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

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)
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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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By, New Delhi

Doctors during the week, rally drivers at weekends

  • The mother-daughter team of Deepti and Shivani Pruthvi are also winning trophies on the national circuit.
Dr Deepti Pruthvi (L) and her daughter Dr Shivani Pruthvi. (South India Rally)
Dr Deepti Pruthvi (L) and her daughter Dr Shivani Pruthvi. (South India Rally)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 06:40 PM IST
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Revisiting the legend of Michael Schumacher

  • Apart from looking back in wonder at the Ferrari years, the Netflix bio also provides an update on his health.
The legend of Michael Schumacher is unparalleled. (Getty)
The legend of Michael Schumacher is unparalleled. (Getty)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 06:04 PM IST
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FIH awards row: Indian hockey federation seeks apology from Belgium

  • Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam wants the world body to probe criticism by the Olympic champions to India sweeping the awards.
Representational image.(Getty Images)
Representational image.(Getty Images)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 10:23 PM IST
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Max Verstappen takes on the might of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes in F1 title chase

The young Dutchman has regained the lead in the 2021 championship with six races left and could well upstage the British seven-time champion this time.
Max Verstappen: File photo(Twitter/MaxVerstappen)
Max Verstappen: File photo(Twitter/MaxVerstappen)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:00 PM IST
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Saina retires injured, but India overcome Spain 3-2

  • After Saina conceded her match, Malvika Bansod and Aditi Bhatt along with the doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna Panda won their contests in straight games to give India a winning start in Group B at the Ceres Arena.
Saina retires injured, but India overcome Spain 3-2(Getty Images)
Saina retires injured, but India overcome Spain 3-2(Getty Images)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 10:24 PM IST
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You don’t want FIH awards to be a popularity contest: ex-Belgium coach McLeod

  • A two-time previous winner of the honour, McLeod finished second to Reid despite making Belgium the world No.1 team, winning silver in Rio 2016, the 2018 World Cup, the 2020-21 Pro League and the Tokyo Olympics gold.
Shane McLeod the coach of Belgium looks on.(REUTERS)
Shane McLeod the coach of Belgium looks on.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 10:43 PM IST
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India scoop up FIH awards, Olympic champions Belgium cry foul

  • Six Indian players and the men’s and women’s coaches claimed the top prizes after getting the maximum number of votes.
India scoop up FIH awards, Olympic champions Belgium cry foul(HT COLLAGE)
India scoop up FIH awards, Olympic champions Belgium cry foul(HT COLLAGE)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 10:32 PM IST
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For rider Aishwarya Pissay, it’s forward not full-stop after every fall

  • Passion for the bike has never dimmed for the woman rider from Bengaluru despite a series of injuries, the latest one in March that left her with broken wrists
For rider Aishwarya Pissay, it’s forward not full-stop after every fall(TVS RACING)
For rider Aishwarya Pissay, it’s forward not full-stop after every fall(TVS RACING)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 02:54 PM IST
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Dream of returning to Dakar keeps CS Santosh going

  • After a near fatal crash in the rally in January, India's ace rider says returning to compete in the world's toughest rally remains his biggest motivation.
CS Santosh
CS Santosh
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 07:04 AM IST
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If I can finish in the top 4, it will be a good result: Jehan Daruvala

  • India’s young F2 driver Jehan Daruvala is quietly confident heading to next weekend’s race in Sochi, Russia after winning the Sprint Race 2 at Monza in the Sept 10-12 weekend.
Jehan Daruvala.( James Gasperotti)
Jehan Daruvala.( James Gasperotti)
Updated on Sep 23, 2021 12:39 PM IST
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How the India women’s hockey team got fitter, faster and stronger

  • A carefully tailored programme that continued through lockdown and a top-notch recovery process helped in the jump from last in Rio to fourth in Tokyo
India's Sharmila Devi in action against Great Britain at Tokyo 2020(Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
India's Sharmila Devi in action against Great Britain at Tokyo 2020(Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 08, 2021 10:19 PM IST
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ByRudraneil Sengupta, , New Delhi

Knew the stands would be empty, still missed the fans: PV Sindhu

In an interview, talked about her journey in Tokyo, how she worked with different coaches over the years and how she longs to meet her dog, Rio.
India's PV Sindhu poses with her bronze medal in women's singles badminton event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020(Twitter)
India's PV Sindhu poses with her bronze medal in women's singles badminton event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020(Twitter)
Published on Aug 03, 2021 10:48 PM IST
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Sindhu makes history, hockey team on cusp

A second Olympic medal for PV Sindhu
HT Image
HT Image
Published on Aug 02, 2021 12:11 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: How PV Sindhu added new tricks to her repertoire on way to bronze

  • PV Sindhu looked like she was under no pressure, countering aggressively at the net every time Bing Jiao came forward, mixing it up with her flicks, catching Bing Jiao wrong footed several times.
PV Sindhu returns a shot against He Bing Jiao of China. (Getty Images)
PV Sindhu returns a shot against He Bing Jiao of China. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:35 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: PV Sindhu, Indian hockey team underline super Sunday

  • A second Olympic medal for PV Sindhu. The Indian hockey team in the Olympic semi-finals for the first time since Munich 1972. For India, this was a super Sunday at Tokyo 2020.
PV Sindhu and Indian men's hockey team made Day 9 for India at the Tokyo Olympics memorable. (Getty Images)
PV Sindhu and Indian men's hockey team made Day 9 for India at the Tokyo Olympics memorable. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:35 AM IST
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