From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.02 :: Jan. 13, 2011
V. V. S. Laxman is not quite the archetypal fighter. He is gentle, soft spoken and a man of pleasant demeanour. Yet, in times of adversity, the stylish, sinuous middle-order batsman has shown that he can be a doughty fighter and a real match-winner. By S. Dinakar.
ON THE SIDELINES
‘Proud to be VVS' parents'
“Before the second Test, I just reminded him of the faith he has in himself, the gurus and God. ‘Now you have to show it and prove it,' I said. Generally, man proposes and God disposes. But by the grace of the Almighty, even He seemed to have wanted a similar result,” says Laxman's father Shantaram. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
For the fourth time this year, V. V. S. Laxman contributed in the second innings when his side desperately needed him. Although he missed his first hundred in South Africa by four runs in Kingsmead, it was an innings that helped India register only its second Test victory on South African soil. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
Sporting wickets, need of the hour
With the advent of Twenty20, the need for pitches which pose challenging queries to batsmen and bowlers is as crucial for the 50-over game, as it is for the longer version. The heart of the game lies in the spirit of competition. It is now time to salvage both with sporting wickets. By Arun Venugopal.
Matthew proves his class
The Englishman, playing in a familiar setting and in the absence of the top Egyptian players, was simply unstoppable. Over to Kamesh Srinivasan.
“The best part is that the hunger for big success is back. All that I am looking forward to in 2011 is a full season without any injury,” says Sania Mirza in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
The European Picture
The knock-out phase of the UEFA Champions League will be an interesting affair this season with some mouth-watering clashes. No teams can take it easy as competition in Europe's highest club tournament has increased manifolds, writes Brian Glanville.
Anderson comes of age
Anderson's upsurge in performances has seen him score in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia this season and, although it was only his second goal for the Red Devils, his manager has backed him to contribute more. By Simon Peach.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
A year to remember for Pedro
Alongside the likes of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, Pedro shone, and last season he became the first player to score in six different competitions. Over to Simon Peach.
The death of the Italian World Cup-winning coach, Enzo Bearzot, comes as a huge shock to many, writes Brian Glanville.
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