A good chance for India

The February 24 issue of Sportstar — having the Cover Story, `Back in the Fast Lane,' with an in-depth analysis of Zaheer Khan's recent bowling performances together with other articles based on cricket — is really a treasure trove to all sports aficionados, especially those who are daft about cricket.

The team selected for the World Cup is a good mixture of youth and experience. Seniors like Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar have more than 10,000 runs each in ODIs. No other team in the world can boast of so many prolific scorers.

Besides, there are Dhoni, Yuvraj, Sehwag and Uthappa who can ransack any bowling attack on their day.

Our bowling also has depth, being a good fusion of spin and pace. Our pace attack consisting of Zaheer, Munaf, Pathan and Agarkar is lethal.

So, Rahul Dravid has a very good chance of holding the World Cup aloft. At present, Australia may look down and out, but such a team can never be written off as it has the potential to bounce back strongly. That is why, we must have to remain cautious and circumspect so that we may not become overconfident and complacent.

Arindam Basu, Kolkata Telling comebacks

I refer to your Cover Story, `Back in the Fast Lane' (Sportstar, February 24). Definitely it has been a comeback year not only for Zaheer Khan, but also Sourav Ganguly. Both of them have proved beyond doubt that they are still match-winners for India.

As pointed out by Vijay Parthasarathy in the Vizag one-dayer review, everything seems to be falling into place for Team India. All our frontline batsmen, including Sehwag, seem to be getting into form and it is a good sign. Even our bowlers are getting their line and length right. The only snag is our fielding, especially the catching. If that can be improved, there is no reason why we cannot repeat the feat of 1983.

N. Mahadevan, Chennai Nothing is impossible

With the World Cup round the corner and excitement in the air, Australia's five straight losses have indeed brought a message with them. Nothing is impossible. No one is unbeatable. Though the Aussies were not playing at full strength, it would be unfair to take away any credit from England and New Zealand. They have shown the world that this World Cup could go to anyone.

Chithroobeni S, Chennai Going from bad to worse

What a mighty fall! Our tennis seems to be going the football way. We were once a force to reckon with in Asia and had done well in the Davis Cup. We didn't even know that countries like Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan played tennis! Now, to lose to them is a terrible blow. Hope we do something and turn things around soon.

R. Ganesh, Chennai