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Cover Story
COVER STORY
The way to wicket, wicket ways
Variety in bowling is the key if the Indians are to fare well in Australia. The selectors are planning to experiment in the home series against Sri Lanka. It should give some indication of the vision they have for the World Cup, writes Vijay Lokapally.

Cricket
FOCUS
Wage rage!
The West Indian cricket team pulled out of its tour of India after the Dharamshala ODI because of a wage dispute with its home board. The incident showed the players, many of whom figure in different IPL teams, in extremely poor light. They put on line the future of India-West Indies cricket exchanges and brought disrepute to the game with their ill-advised action, writes Vijay Lokapally.
ON THE BALL/W.V.RAMAN
A hasty decision
In the ongoing tug of war between the WICB and the players, both the sides have unfortunately allowed their hearts to rule their minds. In their quest to prove a point to each other, they have not paused to muse on the repercussions of their decisions.
FOURTH ODI/INDIA V WEST INDIES
Entertaining fare
It was a decent gift from Virat Kohli to the passionate cricket lovers of Dharamshala. Vijay Lokapally reports.

Football
INTERVIEW
India on FIFA’s radar
Jerome Valcke’s presence at the ISL match between Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City was seen by some as an endorsement for the competition. Understandably, the tournament’s marketing machinery sought to exploit the opportunity. But Valcke outlined his views clearly when he addressed the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and media on October 15. By Priyansh.
VIGNETTES FROM ISL
Walking tall, Moritz style
Mumbai City FC’s Andre Moritz, who scored the first hat-trick of the tournament, was ecstatic after his on-field heroics. And the team’s co-owner Ranbir Kapoor seemed even more happy after the 5-0 rout of FC Pune City (co-owned by Hrithik Roshan) in what was billed as the ‘Battle of Bollywood’.
FOCUS
This English Chopra wants to play for India!
Football has brought Michael Chopra to India, the land of his father. He is one of the key men in the Kerala Blasters team at the Indian Super League (ISL), but it is not just to play in the ISL that he has come to India. He is looking forward to stay on even after the ISL and hopes to play for India one day. By P. K. Ajith Kumar.
INTERVIEW
‘A fantastic opportunity for the young Indian players’
“The role (as the manager of NorthEast United FC) offers a unique opportunity for developing Indian football. It is an honour and privilege to be a part of this,” says Ricki Herbert. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
KICKING AROUND
England’s top strikers
Wayne Rooney seems to be making his way inexorably to the position of top scorer of all time for the England international team. At present, the record is still held by Bobby Charlton with 49 goals in 108 games. By Brian Glanville.
STARWATCH
Calm and composed
David De Gea has seen off the competition provided by Anders Lindegaard and at international level he is threatening to displace Iker Casillas as Spain’s number one. By Paul Hirst.
A no-nonsense defender
Known for his playing style of a traditional centre-back, Curtis Davies is not afraid to fling himself into tackles and put his own body on the line in order to protect his side’s goal. By Phil Winter.

Chess Corner
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Athletics
INTERVIEW
Her best was in Guangzhou
“I decided to quit because I felt there was nothing much for me to achieve,” says Preeja Sreedharan, one of India’s finest long-distance runners. By P. K. Ajith Kumar.

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