2011 Review

  • The best Test innings of 2011 31-12-2011 10:29 AM

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  • The best bowling efforts of 2011 31-12-2011 09:59 AM

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  • Alok Kumar lights up quiet year for cue sports 30-12-2011 08:39 PM

    Seasoned campaigner Alok Kumar was the cynosure of all eyes with his Asian Billiards title, but overall it was an average year for Indian cue sports as success eluded the country at the major international events. Alok blanked Praput Chaithanasukan of Thailand 6-0 to win the coveted Asian Billiards title...
  • Deepika shines in good year for archery 30-12-2011 06:20 PM

    A 17-year-old Deepika Kumari shone with some outstanding performances as the women's recurve team emerged as strong contenders for an elusive Olympic medal in archery, during a year that was witness to the dramatic fall of the fancied men's team. Stunning world champions Korea in the semi-finals of the biennial...
  • 2011 throws up new boxing stars as Olympics beckon 29-12-2011 10:07 PM

    A record number of them booked Olympic berths in the very first qualifying event as Indian boxers rounded off yet another superb year, holding out promise for more than one medal at the world's biggest sporting extravaganza next year. The year did not feature many big events but wherever they...
  • HI-IHF tussle take centre-stage in hockey in 2011 29-12-2011 10:00 PM

    Another year passed but the sorry state of Indian hockey refused to change as the prolonged struggle for power between two warring federations once again took centre-stage over the performance of the national team in 2011. Just like a never-ending television soap opera, there seemed to be no immediate solution...
  • Impressive shooters raise hopes of Olympic success 29-12-2011 04:56 PM

    The success story that started at the turn of the millennium continued for Indian shooting in the year 2011 as well, with nine marksmen making the cut for the London Olympics. While Gagan Narang and Hari Om Singh had booked their tickets to London last year itself, seven others emerged...
  • Dope scandal haunts Indian athletics in 2011 29-12-2011 04:41 PM

    After a rewarding 2010, athletics slumped to a low this year, turning out to be the country's dirtiest sport with seven top athletes, including three Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medalists, getting involved in one of India's biggest doping scandals. Asian Games double gold-medalist Ashwini Akkunji and her 4x400m relay...
  • Weightlifters fail to shine as dope menace recedes 29-12-2011 04:24 PM

    For once, doping did not take centre-stage in Indian weightlifting, but the country failed to impress at the world stage in 2011, with London Olympics qualification still uncertain, even though there was unprecedented success to savour in the Commonwealth Championships. None of the lifters tested positive for banned drugs in...
  • Rory McIlroy arrives on world stage in 2011 28-12-2011 10:28 AM

    A year that witnessed the passing of one European golfing legend may have heralded the arrival of another. The death of Spanish great Seve Ballesteros in May following a three-year battle with a brain tumor hit the golfing fraternity hard, although the outpouring of grief for the popular winner of...
  • Easy for Vettel, grand debut for Indian GP 28-12-2011 10:24 AM

    Over the last five years, Formula One fans have been spoiled by late-season championship deciders. That wasn't the case in 2011 as Sebastian Vettel won his second straight title with four races to spare. The Red Bull driver did so with a dominance as complete as any driver since Michael...