Dhiman Sarkar

Dhiman Sarkar

Dhiman Sarkar is based in Kolkata with over two decades as a sports journalist. He writes mainly on football.

Articles by Dhiman Sarkar
Head coach Fernando Hierro (L) of Spain with Sergio Ramos. (Getty)
Head coach Fernando Hierro (L) of Spain with Sergio Ramos. (Getty)

Sergio Ramos can score more than me: Fernando Hierro

By Dhiman Sarkar, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:23 PM IST
  • Like Ramos, Hierro has been a Real Madrid and Spain captain; it fit that Hierro would say that “without a doubt” he “really wants” Ramos to stay at Real and help the La Liga champions rebuild.
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India's Hanuma Vihari shakes hand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground.
India's Hanuma Vihari shakes hand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground.

India vs Australia: Tests and the thrills of a stalemate

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 07:10 PM IST
  • A brief look at some fascinating draws from Test history when players defied pain and teams came within one wicket or one shot of winning.
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File photo of Eden Gardens.(PTI)
File photo of Eden Gardens.(PTI)

Eden Gardens' journey from quarantine centre to cricket

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 06:23 AM IST
It was at Eden in 1945 that Syed Mushtaq Ali was inducted in the India team on popular demand. “No Mushtaq, no Test” banners came up at Eden forcing the selectors, Duleepsinhji among them, to bring Ali back for the unofficial Test against Australian Services.
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Sudeva FC team.(Sudeva FC)
Sudeva FC team.(Sudeva FC)

In the I-League, Sudeva FC gives Delhi football a reason to cheer

By Dhiman Sarkar and Bhargab Sarmah | KOLKATA/GUWAHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:42 PM IST
The Indians-only squad, clarified club co-founder Anuj Gupta, is not a fixed idea. “That will depend on whether I want to win the league or stay in the league.
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Photos of Kobe Bryant (L), Diego Maradona (Centre) and Dean Jones (R)(HT Collage)
Photos of Kobe Bryant (L), Diego Maradona (Centre) and Dean Jones (R)(HT Collage)

In memoriam: Remembering sports persons who passed away in 2020

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:17 PM IST
As we bid goodbye to 2020, we remember the passing of several sportspersons, national and international, whose legacies will live on long past a most tragic year.
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Where are Comaneci’s young gymnasts now?

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:37 PM IST
“This is awesome,” tweeted Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the Olympics, and the video aquired a life of it’s own, and one its effects was that Khan and Azajuddin were inducted into the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Kolkata on the recommendation of Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju.
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Sandesh Jhingan(Twitter)
Sandesh Jhingan(Twitter)

Was a street footballer, Bhaichung’s inputs helped: Jhingan

By Bhargab Sarmah & Dhiman Sarkar | Guwahati/Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:04 AM IST
Ahead of Wednesday’s game against FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL), the 27-year-old India central defender also spoke of his relationship with coach Antonio Lopez Habas and his career among other things.
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Stephen Eze.(Getty Images)
Stephen Eze.(Getty Images)

How ISL orchestrated the passage to India for squads

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 09:36 AM IST
Stephen Eze had no idea then how difficult getting to India could be. Eze reached Goa for ISL7 on November 4 nearly three weeks after JFC began the process of getting him to fly from Abuja, Nigeria. It started with getting the visa. “I couldn’t get it on the appointed day,” he said. Or for the next 10 days.
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Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (L) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min(Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (L) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min(Getty Images)

Will Jose Mourinho’s Son-Kane end Tottenham Hotspurs’ long wait?

