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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BCCI draw up tentative plans to keep IPL in India

  • A final call is likely to be taken before next month’s mega player auction. South Africa, the UAE, and even Sri Lanka remain back-up options
IPL trophy(Twitter)
IPL trophy(Twitter)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 10:34 PM IST
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Kohli said no to farewell Test as captain: BCCI sources

  • His 100th Test in Bengaluru could have been his final game as skipper if he had agreed to the offer by a senior cricket board official.
File photo of Virat Kohli.(AP)
File photo of Virat Kohli.(AP)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 11:01 PM IST
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Rohit Sharma frontrunner to take over from Virat Kohli but fitness a concern

  • Not new that BCCI has no succession plan in place for the India Test captain’s post
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Published on Jan 16, 2022 07:37 AM IST
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Another twist in saga: Kohli quits as India’s Test captain

The first fallout was Kohli’s decision — made public on Twitter on Saturday evening, but conveyed to his teammates in Cape Town after India’s seven-wicket defeat on Friday.
Virat Kohli plays a shot for four off the bowling of England's James Anderson on day four of the fourth Test match at The Oval cricket ground in London.(AP)
Virat Kohli plays a shot for four off the bowling of England's James Anderson on day four of the fourth Test match at The Oval cricket ground in London.(AP)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 04:41 AM IST
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SA loss leaves India needing a bumper 2022 for a WTC final berth

  • The Test series loss against the Proteas means India will be under pressure to finish among the top two that will qualify for the 2023 World Test Championship final
India players congratulate South Africa plyers after South Africa won the third Test.
India players congratulate South Africa plyers after South Africa won the third Test.
Published on Jan 15, 2022 09:07 PM IST
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IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant sets it up, onus now on bowlers to see India through

Despite the Pant special, India could only set South Africa a target of 212, which the hosts had reduced to 111 for the loss of two wickets by the end of the day.
Rishabh Pant celebrates his century(REUTERS)
Rishabh Pant celebrates his century(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 11:29 PM IST
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IND vs SA: Bumrah five-for gives India slight advantage in Cape Town Test

India pacers wrest the advantage on Day 2 by claiming the last six South African first innings wickets for 51 runs at Newlands. Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara hold firm after openers fall
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after taking the wicket of Lungi Ngidi (REUTERS)
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after taking the wicket of Lungi Ngidi (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 11:28 PM IST
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Virat Kohli’s grit not matched as Kagiso Rabada helps roll India over for 223

  • The Indian skipper, who won the toss, made a 201-ball 79 but none of the others barring Cheteshwar Pujara to an extend could bat around him on Day 1 of the deciding Cape Town Test
India Test captain Virat Kohli in action(REUTERS)
India Test captain Virat Kohli in action(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 11:26 PM IST
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Tatas replace Vivo as IPL title sponsors

The Indian conglomerate have been signed up for two years after the Chinese smartphone makers ended their association with the glitzy T20 league
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IPL Trophy. File(IPL)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 09:06 PM IST
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IND vs SA: Virat Kohli back as India look to re-write an old Cape Town script

The visitors, 1-1 going into the third Test starting on Tuesday and chasing a first series win in South Africa, can make amends for not clinching it from a similar position 15 years ago at this picturesque venue
India Test captain Virat Kohli in action(REUTERS)
India Test captain Virat Kohli in action(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 10:01 PM IST
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The woes of Pujara, Kohli and Rahane in focus ahead of Cape Town Test

  • The numbers and performances tell a story. In the last two years, Rahane hasn't trusted his defence enough, Pujara often hasn't lasted long enough and Kohli’s off-stump troubles have resurfaced.
India's Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara(Action Images via Reuters)
India's Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 09:34 PM IST
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'Dear red ball, please give me one more chance...'

  • With last year’s Ranji season cancelled and this year’s postponed indefinitely, Saurashtra’s long wait to defend their maiden title just got longer.
The Saurashtra cricket team after winning the Ranji Trophy. (Saurashtra/Twitter)
The Saurashtra cricket team after winning the Ranji Trophy. (Saurashtra/Twitter)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 02:50 PM IST
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Chetan Sharma comments adds to Indian cricket’s turbulent season

  • The controversy sparked by Virat Kohli’s rebuttal of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s comments seemed to be settling down, but has been stoked by the chief selector’s fresh clarification.
India's captain Virat Kohli watches the electronic score board during the fifth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday.(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli watches the electronic score board during the fifth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday.(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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India’s year in fast bowling in 10 dismissals

  • Here’s our top 10 dismissals from India’s quicks this year, in no particular order.
Jasprit Bumrah(AP)
Jasprit Bumrah(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 12:52 PM IST
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Dravid and the link to India's highs in South Africa

  • The Virat Kohli-led side became the first-ever Indian team to overcome Centurion’s batter-unfriendly conditions, and will now mount a most convincing pursuit of a series win.
Indian head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session ahead of the first test match between India and South Africa, at SuperSport Park, in Centurion on Saturday.(ANI )
Indian head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session ahead of the first test match between India and South Africa, at SuperSport Park, in Centurion on Saturday.(ANI )
Published on Dec 31, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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SA pacer Marco Jansen and netting India skipper Virat Kohli

