From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.43 :: Oct. 28, 2010
Lara will have his supporters, but for the majority of fans (and not necessarily in the subcontinent), the debate was resolved long ago. Tendulkar first, says Suresh Menon. In the second part of this Cover Story, from Page 8, Ted Corbett plumps for Brian Lara. Welcome to the debate.
Brian Lara captivated my imagination from the start. I had heard a mention of his name before I went to the Caribbean for the 1990 England tour. When I saw Lara bat in a warm-up match I knew none of the stories had been exaggerated, writes Ted Corbett.
The series provided the patrons marvellous entertainment and showed that there's nothing quite like Test cricket, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
There were drawbacks too
The horror that the prelude happened to be gradually turned into appreciation as the Games wore on. Yet, there were too many organisational glitches for the Games to be called ‘the best ever' or ‘great'. Over to K. P. Mohan.
Indians make the most of missing stars
India, which had won only nine medals in the last 52 years, starting with the great Milkha Singh's 440 yards gold at the Cardiff Games in 1958, wrote a new, glittering chapter almost every day in athletics. And on one happy day, it won five medals in all. By Stan Rayan.
Badminton as a spectator sport in the country never witnessed such a keen following as it did during the Games in New Delhi. Barring the first few days of the team and individual championships, the stands were packed, with the crowd waiting to watch Saina in action. By Rakesh Rao.
Near perfect score
India won 14 gold medals in shooting. But the fact that 22 other gold medals in shooting were shared by England (6), Singapore (5), Scotland (4), Australia (3), Malaysia (2) and one each by Cyprus and New Zealand, showed that India had a lot of catching up to do in many events, despite its domination, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
Three golds for host
It was interesting to note that many of the teams which were taking part saw India as the main rival. It was a clear indication of the nation's growing stature in boxing at the international level, writes Abhijit Sen Gupta.
Though the Australian women struggled, the majestic march of the men's squad deserves to be written in gold. Guided magnificently by the one and only tactician in contemporary hockey, Ric Charlesworth, the Aussies were unbeatable. By S. Thyagarajan.
Good, could have been better
Overall, the home grapplers landed 19 medals — 10 golds, five silvers and four bronzes. In this, the contribution of the Greco Roman and women wrestlers has to be commended. Over to Y. B. Sarangi.
Rooney has character
Wayne Rooney is called “Shreck” in the dressing room, “Potato Face” by less kindly opponents and “a chav” by one team-mate; but he has the instincts of an international player which is why Sir Alex Ferguson paid out £25.6m, before his 20th birthday, and why Senor Fabio Capello has never had to think twice about putting his name down for any international. Over to Ted Corbett.
The tireless & the ubiquitous
Yes, one man can indeed make a team and sometimes, such as in the case of Lionel Messi against Germany in South Africa, undermine it when he is marked out of the game.
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