From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.10 :: Mar. 11, 2010
During his record knock, Sachin Tendulkar was perfectly close to the pitch of the ball. He never missed a single and ran the twos even when he was past 190. He played good cricketing shots, no mindless slogging. In short, he was flawless, writes Vijay Lokapally.
‘I don’t like these comparisons’
Sachin Tendulkar feels awkward about being compared with legends such as Don Bradman and Viv Richards. “I respect every individual who graced cricket before I came to play. Can you take away their contributions? You can’t. So why make these comparisons?” he says in a chat with Vijay Lokapally.
INDIA/SOUTH AFRICA ONE-DAYERS
Bowling larder bare
Although India was without two of its principal bowlers — Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh — in the series, the warning signs are clear. The message that came across strongly was, clear the mess in bowling or face another shattered dream in the World Cup, writes S. Dinakar.
When Gwalior celebrated
Sachin Tendulkar’s arms were raised in triumph, sweat streamed down his forehead, and he went into a little trance as he looked towards the sky. The deeply introspective Tendulkar was savouring the moment; rather he was not allowing the moment to fly away. By S. Dinakar.
His career was a feat of endurance
Beyond numbers, Brett Lee will be remembered as a positive force for cricket — someone who tried his hardest with ball and bat, whom kids idolised for his rhythmic bowling action, his exuberant wicket celebrations and his blond, boy-band looks. Over to Karthik Krishnaswamy.
A number of players have recently retired from Test cricket in order to prolong their careers in the shorter formats of the game, Brett Lee being the latest. Nearly all of them are all-rounders or fast bowlers with a history of injury ...
Vignesh and Dhruthi make it a grand double
The two spirited youngsters, playing in their maiden Asian-level event, made optimum use of the platform to showcase their talent. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
‘The French Open is my favourite’
“The biggest goal this year is to win a Grand Slam title and reach the No. 1 position. I was pretty close to this a long time ago and I am still trying to do it,” Elena Dementieva tells Ayon Sengupta in this email interview.
Fighting for honour
Surinder Kaur is happy that the issue of incentives has been sorted out with the authorities. She and her team-mates are now looking to the challenges ahead. “The team is fully focused on the World Cup to be held in Argentina in August,” she says in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Regaining gold in Tokyo
“For me, my first Olympics — Tokyo ’64 — was memorable. We not only won the gold medal, but also proved our detractors wrong, because everyone was fancying Pakistan to walk away with top honours.”
Goalkeepers are different
Outfield players may make mistakes and get away with them: when a goalkeeper makes an error, it is usually fatal. Over to Brian Glanville.
The one and only Tendulkar
Of course, there are many things that can be learnt from Tendulkar, but how is to retain focus at all times is something that the younger lot should find out from him. The reason I say this is because the current generation of cricketers tend to get distracted by the various options that are available to them.
Old guard to the fore
The victories of Sharath Kamal and Poulomi Ghatak underlined the predominance of the senior players in the National circuit. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
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