Sanjjeev K Samyal heads the sports team in Mumbai and anchors HT’s cricket coverage.
Articles by Sanjjeev K Samyal
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There was a certain buzz around the Kent County Cricket Club dressing room. It is always special for local teams to host international sides, but this time it was extra special as the hero of the touring party happened to be one of their former players. Canterbury is home to Rahul Dravid in England, where he spent a great summer in 2000.
Riding on a strong batting performance, India finally halted their sequence of defeats on the England tour on Thursday. It was their first victory after two tour games and four Tests. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
India’s new-ball attack is gasping ahead of the ODIs. Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar didn't end up as heroes but they couldn't be faulted for lack of effort. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.India's ODI artillery | Just shaken
Tendulkar and Mishra's valiant fightback fails to stop England from romping home to a 4-0 rout. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard| Pics | An English bummer | India whitewashed
With tailenders chipping in, India reached 300 for the first time in the series. Following on, India were 129 for three with Sachin Tendulkar and nightwatchman Amit Mishra at the crease. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.Scorecard | The master centurions
India's nightmare tour continued on the third day of the fourth Test. At the end of the day, India trailed by 488 runs with five wickets remaining. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard
England again exposed India's shallow reserves on the second day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Friday. Led by an inspired Ishant Sharma, the visitors started the day well and dominated the first session but fizzled out as the day wore on to be under pressure at the close of play. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard
With things looking increasingly gloomy for India at lunch, the visitors were rescued from more misery by rain on the first day of the fourth and final Test. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Score card
The Oval ground is not known to be very kind to the greats of the game. The greatest, Don Bradman, learnt that in 1948, when he was out for a duck in his last Test innings. If he would have got four runs, he would have boasted a Test average of 100. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Whitewash or facesaver? | Match reckoner | It all happened here
Now we know why Rahul Dravid is known as The Wall - 'because the ball bounces off him' wrote a local critic here, ridiculing Team India's fielding effort at Edgbaston. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Dropping chances
Chris Tremlett was supposed to be the man to turn the heat on the Indian batsmen with his steep bounce. He got injured but there's been no respite for the visitors. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Problem areas
It was a proud moment for former England batting stalwart Dennis Amiss, deputy chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. His four-year goal has been accomplished; and the icing on the cake was England also becoming No 1 on his home ground, Edgbaston.
India's reputation as a good Test nation lay in tatters at the end of the third Test at Edgbaston. England completed an innings and 242 runs win to snatch the No. 1 ranking. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. The dreaded numbers | Simply outplayed
The England batsmen piled on India's misery on Friday with Alastair Cook narrowly missing his maiden triple hundred, leaving India to score 486 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.Scorecard | Stat attack | Key numbers
At the end of the day, England were in the drivers seat in the Edgbaston Test with the openers' unfinished 84-run partnership. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard | Can India save the match from here? | Sehwag's golden ducks
The series and the team's No 1 ranking is at stake in the third Test against England starting at Edgbaston today. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match reckoner | Edgbaston trivia
They've won the first two Tests with handsome margins but there is no let up in the intensity. The transformation has been dramatic from the England side India played in 2007. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Can India bounce back
India faced the ignominy of losing the match to Northants on the first innings with the home team close to overhauling India's total of 352 with three wickets to spare. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
In a way, the wheel has come a full circle for Sehwag. In 2007, he was left out of the side for the England tour. Four years later, he is being looked upon as a saviour. Sanjjeev K Samyal writes. Men to watch out for
Sehwag's arrival brings hope, but losing Yuvraj, Harbhajan compounds woes. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Injured and their replacements | Yuvi's injury travails
At the start of the series, England had declared their main target would be Dhoni. England have been surprised at the ease with which they have been able to knock over the India captain. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Law of averages catching up
The Indian team's reputation as the world's best Test side lay in tatters after being outplayed in the second Test as well, crushed by 319 runs with a day to spare, thus giving England a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard | Shame at Trent Bridge
What is it about Trent Bridge that always attracts controversy during an India-England match? In 2007, the match played here was the most acrimonious between the two sides, and the script appears to be the same this time too. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Magnanimous captains
On the first day, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth's figures read 22-0-45-3, 22-4-66-3 and 19-1-77-3, respectively. On the third day, the trio returned figures of 29-5-93-2, 24-3-115-1 and 22-5-103-2, respectively. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard
A poor performance by the Indian lower-order undid some of Rahul Dravid's great work on another gripping day of cricket in the four-match series. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard | Broad hattrick & collapse | Dravid joins Sunny in record books
India were 24 for one in their first innings in reply to England's 221 at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard
A Test down in the series, India will have to bounce back to prevent England from taking unassailable lead, reports Sanjjeev K Samyal. Five things India must get right | Edgy Bhajji
A Test down & struck by injuries, visitors have a tough task to stop England from opening up an unassailable lead. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. First Test blues
India lose first Test by 196 runs as batsmen cave in against James Anderson and Stuart Broad's inspiring spells. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard | Cause for concern| How India lost the plot