Khurram Habib

Khurram Habib has been with the Delhi sports desk for over 13 years. He writes mainly on cricket.

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Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ground being turned into a Covid-19 centre

Colonel Vijay Bhushan, a retired Delhi cricketer, who played first-class from 1959 to 1973 says, the stadium was not even used during Partition for housing any migrant and this is the first time he is hearing of it.
Disinfectant being sprayed in stands.(HT photo)
Disinfectant being sprayed in stands.(HT photo)
Updated on May 20, 2020 11:44 AM IST
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India women’s kho kho captain gets help after SOS call, others still face hardship

Nasreen Shaikh, who captained India to a gold medal at the South Asian Games, is currently the breadwinner for her large family as her father, a hawker selling steel utensils in weekly bazaars can’t earn anything.
India women’s kho kho captain Nasreen Shaikh.(File)
India women’s kho kho captain Nasreen Shaikh.(File)
Updated on Apr 30, 2020 11:58 AM IST
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Cricket academies shut shop, stay vigilant

A Delhi government circular issued on Monday had directed that sports gatherings should be restricted to less than 50 people.
Image for representation(Getty Images)
Image for representation(Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 18, 2020 08:13 AM IST
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India vs South Africa: Rain washes out first ODI in Dharamsala

IND vs SA 1st ODI: The fans who had made a long queue outside the main gate sought shelter outside the ground once it started pouring just before the start of the game.
Cricket - India v South Africa - First ODI - Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, India - March 12, 2020 General view inside the stadium as the pitch is covered during the rain delay to the start of the match(REUTERS)
Cricket - India v South Africa - First ODI - Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, India - March 12, 2020 General view inside the stadium as the pitch is covered during the rain delay to the start of the match(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 12, 2020 11:05 PM IST
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India vs South Africa: Spit and polish? Virus dilemma for players

The team doctors have given some basic advice like washing hands often and keep extra focus on personal hygiene. However, in a game of cricket, players can’t be that choosy.
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah during nets(REUTERS)
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah during nets(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 11, 2020 10:24 PM IST
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No sun, no turn as spinners develop cold feet in Ranji Trophy

Spinners have struggled in this season of Ranji Trophy. The top five has four pacers and a spinner, and although the top 10 include four spinners, three are from the Plate league where it is mostly the Northeastern states.
Aditya Sarwate (L) took 55 wickets in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy to be the third highest wicket-taker.(PTI)
Aditya Sarwate (L) took 55 wickets in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy to be the third highest wicket-taker.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 11:03 AM IST
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Rana rules, Delhi end Vidarbha unbeaten run

However, Delhi capped a remarkable turnaround on the last day. The hosts rode on their positive batting to pull off the unlikely victory after resuming on 10 for no loss, reaching 348/4 to complete a six-wicket victory.
Dhruv Shorey celebrates with his teammate Nitish Rana.(PTI)
Dhruv Shorey celebrates with his teammate Nitish Rana.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2020 11:20 PM IST
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Ranji Trophy: Ishant Sharma joins India’s injury list, hurts ankle ahead of NZ series

The veteran of 96 Tests is expected to be in the Test squad for the New Zealand tour and this is his last Ranji game of the season.
File image of Ishant Sharma(Twitter)
File image of Ishant Sharma(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 10:31 PM IST
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U-19 World Cup hero Manjot Kalra suspended for 1 year from Ranji Trophy for ‘age-fraud’

Delhi senior team vice-captain Nitish Rana has been let off for the time being with more documents being sought to prove that he fudged his age at the junior level.
A file photo of Manjot Kalra.(Twitter)
A file photo of Manjot Kalra.(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 02, 2020 08:14 AM IST
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Scuffle mars Delhi cricket association meeting

The scuffle took place on stage after a decision was taken to reappoint retiring directors, adopt new articles and appoint a new ombudsman with Justice (retd) Deepak Verma replacing Justice (retd) Badar Durrez Ahmed.
Scuffle breaks out at DDCA AGM.(Twitter)
Scuffle breaks out at DDCA AGM.(Twitter)
Updated on Dec 30, 2019 01:48 AM IST
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Bhuvneshwar awaits specialist’s word on injury, denies workload an issue

