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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP)

From pain to pleasure: Novak Djokovic's rocky road to magnificent seven

  • Djokovic is now just two behind Nadal's total of 17 Grand Slams and five shy of Roger Federer's record of 20
  • Djokovic's ability to thrive among the greats has never been in doubt, but the size of his heart often led to questions

PKL commissioner Anupam Goswami. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma. (Photo: AP)
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma. (Photo: AP)

In IPL, the batsmen have never had it better

In IPL 2008, the average runs per over was 7.98. Ten years on, this has increased to 8.69. And much of that increase is coming from boundary hits

Chennai Super Kings are the most successful team in IPL.
Chennai Super Kings are the most successful team in IPL.

IPL 2019 creates high social media buzz: Report

  • RCB captain, Virat Kohli got the maximum number of mentions (501,000) on social media followed by CSK’s MS Dhoni (312,000)
  • 80% of the conversations around the IPL were carried out by men and 71% of all conversations originated from within India

Dinesh Karthik. (Reuters)
Rishabh Pant. The selectors seem more concerned about covering all bases than picking potential game changers. (PTI)
Rishabh Pant. The selectors seem more concerned about covering all bases than picking potential game changers. (PTI)

Selectors play safe, leave out Rishabh Pant from India World Cup 2019 team

  • Selectors opt for Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant as stand-in wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni in India's World Cup 2019 squad
  • This after Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals) blasted 78 off 27 balls against a bowling attack that included Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians) in IPL 2019

President Donald Trump.  (AP )
Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.  (AFP )
Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (AFP )

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • The one-stroke win at Augusta National led to an outpouring of support from sports greats and politicians including Trump
  • The victory on Sunday was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as the 43-year-old ended an 11-year major title drought

 In this file photo dated March 30, 2018, is seen Indian batsman Rishabh Pant during an IPL practice session, in New Delhi. Pant could not secure a place in the Indian squad for the upcoming cricket World Cup. (PTI )
In this file photo dated March 30, 2018, is seen Indian batsman Rishabh Pant during an IPL practice session, in New Delhi. Pant could not secure a place in the Indian squad for the upcoming cricket World Cup. (PTI )

Rishabh Pant was almost there, says MSK Prasad after another 'near miss'

  • Before the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, Pant was kept on stand-by and once again according MSK Prasad, Pant was 'almost there'
  • While Karthik has certainly proved himself as a finisher in the last 18 months, not having Pant on that plane to England is a bigger surprise

Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters.  (Reuters)
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain M.S. Dhoni during the match with Rajasthan Royals on Thursday (Photo: AFP)
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Mumbai Indians cricketers climb onto captain Kieron Pollard after winning the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.  (Photo: Getty Images)
Mumbai Indians cricketers climb onto captain Kieron Pollard after winning the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. (Photo: Getty Images)

345 million viewers watched IPL in first two weeks, says Star

  • Star said that television viewership delivered 29.8 million average impressions for the first two weeks
  • Star said that its regional broadcast push has further fuelled IPL viewership growth with Hindi speaking markets growing by 24%

A file photo of Ajay Thakur (centre) in action during a Pro Kabaddi League match.
A file photo of Ajay Thakur (centre) in action during a Pro Kabaddi League match.

Pro Kabaddi League auction sees 50 crore spent on 200 players

  • A total of 173 domestic players and 27 international players will be part of the 13-weeks long league which will be held between 19 July and 9 October
  • Telugu Titans picked up raider Siddharth Desai for Rs1.45 crore making him the most expensive player of this season

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The five piece capsule collection consists of brand’s signature Gully Bomber jackets, coordinated slim fit joggers; muscle-tee, shorts and bandanas made in statement camouflage print with colours inspired from the respective teams.
The five piece capsule collection consists of brand’s signature Gully Bomber jackets, coordinated slim fit joggers; muscle-tee, shorts and bandanas made in statement camouflage print with colours inspired from the respective teams.

GullyLiveFast partners with IPL teams to launch apparel collection

  • GullyLiveFast has partnered with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals to launch a limited edition apparel collection
  • The brand has used iconic Howrah Bridge in the badges on the jackets of KKR jackets

Even as it searches for new markets, the heart of F1 remains distinctly European. There’s not a single Asian driver on the grid. (Reuters)
Even as it searches for new markets, the heart of F1 remains distinctly European. There’s not a single Asian driver on the grid. (Reuters)

Formula 1 at 1,000 races: The paradox within

The premier motor-racing series is healthy and ticking. But Formula 1 remains in a state of creative tension on two fronts: inclusion and expansion

Chennai—the most successful side in the IPL and the only side to have qualified for every play-off—is mostly indifferent to initial form.
Chennai—the most successful side in the IPL and the only side to have qualified for every play-off—is mostly indifferent to initial form.

How important is a speedy start in the IPL?

For all teams other than Chennai, it has mattered: the better the performance in the first five matches, the better the odds of advancing to the play-offs

Marathon is the only sporting event in the world where one can run with the world’s best in the same race. It gives marathoners cold comfort to know that when they are struggling on the road, so are the elites.  (Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)
Marathon is the only sporting event in the world where one can run with the world’s best in the same race. It gives marathoners cold comfort to know that when they are struggling on the road, so are the elites. (Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)

Ready, get set, go: India is up and running

The running bug has infected all, from millennials to CXOs, with demand for an event in a new city every weekend

The Indian team has already unofficially retired jersey number 10, which Tendulkar wore. In all probability, the same will happen with Dhoni's jersey as well. (AP)
The Indian team has already unofficially retired jersey number 10, which Tendulkar wore. In all probability, the same will happen with Dhoni's jersey as well. (AP)

ICC gives green light to name and jersey number in Tests

  • The move is aimed at popularising the longest format of the game
  • It is widely expected that the Indian team in all likelihood will not use no. 10 and no. 7 jerseys previously worn by Tendulkar and Dhoni