Shalini Gupta

Shalini Gupta

Shalini Gupta is a member of the Chandigarh sports team and has been a sports journalist for 10 years. She mainly writes on cricket.

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Himachal Pradesh captain Rishi Dhawan hands over cap to Vaibhav Arora (left) on his List-A debut against Maharashtra in Jaipur.(HT Photo)
Himachal Pradesh captain Rishi Dhawan hands over cap to Vaibhav Arora (left) on his List-A debut against Maharashtra in Jaipur.(HT Photo)

IPL 2021: From milk deliveries to IPL pacer, Vaibhav Arora's journey

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 05:39 PM IST
A fan of Jasprit Bumrah, Vaibhav bowls regularly at 135 km per hour and is looking forward to sharing the KKR dressing room with the likes of Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan.
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Shahrukh Khan (right) was sold to Punjab Kings in IPL 2021 auction(PTI)
Shahrukh Khan (right) was sold to Punjab Kings in IPL 2021 auction(PTI)

This Shahrukh Khan too wants to become a star

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 07:47 AM IST
  • The cricketer’s name and cricket credentials thrilled Punjab Kings owner Preity Zinta, who was seen reaching out to the Kolkata Knight Riders owners’ table, presumably telling them that now they also have a Shahrukh Khan in their team.
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Head coach of the Chandigarh men’s team VRV Singh during a practice session at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Head coach of the Chandigarh men’s team VRV Singh during a practice session at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Coach confident of Chandigarh’s good show

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 12:51 AM IST
Chandigarh has been placed in the Elite group this time, with formidable teams like Bengal, Services, Jammu & Kashmir, Saurashtra and Haryana
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The new policy is going to diminish Haryana’s image as a sports-promoting state, says 800m runner and Asian Games gold medallist (Jakarta, 2018) Manjit Singh Chahal. (HT FILE)
The new policy is going to diminish Haryana’s image as a sports-promoting state, says 800m runner and Asian Games gold medallist (Jakarta, 2018) Manjit Singh Chahal. (HT FILE)

Players upset over Haryana’s new policy for outstanding sportspersons

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 08:21 PM IST
The Haryana cabinet has decided against appointing outstanding sportspersons as HCS and HPS officers
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India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(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, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

Rishabh Pant is my hero, go-to person

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:59 PM IST
  • It was a quiet welcome as the youngster returned home to Mohali with the country still celebrating the 2-1 comeback victory.
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Shubman Gill opened with Rohit Sharma in the match on Monday. (File photo)
Shubman Gill opened with Rohit Sharma in the match on Monday. (File photo)

Shubman was confident of win at Gabba, says father

By Shalini Gupta, Mohali
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:32 PM IST
Shubman emerged as the highest scorer for India in the Brisbane Test match and now has an average of 51.8 in three matches against Australia
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Photo of Indian pacer Navdeep Saini(Twitter)
Photo of Indian pacer Navdeep Saini(Twitter)

India vs Australia: The rise of Saini - From Delhi ‘outsider’ to India Test debut

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:08 PM IST
His father Amarjeet Saini, mother Gurmeet Saini and 97-year-old grandfather Karam Singh Saini, a veteran of the Azad Hind Fauj, were glued to their television as Saini came out on to the Sydney Cricket Ground in his whites, and No. 96 printed on the back of the shirt.
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Navdeep Saini of India bowls during day three of the Tour Match between Australia A and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on December 13, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.(Getty Images)
Navdeep Saini of India bowls during day three of the Tour Match between Australia A and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on December 13, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.(Getty Images)

Navdeep Saini Test debut caps another engrossing Indian fast bowling tale

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:44 AM IST
The bowler rose from tennis-ball cricket to play for Delhi with Gautam Gambhir backing him at a crucial stage before rising to India contention.
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Yuvraj Singh.(File photo)
Yuvraj Singh.(File photo)

