From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.49 :: Dec. 08, 2011
The number three slot is very crucial in any batting line-up. The batsman walking in at this position has to be versatile. He has to possess all the attributes of an opener and a middle-order batsman. S. Dinakar analyses what it takes to be a No. 3.
A draw that resembled a tie
The final result was a fair reflection of the efforts put in by both teams and India won the series 2-0. The third Test match's echo continued in drawing rooms and amidst twitterati long after its conclusion on an unforgettable Saturday and a classic was born, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
Ashwin and the all-rounder albatross
These are still early days for Ravichandran Ashwin and the tour of Australia should reveal further layers that add value to him. But, for the time being, the hopes of him becoing the next big Indian all-rounder should be tempered down though he has displayed the right signs, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
So near, yet so far!
Sadly, like many tales that resonate for their sheer scale of tragedy, only pathos lingered in a billion hearts and silence reigned at the Wankhede Stadium when Sachin Tendulkar edged Ravi Rampaul straight to Darren Sammy, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
SOUTH AFRICA-AUSTRALIA TEST SERIES
It was fun… but ‘two' little
The recently-concluded Test series in South Africa had all the trappings of a blockbuster. The context, setting, and man-to-man parity amplified the buzz surrounding it. For the marketing machinery, the mini-battles drawn up ahead of the series provided adequate scope to push the ‘product'. By Arun Venugopal.
End of the innings
Two fascinating and extraordinary men of cricket have died recently: one as quietly as he had conducted his career in the town he had grown to love; the other as abruptly, impetuously and dramatically as he lived until he was about to be charged with a crime. Over to Ted Corbett.
A tradition in Arsenal
The Gunners have always been blessed with incisive wingers. Their tremendous pre-war triumphs owed so much to their wing play. Joe Hulme on the right and the prolific Cliff Bastin on the left were essential figures in those successes. Now they have the prolific Theo Walcott. Over to Brian Glanville.
LET'S BE FRANK
Short-term goals haunt Chelsea
Russian owner Roman Abramovich has not nurtured continuity at Chelsea. If he had he would not have employed seven managers in eight years and would never have removed the knowledgeable Carlo Ancelotti the season after he won the double, let alone Mourinho who won back-to-back league titles. By Frank Malley.
Making his mark
Micah Richards has been outstanding at right-back and the 23-year-old is the only player in the City side to have come up through the ranks with the Barclays English Premier League leader.
Winning over his doubters
Demba Ba was linked with several English clubs but made the decision to join Newcastle on a three-year-deal. By Tom Coleman.
D'Souza and Richa make a big splash
Karnataka, which has been in the forefront for some years now, expectedly ruled the pool by emerging the overall champion. It also won the men's and women's team championships. Over to S. Sabanayakan.
Intense competitors such as Annuraj Singh, Lajja Gauswami and Mampi Das have helped put the spotlight back on Indian women's shooting. By Nandakumar Marar.
‘Speculation about medals is unfair on the athletes'
“In a sport like shooting one needs to be inward, so the extra attention (from the public) is a challenge,” says Abhinav Bindra. Over to Nandakumar Marar.
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