From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.24 :: Jun. 13, 2009
A fantastic fortnight in Paris has not only taken Roger Federer to the very summit but also, more importantly, it might have put an end to the long-running debate about who the greatest player of all time is. The Fed stands alone. Truly alone, as only a handful of athletes in sport get to be, writes Nirmal Shekar.
Quality at the top is at a low ebb
Svetlana Kuznetsova was certainly aided by the cold, slow conditions, with Dinara Safina straining for power and all too often over-hitting. After a nervous opening set by both women, Kuznetsova settled into a safety-first routine and allowed Safina to self-destruct. By Steve Bierley.
20 is better than 50!
What is most striking about the way T20 has evolved — thanks mainly to IPL — is that it is no longer looked upon as a frivolous game, where the reckless and the artless alone can flourish. What we saw during the past few weeks of IPL 2 were professionalism and cricketing discipline at their best, writes R. K. Raghavan.
ICC WORLD T20 / WEST INDIES V AUSTRALIA
Gayle’s class act
The West Indies skipper perhaps had been waiting for this tournament ever since he arrived in England. He skipped all but one of his team’s four warm-up games, opting to keep his powder dry for the tournament proper. And the results were predictably explosive. By Andy Bull.
ICC WORLD T20 / ENGLAND V HOLLAND
The debacle against Holland was another example of how, having invented the format, England are falling behind. By David Hopps.
ICC WORLD T20 / ENGLAND V SCOTLAND
Enjoyably slapstick affair
New Zealand's batsmen had enough firepower given Scotland's popgun attack, and reached thetotal of 90 in just six overs, with a full over to spare, writes Andy Bull.
ICC WORLD TWENTY20 / INDIA V BANGLADESH
Ojha in full flight
Pragyan Ojha’s incisive spin bowling and Yuvraj Singh’s cameo with the bat earlier were the highlights as India opened its campaign with a victory. S. Dinakar reports.
Will it be an Indian summer?
M. S. Dhoni is miffed at reports of a rift between him and a senior Indian batsman. At a routine press conference ahead of India’s opener against Bangladesh, the skipper walks in with the entire team and the support staff, and then reads out a statement saying his team is united. Over to S. Dinakar.
End of the road for Andrew Symonds?
There have been so many last chances, so many betrayals of trust that Andrew Symonds’ Australia career is now surely at an end. What Cricket Australia’s chief executive, James Sutherland, called “the last straw” really will be that, writes David Hopps.
More about managers
Could manager Carlo Ancelotti be another Andrei Shevchenko for Chelsea? In other words, the acquisition made by a self-indulgent billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, which turns out to be a major mistake?
Six national records
As usual, the athletes braved the official ineptitude and the sweltering heat to put up a fabulous show. In the end, it was Punjab, which went on to bag the overall championship (based on the number of gold medals). K. Keerthivasan reports.
Button stands tall
With his job made easier by Sebastian Vettel’s error, the Englishman drove a perfect race at Istanbul Park to post his sixth win and extend his lead in the drivers’ standing. By Maurice Hamilton.
For the poor, by the stars
Leading international players have joined hands to launch StickforIndia, a project to promote hockey at the grassroot level. By A. Joseph Antony.
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