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

Covid recovery helps Shetty-Rankireddy land India Open triumph

Shetty tested negative in time for the pair to fly to New Delhi, where they beat Indonesia's world No 2 pair in the final of the Super 500 badminton tournament.
India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty displayed nerves of steel. (India Open)
India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty displayed nerves of steel. (India Open)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 08:50 PM IST
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Sen shines, topples world champion Loh to claim India Open title

  • The 20-year-old claimed his biggest title by upstaging his friend from Singapore in straight games.
India's Lakshya Sen (PTI)
India's Lakshya Sen (PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 11:04 PM IST
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PV Sindhu bows out of India Open at semi-final stage

  • Top seed loses to Thailand's Supanida Katethong 14-21, 21-13, 10-21 in just under an hour.
PV Sindhu at the Indian Open. (India Open)
PV Sindhu at the Indian Open. (India Open)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 10:54 PM IST
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Sensational Sen enters third successive semi-final

  • Third-seed comes back to beat Prannoy in India Open.
Lakshya Sen (TWITTER)
Lakshya Sen (TWITTER)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 09:59 PM IST
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India Open: Malvika Bansod beats her idol Saina Nehwal to enter quarters

Thirty four minutes was all it took for the Nagpur-born to beat Nehwal, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, 21-17, 21-9 and notch up the biggest win of her fledgling career.
Malvika Bansod in action against Saina Nehwal during the India Open 2022 at IG Stadium(BAI)
Malvika Bansod in action against Saina Nehwal during the India Open 2022 at IG Stadium(BAI)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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India Open: Kidambi Srikanth among seven forced out by Covid-19

  • These players will not be replaced in the main draw of the competition and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.
File photo of India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth 
File photo of India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth 
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 12:16 AM IST
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India Open: Battered and bruised, Saina Nehwal gets on the comeback trail

At the India Open, the former world No 1 went into the second round of a tournament for the first time in ten months, after a series of injuries required tough rehab
Saina Nehwal in action during her opening round of India Open 2022(PTI)
Saina Nehwal in action during her opening round of India Open 2022(PTI)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 10:30 PM IST
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Ashmita Chaliha resumes Covid-halted career with win at India Open

  • The 84th ranked player beat world No.28 Evgeniya Kosetskaya 24-22, 21-16 in half-an-hour on the opening day of the $400,000 India Open at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.
India's Ashmita Chaliha in action against world number 28 Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia in the opening round of the India Open 2022(BAI)
India's Ashmita Chaliha in action against world number 28 Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia in the opening round of the India Open 2022(BAI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 10:37 PM IST
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India Open badminton gets backing of players, officials amid Covid surge

  • Former India chief coach Vimal Kumar points to India’s South Africa tour, European football and global tennis being played despite the tough pandemic situation
The new men’s world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in action during training(BAI/TWITTER)
The new men’s world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in action during training(BAI/TWITTER)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 10:17 PM IST
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Sai Praneeth, England squad out of India Open badminton due to Covid

  • Nine of the world's top 10 men's and women's singles players will not feature in India's biggest badminton event which starts in New Delhi on Tuesday.
India's B. Sai Praneeth (AP)
India's B. Sai Praneeth (AP)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 09:57 PM IST
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India's best motorcycle racer closes in on 10th national title

Jagan Kumar's start was humble. He worked delivering newspapers and couriers to save enough for a bike. Now the undisputed king of Indian moto racing, he has his eyes on Asia
Jagan Kumar, the undisputed king of Indian moto racing, he has his eyes on Asia(TVS)
Jagan Kumar, the undisputed king of Indian moto racing, he has his eyes on Asia(TVS)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 11:13 PM IST
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Back from the brink, CS Santosh gears up for a different Dakar ride

  • India’s ace rally pilot suffered a life-threatening, high-speed crash in Saudi Arabia in the race in January that left him with a dislocated shoulder, severe concussion and memory loss, loss of basic motor skills, vision problems and depression.
CS Santosh
CS Santosh
Published on Dec 27, 2021 10:32 PM IST
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To win tournaments, you’ve to be better than everybody else: Kidambi Srikanth

  • India’s Kidambi Srikanth is delighted after winning a world championships silver, after becoming the first male player from his country to reach the title round at the prestigious event.
India's Srikanth Kidambi (AP)
India's Srikanth Kidambi (AP)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 10:18 PM IST
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No pressure going in as defending champ at Worlds: Sindhu

  • India's only badminton world champion will have to surmount the challenge posed by rivals Pornpawee Chochuwong, who beat Sindhu last week, and world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, who has a 14-5 record against the Hyderabadi
India shuttler PV Sindhu. (Getty)
India shuttler PV Sindhu. (Getty)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 05:58 PM IST
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Indian hockey team ready to roll after savouring adulation for Olympics bronze

  • India will feature in their first tournament since ending a 41-year wait for an Olympic medal four months ago as they prepare for the Asian Champions Trophy starting on December 14
Indian hockey team ready to roll after savouring adulation for Tokyo Olympics bronze
Indian hockey team ready to roll after savouring adulation for Tokyo Olympics bronze
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:51 PM IST
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Verstappen and the fine line between reckless and driven

  • The Dutchman’s title challenge has pushed champion Hamilton to the brink but his tactics fire debate
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands waves after qualifying session for the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jiddah.(AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands waves after qualifying session for the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jiddah.(AP)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:33 AM IST
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Indian hockey's find of the Junior World Cup? PC specialist Sanjay

