Sandeep Dwivedi

Articles By Sandeep Dwivedi

Selectors need to bite the bullet, rest Virat Kohli for West Indies tour

On Sunday, chairman of national selectors MSK Prasad, a low-key man with a modest international record, in consultation with a committee that has a total experience of 13 Tests, will decide if the raring-to-go India captain needs to be rested for the West Indies tour.

The greatest game

2019 cricket World Cup final shows how sport enhances life, reconfirms the power of self-belief

Must’ve been glove, but it’s over now

MS Dhoni has always pushed for the sport to remain just a sport. His army-logo glove has needlessly raised the stakes of what is just another India-Pakistan game at the World Cup this weekend.

An upset and a ‘murder’: When Bob Woolmer died during the 2007 World Cup

Working-class heroes, unadulterated revelry and the ephemerality of life all come together in the course of the game.

Trolled for decrying attack on Muslim, Gautam Gambhir stands firm: I live in black & white

A senior leader also said Gambhir should have refrained from the tweet given that “investigation is still underway and facts are being ascertained”.

150 kmph and counting: How does Pakistan keep producing fast bowlers on an assembly line?

How does Pakistan keep producing fast bowlers on an assembly line? Beef, DNA, Imran are often cited as chief reasons. However, as Mohammad Hasnain’s story shows, it’s down to a nation’s obsession, patience and care

The Barefoot Coach book review: Your friendly neighbourhood sportsman

How Paddy Upton became the calm centre holding together the Indian cricket team

S Sreesanth abused Rahul Dravid in public, says Paddy Upton in his book; he denies

Paddy Upton says that 24 hours before they were arrested on May 16, 2013, Sreesanth had been 'sacked and sent home for poor behaviour.'

BCCI seems to have forgotten that foreign policy is not its mandate

There was a time when cricket administrators from India and Pakistan worked together to democratise the game.

Like South Africa, Pakistan should face cricket apartheid, says Vinod Rai

With India working to isolate Pakistan in the wake of the February 14 Pulwama attack, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Friday wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) urging cricketing nations to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.

Ishant Sharma 2.0: How India’s senior-most pacer rebooted and upgraded in 2018

Ishant Sharma is a much better bowler than he was six years ago and he has his close-knit support system to thank for emerging from the biggest nightmare of his career.

‘I saw the making of Cheteshwar Pujara’

Sandeep Dwivedi grew up in a house that overlooked the ground where an 8-year old Cheteshwar Pujara learnt to bat from his cricket-tragic father. He witnessed the baby steps taken by India’s No.3, closely followed his rise up the ranks and has watched him bat around the world.

India vs Australia: His father-cum-coach in hospital, Cheteshwar Pujara kept focus

The 68-year-old former first-class player and Cheteshwar Pujara's only coach since the time he was barely seven, missed watching his son's most significant inning.

After Neeraj Chopra’s coach Uwe Hohn red flags delays, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore steps in

Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Rajyavardhan Rathore, the Olympic silver medallist shooter-turned-politician, said he would “leave no stone unturned for our Olympics hopes”.

What to expect in 2019, Sports: World Cup now, Olympics to follow

India cricket team may not yet have delivered fully on the promise it has shown in Tests, but the same factors working against it in the longer version could prove to be its advantages in the 50-over big event. In track and field, Neeraj Chopra is the talent to look out for.

Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal: Sanjeev Chawla, the one that got away

18 years after an extortion probe and a tapped phone led them to Hansie Cronje and one of cricket’s biggest match-fixing scandals, Indian authorities may finally lay hands on the bookie at the centre of it all.

Diana Edulji, Vinod Rai making a spectacle of themselves: Justice RM Lodha

The retired SC judge R Lodha said that if the differences between Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji were irreconcilable, they should have asked for urgent intervention from the court.

Does CoA chief Vinod Rai have veto powers over fellow members, questions Diana Edulji

Ramachandra Guha points out that Vinod Rai might have “certain superiority” because of his position but decisions should be “made through consensus” and “he should be taking others along with him”.

The Mahi Way: The outsider who took on Indian cricket’s high and mighty

As speculation over MS Dhoni’s retirement does the rounds, a look at the story of the outsider who took on Indian cricket’s high and mighty and went on to chart his own course to success.

We, the chokers

Why do India’s hockey players, and its cricketers, freeze at the finishing line?