From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.22 :: Jun. 02, 2011
In the long-winding Indian Premier League, the primary story of the league phase has been the manner in which Gayle has galvanised the Royal Challengers Bangalore into an awesome force. In the rapid world of Twenty20, Gayle has carved a huge space for himself while his immense shadow has dwarfed rival teams, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
IPL/HIGHS AND LOWS
Gilly does a Gayle
Prior to that whiplash 106 (55b, 8x4, 9x6) that left RCB short by 111 runs, Gilchrist had scored 226 runs in his earlier 12 IPL innings this season at an average of 18.83. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Sanga walks to a salute
The Deccan Chargers skipper, shepherding a low-scoring chase in his last match this season, brought to the fore his gentlemanly side. Over to Arun Venugopal.
Royals' guiding spirit
Shane Warne, who set his own benchmarks and kept raising them, was at his best as a leader in the inaugural season of the IPL. His presence meant a lot to Rajasthan Royals and its young players. He meant the world to them, writes Vijay Lokapally.
Being positive is the key
In the world of professional tennis Somdev Devvarman has carved an identity for himself, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
A meeting place for racketeers
FIFA has long sullied its reputation, with one corruption charge after the other against its top executives. The recent cash for vote scandal is not the first one to hit the organisation, nor will it be the last, writes Brian Glanville.
Carlos Tevez should stick with City
Once again the Argentinian has been Manchester City's most influential player, scoring 20 English Premier League goals and vying with United's Dimitar Berbatov for the Golden Boot award, writes Frank Malley.
Sense of occasion not lost on Vidic
Ask Nemanja Vidic what it would be like to become the first player from his country to captain a European Cup-winning team since goalkeeper Stevan Stojanovic led his boyhood heroes Red Star Belgrade to penalty shoot-out glory against Marseille in Bari in 1991 and Vidic becomes strangely tongue-tied. Over to Simon Stone.
Another coach makes a premature exit
For one who could make an impression in China, easily one of the leading forces in Asia now, Houghton would have dreamt of turning the fortunes of India, something that would have pleased the Asian Football Confederation President Mohd. bin Hammam as well. By S.R. Suryanarayan.
Parker shining bright
Scott Parker has been a revelation at Upton Park ever since he returned to the capital from Newcastle United for GBP7million back in 2007. By Liam Brown.
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