ESSENTIALS

Matters and words are never minced, whether it’s 90 minutes, 50 overs, 5 sets or 3 days.

SRINIVAS SADHANAND AND HARSHAVARDHAN GHADGE \\ 8th August 2020

MANCHESTER CITY VS REAL MADRID: 5 THINGS WE LEARNED

Manchester City sent Madrid packing with a tactical and footballing masterclass as Gabriel Jesus starred and Raphaël Varane flopped, booking a place in the quarters.

JAI SINGH \\ 6th August 2020

ATALANTA TO SHOCK PSG, MADRID GO OUT AND MORE: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREDICTIONS

The Champions League is back as we predict who triumphs in the Round of 16, the winners of the quarter-finals and more.

SAM BROOKES \\ 15th July 2020

ASSESSING ENGLAND’S FAST BOWLING DILEMMA

With Stuart Broad’s surprise exclusion grabbing the headlines and the Jofra Archer-Mark Wood duo being very hit-and-miss as West Indies soared to a cracking win, we assess England’s fast bowling dilemma.

ADITYA GOKHALE \\ 2nd July 2020

215 DAYS OF WAIT FINALLY ENDS: THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

After a grueling 215-day wait for F1, the Austrian Grand Prix is back as we preview just about everything to expect from the competition.

ADITYA GOKHALE \\ 16th June 2020

BARÇA AND REAL RACE TO THE TOP, ATLETI STRUGGLE AND MORE: THE LA LIGA ROUND-UP

The LaLiga is back as we look into Barcelona and Madrid’s battle at the top continues while Atleti faltering once again and more in our round-up from the weekend’s fixtures.

KUSHAGR DIXIT AND SRINIVAS SADHANAND \\ 27th May 2020

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BAYERN MUNICH: PLAYER RATINGS

In a Der Klassiker that was billed as a title decider, Bayern came out on top against Dortmund as per and the race for the Bundesliga crown is all but done and dusted. Here are the player ratings from German football’s greatest battle.

JAI SINGH AND KUSHAGR DIXIT \\ 24th May 2020

HAVERTZ HEROICS, RELENTLESS BAYERN AND MORE: THE BUNDESLIGA ROUND-UP

In our Bundesliga round-up, we recap on Kai Havertz running the show, full-backs setting the standards and more.

MAX LOMBARDIA \\ 20th May 2020

BREAKING DOWN THE MALDINI-RANGNICK WAR OF WORDS

After Ralf Rangnick spoke openly about his potential move to Milan in the press, a certain Paulo Maldini had some choice words about the German’s comments. We break down the mess of a situation that has Milanistas with their heads in their hands.

SRINIVAS SADHANAND \\ 18th May 2020

UNION BERLIN VS BAYERN MUNICH: 5 THINGS WE LEARNED

Bayern huffed and puffed their way back to winning ways against a Union Berlin side that refused to budge. Here’s the 5 things we learned from the contest between 1st and 12th place.

KUSHAGR DIXIT \\ 17th May 2020

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS SCHALKE: 5 THINGS WE LEARNED

Football is back and so are Borussia Dortmund as they made light work of a Schalke side that were still reeling from the effects of the lockdown. Here’s the 5 things we learned from the first behind-closed-doors Revierderby.

M. RAYYAN JEHANGIR RAJA  \\ 9thth May 2020

ANALYSING ARTHUR: A XAVI SUCCESSOR OR JUST NOT WORTH THE HASSLE?

Arthur’s ability can never be questioned, but his fitness and off the pitch controversies can. With reports of an exit from Barça constantly doing the rounds, we assess the Arthur rollercoaster since his arrival at the Camp Nou.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM  \\ 30th April 2020

AND THE MTAG PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IS…

Our writers have their say on who their picks are for the Premier League Player of The Year.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 9th March 2020

ICC WOMEN’S T20 WORLD CUP FINAL: A BILLION INDIAN HEARTS BREAK AS THE ASSERTIVE AUSSIES SAVE THEIR BEST FOR LAST

Breaking down an impeccable performance from the Aussies as they went on to win the ICC T20 World Cup on home soil as the Indians faltered on the biggest stage and paid for it.

MAX LOMBARDIA \\ 6th March 2020

RALF RANGNICK-THE ANSWER TO ALL OF MILAN’S QUESTIONS?

Ralf Rangnick is perhaps one of football’s most brilliant minds and the prospect of bringing a man of his caliber through the door guarantees a bright future and a shot at redemption for a wounded Milan side.

