Cricket

Whither Kenya Cricket?

First, the flashback. It’s a paradox that is part of life itself. Of difference too — a virtual duality of both design and presence. Long thought to be minnows, Kenya delivered a superb KO punch, which would have made Muhammed Ali proud — not just in terms of its inspired performances, but at....

Tennis

Of Dope & Hope

That Maria Sharapova failed a dope test, last year, was nothing new. A swift flashback would reveal that it was Martina Hingis before her — one of tennis’ princess charming — who carried that jinxed alchemy for doping. That Hingis retired from tennis and is now on a new-fangled winning spree, in....

Kafelnikov 2000

When Yevgeny Kafelnikov deservedly won his second Aussie Open singles crown in succession — his third Grand Slam title in five years, it was for him the perfect icing on the cake, thanks or no thanks to Pete Sampras. Kafelnikov’s cerebral skills were just as good as his racquet skills and the....

Other-Sports

Footballer of A Rare Stock

Lothar Matthaeus was, doubtless, a great footballer. He's also a great survivor. Maybe, a wee bit controversial too. But, the most important thing Matthaeus was back in the German World Cup squad after a two-year gap, during the one World Cup — in spite of his never-ending battle of attrition, a....

The Gandhian Olympian

His supreme athletic excellence had always been an evolution of mind: a progression of modes of response: from the simple to the compound, from the compound to the complex, from reflex to tropism, and from tropism to instinct. His prowess was also obvious: nothing beneath science, nor above it. ....