From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.11 :: Mar. 14, 2009
Ramnaresh Sarwan’s role will be crucial to West Indies’ resurgence. The expectations are immense. Given his shot-making ability and sound technique, Sarwan is the right man at No. 3. He inspires confidence, provides the side momentum and seizes the initiative from the bowlers, writes S. Dinakar.
Edwards shows his class
In a drab Test match, Edwards occasionally lit up the scene. Ramnaresh Sarwan batted delightfully for a couple of days, Denesh Ramdin was all diligence but perhaps the highlight of the West Indies innings was Edwards and he did not even get to the crease. By Vic Marks.
Featherbeds are futile
The pitch is an integral part of the game, and as such the quality of pitches needs to be good if a game of cricket has to provide real entertainment to the public.
Cricket has been teaching us that men of all types can live under the same roof. It has been the story of India. How did we think it could be allowed to last? It was this very quality that angered the fanatics. By Peter Roebuck.
It won’t be the same anymore
The vision of Chris Broad in his blood-stained shirt, the thought that his driver had been shot dead simply driving two miles from cricket hotel to Test ground and the sight of their convoy under siege from armed terrorists would mean that my wish to see the world would be curtailed, writes Ted Corbett.
In the aftermath of Lahore
The Lahore episode possibly strengthens the case for an exclusive full-time force that can handle security for all kinds of sports events, especially cricket, writes R.K. Raghavan.
He’s not interested in making a comeback
Shane Warne may only roll his arm in the IPL nowadays, but as he prepares to swap ball for microphone the capacity for the unexpected remains. By Kevin Mitchell.
Blitzkrieg at Christchurch
The third ODI became a batting contest. It wasn’t surprising because the AMI Stadium is outrageously small, the boundary on one side a mere 54 metres. Yuvraj Singh put on a marvellous display of hitting as well, more than complementing Tendulkar’s 163 with a menacing 87. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
After Virender Sehwag, M. S. Dhoni, and Suresh Raina took India to an imposing total in 38 overs, Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar bowled a superb first spell under lights, testing New Zealand’s explosive openers and dismissing them. They were crippling blows, for Brendon McCullum had played a key role in the Twenty20 victories, and the Kiwis turned meek after his exit. By S. Ram Mahesh.
NEW ZEALAND DIARY
A star, a fan and a franchise owner
Priety Zinta — Bollywood star, IPL franchise owner — is in Napier at the invitation of the New Zealand government, and she brings Dhoni luck at the toss. Later she addresses a press conference. Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
A pity it had to end like this
Sehwag and Tendulkar, in the time they batted after M. S. Dhoni won the toss, provided rich entertainment, before the match was abandoned due to rain, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Man with unshakeable belief
Ferrari’s Brazilian driver is over the heartbreak he felt when he had the F1 title snatched from his grasp in his home town in last year’s final race. By Donald McRae.
Gun and glory
He is largely responsible for giving Indian shooting the attention it so richly deserves. Meet India’s national coach Sunny Thomas. By A. Joseph Antony.
United pulls away from the pack
Manchester United is still the envy of its rivals since an uneven effort brought an 11th consecutive Premier League victory, writes Kevin McCarra.
Too many tournaments
Aston Villa’s manager Martin O’Neill has embroiled his club in a plethora of fixtures this season, but has found that his attempts to do so still failed to bring him the results.
Like an oasis in a desert
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