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Oct 29, 2015
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Why Wankhede should hurt Team India

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Though defeat is a part of the sports lexicon, some of them leave big enough scars to be more noteworthy than a glossary entry.

The 214-run defeat at Wankhede was one such failure that will torment Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys for a long time. Surely they mustn’t have been sleeping easy ever since the debacle. And it’s for their own good that they don’t.

Sep 4, 2015
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When India’s bowlers earned their stripes

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The test series (2-1) victory against Sri Lanka was truly impressive. It didn’t begin on a promising note though.

In the first test, just as Team India reached the last lap, having dominated until then, they faltered. The humiliating defeat could have easily crushed the spirit of any young team. The dressing room would have felt suffocating for Virat Kohli and his boys. The loss could have easily had overwhelming influence over the short three-test match series, but the boys decided to pick themselves up and launch a counterattack. And that’s where this team distinguished itself.

Aug 26, 2015
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Cricket: Team India needs a long rope

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Weaving a half-baked theory after one innings is a cardinal sin, but a handful of cricket writers did just that when India collapsed at Galle for 112, losing the Test by 63 runs on Aug. 15.

Jan 4, 2015
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Time for Indian bowlers to smell the coffee

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India’s Ishant Sharma bowls during the first cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 11, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown

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Dec 31, 2014
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Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

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In 2004, Indian cricket discovered a new drug – MSD. And ever since, well almost, it’s been on a high, highs it had never experienced before. Perhaps Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s greatest legacy will be his spirit of a champion, a spirit that believed in carving out victory when defeat seemed imminent. It’s the same spirit that galvanized the Indian team into world champions in all three formats of the game between 2007 and 2011 under his captaincy.

Nov 11, 2014
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Sachin on Sachin: Memoir of a cricketer

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On 16th Nov, 2013, the day Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket, he gave a thoughtful farewell speech at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Now he tells his life story in the memoir, “Playing It My Way”.

Sep 26, 2014
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Zivojinovic: Novak’s greatest weapon is his mind

The Davis Cup, where the pride of playing for the country is the overriding sentiment, has done different things to different players.

On Dec. 5, 2010, it transformed Serbian player Novak Djokovic’s career. Djokovic guided his team to the historic title victory against France on home turf in Belgrade. And from there began the fourth-longest winning streak in the Open Era. Djokovic went on to win 43 matches on the trot, going back to the Davis Cup final.

Sep 15, 2014
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Indian tennis players “lack killer instinct”: Bogdan Obradovic

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Riding on the back of two magnificent comeback matches (Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna doubles victory, followed by Somdev Devvarman’s win in singles in Bangalore), Yuki Bhambri, 22, had everything going for him in the final rubber of the India-Serbia World Group play-off tie. Yuki had the “momentum” going into the match against Filip Krajinovic, 22, but he didn’t bring two important ingredients to the court: tenacity and killer instinct.

Sep 14, 2014
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Davis Cup: India scripts phenomenal comeback

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It was a comeback of epic proportions. A kind that Leander Paes admitted he hadn’t been a part of in a doubles match in his entire 24 years of Davis Cup career.

Sep 13, 2014
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Davis Cup: Serbia showcases the art of winning

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“I had nothing to lose.” It sounded quite innocuous when Filip Krajinovic, 22, said this to the media after winning his match against Somdev Devvarman at the Davis Cup in Bangalore on Friday, but it’s a lethal attitude. “Nothing to lose” is reverse psychology; it helps to achieve the opposite result.