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.

Articles by Abhishek Paul
Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with Indian cricket teammates after defeating Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday. Get full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, fourth ODI here.(AFP)
Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with Indian cricket teammates after defeating Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday. Get full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, fourth ODI here.(AFP)

India vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Colombo, highlights: Virat Kohli-led IND demolish SL, go 4-0 up

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2017 10:39 PM IST
India (375/5) defeated Sri Lanka (207) by a massive 168-run margin in the fourth ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. India are 4-0 up in the ODI series. Virat Kohli (131) and Rohit Sharma (104) were the top performers for India in MS Dhoni’s 300th ODI. Get full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, fourth ODI here.
Ravi Shastri believes the way Virat Kohli is progressing as Indian cricket team’s captain, he may well catch up with MS Dhoni.(AFP)
Ravi Shastri believes the way Virat Kohli is progressing as Indian cricket team’s captain, he may well catch up with MS Dhoni.(AFP)

Ravi Shastri sparks new debate - Is Virat Kohli greater than MS Dhoni?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2017 10:38 PM IST
While it’s still early days, but Virat Kohli can match Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s achievements as skipper, believes Indian cricket team’s new head coach Ravi Shastri.
BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly speaks at a press conference on the Indian cricket team coach selection.(PTI)
BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly speaks at a press conference on the Indian cricket team coach selection.(PTI)

Sourav Ganguly & Co might be powerless if Lodha report implemented

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 07:01 PM IST
BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman may lose a lot of their hold if Lodha reforms are implemented in the near future.
The Indian cricket team, especially skipper Virat Kohli, will have one too many experts in the dressing room. After Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid, head coach Ravi Shastri wants to select his own support staff(Hindustan Times/Santosh Harhare)
The Indian cricket team, especially skipper Virat Kohli, will have one too many experts in the dressing room. After Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid, head coach Ravi Shastri wants to select his own support staff(Hindustan Times/Santosh Harhare)

Ravi Shastri and the support staff quandary: Is trouble brewing already?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2017 05:01 PM IST
Ravi Shastri will have to deal with two heavyweight consultants in Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan. The Indian cricket team head coach also wants his own coaching staff
Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid (left) with captain Zaheer Khan during a 2017 Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on April 23. Dravid and Zaheer will now be the bowling and batting coaches of Indian cricket team(BCCI)
Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid (left) with captain Zaheer Khan during a 2017 Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on April 23. Dravid and Zaheer will now be the bowling and batting coaches of Indian cricket team(BCCI)

Why Virat Kohli will have not one but 3 big egos to manage in India cricket team

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2017 12:00 PM IST
Virat Kohli had reservation about Anil Kumble’s style of coaching. Now the young Indian cricket team captain will have to manage three heavyweight coaches -- Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid
The Indian team will taking on the best teams from across the globe in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.(AIFF)
The Indian team will taking on the best teams from across the globe in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.(AIFF)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Organisers yet to decide on venue of India’s group matches

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2017 07:40 PM IST
Amid reports, quoting FIFA’s head of tournaments Jamie Yarza, that they are set to shift India’s matches from Navi Mumbai to New Delhi, the October 6-28 FIFA U-17 World Cup’s tournament director Javier Ceppi said they are yet to receive any communication from FIFA regarding it.
Virat Kohli-led India face West Indies in a five-ODI and a one T20I series starting on Friday.(BCCI)
Virat Kohli-led India face West Indies in a five-ODI and a one T20I series starting on Friday.(BCCI)

India vs West Indies: Top five key player clashes to watch out for

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2017 04:34 PM IST
India face West Indies in a five ODI and one T20I away series starting on Friday. Though the teams might look like being on the opposite side of the spectrum, a battered Indian team, post ICC Champions Trophy final loss, might face a tricky situation against the home team.
India's Virat Kohli walks off at the end of the Pakistan innings at the ICC Champions Trophy final.(REUTERS)
India's Virat Kohli walks off at the end of the Pakistan innings at the ICC Champions Trophy final.(REUTERS)

Like 2007, chance for new skipper Virat Kohli to emerge in the West Indies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2017 09:28 PM IST
The 2007 World Cup exit saw the emergence of MS Dhoni. Will the ICC Champions Trophy defeat see a new Virat Kohli emerge in the West Indies, where a coach-player rift hurt India’s campaign.
India’s Rohit Sharma celebrates with captain Virat Kohli during ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final against Bangladesh. Get highlights of India vs Bangladesh here .(REUTERS)
India’s Rohit Sharma celebrates with captain Virat Kohli during ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final against Bangladesh. Get highlights of India vs Bangladesh here .(REUTERS)

India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Highlights: Rohit, Kohli power IND to rout BAN; face Pakistan in final

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2017 10:05 PM IST
Rohit Sharma scored 123* while Virat Kohli scored 96* as India thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final. India will face Pakistan in the title clash. Catch highlights of India vs Bangladesh here
Virat Kohli -led India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in a must-win ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match. Get highlights of India vs South Africa ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match here(AP)
Virat Kohli -led India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in a must-win ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match. Get highlights of India vs South Africa ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match here(AP)

