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VOL.37 :: NO.17 :: Apr. 26, 2014

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A desert sizzler to begin with
Over the years, despite several ups and downs, the IPL has continued to attract the cream of cricketers from across continents. Few players have been able to resist its charms as followers of the shortest format flock to grounds or refuse to let go of TV remotes, writes A. Joseph Antony as the seventh edition of the event kicks off.

IPL and the sands of time
Unmindful of the disgusting acts by both the cricketers and the franchise coterie, the pulsating IPL cricket is growing in stature and has emerged as a most-saleable and most-sought-after venture. By J. R. Shridharan.
‘I am not one to run away from responsibility’
“I will not do anything that will tarnish the image of cricket or the cricketers,” says Shivlal Yadav, who has been directed by the Supreme Court to oversee the day-to-day affairs of the BCCI, in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
On the money!
“There’s no skill in bowling halfway down the pitch and bouncing it over the batsman’s head. The skill of bowling is doing something in the air, doing it off the pitch, the variations that you use, getting closer to the wicket or wider, quicker or slower ball and the consistency. And beating the batsman off a length,” the legendary pace bowler Richard Hadlee tells Priyansh.
Lanka does it in style
Sri Lanka bowled first and by dint of an immaculate line and length restricted India to 130, which is not a winning score in any short run match. More to the point, their run-averse bowling also scrambled the brain of India’s cricket mastermind M. S. Dhoni, who walked off the field clearly less than impressed with the performance of his top-end batsmen. By Ted Corbett.

Getting his act together
Viswanathan Anand speaks at length about how he dealt with the distressing phase that followed the loss of the World title, his play, ploy and performances that brought back his pride. Rakesh Rao listens in.
Consistency pays off
India proved to be a favourite hunting ground for Oliver Barbosa, as the Filipino GM claimed his second title in three appearances in the country. Amitabha Das Sharma has the details.

Chess Corner
Holst promotion

‘India is not there yet’
“Of all the countries, India has the most potential, not only talent-wise but also from the commercial and spectators angle. It is very important to bring Indian hockey back to where it belongs,” says the High Performance Director of Indian hockey. By K. Keerthivasan.
Miles ahead of the rest
Punjab lived up to the favourite billing and scored 31 goals, conceding just five, on its way to a hat-trick of titles. Punjab had all the ingredients for success; a robust forward-line, strong defence and an imaginative midfield, reports K. Keerthivasan.

How special is Mourinho?
Almost from the start of the season Jose Mourinho has gone to great public lengths to insist that Chelsea, despite its own expenditure on foreign stars — Hazard, Oscar, Willian — was still in a state of transition and couldn’t be considered a genuine challenger for the Premier League title. Now I suppose, he can say, I told you so, but to be frank, such declaration always smacked at the time of false modesty or at best a cursory desire to cover his own back, if things went wrong. By Brian Glanville.
Interesting fare in the offing
The European Cup, which has reached the semifinal stage, is getting transformed into a rich boys’ club, where usually only the elite and big-spending teams always find a way to have the final say. An analysis by Ayon Sengupta.
Remembering Hillsborough
Tears are shed at Anfield during the Premiership match between Liverpool and Manchester City in memory of the 96 victims who never came home 25 years ago. By Ayon Sengupta.

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