Sharad Deep

Sharad Deep

Sharad Deep is a principal correspondent based at Lucknow. He has spent 26 years in journalism and covers sports.

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India's ODI vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur during team's training session in Lucknow on Thursday.(HT Photo)
India's ODI vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur during team's training session in Lucknow on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Century of ODIs beckons Harmanpreet Kaur on Sunday

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:09 PM IST
Like her 100th T20I, this too will be against South Africa and the hard-hitting batter will look to come out of a slump.
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Harmanpreet Kaur: File photo(PTI)
Harmanpreet Kaur: File photo(PTI)

Indian women train after a year ahead of SA series

By Sharad Deep, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:50 PM IST
India women’s team last played a game in March 2020, in the final of the ICC World T20 against hosts Australia.
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Lucknow's Ekana stadium(HT)
Lucknow's Ekana stadium(HT)

Lucknow to host India-South Africa women’s ODIs and T20Is in March

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:45 PM IST
Series comprising five one-dayers and three T20s will be India’s first since T20 World Cup last March
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Photo of ace Indian distance runner Sudha Singh(HT Photo)
Photo of ace Indian distance runner Sudha Singh(HT Photo)

Sudha Singh eyes national marathon record, Tokyo qualification

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:27 PM IST
The distance runner from Uttar Pradesh, awarded the Padma Shri, is confident of making a smooth switch having won two Asian Games medals in 3000m steeplechase.
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Will we see Bhuvneshwar Kumar return to India whites against England? (Getty Images)
Will we see Bhuvneshwar Kumar return to India whites against England? (Getty Images)

Fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar eyes England Test series comeback

By Sharad Deep, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:45 PM IST
  • The swing bowler, who missed the Australia tour due to injury, is on a comeback and playing in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.
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Badminton generic(Getty Images)
Badminton generic(Getty Images)

Para shuttlers refuse quarantine, leave SAI centre

By Sharad Deep | Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 07:35 PM IST
The eight-member Indian para-badminton team have “refused” the mandatory 14-day quarantine at the Sports Authority of India’s regional centre here, and decided to shift their base for the first-ever official national camp to the Uttar Pradesh Badminton Academy in Lucknow.
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File image of Anurita Saini(Pic: Courtesy Ashok Vahie)
File image of Anurita Saini(Pic: Courtesy Ashok Vahie)

Anurita Saini, winner of 1982 Asiad hockey gold, dies

By Sharad Deep | Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:23 PM IST
Saini, during her playing days, was well regarded for her feisty, never-say-die attitude.
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Representational image.(Wrestling India)
Representational image.(Wrestling India)

No more breaks for wrestlers as WFI gets serious

By Sharad Deep | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:03 PM IST
With the inclusion of 14 more wrestlers, the strength of the campers is likely to go up to 30. They will be accompanied by personal trainers, mentors and conditioning coaches.
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Ww 62kg Sakshi MALIK (IND) df. Nabira ESENBAEVA (UZB) by VPO1, 9 - 6
Ww 62kg Sakshi MALIK (IND) df. Nabira ESENBAEVA (UZB) by VPO1, 9 - 6

’Olympic dream a big motivator’

By Sharad Deep | LUCKNOW
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 08:46 AM IST
Months of lockdown forced by the pandemic has given a fresh lease of life to her dream of winning another Olympic medal as the wrestling federation is due to hold fresh trials.
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Photo of Kartik Tyagi, Shane Watson from 37th IPL 2020 match in Abu Dhabi(Twitter)
Photo of Kartik Tyagi, Shane Watson from 37th IPL 2020 match in Abu Dhabi(Twitter)

IPL 2020: Kartik Tyagi, fast and calculated, delivering for Rajasthan Royals

By Sharad Deep | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:03 PM IST
IPL: The teenaged pacer from Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur town, who took 11 wickets in the U-19 World Cup in January, has made a mark in the glitzy league.
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File image of Vinesh Phogat(Vinesh Phogat/Instagram)
File image of Vinesh Phogat(Vinesh Phogat/Instagram)

Twice deferred, camp for Vinesh, Sakshi and other wrestlers start

By Sharad Deep | Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 11:28 PM IST
The Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) centre, which opened almost after seven months here on Monday, saw top Indian wrestlers laughing, jogging, running and even doing light training at the multi-gym for almost two hours, nearly double of what the actual schedule was meant for.
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Haryana, India - Nov. 13, 2019: Women wrestler practice(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Haryana, India - Nov. 13, 2019: Women wrestler practice(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Women wrestlers to continue training under personal coaches during camp

By Sharad Deep | Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 07:14 PM IST
Divya Kakran, who won 68kg gold at the Asian Championships in February in New Delhi, will take online lessons from coach Vladimir Mestvirishvili while training under India coaches Kuldeep Singh and Sahil Sharma.
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Entertainment and ‘fatafat’ money amid ‘Covid slowdown’

