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
East Bengal defeated I-League leaders Minerva Punjab in Panchkula on Tuesday.(AIFF)
East Bengal defeated I-League leaders Minerva Punjab in Panchkula on Tuesday.(AIFF)

I-League: East Bengal eke out win vs Minerva Punjab, keep title race open

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2018 06:17 PM IST
Cavin Lobo’s strike helped East Bengal hand Minerva Punjab their first home defeat in this season of I-League.
Minerva Punjab and East Bengal coaches and players during the pre-match press conference ahead of their I-League clash in Panchkula on Monday.(AIFF)
Minerva Punjab and East Bengal coaches and players during the pre-match press conference ahead of their I-League clash in Panchkula on Monday.(AIFF)

I-League: Leaders Minerva Punjab face East Bengal in potential title decider

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2018 08:13 PM IST
Home team Minerva Punjab are one point ahead of Neroca while East Bengal are a further five points adrift at third, with all three teams in the race for the I-League title.
Gagandeep Bali celebrates after scoring for Minerva Punjab FC against Shillong Lajong in the I-League on Wednesday.(AIFF)
Gagandeep Bali celebrates after scoring for Minerva Punjab FC against Shillong Lajong in the I-League on Wednesday.(AIFF)

I-League: Minerva Punjab FC regain top spot after 3-2 win over Shillong Lajong

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2018 08:01 PM IST
Gagandeep Bali scored twice as Minerva Punjab FC defeat Shilong Lajong to claim top spot in the I-League table on Wednesday.
Minerva Punjab FC will take on Shillong Lajong in Panchkula on Wednesday.(AIFF)
Minerva Punjab FC will take on Shillong Lajong in Panchkula on Wednesday.(AIFF)

I-League: Minerva Punjab FC look to bounce back against Shillong Lajong

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2018 06:41 PM IST
Shillong Lajong will be aiming for a turnaround of fortunes as they face leaders Minerva Punjab FC in an I- League clash in Panchkula on Wednesday.
Shubhankar Sharma is currently ranked 202 in the world golf rankings.(Getty Images)
Shubhankar Sharma is currently ranked 202 in the world golf rankings.(Getty Images)

With British Open golf in mind, Shubhankar Sharma chalks out 2018 plan

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2018 08:15 PM IST
Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Joburg Open golf tournament to get the ticket for the British Open, said he will divide time between European and Asian Tour events and his focus for 2018 is to improve on the world ranking.
Indian cricket team stand-in captain Rohit Sharma acknowledges the applause from the crowd after scoring a double century in the second ODI against Sri Lanka cricket team in Mohali on Wednesday.(AP)
Indian cricket team stand-in captain Rohit Sharma acknowledges the applause from the crowd after scoring a double century in the second ODI against Sri Lanka cricket team in Mohali on Wednesday.(AP)

How Rohit Sharma hits sixes at will, the double-ton master reveals secret

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2017 07:03 PM IST
As the double-century innings against Sri Lanka cricket team in Mohali progressed, Rohit Sharma hit four more boundaries, but the Indian cricket team stand-in skipper’s sixes count reached 11, effortlessly clearing the field each time.
Indian cricket team’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma celebrates his double-century during the second ODI against Sri Lanka cricket team in Mohali on Wednesday.(PTI)
Indian cricket team’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma celebrates his double-century during the second ODI against Sri Lanka cricket team in Mohali on Wednesday.(PTI)

Wanted to do well as a batsman and captain: Rohit Sharma after double ton

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2017 10:36 PM IST
Pacing his innings, Indian cricket team’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma exploded in the later stages of the game to blow away Sri Lanka cricket team’s chances of winning the series in Mohali
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma hits a maximum during his double ton against Sri Lanka cricket team in the second ODI in at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.(PTI)
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma hits a maximum during his double ton against Sri Lanka cricket team in the second ODI in at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.(PTI)

Rohit Sharma breaks a host of records with double ton vs Sri Lanka in Mohali

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2017 09:05 PM IST
Indian cricket team stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma’s 100 came off 115 balls, and included nine fours and a six. After the ton, he hit 11 maximums, and just four boundaries in the second ODI against Sri Lanka cricket team in Mohali.
Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali.(PTI)
Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali.(PTI)

Rohit Sharma’s double century powers India to big win vs Sri Lanka in Mohali

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2017 09:54 PM IST
Rohit Sharma, who got out cheaply in Dharamsala, hit his third double century in the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali.
Washington Sundar was handed his maiden ODI cap from coach Ravi Shastri before the start of play vs Sri Lanka at Mohali.(PTI)
Washington Sundar was handed his maiden ODI cap from coach Ravi Shastri before the start of play vs Sri Lanka at Mohali.(PTI)

