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Rasesh Mandani loves a straight drive. He has been covering cricket, the governance and business side of sport for close to two decades. He writes and video blogs for HT.

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Rohit to lead in ODIs, Surya may pip Hardik as T20I skipper

At an informal selection committee call also involving new India coach Gambhir, opinion was split on T20I captaincy

Rohit Sharma poses with the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 18, 2024 05:58 AM IST

Gambhir’s interpersonal skills at test, Hardik’s second chance

For once, Virat Kohli’s opinion was bypassed, but Hardik was sounded out before Gambhir’s appointment

Gautam Gambhir. (PTI)
Published on Jul 10, 2024 08:45 PM IST
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It’s official: Gambhir to take over as India coach from Sri Lanka tour

Former India player Abhishek Nayar who worked with Gambhir as assistant coach at KKR is likely to be one of the new support staff appointments

Newly appointed head coach will take charge of the India team in Sri Lanka. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 06:56 AM IST

‘I am what I am because of cricket’: Sunil Gavaskar on 75th birthday

Gavaskar turns 75 today, still inspiring new cricketers and staying relevant through commentary. A legend's take on milestones, T20 cricket, and philanthropy.

Sunil Gavaskar in action during third day of the 5th Test match against West Indies, in Kolkata on December 12, 1983. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 09:17 AM IST

Rahul Dravid refuses BCCI's extra INR 2.5 crore bonus over other coaching staff

Rahul Dravid, the outgoing India head coach, will take home only ₹2.5 crore bonus, the same as the rest of his support staff.

India's outgoing head coach Rahul Dravid has stuck to his principle of taking the same prize money as his support staff. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Sunil Gavaskar at 75: The OG Little Master who knew no fear

Throughout his legendary career, Sunil Gavaskar showed pluck and plenty of steel, bringing a sense of belief to Indian cricket

Sunil Gavaskar looks on during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup West Indies & USA 2024 match between India and Ireland at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. (Getty Images via AFP)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 09:13 AM IST

Mumbai makes it a day to remember

If you ever wanted to truly understand what makes Indian cricket tick, you just had to be there on a wet, humid evening at the Wankhede

Players of the T20 World Cup-winning team acknowledge fans during their open bus victory parade, in Mumbai, on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 11:38 PM IST

Thousands throng as Mumbai lays red carpet for Team India

40,000+ fans flood Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium to celebrate India's T20 World Cup win after 17 years, defying rain and delays to honor their victorious team.

 A massive crowd of fans gather at Marine Drive as they wait for Team India's arrival for the T20 World Cup 2024 victory parade, in Mumbai. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 01:24 AM IST

Brand Hardik Pandya makes up for six months’ turbulence in a week

Hardik Pandya's brand saw a resurgence after T20 World Cup win, with social media following growing by 1.5 million. Brand value measured by 33 million Instagram followers.

Hardik Pandya poses with the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup trophy, in Barbados. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 10:50 PM IST

How India finally cracked the T20 code

The biggest tactical tweak India made was to play all their all-rounders – Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja Hardik Pandya and Shivam Dube – from match one

The Indian men’s cricket team after winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. (Official photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 10:04 AM IST
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Jasprit Bumrah, T20’s most complete fast bowler, finally a world beater

Kohli has twice been player of the T20 World Cup, but Bumrah’s 2024 medal was the most pivotal in a winning cause

India's Jasprit Bumrah (C) celebrates after South Africa's Marco Jansen (L) is clean bowled during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 final cricket match between India and South Africa at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown(AFP)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 09:58 AM IST
By, Mumbai

The Axar way: Minimum fuss, maximum impact

Only one Indian spinner has bowled in the Powerplay, allowing India to play the extra spinner in West Indies

India all-rounder Axar Patel. (AFP)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 07:44 PM IST

Courtesy a free stream, cricket finds a few new fans

Expats in Europe are catching the T20 World Cup for free on ICC's website, with Nepal's growing fan base surprising everyone

Indian fans during the T20 World Cup. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 09:10 PM IST

Afghanistan storm into T20 World Cup, make a slice of cricket history

Afghanistan will on Wednesday play the first semi-final against South Africa with India having already sealed a repeat of the 2022 T20 World Cup clash against England

Afghanistan's captain Rashid Khan celebrates with teammate Mohammad Ishaq during their T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh in Kingstown on Monday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 04:57 PM IST
By, Mumbai

T20 World Cup: Are holders England battle hardened?

