From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.06 :: Feb. 09, 2012
Since leading Serbia to the 2010 Davis Cup and racking up a 70-6 record in 2011, Novak Djokovic has held the psyche of all his opponents in an unrelenting grip. His adherence to an unforgiving regimen and a superhuman level of fitness have allowed him to back his mental advantage with physical improbability in shotmaking. Over to Kunal Diwan.
The agony was complete
India managed something it hadn't in the first three Tests — extend the contest to the fifth day. Unfortunately that's as far as Virender Sehwag's side got. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Kohli has a point
Virat Kohli also has an intelligent take on criticism. It shouldn't deviate from a line of balance, he says — not so high that it raises cricketers to kings, and not so low that it crashes them to the ground, utter failures. By S. Ram Mahesh.
A star team rather than a team of stars
Rajasthan bucked the odds, upset scripts and closed out games. It has not been the most talented of teams — man to man several sides in the Elite division score over Rajasthan — but not many hunt in a pack like Rajasthan does, writes S. Dinakar.
'A far more fulfilling victory'
Rajasthan's second consecutive Ranji Trophy victory — only four other sides have managed similar encores — has at once silenced the naysayers and provided enhanced perspective on the team's character.
Winning its maiden ...
Top guns of the domestic circuit
Another Ranji Trophy season comes to an end. As usual there were players who excelled. G. Viswanath pays tribute to the silent soldiers and the newcomers who walked the talk this time round.
Still hoping to make a comeback
“Who wouldn't want to play at the highest level? But I am not thinking too much about it. My focus is on scoring runs and I am not worrying too much about the outcome,” says Aakash Chopra. By Arun Venugopal.
Every underdog has his day
Rajasthan batsman Vineet Saxena's story is one such. After losing his father, baby daughter, and his job, all in the space of three months, Saxena has found solace on the cricket field. Over to Arun Venugopal.
Wanting to emulate Sehwag
Vijay Zol shot into national prominence after scoring a record unbeaten 451 against Assam in the Cooch Behar Trophy. The 17-year-old batsman from Maharashtra is now keen on making it to the Indian team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be played in Australia. By G. Viswanath.
Dempsey is an inspiration
Dempsey has been a consistent performer in his five years with Fulham and the 28-year-old Texan hopes his current purple patch will continue.
Do managers understand?
Club managers have a thankless job. Praised and revered a moment only to be abused and critcised the next minute. But there are many a strange decisions taken by these wise men which even they can't comprehend. Over to Brian Glanville.
A man for all seasons
Since joining Tony Pulis' side, Glenn Whelan has become an established Republic of Ireland international and he almost certainly will be playing in his first major international tournament at this summer's European Championship. By Pete Thompson.
Keeping the fire burning for four years
Even now, the confirmation of an Olympic berth has not doused the fire in Ram Singh Yadav's heart. “I run for my family alone,” he roared, thanking the Army Sports Institute for support in the dark days between the 2008 Olympics non-participation and the 2012 Olympics qualification. Over to Nandakumar Marar.
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