Dhiman Sarkar

Dhiman Sarkar is based in Kolkata with over two decades as a sports journalist. He writes mainly on football.

Articles by Dhiman Sarkar

Ralf Rangnick, the modern master tasked with re-igniting Man United’s dreams

  • What better for the Red Devils to be taught the press by the man who birthed it in the nether regions of the German league?
Ralf Rangnick, the modern master tasked with re-igniting Man United’s dreams(AP)
Ralf Rangnick, the modern master tasked with re-igniting Man United’s dreams(AP)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Manisha: The girl who scored a solo goal against Brazil

The Indian women's team lost their opening match 6-1 against the powerful Brazilians on their tour of South America, but the 19-year-old from Punjab offered a moment of brilliance
Manisha
Manisha
Published on Nov 26, 2021 07:05 PM IST
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Jadeja has got better as batsman but his bowling has come down: Kapil Dev

Need to judge Dravid's performance only after three years, says the former India captain
India's Ravindra Jadeja gestures after scoring fifty runs during the day one of their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur, India, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.(AP)
India's Ravindra Jadeja gestures after scoring fifty runs during the day one of their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur, India, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 05:40 PM IST
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No motivation issues, says Magnus Carlsen ahead of title defence 

Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi says he can’t wait for the contest to begin 
File image of Magnus Carlsen(REUTERS)
File image of Magnus Carlsen(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 11:23 PM IST
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India complete whitewash with convincing win over New Zealand

  • Big hitting by Indian batsmen in powerplay and death overs make the difference as visitors lose by 73 runs; lose three-match 3-0.
India's Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell during the Third T20 International match between India and New Zealand, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.(ANI)
India's Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell during the Third T20 International match between India and New Zealand, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 11:22 PM IST
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3rd T20I: Will India give bench a chance?

At a venue where he has won two IPL titles and has a ODI world record, India’s new T20I skipper Rohit Sharma will aim for a clean sweep
Indian bowler Deepak Chahar celebrates with his teammates after dismissing New Zealand batsman Martin Guptil during their 2nd Twenty20 cricket match at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (PTI)
Indian bowler Deepak Chahar celebrates with his teammates after dismissing New Zealand batsman Martin Guptil during their 2nd Twenty20 cricket match at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (PTI)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 08:56 PM IST
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Why Joni Kauko’s India experience will be incomplete this season

ISL8 to be played without spectators. That for Kauko doesn’t feel like a game
Joni Kauko
Joni Kauko
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 10:26 AM IST
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With Carlsen, I can run out of superlatives: Anand

It is his hunger for chess that sets the Norwegian apart, says the five-time world champion
File image of Viswanathan Anand.(File)
File image of Viswanathan Anand.(File)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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Greater focus on Indians in new ISL season

  • Crucial to teams’ performance will be how they deal with the four-foreigners rule.
File Photo of ISL Trophy.(Twitter/Indian Super League)
File Photo of ISL Trophy.(Twitter/Indian Super League)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 07:29 PM IST
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How chess GMs overcame travel hurdles to reach Kolkata

  • The pandemic-forced regulations didn't help some of the top players arriving for the Tata Steel Chess India event starting on Wednesday
How chess GMs overcame travel hurdles to reach Kolkata (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)(REUTERS)
How chess GMs overcame travel hurdles to reach Kolkata (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 10:47 PM IST
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Can’t even think how hard it was for Denmark: Joni Kauko

  • The ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder rewinds to the evening Christian Eriksen collapsed, why he risked his Finland career for a passage to India, the importance of linking up with Roy Krishna and more.
Joni Kauko
Joni Kauko
Published on Nov 16, 2021 06:27 PM IST
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Why FC Goa are keen on Anwar Ali despite his heart condition

  • Different countries follow different rules when it comes to allowing footballers to play with known heart conditions. Anwar Ali's case is setting the ground rules in India.
Anwar Ali(AIFF)
Anwar Ali(AIFF)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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Tall order but Xavi can fix things at Barcelona

  • Club legends as coaches have struggled in Europe and the former midfield master will also have to deal with the club's poor form made worse by its financial crisis.
FC Barcelona's new coach Xavi Hernandez waves during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.(AP)
FC Barcelona's new coach Xavi Hernandez waves during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 10:20 PM IST
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Levon Aronian among top stars at Kolkata chess meet 

Viswanathan Anand features in the tournament along with other young Indians - Nihal Sarin, R. Praggnanandhaa, Karthikeyan Murali, D. Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani, Arjun Erigaisi and R Vaishali 
Image used for representational purpose(REUTERS)
Image used for representational purpose(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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Revisiting shame and scandal in the Fifa family

  • A documentary on corruption in football’s apex body ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup provides an opportunity to look at how much has changed.
Fans hold a banner protesting against Sepp Blatter. (Getty)
Fans hold a banner protesting against Sepp Blatter. (Getty)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 06:29 PM IST
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How do you solve a problem like Manchester United?