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 09:48 AM IST
Son and Kane have combined for 31 Premier League goals - the second most of any pair after Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36).
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File image of Robbie Fowler.(REUTERS)
File image of Robbie Fowler.(REUTERS)

ISL: My players haven’t been coached this way before, says Robbie Fowler

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:02 PM IST
Not here to disrespect anyone, says SC East Bengal coach qualifying comment on Indian players’ lack of training
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Anga Dedryck Boyata of Hertha Berlin.(Getty Images)
Anga Dedryck Boyata of Hertha Berlin.(Getty Images)

Berlin derby is something we can grab, says Hertha skipper Boyata

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 07:52 PM IST
As far as city footballing rivalries go, Hertha and Union are just warming up but the Bundesliga clash won’t be short of intensity
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SC East Bengal coach and former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler.(Twitter/SC East Bengal)
SC East Bengal coach and former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler.(Twitter/SC East Bengal)

Former East Bengal stars criticise Fowler’s comment

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 10:03 PM IST
Following SC East Bengal’s 0-3 loss to Mumbai City FC in ISL7 on Tuesday, coach Fowler said in a television interview, “in all honesty, some Indian players look like they haven’t been coached before.”
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ATK Mohun Bagan in action SC East Bengal.(ISL)
ATK Mohun Bagan in action SC East Bengal.(ISL)

ATK Mohun Bagan two good in Kolkata derby

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:27 PM IST
Singh’s 85th minute goal against SC East Bengal capped off a 2-0 win for ATK Mohun Bagan after Roy Krishna had opened scoring with another left-footer in the 49th.
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A young Maradona during a photoshoot at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980.(Icon Sport via Getty Images)
A young Maradona during a photoshoot at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980.(Icon Sport via Getty Images)

My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me: Maradona the boy genius

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:55 PM IST
Even during a low point in his career at Barcelona, the way Maradona suddenly stopped and let an opponent slip, won applause from Real Madrid fans.
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Diego Maradona tackles the ball past a defender.(Getty Images)
Diego Maradona tackles the ball past a defender.(Getty Images)

Nothing ‘Gentile’ about tackles on Maradona

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:55 AM IST
Like all ball players before 1998, Maradona was kicked and brutalised by opponents for which now they would have been booked, ejected, given long suspensions, often all three.
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ATK Mohun Bagan FC players at their training session(Twitter)
ATK Mohun Bagan FC players at their training session(Twitter)

All set for first Kolkata derby in ISL

UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:51 PM IST
It is only on Friday evening that ISL will get the real feel of a derby when SC East Bengal meet ATK Mohun Bagan.
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Argentine star Diego Maradona holds up the World Cup trophy as he is carried off the field after Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 to win the World Cup soccer championship in Mexico City June 29, 1986.(REUTERS)
Argentine star Diego Maradona holds up the World Cup trophy as he is carried off the field after Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 to win the World Cup soccer championship in Mexico City June 29, 1986.(REUTERS)

Diego Maradona (1960-2020): When death felt like a tackle from behind

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:00 AM IST
In India, the 1986 World Cup was where all games were shown live for the first time. And since he made that World Cup his own, Maradona straddled a line between legend and God in a country he wouldn’t visit till 2008.
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Photo of North East United FC coach Gerard Nus(Twitter)
Photo of North East United FC coach Gerard Nus(Twitter)

ISL training grounds could lead to injuries, says NorthEast coach Nus

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:54 PM IST
With 11 teams in Goa, good training grounds was always going to be a problem. The league started identifying and working on getting pitches ready in August. ISL teams were asked to choose training venues in September.
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Hyderabad FC beat Odisha FC 1-0(ISL/Twitter)
Hyderabad FC beat Odisha FC 1-0(ISL/Twitter)

ISL 2020: Santana penalty helps Hyderabad down Odisha

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 12:05 AM IST
Santana’s 10th ISL goal in his second season came with a blast down the middle. The penalty was conceded after Manuel Onwu lost the ball to Narzary helping him and Santana,33, launch the attack.
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Sunil Gavaskar plays Australia’s Greg Chappell to leg side, on 34 during the Australia vs the Rest of the World XI cricket match at the SCG, 12 January 1972. File(Getty Images)
Sunil Gavaskar plays Australia’s Greg Chappell to leg side, on 34 during the Australia vs the Rest of the World XI cricket match at the SCG, 12 January 1972. File(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: Sunil Gavaskar, Dennis Lillee and fire lit at MCG

