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  • Can We Please Take a Moment to Cheer for Hima Das?

    It’s been a week full of heartbreak for sports fans – India’s World Cup exit, the loss of New Zealand, and then Roger Federer. But amid all this frenzy, there is a soothing balm for those still mourning — and her name is Hima Das. The 19-year-old Assamese track star quietly picked up four gold medals in 15 days.

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  • newzealandkanewilliamsonrogerfederer Nobody Remembers the Guy Who Finished Second! They Won’t Say that About Kane Williamson and Roger Federer

    Even after the most heartbreaking of defeats, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand and Roger Federer came across as winners. In a rare sporting moment, the second runners-up were celebrated more than the men who lifted the trophy. It made us realise that sport can exist without a loser.

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  • 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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  • kanewilliamsonworldcup Kane Williamson: The Monk Who Lost the Cup But Won Over World

    The most natural reaction to losing the World Cup on a technicality would have been of excessive outrage. And no one could have held it against New Zealand captain Kane Williamson were he to be taken over by anguish. It stung deep, but not even an imminent heartbreak was enough for Williamson to get carried away.

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  • slowballworldcup This World Cup Taught Us to Appreciate the Slower Ball More

    The slower ball, once a gimmicky duplicate of spin, has now emerged as a newly conceived weapon of choice. Delightfully unnatural and unpredictable, the slow ball has bamboozled more batsmen in this World Cup than perhaps all the others combined.

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  • indialossworldcup What Team India’s World Cup Defeat Taught Me About Grief and Loss

    For my best friend, who lost his mother recently, the World Cup became an antidote. With every Team India victory, I believed that its only purpose was to make my friend feel again. But when the team crashed out, we sensed an ending. It reminded us that the pain of losing a loved one is real – nobody could, and should, take it away.

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  • jofra-archer In a Team Full of Batsmen, England’s Jofra Archer Shows What a Strike-Bowler is Worth

    Constructing a batting lineup that was the envy of the rest of the world came with a price. England compromised on the quality of bowling, hoping to make up for it by outscoring the opposition. A fearsome bowler who could instill fear into the opposition’s best batsmen was the missing piece in the jigsaw. Enter Jofra Archer.

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  • Meditation-on-Loss Loss and Longing: The Agony of Being a Sports Superfan

    While victories leave us on highs, our lows are the experiences which truly define us. Losses are, after all, about latching on, and letting go. They define us. Which brings us to India’s defeat.

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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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  • rohitshramacenturyworldcup We All Have World Cup Superstitions… Mine is Hating on Rohit Sharma

    Even for someone who has never been Team Rohit, his impressive World Cup performances are a joy to watch, completely devoid of the vagaries that plagued his batting earlier in his career. The shaky, patchy Rohit Sharma appears to have vanished, replaced by the Hitman who haunts bowlers’ dreams.

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