Back in the day newspaper offices would have a landline phone that wouldn’t stop ringing all through the day, more so when there was an error on our page. Occasionally the readers would call, looking for a writer to express their gratitude for making their morning pleasant. The landlines may be disappearing fast but that shouldn’t cut-off the communication lines.

On The Indian Express sports desk, we love reader engagement and thus this weekly newsletter. Me and others on the team will be writing to you regularly now, reminding of the stories you might have missed during the week and dropping hints about the content in the pipeline.

Upon us is the truly surreal season. It is like a 100m dash with a long half-time. And frozen in their respective lanes at the 50m mark for close to four months, are the eight franchises. This Sunday, they will once again come to life.

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