In Conversation With Shikha Tandon

Parents around the world face the difficult decision of letting their children pursue a career in sports as the traditional education system is not flexible enough to balance both sports and academics. This can take a toll on their academic qualifications or force them to quit their sporting dreams. Identifying the persistence of this issue in India, The Sports School was established in 2019 with the vision to integrate sports and education to encourage young sports enthusiasts and support professional athletes. The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and academics to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow.

One of the best examples of success and achievements in both sports and academics is Shikha Tandon, Indian Swimmer & Sports Advisory Board Member at The Sports School. A Jain University Alumni, she also studied biotechnology at Bangalore University. Later, she completed her dual master’s degree in Biology and Biotechnology from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, and then proceeded to work as Science Program Lead at US Anti-doping Agency, Colorado Springs, USA. Currently, she is working with Silicon Valley Exercise Analytics (Svexa), a physical training intelligence software company. 

She has represented India in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian games. She has won 146 national medals, and 36 medals in international competitions, including five gold medals to date. In 2005, she was honored with an Arjuna Award by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 

Watch her interaction with our team, where she shares her insights on Swimming, Indian Sports & How Young Athletes should shape their careers.

All You Need To Know About ISL (Indian Super League)

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All You Need To Know About ISL (Indian Super League)

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About ISL:-

The Indian Super League (ISL) is the highest level of a Professional Football League in India founded in October 2013. The league involves 11 teams with each season usually running from November to March. During the league stage of the competition, each club/team plays 20 games against the others in an all-play-all tournament (or round-robin style). The top four teams at the end of the league stage qualify for the play-offs. The season then winds up with the ISL Final to discover the Champion. The league has been officially known as the Hero Indian Super League since its initiation as Hero MotoCorp signed a sponsorship agreement with ISL. Its organizing committee are AIFF (All India Football Federation), FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) and Star Sports. Initially, the league started with 8 teams, then expanded to 10 teams in 2017-18 and currently it has 11 teams competing against each other. 


Competition Format:-

The league stage follows a double round-robin format (all-play-all), with each club playing against others twice, once at their home stadium and once at their opponents’ stadium, for a total of 18 matches each. Teams earn 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the league stage being awarded the ISL League Winners Shield and the top 4 ranked teams advancing to the finals.








    ATK Mohun Bangan ISL

ATK Mohun Bagan Kolkata, West Bengal Salt Lake Stadium Aptonia Lopez Sourabh Ganguly, Sanjiv Goenka
Bengaluru FC Bengaluru FC Bangalore, Karnataka Sree Kanteerava Stadium Carles Cuadrat JSW Group
Chennaiyin FC Chennaiyin FC Chennai, Tamil Nadu Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai) Csaba Laszlo Abhishek Bachchan, MS Dhoni
SC East Bengal SC East Bengal Kolkata, West Bengal Salt Lake Stadium Robbie Fowler Shree Cement
FC Goa FC Goa Margao, Goa Fatorda Stadium Juan Ferrando Virat Kohli, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
Hyderabad FC Hyderabad FC Hyderabad, Telangana G.M.C Balayogi Stadium Manuel Marquez Rana Daggubati
Jamshedpur FC Jamshedpur, Jharkhand JRD Tata Sports Complex Owen Coyle Tata Steel
Kerala Blasters FC Kerala Blasters FC Kochi, Kerala Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi) Kibu Vicuna Blasters Sports Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
Mumbai City FC Mumbai City FC Mumbai, Maharashtra Mumbai Football Arena Sergio Lobera Ranbir Kapoor
NorthEast United FC Northeast United FC Guwahati, Assam Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Gerard Nus John Abraham
Odisha FC Odisha FC Bhubaneswar, Odisha Kalinga Stadium Stuart Baxter GMS Inc.

ISL Record holders:-


  • Most titles as a Coach:- Antonio Lopez Habas
  • Most points in a season:- 40, Bengaluru FC
  • Most wins till date:- 51, FC Goa
  • Most draws in total:- 35, Kerala Blasters
  • Most goals in total:- FC Goa
  • Most goal by an Indian in Indian Super League goals:- Sunil Chettri, Bengaluru FC
  • Biggest win:- 7-0, FC Goa vs. Mumbai City FC


League Champions:-


  • 2014 :- ATK Mohun Bagan
  • 2015 :- Chennaiyin FC
  • 2016 :- ATK Mohun Bagan
  • 2017-18 :- Chennaiyin FC
  • 2018-19 :- Bengaluru FC
  • 2019-20 :- ATK Mohun Bagan
  • 2020-21:- ?

