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
South Africa's Faf du Plessis during nets.(REUTERS)
South Africa's Faf du Plessis during nets.(REUTERS)

After ODI series get deferred, South Africa stay put, to fly out of Kolkata on Monday

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2020 11:15 PM IST
Among many other sports events affected was the cancellation of the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa.
File image: India's Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw after nets session.(REUTERS)
File image: India's Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw after nets session.(REUTERS)

India vs South Africa: BCCI confirms Lucknow, Kolkata ODIs to be played behind closed doors

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep & Manish Chandra Pandey
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 11:05 PM IST
The sports ministry has issued an advisory that in case it’s unavoidable to postpone a sporting event, then it is preferable that it be conducted without a large public gathering.
Sonam pins down Rio bronze medallist Sakshi during national trials for Asian Qualifiers.(Deepak Gupta/HT)
Sonam pins down Rio bronze medallist Sakshi during national trials for Asian Qualifiers.(Deepak Gupta/HT)

Sakshi’s Olympic hopes nearly over after defeat

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Sakshi’s one last hope of making it to Tokyo will depend on Sonam failing at Asian qualifying event, scheduled in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from March 27 to 29.
File image of India U-19 cricketer Priyam Garg(Getty Image)
File image of India U-19 cricketer Priyam Garg(Getty Image)

U-19 World Cup 2020: Priyam Garg - Captain who beat the fear of leather ball

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 01:22 PM IST
Priyam Garg’s journey is yet to hit the crescendo, but it touched an important milestone on Monday when he was named the captain of the India U-19 team for the World Cup in South Africa, starting January 17.
File image of Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin(HT Photo/ Deepak Gupta)
File image of Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin(HT Photo/ Deepak Gupta)

Want to win gold again at Tokyo Olympics: Carolina Marin

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 09:01 AM IST
A three-time world champion and winner of 29 titles, Marin has been blighted by injuries in recent years. It has seen the former world No. 1 slide down the world rankings to 18.
Carolina Marin clinesh top honours.(Twitter/Carolina Marin)
Carolina Marin clinesh top honours.(Twitter/Carolina Marin)

Syed Modi International: Wang Tzu Wei, Carolina Marin claim top honours

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 11:57 PM IST
Sourabh came into the summit clash with a 1-1 head-to-head record, having lost narrowly to Tzu Wei at the Tong Yun Kai Cup in March this year.
Rakheem Cornwall with the match trophy.(Windies Cricket)
Rakheem Cornwall with the match trophy.(Windies Cricket)

Rakheem Cornwall takes 10 as West Indies crush Afghanistan in just over two days

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 07:56 PM IST
Cornwall took a match haul of 10 wickets as the West Indies bowled out Afghanistan for 120 on day three and reached their target of 31 to seal the win in just over an hour of the first session in Lucknow.

Shamarh Brooks, spinners put West Indies on brink of win against Afghanistan

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 08:16 PM IST
At stumps, Afghanistan were reeling at 109/7 in the second innings. With a slender 19-run cushion and only three wickets in hand, it seems difficult for Afghanistan to avoid a rout on Friday.
File image of West Indies cricketer Rahkeem Cornwall.(AP)
File image of West Indies cricketer Rahkeem Cornwall.(AP)

Afghanistan vs West Indies: Rahkeem Cornwall registers career-best 7/75 to bowl out Afg for 187

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 09:41 PM IST
Cornwall (7/75) spun a web around the Afghanistan batsmen on a turning track to shoot them out in 68.3 overs after West Indies won the toss and opted to field.
File photo of Pankaj Advani.(PTI)
File photo of Pankaj Advani.(PTI)

‘Haven’t set myself any target for world titles’ - Pankaj Advani

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 10:15 PM IST
Starting off with a maiden world title at the age of 18, Advani now has 23 world titles to his name. Advani visited HT house here along with another great Geet Sethi and spoke at length.
File photo of Yashasvi Jaiswal.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
File photo of Yashasvi Jaiswal.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s unbeaten ton helps India U19 to 9 wicket win over Afghanistan

