From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.09 :: Mar. 01, 2012
Different eras have seen different captains with different methods. However, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni stand out as India skippers for compelling reasons. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
The other Indian Captains
Kapil Dev should be the greatest under-achiever of all India captains so far. For all his awesome skills, he could not win more than four Tests in the 34 matches that he led. The 1983 World Cup triumph brought Kapil's leadership qualities to ...
He has class
In the limited overs format, Gautam Gambhir remains a great barrier for the opposition... in all conditions. By S. Dinakar.
A wayward cricket wayfarer
Whether Andrew Symonds — who announced his retirement from professional cricket recently — was a victim of typecasting is open to conjecture. What is, however, beyond dispute is his talent raged like an all-consuming inferno before being extinguished prematurely, writes Arun Venugopal.
Team India wakes up at last
After a disastrous Test series, Indian players put up a fight at Adelaide, humbling the Aussies and then playing out a sensational tie against the Lankans. Over to S. Dinakar.
From dance to cricket it has been a merry waltz
For this gifted cricketer who has stood apart from the rest of the crowd by her sheer brilliance over a decade, it has always been a story of making difficult choices. There was a phase in 1991 when she had to choose between Bharatanatyam and cricket... V. V. Subrahmanyam takes over.
A result of hard work
That East Zone excelled on various pitches during the tournament highlighted the preparation that went into the building of the team that had no stars. It had good performers though. Ashok Dinda and Wriddhiman Saha led East Zone's challenge in bowling and batting respectively, and the support from the others ensured that the team stayed focused, writes Vijay Lokapally.
The poisoned chalice
Managing England is not an easy task and many managers in the past have learnt it the hard way. With the resignation of Fabio Capello the hot seat is vacant again, but how many will be willing to take the risk, asks Brian Glanville.
Guardian of Newcastle
Tim Krul has been in the shadows at St. James' Park since arriving at the club from hometown side Den Haag for just GBP200,000 in 2006. But the 23-year-old custodian has made the most of the opportunities first given to him by former Magpies boss Chris Hughton and now current boss Alan Pardew. By Dominic Bryant.
LET'S BE FRANK
Going gets tough for English giants
The likely demise of Arsenal at the last 16 stage of the Champions League only confirms the sea change occurring in European football. The EPL boasts it is the most exciting league in the world. It would love to think it was the best. So many facts say currently it is not. Remember, Manchester United and Manchester City went out at the Champions League group stage this season. Over to Frank Malley.
Happy homecoming for Pienaar
Just a year after leaving Goodison Park for Tottenham, the South Africa midfielder was re-signed by David Moyes on loan for the rest of the season. Pienaar, 29, was a firm fans' favourite during his first spell at the club and he has been welcomed back to Merseyside with open arms.
Too much is too bad
As long as I have been close to football there has been another reason for bad behaviour by young stars. However much training they do, however many hospitals, children's homes, fan clubs and old folks residences they visit, there is too much down time in which the devil can provide play for their idle hands. By Ted Corbett.
Old-timer and a first-timer
For Rushmi Chakravarthi it was the sixth National grass-court crown, while for Saketh Myneni it was a maiden title. Amitabha Das Sharma reports.
A tale of sacrifice and selflessness
So far T. T. Joseph, SAI's volleyball coach, has spent Rs. 25 lakh from his pocket for his dream project, which will be inaugurated by the Kerala Sports Minister K. B. Ganesh Kumar on February 25. By P. K. Ajith Kumar.
What a policy!
With a little more fine-tuning of the NRAI policy, Indian shooting can become the envy of the entire sporting fraternity in the country, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
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