From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.23 :: Jun. 09, 2011
A dossier of impressive performances has underlined Chennai Super Kings as the team to watch out for in Twenty20's high profile tournament that is just a notch below the ICC World T20. IPL finalist in 2008; semi-finalist in 2009; champion in 2010; champion again in 2011; Champions League champion in 2010. These are all pointers to a team in which all the parts are in sync and victories pop out as if they have been melded on a highly efficient conveyor belt, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar
Super Kings' Chennai chemistry
The batsmen and the bowlers pulled their weight and with the MAC Stadium proving to be talismanic, Chennai Super Kings retained its IPL crown. Over to Kunal Diwan.
Do not fault Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir choosing to play for his franchisee was in no way influenced by the greenbacks but was in keeping with the trend of players, playing with some niggles. Almost every cricketer must have carried a niggle or two at some stage of his career to the ground and Gambhir's decision to play with a niggle was no different.
Raina's revival act
The southpaw will have to replicate his recent feats in the West Indies too where he will lead India in the ODIs after an injured Gautam Gambhir pulled out. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Down but not out
Ravichandran Ashwin, who was hit on the head on his follow-through by a shot from Saurabh Tiwary, sat in the dug-out with a bandage on for the remainder of the match where he wasn't required to bat. Over to Arun Venugopal.
The other side of de Villiers
The South African batsman's first foray into music with good friend Ampie du Preez resulted in ‘Show Them Who You Are,' a smash-hit single. The number subsequently became an anthem of sorts for the South Africans after their team's defeat of the cricketing superpower, Australia. By A. Joseph Antony.
Charmer to the core
Francois du Plessis has made the most of his three-year stint in England, improving his batting and overall game. Over to Arun Venugopal.
Oh! those glorious days
Henry Cooper, Alec Bedser and their contemporaries were serious sportsmen and completely different from today's stars. They wrote thank you letters after being invited to ceremonies, they sent flowers to those who helped them and they were friends with everyone. By Ted Corbett.
Rutuja on the right track
The 15-year-old from Pune served impressively and played aggressively from the backcourt to win the girls' title. K. Keerthivasan reports.
London in confusion
It has been a disastrous season for the London football clubs. West Ham got relegated and Arsenal and Chelsea also flattered to fail.
Toal's silent revolution
“In 2007, we had a training camp in Germany where our Under-16 team convincingly beat three Bundesliga academy sides. In addition, in 2008, the same team travelled to England and drew 3-3 with Manchester United's Under-16 team. In none of these matches did we feel that the European boys were either technically or tactically better than us,” says Colm Toal, the man in charge of India's junior development programme. By Ayon Sengupta.
A flood of fresh blood
New guns have been booming with an intensity that has not been seen before in Indian shooting. Forget the national records being given a thorough overhaul in many events, the Olympic records set in the Beijing Games in 2008 have been conveniently overtaken, with some of the shooters getting close to smelling distance of world records, providing a healthy image, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
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