Aritra Mukherjee

Aritra Mukherjee, who happens to be a journalist, is in an eternal relationship with food and sleep. He can, however, sacrifice both or at least the latter for his love-affair with cricket. 'He said,' 'he added,' 'he signed off' are some of his favourite phrases. When not juggling between food, sleep and cricket, he wastes time by surfing OTT platforms.

Articles by Aritra Mukherjee

How a coach's punt and scorching summers gave India a finisher for future

India don't have a dearth of wicketkeeper-batters currently. In Ishan Kishan. Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant, India have an array of players ready to take the gloves in white-ball formats. But where Jitesh's USP comes in, is his preferred batting slot.

India cricketer Jitesh Sharma
India cricketer Jitesh Sharma
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘I wasn't in Ranji squad, Chetan sir called and said I’ve been picked for India'

In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Jitesh Sharma, who has been selected as a back-up wicketkeeper-batter for the New Zealand T20Is, opened up on his feelings, journey and difference between the Indian dressing room and the IPL.

interview Indian cricket coach Rahul Dravid with Indian players Washington Sundar and Jitesh Sharma(PTI)
Indian cricket coach Rahul Dravid with Indian players Washington Sundar and Jitesh Sharma(PTI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 09:22 AM IST

Fitter and smarter Shivam Mavi battles injuries, earns maiden India call-up

After a year lost to injuries, UP bowler gets first India call-up following good shows in Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare tournaments.

File photo of Shivam Mavi celebrating a wicket with ex-KKR teammates Dinesh Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav(PTI)
File photo of Shivam Mavi celebrating a wicket with ex-KKR teammates Dinesh Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav(PTI)
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 10:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Watch: Messi leaves Argentina coach in tears after 3-0 semi-final win vs Croatia

After the final whistle which confirmed Argentina's march into the final with a comfortable 3-0 win over Croatia, Scaloni was seen bursting into tears again. He walked straight to Messi, gave him a warm hug and sobbed. Messi didn't try to console his coach. For these were tears of ecstasy. He let them flow.

Argentina coach Scaloni breaks into tears
Argentina coach Scaloni breaks into tears
Updated on Dec 14, 2022 12:05 PM IST

'Making Pujara vice-captain is shocking': Kaif flabbergasted by Pant's removal

Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif said he was 'shocked' to see Pujara as the vice-captain of India for the first Test against Bangladesh instead or Rishabh Pant.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara, left, talks to coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara, left, talks to coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)(AP)
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 08:26 PM IST

'Rohit won't play every series': Ex-batter names ‘born leader’ as India captain

Former India batter Hemang Badani, in an exclusive chat with the Hindustan Times ahead of the Bangladesh ODIs, which will mark the return of Rohit, Kohli and Rahul, spoke about the need to have different teams for T20Is, ODIs and Tests.

India's Rohit Sharma plays a shot(AFP)
India's Rohit Sharma plays a shot(AFP)
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 12:06 PM IST

‘Rahul, Iyer, Pant can't play together': Ex-selector drops India vice-captain

Rahul is the designated vice-captain of the Indian side, meaning leaving him out of the XI won't come to the Indian team management's mind that easily. Former India selector Saba Karim, however, feels it is difficult for Rahul to make it to the India XI for the series-opening ODI on Sunday.

India's KL Rahul plays a shot(ANI)
India's KL Rahul plays a shot(ANI)
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 07:42 AM IST

Virat Kohli rested for 3rd India vs South Africa T20I, Rahul too given a break

After regaining top form in the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup, former captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been rested for the third T20I between India and South Africa which will be played in Indore on Tuesday.

Indian batter Virat Kohli reacts after being dismissed during the 1st T20 cricket match between India and South Africa(PTI)
Indian batter Virat Kohli reacts after being dismissed during the 1st T20 cricket match between India and South Africa(PTI)
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 05:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Let's talk about KL Rahul's nonchalant flicks for six, shall we?

In the current Indian batting unit itself, there are players who are incredibly strong with their wrists. But none similar to KL Rahul.

KL Rahul plays a shot during the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa(AP)
KL Rahul plays a shot during the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa(AP)
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 11:56 AM IST
By, Guwahati

'Batters getting 237 doesn't mean...': Rahul defends bowlers after 2nd T20 vs SA

Indian vice-captain KL Rahul refused to term the death bowling a concern and said the bowlers had won India the last match in Thiruvananthapuram.

