Priyansh

Priyansh is an independent writer in New Delhi, looking for the intersections between sport, politics, and culture. His keen interest in sociology comes handy. When not working, he is busy preparing himself to work. He tweets @Privaricate.

  • englandwincwc Why ICC Needs to Reconsider the Boundary Rule After Sunday’s Imperfect World Cup Final

    To decide the winner of a cricket match on the basis of how the runs were scored, is to overlook the fundamental objective of the game – it is about scoring runs, not hitting more boundaries. If the two sides are level on runs, like England and New Zealand were on Sunday, clearing the fence more times than the other does not make one team better.

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  • indiasemifinalworldcup Why India’s Semi-Final Loss Feels Like a Familiar Heartbreak

    Although the Men in Blue often win at cricket, irrespective of the format, the failure to win knockout games must sting. The “45 minutes of bad cricket” that Virat Kohli identified as the reason for the defeat to New Zealand was not merely an aberration. Instead, it was another phase of batting failure that has had some part to play in at least four of the five recent knockout losses.

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  • newzealand India vs New Zealand: The Forever Underdogs May Not Be the Team Everyone Wants to Play

    Is it as easy for India to just dismiss Kane Williamson early and that will be the match? Perhaps not. In Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, the Kiwis have two pacers who have shared 32 wickets in this World Cup. Add Jimmy Neesham to the mix and you have multiple threats to confront.

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  • dhoniworldcup For India, MS Dhoni Is a Demigod. It’s Time to Humanise Him

    MS Dhoni is not a cricketer or former captain to many. He’s a demigod whose myth is varnished by his unquestioning, overzealous worshippers. But it’s time to humanise him.

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  • World Cup 2019: Take a Bow Afghanistan, India Won the Match, But You Won the Day

    The World Cup, in its current form, is a tournament informed by a drive to protect the interests of the powerful sides – India, Australia, and England. Yet, they cannot do without the underdogs. In a World Cup shorn of interesting narratives, it was the challenge put forward by Afghanistan on Saturday that lit up the tournament.

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  • India Versus Pakistan: It is Just a Cricket Match, Can We Stop Treating it Like a War?

    If you were to remove the hate-filled discourse, the jingoism, and the hyper-partisan outlook towards the “enemy”, would it be possible to recover the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry?

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  • Why This World Cup Belongs Solely to India’s Bowlers

    In the last 18 months, India has set a new standard in one-day bowling. Led by Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav, and ably backed by Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Indian bowling attack might break tradition by upstaging the batsmen at this tournament.

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  • The Extraordinary Achievements of Jurgen Klopp, “The Normal One”

    By winning the Champions League and bringing the trophy coveted by every club in Europe to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has embellished Liverpool’s stature. There is good reason to believe that he and the club will not stop here.

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  • cricketfever Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians and Everything that is Wrong With Sports Documentaries

    Barring a few moments of colour, the new Mumbai Indians documentary on Netflix is irredeemably dull. Featuring a team enduring a tough season, Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians could have been more intriguing. But it comes off more like an exercise in image management.

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  • realkashmirfc Real Kashmir FC Might Create I-League History. But What Are the Club’s Chances of Survival?

    This season, Real Kashmir FC has shocked us too by conceding only eight goals in 16 matches. The team is a fortress that has frustrated the best of sides. But even if Real Kashmir ends up lifting the I-League title, the question will not be far away: How long will the citadel last?

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  • Pollution Delhi Ki Sardi: Breathing in an Open-Air Kingdom of Poison

    In Delhi, winter is now the time of difficult breathing. The throat itches, the eyes water, the nostrils hurt. A city that lends itself so well to the outdoors forces everyone to stay indoors with windows shut tight.

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  • cristianoronaldo Why Is No One Talking About Rape Allegations Against Cristiano Ronaldo?

    Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape, continues to be shielded by Portugal’s PM, the national media, his club, and his corporate sponsors. In wake of the #MeToo movement, a temporary suspension for Ronaldo may not be so outrageous after all. To privilege Ronaldo’s account over that of his victims is an act of further weaponising the powerful.

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  • world-cup It Feels Like Monday, The World Cup Must Be Over

    In the headiness of the World Cup, it became difficult to keep up with the calendar. It was easier to recall that you met someone when Croatia played Nigeria, or the meal you had when France escaped Peru. The trouble for us, who degenerated into this new system of date-keeping is that the World Cup has come to an end.

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  • croatiafootballteam The FIFA World Cup 2018 Goes to Migrants

    Three-fourths of the World Cup-winning French side can trace its origins beyond France. At 6, Luka Modric, Croatia's star at the World Cup, was a refugee, and its heroic goalkeeper Danijel Subašić is a Serbian Croat. Their success pushes the argument in favour of diversity. This World Cup, then, belongs to migrants.

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  • edenhazard How Belgium’s Eden Proved to be a Real Hazard This World Cup

    The showiness of Eden Hazard is limited to trickery on grass. The World Cup has vaulted the Belgium skipper to his best – racing past defenders without a hint of stumble, dribbling past them as if it was the easiest option. Even so, Hazard’s genius remains under-appreciated.

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  • Brazil May Have Gone, But the Neymar Roll Will Live On

    On Friday, as Brazil battled Belgium, it seemed Neymar wished to hide his theatrics in the background by showing he could run, dribble, and diddle. But in the end, it was he who had to roll past the exit door. Indeed, the World Cup will move past his various grumblings, but it is the Neymar Roll which will make the list of enduring memories.

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