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VOL.38 :: NO.18 :: May. 02, 2015



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Cover Story
Smith playing a big role in the Rajasthan smithy!
Steve Smith appears to have carried his Australian summer form into the IPL. He captained Rajasthan in the first four matches, while Shane Watson was out injured, and led the team to four straight wins. Watson returned against CSK and Rajasthan notched up a fifth victory in five. By Shreedutta Chidananda.

Cricket
APPRECIATION
Beefier than Beefy!
James Anderson can now boast he is the best of British bowlers, a permanent star on the England firmament and one of the all-time outstanding quick bowlers, writes Ted Corbett.
ON THE BALL/W.V.RAMAN
Bravo Royals!
It takes a lot of courage and conviction to back young and raw talent in a tournament where the stakes are high. Rajasthan Royals have done a great job of picking the right talent.
FEATURE
Never a hair out of place!
Test all-rounder, captain, man with an eye to the future, advisor to Kerry Packer, commentator supreme, voice of authority, able to see the future as clearly as he influenced the present; Richie Benaud was an extraordinary man by any standards. By Ted Corbett.

Hockey
AZLAN SHAH CUP
Looking at the bigger picture
It was India’s sixth third-place finish in the competition that started in 1983. Having won five titles and a runner-up spot during the period, India is the second most successful team in the Azlan Shah Cup, behind Australia. However, more than the result, it was India’s on-field performance and the improvements it showed through the tournament that proved heartening, writes Uthra Ganesan.

Football
KICKING AROUND
What price the greed is good league?
There is a growing school of thought that the Premier League is altogether too hectic with excessive influence put on dashing attack to the detriment of solid defending, writes Brian Glanville.
FEATURE
The showstoppers
In the 1986 World Cup in Mexico what would Argentina have been without Diego Maradona? Let us cast a veil over the notorious ‘Hand of God’ goal, which he punched against England. He followed it up with an amazing solo which took him past man after English man before shooting home. On the same stadium and at the same end, Maradona scored an equally astonishing solo goal versus Belgium. By Brian Glanville.
STARWATCH
Key to success
Christian Benteke’s recent hat-trick against QPR salvaged a point for Aston Villa and then he struck the only goal at Tottenham. His goals will be a crucial factor for the Midlanders to avoid the drop in the English Premier League.
Adam gains second wind
At a time when his place has been under threat this season, Charlie Adam’s wonder goal against Chelsea seems to have settled the doubt about the midfielder’s utility in the Stoke line-up. By Jack Maleham.
APPRECIATION
Emotional, entertaining and modern
Just like Mainz’s relegation didn’t besmirch his reputation, Dortmund’s current troubles won’t have a bearing on Jurgen Klopp’s future. His story is very much positive. And one can sense that the most glorious chapters are yet to be written, writes Priyansh.

Sportsextra
Planet Anand

Most wives, at some point of time, would have wondered whether their husbands were from another planet. Aruna, wife of former World champion Viswanathan Anand, who also doubles up as his manager, is no exception. Her doubts, however, were not ...

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