From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.29 :: Jul. 21, 2011
A captain is only as good as his team and Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been blessed with a squad, especially in Tests, where there is smooth synthesis of seniors, who cast overwhelming shadows, and juniors, nursing the bravado and irreverence that define youth. But that does not take away the credit that is due to a man who emerged from Jharkhand and now leads a team with an astute head, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
India fails to go for the kill
Dhoni & his men needed 86 more runs from 90 deliveries to become the first Indian team to win two Tests in a series in the Caribbean. At the beginning of the chase, India required 180 runs in 47 overs. Despite the pitch playing sluggish — the ball was not coming on to the bat — it was an achievable total. But the visitor decided to settle for a draw. By S. Dinakar.
In the big league
Having crossed a milestone, one can expect Harbhajan Singh, 31, to scale greater heights. He is aiming for 600 Test wickets. Importantly, with his influence on the team as a senior and match-winner, and with his growing ability as a batsman, Harbhajan will be the key as India looks to tame England in the summer and later conquer Australia. By Vijay Lokapally.
CARIBBEAN TOUR DIARY
Honouring a legend
Sir Garfield Sobers, the greatest cricketing son of Barbados, has aged gracefully. The legendary all-rounder has just returned from a trip to England but finds time to share his thoughts with emerging cricketers, notes S. Dinakar.
The burning issue in Indian athletics
Let's cut out the ‘supplements act'. It is time to get serious and come down mercilessly on the ‘cheats' and their backers, writes K. P. Mohan.
Hoping against hope
The great British sporting public has been searching for heroes from time immemorial. Will the search ever end? The dawn of July only brought yet another round of disappointment. Over to Ted Corbett.
Does one man make a team?
It seems the answer to the question — can one man make a team — has to be equivocal. Both yes and no. Certainly yes in the case of Diego Maradona with his electric solos for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico; and again though painfully injured — his ankle — in the Cup of 1990. Soccer is in essence a team game; but great players can always be dominant and decisive. Lionel Messi? Superb, but he surely needs Xavi and Iniesta. Over to Brian Glanville.
Spotlight on De Gea
David De Gea has been signed by Manchester United as a long-term replacement for the retired Edwin van der Sar. The 20-year old now has the opportunity to fulfil his much lauded potential. By Rob Ellis.
‘We will play to our strengths'
“Performance at the club level will be paramount for me — you perform well, you get into the team. There are no shortcuts (to get) into my team,” says Armando Colaco, the head coach of the Indian team. By Ayon Sengupta.
A veteran with new ideas
The ‘Backhand King' of yesteryear Xiong Guobao is now a respected coach. The winner of 13 international titles has now designed a new racquet with the accent on the grip. A. Joseph Antony caught up with Guobao in Singapore.
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