From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.05 :: Jan. 31, 2009
Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis form an interesting but potent pair. While the former relies on flight and vicious spin, the latter is quicker through the air and depends more on subtle turn and bounce. Their contrasting styles are a nightmare for the batsmen, writes S. Dinakar.
The worrying factor
Players such as Sunil Joshi, Ranadeb Bose and Yere Goud performed consistently in the Ranji season gone by and they deserve to be commended, but that does not serve any purpose when one is looking at the future. Not many new players announced themselves last season.
A Chennai show
The success of Sharath Kamal and Shamini Kumaresan highlighted the growing strength of Chennai which, with its numerous academies and clubs, re-emerged as a centre of excellence in the sport. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
‘At last, I got just a little light’
As always with this infamous sprinter, who combines a smiley charm with his bruised fatalism, Dwain Chambers seems unsure whether he should laugh or cry at the state of his troubled life. He tells Donald McRae of how he is capable of beating Usain Bolt and his mountain of debts.
The Anantapur Cricket Ground is being hailed as one of the best in the country. The man behind this top-class facility, a brainchild of the NGO called Rural Development Trust, is the organisation’s Associate Programme Director Moncho Ferrer.
Kaka isn’t going anywhere
Now there are rumours that Real Madrid might like to buy Kaka but if he sticks to his guns and his attachment to Milan is real, then Real would fail to get him, too, writes Brian Glanville.
Revelation at Bayern
Franck Ribery has proved to be a shrewd buy and was named the German Footballer of the Year following his performances in his debut Bundesliga season as he helped Bayern Munich steal a march on the title.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
‘The Rifle’ gunning to stay up
Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani, nicknamed ‘The Rifle’, faces his toughest test yet — steering lowly Osasuna off the bottom of the Spanish Primera Liga and to an unlikely escape from relegation, writes Phil Barnett.
Begumpet sleeps, Gagan soars
Most striking of his prized possessions is the glistening glass trophy he clinched recently in the World Cup Final in Bangkok, Thailand. That gold-medal winning feat found him first equalling the world record with a perfect score of 600/600 and then eclipsing Thomas Farnik’s landmark of 703.1 with a stunning 703.5 in the 10-metre air rifle. Joseph Antony calls on Gagan Narang.
A bold runner
Kenneth Mungara is a shy person. But once he gets into action, there is no stopping this Kenyan who stamped his class in the Mumbai marathon recently. By Nandakumar Marar.
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