Sandip Sikdar

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
Photo of Indian motorcycle racer CS Santosh(Twitter)
Photo of Indian motorcycle racer CS Santosh(Twitter)

Santosh back in India, out of induced coma

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:37 AM IST
“CS Santosh was transferred by air ambulance from Riyadh to Bengaluru on Thursday without any issues,” Santosh’s team Hero MotoSports said in a statement on Friday after the 43rd Dakar Rally ended.
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Saina Nehwal(REUTERS)
Saina Nehwal(REUTERS)

Campaign ends early for Indians in Thailand Open

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:38 PM IST
Unable to sustain play at the elite level, some retired with injury while the others faded away in the face of world class competition, leaving a lot of catching up to do in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.
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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(R) and Chirag Shetty of India react after winning a point.(Getty Images)
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(R) and Chirag Shetty of India react after winning a point.(Getty Images)

Shetty, Rankireddy hit restart button with fine win at Thailand Open

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:14 PM IST
Having got back together in late October, the world No.10 men’s doubles pair commenced training at the national camp in Hyderabad, eagerly looking forward to the restart of the badminton circuit
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Saina Nehwal.(REUTERS)
Saina Nehwal.(REUTERS)

Positive tests but Nehwal, Prannoy cleared

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 09:42 PM IST
Nehwal and husband Parupalli Kashyap, who was also forced to isolate in the hotel as a precautionary measure, had to give first-round walkovers which have now been rescheduled for Wednesday by Badminton World Federation (BWF).
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Photo of Indian badminton player PV Sindhu.(Twitter)
Photo of Indian badminton player PV Sindhu.(Twitter)

India shuttlers look to shake off pandemic blues

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 10:31 PM IST
  • PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are among players who will feature in the three-leg Asia Series.
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Photo of Indian motorcycle racer CS Santosh(Twitter)
Photo of Indian motorcycle racer CS Santosh(Twitter)

Santosh in induced coma after Dakar crash

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:43 PM IST
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the Hero MotoSports in one of the world’s biggest rallies, crashed on Wednesday and is being kept under a 24-hour observation.
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All not well with India’s Tokyo preparation

By Avishek Roy, Navneet Singh and Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 08:18 AM IST
Confusing quarantine rules, delayed start of camps and coaches’ resignations have hit Indian athletes hard.
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CS Santosh tunes up for tough Dakar ride

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 07:18 AM IST
CS Santosh’s return to the two-week long rally will be an emotional one. After his career-best finish of 34th in the 2018 edition, the 37-year-old Indian crashed out with a concussion the following year. But tragedy struck in Dakar 2020 when his Hero MotoSports teammate Paulo Goncalves died in an accident during the seventh stage between Riyadh and Wadi Al-Dawasir.
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Race winner Jehan Daruvala of India and Carlin celebrates on the podium during the Round 12:Sakhir Sprint Race of the Formula 2 Championship at Bahrain International Circuit.(Getty Images)
Race winner Jehan Daruvala of India and Carlin celebrates on the podium during the Round 12:Sakhir Sprint Race of the Formula 2 Championship at Bahrain International Circuit.(Getty Images)

This time next year, hopefully I will have a shot at F1 seat: Jehan Daruvala

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 07:56 AM IST
The Carlin driver had a difficult first half of the season, scoring points in only three of the 14 races. His performances improved significantly as he finished in points in eight out of 10 races after that, with two podiums
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India's Srikanth Kidambi.(via REUTERS)
India's Srikanth Kidambi.(via REUTERS)

A new start for Kidambi Srikanth under a new coach Santoso

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 10:53 AM IST
It has been a long wait for Srikanth to step back on the courts. The last time he played before the $750,000 event in Denmark was at the All England in March, where he lost in the opening round.
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gives an interview after winning the race and the world championship.(Pool via REUTERS)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gives an interview after winning the race and the world championship.(Pool via REUTERS)

