Ashish Magotra
Articles by Ashish Magotra

Suryakumar Yadav looks to shine the light on his talent again

The 33-year-old will look to shrug off the loss in the World Cup final and get back to his best in a format he clearly loves

Suryakumar Yadav interacts with VVS Laxman during a practice session on the eve of the first T20 match between India and Australia(PTI)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 10:15 PM IST

How pitch tactic for World Cup final backfired on India

Sluggish track where there should’ve been a belter? BCCI’s smart surface plan ends up biting Team India

A photo from the ICC World Cup final match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 11:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

World Cup 2023: Australia seized the moment and make it their own, again

In eight appearances in the World Cup final, they have won six times and quite frankly, few teams have mastered the art of acing the big day like them

Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with fans and the trophy after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 12:20 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Warriors assemble: World Cup 2023 marks a new dawn for Indian cricket

In recent years, injuries, schedules, pandemic kept them apart, making true potential hard to gauge. Now it’s clear; this is a diverse team that pulls together.

India celebrate after Mohammed Shami claims a wicket during a World Cup match against England in October. (Deepak Gupta / HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 11:30 AM IST
ByAshish Magotra

India battle butterflies, Kiwis and a familiar stumbling block

India and New Zealand are set to face off in the first semi-final of the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup. The high-stakes match will determine who advances to the finals. Both teams are aware of the pressure and are preparing for the challenge. India's dominant performance in the tournament so far will not guarantee success in this knockout game. New Zealand, despite recent losses, believe they have a chance if they can dismiss key players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early. The match is expected to be intense and closely contested.

The match will held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 05:44 AM IST
ByAshish Magotra

The Rohit-Virat ‘jugalbandi’ driving India forward at ODI World Cup

It isn't so much a competition as it is two greats playing off each other. It makes India better. It makes them better too.

India's skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli greet each other after their match against South Africa(ANI )
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 12:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sink or swim: Throw them in the deep end

Shreyas Iyer, in a sense, can take a leaf out of Kuldeep’s book and perhaps change how he tackles his problem to rise again in this World Cup

India's Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during the ICC Men's World Cup ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand(PTI)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 08:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi

World Cup 2023: The art of leading from the front

Nothing can explain how flat England have looked and this is where a great captain could have made the difference

England's captain Jos Buttler with teammates during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between England and Sri Lanka, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru(PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 11:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Santner: The one who flew under the radar

The left-arm spinner is sitting on top of the World Cup wicket-takers table with 11 scalps from four matches

Mitchell Santner celebrates the wicket of Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi during their match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023(ANI)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 08:10 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Bluff masters: White-ball cricket’s ultimate sucker punch

The slower delivery can leave even top batters look like amateurs but the sheer joy of it lies in the set-up

India's Jasprit Bumrah in action (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:54 PM IST

Afghanistan script first WC fairytale, trounce reigning champs England by 69 runs

In a stunning upset, Afghanistan defeats England by 69 runs in the World Cup. The Afghan spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan were the stars of the match. This win is a great achievement for Afghanistan and a blow to England's tournament hopes.

Rashid Khan celebrates at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 06:08 AM IST
ByAshish Magotra, New Delhi

Afghanistan stun England in a World Cup upset for the ages

Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi shared 8 wickets to pull off only their second win in the World Cup, while handing the holders their second loss in 3 games in New Delhi

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan with teammates celebrates after winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Group stage match against England(PTI)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 11:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2023: Rivals, yes. Rivalry, no

India's World Cup record means they will fancy their chances at Ahmedabad but one can never count out the inconsistently dangerous Pakistan

India's Virat Kohli (L) talks with Pakistan's Shadab Khan during a practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on September 1, 2023(AFP)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 10:33 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Feeling the ODI beat: A game of rhythm and soul

ODIs are often clubbed with T20s under white-ball cricket, disregarding the fact that they too need the players to adapt.

Indian batter Virat Kohli in action.(PTI)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 11:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The unexpected joy: The Indian stars who achieved success against the odds

Young shooters Sift Samra and Palak Gulia, TT "twins" Ayhika and Sutirtha and distance runner Parul Chaudhary all made a great impression at Hangzhou

Indian shooter Sift Kaur Samra poses for photos with her gold medal during the presentation ceremony of the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Dravid hopes to sing a redemption song

The World Cup doesn't hold the fondest of memories for the India coach but he will hope to change that this time around.

