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
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
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.
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
Published on Jan 26, 2023 11:19 PM IST
Subdued India look to shake off loss
A loss to Japan would make it India's worst-ever showing at the World Cup.
Published on Jan 25, 2023 11:51 PM IST
‘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
Published on Jan 25, 2023 09:20 PM IST
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.
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:37 AM IST
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
Published on Jan 24, 2023 09:18 PM IST
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.
Published on Jan 23, 2023 11:01 PM IST
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
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 11:59 PM IST
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
Published on Jan 22, 2023 11:56 PM IST
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
Published on Jan 22, 2023 08:04 PM IST
Why penalty corner conversions have gone down?
Data, better equipment and fitness have helped teams defend better
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
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
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
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.
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 09:37 PM IST
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
Published on Jan 18, 2023 11:24 PM IST
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
Published on Jan 18, 2023 11:03 PM IST
'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
Published on Jan 17, 2023 11:02 PM IST
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.
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 10:20 AM IST
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.
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 10:00 PM IST
BySandip Sikdar, 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.
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 08:11 PM IST
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
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 11:00 PM IST
Less time to build stadium was a challenge: Dilip Tirkey
Former India skipper, who took over as Hockey India president in September, talks about putting together the World Cup in his home state in four months.
Published on Jan 15, 2023 10:47 PM IST
The van Ass family and their love for India
The Indian culture and cuisine delights Seve, who plays for the Dutch team at the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, while his father Paul was India men’s hockey coach
Published on Jan 14, 2023 11:58 PM IST
Son of soil Rohidas revels in front of home crowd
Hailing from the illustrious Sundergarh belt, Amit Rohidas braved an impoverished beginning to become one of the world's best first rushers
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 08:23 PM IST
India up and running in Hockey World Cup, beat Spain 2-0
The 20,000-odd spectators who turned up at the Birsa Munda hockey stadium left the stands as a buzzing throng with the hosts clinching a convincing 2-0 win against a Spanish team that boasts of one of the world’s best defensive set-ups.
Published on Jan 14, 2023 12:04 AM IST
Paying out of pocket to crowdfunding, Wales’ journey to World Cup
With limited budgets and resources, the World Cup debutants are forced to bear the costs to play tournaments
Published on Jan 13, 2023 10:56 PM IST
Hardik's goal for the ages gives India win in Hockey World Cup opener vs Spain
A fine win over the World No. 8 team sets up the hosts well for the rest of the World Cup.
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 12:52 AM IST
India aim to end long wait for World Cup title
Hosting the hockey World Cup for the second successive edition, Harmanpreet Singh and Co will look to capitalise on home advantage.
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 08:29 AM IST