From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.08 :: Feb. 21, 2009
Let’s not get carried away by West Indies’ thumping victory against England at Sabina Park. Chris Gayle & Co. must take the series and climb the rankings. Only then can the song change from “Rally Round the West Indies” to “Rejoice, they’re back!”, writes Peter Roebuck.
India has moved on from the phase when it challenged merely for the odd Test victory abroad; thanks to the efforts of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, its three most recent leaders, it now embarks on tours confident of winning series, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Pathans to the fore
Irfan and Yusuf packed a punch together on a dramatic night of fortune swings. In a stressful situation, the brothers were calm. The right-left pairing of Man of the Match Yusuf and Irfan orchestrated a remarkable win. By S. Dinakar.
Some consolation for Sri Lanka
The final ODI might have been a dead rubber game but there was plenty riding on the match. India was seeking a Perfect 10 — its tenth successive ODI victory — and a never-before-achieved 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, which is considered hard to beat at home. But the visiting team came a cropper. By S. Dinakar.
SRI LANKA DIARY
Jayawardene to step down from captaincy
These are difficult days for Jayawardene. While his team has been largely out-played by India in a 4-1 verdict in the one-dayers, the skipper’s loss of form with the willow has not helped matters either, writes S. Dinakar.
Putting a new spin on things
According to former Aussie skipper Johnson, spinners such as Lock and Laker bowled the ball into the softer England turfs so that it remained in contact with the pitch longer, gaining a greater degree of turn. Its faster speed through the air prevented the batsmen from using footwork to get to the bounce of the ball to attack it. By Frank Tyson.
Hertzberger is the Dutch hero
There never was any doubt about the supremacy of the Netherlands. Despite the absence of its top players, Taeke Taekema and Teun de Nooijer, the Dutch meant business and demonstrated the quality of their bench strength in a befitting manner, writes Vijay Lokapally.
Survival of the fittest
Natela Dzalamidze’s fitness stood her in good stead as she bent back her compatriot Anna Rapoport’s challenge in the final to emerge triumphant. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.
The biggest difference between Nethaji Sports Club and other sides in the CFA Senior Division this season was the partnership of the Ivorian strikers, Issouf and Dombia. They scored nine and seven goals respectively and finished first and second on the scoring charts.
Michael Ballack was thrice crowned German Footballer of the Year and was named by Pele as one of the greatest living footballers of all time, writes Tom Hird.
Calling Big Phil Scolari, as some critics have, still one of the best managers in the world rings hollow indeed and surely ignores the embarrassing truth, writes Brian Glanville.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
The subtleness of his control over a match endeared him to all and Juan Carlos Valeron remains one of those few players who can claim to be loved universally, writes Matt Somerford.
More than just a club
FC Barcelona, one of the most popular football clubs in the world, is not only about football. It is also actively involved in promoting UNICEF and welfare programmes like ’No More Malaria’. The club’s president, Joan Laporta I Estruch, speaks to A. Joseph Antony about Barca’s challenges and its future.
‘Make it short and quick’
For Pankaj Advani, the Padma Shri award is a great honour. "Watching sportsmen receive such awards will be a motivation for youngsters to consider sport as a serious career option," he says in a chat with Nandita Sridhar.
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