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

Will the Padukone switch lift Sindhu's fortunes?

PV Sindhu has been struggling to find her best form and will hope the Indian legend can change that

Hangzhou: India�s PV Sindhu reacts while playing against China's He Bingjiao during the Women's Singles quarterfinal badminton match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan) (PTI10_05_2023_000005A) *** Local Caption *** (PTI)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 08:00 PM IST

For Maini's F1 dream, 2024 is make-or-break year

The 23-year-old doesn’t harbour any false hopes and is clear that he won’t linger in Formula 2 if he doesn’t succeed in what will be his second season.

Kush Maini
Published on Nov 10, 2023 03:51 PM IST

You need to respect people who respect us: Mathews

Many Sri Lankan players also left the field after the match against Bangladesh without performing the customary handshake.

Bangladesh's Mahmudullah (L) and Mushfiqur Rahim run between the wickets as Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews (C) watches during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match (AFP)
Published on Nov 07, 2023 11:24 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Sri Lanka get timed out of World Cup as Bangladesh record thrilling 3-wicket

Mathews's bizarre dismissal seemed to distract his team as they crashed to a three-wicket defeat

Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto celebrate their partnership during the match against Sri Lanka in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, at Arun Jaitley Stadium
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 07:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pollution concerns over Sri Lanka-Bangladesh World Cup tie

Heavy pollution in Delhi has forced both teams to curtail their training for Monday’s tie. ICC is taking expert advice to decide if it is safe to hold the game

Sri Lanka players wearing facemasks stand at their dressing room ahead of their practice session amid smoggy conditions on the eve of their 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi(AFP)
Published on Nov 05, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

A little bit of oversteer: Slowly drifting into India

For the first time in the history of Indian motorsport, an official Drift Challenge was held in the parking lot of BIC last week

Organised in a controlled environment, the one-day event, backed by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), was won by Chandigarh’s Sanam Sekhon.
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 07:31 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Going Dutch: A love for cricket, forged through hockey

Many of the hockey clubs in Netherlands also have their cricket teams because of which the sport has managed to thrive rather than just survive.

Players stand for the national anthem before the start of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between Sri Lanka and Netherlands(PTI)
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 05:32 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ebenyo, Almaz win Delhi half marathon titles

The Kenyan and the Ethiopian great were comfortable winners; Abhishek and Kavita won the Indian elite category titles

Kenya's Daniel Ebenyo celebrates his win during the 'Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon(Amit Sharma)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 03:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

After Asian Games 10,000m silver, Kartik targets national record

His medal – Gulveer Singh took bronze – was India’s first in the event at the Games since the 1998 Bangkok edition

Kartik Kumar
Published on Oct 14, 2023 07:48 PM IST

Cheruiyot’s date with Delhi, 13 years later

The Kenyan 5,000m champion at the Rio Olympics is returning to road racing after the birth of her second child

Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) during a press conference.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

F1 great Hakkinen to mentor Indian F2 driver Maini

Maini is currently India’s best hope to enter F1 after Daruvala, will be switching to Formula E next year after signing a contract with Maserati last month

Kush Maini is currently driving for Campos Racing.
Published on Oct 12, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Neeraj has potential to become a star as big as Bolt: Eaton

Two-time Olympic champion in the decathlon, Ashton Eaton, feels that the Indian, and not Lyles, could be the man to match the Jamaican in the popularity stakes

India's Neeraj Chopra in action.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Injured Sushila Chanu out of Women’s Asian Champions Trophy squad

The midfielder’s right knee was heavily strapped throughout the Asian Games despite which the 31-year-old scored two goals in Hangzhou

India's Sushila Chanu react during the women's Classification 3rd-4th match against Japan(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 08:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Phenomenal' Verstappen enters an elite club

Verstappen’s third title puts him at the same pedestal as Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.

Red Bull Racing's team principal Christian Horner (L), 2023 world champion Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (C) and Red Bull Formula One team advisor Helmut Marko pose for a picture (AFP)
Published on Oct 08, 2023 10:50 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Five-star India earn elusive gold, ticket to Paris

Harmanpreet and Co reinforced their superiority in Asia, winning every game in Hangzhou comprehensively, including the final against defending champions Japan

India's captain Harmanpreet Singh celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Japan during the Men's Hockey Final match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China(PTI)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 06:18 PM IST

India women go down to China in semis, to face Japan for bronze

China netted four goals as the Indian forwards were barely able to make in-roads into the striking circle of the hosts.