  • The defending champions may have finished without a medal, yet the tournament unearthed some important future talent. With Olympic medal winning drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh retiring after Tokyo, Sanjay could step into his shoes
Penalty corner specialist Sanjay executes a drag flick during the Junior World Cup in Bhubaneshwar(HOCKEY INDIA)
Penalty corner specialist Sanjay executes a drag flick during the Junior World Cup in Bhubaneshwar(HOCKEY INDIA)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:14 PM IST
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France dashes India’s bronze hopes in Junior Hockey WC, Argentina champions

  • Holders India lose to France for the second time in the tournament, while Argentina upstage Germany to regain the title after 16 years in Bhubaneswar on Sunday
Bhubaneswar, Dec 05 (ANI): Argentina players click selfie after winning final match of FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World cup 2021 against Germany, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
(ANI)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 05 (ANI): Argentina players click selfie after winning final match of FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World cup 2021 against Germany, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 10:15 PM IST
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PV Sindhu loses to Korea's An Se-young in the final of BWF World Tour Finals

  • India’s world champion struggles with slow shuttles and her teenaged opponent’s brilliant game and anticipation in her first final since March.
India's Pusarla V. Sindhu competes against South Korea's An Se-young during their women's singles badminton final match at the BWF World Tour Finals in Nusa Dua, Bali.(AP)
India's Pusarla V. Sindhu competes against South Korea's An Se-young during their women's singles badminton final match at the BWF World Tour Finals in Nusa Dua, Bali.(AP)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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Six-time champions Germany thrash India, march into final

  • Relentless pressure from world’s most successful junior team throws Indian defence in disarray, settle match in the first half itself by opening up a 4-1 lead
Bhubaneswar: Indian players react after losing the semifinal match against Germany during FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World cup 2021, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.(PTI)
Bhubaneswar: Indian players react after losing the semifinal match against Germany during FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World cup 2021, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.(PTI)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 11:58 PM IST
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Almost didn’t start, Sudeep Chirmako now India’s go-to finisher

  • The forward from Odisha’s tribal belt overcame his family’s humble financial situation to play hockey and is a key India player at the Bhubaneswar World Cup.
Sudeep Chirmako in action during the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup.(Hindustan Times)
Sudeep Chirmako in action during the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 11:24 PM IST
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Tiwari on target as India upstage Belgium to reach junior World Cup semis

  • The hosts and defending champions face Germany in the last four; Argentina will take on surprise winners France in the other semifinals.
Sharda Nand Tiwari celebrates the goal against Belgium in the FIH Men's Junior World Cup.(Hindustan Times)
Sharda Nand Tiwari celebrates the goal against Belgium in the FIH Men's Junior World Cup.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 11:25 PM IST
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Ex-India captain Pritam Rani Siwach rooting for son at junior world hockey

Former India women’s hockey team skipper is hopeful son Yashdeep and his team will topple formidable Belgium in the quarters on Wednesday
Pritam Rani Siwach with son Yashdeep (Hockey India)
Pritam Rani Siwach with son Yashdeep (Hockey India)
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 11:44 PM IST
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How IND's Olympic-medal winning hockey coach is now transforming its junior team

Australian coach Graham Reid came straight from the Tokyo triumph to the drawing board, to prepare the junior team for the ongoing World Cup
Graham Reid with India's junior team(Hockey India)
Graham Reid with India's junior team(Hockey India)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:03 PM IST
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World Cup: Lack of international exposure show in India’s close loss to France

Vice-captain Sanjay nets hattrick in 4-5 defeat in opening match of the junior men’s World Cup
Player of India in action during FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 match between India and France, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. (ANI)
Player of India in action during FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 match between India and France, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 10:42 PM IST
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Jr Hockey WC: After serious injury & Tokyo bronze, Prasad to lead India

From the junior most member of the senior team to leading India at the Junior World Cup, it has been an incredible transition for Vivek Sagar Prasad.
Vivek Sagar Prasad (Hockey India )
Vivek Sagar Prasad (Hockey India )
Published on Nov 23, 2021 10:44 PM IST
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Pakistan aim to start hockey revival chain at Junior World Cup

Pakistan hockey team has failed to qualify for the last two Olympic Games. It did not make the cut for the 2014 FIH World Cup, failed to win even a single match at the 2018 edition and were also evicted from the inaugural FIH Pro League in 2019.
Pakistan hockey team
Pakistan hockey team
Published on Nov 22, 2021 10:45 PM IST
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Why we suddenly aged with Valentino Rossi’s retirement

  • “The Doctor” is gone after 26 seasons, 435 Grands Prix, 115 wins and 235 podiums
Why we suddenly aged with Valentino Rossi’s retirement(AP)
Why we suddenly aged with Valentino Rossi’s retirement(AP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 07:21 PM IST
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After Sao Paulo high, Lewis Hamilton takes F1 battle into uncharted tracks

The champion's sensational victory at Interlagos promises a title battle to the wire with Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP looks on from the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil. (Getty)
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP looks on from the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil. (Getty)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 10:12 PM IST
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In conversation with Jamie Chadwick: from fond recollections of Chennai to F1

  • For this British driver with Indian mother, dal tadka is more than comfort food.
From starting in Chennai, Jamie Chadwick is now a two-time champion. (W Series)
From starting in Chennai, Jamie Chadwick is now a two-time champion. (W Series)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 06:18 PM IST
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