Amit Kamath

Amit Kamath

Amit Kamath is with the sports desk in Mumbai. He covers football, cricket, wrestling, shooting and kabaddi.

Articles by Amit Kamath
Dabang Mumbai beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League.(HIL)
Dabang Mumbai beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League.(HIL)

Hockey India League: Dabang Mumbai beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4-3

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2017 11:30 PM IST
Robbert Kemperman scored late to guide Dabang Mumbai to a 4-3 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League encounter.
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Saina Nehwal has expressed her reservations over the new 5x11 points system that has been experimented by the BWF.(Hindustan Times)
Saina Nehwal has expressed her reservations over the new 5x11 points system that has been experimented by the BWF.(Hindustan Times)

Saina Nehwal backs 21-point format, demands hike in prize money for Superseries

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2017 11:48 PM IST
Saina Nehwal has expressed her reservations over the 5x11 point experimental system that the BWF is testing at lower-level tournaments, arguing that the game will be reduced to smash and tap.
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Mumbai Rockets’ Ji Hyun Sung returns a shot to Hyderabad Hunters’ Carolina Marin during the women single of Premier Badminton League (PBL).(PTI)
Mumbai Rockets’ Ji Hyun Sung returns a shot to Hyderabad Hunters’ Carolina Marin during the women single of Premier Badminton League (PBL).(PTI)

Premier Badminton League: Sung Ji Hyun halts Carolina Marin’s juggernaut

UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2017 12:25 PM IST
Carolina Marin, representing Hyderabad Hunters, finally met her match in Mumbai Rockets’ Sung Ji Hyun, who beat her 11-7, 7-11, 14-12 at Mumbai’s NSCI Stadium on Wednesday.
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Chennai Smashers' PV Sindhu celebrates her win over Bengaluru Blasters player Cheung Ngan Yi during the women's singles of Premier Badminton League (PBL).(PTI)
Chennai Smashers' PV Sindhu celebrates her win over Bengaluru Blasters player Cheung Ngan Yi during the women's singles of Premier Badminton League (PBL).(PTI)

Premier Badminton League: Chennai Smashers defeat Bengaluru Blasters 5-0

PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2017 11:28 PM IST
Led by PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap, Chennai Smashers beat Bengaluru Blasters 5-0 in a Premier Badminton League (PBL) encounter at the NSCI Stadium on Tuesday.
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PV Sindhu had a great run in 2016 as she clinched her first Superseries title and then produced a brilliant performance in the Rio 2016 Olympics.(REUTERS)
PV Sindhu had a great run in 2016 as she clinched her first Superseries title and then produced a brilliant performance in the Rio 2016 Olympics.(REUTERS)

From Olympic medal to Superseries victory, a year to remember for PV Sindhu

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2016 11:41 PM IST
PV Sindhu had a great run in 2016 as she clinched her first Superseries title and then produced a brilliant performance in the Rio 2016 Olympics before losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the gold medal match.
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Ana Ivanovic , who got hitched to Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger earlier this year, has also had several high-profile relationships with sportspersons(Getty Images)
Ana Ivanovic , who got hitched to Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger earlier this year, has also had several high-profile relationships with sportspersons(Getty Images)

Ana Ivanovic, Anna Kournikova: 2 red-hot beauties who suffered tennis burnouts

By Amit Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2016 08:16 PM IST
Ana Ivanovic, who announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday, and former Russian tennis ace Anna Kournikova’s careers took similar route. They created quite a flutter off the court but couldn’t really justify their talent on it
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The UP franchise in the pro wrestling league has Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat in their ranks, on whose lives Amir Khan’s Dangal is based(HT Photo)
The UP franchise in the pro wrestling league has Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat in their ranks, on whose lives Amir Khan’s Dangal is based(HT Photo)

Dangal inspires UP to name pro-wrestling league team after Aamir Khan’s movie

By Amit Kamath, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2016 08:33 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh franchise of the Pro Wrestling League, whose second edition will start from January 2, has decided to brand its team ‘UP Dangal’ after the recently released Aamir Khan-hit movie
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Bolivia's The Strongest team poses during their Copa Libertadores football match against Brazil's Sao Paulo, at the Hernando Siles stadium, in La Paz Bolivia, on April 21, 2016. The Strongest were crowned Bolivian champions for the 12th time when they beat arch-rivals Bolivar 2-1(AFP)
Bolivia's The Strongest team poses during their Copa Libertadores football match against Brazil's Sao Paulo, at the Hernando Siles stadium, in La Paz Bolivia, on April 21, 2016. The Strongest were crowned Bolivian champions for the 12th time when they beat arch-rivals Bolivar 2-1(AFP)

The Strongest, Moron, Meat Commission, Fotballaget Fart are just football teams!

