The Australian women’s cricket team defeated the West Indies to clinch the World Cup in style. The whole series was very interesting.

India, after beating Windies in its first encounter, bowed out of the tournament and it was very disappointing for all of us. Australia was awesome and played like real champions.

S. Venugopalan,

Chennai

Pragmatic approach needed

This refers to Nirmal Shekar’s column ‘Cricket belongs to its genuine fans’. It is true that genuine cricket lovers were deprived of witnessing the first practice match of Australia at the Guru Nanak College ground in Chennai by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. Fans really missed the live action of the emerging Parveez Rasool. TNCA has to be pragmatic in its approach and must have allowed the cricket lovers to watch the match.

V. Sethuraman,

Chennai

Let good sense prevail

By scoring a magnificent century for India ‘A’ against the visiting Australian team, Gautam Gambhir gave a fitting reply to the national selectors, who dropped him from the Test squad (for the first two Tests).

The southpaw is a senior player and a game-changer too. May good sense dawn on Sandeep Patil & Co., who should pick Gauti for the last two Tests against Australia.

K. Pradeep,

Chennai

A non-issue

A non-issue that has been blown out of proportion and transformed into a big issue to the extent of puzzling the critics and cricket fans alike is Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to continue in competitive international cricket, even after attaining the age for retirement. Sachin has contributed a lot for Indian cricket, set some amazing records and covered himself with glory besides doing the country proud. His recent excellent first class century bears testimony to the fact that he is still in good nick. Viewed in this context, Nirmal Shekar’s column ‘Sachin's final frontier’ made interesting reading.

K. D. Viswanaathan,

Coimbatore

Bolt from the blue

The IOC’s decision to exclude wrestling from the Olympics came as a bolt from the blue and is short-sighted. The Olympics has rather become more Western-centric in recent times.

Wiser counsel should prevail over IOC to restore wrestling to its pride of place in the Olympics. The editorial ‘Wrestling with a shocker’ rightly pitches for subtle diplomacy in resolving the crisis.

A.V. Narayanan,

Tiruchi

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