Sanjjeev K Samyal

Sanjjeev K Samyal

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

Articles by Sanjjeev K Samyal
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)

Shubman Gill: India's batting future is now here

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:24 PM IST
After making his debut in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar series, the Punjab batsman has been simply unstoppable.
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Brisbane : India's Mohammed Siraj, centre, celebrates with teammate Mayank Agarwal, second left, after taking his fifth wicket during play on day four of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.AP/PTI(AP01_18_2021_000050A)(AP)
Brisbane : India's Mohammed Siraj, centre, celebrates with teammate Mayank Agarwal, second left, after taking his fifth wicket during play on day four of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.AP/PTI(AP01_18_2021_000050A)(AP)

India bowlers shackle Australia batsmen in iconic Test series

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:42 PM IST
Australia template has been to score heavily and then bring visiting teams under pressure with their fast bowlers. This time India's revolving bowling unit has checked that
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India's Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar during a fourth test match between India and Australia, in Gabba on Sunday. (BCCI/ANI Photo)
India's Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar during a fourth test match between India and Australia, in Gabba on Sunday. (BCCI/ANI Photo)

Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur: In an elite league, and loving it

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 05:33 AM IST
India's seventh-wicket pair hit fifties and raised a partnership of 123 to lead the fightback in the Brisbane Test, displaying the confidence gained from IPL stints.
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Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets in the first innings. (Getty)
Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets in the first innings. (Getty)

India vs Australia: Shardul finds the right length, reins in the Aussie innings

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:05 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: In his first away Test, Shardul Thakur picked up 3/94, bowling 24 overs after Navdeep Saini went off injured on Day 1.
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Photos of left-arm pacer T Natarajan (L) and all-rounder Washington Sundar (R) during first day of Brisbane Test(HT Collage)
Photos of left-arm pacer T Natarajan (L) and all-rounder Washington Sundar (R) during first day of Brisbane Test(HT Collage)

India vs Australia, 4th Test: The day of the debutants

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:09 PM IST
Washington’s name was included in the Test squad at the last minute with R Ashwin’s back playing up during the third Test. Natarajan proved his worth by claiming two important wickets to peg Australia’s charge.
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Sydney: Rival captain's Australia's Tim Paine, left, and India's Ajinkya Rahane gesture to each other following play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The test ended in a draw and the series is at 1-1 all with one test to play. AP/PTI(AP01_11_2021_000059B)(AP)
Sydney: Rival captain's Australia's Tim Paine, left, and India's Ajinkya Rahane gesture to each other following play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The test ended in a draw and the series is at 1-1 all with one test to play. AP/PTI(AP01_11_2021_000059B)(AP)

A fast and weary Test at the Gabba

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 08:51 PM IST
India vs Australia: This is the venue Australia usually prefers for the series opener, as a shock-and-awe welcome to the touring side. This time it's hosting the series finale, but the shock-and-awe may still be in play for a battered Indian side fighting like a valiant unit under siege.
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Nathan Lyon appeals(Getty)
Nathan Lyon appeals(Getty)

India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon looks forward to his 100th Test at bouncy Gabba

By Sanjjeev K Samyal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 09:53 AM IST
  • India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon has been in blistering form in India-Australia Test series; 23 wickets in 2014-15, 19 in 2016-17 and 21 in 2018-19.
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Ajinkya Rahane of India (L) speaks with India head coach Ravi Shastri during an Indian Nets Session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 23, 2020 in Melbourne.(Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane of India (L) speaks with India head coach Ravi Shastri during an Indian Nets Session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 23, 2020 in Melbourne.(Getty Images)

No protocols flouted in Australia, says India team management

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:47 AM IST
A picture purportedly taken in Canberra on December 1 of India skipper Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya posing with some fans a day before the third ODI has emerged. The selfie is clicked in the open but Kohli and Pandya are not wearing masks and the 1.5-metre distance from the fans does not seem to be observed.
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File image of T Natarajan(BCCI)
File image of T Natarajan(BCCI)

