From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.08 :: Feb. 23, 2012
The 3-0 defeat of England by Pakistan has only confirmed the legendary Imran Khan's assessment that Pakistan was capable of resurgence. The margin of the result embellished the team's dedication to salvage the country's reputation so badly dented by the cases of corruption. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
T20 win brings cheers
The abbreviated form of the game presents the Indian side, with several young faces, to put the Australian nightmare (drubbing in the Tests) behind. Over to S. Dinakar.
Standing tall amidst the ruins
During the tour of the West Indies last year, Kohli did concede that he knew of the chatter in the cricketing circles of his nocturnal activities. He looked back at his own career and was determined to change people's perception of him. The talent in him was never in question; only the attitude was. But he has, of late, let his bat do all the talking, writes S. Dinakar.
‘There is always scope to improve'
“I don't think any feeling and experience can be better than playing against India. Oh! That should be a great experience. I am really looking for that great opportunity,” says Indian-born Kiwi leg-spinner, Tarun Sai Nethula, in an exclusive chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Pay more to Test cricketers
If the youngsters' interest to play the longer format has to be fuelled, it will require a revision of the match fees that is paid for a Test match. In the last three years, the one-day specialists have netted more than their colleagues playing only Tests.
McClean thriving under O'Neill
The Sunderland boss has a history of getting the best out of his players and James McClean is the latest to benefit from his famous man-management skills.
Captains don't matter
There have been great, inspiring skippers. Johan Cruyff for Ajax and Holland and Franz Beckenbauer for Bayern Munich and West Germany. Yet arguably, all these are exceptions who prove the rule; that soccer captains of substance are by and large a rare breed and that in England, at least, there seems to be an almost superstitious obsession with them. Over to Brian Glanville.
Jelavic brings hope for the Toffees
A lack of financial clout has made it difficult for the Toffees boss, David Moyes, to compete in the transfer market in recent seasons, but the Merseyside club stumped up GBP5.5 million to bring in Nikica Jelavic from Rangers on transfer deadline day. Over to Dominic Bryant.
LET'S BE FRANK
Redknapp is the right man, but not right now
Let Stuart Pearce, the man supposedly put in place four years ago to ensure continuity and who has been asked to take charge of the side against Holland later this month, lead England to the Euros. Then appoint a permanent successor, preferably Redknapp. By Frank Malley.
The going gets tough for Salgaocar
Karim Bencherifa's men endured a terrible beginning to the campaign, mustering only nine points from their opening nine fixtures. The side has hoarded 27 points in the 11 games since, victory against HASC in December 2011 proving to be a turning point as the Moroccan had believed, but it may not be enough, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.
Learning the ways of a professional
“I would probably require three or four years to break into the top 64 (of the pro circuit), or maybe just another year. I may be able to do it, but that's not the goal. My goal is to go much higher,” says Aditya Mehta in a chat with G. Viswanath.
‘The rewards are meagre'
By winning the National snooker title in Pune recently, Chitra Magimairaj, the World Ladies billiards champion in 2006 and 2007, fulfilled one of her dreams. She has now set her sights on winning the World snooker and National billiards titles. “I hope to win them at the earliest, God willing,” she says. Over to Avinash Nair.
Chasing a dream
“With seniors like Meenal Thakur and Chitra Magimairaj around, there is much to look forward to in the future,” says Varsha Sanjeev, who won three titles at the Nationals in Pune recently. By Avinash Nair.
Pursuing a passion
“There's a time for everything in life and I know my time will come,” says shooter Rashmee Rathore in a chat with A. Joseph Antony.
Squash as a spectacle
The Under-21 World squash championship, held to facilitate the transition of players from the very junior level to the youth phase before many of them go on to build their professional careers, was also planned to make squash as much spectator and television friendly as possible so as to catch the attention of the International Olympic Committee, which is to decide next year on including one new sport in Olympics 2020. Over to S. R. Suryanarayan.
Sportaccord and what it does
As an IOC member, who had been closely involved with the Games as Chairman of the Coordination Commission at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I know all about the Games. The Games has such an image and reputation that local organisers and National Governments actually want to use it as a handle for all-round development, says Hein Verbruggen in this interview with S. R. Suryanarayan.
Punching above its weight
The TN men's team at the Inter-State Championship didn't have any player ranked in the top 20 in the country, yet it reached the final vanquishing superior teams such as Assam and Gujarat. And according to the TN chief coach, V. Ravi Venkatesh, it was a “wonderful team effort”. By K. Keerthivasan.
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