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.

Articles by Ashutosh Sharma
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai during a practice session on the eve of their one off Test match against India, in Bangalore.(PTI)
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai during a practice session on the eve of their one off Test match against India, in Bangalore.(PTI)

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai not nervous, a nation awaits historic day

Hindustan Times, Bangalore | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2018 08:12 PM IST
Afghanistan, rapidly going up the cricketing ladder, are set to play their landmark first cricket Test against India. They will become the 12th team (not including ICC selection) to play Tests
Afghanistan will be making their debut in Test cricket when they face India in Bangalore on Thursday.(AP)
Afghanistan will be making their debut in Test cricket when they face India in Bangalore on Thursday.(AP)

Afghanistan set for historic inaugural Test against India

Hindustan Times, Bangalore | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2018 08:09 PM IST
Afghanistan will embark on a new journey in their cricket history when they make their Test debut against India in the historic one-off Test in Bangalore on Thursday.
Shubhankar Sharma has been India’s most successful golfer in the past one year.(HT Photo)
Shubhankar Sharma has been India’s most successful golfer in the past one year.(HT Photo)

Shubhankar Sharma, India’s premier golfer, ready for US Open challenge

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 11:46 PM IST
Shubhankar Sharma, for the second successive Major, will be the lone Indian in the fray as the US Open gets underway on Thursday.
Indian cricket players Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, K L Rahul and Umesh Yadav at a fielding drill during a practice session ahead of the maiden cricket test match against Afghanistan, in Bangalore.(PTI)
Indian cricket players Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, K L Rahul and Umesh Yadav at a fielding drill during a practice session ahead of the maiden cricket test match against Afghanistan, in Bangalore.(PTI)

India too experienced to be stung by Afghanistan spin: Dinesh Karthik

Hindustan Times, Bangalore | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2018 08:31 PM IST
Afghanistan are banking on Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman to compete against India with both spinners in prime form in the recent T20 series sweep over Bangladesh. Indian cricket team player
MS Dhoni’s rise clashed Dinesh Karthik’s loss of place from the Indian cricket team.(BCCI)
MS Dhoni’s rise clashed Dinesh Karthik’s loss of place from the Indian cricket team.(BCCI)

Didn’t lose my place to a normal cricketer, it was MS Dhoni: Dinesh Karthik

Hindustan Times, Bangalore | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 08:42 PM IST
Dinesh Karthik, who last played a Test eight years ago, admitted that perhaps he wasn’t playing well when he lost his spot in the Indian cricket team
Himal Gusain during a rapid chess meet in Jalandhar.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)
Himal Gusain during a rapid chess meet in Jalandhar.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)

Grand Master is achievable and I’m working on it: Himal

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 01:08 PM IST
Gusain, who achieved his International Master (IM) norm in 2017, already has achieved one GM norm.
Harinder Pal Singh is keen to win a medal at the Asian Games later this year.(HT Photo)
Harinder Pal Singh is keen to win a medal at the Asian Games later this year.(HT Photo)

Harinder Pal Singh sets sights on Asian Games squash medal

Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2018 05:34 PM IST
Squash champ Harinder Pal Singh, a 2014 gold medallist, wants back-to-back medals in August Asian Games

Minerva Punjab FC to appeal against AIFF’s ban on Ranjit Bajaj

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 10:05 PM IST
Minerva Punjab FC called AIFF’s ban on Ranjit Bajaj ‘shocking and arbitrary’ and said that they will appeal against the suspension.
Krishan Hooda(Karun Sharma)
Krishan Hooda(Karun Sharma)

From farmland to tennis, Indian junior Davis Cupper Krishan makes most of the opportunity

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 10:15 PM IST
A Roger Federer fan, he has also been part of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s annual training trips to Madrid, Spain, which take place under a tie-up with Madrid Tennis Federation.
Chris Gayle guided Kings XI Punjab to a comfortable win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2018 on Thursday.(PTI)
Chris Gayle guided Kings XI Punjab to a comfortable win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2018 on Thursday.(PTI)

IPL 2018: Chris Gayle played to perfection vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Andrew Tye

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 11:29 AM IST
Chris Gayle ’s 63-ball unbeaten innings, which included 11 sixes, helped Kings XI Punjab post a total of 193/3. In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad fell short by 15 runs to lose their first match in IPL 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson plays a shot during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.(AFP)
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson plays a shot during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.(AFP)

IPL 2018: Kane Williamson’s half-century goes in vain for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 11:51 PM IST
Kane Williamson scored 54 off 41 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. SRH ultimately lost the match by 15 runs
Chris Gayle will be hoping to fire all cylinders when Kings XI Punjab take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL 2018 clash in Mohali on Thursday.(BCCI)
Chris Gayle will be hoping to fire all cylinders when Kings XI Punjab take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL 2018 clash in Mohali on Thursday.(BCCI)

