From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.05 :: Feb. 03, 2011
Sparks are set to fly in the ICC World Cup 2011 in the sub-continent. There will be no dearth of sixes and boundaries in what should essentially be batsman-friendly conditions, writes S. Dinakar.
Need to address issues
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team mightn't be as wholesome as some of the high-quality sides of the past, but if it can make the most of its singular riches, while handling the constricting pressure that comes with playing at home, it will give itself its best shot at success in the World Cup. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Super show at Supersport
Despite Yusuf Pathan's ferocious assault, South Africa clinched the series thanks mainly to a century by Hashim Amla and four wickets by fast bowler Morne Morkel.
Duminy sparks turnaround
The left-hander, who has batted beautifully in the middle-overs through the series, added 70 for the sixth wicket with Johan Botha (44) and 54 for the seventh wicket with Robin Peterson (31) to fortify South Africa's position. By S. Ram Mahesh.
After dismissing South Africa for 220, India achieved the target in the 49th over with two wickets in hand. Yusuf Pathan swung the game with his 50-ball 59 — he lifted India from 93 for five to 182 for seven. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
Playing to plan
Rajasthan has shown that a side that knows its limitations and is prepared to acknowledge them will surely make it all the way.
A tough old professional
Nat Lofthouse played as hard as he fought on the pitch — where he was dubbed The Lion of Vienna for one England performance which finished with him two goals to the good, including the winner, but so badly injured he had to be carried off on a stretcher — but you never saw his name on the front pages of a newspaper, writes Ted Corbett.
England overcoming Beckham mania?
David Beckham seems almost a protected species, able to make huge sums of money out of commercial endorsements, not to mention the massive wages he has elicited, not least from LA Galaxy. In years to come, sociologists may find rich pickings in his career. Over to Brian Glanville.
Ramires enjoying rapid rise
As winter has set in, Ramires has been one of Chelsea's better players, playing particularly well against Newcastle, Tottenham, Bolton and Aston Villa. Over to William Turvill.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Aduriz gets better with age
With seven goals in La Liga to his name, Aduriz, the former Athletic Bilbao and Valladolid forward, has been a major catalyst for the club's impressive start to the season, writes William Turvill.
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