ATK Mohun Bagan holds the most ISL trophies with 3, defeating Chennaiyin FC in the 2019–20 final.

ISL Trophy

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Red Bull Speedster 2020 at The Sports School

Red Bull Speedster is a competition to find India’s best upcoming fast bowler. Along with speed, overall technical ability is also part of the judging criteria. Winners of the qualifying rounds will compete in the national final. The winner of the national final will get a chance to train at the Rajasthan Royals Academy.

Red Bull Speedster qualifiers and national finals 

Bengaluru: 13th November at The Sports School

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  • Chennai: 12th November at Spic Ground
  • Chandigarh: 18th November at IT Mahajan Ground
  • Delhi: 19th November at Vijay Dahiya Ground, Mori Gate
  • Jaipur: 21st November at Jaipuria Academy
  • Rajkot: 23rd November at Saurashtra University Ground
  • Ahmedabad: 25th November at HL College Ground
  • Ranchi: 27th November at Taurian School Ground
  • Meerut: 29th November at Victoria Park
  • Lucknow: 30th November at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Alambagh
  • National finals: TBC


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At The Sports School, we take complete pride in our on-campus training, teaching, and facilities. The cohesive educational experience provided by us prepares well-rounded professionals who are both excellent at their game while being academically outstanding. Established In 2019, The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and education to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow. The Sports School offers an educational curriculum that instead of just including sports, has academics built around sports. We encourage our students, from Grade 4 to Post Graduation, to balance their pursuit for both sporting and academic excellence.


Basketball Players of Indian Origin who made it to the NBA Draft

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is among one of the world’s most celebrated leagues. If you are an aspiring basketball player, then being a part of one of the 30 NBA teams is like a dream come true.

Over the 74 seasons of NBA games, we’ve watched and appreciated players like Tim Dunkan, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. But for all the Indian fans, we worship the players from our country who made it big as a sportsperson. The era of Indian players in the NBA games started in 2015 when Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in an NBA game. Since then, the world has seen three other players who have been rostered or participated in either the NBA Summer League or G-League.

Let’s take a look at them:

1. Sim Bhullar

Sim Bhullar, a 7’3” centre, was undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft but jumped on the Sacramento Kings Summer League team that offseason. He then went on board with the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ G-League affiliate, where he played most of his 2014-15 season. Later that season, Sacramento Kings signed him to a 10-day contract. On April 8 2015, he became the first Indian player to score in an NBA game after securing two points against Utah Jazz. In the 2015-16 season, he played for the Toronto Raptors’ G-League affiliate, the Raptors 905. He currently plays in NBL China for Guangxi Weizhuang.

2. Satnam Singh

Even though Bhullar became the first Indian to play in an NBA Game, Satnam Singh, a 7’2” centre, made history by becoming the first Indian player to be selected in the NBA Draft. In the second round of the 2015 NBA draft, he was picked up by Dallas Mavericks. However, he was dismissed by the Maverick and picked up by their G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
In the 2016-17 season, he was resigned by the Legends. He currently plays for the St. John’s Edge in the NBL of Canada.

3. Amjyot Singh

Amjyot Singh, a 6’8” forward, went undrafted in 2014. In the 2017-18n season, he joined the Thunder’s G-League affiliate called Oklahoma City Blue. The Blue waived him at the end of the season, only to sign him back five days later. He is currently on the Blue’s roster for the next G-League season.

4. Palpreet Singh

Even though Palpreet Singh, a 6’9” forward, was drafted to the Long Island Nets in the fourth round of the 2016 NBA Developmental League, he hasn’t played an NBA or G-League game yet.

At The Sports School Basketball Academy, we aim at excellence, be it our facilities on the ground or coaching techniques. Along with our technical partners Key5 Coaching, we strive to empower students with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the game while fostering positive attitude and competence. Our campus is home to 2 FIBA standard Basketball courts and a half-court with floodlight facility. To know more about our Basketball program, click here.

10 Little-Known Facts About IPL

Cricket is by far the most followed sport in India, and as much as we love all the other leagues, our heart belongs to IPL. The Indian Premier League instantly gained popularity among Indians, given to its 20-over format and fame of the national and international players who are a part of it.

