From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.52 :: Dec. 29, 2011
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke will do battle both directly and indirectly over the next month and a bit. More will be known about them and their teams at the end of it. Considering that the revelation of character after every India-Australia engagement this decade has been unfailingly fascinating, there's a lot to live up to, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Winning over the audience
Rahul Dravid has urged the ICC to cut down on the number of “meaningless” ODIs and instead focus on the 50-over format of major tournaments like the World Cup, besides exploring the possibility of day-night Test cricket. Here Arun Venugopal picks up extracts from Dravid's speech during the annual Bradman Oration at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Big men, big misdeeds
Recently FIFA President Sepp Blatter engaged in another of his petulant rants against the Football Association for daring to criticise the way it was cheated out of its perfectly valid bid for the 2018 World Cup. Bad losers, Blatter alleged, when he might well do better to talk about very bad winners. Over to Brian Glanville.
Sweden's Sebastian Larsson has made a blistering start to his Sunderland career, scoring a stunning scissor-kick on his debut to earn his club a 1-1 draw against Liverpool and he has quickly become an integral member of the team.
LET'S BE FRANK
Fraught winter ahead for Ferguson
Every time, Alex Ferguson has delighted in proving his doubters wrong, so it takes a brave man to point the finger at Manchester United this time. By Martyn Ziegler.
Dutch shot-stopper Michel Vorm was snapped up by Swansea for just GBP1.5 million in the summer from FC Utrecht and he has gone on to make a hugely-impressive start to life at the Liberty Stadium.
‘I am more at home with doubles'
“I'd say my plus points are my speed, strength and stamina. Badminton to me is not work but a passion,” says Ashwini Ponnappa in a chat with A. Joseph Antony.
Madhya Pradesh reigns supreme
With its bunch of internationals and with the SSCB's participation limited to the Senior men's section, Madhya Pradesh galloped on largely untroubled. Over the course of the meet, MP accumulated 34 gold, 24 silver, and 10 bronze medals, strolling to three of the six team championships on offer. Over to Shreedutta Chidananda.
They reign with a ‘foreign' hand
Saurav Ghosal picked up his seventh national title, the sixth in a row, while Dipika Pallikal broke through for a maiden crown. K. Keerthivasan reports.
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