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
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, plays a shot during the third T20 international cricket match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, plays a shot during the third T20 international cricket match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli revs up chase, India fall short

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:49 PM IST
India vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Visitors lose by 12 runs in final game despite skipper’s third fifty across white-ball formats, win T20 series 2-1
Ritu Phogat.(ONE)
Ritu Phogat.(ONE)

Ritu Phogat extends MMA winning run, eyes grand prix

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 08:22 AM IST
That challenge didn’t matter to the youngest daughter of the Phogat household, famous for giving India top wrestlers including Gita, Babita and Vinesh. The contest had to be stopped by the referee three minutes, 55 seconds into the first round.
Steve Smith celebrates his century during the 2nd ODI against India(AP)
Steve Smith celebrates his century during the 2nd ODI against India(AP)

Another Smith masterclass floors India, decides ODI series

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 10:47 PM IST
His second ton in a row puts the hosts 2-0 up in the series as India again pay for poor bowling and fielding at SCG in the 2nd ODI
Hardik Pandya collects the ball.(Getty Images)
Hardik Pandya collects the ball.(Getty Images)

India feel absence of part-time pacers

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:09 AM IST
India vs Australia: All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is not ready to bowl yet because of a lower back problem, says it’s always difficult when you go with five pacers.
Australia's Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc celebrate with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan.(REUTERS)
Australia's Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc celebrate with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan.(REUTERS)

India cave in after Smith hits fastest ODI ton

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:52 PM IST
The ex-Australia skipper’s 62-ball century and skipper Finch’s 114 sets up the hosts easy win in first ODI
Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami(Twitter)
Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami(Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami to be rotated: Virat Kohli

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:15 AM IST
India skipper Virat Kohli is happy to play in front of crowds at SCG, questions injury management by BCCI
File image of Australia head coach Justin Langer.(Getty Images)
File image of Australia head coach Justin Langer.(Getty Images)

In bleak times, Justin Langer sees ‘plenty of room for banter’

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:38 AM IST
India vs Australia: Langer expects some banter between the players but said performance must speak for itself as they did during his playing career.
Photo of Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley(Twitter)
Photo of Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley(Twitter)

‘Several million dollars’ spent on Covid-19 measures, 14-day quarantine mandatory: Cricket Australia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:15 PM IST
Due to a sudden spurt in Covid-19 cases in South Australia last week, several members of the Australia Test squad, including captain Tim Paine, were airlifted to New South Wales
Virat Kohli of India walks out to bat during day one of the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli of India walks out to bat during day one of the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground.(Getty Images)

Adelaide and the Virat Kohli zone

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 01:27 PM IST
From the historic series win in 2018-19 to Monkeygate, India’s tour of Australia has become one of cricket’s most fierce journeys. In this series, we explore some of the highlights from past tours. Today we revisit Virat Kohli’s tryst with Adelaide where the Test series starts.
Jasprit Bumrah in his bowling stride.(Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah in his bowling stride.(Getty Images)

Australia must tire out Jasprit Bumrah, batsmen must deliver: Josh Hazlewood

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 09:25 AM IST
Part of the pace attack that will again be tasked to make amends for the 2-1 loss in 2018-19, Josh Hazlewood feels familiarity with the Indian batting line-up will make the job a bit easier this time.
File image of Glenn McGrath.(File)
File image of Glenn McGrath.(File)

India vs Australia: ‘He makes a big impact’ - Glenn McGrath names Australia fast bowler who has got the ‘X-factor’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 04:51 PM IST
India vs Australia: McGrath credited one specific bowler whom he described as the ‘X-factor’ in the Australian bowling line-up, and that bowler is Mitchell Starc.
File image of Virat Kohli & co.(File)
File image of Virat Kohli & co.(File)

India vs Australia: ‘Virat is worth two players, as batsman and captain,’ Glenn McGrath says Kohli’s absence will ‘impact series’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 04:36 PM IST
India vs Australia: Former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath was questioned how would Kohli’s absence impact the series, and he said that it is a big blow for the Indian team.
Glenn McGrath.(AMAL KS /HINDUSTAN TIMES)
Glenn McGrath.(AMAL KS /HINDUSTAN TIMES)

