All stories by Manu Shankar
'You can't criticise India for bowling first'Rediff.com20 Jun 2017
'Mine and the Australian team's natural inclination is to bat first and try and get the scoreboard pressure going.'
Ironman, Milind Soman!Rediff.com7 Aug 2015
To celebrate his 50th birthday, India's 'hottest old man', Milind Soman, swam 3.8-km, rode 180.2-km on a cycle and ran 42.2-km in just 15 hours and 19 minutes in Zurich to complete the Ironman challenge.
'Delhi police didn't force confession out of spot-fixing accused'Rediff.com6 Aug 2015
'The moment you increase the possibility of making a team winning or losing a game that's where match-fixing happens. And whenever match-fixing happens, it can only happen at the players' level. If a player is not fixed to perform a particular task then how can one generate money?'
'Delhi police framed Chandila, others to prove case under MCOCA'Rediff.com29 Jul 2015
'At that time the Delhi police was reeling under various controversies. This case was more of an attention diversion.'
Sreesanth seeks BCCI nod for training, eyes 'selection'Rediff.com25 Jul 2015
'The worst that can happen to a cricketer is stay behind the National Stadium and not be able to use it. I went through a lot of things but it is past now,' said Shantakumaran Sreesanth after being cleared of all charges in the IPL spot-fixing scandal by a Delhi court.
'Considering the wickets in Sri Lanka, we've tried to get the balance right'Rediff.com23 Jul 2015
When the selectors sat down to pick the Indian side for the Sri Lanka tour, they had plenty on their plate.
Air India almost stopped Sumit Nagal from flying to Wimbledon!Rediff.com23 Jul 2015
'Even if we ate our chappatis with pickle, we ensured proper food for Sumit.'
'The anti-corruption unit has an almost impossible job'Rediff.com16 Jul 2015
Former Essex player Ian Pont, who is now engaged in coaching Indian bowlers at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, tells Manu Shankar/Rediff.com you can never ensure that the spot-fixing episode won't resurface. 'All you can do is deal with it correctly when it happens.'
Verma hails Lodha spot-fixing verdict, slams SriniRediff.com14 Jul 2015
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, hailed the verdict, stating that the ball is now in the BCCI's court and cleaning up the mess can start with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur urging former BCCI president Srinivasan to withdraw his representation from the ICC.
Key points of the Justice Lodha verdictRediff.com14 Jul 2015
The Supreme Court-appointed high-level Committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Mal Lodha, proposed two-year suspensions on IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Here's what the verdict means.
'It's the revolution in Indian football that has made me come here'Rediff.com9 Jul 2015
Delhi Dynamos unveiled Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto its marquee manager-cum-player for the second season of the Indian Super League. Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports
From Symbian to Android: A mother's leap of faithRediff.com4 Jul 2015
What happens when a person who is used to an old Nokia phone gets a brand new Moto E? Here's what Manu Shankar/Rediff.com realised when he gave one such phone to his mother
Selectors 'want to see Rahane's other aspects', vow to back himRediff.com29 Jun 2015
Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports on Monday's selection committee meeting in Delhi.
Meet the Delhi Daredevils' Aussie desiRediff.com7 Apr 2015
Snapped up for Rs 1.7 crore, Gurinder Sandhu is highly rated by Ricky Ponting.
Spinners have a key role to play in T20s: TahirRediff.com6 Apr 2015
'You have to just adjust to the conditions quickly because there is a big difference in the 50-over and 20-over cricket.' 'Even in Test cricket you can't be a classical spinner, which you were 20 years ago.' 'If I want to hide myself from my limitations, then I don't want to play this game.'
RIM, the next big thing in Indian IT sectorRediff.com1 Apr 2015
RIM is expected to account for 43% of incremental IT services revenue growth
Daredevils Zaheer, Yuvraj eye IPL 8 for India comebackRediff.com31 Mar 2015
Out of favour because of poor form and injury, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh are hoping for a good showing with Delhi Daredevils this IPL season to return to the Indian team.
When Wahab Riaz made the Kangaroos hopRediff.com20 Mar 2015
The World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval looked set for a tame ending after Australia shot out Pakistan for a meagre 213. Paceman Wahab, however, sparked the match into life with two wickets and an enthralling duel with Shane Watson.
'Mohit is an inspiration for every young wannabe pacer in India'Rediff.com12 Mar 2015
Fast bowling coach and biomechanics expert Ian Pont discusses the rise of India medium pacer Mohit Sharma with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com
'England have ceased to believe they can win'Rediff.com10 Mar 2015
Ian Pont, a former Essex player and fast bowling coach, now at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, analyses England's disastrous World Cup campaign in an exclusive conversation with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com.
'Time for England to reshuffle the pack'Rediff.com25 Feb 2015
Rediff.com's Manu Shankar spoke with former Essex player and fast bowling coach Ian Pont to assess England's disastrous start in the ICC's 50-over-a-side extravaganza.
