From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.04 :: Jan. 28, 2010
International cricket has been enriched by Ricky Ponting’s conquests in different parts of the world. His quality batting has provided the foundation for Ponting the captain to excel. It is to the credit of the talent spotters in Australia that they had detected early a champion in this entertaining cricketer. He has now grown into one with rare authority, writes Vijay Lokapally.
A grand finish
It was a wonderful moment for Ajit Agarkar when he closed his hands on a leading edge from S. Aravind when Karnataka was only seven runs away from victory in a pulse-pounding finish. He sprinted in joy. S. Dinakar reports.
Mithun, Pandey catch the eye
Looking at the overall performance in the Ranji season, fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun and batsman Manish Pandey were the pick of the lot. Over to G. Viswanath.
A cutting problem
Generally, the leg-cutter is bowled at a pace which makes it difficult to hit; and, since it moves away off the wicket, from the striker towards the off-side, is more inclined to produce slip and wicketkeeper catches than hittable balls.
Eventful start to the year
Though Mumbai emerged victorious in a tight finish in the final of the Ranji Trophy, Karnataka were a trifle unlucky to lose as a couple of umpiring decisions went against them. However, Karnataka will be happy with the fact that there has been a turnaround in their cricket and, importantly, a young side has performed extraordinarily well right through the season.
Cilic clicks again
Amidst the early disappearance of seeds, Marin Cilic, seeded two, stood firm. The serve, undoubtedly, is his biggest weapon. For a man who is six feet, six inches tall, serving bombs is ridiculously easy. By winning the Chennai Open title for the second successive time, Cilic became only the second player after Carlos Moya (2004 and 2005) to defend the crown successfully. K. Keerthivasan reports.
Close, really close
The Nationals emphasised the potential of the Indian players once again. It is for the authorities to package the material nicely, and make stars out of the basketball players. Indian basketball can take a leap forward, if it gets quality television, and a healthy domestic league. But it is easier said than done, says Kamesh Srinivasan.
That goal against Peru!
The suffix, ‘Olympian’ still means a lot to footballer S. Simon Sundararaj, though nearly half-a-century has passed since he represented India at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The tag reminds Simon of the sweat, sacrifice and hard work he had to put in to reach that level. Here, he shares with us the ups and downs in his career.
Signing an aged Patrick Vieira for an outrageous salary of £155.000 a week, even if the resources of Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi owners seem infinite, are a few of the eccentric moves at the top in English football, feels Brian Glanville.
Young makes his mark
And few who regularly watch the quick-footed Ashley Young would disagree that the now 24-year-old has indeed developed into a formidable opponent, writes Richard Brown.
Denied for long, the Indian hockey players decided to demand their due and got it, too. Vijay Lokapally takes a look at the episode.
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