From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.46 :: Nov. 18, 2010
Virender Sehwag is an extraordinary talent, a great advertisement for the game, especially Test cricket. The spectators adore him because he entertains them. And the administrators love him because he attracts spectators. The Indian team just thrives on his style of batsmanship. By Vijay Lokapally.
The same old story
At a time when the Indian team is on top, it becomes imperative that the administrators at the State level ensure that the commitment levels are far superior than what they actually are currently.
Savouring the spotlight
What puts Graeme Swann in different terrain from the regular off-spinner who wheels away harmlessly is an undying zest for attack fuelled by a brain which serves as a repository of some fertile cricketing imagination, writes Arun Venugopal.
All eyes on Guangzhou
China is ready to throw a grand party to the region, and mesmerise the world once again. The Chinese athletes would ensure that most of the gold stays at home. As it will be difficult to spoil the Chinese party, better be a part of it, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
Can India keep up the momentum?
Considering a variety of factors including the tough competition that is in store in Guangzhou, any haul in excess of the 53 medals that the nation won in Doha four years ago would be seen as a major achievement. By A. Vinod.
India can spring a few surprises
If the euphoric mood pervading post-CWG has to continue, then the Indian athletes should perform to their potential in Guangzhou also. There would be little point in complaining about not being able to achieve a “second peak” or being distracted by felicitation functions, writes K. P. Mohan.
STARS TO WATCH
Kitajima all set for three-in-a-row
The 2010 Asian Games is expected to produce some top class performances. Here is the list of stars who will hog the limelight in Guangzhou. By A. Vinod.
STARS TO WATCH
India's best bet
After its remarkable showing in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi recently, India is expected to keep up the good work in the Asian Games too. Here's the list of athletes who will keep India's flag flying at the Games.
Will India pull it off at Guangzhou?
One team which India requires to pay attention to, more than Pakistan, is Japan. The players will do well to remember Japan's performance in the four-nation event at Hamburg where it finished runner-up. By S. Thyagarajan.
The FIFA fiasco
Claudio Sulser, who is heading a FIFA disciplinary committee, is a far more apposite figure than his predecessor, Seb Coe, a cynical choice by the FIFA powers that be, beyond doubt a very great Olympic athlete, but an innocent abroad in the Augean Stables of international football politics, writes Brian Glanville.
Praise from fellow professionals is always proof that a player is well respected, and club-mates and international colleagues have always been quick to acknowledge the American striker's ability, writes Simon Peach.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Xabi Alonso is arguably the best passer of a football in Europe and his transfer to Real Madrid, along with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and the appointment of Jose Mourinho, seem to be changing the fortunes of Los Merengues. By Mark Bryans.
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