N Ananthanarayanan

N Ananthanarayanan

N Ananthanarayanan has spent almost three decades with news agencies and newspapers, reporting domestic and international sport. He has a passion for writing on cricket and athletics.

Articles by N Ananthanarayanan
India's Ishant Sharma celebrates.(PTI)
India's Ishant Sharma celebrates.(PTI)

Ishant Sharma’s ton, one of resolve and dedication

By N Ananthanarayanan, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:51 AM IST
  • The 32-year-old Sharma, who started off as a teenager in May 2007, has only now hit triple figures, but his longevity without shedding the tag as a genuine new-ball bowler is a tribute to his unwavering dedication as a subcontinent seamer.
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File photo of Glenn Maxwell(Twitter)
File photo of Glenn Maxwell(Twitter)

Can Glenn Maxwell turn RCB star power into big performances?

UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 08:13 PM IST
  • Virat Kohli's team spent Rs14.25 crore to buy the explosive Australian batsman, who has not justified his abilities in IPL.
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Jonathan Trott said it is important to get ahead of the opposition early in the Test. (ECB Media)
Jonathan Trott said it is important to get ahead of the opposition early in the Test. (ECB Media)

Trying to play catch-up always tough in India: Jonathan Trott

By N Ananthanarayanan, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:50 PM IST
  • England batting coach says having firm plans in place against India's spin as well as pace will be crucial to do well in the four-Test series starting on Friday.
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File photo of England Test captain Joe Root.(REUTERS)
File photo of England Test captain Joe Root.(REUTERS)

IND vs ENG: For Joe Root this series could mean more than a ton of Tests

By N Ananthanarayanan, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 07:49 AM IST
Among the other famous five, Root has plenty to look forward to in the four-Test series starting in Chennai on February 5. For one, he will be the first to play in his 100th Test.
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India's Rishabh Pant hits the ball to the boundary on the final day of the fourth cricket test against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.India won the four test series 2-1. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
India's Rishabh Pant hits the ball to the boundary on the final day of the fourth cricket test against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.India won the four test series 2-1. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

Rishabh Pant packs power, patience and new-found maturity to emerge as a hero

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:50 PM IST
His sensational, unbeaten 89 to steer India to a historic Brisbane Test victory and help the visitors clinch their second successive series in Australia, also completed his transformation, merging mind and matter with steely performances by Indian players.
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India's Navdeep Saini, right, reacts after injuring his leg while bowling during play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
India's Navdeep Saini, right, reacts after injuring his leg while bowling during play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

India vs Australia: Why India’s list of walking wounded is getting longer

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Sharma may still get away with the niggle in his right ankle, but Brisbane provided only the latest episode in India’s running saga of the walking wounded.
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Australia captain Tim Paine looks on(Getty)
Australia captain Tim Paine looks on(Getty)

India vs Australia: ‘Ended up looking a fool, didn’t I,’ says Tim Paine

By N Ananthanarayanan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:01 AM IST
  • Tim Paine's plan crumbled as he was picked up on stump mic having a go at Ashwin, who in turn, held up play several times in retaliation.
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India's Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin celebrate their partnership on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground.
India's Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin celebrate their partnership on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Under siege, R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari deliver a draw for ages

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 09:18 PM IST
  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari produced pure grit for 42.4 overs, smothering everything the formidable Australian bowlers threw at them to ensure one of Test cricket’s memorable draws.
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Australia players celebrate Pat Cummins' wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara of India during day three of the third test match between Australia and India at the SCG, Sydney, Australia, January 9, 2021. AAP Image/Dean Lewins via REUTERS(via REUTERS)
Australia players celebrate Pat Cummins' wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara of India during day three of the third test match between Australia and India at the SCG, Sydney, Australia, January 9, 2021. AAP Image/Dean Lewins via REUTERS(via REUTERS)

Runtime error compounds India’s plight at the SCG

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:58 PM IST
India vs Australia: The Sydney Test turned on its head during an eventful Day 3. Australia executed their aggressive bowling plans to perfection as India faced defeat amid mounting injuries
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Jasprit Bumrah, centre, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Joe Burns for no score during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)
Jasprit Bumrah, centre, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Joe Burns for no score during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)

Bumrah, Ashwin and hunting in tandem

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:19 AM IST
The 34-year-old off-spinner has been sensational, tactically and in terms of fitness; with Jasprit Bumrah, he is spearheading the bowling that has left Australia rattled in a series tied 1-1.
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India's Virat Kohli, center, shakes hands with Australian players on the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Australia won the match. (AP Photo/David Mariuz)(AP)
India's Virat Kohli, center, shakes hands with Australian players on the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Australia won the match. (AP Photo/David Mariuz)(AP)

