Gaurav Bhatt

Gaurav Bhatt writes on sports, specialising in tennis and badminton. He has been with the Hindustan Times for four years and likes to play tabletop RPGs in his downtime.

Articles by Gaurav Bhatt

India v England, 5th Test, Day 2 highlights: Honours split in Chennai

Day 2 of the Chennai Test between India and England ended in balance. After heroics from debutant Liam Dawson (66*) and Adil Rashid (60), Indian openers made sure the hosts wrested back control by closing out the day without losing a wicket. Catch highlights of India vs England here.
The unbeaten opening stand between KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel of India made sure the final session went well for the hosts on day two of the 5th test match between India and England held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.(BCCI)
The unbeaten opening stand between KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel of India made sure the final session went well for the hosts on day two of the 5th test match between India and England held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.(BCCI)
Updated on Dec 17, 2016 04:57 PM IST
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India vs England, 5th Test, Day 1: Jadeja takes 3, Moeen ton lifts ENG to 284/4

Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 120, along with Joe Root’s 88 and Jonny Bairstow’s 49, pushed England to 263/4 on Day 1 of the fifth Test against India in Chennai. A fantastic day of Test cricket saw the visitors recover from 21/2 to take the honours, while Ravindra Jadeja took three for the hosts. Relive all highlights of the 5th Test day 1 between India vs England here
Moeen Ali of England during day one of the 5th test match between India and England held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.(BCCI)
Moeen Ali of England during day one of the 5th test match between India and England held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.(BCCI)
Updated on Dec 16, 2016 04:45 PM IST
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ISL 2016: Kerala Blasters shoot out Delhi Dynamos, to face Atletico in final

Kerala Blasters FC defeated Delhi Dynamos FC in penalty shootout in their Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 semifinal clash on Wednesday. Kerala Blasters will take on Atletico de Kolkata in the ISL 2016 final. Catch highlights of the pulsating semifinal here.
Kerala Blasters FC defeated Delhi Dynamos FC in a penalty shootout to set up the ISL 2016 final clash with Atletico de Kolkata.(AFP)
Kerala Blasters FC defeated Delhi Dynamos FC in a penalty shootout to set up the ISL 2016 final clash with Atletico de Kolkata.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2016 03:13 PM IST
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Paul Pogba is not Lionel Messi, says ex-Manchester United star Quinton Fortune

At Manchester United, Paul Pogba has struggled to replicate the form at Juventus which fetched him a world-record fee of UK Pounds 89 million. Quinton Fortune says fans should be patient with Pogba.
Since returning to Manchester United, Paul Pogba has struggled to replicate the form at Juventus which fetched him a world-record fee of UK Pounds 89million (759cr) and a Champions League final encounter against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.(Getty Images)
Since returning to Manchester United, Paul Pogba has struggled to replicate the form at Juventus which fetched him a world-record fee of UK Pounds 89million (759cr) and a Champions League final encounter against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 10:26 PM IST
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Sameer Verma loses Hong Kong Open Super Series final: Highlights

Catch badminton live scores and live updates of Hong Kong Open Super Series final between Sameer Verma and NG Ka Long Angus here.
India’s Sameer Verma will look to win his frst Super Series title when he takes on local favourite NG Ka Long Angus in the Hong Kong Open final.(Getty Images)
India’s Sameer Verma will look to win his frst Super Series title when he takes on local favourite NG Ka Long Angus in the Hong Kong Open final.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 02:39 PM IST
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PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma lose in final of Hong Kong Open Super Series

PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma fell short in their efforts to win the Hong Kong Open Super Series title.
PV Sindhu lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open badminton final.(VCG via Getty Images)
PV Sindhu lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open badminton final.(VCG via Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 09:33 PM IST
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PV Sindhu loses Hong Kong Open Super Series final: Highlights

Catch badminton live scores and live updates of Hong Kong Open Super Series final between PV Sindhu and Tai Tzu Ying here.
PV Sindhu will look to win her second Super Series title in as many weeks when she takes on Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the Hong Kong Open final.(HT)
PV Sindhu will look to win her second Super Series title in as many weeks when she takes on Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the Hong Kong Open final.(HT)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 12:40 PM IST
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PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma storm into Hong Kong Open finals, title clash today

PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma entered the final of the Hong Kong Open Super Series badminton tournament on Saturday. While Sindhu defeated Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan-yi 21-14, 21-16, Sameer upset World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22.
PV Sindhu defeated Ngan Yi Cheung 21-14, 21-16 in a women’s semifinal match on Saturday while Sameer Verma managed the upset of the tournament, beating World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22.(Getty Images)
PV Sindhu defeated Ngan Yi Cheung 21-14, 21-16 in a women’s semifinal match on Saturday while Sameer Verma managed the upset of the tournament, beating World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 01:51 AM IST
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Hong Kong Open badminton: PV Sindhu in second straight Super Series final

