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

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IND vs ENG 1st Test: Sublime KL Rahul steps up, Ravindra Jadeja extends agony

Thanks to their efforts, India ended Day 2 of the Hyderabad Test against England with a healthy lead of 175 runs

India’s Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul during Day 2 of 1st Test match against England, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday(ANI )
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 08:37 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Ben Stokes' counterattack keeps England in 1st Test against Team India

Almost every time, England are in crisis, the skipper steps up.

England's skipper Ben Stokes plays a shot(ANI )
Published on Jan 25, 2024 10:04 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

India's bowlers blunt England's Bazball instinct

The visitors made a quick start but were quickly brought back to the ground by the spinners.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of England's Ben Duckett (BCCI-X)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 08:43 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

The Ashwin, Jadeja double act awaits England in Hyderabad

The spinners have dominated the opposition with the ball while their batting too can frustrate England in the five-Test series.

Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin(PTI)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 09:12 PM IST

The Rohit template for young India batters, ultra-aggressive England

The India skipper dominated the England bowlers at home in 2021, which holds lessons for others looking to make a mark on turning tracks.

India's captain Rohit Sharma with teammate Mohammed Siraj during a practice session (PTI)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 08:47 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

IND vs ENG, 1st Test: McCullum prepares England for Bazball party

The Hyderabad wicket looks like it will assist spinners but count on the tourists to play their shots.

England's coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes during a practice session (PTI)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 10:38 PM IST

India grapple with transition question during the England series

With no Kohli for the first two Tests, focus is on a batting unit that is largely inexperienced in facing an international bowling attack on home turners

India's Axar Patel, KS Bharat, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mukesh Kumar during a practice session (PTI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 07:34 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

India begin U-19 World Cup defence with tough opener

Focus once again on the future as India face Bangladesh in Bloemfontein

Bangladesh captain Mahfuzur Rahman Rabby and India skipper Uday Saharan pose with the Under-19 World Cup(ICC)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 10:30 PM IST

U-19 World Cup: Musheer Khan looks to emulate brother Sarfaraz Khan

Sarfaraz led the batting for 2016 runners-up India; all-rounder Musheer is ready for the South Africa edition starting on Friday.

Mumbai player Sarfaraz Khan celebrates his century on the first day of the Ranji Trophy cricket match against Delhi(PTI)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 08:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

I thrive on competition: Shreyas Iyer

The batter sees any jockeying for an India middle-order slot positively, on turning tracks expected for the England Tests starting on January 25.

Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer during a practice session (PTI)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 11:20 PM IST

Mulani happy to spin it for Mumbai

The amount of bowling I've done in the past two years shows I am fit enough to give those hard yards: Shams Mulani

Mulani helped bundle out Andhra for 184 runs with splendid figures of 24-5-65-6(MCA)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 11:10 PM IST

Hanuma Vihari quits Andhra captaincy, wants to fully focus on batting

The 30-year-old hasn't played for India since July 2022.

Hanuma Vihari wants to move on from captaincy(Getty)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 10:16 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ishan incredible talent, needs sensitive handling: Saba Karim

Sitting out continuously can be tough on a player, especially when he has done well. The 'keeper-batter's case raises questions

Ishan Kishan during the 2023 Asia Cup(AP)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 10:23 PM IST

Hit on head by ball from another match, cricketer dies at Mumbai ground

Savla, a businessman from Bhayandar, was immediately rushed to Sion Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival

Matches being played at Matunga’s Major Dhadkar Maidan on Tuesday. The risk at Mumbai’s maidans is that the matches are played on pitches adjacent to each other. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 03:11 PM IST

Hit by ball, cricketer dies during match at Matunga ground

The position Savla was fielding at was very close to another game being played at the adjacent Dadar Parsee Colony pitch. Savla had no time to react when the batter near him played a powerful pull shot in his direction. The ball struck the back of his head as he instinctively turned around

The deceased, Jayesh Savla, 52, was part of the Kutchi Community’s cricket tournament for veterans being played at Dadar Union Sporting Club.
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 09:22 AM IST
BySanjjeev K Samyal

