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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

BCCI logo (Photo: ANI)
BCCI logo (Photo: ANI)

BCCI invites applications for national selectors

  • While two positions each are open from the men's senior and junior selection committees, all five positions are open in the women's committee
  • The criteria for senior men's selectors is that the candidate should have played 7 Test matches or 30 first-class matches or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches

Rafael Nadal of Spain and Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic.
Rafael Nadal of Spain and Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic.

The European stamp on tennis

Europe has maintained its hegemony in tennis as about 60% of the top 500 players—both men and women—still come from the continent

MS Dhoni (Photo: AP)
He attempted the Guinness World Record for the most full contact knee strikes in one-hour non-stop and successfully achieved more than 1200 knee strikes. (ANI)
He attempted the Guinness World Record for the most full contact knee strikes in one-hour non-stop and successfully achieved more than 1200 knee strikes. (ANI)

Five-year-old Hyderabad boy achieves Guinness world record in Taekwondo

  • Aashman is an incredible Taekwondo player and an athlete at a very young age
  • He is a USA World Open Taekwondo Silver medalist and a proud Guinness World Record holder now

Saurashtra player Jaydev Unadkat in action during the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 final match between Mumbai and Saurashtra in Pune. (HT)
Saurashtra player Jaydev Unadkat in action during the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 final match between Mumbai and Saurashtra in Pune. (HT)

Shift in balance of bowling in Ranji

In the last 40 years, pace bowling in Ranji Trophy has moved from the fringes to the mainstream. There’s finally a balance between pacers and spinners

Indian skipper Virat Kohli interacts with the media ahead of the 1st T20 match against Sri Lanka at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati (Photo: PTI)
Indian skipper Virat Kohli interacts with the media ahead of the 1st T20 match against Sri Lanka at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati (Photo: PTI)

Not in favour of four-day Tests, says India captain Virat Kohli

  • The ICC wants to try out the four-day Test matches during the next FTP cycle between 2023-2031 in order to get more free days for the commercially lucrative shorter formats
  • India recently played Day/Night Tests and that's about the change Kohli would like in the five-day version for now

In 2016, a 34-year-old Williams became the oldest woman to win a singles major. Photo: Reuters
Bayern Munich have won the German Bundesliga for the last seven seasons. (REUTERS)
Bayern Munich have won the German Bundesliga for the last seven seasons. (REUTERS)

In Europe, half done is well done

  • Go into the Winter break with a lead, come out with a title. That’s the dominant narrative in European club football over the past decade
  • About 71% of the time, those teams that were in the top four at Christmas also finished in the top four, shows data

The opening batsman was also a part of the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals for two seasons from 2018-2020 (Photo: HT)
The opening batsman was also a part of the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals for two seasons from 2018-2020 (Photo: HT)

Kumar Mangalam Birla's son takes break from cricket due to mental health issues

  • Aryaman Birla has played age-group cricket for Madhya Pradesh before making it to the senior Ranji side in 2017
  • Last year, he topped the CK Nayudu (Under-23) Trophy run charts with 602 at an average of 75.25, scoring three hundreds in nine innings

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Australia's Pat Cummins (Reuters)
Pat Cummins (Photo: Twitter)
Pat Cummins (Photo: Twitter)

Pat Cummins becomes most expensive overseas IPL player

  • Kolkata Night Riders shelled out 15.5 crore ($2.2 million), nearly 43% of their purse, for the New South Welshman at the auction
  • Pat Cummins has previously played for Delhi Daredevils (as they were known then) in the 2017 edition and Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2014 edition of IPL

India bowler Kuldeep Yadav celebrates with skipper Virat Kohli and teammate Kedar Jadhav after completing his hat-trick during the 2nd ODI cricket match against West Indies at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. (PTI)
India bowler Kuldeep Yadav celebrates with skipper Virat Kohli and teammate Kedar Jadhav after completing his hat-trick during the 2nd ODI cricket match against West Indies at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. (PTI)

Kuldeep Yadav becomes first Indian to bag two international hat-tricks

  • Kuldeep Yadav achieved the feat during the second One-day International against the West Indies
  • The 25-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, who had claimed his first ODI hat-trick against Australia in Kolkata in 2017

Carlsen’s team is called Kjell Ankedal.
Australian Chris Lynn, who was released by KKR, will be expecting to go at a good price at the auction next week (Photo: Reuters)
Australian Chris Lynn, who was released by KKR, will be expecting to go at a good price at the auction next week (Photo: Reuters)

332 players to go under hammer at IPL auction: Here are a few marquee players

  • Seven overseas players — Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Dale Steyn and Angelo Mathews — have been shortlisted at the highest base price of 2 cr
  • Robin Uthappa, who was released by KKR earlier this year, is the only Indian player in the auction list with a base price of 1.5 cr

This deal will raise Manchester City’s profile in India. (Photo: AP)
Michael Phelps, the world’s greatest Olympian. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Australia's David Warner after their win over Pakistan in their cricket test match in Adelaide. (Photo: AP)
Roger Federer (Photo: AP)
Roger Federer (Photo: AP)

Federer to have Swiss coin minted in his honour

  • A 50-franc gold coin with Federer’s image on it will be minted next year
  • 55,000 of the coins featuring Federer delivering a backhand, will be produced and will be available for pre-order from Tuesday until 19 Dec