The pace bowler, who has been India’s mainstay in limited overs cricket and whose injury forced the team management to summon a Test specialist for the ODI series against West Indies, says he doesn’t know how he got injured and how soon he will be back in action.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Action Images via Reuters)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 11:34 PM IST
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Ishant Sharma revels after finding answers

Seasoned India pacer Ishant Sharma says he is on top of his game now after a long search on how to solve bowling issues.
Ishant Sharma (second from left) has looked the fittest he has in his India career over the last two years and has also consistently taken wickets.(PTI)
Ishant Sharma (second from left) has looked the fittest he has in his India career over the last two years and has also consistently taken wickets.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 11:25 AM IST
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Delhi selectors may ask Saini to explain why he sat out

The visiting side that was bowled out for 69 in the first innings on Thursday had been reduced to 97/5 at one stage on the third day, 118 runs adrift of the Delhi total and it seemed that they’d lose by an innings.
Navdeep Saini in action during a training session at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.(PTI)
Navdeep Saini in action during a training session at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2019 08:41 AM IST
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Seasoned Ishant Sharma, young Simarjeet Singh blow away Hyderabad

After scoring 284 in their first innings, Delhi dismissed Hyderabad for 69 in just 29 overs with Ishant (4/19 in 10 overs) and Simarjeet (4/23 in 10 overs) sharing the spoils on day two.
Delhi team player Ishant Sharma bowls on the second day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match.(PTI)
Delhi team player Ishant Sharma bowls on the second day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 27, 2019 08:19 AM IST
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Ranji Trophy: Shikhar Dhawan hits unbeaten 137, steers Delhi out of trouble

Shikhar Dhawan’s experience came into play as he kept one end under control but lacked support from the other end before he shared a brief 84-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take Delhi past the 200-run mark
A file photo of Shikhar Dhawan.(Twitter)
A file photo of Shikhar Dhawan.(Twitter)
Updated on Dec 25, 2019 10:52 PM IST
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Brian Lara’s recipe for India to end ICC trophy wait

India, while dominating world cricket across formats, haven’t won an ICC tournament since the 2013 Champions Trophy and the Caribbean batting great puts it down to their inability to tick all boxes.
Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara(PTI)
Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara(PTI)
Updated on Dec 15, 2019 09:37 AM IST
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Sourav Ganguly became BCCI president because of our reforms: Justice Lodha

The Ganguly-led BCCI also decided, on December 1, to dilute the constitution’s provision of the cap in tenure (via a cooling-off period) for its office bearers.
Former Chief Justice Of India R M Lodha during an interaction with HH Nirmal Pathak in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Former Chief Justice Of India R M Lodha during an interaction with HH Nirmal Pathak in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 08:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Khurram Habib

DDCA president Rajat Sharma takes back resignation, directors want standoff

Former cricketer Kirti Azad has now written to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly asking to put an administrator in DDCA.
Delhi and District Cricket Association's (DDCA) President Rajat Sharma arrives for the General Body meeting at BCCI headquarters, in Mumbai.(PTI)
Delhi and District Cricket Association's (DDCA) President Rajat Sharma arrives for the General Body meeting at BCCI headquarters, in Mumbai.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 18, 2019 11:36 PM IST
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‘Guess I wasn’t consistent with shot selection in Tests,’ Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has joined the Delhi T20 team and will play the last three league games of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Before flying to Surat for domestic T20s, Dhawan spoke about his injury at World Cup and more in this interview.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan.(Getty Images)
India opener Shikhar Dhawan.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 24, 2020 01:08 AM IST
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Lodha panel secy slams BCCI bid to dilute reforms, SC’s ‘new jurisdiction’

Gopal Sankaranarayanan, secretary of the Lodha panel when it made the report, criticised the bid to dilute clauses in a report approved by the court in 2016.
Newly-elected President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly(AP)
Newly-elected President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly(AP)
Updated on Nov 13, 2019 08:40 AM IST
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Deepak Chahar, lost & regained

