From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.34 :: Aug. 26, 2010
The Drivers' Championship is within Red Bull Racing's grasp. Webber (161 points) might not exactly be perched comfortably atop the leader-board as he is only five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton with seven more races to go. But he will go into the Belgian Grand Prix (August 29) with the kind of determination that accompanies a man who has tasted success and is craving for more. Going into the summer break, Webber has won four races — the most by a driver so far this season. Over to G. Raghunath.
Younger lot: nothing to rave about
Team India has a couple of tough Test series at home and it is difficult to see any young batsman really pushing the senior guys.
Taylor's class act
The Indian batting simply collapsed against New Zealand's incisive pace attack. S. Dinakar reports.
SRI LANKA TOUR DIARY
A bundle of energy
“Fitness is a religion for me. It gives me a lot of pleasure to see the boys in better shape. I never get tired. When your job is also your passion, you are always there, physically and mentally,” says Ramji Srinivasan, India's fitness trainer. By S. Dinakar.
INTERVIEW/V. V. S. LAXMAN
A team-man for sure
“I don't want to sound boastful about my ability, but what really drives me in a crisis is the fact that I simply enjoy facing challenges. I am fortunate that most often I have been successful,” says V. V. S. Laxman in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
A nod for something odd
That it took the ICC a year to arrive at this simple, even if farcical, solution is a mystery. Of course, the rest of the cricket world will applaud the BCCI even as the ICC and the WADA pat each other. Who wants to go through with this hassle any way, asks K. P. Mohan.
Girl with a golden gun
“It is a big achievement for me. I have fulfilled my father's dream. Everything that I have achieved is because of him,” says Tejaswini Sawant after becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championship. By Kamesh Srinivasan.
More than a perfect 10!
With a better system, that takes the inner 10s into account, the shooters need to improve their accuracy. It is not enough to get a 10 anymore, you need a better 10! Tejaswini Sawant got the gold by doing just that. Tied on scores with Joanna of Poland, she prevailed by virtue of more number of inner 10s, better bull's eye scores in common parlance, at 41 to 39!
Kerala flavour in Bengal triumph
Denson Devadas, a defensive midfielder with his club, showcased his striking skills in ample degree when the team needed an attacker desperately. Bengal, missing three of its four strikers to injury, looked at someone to finish its moves against an opponent known for its offensive forte and T. K. Chathuni's ward came to his side's rescue, showing great composure and spirit. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
A gathering of goalkeepers
There is no doubt that Spain owed a substantial debt to its keeper and captain, the 29-year-old Real Madrid man, Iker Casillas, for its World Cup win. But otherwise the World Cup was a nightmare for goalkeepers. Over to Brian Glanville.
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