From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.13 :: Mar. 28, 2009
Seen in terms of the conditions and the opposition, India’s ten-wicket win against New Zealand in Hamilton is an admirable achievement but no more; where it gains in significance is the fact that it was the first time Tendulkar found himself on the winning side in five tours, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
India packs a wallop
Sachin Tendulkar elevated his game. The second part of his 160 was a treat for the gods — pity only a few thousand saw it. Of his 26 fours, there were several that took the breath away. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
NEW ZEALAND DIARY
Of sports shows
‘The Crowd Goes Wild’ is a popular television programme in New Zealand, and it’s often very funny. It features as anchor Mark Richardson, who is well past his days as a dull-dog opener. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Harbhajan Singh bowled exceptionally well in the Kiwi second innings. More than the number of wickets, it was the mode of dismissals that was a delight to watch.
If the performances of the seniors are as positive as they have been made out to be, then the expectation of a trophy triumph in the Azlan Shah tournament in April is not unjustified. At the same time, the showing of the juniors has been impressive. But everything depends on how these youngsters shape up before the important assignment — the Junior World Cup being hosted jointly by Singapore and Malaysia in June. An analysis by S. Thyagarajan.
Rome sweet Rome
Foreign fans who travel to see their team play Roma in the Stadio Olympico are taking if not their life then certainly their physical safety in their hands.
Manipur’s monopoly continues
Manipur won its 15th National title, 12th on the trot, beating West Bengal in the final. G. Prasad reports.
A hit on and off the pitch
Rio Ferdinand was criticised early in his career for a tendency to try a little too much on the ball. But with age and experience he has learnt how to utilise his ability with the ball at his feet, writes Tim Clement.
Ominous clouds follow United
The Manchester United players were way below the imperious standard they set very recently. And it was not even Fulham, or the officials, who provoked United’s players to take their eye off the ball. Scholes and Rooney, and a couple more besides, managed to get wound up all by themselves. By Amy Lawrence.
Liverpool hot on United's heels
With the trouncing of Aston Villa, Rafael Benitez's team closed to within a point of the leader, although Manchester United has a game in hand. Such a statistic cannot discourage a rampant Liverpool, for which Steven Gerrard, with the help of a pair of penalties, recorded his first Premier League hat-trick. By Kevin McCarra.
Another interesting season on the cards
The slew of technical changes wrought by the FIA is what makes the 2009 season unpredictable but interesting. The introduction of KERS, re-entry of slicks and the new aerodynamic regulations present a whole new challenge to the teams. Formula One can’t get anymore interesting, writes G. Raghunath.
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