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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Ashwin puts India win over his selection for England Test

  • 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
India's Ravichandran Ashwin(ANI)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin(ANI)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 12:16 AM IST
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For a few dollars more: Non-IPL leagues battling for No 2 position

  • With the impending arrival of UAE and CSA T20 leagues, Big Bash raises the pitch offering bigger pay to attract marquee talent
Among all the IPL-inspired leagues, Big Bash was the first to start in 2014-15.(Getty)
Among all the IPL-inspired leagues, Big Bash was the first to start in 2014-15.(Getty)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 10:14 PM IST
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SA series done, India focus turns to squad for World T20

  • India have 15 T20Is in less than four months before they firm up their squad for the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia.
India cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid with player Rishabh Pant(PTI)
India cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid with player Rishabh Pant(PTI)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 08:26 PM IST
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By, Bengaluru

Captaincy shuffling keeps coach Rahul Dravid’s work 'challenging'

  • 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.
Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid with cricketer Hardik Pandya(PTI)
Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid with cricketer Hardik Pandya(PTI)
Published on Jun 19, 2022 11:01 PM IST
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Fans make a case for bilateral cricket at non-IPL venues

  • 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.
Fans during the India-South Africa match in Rajkot.(BCCI)
Fans during the India-South Africa match in Rajkot.(BCCI)
Published on Jun 19, 2022 10:52 PM IST
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Rishabh Pant seeks revival, India look to extend home record

  • 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.
Indian captain Rishabh Pant and South African captain Temba Bavuma(PTI)
Indian captain Rishabh Pant and South African captain Temba Bavuma(PTI)
Published on Jun 19, 2022 07:12 AM IST
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By, Bengaluru

Karthik shows the way, the bowlers finish the job

  • India levelled the series with another superb bowling performance.
Dinesh Karthik(PTI)
Dinesh Karthik(PTI)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 11:04 PM IST
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Slower balls and read the play: The Harshal Patel way

  • 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.
Harshal Patel celebrates the wicket of South Africa's batsman David Miller(PTI)
Harshal Patel celebrates the wicket of South Africa's batsman David Miller(PTI)
Published on Jun 16, 2022 09:13 PM IST
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By, Rajkot

All eyes on Pandya as India look to square series

  • Pandya’s elevation to captain for the T20I series against Ireland shows that he is doing a lot of things right.
Indian player Hardik Pandya(PTI)
Indian player Hardik Pandya(PTI)
Published on Jun 16, 2022 07:11 PM IST
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By, Rajkot

IPL done, ICC tender soon with a strategic change

  • 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
IPL Trophy.(IPL)
IPL Trophy.(IPL)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 08:32 PM IST
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IPL rights bonanza promises to enrich Indian cricket

  • 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.
The media rights for the next five seasons of the IPL have been secured. (IPL)
The media rights for the next five seasons of the IPL have been secured. (IPL)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 10:31 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

IPL rights: Viacom 18 sweeps up digital, Disney Star retains TV

  • 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
The board has earned a staggering <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>47,000 crore, which is already two and half times more than the 2018 auction value of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>16,347 crore.(Twitter)
The board has earned a staggering 47,000 crore, which is already two and half times more than the 2018 auction value of 16,347 crore.(Twitter)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 09:57 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Sold! TV, digital rights in 44k-cr IPL windfall

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.
Sold! TV, digital rights in <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>44k-cr IPL windfall
Sold! TV, digital rights in 44k-cr IPL windfall
Published on Jun 13, 2022 11:41 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

IPL rights auction: Category C could be a disruptor for Category B winner

  • Though IPL rights sales does not provide a consolidated bid this time, the structure of the auction could throw up surprises on Tuesday.
IPL trophy(IPL)
IPL trophy(IPL)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 10:48 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

IPL hits a century on Day 1 of e-auction

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
Gujarat Titans players celebrate after winning IPL 2022 (PTI)
Gujarat Titans players celebrate after winning IPL 2022 (PTI)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Explaining the two-day e-auction for IPL rights from 2023-27

  • The bidding will be done across four categories—TV, digital, non-exclusive digital and Rest of the World.
IPL Trophy.(IPL)
IPL Trophy.(IPL)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 07:25 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Four-way contest likely to spice up IPL media rights auction

