Abhishek Paul

Abhishek Paul

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

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The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will take on Australia in the third and final T20I in Hyderabad on Friday.(AFP)
The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will take on Australia in the third and final T20I in Hyderabad on Friday.(AFP)

India vs Australia T20I: Challenge for Virat Kohli, opportunity for David Warner

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2017 06:50 PM IST
While Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will look to continue their dominance, David Warner would want the Australian cricket team to end the tour on a high.
The Australian cricket team bus that was attacked in Guwahati on Tuesday night.(PTI)
The Australian cricket team bus that was attacked in Guwahati on Tuesday night.(PTI)

After bus attack, Adam Zampa reveals why it’s ‘hard to travel’ in India

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2017 11:06 AM IST
Australian cricket team spinner Adam Zampa says Indian fans are so passionate that it’s hard to travel in India. The leg-spinner was in the bus which was damaged by a rock throwing incident in Guwahati after the India-Australia second T20I
India lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the first over of their innings against Australia in the 2nd T20I at Guwahati on Tuesday.(AFP)
India lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the first over of their innings against Australia in the 2nd T20I at Guwahati on Tuesday.(AFP)

India couldn’t recover after losing Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2017 05:04 PM IST
India captain Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma were sent back to the pavilion in the first over of their innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar said the team lost their way then itself.
Australia's Jason Behrendorff picked up four wickets against India in the second T20 at the Assam Cricket Association Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday.(AFP)
Australia's Jason Behrendorff picked up four wickets against India in the second T20 at the Assam Cricket Association Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday.(AFP)

India vs Australia: Jason Behrendorff lets his ‘skill do the talking’

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2017 11:32 AM IST
Jason Behrendorff was named Man-of-the-Match in only his second international game after helping Australia beat India by eight wickets in Guwahati on Tuesday.
The Australian cricket team bus was attacked in Guwahati on Tuesday night. Australia had beaten India to level the T20 series 1-1.(Aaron Finch/Twitter)
The Australian cricket team bus was attacked in Guwahati on Tuesday night. Australia had beaten India to level the T20 series 1-1.(Aaron Finch/Twitter)

Australia cricket team bus attacked with rock in Guwahati

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2017 11:51 PM IST
Australian cricket team bus was attacked with a rock when it was returning to the hotel from the Barsapara stadium in Guwahati after beating India in the second Twenty20 International.
Jason Behrendorff was the star for Australia as he picked up 4/21 to bowl India out for 118 and snap their seven-game losing streak against India.(PTI)
Jason Behrendorff was the star for Australia as he picked up 4/21 to bowl India out for 118 and snap their seven-game losing streak against India.(PTI)

India vs Australia: Jason Behrendorff’s 4/21 helps Aussies level T20I series

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 10:56 PM IST
Jason Behrendorff picked up 4/21 as Australian cricket team snapped their seven-match Twenty20 International losing streak against Indian cricket team as they won the Barsapara match by eight wickets.
Riding on Jason Behrendorff’s 4/21, Australia beat India by eight wickets in the Guwahati T20 to square the series 1-1.(AP)
Riding on Jason Behrendorff’s 4/21, Australia beat India by eight wickets in the Guwahati T20 to square the series 1-1.(AP)

Jason Behrendorff rips through famed Indian batting line-up in just his second match

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 11:12 PM IST
Jason Behrendorff shone in just his second match for Australia as his 4/21 guided the visitors to a series-levelling win in Guwahati.
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati is India’s 49th international cricket venue. The first international match played here was between India and Australia.(BCCI)
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati is India’s 49th international cricket venue. The first international match played here was between India and Australia.(BCCI)

India vs Australia: Mismanagement rules supreme in maiden T20 at Barsapara Stadium

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 09:17 PM IST
While representatives of the organisers seemed confused in managing huge crowd at the gates, the service at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium stadium for the India vs Australia T20 left a lot to be desired.
Bird's eye view of ACA Stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati, which will host the 2nd T20 International match between India and Australia on Tuesday.(PTI)
Bird's eye view of ACA Stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati, which will host the 2nd T20 International match between India and Australia on Tuesday.(PTI)