HARSHAVARDHAN GHADGE \\ 27th February 2020

REAL MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY: 5 THINGS WE LEARNED AS CITY TURNED THE BERNABÉU BLUE

Manchester City answered their doubters in emphatic fashion, courtesy of a tactical lesson from Pep Guardiola as they staged a superb comeback victory at the Santiago Bernabéu. Here are the 5 things we learned from a tie that lived up to its billing.

SRINIVAS SADHANAND \\ 26th February 2020

CHELSEA VS BAYERN MUNICH: 5 THINGS WE LEARNED AS THE BAVARIANS BURNT THE BRIDGE

Bayern meant business at Stamford Bridge as they battered Chelsea 3-0, thanks to a Serge Gnabry masterclass. Here are the 5
things we learned from an unforgettable 90 minutes.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 24th February 2020

RESCUING SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET: IS THE PROTEA FIRE STILL ALIVE?

As much as the cricketing fraternity wants the South African side to return to their pinnacle, it is only up to them and the management to rebuild the side from scratch. In these tough times, Quinton de Kock will have to step up as the leader and rally his troops to keep the Protea fire burning.

TANAY VARDHAN \\ 18th February 2020

No Questions Asked: Hakim Ziyech Is All Set To Keep The Blue Flag Flying High

The first signing of the Lampard era promises to bring a balance of experience and verve to a largely youth-centric Chelsea project, and if Ziyech can continue to exhibit what the Blues’ fans saw of him at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, he could potentially be the signing of the summer. And that too in February. Let that sink in.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 15th February 2020

FROM UNTAPPED POTENTIAL TO INDIA’S RENAISSANCE MAN- THE KL RAHUL TURNAROUND

It’s safe to say that KL Rahul was once counted out. Those days are long gone now as the man can do it all- whether that’s with the bat or the gloves. Here’s tapping into Rahul’s redemption story.

AVICHAL GUPTA \\ 3rd February 2020

FLAWED, FIERCE AND BREATHLESS: REFLECTING ON THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN MEN’S FINAL

Djokovic held strong and sealed his record 8th Australian Open triumph and 17th Grand Slam triumph at the Rod Laver Arena. With an emphatic service game to defeat an incredible Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in one of the most fiercely contested finals of the Serb’s career, this was a contest well worth writing home about.

KUSHAGR DIXIT \\ 1st February 2020

WHAT WERE THE MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN MEN’S SEMI-FINALS?

The semi-finals of the Australian Open gave tennis fans a host of talking points. From the usual suspects making it to the second weekend to the new upstarts trying to take their own position at the top of men’s rankings, we take a look at some of the central takeaways from the two semi-finals and see as to what can be expected in the final.

HARSHAVARDHAN GHADGE \\ 31st January 2020

ENTER BRUNO FERNANDES: THE MAGICIAN TO BREAK UNITED’S MIDFIELD MONOTONY?

The United faithful fancy a talented young gun from Sporting Lisbon, since a certain Cristiano Ronaldo dared to dream in the Theatre of Dreams. If Bruno Fernandes can even match half of what the Portuguese superstar is, it’s going to be all smiles at Carrington for years to come.

ABHISHEK DASH \\ 27th January 2020

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: WHO IS ON MANCHESTER UNITED’S RADAR IN THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW?

Manchester United will have to fix this leak, and fast; the January transfer window would certainly be a good time to start. The Premier League moves at a pace which would give light a run for its money and it would suffice to say that without a long hard look at all the cogs in this giant machinery of a club, things look very grim here on out.

ABHISHEK DASH \\ 23rd January 2020

NO KANE, NO PROBLEM: SOUTHGATE HAS OPTIONS GALORE TO MAKE THE THREE LIONS ROAR AT EURO 2020

Losing Harry Kane for Euro 2020 is bound to be a big miss for Gareth Southgate, but with the emergence of ferocious forwards like Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings, along with options spread across the frontline, the Three Lions could do some serious damage when the time arrives.

ADITYA GOKHALE \\ 15th January 2020

A MATCH MADE IN HELL: BREAKING DOWN VALVERDE AND BARCELONA’S UGLY DIVORCE

With Quique Setién entering the Catalan shores, expectations remain high as the Camp Nou faithful hope to see their club recover from the regime of Ernesto Valverde who was simply never meant to bring back the glory days in a relationship that is as chalk and cheese as it could possibly get from its very outset.