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 10:31 AM IST
Gavaskar has been adjudged leg-before on 70 after having added 165 with Chauhan—the duo had 10 century-stands in 3,010 runs scored in 59 Test innings.
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Bengaluru FC team team celebrates after the goal during match 64 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between Bengaluru FC and Odisha FC held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, India on the 22nd January 2020.(SPORTZPICS for ISL)
Bengaluru FC team team celebrates after the goal during match 64 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between Bengaluru FC and Odisha FC held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, India on the 22nd January 2020.(SPORTZPICS for ISL)

All you need to know about ISL

By Dhiman Sarkar & Bhargab Sarmah | Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 08:17 AM IST
From bio-bubble protocols to the Aussie influx, from the Kolkata giants to the Spanish influence, India’s top-flight football season kicks off.
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File image of Bhiachung Bhutia(Twitter)
File image of Bhiachung Bhutia(Twitter)

Indian clubs need to build teams for the long term: Bhaichung Bhutia

By Bhargab Sarmah & Dhiman Sarkar | New Delhi/Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:47 AM IST
Bhutia spoke about the upcoming ISL season, Indian clubs playing at the Asian level and the importance of building a team for the long term.
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The BCCI did a fine job in managing the IPL in a bio-secure environment.Kolkata(Getty/IPL)
The BCCI did a fine job in managing the IPL in a bio-secure environment.Kolkata(Getty/IPL)

Cricket, cocooned in a pandemic

By Dhiman Sarkar/Rasesh Mandani | Kolkata/Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:06 AM IST
IPL in bio-bubble was a massive logistics battle won, though the mental drain on players living in a sanitised set-up is a concern.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

Footballers fret over no India games in 2020

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:50 PM IST
Leagues have paused globally for the international break but India’s plans have been hit amid the Covid-19 situation.
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Players of Mumbai Indians with the IPL 2020 trophy(IPL/Twitter)
Players of Mumbai Indians with the IPL 2020 trophy(IPL/Twitter)

IPL and Mumbai Indians - That winning habit

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:26 PM IST
If MI eased to a victory it’s because apart from their strength in depth, their in-form batsmen and the Boult-Bumrah combination, they also know what it takes to win big games.
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FC Goa coach Juan Ferrnando at training
FC Goa coach Juan Ferrnando at training

FC Goa look to tackle fixture pile-up

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 11:21 PM IST
A lot of teams will have a lot of problems because of the short pre-season, says FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando.
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Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate their win in the Indian Premier League (IPL ) cricket match against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.(PTI)
Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate their win in the Indian Premier League (IPL ) cricket match against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.(PTI)

SRH defeat MI, enter playoffs, KKR out

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata:
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 11:29 PM IST
MI rested Jaspreet Bumrah and Trent Boult and as conditions became difficult for bowling, SRH showed their openers were enough.
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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores from the spot on Sunday night.(Reuters)
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores from the spot on Sunday night.(Reuters)

Jinx ended, promising signs for Arteta’s Arsenal

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 07:01 AM IST
Improving Gunners make strong statement with first win at Old Trafford in 14 years after Pogba mistake leads to a penalty.
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Photo of Ravindra Jadeja from the 49th IPL 2020 match between CSK and KKR(IPL/Twitter)
Photo of Ravindra Jadeja from the 49th IPL 2020 match between CSK and KKR(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020, CSK vs KKR: Ravindra Jadeja sixes hand CSK win, leave KKR play-off hopes hanging by a thread

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 11:43 PM IST
IPL 2020, CSK vs KKR: Chakravarthy got Dhoni and dropped Sam Curran in the same over but KKR still managed to pull it back. And then they lost to Jadeja.
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File image of Robbie Fowler.(Getty Images)
File image of Robbie Fowler.(Getty Images)

Massively behind in preparation but 100 percent sure we will get it right: Fowler

By Dhiman Sarkar/Bhargab Sarmah | Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 10:08 AM IST
Robbie Fowler speaks of life in a bubble, his time at Brisbane Roar and of the days that made him a Liverpool hero.
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