Lewis Hamilton: Dreamer, chaser, believer

By Sandip Sikdar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 08:18 AM IST
Hamilton, whose first title came in 2008 with McLaren, has blown open F1’s greatest of all time (GOAT) debate—earlier confined to the likes of Ayrton Senna and Schumacher.
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Ajay Jayaram of India compete against Chen Long of China in the Men's SIngles Final match during the 2015 Viktor Korea Badminton Open on September 20, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.(Getty Images)
Ajay Jayaram of India compete against Chen Long of China in the Men's SIngles Final match during the 2015 Viktor Korea Badminton Open on September 20, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.(Getty Images)

Stranded Indian shuttlers return from Germany

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 10:31 PM IST
Defending champion Lakshya Sen, 2018 winner Subhankar Dey and Ajay Jayaram were forced to pull out of last week’s $90,000 SaarLorLux Open in Saarbrucken and go into quarantine after DK Sen, Lakshya’s father and coach, tested positive.
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Ajay Jayaram of India compete against Chen Long of China in the Men's SIngles Final match during the 2015 Viktor Korea Badminton Open on September 20, 2015 in Seoul.(Getty Images)
Ajay Jayaram of India compete against Chen Long of China in the Men's SIngles Final match during the 2015 Viktor Korea Badminton Open on September 20, 2015 in Seoul.(Getty Images)

Shuttlers stuck in Germany till Nov 10

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:04 AM IST
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey must remain in isolation in Germany till November 10 after which they can return home.
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File image of Lakshya Sen.(Getty Images)
File image of Lakshya Sen.(Getty Images)

Shuttlers pull out of event, quarantined in Germany

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 11:24 AM IST
Subhankar Dey, Ajay Jayaram withdraw after Lakshya Sen’s father tests positive.
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race.(REUTERS)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race.(REUTERS)

Hamilton: 92 down, eyes on No.7

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Mercedes driver breaks Schumacher’s race-win record; on the verge of equalling most championships.
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P.V. Sindhu (IND) of India plays against Carolina Marin (ESP) of Spain.(Action Images / Reuters)
P.V. Sindhu (IND) of India plays against Carolina Marin (ESP) of Spain.(Action Images / Reuters)

London stint: PV Sindhu denies rift with family, Gopi

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 10:43 AM IST
When Sindhu, 25, announced on Monday that she is in England for a few weeks for recovery and assistance in nutrition, it whipped up a controversy on social media.
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File image of Chris Ciriello(Image Credit: Chris Ciriello/Instagram)
File image of Chris Ciriello(Image Credit: Chris Ciriello/Instagram)

Analytical coach Chris Ciriello latest Indian hockey team staff to exit

By Sandip Sikdar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 07:51 AM IST
Chris Ciriello had only recently signed a one-year contract extension after the Tokyo Olympics was postponed.
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Representational image.(Getty Images)
Representational image.(Getty Images)

Mixed reactions in India to Thomas, Uber Cups deferred

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 07:13 AM IST
Subhankar Dey and national selector U Vimal Kumar criticised the decision but HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal and Chirag Shetty said BWF were right in rescheduling after a number of countries, including powerhouses Indonesia and South Korea, had pulled out due to Covid-19.
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A detail shot of a shuttlecock and racquet.(Getty Images)
A detail shot of a shuttlecock and racquet.(Getty Images)

National badminton camp likely to be cancelled after quarantine stalemate

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:55 PM IST
There was no action for the third successive day of the camp in Hyderabad that Sports Authority of India (SAI) had planned for the Thomas and Uber Cup, scheduled in Denmark from October 3 to 11 which will restart international competition for the first time since March.
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Representative image. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Representative image. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Players, SAI differences delay badminton national camp