  • The 21-year-old finished with five wickets in his first Test at Centurion, but the wicket of the India skipper will be the sweetest among his five successes
South Africa's Marco Jansen celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli.(REUTERS)
South Africa's Marco Jansen celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 11:40 PM IST
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Despite Ngidi and Rabada show, SA pace lacking the old venom

Like in 2018 against India, Lungi Ngidi took a five-for to lead South Africa’s fightback on Day 2 of the Centurion Test, but the hosts missed the injured Anrich Nortje and Duanne Olivier. 
 South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of India's Rishabh Pant(REUTERS)
 South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of India's Rishabh Pant(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 11:04 PM IST
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Virat Kohli slip-up adds pressure, extends wait for ton

  • The India skipper, after the confrontation with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly over the ODI captaincy change before the tour, fell to temptation after chasing a wide ball.
Virat Kohli(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 11:12 PM IST
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Rishabh Pant key for India at No 6 in his maiden South Africa series

  • The wicket-keeper-batsman has delivered at the crucial spot, which helps India to stick to their five-bowler strategy
Rishabh Pant(ANI)
Rishabh Pant(ANI)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 07:47 PM IST
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India likely to stick to five-bowler combination in SA, says KL Rahul

  • Seam-bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur may slot in at No.7 as the fifth bowler considering India have gone in with that combination in 14 of the last 15 Tests
India's Mohammed Siraj during a practice session ahead of the first Test match between India and South Africa, at Super Sport Park in Centurion on Monday.(ANI)
India's Mohammed Siraj during a practice session ahead of the first Test match between India and South Africa, at Super Sport Park in Centurion on Monday.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 09:18 PM IST
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IND vs SA: On comeback trail, Duanne Olivier wants to throw the first punch

Duanne Oliver is one of the seven fast bowlers chosen in the squad against India, but is likely to get the nod to team up with Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi in the first Test at Centurion following Anrich Nortje’s withdrawal due to injury.
Duanne Oliver (Twitter)
Duanne Oliver (Twitter)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 10:10 PM IST
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No search for close contacts in India-SA Covid protocol

  • There will be no lookout for close contact of Covid positives in the India-South Africa series. Anyone testing positive and is clinically stable will be allowed to isolate inside the team bubble
The India-South Africa series starts on December 26. (BCCI)
The India-South Africa series starts on December 26. (BCCI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 12:47 AM IST
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Beleaguered Kohli and the big Dravid factor

  • His batting needs a re-set and the pre-tour clash with BCCI chief Ganguly has looked poorly timed. Can Kohli team up with coach Dravid for revival on the South Africa tour?
Rahul Dravid (L) and Virat Kohli. (Twitter)
Rahul Dravid (L) and Virat Kohli. (Twitter)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 09:56 PM IST
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Weight off his shoulders: Tim Southee on Virat Kohli’s white-ball captaincy exit

  • The New Zealand fast bowler is all praise for the India Test skipper and is certain his current patchy batting form will not impact his place among cricket’s greats
Virat Kohli during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Namibia, at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Monday.(ANI)
Virat Kohli during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Namibia, at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Monday.(ANI)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 10:07 PM IST
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KL Rahul elevated as India Test vice-captain

The opener from Karnataka, made an impact as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner to help India lead 2-1 in the England Test series earlier this year on his comeback after a two-year gap
KL Rahul(AP)
KL Rahul(AP)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 02:23 PM IST
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Team arrives in South Africa under shadow of captaincy saga

Mumbai The image of India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli, wearing spectacles, a face mask and a shield, and immersed in his smartphone after the team landed at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, greeted millions of cricket fans on BCCI’s social media handles on Thursday evening
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Published on Dec 17, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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Fluent, on front foot, Kohli blows lid off captaincy saga

Indian cricket has been in turmoil before: player vs player, player vs captain, captain vs coach, captain vs selector
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Published on Dec 16, 2021 12:12 AM IST
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Virat Kohli will play the ODI series against South Africa, says BCCI official

  • Doubts remain over Kohli playing in the ODI series that follow the three-Test series in South Africa, though it is likely to be cleared on Wednesday when he addresses the media
Virat Kohli will play the ODI series against South Africa, says BCCI official(GETTY IMAGES)
Virat Kohli will play the ODI series against South Africa, says BCCI official(GETTY IMAGES)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 07:20 PM IST
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Injured Rohit Sharma out of SA Tests, Priyank Panchal called into squad

  • Hamstring injury to the India opener and new Test vice-captain will add to India’s batting challenges against South Africa’s formidable pace attacks in the series starting on Dec 26.
India's Rohit Sharma goes back to Pavillion after being dismissed during the second day of the test match between India and England, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday
India's Rohit Sharma goes back to Pavillion after being dismissed during the second day of the test match between India and England, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 04:17 PM IST
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Bubble banter and Rohit injury scare as India head into quarantine

  • India players who were not part of the Mumbai Test against New Zealand had a final training session in Mumbai before entering the bio-bubble for the South Africa cricket tour
Bubble banter and Rohit injury scare as India head into quarantine(ANI)
Bubble banter and Rohit injury scare as India head into quarantine(ANI)
Published on Dec 12, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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