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

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Boult, Chahal combine as Rajasthan thrash struggling Mumbai Indians at IPL 2024

Royals notched up their third straight win while 5-time champions MI suffered their third defeat to pile pressure on skipper Hardik Pandya.

Rajasthan Royals bowler Trent Boult celebrates the wicket of Mumbai Indians batter Naman Dhir (PTI)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 11:56 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL: Focus on Hardik Pandya in MI's first home game

Already under fire from fans after replacing Rohit Sharma as skipper, he will have to turn things around against RR

Hardik Pandya will play first match at Wankhede Stadium on return to Mumbai Indians.(ANI)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 08:57 PM IST

For SRH, Head comes to the party right away

Playing his first game of the season, the Australian hammered a brilliant 62 to set his team on the path to reaching an IPL record total against MI

Travis Head plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians(AFP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:25 AM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL 2024: SRH sink MI with a ton of runs

Sunrisers hammer an IPL record 277, capped by Klaasen's 80 off 34 balls, to beat MI by 31 runs in Hyderabad.

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 31 runs.
Published on Mar 28, 2024 12:13 AM IST

IPL 2024: CSK game plan, always simple and successful

Execution has been the key to MS Dhoni's spin-oriented tactics clicking, especially on Chennai's home turf.

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni with teammates during the IPL 2023 match (PTI)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 10:12 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Familiar MS Dhoni buzz as champs CSK get ready to go again in IPL

He stamped his class again in 2023, leading Chennai to a record-equalling fifth title. The who after Dhoni question though lingers.

MS Dhoni practices at the CSK nets(CSK/X)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 08:32 PM IST

IPL: Hardik Pandya seeks player honesty with workload in focus

There will barely be a week's gap between the T20 league and the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA

Mumbai Indians' captain Hardik Pandya addresses a press conference.(AFP)
Published on Mar 18, 2024 10:31 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Sunil Gavaskar interview: ‘It was tough to meet expectations that were raised’

It’s been close to 54 years since the record-breaking debut, but in the years that have gone by since, no Indian batter has bettered it

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar speaks about his record-breaking outing in debut Test series against the West Indies(HT Archives)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 06:41 AM IST

50 years of Wankhede: Looking back at some wonder games

Mumbai's cricket hub has seen so many memorable games down the decades. HT selects a few for you

Wankhede has hosted many thrilling matches -- the biggest in Indian cricket was the 2011 World Cup final triumph over Sri Lanka.
Published on Mar 12, 2024 10:55 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ranji Trophy final: Lower-order resilience Mumbai's abiding story

Knocking off the top- and middle-order has still left rival bowlers in dismay, so consistently have the tail-enders stood up with the bat.

Players of Mumbai look at the big screen during a DRS appeal on the first day of a Ranji Trophy semi-final cricket match between Tamil Nadu and Mumbai(PTI)
Published on Mar 09, 2024 09:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

International players participation will help domestic teams get better: Dhawal

The Mumbai pacer, who has been part of four successful Ranji Trophy campaigns, will retire at the end of the 2024 season

Dhawal Kulkarni has played his part in the Mumbai team’s run to the Ranji Trophy final
Published on Mar 08, 2024 10:09 PM IST

Azad Maidan: A Mumbai cricket nursery like none other

Yashasvi, Sarfaraz are the latest examples of maidan link to the Mumbai school of batting.

While most maidan grounds have short boundaries, at Azad Maidan and Shivaji Park one will have to do a lot of running to accumulate runs(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 05, 2024 10:02 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ranji Trophy: Shreyas Iyer and the battle of perception

There's no doubting his quality and he is a proven performer but he needs to show he is committed to the cause.

Shreyas Iyer played in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu.
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 11:59 PM IST

Mumbai thrash divided Tamil Nadu, enter 48th Ranji Trophy final

After the innings defeat in the semis inside 3 days, TN coach Sulakshan Kulkarni blames skipper R Sai Kishore for choosing to bat on a seaming Mumbai pitch.

Mumbai record-extending 48th Ranji Trophy final.
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 06:27 AM IST

Need schedule relook, more breaks between Ranji games: Shardul Thakur

Ranji Trophy started on January 5 and the final is from March 10. There are three days between every match with the semifinal ending on March 6.

Mumbai's Shardul Thakur celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Tamil Nadu's Vijay Shankar (PTI)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 10:24 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ranji Trophy: Shardul leads Mumbai counter vs TN with maiden ton

His 104-ball 109 has put struggling Mumbai 207 runs ahead at 353/9, after TN skipper Sai Kishore's six-wicket haul.

