From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.37 :: Sep. 15, 2012
Star Poster: ANDY RODDICK
Now that Andrew Strauss has resigned, the on-off talks with Kevin Pietersen have no relevance but Alastair Cook, Strauss’ successor, claims he will hold talks behind closed doors, writes Ted Corbett.
The new hero
“It is important to be in the best frame of mind. I try to interact with people who give positive vibes on the day of the match,” says the India under-19 skipper Unmukt Chand to Vijay Lokapally.
He bowls left-arm, wears a patka!
Harmeet Singh, who represented India in the under-19 World Cup, has caused a flutter among cricket aficionados following Ian Chappell’s observation that he is equipped with the “flight and guile that would right now place him as the best spin bowler in any Test side bar England.’’ G. Viswanath profiles Harmeet.
Bonding set the tune for the band
“We can celebrate for two-three days. But we need to look ahead and not get carried away,” says Aparajith, one of the key performers for India in the under-19 World Cup triumph. Arun Venugopal is all ears.
The guiding force
Bharat Arun, the former India fast bowler, who once operated in tandem with Kapil Dev in two Tests, remains the quintessential backroom engine high on efficiency and output. In Arun, the junior crop has found a fine mentor, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
‘My motto is to give the best’
Touring New Zealand with the India ‘A’ team is not a demotion, insists medium-pacer Vinay Kumar. “New Zealand will be a different experience as I have never been there,” he says. By N. Sudarshan.
She loves to take her rivals head-on
“As a senior player, I have a dual role to play. I should not only perform but also inspire the youngsters in the team,” says India’s medium-pacer Jhulan Goswami in a chat with J. R. Shridharan.
His zest is intact
The only bowler with 800 Test scalps, Muralitharan may be 40 now but has not lost his appetite for the game. S. Dinakar caught up with him in Colombo recently.
Boxing made news at the 2012 Olympics in London for controversies relating to refereeing, scoring and ethics. The International Boxing Association, AIBA, responded to one such controversy by sending Ishanguly Meretnyyazov of Turkmenistan, the ...
A witness for fitness
“As the physio of the boxing team, my core area is rehabilitation and muscle-strengthening,” Harisankara Varma tells S. R. Suryanarayan.
“Enriched by the London experience, I feel I have the required expertise for the future,” says S. P. Misra, who led the Indian tennis contingent to the 2012 Olympics. By A. Joseph Antony.
The birth of TOI
Eight Indian officials did duty at Wimbledon this year and their brainstorming has led to the formation of Tennis Officials India (TOI). K. Keerthivasan takes stock.
‘It’s not the job of AIFF to run academies’
“Unlike the grassroots programme, you need good facilities to run the youth development programme,” says Scott O’Donell, the AIFF Academy Instructor, to G. Viswanath.
Number nines — dying breed?
That dazzling Argentine, Lionel Messi, originally a winger, flits here, there and everywhere across the attack, often centrally, sometimes on the flanks, but you couldn’t call him a centre forward, writes Brian Glanville.
18 meet records
Competitors from Coimbatore and Madurai were in the forefront at the Tamil Nadu State Shooting Championship in Madurai. Rajeev Viswanathan reports.
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