From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.19 :: May. 12, 2011
Who exactly has been the greatest player on clay courts? It's really a two-horse race. Rafael Nadal has the numbers, especially the string of victories in the 1000 Masters tournaments, accumulated in a time far more competitive than any other. Bjorn Borg has the enigma of royalty, a mellow haze of the past that hovers protectively around him, immunising him to cruel calls of objective judgment. Both have equally dominant records against their peers, writes Kunal Diwan.
Ishant's lively spell
Twenty20 may not be the exact barometer to measure cricketing excellence but Ishant's spell in Kochi on April 27 that scorched Kochi Tuskers Kerala in an Indian Premier League game, augurs well. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Yuvraj Singh's forgettable deja vu
Having lost its away game against Chennai, Pune's top order was rendered ineffective in no time in the return fixture. At 41 for four, the situation bore an uncanny resemblance to the game in Chennai. Over to Arun Venugopal.
INDIA'S NEW COACH
In the hot seat
India is the No. 1 Test side and the World Cup winner in ODIs. In how Fletcher inspires the side to retain its levels of intensity lies his biggest challenge, writes S. Dinakar.
Cricket needs the right men on the field if it is to retain its reputation for straight dealing, for just beyond the boundary there are dark deeds afoot. Nothing that has happened since the excellent World Cup has allayed my fears about the game's future, writes Ted Corbett.
India needs to play more international matches
According to many players lack of international exposure may be one of the reasons why the Indian women are not able to deliver consistently well. By Haresh Pandya.
Refs not blowing the whistle
There have been many instances wherein the sledging has been blatant in IPL 4 and in an era where the ICC code of conduct expressly states that upkeep of the spirit of the game is of paramount importance, the match referees have been either too lenient or have been indifferent in dealing with some players guilty of misconduct.
Personally I question the validity of enquiries into the management and conduct of a non-American game by an American instrumentality; not because of a lack of management and business knowledge — I am sure that the consultants are more than well qualified in these universal areas of business expertise — but because of deficiencies in their awareness of the culture, history and evolution of cricket.
Chelsea, Abramovich and Torres
Without Abramovich and his billions, who knows where Chelsea would be now; whether the club would exist at all, given its mountain of debt? Abramovich, in his philanthropy, is wont to write off debt and call it shares but he and his fortunes enable Chelsea to live far above its former means, writes Brian Glanville.
Rising to the occasion
The injury-enforced absence of Steven Gerrard meant a chance for other players to seize their opportunities and manager Kenny Dalglish has praised midfielder Jay Spearing for stepping into the void. By Carl Markham.
Van still the man
With so many achievements to his name, it is no wonder that many consider Edwin van der Sar to be currently the greatest goalkeeper in the world, writes Abigail Cockayne.
Mourinho too timid to match Fergie
We could pick holes in Jose Mourinho's character all day but it is the lack of courage in his footballing tactics that marks him down as a man who would struggle to fill Alex Ferguson's chair, writes Frank Malley.
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