  • 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.
IPL 2022 player auction.(IPL)
IPL 2022 player auction.(IPL)
Updated on Jun 12, 2022 10:19 AM IST
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IPL Media Rights: Amazon pulls out, four-way race for IPL media rights

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.
IPL trophy
IPL trophy
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 10:12 PM IST
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New 18-match bundle will add thrill to IPL rights e-auction

  • 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
If anyone felt auctions were a boring game of mammoth numbers, they hadn’t watched their cricket.(PTI)
If anyone felt auctions were a boring game of mammoth numbers, they hadn’t watched their cricket.(PTI)
Published on Jun 09, 2022 06:16 PM IST
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We took a holistic approach: BCCI treasurer Dhumal on bold reserve price

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.
Sourav Ganguly, center, Secretary Jay Shah, left, and Treasurer Arun Dhumal stand for a photograph.(AP/File Photo)
Sourav Ganguly, center, Secretary Jay Shah, left, and Treasurer Arun Dhumal stand for a photograph.(AP/File Photo)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Branding it right: The resurrection of Hardik Pandya

  • Off the field, the Brand Hardik Pandya bounce-back story has just begun.
Off the field, the Brand Hardik Pandya bounce-back story has just begun.(ANI)
Off the field, the Brand Hardik Pandya bounce-back story has just begun.(ANI)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 06:04 PM IST
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IPL: Dynamics of the ever-rising media rights value

  • 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
IPL Trophy(IPL / Twitter)
IPL Trophy(IPL / Twitter)
Published on Jun 06, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

IPL mega auctions: Taking away more than giving

  • BCCI will discuss with its new media rights partners but many franchises feel the mega auctions disrupt their squad makeup every four years
The IPL auction is like the NFL draft - a mega TV property, although unlike drafts it’s not an open event attracting massive crowds(IPL)
The IPL auction is like the NFL draft - a mega TV property, although unlike drafts it’s not an open event attracting massive crowds(IPL)
Updated on Jun 05, 2022 07:00 PM IST
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IPL rights: A mega deal in the battle for larger cricket revenue pie

  • BCCI bosses are working for a longer IPL window than pushing for a greater of ICC revenue as that’s what market forces want.
IPL trophy
IPL trophy
Published on Jun 05, 2022 01:14 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Media rights: IPL poised to make the big-money move

  • The upcoming media rights sale should see the IPL value skyrocketing but there are still more avenues waiting to be unlocked.
Gujarat Titans players with the IPL trophy after winning the final T20 cricket match of the Indian Premier League 2022 (PTI)
Gujarat Titans players with the IPL trophy after winning the final T20 cricket match of the Indian Premier League 2022 (PTI)
Published on Jun 03, 2022 07:48 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

It feels like a sequel: Hanuma Vihari ready for England series

  • Vihari, who wasn't picked by any IPL team, played cricket in Dhaka and Chennai to stay fit.
With Pujara back in the squad for Edgbaston, Vihari’s 124 runs in three innings, including a 50 at No.3 may not be enough.(AP)
With Pujara back in the squad for Edgbaston, Vihari’s 124 runs in three innings, including a 50 at No.3 may not be enough.(AP)
Updated on Jun 02, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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IPL champions Titans’ shape a Gujarati identity

  • Owned by leading private equity firm CVC Capital, the victorious Ahmedabad team has found instant support from a sizeable local fan base.
Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya holds IPL Trophy while taking part in a victory parade (ANI/Nandan Dave)
Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya holds IPL Trophy while taking part in a victory parade (ANI/Nandan Dave)
Published on May 30, 2022 10:50 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

More leagues could squeeze bilateral series: ICC Chairman

  • Will back Ganguly if ICC board thinks he is right candidate says Barclay on future
File image of Greg Barclay(Getty Images)
File image of Greg Barclay(Getty Images)
Published on May 28, 2022 12:57 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Like Premier League, IPL can grow more in overseas markets: RR owner

  • Manoj Badale asks for the team to be judged over coming seasons, and expresses interest in investing in a women's IPL team.
Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale. (Getty)
Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale. (Getty)
Published on May 24, 2022 04:35 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets

  • 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.
Liam Livingstone(PTI)
Liam Livingstone(PTI)
Published on May 22, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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By, Mumbai
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