From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.10 :: Mar. 07, 2009
The New Zealand team isn’t star-studded but plays the percentages better than most celebrated outfits. It can surprise and sting; its sum is invariably greater than its parts, writes S. Dinakar.
Making the most of their abilities
For those who have followed the fortunes of New Zealand, it came as no surprise that the country defeated India, the Twenty20 world champion, in both games. Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
NEW ZEALAND DIARY
Kiwis appear keen to please their tourists
For all the hype about the lucre of the Indian series, the excited talk in the media of the 25 million dollars it’s raking in for NZC, New Zealand’s cricketers stay their unassuming selves, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Bhat’s moment of glory
Despite the absence of the top stars, Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand, the Indore Nationals will be best remembered for the intensity of the competition and the manner in which the young and fresh aspirants capitalised on the opportunities that the event threw up, writes S. R. Suryanarayan.
Players should not skip tournaments
For the beleaguered organisers, the presence of badminton legend Prakash Padukone came as a major relief. In his playing days his racket did much of the talking. As the head of a successfully run academy and having organised a National ...
Sayali has a point to prove
Many would consider Sayali Gokhale as a surprise winner at the National Championship. The women's singles champion was not hoping to walk away with the title.
Breaking a ‘barrier’
Arvind Bhat’s immediate goal is to break into the top 10 of the world rankings before the end of the year. “Though I am 29 years old, I still have enough fire left in me,” says the National champion in a chat with Kalyan Ashok.
Stalemate for old foes
Manchester United will probably have been satisfied with the draw as it is unlikely that Jose Mourinho's side, Inter Milan, can triumph in the return leg at Old Trafford. By Richard Williams.
Benayoun takes centre stage
The match-winner came when Fabio Aurelio curled a free-kick on to the head of Yossi Benayoun, who was in more space than a Real Madrid defence should allow, writes Paul Hayward.
Middlesbrough ends depressing run
Combining with O'Neil on the right, Aliadiere's low cross was pushed past Reina by Tuncay Sanli for a goal of stylish simplicity. By Paul Wilson.
CARLING CUP FINAL
Foster is the hero
The Manchester United goalkeeper not only pulled off a significant save from Aaron Lennon in the 71st minute, but also played a pivotal role in the penalty shoot-out, thwarting Jamie O’Hara’s attempt. By Kevin McCarra.
Where are the playmakers?
When England recently lost in Spain, they came up against a team brimming with adroit little midfield players, clever on the ball, neat in distribution, in the image of Barcelona’s Xavi. England had no such player.
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