By Amit Kamath, Mumbai:
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2016 10:19 PM IST
A football club in Bolivia may just have earned the bragging rights to be called the strongest club ever, simply by virtue of being called… The Strongest
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Kerala Blasters defeated Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of the ISL semifinal on Sunday.(PTI)
Kerala Blasters defeated Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of the ISL semifinal on Sunday.(PTI)

Kerala Blasters coach calls some Delhi Dynamos players ‘lightweight’

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Kochi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2016 09:25 PM IST
Kerala Blasters’ manager Steve Coppell has branded a few Delhi Dynamos players as “lightweight” in the aftermath of his team’s 1-0 win in the first leg of their semifinal.
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Kervens Belfort scored the winner for Kerala Blasters against Delhi Dynamos in their Indian Super League encounter.(Photo: ISL)
Kervens Belfort scored the winner for Kerala Blasters against Delhi Dynamos in their Indian Super League encounter.(Photo: ISL)

ISL 2016 Semis: Kerala Blasters beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in close encounter

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Kochi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2016 09:30 PM IST
Kerala Blasters beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg encounter of their Indian Super League semifinal clash on Sunday at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
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Kerala Blasters have never defeated Delhi Dynamos at home.(ISL/SPORTZPICS)
Kerala Blasters have never defeated Delhi Dynamos at home.(ISL/SPORTZPICS)

ISL semifinal: Kerala Blasters look to blunt Delhi Dynamos’ attacking power

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Kochi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2016 04:48 PM IST
Delhi Dynamos have scored 27 goals in their 14 Indian Super League-3 group matches. By contrast, their semifinal rivals on Sunday Kerala Blasters, have managed just 13 goals.
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Kerala Blasters will take on the Delhi Dynamos in first leg semi-final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.(ISL/SPORTZPICS)
Kerala Blasters will take on the Delhi Dynamos in first leg semi-final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.(ISL/SPORTZPICS)

ISL: Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell unhappy with playing at home first

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Kochi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2016 10:26 PM IST
A few days after saying he “fails to understand the purpose of the ISL”, Steve Coppell has said that making his side play the second leg tie of their semifinal away in Delhi makes a “mockery” of the league.
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Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was the first stadium to get ratified by a high-level FIFA delegation in October.(PTI)
Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was the first stadium to get ratified by a high-level FIFA delegation in October.(PTI)

Why football-mad Kerala could lose out on ‘marquee matches’ at the U17 World Cup

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2016 09:09 PM IST
The football-mad state of Kerala may be deprived of ‘marquee matches’ in next year’s U-17 World Cup after vandalism marred Sunday’s Indian Super League (ISL) match between home side Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC.
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Frederic Kanoute striker spent seven seasons with La Liga outfit Sevilla between 2005 and 2012.(Getty Images)
Frederic Kanoute striker spent seven seasons with La Liga outfit Sevilla between 2005 and 2012.(Getty Images)

La Liga needs more teams to challenge Real Madrid, Barcelona, says Frederic Kanoute

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2016 12:25 AM IST
Frederic Kanoute footballer points out the reason behind the Real-Barca hegemony in La Liga is the financial muscle of both these teams.
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Fresh from her China Open Super Series Premier triumph, PV Sindhu stormed into the semifinals of the Hong Kong Open, although hopes of an all-Indian clash was dashed after Saina Nehwal lost in the quarters on Friday.(REUTERS)
Fresh from her China Open Super Series Premier triumph, PV Sindhu stormed into the semifinals of the Hong Kong Open, although hopes of an all-Indian clash was dashed after Saina Nehwal lost in the quarters on Friday.(REUTERS)

