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Sharad Deep is a versatile sports journalist, who loves writing on cricket and Olympic sport. He has played cricket at the university level and has been writing for Hindustan Times since 1997.

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A ‘sports-centric’ budget—50 int’l coaches for hostels, 12 cr injury centre

With a 67% uptick in allocations, the government proposes to spend ₹195 crore to develop sports infra

The government also allocated <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 crore towards an award scheme for winners at national and international competitions. (File)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 07:38 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Call of faith, avenues of livelihood converge for Ayodhya’s youngsters

The ‘Pran Pratistha’ at Ram Mandir on January 22 is a special occasion for which youngsters can’t resist coming back home

The mood in Ayodhya in the run-up to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 04:49 AM IST

I want to make my presence felt at the Paris Olympics: Parul Chaudhary

After a good 2023, the Asian Games medallist needs to find a higher level this year.

India's Parul Chaudhary poses for photos (PTI)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 08:11 PM IST

In the ring of faith: Ayodhya’s spiritual warriors gear up for consecration

“I was just 17, when I came to this place to become a wrestler and to serve as priest at the Hanuman Garhi. I have seen the bad and good days, including the demolition of disputed structure and its aftermath,” said Gangadas.

Ayodhya’s love for Ram and Wrestling. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

A switch in time takes Dhruv Jurel into the India Test squad

Adding wicketkeeping skills has helped the Uttar Pradesh player to catch the eye of the national selectors and be included in the squad for the England Tests

Dhruv Jurel during IPL 2023 match for Rajasthan Royals(PTI)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 08:48 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ranji Trophy: Bhuvneshwar captures 8/41 for UP against Bengal

The seamer took three wickets on Day 2 to complete his haul in the Elite Group B match on a green pitch at Kanpur

Bhuvneshwar Kumar during his time with the Indian team(ANI)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 06:56 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Bhuvi’s five-for keeps UP in hunt against Bengal in Ranji Trophy

While playing for Uttar Pradesh in a first-class match almost after seven years, Meerut’s bowler showed his class against Bengal on Day One

Bhuvanesh Kumar took 5/25 against Bengal on Friday. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 08:18 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Green Park set to host its 50th Ranji match

Uttar Pradesh will be playing their fourth match against Bengal from Friday ever since the inception of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association in 1928.

Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium happens to be one of the oldest Test centers on BCCI’s list. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 08:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Yash Dayal charts his way back to the top

His confidence was shattered after being hit for five consecutive sixes in the last IPL season but he has finally managed to put that behind him.

Yash Dayal of Gujarat Titans during the Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) match against Rajasthan Royals(PTI)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 11:38 PM IST

Pacer Naman Tiwari hopes to shine at U-19 World Cup

The 18-year-old has been a star performer for the team and he will hope to keep the form going in South Africa next month.

Fireworks on display during an ICC event | Image for representation (ANI )
Published on Dec 20, 2023 09:58 PM IST
By, Lucknow

UP big-hitter Rizvi lands IPL bonanza with Chennai Super Kings

The Meerut player's power-hitting skills came into wider focus at the UP T20 League and he was rewarded with a ₹8.4 crore contract from CSK at the IPL auction

Sameer Rizvi of Kanpur Superstars during the Uttar Pradesh T20 league 2023, in Kanpur. Chennai Super Kings grabbed Rizvi for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8.4 crore at the IPL 2024 auction on Tuesday(PTI)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 09:04 PM IST

Three national level lifters of SAI, Lucknow caught for doping

The three, including a woman lifter, were caught after a test done by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), the head of the centre said

The lifters were already being monitored by officials of the SAI centre since admission a few months ago(AFP)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 09:33 PM IST

Syed Modi: Chi, Okuhara win singles, Tanisha-Ashwini lose

The Indian pair fought to push the women’s doubles final into the decider but could not then match their Japanese rivals.

India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto pose for photos after winning the silver medal in the women's doubles event at the Syed Modi International 2023 badminton tournament(PTI)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 11:10 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Syed Modi badminton: Priyanshu loses in semis, Tanisha-Ashwini in women’s double

Men’s second seed Kenta Nishimoto and seasoned Nozomi Okuhara are in line to win the men’s and women’s titles and hand Japan a double in singles

Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa entered the final of the BWF World Super 300 event(Twitter/India_AllSports)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 12:25 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Syed Modi International Badminton: Priyanshu, Ashwini-Tanisha enter semi-finals

Syed Modi International Badminton: Priyanshu Rajawat will next face either Chinese Taipei's Chi Yu Jen or Chia Hao Lee in his semi-final match.

