Haresh Pandya

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Why was Madhav Apte dropped from the Indian team?

Why was Madhav Apte dropped from the Indian team?

Rediff.com23 Sep 2019

'Indian cricket is in the safe hands of excitingly talented cricketers. No team can afford to underestimate India. If they do, it is to their peril.'

'BCCI bigwigs should realise treasures are not to be wasted'

'BCCI bigwigs should realise treasures are not to be wasted'

Rediff.com19 Aug 2018

'They should be conserved, preserved, and valued highly.'

'Hardik Pandya can become a world-class allrounder'

'Hardik Pandya can become a world-class allrounder'

Rediff.com3 Oct 2017

Nayan Mongia expresses his candid views on Haridk Pandya and also sheds light on Kohli's captaincy.

'My destiny was to write about the game'

'My destiny was to write about the game'

Rediff.com16 Aug 2017

'That has always been my ambition -- to take the reader behind the scenes, to the places he was not allowed to visit, but which I had the privilege of entering.' Haresh Pandya remembers Ted Corbett, sports journalist extraordinaire, who passed into the ages on August 9.

Even greater glory awaits Mithali Raj

Even greater glory awaits Mithali Raj

Rediff.com19 Jul 2017

The semi-final against Australia and if the Indian women are fortunate, Sunday's final will decide her place in history as a captain, though she has long secured her position in the Elysium of women's cricket, says Haresh Pandya.

'God of Commentary' prepares to say goodbye

'God of Commentary' prepares to say goodbye

Rediff.com5 Jul 2017

Henry Blofeld, who charmed the cricket world for more than 40 years, bids farewell to the microphone come September. Haresh Pandya salutes the Master.

'Kohli never hesitates to play his shots against any bowler and in any situation'

'Kohli never hesitates to play his shots against any bowler and in any situation'

Rediff.com23 Nov 2016

'It shows his confidence in his own ability,' Geoff Boycott tells Haresh Pandya.

'India must take a 1-0 lead from Rajkot'

'India must take a 1-0 lead from Rajkot'

Rediff.com8 Nov 2016

Arvind Pujara, who usually does not go to watch any Test in which his son Cheteshwar plays, says he is "very keen" to be at the SCA Stadium from Day One.

'How can I stay home when Test cricket is at my doorstep?'

'How can I stay home when Test cricket is at my doorstep?'

Rediff.com7 Nov 2016

'I would have loved to see Dhoni play the first ever Test in Rajkot.' Fans from Saurashtra share their excitement with Haresh Pandya.

Tight security at stadium, hotels in Rajkot

Tight security at stadium, hotels in Rajkot

Rediff.com5 Nov 2016

The two hotels have been turned into virtual fortresses with policemen and other security personnel outside and inside.

The Mohammad brothers: Pakistan cricket's first family

The Mohammad brothers: Pakistan cricket's first family

Rediff.com8 Sep 2016

Five brothers playing first class cricket, including four appearing in Test matches as well, reads like a fairy tale. But it is true. Indeed, cricket historians and statisticians have never been tired of recounting how Hanif Mohammad, who passed into the ages on August 11, and his three brothers dominated Pakistan cricket in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Apart from Hanif, eldest Wazir Mohammad and younger ones Mushtaq Mohammad and Sadiq Mohammad represented Pakistan in the top division of cricket.

Rs 100 million worth IPL tickets sold in Rajkot

Rs 100 million worth IPL tickets sold in Rajkot

Rediff.com16 May 2016

The Gujarat Lions-RCB game -- featuring Virat's magnificent century -- earned the highest amount.

Dhoni, Raina, Bravo missing at Jadeja's wedding reception

Dhoni, Raina, Bravo missing at Jadeja's wedding reception

Rediff.com18 Apr 2016

The Gujarat Lions team members and supporting staff came wearing orange turbans to the reception.

Ravindra Jadeja to wed on Sunday

Ravindra Jadeja to wed on Sunday

Rediff.com16 Apr 2016

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and several Indian cricketers are expected to fly to Rajkot to attend the reception.

The 24 year old who owns an IPL team

The 24 year old who owns an IPL team

Rediff.com14 Apr 2016

'Twenty20 cricket can be a lottery at times, but I think we'll definitely reach the semifinals.'

Maybe India needs this Dream XI!

Maybe India needs this Dream XI!

Rediff.com16 Mar 2016

So India lost its first World Twenty20 game on Tuesday night. Maybe, we fielded the wrong team :) Haresh Pandya picks 11 India greats who never played the shortest format, but can take on any team in the World T20 championships.

7 batsmen you can't afford to miss in World T20

7 batsmen you can't afford to miss in World T20

Rediff.com10 Mar 2016

There are some batsmen reputed, respected and feared for what they are: Destructive! They are the game-changers. It is not bats, but bludgeons that they wield.

PHOTOS: Ravindra Jadeja meets his 'match'

PHOTOS: Ravindra Jadeja meets his 'match'

Rediff.com8 Feb 2016

Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja tells Haresh Pandya what attracted him to Reeva Solanki.

Why India start as favourites to win World T20

Why India start as favourites to win World T20

Rediff.com4 Feb 2016

'Dhoni may be hoping that luck stays with him for a couple of months more.' 'He may want to step down on a triumphant note, holding aloft the World T20 trophy on April 3.'

