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VOL.38 :: NO.14 :: Apr. 04, 2015



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Cover Story
New rules spawn run-bonanza
With double centuries becoming more frequent in one-day cricket, how soon can we see a triple hundred? By Shreedutta Chidananda.

Cricket
WORLD CUP DIARY
Support bordering on the manic!
After India’s win, there is reportedly outrage in Bangladesh over perceived umpiring errors. The ICC President Mustafa Kamal, in his infinite wisdom, too lashes out at the umpires. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
ON THE BALL/W.V.RAMAN
The Cup that cheers no more
The Irani Cup had great significance in the years gone by, but it does appear that no one is bothered about it these days. Over the years, the selection committee has also been whimsical while picking the Rest of India side.
QUARTERFINAL/INDIA VS BANGLADESH
Holding sway in powerplay
As India slowed down after a steady opening stand, Bangladesh throbbed with the hope of restricting its opponent to a moderate total. But that was only for a brief while, as Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina joined forces to knock the stuffing out of Bangladesh. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
FOCUS
Speaking the language of cricket and humanity!
Sri Lanka will miss its cricketing gladiators and the two meanwhile will catch up for a meal, crack jokes and keep playing a part in the diverse fabric of their nation. You don’t get players and individuals like Jayawardena and Sangakkara anymore, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
FEATURE
Curtains on the firm of Sangawardena!
One of the great double acts in the game, Sangawardena will play together no more. An era has ended. By Suresh Menon.

Rugby
FOCUS
Indian rugby’s birth pangs
Introduced by the British in India in the late 19th century, rugby never really took off. However, since the late 1990s, the sport has been slowly but steadily growing in the country, writes S. Dipak Ragav.

Football
STARWATCH
Integral part of City’s defence
Martin Demichelis has rammed his critics’ words firmly down their throats with a series of commanding performances, writes Sean Taylor.
An emotional return for Gutierrez
A challenge from Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna in 2013 left Gutierrez needing a scan which revealed he had testicular cancer. His football career was put on hold as he battled for his life but now he is back to the delight of every fan of English football. By Liam Andrews.
KICKING AROUND
A footballing genius
As the one who ghosted his autobiography, I knew so well that he existed in what you might call a cocoon of isolation. Not for him, however dazzling and important the goals he so often scored, the mass, ecstatic celebrations of the players who score today. Brian Glanville writes about one of his favourite Arsenal stars: Cliff Bastin.

Volleyball
INTERVIEW
‘I was an off-spinner’
“ I played cricket and trained with M. L. Jaisimha, but my father told me that I should take up basketball, football or volleyball as cricket was a rich man’s game,” says former Indian volleyball star G. E. Sridharan in a chat with P. K. Ajith Kumar.

Badminton
INTERVIEW/KIDAMBI SRIKANTH
He’s not one to rest on his laurels
“It will be a dream come true to play in the (Rio) Olympics. And doesn’t an Olympic medal mean a lot?” asks the Swiss Open champion, Kidambi Srikanth. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

Snooker
INDIAN OPEN
‘Lightning’ white
Last year, at the inaugural Indian Open, the Welshman went up to the quarterfinals. This time he went all the way to win the title, and now wants to return for another. By Nandakumar Marar.

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