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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WTC Final - Team India Report Card: A disaster at Southampton

  • Eventually it came down to the Indians needing to bat out two sessions of a Test match to be able to share the title, which they could not.
ICC World Test Championship Final - India v New Zealand -India's Virat Kohli reacts after his team lost the match by 8 wickets.(Action Images via Reuters)
ICC World Test Championship Final - India v New Zealand -India's Virat Kohli reacts after his team lost the match by 8 wickets.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jun 25, 2021 02:42 PM IST
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WTC Final: Cheteshwar Pujara's lack of runs a matter of concern for Team India

  • The flow of runs seems to have dried up, especially since the start of the World Test Championship. The Saurashtra batsman has scored just 818 runs in 17 Tests since August 2019 at a poor average of 29.21.
India's batsman Cheteshwar Pujara 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 Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 03:56 PM IST
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Rishabh Pant - The ninja in the pack for Team India

  • 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'.
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)
Updated on Mar 05, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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Analysis - Can Joe Root sweep his way to success against spin in India?

  • 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.
File photo of Joe Root(PTI)
File photo of Joe Root(PTI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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Deus ex machina: Two decades apart, India do the unexpected against Aussies

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 20, 2021 08:40 PM IST
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India trump Aus by 3 wkts at Brisbane, record 2nd straight series win Down Under

  • 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.
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)
Updated on Jan 19, 2021 05:05 PM IST
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A Groundsman's Tale: Nathan Lyon's journey to greatness and 100 Test matches

  • Not much was expected of him, until Lyon picked up the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara with his very first delivery in Test cricket.
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)
Updated on Jan 14, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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India vs Australia: Will opening blues end for Team India as new combination takes guard in Sydney? - Analysis

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 07:10 PM IST
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India vs Australia: Time for Rahane to rediscover the ‘Ajinkya’ in him

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.
Ajinkya Rahane of India walks out to bat.(Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane of India walks out to bat.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 08:53 PM IST
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India vs Australia: Can ‘King of Adelaide’ Virat Kohli get over ‘first Test’ jinx to resurrect 2020?

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 16, 2020 03:57 PM IST
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The quiet rise of captain Aaron Finch to upper echelon of ODI batsmanship behind Australia’s revival

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 02, 2020 06:57 AM IST
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IPL 2020 Final, MI vs DC Preview: Mumbai Indians favourites to retain title against upbeat Delhi Capitals

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 06:01 PM IST
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MI vs CSK Preview - The quintessential IPL blockbuster to kick things off

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 19, 2020 06:04 PM IST
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MS Dhoni retires | MSD is that style of player that even presidents and prime ministers talk about him: Dean Jones

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.
File image of MS Dhoni(ICC)
File image of MS Dhoni(ICC)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 09:10 AM IST
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MS Dhoni is that style of player that even presidents and prime ministers talk about him, says Dean Jones

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.
MS Dhoni(Twitter)
MS Dhoni(Twitter)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 08:37 AM IST
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IPL 2020 in UAE: All about bowling and handling spin well, says Dean Jones | Exclusive

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 02:36 PM IST
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Rajasthan Royals all-time XI: Warne leads an efficient bunch capable of big upsets

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 10:57 AM IST
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501 not out: When Brian Lara did the unthinkable

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.
File photo of Brian Lara of the West Indies.(Getty Images)
File photo of Brian Lara of the West Indies.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 05:19 PM IST
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Kagiso Rabada names great batsmen he would have ‘loved to bowl to’

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.
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.(AP)
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.(AP)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 04:05 PM IST
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Wasim Akram ranks Sachin Tendulkar 5th in his list of top batsmen, gives reason for his choice

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.
Wasim Akram(Twitter)
Wasim Akram(Twitter)
Updated on Jun 08, 2020 02:00 PM IST
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‘I don’t think it’s a good idea,’ Akram on hosting T20 World Cup as per schedule

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.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.(Agencies)
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.(Agencies)
Updated on Jun 05, 2020 12:17 PM IST
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On this day: Shane Warne’s ‘ball of the century’ and the making of a legend

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 01:38 PM IST
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Return of football will signal progression to new normal: LaLiga president Tebas | Exclusive

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.
La Liga president Javier Tebas(La Liga)
La Liga president Javier Tebas(La Liga)
Updated on May 15, 2020 09:34 AM IST
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This Day That Year: ‘Beware the Ides of March’ - Yuvraj Singh’s double act stops Aussie juggernaut

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.
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)
Updated on Mar 24, 2020 01:06 PM IST
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India vs New Zealand: Jasprit Bumrah’s rise to the upper echelon of Test cricket is every Indian cricket fan’s dream come true

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.
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)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 03:34 PM IST
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India vs New Zealand: 84 runs in 10 overs; third most expensive spell by an Indian spinner - What has happened to Kuldeep Yadav?

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.
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)
Updated on Feb 06, 2020 02:19 PM IST
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Madrid Derby: Football as a way of life

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have locked horns 162 times in LaLiga with Real coming out on top in 89 of those encounters.
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)
Updated on Feb 01, 2020 09:47 AM IST
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Ganguly, Kohli and their Rahuls: Can keeper-batsman be the missing piece of jigsaw yet again

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.
Rahul kept wickets in all three matches(PTI)
Rahul kept wickets in all three matches(PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2020 12:36 PM IST
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Five Indian cricketers for whom 2020 could be a make or break year

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.
File photo of India's Rishabh Pant .(AP)
File photo of India's Rishabh Pant .(AP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2020 08:25 AM IST
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Top 5 batting performances in Test cricket in 2019

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.
England's Ben Stokes.(Action Images via Reuters)
England's Ben Stokes.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 03:34 PM IST
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