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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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IPL 2024: How Gaikwad's CSK side upskills their bowlers in 2-month league

In a format where attacking batting is the buzzword, Dwayne Bravo and Eric Simons plan, plot and teach the bowling group how to blunt batting blades.

Chennai Super Kings' Matheesha Pathirana celebrates a wicket during their match against Mumbai Indians (ANI )
Published on Apr 18, 2024 04:10 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals capitalise on sticky GT home pitch for easy win

Rishabh Pant’s side ease to a six-wicket win after the home side capitulate for 89 in Ahmedabad.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant and Gujarat Titans player Rashid Khan greet each other after Delhi won the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 cricket match (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 11:07 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya's X-factor seems to have gone missing

More than Hardik Pandya the captain, Mumbai Indians would desperately need the all-rounder known to impose himself on games to rise again.

Something's amiss about Hardik Pandya this IPL season. (PTI)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 02:15 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL: Rohit ton too little as Dhoni, Pathirana star in CSK victory

Dhoni smashed 20 off four balls in the final over to boost Chennai before Pathirana snared four wickets to restrict Mumbai Indians and seal a 20-run win.

Matheesha Pathirana claimed four wickets for 28 runs.(AFP)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 12:35 AM IST

MI vs CSK: A Shivam Dube homecoming and a Hardik Pandya subplot

The left-hander, a Yuvraj Singh-like imposer with the bat, has come into his own since CSK handed him the middle-order enforcer's role

Chennai Super Kings' Shivam Dube plays a shot(AFP)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Mumbai Indians need Hardik Pandya 2.0 to learn from the original at IPL 2024

At his best, the MI skipper is dismissive of spinners and pacers alike and his team would love to see him in that role again.

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya celebrates with fans after Mumbai won the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Delhi Capitals(PTI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 06:13 AM IST

Shepherd last-over blitz sinks Capitals, sets up MI’s first win

A 32-run final-over romp from the Guyanese power-hitter proved the difference in MI’s high-scoring first win of IPL 2024 over Delhi Capitals

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians' Romario Shepherd plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians(PTI)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 10:34 PM IST

With Surya's return, bottom-placed MI hope for first win versus Delhi Capitals

Hardik Pandya, under pressure to lead his team to this IPL season’s first win, will hope Surya clicks on comeback against DC

File photo of Suryakumar Yadav of Mumbai Indians(PTI)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:44 PM IST

Wankhede vents its ire as MI skipper Hardik Pandya booed again in IPL 2024

The Wankhede crowd wasn’t kind to captain Hardik but when he began to counter-attack with his batting blade, they came around in support.

Rajasthan Royals' Riyan Parang, left, is greeted by Mumbai Indians' captain Hardik Pandya after their win in the Indian Premier League (AP)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 06:19 AM IST

Shaking off the rust, Pant enters the selection ring

In his first fifty after the long layoff, Pant exhibited many of his trademark strokes, as well as his strength of mind

Delhi Capitals' captain Rishabh Pant plays a shot.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 02:55 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Rishabh Pant hits high notes in DC win, Dhoni effort too late

Delhi Capitals win their first game of 2023 IPL after two losses, beating champions Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam: Delhi Capitals' captain Rishabh Pant with Chennai Super Kings' batter MS Dhoni after DC won the IPL 2024 cricket match over CSK(PTI)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 12:07 AM IST

IPL 2024: Is it time to rethink the unsponsored Orange and Purple Cap?

An idea whose time may be past it’s sell-by date has found no sponsorship interest yet in IPL 2024

Virat Kohli is currently the Orange Cap holder
Published on Mar 26, 2024 09:32 PM IST
By, Mumbai

CSK off to winning start in Ruturaj Gaikwad era, beat RCB at fortress Chepauk

The defending champions chase down 174 with six wickets in hand and eight balls to spare

Chennai Super Kings' MS Dhoni along with players come onto the field during their match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024
(CSK Twitter)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 12:13 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Can IPL 2024 bring to the fore a team of champions for India?

The T20 World Cup will begin in less than a week after IPL 2024 and selectors will have to identify the best possible combination for India.

