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
View of worlds largest cricket stadium, the Motera Stadium, ahead of its inauguration.(PTI)
View of worlds largest cricket stadium, the Motera Stadium, ahead of its inauguration.(PTI)

Motera: Welcome to the world's largest cricket stadium

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:48 AM IST
The stadium has a seating capacity of 1,10,000, close to 10,000 more spectators than the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground – that has now lost its tag of being the largest cricket stadium in the world to the facility in Motera.
Virat Kohli at the nets.(BCCI/Twitter)
Virat Kohli at the nets.(BCCI/Twitter)

India vs England 3rd Test Preview: Set for the third episode

UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:34 PM IST
India vs England: So, here we are at the biggest cricket stadium in the world, waiting to host its first international match since getting refurbished, for India’s third episode with the pink ball against Joe Root’s England.
Motera Stadium.(BCCI/Screenshot)
Motera Stadium.(BCCI/Screenshot)

India vs England: At shiny new Motera, beware the twilight hour

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 07:35 AM IST
India vs England: Since the first day-night Test was played in 2015, the twilight hour has been bugging batsmen; it is when the nature of the light changes and the eyes have to make the difficult transition from sunlight to floodlight.
A box of pink balls during a nets session at Edgbaston on August 14, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Getty Images)
A box of pink balls during a nets session at Edgbaston on August 14, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Getty Images)

Ind vs Eng: Colour code keeps all guessing ahead of Ahmedabad day-night Test

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 09:17 AM IST
  • The two factors are playing on the Indian team’s mind. Initial images from the ground show a thick grass cover on the pitch, which is normal in Indian conditions to maintain the moisture.
South Africa's Chris Morris celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Tom Latham.(Action Images via Reuters)
South Africa's Chris Morris celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Tom Latham.(Action Images via Reuters)

Method, madness, or both – why did Morris go for 16.25cr?

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:24 AM IST
  • For Morris, 33, who last played for the Proteas in the win over Australia at the 2019 ICC World Cup at Old Trafford and has been injury-prone, it was the biggest the payday of his career by some distance. The seeds had been sown much earlier.
England's fast bowler James Anderson celebrates the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane.(PTI)
England's fast bowler James Anderson celebrates the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane.(PTI)

James Anderson magical spell hands England win, series lead over India

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:21 PM IST
India vs England: England pacer's triple strike undermines India's final day resistance, handing visitors a 227-run win in the first Chennai Test.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with his teammates.(PTI)
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with his teammates.(PTI)

England win or a classic India chase on the fifth day?

By Abhishek Paul, Chennai
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 09:10 PM IST
Ravichandran Ashwin's 6/61 and Ishant Sharma's 300th wicket leave the hosts chasing a Test record 420 and the visitors nine wickets.
England bowler Dom Bess celebrates the wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli during the 3rd day of first cricket test match between India and England, at MA Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)
England bowler Dom Bess celebrates the wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli during the 3rd day of first cricket test match between India and England, at MA Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)

Dom Bess spins it as India’s top-order tumbles

UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 10:53 PM IST
The young off-spinner takes four, including Pant and Pujara after their fifties, as England leave India struggling in Chennai Test.
England player Joe Root after scoring 150 runs during the 2nd day of first cricket test match between India and England, at MA Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)
England player Joe Root after scoring 150 runs during the 2nd day of first cricket test match between India and England, at MA Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)

Joe Root delivers masterclass as Indian bowlers wilt

PTI | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2021 09:34 PM IST
Root recovered from overnight cramp as he dipped into rich reserves of energy, completing his maiden double century against India with a six over long on off Ravichandran Ashwin. It was his second double century in a fortnight, the first by an overseas batsman in India since Brendon McCullum’s 225 in 2010.
**EDS: SCREENSHOT FROM BCCI VIDEO** Chennai: England's Joe Root after scoring a century during Day 1 of the first cricket test match between India and England, at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_05_2021_000242 B)(PTI)
**EDS: SCREENSHOT FROM BCCI VIDEO** Chennai: England's Joe Root after scoring a century during Day 1 of the first cricket test match between India and England, at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_05_2021_000242 B)(PTI)

