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Perspective
A whiff of fresh air
EVER an event by itself, the annual election of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has caused enormous consternation among the public, if not amusement. Admired once for the sophistication and professionalism inculcated by the ...

Cover Story
Rahul's art of CAPTAINCY
Captaincy comes with seniority and Rahul Dravid was aware he was in line for the job. He had the attributes for the job and it was only a matter of discovering avenues to exercise his leadership qualities, writes VIJAY LOKAPALLY

Cricket
The thrilling Mumbai chase
THE arena was a sea of emotions when India finished at the right end of a tense chase under lights at the Wankhede Stadium. Skipper Rahul Dravid raised his arms in triumph and the crowd roared. India had levelled the Pepsi ODI series 2-2. ...
ON THE ODI TRAIL
OH, to be in Kolkata
KOLKATA is a paradox. It can be chaotic; it can also soothe one's senses. Ancient buildings stare down at you as time melts away. Tramlines criss-cross through the heart of the city, just like people meeting and then parting ways. The ...

Appreciation
Lone wolf makes dream kill
NO modern cricketer save Shane Warne has oscillated between the sublime and the ridiculous with such frequency as Brian Charles Lara. The left-hander from the Caribbean islands has often been posited as a flawed genius — as capable of ...

Factfile
Lara in figures


Hockey
CHAMPIONS TROPHY
SHOWTIME, FOLKS
From Lahore in 1978 to Chennai in 2005, the Champions Trophy has navigated through an action-packed course, embellishing the competitive fervour across the globe, writes S. THYAGARAJAN
Better attack than be attacked
PLAYING at home can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. The local crowd is behind you when you perform well, otherwise you don't know where to hide. It is a tough tournament as the six top teams of the world fight for the honours. It is ...
Indian hockey needs a miracle
WHENEVER we get a chance to progress, we don't just make mistakes but end up getting it all doubly wrong. Playing the Champions Trophy at home can be an advantage, but I feel that the preparation of the Indian team has not been good. So, except ...
Forward line has to be penetrative
CHAMPIONS Trophy 1982 was a gruelling tournament. We survived on the strength of exemplary fitness, played attacking hockey to rattle opponents and made them wary of us. India's bronze medal in Amsterdam came due to three factors. The team ...
India should finish in the top four
IN the absence of Jugraj Singh, the principal drag flicker two years ago, India's chances are not easy to guess. In these days of competition, penalty corners decide the outcome of a majority of matches. True, we have Sandeep Singh but he has not ...
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/NOSTALGIA
Perfect teamwork
I REMEMBER the match, and the date (June 12, 1982) vividly. How can one forget a victory against Pakistan? I know I scored three goals in a row but believe me it was the collective celebration of the team that has always appealed to me as the ...
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/NOSTALGIA
Stealing the thunder in Cologne
THE Champions Trophy brought out the best in Dhanraj Pillay. The maverick striker-turned-playmaker featured in four editions from Berlin 1995 to Amsterdam 2003. His best moment of the championships came in Cologne 2002 where he was named the ...
SCHEDULE CHENNAI 2005


Cricket
Comeback: a flashback
FOLLOWING that Ranji Trophy 159 for Bengal, `Souravenously' hungry for Test runs should have been Dada Ganguly. Remember, Chennai was where Sourav humbled the world-championing Steve, 2-1. So that Chepauk, as India's legendary Australia-humbling ...
TOUR DIARY
Iron Bottom, Iron Bell
NOVEMBER 21: Robert Padmore, one of the Barmy Army, watches the day's cricket, returns to his hotel, changes into new clothes, walks down to the lobby to meet his pals and distressingly, falls down dead from a heart problem. The medical staff ...

Cricket Corner
BOB SIMPSON COLUMN
The Big Five, and the rest
Being an all-rounder in the class of Miller, Sobers, Botham, Imran and Kapil is not the modern player's cup of tea. Jacques Kallis is a wonderful batsman who also bowls handy swing but there are few in cricket today with true all-round class.

Cricket
GREAT TEST MATCHES
Cricket, lovely cricket...
ONE of the earliest landmarks in West Indies cricket history came at Lord's in June 1950, powered by the magical spin bowling of Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine. The attack revolved around spin and spin alone, with just one specialist fast ...

Feature
McENROE and a perfection Federer is yet to find
Nothing could prepare you for McEnroe, this pale-faced New Yorker, short shorts on these twitching legs, hair that cried for a comb, pulling at his shirt, twisting his racquet, fidgeting like a debutant before a concert, and this fits because McEnroe did not play, he performed, he composed, he played jazz with a Dunlop.

Focus
THIERRY HENRY
Love you, Highbury
A HUNDRED goals at Highbury, for Thierry Henry, is almost like the 100,000-plus a week he earns, a mere function of material success. There is another reason — a far bigger and philosophical one — for the man who recently scored his ...

Interview
On the job training
DERRICK PEREIRA wore two hats at the Alchemist Federation Cup Football. The coach of Mahindra United was preparing for Asian Football Confederation's Professional Diploma Coaching Course during the inter-club tournament. He completed the first ...

Football
SANTOSH TROPHY
Goa's cup of joy
AS the Goans danced to Ricky Martin's Cup of Life, one noticed tears rolling down Climax Lawrence's ebony cheeks. The Goans had just won the Air-India Express Santosh Trophy and they were toasting their cup of joy after 15 long years. ...

Feature
Where are the strikers?
ONE was forced to suppress a guffaw the other day when Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin said he had plans to recall I. M. Vijayan for national duty. Now 36, Vijayan is no longer the Black Panther he once was. He no longer sends the defence into a ...

Kicking Around
GLANVILLE COLUMM
Shade of that which once was Best
YOU could, I suppose, anticipate the reaction to what might be called the overreaction to the death of George Best. There was infinite lachrymose, not to say laudatory, coverage on television, the radio and in the press (not excluding my own ...


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