Rasesh Mandani

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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Why off-spinners have lost favour in ODIs

If R Ashwin makes it to India’s final 15 for the World Cup, he will not have much company with off-spinners being under the pump

India's R Ashwin reacts during the second ODI cricket match between India and Australia, at Holkar Stadium(PTI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 08:10 AM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL valuation grows by 6% to 92,500 crore says study

The two new teams that together splurged ₹12,715 crore in 2021 look good to recover costs as per the assessment report.

Chennai Super Kings' players celebrate with the IPL 2023 trophy(AFP)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 11:40 AM IST

Pakistan vs New Zealand World Cup warm-up to be played behind closed doors

The September 29 game will be played without spectators after the Hyderabad Police expressed their inability to provide security on that day.

Pakistan's captian Babar Azam (C) speaks with Zaman Khan (R)(AFP)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 06:32 PM IST

In NBA’s new resting rules, a lesson for Indian cricket?

The primary reason why India rarely plays bilateral cricket at full strength is workload management but what does that mean for the game itself?

Shikhar Dhawan played the most ODIsvamong Indians in 2022
and also led the team to a series win against SA at home.(AP)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Can T20's six-hitters find their one-day gear?

Back in the 90’s, it was the pinch-hitters. Now, a whole new crop of T20 game changers are picked in ODIs just for playing a high-risk, high-reward game

India's Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot against West Indies during the fifth T20(AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 08:12 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Special status to India-Pakistan match stretches to playing conditions

Efforts are on to safeguard the India-Pakistan Super 4 tie on Sunday from being rained out like last week, with a reserve day in place.

India's Virat Kohli (L) shakes hands with Pakistan's captain Babar Azam(AFP)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 09:04 AM IST

No change to Asia Cup schedule: Sri Lanka Cricket CEO amid report of venue swap

Tournament hosts Pakistan Cricket Board unhappy, write back to the Asian Cricket Council asking for a meeting.

Sri Lanka is witnessing a good chunk of rainfall mid-season.(ANI )
Published on Sep 05, 2023 05:57 PM IST
By, Mumbai

KL Rahul the focus ahead of India World Cup squad announcement

The long wait for the white-ball keeper-batter's injury comeback still continues as the selectors meet to name hosts India’s 15-member squad on Tuesday

Indian cricket team player KL Rahul during a training session (PTI)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 08:00 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI’s bilateral rights value grows at a modest 13 percent, Viacom 18 winners

After acquiring IPL’s digital rights, Viacom 18 went after exclusivity for bilateral cricket, taking home both TV and digital rights

Team India players in action during an ODI series against Australia earlier this year(ANI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:25 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI e-auction to determine bilateral cricket’s future value

The outcome of Thursday’s sale may depend on the three competing broadcasters’ outlook towards exclusivity

The BCCI headquarters in Mumbai (representative image)(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 08:05 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI title rights go for 369.6 crore to IDFC First Bank

The valuation has exceeded expectations with the Indian board having cut the base prize down to attract bidding interest

The BCCI have sold their title rights to IDFC First Bank.(MINT_PRINT)
Published on Aug 25, 2023 06:28 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Prepare batting-friendly pitches, ICC tells WC curators

Encourage run-scoring, keep minimum 70-yard boundaries and ensure full ground coverage in case of rain, ICC's pitch consultant instructs local curators

File image of the pitch at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 08:31 AM IST

Varma’s stock rises, on and off the pitch

At 20, the left-hander in contention for a World Cup berth is set to ink a multi-year deal with a sports apparel major

India's Tilak Varma plays a shot for 4 runs against West Indies during the T20I series earlier this month(AP)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 08:46 PM IST
By, Mumbai

India should win at least ‘50 percent of finals’: Sourav Ganguly

The former BCCI president who played a part in picking Rahul Dravid as India’s head coach refuses to be drawn into passing a judgement

India captain Rohit Sharma speaks with coach Rahul Dravid during a training session(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 07:37 AM IST
By, Mumbai

'I am looked at as a bowler who will go after wickets': Shardul Thakur

With consistent performances in ODIs over a period of time, Shardul Thakur is in the running for World Cup selection as a pace-bowling all-rounder

