Sanjjeev K Samyal

Sanjjeev K Samyal heads the sports team in Mumbai and anchors HT’s cricket coverage.

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Ranji Trophy: Kedar Jadhav gives a reminder of his class

His superb 128 at the Brabourne Stadium against Mumbai helped Maharashtra finish Day 1 on 314/6

Kedar Jadhav(Twitter/CricHagrid)
Kedar Jadhav(Twitter/CricHagrid)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 09:37 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Sarwate’s six-for helps Vidarbha script historic win

Gujarat get bundled out for 54 while chasing 73, the lowest target successfully defended in first-class cricket in India

Sarwate marked his 50th first-class match with figures of 15.3-6-17-6 after his 5/64 in the first innings for a match haul of 11/81.(PTI)
Sarwate marked his 50th first-class match with figures of 15.3-6-17-6 after his 5/64 in the first innings for a match haul of 11/81.(PTI)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 10:34 PM IST

From Shubman Gill to Mohammed Siraj: Top ODI contenders are making their move

There are openings in the Indian team and the top contenders are making their move

Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill
Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill
Published on Jan 16, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Virat Kohli masterclass versus Sri Lanka in India’s record ODI win

His sizzling 166* and opener Shubman Gill’s 117 set up an ODI record 317-run win in the third ODI against hapless Sri Lanka for a 3-0 series sweep

India's Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the third one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram.(AP)
India's Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the third one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram.(AP)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 10:52 PM IST

India finally getting the bowling attack right

After the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup setbacks, picking the right set of bowlers is paying off as this Sri Lanka white-ball series is showing

India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando during the 2nd ODI match between India and Sri Lanka, at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.(ANI )
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando during the 2nd ODI match between India and Sri Lanka, at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.(ANI )
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 09:27 PM IST

Just decided I don’t have any problem against the short ball: Shreyas

The India batter talks about overcoming challenges for a solid 2022 and looks forward to a big year with the Australia Tests and ODI World Cup.

Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer attends a training session(AP)
Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer attends a training session(AP)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 01:04 AM IST
By, Mumbai

India pacers Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik set up two-run win over Sri Lanka

Defending a modest total, spinner Axar Patel held his nerves in the final over to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series

Shivam Mavi celebrates a dismissal during the 1st T20 against Sri Lanka(ANI)
Shivam Mavi celebrates a dismissal during the 1st T20 against Sri Lanka(ANI)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 11:26 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Mission T20 revamp for India under Hardik Pandya vs Sri Lanka

After the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup debacles, a young side under Hardik Pandya will aim to impose itself against the strong islanders

Hardik Pandya leads the Indian team onto the field during the T20I series against New Zealand in November 2022.(AFP/File Photo)
Hardik Pandya leads the Indian team onto the field during the T20I series against New Zealand in November 2022.(AFP/File Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 08:52 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Rahul, Kohli failures in India’s top order flop

Despite the 2-0 Test series win in Bangladesh, Indian shaky batters have plenty to ponder as the mega home series versus Australia approaches

 KL Rahul (AFP)
KL Rahul (AFP)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 09:41 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer steer nervy India home in Mirpur Test

Their unbroken 71-run eighth wicket stand dragged India across the line with the three-wicket win helping seal the series versus Bangladesh 2-0

India's Ravichandran Ashwin, left, and Shreyas Iyer celebrates after scoring the final run to beat Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second cricket test match, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022.(PTI)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin, left, and Shreyas Iyer celebrates after scoring the final run to beat Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second cricket test match, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 25, 2022 08:31 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Cliffhanger in store as India top-order stumbles in chase of 145

Mehidy Hasan Miraz takes three wickets in the final session as India need another 100 for victory with six wickets in hand

India's Virat Kohli (C) reacts after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz during the third day of the second cricket Test match between Bangladesh and India
India's Virat Kohli (C) reacts after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz during the third day of the second cricket Test match between Bangladesh and India
Published on Dec 24, 2022 08:28 PM IST

IND vs BAN: Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer save the day for India

The visitors were struggling at 94/4 before the 159-run stand between the duo got them back in the game

Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer during Day 2 of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh(AP)
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer during Day 2 of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh(AP)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 11:10 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IPL Auction: How Vivrant Sharma went from being SRH net bowler to their big punt

The 23-year-old J&K allrounder has impressed in domestic cricket this season but can he carry forward that form to the IPL?

Vivrant Sharma(twitter)
Vivrant Sharma(twitter)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 10:40 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IND vs BAN 2nd Test: Umesh shines as Kuldeep gets benched

The left-arm wrist spinner was India's best bowler in the first Test but couldn't find a place in the playing XI for the second match

Umesh Yadav in action on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh(ANI)
Umesh Yadav in action on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh(ANI)
Published on Dec 22, 2022 08:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IND vs BAN 2nd Test: Confident India eye more WTC points

Skipper KL Rahul took a blow on the hand during nets but is expected to play the Mirpur Test

KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rishab Pant celebrate the dismissal of Najmul Shanto during the Day 4 of the 1st Test(BCCI Twitter)
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rishab Pant celebrate the dismissal of Najmul Shanto during the Day 4 of the 1st Test(BCCI Twitter)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 10:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

A new spin: Kuldeep Yadav finds his rhythm

The wrist-spinner could be a regular match-winner for India but his performances haven't always matched up to his potential.

