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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.

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Satwik-Chirag clinch Thailand Open crown, again

The reigning Asian Games champions didn’t even have to bring out their best as they defeated Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi 21-15, 21-15 in three quarters of an hour

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty clinch Thailand Open Super 500 title(AP)
Updated on May 22, 2024 06:35 PM IST

Australia series loss a wake-up call: Hardik Singh

The Indian hockey team is currently in Antwerp where they will resume Pro League duties against the last two Olympic champions – hosts Belgium and Argentina

Hardik Singh (8) of India reacts during Men's World Cup in 2023(PTI)
Published on May 17, 2024 09:26 PM IST

Ashwini, Tanisha seek more momentum after Paris qualification

India’s No.1 women’s badminton doubles pair has made light of a 13-year age gap as they keep chasing new ways to improve

 Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa
Published on May 05, 2024 12:29 AM IST

India’s title defence runs into Chinese wall

Lakshya Sen got the lone win for his team as the hosts proved to be too strong for the defending champs

The Indian contingent cheered on Lakshya Sen, who won his seventh match in 10 meetings against the former All England champion, but the delight was short lived as the defending champions soon lost the tie 1-3 to top seeds China (AFP)
Published on May 02, 2024 11:39 PM IST

Change of guard: Salima replaces Savita as India skipper

In the 107 matches she has played, India have ended up winning 54, losing 29 and drawing 24. Salima was recently honoured with Player of The Year 2023 award.

Salima Tete
Published on May 02, 2024 09:57 PM IST

The prodigal returns: Preeti makes Indian team after seven years

Preeti represented India at the Rio Olympics but a loss of form saw her lose her spot in the team in 2017 and it took her a long time to find herself again

India's Preeti Dubey in action
Updated on May 02, 2024 07:54 PM IST

Prannoy overcomes health issue to take India forward

With the world no.9 leading the way, the defending champions beat England 5-0 and qualified for the quarter-finals.

India's HS Prannoy(PTI)
Published on Apr 29, 2024 10:15 PM IST

Thomas/Uber Cup: India men beat Thailand, women down Canada

The reigning Thomas Cup champions were far from their best in winning their opening tie 4-1 in Chengdu, China

India's Lakshya Sen in action(AP)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 11:06 PM IST

Challenging for us to return to India in 2025: Formula E CEO

Formula E debuted in India with much fanfare in February 2023 with the Hyderabad E-Prix, but the series announced in January that it had cancelled the 2024 race

Jay Penske celebrates on podium during the Hyderabad E-Prix last year(Getty)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 10:16 PM IST

Thomas Cup: India eyeing an encore of Bangkok 2022

The holders kick off their campaign against Thailand and then run into England and Indonesia in the group stage too.

Kidambi Srikanth is over the moon after winning his match at the last Thomas Cup. (Getty)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 09:29 PM IST

Once champion material, Daniel Ricciardo is fast running out of time in F1

2024 has been far from ideal for the Australian, who hasn't managed to earn a single point in the five races so far.

RB's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo looks on before the sprint race (AFP)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 10:00 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The battle to become Indian hockey's keeper for Paris

Sreejesh and Pathak have their own strengths but only 16 players can be sent to the Olympics and that means only one will be picked

India goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak(Hockey India)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 08:03 PM IST

India’s 5-0 Australia hockey Test series rout and lessons from it

Fulton’s side lost the final game too in Perth, leaving India with much work to do as they prepare for the Paris Olympics

India lost the five-match hockey Test series to Australia 5-0(Hockey India)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 11:55 PM IST

Carlos Sainz, the ultimate survivor

He is the only driver in 2024 to have reached the podium in every Grand Prix he has taken part in.

Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr holds his trophy on the podium(AFP)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:34 PM IST

The weight of canary yellow on India’s blue

World No.4 India will be taking on their bogey team Australia in a five-Test series in Perth, starting Saturday

The Indian men’s team will take on Australia in a five-match Test series
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:32 AM IST

India names full strength squad for Thomas Cup; PV Sindhu pulls out of Uber Cup

Prannoy, Sen, Srikanth, Rajawat and the doubles combine of world No.1 Satwik/Chirag and Kapila/Arjun will look to do an encore of Bangkok 2022.

