From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.49 :: Dec. 09, 2010
Was the recent 191 against New Zealand Rahul Dravid's last Test innings on Indian soil? Such things matter when you are on the cusp of 38 and the youngsters have been making their knocks heard. For the moment, however, there is the tour of South Africa to come. Dravid might think further ahead. To England, where it all began in 1996, with a near-century at Lord's. For someone whose batting evokes geometry, that would be a perfect circle, writes Suresh Menon.
Indian bowlers buzz
Finally, the Indian bowling unit delivered. While the surface at Nagpur's VCA ground offered more help to the bowlers than at the venues of the two earlier Tests, the Indian attack bowled in better areas. This was the crucial switch as India clinched the series 1-0. Over to S. Dinakar.
The zest for rest!
The skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, may have a point when he said that Suresh Raina needed a break, but leading international cricketers hardly play any domestic cricket these days. So are they actually playing as much cricket as is made out to be? S. Dinakar muses.
Makhaya Ntini, who bowed out recently after 13 years of international cricket, is a glimmering beacon to a community ravaged by apartheid. For him, the distinction of becoming the first black man to represent South Africa was a rare chance to rise above the mundane and bludgeon the manacles of the past. It was more a need than a want to explore the hitherto uncharted terra firma of equal opportunity, writes Arun Venugopal.
‘If you can't reverse swing, you are not a bowler'
“Tracks (for first-class matches in India) may offer help in the first innings, but not in the second, so that doesn't mean you become a zero. Reverse swing is required, it happens in the air, not off the pitch,” says Manoj Prabhakar in a chat with Nandakumar Marar.
Tests are worth watching
Players must turn a summer of discontent into a winter of glorious restoration. More than ever the game looks towards its leading lights, writes Peter Roebuck.
Of rugby unions and leagues
When England beat Australia in the Autumn International Rugby Union match it was the best show from an England side in years and crowned by a try which Chris Ashton scored after running the length of the field past three defenders he made appear, well, at least as unfit as those old time League players, writes Ted Corbett.
Setting high standards
Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave is of the view that talent alone is not enough in rowing. “Right through my career I had the natural ability, but I also had to work hard to get success,” says the English rower and multiple Olympic gold medal winner in a chat with G. Viswanath.
Indian athletes churned out their best performance in the Asian Games by winning five gold medals and ended the final day of the track and field events on a high note with the women's quartet defending its title in the 4x400m relay ...
Joseph & Ashwini make history
Hurdlers Joseph Abraham and Ashwini Chidananda provided a huge boost to the country's medal haul with their gold-winning feats.
Taking Indian athletics to a new high, Joseph and Ashwini took centre stage by taking the honours in ...
Indian boxing's poster boy Vijender Singh pummelled two-time world champion Abbos Atoev into submission with a commanding 7-0 triumph in 75kg to give the country's campaign in the Asian Games a golden finish.
The dashing Beijing ...
Vikas's moment of glory
Teen-sensation Vikas Krishnan won the lightweight (60kg) boxing gold, beating the crowd favourite and defending champion Qing Hu of China.
The World Youth champion clinched the crown by out-boxing 2006 Doha champion Hu 5-4 in ...
India completed a grand double by winning golds in the men's and women's kabaddi events.
The men's team won its sixth consecutive gold medal since the introduction of the sport in 1990 and the women's team clinched its maiden ...
If Frenchman Robert Pires can recreate a quarter of the skill and nous he showed at Arsenal, then Gerard Houllier may have netted himself a real coup. Over to Rob Gate.
“Honestly, after this Asian Games gold, I have already started thinking about a medal in the 2012 London Olympics,” says Bajrang Lal.
The onus is on coaches
Dan Barto, who is coaching eight Indian student-basketball players in the U.S. as part of a scholarship programme of IMG-Reliance, a joint venture between IMG Worldwide and the Reliance Industries, is of the view that it's time the coaches initiate the process of popularising the sport in the country.
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