Sandip Sikdar

From badminton to cricket, Sandip Sikdar writes on many sporting disciplines. He has the experience of working in digital, news agency as well as print organisations. Motorsport remains his first love.

Articles by Sandip Sikdar

Defence comes to the fore as India hold England

  • A repeat of the Tokyo Olympics bronze play-off, in which Great Britain beat India, ended 1-1 as India's defence held firm in the FIH women's World Cup opening Group B game at Amstelveen on Sunday.
India played out a 1-1 draw against England.(Instagram/@fihockey)
India played out a 1-1 draw against England.(Instagram/@fihockey)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 10:07 PM IST
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England first up as India ready to change history

  • After six months of intense competition, skipper Savita Punia’s team is confident of putting up a fight in the women’s hockey World Cup.
File photo of coach Janneke Schopman with India women's hockey players(Twitter/TheHockeyIndia)
File photo of coach Janneke Schopman with India women's hockey players(Twitter/TheHockeyIndia)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 10:47 PM IST
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Racer’s edge: A Wknd interview with Formula 2 driver Jehan Daruvala

The 23-year-old recently tested a Formula 1 car for the first time. He’s been racing since he was 11. His aim, his dream, is Formula 1. India’s had two F1 racers so far, and no winners. He’s determined to change that.
‘It’s like badminton. You need one person to do well and succeed and then the sport grows massively. It’s a process. India has not been up there in the highest tier of racing but it’s only a matter of time now,’ Daruvala says. (Photo: James Gasperotti / Prema Racing)
‘It’s like badminton. You need one person to do well and succeed and then the sport grows massively. It’s a process. India has not been up there in the highest tier of racing but it’s only a matter of time now,’ Daruvala says. (Photo: James Gasperotti / Prema Racing)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 05:40 PM IST
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Missing star: The absence of Rani will be a big challenge for India

  • Injuries have kept the former skipper out of the World Cup but her team has some plans in place.
Rani Rampal(PTI)
Rani Rampal(PTI)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 09:50 PM IST
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India can compete against the very best at the World Cup: Janneke Schopman

  • India's chief coach is hoping that India can consistently play at their best level during the big tournament.
Schopman took over from compatriot Sjoerd Marijne after the Olympics(Hockey India )
Schopman took over from compatriot Sjoerd Marijne after the Olympics(Hockey India )
Published on Jun 30, 2022 07:40 PM IST
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Varinder Singh (1947-2022): 1975 World Cup-winning player passes away

  • Varinder, who played as a defender in right-half or right-in position, was also part of the silver medal winning Indian outfits at both the 1974 Tehran and 1978 Bangkok Asian Games.
Varinder Singh died on Tuesday in Jalandhar.(Hockey India)
Varinder Singh died on Tuesday in Jalandhar.(Hockey India)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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Sonika’s redemption: From battling depression to making India’s World Cup squad

Apart from the counselling sessions that went on for eight-months, Sonika Tandi also pursued meditation which helped her to learn how to handle stress.
Sonika Tandi celebrates with her teammates. (Hockey India)
Sonika Tandi celebrates with her teammates. (Hockey India)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 05:23 PM IST
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India clear Pro League test with flying colours

  • Five months of regular, intense competition has put Manpreet and Co. in a good space heading into the Commonwealth Games
Reid handed debuts to multiple upcoming talents throughout the Pro League(Frank Uijlenbroek)
Reid handed debuts to multiple upcoming talents throughout the Pro League(Frank Uijlenbroek)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 11:38 PM IST
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Jehan Daruvala to test drive McLaren F1 car

The Mumbai driver is in his third season in F2, the main feeder competition for the top series
Jehan Daruvala's inches closer to F1 dream( Twitter/James Gasperotti)
Jehan Daruvala's inches closer to F1 dream( Twitter/James Gasperotti)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 08:57 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