India vs Australia: Despite bank loan, Assam cricket in talks to host IPL games

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 01:16 PM IST
India will take on Australia in the second Twenty20 International at the ACA-Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team have remained unbeaten against Australia in Twenty20 Internationals in India and they will be aiming to prolong their losing streak.(AFP)
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team have remained unbeaten against Australia in Twenty20 Internationals in India and they will be aiming to prolong their losing streak.(AFP)

Australia face another series defeat vs Virat Kohli’s dominant India

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2017 09:06 PM IST
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will be aiming to continue their winning streak against Australia and seal a series win at the new international cricket stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati while David Warner’s side will be desperate to break their Twenty20 International jinx.
David Warner has said Australian cricket team are following on Steve Smith’s leadership values and are confident of pulling off a win against a dominant Indian cricket team.(PTI)
David Warner has said Australian cricket team are following on Steve Smith’s leadership values and are confident of pulling off a win against a dominant Indian cricket team.(PTI)

David Warner says Australia cricket team following Steve Smith’s leadership skills

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2017 06:10 PM IST
Australian cricket team are staring at yet another series defeat against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team but David Warner, the stand-in skipper in place of Steve Smith who returned home due to an injured shoulder, has said the team is inspired by Smith despite his absence.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have formed a remarkable wrist-spinning pair as Indian cricket team continued their dominant run against Australia.(AP)
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have formed a remarkable wrist-spinning pair as Indian cricket team continued their dominant run against Australia.(AP)

Kuldeep Yadav dismisses talk of replacing Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2017 05:48 PM IST
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have taken Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s places in the Indian cricket team for the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, have achieved remarkable success as a pair.
Barsapara will host the second Twenty20 International between India and Australia. Virat Kohli’s side are leading the three-match series 1-0.(David Warner Instagram)
Barsapara will host the second Twenty20 International between India and Australia. Virat Kohli’s side are leading the three-match series 1-0.(David Warner Instagram)

India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: Barsapara curator promises ‘memorable’ beginning

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2017 04:31 PM IST
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will take on Australia in the second Twenty20 International at the new Barsapara cricket stadium in Guwahati. This was the venue that witnessed Himachal Pradesh being bowled out for 36 against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy encounter
Australia cricket team’s Nathan Coulter-Nile gets bowled out by Indian cricket team's Jasprit Bumrah during their T20I cricket match in Ranchi on Saturday.(AP)
Australia cricket team’s Nathan Coulter-Nile gets bowled out by Indian cricket team's Jasprit Bumrah during their T20I cricket match in Ranchi on Saturday.(AP)

Australia played a high-risk game vs India and paid the price: Aaron Finch

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2017 11:16 AM IST
After the first T20I match against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, Australia cricket team’s top-scorer, Aaron Finch, admitted they missed regular skipper Steve Smith’s presence on the field.
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (L) and Shikhar Dhawan celebrate after beating Australia cricket team in the first T20I at The JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India beat Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 international.(AFP)
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (L) and Shikhar Dhawan celebrate after beating Australia cricket team in the first T20I at The JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India beat Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 international.(AFP)

We want to emulate win record of Australian cricket team of old: Shikhar Dhawan

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2017 11:32 PM IST
After beating Australia cricket team in the opening T20I match in Ranchi, Indian cricket team’s Shikhar Dhawan said the way youngsters like Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal have matured indicate how the side is developing for bigger things
Australia cricket team’s Aaron Finch was going strong against the Indian cricket team in the first T20I in Ranchi before ’brain-fade’ struck him.(PTI)
Australia cricket team’s Aaron Finch was going strong against the Indian cricket team in the first T20I in Ranchi before ’brain-fade’ struck him.(PTI)

‘Brain fade’ haunts Australia again, Aaron Finch the victim this time

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2017 11:52 PM IST
Australia cricket team’s Aaron Finch, while describing his dismissal by Indian cricket team’s Kuldeep Yadav in the first T20I, said he suffered bit of a ‘brain-fade’ and got bowled at 42, bringing back memories of the Test series in March where the infamous Steve Smith incident happened
Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets and he was well supported by Yuzvendra Chahal as India continued to torment Australia by spin in the first Twenty20 International in Ranchi.(BCCI)
Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets and he was well supported by Yuzvendra Chahal as India continued to torment Australia by spin in the first Twenty20 International in Ranchi.(BCCI)

