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.

Articles by Rasesh Mandani

World Cup 2023, AUS vs NZ: A rivalry low on hype, high on substance

The Trans-Tasman rivals face-off in Dharamsala in one of the few day games in the tournament

Australia's Pat Cummins and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Netherlands' Bas De Leede during their match in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023(Rahul Singh)
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 08:18 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Flailing Pakistan, on notice, run into red-hot South Africa

The slow Chennai may help rein in the Proteas batters who have amassed runs game after game in this World Cup, provided the Pakistan spinners click

Pakistan's bowler Shaheen Afridi with Babar Azam(PTI)
Published on Oct 26, 2023 07:47 PM IST

Viewership records: The incredible pull of Indian cricket

The closing stages of the India-New Zealand match were viewed by a record 43 million, beating the previous peak of 35 million during the India-Pakistan match

Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja during the ICC Men's World Cup ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand.(PTI)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 10:39 PM IST
By, Mumbai

ENG vs SA: Awesome Klaasen ton batters England into submission

South Africa registered another thumping win while the defeat left holders England on the brink of an early 2023 World Cup exit

Heinrich Klaasen celebrates his century during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between England and South Africa(PTI)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 10:43 PM IST
By, Mumbai

England versus South Africa with plenty to prove

The defending champions and the Proteas both will look to come roaring back after upsets against Afghanistan and Netherlands respectively

Mumbai: England's player Jos Buttler during a practice session ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between England and South Africa(PTI)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, Mumbai

The thread that binds Wankhede’s World Cup history

Tendulkar served as a ball boy at the 1987 WC, realised his dream in 2011 and retired 2 years later. He will unveil his statue at the venue in World Cup 2023

General view during practice at Wankhede Stadium(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 07:52 PM IST
By, Mumbai

England await 'spiritual leader' Big Ben’s return

Having missed the first three games, the allrounder is set to play his first 2023 World Cup game on Saturday

England's Ben Stokes during practice(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 05:26 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Brand Bumrah firing on all cylinders

With virtuoso performances, the speedster is gate-crashing the batters-only endorsement club as brands which stood by him during injury now reap rewards

India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Shadab Khan during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Pakistan(PTI)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 05:20 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Almost anything to just be at an Indo-Pak World Cup game

A record crowd from different financial and social backgrounds, even the differently abled, made it to Ahmedabad on Saturday

A huge crowd of cricket fans watch the match between India and Pakistan in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad.(BCCI Twitter)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 11:56 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

How stars have aligned for cricket’s imminent entry into Olympics

BCCI once rejected the International Cricket Council's ‘Project USA’ and was averse to taking the Olympic plunge. Then, things changed

Cricket will be a part of LA Olympics in 2028
Published on Oct 10, 2023 03:50 PM IST

Defending champions England losing first up isn’t good omen

An England team without batting belligerence lacks aura, needs to reclaim that hallmark after Kiwi mauling

England's Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali look dejected after the match(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 12:21 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Why no India in World Cup opener? Half-empty stands for England-New Zealand tie

At Ahmedabad, plenty of free tickets were offered. Women spectators also came in as part of a mobilisation drive after fan apathy when the match started

General view of empty seats in the stands during New Zealand's innings (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 07:38 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Conway, Ravindra hit tons as New Zealand thrash champs England

The opener hit 152* and Ravindra 123* with their record unbroken stand carrying the team to a nine-wicket win.

New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra (2L) and Devon Conway (2R) celebrate after winning the 2023 ICC men's cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match(AFP)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 12:14 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

In sleepy Ahmedabad, the World Cup buzz is missing

This World Cup being of the longer white-ball version, lacking the pace and packaging of T20 cricket and the rich history of Test cricket, surely needs some

The captain of respective teams pose with the World Cup trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 07:52 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Can Neeraj Chopra's brand break the mould?

Cricket dominates 90 percent of viewership and ad spends in sport, but Neeraj Chopra’s unstoppable run is making heads turn

Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra poses for a photo at the ongoing Asian Games(PTI)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 09:32 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Why off-spinners have lost favour in ODIs

If R Ashwin makes it to India’s final 15 for the World Cup, he will not have much company with off-spinners being under the pump

India's R Ashwin reacts during the second ODI cricket match between India and Australia, at Holkar Stadium(PTI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 08:10 AM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL valuation grows by 6% to 92,500 crore says study

The two new teams that together splurged ₹12,715 crore in 2021 look good to recover costs as per the assessment report.