India vs Australia: Countering the off-stump line of attack

By Sanjjeev K Samyal/N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:02 AM IST
India vs Australia: In the record book, it will simply go down as India’s lowest total. But it has to be mentioned that 36 all out occurred in a pink-ball Test. The challenges for the batsman in a pink-ball game are greater.
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Virat Kohli of India stretches during a nets session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli of India stretches during a nets session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia Test series Preview - India’s balancing act: Meeting fire with fire

By Sanjjeev K Samyal and N Ananthanarayanan | Mumbai/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:52 AM IST
India vs Australia: After a sterling show in India’s historic first series victory in 2018-19, all eyes are on Bumrah. He has the pace and a knack of hitting the right length to extract bounce on Australian wickets.
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R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon(Getty Images)
R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon(Getty Images)

A spin battle in the shadows of the fast and furious

By Sanjjeev K Samyal/N Ananthanarayanan | Mumbai/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:25 AM IST
Australia is the mainly the playground of genuine quicks and batsmen who can counter fire with fire, with positive stroke-play. The combative Ashwin though will hope to engage in a meaningful spin battle with seasoned off-spin rival Nathan Lyon.
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Australia's Mitchell Swepson, left, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli for 9 runs during their T20 international cricket match at Manuka Oval, in Canberra.(AP)
Australia's Mitchell Swepson, left, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli for 9 runs during their T20 international cricket match at Manuka Oval, in Canberra.(AP)

Australian cricket threads a needle through history

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 09:17 AM IST
Australia cricketers joined the band on Friday, swapping their traditional yellow-and-green by wearing a predominatly black jersey adorned with intricate aboriginal patterns in orange and yellow.
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Ishant Sharma of India bowls celebrates the wicket of Travis Head of Australia during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground.(Getty Images)
Ishant Sharma of India bowls celebrates the wicket of Travis Head of Australia during day four of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground.(Getty Images)

The importance of being Ishant

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 09:28 AM IST
While the Indian team grapples with the question of how to make up for Virat Kohli’s absence during the Test series, there is joy to be had in Ishant Sharma’s return from injury.
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Virat Kohli and Tim Paine pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.(Getty Images)

Autumn IPL adds spring to India ahead for Australia

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Unlike many of their teammates from other cricketing nations, the IPL was the first taste of the game for India’s players since the pandemic began in March. What do the performances of key players tell us about their form ahead of the Australia series?
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IPL 2020: Quinton de Kock sends one into the stands.(Twitter/IPL)
IPL 2020: Quinton de Kock sends one into the stands.(Twitter/IPL)

IPL 2020: Quiet flows Quinton, the other SA MVP

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 08:22 AM IST
IPL 2020: Quinton de Kock doesn’t draw headlines like de Villiers does season after season, but his quality as opener and wicketkeeper has added steel to champions Mumbai Indians for a second year in a row.
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Delhi Capitals players celebrate their victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad(IPL/BCCI)
Delhi Capitals players celebrate their victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad(IPL/BCCI)

Marcus Stoinis, Shikhar Dhawan steer Delhi Capitals into first IPL final

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 11:43 PM IST
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals cashed in on dropped catches and misfields to score 189/3 after electing to bat. Kane Williamson (67 off 45 balls) spread some calm in SRH with a sublime innings. Just as the panic shifted to Capitals, Stoinis, having taken two wickets to puncture the chase in the power play, got Williamson slice a drive to deep cover. With 43 to get off 19 deliveries, the innings ended at 172/8.
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Skipper Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore greets Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals after their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi.(PTI)
Skipper Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore greets Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals after their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi.(PTI)

Rahane, Dhawan seal DC win to reach playoffs

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 11:29 PM IST
Rahane’s 60, his first substantial score of IPL 2020, and Dhawan’s 54, his third fifty to go with two centuries, and their mastery over Virat Kohli’s bowling weapon—leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal went wicketless returning 0/29—settled the game.
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IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad players during a team huddle.(SRH/Twitter)
IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad players during a team huddle.(SRH/Twitter)

IPL 2020: SRH stay alive, RCB wait for play-off spot

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 11:40 PM IST
IPL 2020: The win lifted SRH to fourth on the table, enjoying the best net run rate among the four teams on 12. They must still beat table toppers Mumbai Indians in their final game on Tuesday if they are to keep hopes of qualifying.
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Suryakumar Yadav.(IPL/Twitter)
Suryakumar Yadav.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Suryakumar Yadav steers MI home after Bumrah masterclass