Washington Sundar gets his dream debut vs Sri Lanka in Mohali ODI

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2017 01:16 PM IST
Washington Sundar as given his maiden ODI cap from coach Ravi Shastri before the start of play vs Sri Lanka at Mohali. He became the seventh youngest Indian to make his ODI debut.
Washington Sundar had a good performance for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 Indian Premier League and he has been included in the Indian cricket team after an injury to Kedar Jadhav.(BCCI)
Washington Sundar had a good performance for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 Indian Premier League and he has been included in the Indian cricket team after an injury to Kedar Jadhav.(BCCI)

Washington Sundar, who failed YoYo Test at 18, set for India chance vs Sri Lanka

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2017 07:14 PM IST
Washington Sundar, who was picked at the last minute for the injured Kedar Jadhav, had initially failed the YoYo Test at the age of 18 but he is now on the cusp of being selected for the Indian cricket team in the second ODI in Mohali.
Sri Lanka cricket team's Angelo Mathews bats at the nets during a practice session ahead of their second ODI against Indian cricket team in Mohali on Tuesday.(AP)
Sri Lanka cricket team's Angelo Mathews bats at the nets during a practice session ahead of their second ODI against Indian cricket team in Mohali on Tuesday.(AP)

Thisara Perera wants Sri Lanka to go for series-clinching win vs India in Mohali ODI

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2017 07:23 PM IST
Sri Lanka cricket team skipper Thisara Perera expects Indian cricket team to come back hard in the second ODI in Mohali but says his team is ready to push for a series-clinching victory at the PCA Stadium.
The Indian cricket team are likely to face conditions similar to the Dharamsala pitch in Mohali.(HT Photo)
The Indian cricket team are likely to face conditions similar to the Dharamsala pitch in Mohali.(HT Photo)

India vs Sri Lanka: Mohali pitch similar to Dharamsala, but will grass be shaved?

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2017 08:51 PM IST
The prevailing conditions in Mohali clearly indicate that the batsmen will face a tough time as the ball is likely to swing and seam in the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka cricket team was unable to travel to Mohali from Dharamsala due to inclement weather conditions.(Shyam Sharma/HT Photo)
The Sri Lanka cricket team was unable to travel to Mohali from Dharamsala due to inclement weather conditions.(Shyam Sharma/HT Photo)

Sri Lanka cricket team stuck in Dharamsala due to inclement weather

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2017 06:50 PM IST
If the weather doesn’t clear up on Tuesday too then Sri Lanka will be left with no choice but to travel by road to reach Mohali ahead of the second ODI encounter against India.
Amjyot Singh is an alumni of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy that has trained India’s top players in the past.(Twitter)
Amjyot Singh is an alumni of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy that has trained India’s top players in the past.(Twitter)

India’s Amjyot Singh selected by Oklahoma City Blue in 2017 NBA G League Draft

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2017 10:57 PM IST
Indian basketball player Amjyot Singh was picked up by Oklahoma City Blue as the 103rd pick in the 2017 NBA G League Draft.
Ajeetesh Sandhu continued his consistent run in the Asian Tour circuit as he clinched the Japanese Challenger event, one week after he had won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship.(AFP)
Ajeetesh Sandhu continued his consistent run in the Asian Tour circuit as he clinched the Japanese Challenger event, one week after he had won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship.(AFP)

India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu wins Japan event after Asian Tour success

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2017 05:58 PM IST
India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu, fresh from claiming his first Asian Tour title last week, has added another victory in the Japanese Challenge Tour
Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh made his mark on the Asian Tour with a stunning win in the Yeangder Tournament Players gold championship in Taipei on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh made his mark on the Asian Tour with a stunning win in the Yeangder Tournament Players gold championship in Taipei on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Ajeetesh Sandhu wins maiden Asian Tour title in Taipei golf

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2017 01:03 PM IST
Ajeetesh Sandhu joins a select league of Indian golfers who have won on Asian Tour. This list includes Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Chawrasia and Jeev Milkha Singh
Newly elected Punjab Cricket Association president Rajinder Gupta and secretary RP Singla addressing the media in Mohali on Sunday, September 24.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Newly elected Punjab Cricket Association president Rajinder Gupta and secretary RP Singla addressing the media in Mohali on Sunday, September 24.(Sikander Singh/HT)

Rajinder Gupta, Trident group chief, is president of Punjab Cricket Association

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2017 11:15 AM IST
Rajinder Gupta heads the Ludhiana-based Trident Group, a $1-billion business conglomerate. He replaces DP Reddy as the new president of the Punjab Cricket Association
The PCA Stadium in Mohali is the home of Punjab cricket(HT Photo)
The PCA Stadium in Mohali is the home of Punjab cricket(HT Photo)

Punjab Cricket Association to hold elections on September 24

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2017 11:41 AM IST
The Punjab Cricket Association will hold elections after coming under pressure from the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators to implement the Lodha panel recommendations.
Once regarded as a suburb of Chandigarh, the iconic PCA stadium has put Mohali on World map.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Once regarded as a suburb of Chandigarh, the iconic PCA stadium has put Mohali on World map.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Mohali markers: Bowled over by PCA cricket stadium

