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Harish Kotian

Harish Kotian writes on cricket and sports. You can e-mail the author at harishk@rediff.co.in

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'In the evening, our dressing room was like a hospital'

'In the evening, our dressing room was like a hospital'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'The West Indies' pace battery was lethal.' 'Watching Gavaskar, Gaekwad, Amarnath and Vengsarkar play against those bowlers I learnt so much.' 'Everybody was getting hit.' 'Someone got hit on the fingers, someone on the chest, someone on the face, but they all showed guts.'

The story behind Ben Stokes' lion family tattoo

The story behind Ben Stokes' lion family tattoo

Rediff.com1 days ago

The huge tattoo took 28 hours to complete.

Indian hockey's GOLDEN evening in Moscow

Indian hockey's GOLDEN evening in Moscow

Rediff.com4 days ago

'The feeling that we were Olympic champions only dawned on us when we reached India.'

July 29, 1980: When 'The Babes of Indian Hockey' struck gold in Moscow

July 29, 1980: When 'The Babes of Indian Hockey' struck gold in Moscow

Rediff.com5 days ago

Hockey greats Vasudevan Baskaran, M M Somaya and Mervyn Fernandis relive India's gold medal-winning campaign at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

'Dhoni is very smart'

'Dhoni is very smart'

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

'When you saw him, you immediately knew that he was something special.'

'Dropping Ganguly was not easy'

'Dropping Ganguly was not easy'

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

'It is not that we took the decision out of some vengeance.' ' 'It was not that we dropped someone because we had some enmity with him.'

'Kohli never stops learning'

'Kohli never stops learning'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'I have seen him evolve and mature, both as a person and a captain.'

'I am happy to be part of one of India's greatest wins'

'I am happy to be part of one of India's greatest wins'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'As I was walking out to bat after Tendulkar's wicket, I could see people leaving the stands.' 'From that situation to win the game, it is something I will cherish forever.'

Sunil Gavaskar, Indian Cricket's Real Master

Sunil Gavaskar, Indian Cricket's Real Master

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

When he ended his Test career, he held the following Test records: Most Tests (125). Most consecutive Tests (106). Most runs (10,122). Most hundreds (34). Most scores of 50 or more (79). Most hundred partnerships (58).

Check out Ganguly's Dream India XI

Check out Ganguly's Dream India XI

Rediff.com9 Jul 2020

Who are the five current Indian cricketers Dada would have loved to have in his team?

Does the IOA want to finish Mumbai hockey?

Does the IOA want to finish Mumbai hockey?

Rediff.com8 Jul 2020

'Indian hockey will lose out on one of its most important nurseries of good hockey talent.'

'Sourav always showed faith in me'

'Sourav always showed faith in me'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'The one thing that a cricketer aspires for is earning the respect of the dressing room and that respect is earned only when any player puts his hand up in adverse conditions and does his job for the team.'

Exclusive! How this man transformed India's batting

Exclusive! How this man transformed India's batting

Rediff.com1 Jul 2020

'The 2014 Australia tour and the brand of cricket played by the team laid a great foundation of the brilliant run of success enjoyed across all formats and conditions.' 'It also coincided with Virat Kohli enjoying the responsibilities of leading the team and then putting his heart and soul into taking the Indian team to ascend many unconquered summits.'

'As long as Pandya keeps cool, he will be an asset'

'As long as Pandya keeps cool, he will be an asset'

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

'After his back injury, he needs to look after himself.' 'He needs to keep working on his bowling.'

'No Indian captain has achieved what Dhoni has'

'No Indian captain has achieved what Dhoni has'

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

'Dhoni was a very shrewd captain in terms of his out of the box thinking and getting the work done.'

How I took that special hat-trick against Pakistan

How I took that special hat-trick against Pakistan

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

'That was a morning where if I wanted to fly, I would have flown as well.'

'I could have been India's best all-rounder'

'I could have been India's best all-rounder'

Rediff.com23 Jun 2020

'The physio told me I might have a problem walking in the future because of the back injury and that I need to stop playing cricket.' 'But I was very keen that I kept playing.' 'I told him just get me pain free and I will make a comeback.' 'And I did exactly that.'

IN PICS: Sushant and his special connection with cricket

IN PICS: Sushant and his special connection with cricket

Rediff.com14 Jun 2020

Playing M S was not Sushant Singh Rajput's only link with cricket.

Meet Indian hockey's 'Mallu Singh'

Meet Indian hockey's 'Mallu Singh'

Rediff.com11 Jun 2020

P R Sreejesh turns 'Mallu Singh' and has team-mates and fans in splits.

'It is always great fun playing with Virat'

'It is always great fun playing with Virat'

Rediff.com11 Jun 2020

'He is someone who picks up what the bowler is trying to do, he is always there in your ears on what the bowlers are trying to do.'

