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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Byju’s stay on as India shirt sponsors, to pay BCCI 10% more

  • The Ed-tech platform came on board after taking over the sponsorship from Chinese mobile company Oppo in 2019 through a tripartite deal.
.Team India file photo.(PTI)
.Team India file photo.(PTI)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 10:30 PM IST
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Brand Kohli: Breaking records, awaiting fresh impetus

  • Virat Kohli’s journey to 100 Tests is also a story of the biggest commercial brand in cricket, rubbing shoulders with some of the mega earners in global sports.
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli(PTI)
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli(PTI)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 03:03 PM IST
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'Saw something similar with Dravid': Ganguly makes huge prediction about Kohli

  • Very few players in India have played 100 Test matches, said the BCCI president, and Kohli deserves every bit of accolade for reaching this fantastic landmark.
Sourav Ganguly has made a bold prediction regarding Virat Kohli. (ANI/PTI)
Sourav Ganguly has made a bold prediction regarding Virat Kohli. (ANI/PTI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 08:36 PM IST
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Team India jersey rights on Apex Council agenda, BCCI may have to hard sell

  • With companies opting to buy the more lucrative jersey rights for IPL teams, BCCI may find it tricky to find a national sponsor at the current pricing.
Indian players pose with the trophy after winning three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka(PTI)
Indian players pose with the trophy after winning three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka(PTI)
Published on Mar 01, 2022 07:57 PM IST
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CVC, owners of new IPL team Gujarat Titans, target profit over perpetuity

  • CVC Capital Partners, the equity firm that won the bid, sees growth in the world’s biggest T20 league but will focus on performance on the field as well as delivering on projections, says advisor to the big deal.
Gujarat Titans are one of the two new franchises that have been added to IPL 2022.(Twitter)
Gujarat Titans are one of the two new franchises that have been added to IPL 2022.(Twitter)
Published on Feb 26, 2022 06:56 PM IST
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Tilak Varma: A Suresh Raina fan goes from the Hyderabad bylanes into MI’s roster

  • The 19-year-old’s life-changing 1.7 crore bid in the IPL auction involved meticulous planning by Mumbai Indians talent scouts who had tracked his career path for many years.
File photo of Tilak Varma.(Instagram)
File photo of Tilak Varma.(Instagram)
Published on Feb 25, 2022 07:09 PM IST
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Rohit Sharma named Test skipper, Pujara, Rahane and Ishant axed

  • The tapering Test careers of India No. 3 and No. 5, as well as the country’s most-capped pacer after Kapil Dev, seem to have halted after omission for the home Tests versus Sri Lanka
Sharma’s initiation as Test captain will mark a transition in the Test team with the axing of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane following their prolonged lean run.(AP)
Sharma’s initiation as Test captain will mark a transition in the Test team with the axing of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane following their prolonged lean run.(AP)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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Ranji Trophy: Arzaan Nagwaswalla bounces his way to another fifer

  • Arzaan Nagwaswalla, a refined bowler, having spent the last English summer with the India Test team as a reserve, is happy to count the bouncer as his primary weapon
Having modelled his action on Zaheer Khan, with a very similar jump in delivery stride, Nagwaswalla said he looks for cues in a batter's technique before bringing out the short-ball. (BCCI)
Having modelled his action on Zaheer Khan, with a very similar jump in delivery stride, Nagwaswalla said he looks for cues in a batter's technique before bringing out the short-ball. (BCCI)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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Gap widens between BCCI contracts and IPL salaries

  • Chahar gets 1 crore playing for India, 14 crore from CSK and he isn’t the only one.
India's Deepak Chahar (ANI)
India's Deepak Chahar (ANI)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 09:01 PM IST
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Wrist-spin alone not enough to win big IPL contracts

  • The recently-concluded IPL mega auction suggests that wrist-spinners, a T20 hot property not long back, may not be in vogue anymore unless they back their primary trait with batting skills.
Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:23 PM IST
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MI unite Jasprit Bumrah, Archer--a dream team when fit and firing

  • The five-time IPL champions picked the injured England fast bowler for 8 crore on the second day of the mega auctions in Bengaluru, realistically an investment for 2023 and beyond.
Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah
Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah
Published on Feb 14, 2022 12:01 AM IST
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Kishan, Chahar hit pay dirt as teams prefer buy-back option

  • Fast bowlers fetch good price as do string of uncapped players.
Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan
Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:23 PM IST
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IPL 2022 auction: Questions the mega weekend sell will answer

