From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.36 :: Sep. 05, 2009
Can any team dominate cricket the way West Indies and Australia have done? Test cricket now sits at the mercy of any nation with the required credentials. South Africa occupies top place in the rankings, but it’s a close run thing and Sri Lanka and India are snapping at its heels. And England is still barking, writes Peter Roebuck.
The race is on
Now that Australia has fallen off the perch, the race to become the number one Test cricket team in the world gets exciting. S. Ram Mahesh analyses the top five teams in the fray.
Dravid’s second coming
Despite the luminous presence of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid remains India’s hope whenever the team’s batting displays feet of clay, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
There was Bolt, there were others, too
Outside of Bolt and his spectacular sprinting and Bekele’s distance double, Yelena Isinbayeva’s shock elimination without a height against her name in women’s pole vault, and a world record (77.96m) by Polish woman hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk were the highlights of the nine-day championships.
Long road ahead
Bhaichung Bhutia is miffed at the state of affairs of football in India. “It continues to be a popular sport, but is directionless,” he says in a chat with Vijay Lokapally.
A rare talisman
Bhutia’s 17-year journey has been eventful, even controversial at times. But it is also a definite statement on the future of the game in the country, writes Vijay Lokapally.
One of the best
Now at Manchester City, Carlos Tevez will be setting out to achieve what many see as an impossible dream: bringing the Barclays English Premier League title to Eastlands, writes Richard Wheatstone.
Vijay gives Mukesh a scare
Vijay Kumar made a terrific surge to catch up with Mukesh Kumar, who had a seven-stroke lead! But then he faltered on the 15th hole. Over to K. Keerthivasan.
Arjun Balu of Team MRF made his way through the 2-km Super Special Stage with some controlled driving to win the title.
The Charterhouse tale
The last of the great ex-Charterhouse school footballers, G.O. Smith, long esteemed as one of the best centre-forwards ever to play for England, hung up his boots early last century after winning 20 caps and scoring a fusillade of goals.
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