Sanjjeev K Samyal

Sanjjeev K Samyal heads the sports team in Mumbai and anchors HT’s cricket coverage.

Articles by Sanjjeev K Samyal

After a free fall, SKY anxious to soar again

The MI man who gives bowlers the shivers is himself coming off an ODI low against Australia as he goes up against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

Suryakumar Yadav with Kieron Pollard(MI)
Published on Apr 01, 2023 08:09 PM IST

We have told the players to look after their bodies during IPL: Rohit Sharma

With the World Test Championship final scheduled soon after the IPL ends, there is an extra emphasis on getting the workload management right

Mumbai Indians' cricket team captain Rohit Sharma speaks during a news conference in Mumbai on March 29, 2023. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE(AFP)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 09:08 PM IST

MI await Jofra Archer’s long-awaited IPL return

The England fast bowler didn’t play IPL last year while recovering from injury, but will be vital in the absence of the injured Jasprit Bumrah.

File photo of Jofra Archer.(AP)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 09:03 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Australia bank on allrounder to tilt the balance

The visitors have a plethora of pace allrounders in their squad but will that help them beat India?

Australia's Mitchell Marsh(AP)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 09:35 PM IST
By, Mumbai

The dream team

With Ashwin and Jadeja in their element, India are almost impossible to beat at home

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, when operating together in India, makes life as difficult for batters as some of the great bowling pairs have done in the past(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 08:21 PM IST

IND vs AUS: Four on the trot

The Ahmedabad Test ended in a dull draw even as India beat Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy again

Indian players pose with the Border-Gavaskar trophy after winning the series 2-1(AFP)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

I batted the way I wanted, says Axar Patel

He had planned how to tackle spin on turning tracks against Australia, but was pleased after coming good on a slow Ahmedabad pitch with Virat Kohli.

Axar Patel(PTI)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 11:00 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Kohli century ends an agonising three-year wait

His 28th Test ton, an uncharacteristically watchful effort, was his first since November, 2019. It has given India the chance to put Australia under pressure on the final day of the Ahmedabad Test

Virat Kohli(AP)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 09:34 PM IST

Lyon hoping Australia can repeat the 2022 heroics in Pakistan

India are 2-1 up in the series and the pitch is playing well after three days in the final Test, but the off-spinner believes things can change dramatically late and ensure a result

Australia's Nathan Lyon chat with his captain Steve Smith during the third day of the fourth cricket test match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, March 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)(AP)
Published on Mar 11, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Shubman Gill taps into power of mind for a classy ton

The opener’s 128 steers India to 289/3 in reply to Australia’s 480 at stumps on Day 3 of the Ahmedabad Test against Australia. Virat Kohli (59*) scored his first Test fifty for 14 months

Ahmedabad: Indian batter Shubman Gill celebrates his century during the 3rd day of the fourth test cricket match between India and Australia, at Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, Saturday, March 11, 2023. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav) (PTI03_11_2023_000227B)(PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2023 09:37 PM IST

I felt completely happy in my own cocoon: Ashwin

The off-spinner's 6-91 kept India in the game after the Khawaja-Green stand had pushed them into a corner

R Ashwin bowls during Day 2 of the 4th Test between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad(PTI)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Australia get the rub of Green

The big allrounder missed the first two Tests but his return to fitness has helped the visitors find the right balance

Cameron Green celebrates his century during Day 2 of the 4th Test between Australia and India at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad(ANI)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 09:08 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Pressure on Axar the bowler to come good

The spinner was India's go-to bowler the last time he played in Ahmedabad but has struggled to pick up wickets in this series.

India's Axar Patel bowls during the Day 1 of the 4th Test Match against Australia, at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 10:39 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

With measured grace, Khawaja shines bright

The left-hander spent his first two tours of India carrying drinks but is now showing Australia the way.

Australia's Usman Khawaja, right, jumps into the air while celebrating his century (AP)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 09:23 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Stand-in skipper Smith steps up to make amends

It is no coincidence that Nathan Lyon came into his own in the third Test as Steve Smith stepped in to captain filling in for Pat Cummins.

