From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.45 :: Nov. 07, 2009
Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have chiselled a batting edifice that is high on runs and spells victories for the ‘Men in Blue’. The two have been at the crease together on 49 occasions, scoring 2235 runs with nine century partnerships that have all come in winning causes. By K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
Pitch no hitch for India
On a slow, slow pitch, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni played the waiting game to perfection. K. C. Vijaya Kumar reports.
Dhoni gets cracking
The Indians batted with assurance and with their captain leading from the front, the match was perhaps already pocketed during the dinner break as Ponting’s men craned their necks and stared at a mammoth target. Over to K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
Changing with the times
“I am not what I was three or four years back. Then it was less responsibility and more flair. Now there is more responsibility and you play according to the situation,” says India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
A link with the old days is gone
David Shepherd stayed cool when other men might have panicked in front of huge, passionate and noisy crowds, his decision making was immaculate and he knew the laws, the rules and the regulations so well that he was able to apply common sense to their application. Ted Corbett pays tribute to the former international cricket umpire, who passed away recently.
Sin, sinner and the ATP
Andre Agassi’s candid confession that he used drugs has sent the tennis fraternity into a spin, with a shadow being cast on the integrity of a champion hitherto hailed as the embodiment of a well-rounded tennis personality. Steroid/stimulant usage by sportspersons is nothing new. Maybe it’s the pressure of the job, or the loss of their wonder years to courts and gymnasiums that gravitates them to drugs like hair to a plughole, writes Kunal Diwan.
Looking for Guangzhou tickets
Though no new National marks were established there was some consolation in that five meet records were set. Among these at least two performances looked headed for National marks. Over to S.R. Suryanarayan.
A positive look at Indian athletics
Javelin exponent Theresa Lone Sanderson, the first coloured woman from Britain to win an Olympic gold medal, was a surprise visitor at the meet. ‘Tessa’ participated in six Olympics from 1976 to ’96, crowned it with an ...
Sharmada Balu’s immediate goal is to play in the Australian Open in January 2010. “If I qualify for that, it will be my maiden Slam event and that’s always been a big dream,” she says.
Spain, as of now, looks the best bet for the 2010 World Cup. The team breezed through its qualifiers and even without star striker Fernando Torres shot holes in the Bosnia defence in an away match. Over to Brian Glanville.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Kameni can cut it
The Cameroon goalkeeper’s decision to stay back at Estadi RCDE until 2013 seems to have paid off, writes Tom White.
Big ask for Bilyaletdinov
The signs are promising that the Russian is finding his feet and adapting to the rigours of English football. By Dom Howson.
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