Young badminton star Priyanshu Rajawat in action.(Instagram @Priyanshu Rajawat )
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 08:48 PM IST

Syed Modi badminton: Srikanth, Sai Praneeth lose in the first round

Twice former champion Sameer Verma and defending women’s champion Malvika Bansod too lost in the BWF Super 300 badminton event in Lucknow

Kidambi Srikanth has not crossed the third round this year, but it has mostly been first round losses.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Prannoy, Lakshya late pullouts from Syed Modi badminton

The men’s field will also miss the Chinese players. Former world No.1, Kidambi Srikanth, is India’s top player.

India's H.S. Prannoy hits a return to Japan's Kodai Naraoka(AFP)
Published on Nov 28, 2023 08:03 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Syed Modi badminton: Prannoy leads men’s challenge, Sindhu absent

Players will also be seeking to earn vital BWF points in their quest to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics at the Lucknow tournament

Despite his quarterfinal loss in the China Masters Super 750 tournament last week, 31-year-old Prannoy, given top billing, eyes a strong finish in Lucknow(AFP)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Afghanistan skipper Shahidi leading by example

His consistency as a batter and the leadership to keep the side united has kept the team chasing a World Cup semi-final berth with two games left.

Afghanistan's skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi being congratulated by team members and staff after winning the match against Netherlands in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023,(Afghanistan Cricket Board Twitte)
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:50 PM IST

World Cup 2023: Solid Afghanistan stay in hunt for semis spot

Shahidi and Co notched up a facile seven-wicket win over Netherlands to move to eight points, level with Australia and New Zealand

Afghanistan's skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi being congratulated by team members and staff after winning the match against Netherlands in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium(Afghanistan Cricket Board Twitte)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 07:06 AM IST

Afghanistan, Netherlands look to ace a spin battle

On a Lucknow pitch that is expected to aid the slow bowlers, it is a battle both are desperate to win as they push for a surprise World Cup semi-final berth

Rashid Khan (left) bowls as pacer Naveen-ul-Haq (right) watches him during Afghanistan’s training session in Lucknow on Wednesday(HT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 02, 2023 10:20 PM IST

Time for spinners to do the trick at Lucknow’s Ekana stadium

In the match between Afghanistan and Netherlands, spinners of both teams would be aiming to do a Kuldeep Yadav on the red clay turf on Friday.

Rashid Khan (left) bowls as pacer Naveen-ul-Haq (right) watches him during Afghanistan’s training session in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 06:48 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Hockey sensation Vandana Katariya scripts history with 300th international game

Reaching the milestone of 300 international appearances is a remarkable feat for Vandana, who faced teasing in her early days for pursuing hockey.

Vandana is renowned for her deadly reverse hit, but her mental strength during play sets her apart. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 09:50 PM IST

Aryan Dutt wants 'best gift' of the World Cup, Virat Kohli’s wicket

The young Dutch spinner has been an integral member of a team that has upstaged South Africa and Bangladesh to even dream of a semi-final spot.

India's Virat Kohli reacts as he walk back to pavilion (PTI)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 11:36 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Indian bowlers clean sweep England in low-scoring World Cup clash

Having successfully limited India to 229/9 in their allotted 50 overs, England harboured high hopes of securing their most significant win in the ongoing World Cup.

Mohammad Shami celebrates after taking a wicket on Sunday. (Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 08:16 AM IST

Ekana goes electric as 47k fans sing ‘Vande Mataram’; Tricolours paint the sky

The stadium pulsated with the beats of popular Bollywood tracks, particularly Bhojpuri songs, while the flicker of countless torchlights and the fluttering of the Indian tricolour elevated the spectacle to a new level.

Team India celebrate during the match at Ekana Stadium. (Deepak Gupta)
Published on Oct 29, 2023 10:16 PM IST

World Cup 2023: Suryakumar Yadav makes a quiet ODI statement against England

His 47-ball 49 that helped India post a challenging total on a tough Lucknow pitch could provide some answers in the middle-order for the hosts in the World Cup

India's batter Suryakumar Yadav during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and England(PTI)
Published on Oct 29, 2023 09:33 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Emotions soar at Ekana as Kaif, Raina unite for trophy presentation

While admiring the Ekana Stadium, Kaif also reminisced about his early days in the game at the KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium.

This event took place at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium before a full-house Sunday crowd. (X)
Updated on Oct 29, 2023 05:19 PM IST

Clash of Titans: India look to level World Cup win record with England

For Sunday’s match at this venue, both teams have distinct game plans. India aims to maintain their winning streak, while England looks to restore their pride in front of a capacity crowd on a Sunday.

Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan during a training session at Ekana stadium. (Deepak Gupta)
Published on Oct 28, 2023 09:42 PM IST

India-England clash: Ticket tango hits high note

The crisis for tickets has arisen due to pre-bookings online as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chose not to sell tickets offline

T-shirts and caps being sold outside the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana International cricket stadium ahead of the match between India and England in Lucknow. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 28, 2023 05:54 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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