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal – Indian cricket team’s new age bowling strengths

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 09:44 PM IST
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have given the Indian bowling plenty of depth and variety. Their performances, in addition to the consistency provided by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have made the Indian bowling powerful.
Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets as India restricted Australia to 118/8 to win a rain-affected T20I by 9 wickets.(BCCI)
Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets as India restricted Australia to 118/8 to win a rain-affected T20I by 9 wickets.(BCCI)

India win rain-affected Twenty20 vs Australia at Ranchi, take 1-0 series lead

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 11:20 PM IST
Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets each as Australia were restricted to 118/8 in 18.4 overs in the first Twenty20 International at Ranchi as India easily chased down the revised target of 48 after rain forced the first innings to a premature end.
Rishabh Pant has been a notable absentee for Indian cricket team’s three-T20I series against Australia.(Twitter/ Mid-Wicket)
Rishabh Pant has been a notable absentee for Indian cricket team’s three-T20I series against Australia.(Twitter/ Mid-Wicket)

Time to bring Indian cricket’s ‘A’ game forward, taking a cue from New Zealand?

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 06:50 PM IST
Indian cricket team’s winning run at home makes for great viewing but looking ahead at bigger challenges, including the 2019 World Cup, more juniors can be given a taste of international cricket in familiar conditions. New Zealand Cricket did that for their upcoming tour of India.
Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, will again be Australia’s prime target when the two teams face off in the first T20 international in Ranchi on Saturday.(AFP)
Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, will again be Australia’s prime target when the two teams face off in the first T20 international in Ranchi on Saturday.(AFP)

India vs Australia: ‘Virat Kohli’s wicket will be huge, plan ready for him’

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2017 07:16 PM IST
Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine is hoping that the team’s plans to get Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli pays off in Saturday’s opening Twenty20 International at Ranchi.
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will be determined to continue their winning streak against Australia while Steve Smith’s team will be desperate to break their winless record in T20Is in India.(PTI)
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will be determined to continue their winning streak against Australia while Steve Smith’s team will be desperate to break their winless record in T20Is in India.(PTI)

Virat Kohli’s India set to continue dominance vs Australia in T20 series

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 09:10 AM IST
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, which has won six consecutive games against Australia cricket team in Twenty20 Internationals, will be aiming to continue the dominance in the series opener in Ranchi while Steve Smith’s team will be aiming to break their jinx in the shorter format.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra are likely to share the new ball when Virat Kohli-led India take on Australia in a three-T20 series, starting October 7.(Reuters)
Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra are likely to share the new ball when Virat Kohli-led India take on Australia in a three-T20 series, starting October 7.(Reuters)

Jasprit Bumrah happy to link up with ‘helpful’ Ashish Nehra for Ranchi T20 vs AUS

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 10:42 AM IST
Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian cricket team pace spearhead, says he doesn’t see much difference bowling in ODIs and T20 as his role is the same, ahead of the T20 series against Australia. Bumrah also said he’s happy to be guided by Ashish Nehra, who has made a comeback to the team.
Axar Patel has to emulate his batting performances in First Class cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the international stage to stake a permanent place in the Indian cricket team, possibly taking Ravindra Jadeja’s place in the limited-overs squad.(Getty Images)
Axar Patel has to emulate his batting performances in First Class cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the international stage to stake a permanent place in the Indian cricket team, possibly taking Ravindra Jadeja’s place in the limited-overs squad.(Getty Images)

Can Axar Patel bat his way out of Ravindra Jadeja’s shadow in Indian cricket team?

