From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.51 :: Dec. 22, 2011
Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha operated with rhythm and bite in the three-Test home series against the West Indies — the duo prised out 42 batsmen between them — but the conditions in Australia will be different. Only one of them is expected to figure in the XI, at least for the first Test beginning in Melbourne on December 26. Over to S. Dinakar.
A record to cherish
One needs to see the despair on the faces of the bowlers when Sehwag is at his best. The swashbuckling opener put the West Indies attack to the sword at Indore with a mix of aggression, childish relish and brutal power to rewrite history and topple his hero, Sachin Tendulkar.
Tenacious Tiwary scores over Pollard's pyrotechnics
Manoj Tiwary made good on his chance with a chanceless 104 (126b, 10x4, 1x6), helping India to 267 for six after Gambhir elected to bat, and India survived Kieron Pollard's ten sixes to stop the West Indies 34 runs short in its tracks, in the 45th over, to close out the series 4-1. Pollard's 119 (110b, 4x4, 10x6) overshadowed Tiwary's knock, but couldn't take the West Indies to victory as no other batsman, except Andre Russell (53, 42b, 5x4, 3x6) hung around for support. Over to Kunal Diwan.
One day in Indore...
For a long time, Virender Sehwag's fans had discussed what their hero was capable of scoring if he ever batted through an innings. A double century was expected and Sehwag knew it well. Rakesh Rao reports.
‘ODI double century is more significant to me'
Virender Sehwag is a sheer joy to watch. There are not many dismissals where he has lost his wicket while defending. “I love to play my shots,” he says in this interview to Vijay Lokapally.
Rampaul, the wrecker-in-chief
India's chase got off to the worst possible start with Rampaul's double strike — getting Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir for first-ball ducks. Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got starts, but the home team was soon in despair. Rampaul had Suresh Raina caught behind, and Ravindra Jadeja was run out, leaving India six down for 105. Kunal Diwan reports.
MEET/BISHAN SINGH BEDI
The patriarch of spin
With regard to the wristy elegance of the Hyderabadis with the willow, Bedi was quick to rate V. V. S. Laxman above M. L. Jaisimha and Mohd. Azharuddin. “Well, great players, all of them, but Laxman stands out for his consistency. A wonderful batsman under pressure,” he commented. Over to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Scott Parker is considered to be one of England's first-choice midfielders and looks certain to be heading to next summer's European Championship, writes Michael O'Donnell.
Easing into the role
Ryan Taylor has been a constant presence in the back five which has started each of the Magpies' 14 Barclays English Premier League games to date this season.
England's European prospects
England's dismal form against the likes of Montenegro, twice, Wales, who threw away such an easy chance to draw at Wembley, and Switzerland, give little cause for optimism. Not least when the tournament begins without Wayne Rooney, very properly suspended for his vicious and unprovoked assault in the game against Montenegro. Over to Brian Glanville.
LET'S BE FRANK
January deals should carry a wealth warning
Statistics do not always tell the whole story but in the case of Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll they are pretty revealing. By Frank Malley.
Only 17, and a world champion!
The champion, Hossein Vafael Ayouri, dropped just three frames in the entire league. Coming into the knock-out stage, he blasted Steve Mifsud of Australia 5-0 in the round of 16 and Brendan O'Donoghue of Ireland 6-2 in the quarters, seeming in an awful hurry throughout. And snooker buffs did begin talking about an emerging talent from Asia. Over to Avinash Nair.
At last, a welcome sponsor
Seeing the variety of talent in Indian volleyball, senior national coach, G. E. Sridharan, is optimistic that the country, fifth in Asia behind Japan, China, Iran and Korea, could do better in the days ahead. The signs are bright because the juniors have been doing exceptionally well in Asia and as they come up and mingle with the seniors, India should be able to make more ripples, writes S. R. Suryanarayan.
Outside the game they are vulnerable
Sportsmen cannot always cope with problems outside their own game. By Ted Corbett.
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