HS Prannoy’s fine run at Indonesian Open ends in semi-finals

  • The 29-year-old’s hopes of crossing the last four stage of the Super 1000 event in his second attempt failed after a straight sets loss to China’s Zhao Jun Peng in Jakarta
India's H.S. Prannoy plays a shot against China's Zhao Jun Peng during their men's singles semifinal match (AP)
India's H.S. Prannoy plays a shot against China's Zhao Jun Peng during their men's singles semifinal match (AP)
Published on Jun 18, 2022 09:57 PM IST
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Ahead of World Cup, India look for a final tune-up

  • With just four matches to play before the WC, Savita Punia's team will need to get their act in order.
Indian hockey team(Twitter/HockeyIndia)
Indian hockey team(Twitter/HockeyIndia)
Published on Jun 16, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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Gill all set to make WRC-2 return after three-year hiatus

  • The 40-year-old will take part in the Safari Rally Kenya from June 23-26
Gaurav Gill (in centre)(HT)
Gaurav Gill (in centre)(HT)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 11:19 PM IST
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Asia Cup: India crush Indonesia 16-0 to book place in Super 4s

  • Japan beat Pakistan to give India a chance of making the next round and Birendra Lakra-led team grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Still from India vs Indonesia Asia Cup match.(Hockey India)
Still from India vs Indonesia Asia Cup match.(Hockey India)
Updated on May 26, 2022 10:02 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Women’s IPL will help in growing the game: NZ great Suzie Bates

  • Kiwi all-rounder says she derives inspiration from the long careers of India's Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami
File image of Suzie Bates.(Getty Images)
File image of Suzie Bates.(Getty Images)
Published on May 22, 2022 09:55 PM IST
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Sindhu loses to Olympic champ Chen Yu Fei in Thai Open semis

  • Meeting after three years, the match didn’t go as anticipated and the Indian’s fightback in the second game could not turn the contest around in Bangkok.
The 26-year-old from Hyderabad had also lost to Chen the last time the two faced off at the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals(AP)
The 26-year-old from Hyderabad had also lost to Chen the last time the two faced off at the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals(AP)
Updated on May 21, 2022 06:23 PM IST
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Sindhu downs Yamaguchi, faces Olympic champ Chen in Thailand Open semis

The sixth seeded Indian prevailed 21-15 20-22 21-13 over second seeded Japanese in 51 minutes to set up a clash with Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei of China.
India's Sindhu V. Pusarla(AP)
India's Sindhu V. Pusarla(AP)
Updated on May 20, 2022 08:31 PM IST
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This time we really played as a team: Kidambi Srikanth

  • India’s first Thomas Cup triumph was a result of strong bonding and a genuine desire to succeed as a team, its seniormost--unbeaten through the campaign--member says
Indian badminton team celebrate after wining Thomas Cup.(Kidambi Srikanth Twitter)
Indian badminton team celebrate after wining Thomas Cup.(Kidambi Srikanth Twitter)
Published on May 17, 2022 06:14 PM IST
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Shuttling a new course to glory

Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen had played earlier. So what was it about the team in Bangkok that spurred India to their maiden triumph in 32 editions?
Indian men's badminton team poses with the trophy after winning the Thomas Cup(BAI_Media/Twitter)
Indian men's badminton team poses with the trophy after winning the Thomas Cup(BAI_Media/Twitter)
Published on May 16, 2022 11:42 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

‘Everybody started to step in as everybody wanted to be part of this history’

HS Prannoy, whose last-gasp wins played a huge role in India’s Thomas Cup triumph, speaks about how the grand success was built on great team bonding
India shuttler HS Prannoy(Twitter/PRANNOYHSPRI)
India shuttler HS Prannoy(Twitter/PRANNOYHSPRI)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:47 PM IST
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This is as big as it gets in Indian sport: Pullela Gopichand

