Aditya Iyer

Aditya Iyer was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

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The dawn of the Djokovic Era

  • This US Open will be all about the Serbia world No. 1—will he win a rare Calendar Slam as well as go clear as the most successful men’s Grand Slam champion
The dawn of the Novak Djokovic Era(AP)
The dawn of the Novak Djokovic Era(AP)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:43 PM IST
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Ollie Robinson: England's fresh pace face, seasoned approach

  • He stepped up in a team missing Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad, claiming five second-innings wickets to be named Man-of-the-Match
England's Ollie Robinson holds a stump as he walks off the field after their win on the fourth day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
England's Ollie Robinson holds a stump as he walks off the field after their win on the fourth day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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Flashpoint: Kohli, Pujara win mini-battle vs Anderson

  • The past doesn’t often count for much in Test head-to-heads, but in this case the Anderson threat was clear and present too. In this series alone, Anderson had dismissed them on five occasions (Pujara 3, Kohli 2) and even more significantly, both of them in the first innings of this very Test.
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, and batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara celebrate.(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, and batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara celebrate.(AP)
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 12:02 PM IST
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White ball or England’s whites, Malan’s at home

  • Truth be told, had Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley’s respective forms not ejected them out of the ongoing series after the first two Tests, Malan would not have been anywhere near this England Test squad.
Cricket - Third Test - England v India - Headingley, Leeds, Britain - August 26, 2021 England's Dawid Malan celebrates reaching his half century Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith(Action Images via Reuters)
Cricket - Third Test - England v India - Headingley, Leeds, Britain - August 26, 2021 England's Dawid Malan celebrates reaching his half century Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Aug 27, 2021 12:09 AM IST
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Pujara and the perils of being a specialist

  • What makes his poor run most evident is that Pujara is a Test specialist; perhaps the only true specialist in the Indian team as Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma (men who aren’t white-ball cricketers anymore for India) all regularly play in the IPL.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara walks off the field after losing his wicket during the first day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara walks off the field after losing his wicket during the first day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
Updated on Aug 25, 2021 11:08 PM IST
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Jasprit Bumrah puts on a show, hails Neeraj Chopra's golden exhibition

  • The India fast bowler took five wickets in the England second innings for a match haul of nine wickets as the visitors chase victory on Day 5 of the Trent Bridge Test
India's Jasprit Bumrah reacts after bowling a delivery during the fourth day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)(AP)
India's Jasprit Bumrah reacts after bowling a delivery during the fourth day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)(AP)
Published on Aug 08, 2021 03:16 PM IST
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Rishabh Pant leaves Jimmy Anderson huffing in rainy Trent Bridge

  • Pant produced another gritty innings in the first Test against England that was more valuable than the runs it contained.
Rishabh Pant hits out on Day 3 of the Nottingham Test. (Getty Images)
Rishabh Pant hits out on Day 3 of the Nottingham Test. (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 10:11 PM IST
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Rohit Sharma, Rahul find their zone in first England Test

  • India dismissing England on Day 1 left the opening pair with the tough job of seeing off James Anderson in the evening at Trent Bridge.
India's KL Rahul bats during the first day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.(AP)
India's KL Rahul bats during the first day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.(AP)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 11:21 AM IST
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Southgate stirs England awake, after 55 years

The England manager’s tactics may not please all but it seems to working fine with this group of players
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates after winning the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark at Wembley in London on Wednesday. (AP)
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates after winning the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark at Wembley in London on Wednesday. (AP)
Updated on Jul 08, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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ByAditya Iyer (chief cricket writer), New Delhi

A Spanish adventure ends in a shootout

Death threats, own goals, big wins, narrow wins, no wins and a heartbreaking loss–a Spain campaign for the ages
Spain players react during the penalty shootout against Italy at Wembley stadium in London on Tuesday. (AP)
Spain players react during the penalty shootout against Italy at Wembley stadium in London on Tuesday. (AP)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 08:49 PM IST
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ByAditya Iyer (chief cricket writer), New Delhi

