Arnab Sen

Arnab Sen

Arnab Sen is the Sports Editor of Hindustan Times Digital, leading sports coverage on the digital and online arms of Hindustan Times. He has more than 12 years of experience of working for news channels, sports broadcasters, digital media and news wires. Covered global sporting events and enjoys writing on cricket and football.

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India's Rishabh Pant celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.(AFP)
India's Rishabh Pant celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.(AFP)

Rishabh Pant - The ninja in the pack for Team India

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:27 PM IST
  • India vs England: Rishabh Pant has always had an undeniable fire in his belly. The same fire that helped him burn down Australia's edifice of invincibility at 'The Gabba'.
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File photo of Joe Root(PTI)
File photo of Joe Root(PTI)

Analysis - Can Joe Root sweep his way to success against spin in India?

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 04:15 PM IST
  • India vs England: Root was also England's highest run-getter on their last trip to India where he amassed over 400 runs in 5 Test matches but his team ended up losing 0-4.
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Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, (PTI)
Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, (PTI)

Deus ex machina: Two decades apart, India do the unexpected against Aussies

UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:40 PM IST
India vs Australia: What helped India win this series? There could be many logical answers and yet there could be no answer to it at all. It wasn't meant to happen, such things don't happen at all. The rarity of such this accomplishment is what makes it surreal and overwhelming. Perhaps like a deus ex machina, that enters a play at the last moment and solves all the problems.
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India's batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)
India's batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)

India trump Aus by 3 wkts at Brisbane, record 2nd straight series win Down Under

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:05 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) took India to a memorable victory with a final day chase at Brisbane.
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Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates victory in the change rooms after day four of the Third Test Match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.(Getty Images)
Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates victory in the change rooms after day four of the Third Test Match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.(Getty Images)

A Groundsman's Tale: Nathan Lyon's journey to greatness and 100 Test matches

UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 05:48 PM IST
  • Not much was expected of him, until Lyon picked up the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara with his very first delivery in Test cricket.
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India's Shubman Gill bats during play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)(AP)
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)(AP)

India vs Australia: Will opening blues end for Team India as new combination takes guard in Sydney? - Analysis

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:10 PM IST
The latest to bite the dust is Mayank Agarwal, who has been benched for the crucial third Test match in Sydney. Agarwal made his Test debut against Australia in 2018 and showed great technical acumen and grit to cement his place in the side. But he has been all at sea against the pace and swing of Mitchell Starc this time and that has cost him his place in the playing XI.
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Ajinkya Rahane of India walks out to bat.(Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane of India walks out to bat.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: Time for Rahane to rediscover the ‘Ajinkya’ in him

By Arnab Sen | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:53 PM IST
Ind vs Aus: Rahane’s batting mirrored his quiet yet resolute personality and also his selfless nature. He was happy to don the role the team needed him to. His correct technique and wide array of shots quickly helped him carve a niche for himself in the middle order.
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India's Virat Kohli bats during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia,Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/James Elsby)(AP)
India's Virat Kohli bats during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia,Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/James Elsby)(AP)

India vs Australia: Can ‘King of Adelaide’ Virat Kohli get over ‘first Test’ jinx to resurrect 2020?

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:57 PM IST
India vs Australia: Kohli has struggled to get going in the first Test match of a series over the past 5 series. He has in fact been even worse in the 1st team innings of a Test match since 2017, registering single digit scores in 8 out of 11 innings.
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Australia's Aaron Finch waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after he was dismissed for 114 runs during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(AP)
Australia's Aaron Finch waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after he was dismissed for 114 runs during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(AP)

The quiet rise of captain Aaron Finch to upper echelon of ODI batsmanship behind Australia’s revival

By Arnab Sen | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:57 AM IST
Ind vs Aus: The Australian captain is in fact the second highest run-getter in ODIs since 2019, only 6 runs shy of leader Virat Kohli, which might come as a huge surprise for a lot of people. While the world was fixated on the return of Warner and Smith, Finch kept getting the runs for his team.
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Dubai: Delhi Capitals batsman Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during the Indian Premier League.(PTI)
Dubai: Delhi Capitals batsman Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during the Indian Premier League.(PTI)

IPL 2020 Final, MI vs DC Preview: Mumbai Indians favourites to retain title against upbeat Delhi Capitals

