N Ananthanarayanan

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

Chopra calm as he builds up to end a 10-month wait

  • India’s Olympic javelin champion will compete on June 14 for the first time since his Tokyo high on August 7, 2021
Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra
Published on May 21, 2022 10:01 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Andrew Symonds, the free-spirited Aussie all-rounder, dies in car crash

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
Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds(Gautam Gambhir Twitter)
Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds(Gautam Gambhir Twitter)
Published on May 15, 2022 07:45 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

‘Maitanam’ is a toe dip into Kerala’s passion for football

  • The documentary on Fifa+ attempts to strike the right notes but neither Vijayan nor Pappachan get a word in.
FIFA and RISE Worldwide today announced the launch of the sports documentary 'MAITANAM'. 
FIFA and RISE Worldwide today announced the launch of the sports documentary 'MAITANAM'. 
Published on May 05, 2022 10:25 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

When cricket took a beating over a match-fixing saga

New Delhi: The turn of the millennium evoked fears of the Y2k bug hitting computers worldwide
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Updated on Apr 08, 2022 11:55 PM IST
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IPL 2022: For KL Rahul, a season of test and opportunity

  • KL Rahul's white-ball credentials and wicket-keeping are settled and he will be the most in focus as leader of IPL newcomers Lucknow Super Giants.
KL Rahul gears up in the nets. (KL Rahul/LSG)
KL Rahul gears up in the nets. (KL Rahul/LSG)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 05:59 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Turnaround came from finding the missing link: Anirban Lahiri

India’s top golfer is happy to regain his best game after the second-place finish at the Players Championship, but wishes he had birdied the final hole and forced a playoff with one-shot winner Cameron Smith
Anirban Lahiri hits from the first tee during the final round of play in The Players Championship (AP)
Anirban Lahiri hits from the first tee during the final round of play in The Players Championship (AP)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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The world watches as India’s Anirban Lahiri falls one short

The Pune-born, Florida-based player was at the cusp of what would have been the greatest achievement by an Indian golfer
Anirban Lahiri reacts after missing a shot on the 18th hole during the final round of play in The Players Championship golf tournament(AP)
Anirban Lahiri reacts after missing a shot on the 18th hole during the final round of play in The Players Championship golf tournament(AP)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 10:59 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Material, mental tweaks as leader Lahiri lights up Players Championship

Within a round of ending a seven-year itch, the Indian golfer led by one shot after the third round in the unofficial fifth Major
Anirban Lahiri hits from the second tee during the final round of play in The Players Championship golf tournament (AP)
Anirban Lahiri hits from the second tee during the final round of play in The Players Championship golf tournament (AP)
Published on Mar 14, 2022 11:04 PM IST
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Ronaldo shines solo, again

  • The hat-trick against Spurs is a measure of how much he can bend a game to his will.
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo(AP)
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo(AP)
Updated on Mar 13, 2022 06:50 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

With 10,000 runs, Gavaskar enters the history books

Dubbed the Indian “run machine” and the original “little master” Sunil Gavaskar elevated the country’s cricket with his batting proficiency and professionalism against the greatest of opponents, succeeding in the pre-helmet era against the West Indies fast bowlers of the 1970s and 1980s and the great Australian sides spearheaded by Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson
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Published on Mar 11, 2022 11:52 PM IST
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Virat Kohli, filling Sachin Tendulkar-sized shoes 

Sachin Tendulkar defined Indian cricket, and by extension, the global game. Virat Kohli has followed in that tradition to retain the primacy of Test cricket and keep pace with his illustrious predecessor
Virat Kohli trains ahead of his 100th Test match in Mohali
Virat Kohli trains ahead of his 100th Test match in Mohali
Published on Mar 03, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Post-Kohli syndrome: hushed & subdued India

  • In the first ODI series after Kohli was removed as India captain, the change in the team's body language and approach was stark.
Virat Kohli scored two half-centuries in three ODIs vs South Africa. (Reuters)
Virat Kohli scored two half-centuries in three ODIs vs South Africa. (Reuters)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 10:31 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Ross Taylor's goodbye and the importance of on-field farewells

  • New Zealand's record run-getter ended a long career with an emotional win over Bangladesh; the stake-holders of Indian cricket though never seem to give much thought to a traditional farewell for their players.
Ross Taylor of New Zealand celebrates a wicket and is congratulated by his teammates. (AP)
Ross Taylor of New Zealand celebrates a wicket and is congratulated by his teammates. (AP)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 08:53 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Past lessons in South Africa for India, Kohli and Dravid to learn from

  • India, who have won only three Tests in South Africa over seven previous tours, are searching for their maiden Test series win in the country.
India Test skipper Virat Kohli(Getty Images)
India Test skipper Virat Kohli(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:13 PM IST
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What does the future hold for New Zealand bowling hero Ajaz Patel?