Captains pose for a group photo with the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy 2024 on the eve of the tournament, in Chennai(IPL)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 06:36 PM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI will address pay disparity caused by IPL mini auctions: Dhumal

IPL chairman said BCCI would talk to the franchises and see how to tame runaway bids such as KKR's ₹24.75 crore for Starc in the mini auction

IPL chairman Arun Dhumal spoke on the pay disparity.(Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 08:57 AM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL: The new Pandya-Rohit dynamic may decide MI’s season

In the pre-season media conference, new MI captain Hardik Pandya tries to portray a business-as-usual picture

Rohit Sharma (L) and Hardik Pandya in action.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 06:29 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI forms committee to review domestic scheduling

Weather-affected Ranji matches, lack of space between games and excess competitions under discussion

The BCCI formed a committee to suggest improvements in domestic cricket.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 11:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ahead of T20 World Cup, onus on Virat Kohli to display attacking template at RCB

When he returns to action in IPL after a personal break, it will be interesting to see whether he opens for RCB or bats at No.3

Virat Kohli will return to competitive action in IPL 2024(IPL)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 10:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

It’s the players who create the magic: Mumbai coach Omkar Salvi

Mumbai cricket has historically had big names as coach but the low-profile Omkar Salvi proved to be the unsung hero.

Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane and teammates pose for a picture with the Ranji Trophy 2024(Jay Shah-X)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 10:43 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ranji Trophy: The return of Mumbai

India's domestic giants end their eight-year drought to become Ranji champions for the 42nd time

Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni lifts the championship trophy after winning the Ranji Trophy final(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 09:55 PM IST

Umran Malik given fast bowling contract with an eye on Australia

Other than insurance and training benefits, fast bowling contract holders will soon benefit financially as well

Umran Malik was picked in the latest BCCI's annual central contract list.
Published on Mar 13, 2024 09:40 PM IST

Ranji Trophy: Karun Nair 74 keeps Mumbai waiting for title No.42

Despite Vidarbha’s stubborn resistance on Day 4, they are still 290 runs away from an improbable win with five wickets standing

Vidharbha's batter Karun Nair celebrates after scoring a half-century on the fourth day of the Ranji Trophy final vs Mumbai(PTI)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 08:52 PM IST

Buzz builds as Rishabh Pant cleared for comeback after 14 months

A consummate entertainer on the field, focus will be on whether the 'keeper-batter can stand the physical demands of the role on return.

Rishabh Pant will be back in action during IPL 2024.
Published on Mar 12, 2024 10:52 PM IST

Ranji Trophy final: Musheer, Mumbai’s youngest marvel, does the star turn again

The younger put on a 168-run stand with Shreyas Iyer to help Mumbai post a mammoth 538-run target for Vidarbha

Musheer Khan scored 136 runs in the second innings of Ranji Trophy final.
Published on Mar 12, 2024 10:12 PM IST

Ranji Trophy final: Vidarbha capitulate; Rahane finds form

Mumbai rout Vidarbha for 105 and the Rahane-Musheer unbroken century stand puts hosts 260 runs ahead on Day 2.

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates his half-century during the second day of the Ranji Trophy final cricket match between Mumbai and Vidarbha(PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2024 10:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ranji Trophy final: All-round Shardul keeps Mumbai-Vidarbha match in balance

Vidarbha reduced hosts Mumbai to 111/6 before the all-rounder launched the recovery with a robust 75.

Shardul Thakur once again produced an all-round show for Mumbai.
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 10:22 PM IST

Ranji Trophy final: Mumbai prestige at stake against Vidarbha

Vidarbha won the title in 2017-18 and 2018-19 while Mumbai, even in their past 6 trophy-less seasons, reached the final twice.

Shreyas Iyer in action during the Ranji Trophy semi-final match between Tamil Nadu and Mumbai(PTI)
Published on Mar 09, 2024 08:57 PM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI announces pay bonanza for Test regulars

It has announced an additional Test match incentive, which will benefit those players who get maximum playing time the most

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah speaks during a ceremony organised to rename Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium after former Indian cricketer Niranjan Shah(PTI)
Published on Mar 09, 2024 07:00 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Vidarbha banking on home advantage against Pandit’s MP

Three of the last five Ranji titles have been won by either Vidarbha or Madhya Pradesh

While Vidarbha had a more comfortable win in the quarter-finals against Karnataka – they bowled the opposition out on the final day and won by 127 runs, MP came through against Andhra with the barest of margins – 4 runs.(PTI)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 10:57 PM IST

Indian cricket’s domestic problem is not about money alone

Players prioritising IPL over domestic cricket has been a recurring theme since the inception of the T20 league.

Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot (ANI)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 09:42 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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