Abhishek Paul works with the Hindustan Times’ sports desk. He has been covering the beat since 2010 across print and digital mediums.
Articles by Abhishek Paul
Silver lining for a tainted Chhatrasal?
Dahiya is the centre’s third Olympic medallist - another trainee, Yogeshwar Dutt, had won bronze in London 2012 - and that, for any academy anywhere in the world is an incredible feat.
Published on Aug 05, 2021 11:15 PM IST
Tokyo Olympics: Kamalpreet re-ignites India’s medal dream in athletics
On Saturday, slotted in Group B for the qualifying competition, Kamalpreet Kaur progressively got better and it appeared that if she slightly cut the elevation, Kaur could throw farther.
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:27 AM IST
ByShalini Gupta, Abhishek Paul, Chandigarh, New Delhi
Tokyo 2020: Mary Kom starts on a strong footing
Mary Kom sealed the bout 4-1 against the Pan American Games bronze medallist to enter the Round of 16 in women’s flyweight (51kg).
Published on Jul 25, 2021 08:33 PM IST
A day before the Games: pre-dawn alarm, double weight management plans
One of India’s best medal prospects, Panghal’s steady final build-up contrasted with that of India’s lone weightlifter at the Games, Mirabai Chanu, also a strong medal contender.
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 08:45 PM IST
ByAbhishek Paul, Avishek Roy
Amit Panghal's opportunity to surpass who inspired him
It's the last few days of the preparatory camp before the boxers leave for Tokyo and world No 1 Amit Panghal is making the most of it.
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:32 AM IST
Tokyo 2020: Vikas Krishan, ready to give as good as he gets
Ahead of Vikas Krishan's third Games, the 69kg boxer sees a better balance and stronger left punch as the route to medal.
Published on Jul 17, 2021 09:04 PM IST
Boxer Ashish Kumar: chasing success at Tokyo 2020, burnished by failures
Ashish Kumar took a while to make a mark and is unfazed he will have to emulate Vijender as a middleweight medal hope at the Tokyo Olympics
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 12:18 PM IST
Boy done good: Making of the world’s youngest Grandmaster
The Indian-American boy from New Jersey achieved the feat at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days breaking Sergey Karjakin’s record which stood for 19 years
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 11:23 PM IST
How Harshal Patel shook off his injury low for IPL high
Two months before the IPL season, the world went upside down for Harshal Patel. A Grade 3 ankle ligament tear and several other complications meant playing cricket was out of the question. Now, he is IPL 2021’s top wicket-taker.
Updated on Jun 16, 2021 03:28 PM IST
With mum and dad, Murali Sreeshankar ready for leap of faith
Tokyo Olympics bound long jumper, Murali Sreeshankar’s best of 8.26 metres is among the top 10 in the world this year
Updated on Jun 11, 2021 05:56 PM IST
Arjan Bhullar: MMA champion's fighting passion honed in Ind wrestling tradition
His great grandfather landed in Canada over a century ago, and the passion for wrestling in the family of Punjab origin has produced a world champ.
Published on May 22, 2021 12:34 PM IST
Meet MMA star Conor McGregor, this year’s highest-earning athlete
As an unbeaten champ, he took mixed martial arts mainstream. Even tumbling off that pedestal hasn’t put the Irish fighter off his game.
Updated on May 22, 2021 12:02 PM IST
"Real challenge" getting IPL to resume: Manoj Badale, RR owner
The IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely on May 4 after a number of players and support staff turned Covid positive. In a video interaction on Thursday, Badale said things didn’t look bright for the league this year.
Updated on May 13, 2021 10:06 PM IST
Ritu Phogat prepares for first fight of the year with an eye on world title
The youngest daughter of the Phogat household is now gearing up for her first fight of the year against United States’ Bi Nguyen on Saturday.
Updated on May 13, 2021 02:22 PM IST
Dhawan aces opener’s test run, India middle-order work in progress
Dhawan’s team will start from pole position if/when IPL resumes and the left-handed batsman deserves a big credit for that. He tops the batting chart with 380 runs in eight games, at an average of 54.28 and strike-rate of 134.27.