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 06:01 PM IST
IPL 2020 Final: Defending champions Mumbai Indians have beaten Ponting’s Delhi Capitals thrice this season and theirs is a side which is packed with match winners, each looking to knock the opposition out with a punch.
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IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians and MS Dhoni of the Chennai Super Kings.(Getty Images)
IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians and MS Dhoni of the Chennai Super Kings.(Getty Images)

MI vs CSK Preview - The quintessential IPL blockbuster to kick things off

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 06:04 PM IST
IPL 2020: The beauty of IPL lies in its simplicity. On the face of it every match is like a ride in an amusement park, except a few damp squibs, which finishes fast and provides enormous excitement.
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File image of MS Dhoni(ICC)
File image of MS Dhoni(ICC)

MS Dhoni retires | MSD is that style of player that even presidents and prime ministers talk about him: Dean Jones

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 09:10 AM IST
In a recent exclusive interaction with Hindustan Times earlier this month, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has seen Mahendra Singh Dhoni play from close quarters for the latter’s entire career span, regarded him as one of the top 6 greatest cricketers of all-time for India.
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MS Dhoni(Twitter)
MS Dhoni(Twitter)

MS Dhoni is that style of player that even presidents and prime ministers talk about him, says Dean Jones

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 08:37 AM IST
Asked about his favourite MS Dhoni moment, Dean Jones spoke about the time when Pakistan’s former President General Pervez Musharraf complimented the wicket-keeper batsman on his long hair.
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The 13th edition of Indian Premier League will take place in the UAE.(IPL)
The 13th edition of Indian Premier League will take place in the UAE.(IPL)

IPL 2020 in UAE: All about bowling and handling spin well, says Dean Jones | Exclusive

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 02:36 PM IST
IPL 2020: Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone from Australia, Jones said that it could all come down to who plays spin better as the pitches are going to get tired with so much cricket being played on them in extremely hot conditions.
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MUMBAI, INDIA - JUNE 1: The Rajasthan Royals team celebrate with the IPL trophy after their win over Chennai in the final of IPL 1 at D.Y. Patil stadium on June 1, 2008 in Mumbai, India.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - JUNE 1: The Rajasthan Royals team celebrate with the IPL trophy after their win over Chennai in the final of IPL 1 at D.Y. Patil stadium on June 1, 2008 in Mumbai, India.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals all-time XI: Warne leads an efficient bunch capable of big upsets

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 10:57 AM IST
Rajasthan Royals have not made to an IPL final ever since winning the inaugural edition but there have been several good campaigns in which they have fought with the favourites with limited resources. Here is our take on RR’s all-time XI.
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File photo of Brian Lara of the West Indies.(Getty Images)
File photo of Brian Lara of the West Indies.(Getty Images)

501 not out: When Brian Lara did the unthinkable

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 05:19 PM IST
Lara’s genius was spotted early, just like that his great contemporary Sachin Tendulkar. That he played the majority of his career during the dramatic collapse of the Caribbeans from the zenith of world cricket is unfortunate.
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South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.(AP)
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.(AP)

Kagiso Rabada names great batsmen he would have ‘loved to bowl to’

By hindustantimes.com | edited by Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 04:05 PM IST
The Proteas paceman interacted with DC fans through an Instagram live and said that he was really looking for ward to play in the IPL after recovering from an injury.
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Wasim Akram(Twitter)
Wasim Akram(Twitter)

Wasim Akram ranks Sachin Tendulkar 5th in his list of top batsmen, gives reason for his choice

By hindustantimes.com | edited by Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 02:00 PM IST
Akram’s former teammate Basit Ali invited the legend on his Youtube show and gave him names of five batsmen and asked Akram to rank them in terms of their overall ability.
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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.(Agencies)
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.(Agencies)

‘I don’t think it’s a good idea,’ Akram on hosting T20 World Cup as per schedule

By hindustantimes.com | edited by Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 12:17 PM IST
The ICC could decide the tournament’s fate on June 10 as there are still a lot of travel restrictions in place and getting all the teams in Australia, is going to be an onerous task.
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Jun 1993: Shane Warne about to bowl for Australia against England in his 1st Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Manchester Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport UK(Getty Images)
Jun 1993: Shane Warne about to bowl for Australia against England in his 1st Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Manchester Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport UK(Getty Images)

On this day: Shane Warne’s ‘ball of the century’ and the making of a legend

By hindustantimes.com | edited by Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 01:38 PM IST
Warne bowled a flighted delivery that pitched at length way outside the leg stump and went on to hit the top of off stump. History was created. Warne and the Aussies celebrated in joy while Gatting stood bewildered.
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La Liga president Javier Tebas(La Liga)
La Liga president Javier Tebas(La Liga)