By Sharad Deep and Chandan Kumar, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 05:43 PM IST
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Yadav hasn’t joined but those among the 26 listed who have will be quarantined for 14 days at the SAI campus in Sonepat.(Image Courtesy: Narsingh Yadav/Facebook)
Yadav hasn’t joined but those among the 26 listed who have will be quarantined for 14 days at the SAI campus in Sonepat.(Image Courtesy: Narsingh Yadav/Facebook)

Wrestling camp starts, Narsingh Yadav set to join

By Navneet Singh/Sharad Deep | New Delhi/Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 12:05 AM IST
Scheduled to start on Tuesday in Lucknow, the women’s camp got deferred as a number of employees at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) tested positive for Covid-19.
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File image of Vinesh Phogat.(File)
File image of Vinesh Phogat.(File)

Vinesh Phogat pulls out on health grounds

By Sharad Deep | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 08:37 PM IST
Besides Phogat and Kakran, the 15-member India team for the camp includes Nirmala Devi, Pinki, Seema (50 kg), Pooja Gehlot, Lalita (53 kg), Anshu, Sarita, Pooja Dhanda (57 kg), Sonam, Sakshi Malik, Navjot Kaur (62 kg), Nisha and Anita (68 kg).
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Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association

Senior IOA official for China-specific guidelines to athletes

By Sharad Deep & Ajai Masand | LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 09:50 AM IST
Top IOA officials feel it is important to warn those travelling to China for sports events that they must strictly follow regulations to ensure they don’t get into trouble and put India in an embarrassing situation.
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Sudha Singh trains at NIS Patiala on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)
Sudha Singh trains at NIS Patiala on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

In her quest for Tokyo, Sudha Singh stays clear of home

By Sharad Deep | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 06:48 PM IST
Ace steeplechase runner and Asian Games medallist Sudha Singh, who is aiming for a last shot at gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, is one such athlete.
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A sadhu rests at Hanuman Garhi Mandir in Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.(AP)
A sadhu rests at Hanuman Garhi Mandir in Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.(AP)

Anyone from Pak who has faith in lord Ram can come to Ayodhya, says Ram Janmabhoomi trust chief

By Pawan Dixit and Sharad Deep | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 11:52 PM IST
“Pakistan is a part of Akhand Bharat and Hindus living there are our brothers. If he (Kaneria) wants to visit Ram Mandir and offer prayers, then he is most welcome,” said Nritya Gopal Das.
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Scoreboard reflects the hard work of the scorers in a match.(HT File Photo)
Scoreboard reflects the hard work of the scorers in a match.(HT File Photo)
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Pankaj with his mother Kajal and brother Sree(HT)
Pankaj with his mother Kajal and brother Sree(HT)

Never looked at Kuwait with any kind of hatred: Advani

By Sharad Deep & Ajai Masand | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 07:31 AM IST
On 30 years of Iraq’s invasion, the world champion remembers not knowing he wouldn’t see his home again.
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Priyam Garg hits the gym.(HT Images)
Priyam Garg hits the gym.(HT Images)

Priyam Garg waits to take that big step

By Sharad Deep | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 07:52 AM IST
Unlike any of his predecessors, Garg has been made to wait endlessly – and for no real fault of his own either – to show what he is made of.
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A historic moment: After winning their maiden Ranji Trophy in 2005-06, Uttar Pradesh lifted their first Mushatq Ali Twenty20 Trophy in 2016.(FILE PHOTO)
A historic moment: After winning their maiden Ranji Trophy in 2005-06, Uttar Pradesh lifted their first Mushatq Ali Twenty20 Trophy in 2016.(FILE PHOTO)
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Despite producing many performers, UP could win their maiden Ranji Trophy so far in 2005-06.(HT File Photo)
Despite producing many performers, UP could win their maiden Ranji Trophy so far in 2005-06.(HT File Photo)
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IOA chief Narinder Batra.(File Photo)
IOA chief Narinder Batra.(File Photo)
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Suresh Raina(ht)
Suresh Raina(ht)
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Gopal Sharma
Gopal Sharma
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Shatrughan Lal(ht)
Shatrughan Lal(ht)
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A file picture shoing Kamran Khan in action during an IPL game in 2009.(AFP)
A file picture shoing Kamran Khan in action during an IPL game in 2009.(AFP)

2009 IPL hero, Kamran Khan eyeing a comeback

By Sharad Deep | Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Kamran, who last played a first-class match in 2013 at the Premier League Tournament at Colombo, has been practising hard since his return to home.
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Sakshi MALIK
Sakshi MALIK

Indian wrestlers face fresh trials, tougher field in Tokyo Olympics build-up

By Sharad Deep & Ajai Masand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 09:01 PM IST
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver medallist Pooja Dhanda were knocked out by juniors in the trials. They are likely to be tested even more in next year’s trials as WFI is “keen on hosting the national championships in the next 2-3 months, situation permitting,” and field some of the juniors (under-20) in the trials next year.
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Sonam (left) and Anshu (right) after a routine training session at Sonepat.(sourced)
Sonam (left) and Anshu (right) after a routine training session at Sonepat.(sourced)
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