India crush South Africa, Virat Kohli’s men enter ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final - Highlights

Hindustan Times | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2017 09:48 PM IST
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 128-run stand as India reached South Africa’s 192-run target in 38 overs. Earlier, Indian bowlers restricted South Africa to 191 in a must-win ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match. Get highlights of India vs South Africa here
England players celebrate after dismissing a New Zealand batsman during an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match in Cardiff. Get full cricket score of England vs New Zealand match here(AFP)
England players celebrate after dismissing a New Zealand batsman during an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match in Cardiff. Get full cricket score of England vs New Zealand match here(AFP)

Full cricket score, England vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy: ENG win, enter semis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2017 11:22 PM IST
England (310) defeated New Zealand by 87 runs to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Get full cricket score of England vs New Zealand here.
Britain Cricket - India v Pakistan - 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Group B - Edgbaston - June 4, 2017 Players shake hands at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic(REUTERS)
Britain Cricket - India v Pakistan - 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Group B - Edgbaston - June 4, 2017 Players shake hands at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic(REUTERS)

Is this Pakistan cricket team even worthy of arch-rivalry against India?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2017 06:02 PM IST
The disappointing show by the Pakistan cricket team against India in their ICC Champions Trophy opener shows the deep-rooted issues that are haunting the side.
England's Joe Root and Eoin Morgan (R) celebrate after their team’s win over Bangladesh in an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match. Get highlights of England vs Bangladesh here.(AFP)
England's Joe Root and Eoin Morgan (R) celebrate after their team’s win over Bangladesh in an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match. Get highlights of England vs Bangladesh here.(AFP)

England vs Bangladesh, highlights, ICC Champions Trophy: Joe Root ton drives ENG to win

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2017 02:28 PM IST
Joe Root’s unbeaten 133 proved to be the driving force as England opened their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign with an eight wicket win over Bangladesh. Get highlights of England vs Bangladesh here
Virat Kohli will be a key figure for defending champions India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli will be a key figure for defending champions India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.(Getty Images)

ICC Champions Trophy: Top 5 batsmen to watch out for in upcoming edition

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2017 09:40 AM IST
The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will mark its eighth edition when England take on Bangladesh in the first game at the Oval, London on June 1. Here’s a look at the top five batsmen to watch out for in the tournament
Ishant Sharma got a achance to play for Kings XI Punjab this IPL only because of a late call-up.(BCCI)
Ishant Sharma got a achance to play for Kings XI Punjab this IPL only because of a late call-up.(BCCI)

In India, you’re deemed a misfit after failing in just one series; that’s the worst part: Ishant Sharma

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2017 04:20 PM IST
Ishant Sharma’s 2017 Indian Premier League journey has been a shaky one but the lanky fast bowler has chinned up to criticism and failure and is looking to do well in all formats.
Shaun Marsh has showed a consistent form for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Shaun Marsh has showed a consistent form for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiant a mini final: Shaun Marsh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2017 10:04 PM IST
Shaun Marsh says Kings XI Punjab are not taking undue pressure ahead of their must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Rising Pune Supergiants all-rounder Ben Stokes (L) is one of the mainstays of the England cricket team.(AFP)
Rising Pune Supergiants all-rounder Ben Stokes (L) is one of the mainstays of the England cricket team.(AFP)

Ben Stokes reveals ‘episode of stupidity’ that made him England cricket superstar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2017 01:29 AM IST
The 25-year-old Ben Stokes took his time to regain his place in the England team and is now their most reliable all-rounder.
Rahul Tewatia celebrates with Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell after the fall of a Kolkata Knight Riders batsman during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(BCCI)
Rahul Tewatia celebrates with Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell after the fall of a Kolkata Knight Riders batsman during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(BCCI)

IPL 2017 - Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders: KXIP win by 14 runs, stay alive

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 12:29 AM IST
Kings XI Punjab defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs to stay in the hunt for a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. KXIP scored 167/6, courtesy captain Glenn Maxwell’s 44, and then restricted KKR to 153/6 in 20 overs. Catch highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders here
Hashim Amla has scored 315 runs in eight matches for Kings XI Punjab so far in the 2017 Indian Premier League.(BCCI)
Hashim Amla has scored 315 runs in eight matches for Kings XI Punjab so far in the 2017 Indian Premier League.(BCCI)

Why tourneys like IPL bad for cricket - Kings XI Punjab’s Hashim Amla explains

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2017 11:39 AM IST
Hashim Amla is among the top scorers for Kings XI Punjab but hasn’t deviated from playing proper cricket shots. Appreciative of the T20 impact on fans, Amla though is concerned with the tendency to choose franchise leagues above other cricket.
Corey Anderson top-scored in a collective batting display by Delhi Daredevils (DD) -- where almost all their batsmen contributed -- in the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.(AP)
Corey Anderson top-scored in a collective batting display by Delhi Daredevils (DD) -- where almost all their batsmen contributed -- in the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.(AP)

