Ashutosh Sharma

Ashutosh Sharma

Ashutosh Sharma is based in Chandigarh and has been a sports journalist for over a decade. He mainly writes on cricket.

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A masked player undergoing training at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. The complex reopened after two months.(Keshav Singh/HT)
A masked player undergoing training at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. The complex reopened after two months.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Chandigarh sports complexes reopen to a new reality: No-contact training

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2020 01:22 AM IST
After taking the lead in opening up its golf course on Wednesday, Chandigarh threw open almost all its government-run sports complexes for all disciplines, barring close-contact games such as wrestling, boxing, hockey, volleyball and cricket.
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Golfers during practice at the Chandigarh Golf Club which has opened after 60 days owing to the lockdown in wake of the Covid epidemic, on Wednesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Golfers during practice at the Chandigarh Golf Club which has opened after 60 days owing to the lockdown in wake of the Covid epidemic, on Wednesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Post relaxations, golf, tennis take lead in opening in Chandigarh tricity

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 12:25 AM IST
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association and Total Tennis Academy await SOPs from the UT sports department
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Sandesh Jhingan(Twitter)
Sandesh Jhingan(Twitter)

Sandesh Jhingan geared up for his long-awaited return

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 03:57 PM IST
Jhingan, who sustained an injury ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh, said that lot of leagues are under pressure to wrap up the season in a short period of time and substitution rule change will surely ease some of the workload on the players.
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Coach Gaurav Chadha and former Davis cupper Harsh Mankad during a tennis camp at Roots Tennis Academy in Zirakpur. Chadha runs three centres in the tricity and is facing financial heat due to the lockdown.(HT File Photo)
Coach Gaurav Chadha and former Davis cupper Harsh Mankad during a tennis camp at Roots Tennis Academy in Zirakpur. Chadha runs three centres in the tricity and is facing financial heat due to the lockdown.(HT File Photo)

Lockdown blues: Private sports academies in Chandigarh struggle to cope with no income

By Shalini Gupta and Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 03:26 AM IST
Cricket and tennis have seen mushrooming of small academies with almost all schools in tricity having one or the other. With no income since mid-March these academies are hoping to avoid a financial ruin
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Coach Surinder Mahajan’s trainee Mihika working out at home in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Coach Surinder Mahajan’s trainee Mihika working out at home in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

Amid curfew in Chandigarh, veteran badminton coach turns to online training

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 08:14 PM IST
Giving players specific schedules to follow and update their task completion through messaging app WhatsApp
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From being a globe-trotting golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu is very much enjoying his extended stay at home.(HT PHOTO)
From being a globe-trotting golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu is very much enjoying his extended stay at home.(HT PHOTO)

Music to ears as Chandigarh golfer tries to make best of lockdown

By Ashutosh Sharma | Ashutosh Sharma, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2020 01:06 AM IST
Ajeetesh Sandhu was supposed to play in Royal Cup in Thailand but once that got deferred due to Covid-19 outbreak, the golfer returned to India and shifted his focus on Indian Open
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Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh.(PTI)
Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh.(PTI)

Mandeep bats for DRS in Ranji Trophy

By Ashutosh Sharma | Mohali
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 10:32 PM IST
Gill had walked off without any argument in the second innings and Mandeep said his wicket might have been crucial in the match’s context.
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Play was halted for 10 minutes in the Punjab vs Delhi match(Twitter)
Play was halted for 10 minutes in the Punjab vs Delhi match(Twitter)

Gill gets dismissal decision reversed after argument

By Ashutosh Sharma | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 11:11 PM IST
Umpire overturned the decision after consultation with leg umpire Pashchim Pathak only to leave the rival Delhi team visibly unhappy. The visitors went into a huddle and the match was held up for several minutes.
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Representational Image.(Twitter)
Representational Image.(Twitter)

Davis Cup: Rohit Rajpal non-playing captain for Pakistan tie

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 11:41 PM IST
The decision to replace Mahesh Bhupathi as the non-playing captain was taken in the AGM held in Chandigarh on Monday.
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Association president Rajinder Gupta (centre) addressing the media after his decision to resign at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. Association’s elections are scheduled for September 8.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)
Association president Rajinder Gupta (centre) addressing the media after his decision to resign at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. Association’s elections are scheduled for September 8.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)
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Kings XI Punjab cricketer KL Rahul (R) raises his bat after he scoring his fifty.(AFP)
Kings XI Punjab cricketer KL Rahul (R) raises his bat after he scoring his fifty.(AFP)

