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Method in his madness
Virender Sehwag, bat in hand, looks a traveller between parallel universes. He wrinkles space-time: distances lengthen and the clock ticks slower as the ball begins its part in the fulfilment of a brutal fate, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Pakistan was negating its own advantage, a stronger pace attack than India’s, by opting for such a wicket, says S. Dinakar.
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Skidding they come
Against bowlers of pace you can play with controlled AGGRESSION, for their sheer pace means you don’t have to go hard at the ball.
A comedy show
Twenty-over Cricket is here to stay. People enjoy it. Recently a child said he liked 20/20 cricket “because they whack it every time.” So there is no need to be snooty, writes Peter Roebuck.
Master of mayhem
It was the absence of his school team’s regular wicket-keeper that made Dhoni, a football goalkeeper till that point, take this significant step by donning the big gloves, writes S. Dinakar.
When Players’ Tongues Outran Their Brains
This year, we have experienced a thankfully brief fracas of sledging, “Mental Disintegration” and alleged racial and verbal abuse in the short, sour Test series, an umpire’s nightmare, between Graeme Smith’s South Africa and Ricky Ponting’s Australia, writes Frank Tyson.
The PCB way of drawing crowds
“India was visiting Pakistan for a Test series after 14 years in 2004 and that tour was an Emotional Affair. This time there is more focus on cricket,” says
Abbas Zaidi, Director of PCB’s Board Operations, to S. Dinakar in Lahore.
This genial giant was the most sought after sportsman of 2005. Add to that a close family, a lovely, intelligent wife and a sunny nature and you will wonder what else Flintoff needs to be the happiest man on earth as well as the most talented cricketer in the game today, writes Ted Corbett.
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Back Where She Belongs
Martina Hingis, full of subtlety and dazzling strokeplay showed a remarkable sense of occasion by not losing a set in the first three rounds, writes Rohit Brijnath.
Taking a firm grip
In today’s context, the Eastern and Continental forehands become redundant and we are talking about shades of Western forehands, says Ramesh Krishnan.
A packed TROPHY cabinet is not always necessary for the creation of a top sports brand, writes N. U. Abilash.
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When life gets busier
German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer’s first column for SPORTSTAR.
Eriksson in fake sheikh sting
Eriksson said he would quit England if they won the World Cup and was prepared to become the GBP5m-a-year manager of Aston Villa as part of a takeover bid. By Andrew Culf.
Liverpool did not quite deserve an end to its brief unbeaten PREMIERSHIP run in its match against its oldest rival at Old Trafford.
Tennis as sweetness
Wimbledon remembers two gifted men, Rosewall and Pancho Gonzalez, who were not destined to be champions. Ramanathan Krishnan may well be reckoned as the third, writes S. Thyagarajan.
Star Poster: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (File Size : 347 KB)
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