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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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Exclusive! How this man transformed India's batting

Exclusive! How this man transformed India's batting

Rediff.com3 days ago

'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.com4 days ago

'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.

When Sachin realised he could play Test cricket

When Sachin realised he could play Test cricket

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

'I felt Test cricket is just beyond my reach.' 'And slowly, slowly, I started doing well.' 'In the second Test against Pakistan, I scored a fifty and when we went to Sialkot I played a series-saving innings, which was a game changer for me.' 'At that stage that was the most important innings of my life.'

Don't constantly think about cricket: Tendulkar to Kohli & Co

Don't constantly think about cricket: Tendulkar to Kohli & Co

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

'You can take a bit of off-time from cricket, mentally as well as physically.'

Lockdown no bar, Cricket star hones skills indoors

Lockdown no bar, Cricket star hones skills indoors

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'Cricket is a game where if you come back after a gap, then it is not easy to perform immediately.'

Mrs Dhoni craves for attention from 'Mr Sweetie'

Mrs Dhoni craves for attention from 'Mr Sweetie'

Rediff.com20 Apr 2020

Do you know how difficult it is to get Mahendra Singh Dhoni's attention?

'With lockdown extended, there is fear among migrant workers'

'With lockdown extended, there is fear among migrant workers'

Rediff.com19 Apr 2020

'They are all worried about one thing -- what about tomorrow?'

SEE: Who's the special fan cheering Virat?

SEE: Who's the special fan cheering Virat?

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

It's been weeks since Virat Kohli stepped out onto a cricketing field to huge cheers from his fans.

SEE: How Rohit Sharma spends his day

SEE: How Rohit Sharma spends his day

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

The batting star gave us a peek into how he spends his day during the lockdown.

Lockdown Games: What's this tennis great up to?

Lockdown Games: What's this tennis great up to?

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

With all sporting activities around the world coming to a complete half, Roger Federer devised an unqiue training method to pass his time at home.

Lockdown Heroes: Nadeem, Jackson help the needy

Lockdown Heroes: Nadeem, Jackson help the needy

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

Jharkhand spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson rise to the challenge in these dark times.

Lockdown dance: Can you shake it like Chahal, Dhawan?

Lockdown dance: Can you shake it like Chahal, Dhawan?

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

With no action on the field due to the coronavirus outbreak, our cricketers are keeping their fans entertained on social media during the lockdown.

SEE: What our cricketers are up to!

SEE: What our cricketers are up to!

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

Our cricketers, who rarely get off-time, have had to spend the last week locked down in their respective homes like the rest of us across India.

How postponing Olympics will affect Indian athletes

How postponing Olympics will affect Indian athletes

Rediff.com25 Mar 2020

'Everyone has to recalibrate their plans, preparations, peaking, meaning the tournaments they will play in in the lead-up to the Olympics.'

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