From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.13 :: Mar. 31, 2011
Muttiah Muralitharan (64 wickets) is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup. Glenn McGrath tops the list with 71, leaving the Sri Lankan a maximum of three possible matches to overhaul the seven-wicket difference. If he does get there it would be a significant push to Sri Lanka's chances of winning its second World Cup, as also a perfect send-off for the great bowler. By Kunal Diwan
India outplays Windies
Without Gayle, the West Indians were a lesser threat. Opener Devon Smith made a sparkling 81 of cuts and pulls but the rest of the batsmen disappointed as Zaheer Khan combined effectively with the spinners. Man of the Match Yuvraj struck a century and as an evolving left-arm spinner, scalped two. Eventually, the West Indies fell short by a mile. S. Dinakar reports.
Zimbabwe crushes hapless Kenya
Both the African nations were already out of contention for a place in the quarterfinals, but Zimbabwe had the consolation of ending its World Cup campaign with two wins in six matches.
‘I am a sore loser'
He was a bowler's nightmare. And he simply hated to lose a match. “I was never satisfied with anything less than a victory,” says Vivian Richards in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Highs and sighs
Shoaib Akhtar's exit will leave the Pakistan attack poorer especially after the loss of the tainted duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, but what should rankle him is his failure to play the mentor to a bunch of young fast bowlers struggling for guidance after the retirements of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
ICC's decision is not right
There is some merit in the argument that the quality and the pace of this World Cup was stunted a wee bit by the inclusion of the associates, but they cannot be totally blamed for the league stage getting tepid.
What next, master blaster?
Sachin Tendulkar's feats deserve to be applauded and it would be appropriate if an updated table were to be created in stone and erected to honour him — maybe at Lord's but more to the point in Mumbai — where all cricket lovers will want to pass by and marvel, writes Ted Corbett.
The greatest referee moaner is beyond doubt Manchester United's Alex Ferguson. Though you might say he's somewhat selective, writes Brian Glanville.
Only Red Bull totally prepared
Formula One has absorbed the shock of postponement of the Bahrain Grand Prix due to political unrest quite gallantly. Doubts linger over Bahrain's return to the circuit, but with the first-ever Indian Grand Prix to be run on October 30, the year 2011 would still measure up to last season as the longest ever with 19 races. But will it be as exciting as 2010, wonders G. Raghunath.
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