From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.52 :: Dec. 30, 2010
A year that contained FIFA's quadrennial spectacle, multiple multiple-event games, a packed cricket calendar and an even tighter tennis schedule was always going to be special. Add to the mix a world title defence disrupted by volcanic ash and the sequel to the sordid Tiger Woods saga and what resulted was a complete package, writes Kunal Diwan.
Batting to the rescue
While India was without a leader in the pace pack, owing to Zaheer Khan's injury problems, its spin spearhead, Harbhajan Singh, lacked the consistency and bite that once made him a formidable adversary, particularly at home. For most part, the Indian batsmen kept the side afloat. And the ageless Sachin Tendulkar continued to build timeless monuments. Over to S. Dinakar.
England asserts itself
The year gone by certainly revealed different flavours from Australia, Pakistan, England and South Africa. Two cricketing certainties in 2010 were Australia's diffidence, a marked contrast to its swagger in the earlier years, and a few Pakistani cricketers' perceived lack of immunity against the temptations of tainted money, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Champion of champions
By the sheer brilliance of his performance, David Rudisha stood out in 2010. The Kenyan bettered the world record in the 800m twice within the span of a week. K. P. Mohan reviews the year that was.
Charlesworth is the man
The year 2010 will be remembered for the dominance of Australian men and Argentine women. By S. Thyagarajan.
In a cataclysmic result, world champions Spain were thrashed 4-0 in Portugal. So on the face of it, Portugal should be a dominating force in European and world football now. But that can't be true, considering their poor World Cup performance.
La Masia shines bright
Not much needs to be said about FIFA's influence, while pretty much everything that happened on the pitch in the upper echelons of European and international football over the last year was in some way connected to La Masia, home of Barcelona's youth academy and the site of the club's footballing soul. Over to Karthik Krishnaswamy.
A new champion, the youngest, too
Four drivers had the chance of winning the world title going into the final grand prix of the 19-race championship. That was how close it was. Over to G. Raghunath.
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