Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
Aditya Iyer is Chief Cricket Writer, Hindustan Times. He has covered cricket World Cups, football World Cups and all four Grand Slams in tennis.
Articles by Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:16 PM IST
Pant was first about to prove just how reliable he could also be while employing the dead bat to play second fiddle to Sharma. Only much later, after a large swathe of time had been spent blocking and well after ensuring that India had closed in enough on England’s first innings total did Pant cut loose to bring up his first international hundred in India.
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 10:26 PM IST
India once again placed themselves firmly on the driver's seat in fourth Test against England. After England opted to bat first, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin got about their business to bowl the visitors' out for 205. In reply, India reached 24/1 at stumps on Day 1.
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:44 PM IST
When Kohli was asked if a rank-turner could backfire on his side, given that India only need a draw over the next five days to qualify for the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final. “No. I don’t think so,” was the entirety of Kohli’s answer, hoping to make a quick getaway from the subject.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:49 PM IST
- The supremely gifted Russian is the perfect candidate to give the sport a big dose of what it has missed since the days of John McEnroe–a shot of spice amid the overload of syrup.
By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer), Chennai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 07:34 AM IST
- Throughout the second Test, the crowd at Chepauk tended to collect in large and unregulated clusters.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:19 PM IST
It all began with Patel’s very first ball in Test match cricket on Sunday, a delivery with which he ended up finding the outside edge of a batsman who had scored two double centuries and a daddy hundred in the space of his last three Tests in Asia.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 09:20 PM IST
All-rounder follows up his five-wicket haul with fifth century on Day 3 to leave India on verge of a series-levelling win over England in the 2nd Test in Chennai on Day 3.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 09:07 PM IST
India off-spinner takes second five-for in a row as hosts push for victory over England in the second Test in Chennai on Day 2.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 11:21 PM IST
- Fifty percent of the stadium’s box seats were released online for occupancy by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association—with a list of Covid protocols to abide by—and Saravanan ensured he was one of them.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 09:41 PM IST
India displayed a solid batting performance after winning the toss in the second Test against England. They reached 300 for six at stumps on Day 1 on a Chennai track that is has already started to turn a lot.
By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer), New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:15 AM IST
- The absence of Jadeja (he dislocated his thumb in Sydney) was felt even more so because his like-for-like replacement in Shahbaz Nadeem didn’t quite go according to the think-tank’s plan, even in the second innings.
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 07:34 AM IST
While it is remarkable that Jasprit Bumrah, just 17 matches and three years old in Test cricket, is the spearhead of possibly the greatest pace attack in the world in such a short time. Jofra Archer, on the other hand, comes to India with a reputation far greater than his experience and age.
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 07:47 AM IST
No other active player understands what it takes to beat India at home better than James Anderson, who has featured in three Test wins on these shores.
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:51 AM IST
Gabba hero Rishabh Pant details his and India’s turnaround in the last Test, says going for victory was on his mind all along.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:07 AM IST
India vs Australia: Donning the Test cap in Australia can be overwhelming, but when opportunity knocked, India’s new picks were peerless.
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:06 AM IST
India vs Australia: Defeated, depleted, and damaged, Team India rise from the ruins to fashion a miraculous turnaround in Australia
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 03:11 PM IST
- As many as five players at the Gabba – Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan -- hadn’t played Test cricket before the tour of Australia began.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 08:15 AM IST
Playing Pant alongside wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is bound to happen in the final Test at Brisbane anyway, given the spate of injuries in the Indian camp.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 11:01 PM IST
- India’s fate in Sydney now hinges heavily on its overnight batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Ajinkya Rahane. They will restart proceedings on Monday, a delicious prospect where India need a further 309 runs in 97 overs
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:45 PM IST
India vs Australia: On what should’ve been India's moving day, the visitors simply didn’t press on from a relatively strong overnight position, and ended up conceding a first innings lead of 94.
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:25 PM IST
India vs Australia: Since Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir breached the 100-run mark in Centurion in 2010, Sharma and Gill’s partnership was the second best for an Indian opening pair away from the subcontinent.
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:52 PM IST
India vs Australia: During that Ashes, Labuschagne’s first, the South African-born Queenslander went from packing Smith’s kit bag to replacing him as the game’s first concussion substitute in the Lord’s Test.
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:44 AM IST
India vs Australia: Between Melbourne 2018 and Melbourne 2020, Mayank Agarwal is one of only three Indian players, along with Rahane and the erstwhile stand-in vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara, to have played each of India’s last 13 Tests.
By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 04:35 PM IST
The icy calm strategist took over a weakened squad, just after they’d set a record for worst-ever Indian innings. And he’s managed to put the shards together to make a winning whole.
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:11 AM IST
Ravichandran Ashwin has never bowled in tandem with a frontline spinner in Australia. Could a case be made for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in Mohammed Shami’s absence?
By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Adelaide
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:06 AM IST
India vs Australia: Off-spinner’s 4 for 55 in a terrific bowling show gives India 53-run first innings lead.
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:43 PM IST
India vs Australia: Advantage Australia after skipper Kohli, Rahane and Vihari in space of 18 runs.
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:28 AM IST
India vs Australia: Skipper Kohli’s “new India”, back to where they scripted history two years ago, kick off another series in Australia with a tough pink-ball Test in Adelaide.
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:52 AM IST
India vs Australia: It was in Australia six years ago that KL Rahul arrived on the international scene with a century in just his second Test at Sydney. Can he stand up and deliver this time around as India look to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy?
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Samson’s career is just seven T20Is old, and a talent as precocious as his is perhaps just one big knock away from blossoming. But the question remains if India’s selectors will remain patient with him in a T20 World Cup year that is 2021.