From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.15 :: Apr. 14, 2011
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian skipper, had infected the team with his own brand of quiet confidence and supreme belief to overcome obstacles, especially after a largely forgettable performance in the preliminary stage, writes Suresh Menon.
Dhoni's Dashers emulate Kapil's Devils
The vignettes after India's six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the summit clash will last a lifetime. After June 25, 1983, April 2, 2011 will be immortalised in the Indian cricket history, writes S. Dinakar.
APPRECIATION/M. S. DHONI
Bold and bald
A captain needs emotional intelligence and fierce personal pride to guide a team as varied as India. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has both qualities in ample measure, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
Tuned into 12
Yuvraj Singh had struggled for the most part of the previous 12 months, trying his best to stay focused, stay tuned to the responsibilities entrusted upon him. With 15 wickets and an aggregate of 362 runs, with one century and four fifties in the 2011 World Cup, he has at last delivered on his promises. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
Game for a fight
Gautam Gambhir's chutzpah when Sangakkara blocked the off side with point, backward point, cover and, on occasions, a short cover as the three off-spinners dropped the ball around the off stump mirrored the batsman's resolve. He is truly one of the fiercest competitors in the Indian team. By G. Viswanath.
A loyal partner in India's ascent
Gary Kirsten's efficacy in coalescing disparate facets of Indian cricket without triggering chaos or controversy will be his everlasting legacy, writes Arun Venugopal.
The special ones
Topping the list of left-handers in the Indian team were Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh. While Zaheer Khan shared the bowling honours with Shahid Afridi with 21 wickets, Yuvraj emerged with an excellent collection of 362 runs, 15 wickets, three catches and several brilliant stops on the field. By G. Viswanath.
W.V. RAMAN COLUMN
Dhoni the goldfish
The country will continue to celebrate the title triumph till the next time Team India takes the field, but in the intervening period the fans will get to see their heroes in action in IPL 4. While most of the players from the triumphant team will look forward to enjoying the carnival that IPL is, Dhoni will have to work towards retaining the IPL trophy for Chennai Super Kings.
Sri Lanka survives a minor scare
Chasing 217 against New Zealand in the first semifinal of the 2011 World Cup, Lanka made heavy weather of a nominal target, and it was left to its scratchy and fortuitous lower middle order to heave it across the line and into its second successive World Cup final, reports Kunal Diwan.
INDIA V PAKISTAN (SEMIFINAL)
It's India again
Pakistan planned its chase poorly. Misbah-ul-Haq's dour defence when the asking rate was climbing was inexplicable. He was unable to rotate the strike and when he, finally, essayed a few strokes, the match was already beyond Pakistan, writes S. Dinakar.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Then and now
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team had prepared for the World Cup, unlike Kapil and his men. One-day cricket was not very popular in India when Kapil took his team to England for the 1983 World Cup. But when Gary Kirsten was picked to coach this Indian team, the focus was clearly on topping the rankings in one-day and Test cricket. He also had the job of preparing the team for the World Cup. It was, essentially, a process that was set in motion a good two years ago, writes Vijay Lokapally.
Exciting fare in store
With its first steps now a thing of the past, the Indian Premier League is all set for another surge though it would be interesting to observe how the globe's leading players cope with the Twenty20 frenzy after expending their energies and emotions in the World Cup, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
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