June 10, 1986: When India made History at Lord's

June 10, 1986: When India made History at Lord's

Rediff.com10 Jun 2020

India registered its first Test win at the Mecca of Cricket.

PIX: Happy Ziva as Daddy Dhoni saves injured bird

PIX: Happy Ziva as Daddy Dhoni saves injured bird

Rediff.com10 Jun 2020

Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped daughter Ziva rescue an injured bird which had fallen unconscious On the lawn of their farmhouse in Ranchi.

Why Jasprit Bumrah is So Special

Why Jasprit Bumrah is So Special

Rediff.com8 Jun 2020

'He didn't want to be a stagnant cricketer, he always wanted to work hard.'

'I was fighting with myself, always thinking of improving my game'

'I was fighting with myself, always thinking of improving my game'

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

'Dhoni was the captain and everyone else was battling for the second wicket-keeper's slot.' 'I was fighting with myself, always thinking of improving my game, getting better personally, not comparing myself with anyone else.'

Sweat a good alternative to saliva, but...

Sweat a good alternative to saliva, but...

Rediff.com2 Jun 2020

'In cold weather conditions, when you are not sweating at all, how do you use sweat?'

'A magician with a hockey stick'

'A magician with a hockey stick'

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'If he is being spoken in the same breath as Dhyan Chand, then you can image how good he was.'

'Balbir Singh Sr was one of the greatest ever'

'Balbir Singh Sr was one of the greatest ever'

Rediff.com26 May 2020

'He did not take a loss lying down.' 'He inspired us to go to the next tournament with renewed confidence and helped us perform well.' 'That's the way I would remember him.'

How I slayed my demons and won an Olympic medal

How I slayed my demons and won an Olympic medal

Rediff.com26 May 2020

'Sport is cruel, as is life, which is why winning becomes sweet.'

SEE: Anushka reveals Virat's hilarious 'dinosaur' walk

SEE: Anushka reveals Virat's hilarious 'dinosaur' walk

Rediff.com21 May 2020

'I spotted .... A Dinosaur on the loose,' Anushka Sharma says in the video posted on Instagram on Wednesday.

'Kohli's passion to win for India is second to none'

'Kohli's passion to win for India is second to none'

Rediff.com21 May 2020

'He doesn't leave any stone unturned in his preparations.' 'It is a treat to watch the way he pans and prepares for each format of the game.' 'The way he switches from one format to the other is simply unbelievable.'

'I was waiting to see Dhoni in the IPL'

'I was waiting to see Dhoni in the IPL'

Rediff.com21 May 2020

'Rishabh Pant must have gone through tough times because of the expectations on him.' 'It is not always easy to step into the shoes of a legendary cricketer.'

SEE: Sachin gives son Arjun a haircut

SEE: Sachin gives son Arjun a haircut

Rediff.com20 May 2020

Sachin Tendulkar turned over his golden arm once again as he gave son Arjun a haircut.

SEE: Sachin, Yuvi, Bhajji, Kumble challenge each other

SEE: Sachin, Yuvi, Bhajji, Kumble challenge each other

Rediff.com18 May 2020

Nothing is beyond him as Sachin Tendulkar proved when Yuvraj Singh sent him an online 'Keep it up' challenge using the edge of the bat.

Learn yoga from Suresh Raina's cute daughter Gracia

Learn yoga from Suresh Raina's cute daughter Gracia

Rediff.com15 May 2020

The four year old showed off some impressive yoga moves on Thursday.

'Arjun Tendulkar can be a match-winning bowler'

'Arjun Tendulkar can be a match-winning bowler'

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'I believe Bumrah, Ishant, Shami, Umesh, all four can play in the playing XI.'

Revealed! How Sreesanth played 2011 World Cup final!

Revealed! How Sreesanth played 2011 World Cup final!

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'I thank Sachinpaaji for taking me to Coach Gary Kirsten and telling him that 'Sreesanth should play' (in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka) and thanks to Dhonibhai for giving me that opportunity.'

'I have been in lockdown for 6 1/2 years'

'I have been in lockdown for 6 1/2 years'

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'The game which I loved the most, it was taken away.'

'When the police came knocking at my door...'

'When the police came knocking at my door...'

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'People tell me to forget, but it is something to learn from.' 'A couple of seconds can change your life completely.'

India's SG working on wax polish to shine cricket balls post COVID-19

India's SG working on wax polish to shine cricket balls post COVID-19

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'There could be a law where you can say from the 15th over or the 20th over, you can give the wax polish to the bowlers.'

SEE: What Jadeja is up to in the lockdown

SEE: What Jadeja is up to in the lockdown

Rediff.com29 Apr 2020

India's star all-rounder is spending time with his horses at his farmhouse.

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