From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.12 :: Mar. 21, 2009
When Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir open the innings a first-ball boundary is very much on the cards, be it in Tests or one-day internationals. They have made a huge impact on India’s batting approach in the past season with their attacking instincts. They may not be copybook openers, but led by Sehwag, the pair is firmly on course to becoming an all-time best association, writes Vijay Lokapally.
The conquerors capitulate
The Indians, having already won the series, failed to apply themselves and New Zealand posted a consolation victory. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
Sehwag’s record hundred
After being decimated by Virender Sehwag, Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, admitted that his team had no answer to the Indian’s brilliance. Sehwag’s hundred came off a mere 60 balls, the fastest by an Indian. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
NEW ZEALAND DIARY
You can't hector the dolphins to come
There was an expedition to watch the Hector’s dolphin, but the being doesn’t show up. Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
West Indies manages a draw
The fifth Test finally came alive on the final day as nerves and tension superseded benign pitch conditions in Trinidad. By Vic Marks.
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Tamil Nadu had planned well and performed creditably to win the National one-day cricket tournament. Over to S. Sabanayakan.
On the rise
From winning a mere four games in three sets against Victor Hanescu in the World Group play-off tie against Romania in Bucharest last September to beating world No. 57 Yen-Hsun Lu for the loss of just six games and spearheading India to victory against Chinese Taipei, Somdev Devvarman has come a long way, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
Despite icy torrents from the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean, it was business as usual for the Formula One teams who were at the Circuito de Jerez for their penultimate round of testing before the season opening Melbourne Grand Prix. By Kunal Diwan.
Pornanong to the fore
The 19-year-old Thai staved off Korean Hae Jung Kim’s challenge on the final day to retain the title. Y. B. Sarangi reports.
Unlike many other sports infrastructure in the country that lie mostly unused, the sports village here is active almost right through the year.
In the old second division, Brian Clough was a prolific goal-scorer, capped by England, but a horrifying collision with a goalkeeper while playing for Sunderland put an end to his career, while he was still in his late 20s.
In a different class
There must be high morale in a United side that entered the last eight by overcoming Inter, knowing it is almost sure to establish greater command in the weeks to come, writes Kevin McCarra.
Making rubble of Real
It may well be Liverpool cannot encounter future opponents who will be as bad as Real was but it is also true that few clubs exploit frailty in the Champions League as Liverpool can, writes Kevin McCarra.
Confidence oozes through Liverpool
Apart from a few minutes in the first-half, when Manchester United led through a penalty, this was a surprisingly one-sided encounter, writes Paul Wilson.
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