Abhishek Paul

Abhishek Paul works with the Hindustan Times’ sports desk. He has been covering the beat since 2010 across print and digital mediums.

Articles by Abhishek Paul

Silver lining for a tainted Chhatrasal?

  • Dahiya is the centre’s third Olympic medallist - another trainee, Yogeshwar Dutt, had won bronze in London 2012 - and that, for any academy anywhere in the world is an incredible feat.
Ravi Dahiya, India's silver medallist, is another product of the Chhatrasal Stadium, which has recently been in the news for wrong reasons. (Getty Images)
Ravi Dahiya, India's silver medallist, is another product of the Chhatrasal Stadium, which has recently been in the news for wrong reasons. (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 11:15 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Tokyo Olympics: Kamalpreet re-ignites India’s medal dream in athletics

  • On Saturday, slotted in Group B for the qualifying competition, Kamalpreet Kaur progressively got better and it appeared that if she slightly cut the elevation, Kaur could throw farther.
Kamalpreet Kaur of Team India. (Getty Images)
Kamalpreet Kaur of Team India. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:27 AM IST
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By, , Chandigarh, New Delhi

Tokyo 2020: Mary Kom starts on a strong footing

Mary Kom sealed the bout 4-1 against the Pan American Games bronze medallist to enter the Round of 16 in women’s flyweight (51kg).
Indian boxer Mary Kom(PTI)
Indian boxer Mary Kom(PTI)
Published on Jul 25, 2021 08:33 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

A day before the Games: pre-dawn alarm, double weight management plans

  • One of India’s best medal prospects, Panghal’s steady final build-up contrasted with that of India’s lone weightlifter at the Games, Mirabai Chanu, also a strong medal contender.
Amit Panghal (L) and Mirabai Chanu. (File Photos)(HT COLLAGE)
Amit Panghal (L) and Mirabai Chanu. (File Photos)(HT COLLAGE)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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By, Avishek Roy

Amit Panghal's opportunity to surpass who inspired him

  • It's the last few days of the preparatory camp before the boxers leave for Tokyo and world No 1 Amit Panghal is making the most of it.
Amit Panghal(Getty)
Amit Panghal(Getty)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:32 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Vikas Krishan, ready to give as good as he gets

  • Ahead of Vikas Krishan's third Games, the 69kg boxer sees a better balance and stronger left punch as the route to medal.
Vikas Krishan during practice.
Vikas Krishan during practice.
Published on Jul 17, 2021 09:04 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Boxer Ashish Kumar: chasing success at Tokyo 2020, burnished by failures

Ashish Kumar took a while to make a mark and is unfazed he will have to emulate Vijender as a middleweight medal hope at the Tokyo Olympics
Ashish Kumar is the first boxer from Himachal Pradesh to qualify for the Olympics. He will fight in the middleweight (75kg) category. (Twitter)
Ashish Kumar is the first boxer from Himachal Pradesh to qualify for the Olympics. He will fight in the middleweight (75kg) category. (Twitter)
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 12:18 PM IST
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Boy done good: Making of the world’s youngest Grandmaster

The Indian-American boy from New Jersey achieved the feat at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days breaking Sergey Karjakin’s record which stood for 19 years
According to uschess.org, Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest International Master at the age of 10 years, nine months, and three days in November 2019. He broke the record previously held by GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa by 17 days. (Twitter/USAndIndia)
According to uschess.org, Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest International Master at the age of 10 years, nine months, and three days in November 2019. He broke the record previously held by GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa by 17 days. (Twitter/USAndIndia)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 11:23 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

How Harshal Patel shook off his injury low for IPL high

  • Two months before the IPL season, the world went upside down for Harshal Patel. A Grade 3 ankle ligament tear and several other complications meant playing cricket was out of the question. Now, he is IPL 2021’s top wicket-taker.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Harshal Patel.(IPL)
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Harshal Patel.(IPL)
Updated on Jun 16, 2021 03:28 PM IST
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With mum and dad, Murali Sreeshankar ready for leap of faith

