Ravi Chakravarthy

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Serbs ready for a great future

For a country of Serbia’s size, the sporting passion of their nation dwarfs bigger countries.

Crowd support stirs passion in bullring

A spectator shows his support.

For a while out there, Somdev Devvarman looked out of his league.

Indians lost plot in the mind

 Dusan Lajovic

Sport, as in life, is all about being mentally strong. Professional skills are a pre-requisite but there are times when you need to make a slight change in perception and strategy and lift your game.

Bogdan Obradovic has strategy in place

Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic (centre) with his team members at the KSLTA in Bengaluru on Thursday. — R. Samuel

For starters, the Serbs aren’t the kind to complain; they take life as it comes and don’t believe in self-pity.

Camaraderie is the key

Indian Davis Cup players Somdev Devvarman (from left), Rohan Bopanna, non-playing captain Anand Amritraj, Leander Paes —R.Samuel

For a sport that thrives on individual talent and flair, Davis Cup is the bond that brings players together.

Will play as long as fire burns in me: Leander Paes

Rohan Bopanna (from left), Leander Paes, Zeeshan Ali and Anand Amritraj at a training session in Bengaluru. (Photo: R. Samuel)

For a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, Leander Paes and the Davis Cup are bonded for life.

Clash of the Germans

Joachim Loew and Jurgen Klinsmann

As far as face-offs go, it couldn't get more intriguing than this.

From Ashes to the top

From Ashes to the top: Shahrukh Khan

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.

KKR are IPL Kings

KKR players celebrate their three-wicket win over KXIP in the IPL-7 final at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru

Manish Pandey chose the best stage of them all to showcase his talent as he single-handedly guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to a stunning triumph their second in the IPL-7 final against the Kings X

Punjab, Kolkata to clash in IPL final

Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey (left) and KKR captain Gautam Gambhir pose with the IPL trophy on the eve of the final

It’s not for the first time in the Indian Premier League that two in-form teams will clash for the trophy in a tournament that is relished, rejoiced and even revered by millions.

Kashmir’s history is dotted with natural calamities and man-made disasters. And over the centuries the people of Jammu and Kashmir have perfected the art of rising from the ashes. They have seen famines and epidemics, floods and earthquakes, blazes and mayhem, organised violence and massacres, forced and voluntary migrations, incarcerations and worse.