PV Sindhu defeated local girl Yi Cheung Ngan 21-14, 21-16 in the semifinal of the Hong Kong Open badminton championship. Catch highlights of PV Sindhu vs Yi Cheung Ngan here.
PV Sindhu faces local girl Yi Cheung Ngan in the semifinal of the Hong Kong Open badminton championship.(Getty)
PV Sindhu faces local girl Yi Cheung Ngan in the semifinal of the Hong Kong Open badminton championship.(Getty)
Updated on Nov 26, 2016 06:51 PM IST
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South Africa taunt Australia as Lollygate turns bitter

South Africa have not taken ball-tampering charges against their stand-in Test captain Faf du Plessis too kindly. The Proteas are not missing an opportunity to mock at the beleaguered Australians.
South Africa players decided to mock the ball tampering allegations (Lollygate) on their skipper Faf du Plessis. On the first day of the tour game against Victoria XI on Saturday, South Africa pacers Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel binged on candies and then made a search for lollies left in their mouths following a drinks break.(Twitter.com)
South Africa players decided to mock the ball tampering allegations (Lollygate) on their skipper Faf du Plessis. On the first day of the tour game against Victoria XI on Saturday, South Africa pacers Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel binged on candies and then made a search for lollies left in their mouths following a drinks break.(Twitter.com)
Updated on Nov 22, 2016 01:42 AM IST
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PV Sindhu wins China Open, her maiden Super Series title after Rio high

The Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu wins China Open to pocket first Super Series title.
PV Sindhu beat Chinese Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in 69 minutes.(VCG via Getty Images)
PV Sindhu beat Chinese Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in 69 minutes.(VCG via Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 20, 2016 05:00 PM IST
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PV Sindhu wins China Open: Highlights

PV Sindhu beat Chinese Sun Yu to win the China Open Super Series badminton championship. Catch highlights of the match between PV SIndhu vs Sun Yu here.
PV Sindhu defeated Chinese Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 to win the China Open.(VCG via Getty Images)
PV Sindhu defeated Chinese Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 to win the China Open.(VCG via Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 20, 2016 02:01 PM IST
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How PV Sindhu came back from the dead to enter China Open badminton final

PV Sindhu saved three match points to beat Korean Sung Ji Hyun 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 to reach the China Open Super Series final on Saturday.
PV Sindhu will face China’s Sun Yu in Sunday’s final.(File)
PV Sindhu will face China’s Sun Yu in Sunday’s final.(File)
Updated on Nov 19, 2016 08:22 PM IST
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PV Sindhu wins thriller vs Sung Ji Hyun to reach China Open final

PV Sindhu beat Sung Ji Hyun of Korea to enter the final of the China Open badminton championship. Catch highlights of the match between PV SIndhu vs Sung Ji Hyun here.
PV Sindhu will look to win her first Super Series title when she takes on Chinese Sun Yu in Sunday’s China Open final.(File)
PV Sindhu will look to win her first Super Series title when she takes on Chinese Sun Yu in Sunday’s China Open final.(File)
Updated on Nov 19, 2016 05:15 PM IST
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Watch why Valentino Rossi could face legal action in Valencia

Ana Cabanillas, a fan from Puerto de Santa Maria, got pushed after getting in the way of Valentino Rossi while taking a picture using a selfie stick at the paddock of Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Yamaha Team's Italian rider Valentino Rossi later apologised to the fan, saying the push in the paddock of Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, Valencia, was unintentional.(AFP)
Yamaha Team's Italian rider Valentino Rossi later apologised to the fan, saying the push in the paddock of Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, Valencia, was unintentional.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2016 10:49 PM IST
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Brand Saina Nehwal on the rise, but lacks finesse

From health insurance to housing projects, designer dresses to anti-fungal powder. Heck, fans can use an app Nehwal endorses to talk to the superstar (well, hear the pre-recorded message at least).
Long gone are the days when Indian athletes would struggle to land big-money deals if they weren’t male cricketers. Sun has begun to shine on other sports, and Nehwal is busy making hay.(HT Photo)
Long gone are the days when Indian athletes would struggle to land big-money deals if they weren’t male cricketers. Sun has begun to shine on other sports, and Nehwal is busy making hay.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 19, 2016 08:41 PM IST
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From Jammy to Boost: Our five favourite retro ads done by cricketers

We have been witness to a number of memorable commercials featuring our favourite cricket stars.
Rahul Dravid has been a part of many commercial endorsements but his Jammy ad for Kissan jams remains his most memorable.(PTI)
Rahul Dravid has been a part of many commercial endorsements but his Jammy ad for Kissan jams remains his most memorable.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 03:05 PM IST
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MS Dhoni biopic: This is not an ‘untold’ story

