From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.33 :: Aug. 19, 2010
For all his exploits on the field, V. V. S. Laxman is often unsung, a missing face from the countless commercials that present-day cricketers appear in. But then, he takes immense joy and pride in delivering for India when the chips are down. An innings builder of rare skills, he goes about his work with single-mindedness and devotion, writes S. Dinakar.
At Sara, a see-saw series draw
Losing a crucial toss and then coming back in a Test can be hard in Sri Lankan conditions. But the Indian batting was spirited, and more importantly, the bowlers came up with an improved performance. Over to S. Dinakar.
He goes on and on…
One expression of athletic genius is the stretching of the established limits of the human body. Sachin Tendulkar did it at 16; he continues to do so at 37. S. Ram Mahesh pays tribute to the maestro, who became the most capped Test player recently.
SRI LANKAN TOUR DIARY
Cricket seems to be driven by commercial interests these days. The schedules are cramped with meaningless matches thrown in. This is precisely why a Test series comes as a great relief, writes S. Dinakar.
Firing his salvo
Gagan Narang, overlooked for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta award, has decided to take a break from the sport. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
One corruption charge after another tumbles out
The large-scale corruption charges against the Organising Committee officials and doubts about the quality of work done in building “world-class” stadia have caused a furore. The Central Vigilance Commissioner's office has raised several questions with regard to construction flaws in a preliminary report. By K. P. Mohan.
Cutting it fine
Projects missing deadline after deadline, escalation of costs, compromising with the quality of material or expertise in the hurry to meet renewed deadlines… This's been the sad tale of India's preparation for the Commonwealth Games, scheduled to begin in New Delhi on October 3. By Rakesh Rao.
A singular lack of purpose
Infrastructure development, now on for the Commonwealth Games, should go hand in hand with sports development. But it's not happening in India. “Why?” asks Vijay Lokapally.
A massacre of managers
Other truncated managers were substantially less maltreated than North Korea's Kim Jong-hun, though listening to the outcry of Diego Maradona, you might almost have been forgiven for thinking so. Over to Brian Glanville.
Shopaholics fail to get prime goods
While clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea, have as usual, splurged on summer transfers, they have not been able to net the big fish. The Kakas, the Robinhos, the Messis, the Ronaldos and the Robbens will all operate in other routes, writes Raakesh Natraj.
Time for resurrection
The World Cup's shadow will loom over the Premier League, considering England's dire displays in South Africa and what that said about the self-styled Best League in the world, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Forlan comes calling
A crowd, 50,000-strong, thronged the Salt Lake stadium to witness the latest favourite star of world football make his only public appearance in Kolkata. Otherwise, Diego Forlan was kept mostly away from public glare during his three-day long stay, reports Amitabha Das Sharma.
He was an imperfect human being
Alex Higgins leaves little behind except a bunch of disillusioned former friends and memories of the most dazzling snooker of his generation, but those who ignored Higgins in the last 10 years — thinking only that he had brought his plight upon himself — might wonder if they could have helped him more. By Ted Corbett.
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