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VOL.38 :: NO.21 :: May. 23, 2015

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Pea-shooters too can hurt!
A wily spinner with a tough mind will always hold his own in the IPL. Some sky-scraping sixes will be hammered but the spinner’s spirit and chutzpah remain undiminished. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.

The T20 influence!
“It’s short and it’s sharp. It is dynamic and electric. It’s a great game to be involved with. It certainly helps other formats of the game,” says star Australian batsman Steve Smith about Twenty20 cricket. By G. Viswanath.
The IPL and what it really stands for!
The IPL is a self-promoting exercise of the team owners, who treat it as a business module, least interested in the game as such. The BCCI, or for that matter the cricketers involved, are hardly complaining. They are happily laughing all the way to the bank, writes Vijay Lokapally.
‘IPL will not be the same without Australians’
“Batsmen are getting better and better. They can hit everything; pick every variation of the bowlers, including yorkers and bouncers. They have adapted really well and it’s a challenge for the bowlers. The crowd enjoys all this big hitting,” Australian James Faulkner talks about T20 cricket with G. Viswanath.

‘Consistency is the key’
"My first target is to break into the top 300 at the earliest," says India’s No. 2 player, Prarthana Thombare, who has decided to shift base from Pune to Hyderabad and be a full-time trainee at the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

Mavericks, the need of the hour!
Snooker is in danger of falling asleep and, although I never thought I would write such a sentence, another dose of Alex Higgins would serve the elegant old game right now. By Ted Corbett.

The cyclic refutation

The Extraordinary Erbstein
Playing for the BAK club of Budapest in the early 1920s, Erno Erbstein subsequently managed to combine this with representing the Jewish Hakoah club of Arad, which, after the Great War, had been ceded to Romania. By Brian Glanville.
A class act
Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona last summer — having previously spent eight years with Arsenal, making more than 300 appearances — and has played a key role in the Blues’ first title in five years. By Andrew McDermott.
Midfield general
The 24-year-old Jordan Henderson has been one of the standout performers in a disappointing campaign for the Reds and it has been argued his absence in three of Liverpool’s final four games last season led to them missing out on a first title in 24 years. By Liam Andrews.

Inderjeet stands tall
The peak of summer in Mangaluru may not have been the best time for Indian athletics to start a fresh season. Quite a few stars were missing in action. Still, the Federation Cup meet, one of the biggest events in the calendar for Indian domestic athletics, provided some bright spots over four sultry days, though mediocrity was the predominant theme. By P. K. Ajith Kumar.

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