From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.09 :: Mar. 03, 2011
The big idea in this World Cup is for Virender Sehwag to stay put for the long haul, ideally, right until the batting Powerplay is served up for consumption. Since his scoring rate on the worst of days is better than most other leading batsmen, time spent in the seat of action signifies a free-flow of runs, if not in hoicks for boundaries, then in pushes and dabs for singles and twos. Over to Kunal Diwan.
India's Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia, on February 20, won his second title on the European and Asian Tour in a dramatic manner, one-stroke ahead of Englishman Robert Coles at the 1.8 million euros ($2.3 million) Avantha Masters.
Bangladesh's party turns to gloom
Virender Sehwag's 175 and Virat Kohli's rousing unbeaten 100 set up India's 87-run win over Bangladesh in the inaugural match of the 2011 World Cup in Dhaka. S. Dinakar reports.
NEW ZEALAND V KENYA (GROUP A)
It was a walk in the park for New Zealand at Chepauk. The Kiwis finished the match in a jiffy after bowling out Kenya for a paltry 69. By Raakesh Natraj.
SRI LANKA V CANADA (GROUP A)
Jayawardene on the rampage
Mahela Jayawardene's quickfire hundred was the highlight of Sri Lanka's thumping victory over Canada at the Mahinda Rajapakse Stadium.
Captains in the last leg
The ongoing World Cup is very significant for captains such as Smith, Ponting, Vettori and Sangakkara. Smith and Vettori have decided to step down after the event and they would like to go out on a high, while the captaincy future of Ponting and Sangakkara will depend largely on their teams' showing.
‘I am living my dream'
“I feel honoured. I consider it a recognition for all the efforts I have put on the field over the years. I am delighted to receive this prestigious award,” says V. V. S. Laxman of the Padma Shri. Over to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Bailey was a clever tactician
You could not have wished for a better man to fight for his country than Trevor Edward Bailey, accurate fast medium bowler, stern defensive batsman and sharp slip fielder. By Ted Corbett.
Are we to assume that Torres, who has been largely out of form, though suffering injury for months, is worth fully GBP23 million more than Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, now at Manchester City after huge success in the German Bundesliga? Who has already with a superb left-footed volley saved his new club, Manchester City, from ignominious FA Cup defeat at humble Notts County. By the same token, is Carroll worth so much more than Dzeko? These, it seems to me, are rhetorical questions, writes Brian Glanville.
England: Where now?
Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and the GBP35 million young centre forward Andy Carroll were all absent for the friendly against Denmark but will doubtless be in contention for the ensuing European qualifier against Wales in Cardiff, writes Brian Glanville.
Dempsey's life in perspective
The American star's life has been as tough as any linebacker's tackle and as similar to a Hollywood script as you can get, but for all the stresses and strains come the rewards, writes Richard Aspland.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Busquets brimming with belief
With his own brand of two-touch tiki-taka, the diminutive defensive midfielder has shattered the stigma attached to one of the game's most unattractive jobs. By Aaron Sharp.
The Olympic gold medallist shot 596 in the qualification and 102.9 in the final to aggregate 698.9. He finished ahead of local hopes Valerian Sauveplane (698.3) and Etienne Germond (695.7).
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