Updated on May 14, 2021 12:36 PM IST
Chahar cousins Deepak, Rahul rise in IPL, target T20 World Cup spots
As India finalise their squad for the mega event at home, the pair edge ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Updated on May 14, 2021 12:16 PM IST
Two KKR players positive as IPL bubble breaks, DC too told to be in quarantine
The positives of two Kolkata Knight Riders players forced the rescheduling of Monday’s contest between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Ahmedabad
Published on May 03, 2021 11:42 PM IST
ByRasesh Mandani, Abhishek Paul, Mumbai, New Delhi
Shikhar trumps Mayank as Delhi beat Punjab, top points table
IPL 2021: With Punjab Kings captain and prolific scorer, KL Rahul, out with acute appendicitis that will require a surgery, fellow opener Agarwal was handed the mantle for the game in Ahmedabad.
Updated on May 02, 2021 11:33 PM IST
Prithvi Shaw's shock and awe at the IPL
IPL 2021: For the number crunchers, the most astounding aspect was Prithvi Shaw's strike-rate – a whopping 138.29. Here was a man out to make amends for his poor show with an aggressive intent.
Updated on Apr 30, 2021 08:53 PM IST
Shaw-stopper: Prithvi rules to roost as Capitals crush Knight Riders
The 21-year-old achieved it with the help of nine fours and a six—six of those fours came in the first over bowled by pacer Shivam Mavi.
Updated on Apr 29, 2021 11:40 PM IST
As pandemic worsens players feel the heat; Ashwin, Richardson, Zampa pull out
Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who plays for Delhi Capitals, in a tweet posted after midnight on Monday announced that he would be pulling out of this year’s edition till normalcy resumes.
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 11:36 AM IST
More players pull out as IPL rolls on with increased testing
It has sparked a debate on whether it is okay to have the T20 league caravan rolling through Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai when most of the six cities allotted this year’s event have been hit by a spike in infections and a rising death toll.
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Delhi Capitals win Super Over thriller
Axar Patel gave away just seven runs in the tie-breaker, Delhi reached the eight-run target off the last ball.
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 12:34 AM IST
Rahul, Gayle guide Punjab Kings to nerveless win against Mumbai Indians
Chasing a modest target of 132, Punjab Kings completed the task with 14 balls to spare. Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 60 and veteran Chris Gayle remained not out on 43 for the victors. Earlier, MI skipper Rohit Sharma scored his first half-century of the season but still his team could only manage 131 for 6.
Published on Apr 23, 2021 11:18 PM IST
After another debacle, Royals wait for top-four to take charge
Last season too, Royals were impeded by inconsistent batting displays. Barring Samson’s brilliance early on and a couple of belligerent knocks from Rahul Tewatia, the Royals batting line-up hardly had anything to show for.
Published on Apr 23, 2021 02:10 PM IST
IPL 2021: CSK restore normalcy after 2020 debacle
While the core of the CSK team has stayed intact, the entry of Moeen Ali (bought for ₹7 crore at the 2021 auction) has been a game-changer. The England all-rounder has been consistent at No. 3 and has contributed with his off-spin too. He has scored 133 runs (SR 152.87) and taken four wickets (eco 6.33) in four games.
Published on Apr 22, 2021 02:11 PM IST
Rajasthan Royals’ Liam Livingstone hit by bio-bubble fatigue, flies home
IPL 2021: The 2008 IPL champions have lost their third England player this season, after Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were ruled out due to injury.
Updated on Apr 21, 2021 06:17 PM IST
To avoid World T20 berth pangs, Shikhar Dhawan turning it on in IPL
Shikhar Dhawan scored more runs on the leg-side on way to a match-winning 92 against Punjab Kings in IPL 2021.
Published on Apr 20, 2021 08:39 AM IST
Shikhar Dhawan masterclass takes Delhi to easy win vs Punjab Kings
Despite being the only senior left-handed T20 opener with enough international experience, Dhawan has been officially declared the backup option in the Indian T20I setup.
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 12:08 AM IST
Jaydev Unadkat: I'd like the freedom to bowl with the new ball
Unadkat has always been at the top of his game in domestic cricket. He holds the record for most wickets (67 in 2019-20) by a pacer in a single Ranji Trophy.
Updated on Apr 17, 2021 06:47 AM IST