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

Drag-flick stalwart Peillat eyes a World Cup switch-hit with Germany

The star defender who took Argentina to the 2016 Rio Olympics gold will be the driving force of his adopted nation at the hockey World Cup starting in Odisha on Friday

 Shifting to a different continent, new culture, new team, adjusting to a new set-up, learning German – it has taken much more than on-field efforts for Peillat.
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 11:09 PM IST

Sorrow and disappointment behind him, Pathak ready to roll

He was a standby to primary goalkeeper PR Sreejesh at Tokyo and didn't receive a medal but is ready to shine at the World Cup

Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Published on Jan 10, 2023 10:37 PM IST
By, New Delhi

For India, the most important thing is we hit the ground running: Graham Reid

Ahead of the World Cup, the 58-year-old India coach discusses the team’s preparation, strengths and weaknesses.

File image of Graham Reid.(Hockey India)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 06:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

I will be back at Dakar 2024, says Indian rider CS Santosh

The rallyist, who suffered life-threatening injuries on the 2021 Dakar in Saudi Arabia, is on the mend and is determined to return to the world's toughest race next year.

The rallyist, who suffered life-threatening injuries on the 2021 Dakar in Saudi Arabia(Instagram/ @CS Santosh )
Published on Jan 04, 2023 09:48 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India as host: The non-cricket calendar for 2023

From the MotoGP to the Hockey World Cup, here are some non-cricket sporting events that India is set to host in 2023

Badminton player PV Sindhu during the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022 in New Delhi. (PTI)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 06:16 PM IST

Hockey: Harmanpreet to captain India at World Cup

Reid has chosen an experienced squad with 13 of the 19 who represented India at Tokyo making the cut for the World Cup

Harmanpreet Singh(Twitter)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 07:40 PM IST

From partial paralysis to Indian team: Sukhjeet's remarkable comeback story

A pinched nerve seemed to have ended his dream but the 26-year-old fought back in the only way he knew how to

Sukhjeet Singh in action for India.(Hockey India)
Updated on Dec 11, 2022 11:23 PM IST

For hockey and home: Xess's pursuit of happiness

The 24-year-old is part of the Indian team playing a five-Test series against Australia but he is aiming for the World Cup

 Nilam has never played in any major hockey event for India.(Hockey India)
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 06:51 PM IST

How kabaddi gave Ranjit Naik and his family a much-needed lifeline

Things weren't easy for the 21-year-old but his love for the sport and a PKL contract came to his rescue.

Ranjit Naik(Instagram)
Updated on Nov 30, 2022 09:51 AM IST

F1 2022 season: A Verstappen victory procession

Red Bull's Dutch driver was on a class of his own, winning his second straight world championship title.

Max Verstappen on the podium after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 23, 2022 11:25 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Australia name strong squad for India hockey series

The five-match series will be played in Adelaide from Saturday.

The squad will be led by co-captains Aran Zalewski and Eddie Ockenden, who is set to play his 400th international in the second game on Sunday | Image for representation (Hockey Australia)
Published on Nov 23, 2022 10:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Kush Maini to race in Formula 2 in 2023

Maini will drive a Dallara F2 car alongside Swiss teammate Ralph Boschung for the Spanish team.

Kush Maini will drive for Campos Racing in the 2023 Formula 2 season
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 10:40 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Sebastian Vettel's last dance

The German four-time world champion will sign off after a 15-year F1 career at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday

All 20 drivers went out for a farewell dinner for Sebastian Vettel on Thursday evening.(Lewis Hamilton/Twitter)
Published on Nov 19, 2022 11:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

With Nations Cup in sight, Schopman eyes improvement

In an interview, the 45-year-old, who was named FIH Coach of the Year last month, discusses India’s redemption at CWG with a bronze after the poor outing at the World Cup.

interview Janneke Schopman (right)
Published on Nov 18, 2022 07:04 PM IST

Women's hockey: How Beauty charted her inspirational rise to the Indian team

It has not been easy but the 19-year-old and her family have persevered through some tough times to find success on the field.

