From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.01 :: Jan. 07, 2010
Gautam Gambhir has had a wonderful 2009. In fact, he has had a wonderful career thus far. His runs have come when they mattered, against opposition that stood out in world cricket and in conditions that held huge challenges, writes Vijay Lokapally.
The question of being aware of the moment
It’s not like everything went right for India. Things went right when they mattered, writes Nandita Sridhar.
SHINING STARS/VIRENDER SEHWAG
Decisive in every respect
That Virender Sehwag is massively influential needs no mentioning. There’s something about watching him walk in to open the innings, and watching him grow more and more destructive with each boundary. He was exactly that at Rajkot. But in ...
SHINING STARS/DILSHAN & THARANGA
Finding his niche
What a difference a secure place can make! This multi-talented batsman’s skills made it difficult to sort him, which resulted in him being shifted up and down the order and in and out of the side. But once Sangakkara decided to send him to ...
Going awry and amiss
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy insisted that he had done exactly the right thing to rest his first choice men against Manchester United in the Premiership match at Old Trafford.
Maintaining the tempo
In a season of hope, Indian sports had its moments of joy, giving a fair indication of a bright future, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
ICL & IPL
The new order
While the debate on T20 cricket’s legitimacy, its effects on the international cricket calendar, its impact on the classical formats of the game are still being assessed, the murky corporate aspects of it, the lack of transparency and regulation, and the culture of unmitigated excess have managed to sneak in as the inevitable fallout of the new and necessary scheme of things, writes Raakesh Natraj.
Saina’s best yet to come
The victory in the Indonesia Open Super Series ranks on top of Saina Nehwal’s performances in 2009. By K. Keerthivasan.
A tinder box waiting to ignite
Sport’s ability to generate controversy, some believe, is part of its charm; but not when it ceases to be sport. There has to be an understanding of how much is too much, writes Nandita Sridhar.
An unlikely champion
The hero of Jenson Button’s 2009 title triumph, apart from Ross Brawn, who completed a 100 per cent buy-out of the Honda team to take ownership of what he imaginatively named Brawn GP, and Button himself, was an aerodynamic device located under the rear wing of his BGP 001 chassis — the split-level diffuser. Over to Karthik Krishnaswamy.
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