From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.03 :: Jan. 20, 2011
Contest resembled a feel-good exhibition
Makhaya Ntini might have fallen away in recent times, but his was a career that demanded a grand finale. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
Jacques Kallis is not a showboat that the modern era often celebrates. He is quiet and resilient, and has all the strokes, but is rarely flamboyant. In the Kallis School of Cricket, efficiency, consistency and results are of greater value than a few moments of brilliance. He has endured and delivered time after time, writes S. Dinakar.
Little to choose between the two sides
For India it was a missed opportunity to win its first series in South Africa, but it emerged with both its reputation and its No. 1 ranking intact. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
A rare all in one
South Africa cricket has its share of politics and undercurrents, but Jacques Kallis has stayed away from politicking and remained focussed on playing the game and giving his best every time he has walked out on to the field.
With a whopping bid of $2.4 million from the Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir emerged as the top-draw. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
It is good to see that an inventive mind like Graeme Swann's is rarely at rest and that, at the same time, he seems to have found the right balance between fun and friction with his bosses, writes Ted Corbett.
Stanislas Wawrinka took the singles title that had eluded him last year, while the evergreen Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, back in business together, bagged the doubles crown. Raakesh Natraj reports.
It is fairly safe to say the Tangerine faithful would describe 2010 as incredible, which would also be an apt description of the turn in DJ Campbell's fortunes. Over to Simon Peach.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Vengeance drives Valero on
Four goals and countless assists meant that Valero picked up the coveted Don Balon award for the best Spanish player in the 2009/10 season. Mallorca's financial problems allowed Villarreal to take Valero on loan this season, with a view to a five-year permanent deal at the end of the campaign. The Madrid-born star settled into life on the east coast and earned his first call-up to the senior Spain side in October 2010, writes Paul Hirst.
The Magnificent Mavericks
QPR seems ready to rise again from the depths of the so called championship to regain a place in the premier division. Should they do so, much will be owed to the 21-year-old Moroccan, Adel Taarabt. Over to Brian Glanville.
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