Sanjjeev K Samyal

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

Articles by Sanjjeev K Samyal

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

Virat Kohli masterclass versus Sri Lanka in India’s record ODI win

His sizzling 166* and opener Shubman Gill’s 117 set up an ODI record 317-run win in the third ODI against hapless Sri Lanka for a 3-0 series sweep

India's Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the third one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram.(AP)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 10:52 PM IST

India finally getting the bowling attack right

After the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup setbacks, picking the right set of bowlers is paying off as this Sri Lanka white-ball series is showing

India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando during the 2nd ODI match between India and Sri Lanka, at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.(ANI )
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 09:27 PM IST

Just decided I don’t have any problem against the short ball: Shreyas

The India batter talks about overcoming challenges for a solid 2022 and looks forward to a big year with the Australia Tests and ODI World Cup.

Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer attends a training session(AP)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 01:04 AM IST
By, Mumbai

India pacers Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik set up two-run win over Sri Lanka

Defending a modest total, spinner Axar Patel held his nerves in the final over to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series

Shivam Mavi celebrates a dismissal during the 1st T20 against Sri Lanka(ANI)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 11:26 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Mission T20 revamp for India under Hardik Pandya vs Sri Lanka

After the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup debacles, a young side under Hardik Pandya will aim to impose itself against the strong islanders

Hardik Pandya leads the Indian team onto the field during the T20I series against New Zealand in November 2022.(AFP/File Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 08:52 PM IST
By, Mumbai

For Suryakumar Yadav, T20 vice-captaincy is reward for batting impact

The blazing batter from Mumbai hit another fine knock in Ranji Trophy against Saurashtra, missing a century but raising hopes of a Test spot

Suryakumar Yadav in action(AFP)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 03:47 PM IST

Rahul, Kohli failures in India’s top order flop

Despite the 2-0 Test series win in Bangladesh, Indian shaky batters have plenty to ponder as the mega home series versus Australia approaches

 KL Rahul (AFP)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 09:41 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer steer nervy India home in Mirpur Test

Their unbroken 71-run eighth wicket stand dragged India across the line with the three-wicket win helping seal the series versus Bangladesh 2-0

India's Ravichandran Ashwin, left, and Shreyas Iyer celebrates after scoring the final run to beat Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second cricket test match, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 25, 2022 08:31 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Cliffhanger in store as India top-order stumbles in chase of 145

Mehidy Hasan Miraz takes three wickets in the final session as India need another 100 for victory with six wickets in hand

India's Virat Kohli (C) reacts after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz during the third day of the second cricket Test match between Bangladesh and India
Published on Dec 24, 2022 08:28 PM IST

IND vs BAN: Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer save the day for India

The visitors were struggling at 94/4 before the 159-run stand between the duo got them back in the game

Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer during Day 2 of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh(AP)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 11:10 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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