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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

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (AP)
Cheteshwar Pujara with Pink Kookaburra during a practice session ahead of the first test match between India and Bangladesh at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday (Photo: ANI)
Cheteshwar Pujara with Pink Kookaburra during a practice session ahead of the first test match between India and Bangladesh at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday (Photo: ANI)

India finally join the pink-ball party in Bangladesh series

  • While there may be some apprehension about using the pink ball for the first time they are unlikely to lose any sleep about facing a team in disarray
  • India are without Jasprit Bumrah, but Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav ensured the pace spearhead was not missed against South Africa

Michael Schumache led a Ferrari renaissance that delivered five consecutive driver titles between 2000 and 2004
Michael Schumache led a Ferrari renaissance that delivered five consecutive driver titles between 2000 and 2004

Looking back at Ferrari’s lost decade

Five times in the last 12 years, Ferrari has come close to a driver’s title—only to be denied. Three distinct narratives flow through those close calls

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)

Opinion | Surprise quotient

The BCCI’s Twenty20 cricket league reportedly plans to raise the game’s unpredictability quotient. IPL may introduce the concept of a Power Player

(Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
(Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

BCCI planning game-changer 'Power Player' concept in IPL: Report

  • Teams will be allowed to substitute a player at the fall of a wicket or at the end of an over at any point in the game, a BCCI official said
  • The official said the concept has the capacity to change match situations and induce out-of-the-box thinking

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly along with Andrew Ford and Simon Taufel during the release of the book 'Finding the Gaps', in Kolkata on Saturday (Photo: ANI)
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly along with Andrew Ford and Simon Taufel during the release of the book 'Finding the Gaps', in Kolkata on Saturday (Photo: ANI)

It took Virat Kohli three seconds to agree to Day-Night Test: Sourav Ganguly

  • India will play their first ever Day-Night Test versus Bangladesh at Eden Gardens from 22-26 Nov
  • Ganguly was talking at the book launch of five-time ICC 'Umpire of the Year' Simon Taufel, titled 'Finding The Gaps'

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma during the practice session ahead of the first T20 match against Bangladesh at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi (Photo: ANI)
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma during the practice session ahead of the first T20 match against Bangladesh at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi (Photo: ANI)

Delhi pollution no problem for Team India, Rohit gives thumbs up to Ganguly

  • India will be playing T20 International against Bangladesh despite growing concerns about severe air pollution in NCR
  • While the Bangladeshi players wore anti-pollution masks during the fielding session in the morning, there was no such concerns for the Indian team as it practised in the afternoon

Since 2010, India’s home record has further improved: a winning percentage of 73%. (Photo: PTI)
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly (Photo; ANI)
Newly-elected BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (Photo: ANI)
Newly-elected BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (Photo: ANI)

Contract system for domestic players soon: Ganguly

  • BCCI president wants to bring in a secured structured payment system just like the annual central contract for the country's top international cricketers
  • Currently, a domestic cricketer annually earns around 25-30 lakh depending on the matches played

In the ISL’s first four years, most clubs have consistently reported annual losses averaging around  ₹30 crore (HT file)
In the ISL’s first four years, most clubs have consistently reported annual losses averaging around 30 crore (HT file)

How are ISL clubs faring off the field?

Indian club football, finally, saw some resolution between rival leagues. But the goal of financial sustainability remains elusive

Ganguly on the way to file his nomination for BCCI’s top post (Photo: Reuters)
Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly (Photo: PTI)
Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly (Photo: PTI)

Sourav Ganguly likely to be new BCCI President; Brijesh Patel IPL Chairman

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah will be the new secretary while Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer
  • Monday is the last day to file nomination but no election will be held since all candidates have emerged unopposed after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys

While Valentino Rossi has won on 23 circuits in 19 seasons, Marquez has already won on 20 circuits in just 7 seasons (Photo: Reuters)
While Valentino Rossi has won on 23 circuits in 19 seasons, Marquez has already won on 20 circuits in just 7 seasons (Photo: Reuters)

The Midas touch of Marc Marquez

With six titles to his name over a career spanning just seven years, the 26-year-old Spaniard is blazing a trail in the highest series of motorcycle racing

Spectators sit in nearly empty seats the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar (Photo: AP)
Spectators sit in nearly empty seats the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar (Photo: AP)

Qatar faces rocky road to 2022 World Cup after athletics test

  • Qatar has come under fire for its hosting of the World Athletics Championships
  • FIFA may now seek clarity about Doha's ticketing strategy following the sight of a near-empty stadium on some days at the athletics

Mayank Agarwal is greeted by batsman Rohit Sharma after scoring a maiden century on the 2nd day of the first test cricket match against South Africa at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam (Photo: PTI)
Mayank Agarwal is greeted by batsman Rohit Sharma after scoring a maiden century on the 2nd day of the first test cricket match against South Africa at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam (Photo: PTI)

Where have all the openers gone?

The last decade has been a difficult one for opening pairs. Although teams have been giving them more time, top-level returns have been hard to come by

Team Europe poses with the Laver Cup trophy after defeating Team World at the Laver Cup tennis event, in Geneva on Sunday (AP file)
Team Europe poses with the Laver Cup trophy after defeating Team World at the Laver Cup tennis event, in Geneva on Sunday (AP file)

What if Laver Cup was Ryder Cup?

Europe punches above its weight in golf’s Ryder Cup, a team event seeped in history. Chances are, it would have done the same in an exalted version of tennis’ Laver Cup too

Fifa wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums that breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination (Photo: Reuters)
Fifa wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums that breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination (Photo: Reuters)

Women can attend qualifiers, Iran assures Fifa

  • Iran has barred female spectators from stadiums since 1981
  • Fifa had demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums following the ‘Blue girl’ incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a stadium

The proposal for qualifying races would see the cars lining up in reverse championship order with the overall points leader last (Photo: AP)
The proposal for qualifying races would see the cars lining up in reverse championship order with the overall points leader last (Photo: AP)

F1 weighs qualifying races for 2020, drivers slam idea

  • Current rules make overtaking difficult and the finishing order varies little from the starting grid
  • Formula One qualifying takes place in three phases over an hour on Saturday under the current format