Tokyo Olympics bound long jumper, Murali Sreeshankar’s best of 8.26 metres is among the top 10 in the world this year
Indian long jumper M Sreeshankar, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. (AFP)
Indian long jumper M Sreeshankar, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 11, 2021 05:56 PM IST
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Arjan Bhullar: MMA champion's fighting passion honed in Ind wrestling tradition

  • His great grandfather landed in Canada over a century ago, and the passion for wrestling in the family of Punjab origin has produced a world champ.
Arjan Bhullar.
Arjan Bhullar.
Published on May 22, 2021 12:34 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Meet MMA star Conor McGregor, this year’s highest-earning athlete

As an unbeaten champ, he took mixed martial arts mainstream. Even tumbling off that pedestal hasn’t put the Irish fighter off his game.
 (Mike Roach / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(Mike Roach / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Updated on May 22, 2021 12:02 PM IST
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"Real challenge" getting IPL to resume: Manoj Badale, RR owner

The IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely on May 4 after a number of players and support staff turned Covid positive. In a video interaction on Thursday, Badale said things didn’t look bright for the league this year.
Co-owner of Rajasthan Royals Manoj Badale(AP)
Co-owner of Rajasthan Royals Manoj Badale(AP)
Updated on May 13, 2021 10:06 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Ritu Phogat prepares for first fight of the year with an eye on world title

The youngest daughter of the Phogat household is now gearing up for her first fight of the year against United States’ Bi Nguyen on Saturday.
File photo of Ritu Phogat.(via REUTERS)
File photo of Ritu Phogat.(via REUTERS)
Updated on May 13, 2021 02:22 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Dhawan aces opener’s test run, India middle-order work in progress

  • Dhawan’s team will start from pole position if/when IPL resumes and the left-handed batsman deserves a big credit for that. He tops the batting chart with 380 runs in eight games, at an average of 54.28 and strike-rate of 134.27.
Shikhar Dhawan.(PTI)
Shikhar Dhawan.(PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2021 12:36 PM IST
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Chahar cousins Deepak, Rahul rise in IPL, target T20 World Cup spots

  • As India finalise their squad for the mega event at home, the pair edge ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Deepak (L) and Rahul Chahar may have produced a case for T20 World Cup selection later this year. (IPL/Twitter)
Deepak (L) and Rahul Chahar may have produced a case for T20 World Cup selection later this year. (IPL/Twitter)
Updated on May 14, 2021 12:16 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Two KKR players positive as IPL bubble breaks, DC too told to be in quarantine

The positives of two Kolkata Knight Riders players forced the rescheduling of Monday’s contest between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Ahmedabad
DC and KKR players during the IPL 2021 match no. 25(IPL)
DC and KKR players during the IPL 2021 match no. 25(IPL)
Published on May 03, 2021 11:42 PM IST
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ByRasesh Mandani, , Mumbai, New Delhi

Shikhar trumps Mayank as Delhi beat Punjab, top points table

IPL 2021: With Punjab Kings captain and prolific scorer, KL Rahul, out with acute appendicitis that will require a surgery, fellow opener Agarwal was handed the mantle for the game in Ahmedabad.
Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals plays a shot.(ANI/IPL)
Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals plays a shot.(ANI/IPL)
Updated on May 02, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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Prithvi Shaw's shock and awe at the IPL

IPL 2021: For the number crunchers, the most astounding aspect was Prithvi Shaw's strike-rate – a whopping 138.29. Here was a man out to make amends for his poor show with an aggressive intent.
Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals.(PTI)
Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2021 08:53 PM IST
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Shaw-stopper: Prithvi rules to roost as Capitals crush Knight Riders

The 21-year-old achieved it with the help of nine fours and a six—six of those fours came in the first over bowled by pacer Shivam Mavi.
DC defeat KKR by 7 wickets(IPL)
DC defeat KKR by 7 wickets(IPL)
Updated on Apr 29, 2021 11:40 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

