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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‘…Don’t underestimate India in WTC final’: Ross Taylor

The man who scored the winning runs in the 2021 WTC final says Australia will have one eye on the Ashes.

New Zealand's Ross Taylor during practice.(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Mar 30, 2023 08:50 PM IST

IPL’s bold tactical idea set to have an impact

The Impact Player rule is dominating conversations in team planning rooms as the tournament gears up for 12-a-side clash

Lalit Yadav can be an Impact Player option for Delhi Capitals(PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 08:41 PM IST

Plan is to stage entire 2023 ODI World Cup in India: ICC source

An official at cricket global body denied reports in the Pakistan media that suggest that matches involving that team could be played at a neutral venue during the October-November event

Pakistan captain Babar Azam and his Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma(AFP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 09:13 PM IST

Broadcast wars: Will you be going digital or sticking to TV this IPL?

Competitive advertising, innovations and promises galore. With two separate broadcasters to stream IPL live for the first time in India, viewers can’t have it any better.

Gujarat Titans squad celebrates with the IPL trophy(ANI)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 08:58 PM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI-PCB in talks for a hybrid model for Asia Cup

If BCCI softens its stand, the tournament could stay in Pakistan with India’s matches and the final shifting to a neutral venue

India's Rohit Sharma and Pakistan's Babar Azam pose with the Asia Cup trophy after the toss(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 07:34 AM IST

IPL and the unrealistic hope of workload management

IPL's proximity to another world final has everyone wondering about player fatigue. Is Indian cricket dealing with it any better than in the past?

Mohammad Shami of Gujarat Titans celebrates with his captain Hardik Pandya(PTI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 12:30 PM IST

WPL 2023: Amelia Kerr, bowlers bring Mumbai Indians back on track

RCB ended their WPL campaign with another loss, finishing their campaign with only two wins

Mumbai Indians Amelia Kerr celebrates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore's Heather Knight(Women's Premier League (WPL) Twi)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 08:37 PM IST
By, Navi Mumbai

Harris’ power, Ecclestone calmness sink Gujarat Giants

UP Warriorz with their three-wicket win against Gujarat joined Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in the WPL playoffs

UP Warriorz player Grace Harris plays a shot during the Women's Premier League T20 cricket match between UP Warriorz and Gujarat Giants(PTI)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 09:00 PM IST
By, Mumbai

KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja seal a tough chase in 1st Australia ODI

India were in a spot of bother at 83/4 but the duo played some smart cricket to take the hosts to victory

India's Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul bring up a 50 run partnership during the 1st ODI match against Australia
(BCCI Twitter)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 11:00 PM IST
By, Mumbai

India, Australia look for higher gear

The upcoming ODI series may be sandwiched between the recently concluded high-profile Test series and the upcoming IPL, but in a World Cup year, it has a lot of context.

India's Hardik Pandya during a practice session ahead of the ODI cricket series against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium (PTI)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 10:56 AM IST
By, Mumbai

KL Rahul seeks ODI comfort in the middle

Under fire for his T20 strike rate and dropped from the Test eleven, dual role as a wicketkeeper and ODI middle-order batter is Rahul’s best and only window of opportunity.

Indian cricketer KL Rahul during a practice session(PTI)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 11:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

RCB crash to fourth consecutive loss

Their batting unit failed once again even as Healy's brilliant 96 carried Warriorz to an easy win

Captain Alyssa Healy led the way for UPW will a stroke-filled 96*(PTI)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 11:36 PM IST

Cornered Smriti looking for a change of fortune

After three losses, the RCB captain has gone from being the most prized player in the auction to one who would be feeling the burden of expectations.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's captain Smriti Mandhana walks off the field after being dismissed during the Women's Premier League (WPL) cricket match (PTI)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 09:03 PM IST
By, Mumbai

WPL: US pacer Tara Norris makes a five-star start

The pacer -- the only representative from an Associate nation in the inaugural Women’s Premier League -- talks about her chance initiation into cricket.

Mumbai, Mar 05 (ANI): Delhi Capitals Tara Norris celebrates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore's Richa Ghosh during their match in Women's Premier League (WPL), at Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
(Women's Premier League (WPL) Twi)
Published on Mar 05, 2023 08:22 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shafali Verma, Meg Lanning take Delhi Capitals to big win over RCB

Delhi Capitals’ young Indian opener and Australian legend put the RCB bowlers to sword at the Brabourne Stadium

Shafali Verma celebrates her half-century during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Women's Premier League(Women's Premier League (WPL))
Updated on Mar 05, 2023 08:30 PM IST
By, Mumbai

WPL: Harmanpreet leads MI to massive opening win

Gujarat Giants folded for a paltry 64 in the opening game as the tournament that is expected to change women's cricket was launched with fanfare on Saturday.

