Sanjjeev K Samyal

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

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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

IPL Auction: How Vivrant Sharma went from being SRH net bowler to their big punt

The 23-year-old J&K allrounder has impressed in domestic cricket this season but can he carry forward that form to the IPL?

Vivrant Sharma(twitter)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 10:40 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IND vs BAN 2nd Test: Umesh shines as Kuldeep gets benched

The left-arm wrist spinner was India's best bowler in the first Test but couldn't find a place in the playing XI for the second match

Umesh Yadav in action on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh(ANI)
Published on Dec 22, 2022 08:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IND vs BAN 2nd Test: Confident India eye more WTC points

Skipper KL Rahul took a blow on the hand during nets but is expected to play the Mirpur Test

KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rishab Pant celebrate the dismissal of Najmul Shanto during the Day 4 of the 1st Test(BCCI Twitter)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 10:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

A new spin: Kuldeep Yadav finds his rhythm

The wrist-spinner could be a regular match-winner for India but his performances haven't always matched up to his potential.

Kuldeep Yadav shows the ball after taking five wicket during the first Test cricket match day third between Bangladesh and India (AP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 09:34 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Full house: Why women's cricket is bringing in the crowds

The overall fan turnout and interest during the India vs Australia series is a good sign for the Women’s IPL next year too.

India's Deepti Sharma (L) and Renuka Singh Thakur celebrate after the dismissal of Australia's Alyssa Healy (not pictured) during the second women�s Twenty20 international cricket match between India and Australia at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on December 11, 2022. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-----(AFP)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 05:35 PM IST
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Shafali's lone hand in vain as Australia win third T20I

The opener hit a fine half century but India fail to chase Australia's 172

3rd T20I: Australia Women defeated India Women in Mumbai.(PTI)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 11:02 PM IST

Breaking bad: Why are so many Indian cricketers getting injured?

Too many formats, too much cricket, botched-up recoveries or simply not enough fitness work?

India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, coach Rahul Dravid, center and Rahul Chahar attend a training session ahead of their second one day international cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka(AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 08:53 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Australia canter to nine-wicket win over India

Beth Mooney smashes unbeaten 89 as visitors chase down 173 to go 1-0 up in five-match T20I series

Aussie batters made India pay for their misfields with opener Beth Mooney smashing 89 not out off 57 balls
Published on Dec 09, 2022 10:55 PM IST

Unadkat Interview: Domestic cricket has become more challenging because of IPL

Saurashtra have transformed into a formidable force and their captain has played a huge role in this change

Jaydev Unadkat(Getty)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 04:12 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shreyas Iyer rises to the short-ball challenge

The Mumbai batter found the going tough for a while but is now starting to find his feet again

Shreyas Iyer's positive approach to the game has impressed experts. (BCCI Twitter)
Published on Dec 03, 2022 08:23 PM IST

How the Northeast can find its feet at the elite level

Ridiculing will not help. The BCCI needs a plan and here are some that might help

The teams from the Northeast can take confidence from the fact that it’s a path other state teams in Indian cricket have already tread (Getty Images)
Published on Nov 26, 2022 08:03 PM IST

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Players who caught the eye

N Jagadeeshan led the charts as a number of players on the periphery of national and IPL selection nets caught the eye during the group stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

This edition is going to be remembered for N Jagadeesan’s exploits(Twitter/LucknowIPL)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 08:06 PM IST

Time to reshape Rishabh Pant’s T20 batting approach

Outstanding in Tests and very effective in ODIs, the wicketkeeper-batter will be a fit in India’s T20 playing eleven if he rectifies his foot movement to avoid miscuing shots

Rishabh Pant in action for Team India.(ANI)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 12:24 AM IST

India pay the price for poor selection calls

The tame semi-final elimination in the T20 World Cup was due to poor planning and ignoring players who would have been far better suited to deliver.

India's Head Coach Rahul Dravid with skipper Rohit Sharma (ANI)
Published on Nov 13, 2022 11:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Twenty20 vision: India needs a new mindset and specialisation

The next T20 World Cup is in June 2024 in the Caribbean but the BCCI needs to start planning now.