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 11:08 PM IST
Jaiswal, 17, cracked a 83-ball 108 with the help of 16 fours and four sixes as India romped home in 27.4 overs while chasing 173, at the Ekana B ground here.
Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

India U19 to face Afghanistan as preparations for U19 World Cup begins

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 09:53 PM IST
India U19 have won a third of the 12 U19 World Cups played so far, the most successful country at that age level with one trophy more than Australia and two more than Pakistan.
Afghanistan win series 2-1.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Afghanistan win series 2-1.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Afghanistan humble West indies, win T20I series 2-1

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 08:15 AM IST
After a 0-3 mauling in the ODIs, the series win in T20s is a shot in the arm for the Rashid Khan and Co, who are aiming to make an impression at next year’s Asia Cup and the World Cup T20.
Karim Janat (centre) is being congratulated by team mates after he took five wickets in the second T20 match against West Indies in Lucknow on Saturday.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Karim Janat (centre) is being congratulated by team mates after he took five wickets in the second T20 match against West Indies in Lucknow on Saturday.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Afghanistan vs West Indies: Karim Janat puts Afghanistan on cloud nine

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 08:29 AM IST
Janat, 21, showed his prowess with both bat and ball to give the home side a reason to smile for the first time here, fashioning Afghanistan’s emphatic 41-run win to level the three-match Twenty20 series one-all.
Lucknow: 8-feet tall Afghan cricket fan Sher Khan watches the one-day international cricket series between Afghanistan and West Indies, in Lucknow, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Khan visited many hotels in search of a place to stay but no hotel allegedly agreed to rent him a room due to his height.(PTI)
Lucknow: 8-feet tall Afghan cricket fan Sher Khan watches the one-day international cricket series between Afghanistan and West Indies, in Lucknow, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Khan visited many hotels in search of a place to stay but no hotel allegedly agreed to rent him a room due to his height.(PTI)

At 8’ 2”, Afghan cricket fan finds many admirers in City of Nawabs

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 09:00 AM IST
Sher Khan is 8 feet 2 inches tall, 27 years old, and drew more attention with his presence at the Ekana cricket stadium—to watch Afghanistan play West Indies in the first ODI of their three-match series—drew more interest than the match itself.
West Indies batsman Roston Chase plays a shot.(PTI)
West Indies batsman Roston Chase plays a shot.(PTI)

Shai Hope, Roston Chase power Windies to ODI win in smog-hit Lucknow

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 08:16 AM IST
Shai Hope and Roston Chase struck half-centuries to power West Indies to a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first one-day international in smog-hit Lucknow on Wednesday.
Afghanistan cricket team celebrates after taking a wicket of West Indies player Kieron Pollard.(HT Photo)
Afghanistan cricket team celebrates after taking a wicket of West Indies player Kieron Pollard.(HT Photo)

Desperate Windies face Afghan challenge

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2019 11:29 PM IST
The two sides, which occupy bottom rung spots among Test-playing nations in the rankings across all formats, will play three ODIs, three T20s and a Test during the month-long full series at Afghanistan’s adopted home.
File photo of Rashid Khan(Getty Images)
File photo of Rashid Khan(Getty Images)

Smog could take a toll on Afghanistan-West Indies series as well

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 10:47 AM IST
The conditions impacted training sessions of both teams. Fielders found it difficult to see the white ball clearly even in the afternoon.
Now, Phil Simmons has bigger role to shoulder as head coach of West Indies.(getty image)
Now, Phil Simmons has bigger role to shoulder as head coach of West Indies.(getty image)

‘Windies consistency key to tackle Afghanistan,’ Simmons

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 10:46 AM IST
As West Indies tries to recover from a poor World Cup in England and the recent reverses against India at home, Simmons, 56, feels it is important for the team to be supported by everyone.
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan reacts.(Action Images via Reuters)
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan reacts.(Action Images via Reuters)

