From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.34 :: Aug. 22, 2009
Michael Clarke is no more the ‘wild kid’ with a wealth of talent. The 28-year-old Aussie batsman is Ricky Ponting’s heir apparent and a worthy one at that. His transformation has been remarkable, writes S. Dinakar.
Over in 2-1/2 days
The Australians bowled beautifully — mixing sharp, well-pitched up outswingers with aggressive bouncers — and there was a little help from the pitch. By Ted Corbett.
Kevin Pietersen who has suffered another setback is an imposing batsman but has not so far confirmed that he is an immortal. His heart and mind pass muster but his passion is muted, writes Peter Roebuck.
FRANK TYSON COLUMN
Down memory lane
No bowler since July 1956 has ever equalled Jim Laker’s achievement of taking 19 wickets in a Test match. I dare hazard a guess that no bowler ever will.
Egyptians rule the roost
The African nation lit up an otherwise mundane junior championship, writes Kunal Diwan.
Coach with a magic touch
Percy Oncken has groomed quite a few Brazilian teams into world champions. He, however, gives much of the credit to the system in his country. “Our professional league is very strong because the senior Brazilian players participate in it. The money is good thanks to God and our top players don’t need to go out,” says the coach who guided Brazil to back-to-back victories in the junior men’s World Championship. By Nandakumar Marar.
Playing in European leagues is the key
Former India player and National coach A. Ramana Rao is perplexed with the Indian mindset of playing in the Gulf leagues. He is of the view that the Indian players should boldly take up professional careers with the European clubs instead of going for soft options and easy money in the Gulf. By Nandakumar Marar.
The reasons for the sub-par performances were varied. While some athletes opted to take a break after taking part in major international meets, others were busy in different coaching camps abroad. Many of those who participated complained of the hot and humid weather during the meet.
A fascinating comeback stalled
A neck injury deprived us of one of the year’s great stories, and no one will be more disappointed than Michael Schumacher himself, writes Maurice Hamilton.
Of Ferrari’s three-car plan and Schumi’s return
Luca di Montezemolo , the Ferrari president, wants each Formula One team to have the right to run three cars in the World Championship, a move which could mean Michael Schumacher returning to the sport from next season. Schumacher has ...
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, expectedly, made a return to the one-day squad while Virender Sehwag, who is recuperating from a shoulder injury, was not considered in the 15-member team announced for next month’s tri-series ...
Sussex’s T20 glory
Dwayne Smith’s flamboyant strokeplay, which resulted in three mighty sixes, powered Sussex to 172 for seven, easily the highest score of the day on a pitch that was never entirely trustworthy.
El-Hadji Diouf, 28, has already played for Sochaux, Rennes, Lens, Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland and is now at Blackburn. That nomadic existence is symptomatic of a player who has never settled in one place long enough to flourish into a truly world-class star, writes Michael Klimes.
Good enough and old enough
At the end of last season, Jack Wilshere, 17, destroyed the defence of Liverpool’s youth team, in the final of the FA Youth Cup, home and away. He scores goals and he creates them, writes Brian Glanville.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Bassong on song
The Tottenham Hotspur debutant made insipid Liverpool pay, and if the sort of control the team exerted over its fancied rival is to be repeated regularly then the dream of a high station in the table is rational, writes Kevin McCarra.
Yang outplays Tiger
The South Korean overhauled a two-shot lead of world No. 1 Tiger Woods. By Lawrence Donegan.
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