Rasesh Mandani

Rasesh Mandani loves a straight drive. He has been covering cricket, the governance and business side of sport for close to two decades. He writes and video blogs for HT.

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'India’s batters are the envy of the world'

If the Nagpur pitch spins big, it will pose an equal challenge to the Indian batters but Gavaskar isn't worried

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar
Published on Feb 07, 2023 11:00 PM IST
By, Nagpur

Looking to turn the screws on Aussie left-handers

India appear keen to exploit Australia’s unidimensional batting order through their spinners with help from the Nagpur pitch in the first Test

India's Ravichandran Ashwin bowls during a practice session at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur(AFP)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin bowls during a practice session at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur(AFP)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 10:41 PM IST
By, Nagpur

Nagpur diaries: Spin-obsessed AUS, sweeping Surya, monkey sighting at Jamtha

Before the first Test begins, teams had a chance to try out a few things and some langurs came to watch the party as well

India's captain Rohit Sharma (C) and team coach Rahul Dravid (R) listen to their teammate Suryakumar Yadav during a practice session at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur(AFP)
India's captain Rohit Sharma (C) and team coach Rahul Dravid (R) listen to their teammate Suryakumar Yadav during a practice session at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur(AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 11:51 PM IST
By, Nagpur

Asia Cup row: Pakistan wants its ODI World Cup matches too taken out of India

A final decision on Asia Cup venue will be taken in March when Asian Cricket Council reconvenes in Dubai

PCB chairman Najam Sethi; ACC chairman and BCCI secretary Jay Shah
PCB chairman Najam Sethi; ACC chairman and BCCI secretary Jay Shah
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 10:48 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Aussie injuries leave Cummins, Lyon to do the heavy lifting

With Starc and Hazlewood set to miss the first Test in Nagpur, Australia’s choice of spin twin to Nathan Lyon becomes crucial

Australian selectors would have known about the three injuries before landing in India(AFP)
Australian selectors would have known about the three injuries before landing in India(AFP)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 09:01 PM IST

Are warm-up games becoming history?

With the trend of curated net sessions becoming common, the romance of tour matches, which were an event before the big event, is fading away

Photo for representation(file photo)
Photo for representation(file photo)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 08:43 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Viacom 18 hopes to change the game with its free-IPL pitch

The Reliance-backed broadcaster says its target audience is not just those who can afford smart TV’s but anyone and everyone who has a smartphone.

Mumbai Indians Owner Akash Ambani, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan and SunRisers Hyderabad head coach Brian Lara during a joint press conference of IPL 2023 Auction(ANI/ IPL)
Mumbai Indians Owner Akash Ambani, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan and SunRisers Hyderabad head coach Brian Lara during a joint press conference of IPL 2023 Auction(ANI/ IPL)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 10:45 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shubman Gill smashes highest T20I score by an Indian, NZ series sealed 2-1

His unbeaten 126 was followed by New Zealand’s capitulation for 66, handing the hosts a 168-run victory, their biggest in T20Is in terms of runs.

India's Shubman Gill celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the third Twenty20 international cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad on February 1, 2023. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-----(AFP)
India's Shubman Gill celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the third Twenty20 international cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad on February 1, 2023. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-----(AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Daryl Mitchell, spinners guide NZ to victory on a turner

India's new-look top order was caught out by Mitchell Santner and Co.

Washington’s valiant 50 (28) was also not going to be enough.(PTI)
Washington’s valiant 50 (28) was also not going to be enough.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:59 AM IST

We could afford to take WPL punt thanks to new IPL media rights cycle: DC CEO

Delhi Capitals CEO and IPL’s first tournament director Dhiraj Malhotra dissects the heavy interest in buying WPL teams.