Comeback: BCCI keeps Yuvraj waiting

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Mohali, Mohali
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 11:52 PM IST
Yuvraj, who quit cricket in 2019 and played for T20 league and T10 league, was among 32 probables announced by the Punjab Cricket Association earlier this month.
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Yuvraj Singh will not be able to turn up for Punjab.(Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh will not be able to turn up for Punjab.(Getty Images)

Comeback: BCCI keeps Yuvraj Singh waiting

By Shalini Gupta | Mohali
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:51 PM IST
Yuvraj Singh’s request to come out of retirement and play the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Punjab has not been approved by the BCCI.
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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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Manpreet Gony, Punjab bowling coach(HT PHOTO)
Manpreet Gony, Punjab bowling coach(HT PHOTO)

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Manpreet Gony dons bowling coach hat for Punjab team

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Mohali, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 12:21 AM IST
A meeting of the PCA senior selection committee was held on December 16 during which appointments of coaching and supporting staff for senior men’s upcoming season were made
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Vikram Rajvir Singh, aka VRV.(HT PHOTO)
Vikram Rajvir Singh, aka VRV.(HT PHOTO)

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: Former quickie VRV Singh retained as Chandigarh coach

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:57 AM IST
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Hosting Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: BCCI gives Chandigarh a miss

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 12:38 AM IST
Recently, BCCI officials had visited the city grounds hinting that the Punjab Cricket Association and the UT Cricket Association could jointly host the tournament in January
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Surya Kumar Yadav of Mumbai Indians after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.(PTI)
Surya Kumar Yadav of Mumbai Indians after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.(PTI)

Couldn’t train the day I wasn’t selected for Australia: Suryakumar Yadav

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 09:02 AM IST
Surya Kumar Yadav became the first uncapped player to score 2,000 runs in IPL and like in the previous seasons, this time too they came sans power hitting.
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Shafali Verma during the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this yea(Getty Images)
Shafali Verma during the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this yea(Getty Images)

‘See the ball, hit with force’, teen Shafali Verma ready for T20 Challenge

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 10:10 AM IST
Shafali, who has built an aura since entering the 2019 Women’s T20 Challenge as an unknown face, will be one of the most watched as this season’s three-team series starts in the UAE on Wednesday.
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Kashvee Gautam had scored 350 runs and scalped 66 wickets for Chandigarh in plate group one-day U-19 and U-23 tournaments last season.(HT File Photo)
Kashvee Gautam had scored 350 runs and scalped 66 wickets for Chandigarh in plate group one-day U-19 and U-23 tournaments last season.(HT File Photo)

Want to make a mark in Women’s T20 Challenge, says Chandigarh-based fast bowler Kashvee

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 05:24 PM IST
Seven months ago, Gautam, then aged 16, had made ripples in the women’s one-day tournament being held in Andhra Pradesh where she took 10 wickets against the home team in a plate group game at Kadapa
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Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah.(IPL/Twitter)
Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Bumrah, Boult send DC to fourth straight loss

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:17 PM IST
IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult picked up three wickets each as Mumbai Indians choked Delhi Capitals to 110/9 in 20 overs after winning the toss and electing to bowl.
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Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma during their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match.(PTI)
Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma during their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match.(PTI)

IPL 2020: ‘Free mind, free spirit’, Chris Jordan pat for young KXIP pacer Arshdeep Singh

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 09:45 AM IST
The tall Punjab youngster took three wickets, including two in the final over, to help KXIP pull off a vital win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday
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Mandeep Singh of Kings XI Punjab.(Sportzpics for BCCI)
Mandeep Singh of Kings XI Punjab.(Sportzpics for BCCI)

Mandeep overcomes grief of father’s death to stay on in IPL

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 08:37 AM IST
IPL 2020: The 28-year-old Punjab batsman got news on Friday night that his father Hardev Singh, 68, battling a liver disease and admitted in a Mohali hospital, was no more. Mandeep took a difficult decision to stay back in the UAE and was also drafted into the playing eleven to open.
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File image of Poonam Yadav.(PTI)
File image of Poonam Yadav.(PTI)

