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VOL.37 :: NO.35 :: Aug. 30, 2014

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When swing clipped Indian wings!
At the moment, England seems assured but it is still early days to anoint its batsmen as the best in the business. Only when Alastair Cook and others survive and succeed in another Ashes when Johnson steams in can a final judgement be made, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.

Hunted and humiliated
England comprehensively outplayed India, with all its cricketing arms forming a wonderful bond. Gary Ballance’s cracking catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane in the visitor’s second dig was an apt example of this and for M. S. Dhoni, the minor consolation was that 1-3 was better than the 0-4 drubbing suffered during the 2011 tour! By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Excuses won’t do, a new process essential
Whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs to be retained as captain is another matter altogether, but the bigger problem is that apart from Varun Aaron there was nothing to write home about from this series.
Football’s holy grail
A trip to Old Trafford, Manchester United’s home ground, is an eye-opener to the way a sporting centre stays alive even when there is no game in progress. The store at the stadium offers memorabilia ranging from key-chains to garments and is milling with tourists, mostly Koreans and Japanese, who are extremely fond of MU. K. C. Vijaya Kumar joins them.
A complete batsman
International cricket will miss the classy Mahela Jayawardena and the entertainment he provided with his skilful batting. For Sri Lankan cricket, the void left by his retirement will be hard to fill, writes Vijay Lokapally.
Terrific twosome
If Mahela Jayawardena was a compiler, Kumar Sangakkara was a plunderer. They complemented each other wonderfully, creating winning situations and often closing out contests. By Vijay Lokapally.
ACA felicitates its stars

The diamond jubilee celebrations of the Andhra Cricket Association were held in Visakhapatnam recently. Cash awards totalling Rs. 2.20 crore were given away to 108 cricketers, past and present, who represented ACA in first class ...

The Wormsley feat
India’s victory in the one-off Test against England was special for Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Karuna Jain, for they were also part of the team that scored a historic first Test win against England at Taunton in August 2006, writes G. Viswanath.

Is the whole team behind Dhoni?
I have to ask if batsmen who have built their careers in Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai are as good as we think and why, under the coaching of someone as knowledgeable as Duncan Fletcher, they have not learnt to adapt, writes Ted Corbett.

A phenomenon beyond compare
A man, with such unalloyed and essentially earthy emotions, unaffected by the fact that he had climbed what was unclimbable to the average human being, comes only once in centuries. By R. K. Raghavan.

Profitable outing
After 11 rounds of consistent showing, like never before, India was tied for the second place behind China and finished with the bronze ahead of chess superpowers like Russia and defending champion Armenia.
Dream debut

The 20-year-old from Bhuvaneswar unleashed her best form on her debut in the premier team event by scoring an incredible 7.5 points from eight games.

Though India finished 10th in a field of 136 countries, Padmini provided the glitter by ...

A 100 in the Olympiad!

Krishnan Sasikiran is the among the most consistent and hard-working chess players in the country. Known for his meticulous preparations and precise calculations in complex positions, this Chennai-based performer is hugely respected for his ...

The captaincy question
Overall, where cricket captains command “in the field,” soccer captains tend to be secondary figures. By Brian Glanville.

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