Dhiman Sarkar

Dhiman Sarkar is based in Kolkata with over two decades as a sports journalist. He writes mainly on football.

Articles by Dhiman Sarkar

AFC Cup: Cummins strikes twice, Mohun Bagan beat Maziya Sports 2-1

The Australian makes amends with the winner after a botched penalty to beat the Maldives side; Basundhara Kings beat Odisha FC 3-2.

Jason Cummings of Mohun Bagan Super Giant celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Maziya in AFC Cup 2023-24 Group D clash(ANI)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 10:57 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Naihati, a new table tennis hub in Bengal

In Sutirtha and Ayhika's town, their former coach Mihir Ghosh continues the search for new champions.

India's Sutirtha Mukherjee (L) and Ayhika Mukherjee (R) celebrate a point as they compete against China's Chen Meng and Wang Yidi in the women's doubles quarter-final table tennis match(AFP)
Published on Oct 01, 2023 07:58 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Cleiton Silva’s brace helps East Bengal to ISL season’s first win

Hosts come from behind to win 2-1 against former champions Hyderabad FC

Cleiton Silva (R) of East Bengal FC celebrates after scoring a goal during the ISL 2023-24 match against Hyderabad FC(PTI)
Published on Sep 30, 2023 11:20 PM IST
By, Kolkata

India go down fighting to Saudi Arabia, exit Asian Games

Second-half goals from Mohammed Marran lead to 0-2 defeat in round of 16

The Indian men's football team lost 0-2 against Saudi Arabia in Round of 16 match(Twitter)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 08:25 PM IST
By, Kolkata

India may opt for four central defenders against Saudi Arabia

Need to stay compact in the middle, says head coach Igor Stimac ahead of round-of-16 match

India's final training session ahead of their Asian Games match against Saudi Arabia(Twitter/stimac_igor)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 09:41 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Report says Igor Stimac on shortlist to coach Bosnia; AIFF wants him to stay

Coach has been offered extension, says federation president Kalyan Chaubey

India football team coach Igor Stimac(Twitter)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 12:13 AM IST
By, Kolkata

East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC start with barren draw

In four seasons, East Bengal are yet to win their first match of Indian Super League

The first draw of the season also meant that in four attempts, East Bengal have not been able to win their opening game.(PTI)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:18 PM IST

ISL: Colaco, Samad shine as Mohun Bagan start with win against Punjab FC

Goals from Cummings, Petratos and Manvir helped defending champions to 3-1 win in their ISL opener

Scorer Petratos (9) of Mohun Bagan SG celebrates his goal against Punjab FC (Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 11:46 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Asian Games: Legends, Pioneers, Heroes

From Lavy Pinto to Hawa Singh, we revisit some of India's finest moments at the Asian Games

India's Lavy Pinto bagged the gold in 100m and 200m race the the very first Asian Games in Delhi(@IndiaHistorypic)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Chinglensana may return in Asian Games’ must-win game against Bangladesh

India could opt for back three with Chinglensana, Sandesh Jhingan and Lalchungnunga as they look to bounce back after the 1-5 loss to China

India footballer Chinglensana Singh(Twitter/HydFCOfficial)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 12:03 AM IST
By, Kolkata

ISL 10: Season starts, breaks to follow

India’s engagements will lead to pauses from October to January and again in March

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu during training ahead of their match against Kerala Blasters
Published on Sep 20, 2023 10:48 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Asian Games: Brilliant Rahul’s strike but India’s fight fizzles in final 20 mins

Stimac not sure of full squad as neither Deepak nor Jeakson might travel. Other players may come on match day against Bangladesh on Thursday, says head coach

At half-time in their Asian Games opener at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium, India were on level terms against hosts China.(@IndianFootball)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 10:17 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Chhetri appeals for best possible team for Asian Games

India captain says this would be the most under-prepared squad he has been part of.

Sunil Chhetri celebrates during the semifinal of SAFF Championship 2023 between India vs Lebanon(PTI)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 08:05 PM IST

Asian Games: Chhetri to lead India's football team

The squad announced has only nine of the list of 22 chosen by Stimac and released by AIFF on August 1.

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri reacts after winning the match against Pakistan (PTI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 08:15 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Atletico Madrid not thinking of one season, says Inter Kashi coach

Focus of La Liga giants is to build academy in Varanasi for new I-League club, says Carlos Santamarina.

