From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.39 :: Sep. 26, 2009
Harbhajan Singh is more comfortable in his bowling skin these days. The insecurity has faded. As a result, he has bowled with greater freedom. Not only has he been better able to shape contests, he has also been able to handle the responsibility of being India’s lead spinner in all formats. If he manages more of the same, trusting his physical skill over the doubting voice of the mind, greatness will be his, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Another title for Team India
Tendulkar and Harbhajan guide India to a tri-nation triumph in Sri Lanka. Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
Illegal action to be stamped out
“In the last two years there have been many cases of bowlers breaching the law. The umpires have been inefficient. They are not doing their job. Everybody is scared to call someone for chucking. That’s unfair because you are not allowing a bowler with a clean action to come into the team. Bowling with an unjust action is not acceptable,”says Javagal Srinath, the former pace bowler, who is now a Match Referee, in an interview with G. Viswanath.
Well before big Freddie Flintoff announced his retirement from Test cricket he made sure that the rest of his life was going to be shaped by the one person he knew understood his needs and inner wishes. Himself, in other words. By Ted Corbett.
Del Potro, podium material
Del Potro’s defeat of Federer in the final was a shock result. The giant versus the tennis giant, literal versus figurative, one of sport’s cliche-laden battles of contrasts and wordplay was sometimes compressed and sometimes distilled, purely for the intensity and the rapidity of Del Potro’s strokes, writes Nandita Sridhar.
He authored professional tennis
Ramanathan Krishnan (in pic) believes that Jack Kramer was not a mere mortal but an institution. Very few in India have Krishnan’s insight and information about the high priest of professional tennis. Krishnan, quite understandably, ...
Girl with a mission
Poojashree Venkatesh hopes to break into the top 250 which would get her a place in the qualifying rounds of the Grand Slam events. By Kalyan Ashok.
DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP QUALIFIER
Back among the elite
Somdev Devvarman stages an amazing comeback to steer India into the World Group after 11 years. By Kamesh Srinivasan.
By winning the mixed doubles title in Chinese Taipei recently, V. Diju & Jwala Gutta became the first Indian pair to triumph in a Gold Grand Prix championship.
The Corporate Trophy might be BCCI’s idea of making companies to employ cricketers besides jumping on the sponsorship bandwagon, but it remains to be seen how the tournament evolves over the years.
Churchill Brothers top of the heap
The final, in a broad sense, was a contest between Goa and Bengal. And Churchill Brothers’ victory over Mohun Bagan meant Goa had a clear edge. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
Finally on track
Robin van Persie has shown his true class when it mattered the most and is now one of the star names in the English Premier League, writes Joshua Evans.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Soldado’s time to shine
Former Real Madrid youth-team star seeks a new beginning at Getafe, writes Gary Toal.
The World Cup picture
There was a strange and deafening silence in the laudatory English Press on the salient fact that, in the World Cup qualifiers against England, Croatia were without little Luka Modric, badly injured, alas, while playing for Spurs. He is one of the finest, most accomplished and inventive inside-forwards, and without him, Croatia are like a car without an engine, writes Brian Glanville.
Crucial ODI tournament
At a time when the ODI format is fighting for survival, the success of the 2009 Champions Trophy will help serve as a benchmark for the administrators to decide on the future of the 50-over game.
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