Siddhartha Sharma

Siddhartha Sharma

Siddhartha Sharma is with Delhi sports desk and writes on cricket.

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Vikas Mishra has been prolific in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy campaign this season.(Getty Images)
Vikas Mishra has been prolific in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy campaign this season.(Getty Images)

Flightless, Delhi Ranji spinner Vikas Mishra takes off in style

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2017 11:04 AM IST
Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra has claimed a bucketful of wickets in Delhi’s progress to the Ranji Trophy final after 10 years.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s performance on a seaming wicket at the Eden Gardens has ensured India possess a potent medium-pace battery capable of testing the best in the business, and more so in conditions which offer some movement(AFP)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s performance on a seaming wicket at the Eden Gardens has ensured India possess a potent medium-pace battery capable of testing the best in the business, and more so in conditions which offer some movement(AFP)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form warning for South Africa, England and Australia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2017 06:07 PM IST
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s magnificent spell against Sri Lanka in Eden Gardens in conditions that offer some movement is a warning for South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand as the Indian cricket team prepare for their real Test in overseas tours in 2018.
Yuzvendra Chahal says Virat Kohli’s attacking mindset and MS Dhoni’s planning skills have played a big hand in his success for the Indian cricket team.(BCCI)
Yuzvendra Chahal says Virat Kohli’s attacking mindset and MS Dhoni’s planning skills have played a big hand in his success for the Indian cricket team.(BCCI)

‘Attack, attack, attack’ - Virat Kohli’s message to Yuzvendra Chahal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2017 09:08 AM IST
Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian cricket team legspinner, has proved a roaring success in limited-overs cricket and attributes it to skipper Virat Kohli’s licence -- attack and take wickets, in an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times.
New Delhi: India's Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli having a words with New Zealand players ,waits for reply of dismissal of Rohit Sharma during the first T20 match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI11_1_2017_000208a)(PTI)
New Delhi: India's Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli having a words with New Zealand players ,waits for reply of dismissal of Rohit Sharma during the first T20 match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI11_1_2017_000208a)(PTI)

New Zealand let it slip, again and again against India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2017 01:25 PM IST
Renowned for their brilliant fielding and catching, New Zealand paid the price for poor catching in the first T20 at the Ferozeshah Kotla.
Ashish Nehra waves to crowd after his retirement from all forms of cricket during the first India vs New Zealand T20 at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.(PTI)
Ashish Nehra waves to crowd after his retirement from all forms of cricket during the first India vs New Zealand T20 at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.(PTI)

India break T20 jinx vs New Zealand in Ashish Nehra’s final cricket match

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2017 11:57 PM IST
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan slammed 80s to help India reach 202/3. Then Indian bowlers restricted New Zealand to 149/8 as the hosts won their first-ever T20 match against the Kiwis. Ashish Nehra thus signed off his international career on a high.
India face New Zealand in the first T20 encounter in New Delhi on Wednesday.(AFP)
India face New Zealand in the first T20 encounter in New Delhi on Wednesday.(AFP)

India vs New Zealand: Dew could have big say in outcome of Ferozeshah Kotla T20

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2017 11:44 PM IST
The dew is all set to play a major role in Wednesday’s T20 encounter between India and New Zealand in New Delhi.
Ashish Nehra will be playing his last cricket match when India take on New Zealand in the 1st T20 in New Delhi.(AFP)
Ashish Nehra will be playing his last cricket match when India take on New Zealand in the 1st T20 in New Delhi.(AFP)

India cricket team faces Ashish Nehra dilemma ahead of 1st T20 vs New Zealand at Kotla

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2017 10:35 AM IST
The first T20 International between India and New Zealand in New Delhi is set to be veteran seamer Ashish Nehra’s last game in competitive cricket.
Mitchell Santner will be a key asset for New Zealand as they face India in the first T20 encounter in New Delhi.(Getty Images)
Mitchell Santner will be a key asset for New Zealand as they face India in the first T20 encounter in New Delhi.(Getty Images)

India vs New Zealand: Mitchell Santner bucks the trend in age of wrist spin

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2017 11:42 PM IST
In the age where wrist spinners are reaping most of the rewards, Mitchell Santner’s ‘finger tweaking’ style of bowling has produced great results for him against India.
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma raises his bat after hitting a century during the third ODI against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur on Sunday.(AFP)
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma raises his bat after hitting a century during the third ODI against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur on Sunday.(AFP)

India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma irons flaws to hit timely Kanpur ton

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2017 06:46 PM IST
India opener Rohit Sharma scored his 15th ODI century against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur on Sunday.
The Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi will host the first Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on November 1.(HT Photo)
The Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi will host the first Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on November 1.(HT Photo)

India vs New Zealand: Pollution cloud hangs over Delhi T20

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur/Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2017 10:48 PM IST
With Delhi and District Cricket Association not allowed to use diesel-powered generators in the first India vs New Zealand T20I, the state body will have to seek extra power from the state power distribution company.
Ishant Sharma will replace Gautam Gambhir as the captain of Delhi’s Ranji team in the upcoming season.(HT Photo)
Ishant Sharma will replace Gautam Gambhir as the captain of Delhi’s Ranji team in the upcoming season.(HT Photo)

