Sharad Deep

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.

Articles by Sharad Deep

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

India's first training stint in Lucknow hints at Ashwin selection for ENG game

Ashwin had long session with bat and ball. The senior player could come in as third spinner, considering the likely slow pitch on which the game could be played

India's Ravichandran Ashwin attends a practice session during 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup (AFP)
Published on Oct 26, 2023 11:02 PM IST
By, Lucknow

From religious fervour to cricket fever, Lucknow gears for India-England showdown

Local fans, spanning across generations and gender, are eagerly anticipating a win for Team India in this ODI World Cup.

Cricket fans at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow (File Photo)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 09:44 PM IST

Sadeera helps Sri Lanka see the bright side

The 1996 champions have struggled, but the middle-order batter’s form has been a bright spot for the team at this World Cup

Sadeera Samarawickrama plays a shot during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between Sri Lanka and Netherlands.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 10:56 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Sri Lanka cruise to their first win

The Dutch put up a good fight but it wasn't enough to keep Kusal Mendis' team from emerging victors

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dushan Hemantha celebrate their victory over Netherlands during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup(PTI)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 08:16 PM IST

On sale in ‘black’: 50,000 tickets for Ind vs Eng fixture in Lucknow

The match is scheduled to be played at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium here on October 29. This will be the penultimate game of the five World Cup matches scheduled at the venue.

On sale in ‘black’: <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000 tickets for Ind vs Eng fixture in Lucknow
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:38 AM IST
BySharad Deep/Rohit Kumar Singh, Lucknow

Sri Lanka eye first win against upbeat Netherlands

The ongoing ODI World Cup is an opportunity for The Netherlands, especially after their win against South Africa.

Scott Edwards said that the team was happy to win against South Africa, but it wasn’t the team’s perfect performance(Cricket Netherlands twitter)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 11:20 PM IST

Marsh, Inglish and Zampa lead Australia to first victory

After two comprehensive defeats, Pat Cummins’s side hand winless Sri Lanka a five-wicket defeat in Lucknow

Australia's Josh Inglis plays a shot during their match in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 against Sri Lanka.(ANI )
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Sparse attendance shadows non-India matches at Ekana Stadium

Addressing ticketing challenges will be pivotal to ensure a broader fan base can actively participate in this grand sporting spectacle.

The presence of fans in the stadium during non-India matches is notably sparse. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 06:19 PM IST

Australia, Sri Lanka target survival with first win in ODI World Cup

Both teams lost their first two matches and the Ekana Stadium pitch could add to the intrigue when the teams clash in Lucknow on Monday.

Australia's Sean Abbott (C), Cameron Green (2R) and Josh Hazlewood (L) attend a practice session on the eve of their 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match against Sri Lanka(AFP)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 06:55 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Not dwelling on history, want to win World Cup: Quinton de Kock

South Africa are riding high after their second win, by 134 runs against a listless Australia. The Proteas 'keeper has hit back-to-back centuries

South Africa's Quinton de Kock celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between Australia and South Africa(AFP)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 10:38 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Quinton de Kock hits another ton, SA crush listless Australia

The Proteas registered their second win by 134 runs while their second straight loss leaves the Aussies with a lot of work ahead

South Africa's skipper Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock run between the wickets during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Australia.(ANI )
Published on Oct 13, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

South Africa, Australia face-off on an unknown pitch

The relaid Lucknow pitch could make life challenging for the batters in this high-profile World Cup tie on Thursday

The teams are 54-50 in head-to-head encounters with South Africa holding the edge.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 10:40 PM IST

Seema Punia aiming for Paris 2024 swansong

There has been no looking back for the ace discus thrower who last week claimed a bronze at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

India's Seema Punia celebrates on the podium during the women's discus throw medal ceremony (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 10, 2023 10:22 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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