  • The Kiwi left-arm spinner has bucked a trend in his country of pace heroes. While cricketing stardom is assured, will Ajaz build on his historic feat in the Mumbai Test?
Ajaz Patel of New Zealand. (AP)
Ajaz Patel of New Zealand. (AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 06:28 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

After Test highs, a quiet exit for coach Shastri

  • The former India skipper, who joined the team as director in 2014, took the team to great heights in Test cricket and formed a strong bond with skipper Virat Kohli.
After Test highs, a quiet exit for coach Shastri(AP)
After Test highs, a quiet exit for coach Shastri(AP)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 04:39 AM IST
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Antonio Conte’s second coming holds a Harry Kane-sized promise

  • The Italian who has won silverware with pretty much every club promises to spice up the Premier League battle of world class managers after taking over at Tottenham Hotspur.
File image of Antonio Conte.(AP)
File image of Antonio Conte.(AP)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 09:51 PM IST
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David Warner’s battle reflects Australia's concerns as they face Sri Lanka

  • The explosive opener has struggled to shake off his woeful form and hopes he can find some rhythm in a tricky contest against a hard-working Sri Lankan side.
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 - Super 12 - Group 1 - Australia v South Africa - Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - October 23, 2021 Australia's David Warner in action REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 - Super 12 - Group 1 - Australia v South Africa - Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - October 23, 2021 Australia's David Warner in action REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 09:40 PM IST
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Why IPL feels like a billion dollars and more

  • When Sanjiv Goenka’s RPSG splurged Rs. 7,090 crore (approximately $947 million) - almost a billion dollars - to acquire the Lucknow franchise on Monday, it wasn’t just about how far IPL has come as a financial behemoth.
The IPL will be a 10-team tournament from next year. (Twitter)
The IPL will be a 10-team tournament from next year. (Twitter)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 11:47 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Succession: controversy and the Indian cricket captain

  • The most important post in Indian sport comes with its share of drama, power struggles and complex relationships.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.(File)
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.(File)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 08:46 PM IST
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Emotional Virat Kohli signals end of a so-near-yet-so-far RCB era

His nine-year tenure as IPL skipper ended without a title after his team was eliminated by KKR in a low-scoring Eliminator in Sharjah.
Virat Kohli, captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore.(PTI)
Virat Kohli, captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore.(PTI)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 09:34 PM IST
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The David Warner fade out marks IPL reality, big career dip

  • The explosive Aussie opener seemed to have played his last IPL game this season after Sunrisers Hyderabad dropped him against Rajasthan Royals.
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner.(Twitter)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner.(Twitter)
Updated on Sep 29, 2021 05:09 PM IST
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Ashwin returns to IPL, primed for bigger prize ahead

  • It all started in the IPL for Ashwin, now one of Test cricket's greatest bowlers. Now it's again the platform from where he hopes to get into the World Cup.
File image of Ravichandran Ashwin.
File image of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Updated on Sep 18, 2021 07:47 AM IST
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From Rafiq to Boucher, racism refuses to leave cricket alone

  • Although the international body, ICC, issues warnings against racist behaviour by fans at global events, institutions and individuals continue to come under fire with steps against racism often seen as inadequate at a social level.
Representational image.
Representational image.
Published on Aug 25, 2021 12:00 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: The silence and the screams

  • With no spectators, who make the quadrennial event feel like no other sporting event in the world, some of the great performances across a fortnight had to make do with shrieks of delight or tears of joy or dismay from the athletes themselves.
Empty stands are seen at the Tokyo Stadium as athletes compete in the swimming portion of the men's modern pentathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP)
Empty stands are seen at the Tokyo Stadium as athletes compete in the swimming portion of the men's modern pentathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP)
Updated on Aug 08, 2021 10:55 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Tokyo 2020: Golfer Aditi Ashok raises hope for a surprise medal

The 23-year-old shot a bogey-free five-under 66 on Thursday morning at Kawagoe to maintain stay in a tie for second place she her four-under 67 in the first round.
Aditi Ashok walks on the 13th hole during the second round of the women's golf event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics(AP)
Aditi Ashok walks on the 13th hole during the second round of the women's golf event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics(AP)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 09:52 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

India vs England: Bumrah returns to Trent Bridge with fresh targets to meet

  • India vs England: The last time Jasprit Bumrah played a Test match at Trent Bridge, the India pacer picked up a five-wicket-haul.
Can Jasprit Bumrah rediscover his spunk? (Getty Images)
Can Jasprit Bumrah rediscover his spunk? (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 03, 2021 09:03 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Morocco’s Soufiane el Bakkali ends Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase domination

  • The last time Kenya entered the 3000m steeplechase and did not finish first was at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, 57 years ago.
Tokyo : Soufiane El Bakkali, of Morocco, celebrates after winning the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Tokyo.AP/PTI Photo(AP08_02_2021_000284B)(AP)
Tokyo : Soufiane El Bakkali, of Morocco, celebrates after winning the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Tokyo.AP/PTI Photo(AP08_02_2021_000284B)(AP)
Published on Aug 02, 2021 10:03 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Biles' decision another example of radical shift in sporting world

  • Simone Biles withdrew first from the women’s team event, and then, on Wednesday, from Thursday’s individual all-around event citing mental health issues.
Simone Biles looks on. (Getty Images)
Simone Biles looks on. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 28, 2021 10:56 PM IST
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Yashpal Sharma, the quiet hero of India’s 1983 World Cup triumph, dies

  • He will be remembered though as a key member of Kapil Dev’s India that rocked the cricket world by toppling Clive Lloyd’s nearly indomitable West Indies in the Lord’s final, denying them title hat-trick and starting a new chapter in world cricket.
Yashpal Sharma(Twitter)
Yashpal Sharma(Twitter)
Published on Jul 13, 2021 07:14 PM IST
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