From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.11 :: Mar. 15, 2012
If more youngsters can find inspiration in the way Virat Kohli has reshaped his career, it will surely add more power to the selectors' signature while they craft a team for the future, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Ruthless Aussie selectors
Opinions on the axing of Ricky Ponting vary. There are some who believe the former Australian skipper's time is up in one-day internationals. There are others who feel that he should have been given one last match at his home ground in Hobart. The Australian selectors are not driven by sentiments though, writes S. Dinakar.
Without the giants of the past — legends such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist cannot really be replaced — Australia's game-plan cannot be as blatantly aggressive as it once was. These are days when this previously all-conquering side appears mortal. Yet, there have been positives for the side this summer, writes S. Dinakar.
Perhaps, because he is in Test terms, still a youngster, Jonny Bairstow may have to wait for Matt Prior to finish his career and to serve a few years batting wherever he is most needed and fielding at long this or deep that. By Ted Corbett.
The job is only half done
India qualifying for the 2012 Olympics is all right, but the team has to raise its game in order to face the challenges in London. By Y. B. Sarangi.
It will be different in London
India missing the 2008 Olympics after failing in the qualifier in Santiago made news. Four years later, the nation qualifying for the London Olympics has also made the headlines.
As India prepares to join the fray in London, former ...
OLYMPIC QUALIFIER SIDELIGHTS
Doing it for the passion of the game
A group of UK-based fans has been following the Indian hockey team to all possible tournaments over the years.
The jinx continues
The Indian women's team failed to qualify for the London Olympics not because of any bad luck, but because of its lack of determination and application. Over to Y. B. Sarangi.
All for a noble cause
Maharashtra defeated a Rest of Indian team in a unique match — the first of its kind in the country — for the Sanjay Kakade Group Trophy held in Pune. By P. K. Ajith Kumar.
Globe, the pride of a city
Not since the days of the famed outfit of yesteryear, Hyderabad City Police, has any team from Hyderabad played so gallantly. Well, Globe Football Club has won five all-India invitational tournaments in the last couple of months. Over to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Pogrebnyak ‘risk' paying off
Cottagers boss Martin Jol swooped for the Russia striker on transfer deadline day after selling Bobby Zamora to London rivals QPR.
Can teams win with kids?
The greatest surprise of all in Stuart Pearce's squad for the friendly against the Netherlands was the presence of the Sunderland striker, Fraizer Campbell, who has only just returned to the team after long months out with injury, writes Brian Glanville.
Sessegnon shows big improvement
This season has seen the Benin international settle into life in the north-east, proving himself to be the club's greatest attacking threat. By Joel Sked.
A natural leader
Sailen Manna was one of the most revered idols of Indian football. Generation after generation of Indian players and fans held him in awe. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
Players get a raw deal
Blame it on the policies of the State Government or the inability of the West Bengal Volleyball Association to hire the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, but the fact remains that the players were forced to rough it out on the outdoor courts. Over to S. Sabanayakan.
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