Serena Williams is both right and wrong?

By Anamika Chatterjee

When history looks at the events that unfolded at this year’s women’s finals of the US Open, it will judge Serena Williams on several counts. The question we must ask ourselves, however, is, whose history would it be, anyway? The history of the sport or the history of women’s movement? Because if it is the former, there’s little to contest that Williams was wrong. The latter demands that we understand the experience of being Serena Williams — a tennis icon, a trailblazer, a woman and a woman of colour. Continue reading How Serena Williams is both right and wrong?

Are trolls nastier when cricket and Bollywood meet?

By Sunil K. Vaidya

Did Anushka carry drinks for Virat Kohli during a Test match in England? Did she so much as attempt to pad up and join her cricketer husband on the 22-yards between the stumps? Did she banish Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to third man so she could stand in slip cordon with Kohli? Obviously, that’s an emphatic no. Then what’s all this ruckus about a photograph that was tweeted this past fortnight? Continue reading Are trolls nastier when cricket and Bollywood meet?

What do you know about staying loyal to one team?

By Alvin R. Cabral

When LeBron James left his basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, he was immediately vilified; he couldn’t win a title with them, so he decided to hook up with two all-stars on the Miami Heat. It didn’t help that Cleveland was his hometown. It was enough for fans to curse him and burn his jerseys. Continue reading What do you know about staying loyal to one team?