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July 2011

Supplementary Issue


It’s time to stamp out ‘politics’ from sports

Saibal Chatterjee

You know something is amiss when Dilip Vengsarkar, a magisterial batsman who scored over 10,000 international runs in Tests and ODIs, is prevented by a Union minister from becoming Mumbai Cricket Association president. You know all isn’t quite well when a doping scandal threatens to take the sheen away from India’s Commonwealth Games medals haul.


‘Our pace lets us down’

Syed Khurram Raza

I am enjoying the experience thoroughly. The boys have begun to adopt my style of play. That is extremely encouraging.

A new ball game

Syed Khurram Raza

"Jeje has great presence. He holds the ball, which allows me to make my runs. His shielding of the ball is superb"

‘It was the best day of my life’

Ajay Rana

Ajit Pal Singh was the captain of the team that fetched India its solitary World Cup in 1975. Speaking to Smash, the legendary hockey star shares hitherto unknown facts about that momentous tournament and its aftermath. Excerpts from the interview:

‘It’s like stirring a hornet’s nest’

Saibal Chatterjee and Syed Khurram Raza

It is aimed at cleaning up sports administration. Officials who run the federations blow up money to take care of their own comforts. Very little is left for the development of sports. The Bill covers much ground: it is based on the basic universal principles of good governance that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has mandated for itself.


‘People are bent on killing the game’

Mayank Singh

Indian hockey is currently in a state of utter confusion. It is really sad that this national game has been brought to such a sorry pass. The problems pertaining to the players are not that complicated, but the entire game has been suffering due to the power struggles of people who actually don’t play the game but are in positions of authority. India is a unique country in that it has two national bodies for hockey and both claim that they are supreme. I

When time stood still

Ajay Rana

It was 1975. India was playing Malaysia for a place in the final of the men’s hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. The host team was leading 2-1. With only eight minutes to go, a barely known Pathan, Aslam Sher Khan, was sent in as a substitute for Michael Kindo. As the seconds ticked away, India earned a penalty corner.

Punch tantra

Ajay Rana

Her soft-spoken nature belies the fire in her belly and the sting in her fist. Female boxer Mangte Chungneijang (MC) Mary Kom, winner of five consecutive world titles, is one of India’s greatest sporting icons. She pulls no punches when she is in the ring.


On the top of the world

Vikas Sharda and Mayank Singh

Most youngsters of his age are content with visiting hill stations to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. But Arjun Vajpai, 17, is different. The Noida lad doesn’t believe in marvelling at the enormity of ice-capped peaks from a safe distance — he conquers the heights.


What ails Indian football?

Novy Kapadia, veteran football commentator and writer

In the 20th century, Indian football remained an enigma. It was the most popular spectator sport at the domestic level. A record 131,000 people witnessed the KBL-Federation Cup semi final between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in July 1997 in Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium.


The man behind the golden girl


Virendra Singh, husband and coach of Krishna Poonia, 2010 Commonwealth Games discus throw champ, is a hard taskmaster. He now wants to see his wife on the podium in London in 2012

Significant Others

Ringside story

Ajay Rana

Life is like a boxing bout, full of hooks and punches. You land some, you miss some. That is the philosophy that drives Arjuna Award-winning boxer Akhil Kumar. “He is never down in the dumps no matter how disappointing the outcome of a bout is,” says his wife Poonam. “He is always raring to go back into the ring.”

Cover Story

Why cricket and its stars hold sway over our minds

G Rajaraman

They spilled on the roads, countless faces painted with national colours, waving the Tricolour, airing slogans as India broke into one large and spontaneous celebration of the conquest of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on April 2. There have been few more telling demonstrations of an outpouring of collective national pride than late that night. That cricket is one of the few refuges for nationalism was then cast in stone.