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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.

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Will Craig Fulton's tactics bring India Olympic success?

The 'defend to win' style isn't typically Indian but the players now seem to be buying into the idea

Craig Fulton(Twitter)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 07:08 PM IST

Indian hockey team have plenty to fine-tune before Olympics

The Tokyo bronze medallists were subdued in the Pro League, but experts expect the flaws to be ironed out before Paris.

India hockey team captain Harmanpreet Singh.(AP)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 12:00 AM IST

Treesa-Gayatri Singapore Open run halted in semis

The unseeded pair's fine run was halted by Japan's world No.4 pair Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida

India's Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly during a match at the BWF World Tour Super 750, in Singapore(PTI)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 10:28 PM IST

Superb run takes Treesa-Gayatri into Singapore Open semis

The unseeded Indians beat South Korean pair, winning 18-21, 21-19, 24-22 against world No.6 Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong in the women’s doubles quarters.

Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand(AP)
Published on May 31, 2024 07:13 PM IST

PV Sindhu fails the Carolina Marin test, Treesa-Gayatri win

The Indian star was within points of sealing the win before her game fell away.

Sindhu was only two points away from an elusive win(PTI)
Published on May 30, 2024 09:43 PM IST

Can Harmanpreet Singh and Co flick the switch in Paris?

The Indian skipper is a superb drag-flicker but the gap between him and the rest could prove to be a stumbling block for the team

Touted as India’s strength ahead of the home World Cup, Harmanpreet proved to be the team’s weakness in Odisha last year.
Published on May 30, 2024 07:45 PM IST

MotoGP Indian Grand Prix to return in March 2025

The Indian race for the current season will be replaced by the inaugural Kazakhstan GP that was postponed in May due to the Central Asian floods.

The vendors were roped in to revamp the tracks at Buddh circuit in Greater Noida for the MotoGP held last September(HT)
Published on May 29, 2024 08:13 PM IST

India leg of 2024 MotoGP season cancelled

India is expected to hold the race again next season, moving it from September to March due to the heat and humidity

MotoGP riders during a qualifing round of the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India(Rahul Singh)
Published on May 28, 2024 10:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

F1: Charles Leclerc's win shows others starting to catch up with Red Bull

The last three races have shown a shift in the established order with both Ferrari and McLaren upgrading their cars.

Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc celebrates after winning the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix (AFP)
Published on May 28, 2024 12:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi

PV Sindhu loses to Wang in Malaysia Masters badminton final

Drift on the court in Kuala Lumpur proves decisive as the Indian stalwart loses her first title clash in 14 months.

PV Sindhu leaves after losing the Women's Singles quarterfinal badminton match (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2024 08:16 PM IST
By, New Delhi

PV Sindhu reaches first final in 14 months at Malaysia Masters

Rallies from a game down to beat her Thai opponent in the semis and reach the title round of the Malaysia Masters.

India's PV Sindhu beat world No.20 Busanan Ongbamrungphan 13-21, 21-16, 21-12 in a marathon match that lasted an hour and 28 minutes.(PTI)
Published on May 25, 2024 10:38 PM IST

MotoGP's Indian Grand Prix gets a UP boost

The hosting rights fee, paid by promoters to Dorna, will now be borne by both Fairstreet Sports and Invest UP

MotoGP riders during a qualifing round of the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh(Rahul Singh)
Published on May 24, 2024 10:21 PM IST

The hockey way: Bonding and refuelling off the pitch

Fulton's unusual team-building strategy hopes to put the Indian team in a good head space at Paris

Indian Men's Hockey Team captain Harmanpreet Singh with the team's head coach Craig Fulton after a press conference.(PTI)
Published on May 24, 2024 09:09 PM IST
By, New Delhi

PV Sindhu knocks out top seed Han Yue on way to semis

In Kuala Lumpur, Sindhu is slowly beginning to find her groove and that could be seen in her win over Han Yue to enter her first semi-finals in seven months.

