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BRIAN LARA, the third coming.-

One of the things I have always admired and appreciated about Sportstar is the adeptness with which its editorial team selects the cover stories. The issue announcing Brian Lara's "third coming" was no different. What is unique about Lara when it comes to the league of great batsmen is that he had to bat around brittle batsmen literally all through his illustrious career — something which other batting greats of our generation like Sachin or Ponting did not have to do. To have made over 20,000 runs in international cricket — in both forms of the game — is no mean achievement. Here's wishing that he would re-energise the Windies and make them put up a creditable show in the upcoming series versus India and the World Cup.

Duke Jonathan G. Jeyaraj, Hyderabad The real test

India has done very well recently, especially in the one-dayers (win % of 83.33 in the last 3 series!!!!). But all this success has come in the subcontinent. The Dhonis, Rainas, Sreesanths etc. have tasted success in familiar conditions. Now, in the West Indies, will be the time to see the kind of mettle they are made of. No doubt the West Indies is struggling, but if these youngsters can deliver there, then surely India has a good chance of winning the World Cup.

A. Sriram, Hyderabad Tennis thoughts

I agree with Rohit Brijnath's views about the injustice being meted out to women tennis players (Page 31, May 13 issue) with Wimbledon still not agreeing to give them as much prize-money as the men. Do the women train less than the men or do they express less emotions during a game? With the French Open — beginning on May 28 — finally agreeing to give at least the winners the same prize money, it's high time Wimbledon too changes its stubborn stand.

Lalitha Raghavan, Secunderabad Setting the record straight

You have published a letter titled, `Not a meagre amount' in Sportstar of May 13, showing me as the correspondent. While the first paragraph correctly conveys the views which I submitted in my e-mail to you on Apr. 30, 2006, the first sentence of the second paragraph ascribes to me a sentiment which I did not express at all. I had written: "Besides, all recipients of such pensions must have some additional incomes already, how else are they existing at all? You have inserted the phrase, "Besides, some of the former cricketers are well to do and ..."

While I entirely accept your privilege to edit letters submitted to you for publication, I contend that any alterations you make must neither alter the essence of the views expressed nor add opinions that have not been specifically presented. In my view, that is what you have done and I resent it. I wish you to correct the public impression, which you have created.

Further, by omitting the last paragraph of my letter, namely, "While Mr. Waingankar is entitled to request the BCCI to increase these pensions consonant with its recently increased earnings, it is my opinion that for a start he and all sports lovers of the country should express sincere appreciation of the Board for this unilateral decision of munificence" you have again altered the overall tenor of my submission, which distinctly sought to invoke gratitude towards the BCCI for its munificence.

N. J. Patel, Mysore