Sanjjeev K Samyal heads the sports team in Mumbai and anchors HT’s cricket coverage.
Articles by Sanjjeev K Samyal
Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh form the backbone of India’s batting but it will be their role as part-time bowlers that will be crucial to the team's fortunes in the game against SA today. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match reckoner
India have earned a lifeline with their win over Pakistan, but it will count for little if they fail to back it up with another strong showing against South Africa. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match reckoner
Arjuna Ranatunga's aversion to Twenty20 cricket is not new. It's only grown this season. If earlier he had cringed watching the game take roots in other parts of the cricketing world, this season he's seeing the wave of T20 sweep across his own country.
India, led by a superb unbeaten 78 from Virat Kohli, kept their Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive with an empathic eight-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super Eights on Sunday. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
Call it patriotism or passion, an India-Pak game evokes extreme reactions. The subcontinent will come to a halt today evening when the two nations go head-to-head in the ICC World T20. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match Reckoner
'Get Shane Watson and David Warner, get Australia; get Virat Kohli, get India,' declared a former Sri Lankan player as he arrived for the World Twenty20 games at the R Premadasa Stadium on Friday. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Click here for live scorecard
Captain MS Dhoni's decision to play five bowlers has its merits but whether India's best chance of winning the tournament lies without Sehwag is debatable.
Few captains would survive after losing all four Tests of a series twice in a season. MS Dhoni has been lucky that the K Srikkanth-led selection committee didn't perceive things from a normal perspective. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
It's been almost 10 days but the tournament proper begins today. The wheat has been separated from the chaff and the stage is set for the Super Eights in the World Twenty20. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
Cricket may be the most popular and lucrative game in Sri Lanka, but it is volleyball which enjoys the status of national sport. While rugby union also enjoys wide popularity, athletics, swimming, football and tennis aren’t too far behind.
Updated on Sep 26, 2012 12:34 AM IST
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There's something about English county cricket that brings the best out of Indian players, especially those struggling for motivation and form. Sanjjeev K Samyal writes. Back with a bang: Harbhajan Singh
Happy that Sunday night's hard work had paid off, the India players, deservedly, decided to put their feet up on Monday. While some of them chose to relax in the comfort of their rooms, others checked out the facilities at their plush Colombo hotel.
Updated on Sep 25, 2012 12:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySanjjeev K Samyal & Ajay Aggarwal, Colombo
What's in a name may be the popular refrain, but not when you want to somehow forget that unwanted past association. At the World Twenty20, the question that sprung to one's mind was whether the West Indies players were still associated with Stanford? Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
At the end of it, the Men in Blue came out with all guns blazing, with the bat and ball, while England will have to spend the next few days recalibrating their arsenal before the defending champions enter the Super Eights. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard
The teams have been playing here for nearly 10 days and it's Day Five of the tournament proper, but Saturday was the first time the R Premadasa Stadium saw a sizeable crowd in the stands. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
When the West Indies face Australia on Saturday, strategic inputs will come from Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
In Friday's training session, the India camp spent a few nervous moments when Sehwag took a blow on his right thumb while fending an awkward ball against the fast bowlers. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
As he knocked Shapoor Zadran’s delivery over the boundary on Wednesday evening, Yuvraj Singh not only announced his return in his characteristic style but also laid to rest the fears and uncertainties of last nine months. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
As you pass by the Sri Lankan Tennis Association campus on weekdays in the morning, almost the entire area is taken over by players on wheelchairs. Sanjjeev K Samyal writes.
In the last two editions of the World Twenty20, India were without the combination of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order. On both occasions the team flopped. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Sehwag and Gambhir together | In last three matches
The Nondescripts Cricket Club and Sinhalese Sports Club are adjacent to each other. While skipper Mahela Jayawardene plays for Sinhalese, who run the Test venue, Kumar Sangakkara leads Nondescripts. Sanjjeev K Samyal writes.
In the end, it turned out to be too close and tense. With a better fielding display and calm catching, an upset win for Afghanistan would have very much been possible in their opening Group A match of the ICC World T20. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard | Drop zone | Virat effort
After the demoralising defeat against Pakistan, it will be interesting to see how the Indian players shake off the seeds of doubts sowed in their minds. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
Before the Indian team settled down in their dressing room ahead of Monday's warm-up tie against Pakistan, coach Duncan Fletcher took R Ashwin aside for a long chat. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match reckoner
Those trying to understand why India-Pakistan matches take an entirely different hue should have observed the atmosphere at the R Premadasa Stadium before the warm-up game. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
Weak bowling and shambolic fielding, a perennial problem which has afflicted Indian cricket for long, resurfaced at the R Premadasa Stadium on Monday to ensure that the Men in Blue will not go into the World Twenty20 in the right frame of mind. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Time for plenty20 | The squads | Highest scores in World T20 and venues
With the triumph in the inaugural World T20 being the only highlight, Men in Blue have lot to play for in the fourth edition. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Key batsmen | Key bowlers | Captain under fire | Expert speak | India’s swot analysis | India at World T20 | Mark these dates
The tough aspect of being part of the modern-day sports circuit is the travelling involved. The sportsmen are always on the road, and it gets really exhausting when they have to cover long distances. Just ask Aussie bowler Dirk Nannes. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
Next week might determine whether the Reddys' decision to invest in cricket was correct. As a last resort, the crisis-hit Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) issued a tender notice on Thursday to invite buyers for their Indian Premier League (IPL) team. Sanjjeev K Samyal and Amol Karhadkar report. Fall of the chargers
Updated on Sep 07, 2012 02:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySanjjeev K Samyal/Amol Karhadkar, Mumbai
In another tug of war for players in the Champions League Twenty20, Trinidad and Tobago's Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard find themselves in an awkward situation, having to choose between club and country. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.