Natarajan joins Test squad; Sharma deputy

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 11:13 PM IST
Sharma’s addition leaves the team management with a difficult choice of either playing an extra specialist batsman or dropping one from the team which won in Melbourne.
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Ajinkya Rahane of India (2L) bumps fists with Matthew Wade of Australia as India win by 8 wickets.(Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane of India (2L) bumps fists with Matthew Wade of Australia as India win by 8 wickets.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: India counterpunch squares series

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:32 PM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: Gill, Rahane seal eight-wicket win after bowlers make short work of Australia’s tail
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Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)
Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)

India vs Australia: R Ashwin-Jasprit Bumrah shine as pair, Australia on the ropes

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:00 PM IST
Australia were wobbling at 133 for six at stumps on the third day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, bringing India on the doorstep of what promises to be a famous win.
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Indian stand-in skipper celebrates his 12th Test ton against Australia in Melbourne(AP)
Indian stand-in skipper celebrates his 12th Test ton against Australia in Melbourne(AP)

India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2: Leader Ajinkya Rahane hits a ton for the ages

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:44 PM IST
India vs Australia: Stand-in skipper anchors innings with 104*, pulls India ahead on Day 2 of the MCG Test.
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India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, left, and teammate Shubman Gill walk from the field at the end of play play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(AP)
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, left, and teammate Shubman Gill walk from the field at the end of play play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(AP)

India vs Australia: India deal the blows on Boxing Day

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 08:02 PM IST
India vs Australia: Ashwin dismisses Smith for nought, his first since 2016, as he teams up with Bumrah and Siraj to hand India the Day 1 honours in the MCG Test.
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Mohammed Siraj has played an ODI and three T20Is(Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj has played an ODI and three T20Is(Getty Images)

Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj: Debutants realise fathers’ dreams

By Sanjjeev K Samyal & Shalini Gupta | Mumbai/Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:33 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: In the way their fathers backed them, Siraj and Gill’s stories are similar but their paths to the Test cap have been very different. Gill’s father Lakhwinder Singh had the means to support his son who has played youth cricket for India. Ghaus drove an autorickshaw for a living.
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Can Ajinkya Rahane revive India’s Australia tour?(Getty Images)
Can Ajinkya Rahane revive India’s Australia tour?(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: An acid Test for captain Ajinkya Rahane

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 09:36 PM IST
India vs Australia: As India try and shrug off their embarrassing defeat in Adelaide, stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane faces the stiff Australia Test at the MCG Test starting Saturday.
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India captain Ajinkya Rahane (L) chats with Umesh Yadav during a training session ahead of the second Test in Melbourne.
India captain Ajinkya Rahane (L) chats with Umesh Yadav during a training session ahead of the second Test in Melbourne.

India start afresh without Virat Kohli

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 07:50 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: After the Adelaide drubbing, visitors eye comeback in Boxing Day Test under new captain Ajinkya Rahane.
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India's Mohammed Shami, second right, is attended to by medical staff after he was struck on the forearm on the third day of their cricket test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/David Mairuz)(AP)
India's Mohammed Shami, second right, is attended to by medical staff after he was struck on the forearm on the third day of their cricket test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/David Mairuz)(AP)

India vs Australia: Poor technique, not bouncers the real issue

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:20 AM IST
India vs Australia: Indications are it’s going to be a bloody affair and more of the same is expected in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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India's Virat Kohli, center, shakes hands with Australian players on the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Australia won the match. (AP Photo/David Mariuz)(AP)
India's Virat Kohli, center, shakes hands with Australian players on the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Australia won the match. (AP Photo/David Mariuz)(AP)

India vs Australia: Countering the off-stump line of attack

By Sanjjeev K Samyal/N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:02 AM IST
India vs Australia: In the record book, it will simply go down as India’s lowest total. But it has to be mentioned that 36 all out occurred in a pink-ball Test. The challenges for the batsman in a pink-ball game are greater.
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Virat Kohli of India stretches during a nets session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli of India stretches during a nets session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia Test series Preview - India’s balancing act: Meeting fire with fire