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2017 04:48 PM IST
Spread over 13.5 acres, the PCA is built on marshy land, part of the catchment of a seasonal rivulet with deep ravines.
Abhimanyu Vannemreddy defeated Hikaru Shiraishi in Rendezvous Raland Garros final.(HT Photo)
Abhimanyu Vannemreddy defeated Hikaru Shiraishi in Rendezvous Raland Garros final.(HT Photo)

Abhimanyu Vannemreddy secures wild card berth for junior French Open

Hindustan Times, Paris | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2017 06:11 PM IST
Abhimanyu Vannemreddy overcame stiff challenge from Hikaru Shiraishi to book a wild card berth for main event of the junior French Open
French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Bernard Giudicelli (left), Yannick Noah (right) and at a press conference on the sideline of French Open.(AFP)
French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Bernard Giudicelli (left), Yannick Noah (right) and at a press conference on the sideline of French Open.(AFP)

French Open to have retractable roof in next four years: FFT president Giudicelli

Hindustan Times, Paris | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2017 04:41 PM IST
French Tennis Federation (FFT) head Bernard Giudicelli wants to bring both in infrastructure and policies so as to help promote the game and especially clay courts around the world
The French Open, officially knock as Roland Garros, starts on Sunday.(AP)
The French Open, officially knock as Roland Garros, starts on Sunday.(AP)

‘We could see an Indian winning the junior French Open title soon’

Hindustan Times, Paris | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2017 04:41 PM IST
French Tennis Federation director (development) Samuel Primaut believes that an Indian could win the junior French Open title soon.
Kings XI Punjab celebrates the dismissal of a Kolkata Knight Riders batsman during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match in Mohali.(BCCI)
Kings XI Punjab celebrates the dismissal of a Kolkata Knight Riders batsman during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match in Mohali.(BCCI)

IPL: Kings XI Punjab survive Chris Lynn scare to beat Kolkata Knight Riders

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 12:55 AM IST
Glenn Maxwell slammed 44 off 25 balls to take Kings XI Punjab to 167/6 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL 2017 encounter. Then, Rahul Tewatia and Mohit Sharma picked two wickets each to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 153/6. KXIP are still in race for play-offs.
Sunil Narine blasted a 15-ball fifty to put Kolkata Knight Riders one step closer to the play-offs and he will once again be the key in the clash against Kings XI Punjab.(PTI)
Sunil Narine blasted a 15-ball fifty to put Kolkata Knight Riders one step closer to the play-offs and he will once again be the key in the clash against Kings XI Punjab.(PTI)

IPL 2017: Anxious for playoff berth, Kings XI Punjab face Kolkata Knight Riders

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2017 07:32 PM IST
Kings XI Punjab face a daunting prospect of Sunil Narine’s explosive batting at the top as they aim to stay in the play-offs against former champions Kolkata Knight Riders in a vital IPL 2017 clash.
Gujrat Lions (GL) batsman Aaron Finch in action during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday(PTI)
Gujrat Lions (GL) batsman Aaron Finch in action during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday(PTI)

Gujarat Lions played good cricket but not good enough: Aaron Finch

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 07:08 PM IST
Gujarat Lions (GL) next play against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who have the momentum with them coming off a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sandeep Sharma’s 4/20 helped Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in a 2017 Indian Premier League game at Mohali on Sunday evening.(BCCI)
Sandeep Sharma’s 4/20 helped Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in a 2017 Indian Premier League game at Mohali on Sunday evening.(BCCI)

IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils 67 all out, Kings XI Punjab win by 10 wickets

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2017 07:49 PM IST
Kings XI Punjab kept playoff hopes alive after handing bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils a 10-wicket defeat after bundling them out for 67, their lowest Indian Premier League total.
Kings XI Punjab would hope their batsmen to maintain their consistency against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(AFP)
Kings XI Punjab would hope their batsmen to maintain their consistency against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(AFP)

Struggling Kings XI Punjab meet Delhi Daredevils to stay in hunt in IPL 2017

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2017 08:13 PM IST
Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils - both are in desperate need of win to be in contention for a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar (C) has been the key for the David Warner-led side in this edition of the Indian Premier League.(AFP)
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar (C) has been the key for the David Warner-led side in this edition of the Indian Premier League.(AFP)

IPL 2017: T20 bowling is all about handling pressure, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Chandigarh | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2017 10:17 AM IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the leading wicket-taker for the second Indian Premier League season in a row and explains what makes him tick.
Hashim Amla has been enjoying a superb run of form for Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)
Hashim Amla has been enjoying a superb run of form for Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)

Virender Sehwag hails Hashim Amla, terms Cheteshwar Pujara one-dimensional

Mohali | By Ashutosh Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2017 01:15 AM IST
Virender Sehwag said Hashim Amla is among the ‘top 5-6 batsmen’ in the world, but said Cheteshwar Pujara’s ability to play in T20s has been affected by him playing only Test cricket
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