From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.07 :: Feb. 16, 2012
Shrinking yields from the playing field and extravagant purses on the auction table are a contrast that cannot be overlooked. India's stock has plummeted in Test cricket and it is a reality that has to be addressed despite all the glitz and dollars that emanate within the Indian Premier League firmament, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
IPL can ill-afford another poor season
Last year, the Indian Premier League, in its fourth season, encountered from a hitherto enthralled consumer the first signs of apathy. Where nary an empty seat could previously be noticed, large sections of stadiums went unoccupied. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
Yuvraj Singh's spirit is still up
Yuvraj Singh, known as an aggressive hitter and useful left-arm spin bowler, wrote on Twitter that he hoped to draw inspiration from Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who overcame testicular cancer to win numerous Tour de France titles.
This game can make everyone run
The game at the Olympic Park ends long into the night — it's another defeat for the Indians — and then the scribes race against time to catch the last train to Sydney Central at 1.19 a.m.… S. Dinakar gives us an insight to his life Down Under.
Dropped after a brief stint with the national side, Tamil Nadu's Abhinav Mukund has let his bat do all the talking, writes G. Viswanath.
A twosome so tempting
Some things though never change; writers invent stuff. It is now thought that Dickens and Dostoevsky did not meet because they never mentioned it. It is impossible for Beethoven and Mozart to have met. So I am glad there were witnesses to the O'Reilly-Barnes meeting. By Ted Corbett.
Will youth be served?
Yes, time in modern soccer is pitifully short, but surely when young talent appears, it deserves its chance, writes Brian Glanville.
The diminutive Nathan Dyer played every game as the Swans became the first Welsh side to secure promotion to the EPL by beating Reading in the Championship play-off final, with the wideman instrumental in that victory. By Matthew Joyce.
LET'S BE FRANK
Diminished expectations is Capello's legacy
No one expects England to sweep aside Spain or Germany or Holland or Italy these days. English football has had a cold, sharp shock of realism under Fabio Capello, much of it brought about by its shambolic World Cup performance in South Africa 18 months ago. By Frank Malley.
‘I am happy at Tottenham'
“I have always sought to improve my all-round game, but what serves every player well is experience and I have a lot of top-flight football under my belt now,” says Scott Parker in this exclusive interview with Ayon Sengupta.
Oxlade-Chamberlain impresses Wenger
Walcott was a surprise inclusion in the England squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany aged just 17, but it would not be such a shock to see Oxlade-Chamberlain board the plane to Euro 2012.
The way forward
“The world governing body of snooker and billiards have to open up their mind a bit. The tradition has always been waist coat, bow-tie and all that. I think we have to move with the times. It's important to change the dress code and make it more colourful and visually attractive,” says Pankaj Advani in a chat with G. Viswanath.
Though the administrators are reluctant to get rid of the “high-brow type waist coat and bow-tie” image associated with billiards, they have heeded to the modern-day requirements of keeping the sport short in order to retain its appeal. By G. Viswanath.
Charge of the young brigade
That only one player aged over 25 managed to enter the last eight in either section tells its own tale: there is no place for tired legs in Indian badminton anymore. Over to Avinash Nair.
He belongs to a different breed
Given the fact that the 68-year-old Arif saab, as he is popularly known in the sporting circles across India, still conducts the training sessions eight years after his retirement, the Padma Shri award was perhaps an apt tribute to a truly outstanding and selfless coach. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
From the days when Jwala Gutta began playing badminton in the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) summer camp of 1994, coach S. M. Arif would stand behind and correct every flaw in her strokes. Over to A. Joseph Antony.
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