Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)

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)
MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket.(Getty Images)
MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket.(Getty Images)

MS Dhoni retirement: End of an epoch in Indian cricket

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 05:55 PM IST
Dhoni made this announcement via an Instagram post on Saturday, a day that marked India’s Independence Day, with the following message.
West Indies cricketer Everton Weekes batting energetically at Kingston against a Club Cricket Conference team, 28th April 1950. (Photo by Ockinden/Central Press/Getty Images)(Getty Images)
West Indies cricketer Everton Weekes batting energetically at Kingston against a Club Cricket Conference team, 28th April 1950. (Photo by Ockinden/Central Press/Getty Images)(Getty Images)

Everton Weekes’s passage to greatness, via India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 08:50 AM IST
OBITUARY: The legend’s debut season saw five successive tons, four in India.
Novak Djokovic has come under heavy criticism after organising the Adria Tour during the Covid-19 pandemic.(Reuters)
Novak Djokovic has come under heavy criticism after organising the Adria Tour during the Covid-19 pandemic.(Reuters)

The enigma of Novak Djokovic: Tennis hero turns antagonist in time of Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 09:24 AM IST
If there was no coronavirus, Djokovic would’ve in all probability tied Federer and Nadal for Slam numbers sometime next year. But there is no ‘if’ before coronavirus; the global pandemic has already had an irreversible impact on the world of the sport, and now on Djokovic’s already precarious reputation as well.
Rafael Nadal with Roger Federer and Andy Murray.(ATP Tour)
Rafael Nadal with Roger Federer and Andy Murray.(ATP Tour)

When Roger met Rafa met Andy met Novak

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 08:24 PM IST
The only criticism to have held any water about the ongoing men’s era has been the lack of off-court characters in the game. Among the five men to have won 62 out of the last 67 Slams dating back to 2003, there simply are no ‘bad guys’.
If and when Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon next year, he will be 39, and playing for both lost and leftover time.(Getty Images)
If and when Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon next year, he will be 39, and playing for both lost and leftover time.(Getty Images)

A July without Roger Federer

Hindustan Times | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2020 09:23 AM IST
How a Wimbledon-less year affects the 38-year-old champ and his legion of fans
Indian cricketer Jaydev Unadkat delivers the ball at a training session at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 11, 2018. - The Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament is taking place with the Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India cricket teams.
Indian cricketer Jaydev Unadkat delivers the ball at a training session at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 11, 2018. - The Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament is taking place with the Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India cricket teams.

Unadkat: Unplayable, Unplugged

Hindustan Times, Rajkot | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 08:42 AM IST
For two domestic seasons on the trot, Jaydev Unadkat has been a wrecking ball through opposition batting line-ups. Even on the flattest of pitches, he makes batsmen dance. Why is he not in the national squad?
Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany on December 07, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas.(Getty Images)
Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany on December 07, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas.(Getty Images)

A human face behind the stripes

Hindustan Times | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 06:40 PM IST
But this is 2019, a year in which Woods ended a decade-long wait to win his fifteenth major at the Masters; and this is after all the Hero World Challenge, where Woods plays host to an 18-man field with no cuts and guaranteed prize money.
Stuart Binny of India celebrates after winning the Royal London One Day International series.(Getty Images)
Stuart Binny of India celebrates after winning the Royal London One Day International series.(Getty Images)

Almost Famous: A life in cricket

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2019 06:35 PM IST
In a cricket crazy country, what happens when your father is a World Cup winner? When you are marked for the India team, you make it, notch up the record for the best bowling performance by an Indian in an ODI, and then fade away? The life of Stuart Binny, who, at 35, will turn out for minnows Nagaland at this year’s Ranji Trophy
Rajnit Bajaj(KESHAV SINGH/HT)
Rajnit Bajaj(KESHAV SINGH/HT)

A rebel who found his cause

UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 08:51 AM IST
The life of Ranjit Bajaj, owner of Punjab FC, who ignited a mini-revolution in Indian football during his journey from ‘Gangster Bajaj’ to ‘Reformed Ranjit’
File image of Steve Smith(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of Steve Smith(Action Images via Reuters)

