From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.16 :: Apr. 18, 2009
As good as he was with the ball in hand in crunch situations, it was as a captain that Shane Warne turned out to be a game-turner. By far, he was the most perspicacious of the eight IPL captains in the league’s inaugural year. He is, arguably, the best captain Australia never had; or, to be precise, the best captain it chose not to have, writes Nirmal Shekar.
The holder is still formidable
Shane Warne’s inspirational leadership fired Rajasthan Royals to a sensational triumph in IPL-I. From a fragmented bunch largely lacking experience, the Royals surprised and stung.
Warne transformed the side into a vibrant force. And ...
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
A sure shot to the semis
A powerful side with multi-dimensional cricketers, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will seek to exorcise the ghosts of IPL-I.
CSK finished at the wrong end of a humdinger against Rajasthan Royals in the final. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men ...
An eye for talent
Even before the February auction in Goa, the Delhi Daredevils franchise had signed three potential matchwinners, all Australians.
Red-headed Andrew McDonald has since shown his value to the Australian team with his niggardly medium-pace ...
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Bowling is the weak link
Kings XI Punjab will have it tough replicating last year’s semifinal run. The side’s depleted bowling resources could hamper its chances. Shaun Marsh, James Hopes and Brett Lee have been summoned for Australia’s ODI series ...
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Stability will be the key
John Buchanan and Sourav Ganguly’s distinctive personalities have collectively courted controversy with the multiple-captains theory and its subsequent evolution into the concept of a single captain and multiple strategists. And then ...
Can they get the right mix?
When Mumbai Indians takes on last season’s finalist Chennai Super Kings on April 18 at Newlands in the IPL opener, it would hope for a better start than the four straight losses incurred straight up last year.
Everything went wrong ...
It’s time the Chargers gave the charge
If sporting results were decided by pre-tournament buzz, the top and bottom-placed teams in the inaugural IPL season would have switched places. Hindsight tells us that the initial hype around Deccan Chargers’ batting line-up — ...
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
In tune with requirements now
“We are no longer a Test team but one qualified for Twenty20 cricket,” Vijay Mallya was on the defensive to the Press recently.
A nightmarish inaugural IPL ensured that the businessman took things in his grip and, after relieving ...
20 overs of frenzy
The T20 cup had rekindled the English love affair with cricket. The public loved it. The hunger for T20 has not abated, and the Indian and worldwide public continues its insatiable desire for its next hit to feed its T20 addiction. This is evident in the IPL’s move from India to South Africa in order that they may dispense their tonic, at whatever cost, to an ever more demanding global audience, writes Harry Catchpole.
The World Cup picture
If Argentina, and a humiliated manager, Diego Maradona, never, surely, a logical appointment, seek any kind of consolation, they could perhaps find it in what happened back in 1993 at the River Plate Stadium, when Argentina, on home ground, were thrashed 5-0 by a Colombian team inspired by that maverick talent, Tino Asprilla. They still qualified for the World Cup finals in the US.
Hiddink’s men in complete control
Chelsea was irresistible. Nothing could unsettle the buoyant team for long, not even the loss of the evening’s first goal, writes Kevin McCarra.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL 1ST LEG
United in danger zone
Manchester United was entirely out of tune at home. On the other hand, FC Porto was sharper, livelier and superior in all aspects. Indeed, a draw barely did justice to Porto’s game. By Kevin McCarra.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
‘Kiko’ rises to the occasion again
Preoccupied by Ronaldo’s 69th-minute entrance, Sunderland seemed near oblivious to the threat posed by Macheda when he replaced the injured Berbatov. With his first touch the boy wonder diverted a Carrick shot into the bottom corner, a goal that helped preserve United’s title hopes. By Louise Taylor.
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