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 02:08 PM IST
SAI had announced the camp from Monday to September 27 to build-up for the biennial Thomas and Uber Cup Finals (Oct 3-11) in Aarhus, Denmark, which will restart international competition after a lengthy lockdown due to the pandemic.
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PV Sindhu in action against Mugdha Agrey of India during India Open 2019.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
PV Sindhu in action against Mugdha Agrey of India during India Open 2019.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Sindhu boost for India, persuaded to play Uber Cup

By Sandip Sikdar and Avishek Roy | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 11:41 PM IST
Sindhu changed her mind after a call from Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma requesting that she reconsider the decision.
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File image of Indian badminton players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy [L] and Chirag Shetty.(PTI Image)
File image of Indian badminton players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy [L] and Chirag Shetty.(PTI Image)

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy pull out of Thomas and Uber Cup

By Sandip Sikdar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 09:11 AM IST
Top doubles specialists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have pulled out of the Thomas and Uber Cup.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins of United Kingdom Ex-Procyclist and Eurosport TV commentator during the 106th Tour de France 2019.(Getty Images)
Sir Bradley Wiggins of United Kingdom Ex-Procyclist and Eurosport TV commentator during the 106th Tour de France 2019.(Getty Images)

Egan Bernal is the Tour de France favourite this time too

By Sandip Sikdar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 09:24 AM IST
Wiggins discussed the challenges of holding the Tour during the pandemic, the favourites to win this year and Chris Froome being dropped by Ineos.
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Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (John Thys, Pool via AP)(AP)
Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (John Thys, Pool via AP)(AP)

Signing Daniel Ricciardo is a step forward in our long-term plan, says McLaren CEO Zak Brown

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 06:07 PM IST
In an interview with Hindustan Times, McLaren CEO Zak Brown discusses F1 during the pandemic, performance of the team, regulation and driver changes among other things.
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India shuttler Sikki Reddy in action.(Getty Images)
India shuttler Sikki Reddy in action.(Getty Images)

Shuttler Sikki tests negative, camp to resume on Monday

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 01:42 AM IST
The 26-year-old Sikki, a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, had on Thursday, tested positive for the highly contagious disease at the SAI Pullela Gopichand academy.
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PV Sindhu in action against Mugdha Agrey during India Open 2019, at KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
PV Sindhu in action against Mugdha Agrey during India Open 2019, at KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Sindhu to keep training despite Covid-19 hitting national camp

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 08:27 AM IST
Sindhu, aiming to go one better than her 2016 Rio Olympics silver, wants to train at the Suchitra Academy where she goes for fitness workouts, while officials decide when to reopen the SAI-Gopichand National Badminton Academy.
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Indian badminton player Sikki Reddy.(Getty Images)
Indian badminton player Sikki Reddy.(Getty Images)

N Sikki Reddy, physio Kiran C test Covid positive at national camp

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 09:43 PM IST
Women’s doubles specialist Sikki and Kiran, who have been attending the national camp at the academy, are both asymptomatic, according to a SAI statement.
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File image of Mandeep Singh.(File)
File image of Mandeep Singh.(File)

Mandeep 6th men’s hockey camper to test Covid-19 positive

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 11:31 PM IST
The 25-year-old from Jalandhar is asymptomatic and is being treated along with the other five players by doctors in Bengaluru, where the national camp is due to start on August 20 at the SAI centre.
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Jehan Daruvala(James Gasperotti.)
Jehan Daruvala(James Gasperotti.)

Champagne Daruvala

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 11:36 AM IST
The journey from the Mumbai suburb of Dadar to the very heart of Grand Prix racing has been a little more convoluted for Daruvala. The 21-year-old, however, has expertly manoeuvred his life’s journey through the slick lanes and tight bends.
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PV Sindhu in action.(Getty Images)
PV Sindhu in action.(Getty Images)

PV Sindhu ends long wait, resumes training at Pullela Gopichand academy

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 07:19 PM IST
India’s elite badminton players began practice sessions on Friday after over four months, due to the Covid-19 crisis.
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