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VOL.32 :: NO.42 :: Oct. 17, 2009
It wouldn’t be wise for Button to leave things late; he has to go flat out for victory in Sao Paulo. For one who is as immensely talented as Button is, it isn’t enough if he wins the championship, it’s important he wins it like a true champion, writes G. Raghunath.
Leading life on his terms
Deccan Chargers is banking heavily on Andrew Symonds to perform in the Champions League. And the star all-rounder tells V.V. Subrahmanyam that he is fully aware of his responsibilities.
Still enjoying the game
“There is no better place for me to enjoy than on the cricket field. I simply love to be there,” the 37-year-old Adam Gilchrist says as V. V. Subrahmanyam talks to him.
SOUTH AFRICA TOUR DIARY
An event of surprises
A dazzling display of fireworks announces the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy 2009. The competition, well organised and seldom short of drama, is a success. Fifty50 cricket cannot be displaced in a hurry, writes S. Dinakar.
CHAMPIONS TROPHY FINAL
Back in the groove
Ponting’s men were buzzing in Johannesburg and Centurion. They dished out a vibrant brand of cricket underlined by self-belief. Australia was also a side of multi-dimensional cricketers, writes S. Dinakar.
‘Twenty20 is really very boring!’
“While I like and enjoy Twenty20, it’s a bit like one-day cricket. If you don’t get a close finish, what have you got? A very ordinary game of cricket. Now you are going to get more ordinary games of cricket in Twenty20 purely because the players would be going out so hard early on and we will see a lot of collapses. It doesn’t give you enough time to rebuild,” Bob Simpson tells G. VISWANATH.
KAPIL DEV/BEST & WORST MOMENTS
World Cup 1983, Sharjah ’86!
“That glorious day — June 25, 1983 — remains close to my heart the most. There have been some other great deeds too, but nothing to match the feeling of holding the World Cup in my hands. Sometimes I feel it is yet to sink in even today. That day will always be the most important day of my cricket life.”
The will to fight
The remarkable thing about Poojashree Venkatesh and Rushmi Chakravarthi is their amazing self-belief. Indian women’s tennis depends a lot on these two, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
Yuki all the way
The world junior No. 1 appears to be having a smooth transition to the senior level. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
The Italian player is still to come close to making his debut in England having been signed despite an ankle problem, but that has not deterred Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez from reiterating his belief that he got the better deal in the transfer trade-off, writes Robert Meaden.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Keen to make his mark
Mikel Alonso, who joined CD Tenerife last season, helping it secure promotion to the top flight, hopes to step out of his younger sibling Xabi’s shadow, writes Tom White.
Saint Bobby of Newcastle
A memorial service in the honour of Bobby Robson was held recently at Newcastle United, where he had several impressive years in his last job as a club manager, writes Brian Glanville.
‘Don’t write us off’
Geethu Anna Jose is of the view that the Indian basketball team has improved a lot in the last couple of years. “The very fact that the Chinese coach appreciated us, saying that the team was in good shape and that our players were able to be on the court for a longer period of time shows that we have really improved,” says the Indian skipper in a chat with K. Keerthivasan.
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