Rajesh Pansare

Rajesh Pansare

Rajesh Pansare is a member of the Mumbai sports desk and writes on football and motor sport.

Articles by Rajesh Pansare
Kieron Pollard.(Screengrab/Windies Cricket Youtube channel)
Kieron Pollard.(Screengrab/Windies Cricket Youtube channel)

The biggest batting rampages in cricket

UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:09 PM IST
On Wednesday, the 33-year-old Kieron Pollard showed that he hasn’t lost any of his power hitting abilities as he tore into Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya, hitting six sixes in an over in the first T20 at Antigua.
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Formula E says future is stable even after Audi, BMW pull out

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:33 PM IST
  • While they were busy putting in the framework to get the seventh edition up and going, they received a setback when two of the biggest manufacturers—Audi and BMW—announced their decision to pull out from the sport at the end of this season.
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File image of Arjun Tendulkar.(BCCI)
File image of Arjun Tendulkar.(BCCI)

Mumbai Indians back Arjun Tendulkar to develop after buying him at IPL auctions

By Rajesh Pansare, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:53 PM IST
  • Sachin Tendulkar's son, a young left-arm pacer, was bought by the league champions for his base price of Rs20 lakh.
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File photo of Wasim Jaffer.(PTI)
File photo of Wasim Jaffer.(PTI)

Being communal never crossed my mind: Wasim Jaffer

UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:05 AM IST
  • Earlier, Uttarakhand team manager Navneet Mishra had alleged that Jaffer picked players based on their religion and created a communal atmosphere soon after the Mumbai and India opener had resigned as Uttarakhand’s coach on Tuesday citing interference in team selection.
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India's Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal on the 4th day of the fourth test match between Australia and India, at The Gabba.
India's Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal on the 4th day of the fourth test match between Australia and India, at The Gabba.

All-rounder’s tag alone won’t do, must keep performing: Shardul Thakur

UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 08:19 AM IST
  • With seven wickets and a vital fifty, Thakur celebrated his Test comeback, underlining qualities as a pace-bowling all-rounder. The 29-year-old looks back on the momentous series in this interview.
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Mohammed Azharuddeen with Dav Watmore (C) and Mohammad Azharuddin (R). (Getty Images.)
Mohammed Azharuddeen with Dav Watmore (C) and Mohammad Azharuddin (R). (Getty Images.)

This Azharuddeen is more about T20 panache

By Rajesh Pansare, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:19 AM IST
  • 26-year-old Mohammed Azharuddeen's 37-ball century is only behind Rishabh Pant’s 32-ball effort for Delhi in the tournament.
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File photo of Salil Ankola.(Twitter)
File photo of Salil Ankola.(Twitter)

Salil Ankola - pacer, actor, fighter - returns to ‘first love’ cricket

By Rajesh Pansare | Mumbai, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 03:11 PM IST
Ankola, who had made his debut in the same Test as Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis during the 1989-90 India vs Pakistan series, is ready to help Mumbai cricket again by unearthing new talent as chairman of senior selection committee .
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Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah.(IPL)
Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah.(IPL)

IPL 2020: Keeping it simple key to Jasprit Bumrah’s hit rate

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 10:33 PM IST
IPL 2020: Ever since he first burst on to the scene in IPL 2013, Bumrah has been on the money—be it opening the bowling, in the middle overs, at the death or while delivering the Super Over.
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IPL 2020 RCB vs CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad connects a crisp drive.(IPL/twitter)
IPL 2020 RCB vs CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad connects a crisp drive.(IPL/twitter)

IPL 2020: Ruturaj shows the ‘spark’ as CSK dominate RCB

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 11:44 PM IST
IPL 2020: After winning the toss and opting to bat, Virat Kohli struck a fifty and guided RCB to 145/6, but the total proved not enough in front of a resolute Gaikwad, who, as an opener, saw CSK through.
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File image of KKR team.(PTI)
File image of KKR team.(PTI)

