From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.01 :: Jan. 03, 2009
The turnaround in Gautam Gambhir’s career has been astonishing. The Gambhir of today is a solid and reliable southpaw who is unlikely to miss out on a scoring opportunity. He is a match-winner and is bound for greater glory, writes S. Dinakar.
Dhoni’s men of mettle
With chunks of valuable time lost due to poor light, the Test was destined for a draw. However, the 1-0 series win enabled India to reclaim the second spot in the ICC Test rankings. S. Dinakar reports.
England’s tour report in order of merit. By David Hopps.
The Big B of Tamil Nadu
Lakshmipathy Balaji has made his comeback in domestic cricket with a bang. The big man with a soft demeanour is as hard as nails once he gets the ball. He is always ready to get that one wicket which his team needs.
‘A Test century would be great’
“It’s true that I’ve ignored my batting. It’s still not late. I have been working on my batting and would love to become an all-rounder,” says Harbhajan Singh in this interview with Vijay Lokapally.
New crop sprouts
One of the great things about sport is the way brilliant talent emerges to fill a vacuum. Often it arrives in a rush. No one saw Warne coming, or Botham or Pietersen for that matter, they just kept improving by act of will, writes Peter Roebuck.
The bullet train
It was a runaway victory for the Railways in the final as the openers, Sulakshana and Jaya, made mincemeat of the Maharashtra bowling. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.
‘I am a positive person’
Sania Mirza wants to get back to where she once was on the WTA Tour. “I wish to get back that winning feeling. I want to make winning a habit,” she says in a chat with Kalyan Ashok.
The year 2008 should go down as one of the most fruitful for Indian chess. Seven World champions during the year surely reinforced India’s claim to being a chess superpower in the making, writes Rakesh Rao.
Gunners in turmoil
Billionaire Alisher Usmanov , who already owns 24% of the shares at Arsenal, says he is not prepared to buy more shares; were he to reach a total of 29%, the law states that he would be obliged to make a bid for control of the club.
Fully fit, Michael Owen is looking to fight his way back into Fabio Capello’s England squad, and add to the 40 goals he has already amassed in 89 appearances for his country.
Gerrard on song
On a day when Steven Gerrard scored twice and created two further goals, some of Liverpool’s football was as mesmerising as much that Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea can offer, writes Louise Taylor.
The golfing scene in India is vibrant
Chiranjeev Milkha Singh is set to start an academy at the Skytop Golf Village in Mysore. “The academy will be the best of its kind and will provide the best of professional training to golfers,” says the brand ambassador of Skytop Golf Village, in a chat with C. K. Muralidharan.
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