Gautam Gambhir steps down, Ishant Sharma to lead Delhi in Ranji Trophy cricket

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2017 01:54 PM IST
Gautam Gambhir, who led Delhi in the Ranji Trophy for the past four seasons, expressed his desire to continue only as a player. Ishant Sharma is his replacement as captain.
The Delhi side will undergo a fitness camp ahead of the new season.(Getty Images file photo)
The Delhi side will undergo a fitness camp ahead of the new season.(Getty Images file photo)

Delhi’s Ranji Trophy probables to undergo fitness camp ahead of new season

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2017 11:00 PM IST
A list of 40 probables for Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team will attend the fitness camp, with DDCA keen on keeping unfit players out
India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the second One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.(AFP)
India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the second One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.(AFP)

Shikhar Dhawan’s form great platform to turnaround up-and-down career

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2017 03:05 PM IST
With a century and four half-centuries in the last seven innings starting with the ICC Champions Trophy, Shikhar Dhawan surely seems to know what works for him.
England’s Mark Wood seems to be defying the age-old technique of gradual increase in speed in the run-ups.(Action Plus via Getty Images)
England’s Mark Wood seems to be defying the age-old technique of gradual increase in speed in the run-ups.(Action Plus via Getty Images)

Short sprint over long run-up for Mark Wood, Rubel Hossain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2017 11:41 PM IST
England’s Mark Wood and Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain seem to be defying the age-old technique of gradual increase in speed in the run-ups. That was the feature of former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and a method followed by Mohammed Shami to great effect.
Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper, plays a shot to third man during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston.(Getty Images)
Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper, plays a shot to third man during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston.(Getty Images)

In Cricket, how important are singles at third man?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2017 09:22 AM IST
With batsmen having less time to settle in T20, a rising delivery on the off-stump, which was earlier defended back to the bowler, is now being steered for a single to third man. The number of singles scored in this region could just be in double digits, but it plays a significant role in adding to the total.
Ravindra Jadeja performed well as a spinner for India against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.(AP)
Ravindra Jadeja performed well as a spinner for India against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.(AP)

ICC Champions Trophy: On seam-friendly pitches, speed check for the spinners

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2017 04:07 PM IST
Spinners have a restricted role in English conditions where the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is being played, but even their small contributions can have an impact. That means his job is to not just restrict, but take wickets too.
South Africa cricket team batsman Hashim Amla flicks and scores a boundary during the first ODI vs England cricket team at last week. England sealed the series, winning the first two matches of the three-ODI competition which acts as a warm-up for both sides for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017(Getty Images)
South Africa cricket team batsman Hashim Amla flicks and scores a boundary during the first ODI vs England cricket team at last week. England sealed the series, winning the first two matches of the three-ODI competition which acts as a warm-up for both sides for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017(Getty Images)

Why Hashim Amla is the most dangerous batsman at ICC Champions Trophy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2017 09:15 AM IST
Hashim Amla seems to have used the Indian Premier League (IPL) -- where he scored two centuries -- and the ongoing South Africa cricket team vs England cricket team ODI series (where he scored 73 & 24 in the first two matches) to get himself into peak form for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Manoj Tiwary, Rising Pune Supergiant’s middle-order batsman, scored 324 runs in 15 IPL 2017 games.(BCCI)
Manoj Tiwary, Rising Pune Supergiant’s middle-order batsman, scored 324 runs in 15 IPL 2017 games.(BCCI)

Unfazed by injuries and bad luck, Manoj Tiwary vows to carry on

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2017 08:48 AM IST
Since making his debut in 2008, Manoj Tiwary has played just 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is due to injuries and unending wait on the bench. With some brilliant performances for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017, he hopes to return to international arena soon.
Simi Singh will play for Ireland in a Tri-Series involving New Zealand and Bangladesh.(Twitter)
Simi Singh will play for Ireland in a Tri-Series involving New Zealand and Bangladesh.(Twitter)

Simi Singh once coach, trainer; now Ireland all-rounder

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2017 12:55 AM IST
Simi Singh is part of Ireland squad in the Tri-series against New Zealand and Bangladesh. He started his cricket career in Punjab and then took Ireland’s citizenship.
Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons guided Mumbai Indians to a comprehensive 146-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2017 on Saturday night.(BCCI)
Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons guided Mumbai Indians to a comprehensive 146-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2017 on Saturday night.(BCCI)

Mumbai Indians thrash Delhi Daredevils, qualify for IPL 2017 playoffs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2017 12:02 AM IST
Mumbai Indians became the first team of IPL 2017 to qualify for the playoffs after thrashing Delhi Daredevils by a record margin of 146 runs in New Delhi on Saturday night.
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya (R) will be a key factor for his team against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.(AFP)
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya (R) will be a key factor for his team against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.(AFP)

Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya factor stands out ahead of Delhi Daredevils clash

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 12:43 AM IST
Getting bowling tactics right has been vital in IPL 2017 and Mumbai Indians have hugely benefited from left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya’s contribution. Delhi Daredevils can take a leaf out of Rohit Sharma’s team when they meet on Saturday.
Manish Pandey of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates the team’s win against Delhi Daredevils during their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.(BCCI)
Manish Pandey of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates the team’s win against Delhi Daredevils during their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.(BCCI)

Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan guide Kolkata Knight Riders to 4-wicket win in Delhi

New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2017 08:20 PM IST
Manish Pandey hit a crucial six in the final over to guide former champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a four-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their IPL 2017 clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi
Delhi Daredevils pacer Pat Cummins celebrates with teammates the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Mandeep Singh during their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Delhi Daredevils pacer Pat Cummins celebrates with teammates the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Mandeep Singh during their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.(PTI)

Pat Cummins proves to be a quick learner with Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2017

New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2017 08:10 PM IST
Pat Cummins has conceded less than 30 runs and picked wickets at important junctures in each of the three games he has played so far in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL)
Delhi Daredevils' batsman Pat Cummins plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Kings XI Punjab. Delhi Daredevils play Kolkata Knight Riders at Kotla on Monday(AP)
Delhi Daredevils' batsman Pat Cummins plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Kings XI Punjab. Delhi Daredevils play Kolkata Knight Riders at Kotla on Monday(AP)

Delhi Daredevils seek to tackle Kolkata Knight Riders with death overs skills

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2017 11:52 AM IST
Delhi Daredevils have controlled matches in the final overs, but will face a challenge against a balanced Kolkata Knight Riders in Monday’s Indian Premier League tie at Ferozeshah Kotla.
Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketer Rashid Khan celebrates a wicket during(AFP)
Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketer Rashid Khan celebrates a wicket during(AFP)

IPL 2017 T20: How young Afghan spinner Rashid Khan is tying up batsmen

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2017 10:31 PM IST
Afghanistan’s teenaged leggie, Rashid Khan, has been an instant hit in 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL), and these are the factors that have made him a potent threat to batsmen in the slam-bang format.
New Delhi , India - April 23, 2016:DD plater Zaheer Khan against MIduring IPL league match at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi , India, on Saturday, April 23, 2016. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
New Delhi , India - April 23, 2016:DD plater Zaheer Khan against MIduring IPL league match at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi , India, on Saturday, April 23, 2016. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

Zaheer Khan, Delhi Daredevils skipper, ready for fire-and-ice routine

Hindustan Times | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2017 10:17 AM IST
Zaheer Khan, who has not played any competitive game since the 2016 IPL, is excited to return for Delhi Daredevils in the 10th edition of the tournament.
Umesh Yadav averaged 30 overs per Test on Indian tracks mostly favouring spin, collecting 32 wickets in the season, 17 of them at an average of 23.41 in the 2-1 series win over Australia cricket team.(AFP)
Umesh Yadav averaged 30 overs per Test on Indian tracks mostly favouring spin, collecting 32 wickets in the season, 17 of them at an average of 23.41 in the 2-1 series win over Australia cricket team.(AFP)

The more Umesh Yadav bowls in matches, the fitter he gets, says Zaheer Khan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2017 11:53 PM IST
Umesh Yadav was a constant in the Indian Test side, even as Mohammed Shami broke down, Ishant Sharma was inconsistent and Bhuvneshwar Kumar was used sparingly. Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan sees it as a sign of a fast bowler being in good rhythm
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli looks on in the final over as Sunrisers Hyderabad look to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore during the final of 2016 IPL final at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29.(BCCI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli looks on in the final over as Sunrisers Hyderabad look to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore during the final of 2016 IPL final at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29.(BCCI)

IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore, heavyweights in search of glory

PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2017 05:57 PM IST
Even with a star-studded line-up with the likes of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson, Royal Challengers Bangalore have failed to win the trophy in nine seasons
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke spent time with some underprivileged children at a city slum on Friday.(HT Photo)
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke spent time with some underprivileged children at a city slum on Friday.(HT Photo)

Virat Kohli’s aggression his strength, says former Aussie captain Michael Clarke

New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2017 08:34 PM IST
Virat Kohli’s aggressive ways finds support from Michael Clarke who feels the India captain is doing everything possible to find success.
The Delhi state cricket team at a practice session at HPCA stadium in Dharamsala. All is not well in a team has Indian stalwarts like Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan(PTI)
The Delhi state cricket team at a practice session at HPCA stadium in Dharamsala. All is not well in a team has Indian stalwarts like Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan(PTI)

Why paradise lost in Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli’s Delhi state cricket team

New Delhi | By Siddhartha Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2017 10:30 AM IST
Sumit Narwal backed Gautam Gambhir’s harsh criticism of Delhi coach KP Bhaskar, said he sowed seeds of discord and practised nepotism. It’s a sad state of affairs in Virat Kohli’s state cricket team
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