Delhi Capitals Team owners, staff and other officials pose for a group photo after the end of the IPL 2023 Auction at the Grand Hyatt hotel, in Kochi(ANI-IndianPremierLeague Twitter)
Delhi Capitals Team owners, staff and other officials pose for a group photo after the end of the IPL 2023 Auction at the Grand Hyatt hotel, in Kochi(ANI-IndianPremierLeague Twitter)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 09:16 PM IST
By, Mumbai

First Women’s IPL gets off the mark with 4,700-cr

The five winning franchisees -- who will own the teams for 10 years — trumped 11 other bidders in a closed tender process, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced

First Women’s IPL gets off the mark with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,700-cr(Reuters)
First Women’s IPL gets off the mark with 4,700-cr(Reuters)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 01:41 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Adani gets third time lucky with WPL winning bid

The Ahmedabad-based conglomerate had twice failed in bids to bag IPL teams; its ₹1,289 crore WPL bid turned out to be the highest.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Roger Binny with Vice-President Rajeev Shukla, Joint Secretary Devajit Saikia, Treasurer Ashish Shelar and Secretary Jay Shah along and IPL Governing Council Chairman Arun Dhumal during a meeting announcing the successful bidders for the inaugural edition of the Women's Indian Premier League(PTI)
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Roger Binny with Vice-President Rajeev Shukla, Joint Secretary Devajit Saikia, Treasurer Ashish Shelar and Secretary Jay Shah along and IPL Governing Council Chairman Arun Dhumal during a meeting announcing the successful bidders for the inaugural edition of the Women's Indian Premier League(PTI)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 10:55 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Do IPL owners hold an edge to win WIPL teams?

Prospective franchises other than existing IPL owners may have to bid big on Wednesday, which could boost team valuation of the upcoming league

As many as seven IPL teams are known to have submitted technical bids (meet eligibility criteria) on Monday.(HT_PRINT)
As many as seven IPL teams are known to have submitted technical bids (meet eligibility criteria) on Monday.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 11:08 PM IST

BCCI looking for 1500 crore boost in bearish market

Indian cricket’s highly-marketable status can prove to be a double-edged sword with premium bilateral and IPL sponsorship slots up for sale.

The Women's IPL will help boost BCCI's finances(IPL/Twitter)
The Women's IPL will help boost BCCI's finances(IPL/Twitter)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 04:23 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shami-Siraj team up to rout New Zealand, hand India ODI series

The Kiwis were shot out for 108 before India eased to an eight-wicket win, sealing an unassailable 2-0 win in the three-game series

Shami celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Finn Allen during the 2nd ODI(BCCI Twitter)
Shami celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Finn Allen during the 2nd ODI(BCCI Twitter)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 09:24 PM IST

WIPL: 950 crore bonanza for women’s cricket

Viacom 18 bid assures ₹7.09 crore per match and takes valuation for the WIPL, to be launched in March, past all men’s T20 leagues other than IPL

The Women’s IPL (WIPL) prepares for its launch in March.(BCCI)
The Women’s IPL (WIPL) prepares for its launch in March.(BCCI)
Published on Jan 16, 2023 11:54 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Can women’s IPL rights make it a big pay day for BCCI?

The much-awaited Women’s IPL will kick off in March with the media rights tender to be opened on Monday in Mumbai

BCCI is not under the notion that Women’s T20 league will make a huge contribution to their coffers.(BCCI)
BCCI is not under the notion that Women’s T20 league will make a huge contribution to their coffers.(BCCI)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 08:33 PM IST

Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw selection acknowledges X factor

Yadav’s T20 brilliance being rewarded with a berth in the squad for the Australia Tests and Prithvi Shaw’s T20I return after a Ranji triple ton show that performances, regardless of format, are now acknowledged

Shaw’s selection is another of India’s efforts to add scoring urgency in the T20 top-order(PTI)
Shaw’s selection is another of India’s efforts to add scoring urgency in the T20 top-order(PTI)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 08:31 PM IST

Surya makes it to Test team for Oz series, Shaw in for T20s vs NZ

The Indian captain recently made it clear he wants to continue playing all formats.

