Sharad Deep

Sharad Deep

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

Articles by Sharad Deep
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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

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PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2006 12:19 AM IST
Even as a kid, Mukuljit Singh wanted to handle the rifle that belonged to his father Raja Satayjit Singh?ace trap-shooter of his days. So, the day, Mukuljit was ?allowed? to touch the ?beauty?, he was ready. Within a few minutes and in a few tries, he smashed the target to pieces.
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Govt ready to be a sport, calls meet on Sept 5

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2006 02:03 AM IST
THE SPAT between the State Government and the sports associations, including the Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association and its parent body Indian Olympic Association, over the controversial Sports Act-2005 is likely to end at an ?all-party? meet called here on September 5. If this happens, the chances of Uttar Pradesh holding the 2009 National Games, withdrawn last month by the IOA Executive Committee, may once again be there.
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Sons rise in stadium backyards

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PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2006 01:46 AM IST
WHAT IS common among national-level junior shuttlers Pawan Kumar, Jai Singh and Dharamveer? All three are sons of Class IV employees of the KD Singh ?Babu? Stadium. They developed fascination for the sport by occasionally accompanying their fathers to the badminton hall.
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Of Olympics, victories & friends

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PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2006 12:18 AM IST
Get married first then, I will allow you to go to the Munich Olympics! That?s what his father NS Chauhan told him in 1972. Vijay Singh agreed. But while he was getting married, and during the days leading up to it, big dreams were on his mind. He left for Munich two days after his marriage and finished 17th among 164 athletes in the decathlon. Only 102 actually completed that event.
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Of Olympics, victories & friends

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2006 12:18 AM IST
Get married first then, I will allow you to go to the Munich Olympics! That?s what his father NS Chauhan told him in 1972. Vijay Singh agreed. But while he was getting married, and during the days leading up to it, big dreams were on his mind. He left for Munich two days after his marriage and finished 17th among 164 athletes in the decathlon. Only 102 actually completed that event.
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Final ball gives bettors a kick!

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2006 12:20 AM IST
THE BETTING genie is out of the bottle again with Zinedine Zidane?s France and Alessandro Del Piero?s Italy making it to the FIFA World Cup final in Germany. City punters have swung into action for the July 9 summit clash in Berlin. Though the Special Task Force has no report about World Cup betting in any part of the State, soccer fans and punters alike have reportedly staked huge money on the mega final.
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Why is India off the goal?

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2006 12:02 AM IST
ASK GOPAL Mullick about Team India star S Sreesanth, he will simply shake his head in no. But, he will quickly tell you the details of any international soccer player as soon as you ask his name.
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It keeps your eyeballs rolling!

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2006 12:00 AM IST
SWAMI VIVEKNAND?s quote??? It would be better to play football than read the Gita? you will definitely win the world by kicking the ball up high in the sky. The higher the kick, the higher you rise.?
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5-3-2-1 makes Brazil faves

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2006 12:19 AM IST
HE LOOKS like ex-Dutch footballer Ruud Gullit, who dominated the world of soccer during the 1980s and 1990s. He does maintain similar flowing hair! Yes, Ram Prakash Singh began his career in soccer and played upto the sub-junior nationals to help UP finish runners-up in 1980 at Kolkata. But, within two years of diversion towards hockey, he showed his authority in the National Games with a bang, fashioning UP?s scintillating title win in the Sub-Junior Nationals at Kolkata in 1982.
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Time to kick the ball high!

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2006 12:00 AM IST
SOMENDRA NATH Chaudhury appears quite upset over the present condition of football in the country as well as in the State Capital. He wants everyone should come together to help upgrade the soccer at least in the city.
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Where?s the skill factor nowadays?

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2006 12:00 AM IST
EIGHTY-FIVE-year-old Prafull Kumar Dutta doesn?t like the current trends catching on in the ?footballing world? but he?s cheering for defending champions Brazil in this year?s World Cup, beginning from June 9, in Germany.
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Quota spectre out to haunt sportspersons too

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2006 01:11 AM IST
QUOTA GENIE is ?out of the bottle? again for the sportspersons of the State as the government has reportedly ordered for immediate implementation of the quota system in the admissions of Guru Gobind Singh College (Lucknow) and Vir Bahadur Singh Sports College (Gorakhpur). And if it?s implemented, then 50 per cent seats in both the sports colleges would be reserved for OBC (27 per cent), SC (21 per cent) and ST (2 per cent).
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Raina! Autograph, please

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2006 12:49 AM IST
RED T-SHIRT. Jeans. White shoes. But, no bat! And his female guests shout, ?he looks good and plays well too.? Young Shaira gushed about Team India star Suresh Raina, when she met the stunning young Raina at a function on Thursday night. Another teenager, Sangeeta, lauded the game (and of course, looks!) of the new charmer boy in the Indian team.
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They call him Mr. Super Coach

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2006 12:09 AM IST
Pramod Kumar Gupta?s biggest dream was to play the Gentlemen?s Game at top-level and he even made it to the 20-member Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy team in 1985 under the captaincy of Sunil Chaturvedi, but couldn?t make it to the Playing XI. But life gave his passion a special twist.
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FIFA fever?s already begun

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2006 12:01 AM IST
WOULD YOU spend Rs 3,000 in five minutes on a certain gentleman with the name Park Chu Young? If you squint your eyes and mumble something inaudible then, count yourself of a generation past!
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Old enough to be ?man of the match?

