From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.36 :: Sep. 08, 2012
Star Poster: VERNON PHILANDER
It would be ridiculous to speak of Pujara and Dravid in the same breath or expect Kohli to be the right replacement for Laxman. However, given their talent, the two young batsmen can be expected to serve Indian cricket well and for a long time, writes Vijay Lokapally.
'I can't replace Dravid'
The one batsman who basked in glory in the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad was Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his maiden century playing in his fourth Test. Coming in place of the illustrious Rahul Dravid (who has retired) at ...
The colts started off in a sedate manner but once they got used to the conditions, they gathered enough momentum to go the whole distance and win the coveted title. By W. V. Raman.
The Indians made the right moves at Uppal in the first Test against New Zealand. And Ashwin, the Man of the Match, was the toast, writes S. Dinakar.
South Africa shining
The way is clear for a long reign by the South Africans and, as they prepare to carry the mace off home, they deserve no less, writes Ted Corbett.
Give credit to individuals
Cricket is not a team game; it is unique among games and too subtle for that. Instead we must think of it as a competition between two sets of 11 individuals bound together temporarily or more permanently to beat the opposition. By Ted Corbett.
What I always saw in Laxman was his tremendous patience and perseverance, and he listens to good advice. I have not come across a better listener and you will hear the same observation from his coaches, writes R. Baba Krishna Mohan.
A friend in need...
After Bishan Singh Bedi, VVS is the best motivator I have ever known. If you are at your lowest ebb, all you need to do is spend 15 minutes with him to feel like a world-beater, writes Murali Kartik.
Drawing his own Laxman Rekha
V.V.S. Laxman was an asset to Indian cricket and none acknowledged it better than his colleagues in the dressing room, writes Vijay Lokapally.
V.V.S. Laxman : Facts & Figures
"An exceptional teamplayer"
V.V.S. Laxman was a great player, in fact an amazing player, and a great human being. Lax never got his due. He had a sword hanging over his head right through his career. One bad game and people would scrutinise him and his batting ...
Owing a lot to many
“My village is now known to everybody because of my achievement,” says Yogeshwar Dutt, the Olympic bronze medal winner, to Y. B. Sarangi.
Rodgers’ team is a work in progress
Given the vast fan following and rich history, Liverpool’s every new season starts with renewed hope and the team this term, at least, looks different under fresh appointee Brendan Rodgers.
The Latin influx in the EPL is ever more prominent this season with the likes of Oscar (Chelsea), Angelo Henriquez (Manchester United) and M. Boselli (Wigan) joining the party. Contrary to earlier notions about the South ...
Tough days ahead
After a disappointing EURO, England did manage to beat Italy in an international friendly. But the future hardly looks rosy for the Three Lions. By Brian Glanville.
Providing a topic or two for debate
If V.V.S. Laxman was non-controversial and shunned the spotlight, Kevin Pietersen coveted it and was continuously in the news, both on and off the field. However, now, both have stirred controversies.
Sportsmen, like celebrities from other walks of life, have been involved in a number of social media-related controversies. This piece will, for the sake of brevity, confine itself to cricketers and their online gaffes. By Arun Venugopal.
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