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 11:28 PM IST
IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah, the go-to bowler in any team he plays, and young opener Devdutt Padikkal put on a show in the first half, and Suryakumar Yadav carried the second half, scoring a brilliant, unbeaten 79 (43b, 10x, 3x6) to steer MI to a five-wicket win with five balls to spare.
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Photo of Kings XI Punjab from 43rd IPL 2020 match against Surisers Hyderabad in Dubai(Twitter)
Photo of Kings XI Punjab from 43rd IPL 2020 match against Surisers Hyderabad in Dubai(Twitter)

IPL 2020, KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab ride late surge to snatch incredible win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:44 AM IST
IPL 2020, KXIP vs SRH: The win left KXIP fifth on the points table, two points adrift of the fourth-placed team, and fighting for a playoff berth with three games left. For SRH, even winning the last three games may not be enough.
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Jos Buttler.(Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)
Jos Buttler.(Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Jos Buttler steers RR to crucial win, CSK playoff hopes fade

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 11:32 PM IST
IPL 2020: Smith dropped anchor while Buttler scored steadily. CSK hopes faded when Buttler hammered leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for three fours to milk 16 runs in the 15th over, effectively sealing the game.
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Sharjah: Delhi Capitals (DC) player Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.(PTI)
Sharjah: Delhi Capitals (DC) player Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan hits first T20 century as Capitals snatch win from CSK

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 11:54 PM IST
IPL 2020: Teams batting first were 5-2 up in Sharjah ahead of the game and Delhi Capitals bowlers felt the pressure as CSK’s seasoned batsmen posted a solid 179/4. DC though made it 2-0 for the season. They found their man in Shikhar Dhawan and unexpected dew that made batting a touch easier as the ball came on to the bat.
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Mumbai Indians Suryakumar Yadav struck a half century.(IPL/Twitter)
Mumbai Indians Suryakumar Yadav struck a half century.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians win a power game over Delhi Capitals

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 11:33 PM IST
IPL 2020: Just when Capitals, electing to bat, were shifting gears through Marcus Stoinis, he was run out in a mix-up with Shikhar Dhawan.
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Although Chetan Chauhan got the tag of being the first Test player to score 2,000 runs without a century, his worth in those partnerships was invaluable.(HT Archive)
Although Chetan Chauhan got the tag of being the first Test player to score 2,000 runs without a century, his worth in those partnerships was invaluable.(HT Archive)

Chetan Chauhan, a fighter who thrived in pressure

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 09:39 AM IST
Chetan Chauhan, who went on to become a cricket administrator and later entered the rough and tumble of Uttar Pradesh politics, would go on to use these facets of his character well even in his “second innings”.
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Abu Dhabi: Rahul Tripathi of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during IPL 2020 cricket match against Chennai Super Kings, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.(PTI)
Abu Dhabi: Rahul Tripathi of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during IPL 2020 cricket match against Chennai Super Kings, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: Rahul Tripathi’s gritty knock spurs KKR to win over CSK

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 06:07 PM IST
IPL 2020: Rahul Tripathi top-scored with 81 as Kolkata Knight Riders defended 167 to beat Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs in an Indian Premier League match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
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Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders player Shivam Mavi celebrates the wicket of Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler during the Indian Premier League 2020 cricket match, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(PTI)
Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders player Shivam Mavi celebrates the wicket of Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler during the Indian Premier League 2020 cricket match, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders pacers upstage Jofra Archer’s brilliance as Royals lose

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 11:34 PM IST
IPL 2020: Batting first Kolkata Knight Riders posted 174 for 6 riding on Shubman Gill (47) and Eoin Morgan’s (34*) contributions. In reply, young KKR pacers never allowed RR to be in the game as they restricted RR to 137 for 9.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore players Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli and others celebrate the wicket of Mumbai Indians batsman Quinton de Kock during the Indian Premier League 2020 cricket match.(PTI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore players Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli and others celebrate the wicket of Mumbai Indians batsman Quinton de Kock during the Indian Premier League 2020 cricket match.(PTI)

IPL 2020: RCB beat MI in Super Over

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 12:11 AM IST
IPL 2020, RCB vs MI: In the Super Over, Mumbai Indians were restricted to 7/1 by Navdeep Saini. Royal Challengers Bangalore reached the target on the last ball of the Super Over with Virat Kohli hitting Jasprit Bumrah for a four.
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File image of Dean Jones.(Hindustan Times)
File image of Dean Jones.(Hindustan Times)

Dean Jones: The man who set a bold ODI template

By N Ananthanarayanan | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 08:41 AM IST
Jones, 59, survived by wife and two daughters, is best remembered for his exploits, especially in India, as Australia’s batting lynchpin to help revive the team under Allan Border in the 1980s after Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell and Rodney Marsh retired together.
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