Hangzhou: India's Deepika attempts to score a goal against Singapore through penalty corner during the women's hockey match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan) (PTI09_27_2023_RPT077A)(PTI)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 12:10 AM IST

Prannoy, Satwik-Chirag advance to semis

PV Sindhu lost in the women’s singles quarter-final but two medals were confirmed for India in badminton

HS Prannoy in action against Lee Zii Jia during the Men's Singles Quarterfinal badminton match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China(PTI)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 12:00 AM IST

Asian Games badminton: India go down to China, clinch historic silver

An encore of the 2022 Thomas Cup did not take place at Hangzhou’s Binjiang Gymnasium as China rallied to stage a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

India were already on the backfoot even before the tie began with both HS Prannoy and MR Arjun pulling out with back injuries.(PTI)
Published on Oct 01, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Al-Attiyah's multi-sport genius is of a rare kind

The 52-year-old is a five-time Dakar Rally champion and has been making his mark in shooting as well

Al-Attiyah picked up shooting hoping it would help him focus better in rallying.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Asian Games: Ashwini resets, this time with Tanisha in tow

The seasoned pro will look to find her best form at the Asian Games with her 20-year-old partner.

Ponnappa will look to find her best form at the Asian Games with her 20-year-old partner(Ashwini Ponnappa Instagram)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 07:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Jehan Daruvala gets a Formula E seat with Maserati

The 24-year-old will partner German Maximilian Gunther at Maserati for the 10th year of the championship

Formula E driver Jehan Daruvala(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 09:31 PM IST
By, New Delhi

MotoGP riders happy with their India experience

At the start of the last week, one even wondered if the race would even take place but things went off without a hitch thereafter.

Italian rider Marco Bezzecchi (72) (C), Spanish rider Jorge Martín (89) (L) and French rider Fabio Quartararo (20) (R) celebrate after winning the Moto GP race(Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:10 AM IST
By, Noida

Marco Bezzecchi wins inaugural Indian MotoGP race

VR46 Racing’s Italian pole-sitter won the 21-lap race at the Buddh International Circuit before almost 60,000 fans who returned to India’s former F1 venue

Mooney VR46 Racing Team (Ducati) team Italian rider Marco Bezzecchi celebrates after winning the MotoGP race, at the Grand Prix of India(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 08:52 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

The India connection between the world's top MotoGP riders

Bagnaia, Martin, Bezzecchi, Binder not just rode Mahindra bike in their initial days of GP motorcycle racing but also earned their very first podiums riding it

Ducati Lenovo Team rider Francesco Bagnaia celebrates after securing second position in the sprint race during the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida(Rahul Singh)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 02:50 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

F1 to MotoGP, the Buddh ends decade-long drought

The buzz is back at the circuit in Greater Noida that hosted three Formula One races from 2011 to 2013

Ducati Lenovo Team Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia (1), Repsol Honda Team Spanish rider Marc Marquez (93), Repsol Honda Team Spanish rider Joan Mir (36), Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team French rider Fabio Quartararo (20) during the sprint race at the Grand Prix of India(PTI)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 12:21 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

MotoGP: Jorge Martin sprints to victory, Bezzecchi on pole

Martin didn’t put a wheel wrong and was never challenged by championship leader Bagnaia

Prima Pramac Racing rider Jorge Martin celebrates after winning sprint race during the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida(Rahul Singh)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 09:54 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

MotoGP India Grand Prix race distance reduced due to heat

Temperatures have hovered between 32 and 34 degree Celsius here with humidity ranging above 80 percent.

MotoGP riders during a qualifing round of the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India on Saturday(Rahul Singh)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 06:20 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

MotoGP apologises after showing distorted India map

The map excluded the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh which caused a furore not just on social media but also in the paddock.

Aleix Espargaro, Spanish, Aprilia Racing, Aprilia (41) rider races during the practice session (MotoGP, Free Practice 1) at the Moto GP, Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, in Greater Noida(Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 07:07 AM IST

MotoGP: BIC a greater challenge than expected

With riders trying to get used to the 4.96km track on Friday, there were a fair share of crashes too

The fast and flowing track turned out to a greater technical challenge than what the riders had anticipated with many of them crashing or failing to find the correct braking point.(AFP)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 12:32 AM IST

TVS announces India’s first two-wheeler electric racing championship

MotoGP too started its electric racing series, MotoE, in 2019 which is largely based in Europe.

Eight riders have been handpicked by TVS Racing who will race on the TVS Apache RTE (Racing Throttle Electric) motorcycles which were specially developed for the championship.(AFP)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 12:07 AM IST
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