Stars born in Euro 2020

At every football major, new stars are born. Fabio Grosso, the hero of 2006 World Cup is an example; as is, for that matter, Wales’s Hal Robson-Kanu from Euro 2016. They may not have risen high but for a while greatness was expected of them
Italy’s Leonardo Spinazzola. (REUTERS)
Italy’s Leonardo Spinazzola. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 06, 2021 07:54 PM IST
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ByAditya Iyer (Chief cricket writer), New Delhi

Remade in Inter, Lukaku aims for Italy

Romelu Lukaku’s 24 goals in the Serie A in the last season earned Inter Milan their first title in 11 years and was the Belgian’s first trophy as an adult.
Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals for Belgium at Euro 2020 and has been a highly influential part of the team. (Reuters)
Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals for Belgium at Euro 2020 and has been a highly influential part of the team. (Reuters)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 11:21 PM IST
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ByAditya Iyer (chief cricket writer), New Delhi

Sterling draws first blood, Kane doubles lead as England enter quarters

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane helped England beat Germany 2-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the European Championship
England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Euro 2020 Round of 16 match against Germany at the Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday. (AP)
England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Euro 2020 Round of 16 match against Germany at the Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 12:00 AM IST
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Euro 2020: France stunned by a Swiss reawakening

Two late goals left world champions France rattled; Kylian Mbappe’s missed penalty completing their nightmare against Switzerland in the Euro 2020 Round of 16 game
France’s Kylian Mbappe has a penalty saved by Switzerland’s Yann Sommer during the shoot-out during the Euro 2020 Round of 16 game in Bucharest. (REUTERS)
France’s Kylian Mbappe has a penalty saved by Switzerland’s Yann Sommer during the shoot-out during the Euro 2020 Round of 16 game in Bucharest. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 29, 2021 06:48 PM IST
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Euro 2020: Belgium find diamonds in the dirt

The world No.1 team, with flair players across the pitch, showed they too can grind out a win by eliminating holders Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2020 quarters
Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2020 Round of 16 match against Portugal at La Cartuja stadium in Seville on Sunday. (AP)
Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2020 Round of 16 match against Portugal at La Cartuja stadium in Seville on Sunday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 28, 2021 04:55 PM IST
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When Cristiano Ronaldo drew level with Ali Daei, France

At a stadium named after a Hungarian legend, the iconic Portuguese’s brace kept the defending champions in business
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal in a Euro 2020 Group F match against France at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. (REUTERS)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal in a Euro 2020 Group F match against France at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 24, 2021 06:23 PM IST
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Euro 2020: For Christian, Danes create a fairytale

So pathetic were Denmark’s chances of qualifying for the Round-of-16 that even a massive win wouldn’t have put them there; not unless group leaders Belgium did them a favour by winning the dead rubber against Finland in St. Petersburg
Denmark's players and staff celebrate after the match against Russia. (Pool via REUTERS)
Denmark's players and staff celebrate after the match against Russia. (Pool via REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2021 06:28 PM IST
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ByAditya Iyer (Chief cricket writer)

Kylian Mbappe, a blur of blue and red

While others ran in the France vs Germany Group F game of the European Championships, Kylian Mbappe flew
France’s Kylian Mbappe in action with Germany’s Mats Hummels during the Group F match of Euro 2020 in Munich on Tuesday. (Reuters)
France’s Kylian Mbappe in action with Germany’s Mats Hummels during the Group F match of Euro 2020 in Munich on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Published on Jun 16, 2021 09:16 PM IST
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Euro 2020: Pass masters Spain not a finished product yet

Jordi Alba, standing in as Spain captain for another stand-in captain in Sergio Busquets, found himself dribbling up the left flank near the end of the first half in Seville
Spain midfielder Daniel Olmo (L) heads the ball past Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen during the Euro 2020 Group E match at La Cartuja Stadium in Sevilla on June 14. (AFP)
Spain midfielder Daniel Olmo (L) heads the ball past Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen during the Euro 2020 Group E match at La Cartuja Stadium in Sevilla on June 14. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2021 02:02 PM IST
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French Open: Greek tragedy for young Stefanos Tsitsipas