Kuldeep Yadav shows the ball after taking five wicket during the first Test cricket match day third between Bangladesh and India (AP)
Kuldeep Yadav shows the ball after taking five wicket during the first Test cricket match day third between Bangladesh and India (AP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 09:34 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Full house: Why women's cricket is bringing in the crowds

The overall fan turnout and interest during the India vs Australia series is a good sign for the Women’s IPL next year too.

India's Deepti Sharma (L) and Renuka Singh Thakur celebrate after the dismissal of Australia's Alyssa Healy (not pictured) during the second women�s Twenty20 international cricket match between India and Australia at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on December 11, 2022. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-----(AFP)
India's Deepti Sharma (L) and Renuka Singh Thakur celebrate after the dismissal of Australia's Alyssa Healy (not pictured) during the second women�s Twenty20 international cricket match between India and Australia at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on December 11, 2022. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-----(AFP)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 05:35 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta,

Shafali's lone hand in vain as Australia win third T20I

The opener hit a fine half century but India fail to chase Australia's 172

3rd T20I: Australia Women defeated India Women in Mumbai.(PTI)
3rd T20I: Australia Women defeated India Women in Mumbai.(PTI)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 11:02 PM IST

Breaking bad: Why are so many Indian cricketers getting injured?

Too many formats, too much cricket, botched-up recoveries or simply not enough fitness work?

India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, coach Rahul Dravid, center and Rahul Chahar attend a training session ahead of their second one day international cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka(AP)
India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, coach Rahul Dravid, center and Rahul Chahar attend a training session ahead of their second one day international cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka(AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 08:53 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Australia canter to nine-wicket win over India

Beth Mooney smashes unbeaten 89 as visitors chase down 173 to go 1-0 up in five-match T20I series

Aussie batters made India pay for their misfields with opener Beth Mooney smashing 89 not out off 57 balls
Aussie batters made India pay for their misfields with opener Beth Mooney smashing 89 not out off 57 balls
Published on Dec 09, 2022 10:55 PM IST

Unadkat Interview: Domestic cricket has become more challenging because of IPL

Saurashtra have transformed into a formidable force and their captain has played a huge role in this change

Jaydev Unadkat(Getty)
Jaydev Unadkat(Getty)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 04:12 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Shreyas Iyer rises to the short-ball challenge

The Mumbai batter found the going tough for a while but is now starting to find his feet again

Shreyas Iyer's positive approach to the game has impressed experts. (BCCI Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer's positive approach to the game has impressed experts. (BCCI Twitter)
Published on Dec 03, 2022 08:23 PM IST

How the Northeast can find its feet at the elite level

Ridiculing will not help. The BCCI needs a plan and here are some that might help

The teams from the Northeast can take confidence from the fact that it’s a path other state teams in Indian cricket have already tread (Getty Images)
The teams from the Northeast can take confidence from the fact that it’s a path other state teams in Indian cricket have already tread (Getty Images)
Published on Nov 26, 2022 08:03 PM IST

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Players who caught the eye

N Jagadeeshan led the charts as a number of players on the periphery of national and IPL selection nets caught the eye during the group stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

This edition is going to be remembered for N Jagadeesan’s exploits(Twitter/LucknowIPL)
This edition is going to be remembered for N Jagadeesan’s exploits(Twitter/LucknowIPL)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 08:06 PM IST

Time to reshape Rishabh Pant’s T20 batting approach

Outstanding in Tests and very effective in ODIs, the wicketkeeper-batter will be a fit in India’s T20 playing eleven if he rectifies his foot movement to avoid miscuing shots

Rishabh Pant in action for Team India.(ANI)
Rishabh Pant in action for Team India.(ANI)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 12:24 AM IST

India pay the price for poor selection calls

The tame semi-final elimination in the T20 World Cup was due to poor planning and ignoring players who would have been far better suited to deliver.

India's Head Coach Rahul Dravid with skipper Rohit Sharma (ANI)
India's Head Coach Rahul Dravid with skipper Rohit Sharma (ANI)
Published on Nov 13, 2022 11:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Twenty20 vision: India needs a new mindset and specialisation

The next T20 World Cup is in June 2024 in the Caribbean but the BCCI needs to start planning now.

England's skipper Jos Buttler shakes hands with Virat Kohli after beating India by 10 wickets during the Semi-Final match of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.(ANI)
England's skipper Jos Buttler shakes hands with Virat Kohli after beating India by 10 wickets during the Semi-Final match of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.(ANI)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 09:28 PM IST
By, , Mumbai/new Delhi

Suryakumar Yadav batting at 80-90 percent, he has even more shots: Sarfaraz Khan

The prolific Mumbai batter says senior teammate Suryakumar Yadav only got better waiting for India selection and backs him to bat even better in the T20 World Cup knockouts

Suryakumar Yadav and Sarfaraz Khan
Suryakumar Yadav and Sarfaraz Khan
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 10:54 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Suryakumar: Tune-up at Parsee Gymkhana, full throttle in Australia

The India batter’s sensational knocks at the T20 World Cup is the result of specific preparation at his Mumbai club, says ex-teammate and current Parsee Gymkhana coach Vinayak Mane

India's Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022(ANI)
India's Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022(ANI)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 10:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

T20 World Cup: England seal nervy win over Sri Lanka, oust Australia

The result sent England and Group 1 toppers New Zealand through while Australia, who also finished with seven points for a three-way tie, were edged out due to inferior net run rate.

Ben Stokes (L) with Chris Woakes after the win(AAP Image via REUTERS)
Ben Stokes (L) with Chris Woakes after the win(AAP Image via REUTERS)
Published on Nov 05, 2022 08:39 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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