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VOL.38 :: NO.05 :: Jan. 31, 2015



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Cover Story
Neither sword nor shield
Dhoni now has no choice but to select three seamers from among Ishant, Bhuvneshwar, Shami, Umesh and an inexperienced Stuart Binny during the World Cup. Should Ishant or Ravindra Jadeja not recover from injury, Mohit Sharma, who features in the tri-series, could be drafted into the squad. But how well is he going to fare? Can Axar Patel be relied on outside the subcontinent? Who will take responsibility in critical situations? There are too many questions and not enough answers, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.

Cricket
INTERVIEW
‘We’ve always had talent’
“Actually, I’m the first from my family to play any sport. My parents were extremely strict about studies. My younger brother is a doctor and I’m an engineer myself. I studied in NIT, Srinagar, for a B. Tech in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Structural Engineering. Up until Class 12, I had not played any cricket. I started only after entering NIT,” says Samiullah Beigh in this interview with Shreedutta Chidananda.

Column
LONDON CALLING
The omission of Boycott’s name… and the row thereafter
For his cricket work, Geoff Boycott deserves more recognition than he has received. But, a knighthood, like great scientists, outstanding politicians, brave generals and admirals, painters, sculptors, explorers, doctors, physicists, and the rest? Well, I am not so sure. By Ted Corbett.

Cricket : World Cup Special - 2
1987: HOW THE CUP WAS WON
Face-off between old foes
This edition of the World Cup was the last to be played in the classic white flannels, making way for coloured clothing thereafter. By A. Joseph Antony.
HIGHS OF 1987
Slaughtered by the Lamb

“Lamb’s leg leaves England limp,” quipped The Guardian when Allan Lamb’s injury had hindered his side. That the South African native was crucial to his adopted country’s cause became evident in the 1987 Reliance ...


LOWS OF 1987
Unfulfilled dream

England’s dream of winning the World Cup remains unfulfilled to this day. It came closest to winning the crown in the 1987 Reliance Cup.

Not many had given Australia also too much of a chance to make the final. The Aussies recorded ...


1987 WORLD CUP: EXPERT SPEAKS
A job well done
The first three World Cups in the British Isles were a grand success and the cricket administrators in India and Pakistan did a wonderful job to continue the tradition. However, the hopes of a home-team title triumph were not fulfilled, with Australia — an underdog at the start of the tournament — winning its first world crown. By Kiran More.
1992: HOW THE CUP WAS WON
Lights and colour for the first time!
Here’s a look at the 1992 World Cup, an event of many firsts, by G. Viswanath.
HIGHS OF 1992
Martin’s magnificent run

Martin Crowe sprang a big surprise in the opening match of the fifth World Cup at Eden Park, Auckland, by tossing the ball to off-break bowler Dipak Patel after Chris Carins had completed his first over. Crowe’s strategic move to deploy ...


LOWS OF 1992
Rain rules!

South Africa — ineligible to take part in the showpiece event, the World Cup, from 1975 to 1987 because of the country’s apartheid policies — nearly upset all calculations while making its debut in the event in 1992. But for ...


1992 WORLD CUP: EXPERT SPEAKS
Playing with one’s idol
For the first time coloured clothing was introduced in a World Cup and I really liked the design — the pattern was same for all the teams, there was only a difference in colour. By Pravin Amre.
1992: FROM THE ARCHIVES
Aggression was the key
Limited-overs cricket made much progress in a World Cup in which many myths were blown. New theories were spelt out and new strategies carried out. By R. Mohan.
1996: HOW THE CUP WAS WON
When the Lankan lions roared in Lahore
For a nation troubled by violence, the World Cup triumph was a soothing relief. And what made it all possible for the island nation was Ranatunga’s leadership and Aravinda’s sensational batting through the tournament. By Vijay Lokapally.
HIGHS OF 1996
The Kotla storm

India set Sri Lanka a formidable target. Back in 1996, chasing 272 to win was a monumental task. But when a team has a player of the calibre of Sanath Jayasuriya in its ranks, it can still be achieved.

Indian ace Sachin Tendulkar was in ...


LOWS OF 1996
Starting off on the wrong foot

Australia and the West Indies not turning up for their matches in Sri Lanka was one of the downsides of the Wills World Cup. A bomb explosion in Colombo had killed many people. The incident not only dented Sri Lanka’s image but also cast ...


1996 WORLD CUP: EXPERT SPEAKS
A dream comes crashing at Eden
Individually, I had a good World Cup and was the tournament’s highest wicket-taker (15). I snared a few catches too and particularly remember my sharp effort at short cover to dismiss Sri Lanka’s Romesh Kaluwitharana in Delhi. However, as a team we failed and it was disappointing. By Anil Kumble.
WORLD CUP STATISTICS

Reliance World Cup 1987

Benson & Hedges World Cup 1992

Wills World Cup 1996



Tennis
CHENNAI OPEN
Swiss roll
For Stan Wawrinka, the goal for 2015 would have been to maintain a steady level for the whole of the season. For this, a start as good as last year was necessary. What the Swiss delivered in Chennai was even better. He did not lose a set — like last year — but played at a level much higher than before, writes N. Sudarshan.

Football
KICKING AROUND
Who is the best?
In 2014, a World Cup year, the Ballon D’Or went by a great majority of votes for the second year in succession to Cristiano Ronaldo, while for the second successive year, the runner-up was Lionel Messi, who himself had won the award four times in a row. By Brian Glanville.

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