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

Anirban Lahiri 2nd in LIV Golf Bedminster event for huge payday

The $2.5 million payout made it the biggest paycheck for an Indian athlete in professional golf

Anirban Lahiri(Reuters)
Published on Aug 14, 2023 11:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Satwik-Chirag win Korea Open for year’s fourth title

Indians upstage Indonesia’s world No.1 pair in the final to claim third BWF World Tour title of 2023, besides the Asia Championships crown in April

India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty celebrate after defeating Indonesian top seeds Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto in the men's doubles Korea Open final(BAI Media twitter)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Jyothi Yarraji underlines her versatility with 200m silver

India finish third in the medal tally at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok

Jyothi Yarraji secured gold in her main event 100m hurdles(Reliance Foundation)
Published on Jul 16, 2023 10:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ashes 2023: Fuming England need a Bradman-inspired comeback

Australia seek another win to clinch their first Ashes in England since 2001; angry England may need more than their ‘Bazball’ to make a comeback at Headingley

England's Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Zak Crawley during practice. (Reuters)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 07:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Living in a ‘Bazball’ bubble, here comes trouble

The problem with Bazball is that, while it may be big on entertainment, the insistence on a turbo-charged game all the time actually makes it inflexible

Australia captain Pat Cummins, left, celebrates after beating England during on day five of the first Ashes Test(AP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 08:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

From HT Archives: When India gained, and regained, their Lord’s supremacy

India's first Test win at Lord's on June 10, 1986, is a great moment in Indian Test history, with Dilip Vengsarkar scoring a century and Kapil Dev grabbing four wickets to secure a 47-run victory. It was India's second-ever 2-0 series win against a strong rival overseas, and Vengsarkar became the first foreign batter to score three Test centuries at Lord's. India have won only nine times in 67 Tests in England, with three of them at Lord's.

India fans rush onto the field to congratulate Dilip Vengsarkar at Lord's Cricket Ground, London, on June 7, 1986. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Jim Hines, legendary US sprinter who broke the 10-second barrier for 100m, dies aged 76

Jim Hines, the first man to run the 100 metres under 10 seconds, has died at the age of 76. The athlete won gold in the 100m at the 1968 Olympics.

Jim Hines in the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Jim Hines, first man to officially run 100m under 10 seconds, no more

The US sprint great, the 1968 Mexico Olympics 100m champion, is regarded among the pioneers in world athletics for his feat

Legendary US sprinter Jim Hines(Twitter/SportIconObit)
Published on Jun 05, 2023 02:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

IPL 2023: Gujarat Titans steal win as KL Rahul and LSG lose steam

Defending IPL champions Gujarat Titans win by seven runs after Lucknow Super Giants, needing 26 to win off 20 deliveries, implode in the last three overs

Gujarat Titans bowler Mohit Sharma celebrates with teammates (PTI)
Published on Apr 22, 2023 08:54 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised high jump, dies aged 76

The Mexico Olympics champion changed his event forever with a back-jump that is still regarded as the most innovative achievement in sports performance technique

Dick Fosbury, of the United States(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 09:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Khawaja joins Tendulkar, Worrell in heartbreak list

The Australia opener was stranded on 194* when skipper Pat Cummins declared in the rain-hit third Test at Sydney, like it happened with Tendulkar and Windies legend Worrell

Usman Khawaja in action for Australia.(AP)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 09:36 PM IST

Emi Martinez, the latest among Argentina’s steely shot-stoppers

The 30-year-old until two years ago wasn’t sure of playing for club or country, but is making up for lost time as his heroics in the World Cup last eight win over Netherlands shows.

Emiliano Martinez(AP)
Published on Dec 10, 2022 10:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Bellingham dazzles as England crush Senegal, enter World Cup quarters

The teenaged midfielder was a constant attacking threat as Henderson, Kane and Saka punished the sloppy defensive game of the Africa Cup of Nations champions. England face holders France in the quarters.

 England's Jude Bellingham celebrates qualifying for the quarter finals(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 05, 2022 02:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Deja vu for Germany as refereeing decisions grab the spotlight

While technology has wiped out the debate over off-side goals, there are still a number of contentious refereeing decisions at the 2022 World Cup

Japan topped the group with six points(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 11:54 PM IST

England thump Wales 3-0, qualify as Group B toppers

Young forwards Marcus Rashford (2) and Phil Foden scored after they were given their first start and many others got vital minutes. England face Senegal in Round of 16

England's Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup group B match between England and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.(AP)
Published on Nov 30, 2022 02:59 AM IST

Mohammed Kudus doubles gives Ghana thrilling win over Korea

The Africans secured their first points in two games while Korean hopes lie on beating Portugal in their final Group H game

Ghana's Mohammed Kudus celebrates scoring their third goal.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 09:36 PM IST

Super Ziyech spurs Morocco to upset win over Belgium

The winger sets up a goal and runs the African side’s game in a 2-0 upset win over Kevin de Bruyne’s world No 2 team that edges them close to a World Cup Round of 16 berth.