Hearing loss no handicap for young Mumbai batter Harshal Jadhav

The 22-year-old has been named vice-captain of Mumbai’s Under-23 team on the back of sterling scores in local tournaments

Hearing loss no handicap for young Mumbai batter Harshal Jadhav
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 07:40 AM IST
BySanjjeev K Samyal

India's top-order need to do it like Dean Elgar

In tough conditions, the team counts on the top three to put a price on their wicket and see off the new ball

India's Rohit Sharma during a practice session ahead of the second Test cricket match between India and South Africa, at Newlands Cricket Ground, in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Jan. 2(PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 10:54 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Tough lesson: India's pacers spin out of control

India's template of success in overseas conditions was built on bowling as a unit and maintaining pressure

India's Shardul Thakur reacts after bowling a delivery(PTI)
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 07:11 PM IST

Rohit will look to set his SA record right

The India skipper has averaged just 15.38 across four Tests in the Rainbow nation

India's Rohit Sharma during a practice session.(PTI)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 11:21 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Why pace won the day at the IPL auction

About two-thirds of the total spend ( ₹154.5cr) was on pace bowlers and given their impact of late, it seems like a safe bet.

Australian cricketers Mitchell Starc (L) and team captain Pat Cummins pose with the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Trophy (AFP)
Published on Dec 20, 2023 09:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Sunrisers, KKR splash money, CSK make smart buys

SRH's focus on getting Cummins was to ensure a top skipper as well while CSK got Daryl Mitchell for a vital middle-order role

CSK purchased Daryl Mitchell.(AFP)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 11:26 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL auction: For some teams, it's more than a mini auction

Every season a team must its best foot forward, ready to make massive bids. The auction has become important to send the right signals to the market and fans

At the auction table, you want to show you're picking the right players
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 12:17 AM IST

Hardik Pandya replaces Rohit Sharma as Mumbai Indians skipper

Rohit Sharma captained MI from 2013 to 2023 and won five IPL titles

It now remains to be seen whether the change in leadership at MI will have a bearing on the Indian T20 team as well(MI )
Published on Dec 15, 2023 11:15 PM IST

Though timing a tad off, Vijay Hazare Trophy still counts

Holding the domestic 50-over event before the World Cup would have been great for the build-up, says Pravin Amre

Those dreaming of playing international cricket in the 50-over format can show their stuff in Vijay Hazare(AP)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 07:36 PM IST
By, Mumbai

India mourning World Cup loss face Aussies again in T20 series

Barely four days after the final heartbreak, depleted India face Aussie players who have had to postpone victory celebrations

Indian cricket captain Suryakumar Yadav attends a training session on the eve of the first T20 cricket match between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam, India, Wednesday(AP)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 09:38 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Big-hitting Shreyas solves an India World Cup problem

His form at No.4 -- a vital slot that gave India headache in the 2019 edition – is a big boost ahead of Sunday’s final versus Australia

Shreyas Iyer during a practice session at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. (AFP)
Published on Nov 19, 2023 01:22 AM IST

Shami makes it seam easy

On a pitch where all the other pacers struggled, the right-arm pacer produced a performance for the ages

India's Mohammed Shami poses for a picture with the ball after the team's victory against New Zealand
(ICC Twitter)
Published on Nov 16, 2023 09:38 PM IST
By, Mumbai

'Still believe in pitching it up and taking wickets': Shami

It boiled down to Mohammed Shami’s superb effort of 7/57 to extinguish the New Zealand fightback in their gallant chase of India’s total of 397/4.

Mohammed Shami celebrates a dismissal of New Zealand during their match in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, at Wankhede Stadium(ICC-X)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 11:52 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shami, Kohli lead India to thrilling win over New Zealand, into World Cup final

The pacer captured 7/57 after Kohli’s record 50th ODI century as India won the semis by 70 runs despite Daryl Mitchell’s 134

Virat Kohli celebrates India's win against New Zealand at the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup(AFP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 04:48 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Rachin, New Zealand's X-factor at World Cup

The young batter’s heroics at this World Cup has installed him as the story of this World Cup after being promoted to open.

New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra during a practice session ahead of the semi-final match against India (ICC Twitter)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 11:18 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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