Afghanistan keen to rise after World Cup washout

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2019 08:26 AM IST
Having named Gulbadin Naib just before the mega tournament, the Afghanistan Board has handed the job in all formats to Rashid Khan.
A file photo of Afghanistan cricket team.(Getty Images)
A file photo of Afghanistan cricket team.(Getty Images)

Afghanistan gear up for Windies in new home Lucknow

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 10:24 PM IST
Afghanistan has nine days to put things in order as West Indies arrive for the first full series between the teams comprising three ODIs and T20s each, and a one-off Test.
File image of Dutee Chand.(Getty Images)
File image of Dutee Chand.(Getty Images)

Inter-State Athletics championships: Sprinter Dutee Chand disappoints in 100m, Parul shocks Sudha in 3000m steeplechase

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:54 PM IST
The Odisha runner could only manage an under-par 11.38 seconds to win the 100m dash at the 59th Inter-State Athletics Championships in Lucknow on Friday.
Anjali Devi(HT Photo)
Anjali Devi(HT Photo)

The curious case of India’s fastest 400m runner Anjali Devi

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 10:24 AM IST
Anjali Devi clocked 51.53 seconds to win 400m gold at Lucknow on Thursday
Representative Image.(Getty Images)
Representative Image.(Getty Images)

No dope testing at country’s premier athletics championships

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 11:40 PM IST
Despite it’s importance as a tournament where many athletes will be trying to hit the qualification mark for the World Championships in September, there was no dope testing at the meet.
Representational image.(Sports Illustrated via Getty Ima)
Representational image.(Sports Illustrated via Getty Ima)

Women wrestlers complain of coaches missing national camp

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 01:28 AM IST
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had barred 25 girls from attending national camps that included seven who were not allowed to take part in the trials for the World Championships on August 19.
A file photo of Hima Das.(Getty Images for IAAF)
A file photo of Hima Das.(Getty Images for IAAF)

Hima Das to target Worlds slot in international meets

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 12:13 AM IST
Hima Das’ name figures in the eight-member list of participants from Assam for the four-day Inter State Championship here but her coach Nipon Das said the ‘Dhing Express’ will not participate.
Pooja Dhanda during the medal ceremony for the Women's Freestyle 57 kg at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.(Getty Images)
Pooja Dhanda during the medal ceremony for the Women's Freestyle 57 kg at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.(Getty Images)

Pooja Dhanda, Navjot Kaur qualify for World Championships without a fight

New Delhi | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 06:04 PM IST
Dhanda (59kg) and Kaur (65kg) made it to the Indian team here on Monday without a fight as there were no competitors in their weight categories.
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Getty Images)
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Getty Images)

Sakshi Malik among 25 wrestlers barred from WFI camp

Lucknow/Delhi | By Sharad Deep & Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 11:52 PM IST
In a tough posture, the WFI also barred wrestlers who were scheduled to take part in the trials for the World Championships in the non-Olympic categories.
The teenager, who had been at the institute for the last one year, left behind a suicide note, according to the police.(HT File photo)
The teenager, who had been at the institute for the last one year, left behind a suicide note, according to the police.(HT File photo)

Budding shuttler found dead in UP hostel, suicide probable cause

Hindustan Times,. KANPUR/LUCKNOW | By Haidar Naqvi/Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 08:48 AM IST
The UP Sports College acting secretary, Vijay Gupta, said he had sought a detailed report on the death of the badminton player.
Talented sportspersons in under-14 and under-16 categories will be identified and groomed as world-beaters.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
Talented sportspersons in under-14 and under-16 categories will be identified and groomed as world-beaters.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Government rolls out plan to identify, groom talented athletes

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 05:49 PM IST
Intensifying the government’s mission to produce world-class sportspersons, union ministry of sports and youth affairs has come out with a special plan to identify talent in athletics across India, taking special measures even in the state athletics championships.
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