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VOL.37 :: NO.48 :: Nov. 29, 2014



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Cover Story
A leviathan one day, a minnow the next!
Rohit Sharma’s world-record double hundred — his second 200 plus score in the space of a year — at the Eden Gardens has done his reputation a mountain of good. The bigger question, though, is whether this is yet another flash in the pan — the obligatory crest amid a predictable sequence of disappointments — or if Rohit has actually made substantive changes to his game, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.

Cricket
ON THE BALL/W.V.RAMAN
Omission of Rayudu is rather strange
Virat Kohli will be leading the team in the first Test, in Australia, as well with Dhoni rendered unfit, and this may be yet another opportunity for him to gain some invaluable experience.
FIFTH ODI
Battle of the skippers
Both, Angelo Mathews and Virat Kohli, hit almost identical centuries, under trying conditions. But Kohli’s 21st century — fourth this year — off 126 balls and studded with 12 fours and three sixes, eased his team past Sri Lanka’s total of 286 for eight, with eight balls to spare. By S. Sabanayakan.
FOURTH ODI
Rohit lights a rocket!
A simply outstanding innings by Rohit Sharma rendered the Kolkata ODI between India and Sri Lanka terribly one-sided. S. Sabanayakan reports.

Wrestling
INTERVIEW
‘I want to make it a hat-trick of medals in Rio’
“As a wrestler I am delighted to see our boys and girls winning laurels for the country in major international meets,” says Sushil Kumar. P. K. Ajith Kumar listens in.

Football
STARWATCH
Rooney’s poetic side
The England striker, along with team-mate James Biggins, recited the poem called “When Saturday Comes” to a crowd of nearly 30 silent onlookers after an under-17 match against Holland at the Gladsaxe Stadion in Soborg on April 29, 2002. By Paul Hirst.
KICKING AROUND
Greed is not so good
The English Premier League is incredibly top heavy with the older and bigger clubs pocketing massive chunks of money, making the overall League setup in England weak. So, recent European catastrophes afflicting its leading clubs have not displeased Brian Glanville.
VIGNETTES FROM ISL
Running out of charge
While many theories exist to explain Delhi Dynamos’ lean patch, the focus on lesser preparation and recovery time available to the franchise has remained understated. As this factor exists for every team, this cannot be used as an excuse to explain away a side’s troubles.

Archery
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND NRAT FINAL
Vakil Raj is fifth time lucky
Most of the top archers entered the National Championship without any practice and they failed to make an impression. As a result, unheralded archer Vakil Raj Dindor shot into prominence by claiming the individual men’s title. By Y. B. Sarangi.

Chess Corner
The Umnov theme


Formula One
FOCUS
Fight to the finish
Nico Rosberg just has to step on the pedal, go for the pole position and convert it into a win without worrying about Lewis Hamilton. On the other hand, Hamilton, who knows a second-place finish is enough to guarantee him the title, will be better served by not taking the race in a conservative manner. S. Dipak Ragav assesses the intriguing battle for the World title.

Tennis
FOCUS
‘I am particularly proud to have won titles in three different decades’
“I am very clear about what my strengths are. So I need the other player to excel in areas where I am weaker,” says Leander Paes in this chat with N. Sudarshan.

Badminton
CHINA OPEN
Double delight
Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth signal a great day for India by winning the singles titles at the China Open. V. V. Subrahmanyam on the significance of the victories.

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