PV Sindhu’s great run: The best wins of the badminton star in 2016

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2016 10:37 PM IST
A look at PV Sindhu’s biggest wins in 2016 after she stormed into semifinals of the Hong Kong Open, a week after her China Open Super Series Premier win.
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Krisztian Vadocz of Mumbai City FC celebrates after scoring against Chennaiyin FC at the Mumbai Football Arena in on Wednesday.(ISL/SPORTSZPICS)
Krisztian Vadocz of Mumbai City FC celebrates after scoring against Chennaiyin FC at the Mumbai Football Arena in on Wednesday.(ISL/SPORTSZPICS)

Mumbai City FC beat Chennaiyin FC 2-0 to seal ISL semifinal spot

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2016 11:41 AM IST
With the win over Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC, eternal bridesmaids of the ISL having finished 7th and 6th in earlier editions, are currently top of the standings (22 points) with one match remaining.
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Sunil Chhetri (R), who plays for Mumbai City FC in the ISL and is skipper of I-League champions Bengaluru FC, feels a bigger Indian league could ensure more talent coming up through the system from places not traditionally known for football in the country.(AFP)
Sunil Chhetri (R), who plays for Mumbai City FC in the ISL and is skipper of I-League champions Bengaluru FC, feels a bigger Indian league could ensure more talent coming up through the system from places not traditionally known for football in the country.(AFP)

I-League, ISL merger: Sunil Chhetri wants 20-team unified Indian league

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2016 05:57 PM IST
Even as the uncertainty regarding the merger of the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League continues and two I-League clubs -- Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar -- pulled out, India football captain Sunil Chhetri is optimistic about Indian football’s future.
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Sunil Chhetri has said he did not dwell too much into Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup loss to Iraq Air Force(Hindustan Times)
Sunil Chhetri has said he did not dwell too much into Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup loss to Iraq Air Force(Hindustan Times)

Did not dwell too much after AFC Cup final loss: Sunil Chhetri

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2016 10:27 PM IST
Sunil Chhetri has said watching Diego Forlan play is an experience and added that he is not dwelling too much on Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup loss to Iraq Air Force.
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Mumbai City FC’s Sunil Chhetri travelled in a local train on Sunday.(Twitter)
Mumbai City FC’s Sunil Chhetri travelled in a local train on Sunday.(Twitter)

Mumbai City FC’s Sunil Chhetri enjoys day off with ‘bun maska’, ride in ‘local’

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2016 10:14 AM IST
After Mumbai City FC decimated Kerala Blasters FC 5-0, Sunil Chhetri unwinded by exploring Mumbai on Sunday.
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Apart from India and Pakistan, eight other teams — Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal — will compete at the tournament.(Getty Images)
Apart from India and Pakistan, eight other teams — Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal — will compete at the tournament.(Getty Images)

T20 World Cup for the Blind: Pakistan could play in India

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2016 12:30 PM IST
Mahantesh GK, the president of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), confirmed that the Pakistan cricket board had confirmed that their visually-impaired team would play in the tournament.
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Sports Minister Vijay Goel committed the gaffe in a tweet about the recently held Conference of State Ministers and Secretaries of Youth Affairs and Sports.(PTI)
Sports Minister Vijay Goel committed the gaffe in a tweet about the recently held Conference of State Ministers and Secretaries of Youth Affairs and Sports.(PTI)

As per Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Tokyo Olympics will happen in 2017

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2016 09:47 PM IST
Vijay Goel committed the gaffe in a tweet about the recently held Conference of State Ministers and Secretaries of Youth Affairs and Sports.
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India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, and teammate Virat Kohli direct fielders to take their positions during their fifth and last one day international cricket match against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam, India, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)(AP)
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, and teammate Virat Kohli direct fielders to take their positions during their fifth and last one day international cricket match against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam, India, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)(AP)

MS Dhoni’s days as India captain not numbered: Gilchrist

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai:
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2016 10:02 PM IST
The former Australia wicket-keeper feels India do not “need to fast-track the exit of any players and MS Dhoni is still providing great leadership and batsmanship apart from being a reliable wicketkeeper”.
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On October 14, before the Kerala Blasters FC vs Mumbai CIty FC match at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the home team players and player escorts kept their hands on their chest during the National Anthem. The audience at the stands imitated the players thereafter.(HT Photo)
On October 14, before the Kerala Blasters FC vs Mumbai CIty FC match at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the home team players and player escorts kept their hands on their chest during the National Anthem. The audience at the stands imitated the players thereafter.(HT Photo)

