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VOL.38 :: NO.06 :: Feb. 07, 2015



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Cover Story
What lies beyond judgement day?
As the Board battles to regain its reputation and improve its image in the eyes of cricket lovers, Srinivasan and company face a bigger test. Would he be allowed to contest is the million-dollar question. It is for his legal team to show him the way, writes Vijay Lokapally.

Cricket
TIMELINE
How the IPL scam unfolded

The Indian Premier League, since its inception, went through various tipping points. When it was launched in 2008, even the players took some time to adjust. Getting a grip on the format, coping with team owners’ egos and forging bonds ...


ON THE BALL/W.V.RAMAN
Need to be good across formats
The West Indies team is made up of players better suited for the shorter formats, but they are not consistent enough. It’s obviously irksome for the selectors. The Caribbean nations, however, need to produce more cricketers with the requisite skill set to succeed in the Test arena. Only then will the team be good enough to compete consistently at the highest level, across all formats.
INTERVIEW
‘Thought Dravid will never play for India’
V. B. Chandrasekhar once out-scored K. Srikkanth on a dusty Chepauk pitch on the fourth day of an Irani Cup game. The former Tamil Nadu batsman, now a television commentator, talks to P. K. Ajith Kumar about his cricketing journey.
FEATURE
‘The difference was very little between the two teams’
Arshad Ayub, who was the manager of the Indian team during the recently-concluded Test series in Australia, shares his thoughts on the team’s performances. V. V. Subrahmanyam listens in.

Cricket : World Cup Special - 3
1999: HOW THE CUP WAS WON
Australia makes the most of its chances
Overall, the tournament produced quality cricket but the best team, South Africa, did not win the Cup. The most resilient, Australia, kept its nerve and it was a tribute to Steve Waugh’s leadership that the team rallied around him, writes Vijay Lokapally.
HIGHS OF 1999
Taking trauma in his stride

Sachin Tendulkar suffered the saddest moment of his life when he lost his father and had to return to India for the funeral. In his absence, India went through the ignominy of losing to Zimbabwe, but the little master returned in time to open ...


LOWS OF 1999
Radio contact and all that!

The World Cup encountered controversy with the tournament just a day old. India was playing South Africa at Hove and there was excitement around since much was expected from this contest in the way of tactical brilliance from the Proteas ...


1999 WORLD CUP: EXPERT SPEAKS
The 51 extras that broke the back!
We had a good team that could have gone all the way, but somehow we failed and yes Australia was a very strong side, yet I think we could have done better. By Venkatesh Prasad.
2003: HOW THE CUP WAS WON
Ponting’s invincibles
The discerning were of the view that the Ricky Ponting-led Australia, even without Shane Warne, was the best ever in a World Cup competition. By G. Viswanath.
HIGHS OF 2003
Bichel’s heroics

There were a number of seamers with the ability to bend the ball in the air and off the wicket who reaped big rewards in the competition. One of the top-notch performers was Australia’s Andy Bichel. He did not figure in the matches ...


LOWS OF 2003
Dubious distinctions

Each edition of the World Cup has thrown up some dismal and disappointing displays. Here are some from the 2003 championship in South Africa.

Hannan Sarkar of Bangladesh was the only one from among the 205 batsmen who played in the ...


2003 WORLD CUP: EXPERT SPEAKS / FROM THE ARCHIVES
Aussies stamp their class
Ponting and comrades made sure the competition ended with a bang. To begin with, the competition had relied on brilliant contributions from Tendulkar, Lara and others to carry things along. In the end, though, even these mighty cricketers could not resist the power of the Australians. By Peter Roebuck.
EVOLVING TEAMS AND NEW STRATEGIES
What is in store in 2015?
K. C. Vijaya Kumar finds some remarkable strategies that were adopted in the World Cup over the years.
WORLD CUP STATISTICS

ICC World Cup 1999

ICC World Cup 2003


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Motorsport
INTERVIEW/ JEHAN DARUVALA
New kid on the block
“My main aim is to perform well this year, not think of three or four years down the line,” says Jehan Daruvala, who is all set to make his debut in single-seater racing this year. By Y. B. Sarangi.

Football
KICKING AROUND
The Ched Evans affair
The footballer was arrested for raping a helpless and inert young woman, having been called to the location by a fellow footballer, who had seemingly been involved with her. Evans was found guilty in court and sentenced to five years in gaol against which he appealed without success. He was, however, released on license after serving half of the sentence; still proclaiming his innocence and now wants to resume his professional career. By Brian Glanville.

Badminton
INTERVIEW
Focus firmly on court
Saina Nehwal courted unnecessary controversy at the turn of the year with a comment on a social networking site, about missing out on a nomination for the Padma Bhushan. The shuttler, however, assures V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM that the row has not distracted her from her goal to achieve further success on the professional circuit.

Basketball
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Time for a professional league?
With so many television channels providing ‘live’ coverage for a variety of sports, Indian basketball does demand a better treatment, for it has the potential to outshine many other sports in the country, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.

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