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)
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.
India's Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer.(AFP)
India's Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer.(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Once substitute now a star, Shami credits self for revival

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Shami is often animated and forever genuine and only he can effortlessly explain his state-of-mind or even break down his technique with clarity.
India's Mohammed Shami (2L) celebrates with India's captain Virat Kohli (2R) after dismissing West Indies' Shai Hope.(AFP)
India's Mohammed Shami (2L) celebrates with India's captain Virat Kohli (2R) after dismissing West Indies' Shai Hope.(AFP)

India vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2019: Blue reign continues in Manchester

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 07:57 AM IST
Mohammed Shami and his bowling colleagues then returned to skittle out West Indies for 143 in 34.2 over as India jumped to second place in the standings
West Indies' Chris Gayle bats in the nets during a training session at Old Trafford.(AFP)
West Indies' Chris Gayle bats in the nets during a training session at Old Trafford.(AFP)

India vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2019: Before India tie, a twist to Gayle’s tale

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 08:07 AM IST
With West Indies on the brink of elimination, Gayle was being posed plenty of his favourite kind of questions—on being Chris Gayle.
Cheshire versus Wiltshire, a fixture in England’s Minor Counties Championships.(HT Photo)
Cheshire versus Wiltshire, a fixture in England’s Minor Counties Championships.(HT Photo)

ICC World Cup 2019: Crossword & cricket on the corner of a foreign field

Hindustan Times, Chester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 07:56 AM IST
Cheshire versus Wiltshire, a fixture in England’s Minor Counties Championships—a tournament that is played under the shadow of County cricket, which itself is ongoing in this country in the margins of the ICC World Cup.
The schedule will be quite gruelling for Team India in the coming days of ICC World Cup 2019.(AFP)
The schedule will be quite gruelling for Team India in the coming days of ICC World Cup 2019.(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli & Co set to face gruelling schedule in business end

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 01:06 PM IST
After having played just five matches in the space of 28 days, Virat Kohli’s side will have now have to contest in six matches over the next 18 days, presuming their campaign is still alive on the morning of July 14th.
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi bats during the Cricket World Cup match between India and Afghanistan.(AP)
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi bats during the Cricket World Cup match between India and Afghanistan.(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Afghanistan: Amid the frenzy, Mohammad Nabi an island of calm

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 10:35 PM IST
In the middle of all the chaos and blood churn of India and Afghanistan thriller, Mohammad Nabi wore an aura of insouciance.
Mohammed Shami (C) celebrates with teammates after his hat-trick.(AFP)
Mohammed Shami (C) celebrates with teammates after his hat-trick.(AFP)

India vs Afghanistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Brilliant Bumrah, Shami hat-trick seals thriller for India against Afghanistan

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 09:59 AM IST
Finally, India were involved in a contest at this World Cup, but it came against a side they would rather have not been challenged by in the first place, let alone this well.
India's captain Virat Kohli attends a training session at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton on June 20, 2019, ahead of their 2019 World Cup cricket match against Afghanistan(AFP)
India's captain Virat Kohli attends a training session at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton on June 20, 2019, ahead of their 2019 World Cup cricket match against Afghanistan(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Afghanistan: India ready to rock Rashid Khan & Co.

UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 08:07 AM IST
India will face off against a struggling Afghanistan side in their fifth encounter at the 2019 World Cup on Saturday.
India's Rishabh Pant shares a light moment with a teammate during a training session.(AP)
India's Rishabh Pant shares a light moment with a teammate during a training session.(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant powers into reckoning

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 08:01 AM IST
Rishabh Pant has been called to India’s World Cup squad with Shikhar Dhawan getting injured.
Cardiff: India's Mohammed Shami bowls a delivery during the Cricket World Cup warm up match between Bangladesh and India at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, England, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. AP/PTI Photo(AP5_28_2019_000121B)(AP)
Cardiff: India's Mohammed Shami bowls a delivery during the Cricket World Cup warm up match between Bangladesh and India at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, England, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. AP/PTI Photo(AP5_28_2019_000121B)(AP)

