When asked how England would get on in the ICC Champions trophy final against India, most people start climbing fences. Not HITC sports writer Rana Malook.
It is one of the beauties of cricket that within the overall narrative of a game lie so many smaller stories, the plays within the play.
Tradition demands that Royal Ascot should maintain some composure at all times but the sangfroid slipped on Thursday afternoon as the Queen became the first reigning monarch in the 207-year history of the Gold Cup to win the Royal meeting's most famous race.
The British and Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton, has warned Australia to brace themselves for an explosive contest when the two teams finally meet in Saturday's eagerly awaited first Test.
Shikhar Dhawan's measured 68 helped India to a thumping 8 wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Rana Malook reviews another anti-climatic semi final.
South African batsmen didn't even bother bringing knives to a gunfight. England walked leisurely to the final of the ICC champions trophy 2013
A continuing quest for golfing perfection has led to Jason Day calling the stricken Tiger Woods for advice and to Rory McIlroy changing his putting grip. It was obvious in Miami on Wednesday that McIlroy is far more interested in curing woes on the greens than worrying about the outcome of the US presidential election.
Jordan Spieth, the Masters champion, has spoken of the difference in visiting Augusta National as the holder of the Green Jacket.