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Charu Sharma

The author is commentator and quiz master

Latest Articles By Charu Sharma

At a Tricky Crossroad

Charu Sharma

As India gained a firmer footing over the decades, so did Indian sports. Not that commercial inflow into sports increased rapidly (please, let’s ignore the elephant in the room – cricket – for now), but media attention certainly did

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Comatose With Covid

Charu Sharma

Perhaps the world of sports should take a long sabbatical and return only when it is possible to do so in its full glory. It will be hugely counterproductive to have virus cases that can be traced back to a sports event

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Pitch Condition Problem

Charu Sharma

While all countries realise the need to provide ‘flat’ pitches for white ball cricket – led, somewhat understandably, by commerce and fan provision – test match pitches is where hosts can and do, play to their traditional strengths

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India’s Tokyo Tally

Charu Sharma

To the two shooting medals, let’s add one in boxing. Unlike shooting or other technologically timed/calibrated sports, boxing is heavily dependent on the human factor brought in by judges ... there will always be scope for results which seem clearly wrong

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The Popularity Stakes

Charu Sharma

Sports which place fan comfort and enjoyment right on top of the pyramid, alongside the needs of their top stars, are bound to prosper. The rest, in our sport-eat-sport world, will struggle

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Here’s To The ‘Also Rans’!

Charu Sharma

In the new millennium, India acknowledges that sports matter, paving the way for conscious efforts to create a more conducive environment for the blossoming of sporting talent. But this awakening is a double-edged sword

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India’s Love Affair With Sports

Charu Sharma

To all those who have attempted to excel at sports, here is some free advice: you have developed the most important ingredient of succeeding in this lifetime...the capacity to work hard. Understand that. Use that. March on.

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A Good Toss To Lose

Charu Sharma

The IPL ratings, around 5 for the first two seasons, have stagnated at 3.5 or so for the past few seasons

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