That’s just not cricket: sports journalism that challenges the status quo

Part of the Reuters Institute for Journalism's Global Journalism Seminar series

Wednesday 17 January 2024   13:00 to 14:00


Sharda Ugra, Indian sports journalist


Virtual Event


Sharda Ugra has been a sports journalist for over three decades. She started her career in 1989 with Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day before working for national daily The HinduIndia Today magazine and / ESPN India. Early on in her career, she also covered sports news from South Asia for Radio Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s overseas service. She has seen India play cricket in nine countries, reported on two Olympic Games, written about cricket and other sport for popular and academic publications in England and Australia, presented conference papers on Indian sport and won Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) awards for sports writing.

Ugra has worked with former New Zealand captain John Wright on John Wright’s Indian Summers, his memoirs of his years coaching India and with Yuvraj Singh on The Test of My Life, an account of his diagnosis and recovery from cancer. She was a fellow of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne in 2013 and has researched and written about the role of ethnic minority cricket in England and Australia. Currently, she is based in Bangalore and is a columnist with the Hindustan Times, Delhi and BBC World Service’s Hindi website and also contributes for The Voice of Fashion, the Wisden Almanack Mojo Story, Al-Jazeera, Frontline magazine, the India Forum, The Telegraph newspaper, Kolkata and other publications.


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