A true IPL fan makes sure that they are up-to-date with everything happening in the field and behind the scenes. Here are 10 little-known facts about IPL that will surprise you:

#1: In 2015, Yuvraj Singh became the highest purchased player for 16 crores, which was more than the winning price of the game, that being 15 crores.

#2: Kings XI Punjab is the only team that has changed its captain 11 times in the course of IPL. On the contrary, Chennai Super Kings is the only team who’s captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been constant since the first match.

#3: Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian player to win an orange cap in IPL.

#4: Praveen Kumar holds the record of bowling the highest number of dots in the history of IPL. With 1,109 dot balls, he is the most consistent leg-spinner in the league. He has also bowled the most maiden overs.

#5: With 335 sixes, Chris Gayle has the most number of sixes in his name.

#6: In every season, IPL wears green jerseys for one match to promote the ‘Go Green’ initiative. This year they wore it against CSK.

#7: K.L. Rahul holds the record of fastest 50 (in 14 balls) and Chris Gayle holds the record of fastest 100 (in 30 balls) in IPL.

#8: The broadcasting rights for IPL were sold for a prodigious ₹16347.5 crore to Star India Network, which implies 1 ball price around 21 Lakh Rupees.

#9: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only bowler to have won the purple cap twice in IPL history. Chris Gayle and David Warner won the orange cap twice.

#10: 3 players have won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in the IPL history.

  1. Andre Russell – 2015 and 2019
  2. Sunil Narine – 2012 and 2018
  3. Shane Watson – 2008 and 2013

At The Sports School, we take complete pride in our on-campus training, teaching, and facilities. The cohesive educational experience provided by us prepares well-rounded professionals who are both excellent at their game while being academically outstanding. Established In 2019, The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and education to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow. The Sports School offers an educational curriculum that instead of just including sports, has academics built around sports. We encourage our students, from Grade 4 to Post Graduation, to balance their pursuit for both sporting and academic excellence.


Sports Nutrition & Sports Psychology

When it comes to sports performance, what you eat, and how you think can affect your play as much training does. Factors affecting sports performance is a topic of constant change and has grown as a dynamic field of study. Research continues to advise improved guidelines and support for both active adults and competitive athletes. 

What is Sports Psychology? 

Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and other physical activities. Professional sports psychologists regularly assist athletes to cope with the pressure that comes from competition and overcome problems with focus and motivation. They also work with athletes to improve performance and recover from injuries.

There are a number of different topics that are of special interest to sports psychologists. Some professionals focus on a specific area, while others study a wide range of techniques.

Developing Focus: Involves the ability to tune out distractions, such as a crowd of screaming fans, and focus attention on the task at hand.

Visualization: Involves visualizing performing a task, such as participating in an athletic event or successfully performing a particular skill.

Motivation: A major subject in sports psychology, the study of motivation looks at both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Extrinsic motivators are external rewards, such as trophies, money, medals, or social recognition. Intrinsic motivators arise from within, such as a personal desire to win or the sense of pride that comes from performing a skill.

You can read our full blog on Sports Psychology, here

What is Sports Nutrition? 

Sports nutrition is often said to be the foundation of athletic success. It is a well-designed nutrition plan that allows active young and adult athletes to perform at their best. It supplies the right food type, energy, nutrients, and fluids to keep the body well hydrated and functioning at the best possible levels. A sports nutrition diet may vary day to day, depending on specific energy demands. It is unique to each person and is planned according to individual goals.

A nourishing diet can enhance an athlete’s performance, make them more efficient, and increase their recovery rate during a match rapidly. The intake they follow should promote muscle growth and repair.

An inadequate diet can hamper their performance and lead to an increased recovery rate. It can also lead to hormone suppression because sports generate a lot of stress hormones, and encourage your body to release energy stores.

You can read our full blog on Sports Nutrition, here

On Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 5 PM, The Sports School is organizing an interactive IG Live session with Sports Psychologist Shubha Chittaranjan and Sports Nutritionist Shona Prabhu, where they will be clearing your doubts and discussing topics like: 

– How Sports Nutrition & Psychology Optimise Sports Performance 

– Role of a Healthy Mind & Good Nutrition in Sports 

– How to Overcome Physical & Mental Fatigue 

– How to deal with Pre-competition anxiety?

