Srikumar Sen was born in Calcutta. He moved to England in 1946 when his parents, who were journalists, were transferred to London. He studied at Oxford University, after which he joined The Times. In 1955, he married Eileen Hartwell and they went to India, where he worked at The Statesman in Calcutta. They returned to England in 1965. He worked on The Guardian sports desk for a year before moving to The Times sports desk, where he remained for thirty years, becoming the Boxing Correspondent, a post he held for thirteen years. He is the author of The Skinning Tree. He has three children.