From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.52 :: Dec. 26, 2009
Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Virender Sehwag... there were quite a few champion performers in 2009. There were also cases of heroes becoming zeroes, prominent among whom was Tiger Woods. G. Raghunath takes stock.
On top of the world
It was at the Brabourne Stadium of the CCI, which houses the BCCI headquarters, that India overwhelmed Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs to overtake South Africa as the No. 1 team in the world. The effort marked a significant step for Team India. By S. Dinakar.
STARS WHO DELIVERED
India’s five-gun salute
India reached the top of the totem pole in Test cricket thanks to its batting stalwarts living up to their reputation and a proactive captain making his presence felt. An analysis by Kunal Diwan.
INDIA IN ONE-DAYERS
Losing out towards the end
It was a sobering closure to a year in which consistency proved elusive as the young turks failed to cement their spots while World Cup 2011 was becoming ominously clearer on the horizon, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
CRICKET/HOW OTHERS FARED
Decline of Aussies in Test status
Australia did call the shots, in Test matches, against the visiting West Indies during the end of 2009. But largely it remained a year in which Ricky Ponting’s men were weighed down by expectations and an imposing legacy constructed over two decades. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Stars of 2009
Andrew Strauss: The left-handed opener was pitchforked into the hot seat of captaincy after Kevin Pietersen resigned. He struck the right notes with three hundreds in the West Indies and yet watched his team lose the series ...
CRICKET/TEST V TWENTY20
Test matches still popular
The crowds at the recent India-Sri Lanka series, especially in the Kanpur and Mumbai Tests, suggested that interest for Test matches is far from dead, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Bolt, Sanya Richards are the best
It was an awesome display of sprinting that surpassed the expectations of the pundits as Usain Bolt registered his world record double. Sanya Richards had an excellent year, winning her first World title at last, apart from topping the season’s charts in the 400 metres with a 48.83s in Brussels. Over to K. P. Mohan.
FOOTBALL/WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
A heady mix it was
The 2010 World Cup qualifiers threw up a variety of emotions and compelling moments, and a major controversy too. By S. R. Suryanarayan.
Two Champions Trophy tournaments, five continental competitions, two World Cups for juniors, a string of challengers and qualifiers kept the tempo at a high octave through the year. But at the end of it all, the power equations remained unaltered save for a few surprises, like England winning the European Championship, writes S. Thyagarajan.
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