Chennai Super Kings' players celebrate with the IPL 2023 trophy(AFP)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 11:40 AM IST

Pakistan vs New Zealand World Cup warm-up to be played behind closed doors

The September 29 game will be played without spectators after the Hyderabad Police expressed their inability to provide security on that day.

Pakistan's captian Babar Azam (C) speaks with Zaman Khan (R)(AFP)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 06:32 PM IST

In NBA’s new resting rules, a lesson for Indian cricket?

The primary reason why India rarely plays bilateral cricket at full strength is workload management but what does that mean for the game itself?

Shikhar Dhawan played the most ODIsvamong Indians in 2022
and also led the team to a series win against SA at home.(AP)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Can T20's six-hitters find their one-day gear?

Back in the 90’s, it was the pinch-hitters. Now, a whole new crop of T20 game changers are picked in ODIs just for playing a high-risk, high-reward game

India's Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot against West Indies during the fifth T20(AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 08:12 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Special status to India-Pakistan match stretches to playing conditions

Efforts are on to safeguard the India-Pakistan Super 4 tie on Sunday from being rained out like last week, with a reserve day in place.

India's Virat Kohli (L) shakes hands with Pakistan's captain Babar Azam(AFP)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 09:04 AM IST

No change to Asia Cup schedule: Sri Lanka Cricket CEO amid report of venue swap

Tournament hosts Pakistan Cricket Board unhappy, write back to the Asian Cricket Council asking for a meeting.

Sri Lanka is witnessing a good chunk of rainfall mid-season.(ANI )
Published on Sep 05, 2023 05:57 PM IST
By, Mumbai

KL Rahul the focus ahead of India World Cup squad announcement

The long wait for the white-ball keeper-batter's injury comeback still continues as the selectors meet to name hosts India’s 15-member squad on Tuesday

Indian cricket team player KL Rahul during a training session (PTI)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 08:00 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI’s bilateral rights value grows at a modest 13 percent, Viacom 18 winners

After acquiring IPL’s digital rights, Viacom 18 went after exclusivity for bilateral cricket, taking home both TV and digital rights

Team India players in action during an ODI series against Australia earlier this year(ANI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:25 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI e-auction to determine bilateral cricket’s future value

The outcome of Thursday’s sale may depend on the three competing broadcasters’ outlook towards exclusivity

The BCCI headquarters in Mumbai (representative image)(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 08:05 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BCCI title rights go for 369.6 crore to IDFC First Bank

The valuation has exceeded expectations with the Indian board having cut the base prize down to attract bidding interest

The BCCI have sold their title rights to IDFC First Bank.(MINT_PRINT)
Published on Aug 25, 2023 06:28 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Prepare batting-friendly pitches, ICC tells WC curators

Encourage run-scoring, keep minimum 70-yard boundaries and ensure full ground coverage in case of rain, ICC's pitch consultant instructs local curators

File image of the pitch at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 08:31 AM IST

Varma’s stock rises, on and off the pitch

At 20, the left-hander in contention for a World Cup berth is set to ink a multi-year deal with a sports apparel major

India's Tilak Varma plays a shot for 4 runs against West Indies during the T20I series earlier this month(AP)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 08:46 PM IST
By, Mumbai

India should win at least ‘50 percent of finals’: Sourav Ganguly

The former BCCI president who played a part in picking Rahul Dravid as India’s head coach refuses to be drawn into passing a judgement

India captain Rohit Sharma speaks with coach Rahul Dravid during a training session(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 07:37 AM IST
By, Mumbai

'I am looked at as a bowler who will go after wickets': Shardul Thakur

With consistent performances in ODIs over a period of time, Shardul Thakur is in the running for World Cup selection as a pace-bowling all-rounder

Shardul Thakur bowls during the ODI series against West Indies(AFP)
Published on Aug 14, 2023 10:09 PM IST
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