From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.48 :: Dec. 01, 2011
Only four teams have won the EPL in its 19-year history (United-12, Chelsea-3, Arsenal-3 and Blackburn Rovers-1). There have been sides before, pieced together at improbable cost in wages and transfer fees, that failed to win hearts or titles. But City, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Mario Balotelli and their smooth passing game, has shown enough to woo not just its supporters but the fence-sitters too. Over to Ayon Sengupta.
If Manchester City decided to play hard ball following his decision to disobey club orders and return to Argentina, Carlos Tevez could be left to sulk on the sidelines for the remainder of his contract while his team-mates go about winning silverware, writes Leigham Stone.
Is Sir Alex the finest?
There are, as we are told, three kinds of life: lies, damned lies and statistics. On the basis of statistics Fergie's record is quite unassailable, but let us go back in time, to far off 1945, to take the measure of Busby's essential contributions. Over to Brian Glanville.
Walker grabs England chance
Kyle Walker appeared to form an instant understanding with winger Theo Walcott in the English national side. He compared Walcott to Spurs team-mate Aaron Lennon.
LET'S BE FRANK
Blatter kills the ‘respect' campaign
Put simply, racism, of any form, has no place in society, sport or anywhere else for that matter. Yet what Sepp Blatter — who will once again ride out the latest calls for his long-overdue departure — fails to grasp, is there is a consequence to every action. By Jim van Wijk.
Batting big first up is the key
India was able to stick to its regular home strategy of piling up huge runs and making the opposition bat twice. K.C. Vijaya Kumar reports.
The real crowd-puller
Whenever Sachin Tendulkar fields in the deep, fans congregate near the fence right behind where he stands. The maestro's movements create a ripple effect on an attendant mass, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
W.V. RAMAN COLUMN
Don't stifle spin
If spinners can make an impression in the T20 format where the batsmen throw their bats at everything, I don't see any reason why they cannot go on to succeed in the longer version. But the key to succeeding in the longer version is patience which has become a scarce commodity these days.
‘Sport is human or it is nothing'
Peter Roebuck, the renowned cricket writer, passed away in tragic circumstances in South Africa recently. Here's his last despatch to Sportstar.
Maturing with age
Every time he steps out to bat, Virat Kohli reminds himself that cricket is his only love. “I have learnt to value every game. It could be a local match, a first-class match or an international contest. I tell myself not to be complacent at all and never to be disrespectful to the game,” he says. By Vijay Lokapally.
On top of the world
“Honestly, this could not have come at a more appropriate time of my career given the fact that I as an individual and the team as a whole are going through a bad phase,” says the world record holder, Ibrahim Khaleel. By V.V. Subrahmanyam.
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