From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.04 :: Jan. 24, 2009
Like the champion sides from Mumbai in the past, the current squad led by Wasim Jaffer too has an immense sense of bonding, a lot of depth and the desire to excel. No wonder the team won its 38th Ranji title in Hyderabad recently. By S. Dinakar.
Mumbai’s spirit to the fore
Facing an improbable target of 525 to win on the final day, Uttar Pradesh had only one option: to salvage a draw. But in the face of Mumbai’s tight bowling, UP crashed to a big defeat. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.
Stars of the show
The just concluded Ranji season had quite a few heroic performances from both the youngsters and the old guard. V. V. Subrahmanyam picks his best.
Denting Indian pride
Is the ICC hinting that Sachin Tendulkar’s faultless career has been a teeny-weeny bit boring, asks David Hopps.
Signs of the times
T20 cricket has forced batsmen to think on their feet. Obviously it has come too late for older hands but youngsters arrive with fresh and open minds and can seek shots that send the ball to surprising places, writes Peter Roebuck.
Formidable in Australia, but…
In Australia, Matthew Hayden remained a powerful opener who could knock the leather off the ball. At home, Hayden scored 5210 runs in 56 Tests at 57.88. His away record — 3415 runs in 47 Tests at 42.68 — pales in comparison, writes S. Dinakar.
An Indian figures in the finale!
One among the 60-odd tournaments on the ATP Tour, the Chennai event is eagerly awaited by thousands for multifarious reasons. Some await the badge-flaunting, others drool at the prospect of getting a concentrated dosage of the city’s leer-worthy crowd; still others dig the possibility of striking fruitful business contacts, and only a rare minority looks forward to the actual tennis, writes Kunal Diwan.
1036 to 154 in one year!
Somdev Devvarman’s run to the final of the Chennai Open ATP is an achievement of great significance. His success in Chennai might not result in a dynamic shift in the fortunes of Indian tennis, but points to a future that can see results, writes Nandita Sridhar.
DOWN MEMORY LANE
`A likeable personality'
"Premjit Lall had the talent and was definitely the most powerful player at that time. He had done very well, beating all the big names and I think, with more hard work and proper exposure, he could have become one of the top players of the world," says Jaidip Mukherjea, as he reminisces about his former Davis Cup team-mate.
Though Indian Railways’ play in the earlier rounds in the men’s section wasn’t very convincing, the team put up a dogged show in the final to vanquish Tamil Nadu for the title. K. Keerthivasan reports.
Another feather in Ronaldo’s cap
The ‘World Player of the Year’ award gives the 23-year-old a clean sweep of all the recognised major individual and club honours available to a footballer, writes Jamie Jackson.
Chelsea in trouble
Thrashed 3-0 at Old Trafford by Manchester United, Chelsea hardly had a decent shot at goal. And you might say that salt was rubbed into their wounds by the fact that none other than Jose Mourinho, their former, highly successful manager, was watching. Apparently he was so affected by his old team’s ineptitude that he stayed in his seat till well after the final whistle. By Brian Glanville.
Snatching a last-gasp victory
Chelsea celebrated Frank Lampard's injury-time winner as though they had won the European Cup and the atmosphere in the dressing-room was charged by a giddy delight, writes David Hytner.
The British Junior Open was a memorable tournament for Mahesh Mangaonkar. He not only won the title, but also nudged out Oliver Holland as the best in this age category. By S. R. Suryanarayan.
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