From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.30 :: NO.07 :: Feb. 17, 2007
The Cover Story, `Epic journeys to surpassing greatness' (Sportstar, February 10), was articulate as well as informative. Roger Federer is a great player no doubt. With the passage of time, his tennis skills and nous have made him razor sharp. ...
When the longer history of cricket comes to be written Collingwood will be a footnote alongside the legendary figures, but he was just what England needed as they stumbled through the Test series and were shown up in the early one-day matches, writes Ted Corbett.
Collingwood, the toast
England won the first final by Collingwood's dogged innings and his ability to switch to attack mode in the last few overs and with the aid of the rain took out the second in comfort, writes Ted Corbett.
Lanka wins a cliff-hanger
Granted, the Sri Lankans fielded outstandingly. But India choked, having neglected to ease the collar occasionally, writes Vijay Parthasarathy.
Mumbai's grand turnaround
Nothing could stop Mumbai as it carried over its scintillating momentum from the earlier matches into the Ranji Trophy final. Over to Nandakumar Marar.
A few stars emerge
One could be forgiven for not bothering to turn up at all. Yet, each year, stories of compelling courage emerge in the Indian domestic circuit. It could be just the grizzled pro, unwilling to let go of the only way he has known to live or something more heart-rending, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
AUSTRALIA TOUR DIARY
Aussies are now the bigger whingers
The likes of Allan Border, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, Dean Jones, Gladstone Small and a host of other personalities once famed in the Test arena, gather at a different beach every Saturday afternoon to play in front of an astonished audience, writes Ted Corbett.
The West Indians were good enough to win the World Cup in 1975 and 1979 convincingly. As Michael Holding, a young fast bowler then, reckoned, "we had the most talent." Ted Corbett takes a look at the world beaters.
The super cat and his super teams
Game-breaking batsmen and bowlers, at least one of each category that brought to the table the intangible of genius, wicketkeepers of calm thought and unfussy tidiness or of balletic athleticism and glittering strokeplay: the West Indies' super sides had everything save an all-rounder. They didn't need one, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Devastating but entertaining
Innings of incredible power that not only electrified the stands but changed the course of games. And splendid bowling performances that tore up the World Cup script. Andy Hampson picks his best.
From world beaters to favourite whipping boys
After 1979, West Indies failed to win the World Cup again. The team has struggled ever since, both in batting and bowling. S. Dinakar on the best and worst performances of the team, which once was the most feared.
West Indies in World Cup
Women still searching for a fair deal
The greater the role of power in sport, the more likely men will be more adept at it. They are stronger, that is accepted. But stronger does not necessarily always equal better. In golf, tennis, track and field, swimming, diving, gymnastics, for instance, women are as appealing to watch, writes Rohit Brijnath.
Not a great show
Put on the boards on January 4 with a grand opening ceremony involving celebrities from the entertainment world, the third edition did not match the hype and projection, writes S. Thyagarajan.
Torres was outstanding, finishing top-scorer, as Spain won the European Under-16 Championship in 2001. He also became Atletico's youngest-ever player when he made his first-team debut against Leganes in May that year, writes Andy Hampson.
Clough and the simple game
As a manager, the late Brian Clough was concerned essentially with impact, with psychological effect. The mere fact that the players saw so little of him in the week made his impact when he turned up in the dressing room on a Saturday afternoon, or whenever the match was, all the greater.
This season, as always, we have seen embarrassing goalkeeping errors which have cost their teams dear, writes Brian Glanville.
In the news again
Darrell Hair deserves his day in court. Everyone has that right. But his argument will fail. He could have been discreet. Instead, he chose to be confrontational. It is a luxury the game cannot afford, writes Peter Roebuck.
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