N Ananthanarayanan has spent almost three decades with news agencies and newspapers, reporting domestic and international sport. He has a passion for writing on cricket and athletics.
Articles by N Ananthanarayanan
The $2.5 million payout made it the biggest paycheck for an Indian athlete in professional golf
Indians upstage Indonesia’s world No.1 pair in the final to claim third BWF World Tour title of 2023, besides the Asia Championships crown in April
India finish third in the medal tally at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok
Australia seek another win to clinch their first Ashes in England since 2001; angry England may need more than their ‘Bazball’ to make a comeback at Headingley
The problem with Bazball is that, while it may be big on entertainment, the insistence on a turbo-charged game all the time actually makes it inflexible
India's first Test win at Lord's on June 10, 1986, is a great moment in Indian Test history, with Dilip Vengsarkar scoring a century and Kapil Dev grabbing four wickets to secure a 47-run victory. It was India's second-ever 2-0 series win against a strong rival overseas, and Vengsarkar became the first foreign batter to score three Test centuries at Lord's. India have won only nine times in 67 Tests in England, with three of them at Lord's.
Jim Hines, the first man to run the 100 metres under 10 seconds, has died at the age of 76. The athlete won gold in the 100m at the 1968 Olympics.
The US sprint great, the 1968 Mexico Olympics 100m champion, is regarded among the pioneers in world athletics for his feat
Defending IPL champions Gujarat Titans win by seven runs after Lucknow Super Giants, needing 26 to win off 20 deliveries, implode in the last three overs
The Mexico Olympics champion changed his event forever with a back-jump that is still regarded as the most innovative achievement in sports performance technique
The Australia opener was stranded on 194* when skipper Pat Cummins declared in the rain-hit third Test at Sydney, like it happened with Tendulkar and Windies legend Worrell
The 30-year-old until two years ago wasn’t sure of playing for club or country, but is making up for lost time as his heroics in the World Cup last eight win over Netherlands shows.
The teenaged midfielder was a constant attacking threat as Henderson, Kane and Saka punished the sloppy defensive game of the Africa Cup of Nations champions. England face holders France in the quarters.
While technology has wiped out the debate over off-side goals, there are still a number of contentious refereeing decisions at the 2022 World Cup
Young forwards Marcus Rashford (2) and Phil Foden scored after they were given their first start and many others got vital minutes. England face Senegal in Round of 16
The Africans secured their first points in two games while Korean hopes lie on beating Portugal in their final Group H game
The winger sets up a goal and runs the African side’s game in a 2-0 upset win over Kevin de Bruyne’s world No 2 team that edges them close to a World Cup Round of 16 berth.
Argentina slayers Saudi Arabia miss a big chance to equalise before Poland’s star striker scores his first goal in a World Cup game to seal an important victory in Group C
To understand the significance of November 15, 1989, in Indian sport, one can go back in time and scan the seasons prior to that date, or even go forward a few months
As Surya steals the show at the T20 World Cup with his 360-degree hitting, a look at some of the others who found their own way to push the scoring in white-ball cricket.
The SA-born batter smashed a 64-ball 104, his second T20 international century, before pacer Trent Boult led the bowling with a career-best 4/13 as New Zealand looked on course to top Group 1.
Since those games, Indian athletes have gone on to win medals on the world stage, including in track & field. At the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, India won 61 medals including eight in athletics.
Unlike league franchises, India may be weighed down by the top-order’s conservatism.
A year on from replacing Shastri at the helm, India’s head coach has his task cut out going into the T20 World Cup in Australia.
As India’s fastest woman, she won a slew of medals across Asia. Then she began to groom a new generation. Now a political role beckons. But sport will always be her life, says Usha, 58.
The US 110m hurdles contender at this month's world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon is also a wide receiver with NFL's Eagles. Few attempts to combine different sports succeed due to the physical toll it can take.
At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he ran a national record 28:48.72 in 10,000m. Though an eighth-place finish didn’t help qualify for the final, his mark stood for almost 33 years.
India’s Olympic javelin champion will compete on June 14 for the first time since his Tokyo high on August 7, 2021
Member of the victorious World Cup teams of 2003 and 2007, he will be remembered for his impact performances, and in India for the 2007-08 Monkeygate controversy
The documentary on Fifa+ attempts to strike the right notes but neither Vijayan nor Pappachan get a word in.