Osama Bin Haroon

Osama Bin Haroon

The author is an undergraduate at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.He is a sports enthusiast to the core and likes to express his views on topics as he see them unfold in front of him.

Did Neymar leave FC Barcelona because he was always playing second fiddle to Messi?

On Friday morning, Neymar completed his transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris St Germain (PSG) for a whopping €222 million. It has by far shattered previous records for being the most expensive transfer in history – more than twice the fee Manchester United paid Juventus last summer to lure Paul Pogba to Old Trafford. The question that comes to mind after this fiasco is done and dusted with is: Was it worth it? The level of scrutiny that will be aimed at Neymar over the course of his first year in Paris is bound to be incessant. On the field, every touch that he makes will ...

Read Full Post

How is Roger Federer managing to pull off such Houdini acts?

Basking in the glory of lifting the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the fifth time in his career, Roger Federer had his crescendo moment in Melbourne when he finally got the monkey of not winning a major tournament in more than four years off his back. By getting one over his nemesis Rafael Nadal, Federer had vanquished the demons of falling at the final hurdle of major tournaments (losing in the Wimbledon finals of 2014 and 2015 and the US Open in 2015 to Novak Djokovic). Furthermore, he had possibly laid to rest the meandering debate amongst countless tennis aficionados of who, between Federer and Nadal, ...

Read Full Post

Azhar Ali: A captain in deep waters

After a humdinger of a Test match series that consisted of wild swings in favour of either sides; Pakistan have been brutally crushed under the resilience and sheer willpower of the English team in the One Day format. After a humdinger of a Test match series that consisted of wild swings in favours of either sides. Photo: Reuters It would not be a belittling statement to say that it wasn’t deserved, but the manner in which the team has metamorphosed from a warrior mentality unit to one that needs help psychologically – is quite bemusing. Our team ...

Read Full Post

Pakistan cricket’s motto= “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Nine days after Pakistan defied the odds by beating England at the home of cricket, the green shirts suffered an ignominious defeat at the hands of the English at Old Trafford. The culprit was not their inept batting or naïve bowling, but a felon who has always managed to escape the cricketing brains at the helm of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) – consistency. England’s Joe Root shares a joke with England’s Ben Stokes.Photo: AFP In recent history, Pakistan has had a niggling knack of boasting in their temporary glory – not realising that the job at ...

Read Full Post

Is this the end of Roger Federer?

Seventeen grand slam singles titles, 88 career titles and 302 weeks as the world number one – these are just a few of the plethora of records that Roger Federer holds – unfortunately, he will not be adding to that list any time soon. With Roger Federer signalling an end to his 2016 campaign, it rubberstamps one particular fact – he will never be able to win the Olympic Gold. Niggling knees and a wobbly back have manifested a southward spiral for the tennis great over the course of the last few months, who is set to miss a second grand slam ...

Read Full Post

Will Pakistan’s batting line-up be able to survive the English bowling attack at Old Trafford?

With Mohammad Amir shackling the stumps of Jake Ball to wrap up a famous Test victory in Pakistan’s cricketing folklore – a few of us are sceptical of the chances the green shirts might have to give the English team – especially their bowlers – a hard time in the forthcoming Tests. Mushtaq Ahmed says Mohammad Amir (pictured) was nervous at Lord’s.Photo: AFP Yes, you have the jurisdiction to celebrate your success but not at the cost of not learning from your cathartic failures – especially those at the openers’ slot. Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, ...

Read Full Post

A Tiger without his claws – should Woods hang up his boots?

“Well, I’m playing. I just need more time,” These words have had far reaching ramifications for Tiger Woods. A virtuoso with a wand in his hand, Woods has endured the most dramatic and slipperiest of slides seen in any sport by a great – barring a person named Lance Armstrong, oh well! It has been his body which has been at the heart of the news emanating from the great champion rather than his majestic play over the course of the last few years. A virtuoso with a wand in his hand, Woods has endured the most ...

Read Full Post

Will Andrew Luck be able to deliver the Lombardi Trophy to the city of Indianapolis?

One of the biggest, if not the biggest deal, in NFL history has been put to paper. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has signed a gargantuan deal worth $123 million over the course of the next five years, which will help him stay put in Indianapolis until at least 2021. The bigger and more perplexing question which arises is: Is Luck capable enough to lead the Colts to the chosen land? New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) at Lucas Oil Stadium. New England defeated ...

Read Full Post

Argentina – A nation in a ‘Messi’ situation

One of the most calm and cool heads under pressure, Lionel Messi steps up to take Argentina’s first penalty of the shootout in the Copa America Final. He is expected to tuck away the penalty, but to the dismay of his supporters he balloons his spot kick over the crossbar. It frantically leads to a catapult of mistakes from the Argentinians, culminating in their loss to Chile in the Copa America Final – again. Chille stun Argentina to win the Copa America final for the second consecutive time.Photo: Reuters As if losing a final wasn’t bad enough, ...

Read Full Post

Bring on Wimbledon!

Just as the dust settles on Court Philippe Chatrier from an exhilarating French Open, all eyes now shift their focus to Centre Court, home of the Wimbledon Championships. Starting from Monday, June 27, 128 of the world’s most talented players will descend upon the championships with aspirations to hoist the glittering silver gilt cup on July 10. The bookies’ favourite by a long shot at the beginning of this tournament has been Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has steamrolled all his opponents this year having captured not just the first two grand slams of the year (a feat accomplished for the first time ...

Read Full Post