By Sanjjeev K Samyal and N Ananthanarayanan | Mumbai/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:52 AM IST
India vs Australia: After a sterling show in India’s historic first series victory in 2018-19, all eyes are on Bumrah. He has the pace and a knack of hitting the right length to extract bounce on Australian wickets.
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R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon(Getty Images)
R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon(Getty Images)

A spin battle in the shadows of the fast and furious

By Sanjjeev K Samyal/N Ananthanarayanan | Mumbai/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:25 AM IST
Australia is the mainly the playground of genuine quicks and batsmen who can counter fire with fire, with positive stroke-play. The combative Ashwin though will hope to engage in a meaningful spin battle with seasoned off-spin rival Nathan Lyon.
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India's Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer celebrate after the match.(REUTERS)
India's Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer celebrate after the match.(REUTERS)

Pandya, Natarajan boost as India chase T20 series sweep

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 07:18 AM IST
Having lost the first two T20 games, the pressure will be on Australia to prevent a whitewash in the series when they face India in the final game at the SCG on Tuesday.
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Australia's Glenn Maxwell during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.(AP)
Australia's Glenn Maxwell during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.(AP)

Right-handed or left, Maxwell’s hammer lands with equal force

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 12:51 PM IST
The new discourse on switch-hit is unlikely to gather steam with white-ball game tilted towards the batsmen
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Steve Smith has scored back to back centuries in the ODI series so far.(Getty Images)
Steve Smith has scored back to back centuries in the ODI series so far.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: Run machine Steve Smith revved up

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:13 AM IST
India vs Australia: How do you solve a problem like Smith who is scoring heavily and briskly?
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India's Jasprit Bumrah prepares to bowl during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)
India's Jasprit Bumrah prepares to bowl during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)

India’s pace pangs in Australia

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 07:36 AM IST
India vs Australia: The Tests are a fortnight away, but the confidence of the new-ball bowlers has been hit after heavy defeats in the first two ODIs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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KL Rahul will look to convert his form in limited-overs to Tests.(Getty Images)
KL Rahul will look to convert his form in limited-overs to Tests.(Getty Images)

KL Rahul and bridging red-and-white gap

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:32 AM IST
India vs Australia: As KL Rahul gets ready to start a new series in Australia, his Test career is at the crossroads while the one-day career is soaring.
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Shikhar Dhawan in action.(Getty Images)
Shikhar Dhawan in action.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: Shikhar, and shifting to overdrive

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:15 AM IST
India vs Australia: Expectations are higher on Dhawan because he is also in form. His recent record against Australia is stunning and he has warmed up for the tour with a sterling show in the Indian Premier League.
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File image of Jasprit Bumrah.(File)
File image of Jasprit Bumrah.(File)

India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah and dictating the pace

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 08:42 AM IST
India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah has landed in Australia ready to build on his formidable record—68 wickets in 14 Tests at 20.33 and 104 wickets in 64 ODIs; 109 wickets in 92 T20Is—and as the X-factor.
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Raghunath Chandorkar
Raghunath Chandorkar

Oldest living Ranji player to celebrate 100th birthday

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 03:37 PM IST
Chandorkar will also become only the third Ranji Trophy player to celebrate a 100th birthday. Vasant Raiji, who passed away this May in Mumbai, was one of the three.
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Without Virat Kohli, do India have a chance to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy?(Getty Images)
Without Virat Kohli, do India have a chance to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy?(Getty Images)

A Test-ing time for India, sans Virat Kohli

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 08:00 AM IST
Kohli’s absence improves Australia’s chances of avenging their home series defeat. He will lead India in three ODIs, three Twenty20 internationals and the first Test before heading home.
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IPL 2020: Nathan Coulter Nile used his variations to great effect.(IPL/Twitter)
IPL 2020: Nathan Coulter Nile used his variations to great effect.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians speedsters take pace off the ball

By Sanjjeev K Samyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 10:41 AM IST
IPL 2020: Against a strong Delhi Capitals batting unit, the Mumbai Indians fast bowlers did a terrific job taking the pace off the ball and reaped benefits.
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