Pandey conveniently set his film before 2011, when India won the World Cup Cricket Tournament at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni was the hero of that match with unbeaten 91.
Disha Patani and Sushant Singh Rajput in a still from MS Dhoni - The Untold Story.
Disha Patani and Sushant Singh Rajput in a still from MS Dhoni - The Untold Story.
Updated on Oct 03, 2016 01:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRohit Vats and Gaurav Bhatt, New Delhi

From S Ramesh to Parthiv Patel: India’s best alternative Test XI

It could be argued that the relatively overlooked names included never got their due, despite an obvious talent and a number of Tests (minimum five) under their belt.
Inconsistent behind the stumps, it was Patel’s batting that kept him in the Test side before he lost his place first to Dinesh Karthik and then MS Dhoni.(PTI)
Inconsistent behind the stumps, it was Patel’s batting that kept him in the Test side before he lost his place first to Dinesh Karthik and then MS Dhoni.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 30, 2016 09:51 PM IST
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MS Dhoni biopic: Will it really be an ‘untold’ story?

If the trailers are anything to go by, the film does look interesting. Promising even. But certainly not warranting of the tagline.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story hits theatres on September 30, 2016.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story hits theatres on September 30, 2016.
Updated on Sep 29, 2016 06:52 PM IST
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Davis Cup: Nagal goes down fighting, Ferrer wins as Spain beat India 5-0

Sumit Nagal looked set to get India their first point before breathing issues and a tireless Marc Lopez saw him lose the Davis Cup World Group reverse singles tie 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 on Sunday.
Sumit Nagal went down fighting to Marc Lopez before David Ferrer made quick work of Saketh Myneni to complete Spain’s 5-0 rout.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Sumit Nagal went down fighting to Marc Lopez before David Ferrer made quick work of Saketh Myneni to complete Spain’s 5-0 rout.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 18, 2016 10:58 PM IST
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Saketh Myneni can become a Grand Slam champion in the future: Leander Paes

Saketh Myneni can win a Grand Slam. Leander Paes certainly seems to think so. And when a 25-year veteran with 18 Grand Slams, 42 doubles wins
India’s Leander Paes and Saketh play against Nadal and Marc Lopez during Davis Cup.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
India’s Leander Paes and Saketh play against Nadal and Marc Lopez during Davis Cup.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 18, 2016 02:06 PM IST
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Saketh takes home lessons on speed, consistency

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Published on Sep 18, 2016 10:17 AM IST
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Nadal-Lopez beat fighting Paes-Myneni, Spain return to Davis Cup World Group

The Spanish team of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 over Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni to return to the Davis Cup World Group after two years
Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez shake hands with Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni after the match.(PTI)
Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez shake hands with Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni after the match.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 17, 2016 11:52 PM IST
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Davis Cup: Feliciano Lopez proves there’s more to Spain than Rafael Nadal

While he won July’s Swiss Open on clay, his last singles title on hardcourt came at the now-defunct 250 SA Open, six years ago.
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez plays a shot in his Davis Cup men's tie against India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan.(AP Photo)
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez plays a shot in his Davis Cup men's tie against India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan.(AP Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2016 12:25 PM IST
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Feliciano proves there’s more to Spain than Nadal

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Published on Sep 17, 2016 07:35 AM IST
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Ramanathan goes down fighting as Spain take 1-0 lead in Davis Cup tie

Ramkumar Ramanathan showed grit against a much superior opponent even as Feliciano Lopez, playing in place of Rafael Nadal, handed Spain a 1-0 lead by winning the opening singles match of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India on Friday.
Spain's Feliciano Lopez in action aganist India's Ramkumar Ramanathan during the Davis Cup World Group Play off singles match in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Spain's Feliciano Lopez in action aganist India's Ramkumar Ramanathan during the Davis Cup World Group Play off singles match in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2016 12:21 AM IST
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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Davis Cup opener due to upset stomach

Feliciano Lopez, world No 26, who was earlier slated to be part of the Spanish doubles pair for the tie, will now play Ramkumar Ramanathan in the opening match.
If fit, Rafael Nadal could play in the doubles match slated for Saturday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
If fit, Rafael Nadal could play in the doubles match slated for Saturday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 16, 2016 05:04 PM IST
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‘Team man’ Myneni stands out in an individual sport

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Published on Sep 16, 2016 12:40 PM IST
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We cannot create a negative image of the sport every two weeks: Rafael Nadal

fresh doping storm, world No 4 Rafael Nadal gave a strong vote of confidence to the anti-doping programme and said “a negative image of the sport should not be created every two weeks”.
Rafael Nadal speaks to media after the draw of Play at a function in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Rafael Nadal speaks to media after the draw of Play at a function in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 16, 2016 11:24 AM IST
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