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Cover Story
Purveying good, positive cricket
David Warner and Nathan Lyon were the star performers as Australia subdued India in Adelaide. Warner and Lyon are, indeed, at the forefront of a new generation of Australian cricketers, writes S. Dinakar.

Cricket
ADELAIDE TEST
Fitting tribute to their 13th man
The Test was played in great spirit over the first three days but there were temperamental flare-ups on Day Four. S. Dinakar reports.
TOUR DIARY
Remembering Hughes
The mood at the Adelaide Oval is grim. The Australian team members, wearing black armbands, have Phillip Hughes’ baggy green cap number 408 inscribed on their shirts. Former Australian captain Richie Benaud reads his tribute to Hughes on the giant screen. There are several with moist eyes, including Australian captain Michael Clarke. By S. Dinakar.
INTERVIEW
A man of style and substance
“ I enjoy watching Virat Kohli bat, because he is a very attacking batsman. Well, sometimes his aggression also causes his downfall. He has to curb his aggressive instincts a bit initially in an innings. Once he settles down, he has all the shots,” batting legend G. R. Viswanath tells P. K. Ajith Kumar.

Football
INTERVIEW
The big daddy of Mizoram football
Shylo Malsawmtluanga has inspired the likes of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Lalrindika Ralte to leave the comforts of their home and find a footing in the professional football circuit. The 30-year-old speaks to K. Keerthivasan about his football journey.
ISL DIARY
Not rusty at all, this crusty veteran!
Italian World Cup winner Alessandro Nesta, now all of 40 years of age, hasn’t played for a year, but wowed the Chennai crowd and his Chennaiyin FC team-mates in a splendid, 45-minute first half appearance.
INTERVIEW
Seeing the positive side of the Indian game
“My grand vision for Indian football would be no different from that of any Indian. The aim of any country would be to compete in the World Cup and, hopefully, that’s the vision for Indian football,” says the Bengaluru FC coach, Ashley Westwood, who is in the running for the post of India’s national coach. By Ayon Sengupta.
KICKING AROUND
The usual suspects
Ronaldo or Messi are undoubtedly great players and are again in the race to win the Ballon d’Or. Yet if a truly great player might be expected to excel in World Cup Finals, neither has exactly ever done this. By Brian Glanville.
Popularity on the wane
It appears Hatem Ben Arfa’s days in England could be numbered, writes Phil Winter.
STARWATCH
A trickster
It has been quite the journey for Yannick Bolasie and the upward trajectory looks set to continue, having kicked on impressively at Crystal Palace this season. By Simon Peach.

Hockey
CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Remarkable turnaround
The manner in which Germany raised its game and bounced back from defeats in the pool stage to win the title for the 10th time was simply astounding, writes Y. B. Sarangi.
RULE CHANGES
FIH’S hard sell
The reaction to the latest changes in rules has been mixed. While the FIH maintains that the changes have been made in the best interest of hockey, some are of the view that frequent tweaking of the rules is not good for the sport. By Y. B. Sarangi.
PROFILE
All-rounder Ashley
The Englishman has been nominated by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for this year’s ‘Player of the Year’ award. By Y. B. Sarangi.
IPTL: INDIAN LEG
Roger, the drawing card
The unique selling point of the IPTL was the climax that featured Roger Federer versus the World No. 1, Novak Djokovic. The contest between the two was of a high quality, even though they played only one set, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.

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