India's Suryakumar Yadav,third left, and KL Rahul greet the umpire(AP)
India's Suryakumar Yadav,third left, and KL Rahul greet the umpire(AP)
Published on Oct 03, 2022 09:06 AM IST
By, Guwahati

What differs Harshal's IPL performance and India's? The wickets, not the sixes

Harshal Patel's reward for risk bowling has unfortunately not worked at the international level consistently yet.

Harshal Patel(ANI)
Harshal Patel(ANI)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 08:08 PM IST
By, Guwahati

Rahul Dravid provides major update on Jasprit Bumrah's fitness

India head coach Rahul Dravid has said that as things stand, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been officially ruled out of only their ongoing series against South Africa.

Dravid said that the team remains hopeful that Bumrah will be fit in time for the T20 World Cup(AP)
Dravid said that the team remains hopeful that Bumrah will be fit in time for the T20 World Cup(AP)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 05:26 PM IST

'Suryakumar Yadav one of the best T20 batters in the world': Wayne Parnell

South Africa all-rounder Wayne Parnell had no qualms in admitting that Suryakumar Yadav is currently one of the best T20 batters going around in the world.

Suryakumar Yadav celebrates scoring fifty runs (AP)
Suryakumar Yadav celebrates scoring fifty runs (AP)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 03:04 PM IST
By, Guwahati

DK or Pant? DK and Pant both? No, it's DK-Pant

Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are now busy in their world. If there can be a batters' club, a fast bowlers' gang, a spinners' group, why can't there be one for the keepers?

Dinesh Karthik speaks with Rishabh Pant during a practice session in Guwahati(AP)
Dinesh Karthik speaks with Rishabh Pant during a practice session in Guwahati(AP)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 11:52 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Umesh, Siraj give audition in India nets with fiery spells

With a spot potentially up for grabs in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj came out all guns blazing in India's optional net session leading up to their second T20I against South Africa.

Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav made a spectacle out of the optional net session(AP/Getty)
Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav made a spectacle out of the optional net session(AP/Getty)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 07:30 PM IST

‘Ben Stokes a more complete cricketer than Hardik Pandya’: Klusener

Hindustan Times caught up with Lance Klusener, who is currently the batting coach of Zimbabwe, on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket. The former all-rounder talked about Hardik Pandya's progress as an all-rounder, his thoughts on current India vs South Africa T20I series and the upcoming T20 World Cup.

interview Hardik Pandya; Ben Stokes(AP)
Hardik Pandya; Ben Stokes(AP)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 09:00 AM IST

IPL, Ranji Trophy back in home-away format; BCCI working on women's IPL: Ganguly

Indian Premier League (IPL) and all premier domestic cricket tournaments including the Ranji Trophy will return to the home-away format from the next season, confirmed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in a letter addressed to the state associations.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly at an promotional event in Kolkata(Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly at an promotional event in Kolkata(Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 02:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Jasprit Bumrah match-ready, likely to play 2nd T20I vs Australia in Nagpur

Despite Harshal and Bhuvneshwar's Kumar's below-par show - they conceded 101 runs in their 8 overs - Bumrah is set to replace Umesh Yadav in the second match in Nagpur. Umesh brought India back in the game with a double-wicket over but he is not in India's World Cup squad and was also selected for these three matches as Mohammed Shami's back-up.

Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah during a training session ahead of the first T20 international match against Australia, at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium, in Mohali, on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah during a training session ahead of the first T20 international match against Australia, at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium, in Mohali, on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 12:56 PM IST

Striking it right: KL Rahul walks the talk

The Indian opener scored at a strike-rate of 157 on Tuesday in the powerplay - his highest in the last two years and had a dot ball percentage of 35 - his second lowest during this period to get India off to a great start.

KL Rahul(PTI)
KL Rahul(PTI)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 09:40 AM IST
By, Mohali

PCA names pavilions after Yuvraj and Harbhajan ahead of IND vs AUS 1st T20I

Both Harbhajan and Yuvraj have been stalwarts of Indian cricket. They were the members of India's two World Cup winning teams - the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup.

