From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.01 :: Jan. 05, 2012
The ICC Cricket World Cup turned out to be a fairytale for India's worshipped cricketers. It was so perfect, in fact, that one had to voluntarily flap out from one's head evil thoughts of pre-programming, writes Kunal Diwan, while reviewing the year 2011.
The good parent gets to taste the pie
Amidst the varying complexities in Test cricket, England truly reigned, and with Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook winning the ICC ‘Cricketer of the Year' and ‘Test Player of the Year' awards respectively, it was a year where its individual parts and the resultant sum formed a wonderful synthesis, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
INDIA IN TEST CRICKET
Pushed down from the pedestal
The year 2011 wasn't a comforting one for the fans of Test cricket: not only did India lose miserably to England, it also lost its top spot in the world rankings. Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
INDIA IN ONE-DAYERS
Cup of joy
From Lord's 1983 to the Wankhede Stadium in 2011, it has been a long, often agonising wait, for the nation. Now, India was back at the acme. By S. Dinakar.
In 2011, a total of 21 T20 matches were played with England figuring in the most — seven. Pakistan and Sri Lanka came the closest to overhauling the 200-mark. Sri Lanka compiled 198 for three against Australia and Pakistan also made 198 (for four) against Zimbabwe. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
‘Spot'light on corruption
Crises have often paved the way for a firmer approach towards long-term solutions. A second alarm in the space of 10 years has been sounded to clean cricket of the muck surrounding it. By Arun Venugopal.
A year of controversies
The heroics of Messi and Barcelona and Japan's fairytale victory in the women's World Cup were pushed to the background as allegations of corruption and racism took over. By Ayon Sengupta.
After Bhutia, Chhetri?
One positive development from all this — the Asian Cup, the friendlies and thereafter the SAFF Cup — is the emergence of Sunil Chhetri as the premier player of the country. With Bhaichung Bhutia deciding to call it a day, Chhetri seems ready to step into the boots of the Sikkimese, who carved a niche for himself in the annals of Indian football. As in the case of Bhutia, Chhetri, who plays for Mohun Bagan in the I-league, too has some experience playing abroad in the U.S. (Kansas Wizards) and has also received feelers from Scottish and British clubs. Over to S.R. Suryanarayan.
Bolt shock and awe
Despite the reversal in the Worlds 100 metres, where he had some problems of fitness and form coming into the event, Usain Bolt took the IAAF ‘Athlete of the Year' award. He won the 200m in Daegu in 19.40s, the fourth fastest of all time at that stage in the season. Over to K. P. Mohan.
Vettel! Nothing more to tell!
Sebastian Vettel is relatively new to Formula One, having made his debut only in 2007. He is only 24, but is already being hailed as one of the greatest drivers in the sport. With two successive world championships under his belt, are we now witnessing the start of the Vettel Era? Most people would love to believe so. Over to G. Raghunath.
On the whole, hockey across the globe remained vibrant in 2011. This is a good augury as we enter the Olympic year, writes S. Thyagarajan.
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