The fifth seeded Sindhu took 55 minutes to move past the world No.6(PTI)
Published on May 24, 2024 08:30 PM IST

Satwik-Chirag clinch Thailand Open crown, again

The reigning Asian Games champions didn’t even have to bring out their best as they defeated Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi 21-15, 21-15 in three quarters of an hour

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty clinch Thailand Open Super 500 title(AP)
Updated on May 22, 2024 06:35 PM IST

Australia series loss a wake-up call: Hardik Singh

The Indian hockey team is currently in Antwerp where they will resume Pro League duties against the last two Olympic champions – hosts Belgium and Argentina

Hardik Singh (8) of India reacts during Men's World Cup in 2023(PTI)
Published on May 17, 2024 09:26 PM IST

Ashwini, Tanisha seek more momentum after Paris qualification

India’s No.1 women’s badminton doubles pair has made light of a 13-year age gap as they keep chasing new ways to improve

 Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa
Published on May 05, 2024 12:29 AM IST

India’s title defence runs into Chinese wall

Lakshya Sen got the lone win for his team as the hosts proved to be too strong for the defending champs

The Indian contingent cheered on Lakshya Sen, who won his seventh match in 10 meetings against the former All England champion, but the delight was short lived as the defending champions soon lost the tie 1-3 to top seeds China (AFP)
Published on May 02, 2024 11:39 PM IST

Change of guard: Salima replaces Savita as India skipper

In the 107 matches she has played, India have ended up winning 54, losing 29 and drawing 24. Salima was recently honoured with Player of The Year 2023 award.

Salima Tete
Published on May 02, 2024 09:57 PM IST

The prodigal returns: Preeti makes Indian team after seven years

Preeti represented India at the Rio Olympics but a loss of form saw her lose her spot in the team in 2017 and it took her a long time to find herself again

India's Preeti Dubey in action
Updated on May 02, 2024 07:54 PM IST

Prannoy overcomes health issue to take India forward

With the world no.9 leading the way, the defending champions beat England 5-0 and qualified for the quarter-finals.

India's HS Prannoy(PTI)
Published on Apr 29, 2024 10:15 PM IST

Thomas/Uber Cup: India men beat Thailand, women down Canada

The reigning Thomas Cup champions were far from their best in winning their opening tie 4-1 in Chengdu, China

India's Lakshya Sen in action(AP)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 11:06 PM IST

Challenging for us to return to India in 2025: Formula E CEO

Formula E debuted in India with much fanfare in February 2023 with the Hyderabad E-Prix, but the series announced in January that it had cancelled the 2024 race

Jay Penske celebrates on podium during the Hyderabad E-Prix last year(Getty)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 10:16 PM IST

Thomas Cup: India eyeing an encore of Bangkok 2022

The holders kick off their campaign against Thailand and then run into England and Indonesia in the group stage too.

Kidambi Srikanth is over the moon after winning his match at the last Thomas Cup. (Getty)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 09:29 PM IST

Once champion material, Daniel Ricciardo is fast running out of time in F1

2024 has been far from ideal for the Australian, who hasn't managed to earn a single point in the five races so far.

RB's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo looks on before the sprint race (AFP)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 10:00 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The battle to become Indian hockey's keeper for Paris

Sreejesh and Pathak have their own strengths but only 16 players can be sent to the Olympics and that means only one will be picked

India goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak(Hockey India)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 08:03 PM IST

India’s 5-0 Australia hockey Test series rout and lessons from it

Fulton’s side lost the final game too in Perth, leaving India with much work to do as they prepare for the Paris Olympics

India lost the five-match hockey Test series to Australia 5-0(Hockey India)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 11:55 PM IST

Carlos Sainz, the ultimate survivor

He is the only driver in 2024 to have reached the podium in every Grand Prix he has taken part in.

Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr holds his trophy on the podium(AFP)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:34 PM IST

The weight of canary yellow on India’s blue

World No.4 India will be taking on their bogey team Australia in a five-Test series in Perth, starting Saturday

The Indian men’s team will take on Australia in a five-match Test series
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:32 AM IST

India names full strength squad for Thomas Cup; PV Sindhu pulls out of Uber Cup

Prannoy, Sen, Srikanth, Rajawat and the doubles combine of world No.1 Satwik/Chirag and Kapila/Arjun will look to do an encore of Bangkok 2022.

PV Sindhu in action during the 19th Asian Games(PTI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 10:04 PM IST
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