From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.11 :: Mar. 17, 2011
In the past, India's fans and connoisseurs have often rushed to anoint lesser cricketers be it an Ajit Agarkar or an Irfan Pathan as the next Kapil Dev and it would be a fallacy to extend the same logic to Yuvraj. Similarly for Pakistan, it would be foolhardy to expect the world from Afridi, who has his extreme mood swings but in their own ways, Yuvraj and Afridi have added the contrasting mix of menace and calmness to their teams and the World Cup has become a richer tapestry thanks to them and other men of their ilk, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Yuvi's all-round show
The Indian star, in a commanding performance, bagged five wickets and scored an unbeaten 50 (75b, 3x4) as Ireland temporarily shed its giant-killer image. K. C. Vijaya Kumar reports.
IRELAND V ENGLAND (GROUP B)
Brained by O'Brien
England and the spectators least expected it, but Ireland knew what it was doing when it shocked its more fancied rival. Over to Shreedutta Chidananda.
Over in a jiffy
The entire match lasted merely 31.1 overs as Bangladesh folded up in 18.5 overs and West Indies took 12.2 overs to complete the chase.
An ‘I see' ICC!
The scepticism of the Indians was once again justified with regard to the DRS. Things came to a head against England when the umpire followed the letter of the law and ruled Bell not out after a review. This decision once again made Dhoni reiterate his reservations about the efficacy of the technology.
Sachin learnt his batsmanship on the streets and fields of Mumbai and surely what is good enough for a god is good enough for the rest. By Ted Corbett.
Services rules the roost
No doubt the organising committee did a wonderful job with the conduct of the National Games, but the lack of experience in organising such a huge event was visible, writes S. Sabanayakan.
Humble but gutsy
Preeja Sreedharan's profile has changed following her remarkable performance in the 2010 Asian Games. “Now people recognise me wherever I go. Most importantly, I am financially independent. But personally, if you ask me, I haven't changed. I am the same,” she says in a chat with K. Keerthivasan.
Italy's unruly men
Gennaro Gattuso's excesses are merely the latest in a long line of violence by Italy's players, which can be traced way back into the 1930s when, under the imposing aegis of the late Vittorio Pozzo, the Azzuri twice won the World Cup. Over to Brian Glanville.
The tricky offside law
Putting all this hyperbolic controversy regarding the sexist remarks of Andy Gray and Richard Keys aside, we come to the offside law itself, my contention being that in its present form, nobody understands it.
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