Beating Pakistan would be a big confidence booster for India at World Cup: SehwagRediff.com2 Feb 2015
Virender Sehwag exuded confidence about India making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
'Kohli was always looking to win Adelaide Test'Rediff.com16 Dec 2014
Former India players Maninder Singh and Chetan Chauhan have thrown their weight behind an "aggressive and impressive" Virat Kohli, saying the skipper was correct in going for victory rather than trying to save the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Saturday.
Celkon launches cheapest Windows 8.1 smartphoneRediff.com2 Dec 2014
The device, Win 400, is available at Rs 4,979.
Now, Everest twins set to scale new heights... Mt Vinson in Antarctica!Rediff.com2 Dec 2014
Rediff.com's Manu Shankar caught up with the 'Everest Sisters' in a candid interview, wherein they spoke about their passion for mountaineering and risk and challenges one has to face in the sport.
Hope to see India in 2022 World Cup: German AmbassadorRediff.com1 Dec 2014
Pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the football in India, German Ambassador Michael Steiner, on Monday said that he is looking forward to India's participation at the World Cup by 2022.
'That Twitter parody account hurt KP more than anything else'Rediff.com27 Nov 2014
Former Essex player Ian Pont, who is now engaged in coaching Indian bowlers in Bangalore, shares his views on the fallout-out from the Kevin Pietersen's tell-all book with Rediff.com's Manu Shankar.
Chhetri impressed with youngsters' showing in ISLRediff.com20 Nov 2014
Impressed with the standard of football in the ongoing Indian Super League, India captain Sunil Chhetri feels the newly-launched tournament is an ideal platform for youngsters to perform and open the gates for selection to the national team.
'BCCI conveniently bends the rules to suit itself'Rediff.com20 Nov 2014
Former cricketer turned MP Kirti Azad tells Rediff.com's Manu Shankar that Srinivasan is equally responsible for the mess, even if he not involved.
'Ishant will be the leader of bowling department'Rediff.com19 Nov 2014
Team India manager Arshad Ayub, speaking exclusively to Rediff.com's Manu Shankar, says he won't be surprised if India does well on the upcoming tour of Australia.
'Boy, did Sachin not tell the world how to play the game?'Rediff.com16 Nov 2014
Former India spinner Maninder Singh looks back on Sachin Tendulkar's debut Test in conversation with Manu Shankar.
Need to have a structured system to identify young talent: SharanRediff.com7 Nov 2014
Stating that India has not made much progress since the Beijing Olympics, Ajit Sharan, Secretary - Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), said that India needs to become a sporting nation if it has do well in big event.
Celkon Q500: A power-packed phone that fits your budgetRediff.com3 Nov 2014
Ever wished for a power-packed phone that not only fits your budget but doesn't compromise on features? Well then look no further. At Rs 9,300, Celkon Millenium Ultra Q500 could well be the solution to your needs for feature-rich yet pocket friendly mobile, says Manu Shankar/Rediff.com.
'Let's move past teaching Indian fast bowlers to become medium pace bowling machines'Rediff.com30 Oct 2014
'Unless Indian bowlers work with the correct information, the right mindset and the learning that encourages pace and accuracy together, they won't be able to maximise their talent,' says English bowling coach Ian Pont.
How mobile gaming will reshape the industryRediff.com25 Oct 2014
The mobile gaming has quickly taken over the market share from PCs, as users now have shifted to smartphones and tablets to discover new and engaging content.
'It's a mistake on the part of West Indies players to have left the tour'Rediff.com19 Oct 2014
Former West Indies skipper and chairman of selection committee Clive Lloyd on Saturday apologized for his team's decision to pull out of the tour in wake of an acrimonious pay dispute with WICB, saying that it was a mistake on the part of the players to have done so.
'The current Indian team lacks skill to defend World Cup'Rediff.com18 Oct 2014
Slamming the frequent team changes, former India skipper Ajay Jadeja said that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team selectors are not on the same page with regard team selection.
Kohli's batting key to India's success at World Cup: GangulyRediff.com18 Oct 2014
With barely four months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Australian continent, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli's batting success will decide India's success at the sporting extravaganza.
Qatar is organiser for 2022 World Cup, insists FIFA secretary-generalRediff.com16 Oct 2014
'It's amazing because it's a question that's coming quite often. Look, Qatar is the organizer for FIFA World Cup 2022. It is the case ever since Qatar was awarded by the FIFA executive committee in 2010,' FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke tell Rediff.com.
For us there is one league and it is the I-League: FIFARediff.com16 Oct 2014
Asked about the popularity of the Indian Super League, and whether FIFA will recognize it, secretary-general Jerome Valcke was quick to point out that for the world body there is only one league and that's the I-League. Manu Shankar reports