England's skipper Jos Buttler shakes hands with Virat Kohli after beating India by 10 wickets during the Semi-Final match of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.(ANI)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 09:28 PM IST
By, , Mumbai/new Delhi

Suryakumar Yadav batting at 80-90 percent, he has even more shots: Sarfaraz Khan

The prolific Mumbai batter says senior teammate Suryakumar Yadav only got better waiting for India selection and backs him to bat even better in the T20 World Cup knockouts

Suryakumar Yadav and Sarfaraz Khan
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 10:54 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Suryakumar: Tune-up at Parsee Gymkhana, full throttle in Australia

The India batter’s sensational knocks at the T20 World Cup is the result of specific preparation at his Mumbai club, says ex-teammate and current Parsee Gymkhana coach Vinayak Mane

India's Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022(ANI)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 10:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

T20 World Cup: England seal nervy win over Sri Lanka, oust Australia

The result sent England and Group 1 toppers New Zealand through while Australia, who also finished with seven points for a three-way tie, were edged out due to inferior net run rate.

Ben Stokes (L) with Chris Woakes after the win(AAP Image via REUTERS)
Published on Nov 05, 2022 08:39 PM IST
By, Mumbai

For Sarfaraz, the wait for an India cap gets longer

Despite dominating domestic cricket over the last two seasons, the selectors have overlooked him for the tour of Bangladesh.

Sarfaraz Khan(PTI)
Published on Nov 02, 2022 09:09 PM IST

It's time to show that I deserve that spot: Gill after 55-ball 126

The knock silenced those who were questioning his selection in India’s T20 squad for the New Zealand series ahead of Shaw

Shubman Gill(BCCI Domestic)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 09:49 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Zimbabwe conjure up a miracle as Pakistan lose another thriller

Pakistan are in fifth spot in Group 2 after losing both their opening games

Zimbabwe players celebrate their victory over Pakistan at T20 World Cup(AFP)
Published on Oct 27, 2022 11:26 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Stoinis gives Sri Lanka the treatment

The Australia all-rounder tears into the bowling and steers the holders to a crucial seven-wicket victory in Perth, helping the hosts bounce back after defeat to NZ

T20 World Cup: Marcus Stoinis plays a shot during Australia's win vs Sri Lanka in Perth.(Twitter)
Updated on Oct 25, 2022 10:13 PM IST

Tendulkar's crucial warning for Rohit Sharma, Rahul on tackling Shaheen Afridi

He advises India’s top-order led by skipper Rohit Sharma how to stop the Pakistan spearhead in the high-profile T20 World Cup clash at the MCG on Sunday

Sachin Tendulkar(Getty)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 05:47 PM IST
By, Mumbai

The fine art of fielding in the T20 age

It is the great intangible in cricket. You can't put a number to it but if you mess up, you will pay a heavy price

Virat Kohli took a one-handed screamer and executed a brilliant run-out in the warm-up match against Australia(Twitter)
Updated on Oct 19, 2022 11:46 PM IST
By, Mumbai

No election is easy, no cricket match is easy: Sandeep Patil

Looking for a fresh challenge, the 66-year-old has decided to contest the Mumbai Cricket Association’s election for the president’s post from the Mumbai Cricket Group

Sandeep Patil speaks during an interaction.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Published on Oct 19, 2022 11:04 PM IST

Dissecting the ever-evolving T20 batting

Sanjay Bangar, former India all-rounder and batting coach, and now RCB head coach, breaks it down to show how it is much more than power-hitting in T20 cricket

Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot(ANI)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 08:39 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Sachin Tendulkar's sharp verdict on Shami replacing Bumrah in India's T20WC team

Ever since Bumrah was ruled out of the tournament, the Indian team management has been sweating over who will bowl in the slog overs

Jasorit Bumrah; Sachin Tendulkar; Mohammed Shami
Updated on Oct 18, 2022 07:45 AM IST
By, Mumbai

From slower balls to yorkers: The art of bowling in T20s

Former India bowling coach Bharat Arun breaks down what works and what doesn't in the slam-bang format

Bharat Arun (L) speak with Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah(Getty)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 08:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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