THE DRAWING BOARD

Analysis for all the coaches in the dugouts as well as the armchairs.

MAHADEVAN SANKAR | 30th September 2020

WHAT DOES RÚBEN DIAS BRING TO CITY?

Finally, Manchester City have signed a quality centre-back and that’s Rúben Dias. There’s been a lot of hype around the Portuguese defender in years but can he be the answer to City’s defensive deficiencies? In our latest piece, we analyze what to expect from the man himself.

JAI SINGH | 8th July 2020

WHY BAYERN’S TRANSFER MODEL LEAVES THE REST OF EUROPE IN THE DUST

With Leroy Sané joining the Bayern Munich ranks, we delve into the transfer model of the German giants that almost seems foolproof at this point.

SAM BROOKES | 29th June 2020

CAN CONTE’S INTER PUT AN END TO THE JUVE JUGGERNAUT?

Exciting signings, a bright campaign and Antonio Conte at the helm, Inter’s rejuvenation is undoubtable. But can they put an end to the Juve monopoly in Serie? We analyze why and how.

JAI SINGH \ 19th June 2020

UNDERSTANDING GUARDIOLA’S TACTICAL TOOLS THAT DISMANTLED ARTETA’S ARSENAL

Beyond the David Luiz disasterclass, we reflect on the tactical tools from Guardiola that made City look a cut above Arteta’s Arsenal as the Premier League is well and truly back.

SAM BROOKES \ 30th May 2020

5 WAYS TO IMPROVE TEST CRICKET

Since the world’s come to a standstill, it’s given us time to reflect on 5 ways that can be used to improve Test cricket, the sport’s ultimate test.

MAX LOMBARDIA \ 7th May 2020

THE ITALIAN JOB: WHEN PEDIGREE MEETS POTENTIAL AT THE EUROS

With the Euros being pushed to 2021, one thing that doesn’t change is that Italy’s established old-guard and youthful excellence make them one of the competition’s top contenders. Can the class of ’21 bring back the glory days of the past remains the million dollar question.

SAM BROOKES \ 5th May 2020

HOW DO NEW ZEALAND REACH THE TOP OF THE TEST TREE?

With Australia being ranked as the No.1 side in the ICC Test rankings, we look at their foes in New Zealand and the approach they need to take to become the top dogs of the longest format of the game.

SAM BROOKES \ 29th April 2020

THE JOE ROOT RETURN: MAKING A CASE FOR A T20 COMEBACK

Joe Root’s zen-like composure can be mistaken for someone who doesn’t belong in T20 cricket. We debunk that theory and make a case for why the Englishman must make a return to the shortest format of the game.

UTKARSH GOKHALE \ 22nd April 2020

DISSECTING WHY ENGLAND’S SIDELINING OF MICHAEL CARRICK REMAINS INEXCUSABLE TO THIS DAY

Michael Carrick’s time at Manchester United was the stuff of legends, but the Three Lions could never grasp how special a player he was, to their own detriment. Here’s an insightful take on why England’s treatment of Carrick remains a blunder to this day.

UTKARSH GOKHALE \ 3rd April 2020

TRUST THE PROCESS: THE UNITED WAY IS MAKING A SLOW AND STEADY RETURN

With players gradually settling into life at Old Trafford, Solskjær getting his tactics right and United finding form, we analyze why things look on the up for the Red Devils.

KAI ILIEV \ 16th March 2020

TAKING STOCK OF THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY FROM SETIÉN’S CATALAN VOYAGE

We analyze Quique Setién’s short, but certainly impactful start to life at Barcelona and sum up what the Cantabrian has brought to the table since his appointment.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \ 21st January 2020

FINDERS KEEPERS: ASSESSING INDIA’S WICKETKEEPING OPTIONS AHEAD OF THE T20I WORLD CUP

With India’s positive start to the cricketing calendar in 2020, Virat Kohli and Co. will have one eye on the T20I World Cup later this year. Among Team India’s boxes to tick, one includes selecting the man behind the stumps. We assessed the Men in Blue’s prime wicketkeeping options to paint a clearer picture.

ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \ 6th January 2020

INDIA’S OPENING CONUNDRUM: WHO TAKES THE CREASE AT THE TOP DOWN UNDER?

As India is all set to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, the selectors will be looking to take the all-important decision of choosing from the best 3 available openers in the country.
TAPAN UNADKAT \ 24th October 2019

NO BALL GAMES: IS THERE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL FOR SG?

Keeping the nostalgia aside of SG’s balls being played with in every nook and cranny of India’s cricket scene, one hopes they start delivering to the standards they have set for themselves since their inception.
KUSHAGR DIXIT \ 10th October 2019

THE BACKHAND AND ITS MANY FACES

We dive into the multifaceted magnificence of the backhand and the players who champion it’s different forms through their varied styles.
ATUL KUMAR MAURYA \ 16th September 2019

THE TIMELESS ART OF REVERSE SWING

With styles of bowling evolving since the introduction of the game, this piece covers how the scintillating art of reverse swing has been mastered over the years.
ABHISHEK DASH \ 16th September 2019

The Evolution Of The Makélélé Role

Being the originator of what is known as the ‘Makélélé Role’, Claude Makélélé has influenced several anchormen in midfield to pay homage to his creation and lead the way in the centre of the park through their own interpretations. Here’s a deep dive into how the roots of the role emerged and how it has evolved over time.