Tom Moody says Sunrisers Hyderabad will be ready with plans for Chris Gayle, KL Rahul

Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 07:44 PM IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said that his side will prepare for Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and other Kings XI Punjab players when the two teams face off in their IPL 2018 clash in Mohali on Thursday
Billy Stanlake is impressed by the performance of the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers in the 2018 Indian Premier League and it has inspired him to give good support to the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan.(PTI)
Billy Stanlake is impressed by the performance of the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers in the 2018 Indian Premier League and it has inspired him to give good support to the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan.(PTI)

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling depth boosts Billy Stanlake

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 07:07 PM IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan, making their bowling attack formidable in the 2018 Indian Premier League.
MS Dhoni in action during match twelve of the 2018 Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.(BCCI)
MS Dhoni in action during match twelve of the 2018 Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.(BCCI)

MS Dhoni blitz in vain as Kings XI Punjab seal IPL 2018 thriller against Chennai Super Kings

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 12:05 AM IST
MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 44-ball 79 went in vain as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lost to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by four runs in an IPL 2018 match in Mohali on Sunday.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their third game of IPL 2018 in Mohali on Sunday.(AFP)
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their third game of IPL 2018 in Mohali on Sunday.(AFP)

IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings look to continue winning run against Kings XI Punjab

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 12:27 AM IST
Chennai Super Kings will look to continue their winning streak when they lock horns with Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. It will be the third game for both teams.
Mayank Agarwal (in pic) heaped praise on KL Rahul and said his knock eased up the chase for Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils in their IL 2018 match at Mohali on Sunday.(PTI)
Mayank Agarwal (in pic) heaped praise on KL Rahul and said his knock eased up the chase for Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils in their IL 2018 match at Mohali on Sunday.(PTI)

IPL 2018: Mayank Agarwal heaps praise on KL Rahul after Kings XI Punjab blank Delhi Daredevils

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2018 09:17 PM IST
Mayank Agarwal heaped praise on KL Rahul and said his knock eased up the chase for Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils in their IL 2018 match at Mohali on Sunday.
KL Rahul scored the fastest fifty of the IPL against Delhi Daredevils.(BCCI)
KL Rahul scored the fastest fifty of the IPL against Delhi Daredevils.(BCCI)

IPL 2018: KL Rahul’s record half-century rocks Delhi Daredevils

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2018 06:39 PM IST
KL Rahul struck the fastest fifty in IPL against Delhi Daredevils to give Kings XI Punjab a flying start in their opener.
KL Rahul needed just 14 balls to bring up his maiden half-century for kings XI Punjab.(PTI)
KL Rahul needed just 14 balls to bring up his maiden half-century for kings XI Punjab.(PTI)

IPL 2018: KL Rahul’s fastest IPL fifty helps Kings XI Punjab cruise to victory vs Delhi Daredevils

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 09:13 PM IST
KL Rahul smashed IPL’s fastest fifty to guide Kings XI Punjab to a comfortable six wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in the opening encounter.
Kings XI Punjab head coach Brad Hodge feels that the presence of KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal and Axar Patel makes them a solid unit going into the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).(HT Photo)
Kings XI Punjab head coach Brad Hodge feels that the presence of KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal and Axar Patel makes them a solid unit going into the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).(HT Photo)

IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab coach Brad Hodge banking on Indian players to deliver

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 12:00 AM IST
Kings XI Punjab head coach Brad Hodge feels that the presence of quality Indian players makes them a formidable unit heading into the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi Daredevils will face Kings XI Punjab in their opening game of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.(PTI)
Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi Daredevils will face Kings XI Punjab in their opening game of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.(PTI)

IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils look to shed underachievers tag

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 12:00 AM IST
Under R Ashwin, Kings XI Punjab will hope their title drought ends. KXIP will be up against the wily and experienced Gautam Gambhir, who knows a thing or two about winning the IPL -- having lifted the trophy with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014.
KL Rahul is likely to be Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) wicket-keeper at the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).(Twitter)
KL Rahul is likely to be Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) wicket-keeper at the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).(Twitter)

IPL 2018: KL Rahul ready to step into dual role at Kings XI Punjab

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 11:16 PM IST
KL Rahul may have to keep wickets after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) failed to rope in a specialist wicket-keeper at the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions but the India international is willing to take up the challenge.
Chennaiyin FC clinched the Indian Super League title by beating Bengaluru FC, who had won the I-League twice.(PTI)
Chennaiyin FC clinched the Indian Super League title by beating Bengaluru FC, who had won the I-League twice.(PTI)