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2017 02:00 PM IST
Axar Patel has shown in the recent one-day series -- against Sri Lanka cricket team and Australia cricket team -- that he can be quite a useful spinning option. If he can up his batting, he could become a permanent replacement for Ravindra Jadeja in the limited-overs Indian cricket team
Jason Behrendorff is in line to make his debut for Australia in the Twenty20 International series against India and he will be hoping to reverse the team’s poor record against India.(Getty Images)
Jason Behrendorff is in line to make his debut for Australia in the Twenty20 International series against India and he will be hoping to reverse the team’s poor record against India.(Getty Images)

Australian cricket’s ‘new group’ eager to revive team in T20Is vs India

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2017 04:38 PM IST
Steve Smith’s Australian cricket team, who lost the ODI series 1-4 against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, will be banking on a new group of players in Jason Behrendorff, Tim Paine and Dan Christian to lift the side in the upcoming Twenty20 International series
MS Dhoni, arguably the most successful Indian cricket team skipper of all time, was the first, and so far the only player to come out of Jharkhand and make it big in the international arena.(Getty Images)
MS Dhoni, arguably the most successful Indian cricket team skipper of all time, was the first, and so far the only player to come out of Jharkhand and make it big in the international arena.(Getty Images)

After MS Dhoni, Jharkhand’s long wait for its next star in Indian cricket team continues

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2017 03:42 PM IST
While players such as Saurabh Tiwary and Varun Aaron came up with promise from Jharkhand, following the footsteps of MS Dhoni, they fell by the way side. Two upcoming players, Ishan Kishan and Shahbaz Nadeem are hoping to emulate the former Indian skipper and make it big in Indian cricket.
Australian cricket team vice-captain David Warner, who scored 245 runs in the ODI series against India, will hope to continue his good form in the three-T20 series, starting October 7.(PTI)
Australian cricket team vice-captain David Warner, who scored 245 runs in the ODI series against India, will hope to continue his good form in the three-T20 series, starting October 7.(PTI)

Australia bank on IPL stars David Warner, Steve Smith to salvage pride in T20s

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2017 06:59 PM IST
Having lost their last six T20 matches against India, the Australians are now pinning their hopes on the likes of David Warner and captain Steve Smith, considering their experience in Indian conditions, courtesy the Indian Premier League (IPL).
KL Rahul, who scored just 28 runs in the away ODI series against Sri Lanka, didn’t get a single game in Indian cricket team’s home ODI series against Australia, which Virat Kohli’s men won 4-1.(AFP)
KL Rahul, who scored just 28 runs in the away ODI series against Sri Lanka, didn’t get a single game in Indian cricket team’s home ODI series against Australia, which Virat Kohli’s men won 4-1.(AFP)

Can KL Rahul make India comeback as opener or will Shikhar Dhawan take over?

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2017 08:45 PM IST
The inclusion of Shikhar Dhawan in the Indian cricket team’s T20I squad for the three matches against Australia raises the question of where KL Rahul will feature in the batting line-up.
Australia cricket team bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates after bowling out Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (R) during the fourth ODI at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on September 28.(AFP)
Australia cricket team bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates after bowling out Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (R) during the fourth ODI at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on September 28.(AFP)

Is in-form Virat Kohli becoming Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile’s bunny?

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2017 02:57 PM IST
Virat Kohli fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile three times in the recently concluded five-ODI series vs Australia cricket team. kohli was dismissed in similar fashion too -- a blemish that the Indian cricket team skipper would want to erase in the T20 series
Tom Alter was the one to interview Sachin Tendulkar for the first time on Television.(Twitter)
Tom Alter was the one to interview Sachin Tendulkar for the first time on Television.(Twitter)

Tom Alter, man who took Tendulkar’s 1st TV interview, wanted MS Dhoni banned

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2017 01:58 PM IST
Tom Alter died on Friday night due to stage four skin cancer. Alter was the one to interview Sachin Tendulkar for the first time on Television. He expressed anger after MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket midway of India’s away tour in Australia in 2014.
(From left) Luis Figo (1989), Neymar (2009), Alessandro del Piero (1991) and Esteban Cambiasso (1995) -- global football superstars -- all made a name for themselves for the first time in previous FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournaments.(Getty Images)
(From left) Luis Figo (1989), Neymar (2009), Alessandro del Piero (1991) and Esteban Cambiasso (1995) -- global football superstars -- all made a name for themselves for the first time in previous FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournaments.(Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Top players from previous tournaments who became superstars

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2017 05:31 PM IST
The FIFA U-17 World Cup has always been a breeding ground for future superstars. The likes of Luis Figo, Alessandro del Piero, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Neymar and Toni Kroos first caught international attention at the age-group World Cup and this edition in India is bound to churn out a few more for the future
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