Shardul Thakur scored 109 runs against Tamil Nadu
Published on Mar 03, 2024 07:10 PM IST

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai pacers hunt in a pack, dismiss Tamil Nadu for 146

Deshpande and Thakur struck vital blows as TN were 146 all out; in reply, Mumbai were 45/2 at stumps on Day 1 of the Ranji semi-finals at the BKC ground

Mumbai's Shardul Thakur celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Tamil Nadu's Vijay Shankar(PTI)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 07:59 PM IST

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai, Tamil Nadu set for a heavyweight clash

Both teams have most of their best players back for the Ranji Trophy semi-final

Mumbai's line-up boasts of Ajinkya Rahane, Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw and rising star Musheer Khan (PTI)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 10:29 PM IST

The RR template that helped Yashasvi Jaiswal and Dhruv Jurel reach next level

Good things are happening at the Royals' High Performance Center in Talegaon and the results are already showing

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal, left and Dhruv Jurel(AP)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Mumbai reach Ranji Trophy semis on basis of first-innings lead over Baroda

Tanush Kotian, Tushar Deshpande hit centuries in a rare effort as Mumbai edge out Baroda on first-innings lead and enter semis.

Tanush Kotian and Tushar Deshpande hit centuries
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 08:36 PM IST

Ranji Trophy: Baroda skipper Solanki shows his fight against Mumbai

The domestic stalwart top-scored with 136, and with fellow centurion Shashwat Rawat let Mumbai take only a 36-run first innings lead on Day 3 of the quarters

Baroda resumed their overnight score from 90/3. Well-settled batters, P Rana and Ansh Gosai, made a partnership of 154 and took the score to 197. (HT File)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 10:30 PM IST

Musheer Khan's double ton helps Mumbai to 384

The U-19 World Cup batter and younger brother of Sarfaraz Khan hit 203 to boost Mumbai on Day 2 in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda

Mumbai batter Musheer Khan got his maiden first-class double ton.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 09:09 PM IST

Ranji Trophy: Musheer Khan's gritty 128 helps Mumbai recover

The 41-times Ranji champs were tottering at 90/4 before the younger Khan showed what he is all about

Mumbai: Mumbai batter Musheer Khan celebrates his century during a Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Baroda(PTI)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 09:15 PM IST

Ranji Trophy: Some tantalising match-ups in the KO rounds

Mumbai hasn’t put a foot wrong in the league stage but their first five-day game of the season could test them in a different way

Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during the third day of the Ranji Trophy cricket match between Saurashtra and Vidarbha(PTI)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 10:02 PM IST

Tushar Deshpande, Mumbai's tireless pacer with MS Dhoni's helping hand

His showing for India A, Mumbai -- in their run to the Ranji Trophy quarters -- and CSK keeps him on course for future India selection

Chennai Super Kings' Tushar Deshpande(Chennai Super Kings Twitter)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 12:12 AM IST
By, Mumbai

India vs England: The father-son dream that came true in Rajkot

Naushad Khan was emotional on Thursday seeing his son, Sarfaraz, make his Test debut and score 62 against England

Naushad has invested so much in Sarfaraz that the latter knew he simply couldn’t fail. (PTI)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 09:30 PM IST

Rajkot pointers: India, England will need to be brave

The pitch at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium is usually good for batting and that will mean that the teams will have their work cut out

India's captain Rohit Sharma (L) and India's Jasprit Bumrah (R) congratulate Kuldeep Yadav (2nd R) after he took the wicket of England's Zak Crawley during the fourth day of the second Test (AFP)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 10:55 PM IST

India vs England: Jasprit Bumrah and James Anderson have lit up Test series

The first Indian pacer to become the No.1 ICC Test bowler and his rivalry with England's all-time great is adding spice to a Test series that stands at 1-1.

India’s Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of England's Ben Foakes (ANI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 10:21 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Tom Hartley: The latest rookie to give India a headache

Son of Bill Hartley, who won 4 x 400m European Championship gold in 1974, the tall 24-year-old player from Lancashire hasn't found immediate success in cricket

England's Tom Hartley, who took 7 wickets in the second innings, celebrates after winning the first Test cricket match vs India.(PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 10:04 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

Time for Shubman Gill to step up after timid show in Hyderabad

His struggle against left-arm spin continues after being dismissed by England debutant Tom Hartley in both innings in the Hyderabad Test

India's Shubman Gill, in the foreground, walks back to the pavilion as England players celebrate his dismissal during the second day of their first cricket test in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Jan. 26(AP)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 09:58 PM IST
By, Hyderabad
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