PV Sindhu in action during the 19th Asian Games(PTI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 10:04 PM IST

F1's ‘silly season’ is already in full swing

The F1 summer break is often when future decisions are made - but this time, the buzz has already reached crazy proportions.

Aston Martin's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso competes during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne on March 24, 2024.(AFP)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Formula 1 owner Liberty Media announces acquisition of MotoGP

Liberty will acquire 86% of MotoGP from Spanish company Dorna in a deal valued at 4.2 billion euros.

General view at the start of the race (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 10:39 PM IST

Hockey India League to resume after eight years

HIL will also have a women's league. Hardik Singh and Salima Tete were awarded the best male and female player accolade for 2023 at the awards function

Representative image(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 10:31 PM IST

Lakshya Sen interview: 'Padukone and Vimal have made a big difference'

The 22-year-old has staged a solid turnaround in recent times to all but assure himself of a berth at Paris 2024.

India's Lakshya Sen plays a shot during the men's singles semi-final match against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie (AP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:24 AM IST

Abishek Porel delivers as impact sub for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024

Having been drafted in as Rishabh Pant's replacement in 2023, the 21-year-old is keen to pick the Delhi skipper's brains this season

Delhi Capitals' Abhishek Porel bats during the Indian Premier League cricket tournament match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings in Mullanpur, Punjab, India, Saturday, March 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)(AP)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 08:04 PM IST

Ahead of Paris, Marin shows she is a force to be reckoned with

The last five years have been tough for the Spaniard but the All England triumph showed the tide may finally be turning

Carolina Marin celebrates on the podium.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 11:13 PM IST
By, New Delhi

All England badminton: Lakshya goes down fighting in semis

The Indian, the 2022 finalist, lost to Indonesia's Jonatan Christie in three games in Birmingham on Saturday

India's Lakshya Sen in action.(AP)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 11:50 PM IST
By, New Delhi

All England Open: 'Tired' Rankireddy-Shetty lose in second round

The top seeds went down 16-21, 15-21 in 41 minutes to Indonesians Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Maulana Bagas.

India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(PTI)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 11:11 PM IST

Shamsher Singh hopes to make his mark in Paris too

A surprise pick in Tokyo, the attacking midfielder is now an accomplished player whose adaptability is key for India

Shamsher Singh
Published on Mar 15, 2024 09:17 PM IST

All England: Driven by 'persistence and resilience', Lakshya Sen beats Antonsen

The 22-year-old earned his biggest win in several months as he beat world No.3 Anders Antonsen to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals of the All England Open

India's Lakshya Sen(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 11:43 PM IST

'Don’t have to hit sixes every ball to have an SR of 180': Laura Wolvaardt

The Gujarat Giants didn't have a great WPL but when they did win, the South African opener did her part.

Gujarat Giants batter Laura Wolvaardt(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 09:06 PM IST

All England badminton: Lakshya Sen in second round

He runs into world No.3 Anders Antonsen in the next round of the BWF Super 1000 tournament being held in Birmingham

India's Lakshya Sen(AFP)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 11:25 PM IST

All England: Axelsen extends domination over one-time rival Srikanth

Both players announced their arrival on the world stage in 2017 but while the Dane has become stronger, the Indian is struggling big time

Viktor Axelsen registered dominant win over Kidambi Srikanth.
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 12:32 AM IST

WPL 2024: Deepti Sharma knock in vain as Gujarat Giants beat UP Warriorz

Beth Mooney's unbeaten 74 helps GG to a challenging total and Warriorz lose by 8 runs despite Deepti Sharma's 60-ball 88*.

Gujarat Giants beat UP Warriorz by 8 runs on Monday.
Published on Mar 11, 2024 11:36 PM IST
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