With hockey in her blood, it was only a matter of time before Beauty picked up the stick(Hockey India)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 06:29 PM IST
By, New Delhi

After missing CWG due to Covid-19, Navjot gets back on track

Navjot has made the cut for the 20-member India squad for the inaugural Nations Cup, due to be held in Valencia from December 11-17.

Having failed to win a medal in the last two editions despite coming close, the midfielder was aiming to make amends at Birmingham 2022
Published on Nov 16, 2022 10:32 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rabichandra Singh: From dodging mom to watch hockey to donning India colours

The young India midfielder from Manipur speaks about finding his feet in the game and how dire financial conditions at home almost killed his sporting dream early

India midfielder Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem (Hockey India)
Published on Nov 15, 2022 09:15 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Raheel keen to 'strike it rich' with Indian hockey team

The 25-year-old forward from Karnataka ended a long wait to make his debut with the national squad in the FIH Pro League tournament in Bhubaneswar late last month

Mohammed Raheel Mouseen during a training session.(Hockey India)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 12:25 PM IST

Formula E confident of smooth Indian debut

Co-founder of the electric car racing series, Alberto Longo, feels motorsport being recognised as a sport by the government will smoothen its entry and growth in the country

Formula E co-founder and Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo
Published on Nov 05, 2022 10:43 PM IST
By, New Delhi

New FIH president pledges waterless hockey pitches

The world governing body is already experimenting with turfs that need far less watering with target to achieve waterless pitches at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Tayyab Ikram(Twitter/FIH_Hockey)
Published on Nov 05, 2022 10:42 PM IST
By, New Delhi

That winning feeling: The changes propelling Satwik-Chirag to the podium

The world No 8 pairing started the year with a bang, winning the India Open in January, and they haven't looked back since

Rankireddy and Shetty had reached the Paris finals three years ago too but when they won on Sunday, they ended a nearly four decade wait for Indians to win the title (AP)
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 10:56 PM IST

Sankar Muthusamy finishes world junior badminton runner-up

The 18-year-old saved six match points in the second game before losing to Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Kuan Lin in the final of the tournament in Santander, Spain.

File photo of Sankar Muthusamy(Twitter)
Published on Oct 30, 2022 11:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India’s Sankar Muthusamy in junior badminton worlds final

The 18-year-old from a Chennai academy tamed his aggressive Thai opponent to reach the final of the tournament in Santander, Spain

File photo of Sankar Muthusamy(Twitter)
Published on Oct 29, 2022 10:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Satwik-Chirag sail into French Open final

The world No 8 Indian pair beat South Koreans Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Won Ho in straight games to enter the summit clash

Chirag Shetty (R) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (L) of India
Published on Oct 29, 2022 10:29 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Muthusamy advances to semis at World Junior Championships

The fourth seeded India has now assured himself of a medal at the prestigious event.

File photo of Sankar Muthusamy(Twitter)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 11:19 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Pro League champions to get World Cup, Olympic berths

While the winners of Season 5 (2023-24) and 6 (2024-25) will qualify for the 2026 World Cup, the champions of Season 7 (2025-26) and 8 (2026-27) and will earn a berth for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Indian hockey team in action.(PTI)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Satwik-Chirag beat All England champs, march into quarters

This was their second victory in as many meetings against the world No 14 duo, having earlier beaten them at the Swiss Open in Basel in March.

Chirag Shetty (L) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (AP)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 11:05 PM IST

Inspired by IPL's fan connect, says NBA Asia boss

“We cannot take fandom for granted. We are inspired by and have tremendous respect for cricket and for the IPL," Ramez Sheikh, NBA Asia MD, said.

Ramez Sheikh, the Managing Director of NBA Asia and India
Published on Oct 08, 2022 09:38 PM IST
By, Abu Dhabi

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis keen to play in India

Known for his speed, strength, and ball-handling, Giannis is currently one of NBA's most dominant players, who also guided the Bucks to a historic second NBA crown last year, 50 years after they won their first in 1971.

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo attends a press conference.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 07, 2022 10:30 PM IST

We have plans to return to India for pre-season games, says NBA commissioner

NBA held two international pre-season games at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai in October 2019, featuring Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings. It was the first and only time NBA held its international games in India.

National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner Adam Silver
Published on Oct 06, 2022 10:20 PM IST
By, Abu Dhabi
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