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The paradox of one-day internationals

Teams participating in the 2023 Men's ODI World Cup have played fewer preparatory matches compared to previous editions, with India leading in terms of number of matches played. Teams have also experimented with players and combinations, with India trying the most players in the lead-up. The decrease in ODI game time is a result of the growing popularity of T20 cricket and the focus on lucrative T20 leagues. The impact of this reduced game time on team performance in the World Cup remains to be seen.

Preparation underway at the Eden Gardens ahead of ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, in Kolkata. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 07:07 PM IST

MS Dhoni’s IPL season evokes shades of Mike Brearley

MS Dhoni's performance in IPL 2023 has evoked shades of Mike Brearley, with his astute execution as captain keeping the Chennai Super Kings successful. Dhoni has faced just 62 deliveries and scored 104 runs, with all the players in the Chennai batting order firing, meaning he has not had the opportunity or demand to construct an innings of any longevity. Dhoni has batted nearly all the time in the death overs, and as a result, his strike rate is 168 runs per 100 balls, a significant bump over his IPL career average of 131.

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Updated on May 27, 2023 12:05 AM IST

A watershed moment in Europe for Pep Guardiola

There are moments in sport that are bigger than a single event or achievement for the symbolism they hold and the shackles they break

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Updated on May 20, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Shetty and Rankireddy rebound, and face crunch time

Indian badminton duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the 2023 Badminton Asia Championships in Dubai, marking their return to form after an injury. The win comes at a critical time as they defend their world ranking of five and aim to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Shetty and Rankireddy are the first Indian men's pairing to break into the top 10 of the world ranking, with seven other Indian pairs in the top 100. However, six of these pairs have seen their rankings slip in 2023, highlighting the competitiveness of world badminton.

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Updated on May 05, 2023 11:39 PM IST

What binds Chennai and Rajasthan in the IPL?

Indian Premier League (IPL) matches will return to a "home" and "away" basis for the 2023 season, allowing teams to build a greater connection with their fans and sell tickets. Some teams, such as Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, have historically performed better when playing at home. Chennai has a winning percentage of 71% when playing at home, the highest in the IPL. Rajasthan Royals lead on the metric of the highest positive markup over their overall winning percentage. Other teams have a positive markup of 2-8 percentage points when playing at home, while two teams have a home record that trails their overall record.

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Updated on Mar 31, 2023 11:45 PM IST

The 100-Test playbook: Batting in the 21st century

Of the 3,118 male players who have played Test cricket, Cheteshwar Pujara is only the 75th to have completed a century of Tests.

Cheteshwar Pujara after receiving his 100th Test cap ahead of the second test match against India and Australia in the Australia tour of India, 2023 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2023 04:29 AM IST

The spin deficiency of test sides touring India

Day one of the Test series between India and Australia on Thursday was a good template of why the Indian team have lost only two of the 36 Test series this century at home

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Published on Feb 11, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Indian hockey’s quest for its IPL moment

In spite of being hockey’s spiritual home, India have not won the World Cup since 1975, and have alternated been existing on the fringes and making emotional medal runs.

Hosting the hockey World Cup for the second successive edition, Team India will look to capitalise on home advantage (ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 04:36 AM IST

2022: A World Cup of the young

In every World Cup, there are always some young players who break out, shine, gather the attention of the world, and eventually clinch lucrative moves to top clubs

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Published on Dec 10, 2022 12:34 AM IST
ByVaidik Dalal,

The big footprint of English clubs on the 2022 World Cup

The bane of this club-first framework is that when they turn out for the respective countries, they have barely played together.

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Published on Nov 25, 2022 11:26 PM IST

T20 WORLD CUP: The similarities and dissimilarities in Pak’s run in 1992 and 2022

There are many similarities between the Pakistani conquest of the 1992 one-day international (ODI) world cup and the odyssey its 2022 T20 World Cup campaign is shaping out to be. But then, in many ways, it is very dissimilar.

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Updated on Nov 11, 2022 11:28 PM IST

70 years of India-Pakistan cricket in three acts

On October 16, 1952, a little over five years after they became separate and independent nations, India and Pakistan played their first cricket match

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Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:40 PM IST

Who transitioned the best from clay to grass in modern tennis?

Since the Open Era of tennis began in 1968, only a handful of modern greats, men and women, have done equally well in both these majors separated in time by a month and in character by a whole lot more.

Published on Jun 25, 2022 12:02 AM IST
ByVaidik Dalal,

Catapulting IPL stakeholders into a higher financial plane

On 12 June, the Indian cricketing board will begin auctioning broadcast rights for the next five-year cycle of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – the most lucrative property in the Indian sporting landscape.

Catapulting IPL stakeholders into a higher financial plane
Published on Jun 10, 2022 11:57 PM IST

Decoding the Spanish and English dominance

When Real Madrid and Liverpool face off tonight in the final of the UEFA Champions League, the premier club football competition in Europe, they will represent many contrasting narratives. Like a place in history: the ultimate European footballing empire (Madrid) versus one that aspires to build its own (Liverpool).