USA-West Indies 2024 will show if England’s white-ball revolution endures or T20 cricket has taken another turn

England's Mark Wood (R) celebrates with England's captain Jos Buttler and teammates after running out South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup (AFP)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 06:00 AM IST

T20 World Cup: Jordan, Rashid and Buttler propel England into semi-finals

The defending champions hand co-hosts USA a 10-wicket thrashing to qualify from Super Eight Group 2 in Barbados

England's Chris Jordan, third right without cap, celebrates with teammates after getting a hat-trick by dismissing United States' Saurabh Netralvakar(PTI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2024 02:18 AM IST

Cummins hat-trick symbolises his late rise in T20s as Australia crush Bangladesh

T20 World Cup: An all-round bowling show by Australia never let Bangladesh get away in the Super 8s tie.

Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Liam Livingstone.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 10:49 AM IST
By, Mumbai

India to play only 6 ODIs before Champions Trophy

With ODI bilateral cricket not as commercially viable as before, there will be plenty more of T20I action

India's captain Rohit Sharma during a practice session ahead of the Super 8 match against Afghanistan(Surjeet Yadav)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 08:47 PM IST

CAC interviews Gautam Gambhir, a step closer to becoming India head coach

Only Gambhir and WV Raman were shortlisted for interviews to take over as head coach from Rahul Dravid.

Mumbai Indians player Rohit Sharma with Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Gautam Gambhir during a practice session (PTI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 12:09 AM IST
By, Mumbai

2024 T20 World Cup: Kiwis will miss Boult's Powerplay magic

Last week, the New Zealand left-arm quick declared that he has played his last T20 World Cup

Uganda's Kenneth Waiswa, left, and batting partner Ronak Patel score a run off New Zealand's Trent Boult, right, during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba(AP)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 08:02 PM IST

2024 T20 WC: Wiese’s second innings added meaning to Namibian cricket

The former South Africa all-rounder’s experience from the T20 franchise circuit worked wonders for Namibia on the global stage

Namibia's David Wiese plays a shot against Scotland during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown(AP)
Published on Jun 16, 2024 06:48 PM IST

India wait for Ravindra Jadeja to kick into high gear in T20 World Cup 2024

He hasn't had many opportunities but India’s 3D player has scored no runs, picked up no wickets and taken no catches in the league stage

India's Ravindra Jadeja, left, walks off the field after losing his wicket against Pakistan(AP)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 05:11 PM IST

IPL business value surges to $16.4 billion, says study

Chennai Super Kings is valued No.1 on brand and business parameters among the 10 IPL franchises, says a study by US investment bank Houlihan Lokey

Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Shreyas Iyer along with teammates Andre Russell, Rinku Singh and others celebrate as they lift the Indian Premier League 2024 trophy(ANI)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 08:30 PM IST

T20 World Cup 2024: WI tweaker Akeal Hosein’s arm-ball floors Uganda

Windies spinner’s five-wicket haul routed Uganda for 39, joint lowest total in T20 World Cups.

Akeal Hosein claimed a fifer against Uganda.(PTI)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 03:15 PM IST

2024 T20 World Cup: How commerce drives the World Cup time zone

While Indians are used to catching all big cricket on prime time, for the rest of the world it means waking up at odd hours to follow their teams’ fortunes

India's captain Rohit Sharma (R) and partner Virat Kohli (C) run between wickets to score against Ireland during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between India and Ireland(AFP)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 06:47 PM IST

New York drop-in pitch in focus ahead of T20 World Cup’s India leg

With the new track having had little time to settle, pacers were difficult to score off in the SL-SA match.

General view of play at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on June 03, 2024 in New York.(Getty Images via AFP)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 08:25 PM IST

Imperfect New York pitch debut as South Africa blow Sri Lanka away in T20 WC

It was the kind of cricket that we have come to expect from the T20 format but the Proteas start off with a win.

Reeza Hendricks of South Africa plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup (Getty Images)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 12:18 AM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL 2024: Data useful but captain is the on-field boss, says Chandrakant Pandit

Head coach of IPL 2024 champions KKR also talks about how he can tweak his coaching style after the experience.

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer, coach Chandrakant Pandit and mentor Gautam Gambhir during a practice session(PTI)
Published on May 29, 2024 10:57 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Three moves that shaped KKR’s class of 2024

The winning transformation was led by mentor Gautam Gambhir who knew the pulse of how KKR operate and brought the winning touch

The match lasted only 29 overs while the celebrations went into the early hours of Monday. (ANI)
Published on May 28, 2024 12:28 AM IST

IPL 2024: Starc rocks Sunrisers as KKR crowned third-time champs

The fast bowler struck early blows to puncture SRH’s ultra-aggressive batting to set up an eight-win in the IPL final at Chennai

Kolkata Knight Riders' Mitchell Starc, Andre Russel and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Sunrisers Hyderabad's Abhishek Sharma in the Indian Premier League 2024 final(ANI)
Updated on May 27, 2024 05:16 AM IST
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