The Bradmanesque and the Smithsonian

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 08:58 AM IST
What is it about Smith’s technique that has allowed him to transform from the attacking, more-or-less conventional basher he once was to the Bradmanesque figure he cuts today?
File photo of Unmukt Chand at the U19 International Quad Series.(Getty Images)
File photo of Unmukt Chand at the U19 International Quad Series.(Getty Images)

The fault in his star

UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 11:30 AM IST
For the last three seasons Unmukt hasn’t been picked by any IPL team. For the last two years he hasn’t featured in a first-class match for Delhi, his state-team.
Almost on every count that concludes GOAT debates, Nadal now dominates Federer — head-to-head (24-16), percentage of Slam finals won (74-64.5) and Masters-1000s titles (35-28).(USA TODAY Sports)
Almost on every count that concludes GOAT debates, Nadal now dominates Federer — head-to-head (24-16), percentage of Slam finals won (74-64.5) and Masters-1000s titles (35-28).(USA TODAY Sports)

Rafael Nadal, 33, nineteen going on twenty?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 12:55 PM IST
At 33, Nadal has two Grand Slam titles more than Federer had at the same age, and three more than the other Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) contender, Novak Djokovic, has at 32
Australia's Steve Smith scored a double hundred in Manchester.(Reuters)
Australia's Steve Smith scored a double hundred in Manchester.(Reuters)

Ashes 2019, England vs Australia: Steve Smith - Doing the impossible

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 08:16 AM IST
He can return from a 17-month absence from Test cricket and instantly start batting with better fluidity than before the ban. Because he knew we thought it wasn’t possible.
India captain Virat Kohli bats against West Indies.(AP)
India captain Virat Kohli bats against West Indies.(AP)

The Virat Kohli decade: 20K and counting

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2019 11:24 AM IST
On Wednesday, the India captain Virat Kohli went where no one has before — scoring his 20,000th run in 10 years, across formats.
File image of Dale Steyn in action against Sachin Tendulkar.(Getty Image)
File image of Dale Steyn in action against Sachin Tendulkar.(Getty Image)

The Steyn spell Tendulkar says he will “never forget”

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2019 08:14 AM IST
Of all the spectacular moments Steyn created over his 93-match Test career, one stood head and shoulders above the rest; mainly because Tendulkar, cricket’s most decorated batsman, called the day of the spectacle-in-chief’s occurrence a day “he will never forget”.
FILE PHOTO: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli(Action Images via Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli(Action Images via Reuters)

Is it time to give Rohit Sharma the reigns of the Indian T20 team?

UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 05:29 PM IST
Being distinctive doesn’t win cricket matches at the international level; being a great man-manager and a strategist does. Time and again—most recently at the World Cup—Kohli has proven he is not exactly great at either.
Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands and embraces Spain's Rafael Nadal (L).(AFP)
Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands and embraces Spain's Rafael Nadal (L).(AFP)

Be still my beating heart: Rafa-Roger at SW19

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 03:04 PM IST
The hands of the large Rolex clock on Centre Court seemed to be spinning back, spinning fast, back eleven years, back to that final in 2008, and giving 15,000 of us a small taste of what it must have felt like to witness live the greatest tennis match ever played.
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, stands in the pavilion with teammates.(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, stands in the pavilion with teammates.(AP)

World Cup 2019: India post-mortem - Baffling decisions, some more than others

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 08:07 AM IST
India topped the round robin stage with seven wins. But a defeat against New Zealand in the semis ende their campaign.
India's captain Virat Kohli leaves the pitch after losing his wicket.(AFP)
India's captain Virat Kohli leaves the pitch after losing his wicket.(AFP)

India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: Top order stumbles as India suffer loss in World Cup semis against New Zealand

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 03:42 PM IST
India’s famed top-order imploded on a day when it mattered most as a gritty New Zealand survived a swift counter attack from Ravindra Jadeja to win an exciting World Cup semi-final by 18 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja reacts during the ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between India and New Zealand.(AP)
Ravindra Jadeja reacts during the ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between India and New Zealand.(AP)

