From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.02 :: Jan. 10, 2009
Captains can be judged by the response of their teams in times of trouble. India has held its nerve under M. S. Dhoni whilst the Proteas, led by Graeme Smith, fought back twice from apparently hopeless positions to win Test matches down under. Clearly, these leaders instil faith in their players, as well as a sense of belonging, writes Peter Roebuck.
Worldly-wise & secure
Graeme Smith has already done enough to be remembered as a defining figure in South African cricket. What he achieves from here will determine if he lines up in the pantheon of all-time greats, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
STARS OF THE SHOW
A team on the rise
South Africa, of late, has displayed remarkable resilience to claw its way back from tough situations. It is a side teeming with players who completely believe in themselves. By S. Dinakar.
Australia’s downfall: The signs are clear
In essence, Australia isn’t the best side in the world any longer, but — if a spinner is unearthed, the injury situation eased, and the Hayden issue sorted — not too far behind the current pace-setters. By Karthik Krishnaswamy.
16: Australia’s number of fate
The match was spun around dizzyingly on day three by a partnership of 180, the third highest ever for the ninth wicket, between Jean-Paul Duminy and Dale Steyn, who between them ripped the long sleeves off Australian cricket’s psyche to reveal the scars and blemishes of an increasingly vulnerable side.
Yuki bubbling with confidence
If you are looking for a Grand Slam champion, in the junior events to start with, it does not require a genius to say that Yuki is the boy to back, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
The future is bright
The National Shotgun Championship in Jaipur recently helped showcase the potential of young Indian shooters. Y. B. Sarangi reports.
‘Ready for any challenge’
After a reasonably successful 2008, Saina Nehwal is hoping to continue her good run this year. But she will be under pressure. “It is going to be very hard. But the fact that I have set a fresh target for myself — to break into the top five in the world — should only spur me on,” she says in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
They are raring to go
Guru Sai Dutt and Sikki Reddy, the two young players from Andhra Pradesh, are yearning to make their mark in the world of badminton. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
A profitable outing for Kruttika
With a penchant for attack, Kruttika Nadig showed her class with seven wins. The wiry girl drew two of her games including the last one against WGM Eesha Karavade in 20 moves. Kamesh Srinivasan reports.
Randhawa does it again
Jyoti Randhawa, who set a new course record at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resorts, defeated the in-form Jeev Milkha Singh to win the BILT Open for the second time. Y. B. Sarangi reports.
It is quite plain that no goalkeeping coach, at any of his clubs, has been able to coach the recklessness out of England ’keeper David James. Indeed, this is hardly a technical rather than a temperamental failing.
A childhood decision to leave his family and pursue his football career created this forthright personality and has made William Gallas the man he is today, writes David Ford.
Bagan back to winning ways
The triumph was sweeter for the Kolkata giant as it lifted the crown defeating Dempo SC, which is arguably the most proficient and the best managed club of the country, writes Amitabha Das Sharma.
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