Mohammed Shami 2.0, fast and strong, ready for a fresh plunge

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 09:59 AM IST
Mohammed Shami’s injury concerns are well behind him, confirms India’s fitness and conditioning coach Shankar Basu
File image of Vijay Shankar(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of Vijay Shankar(Action Images via Reuters)

ICC World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar offers fresh dimension

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Four balls into Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s third over, India’s opening bowler strained his hamstring in his delivery stride and limped off. Towards the very hazardous crease that felled Kumar, Shankar ran in. And first ball, he had trapped Imam-ul-Haq.
File image of India opener Shikhar Dhawan.(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of India opener Shikhar Dhawan.(Action Images via Reuters)

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup, Rishabh Pant named replacement

Hindustan Times | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 10:10 AM IST
Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of Team India’s ICC World Cup campaign due to the thumb injury sustained during the match against Australia and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been named as his replacement in the squad.
Curry Mile in south Manchester, England.(HT Photo)
Curry Mile in south Manchester, England.(HT Photo)

Cooking Pak player’s goose at Curry Mile

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 04:07 PM IST
A video of three cricketers puffing away at Three Sixty has gone viral on Pakistani social media and this predominantly Pakistani neighbourhood is not happy about it.
India's Hardik Pandya, center, celebrates with his teammates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez.(AP)
India's Hardik Pandya, center, celebrates with his teammates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez.(AP)

India vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma ton, Kuldeep Yadav magic delivery inspire India’s commanding win over Pakistan

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 06:11 AM IST
Virat Kohli’s side were ruthless on the day as they flexed their batting muscle and then sealed the deal with an absolutely professional display on the field with the ball.
India's captain Virat Kohli gestures during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, June 15, 2019(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli gestures during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, June 15, 2019(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli refuses to be swept up by hype over clash

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2019 08:49 AM IST
Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win of 2017 remained something of a theme in both press conferences on Saturday, possibly because it was Pakistan’s most significant win over India in one-day cricket in the last decade.
Pakistan cricket fan "Chacha Cricket", AKA Chacha Sufi Jalil (L) and Indian cricket fan Sudhir Gautam wave flags.(AFP)
Pakistan cricket fan "Chacha Cricket", AKA Chacha Sufi Jalil (L) and Indian cricket fan Sudhir Gautam wave flags.(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Cricket in the time of conflict

Hindustan Times, Manchester | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 11:51 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019: For perhaps the first time in the lead-up to a World Cup game against Pakistan, the unnecessary pressures have been self-inflicted.
Umpires interact with a groundsman as they inspect the field.(AP)
Umpires interact with a groundsman as they inspect the field.(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019 forecast: Hard rain’s gonna fall

Hindustan Times, Nottingham | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 08:00 AM IST
India and New Zealand continue to remain the tournament’s two unbeaten teams after three and four matches respectively, Kane Williamson’s side topping the table with 7 points.
File image of Shikhar Dhawan.(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of Shikhar Dhawan.(Action Images via Reuters)

ICC World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury leaves India camp in a quandary

UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 07:57 AM IST
Sources say that Rishabh Pant will be flown in on the earliest possible flight to England as a cover for Shikhar Dhawan, but won’t yet be named as a replacement.
India's Virat Kohli celebrates at the end of the match. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers(Action Images via Reuters)
India's Virat Kohli celebrates at the end of the match. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers(Action Images via Reuters)

ICC World Cup 2019: A gesture to talk about amid the boos

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2019 09:21 AM IST
Virat Kohli said he apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of the fans after the former Australian skipper Steve Smith coped another round of “unacceptable” booing in the ongoing World Cup.
India's Shikhar Dhawan (R) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) alongside India's captain Virat Kohliduring the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Australia at The Oval in London on June 9, 2019(AFP)
India's Shikhar Dhawan (R) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) alongside India's captain Virat Kohliduring the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Australia at The Oval in London on June 9, 2019(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Australia: India flex batting muscle, breeze past Australia in high-scoring encounter

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 04:56 PM IST
India convincingly ended Australia’s 10-match winning streak and underlined their ICC World Cup 2019 title ambitions in a 36-run victory at the Oval.
File image of India skipper Virat Kohli and his Australian counterpart Aaron Finch(Getty Images)
File image of India skipper Virat Kohli and his Australian counterpart Aaron Finch(Getty Images)

ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Australia: A clash of Titans

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 11:45 AM IST
Referring to this performance of Australia’s at the press conference here at the Oval on Saturday, India’s vice captain Rohit Sharma said he always takes a match against Australia very seriously.
India's Yuzvendra Chahal (R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen for 22 during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between South Africa and India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, southern England, on June 5, 2019.(AFP)
India's Yuzvendra Chahal (R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen for 22 during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between South Africa and India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, southern England, on June 5, 2019.(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal - Thinks like a chess player, spins it like a wizard

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 08:33 PM IST
On the day of India’s opening game of the World Cup, Chahal’s brain coached Chahal’s wrist to bend, fold, flip and turn the ball in mesmeric ways.
India's Rohit Sharma raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a century.(AP)
India's Rohit Sharma raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a century.(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal guide India to victory over South Africa

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 10:55 PM IST
Rohit Sharma curbed his natural flair for greater good as his gritty hundred complemented a superb bowling effort in India’s resounding six-wicket victory over a hapless South Africa in their World Cup opener here Wednesday.
India's Rohit Sharma bats in the nets during a training session at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, southern England, on June 3, 2019 ahead of their 2019 Cricket World Cup match against South Africa(AFP)
India's Rohit Sharma bats in the nets during a training session at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, southern England, on June 3, 2019 ahead of their 2019 Cricket World Cup match against South Africa(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Zen and the art of Rohit’s batting

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2019 09:21 AM IST
For a genuine six-hitter (fact: he has already hit 23 more sixes than Sachin Tendulkar ever did in ODIs, and 102 more than Virat Kohli), Rohit’s strokes are shorn of violence. Delicate yet dangerous, like a jellyfish.
File image of Kuldeep Yadav(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of Kuldeep Yadav(Action Images via Reuters)

ICC World Cup 2019: Kuldeep Yadav bids to discover lost mystery in England

Hindustan Times, Southampton | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 10:57 AM IST
In the IPL season that finished last month, Kuldeep took just four wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders, 13 less than the previous season, where he was the team’s highest wicket-taker.
Electric Avenue
Electric Avenue

ICC World Cup 2019: A walk through Brixton - Cricket lies buried here

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 03:32 PM IST
Cricket was once that common link between the many nationalities in the West Indies. I ask him if he is a fan of the other Jamaican, Chris Gayle, who, as we speak, is fielding for the West Indies against Pakistan in Nottingham.
South Africa's Imran Tahir celebrates taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan during their Cricket World Cup match at the Oval in London, Thursday, May 30, 2019.(AP)
South Africa's Imran Tahir celebrates taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan during their Cricket World Cup match at the Oval in London, Thursday, May 30, 2019.(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019: First Day, First Over: Blockbuster start to the tournament

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 02:19 PM IST
On Thursday, that surprise was Imran Tahir. When du Plessis tossed the ball in his leg spinner’s direction, a few audible oohs and aahs went off in the stadium’s terraces. Never before, in eleven previous editions of the quadrennial, had a spinner bowled the opening over of the first World Cup match.
India's K.L. Rahul celebrates reaching his century during the 2019 Cricket World Cup warm up match between Bangladesh v India at Sophia Gardens stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on May 28, 2019(AFP)
India's K.L. Rahul celebrates reaching his century during the 2019 Cricket World Cup warm up match between Bangladesh v India at Sophia Gardens stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on May 28, 2019(AFP)

ICC World Cup 2019: KL Rahul aces audition for number 4

Hindustan Times, Cardiff | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 09:05 AM IST
That assuredness, in mind and hands, solved India’s No.4 problem at the eleventh hour. It also produced 108 runs of the highest quality.
India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Colin Munro during the Cricket World Cup warm up match between India and New Zealand at The Oval in London, Saturday, May 25, 2019(AP)
India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Colin Munro during the Cricket World Cup warm up match between India and New Zealand at The Oval in London, Saturday, May 25, 2019(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah casts a spell over Oval

Hindustan Times, London | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 10:12 PM IST
Bumrah, the 25-year-old boy with this peculiar, disjointed action and one who is yet to play in a 50-over World Cup, is already counted among the best fast bowlers India has ever produced.
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