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Articles by Kunal Pradhan
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2021 04:26 PM IST
As you cheer for India at the Tokyo Games, spare a thought for every athlete’s journey to the Olympics. They deserve our support not just once in four years but at every stage of the struggle
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 03:02 PM IST
It’s easy to box Maradona into what he did in 1986, his cult following at Napoli, the problems (drugs, obesity, the Mafia). But the truth is his legacy goes far beyond all that. He is the single largest factor responsible for the true globalisation of football — as a sport, as a passion, as a form of entertainment.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Kunal Pradhan
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 09:07 AM IST
The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, JP Nadda says Nitish Kumar faced a problem when he went with Lalu, so even after winning the election (in 2015) he eventually left that alliance, and whenever he has been with the BJP, the pace of development picks up.
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 08:18 PM IST
A study in contrast, Dhoni symbolised the hopes, aspirations and abilities of small-town India
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 04:22 AM IST
For the first time, we, the ones on this side of the sport-watching fence, are envying those on the other side who don’t have to rely on events thousands of miles away—events they have absolutely no control over—for their sanity.
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 11:42 AM IST
DECADE OF UN-CHANGE: The Federer-Nadal-Djokovic trio-poly, the Bolt and Phelps monopolies, and the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly continued to thrive as an age of deep analysis gave us glorious certainties instead of fresh sporting narratives
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2019 08:59 PM IST
Every emotion, quality and nuance of sport came alive on Sunday. Were there really only two winners?
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2019 06:06 PM IST
Cricket is not, and need not, be different from any other sport. There is no need for it to take itself so seriously that it has “laws” instead of “rules” and believes that it must be played with a superior “spirit”.
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 04:31 PM IST
Even at the worst of times, sport has played the role of a healer despite the war metaphors that are freely attached to it
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2019 06:19 PM IST
What does a West Indies renaissance really mean? The glory of West Indies cricket in the 1970s and 1980s was not just about victories and defeats. It was about race, culture, music, and the significance of lives lived on tiny islands figuring like dots on a world map
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2019 01:54 PM IST
Tennis, in fact individual sport as a whole, was spoiling for a fight of this nature for nearly two decades
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2019 05:06 PM IST
If the two cricketers behaved like monsters that must be brought to book, then what about us, the Frankenstein who created them?
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 11:37 AM IST
Indian cricket’s searches to replace great players who have retired with others who appear to be their replicas is perhaps more than is healthy
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2018 07:08 PM IST
It’s been a watershed year for Indian sport, writes Kunal Pradhan in his fortnightly column this week. But, for him, the two stories that really herald India’s wider sporting revolution are of Hima Das and Shubhankar Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 10:25 PM IST
There was no social media then to proclaim victory over those who hadn’t woken up, or share the triumph with fellow warriors who had.
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2018 05:11 PM IST
A new fortnightly column looks at the landscape of sport in India, and how much greener it’s got.
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2018 09:25 AM IST
The FIFA World Cup is an unadulterated celebration of football in the modern era where loyalty to European club teams is the new normal in fandom.
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 07:02 PM IST
Arsene Wenger was first a moderniser credited with transforming British football and later a purist who fought against the temptations of consumerist team-building.
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2017 01:15 PM IST
When the Government of India issued an ‘extraordinary’ notification on Tuesday, restricting the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets and imposing rules that put a majority of the country’s animal markets in danger, it willy-nilly hit much more than the meat industry.
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2017 11:56 AM IST
Iceland’s surreal landscape is infested with myth and folklore, and the dazzling display of Northern Lights makes it worth a visit
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 05:30 PM IST
The true joy of cricket is far removed from what the cricket league venerates. This made-for-TV Twenty20 league does not mean you’re open-mindedly embracing modernity, it means you’re celebrating mediocrity.
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2017 08:19 PM IST
The political journey of Mulayam Singh that began in 1969 seems to have been reduced to a sad state, with a party and family split down the middle. Netaji, as he is popularly known as, floated the Samajwadi Party in 1992.
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2017 08:11 PM IST
For the first time, a Yadav leader in UP will be heading to the 2017 election with the ability to create a larger coalition than the traditional backward-Muslim vote bank.
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2017 12:00 PM IST
Having won the ‘pariwar’, the CM can change the Samajwadi narrative if he retains the party symbol.
Hindustan Times | By Kunal Pradhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2016 02:43 PM IST
Over five years he did precious little to stamp his authority on either the government or the party, as all strong leaders must.
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2016 07:11 PM IST
A plan that was questioned from the start now finds itself, head down, arms akimbo, waiting desperately for the innings to end
PTI | By Kunal Pradhan (Reuters), Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2005 03:10 PM IST
Pak return home having taken what they say could be a step towards excellence. India are left pondering their future.
PTI | By Kunal Pradhan (Reuters), Jamshedpur
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2005 07:13 PM IST
Butt cracked a solid 101 and Rana grabbed 6-27 as Pak whipped India. Score | Replay | Player of the day | Photos
PTI | By Kunal Pradhan (Reuters), Visakhapatnam
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2005 12:16 PM IST
When Mahendra Dhoni went out to bat against Pakistan in the second One-Day International he knew he had everything to lose.