From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.44 :: Oct. 31, 2009
Lionel Messi, the undisputed first choice for his country, is destined for greater glory. With Argentina having qualified for the 2010 World Cup, he finally gets a chance to prove that he is the true successor to Diego Maradona, writes Ayon Sengupta.
The incorrigible Jack Warner
The Trinidadian may be the main man in CONCACAF, but what England do or do not is frankly none of his business.
Only time will tell whether the winger can have the same impact at Manchester United as he enjoyed at Wigan, but in Alex Ferguson, he has a manager famed for honing the skills of young talent and turning potential into proven talent, writes Nick Tomlinson.
Brett Lee is the hero
The Australian international’s all-round performance — he scored a brilliant 48 and then picked up two wickets — was the cornerstone of NSW Blues’ emphatic win over Trinidad & Tobago in the final. Over to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
The challenge of rebuilding
Just as it did with Allan Border, Cricket Australia has placed trust on Ricky Ponting to rebuild the team. “I have enjoyed the role, taking up the responsibility in the last couple of years with the younger players around. As a senior player that’s what one is expected to do,” the Australian captain tells G. Viswanath.
The adrenalin was reserved for the end
The match lived up to its top billing thanks largely to the belated heroics of Harbhajan Singh (49) and Praveen Kumar (40 not out). The cracker of a match started with Shane Watson’s confident four and ended with Ashish Nehra’s heart-breaking single as India lost by four runs! Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
He’s very special
Even at 32, Brett Lee is full of exuberance. “I love bowling at 145-150kmph. There is no question of slowing down as some bowlers have done of late in international cricket. Well, I will start thinking of stopping playing the day I am not able to bowl at that speed,” says the Australian fast bowler in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
‘I fear for the game’
“Everything has become so commercial these days. I believe if playing for the country is threatened or diminished in any manner because somebody else is offering more money, then the game will gradually die,” says the South African batting legend, Graeme Pollock, in a chat with S. Dinakar.
Los Angeles ’84: a gain & a loss
“I, and India, missed an Olympic medal by one hundredth of a second at Los Angeles, 1984. The disappointment at the time was crushing, but now, 25 years later, I wouldn’t hesitate even for a moment before ranking that race as the best moment of my career. That near-medal means to me as much as some of the 100-odd international medals I have won in my career that lasted nearly two decades.”
Luka breaks through
Viewed from the perspective of the Asian athletics championships in Guangzhou, China, in November, some of the performances must have given encouraging inputs to the coaches and selectors, but they failed to hold out much hope for next year when the Commonwealth Games will be held at home, writes K. P. Mohan.
Future looks bright
Others stole the show as Olympic bronze medal winner Sushil Kumar and World Championship bronze medallist Ramesh gave the National meet a miss. Over to Y. B. Sarangi.
Caddies turning golfers is nothing new. But not many of them continue with the same intensity. “They give up after a few failures. That mindset has to change,” says Chinnaswamy Muniyappa, the Indian Open champion, in a chat with Avinash Nair.
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