Football bosses evasive; Bhaichung Bhutia, Renedy Singh back FIFA proposals

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Chandigarh | By Dhiman Sarkar/Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 08:21 PM IST
The All India Football Federation and its commercial partners are under pressure to switch to a one-league format from 2019-2020. Currently, there are two league – the Indian Super League and the I-League
Kings XI Punjab mentor Virender Sehwag and captain Ravichandran Ashwin would hope to take their team to the top in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.(PTI)
Kings XI Punjab mentor Virender Sehwag and captain Ravichandran Ashwin would hope to take their team to the top in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.(PTI)

IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab hope to finally find winning formula

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2018 04:38 PM IST
Kings XI Punjab’s Indian Premier League (IPL) history is peppered with instances of chopping and changing at every available juncture but still the best they have come up is a runners-up finish in the 2014 edition.
Minerva Punjab FC were crowned the champions of the I-League this season.(HT photo)
Minerva Punjab FC were crowned the champions of the I-League this season.(HT photo)

I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC threaten to pull out of Super Cup

Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2018 11:29 PM IST
Minerva Punjab FC have written to AIFF about their unwillingness to participate in the Super Cup citing weak financial condition and scheduling of the tournament which will see teams playing in the searing heat of Bhubneswar
Minerva Punjab became the first team from the state to win since the tournament was rechristened as I-League.(AIFF)
Minerva Punjab became the first team from the state to win since the tournament was rechristened as I-League.(AIFF)

I-League: Minerva Punjab FC clinch first title with win over Churchill Brothers

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2018 11:37 PM IST
The I-League title was Minerva Punjab FC’s to lose, but their 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers in Panchkula on Thursday ensured the tournament saw a new champion for the second year in a row.
The I-League title is still Minerva Punjab’s title to lose. A win will see them tower above the rest but a loss or draw will mean the rest of the results must go their way.(AIFF)
The I-League title is still Minerva Punjab’s title to lose. A win will see them tower above the rest but a loss or draw will mean the rest of the results must go their way.(AIFF)

I-League is Minerva Punjab’s to lose, Churchill Brothers fight relegation battle

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2018 06:03 PM IST
As things stand in the I-League table, it’s still Minerva Punjab’s title to lose. A win will see them tower above the rest but a loss or draw will mean the rest of the results must go their way.
Goalmouth action during the Minerva Punjab FC vs Aizawl FC match at Panchkula, Chandigarh, on Monday.(AIFF)
Goalmouth action during the Minerva Punjab FC vs Aizawl FC match at Panchkula, Chandigarh, on Monday.(AIFF)

Minerva Punjab FC beat Aizawl FC, climb to top of I-League table

Hindustan Times, Panchkula (Chandigarh) | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2018 06:55 PM IST
Goals from Akash Sangwan and Bazie Armand helped Minerva Punjab FC beat Aizawl FC 2-0 in their I-League match.
Gokulam Kerala-Minerva Punjab FC I-League match in progress in Panchkula.(AIFF)
Gokulam Kerala-Minerva Punjab FC I-League match in progress in Panchkula.(AIFF)

Gokulam Kerala edge past Minerva Punjab FC, throws open I-League race

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2018 07:43 PM IST
Minerva Punjab FC remained at the second place in I-League with 29 points from 15 matches after losing 1-0 to Gokulam Kerala FC at home
A win here against Gokulam Kerala FC on Tuesday will make Minerva Punjab FC front-runners to lift the I-League title.(AIFF)
A win here against Gokulam Kerala FC on Tuesday will make Minerva Punjab FC front-runners to lift the I-League title.(AIFF)

I-League: Minerva Punjab FC start favourites against tired Gokulam Kerala FC

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2018 07:13 PM IST
With Minerva Punjab FC trailing NEROCA FC by three points, a win here against Gokulam Kerala FC on Tuesday will make the hosts front-runners to lift the I-League title.
Srinivas Gokulnath during the press conference announcing Shivalik Signature, a 615km two-day qualifier race for Race Across America (RAAM) 2018 to be held in Chandigarh on April 7-8.(Sushil Prajapati/HT Photo)
Srinivas Gokulnath during the press conference announcing Shivalik Signature, a 615km two-day qualifier race for Race Across America (RAAM) 2018 to be held in Chandigarh on April 7-8.(Sushil Prajapati/HT Photo)

Riding in Race Across America requires years of planning: cyclist Srinivas Gokulnath

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2018 10:50 PM IST
Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the toughest cycling races in the world and Srinivas Gokulnath, India’s first finisher of the famed race, is now promoting ultra cycling in the country and is in Chandigarh to help participants prepare for Shivalik Signature, a 615km two-day qualifier race for RAAM 2018 to be held on April 7-8.
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