From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.47 :: Nov. 21, 2009
The Australian team may be in transition and its aura in Tests may have diminished, but Ricky Ponting’s men have proved that they love a good fight and are determined to sneak in the last laugh as well, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Anatomy of a defeat
M. S. Dhoni’s men failed at crucial moments and never found the spark that could ignite a winning campaign. K. C. Vijaya Kumar analyses the performances of the Indian players in the Hero Honda Cup series against Australia.
The covers were never off
Rain forces the abandonment of the seventh and final One-Day International of the Hero Honda Cup series in Mumbai. A series that reiterated Australia’s dominance concludes with a whimper. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
After slipping a long way down the pecking order, Ashish Nehra has rallied so impressively that he has become the leader of the pack, writes Peter Roebuck.
On top of the world
“(Being ranked) World No. 1 is significant for it gives a wonderful feeling. A nice feeling that your consistency is being recognised,” says Mithali Raj, who has moved to the top of the ICC Women’s Rankings. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
After playing second fiddle to China in the first half of the final, India fought back gallantly but missed the gold medal by a whisker. It was a memorable performance though, as India qualified for the World Cup in Argentina next year. By S. Thyagarajan.
Having everything and nothing
What was always a tempestuous affair between a moody lover and a demanding love, Marat Safin gave the sport and the ever eager public an honest slice of his life, without admixing the ingredients to accentuate one effect or diminish another, writes Raakesh Natraj.
On the same court with legends
Spending some time with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras was the ideal tonic for the young lad, Yuki Bhambri, in a season of hope. It will be time to fulfil a part of the promise next season. Yuki is keen to have the best preparation, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
Gung-ho in Birmingham
“This may sound strange, but I never expected to win the All-England title. Definitely, the triumph was a culmination of efforts, spread over months, which included long sparring sessions with some of the juniors like Sudhir Babu, Guru Prasad and S. D. Krishna. By the time the championship got going, I somehow felt at my best.”
JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
A show of AP power
Pullela Gopi Chand’s wards, B. Sai Praneeth and N. Sikki Reddy, lead AP’s remarkable surge as the state’s players grab four of the five open event titles. Kalyan Ashok reports.
Chhote Lal makes it big
Chhote Lal emerged the Best Boxer, while Railways pipped Services for the team title. Abhijit Sengupta reports.
“Recognition to sportspersons via the Sahara Awards will inspire young boys and girls to win honours for India,” said the ‘Unsung Hero’ Dung Dung. He received a standing ovation from the gathering.
Can’t keep this ‘Fergie’ away
Sir Alex is rarely off the back page of the tabloids, often because he is cunning enough to use the papers to spread his gospel, sometimes because he is tempted to say more than he should, writes Ted Corbett.
A lost breed?
Ever since David Seaman, in the last stages of a supreme international career, conceded a simple goal against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup in Japan, and followed that up by letting in one straight from a corner at Southampton, things just haven’t been the same for English keepers. Over to Brain Glanville.
Robbie keen to find a home
Keane is now back at Tottenham where he has spent the most amount of time, played the most games and scored the highest number of goals. The Irishman will be hoping to finally put down some roots, writes Joe Johnson.
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