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2006 01:56 AM IST
?ARE YOU old enough to ride this bike,? former England skipper Mike Atherton asked Suresh Raina jovially soon after the young UPite was named ?man of the match? for his scintillating performance which helped India take a 2-0 lead in the ODI series against England at Faridabad on Friday.
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UP politics hits one-day final

None | By SHARAD Deep/YASH Mudgal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2006 12:46 AM IST
LATE ON Sunday night, another shameful chapter was added to Indian cricket?s burgeoning roster of shame. An unseemly fight for control of cricket in the state between the Uttar Pradesh government and the UP Cricket Association resulted in the Ranji Trophy one-day final between UP and Railways, slated to be held here on Tuesday, being shifted to Mumbai.
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Golden dawn for Narangs

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2006 01:40 AM IST
FOR AMARJEET Narang, the day began with a ?breaking news?. Her son Gagan Narang (extreme left) rang her up at 6 in the morning on Friday to tell her about his golden achievement in the 18th Commonwealth Games at Melbourne (Australia).
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UP strikes it big in Team India

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2006 01:50 AM IST
THURSDAY TURNED out to be yet another golden day in the history of Uttar Pradesh cricket when four of its players Mohd Kaif, Suresh Raina, Rudra Pratap Singh and young leggie Piyush Chawla made it to the Indian team for the first cricket Test against England beginning in Nagpur on March 1.
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Reviving an old art

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2006 04:55 AM IST
Piyush Chawla has revived leg spin, almost a dying art in today?s cricket. The 16-year old prodigy stood out in the Challenger Trophy and his terrific display gives rise to hope that India may have a player ready to take over when Anil Kumble calls it a day.
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Skipper is ready for the challenge

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2006 04:55 AM IST
Even before becoming skipper, Ravikant Shukla had promised of the Indian team?s fascinating show against Australia in the one-day series a few months ago.
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Kaif touches young bats

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2006 12:17 AM IST
MOHD KAIF?S message ?The Ranji Trophy win will boost youngsters? confidence?seems to have generated quite a response. ?It was really a hurricane task for UP to get Bengal out. But, Kaif bhai made it possible,? says young cricketer Abid, who compares him with Jhonty.? Sujal Tripathi, Tariq, Abhishek Segla, Puneet Singh and many more young trainees have taken Kaif?s words so seriously. ?It?s a golden period of UP cricket as five State players i.e. Kaif, Suresh Raina, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ravikant Shukla and Piyush Chawla .
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Kaif & Co create history

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2006 01:37 AM IST
UTTAR PRADESH wrote a golden chapter in the 71- year-old Ranji Trophy history on Thursday when Team India member and UP skipper Mohd Kaif received the glittering Ranji Trophy in presence of a huge gathering. Much before the finish of the match Kaif had himself prompted the crowd and the team members, sitting on the benches to start the celebration, which started in the right ernest as soon as Suresh Raina bowled the fifth mandatory over of the Bengal?s second innings at the KD Singh Babu stadium.
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Unity was key: Kaif

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2006 11:26 PM IST
UP captain Mohammed Kaif claimed that victory in the Ranji Trophy final will inspire other youngsters of the State to aim high in their lives.
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More praise for Kaif

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2006 02:41 AM IST
Mohammed Kaif?s leadership quality at the Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka a few years back and his match-winning effort at the NatWest Trophy final at Lord's seem to have impressed chairman of selectors Kiran More so much that he feels the UP skipper can lead Indian in the future.
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Zaidi ready for a final fling

None | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2006 11:50 PM IST
Eighteen years ago, Ashish Winston Zaidi was a young lad playing his maiden Ranji Trophy match for Uttar Pradesh against Railways at the Kamla Club Ground in Kanpur.
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Zaidi ready for a final fling

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2006 08:35 AM IST
Eighteen years ago, Ashish Winston Zaidi was a young lad playing his maiden Ranji Trophy match for Uttar Pradesh against Railways at the Kamla Club Ground in Kanpur.
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Will hosts knock ?final? ghost out?

None | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2006 12:26 AM IST
WILL UTTAR Pradesh break the Ranji Trophy final jinx this time?This has become a hot topic among non-cricketers, cricket fans and former cricketers in the State Capital. But they all want Team India star and UP skipper Mohd Kaif to lay his hands on the coveted trophy as it will be for the first time in 71-year-old history of Ranji Trophy, if UP wins against visiting Bengal.
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Together, but not out of fix!

PTI | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2006 09:09 PM IST
YESTERDAY?S ENEMIES seem to have become colleagues, but not friends. This was very much evident during the NTPC Goodwill Cricket Series match between India and Pakistan veterans at the KD Singh ?Babu? Stadium here on Friday. ?Stars? of the match-fixing saga Mohd Azharuddin and Manoj Prabhakar were playing together.
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UP and down, Kaif feels at home in town!

PTI | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2006 12:16 AM IST
UTTAR PRADESH?S key cricketer Kaif really went about on the town eating delicious kebabs, meeting with old friends, giving autographs with open heart and sharing his journey of success with his fans and friends. Team India?s Mohd Kaif, who is playing his maiden Ranji Trophy match of the season for his home State, finds himself at home. Giving not much thought to his security, which he owns while playing for Team India, Kaif has proved that he is a son of U.P.and all his fans and lovers are like his family.
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