This Australia tour will be tough for Cheteshwar Pujara: Glenn McGrath

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 07:46 AM IST
It will be India’s first international series since February and Kohli will play only the first Test, the pink-ball game in Adelaide starting December 17.
BCCI President Saurav Ganguly, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel during the final cricket match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians.(PTI)
BCCI President Saurav Ganguly, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel during the final cricket match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians.(PTI)

IPL bosses face new season amid financial challenges

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:02 AM IST
Ahead of IPL 2020, the Indian board and the IPL title sponsors, Chinese mobile makers Vivo, suspended their five-year contract (valued at R440 crore per year) for the just-ended season amid anti-Chinese sentiments in India due to the border standoff.
Rahul Dravid(PTI)
Rahul Dravid(PTI)

IPL is ready for expansion, says NCA head Rahul Dravid

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:50 PM IST
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, now the National Cricket Academy (NCA) director, and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale feel an expansion of the IPL would serve the tournament well.
IPL 2020: Both Trent Boult and Jayant Yadav have played for Delhi Capitals earlier.(IPL/Twitter)
IPL 2020: Both Trent Boult and Jayant Yadav have played for Delhi Capitals earlier.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Deals that hurt Delhi Capitals this Diwali season

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:26 PM IST
IPL 2020: Two traded players from Delhi Capitals, Trent Boult and Jayant Yadav, came back to haunt their old team in the IPL final.
Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals celebrates the wicket of Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians during the Qualifier 1 cricket match Indian Premier League (IPL) in Dubai.(PTI)
Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals celebrates the wicket of Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians during the Qualifier 1 cricket match Indian Premier League (IPL) in Dubai.(PTI)

R Ashwin’s renewed zeal keeps up Delhi Capitals hopes

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 09:04 AM IST
“Spin bowling is like software. If you don’t try and upgrade it, you will fall by the wayside,” he had said in 2015.
Abu Dhabi: Jason Holder and Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, in Abu Dhabi, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.(PTI)
Abu Dhabi: Jason Holder and Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, in Abu Dhabi, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: Holder, Williamson prevent Hyderabad blues

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 11:48 PM IST
IPL 2020: Jason Holder’s 3/25 against RCB in the eliminator which helped restrict Virat Kohli’s team to 131/7 in 20 overs. His role was not done yet as he was involved in 65-run partnership with Kane Williamson (50*) for the fifth wicket as SRH got home in 19.4 overs after showing signs of another batting implosion. They will now face Delhi Capitals on Sunday for a place in the title decider.
Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad bats during Indian Premier League (IPL ) cricket match against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.(PTI)
Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad bats during Indian Premier League (IPL ) cricket match against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.(PTI)

Wriddhiman Saha: The late riser of Sunrisers Hyderabad

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:03 AM IST
Desperate times demanded desperate measures. SRH played a gambit by removing the dangerous opener Jonny Bairstow to include Kane Williamson, bolstering a faltering middle-order.
IPL 2020: Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma will be up against each other as Delhi Capitals face off Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 on Thursday(Twitter)
IPL 2020: Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma will be up against each other as Delhi Capitals face off Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 on Thursday(Twitter)

IPL 2020 Playoffs, Qualifier 1: Delhi eye capital gain on Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 10:05 AM IST
IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma could be a little shaky coming back from injury, and Delhi Capitals sense an opportunity in the first play-off against Mumbai Indians.
IPL 2020: Shane Watson of the Chennai Super Kings bats(Getty Images)
IPL 2020: Shane Watson of the Chennai Super Kings bats(Getty Images)

Shane Watson, the go-to man for skippers

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 08:33 AM IST
A career record like Watson’s is certainly dream-like - two World Cup titles, leading Australia in all three formats, highest ODI score by an Australian (185*), most runs for Australia in T20 World Cups (537).
Rajasthan Royals players celebrate the wicket of Delhi Capitals player Shikhar Dhawan during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.(PTI)
Rajasthan Royals players celebrate the wicket of Delhi Capitals player Shikhar Dhawan during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.(PTI)

IPL team goes far infrared

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 08:51 AM IST
At the IPL, Rajasthan Royals (RR) players are using bio-ceramics infused t-shirts and pyjamas that emit Far Infrared (FIR) energy. If that reads like a pretty far-fetched sentence, here’s an effort to break it down.
Charles Amini.(Twitter.)
Charles Amini.(Twitter.)

