From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.07 :: Feb. 14, 2009
All last year, economies struggled and gasped for breath and the pipelines of the global fiscal system clogged to the point of debilitation. If it could happen to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Formula One, it could happen to anybody and everybody else. But the Indian Premier League appears to have defied the recession. By Kunal Diwan.
It’s a record!
England’s deposed skipper Kevin Pietersen and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff caused a temblor at the IPL auction, each going for a whopping $ 1.55 million. G. Viswanath reports.
A record 9 for India
Led by Gautham Gambhir’s positive strokeplay, India set Sri Lanka a stiff target that the host could not chase. This victory was an unprecedented ninth on the trot for India in one-day Internationals. S. Dinakar reports.
Steamrolling Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan pacemen were awry with their line, but it can be said that Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh disrupted the bowlers’ rhythm. Their 221-run stand for the third wicket set up India’s massive victory that saw the visitors take a winning 3-0 lead in the series. By S. Dinakar.
Spinning records at will
Muttiah Muralitharan has spent countless hours at the nets sharpening his skills, progressing from a one-dimensional bowler with a big off-spinner to one with a bewildering variety, writes S. Dinakar.
SRI LANKA DIARY
Captain cool has a whale of a time
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a strong captain and leads by example. The respect for him in the team is spontaneous. While he is intense in the arena, Dhoni is a vibrant personality off it. By S. Dinakar.
Team versus star
The best player of a side is not necessarily its best captain, nor is its best captain its best player.
Hoping for the best
The Australian side to tour South Africa is not the most frightening one the nation has sent overseas but it has unity and spirit and suggests that better days may lie ahead, writes Peter Roebuck.
King of scorers
Bill was a cricket person from the tips of his toes to the tips of his fingers that in the last few years needed three operations to correct the claw hand that has been the lot of everyone who has written under pressure since Medieval monks spent their days copying books. By Ted Corbett.
SOUTH AFRICA-AUSTRALIA ONE-DAYERS
One-day crown changes hands
Ricky Ponting reasoned that Australia's defeats were due to an experimental phase that was required to build a side for the 2011 World Cup. Ponting compared this series loss to what Australia went through before the 2007 World Cup when he and Adam Gilchrist missed the Chappell-Hadlee series.
Set for the top
The youngsters in the Indian ODI team are playing with a lot of panache and selflessness. It is this trait that has proved to be India’s strength. And with a positive captain like Dhoni, who backs his players to the hilt, there is every indication that India will get to the top of the ICC rankings in the future.
Suspicions are percolating throughout the sport
Forget drug-taking - the biggest threat to modern sport is match-fixing. From snooker to football, the allegations keep coming. Can we really believe what we're watching any more? By Lawrence Donegan.
The immensely talented Jermaine Pennant has found it hard to achieve a regular place, even a place at all, in the Liverpool team which is why he has recently gone on loan to Pompey.
Ryan Giggs’ winner made him the only player to have scored in every Premier League season since the competition’s inaugural campaign of 1992-93. The 35-year-old will take more pride in a goal that delivered Manchester United’s eighth consecutive league victory, writes Kevin McCarra.
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