Mumbai, Mar 04 (ANI): Mumbai Indians skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Amelia Kerr during the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL) match against Gujarat Giants, at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
(Women's Premier League (WPL) Twi)
Updated on Mar 05, 2023 05:01 AM IST
By, Navi Mumbai

WPL all set to launch a million dreams

The buzz around the tournament in the digital world is unmistakable and organisers will hope it strikes a chord on the ground as well.

Mumbai Indians players during a practice session(Twitter/wplt20)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 09:59 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Cheteshwar Pujara embracing change at 100

The India No. 3’s desire to expand his strokes against spin likely aimed at unshackling himself from the leg-side trap he’s set

After the match, Pujara told the broadcaster that he had been working on the lofted shot and the sweep against spinners for the past year-and-a-half to expand his batting range(PTI)
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 06:31 PM IST

Adidas to become Team India’s new kit sponsors

The German sports multinational will be replacing Killer, ending BCCI’s hunt for a reputed sponsor for the Indian cricket team

India's Rohit Sharma, left, is congratulated by teammate Virat Kohli after scoring 50 runs (AP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 09:00 AM IST

‘Stung’ Chetan Sharma loses job as chief national selector

Sharma tendered his resignation three days after his controversial TV comments became public and BCCI accepted it, for breach of contract

Chetan Sharma has resigned as chief selector.(Twitter)
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 11:15 PM IST

India beat WI, Deepti reaches milestone

Off-spinner becomes first Indian -- woman or man -- to reach the 100-wicket milestone in T20Is as India pocket second win on the trot

India's Deepti Sharma prepares to deliver a ball during the Group B T20 women's World Cup cricket match between West Indies and India at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on February 15, 2023. (Photo by Rodger Bosch / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 11:15 PM IST

Changing the game: The WPL effect on player earnings is immense

Fifteen years ago with the birth of the Indian Premier League, the T20 league became the primary source of earning and the same scenario is being played out all over again.

Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani with her son and Reliance Jio chairman Akash Ambani, Jhulan Goswami of the women’s team of Mumbai Indians and others at the auction of the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023, at Jio World Convention Centre(ANI)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 11:10 PM IST
By, Mumbai

WPL: Women cricketers bask in the big buy

WPL auction sees 20 players bought by five franchises for ₹1 crore or more with Smriti Mandhana ( ₹3.4 crore) topping the list

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur fetched big bucks.(PTI)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 11:20 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Captaining India spinners akin to leading Aussie pacers at home: Rohit Sharma

India skipper spoke glowingly of his spin trio and how difficult it was to take the ball out of their hands

Ravichandran Ashwin, left, gets a tap on the shoulder from captain Rohit Sharma for his five-wicket haul during the third day of the first cricket test match between India and Australia in Nagpur.(AP)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 11:20 PM IST
By, Nagpur

R Ashwin sends Australia to a tame defeat

Ashwin's 5/37 -- match haul of 8 -- saw the visitors routed for 91 in the second innings, giving India an innings win on Day 3 of the Nagpur Test

R Ashwin celebrates the dismissal of David Warner during 1st Test
(ANI )
Published on Feb 11, 2023 09:56 PM IST
By, Nagpur

Murphy's law: A debut to remember

The 22-year-old isn’t the first debutant off-spinner to shine in India but he will have to find a way to keep this going.

Australia's Todd Murphy, left, along with his teammate Alex Carey celebrate dismissal of India's Virat Kohli (AP)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, Nagpur

Vacations can wait as Suryakumar Yadav savours his Test debut with family

India’s latest Test debutants Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat’s families talk about watching them live on their first day in India whites

Suryakumar Yadav with family(Twitter)
Updated on Feb 09, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, Nagpur

IND vs AUS 1st Test, Day 1: Ravindra Jadeja casts a spell on the Aussies

Back after a five-month injury break, the left-arm spinner takes 5/47 to help India bowl Australia out for 177

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja(PTI)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Nagpur

India, Australia set for pitched battle

There has been a lot of talk about the pitch but the Border-Gavaskar Trophy promises plenty more twists and turns

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul during a practice session ahead of the first Test against Australia.(PTI)
Published on Feb 08, 2023 10:50 PM IST
By, Nagpur

Rohit Sharma, Pat Cummins set for a high stakes series

Late bloomers in Test cricket, skippers Rohit Sharma and Pat Cummins have a lot riding on the upcoming series with the WTC title in the equation

India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, and Australia's captain Pat Cummins pose with the Border–Gavaskar Trophy ahead of their first cricket test match in Nagpur, India, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. (AP)
Published on Feb 08, 2023 07:43 PM IST
By, Nagpur
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