From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.13 :: Apr. 01, 2010
It's intriguing to ponder the return of the quinquagenarian to cricket's upper echelons. The IPL would surely welcome the spectacle, and the storyline of a crafty 50-year-old spinner tormenting an upstart six-hitter young enough to be his son. And surely, in the 21st century can't fitness trainers keep players in shape far longer than ever before? By Karthik Krishnaswamy.
The Baroda blaster
Rajasthan Royals' investment in Yusuf Pathan is paying rich dividends in IPL 2010. His 37-ball hundred took the IPL 2008 champion within sniffing distance of victory against Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium, a confirmation that no target, even one over 200, is beyond reach in T20 when ambitious batsmen are at work. Over to Nandakumar Marar.
Leaving a legacy of affection
Fred Trueman lived a full life on the field and off it, and one doubted if he would have changed any part of it, writes Ted Corbett.
Pakistan needs a strong leadership
Pakistan cricket will remain in the doldrums until strong leadership emerges on and off the field. People need to serve the game not seek. Pakistan cannot change the political situation, but it can raise its game. By Peter Roebuck.
Girl with a mission
Saina Nehwal, who broke into the top five in world rankings recently, has set her sights on becoming not only World No. 1 but also the world champion. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
In awe of Roger
Boris Becker calls Roger Federer the real champion. “He has won 16 Grand Slam titles. I come from the world of tennis; I know how difficult it is to win even one Grand Slam title, but this man has won every year one Major title or more over the past seven years,” says the former Wimbledon champion.
A different personality now
“Definitely, as a former player, when I watch I'd like the best players to play against each other. That's where you see the highest level of tennis being played. The Australian Open was great.”
Easy on the hype
A haul of six gold medals is, no doubt, praiseworthy. But it isn't time to celebrate yet, for tougher challenges lie ahead for the Indian boxers. By Y. B. Sarangi.
David Beckham's untimely injury will at least terminate Fabio Capello's long affliction of what one calls Beckhamitis, writes Brian Glanville.
Henry deserves iconic status
Initially, as in London and Turin, Henry struggled, but he has once again found his feet in Barcelona as hedid in England and is a key part of Pep Guardiola's irresistible set-up. Over to Robert Meaden.
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