Aditya Iyer

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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Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas(REUTERS)

Why Medvedev is the anti-hero tennis needs

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.
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International cricket returned to India after nearly a year and the crowd at Chepauk made sure they witnessed every bit of it.(HT)
International cricket returned to India after nearly a year and the crowd at Chepauk made sure they witnessed every bit of it.(HT)

At Chepauk, Covid-19 is a distant memory

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.
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Indian all-rounder Axar Patel celebrates a dismissal with Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the second Test against England(BCCI)
Indian all-rounder Axar Patel celebrates a dismissal with Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the second Test against England(BCCI)

Axar Patel stars on debut as Virat Kohli's India make a strong comeback

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.
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India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates his half century during the 3rd day of the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on Monday. (ANI Photo/BCCI Twitter)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates his half century during the 3rd day of the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on Monday. (ANI Photo/BCCI Twitter)

India vs England: R Ashwin strikes another fifer, with the bat

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.
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Ravichandran Ashwin appeals during the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai(BCCI/Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin appeals during the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai(BCCI/Twitter)

India vs England: Ravichandran Ashwin spins his web again

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.
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Indian cricket team fans at the M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium, before the start of the second test match between India and England in Chennai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Indian cricket team fans at the M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium, before the start of the second test match between India and England in Chennai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Cheers and cheerleaders return to Indian sport

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.
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India's Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on Saturday(BCCI Twitter/ ANI Photo)
India's Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on Saturday(BCCI Twitter/ ANI Photo)

India in a comfortable position against England on rank turner

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.
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India's Shahbaz Nadeem in action during the 4th day of first cricket test match between India and England, at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)
India's Shahbaz Nadeem in action during the 4th day of first cricket test match between India and England, at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)

In India, the second innings belongs to the left-arm spinner

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.
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Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah
Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah

Stage set for Jofra Archer vs Jasprit Bumrah

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.
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Anderson became the only fast bowler to grab 600 Test wickets in the series against Pakistan last August.(Getty)
Anderson became the only fast bowler to grab 600 Test wickets in the series against Pakistan last August.(Getty)

James Anderson’s sweet swing of success in India

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.
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Rishabh Pant was the toast of his team mates and the cricket world as India conquered Fortress Gabba.(Getty Images)
Rishabh Pant was the toast of his team mates and the cricket world as India conquered Fortress Gabba.(Getty Images)

INTERVIEW | 'Outside the ropes there's no fielder, why not go for a six?': Pant

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.
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Confidence and immense pride guided the likes of Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Mohd Siraj and Shardul Thakur to create history.(Getty Images)
Confidence and immense pride guided the likes of Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Mohd Siraj and Shardul Thakur to create history.(Getty Images)

Boys next door to household names

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.
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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini celebrate the winning runs in the fifth day of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane. REUTERS(via REUTERS)
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini celebrate the winning runs in the fifth day of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane. REUTERS(via REUTERS)

Despite injuries to key players, India pull off miraculous comeback

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
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Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini of India celebrate winning as they run past Josh Hazlewood (L) of Australia on day five of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane.(via REUTERS)
Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini of India celebrate winning as they run past Josh Hazlewood (L) of Australia on day five of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane.(via REUTERS)

Is this India's greatest Test win?

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.
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India's Rishabh Pant hits a ball for the boundary on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday. (Photo Courtesy
India's Rishabh Pant hits a ball for the boundary on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday. (Photo Courtesy

Rishabh Pant: The spark that triggered India's Sydney resistance

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.
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India's Ajinkya Rahane rests on his bat at the close of play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(AP)
India's Ajinkya Rahane rests on his bat at the close of play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(AP)

Score or survive? The big fourth innings question

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
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Australia's Steven Smith (L) and Marnus Labuschagne walk off the field at the end of the third day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney.(AFP)
Australia's Steven Smith (L) and Marnus Labuschagne walk off the field at the end of the third day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney.(AFP)

