Sandip Sikdar

From badminton to cricket, Sandip Sikdar writes on many sporting disciplines. He has the experience of working in digital, news agency as well as print organisations. Motorsport remains his first love.

Articles by Sandip Sikdar

'India hosting its 1st ever Formula E race has huge significance for the sport'

India will embark on a new motorsport journey next week, 10 years after the unceremonious exit of Formula 1

the series looks towards a sustainable future while reducing carbon footprint.(PTI)
the series looks towards a sustainable future while reducing carbon footprint.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Hockey: Hits and misses of the Graham Reid era

The Australian helped India win the bronze at Tokyo but wasn't able to sustain the momentum after that

File image of Graham Reid.(Hockey India)
File image of Graham Reid.(Hockey India)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 10:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India men’s hockey coach Graham Reid quits after World Cup flop

The Australian, who took over in 2019, guided India to bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics but the hosts finished only tied ninth in the World Cup which ended on Sunday.

Graham Reid speaks at a press conference before a practice session(PTI)
Graham Reid speaks at a press conference before a practice session(PTI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 07:44 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Hockey World Cup: Comeback kings Germany halt Belgian juggernaut

Trailing 0-2, Germany rallied to take the lead in a thrilling game before defeating the holders in sudden death after the final went into the shootout

German players celebrate with trophy after beating Belgium in the 2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup final(PTI)
German players celebrate with trophy after beating Belgium in the 2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup final(PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 11:47 PM IST

Hockey World Cup: India beat South Africa 5-2, finish joint ninth

The hosts controlled the 9-12 classification playoff in the Rourkela stadium packed with more than 21,000 fans

Akashdeep Singh scored in the 49th minute(PTI)
Akashdeep Singh scored in the 49th minute(PTI)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Hockey World Cup: Finalists Germany’s India link

Finalists Germany have benefitted from South African scientific advisor, Robin Arkell, who was in India’s corner when they won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics

Robin Arkell (L) was India’s scientific advisor, helping the then Manpreet Singh-led outfit to the Olympic rostrum after 41 years.
Robin Arkell (L) was India’s scientific advisor, helping the then Manpreet Singh-led outfit to the Olympic rostrum after 41 years.
Published on Jan 28, 2023 06:19 PM IST

Hockey World Cup: Germany, Belgium set up a final date

The Germans came from behind to beat Australia while the Belgians did the same to the Dutch

Germany players celebrate after stunning comeback win vs Australia(Hockey India/Twitter)
Germany players celebrate after stunning comeback win vs Australia(Hockey India/Twitter)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 10:52 PM IST

In a Dutch home, a battle for bragging rights

Striker Thijs van Dam's girlfriend Pien Sanders has won everything there is to win and that is inspiring him to step up as well

Thijs van Dam with partner Pien Sanders(Thijs van Dam/Instagram)
Thijs van Dam with partner Pien Sanders(Thijs van Dam/Instagram)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 12:46 PM IST

'Very difficult to just create a club culture out of nothing': Graham Reid

India coach Graham Reid on the mood in the team, his own contract and why a redesigned HIL could be a big help.

Bhubaneswar: India Hockey head coach Graham Reid speaks at a press conference(PTI)
Bhubaneswar: India Hockey head coach Graham Reid speaks at a press conference(PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 06:03 PM IST

India beat Japan 8-0; to play SA next

After a goal-less first half, Harmanpreet and Co got into the act to seal a much-needed win

Indian players celebrate a goal against Japan during the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023(Hockey India Twitter)
Indian players celebrate a goal against Japan during the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023(Hockey India Twitter)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 11:19 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Subdued India look to shake off loss

A loss to Japan would make it India's worst-ever showing at the World Cup.

Indian team captain Manpreet Singh with head coach Graham Reid during a practice session (PTI)
Indian team captain Manpreet Singh with head coach Graham Reid during a practice session (PTI)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 11:51 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

‘Too small’ for football, hockey a perfect fit for Dutchman Koen Bijen

His progress to Eredivisie, the top Dutch football league, seemed unlikely due to his small stature. The forward then took the hockey route to shine in national colours

Koen Bijen(Twitter)
Koen Bijen(Twitter)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 09:20 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Ex-Dutch hockey great Brinkman now a nervy spectator

Jacques Brinkman, winner of two World Cups and Olympic golds with Netherlands, is cheering son Thierry, the Dutch skipper, at this FIH World Cup.

Thierry Brinkman is the skipper of the Dutch team, vying to win their first World Cup since 1998 when his father guided Netherlands to gold in Utrecht.
Thierry Brinkman is the skipper of the Dutch team, vying to win their first World Cup since 1998 when his father guided Netherlands to gold in Utrecht.
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Hockey: Korea keep Asia's flag flying at the World Cup

India, Japan and Malaysia are all out of contention for the top spot but the local fans are rallying behind Korea

Korean players celebrate as they knock out Argentina 3-2 in the penalty shootout during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 (ANI)
Korean players celebrate as they knock out Argentina 3-2 in the penalty shootout during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 (ANI)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 09:18 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Pressure, poor execution sank India’s World Cup hopes

The wait to win their first Cup medal since the 1975 gold and high expectations as the 2021 Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists pulled India down, led to an early elimination.

