From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.08 :: Feb. 25, 2010
With a superb exhibition of swing and seam bowling, Dale Steyn knocked the stuffing out of India in Nagpur. The South African is one of those truly fearsome fast bowlers to come off with flying colours on the placid Indian tracks. He is certainly bound for greater glory. By S. Dinakar.
Like most of South Africa’s victories in India, the win in the first Test was set up by batsmen who patiently stuck to a method of playing spin they had worked assiduously on and fast-bowlers who rendered the nature of the playing surface irrelevant. By S. Ram Mahesh.
‘I am not a miracle bowler’
Delightfully irreverent, bracingly honest, unexpectedly funny, Paul Harris seems incapable of the boring sound-byte that’s the staple of most cricketers, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Enjoying every moment of life
Leander Paes is at peace with himself, as his heart is filled with happiness. He had learnt in 2003, while winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon mixed doubles titles with Martina Navratilova, that age was just a number, and that it was one’s attitude that defined success. Navratilova was 46 then. Over to Kamesh Srinivasan.
WORLD CUP SPECIAL-1: HISTORY OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Of colour and substance
From Barcelona in 1971 to Monchengladbach in 2006, the hockey World Cup is replete with interesting vignettes that lend the sport an enchanting vibrancy, writes S. Thyagarajan.
WORLD CUP SPECIAL-1: LOOKING BACK
1971 BARCELONA (Oct. 15-24)
It was the first World Cup. We were very excited. Our team was good and balanced. Imagine V. J. Philips, B. P. Govinda and V. Baskaran not being there! We had M. P. Ganesh at outside right, Ashok Kumar at inside left. Then Kulwant Singh (we ...
1973 AMSTERDAM (Aug. 24-Sept.12)
When I look back at the 1973 World Cup, I have no hesitation in saying that India had the best ever combination. A fit team, it played with flair and understanding. I led this wonderful bunch that had Charles Cornelius, B. P. Govinda, Baldev ...
1975 KUALA LUMPUR (March 1-15)
It is vivid. The whole journey, from the time we assembled for the tournament to returning home to a rousing welcome. It was one of the finest moments of Indian hockey. Kuala Lumpur shall always remain a memorable venue for all of us. Beating ...
1978 BUENOS AIRES (March 18-April 1)
(Winner: Pakistan; Runner-up: Netherlands; Third place: Australia. India: 6th)
After the high of 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, we were in the spotlight as the defending champion in Buenos Aires. Hockey was at a nascent stage in Argentina ...
1981-1982 BOMBAY (Dec. 29-Jan. 12)
Being the last major international tournament to be played on grass, we were keen to do well. In the same pool as Holland and Australia, we were confident of making it to the semifinals. We had a formidable forward line consisting of Mohd. ...
1986 WILLESDEN, LONDON (Oct. 4-19)
(Winner: Australia; Runner-up: England; Third place: West Germany. India: 12th)
I did not like being part of a team that finished 12th. India was capable of a top-four finish if not being among the medals. We drew with Germany, but ...
1990 LAHORE (Feb. 12-23)
(Winner: Netherlands; Runner-up: Pakistan; Third place: Australia. India: 10th)
We knew what to expect in Lahore but what really happened was beyond comprehension. How could sports lovers be so hostile? I was shocked and so was the ...
1994 SYDNEY (Nov. 23-Dec. 4)
(Winner: Pakistan; Runner-up: Netherlands; Third place: Australia. India: 5th)
The intensity of the preparations was perhaps symbolic of the wonderful combination we were set to field. When I look back now, after 16 years, I have ...
1998 UTRECHT (May 20-June 1)
(Winner: Netherlands; Runner-up: Spain; Third place: Australia. India: 9th)
Utrecht was a bitter experience for us, and, personally, for me. Our chief coach Baskaran had decided that I did not fit into his plans. I was the captain, ...
2002 KUALA LUMPUR (Feb. 24-March 9)
India is known for its bad starts. Drawing with Japan (2-2), which had qualified after three decades, was not a great way to start our campaign. Then, we lost three consecutive matches — close encounters against Korea (1-2), Malaysia (2-3) ...
2006 MONCHENGLADBACH (Sept. 6-17)
The defining moment for us came in the first match itself. We had adopted counter-attacking strategy and denied Germany any space to play their normal quick rotation game. We matched the home team move for move. We were down twice against ...
Is English football rotten?
The John Terry scandal has engendered a flood of obloquy on English football. Columnists of many kinds have fervently joined in the abuse, some with a knowledge of the realities of the game, however bleak, some, like the right wing political ...
90 golds come India’s way
India had a rich haul of 175 medals in the recent SAG in Dhaka and maintained its reputation as the leading sports nation in the region. Over to S. Sabanayakan.
Points to ponder
The clock is ticking, and it is a case of Team India not being sure of who is likely to fit into the big void that will be created when the top three guns quit the scene.
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