From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.21 :: May. 27, 2010
After his win over Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand is now being ranked as one of the best of all time by pundits around the world. Should Anand successfully defend his title in London in 2012, he will be in rarefied company indeed, writes Ian Rogers.
‘The second half was difficult for me'
“It was nice to clinch it with a win and that too, with black,” says Viswanathan Anand in this interview to Rakesh Rao.
Overcoming all challenges
The World title, Viswanathan Anand's fourth in a decade, underscored his presence among the greats of the game, writes Rakesh Rao.
England's moment of glory
It was a heady victory for England. The side had delivered as a unit. There were some brilliant individual performances but England pulled together as a strong and resilient team, writes S. Dinakar.
T20 SEMIS/AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN
This match between Australia and Pakistan will go down as a classic. It was a heart-stopping humdinger of several twists. Michael Hussey had the final say. The left-hander's 24-ball unbeaten 60 was as much about explosive strokeplay as placements, as much about aggression as a cool head, writes S. Dinakar.
T20 SEMIS/ENGLAND V SRI LANKA
A well-knit England
England's semifinal victory over Sri Lanka in St. Lucia was set up by a set of bowlers with contrasting styles who adapted well to the conditions. By S. Dinakar.
FOCUS/INDIA AT BARBADOS
The technical chinks in the methods of the Indian batsmen while coping with fliers on the juicy Kensington Oval pitch in Barbados were all too obvious. The batsmen were getting squared up and, worse, were not keeping their eye on the ball, writes S. Dinakar.
Sobers radiates grace & charm
Hundreds of Indian fans, most of them from the U.S., who had descended on St. Lucia to root for India are disappointed. By S. Dinakar.
Team India thoroughly exposed
The inability to play the short stuff was once again the undoing of the Indian batsmen and more than the lack of skills, it was a case of lack of temperament that showed the Indian batsmen in poor light.
The joy of watching KP bat
Twenty20 is the Marmite of the sporting world. You either love or hate it. Besides it marks down your place in society. By Ted Corbett.
Barca sees off Real
Real Madrid accumulated a record 96 points this La Liga season, but still fell short of Lionel Messi and Barcelona's goal rout.
Looking back over the World Cup years, there have been some unusual and unexpected twists in the story of England's centre backs; or centre-halves. The story looks fairly similar this time too.
Surprises and shocks galore
A record 204 nations out of the 208 member-countries of FIFA went through the rigorous qualification process. While it was quite easy for some, many others had to huff and puff their way to South Africa. S. R. Suryanarayan reviews the qualifying rounds.
Down memory lane
The 19th World Cup is just round the corner. Every edition of the previous 18 cups has had its moments to remember. The first part — covering the period from 1930 to 1958 — of the series by Ayon Sengupta.
ICONS OF THE WORLD CUP
Each one, a colossus
Drawing up a list of icons is a mighty tricky task — easy to botch and impossible to get right. So, while it may not be perfect, here is Karthik Krishnaswamy's first list of World Cup greats.
A buoyant nation
South African President Jacob Zuma is optimistic that the World Cup will forever change the world's perception of his country. “It is in our hands to make this the best World Cup ever,” he says. Over to K. Keerthivasan.
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