India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja heroics in vain as India suffer heartbreak against New Zealand

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 11:45 PM IST
New Zealand produced a brilliant bowling performance to upset India with an 18-run victory in their rain-affected World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls is bowled out by India's Ravindra Jadeja.(Action Images via Reuters)
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls is bowled out by India's Ravindra Jadeja.(Action Images via Reuters)

India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: India-New Zealand semi-final pushed to reserve day after rain interruption

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 02:59 AM IST
The World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand will head into a second day after rain prevented the match finishing as scheduled at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
India take on New Zealand in the first World Cup 2019 semifinal.(BCCI)
India take on New Zealand in the first World Cup 2019 semifinal.(BCCI)

India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: Tale of two skippers in Old Trafford clash

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 01:00 PM IST
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson would have both expected their teams to make the knockout stage once again when they first arrived in England some seven weeks ago.
KL Rahul celebrates after scoring his century against Sri Lanka.(AFP)
KL Rahul celebrates after scoring his century against Sri Lanka.(AFP)

World Cup 2019: KL Rahul rising, and playing perfect wingman to Rohit Sharma

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 08:18 AM IST
Immediately before India’s semi-final game against New Zealand, KL Rahul hit a century as an opener to ensure that India don’t for a moment miss the loss of Shikhar Dhawan as the tournament progresses into its final week.
India's Rohit Sharma celebrates Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith(Reuters)
India's Rohit Sharma celebrates Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith(Reuters)

World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s fifth symphony

Hindustan Times, Leeds | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 12:09 PM IST
An epitome of elegance in scoring his record sixth century, the opener continues to steal the show as India march on
A light aircraft tows a banner with political charged message.(AFP)
A light aircraft tows a banner with political charged message.(AFP)

India vs Sri Lanka: Planes with protest banners fly over World Cup game

UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 06:39 PM IST
At separate intervals during the India-Sri Lanka match on Saturday, a light propeller aircraft flew directly over the ground in Headingley carrying on its tail-banner a politically charged message.
India's captain Virat Kohli during a training session.(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli during a training session.(AP)

India vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga test for Virat Kohli & Co. ahead of semis

Hindustan Times, Leeds | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 07:55 AM IST
Because Virat Kohli’s side has lost to England and not played New Zealand at this World Cup—one of the teams India is certain to meet in the semi-finals, a day to tune up may just have been the need of the hour.
India's captain Virat Kohli (L) leads his team as they celebrate after victory in the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham(AFP)
India's captain Virat Kohli (L) leads his team as they celebrate after victory in the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham(AFP)

World Cup 2019: The story so far - India’s smooth journey to the semi-finals

Hindustan Times, Birmingham | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 08:29 AM IST
So, despite the fact that the result of India’s final group game against Sri Lanka will affect nothing but their position in the top-four, expect Kohli’s side to give it their all.
Cricket World Cup: India beat Bangladesh to book semis berth(AFP)
Cricket World Cup: India beat Bangladesh to book semis berth(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: India seal semifinals berth with 28-run win over Bangladesh

Hindustan TImes, Birmingham | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 08:30 AM IST
India sailed into the Cricket World Cup semi-finals and eliminated opponents Bangladesh after Rohit Sharma’s century and Jasprit Bumrah’s four-wicket haul secured a 28-run victory over their neighbours on Tuesday.
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni(AP)
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni(AP)

World Cup 2019: After chase fades, we need to talk about MS Dhoni

Hindustan Times, Birmingham | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 12:49 PM IST
MS Dhoni’s diehard fans flooded social media platforms on their hero’s behalf to explain his process: the loss was guaranteed by then, they said, so he was simply in damage-control mode, fortifying India’s net run-rate
India vs England, World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett celebrates(AP)
India vs England, World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett celebrates(AP)

India vs England, World Cup 2019: India taper off in first defeat, England rekindle semis hope

Hindustan Times, Birmingham | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 07:52 AM IST
World Cup, India vs England: India register first defeat of their campaign as an inspired England put up dominating performance.
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