From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.30 :: NO.36 :: Sep. 08, 2007
Vijay Mallya has reportedly joined up with Spyker's director, Michiel Mol, to make an €80m (£54m) bid for the team, who currently occupy last place in the constructors' championship with no points, level with Scuderia Toro Rosso. By Alan Henry.
The climb from top 30 to top 10 is bound to be arduous and Sania Mirza will be faced with a few vexing puzzles, but, increasingly, it does look like India’s top tennis player is ready for the big challenges ahead of her, writes Nirmal Shekar.
Athletes should be encouraged to put aside their PlayStations, unhook their Ipod’s, halt their text-messaging and dip into the histories of their game, writes Rohit Brijnath.
The toss dilemma
Under a heavy cloud cover at Headingley, Paul Collingwood did what most captains would do in such conditions at a venue considered a paradise for seam and swing bowlers. He chose to put the opposition in. His counterpart Rahul Dravid had done the same thing at Edgbaston. In theory, both Dravid and Collingwood were right, but both finished on the losing side. Over to S. Dinakar.
OLD TRAFFORD ONE-DAYER
Depth proves decisive
The magic moment of the game was when Monty Panesar castled Mahendra Singh Dhoni with a left-armer’s dream ball: it drifted in, pitched on the middle, and hit the off-stump, writes S. Dinakar.
Fielding grounds India
Poor catching and sloppy fielding let India down in Birmingham. S. Dinakar reports.
Venkatesh vents his feelings
“I am the bowling coach and I need to be consulted when a player returning from an injury is recalled, to ensure that he bowls with the same intensity with which he bowled earlier,” booms Venkatesh Prasad about Munaf Patel’s comeback. Over to S. Dinakar.
WORLD TWENTY 20 PREVIEW
Looking ahead with a new vision
The World Twenty20 jamboree in South Africa (September 11-24) is likely to persuade the cricketing nations that the newest form of the game should have a more prominent place in the calendar, writes Richard Gibson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ready to fire
A look at the players who could light up the arena, the ones who could make the ICC World Twenty20 their own.
Time to consolidate
Bob Houghton has injected new life into Indian football. The coach, however, is pragmatic. “This is just a small step forward at the international level,” he says of his team’s triumph in the Nehru Cup. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
‘Please believe in us’
Bhaichung Bhutia rates the Nehru Cup victory as one of the best moments of his career. “We need to keep the momentum going,” he says in a chat with Vijay Lokapally.
Chelsea’s plan goes awry
The men from Stamford Bridge were toothless after conceding the first goal. They terribly missed the injured Frank Lampard, writes Kevin McCarra.
Warner and his ‘exploits’
Jack Warner, kingpin of CONCACAF and Trinidad football, has been able to obtain whatever he chose from FIFA, with the current President, Sepp Blatter, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to any of his adventures.
Do not ridicule the bowler, the spectators have come to see the players, not you, whisper into the batsman and bowler’s ears, have a polite word with the captain, maintain proper deportment and pay attention to the details. These ...
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