Delhi Daredevils can qualify for IPL play-offs: Amit Mishra after beating SRH

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2017 11:46 AM IST
Delhi Daredevils (DD) chased down Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) 186-run target in 19.1 overs. The bowlers also choked SRH’s runs before Yuvraj Singh cut loose in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) hits a maximum during his innings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Tuesday.(PTI)
Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) hits a maximum during his innings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Tuesday.(PTI)

Yuvraj Singh relieved despite Sunrisers Hyderabad’s loss to Delhi Daredevils

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2017 09:45 AM IST
Delhi Daredevils (DD) snapped their five-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL), beating defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets on Tuesday. Corey Anderson top-scored for Daredevils while Yuvraj Singh scored 70 for Sunrisers.
Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates after reaching his fifty against Delhi Daredevils.(PTI)
Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates after reaching his fifty against Delhi Daredevils.(PTI)

IPL 2017: Yuvraj Singh impresses with 35-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2017 10:25 PM IST
Yuvraj Singh stayed unbeaten on 70 to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a total of 185/3 against Delhi Daredevils in their IPL 2017 encounter.
Delhi Daredevils pacer Mohammed Shami was named the Man-of-the-Match for his performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday night.(BCCI)
Delhi Daredevils pacer Mohammed Shami was named the Man-of-the-Match for his performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday night.(BCCI)

IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils down Sunrisers Hyderabad, stop 5-match losing streak

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2017 12:46 AM IST
All-rounder Corey Anderson smashed a 24-ball 41 not out to hand Delhi Daredevils a six-wicket win over defending Indian Premier League champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and haul his team off the bottom of the points table.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Shikhar Dhawan has shone in the IPL 2017 so far with 341 runs from 9 matches.(PTI)
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Shikhar Dhawan has shone in the IPL 2017 so far with 341 runs from 9 matches.(PTI)

IPL 2017: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar boost India ahead of Champions Trophy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 07:18 PM IST
The performance of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the ongoing IPL 2017 is a huge bonus for Team India ahead of their team selection for Champions Trophy 2017.
Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad has scored only one half-century in the 2017 Indian Premier League so far.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad has scored only one half-century in the 2017 Indian Premier League so far.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

IPL 2017: Yuvraj Singh faces a test for survival

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 12:44 AM IST
Yuvraj Singh has run up a string of low scores in the Indian Premier League following his century against England in One-Day Internationals. He needs to perform ahead of Champions Trophy
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is one of the mainstays of Indian Premier League outfit Kings XI Punjab.(AFP)
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is one of the mainstays of Indian Premier League outfit Kings XI Punjab.(AFP)

IPL 2017: Aggression leads to energy loss, not my style, says Wriddhiman Saha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 12:39 AM IST
India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha says showing too much aggression can affect his performance
Delhi Daredevils are eighth and last in the Indian Premier League standings after five consecutive losses.(BCCI)
Delhi Daredevils are eighth and last in the Indian Premier League standings after five consecutive losses.(BCCI)

IPL 2017: Tough road ahead for Delhi Daredevils as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 12:39 AM IST
Starting with Tuesday’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils need to win all their remaining matches to stay in contention for playoffs
Sandeep Sharma picked 4/20 for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Daredevils in an the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPl) match. Get highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils here.(BCCI)
Sandeep Sharma picked 4/20 for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Daredevils in an the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPl) match. Get highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils here.(BCCI)

IPL 2017, Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils - highlights: DD 67 all out, KXIP win by 10 wickets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2017 07:14 PM IST
Sandeep Sharma’s 4/20 helped Kings XI Punjab dismiss Delhi Daredevils for a paltry 67 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match in Mohali. Then, Martin Guptill scored a 26-ball 50* to take KXIP to a 10-wicket win. Get highlights of Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils here.
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing a Gujarat Lions batsman in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. Get highlights of Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians here.(AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing a Gujarat Lions batsman in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. Get highlights of Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians here.(AFP)

IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians, highlights: Jasprit Bumrah the hero as MI crush GL in super over

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2017 12:34 AM IST
Mumbai Indians subdued Gujarat Lions in the first super over of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Jasprit Bumrah turned the match in MI’s favour. Earlier, GL notched 153/9 and then dismissed MI for the same score . Get highlights of Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians here
Chris Gayle, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, became the first to score 10,000 T20 runs.(BCCI)
Chris Gayle, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, became the first to score 10,000 T20 runs.(BCCI)

Chris Gayle reaches historic milestone, becomes first to score 10,000 T20 runs

Hindustan Times | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2017 11:26 PM IST
Chris Gayle became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket as he reached the score of 3 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match
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