Suryakumar Yadav(PTI)
Suryakumar Yadav(PTI)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Mumbai

1984-2002 – A playback of Indian selectors’ playing days

From Chetan Sharma’s WC hat-trick to Salil Ankola’s debut Test which became fabled, a look back at playing days of India’s new selectors

Chetan Sharma made his India Test debut in 1984 against Pakistan.(Facebook)
Chetan Sharma made his India Test debut in 1984 against Pakistan.(Facebook)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 11:09 PM IST

SA board hopes to get third time lucky with franchise T20 league

After cutting down on its Test calendar and having risked ODI World Cup qualification, Cricket South Africa knows it can’t afford to fail with the league starting on Tuesday.

Kagiso Rabada (L) and Anrich Nortje play for Delhi Capitals in the IPL (IPL)
Kagiso Rabada (L) and Anrich Nortje play for Delhi Capitals in the IPL (IPL)
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 10:43 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Another selection committee left to punch above their weight

Only four of the five named to the panel have played for India while only chief selector Chetan Sharma has been retained from the previous committee

Chief selector Chetan Sharma(Twitter)
Chief selector Chetan Sharma(Twitter)
Published on Jan 08, 2023 09:16 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Surya smashes 45-ball century, India win Sri Lanka T20 series

Suryakumar’s effort is the second fastest century by an Indian, only behind Rohit Sharma’s 35-ball knock, which is joint fastest in T20Is.

Suryakumar Yadav celebrates his century during the 3rd T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium(PTI)
Suryakumar Yadav celebrates his century during the 3rd T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium(PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 11:38 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Icon players on Women’s IPL menu before player auction

Capped players will be given the option to pick a base price of ₹50 lakh, 40 lakh or 30 lakh in the auction to be held in February

Women players have been given until January 26 to register for the auction, which will be held next month.(PTI)
Women players have been given until January 26 to register for the auction, which will be held next month.(PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 10:59 PM IST

Shah-led Asian Cricket Council refutes PCB charge

War of words between Indian and Pakistan cricket board officials continues even as Asia Cup 2023 is set to be moved to a neutral venue.

Jay Shah
Jay Shah
Published on Jan 06, 2023 09:01 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Axar’s show of strength and a logical shift in India's strategy

The all-rounder’s six-hitting innings at Pune and the lack of Pandya back-ups show why spin allrounders are the way forward.

Axar Patel(PTI)
Axar Patel(PTI)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 06:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

‘Hardik backs himself to be the best in the world’: David Miller

South African power-hitter David Miller looks to draw inspiration from his Gujarat Titans experience while leading in the SA20 league.

David Miller, Hardik Pandya
David Miller, Hardik Pandya
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:24 AM IST

Axar, Yadav heroics in vain as SL level T20 series

The duo shared a 40-ball 91-run partnership but the rest of India's batting line-up never found their hitting range.

Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav celebrates after scoring a half century during the T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka(PTI)
Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav celebrates after scoring a half century during the T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka(PTI)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 11:34 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Crowds, sponsor and the Surya factor

India kicked off their international cricket schedule in 2023 with a money-spinning T2O International. BCCI’s cash register will ring thanks to the broadcast deal, but the Sri Lanka tie didn't fill the stands.

Mumbai: Indian players Shivam Mavi celebrates with teammates the wicket of Sri Lankan player Pathum Nissanka (PTI)
Mumbai: Indian players Shivam Mavi celebrates with teammates the wicket of Sri Lankan player Pathum Nissanka (PTI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 10:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Chetan Sharma likely to continue as chief selector

The former India pacer is expected to be retained in his post after being asked to re-apply by the BCCI bosses

Chetan Sharma is likely to continue as the chairman of the selection committee.(Twitter)
Chetan Sharma is likely to continue as the chairman of the selection committee.(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 07:41 AM IST
By, Mumbai
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