Morocco's Abdelhamid Sabiri (11) celebrates his goal with teammates Zakaria Aboukhlal, left, and Yahya Jabrane, top, after scoring during the FIFA World Cup group F match between Belgium and Morocco, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.(AP)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 10:37 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Lewandowski scores in 2-0 win as Saudi Arabia pay the penalty

Argentina slayers Saudi Arabia miss a big chance to equalise before Poland’s star striker scores his first goal in a World Cup game to seal an important victory in Group C

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the FIFA World Cup group C match between Poland and Saudi Arabia, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.(AP)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 10:55 PM IST

The arrival of an Indian megastar

To understand the significance of November 15, 1989, in Indian sport, one can go back in time and scan the seasons prior to that date, or even go forward a few months

Tendulkar in action during a Test against Pakistan in Lahore in 1989. (Getty Images)
Published on Nov 18, 2022 11:15 PM IST

Suryakumar Yadav and cricket’s entertaining shot-makers

As Surya steals the show at the T20 World Cup with his 360-degree hitting, a look at some of the others who found their own way to push the scoring in white-ball cricket.

Virender Sehwag; Sachin Tendulkar; Suryakumar Yadav; Kapil Dev(File/AP)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 09:51 PM IST

Phillips ton, Boult’s spell floor Sri Lanka

The SA-born batter smashed a 64-ball 104, his second T20 international century, before pacer Trent Boult led the bowling with a career-best 4/13 as New Zealand looked on course to top Group 1.

, Phillips steadied the ship in an 84-run stand with Mitchell(AP)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 08:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

National Games gain in stature as Indian sport rises

Since those games, Indian athletes have gone on to win medals on the world stage, including in track & field. At the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, India won 61 medals including eight in athletics.

Big story Ahmedabad: Drone show on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 36th National Games, in Ahmedabad, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 12:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Not much drawn from IPL as India focus on T20 World Cup

Unlike league franchises, India may be weighed down by the top-order’s conservatism.

Rohit Sharma(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 15, 2022 10:27 PM IST

Dravid faces a big test after Asia Cup flop

A year on from replacing Shastri at the helm, India’s head coach has his task cut out going into the T20 World Cup in Australia.

India's head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma (ANI)
Published on Sep 10, 2022 09:08 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Winning streak: PT Usha on running, the Rajya Sabha and a life lived for sport

As India’s fastest woman, she won a slew of medals across Asia. Then she began to groom a new generation. Now a political role beckons. But sport will always be her life, says Usha, 58.

 (HT Archives)
Updated on Jul 15, 2022 06:13 PM IST

Devon Allen and playing a double role in professional sport

The US 110m hurdles contender at this month's world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon is also a wide receiver with NFL's Eagles. Few attempts to combine different sports succeed due to the physical toll it can take.

Devon Allen of United States (AP)
Published on Jul 04, 2022 06:24 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Hari Chand: Barefoot, braveheart and India’s greatest distance runner

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he ran a national record 28:48.72 in 10,000m. Though an eighth-place finish didn’t help qualify for the final, his mark stood for almost 33 years.

Hari Chand's 10,000m national record stood for 32 years(ANI)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 08:58 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chopra calm as he builds up to end a 10-month wait

India’s Olympic javelin champion will compete on June 14 for the first time since his Tokyo high on August 7, 2021

Neeraj Chopra
Published on May 21, 2022 10:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Andrew Symonds, the free-spirited Aussie all-rounder, dies in car crash

Member of the victorious World Cup teams of 2003 and 2007, he will be remembered for his impact performances, and in India for the 2007-08 Monkeygate controversy

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds(Gautam Gambhir Twitter)
Published on May 15, 2022 07:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Maitanam’ is a toe dip into Kerala’s passion for football

The documentary on Fifa+ attempts to strike the right notes but neither Vijayan nor Pappachan get a word in.

FIFA and RISE Worldwide today announced the launch of the sports documentary 'MAITANAM'. 
Published on May 05, 2022 10:25 PM IST
By, Kolkata
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