Paes is special
Leander Paes is known to produce his best form when representing the country in Davis Cup. He has reconfirmed it against Pakistan. Further he and Mahesh Bhupathi have once again proved why they are such a formidable doubles pair by setting a record of most wins in Davis Cup (19). Kudos to them for keeping the country's flag flying high.
Change the president
By frequently changing the coach, hockey standards in India are not going to improve. What is required is a change of president of the IHF. Otherwise Indian hockey will continue to be seen in poor light.
It is heartening to note the return of V. Baskaran as Indian hockey's national coach again. Baskaran has a task in hand to first prop up the confidence level in the team. Also there are enough corrections to be made in the overall display which has been anything but consistent. A constant follower of the game, Baskaran will surely plan his strategy effectively.
The Marauder leaves
Sadly the Test career of the Marauder from Matara ended with a whimper and not with a bang. However, Sanath Jayasuriya has left his stamp on the game with his pyrotechnics. It may be quite a while before Sri Lanka finds a player of his calibre. Let us hope he signs off from ODIs in a more memorable way.
Viswanathan Anand continues to remain a consistent performer at the highest level as reflected by his joining the Elo 2800-club. The chess Grandmaster has remained among the top three for a number of years now and this speaks volumes of his brilliance. India should appoint Anand as the `Brand Ambassador' for the CWG 2010 in New Delhi.
Greg Chappell's bold policy to persist with Virender Sehwag and Md. Kaif is not only a morale booster to the players struggling to find form but also an acknowledgement of the oft-quoted cricketing adage `Form is temporary but class is permanent'. Sehwag's batting potential and Kaif's brilliance in fielding are well known.
Prof K.P. Ramesh Bhose,
India's 4-0 ODI series win over England has to be attributed to the innovative captaincy by skipper Rahul Dravid. His selective power-plays paid rich dividends. India's consistency in the one-dayers is good augury with the World Cup not far way.