From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.11 :: Mar. 18, 2010
For the key players, cutting across teams, IPL-3 is a dress rehearsal for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May. The tournament will also be a platform for India to prove its credentials as a safe host ahead of next year’s World Cup, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
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The business of security
Providing security to celebrities and sportsmen is a global challenge now and the magnitude increases hugely during sporting events. In the sub-continent, the challenge assumes greater proportions, for the threats are one too many. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
Big stars and big bucks
The buying strategies of team owners now appear a lot more prudent than they did in the first two IPL seasons, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
IPL: TEAM ANALYSIS
Pick the winner
The Indian Premier League is back where it belongs after being forced to move to South Africa last year. Raakesh Natraj analyses the chances of the teams in the fray.
Gearing up for the challenge
Deccan Chargers’ skipper Adam Gilchrist is fully aware of the challenges he and his team are likely to face in IPL-3. “We are only focusing on how to retain the trophy,” he says in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
A point to ponder
If it is the acceptable rule for football and rugby, athletics and most of the other major sports it ought to be the rule for cricket and it is time for the selectors to limit the number born outside the British Isles, writes Ted Corbett.
A long wait it was
“I have plenty of experience under my belt playing so much of first-class cricket. Hopefully, all this will be of some use when I play international cricket consistently. I have put in a lot of hard work,” says Subramaniam Badrinath in this interview with G. Viswanath.
Test, the ultimate test
Test cricket undoubtedly draws on the deepest emotions of the players and supporters alike, creates the biggest rivalries and provides by far the most intense of matches. The future of Test cricket is not in doubt, write Hughie Andrew Pike and Alexander Charles Gordon Lennox.
How old is too old?
Senior pros can often come and haunt their managers with some horrendous blunders, but there is of course always the exception, writes Brian Glanville.
Bent focus on survival
If the worst comes to the worst, at least Darren Bent will know he did everything he could to try and impress Fabio Capello for a World Cup berth.
Karun Chandhok, set to make his Formula One debut in Bahrain on March 14, is fully aware that the road ahead is going to be very tough. By Stan Rayan.
Another season of hope
Michael Schumacher’s return is seen as a perfect antidote for F1 racing ravaged by lurid scandals in the last two seasons. Racing buffs believe at least now the focus will be on the track rather than the pits, writes G. Raghunath.
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