From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.39 :: Sep. 29, 2011
A few years back it would have been impossible to write anything on English batting without referring to Kevin Pietersen, but Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook have changed perceptions, lent solidity and added another dimension, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
Contrasting tales of two skippers
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's slide down the popular rankings has been in strict contrast to the rise and rise of England one-day captain Alastair Cook, writes Ted Corbett.
That boy Sachin!
Australian fast bowling legend Alan Davidson, who was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, recalled his first impressions of Sachin Tenduulkar. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
ENGLAND V INDIA/FINAL ONE-DAYER
Victory eludes India yet again
India is down and out at the moment, its World Cup halo having diminished significantly, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
Road to greatness
Novak Djokovic's 2011 thought, situates itself more favourably on the ‘ken of domination against time spent in the top tier' graph, coming as it does, less than three years after he broke Roger Federer's virtual monopoly at the slams with his win at the 2008 Australian Open. Over to Raakesh Natraj.
Japan in elite zone
Vishnu Vardhan made an impressive Davis Cup debut but failed to win as an injury-hit India was relegated to the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I after losing the World Group play-off tie 1-4 to Japan, in Tokyo.
Playing in the first reverse ...
A startling rise to prominence resulted in David Goodwillie representing Scotland at all youth age groups and he made his full senior debut for his country in November 2010 as a substitute against the Faroe Islands. When United accepted Blackburn's offer at the start of August, Goodwillie wasted no time in accepting a move to the EPL. By Oliver Holmes.
Out to woo fans
After having moved to White Hart Lane on loan from Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor has made an instant impact and manager Harry Redknapp believes he can become “a big hero” at Tottenham after he netted on his debut in the 2-0 win at Wolves.
Where are England's schemers?
Today, Germany have the precocious Mesut Ozil. Barcelona rejoices in Xavi and Iniesta. Coming up is Denmark's young Christian Eriksen. Schemers live, but not in England. Bar Jack Wilshere, of course. Exception who proved the rule, writes Brain Glanville.
LET'S BE FRANK
Money talks louder than heritage
If, 27 years ago, when Manchester City were finishing fourth in a Division Two that Chelsea were crowned champions of, someone had suggested the pair would be amongst a quartet of English clubs vying for European supremacy alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter and AC Milan, the reaction would have been similar to that which greeted Asamoah Gyan's exit from Wearside. Over to Simon Stone.
Siddhanth proves his mettle
The ONGC athlete from Mumbai rewrote the men's high hurdles National record with a scorching run to clock 13.77s. S. Sabanayakan reports.
‘A special one for me'
Sreejesh's sangfroid helped India end its title drought at the continental level. And in a matter of a few days, life turned out to be completely different for the Indian goalkeeper who became an instant hero at home. By M. R. Praveen Chandran.
He's a quick learner
Yuvraj Walmiki impressed one and all in his first major tournament with the seniors. The youngster carries a lot of promise following his performance in the Asian Champions Trophy, where India emerged champion. Over to Nandakumar Marar.
Aiming for the elite group
“ I really enjoyed the CYG competition. Except for the first round match, where I took time to settle down, I was never uncomfortable. Everything fell in place. In fact, what pleased me was the way I attacked, engaged my rivals in long rallies and, more importantly, showed good stamina,” says P. V. Sindhu in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
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