Novak Djokovic won the French Open final 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to claim his 19th Grand Slam title. It was a heart-breaking loss for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was dominating the match till the start of the third set
Former Swedish tennis ace Bjorn Borg, right, gives the cup to Serbia's Novak Djokovic while Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, left, react after their final match of the French Open. (AP)
Former Swedish tennis ace Bjorn Borg, right, gives the cup to Serbia's Novak Djokovic while Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, left, react after their final match of the French Open. (AP)
Updated on Jun 14, 2021 12:15 AM IST
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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: A third set that pivoted history

Rafael Nadal loses only his third French Open match after Novak Djokovic holds his nerve in the semi-final that saw one of the all-time great set in tennis
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (L) and Spain's Rafael Nadal shake hands at the end of their men's singles semi-final at the French Open. (AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (L) and Spain's Rafael Nadal shake hands at the end of their men's singles semi-final at the French Open. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 12, 2021 06:03 PM IST
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Belgium: World No.1’s bid to be best in Europe

A lot will hinge on the attacking trident of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku when Belgium kick-off their campaign in European Championships which start on June 11
Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku during a training session in Tubize as the team prepares for the upcoming Euro 2020. (AFP)
Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku during a training session in Tubize as the team prepares for the upcoming Euro 2020. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 09, 2021 07:18 PM IST
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Can Harry Kane’s pain spur England to success?

The captain has never won a trophy but he leads a team laden with talent.
England's Harry Kane(AP)
England's Harry Kane(AP)
Published on Jun 07, 2021 10:33 PM IST
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The underrated theatre that is Roger Federer on clay

  • The Swiss turns back the clock in his first match at Roland Garros since 2019 and in his first Grand Slam appearance since last year's Australian Open.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates.(REUTERS)
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates.(REUTERS)
Published on May 31, 2021 11:38 PM IST
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Rafael Nadal on the verge of absolute greatness

A 14th French Open title will give Nadal the lead in the all-time Grand Slam count over Roger Federer, an unthinkable feat when the Swiss great was in his pomp.
Rafael Nadal will be gunning for a 14th French Open title.(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal will be gunning for a 14th French Open title.(Getty Images)
Published on May 29, 2021 10:34 PM IST
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The goalie’s anxiety at the penalty kick

  • What would Man United's de Gea have gone through at the penalty spot at 11-10, knowing that one of his feet had to do what his hands couldn’t?
Manchester United's David de Gea attempts a save during the shootout.(REUTERS)
Manchester United's David de Gea attempts a save during the shootout.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 27, 2021 10:16 PM IST
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King Kun leaves with the crown

Sergio Aguero’s farewell to Machester City finishes like a fairytale.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero walks back out on to the pitch for a presentation with the trophy.(Pool via REUTERS)
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero walks back out on to the pitch for a presentation with the trophy.(Pool via REUTERS)
Published on May 24, 2021 05:29 PM IST
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After IPL sunset, stars head back

David Miller, last player to exit RR camp, describes the behind the scenes post IPL’s suspension.
David Miller.(IPL)
David Miller.(IPL)
Updated on May 07, 2021 06:50 AM IST
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His left foot: The Irrepressible Mr Bale

Is Sunday’s Premier League hattrick against Sheffield proof that the Welshman is finally emerging from a hole?
Tottenham's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham and Sheffield United,(AP)
Tottenham's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham and Sheffield United,(AP)
Published on May 03, 2021 08:43 PM IST
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Last over heroics: stormtrooper Shimron can't match de Villiers as DC lose

IPL 2021: Almost everything had gone Delhi’s way after Pant won the toss and chose to bat first, until the last over that is.
Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell console Shimron Hetmyer.(IPL)
Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell console Shimron Hetmyer.(IPL)
Published on Apr 27, 2021 11:42 PM IST
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