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VOL.35 :: NO.38 :: Sep. 22, 2012
Star Poster: OJHA & ASHWIN
Virat Kohli’s is, in many ways, a coming of age story and one for which Indian cricket ought to be thankful. His elevation to the vice-captaincy in March and the subsequent appointment of Gautam Gambhir, while unnecessary, is not worth fretting over. For one thing still seems fairly certain: whenever it is that Kohli might sit on that throne, he won’t be a bad ruler, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.
Leave Tendulkar alone
Sachin Tendulkar knows what he needs to do, but what he can do without is his professional and personal pride being questioned.
Batting reveals a worrying weak link
India, even in victory, will realise that some critical decisions have to be taken soon, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.
ICC WORLD TWENTY20 CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
Will the applause for men in blue continue?
In Twenty20 cricket hierarchies can be dismantled in a span of a few deliveries and that offers a level playing field for weaker teams to try to chart their own ‘David versus Goliath’ stories. India though would prefer that no slingshots come its way under the Sri Lankan skies, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
2012 ICC world twenty20: groups and fixtures
Calls to checkmate castled king!
Three failures , bowled on all occasions, in a row and a comment from Sunil Gavaskar have triggered the debate: is it time for Sachin Tendulkar to leave? Vijay Lokapally takes stock.
SRI LANKA PREMIER LEAGUE
Hail Uva next
The inaugural edition of Mahindra Sri Lanka Premier League comprised 24 matches out of which two were abandoned due to rain. The final came close to being the third but eventually Uva Next beat Nagenahira Nagas by 19 runs on D/L method.
Why the double standards?
Talking of the spirit of the game only when a batsman, who is clearly trying to take advantage of the extra yard or two to run a quick single, is run out by the bowler is hypocritical when you consider how much the spirit of the game is flouted on so many other occasions.
Ray Illingworth, shrewdest of them all
Andrew Strauss’s retirement inevitably brought the thought that he must be one of the greatest England captains. I agree but when one blogger squeezed Strauss into the top five and left out Ray Illingworth to ensure there was room I admit to seeing red, writes Ted Corbett.
Over the moon after beating Cameroon
It was a new Indian team with new tactics. Ball control, possession play, short passes and aggressive defending were the highlights as it won the Nehru Cup for the third time in a row. Vijay Lokapally analyses.
The old order changeth
The Indian team that won the Nehru Cup didn’t seem to miss the seniors. Players such as Syed Rahim Nabi and Subrata Paul, who played secondary roles to the seasoned pros earlier, handled the pressure admirably and shouldered added responsibility, writes Ayon Sengupta.
Surprises galore in EPL
The 2012-13 EPL season has already thrown in a few shockers. More will surely follow, writes Brian Glanville.
‘My feats will inspire other wrestlers’
Sushil Kumar took some time out of his demanding schedule to speak to Sportstar about his career, his future plans and the present state of Indian wrestling. Y. B. Sarangi listens in.
On a new high
“My immediate target is to break into the top 10 by the year-end,” says Parupalli Kashyap, who is ranked World No. 19. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Roman, a decoy variant
Grandmaster Lalith Babu (Elo 2529) had a coaching stint with Elizbar Ubilava, who was once the ‘second’ to World Champion Viswanathan Anand, and also took part in four GM tournaments in Europe. J. R. Shridharan has the details.
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