From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.26 :: Jun. 27, 2009
Pakistan’s victory in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship was all about passion, pride and guts, writes S. Dinakar.
Sangakkara was let down by his top-order and then the Pakistani batsmen did not allow the Lankans even a sniff at the title. S. Dinakar reports.
SEMIFINAL: SRI LANKA V WEST INDIES
While Tillekeratne Dilshan’s batting was inspirational, seamer Angelo Matthews emerged the unlikely hero for Sri Lanka. His sensational strikes in the opening over jolted the West Indians, writes S. Dinakar.
SEMIFINAL: PAKISTAN V SOUTH AFRICA
Afridi’s all-round show
Pakistan played out of its skin to ambush South Africa by seven runs at Trent Bridge in the first semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20. S. Dinakar reports.
SUPER EIGHT: SOUTH AFRICA V INDIA
Batsmen lose the plot
Apart from reflecting on the low confidence levels of the Indians, the match threw light on the folly of the country’s star batsmen in not playing adequate domestic cricket where they would be up against quality spin, writes S. Dinakar.
SUPER EIGHT: SRI LANKA V NEW ZEALAND
Home by a mile
There was little respite for the Kiwis as the Lankans hunted as a pack, their sharp fielding backing the bowling. S. Dinakar reports.
SUPER EIGHT: WEST INDIES V ENGLAND
But for the rain...
West Indies have the final say as the weather intervention hinders England. Andy Bull reports.
SUPER EIGHT: PAKISTAN V IRELAND
Easy in the end
Ireland did not push Pakistan as hard as they had Sri Lanka and they never really looked like chasing down the target of 160, writes Andy Bull.
SUPER EIGHT: WOMEN'S WORLD TWENTY 20 FINAL
England all the way
It was not a contest so much as a procession, with the match effectively settled after the first eight overs, writes Andy Bull.
Dhoni is still the best bet
India’s debacle in the World Twenty20 Championship is hardly a disaster given the nature of the game, but what would be catastrophic is losing trust in a captain like M. S. Dhoni after one poor tournament, writes R. Narayanan.
While Intikhab Alam is incisive in how he reads the conditions or the flow of the game, his relaxed exterior has a soothing influence on the boys, notes S. Dinakar.
The flop show continues
The Indian athletes, attempting to qualify for the World Championships, were way off the mark in the final two legs of the Indian Grand Prix too. Amitabha Das Sharma reports.
Whose tournament is it anyway?
The latest edition of the Santosh Trophy raised a pertinent question. Should professional players be allowed to play in the tournament that is widely regarded as a platform for young players from outside Indian football’s traditional nerve-centres? By Karthik Krishnaswamy.
From Di Stefano to Cristiano Ronaldo
Had there been a World Player of the Year back in those days, Alfredo Di Stefano would surely have won it time and again, writes Brian Glanville.
‘Sport unites the nation’
Viren Rasquinha is aware of the challenges at the Olympic Gold Quest Foundation. The former captain of the Indian hockey team says he is excited by OGQ’s vision and objective. “I truly believe that I can make a difference to Indian Sport,” says the foundation’s Chief Operating Officer in a chat with Nandakumar Marar.
‘I like to be aggressive on the field’
Ambition drives Santiago Freixa Escude. “A big challenge is always around the corner, and one needs to be always sharp for the international tournaments that are all too frequent,” says the Spanish centre-forward to A. Joseph Antony.
‘India has the potential’
The American gymnast of Indian origin, Raj Bhavsar, is of the view that there is no reason why India cannot be a force in gymnastics. By Y.B. Sarangi.
‘No Max’ is the theme
The rebel Formula One teams will abandon plans of a breakaway series if Max Mosley, the FIA president, goes. By Richard Williams.
Both sides stand to lose
The stand-off between FIA and FOTA could have bleak implications for the sport as a split is in no one’s interests. Maurice Hamilton explains the dispute and how it would impact the sport.
BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Vettel shows his mettle
It was the 21-year-old German’s second win of the season. He extracted the maximum from his car to become the youngest winner in the 59-year history of this race, writes Maurice Hamilton.
The champ brings back memories of Jim Clark
Since it looked as if it might be the last chance, I went back to Copse Corner for the start of the British Grand Prix. Silverstone’s first corner, a flat-out right-hander, still seems, as it did back in 1965, one of the best places in ...
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