From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.43 :: Oct. 27, 2011
As two prized gladiators make the greatest fights, worthy adversaries draw the best out of each other, in football too the biggest and the passionate games in history are between clubs that share not only a seething animosity but also a sense of equality in terms of power and pride, writes Ayon Sengupta.
Enrique deserves Spain call-up
How Liverpool's Jose Enrique has so far failed to catch the attention of Spain's team boss Vicente Del Bosque remains a mystery.
Walking tall, now
It has been a rapid rise for Walker, who looks destined to be a key player for club and country for years to come and Northampton must seem a million miles away for the Spurs starlet. By Pete Thompson.
Rooney and after
England will miss Wayne Rooney for the group stage games at Euro 2012 following his red card in the last qualifying match against Montenegro. England will find it hard to replace the talismanic forward, writes Brian Glanville.
LET'S BE FRANK
Ayre betrays Liverpool traditions
The Liverpool chief executive should be exploring new avenues to deliver an essential new stadium for Anfield, including trying to resurrect the obvious route of a ground-sharing deal with neighbour Everton. Attempting to take cash from the clubs which are less fortunate is no way forward. By Frank Malley.
FRIENDLY/BLACKBURN ROVERS V PUNE FC
Beaten but not disgraced
Goalkeeper Shahinlal Meloly and defender Chika Wali, with their remarkable displays, ensured that Pune FC — despite its 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers — walked off the turf at Balewadi with its head held high. By Nandakumar Marar.
Dhoni & Co. revel
The Indian skipper, M. S. Dhoni, was in a belligerent mood as he came up with a masterly unbeaten 87 in the first one-dayer. In the end, India walloped England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. A. Joseph Antony reports.
‘Team's interest is my priority'
Jonathan Trott, the 2011 ICC Player of the Year, is happy that he has done really well. But the England middle-order batsman isn't satisfied. He says he wants to get even better, like everyone else in the England team aspires to. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
A centenary tribute to Vijay Merchant, the founding principal of the Mumbai school of batting. By Haresh Pandya.
Turning lost causes into victories
Though England defeated a Hyderabad XI in a practice match, it was an imperfect performance but one can think of any number of occasions in the last 30 years when it would have been the start of a series defeat. Not now, writes Ted Corbett.
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