He had lost his swing, changed his action but perseverance and IPL paved way to success.
Deepak Chahar during the third T20 match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.(PTI)
Deepak Chahar during the third T20 match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2019 10:02 PM IST
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India vs Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim guides visitors to historic win in Delhi T20I

Mushfiqur Rahim singlehandedly fired Bangladesh to their maiden T20 win over India with an unbeaten 60, choking the fancied hosts in the smog-hit series opener.
Bangladesh cricket team captain Mahmudullah, behind center, celebrates with Mushfiqur Rahim.(AP)
Bangladesh cricket team captain Mahmudullah, behind center, celebrates with Mushfiqur Rahim.(AP)
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 09:39 AM IST
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India vs Bangladesh: Haze lifts just enough for first T20I to be held

About 90 minutes into the match, the spectators began flashing their mobile torches, giving an idea to what extent the stadium was filled, with most seats in the lower denomination ticket stands occupied.
Indian cricket team members warm up.(PTI)
Indian cricket team members warm up.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 08:54 AM IST
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India vs Bangladesh: Out of Tests, Pant, Dhawan up for T20 test

IND vs BAN: With the rest of the batsmen relatively inexperienced and less acclaimed, the two, with skipper Rohit Sharma, will be important if India are to outscore Bangladesh on a Ferozeshah Kotla wicket that looks good but could also aid spinners.
Shikhar Dhawan and batting coach Vikram Rathore during a practice session at Arun Jaitley Stadium.(PTI)
Shikhar Dhawan and batting coach Vikram Rathore during a practice session at Arun Jaitley Stadium.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 03, 2019 08:48 AM IST
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India vs Bangladesh: It’s not ideal but no one will die: Bangladesh coach on Delhi pollution

Bangladesh players Al Amin, Abu Hider Rony and team’s spin consultant Daniel Vettori were seen wearing masks during their fielding session this morning.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo, extreme left and spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori, second from right, seen wearing mask during Bangladesh team’s practice session at the Arun Jaitley stadium in New Delhi(PTI)
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo, extreme left and spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori, second from right, seen wearing mask during Bangladesh team’s practice session at the Arun Jaitley stadium in New Delhi(PTI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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India vs Bangladesh: BCCI to factor in smog for future ties

Delhi could likely get matches only in February-March in future. India played Australia in an ODI earlier this year in March.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim during a practice session ahead of their first T20 international match against India, at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium, in New Delhi on Thursday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim during a practice session ahead of their first T20 international match against India, at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium, in New Delhi on Thursday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 01, 2019 11:52 AM IST
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‘If Kumble contract had extension clause, I would have extended it’: Vinod Rai

The Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) tenure ended on Wednesday as an elected body took charge of BCCI for the first time in almost three years.
Former COA chief Vinod Rai(PTI)
Former COA chief Vinod Rai(PTI)
Updated on Oct 24, 2019 08:40 AM IST
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Kirti Azad to open new innings with ‘Kirket’

Former India cricketer Kirti Azad is making his debut as an actor in ‘Kirket’, directed by Yogendra Singh. The 128-minute film in Hindi is set for a worldwide release on Friday.
Former India cricketer Kirti Azad(Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)
Former India cricketer Kirti Azad(Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 10:05 AM IST
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India vs South Africa: R Ashwin hurtles on, speed bumps no bar

There’s also the widespread misconception that Ashwin has employed countless bowling variations to get to that tally—a misconception often fuelled by Ashwin himself by routinely remodelling his bowling action and even delivering the odd leg-break during bygone IPLs.
Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin(AP)
Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin(AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 09:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKhurram Habib & Aditya Iyer

Ease BCCI’s ‘straight-jacket’ conflict rules, CoA urges Supreme Court

A vital aspect of the reform process in the cash-rich sports body, some of the conflict rules mainly involving former players however have raised complaints they are proving more of a stumbling block.
File image of BCCI Logo(REUTERS)
File image of BCCI Logo(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 12:55 PM IST
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