India's coach Rahul Dravid attends a practice at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo (AFP)
Published on Oct 03, 2023 07:13 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Speed, medals, passion: Why the next 57 days may define Indian sport arena

The country plays host to MotoGP Indian Grand Prix, competes in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and then finally circles back to its greatest love, cricket.

Picture from MotoGP event held in Italy(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 06:13 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Knight Rider: What makes Viswanathan Anand’s game unique

Garry Kasparov once said: ‘My win doesn't reflect how difficult and psychologically draining the match has been.’ See why the greats speak of Anand in this way.

’You could spot a weakness now but play him a little later and it would be gone,’ Soviet-Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand says, of India's original grandmaster. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 07:59 PM IST
ByAshish Magotra

Pragg falls to Carlsen's genius

The world No. 1 outhustled the young Indian in the first Rapid game and sealed the deal with a draw in the second

Norwegian Grandmaster and World No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen during the second tie-breaker match of the Chess World Cup 2023 final against Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, in Baku.(PTI)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 05:36 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chess World Cup: Carlsen, Pragg set the stage for an epic tiebreaker

The second classical game ended in a quick draw with the Norwegian world No.1 still struggling due to a bout of food poisoning

The champion will be decided in the tie-breaks on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 08:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi

From knight to king: Pragg vs Carlsen first game of chess finals ends in draw

India’s teenage grandmaster, playing with white pieces, played out a draw against Norway’s five-time world champion in the World Cup chess final

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa and Norway's Grandmaster and World No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen during the first game of the final match of the Chess World Cup 2023(PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 08:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Chess World Cup: Brilliant Pragg sets up final against Carlsen

The 18-year-old from Chennai beat world no.3 Caruana in the tiebreaker

Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa wins over World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana in the tie-breaker round of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament at Baku in Azerbaijan on Monday.(Chess Base India Twitter)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 07:31 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pragg's defensive masterclass earns him another draw

The 18-year-old from Chennai was under pressure in Game 2 but he stays calm and takes the match into the tiebreaker

The 18-year-old from Chennai gave another masterclass in defensive chess (ANI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 07:51 AM IST

Chess World Cup: Calm Praggnanandhaa survives tense battle of nerves

The 18-year-old Indian GM, playing with black, held the World No.2 to a draw in the first of the two classical games in the semifinal in Baku

On the day Praggnanandhaa exhibited the precision that was required to hold the World No.2
Published on Aug 19, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Pragg aims to continue winning run against 'very strong' Caruana

The 18-year-old Indian GM will start the match as underdog but he hasn't let that stop him before

File photo of Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa(PTI)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 11:43 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chess: Pragg wears down Erigaisi in sudden death, enters World Cup semi-final

R Praggnandhaa becomes first Indian since Viswanathan Anand in 2002 to enter the last four of the tournament, after winning the marathon quarterfinal 5-4

R Praggnanandhaa has entered the World Cup semi-final.
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 07:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pragg's brilliant comeback forces Erigaisi into tiebreaker

The 18-year-old had to win on demand with black pieces and he did exactly that. Gukesh and Gujrathi were knocked out in the quarters

File photo of Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 03:10 PM IST
By, New Delhi

D Gukesh meets his endgame in Magnus Carlsen

The high-flying Indian youngster, playing white, crashed to a 48-move defeat against the Norwegian world No.1.

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, left, of SG Alpine Warriors plays against Poland's Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Chingari Gulf Titans during Global Chess League in Dubai(AP)
Published on Aug 15, 2023 11:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Carlsen's Classical challenge will test Gukesh's ambition

The two players will lock horns in the quarter-finals of the FIDE World Cup on Tuesday

Magnus Carlsen will face Dommaraju Gukesh.
Published on Aug 14, 2023 08:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How badminton ace HS Prannoy rebooted to soar again

Omission from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics was a big low, but a total overhaul of his training has helped the current world No.9 to find consistency and success

India's Prannoy HS hits a return against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen during their men's singles semifinal at the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament in Jakarta (AFP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 08:25 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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