Gaurav Bhatt

Articles By Gaurav Bhatt

Minutes before Amit Panghal’s silver, bout and reruns on ‘home theatre’

The audience of 60-odd comprised the village priest, pradhan, the shopkeepers who had closed early for the day and Panghal’s relatives and friends.

Second best: Amit Panghal settles for silver at World Boxing Championships

Amit Panghal settles for silver, India’s first in men’s world boxing c’ships, after he goes down fighting in the flyweight final.

Amit Panghal: India’s best flyweight — make that ‘slyweight’

Friday’s World Championship semifinal was tricky. Saken Bibossinov was three inches taller and preferred fighting from a distance. And the southpaw Kazakh was coming into the bout with a strong win over European gold-medallist Artur Hovhannisyan.

‘The punch no one saw coming’: Pangal to fight for gold today in World Boxing Championship

“I remember when he moved up from the junior camp to the seniors. He was so ill-disciplined. He would come late to practice, sometimes he wouldn’t show up at all. Anyway, our contender at that time was Devendro.”

Fight of their lives: Manish Kaushik, Amit Panghal enter semis of World Boxing Championships

In his run-up to the semifinal, Kaushik has defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Kadyrbek Uulu Argen, Mongolian Olympian and 2018 Asian Championship silver-medallist Baatarsukh Chinzorig, Dutch Olympian and two-time European medallist Enrico Lacruz and Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliviera.

World Boxing Championships: India’s two-punch combination

Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik secure medals to make it the country’s best-ever performance at men’s boxing worlds.

Left-arm, over: How Amit Panghal has delivered the goods

In Indian flyweight Amit Panghal’s case, it is a punch that fits like a glove.

World Men’s Boxing Championships: In pre-quarters, no quarters given

Sanjeet records an upset win over 2017 medallist to enter last eight on a great day for Indian boxers

Vinesh Phogat: Going the extra mile

Vinesh Phogat hates travelling, but has been globe-trotting to prepare for the World Wrestling Championships tilt in Kazakhstan.

Duryodhan’s Mahabharat: India’s welterweight medal hope at World Championship

In school he wanted to change his name, but has made peace with it now. Having fought ULFA militants while posted in Assam, the ‘ghatak commando’ finds competitive boxing much easier. He even battled depression when afflicted by vitiligo. Gaurav Bhatt tells the story of the India's welterweight medal hope at World Championship.

In Abu Dhabi, Khabib Nurmagomedov looks to enhance legacy

Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undefeated lightweight champion, will look to extend his unblemished record at UFC 242, where he takes on Poirier.

With BFI paving way for pros, Vijender Singh throws hat in the Olympic ring

Twelve years after winning India’s first boxing medal at the Olympics, Vijender Singh could again line up in Tokyo next year.

In Indian wrestling, Sushil Kumar the only constant

During his 4-2 win in the final bout against national champion Jitender, Sushil's thumb entered the latter's eye. Minutes later, Jitender's arm was twisted during an exchange. Both instances left the 25-year-old writhing in pain and his coach fuming at the “rough tactics” of Sushil.

Ashish Kumar: A gold & new-found confidence

After reigning supreme at the Thailand Open, boxer Ashish is now a credible option for bigger challenges.

Russia targets International Children’s Games to train next crop of climbers

In its drive to urbanise and youth-appealing, IOC added sport climbing, as well as baseball/softball, karate, skateboard and surfing, to the Tokyo Programme in 2016.

After successfully hosting World Cup, nobody has questions about Russia: Smertin

Russia successfully hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup answered all the questions about the country's hospitality, former international Alexey Smertin said on Monday.

Mohammad Shami’s run-up

The cement pitch his father laid for him, the practice sessions with a cow dung mound as wicket-keeper, the bhujia he loved, and an academy where the dream he dreamed now sustains many. As, battling court cases and selection setbacks, Mohd Shami emerges as India’s star bowler this World Cup, The Indian Express goes back to a small UP village in search of the shy boy who once was.

Keep calm and Carey on: How footie’s loss was Aussie cricket’s gain

Named in the 2009 Redbacks squad, Carey instead chose the oval ball, siding with the expansion team Greater Western Sydney Giants.

India vs Pakistan: Kuldeep Yadav’s magic, Sachin redux and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s yawn

Sunday’s encounter threw up multiple talking points, all with the potential to command recall value for years to come.

On Akhtar TV: Blunt opinions, sharp analysis, Indo-Pak bonhomie

Conversations in the commentary boxes and panel discussions in turn have been overtly sanitised, plain banal or simply cringe-worthy.