  • Will CSK go young? Who will lead KKR, RCB, PK? Will MI pull off a Jansen-Bumrah coup?
IPL 2022 mega auction will see a total of 590 players go under the hammer. (IPL)
IPL 2022 mega auction will see a total of 590 players go under the hammer. (IPL)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 11:14 PM IST
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No RTM gives Lucknow Super Giants, Gujarat Titans the muscle to match rivals 

  • In the last mega auction, the RTM card was used liberally by teams to retain their core. The guidelines for the upcoming auction make it a more level playing field for the two new entrants.
Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul(Getty )
Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul(Getty )
Published on Feb 10, 2022 07:24 PM IST
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Revolving door continues in Indian selection committee with Kuruvilla’s exit

  • New rules mean the former India pacer’s tenure has ended.
File image of Abey Kuruvilla(Getty Images)
File image of Abey Kuruvilla(Getty Images)
Published on Feb 10, 2022 12:31 PM IST
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Key Australia players set to miss first half of IPL

  • IPL’s 10 franchises will have to contend with Australia’s tour of Pakistan while picking players at the mega auction this weekend and those needing captains will be particularly hamstrung.
Quite a few marquee Australian cricketers are expected to remain unavailable for IPL 2022.  
Quite a few marquee Australian cricketers are expected to remain unavailable for IPL 2022.  
Updated on Feb 09, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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The Laxman-Dravid guiding hand in India’s U-19 World Cup triumph

  • The junior selectors led by Sridharan Sharath went into every detail while picking a squad that would suit conditions in the West Indies and it paid off with a fifth victory for the country
VVS Laxman's first day in office at the NCA.(Twitter)
VVS Laxman's first day in office at the NCA.(Twitter)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 09:26 PM IST
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India seal fifth U-19 World Cup win after clinching tense final

  • Yash Dhull's team registers four-wicket win against a fighting England in the final at the Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua.
The victorious Indian Under-19 team. (Getty)
The victorious Indian Under-19 team. (Getty)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 09:27 AM IST
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Raj Bawa, Ravi Kumar restrict England to 189 in U-19 World Cup final

India are chasing 190 to claim their fifth junior World Cup title after a brilliant bowling performance. James Rew hit 95 to revive England from 91/7 after electing to bat in Antigua
Raj Bawa claims a five-for in the U-19 World Cup 2022 final against England(Twitter/cricketworldcup)
Raj Bawa claims a five-for in the U-19 World Cup 2022 final against England(Twitter/cricketworldcup)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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IPL auction: where you are listed can decide how much you fetch

  • Not being on marquee list can severely harm prospects of a big pay cheque.
File photo of IPL auction.(IPL)
File photo of IPL auction.(IPL)
Published on Feb 04, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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IPL: Captain Hardik Pandya, a mere Gujarat mascot or an inspired choice?

Fully fit, the all-rounder is a match-winner; but struggling to bowl more than four years after back surgery, he is under pressure to vindicate the faith new IPL team Ahmedabad have shown in him
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya (Getty/File Photo)
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya (Getty/File Photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 11:15 PM IST
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Captaincy hunt likely to spice up IPL mega auction

Almost 600 players will go into the February 12-13 player auctions that will set the tone for the 2022 IPL. The arrival of two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, is expected to ramp up the prices for the top players
File image of IPL auctions.(IPL/File Photo)
File image of IPL auctions.(IPL/File Photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 08:20 PM IST
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Ravi Bishnoi, the right man for the wrong ‘un

  • The young leg-spinner from Jodhpur is set for a challenge against the hard-hitting West Indies batters after being picked for the first time by India selectors.
File photo of Ravi Bishnoi.(TWITTER)
File photo of Ravi Bishnoi.(TWITTER)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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BCCI eye record bid on IPL rights, tender next month

  • Like for rights of bilateral series, the Indian board could opt for e-auction.
IPL trophy(Twitter)
IPL trophy(Twitter)
Published on Jan 26, 2022 01:24 PM IST
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An Indian bookie in every cricket fix

  • While players face investigation and ban, the ones who get away lightly are the corruptors—Indian bookies who continue to multiply by conning the system in the absence of policing
Shakib Al Hasan (L), Heath Streak (C), Brendon Taylor 
Shakib Al Hasan (L), Heath Streak (C), Brendon Taylor 
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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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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BySomshuvra Laha & Rasesh Mandani, Kolkata/mumbai

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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