One game can make all the difference

UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 08:53 AM IST
Known for their superb fielding abilities, the T20 World Cup in Australia would have been a graduation of sorts into the big boys’ club–PNG’s maiden foray into a marquee ICC event. But this time, they have been caught in the net due to a global pandemic.
Photo of AB de Villiers batting against KKR in 28th IPL 2020 match in Sharjah(IPL/Twitter)
Photo of AB de Villiers batting against KKR in 28th IPL 2020 match in Sharjah(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020, RCB vs KKR: AB de Villiers special floors Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 11:41 PM IST
IPL2020: When RCB finished on 194/2 in 20 overs, de Villiers had shared an unbroken 100-run stand from 46 deliveries with Kohli. Out of those, 73 were scored by de Villiers in 33 balls
UAE, Oct 09 (ANI): Marcus Stoinis of Delhi Capitals celebrates a dismissal during match 23 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Friday.(ANI)
UAE, Oct 09 (ANI): Marcus Stoinis of Delhi Capitals celebrates a dismissal during match 23 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Friday.(ANI)

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals’ bowlers, fielders choke Rajasthan Royals to defeat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 11:37 PM IST
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs in an IPL match in Sharjah on Friday. Batting first, DC posted 184 for 8 and in reply their bowlers bowled out Royals for 138.
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during IPL 2020 cricket match against Kolkata Knight Riders.(PTI)
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during IPL 2020 cricket match against Kolkata Knight Riders.(PTI)

Shreyas Iyer’s knock can end India’s search for a regular No 4

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 10:00 AM IST
Iyer has the pressure of being the youngest captain in this IPL, of a team that has never reached the final in the past 12 editions.
Chennai Super Kings players Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson during IPL 2020 cricket match against Kings XI Punjab, at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.(PTI)
Chennai Super Kings players Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson during IPL 2020 cricket match against Kings XI Punjab, at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis fire, CSK bounce back with 10-wicket win against KXIP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 11:31 PM IST
IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets to bring their Indian Premier League campaign back on track. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson slammed unbeaten half-centuries after CSK restricted KXIP to 178/4.
IPL 2020: Shane Warne returned to the Rajasthan Royals(IPL)
IPL 2020: Shane Warne returned to the Rajasthan Royals(IPL)

IPL 2020: ‘Jofra Archer is a weapon, brings the fear factor,’ says Shane Warne

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 06:32 AM IST
IPL 2020: In an interview, Shane Warne talks about his Sharjah memories, the captaincy style of Steve Smith, the ‘fear factor’ of Jofra Archer, the prospect of Sanju Samson and of course, RR’s new poster boy Rahul Tewatia.
Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals received man of the match award during match 9 of season 13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL).(Sportzpics for BCCI)
Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals received man of the match award during match 9 of season 13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL).(Sportzpics for BCCI)

Sanju Samson credits gym session with Virat Kohli for his fresh verve in cricket

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 11:26 PM IST
The 24-year-old Rajasthan Royals big-hitter and ‘keeper says a conversation with the India skipper on the New Zealand tour provided clarity.
Nicholas Pooran of Kings XI Punjab saves six runs during Match 9 of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab(Sportzpics for BCCI)
Nicholas Pooran of Kings XI Punjab saves six runs during Match 9 of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab(Sportzpics for BCCI)

IPL 2020: Nicholas Pooran takes flight, leaves wheelchair days behind

New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 07:56 AM IST
IPL 2020: On Sunday, as Nicholas Pooran pulled off a jaw-dropping save near the boundary, the West Indies batsman showed how he’s come a long way since a near career-ending injury in 2015.
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