• Initially, it was tough to play with that feeling of insecurity. It's unfortunate. Sometimes, I think of how many runs I would probably have scored if had been given a free hand. But after 4-5 years of international cricket, I started dealing with it much better and now these things don't bother me - VVS Laxman

    Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman has been the main pillar of Indian cricket's 'fab four'. Doesn't it feel hard to imagine an Indian camp without Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS? We are still searching for 'the one' to fill in Sourav Ganguly's shoes since his retirement in October 2008.

    Last week my colleague Anirban Choudhury in his piece, For the Love of Dravid, poured his love about a few men in Indian team we hate to see fall. I could not agree to the fact less. VVS is one name frequently undermined and constantly under unsuitable pressure of proving himself over and over again. But you know what, he loves being in those situation - more importantly excels and forces

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  • I think everyone should just stop talking about the age factor - Sachin Tendulkar

    Going by the above quote, maestro Sachin Tendulkar seems to be clearly agitated by the questions thrown at him every time he is out for sessions with media. I just fail to understand the importance of such questions, linking age with performance, each time Sachin comes up with a special knock. With 48 centuries and 55 half-centuries in Tests and 46 tons and 93 fifties in One-Day Internationals, I don't think the term 'to prove' should be used with him.

    At 37, the veteran right-hander looks miles fitter than the Yuvraj Singhs and the others around him. You can count the amount of seriousness that goes in for such athleticism and hunger for more. Just be happy for the proud moments Tendlya has gifted us and leave alone the 300 wish. It will come when it will come.

    Say what you like, none of the world's sportsmen of the modern era face the same pressures of life in the fishbowl than does Tendulkar. Idol to a

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  • It's just not sports, sexual harassment is a harsh everyday reality for any woman in India -  Mary Kom

    Sports film-maker Sunil Yash Kalra is coming up with a documentary film based on the struggle and hard work by Indian women cricketers Anjum Chopra, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj. The short film will focus on their determination to glory with the limited space that they have.

    This is my tribute to Indian women cricketers. I just wanted to show an aspect of the cricketers which has never been shown before. The documentary shows that these girls, despite the omnipresent disparity in the team, play for pride not for plight, asserted Sunil Yash Kalra.

    Until someone like Shah Rukh Khan comes up with a 'Chak De India'-like blockbuster, Indian women athletes are restricted to struggle in a male monopoly, playing second fiddle. We woke up to the existence of the 'Indian women's hockey team' (after Chak de) only after the high-profile sex scandal. One major factor for such treatment meted out

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