Joe Root’s double delight propels England

PTI | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 08:47 PM IST
The pair’s assured execution against India’s bowlers did force Virat Kohli and the think tank into frequent and long huddles to keep altering the strategy. A 200-run third wicket partnership saw England finish the day on a solid 263/3.
Indian cricketers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai.(PTI)
Indian cricketers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai.(PTI)

'Best in the world' test for Virat Kohli's India against England

PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:33 PM IST
  • India vs England 1st Test preview: Bowlers who can bat at the “forefront” of Kohli’s plans in Chennai.
Jofra Archer is yet to play a Test in Asia. (Getty Images)
Jofra Archer is yet to play a Test in Asia. (Getty Images)

England pacers ready to grind it out against India: Jofra Archer

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • The fast bowler is yet to play a Test in Asia, but is unfazed by the tough pitch conditions he could face in the four-Test series.
File photo of Jack Leach(HT Archive)
File photo of Jack Leach(HT Archive)

From Panesar to negative line: Jack Leach sees lessons in a past India show

PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 09:19 PM IST
Leach and Bess can look back on a past high. The last time an England left-arm bowler and off-spinner teamed up in India, they helped notch up a famous series win.
File image of Joe Root.(Twitter)
File image of Joe Root.(Twitter)

England batsmen look to follow Joe Root’s Sri Lanka template

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 08:21 AM IST
Those big runs have boosted team confidence going up against India, England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler said in a virtual media interaction on Saturday.
India celebrates winning on day five of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.(via REUTERS)
India celebrates winning on day five of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.(via REUTERS)

The Brisbane chase: 'At Tea, if we have wickets in hand, we’ll take the game'

UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:49 PM IST
At the beginning of that process, the Adelaide defeat, India batting coach Vikram Rathour and his colleagues in the coaching staff had sensed the glimmer of an opportunity.
India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun with Jasprit Bumrah(Getty Images)
India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun with Jasprit Bumrah(Getty Images)

We don't fear losing: Bharat Arun

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 08:31 AM IST
  • Four bowlers made debuts against a line-up that boasted the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne. That the visitors still emerged as the better side is the strongest possible proof that India’s bowling reserve is exceptionally talented and deep.
India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun(Getty Images)
India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun(Getty Images)

'We don't fear losing': Bharat Arun

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:46 PM IST
That the visitors still emerged as the better side is the strongest possible proof that India’s bowling reserve is exceptionally talented and deep. Shepherding this rotating cast of bowlers through injuries and debuts was India bowling coach Bharat Arun.
India's Navdeep Saini, right, reacts after injuring his leg while bowling during play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
India's Navdeep Saini, right, reacts after injuring his leg while bowling during play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

India vs Australia: Why India’s list of walking wounded is getting longer

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Sharma may still get away with the niggle in his right ankle, but Brisbane provided only the latest episode in India’s running saga of the walking wounded.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari walk back to the dressing room after drawing the third Test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground(Twitter)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari walk back to the dressing room after drawing the third Test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground(Twitter)

Incredible India! R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari highlight a great escape

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 09:11 PM IST
With a target of 309 going into the fifth day with two wickets down, India lost only three more to stay unbeaten on 334 in 131 overs. It is the third most overs faced in a fourth innings on Australian soil in the last 10 years.
India's captain Ajinkya Rahane (3L) and his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara (C) walk off the field at the end of the fourth day. (Getty)
India's captain Ajinkya Rahane (3L) and his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara (C) walk off the field at the end of the fourth day. (Getty)

India battle on despite insult and injury

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:01 PM IST
  • Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill then stitched a second straight 60-plus stand, laying the foundation for an improbable chase, before the home bowlers struck.
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates a dismissal on the third day of the Third Test Match at Sydney Cricket Ground,
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates a dismissal on the third day of the Third Test Match at Sydney Cricket Ground,