KXIP vs CSK: KL Rahul, Sam Curran star as Kings XI Punjab bow out with win

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Mohali
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 08:12 PM IST
KL Rahul and Sam Curran were the top performers as Kings XI Punjab posted a six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter.
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File image of players of CSK celebrating after the fall of a wicket.(AFP)
File image of players of CSK celebrating after the fall of a wicket.(AFP)

KXIP vs CSK, IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings aim to seal top spot, manage workloads

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Mohali
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 08:21 AM IST
CSK have long admitted that with older players making up the core, it’s difficult to compete and recover, but somehow the same experience has managed to get them the wins.
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Delhi Capitals team mentor Sourav Ganguly (L) picks up Rishabh Pant (R) as they celebrate after winning the match during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22, 2019(AFP)
Delhi Capitals team mentor Sourav Ganguly (L) picks up Rishabh Pant (R) as they celebrate after winning the match during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22, 2019(AFP)

RR vs DC: Rishabh Pant upstages Ajinkya Rahane as Delhi beat Rajasthan to go top of the table

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 08:24 AM IST
A brisk start from Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a quickfire half century gave Delhi the start they were looking for.
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Rajasthan Royals batsman Steve Smith (R) plays a shot during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)
Rajasthan Royals batsman Steve Smith (R) plays a shot during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)

RR vs DC: Steve Smith has week to define Rajasthan Royals’ fate in IPL 2019

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 07:22 PM IST
A win at home finally achieved after multiple losses, a confident Delhi Capitals will hope to keep the juggernaut rolling when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an away IPL encounter.
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IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH.(PTI)
IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH.(PTI)

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put on a century stand, take Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket win

By Ashutosh Sharma | Mohali
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 07:16 AM IST
Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in Mohali on Monday.
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Mohali: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) player Sam celebrates after dismissing DC's Harshal Patel during the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20) cricket match between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at I.S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Monday, April 1, 2019(PTI)
Mohali: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) player Sam celebrates after dismissing DC's Harshal Patel during the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20) cricket match between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at I.S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Monday, April 1, 2019(PTI)

IPL 2019, KXIP vs DC: Curran grabs hat-trick, Delhi lose 7 wickets for 8 runs as KXIP script heist

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Mohali
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 09:20 AM IST
With four overs to go, DC were holding all the aces, needing just 30 off 24 balls with seven wickets in hand before exploding in spectacular fashion. The carnage for Delhi started in the 17th over by Shami.
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The frames, around a dozen in number, are official match pictures, including that of the crowd during the 2011 World Cup semifinal between the arch rivals, besides candid shots of players, including Pakistan PM Imran Khan and former pacer Wasim Akram.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
The frames, around a dozen in number, are official match pictures, including that of the crowd during the 2011 World Cup semifinal between the arch rivals, besides candid shots of players, including Pakistan PM Imran Khan and former pacer Wasim Akram.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Punjab Cricket association removes pictures of Pakistani players from Mohali stadium

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 11:33 PM IST
Confirming the news, PCA secretary RP Singla said it was a voluntary decision and a team was formed to comb the entire premises to remove framed pictures of Pakistani cricketers
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Gnohere Krizo scored the only goal of the game.(AIFF)
Gnohere Krizo scored the only goal of the game.(AIFF)

Real Kashmir start I-League with stellar win over defending champions Minerva

By Ashutosh Sharma | Panchkula
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2018 07:43 PM IST
Real Kashmir held their own against a sustained attack from Minerva, who after a dull draw against Churchill Brothers in their opening game started on a proactive note.
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Jeev milkha Singh turned Pro in 1993.(HT Photo)
Jeev milkha Singh turned Pro in 1993.(HT Photo)

‘Living a dream’, Jeev Milkha Singh set to tee off in own event

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2018 08:18 PM IST
As ubiquitous as it is to see an Indian among top golfers in the world now competing with the best, when Jeev turned pro, it was a rarity. Into his third decade as a top flight golfer, Jeev Milkha Singh will play host as well as compete in the event named after him — a first for Indian golf.
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Three people on the coaching staff are in conflict of interest as per the new regulations of BCCI constitution.(Getty Images)
Three people on the coaching staff are in conflict of interest as per the new regulations of BCCI constitution.(Getty Images)