Women’s T20 Challenge: Missed the feeling of celebrating a wicket, says Poonam Yadav

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 07:33 PM IST
Seeing her idol Rashid Khan bowl, the 29-year-old spinner from Agra Poonam Yadav itched to turn her arm. Now she has flown to Dubai, only to enter another six-day quarantine period.
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Picture of Prasidh Krishna and Eoin Morgan from the 24th IPL 2020 match against KXIP(IPL/Twitter)
Picture of Prasidh Krishna and Eoin Morgan from the 24th IPL 2020 match against KXIP(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020, KXIP vs KKR: Narine, Krishna’s death bowling gives KKR a thrilling 2-run win over KXIP

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 10:36 PM IST
With seven runs needed off the last ball, Glenn Maxwell missed out on a sixer by a few centimetres and KL Rahul-led side faced the sixth consecutive defeat in the tournament
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Renu Margrate
Renu Margrate

Life comes full circle for women’s cricket selector Renu Margrate

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 05:48 PM IST
An office superintendent with Indian Railways, Margrate, who played five Tests and 23 ODIs for India, has replaced Shashi Gupta as selector from North Zone
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IPL 2020 RCB vs RR: Devdutt Padikkal (L) and Virat Kohli during their 99-run partnership(PTI Image)
IPL 2020 RCB vs RR: Devdutt Padikkal (L) and Virat Kohli during their 99-run partnership(PTI Image)

IPL 2020: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal and Yuzvendra Chahal star to put Royal Challengers Bangalore top of the table

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 09:25 PM IST
IPL 2020: Virat Kohli and youngster Devdutt Padikkal peeled off a half-century each, comfortably fashioning an eight-win win for Royal Challengers Bangalore over Rajasthan Royals, a victory that sees them go top in the IPL 2020 Points Table.
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The India women's national cricket team caption Mithali Raj(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The India women's national cricket team caption Mithali Raj(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

‘Optimistic women’s cricket will be back on track soon’: Mithali Raj

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 08:34 PM IST
Mithali Raj is excited and is confident that the mini tournament in November will also help restart women’s cricket in India. In an interview, she talks about various issues around women’s cricket due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Yashasvi Jaiswal is ready to make an impact(Yashasvi Jaiswal/Instagram)
Yashasvi Jaiswal is ready to make an impact(Yashasvi Jaiswal/Instagram)

IPL 2020: Teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal’s focus on improving, not on price tag

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 08:18 AM IST
IPL 2020: Billed as one for the future, 18-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal can find adulation as he prepares to make his debut in IPL, which starts in the UAE on Saturday.
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Yuvraj Singh has served as a mentor to some of Punjab’s finest young cricketers.(Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh has served as a mentor to some of Punjab’s finest young cricketers.(Getty Images)

Yuvraj ‘homeschools’ Punjab’s IPL quartet

By Shalini Gupta | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 07:26 AM IST
Yuvraj Singh has been pretty busy this season, conducting two long camps at the behest of the Punjab Cricket Association, at Mohali’s PCA Stadium where four cricketers fine-tuned their fitness and skills.
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Mithali Raj of India bats during the England v India group stage match at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 at The 3aaa County Ground on June 24, 2017 in Derby, England.(Getty Images)
Mithali Raj of India bats during the England v India group stage match at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 at The 3aaa County Ground on June 24, 2017 in Derby, England.(Getty Images)

Would have been really tight if World Cup wasn’t postponed: Mithali Raj

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 07:48 AM IST
Mithali Raj with 209 ODIs and 89 T20Is under her belt talks about the preparation, disappointment of players due to the postponement of Women’s ODI World Cup and her future plans.
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Shubman Gill in the nets.(Shubman Gill’s Instagram)
Shubman Gill in the nets.(Shubman Gill’s Instagram)

Yuvraj Singh the mentor backs Shubman Gill to go the distance

By Shalini Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:48 AM IST
Gill has been criticised for his on-field behaviour, especially last season when he was fined for showing dissent against an umpire during a Ranji Trophy game against Delhi.
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