Leander deserves recognition from the government

Source : SIFY
By : Sunil Gavaskar
Last Updated: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 06:26 hrs
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First things first, so congratulations to the ageless Leander Paes for winning the men’s doubles in the US Open tennis tournament. 


What he has achieved is truly incredible and justifies the saying that age is just a number. He and Mahesh Bhupathi have brought glory and joy to Indian sports lovers for so long that it is a surprise that there has not been a demand for them to be given higher honours than what they have received from the government so far. Hopefully the tennis federation, which showed such magnanimity while nominating Vijay Amritraj for the lifetime achievement award, despite them not always being on the same page will now redouble their efforts to ensure that 'Lee' and 'Hesh' get the deserved recognition from the government at the Republic Day awards.

India's junior cricket has for long been the best organised in the world, and it is no surprise that the world titles are won with ease by the youngsters after the experience that they get in the various tournaments organised by the BCCI at home as well as overseas. 

The last couple of months has seen much exposure for the juniors. They have been to Australia, South Africa and Singapore and are currently engaged in a series against the New Zealand A team and will shortly take on the West Indies A team.

 The more games they play, the more experience they will get, and that will stand them in good stead. The results are encouraging and there is a nice crop of young players that has come to the attention of not just the selectors but the Indian cricket loving public.

Despite all its troubles, Zimbabwe's cricketers are showing a fighting spirit that has made their one-day and Test matches against Pakistan quite an engaging series. Pakistan have brought out their experience and that has helped them overcome tough situations. Conversely, it is the lack of experience in delivering the knockout blow that has prevented Zimbabwe from winning, and at the time of writing, the second Test match is poised at an interesting phase.

In England, Australia are finally seeing what it is to win and if they can continue for the remainder of the one-day series, they will be able to salvage something from a tour that has been a disaster from the beginning what with the sacking of their coach. 

Younis Khan and Saeed Ajmal played stellar roles in Pakistan winning the first Test, and Younis with his patient double century just pips Ajmal's eleven wickets in the game to be the Ceat international cricketer of the week.   


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