IPL 2020: KKR body blow - Few IPL teams bounce back after such a low

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:36 PM IST
IPL 2020: Since 2017, teams have been bowled out for less than 100 on 11 occasions and have mostly found it too hard to comeback from such a low.
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Sharjah: Mumbai Indians player James Pattinson celebrates after taking the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad player Manish Pandey during IPL 2020 cricket match, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.(PTI)
Sharjah: Mumbai Indians player James Pattinson celebrates after taking the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad player Manish Pandey during IPL 2020 cricket match, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: How James Pattinson got up and running post serious injury

By Rajesh Pansare | Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 10:43 PM IST
Pattinson said that was the most difficult time for him and having a surgery was like last resort. “It was really difficult. I think fourth time I had a stress fracture in a same year in my back so that’s y we decided to go for surgery it was the last resort. (There is) fair bit of anxiety around when you go down that path as you know if it doesn’t go well, that’s probably your career done. But I was always optimistic, it would work.”
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Shane Bond(Twitter)
Shane Bond(Twitter)

IPL 2020: Batsmen exceptional, bowlers still a bit rusty says Shane Bond

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 07:53 PM IST
IPL 2020: “One could argue that the length ball and slower bouncer are harder to hit for six rather than take the pitch out of play if you miss a yorker and see it hit back over your head,” says the former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, who had one of the finest yorkers in the game.
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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma with the Player of the Match trophy.(Mumbai Indians/Twitter)
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma with the Player of the Match trophy.(Mumbai Indians/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma expects top-order batsmen to set the tone

By Rajesh Pansare | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 06:29 AM IST
IPL 2020: This Indian Premier League has seen good starts make a difference; the trend is likely to continue as the UAE pitches are expected to get slower.
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Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede stadium to soon be open for tourists

By Swapnil Rawal & Rajesh Pansare, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 12:55 AM IST
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Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the Indian Premier League 2019.(PTI)
Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the Indian Premier League 2019.(PTI)

MI vs CSK: A battle royale to start the proceedings

By Rajesh Pansare | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 08:07 AM IST
That final on May 12 in Hyderabad is among the many potboilers that CSK and MI have dished out over the years in the Indian Premier League (IPL). As the 2020 edition finally gets going in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, five months after it was originally scheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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Mumbai Indians cricketers Quinton de Kock (L) and captain Rohit Sharma run between the wickets(AFP)
Mumbai Indians cricketers Quinton de Kock (L) and captain Rohit Sharma run between the wickets(AFP)

Champs Mumbai keep the faith in openers Sharma, De Kock

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:38 PM IST
Opening in 15 of MI’s 16 innings in 2019, Sharma and De Kock aggregated 565 runs including five half-century partnerships. It was the second most successful first-wicket pairing after David Warner and Jonny Bairstow for Sunrisers Hyderabad (791 runs). “Why would you fix something if it’s not broke,” said the Sri Lankan.
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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium - August 29, 2020 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo(Pool via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium - August 29, 2020 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo(Pool via REUTERS)

Ferrari not really prancing on the F1 track

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan TImes, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 09:37 PM IST
As the Maranello-based team heads towards becoming the first outfit to compete in 1,000 Grands Prix with a double-header on their home turf in Italy, team boss Mattia Binotto admitted that they were trapped in a “storm”.
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Manchester City v Real Madrid - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - August 7, 2020 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson(Pool via REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Manchester City v Real Madrid - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - August 7, 2020 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson(Pool via REUTERS)

Guardiola’s City primed to solve Champions League puzzle

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 11:36 PM IST
Since the Abu Dhabi-based owners took over the club in 2008, City have won four Premier Leagues titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups but being crowned the ‘Champions of Europe’ remains the holy grail for them.
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Max Verstappen (L) of Red Bull and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari were third and fourth last year behind Hamilton and Vettel.(Getty Images)
Max Verstappen (L) of Red Bull and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari were third and fourth last year behind Hamilton and Vettel.(Getty Images)

Can F1’s young guns dethrone King Lewis?

