From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.07 :: Feb. 18, 2010
In terms of sheer value to the side, Jacques Kallis ranks on top. It’s time the South African receives his due in world cricket. He’s strong, he’s resilient and he delivers — season after season, writes S. Dinakar.
One day Murray will join the true Angel of the North
Andy Murray, a tougher, raw, more aggressive star, has beaten all the top players, grown bigger, changed coaches, added variety and maturity to his game and that weekend in Melbourne he looked as if he might — oh, how we hoped he might — grab a title worth winning. By Ted Corbett.
‘Preserve Test cricket’
“There is not enough of Test cricket these days. Test cricket is the ultimate test of a player’s skills. It is a game that tests your temperament and technique over a period of five days. The state of the game keeps changing as the match progresses. There is so much of mental pressure to cope with in a Test match,” says New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee as Vijay Lokapally catches up with him.
Expectations foisted on him
J. P. Duminy is one of those rare batsmen to whom a classical technique comes naturally, and after the magnificent performance in Australia, he was identified by several experts as world cricket’s next great batsman. But things haven’t gone to script since: in the seven matches that followed the tour of Australia (excluding the Nagpur Test) Duminy managed only 257 runs at 23.36. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Pakistan cricket is in smithereens. After the colossal fiasco in Australia, the men in green are left with the unenviable task of picking up the pieces and starting all over again. An analysis by K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Smelling the ball, raising a stink
It was not a case of hunger-pangs gone astray. Shahid Afridi’s act of biting the ball during the fifth and final match of the ODI series against Australia at Perth on January 31, was a deliberate act that went against the spirit of the ...
DULEEP TROPHY FINAL
West Zone’s tryst with history
On the back of Yusuf Pathan’s herculean effort, West Zone completes a world-record run chase to retain the Duleep Trophy. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.
ALL-INDIA INTER-STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Railways stays on main line
First-time finalist Delhi fought gamely, but champion Railways was unstoppable. Over to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
The man behind the scene
Everyone in domestic cricket talks about Mumbai winning the Ranji Trophy for the 39th time. A gentleman called Vinod Sharma (in Pic.) has a similar, impressive record. The 54-year-old coach of the Railways team achieved the unique feat of ...
Still waiting to meet Dhoni
Far away from Ranchi, also the hometown of Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Jharkhand women’s team slogged it out in the all-India inter-State women’s cricket championship in Hyderabad.
But with the exception of ...
Indian hegemony continues
The first week of competitions at the South Asian Games was all about India’s might and the febrile challenge posed by its rivals. S. Sabanayakan reports from Dhaka.
Edwin van der Sar has enjoyed huge success since joining the Red Devils, helping the club to three Barclays English Premier League titles and the 2008 UEFA Champions League. By Stephen Haigh.
Of soccer captains
The skipper is dominated by his manager, who will usually be prowling the technical area on the touchline or sitting nearby in the dug out. It will be he who decides on tactics, he who will decide on substitutions, writes Brian Glanville.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Silva shining bright
The diminutive midfielder has so far remained true to Valencia and has been non-committal in his responses to expressions of interest from elsewhere, writes Eleanor Crooks.
‘India can become World No. 1’
The Dutch coach, Marc Lammers, is an avid fan of Indian hockey. His advice for the former Olympic champion is: “Success won’t happen overnight. The progression can be quicker but it all depends on your strength.” By Vijay Lokapally.
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