From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.37 :: NO.11 :: Mar. 15, 2014
Star Poster: FORMULA ONE SCHEDULE
Muted turbos raise whispers
The turbos are back in Formula One after two and a half decades. In a hybrid form (harvesting heat and kinetic energy) now, it’s anybody’s guess as to how they will fare in the new season, which begins in Melbourne, Australia, in the third week-end of March. An overview by G. Raghunath.
Kamui Kobayashi, who failed to secure his position with Sauber at the end of the 2012 season, will be back on the grid this year driving for Caterham, thanks to the munificence of his fans. Struggling to find funding at the end of 2012, the ...
DEBUTANT: KEVIN MAGNUSSEN
Speed, finesse and maturity
Kevin Magnussen was easily the best of McLaren’s Young Driver Programme and was tipped to enter Formula One by most people who saw him race in the junior formulae. His speed, finesse behind the wheel and a maturity beyond his years are ...
DEBUTANT: MARCUS ERICSSON
Seven years in karting is unusually long for a driver like Marcus Ericsson, who had shown tremendous potential as a nine-year-old. This is partly because the Swede had no inclination of becoming a motor racing driver. Besides, his parents ...
DEBUTANT: DANIIL KVYAT
Daniil Kvyat was barely into his teens when he floored Red Bull with his talent in karting. A third place in the KF3 European Championship and a second place in the WSK International Series was enough for the young Russian, all of 16 years ...
Oh, to be in Dhaka!
The autorickshaws in Bangladesh aren’t a lot different from the ones back home, but they are intriguing cage-like set-ups. As you sit inside a CNG (that’s what the autos are fuelled by and hence the name), the driver bolts the door making the diarist, Arun Venugopal, feel like it’s on the way to Dhaka Zoo.
India pipped at the post
With Saeed Ajmal also heading back, Afridi had to look after the small matter of scoring 10 runs in the last over. Once he got the strike, he finished things in a jiffy to leave the bowler, R. Ashwin, and the Indian team dazed. Arun Venugopal reports.
ASIA CUP/INDIA V SRI LANKA
The ‘catch’ in India’s cricket
Virat Kohli’s men didn’t play “smart cricket” and paid the price. By Arun Venugopal.
Kohli, the entertainer
Indian captain Virat Kohli, playing with maturity that belied his 25 summers, took apart the Bangladesh attack in a precise, clear-headed manner. By Arun Venugopal.
Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson are the leading exponents of an art that puts an enormous physical load on its purveyors while it also tests the willow wielders to the hilt, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Pitching for Melbourne
“The Melbourne Cricket Ground is Australia’s leading sports stadium and hence it is the obvious choice for the ICC events. In the 2015 World Cup, it will host five matches, including a quarterfinal and the final,” says the former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. By G. Viswanath.
G. R. VISVANATH
Humble as ever!
It was down memory lane when V.V. Subrahmanyam caught up with yesteryear great G. R. Visvanath in Hyderabad recently.
Devvarman, a deserving winner
The Delhi Open final proved to be a damp squib since Oleksandr Nedovyesov was immensely fatigued after playing long matches in the previous rounds. Yet, it didn’t take the sheen off Devvarman’s achievement. In the wake of this triumph, he jumped from 96 to 78 in the rankings. By Priyansh.
Ones for the future?
A crop of sprightly young Indian players impressed with splendid performances. These players, on many occasions, even overshadowed international stars, writes Amitabha Das Sharma.
On the day that Wayne Rooney agreed to a five-year contract worth £80m, Tom Finney died in the town he made famous during a long football career in which he probably never earned £50 a week. By Ted Corbett.
Peter Crouch is now being tipped to join an elite club of players to have scored a century of goals in the English Premier League, despite having been somewhat of a journeyman during his career. By Sam Walker.
Crossed hundred and going strong
Rickie Lambert finished as the joint highest-scoring Englishman, alongside Frank Lampard, in his debut season in the English Premier League last year and is continuing to find the back of the net with great regularity this term.
Bergkamp honoured, but what about Hapgood?
Bergkamp may not even have heard of Eddie Hapgood. Memories in English football, in sharp contrast with Italy’s, where bygone heroes are frequently recalled and praised, don’t care much about history, writes Brian Glanville.
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