Australian captain Steve Smith on Day 1 of the 3rd cricket Test match between India and Australia(PTI)
Published on Mar 08, 2023 10:29 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Stage set for a fascinating finale

On a more even pitch in Ahmedabad, the final Test promises a fierce battle between India, coming off a rare home defeat, and rejuvenated Australia.

India's head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma after the 3rd Test match against Australia(ANI)
Published on Mar 08, 2023 10:08 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Rahul Dravid blames turning tracks on rush to reach WTC final

India's coach says teams are desperate to win at home because it fetches 12 points while a draw means only 4 points in the race to the World Test Championship final

Nagpur and Delhi were rated ‘average’ by the ICC Match Referee and Indore was adjudged ‘poor’(Siddharaj Solanki)
Updated on Mar 07, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Ravindra Jadeja: Driven by unshakeable belief

Jadeja trusts himself to shine when the team needs him to and that is a huge part of his success story.

India's Ravindra Jadeja displays the ball after taking seven wickets as he walks back pavilion at the end of Australian second inning (AP)
Published on Mar 07, 2023 09:39 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

How Lyon put India on the back foot

The off-spinner's match-winning display at Indore means the hosts no longer hold all the aces.

Australian bowler Nathan Lyon shows the ball after scalping 8 wickets during the 2nd day of the 3rd Test (PTI)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 09:51 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Smriti Mandhana hopes WPL does for women’s cricket what IPL did for men

“Women’s cricket is at the stage where people can connect more with us because we are still growing; we want to grow to a level where everyone knows us,” says RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana ahead of their first WPL game.

Smriti Mandhana(PTI)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 09:56 PM IST

IPL 2023: Abdul Samad hopes to find finishing form again

The gifted stroke maker was let down by his shot selection last season but hopes to make amends this time around

Abdul Samad has done a good amount of work on this aspect of his game.
Published on Feb 27, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Brad Hogg on why Ashwin, Jadeja have Australia in a spin

The key to the series was always going be how Smith and Labuschagne, Australia’s two most accomplished batters, would counter the spin threat.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin during the 2nd Test.(PTI)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 09:24 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Cheteshwar Pujara interview: 'Your reaction to setbacks defines you as a person'

As Pujara gets set to play the 100th Test of his career, he speaks about the journey and what he has learned along the way

Cheteshwar Pujara reacts during Day 1 of Nagpur Test(PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 08:30 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Indian women’s cricket steps out of the crease

Regionally, the Karnataka State Cricket Association and Baroda Cricket Association have a good set-up for women’s cricket. But, if you happen to be a young girl aspiring to make a mark in cricket, Mumbai is the place to be. Two tournaments have already been conducted in the city this season and a couple of others are to follow

Mumbai, India - February 02, 2023: Girls practising cricket at Wings Sports Centre, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West), in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, February 02, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 12, 2023 12:29 AM IST
BySanjjeev K Samyal

Can't just play for survival on turning tracks: Dilip Vengsarkar

The former India captain offered insight on the current way to bat on ‘dustbowls’.

Former India cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 10:31 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Can Virat Kohli, Steve Smith rule again?

The two top batters of their generation have shown encouraging signs of regaining form -- Kohli with a calm mindset and Smith with a tweak in his technique

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith
Published on Feb 06, 2023 08:35 PM IST
By, Mumbai

In the fitness of things

Skill is a pre-requisite in sports but in the current era, that may not be enough

Image used for representational purpose(Getty Images)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 09:20 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ranji Trophy: Kedar Jadhav gives a reminder of his class

His superb 128 at the Brabourne Stadium against Mumbai helped Maharashtra finish Day 1 on 314/6

Kedar Jadhav(Twitter/CricHagrid)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 09:37 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Sarwate’s six-for helps Vidarbha script historic win

Gujarat get bundled out for 54 while chasing 73, the lowest target successfully defended in first-class cricket in India

Sarwate marked his 50th first-class match with figures of 15.3-6-17-6 after his 5/64 in the first innings for a match haul of 11/81.(PTI)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 10:34 PM IST

From Shubman Gill to Mohammed Siraj: Top ODI contenders are making their move

There are openings in the Indian team and the top contenders are making their move

Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill
Published on Jan 16, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram
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