  • Removing Ole from the wheel may not be the only thing the struggling club needs to turn things around.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.(REUTERS)
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 09:32 PM IST
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Goenka's growing interest in the business of sport

  • “Such spontaneity,” Goenka said, the voice rising just so. “This kind of connect is unbelievable. How do you weigh that in monetary terms?,” said the man whose business group has, according to its website, an asset base of $6 billion and revenue of $4 billion.
Sanjiv Goenka(Mint File Photo)
Sanjiv Goenka(Mint File Photo)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 07:19 AM IST
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As a footballer, there is no better school than the Ajax academy: Darren Sidoel

Darren Sidoel, who will play for SC East Bengal in ISL this season, looks back at six years of being coached by Bergkamp, Jonk and more. And of being aware that sometimes Johan Cruyff too would be watching
Darren Sidoel
Darren Sidoel
Published on Oct 24, 2021 05:50 PM IST
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Why football should heed warnings about heading and brain damage

  • Challenge is to balance protecting players and the game, said Judith Gates whose foundation helped stage a game without headers.
David Luiz of Arsenal clashes heads with Raul Jimenez of Wolves in November of 2020. (Getty)
David Luiz of Arsenal clashes heads with Raul Jimenez of Wolves in November of 2020. (Getty)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 10:56 PM IST
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Kolkata Knight Riders: The third rising

  • Compared to their past two victorious campaigns, the team has had to surmount inherent weakness to set up an IPL final clash with Chennai Super Kings.
Kolkata Knight Riders.(PTI)
Kolkata Knight Riders.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 11:37 PM IST
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My target is to play the Asian Cup, says Bala Devi

Recovering from ACL surgery, the India striker knows it is a long shot but then so was playing for Rangers.
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 10:23 PM IST
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How have Messi and Ronaldo impacted their new clubs

  • Their other-worldly prowess is intact but that alone may not be enough for trophy-hunters PSG and Manchester United.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Published on Oct 08, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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Kolkata Knight Riders crush Rajasthan Royals, a step closer to playoffs

  • Young opener Shubman Gill hits a half-century to boost KKR’s total before Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson share seven wickets to skittle out RR for 85. KKR are fourth in the standings with 14 points.
Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League cricket match against Rajasthan Royals, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, UAE, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (PTI)
Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League cricket match against Rajasthan Royals, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, UAE, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 08, 2021 08:08 AM IST
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The mainstreaming of football’s set-piece coaches

  • Don’t know Vio, Buttgereit, MacPhee and Cueva? It’s about time you did for they are creating goals.
Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz takes a corner kick (REUTERS)
Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz takes a corner kick (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 10:37 AM IST
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IPL 2021: Shimron Hetmyer sees off modest, tough chase as DC beat CSK

  • Delhi Capitals go to the top of the points table after winning by three wickets with two balls to spare in Dubai.
IPL 2021: Shimron Hetmyer sees off modest, tough chase as DC beat CSK(BCCI/IPL)
IPL 2021: Shimron Hetmyer sees off modest, tough chase as DC beat CSK(BCCI/IPL)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 11:41 PM IST
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Brentford FC: an English fairytale with strong Danish influence

Not just the results, The Bees, back in the top tier after 74 years, are getting noticed for how they play.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank: File Photo(Action Images via Reuters)
Brentford manager Thomas Frank: File Photo(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Oct 02, 2021 09:42 PM IST
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Why Igor Stimac is relying more on ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC players?

  • The teams have had pre-seasons and games in Maldives, said the India coach.
Igor Stimac (AIFF)
Igor Stimac (AIFF)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 05:16 PM IST
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IPL 2021: Wily bowlers guide CSK to playoffs

This was CSK’s ninth win in 11 games, four of them coming on the trot in UAE where they began by beating the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI). Since then, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) too have been tamed.
CSK defeat SRH by 6 wickets in IPL 2021 match no. 44(iplt20.com)
CSK defeat SRH by 6 wickets in IPL 2021 match no. 44(iplt20.com)
Updated on Oct 01, 2021 07:42 AM IST
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Former CM? Well, not quite, says ATKMB goalie Amrinder Singh

  • The India goalkeeper had to clarify that he's not former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Twitter after being tagged consistently on posts meant for the politician.
Amrinder Singh: File photo(Mumbai City FC)
Amrinder Singh: File photo(Mumbai City FC)
Published on Sep 30, 2021 07:26 PM IST
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The Indian whistle blower on a football tour of Asia

  • Referee Pranjal Banerjee talks about a few of his favourite things: the game in Iran that allowed women in, Sven Goran Eriksson, Del Piero and snow in Mongolia.
Pranjal Banerjee.(Facebook)
Pranjal Banerjee.(Facebook)
Published on Sep 28, 2021 09:33 PM IST
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