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

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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

World Cup 2023, semifinal: India primed to settle scores with New Zealand

Rohit and Co will aim to make amends for the 2019 World Cup semi-final exit at the Wankhede though the hosts are wary of how the Kiwis can surprise in knockouts

India will meet New Zealand in the ODI World Cup semi-finals for the second successive time. (File)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shutting out ‘big’ overs will be key against India: Lockie Ferguson

The Kiwi speedster says reading the Wankhede pitch and adjusting, be it batting or bowling, will influence their semi-final performance

KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between India and Netherlands at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru(PTI)
Published on Nov 13, 2023 11:15 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Dravid and Co. inspect Wankhede pitch ahead of World Cup semis vs NZ

Chief coach Rahul Dravid, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and batting coach Vikram Rathour also spoke to the Wankhede groundstaff.

India's captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session(PTI)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 11:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Data driven: How Mhambrey's work is helping Shami & Co

The bowlers are doing the job on the field but the tactical inputs provided behind the scenes are making a crucial difference

India's bowling coach Paras Mhambrey during a training session (AP)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, , Mumbai, New Delhi

World Cup 2023: Mohammed Siraj comes back up to speed

The Hyderabad pacer had struggled for a couple of games but roared back into form against Sri Lanka.

India's Mohammed Siraj in full flow(ANI )
Published on Nov 03, 2023 05:46 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Winning rhythm and the Blues

India become first team to qualify for the semi-finals after crushing Sri Lanka by 302 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.

India's Mohammed Shami celebrates with Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Charith Asalanka, caught by Ravindra Jadeja(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 11:10 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Cricket lessons: Rohit, Thakur's school is now lording it over Mumbai

The remarkable thing about Rohit’s school, Swami Vivekanand International, is that the success has been achieved without a full-fledged cricket field

India's Rohit Sharma before practice (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 02, 2023 10:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

India set up a Wankhede re-run with struggling Sri Lanka

In 2011, the hosts overcame the islanders in the final to win the World Cup. This time, the focus will be more to finetune their side against a reeling side

India's captain Rohit Sharma during a practice session ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Sri Lanka(PTI)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 12:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

CWC 23: Staying original - the key to Rohit Sharma’s rise

As Rohit walks out to bat at the Wankhede on Thursday, he will rekindle the memories among all those who have seen him grow and become this mega cricket star

Rohit Sharma during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and England at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow,(PTI)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 11:13 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Stage set for India vs South Africa World Cup blockbuster at Eden: Graeme Smith

The former SA captain says the match between World Cup's top teams will be an occasion to remember for SA players

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith(Getty)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 10:29 PM IST

Pakistan’s World Cup woe: Batters not cashing in

Not batting full 50 overs in four of their six matches has hurt Pakistan with even skipper Babar Azam frittering away starts

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam leaves the field after being dismissed during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan in Chennai(AP)
Published on Oct 28, 2023 08:42 PM IST
By, Mumbai

SA beat Pakistan by 1 wicket in a thriller

SA held their nerve while Pakistan lost theirs in a match that had everyone on the edge of their seats

Players shake hands after the match between South Africa and India in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday
(ANI)
Published on Oct 27, 2023 11:50 PM IST
By, Mumbai

From Zampa to Rashid: Googly masters have batters in a spin

They line up as leg-break bowlers but their googlies are doing more than a fair share of damage.

Australia's bowler Adam Zampa celebrates with teammate Josh Inglis after taking the wicket of Netherlands' batter Roelof van der Merwe during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match(PTI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2023 10:31 PM IST
By, Lucknow

World Cup: Another Quinton show buries Bangladesh in heap of runs

The SA opener’s third century of the ODI World Cup, 140-ball 174, saw the team amass 382 before completing a 149-run victory at the Wankhede Stadium.

South Africa's Quinton de Kock raises his bat as he celebrates his century during their match against Bangladesh(ANI )
Published on Oct 24, 2023 11:13 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Entertaining South Africa set for another dazzling show

There’s no South African in the list of top five batters or bowlers but collectively, they have been unstoppable.

South Africa's Gerald Coetzee (L) speaks during a practice session(AFP)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 10:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Not just batting and bowling, India winning on the field too

The match against Bangladesh, on Thursday, saw the home team put up another inspired effort with Jadeja's catch stealing the show

Ravindra Jadeja, center, fields a ball plays a shot during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangladesh in Pune(AP)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 10:02 PM IST

Pandya's injury throws a spanner in India's plans

The allrounder provides a crucial balance and skipper Rohit will hope he is back in action soon

Hardik Pandya falls to the ground after injuring his left ankle during their match against Bangladesh in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023
(ICC Twitter)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 05:31 PM IST

Against Australia, Pakistan will look to make amends

The defeat against India would hit Babar's team hard but they can still get their campaign back on track.

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam with teammates Muhammad Rizwan and Haris Rauf during a practice session ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 (PTI)
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Bangladesh will run into a different KL Rahul

When the two sides had clashed the last few times, the batter had seemed hesitant but the injury break helped him turn over a new leaf

Ahmedabad: India's KL Rahul plays a shot during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Pakistan(PTI)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 08:41 PM IST

2011, Motera and a big, big win for India

After Rohit & Co's superb win over Pakistan at Ahmedabad, Men In Blue will hope they too go all the way and emulate the batch of 2011.

After snaring two crucial wickets, Yuvraj played a special knock, making an unbeaten 57, combining with Raina (34*) to help the hosts clinch the game(AP)
Published on Oct 17, 2023 11:41 PM IST
By, Mumbai

World Cup 2023: New Zealand show setbacks can’t slow their momentum

No Kane Williamson, no problem. No Tim Southee, no problem. The Kiwis have motored on in this ODI World Cup in their latest show of resilience

New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson (L) and Devon Conway run between the wickets during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between New Zealand and Bangladesh(AFP)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 12:19 AM IST
BySanjjeev K Samyal, Mumbai

NZ quick Trent Boult unlocks the knuckle ball, hits 200 ODI wickets

The left-arm paceman has honed his skills on subcontinent pitches, remaining an IPL regular as well.

New Zealand's Trent Boult(AFP)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 07:35 PM IST

NZ cruise to another easy win

The Kiwis won by 8 wickets but Williamson picked up a freak injury as well

Kane Williamson retired hurt during New Zealand's run chase.
(Blackcaps Twitter)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 11:59 PM IST
By, Mumbai

That empty feeling at the World Cup

Vast swathes of vacant seats have been the norm in games that don’t feature India.

India fans during the match between Indian and Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, at Arun Jaitley Stadium
(ANI)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 08:04 PM IST
By, , Mumbai, Kolkata

Enigmatic Pakistan stay true to form

Babar Azam's team didn't have their best day against the Netherlands but you never know when they will turn it on.

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam, right, and Fakhar Zaman celebrates the dismissal of Netherlands' Vikram Singh during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match(AP)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 07:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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