Don’t forget to attend if you want to get answers to your questions. 

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10 Most Influential Sports Women in India

Breaking past the societal stereotypes and following passion has always been difficult, especially for female athletes in India. It was not until 1952 that female athletes from our country received any form of international recognition. Nilima Ghose, along with Mary D’Souza, became the first Indian woman to qualify and compete in the 1952 summer Olympics held in Helsinki. 

“Sport is the most effective tool of empowerment,” quoted Suheil Tandon, founder of Pro Sports Development (PSD). Female representation in the sports industry is a way to break down stereotypes and give them the voice they deserve. 

Despite the challenges, many female athletes have made the country proud with their exceptional talent. Let us take a look at India’s 10 most influential sportswomen:

1. Sania Mirza: Sania is one of the country’s biggest sports icons. She is the first and the only female tennis player from India with six major titles. Throughout her entire career, from 2003 to 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player.

2. Mithali Raj: The captain of the Indian Cricket team, Raj is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and is the only woman to surpass 6000 run benchmarks in ODI. Adding to her achievements, she is the first player to score seven consecutive 50s in ODIs and holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs.

3. Mary Kom: She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and is the only female boxer to win a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer to win World Championship Medals. Apart from her illustrious career as an amateur boxer, Kom was nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

4. P V Sindhu: After making her debut in 2009, Sindhu rose to No. 2 in 2017. She is the first woman from India to win a silver medal at the Summer Olympics at the age of 21. She also became the first Indian Badminton World Champion. She has received many high-ranking honors and awards, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan.

5. Sakshi Malik: With the 2016 Summer Olympics, this woman became India’s first female wrestler to bag a medal at the Olympics. Malik’s first success as a professional wrestler in the international arena came in 2010 at the Junior World Championship and then at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Tournament.

6. Geeta Phogat: Phogat gained attention after becoming the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal at the commonwealth games 2010. She is also the first female wrestler from our country to have qualified for the Summer Olympic Games in 2012.

7. Deepika Kumari: Deepika Kumari is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of archery and is currently ranked world number 9. Despite being a former World number 1 in archery, she never received the recognition she deserved. She was conferred the Arjuna Award, FICCI Sportsperson of the Year, and Padma Shri for her magnificent game.

8. Dipa Karmakar: Karmakar is an Indian artistic gymnast. She gained national recognition after becoming the first Indian female gymnast to win a Bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Despite all the physical and financial adversities, she became a gymnast and made the country proud.

9. Tania Sachdeva: Tania Sachdeva is a prominent name in women’s chess. She owns the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. She has played for the Indian national team in the Women’s Chess Olympiads since 2008, Women’s World Team Chess Championship in 2009 and 2011, the Women’s Asian Team Chess Championship since 2003, and the 2009 Asian Indoor Games.

10. Rani Rampal: Rampal is an important part of the Indian Hockey team. Her rise-to-the-fame match was Champion’s Challenge Tournament where she was adjudged ‘the top goal scorer” and the “young player of the tournament. At the age of 15, she became the youngest player to be a part of the national team in the 2010 World Cup.

Dribbling Drills for Basketball Beginners

Dribbling is solely the act of continuous bouncing of the ball with the help of your hand, which is fundamental to basketball. However, if you wish to master the game, it is necessary to understand the tricks and tactics that come with it. 

Before we dive into various dribbling drills, let’s first get our position right. Bend your knees while keeping your chest up; this will allow you to look forward and keep an eye on the floor. Try looking forward while dribbling to have a clear vision of the court. Always use your fingertips to dribble instead of your palm; spread your fingers around the ball to achieve better control over it. 

Moving forward, let’s start with stationary dribbling drills:

1) Ball Slaps – Hold the ball in one hand and slap as hard as you can with the other one. Now, switch the hand and repeat it. This drill can prove to be a very effective warm-up.

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2) Wraps – There are various sorts of wraps. You can practice each one separately, and then club them together.
– Around the ankle: Wrap the ball around your ankle without letting the ball touch the ground.
– Around the waist: Wrap the ball in a circular motion around your waist.
– Around the head: Wrap the ball in a circular motion around your head.
– The figure of eight: Wrap the ball around your legs, making an eight.

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3) Pound dribble – This drill requires you to bend forward and dribble the ball a few inches off the ground with one hand while looking forward. Start with your right hand first and then repeat with the left hand.

