Angry farmers once forced India’s hardline leader into a rare retreat. Now that the elections are just around the corner, they are back

Just over two years after forcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi into an extraordinary about-face, protesting Indian farmers are back on the streets – and this time the stakes are higher. For about two weeks, thousands of angry farmers have gathered at the borders of the Indian capital to demand higher fixed prices for their crops, … Read more

Yashasvi Jaiswal is one of India’s top 10 batsmen of all time – and Sachin Tendulkar isn’t No. 1

Yashasvi Jaiswal has lit up this series with England with a pair of glorious double hundreds – Getty Images/PUNIT PARANJPE Here are the 10 most brilliant Indian batsmen I have seen. I would have liked to see KS Ranjitsinhji, his cousin KS Duleepsinhji, and the Nawab of Pataudi junior, all of whom won Blues and … Read more

Joe Root’s final Bazball shot is the stupidest in the history of English Test cricket

Joe Root gave away his wicket with a reverse scoop against Jasprit Burmah – Reuters/Amit Dave It has to rank – and “rank” is the key word – as the worst, stupidest shot in the history of English Test cricket. Joe Root will notice it as much as anyone else after his self-dismissal, which was … Read more

How Mumbai shaped Douglas Jardine – the original Ben Stokes

Douglas Jardine (left) and India captain CK Nayadu before the second Test match in January 1934 – Getty Images/Popperfoto The ground staff at the Bombay Gymkhana are re-marking the five-a-side football pitches with whitewash and the chalet-style café in the Swiss Pavilion is doing well. The wicker chairs on the veranda overlooking the field are … Read more

England vs India, Test series and tour: Next match, full schedule and matches

Virat Kohli will not feature in the India-England series due to personal reasons – AFP/Phill Magakoe Virat Kohli will miss the three remaining Tests due to personal reasons. Kohli did not play in the first two Tests and informed the Indian board that he will not return for the remainder of the series, denying the … Read more

Yashasvi Jaiswal: From street food vendor and tent dweller to India’s new star

Jwala Singh, who mentors, coaches and performs for Yashasvi Jaiswal, proudly displays a photo of the young opener during his double century against England in Visakhapatnam – Philip Brown/Popperfoto Jwala Singh wipes away a tear as he sits in his office, surrounded by cricket trophies, and recalls a vow he made on the day his … Read more

Uproar as Bollywood actor revealed ‘death’ of cervical cancer as publicity stunt

A scandal has erupted in India after it was revealed that Bollywood actor and model Poonam Pandey is still alive after a statement was shared on her Instagram account claiming she had died of cervical cancer. On Friday, February 2, Pandey’s official account, which has more than 1.3 million followers, announced that she had died … Read more