From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.04 :: Jan. 26, 2012
Unlike his stint with Barcelona, Lionel Messi's World Cup career so far has been quite abysmal with two quarterfinal exits — though he hardly had any part to play in the 2006 edition in Germany under Jose Peckerman — and just one goal to his name. Much lesser mortals have fared better in the quadrennial event, writes Ayon Sengupta.
Living a dream
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger offered Thierry Henry, 34, a short-term deal with the English Premier League club and that move has already paid dividends.
LET'S BE FRANK
Right to aim high
The most important asset of Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is his ability to man-manage. It is his triumph in keeping the non-playing members of a big squad focused and ambitious and prepared to give everything for the cause when called upon infrequently.
The man from Ivory Coast
Cheick Tiote has proved to be a shrewd acquisition for Newcastle, building on a superb first season at the club with some outstanding displays in the current campaign. Over to Pete Thompson.
BAICHUNG BHUTIA'S FAREWELL
Captain Phillip Lahm presenting a specially designed Bayern Munich jersey, with Baichung Bhutia's name and number (15) etched on its back, to the veteran Indian striker was symbolic of the friendly nature of the contest. Though India lost Bhutia's farewell match 4-0, it was an “opportunity of a lifetime” for the home team players. By Y. B. Sarangi.
India picked Sachin Tendulkar for the tri-series in Australia, ending the star batsman's self-imposed exile from one-day cricket outside the World Cup.
Tendulkar, the world's leading one-day batsman who is chasing his 100th international ...
Embarrassing and soul-crushing
India surrendered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but it wasn't so much the defeat as the manner of defeat that rankled. A lot of the batsmen tried hard in the first innings, but they couldn't adjust in time to the extra pace and bounce of the WACA. By S. Ram Mahesh.
All brickbats, no bouquets
When M. S. Dhoni's touring party of not so merry men decides to take time off cricket after the Sydney Test, and try a spot of go-karting, the sort of get-away-from-it-all team-building exercise corporates love to splurge on, there is enough righteous indignation to lift a hot-air balloon three-quarters of the way to the moon. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Dravid is a role model
Saad bin Jung has some interesting ideas and some of them are radical in nature. S. Dinakar catches up with the 51-year-old Saad, who made a great impression in the domestic circuit.
Board has a job on hand
Cricket is about what one can do tomorrow (not even today) and as such the time has come for all concerned to sit and chalk out a comprehensive plan for the future. This includes the players, selectors and the administrators as diverse viewpoints should be considered before formulating a route map for the next three to five years.
Like peas in a pod
Diwakar Prasad and Siddharth Varma are of the same ilk. Though both have taken different routes to World Series Boxing, they are single-minded in their focus to make a living out of what they know to do best. By Nandakumar Marar.
Eyeing the next rung
Pendyala Harikrishna hopes to break into the Elite Group of Super Grandmasters, which now has the illustrious Viswanathan Anand and Krishnan Sasikiran from India. V. V. Subrahmanyam takes stock.
In the big league
India's latest GM Lalith Babu is aspiring for a place in the Indian team for the Olympiad to be held in Turkey later this year. He is also aiming to improve his Elo rating and break into the top 100 in the world. By J. R. Shridharan.
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