Both Harbhajan and Yuvraj have been stalwarts of Indian cricket( ANI)
Both Harbhajan and Yuvraj have been stalwarts of Indian cricket( ANI)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 06:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Sixth bowler' Kohli nearly knocks Axar off his feet, shows no sign of stopping

He will turn 34 this November but his body doesn't know that. His fitness levels are still of a 25-year-old. Otherwise, how would you explain a batter of Kohli's calibre bowling for nearly 30 minutes in the nets after smashing pretty much every Indian frontline bowler for about an hour.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Published on Sep 20, 2022 09:17 AM IST
By, Mohali

Finch, Smith's unconventional plan to deal with Rohit Sharma's bowlers

Finch and Smith take a couple of deliveries, assess the condition and then start scoring in the usual areas. This, however, might see a slight change from the India series and has a good chance of carrying on till the World Cup.

Steve Smith plays a lap shot in Australia's training session
Steve Smith plays a lap shot in Australia's training session
Published on Sep 20, 2022 08:03 AM IST
By, Mohali

Chahal, Umesh captivated by 'coach' Kohli after his authoritative net session

Just like Sunday, Kohli had a gala time in the nets on Monday. He was severe against Chahal and also handled the pace of Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh quite well.

Virat Kohli during a training session ahead of the first T20 international against Australia,(Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Virat Kohli during a training session ahead of the first T20 international against Australia,(Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 07:13 AM IST
By, Mohali

'We criticise ourselves more than you all do': KL Rahul on strike-rate debate

While addressing the press on the eve of the first T20I against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday, India vice-captain KL Rahul revealed that he is working on various aspects of his game and the strike rate game is definitely one of them.

KL Rahul's strike-rate has been a hot topic of discussion(Getty)
KL Rahul's strike-rate has been a hot topic of discussion(Getty)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 09:27 PM IST
By, Mohali

'71 hundreds? That's ridiculous': Finch says 'writing off' Kohli not an option

Ahead of India vs Australia T20I series, Aaron Finch lavished praise on Virat Kohli and called him ‘one of the greatest players of all time’.

Aaron Finch had special praise for Virat Kohli.(AFP/AP)
Aaron Finch had special praise for Virat Kohli.(AFP/AP)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Great opportunity for Axar to come out of Jadeja’s shadows

His bowling skills are well known while his batting has steadily improved. His T20 World Cup selection with the senior spin-bowling all-rounder injured is a big chance to cement his spot.

Axar Patel(BCCI)
Axar Patel(BCCI)
Published on Sep 18, 2022 10:57 PM IST
By, Mohali

The Punjab net bowler who troubled Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav

Lovedeep's immediate goal is to break into the Punjab team and he said Sunday's experience will help him put his best foot forward in the domestic season.

22-year-old left-arm seamer Lovedeep Singh(HT Photp)
22-year-old left-arm seamer Lovedeep Singh(HT Photp)
Updated on Sep 18, 2022 07:10 PM IST
By, Mohali

‘I'll give you a proper reason’: Rohit explains Umesh's inclusion after 3 years

India captain Rohit Sharma gave an elaborate answer behind the thought process of bringing Umesh back, who landed in Chandigarh on Sunday morning.

Rohit has explained why Umesh returned after 3 and a half yrs as Shami's replacement for the Australia series ( AP and PTI )
Rohit has explained why Umesh returned after 3 and a half yrs as Shami's replacement for the Australia series ( AP and PTI )
Updated on Sep 18, 2022 10:49 PM IST
By, Mohali

'Kya khichdi pakk rahi hai wo pata hai': Rohit confirms IND's openers for T20WC

The India captain said Kohli's innings against Afghanistan proved that he is ready to bat in any situation but that doesn't mean the Indian think tank will disregard the truckload of runs KL Rahul has scored over the years while opening the batting.

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli
Updated on Sep 18, 2022 03:12 PM IST
By, Mohali

Pat Cummins' stunning revelation about Kohli in Asia Cup ahead of IND vs AUS

Cummins, who will lead the Australian attack in the three-match T20I series starting Tuesday in Mohali, said he didn't follow the Asia Cup at all but he definitely knew that Virat Kohli had scored a hundred.

Pat Cummins; Virat Kohli
Pat Cummins; Virat Kohli
Published on Sep 18, 2022 11:51 AM IST
By, Mohali
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