Rohit Sharma: Dynamite in disguise

Rohit Sharma: Dynamite in disguise

Rediff.com15 Jan 2016

'Is there any other batsman in the world who can hold a candle to Rohit Sharma in purely aesthetic terms?' asks Haresh Pandya.

'Jadeja is a force of nature'

'Jadeja is a force of nature'

Rediff.com10 Dec 2015

'Ravindra is probably the best all-rounder in India today.' 'He is a thinking spinner. He uses both his fingers and mind when bowling.'

5,000 runs and counting... It's Mithali's raj!

5,000 runs and counting... It's Mithali's raj!

Rediff.com22 Jul 2015

Mithali Raj trained in classical dance for eight years until she decided one day it was time to follow her heart and exhibit footwork of another kind.

'When you've played for India everything fades in comparison'

'When you've played for India everything fades in comparison'

Rediff.com16 Jul 2015

'Anyone who watched me batting in Tests would know that I was up for it. I was ready to fight it out.'

June 25, 1983: When 'Kapil's Devils' changed the image of Indian cricket

June 25, 1983: When 'Kapil's Devils' changed the image of Indian cricket

Rediff.com25 Jun 2015

Haresh Pandya recounts one of the biggest upsets in One-day cricket.

Meet Indian cricket's unsung hero

Meet Indian cricket's unsung hero

Rediff.com1 Jun 2015

Rahane's game is a judicious mix of caution and aggression, which enables him to adjust splendidly to any situation, says Haresh Pandya.

Will India have a home-grown coach after 15 years?

Will India have a home-grown coach after 15 years?

Rediff.com30 Apr 2015

Duncan Fletcher's impending exit prompts Haresh Pandya to suggest 'Indian' options for the job of national coach.

We will never see the likes of him again

We will never see the likes of him again

Rediff.com10 Apr 2015

'If Richie Benaud was born to play cricket and born to lead, he was also born to commentate on the game he graced with his inspirational presence.'

Will Yuvraj justify his Rs 16 crore price?

Will Yuvraj justify his Rs 16 crore price?

Rediff.com8 Apr 2015

The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, says Haresh Pandya, provides Yuvraj Singh a chance to make up for time lost and opportunities missed or squandered.

Why Australia are most-deserving World champions

Why Australia are most-deserving World champions

Rediff.com2 Apr 2015

- 'Always strong at the psychological game, the Aussies put the pressure on the opponents, knew how to handle the pressure themselves and exploited virtually every situation to their advantage' - 'They are firmly and categorically told never to allow success to go to their heads. You don't find Australian cricketers getting even a little complacent'

The king of cricket is back!

The king of cricket is back!

Rediff.com3 Mar 2015

'If the BCCI's coffers are inundated with funds today, much of the credit must go to Jagmohan Dalmiya.'

Sonam Kapoor returns to Mumbai for Swine flu treatment

Sonam Kapoor returns to Mumbai for Swine flu treatment

Rediff.com1 Mar 2015

Sonam Kapoor is likely to be admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute in Mumbai for treatment. Haresh Pandya reports from Rajkot.

Sonam Kapoor catches swine flu, is hospitalised in Rajkot

Sonam Kapoor catches swine flu, is hospitalised in Rajkot

Rediff.com28 Feb 2015

The Bollywood actress and her personal trainer have been infected with the H1N1 virus, reports Haresh Pandya from Rajkot.

What makes Salman Khan so special

What makes Salman Khan so special

Rediff.com26 Feb 2015

The actor recently showed off an endearing facet of his personality.

Do you believe these guys can win the World Cup!

Do you believe these guys can win the World Cup!

Rediff.com3 Feb 2015

'With India's bowling so poor, there will be extra pressure on the batsmen to score more runs. The Indian team, which nonchalantly scores 300/350 runs in ODIs at home, has had problems making even 200/250 runs in Australia.'

Sydney Test: Time for Pujara, Dhawan, Ashwin to deliver

Sydney Test: Time for Pujara, Dhawan, Ashwin to deliver

Rediff.com5 Jan 2015

The SCG may be perfect for the under-performing trio -- Pujara, Dhawan and Ashwin -- to regain their touch.

Classy Vijay no longer India's unsung hero

Classy Vijay no longer India's unsung hero

Rediff.com18 Dec 2014

In Murali Vijay the team has now rediscovered a technically sound, highly reliable opener, who can be both aggressive and defensive, believes Haresh Pandya

He scored India's first Test 100 overseas

He scored India's first Test 100 overseas

Rediff.com17 Dec 2014

'Syed Mushtaq Ali was like a lion, not a labourer, at the crease. Attack was his defence and he would show no mercy on the bowlers'

Revealed: The Ravindra Jadeja you didn't know

Revealed: The Ravindra Jadeja you didn't know

Rediff.com10 Oct 2014

He loves horses and fast cars. He can ride well and brandish a sword as expertly as he does a bat. Yet he is down to earth and religious, and has just agreed to an arranged marriage... The unknown side of the star all-rounder from his sister Naina Jadeja.

Choose your Dream Indian Team

Choose your Dream Indian Team

Rediff.com6 Oct 2014

Haresh Pandya picks his all-time best Indian Test team which is packed with some exciting stroke-players, a couple of heavy-scorers known to play monumental innings, some superb spinners, a world-class all-rounder and a top-notch wicketkeeper. Check out his list and then create your own Dream India XI, and share it with family and friends!

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