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 06:53 AM IST
OPENER: Leclerc-Verstappen duels could signal a new F1 era as season flags off in Austria
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File photo of Wasim Jaffer.(PTI)
File photo of Wasim Jaffer.(PTI)

Look up to Sandhu and Pandit as coaches, says Jaffer as he gears up for new innings

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 03:19 PM IST
After hanging up his boots at the end of last season, Jaffer was keen to take over the reins of Vidarbha after Chandrakant Pandit decided to shift to Madhya Pradesh. However, with no response from his former team with whom he played four seasons and won two Ranji Trophy titles, Jaffer decided to take up the Uttarakhand offer.
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The CEO of Serie A, Luigi De Siervo(Getty Images)
The CEO of Serie A, Luigi De Siervo(Getty Images)

Italy clubs have lost more than €100 million in revenues due to Covid-19: Serie A CEO

By Rajesh Pansare | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 10:10 PM IST
In an e-mail interaction, Serie A CEO, Luigi De Siervo, talks about the protocols put in place and the financial impact on football in the country.
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While Bayern Munich are fourth in terms of revenue earned by European clubs, their spending in the transfer market is 19th, placing them even below EPL club Everton.
While Bayern Munich are fourth in terms of revenue earned by European clubs, their spending in the transfer market is 19th, placing them even below EPL club Everton.

Not quite a home run in Europe

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 08:23 AM IST
HOME TIGERS: Bundesliga champs Bayern Munich’s inability to win the Champions League since 2013 is mainly due to a tight-fisted policy
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Aslam Shaikh at a Mumbai hospital(HT Photo)
Aslam Shaikh at a Mumbai hospital(HT Photo)

Financial help, support pour in for ailing club cricketer Shaikh

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 08:52 AM IST
Virender Sehwag posts video message to motivate Aslam to fight against illness; Mumbai stalwart Wasim Jaffer, MCA president Patil and many others raise funds for treatment
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Photo of Aslam Shaikh at a Mumbai hospital this week
Photo of Aslam Shaikh at a Mumbai hospital this week

Mumbai club cricketers start crowdfunding for bedridden Shaikh

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 08:13 AM IST
Since the news broke out about his health, morale-boosting messages have poured in for Aslam, among them being video clips of former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed and former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower
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Celebrations also... one can’t do high-fives or hug each other. The game will restart after we overcome this challenge, but I feel that element [of fear] will stay somewhere in the back of the mind: Sachin Tendulkar(AFP)
Celebrations also... one can’t do high-fives or hug each other. The game will restart after we overcome this challenge, but I feel that element [of fear] will stay somewhere in the back of the mind: Sachin Tendulkar(AFP)

Cricket will emerge a different sport in post-Covid world: Sachin Tendulkar | EXCLUSIVE

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 02:05 PM IST
Sachin Tendulkar Birthday: In a chat with Hindustan Times, Sachin Tendulkar speaks about routines athletes need to follow during the lockdown to keep themselves fit and motivated, and how cricket will emerge as a different sport post this pandemic.
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Shardul Thakur shined with both bat and ball.(AP)
Shardul Thakur shined with both bat and ball.(AP)

Shikhar Dhawan, Shardul Thakur guide India to T20I series win over Sri Lanka

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2020 08:35 AM IST
India vs Sri Lanka: India defeated Sri Lanka by 78 runs in 3rd T20I in Pune on Friday to win the T20I series 2-1.
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Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera with Virat Kohli.(PTI)
Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera with Virat Kohli.(PTI)

India vs Sri Lanka: Video analysis helps Kuldeep Yadav return stronger

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times , Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 10:31 AM IST
Kuldeep Yadav emerged mentally stronger and possibly physically better after having worked on his bowling plans and his understanding of the game.
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File image of cricketer Harshal Patel.(BCCI Image)
File image of cricketer Harshal Patel.(BCCI Image)

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Players who impressed before IPL auction

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 12:54 PM IST
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: With this edition finishing a few days before the IPL auction, here are a few names that you would likely see frequently in Indian Premier League next year.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

Bombay ducks: All fall for zero in Mumbai’s Harris Shield

By Rajesh Pansare | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 08:43 AM IST
Children Welfare, Andheri set the dubious record—shot out by Swami Vivekanand School, Borivali, in less than six overs—and a total of seven, all extras—in a first round match.
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