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This Indian Test team is now going to be hard to beat anywhere. In photo: Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli.
This Indian Test team is now going to be hard to beat anywhere. In photo: Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli.

From lambs abroad to lions, India tame Australia

Virat Kohli has shown he is fair to his players, leads from the front as the No. 1 batsman in the world and has brought in a culture of fitness

The auctions in progress. Photo: Twitter/IPL
The auctions in progress. Photo: Twitter/IPL

IPL Auction 2019 highlights: Uncapped Indian players strike it rich; Unadkat, Varun go for Rs 8.4 crore each

At the IPL auction 2019, 351 players went under the hammer in Jaipur. While some made a fortune, others weren’t as lucky. Here are the highlights from the day

India captain Virat Kohli termed his team’s historic 2-1 series win on Australia soil as his “biggest achievement” which will give the current team a “different identity”. Photo: Reuters
India captain Virat Kohli termed his team’s historic 2-1 series win on Australia soil as his “biggest achievement” which will give the current team a “different identity”. Photo: Reuters

Australia series win my biggest achievement: Virat Kohli

It was at Sydney that Virat Kohli was annointed with permanent Test captaincy and it is at the very ground that he created an epic chapter in Indian cricket history

IPL’s eight franchisees bought 60 players, including 40 from India and 20 from overseas in this auction. Photo: Twitter/IPL
IPL’s eight franchisees bought 60 players, including 40 from India and 20 from overseas in this auction. Photo: Twitter/IPL

IPl 2019 auction: List of sold, unsold players

A total of 107 crore was spent by eight franchise owners at the 12th edition of IPL auctions in Jaipur

Varun Chakravarthy will play for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019.
Varun Chakravarthy will play for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019.

IPL Auction 2019: Varun Chakravarthy fetches a king’s ransom

After an intense bidding war, Kings XI Punjab bought a little-known mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy for 8.4 crore at the IPL auction for the 2019 games

As many as 53 of Roger Federer’s 99 titles have come in the top-tier tournaments. Photo:AP
As many as 53 of Roger Federer’s 99 titles have come in the top-tier tournaments. Photo:AP

How Roger Federer’s tilt at 100 singles titles stands out

Federer's 99 singles titlesthe second-most everare a cut above the men in his vicinity in three ways: quality, longevity and versatility on the turf.

File Photo: AP
File Photo: AP

India crash out of AFC Asian Cup with 0-1 defeat to Bahrain

India finished outside the top two after the the group's other game between UAE and Thailand ended in a 1-1 draw

Kidambi Srikanth is managed by sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which was instrumental in getting the tie-up in place. Photo: Getty Images
Kidambi Srikanth is managed by sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which was instrumental in getting the tie-up in place. Photo: Getty Images

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth signs 4-year deal with Li-Ning

The deal, which is valued at 35 crore for a period of four years, will comprise sponsorship and equipment supply

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

The contrasting game plan of  Liverpool, Manchester City

The top-ranked sides in the English Premier League are separated by just four points, and by their approach to movement and workload on the field

Netmeds is title sponsor for upcoming India-New Zealand ODI, T20 series

Netmeds is the title sponsor for the One Day International (ODI) and T20 series scheduled to be held in New Zealand from 23 January to 10 February 2019

IPL 2014 and IPL 2009 were hosted outside India due to general elections in those years. Representational Photo: AFP
IPL 2014 and IPL 2009 were hosted outside India due to general elections in those years. Representational Photo: AFP

IPL 2019 to be held entirely in India from 23 March

The decision has put to rest concerns that BCCI would be forced to host IPL 2019 outside India as the dates might have clashed with Lok Sabha elections due by May

Barcelona’s Uruguan forward Luis Suarez. Photo: Reuters
Barcelona’s Uruguan forward Luis Suarez. Photo: Reuters

Barcelona bets big on India in bid for global expansion

Cricket-mad India, home to 1.3 billion people, is a massive underachiever as far as football is concerned and the country has yet to make a single appearance at the World Cup finals

A draw in either of the two coming matches against UAE and Bahrain could see India through to the knockout round. Photo: AP Photo
A draw in either of the two coming matches against UAE and Bahrain could see India through to the knockout round. Photo: AP Photo

Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in India’s first Asian Cup win since 1964, goes past Lionel Messi

With his two strikes, the 34-year-old Chhetri went past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, who has so far scored 65 goals from 128 matches

Achrekar was bestowed the Padmashri award in 2010.Photo: @sachin_rt
Achrekar was bestowed the Padmashri award in 2010.Photo: @sachin_rt

Ramakant Achrekar, the man who discovered Sachin Tendulkar, passes away

Achrekar competed in just one first-class match in his playing career but discovered and shaped the biggest batsman in international cricket after Sir Donald Bradman in Tendulkar

The focus in the Test series Down Under has been on Virat Kohli’s leadership and he has risen to the occasion. Photo: AP
The focus in the Test series Down Under has been on Virat Kohli’s leadership and he has risen to the occasion. Photo: AP

Virat Kohli finally arrives as captain, shaken and stirred

For all the flak Kohli has received over selection and defensive mindset, MCG showed how good a leader he can be

Indian Captain Virat Kohli, Pujara and Rahane celebrate after winning the third test match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne. Photo: Reuters
Indian Captain Virat Kohli, Pujara and Rahane celebrate after winning the third test match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne. Photo: Reuters

India beat Australia by 137 runs to in Melbourne

Having dominated with bat and ball throughout the one-sided Boxing Day clash, Virat Kohli's men will head to the Sydney Cricket Ground with a genuine belief they can become the first Indian team to win a series Down Under

Indian captain Virat Kohli. Photo: Reuters
Indian captain Virat Kohli. Photo: Reuters

The elite Test batting quartet of our times

Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Steve SmithThere's symmetry in the Test numbers of these four top-class batsmen. And some asymmetry

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

The end of the Messi-Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966

Photos: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Photos: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

A trip to Manipur’s Kangathei, where a boxing star was born

M.C. Mary Kom may have moved away from Kangathei a long while ago, but her rise is inspiring kids in her village to follow in her footsteps

Former Manchester Uniter manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Reuters
Former Manchester Uniter manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Reuters

Was Jose Mourinho right on Manchester United’s spending plan?

Yes: in Europe, Manchester United was onlythe sixth in spending onnew players.No: it spread its spending too thin and it didn't deliver wins and titles

Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere (7) argues a call during the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere (7) argues a call during the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Mumbai to host 2019 preseason games in a first for India

One of the teams playing the games will be the Kings, which has the NBA's first Indian-born majority owner and Mumbai-native Vivek Ranadive as its chairman

Chakravarthy, the 27-year-old gave up a career as freelance architect to pursue his dream of playing cricket.Photo:Youtube screengrab
Chakravarthy, the 27-year-old gave up a career as freelance architect to pursue his dream of playing cricket.Photo:Youtube screengrab

Varun Chakravarthy makes it big in IPL auction

Varun Chakravarthy, who had a base price of 20 lakh, finally got an amount of 8.40 crore and was bagged by Kings XI Punjab

Mumbai’s Shivam Dube goes big against Baroda in their Ranji Trophy match on Monday. Photo: PTI
Mumbai’s Shivam Dube goes big against Baroda in their Ranji Trophy match on Monday. Photo: PTI

IPL 2019 auction: The five Indians who attracted highest bids

The 2019 Indian Premier League auction belonged to uncapped Indians. Here are five of the most expensive Indians to be sold today

The club’s worst start in the league since 1990 means even Mourinho’s ambition of reaching the top four and a Champions League qualification spot is in danger. Photo: AFP
The club’s worst start in the league since 1990 means even Mourinho’s ambition of reaching the top four and a Champions League qualification spot is in danger. Photo: AFP

Manchester United sacks Mourinho, Zidane a possible candidate

Mourinho's sacking comes just two-and-a-half years into his tenure and three years and a day since Chelsea sacked him just months after he had guided them to the title

The highest base price for this year’s auction has been kept at Rs 2 crore. Photo:iplt20.com
The highest base price for this year’s auction has been kept at Rs 2 crore. Photo:iplt20.com

IPL 2019 auction today: Where and how to watch

IPL 2019 auction will see a total of 350 players go under the hammer to fill 70 slots in the eight teams