From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.14 :: Apr. 08, 2010
In the last two seasons, Lionel Messi has scored 72 goals and made 28 assists in 91 games for Barcelona, and won the Ballon d'Or and the World Player of the Year awards. All this he has done in most eye-catching fashion, much like Maradona in his prime, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Comparisons to Chelsea's Ivorian Didier Drogba are commonplace for Kenwyne Jones, as the 25-year-old has made a big impact since he swapped one island for another back in 2004. Over to Richard Brown.
With the exception of the Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, who wasn't able to stay at Stamford Bridge for long, being also bank rolled by Roman Abramovich as the manager of Russia, Chelsea have failed to find a capable successor to Jose Mourinho, writes Brian Glanville.
Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar chose Shikhar Dhawan as his opening partner for the matches against Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, and the left-hander grabbed the chance with both hands. By G. Viswanath.
Ready to deliver on the big stage
Vinay Kumar had bagged 46 wickets in the latest Ranji season and it was just a matter of time before the selectors picked him for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Get on with the game
Virat Kohli (in pic) has to keep scoring runs and not let his omission (from the Indian team for the World T20 tournament) affect his game. After all, the squad can accommodate only 15 players and as such the rub of the green can go either way.
Still struggling for the winning formula
The future of Indian hockey depends a lot on how well the team performs in the Commonwealth Games at home in October and subsequently the Asian Games in China. By Kamesh Srinivasan.
Is dribbling passe?
In modern hockey where tactical plays and defensive systems dominate, dribbling has lost its significance. However, the experts are divided on the relevance of the old sub-continental style. Y. B. Sarangi takes stock.
WORLD CUP AND SECURITY
What all can you hide?
International sports today needs the toughest of security set-ups. But, at the same time, its efficacy is not measured simply in terms of the lack of incidents but also in relation to how unobtrusive it can be and how it can cause the least botheration to the public. Of course it also has to be ensured that the stadia look exactly like what they are supposed to look; not like fortresses, writes K. P. Mohan.
Advani adept at this, too
“There is little to choose on the basis of reputation or form. One need not necessarily be brilliant in potting or safety play to win this format…. one only needs to be alert to seize one's chances,” said Advani about the new concept. Over to Avinash Nair.
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