Published on May 27, 2022 11:41 PM IST
ByArjun Srinivas,

Manchester City &Liverpool: 90-point season ambition

Come Sunday, either City or Liverpool will win the EPL for the fifth straight year. In this EPL era defined by them, the count reads three titles for City and one for Liverpool. Whichever side adds to that tally on Sunday, they will do so with at least 90 points out of the maximum 114 points available – a prolific count that has defined each of these five titles

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Updated on May 20, 2022 10:59 PM IST
ByVaidik Dalal,

Number theory: The decade that shaped India’s Thomas Cup win

What they brought along, and used to fashion this tall achievement, was a multitude of threads that have been stitched together for a decade or so now.

India vs Indonesia Highlights Thomas Cup 2022(Twitter)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:14 PM IST

How dominant is this Australia women’s cricket side?

New Delhi: Following a shock semi-final exit to India in the 2017 one-day international (ODI) World Cup, the Australian women’s cricket team hit the reset button

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Published on Apr 08, 2022 09:57 PM IST
ByVaidik Dalal,

Why Ashleigh Barty is a rarity in a rare set

Ashleigh Barty's decision to walk away at the peak of her game is rare.  She added Wimbledon to her list of big wins in 2021 and signs off with a memorable victory in the 2022 Australian Open.

World number one Ashleigh Barty, 25, announced her retirement from professional tennis, saying she had fulfilled her dreams and was
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 02:29 PM IST

Why Ashleigh Barty is a rarity in a rare set

For Ashleigh Barty, left-field choices were no big deal

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Published on Mar 25, 2022 07:48 PM IST

Praggnanandhaa and the Indian droves in junior chess

R Praggnanandhaa’s stunning win against world champion Magnus Carlsen in an elite rapid chess tournament earlier this week earned the 16-year-old praise from five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar and a place in Amul ads (“Magnusficent Taste”)

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Published on Feb 25, 2022 11:02 PM IST

IPL teams with a strong core have led in success

During last week’s mega Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, most franchises sought to retain players who had previously featured for them in significant ways

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Published on Feb 18, 2022 11:25 PM IST
ByArjun Srinivas,

Number Theory: Has Punjab trailed country in its economic recovery after Covid?

According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, Punjab is ranked 14th among Indian states by gross domestic product (GDP) and 17th by per capita GDP. Its GDP growth slowed to 4% in 2019-20, from 6% in the two preceding years. In 2020-21, the state’s GDP contracted 7%.

Even before Covid-19 struck, Punjab was economically stressed. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 02:45 AM IST

Salaries of IIM graduates rise despite economic slowdown

The increasing recruitment by Consulting firms, at the expense of FMCGs and Consumer Durables is indicative of the economic downturn

Building of Indian Institute Of Management Ahmedabad at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.(Hindustan Times/ R K Raj)
Updated on Mar 03, 2020 06:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByArjun Srinivas,

Poor monsoon fans concerns of 2016-like water crisis in South

Poor monsoon rainfall in 2016 in the catchment area of the Cauvery river caused an acute water shortage, leading to massive protests in Bengaluru, and an escalation of tensions between the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court has increased Karnataka's share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu.(Photo: PTI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2019 02:04 PM IST
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Kharif sowing at 5-yr low due to sluggish monsoon

Data released by the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare shows that as on July 5, the area covered by all Kharif crops was 27% below normal.

The shortfall was the most severe in the major pulse-producing states of Madhya Pradesh (shortfall of 88% over the normal sown area), Karnataka (82%), Maharashtra (93%) and Rajasthan (52%).(HTFile)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 07:47 AM IST |

Looming El-Nino threatens monsoon in India

2019 has been termed an El-Nino year, and the impact of this abnormal ocean warming phenomenon on the Indian monsoon makes for grim reading

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Updated on Jul 03, 2019 07:42 AM IST
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3 pathways to BJP victory in Lok Sabha elections 2019

The key reason modi won was the saffron party’s higher success rate as compared to Congress, and to limit the loss in UP.

Both the BJP and Congress have managed to increase (by 28 seats) the tally from previous election, at the expense of other parties. BJP won 128 seats this time, and it had only 36 seats under this category 10 years back.(ANI)
Updated on May 26, 2019 11:15 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Who would benefit from Congress’s income guarantee scheme?

The Congress has announced more details about the minimum income guarantee scheme that it promises to implement if voted to power. The scheme assures an annual income of ₹72,000 for the poorest 20% of Indian households.

There could a large state-wise variation in the number of beneficiaries of NYAY.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 29, 2019 08:10 AM IST

How Vajpayee fared in his Lok Sabha journey

In five Lok Sabha elections -- 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 -- former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee won from Lucknow.

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inspects the guard of honour during the Independence Day function at the Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 15, 1999.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 03:21 AM IST
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