Future appears bright
Clinching a 5-0 victory over Indonesia in the Davis Cup in Bangalore, India made a clean sweep of its Asia-Oceania Group 1 relegation play-off first round match. After a turbulent phase, the future of Indian tennis appears bright. As the seniormost player Leander Paes rightly stated, the present Indian team is like a rough diamond, which, with a little polishing and professionalism, will blossom into a full-fledged unit, competent enough to enter the World Group.
It is gladdening to note that Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes have come together for the betterment of the sport with the formation of the Indian Tennis Players’ Association to be headed by former great Jaideep Mukherjea. That the two, who differed in their views not long ago, are together now supporting a cause augurs well for Indian tennis. The move coming close on the heels of India beating Indonesia in the Davis Cup is just what the doctor ordered for the health of the sport in the country.
N.J. Ravi Chander,
The omission of Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh from the probables list for the Champions Trophy is shocking. The selectors have been unfair to the seniors. While it must be admitted that Sehwag has not been in good touch in recent times, his experience could have come in handy. Harbhajan has been showing signs of his old bowling form, while Zaheer has not been given an opportunity to prove his fitness.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan,
The match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad was really spectacular. That the contest ended in a tie (130 runs in 20 overs) and was pushed to the ‘Super Over’ to decide the winner is a case in point. The spectators and viewers could not have asked for more.
Norwegian chess sensation Magnus Carlsen has proved his mettle by coming through the Candidates tournament to challenge World champion Viswanathan Anand in the FIDE title clash later this year. Two years ago Carlsen had pulled out of the Candidates matches claiming that the reigning champion should also play the Candidates. Wiser counsel prevailed this time and Carlsen is ready for the big match against the experienced five-time champion.A.V. Narayanan,