Struggling to cope in a world without any sporting action? Fear not. In our latest series, we put together a list of videos you can watch right now to fill that adrenaline pumping again. This week's picks feature the best of Bodyline, an apt watch for Djokovic's birthday and a special entry.
The series that shook the cricket world
In 1983, BBC and Nine Network co-produced a 40-minute documentary on the infamous Ashes series in Australia in 1932-33 where England captain Douglas Jardine decided that the best way to stop the hosts' prolific batsman Don Bradman was to pack the leg-side field and bowl quick into the body of the Australian batsmen. This tactic was effective enough to reduce Bradman to a series average in the 50s, and England won the series 4-1 to regain the Ashes.
The series was acrimonious, and things came to a head when the Australians cried foul after captain Bill Woodfull and Bert Oldfied were struck by the accurate and sharp Harold Larwood while batting in Adelaide, the latter forced to miss the rest of the third Test after losing consciousness. This documentary features some terrific footage through newsreels, and interviews with specific protagonists on either side. - Debayan Sen
Live football is back
No, seriously. Just last weekend the Bundesliga became the first of the major European leagues to return to action, and everything's as it were. Almost. The 'no-spectators' bit is a bit jarring, but on the pitch it was business as usual -- Erling Haaland is scoring, Schalke 04 isn't defending, Borussia Monchengladbach are playing superbly, Bayern Munich are winning.
This weekend kicks off with the Berlin derby -- one of Germany's most heated, Union taking on Hertha -- at midnight India time today. If we had to suggest must-watch fixtures (isn't all live sport must-watch material now?), it would be Dortmund v Wolfsburg (7 PM IST, Saturday) and Monchengladbach taking on Bayer Leverkusen at the same time. Here's a detailed preview of all the good things to look out for this weekend.
Oh, and on Tuesday, there's the small matter of Der Klassiker -- Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund in a potential title decider at 10 PM IST. - Anirudh Menon
Where to watch
Live on Star Sports Select 1 and 2 in India
A champion in a candid conversation
Another gem from the Prasar Bharati archives -- Prakash Padukone in a freewheeling chat with Nandu Natekar, sometime after his All England victory in 1980, and ahead of the World Championships in Jakarta that year. Natekar, himself a badminton player of repute, gets Padukone to explain some of the technical nuances of the game, especially his strategy at the All England to keep Liem Swie King engaged in long rallies to keep his opponent away from the net. - Debayan Sen
Djokovic the escape artist
Novak Djokovic turns 33 today, a year less than the number of Masters 1000 titles he currently has. Regardless of one's views on Djokovic, what's undeniable is that the Serb has made it almost a habit by now of saving match points, managing to extricate himself out of trouble with his ridiculous defensive skills, including an ability to slide even on hard courts. This compilation is a fitting watch on his birthday, illustrating the best of his escapes from the brink of defeat (but is still incomplete as it doesn't include his comebacks at Grand Slams, which fall under the purview of the ITF, not the ATP). - Manoj Bhagavatula
Running with Inzy
Can you think of a top batsman who is most remembered for one mode of dismissal? Well, Inzamam-ul-Haq is your man. A batsman with all the time in the world to play his shots, he also made time to run himself or his batting partners out -- again and again. Slow Tests or fast ODIs, batting or at the non-striker's end, a quick single or coming back for a safe-looking second, Inzy's running between the wickets could become a danger to himself or the other batter in no time. His 'strike rate' in this matter was such that Pakistan could have put together a competitive team comprising just those who were involved in run-outs with him.
In this compilation, we get to see the full variety of how a batsman can be run out in cricket: misjudging a run, ignoring his partner's call, failing to look at the fielder, not grounding the bat even after reaching the crease, not being quick enough and more. In one instance, he got run out after just playing the ball back to the bowler. Bowling sides knew their best chance of dismissing Inzy was when he was fresh at the crease. And if he got set, they could always hope that a mix-up between the batsmen was just round the corner. - Gaurav Rai