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4) Kills – This drill involves dribbling gradually from ankle to shoulder height. Start dribbling from your ankle, and with each bounce gradually increase the height until the ball reaches your shoulder. As and when the ball reaches your shoulder, kill the ball and start from the ankle again. Execute this drill with both your hands, one after the other.

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Stationary dribbling drills can be a good warm-up before your daily practice routine. Next, let’s take a look at the various on the move drills that will help you scale up your game:

1.  Change of Speed Dribbling – This is an excellent drill that improves your control over the ball and teaches change of pace, which is quite helpful during a match. To execute this drill, take two balls (one in each hand) and divide your sleep levels.

2. Tight Cone Ladder – This is a high-intensity drill that improves ball handling, footwork, finishing, and shooting. For this drill, set up cones on the basketball court, in a way that they lead the player towards the rim. The cones should have enough space between them for you to dribble. As you go through them, the cones should be between your legs. You can dry different combinations of dribbling, in which each time the ball lands between the cones. Finish the set with a jump shot.

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The Sports School Basketball Academy with technical partners Key5 coaching (flagship coaching program by PGC Basketball) strives towards excellence in the game by nurturing the young minds and fostering a positive attitude and competence. Our facilities include 2 FIBA standard Basketball court and a half-court with floodlight facilities to provide our students with the best-on-ground experience.

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Richest Cricketers In India

Being a part of the Indian Cricket Team has its own perks, and one of them is the money. When the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the wealthiest cricket board, it is no surprise that they treat their players accordingly. However, their income source is not limited to cricket; many cricketers in India work with brands, run private businesses, and endorsements.

Let’s take a look at India’s five richest Cricketers:

1. Sachin Tendulkar

The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, is the wealthiest cricketer not only in India but also in the world. His net worth is a striking 843 crores.

Tendulkar is a celebrated icon in the game and still holds the record of most number of centuries in ODIs and Tests. After making a debut in 1989, this Mumbai based cricket star retired in 2013, after a 24 year-long run. During the initial phase of his game, his sole source of income was match fees, but with time he started working with brands, advertisements, and endorsements. During his illustrious career, Tendulkar signed sponsorship deals with brands like Boost, Britannia, Fiat Palio, TVS, ESPN Star Sports, Sunfeast, Cannon, Airtel, Phillips, and Castrol India.

2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

With a net worth of 814 crores, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, aka Captain Cool lands #2 on the list.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the men in blue attained unmatched success in the field by bringing home all three titles including ICC T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. Apart from cricket, captain cool has shown keen interest in hockey and football and is the co-owner of is also the co-owner of the franchise Ranchi Rays in Hockey India League and Chennaiyin FC franchise of the Indian Super League.

Dhoni lands among the world’s highest-paid sportspersons and has witnessed a spike of 32% in his net worth the past few years.

3. Virat Kohli

Third on the list is Virat Kohli with a net worth of 674 crores. Currently heading the Indian Cricket team, this young athlete is a prolific run-scorer, irrespective of the format.

According to BCCI’s central contract, he receives about 1.25 crore annually, as his retainer fee. Furthermore, Kohli has endorsement deals with several brands including Audi, Boost, Colgate-Palmolive, Gillette, Gionee, Herbalife, MRF, Puma, Punjab National Bank, Uber, and Vicks. A report suggests that his total earning is 14 crores annually.

4. Virender Sehwag

Fourth on the list is Virender Sehwag, aka Viru, with a whopping net worth of 293 crores. Sehwag was one of India’s most aggressive right-handed opening batsmen and a prolific right-arm off-spin bowler.

The man has endorsements with several brands like Adidas, Boost, Samsung Mobiles, Reebok, Karbonn Mobiles, and Hero Honda. Keeping the monetary measures aside, Sehwag is known for his charity work and support towards young athletes.

5. Yuvraj Singh

With a net worth of 256 crores, Yuvraj Singh lands fifth on the list. This all-round cricketer is unstoppable, which he has proven time and again to the world.

After his success in the 2011 World Cup, Singh was diagnosed with cancer, and many believed that this would be the end of his career. However, he fought the disease and came out stronger than ever.

Besides being a Grade A player, he is known for his foundation YouWeCan that supports various causes, raising awareness and helping cancer patients is one of them. The sportsman also owns a clothing line called YWC.

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