From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.03 :: Jan. 19, 2012
Ricky Ponting can still bat like he did when he was at the height of his powers, but not as frequently and for as long. In his half-century in Melbourne and the century in Sydney against India, he was both struggler and master. Most vital of all, the runs came. And in making these runs, Ponting has earned the space to quit on his terms, on his time. That's all ageing champions can ask for really, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Triple hundred at SCG's 100th Test
The 288-run partnership between Ricky Ponting, who made his first Test century in two years, and Michael Clarke knocked the fight out of India. Then came Michael Hussey with a vigorous 150 of his own. This partnership raised 334 before Clarke declared the innings closed on 659 for four. Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
Pigeon, once a team pest
He's on to more respectable things now with the McGrath foundation, but Glenn McGrath's love for mischief hasn't been sucked dry by the vacuum cleaner of responsibility. Nor has his disdain for batsmen changed. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Australia's radiant, new captain
Michael Clarke is now making runs aplenty. And he has made a case for himself as a long-term investment in quality batsmanship. He has only grown in stature as captain, compiling 819 runs with four centuries after taking over. His sterling character was also evident in his declaration when he was 329 not out in Sydney against India. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
Jacques Kallis currently stands fourth in the list of highest run-getters in Tests, behind Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting and he is the second highest century-maker. His 274 wickets and 180 catches also add to the allure of a great all-rounder, who strangely never gets the reverence that is reserved for Sir Garfield Sobers nor the anecdotal-worship that men like Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee garner even now, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
SCG's date with history
The Sydney Cricket Ground scored a century of sorts when it hosted its 100th Test — between India and Australia — recently. And the Chairman of Cricket New South Wales, Dr. Gorur K. Harinath, is a proud man. “At the SCG, there is cricket in the air; you can almost feel it when the ground hosts matches, especially the big games,” he says. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
A bird from umpiring paradise
Dickie Bird was — even his enemies would not argue with this point — the finest umpire of his generation and left his fellow adjudicators in his shadow. We did not see how fine an umpire David Shepherd was until Dickie retired and, in the days when neutrality was a dirty word, no one ever accused either of them of being partial towards England, writes Ted Corbett.
A veritable feast
Despite poor turnouts, the tournament still had its characters, drama and essentially good tennis, to make it a memorable one. Over to Arun Venugopal.
Capello and other aliens
Players of other nationalities have always graced many an international team over the years. And despite protests from English manager Fabio Capello things are not about to change now. Over to Brian Glanville.
Crouch thriving at Stoke
The 30-year-old scored twice in the victory at Blackburn to bring up the personal landmark of 100 league goals and take his Stoke tally to eight since his August switch.
LET'S BE FRANK
Rovers fans should rally behind club
How much better if Blackburn fans saw the draw against Liverpool and the victory against Man United over the festive period as a sign that there is a beating heart and collective resolve at their club, despite what they might think of the absent owners. By Frank Malley.
End of a long wait
Putting their superior physique and height to good use, the robust Punjab players outmanoeuvred Tamil Nadu to land their sixth National title. Over to K. Keerthivasan.
Realising a dream
The year 2011 was a memorable one for Anthony Amalraj. Besides winning four National zonal titles, he also attained the No. 1 ranking in the country. By K. Keerthivasan.
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