Muneeb Farrukh

Muneeb Farrukh

The author is a freelance sportswriter based in Karachi. He tweets as @Muneeb313_ (twitter.com/Muneeb313_)

Without Andy Murray and Serena Williams, will the Australian Open 2018 be a classic Federer-Nadal showdown?

Over the years, the Australian Open has effectively been the perfect curtain raiser for the year, as it serves up some pretty special matches to captivate the audience. The last edition of the prestigious event proved to be memorable, but 2018 has all the ingredients to be an even better one! Let’s take a look at what this year’s event has to offer thus far: No Murray or Serena If you are still uncertain as what this game means to the players, Andy Murray is the player one should set his or her eyes on. Unable to feature in the Australian ...

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#PakvsNZ is an entirely different and difficult test for the men in green – Is Pakistan prepared for the challenge that awaits?

Let’s face it, most of us, including me, don’t like getting up early in the morning, but one thing that made me sacrifice my sleep and get out of my warm, cosy bed in winter in the wee hours of the night was cricket, when Pakistan was away on tour to the Trans-Tasman region. Waking up in the middle of the night can be a tad bit difficult but watching Pakistan win is surely worth it. More accustomed to playing on the dead pitches in the subcontinent, Pakistani cricket team’s trip to New Zealand poses an entirely different test altogether. ...

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If 2017 proved anything, it was that the beauty of Pakistan cricket lies in its glorious uncertainties

Heading into the final stretch of 2017, I can say with absolute certainty that as far as Pakistan cricket goes, the past 12 months turned out to be radically different from what most people, including myself, originally perceived at the beginning of the year; the major factor here being Pakistan’s incredible Champions Trophy triumph. I think that’s true for the most of us who closely follow Pakistan cricket, isn’t it? Realistically speaking, a majority of the cricketing pundits and fans did not give Pakistan much of a chance, and personally, I did not expect them to even go beyond the ...

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The greatest age-old rivalry of Real Madrid vs Barcelona is finally here, but can the Whites defend their turf?

One of the greatest spectacles of the football world is the age-old rivalry between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and once again that time has dawned upon us. Get ready for some exhilarating and gut-wrenching moments! Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo For obvious reasons, the biggest talking point of the El Clasico once again would be the never-ending Messi and Ronaldo comparisons. Ronaldo had a frustrating time at the start of the season and it took him quite a while to net his first La Liga goal, but things have taken a good turn for the Portuguese in the past couple ...

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Ashes 2017 is too dull and too easy, and England is to be blamed for it all

The England cricket team has travelled close to 4000 kilometres during their tour down under, so far with little change in fate. The first three Test matches have only brought to reality what was feared before the series, and consequently, the urn is back in the possession of the Aussies, with the visitors staring at yet another whitewash. The only time Joe Root has had some sort of ascendency over his counterpart, Steven Smith, has been at successfully calling the toss, which means little as long as the end result does not correlate with it. For a team which relies heavily on ...

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After dominating the Manchester Derby, the Citizens lead the Premier League title race, but who will come second?

The latest edition of the historic Manchester Derby at Old Trafford gave the home side a chance to breathe new life into Premier League’s title race but their City rivals proved unstoppable once again. On Sunday, Manchester United did not just hand over bragging rights to the Blues, but also seemingly lost any chance of regaining the title, which has eluded them since 2012-13. Pep Guardiola once again had the upper hand over his nemesis, Jose Mourinho, despite his side not being at their scintillating best. When I first had a look at Manchester United’s playing XI, I was pleasantly surprised to see the line-up Mourinho ...

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Manchester United vs Manchester City, Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola – Are you ready for this Sunday’s Manchester Derby?

Football has seen many fierce rivalries and one such happens to be between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. The duo has locked horns quite a few times before and one can reasonably expect something out of the ordinary whenever they are up against each other. Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United watches from the touchline the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2016 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Mourinho and Guardiola first clashed back in 2009 at San Siro with Inter Milan and FC Barcelona respectively, ...

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Real Madrid showing Gareth Bale the door isn’t surprising, considering he’s missed 40 of the last 60 games due to injuries

It was the final of the 2014 Copa del Rey  when Gareth Bale’s magical run past Barcelona’s Marc Bartra and the subsequent goal, helped the Los Blancos lift the title. With a jubilant Cristiano Ronaldo watching from the stands, it seemed as if the former Spurs player was ready to be in the centre of Real Madrid’s plans for the future. Unfortunately, however, things did not materialise the way the fans and Bale himself expected them to. If you are a Real Madrid fan, one of the constants in your life would be the amount of injury updates you get to ...

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Resurrection 2017: Rafael Nadal proves once again why he is one of the greatest athletes tennis has ever seen

As far as tennis goes, my allegiance has always been with Rafael Nadal (Rafa). While many are in awe of the brilliant Roger Federer, I have always been inspired by the sheer grit, determination and hard work of the Spaniard. Majority of the tennis fraternity had written Nadal off after a wrist injury brought an untimely end to the season in 2016. This, along with the longstanding knee issues that have plagued him for most of his career, made it seem as if the illustrious career for the Mallorcan was drawing to a close – but Nadal had other ideas. ...

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Manchester City is the team to beat this Premier League season, as they just might take home the title

Manchester City was touted to win the Premier League before the beginning of the 2017-18 season due to a strong squad at their disposal, and as we enter November, they have done their reputation no harm whatsoever. Pep Guardiola’s tactic philosophy revolves around productive passing and possession, and this season he has the team to achieve just that. City has completed 500 more passes than any other Premier League team and they are joint-top in Europe’s top five leagues in terms of average possession, which sits at 63.8%. Britain Football Soccer – Manchester City v Everton – Premier League ...

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