Indian players react after losing against New Zealand, in the 2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup match(PTI)
Indian players react after losing against New Zealand, in the 2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup match(PTI)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

India’s promising World Cup campaign ends in heartbreak

Sensing an imminent loss for India, the 16,000 spectators who turned up on Sunday evening had already started heading towards the exit gates when Shamsher Singh missed the final chance in the shootout, sending New Zealand to the hockey World Cup quarter-finals and bringing India’s campaign to a heartbreaking end

HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 11:59 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

World Cup: Poor finishing proves costly for India

India’s inability to convert chances in regulation time allowed New Zealand to come back and eventually win the crossover game in sudden-death

Players in action during the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 match between India and New Zealand(Hockey India Twitter)
Players in action during the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 match between India and New Zealand(Hockey India Twitter)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 11:56 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

FIH World Cup: Child the Kiwi who keeps returning for more

The seniormost player at this World Cup talks about longevity and life-sport balance

New Zealand hockey player Simon Child in action
New Zealand hockey player Simon Child in action
Published on Jan 22, 2023 08:04 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Why penalty corner conversions have gone down?

Data, better equipment and fitness have helped teams defend better

With cleats, shin, knee and mouth guards, gloves, groin cups and masks, runners now have the confidence to rush towards the drag-flickers(Hockey India Twitter)
With cleats, shin, knee and mouth guards, gloves, groin cups and masks, runners now have the confidence to rush towards the drag-flickers(Hockey India Twitter)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 08:23 PM IST

Injured Hardik Singh out of World Cup in big jolt for India

The 24-year-old midfielder has been replaced in the squad by Raj Kumar Pal

Hardik Singh (8) of India reacts after scoring a goal against Spain during a match of FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, in Rourkela, Odisha.(PTI)
Hardik Singh (8) of India reacts after scoring a goal against Spain during a match of FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, in Rourkela, Odisha.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 12:37 AM IST

Hockey World Cup: Akashdeep's redemption dream

The India star didn't make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics but wants to make amends at the World Cup

Bhubaneswar: India's Akashdeep Singh during a practice session ahead of the match against Wales at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (PTI01_17_2023_000252B)(PTI)
Bhubaneswar: India's Akashdeep Singh during a practice session ahead of the match against Wales at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (PTI01_17_2023_000252B)(PTI)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 07:20 PM IST

India lack punch but reach crossovers

The hosts will face New Zealand on Sunday with the winner qualifying for the quarter-finals

India had a mountain to climb if they wanted to earn the top spot in Pool D.(Hockey India Twitter)
India had a mountain to climb if they wanted to earn the top spot in Pool D.(Hockey India Twitter)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 11:37 PM IST

Living in the past leading to Pakistan’s slide, says team’s coach

Dutch Siegfried Aikman, in charge since 2021, says he has not been paid for months.

Once masters of the game, Pakistan have also had to suffer the ignominy of not qualifying for the last two Olympics
Once masters of the game, Pakistan have also had to suffer the ignominy of not qualifying for the last two Olympics
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 09:37 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Hockey World Cup: Unpaid leave, quitting jobs, how Chile made it

Their players either had to quit jobs or take a pay cut and students in the side had to take a break from studies for Chile to ensure they didn’t miss out on making their Cup debut

Players of Malaysia (yellow) and Chile vie for the ball during their Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 match at Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela(PTI)
Players of Malaysia (yellow) and Chile vie for the ball during their Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 match at Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela(PTI)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 11:24 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

India, England in race for the top spot

On the final day of the group matches for Pool D, India may have to up their game against Wales

Indian hockey team captain Harmanpreet Singh and Hardik Singh share a light moment during their training session (PTI)
Indian hockey team captain Harmanpreet Singh and Hardik Singh share a light moment during their training session (PTI)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 11:03 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

'India is starting to increase their belief and play their way'

Ric Charlesworth on why the hosts need to trust their method to find consistent success at the highest level

File image of Ric Charlesworth(HT PHOTO/File)
File image of Ric Charlesworth(HT PHOTO/File)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 11:02 PM IST
By, Bhubaneswar

Hockey a way of life in Sundargarh

The British introduced hockey in the tribal-dominated region of Odisha two centuries ago. The game has thrived since then with the region continuing to produce a number of internationals.

The British introduced hockey in the tribal-dominated region of Odisha two centuries ago(Hindustan Times )
The British introduced hockey in the tribal-dominated region of Odisha two centuries ago(Hindustan Times )
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 10:20 AM IST
By, Rourkela

Manpreet Singh: Not the captain but still a leader

The 30-year-old has been a livewire on the pitch in the World Cup, shouting instructions to his colleagues and acing the playmaker role.

Manpreet may not be India captain anymore but the in-built leadership qualities are difficult to let go(Manpreet Singh Instagram)
Manpreet may not be India captain anymore but the in-built leadership qualities are difficult to let go(Manpreet Singh Instagram)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, Bhubaneshwar

Hockey World Cup 2023: Peter Tirkey, the unheralded Odisha hockey pioneer

Peter Tirkey, the first player from the state to play for India, at the 1982 Junior World Cup, has since groomed young talent as coach of the SAIL Hockey Academy in Rourkela.

Peter Tirkey was part of the senior national camp from 1981 to 1984 but never made the cut for the senior Indian team.(Sandip Sikdar/HT)
Peter Tirkey was part of the senior national camp from 1981 to 1984 but never made the cut for the senior Indian team.(Sandip Sikdar/HT)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 08:11 PM IST
By, Rourkela

Goalless draw continues India’s wait for knockouts

The hosts play out an entertaining but goalless draw with England in their second FIH Men’s World Cup Group D game on Sunday

India and England players in action during the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 match at the Birsa Munda stadium, in Rourkela.(Hockey India Twitter)
India and England players in action during the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 match at the Birsa Munda stadium, in Rourkela.(Hockey India Twitter)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 11:00 PM IST
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