Shardul Thakur bowls during the ODI series against West Indies(AFP)
Published on Aug 14, 2023 10:09 PM IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal-Shubman Gill show helps India level T20I series vs West Indies

The young openers hit fifties and raised a 165-run partnership to guide India to a nine-wicket win over West Indies in the fourth T20 in Lauderhill

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates scoring half a century against West Indies in a partnership with Shubman Gill during the fourth T20 cricket match at Central Broward Regional Park(AP)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Mumbai

WI vs IND, 4th T20I: Shubman Gill under the lens as action shifts to Florida

The young batting star has struggled to come to terms with the slow pitches in the West Indies

India's Shubman Gill plays a shot to by stumped by West Indies' Roston Chase during their first T20 cricket match at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba(AP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 09:50 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Should India have exposed its rising T20 stars to CPL?

Policy to boost on-field performance and safeguard commercial interests is a delicate balance. Invariably, commerce prevails.

Indian cricketers Ishan Kishan (L) and Ravi Bishnoi (R)(AFP)
Published on Aug 11, 2023 05:21 PM IST

Ashes euphoria aside, few takers for Test cricket

The recent Ashes series were a smash hit but for most Test nations five-day cricket has become an expensive pursuit

England's Ben Stokes with head coach Brendon McCullum during training(Reuters)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 08:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI decides to sell digital and TV rights separately

The Indian board is looking to retain the ₹60 crore per match value as a minimum from its bilateral rights sale

On Wednesday, the BCCI released the e-auction tender to sell rights for all formats of international cricket India will play at home in the next 5 years(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 08:26 AM IST

BCCI's value for title rights may see big correction

Another value correction may be on the cards in BCCI's bilateral sponsorship space

Image used for representational purpose
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 07:45 PM IST
By, Mumbai

KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer doubtful starters for India in Asia Cup 2023

If Rahul manages to recover quickly from here, he can be picked provisionally for the World Cup

India’s middle-order regulars Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are doubtful starters for the Asia Cup(BCCI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 07:48 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI’s bilateral media rights tender hits the market

Industry sources say the Indian board has decided to stick with e-auctions which fetched them impressive returns in the last cycle

Image used for representational purpose(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 07:59 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Kishan’s adaptability could help India in the World Cup

With KL Rahul yet to recover, the left-handed wicket-keeper continues to make every opportunity count like his counter attacking fifty in the Barbados ODI

India's Ishan Kishan hits six from a delivery of West Indies' Yannic Cariah during their first ODI at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown(AP)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 02:53 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Crash course preps for ODI World Cup becoming the norm

India has many first-XI regulars still on the mend. Babar Azam has T20 franchise duties to fulfil and Cummins is left to recover from his gruelling Test load

India's Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others(ANI)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 07:57 AM IST

Saurabh Kumar’s well-flighted lonely pursuit

The classical left-arm-spinner may be born in the wrong era with India having a Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel to choose from, but his spirit isn’t broken

Saurabh Kumar in action.(Getty )
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 07:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Asia Cup 2023 schedule: India vs Pakistan blockbuster clash on September 2

The tournament to be played in a hybrid model could see two, possibly three, India-Pakistan face-offs, all to be played in Sri Lanka.

Rohit Sharma (L) and Babar Azam during the 2022 Asia Cup(Pakistan Cricket Twitter)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 09:44 PM IST

With an eye on World Cup selection, Agarkar to meet Rohit, Dravid

Ajit Agarkar was yet to take over as Chief selector when the ODI team against West Indies was picked

Ajit Agarkar will be the touring selector during the white-ball leg of the West Indies tour.(Instagram)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 07:54 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Vidwath Kaverappa stars in South Zone’s Duleep Trophy triumph

The 24-year-old seamer's match figures of 8/104 help his team beat West Zone by 75 runs in the final in Bengaluru

R Sai Kishore celebrates with teammates after the wicket of West Zone batter Sarfaraz Khan (PTI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Mumbai

How BCCI became the most influential cricket board

From once having to pay guarantee money for teams to tour, the Indian team is now the most sought after.

India's players during Day 3 of the first Test against West Indies(AP)
Published on Jul 16, 2023 11:22 AM IST
By, Mumbai
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