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.
Articles by Rasesh Mandani
- The off-spinner sat out the first four Tests played last year when India took a 2-1 lead, but could come into reckoning in the final Test starting at Edgbaston on Friday
- With the impending arrival of UAE and CSA T20 leagues, Big Bash raises the pitch offering bigger pay to attract marquee talent
- India have 15 T20Is in less than four months before they firm up their squad for the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia.
- The former India skipper, who took over in November, was to join forces with Rohit Sharma and infuse fresh ideas in the team but has worked with five skippers.
- The T20 series versus South Africa marked international cricket’s return across venues in India and the excitement touched fever pitch as fans poured into venues that get matches only once in 2-3 years.
- The hosts will be keen to make it eight consecutive home T20 series wins at home while their stand-in skipper would like to turn around his batting fortunes after tame dismissals.
- India levelled the series with another superb bowling performance.
- Batters have been trying to figure out the pacer’s slower balls for a while now but he keeps finding new ways to stay ahead of them.
- Pandya’s elevation to captain for the T20I series against Ireland shows that he is doing a lot of things right.
- ICC media rights tender is unlikely to be as aggressively priced as IPL, but they too are aware of the pitfalls of long-term contracts
- Franchises and players in the T20 league and state associations look certain to benefit while focus will be on how India's domestic cricketers and fans get to enjoy this windfall.
- BCCI gets a whopping ₹48,390 crore from media rights sales for the next five seasons (2023-27), which reflects a major change in dynamics
On a day the rupee plunged to an all-time low and the stock market tanked, the Indian cricket board got a ringing endorsement from market forces for the Indian Premier League, its marquee property. While Disney Star won the IPL Indian sub-continent TV rights for a whopping ₹23,575 crore, Viacom18 bought the digital rights with a bid of ₹20,500 crore at the media rights e-auction on Monday, according to people aware of the matter.
- Though IPL rights sales does not provide a consolidated bid this time, the structure of the auction could throw up surprises on Tuesday.
Digital category bidding a lot more active than the race to secure TV rights on the first day of IPL media rights e-auction for 2023-2027
- The bidding will be done across four categories—TV, digital, non-exclusive digital and Rest of the World.
- It was a two-way race between Star and Sony in the last IPL media rights cycle: the arrival of an ambitious player in Viacom 18 should boost the valuation.
Bezos-funded Amazon was expected to be one of the biggest bidders in digital space but pulled out of the race without revealing the reason.
- Just as no batting team can afford to go slow in the powerplay, expect a fierce bidding war in the new offering of select IPL matches
While the industry would have a keen eye on the much-anticipated Reliance-Amazon faceoff for the digital rights, BCCI’s reserve pricing itself is a giveaway.
- Off the field, the Brand Hardik Pandya bounce-back story has just begun.
- When broadcasters splurge massive sums to land the Indian Premier League property, they will be aiming to achieve much more than mere Return on Investment
- BCCI will discuss with its new media rights partners but many franchises feel the mega auctions disrupt their squad makeup every four years
- BCCI bosses are working for a longer IPL window than pushing for a greater of ICC revenue as that’s what market forces want.
- The upcoming media rights sale should see the IPL value skyrocketing but there are still more avenues waiting to be unlocked.
- Vihari, who wasn't picked by any IPL team, played cricket in Dhaka and Chennai to stay fit.
- Owned by leading private equity firm CVC Capital, the victorious Ahmedabad team has found instant support from a sizeable local fan base.
- Will back Ganguly if ICC board thinks he is right candidate says Barclay on future
- Manoj Badale asks for the team to be judged over coming seasons, and expresses interest in investing in a women's IPL team.
- PBKS sign off with a convincing win in the final league fixture of IPL between two teams that had already been eliminated from the playoffs.