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VOL.38 :: NO.10 :: Mar. 07, 2015



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Cover Story
Repaying the faith
Shikhar Dhawan’s batting style is suited to all forms of the game. He is quick to assess the challenge, and it should help India in the forthcoming matches in the World Cup as Dhawan can be trusted to take on the bowlers, especially the speedsters, and guide the innings, writes Vijay Lokapally.

Cricket
WORLD CUP DIARY
The unpredictable Melbourne weather
Melbourne has a reputation for multiple seasons in a day. The Mercury has risen to the mid-to-high thirties and on one occasion, it rains while still managing to be hot (if that were possible). By Shreedutta Chidananda.
POOL B: INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA
Passing the SA test with flying colours
South Africa’s run chase never really took off, hamstrung by some fine bowling from India. “We were just outplayed today,” said skipper de Villiers following his team’s 130-run rout. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
PROFILE
From callow to mellow…
Andhra’s prolific wicketkeeper-batsman Kona Srikar Bharat is going places. By J. R. Shridharan.
IPL AUCTION
Yuvi, a real money spinner
Yuvraj Singh caused a stir with his zooming price-tag. If previously Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spread its resources thin and coughed up 14 crores to net him, currently Delhi Daredevils flush with an available purse of Rs. 39,75,00,000, bagged him at a whopping 16 crores. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
ON THE BALL
Administrators need to rethink format
The public would have been disappointed with the format as several fixtures in this World Cup feature sides that are poles apart. By all means, it is good to involve more Nations but the format cannot be one that fuels interest only in the latter half of the tournament. By W. V. Raman.

Football
STARWATCH
A star is born
Steven Gerrard’s final appearance for the Reds against their fierce rivals Everton also marked Jordon Ibe’s first, and his performance went some way to softening the blow for the Anfield faithful of seeing their favourite son ride off into the MLS sunset at the end of the season.
Mason’s second coming
Back with Tottenham, the midfielder impressed in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal in September last year. Since then, Mason has gone on to make a further 20 appearances for Tottenham and is often preferred to Paulinho and Mousa Dembele.
KICKING AROUND
FA Cup is alive and kicking
Making light of the host of vastly expensive international stars aligned against them, the likes of Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, Bradford City proceeded to take the game emphatically to Chelsea. Nor was it by means of direct route, long ball football. Instead they played with pace, skill and imagination. By Brian Glanville.

Chess
Anand’s good show

He may have been pushed to the second spot in the end, but Viswanathan Anand had a memorable outing at the Zurich Challenge in Switzerland recently. For, the former World champion from India won the classical tournament, though he had ...

General
NATIONAL GAMES
A new lease of life
Though some of the big names were missing at the National Games, there were quite a few fine performances that ensured that the absence of the stars did not take the sheen off the event. By A. Vinod.

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