As pandemic worsens players feel the heat; Ashwin, Richardson, Zampa pull out

  • Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who plays for Delhi Capitals, in a tweet posted after midnight on Monday announced that he would be pulling out of this year’s edition till normalcy resumes.
R. Ashwin of Delhi Capitals(DC/Twitter)
R. Ashwin of Delhi Capitals(DC/Twitter)
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 11:36 AM IST
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More players pull out as IPL rolls on with increased testing

It has sparked a debate on whether it is okay to have the T20 league caravan rolling through Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai when most of the six cities allotted this year’s event have been hit by a spike in infections and a rising death toll.
RCB's Kane Richardson with Virat Kohli.(PTI)
RCB's Kane Richardson with Virat Kohli.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 11:44 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Delhi Capitals win Super Over thriller

  • Axar Patel gave away just seven runs in the tie-breaker, Delhi reached the eight-run target off the last ball.
Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a Super Over.(IPL)
Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a Super Over.(IPL)
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 12:34 AM IST
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Rahul, Gayle guide Punjab Kings to nerveless win against Mumbai Indians

  • Chasing a modest target of 132, Punjab Kings completed the task with 14 balls to spare. Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 60 and veteran Chris Gayle remained not out on 43 for the victors. Earlier, MI skipper Rohit Sharma scored his first half-century of the season but still his team could only manage 131 for 6.
KL Rahul captain of Punjab Kings and Chris Gayle of Punjab Kings during match 17 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Punjab Kings and the Mumbai Indians held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on the April 23, 2021(PTI)
KL Rahul captain of Punjab Kings and Chris Gayle of Punjab Kings during match 17 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Punjab Kings and the Mumbai Indians held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on the April 23, 2021(PTI)
Published on Apr 23, 2021 11:18 PM IST
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After another debacle, Royals wait for top-four to take charge

  • Last season too, Royals were impeded by inconsistent batting displays. Barring Samson’s brilliance early on and a couple of belligerent knocks from Rahul Tewatia, the Royals batting line-up hardly had anything to show for.
Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag during the match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag during the match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Published on Apr 23, 2021 02:10 PM IST
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IPL 2021: CSK restore normalcy after 2020 debacle

  • While the core of the CSK team has stayed intact, the entry of Moeen Ali (bought for 7 crore at the 2021 auction) has been a game-changer. The England all-rounder has been consistent at No. 3 and has contributed with his off-spin too. He has scored 133 runs (SR 152.87) and taken four wickets (eco 6.33) in four games.
Chennai Super Kings players celebrate after win during match 15 of the Indian Premier League 2021 between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.(PTI)
Chennai Super Kings players celebrate after win during match 15 of the Indian Premier League 2021 between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.(PTI)
Published on Apr 22, 2021 02:11 PM IST
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Rajasthan Royals’ Liam Livingstone hit by bio-bubble fatigue, flies home

IPL 2021: The 2008 IPL champions have lost their third England player this season, after Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were ruled out due to injury.
Liam Livingstone has flown back home.(IPL)
Liam Livingstone has flown back home.(IPL)
Updated on Apr 21, 2021 06:17 PM IST
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To avoid World T20 berth pangs, Shikhar Dhawan turning it on in IPL

  • Shikhar Dhawan scored more runs on the leg-side on way to a match-winning 92 against Punjab Kings in IPL 2021.
Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals plays a shot during the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.(ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals plays a shot during the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.(ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Published on Apr 20, 2021 08:39 AM IST
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Shikhar Dhawan masterclass takes Delhi to easy win vs Punjab Kings

Despite being the only senior left-handed T20 opener with enough international experience, Dhawan has been officially declared the backup option in the Indian T20I setup.
Shikhar Dhawan departs during the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Shikhar Dhawan departs during the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 12:08 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Jaydev Unadkat: I'd like the freedom to bowl with the new ball

  • Unadkat has always been at the top of his game in domestic cricket. He holds the record for most wickets (67 in 2019-20) by a pacer in a single Ranji Trophy.
Jaydev Unadkat of Rajasthan Royals celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals during Indian Premier League cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (PTI)
Jaydev Unadkat of Rajasthan Royals celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals during Indian Premier League cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2021 06:47 AM IST
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