2011 Review

  • The best Test innings of 2011 December 31, 2011

    In a year with many centuries and individual contributions of brilliance, we pick ten innings that really stood out. Jacques Kallis 161 v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town On the second day of the first Test of the year, an inform Jacques Kallis provided the innings of the threematch...
  • The best bowling efforts of 2011 December 31, 2011

    From a year in which bowlers ruled the roost, we pick ten defining bowling performances. Dale Steyn 5 for 75, 3rd Test, Cape Town A spell from hell. That's what Dale Steyn bowled on the third day at Newlands. It was a thrilling display of extreme pace and jagging outswing, with...
  • Alok Kumar lights up quiet year for cue sports December 30, 2011

    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 60 to win the coveted Asian Billiards title in...
  • Deepika shines in good year for archery December 30, 2011

    A 17yearold 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 semifinals of the biennial World...
  • 2011 throws up new boxing stars as Olympics beckon December 29, 2011

    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 competed,...
  • HIIHF tussle take centrestage in hockey in 2011 December 29, 2011

    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 centrestage over the performance of the national team in 2011. Just like a neverending television soap opera, there seemed to be no immediate solution to...
  • Impressive shooters raise hopes of Olympic success July 5, 2012

    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 as...
  • Dope scandal haunts Indian athletics in 2011 December 29, 2011

    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 goldmedalist Ashwini Akkunji and her 4x400m relay teammates...
  • Weightlifters fail to shine as dope menace recedes July 5, 2012

    For once, doping did not take centrestage 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 international...
  • Rory McIlroy arrives on world stage in 2011 December 29, 2011

    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 threeyear battle with a brain tumor hit the golfing fraternity hard, although the outpouring of grief for the popular winner of five...
  • Easy for Vettel, grand debut for Indian GP December 29, 2011

    Over the last five years, Formula One fans have been spoiled by lateseason 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 Schumacher...