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VOL.37 :: NO.47 :: Nov. 22, 2014



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Cover Story
How much of a bad egg was Greg?
I thought initially that India handled Greg Chappell badly as coach, till I realised that the reverse was also true. It was not a cultural thing; while reading Chappell’s autobiography Fierce Focus an alternative theory presented itself. It was not that Chappell was too Australian, it was that temperamentally he was too Indian. Once that is understood, everything else falls into place, writes Suresh Menon.

Cricket
FOCUS
It was essentially a clash of egos
Potentially, Chappell could have been India’s finest coach ever. Sadly, his tenure ended in a blaze of anger. By S. Dinakar.
THIRD ODI
Efficient and ruthless
It was no surprise that India cantered to a six-wicket win, as openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan batted well again to give the team a good start. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
SECOND ODI/INDIA V SRI LANKA
‘More about roles than landmarks’
Ambati Rayudu scored a maiden ODI hundred as India crushed Sri Lanka at Motera. G. Viswanath reports.

Football
LONDON CALLING
Of stars and fans
Do not get too attached to the stars in your team for if the opportunity presents itself they will be gone in a flash to a club that offers greater chances of glory, a brighter shirt and, oh yes, more money, writes Ted Corbett.
KICKING AROUND
Is defending dead?
Former Manchester United and England right back Gary Neville has recently bemoaned the lack of defensive qualities in Premier League teams. Defences may, as Neville suggests, have become less stable, or attacks may have become more effective. Or perhaps it is a bit of both, writes Brian Glanville.
Seasoned campaigner
Richard Dunne holds the unwanted record for the number of own goals in the Premier League — his 10th arrived in the recent 3-2 home loss to Liverpool — but he brings a wealth of experience and is closing in on 500 Premier League appearances. By Jack Scott Paul.
STARWATCH
Deserves a call-up
Harry Kane has been the key man for Spurs in cup competitions, scoring a hat-trick against Asteras, but is yet to start in the Premier League this season, writes Nick Mashiter.
VIGNETTES FROM ISL
Freddie on recovery path
“Freddie Ljungberg (sidelined with a hamstring injury) is not ruled out completely. Obviously, we are guided by our medical staff and he’s actively training in Mumbai at the moment,” says Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid.
INTERVIEW
‘I want to play regularly till 37 or 38’
“I will enjoy this tournament (Indian Super League) and then decide whether to move or stay. For now I want to win this tournament,” says Eric Djemba-Djemba in this interview with N. Sudarshan.

Tennis
INTERVIEW
A tournament entirely for India
“People look forward to the Chennai Open every year, whether or not the stars are playing. But one tournament is not enough. Consistent live action with international stars is missing. So this endeavour (Champions Tennis League),” says Vijay Amritraj in a chat with N. Sudarshan.

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