Waiting game leaves India hurting at SCG

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 07:27 PM IST
  • India in trouble as they add 148 runs in 55.4 overs after Pujara’s slowest Test fifty with Pant, Jadeja injured
Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade.(via REUTERS)
Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade.(via REUTERS)

India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja’s golden arm negates Steve Smith century

CAPE TOWN | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:35 PM IST
India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja returned with his best figures in Australia (4/62) before bringing an end to Smith’s innings with a cracker of a run out. Despite a solid start, the hosts were restricted to 338. In reply, India are 96/2 going into the third day.
India's Rishabh Pant, left, and Hanuma Vihari collide as they go for a catch during play on day one of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)
India's Rishabh Pant, left, and Hanuma Vihari collide as they go for a catch during play on day one of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)

India vs Australia 3rd Test: Rishabh Pant makes life two hard for India at the SCG

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:00 PM IST
India vs Australia: Pucovski’s aggression and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant giving him two lives, on 26 and 32, played a huge role in the hosts reaching such a strong position.
India's MD Siraj, second left, is congratulated by teammates(AP)
India's MD Siraj, second left, is congratulated by teammates(AP)

Will be interesting to see how Siraj and Saini handle Australia’s pressure: Glenn McGrath

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:29 AM IST
Navdeep Saini will be the second fast bowler after Mohammed Siraj to debut for India this series after injuries to Mohammed Shami and Yadav. Counting Jasprit Bumrah’s 16 matches, the Indian pace attack at the SCG will have a combined experience of only 17 Tests.
Tim Paine of Australia congratulates India's Ajinkya Rahane after India won the match during day four of the second test match between Australia and India at The MCG, Melbourne, Australia, December 29, 2020. AAP Image/Scott Barbour via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT(via REUTERS)
Tim Paine of Australia congratulates India's Ajinkya Rahane after India won the match during day four of the second test match between Australia and India at The MCG, Melbourne, Australia, December 29, 2020. AAP Image/Scott Barbour via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT(via REUTERS)

India vs Australia: Bubble fatigue leads to surface tension

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:51 AM IST
While Ajinkya Rahane points out challenges of living in quarantine, Tim Paine says ‘tension is boiling’ over India’s reported unwillingness to move to Brisbane.
India's captain, Ajinkya Rahane, center, talks with head coach Ravi Shastri Indian players train in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, ahead of their cricket test against Australia starting Thursday.(AP)
India's captain, Ajinkya Rahane, center, talks with head coach Ravi Shastri Indian players train in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, ahead of their cricket test against Australia starting Thursday.(AP)

India vs Australia: Who will make Sydney grade?

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:56 AM IST
Bringing in Rohit Sharma, who has been named vice-captain, would mean tinkering with the team that won the second Test in Melbourne.
Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.(AP)
Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.(AP)

Indian camp keeps wary eye on protocol breach probe

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:26 AM IST
The players—vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw—have been placed in isolation. Cricket Australia (CA) and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) are investigating whether any breach of bio-security protocol has happened.
Australia’s David Warner bats in the nets(Getty Images)
Australia’s David Warner bats in the nets(Getty Images)

Amidst century drought, Australia desperately seek David

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:38 AM IST
India vs Australia: Since Steve Smith’s 111 in the Dharamsala Test of March 2017, the teams have played six Tests with no Australian batsman scoring a century.
R Ashwin appeals successfully.(Getty Images)
R Ashwin appeals successfully.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia - Ashwin’s come really prepared: Marnus Labuschagne

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 07:55 AM IST
India vs Australia: Sydney double-ton special but this will be hard work, says Australia batsman.
India's Mohammed Shami suffered an injury in Adelaide.(AP)
India's Mohammed Shami suffered an injury in Adelaide.(AP)

India vs Australia: The pitfalls of Mohammed Shami’s absence

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 07:27 AM IST
India vs Australia: Of the five pacers in line to replace Mohammed Shami in the Indian Test squad, four are yet to make their debut in the format.
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