Taylor: Mark of Class

Mark Taylor, who played his last Test match in January 1999, exemplified the game’s most basic motif — selflessness in the light of having almost reached the highest level of individual achievement, like no other leader in contemporary sport. Flashback. The genteel manner in which he...more


Soft & Tough As Gough

Darren Gough won the Vodafone England Cricketer of the Year award, 15 years ago... When Darren Gough arrived on the English cricket horizon like a breath of fresh air, the otherwise reticent, and tight-lipped Poms lost no time in heralding the onset of the Gough Era. Critics too joined the bandwa...more


The Red-Hot Chilean

It goes without saying, that, Marcelo Rios was one of the flashiest tennis players on the ATP circuit.  That’s the truth — the whole truth. Because, any truth that needs proof is only half true? Not really, especially in Rios’ case — any which way you look at it. Simple reason. Rios was ...more


O’Meara: The Mark of A Champion

His name is Mark O’Meara. He was to golf what Arjuna Ranatunga was to cricket — a matter of steadfast temperament, perseverance, constancy, and professional design. The quaint similitude did not, however, end there. O’Meara, like the diminutive Sri Lankan Test and one-day skipper, had every as...more


‘King’ Carlos

When Carlos Moya, the man with the mighty forehand, once put aside Cedric Pioline’s challenge at the US$2.45-million Monte Carlo Open, the former Australian Open finalist became the fifth Spaniard to claim the prestigious trophy at the classy clay-court event. Moya followed in the footsteps of ...more


A Test Team For All Seasons

It’s too difficult a task to select one’s own ‘best-ever’ India Test side. First, you tend to have your own favourite players — call it personal bias, or what you may. Besides, the fact remains that any selection, at the individualistic level, is wrought with ‘ideological’ problems. It...more