HARRY EBBRELL\\ 23rd November 2019

SERVUS MAURICIO: IT’S TIME FOR BAYERN TO POACH POCH

As Mauricio Pochettino’s and Tottenham’s love affair came to a bitter end following the Argentine’s sacking, he still remains on the radar of the top clubs in the world. With Bayern needing a permanent man at the helm and Poch getting dethroned, we reckon this might just be a match made in heaven.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 14th November 2019

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: 4 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR AT INTERLAGOS

With the Brazilian Grand Prix about to kick into gear, here are the 4 biggest things to look out for from the race.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 13th November 2019

5 QUESTIONS THAT WILL DEFINE PSG’S SEASON

Dominating Ligue 1 and setting the Champions League on fire, PSG have looked like the team to watch out for this season. Here are the 5 questions that will ultimately decide the course of the French champions’ encouraging start to the campaign.

HARRY EBBRELL \\ 9th November 2019

IT’S TIME FOR HIT-AND-MISS CITY TO RIGHT THEIR WRONGS AGAINST THE RAMPANT REDS

With injuries galore and a 6-point gap to cut down, can City be at their vintage best and topple Klopp’s Liverpool to stay alive in their fight for the crown?
KABIR ALI \\ 8th November 2019

NOT JUST ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: CAN LIVERPOOL DETHRONE THE SKY BLUE JUGGERNAUT?

6 points to the good and back for the title dogfight ,Liverpool look ready to grind till the last breath yet again this season. With their clash against Manchester City shaping up to be a potential title decider, could the Reds become the new kings of England on Sunday?
ABHISHEK DASH \\ 6th November 2019

ÇAĞLAR SÖYÜNCÜ- LEICESTER’S TURKISH DELIGHT

Çağlar Söyüncü has been far and away one of the Premier League’s standout centre-backs. Filling in the Harry Maguire-sized boots with aplomb, the only way is up for the Turkish international.
KABIR ALI \\ 26th October 2019

4 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE MEXICAN GRAND PRIX

With the Mexican Grand Prix about to kick into gear from tomorrow, here are the 4 biggest things to look out for in the race.
HARSHAVARDHAN GHADGE AND MANISH SHARMA \\ 21st October 2019

MANCHESTER UNITED VS LIVERPOOL: PLAYER RATINGS

VAR controversy, late winners and clashes, Manchester United and Liverpool had it all. Here are our player ratings from the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
ADITYA GOKHALE \\ 16th October 2019

2019 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX: DRIVER RATINGS

As the Japanese Grand Prix comes to a close, we look at how every driver fared at the race.
ANANYA CHANDRA \\ 8th October 2019

THE ATP POINTS SYSTEM AND THE RACE FOR THE YEAR-END NO.1

How do tennis players gather ATP points? Why do some players lose points while others gain them despite exiting at the same round of a tournament? Learn how the ATP points system works in context with the gripping race to the year-end No.1 between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 4th October 2019

A RAY OF HOPE STRIKES FOR PAKISTANI CRICKET AFTER A DOMINANT HOME SERIES WIN OVER SRI LANKA

With hosting duties finally returning to Pakistani cricket, they did the honors by going face-to-face with Sri Lanka. What followed was a smashing return to glory after clearly outplaying the Lankans in a 2-0 series victory.
KUSHAGR DIXIT \\ 1st October 2019

MANCHESTER UNITED VS ARSENAL: HIGHS AND LOWS

After Manchester United and Arsenal’s drab 1-1 affair, here are the highs and lows from the contest.
MANISH SHARMA \\ 30th September 2019

OVERCOMING MISERY AND MISFORTUNE-SEBASTIAN VETTEL

With Sebastian Vettel stealing all the headlines after his brilliant Singapore Grand Prix victory, here’s a look at the moments of utter agony and defeat that have led the German to getting on top of the roster once again.
HARSHAVARDHAN GHADGE \\ 20th September 2019

SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX: LIGHTS OUT, FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS

With the Singapore Grand Prix on the horizon, here’s a preview of what to expect at the spectacle.
ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 18th September 2019

ASHES 2019 COMBINED XI: WHO MADE THE CUT?

With Steve Smith’s Bradmanesque displays and “that Ben Stokes innings” stealing the headlines, the question is which players would stake a claim in a combined XI in the Ashes that left fans across the world on the edge of their seats.
ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \\ 16th September 2019

Bianca Andreescu: Against All Odds

The rise to prominence of Bianca Andreescu, a promising young Canadian talent who defeated the mighty Serena Williams to win the US open.
ADITYA GOKHALE \\ 16th September 2019

Delving Into The F1 2020 Transfer Market

Analyzing the biggest ins and outs of the F1 2020 transfer market.