From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.18 :: May. 02, 2009
The Indian Premier League has been a launching pad for a welter of talented cricketers. It has witnessed players from the periphery moving to the centre-stage, writes S. Dinakar.
Bopara makes merry
Ravi Bopara complemented the good work done by the Kings XI bowlers to steer his side to a superb seven-wicket victory.
IPL: RAJASTHAN ROYALS V KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Yusuf blitz sinks Knight Riders
Rajasthan Royals pulled off a sensational victory against Knight Riders, as Yusuf Pathan plundered Ajantha Mendis in the Super Over.
IPL: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS V DELHI DAREDEVILS
De Villiers goes on the rampage
In a contest of micron-thin margin, Delhi Daredevils emerged winner. And the man who set up the Delhi outfit’s victory was A. B. de Villiers, who scored the first century of IPL 2009.
IPL: DECCAN CHARGERS V BANGALORE ROYAL CHALLENGERS
KP's flop show
The Newlands crowd, sections of which booed Kevin Pietersen to the wicket, found the whole thing a hoot. By Lawrence Booth.
IPL: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS V BANGALORE ROYAL CHALLENGERS
Battle within a battle
Andrew Flintoff proved his worth against Kevin Pietersen in their IPL clash, writes Lawrence Booth.
IPL / OTHER MATCHES
A real dampener
With rains playing havoc with some of the matches, Kings XI Punjab was the team that was the most affected.
A blogger on the prowl
It will be interesting to see how much further the fake IPL player blog goes and what it does for player forums and other internet interactions and publicity-driven blogs. The model, if understood and packaged intelligently, is almost infallible. It’s entertaining. Does it matter if its authenticity is in question, asks Nandita Sridhar.
Entertainment at its best
Lucrative prizes have transformed what was scorned as a professional “dog eat dog”, unethical and win-at-all-costs ungentlemanly tug-of-war into a contest of merit played for valuable stakes on the world stage, not just for material gain, but also for real kudos and status, writes Frank Tyson.
Eye for detail remains his big advantage
The fastidious Abhinav Bindra tells Rohit Brijnath that he’s going to try and find a new route to a medal in London 2012.
‘LA Lakers is a first class team’
A. C. Green considers himself fortunate to have played in NBA for 15 years. “NBA has taught me plenty of lessons in life,” says the former Los Angeles Lakers star in a chat with G. Viswanath.
Dilip Tirkey, the most-capped hockey player in the world, talks to V. V. Subrahmanyam about the highs and lows of his career.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, who has qualified for the British Open in July this year, is determined to make the best of the opportunity. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
If Arsenal’s second choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski begins it well, then he goes on to play well. Should he begin with a mistake, then things continue to go wrong.
Although Phil Neville does not attract a media scrum like David Beckham, thrill crowds like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes or have a trophy cabinet quite the size of his brother Gary, there is no doubt his career is one to be admired.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
It was a demonstration of attacking, penetrative football at its highest level by Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur, with two each for Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and the fifth for Dimitar Berbatov, playing as though affronted by the criticisms of his recent performances, writes Daniel Taylor.
No stopping Button
The Brawn GP driver continued his superb form in Bahrain to post his third victory of the season. By Maurice Hamilton.
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