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.

  • 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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