Return of football will signal progression to new normal: LaLiga president Tebas | Exclusive

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 09:34 AM IST
The teams have slowly returned for training and the groundwork is being laid for a restart. LaLiga president Javier Tebas, in an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, gave out the details of this process.
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Yuvraj Singh of India celebrates hitting the winning runs during the 2011 ICC World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and India at Sardar Patel Stadium on March 24, 2011 in Ahmedabad, India. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)(Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh of India celebrates hitting the winning runs during the 2011 ICC World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and India at Sardar Patel Stadium on March 24, 2011 in Ahmedabad, India. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)(Getty Images)

This Day That Year: ‘Beware the Ides of March’ - Yuvraj Singh’s double act stops Aussie juggernaut

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 01:06 PM IST
Warning bells rang for the great Australian team of the first decade of the 2000s, when they faced an in form Indian team in the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup in Ahmedabad on March 24, 2011.
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Jasprit Bumrah of India bowls during day four of the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.(Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah of India bowls during day four of the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.(Getty Images)

India vs New Zealand: Jasprit Bumrah’s rise to the upper echelon of Test cricket is every Indian cricket fan’s dream come true

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 03:34 PM IST
IND vs NZ: A virtuoso performance in West Indies earned Jasprit Bumrah praise from the Caribbean legends and India’s long held dream of a fast bowling superstar had finally come true.
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Indore: Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera with Virat Kohli during the second T20 match, at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI1_7_2020_000192B)(PTI)
Indore: Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera with Virat Kohli during the second T20 match, at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI1_7_2020_000192B)(PTI)

India vs New Zealand: 84 runs in 10 overs; third most expensive spell by an Indian spinner - What has happened to Kuldeep Yadav?

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2020 02:19 PM IST
IND vs NZ: Kuldeep Yadav’s recent outing against New Zealand in Hamilton, where he was taken for 84 runs has once again brought into light his recent misery.
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Real Madrid's Luka Jovic, left, fights for the ball with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey(AP)
Real Madrid's Luka Jovic, left, fights for the ball with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey(AP)

Madrid Derby: Football as a way of life

UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 09:47 AM IST
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have locked horns 162 times in LaLiga with Real coming out on top in 89 of those encounters.
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Rahul kept wickets in all three matches(PTI)
Rahul kept wickets in all three matches(PTI)

Ganguly, Kohli and their Rahuls: Can keeper-batsman be the missing piece of jigsaw yet again

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2020 12:36 PM IST
India vs Australia: A part time wicket-keeper for Karnataka in first-class cricket and a regular in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab over the past two seasons, Rahul it seems could be Kohli’s missing piece as he looks to complete the ICC puzzle in Australia later this year.
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File photo of India's Rishabh Pant .(AP)
File photo of India's Rishabh Pant .(AP)

Five Indian cricketers for whom 2020 could be a make or break year

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 08:25 AM IST
Only two teams have dominated world cricket till date. The West Indies of the 70s and 80s and the Australian sides of the late 90s and the 2000s. India aims to replicate that in this decade and for that they need match winners.
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England's Ben Stokes.(Action Images via Reuters)
England's Ben Stokes.(Action Images via Reuters)

Top 5 batting performances in Test cricket in 2019

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2020 03:34 PM IST
While there were several run feasts, 2019 stood out as a year when batsmen fought the odds in difficult circumstances and scored runs that mattered.
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File image of players before the start of a LaLiga Genuine league clash.(LaLiga Foundation/ Twitter)
File image of players before the start of a LaLiga Genuine league clash.(LaLiga Foundation/ Twitter)

LaLiga Genuine - A league looking to make a difference

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2019 02:03 PM IST
The inaugural season started with 18 teams and that number has now doubled, with 36 participating clubs registered for 2019/20 following the arrival of Real Betis, Cádiz CF, CD Tenerife, Elche CF, Granada CF and Getafe CF.
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Jofra Archer of the Rajasthan Royals celebrates the wicket in IPL(Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)
Jofra Archer of the Rajasthan Royals celebrates the wicket in IPL(Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

IPL Auction 2020: Planning, preparation, performance - How Rajasthan Royals build their squad

By Arnab Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2019 12:44 PM IST
As another IPL auction looms, what are the Royals planning to achieve? They already have big names in their squad but there are gaps that need to be filled. Jake Lush McCrum, Chief Operating Officer at Rajasthan Royals, shed some light on the franchise’s strategy ahead of the big day in Kolkata on December 19.
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