From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.50 :: Dec. 12, 2009
Scaling the summit of Test cricket is a significant moment for India. Test cricket, the most complete and challenging form of the game, is back in the forefront of the nation’s cricketing consciousness, writes S. Dinakar.
Highest score and highest ranking
Test cricket returned to Brabourne after 36 years and the occasion was made memorable by a high-octane and breath-taking innings of 293 from Virender Sehwag. The blistering effort, given its magnitude and influence, proved to be the difference between the two sides. S. Dinakar reports.
The Delhi opener really amazes everyone with his approach and ironically for one who was considered too flashy for an opener in Test cricket, he has done more than enough to re-establish the fact that it is not always a disadvantage to be unconventional.
Messi, by a mile
Barca pocketed three titles in 2008/09, inspired by a prolific Messi who had 38 strikes in 51 games during that period. Winning the Ballon d’Or after such an accomplished performance was but a forgone conclusion, but the near unanimity of Messi’s victory — he received 473 out of a possible 480 points given — was harder to predict, writes Ayon Sengupta.
The enduring charm of the Kolkata Derby
The Mohun Bagan-East Bengal encounters are still a colossal draw, but it’s the teams from Western India that are calling the shots in the I-League. Ayon Sengupta takes a look at the first phase of the tournament.
A long list of Nigerians have left their mark on Indian football since the explosive introduction of Chima Okorie to the Kolkata maidans in the mid 80s. Their towering physical presence has terrorised Indian defences and more often than not ...
English ups and downs
After many months out of action, Joe Cole suddenly returned to the Chelsea team recently at Stamford Bridge, not on the left or right wing where he has been aligned for so many years but in his original position as playmaker in central midfield, opening up more options for national coach Capello.
Competitors from villages to the fore
Most of the medallists were not from the cities, but from villages far removed from luxuries such as synthetic tracks and modern-day stadia. The will to win seemed more pronounced in athletes from poor backgrounds, writes A.Joseph Antony.
St. Joseph's success story
The St. Joseph's Sports Academy's contribution to athletics in Tamil Nadu, and Chennai in particular, is immense. Headed by the dynamic director of the St. Joseph's College and with a panel of coaches under the leadership of Dr. Nagarajan, ...
Boys Under-18 — 5000m: Indrajeet Patel (UP) 14:53.69. Old: 14:55.20 — Mukesh Kumar (UP); Hammer throw: Sukhdev Singh (Haryana) 70.35m. Old: 67.09m — Chandroday Singh (UP).
Alfie Burden’s moment of glory
The Englishman not only made good use of the chances that came his way but also committed fewer mistakes than his adversary in pressure situations in the final, writes V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Darren Morgan: Solid as ever
In the Masters category of the World Snooker Championship the focus was on three big names — Darren Morgan of Wales, Dene O’Kane of New Zealand and Geet Sethi of India. And it was Morgan who won the crown with a fantastic victory ...
ONGC-IBSF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Ng-On proves her mettle
The victory is a tribute to the 19-year-old player from Hong Kong who combined youthful exuberance with class and was consistent right through the event, writes V. V. Subrahmanyam.
‘Coaching came naturally to me’
“It is important for us to win the team title but it is equally important for us to train our young players. Our Federation is concentrating on preparing for the 2012 London Olympic Games. That’s why the coaches are trying out young players in international competitions, especially in the team events,” says the Chinese women’s coach, Kong Linghui, to Rakesh Rao.
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