From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.19 :: May. 09, 2009
Indeed, a keeper with exceptional batting skills is a Super All-rounder who saves a place in the XI. Gilchrist is the foremost example. While he creates havoc with his bat-speed and the ability to pick the length early, Gilchrist continues to be reliable behind the stumps.
ON THE BALL - W.V. RAMAN
The disadvantage of having a foreign coach
It is rather unfortunate that the Knight Riders have persisted with McCullum as captain even though they have Sourav Ganguly in their line-up. He will have more influence with the local players than a McCullum ever can for the simple reason that Ganguly can convey things in a language that all the players can comprehend.
IPL: DELHI DAREDEVILS V DECCAN CHARGERS
Dilshan, Dinesh dominate
Delhi Daredevils inflicted the first defeat on Deccan Chargers, thanks to a charged up Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Karthik, who put on 79 runs for the fourth wicket.
IPL: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS V RAJASTHAN ROYALS
Suresh Raina imposes himself
Thanks to Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings finally found a way to beat Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
IPL: ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE V KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Bangalore wins, after a hiccup or two
Royal Challengers managed to post a victory, only its second in six matches, at the expense of Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL: KINGS XI PUNJAB V MUMBAI INDIANS
Many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip
A target of 120 should have been a breeze for Mumbai Indians. But once its superstar openers, Jayasuriya and Tendulkar, fell cheaply, the team lost direction and lost by three runs.
Australia lets down Indian fans
The Aussies have had the habit of chickening out at the slightest of provocations. In an increasingly conflict-ridden world, host cities of major events are forced to spend millions of dollars on security, though pull-outs from competitions under a perceived security threat are rare.
Guus Hiddink hailed Petr Cech for ‘saving the game’ as the Chelsea goalkeeper made a string of impressive saves against Barcelona.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS/FIRST LEG
A meagre reward
Alex Ferguson’s men were so superior, so utterly rampant at times, it is not an easy thing to criticise them but you would have to think this was a missed opportunity against Arsenal, writes Daniel Taylor.
Tevez committed to the cause
Alex Ferguson had been impressed by Carlos Tevez's contribution at Old Trafford, when the Argentine international came on at half-time to inspire United's spectacular five-goal revival against Tottenham Hotspur as part of an all-singing, all-dancing four-man forward line, writes Richard Williams.
United is almost there
Veteran Ryan Giggs played his 800th game in midweek, and celebrated his 801st with the goal that set united on its way to a victory against Middlesbrough that will almost certainly ensure that an 11th Premier League medal is added to his collection, wriets Paul Wilson
There is much talk about long range experts across the years, which brings to mind the question whether it is easier to score now with those plastic covered balls than it was with the leather balls of the past?
Fortunate for McLaren
McLaren's renaissance convinces FIA to Spare team over lies scandal as the world motor sport council suspends three-race ban.
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