Punjab Vijay Hazare squad officials under ‘conflict’ cloud

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Mohali
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 12:53 AM IST
As soon as the names were released, many former players and coaches pointed out that Kalsi is associated with an academy—Achiever’s School of Cricket—based in Landran near Mohali. Harvinder is listed as a bowling coach in the academy’s website.
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Afghanistan were defeated by an innings and 262 runs by India in their inaugural Test match in Bangalore on Friday.(AFP)
Afghanistan were defeated by an innings and 262 runs by India in their inaugural Test match in Bangalore on Friday.(AFP)

Afghanistan learnt a lot from heavy loss against India, says coach Phil Simmons

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 08:30 PM IST
Afghanistan cricket team coach Phil Simmons said that the inaugural Test match against India was a learning experience for his side despite suffering a heavy loss against the hosts.
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Members of Indian cricket team greet each other and Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi (3R) after India won the one-off cricket test match in Bangalore, India, Friday, June 15, 2018.(AP)
Members of Indian cricket team greet each other and Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi (3R) after India won the one-off cricket test match in Bangalore, India, Friday, June 15, 2018.(AP)

India vs Afghanistan: Two-day win shows gulf between the sides

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 02:52 AM IST
India managed to bundle out Afghanistan twice in two sessions; for 109 in 27.5 overs between lunch and tea and for 103 in 38.4 overs in the last session to complete a facile win.
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Injury ruled Virat Kohli out of a county stint with Surrey.(AFP)
Injury ruled Virat Kohli out of a county stint with Surrey.(AFP)

Virat Kohli undergoes fitness test at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 03:03 PM IST
Virat Kohli had hurt his neck while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
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Hardik Pandya in action during day two of the Test match between India and Afghanistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(BCCI)
Hardik Pandya in action during day two of the Test match between India and Afghanistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(BCCI)

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test, Day 2: Hardik Pandya hits 71 as India finish on 474

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 12:32 PM IST
Hardik Pandya struck a half-century before India were bundled out for 474 in their first innings just before lunch on the second day of the one-off historic Test against Afghanistan at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.
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Afghanistan bowler Yamin Ahmadzai celebrates with teammates the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan during their one-off Test at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.(PTI)
Afghanistan bowler Yamin Ahmadzai celebrates with teammates the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan during their one-off Test at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.(PTI)

Afghanistan fans miss celebrating Eid with family to watch historic Test

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 09:29 PM IST
Afghanistan fans lapped up the opportunity to witness their first-ever Test against India in Bangalore.
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India's Murali Vijay, right, greets teammate Shikhar Dhawan, left, on hitting a boundary during the one-off cricket test match against Afghanistan in Bangalore.(AP)
India's Murali Vijay, right, greets teammate Shikhar Dhawan, left, on hitting a boundary during the one-off cricket test match against Afghanistan in Bangalore.(AP)

Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay hit tons, hand Afghanistan harsh Test baptism

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustna Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 07:02 PM IST
The openers raise 168 runs together to dominate the newcomers before Afghanistan bowlers fought back in the final session of the rain-interrupted Day 1.
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Murali Vijay notched up his 12th century as India dominated Afghanistan in the one-off Test in Bangalore.(PTI)
Murali Vijay notched up his 12th century as India dominated Afghanistan in the one-off Test in Bangalore.(PTI)

Murali Vijay 100 cements India’s domination against Afghanistan

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 04:22 PM IST
Murali Vijay joined Shikhar Dhawan with a century in the one-off Test against Afghanistan as India continued to dominate.
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Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century during day one of the Test match between India and Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(AFP)
Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century during day one of the Test match between India and Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(AFP)

Shikhar Dhawan’s blistering century puts India in control of one-off Test against Afghanistan

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 01:46 PM IST
Shikhar Dhawan’s 87-ball-century took India to a comfortable 158/0 at lunch on the opening day of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.
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Shikhar Dhawan’s century and Murali Vijay’s magnificent knock put India on top in the one-off Test against debutant Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.(AFP)
Shikhar Dhawan’s century and Murali Vijay’s magnificent knock put India on top in the one-off Test against debutant Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.(AFP)

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test, Day 1, Bangalore: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul cement IND’s dominance

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 02:29 PM IST
Shikhar Dhawan scored a magnificent century while Murali Vijay neared a century as India reached a wonderful position against Afghanistan in the one-off Test in Afghanistan.
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Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian cricket team in the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Bangalore.(PTI)
Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian cricket team in the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Bangalore.(PTI)

Indian cricket team will give Afghanistan rough ride in historic Test, says Ajinkya Rahane

By Ashutosh Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2018 10:55 PM IST
India will not take spin-heavy Afghanistan lightly, stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane said ahead of their one-off Test in Bangalore on Thursday.
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