India vs Australia: Final session swings Test away from India

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.
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India's Shubman Gill edges the ball to be out caught for 50 runs during play on day two of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)
India's Shubman Gill edges the ball to be out caught for 50 runs during play on day two of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)

India vs Australia: Shubman Gill - With a punch off the back foot, a star is born

By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Australia's Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, left, walk from the field following play on day one of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)
Australia's Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, left, walk from the field following play on day one of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)

India vs Australia: India face attack of the clones at SCG

By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Shubman Gill looked phenomenal on his Test debut and is likely to retain his place for Sydney Test.(Getty Images)
Shubman Gill looked phenomenal on his Test debut and is likely to retain his place for Sydney Test.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: No fixed cast for India’s opening show

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.
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(HT Photo)
(HT Photo)

Ajinkya Rahane: Making it count

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.
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R Ashwin (left) was impressive in Adelaide and India will deliberate on Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round qualities when they pick a replacement for Mohammed Shami in the Melbourne Test.(GETTY IMAGES)
R Ashwin (left) was impressive in Adelaide and India will deliberate on Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round qualities when they pick a replacement for Mohammed Shami in the Melbourne Test.(GETTY IMAGES)

India vs Australia: The case for a twin-spin attack this Boxing Day

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?
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Indian captain Virat Kohli reacts with bowler Ravichandran Ashwin (L) on day 2 of the first test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 18, 2020.(REUTERS)
Indian captain Virat Kohli reacts with bowler Ravichandran Ashwin (L) on day 2 of the first test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 18, 2020.(REUTERS)

Adelaide Test, Day 2 report: Aussies to ashes, by Ashwin’s turn

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.
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A dejected Virat Kohli walks back.(Getty Images)
A dejected Virat Kohli walks back.(Getty Images)

1st Test, Adelaide: India’s day ruined by a run-out

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.
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File image of Tim Paine and Virat Kohli.(File)
File image of Tim Paine and Virat Kohli.(File)

India vs Australia: Fresh chapter to a red-hot rivalry

By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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KL Rahul in action during the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.(Getty Images)
KL Rahul in action during the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.(Getty Images)

KL Rahul: Waiting to begin again

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?
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India's Sanju Samson walks off after being caught by Australia's Steve Smith off the bowling of Mitchell Swepson (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)(REUTERS)
India's Sanju Samson walks off after being caught by Australia's Steve Smith off the bowling of Mitchell Swepson (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)(REUTERS)

India vs Australia: Will Sanju Samson get a long rope after lean patch in Australia?

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.
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Cricket - Second Twenty20 International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - December 6, 2020 India's Hardik Pandya celebrates after the match REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)
Cricket - Second Twenty20 International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - December 6, 2020 India's Hardik Pandya celebrates after the match REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)

Hardik Pandya, patience and then the big push

By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 09:48 AM IST
Hardik Pandya didn’t add to his tally of fifties by the time the game in Sydney ended; but he certainly added to his mushrooming stature of being the gold standard in the format. To boot, he notched his career-best 42 not out, runs studded with breath-taking hits that helped India chase down 194 from a situation that was fast becoming improbable.
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India's Yuzvendra Chahal reacts.(REUTERS)
India's Yuzvendra Chahal reacts.(REUTERS)

Yuzvendra Chahal: Twelfth man to game changer

UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 08:24 AM IST
The Indian team doctor deemed that Jadeja had suffered a concussion and informed the match-referee, David Boon, that India would require a concussion-substitute in Chahal and Boon approved the request. This did not go down well with the Australian camp.
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This is the first time in 12 years that Virat Kohli has ended a year without an ODI century.(Getty Images)
This is the first time in 12 years that Virat Kohli has ended a year without an ODI century.(Getty Images)

How it took a pandemic to stop century machine Virat Kohli

By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 08:06 AM IST
India vs Australia: Because the three-digit score remained elusive, 2020 and 2008 now bracket a most incredible spell of consecutive years in which Kohli often seemed to be notching ODI hundreds for fun.
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