Priority for Inter Kashi is to get the first team ready for the 2023-24 I-League(Inter Kashi Twitter)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Club-country tussle begins after King’s Cup ends

Till late on Sunday, some players in the King’s Cup squad were not provided return tickets by the federation, officials at ISL clubs said

India and Lebanon players in action at the King's Cup in Thailand(AIFF)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 08:13 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Results not catchy but game has improved since Olympiad: Gukesh

He knows the crown may not stay that long with him given the crop of young Indian GMs that has emerged but he'd like to hold on to it for as long as possible

Gukesh said his game has improved since the stellar run at the Chess Olympiad in 2022(PTI)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 08:06 AM IST

Intensity, longevity and stamina, Anand’s mantra to beat Carlsen

You have to play at a higher level and keep it up for seven hours because he will never stop, said Anand about his fellow five-time world champion

A file photo of Vishwanathan Anand.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 08:08 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Feel like I have potential to be world champion: Praggnanandhaa

The World Cup runner-up said he didn’t think a chess player would be recognised by everyone in India this soon

Praggnanandhaa had stayed off social media during the World Cup (Samir Jana)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 08:01 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Super Petratos goal fetches Mohun Bagan Durand Cup

The match’s only goal came after the winners were down to 10 following Anirudh Thapa’s red card

Mohun Bagan Super Giant players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 132nd Durand Cup, at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), in Kolkata(HT File Image/Samir Jana)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 07:49 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Ding’s world title completed a dream sequence for China: Ju Wenjun

The reigning and four-time woman’s world chess champion rates Ding’s achievement higher than her own.

World Chess Champion Wenjun Ju of China during her women's rapid event match against Polina Shuvalova of Russia(PTI)
Published on Sep 03, 2023 06:32 PM IST
By, Kolkata

East Bengal, Mohun Bagan eye end to long Durand Cup drought

Neither team has won since 2004. Sunday’s final between Kolkata giants first in 19 years in Asia’s oldest tournament

East Bengal face Mohun Bagan in the Durand Cup final
Published on Sep 02, 2023 08:41 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Not all Russian players understand what has happened to our country: Ushenina

That’s because mostly everyone is safe in Russia, says former women’s world champion

Ukrainian GM Anna Ushenina is the winner of the team gold and individual silver at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai in August 2022(Samir Jana/HT )
Published on Sep 01, 2023 08:48 PM IST
By, Kolkata

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu doubtful for Asian Games

Injuries to Bengaluru FC goalkeepers could lead to club not releasing India No. 1 if ISL starts in September; AIFF hopeful of solution

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu during the SAFF Championship semifinal match against Lebanon(Twitter/GurpreetGK)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Kolkata

East Bengal erase two-goal deficit to enter Durand Cup final

NorthEast United lose in the tie-breaker after Nandhakumar’s stoppage-time goal takes the semi-final to penalties

From leaking two goals in the opener against a Bangladesh Army team to this, East Bengal have grown in the Durand Cup(Samir Jana/HT)
Published on Aug 29, 2023 11:01 PM IST

How stars have bedded-in at new clubs

Messi, Kane, Bellingham, Pulisic have started well; Onana not so much

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) reacts to a play in the first half against the FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium(USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con)
Published on Aug 26, 2023 04:54 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Even after a billion spent, Chelsea keep getting the blues

Will so many young players on long-term deals help the club get back to winning the Premier League?

Chelsea's players react at the end of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London Stadium(AFP)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 07:25 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Mohun Bagan qualify for AFC Cup beating Abahani 3-1

Kolkata giants overcome early scare with two quick second-half goals after Jason Cummings helped them draw level

Kolkata, India - Aug. 22, 2023: Armando Sadiku (99) of Mohun Bagan SG (IND) celebrates his goal against Abahani Limited Dhaka (BAN) in AFC Cup 2023-24 (Preliminary) at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. (Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 22, 2023 09:54 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Between the solid and the spectacular, a World Cup final

First title beckons England and Spain with winners becoming the second country, after Germany, to have won men’s and women’s World Cup titles

The final will be played at Stadium Australia(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 07:47 AM IST

Sarina Wiegman: golden hair, gold-rimmed glasses and gold standard of coaching

The England coach is one win from a first World Cup title and completing a second turnaround in the fortunes of a team

England team coach Sarina Wiegman takes part in a training session with teammates at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford on August 19(AFP)
Published on Aug 19, 2023 10:16 AM IST
By, Kolkata
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