The chief national badminton coach says three strong singles players and a world-class doubles pair helped India end their wait for Thomas Cup glory
Pullela Gopichand at his badminton academy in Hyderabad.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
Pullela Gopichand at his badminton academy in Hyderabad.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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Indian shuttlers claim the Cup that cheers the most

India win the Thomas Cup for the first time, upstaging odds-on favourites and holders Indonesia 3-0 in the best-of-five final tie in Bangkok on Sunday
Lakshya Sen reacts during the singles match against Indonesia's Anthony Ginting(AP)
Lakshya Sen reacts during the singles match against Indonesia's Anthony Ginting(AP)
Published on May 16, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Historic title: India on top of badminton’s new world order

The Thomas Cup was as exclusive a sporting club as there can be — in 31 editions of the competition, only five countries had laid their hands on the trophy before India joined them on Sunday.
Indian shuttle badminton team celebrate after wining Thomas Cup in Bangkok.(ANI)
Indian shuttle badminton team celebrate after wining Thomas Cup in Bangkok.(ANI)
Updated on May 16, 2022 01:08 AM IST
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India face powerhouse Indonesia for Thomas Cup glory

  • Super-charged after toppling Malaysia and Denmark, India must upstage odds-on favourites Indonesia in Sunday’s final to win badminton’s ultimate team prize for the first time in Bangkok
India defeated Denmark 3-2 to make the finals of the Thomas Cup(Twitter/mathiasboe)
India defeated Denmark 3-2 to make the finals of the Thomas Cup(Twitter/mathiasboe)
Published on May 14, 2022 09:44 PM IST
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Thomas Cup: India assured of at least a silver medal, reach historic first final

  • The Indian men's badminton team created history and assured themselves of a silver medal by beating Denmark 3-2 in the semifinal of the Thomas Cup.
Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy got India its first win on Friday. (Twitter)
Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy got India its first win on Friday. (Twitter)
Published on May 13, 2022 10:45 PM IST
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India beat Malaysia 3-2 to assure first-ever medal in Thomas Cup

  • With the five-match fixture levelled at 2-2, India's HS Prannoy beat Malaysia's Leong Jun Hao 21-13, 21-8 to snatch the victory for India in Bangkok on Thursday.
File image of Indian shuttler HS Prannoy.(Getty Images)
File image of Indian shuttler HS Prannoy.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 12, 2022 11:49 PM IST
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Saina lashes out at BAI’s selection trial scheduling

  • One loss at India Open and BAI tries to pull me down, says former world No.1.
A file photo of Saina Nehwal.(AP)
A file photo of Saina Nehwal.(AP)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 10:06 PM IST
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Sindhu, Sen and Srikanth selected for CWG, Asiad

  • Trials from Friday to choose others including probable for Paris 2024.
File photo of PV Sindhu(PTI)
File photo of PV Sindhu(PTI)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 03:43 PM IST
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Heartbreak for India after losing shootout in bronze playoff

  • India led 2-1 with just over 90 seconds left in the junior women’s hockey World Cup bronze playoff, but England equalised before winning the shootout; Netherlands won the title beating Germany
India's junior women’s hockey World Cup team(Twitter/@odisha_sports)
India's junior women’s hockey World Cup team(Twitter/@odisha_sports)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 09:58 PM IST
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Sublime Dutch beat India to book final showdown against Germany

  • India were given a Dutch masterclass in simple push and pass hockey in their semi-final encounter. The Tete-led outfit could not sustain the verve they displayed in the first quarter, never looking in control and completely outplayed in all areas by a much superior opponent.
A still from India's game against the Netherlands.(Hockey India)
A still from India's game against the Netherlands.(Hockey India)
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 10:05 PM IST
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India face their toughest test yet in Junior Hockey World Cup

  • The Salima Tete-led Indian side play Netherlands, the most successful team in the tournament, in their Junior Women's World Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Indian players in action during Junior Hockey WC.(Hockey India)
Indian players in action during Junior Hockey WC.(Hockey India)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 10:02 PM IST
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By, New Delhi
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