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VOL.37 :: NO.43 :: Oct. 25, 2014



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Cover Story
Don’t pry is the cry!
Virat Kohli has struck a bad patch, especially in Test cricket. Will the home series against the West Indies provide redemption? By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.

Cricket
SECOND ODI/INDIA V WEST INDIES
Sudden capitulation
West Indies looked to double its lead in New Delhi but crashed to a dramatic 48-run loss from a position where victory was well within sight. Rakesh Rao reports.
FIRST ODI/INDIA V WEST INDIES
When the unexpected ruled!
The West Indies put paid to the theory that it comes to India only to lose. By Arun Venugopal.
FEATURE
Set for takeoff
Himachal Pradesh is home to some top quality cricket infrastructure. The stunning Dharamshala stadium (in pic) is one of them and is a popular tourist attraction in this hill station, writes Y. B. Sarangi.
LONDON CALLING
The one and only KP
Kevin Pietersen has charisma, the scent of danger, the presence of a film star and, with all credit to the craft and skills of Root and Ballance, Ian Bell and Alastair Cook, they have yet to show us the star quality that shone with such force from KP, the brightest moon on the horizon and a batsman who will not be forgotten for a long, long time. By Ted Corbett.

Chess
FOCUS
Nihal and Divya hog limelight
India finished the overall champion, winning six medals, ahead of Russia, Vietnam and Mongolia in the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban recently.

Kabaddi
FOCUS
Dhanam... rich vein of success
For Dhanam, into his 27th year as the women’s kabaddi coach of South Central Railway, life doesn’t change much even as his wards — captain Tejaswini and Mamatha — returned home to Hyderabad with gold medals from the recent Incheon Asian Games. He still travels all the way, a distance of about 50 km, every day in the morning from his residence in Langer House to the Railway Recreation Club Grounds to train his players. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

Football
KICKING AROUND
No regrets
Central to Roy Keane’s new autobiography is his troubled relationship with Alex Ferguson, the manager, who guided Manchester United to such a profusion of triumphs and titles and who brought Keane to Old Trafford from Nottingham Forest, where Keane now says he much preferred the aegis of Brian Clough. By Brian Glanville.
Pursuing a new challenge
The move to Arsenal comes with the promise that Danny Welbeck will be played as a striker, with the trust and responsibility he was perhaps not fully given at his boyhood club, Manchester United, writes Thomas Pyman.
STARWATCH
A surprise strike
After a disappointing start to the season, Everton were facing further misery against city rival Liverpool until skipper Phil Jagielka popped up in injury time to rifle an equaliser into the top corner.
INTERVIEW
Bringing experience to India
Bernard Mendy’s role will be to help Indian footballers hoping to take the next step. He might not have the pace to run past defenders like he did against Brazilian Roberto Carlos while playing for France. But the Indians will be looking at the wealth of his experience, which, for sure, he has in plenty. By N. Sudarshan.
ISL OPENER
A bright start
The essential change the ISL seemed to have brought about with its first offering was introducing the Indian players and spectators to a quality of the game not seen before in the domestic circuit. By Amitabha Das Sharma.

Tennis
FEATURE
‘The charm of being a referee is manifold’
“After one’s playing days, if one still wants to be closely associated with the sport, the best thing to do is take on the responsibility of an official/referee,” says Sheetal Iyer, India’s only woman ITF referee. By Avinash Nair.

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