ISL: Kerala Blasters in trouble after players ‘disrespect’ National Anthem

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2016 06:18 PM IST
Kerala Blasters FC were sent a letter on October 31 by the Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Special Branch in Kochi City, warning that action will be taken against the franchise if the players continue “disrespect” the National Anthem. The letter stated that the “violation” was observed ahead of their October 14 match against Mumbai City FC.
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Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger (R) and former footballer Robert Pires (L) are seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match.(Getty Images)
Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger (R) and former footballer Robert Pires (L) are seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match.(Getty Images)

I’d love to be sporting director at Arsenal in the future: Robert Pires

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2016 12:39 PM IST
In a freewheeling chat on the sidelines of the event, Pires spoke about his ambition to become the sporting director at Arsenal in the future, how he hopes stars like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and manager Arsene Wenger would sign contract extensions with the club.
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Muhammad Ashique Kuruniyan, who is an academy product of ISL franchise FC Pune City, will play for Villareal CF(Amit Kamath/Hindustan Times)
Muhammad Ashique Kuruniyan, who is an academy product of ISL franchise FC Pune City, will play for Villareal CF(Amit Kamath/Hindustan Times)

Ashique Kuruniyan: From school dropout to new Villareal recruit

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2016 04:47 PM IST
Muhammad Ashique Kuruniyan, who dropped out of school, has earned a one-year stint with La Liga club Villareal
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Thierry Henry (C) interacts with young players from the Arsenal Soccer School during a promotional event in Mumbai on October 26, 2016.(AFP)
Thierry Henry (C) interacts with young players from the Arsenal Soccer School during a promotional event in Mumbai on October 26, 2016.(AFP)

Thierry Henry scores no goals, but wins over plenty of hearts in Mumbai

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2016 02:28 PM IST
Ordinarily you wouldn’t need to ask Henry to score. After all, he’s a man who has put the ball into the net 228 times for the Gunners — often spectacularly.
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The HVPM contingent went to Berlin to demonstrate to the Western world the importance for India of practises like kabaddi and mallakhamb(HT Photo)
The HVPM contingent went to Berlin to demonstrate to the Western world the importance for India of practises like kabaddi and mallakhamb(HT Photo)

The forgotten story of kabaddi’s tryst with Hitler, the Olympics

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2016 06:46 PM IST
A little-known educational institute in Amravati called the Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM) was invited to the 1936 Games to give demonstrations of disciplines like mallakhamb and kabaddi.
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India’s dominance in kabaddi is commendable but the sport needs more active participation from more countries.(PTI)
India’s dominance in kabaddi is commendable but the sport needs more active participation from more countries.(PTI)

India’s dominance on kabaddi mat continues

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2016 12:09 PM IST
India can now add 2016 to their 2004 and 2007 triumphs. They have also won all seven gold medals on offer at the Asian Games.
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The kabaddi mat has been the Indian team's domain ever since the sport was inducted into the Asian Games in 1990.(PTI)
The kabaddi mat has been the Indian team's domain ever since the sport was inducted into the Asian Games in 1990.(PTI)

For Indian kabaddi team, defeat is not an option

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2016 03:29 PM IST
After all, the Indian team can hardly afford to get carried away. The kabaddi mat has been the Indian team's domain ever since the sport was inducted into the Asian Games in 1990. They swept all the seven gold medals on offer in the competition apart from the two World Cup titles. None of the Indians competing at the World Cup would want to be known as players part of a losing Indian team. 
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David Ritchey, who plays as a defender in the USA kabaddi team, is a rapper and a bass guitarist in a band back in USA.(HT Photo)
David Ritchey, who plays as a defender in the USA kabaddi team, is a rapper and a bass guitarist in a band back in USA.(HT Photo)

Team USA at Kabaddi World Cup a hastily assembled unit filled with rappers

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2016 04:57 PM IST
Team USA is a hastily assembled unit filled with rappers and musicians.
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